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Sin by Emma Hart | Blog Tour With Review

 

 

 

Damien fox lived up to his name. Cunning, sly, and dangerous, fifty percent of Vegas’ strip clubs were his.

Whatever he wanted, money, attention, women, he got.

And now he wanted to buy my bar, no matter the cost.

I wanted him to go to hell on a first-class ticket.

He played a dirty game, and I followed his rules. I let him think he would win.

Despite our differences, it was clear to see that we were no more than two broken hearts colliding in the darkness.

Closed off, sexy, and holding a pain that would crush a lesser man, he was the ultimate sin.

One I couldn’t deny myself, even though I knew better than to trust a fox…

(SIN is book one of the Vegas Nights series. Each book in this series is a standalone novel.)

 

 

 

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“If I had to compare him to something, it’d be a romance novel. One that was deep and dark and questionable, full of secrets and twisty-turns layered under lies and sex and lust.”

 

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Okay, I will try to keep this review on topic…but man it is going to be hard. I fucking loved this book! It was absolutely everything I could have wanted and more. I think this is the first book I have had a chance to read from Emma Hart, even though I have been a follower of her work for a while. And apparently I really have been missing out, no surprise there!! Sin was steamy and sexy and brilliant. Damien Fox was just that a fox…and you know how I like my men!

“If horniness had a sound, it would be his voice.”

Oh yes, yes it would! I loved the relationship that developed between Damien and Dahlia, they simply had such great chemistry. I loved that Damien was a total alpha business man, and Dahlia was a strong willed independent business woman. These two against each other lead to some serious heat. *fans self* Hart’s writing was so well done. I loved the small details that she included. Not to mention she knows how to write some damn good naughty scenes. Add on top of  that the fact that Hart brought a level of humor to her writing as well that seriously had me laughing out loud at points…it was just a win all around.

“There was no place like a bookstore. Multiple bookstores were even better. Kind of like orgasms. Happiness was where the books- and orgasms- were, after all.”

Now I am just going to take a moment to appreciate that Hart created my absolute perfect life in this book. Book themed bar? Check. Alpha male? Check. Delicious sex? Check. And can we take a moment and just talk about the trip to the bookstore? I mean seriously I think that is my biggest fantasy!

If this hasn’t already found its way onto your TBR then run don’t walk to goodreads to add it! I will definitely be catching up on my Emma Hart reading backlog…not to mention the second book in this series Lust comes out in September and I can’t wait!!!

Overall Rating: 5/5 Fox stars 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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After by Anna Todd |Review Tour

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After (After #1) by Anna Todd
Release Date: October 21st, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

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There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER … Life will never be the same.

 

Review

 

Alright so honestly I was SO EXCITED to have the opportunity to review this book. I have seen it around, and it has always pulled my attention. So of course I jumped at the chance. This is the first book from Anna Todd I have read, and while I did enjoy her writing style, this book fell a little short of my expectations. I will say that this book and I had a love hate relationship…I think that the ending really made up for a bit of my feelings toward this one.

After is the story of good girl Tessa and super bad boy Hardin. These two meet through Tessa’s college roommate and at first they can’t stand each other but then they seem to grow closer, and eventually end up together. I really enjoyed the storyline of Tessa and Hardin, it’s your typical “bad boy” story, what I didn’t enjoy so much was the back and forth. This couple was a serious roller-coaster, I didn’t really know how to keep up with it. Tessa is overly conservative, and while she has a boyfriend back home she doesn’t understand why she has this draw to Hardin. She is so sweet and innocent. Hardin on the other hand is a jackass. He is so rude and mean and such a stereotypical punk. While I am a sucker for bad boy personas, and I did fall a little for him, Hardin at some points just got on my nerves. Every once in a while we got to glimpse his sweet tender sides, but then two minutes later he was back to being mean. These two went from falling in love one minute to fighting the next… At some points I seriously considered throwing my kindle at the wall. Angst is good, hell I love me some good angst and slow burning romances, but there reaches a point where it is just too much and After just toed the line for me.

When I wasn’t wanting to pull my hair out I did find this book fairly entertaining. Looking back on it as a whole, it wasn’t a bad read, but it definitely isn’t going to end up on my favorites list either. One things I do have to say, is that anyone who decides to read this show know that this relationship is not a healthy one. No one should go into thinking that this is how they should be treated. So that is my warning for this book, and I hope readers keep that in mind while diving into this story. That being said, just because it isn’t wholly my cup of tea doesn’t mean it won’t be yours. I think anyone who loves angsty bad boy stories should give this one a shot.

 

Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

 

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The Legend By Donna Grant | Blog Tour with Review

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The Legend by Donna Grant
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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A LONE STAR LOVER

They live to protect. They live to fight for honor and justice. They live to love the women who have captured their souls. These are the Sons of Texas, from New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant.

In The Legend, Callie Reed doesn’t need a man to protect her. An expert sharpshooter and renegade hacker, this Texas-born spitfire’s got the skills and the courage to stand up to any danger―no matter how deadly. But when she becomes the target of a shadowy organization known as the Saints, Callie is forced to team up with the one man she can’t outshoot: the gorgeous, and infuriating, Lone Star legend named Wyatt Loughman…

A Delta Force Colonel with a rock-hard body and stone-cold heart, Wyatt has been teasing and tormenting Callie since they were playmates on his family’s ranch. Of course, he’s wildly attracted to the fiery, strong-willed Callie. But he’s always hidden his feelings behind a wall of Texas tough and military cool, even as he’s burning up with desire. Can Wyatt save Callie’s life―without putting her love in the line of fire?

 

 

 

 

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The Legend is the 3rd book in the Sons of Texas series. I was new to Donna Grant when I picked up this book, and I was super excited to dive into an action-packed romance. This one did not disappoint. It was packed full of adventure, and mystery, and most importantly sexy alpha men. Although I knew this was the 3rd in the series, and I knew I hadn’t read the first two, I went ahead and decided I would read this one anyway. I know, I know I am so bad at reading out of order! The other two books follow different couples, so while I was mostly alright and picked up on the storyline I think I would have been able to follow a little bit easier had I started at the beginning. So that is what I would recommend when picking up the Sons of Texas books, and I will most definitely be re-visiting this after I have a chance to read the first two.

But on to more about the book…

The Legend is, at its heart a second chance romance. The two MC’s Callie and Wyatt had a fling when they were younger that ended in a soul crushing manner, particularly for Callie. But when a dangerous situation brings them face to face again for the first time in at least 10 year, a hell of a lot of sparks fly. The Legend is told in a dual POV way, which means we get to be inside the head of both Callie and Wyatt.

Okay, so let me just state that I LOVED Callie.  She was such a strong female character. Despite the family she comes from, she is determined to prove that she is destined for more than just a life of crime. The Loughman family takes her in and trains her to be a hacking genius, as well as how to fight for herself. She is much happier handling her own battles, and doesn’t need a man (especially Wyatt) around to save her. She can shoot and fight just as well as any of the guys, and is never going to sit on the sidelines. I just thought she was such a BADASS. Grant wrote her character so well, and in honesty this is what a strong female should look like.

I also have to say that I seriously loved Wyatt’s character. He is one SEXY alpha male. He loves Callie, even though he struggles not to let it show. But my oh my this guy has such a big heart. He will do anything to protect Callie, not only from his enemies, but also from her family. He is strong and broody and it was so hard not to fall in love with him. Hell, it was hard not to fall in love with the two of them together…because they are absolutely perfect!

Grant has such a great writing style. This book kept me engrossed from the very beginning. There were so many things going on, bad guys to fight and action packed scenes that this book read like I was watching an action movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I was even a little sad when it was over. I really just overall loved this book. I look forward to reading the first two books of this series and then re-reading this one…you know just in case I missed anything. If you like your romances action packed, seriously pick up this series.

 

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tycoon by Katy Evans | Blog Tour with Excerpt

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

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

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

That man is gone.

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

He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman.

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

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

I didn’t expect him to offer it easily.

And he doesn’t.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I hop off the train and walk several walks to his building.

It’s a brownstone in Park Avenue, one of the most elite of the elite spaces in town.

My lungs feel a little bit overworked from awe as I head up the steps to the double doors, grateful that I came dressed to kill in a little black dress, a jacket, and pumps. Simple, but effective.

See, I may be feeling a little awkward, but at least I don’t look it.

I’m greeted by his maid. She’s dressed in black and white, her hair drawn back in a neat bun, her expression stoic and formal as she leads me down the hall to a gorgeous study.

I catch my breath when I notice all the books and shelves.

It’s like a reader’s paradise in here. There’s a sleek chrome bar, a modern mahogany glass-topped desk, and two huge whiskey-colored leather chairs that almost swallow me up when I’m instructed to wait in one.

I drum my fingers, inhaling the scent of leather and wine, remembering a guy I knew with his mechanic navy-blue uniform, black streaks on his jaw, his big nose always the first thing you’d see, which was a pity because he had beautiful eyes and a really sinful pair of lips.

He’s living in luxury now. Wow. Good for him.

I hear footsteps approaching and the little hair on my arms prick at attention. My head turns as a tall, dark figure steps into the room, and the most intimidating guy I’ve ever seen enters and crosses the room toward the desk. He walks like he’s the shit…his strides proud and composed, elegant and powerful.

Christos, I hear myself breathe in surprise.

He’s so tall now…six three, at least. Dirty-blonde hair, gold-green eyes, chiseled jaw, and a gorgeous profile.

All in black, he looks very much a New Yorker.

He’s wearing a black jacket, black pants, and a black turtleneck beneath the jacket…

I stare at him, my jaw hanging a little bit open. The man is….all man. Testosterone. Muscles. Height. Width. My chest hurts all of a sudden because I realize…

The boy you knew is gone.

I force myself to stand. “Thank you for seeing me.”

He heads to the bar to pour two drinks, then he prowls over, takes the whiskey leather chair across from mine and leans forward, pushing a glass of cognac with one finger across a small table, toward me.

And he waits.

In silence.

But my stomach dips as if he’d said something ultra-sexy and decadent.

“You might not remember me, I’m sorry to be reaching out like this,” I say, nervous.

“What do you want?”

There’s a pleasant shiver as he speaks. Recognition of his voice, even though it’s far deeper than I remember.

“I was told you sometimes invest in startups.”

“I’d say more than sometimes.” He raises his eyebrows as if I should’ve done my homework better.

Ugh, Bryn! Focus! Be SMART! Make yourself and your business irresistible! A silence settles as he eyes me, slowly setting his drink down as he leans forward and finally, unexpectedly, smiles. At me.

It’s just a smile.

But the world tilts under its impact.

“Hello, little bit.” Amusement touches his gaze as he tilts his head and watches me. “You know, I’d think you’d have grown up the ten-plus years since I last saw you. At least an inch.” He leans back in his seat, seemingly displeased. Wow, this guy is not the lanky kid I knew once. This guy oozes danger.

Every ounce of “boy” is gone. Oh God. For a moment I wish that we could go back in time and I could discuss my startup with the guy I knew before.

But time travel is not really my talent, and it seems like I have yet to see if I even have any special talents at all—depending on what this guy thinks.

“I grew two in width,” I shock myself saying.

He laughs then, his eyes drinking me in openly.

“Shame on you, you’re not trying to see if it’s true?” I ask him, frowning now.

He shrugs casually, his lips curved at the corners. “I can’t help it. Something has to have changed.”

“Why?”

“Because nothing good ever lasts. Even you, little bit.” A smile touches those unforgettable gold-green eyes.

A shiver runs through me. Because…

Christos recognized me.

“I can tell you’re as incorrigible as ever.” I shake my head, but I’m smiling, truly just relieved that he recognized me.

“I try to be,” he purrs dangerously.

I’m feeling warm all of a sudden. I can’t believe I’m staring at him so much, but it’s like I cannot take my eyes away. He looks achingly familiar, but at the same time, so different I cannot help but stare and track the differences in his features. The way his jaw squared out even more, the way his body filled out with hard, lean muscles that shift and ripple beneath his expensive designer clothes. I cannot believe that this is a guy I knew once.

He seems to silently be taking in my changes too, his keen stare allowing me to see that he seems to approve of it all. Even the dress I’m wearing. “You changed enough for the both of us,” I blurt.

“Really. How so?” he asks.

“You grew into your nose.”

“Really?” He chuckles as if despite himself.

“Width and height too. Quite a bit,” I add.

“Anything else,” he prods, one eyebrow rising.

“You learned how to dress.”

He looks down at his black suit. “This old thing?” He grins, then shifts forward, sobering up. “What can I do for you, Bryn? Considering I’m rather surprised to see you here, I’m eager for you to satiate my curiosity.” His stare becomes keen.

“So am I. I didn’t expect to be here,” I admit, and for a moment when I look into his eyes, all I see is someone I’ve seen before. Someone who belonged in my life long ago. “You know when you had that misplaced crush on me and told me one day I’d know what it felt like to throw pebbles at someone’s window wanting them to open? I’m sort of throwing rocks here.”

“Not to sing me a love song,” he says flatly, his eyes shuttering.

“No. Well, you know that was never….I mean…” Don’t bring up your rejection of him, Bryn! “It’s for something better. Business.”

“Go on.”

“I knew that’d get you.” I smile privately. “So it’s true your love is money now.”

“She gives back what I put in. Though her ass isn’t as juicy as I like,” he says nonchalantly.

“Wow. No matter how polished you look, your mouth is still as crude as ever.”

“Thank you,” he purrs, his eyes grinning at me.

I laugh. Then I sober up and realize he’s waiting for me to speak. “I’m looking for money for my startup,” I say.

“How much.”

“One hundred thousand.”

“I don’t invest less than a million.” He twirls his whiskey in his glass, eyeing the liquid.

“Well then, I’ll ask for a million.”

He raises his brows, setting his glass down. “It’s not how much you want to ask for, it’s how much the company’s worth.” Eyebrows up, he skewers me with a cold, intimidating look.

“It’ll be worth more than a million, trust me,” I bluff.

“Good for you. Except…” he leans back with a rustle of clothes, every athletic inch of his black-clad body flowing sinuously like a feline with the move, “considering that has yet to happen and I’ll need to trust you on that, my trust needs to be earned.”

This version of Christos is even more intimidating than the old one, unfortunately.

I try to hide it, keeping my voice as level as possible. “How does one earn your trust?”

“I’d tell you if I were interested, but I’m not exactly sure that I am.” He eyes me as if debating in silence.

This guy is the only guy in the world that unnerves me in this way, and I can’t seem to slow the fast pounding of my heart in my chest as I try to remember what I came here to say.

“I have a full presentation for you. I’m not taking no for an answer.” I reach into my briefcase.

“Darling. Are you ready?”

I start at the female voice and glance at a gorgeous woman striding into the study. Christos continues looking at me as he stands and reaches for the cell phone the woman extends out.

“We’re done here,” he answers her as he pockets the phone, his gaze remaining on me.

“I’ll wait for you in the car.” She leans up and kisses his jaw, her hands proprietary on his chest, then sends me a woman-to-woman claiming look, before she swishes away, all glittering jewels and lean body.

There’s a silence as he approaches, and for a second all I can hear is the sound of a toilet flushing, taking my only opportunity with a possible investor away.

“I’ll think about it,” he says.

“Christos.”

“I said I’ll think about it,” he says from the door.

“Please do,” I say as he exits the room. I cup the sides of my mouth, “I’ll be back tomorrow. Same time?” I say jokingly.

I’m surprised when I hear footsteps returning. He pauses when our eyes meet. “I’ll make contact,” he says, raising his eyebrows meaningfully, “If I’m interested in hearing more.” He nods. “Nice to see you, Bryn.”

“Nice to see you. Christos.”

Well, that went sort of awful.

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Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow & David Romanov |Blog Tour with Review

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by Melanie Harlow & David Romanov

Genre: Contemporary MM Romance

Publication Date: June 19, 2017

I wasn’t looking for Derek Wolfe.

I wasn’t looking for anybody. All I wanted was to start a new life in America. But when I found myself stranded here with no place to go, he came to my rescue, offering me a place to stay.

He’s smart, successful, and sexy as hell—I can barely sleep knowing he’s right down the hall. And when the chemistry between us explodes one night with fierce, fiery passion, it’s hard to deny there’s something real between us.

But he does.

He says he was drunk. He says it was a one-time thing. He says he’s not into guys and what we did meant nothing.

He’s lying. Because it happened again, and again, and again. And it’s better every time.

I know we could be good together, and I want the chance to try, but I’m done hiding. If he’s not strong enough to admit the truth, I’ll have to be strong enough to walk away.

Review:

Okay, so as a romance blogger (mostly), I tend to get into a box as to what I like to read. I know what I like and I stick to it. Sometimes a little kinky sometimes a little more sweet…but generally they fall around the same ideas. So when I step outside my comfort zone I am always a little nervous. Strong Enough, definitely falls a little outside my normal comfort zone. As much as I tend to fall back on the same things, I am always looking for ways to broaden my tastes. I don’t have too much experience reading MM romances, as only a few have come my way, but I always look for the chance to try something new. And man oh man was I rewarded with this one!

 

“We were not a very likely love story,” I said. “We were better then that.” He kissed my lips, and I felt it in my soul. “We were a real love story, and those never end.”

Maxim and Derek are such an unlikely pair, and that’s what makes their story so great! Harlow and Romanov did such a great job at giving us two contrasting characters that fit together so well. The chemistry between Derek and Maxim is palpable. Both characters are struggling with their own internal struggles. Maxim, recently arrived in the US is struggling to get on his feet after a rough start. Derek has always had straying thoughts, but never acted on them until he takes in Maxim. Watching them evolve was such a beautiful story.

Derek’s story is one of so much pain and struggle. He struggles so much with his feelings, and what to do about them. He has grown up believing that how he feels is wrong, a sin. I think his journey throughout the story is my favorite. He evolves so much as a character. It was a beautiful story of accepting yourself, and coming to the realization that how you feel, and what makes you happy is what matters.

Maxim, oh man, our lovely Russian. He had so much strength in order to go after his dreams and come to America. He knows who he is and is finally able to show his true colors once getting off the plane. He has a little bit of a rough start but once he finds Derek and his sister and they take him in things start to look up. Maxim is written as such a strong character, he knows what he wants, and won’t Derek play games with him…even if sometimes he gets distracted.

The writing that we get from both Harlow and Romanov is so beautiful and raw. I loved their writing together. It had a good flow to it, and it was smooth and steady through the whole book. Overall this really is a beautiful love story. I am so glad I took a chance on this book. I would highly recommend this book to everyone!

 

Overall Review: 5/5 Stars 

 

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Figuring I’d had enough booze to blunt his effect on me, I rolled up the sleeves of my black button-down shirt and moved next to him. “I’ll help you.”

“Okay.”

I caught him trying to not to look at my wrists and forearms, and it made me smile. How does it feel to want someone and have to hide it? “You wash, I’ll dry?”

“Sounds good.”

We worked in silence, shoulder to shoulder, and I found myself increasingly—and disturbingly—pleased at the thought of him being attracted to me and being forced to conceal it. It was fucking horrible of me to take pleasure in his discomfort, but I liked being secretly wanted. Being illicitly desired. Being the object of his covert glances and maybe even his darkest, dirtiest thoughts. I let our arms touch more than necessary, as thrilled by the physical contact as I was by the thought of what it might be doing to him.

For there is no man who does not sin.

My dick started to get hard, clearly unbothered by the whiskey that was breaking down my inhibitions, pushing past all my defenses, and letting my imagination run wild.

What’s in that gorgeous head of yours, Maxim? What’s behind those cobalt eyes? What would you do to me, if I let you? What would you let me do to you?

“Carolyn is so nice,” he said, handing me the last serving dish left to be dried.

What? He was thinking about Carolyn right now? He wasn’t supposed to be thinking about Carolyn—I was, goddammit!

But I wasn’t. “Yeah.”

He turned off the water. Rested his wet hands on the edge of the sink. “I didn’t realize you had a girlfriend.”

And I heard it in his voice—the slightest edge of jealousy, so faint I might never have noticed it had I not been so hyperaware of everything about him right now. I fucking loved it.

“She’s not my girlfriend.”

“Oh.” Now there was confusion. “I guess I misunderstood.”

“She wants to be my girlfriend.”

Silence.

Of course there was silence. Maxim would never ask what the problem was. But I wanted to tell him. I wanted him to know. I wanted to share the impossible longing I felt with one person who might understand it.

“The problem is me.”

He was completely still. Before I could stop myself, I covered his right hand with my left. “Sometimes I don’t know what I want.”

He yanked his hand from beneath mine and we faced each other.

For the first time tonight, I looked him right in the eye. Nothing around us existed for me anymore. I heard only his breath. Smelled only his skin. Saw only his guarded expression.

I had to have him.

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Melanie Harlow writes sexy, emotional romance about strong, stubborn characters who can’t help falling in love. She’s addicted to bacon, gin martinis, and summer reading on the screened-in porch. If she’s not buried in a book or binging on Netflix, you might find her running, putting a bun in someone’s hair, or driving to and from the dance studio. She lives outside Detroit with her husband and two daughters.

Melanie is the USA Today bestselling author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, MAN CANDY, AFTER WE FALL, IF YOU WERE MINE, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s.

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For David Romanov, STRONG ENOUGH is to a great extent autobiographical. Born in Russia and raised in Europe, he landed in the United States at the age of 24, where he learned a lot about cultural differences between East and West. David firmly believes in ‘The One’ and learning through love. When he isn’t traveling or educating Melanie in Russian culture, he enjoys books and the company of his husband and dog in Los Angeles.

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Hot Cop from Laurelin Paige & Sierra Simone | Blog Tour With Excerpt

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

From NYT Bestselling Author, Laurelin Paige and USA Today Bestselling Author, Sierra Simone comes a steamy contemporary romantic follow-up to last year’s bestseller P*rn Star.

You have the right to remain sexy.

Anything you say can and will be used to get you in my bed.

You have the right to use my body to give yourself a delirious, life-changing orgasm.

If you have trouble…don’t worry, I’m a bit of an expert in that department.

There’s nothing ‘thin’ about my blue line, if you catch my drift, and trust me, I know how to put those handcuffs to good use.

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Livia Ward wants a baby before she’s thirty. And even though Officer Chase Kelly is exactly the kind of cocky jerk this librarian has sworn off, he is undeniably hot. Both of them think they can give each other what they want–a few nights of fun for Officer Kelly, a no-strings baby for Livia–but this hot cop is about to learn that sex, babies, and love don’t always play by the rules.

Excerpt:

I’m at the steakhouse fifteen minutes early, which is on time in Chase Kelly’s book. I’ve never been late for work or a date a single time in my life; in fact, I’ve always been early, which is a point of pride for me. And Livia walks in at seven on the dot, something that endears me to her immensely, although the moment I register that I, Officer Kelly, am charmed, my mind goes blank.

Just blank.

There is nothing but her.

She walks in on heels that make her legs a mile long, her long hair down in a tumult of soft waves. The maître d’ helps her take off her checkered wool coat, and then I.

Am.

Speechless.

My heart hammers up in my throat as the blood pools deep in my groin. She’s wearing a bright red dress—so fucking short that I’d be able to finger her easily if we were in a booth, which we tragically aren’t. The red sets off the warm undertones of her bronze skin, highlights the deep brown of her eyes. The lines of it hug the delectable curves of her tits, which are just small enough that she can get away without wearing a bra.

My cock thickens as she begins walking toward me, and I can verify that she is definitely not wearing a bra. Oh God, what if she’s not wearing panties either?

I bite back a groan and push back my chair to greet her as she comes to our table, tugging the hem of my sweater down in one smooth move as I unfold myself to help disguise the effect her presence has on me.

As I step forward to greet her, I notice the color high in her cheeks and the way her teeth dig into the soft coral of her bottom lip.

She looks nervous.

That gives me pause. I don’t mind a woman meeting me cold or shy or overly eager, I don’t even mind a case of the first date jitters—since first dates are pretty much all I go on, I see a lot of those.

But nervous—truly nervous—that bothers me a little. Do I make her feel unsafe? Is it my size? My job?

In a split second, I change gears. I can be patient when it comes to the Kelly Trio, and I find that the idea of wooing my nervous little librarian on date after date doesn’t sound tiresome at all…it sounds delightful, actually. A challenge. A test to see if I’m worthy enough to remove all traces of trepidation from her face and fill her expression with eagerness and surrender instead.

And get more time with this fierce, sweet bookworm all to myself.

I lean in to kiss her cheek, careful to angle our bodies so that I don’t press against her with six feet, two hundred pounds of hungry cop. Instead, I anchor her with a firm hand at her elbow, pleased to feel the goose bumps that spread underneath my touch. And then I brush my lips against her cheek, making sure she can feel them, making sure she gets just the tiniest brush of my scruff as I accidentally-on-purpose slide my jaw against hers as I pull away.

She shivers.

I look down into her eyes as I straighten up, and I’m suddenly aware that I’m supporting a lot of weight in my hand, as if her knees are weak from my kiss.

Well done, Officer Good Times!

Her eyes are wide, the pupils so blown and her irises so dark that her eyes are just huge liquid wells of want, and I feel a familiar tug in my groin knowing that I put that look there.

“I forget how big you are,” she murmurs, her head tilted up to look into my face.

I give her my biggest grin and open my mouth, but she cuts me off before I can say it, shaking her head. “I know, I know. I walked right into that one.”

But the ghost of a smile flits across her lips as I help her into her seat and push in her chair.

When I sit across from her and we start looking at our menus, I notice the smile has vanished and the nervous look is back, along with a determined set to her shoulders. The combination of uneasiness and backbone intrigues and worries me at the same time.

“I don’t know what Megan told you,” I say, “but I don’t bite.”

She looks up from the menu, her teeth back to digging into the plump flesh of her bottom lip.

“Well,” I amend, staring at her mouth, “sometimes I do bite. But only when I really, really want to.”

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Lover by Marni Mann & Gia Riley | Blog Tour with Review

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Title: Lover

Author: Marni Mann & Gia Riley

Publication Date: June 8th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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The attraction was undeniable.

I couldn’t escape him.

I didn’t want to.

I was his.

He was mine.

But he wasn’t my husband.

My once treasured marriage was now flawed and imperfect.

By the time the guilt set in, it was too late.

Reality was trying to keep me away from my obsession.

My husband was that reality.

My obsession was West.

But West was forbidden. Taken. Married.

We were swingers.

It was the perfect arrangement.

Until I fell in love…

With West.

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After tonight, she’ll know how gorgeous she is, and she’ll know how incredible a man can make her feel. And, when she looks at her husband, she’ll expect more from him.

I know shit between them isn’t as hot as what Tilly and I have. Cannon doesn’t look at Piper like he wants to take her clothes off with his teeth and have his mouth live between her legs. He gazes at her like he wants to ask where they’re going to dinner and what movie they’ll see after.

There’s a difference between fucking your best friend and someone who actually worships your body.

Piper will soon know the latter.

And that’s why she’s here. To know what it feels like to be with a man who lusts for her cunt.

She picked the right couple to swing with.

 

 

 

REVIEW:

Lover is the story of two couples and their adventures into swinging. Now, as soon as I saw the blurb for this one I knew I had to read it. I mean honestly I don’t think I ever seen a book pass in front of me that had to do with swingers.  To me, and I may just be the odd one out here, the idea of a storyline connected to swinging just excited me. So Lover follows Piper and Cannon, a couple that had it all together. Their marriage had been smooth sailing until recently. Piper, trying to fix her marriage delved into a swingers forum online, Cannon stumbles upon her online “research” and decides that he is willing, if that is what Piper wants. The counterpart to this story are West and Tilly. West was a professional hockey player until a career ending injury messed everything up. Tilly, was a puck bunny, and is definitely on the adventurous side of the bedroom. However, neither on of them is truly happy within their relationship. The two couples agree to the rules set up and begin down the dangerous road of the swinging lifestyle.

So what would you do if your relationship isn’t working anymore? Is bringing another person or couple in the answer? What happens when you fall in love with your new lover? Lover was, in all honesty a lot better that I had expected. Now the reason I say that is simply, yes I knew once I saw Lover that I had to read it, however, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about where the storyline took us. But I most definitely enjoyed this book! Mann and Riley write incredibly well in this dual POV book, Piper and West, and they give us characters that you love, characters you hate, and maybe even a character you want to punch.

West, OH MY GOD West was HOTT! He is this man who is struggling with the idea of the end of his career, he is lost and doesn’t know how to go forward with life. He has so much to give, and Tilly just simply doesn’t bring it out in him. However, from the first time he sees Piper, she does. He is gentle and caring with Piper, it is hard not to fall in love with him. Mann and Riley did such a good job at giving us a male lead that pulls us in. Tilly, on the other hand drove me freaking crazy. She was ruthless and conniving. She made me want to reach into the book and strangle her. She was the total opposite of West to me, which I think added some good tension.

Piper…oh Piper. Now I don’t necessarily agree with her decision to bring swinging into her relationship, but I do feel for her. She feels as if she is putting all this work into fixing her marriage, and none of it is being reciprocated. She gets lost in West, he is everything she wants and nothing she can have. Cannon seems like a good guy, he is simply giving into his wife’s wishes. But as the story goes on I grew to hate him more and more as well. In all honesty by the end of the book I wanted to smack him.

So as we follow these four, through their adventures as swingers, and Piper and West grow closer, we also get to learn a little about West and Tilly’s background. Which really is a sad story. I won’t give you too much detail, but I think the loss really adds and element to their relationship that explains a lot about why their relationship is the way it is. But I think the thing I love most about this book was the EXPLOSIVE ending. Man, I did not see that coming!! Holy Hell, Mann and Riley threw us for a loop and put us through the wringer. I think that for me this is one of the things that made Lover stand out. I won’t go into spoilers, so you will just have to go read it to know what I’m talking about. But damn.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was original and creative. I think that Mann and Riley wrote well together and I will most definitely be picking up their books in the future. I highly recommend picking tis one up today! Do it, you know you want to!!

 

Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

 

 

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Best-selling Author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.

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Author Gia Riley has been in love with writing romance since high school when she took her very first creative writing class. From the small but mighty state of Delaware, she’s a country girl at heart, traveling back to her roots in Pennsylvania as often as she can.

While New Adult and Contemporary romance have been her passion, she’s dabbled with more erotic plotlines lately, enjoying discovering the sexier side of love with each story she pens. After all, she’s a lover of all things romance – a firm believer that everyone deserves their

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