Friday, 21 July 2017

Release Day Blitz ~ Wallflowers: Double Trouble by CP Smith

Title: Wallflowers: Double Trouble
Series: Wallflowers #2
Author: CP Smith
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Comedy
Release Date: July 21, 2017

Book Description:

“ ’Tis better to never have loved and lost than to live with the regret of your stupidity.” ~ Sienna Miller, Wallflower

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or in this case, Wallflowers to behave. Then again . . . 
Sienna Miller spent her whole life being the odd woman out. Shunned and misunderstood by her family, she finally has a chance for a new start thanks to Calla and Poppy, her Wallflower sisters. Now all she needs is a Prince Charming. 

Bo Strawn is a cop with a troubled past. He’s stubborn and set in his ways until a certain Wallflower shakes up his life for good. Bo’s finally got a shot at happily ever after. That is, he’s got a shot if he can solve a mystery surrounding the Wallflowers and keep his headstrong woman off the back of a horse. 

Rated mature for language and sexual content. 

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About the Author:

CP Smith lives in Oklahoma with her husband and five children. She loves football, reading, and card games. Writing for her is about escape. She writes what she loves to read, and leaves the rest to those with better imaginations.

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Cover Re-Reveals & Excerpts ~ Men of Lovibond by Georgia Cates

The Men of Lovibond have had a makeover!!

Title: Tap
Series: Men of Lovibond #1
Author: Georgia Cates
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Indie Formatting Service
Release Date: January 10, 2016

Book Description:

Craft beer and the sexy men who brew it.

A faceless name. That’s all she was when I agreed to play a part in deceiving her. But then the unplanned happened.

We met. And all I wanted from her was a dirty weekend . . . until that wasn’t enough and I longed for so much more.

Lawrence Thorn suddenly means the world to me. And that’s a problem. She’s my business partner’s sister. Forbidden fruit. Pursuing her can mean trouble for me at Lovibond Brewery. But I don’t care.

I yearn for her skin against mine.

I crave her smell on my body.

I want to make her laugh and then hear her moan my name.

And she does for a brief moment in time.

But Lawrence wants more than I’m able to give. And it’s a damn shame because there’s no one on earth I want more than her.

An epic love.

A miserable ending.

Unless it’s not.

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Lawrence Thorn

My eyes follow Brou as he leaves the bench and walks away. Sheez. His ass looks great in those jeans. And it looks pretty great not in those jeans too.
I can’t believe I had my hand wrapped around his cock.
I can’t believe he came in my hand.
I can’t believe he stood in front of me naked from the waist down.
I can’t believe he touched me with his fingers between my legs and then sucked them. Fuck. That was hot.
No one has ever made me come so hard in all my life. Brou gives quality orgasms. I can’t wait to have another.

Title: Stout
Series: Men of Lovibond #2
Author: Georgia Cates
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Indie Formatting Service
Release Date: May 10, 2016

Book Description:

Craft beer and the sexy men who brew it.

A beautiful neighbor. A complete stranger. That’s all she was when I moved in next door.

Adelyn Maxwell is my neighbor but she’s no girl next door. The more I come to know her, the more I discover she’s a good girl with a lovely dark side. And maybe I don’t want her to stay on her side of the fence.

I want to disturb the rhythm of her pulse.

I want to see the way her hair spills on the bed when she lies beneath me.

I want her to teach me the dirty pretty things she desires behind closed doors. And she does.

But mostly I want to leave my mark on the most intimate, untouched part of her body. Her heart.

A seemingly insignificant intersection of our lives neither of us recalls suddenly becomes a pivotal moment in our future. We aren’t strangers at all. And our paths aren’t crossing for the first time.

These twists and turns of fate will become one of two things: a wrecking ball to tear us apart or the connection to bond us together forever.

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Oliver Thorn’s POV from Chapter 6

“Control. And how I feel when you exert your strength over me. Domination. Power. Control. All of it turns me the fuck on.”
“There’s something primal and exhilarating about a man who takes complete control in the bedroom. That’s what it’s about for me. I want to feel desire. Real desire. I need a man who will grab me and make me feel small and vulnerable and feminine. Without hurting me.”
She releases my hands and sits upright, still mounted on top of me. “Outside of the bedroom, it’s all a level playing field. I’m an independent woman, and I control everything in my life. But in the bedroom . . . I want to be controlled by a strong man.”
“And choked.”
“I need an alpha male. I crave the dominance and show of strength he has over me.” She reaches for my hands and intertwines our fingers. “You’re the first man I’ve trusted in years. I couldn’t have let anyone else put their hands on me that way. It had to be you.” She releases my hands and leans over me, propping on her lower arms, but her hands grasp my face. She presses a soft, closemouthed kiss on my lips. “Only you, Thorn.”
She wants an alpha. A controller. A choker.
God help me, I like what I just did to her. I want to do it again. And that’s totally fucked up.
I spent my childhood being controlled, dominated, choked. What kind of person does it make me if I do those things to her? Even if it’s what she wants?
“I can’t, Max.”
She presses her forehead to mine. “You can. You did.” I did. And it was wrong.
So. Fucking. Wrong.
“But not again.”
“I saw your face. You liked my submission. You liked putting your hand on me like that. You weren’t repulsed. And in those few moments when you held my life in your hands, I belonged to you. I knew it. You knew it. And you liked it.”

About the Author:

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before she decided to pursue her dream of becoming an author and hasn’t looked back yet.

When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing. When she’s being domestic, she’s listening to her music and visualizing scenes for her current work in progress. Every story coming from her always has a song to inspire it.

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Cover Reveal ~ Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward

We are excited to bring you the upcoming standalone from New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Penelope Ward.
DRUNK DIAL will release on AUGUST 21!


Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA designs
Cover Model: Vadim Ivanov
Cover Photography: Kevin Roldan

Book Description:

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel. 

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Look up Landon Roderick, that boy from childhood whom I’d never been able to forget—even though he so easily forgot about me—and call him. 

Then again, anything sounds like a good idea when you’ve had a little too much wine before bed, right? It was supposed to be just a quick, meaningless, prank call. Instead, I went off on him—unloading thirteen years of pent-up emotions. 

I didn’t think he’d call me back. 

I certainly could never have anticipated the weeks of sexually tense phone conversations that followed as I got to know the man he’d become. 

Turned out, Landon had never really forgotten me, either. That special connection we had was still there. I opened up to him, but there were also things about me he didn’t know. And he had his own secrets. 

Over the countless hours we talked on the phone, I wondered what would happen if we actually saw each other. One night, I did something impulsive again. Only this time, I went to the airport and booked a ticket to California. We were about to find out if one phone call could bring two lost souls together or if my drunk dial really was all just a big mistake. 

A complete STANDALONE.

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About the Author:


 Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list sixteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.   

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Other Books by Penelope Ward

Sins of Sevin

Stepbrother Dearest


Jake Undone (Jake #1)

My Skylar

Jake Understood (Jake #2)


Mack Daddy


Room Hate

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Co-Written with Vi Keeland

Playboy Pilot

Cocky Bastard

Friday Frights ~ PNR Review ~ Sadie's Shadow (Ladies of the Sky #1) by Julia Mills

Book Description:

From the Dragon Guard Series Arises a Series Unlike Any Other…

Seven women, Shifters of Power, ascend from obscurity to 
battle enemies the likes of which the world has never known.

Sadie’s life has never been easy, but then who's is? She's taken every obstacle, every trial…every tribulation and turned it to her advantage. Now the stakes are higher than ever before... 

Secrets, ancient curses and a prophecy she's been running from for over a century have all come to find her. Can she prevail once again? Can she face the winds of change? Can she defeat the evil threatening her happily ever after and save the one man meant to fight by her side?

Fate and Destiny battle for this dragoness' soul but only her Shadow knows the truth...

Join the journey of the Ladies of the Sky…
Once You Take Flight, the World Will Never Look the Same Again.

This book contains explicit sexual material and violence. It is only suited for mature readers 18 years of age and older.

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Shirley ~ 4.5 stars

I can see that this could become a really excellent series, if all future books are as good as this one.

Sadie's Shadow lays down the foundations of what this series will be about, with interesting characters, all different, which makes up the Ladies of the Sky. This book tells of hardships that have been borne by many, which has brought all the characters closer, making them a family. It also has blood spilt, people being cruelly tortured, but at the other end of the scale you have a meeting of two special people, brought together by destiny, giving them a love they have never known and some very hot hot sex. Also, with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure.

This book is about Sadie, a high-born dragon shifter, leader of the Ladies of the Sky and the meeting of her destined mate. When confronted with him Sadie fought all feelings that she felt for him. It was also then that she felt the winds of change, a new beginning, and it was scaring the life out of her.

But in the end, this attraction she feels for him is too much for her to fight, and when he took her in his arms…

“Desire previously unknown to her, flared to life, roaring through her like a wildfire, devouring all she'd ever known, making her want more of its heavenly flame.”

As with Orion, the Shadow, he is also a dragon shifter. He is a Guardsman in the elite fighting force called the Dragon Enforcers. His life has not been easy at all and it is through these cruel and bloody circumstances that he comes to meet Sadie. He knew immediately who she was to him, although Sadie did everything to get away from him he never gave up. As he told her she was his...

“Tá tú mianach”

Yet to get their happy ever after they have to fight against an evil to overcome first.

I found this a very enjoyable book. The characters in it I can see will make for intriguing reading in future books. This was great writing Ms Mills and I will certainly be reading more of your fascinating series.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Review ~ Start Me Up by Maggie Riley

Book Description:

He's arrogant, sexy and aloof. And now I have to write his book. 

Jack Willis is every bit the start-up prodigy—seriously smart, inventive, and totally sexy. With his incredible mind, extraordinary body, and a bank account with more zeroes than you can count, he would give the sharks from Shark Tank a run for their money. Everyone from Wall Street investors to drooling house wives wants a piece of him. Everyone except Libby Hanson, that is.

Libby Hanson is a crafty, curvy bombshell, more accustomed to macrame and crochet than fine dining and stealth engineering. She reads, she writes, she drinks wine with her cat...and she's never even heard of Jack Willis until she lands an interview that will change her life forever.

Jack needs a book written—and fast. His sexy new car is about to be released on the market, and a New York Times bestselling book would be the perfect marketing push to get his business to the next level. He could have any writer he wants: but he wants Libby. She's feisty, gorgeous, and has a way with words like nobody else.

To write his book, Libby has to see everything he does. She gets thrust into a brand new world of A-list red carpet events, meetings with executives, and long nights in the workshop that grow increasingly intimate. But to write a bestseller, Libby needs more. Their connection is off the charts, but she'll need to discover the real Jack—the man behind the inventions, the man who's steadily stealing her heart. Jack has secrets—lots of them—and Libby will do anything to get the scoop. With Jack's true nature coming to the surface, Libby finds herself torn—will she expose the man everyone is dying to get the dirt on? Or will she protect the man she is slowly but surely falling for?

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Our Review:

Reviewed by Donna ~ 3 stars

“I didn’t deserve her…But I wanted her. I wanted to be the person she imagined me to be.”

I am a sucker for books about authors so when I saw the blurb for this one I had to buy it. Self-made billionaire meets author should make for some interesting reading…right? Well, not if you are Jack Willis. Jack Willis was a man that kept his private life, just that, PRIVATE. No-one knew anything about the man that built his fortune from nothing, was a revered man in his field and one of the most highly sought-after targets for gossip mags and journalists. Hoping to quell the curiosity surrounding himself, Jack hires a ghost writer to write his autobiography, however, not willing to cross those personal lines makes for extremely boring reading, but at least the ghost writer is a helluva lot more entertaining. Maggie Riley delivered a fun, cute read and whatever you do, click the link at the end to get the bonus chapter…sigh.

Libby Hanson was a refreshing character, she had that naturally bubbly, infectious personality and was as laid back as they came. People could take her as she was or not bother at all, what you see is what you got. Libby was honest, didn’t have a negative bone in her body and was loved by everyone, except Jack Willis…or maybe not. Libby was a crafty woman, knitting, macramé etc were her forte and what she normally wrote about. When her best friend sets her up for this interview she doesn’t know what she is signing up for, could this be the best or worst career move that she has ever made?

“…Someone who ignored all my rules. Ignored all my orders. Someone who did what she felt was right, even when I tried to block her at every turn. She knew me.”

Jack Willis was intriguing from the very beginning, while my suspicions about his private life were correct I admired his reasoning behind wanting to keep them private. Jack was a fantastic boss, everyone loved him, he knew the company inside out and from the bottom up. Jack was a hands-on boss trying to deliver something he loved while protecting the environment. Jack’s business ethic was admirable, as was the man. I simply adored him.

The chemistry between these two from the beginning was always simmering, but the more time they spent together the more the spark ignited and while this is a little bit instalove, it didn’t really feel that way. There were a few editing issues which were a little distracting in the beginning but they seemed to dry up as the book progressed so please do not be put off. This was my first read by Maggie Riley and it won’t be my last. Thoroughly entertaining, totally engaging and really enjoyed this authors writing style.

Release Day Blitz, Review & Excerpt ~ Stubborn as a Mule (Sex & Sweet Tea #2) by Juliette Poe


Stubborn as a Mule is LIVE!!!

Book Description:

Down in Whynot, NC, there are three things that hold true: 1) life moves just a little bit slower, 2) family means everything, and 3) you don’t mess with history.

When his family decides to sell a home that’s been part of their history for over a century, Lowe Mancinkus is madder than a hornet. To add insult to injury, the woman who purchased it is some fancy pants, city girl looking to fix it up and sell it off. Doesn’t matter that she’s sexy as hell or that just being near her gets his blood racing like never before. That home belongs to his family, or at least it did until she came to town.

Well that just won’t do, now will it?

From the moment that she laid eyes on the historical home in rural North Carolina, Melinda Rothschild knew Mainer House was something special. The perfect escape from life in New York City, Melinda signed the papers and set to work restoring the house to its natural beauty. That is until an angry Lowe showed up on her doorstep one day. With a scowl on his handsome, chiseled face. And a shotgun in his strong, muscular arms.

Is it getting hot in here?

Melinda’s about to get a lesson on life in the south, but Lowe is about to learn a lesson of his own – this city girl doesn’t back down from a fight.

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Our Review:

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

“I am not, however going to make this a pleasant experience for Miss Rothschild…I’m not going to make this easy on her.”

I love Sawyer Bennett and have totally fallen in love with her alter ego, Juliette Poe. Juliette Poe is the lighter, softer side to Sawyer Bennett’s writing and with this series has delivered some honest, real, swoon worthy romances and Stubborn as a Mule is no different. After reading the first book in this series, Ain’t He Precious, I was already intrigued with Lowe Mancinkus and knew that his story would undoubtedly be a good one, and it was. With small town folk, a couple to die for, and a New York drag queen, Juliette Poe delivered something for everyone, hilarious, a little angst, a gorgeous romance all delivered with beautiful writing that will keep the reader invested from the very beginning.

“I mean, what’s not to like about the kind of man who shuts a woman up with his lips?”

From Ain’t He Precious we knew all about Lowe’s love affair with the old family residence, Mainer House. Now that the beloved property is in new hands Lowe is finding it hard to let go of the house and the history that goes hand in hand with it. Having been sentenced to hours and hours of labour to rectify the damage he had caused on his one man crusade, it isn’t long before he finds himself having to spend more and more time with his arch enemy, the new owner, Melinda Rothschild.

Melinda Rothschild is an extremely wealthy woman, but rather than the trust fund that her family has given her she loves to make her own money flipping houses and through her own well established interior design company. Mainer House is her most recent purchase and most would have been put off by the less than stellar welcome that she has been given, but Melinda is made of stronger stuff. Mainer House is more than just a flip though and as this book progresses I couldn’t help but love Melinda. Melinda is way more than the society rich girl that everyone assumes she is, she is just a normal woman trying to do something for herself. Yes, she could be hard headed, but only when needed and when she thought that someone was doing her wrong. Melinda was incredibly motivated, was a true and reliable friend and was just simply adorable.

Lowe was everything I expected and a whole lot more. Lowe was a hard worker, fiercely loyal and a good ole Southern momma’s boy. What I loved the most though was that he held his hands up when he realised he had made a mistake. The more and more time that he spent in Melinda’s company it was apparent that his first impressions were definitely the wrong ones.

“…I kiss a woman who I am pretty sure was brought into my life for a reason other than taking something away from me. I think I’m actually getting a lot more than I lost.”

These two sizzled on the pages, the chemistry was one that gobbles you up as you become invested in that initial game of push and pull. There is a fine line between love and hate and with these two their constant bickering was just the precursor or starter before the main course. The dialogue and banter as ever was on point and it is this that really injected that spark into the pages. The dialogue flowed with such honesty that I could picture myself in the little town of Whynot totally submersed with the secondary characters, the gossip and all the little businesses that kept this town thriving.

“I’m only here because Lowe is here, and I want to see him. End of story. Or beginning.”

Juliette Poe delivers a slow burn, cute, love/hate romance with fantastic secondary characters, family values, nosey neighbours in a stunning small town setting. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, everything you expect in a romance. This one ticked a lot of boxes and was a book I couldn’t put down once I had started. Loved it!


The booming sound coming from downstairs causes me to sit straight up on the mattress that is placed in the middle of the master bedroom floor. I’ve yet to get a good night’s sleep because there’s a damn train that runs parallel to the town. It’s just two blocks over from the Mainer House, and it feels the need to blow its whistle around two AM each morning. This isn’t that big of a deal to most of the residents of the small town of Whynot, but to me… it chafes just a little because, well… I love my sleep.

I’ve been assured by the nice lady who runs Sweet Cakes, the bakery right across the street from Mainer House, that I’ll get used to it, but I seriously doubt it. Even the noise of New York City never penetrated my sleep the way a train whistle does, and I get a totally empathetic look from her when I stagger in for some coffee and a cheese Danish each morning.

I think I’ve slipped into a pattern at night where I now anticipate being woken up by that stupid train, so I’m not even able to get into good REM sleep. It’s probably why I shot straight up in bed at the banging that’s going on downstairs, although I can’t quite pinpoint from where it’s coming. A glance at the alarm clock sitting on the floor shows it’s 5:30 AM. It’s still dark outside, and I’m slightly—okay, greatly—confused. I struggle to process since it’s been almost two weeks since I came to Whynot and I’ve not had a decent night’s sleep since then.

Then it penetrates… someone’s at my front door.


At 5:30 AM.

Immediate anger flows through my veins, heating me up from within. Without any further consternation, I know it’s Lowe Mancinkus causing all that noise. It must be him because there’s no one else in the entire world who has ever been such a thorn in my side.

Flipping the blanket back, I roll off the mattress and wince as my knees hit the floor. Almost three decades of sleeping on a mattress, box spring, and a frame, and I can’t get used to being only a few inches off the floor. I’ve held off on buying any furniture for the house until the remodeling is complete.

Pushing first to my hands and knees, I manage to lurch upright and stagger out of the bedroom. Down the rotund, sweeping staircase to the main floor. I don’t even bother to look out the leaded glass panels on either side of the heavy wooden door—so convinced I am that it’s Lowe on the other side—that I fling it open without an ounce of worry.

“What in the holy hell are you doing?” I snarl as the breeze generated from the doorway swinging open so fast actually blows my hair back.

Lowe stands there in mid-bang, fist raised high and a diabolical glitter to his eyes. His eyes lock onto mine for just a moment before they drop and casually run down the length of my frame. I look down at myself and cringe as I realize I’m still in my pajamas, which in the sweltering South consists of a cotton tank top and sleep shorts that are really short. My hand falls from the doorknob, and I cross my arms over my chest as Lowe looks back up at me.

And why does he have to be so damned gorgeous? In ordinary circumstances, this man pushes all my girlie buttons. Tall, just enough muscle to be strong but not freakish, and that dark chocolate hair with bright hazel eyes that are every woman’s fantasy. I always have to remind myself he’s a nasty SOB who I wouldn’t give the time of day to… in ordinary circumstances, that is.

“I’m here to start work,” he says casually as he pushes past me into the main foyer.

“It’s five-freaking-thirty in the morning,” I grit out, not moving from the open doorway. I expect him to be walking right back out again.

Instead, he ignores me and moves down a wide hall beside the staircase that goes to the kitchen. With a growl of frustration, I slam the door shut and then stomp off after him. “It’s completely rude to show up here at this hour.”

He doesn’t respond and as I turn the corner into the kitchen, I find him rummaging through the cupboards. “Where’s the coffee?”

“I don’t have any,” I snap at his backside since he hasn’t bothered to give me a second glance since he barged in. “And I don’t like you ignoring me any more than I like you barging into my house.”

“Get some decent clothes on, and I wouldn’t be forced to look through your cupboards for nonexistent coffee,” he replies calmly, moving onto the next cabinet even though I’ve told him I have no coffee.

In fact, I have hardly anything at all here. A mattress, pillow, sheets, and blanket in the bedroom, some orange juice in the fridge, and towels in the master bathroom. Those are the only creature comforts at this point, and they’re enough to get me through the remodeling. I’ve been eating out almost every meal and this is not a hardship as that’s pretty much what I do when I’m back home in New York. One, however, can only eat so many grits and collards, although I’ll take them over fatback and pickled pigs feet any day.

“I would like to remind you…” I say in a voice that comes off far too rancid and nowhere in control. “That this is my house. I can wear whatever I like to bed, with the assumption I won’t have visitors until a decent hour.”

“I’m not a visitor,” he points out, back still to me. “But because you couldn’t take a little joke and had to run crying to Judge Bowe, I now have to work for you. I also have to keep my own business running, which means I have to work early and late. You need to suck it up, buttercup. This is your life for the next few months.”

About the Author:


Juliette Poe is the sweet and swoony alter ego of New York Times Best Selling author, Sawyer Bennett. A fun-loving southern girl, Juliette knows the allure of sweet tea, small towns, and long summer nights, that some of the best dates end sitting on the front porch swing, and that family is top priority. She brings love in the south to life in her debut series, Sex & Sweet Tea. When Juliette isn’t delivering the sweetest kind of romance, she’s teaching her southern belle daughter the fine art of fishing, the importance of wearing Chucks, and the endless possibilities of a vivid imagination. 

Cover Reveal ~ Hard Wood by Lauren Blakely


HARD WOOD is coming October 23, 2017! A standalone romance told from the male Point-of-View, HARD WOOD is the final hot and hilarious book in the Big Rock series. Pre-order your copy today! Kindle users—stay tuned for the preorder right before release! And don’t miss the hot, new cover below!


Cover Design by Helen Williams with 

Book Description:

Women often say a good man is hard to find. And a hard man is even better.

That’s why I’m quite a catch— good, hard, loaded, and wait for it…I’m ready to settle down too. But the woman I want to pitch my tent with is precisely the one I need to stay far away from.

After that fantastic night with Mia Summers, I’m ready to give her many more. But there’s a hitch in my plans — she just hired my company. If there’s one thing I’m committed to, it’s running a squeaky clean adventure tour business. One of the iron-clad rules?

Don’t screw your customers.

I can follow my own guidelines. After all, it’s only a week-long trip with Mia and her employees over the trails and down the hills I guide them on. I can obey the rules—even if it’s hard in the woods.

I’m about to give myself a badge of honor when the storm of the century hits, sending everyone else running for cover, but us—my biggest temptation and me, alone for a long weekend. You don’t screw the client, especially when you’re already in love with her . . .

But what’s a guy to do when she’s so hard to resist?




About the Author:


A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than eighty times, and she's sold more than 2 million books. In September, she'll release MOST VALUABLE PLAYBOY, a standalone sports romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Hard Love by Joanne Schwehm

Title: Hard Love
Author: Joanne Schwehm
Genre: Contemporary Romance Standalone
Release Date: July 18, 2017

Book Description:

Noah Winston’s life was perfect. He had it all: striking looks, more money than he could ever spend, good friends, and any woman he wanted. 

Margo Perry’s life wasn’t perfect, but it was her own. She didn’t need a man to make her happy or feel better about herself. 

Then he saw her – a gorgeous, rain-soaked stranger – but she wasn’t a stranger at all. They’d known each other a lifetime ago, when she was just a girl. Now, she was all woman.

Then it happened. The man she had spent her teenage years lusting over rescued her on a bleak yet fateful day. There he was, straight out of her dreams, looking better now than he had years ago.

The more time he spent with her, the more he questioned everything he knew.

The more time she spent with him, the more those old feelings resurfaced and grew stronger.

Too bad it only took one night, a few words, and a terrible decision, to ruin it all.

Too bad it was too good to be true.

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Our Review:

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

“…love isn’t perfect. It isn’t always easy; it’s hard.”

Joanne Schwehm has never failed to deliver a book that I have inhaled from start to finish. This author has the knack of enveloping me in her stories and her characters from the get go and not letting me go until the end, and Hard Love was no different. Unrequited love is a bitch and when you are a teenager, crushing on your big brother’s best friend, it feels like your life is ending. That first love, that unforgettable first love, that all-consuming first love. Now all grown up and an independent woman, what happens when big brothers best friend, meets best friend’s little sister? An insanely hot, passionate, all-consuming love story that had me turning pages quicker than was humanly possible. I adored this book.

“…because to break something, it needs to be whole, and we never really were. I was living a fantasy, a great one, but one that I allowed myself to get wrapped up in. You…gave me what you could, for which I’ll always be grateful. And right now, it’s enough, it truly is. But the reason people are in a relationship is for it to grow into a life spent loving each other, and that’s what I want.”

Margo Perry is stepping out on her own, away from the family business and doing what she has always believed in, fashion. Having travelled the fashion capitals of the world she is now back in New York setting up her own business as a fashion consultant to the rich and famous. It is baby steps, but Margo has passion and determination and I loved this about her. Margo’s Hard Love was Noah Winston and since that “crush” no-one has come close or filled the void that he left. Now with a hectic work schedule, romance was the last thing on Margo’s mind.

Noah Winston is a billionaire and New York’s most eligible bachelor. Noah is insanely hot, yet he is grounded, his wealth has not affected his morals or his scruples and he was an all-round good guy. Noah’s Hard Love was the effect that his parent’s broken marriage had had on him and also the notorious gold diggers. Noah had shied away from relationships never knowing any woman’s true intentions, did they love him, or his money?

A reunion in the rain is where these two cross paths once and again and now that their six-year age gap means very little it seems Margo’s unrequited love may not have been all that unrequited as she thought. Margo is hesitant and reticent, the hurt of Noah’s rejection all those years ago still painfully raw, but Noah has perseverance and it is the thrill of this chase that made this book for me.

“We’re not going to fuck. Instead, I plan to savor every inch of your body. I’m falling for you, Margo, and tonight, I’m going to show you just how much.”

This was all about second chances, loving someone for who they are, not what they can do for you. Finding that one person that understands you, that loves you and just wants to be with you, just to be near. That intense connection, both in and out of the sheets and being with that one person that makes you want to fight for it, no matter how hard the ride.

“If you love the man you were just chanting about, don’t let him go. True love doesn’t come along every day, and just because it isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it isn’t right. Life isn’t flawless, but it’s what we make of it…”

Hard Love was an honest romance, one that draws you in and slowly fills you up, no cliché alpha billionaires, just a beautiful second chance romance that went against the stereotypes that I seem to consistently read about. It was refreshing. With fantastic character connection, great dialogue, some hilarious banter, this book had a little of everything that made it a fantastic all-round fabulous read. Loved it.

What Others are Saying:

"True to the title,love is hard. It's fragile and delicate, and how you come through in the end is what makes the journey worth it. Hard Love takes you on just that kind of journey. A must read."A.M.Madden, USA Today Bestselling Author

"I love conflict and stomach plummeting moments. This one checks off all my boxes!" - Lisa Kane, Three Chicks and Their Books

"It's been awhile since I read a book in one sitting, but once I started Hard Love, I couldn't put it down. Margo and Noah's story was sweet, hot, romantic, heart-breaking and absolute perfection." Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling Author.

"The author took me on a journey from past to present, from lust to love, and from want to need." - Rosa Sharon, iScream Book Blog

"I found myself thinking about this book when I had to put it down. I was consumed immediately with this story. I love the storyline. I love these two together." - Karie Puskas, Panty Dropping Book Blog

"I just couldn't put it down. And that's the magic of a good book, it will wrap you up in the story and the characters and it will hypnotize you until the point you become one with them." - Janett,The Pleasure of Reading Book Blog
About the Author:

Joanne is a mother and wife and loves spending time with her family. She’s an avid sports watcher and enjoys the occasional round of golf.

She loves to write and read romance. Joanne believes everyone should have romance in their lives and hopes her books bring joy and happiness to readers who enjoy modern day fairy tales and breathless moments.

She is an independent romance author and has written several contemporary romance novels, including The Prescott Series, Ryker, A Heart’s Forgiveness, The Critic and The Chance Series. Joanne is a published author with EverAfter Romance and is represented by Brower Literary Agency. 

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