Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Release Blitz: Violent Ends - Jessica Hawkins

Violent Ends
Series: White Monarch #2
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 18, 2019

I had a life, love, and future to give.

Until my enemy took a wife.

The devil has a name, and it’s Cristiano de la Rosa. On my wedding day, he was the last man I expected to see standing at the altar. He wants to make me his queen. His brother wants to rescue his princess.

Getting Cristiano to lose control becomes the name of the game, and the stakes are life and death. But as truth and lies blur, loyalty is tested, and our chemistry threatens to reach the melting point, the prize grows less clear. Either freedom no longer means what I think it does, or Cristiano is as devious as everyone says, and he’s mastered the art of playing my mind.

All I know for certain is that nothing is certain. And all you need to know? This is a love story.

But even love stories have to end.

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Jessica Hawkins is a USA Today bestselling
author known for her "emotionally gripping" and "off-the-charts hot" romance. Dubbed "queen of angst" by both peers and readers
for her smart and provocative work, she's garnered a cult-like following of fans who love to be torn apart...and put back together.

She writes romance both at home in New York and around the world, a coffee shop traveler who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup.
She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook, Instagram, and her mailing list.
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Review: Finding Her Chance - Brittney Sahin

Finding Her Chance (Stealth Ops #4)
by Brittney Sahin
Published: June 6, 2019
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Military Fiction

A drunken night in Vegas led to an accidental marriage... and a vow he’d die to honor.

An elite Navy SEAL and one of the world’s best snipers, Liam Evans lives and breathes his missions. It’s a simple — if not solitary — way to live, but it keeps his heart safe and his head in the game. But one night in Vegas with his beautiful friend destroys his one rule, leaving him at risk of falling for his own wife.

Emily Summers, a successful lawyer for the attorney general’s office, swore off charmers with sexy accents and devastating smiles, and a weekend in Vegas isn’t going to change that. But when she and Liam meet to sign their it-never-happened annulment papers, the night turns deadly when an assassin takes aim at Emily.

Liam and Emily soon discover the hit is related to both of their jobs and an op involving an eight-year-old super genius with a ten-million-dollar bounty on her head.

Caught between searching for answers and growing threats while trying to keep a young girl safe — Liam and Emily must also face their mounting desire for each other, as well as confront past pains.

Fate may have tied them all together, but if they want a chance at a future, they’re going to have to fight for it.
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5 Stars
Waking up from a one night stand is one thing, waking up married, on the night of your best friends' weddings no less, is another. Liam and Emily should be signing annulment papers, their lives are too different, they've been warned off one another too many times, but there's something there that they're both struggling to ignore. Ops and mercenaries don't care about emotions though, putting Emily right in the center of danger and Liam, despite the waiting papers, can't deny he wants to protect her. Desperate for answers, and to keep a young girl safe, the two put the papers to the side and team up to find out why their jobs are suddenly overlapping. With their safety on the line and emotions heightened the two must navigate national security and their brewing disaster together.

"He's great. But he'll break your heart."

I will be the first to say that I think series with standalone novels featuring connected characters can occasionally get monotonous, that hasn't been the case with the Stealth Ops series and certainly isn't the case with Finding Her Chance. Liam and Emily surprised me at every turn, the operation in this novel almost felt secondary to their relationship predicament, and I loved how these two work through their feelings. They're the two people their friends warned them away from and yet, here they are married. Finding Her Chance is a novel that grabs your attention immediately, readers who have met Liam know how he keeps to himself and reading about him having to be honest and open is so interesting. It's not the norm for the character, nor for his career, and it really made me like him even more. Emily is the kind of girl that can roll with the punches, but she's also sworn off relationships and Liam, a man who's well known as a player, certainly isn't the one her friends want her to begin one with. It's a case of least likely to, but it's also the sort of event that forces both of them to reevaluate their plans.

"'After what we've been through, it's okay to let loose and let go.' As long as I don't fall in the process."

Finding Her Chance is a fast-paced romance novel that packs a punch. Brittney Sahin knows how to weave the Stealth Ops story into the romance so perfectly, the threat of a bad guy blending right in with the lust brewing between Liam and Emily. Liam is a teamguy, his life is perfect as a SEAL and as a special operative, he loves protecting his country and honoring those who gave all. He doesn't believe he has room for more, he doesn't even believe he has the capacity to accept more, but Emily presents an unexpected challenge that he doesn't have op instructions to help him work through. The spark between them is one that has always been there and while the unexpected Vegas marriage seems like a hurdle, the dangerous mission he must drag her along for forces him, and Emily, to both visit feelings and desires they'd let lie dormant. The mission, the danger, makes them both question whether that drunken marriage is really just a new op where they are a team of two.

"They were friends. Only supposed to be friends."

Entertaining from start to finish, Finding Her Chance is a standout romantic military fiction that had me captivated. I've said it before, but as an author Brittney Sahin just keeps improving and I have no idea how she'll be able to top this home run of a novel. The men of Stealth Ops and their no-nonsense leading ladies are such a joy to read about, you won't regret meeting them, even if you sit on the edge of your seat the entire time you read. Liam and Emily were so cute, so funny, and together very sexy, buttttt I am still over here just waiting patiently for my man, Knox Bennett.

About the Author
Brittney Sahin is an Amazon Top 20 bestselling author of romantic suspense novels.

She began writing at an early age with the dream to be a published author before the age of 18. Although academic pursuits (and, later, a teaching career) interrupted her aspirations, she never stopped writing--never stopped imagining.

It wasn't until her students encouraged her to follow her dreams that Brittney said goodbye to Upstate New York in order to start a new adventure in the place she was raised: Charlotte, North Carolina. Here, she decided to take her students' advice and begin to write again.

In 2015, she published her first novel, Silenced Memories (The Safe Bet). When she is not working on upcoming novels, she spends time with her family. She is a proud mother of two boys, and a lover of suspense novels, coffee, and the outdoors.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Blog Tour & Review: Written with You - Aly Martinez

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“Aly Martinez is one of the best in the business. You have to read her books.” --Meghan MarchNew York Times Bestselling Author
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Written With You, the emotional and highly anticipated conclusion to The Regret Duet from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez, is available now!
Every little girl dreams of the fairytale. The one where the white knight rushes in to save her from the clutches of evil. They fall in love, have babies, and live happily ever after.

By that definition, my life should have been a fairytale too.

When I was eight years old, Caven Hunt saved me from the worst kind of evil to walk the Earth. It didn’t matter that I was a kid. I fell in love with him all the same.

But that was where my fairytale ended.

Years later, a one-night stand during the darkest time imaginable gave us a little girl. It was nothing compared to the pitch black that consumed me when I was forced to leave her with Caven for good.

At the end of every fairytale, the happily-ever-after is the one thing that remains consistent. It wasn’t going to be mine, but there hadn’t been a night that passed where I hadn’t prayed that it would be hers.

I owed Caven my life.

However, I owed that innocent child more.

And that included ripping the heart from my chest and facing her father again.

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4.5 Stars

I had to sit on my review for Written with You for a little bit, because I was so devastated at the end of Written with Regret and once I read this novel I knew if I came in here and reviewed right away I'd give it all away. Aly Martinez has once again created a duet that you must devour the minute you get your hands on them. The Regret Duet are the sort of books you have to read like you have to breath air. The character's stories are heartbreaking and captivating, there is no way to just treat Caven and Hadley like they're book characters, because they come to life on the pages. Their history isn't neat and simple, nothing about these two is, but this angsty duet brings the two together on a journey to face their nightmares and create a new future. 

"Because life isn’t lived as a whole. You aren’t given a hundred years all at once. Time is doled out one very manageable second at a time."

Written with You tackles everything you wondered about after that ginormous cliff we all jumped off of. It isn't necessarily a soft landing, it is Aly Martinez after all, but there is a backstory, that one we all needed, which softens the blow. The truth is revealed and alongside the characters we learn how to forgive, to move forward, to uncover the hopes and dreams piled under fears and worries. These characters are just so amazing, I still am so in love with little Rosie, and I am in awe of the hope that Aly Martinez put into the words in this book. She has perfectly captured that desperate desire to live, while also giving her characters realistic struggles. These characters tackle such difficult things, situations that readers from all walks can relate to, and even in the darkness, even in the trying times, this book has a light shining from it. I laughed, I cried, I thought I went into shock a time or two.

"Because love is an impossible game. Especially when only one person knows the rules."

Written with You, the final novel in The Regret Duet, is unpredictable, angsty, suspenseful, the kind of romance you didn't know you were looking for. The Regret Duet is the sort of read you don't forget about, the kind of books that will shock you with something new with each reread. Full of twists and profound words, The Regret Duet, is a must read from Aly Martinez.

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When I was fifteen, a single bullet changed my life. I spent the next decade trying to outrun the devastation of my past, building an empire that would shield me from whatever life could throw at me.

But all the money in the world couldn’t help me when I found a screaming newborn abandoned on my doorstep.

I’d never wanted to be a father. Passing the sludge that ran through my veins down to an innocent child seemed like a tragedy. But there she was—pink cheeks, red hair, and mine.

Somehow, against all logic, that little girl became the best thing that ever happened to me. It was impossible to stay lost in the past when I was the only one who could protect her future.

Which is exactly why, when her mother came back four years later, I was ready for battle.

If only I could stop myself from falling in love with her during the war.

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About Aly
AlyWanderEdited.jpgOriginally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her husband and four young children.
Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and olives. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.
She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Blog Tour & Review: On the Rocks - Kandi Steiner

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by Kandi Steiner
Release Date: June 13, 2019

Noah Becker is nothing but trouble.
That’s what Mama told me when I was a kid, kicking his pew in church and giggling at the games we’d play. It’s what the town said when his father died and the Becker brothers went wild.
And it’s on repeat in my mind the day I walk into the whiskey distillery where he works to buy a wedding gift for my fiancé.
He’s trouble.
Dirty, sweaty, rude trouble.
No matter how many times I repeat it, I can’t escape Noah in our small Tennessee town. And the more I run into him, the more he infuriates me. Because he sees what no one else does.
He sees me—the real me.
The me I’m not sure I’m allowed to be.
I’m Ruby Grace Barnett, the mayor’s daughter. Soon to be a politician’s wife, just like Mama and Daddy always wanted. Soon to fulfill my family’s legacy, just like I always knew I would.
Until the boy everyone warned me about makes me question everything, like whether the wedding I’m planning is one I even want.
Everyone said Noah Becker was nothing but trouble.
If only I had listened.
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4.25 Stars
Stratford, Tennessee is known for its whiskey and in the town you're known by your last name and your reputation. Noah Becker's is simple; he's wild, he's the handsomest barrel raiser around, and his last name no longer sits at the top with the Scooter's and the Barnett's. Ruby Grace Barnett, daughter of the mayor and engaged to a future president, is all legs, confidence, and wedded bliss. At least, that's what she wants people to see, for some reason Noah is able to see her drowning, able to see her desires and wishes, able to pull honesty from her mouth. What starts as a friendship gives way to something more, but the ring on Ruby Grace's finger keeps her in line, until a devastating revelation shakes her world to its core. Noah doesn't know how to be her friend when she's all he can think about, but Ruby Grace holds all the answers and power, she's the one who gets to choose what her forever looks like. Is she meant to be the politician's wife or is she meant to chase her dreams, the ones she's set aside for a future mapped for her?

"It was always in the cards for me. And it was all I ever wanted. At least, that's what I thought."

On the Rocks by Kandi Steiner is both classic Kandi-angst while also somehow being a totally unique story from her. Ruby Grace is a picture of, well her middle name, grace, while Noah is the country boy with dirty jeans and a taste for whiskey, Tennessee whiskey. They're on two different paths and yet in the heat of summer, under the pressure of wedding planning and questions of what's next, those paths cross. I loved these two, I loved how even with such a big age gap they feel so alike. Kandi Steiner perfectly captured that small town atmosphere, I know, I live in one now. Everyone knows everyone, gossip is hot off the press daily, and age doesn't mean a thing when you're out in the woods by the fire. These two just click, with Ruby Grace alighting something in Noah he'd started doubting he'd fine, and Noah making Ruby Grace realize her hopes and dreams are valid. Their friendship isn't easy, you might not believe me when I say these two throw insults at each other quite often, but the passion between them is. I don't mean lust passion either, though that's there, they both have a passion for life that is often a missing characteristic in book characters. These two come alive under the summer sun, under the night sky, in the lake and in the pool, as they take on adventures together unaware, or maybe unprepared to admit, where their friendship is heading.

"'No, you see me with your soul.' She swallowed, eyes flicking up to mine before they fell back to mouth. 'And I feel you with mine.'"

Okay, okay, I know so many of my reader fans are absolutely against all things OW/OM, but Kandi hit this out of the park. At its base, this is friendship and lust, and a coming-of-age moment that maybe could've been avoided had Ruby Grace's life not been flying at the speed of light towards collision with her unable to control the direction. This is youthfulness, recklessness, and above all, an all-consuming feeling of being out of place that drives the characters in this direction. This isn't the easy path, this isn't just one night, Kandi Steiner perfectly captures the dread, the fear, the angst that can drive two together when everything is falling apart. More than that, things don't come to a head until, in my opinion, things are irreparable anyway.

"His dark hair in my hands, my dark heart in his."

On the Rocks isn't your typical contemporary romance, no this one is filled to the top with angst, but it's the kind of angst that doesn't come just from falling in love. Kandi Steiner tackles family honor, expectations, and the fear of facing one's future so perfectly. It's a small town story with both romance and scandal and coming-of-age weaved into the pages. It's a book about owning one's truth and figuring out the rest along the way. I so enjoyed this book and am so excited to see what the other Becker brothers have in store for us.

About Kandi:
Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.
An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a diehard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.
When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer, and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Cover Reveal: Coming Up Roses - Staci Hart

Coming Up Roses, an all-new enemies to lovers romantic comedy from Staci Hart is coming August 1st, and we have the beautiful cover!

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Maybe it’s the paperwork. Maybe it’s the day-to-day grind. Maybe it’s that client who never knows what they want, or the guy who always cooks fish in the microwave.
But not me. I love every corner of the Longbourne Flower Shop, every flower, every petal, every stem. I love the greenhouse, and I love Mrs. Bennet, my boss. I love creating, and I love being a florist. I don’t hate anything at all.
Except for Luke Bennet.
The Bennet brothers have come home to help their mom save the flower shop, and Luke is at the helm. His smile tells a tale of lust, loose and easy. He moves with the grace of a predator, feral and wild. A thing unbridled, without rules or constraint.
When he comes home to save Longbourne, I almost can’t be mad at him.
He doesn’t remember that night I’ll never forget. That kiss, touched with whiskey and fire. It branded me like a red-hot iron. But it meant nothing to him.
Everyone hates part of their job, and I hate Luke Bennet.
Because if I don’t, I’ll fall in love with him.

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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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