Sunday, 28 May 2017

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway ~ A Girl Like Me (Like Us #2) by Ginger Scott

We're celebrating the release of 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

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


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.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

“I promised you I would tell you everything I could, but some things might be better left in boxes.”

After the ending of A Boy Like You I was totally confused, but in a good way. My mind was running a mile a minute with what ifs, buts and maybes. My mind was a jumble of trying to piece together what was going on and in what direction Ginger Scott would take this. A Girl Like Me is not what I was expecting, but I loved it anyways and I have come to the conclusion…my predictions are shite.

“He said I’m supposed to be your hero…what if I’m the bad guy?”

I will say that the beginning of this book was a little slower paced than her usual style and it did take me a while to get back into the swing of this story, but once I was in, I was hooked. While the plot does stretch your imagination a little it was not way beyond the realms of possibility and I did enjoy this unique spin on their story.

“I just need you…I need you…I need you…and you are not my villain.”

I have to be vague unfortunately because I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but for me, the main thing that I took away from this book was Joss’s growth. After the way her life was left at the end of A Boy Like You most people would have given up the ghost. Joss though, she perseveres and her inner strength and determination were admirable qualities and really made her grow up in my eyes. The way she throws herself into everything with one hundred percent commitment is commendable and Joss was a great role model in this book.

“There are so many people who love you in this world. I’m merely one of them.”

I particularly loved the relationship she forges with her father. Joss’s father went to pot once her mum had left and had become an absentee drunk, but when needed, he made amends even if he did not go about it the right way, his intentions were pure and honourable. I loved seeing these two build those bridges and went quite the way into showing that a love a father has for a daughter and vice versa never wanes, despite the circumstances.

But onto the romance, here I will be extremely vague. Sometimes you don’t find love, love finds you. There is someone in this world for everyone and at times I am sure that your life is predetermined so that you find them. Call it kismet, call it fate or soul mates or whatever, this I firmly believe as I didn’t find mine until later on in life. Joss’s life was written as a fairytale…or is it a horror story…who knows…well I do, but you need to read it. But, if it is meant to be, it is meant to be and there is nothing that you can do about it.

“Before, I only stayed away for you. Everything…it’s for you. I came back for you, I was born for you.”

Love is a battle, there are ups and downs, twists and turns and it is this journey that makes it stronger. Life makes it stronger. Being there in times of trouble is testament to the bond that a couple has, it is easier to give up, it takes strength and true love to stay and weather the storm. This is certainly a journey that this couple undertakes. It was tragic and beautiful and I loved the romantic element that Ginger Scott delivered.

“We’ve come home, to the beginning. Our story starts again. And nobody writes it but us.”

Overall, I adored this duet. I loved its uniqueness, I loved the morals behind the story, I loved the suspense element and I loved how Ginger Scott finely knitted all these elements together. As ever the writing style was beautiful, totally captivating and submerses the reader into the story being told. Another hit from Ginger Scott.

Book One: A Boy Like You

YA Contemporary Romance
Released on: March 3, 2017


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

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

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Release Day Blitz, Review & Excerpt ~ Loving Jade (Riverstone Estates #3) by Roya Carmen

Book Description:

I never thought I’d be able to leave Michael, but I finally worked up the courage. I’m not sure where I’m heading but I feel safe here with the Riverstones. This place is lovely and serene. There is so much beauty and love here.

Yet, I still don’t feel free – I know Michael will find me. It’s just a matter of time.

Love is the last thing I’m looking for, but Flynn is such a beautiful man, inside and out. He makes me believe that I can be stronger, that I can be fierce. He believes he can fix me with equine therapy but he has no clue how much damage has been done.

Yet, somehow, he manages to get through to me. With patience, love and understanding, he slowly peels off the hard layers of self-doubt and fear that have held me captive all these years.

Just as I finally start to get stronger, Michael tracks me down and sends us all into turmoil, and threatens not only me but the family I’ve come to love.

Author’s note:

Loving Jade contains explicit sexual scenes and some coarse language, and is intended for a mature audience.

Loving Jade also contains scenes of domestic abuse and violence which could be a trigger for some. The central theme of the story, however, is female empowerment and self-love. Equine therapy plays a large role in this story as I wanted to share this wonderful form of therapy with my readers.

Loving Jade is the last book in The Riverstone Series, and can be enjoyed as a standalone. However, if one intends to read all three books, it is best to read them in chronological order to avoid spoilers.

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Our Review:

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

“…it’s all about taking control and not being afraid…being strong and fierce.”

Roya Carmen has charmed me with the Riverstone family over the last three books and to see a family so close and so supportive is very welcome. The setting is idyllic and while the Riverstone family seem to have their shit together it is their spouses that always seem to have the problems. Loving Jade is the story of Flynn Riverstone, the brother of Amber and Ruby who were the main characters in the previous two books. Flynn is the equine therapist, a cowboy doctor of sorts and was completely adorable.

“Hottest. Doctor. Ever.”

Jade has been married to Michael for ten years. Jade has been by his side in times of poverty and has witnessed his meteoric rise to immense wealth. The money certainly changed him and not for the better. While I have no doubt that Michael loved Jade, their love was toxic. Michael was a master manipulator, he had Jade on a short leash, was emotionally abusive and at times physically, but never enough to warrant a visit to the ER. Michael had battered Jade’s heart and soul, her self-esteem and her sense of self-worth. Jade was an empty vessel and now it was her time to fill herself back up.

Flynn is an Equine Assisted Therapist, a man that uses horses to help and heal those people that are damaged through things like PTSD, depression and stress. The power of animals is immense and it is this bond that helps people gain confidence and definitely brings them out of their shells. When Jade appears at the Riverstone Estate seeking refuge from her abusive husband, the family take her in with open arms…some arms more open than others.

“I’m in love. I’m in crazy love.”

This was a journey of self-discovery for Jade, for finding her true self away from her husband and trying to rectify the damage that he had inflicted. The support from the entire Riverstone family aids Jade in just that but with Michael a constant lurker in the background you always knew he wasn’t going to make life easy for her.

“My stomach sinks. Is that how I’ve been…a pathetic needy little dog.”

This book had a little more angst than the others but was also incredibly sweet too. Some characters really surprised me in this book, especially knowing them through the previous ones and for me did act a little out of character and not in a good way. I did enjoy the way the story went with Jade and Michael however, I did feel that this was a little rushed and would have liked a little more depth. None the less though, this was an easy read and a page turner. While this is the concluding book in this series I am hoping that at some point in time this adorable family is revisited. While this book can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend reading them in order so that you can appreciate the supporting characters, the family and their dynamic.


“I’m sorry, Jade. I don’t know what game you’re playing but I’m not playing it. This thing with us… it’s real for me. And if it’s not real for you, if you’re just getting off on the drama, getting off on this cat and mouse game you two seem to be playing…”

I’m at a total loss for words. I wish I could say something but he’s rendered me speechless.

“If you’re just using me to make him jealous, hoping he’ll chase you and fight for you—”

“No… that’s not what I’m doing.” His words cut so deep. Is that really what he thinks?

He runs a hand through his hair. “If I’m just a pawn in your fucked up little game—”

“No,” I scream.

“I’m just tired of this shit. I’m tired of this guy. Is something still going on between you two?”

I inch closer to him and look up into his eyes – there’s so much hurt there. I hate that I’ve hurt him. It’s the last thing I want to do. “No,” I tell him softly. Doesn’t he know how much I care about him? “I filed the papers on Tuesday.”

His eyes darken. In an instant, he pulls me against him, hard. His mouth crashes onto mine, and the warmth of him sinks deep, melts me into a puddle. He’s hungry and wild as he slides his hot tongue across my jawline, down the curve of my neck. My mouth is frantic as it searches for his again. He tugs at my hair as he kisses me again, and grabs my ass as he pulls me hard, closer against him. I grind him, wanting more. 

This is a Flynn I haven’t seen before, but I like it. I love it. I pull my mouth from his, breathless. “I want you, Flynn.” 

With a dark gaze, he grabs my hand in his and pulls me behind him. 

As soon as he closes the door behind us, he slams me against the wall. His loft is dark and smells of horses. It’s cold as hell too but I’m burning inside.

I’m wrapped around his hips, my feet off the floor, my mouth lost in his. He slides his hot tongue across my neck. “You’re a dark soul, Jade,” he whispers, his mouth pressed to me ear. “You get off on this. You like it hard, messy and complicated. Admit it, that’s how you like it.”

He’s not completely wrong. I know one of the reasons I’ve always been so attracted to Michael, so infatuated with him, is his darkness. I find it powerful – it’s so intense. He makes me feel alive. 

Flynn drops me to the floor. He slaps a hand on my ass and jerks me around and flattens my face against the wall. He slides his warm hand under the skirt of my dress, up my thigh. “Is this how you like it?”

I close my eyes. 


Other Books in Series:

Loving Amber

Loving Ruby

Cover Reveal ~ Saints & Thieves (The Wild Bunch #3) by London Miller

Title: Saints & Thieves
Series: The Wild Bunch #3
Author: London Miller
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 6, 2017

Book Description:

Sin always came wrapped in the prettiest of packages, made to tempt and entice, but Dahlia Taylor had never known temptation could come in a pair.

Both dark and intoxicating, terrifying and vicious, Vali and Nicu were everything she didn’t know she needed.

One promised to love her by ruining her—the other promised to love her while owning her.

They were two halves of a whole, and Dahlia realized all too quickly there would be no choosing between them.

Not when she wanted them both.

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Free in Kindle Unlimited

Coming Soon:

Releasing June 14, 2017

About the Author:

With a degree in Creative Writing, London Miller has turned pen to paper, creating riveting fictional worlds where the bad guys are sometimes the good guys. Her debut novel, In the Beginning, is the first in the Volkov Bratva Series.

She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two puppies, where she drinks far too much Sprite, and spends her nights writing.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Blog Tour & Review ~ 100 Proof by Shanora Williams


100 Proof, an all-new taboo STANDALONE romance from Shanora Williams is available now!

100 Proof

100 Proof by Shanora Williams
Release Date: May 18th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:

I was the low life.
The screw up.
The hopeless one with no future.
He was the rich guy. The smart one. The one who had it all.
My parents admired everything he did, while I was known for being their greatest disappointment. I didn't follow the path they paved for me.
I drank and partied and did whatever the hell I wanted. The buzz was something I couldn't live without - the fire that filled my veins after each sip always kept me running back for more.
But then I met her, and suddenly the drinks didn't matter. The parties weren't as fun. That fiery buzz came second for once.
I drowned only in her, wanting her more than I wanted to exist.
But even with her, I screwed things up.
Now, he's with the woman I love. And he may have her, but what he should know is that even with all of his money, that nice house, and his expensive cars, her mind, body, and soul will always belong to me.
And I'm not sorry about it, brother, 'cause she was mine first.


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Our Review:

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

“He could have everything else, but he wasn’t keeping her.”

Shanora Williams delivers a heart-breaking yet heart-warming second chance, forbidden romance with 100 Proof. Two people that loved hard but broke apart even harder. My heart shattered multiple times for the hero in this book and my character connection to him was 100 Proof. Our heroine delivers a case of tough love when these two split after a three-year relationship, yes, it was needed and yes it was warranted, but that didn’t mean it hurt any less.

“She was my kryptonite, but also my strength. She gave my life meaning—for a while, anyway.”

Vinny was a character that lived up to the reputation he was unfairly given. If you want me to be the black sheep, I will be the black sheep and this was his way of acting out and rebelling against the people that should have loved him the most. Vinny’s relationship with his mom was perfect, he was the angel child but his father and brother despised him and made his life hell. I must admit I was intrigued as to what went wrong between the males in this family and I was glad that Shanora Williams slowly drip feed little snippets and made us wait, because it added to the intrigue.

“And you are my world—have always been mine, since the moment we met. Which is more important?”

Vinny had battled addiction, his method of forgetting was whiskey and drugs, a cocktail that destroyed his relationship with Marley. Three years Marley stood by his side, but even she had to admit defeat and put herself first for once. The relationship that these two had was perfect, in the flashbacks to the past you could see just how compatible they were, how much they loved each other and how they made each other the better person, despite the addiction. But when their paths cross two years later…all hell breaks loose!!

“Addictions are bad habits that are hard to let go of. That’s why you have to live without me, Vinny. I don’t want to be the one to destroy you, and I can’t let you destroy me. Not again.”

Yes, this is the battle of the brothers, yes, Marley had no idea they were related and that was all explained, yes, I hated the brother and the more and more time Marley spent with him the more I began to despise her. I did realise that Marley was stuck between a rock and a hard place, but come on…this was brutal.

“This was a dangerous love, but the risk thrilled me. It always had. This was a stupid kind of love, but it was real. So, so real, and so, so bad.”

The back and forth and the not knowing of what the hell was going to happen was infuriating, but was testament to this author’s writing ability and her apparent knack of dangling the carrot while she pulls your strings like a puppet master. Despite the length of this book this was a quick read and one where I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough. The flashbacks to the past were extremely welcome and gave the reader an insight into their back story but I was still desperate to get back to the present because that was where all the interesting stuff was happening.

“I missed his touch. I missed his lips. I missed everything about him, and I hated myself for it.”

While I found the end result predictable, because I expected it from the very beginning it didn’t matter, I was more interested in the how. The back story on Vinny and his brother and father was what threw me for a doozy and that part I never saw coming, especially “what happened.” This was a great read, one that I thoroughly enjoyed and although I didn’t love Marley, I appreciated the situation that she found herself in.


Breakfast was supposed to be happening in less than thirty minutes. I couldn’t bail on Vin. He would have taken it personally. I figured filling him in in person would be okay.

I wouldn’t even eat with him. I’d let him know what was going on and tell him he should schedule a flight back home as soon as he wanted to.

I collected my keys and my clutch before I could process my thoughts, but as I climbed into my car and started it up, driving away from our two-story brick home, I realized I wasn’t doing this for Vin’s benefit.

I was doing it for mine.

I wanted to see him again.

I wanted to know what was really going on with him.

I wanted updates on him and Zay. About California, period. I wanted to see if he’d changed at all—or if he was just giving the impression of it to try and win me over again. Not that he could, but he would try.

I knew this was stupid. I should have cancelled, like Lloyd said. By going to meet him—<em>alone</em>—I was asking for something to happen. I was secretly hoping to feel a connection again, but in the heat of the moment, I wasn’t exactly sure what that something was.

I drove with racing thoughts, wondering what I’d say—what I’d do. Do I hug him when I first see him? Do I shake his hand and pretend to be formal? Do I treat him like my future brother-in-law or as my former love?

I had no clue, but, still, I didn’t stop. I kept going until I was pulling into the parking lot of the busy restaurant and parking the car.

I didn’t fully breathe as I climbed out, didn’t stop moving as I walked towards the entrance. I didn’t fill my lungs with air until I saw him standing in the waiting area, wearing a navy blue T-shirt that clung to his firm upper body, dark wash jeans sitting low and snug on his hips, and his hair a beautiful, chaotic mess. The veins bulged on his arms, the very ones I used to have no problem tracing with the tip of my tongue.

My pulse roared.

And then it hit me.

This was exactly what I wanted to feel.

The electricity between us—the fire that could torch anything that stood in its way. I wanted to witness his smoldering eyes drinking me in, like I was the most beautiful woman in the world.

Lloyd had never given me this look. He had never stared for so long, like he would tear my clothes off right where we stood, no matter who was watching.

My throat tightened.

My core clenched.

But I pretended none of it was happening to me as I walked forward to meet him.

About the Author:

Shanora Williams is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who loves writing about flawed heroes and resilient heroines. She is a believer that love outweighs all, but doesn’t have a problem making her characters fight for their happily ever after. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the mother of two amazing boys, has a fiercely devoted and supportive man, and is a sister to eleven. When she isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her family, binge reading, or running marathons on Netflix while scarfing down chocolate chip cookies. 

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Twitter: @shanorawilliams
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Release Day Blitz ~ Black Lotus Boxset by EK Blair

Book Description:

“This highly praised series quickly earned E.K. Blair acclaim for her ability to weave a sexy, twisted tale of love and revenge that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last word."

They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.
But I'm not innocent.
I haven't been for a very long time.
My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.


I never even had a choice.
I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.
Until now.
I'm ready to take back what was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it's the heart. 

Series Reading Order 
•BANG (book 1)
•ECHO (book 2)
•HUSH (book 3)

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$.99 Release Special!

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Our Reviews:

I absolutely adored this series and cannot recommend it highly enough and if you haven't read it 99c is an absolute bargain!!

Chapter Reveal ~ When Life Happened by Jewel E Ann


When Life Happened, an all-new standalone romance from 
Jewel E. Ann is coming June 5th!

WLH Full

When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann
Publication Date: June 5th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Description:

Parker Cruse despises cheaters. It might have something to do with her boyfriend sleeping with her twin sister.

After a wedding day prank involving a strong laxative, that ends the already severed relationship between the twins, Parker decides to grow up and act twenty-six.

Step One: Move out of her parents’ house.

Step Two: Find a job.

Opportunity strikes when she meets her new neighbor, Gus Westman. He’s an electrician with Iowa farm-boy values and a gift for saying her name like it’s a dirty word.

He also has a wife.

Sabrina Westman, head of a successful engineering firm, hires Parker as her personal assistant. Driven to be the best assistant ever, Parker vows to stay focused, walk the dog, go to the dry cleaners, and not kiss Gus—again.

Step Three: Don’t judge.

Step Four: Remember— when life happens, it does it in a heartbeat.

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Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor. With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business. After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing. When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels. 
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Twitter: @JewelE_Ann

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Forgetting You, Forgetting Me by Monica James

by Monica James 
Series: Memories From Yesterday Book 1 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: June 26th 2017 

German Rights sold to: Heyne, Random House 

Book Description:

My name is Lucy Tucker, and my life…it was perfect. 

I worked the dream job. I had the most incredible family and friends. My home, Whispering Willows, a ranch in Montana, was everything I could ever wish for. My adoring fiancĂ©, Samuel Stone, loved me unconditionally. 

I had everything a girl could ever want. 

But one fateful event shattered my perfect life. It’s unimaginable how simple, ordinary words can change a person’s life forever. For me those words were, “There’s been an accident.” 

I thought Sam was my forever, but that forever came to a close the day Saxon Stone, Sam’s identical twin brother, came back. Saxon returned to Montana to help save Sam, however, the moment he entered my life, he turned my world upside down. But through chaos I somehow found clarity—clarity of who I was meant to be. 

As time progressed, as seasons changed, and as a fire began to burn, I soon realized that Saxon was there for another reason…he was there to help save me. 

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About the Author:

Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson. 

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life. 

She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K. 

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends. 

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3 E-Books of FORGETTING YOU, FORGETTING ME on release day 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Grand Slam (Boys of Summer #3) by Heidi McLaughlin

Title: Grand Slam
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: May 23rd 2017

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Book Description:

Win the game. Lose your heart.

Everyone knows who I am and that I could have any female fan I want. That's supposed to be the "perk" of playing left field for the Boston Renegades. But I don't want just any woman; I want her.

She should be just another face in the crowd, but I can't stop thinking about the one night we spent together-and her look of regret the morning after.

Because Saylor Blackwell is the kind of woman who haunts a man. Smart, sexy as hell, and one of the best managers in the business. She's every ballplayer's dream woman. And I'd do anything to make things right with her. 

I'm done sitting on the bench when it comes to Saylor Blackwell. Time to swing for the fences.

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

“Race you.”
“To what?”
“To be the first one to fall in love.”

Grand Slam is the third book in the Boys of Summer series and can be read as a standalone. I still need to read the first one but have loved the last two. Grand Slam is the story of Travis Kidd, the Boston Renegades player who only loves baseball, himself and a woman who wouldn’t give him a chance. Travis was the prankster, the ladies’ man and a man whose past was only lurking in the background waiting to catch up to him.

“Memories of the night we shared come rushing back, showing me how perfect and amazing we were together, taunting me, reminding me that I can’t have her, that she feels like I’m not worth the risk. But I am, and I want to show her that I’d be everything she needs in a man, and more.”

One night stands are Travis Kidd’s norm, for him relationships and baseball just do not work so it is easier to fuck and forget. When one such potential F&F gets spurned her last pearls of wisdom were “…You’ll pay for this.” And boy does she make him pay. A woman scorned has the power of missile and this was one missile that Travis certainly wished had never been launched.

“She deserves someone better than me, but I want the pureness that she brings into my chaotic world.”

Saylor Blackwell was Travis Kidd’s publicist and these two had some extremely intense chemistry. Two years prior Saylor had broken the cardinal rule and slept with a client…Travis and it was one that she was determined she would never break again. Being a single parent, career suicide was not on her agenda and she needed this job more than life itself. With a strict no fraternization policy in place she had to stay away, even though deep down that was the last thing she ever wanted.

Travis really got to me in this book. My heart broke for him many, many, many times. Despite his outgoing, cocky personality, underneath was a man with a heart of gold that just wanted to love and be loved, but he only wanted that with one woman or maybe two...his relationship with Saylor’s daughter was heart melting in itself and boy does he love this little girl. But Saylor though was the one woman who spurned him every chance she got. The crap that Travis goes through in this book would have bought many a man to his knees and I loved that Heidi McLaughlin gave Travis strength, because he certainly needed it in this book. I don’t condone what Travis was put through and my one niggle with this book was I wanted to see what happened to “the other side.” I think culpability would have been a good example to make in this book.

“I only want to be in the same room with you, and I’ll be happy.”

Saylor was infuriating at times, but being a mother I understood her completely, even if my heart was breaking for Travis. As time went on I was begging her to do the right thing knowing that Travis would always be there to support her but Heidi McLaughlin ramps up that angst until you are only left pulling your hair out, desperate for her to make her move.

“She’s going to kick my ass when I need it, love me when I don’t deserve it, and be my constant when I need her the most.”

For me this was an unputdownable read and it was a one session job. I laughed, I cried, my heart broke and happiness was restored but this was certainly one hell of a ride. This was a different read than the others and the angst, more than the relationship itself was what kept those pages turning. My heart went through the mill with this one and I cannot wait to see what comes next in this series.

The Boys of Summer Series

Third Base (book 1)
Home Run (book 2)
Grand Slam (book 3)

About the Author:

Heidi McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, a Highland West/mini schnauzer, JiLL, and her brother, Racicot. When she's isn't writing stories, you'll find her sitting court-side at her daughters' basketball games.

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Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Sexy Stranger by Kendall Ryan


Sexy Stranger is LIVE!!!


Book Description:

From New York Times Bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a sexy and sizzling, enemies-to-lovers romp with bite. 

He's rude. Arrogant. And too hot to handle. 

And she's stranded with him for an entire week. 

He knows the sexy stranger doesn't belong in his small town, but he's determined to keep her there. The second she opens her smart mouth, he wants to swap a whole lot more than insults with her. She’s got a secret. But he’s got his own agenda. 

Buckle up.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***

   “I wasn’t used to a man who had nothing to offer but himself and yet he gave it so freely…”

Kendall Ryan delivers a quick, cute, romantic read with Sexy Stranger. The read was effortless as the pages turned and I was swept away in the story of Charlotte and Luke. Yes, this was a little instalove but hey, this is romantic fiction and it can and does happen.

“You forgot about them yet?”
“Baby, they were never even a memory.”

Charlotte is a runaway heroine who is desperate to leave the life she once lived. Crossing country to meet up with her best friend, her car breaks down in a small town, just her luck. Charlotte feels incredibly out of place, but makes the most of a bad situation.

Luke is a whiskey drinker and maker as he and his brother run the company that his family left behind. Luke takes his job seriously and is extremely passionate in everything that he puts his mind to. I loved Luke from the very beginning, highly protective of his heart and his family and desperate to make the family’s whiskey a winner.

“We couldn’t be more different, but our bodies didn’t care. The chemistry zipping between us fuelled an attraction that grew with every barb we lobbed at each other. He was fun and challenging in a way that was entirely new.”

When these two first cross paths the meet is less than harmonious, misunderstandings and misconceptions were rife. The banter between these two though was hilarious and really set the stage for what was gearing up to be an intense love/hate relationship. In the beginning, they do take it slow (for a few days) but it isn’t long before these two heat up between the sheets, both desperate to forget their past and trying not to dwell on their non-existent future.

“If I were being honest, I wanted her to leave a piece of herself behind too. Something for me to remember and hold on to when I thought about what could have been between us. You know…if we weren’t totally wrong for each other.”

I loved the chemistry between these two and while everything happens quickly it made for some fun, swoony, romantic and entertaining reading. Love finds you when you least expect it, it is up to you to grab it with both hands. Another fab read from Kendall Ryan.


About the Author:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 2 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
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