#Review “The Day He Came Back” by Penelope Ward

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THE DAY HE CAME BACK IS LIVE!

A Standalone Contemporary Romance

New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Penelope Ward


Sarah’s Musings…

4 CROWNS

The Day He Came Back is entertaining with mixture of sweet and steamy

I really enjoyed these characters. Gavin has that young rebellious spirit, and Raven has that idealistic outlook on love. Since it is a second chance romance, readers get to see their young love, and Penelope did an amazing job showcasing the innocence and naivety of that love.

As adults, Gavin and Raven were just as wonderful. Level headed and willing to go after what they want. This did however lead to little conflict or angst for a majority of the story, and the plot overall held little to no surprises for me.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. The couple was engaging, their story romantic and steamy, making The Day I Came back a great read.

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#Excerpt “That Forever Girl” by Meghan Quinn

THAT FOREVER GIRL (Getting Lucky #2) by Meghan Quinn
Release Date: August 27th
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Synopsis:THAT FOREVER GIRL

There are two little words every small-town man dreads: She’s back.

Harper Sanders, the girl who was supposed to be my forever, has returned to Port Snow, Maine, for good—and she’s bringing back memories of our shared past.

We once had a bright future together, but when tragedy struck, I threw it all away and pushed her out of my life. People in our small town think I’m cursed, but I know better. I did it all to myself.

And now she’s creating a life of her own in the place where we first fell in love. I can’t fight my feelings for her—or the strong attraction that keeps pulling us together. But after all this time, can she forgive the past and fall in love with me all over again?

Everyone hopes to find that forever girl…I just hope I haven’t lost mine for good.

COMING AUGUST 27TH!!!

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#CoverReveal “Evermore” by B.B. Reid

Grab your dancing shoes and put on your prettiest dress. It’s prom season in Blackwood Keep and forever can’t wait any longer!

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COMING AUG 30TH!
SERIES: When Rivals Play #2.5
GENRE: New Adult


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Synopsis:

Four Archer was the toughest girl around. Just ask anyone. She’s the street racing daredevil who brought the King of Brynwood Academy to his knees. But watching her boyfriend fawn over his childhood playmate–even though it was just an act–would be her toughest challenge yet. When jealousy rears its ugly head, Four questions if she can handle playing the sideline.

Ever McNamara has the world at his fingertips, but not even a private jet and a seven-figure trust fund can get him out of this rock and a hard place. When a childhood pact puts their fairytale in peril, Ever must risk it all to keep her.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

 Evermore is a 15K bonus novella that will release in ebook format only.

 It is strongly advised that you read The Peer and the Puppet and The Moth and the Flame before diving in. Content suitable for 18+

 You do not need to read Evermore to continue the series.

 The audio is FREE via the Read Me Romance podcast.

 The ebook will also be FREE via Kindle Unlimited.

 I have not added additional content to the ebook nor do I plan to.

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#Review “I Hate You” by Ilsa Madden Mills

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I Hate You, an all-new enemies to lovers sports romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills, is available now!


Aundi’s Musings…

 5 OMG Crowns

I have been a fan of Ilsa’s since I first read Very Bad Things. I love the depth with which she writes her character’s mixed with undeniable humor. And this story is no different. I loved everything about Blaze and Charisma especially their witty banter that was prevalent throughout. This story hit’s you in the feels and takes you on a swoon inducing ride. If you like enemies to lovers/second chance romance look no further.

Forget facing him. I’d rather touch a hundred wolf spiders on my pillow while having a root canal with no anesthesia than see him with Dani.

I freaking adore Blaze his intensity and humor all come wrapped in a glorious piece of Alpha Male. Ilsa wrote him so completely relatable, his faults will endear you to him, he’s not perfect and doesn’t claim or try to be. Watching him throughout the story try to overcome what he’s been preconditioned to believe will absolutely tug on your heart strings. I fell for him hard and fast, but I have always had a soft spot for damaged hero’s trying to be better.

The artist side of me was always drawn to the colors I saw when he spoke, shades of gold and gray, one side of him sunny and easy, the other part was wrapped in fog and smoke.

Charisma is fantastically funny with all her acronyms for almost everything. She’s a tough character she is hard on the outside, having built up walls so she wouldn’t get hurt. But you know she just needs to let her guard down so that she can fully give herself. She has these rules that she implemented so she wouldn’t get hurt and all it managed to do was to hurt Blaze and their potential. 

He’s everything. He’s everything I never knew I wanted. He’s perfection wrapped in a dark, deep lake, and I ache to swim in those waters, to discover his secrets and let him delve into mine. 

The build up between these two was angsty deliciousness. Watching as they both grow and mature together and then find what they’d always been looking for in each other soothed my needy heart. I could not get enough of these two. Ilsa wrote them so well you feel what they feel. The ache, longing and self-destruction is so real your heart and emotions will be all over the place, wanting to hug them one minute and then shake some sense into them the next. I highly recommend this book, Ilsa is the Queen of College Sports Romance and she most definitely scored with this one!!!

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#Excerpt “Instant Gratification” by Lauren Blakely

INSTANT GRATIFICATION by Lauren Blakely
Release Date: August 29th
Cover Designer: Helen Williams


Blurb:

I need a fake date. She needs my late-night expertise. Now, if we can just keep our hands off each other…

As the premier best-man-for hire in all of Manhattan, I promise discretion, so when I need a plus one for a couple of “I dos,” I turn to my gorgeous, clever, witty best friend’s sister. She’s my good friend, too, and I lust after her completely. I mean, I TRUST her completely.

After all, just look how she’s kept her lips sealed about the hot, multi-O night we spent together. Yes, just look at those sexy lips.

In any case, we only fell off the wagon once, and it was months ago. I’m sure we can make it through these weddings without banging each other in the limo.

Or can we?

INSTANT GRATIFICATION is a sexy, standalone romantic comedy!

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#Excerpt “Crew Princess” by Tijan

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CREW PRINCESS by Tijan

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Being crew is walking between two worlds.
One world is normal: Prom. Parties. College.
Those are the concerns they worry about.

In our world, we deal with other situations.
Cops. Drugs. Brawling.
That’s a typical day for us.

But what if it wasn’t?

What if there came a day when you stopped?
When you considered letting your enemies win?
When you didn’t fight back?
When you chose a different path?

First I lost my family. Then I got the Wolf Crew.
I couldn’t lose them too.

But what happens when Cross, Zellman, and Jordan keep going…
…and I don’t?

Crew Princess is the second book in the Crew Series

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#CoverReveal “Park Avenue Player” by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

Park Avenue Player 

Release date September 23, 2019 

A Standalone Contemporary Romance  

New York Times Bestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

Photographer: Hudson Taylor ♦ Cover designer: Letitia Hasser, RBA designs

BLURB 

It started out like any normal day.

Then the fender bender happened.

The guy I collided with drove an expensive car and was drop-dead gorgeous. Too bad he was also a total jerk. We argued over whose fault it was and any other thing that came out of his condescending mouth.

Eventually, the police came and we went our separate ways. The insurance companies would have to figure things out. I had a job interview to get to anyway—one I was excited about.

Though that excitement changed to disappointment the moment the person interviewing me walked in. The guy from the accident.

Whoops!

Yeah, so I didn’t get the position.

The problem was, I really wanted it. No, I needed it. Anything to get me out of my current career and back into working with kids.

So, even though Hollis LaCroix was as intimidating as he was devastatingly handsome, I went back to see him and begged for a chance.

To my surprise, he gave me a shot taking care of his troubled niece.

At least my attraction to him wouldn’t be able to go anywhere. I wasn’t about to jeopardize my job or the strong bond Hailey and I formed.

But resisting the magnetic pull between us wasn’t that simple. (Then there was our little underwear game—don’t ask.)

We continued to flirt without crossing the line—until it finally happened.

This is the part of the story where we fall in love and live happily ever after, right?

Well, life has a way of throwing some major curveballs.

Ours was one I didn’t see coming. 

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#Review “Damiano De Luca” by Parker S. Huntington

Call it instinct or insanity or probably a little bit of both, but I can already tell that, when he touches me, it’ll be electrifying.


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Mafia CROWNS

Parker has done it again. She has created an utterly unputdownable story filled with passion, angst and love. This story grabs you from the first sentence and keeps you entranced until the very last page. Damiano and Renata are perfection together I could not get enough, I did not want their story to end. 

“She reeked of strength. Wore it like a little black dress, hugging every delicious inch of her skin.”

Renata is a mafia princess that was exiled to Texas as a teenager when she witnessed something she shouldn’t have. She is beautiful and strong but learned early on to make herself look less so as not to be noticed. She dressed down and dyed her hair so that those around her were overlook her. But she is wicked smart and pays attention to everything going on around her. She doesn’t want to be part of the Mafia she wants to carve her own path in life. She was an amazing character I loved the way she stood up to her own father and to Damiano’s she never coward in the presence of these Mafia bosses who were used to woman not standing up to them. Her strength and the way she didn’t rely on her beauty made her one of my favorite heroines. 

“If you remember, the air vent on the wall separating our rooms stood above both our beds. I could hear everything, and you spoke my name like it belonged on your lips.” 

Oh, Damiano what can I say he is Alpha Deliciousness. He notices Renata immediately and knows what she is doing by dressing down and trying to appear unassuming. He gets glimpses of her strength when he witness’s her standing up to his father multiple times. Damiano protects her at school and he can’t help but fall in love with the strength and passion she exudes. The parts where they are reading in the library together will melt your heart into a puddle. Insert all the swooning when he reads to her. When something happens and she leaves he never stops looking for her, he spends years trying to find her. She held a piece of his heart that he wasn’t getting back. 

“I love you. Every good memory I have is with you. Every breath I take is for you. Every dream I have is featuring you. It’s. All. You.”

I simply adore this Mafia world that Parker has created. My obsession started with Asher and hasn’t waned one bit. Parker creates such wonderfully complex character’s that tug at your heartstrings. She brings to life strong women who bring their men to their knees. I highly recommend that everyone read this, you will not be disappointed.  Continue Reading

#NewRelease “Twisted Betrayal” by Siobhan Davis

In the power struggle between two elite groups, one feisty girl will bring them to their knees…

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Twisted Betrayal, the next story in the dark, bully romance Rydeville High Elite Series from USA Today bestselling author Siobhan Davis is available now!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 WTF CROWNS

WOW. Just WOW. This story takes place immediately after the ending of book one. From the first page you are dropped into this Holy Shit that just happened story and it does not stop. You’re thrust into a non-stop ride that will have you literally on the edge of your seat start to finish. 

“Over my dead fucking body,” he growls, moving into my personal space again.” You’re mine,” he snarls. “I own you.”

Oh boy if you thought Kaiden was an over-protective Alphahole in book one just you wait. He is the quintessential bad boy Alpha. I absolutely loved him in this story, everything about him was a total turn on. Watching how much Kaiden has changed on a personal level in this story was amazing to watch. He grows so much from book one and his jerkish ways. 

Kaiden and Abby have this explosive chemistry that burns through the pages. Their banter and anger were vibrant and alive you could feel their emotions. Siobhan created these characters with a realness you can’t duplicate. What Abby endures would literally break any other person, but Siobhan created her with this strength that can not be matched. 

And I’m a goner. His kisses suck me in and claim every part of me. I feel the seductive caress of lips in every molecule of my being. Filling me up. Heating me on contact. Confirming his truth, and making me a liar, but I can’t stop.

This book is freaking intense, I could not put it down, I consumed every word from the moment I opened it. I seriously wanted to throat punch some people in this story on more than one occasion. I wanted to throw my Kindle and must of said “Are you fucking kidding me” under my breath at least a dozen times while reading. I don’t want to give away spoilers so I’m not going to say much. But this book is amazing, you will not be able to put it down. And in true Siobhan fashion she leaves you with an epic cliffhanger, that will have you going SERIOUSLY THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN!!! Loved this story from start to finish, you need to read this yesterday it is that good. October cannot come soon enough. 

“Those boys don’t have an allegiance to my husband. Most of them don’t even know him.” She looks me directly in the eye. “Their loyalty is to you. They did this for you.”

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#NewRelease “Broken Knight” by L.J. Shen

“Everyone needs to read this book. “

– Harloe Rae, USA Today bestselling author.

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Broken Knight, an all new standalone about first loves, betrayal and loss from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen, is available now!


Sarah’s Musings…

5+ RIDE OR DIE CROWNS

My words will not ever live up to the emotional journey that is Broken Knight. I sobbed for a good portion of it, my hands covering my mouth and heart in anguish, and yet, and the end of this story I felt a sense of hope, a sense that life moves on, pieces fall together, and more than anything that life needs to be lived, that forevers aren’t promised, and we must live and grasp every moment we can with the ones we love.

Knight fits his title perfectly. He is broken, shattered beyond repair for most of the story, spiraling into an abyss. He hides behind the perfect facade, punishing himself with his love for Luna. Like his heroine, it is hard to watch the self-destruction, hard to see this compassionate, caring soul crumble under the weight of perceived unrequited love and loss. Because he is hurting, readers will be able to look past all his mistakes and pain he causes because at the end of the day he is a teen dealing with intense emotions, not quite mature enough to deal or even know how to handle them. The one aspect of his life that always grounds him, always brings him back is Luna. She is his ride or die. His forever. The perfect match to his fractured heart.

Luna Rexroth is small and silent, but mighty. She is a force, and as the novel progresses she develops her own power, no longer being the weak one or the one who needs protection, but the one who protects and cares for others. Her development over the course of the novel is phenomenal, one of the best I’ve seen from Shen, because her evolution is about needing to be an equal in a relationship. Luna recognizes that the power dynamic between her and Knight isn’t right, she makes hard and mature decisions for them both which aren’t always received well, but are needed nonetheless. I am so in love with the person Luna becomes, the rock she is for her family, and the love she emanates for all those around her. She fills a vital role that is needed by all in this book.

This is not an easy story. From the opening pages, Shen started slowing slicing my heart until it was tiny slivers on the floor. At one point, I was weeping uncontrollably while reading this book, but it would be a travesty to say that this is all this book is about. It isn’t just sad or angsty. It is a story of hope and healing. It is about broken kids finding their way to each other during the tumultuous teen years when you are just trying to figure out who you are. It is a story that shows us that even in the darkest of moments, there is hope for a better day in the future if you surround yourself with those you love. It is a story that life goes on, even when we don’t want it to, and that we need to make the most of every moment because forever isn’t real. It all ends eventually, and so we must live every moment, every day cherishing those we love

Broken Knight is one of those books that my review will NEVER do it justice. It is one of those books that you just need to hand to someone and say read it now. You won’t regret it. Broken Knight is angst and heartbreak, but there is love and joy, and imploring that we need to have a life well-lived. We need to find our hearts in the body of another, and hold onto them tight, loving all the cracks and flaws just as they will love us back. There are moments of darkness, yes, but those moments of darkness are cast out by the moonlight. And although I cried, I felt at peace by the end of this book. Peace with where these characters are and how they are thriving. I couldn’t have loved these two and the whole Sinners of Saint families more if I tried.

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#NewRelease “I Hate You” by Ilsa Madden-Mills

I want you . . . even when I hate you.

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I Hate You, an all-new enemies to lovers sports romance from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills, is available now!


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Synopsis:

Blaze Townsend: I hate you.

Charisma Rossi: I hate you more.

She’s been expecting this ever since their latest showdown. She had good reason.

Hottest guy she’s ever seen.

Former fling.

Dumped her in front of her friends.

At her own party.

So no, she’s not about to forgive and forget just because he sits next to her in class.

He thinks all he has to do is turn on those baby blues, and she’ll melt right back into his arms. Please.She’d be crazy to let this cocky player affect her again. (Tell that to her body.)

Charisma Rossi.

Nerd girl with a dash of bad.

The one who got under his skin.

The one he cut loose.

Blaze knows she’s the riskiest prospect at Waylon University, but none of the interchangeable girls he hooks up with have ever made him feel the way she did. There’s absolutely no way he can have the girl and the game.

So why can’t he stop trying to win her back?

Can this wide receiver score the girl or will he make the biggest fumble of his life

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#SoontoDrop 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.


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Sarah’s Musings…

Broken Knight is one of those books that my review will NEVER do it justice. It is one of those books that you just need to hand to someone and say read it now. You won’t regret it. Broken Knight is angst and heartbreak, but there is love and joy, and imploring that we need to have a life well-lived. We need to find our hearts in the body of another, and hold onto them tight, loving all the cracks and flaws just as they will love us back.

FULL REVIEW TO COME THIS WEEK!

Synopsis:

Luna Rexroth is everyone’s favorite wallflower.

Sweet.

Caring.

Charitable.

Quiet.

Fake.

See, under the meek, tomboy exterior everyone loves yet pities is a girl who knows exactly what – and who – she wants.

Namely, the boy from the treehouse, who taught her how to curse in sign language.

Who taught her how to laugh.

To live.

To love.

Knight Cole is everyone’s favorite football hero.

Gorgeous.

Athletic.

Jagged.

Popular.

Liar.

See, the daredevil hellraiser could knock you up with his gaze alone, but only has eyes for the girl across the street.

But Luna is not who she used to be. She doesn’t need his protection anymore.

When life throws a curveball at All Saints’ golden boy, he is forced to realize that not all heroes are knights.

Sometimes, the greatest love stories could flourish amidst the worst tragedies.

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#NewReleases for the Week of August 18, 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.


  • 8/17 – The Body Painter – Pepper Winters
  • 8/18 – Broken Knight – L.J. Shen – LIVE EARLY
  • 8/19 – Crew Princess – Tijan
  • 8/19 – The Day He Came Back – Penelope Ward
  • 8/19 – Burn for Me – Lea Coll
  • 8/19 – Later than You Think – K. Michelle
  • 8/19 – Hurt Me – Ker Dukey & K. Webster
  • 8/20 – The Candle Palace – Devney Perry
  • 8/20 – The Last Post – Renee Carlino
  • 8/20 – On the Corner of Love and Hate – Nina Bocci
  • 8/20 – Making a Play – Abbi Glines
  • 8/20 – Sink or Swim – Tessa Bailey
  • 8/20 – The First Girl Child – Amy Harmon
  • 8/20 – Dangerous Desires – J.T. Geissinger
  • 8/20 – Hard to Love – W. Winters
  • 8/20 – Twisted Betrayal – Siobhan Davis
  • 8/20 – Cruel Prince – A. Jade
  • 8/20 – I Hate You – Ilsa Madden-Mills
  • 8/20 – Riding to Sunset – Jaci Burton
  • 8/22 – Tactical Heart – S.K. Rose
  • 8/24 – American Squire – Sierra Simone

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#NewRelease “Dare” by S.L. Scott

We’re a Hurricane in the Making.

DARE – A ROCK STAR HERO by S.L. Scott
Release Date: August 15th


Blurb:

Dare Marquis is a bad boy rock star with a body to match.

Cocky.
Devilish good looks.
A voice that commands attention.

A night with him and no strings attached is just what I need. But he makes it impossible to not want more when he runs his hand through his dark, wild hair and smiles. One he only shares with me.

Weatherly Beck is an angel with a body made for sin.

Whip-smart.
Drop dead gorgeous.
Too good for any guy from the east side.

Her life is planned out, so I don’t have a right to step in and mess up her future. But when I look into her sapphire blue eyes and taste the innocence on her lips, I know we’re meant to be more than a one-night stand.

I want her to take a chance on me, to take a chance on us. She may not be a damsel in distress, but I Dare her to let me be her Hero.

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#Review “Truly Mine” by Kennedy Fox

This is a friends-to-lovers roommate romance filled with drama, suspense, & of course, plenty of angsty slow burn goodness you’ve come to expect in a Kennedy Fox book!


Sarah’s Musings…

4 CROWNS

Slow burn of epic proportions, Kennedy Fox delivers another romance that left me demanding book two immediately. Seriously, I do not want to wait.

Sophie and Mason are characters readers have met in the previous duet (you do not need to read that duet to understand this one). There characters are not wildly different from who we have seen in the previous book, but Kennedy Fox does a wonderful job showing explaining the reasons behind their actions, more specifically highlighting the Sophie’s.

This is a slow burn romance, so I will say that I didn’t always feel the tension and chemistry burning between these two. There are moments, at the beginning for example, where the spark between them comes alive. Additionally there are sensitive issues with the heroine that make the sexual chemistry between the two have to be put on the back burner. I am dying to see the heat turn up between them in book two.

The pacing of the story, particularly the beginning was a bit slow for me. Because of the ending of Hunter and Lennon’s book and the synopsis, I expected it to be a different beginning, but once we got to the present, the book picked up in terms of pacing. I really became engaged with Sophie’s dilemma and the fall out as a result of the choices from both characters. I do wish that I felt more of the story. There were many times that I felt I was being told the story versus living it with the characters and feeling the emotions. As almost all Kennedy Fox books, that ending. LORD, that ending. It has me needing book 2 like right now!

Kennedy Fox has mastered how to keep readers engaged and one-clicking. As a reader, I am always dying for the next book, to see how the HEA is going to be earned. I am certainly here for it!

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#Excerpt “The Day He Came Back” by Penelope Ward

THE DAY HE CAME BACK (A standalone) by Penelope Ward

New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Release date: 8/19/2019 

A Contemporary Romance Novel 


 Synopsis:
It was the summer of my life.
I’d met the guy of my dreams.
Unfortunately, he was the son of my uppity employer—and very much off-limits.
But Gavin was a rebel. He knew his mother would disown him if she found out about us; in his eyes, we just had to be careful.
He never treated me as his mother did—like hired help.
Instead, Gavin put me on a pedestal and loved me harder than I’d ever been loved in my life.
What a summer it was.
Until it all ended—badly.
I was never supposed to see Gavin again.
That didn’t stop me from thinking about him every day for ten years.
I knew little about his life now, just that he was an entrepreneur living an ocean away.
When a twist of fate had me working again in the very place our love affair started a decade earlier, I knew it was only a matter of time before I might see him again.
But I wasn’t prepared.
What if he hated me?
What if he loved someone else now?
I wasn’t prepared for all the unknowns.
And most of all, I wasn’t prepared for today to be the day he came back.

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#Review “Downfall” by Abigail Davies

Title: Down Fall
Series: Fallen Duet #2
Author: Abigail Davies
Genre: Forbidden Romance
Release Date: July 10, 2019


 

Tricia’s Musings…

4 crowns

After the action packed, wild ride that was Free Fall, the somewhat slower start to Down Fall lulled me into a false sense of security. I forgot for a moment who we were dealing with here, what cruel, controlling characters were still lurking in the shadows plotting and planning their own agendas.

I loved Lola, a strong young woman, a real survivor, who had seen more of the seedier side of life that she should have at her age. Still compassionate despite all the hurt in her life, and determined to forge a new, positive and successful life for herself, I really hoped she would find the peace and stability she craved. Her journey was a challenging and difficult one, and when you don’t know what lies ahead, how do you prepare for the trip?

Now Brody I was not so sure of. I did not agree with the choices he made in Free Fall and the way those choices were justified by making a certain party seem volatile and nasty, did not sit well with me. It’s difficult to explain without giving away spoilers, but if I could’ve changed one thing it would’ve been for the situation to have been dealt with in a different way. I think as a reader we were supposed to dislike this person because of their reactions but I actually ended up feeling sorry for them, even if their malice was aimed at the wrong person. I did, however, like Brody as a father and began to warm to him the more time he spent with his son. I really enjoyed the interactions between him and Cade, who was a brilliant character in his own right. I’m really excited that we get his story next.

Action packed and unexpected, Down Fall is a great conclusion to this duet. Whilst there were times when I doubted that this couple would find their HEA, nevertheless I was cheering them on. I loved the shocks and surprises and the edge of the seat moments which made up this rollercoaster ride of a story. This duet may have been the first books I’ve read by this author but they won’t be the last.

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#Review “Rock My World” by Victoria Ashley

Title: Wreck My World
Author: Victoria Ashley
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 25, 2019


Aundi’s Musings…

4 Wrecked CROWNS

This is the first book by this author that I have read, and I was not disappointed. This book is an angsty friends to lover, bother’s best friend, second chance romance all rolled into one. Easton and Kota are everything. I could not get enough of them. Victoria constructed a beautifully layered love story that will give you all the feels. I challenge you to read this and have it not hit literally all your emotions. 

“She’s looking at me as if she wants to rip my beating heart out with her bare hands… as if my very presence both pains and angers her.”

I loved Dakota she was the anti girlie girl. She’s completely badass working in her father’s garage being one of the best mechanics. And she rides a motorcycle to boot. But at the same time, she is utterly gorgeous but doesn’t let it get to her. She doesn’t even realize the effect she has on the male population. She has been in love with Easton since she was a little girl. They were best friends and had a special bond, they understood each other on another level, one that no one could touch. Life unfortunately through a huge wrench in her goal of being with Easton. 

“I’m not leaving until you take all of your hate out on me. Let me feel it. All of it. Every dirty look. Every nasty fucking word. I will have it all before I leave. Stop hiding from me. It. Won’t. Work.” 

Gah Easton is perfection. He is so sweet and caring he’s always trying to do the right thing but sometimes it doesn’t work out how he hoped it would. Easton has this deep level of sexy that you can feel from the moment he enters a room. Kota as much as she tries is still affected by this brooding bad boy with a heart of gold. Easton was also desperately in love with Kota growing up. They circled each other for years being friends but wanting more. Life has a funny way of interfering. When he comes back, it’s as if nothing has changed his feelings for her have not diminished in the slightest and he is determined to get her to see that. 

“You can’t tell me not to kiss you.” I moan against her parted lips. “Not after knowing who has had you. You’re mine, Kota. Always have been.”

This book run’s your emotions through the wringer. All the twist and turns have you on the edge of your seat waiting to see how it will all play out. I truly loved every angsty minute of this story. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to throw my Kindle on multiple occasions. There is only one aspect of the story that I could not get on board with and that’s why this isn’t 5 Stars for me. I won’t go into what it was because I don’t want to spoil it for others. Everything else in regards to this story was perfection and I would highly recommend reading it. 

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#Review “Revenge at Raleigh High” by Callie Hart

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Revenge At Raleigh High by Callie Hart

Raleigh Rebels Series – Book Two


Tricia’s Musings…

5 crowns

Revenge at Raleigh High is the second book in this series and cannot be read as a stand-alone. Following the events of the previous book, I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. Once the dust had settled, I was pleased to see that Alex and Silver, whilst not completely unscathed, were still standing strong together in the aftermath of the school tragedy. In fact, their shared experiences seemed to have cemented their bond even more, if that were possible.

The first part of the book was not at all what I was expecting. It’s so incredibly hot; steamy with a side of kink. I’m not sure of the psychology behind it but maybe it’s because of the trauma of past events, and the fact that they came so close to death, but these two clearly feel the need to explore their sexuality in a rather taboo way and to a far greater degree than I would have predicted. It certainly distracted me from thoughts of revenge for a while.

As the story unfolds, we finally get the full heartbreaking facts of what both Alex, and in particular Silver, have gone through and believe me, it’s a lot. It’s testament to their strength of character that they survived at all. Once again Silver’s father is a great support and I love his interactions and the banter he shares with both of them. He’s a lovely dad, but what was supposed to be a rather serious attempt to bring someone to justice had me chuckling when he started jumping at his own shadow, clearly in over his head. We are also introduced to a rather unfathomable and slightly odd character by the name of Zander. I’m more than a little curious as to what’s going on with him. I’m really hoping his cheery disposition hides something more sinister underneath.

I would describe this story as a slow build up to an explosive conclusion. It played out in a way which I could not possibly have imagined and I loved it. It’s dark and very violent, edge of your seat stuff, and most definitely not for the faint of heart. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

Musings…

5 Vengeful CROWNS

This book starts right where the last one left off. Callie has created such an intriguing story with character’s that you can’t help but love and others you just want to strangle. Alex and Silver’s story is magical they are so beautifully broken together I can stand it. One of the biggest surprises in this was Cameron Sliver’s dad. I absolutely adored him and his relationship with Silver.

“I belong to him now, the same way that he belongs to me. We’re connected, sealed together, so immersed in each other that some days I’m a little intimidated by how in tune we are. Cut one of us and the other bleeds.”

Callie has written a story filled with emotion that brings to light the darker side of bullying. During some of Silver’s flashbacks they were a little hard to read. They tore my heart out and brought me to tears. But they were so necessary for this story. Callie wrote it so beautifully you could feel exactly how Silver felt when she was going through her trauma. The truth in the words she’s written will bring you to your knees. But to watch Silver work through her trauma and find her strength is awe inspiring. 

“All I know is that both my body and my soul are on fire and any moment now I’m going to be lost to the flames. “Let go,” Alex rumbles into my hair. “Stop holding back. Give me everything, Argento. Let me have it.”

The soul searing connection between Alex and Silver is legit fire. Their passion can be felt through the pages and you can truly feel that they love each other. Alex helped Silver work through her trauma and show her that she is still that strong person she was before. His Alpha tendencies and the way he avenges her is so damn sexy and I love that he talks to her in Italian insert all the swoons. These two were perfection from the start and I can’t wait to see what happens next. 

“Silver’s father rolls his eyes, exasperated. “For the love of god, don’t call me Sir, Moretti. That sounds absolutely fucking ridiculous. Just call me Cam, for Christ’ sake.” 

Cam was the best surprise in this book. I loved that we got see more of him and really see what kind of dad he is. He is understandably crushed when he finds out what happened to Silver and the way he wants to take care of the situation was the hottest thing. I may have developed a huge crush on him in this book. As a parent you can relate to his feelings of hopelessness, and anger that brings a whole new layer to this story. He is funny and completely endearing I literally love everything about his character, and I hope he get’s a HEA in the next book. 

“I know you fucking want me, Argento. You’re mine to play with. Mine to tease. Mine to drive crazy with the simplest suggestion of a kiss.”

I loved this story so much. It brought many real-life issues to life that many people just want to sweep under the rug. I love the direction that all the characters took and how far they’ve come from book one. The chemistry between Alex and Silver was absolute fire and her relationship with her dad will tug at your heartstrings. The rate at which Alex matures will make your heart skip a beat. These books need to be read by all, you will not be disappointed.

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#Review “Finding Kyler” by Siobhan Davis

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Finding Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #1)
by Siobhan Davis


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Tantalizing CROWNS

Let me preface this review by stating if you do not like taboo reads then do not read this. For those like me, who have no boundaries, run out and grab this book ASAP you will not be disappointed. Siobhan has created a lusciously sexy slow burn romance that will leave you breathless. Kyler and Sam are utter taboo perfection, they are sexual tension wrapped in angst surrounded by family drama/secrets. This is book 1 in the Kennedy Series, this series will follow all the brother’s in the family. 

“Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny. You shouldn’t want what you can’t have.”

The story starts out in Ireland with Sam, tragically her parents perish in a car accident leaving her alone. Her uncle from the US is contacted to be her guardian and he comes and brings her home to America. Sam is then thrust into a lavish lifestyle she is not used to and 7 deliciously handsome cousin’s that she never knew about. In comes Kyler, he is a fantastically broody Alpha male who exudes confidence and wears is sex appeal like a second skin. Their connection is immediate even though they both try and deny it. Their interactions are pure fire, they have serious melt your Kindle chemistry that they cannot deny or look away from. Every time they have any sort of contact you can feel the heat coming off the pages. 

“His body exudes warmth like a weapon. It crashes into me, almost knocking me off my feet. 

Sam is a spectacular character. She’s gone through so many things in her life, but each event has made her stronger. She is stunning but doesn’t realize the effect she has on those around her. She tries her best to steer clear of Kyler and his whiplash inducing mood swings, but it’s futile, they are meant to be. They help each other heal from the different tragedies that have fallen them. You get to watch as their flame burns brighter and stronger as the story progresses. You see the purity in the love they have for each other. And as situations occur and obstacles are thrown at them you can see the bond between them strengthen. 

“I’m crazy about you, Faye. You consume my every waking thought. My unconscious ones, too. You have stolen a piece of my heart, and I like feeling you there.”

I devoured this book in one sitting, I read all through the night to see how it would end. As it turns out, it ends in the mother of all angsty cliffhangers that left me frantically turning the pages making sure I didn’t miss anything. Just kidding I didn’t read this in paperback form but the speed with which I swiped my Kindle was impressive. Everything about this story spoke to me. I loved all the character’s and the story line had me completely enthralled. This book is filled to the brim with family drama that would put any soap opera to shame. You physically will not be able to put this down until your done. Be prepared for an inferno invoking slow burn romance that will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more.  Continue Reading