Friday, January 20, 2017

Shameless by Teresa Mummert




Every student at Shame U has their secrets, and Henley Brooks is no exception. Struggling to pay for college and maintain her perfect reputation has become overwhelming. When her friend Gigi Oxford offers her a night of carefree fun, she can’t pass up the opportunity to unwind. 
After a night of drinking turns to chaos, Henley finds herself alone with Lucas Young, a student from London who has come to America to unravel a few secrets of his own, as well as break a few hearts. 
Covered in tattoos and drowning in liquor, Lucas was everything Henley should avoid but couldn’t resist. She soon begins to fall for him like the many women before her. But after stumbling across something he didn’t want her to see, she learns that Lucas may not be who she thinks he is. 
Henley and Gigi devise a plan to teach Lucas a lesson, but it isn’t long before Henley learns that no one at Shamus Thornton College can be trusted. 
When everything begins to feel like it is falling apart, there is only one person Henley wants to pick up the pieces, even if he is the person who caused her to crumble. 





4 stars
Review by Jen Skewes


I finished this book a few days ago but needed some time to write the review.  And it wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy this book because I most certainly did.  But I needed to figure out how to write this review without giving anything away.  And at the same time find the right words to explain how much this book toyed with my emotions.  This is one of those books where you are not sure who to trust, who is telling the truth and who is playing the game.  How much of it was real and how much of it was all part of the plan.  At times I felt like I got whiplash from the back and forth with these characters.  But that is what I loved about it, the back and forth between the two main characters, the lies, the secrets, the truths, and the angst that went along with it all.

Henley is a shy girl whose home life is in a bit of shambles at the moment.  But she is the smart nerdy type who would rather stay in and study then go to a party and meet boys and make new friends.  When her best friend Gigi convinces her to take a break form studying to go out and have a good time she finally gives in.  She meets Lucas in the elevator of her dorm and there is something about him but she ignores it and moves on.  Until she meets him again when she is out partying with her friend.  She knows that she should stay away from him, but they always seem to find themselves at the same place at the same time.  And staying away is not as easy as it seems.  Especially when you are atalking about Lucas.

Lucas is from London and is here in the States for a reason, which at some point in the book you do see what that reason is.  He is the sexy, tattooed bad boy that has had his fair share of woman.  But when he meets Henley there is something about her and he finds himself wanting her.  He has a reputation with the ladies, which is one of the reasons why Henley should stay away.  When Lucas seems to prove to be the person she thought he was, her and Gigi decide to teach him a lesson, giving him a taste of his own medicine so to speak.  But things start to get out of control, feelings get involved and in the end someone will get hurt. 

Shameless was filled with drama and angst and at times I was so unsure as to who was playing the game and who wasn’t.  Honestly the entire time that Henley was supposed to be teaching Lucas a lesson I felt her falling deeper and deeper for him.  I completely understood why, because he was hard not to fall for.  Now in my opinion, Lucas was nothing like the guy she thought or expected him to be.  He made mistakes just like anyone else but I think deep down he was a really good guy.  He had feelings for Henley but knowing that at some point he was going back home, he was afraid to start anything with Henley.  

As the reader I think you can see and understand Lucas in a way that Henley didn’t which was mainly due to lack of communication.  These two knew how to push each other’s buttons.  Their moments together were intense at times and filled with too many emotions for them to even think clearly.  And that is where the back and forth came it.  Does she like me? Does he like me?  Do I have feelings for him?  You get the picture.  This is also what made this book so good.  It gave the reader just the right amount of angst and drama to keep us on the edge of our seat.  Not knowing how this story would end up and again who can you really trust.  There were some truths and surprises revealed that will surprise you.  And when they come out it all makes so much more sense.


I loved Henley and Lucas together and at times just wanted to smack them both, put them in a room alone until they both figured it all out.  I wanted to see them admit their feelings and be together. I loved the emotions this book brought out and the angst fest that it was. It truly made you think about what was rally going on and how these characters felt.  While this book did not end with a cliffhanger there will be a second book which I cannot wait for.  I feel like there is so much more story to tell.  


Cover Reveal: Dear Agony by Georgia Cates




Title: Dear Agony: A Novel
Author: Georgia Cates | @GeorgiaCates
Release Date: March 1st 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Georgia Cates





















Dear
Agony,

You've
been my shadow, following me through childhood—filling my days and nights with
terror and uncertainty. You cleverly disguised yourself as some form of pain or
suffering as I grew into a young woman. We were unwavering companions … until I
severed our ties.

I
traded homelessness on the streets of New Orleans for a luxurious bed covered
by the finest linens.

I
traded dumpster diving for dinner in the finest restaurants.

I
traded myself to a stranger—Bastien Pascal.

I have
a good life within my platonic and mutually beneficial companionship with Bash.
He’s my
friend. My mentor. My roommate.

Until
everything changes.

I’m not
supposed to get goosebumps when his hand brushes my skin.

I’m not
supposed to be eager for his soothing touch following one of my nightmares.

I’m not
supposed to think about what might happen if I reached out to him in the
darkness.

 Falling
in love with him? Preposterous . . . unavoidable.

Agony,
why are you back with a vengeance to rob me of this life I’ve come to love so
dearly?

I’m
finally happy. Don’t ruin this for me.

Always
yours,

Rose


In this
epic love story, Dear Agony forges a connection between an unlikely pair—a
beautiful rose entwined in barbed wire and a shipwreck sinking into the darkest
depths of the ocean. This agonizing romantic novel poses some gut-wrenching
questions: What does a woman do when the man she loves is planning his own
demise? And how far will she go to give him something to live for?











Georgia
resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two
beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse
before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked
back yet.



When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being
domestic, she’s listening to her music and visualizing scenes for her current
work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it
.





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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review: Loving Ruby by Roya Carmen







I’ve heard all the rumours: He killed his wife. He’s on house arrest. He’s a vampire. Yet still, when I get a job offer from the reclusive Mr. Hyde, I jump at the chance. Yes, I know I’m crazy. 

I’m cautious at first, but then I discover a beautiful, quirky man. I also see a tortured soul who lives in darkness. I know I should run, yet I can’t tear myself away. I want to discover all his secrets. I desperately want to help him. And when he draws me deeper into his strange little world, I want to stay.


4 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Ruby Riverstone is Amber's younger sister, the sassy, light hearted one we met in Loving Amber. She's a little lost, has tried to fit in to working at the family's business, but it's an epic fail. She's trying to find a job when she sees and ad for an assistant to a writer. This job is perfect for her! She applies but doesn't think she will even score an interview.

I've heard many things these past two years about the infamous reclusive Mr. Hyde. Ever since he took ownership of the Kimble estate, he's all the locals have been gossiping about. Everyone knows he's extremely reclusive, and stories about him abound. Some have even speculated that he may be a vampire. It would explain why he's never seen outside. 

August Hyde is a writer. A best selling writer. He has money, looks and talent. What he doesn't have is a life outside the walls of his mansion. He moved there a few years ago, after tragedy crippled his life and he hasn't left his house since. But his career is booming and he needs help. He needs someone to help with his social media, teasers, promos. So he finally breaks down and advertises for an assistant.

I suck in a long breath as I leave my contact info, hoping she's everything I'm looking for.

Ruby is not exactly indifferent to August herself. Can she work with him and keep things completely business? Does she want to keep things strictly professional? Yes, yes she needs this job...

Despite all the speculation and gossip, one thing was never mentioned...
This strange reclusive man is breathtakingly beautiful.

Ruby is perfect for the job, but August is knocked over when he meets her in person. He's treading water right now-she is too much of a distraction. He may write erotic romance for a living, but he doesn't need a walking fantasy messing with his work or his head. But he goes against his better judgement and hire her.

Finally, after almost three years, I have found myself at a place where I am content and at peace. I don't need any more. No, I'm quite happy in the comfort and safe harbour of my home. 

That's when things get interesting. August (this is his pen name, he hides his real self from everyone) blows hot and cold. He wants Ruby, but he pushes her away and she could get a cold from the Arctic blast coming off of him.

August wants to break free of his fears, but his past holds him back. Ruby makes him want more from his life but he can't be pushed too fast too far.

"You're pushing me too much. You push too hard, too fast. You seem to forget I've been hiding for two years."

Will Ruby get through to August? Can he ever get past what happened to scar him?

I've finally let her in.
It takes me by surprise. Ruby Riverstone is sneaky that way; she slips in without you even realizing and grabs a tight hold of your heart. 

Sometimes a broken heart just needs the right person to come alive to mend it together. Sometimes it doesn't want to let anyone else in. It's cracked and it's flawed and it's going to make sure that it never feels that kind of pain again. 

Ruby is the one. The soul mate I had no idea was waiting for me. 

Review Blitz: Ego Maniac by Vi Keeland



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The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office.
I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills.
He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant.
Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated.
Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent.
I was swindled out of ten grand.

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place.
I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind.
I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages.
The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing.
And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

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4. 5 stars
Review by Lisa Kane
I don’t think I have read anything from Vi Keeland that I didn’t want to make love to-that’s how crazy I am about this woman’s writing. Egomaniac is another fantastic read in a long line of fantastic reads from this author. 

High powered attorney, Drew Jagger returns to his New York office after being away in Hawaii for two weeks. His office is being renovated and it’s still under construction. Emerie Rose has just moved from Oklahoma, paid ten thousand dollars in a deposit and rent for her new office. She’s a psychologist and she’s opening up her new practice in Drew’s space. Only she thinks she is-she’s been swindled. But a guy named John Cougar. And she paid him in cash. The hits just keep coming for her. Now she has to deal with the arrogant, pompous ass who really owns the space. Just shoot her and put her out of her misery.  

I no longer have an office. 

I’ve given all of my patients my new address.

My head spun.

Where will I go?

What will I do for a security deposit even if I find someplace new on short notice?
 Drew feels badly for Emerie and offers to take her to the police station the next day to see if anything can be done to catch this guy. But then Emerie’s bad luck streak continues. Turns out years ago, she went skinny dipping on a date and got arrested for indecent exposure. She never paid the citation and now she has to face the court system. Drew represents her, has to work out a deal he wouldn’t want to admit to with an opposing counsel out for his blood. 

I shook my head. “What do you want, Kierra?”

“You want your client home tonight. I want something in return.”
Emerie is indebted to him. They work out a deal where she will work for his as his PA while being able to keep her practice and her office equipment in his space. This is a great temporary fix for her.  

When Emerie admits the real reason she came to New York Drew can hardly believe it. Seems she followed Baldwin, the guy she’s crushed on for years. He’s friend zoned her, but they two moved next door to each other in New York. He’s a professor and is trying to get her an adjunct position. Unfortunately, that’s the only position he’s trying to get. He dates like crazy, and now has a new girlfriend. Emerie has never admitted her feelings to him but Drew tried to tell her, he is more than aware of them. He’s playing her. Of course, she doesn’t believe it.

I sighed. “Why is it so easy for you to see it, but Baldwin seems to be clueless?”
“He ain’t clueless. He knows. But for one reason or another, he isn’t letting you know he knows.”

The banter between Emerie and Drew is hysterical. Drew is ultra-sophisticated, gorgeous and rich. He takes Emerie under his wing. They could not be more different. Drew makes his very lucrative living by representing men fighting off scheming spouses out to get large divorce settlements. Emerie counsels couples on how to make their relationships work. Polar opposites. And yet..it works. 

“You have three seconds to get out of my office. Otherwise you’re giving me permission to do whatever I want to you.”
Drew may just do casual hook ups, but these days he is trying to make an effort with Emerie. There's a sweet side to this ruthless lawyer that only she sees. 
Bag on counter. Got you some girly bath stuff. Remote to tub jets in bag, too. Happy belated birthday. Enjoy your day. P.S. Motrin in medicine cabinet.

 Drew has baggage. Enough to incur big fees at airports. He is jaded by a past relationships and does the dance in order to keep the peace. Now that part frustrated the hell out of me! This guy is too damn nice and will go to no expense to keep his ex from pulling her she devils strings and making him even more miserable. Agghh..


This is a guy who's putting in the time and work to make this more than just a friendship, more than just casual sex. He's used to being #1 and has to accept that Emerie still has feelings for Baldwin (forever known in my mind as Douche Bag Baldwin)


Ok, maybe the panties dropped on the floor after that...but they did it all on their own.
 As much of a rom/com as this is, there are some seriously heartbreaking moments. Once that will make you want to scream at Drew and maybe throat punch him a bit. He has such good intentions but he just can't see the trees for the forest. Heart are gonna break. Tears are gonna flow. And not just for the characters. 

Long distance relationships:
My eyes bulged. “And what is your idea of realistic advice?”

“Simple. Hire a good divorce attorney. Long-distance relationships Do.Not.Work.”
I adored Egomaniac. It's witty and delicious and I ate it up faster than that creme Brule I had for dessert last week. And just like that, I could have licked my plate afterward. And did I say how much I loved the epilogue, "swoons like a fool".

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.



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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Release Tour: Friction by Emily Snow

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Friction by Emily Snow

Publication Date: January 18th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: HEA Press


Friction a SEXY All-New Standalone from Emily Snow is now LIVE!
Former overachiever Lucy WillIams sucks at adulting.
Recent divorce, check.
Pending lawsuit, check.
A move back to Boston to live with her mother, triple check.
It can't get much worse, right?
When she starts her new marketing job at EXtreme Effects, she's positive shit’s stopped hitting the fan. Sure, what she's advertising is a little ... unorthodox, but it pays the bills. And since she's seconds away from becoming Lucy Williams: Wednesday Night Bingo Enthusiast, she needs money to get the hell out of her mother’s house.
The only problem is her boss, Mr. Extreme himself: Jace Exley. He’s everything any sane woman dreams of—alpha, successful, ridiculously gorgeous. He's also Lucy’s worst nightmare. Because like every overachiever, she has that underachiever she brushed off. The slacker who, once upon a time ago, was the object of her dirtiest schoolgirl fantasies.
Jace Exley—with his sarcastic smirk and delicious accent—just happens to be that guy.
And the friction between them?
Well, that's the only adulting Lucy seems to be winning at.



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4 Stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Friction is a delicious story with lots of naughty action thrown in to the mix! 
Lucy Williams-Duncan is just trying to catch a break. She parted ways as the marketing director from her old company. Suffice it to say that it wasn’t an amicable split. She’s got an interview lined up with Extreme Effects in Boston. She moved back there and in with her mother when things fell apart at her old job.
I’m already being reminded that, at twenty-seven, I am A) living with my mother, and B) alone. 
She needs this job. Especially since her old boss is bad mouthing her every time a prospective employer calls for a reference. 
I walked out on a two-year contract with my last employer. And the employer in question-whose newest text messages have already gotten under my skin before eight AM-is job blocking me at every turn. 
Lucy has researched over and over to find out about Extreme Effects. All she finds out is that it specializes in welding and other metal works. No owner info, no product info. Nada.
So she goes in blind to the interview. And who is the owner? None other than Jace Exley. The same Jace Exley who made life difficult in high school. He was the British transfer student, (don't you just love a hot Brit!) the gorgeous one that everyone wanted a piece of-and yet he and Lucy rubbed each other the wrong way. Maybe because there was always some kind of wild chemistry just bubbling under the surface. Now it’s ten years later and Jace would be calling all the shots. But he’s not giving up too many details about what products she would be marketing. 
Jace doesn’t just remember who Lucy is, he remembers how much he wanted her back then. Seems some things haven’t changed. 
While I’m speaking, her eyes glaze over, and I smirk because I can pinpoint the exact moment her thoughts went south-right when I brought up that I’m good with my hands. She’s imagining them now. In her hair. Ripping away her clothes. On her tits, plumping, stroking, teasing. 
Things for both Jace and Lucy are about to get complicated. There are a lot of twists in this book. Some are a bit shocking. Jace is one balls to the wall kind of guy. He’s very much in touch with his dark side. He pushes Lucy’s comfort zones.  But both of them have been badly burnt and trust is an issue. When one breaks that trust where does that leave them?
I had fallen for the boy who gave me so much grief in high school, the boy with a beautiful accent, the man who wouldn’t return my calls. 
Friction is a mouth- watering story about two people meeting years later. Life experiences have shaped both of them but they still have the same attraction for one another. They still rub each other the wrong way but still bring things to their lives that they have never found with anyone else.
“I don’t care. I just want…you.”
“Then you have me, love.”



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Emily Snow is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the DEVOURED series and TIDAL. She loves books, sexy bad boys, and really loud rock music, so naturally, she writes stories about all three. Visit her blog at http://emilysnowbooks.blogspot.com for news, teasers, and contests.


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