Friday, May 27, 2016

Review: Beautiful Liar by Natasha Knight







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Everything I believed was a lie. Everything except for her, the one person I blamed for it all.

MacKayla Simone was beautiful. She was sexy as hell. She was also the setup.

One night.

Sex that rocked my world.

Rocked it to its very foundations because the next thing I knew, she and I made the headlines of every paper, every news channel across the country, and it cost me everything.

But that wasn't the worst of it. That came when I learned who was behind the setup. That was when I understood what it meant to be destroyed absolutely.

I don't know why I went after MacKayla. She'd been a pawn just like me. But it was all I could do, all I had left. Hell, it was the one thing keeping me from tumbling into the abyss and never coming back into the light.

Find her. Find the girl who'd screwed me. Find her and make her pay.

MacKayla

I didn't know who Slater Vaughn was, but if I had, it wouldn't have mattered. Not when my sister was in trouble. I would have done what I did anyway. You can judge me. You can call me a whore. But I would have done it anyway.

One night, they'd said. Make him want you, let him have you. Easiest money in the world for just one night of my life.

Only it wasn't one night because that night obliterated Slater Vaughn, and he came after me. He told me I owed him, and truthfully, I did. Hell, maybe those years in hiding, I'd been waiting for him to find me. To punish me. To make me pay.

Maybe I sought his forgiveness all along.

But now that he had me, how far would he take this game? Slater Vaughn was a broken man. He had nothing left to lose. What was to keep him from taking me with him into his darkness?

Beautiful Liar is a standalone novel. No Cliffhanger.  Recommended for readers 18+ who like a dirty talking and very dominant Alpha male. 




4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

Beautiful Liar is the first book that I have read by this author.  I really enjoyed this one and found myself not wanting to put it down.  But with that being said there was a part of this book that did confuse me a little and I am honestly not sure how I felt about it, but it still managed to keep me intrigued and wanting to know what happened.  

Three years ago Slater’s world was completely destroyed.  He was set-up by two people that he loved and trusted.  He was set-up in a way that if he gave into temptation he would lose everything.  And unfortunately for Slater that is exactly what happened.  It is now three years later and Slater is still angry and looking for revenge.  There was another person that played an instrumental part in this set up and her name is MacKayla Simone.  Now Slater was wrong for what he did and he is just as much to blame as the other parties involved.  But it is almost like he does not see it that way.  He wants revenge on Mac and blames her for losing everything. 

When he finally does find her and sees her he is not really sure of his plan.  What exactly does he do now?  How does he get the revenge that he has been seeking for the past three years?  What happens next, I don’t think was his plan at all but when he is around her things started happening that he never expected.  His way of getting revenge turned into something that was completely unexpected, I think by both Mac and Slater as well as myself.   He "punished" her in ways that was a bit surprising but Mac is so torn up about what happened and how much Slater lost because of her that she feels she deserves whatever punishment he has planned for her.  So she takes it.  And in some weird way what they have turns into something more than either of them expected.  They have a past together and are connected in a bad way.  Can these two really make this work?

When we first met Slater I have to say I thought he was a complete bastard.  I understood his reasons for wanting revenge.  I get that he felt he needed to blame someone and that someone would be Mac.  But what confused me was the way he went about his revenge. The way in which he treated Mac, the way he seemed to “punish” her was something that I did not understand. 

There was an element of BDSM in this book and it was in relation to Slater wanting Mac in a sexual way but at the same time wanting to punish her.  I have no problem with BDSM or honestly what they necessarily did I just did not get it.  I didn’t understand where this part of him came from, or why this was how he thought to seek revenge.  And to be honest I thought his actions were a bit harsh considering they weren’t technically in a relationship.  But as time went on I grew to like Slater.  He was a very loving and caring man and there were two sides to their relationship.  The controlling sexual side and the loving side outside of the bedroom. But that also caused a bit of confusion because at times it felt like there were two sides to him as well.  And once they both admitted to their feelings I felt like that part of him disappeared and it was never really talked about.  

I really loved Mac and felt for her because she had been through so much.  I felt bad for the guilt that she carried around.   And because of that guilt she felt she deserved to be punished.  This frustrated me completely but what her and Slater had was honestly in a way a very good connection.  They both enjoyed the same things and were both able to open up to each other.  Mac had a huge heart and you could see that where her family and even Slater were concerned.


Overall I really did enjoy this book.  I read it in one day and had a very hard time putting it down.  Yes I had some issues with the book but for some reason that did not stop me from enjoying it and wanting to see what happened.  The second half of the book for me was where the real story was.  I loved how the two of them came together for their families.  You could see how they felt about each other and I think that they were good together.  As I said this book was definitely intriguing and something that I did enjoy.  This is my first book by this author and I look forward to reading more from her.  

Wednesday by Kendall Ryan






WEDNESDAY
By: Kendall Ryan
Release Day: May 23
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Hard core fucking.
It’s not what I really want, but it's all he has to offer. He's filled with turmoil and heartache and regrets, but for two hours every Wednesday all he feels is me. How much I desire him, how desperate he makes me, how much I'd like things to be different between us. Real.
He used to be my best friend back before he got married. And now? Now, he’s a young widower. It'd be wrong on so many levels to expect something more from him. So I give him what he needs. Dark delicious fucking. But I know I can’t keep this up. I've already given him my body, my soul. I want him to have my heart. It might drive him away forever, but that’s a risk I’m forced to take.
Wednesday is an angsty romp told from dual points of view. If you’re in the mood for something quick and dirty, you’ve found it. Proceed at your own risk.

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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

RELEASE BLITZ: FINDING ME BY STEPHANIE ROSE

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Title: Finding Me (Second Chances, #2.5)
Author: Stephanie Rose
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: May 22, 2016
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Synopsis
I've always been lost . . .

Abandoned by a father who didn't want me. Cherished by a stepfather, though I wasn’t his. Shattered by a boy who swore he loved me.

But I belonged nowhere, to no one.

Then I met Owen, the sweet-talking hockey player who made me love him. He gave me the courage to trust in someone besides myself. He showed me a love I longed for.

When an unwanted ghost comes knocking on my door, my heartbreaking history threatens to repeat itself. But where do I turn if I lose everyone? And how do I find where I belong, when I’m still Finding Me?

Finding Me is a spinoff from the Second Chances series and can be read as a standalone.



4 stars 
Review by Lisa Kane

Bella is the daughter of Samantha and Lucas from Always You. I adored that book and this one was just as delicious. 

Bella is about to start her freshman year in college. She is so over the drama from her senior year in high school. Drama that was so bad that she's going to college four hours from her home in Queens, New York. Her boyfriend Christian left to go away to college but apparently forgot to tell her that he was dumping her for someone else. He quickly became the hot hockey player attracting lots of attention. His new love posted pics of them all over Facebook and he didn't hesitate to comment on them. Seems everyone at Bella's school knew about it well before her. As if having her nose rubbed in it wasn't enough, when Bella confronted him, he blew her off saying he wanted out of their relationship long before this. Needless to say, Bella's last year was a nightmare but this new adventure is just what she needs. 

I really didn't know anyone on campus, but that was a major plus to me when choosing schools. The drama of my senior year had drained the life out of me. I reveled in making a new start for myself far enough away from home-a place where I could have a true clean slate. 


On her first day she runs into a hot guy named Owen. She's no nun living in a convent, but she finds out he's the school's number one hockey player and there seems to be no end to the line of girls waiting for him to notice them. Owen's earned his nickname of "OT".

"Owen Thompson, and he's the center for the hockey team. When he joined, the team really sucked. But then he started scoring goals at the last minute and forcing games into overtime. OT seemed to stick. Plus, he looks like the type of guy who's always up for overtime."


As far as Bella's concerned, he might as well not exist. Been there, done that. But Owen doesn't give up and he wants to get to know Bella. He makes sure he's where she is so she's forced to notice him. They are in a finance class together and Owen asks Bella for help tutoring him. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that Owen is having no trouble in this class, but Bella likes hanging out for their tutoring sessions. 

Finally, Owen breaks through her protests against dating him. But just because they are officially seeing each other, that doesn't mean there won't be whole new drama thrown Bella's way. Remember, Owen is quite the catch and there will be lots of scheming, jealous former one night stands of his that want more than one night. Add in some family drama and the ex douchebag stirring up trouble and this story had no problem holding my attention! 


I miss you and I love you. And I'll say it as many times and for as many days as I have to-until you believe it.





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Excerpt
I couldn’t quite make eye contact with Ethan since the last time I came back to the apartment with Owen before Thanksgiving break. We caught Ethan naked in the hallway—on a date and thinking they had the place to themselves for a night. I was no prude, but seeing junk not belonging to my boyfriend turned me three shades of red. I hadn't even seen Owen's, but I . . . felt it . . . a lot. On my leg, against my stomach, sometimes rubbing my back if he was holding me from behind. Why I was so bashful I couldn't say, especially since I didn’t have a cherry to pop. But it was only one guy and only one time, shortly before he shredded my heart and then stomped all over it. Even though I couldn't make my virginity grow back, I wasn’t quite ready to go there again. However, not being ready for sex had absolutely nothing to do with wanting it. Our time together always ended with a scorching kiss and groping against the nearest wall. Owen’s Southern gentility was probably wearing thin these past few weeks.

“Owen? The movie starts in a half hour!” I called as I strolled down the hallway.

“Hey, City. Give me a minute, practice ran late.” Owen had just stepped out of the shower and was dripping freaking wet. The V on his hips disappeared into a towel cinched around his tapered waist. Water traveled from the stray tangled locks at his neck and trickled down over his ripped chest and his abs before disappearing into the bunched up material at his waist. I licked my parched lips and tried to remember how to speak. How many damn abs did he have? Six? Eight? I was gaping at a wet, half naked Owen while the corner of the bastard's mouth turned up in a smirk. I didn't have the faculties to scowl back. My tongue didn't want to work unless it was tracing the water trails across Owen's body.

“Keep looking at me like that, baby. We won't be going anywhere tonight.”


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About The Author


Stephanie author picStephanie Rose was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and still lives there with her superhero-obsessed husband and son.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a day job in marketing, but she always has a story in her head. Her books are full of swoon-worthy men and feisty heroines.

This lifelong New Yorker lives for Starbucks, book boyfriends, and 80s rock. Her voice is often mistaken for a Mob Wives trailer.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Excerpt Reveal: Stanton Bliss by T.L Swan



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T.L. Swan’s newest release in the Stanton Series drops on June 5th!
You don’t want to miss this final chapter in Stanton Bliss!

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Blurb
We've changed. Darker, damaged and unable to conform. My husband Joshua is dealing with the past the best that he can.....as am I.
Nobody else can understand the language we speak. The trauma we have been through.
But with the pain comes pleasure and happiness is our gift.




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Excerpt
My eyes glance up to the stone staircase for the hundredth time as my heart hammers in my chest.
“She changed her mind,” Cameron whispers. “Smart woman. She’s currently on her way to Ibiza.”
I throw him a glare and Adrian chuckles.
Eight years and it all comes down to this – this moment in time where we become one.
A united family.
A broad smile instantly crosses my face as the thought runs through my mind.
I inhale deeply. What the fuck is taking them so long? I turn back to Ben who is sitting in the front row. “What time did they get back from the beach?” I frown.
Max smirks. “Relax. She’s fine. I checked on her half an hour ago. She’s ready to go.”
I nod nervously and blow out a breath. Ok, relax. I shake my head and look at the ground as my nerves, once again, steal my rationality.
“Here they come,” Adrian whispers and my eyes instantly flick to the top of the stone staircase. I see them. First Abbie, then Bridget.
I feel like I can’t breathe.
A smile spreads across my face as my girl comes into focus on Brock’s arm, the wind whipping through her hair.
She looks gorgeous… and not because she is wearing a sexier than hell wedding dress – although, that could have a lot to do with it.
It’s her smile.
Her strength.
Her courage, and the love that has shone through to me since she has been found.
I always knew she was strong, but I had no idea to what depth.
Her eyes lock on mine as she walks down the stairs like a rock star without one single hesitation.
God, I love this woman.
She is wearing a fitted, white satin dress, and her hair is down and full with a large white flower tucked behind one ear. I have never seen anything more beautiful and I feel myself harden as a wave of emotion hits me like a tsunami. Fuck… not now.
I have to stop myself from running up the stairs to greet her, to pull her down to me. Hurry up!
I watch intently with my heart in my throat and, after what seems like an eternity, she arrives at the bottom of the staircase before making her way to the alter on our ledge.
“Hello.” She smiles softly.
“Hello,” I whisper, and before I can stop myself, I have her in my arms and I’m kissing her gently on the lips. I haven’t seen her all day and I’ve missed her so desperately. Tash closes her eyes and kisses me back, then again, and before either of us know what’s happening, we are kissing passionately and our friends are all laughing.
We eventually pull apart from each other in realization of what we are doing.
Fucking hell, reign it in, Stanton.
There is a time and a place, and at the alter, on your wedding day, with everyone watching isn’t it.
The memory of us making out on the dance floor, that first night at Scott’s wedding, comes to the forefront of my mind, and I have to bite my bottom lip to hold back my grin
What is it about us and weddings?
The minister moves forward and smiles warmly. “Can you take each others hands please?”
My eyes flick to the minister, Father Joseph. I flew him in from L.A. yesterday. I had to be positive that the marriage was legal, and the only way I could ensure that was to get him here myself.
Natasha and I face each other and she giggles loudly.
“Holy crap. We are getting married!” she exclaims excitedly as she lifts her flower bouquet in the air. Everyone bursts into laughter and I melt as my eyes hold hers. That is such a Natasha thing to say.
And then I’m transfixed.
I watch my beautiful Natasha declare her love with her sacred wedding vows and I watch as she slides the gold band on my finger. I, in return declare mine vows to her and slide the gold band onto her finger.
She slowly leans forward and tenderly places her hand on my cheek and kisses me, sweeter than anything I have ever experienced, longed for with all of my heart. I feel myself well up and blink to stop myself from crying.
The love on the ledge, both between us and from our families, is so strong that I’m sure it could be felt from another galaxy, it’s such a tangible force. I pull out of her kiss and glance around to see everyone seems to be feeling the same way, all of them wiping their eyes, overcome with emotion. Even Ben has a tear in his eye. Nothing has ever felt so right and so damn well fucking deserved.
I desperately wish I could bottle this perfect moment in time so I could replay it again and again throughout my life.
“I now pronounce you husband and wife.”
Through teary eyes Natasha laughs, leans closer, and tenderly cups my face.
“Kiss me, my husband.”
Our lips touch and I am lost.

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About the Author:
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Tee Swan was born in Sydney Australia and is the author of Contemporary Romance novels, Stanton Adore, Stanton Unconditional and Stanton Completely.
Her new novel, Find Me Alastar is due for release in early 2016.
She studies Psychology and works for the Australian Schizophrenia Fellowship. When Tee is not working in the depths of mental health, you will find her daydreaming about her next story, writing, drinking coffee or hanging with her beloved husband and three kids in her sleepy beach side town south of Sydney.
Tee’s aim is to write steamy, tender love stories that stay with you long after you close the book.
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