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Bully and victim.

Tormenter and tormented.

Villain and hero.

Ellie Mccallum was the bully. The Tormenter. The Villain. Taking what she wanted, stomping over anyone that got in her way. Feelings, futures, and relationships be damned. She felt no emotional connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.
Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Growing up, Flynn Hendrick was known only as “Freaky Flynn.” He lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger’s. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.

And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.

But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the farther you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

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~~ 5 Extremely Emotional Stars ~~

I truly don’t even know where to begin…..this book was phenomenal!!!!  I was so excited to read this book because I loved the author’s other Series….Finding You in the Dark.  She has such a gift at creating these tortured and broken heroes that just melt your heart.  She also has a special gift of creating a story that portrays the not so pretty side of tough subjects.  This one was one of those stories.  This story actually hit pretty close to home for me, as a parent of a special needs child.  This story has always been my biggest nightmare when it came to sending my child to school.  I thought the author gave an accurate portrayal of this type of scenario.  I have to say that the author was completely accurate in the prologue of this book, when she said that you will hate the heroine and you will love the hero.  Those were my feelings exactly…at the beginning.  I have to say though as things changed and the story evolved so did my feelings for the heroine.  I can’t say that I loved her by the end but I understood her better and was happy to see things turn in the right direction for her.  This book was a roller coaster of emotions.  I felt severe anger (to the point of damaging my kindle), sadness, hurt, and even unconditional love.  This book is told mostly from Ellie’s POV but we do get some of Flynn’s POV as flashbacks to the past (Those were the hardest to read 🙁 )  This book is stocked full with so much emotion, you will actually need time to process it in the end.

” Some people came into your life and they changed it completely and then they slipped out of it again before you could grab ahold of them.  And their presence motivates you and strengthens you and devastates you all at the same time.”…. Ellie

I don’t even know how to describe my feelings for Ellie.  I had and even still have a lot of anger towards her, but I was glad to see that she was putting forth an effort to change who she was.  Ellie was brought up in the foster care system and in turn had turned  into a horrible person.  Some of that is because of the people she associated with.  I did feel bad for the upbringing Ellie had to endure but I believe everyone makes the choices that they make and need to own up to the mistakes that they make along the way.  Both Ellie and Flynn were both town outcasts….each for different reasons, but still shunned by people none the less.  This in a weird way formed a bond between them that no one could come between.  Now I know what you’re thinking….how can that be true, but once you read this story you will understand what I mean.  I don’t want to say much about the storyline of this book because I believe this is one of those stories that you need to go into blind to actually feel all the raw emotion of this book.  As for Flynn…..the author was correct….I LOVED him!!!!  and not for the normal swoony reasons that you love the hero of a book.  Flynn was so much more than that.  You will need to read this book to understand what I am saying.

Ellie and Flynn are the primary focus of this book, but we do meet some unsavory characters along the way.  All of them friends of Ellie.  I really didn’t like any of them enough to mention them by name.  I will say that Ellie supposed BFF might actually have seen the light by the end of the book, but I hated her so much by then that I really didn’t care what happened to her. What happens to her in the end was a very sad situation but not one she didn’t bring on herself and for that I really can’t feel bad for her.

I LOVED the epilogue in this book….it leaves me hope thinking that there might be more to Flynn and Ellie’s story.  I would love to read more about them.  (No don’t worry there isn’t a cliffhanger)

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for that different kind of love story that is full of raw emotion!!!!  If you are a fan of A. Meredith Walters then you DON’T want to miss this book!!!!!!

~Jennifer H.

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I had a running play list while I was writing Reclaiming the Sand:

You’re Not Alone- Saosin:  Such a perfect song for Ellie and Flynn

Nicest Thing-Kate Nash- Ellie’s thoughts about Flynn as they start to fall in love

Don’t Deserve You-Plumb:  Ellie’s song for Flynn

Watch Me Bleed-Scary Kids Scaring Kids- This is a really morbid song but it reminded me so much of Flynn and what he could have been feeling and thinking when he and Ellie were friends in high school

My Heart-The Perishers: This is such a beautiful song and reminded me so much of Ellie and Flynn

Wait-Whitfield: Another great Flynn and Ellie song

All of  You- Angus & Julia Stone: The lyrics of this song are so poignant and I felt this described Ellie and her struggle with loving Flynn so perfectly

Our Story- Graham Colton: This song just sort of encapsulates Ellie and Flynn’s journey.  A perfect song for them

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The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.
When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.

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On our last day we are featuring author Ashley Beale!! You can read about all her books below and then enter to win an ecopy of one of them!! Plus read about her next release, and enjoy a teaser 🙂

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“I’m not asking you to forgive me, I’m begging you to.”

When Lexi returns home to Texas after being gone for ten years, she is surprised by how welcoming her distant family has become. But the real surprise is on them when Lexi doesn’t come back alone.

Questions are asked,
Secrets are held,
Hearts are broken.

Lexi now has to explain to her family why at only twenty four years old she has a nine year old son. She also has to explain to Zander how he is unknowingly a father after all these years, and how her feelings never changed even with all this time apart.
Two weeks before he is about to get married.

Now decisions need to be made.

As Lexi makes a mess of things, she also starts to make a new life for her and her son. She now has to decide if sticking around or heading back to Ohio is for the best.

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What if everything you thought you knew was just an illusion?

Everything in Zoey’s life was destroyed the day her fiance never made it home from the war. Now being a year later, and still dealing with the horrible tragedy, she makes a move to New York City for her job, hoping to finally start healing.

The last thing Zoey ever expects to find is someone she can feel so comfortable and happy with. Everything about Harvey draws her attention, and she can finally feel herself heal. There are times things seem too perfect, but she tries not to question it much as she holds onto the passion she has for him.

When everything unravels and Zoey is forced to face a truth she can’t seem to grasp, she has to make a choice to finally move on, or stay lost in a world of illusion.

Sometimes life is simple, sometimes love is unexpected. Sometimes we’re exactly where we need to be, when we need to be there.
Then sometimes everything we thought we knew is just an illusion.

This [New Adult] Contemporary Romance novel contains mature themes, graphic sex and language, and is recommended for readers, 18+ in age. Please be advised, this story also deals with PTSD, depression, infertility, attempted suicide, and other very mature situations, and is not recommended for all readers.

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“I will never let you fall. I will stand up for you forever. I’ll be there for you, through it all. Even if saving you sends me to heaven.” -The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus.

Landon Hastings has lived a life of luxury.
When he starts to question things in his life, he leans on Sawyer Wexler, the new girl in school that intrigues him.

Neither of them can deny their feelings for one another, yet they don’t push in trying to go too fast.
Sawyer has a past that still haunts her, and Landon has a future that he has worked his whole life for.

Can they accept the things they cannot change and push through the obstacles in their lives?
And is it worth it?

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This is the complete box set of the Cassie series.

*Burning Attraction:
Cassie McKnight is starting college with her best friend, and roommate, Aubrey. Life is supposed to be about a few good parties, fun with friends, and working hard in school. The last thing Cassie wants is to fall in love, at least right off, but in the first few weeks everything changes.

Cassie finds a perfect romance with Carson Woods, a fraternity brother who treats her the way she always dreamed of. Although everything is perfect between the two, Cassie can’t control the love she has for Avery Manning, her childhood crush, who after six years kept his promise of coming back to be with her.

While sorting through the mess of Carson and Avery, Cassie uses Pierce Danielson, Avery’s sexy rival in the underground fights, to be her escape from reality. The worse part of using him, is accidentally having feelings for him.

With the help of Aubrey, Cassie has to make a tough decision on who and what she wants, without losing any of the men who have consumed her heart. Burning Attraction is a story of love, lust, and loss..

*Fearless Attraction:
Cassie McKnight’s first year of college was crazier than she ever expected, and she fell in love when that was the last thing on her mind. Except, she didn’t just fall in love once, and not only was her heart shattered, she shattered the hearts of others as well.

In this sequel to Burning Attraction, Cassie is determined to change things in her second year of school. After a few bumps in the road, she ends up exactly where she wants to be, finally feeling where she belongs. That is, until the day she gives into temptation.

Now it’s Cassie’s turn to get into the ring and fight for who and what she wants. The worse thing about that? She doesn’t even know what she is fighting for anymore.

*Lasting Attraction:
Temptation, mistakes, love, and heartbreak- these things have consumed Cassie McKnight’s life since starting college almost two years ago. While Avery Manning and Pierce Danielson have consumed her heart.

Cassie finally comes to terms with who and what she wants, but sometimes when we make decisions, life decides something else for us. This time, she is bound and determined to fight for what she wants. For what she deserves. For the one she truly and hopelessly loves. It can only be that simple, when the one she loves, loves her enough to keep fighting as well.

Sometimes in finding your happily ever after, you have to find yourself first. This is a lesson all three learn in Lasting Attraction, the third and final installment to the Cassie series.

All novels in the Cassie series are contemporary romances, with intense sexual situations and language, and is recommended for mature adults 18+ in age.

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Hope Manson ruled her school senior year. When a girl in her class, Jenny, spreads a rumor about Hope, an attempt of getting even ends with Jenny dead and Hope in prison for man-slaughter. Six years later, she is let out with one goal in mind- to make a difference.

A difference for Jenny.

Hope will be anything but selfish.

Wes Styles is an asshole.

He is controlling, self obsessed, and just plain mean.

And Hope likes it. She wants someone to treat her like dirt, as a reminder of what she did.

Plus, if someone treats her like shit, she can’t fall in love- right? Because falling in love is the most selfish thing you can do.

Wes Styles loves women. He loves when they’re calling his name, making him come, or digging nails into his back. But he does not fall in love with women.

When Wes meets Hope, he is immediately intrigued by the fact she likes being treated like nothing more than a piece of ass.

And he knows she is holding a dark secret.

But he doesn’t want to know what this secret is, because when he finds out the truth, he may leave. And for the first time in his life, he doesn’t want to.

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“I knew when I met you there was something different about you. I knew you were hiding something that’d have me running. I just didn’t care then. But now? Now I care. Do you understand me, Hope? I fucking care.”

“So you don’t want me to tell you?” I hold my breath in anticipation. I’d rather just get it out now. I want him to know. He needs to know that I killed her. He’ll either stay or he’ll run, and although I’m afraid of losing him, he isn’t really mine until he gets the truth from me.

I watch as his hands shake. He is too nervous to even answer that. I’m already scaring him and he doesn’t even know the truth. After another uncomfortable minute of silence passes, he finally closes his eyes and says, “Tell me.”

Sweat immediately starts to bead around my hair line. “You’re not going to like what I have to say, Wes.”

“Just tell me.” His voice is strong, even in a whisper. I hate having him so terrified of me.

And now he is going to be even more scared.

 

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Rated M for Mature

Due to strong language and sexual content, this material is not suitable for readers under 18+

M/F, F/F, M/F/F, Bondage

Divorced, unemployed and on the verge of bankruptcy, Megan Matthews is desperate for quick cash. When a friend suggests the world of video sex chat, Megan is forced to decide. Can she trade gracious, country club conversations for raunchy innuendos and vulgar requests?

When you’ve spent your entire life playing by the rules, breaking them can be sinfully delicious.

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It’s just crazy weird to talk about myself in third person so I’ll keep it real with fun facts.

Things you may or may not want to know:

1.) I live in small town Texas but wish the town was smaller.

2.) If you can make me laugh I’m a friend for life.

3.) I also write under another pen name.

4.) I’m in love with the idea of love but think sex is easier.

5.) I’m a Scorpio.

That’s me in a nutshell. No fanfare, no upsell, just me.

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Happy Saturday!!! We hope you all have a fantastic weekend and get time to read a good book. So for today’s GIVEAWAY and author spotlight, we have Kimi Flores! You can read about her books, read Shannon’s reviews of them, and enter to win an ecopy of one of her books 🙂

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A past that haunts can be laid to rest through the act of forgiveness, even if  the person you forgive is yourself. It must be gifted freely.
Abby  Sullivan cherishes the life she is creating for herself in her hometown of Santa  Barbara, California. She adores her best friend and supportive family. Her job  as a kindergarten teacher offers her life hope and purpose. She is very talented  at many things, especially hiding the pain of her past. That is until her world  collides with Caleb Hunter’s, giving them both a lesson in forgiveness and love.
A life changing love is cruelly snatched by sickness and death. A person  must be willing to give love, the greatest gift of all, to receive love.
A successful writer, Caleb is living life day-to-day. Giving refuge to  his sad and lonely heart since his wife’s sudden death from cervical cancer, his  primary focus becomes honoring her memory by rearing their five-year-old  daughter, Madison. Yet, when Madison Hunter walks into Miss Abby’s kindergarten  class, everything changes for all three of them.
With a little nudge  from a loving mother-in-law who has everyone’s best interest at heart, anything  is possible, especially when forgiveness and love gift even more blessings than  ever imaginable.
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What’s a girl to  do when the one person she’s been forewarned about is the only one that her  heart desires?
Leah Valdez is a sassy, intelligent, hard-working woman  whose beauty shines from both inside and out. Friends and family have always  come first, but it’s time for her to start thinking about her own future.
Stefen Hunter is a rich, charming, sexy playboy. With seemingly no  effort on his part, countless women flock to him. That is, until he meets Leah.  He can’t understand why it’s so difficult to win her over or what it is about  her that intrigues him so much.
When an unfortunate event intertwines  their lives, Leah finds herself in a war between her thoughts and desires. To  forgive, and ultimately trust, Stefen, she will have to put her heart on the  line. After what he’s put her through, she’s not sure she’s willing to do that.
As compassion meets resistance, will Stefen be able to step out of his  comfort zone and accept that he can become the redeemed man worthy of Leah’s  love? Is Stefen and Leah’s connection strong enough to withstand An Exceptional  Twist?
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This series includes the novellas BEFORE YOU by Jenna Bennett, BETWEEN US by Jen McLaughlin, and BEYOND ME by Jennifer Probst.

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Prepare yourself for Sex on the Beach, a trilogy featuring BETWEEN US (Jen McLaughlin), BEYOND ME (Jennifer Probst), and BEFORE YOU (Jenna Bennett). Three separate novellas. Three different authors. One literary world. Read them all, or just read one. It’s up to you! No matter which route you choose, these standalone novellas are sure to satisfy your need for sizzling romance and an emotion packed story.

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Beyond Me by Jennifer Probst

 March 4, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance

One of the “Sex on the Beach” Novellas

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CAN FUN IN THE SUN TURN INTO LASTING LOVE?

Spring break in Key West with my besties was supposed to be casual fun. But I never expected to meet James Hunt. Sex and frolic? Yes! A relationship? No. But his hot blue eyes and confident manner drew me in. And when he let me see the man behind the mask, I fell hard, foolishly believing there could be a future for us. Of course I never considered our relationship might be based on lies…or that his betrayal could rock my foundation and make me question everything I believed in…

OR WILL A LIFE BUILT ON LIES RUIN EVERYTHING?

The moment I saw Quinn I knew I had to have her. She hooked me with her cool eyes and don’t touch me attitude. I had it all, money, social status, and looks. I could get any girl I wanted…until her. When my friends challenged me with a bet to get her into bed by the end of the week, I couldn’t pass it up. But sex wasn’t supposed to turn into love. She wasn’t supposed to change me, push me, and make me want more for myself. She wasn’t supposed to wreck me in all ways. And now, if I can’t turn my lies into truth, I just might lose her forever…

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~~ 4 “Fun in the sun” Stars ~~

Now I know why I will always read anything Jennifer Probst writes…..I thoroughly enjoy her writing and stories that she creates. Beyond Me is part of a Series called Sex on the Beach. There are two other authors in this series as well. After reading this book…I think I need to read the other two books. I love how Jennifer creates a story that is so relatable and realistic that you feel like a part of the story. I will say that yes this story was fairly predictable but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story. This was a quick read, one that can be completed in less then a day. But unlike most novellas, this one didn’t leave you hanging. I felt that the pace of the book was great and I didn’t feel like anything was left out. This book is a great book to read to help you get over the winter blues 🙂. This book was also off the charts HOT!!!! Jennifer did an excellent job creating a steamy book without it being crass and over the top. I truly can’t say enough about her writing.

This book in the series is about James and Quinn. James is a rich guy who has absentee parents and friends who just like him for what he can give them. My heart broke for James, because he truly was lonely and it took getting to know Quinn to really see that. I loved James’s character. He was just the right mix of swoony sweet guy and dominant Alpha! I was glad to see him grow as a person as the story went on. Even though James made a dumb decision in the beginning of the story that catches up to him in the end, I still loved him. Being that this book is written in Dual POV we got to see what he was really thinking and feeling. As for Quinn’s character….I liked her and didn’t find her annoying at all. She also had a troubled past, her mom dies at a young age and her father becomes an alcoholic, which in turn made him an absent father. Because of this Quinn felt she needed to help and save everyone. I loved how Quinn and James could be themselves with other…both of them let their walls down. This story is writing over the timeframe of a week which leads it to have that insta-love thing, but Jennifer has written it so we’ll I really didn’t find it hard to believe.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for that light fun summer read with a boat load of steamy 😉. Also if you are a Jennifer Probst fan….you need to pick this book up.

~Jennifer H.

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Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.

She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

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BEFORE YOU – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20371409-before-you

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Website:  www.jennabennett.com
Facebook Fan Page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenna-Bennett-Jennie-Bentley/192400104127600
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Bennett_Jenna
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1549070.Jenna_Bennett

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BETWEEN US – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20369409-between-us

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JEN MCLAUGHLIN
Website: http://dianealberts.com/
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/DianeAlberts6
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DianeAlberts
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6921962.Jen_McLaughlin

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Tate & Low’s story.

I’m loud, I’m proud, and I like to bust balls in my spare time. At least, that’s what Low Parker would do. But, she is just a mask, one that I have perfected over years of running. I am Willow Knoxx. Master of deception, secrets, and lies. I am the girl your mother told you to stay away from, and the girl your father fantasized about. I have been running for years, always looking over my shoulder. Now, the mask that I have perfected is about to disappear, and everything I have done to keep myself hidden is about to be revealed.

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“Ahh, liquid heaven.” I sighed, inhaling the rich aroma from my coffee cup. The scent alone loosened my tense muscles, taking the edge off the monstrous hangover I was still nursing.

“Two skinny lattes!” Jared hollered to absolutely no one, the glint in his eyes told me he knew I was dealing with a hangover from hell. His voice sounded like a high pitch shrill, ringing into my ears and playing my brain like a freaking drum kit. I really should lay off the Tequila.

“Jared, dude, lower the freaking volume would ya?!” I groaned, slowly rubbing my temples, trying to alleviate the throb that had now taken over my delicate head.

Jared’s laughing eyes meet mine as he slid the lattes across the counter in a drink carrier. “Late night?” He chuckled.

Now, if my head didn’t feel like it was about to roll off my shoulders and land into a poor unassuming strangers lap, I would’ve probably slapped that stupid smile off his face. Jared Spencer was the hottest piece of ass on campus; dirty blonde hair that was long in the front and short at the back, deep blue eyes that instantly pulled you in, and let’s not forget the rocking hot body underneath his apron. But, there was a downside… he’s gay. I’m not talking a little gay, I mean thrust your hip out, pout like a model, gay. Such a shame.

“Just because you can swallow margaritas like water, doesn’t mean the rest of us can you know.” I said, raising my brow.

Placing his hand on his hip, he thrust it out to the side dramatically. “Girl, that’s not the only thing I can swallow like wat-”

“La, la , la, la! I can’t hear you!” I shouted, cutting him off as I picked up the coffees and made a run for the door.

“Don’t hate the player, girlfriend!”

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S.K. Hartley is a mother, wife, avid reader and writer based in the not so sunny North West of England. You can find her either glued to her computer desk, in the library (yes they still exist) or floating around her favorite authors book signings!

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Title: Living in Sin
Author: Isabel Lucero
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: January 1, 2014

**This story contains graphic sexual content and strong language. Intended for mature audiences only.**

Jace Jamison is every woman’s fantasy. He’s a mysterious businessman willing to sweep you off your feet, a tattooed bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks, and a sexy friend you want to take that next step with. Jace is everything and anything you want him to be. He’s a highly paid escort.

But nobody knows who Jace really is; the man whose dad abandoned him, whose brother was killed, and who had to take care of his mom at a young age. At the age of nineteen, he was living in Sin City, ready for a life away from stress and struggle.

Adrienne has been having a sexual drought since she broke up with her boyfriend. Even then she wasn’t getting fully satisfied. Being an event planner, she’s constantly working at numerous events. Several times she’s seen a man she can only refer to as the God-like creature at her work functions. He’s devastatingly handsome, tall, and has beautiful eyes, but he’s always with a different woman. The last thing she needs is another player in her life.

After a few chance encounters with Jace, her best friend convinces her to just get some good sex out of him and not worry about who she’s seen him with. But what happens when she finds out that he isn’t dating these women because he wants to, but because he’s paid to?

Keeping his job a secret from Adrienne seems easy at first, but when she begins meeting people he knows in his escort life, and they begin getting closer, he knows he has to tell her before someone else does.

When their worlds entwine, and confessions are made, will they be able to work through it? Will she be able to push aside his sins and focus on the good in him? Will Jace get what he’s never had? A woman who wants him despite what he’s done. Or will living in sin cost him what he never knew he wanted?

*An erotic, contemporary romance*

*Book one in a series, but can be read as a standalone.*

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~~ 5 H.O.T. Escort Stars ~~

Can I just say I am so glad I found this little GEM of a book.  It was totally what I was looking for.  I wanted a fun and sexy read and this one totally hit the spot.  Although Steamy isn’t the correct word for how HOT this book was.  I honestly thought my kindle was going to melt on multiple occasions.  One of those occasions was after chapter 1.  This book really starts out with a BANG ( Took me out my comfort zone, but in a good way 😉 )  The author gives us an accurate portrayal of the life of an escort in chapter 1.  I loved that this book was also written in Dual POV, it was great reading both sides of this story.  The flow and pace of this book was great.  This book moved at just the right speed.  There was a whole lot of drama or angst, but the author did add some little twists in the story to keep you interested and continue with the story.  This is definitely a book you don’t want to miss reading!!!!

I loved both Jace and Adrienne.  Jace was so yummy, talk about complete swoon worthy male character 🙂  We meet Jace in the beginning of the book and he is working one of his escort jobs.  As the story continues we learn about Jace’s past and the tragic and troubled life he grew up in.  When he was young a tragedy happened to his family, which turned his mom into a depressed alcoholic.  Seeing this Jace decided that he wanted a better life and wanted to make a lot of money so that he could help his mom and have a better life for himself.  This is what leads him to the life of an escort.  Through his job he meets Adrienne.  Meeting Adrienne had opened his eyes to the idea of settling down and quitting his job.  I loved how Jace and Adrienne interacted with each other.  They also had some AWESOME chemistry together.  The story continues on as we watch how they both juggle their jobs and personal life.  So I am guessing you are wondering…. Does Jace’s job ever get revealed to Adrienne and How does she take it??  Well you are going to have to read the book to get those answers.  Trust me it is totally worth the read 🙂  Adrienne was also a great character who had been burned in the past by a cheating boyfriend, so she was very hesitant to pursue a relationship with Jace because she has seen him with many women and thinks he is a player. Let me tell you Jace was such a sweetheart.

I also loved Emilie (Adrienne’s BFF) and Troy, Marc, Nico and Kade.  they were great additional characters.  Emilie was funny and kept me giggling throughout the book.  I am excited to read her and Troy’s books.  I actually hope all the guys get their own book in this series.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for the HOT love story that will melt your panties 😉  If you are a fan of Olivia Cunning then you NEED to read this book.  I look  forward to reading more books by Isabel Lucero.

~Jennifer H.

about-the-author
Isabel Lucero is a military wife who has been lucky enough to travel the world, and see some amazing sights. She has been married to her best friend for ten years, and together they have two of the most beautiful children in the world. She and her husband are Junior High Sweethearts, a couple who are truly meant to be together. One day, their love story might make it into a book.

Isabel is the middle name of the author, and Lucero is her maiden name. Together they create her pen name. She was born in a small town in New Mexico, and was more than happy to move far, far away.

She is a collector of high heels and tattoos, and is highly obsessed with both. She owns a crazy, little Miniature Pinscher who thinks he’s a Doberman. His name is Tyson.

Isabel has always been an avid reader, able to devour books in a day or two. With her now focusing on writing, the reading has slowed, but her love for reading is still there.

Something noteworthy is that Isabel loves to hear from her readers. Never hesitate to get in touch. She’s always willing and ready to talk about anything. If you enjoy this book, she encourages you to not only let her know, but let the world know. Goodreads, Amazon, book blogs, groups, etc. She understands that word of mouth is the best form of promotion.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorIsabel

Author Website: http://authorisabellucero.blogspot.com/

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*An Amazon Best Selling Contemporary Romance Novel*

There are times, when you least expect it, where fate hands you the one person you cannot live without.

Sedona Mackenzie had her perfect life perfectly planned; down to the coffee that she drank, the curfew that she lived by, and formulas that she solved to release stress. She had everything figured out, in a neat, little timeline. Then, fate chose to intervene in the form of  a chance meeting with a guy who stirs unknown emotions inside her, leaving her reeling and wanting for more.

Zander Zobowski is not your typical college jock. For one, he’s a good guy. Second, he’s pretty smart. And, he’s level-headed. The farthest thing on his mind was smacking into a woman who may just be his undoing.

This is not your typical bad boy meets good girl love story. This is a story between two people who are great on their own. But, with each other, they are absolutely perfect.

*Intended for readers over 17. Book may/may not adhere to a country’s college football guidelines.*

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Jennifer H.

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*An Amazon Best Selling Novel in Sports and Coming of Age Fiction*

~Sequel to Love Unexpected~

Fate brought them together.

Love kept them together.

Life could tear them apart.

23 year-old Zander Zobowski, football wonderkid and only son of a tech giant and a well-known philanthropist, fell hard for one woman and never got back up.

21 year-old uber-planner and borderline genius, Sedona Mackenzie, carefully crafted her life to only have it turned inside-out when she met a guy who made her feel things that she’s never felt before.

Not all stories are born out of darkness and deception.

Theirs was created with the undeniable attraction for each other; nurtured by Zander’s patience, and strengthened by Sedona’s will.

Will their love be enough to withstand the challenges that come their way? Or will it crumble through the test of time?

Warning: Intended for mature readers over 17.
Book may/may not adhere to the guidelines of a country’s professional football league.

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*A Sports Romance Best Seller*

An athlete on the verge of greatness.

A woman who hit the lowest point in her life and fought her way back to the top.

Twenty four year-old Kieran Stone, the country’s number 1 swimmer, has loved one woman all his life – only to have that love unreturned. He has resigned himself to the reality that when it comes to love, he will never be someone’s first choice.

Twenty three year-old Brynn Tanner, sister to the country’s number 2 swimmer Milo Tanner, has emerged from her own battle and won the fight. But to Milo, she remains his little sister.

Here’s the thing about fate – it can be a cruel master.

When Kieran and Brynn are brought together by an unlikely circumstance, it sparks an attraction that neither of them are prepared for, but neither of them can control.

Three fragile hearts. Two fierce rivals. One woman forced to make a choice.

How do you choose between the one you would fight for and the one you once lived for?

Warning: This book is intended for readers 17 and older due to sexual situations and mature language.

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Releases March 20th!!

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Melody Grace’s UNCONDITIONAL, the heart-wrenching and powerful next novel in her bestselling Beachwood Bay Series, is about to release on March 18th! We’re celebrating with a blog tour! Check out all of the information about UNCONDITIONAL and Melody Grace and see the schedule for the blog tour below! Make sure and follow along! There’s also a great giveaway taking place!

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Blog Tour Schedule

March 13

Book Addict Mumma-Review
Book Bitches Blog-Playlist & Review

March 14

Forever Me Romance-Review
Paperbook Princess-Dreamcast & Review

March 16

Book Angel Booktopia-Guest Post & Review
Nerd Alert Book Love-Review

March 17

Lovin Los Libros-Guest Post & Review
Krista’s Dust Jacket-Review

March 18

The Rock Stars of Romance-Excerpt
Bibliobelles-Review

March 19

Book Lit Love-Author Interview & Review

March 20

Zili in the Sky-Review
BestSellers & BestStellars-Guest Post & Review

March 21

Made For You Book Reviews-Review
Book Crazy-Review

March 23

The Secret Book Brat-Review
I Dare You to Read-Excerpt & Review

March 24

Starbucks N Books Obsession-Excerpt & Review
Stories & Swag-Review

March 25

Vi3tibabe-Review
The Readiacs-Excerpt & Review

March 26

Wolfel’s World of Books-Character Interview & Review
Book Fixation-Review

March 27

Rumpled Sheets Blog-Guest Post & Review
Short & Sassy Book Blurbs-Review

March 28

Holly’s Red Hot Reviews-Graphic Post & Review
Above Average Below Special-Author Interview & Review

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Fall in love with Beachwood Bay in Melody Grace’s USA Today and internationally bestselling series!

“I’ve spent my whole life chasing perfection: perfect looks, perfect man, perfect home. But in one brutal moment, I realized it was all just a beautiful lie…”

Carina MacKenzie is fleeing from her past. Picking up the wreckage of her shattered dreams, she seeks comfort in the only place she’s ever felt safe: Beachwood Bay.

Garrett Sawyer isn’t looking to be anyone’s savior. Scarred by old betrayals, he’s sworn never to put his heart on the line again — especially not for a damaged, high-maintenance girl like Carina. But passion knows no logic, and soon, their reckless chemistry is making him forget his bitter vows.

Two damaged hearts. The hope of true love. As their passion blazes out of control, Carina and Garrett struggle to escape their legacies of hurt. But can you ever outrun the past? And when everything is on the line, can they trust enough to build a love that’s unconditional?

*This book contains adult situations and explicit content. 17+*

 

PLAYLIST

1.

Christina Perri – A Thousand Miles

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtOvBOTyX00

When I first heard this song, I knew it would be a special part of Garrett and Carina’s story – it’s such a beautiful vow of love and devotion. Carina sings this at a certain point during the book, and it’s such a meaningful moment.

 

 

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Katy Perry – Unconditionally

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjwZAa2EjKA

With this title, I had to include it. I think it’s perfect for the dock scene, when Carina and Garrett connect for the first time: “Come just as you are to me/ Don’t need apologies/ Know you are worthy/ I’ll take your bad days with your good.”  

 

3.

Taylor Swift – Begin Again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMPEd8m79Hw

This song is all about being brave enough to start again after a bad relationship. Both Carina and Garrett have been scarred by their pasts, and watching them find the strength to start over was really inspiring to write.

 

4.

Coldplay – Fix You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TsR1yiAe9g

This is a gorgeous song, but it also has extra meaning after watching the amazing Travis Wall choreography on So You Think You Can Dance (one of my fave reality shows!). It’s about hope, and healing, and being there through the storm – just like Garrett is for Carina.

 

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**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

~~ 5 “Unconditional Love” Stars ~~

This series just continues to get better and better as the books go along.  I have loved this series from Book 1…Untouched.  This is book 6 in this series, and what I love is that we still get to see characters from the previous books as well.  This book took me a little bit by surprise, because even though I knew who the Hero was, I didn’t realize that the heroine was Juliet’s sister.  I also loved that this book touched on a serious subject.  I felt the author handled it well and it was written extremely well. Every book in this series has completely sucked me in and keeps me intrigued all the way to the end.  The title of this book truly fits this story.  This book was all about loving someone Unconditionally.  This was also a story about second chances….in love and in life.

We meet Garrett (Emerson and Brit’s BFF) and Carina (Juliet’s Sister) throughout books 1 and 2, but we really don’t get to know them until this book.  I have to say that once I figured out who Carina was, I have to say I didn’t like her much in the other books, but my heart broke for her in this book.  We find out her secret pretty much right off the bat in Chapter 1. (And what a chapter that one was….this book definitely started off with a bang.)    Even though we see what kind of life she has been living, we continue to find out more about her as the book continues.  I loved watching her character grow as the book went on.  I also loved that she was able to repair past relationships and learned how to open up and express what she is truly feeling.  Now Garrett….I loved him.  He was so broken.  My heart also broke for him once we find out what happened in his past.  He was the right mix of hot Alpha and sweet swoon worthy man.  I loved his ‘dirty’ mouth 😉  These two together really show you that a person can have a second chance at love and life and that they truly loved each other unconditionally.

Like I said earlier….we get to see all of the other characters from the previous books.  It was great catching up with them and seeing what is going on in their lives.  We also got to meet the characters  for the next book.  The epilogue for this book is the set up for the next book and let me tell you it is HOT!!!!!  I can’t wait for July for the next book in this series.

I would definitely recommend this book/series to anyone who is looking for great love stories and books with just the right amount of drama and sexy time!!!!!

~Jennifer H.

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Melody Grace is the USA Today bestselling author of UNBROKEN and UNTOUCHED. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach-lover, she spent years with her nose in a book before deciding it was time to write them for herself. She loves bad boys, good books, and pistachio-flavored ice-cream.

 

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