Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Release Blitz: Violent Delights - Jessica Hawkins

Title: Violent Delights
Series: White Monarch #1
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 19, 2019

“She is mine.” Three words from two different men.
A life, future, and love I don’t get to choose.

In the de la Rosa family, old grudges run deeper than loyalty, and betrayal is a three-letter word: war. But this feud isn’t between enemies. It’s between brothers. And I’m the prize.

I was born a princess among criminals. An untouchable among thieves. Heiress to a life others have killed for, and one I'd do anything to escape. I vowed not to leave without Diego, my first love and best friend, but if his ruthless brother has his way, I won’t leave at all. Cristiano de la Rosa is a man as big and bold as his legend. Once upon a time, he was our cartel’s best soldier . . . until he became my family’s worst enemy.

A man like Cristiano will bend fate to his will to get what he wants. Even if it means dragging me to hell—and tearing me from his brother's arms.

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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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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Release Blitz & Review: Fleeting - Carrie Aarons


Fleeting by Carrie Aarons
Available Now | Nash Brothers, #1Read it for FREE in Kindle Unlimited

Presley McDaniel lives her life from moment to moment.
Making permanent decisions means obligation, and that would force her to stop being the family disappointment. Waitress, fitness instructor, dog walker … you name the hourly job and she’s probably held the position.
But when her grandmother can no longer run her book shop in Fawn Hill, a town so small it barely has its own zip code, Presley steps up to help.The move from bustling city to green pastures may be exactly what she needs to sort out her life. But she didn’t ask for that happy ending to include a gorgeous veterinarian with an all-American smile and a penchant for snuggling puppies. The good doctor is reliable, responsible, and just the kind of man Presley has always avoided.
Love and commitment are predictable.So why, the moment she lays eyes on him, are they all she wants?


Keaton Nash has never questioned his steady path.
His brothers may tease him about settling into his father’s passed-down role of small town veterinarian, but Keaton has never minded his rural roots. And after tragedy struck two years ago, he has a duty as the eldest Nash man to look after his family.
What he doesn’t need is the sexy, flighty stranger who shows up in town and gets his broken heart beating again. Presley McDaniel is a distraction, a red-headed temptation that is the definition of a bad idea.
He’s barely recovered from the love who left him to chase bigger dreams, and this woman is bound to do the same.Except for the first time ever, he wants to abandon stability.

She makes him want to be reckless.


4 Stars
Review
Carrie Aarons, the queen of sweet, has done it again with Presley McDaniel and Keaton Nash. Presley is the girl that doesn't know how to do one thing for long, fleeting is the word that describes her. It's also the word that describes what she thinks of relationships, at least until a man sweeps her right off her runaway feet. She doesn't expect the small town to feel more like home than the big city ever did and she certainly doesn't think the sweet, charming vet should be her perfect match. But small town charm comes with small town intervention and soon Presley finds herself on a date with Keaton, a man who doesn't do temptation or spontaneity. The chemistry is there, but one of them will have to put down roots or be willing to give up stability.

"Life before her was muted, and with her in my arms, I saw nothing but fireworks."

Here today gone tomorrow, that's Presley's motto, but the opportunity to help her grandmother out is also her chance to show her family she can stay put. She's absolutely a big city girl in a small town book, her discomfort is more than written on the pages, it's a physical feeling you get while reading. She's immature with relationships, both romantic and familial, and she's got a stack of old issues. Keaton, however, is as patient and committed as they come. Sure, he's not interested in the hard work of a relationship and the pain of heartbreak, but when he gives into Presley he gives in and, in my opinion, is pretty incredible to her all things considered. Their chemistry is off the charts, but the setting isn't made for therapy sessions and working through it all. It's made for sweet dates, arguments, and a crash course in love. Of course, small town romance wouldn't be so charming if it didn't have meddling from family and townsfolk.

The Nash Brothers series not only gives us sweet Keaton, but also his brothers who certainly don't have an adjective nearly as nice as sweet before their names. Presley may have been the wild child in Fleeting, but the series promises more angst, more drama, and certainly more loving. Fleeting was a fun, escape read for me that I think fans of nice-guy romance will really enjoy.

What Reviewers Are Saying...“So what do I need to do to find a quaint little town like Fawn Hill? And some Nash brothers? Because good golly Miss Molly I am in love with everything here!” -The Book Branch
“This book is fabulous...I had a smile on my face for most of it. I read this book in one sitting, it is a pager turner.” -Goodreads Reviewer
“I suggest y’all grab a copy when it releases on March 14th! Scratch that ... I’m TELLING you to! Mrs. Aarons has won my heart over with these boys already.” -Goodreads Reviewer


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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes books that are just as swoon-worthy as they are sarcastic. A former journalist, she prefers the stories she dreams up, and the yoga pant dress code, much better.
When she isn't writing, Carrie is busy binging reality TV, having a love/hate relationship with cardio, and trying not to burn dinner. She lives in the suburbs of New Jersey with her husband, daughter and dog.




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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Release Day Review: The Flyaways - A.R. Hadley

The Flyaways
by A.R. Hadley
Published: March 13, 2019
Genre: Novella, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Women's Fiction

Holly’s life changes the moment she steps foot into his classroom.

Set in Daytona Beach and spanning two semesters of college, is the story of bright, young student, Holly Kerr, her beautiful Professor Kelley Nicolo and the forbidden games they play when they fall in love … despite his marriage and their vast differences.

Or maybe they’re more alike than they realize. Souls searching day and night, never resting … flyaways lost and looking for a place to land.

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Review
5 Stars
Holly feels her world tilt on its axis the moment her eyes meet Kelley Nicolo's, his azure colored eyes stealing her breath and her attention. He's her professor though, and more than that he's married, has a young child, and has differing opinions about love and commitment. The lust and passion they share drives them together and Holly knows that love is brewing. Both are seeking something more, something for their soul, and they soon discover it's a someone that will fill the hole, if only they would let it.

"We're only talking. I like you. Don't you like me?"

Oh my word, I don't like novellas, I don't like my erotica with a lot of emotion, I don't like crying over two characters and not being able to see a happy ending, but I loved The Flyaways. It's a quick read filled with passionate words, descriptive love scenes, and two characters that seem so broken and yet whole when they come together. Holly is not your classic lost girl case, her upbringing has only strengthened her and, while naive, she faces things without abandon. Her life could have marked her, but she doesn't allow it to and despite her fear of Kelley's hold over her, she embraces him even knowing the hurt will come. Kelley is an enigma, a handsome professor with a love of poetry that would make any student, any women, fall for him. It's a stunning release from A.R. Hadley that had me wrapped up in the pages, unable to look up in fear of missing anything. 

"He was the reason people penned the words Kelley claimed held no meaning."

It's true what A.R. Hadley says about her male characters, they can be cold, but for me Kelley was not that way. He had some deep hurt, he had some thoughts about life that maybe I didn't agree with, sure, but he wasn't cold. He was closed off from an emotion that had let him down and in turn he let down the girl feeling that same emotion. It didn't take away from this story though, it displayed a very real, ugly side of love and allowed for growth in the characters. More than love, A.R. Hadley explores the nature of manipulation, of raw emotions, and of passion; it made for an incredibly captivating story.

"'Your eyes are like glass. I might cut myself, Ms. Kerr,' he said, then clicked off. Or see himself more clearly, she thought."

The Flyways is a 30,000 word novella, but it reads like a full length novel. The characters are fleshed out, the setting includes an entire town and college, there are secondary characters, and there is a plot that is as thick as molasses to wade through. While it does feature a subject readers don't typically reach for, an open marriage affair to be specific, it is the type of book I love. I think it allows the story to feel realistic with heightened emotions and a threat of no HEA. I loved the way A.R. Hadley made me feel reading this, even when I had tears in my eyes or thought Kelley was being a right jerk, because it meant she had pulled me into the story with her and that is a successful read in my opinion.
About the Author
A.R. Hadley writes imperfectly perfect sentences by the light of her iPhone.
She loves her husband.
Chocolate.
Her children.
And Cary Grant.
She annoys those darling little children by quoting lines from Back to the Future, but despite her knowledge of eighties and nineties pop culture, she was actually meant to live alongside the Lost Generation after the Great War and write a mediocre novel while drinking absinthe with Hemingway. Instead, find her sipping sweet tea with extra lemons on her porch as she weaves fictional tales of love and angst amid reality.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Blog Tour: The Empire - Lisa Renee Jones

The Empire (Filthy Trilogy #3)
by Lisa Renee Jones
Published: March 12, 2019

The third and final book in the Filthy Trilogy - Eric and Harper's stunning finale...

Passion. Lies. Family.

Eric and Harper will feel the push and pull of a dynasty gone wrong. Secrets remain. Danger is everywhere. And the pull of their forbidden love will not be ignored.

Can they survive their enemies and find a path to love and forever?
In life, there are people who touch our lives and leave lasting marks. There are people who cut us and do so in a way that we feel as if we might never heal. If we’re lucky, we find that one person who can soothe the ache of our wounds, if not heal them. That one person who sees our flaws as perfection. That one person who can make us whole again.

Eric shoves me against the wall of that alcove, and with that window beside us, overlooking the city, his big body pressed to mine, his kiss not only devours me—it speaks to me. He’s my one person and I’m his. I feel that in his touch. I feel that in the way we connect. I taste it in his kiss. I don’t know where this leads us. I don’t know if it means we can overcome the Kingston family, but I know we can overcome his demons. He doesn’t, though. I taste that in his kiss as well. There is torment, a feeling like he’s bad for me. That he shouldn’t want me and the only comfort I find in this and where we’re headed is that he isn’t pushing me away—he’s pulling me closer. And I will hold him tighter.

I sink into the hard lines of his body, slide my hands under his shirt, hard muscle flexing beneath my palms, the thick ridge of his erection pressed to my belly. God, how I want him, how I ache for more, and the next lick of his tongue just about undoes me. I tug on his shirt. “Take it off,” I order, wanting to feel him closer.

He reaches over his head and tugs it free and then fixes me in one of those scorching blue-eyed stares, the way he had the first night we met, and I’m melting right here in this office for him. He tugs my shirt over my head and unhooks the front of my bra, his gaze raking over my naked breasts, my nipples puckering beneath his inspection, and my sex clenching, empty, so very empty without him. “Better?” he challenges, his attention settling on my face.

My hands come down on his upper arms, the jaguar on his right shoulder, reminding me just how much he wants to deny his heritage. It reminds me just how much this family burns him alive. “A little.” I slide my hands down his hips and boldly stroke the line of his zipper, the thick ridge of his erection.

He groans, one of his hands covering my hand, the other hand catching my hair, a rough pull as his mouth closes down on mine again. And then he’s devouring me again and I love it. I love that I’ve drawn this deep, guttural reaction from him. I love that he’s all here with me, not in his own head, not doubting how good he is for me. Not swimming in the ocean of numbers in his head. Not in the hell of the Kingston family.

This drives me. I want to push him. I want to keep him here, with me. I squeeze his erection through his pants and whisper, “Why aren’t you inside me already?”

He turns me, pressing me to the wall like he had in the cottage, his big body wrapping my body, his hands on my breasts, fingers teasing my nipples, lips at my ear. “You were always sweeter than revenge,” he promises. “Always more addictive.” He plucks at my nipples. “So fucking addictive and I hated you for that.”

He reaches for my zipper and I squeeze my eyes shut. I don’t have to ask what he means. I understand. From the moment we met, he was in my head, in my heart, his touch imprinted on my body. The man I compared all others to, and they came up short. “I hated you, too.”

His hands press under the denim at my hips. He caresses them down my legs and then his arm is wrapping my waist and he’s lifting me. In a few quick moves, I’m naked and he’s standing at my hips, one palm possessively on my backside. The other on my belly. “Do you hate me now?” His fingers walk down to my sex and he cups me.

“Yes.” I look at him. “I still hate you for having this much control over me.” He slides his fingers along the seam of my sex, sending sensations darting through my body.

“Is that a bad thing?” he challenges, his palm squeezing my backside, his fingers slipping inside me.

“Yes,” I say, panting my way through that one word and somehow adding, “Because when I look in your eyes, like I am now, I see expectations. The wrong ones.”

He scowls and suddenly he’s turning me, pressing my back to the wall, his legs caging mine. “What does that mean?” he demands.

“It means as long as you expect to hurt me, as long as you expect you being a savant, you being different from me, to make us less, we will be. It means, you expect us to fail and so we will.” I swallow hard, my hand planting on his chest, his heart thundering beneath my palm, pounding out an emotional beat. “You think I can’t handle who and what you are. You still think I’m the princess and you’re the bastard.”

He tangles his fingers into my hair, his touch rough, erotic, as he drags my lips to his. “We are the bastard and the princess, but I don’t care anymore. I want you. I fucking need you. Do you understand me?”

Heat rushes over me, through my body, over my skin and settles in my heart and my sex. “I fucking need you, too.”

“Good, because I might have asked you to stay, but I never intended to let you go. I’m not going to let you go. I’m not going to let us go.”
Review
5 Stars
Harper and Eric have only just found one another again and they can't focus on their emotions, on the fresh romance, when the world seems to be crumbling around them. Eric may consider his friends family, but his real family, the ones that call him The Bastard, are truly enemies and they're out for blood. After an avoided attack and some crazy coded messages Eric's father is hospitalized and his brother arrives unannounced and unhinged. For every puzzle solved there's a new challenge, not including the chemistry between Eric and Harper as they snag free moments for themselves and immediately jump back into the chaos. The Empire is the final novel in the Filthy Trilogy and boy is it filthy. Suspenseful, action packed, and as smutty as they come, Lisa Renee Jones closes this trilogy with a bang.

I didn't read the entire Dirty Rich series, it came at a time when my schedule was packed and I couldn't spare a moment to read 10+ novels, but something about a savant SEAL and a businesswoman, known as The Bastard and The Princess, just called to me. This trilogy is of the all consuming type, the characters and their stories don't leave your mind even while you're reading other books and participating in other activities. Eric and Harper just have that insane chemistry that makes you want a happy ending and yet their relationship, both romantic and familial, is just not as easy as anyone else's. The Empire, and the entire Filthy Trilogy, is jam packed with deceit, revenge, secrets, and, of course, lust.

Eric and Harper are meant to be, they fit together perfectly and it's oh so sexy, but they also have a mess to deal with. Eric isn't a fan of his savant nature and Harper is unsure of her family's intention, these issues lead to trust problems between them. Emotions are heightened as Eric and Harper's family use their soft spots against them, dangling secrets in front of them and threatening to reveal. Eric and Harper have a connection though, one that is almost inexplicable, somehow they  work through it even when working through it is just the joining of their bodies. It's an exciting read, one with just enough mystery and suspense that I wasn't overwhelmed by the smut that fills the pages when the two are alone. I loved all the big reveals in The Empire, Lisa Renee Jones wrapped up the trilogy perfectly, answering every question readers had and giving us the perfect ending too.

The Empire is the perfect conclusion to Eric and Harper's story and the three are a great set of novels to pull away from the larger Dirty Rich series. I enjoyed the unique nature of the relationship between Eric and Harper and, like always, loved the business world that Lisa weaved into the book. Like all LRJ novels, this one is heavy on the sex scenes and even heavier on the suspense. Longtime fans, new readers, the in-between, will love Eric and Harper's journey from The Bastard, to The Princess, and finally to their empire. 
THE BASTARD (book one) - Available Now

THE PRINCESS (book two) - Available Now

THE EMPIRE (book three) - Available Now
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series.

In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, she has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is also the author of the bestselling WHITE LIES and LILAH LOVE series.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Review: Daisy Jones & The Six - Taylor Jenkins Reid

This will come to no surprise to my friends, family, and followers, but I love old rock and roll and newer folk rock. I could listen to Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Billy Raffoul, First Aid Kit, etc. all day long. In fact, that's usually what I'm listening to while I read. I think it's both perfect background music and perfect in your feels music. The lyrics are honest, they're often raw, and the voices of those bands can cut you deep. When I heard about Daisy Jones & The Six, written by none other than Taylor Jenkins Reid (The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo), I jumped at the opportunity to receive an Advanced Review Copy. All I had was a cover, a short blurb, and a playlist sent out by Taylor Jenkins Reid that featured some of my all time favorite bands. I may not have been alive in the sixties and seventies, at the height of poppy rock n' roll, but this book took me there and it won't be a journey I'll forget anytime soon. Lucky for me and other fans, Reese Witherspoon picked Daisy Jones & The Six for her Hello Sunshine book club and is now producing the novel with Amazon as a series. Check out the blurb and my review for this oral history of a fictional, but very realistic rock band below.

Daisy Jones & The Six
by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published: March 5, 2019 by Ballantine Books

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

Ballantine Books
Review
5 Stars
Sex, drugs, rock 'n' Roll. Taylor Jenkins Reid takes us inside the minds of famous, fictional rock and roll members of the band Daisy Jones & The Six. Kicking off with an author's note written by the author of the rockstar biography, that wasn't confusing to explain at all, we're made aware right away that this isn't your typical story. You see, Daisy Jones & The Six rose to fame at a rapid pace, but their demise was just as quick, if not faster. Like all massively famous bands in the 60's and 70's, much of their life was on display for the fans, but the truth is all but unknown. The members remember the events differently and this is the first time that fans and readers will get the true inside scoop.

"The truth often lies, unclaimed, in the middle."

If I had to use just one word to describe Daisy Jones & The Six, I would pick authentic. We follow the characters as they revisit the beginning, revealing the entry of piano goddess Karen Karen and the conflicts brought on by Billy Dunne's obsessive control. We see their initial climb, the hard work put into new albums, the touring, the good and bad memories, the drugs, the alcohol, the girls and the boys, and finally the grand fall that stopped time. I forgot, several times, that Daisy Jones & The Six wasn't real, my mind easily filling in the blanks with stories told by true rock n roll stars, Fleetwood Mac. Frontman heartthrob, Billy Dunne, takes off the veil that had previously shrouded his time with the band and sexually free Daisy reveals her, at the time, mercurial personality. We're given a front row seat to addiction, taking readers back to a time when drugs were easy to get and much more acceptable. We also get a glimpse into the artistic side of the band, the selection of guitar rifts and the hours spend on connecting lyrics together. I loved Billy and Daisy, I could picture their jaded, youthful selves and I could picture them graying and older, reflecting on a time best left in the past.

"The smell of any of it. It takes me right back. To those moments when the night is just starting, when you know you're about to get into trouble. It feels so good, the beginning."

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the format of Daisy Jones & The Six. While many might call this an interview style, I don't necessarily think it fits that mold completely. There's no questions posed by the author, rather they allow the members of the band to share the stories at will. In fact, the individual's sharing of events blend together, it almost seemed like they were sitting in a single room sharing the events. I loved their unique perspectives, how one thought they'd brought their car and another thought they'd brought theirs instead. Their voices were easy to differentiate, how Daisy talked was miles different than Billy's voice. The format allowed the story to come to life and feel more realistic, like these were truly old rock stars sitting in front of a mic or camera revisiting the past. I loved the complicated relationships, the character flaws that stand out now for the characters as they look back, and the wistful quality of the storytelling.

"In that moment, I thought, she's going to be the girl bleeding in a beautiful dress until it kills her."

Daisy Jones & The Six is an intelligent, compelling novel that will take readers back in time to the glory days of music. With an atmospheric quality, Taylor Jenkins Reid brings to life a band whose problems were just too big to overcome. The fame, the popularity, the money, it all didn't mean anything as the members fought to be heard, as the drugs use turned sinister, and as emotions lost control. Music fans will love this historical novel that reveals the vulnerable side of a band that could've stayed on top, but instead disappeared with a crash.

"But The Six was never what you expect."
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