Title: How My Heart Breaks
Series: Try Again #3
Author: Stephanie Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: September 3, 2015

 

Blurb

Is love really enough to put the past where it belongs?

Lana Washington chooses to hide. She hides from life. Hides from her abusive ex-husband. From the fact that everyone she loves eventually she loses, but when Lana’s house catches fire she is forced out of the predictable comfort her life has become.

Jake Weston had led a simple life, ever since he was called home from war for a family emergency four years ago, leaving only him and Hallie. Then one phone call throws his neatly-pieced world upside down.

Jake wasn’t supposed to be there. This wasn’t his problem. But as soon as those piercing green eyes focused in on him, he knew he was done for.

Can Jake hold onto his secret, all the while still holding onto Lana?

Will Lana be able to let go of the past and the hurt that binds her to her lonely existence?

Or will one small white lie ruin it all?

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~ 5 Stars ~

With each book that Stephanie Smith releases her writing just keeps getting better and better. I love each new book more than the ones before it.

How My Heart Breaks is the third book in Stephanie Smith’s stand-alone Try Again Series. Each of these books can be read as a stand-alone, except I think you get a better feeling of the past characters by reading these books in order. Especially this one, since the past two couples play kind of a larger part in this story.

What I love more and more as these books are released is that we are getting more and more of the Male POV in these stories. This book we actually get an equal amount of Jake and Lana’s POV’s. I just think the story is better told by both characters, so you are never guessing what the other is thinking. This book is a sweet and sexy story between two people who have closed themselves off to love because of past tragedies. This book isn’t wrapped up in a lot of drama or angst. We just got a to watch Jake and Lana learn to love again. With that said, yes there is some drama and lies are told in this story to keep you interested, but it doesn’t over power the book. I was actually surprised that once the lie comes out in the open how quickly it was glossed over and the drama came more from Lana’s fears.

In this story we meet Lana (Tate (from book 2) Sister) and Jake. Lana is someone who has closed off her heart to loving people, because she thinks she is jinxed. She seems to lose everyone who she has ever loved and is tired of hurting like that. She feels she is better off alone, that is until she meets Jake. Jake is a single father of 5 year old Hallie. I absolutely love when authors throw children into the mix in books. They are always so endearing. Jake is an Army guy and you couldn’t help falling in love with him. He was sweet, sexy and loyal to a fault. His loyalty is what gets him in hot water, but also leads him to Lana. I loved watching these break each others walls down. Learning to love and trust again. Jake wouldn’t give up, no matter how hard Lana pushed him away!!! Jake is one of those Heroes that will live on in my head because he was just that great.

Another aspect of the book I loved was that we got to see a lot of Brooke and Saxon and Tate and Harper. It was wonderful to see how these couples are doing now after their stories have ended. We also got meet some new characters. Georgia is one of them and I can’t wait to see where Stephanie takes her in the next book!!

I would recommend this book and series. Each book is about learning to open yourself up to love again. That finding the right person is always worth the risk!!

 

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Author Bio

Stephanie is a Happily Ever After addict.

Loving mushy romance, books, movies and music since she was young, and constantly daydreaming up stories and plots, Stephanie decided to put them on paper.

Living in South Australia with her own alpha male and two princesses she spends her days reading, writing and playing with the girls out on their property.

 
 
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bestselling author Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless
question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”?
 
When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the
connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best
friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they
happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of
the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to
dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get
the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.
 
The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their
friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic
entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked
by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from
work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their
friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming
truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.
 
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Most of the time, having a girl for a best friend is awesome.
Among the highlights:
(1) My color-blind self never has to worry about going out the door looking like a sad clown.
(2) The Brita water filter is always replaced on time.
(3) Parker actually likes doing laundry for fun, and she only complains when I sneak my stuff in with hers about 30 percent of the time.
Oh, and as this morning’s adventure displayed, she’s an excellent excuse when a person needs to rid himself of clingy one-night stands.
But then there are the not-so-great parts. Like when she’s spent thirty-five minutes looking at lamps.
“Just get that one,” I say, lifting my arm to point at a random floor lamp as the noisy, child-filled scariness that is IKEA threatens to choke me.
She barely glances at the one I’ve selected. “It looks like a uterus.”
“What the fuck does a uterus look like?”
“Like that lamp. And honestly, for as much time as you spend rummaging around in women’s panties, you really should get familiar with their parts.”
“Isn’t the uterus the—” I break off, looking for the right word to describe the random memories from eighth-grade sex-ed class.
Parker lifts her eyebrows. “The baby cave?”
Like any normal guy would, I wince. “Christ. Why would I need to know about that? I use a condom.”
“Several of them, judging from the state of your bedroom,” she says, tilting her head to study the lime green lamp shade in her hands. “Do you think this would clash with my bedspread?”
“You’re asking the color-blind guy? Like I have any clue what color your bedspread is.”
“Seriously? Don’t act like you’ve never seen it. Two nights ago you flopped onto my bed in your sweaty gym clothes and it took me two washes to remove the man stank.”
I shake my head. “Poor Lance. Do you make him wear a plastic bag when you guys hook up so he doesn’t get his man stank on your sheets?”
“Lance doesn’t have man stank.”
I frown. “Hold up. If I have man stank, Lance has man stank.”
“No.”
I open my mouth to argue, but instead I shrug. That’s another thing you learn having a girl best friend. You pick your battles.
“You have two more minutes to pick your lamp,” I say. “I’m starving.”
Parker adjusts her purse strap on her shoulder. “Oh, I’m not buying a lamp. I was just browsing.”
I inhale deeply to rein in my women suck rampage when I catch her smirk.
“Oh, I get it,” I say as we move toward the end of the store where we’ll pick up my dresser. “This is payback. You’re mad because I made up that story about you having a creepy doll collection.”
“Actually, it was more punishment for destroying the house rules. I’m totally laminating them next time.”
“Or you could just create an online version and keep them in the cloud like normal people born after 1980.”
I see a little lightbulb go on in her head and almost regret giving her the idea. Not that it matters much. I’ve never really followed her fussy rules anyway, although for the most part I try to not be too much of a dick. The towel incident this morning notwithstanding, it’s like I said, Parker loves laundry. I knew she had extra clean ones stashed away.
“Seriously, don’t get that color finish,” she says, shaking her head at the dresser box I’m about to pull off the shelf.
“Wood is wood,” I say with a shrug, starting to maneuver the huge box onto our flat cart.
“No, there’s old-man wood and there’s modern wood.”
I raise my eyebrows. “Old-man wood, huh? You and your kinky fetishes. Do you make the dolls watch?”
She ignores me, and uses her hip to push the box I’d started to move back onto its shelf. “That one.” She points.
“Espresso?” I ask, reading the label.
But Parker is now typing away on her phone. I shrug, pushing her out of the way so I can get at the box she indicated.
“How about tacos?” she asks, glancing up briefly from her phone.
“I just had Mexican last night,” I say through a grunt as I move the box into position.
“You said I could pick.” She gives me a challenging look, her goldish brown eyes practically daring me to argue with her.
“If it was a unilateral decision, why’d you even ask?”
“Unilateral. Good word. And it was a test. You passed,” she says, trotting to catch up with me as she replaces her phone in her purse. “So how did you and Airhead meet? The Beta Phi party last night? She looked like she was eighteen.”
“Airhead?” I ask.
“It was written on her pants. Literally.”
“Oh, right. Those weren’t her pants. Lindsay left them last week.”
She makes a disgusted face as she pulls her long dark hair into a messy bun. I don’t notice most things about Parker as a girl, because, ya know, it’s just Parker, but she does have some damn good hair. It’s all Victoria’s Secret model–-like, long and dark with lightish streaks running through it.
The rest of her is kind of Victoria’s Secret-ish, too, but other than an initial moment of whoa when we first met, there’s never really been anything between us. I guess you could say I like her too much.
That and she’s dating Lance, and I like the guy. I mean, we’re not best friends or anything, but it’s impossible to live with Parker and not have some sort of friendship with her significant other.
Lance and I stop short of braiding each other’s hair, but we watch games together on occasion. I’d never make a move on his girl—even if I wanted Parker.
Which I don’t.
“So let me get this straight,” she says, as I swipe my credit card through the self-checkout machine. “One of your booty calls leaves her pants, which is weird, by the way, and then a week later, an underclassman sorority girl willingly puts them on?”
I shrug and give her a look out of the corner of my eye. “What’s wrong with that?”
Parker closes her eyes and sort of scratches at her eyebrow. “You don’t tell your mother any of this, do you?”
“Sure, we actually have a family blog, and I list my sexual activity for the week every Sunday. Is that weird?”
She ignores me, pulling out her phone again.
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* A review copy was provided by the author via NetGalley for the Blog Tour *

~ 3 Stars ~

Blurred Lines is a fun, sweet and enjoyable read. It is a friends to lovers type story.

I have to say that I have read almost everything Lauren Layne has written and although she is one of my favorite authors to read, this book wasn’t my favorite of hers. I for some reason had trouble connecting with the characters and the storyline just didn’t work for me. I do normally like a friends to lovers story but something was missing with this one and it just didn’t work the way I normally like it to work.

Now with that said, I still enjoyed this book and I would tell anyone who is a fan of Lauren’s work to read this story. Just because this wasn’t a 5 star read for me doesn’t mean it won’t be for others. I thought the writing was fun and witty and I really enjoyed the friendship between Parker and Ben. I think it is one that we all strive to find in our lives.

The one thing I felt that didn’t work was the last 30% of the book. There were some things that happen at this point in the story that made it hard to believe Ben and Parker’s declaration of love hard to believe. The situation with Lance and Lori I didn’t feel needed to happen the way it did. It’s hard to explain without giving things away, so I’ll just say that the ending between Parker and Ben felt rushed and kind of unrealistic to me. I was hoping to see more of them together as a couple and not just BFF’s.

I truly liked Ben and Parker’s characters. I found them to be funny and easy to relate to. They also had some smoking’ hot chemistry!!! I liked that they weren’t damaged characters like we see in stories like these. The only thing I didn’t like about them was how much of a playboy Lauren made Ben out to be….I was hoping that, that trait would’ve ended sooner then it did.

I know that this review is on the shorter and vague side, but I would still recommend this book to anyone who likes a friends to lovers story. I think I have decided that, that type of story just isn’t my favorite. Too much angst!!!

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Jackie Davenport will try anything once, especially in the bedroom. Anything except falling in love. She lives a carefree existence packed full of fun, but free from emotional entanglements and that’s just how she wants to keep it. When she meets the new police officer in town, she’s unable to deny the connection between them. His over confidence and bullish ways grate on her…still she can’t help but find herself falling into his bed AND falling for him.

Jamie McTavish is man enough to admit that he probably didn’t make the best first impression when he met the 911 Operator. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still sizzling sexual tension between them. He’s a man of action and he’s not content to sit on the sidelines until Jackie works out her issues. But trying to tame this tiger might be too big of a challenge for even him.

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I pulled the cruiser into Jackie’s driveway. What the hell was wrong with me? It was only yesterday that I’d gotten her off and yet here I was, sitting unannounced in her driveway like a stalker.

If I’d thought it difficult to get her off my mind before, what had happened in the wine cellar had made it damn near impossible. 

Everyone I’d talked to had said the same thing—that she’d turned down each and every cop or fireman that had asked her out. No one was sure if she was just trying to keep her personal life outside of the work environment or what, but I intended to find out. The insane pull between us didn’t leave me any other choice.

With a sigh, I unbuckled my seatbelt and glanced at the small bungalow. It was cute with white siding and black shutters. Hanging baskets of colorful flowers hung from hooks around the veranda and a kickass bicycle was leaning against the side of the house. That helped to explain why she had such a firm ass.

I opened the door to the cruiser when the front door of the house burst open, and Jackie stood there frozen, her hand held to her chest and such an expression of fear on her face that I bolted out of the car and up the front steps.

“What’s wrong?” I demanded as soon as I was in front of her.

“Wh-what are you doing here?” she asked in barely a whisper.

I relaxed a fraction once it was clear she was okay. “I figured you could use a lift to Don’s place for your car. Didn’t think you would’ve driven home last night.” I shrugged. “It’s been quiet today, so I popped by to see if you wanted me to drive you over.”

She released a pent-up breath and relief washed over her face. “Oh, thank God.”

I frowned and gripped her upper arms. “What’s going on? Everything okay?”

She glanced down at where my hands lay on her soft skin and looked back up to me, blinking twice. “It’s nothing. When I saw the cruiser in the driveway…never mind.” She shook her head.

I studied her for a moment. She was sexy just rolling out of bed with her hair thrown in a messy bun and last night’s make-up still on her face. “You sure?”

She nodded and her eyes flicked down to my hands once more. “Why are you always touching me whenever I see you?” Her voice had come out all breathy, not at all convincing me that she didn’t like my hands right where they were.

I grazed her collarbones with my thumbs, causing goose bumps to form on her skin. “I think you know exactly why.”

 

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~ 5 Stars ~

Jackie is the 26 year old 911 operator who suffered a tragedy when she was only 10 years old and because of that has never let herself trust and love another person. She has been happy just being the party girl who doesn’t form emotional attachments to anyone….That is until she meets Jamie. Jamie is a 29 year old cop who has just moved to Bar Harbor to look after his ill father. Jamie has the pleasure of making a traffic stop and helping a stranded Jackie one fateful day. From here we see two people who learn to open up and let someone in.

Indecision is a companion novella to Indiscretion. It is completely a stand-alone book. You don’t need to read Indiscretion first to read Indecision. They are two completely separate stories. Jackie is a character that you meet in Chloe’s story (Indiscretion) and you get to see how great she is. I was so excited to see Elisabeth was writing a story for Jackie. Jackie is the fun loving party girl, who you can’t help but want to be her friend and root for her to have her HEA. Jamie is a hunky cop who is demanding but yet tender hearted. I loved his commanding ways in the bedroom and his soft heart outside it. I loved that he was willing to give up his dreams to help take care of his sick father. He also wasn’t willing to give up on Jackie, he knew they were meant to be together!!

Indecision was a fast paced, quick, fun and sexy read. You can definitely read this book in a few short hours. With me saying that, it wasn’t rushed or lacking anything from a full length novel. I felt the characters and storyline were well developed. This story isn’t racked with a lot of drama or angst. In this story the drama is mostly brought on by Jackie’s own fear. This is a story of one person learning to love and trust again and letting someone in. Jackie needed to learn to live for the moment, not for what could happen down the road.

I loved that we got to see Chloe in this story also. It was just a sweet reminder of what a wonderful friendship Chloe and Jackie have. It’s the type of friendship every person hopes to find in their lifetime.

So if you are looking for a fun, sexy and quick read without all the excess drama or angst, then Indecision is the book you should read. I have read all of Elisabeth Grace’s books and I have NEVER been disappointed. I absolutely love her writing and will read anything she publishes.

 

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Sometimes you reach a point where you just can’t take any more — a breaking point, some call it.

The day I watched my husband murder the woman who was pregnant with his child, my point didn’t just break, it exploded like a full magazine’s worth of hollow points firing through the barrel of a fully-automatic AK-47.

Literally.

I am no longer his American Princess, nor am I his slave.

Now, I’m a murderer in hiding. My name was Bryleigh Carter Oliveira, and that was my story.

Translucent is one woman’s story of breaking free, starting over, and learning to trust again through willful submission.

 

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~ 4 What an Ending Stars ~

I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, because I haven’t read any other books by Erin Noelle, what I wasn’t expecting was that ending!!! Holy mother of Cliffhangers. If you aren’t a fan of cliffhangers then you definitely want to wait for the next book to be released.

I was drawn to this book by the blurb, there was just something that called to me to give this book and author a try. I am happy to say that I am glad I gave this story and author a chance, because I enjoyed this book. Translucent touches on some really serious subjects and there is some parts of this story that made me uncomfortable to read and could possibly be triggers for other readers. I will say that this book was a sweet love story between Madden and Blake, but the flashbacks on Blake’s past life with Ish were heartbreaking and gut wrenching.

Being this was my first book by Erin Noelle, I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. She created a story that both intrigued me and captivated me. Except for the cliffhanger!! I thought the storyline was well written and the characters were well developed. Even though some of the flashbacks pushed me out of my comfort zone, I felt every emotion Blake felt as she felt them. I do believe this is a book that you need to go into blind, but just be aware that this book isn’t all sunshine and roses.

I will say that I really liked Blake and Madden’s characters. Blake was a girl who got sucked into a bad situation when she was 17 years old and saw and experienced things no person should have to see or experience. With that said, she is now 22 and doesn’t trust anyone and I can’t blame her. She has every right to be skittish. But I also thought for her young age, she was brave and strong. It’s hard to explain without spoiling things so she is a character you will just have to meet for yourself to understand what I am saying. As for Madden, I LOVED him. He was intense and alpha, but also sweet and caring. He demanded attention and went after what he wanted and Blake is someone he wanted. I am looking forward to see where Blake and Madden go in the next book.

So if you are looking for that somewhat dark and disturbing yet sexy and sweet story ( I know those two phrases shouldn’t go together, but in this book they do), this is the book for you. This was a story that had incredible depth and a hot romance and you’ll have a hard time putting it down.

 

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A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. Her titles published include the Book Boyfriend Series, the Dusk ‘Til Dawn Series, Translucent, Conspire — co-authored with SE Hall, Surviving Us, MILF: Wrong Kind of Love and Spark.
Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.

 

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More Than Famous
(The Famous Novels #2)

by Kahlen Aymes

 

 

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synopsis

Fame is a bitch… And a half.

Being a big star has its perks, but Caden Carlisle is in love with his costar, Brooklyn Halloway, and the movie studio demands that they keep it under wraps to ensure big box office success.

Cade always disliked the spotlight, preferring to focus on the work, but coupled with the ruthless stalking of rabid paparazzi, the secrecy forced upon his new and fragile relationship, and the vindictive games of others, celebrity status turns into a curse.

Can the roller coaster of emotions bring them closer still, or will jealousy and distance rip them apart forever?

Kahlen Aymes turns up the heat and cranks up the angst in FAMOUS Novel Two; the continuation of Cade and Brook’s incredible love story… Because there’s more to fame than meets the eye.

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It was only two blocks and it was 3 AM Tokyo time, but for us it was hours earlier. I didn’t let go of her hand as I led her out of the club. It felt so good to have her by my side.

“Do you feel like walking?” I missed walking but in the States or at home, I didn’t get enough of it since my career blew up.

“Sure. That sounds nice,” she murmured as we left the bar.  It was cool, but not overly so, and the rain had stopped.

I felt her free hand wrap around my bicep of the arm that held her hand, and her head came down on my shoulder. She let out a deep sigh, as we walked the few blocks back to the hotel.

“Are you doing okay with this, Brook? Being with me like this?” I could hear the desire in my voice as I leaned closer to whisper in her ear.

“Uh huh. I’ve really missed you.” She raised her eyes to mine and the need in the blue depths shone like a beacon. She drew a shaky breath and let it out.

“Brook,” I almost groaned. “I’ve missed you too. You were so beautiful today, and I loved how you flirted with me.” I smiled softly as I looked down into her face as we walked. “It was all I could do not to sweep you up in my arms right there in front of everyone. These last months have been hell, love.”

I felt heat radiate between us, despite the coolness of the night as we drew near the front entrance of the hotel. I glanced down at Brook’s face and saw that her brow was knitted in a frown.

I didn’t say anything as we walked through the hotel and took the elevator up to the 23rd floor. Both of our rooms were on this floor and I wondered if she’d want me to join her in hers. My heart thumped harder as we got closer to her room. I didn’t want to be presumptuous after all that had happened, but I desperately wanted more time with her.

Exactly what had happened? I reminded myself that I still didn’t know.

Outside her room, I took her shoulders and turned her toward me. I wanted to take her in my arms and kiss her breathless, but knew we needed to talk first. I raised my hand to her face and placed a whisper soft kiss on her luscious pink lips. When I drew away, her chin lifted toward my mouth for another kiss and I gave it to her.  This one was longer, lingering, our lips playing with each other.  My body sprung to life, but my heart still ached over the abyss we’d had between us.  I needed it resolved before I could make love to her.

My God. She tastes so good, all wine and sweetness. I felt my breath leave my body and fan over her face. Her eyes were closed as she raised her mouth toward mine, again.

“Brook. I want more time with you. What do you want?” I felt her tremble in my arms and step up on tiptoe to press her mouth to mine again. I could feel desire flood through me. Jesus, it had been so long since I touched her.

“Cade.” She said my name and it did something to me deep inside my soul.   “I want you to come in with me.”  Maybe it was my imagination but she sounded like she was begging and I wouldn’t be able to deny her, even if I didn’t want to do as she asked.

I couldn’t help myself, my mouth swooped to open hotly over hers and her arms instantly went around my neck and into my hair.  Oh, there it was. I felt those gorgeous hands tugging in my hair, to pull my mouth even closer to hers. I pressed her up against the hotel room door as I devoured her, my tongue seeking the deepest recesses of her mouth. I couldn’t get enough and my body strained against her, I pressed my hardness into her stomach and she moaned.

I drug my mouth from hers and placed my forehead on hers, both of us panting wildly. I struggled to get control of my breathing and the urges that were surging through every nerve and sinew of my body. Brook pressed her card key into my hand and I reached behind her to put it in the slot. My mouth ghosted and licked at hers as I heard the door click and I pushed it open behind her. My arm went around her waist and I lifted her with me through the door and her arms and legs went around my body.

“Oh God, Cade.” My arm still around her waist, the other one went underneath her bottom as I carried her into the room. I buried my face in her hair as I kissed her neck and shoulders.

Trying to get in control of myself, I went to the bed and sat down with her still wrapped around me. I stroked her back. “Brook. I want you so much right now. So much. But baby, we should talk first.”

I brought both of my hands into her hair and pulled her head back so I could look into her eyes. I nuzzled into her throat as I took a deep breath. “We need to talk,” I whispered against her skin.

She shook her head as she buried her face in my shoulder, her hands stroking the back of my head. “Please, just make love to me.  Just make love to me.” My body surged at her words, but I wanted to get her back into my life… not just into my bed and I told her so.

I shook my head. “No Brook. Not until we talk.  I want us back, every piece of us. Please talk to me. Why did you push me away? What did I do?”

She stiffened in my arms. “Please don’t make me relive it! I can’t. It hurts too much.” 

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Title :  Insidious

Author :  Aleatha Romig

Series :  Tales From the Dark Side #1

Release Date :  October 21st, 2014

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Dark desires…Deadly secrets…Devious deceptions…Nothing is exactly as it seems in INSIDIOUS, the new erotic thriller from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig.

When a powerful man is willing to risk everything for his own satisfaction, only one woman can beat him at his own game: his wife. Or so she thinks…

“Let’s start with you calling me Stewart. Formalities seem unnecessary.”

Stewart Harrington is rich, gorgeous, and one of the most powerful men in Miami. He always gets what he wants. Anything is available to him for the right price.

Even me.

Being the wife of a mogul comes with all the perks, but being Mrs. Stewart Harrington comes with a few special requirements. I’ve learned to keep a part of myself locked away as my husband watches me submit to his needs. But the more he demands of me, the more beguiled he becomes and that’s to my advantage. So I keep fulfilling his fantasies and following his rules because he doesn’t know that what he’s playing is really my game. And winning is everything, right?

Insidious is a stand-alone novel and the first Tales from the Dark Side title. Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only.

 

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~ 4 Stars ~

WOW!!! I don’t even know how to express my feelings about what I just read. As an avid reader I am trying to read new types of books and stories than my normal. Kind of taking myself out of my comfort zone every now and again. Well INSIDIOUS truly took me out of my comfort zone.

If you are looking for a dark and disturbing read this is the book for you. This book was filled with so many twists and turns I couldn’t keep up some times…LOL. I seriously can’t talk about the plot at all because everything would be a spoiler to this story. Just know that this book will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat all the way through. The author even leaves you somewhat guessing in the end 😉

INSIDIOUS is a standalone dark erotic thriller, but with the way the author ended this story….she leaves some unanswered questions in your head. I was a little surprised with how this book ended and what became of Victoria. I think that is truly why I didn’t give this book 5 stars. I just felt that I was left hanging a little bit and there were some things from the story that I felt were left unfinished. This in no way stopped me from enjoying this read.

This story is told completely from Victoria’s POV. I thought the writing style was fantastic. Aleatha did a fabulous job creating an interesting and captivating story and characters that are going to stick with you well after you have finished this book. She gave us characters that you will love and ones that you will hate!!! With all the lies, betrayals, and twists this story has, you won’t know who to trust and believe as you read this book. Even in the end I couldn’t completely know who was lying and who was telling the truth.

So if you are looking for that book that will take you out of your comfort zone, then this is the book for you. I don’t think I could really classify this as a romance or love story, even though a love story is kind of in there. It definitely isn’t the focus of this book. I truly believe that you need to go into this book blind and with a completely open mind. I would recommend this book to lovers of a dark erotic storyline. I know I am looking forward to the other books in this series.

 

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I fell, shattered beyond repair, onto his chest. As I reeled with my reality, strong arms enveloped my shoulders. It had been unlike any orgasm I could remember. Surely, I wasn’t whole. I couldn’t be. In the depths of my haze, I knew that I was no more than a million disassociated pieces vulnerable to the winds of life.
Yet, before I could be blown away, Brody again kissed my forehead and brushed my cheek with his. He pulled me into his warm embrace and held me as I melted into his side. Without hesitation, I laid my head on his shoulder and drifted to sleep.

Perhaps the fairytales shouldn’t center on the prevailing of good, but the presence of evil. For without evil was there truly good?

Spinning me around, he lowered the zipper of my dress. The soft fabric fluttered to the floor as his low hiss filled me with a much needed semblance of power.

 

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Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Together with her high-school sweetheart and husband of twenty-eight years, they’ve raised three children. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

 

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Title: 3 Seconds

Author: Bethany Lopez
Release Date: August 25, 2015

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A lot can happen in 3 Seconds. It’s the space of time between walking onstage and stepping up to the mic. It’s that moment when your eyes meet across a crowded room and the chemistry between you is undeniable.

Bronagh has accomplished a lot in her thirty-five years. A successful pub owner and happy divorcée, she’s learned to enjoy life, but have realistic expectations. Her past has taught her that it’s best not to depend on others, but that doesn’t mean she won’t sample a tasty morsel when it’s right in front of her.

After taking a break from culinary school to travel abroad, Brendan is back and eager to finish what he started. Although he relishes the nights he gets to play with his brothers in their band, and enjoys their healthy supply of groupies, he’s ready to start acting like the twenty-something that he is…a fact he craves to prove with Bronagh.

What starts as a one-night-stand becomes more when Bronagh and Brendan realize that they can’t walk away. But can a younger man who’s prone to late nights and scantily-clad women convince a woman who’s been hurt that age doesn’t matter, and he’s the man she needs?

 

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Brendan stepped forward, into the bar, and was immediately surrounded by greedy, shouting women.
That ugly seed of jealousy grew, even as I tried to bury it within me, but I watched as Brendan kept as smile on his face for his fans and scanned above their heads, searching for me. When he found me, his grin grew and I heard him say, “I’m glad you enjoyed the show, ladies, but I’m afraid I’ve got a hot date,” as he sauntered right to me.
I barely registered the chorus of boos and awes, his pull already taking hold of me.
He didn’t pause when he reached me; instead he came at me full force, pulling me into his arms and fusing his lips to mine. The desire that had been building throughout his performance came to a head, and I met his passion full force, opening my lips and inviting him in for a taste.
Just as we were reaching the point of no return, Brendan pulled back and smiled beautifully down at me, his eyes flashing with the heat I knew he was feeling.
“Let’s get out of here.”

 

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4 “She makes me feel like a man” stars!

Musician by night and cooking student by day meets an older, feisty, and independent red head. Bronagh and Brendan’s story intrigued me. And I wasn’t disappointed by this sexy, sweet, and quick read. Honestly, all I needed to see was “band” and I was sold on this story 😉

“I deserved this…I deserved a one-night stand with a hot-as-hell rock star.”

But, as the story progressed I became more engrossed in Brendan and Bronagh’s relationship, and his part as a musician wasn’t even significant to me. Their story is very sweet!!! And drama free!! I loved this about their story. No need to worry, ladies, Brendan doesn’t do the usual musician stupid crap. He knows how to keep it in his pants! LOL!! Their story is more about learning to fit into each other’s life, and of course deal with their age difference. And I know some of you are reading this and going why is the age difference an issue?!? Well, if you are asking that question, then you need to read the book 😉

“Did he act like a moron when you were together? Did he get out his crayons and color at the dinner table?”

Brendan and his brothers, and fellow band mates, are some amazing guys. Honestly, this story is filled with great characters. I enjoyed them all. Which leads me to my next issue….somehow I missed that their story is part of a series. I am guessing it can be read as a stand-alone since I signed up to review it, but I definitely would have loved to know a little more about a few of the characters. I found myself unfamiliar with a few characters, but yet feeling like I should know who they are. But, that’s my bad!!!

“Nothing in life worth getting is easy, right?”

Now, are you wondering why I gave it 4 stars if I enjoyed it so much?!? Well, I needed more in the end. I felt like it ended too quickly. And I almost felt like the last chapter should have been an epilogue and not just another chapter. Now, that might go back to the fact that I jump into a series out of order. It may not feel that way if you read the series in order 😉

With all that being said, though, I really enjoyed this story and recommend you give this series a try :)

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abouttheauthorAward-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. She’s a lover of all things romance: books, movies, music, and life, and she incorporates that into the books she writes. When she isn’t reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible. Some of her favorite things are: Kristen Ashley Books, coffee in the morning, and In N Out burgers.

Bethany Lopez is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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Series: Chadwell Hearts #4

Author: Kelly Walker

Genre: New Adult, Romance

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Young entrepreneur Axel Chadwell has everything he wants, and soon he’ll have everything he needs. He’s just waiting for the right moment to propose to the love his life, Tess Sterling, otherwise known as Angel. They’ve survived insurmountable odds, and come out stronger on the other side.

Everything is absolutely perfect. Until the mother that abandoned him eighteen years ago shows up with a brother he didn’t know he had in tow. All because Angel couldn’t leave well enough alone. Now, instead of planning a wedding, he’s got to figure out how this new family fits into his life, and how the secrets they’re hiding may destroy everything he’s worked for.

Before he can move forward with Angel, he’ll have to confront his past once and for all.

 

 

 


Kelly Walker is a YA and NA author of several romantic titles, including the Souls of the Stones Fantasy Romance series. She has an unhealthy appreciation for chocolate, and a soft spot for rescued animals. Her best lessons on writing came from a lifetime of reading. She loves the fantastical, and the magical, and believes a captivating romance can be the most realistic magic of all. Kelly, her husband and her two children share their Virginia home with three dogs who walk her, and two cats who permit her to occasionally share their couch.
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HSH AmazonWhen Kate Watts abandoned her law career to open a food pantry in Northeast Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing at the end of each month. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian —a charismatic hacker with a Robin Hood complex—in the act.

Ian intrigues Kate in a way no man ever has. But after learning he’s snooped around on her personal computer, she demands retribution. Impressed with her tolerance and captivated by her spirit, he complies and begins to slowly charm his way past her defenses. Time spent with Ian is never boring, and Kate soon finds herself falling for the mysterious hacker.

But Ian has enemies and they’re growing restless. In the hacking world, exploiting a target’s weakness is paramount, and no price is too high to stop an attack. And when Kate learns exactly how much Ian has paid, she’ll discover just how strong her love is for the man who has hacked his way into her heart.

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~ 5 Hacking Stars ~

I fell in love with Tracey Garvis Graves after reading On The Island. She has an amazing ability at creating stories that touch your heart and soul. Along with characters who stay in your mind long after the story is over.

Heart Shaped Hack is no different. I actually think this book is my favorite so far. Tracey has given us forbidden love, serious and emotional love, and now she has given us undying and heartwarming love. This story was perfect in my opinion. The flow was perfect and the storyline was both truly entertaining, fun and even sexy at times. The characters were so easy to fall in love with. You couldn’t help but laugh and love with them all the way through. Their story wasn’t overwhelmed with a lot of drama, which was refreshing to read. I honestly had a smile on my face all the way through this book. (except in one small part, where my heart broke, but thankfully Tracey was able to put it back together)

I dare each and every reader out there to read this book and not fall in love with Ian and Kate. They are such enduring characters. I loved how they first met and how their relationship progressed from there. Their witty and sassy banter had me cracking up on many occasions. As for their steamy scenes, they were amazing but written extremely tasteful. You couldn’t help but feel the love these two had for each other.

I honestly don’t think I could say enough about this book to truly express the love and happiness I felt while reading this book. This is definitely one of my FAVORITES of 2015 and I look forward to reading more about Ian and Kate in the future :)

 

 

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Kate was taking a break and having coffee and a muffin at Wilde Roast Café when Ian slid into the booth and sat across from her. He was wearing a lightweight cream-colored sweater with a tan-and-green-patterned shirt underneath, and he smelled good.
“Hello again.”
Confused, Kate looked around. “Where did you come from?”
“I walked in the door like everyone else.”
“Do you live nearby?” Kate lived in the St. Anthony Main neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis. The food pantry was conveniently located on SE Main Street, which was a short three-block walk from her apartment. The quiet brick-paved street was lined with restaurants, shops, and a movie theater and included a stunning view of the Mississippi River and St. Anthony Falls. There were also bars that featured live music and plenty of green space in nearby parks.
He shook his head. “Not really.”
“Then why are you here?”
“I felt like talking to you again. You’re seated, so you probably won’t try to strangle me this time.”
“How did you know where to find me?” She was tucked away in a back booth instead of one of the tables near the windows that looked out over SE Main, so it wasn’t like he’d walked by and spotted her.
He held a steaming cup of coffee and blew on it to cool it. “I tracked your credit card activity. According to Capital One, you bought a cup of coffee and a muffin here twelve minutes ago.”
“You tracked my credit card?” Her voice sounded rather loud and shrieky.
He held a finger in front of his mouth. “Shh, Katie Long Legs. That information is for your ears only. How’s your coffee? Would you like a refill?”
Kate did not appreciate being shushed, but she lowered her voice. “Are you some kind of cyberthief?” she whispered. And since when were criminals so well-dressed and impeccably groomed?
“I did not steal your credit card number. I simply accessed your account to see where and when you’d used it last. Then I came here.”
“If you wanted to talk to me again, why didn’t you just go to the food pantry?”
He looked at her like it was obvious. “Because you’re not there. You’re here at this café.”
“If you’re not a cyberthief, then what are you?”
“I’m a hacker.”
“Is there a difference?”
“Most definitely.”
“When you said you steal from the rich to give to the poor, I thought you were kidding. Is that how you get the money?”
“I don’t steal it. I appropriate it from people who shouldn’t have it in the first place. Then I give it to those who are more deserving.”
Kate twisted her napkin. “I can’t keep the money. I’ve already spent the first two donations, but if you come back to the food pantry with me, I can return the most recent one. It’s still locked in the safe because I wasn’t planning on going shopping until tomorrow.”
“No, Katie. I don’t want it back. It’s for you. It’s for the babies.”
“It’s wrong,” she said quietly.
“Is it?”
“It’s against the law.”
“Trust me when I say the people I took it from don’t want the law involved any more than I do.”
“What are you saying? That you’re a thief who steals from other thieves?”
He wrinkled his nose, and it was adorable.
Stop! Thief!
“It sounds so distasteful when you say it like that. I prefer master appropriator of ill-gotten funds. You can call me master for short.”
“I have lots of things I’d like to call you. Master is not one of them.”

 

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On OCTOBER 20 Rachel Van Dyken brings you Rip a complete stand alone novel that fans of the Eagle Elite series will devour! With twists and turns you won’t see coming, this dark romantic suspense will keep you on your toes and leave you screaming for more.

 

Pretty things aren’t meant to be broken.

But I broke her, and now we both have to pay the price.

I’m her nightmare.

I’m her savior.

And now that I have her signature on an ironclad contract, I own her body and soul.

She doesn’t remember me.

She will.

It’s inevitable.

Because as much as I know I need to stay away, for fear of unlocking the memories I helped her father bury–I can’t.

She was the apple in the Garden, dangled in front of me, her core so tempting and sweet. A voice whispered. Just. One. Bite.

I bit.

I tasted.

I fell.

Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.

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