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Waiting on Wednesday [6]

This is a meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine where every Wednesday bloggers showcase a book that they are eagerly waiting for!

Brooklynaire
by Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: February 12, 2018

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You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?


Ummm, I don’t know about you but that cover is GORGEOUS!!! I mean, try looking at that cover and to not have the urge to get your hands on it ASAP because that is literally what happened to me. Now, I haven’t read any of the other books in the Brooklyn Bruisers series (I do own the first one though) but that issue will be resolved as soon as possible because this book will be read by the end of this year.

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Release Blast: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Happy Release Day to The Wedding Date!

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The Wedding Date
by Jasmine Guillory
Publication Date: January 30, 2018

9780399587665 (2)A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.

On the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend…

After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff. Too bad they can’t stop thinking about the other…

They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…

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Excerpt

Alexa danced with Lauren, letting the movement and the laughter shake away her annoying thoughts. When she felt a hand on her waist, she turned to see Drew behind her and laughed again, at how ridiculous the evening had been and how much fun she was suddenly having. He took ahold of one of her hands and swung her around to face him and laughed back down at her. Other members of the wedding party joined their group and danced with and around them, but song after song came on, and he never moved from her side.

“Water?” he said in her ear after they’d been on the dance floor for a long time.

“Yes, please.” She walked with him over to the bar.

She glanced up at the ornate clock over the bar, surprised at how late it had gotten. And how much she didn’t want this night to end. Damn it, it had been fun to be Drew’s fake girlfriend, but she knew that once the clock struck midnight, so to speak, the fairy tale would be all over.

He leaned against the bar, his jacket off, his bow tie untied, a little sweaty and disheveled from dancing. Good Lord, this guy was hot.

He rolled up his sleeves, exposing his tan forearms. She wanted to run her fingers up and down them and feel how warm and strong they were.

She needed to stop letting her imagination run away with her.

“Um,” she said. “It’s getting late, and if I want to make the last BART train back to the East Bay, I should probably leave pretty soon.”

Why had she said that? Why, when she was standing next to a hot guy, basically panting over him? If she was Maddie, hell, if she was Amy, she would have grabbed one of those hot forearms and wrapped it around her body, letting him know what she wanted without having to say anything. Sadly, she was Alexa, so she would flee instead.

He put his water bottle down and looked at her.

“Okay.”

“Okay,” she said. Olivia and Maddie would get mad at her for not throwing herself at him, but they didn’t understand that she just didn’t know how. Plus, rejection from this guy was the last thing her self-esteem needed. Talk about the opposite of getting back on the horse; that would make her avoid horses, and stables, and all farm animals for another few years. So to speak.

He stepped closer to her and put his hand on her waist. Her hand landed on his arm, and, without even meaning to, she ran her fingers up and down. Oh God, touching him like this was as good as she’d thought it would be.

“Or”—he looked straight down into her eyes—“you could stay.”

A question was in his eyes, and a smile hovered over his lips. His thumb drew slow circles on her hip and then moved up her side to her ribs. His other hand moved up to her face and traced the outline of her lips with his fingers.

She shivered.

He waited.

“Or,” she said, “I could stay.”


About the Author

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Jasmine Guillory is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. She is a Bay Area native who has towering stacks of books in her living room, a cake recipe for every occasion, and upwards of 50 lipsticks.

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Release Blitz: Hold on Tight by J. Kenner

Hold On Tight, the newest standalone in the Man of the Month Series by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. Kenner is LIVE!

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Title: Hold On Tight
Author: J. Kenner
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: January 30th

A hard body. A dangerous past.

Meet Mr. February.

Reality-TV star and reformed bad boy Spencer Dean doesn’t trust women. Not after his fiancée, Brooke, left him at the altar five years ago, breaking his heart and hardening his soul.

Now, Brooke is close to a deal for her own show that will launch with the remodel of a popular Austin bar. The problem? The network insists that Spencer step in as her partner.

He’s tried to forget her—but he can’t deny that he still wants her. More than that, he wants to punish her. And so he agrees, but only on terms that are provocative, demanding, and wildly sensual.

It’s the perfect set-up for extracting revenge. But he doesn’t expect to fall for Brooke all over again…

Revenge never looked so hot.

**Hold On Tight is part of a binge read series by New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and #1 International bestselling author of the million copy Stark series, J. Kenner.

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About J. Kenner

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J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

Connect with Julie:

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Stacking the Shelves [6]

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where book lovers share what books they got throughout the week!

Ok, so this might be cheating but since I didn’t get a chance to do a Stacking the Shelves last week, I will be showing you the books I got over the past two weeks instead of just this week. Oh, and as you can see, I broke my book buying ban and bought some books at  one of my favorite thrift stores near my apartment.

E-ARC’s

I received Driving Whiskey Wild  and Hold on Tight for review and was approved for Ace of Spades on Netgalley, which is the third book in the Aces & Eights series.

E-Books

**All of these books were either free or only 99 cents at the time I got them. **

  • Worth the Risk is still currently FREE at the time of this posting if anyone is interested. The heroine is a scientist which you do not see that often in romance and one of the reasons I picked this up.
  • Unloved is still 99 cents at the time of this posting if anyone is interested. This looks like a super emotional romance and I can’t wait to get to it.
  • The Dark Light of Day is currently FREE at the time of this posting! This is a prequel to the King series which I have heard AMAZING things about so I snatched this one up. If you like dark romances, check this out as well as T.M. Frazier’s other books.

Physical Books


The plan was to just get ONE book but I failed miserably because I found all of these books and I couldn’t pass up the chance to get them. Not to pick favorites, but A Hopeless Romantic and Attachments are probably the ones I am most excited about.


Those are ALL of the books I got over the last two weeks AKA a super crazy amount of books. But, of course, I don’t mind because at the end of the day getting more books is one of my favorite things. #lifeasabookworm

What books did you guys get this week?
Have you read any of the books I got?

Let me know in the comments below.

 

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Blog Tour + Review: Midnight Blue by LJ Shen

Midnight Blue, an all-new sexy standalone from LJ Shen is available NOW!

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Midnight Blue
Author: LJ Shen
Release Date: January 18th

It should have been easy.

I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.

I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.

The worst part is that I should have known better.

Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.

“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”

Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.

Guess what? I didn’t listen.

I signed the contract.

World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.

My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.

Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.

Then he took my heart.

Then he took my all.


Excerpt:

Nat’s words came back and haunted me like a bad haircut from the eighties. An irrational need to check the goods took over me. It wasn’t like he minded. According to the rumors, his dick had seen more cameras than Kendall Jenner. Slowly—so painfully slowly—my eyes drifted down his sinewy body. I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Whatever I had in mind, though, didn’t come close to the real thing. Thick, long but not atrocious. With thin veins running through its length.

“Nice view?” he groaned, tucking his junk back into his briefs. His profile was glorious. Strong jaw, pouty lips, eyes like sex…

My eyes snapped up when I realized he was talking to me. “I wasn’t…”

“Looking? Yes, you were. Next time take a picture. It lasts longer.” He rolled his zipper upward and flushed the toilet with the toe of his boot. He turned around and squirted soap into his palm, washing his hands almost violently—rubbing between each finger and scratching his knuckles like he wanted to shed his own skin. When he was done, he looked around for a towel.

I cleared my throat, scrambling to regain my wits. “Longer than the glimpse or longer than your performance?”

Casually—so unbearably casually—he wiped his wet hands over my purple dress. I gasped, moving sideways. It looked like he was about to open the door and get out, but before I had the chance to yell at him for using me as a human towel, he slammed me against the wall, bracing both his arms above my head and pinning me to my spot. I let out a shriek of surprise at the sudden proximity.

Alex Winslow is touching me. Willingly, my surprisingly pitiful brain squealed.

Heat rolled off his body, making my back arch and my breath catch in my throat.

“Let’s make one thing clear—I could fuck you to a point of numbness without even breaking a sweat if I wanted to. Now, careful, New Girl. If you don’t keep your distance from me, I think I just might.”

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About LJ Shen:

L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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So, this is the first book I have ever read by LJ Shen, but I can firmly say that it will definitely not be my last. Book Twins Reviews, after finding out I was an LJ Shen virgin lol, told me that if I liked my romance books with a little edge to them that I was going to love LJ Shen and they were absolutely right!

Indigo Bellamy, whose name I am SO in love with it is not even funny, has no idea what she is in for when she is offered what she believes to be a job as a personal assistant. Instead, she is offered the job of being the sober companion to Alex Winslow, the sexy and unpredictable British rockstar that every girl in the world wants to get her hands on, who is a recovering drug addict. Though it seems like an impossible task given what is being said about the rock god, but Indie signs on anyway as the money will solve all of the issues she and her family are dealing with. All she has to do now is survive Alex Winslow and whatever he throws at her.

Boy, did this book have some edge to it. The sexual tension and angst between Alex and Indie is so palpable that it radiates off the page, or screen in my case, and it seems to only get stronger as the story went on. Alex Winslow is a piece of work, plain and simple. He is infuriating, rude, and crass but Indie deals with him SO well. She doesn’t take any of his crap, standing up to him from the moment they meet and always ready with a response to throw back in his smug yet gorgeous face. Their relationship starts out as one full of fire but soon, as Indie spends more time with Alex, she is able to see there is  much more to him than being a broken, angry rockstar.

Not only did the immense amount of sexual tension and angst blow me away and rile me up all at the same time, but the fact that LJ Shen was able to write those moments and emit those feelings is incredible. Her writing got to me; it was amazing and beautiful and raw and emotional. There were times where I had to step back and just re-read a passage over and over because it hit me right in the gut. Indie and Alex’s relationship is SO much to handle sometimes because there are just so many emotions surging between the two of them when they are together but I loved every minute of it.

I have only read a few rockstar romances but Midnight Blue is definitely getting added to my favorites. all I can say is that if you like rockstar romances, read this book.

4.5 stars

 

 

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Review: Tempt Me by Carly Phillips

Tempt Me (Bodyguard Bad Boys #2)
Author: Carly Phillips
Source: E-ARC
Publication Date: January 16, 2018

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Bodyguard Bad Boys… Sexy, hot and oh so protective!

Burned by an ex with a wandering eye, Austin Rhodes has sworn off women. His sole focus is his young daughter – and despite his good intentions, the little girl’s live-in nanny. He hired Mia Atwood to care for his child but he finds himself lusting after her instead. Keeping his distance isn’t easy but he’s determined to be a gentleman. Until Mia’s past comes back to haunt her and she’s in need of Austin’s brand of protection. Suddenly she’s his in every sense of the word — and he’ll do whatever it takes to shield the woman who tempts him beyond reason.

 


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Tempt Me is the second book in the Bodyguard Bad Boys series. While the first book, Rock Me, was definitely a good introduction into the series, it didn’t exactly wow me. I was actually a little skeptical to continue on with this series, which is not like me at all since Carly Phillips is an auto buy author, but I am so glad I did because Tempt Me was an adorable addition to the series.

One of the things that drew me to this book was the fact that it is a single dad/nanny romance. There is just something about this type of romance that I love, probably because there is a forbidden element involved in regards to whether or not they will cross that line of employer/employee. Of course, we already know the answer to that question lol.

Austin Rhodes has had his sights on his daughter Bailey’s nanny, Mia Atwood, since she started working for them three months ago. The feeling is mutual on Mia’s end as well but she is determined not to become the cliched nanny who sleeps with her boss. But it can be pretty difficult when your boss is a sexy single dad who will do anything for his daughter and who also happens to be a bodyguard. Protective instincts are brought to a whole other level and Mia experiences it firsthand when problems arise and her past comes back to haunt her.

Despite its short length, the pacing in Tempt Me was done very well. When certain events unfolded throughout the book they did not feel like they were happening too soon which can happen when reading books that are on the shorter side. You are really able to see the struggle that both Austin and Mia face as they decide whether or not they should forget their professional relationship and give into the attraction that is between them. It is not easy as there is a child involved in this decision and Mia’s dream to have a family of her own one day does not match up with what Austin wants especially after what happened between him and his ex-wife.

Overall, this was a cute yet steamy romance with a single dad that would make any women swoon as he protects his daughter as well as the women who slowly makes her way into his heart. The twists and turns that happened added an air of suspense to the story that I not only didn’t see coming but very much enjoyed. If you are a fan of single dad/nanny romances, then Tempt Me will not disappoint.

4 stars

 

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Waiting on Wednesday [5]

This is a meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine where every Wednesday bloggers showcase a book that they are eagerly waiting for!

In Harmony
by Emma Scott
Publication Date: February 13, 2018

UnknownThe root of all madness is an unbearable truth…

At seventeen, Willow Holloway’s life was torn apart. The happy, driven girl is gone, and she is left wracked by post-traumatic stress her body remembers even if she does not. When her father suddenly uproots the family from their posh penthouse in New York City to the tiny town of Harmony, Indiana, Willow becomes more untethered and lost under the weight of her secret. On a whim, she auditions for a part in the community theater’s production of Hamlet and unexpectedly wins the role of Ophelia—the girl who is undone by madness, and her love of Hamlet…

Isaac Pierce is from the ‘wrong side of the tracks.’ The town bad boy. Girls pine for his attention and guys are in awe of him. That he’s an acting prodigy only adds to his charisma. Isaac utterly disappears into his characters; the stage is the only place he feels safe from his own traumatic home life. He wants nothing more than to escape to Broadway or Hollywood, and leave Harmony behind for good.

No one can play Hamlet but Isaac, and when the director pairs him with Willow in acting class, they clash again and again—neither willing to open their hearts to anyone. But clashing leads to breaking, breaking leads to the spilling of terrible secrets, and soon Isaac and Willow find Shakespeare’s words mirroring their lives. When they are cruelly torn apart, neither know how this play will end—with madness and heartache? Or healing, love, and the discovery of who they are truly meant to be.

In Harmony is a standalone NEW ADULT love story, and is intended for readers 18 and up. PLEASE NOTE, this book contains sensitive material such as physical abuse, and the aftermath of sexual assault (off the page). Reader discretion is advised.


Once again, Book Twins Reviews is responsible for putting yet another amazing book on my radar as something to look forward to this year. I have heard absolutely nothing but AMAZING things about Emma Scott and the worse part is that I own more than one of her books and have yet to read one. I know, what a travesty! BUT, I am hoping to change that this year and In Harmony is definitely one I want to get to. Plus, look at that gorgeous cover 😍😍.

 

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