Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Cover Reveal: Forgetting You, Forgetting Me by Monica James

Series: Memories From Yesterday Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 26th 2017
German Rights sold to: Heyne, Random House

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My name is Lucy Tucker, and my life…it was perfect.
I worked the dream job. I had the most incredible family and friends. My home, Whispering Willows, a ranch in Montana, was everything I could ever wish for. My adoring fiancé, Samuel Stone, loved me unconditionally.
I had everything a girl could ever want.
But one fateful event shattered my perfect life. It’s unimaginable how simple, ordinary words can change a person’s life forever. For me those words were, “There’s been an accident.”
I thought Sam was my forever, but that forever came to a close the day Saxon Stone, Sam’s identical twin brother, came back. Saxon returned to Montana to help save Sam, however, the moment he entered my life, he turned my world upside down. But through chaos I somehow found clarity—clarity of who I was meant to be.
As time progressed, as seasons changed, and as a fire began to burn, I soon realized that Saxon was there for another reason…he was there to help save me.

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.
When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.
She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.
Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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Blog Tour: Cheater's Regret by Rachel Van Dyken


Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: May 23rd

Genre: Contemporary Romance

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex—until he turns your world upside down again.
Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall—but so does kissing him.
Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation—true—but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.
He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.
Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something—something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…

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Review by Lisa Kane

 Not all cheaters are created equal.

We met Austin and Thatch in Avery and Lucas’ story-Cheaters (Curious Liaisons)  Thatch is a successful plastic surgeon up to his elbows in breasts and Austin is a student working on her MBA. What started out as a sex for fun relationship morphed into something more-right up until Austin found thatch’s lips attached to Avery’s sister. 

Why did Thatch cheat? When Austin calls him on it, he shatters what was left of her heart. 

And then after all the tears on my end, when I went to his apartment the next day and said I wanted to really try to make things work-he said no. and broke up with me. With Me. 

Now of course we readers know that Thatch must have a reason for what he did. He misses Austin but thinks he is doing what is best for her, but why? That’s the mystery that slowly is revealed throughout the story. 

I had a sinking feeling I was going to get burned. And this time, I was right. But I wasn’t just burned, I was wrecked, completely destroyed. 

So being a resourceful woman, Austin vows to extract revenge on Thatch. He in turn counters with moves every time she plots another embarrassing moment. Here’s where I started to wonder how two people could act so immature. I kept thinking that Austin had no real self-esteem. She was quasi stalking Thatch-he broke up, told you it was over and a month later you are still looking for ways to stay in his life. 

Maybe it was because no one had ever broken up with me before? Probably because I’d never had a serious relationship-until Thatch had given me a key. 

She comes up with a master plan-one that puts her in his life on a daily basis. 

But once the immature phase moved along, the story did flow for me.  Secrets long concealed are exposed and there were a few angsty moments. Keeping up with Avery and Lucas is a plus-I really loved their story and they are just as adorable in this one. 

I knew in that moment I would do anything for her. 

Give up everything. 


“You want to do this right now?” He was still whispering as he slowly extended his large perfect surgeon’s hands out to the spider, and suddenly, I realized how this would end.

The spider would bite him.

Thatch’s bite would get infected.

And he wouldn’t be able to do his job.

Or pay off his student loans.

Leaving him in debt.

On the street.



Thatch was going to die.

“Wait!” I slowly lowered my body to the floor. Fear pounded in my ears as I held out my hands and Charlie lumbered onto my palms. It tickled. It would be nice if I weren’t so terrified of spiders.

Shaking, I walked over to the bucket and gently set him inside, this time, right side up so Thatch could transport him later. Just as I pulled my hands away, something sharp dug into my skin.

“Mother fu—”

Thatch grabbed me just before I collapsed against the floor, hands shaking and pain searing through my right thumb.

Before I knew what was happening, Thatch was carrying me over to the couch. Soft pillows met my back as he grabbed my thumb and held it close to his face.

“Am I going to die?” I whimpered. “Because the Discovery Channel [PS1] said tarantula bites feel like bee stings—they’re liars from the pit of hell!”

Thatch narrowed his eyes at the puffy red mark and then slowly dropped my hand to my side. “You’ll live.”

“Well, that’s encouraging. Don’t I at least get a sticker? A sucker? For saving your life?”

“You?” He chuckled and joined me on the couch. “Saved my life by getting bit by a tarantula?”

“Keep up!” Talking was at least distracting me from the throbbing pain. At least it had dulled a bit, though the fact that I had spider venom in my hand made me cringe. “If it bit you, you wouldn’t be able to do your job.”

He seemed thoughtful. “You mean I’d finally get a vacation where I’m allowed to sleep for longer than three hours?”

“Well, when you put it that way,” I grumbled, and tried to cross my arm, then hissed as pain exploded down my hand.

He grabbed it again. “At least the venom is weak, it’s really just the puncture wound from the spider’s fangs that causes the swelling.”

“Well, that’s disappointing on so many levels. I save your life and I don’t even get to turn into Spider-Man.”

“Tough luck, maybe next time.” He winked.

It was nice.

Sitting with him on the couch.

My legs on his lap.

My eyes focused on his mouth.

Abort! Abort!

I quickly looked away but not fast enough—he caught me staring where I shouldn’t have been staring, and I felt like a complete loser for still lusting after him the way I was.

What was it about Thatch?

Other than everything?

He was brilliant. Hardworking. Gorgeous. And he fought spiders on behalf of a girl he’d dumped.

Damn it.

“This leads nowhere,” he said in a hollow voice. “You understand that, right?”

It was like he’d just handed me the world’s happiest balloon and then popped it with a giant needle.

I was utterly defeated and deflated.

Even though I knew going into this there was no hope of us getting back together, I’d officially turned into that sad, pathetic clinger.

I’d always made fun of “those girls.”

And now “that girl” stared back at me in my own stupid mirror.

I let out a long sigh and nodded slowly. “This is strictly business, Thatch. You know how important this class is to me, how important getting my MBA is to me.”

He looked away, his jaw clenched. “Parents still MIA for the most part?”

I nodded.

“And the reelection, I imagine your dad wants you to join his mayoral campaign again?”

A sick feeling grew in the pit of my stomach.

To my parents, I was a trophy. Something shiny and pretty they could trot out to gain votes from families who appreciated their having taken time out of their busy lives to sire a child.

Granted, I knew my parents loved me.

They just loved me in their own way—the only way they knew how.

“I have to graduate,” I stressed again. “The job market’s fierce out there, and an MBA will help with that. The sooner I graduate, the sooner I can start my own life away from all of this.” I lifted my hands into the air.

This just happened to be a mansion.

A huge mansion.

With three interconnected swimming pools.

A tennis court.

Two movie rooms.

And a bowling alley.

I think I’d prefer anything but this. If I could choose to live in a dump with my parents and we’d be a family or I could have a mansion and scarcely see them.

I’d choose the dump every time.

“I’ll do my best to help you.” He lifted my legs off his lap. “But first, we ride.”

I blushed. I couldn’t help it.

“You can’t do that anymore,” he whispered, his blue eyes piercing. “You can’t blush when I say things like that.”


He muttered a curse and walked away. I could have sworn he adjusted himself near the door, but I was too busy hiding behind the couch to fully commit to ogling him.

“Where’s your bike?” he called over his shoulder before turning around.

“In the garage. It’s kind of dark now, though, let’s ride tomorrow after work.” I totally said it without stuttering or blushing.

“Fine.” He looked exhausted.

“Don’t forget the spider.” I pointed at the bucket. “And don’t let it loose in nature. We can’t have that bastard procreating with another, smaller spider and creating zombie spider babies that take over the world.”

He just stared at me like I’d lost my mind.

And then shook his head as a smile played across his face. “You’re entertaining, I’ll give you that.”

“I’ll take that as a compliment, thank you.”

“It was meant to be one.”

We froze, both of us smiling at each other.

“Sleep,” I whispered. “You’ve got a busy day tomorrow.”

“Yup.” He gripped the bucket in one hand; the muscles in his forearm flexed. “Take some ibuprofen and ice the spider bite. If you feel any muscle weakness or tightness in your chest, let me know and I’ll prescribe you something.”

“Ah, the power of the pen.”

He rolled his eyes and waved with his free hand. “See you tomorrow morning at eight, Austin.” He hesitated in the doorway. “Be sure to wear something work-appropriate.”

“Oh, so you want me to wear a bike uniform?”

He flipped me off and quietly shut the door against my laughter.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: Once Burned by Sam Mariano

Adrian Palmetto. 

Mine is a name known by every lowlife in Chicago. Mateo Morelli's right hand man: problem-solver, hit man, chief strategist, confidante—whatever he needs, I'm his guy. Kinda funny, since I hate the bastard. At least, that's what I've told myself over the last five years, serving a man I consider despicable—a man I once considered my closest friend. It's what I had to do, if I wanted Elise. And I wanted Elise more than I've ever wanted anything in my godforsaken life.

Thing is, I'm free now. I don't have to be Mateo's guy anymore. I paid the price for Elise's freedom and now I can start building a life with her. Only it's not that simple. Nothing ever is in this damn family. Elise carries emotional baggage from her own time served, and Mateo's in deep shit without me. 

You'd think I would've learned my lesson about the evils of Mateo's family at 8, when they ruined my life, or maybe even at 28, when they stole it. Now here I am, 33, faced with one final choice: do I escape this family once and for all, or do I dive back into the flames to save Mateo's ass one last time?

**Recommended for readers 18+ due to violence. Book 3 of 4 in the Morelli Family Saga. NOT a standalone. None of these are standalones. Start with Accidental Witness or suffer the consequences! (The consequence is that you'll be really confused. No one will murder you or anything. But I don't advise it.)**

4.5 stars
Review by Jen Skewes

OMG!!! I don’t even know where to start with this review.  Once again Sam Mariano has managed to completely suck me in to the world of the Morelli family.  She has shocked me with the twists and turns and left me hanging in a big way.  Oh and the ending after the cliffy?  I am not even sure how to process that one.  I cannot get enough of this series.  With each book it gets better and better.  Just when you think you have things figured out and know how this will end, BAM!!.  Ms. Mariano manages to throw in yet another twist that will shock you.  This is Adrian’s story but don’t worry we still get to see plenty of the twisted man that we all hate to love so much. 

Adrian has been paying his dues to Mateo.  He gives him five years in exchange for his freedom and the woman that he has been pining over for the past five years.  Adrian is done with his “sentence” and now it is time for him to move on…..with Elise.  When they first move out, Adrian is so unsure how this will work between the two of them.  He knows how he feels about Elise, but he is no so sure if the feelings are mutual.  There is so much to still learn about each other, but there is also that one obstacle that always seems to get in the way; Mateo Morelli.   And believe me Mateo interferes in their lives in more way than one.  The constant reminder of how women, including Elise, tend to be enamored with Mateo no matter how much of an asshole he is.  And also despite how he feels about Mateo he cannot help but want to be there to help when things start getting worse.  Which leaves him with the decision as to whether or not he will go back to work for Mateo or live the free life he was hoping for with Elise. 

I don’t want to go into any more detail about the story line or how things go with Mateo or between Elise and Adrian. I will say that I for one loved them together.  Adrian knew what he wanted and he was willing to work for Mateo for five years to get it.  He would do anything to make Elise his, but this is not in the way one would think. He really cared for her and wanted to make her happy. He would do anything to protect her.  Unsure of her feelings and the fact that all she has ever known was living in the Mateo mansion.  So his patience with her showed in the way he took things at a slower pace where she was concerned.  But they were just so cute together.  We saw this dark, brooding sort of guy in Adrian with the last two books but I loved seeing a different side of him. 

While this book is Adrian’s and it is told from his POV, there is so much more to this story than him and Adrian’s romance.  Mateo is still very much a part of it, as is the rest of the crew.  This is after all the Morelli series.  There were moments that shocked me, twists that came that made me wonder how this story would even go.  At times making me so nervous that Ms. Mariano would go there and do the unexpected.  Even at the end I am still left hanging and questioning everything. And that is what I love about this series.  Expect the unexpected, hold onto your heart and your emotions and proceed with caution.  Because this series will take you on one heck of a ride and trust me I loved every minute of the drama and angst that I went through.  Now I need the final book to see how this will all end. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Cover Reveal: Sweet Torment by Georgia Cates

Title: Sweet Torment
Author: Georgia Cates
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Georgia Cates
Release Date: June 2, 2017


My best
friend’s little sister—that’s all Claudia Bliss is to me.
My head
keeps trying to convince my heart, but both know it’s a damn lie.

It’s her
face I see every time I close my eyes.
It’s her
lips I long to kiss.
It’s her
touch I crave in the dark.
She’s the
one I love … but wanting Claudia is wrong.

She’s been
like a little sister to me since the day she was born. Now, everything between
us is changing—including the special bond we’ve always shared. It’s stronger
than ever … and becoming something so different. Something so hot. Something so

My little
dove is growing up.
matter how wrong it is, I can’t stop wanting her.

I will have

Windsor. I have loved him my entire life.

For years,
I was nothing more than one of the boys to him. Owen’s little sister. The pest
who tagged along everywhere the boys went. But now, everything has changed.

I’ve grown
up and it’s time Bram sees me for what I am. A woman. A sexual being who wants
him. A virgin more than ready to give herself to him.

I don’t
care what our friends or family say. I love him and everything about being
together feels right.

I will have

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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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Release Blitz: The Rebellion by SL Scott

Title: The Rebellion
Series: Hard to Resist #5

Author: S.L. Scott
Genre: STANDALONE Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2017


I met my muse at fifteen. I’d just gotten busted
for smoking behind the school gymnasium. She inspired me with her laugh and
nonjudgmental attitude and, before I knew it, we were inseparable. Then I left
to pursue my rock star dreams—dreams she encouraged.

I got over Jaymes Grenier no problem. I never
think about that little bow at the top of her pink lips, or the way her green
eyes admired mine. Nope, I barely recall the way she fit so perfectly in my
arms when I held her at night. The sweet way she would whisper she loved me has
long faded from memory.

These are the lies I regularly tell myself
in hopes of believing them one day. Yeah, I was told I’d get over my first

I didn’t. 

Derrick Masters marked me the moment we met back
in ninth grade. He called me over—all bravado and bad boy mystery wrapped in a
James Dean-esque package. Dark hair and blue eyes with a rebel without a cause
charisma. He was everything I was warned about, but I couldn’t resist. I
was his from that moment on.

His career took off almost as soon as he
did. I knew it would. I just thought I would be beside him as his partner in
crime, best friend, and lover. That’s what we had always been … before he left
me behind to fend for myself.

Fend? Fight is more like it.

I’ve been fighting ever since. 

Fighting for survival.

Fighting for a better life in a world determined
to keep me down.

I don’t have the luxury of letting my head live
in the lure of La La Land. His dreams may have come true, but mine were
extinguished. These days I fight for something bigger than me, bigger than we
were ever meant to be.

When his dreams come crashing back into my
reality, is this a second chance at that fairy tale ending or another
heartbreak in the making?

4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I love this series.  From the first book where we meet Johnny and his band mates, to this book, where we see the fourth band member get his happily ever after.   There are so many reasons why I love this series, one being the members for the very popular rock bad The Resistance.  Each guy has their own story to tell and they each find the woman that is their perfect match.  But it is about so much more than love and finding happiness.  The members of this band and their significant others are all family.  The look out for each other, protect each other and love each other.  So when Derrick Masters finds himself still pining over the girl he left behind, wanting wht his brothers have all found he takes their advice and go after the one girl he has always loved. 

Derrick left his hometown five years ago to chase his dreams.  But with that he left behind the one and only woman that he would ever love, Jaymes Grenier.  He had no choice but to go, it was now or ever.  Jaymes pushed him to go and find his dreams, hoping that one day he would fulfill his promise and come back for her.  They lived in a town where violence occurred regularly and drugs were an issue.  But this was Derrick’s chance to get out and he took it. 

It’s been five years since he has seen Jaymes.  He loves his life as a rock star.  This is the life that he has always wanted.  The fame, the fortune, the high of playing live for his fans and of course the women don’t hurt, but there is something, or should I say someone, missing from his life.  He is on a short break form his tour when he runs into Jaymes.  And those feelings that he had back then are still very much alive. But so much has happened in those five years and Derrick is not sure if Jaymes will ever give him another chance at making it right.  There is one thing that is stopping Jaymes from being with Derrick again, but that one thing is huge.  It is the one thing that can destroy everything.  Will they get their second chance?

I loved Derrick.  This man was sweet and kind and loving and so freakin sexy.  Yes he is a rock star but the love that he has for Jaymes is so genuine and so real.  He has loved her since the day he first met her and no matter where he was in his ife or who he was with, no one compared to her.   He wasn’t the only one who felt it thought.  Jaymes’ love for Derrick was just as strong.  She has never loved anyone, he has always been it for her.  And you feel that love and connection from the moment that they see each other again.  I loved the little glimpses of the past that Ms. Scott shared with us.  It makes you feel the love between them even more.  Seeing how real thie love was five years ago.

One of the things iI oved was how well they picked up right where they left off.  The connection and love was still there.  And despite the fact that Derick left her, she was so proud of the man that he had become.  She was so happy for the life that he was living, for reaching his dreams.  Despite the horror that she went through when he left, she was still so proud of him.  Now with that being said there was a part of me that wanted to see a little more resistance from Jaymes.  The two of them getting back together seemed too easy.  But when all is said and done the truth is that is was easy for them.  She let him go and what happened to her when he left was something that he was truly sorry for and wished things had been different.  He wished he had known.  It was like he knew and chose to stay away.  But it as those moments together, when Jaymes opened up to him that I waited for  I needed her to tell him the truth, I waited for it, waiting to see his reaction and see how much it pained him as well.  I loved the emotions this book brought out in me and I knew that at any moment the other shoe would drop.  I didn’t know how or when but I knew it was coming.  I felt myself sitting on pins and needles just waiting for it to happen. Fearing how the story would turn and what would happen.  I I loved every part of that moment.  Those moments of angst when you know something is going to happen.  The emotions you feel when one character opens up in a way that breaks her.  It was a art of the ride and I loved every minute of it.  I don’t know if this is the last in the series but I hope not.  Maybe a novella so we can catch up on our favorite group of characters.  The love and bond that they all have with each other is one of the best parts of this series.  Another great job by SL Scott. 

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On the front porch, leaning against the wood column in all
his newfound glory, stands the most breathtaking man I’ve ever seen. As a
teenager, I thought he was the best-looking boy I’d ever seen,
and based on how I’m struggling to breathe just from looking at him now, I
think he still holds the title. But now he’s a man.
Ace is talking about what some kid named Shiloh got in
trouble for today at school, but I’m still staring at Derrick Masters.
Derrick Masters.
My very own Perseus, though right now I’m thinking he was
more my Achilles heel in the grand scheme of things.
Derrick Masters is standing on my mother’s front porch like
he belongs there. A smile that shines like the star he’s become appears and he
waves. Not sure if it was the grin on his face or the wave that sends me
tripping flat on my face into the grassy lawn, but I’m cursing the curb when I
lift up and look right into the dark blue eyes I’ve tried to despise.
“Are you okay?” he asks, trying to help me up. His voice is
deep, the timbre the same one that always made my heart beat a little faster.
It’s not that thought that runs through my mind. It’s his hands on me,
grappling to help me to my feet.
He’s touching me.
Derrick Masters is touching me and I consider lying there
longer just to savor the feel of his calloused fingers again. Ace tugs at my
ankle like that will help me up. “Mommy, you fell.”
Derrick knows I’m a mommy.
Oh my God. What does he think?
Does he hate me? Disappointed in me? Happy for me? Or not
care at all?
I would care if I found out he has kids.
Maybe he already knew . . .
Maybe I’ll just lie here as long as I can until he goes
Ace lies down next to me and rests his face on my hand.
Looking at me with wide eyes, he asks, “Are we playing a game? This is fun.”
“Yes, I quite like it here.”
I hear Derrick chuckling just above me, enough to feel his
warmth covering my body like sunshine as I lie in the cool grass. I might be
mistaken but it sounds like he’s behind me now. On the ground with me.
Ace’s eyes look over my head. “My friend is here too.” He
giggles. “See? Right there.”
Lying like a dead fish, I smile at my cute son not quite
ready to face Derrick Masters. “What’s your new friend’s name?”
“Derrick. He plays a guitar like you, Mommy.”
After a tap on the back, Ace’s new friend speaks, “Hi.”
I miss Derrick’s hands on me, even if it was just helping me
up. Ace is a ball of laughter and gets up. I watch until he runs behind me.
“I’m here now. We’re all here. This is fun. Oh look, the moon.”
I can’t avoid him forever and the grass is grounding,
literally, and settles my anxiety over just this kind of thing happening. I’ve
embarrassed myself and he’s found out I’m a mother in the course of one sexy
smile and a wave. I shake my head and close my eyes annoyed with myself for
acting so foolishly in front of him. He was once my everything. When
I roll onto my back, the top of our hands meet in an innocent touch that
neither of us bothers to retreat. Finally building enough nerve, I turn my head
and look straight into his eyes again. “Hi,” I whisper.
That devastatingly charming smile reappears, and he says,
“It’s good to see you, Jaymes.”

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