Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Wrecked by Jeannine Colette

Wrecked is LIVE!!! 
One of my favourite books of the year!!

WRECKED by Jeannine Colette
New Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:

Take one sexy bartender. Add a badass cop. A splash of sweet, that's me. One sour, that's him... and serve over ice.

That’s how you’ll get to my current situation.

You know the girl - the one who commands the scene, bottle of liquor in hand, pouring liquid fire into the willing throats of patrons as they let loose at the local bar?

That's me.

I may be known as the town party girl, but in reality I'm this close to my dream of opening my own bar - McConaugheys. Yes, it will be named after the acclaimed actor. What can I say? I’m a sucker for that sexy Texan.

Everything was going as planned until the night I had a few drinks and accepted a ride home from a friend. A misunderstanding leads to an arrest, and now I'm at the mercy of the one man I can’t stand, and trust me, the feeling is definitely mutual.

Adam Reingold is six-feet-tall and built like a stallion -- the man is the epitome of male. He also happens to be the town narc and hates my guts. There’s a story to our past and it's not a pretty one.

So, now, here I am, chained to him for the summer like a hardened criminal, doing whatever he tells me to do. Problem is, I can’t help but look at him when he’s not watching and wonder what our future could be like if things were different.

There are so many reasons why he’s all wrong for me. Even more reasons why I need to stay away from him.

It’s a cocktail of trouble. Best served shaken, not stirred. 

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Life is a series of commas, not periods.”

Wrecked by Wrecked, that is how I feel today, but Wrecked in a good way, yes it was emotional at times and the tears freely fell, but most of all was that sense of when you turn the last page and realise that you have read a fantastic book. Jeannine Colette is an author that was introduced to me by a friend and for that I will be eternally grateful. Having read every single book this author has written I can say hand on heart that this is her best book by a country mile and I never thought I would say that seeing as how much I adored Wild Abandon.

“My cheeseburger.”

Sometimes a book and its characters grab you from the get go and this was such an instance. Jeannine Colette created lovable, honest, real, relatable characters that everyone will be able to resonate with. Two characters that were chalk and cheese yet had so much in common. Two characters that were best friends until they weren’t, two characters that had that undeniable chemistry when they were younger but could never act upon it. Now seven years later it is their turn. Seven years of hurt, frustration and animosity. Seven years of denying what was written in the stars all along. Seven years was a long time but when their paths cross once again, seven years that dissolved in a heartbeat.

“He’s not the monster I thought he’d become. He’s a saint. An angel to my devil.”

These two characters have appeared in previous Jeannine Colette books but never too much to truly get a grip of them and as such this can be read as a standalone. Leah was a quirky character, wildly confident, yet vulnerable, a face of happiness and yet inside was a woman emotionally stifled by her past. Leah was a woman you would want to be best friends with, her personality infectious and her demeanour and what she stands for insanely charming. Leah was a woman I respected, a character I fell insanely in love with and a woman I desperately wanted to find her happy ever after, if anyone deserved it…Leah did.

“…He takes her bowling. You know who bowls? Real couples – that’s who. It’s so Joanie and Chachi that I can’t even.”

Adam was a cop, extremely professional, protective and comes across as aloof and a bit of an asshole in the first instance. But, and this is a huge but, he is far from an asshole, so far from an asshole that assholes don’t exist. This was Adam’s protection. He was a man that again was stifled emotionally by his past, a past that he has in common with Leah. A past that had determined his future in more ways than one. A man that was determined to make a difference. Adam had a heart of gold, a heart he also had in common with Leah. Adam was a man that was easy to fall in love with.

“I was just trying to figure out if I should take you back to your house, like a gentleman, or to mine, like a criminal.”

Jeannine Colette delivers the slow burn to rival all slow burns. This book kept me on the edge of my seat for an age. Jeannine Colette decimated my heart with one of the most emotional scenes I have ever had the pleasure of reading. A scene that I read so many times as I took in its raw, unadulterated, emotion, passion and honesty. A scene that seriously broke me and yet uplifted me on the flip side. But this book was far from just about the tears.

“I hadn’t just lost my first love that day. I’d also lost my last.”

Jeannine Colette delivered on point dialogue and Leah’s quirkiness to Adam’s inherent professionalism delivered some fantastic scenes that will have you grinning from ear to ear. As these two meander through the path of reconnection your heart will beat faster and the swoon worthy moments will have you grinning from ear to ear. This book ticked all my boxes. Seriously fantastic and this will be a book that I re-read time and time again and will definitely be on my favourites list at the end of the year. Once again Jeannine Colette delivered, I have never had a “bad” book from her and I wish that this author would get the notoriety that she deserves. If you haven’t read this author before, this is a great place to start. Fall in love with her words like I did.

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Jeannine Colette is the author of the ABANDON COLLECTION – A series of stand-alone novels featuring dynamic heroines who have to abandon their reality in order to discover themselves . . . and love along the way. 

A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She is now a full-time author who spends her days at Starbucks, writing and listening to way too much Snow Patrol. She lives in New York with her husband, the three tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley. 

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Release Day Blitz, Review & Giveaway ~ Redemption by Stephie Walls

Redemption is LIVE!!!! One of my favourite books of the year!!

Cover Design: Wicked by Design
Release Date: June 21, 2017

Book Description:

Desperate for the ultimate forgiveness, Melissa Jackson offers herself up in the most selfless way. But, by atoning for her past, she could lose her future as she tries to keep her secret from unraveling at the feet of the man she adores. 

Daniel Hadley becomes enamored with the wrong woman at the right time. Forever the playboy, Dan falls for the redhead with a jaded past, but all he can see is the gift she so freely gives. Her soft spirit and noble gesture have him head over heels, even though it could be his undoing. 

Hoping to right her wrongs, Lissa embarks on what will prove to be one of the most difficult challenges of her life. Clueless to the turmoil she hides, Dan plans for a future that might never be. Together, they set off on a journey to discover their path and fulfill their destiny. 

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“Goodbyes are final, and you’re my future.”

Two five star reads on the bounce and two five star reads that have had me run the gamut of my emotions. Stephie Walls captured my attention from the first word and never let me go till the end and even then, I wasn’t ready to let these characters go. Sometimes a book just envelopes you and that is what this one did, the characters, the secondary characters and the plot, the complete trifecta. Every word had a purpose, every scene captivating and capturing those heart felt emotions that I crave in a read. Stephie Walls took a headline news story and made it her own, a story that happens time and time again, she took a risk and it more than paid off. Yes, at times this book had me in floods of tears, such was the emotional intensity that this author delivered, a tough topic but the author balanced this out perfectly with one of the most endearing and bewitching love stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I adored this book and it will be on my favourites list at the end of the year.

“Situations like these are never easy for anyone. There are no winners here…”

I believe in fate, I believe that everything happens for a reason, I believe that sometimes life makes it hard so that you appreciate it when it isn’t. Life is never plain sailing, it tests you, it makes you stronger and no one encapsulated this more than our heroine, Lissa. Lissa was a character I wanted to hug, to squeeze so tight, a woman that had experienced something so bad I wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. My heart broke for this woman, my heart totally and utterly decimated, smashed to smithereens but she made it out the other side…just. If ever a person deserved a happy ever after, it was Lissa. Lissa’s past was tragic, but her future needn’t be, she needed to let go, forgive but never forget. Lissa was selfless, she wanted to be the best person she could, she strived for perfection, but sometimes perfect is overrated, you just need to be you.

“I can’t listen to people pull this apart and not remember that everyone lost – there are nothing but victims still standing…including you.”

Dan was an incredible character a man in the right place at the right time and as it plays out with the right person. A date gone wrong that put him in the path of Lissa, the stars aligned, fate worked its magic. Dan was perfect, he was resilient, he never gave up, he was forgiving, understanding, supportive and loyal to a fault. The reformed manwhore who had finally met the woman to settle him. He had found his forever and no matter what life threw at them, he wanted them to make it and he would do everything he could to ensure it happened. I adored him.

“The part of you that leads, that alpha male who protects, that man who calms my storms and eases my fears. For the first time in years, I feel safe in someone else’s company…”

Dan and Lissa were perfect for one and other, from their first meet to their histories, to their future. They just were so well suited. The chemistry between these was palpable and yet this side to their relationship was never the crux. The depth that Stephie Walls gave these characters was overwhelming and I felt I was living their life with them. The character connection was on point, the dialogue perfection, the plot gripping, the romance…be still my beating heart.

“…if I were lucky enough to be married to a man who believed I brought him life, there’s no way I’d go backward.”

While these characters have appeared in the Bound and Freed duet you do not need to have read this first. They were secondary characters and always had me intrigued. However, if you have not read Bound and Freed and intend to do so, then this book does contain spoilers for that duet.

“…I was just thankful I got a second chance, a do-over, a mulligan. Mother Nature smiled at me, Karma sent me her favor, and God gave me Dan.”

Friendship is a beautiful thing and none more so than the characters in this book. This book was all about a friendship that was so strong, so loyal…you can’t choose your family, but you can choose your friends and these two couples chose well. Such a stunning book, one I will never forget and one that I will re-read again. Seriously adored this book no matter how much it broke me at times.


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Stephie Walls is a literary whore - she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has eight novels out, four short stories, and three collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world. She has another novel on its way to bookshelves in May 2017. Be on the look out for the re-release of Freed! 

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Blog Tour & Excerpt ~ Tycoon by Katy Evans


Tycoon by Katy Evans Publication 
Date: June 20th, 2017 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Tycoon, an all-new standalone from Katy Evans is available now!!!

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Book Description:

He wasn’t always this rich. This hot. This difficult.

Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me.

That man is gone.

In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city.

He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman.

The only one who can save me and my startup from ruin.

It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help.

I didn’t expect him to offer it easily.

And he doesn’t.

Instead, he vets me harder than he’s vetted anyone.

Don’t invest in what you don’t know, he says.

He's assessing every piece of me, to the point I've never felt so bare.

I yearn for the boy I once knew, whose touch once craved me.

Putting it all on the line will be worth it, I tell myself.

Until I realize—too late—that some risks are not worth taking.


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I hop off the train and walk several walks to his building.
It’s a brownstone in Park Avenue, one of the most elite of the elite spaces in town.
My lungs feel a little bit overworked from awe as I head up the steps to the double doors, grateful that I came dressed to kill in a little black dress, a jacket, and pumps. Simple, but effective.
See, I may be feeling a little awkward, but at least I don’t look it.
I’m greeted by his maid. She’s dressed in black and white, her hair drawn back in a neat bun, her expression stoic and formal as she leads me down the hall to a gorgeous study.
I catch my breath when I notice all the books and shelves.
It’s like a reader’s paradise in here. There’s a sleek chrome bar, a modern mahogany glass-topped desk, and two huge whiskey-colored leather chairs that almost swallow me up when I’m instructed to wait in one.
I drum my fingers, inhaling the scent of leather and wine, remembering a guy I knew with his mechanic navy-blue uniform, black streaks on his jaw, his big nose always the first thing you’d see, which was a pity because he had beautiful eyes and a really sinful pair of lips.
He’s living in luxury now. Wow. Good for him.
I hear footsteps approaching and the little hair on my arms prick at attention. My head turns as a tall, dark figure steps into the room, and the most intimidating guy I’ve ever seen enters and crosses the room toward the desk. He walks like he’s the shit…his strides proud and composed, elegant and powerful.
Christos, I hear myself breathe in surprise.
He’s so tall now…six three, at least. Dirty-blonde hair, gold-green eyes, chiseled jaw, and a gorgeous profile.
All in black, he looks very much a New Yorker.
He’s wearing a black jacket, black pants, and a black turtleneck beneath the jacket...
            I stare at him, my jaw hanging a little bit open. The man is….all man. Testosterone. Muscles. Height. Width. My chest hurts all of a sudden because I realize…
The boy you knew is gone.
I force myself to stand. “Thank you for seeing me.”
He heads to the bar to pour two drinks, then he prowls over, takes the whiskey leather chair across from mine and leans forward, pushing a glass of cognac with one finger across a small table, toward me.
And he waits.
In silence.
But my stomach dips as if he’d said something ultra-sexy and decadent.
“You might not remember me, I’m sorry to be reaching out like this,” I say, nervous.
“What do you want?”
There’s a pleasant shiver as he speaks. Recognition of his voice, even though it’s far deeper than I remember.
“I was told you sometimes invest in startups.”
“I’d say more than sometimes.” He raises his eyebrows as if I should’ve done my homework better.
Ugh, Bryn! Focus! Be SMART! Make yourself and your business irresistible! A silence settles as he eyes me, slowly setting his drink down as he leans forward and finally, unexpectedly, smiles. At me.
It’s just a smile.
But the world tilts under its impact.
“Hello, little bit.” Amusement touches his gaze as he tilts his head and watches me. “You know, I’d think you’d have grown up the ten-plus years since I last saw you. At least an inch.” He leans back in his seat, seemingly displeased. Wow, this guy is not the lanky kid I knew once. This guy oozes danger.
            Every ounce of “boy” is gone. Oh God. For a moment I wish that we could go back in time and I could discuss my startup with the guy I knew before.
            But time travel is not really my talent, and it seems like I have yet to see if I even have any special talents at all—depending on what this guy thinks.
“I grew two in width,” I shock myself saying.
He laughs then, his eyes drinking me in openly.
“Shame on you, you’re not trying to see if it’s true?” I ask him, frowning now.
He shrugs casually, his lips curved at the corners. “I can’t help it. Something has to have changed.”
“Because nothing good ever lasts. Even you, little bit.” A smile touches those unforgettable gold-green eyes.
A shiver runs through me. Because…
Christos recognized me.
 “I can tell you’re as incorrigible as ever.” I shake my head, but I’m smiling, truly just relieved that he recognized me.
“I try to be,” he purrs dangerously.
I’m feeling warm all of a sudden. I can’t believe I’m staring at him so much, but it’s like I cannot take my eyes away. He looks achingly familiar, but at the same time, so different I cannot help but stare and track the differences in his features. The way his jaw squared out even more, the way his body filled out with hard, lean muscles that shift and ripple beneath his expensive designer clothes. I cannot believe that this is a guy I knew once.
He seems to silently be taking in my changes too, his keen stare allowing me to see that he seems to approve of it all. Even the dress I’m wearing. “You changed enough for the both of us,” I blurt.
“Really. How so?” he asks.
“You grew into your nose.”
“Really?” He chuckles as if despite himself.
“Width and height too. Quite a bit,” I add.
“Anything else,” he prods, one eyebrow rising.
“You learned how to dress.”
He looks down at his black suit. “This old thing?” He grins, then shifts forward, sobering up. “What can I do for you, Bryn? Considering I’m rather surprised to see you here, I’m eager for you to satiate my curiosity.” His stare becomes keen.
“So am I. I didn’t expect to be here,” I admit, and for a moment when I look into his eyes, all I see is someone I’ve seen before. Someone who belonged in my life long ago. “You know when you had that misplaced crush on me and told me one day I’d know what it felt like to throw pebbles at someone’s window wanting them to open? I’m sort of throwing rocks here.”
“Not to sing me a love song,” he says flatly, his eyes shuttering.
“No. Well, you know that was never....I mean...” Don’t bring up your rejection of him, Bryn! “It’s for something better. Business.”
“Go on.”
“I knew that’d get you.” I smile privately. “So it’s true your love is money now.”
“She gives back what I put in. Though her ass isn’t as juicy as I like,” he says nonchalantly.
“Wow. No matter how polished you look, your mouth is still as crude as ever.”
“Thank you,” he purrs, his eyes grinning at me.
I laugh. Then I sober up and realize he’s waiting for me to speak. “I’m looking for money for my startup,” I say.
“How much.”
“One hundred thousand.”
“I don’t invest less than a million.” He twirls his whiskey in his glass, eyeing the liquid.
“Well then, I’ll ask for a million.”
He raises his brows, setting his glass down. “It’s not how much you want to ask for, it’s how much the company’s worth.” Eyebrows up, he skewers me with a cold, intimidating look.
“It’ll be worth more than a million, trust me,” I bluff.
“Good for you. Except…” he leans back with a rustle of clothes, every athletic inch of his black-clad body flowing sinuously like a feline with the move, “considering that has yet to happen and I’ll need to trust you on that, my trust needs to be earned.”
This version of Christos is even more intimidating than the old one, unfortunately.
I try to hide it, keeping my voice as level as possible. “How does one earn your trust?”
“I’d tell you if I were interested, but I’m not exactly sure that I am.” He eyes me as if debating in silence.
This guy is the only guy in the world that unnerves me in this way, and I can’t seem to slow the fast pounding of my heart in my chest as I try to remember what I came here to say.
“I have a full presentation for you. I’m not taking no for an answer.” I reach into my briefcase.
 “Darling. Are you ready?”
I start at the female voice and glance at a gorgeous woman striding into the study. Christos continues looking at me as he stands and reaches for the cell phone the woman extends out.
“We’re done here,” he answers her as he pockets the phone, his gaze remaining on me.
“I’ll wait for you in the car.” She leans up and kisses his jaw, her hands proprietary on his chest, then sends me a woman-to-woman claiming look, before she swishes away, all glittering jewels and lean body.
There’s a silence as he approaches, and for a second all I can hear is the sound of a toilet flushing, taking my only opportunity with a possible investor away.
“I’ll think about it,” he says.
“I said I’ll think about it,” he says from the door.
“Please do,” I say as he exits the room.  I cup the sides of my mouth, “I’ll be back tomorrow. Same time?” I say jokingly.
I’m surprised when I hear footsteps returning. He pauses when our eyes meet. “I’ll make contact,” he says, raising his eyebrows meaningfully, “If I’m interested in hearing more.” He nods. “Nice to see you, Bryn.”
“Nice to see you. Christos.”
Well, that went sort of awful.

About the Author:

Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.
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Special Announcement from Julie Richman ~ Needing Moore the complete series


A brand-new version of The USA Today Bestselling Needing Moore Series by Julie A. Richman is going to be available containing never seen before NEW FEATURES.


To celebrate the relaunch of this top-rated series, the all new boxed set will be ON SALE for only 99¢ for a very LIMITED-TIME on 6/26!

Book Description:

Sometimes the one you never got over is just a friend request away …

There were no cell phones or internet or google when she left me and I never knew why she walked away from our relationship.

I loved her, like head-over-heels crazy loved her.

And when she walked out on me at the end of our freshman year, without even a goodbye, she broke my heart.

So, I got a surprise gift the other night at my birthday party, an old college friend casually mentioned he saw her on Facebook.

Best present I’ve received in over twenty years.

Now, I’m finally going to get my answer.

She owes me an explanation at to why she left …

Damn, I loved her.


I was having such a crappy morning at work and then his email arrived.

It was a friend request and to say I was shocked would be an understatement.

A lifetime had passed since we’d last been in contact.

But just seeing his name on my computer screen,

made me react in a way I thought I was no longer capable of,

you see, I had never gotten over loving him,

even though he betrayed me.

And so begins the saga of Schooner Moore and Mia Silver, lovers separated after their first year of college and not reunited again for over twenty years. But two decades was not long enough for their flame to be extinguished and reuniting could cost them everything.


Check out these amazing bonus components that will be exclusive in this box set:

- New Cover (OMG, get ready to fall in love!)

- Never before seen Sneak Peek of MOORE THAN A FEELING, the highly anticipated Holly Moore story - releasing Fall/Winter 2017

- Available for the first time as a set in a single- volume paperback

Single Volume Paperback (all 3 novels) will be on sale for 1-week beginning 6/26

$19.99 (reg. 26.99)

- Complete re-edit of all 3 books 
Bonus chapters for EACH book will still be included

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.
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