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ARC Review: The Bridesmaid and The Hurricane by Kelly Maher

 

The Bridesmaid and The Hurricane

Kelly Maher

Capital Kisses Series, Book 1

Release Date: July 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

A one-weekend stand over a year ago, and now they’re coworkers…

Being a woman in TV is hard enough, but when the boss is trying to derail Radhika O’Leary’s career from behind the scenes, she has to make sure every aspect of her work—and her life—stands up to scrutiny.

 

Of course, the double standard is alive and well and Malcolm Jones, the broadcast meteorologist known as “Colm” to his friends and “The Hurricane Hottie” to his fangirls, knows that fame can hurt just as much as it helps. When Colm moves to DC, he’s excited to work with Radhika—her professional reputation is sparkling, and so are the kisses they shared that one weekend over a year ago when he was in town covering a blizzard.

 

But when Radhika is paired up with Colm for a project, all she sees is a looming storm over her carefully constructed career. Sparks still fly between the two journalists, and if they’re not careful, lightning might strike and alter the course of their lives forever.

 

 

 

 

4 Stars

 

Fun and sexy! 

Kelly Maher did two awesome things with The Bridesmaid and The Hurricane. One, she gave a great character driven story. Two, in a short story, she gave the reader a wonderful look at the diverse culture that D.C. has to offer.
Radhika O’Leary and Malcolm “Colm” Jones are fun characters. Radhika is smart, funny and very good at what she does. She deals with more than she should, so she can do what she loves. Radhika’s strength is something to behold. Colm has the charm of a southern gentleman. He was nothing I pictured him to be upon meeting and that made me really like him. His personality is only second to his looks and kindliness. 
The Bridesmaid and The Hurricane is a fun and flirty with intense chemistry and personality. Colm and Redkina are fun together. His persistence and her trying to stand her ground is priceless. I loved their interactions and banter. Their chemistry was amazing. Colm and Redkina truly complemented each other. I also loved seeing this relationship build. Kelly Maher has a great start to her Capital Kisses series with the Bridesmaid and The Hurricane. A quick read that makes you laugh and gives you heat. I am very much looking forward to see what some of these lovely secondary characters get themselves into.   
A copy of the title was provided for an honest review. I voluntarily chose to review this time. 

 

 

ARC Review: The Catch by K. Bromberg 

 

The Catch

K. Bromberg

The Player Duet, Book 2

ebook, 284 pages
Published June 29th 2017 by JKB Publishing, LLC
After an unexpected twist of fate, All-Star catcher Easton Wylder is left questioning the loyalty of everyone around him.

Even the woman who shares his bed, Scout Dalton.

But if Easton thought being uprooted to the last place he expected was the only challenge life had to throw at him, he was dead wrong.

With an ailing shoulder and his career in limbo, his decision to make an unexpected change leads him to question everything – Scout’s love, family loyalties, and whether he can conquer the one obstacle he’s never been able to overcome. The secret he’s never shared with anyone.

He may be a man pushed to his limits, but he’s hell-bent on proving his worth no matter the cost.

 

 

 

 

 

4.5 Stars 

Wow, what a story.

K. Bromberg captivated me with a subject that I have little interest in and of story that had more emotions than I could have seen coming.
The Catch is a continuation of The Player. It is highly recommended that you read The Player to fully understand and enjoy The Catch.

Scout and Easton are both amazing characters. It’s rare that I can relate to both lead characters in a book on such deep level. Their trials and tribulations together and separate just kept coming at them. Through heartbreak, pain, devastation, anguish and joy they found a way to make the pieces fit. Ms. Bromberg doesn’t sugarcoat anything with Easton and Scout. The Catch is a raw, emotional and contains some amazingly deep passion.

The Catch hit me hard on many levels. If I go into detail i’m afraid I’ll spoil book. Let’s just say emotional complexities within the story are extremely well written, spot on and make you feel. Hard. There were moments when I had to set the kindle down because I could not read through my tears.

Ms. Bromberg’s The Catch is an emotional ride that leaves you with the best of feeling when you read The End. Ms. Bromberg totally gets my seal of approval!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARC Review: Tied by Carian Cole

 

Tied

Carian Cole

Devil’s Wolfs MC Series, Book 2

 Expected publication: June 26th 2017

 

 

He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth… except me.

 

Me
My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.

 


Him
He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal. I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too.
Everything…

 

 

 

5 Stars

 

Exquisite, haunting and beautifully brilliant!

 

Carian Cole puts my heart through the ringer so eloquently with Tied.  Tyler and Holly both feel as though they are broken beyond measure. Scars coat them both on the inside and out. Somewhat twisted and dark moments with emotions that cut soul deep. Raw, real and honest, to the point of chills and goosebumps while read. Damaged people who just want some peace and light in their life.

 

Carian Cole writes a story that you will feel. I have sat before my computer with my fingers ready to fire off an awesome review for this masterpiece that Ms. Cole has given readers, for too many minutes and can’t seem to find words  why I can tell you is that, Tyler and Holly are two beautiful broken people that are written so real and raw. Their individual stories and their journey together will make you ache deep into your soul. The healing they blossom within each other is beautiful and magical.

 

Tied is not your average romance read. It’s a heartbreaking journey that will break you down, then build up back up again.  Carian Cole blow me away once again.

 

 

A copy of this title was provided,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt: Too Close To Call by Tessa Bailey

 

 

From New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey comes TOO CLOSE TO CALL, a novella in her Romancing the Clarksons Series published by 1001 Dark Nights! Grab your copy today!

 

 

About TOO CLOSE TO CALL:

All-American wide receiver Kyler Tate’s life is about to change. A fairytale college career skyrocketed him to the NFL draft. Adoration and opportunity are thrown in his direction wherever he goes, thanks to being chosen in the first round by the Los Angeles Rage.

None of the accolades mean anything, though, without his high school sweetheart, Bree Justice, by his side. Four years ago, she walked away from Kyler, choosing a quiet life over the flash and notoriety his career would someday bring.

Now he’s back in their Indiana hometown, refusing to leave for Los Angeles without her. Demanding she give their life together a shot. Her heart never stopped bleeding for the love of her life, but Bree’s decision was final. Too bad their wild attraction has only been amplified by their separation, and Kyler won’t quit until Bree is wearing his ring.

 

 

 

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“Uh…” She gave up pretending to breathe normally, her neck ceasing to support her head. “Ky, please…”

And then she felt it. Tiny bites along the insides of her thighs, branding her through the cotton leggings. Slow, precise, just enough pressure. Commanding her neck to play ball, Bree looked down to find Kyler’s eyelids at half mast, his white teeth sinking in every couple inches, his own chest and stomach shuddering in and out, his nipples in tight points. At the sight, the walls of Bree’s core constricted and released with enough force to send a rattling gasp flying from her mouth.

Kyler.”

“Bree?”

“Just…”

“Yeah.”

His double grip beneath her knees vanished, but before her legs could fall, Kyler was inserting his hips to catch them. One arm snaked around the base of her spine, sliding her forward and out of the machine…and then there she was. Legs wrapped around her ex-boyfriend’s waist, heart pounding, moisture pooled between her thighs, their mouths separated only by a matter of an inch.

“You wore that cologne on purpose,” she breathed. “Admit it.”

His grin flashed. “Guilty as charged and unrepentant as a sinner.”

Her gasp only widened his smile. “Bragging about sinning now, are you, Kyler?”

“You say my name all shaken up and sexy like that when you want me to kiss your pretty mouth.” Hunger made his tone sound like two knives sharpening each other. “I reckon nothing has changed.”

 

See my review for Too Close to Call by clicking the link

 

 

 

Tessa Bailey’s TOO CLOSE TO CALL – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

June 14th

All Romance Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Booked All Night – Review & Excerpt

For the Love of Bookends – Review

Gi’s Spot Reviews – Review & Excerpt

My Book Filled Life – Review & Excerpt

Naughty Girls and Their Books – Review & Excerpt

That’s What I’m Talking About – Review & Excerpt

Whatever You Can Still Betray – Excerpt

June 15th

Booknerd1107 – Review & Excerpt

Happily Ever After Book Reviews – Review

I Love Romance – Review & Excerpt

JordansBookReviews – Excerpt

Literary Misfit – Excerpt

Mama Likes to Read Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt

The Readdicts – Review & Excerpt

June 16th

Books,Dreams,Life – Excerpt

Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review

Lightning City Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

My Girlfriends Couch – Review & Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Review & Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

TBQ’s Book Palace – Review

Wickedcoolflight – Review & Excerpt

June 17th

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Booklovers For Life – Review & Excerpt

Caroline Jane Reads – Excerpt

Dog-Eared Daydreams – Review

Mary @ USA Today’s Happy Ever After – Review

Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

June 18th

A crazy vermonters book reviews – Review

Bad boys and bedtime stories book blog – Review

Bridget’s Book Bungalow – Review

Drunk On a Book – Review & Excerpt

Love Notes Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Readers Retreats – Excerpt

June19th

A Taste of Sin – Excerpt

Bobo’s Book Bank – Review & Excerpt

Bookishly Yours – Review

Coffee Books Life – Review & Excerpt

I’m A Book Shark – Excerpt

JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC – Review & Excerpt

Novel Addiction – Review

Oh My Growing TBR – Review & Excerpt

Romance Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt

June 20th

Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt

Book Reader Chronicles – Review & Excerpt

Dirty Girl Romance – Review

Nice Ladies, Naughty Books – Review

Pardon My Blurb – Review & Excerpt

Total Book Geek – Review & Excerpt

Vi3tbabe – Review & Excerpt

June 21st

Alpha Book Club – Review

Bookaliciousbabes blog – Review & Excerpt

Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions – Excerpt

Feel the Book – Review & Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

Kimmy Loves to Read – Review & Excerpt

Literary Gossip – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

The Romance Reviews – Review

June 22nd

A small girl, her man and her books – Review & Excerpt

kimberlyfaye reads – Review

Lover of Big Books Cannot Lie – Review & Excerpt

Nightbird Novels – Review

OMGReads – Review & Excerpt

Pretty Sassy Cool – Review & Excerpt

Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt

The BookWhisperer – Review

June 23rd

ageordielass honest blog on reviews – Review

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

G & T’s Indie Café – Excerpt

Kris & Vik Book Therapy Cafe – Review & Excerpt

Pink Lace & Silver Buckles Book Blog – Review

Those Crazy Book Chicks – Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Tessa Bailey:

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

 

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

 

 

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ARC Review: Inked Expressions by Carrie Ann Ryan

Inked Expressions

Carrie Ann Ryan

Montgomery Ink Series, Book 7

ebook
Published June 6th 2017

 

 

 

The Montgomery Ink Series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues with the brother who keeps his secret and the one woman he shouldn’t want.

Everly Law married the love of her life and on the eve of giving birth to their twins, lost him in a tragic accident. Now she’s a single mother working overtime at her bookstore trying to make sure her boys have the life they deserve. Her life is busy enough without her adding dating a Montgomery. As past secrets come to light, she’ll need Storm more than ever—even if she doesn’t realize it.

Storm Montgomery has spent his life atoning for sins that only few know he’s committed. When he lost his best friend, he promised his widow that he’d always be there for her—even when she wanted nothing to do with him. But when a single touch ignites passions they’ve both buried deep inside, he’ll have to remember exactly who is in his arms and that taking chances might be far more dangerous than they bargained for.

 

 

 

4 Stars

 

Carrie Ann Ryan continues to amaze and excite with the depth, passion and heat that makes up her latest book in Montgomery Ink Series, Inked Expressions

 

Storm may just be the greatest man ever written. He’s kind, charming, incredibly hot and always willing to put others before himself. I have always wondered what lies deep within Storm Montgomery. Discovering the depth and compassion that this man holds is amazing.

 

Everly is equally amazing. She has had her life twist upside down too many times, yet her keeps her head up and moving forward. She has strength that most wish for. Her dedication and determination make her the awesome woman that she is dedication and determination make her the woman and mother that she is.

 

Carrie Ann Ryan mixes a bit of suspense with burning passion in Inked Expressions. Storm’s story is one I have been waiting for.  I love him even more after experiencing his tale. Storm and Everly have known each other for many years. When his best friend/her husband dies, their world became forever changed. Linking them together in a way that was beyond friendship.  As time passes and life goes on Everly and Storm discover that there’s more to them than they would like to admit but can’t deny.  Storm and Everly have a winding road filled with healing, intense passion and journey that I couldn’t put down. If you’re looking for a read with heart and heat, Inked Expressions is the book for you.

 

ARC provided for a voluntary review.

 

 

 

 

ARC Review: More Than Need You by Shayla Black

 

More Than Need You

Shayla Black

More Than Words Series, Book 3

 

 

 

I’m Griffin Reed—cutthroat entrepreneur and competitive bastard. Trust is a four-letter word and everyone is disposable…except Britta Stone. Three years ago, she was my everything before I stupidly threw her away. I thought I’d paid for my sin in misery—until I learned we have a son. Finding out she’s engaged to a bore who’s rushing her to the altar pisses me off even more. I intend to win her back and raise our boy. I’ll have to get ruthless, of course. Luckily, that’s one of my most singular talents.

Sixty days. That’s what I’m asking the gritty, independent single mother to give me—twenty-four/seven. Under my roof. And if I have my way, in my bed. Britta says she wants nothing to do with me. But her body language and passionate kisses make her a liar. Now all I have to do is coax her into surrendering to the old magic between us. Once I have her right where I want her, I’ll do whatever it takes to prove I more than need her.

 

 

 

5 Stars

More Than Need You is raw and almost too real. This is not a book you read, you feel it. There is no denying the love Britta and Griff still have for one another. The hurt they placed upon each other is soul deep. Emotions felt by Griff and Britta are so vividly and beautifully delivered, the reader can’t help but to experience the rawness, determination and passion.  
I honestly don’t think I can’t find words to do justice to More Than Need You. Griff and Britta’s journey is intensely heavy, emotional and sexy. I loved the vulnerability and healing. The way Ms. Black weaved emotions through music was not only equine, it added intimate moments with the characters and the story itself.  
More Than Need You, the second book of the More Than Words Series broke my heart and put it back together. I don’t know what Shayla Black has done but I hope it never stops. 
A copy of this title was provided for a voluntary review. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARC Review: Middleman by Jayne Rylon 

Middleman

Jayne Rylon

Kindle Edition, 360 pages
Published June 1st 2017 by Happy Endings Publishing

A standalone novel from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Jayne Rylon.

I don’t kneel for any man. Not anymore.
I had the perfect dominant boyfriend. Then Cortez left me to save the world.
After two and a half years lost drowning my misery in bad decisions, one man changed everything.
Rogan is the perfect submissive, who puts me back in control of both him and my life.
Until Cortez comes home.
Who am I? Cortez’s bottom or Rogan’s top?
Maybe I’m both.
Maybe I was made to be their middleman.

 


4.5 Stars 


Tempting, healing and hot.

Middleman is an intimate and emotional story of three men who have love, lost, healed and learn to love again. Jayne Rylon blew me away with Middleman.
Let me start out by saying this is the story of a male ménage. Keeping an open mind can open your world to many hidden wonders. If that is not your cup of tea, now is the time to cease reading. ( To each their own, everyone is different and likes different things.) Kaden is a amazing artist. Cortez has given given himself to his country. Rogen is the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover. Life and drama cause the path to cross for these very interesting and intriguing men. Impacting each other in ways to intense to describe. Causing rippling effects no one saw coming.

Jayne Rylon takes the reader on an opened minded, erotic journey laced with emotions, intimacy and ecstasy. Three very different men find a way to make it work and love one another soul deep. Cortez, Kaden and Rogen are mouth watering decadence. There is no word the will describe the insatiable passion that these wicked men display. Middleman was a one sit, didn’t stop until I was done read. A thoroughly enjoy able to read.

A copy of this title was provided. I voluntarily chose to review this title.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Hold Me by J. Kenner

Hold Me

J. Kenner

1001 Dark Nights

Evil Eye Concepts

 

 

My life with Damien has never been fuller. Every day is a miracle, and every night I lose myself in the oasis of his arms.

But there are new challenges, too. Our families. Our careers. And new responsibilities that test us with unrelenting, unexpected trials.

I know we will survive—we have to. Because I cannot live without Damien by my side. But sometimes the darkness seems overwhelming, and I am terrified that the day will come when Damien cannot bring the light. And I will have to find the strength inside myself to find my way back into his arms.

 

 

4 Stars 
 I truly adored this sweet and emotional visit with Nikki and Damien. Life is a delicate balance once you add children into the mix. Finding time for yourself, work and love can be taxing on the soul. Ms. Kenner does an amazing job of displaying the reality and depth of these emotions. 
Nikki and Damien are so in love and devoted to each other. The flames of their passion have only increased with time and the addition of their family. I think many people can relate to Nikki’s emotional issues within Hold Me. I also love the growth Nikki has achieved for herself. And the fact the Damien and Nikki are combustible together is just a bonus. 

  A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.
 

 

 

 

 

ARC Review: Gabe by Leigh James

 

Gabe 
Leigh James 
Silicon Valley Billionaires Series, Book 2
ebook
 
Published May 9th 2017 by Jack’s House Publishing LL

 

His Woman. His Family. His Company.
When the going gets tough, the tough get Alpha.

Silicon Valley billionaire CEO Gabriel Betts has finally found the happiness he’s been searching for—in gorgeous, brilliant fellow billionaire Lauren Taylor, the so-called reigning queen of the biotech industry. But when Chinese healthcare mogul Li Na Zhao kidnaps Lauren’s sister in a high-stakes game of corporate espionage, the world they’ve worked so hard to protect comes crashing down. Li Na agrees to trade Hannah for Lauren’s Paragon Laboratories and her help—onsite and in person. In an attempt to keep Lauren safe, Gabe calls in his security-industry professional brothers to help get Hannah back. But when the rescue effort stumbles, Gabe must pick up the pieces to protect the woman he loves…before she makes the ultimate sacrifice.

 

 

 

3.5 Stars 

 

Leigh James knows how to keep a reader on the edge of their seat. A healthy dose of suspense with some twisted espionage makes for a good read. Gabe is a total alpha, all intent on keep his woman safe. Lauren is smart, strong willed and hard headed.
Ms. James starts read off in the thick of it and keeps it running until the end. Gabe and Lauren are both strong in their convection, fighting for what they believe and those they love. The two shared some very steamy moments and some nice banter.
Gabe is a continuation story for Lauren and Gabe. The book can be read as a stand alone. However I feel as I would have benefited from the story more reading the first. Ms. James kept this reader thoroughly entertained for beginning to end.

A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARC Review: Wicked Hot by Gennita Low

 

Wicked Hot

Gennita Low

Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie family Series

Kindle Edition, 110 pages
Expected publication: March 21st 2017 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated

 

New York Times bestselling author Gennita Low adds international intrigue and suspense to Liliana Hart’s MacKenzie family with WICKED HOT…

A US operative/businessman had been kidnapped in Indonesia. He has a vital piece of information that would get the US government in trouble. But Indonesia is a country with with over 17000 islands, with plenty of jungles in which to hide.

Off-the book NSA fixer, Kirk Ryan, approaches his cousin, Archer, who works at MacKenzie Securities for help with tracing a phone call. He also needs a translator familiar with Indonesian. Not a problem. MacKenzie Securities’ troubleshooter, Jade, has plenty of connections. In fact, there is a translator she knows who is in Indonesia right now.

Suria, GEM contract agent, really doesn’t want to do anything but lie on the heated beaches of Indonesia and just enjoy her first holiday in years. But she owes Jade Jax a favor and her friend’s calling it in. And the favor comes in a six-foot-two package of irresistible and wicked male. It’s just a translation job. She would help and maybe get to know the man for a day or two. What could go wrong?

 

 

 

 

 

4 Stars

Suspenseful and fast-paced. Gennita Low gets readers hearts pumping and keeps them on their toes.
Wicked Hot packed a huge punch for a short book. Ms. Low has a keen eye for detail and takes the reader on hell of an adventure. Giving readers a close, personal and intimate look at the covert operations and the effects on the characters and those they surround themselves with.
Ms. Low’s attention to detail and amazingly strong characters have made wonderful additions to the MacKenzie world family. Kirk and Surya are both strong, hard headed and incredibly brave. Although I found Wicked Hot heavy on the suspense and action, the rising sexual tension along with the playful banter between Kirk and Surya gives reader the touch of romance that we love some much.
Ms. Low’s writing style is unique and very enjoyable. You can very much tell she has done more than her fair share of research. I look forward to reading more of her work.
A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.