Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Review & Excerpt ~ The Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona #2) by Rachel Van Dyken

THE PLAYBOY BACHELOR 
by Rachel Van Dyken
The Bachelors of Arizona, #2
April 11, 2017
Forever
eBook: $4.99 USD

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Book Description:

She's no Sleeping Beauty. And he's definitely no prince . . . 

Margot McCleery could have lived her whole life without seeing Bentley Wellington again—her ex-best friend and the poster boy for Hot, Rich Man-Whores everywhere. But Margot's whiskey-augmented grandmother "buys" Bentley at a charity bachelor auction, and now suddenly he's at her door. Impossibly charming. Impossibly sexy. And still a complete and utter jackass.

Bentley's just been coerced by his grandfather to spend the next thirty days charming and romancing the reclusive red-haired beauty who hates him. The woman he abandoned when she needed him the most. Bentley knows just as much about romance as he knows about love—nothing. But the more time he spends with Margot, the more he realizes that "just friends" will never be enough. Now all he has to do is convince her to trust him with her heart . . .

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Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2om2Lgi


Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***


“Are you there, God? It’s me, Margot.”


Awwww Rachel Van Dyken certainly delivered with The Playboy Bachelor. This was a book that held me rapt from the very beginning and gave me one of my favourite heroine’s in Margot. This was a second chance romance of sorts, one of my faves and was chock full of love, angst, swoony moments and a hero that never knew what he wanted until it was gone.

Both Margot and Bentley are from influential and wealthy families and as children were inseparable. Bentley and Margot were best friends, where one went the other wouldn’t be far behind and even though these two were complete opposites, together they just clicked. These two had never crossed the “friend zone” and our book worm Margot was just a witness to the menagerie of women that graced Bentley’s arm. Neither of these two wanted to ruin what they had so they treasured what they did until life ripped them apart. Now their paths are to cross once again thanks to their meddling grandparents and though the past is a distant memory, emotional wounds run deep and are unforgettable.


“Just because one holds battle scars doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful…Survival always is.”


There is a fine line between love and hate and while Margot most certainly hated Bentley, underneath that anger and ire was the love that she had always had for him. Their past was thwart with tragedy and misunderstanding and the biggest hurdle for these two would always be to listen to the other before making blanket judgements.


“I’ll always be the guy you fucked in order to stop being sad. And you’ll always be the girl I wanted too much to have.”


The banter between these two was hilarious at times and while some honest and horrible truths escaped their mouths in anger the intense chemistry that these two had was never far behind. These two bounced off each other in the best and worst ways and often their battle of barbs became a battle of the past but Rachel Van Dyken never kept that undercurrent of chemistry that sizzled between them far from the reader.


“…we tend to push away those we love the most for fear that the other shoe is going to one day drop, and they’ll see us for what we really are. Weak. Scared. Insecure.”


I loved Bentley, even though he was the most eligible bachelor and had different arm candy most nights this was all a front for the one that got away. No-one had measured up to his best friend and no-one ever would. He cursed his grandfather’s interference but when push came to shove the feelings that were always there only got stronger as soon as he was in Margot’s presence once again. Underneath that bravado was a man that suffered immensely, a man that had taken the world upon his shoulders and yet never knew his place within it.


“But that doesn’t change the fact that you think so little of me…when I think the world of you.”


Margot was a recluse, an author and a woman who had suffered more hurt than she knew what to do with. Underneath her unapproachable façade was a woman that was desperate to live again, to see daylight, to be a normal person but who was too afraid to take it. Margot was stronger than she gave herself credit for and if anyone deserved a happy ever after it was her.


“Because Bentley had done the impossible. He made a half...feel like a whole.”


I loved the way that these two come together, how they work through their past and embrace their present. It wasn’t pretty, it was raw, honest and real with some brutal truths and tear inducing battles. But life isn’t always a bunch of roses, mistakes are made, but the heart wants who the heart wants and these two hearts were always destined to beat as one. Loved this one, painful at times, poignant, hilarious, swoon worthy and emotional. Fantastic read.


“If he died. Would the world even notice?”


Excerpt:

“I’m writing a kissing scene!” she blurted, mentally kicking herself for screaming it in his face. “And the guy’s a complete jackass. Since my only experience with jackasses is you…” Her voice was shaky, just like her body. Could he tell how much she wanted him? How much she hated that her response was this—raw. “I-I figured you were the only one who could show me what it’s like.” Good one, Margot. Do you really have to sound so…desperate?
“What what’s like?”
“A kiss. From a jackass.”
“Got the jackass part.” He treaded water and then grabbed her by the arm and pulled her deeper into the pool until they were on the opposite end, his body pressed against hers. At least his eyes were still locked on her face. “And you’ve never been kissed?”
She rolled her eyes. “Not by someone like—”
“If you keep insulting me, this kiss won’t ever happen, Red.”
“Don’t call me that,” Margot whispered. Was she so weak that she’d forgive his abandonment for one kiss? “Please?”
“This kiss.” His calculated gaze didn’t make her feel any better about the situation. “How long does it need to be? How deep? Where do you want my hands?”
Margot’s mouth dropped open. “That’s not how kisses work! You can’t just map out the kiss. That takes all the romance out of it!”
“Oh, so you want romance?”
“Yes! No! I mean. I didn’t say that!” Her face flamed, and she sagged in defeat. Admitting she wanted romance kind of felt like she was on the losing end of the little battles they’d been having, like she was giving him an in. And if he got in, he’d only hurt her again.
“I was joking,” he said, just before his lips brushed hers. His tongue slid across her bottom lip and then sucked it for a few seconds before he slid it into her mouth and deepened the kiss.
Her lips softened beneath his gentle coaxing, and his hard thighs pressed against hers as a deep hunger awakened within her.
Oh, this was bad.
So bad.
And very, very good at the same time.


THE BACHELORS OF ARIZONA SERIES

The Bachelor Auction, #1
The Playboy Bachelor, #2

Series Page on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2nLI77V

About the Author:


Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult, Regency, and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her husband, son, and their snoring boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers!

Release Day Blitz ~ Preppy Part Three: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater by TM Frazier

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Preppy, Part Three: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater by T.M. Frazier is now LIVE!!!

Preppy, Part Three: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater 
by T.M. Frazier
Release Date: April 26th, 2017 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Book Description:

The bowtie is BACK!

Dre was just a beautiful stranger when Preppy saved her the first time around. Now, he has to save her again, but she's no longer some stranger, she's family, and he has no idea who or what he's up against.

What he does know is that putting his family back together is the only acceptable outcome.

Preppy's to-do list?

SAVE FAMILY. SEEK REVENGE.

He's alive...and he's out for BLOOD.

Preppy Part Three is the third book and conclusion of Preppy and Dre's story. It's also the 7th book in the King Series, which should be read in order starting with KING & TYRANT.

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Preppy Part One


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About the Author:


T.M.Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and her young daughter. When she’s not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance. Well…it has a beach in it! Her latest works include her USA TODAY BESTSELLING KING SERIES and All the Rage.

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Cover Reveal ~ A Girl Like Me (Book 2 in the Like Us Duet) by Ginger Scott

Check out this amazing cover for A GIRL LIKE ME by Ginger Scott! Readers have fallen in love with these characters!

A Girl Like Me by Ginger Scott
Book 2 in the Like Us Duet
A mature YA romance, and a little something more…
Release day: May 26

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Book Description:

I’m not supposed to be here.

Death has come for me more than once, and each time it’s been a boy who’s
stood between me and my final breath.

I called him Christopher when he saved me as a child. When he came into my
life again, only months ago, I knew him as Wes. Just as he did the time
before, he disappeared the moment he made sure I was out of harm’s way; as
if I didn’t need any more saving.

This time, though, death left me with a reminder of how powerful it is. I
know it meant to strip me of my spirit again, but it failed.

Even so, I know I need Wes to survive. Our souls are woven together
somehow, our every breath in sync. I feel it, even though everyone says I
shouldn’t.

The world thinks he’s missing.

His loved ones don’t want to believe he’s dead.

Only I know just how special he is.

I’m going to find him and bring him home, where he belongs. Together,
we’ll face impossible—we’ll rewrite our ending.

And when the bad guys come calling, we will always win.


Now Available:


A BOY LIKE YOU
YA Contemporary Romance
Released on: March 3, 2017

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About the Author:


Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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Twitter: @TheGingerScott

Cover Reveal ~ Enemies Like You by Annika Martin and Joanna Chambers

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Check out this AMAZING cover of Enemies Like You by Annika Martin & Joanna Chambers & DOWNLOAD the prologue, Enemies With Benefits FOR FREE!

Release Date: May 15th, 2017

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Book Description:

They're dangerous men. Absolute enemies. And totally hot for each other.

Will has never met anyone like Kit. He’s arrogant. Gorgeous. Lethal.

The most expensive bodyguard money can buy. And Will can’t seem to resist him.

A simple command in Kit's cut-glass accent makes Will want things he’s never wanted, do things he’s never done. Their red-hot chemistry is off the charts.

Just one problem: Will has vowed to kill the billionaire that Kit is hell-bent on protecting.

And Kit has secrets, too—his own reasons for sacrificing his soul, piece by painful piece, to keep one of the worst men on earth alive.

This is a stand-alone contemporary M/M romance.

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Book Description:

They're dangerous men. Absolute enemies. And totally hot for each other.

Two years ago, the men in Will’s unit were killed in an ambush because they were betrayed. Now he has a chance to go after the corrupt billionaire who sold them out.

One problem: the billionaire’s bodyguard. Nobody knows what he looks like; they only know him by the trail of bodies he leaves behind.

Will their passion destroy them both?

Kit’s a hardened assassin who’ll do what it takes to protect his boss. But when Will moves on the billionaire at an elite party, things with Will and Kit take an unexpected—sexy—twist.

Now Kit has to convince Will to walk away--from his quest for justice, and from the red-hot passion that keeps resurfacing at the most inopportune times.

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About the Authors:

Joanna Chambers

Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. She spent over 20 years staring at blank sheets of paper and despairing of ever writing a single word. In between staring at blank sheets of paper, she studied law, met her husband and had two children. Whilst nursing her first child, she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna lives in Scotland with her family and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture. 

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Annika Martin

Annika Martin is a NYT bestselling author who enjoys writing dirty stories about dangerous criminals and hot spies. She loves helping animals and kicking snow clumps off the bottom of cars around the streets of Minneapolis, and in her spare time she writes as the RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane. 

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

We're celebrating the release of 180 SECONDS by Jessica Park!

Title: 180 SECONDS
Age: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Jessica Park
Publisher: Skyscape
Release date: April 25, 2017

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Book Description:

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

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Our Review:

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


“You can’t reach what’s in front of you until you let go of what’s behind you.”


Jessica Park, for me, is synonymous with reads that have relatable characters that have their quirks and stories that deal with real life. Jessica Park’s character connection is always on point and so her stories always deliver the emotional reads that I crave and boy does 180 Seconds on ALL counts. This is an author whose writing style is one I clicked with from the beginning, articulate, thought provoking, comical when needed and always written from the heart. With every word you can feel and see this authors blood, sweat and tears. You can tell that her books have taken time, nothing is rushed, plot lines expanded perfectly and characters with incredible depth brought to life with ease. 180 Seconds is another one of those reads where I was captivated from the very start and held emotional hostage until the very end. Her books don’t come along very often, but when they do…they make their presence felt in every single way.


“…you’ve been through a lot, and if you ask me, it is okay that you’ve been in a shitty place. Just because that’s where you’ve been doesn’t mean you have to stay there if you don’t want to.”


I love, love, love, when a title means something and I cannot stress enough how much I love this title. This title encapsulates everything about this book and I don’t want to say much more because you need to feel that connection for yourself, but it was just so damn perfect. That moment when everything falls into place only elevates your excitement for what is to come. That was me, and Jessica Park and her characters took me along for the ride and yet another ride I will not forget.

Allison was a character that I could relate to in the way that she had anxiety issues and wanted to be a nobody. Allison preferred her own company and only had one friend that she had met in the foster care system, Steffi. It took a lot for Allison to trust, having been shunted from foster home to foster home her faith in humanity left a lot to be desired and it seemed her knight in shining armour may have come a little too late to undo the damage of her childhood. But, underneath her unapproachable exterior was a woman longing for a connection, a connection to someone, someone to understand her for who she is and not what her past dictates. Allison craved honesty, integrity, love and friendship but was just too shy to find it or take it.


“I don’t want to live in the past. Neither do you. We’re not going back there. It’s over. We are not goddamn statistics. We will never be. We are the exception, and we are exceptional. Got it?”


Esben was a social media celebrity whose blog on life was a means of showing the world that mankind can still have heart, not all people are mean and cruel, good does still happen and that the power of social media can bring people from all walks of life together for the greater good. Social media is often at the forefront of bullying and destruction, where cyber bullies make their presence ever felt and the unscrupulous prey on unwitting victims. Jessica Park though brings the opposite side to light, the uplifting side, the community spirit and the empowerment that social media can bring, although the haters are always gonna hate and even Esben isn’t immune to that.

Esben was a man with a pure heart, he believed in and saw the good in everybody and his relationship with his sister was swoon worthy in itself. Esben was not your typical NA hero, he was just a normal guy, a regular college student albeit a social media celebrity. It was during one of his social media experiments that he crosses paths with Allison and from this moment one of the best love stories got their beginning.


“I know you’re fragile. I get that…You’re also tougher than you think. You’re fighting right now, and fighters aren’t weak. But you don’t have to fight alone.”


This was so much more than a love story though, this was Allison’s journey from solitude. With every page, you could see life slowly breathed back into her, this was her emotional journey where she embraced those that cared and moved on from those that didn’t. This was a journey where Allison finally began to believe in herself, trust those around her and love those that she surrounded herself with.


“I love you, Allison. It happened when I wasn’t looking for it, when I didn’t know I needed it. But I fell in love with you so quickly and so smoothly. So without question.”


Simon is Allison’s adoptive father who found her when she was sixteen. From the minute Simon saw Allison’s picture and bio he knew that she belonged to him and was still trying to make Allison accept him. Simon’s perseverance and love for Allison was heart-warming and my love for this guy holds no bounds. Simon is one of my favourite characters and the extra heart and soul he brings to this book was truly phenomenal.

Steffi was a perfect best friend, in tune with Allison on all fronts and had been through the system with her. Steffi was a lot more confident and sure of herself and yet emotionally even more scarred than Allison but hid it well. This friendship is one that only comes along once in a lifetime and should always be treasured.


“Steffi? You’re not a dud. You never were. You are more perfect than any parents could handle. That’s all.”


Every character had purpose and brought something to the story overall, nothing superfluous and every word delivered with compassion and heart. This was Jessica Park at her best and for me brought back the magic of Flat Out Love while enveloping the heart and soul of Left Drowning. 180 Seconds was the perfect Park recipe and one that I devoured word by word. This will definitely be one of my favourite reads of 2017 and once again Jessica Park delivered.

About the Author:


Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24

Release Day Review ~ Open Hearts by Eve Dangerfield


Book Description:

Ash Bennett’s had enough. She’s not wasting any more time longing for Prince Charming and getting stuck with Prince 'Babe, What’s For Dinner?'
If she can’t find a respectable, self-sufficient man to start a family with she’ll just do it by herself. It's better than pinning all your hopes on a guy who's never going to make you happy. Take Dean Sherwood, sure he’s stupid hot but that doesn’t pay the bills or remember to pick you up from the airport. No, they’re just having a little fun until Ash can find a donor. Right?
If only it was that easy... 
Everyone loves Dean. He’s easygoing, a great footballer and always up for a beer or sixteen. He also has the attention span of a Cocker Spaniel on MDMA, but that’s never been a problem where the opposite sex is concerned. At least it wasn’t until he met Ash. Beautiful, driven and wild in bed; she's all he's ever wanted in a wife. 
Unfortunately, he's far from what she wants in a husband, what with his perpetually empty bank account and inability to cook anything other than bacon. When she tells him he’s not baby-daddy material, Dean vows to become the man she needs, whatever it takes. 
Open Hearts is the sequel to Locked Box. It features angst, bogans, hot sex, naked snowboarding and the triumphant return of Max and Julia who are dealing with a romantic dilemma of their own.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***


“If I’d known you were coming, I would have lived differently.”


Eve Dangerfield takes me back once again to my favourite bunch of Australians with Open Hearts, this time it is the story of Ashley Bennett, Julia’s sister. If you want to read Julia’s story first then read Locked Box as Julia and Max do appear in this one.

Ash is nearly thirty and a midwife, she works hard and in her past…played harder. Ash was an ex-model and her youth was quite promiscuous but now with her biological clock ticking down she is devastated that she cannot find a man to settle down with and start the family she desperately wants to start. With early menopause hereditary in her family, she needs to start sooner rather than later and so she starts exploring sperm donors.


“Out of all the things mum gave us, what do you think is the best; the hair, the legs, or the insane vodka tolerance of twenty-eight generations of Russian peasants?”


Dean is Max’s best friend and house mate, he is in his mid-thirties but is a child at heart. Irresponsible and immature are his middle names but underneath that childish persona is a man that no-one really understands. Dean keeps his private life private and maybe all is not what it seems.


“But take it from someone who’s also a little controlling and uptight, Dean has something people like us need. Something that’s rare as fucking diamonds.”


When Julia has her launch party for her latest game, starring Max of course, Dean and Ash’s paths meet and it is lust at first sight and the start of one of the most hilarious couplings ever. The dynamic between these two was perfect. Dean and Ash suited each other so much and the dialogue and banter between them made this book for me. Hilarious together and yet deep and emotional too, while superficial on the outside, Dean has depth and it was fantastic to read.

Ash has many hang-ups and the biggest one being money. Having lived on the breadline all her childhood and being one of the poor kids who lived on scraps and wore old clothes she is determined to never live that way again. While Ash and Dean have fantastic chemistry, he has no prospects so definitely not baby daddy material even though he had an extremely talented tongue...back to the sperm donor then…


“How did she ever think she had anything over this guy? He was leading her around by the clit like some kind of clit-farmer.”


I laughed hard reading this book and loved harder, Dean was a character that you couldn’t help but take into your heart. Dean’s personality was infectious but it was his innocent and vulnerable side that maketh the man. His determination to be a better man was admirable and the successes and failures made for entertaining reading. Ash was a little harder to warm up to. I understood where she was coming from but sometimes you need to step back and see the wood for the trees.

The comedic timing was perfect, the emotion was present and the character connection, especially to Dean was spot on. I loved that Dean was a little submissive and yet could be alpha when needed, it is this trait that really cemented him as the ideal partner to Ash’s domineering personality. Opposites definitely attract but would it be too little too late for these two? Another entertaining read from Eve Dangerfield.

Monday, 24 April 2017

LIFT for AUTISM Launch and Giveaway

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The Lift 4 Autism Auction is a bookworm’s dream! Featuring hard-to-get, much-sought items from romance favorites like Nicola Yoon, Kristen Ashley, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Corinne Michaels, T.M. Frazier, Marie Force and more than 200 others in celebration of Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month. Authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan founded LIFT 4 Autism a few years ago as a charitable initiative rallying the romance community around autism. All proceeds go to this year’s charitable partner Kulture City, who is doing amazing things for the autism community. Learn more at kulturecity.org. Specifically, LIFT 2017 will benefit Kulture City’s lifeBOKS program, which provides families with free kits to curtail wandering, a common and potentially life threatening challenge. Proceeds will also benefit Kulture City’s tablet program, which provides iPads to improve communication for non and limited verbal children on the spectrum to families who cannot afford them. Learn more about the mission of Kulture City and the dangers of wandering in today’s USA Today HEA feature here


HOW WILL WE RAISE FUNDS? 

1) Online Auction, featuring many of your favorite romance authors! 

Browse all the amazing items up for bid here: charityauction.bid/lift4autism 
(Must register to bid) 
Auction Frequently Asked Questions: http://lift4autism.com/auctionfaq 
Find the full Author list here: http://lift4autism.com/contact
The auction is LIVE until Friday, April 28, 8:00pm. 

2) Make a financial donation through the LIFT Campaign. 


3) Buy LIFT Wear (T-shirts, totes, mugs, etc…) 

 

4. Buy the YA Fantasy Anthology Ever In the After for 99¢ 

 


*All proceeds go to Kulture City! 

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*Subscribe to the LIFT mailing list at lift4autism.com.

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Release Day Blitz, Review & Giveaway ~ Rock F*ck Club by Michelle Mankin


Title: Rock F*ck Club
Author: Michelle Mankin
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 24, 2017


Book Description:

10 cities in two weeks. 10 famous rock stars. On my knees. Against the wall. On my tits. I don't care. As long as I get the evidence to prove it. Why? Because I caught my former prick of a boyfriend from Heavy Metal Enthusiasts doing a groupie doggie style backstage on the night we were supposed to be celebrating our 1 year anniversary.

He told me I was too uptight. Too vanilla. Too boring. So I got drunk with my bestie, Marsha West, the aspiring videographer. I ranted. I raved. I came up with a crazy idea. What I didn't know was that my best friend recorded me. Marsha put the video up on YouTube. It went viral with 10 million hits. Now I've got fans and sponsors offering me big bucks.

Rock stars are volunteering to be my f*ck buddy.

Hollywood is calling.

I get to choose which rock stars I want.

The stakes are high.

This sh*t just got real.

What could go wrong?



Buy Links:

AMAZON UK / US / CA / AU

Free in Kindle Unlimited


Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

 
“There will be no running away tonight, but even if you try I guarantee I will catch you.”


The premise of this book was an intriguing one and just from the blurb alone I was determined to read this with an open mind. It is true what people say though, when a man sleeps around he is a “lad” it ups his rep and gives him bragging rights, but when the boot is on the other foot and the promiscuous one is a woman, she is a whore and a slag. In a world of sexual equality though, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Our heroine, Raven, saw this as empowerment, as her way of getting revenge on the rock star boyfriend who she caught cheating with a groupie, her chance to prove him wrong, she wasn’t vanilla, she was risqué and what better way to prove it…other than publicly.


“Please think carefully before you make your choices. Sometimes control isn’t all it seems to be. Sometimes it’s just a matter of knowing who you can trust to get you safely home again.”


Raven was a woman who had been hurt one too many times and after catching her cheating boyfriend it was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Drunk off her face and with her bestie, Marsha, filming her rant, Raven depicts in all its glory her method for revenge, uploaded to YouTube and ten million hits later Raven has the television networks eating out of her hands wanting to televise the whole thing. Reality TV at its dirtiest. The idea was fun while drunk, but when push comes to shove the reality is a lot more daunting. Raven could never have guessed that she would meet her soul mate, but she has a contract to uphold and more rockers to fuck.

Lucky was a rocker from the UK and he was adorable from the very beginning, any woman would struggle to not fall for his charms and what not. I loved everything about him, his relationship with his bandmates and his sister at the top of that list. Lucky is not you’re a-typical rocker, he has standards, he’s no saint, but he is in control of himself and those around him. He takes his responsibilities seriously and when he loves, he loves hard.


“My heart. My head. You aren’t just inside those places now. You are the master of them. I want to please you. I want to inspire you. I want to always be yours.”


This was a journey of discovery for Raven, she had a lot of guilt about her past that was still a huge burden and then there was the situation with the ex. Raven was incredibly spontaneous, she lived by the sword and would probably die by it to, but underneath that armour was a woman desperate to be loved and accepted for who she was, not what everyone else wanted her to be. While this was probably not the answer it did wonders for her confidence and led her into the path of someone she never knew she wanted.

The whole Rock F*ck Club is and isn’t what it seems and I would encourage people to see past the synopsis and read the book for its content rather assumptions. The message throughout was well done, the supporting characters were as lovable as Raven and Lucky and the whole book was unputdownable. This was a one sitting read for me and while I shook my head at some of Raven’s decisions I was more than appeased by the end.


“Hope is hard to hold onto while I’m watching you with someone else….”


Michelle Mankin delivers a hot and steamy read and while the sex scenes are aplenty the ones that matter are intense, honest and real. I loved the emotional connection that I had to the two main characters and I loved the fact that this story did not go the way I anticipated. The dialogue was on point, the character connection was nailed and a unique, believable, addictive storyline was delivered. I am hoping that this is the first book in a series about the Dragon’s, all the band members will have a great story to tell and I am especially intrigued with Sky and Rocky and of course our MM couple Alec and Cody. So, Michelle Mankin, get your fingers poised, I want more!!

About the Author:


Michelle Mankin is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.

Rock Stars. Romance. Redemption.

Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock 'n roll industry.

Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.

Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series.

Catch the perfect wave with irresistible surfers in the ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series.

Romance and self-discovery, the FINDING ME series is a Tempest spin off with a more experienced but familiar cast of characters.

When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock or NOLA funk music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend.

BRUTAL STRENGTH series:

Love Evolution
Love Revolution
Love Resolution
Love Rock’ Collection: The Brutal Strength Rock Star Trilogy, books 1-3

TEMPEST series (also available in audio):

Irresistible Refrain
Enticing Interlude
Captivating Bridge
Relentless Rhythm
Tempest Raging: The Tempest Rock Star series, books 1-4
Tempting Tempo
Scandalous Beat

The MAGIC series (also available in audio):

Strange Magic
Dream Magic
Twisted Magic

ROCK STARS, SURF AND SECOND CHANCES series (also available in audio):

Outside
Riptide
Oceanside

FINDING ME series (also available in audio):

Find Me
Remember Me
Keep Me

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Review ~ This Isn't Fair, Baby (War & Peace #6) by K Webster


Book Description:

***This is the sixth book in the series. First five books must be read in order to fully understand this story line.***

The king in my world fell and a new one slid into place. 
He wasn’t just. 
He wasn’t FAIR. 
He was cruel and hateful and twisted.

But I had this black king figured out.
Or so I thought.

The game became complicated because my black king had some new moves and one of those involved my heart. Hope trickled in for the briefest of moments.

That is, until my black king and my heart sided against me. Those two didn’t play FAIR. They used me as their pawn in a bigger game—a game I didn’t know how to play. 

The laws changed. I didn’t play by their rules anymore, for the queen makes up her own.

I am not a pawn.
I am not theirs to use and abuse.
I belong to nobody.

There are new players on the board and they don't play FAIR either. But the white king does know how to treat his queen. And together, they will make them pay.

All’s FAIR in love and war, right?
Definitely not this time. 

***Warning***
This Isn't Fair, Baby is a dark romance. Extreme sexual themes and violence, which could trigger emotional distress, are found in this story. If you are sensitive to dark themes, then this story is not for you.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars



“I was a villain. And I finally found my match.”


This series has been a bit hit or miss for me, some of the books have been exceptional and others just OK but This Isn’t Fair, Baby is one of my favourites, I absolutely LOVED it. This is the sixth and penultimate book in this series and you need to have read the previous five books beforehand.


“First we fight. First we take.”


This Isn’t Fair, Baby is action packed from the very start and in true K Webster style is very dark, deadly and dirty. The twists and turns in this book had me on the edge of my seat and as another couple in this incredibly fucked up world meet their match I could not contain the smile I had from ear to ear.


“You make me weak. You think I’m going to pull some bullshit to trick you, but you have no idea how vulnerable you make me.”


Vienna (Vee) was a woman that I had yet to warm up to, she had been through so much and it is only truly in this book that you finally understand the woman and what exactly the Rojas had put her through. V is also for VENGEANCE and Vienna is adamant to get hers in this book. Many have crossed her, many have maimed her but would any of them live to tell the tale?


“I can’t be a prisoner again…”


Diego Gomez is a man that had caught my attention in a previous book and yet remained an enigma until this one. Women are his weakness and when he first sets eyes on Vienna he was a gonner. While he calls himself Daddy D and Daddy has always been a pet peeve of mine, in this book, it actually suited him, it was all part of this Columbian’s cockiness and apparently, he had a lot to be cocky about.


“You’ll be mine soon. And nobody fucks over my wife,” I growl as I nip at her lip. “Not even me.”


Diego though, despite being a “bad” man had some admirable traits, he was loyal to a fault, devoted to Vienna, extremely protective, dedicated and an amazing friend, but you cross him and all bets are off. Between the sheets though, this man truly comes to life and wears his heart on his sleeve. K Webster really delivered on the connection between these two, and after the shit hand that Vienna had been dealt, it was about time she found her King.


“I’ve slept in the arms of a real life monster. This supposed one doesn’t feel so scary at all.”


It seems fate works in mysterious ways and it looks like these two were destined to be together before they even realised. I loved this twist and although everything between them had been instant, the more I read about these two, the more I believed in them. These two were perfect for each other, both a bit nuts, but both nuts about the other. Vienna called Diego out on his shit, she stood up to him, but more importantly she stood up for him. These two complemented each other in every way and I adored their relationship.


“I guess we’re even then. Villains are my weakness.”


As ever, K Webster sets up the next book at the end and once again I am dreading what the hell is to come. This is the End, Baby releases on May 23rd and I am going to be incredibly anxious going into that one.

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Book Announcement ~ A Little Bit Like Love by Brooke Blaine

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A Little Bit Like Love, an all-new sexy STANDALONE MM romance from Brooke Blaine is coming soon!!!

A Little Bit Like Love 
by Brooke Blaine
Release Date Reveal: May 23rd, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance/MM Romance

Book Description:

What if you had everything in the world you wanted…except the man you’d left behind?

Jackson Davenport, the charismatic, strait-laced heir to the Davenport fortune, has a secret. One he’s been hiding since he graduated from South Haven all-boys academy—and that secret’s name is Lucas.

When a work trip takes Jackson back to his old stomping grounds, memories of the year he shared with Lucas come crashing to the surface. With growing pressure from his father to settle down and take over the family business, Jackson knows he’s on borrowed time, and sets out to find the free-spirited daredevil he once knew.

But Lucas isn’t the same man he was eight years ago.

One night. A shattered heart. And an endless parade of nameless faces. Lucas Sullivan is South Haven’s ultimate playboy, a reputation he’s honed since the only boy he ever loved left without a trace. To the world, he’s brash and confident, an in-demand artist who spends his days designing one-of-a-kind pieces and his nights as king of the downtown scene.

Many have tried and failed to get past the barrier he’s carefully constructed, but it’s the shy, studious boy he once coaxed out of his shell who still haunts him.

Maybe it was a mistake. Maybe it was lust. Or maybe…it was a little bit like love.

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About the Author:

You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas. She is the author of Flash Point, a romantic suspense standalone, as well as the co-author of the erotic series, A Desperate Man, with Ella Frank. The latter has scarred her conservative southern family for life, bless their hearts. Licked, a romantic comedy, will be released November 11th, 2015 and is the first in the L.A. Liaisons series. If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years. 

Connect with the Author:

Twitter- @BrookeBlaine1