#Review “Sinner Unleashed” by J.L. Leslie

The Sinner Unleashed (L.A. Sinners MC Series: Book Two) is NOW LIVE

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Tricia’s Musings…

5 raw and gritty CROWNS

The Sinners MC are back with a vengeance in the second book in this series, The Sinner Unleashed. It’s dark, it’s raw and gritty, jam packed with death and destruction, and I loved it. Although this focuses on a different couple, and whilst not strictly necessary, as it’s part of an interconnected series I believe you’ll be better invested in the story if you read book one, The Sinner Within, beforehand.

There’s a lot of bad blood between The Sinners and all female club Hell’s Fury. What appears to start out as rival clubs hell-bent on exacting revenge on the other, soon turns into a hunt for a killer when members from each club turn up dead, murdered in the foulest way. There’s denials from both sides and a lot of finger pointing when it comes to who they believe is responsible, but the suspenseful plot certainly keeps us on our toes. I changed my mind several times when it came to who I thought was the perpetrator.
Alongside all the madness and mayhem, there’s an undeniable attraction between Warren and Mackenzie, which oh boy is scorching hot. I couldn’t wait to see how that was going to work out, especially as both of them were so loyal and dedicated to their own, rival, clubs. Both are stubborn and determined to get their own way, but need to find a compromise if their relationship is to become anything more than just a release of sexual tension. In this respect, they can’t get enough of each other.
Warren is the the epitome of the big, strong, filthy talking biker who, despite being hugely attracted to Mackenzie is determined not to let her get her own way. There’s passion between them but there’s also some really witty banter and funny comebacks, mainly courtesy of Mackenzie. Her frustration and annoyance with herself over her attraction to Warren genuinely had me laughing out loud.
“Christ almighty, am I a f#@£&ng sex addict now? When did I become dicknotized?”
I enjoyed Warren and Mackenzie’s story enormously but it’s not for the faint of heart. There are possible triggers galore and if you need warnings then this may not be the book for you. If, however, like me you like a trip to the MC dark side when it comes to fiction, then I can highly recommend The Sinner Unleashed.

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#CoverReveal “Landon and Shay” by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Landon & Shay, an all-new emotional and touching duet from Brittainy C. Cherry is coming October 30th, and we have the gorgeous covers!

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Synopsis:

Shay Gable hated my guts, and I hated hers, too.

We went out of our way to avoid one another at all times. When she came my direction, I went the other. When we locked eyes, she’d turn and walk away.

All of that changed the day I was presented with a challenge. It started out as a stupid bet: make Shay fall in love with me before I fell in love with her first.

That was an easy bet for me to win.

I didn’t love, I hardly liked.

Yet slowly the game started to shift. Shay made me crave things I never knew I wanted like love, happiness, and her.

The closer we grew, the more she challenged my darkness, and the parts I kept locked away.

The hurts.

The pains.

The truth.

The game between us became too real, our feelings intermixed, and the risks of hurting one another grew higher.

But you know what they say…

All’s fair in the game of love and war—especially the heartbreaks.

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#NewRelease “A Lie for a Lie” by Helena Hunting

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A Lie for a Lie, an all-new sexy second chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting is available now!


Sarah’s Musings…

4 SWEET CROWNS

How does she do it every single time??? My freaking heart. Rook owns my heart! I laughed. I am so amped up for a new series, a new world, and new hockey players to fall in love with.

Rook! I have loved his character since he was the newest rookie in the beloved Pucked series, so when I found out he was book one in the spin off series, I couldn’t have been more excited. And let me tell you, Rook did not disappoint in any single way. He was charming, romantic, funny. Just perfect. There are minor slip ups for sure, but his heart is always in the right place.

Lainey is very much your typical Helena heroine – a bit quirky and fun. I felt like, although she is the typical Hunting heroine, she still had an authenticity to her. I believed her struggles and understood motivationsbehind things. I really liked her character and intelligence. Let’s just say that I am a sucker for a smart heroine.

The plot overall was great. I loved seeing them meet and fall in love. I felt like the initial fallout was believable, but there wasn’t a substantial conflict later for me. When they came back together, they came back seemlessly, really. Yes, there are tiny bumps, but Rooks determination and their attraction to each other trumped them all. And while this is very real life, I prefer a bit more angst and conflict to my romances.

That being said, Helena did a fantastic job integrating the two worlds. Readers get to see their beloved Pucked heroes and heroines while simultaneously creating a new world for us to love. I am so very excited for it all.

A Lie for a Lie is the exemplifies everything readers love about a Helena Hunting book – charm, romance, and hilarity. I cannot wait to see what more this series has in story for us.

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#NewRelease “Holi Date” by Monica Murphy

“Absolute Christmas magic. If Hallmark doesn’t make this movie I may go on Christmas movie strike!” #1 New York Times bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken

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Holidate, an all-new standalone contemporary holiday romance by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is LIVE!


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Synopsis:

Candice Gaines loves Christmas. Not only does she bask in the twinkling lights, sing Christmas carols and go crazy with the decorations, she’s also in the giving spirit, donating much of her time and wealth to various charities in the local area.

Charlie Sullivan despises Christmas. Though it keeps his family afloat, considering they own Sullivan Family Christmas Tree Farm, the main provider for Christmas trees on the Monterey peninsula. He’d much rather work among the trees versus have to deal with people.

But Charlie’s parents are taking on more philanthropic projects—and as their oldest child, they want him to be their official public representative. He just has to play nice and convince everyone he’s not a total holiday hater.

When Charlie’s mom asks Candice to accompany him to a variety of holiday parties and events, she reluctantly agrees. She thinks Charlie is a big ol’ Grinch, but is determined to change his mindset and help him spread Christmas cheer. Charlie finds Candice too chatty, too sweet, too much. Do people like her really exist?

Why yes, yes they do. The more time they spend together—along with a few kisses under the mistletoe—the more they start to like each other. Hopefully Charlie can convince Candice he doesn’t have a heart that’s two sizes too small before the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

A stand-alone, contemporary romance.

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#Review “Fallen Crest High” by Tijan

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Fallen Crest High by Tijan


Aundi’s Musings…

4 Filled with Drama Stars

I’m going to start this by saying I love Tijan I’ve been reading her for years. This is the first time I’ve started this series not because the storyline didn’t interest me or anything but manly because there’s a lot of books associated with this. This series runs 7 books and then an origin story for Mason. That’s time consuming and if you’re like me you must read a whole series before you can move on, so I had to make sure I had the time to really delve into this. Okay now that’s out of the way the actual review. 

Another of those knots unraveled in my stomach again. Why did it happen with him? And at times when I felt he was being honest.

Sam is dealt a lot of bad cards in this story. I don’t want to say to much because I don’t want to spoil anything but know it’s one thing after another for her. Her character in general is completely closed off. It’s as if she shut down all her feelings regarding everything. It makes her seem cold but at the same time with everything that happens to her I can understand. It’s definitely a defense mechanism so she doesn’t go crazy. Another defense for her is running she uses it to deal with her feelings and shut down her emotions. Not the healthiest way to deal, but she does recognize that in the book. 

What I love about her is that she doesn’t care, which in turn causes those around her not to know how to deal with her. This is actually kind of refreshing, yes, she’s a high school girl so you’d expect more whiny-ness or drama, but you get nothing from her except anger on occasion and irritation. It’s as if all other emotions just don’t exist for her. This is also why she has absolutely no idea how beautiful she is. She doesn’t care enough to know, and it doesn’t matter to her either way. 

She doesn’t want anyone to know that she knows the Kades because they are a big deal and she genuinely wants to just be left alone. Which is different for them, because they are used to people trying to be friends with them or trying to hook up with them. That’s why they end up taking her under their wing and having her back, which she desperately needs. This girl is surrounded by drama not because of anything she’s done, and she doesn’t bring it on herself. It’s just because of who she is and the jealously surrounding those who are supposed to be there for her. 

I hesitated and held my breath. He looked like a statue; a god made of stone with the light’s shadow on him. His eyes were intense as he seemed to stare through me, into me. 

How to describe Mason??? He’s intense, strong and Alpha to the extreme. He’s completely loyal to those that he deems worthy. He’s sexy without even having to try. I could feel the tension every time he and Sam were in the same room, it was stifling and exciting waiting to see what’s going to happen. He’s stunning and every girl wants to be with him, and every guy wants to be him even if they hate him. He and Sam were a slow burning flame, you could feel it every single moment they were together, and it keep you on the edge of your seat waiting for their inevitable combustion. I absolutely loved the way Mason handles Sam and those around her. He is Alpha protective and stakes his claim of her in front of everyone on multiple occasions. I loved it!! 

“Have you been watching?” This is why I’ll never do what you have to do. I have her. I won’t have to dream about her.” 

This is a stellar start to a series, Tijan has this ability to draw you into a story so completely you lose track of where you are. You become lost in the world she’s created, and you don’t even want to come up for air. This story is no different. I can’t even really pinpoint which part keep me so enthralled it’s the whole story. I need to know what happens to these characters and where they are going to go. There’s a lot of loose ends in this that I’m going to assume get tied up as the series continues, so again if you don’t have time to complete this series just know that so you are prepared. So sit back and enjoy the ride.  Continue Reading

#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!

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COMING TUESDAY

Sarah’s Musings…

The minute I read this synopsis, I knew I needed to read this story. I am intrigued by this entire dark fairytale retelling, but Peter Pan is one of my very favorite pieces of classic literature so I am beyond excited to see how Dee Garcia puts a dark twist on it.

FULL REVIEW TO COME SOON

Synopsis:

-Tinks-
From the moment I befriended him, I set a conspiracy in motion.
A revolution.
Kill Peter Pan.
And I was their ultimate weapon.
I was also none the wiser, falling hopelessly and irrevocably in love with him as the years went by.
Just as they hoped I would.
But their plan comes to a screeching halt when Peter vanishes into thin air, something I’ll learn has nothing to do with Rosewood at all.
You see, Peter never truly loved me…because he loved a wench instead.
He lied to me, he used me, he left me, and he broke me.
Forever altering me in ways that incite revenge when Hook sweeps in with revelations and the ultimate truth.
Peter may have turned his back on me, but in the end, he and his precious little Wendy will choke on every last tear I once shed.
And I’ll have Hook to thank for that.

-Hook-
It’s no secret I always despised Peter Pan.
A common threat amongst the factions, I should’ve killed him when I had the chance, long before he sank his claws deep into Tinksley’s heart.
But his death at my hands wasn’t what the plan called for, despite how I felt for her.
I’d always been drawn to the girl, innocently enough at first…until that vile abomination marked her with his stamp, unleashing a sense of propriety I had no rights to.
Didn’t matter—he had her…and I wanted her.
Then like magic, he disappeared.
I thought my time had come, but the road to owning Tinksley’s heart comes with a price.
A price so dark and depraved it strips her of her purity and awakens the beast within.
All because of the truth.
Sometimes, there is honor in revenge, and it will be my utmost pleasure to watch as Peter Pan finally meets his maker.
His maker who will soon be my Queen.

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#NewReleases Week of October 13, 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.


  • 10/13 – Awk-Weird – Avery Flynn
  • 10/15 – A Lie for a Lie – Helena Hunting
  • 10/15 – Venom – Dee Garcia
  • 10/15 – The Wallace Girl – Eliot Scott
  • 10/15 – Reaper – Larissa Ione
  • 10/15 – Fast Lane – Kristen Ashley
  • 10/15 – Falling For My Brother’s Best Friend – Piper Rayne
  • 10/15 – The Rebel Queen – Jeana E. Mann
  • 10/15 – Sexy Dare – Carly Phillips
  • 10/15 – Holi-Date – Monica Murphy
  • 10/15 – Wicked Sinner – Stacey Kennedy
  • 10/15 – Offsides – Eden Butler
  • 10/16 – As Long as You Have Me – Bella Andre
  • 10/17 – Downfall – Willow Aster
  • 10/17 – Picture Perfect Love – Marquita Valentine
  • 10/17 – The Rogue Royal – Karina Halle
  • 10/18 – Delicate Promises – Kelly Elliott
  • 10/18 – Amber Sky – Cassia Leo
  • 10/19 – Demise of a Self-Centered Playboy – Piper Rayne

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#NewRelease “Dreams of 18” by Saffron A. Kent

 

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Dreams of 18 by Saffron A. Kent

TABOO ROMANCE


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Tastes Like Candy CROWNS

Saffron Kent has a way of writing stories that make your thighs clench and your core ache. She absolutely slayed this Taboo older man/younger woman slow burn romance. I was captivated from the start and could not put this book down. Mr. Edwards is everything you want in a sexy brooding beast of an older man. And Violet is the sweet pure girl that’s made of moon and magic, who steals his heart.

“Violet.” The way he says my name for the first time ever—low and rough like a secret—makes me think that he means someone else. Someone pretty and sexy.

I love that Saffron writes imperfect characters, they’re damaged and so beautifully broken. And to me it makes them more realistic and makes me fall in love with them even more. Violet is like that, she’s an introvert and keeps to herself. She hides behind her crutches: which in high school include her hair and her headphones, and when she’s older its huge sunglasses and a baseball hat. Not only that but her family is horrible, and they treat her so poorly she doesn’t have any self-worth. Her backstory broke my heart and all that she goes through put’s a lot of things in perspective. She’s stunning and sweet but doesn’t realize any of this because of how she was treated growing up. She has a little bit more control over her anxiety when she’s in high school. But then things happen, and she gets so much worse, afraid to even leave the house at times. It’s so heartbreaking to read because you can feel her anxiety through the pages, and you know where it comes from and why. You want to help her anyway you can.

Oh, Mr. Edwards. I’m not normal. Typical things like angry beasts don’t scare me. I’m scared of other tiny things like front doors or getting stopped on the street by a stranger.

Mr. Edwards I’m just going to keep calling him that because it’s hot. He has his own tragic story that will break you. He tries so hard to be good and take care of his son and do all the things that he feels society wants. But he never does anything for himself. He doesn’t even know what he wants because he’s never thought of it before. Mr. Edwards is only Surviving not Living until Violet enters his monochromatic world and douses it in color. Everyone always called him The Beast when he was coaching because he was brooding and angry and made the kids cry. But it’s not until Violent when he becomes a beast for another reason. She’s his beast and he’s possessive and passionate, protective to the extreme. He would never let anyone hurt her in anyway. And given the way Violet grew up this is exactly what she needs. She needs someone to put her first, to protect her and love her the way she needs and deserves to be loved.

I don’t understand why I want to consume her. Why I want to ruin and keep her safe all at the same time.

I absolutely loved this romance. I can’t get enough of the worlds that she creates and these beautifully written, broken character’s that will have you falling in love. The realistic way she writes them has you connecting to them on a deeper level. You can feel their pain and heartache as if it’s happening to you. And the slow burn is enough to incinerate your Kindle once they finally get together!!! The build-up is pure freaking fire so hot it could burn down everything around them.
Some people don’t like Age-Gap romances, I for one, thoroughly enjoy them. So, if sexy brooding older men that are overly possessive, dominate, and protective are your thing, than Read. This!! You will not be disappointed.

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#NewRelease “Sweet Retribution” by Siobhan Davis

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Sweet Retribution, the stunning conclusion to the Rydeville High Elite Series from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis, is available now!


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Synopsis:

The good thing about hitting rock bottom is I’ve nothing left to lose, and the only way is up.

He thinks he’s destroyed me. Broken me beyond repair.

But he always underestimates women.

All he’s done is reinforced my resolve. I won’t stop until justice prevails and he gets what’s coming to him.

Kaiden is the only light in the darkness. He gives me the strength to continue fighting for the future we both crave—a world where we are free to love one another and make our own choices.

Until then, the charade must continue.

Game on.

This concludes Abby and Kai’s romance. 106k words, full-length novel. This is a dark romance, and some scenes may be triggering. Only recommended to readers aged eighteen and older.

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#CoverReveal “Broken Record” by KA Linde

BROKEN RECORD

K.A. Linde

Release Date: November 26


Synopsis:

A new angsty second chance stand alone in USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde’s steamy Record series.

Savannah Maxwell’s life is perfect.

She landed her dream job, is moving to D.C. after graduation, and finally has plans to live with her long-term boyfriend, Easton. Everything is exactly how it should be.

Until the boy next door walks back into her life.

Now, Lucas Atwood is offering her everything she’s ever wanted.

The life she only dreamed of.

How can she choose between the easy love that she thinks she deserves and a second chance with the boy who broke her heart? 

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#CoverReveal “In Peace Lies Havoc” by Amo Jones

In Peace Lies Havoc by Amo Jones

Midnight Mayhem, Book One (Standalone Series)

Coming November 5, 2019

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Synopsis:

My name is Dove Hendry.

𝘔𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘒𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘯 𝘈𝘹𝘵𝘰𝘯.

I was captured by darkness.

𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴…

They groomed me for Midnight Mayhem. Like a trained possession, weak against their control.

𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴. 𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘪𝘵 𝘺𝘦𝘵…

But Midnight Mayhem was the stained glass that concealed a very dark culture.

𝘈 𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧.

The Brothers of Kiznitch come in fours, and they’re not happy about me being hustled into their acts.

𝘖𝘳 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘦? 𝘊𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘧𝘶𝘭, 𝘓𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘉𝘪𝘳𝘥. 𝘈 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯…

Mind-tricks.

Stunts.

Deceit.

𝘗𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳.

But there’s something uglier that has been haunting me for years upon years. So ugly that I have never seen it’s face. I never had to. I’d hear his whispers through my internal screams, feel his shadow brush against my nightmares. He was my the monster that tormented me.

𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘺𝘣𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘦𝘥…

When I started Midnight Mayhem, his presence faded.

His whispers were silenced.

His shadow dissolving without a trace.

I wondered why that was.

𝘚𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘰𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨…

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#NewRelease “Pour Judgment” by Heather M. Oregeron

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Title: Pour Judgment
Author: Heather M. Orgeron
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Release Date: October 10, 2019


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Judgmental Crowns 

Heather is one of my favorite authors she has this magical way with words that draw you into her stories from the start, and this book was no different. I’ve been impatiently waiting for this since I read the novella in Spring Fling anthology, and I was not disappointed. Heather absolutely crushed this Fake Fiancé trope. Developing a sweet steamy read that everyone needs partake in. 

I pretend not to notice their arrival. Try not to miss a note when my heart skips a beat. 

Rhett is utterly delicious. I could not get enough of him, his sense of humor and the charm that he oozes all over the place. Seriously, you are not ready this man is throw your panties at him charming!!! I didn’t think anyone would be able to surpass Colton as my all-time favorite hero of Heathers, but Rhett gave him a run for his money. This man was All. The. Things!!!

Rhett and Kories banter back and forth were witty and spectacular absolute perfection! They did not miss a beat when it came to their dialogue and they bounced seamlessly of each other. I loved watching as their relationship progressed as I feverishly blew through the pages of this story that I could not put down. 

“If I didn’t know better,’ she counters, “I’d think you were playing hard to get, Hollywood.” She gave me a nickname. Things are getting serious quick. I muse to myself. “Don’t go falling in love with me now.” 

Korie is wonderful she’s feisty and fun. She’s very much the girl next door riding her skateboard and helping children in need. But she’s also guarding against the Rock and Roll lifestyle due to how she was raised. Because of this it makes it harder for her to believe all the things that Rhett say’s to her. She doesn’t want to be hurt by him, so she hardens her heart towards his advances. But man is he persistent that man could wear down the most disillusioned of us all!! Just throwing out his charm and sexy abs all over the place. 

I’ve never witnessed a lip tease. I have the urge to shove dollars down his pants as a reward for his services.  

Heather has absolutely Slayed this Fake Fiancé trope. She’s infused this heartwarming story with her signature humor. But also, with that angst that she likes to throw into her stories. Guaranteeing your emotions are going to be pulled in all directions. This story hit’s all the marks! I loved everything about this story: the steamy scenes, the humor, the angst that tugs on your heartstrings. I mean what more could you want in a story. Do not hesitate you NEED this in your life. You will thank me! 

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#NewRelease “Baking Me Crazy” by Karla Sorensen

“Friends to lovers at its best– a sweet indulgence I couldn’t put down!” – R.S. Grey, USA Today Bestselling Author

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Baking Me Crazy, the first in the romantic comedy Donner Bakery Series of standalones, from Karla Sorensen is available now!


Tricia’s Musings…

3.5 Sonic CROWNS

Baking Me Crazy is the first stand-alone book in the Smartypants Romance collection and is a sweet, slow burn, best friends to lovers romance.

On the whole, I enjoyed Levi and Joss’s story very much. They’re likeable, characters with endearing personalities and I particularly loved the friendship between them. How Joss experiences life in a wheelchair, the challenges it brings, the changes to her everyday life and adaptations that have to be made, together with the way she is perceived by others is well written. I felt that these moments were communicated in a natural way, sometimes with humor, but always in a way so as to inform, enlighten and perhaps educate rather than to lecture the reader.

Levi is a hugely likeable character and his feelings for Joss leapt from the page. He has been in love with her for many years and thanks to chapters from his point of view, this doesn’t come as a surprise to us. I would, however, have preferred to have felt more of Joss’s developing emotions, especially as she’s had Levi firmly placed in the friend zone with thoughts of romance with him the furthest thing from her mind. Although the change in their relationship status didn’t seem particularly awkward, I would’ve liked to have seen more of an exploration of her feelings and a little more of the romance between them and, just a personal preference, a little more drama.

There’s a lovely cast of supporting characters, especially Levi’s family, who I would love to learn more about.

Overall, this is a light, fun read, a feel good story that’s very low on angst, with a satisfying HEA.

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#Review “Beard with Me” by Penny Reid

“This is Penny Reid at her finest.” — L.B. Dunbar, author

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Beard With Me, an epic and breathtaking story from New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Penny Reid, is available now!


Sarah’s Musings…

5 I’m in my feelings CROWNS

Penny Reid cannot do any wrong in my opinion. Does that mean I five star everything she reads? No. But the integrity with which she writes a book, the authenticity she brings to her characters, will always make me want to read her books. I get it al with them. I get romance, I learn, I see varying opinions on relevant social issues. I get it all, and for that I will always love her words.

Bully and Claire have been my most anticipated book of the series, and while thisnis an origin story, it was perfect. Was it hard, sad at times, yes, but I expected it. Based on what we have read in previous ta stand-alone books, I never eveepcred this to be an easy read. It was so worth it!

This book only made me more excited for their book. I want to see these two get their final HEA. I’m here for it. I’m ready , and I know Penny will not disappoint.

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#CoverReveal “Heartless Hero” by Mary Catherine Gebhard

Heartless Hero by Mary Catherine Gebhard
Release Date: October 24th


Blurb:

“Bully to the highest degree. Heartless Hero is a must read for 2019.” Sarah, Musings of the Modern Belle

There are rules to being Abigail Crowne’s bodyguard, rules to watching the infamous billion-dollar heiress, otherwise known as the Reject Princess.

Never forget your place, always put the Crowne name above all else, and never, ever hurt the Reject.

Especially don’t torment the Reject.

Even if she is a spoiled brat.

So when an opportunity presents itself to punish her, you definitely shouldn’t take it.
Then again, Abigail loves to be tortured, and I’ve waited patiently for revenge.

I’ll keep her safe… with cruel protection.

Love is off limits with Abigail Crowne, but no one said anything about hate.

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#Review “Between Now and Forever” by Dylan Allen

“An electrifying love story filled with heart and heat. Definite five star read!”

— Jenika Snow, USA Today bestselling author

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Between Now and Forever, the first book in the all-new emotional and epic Forever Trilogy from Dylan Allen, is available now and FREE in Kindle Unlimited!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 It’s Only the Beginning Stars

Okay so I’m just going to start this by saying this book wrecked me and I’m sad that the next book doesn’t come out until November. Dylan has created such a heartbreaking story that you can’t help but feel all the emotions that the characters are feeling. From the start you are pulled into the story and you can feel her words wrap around your heart and slowly, as the story progresses, those same words tighten and tighten until it’s hard to breathe. I broke down multiple times during this story, so much so I had to stop and take a minute to collect myself.

“Look at that…. Rainbows.” He smiles and wipes a tear off my cheek. I cry so infrequently that he always says my tears are as rare as rainbows.

My whole heart ached for Elizabeth. Her family and what everyone in that town has done to her is just so hard to read. I just wanted to reach into those pages and comfort her and let her know that she is perfect just the way she is. From the start this girl shows an immense amount of strength, despite what life throws at her she still finds beauty and forgiveness in her heart. I just loved her. There were times during this that I wanted to throw my freaking Kindle across the room because of what people did to her. Especially that douchebag Duke (Pardon my French, but the guy is legit a fucking Dick). I wanted to punch him in his ever-loving face! Elizabeth loses her last tether to happiness in such a way that it breaks her and because of this her father uses it to control her even more and make her feel less than he already did. I seriously do not like her father AT ALL, he too is a douchebag!!! He is someone else I wanted to punch. He is a freaking tyrant and I can’t even begin to articulate how much I don’t like him. But Elizabeth meets Carter and he’s her sunshine when everything else seems grey.

Her eyes hold mine like an azure lasso for a brief, mad moment. I want to tell her how adrift I’ve been.

Carter is lost for his own reasons and is just trying to get his life together when he meet’s Elizabeth. Their connection is immediate and so very strong. It’s like they find something in each other that they didn’t even know they were missing. He’s sweet and broody and covers up his emotions by being a flirt and not delving too far into serious territory. But he’s also struggling so much and looking for something, I’m not even sure he knows what he’s looking for. These two are so beautifully broken.

It’s death by a thousand heartbreaks and there’s not a single part of me that’s not bleeding.

I’m pretty sure Dylan tried to rip my heart out, and honestly mission accomplished. This story tore me to shreds, I physically hurt for these characters. My heart and my mind were a complete wreck while reading this. The world that Dylan created was so beautiful but at the same time so tragic it hurts! I can’t wait to see what happens as the rest of the story plays out. Because even though you know some things, the journey is what you’re ultimately waiting for. And I can tell this journey is going to tear my heart to shreds and then slowly piece it back together.

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#Excerpt “The Fued Series” by Ginger Scott

 

Check out this excerpt from The Feud Series by Eliot Scott! Don’t forget to add it to your TBR! PLUS, you can pre-order The Wallace Girl on Nook and iBooks NOW for #99cents!

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The Feud Series: The Wallace Girl & The Sinclair Heir
A steamy adult romance saga By Eliot Scott
(Eliot Scott is the writing duo of bestselling authors Anne MacFarlane-Eliot and Ginger Scott)

* The Feud Series is an adult/coming-of-age, enemies-to-lovers romance and contains mature themes not suitable for readers under 18*


Synopsis:

A hate that spans generations.
A brutal fight over who owns the land, who controls the water, and who can destroy the most lives.
A love doomed from its very beginning.

When Alex Sinclair first spots JoJo Wallace on the shores of his favorite lake, he doesn’t know about his family’s sordid past and how it weaves in and out of the Wallace line. He doesn’t know that she’s the girl who will own his heart completely. And he can’t imagine the torture he’ll be forced to put her through and the poison he’ll unleash.

She’s a spitfire soul with wild auburn hair—a girl that will haunt his dreams and rule his future. He’ll do unspeakable things, and the consequences will have the power to end a century-long feud.

To end her.

But JoJo was born just a little different than the other Wallace men and women. She was born to love big and see all that’s good—the good in Alex. And when she comes back to take what’s hers in the wake of Alex’s father’s death, she’s no longer the innocent, naïve girl the Sinclairs
have long underestimated. She’s a fighter.

And she isn’t leaving until she ends it all—for good.

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#NewRelease “Getting Played” by Emma Chase

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Getting Played, a magnificent new romance

by New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase is LIVE!


Sarah’s Musings…

5 SWOONY CROWNS

Emma Chase knows how to deliever light, fun, and completely romantic novels. This audiobook had me in auditory heaven, and my heart pitter-pattered all over Dean’s epic romantic goodness!

Dean was the epitome of my perfect romcom hero – all heart with a bit of devilry in him. He follows the quintessential playboy turned one-woman man with complete charm. I was unable to resist Dean in any of his forms – teacher, mentor, lover, dad. I loved them all. Some heroes just have it, and he did.

Lainey was a fun heroine. I liked that lack of shame tied her sexuality. Her banter with her sisters was hilarious and simultaneously supportive and heartwarming. She is a great mom and supportive of her son. There really wasn’t anything to dislike.

I loved their chemistry. It is one of the reasons I loved the audiobook so much. The dialogue and the banter and the dialogue was amazing. And while the chemistry in the bedroom was just as great, the emotional connection sealed the deal for me.

Does this story shake the romantic world? No. It is fun and pure romance. It is entertaining and endearing and sexy. It was an escape, and I have found that I have grown to love this small community even more with Getting Played. I hope Emma Chase has plans to stay in this world for a long time.

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#NewRelease “Down too Deep” by J. Daniels

DOWN TO DEEP by J. Daniels

Dirty Deeds Book 4

Release Date: October 8


Sarah’s Musings…

4 CUTE CROWNS

DOWN TOO DEEP was so sweet. Nate and Jenna and the kids are the perfect single parent romance.

Nate is a bit lost as a parent, a workaholic and finds himself and becomes a better man at the hands of Jenna. I really enjoyed his evolution. It was a bit refreshing to see the hero become better at the hands of the heroine (and not a jerky hero).

Jenna is sweet. I don’t know that there are many flaws to her persona. She has a bit of a backbone when he messes up, and she makes him prove that he is their for the long haul.

The kids, all three, are straight up adorable. They provide so many cute and funny moments.

The plot overall was enjoyable. I like a little more angst or drama to more stories, and Down Too Deep Does follows the standard plot line. It was very low angst two. The chemistry between Nate and Jenna kept me engaged, and like most J. Daniels books, the physical intimacy was great.

If you love single parent romances, you will absolutely love this book, and for lovers of the series this is an excellent conclusion to a book world fans have come to love

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#NewRelease “The Play” by Elle Kennedy

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Sarah’s Musings…

5 Semi CROWNS

Elle Kennedy never disappoints, and I’m a sucker for her NA romances. What really sold me on The Play, though, was the chemistry that is so palpable between Demi and Hunter.

Hunter was absolutely hilarious. I loved his devotion to his cause, the antics and comedic moments that arose from his restriction. His interactions with Demi were clever and funny as friends and sweet and romantic as a couple. I also loved his interactions with his female roommates as much as I loved seeing all the guys from Briar Hockey team, present and past.

Demi was an enjoyable character. I loved her sense of independence and her understanding and compassion for others. More than anything I loved how smart she was. She was just a fun character and her banter with Hunter is amazing.

I think what I loved about them most, though, is the evolution of their characters. They grew as people, and once they were able to take their own independence futures into their head, they were able to become this solid couple.

Friends to lovers is generally a hard trope for me. The conflict is normally heavily contrived or it is almost nonexistent. And while this conflict is not have nor unexpected, the journey of Hunter and Demi as characters, watching their evolution as people and eventually as a couple was fantastic. Their chemistry, intellectually as well as physically, kept me engaged from the beginning and I found myself laughing and smiling over this feel good romance.

Elle Kennedy can do no wrong one it comes to the Briar U world. It is filled to the brim with lovable characters and romantic storylines. It is just pure entertainment, and The Play exemplifies all of this and more. Definitely a must read.

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