A Little Bit Like Love, an all-new sexy STANDALONE MM romance from Brooke Blaine is available NOW!
A Little Bit Like Love by Brooke Blaine
Publication Date: July 27th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance/MM Romance
What if you had everything in the world you wanted…except the man you’d left behind?
Jackson Davenport, the charismatic, strait-laced heir to the Davenport fortune, has a secret. One he’s been hiding since he graduated from South Haven all-boys academy—and that secret’s name is Lucas.
When a work trip takes Jackson back to his old stomping grounds, memories of the year he shared with Lucas come crashing to the surface. With growing pressure from his father to settle down and take over the family business, Jackson knows he’s on borrowed time, and sets out to find the free-spirited daredevil he once knew.
But Lucas isn’t the same man he was eight years ago.
One night. A shattered heart. And an endless parade of nameless faces. Lucas Sullivan is South Haven’s ultimate playboy, a reputation he’s honed since the only boy he ever loved left without a trace. To the world, he’s brash and confident, an in-demand artist who spends his days designing one-of-a-kind pieces and his nights as king of the downtown scene.
Many have tried and failed to get past the barrier he’s carefully constructed, but it’s the shy, studious boy he once coaxed out of his shell who still haunts him.
Maybe it was a mistake. Maybe it was lust. Or maybe…it was a little bit like love.
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I have been in a book funk for a very long time. I kept starting books and stopping them. Nothing grabbed me. When I picked up A Little Bit Like Love. It’s like my (literary) heart screamed, THIS IS IT. THIS BOOK. It reminds me of my love for reading – the writing. My reasons for getting lost between the pages – the characters. I simply could not flip the pages fast enough. It’s been an entire week since I’ve read this book and STILL not over it. It’s the type of book that your heart never forgets.
As teens, Lucas Sullivan and Jackson Davenport held a secret. Once discovered, circumstance ripped them apart. Eight years later, when Jackson shows up back into town on business, he’s not sure what to expect from Lucas. He quickly learns that Lucas is the love ‘em and leave ‘em type. There are no regrets. He is a one-time thing. But Jackson can see the truth. Deep down he sees a broken man because he recognizes himself in him. That no matter what, even after all these years, their shattered hearts had never even begun to heal. Facing the past while living in the present is a battle in itself.
I was absolutely fascinated by Jackson and Lucas’ story. I do not want to go too deep into the plot as I think it’s a book to experience and know as little as possible going. The plot of the story was skillfully executed with a riveting narrative to keep you engaged from the very first page. The pacing never slows. The story is never predictable. You experience every emotion. Heartbreak in knowing the truth of what kept Jackson and Lucas apart. Angst. Because these two passionate lovers leave you breathless. The chemistry between these two burn off the pages. The sexy times are highly intimate and so well written. And lastly, Jackson and Lucas’s love? Profound. You’ve never read about two men in this way before. Brave. Because despite what the world is dictating, their love transcends above all. They challenge everything you ever thought you knew about love.
This author writes with a realism so many fail to come close to. And that is why I feel like this story will resonate with people so much as it brilliantly captures the struggle of life and the obstacles and adversity faced on a daily basis by those who simply want to love and be loved. No matter their situation. Whether you have faced what Jackson and Lucas have faced or not in any sense, this story WILL sit heavy on your heart. Because the author simply places them there.
The characters are beautiful and complex as only Brooke Blaine can write. She has this innate talent in writing characters with so much poise and confidence. The author effortlessly captures a magnetization between Jackson and Lucas. It’s found in her words. The magic of them and how much they moved me as a reader. The words are loud, captivating, and most of all powerful. The development of the characters are brilliant in that they don’t just tell you their story. They SPEAK to you. It’s a testament to the truth in that love IS love. Love doesn’t have a color or face. Love doesn’t choose. Love simply exists. A Little Bit Like Love was EVERYTHING. I cannot fully put into words just how much I enjoyed every minute of living in this world with Jackson and Lucas.
About the Author
You could say Brooke Blaine was a book-a-holic from the time she knew how to read; she used to tell her mother that curling up with one at 4 a.m. before elementary school was her ‘quiet time.’ Not much has changed except for the espresso I.V. pump she now carries around and the size of her onesie pajamas.
She is the author of Flash Point, a romantic suspense standalone, as well as the co-author of the erotic series, A Desperate Man, with Ella Frank. The latter has scarred her conservative southern family for life, bless their hearts. Licked, a romantic comedy, will be released November 11th, 2015 and is the first in the L.A. Liaisons series.
If you’d like to get in touch with her, she’s easy to find - just keep an ear out for the Rick Astley ringtone that’s dominated her cell phone for ten years.
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Today we have the blog tour for The Bars Between Us by A.S. Teague!! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!!
I don’t have a damn thing in common with the beautiful rich girl who walks in to my bar. She’s southern class, fancy cars, and designer shoes.
I’ve got a drunk for a mother, a cheater for a father, and a reputation for trouble I’ve more than earned.
I look the other way, pretending I don’t notice how perfect she is. She wouldn’t give me the time of day anyway. Until she shatters that first impression and shows me she’s so much more––everything I never thought I deserved.
After a lifetime of being a disappointment, I want to prove to her that I’m better than my past.
We have one tragic thing in common, and the thread that binds us together will tear us apart as it unravels.
Are we strong enough to break through the Bars Between Us?
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That prologue. It pulls you in at the very first page. The descriptive writing will have your heart racing. The first chapter will have you invested. I was absolutely blown away.
Bronn Williams knows the minute he sees Grace Monroe she is not the kind of girl to look his way twice. Women like that don’t look at men like him. His past. His reputation. Everything about him is something she is not. He’s guarded but curious. He finds himself thinking about her. Soon enough, being with her allows him to breathe a bit easier. The weight he carries seems a bit lighter. Like fire, she ignites something inside of him. Maybe, just maybe he’s worthy of friendship. Maybe even more.
Their love is the one you don’t see coming, but feel all at once. Slowly, inevitably they fall. Its tumultuous yet fascinating. Alarming yet exhilarating. Bronn is hardened by his past. His circumstances. Yet Grace is able to chip away at his walls, one door at a time. Bronn loves without abandon. His entire soul. And every fear Grace has? Bronn easily chases them away with the ferocity of his love and adoration for her. But the connection? It’s earth shattering. It threatens their foundation in ways you cannot comprehend. The author is skillful as she meticulously untangles the truth. She pushes and challenges the reader to understand how a love like theirs can even survive such tragic happenstance. Your heart is pulled in every direction. You fall and love just as deeply as Bronn and Grace. You don’t read their love or their connection. You feel it. Soul deep and bewitching, their love story is not one to be missed.
Beautifully penned, this story was one that I could not put down. It’s written with such strong emotions that as a reader I found it easy to connect to the characters and their story. The author
effortlessly captures the discord between Bronn and Grace as the truth unravels while still allowing you to bask in their beauty of their relationship. Amongst love and hope and against fear and the unknown, these two face the impossible. Though emotional at times, this story also has its lighter moments. Fantastic dialogue and witty banter, this is easily a favorite read for me this year. The art of well developed characters is not lost with this author. Grace and Bronn are simply astounding. Emotionally complex, devastatingly beautiful, this story is simply unforgettable.
The Bars Between Us was absolutely fantastic. Emotionally charged with its lighter moments, it’s the perfect love story for lovers of romance. It’s a love story about two beautiful souls against unfathomable truths. Resounding and powerful, this story will stay with me for a long time to come. Well done, A.S. Teague! I cannot wait to see what’s next from this author.
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Blog Tour: The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez, Stacy's review and Pre-order for Book 2! @AlyMartinezAuth
Well thanks a lot Aly Martinez!!! I'm dead now. Omg WHAT JUST HAPPENED!?!?!????????? I NEED THE SECOND BOOK ASAP!
Ok. So, after A heartbreaking prologue I had a feeling that this book was going to get to me, plus I've seen a lot of buzz about this series on Facebook and Twitter and Goodreads. I was worried though because books that have a lot of buzz sometimes fall flat and this book definitely did not fall flat! In fact, it’s just the opposite. Full of intrigue, and mysterious characters, and one HUGE plot twist, this book is just what you need, especially if you’re a sucker for cliffhangers, because WATCH OUT.
If I'm honest it took a while for me to get into the first 35% or so of the story. It was just a little slow for me, which is totally understandable considering we needed to get to know the characters and back stories etc... but once all those technicalities got out of the way it was like BAM, you're on a roller coaster ride of this beautifully difficult courtship between two people who are so obviously damaged. But, at the same time they desperately need something to hang on to. Something to take them out of their darkness while at the same time, remaining in the darkness. Their relationship is short and choppy, and some might call it insta-love-ish, but I didn't see it that way at all. I think Aly Martinez did a great job of making their short term relationship seem deeply rooted and they had a very close emotional connection. Both grieving different types of loss, but dealing with insurmountable pain.
Charlotte and Porter have this invisible connection. It's magnetic and sweet and awkward, and it's hard not to fall in love with them out of sheer agony for what they're going through. But neither of them want to force their baggage on each other, so it's interesting to see how they get around that while at the same time trying to slowly integrate their lives.
There's not really much more I can say, because practically everything is a spoiler. All I know is that I need book 2 immediately because Aly Martinez left like the biggest cliffhanger EVER!! In all seriousness, what a great start, this series is going to be super popular!
THE BRIGHTEST SUNSET (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2) Coming July 27th
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”
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About The Author
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.
Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.
She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.
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Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania (population three thousand outside of tourist season).
And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed date, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has rescued: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.
Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works. For a time.
But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. There’s an immediate connection, and it’s more electric than the bond of two people who endured a traumatic event. It’s something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something she is afraid to trust.
Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine...before the spark fades?
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As someone who loves modern day fairy tale retellings, I was absolutely looking forward to reading this one. Tragedy brings Catherine in Brett’s life. She is the woman that saves him from losing his life but she expects nothing in return. Catherine is well known in the town because of her past. She is no stranger to heartache. So when she ends up saving a famous hockey player’s life, she wants that brave act to go unknown. But Brett can’t let it go. He needs to face the woman who saved his life. The woman who dragged him from a burning car. The person he owes his life to. Hesitant, yet understanding, Catherine agrees to meet him. What she doesn’t expect is the intensity between them. The fact that she can’t stop thinking of him. It’s scary yet exhilarating.
Until It Fades was a slow burn romance. Sweet and heartfelt, I found this to be a very light read. I wanted a bit more grit and intensity. I felt that the characters lacked chemistry, but the storyline was solid and so was the writing. I found some parts of the story to be very slow, while other parts it was much easier to fly through the pages. This could just be me. I always want my heart to be pounding when it comes to love stories, and this time around I found the characters to be quite forgettable. Nonetheless, I think if you are into super sweet romance stories, then this is the book for you.
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"I can’t believe the things we do in the night when we feel like there will never be daylight again."
High school sweethearts that never were... Aaric Christos wanted Bryn Kelly from the moment he first saw her, and she denied him regardless of the way she felt about him. But, that was years ago. Bryn is older now and her entrepreneurial mind needs Aaric, and his money. Aaric has plenty of money to throw around, and that's exactly what Bryn is hoping for. He likes to invest in start-ups and all she wants is for him to latch on to her idea so she can do her thing and prove to him and herself that it was all worth it.
“I wanted you before. That doesn’t hold a candle to the way I want you now.”
It's obvious from the very beginning that the sexual tension is through the roof. I mean come on, this guy oozes sex and charm and danger, even his name is sexy! And, I adore Bryn, she's smart and persistent and she has these great endearing quirks about her that add humor and vulnerability to her character. Both of these characters make you fall in love with them effortlessly, and sometimes I really need that! It's refreshing.
"You make me want to protect you and at the same time you make me want to break you."
There is angst! I wasn't really expecting that, but nevertheless, there it was! As this story consumes you with its lovely slow burn, it also keeps you right on that edge because there are some things in the plot that you aren't quite sure about. Things that will make you scratch your head and say hmmnnn, I wonder where this is going? And I LOVE that! Everything about the the slow burn and the angst was sexy too! It was all just very smooth and charismatic, the mood was set and the characters brought all of that together in the most delicious way.
"The way she looks. The way she walks. The way she smiles. The way she talks. The solar-plexus punching, gut-wrenching, bucket-of-water feeling of seeing my future in her eyes."
I really respect the way Katy Evans builds her stories and her characters. She sets the tone like a movie, and I'm over here like, wow the cinematography is great! I could see everything I was reading so perfectly in my head, and a simple walk through New York turned into a beautiful memory and one of my favorite parts of this story, amongst many. There's something to be said for writing that can translate so well into a vivid landscape that only I can see, that we all get to create because of great writing! I'm definitely recommending this one if you want a super sexy, fun summer read!
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I hop off the train and walk several walks to his building.
It’s a brownstone in Park Avenue, one of the most elite of the elite spaces in town.
My lungs feel a little bit overworked from awe as I head up the steps to the double doors, grateful that I came dressed to kill in a little black dress, a jacket, and pumps. Simple, but effective.
See, I may be feeling a little awkward, but at least I don’t look it.
I’m greeted by his maid. She’s dressed in black and white, her hair drawn back in a neat bun, her expression stoic and formal as she leads me down the hall to a gorgeous study.
I catch my breath when I notice all the books and shelves.
It’s like a reader’s paradise in here. There’s a sleek chrome bar, a modern mahogany glass-topped desk, and two huge whiskey-colored leather chairs that almost swallow me up when I’m instructed to wait in one.
I drum my fingers, inhaling the scent of leather and wine, remembering a guy I knew with his mechanic navy-blue uniform, black streaks on his jaw, his big nose always the first thing you’d see, which was a pity because he had beautiful eyes and a really sinful pair of lips.
He’s living in luxury now. Wow. Good for him.
I hear footsteps approaching and the little hair on my arms prick at attention. My head turns as a tall, dark figure steps into the room, and the most intimidating guy I’ve ever seen enters and crosses the room toward the desk. He walks like he’s the shit…his strides proud and composed, elegant and powerful.
Christos, I hear myself breathe in surprise.
He’s so tall now…six three, at least. Dirty-blonde hair, gold-green eyes, chiseled jaw, and a gorgeous profile.
All in black, he looks very much a New Yorker.
He’s wearing a black jacket, black pants, and a black turtleneck beneath the jacket...
I stare at him, my jaw hanging a little bit open. The man is….all man. Testosterone. Muscles. Height. Width. My chest hurts all of a sudden because I realize…
The boy you knew is gone.
I force myself to stand. “Thank you for seeing me.”
He heads to the bar to pour two drinks, then he prowls over, takes the whiskey leather chair across from mine and leans forward, pushing a glass of cognac with one finger across a small table, toward me.
And he waits.
But my stomach dips as if he’d said something ultra-sexy and decadent.
“You might not remember me, I’m sorry to be reaching out like this,” I say, nervous.
“What do you want?”
There’s a pleasant shiver as he speaks. Recognition of his voice, even though it’s far deeper than I remember.
“I was told you sometimes invest in startups.”
“I’d say more than sometimes.” He raises his eyebrows as if I should’ve done my homework better.
Ugh, Bryn! Focus! Be SMART! Make yourself and your business irresistible! A silence settles as he eyes me, slowly setting his drink down as he leans forward and finally, unexpectedly, smiles. At me.
It’s just a smile.
But the world tilts under its impact.
“Hello, little bit.” Amusement touches his gaze as he tilts his head and watches me. “You know, I’d think you’d have grown up the ten-plus years since I last saw you. At least an inch.” He leans back in his seat, seemingly displeased. Wow, this guy is not the lanky kid I knew once. This guy oozes danger.
Every ounce of “boy” is gone. Oh God. For a moment I wish that we could go back in time and I could discuss my startup with the guy I knew before.
But time travel is not really my talent, and it seems like I have yet to see if I even have any special talents at all—depending on what this guy thinks.
“I grew two in width,” I shock myself saying.
He laughs then, his eyes drinking me in openly.
“Shame on you, you’re not trying to see if it’s true?” I ask him, frowning now.
He shrugs casually, his lips curved at the corners. “I can’t help it. Something has to have changed.”
“Because nothing good ever lasts. Even you, little bit.” A smile touches those unforgettable gold-green eyes.
A shiver runs through me. Because…
Christos recognized me.
“I can tell you’re as incorrigible as ever.” I shake my head, but I’m smiling, truly just relieved that he recognized me.
“I try to be,” he purrs dangerously.
I’m feeling warm all of a sudden. I can’t believe I’m staring at him so much, but it’s like I cannot take my eyes away. He looks achingly familiar, but at the same time, so different I cannot help but stare and track the differences in his features. The way his jaw squared out even more, the way his body filled out with hard, lean muscles that shift and ripple beneath his expensive designer clothes. I cannot believe that this is a guy I knew once.
He seems to silently be taking in my changes too, his keen stare allowing me to see that he seems to approve of it all. Even the dress I’m wearing. “You changed enough for the both of us,” I blurt.
“Really. How so?” he asks.
“You grew into your nose.”
“Really?” He chuckles as if despite himself.
“Width and height too. Quite a bit,” I add.
“Anything else,” he prods, one eyebrow rising.
“You learned how to dress.”
He looks down at his black suit. “This old thing?” He grins, then shifts forward, sobering up. “What can I do for you, Bryn? Considering I’m rather surprised to see you here, I’m eager for you to satiate my curiosity.” His stare becomes keen.
“So am I. I didn’t expect to be here,” I admit, and for a moment when I look into his eyes, all I see is someone I’ve seen before. Someone who belonged in my life long ago. “You know when you had that misplaced crush on me and told me one day I’d know what it felt like to throw pebbles at someone’s window wanting them to open? I’m sort of throwing rocks here.”
“Not to sing me a love song,” he says flatly, his eyes shuttering.
“No. Well, you know that was never....I mean...” Don’t bring up your rejection of him, Bryn! “It’s for something better. Business.”
“I knew that’d get you.” I smile privately. “So it’s true your love is money now.”
“She gives back what I put in. Though her ass isn’t as juicy as I like,” he says nonchalantly.
“Wow. No matter how polished you look, your mouth is still as crude as ever.”
“Thank you,” he purrs, his eyes grinning at me.
I laugh. Then I sober up and realize he’s waiting for me to speak. “I’m looking for money for my startup,” I say.
“One hundred thousand.”
“I don’t invest less than a million.” He twirls his whiskey in his glass, eyeing the liquid.
“Well then, I’ll ask for a million.”
He raises his brows, setting his glass down. “It’s not how much you want to ask for, it’s how much the company’s worth.” Eyebrows up, he skewers me with a cold, intimidating look.
“It’ll be worth more than a million, trust me,” I bluff.
“Good for you. Except…” he leans back with a rustle of clothes, every athletic inch of his black-clad body flowing sinuously like a feline with the move, “considering that has yet to happen and I’ll need to trust you on that, my trust needs to be earned.”
This version of Christos is even more intimidating than the old one, unfortunately.
I try to hide it, keeping my voice as level as possible. “How does one earn your trust?”
“I’d tell you if I were interested, but I’m not exactly sure that I am.” He eyes me as if debating in silence.
This guy is the only guy in the world that unnerves me in this way, and I can’t seem to slow the fast pounding of my heart in my chest as I try to remember what I came here to say.
“I have a full presentation for you. I’m not taking no for an answer.” I reach into my briefcase.
“Darling. Are you ready?”
I start at the female voice and glance at a gorgeous woman striding into the study. Christos continues looking at me as he stands and reaches for the cell phone the woman extends out.
“We’re done here,” he answers her as he pockets the phone, his gaze remaining on me.
“I’ll wait for you in the car.” She leans up and kisses his jaw, her hands proprietary on his chest, then sends me a woman-to-woman claiming look, before she swishes away, all glittering jewels and lean body.
There’s a silence as he approaches, and for a second all I can hear is the sound of a toilet flushing, taking my only opportunity with a possible investor away.
“I’ll think about it,” he says.
“I said I’ll think about it,” he says from the door.
“Please do,” I say as he exits the room. I cup the sides of my mouth, “I’ll be back tomorrow. Same time?” I say jokingly.
I’m surprised when I hear footsteps returning. He pauses when our eyes meet. “I’ll make contact,” he says, raising his eyebrows meaningfully, “If I’m interested in hearing more.” He nods. “Nice to see you, Bryn.”
“Nice to see you. Christos.”
Well, that went sort of awful.
About The Author
Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.
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Emmeline Austin wants a night filled with adventure when her friends decide to desert her for some random guys, so she decides to take the reins of her own life and marry a man she's just met. This isn't a spoiler, as is it happens almost immediately. What happens in Vegas and all... This is when we first meet Nick Slater, and Emmeline doesn't see him again until 9 years later. When she moves to Montana to follow her dream of being a kindergarten teacher. The Cover Chapel is small town romance at its best and for those of you that are into overbearing alphas and the women that own their hearts, this book gives new meaning to whirlwind romance!
Nick is persistent and HOT and he wants another chance. But, Emmy has a boyfriend and doesn't want to let Nick back in even though she can't forget about the night that insta-love took over her world and she recklessly gave her heart to a stranger. So, she reluctantly agrees to give him a chance to explain. “Five dates. One week,” Normally I would call this a second chance romance, but in this case since the first chance lasted less than 24 hours I can't really classify it that way. And to be honest, the second chance, even though it was 9 years later was a little too insta-love as well. I mean, I guess it could happen but, for me personally I'm not the biggest fan of that type of thing. But for those that are, it was done really well! Nick was way more alpha-male than I'd thought he'd be too, almost too overbearing at times. But I’ve got to give a guy props for trying so hard. He really was sweet and protective and he says the most swoonworthy things to get Emmy back.
I did not read the first book in this series, so I have nothing to compare it to. But, what I can say is that the writing is exceptional. Even though the chemistry and love aspect was super quick, the character development was great and I love the added element of suspense and danger, that totally brought up the angst factor and kept me going. The second half of the book was where it really locked me in, so if all that stuff I mentioned turns you off, just keep going because the latter part of the book is way stronger than the first, in my opinion. And I have to say that by the time the book ended, I had a huge smile on my face and I was kind of surprised by that myself!! I will definitely be going back to read the first book in the series, The Coppersmith Farmhouse. And I’m really looking forward to book 3, The Lucky Heart which comes out this August. These are all standalone novels with interconnected characters, so if you’re a stickler for order than read book one first. I guess I’m a rebel because I’ve never really cared about rules or order and I enjoyed it just fine! This really is the perfect read for summer, great characters, great writing and overall a cute and sexy story that can pull anyone out of a bad mood. This book reads like the perfect fairy tale that every woman wants.
About The Author
Devney lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories.
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When Life Happened by Jewel E. Ann
Publication Date: June 5th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
“Today is my favorite day.”
Parker Cruse is a young twenty-something woman who has just moved out on her own from her parents, she's young, slightly immature, and doesn't make the best choices. When she caught her boyfriend cheating on her with her twin sister, she thought it would be a great idea to ruin their wedding in the grandest way possible. I'm not going to lie, it was pretty hilarious. I wasn't sold on Parker in the beginning of the book because so many things she did annoyed me, but she seemed to mature as the book went along and I can appreciate character development like that.
“…my touch is the only one that will ever matter.”
Humor- one of the first things I notice about Jewel's books are the humor in them. Whether it be a darker more complex story or a lighter romantic comedy, jewel always manages to deliver her classic humor and quick wit into every character. It's one of my most favorite things about her as an author, especially since our real lives are infused with humor every day, why shouldn't our books be? All I have to say about this is "pony scene". If you've read it, you get it. I laughed so damn hard! I'm laughing just thinking about it. If you haven't read it, do that, and you'll understand why Jewel's humor makes any book such a unique experience. Her mind is such a special place. This book had me laughing out loud so many times, the banter was hilarious!
“Did you check your vulva? Maybe you’re in heat.”
Rage/Love- Often, the second thing I feel when I read a Jewel book! Just kidding, this doesn't happen in every Jewel book, but in this book, YUP. HOW? How in all the crazy hell does an Author do this?!? It's NUTS. I'm officially perplexed. Like one minute I'm yelling and acting all stabby, and the next minute I'm all bunny rabbits and kittens. This book should be in a new genre-- the contemporary/bi-polar/romance genre. Because as crazy as I'm acting while reading it, I'm gonna need some horse tranquilizer to get through this. <--- All true things that happened while reading.
“If I can’t love you, then I’m just going to love everything about you.”
This is a long book and let me tell you before I knew it I was halfway through and then, before I knew it I was finished! It was addictive and kept me glued to the page, there is so much going on in the first half of the book that you don't realize that by the time you get to the second half of the book, you're starting almost a completely different story. It's crazy! I'm not mentioning the male characters for a reason, because if I do that will basically ruin the whole plot for anyone who hasn't read it. But, there are two men in Parker's life, and both of their individual stories are as unique and beautiful as this book as a whole. So much happens to Parker throughout this book and it's a beautiful thing to see a character grow in such a way.
"For the tiniest moment, she let herself wonder if everything in her life to that point had truly led her to him."
Jewel has a way of taking her readers on a journey that is unforgettable. And with this book that journey was hard, and rigid and ended on beautiful notes. When life happened is the most perfect title for this book because the simplicity and complexity of those three words hold more meaning than one would think. When I was finished reading I sat there for a minute and just stared at my ceiling with tears in my eyes, because I felt so consumed by this beautiful story. It moved me so much, and it will stay with me forever. This is a book everyone needs to read!
“I’m afraid of having everything that means nothing and nothing that means everything.”
“You … you tried to seduce me.” Anger fueled her fight, overriding how terrified she felt being feet from naked Gus.
He laughed. That fed her anger even more.
“I wasn’t seducing you. I was making a point.” He slipped on a white T-shirt.
“Bullshit. I was there.”
“Precisely. Then you should know that I wasn’t seducing you.” He grabbed her shoulders and steered her away from the entrance to his closet.
She turned, relieved to find him dressed. “I felt you.” Her eyes narrowed.
He smirked. “You did, did you?”
Heat spread up her neck and burned her cheeks. Discussing Gus’s erection in his bedroom with Sabrina out of town qualified as the most inappropriate conversation she had ever had. “You’re such an ass. Just tell me why?”
Twisting his lips to the side, he narrowed his eyes. “You’re young. You think the world is so black and white. In your fairy-tale world, love is a magic wand spreading trails of glitter and granting happily ever afters.”
Parker stepped closer, knowing the lion could pull her into his den. “I don’t believe in fairytales.”
“No?” He shrugged. “Then I guess I made my point.”
“I don’t get your stupid point!” Her fingernails dug into her hands as she clenched them.
Gus leaned forward, putting them at eye level. She held her ground, even though his proximity made her body tremble.
“Someone cheated on you. And you’re so fucking mad about it because you can’t understand it. But love is an emotion that resides in your head and your proverbial heart. It has to be nurtured to grow or it dies. But … desire … it’s instinctual. Physical. Carnal. And when it wants its way, your brain shuts down and the only heart you hear is that blood-pumping organ in your chest. A slave to your desire, readying your body to do one thing and one thing only …” He leaned into her ear and whispered, “Get. Off.”
August Westman proved he was the devil. Parker became the worst possible version of herself in his presence. He drugged her with his words, pulled her under with his confidence, and stole her innocence with a whisper.
About The Author
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.
With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.
After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.
When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.
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Series: Sinners of Saint #2
Author: L.J. Shen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2017
"This series is one of the best I've read all year" - Angie, Angie's Dreamy Reads
"LJ Shen delivers and then some. I am loving this series." - Kylie Scott New York Times Bestseller
"It's unpredictable, raw, emotional, and edgy- pure chaos contained in a beautiful package." - TJ Loves Books
"LJ Shen just wrote her best love story ever!" - DD's Boom Room
They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They're right.
No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking.
He is my forbidden, shiny apple.
The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth.
He is also my sister's ex-boyfriend.
One thing you should know before you judge me;
I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first.
Eleven years later, he waltzed into my life, demanding a second chance.
Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman. My white knight has finally arrived. Hopefully, he isn’t too late.
They say the brightest stars burn out the fastest. They’re right.
She sets my mind on fire.
All smart mouth, snarky attitude and a huge heart.
In a world where everything is dull, she shines like fucking Sirius.
Eleven years ago, fate tore us apart.
This time, I fucking dare it to try.
Getting to her is a battlefield, but man, that’s why they call me Ruckus.
Rosie LeBlanc is about to find out how hard I can fight.
And conquering her will be the sweetest victory.
"He was beautiful, but he was also a mess of epic proportions."
After reading Vicious I was SO excited for this book to come out!! The glimpses I got of Dean in book one were way more than enough to fuel the fire for book two! I was very intrigued as to where Dean's story would lead, and it was just as great as I thought it would be! We first meet Rosie and Dean in Book one, Vicious. Rosie is Millie's sister and Millie just happens to be Dean's ex-girlfriend. But Rosie saw him first, wanted him first, you get it... Even though Dean went out with Millie for 8 months, he always knew it wasn't real with her. His affections had always been with Rosie from the very beginning, but time and circumstance made it nearly impossible for him to have the woman he desired.
"Dean ‘Ruckus’ Cole was a different kind of asshole to Baron ‘Vicious’ Spencer. He fucked you over with a polite smile on his face."
There is a lot of Dean's POV in this book, which I LOVED. And his hothole behavior lives up to the name. Dean is the stoner, the one with all the mojo in my opinion but, you almost get a sense that he's lost because he continues to fall into bad behavior with women, booze, smoking, etc... And it's not like he's not successful, because he is. Extremely wealthy too! But one would assume his teenage vices would be left far behind by now. And living right under his nose is the one woman that has driven him crazy for years, Rosie, or "Baby LeBlanc" as he likes to call her.
“This thing right here? It fucking beats for me. You know it. I know it. Keep lying, Rosie. I’ll milk the truth out of you. One way or the other.”
Rosie has Cystic Fibrosis, and she's fully aware of what the outcome of that diagnoses usually means, she knows her life isn't as promising as those around her, but she refuses to let this disorder take over her life. And knowing this as a reader it just ups the angst even more, I'm always freaked when I hear something like this because we all know how things like this usually turn out! I'm not going to say what happens, but I will say that I loved how Dean treated Rosie in regards to this. He never treated her like she was sick, even when everyone else around her was fawning all over her, he still treated her just as he always did.
“I don’t want to make you forget. I want to make you remember. And I’m about to, Rosie.” He breathed hard against my skin. “I’m about to rewrite the pages of our fucking history, baby.”
Dean is cocky as hell, and nearly every comment out of his mouth was a sexual innuendo aimed at Rosie. I’ve got to give it to the guy, he tried HARD to break through Rosie's tall walls. And the banter between these two was overflowing with sexual chemistry, so it was just a matter of time before they gave in to each other. And when they did, DAMN. It was hot, and Dean's dirty mouth does not disappoint! I love his non-existent filter as well. Dean is so full of spice and the vulgarity behind some of his comments are just that, yet somehow, I found him to be sweet and endearing. And I love how he held his confidence throughout the story. He never once thought that he wouldn't win Rosie over, and I kind of loved him for that.
"He was going at it like he was trying to kill me. And in a way, he did. He killed every single chance I had to enjoy sex with anyone else."
Vicious was my first book by this author and this was obviously my second, and I must take a moment to mention the writing. L.J. Shen has such a unique way with words, and I believe that her brand is truly one of a kind. Her writing has so many dimensions and colors and it makes me want to read everything she writes. It's funny, hot, dirty and beautiful too! Definitely a new favorite series of mine, and obviously I'm girl-crushing on the author as well. Do yourself a favor and one click these books, you won't be sorry!
L.J. Shen resides in sunny California with her husband, son, chubby cat and wild, wild dreams. Her passion is to write badass stories, sushi, UFC and her awesome family and friends (not in this order, though. Obviously, sushi comes before writing. Oh, and also the family part.) She spend the first half of her twenties traveling the world and is now paying all the fun with extra shifts in front of her MacBook. Feel free to contact her on her Facebook page. She loves to hear from her readers.
I was a thief.
The invisible girl only he could see.
The woman who wanted to be more.
He was the mark.
The extraordinary cowboy who stole my sixteen-year-old heart.
The damaged man who still owned it, even four years later.
The Line was where we began.
Where fates collided.
Where truths derailed.
The place where our love story ends.
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This is my first book by this author and certainly not my last. Her words grabbed me from the first page. Her characters bewitched me. I needed to read more. I wanted to know their story. And I am so glad I did.
Everly Woods and Cole Briggs met one night. A night where just for a minute, Everly didn’t seem invisible. Someone saw her. A night where Cole saw a broken girl and had no idea that just one small kind action would change everything. Fast forward four years and fate brings them together again. Except that their circumstances are different. A little less broken, Everly remembers Cole and the night that changed the trajectory of her life. And while the drop dead gorgeous cowboy looks all put together, he has a past. One that unravels as we go deeper into their story.
Everly and Cole are a testament to the talent of this author. Compelling and complex, they simply astounded me with their strength. Powerful and addicting, this story had a perfect balance of mystery that kept me turning the pages. I cannot tell you their story for this is one you live in rather than read. The connection between them is overwhelming. Palpable. There is an authenticity about Cole and Everly that I cannot put into words. This is to be more than read, this is a story to experience.
The writing was flawless as the author seamlessly moved the reader though past and present scenes. This is a talent and not many can effortlessly pull this off. She has this incomparable way of narrating a story. Placing you with her characters until you have no choice but to be completely engrossed in their story. Beautifully written and purposefully executed, this is a book I highly recommend.
The Line was a deep burning romance that rendered me speechless. Compelling and poignant, I was simply blown away by the sheer beauty in this story. The bravery of these characters and their human spirit was riveting as it was inspirational. It was a story that reminds us that even at our deepest and darkest moments, we are all worthy of love .
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About the Author
Amie Knight has been a reader for as long as she could remember and a romance lover since she could get her hands on her momma's books. A dedicated wife and mother with a love of music and makeup, she won’t ever be seen leaving the house without her eyebrows and eyelashes done just right. When she isn't reading and writing, you can catch her jamming out in the car with her two kids to '90s R&B, country, and showtunes. Amie draws inspiration from her childhood in Columbia, South Carolina, and can't imagine living anywhere other than the South.
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Author: C.M. Stunich
Series: (Rock-Hard Beautiful, #1)
Publication date: March 21st 2017
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
"This book has one girl and five bad boy rockstars. She owns them all—heart, body and soul. Don't read it unless you like to ugly cry…and also unless you like threesomes, foursomes…and moresomes."
This ^^^ is the warning at the beginning of the book, and that basically sums it up. Alone, broke and desperate. Lilith Goode is just trying to find a way to get to New York, when she stumbles across the path of a hot rocker guy who generously helps her out and confuses her with some sort of back stage pass winner to his show. The sexy stranger is mysterious and she has no clue what's going on, but with her situation she doesn't really have room to be choosey, so she goes along with it. I haven't read a lot in this genre but I read the blurb and was very intrigued so I thought it might be something that I would give a try. Pretty early on I realized that it wasn't really for me. However, I do know a ton of people who would love to read this book just because the warning said threesomes, foursomes & moresomes.
I knew from the warning that reading this book (or I assumed) there would be lots of sex, and there is. And it happens quickly with multiple partners, so if that's not your thing, heed the warning and move along because this book isn't for you. This girl has sex with three of the guys on the same night. The FIRST night. But I'm not going to slut shame her because if a guy can do it than so can she, in my head I was giving her a fictional high five and channeling Beyoncé. Get. Yours.
Pretty quickly we get to meet the male characters, Paxton, Ransom, Copeland, Muse & Michael. The story is told in first person with alternating POV's of all the characters, including each one of the five guys and Lilith, so you really get a feeling of what's going on in each of their heads and a thorough understanding why they make the choices they do.
I love the idea of a young woman finding her own independence while simultaneously being codependent on others. Not codependent in the sense where she's needy or she's beneath them, but that they're finding themselves within each other and growing stronger as individuals because of one another. Don't get me wrong, Lilith wasn't without flaw, she certainly had her whiney moments which were annoying, but her dad had just died and everyone mourns differently. Going on a road trip with a bunch of hot rockers and finding love and sensuality within that kind of atmosphere is unheard of, which pretty much makes this the ultimate fantasy. I thought I would really enjoy it l, and it's not that I didn't enjoy it because I must say that the writing in itself was fantastic. I want to make that clear, it was clever and smooth and it wasn't only there as a backdrop to the sex. You can tell that the author took her time in crafting a story that was both meaningful and steamy.
In the end, even though this book isn't something that I would normally read. I found it very entertaining and I appreciate the deeper meaning that I believe the author was trying to convey.
It was good, and I'll definitely recommend it to my friends who are into ménage and reverse harem books.
About The Author
C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.
She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.
Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.
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