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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Review: With These Hands

With These Hands With These Hands by Daryl Banner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 I don't write with words" Stars

I think I'm in the minority when I say that I've loved Sam since Read My Lips. There was just something about her lack of emotion and her deadpan responses that drew me in. When Daryl said she was getting a book I was excited. I couldn't wait to see what he would do with this boring girl with no personality. Because let's be honest, Sam wasn't the most intriguing character. And Dmitri? Well, I wasn't sure what to expect with Dmitri.

Daryl delivered. Let's just say that he surpassed my expectations with this story. He took us back to a time when writing your name on a seating chart could alter your future. He took us to a time when hitting the cute boy in front of you could change the dynamic forever. And the right roommate could mean the difference between going hungry and having a full stomach. It's all about the paths you make, the lives you encounter, and the friends you have.

I love this book. I love the M/M, the M/F, and the M/M/F. It's fantastic. It's wonderfully written and something that not everyone can write. And I didn't see it playing out the way it did. I didn't see the characters coming together the way they did. I didn't know. I just didn't know.

Liking a boy is so stupidly stressful.

Do we remember that time Sam dated a guy who played the bassoon? I remember. I also remember wondering why in the world she would put herself through such torture. But after reading With These Hands, I think it makes more sense. Is it better to have someone around than to be alone? Would you prefer the chaos of your mind to the company of others? So, yes, Sam, liking a boy is stressful, but so is feeling alone.

I can't open my eyes until he says something. Was it that bad? Does it need work? Did I even play anything at all, or are we still here waiting for that right moment?

I feel like the majority of this book, Sam is just waiting for the right moment. Dmitri is just waiting for the right moment. But how do you know when the right moment is here? Does the moment happen naturally or do you make it happen? Dmitri and Sam have been waiting for their moment for years. YEARS. And I never saw Dmitri coming. I didn't imagine he'd be as amazing as he is. I'm not sure why, but he surpassed all of my expectations. And that moment? That moment these two have been waiting for? It's the most beautiful thing.

He is an open soul. He is fearless.

I have never been more satisfied by a character who doesn't fit societal norms as I am with Dmitri. He's bi. He isn't gay, he isn't straight. He's bi. It takes a strong person to admit to liking members of both sexes. It's not greedy, it isn't because the person is wishy-washy, it's just how they work. I think it's a true testament to love is love. Because it's true, love is love. He is both, and he is neither, and it seems as natural to him to be this way as breathing. It's just who he is; nothing more, nothing less. How I wish everyone was completely comfortable within their own skin. Dmitri seems to have this figured out.

"You are more than just poetry to me, Sam."


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Friday, May 26, 2017

Review: When I Was Yours

When I Was Yours When I Was Yours by Samantha Towle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nothing beats a second chance romance. This book is amazing. I loved the audio, I loved the characters, and I loved the romance.

Adam and Evie are the couple everyone strives to be. They may be young, but they are head over heels in love with each other.

So what could possibly tear them apart? What destroys a marriage? What hurts Adam and Evie beyond repair?

This is one of those books you need to read to truly appreciate. It's a book you should experience. You don't want the details because the details are what make the book. Those details make the story. Those details, the little ones and the big ones, make Adam and Evie.


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: #FinishLine

#FinishLine #FinishLine by Cambria Hebert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have to thank Cambria Hebert for giving me more of Hopper and Arrow. I know she didn't write this book specifically for me, but it feels like it. #FinishLine ties up all the loose ends I felt in #Blur. This gives me the more I so desperately craved at the end of that book.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Unless of course you get married. That shit will follow you anywhere.
Can I just say #TRUTH? Because I got married in Vegas last year and that shit followed me right back home. ;-)

I wasn't a hard guy to get along with, not really. Just don't fucking talk to me.

I feel ya, Lor. I really, really do.

And my ovaries? They exploded towards the end of this. I won't tell you why either because spoilers. But just read it. If you felt like #Swag or #Blur were unfinished, I promise you won't feel that way when this is over.



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Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: Found Underneath

Found Underneath Found Underneath by K.L. Kreig
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 You are worth fighting for Stars

This is the conclusion to the Finding Me series. If you have not read Lost in Between then you need to turn away now. This review will be spoilery for that book. I will do what I can to not ruin this one though.

I felt so strongly while reading this. I laughed and cried and loved. I wanted more of Shaw and more of Willow. I also wanted more of Annabelle, more Noah. Hell, I even want more Reid. I want it all!!!

Willow and Shaw are worth fighting for.

Somehow, someway you have managed the impossible. You have captured every shred of my heart, every piece of my mind, every bit of my very soul. Everything I am belongs to you.

God, Shaw. I'm pretty sure this was on repeat throughout the entire book. I couldn't come up with other words. Everything he did, everything he said, everything he didn't do.

"Did your soul ache for mine every fucking second of every fucking day?"

My soul ached for these two the entire time I read this book. I savored this book, I took my time with it, and felt every little thing Willow and Shaw felt. The writing is powerful.

Possessiveness rages inside me. He has parts of her I want. Lazy conversations. Inside jokes. Secret looks.

Reid Mergen poses a threat to the relationship of Willow and Shaw. He has information that could destroy this new relationship before it even has a chance to flourish. Reid is a man from Willow's past and he has collided headfirst with her future. But he wants her, of that there is no doubt.

"You are different because I'm in love with every last piece of you. The scared, the scarred, and the sacred."

I am in love with this entire book. The writing, the prose, the slow, slow burn, the uncertainty, the surety, the love. It's all here. It's all here and more. Shaw is more.

I am his. He is mine. There is an us. It's love, without a doubt, no matter if we say it or not.


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Review: Fighting Silence

Fighting Silence Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 "You don't need harder, you need deeper" Stars

I listened to this book so I won't have any amazing quotes or lines to put in this review, but just know that Till Page is amazing. He's sweet and kind and he's in love with Eliza Reynolds.

Eliza and Till meet when Till literally falls through a window when they are only 13 years old. Both coming from less than stellar home lives, they find solace in each other. They find solace within the four walls of the condemned apartment that feels more like home than where either child lives.

For years, Till and Eliza keep this apartment life separate from their real lives. This secret life is where they can be themselves and they can be everything to each other.

So much happens, this is a beautiful story that shows what can happen as two kids grow up and learn to love--something they don't have at home.

I loved this book. I can't wait to move on and read about the other Page brothers. If they are anything like Till, they will be amazing.


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Review: From This Day Forward

From This Day Forward From This Day Forward by Shannon Myers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Do you ever read a book where there isn't a single redeemable character in the entire freaking thing? Yes? No? I've read a couple, but they always seem to get exactly what they deserve in the end.

This book? I hope you aren't looking for an HEA because this isn't it. This is one of those books where I'm pretty sure everyone gets what they deserve. You can even be satisfied with this ending if you like that kind of ending. However, if you want to see this all wrapped up, you're gonna have to grab book two.

Once you've had a taste of something forbidden, it's a lot easier to go back to it the second time around.

This pretty much sums up this entire book. The whole book is about love and betrayal. Betrayal, betrayal, betrayal. And this line, this line is the truth.

"You wanna get your fucking hands off of my wife or do you need some help?"

Probably my favorite line in the entire book. I crushed hard on David. And this totally alpha line is probably why.



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Review: Somebody Else's Sky

Somebody Else's Sky Somebody Else's Sky by Jessica Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's hard to write a review for a book that was so perfectly written, a book that brought tears to my eyes, a book that broke me.

Because Somebody Else's Sky broke me.

"You wasted your time."
"Maybe I did,"
I said,"but time never feels wasted on you."

Lake is waiting for Manning. She is waiting for time to catch up to her love. She is waiting to turn eighteen. Eighteen is the magic number, at least she thinks it is. What's keeping Manning from Lake isn't just a number, but a whole world of life and experience. A whole world of hurt and pain. A whole world of fear. Eighteen is a nice number, but it isn't magical. And waiting isn't always what you want it to be.

I couldn't tell her I loved her. I couldn't tell her I didn't.

Oh, how I wish he could just say something! Something more than the nothing Lake is given. She knows though. She knows by the way he looks at her, speaks to her, can't hide from her. He may be hiding from everyone else, but Lake sees him. They are, after all, inevitable.

"You're what I want."
"But I can't be what you need."

But, but whhhhhhhhyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! It's times like this that I just want to strangle Manning and Lake and Tiffany. Tiffany because she has some need to see her sister in pain. Some deep, twisted need that I just cannot understand. Lake because she puts Manning in a position that he shouldn't have to be in. Manning for not doing exactly what I want.

"You think I don't know how you feel? You think I don't carry the burden of our love on my shoulders just to keep it from crashing down on you?"


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Excerpt Reveal: The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley



✮✮✮ A delicious world of erotica, BDSM with alpha-subs and their Dommes, and a gripping love story… Welcome to The Bee’s Honey! The second standalone title in New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley’s Honey Series, THE FARTHEST EDGE is a seductive and rich love story releasing June 6, 2017! And check out the tantalizing excerpt below! ✮✮✮

Go to THE FARTHEST EDGE and preorder your copy today!

 

About THE FARTHEST EDGE (Erotic Romance Releasing June 6, 2017):

Step into the Honey Club, where every sensual boundary will be tested in search of the ultimate pleasure…

Branch doesn’t exist. Living off the grid, he’s looking for a way to forget his past and the guilt that plagues him. But no woman has ever been able to bring him to the edge he craves. 

After a traumatic experience of her own, Evangeline stepped away from the decadent world of the Honey Club. But when she gets Branch’s offer—to play without boundaries or commitments—it’s too tempting for her to refuse. 

As their passion ignites, Evangeline and Branch push each other to their farthest limit, fulfilling their darkest desires while falling harder and deeper than they ever imagined.




EXCERPT:

Aryas knew her.

He knew what she liked.

He knew how she played.

He knew exactly what would make her squirm in her seat.

And he knew precisely how long it had been since she’d had her kink.

“You’re throwing down the gauntlet,” she accused quietly.

“You feel like picking up the glove?” he shot back, shaking the piece of paper at her.

She stared into Aryas’s eyes.

No strings.

Anything she wanted to do to get him off.

When he was done with her, he’d vanish from her life.

Her gaze dropped to the paper.

“Be you, and we’ll make it interesting, lay five grand on that fucker, he’ll give you one go and then he’ll move on,” Aryas pushed, but it was a dare.

She looked back at him.

A dare.

Yes, he knew her.

“No reflection on you and your skills, which are sublime, my beautiful baby.” He grinned wicked grin. “Just that this guy is unbreakable. There’s no edge for him any Domme can get anywhere near to push him off and that’s what he’s looking for. Being taken to the farthest edge and shoved right the fuck over.”

Taken to the farthest edge.

Evangeline was not into that. She wasn’t into extreme. Not like many who were into that in the life.

No, the edges she coasted were exactly what Aryas wasn’t quite saying, but she read this guy couldn’t handle.

Unless he had the right Mistress to lead the way.

Damn it all, she was getting wet.

“Five grand?” she snapped.

Aryas pressed his lips together and she was too peeved to get more peeved that he did it to suppress his amusement.

He unpressed them to confirm, “Five grand. But Leenie, babe, just to get it straight, he walks away from you at first meet, we’re even. It’s only if you get a crack at him the bet is on.”

She lifted her nose at the same time she snatched the paper from his hand, declaring, “He won’t walk away.”

“He might,” Aryas said gently, and his sudden loss of humor and careful tone made her focus on him again. “Beware of that. He’s done it before. In some ways, he doesn’t give a shit about anything. In some ways, he can be frustratingly choosy.”

“If I want him, he walks away, I’ll still get him,” she announced.


✮✮✮ And don’t miss the first standalone title in the Honey Series… THE DEEP END! ✮✮✮

About THE DEEP END:

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one's deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.




About Kristen Ashley:

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. 

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. 

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cover Reveal and Preorder: Most Valuable Playboy by Lauren Blakely


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren Blakely comes a sexy, new standalone sports romance releasing September 1st, MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY! Told from the guy’s POV, MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY will hit retailers just in time to celebrate the start of fall and football season! The audiobook is slated for a simultaneous release and will be narrated by Zachary Webber! Don’t miss the amazing cover and blurb below!


Cover Design by Helen Williams with Photography by Scott Hoover Photography


About MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY:

Hands down, my favorite thing in the world is to score. Touchdowns.


Don’t let the fact that I’m the leading pick in the Most Valuable Playboy charity auction fool you. These days, I’m only a player on the field. I’ve kept my pants zipped all season long — and it has been long — because nothing’s more important than leading my team to victory every week. Except maybe escaping from the owner’s handsy-as-hell sister who seems dead set on winning more than a date with me at the auction.

Enter Violet and a well-placed Hail Mary.


She’s my best friend’s sister with a smile as sweet as cherry pie and a mind that runs quicker than the 40-yard-dash. After Violet saves the day with the highest bid, I don’t even give her a two-minute warning before I kiss her in front of the whole crowd and then announce that she’s my girlfriend. Which would be fine except my agent tells me the next day that we’ve got to keep up the act while he’s negotiating my contract. 


Violet says she’ll take one for the team and pretend to be mine, but our boyfriend-girlfriend scrimmage quickly turns into a full contact sport. And soon enough, I want this game with her to go into overtime. The problem is — I’ve been riding the bench for years.


How can a guy like me, who finally has a chance to prove his worth on the field, convince the girl she’s most valuable to his heart?

*MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY is a brand new standalone sports romance written in the guy’s POV!*

PREORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

✦iBooks ➜ http://apple.co/2qKB2dV (Releasing TWO days early on August 31st!)
✦Kobo ➜ http://bit.ly/2riYJpJ
✦Amazon ➜ http://amzn.to/2rdHHNv
✦Kindle Preorder alert (via Lauren's newsletter) ➜ http://laurenblakely.com/newsletter/
✦Goodreads ➜ http://bit.ly/2pOgj4z




Can’t wait to get your hands on this smoking hot MVP?
MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY will release two days early on iBooks! If you’re an iBooks user, you can enjoy this sports romance on August 31st!










About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 80 times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In June she'll release THE KNOCKED UP PLAN, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter




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