#SoontoDrop Most Anticipated Read 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 the books I am dying to read or the books I am raving about!


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Sarah’s Musings…

I live for all things Penelope Douglas. Her writing is spectacular, and she never falls to push the boundaries. I cannot wait to devour this!

FULL REVIEW TO COME THIS WEEK

Synopsis:

Tiernan de Haas doesn’t care about anything anymore. The only child of a film producer and his starlet wife, she’s grown up with wealth and privilege but not love or guidance. Shipped off to boarding schools from an early age, it was still impossible to escape the loneliness and carve out a life of her own. The shadow of her parents’ fame followed her everywhere.

And when they suddenly pass away, she knows she should be devastated. But has anything really changed? She’s always been alone, hasn’t she?

Jake Van der Berg, her father’s stepbrother and her only living relative, assumes guardianship of Tiernan who is still two months shy of eighteen. Sent to live with him and his two sons, Noah and Kaleb, in the mountains of Colorado, Tiernan soon learns that these men now have a say in what she chooses to care and not care about anymore. As the three of them take her under their wing, teach her to work and survive in the remote woods far away from the rest of the world, she slowly finds her place among them.

And as a part of them.

And she also realizes that lines blur and rules become easy to break when no one else is watching.

One of them has her.

The other one wants her.

But he…

He’s going to keep her.

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#NewReleases for the Week of January 12, 2020

Another week is upon us and that means another list of new releases in romance.  Make sure you also check out my #soontodrop post to see which books being released this week I am most excited about sharing with you.

Don’t forget about the three e-book opportunities that happen every week:

1. Go to my Facebook page for your chance to win an e-book copy of one of the many new releases being published this week!

2. Comment on any post on this website 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 throughout the week.

3. Join my reader group to enter the third and final new release e-book giveaway.


  • 1/12 – Conceal – Ava Harrison – LIVE EARLY
  • 1/13 – Sex and Other Shiny Objects – Lauren Blakely
  • 1/14 – Credence – Penelope Douglas
  • 1/14 – Love Her or Lose Her – Tessa Bailey
  • 1/14 – Baiting Her – Aurora Rose Reynolds
  • 1/14 – The Bishop – Skye Warren
  • 1/14 – Misadventures with a Firefighter – Julie Morgan
  • 1/14 – Spark – Aleatha Romig
  • 1/14 – The Fight for Forever – Meghan March
  • 1/14 – This is Forever – Natasha Madison
  • 1/14 – Echoes Between Us – Katie McGarry
  • 1/14 – Alexei – Brenda Rothert
  • 1/15 – Bossy Brothers: Alonzo – JA Huss
  • 1/16 – Almost Perfect – Claudi Burgoa
  • 1/16 – Stone Hearts – Amber Kelly
  • 1/16 – Protecting What’s Mine – Lucy Score
  • 1/16 – Fighting for Rain – BB Easton
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#Review “Come Back for Me” by Corinne Michaels

From New York Times Bestselling author Corinne Michaels comes a new emotional and riveting standalone love story.


Sarah’s Musings…

4 Second Chance CROWNS

I really enjoyed the beginning for the Corinne Michaels’s new series. Packed full of heart and angst, Come Back for Me is a fantastic tale of second chances.

Connor is the perfection – a man with a heart of hold and a sordid secret. What isn’t there to love about that? More than Connor, though, I actually fell in love with the whole gang of brothers. I did feel that a lot of his characterization not only served to show us him but the backstory of the series, which left a bit more needed for him. There were elements of his character that I felt needed to be a bit more fleshed out as they were brought up but never really for a reason.

Ellie is a very strong character. There may be some that do not like the choices she makes, but Corinne Michaels does a great job showing the motivation behind the choices she makes. There is a big component of her character, though, again, that I felt acted as more of an impetus for these two getting together versus it being an actual plot line. For how big this attribute is in who she becomes and how it affects their lives, I expected this to have a bigger part in the story.

Come Back for Me was a wonderful first book (standalone) in the series. I really enjoyed the premise and the characters. I will be interested to see where she goes with each of the brothers and how she is able to make very different stories out of similar setups.

If you love audiobooks, I would definitely check it out. I love the narrators, their pacing and emotions during the story. It really brought it all to life.

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#Review “Release” by Aly Martinez

“I couldn’t put it down! The incredible premise and the tension will keep you turning the pages until dawn.” -Sarina Bowen, USA Today bestselling author

Release, an all-new powerful and emotional standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez, is available now!


Tricia’s Musings…

4 me and you forever CROWNS

Release is a coming of age, second chance romance with a difference and Ms Martinez has pulled out all the stops when it comes to the emotions.

The story is told by way of chapters from both the present and the past, which works really well, and we get whole scenes from the past and not just flashbacks, which I really enjoyed. As kids, it was Ramsey initiating contact, doing all the chasing, forcing a friendship, all with a big smile on his face. Not an easy task with Thea taking all her suffering and emotional baggage out on him on a daily basis. However, Thea is not the only one in pain, Ramsey too has his own share of heartache, not that you’d know it. He’s mastered the art of masking his hurt and sadness behind that smile and I wanted to give him a big hug. Beautifully written, those chapters from the past were full of love and loss, survival and friendship and were, at times, especially hard to read. Yes it’s angsty but there’s fun and laughter amongst the tears and I loved the pair of them and their teasing and banter, over the years turning from innocent friendship into something more.

Throughout the story, Thea and Ramsey have an enduring relationship, a connection which, even in their young adult years goes beyond mere chemistry. They were each other’s everything and nothing could tear them apart, until one horrific night it does.

The following years are where we see Thea really come into her own and I absolutely loved her. She was wonderful, strong and determined, she never gave up, never stopped living and hoping and planning for a better future. When many would have given in, she remained steadfast. However, this wouldn’t be an Aly Martinez book without a shocking plot twist or two. All I will say is watch out for those skeletons when they start rattling!

Release is a fantastic read and for me a real page turner. The contrast between the past and the present took me on a huge rollercoaster ride of emotions and I couldn’t get enough. A book not only heartbreaking and emotional but also filled with strength and hope.

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Sarah’s Musings…

4 SPARROW CROWNS

Aly Martinez knows how makes this cold hearted blogger feel. The sympathy I felt for these characters, the many instances of injustice and wrong doing broke me a bit, but what I love about these stories, and particularly this story, is the themes that aren’t just applicable to romance but to life.

Ramsey is such an honorable hero, at times to the point of being stupid and wanting to shake him, but his choices and the sacrifices he makes serve only to make us love him more and accentuates the injustice of it all.

Thea has her own demons to fight, but she is so strong in the face of adversity. What I think I love most about her, though, is that she lives. She doesn’t sit and wait. She lives in a way that honors him and keeps what they had sacred.

The story is great. I love the pacing, the development of the characters and the relationship, and, of course, the many themes that stood out among the romance. For me, though, there seemed to be a bit more of the adolescent relationship than the adult. I needed just as much. I didn’t want less of anything. I wanted more. I loved every part of their youth and seeing them come together, but I wanted to see them struggle as adults, to find their way back. There is an HEA that is perfection. I just wanted more.

Release is a fantastic novel, which shows the struggles of holding onto love when the world is stacked against you and about finding a home in the rubble of life, and I absolutely loved these two.

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#CoverReveal “Then You Happened” by K. Bromberg

“Bromberg is a master at turning up the heat.”

–Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author

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Then You Happened, an all-new standalone contemporary romance about trusting fate and finding yourself again from New York Times bestselling author K. Bromberg, is coming February 3rd!


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Synopsis:

Jack Sutton was the man I didn’t want to need.

His know-it-all attitude. His annoying suggestions. His outlook on life.

He was determined to help me while I had resolved to figure it out on my own.

But he taught me things I’d forgotten.

How to trust. How to believe in myself. Who I was.

The problem?

I went and fell in love with him.

Tatum Knox was the disaster I should have walked away from.

Her ruined reputation. Her failing business. Her chaotic life.

She hated me at first sight and yet intrigued me all at the same time.

I was only supposed to be there six months.

I was supposed to use that time to make amends for things I’d done wrong.

Instead I fell in love with her.

They say it’s better to have loved and lost, then not to have loved at all. Does that hold true when the love is based on a lie to begin with?

(THEN YOU HAPPENED is a STANDALONE enemies to lovers, small town romance. Full-length at one hundred and seven thousand words)

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#CoverReveal “Boss Man Bridegroom” by Meghan Quinn

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Synopsis:

“Will you do me the greatest honor of all time and be my bridegroom?” she asks, hope in her eyes . . . How did I get here? My assistant, bent on one knee, holding my hand, her expectant face waiting for an answer. Just . . . how? How did I go from being insulted by Charlee Cox to hiring her to be my assistant? How is it that she’s chaos in color – making me crazy and my life better at the same time? I never thought I would be staring down at her bright blue eyes begging me to go along with this ridiculous scheme I suggested. Yes, I suggested. Like the idiot I am, I thought hey, why not start an HR nightmare and have my assistant ask me to marry her? Confused? Don’t worry, so am I. But try to follow along, because this is how I became Boss Man Bridegroom.

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#CoverReveal “Hometown Heartless” by Carrie Aarons

HOMETOWN HEARTLESS by Carrie Aarons

Release Date: January 23


Synopsis:

One year ago, the boy next door was captured as a prisoner of war.The boy whose window faces mine.The backyard buddy who bandaged up my skinned knees.The childhood crush that kept me up at night, wondering if he’d ever be my boyfriend.The town hero I wrote endless letters to after he shipped out.The green-eyed charmer who promised me a kiss the day I turned eighteen.And now, he’s home.But he didn’t come back as the boy I once knew.He’s a man now, one with demons I can’t comprehend.The damaged soldier keeps telling me I’m not his anymore.That the war took him, turned him into someone unrecognizable.What he hasn’t considered is that it took me, too.He swears there is nothing left between us, that his heart died overseas. But with each look through our windows, we both know his lies are just that. With each fated meeting, the truth only becomes more evident.Everett Brock occupies the shadows now.And as much as I try to pull him into the light, it seems the switch is permanent.What he doesn’t realize is that I’m willing to follow him into the darkness.

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#Review “Mason” by Michelle Heard

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Series:Trinity Academy #2


Aundi’s Musings…

5 You’re My Heartbeat Stars

This is book 2 in the Trinity series and it picks up right where the cliffhanger left us in book 1. I was so anxious to get to this story because I needed to know what was going to happen. This series flows so nicely and the transitions are seamless, it’s as if it could be one long book instead of separate stories. But I love that Michelle separated them out so that each character got their own moments and allowed us to fall in love with each of them. Michelle did an amazing job of developing each one of the characters into their own persona, and creating these stories that feel real and authentic. 

Sigh. The beauty of a fallen angel… with the soul as dark as night. 

If I thought Falcon was closed off he has nothing on Mason. This man has a huge wall erected around him so that he doesn’t have to feel anymore. But then you find out that he actually feels it all and it just breaks your heart. When he has his moments were he’s lost to his memories you just want to reach into this story and hold him tell him it’s going to be okay. And then watching him come to terms with his past and start truly letting Kingsley in is utterly satisfying. 

He was literally my heartbeat. 

Kingsley is the exact opposite of Mason, she is light where he is dark. She is perpetually happy and see’s joy in all things. But at the same time she doesn’t let Mason’s surliness get in her way. She tries really hard not to let him affect her and the banter between them is tense and delicious. I loved watching the progression of their relationship. She helped Mason more than she even realized she was doing, and it makes your heart so happy to see him start to piece himself back together. 

I’ve never felt greed before today, not until I realized I don’t want to share her smiles with anyone. I don’t want to share her. 

This series just continues to get better as it goes on. Each of these characters is unlike the rest and weaves together a magical story that you won’t want to end. Mason and Kingsley are completely perfect opposites that are exact what the other needed. Mason is so beautifully broken your heart will ache for him, and Kingsley’s infectious laugh and personality will show you why he fell so hard and fast. And again Michelle has decided to leave a Cliffhanger that will make your jaw drop.

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#NewRelease “Come Back for Me” by Corinne Michaels

Come Back for Me, an all-new emotional and riveting standalone from New York Times Bestselling Author, Corinne Michaels, is live!


Synopsis:

One night, eight years ago, she gave me peace.
No names.
No promises.
Just two broken people, desperate to quiet their pain and grief.
In the morning, she was gone and had taken my solace with her. I left for the military that day, vowing never to return to Pennsylvania.
When my father dies, I’m forced to go home to bury him. At least I’ll finally be rid of his farm, which is grown over and tangled with memories I’ve fought to forget.
And that’s when I find her. She’s even more beautiful than I remember and has the most adorable kid I’ve ever seen.
Years have passed, but my feelings are the same, and this time I refuse to let her go. They say you can’t bury the past, and they’re right. Because when long-ago secrets are exposed, rocking us both to the core, I have no choice but to watch her walk away again . . .

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#CoverReveal “The Rain Trilogy” by B.B. Easton

The world was supposed to end on April 23, but Rainbow Williams’s world ended days before that.

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The Rain Trilogy, an all-new moving and emotional series from BB Easton, continues on January 16th, and we have the gorgeous covers!


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Synopsis:

The mass hysteria caused by the impending apocalypse claimed everything she’d ever loved. Her family. Her city. Her will to live.

Until she met him.

Wes Parker didn’t have anything left for the apocalypse to take…he’d already lost it all by the time he was nine-years-old. His family. His home. His hope of ever being loved.

Until he met her.

Brought together by fate and bound by a love that would last lifetimes, Rain and Wes were prepared to die together on April 23.

They were not prepared for what would happen on April 24

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#NewRelease “Between Now and Always” by Dylan Allen

“The conclusion in the Forever Trilogy did not disappoint! Allen delivers the third book in this heart-stopping series with talent and poetry-esq writing. Five stars!”–Jenika Snow, USA Today bestselling author

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Between Now and Always, the highly anticipated conclusion to the powerful and epic Forever Trilogy from Dylan Allen, is available now!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Forever Crowns

This is the final book in the Forever Trilogy by Dylan Allen and I have to say that this is an excellent culmination to Beth and Carter’s story. Dylan’s words take a piece of your heart you won’t ever get it back. This story was empowering and uplifting as well as suspenseful while wrapped in the beautiful love that is this couple. Dylan slayed this trilogy, pulling no punches and leaving it all out there, and I loved every single second of their heartbreaking journey and I am devastated to see this come to an end.

“The devil has made hell feel like home. But, it’s not. This is not home. Not for either of us.”

I absolutely loved watching as Beth came into her own. She took her life in her hands and spread her wings to become this awe inspiring woman. I don’t want to say too much as this is a trilogy and needs to be read in order. But what she has had to endure through this journey was so heartbreaking. This beautiful woman went through things that would break anyone else. What she experienced will make you so angry and frustrated that you will want to throw your Kindle across the room. But, as the story progresses and you feel and see her strength shine through you admire her even more. She is strength personified and she never loses who she is on the inside. Beth is one of my all-time favorite heroines.

Our tongues are beasts that have been prowling, stalking, in impatient silence, that have finally captured their prey.

I love Carter, he will always hold a special place in my heart. This man is swoony deliciousness that you just can’t get enough of. He wears his heart on his sleeve and doesn’t care who knows or sees it. His journey was not an easy one either but for completely different reasons. I loved watching him grow and become who he always had the capability to be, he just needed someone to show him. He matures so much as this trilogy went on and I loved his growth and where he ended up as a character. This man owns me heart and soul.

“It was like seeing the sun rise for the first time, Beth. And I knew I wanted those eyes to be my view forever.”

This story and these characters will live with you long after you’re done! Dylan has woven a beautifully written tale of the ultimate power of love and what it can do. She has the ability to pull you in from the first page and leave you completely entranced until the final word. I couldn’t imagine this journey any other way and I am so glad to have gone on it with these characters. Dylan brazenly takes you on a roller coaster of emotions throughout leaving you completely spent but oh so happy with the conclusion!!!

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#NewRelease “Release” by Aly Martinez

“I couldn’t put it down! The incredible premise and the tension will keep you turning the pages until dawn.” -Sarina Bowen, USA Today bestselling author

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Release, an all-new powerful and emotional standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez, is available now!


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Synopsis:

Growing up, Ramsey Stewart branded my soul in ways time could never heal.

At twelve, he asked me to be his girlfriend.

At thirteen, he gave me my first kiss.

By sixteen, we’d fallen in love, planned a future together, and had our eyes set on the horizon.

Love never fails, right?

But for Ramsey, it did.

Love failed him.

I failed him.

The entire world failed him.

At seventeen, Ramsey was convicted of killing the boy who assaulted me.

Move on,he wrote in his first and only letter from prison.

Start a new life, he urged.

I don’t love you anymore, he lied.

There was no such thing as giving up on Ramsey. Love may have been our curse, but he was mine—then, now, and forever.

So here I am, twelve long years later, waiting for a man I don’t even know to emerge from between the chain link gates.

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#CoverReveal “Descent” by Natasha Knight

Release Date: January 20thPhotographer: Wander AguiarCover model: Zack SalaunCover Designer: CT Cover Creations


Synopsis:

Persephone Abbot is in my debt. Exactly the way I want it. The sins of the father should not be inherited by the daughter. It’s unfair, I know, but since when has life been fair? The events that brought us here began on Halloween night more than five years ago in that chapel ruin. I saved her that night. Carried her home through the storm that was the omen warning of what would come.I didn’t know it then, but I do now. Her father destroyed something precious. Someone innocent. I don’t believe in an eye for an eye. I won’t just balance the scales of justice, I’ll tip them so far in my favor his legacy will topple. I’ll take that which is most precious. His daughter. I’ll own her. Make her mine.But I’m not the only monster lurking in the dark corners of her world. She’ll sleep in the bed of the beast but I’ll keep her safe. Protect her fiercely. And maybe I’ll keep her.

Set in the Benedetti Mafia World, Descent is a brand new Standalone Enemies-to-Lovers Romance.

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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 the books I am dying to read or the books I am raving about!


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Sarah’s Musings…

I live for Aly Martinez’s words. The emotion that bleeds through her words never fails to capture my attention. I feel every single moment of her books.

Full review to come this week .

Synopsis:

Growing up, Ramsey Stewart branded my soul in ways time could never heal.

At twelve, he asked me to be his girlfriend.

At thirteen, he gave me my first kiss.

By sixteen, we’d fallen in love, planned a future together, and had our eyes set on the horizon.

Love never fails, right?

But for Ramsey, it did.

Love failed him.

I failed him.

The entire world failed him.

At seventeen, Ramsey was convicted of killing the boy who assaulted me.

Move on,he wrote in his first and only letter from prison.

Start a new life, he urged.

I don’t love you anymore, he lied.

There was no such thing as giving up on Ramsey. Love may have been our curse, but he was mine—then, now, and forever.

So here I am, twelve long years later, waiting for a man I don’t even know to emerge from between the chain link gates.

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#NewReleases for the Week of January 5, 2020

Another week is upon us and that means another list of new releases in romance.  Make sure you also check out my #soontodrop post to see which books being released this week I am most excited about sharing with you.

Don’t forget about the three e-book opportunities that happen every week:

1. Go to my Facebook page for your chance to win an e-book copy of one of the many new releases being published this week!

2. Comment on any post on this website 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 throughout the week.

3. Join my reader group to enter the third and final new release e-book giveaway.


  • 1/6 – Release – Aly Martinez
  • 1/6 – Between Now and Always – Dylan Allen
  • 1/6 – Charmed Souls – Abbi Gline
  • 1/6 – One Blissful Night – A.M. Hargrove
  • 1/7 – Royal Playboy – Nana Malone
  • 1/7 – Code Name: Heist – Sawyer Bennett
  • 1/7 – Gabriel’s Promise – Sylvain Reynard
  • 1/7 – Confessions of a Naughty Nanny – Piper Rayne
  • 1/7 – Twice as Sexy – Carly Phillips
  • 1/7 – Come Back for Me – Corinne Michaels
  • 1/7 – Tempted To Kiss – Willow Winters
  • 1/7 – Just Kidding – Lani Lynn Vale
  • 1/7 – The Queen of Nothing – Holly Black
  • 1/9 – Crush – Mae Wood
  • 1/9 – Exposed – Willow Aster
  • 1/9 – Liar – Fiona Cole
  • 1/10 – Mantrum – Jacob Chance
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#Review “Random Acts of New Year” by Julia Kent


RANDOM ACTS OF NEW YEAR, Book 10 in Julia Kent’s bestselling romantic comedy series, Random Acts


Tricia’s Musings…

5 Don’t count your chickens before they’ve hatched CROWNS

Oh how I’ve missed this group of guys and their girls. Random Acts of Crazy are growing up, but ultimately are still living up to their name with their own brand of outrageous behaviour and risky shenanigans. Your secrets are most definitely not safe with this gang, and they seem to live by the adage that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Bearing that in mind, I was interested to see just how Liam would pull off his surprise proposal without some major catastrophe occurring, someone literally putting their foot in it, or at least having to make a trip to the hospital before he got the chance to pop the question. Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be a Random story without a few curve balls and crazy obstacles in the way of true love.

Funny, sexy and often irreverent, with a few poignant moments too, this book had me both laughing out loud and rolling my eyes. I loved Liam and Charlotte together. Although their journey has been a bumpy one, nevertheless they are made for each other. I would say out of all the couples in this series, they have  had the most serious issues to deal with and have given us the most sobering moments in amongst all the laughs.

Of course Darla almost steals the show as usual and the problems she’s having with her men could really only happen to her. Outspoken, crude and straight to the point, there’s definitely never a dull moment where she’s concerned.

I’ve really enjoyed this whole series of books. They’re definitely one of a kind; hilarious and silly and erotic, and not for the easily offended! Whilst you don’t need to start from the very beginning to enjoy this book, if you’re new to the series, I would recommend that you do read Liam and Charlotte’s story in Random Acts of Hope in order to fully engage (no pun intended!) with this one. Oh, and *spoiler* although it was touch and go at one point, I’m pleased to report that Mavis survived to live another day!

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#CoverReveal “Code of Silence” by Shantel Tessier

CODE OF SILENCE by Shantel Tessier Release Date: January 13th

Genre: Mafia/Arranged Marriage Romance

Cover Designer: Angelica Maria Quintero


Blurb:

Dangerous and feared.

Those words describe my future husband. Who just so happens to also be my ex-boyfriend.

It’s complicated. Two years ago, he broke my heart when he left me to do his father’s bidding. After months of crying, I finally accepted he was gone and wasn’t going to look back. That maybe he’d never loved me at all. I never wanted to see Luca again.

Now a cruel twist of fate has signed me over to him in a heartless deal. I’m his. He thinks he did me a favor, but I feel like I’ve been given a death sentence. He doesn’t want to get married because he still loves me. No, he did it for money. More power.

I’m going to be a mafia wife. And there’s only one way out of it. Death.

But as it turns out, someone else doesn’t want me to marry the ruthless Luca Bianchi. And if he has his way, I’ll see that early grave.

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#Review “Devious Lies” by Parker S. Huntington

“Crackaliciously addictive. One of my favorite books of the year.”

—L.J. Shen, USA Today bestselling author

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Devious Lies, an all-new sizzling hot enemies-to-lovers stand-alone romance from USA Today bestselling author Parker S. Huntington, is available now!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 Devious Crowns

Parker has created a thoroughly addicting Enemies to Lovers romance that will stay with you long after you’ve finished. This story was completely Unputdownable, I was enraptured from the prologue until the very last word. I seriously got nothing accomplished while reading this, I Could. Not. Put. It. Down!!! These characters, this story, will consume you until you have finished and leave an indelible mark on your heart. 

It takes strength to want something and deny yourself the craving. And Emery Winthrop possessed a strength so great it broke her and pieced her together.

 I read the Spring Fling Anthology so I had some vague idea of where this was going. I knew the characters and the gist of the backstory. But I was not prepared for where Parker took these two characters, which I had already fallen in love with. 

Fate whispers to the warrior, “You cannot withstand the storm,” and the warrior whispers back, “I am the storm.” –Unknown

Emery is freaking amazing, the strength of heart and character that she possesses is unlike anything I’ve seen. She is completely selfless to the point of detriment to her. But you understand why she does it. Parker has created her in such a way that you want to stand beside her, hurt when she hurts and help where you can. She is so completely quirky and stubborn you cannot help but fall in love with her. And the banter between her and Nash was pure freaking fire, you could feel the tension between them burn from the pages. Every time they are in a room together you could feel it as if it’s this tangible energy that can’t be denied. 

I wanted to inhale his smoke, coat my tongue with his ashes, and bury myself in his lies.

 Nash is EVERYTHING. This man and his Alpha dominance is enough to make a nun blush. He acts like the villain with his words but proves otherwise with his actions. He is a complete contradiction, one that you want so badly to figure out. And let me tell you the things that come out of this man’s mouth will get you wound up… I could not get enough of him. I thought I loved him in Spring Fling but I was so very wrong, because I am obsessed with him after having read this. 

No matter how many times I kiss her, claim her, mark her as mine, it will never be enough. The way I crave her is insatiable. It’s proof of immortality.

Enemies to Lovers is one of my all-time favorite tropes, I love the feelings it conjures and the progression the characters take to whatever their end is. And Parker has shown me once again why this is my favorite. I cannot stress how much I loved this story and these characters. Parker has created a world that I want so badly to live in. This book will take a piece of you with it when you’re done and you won’t want it back.

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#Review “Kill Switch” by Penelope Douglas

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Kill Switch, an all-new standalone dark romantic suspense by Penelope Douglas is live!


Aundi’s Musings…

5 CROWNS

This is the story that you’ve been waiting for. Damon and Winter will leave you gasping and wanting for more! Their story is full of all the twist and turns that we’ve come to love and expect from Penelope delivered in a tension filled package of pure angst. This is one story that you cannot prepare for, so just sit back and enjoy the ride!

“Now…” my sister’s new husband whispered in my ear. “Now, you belong to me.”

I should never have doubted that Penelope would get me to love a character, because here I am, after Kill Switch, in love with Damon! Whom by the way I completely despised throughout the other stories. You get to really see him for the first time, and learn everything that he has had to endure throughout his life. It makes who is more understandable. It definitely does not negate what he’s done but it casts it in a whole new light.

This man has been through something that many will never have to. And he’s figured out a way to compartmentalize that, is it the healthiest of ways absolutely not. But if you’ve never been in the same situation who are you to judge how someone handles their triggers. He endured years of abuse that has cause him some serious PTSD. And unbeknownst to Winter she’s the one that gave him his outlet to come back down from the brink. This bonds them down to his marrow. She’s helped him whether she knows it or not, she saved a piece of his soul that day.

I love Winters character she is strong, stronger than what other’s give her credit for. And I absolutely adore that Damon fosters this strength. He never makes her feel like she can’t do something. Because to him she is capable of all things. This just melted my heart more for him. He builds her up but at the same time protects her against all else.

You won’t make me dirty. There is no you. There is no me. This is us. Us.

Winter and Damon’s relationship is a series of miscommunication’s and accident’s that were taken out of context. When Damon loves he loves hard and he fell in love with Winter. But because of the circumstances regarding how she ended up blind he could not reveal himself to her. Which in turn caused so many more issues. At first I was so mad at Winter for what she did, but as the story progressed I understood it to an extent. She felt betrayed and lied to and so I get it. But she broke one of the remaining good pieces in him. Their love story was truly a hard fought love. They had to overcome so many obstacles to be together and to ultimately forgive each other for prior transgressions and just be together. I think this is why they are one of my favorites. They had to fight and claw their way to each other. And Damon never gave up!

“Having Damon around was the only time I ever felt solid in my life,” he told me. “He’s powerful. But painful.”

I love everything about this story. Each one gets better and better. This world that Penelope has created is all consuming and completely addictive. These characters and this story line are LIFE! Penelope’s words seep into your blood and become part of your marrow, you slowly become the story. You are feeling what they are feeling, every emotion, every tension, every sense of danger rips through you as if your there. You Need. This. In. Your. Life!!!!

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#Review “Hideaway” by Penelope Douglas

Title: Hideaway

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Author: Penelope Douglas

Release Date: October 2nd, 2017


Aundi’s musings…

5 CROWNS

Penelope has created an intensely dark and delicious world that will enrapture you from the first page until the very last moment. This series is a delightful blend of scary, twisted and decadent to the angstiest degree. This is book 2 in the series and should be read in order. It’s not completely necessary as they are written as standalones but they definitely have interconnecting story-lines. This story follows Kai and Banks. 

A man cannot destroy the savage in him by denying its impulses. The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. –Robert Louis Stevenson

I loved Banks, her character is so multi-layered and fascinating. How this girl had to grow up and still be who she is just floors me. She is strength personified and does everything she can to just be seen by her father. She spent her whole life living under the radar and not being noticed in her house because she is female. And according to her father females are essentially worthless other than bearing sons. She has struggled and clawed her way to being more than what he has deemed her as, and it’s empowering to see. 

“You are one of my secrets,” she shot back. “I’m trying to steal you, but I wish I didn’t want to.”

The relationship that she builds with Kai made perfect sense. There was so much push and pull between them for obvious reasons. And she was very much Hot and Cold through most of the book. Which again makes sense as to how she grew up and what her ultimate goal was. But the slow burn intensity between them was sizzling. Kai was drawn to her from the moment he met her. And you can feel that attraction jump off the pages. Every time they are in a room together it’s like you can feel the heat pouring from the pages. (The closet scene enough said). 

I love Kai’s character he’s actually a really good guy with a slightly skewed moral compass. He was raised to never disappoint and to do the right thing. And since his arrest has felt that his parents are perpetually disappointed in him. I love the glimpses into his culture and you can really see that he never wanted to bring shame on his family but knows that he has and is fighting with that. He’s Alpha protective and has a seductively dirty mouth, he is; All. The. Things! 

Around you, I get hungry. Like I’m starving.

What I loved most about this story was the intensity throughout and the perpetual state of unease due to not knowing where Damon was. It set the book on a whole new level of angst. Will he or won’t he type of thing? And you can feel that from everyone in the story. You could tell that each character was tense and it showed. This series is completely addicting, what Penelope has created will take you on an intense journey that you won’t want to leave. She has roller coaster level twists and turns that leave you gasping for breath but screaming for more. Trust me you want to read this series, you will not be disappointed. 

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