#CoverReveal “Eleanor & Grey” by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Eleanor & Grey, an all-new beautiful and emotional standalone from Brittainy C. Cherry is coming April 8th and we have the gorgeous cover for you!

Cover Designer: Hang Le ♦ Photographer: Rafa G Cátala

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Greyson East left his mark on me.

As the young girl who first fell for him, I didn’t know much about life. I did know about his smiles, though, and his laughs, and the strange way my stomach flipped when he was near.

Life was perfect…until it wasn’t, and when we were forced to go our separate ways, I held on to our memories, let go of my first crush, and wished for the day I’d find him again.

When my wish came true, it was nothing like I imagined.

I couldn’t have known when I took the nanny position that it would be his children I looked after, that my new boss would be that boy I used to know, that boy who was now a man—a cold, lonely, detached man.

The smile and laugh I had loved so much were gone, now distant memories. Every part of him was covered in a fresh pain.

When he realized who I was, he made me promise to do my job and my job only.

He made me promise not to try to get to know him, not to recall the memories I’d treasured all this time.

But, sometimes, I saw the boy I’d once known in his stormy eyes. I saw the Greyson who smiled and laughed, who had stolen a young girl’s heart, and there was no doubt in my mind that this boy was worth fighting for.

I was given a second chance with the one who’d left his mark on me. All I hoped was that somehow I’d leave a mark on his soul, too.

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#CoverReveal “Heartthrob” by Robin Bielman

He likes a challenge…

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Heartthrob, the first steamy standalone in the American Royalty Series from USA Today bestselling author Robin Bielman, is coming May 7th and we have the hot cover for you!



Here’s the deal: I’m the best center fielder in the major leagues. I’m also the guy who cost his team the championship game and acted very unsportsmanlike. So, when the team hires a social media manager to repair the damage to my reputation, I don’t argue. But then I meet Chloe Conrad, and I suddenly understand what people mean when they say they have an instant connection to someone. Which means I’m in serious trouble. Chloe’s a smart, sexy distraction I can’t afford, but one date can’t hurt, right? Only she turns me down. And just like that, it’s game on.

She’s sworn off love…

Finn Auprince is the hottest player in the major leagues. Look up “It Factor” in the dictionary and there’s his handsome face. He’s also my biggest client and I don’t care how easy it is to talk to him or how fun it is to manage his social media accounts, I will not give in to his charms. Then one drunken night, I tell him about my curse: all my previous boyfriends have found their soul mates while dating me. One more heartbreak, and I’ll never recover. But Finn doesn’t believe in curses—he believes in me. Professionally and personally. He sets out to prove the universe isn’t against me, and that his one true love isn’t waiting around the next corner.

The problem is…can we play the game of love and both come out on top?

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#ExclusiveExcerpt “Sweet Fatality” by Desiree Adele



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Everyone loves a hot, broody jock, right? The kind who’s stare sets your body on fire and all common sense flies out the window?

Well, not this girl.

Sure, Keith Montgomery has the looks, but in his case, beauty is only skin deep. He’s egotistical, obnoxious and the most shallow person I’ve ever met.

And I’m his new roommate.

Turns out we were both desperate.

But that’s where our commonalities end. He’s indecisive where I’m sensible, chaotic where I’m organized. So why do I ache for those minutes alone with him?

I’m not the type of girl who likes to get burned, but suddenly the idea of playing with Fire is getting harder to resist.

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#CoverReveal “Method” by Kate Stewart

We are so excited for the release METHOD by Kate Stewart!

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Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
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Hollywood is a temptress, a trickster, a soul-stealing devil. I married an A-list player, knowing I come second place to his craft. But Lucas and I are a golden couple, a modern-day fairy tale.

I’ve never doubted what we built…until the sudden death of Lucas’s best friend has scandal rocking the Hills and shaking the foundation of our relationship.

I chose Lucas as my safe haven…he chose the role of a lifetime.
For the next three months, I’ll share my nights with a stranger, watching as he buries his pain, immersed in his role and living as someone else.

We’ve done this before. I tell myself it’s just another movie, and he’ll return to me.

I should’ve known this time would be different.

To get my husband back, I’ll need the strength of ten men.

As it turns out, I’ll have to go through two.

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#NewRelease “Violent Delights” by Jessica Hawkins

“She is mine.” Three words from two different men.
A life, future, and love I don’t get to choose.


Violent Delight (White Monarch, Book One)

Jessica Hawkins

Genre: Contemporary Romance; slow burn, angst, dark cartel

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In the de la Rosa family, old grudges run deeper than loyalty, and betrayal is a three-letter word: war. But this feud isn’t between enemies. It’s between brothers. And I’m the prize.

I was born a princess among criminals. An untouchable among thieves. Heiress to a life others have killed for, and one I’d do anything to escape. I vowed not to leave without Diego, my first love and best friend, but if his ruthless brother has his way, I won’t leave at all. Cristiano de la Rosa is a man as big and bold as his legend. Once upon a time, he was our cartel’s best soldier . . . until he became my family’s worst enemy.

A man like Cristiano will bend fate to his will to get what he wants. Even if it means dragging me to hell—and tearing me from his brother’s arms.

“She is mine.” Three words from two different men.
A life, future, and love I don’t get to choose.

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#CoverReveal “Flawless” by JD Hawkins

Flawless by J.D. Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 27th
Cover Designer: Angelica Maria Quintero
Photographer: Wander Aguiar Photography
Cover Model: Andrew


A sexy single billionaire businessman. A YouTube star. And the hottest night of their lives.

When I first saw him, I thought he was too hot for his own good and too cocky to resist. The perfect rebound from my break-up from hell. So I threw my usual rules out the door and challenged him to an anonymous hook-up. No names, no strings attached.

It left me aching in more ways than one.

So imagine my surprise when I show up for the first day of my new job to find him leading the company’s annual meeting. We lock eyes through the crowd of employees, all the intensity from our hook-up like a live wire between us. And then he embarrasses me on purpose. Dick.

I just need to keep this job and make it big. I won’t let this arrogant hottie get to me or into my panties. But he is so powerful and sexy, that when he gets me in the elevator alone again, I know my plan is flawed.

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#CoverReveal “A Cruel Love” by S.M. Soto

Today we are sharing the cover reveal for A CRUEL LOVE by S.M. Soto. It is an upcoming romantic suspense title that is part of the Cavalieri Della Morte set. A Cruel Love will be releasing on May 9th!


Cavalieri Della Morte | Coming May 9

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Photog: Wander Aguiar

Book Blurb:

As a hitman for hire, Percivale is no stranger to violence.
From the moment he saw Blossom Jaymes through the window of her bakery, he knew he was in too deep. Not only was she as sweet as her perfectly crafted treats, but she was a soft-spoken, golden-haired angel that shone like a bright beacon in his dark world. And Percivale didn’t deal in angels. He dealt in death and crime. The even bigger issue? Percivale’s next hit is on said sweet little baker who doesn’t seem to realize how much danger lurks around her with each passing day.
If he doesn’t get the job done, who will?

When Percivale has to decide what’s more important to him—the life of a woman who may very well be innocent or getting his revenge on the men who murdered his family—the lines become blurred. Morals are twisted and a deathly chase ensues that can only result in one thing—Blossom buried six feet under.
Or can it?
Can Percivale let his lust for revenge go in order to save Blossom from the bounty on her head, or will the power she unknowingly holds over him be what gets her killed?

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#CoverReveal “Before We Fell” by Stacey Lynn

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Before We Fell, an all-new contemporary romance from Stacey Lynn is releasing April 9th.



For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The horror that rocked my small town last winter also brought Noah Wilkes into my life. The first almost broke all of us, but the second changed everything.

He stomped into my classroom all angry scowls and rudeness, the big-shot lawyer who was always too good for this small town. But the moment his smile softened toward his niece, it was me that melted.

The heartbreak that brought him back also brought me closer to him, to the man he hides from the world behind his swagger and aggression. The man I couldn’t help but fall for.

But life has a way of throwing a curveball when you least expect it, and this one could cost me everything–even him.

Turned out, our fates were written in the sky before we ever met—

Before we fell.

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#NewRelease “Fleeting” by Carrie Aarons

Today we are celebrating the release of the newest standalone title by Carrie Aarons. FLEETING just went live, and it is the first book in the Nash Brothers series! Purchase it now or read for FREE as part of Kindle Unlimited, and follow Carrie for exclusive updates about the book.

Book Blurb:

Presley McDaniel lives her life from moment to moment.

Making permanent decisions means obligation, and that would force her to stop being the family disappointment. Waitress, fitness instructor, dog walker … you name the hourly job and she’s probably held the position.

But when her grandmother can no longer run her book shop in Fawn Hill, a town so small it barely has its own zip code, Presley steps up to help.

The move from bustling city to green pastures may be exactly what she needs to sort out her life. But she didn’t ask for that happy ending to include a gorgeous veterinarian with an all-American smile and a penchant for snuggling puppies. The good doctor is reliable, responsible, and just the kind of man Presley has always avoided.

Love and commitment are predictable.

So why, the moment she lays eyes on him, are they all she wants?

Keaton Nash has never questioned his steady path.

His brothers may tease him about settling into his father’s passed-down role of small town veterinarian, but Keaton has never minded his rural roots. And after tragedy struck two years ago, he has a duty as the eldest Nash man to look after his family.

What he doesn’t need is the sexy, flighty stranger who shows up in town and gets his broken heart beating again. Presley McDaniel is a distraction, a red-headed temptation that is the definition of a bad idea.

He’s barely recovered from the love who left him to chase bigger dreams, and this woman is bound to do the same.

Except for the first time ever, he wants to abandon stability.

She makes him want to be reckless.

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#BlogTour “Heart of the Devil” by Meghan March

Heart of the Devil (Forge Trilogy, Book 3)

by Meghan March

Release Date: March 12, 2019

Sarah’s Musings…

GAH! This is why I love Meghan March’s books. Her brilliant mind ties all these seemingly unrelated pieces of the plot together for an epic conclusion, and I’m left reeling as each revelation occurs.

Jericho and Indy continue to be a favorite couple. Jericho is the epitome of a Meghan March hero with his alpha protective ways, but Jericho at the end of this book has me swooning. SWOONING. Indy comes into her own her. With the final book, she takes charge of her life and becomes the heroine we love and come to expect from Meghan. I love that she dusts herself off and comes for her HEA with metaphorical guns blazing .

The story will keep you on the edge of your seat. Being book three in the trilogy, it starts of with high emotion and continues with action packed events. There isn’t one dull moment in the whole thing. I could devour it fast enough.

I LOVED this trilogy. Sexy and suspenseful, The Forge Trilogy is one of Meghan March’s best works. I was consumed by their journey.

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#ExclusiveExcerpt “The Reality of Wright and Wrong” by Leddy Harper

Check out this new excerpt from The Reality of Wright and Wrong by Leddy Harper!

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Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: March 14, 2019

“Save me and have me, fix me and I’m yours.”

What do you do when you catch your fiancé grinding on another woman? Well, if you’re me, you run off with a sexy, ink-covered tattoo artist who goes by the name Wrong.

Then you marry him after a week.

This isn’t a story of love at first sight—love didn’t come into play until after I had ruined it all. It’s the reality of what is right and what is wrong when it comes to soulmates.

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#CoverReveal “A Lesson in Thorns” by Sierra Simone

A Lesson In Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone
Cover Reveal: March 13th ♦ Release Date: March 21st
Cover Designer: Hang Le ♦ Image: Trevillion Images


Once upon a time, six children stumbled upon a wild place hidden deep in the moors, shrouded by secrets and fog. There we played a game among the roses and the thorns that would change us forever, that would follow us the rest of our lives. A game that ended with a hard kiss in the rain and tattered flower petals fluttering from above…

And twelve years later, we’re back.

The heir.
The dreamer.
The priest.
The genius.
The socialite.
The saint.

I’m not going to dream of a forgotten place covered in thorns every night.
I won’t be enchanted by Thornchapel and its glossy, glamorous people. I’m not going to fall in love or have my heart torn in two.

I’m not telling the truth.

Because as this place slowly tightens its coil of secrets and thorns around us, as we uncover the knotted mysteries that grow here, the six of us begin to unravel into filthy, holy pleasure and pain. Fulfilling the promise we once made as children in those whispering ruins, and awakening a fate that will either anoint us or leave us in ashes…

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#NewRelease “Malum” by Amo Jones

Malum Part One (The Elite King’s Club book 4), an all new dark romance by Amo Jones is NOW LIVE!

Sarah’s Musings…


Just like the previous three books in the series, Malum will keep you riveted to its pages, trying to decipher any little clue, any piece of foreshadowing, and lost in the hate and love that is transitory between Nate and Tillie.

You think you know Nate. You don’t. Getting to see behind the playboy we met Bishop and Madison’s story, reveals this jokester playboy is just a mask. We see him struggle in this one with his emotions and with balancing his responsibilities as a king. Amo Jones even brings the softer side of Nate, and all I can say is hold onto your ovaries! You will melt into a pile of goo on the floor. Don’t worry, though, Amo still keeps that hard exterior that we love, the glimpses of the playboy, the moments that make readers all hot and bothered while simultaneously wanting to ring his neck. I simply loved the complexity of his character, and where she leaves him at the end of part 1 makes me a million times more excited for NATE part 2.

Tillie is the perfect counterpart to any king, but is her true match in every way. Although, not from their world, in a sense, she fits in the dynamics of their complex kingdom like she is. She understands the nuisances and knows when to push and when to retreat. She truly is Nate’s queen with her subtle strength, acceptance of his devious ways, and intelligence. She is one of my favorite Amo heroines.

As with any Amo Jones book, there are moments where I wanted to yell at her and even Nate to act or say different things because these characters are often volatile, violent, free spirited with narcotics, alcohol, and sexuality, but Amo Jones keeps her characters consistent and this is the world they live in. They have unlimited power, no real consequences for their behavior, live their lives unchecked, and are in essence young. They aren’t your standard youth in any way, and I loved reading about all the moments of chaos and corruption.

Because there are so many layers and intricacies to her plots, Malum is complex. In order to get it all and not miss many of the hints and important puzzle pieces, readers need to examine every moment, which won’t be hard because once you start this book, you won’t be able to walk away! You’ll demand people read it so you can theorize, dissect every detail, relive that final scene, and lament over the wait! It will be delicious torture, just the way the Kings and Amo Jones like it.

This isn’t your traditional romance. It has its dark moments, its dangerous and impulsive characters, and its sexually free and often amoral scenes, but it is everything we love about Amo Jones and the world of the Elite Kings. This is the world that brought me to the words of Amo Jones. It will forever be a favorite, a must read, and highly recommended series. Her words consume my time and I get lost happily in the corruption and love of the KINGS.

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#NewRelease “Surprise, Baby” by Lex Martin and Leslie McAdam

Title: Surprise, Baby!
Standalone Companion Novel to All About the D
Authors: Lex Martin & Leslie McAdam
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Adult Contemporary
Release Date: March 12, 2019

There’s a fine line between lust and hate.
I don’t care that Drew Merritt spent the last year
transforming himself from grungy slob to sexy playboy. With messy, dirty blond
hair and gorgeous eyes, his looks aren’t the problem.
His mouth is.
And the stupid things that come out of it.
But after an emergency strands us together, and he does his
damnedest to take care of me… 
Let’s just say there’s one thing we don’t clash on.
And it doesn’t involve talking.
I’ve despised Drew since I met him years ago. One weekend
can’t change us that much, can it?
Spoiler alert: It doesn’t.
Except he left me a little keepsake.
And in nine months, I’ll have a surprise for Portland’s most
notorious player.
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#NewRelease “Wrath” by Calire C. Riley

I’ll do whatever it takes to become a member and earn my place in the ranks of only the most Elite. I am Samuel Gunner. I am Wrath



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Sarah’s Musings…

3.5/4 CROWNS – I honestly can’t decide.

Wrath is an intriguing story, and as a part of the series, I would completely give it four stars. It is, however, Sam’s and Patience’s complete story and it left me wanting in places.

Sam is one angry man, which she truly be expected. I got his anger. I understood his behavior, and I enjoyed who he became when he finds his peace within Patience. Patience was a little under developed for me. She serves the purpose of evolving Sam’s character, but beyond that I didn’t know much about her. Their relationship, especially in the bedroom, sizzles, though, and I cared enough about her to be devastated about the events at the end of their story. I was enraged just like Sam.

What really left me feeling unsettled was how this all ends. At the same time, this is part of the series, and each book reveals more secrets and pieces to this intricate puzzle being put together. In the grand scheme of things, the end of Wrath leads into Envy, but I just felt unsatisfied with the end. I didn’t feel like I was left in a good place with Sam and Patience. Neither found peace or happiness, and that makes me sad. However, I do hope that it will come in Envy. That these two stories are so closely entwined that it will come.

I am loving this series. The secrets that are slowly revealed mess with my mind. I want these boys to rise up and take on these corrupt leaders. I want them to come with their women to take them all done. I want answers, and so I will be anxiously awaiting Envy.

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#NewRelease “Space” by Penny Reid


Space, the second book in the all-new Laws of Physics Trilogy from Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!



One week.

Private cabin.

Famous physicist.

Still an unrepentant slacker.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Mona’s meticulously planned allotment of relaxation is thrown into chaos by the unscheduled appearance of her older brother’s band of friends, including the one person she’d hoped to never face again. Abram still makes her feel entirely too much, which is one of the reasons she disappeared after their one week together. But now, trapped on a mountain of snow and things unspoken, Mona will have to find a way to coexist with Abram, chaos and all.

Laws of Physics is the second trilogy in the Hypothesis series; Laws of Physics parts 1 (MOTION) & 2 (SPACE) end with a cliffhanger.

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#CoverReveal “Torrid Throne” by Julie Johnson


AUTHOR: Julie Johnson

SERIES: The Forbidden Royals Trilogy, #2

RELEASE DATE: March 25, 2019

The Princess Diaries meets Game of Thrones in this epic, engrossing royal romance series…” ~ 5 Star Goodreads Review


Two months ago, Emilia Lancaster was a regular girl with a regular life.

Now, through a cruel twist of fate, she finds herself living in a castle with a crown on her head, the sole heir to the Germanian throne.

Between the charity balls, press events, and royal obligations, Emilia’s days are suddenly full of unfamiliar responsibilities. And with a series of new suitors vying for her attention — not to mention Carter Thorne, the one man she can never have, sleeping one suite away — her nights aren’t much simpler to navigate.

One thing is certain: Emilia’s heart is in undeniable danger. But as enemies of the crown circle ever-closer…

Her life may be in jeopardy as well.

TORRID THRONE is a royal romance about an ordinary girl who inherits an extraordinary legacy. Filled with forbidden love, murderous plots, and machiavellian intrigue, it is recommended for mature readers only. It is the second book in the FORBIDDEN ROYALS TRILOGY.




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#SoontoDrop Most Anticipated Reads of the Week

My most anticipated releases of the week are here!  Make sure you check them out, add them to your TBR, and pre-order as soon as possible.  They are must reads!

Check back throughout the week in order to see my reviews and other book news, and make sure you head over to my Facebook page for your chance to win an e-book copy of one of the many new releases being published this week!

Also, don’t forget to comment on any post throughout the week in order to enter to win any ebook from your own TBR ($5.99 Limit).  Each comment is an entry, so make sure to comment multiple times.

Malum: Part 1 (The Elite Kings' Club Book 4) by [Jones, Amo] COMING TUESDAY

Sarah’s Musings…

My mind is f***ing blown. I’m so messed up that I can’t form a thought other than I LOVED!! The kings are back my friends and better than ever! Amo is genuis at twisting my heart and mind in equal measure and delivering heroes that wreck my soul!



“Love is savage, love is blind, love is something they may not find…”
Once upon a time, there was a young girl who lived in a battered trailer, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks.
One day, she fell down The Elite Kings’ rabbit hole. Sucked into a dark vortex of lies, hate, and deceit, and spat out by money, glitz, and power.
There were things this little girl didn’t know, things she was about to find out and secrets that have been kept from her. Those secrets were guarded by the boys that were about to smash her world open and tear it all apart…
He may be a Malum, but she is a Stuprum, born into this world but neglected by the choice of her mother. Her eyes may not glisten with stars, but they roar with fire, and when she finally reaches her peak, it’s that same fire that will burn.
My name is Tillie Stuprum, and my story is not like the rest.
Everything she thought she knew is a fabricated version of the truth. I’m Nate Riverside-Malum, the one your girl whispers about to her friends and whose initials are scratched down your back. Her story is not like the rest of them, because her story is dead.

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#NewReleases for the Week of March 10, 2019

Another awesome reading week is upon us.  The following list indicates the top romance books being released this week. Check out my #soontodrop post to see which books being released this week I am most excited about sharing with you.

Make sure you head over to my Facebook page for your chance to win an e-book copy of one of the many new releases being published this week! Also, don’t forget to comment on any post throughout the week in order to enter to win an ebook from your own TBR ($5.99 Limit). Each comment is an entry, so make sure to comment multiple times.

  • 3/11 – Wrath – Claire Reilly
  • 3/11 – Space – Penny Reid
  • 3/11 – Best Man – Lila Monroe
  • 3/11 – Come Back Home Again – Jessica Prince
  • 3/11 – On the Line – Brittney Sahin
  • 3/12 – Soaring with Fallon – Kristen Proby
  • 3/12 – Wicked Force – Sawyer Bennett
  • 3/12 – Crazy Imperfect – K.L. Grayson
  • 3/12 – Worth Fighting For – Laura Kaye
  • 3/12 – Nothing Without You – Monica Murphy
  • 3/12 – All Stars Fall – Rachel Van Dyken
  • 3/12 – Hold On – Samantha Young
  • 3/12 – Heart of the Devil – Meghan March
  • 3/12 – Malum Part I – Amo Jones
  • 3/12 – Surprise, Baby – Leslie McAdams & Lex Martin

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#NewRelease “Kiss and Break Up” by Ella Fields

You’re not supposed to kiss your best friend.

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Kiss and Break Up, an all-new angst-filled, friends to lovers New Adult romance from Ella Fields, is available now!

Tricia’s Musings…


I can’t imagine anyone else writing teenage angst as well as Ella Fields does and Kiss and Break up is packed full of adolescent confusion, emerging young love and lusty goodness.

Dash is a complicated character, a loveable bad boy with a “couldn’t give a damn, I’m going to do what I want”, attitude. Too honest for his own good sometimes, one minute I wanted to hug him, the next I could’ve shaken him till his teeth rattled for his cocky attitude. Peggy’s naïveté is very sweet and I found her hugely endearing. I could totally empathise with her apprehension in certain situations and I loved the way she sought the advice from her girlfriends. There’s actually a great group of supporting characters, including Peggy’s mom, who I now want as my best friend.

It’s been a long time since I was in high school and, whilst I appreciate the fact that these kids are teenagers acting like teenagers and not 40 year olds, my attraction to Dash did make me feel slightly guilty. However, he could, without a doubt, give some older men a run for their money and so I decided to channel my inner youth and accept he would be my guilty pleasure.

Although I wouldn’t go back to school for love nor money, this story brought back all the warm feelings and memories of the fun times I had from those teenage years. Times when you felt quite giddy when a boy you liked paid you some attention, when music and hanging out with your friends was life, and when, although you were still discovering who you were, nevertheless you felt invincible.

Kiss and Break up is a well written, very enjoyable read and for lovers of NA with, in my opinion, a slightly YA feel, this is definitely one to check out.

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Sarah’s Musings…
3.5 Freckled CROWNS
Ella Fields is hands down one of my favorite writers. She creates books with so much angst and heart that I die and swoon and fangirl over her words. For some reason, though, this one didn’t resonate with me in the same way. There are parts I love, sections that killed me, and I am in love with the stories she has set up for the rest of the group of friends. Kiss and Break Up just didn’t have the same impact as her other books have had on me.
Dash and Peggy are such unique characters in interests and even dress, and their uniqueness is authentic. I fell in love with Dash’s bad boy antics and even his immature reaction of “pulling her braids” to get her attention. Peggy has her moments. She spirals a bit in this book as she searches for that elusive first love/first boyfriend moment in her final year of high school. What is clear is that these two together are great. I love their natural banter, their ease with one another, and when they touch, it is electric.
The story’s pacing was a bit off for me. This is book one of a standalone series, and so there is quite a bit of world building. It is clear by the end of the book what the basic plots will be for the other two books. We are introduced to a whole cast of characters who I love. I am so excited for more. The level of angst isn’t really high in this one, but it does follow teens and so there is a level of immaturity to their thinking and actions, which ultimately I was fine with because they are teenagers. The resolution to Dash and Peggy’s journey was much too quick for me. Most of the book is them figuring their stuff out and dealing with betrayal and misunderstandings and revelations of their own feelings. I needed more time with Peggy and Dash the couple versus the friends or the friends who are fighting.
While this wasn’t my favorite Ella Fields book, it is still an enjoyable read. The writing is still fantastic. She definitely has a knack of making you live in the moments with the characters. One thing she did do is make me so excited for the rest of the stories.
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