Monday, November 21, 2016

FIRE IN YOU

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Some are born with fire in them.

✮✮✮SECOND CHANCES, HOPE, & RED-HOT CHEMISTRY…FIRE IN YOU, the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Wait For You World, releases November 28, 2016! Don’t Miss Brock and Jillian’s passionate and richly moving story in this standalone contemporary romance! And check out each stop on the FIRE IN YOU Feature Tour taking place November 21-December 3!✮✮✮

Let the FIRE IN YOU burn and order your copy today!

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About FIRE IN YOU (Standalone Contemporary Romance Releasing November 28, 2016):
From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…
Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun. It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.
She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.
Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

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FIRE IN YOU will be available in paperback and eBook November 28th, 2016!

Just enter your name, age, email address, and the order number from your digital or paperback pre-order receipt athttps://a.pgtb.me/M7KhMCto receive your exclusive FIRE IN YOU bonus scene! All entrants will receive the bonus scene on December 5th, 2016 through email using the email given when the entrant filled out THIS FORM.

   

EXCERPT:

“You’ve got to be fucking kidding me,” I gasped.
Brock’s eyes widened and then he threw back his head, laughing loudly and freely. “Ms. Lima, language.”
My face turned blood red. Did he seriously just say that to me?
Andre’s smile was a bit sly as he eyed the both of us, and I knew—I just knew—he was fully aware of the fact I had no idea Brock was going to be here. Just like my mother had to have known and just like my father had failed to mention.
My family was a bunch of assholes.
“Okay, I’m going to go—uh, pretend to do something,” Andre said.
Brock’s brown eyes were trained on me as he stepped aside and clapped the shorter man on the shoulder.
“Good luck,” Andre said to him, and my hands balled into fists.
The half-grin appeared on Brock’s mouth and he waited until Andre had disappeared. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard you use the word ‘fuck’ before.” His gaze flipped to the ceiling. “Well, there was the one time you tripped over your own feet and banged your knees off the pool deck. Pretty sure you yelled ‘fuck’ then.”
“This is not happening,” I murmured, heart thumping heavily in my chest.
“Actually, I think you yelled ‘fuck’ when your uncle Julio caught you trying to sneak out of the house. You remember that, right? You were trying to follow me—”
“You can stop,” I snapped, “with the walk down Fuck Lane.”
That grin increased, spreading into a full smile that caused my stomach to dip. I placed steadying hands on my desk. “Please tell me I’m dreaming right now.”
“If you were dreaming, I’d hope we’d both have less clothes on.”
“What?” My jaw hit the top of the table. Was he flirting with me? Not entirely surprising. If you looked up “flirt” on the internet, I was sure it had a picture of him grinning the panties right off of some chick, so I guessed a fiancée wasn’t going to change that.
Chuckling, Brock leaned against the door and folded his arms across his broad chest, stretching the material of his white button-down. My gaze dropped. Yep. He was wearing the damn Chucks. “You’re not dreaming, Jillian. I’m the new General Manager and you’re my assistant manager.”
“There is no way,” I said dumbly.
He glanced around, arching a brow. “Is it really that surprising?”
I wanted to scream yes, but I should’ve guessed it the moment I saw Brock Friday night. Anger swept through me. Not only did I feel incredibly stupid for not figuring out Brock was my new boss, I was extremely pissed everyone in my family had basically set me up.
Taking a deep breath, I asked, “Can you give me a second? Please?”
Brock didn’t move for a moment and then he unfolded his arms. “Your wish is my command.”
My fingers curled around the edge of the desk to stop myself from throwing something at him. The moment he stepped out of my office, I hurried to the door and closed it behind him. Storming back to the desk, I pulled my cellphone out of the little slip inside my purse and jabbed my finger on my father’s contact.
He answered on the third ring, his accented voice way too cheery for this time of the morning. “Jillian, my baby girl, are you—”
“Brock is the new General Manager?” I whispered-yelled into the phone.
“You’re at the office already? It’s not even eight-fifteen— Wait, Brock is already there too?” He laughed. “That is surprising.”
“That’s not really important right now.” I took a deep, calming breath. “Brock really is…he’s the GM?”
“I don’t think you really need to ask that question,” he responded. “Especially when you know the answer to it.”
Closing my eyes, I held the phone so tightly I was surprised it didn’t shatter into a million pieces. “Why didn’t you tell me?”
“Would it have a made a difference?” he asked.
Yes. A thousand times yes, but I didn’t say that. I refused to admit that. “Why didn’t you tell me?”
“You’re going to have to ask him that.” There was a pause. “I didn’t offer you this job because I thought you couldn’t handle working with him or that you would be calling me on your first day, thirty minutes before you should even be there.”
Ouch.
“And I’m not saying that to hurt you, hon. You know that. Hurting you is the last thing I’d ever want to do.” There was another gap of silence while I contemplated knocking the computer off my desk with a ninja kick, and then Dad said, “You can do this.”
Then he hung up on me.
What in the hell?




My REVIEW:

Jillian and Brock are a hot couple.  And what would I expect from J Lynn??  They have a history and it is amazing.  J Lynn always likes to have the most diverse and interesting characters that come together due to bizarre circumstances.  And honestly I have not really met any of her characters I did not end up falling for.  And this is not a difference.  They are very likable and very interesting.  Ones that I could totally see me liking in real life.  And she always is able to write realistic drama that you can see happening and understand why it would and how one would react in that circumstance.  Just an awesome book and an awesome writer.

I was extremely lucky to receive this as an advanced reader copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.




FIRE IN YOU Feature Tour
November 21
The Book Bratz-Review 
This Wacky Mama Reads!-Review & Excerpt 
Booklovers For Life-Character Q & A-Jillian
November 22
Words With Sarah-Review & Author Interview
November 23
Krista’s Dust Jacket-Review & Excerpt 
Oh My Growing TBR-Review & Excerpt
November 24
  Star-Crossed Book Blog-Review & Author Interview
November 25
Book Bitches Blog-Review & Excerpt
  The Irish Banana Reviews-Review & Author Interview
November 26
Stuck In YA Books-Review & Top 5 List
  Step Into Fiction-Review & Excerpt
November 27
Less Reality, More Books-Review & Character Q & A-Kristen
  My YA NA Book Obsession-Review & Author Interview
November 28
  Stuck in Books-Dual Reviews
  MEReadAlot-Review
November 29
  Love Between the Sheets-Review & Character Q & A-Brock
November 30
The Cover Contessa-Review & Top 5 List
  Deity Island-Review & Excerpt
  All Romance Reviews-Review & Excerpt
December 1
  Readers Live 1000 Lives-Review & Character Q & A-Avery & Cam
  K-Books-Review
December 2
Tome Tender-Review & Excerpt
  The Book Hookup-Review & Excerpt
December 3
Nose Stuck in a Book-Review & Excerpt
  Kimberlyfaye Reads-Review & Top 5 List






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About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

 # 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.  

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hearts and Ink Coloring Book!

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Laura Kaye’s HEARTS & INK, the adult coloring book inspired by her award-winning and bestselling novels releases today! Thirty exciting and original designs will inspire, relax, and entertain fans old and new! Grab your pencils and crayons and get ready to read - and color - hard!

A Note from Laura:

Friends! I am so excited to share that I’ve worked with the awesome Jessica Hildreth at Creative Book Concepts to design my first adult coloring book based on my bestselling books! HEARTS & INK features 30 original designs with quotes from the books, iconic images, and fun backgrounds that I hope will excite long-time fans and intrigue new-to-me readers! I drew the title from my two bestselling series: the HEARTS in Darkness Duet and the Hard INK books! But you’ll also find pages from my new Raven Riders and Blasphemy series, my older paranormal series (the Hearts of the Anemoi based on Greek mythology, my Vampire Warrior Kings series, and my stand-alone novel, Forever Freed). Plus an absolutely gorgeous page from my historical fiction, America’s First Daughter (written as Laura Kamoie). So there’s a lot here to explore and color!

 
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I was lucky enough to be able to receive a page from this book to color and show off.  I will display it below.  I for one cannot wait to buy this book.  Obviously I need to be purchasing a few new markers.  Very excited!!



COLOR/POST/WIN GIVEAWAY CONTEST! For your chance to win one of 5 $10 Amazon or B&N gift cards, simply COLOR a page from my coloring book, POST it to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #HeartsandInk by November 30 at midnight EST, and look for my posts on December 1 to see if you won!

 
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About the Hearts & Ink Adult Coloring Book:

New York Times Bestselling Author Laura Kaye invites you to immerse yourself within her fictional worlds with this adult coloring book inspired by her award-winning and bestselling novels. Thirty exciting and original designs will inspire, relax, and entertain fans old and new! Featuring book quotes and a variety of simple and intricate designs with lots of colorable space, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So grab your pencils and crayons and get ready to read - and color - hard!

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About Laura Kaye: Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.  


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Review: Slow Burn

Slow Burn Slow Burn by Pamela Clare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I always get my hopes up for firemen stories. As a loyal fireman wife who thinks the world of her husband and his profession, I always have high hopes for the "glamorizing love stories" that are written. And I am usually if not always disappointed. This is one was no different. Now by no means does this mean that the book was written bad or the story itself was bad. But honestly, it just never meets the expectations I have in this the age of Chicago Fire.

It had okay characters and a story that was fine. I just did not feel a major connection with any of them nor did I have to continue reading for fear I may miss something. That all being said, the writing was okay as was the characters and their relationships.

I received this story in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Review: This Is Our Song

This Is Our Song This Is Our Song by Samantha Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I enjoyed this one as I always enjoy a Samantha Chase book. She writes well and always seems to keep a traditional romantic novel cleaner than most and endearingly sweet.

These characters were no different and were perfectly written as they were matched. Another strong book by Samantha Chase.

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Review: The Invitation

The Invitation The Invitation by Lucy Foley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This is not a normal pick for me unless it was recommended. I felt that this one just did not hold my interest as much as I would have liked. I did however love the cover of the book. And the writing was just average for me. I had higher hopes on this one.

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Review: Love Me Crazy

Love Me Crazy Love Me Crazy by Camden Leigh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review from NetGalley.

I liked this one. It had strong characters and a good story. I liked how polar opposite but yet entirely perfect for each other they were. Good fun read!

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Review: Things I Can't Forget

Things I Can't Forget Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I felt this book was incredibly slow moving and slightly boring, honestly. The characters annoyed me more than anything. I felt like this one dragged along. Just not as into this one and it was tough for me to finish

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Review: A Fabrication of the Truth

A Fabrication of the Truth A Fabrication of the Truth by Katie Kaleski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was given this book in exchange for a fair and honest review from Net Galley.

This was an okay book that attempts to handle an interracial relationship. I felt that it was just an okay read. It was just not a spectacular love story for me. The writing was okay and the characters were just so-so.

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Review: Just Kill Me

Just Kill Me Just Kill Me by Adam Selzer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Let me start off by saying that I really wanted to like this story but alas, I just did not feel it. Was the darkness of the story? No. Was it the LGBTQ genre? Nope. Was it the humor? Not at all. For me, it just was a story that was trying to be too many things but could not really do any of them to justice. I am good to read most books = regardless of the genre or tone. But when a book has no path to it and is all over the place, I really just cannot enjoy it. And that makes me sad in a way as I have met this author a few times and he is quite enjoyable.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Another Year of YA FRENZY Fun!!

This year we went to Anderson's YA Fandom Frenzy with a different thought behind us attending.  It truly was about meeting the authors and getting to understand all about what they were writing, why they were writing what they were writing, and my daughter wanted autographs.  As an aspiring author, she was very excited to meet those that do what she desires to do.  And I really wanted to meet one author and to take pictures of some of them (I say this every year but this year I meant it!)

And so let us re-cap all we saw and met and desire to read this time around!

1. Adriana Mather is amazing!!!!  Her book "How To Hang A Witch" is a story about Salem (as in Salem Witch trial) and present day descendants of those involved in the trial.  It is amazing and wonderful and a book that I just could not put down.  And to top it all off, she is a descendant of Cotton Mather - yes the Cotton Mather from the Salem Trials.  She was funny and sweet and just awe inspiring for me.  This is her with me and my best friend - yep lucky girl right here!




2.  Adam Silvera is a ham!!  Oh my, he is too funny and is so sweet that it is impossible not to like him.  He always had a comment or anecdote to share and it always made you glad you got to be near him.  I for one cannot wait to read his book More Happy Than Not.  And to think he has more books coming out next year.  Hopefully, he will be here again next year and we can see what wackiness he has up his sleeve then.



3. My daughter was in heaven!  She is obsessed with all things Alice in Wonderland.  She loves the stories and the adaptations and the general idea of Alice and the Mad Hatter.  (Her momma loves the idea of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter!)  But alas I digress, she was excited when I had come home with the Looking Glass Wars a long while back and immediately read it.  When I told her that Frank Beddor was going to be there this year, she just had to tag along.  And I am glad that she did!!  Not only did she get to meet him, have him sign her book (both her old one and the new series he has), but she also took a picture with him.  At one point during the panels, she got a bit bored (she is only a tween so I get that) and started drawing pictures.  So of course she needed to draw one for him in her appreciation of giving her books to love and re-read.  He was so appreciative and spent so much time speaking to her, that he made this Momma very happy she brought her girl to meet him.  He even asked me to send him the picture so he had it too.  I mean, that is too sweet!!



4. Andersons - one fail in my opinion.  We sat at the table with Brendan Kiely.  He is not only funny and smart, but he was very personable and a total treat to sit with.  Again, another author to truly take the time to get to know my girlie and make her feel special.  I had a list in my head of the books that I knew I wanted to buy at the Anderson Bookshop there.  And his "The Last True Love Story" was on my short list.  (As you can imagine, my list is always rather long.)  So when I got there, I was incredibly disappointed to see that they were sold out.  And when we asked if they would had anymore or were going to get anymore, we were told no.  But we could gladly go to their store either today or tomorrow to get one.  Umm, so I can drive the 15 minutes out of my way to buy something from you, but you cannot be bothered to send someone over while we are still at your event (that I paid for) to replenish your supply??  Thanks, but that just makes me feel you are after my money and nothing else.  I can await coming home and asking my local bookstore here in my town to get it for me and I will pay them.  And when I went later to get another awesome looking book, again, sold out.  And another.  UGH.  Perhaps I will just make sure that next year I have any books I want signed ahead of time.

5. Another special and fun idea for my autographs!  I struggle all the time with what to do with all my books as I know most book lovers do.  And since I share so many of them, I find myself not always keeping books.  And if it is a signed copy, then I am reluctant to let others read it.  So this year, I came up with the idea to have the authors sign a bag I bought that can hold 3 books.  And when designing what one I would want to have them sign, it only made sense to have it be a library card.  And boy was this a wise move for us.  She got 19 signatures (yep she forgot a few while she was getting her books signed).  And now she has an awesome momento from a great time.  A total win win for me!

6.  Anderson's - excellent job with keeping it moving.  The presenters for the day (and I do apologize as I cannot remember either of their names) did an amazing job keeping the energy up and the mood light.  They kept things moving and that is hard with so many awesome writers.


So, overall, my take of the event?  An excellent day filled with books, authors, friends (new and old), and so many stories that one could really keep writing about it for a lot longer than this.  So if you are into the YA genre like I am, you should treat yourself to this event.  If nothing else, hopefully it will add more books to your TBR pile.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review: Vivian Apple at the End of the World

Vivian Apple at the End of the World Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In all honesty, I was highly disappointed by this one. I felt that the characters were not as strong or as likable as I had hoped. And it was just not enjoyable until near the end which was way to late for it be recovered for a better rating.

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Review: Stupid Fast

Stupid Fast Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great guy book. A true 3-1/2 star book for me. I will be honest that the idea of it being about a guy was not an appealing aspect. Those normally do not appeal at all to me. But I think what I enjoyed the most about this one was that it really felt like a teenage boy was speaking. Too many times a book will not truly echo the essence of the main character. And I felt that this one really did. It was a quick read for sure. Overall, a very well done story.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Review: The Danger of Desire

The Danger of Desire The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this one from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I requested this one based purely on the author - I have always enjoyed Sabrina Jeffries' writing. And I was not disappointed in the least. She always has characters that are amazing to live through and have such amazing strength and determination. And who does not love a "I don't want a love interest, but oops, look what I found" story? Awesome addition to this series.

A true 3-1/2 star book for me.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

MINE FOR NOW

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From the award-winning author of the Rock Star Romance books comes a sizzling new series about the O’Donnell siblings. The pull of wild love is irresistible.

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She’s had enough drama in her life.

Nicole O’Donnell is more than ready for the fresh start college offers. After a lifetime of trying to help her alcoholic mom and ex-boyfriend get sober, she’s finally learned her lesson: people don’t change. They certainly don’t change for her.

He can never leave his drama behind.

Thanks to his mom’s substance abuse issues, Dylan McCaffrey’s persona non grata in his hometown of Gun Powder, Colorado. So when he scores a free ride to the top university in the country, he’s determined to make something of this fresh start. But his mom has always relied on him, and she’s not handling his absence well at all. If he can just keep up his grades, pay her bills, and come home every break, he might be able to pull off this opportunity.

True love won’t be denied.

No matter how determined they are to steer clear of each other, their combustible connection explodes, especially when Nicole offers Dylan the one thing he can’t bear—hope. Once he has a taste of it—and the irresistible force of her—there’s no going back.

But when he falls too deeply, when he loses sight of his priorities, he might just lose it all.

 

Order MINE FOR NOW in ebook or paperback, releasing 10/4/16

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My REVIEW:

I love a book that not only has a great story and great characters, but when it has great secondary characters, my heart leaps a little.  Sometimes they get overlooked and are boring (not intentionally).  But when a story like this makes all the characters well developed and they are ones you want to keep reading about, well then, you know you have found an author to keep reading.
 
I also loved the roller coaster of emotions in this story.  What an amazing adventure for them!!
 
Overall, I gave this one a four and a half star rating.  What a tremendous gift to be able to read this ahead of time.  Love, Family and Loyalty are the keys to the best books for me.

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Except:
Blood roared in his ears, and need crashed over him. He cupped her chin. Those warm
eyes gazed up at him, those beautiful lips parted. When her tongue flicked out to dampen them,
he couldn’t take it anymore. He touched his mouth to hers. So sweet. So incredibly sweet.
He tried to hold back. Tried to get a handle on this thoughts—remind himself why this
was wrong—but she opened her mouth—just a little—just enough for him to feel the rush of her
breath on his lips. And then she leaned into him—so gently, so easily. Christ, like they belonged
together.
Holy hell. This was bad. This was so fucking bad. He should stop, walk away while he
still had possession of his balls. But he needed this taste. This one little taste to make the want go
away.
He pressed his mouth to hers—lightly—just to keep a hint of her to savor for later—but
she opened to him, tilting her head to let him in. She got up on her toes, a gentle hand wrapping
around his neck—and God help him—but he leaned into her, gave into her. He fell into that
delicious mouth, stroking inside with his tongue. And it was so fucking hot, it just cut him wide
open, letting all that need come gushing out.

Blood roared in his ears, and need crashed over him. He cupped her chin. Those warm eyes gazed up at him, those beautiful lips parted. When her tongue flicked out to dampen them, he couldn’t take it anymore. He touched his mouth to hers. So sweet. So incredibly sweet.

He tried to hold back. Tried to get a handle on this thoughts—remind himself why this was wrong—but she opened her mouth—just a little—just enough for him to feel the rush of her breath on his lips. And then she leaned into him—so gently, so easily. Christ, like they belonged together.

Holy hell. This was bad. This was so fucking bad. He should stop, walk away while he still had possession of his balls. But he needed this taste. This one little taste to make the want go away.

He pressed his mouth to hers—lightly—just to keep a hint of her to savor for later—but she opened to him, tilting her head to let him in. She got up on her toes, a gentle hand wrapping around his neck—and God help him—but he leaned into her, gave into her. He fell into that delicious mouth, stroking inside with his tongue. And it was so fucking hot, it just cut him wide open, letting all that need come gushing out.

 

Erika Kelly’s MINE FOR NOW Tour Schedule:
September 26
2OCC Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Roxy's Reviews – Excerpt
TBR Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
September 27
SBB Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Textteaser-Excerpt
HEA Novel Thoughts-Review & Excerpt
September 28
Krista's Dust Jacket – Review & Excerpt
The Lusty Literate – Excerpt
Quesarasera Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Miss Betty's Reviews-Review & Excerpt
September 29
Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt
Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Review & Excerpt
September 30
This Wacky Momma Reads – Review & Excerpt
Ebook Indulgence – Review
Krissy's Book Nook – Review & Excerpt
October 1
Kick Back & Review – Review & Excerpt
Oh My Growing TBR – Excerpt
Sofia Loves Books-Review & Excerpt
October 2
A Taste of Sin – Excerpt
Reading Tigress – Review & Excerpt
The Pervy Ladies Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
EskieMama Reads – Excerpt
October 3
Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review & Excerpt
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
October 4
Behind Closed Doors Book Review – Review & Excerpt
The Lovely Books – Review
Southern Yankee Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
October 5
Ashley Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Pages Abound – Review & Excerpt
October 6
From the TBR Pile – Review & Excerpt
Miranda's Library – Review & Excerpt
October 7
Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
KatyaRath – Review & Excerpt
Melena's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Queenzany – Review & Excerpt
Reading in Pajamas – Review & Excerpt
October 8
A Brit and a Yank – Excerpt
AC book blog – Review & Excerpt
G & T's Indie Café – Excerpt
Sexy Bibliophiles – Review
Deluged with Books Café-Review & Excerpt
   
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    erika-kelly-author-picAbout Erika Kelly: Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life--she just didn't know it. Raised on the classics, she didn't discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she's been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she's written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women's fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she's lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.  
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Review: I Liked My Life

I Liked My Life I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a book that had you feeling vulnerable, raw and emotionally lost in a way when you were down. It was a great story with such strong and interesting characters. I felt that it did not rush toward a happily ever after that would seem unrealistic. I felt though that it was all about growth and people's journey to the moving past past and learning to live again after a tragedy.

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.



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Review: Wicked Girls

Wicked Girls Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am very middle of the road on this book.

I enjoyed the topic (as anyone who knows me knows my affinity for the Salem Witch Trials).

I liked the interpretation of this one as well.

I was not a fan of the verse writing though. It lost my interest more than it held it.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: Shadow of a Girl

Shadow of a Girl Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVE THIS BOOK! I could not put it down.

The characters were amazing. The story was phenomenal - talk about a roller coaster! I was so involved with the story that my daughter commented on the many emotions were on my face during my reading.
Eve and West were such amazing characters that I just wanted to keep reading and understanding them. And Gideon - well there are many things I could say about him but they are not very nice at all and that goes against my better judgement.
To go through everything Eve went through in her life, to have such an amazing sense of self and strength was a wonder to read about. I felt that these characters were very realistic and I could see them develop over the entire story.
And of course now it comes to me - I felt raw after reading this. I know I had tears in my eyes when I read it. I got many a look as I sat in the library and cried while I waited for my kids to find books.
I give this one a 5 star rating and honestly I want to read it again it touched me that much

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Review: Crank

Crank Crank by Ellen Hopkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

How do you give a review and star rating to a book that has a subject matter that you can not even wrap your brain around?? How can you give a book that haunts your thoughts day in and day out since completion a star rating that will equal the number of times you think about it?

After reading this since the author is suppose to attend a book event in my area soon that I will be attending, I have to say that all parents need to read this one. It really does push the buttons from a parental perspective and yet is so riveting your lose yourself in the story.

I am thoroughly looking forward to meeting this author now and find out more about her.

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Review: 26 Kisses

26 Kisses 26 Kisses by Anna Michels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Let me start by reminding all that teenagers think they are so smart, but are not yet and some of us may never get to the point when we are.

I felt that this book was a perfect read for me - light reading with character changing drama that we can all laugh at or growl at depending on your perspective. But it was such a quick read that many will knock it out and then think about it fondly.

It brought me back to what my high school life was in a way and what I always wanted it to be. For that and the writing, I gave this one a solid 4 stars!

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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Even with all the hype as the movie is coming out, I still had no idea as to what was to come with this story. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this story. Now I can see the movie and know that we will all like it a lot.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Review: Sparking the Fire

Sparking the Fire Sparking the Fire by Kate Meader
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Molly and Wyatt! HOTNESS!!!
I really did like the characters and the setting is well very close to home. I mean who does not like a good hot Fireman story set in Chicago?
Their chemistry is obvious and when they actually give in to their attraction, it is hard not to swoon a bit.
Another great book by Kate Meader!!

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Review: Hard to Let Go

Hard to Let Go Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not exactly what I thought it might be. A lot more cop/thriller than story about Hard Ink. Yes it was hot but just not exactly what I had envisioned when I picked it up.

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Review: Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always wondered if I should be a midwife when I finished Nursing school. And after listening to this, I do not think I could have handled doing it before my modern medicine at all. The pressure on them was immense in my opinion. I liked the stories and characters of the people introduced in this book. Very enjoyable.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Review: Twisted Perfection

Twisted Perfection Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another excellent Abbi Glines book. Love the story on this couple as I had not known it before. Just a perfect addition to the story line

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Review: Under the Lights

Under the Lights Under the Lights by Abbi Glines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another hit for Abbi Glines! I thoroughly enjoy her style of writing and have for a while. And with this new release, I have to say that I love that it has three points of view. I enjoyed the whole triangle aspect but felt that it was a bit too simple for the lead up to it. And as much as I do not want to, it kind of influence my opinion of this series.
Willa is sent away early on (before the book takes place) and comes back. As with any good story, it takes a while to find out what exactly she was sent away because and how it to be played out. She had feelings before she left for Brady, but never acted on them.
Brady was a part of the trio of best friends that were always together and had each other's backs no matter what. And he has always been put on a pedestal for Willa - just out of reach due to her family situation and now more so because of her time away.
Gunner is the rich boy whose own family has some deep issues and secrets going on. His family employs Willa's grandmother in their home - hence the connection. Gunner has never been the relationship guy but has always felt somewhat protective of Willa.
The chemistry is strong between Willa and Gunner but felt forced between Willa and Brady to me. And the parade of crazy women in Gunner and Brady's lives is slightly ridiculous to envision but as I understand it from my kiddos, not off track.
All in all another good story from Abbi Glines - even though at times it felt to be rushed like the first one.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Review: The Heretic's Daughter

The Heretic's Daughter The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I guess this was a bit different from the expectations I had for this one. I had envisioned like others that this one focused on the trials themselves but it truly did not. It was more a story about family dynamics. Not to say that you do not get the story about the trials but it is such a small part of this book in all honesty. A good book though overall.

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Review: How to Hang a Witch

How to Hang a Witch How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a great book!! I honestly love the topic of course being about Salem and the lineage of all the key people in the trials. And the adaptation of a story surrounding the descendants is one that is well thought out and executed. I particularly love that a relative of Cotton Mather actually wrote the book too. This rates right up there with Conversion for me as I truly enjoyed the mystery around the key points in the plot. And I did not see the ending at all. I audibly gasped when I read it. LOVE THIS ONE!! And looking forward to hopefully meeting the author at a YA event locally soon.

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Review: Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must say that I never read this in high school and thought that as I enjoy the film adaptations, I should indeed read this work. And I was not disappointed overall. I felt that at times it was a bit slow, but overall it met my expectations. And to think that this was written so long ago but still so enjoyable today.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Review: Show Me How

Show Me How Show Me How by Molly McAdams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We all know how much I love Molly McAdams. And this book did not disappoint me in any way!

Charlie is just a mom trying to make the best out of her life to support her son. And then Deacon becomes a force in her life that she was not expecting. Just a great story and great characters that I can read about over and over again.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Review: Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction

Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction Dancing Through Life: Steps of Courage and Conviction by Candace Cameron Bure
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I was a bit overwhelmed by the religious aspect of this book. You cannot know anything about Candace Cameron Bure without knowing she has a strong religious fiber to her. But I felt this was very heavy handed. And honestly I felt that it was a bit of a wet towel on the fascination with this celebrity. I understand that we all need something to lean on in life - some use religion, while others use family, their job, less than appropriate items, etc. But when I feel that it is being shoved down my throat and pushed on me, I feel very put off and discouraged from continuing either exploring or learning.

Overall I would give this a 2 star rating - possibly a 2-1/2 star. But if it was a bit less preachy, I could have gone higher. But that really turned me off from reading and enjoying it.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Review: Too Wild to Tame

Too Wild to Tame Too Wild to Tame by Tessa Bailey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was fine. Not a stop my world book but a good fun read.

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Review: Under the Hood Boxed Set

Under the Hood Boxed Set Under the Hood Boxed Set by Sally Clements
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The reason I am rating this so low is that I was disappointed there was not more to the stories. I wanted to continue a bit with the characters as you just got connected to them and then it was over.

I was given this from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Review: Thrown Down

Thrown Down Thrown Down by Tessa Bailey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I needed that hot read for vacation and this delivered well. A little more Erotica than I wanted. But very well written and delivered great characters and backstories.

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Review: Crashed Out

Crashed Out Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I needed a hot read for my vacation and this truly delivered. It was a bit more Erotica than I had thought it would be, but I can skim past some of that. Some though I did not want to.
A great chemistry and backstory. Well written.

Definitely not for the YA/or timid NA reader

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