Release Blitz and Giveaway: Waiting to Fall!

 

Title: Waiting to Fall
Series: Waiting Duet #2
Author: Alyson Reynolds
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 16, 2017

 

Blurb

Finn Crawford never thought his life would change with one stupid dare. Or that he would make the mistake of taking things too far with his twin sister’s best friend. Now he’s fighting off an attraction he didn’t expect.Cora Donovan doesn’t want a relationship, especially one with the guy who’s always been there for her when she needed it most. Just being in the same room as him makes her body heat up in ways she never thought possible.

There’s only one other thing that might stand in their way of being together, if they can actually figure out how to make it work. Neither of them want to hurt Olivia, and if they broke up, that’s exactly what would happen. Sometimes it’s hard to determine if love is worth the risk.

My Review:

I blown away by reading Waiting to Breathe, but oh my goodness Waiting to Fall was AMAZING! Nate and Olivia are still around, but this time the story focuses on Finn and Cora. They’ve been best friends forever – Cora, Olivia, and Finn – but Cora and Finn have notoriously flirted with one another for years. After a dare that results in a one night stand, the two friends have to figure out how to let it go and just get back to being friends, especially since neither wants a relationship. But suddenly they each quietly find themselves questioning if their feelings have changed and if they want more.

Waiting to Fall allowed the reader to get to know Cora on a much deeper level. Besides somewhat absent parents and stepparents, Cora had also dealt with an abusive ex in her past. As much as I adore Finn, the author also revealed a more brooding and jealous side of him in this novel, but it just added to the drama of the plot! Overall, both Finn and Cora had many different sides that the reader wasn’t aware of before this novel. I loved the chemistry and banter back and forth between Finn and Cora, however, I was so frustrated reading this book because every time I thought they were going to just suck it up and admit their feelings, one of them would pull back or screw up in some way. 

This was such an outstanding, but suspenseful romance! There were surprises that I never saw coming and the story flip-flopped between a fairy tale romance and sometimes just a big mess! Author Alyson Reynolds has a gift of pulling the reader in and her books are definitely those that cannot be put down until finished. She just swept me away in Finn and Cora’s story and tied in previous characters more than some do in follow-up novels – which I loved. I cannot recommend this novel and series enough for lovers of New Adult/College Romance! I am crossing my fingers that there will be more with these characters, perhaps Hannah and Chance??? 🙂 

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Author Bio
Romance writer. Wife. Mother of two. Avid reader. Queen of multitasking.
Originally from the south, Alyson likes to incorporate what she knows into her books. She’s lived not only on the east coast, but the west coast and a few places in between. Alyson loves sharing stories about her crazy family to anyone who will listen. Her guilty pleasures consist of coffee, country music, brunch, breaking the rules, and pedicures. And she will always be a daddy’s girl.
When Alyson isn’t chasing around her two kiddos, she’s normally writing. Or reading. Her Kindle library is out of control. Alyson writes mainly contemporary novels and novellas with a bit of new adult mixed in.
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Book Review: When Two Hearts Collide

When Two Hearts Collide (Game of Hearts Novels Book 3), by Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel

Publication: Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel;

March 23, 2017

2 hearts collideAbout the book: Charlie Williams’ view on relationships is simple—one night, no strings, move on.

But when the opportunity to see a girl from his past comes up, Charlie finds himself breaking all his own rules. Ever since the night he’d turned her away, Charlie hasn’t been able to get Charlotte off his mind. A break from his pub for a vacation across the pond should be enough to cure him of his curiosity and get her out of his system. At least, he hopes…

Charlotte Mackay channels love through coffee.

Running her fandom-themed store and specialty coffee bar keeps her nerdy heart busy after one too many relationship disappointments. Until the man she can’t manage to forget calls.

Charlie’s coming to The Hamptons for a two-week vacation. She’s going to be his host—nothing more. She’d fallen under the spell of his bedroom eyes and roguish charm once before, and it nearly wrecked her. Charlotte can’t risk the same mistake twice.

But love knows no boundaries when two hearts collide.

My Review:

When Two Hearts Collide is the sweet, yet tumultuous story of Charlie and Charlotte. When Hannah can’t use the airline ticket she purchased to go visit Charlotte, Charlie – who was needing a vacation and hasn’t gotten Charlotte out of his mind – decides to go in her place. Charlotte has been building her new business and spends most of her time at her coffee shop, but finds herself excited about Charlie’s arrival, despite the fact that he never called. Although the old sparks are still there between them, what about each of their businesses on two different continents?

Charlotte struck me as the quiet one in previous novels, but I learned in this novel that she has many different sides. She’s driven and loves her new shop, but also can’t keep her mind off of Charlie. Charlie surprised me with his romantic side, seeming more like a funny guy and player before, and this time I really fell in love with him. 

I would have to say that the number one conflict/theme in this novel is miscommunication. Charlie makes assumptions, Charlotte makes assumptions, and they both end up disappointed and heart-broken. I loved the suspense of their story regarding “will they or won’t they?” They had so many ups and downs and obstacles that I didn’t think they had a chance. Once again, I also loved the authors’ dialogue between characters and the witty banter, especially concerning Charlie. Like Ed, I believe Charlie could charm the pants off of anyone with his cute expressions! 

Something I truly love about this novel and the series in general is the varying versions of happily ever after. Things aren’t always wrapped up in a pretty package in romance, even in fiction novels, and I love that the authors find different, open-ended ways to end their stories. Not every love story has to end with a ring, wedding, and a baby in the epilogue, but sometimes it’s enough to know that the characters are creating their own versions of happily ever after, whatever that may look like. 

Loveday and Knoebel make an outstanding writing team and I have so loved this series and hate that I’ve reached the end! I highly recommend this novel and series to those who love romance with real-life complications and relatable and realistic characters! 

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Book Review: The Weight of Night

THE WEIGHT OF NIGHT: A NOVEL OF SUSPENSE (GLACIER MYSTERY SERIES BOOK 3), BY CHRISTINE CARBO

PUBLICATION: ATRIA BOOKS; JUNE 6, 2017

weight of nightAbout the book: On most days, the wilderness gave me peace. But not tonight.

In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts an apocalyptic glow over the imposing peaks and vistas of Montana’s Glacier National Park. When firefighters are called in to dig firebreaks near the small town bordering the park, a crew member is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains.

Park Police Officer Monty Harris is summoned to the site to conduct an excavation. But with an incendiary monster threatening to consume the town, Monty seeks help from Gretchen Larson, the county’s lead crime scene investigator.

While the two work frantically to determine the true identity of the victim, a teenager suddenly disappears from one of the campgrounds in Glacier. Could the cases somehow be connected? As chances for recovery of the missing boy grow slimmer and the FBI finds only dead ends, Gretchen and Monty desperately race to fit all the pieces together while battling time, the elements, and their own unresolved inner conflicts.

My Review:

The Weight of Night is just as the title says, a novel of suspense! In the midst of crazy wildfires in Montana’s Glacier National Park, a new firefighter discovers human skeletal remains. Monty, who is a Park Police Officer, calls in reinforcements from Gretchen, a top crime scene investigator as they race to collect the remains and surrounding crime scene evidence. In the meantime, a young boy vacationing in the area with his family goes missing. Suddenly, Monty and Gretchen are searching previous missing person and abduction cases trying to find a connection to the missing boy, while waiting for word about the remains that have been unearthed.  All the while, they are each fighting their own demons and guilt from the past. 

I’m torn on my opinion of the two main characters, Monty and Gretchen. On one hand, they were well-developed and the author revealed a great deal about their lives and especially about their pasts. But on the other hand, after finishing this novel I still felt as if I really didn’t know who they were. This was so action-packed and fast-paced that many of the characters only caught a few hours of sleep here and there, and were otherwise consumed with the fire, the missing boy, and the previous abduction cases. It was all woven in with flashbacks about tragedies from their pasts, but I still felt a little disconnected from them. 

As far as the plot and subplots of the story, it was literally non-stop action trying to figure out “whodunnit.” The author slowly but wonderfully introduced additional conflicts and variables and I was truly shocked when I discovered the criminal behind the abductions. And I LOVE being completely surprised in this way 🙂 Throughout the novel, it was as if every time they thought they found a clue to help solve the case, it led to so many different people and events that it just became more challenging to solve. 

For readers that enjoy straight-up suspense and crime fiction, then this is absolutely the novel for you. There is no romance mixed in with the story, but instead, just a roller coaster ride of mystery and the demons that haunt us in our lives. There were a few times during flashbacks that I found myself skimming, but otherwise, this was a fantastic read. Note that I have not read the first two novels in this series, but I don’t think that it impacted the enjoyment of reading.

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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Book Review: Runaway Heart

Runaway Heart: A Game of Hearts Novel, by Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel

Publication: December 21, 2015

runaway heartAbout the book: One Hurricane. Two Strangers. No Rules.

Hannah Adamson was immune to relationships. Swearing men off long ago, she buried her painful reasons under her feisty independence and a passion for roller derby. Until she met Ed and was swept away by the tall, witty, sarcastically sexy best man who might just be the one to have the antidote for her runaway heart.

Ed Alcott wasn’t looking for love, especially not after a particularly nasty breakup left him with a shattered heart in desperate need of repair.

Taking shelter together when a hurricane bears down on Rum Cay, Hannah and Ed find they can’t fight their growing attraction. It was supposed to be simple. Easy. A weekend of passion with no strings. But how do you forget the one who stripped away all your layers, and haunts your dreams?

Can Hannah keep the scattered pieces of her heart in check, or will the promise of Ed’s love be enough to mend them back together?

*** This is a full-length, stand-alone novel that mildly touches on the topic of domestic abuse. Suitable for ages 18+ ***

My Review:

Obviously, I am bingeing on the Game of Hearts series, because I had to read the 2nd novel in the series as soon as I finished the first one. Guess what? I loved this one even more than the first! This novel focuses on Maggie’s best friend Hannah and Phillip’s best friend Ed. Hannah and Ed fly to Rum Cay for Maggie and Phillip’s wedding, thrown together to sleep in a small hut the first night. The second night, they stay in the main house since Maggie and Phillip are on their honeymoon. Then a hurricane strikes leaving them together for the night dealing with the storm and really getting to know one another. Although neither wants a relationship, they realize months later that they can’t stop thinking of one another. A chance meeting brings them together once again, but are they willing to take that leap?

I love, love, love Ed! I loved him in Love Always and fell even more in love reading Runaway Heart. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Hannah too, but oh my Ed…. So anyway, Ed and Hannah meet while in Rum Cay for Maggie and Phillip’s wedding and are immediately attracted to each other, although Hannah tries denying it at first. After a passionate and romantic night they each go home. Hannah is still dealing with the trauma of her childhood, whereas, Ed is also leery of relationships after having his heart broken a few years earlier. There are so many starts and stops between them in this novel that were frustrating, but also made me root for them all the more. 

**Trigger alert, there are several, detailed references and descriptions regarding physical abuse, specifically spousal abuse and children witnessing it.** With that being said, I think it was handled realistically and in a sensitive manner. Anyone familiar with the topic will easily relate to Hannah’s mother, Aunt Della, and a young woman named Annabelle. Anyone that witnessed this abuse as a child will certainly relate to Hannah.

The authors included some heavy and emotional themes in this novel, but overall it was an amazing romance. Hannah finally faced the inner and outer demons that made her so fearful of commitment. Ed faced his inner and outer demons that made him afraid to fall in love again. There was so much growth with the primary and secondary characters I couldn’t help but feel like a proud Mama after reading this. I had joy in my heart for everyone in the story which far overshadowed the uncomfortable parts of the novel.

Yes, there are sensitive issues addressed, but to me, this novel represents finding your true self, as well as, learning to trust others. Sonya Loveday and Candace Knoebel did a beautiful job of addressing the hardships that people endure, as well as, the challenges of overcoming them – while still reminding readers that healing is possible. I can’t wait to read book 3 about Charlie and Charlotte!

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Book Review: Love Always

Love Always: A Game of Hearts Novel, by Sonya Loveday & Candace Knoebel

Publication: Sonya Loveday; 2 edition; August 25, 2015

love alwaysAbout the book: Fraternization between guests and employees at the Diamond Isle Resort is against the rules.

However, rules mean nothing when it comes to matters of the heart.

Phillip Warrington is smart, sexy, and goal-oriented. He has always had his life planned out. But none of those plans involved falling for a wildly adventurous employee at the resort. She liberates him in ways he never thought possible—with methods that his parents would never approve. But he can control his yearnings, right?

Maggie Fairchild knows the season is almost over. With her plan to take to the seas only months away, she wasn’t expecting Phillip, one of those off-limit kinds of boys, to stumble onto her path and steal her heart. Between steamy kisses and late-night moments near the ocean, Maggie finds herself caught in a riptide of passion, one she never anticipated. But who’s ever prepared for meeting the greatest love of your life?

With summer coming to an end, Maggie and Phillip take their relationship to the next level before they have to say goodbye. Can their budding romance be enough to survive the pulling tides of change, or will they drift apart before they even have a chance to explore what could have been?

My Review: 

This book was not scheduled for review this week, but it’s been on my Kindle for a few months and I seem to have a theme going regarding star-crossed lovers from different worlds! Love Always is the story of rich, rigid, and proper Phillip who meets the free-spirited Maggie while vacationing in the Hamptons. Phillip and his ridiculously controlling and overbearing parents are spending a summer vacation at the upscale resort where Maggie works. Maggie is planning on finishing out the summer then heading to California to work and save up money to sail around the world. Phillip is also preparing for a new life, but his new life consists of going to college and getting a degree for a job his parents already have planned for him, as well as, a fiance they have already chosen for him. Once Phillip meets Maggie, however, he suddenly finds himself longing for the freedom that she talks about and also, falling in love with this young woman so different from himself. 

It took awhile for me to warm up to Phillip and my opinion of him flip-flopped a lot throughout this novel. I truly felt bad for him that he had such snooty and controlling parents, however, I also thought he really was dragging his feet regarding breaking away from them and their control. Maggie was a unique character that was at times, larger than life. I loved her cheery outlook on life, but she also had some lessons to learn about the real world. Over the course of the novel, Phillip lightens up more and more whereas Maggie becomes a bit more realistic, making them very balanced with one another. The author weaved in a lot of conflict and obstacles for Phillip and Maggie, especially with Phillip’s horrible mother and his “fiance” Sophia. Even when they’re completely despicable characters, I am always impressed when author’s make me feel so strongly about someone in their novels. And I absolutely hated his mother and the arranged fiance. One of my favorite characters was Phillip’s roommate Ed, and I am so excited to read the second novel in this serious about Ed and Hannah 🙂

Love Always was a very romantic and at times frustrating story that I really enjoyed. I loved how Maggie and Phillip built their relationship in the Hamptons, truly getting to know one another and pushing each other outside of their comfort zones. After leaving the Hamptons they wrote letters which was also sweet and romantic. The plot development was very predictable at times, however, I was still engrossed in this novel. This is an enjoyable read for sweet romance fans and I look forward to reading the other novels in this series!

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Book Review: The Map That Leads to You

THE MAP THAT LEADS TO YOU,

BY J.P. MONNINGER

PUBLICATION: ST. MARTIN’S PRESS; JUNE 13, 2017

map that leadsAbout the book: 

Two strangers take the road less traveled…

Heather Mulgrew’s world is already mapped out: she is going to travel abroad with her friends after college, come back to a great career in September, and head into a life where not much is left to chance. But that was before an encounter on an overnight train introduces her to Jack, a passionate adventurer who changes the course of her journey and her life.

Throwing Heather’s careful itinerary to the wind, they follow Jack’s grandfather’s journal through post-World War II era Europe: Vienna, Budapest, Turkey—exotic places that serve only to heighten their feelings. As September looms, Jack urges Heather to stay with him, to keep traveling, to give in to the romance of their experience; Heather convinces him to return to the United States.

Jack has a secret that could change everything. And Heather’s world is about to be shaken to the core.

The Map That Leads to You is a breathtaking novel about love, loss, and the best-laid plans that are meant to be broken.

My Review:

Kleenex alert with this one! The Map That Leads to You is an amazing story about young adults traveling through Europe! Heather, Amy, and Constance have just graduated from college and taking a trip before starting jobs and entering “the real world.” Jack is traveling through Europe following his grandfather’s journal, visiting the places he once visited and just trying to enjoy life. After meeting Jack, Heather decides to ignore her detailed itinerary and follow along with Jack and his journal travels and experiencing the most amazing romance of her life. 

All of the characters were instantly likable in this novel, but especially Jack and Heather. From the first time they meet they engage in endless banter back and forth between them that is sometimes serious, but often hilarious and sarcastic. After Amy has to suddenly return home, Heather and Constance continue on with Jack and his friend Raaf, resulting in both Heather and Constance finding love. 

Romantic just isn’t a strong enough word to describe this powerful love story. Romance is everywhere whether they are strolling through Paris, reading and discussing Hemingway, or just experiencing new things together. It would have been impossible for them not to fall in love on this incredible journey, but despite the setting, I still think Jack and Heather were soulmates and simply meant to be together. The author’s writing transports you to the places they visit where you can see and hear what’s around them, smell the food, taste the drinks, and fell the emotions building between them. The vivid imagery, dialogue, and characterization completely blew me away from beginning to end. 

I don’t want to give any spoilers about this amazing story, but you will need a box of Kleenex nearby while reading this one. This novel evokes feelings of adventure, romance, disappointment, sadness, and joy – but there are a few tearjerker moments! I cannot stress how much I recommend this novel which I found myself completely lost in for hours. Between Monninger’s exquisite writing and the beauty of the plot, this is an amazing novel. 

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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Book Review: White Fur

WHITE FUR: A NOVEL,

BY JARDINE LIBAIRE

PUBLICATION: HOGARTH: MAY 30, 2017

white furAbout the book: A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City

When Elise Perez meets Jamey Hyde on a desolate winter afternoon, fate implodes, and neither of their lives will ever be the same. Although they are next-door neighbors in New Haven, they come from different worlds. Elise grew up in a housing project without a father and didn’t graduate from high school; Jamey is a junior at Yale, heir to a private investment bank fortune and beholden to high family expectations. Nevertheless, the attraction is instant, and what starts out as sexual obsession turns into something greater, stranger, and impossible to ignore.

The unlikely couple moves to Manhattan in hopes of forging an adult life together, but Jamey’s family intervenes in desperation, and the consequences of staying together are suddenly severe. And when a night out with old friends takes a shocking turn, Jamey and Elise find themselves fighting not just for their love, but also for their lives.

White Fur follows these indelible characters on their wild race through Newport mansions and downtown NYC nightspots, SoHo bars and WASP-establishment yacht clubs, through bedrooms and hospital rooms, as they explore, love, play and suffer. Jardine Libaire combines the electricity of Less Than Zero with the timeless intensity of Romeo and Juliet in this searing, gorgeously written novel that perfectly captures the ferocity of young love.

My Review:

Definitely, the most unique novel I’ve read this year, White Fur is the upcoming novel from author Jardine Libaire about two young adults from opposite sides of the track falling in love in the 1980’s. Elise grew up in a low-income, drug-filled household until she finally took off and ended up in New Haven. When Robbie discovered her sleeping in her white fur coat in the back of a car, he invited her to come home and live with him. Elise’s next door neighbors are two rich boys named Jamey and Matt that are attending Yale. Both are from wealthy and affluent families, expected to do great things in life. Elise is mixed-race, masculine in her walk and attitude, and does not censor anything she wishes to say. After meeting, Jamey and Elise can’t stop thinking about one another, even though Jamey has no idea why. Slowly, their relationship evolves from casual sex to an almost obsession to be together, despite the criticism Jamey receives from family and friends. 

Elise was a very unique and well-developed character, although I personally was not able to relate to her. She took off on her own when she couldn’t take the drama and heartbreak of her home life, luckily met and moved in with Robbie, then went to work at a pet store. Once she met Jamey, however, basically all of her thoughts and actions revolved around thinking about and/or being with Jamey. 

Jamey was more relatable in a way, yet also had a very nonchalant attitude about his wealth and the expectations that accompanied being a part of his family. His actress mother had limited contact with him over the years, but his Dad almost seemed to try too hard in maintaining a father/son relationship. Immediately the author reveals that Jamey is not the typical, rich Yale student, but instead, he doesn’t know what he wants. Jamey spends a lot of time in the novel just trying to feel something real and to discover something that moves him. 

Libaire paints a perfect picture of the internal and external conflict among the characters in White Fur. Not only are Elise and Jamey dealing with their own issues regarding being from different races and different backgrounds, they also face criticism from Jamey’s friends and family – which leads to several drastic measures. Jamey’s thoughts about Elise go back and forth between love and disgust as he battles his own prejudices, but I would like to think that he truly loved her. Several times I found myself cringing at his thoughts about her, but the raw and honest emotions and thoughts added to the value of this novel. 

I really struggled with Elise not standing up for herself at times, knowing that she had to realize the things Jamey thought or felt, but perhaps Elise knew more than I did and that his negative thoughts were just a reaction to what his family wanted, rather than what he truly felt. 

This is not a quick, light-hearted read, but instead is a novel filled with characters and events that require thoughtful consideration. I found the writing to be outstanding and the story unlike anything I have read. Whether you love or hate the characters, after finishing this novel you will feel as if you know them inside and out. There is nothing that Elise and Jamey do not reveal about themselves in this roller coaster ride of a love story. Bravo to the author for creating such a unique and consuming novel!

*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Book Blitz: No Rest for the Wicked

 

Title:  No Rest for the Wicked
Author:  Krystal Jane Ruin
Published:  May 10th, 2017
Publisher:  The Narcissistic Rose
Genre:  Paranormal

Synopsis:  Since her release from the psychiatric facility and into the smothering guardianship of her aunt, twenty-one-year-old psychic Tatum Torabi has been sneaking away to sell curses and plagues in the underground, a black market known for illegal and supernatural wares.

Tatum’s unique abilities catch the attention of a hella-creepy trash peddler who offers her a job tracking down people who owe his boss “a favor.” She couldn’t be less interested, but when she refuses, the company forces her compliance by threatening the lives of the only family she has left.
Because tracking barely scratches the surface of what they really want from her. There’s a reason Tatum is so good at making curses, and they want her to use those skills for a much darker purpose.
 
 
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Excerpt for No Rest for the Wicked:

The coffee can is almost empty. I swear there was more in here an hour ago. In fact…my eyes scan the darkened cabinet. There were three canisters of coffee in here an hour ago. Now there is only this one, and it’s missing seven-eighths of the contents it had last time. A groan emits from my throat. “Freaking Kalin.”
“What?”
I shake my head and dump what’s left into the coffee maker. “No one trusts me in this house.”
Emmerick pulls the lid off the lasagna and starts eating it cold, dipping his fork right into the container. “I trust you.”
“Shut up.”
He smiles. “I’m going to let that slide because you’re cranky.”
I rest my elbows on the counter and drop my head into my hands as I wait for the pitiful amount of coffee to drop into the pot.
“Wanna play blackjack?”
When I lift my head, Emmerick is holding up a pack of playing cards.
“You just carry playing cards around with you?”
“Maybe.” His grin widens.
I look over his pocket-less lounge pants and tank top. “How?”
Without answering, he flips on the overhead light and sets up on one side of the island. I reluctantly drag my heavy feet to the other side. He shovels cold food into his mouth with one hand and divvies out cards with the other.
“So, tell me,” he says, peeking at his facedown card, “why aren’t you sleeping?”
I peek at mine. Queen of Spades. On top, I have an ace of clubs. My face brightens into a smile before I can stop it. “What makes you think I’m not sleeping?”
The coffee maker starts to steam, and he gives it a pointed glance.
“Oh, that? I always wake up in the middle of the night to drink a pot of coffee. It helps me sleep.” I meet his gaze and smile. “It’s why I look so great all the time.”
Laughter escapes his lips. “I was wondering what your secret was.” He flips his cards over. Ten of diamonds to go with his nine of hearts. “Hold.”
I flip my queen over. “I win.”


About the Author:

Krystal Jane Ruin is a writer of supernatural and paranormal fiction living in the Tennessee Valley. She can often be found knee-deep in Sudoku, in a Youtube hole, or blogging about books, writing, and random things at www.krystalsquared.net.







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Book tour, review, & giveaway! Bayside Desires

NEW RELEASE…

Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod.

BAYSIDE SUMMERS is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.

In Bayside Desires…
As the co-owner of Bayside Resorts, Rick Savage has a fabulous job working with his best friends and brother, and a thriving business in Washington, DC, which he’ll be returning to at the end of the summer. Spending time with his family is great, but being back on Cape Cod has unearthed painful memories. When sweet, smart, and overly cautious Desiree Cleary moves in next door, Rick is drawn to the sexy preschool teacher, and she just might prove to be the perfect distraction.

Running an art gallery was not in preschool teacher Desiree Cleary’s plans, but after being tricked into coming to her impetuous, unreliable mother’s aid, she’s stuck spending the summer with the badass half sister she barely knows and a misbehaving dog. If that’s not frustrating enough, she can’t escape the sparks igniting with her strikingly handsome and pushy neighbor, Rick, who makes all her warning bells go off.

Passion ignites as Desiree and Rick spend long summer nights sharing heartfelt confessions and steamy kisses. For the first time in years Rick is enjoying life again instead of hiding behind mounds of work miles away from his family. Desiree has touched him in a way that makes him want to slow down. Only slowing down means dealing with his demons, and he isn’t sure who he’ll be when he comes out the other side.

All Bayside books can be read as standalone novels or as part of the series:

Coming Soon…
Bayside Heat
Bayside Escape
Bayside Passions

*** Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series. Characters from each sub-series appear in future books. Visit Melissa’s website for family trees, series checklists, and more.

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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My Review:

I’m so excited to be a part of the book tour for Melissa Foster’s latest release, Bayside Desires! I always love Melissa’s novels and this one did not disappoint. Desiree and her half-sister Violet are requested to come to their mother’s home, thinking that someone is sick and/or dying, but upon arrival they realize that their free-spirited, artist mother wants to travel for the summer and needs Desiree and Violet to stay and run her unique gallery. Rick is a resort owner in town for just a few more weeks before returning to D.C., but completely loses himself after seeing Desiree. An undeniable attraction brings them together although they know that when summer ends it will be time to return to their lives. 

I loved all of the characters in this novel but the thing that really sticks out in my mind is the sub-plots to this romance. The romance that develops between Desiree and Rick is off the charts, but there’s so much more to this novel. Desiree and her half-sister have grown apart over the years after Desiree grew up with her father and Violet stayed with their mother traveling from country to country. Not only does Desiree feel disconnected from her mother, she wants to build a relationship with Violet. Most of Rick’s family is there in Bayside but he’s been running from them and the area after a tragedy that occurred when he was younger. As the novel progresses and Desiree and Rick open up to each other, it helps them both face their own demons and reach a healthier place within themselves. Family and siblings are always prominent themes in Melissa Foster’s novels, but this one really tugged on my heartstrings. 

Bayside Desires is full of hot and steamy scenes, funny moments, angry moments, and definitely sad moments. However, this book left me with an overall warm/fuzzy feeling. Desiree and Rick both learn so much about themselves and family, as well as, they realize that sometimes plans should be thrown out the window and that you should follow your heart. I highly recommend this fantastic new romance!

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About the author
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

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Book Review: Love Rewritten

LOVE REWRITTEN, BY J. SAMAN

PUBLICATION: PRONOUN; JUNE 12, 2017

Love RewrittenAbout the book: Abby Scofield’s love life has been all sorts of wrong.
So when lacrosse star, Brandon Kessler, comes along with his all-American good looks, easy disposition, and magnetic charm, things seem to be looking up. Even if they come from two totally different worlds.
Xander Novak is the ridiculously hot, volatile and often times mean best friend of Abby’s twin brother, Aubrey. Her relationship with him is strained at best. But when Xander moves in unexpectedly, things seem to shift between them. But in what direction?
One night of deception, lies, and heartbreak are a common link the three share. When the truth about that night comes out, none of their lives will ever be the same.
Will Abby be able to find the love she’s been searching for or will everything in her world fall apart?
Warning: Strong language and moderate sexual content

My Review:

This is my 4th time reading and reviewing for J. Saman and as always, it was a complete pleasure. I cannot find the words to describe how much I loved this novel. Love Rewritten introduces us to twins Abby and Aubrey, Aubrey’s best friend Xander, Abby’s best friend Nina, and hottie Lacrosse player Brandon. Abby and her brother are wonderfully close and have a fantastic sibling/twin bond – except that she has long had feelings for Xander and he behaves as though he despises her. One day in the library, Brandon walks in and sits beside of her and starts chatting and messaging her which leaves her both excited and confused because she’s a sort of alternative girl and he’s a big campus jock. Brandon tells her that they met 2 years earlier and that he’s wanted to ask her out ever since, but she has no memory of this. Things get a little dicey as Abby starts dating Brandon, she’s dealing with her brother’s overprotectiveness, and Xander suddenly moves in with them. 

I loved all of the characters in this novel, even Brandon at times. Abby and Aubrey had a fabulous twin relationship and they were all very well-developed characters that I was instantly invested in. I figured out fairly early what the reason was for Xander’s mean and hurtful behavior towards Abby, but there were also numerous surprises in this novel. J. Saman has a wonderful gift of writing romance novels with a perfect touch of suspense and conflict that you will never see coming. The entire time I was reading this I was trying to figure out what Xander’s problem was, whether or not Brandon was as sweet as he seemed, why Abby didn’t remember her first time meeting Brandon, and so much more. This one kept me on the edge of my seat, made me laugh, made me angry, and every other emotion one could name after reading a book – but overall, it was completely amazing. 

Despite Xander being the brooding, angry dude for the majority of this novel, I completely fell in love with him. Abby was equally as fabulous because she was just so real. She was struggling with an assignment for a class, unsure what she wanted to do after graduation, torn about dating Brandon – just a normal girl that was very relatable and likable. Saman’s writing always impresses me with its easy flow yet sophisticated style. I feel like I say this too often when I really fall in love with a book couple, but I sincerely hope that Saman is not finished with Xander and Abby yet, and that we are graced with a follow-up to this story. It was spectacular. 

*Thanks to the author for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

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