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Blog Tour: Chased By Love

Chased by Love
Love In Bloom: The Ryders #3
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing August 17, 2016
World Literary Press

Actress Trish Ryder takes her job seriously and has no time for those who don’t. When she’s awarded a major role in a new movie featuring America’s hottest rock star, Boone Stryker, she’s beyond excited. The six-two, tattooed hunk of burning desire is known for his dedication to his craft—but when he ditches their first meeting, she begins to wonder if he’s just another rocker with a great PR team.

Sex, booze, women, and music pretty much sum up Boone Stryker’s private world. He’s coasted through life playing by his own rules with plenty of people willing to cover his tracks, and he’s not likely to change—until he meets a woman who refuses to give him the time of day, much less anything more.

Sparks fly from the first moment Trish and Boone meet—Tensions run hot and desire runs hotter when they’re trapped together on a remote location with no place to hide. Will sparks ignite, or will a hurricane douse the flames?

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach reads, and always family oriented.

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Whoa, did this book take me by surprise. First of all you should know that Melissa Foster has become an auto-buy author for me because since the very first book I got the opportunity to review I fell in love with it and that has not stopped since then. I now own the first books of each of her four series that make up this gigantic Love in Bloom series and intend to read each of them and continue on in delving into this amazing world she has created in the near future.

Ok, now back to Chased by Love. Let’s start with the fact that the cover like most of Melissa’s covers is absolutely GORGEOUS. It is what drew me to this book in the first place. Then when I found out it is a romance involving a rockstar and an actress co-staring in a movie together I was sold. I mean who doesn’t want to read about a rockstar who lives off the highs of his success through the usual partying and womanizing of fans who is staring in a movie where his co-star is an extremely professional, takes-her-job-very seriously actress. Add in the fact that sparks fly between the two of them and they don’t exactly see eye to eye in the beginning and I was sure this book was going to have some serious heat.

Chased_Quote1_FINALYes, there was definitely some major heat between Boone Stryker, who was giving me a serious Adam Levine vibe, and Trish Ryder but what seriously surprised me was the amount of heart that was in this book. I assumed that because Boone was a super famous rockstar that his character would self-centered, arrogant, and have the ego the size of Texas. That is the opinion that Trish had formed of him because of his behavior on set but we quickly learn that that is NOT Boone at all. You learn early on that Boone has a lot more on his plate to deal with than the usual struggles of hot, in demand rockstar. You also learn that selfish is not a word in Boone’s vocabulary as he constantly puts the other people he loves in his life before himself. It is this complete 180 of Boone’s character, in a good way of course, that made me invest in his character and the things his was dealing with as well as his budding relationship with Trish.

Chased_Quote3_FINALTrish Ryder was the perfect person for Boone because of her pushiness and the fact that
she was not going to run the other way when things got tough. She even says a number of times that Ryders don’t run from the hard stuff and it is that mantra and a little bit of her stubbornness that allows Boone to finally see that he has someone on his side rooting for him when it has always been the other way around. I always enjoyed Trish’s character but I think it is when she finally meets Boone’s family that I really fell in love with her because of how well she got along with them and didn’t tone down her pushy personality in any way. It was reading those scenes and seeing the dynamics between her and his family especially when she set Lucky straight which was hilarious, that really allowed me to see the amazing person Boone sees and fall in love with.

So if you’re looking for a romance with a caring, selfless rockstar who truly has a heart of gold that also packs on the heat, then pick up Chased by Love by Melissa Foster.




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Welcoming the Bad Boy Blog Tour

Welcoming the Bad Boy
Hero’s Welcome #3
By: Annie Rains

Releasing August 2, 2016

Welcoming the BBFrom the bestselling author of Welcome to Forever (“Full of heart and emotion!”—Lori Wilde) comes a sweet, sexy novel about breaking all the rules. In Seaside, North Carolina, the boys on the base are heroes—but that doesn’t mean they’re always well-behaved.

As a preacher’s daughter, Valerie Hunt only dates the very respectable, very boring men who meet her father’s strict standards. In private, however, she leads a double life as a romance writer of steamy stories about the least respectable sorts of men. Valerie has always kept her hottest fantasies separate from her real life, but when she nearly runs a hot-blooded biker off the road, the lines begin to blur.

Even though Valerie almost killed him, Griffin Black can’t be angry after he learns the reason for her distracted driving: an unruly puppy belonging to her ailing friend. As a member of the military police K-9 unit, Griffin insists on training the dog himself. But he soon wonders how he’s ever going to stay disciplined around the most alluring, down-to-earth, and totally unattainable woman he’s ever met. Valerie is the ultimate good girl. And Griffin is going to need all his old tricks to unleash her wild side.

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small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.

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Boy, did my heart flutter numerous times while reading this book. I mean you have the quintessential “good girl” meets “bad boy”but Annie Rains definitely ups the cuteness factor by adding dogs into the mix as well as tons of emotion as you watch Griffin try and adapt to his mother and who she is after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. On top of that, Val who is suppose to be our “good girl” as she is the daughter of a respectable preacher secretly writes romance novels under a pen name. As someone who has dreams of writing her own romance novel one day and who also has seen what Alzheimer’s can do to someone they love, this book was giving me all the feels.
This is my first Annie Rains’s book so I was not too familiar to the world she had created in this series. Despite the initial confusion on who the secondary characters were and how they fit within the story, I really enjoyed stepping into this world where there is a military community at its center. It has been a while since I have read a romance where the military is present so it was great to step back into it especially since it was in a more contemporary setting as opposed to the more suspenseful books I have read in the past.Our first look at this military community is through Griffin and his job as a military K-9 officer. I absolutely loved that Griffin worked alongside dogs and that he felt and cared so much for the dogs he worked with as well as his own dog Trooper who was with him when he himself was in the military. The dog element, both with Griffin and Val, just gave the book a heart-warming feel to it especially since it is because of a dog that they had their first interaction with one another. The cute aspect of their “meet-cute” moment goes to the dog that Val is looking after, Sweet Cheeks, but the moment is anything but given the fact that Val almost ran Griffin off the road. Griffin, in turn, decides to let his feelings of Val not taking the time to train the dog properly influence his impression of her. It is only until after Val confronts him for his behavior that Griffin  learns she is only looking after the dog for Alma, an elderly women recovering from hip surgery in the nursing home where Val volunteers and where Griffin’s mother now lives.
Though they have their differences, Val being the “good girl” as a preacher’s daughter who volunteers reading to the elderly women at the nursing home and Griffin being the “bad boy” who has tattoos and rides a motorcycle, they also have a few similarities that allow them to slowly get to know one another. A dog causes them to meet but it is the nursing home that also plays a role in the beginnings of their relationship especially since Griffin’s mother is part of the book club that Val runs. The fact that Val volunteers her time reading to these women because of the connection she has to reading seeing as it inspired her to become a writer was absolutely wonderful. Val’s beliefs on reading and her secret life as a romance writer is what truly connected me to her character. She brings such joy to these women’s lives even if Griffin whose mother seems to enjoy the bookclub knows this is not who his mother once was. Griffin’s issue with the bookclub and how it is changing the mother he once knew is just one example of his struggle dealing with the fact that his mother has Alzheimer’s. This once respected academic who wouldn’t be caught dead listening to a romance novel before her diagnosis is who he wants back more than anything in the world. Given the fact that my grandmother had Alzheimer’s and that I slowly watched her disappear in front of my eyes when I visited her, I know exactly how Griffin felt and understood his pain as well as the frustration he experienced. It is this aspect of the novel that really pulled on my heart strings.
There is so much that I connected to and felt when reading this novel which was surprising because it took me a few chapters for me to get into it initially. But despite that, it was the emotion and heart-warming moments that reeled me in getting me ready for the passion just below the surface. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more of Annie Rains in the future.


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#AlreadyOwnItAugust 2016

So after my latest book haul of a whopping 29 books which is a lot for me to buy in one sitting, I came to the realization that I now own over 300 books.

Now I know what you are thinking if you are a fellow bookworm like me, owning over 300 books is NOT a bad thing. Except for the fact that after cataloging each of the books I own, and yes I catalogued every book that I own because I am also a future librarian lol, I also discovered that I have only read about 15% of the books that I own (thank you Google Sheets for that lovely tidbit). That number is not something I am particularly happy with. Add on the fact that my roommate reminds me numerous times just how many of the books I own I have not read yet and I knew I had to do something to remedy this. See, I also have a brand new bookcase to fill and I know for a fact that all 300+ books are not going to fit into it so I would also like to take this opportunity to unhaul any books that didn’t dazzle me. I should also mention I have over 250 ebooks on my Kindle app as well and I know for a fact I have only read a small percentage of them so ebooks are also included.

In order to read more of the books I own and not get distracted by the pretty new books at the library, the main reason I haven’t been reading the books I own, I have created…


Now I know that August for a lot of bookworms, book bloggers, and booktubers is ARC August where they have a chance to read all the ARC’s they have acquired. I would totally partake in that because a good percentage of my ebooks are eARC’s that I need to read but since I have a LOT of books both physical and ebook that need to be read I came up with this month long challenge instead. eARC’s are going to be included in the TBR that I can choose from, which is basically almost my entire book collection, because I do own them thanks to the lovely publishers via NetGalley that allowed me the opportunity have a copy.

The only rules for #AlreadyOwnItAugust is that the books have to be ones that I have not read. That means re-reads are out and I am not allowed to read any books from the library either or borrow any from work. I am also not allowed to buy any books unless they are free which applies to the free ebooks I find on Amazon sometimes.

I know this may seem like a strange month long challenge since it is kind of an assumption that the books most bookworms or book bloggers read are the ones that we own in our collection but recently I have found that I have been reading more books I have checked out of the library or borrowed from work. By coming up with #AlreadyOwnItAugust I am pushing myself to read more the books I own that I have probably wanted to read at some point as well as maybe weed out books that I want to unhaul at the end of this month.

If anyone is interested in participating, you can leave a message down below or look out for the #AlreadyOwnItAugust on Twitter as I will be updating my progress throughout the month on there.

As always, Happy Reading!!