SALES, NEW RELEASES, RECOMMENDATIONS, & PRE-ORDERS

SALES, NEW RELEASES, RECOMMENDATIONS, & PRE-ORDERS

Here are this week’s latest new romance book releases, sales, & my top recommendations!! If you scroll all the way down, you’ll see the full list with more details, but first, here are some highlights…

  • LATEST FAVORITE ::: Rules of Protection by Alison Bliss. I just finished this and it was hilarious!! It’s a romance between a sassy heroine in Witness Protection and the badass Special Agent assigned to protect her!! Great banter and loads of sexual tension!! SO MUCH FUN!!! :D Read my Review.
  • NEW FAVORITE ::: Worth The Fall by Claudia Connor. I just finished & loved this! What a gorgeous book! So much swoon!! So much emotion!! The hero is an injured Navy SEAL vacationing on a beach who falls for a single mom there with her 4 little kids. Totally heart-melting!! Read my Review
  • BOOK NEWS ::: Sylvia Day announced the release date for Captivated by You, the fourth Crossfire series book, to be November 18, 2014!!! I’m SO excited for it!!! This is literally one of my #1 favorite series ever so be sure to pre-order your copy!! (Choose: Kindle or Paperback). *squee*
  • WANT TO READ ::: The Wright Brother by Marie Hall. This new book sounds so good!! The hero was born deaf and colorblind and his life has been silent and empty, until her. She’s his neighbour and he’s falling for her, but she’s fighting her feelings for him… and he doesn’t want to let her go.
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  • UPDATE ::: I added a brand NEW FEATURE to the blog ➜ 24 LISTS of RECOMMENDATIONS Looking for a book that’ll make you cry? A sexy bad boy romance? Forbidden love? It’s all LISTED!!

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Let me know if there are any other books you’re loving right now too!!

*** NEW KINDLE eREADER MODELS ***

Amazon has launched a series of new Kindle eReaders adapted to have something for every type of reader (even for kids) and in a variety of price ranges! Check out the 5 new models at the links below…

  • Kindle Voyage — The thinnest, most portable Kindle ever. Upgraded, high resolution Paperwhite display (can be read both in sunlight and in the dark) and other new features. (I want one!!)
  • Kindle Fire HD6 — Most powerful tablet under $100.
  • Kindle Fire HD6 (Kids edition) — If they break it, Amazon will replace it. No questions asked!
  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9 — Most powerful tablet ever — designed to do it all.
  • Kindle Touch — Most affordable Kindle. With touch screen.
  • *** LATEST TOP RECOMMENDATIONS ***

    Rules of Protection by Alison BlissLatest new favorite!!

    LMAO!! I just finished this and it was hilarious!!! It was a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy between a sassy heroine in Witness Protection and the badass Special Agent assigned to protect her. But when the location of their safe house is compromised, he takes her with him deep in the Texas backwoods to hide…

    The banter between these two had me smiling and laughing non-stop. If you’re looking for something FUN, this is it!!! — This is a standalone. Read my Review.

     

    Worth The Fall by Claudia Connor New top recommendation!!

    I just finished this and LOVED it!! The hero is an injured Navy SEAL vacationing on a beach who falls for a single mom there with her 4 little kids. There’s just something about a big, tough, Alpha man who accepts kids who are not his own into his life with complete openness that is utterly HEART-MELTING!!!

    It’s the first standalone in a series of standalones (focusing on the hero and his brothers as they each fall in love). — Read my Review

     

    Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan Upcoming must-read of 2014!!!

    THIS BOOK IS OUTSTANDING!!! The only word to truly describe it is EPIC. Calder & Eden’s intense forbidden love story captivated me from the first word until the very last. 5 STARS!!!! Read my review and be sure to Pre-order!!

    “Calder kissed me in a way that made me believe I had not only always been his, but I would be his forever. In this life or any other. In his kiss was the promise that wherever he and I existed, we would belong to each other.”

     

    Black Lies by Alessandra TorreNew Top Recommendation!! 5 STARS!!

    HOLY WOW!!! This was the most BRILLIANT books I’ve ever read!! Please just TRUST ME and READ. THIS. BOOK.!!!! It’s such a complete love story. The twist is just WOAH. One of my favorites of the year. 5 STARS!!! — “If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.” (Read My Review)

    “I will fight for this love. Lie for it. Steal for it. It is worthy of that. I love her completely. She returns the love wildly. This love is worth the unsaid truths. The hidden lies.”

     

    Broken by Lauren LayneNewest recommendation!! Read my review.

    SQUEE!! I loved this!! It was exactly the type of book I wanted now: FUN, SEXY, & HEART WRENCHING with kind of a unique modern-day “Beauty & The Beast” twist to it. It had a brooding, tormented & scarred hero (LOVE those!!) and a strong, sassy heroine who did NOT take any of his shit (LOVE that too!!). Definitely a winner!! And, it can be read as a standalone :D

    A girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both…

     

    Don’t Let Go by Sharla LovelaceTop recommendation!! 5 STARS!!

    This is one of my TOP FAVORITE books read this year!!! It’s just stunning and exactly the kind of book I’m always looking for: A gorgeous love story with intensely strong emotions. It made me laugh. It made me cry. And it has one of the most wonderful endings EVER!!!!!! Also, if you’re a fan of The Sweet Gum Tree, you will LOVE this. The hero + heroine were childhood friends and later young lovers torn apart by a tragedy. Then, he suddenly comes home 26 years (!!!) later and the secrets behind why they were torn apart come out… Read my review

     

    Losing Me, Finding You by Natalie Ward Top recommendation!!

    I read this book in one sitting recently and absolutely LOVED it!! Holy hell!!! The intensity of this love story was off the charts!!!! My heart was pounding from start to finish and this book was totally unique. Unlike anything else I’ve ever read. — The heroine wakes up every four years in a different city, with a different life, and no memory of her previous lives. Each time she has to figure out where she is, who she is, and has to find her way back to HIM. The man she loves and the man who loves her unconditionally. This is their story. Read my review.
     

    *** NEW RELEASES ***

    The Write Brother by Marie Hall $0.99 New Release!!

    The of this book hero was born deaf and colorblind (!!!) and his life has been bleak, silent, and empty, until her. The heroine is his neighbour and she’s older than him. He’s falling for her, but she’s fighting her feelings for him… and he doesn’t want to let her go. — Sounds really good!!

     
     
     

    Unspeakable Truths by Alice Tribue New Release!!

    The heroine’s life shattered when her husband dies only hours after their wedding… Four years later, her life feels hopeless. Then the last person she wants to see, the person she blames for everything, shows up at her door. He wants to tell her the truth about that night, he wants to be her knight in shining armor, but the thing is… he was the best man. (!!!)

     
     

    What If by Rebecca Donovan New Release!!

    What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?

    Cal is shocked to see his childhood crush, Nicole, sitting across from him at a coffee shop… No one has heard from her for a year. Except this girl isn’t Nicole. Her name is Nyelle and she has no idea who he is!!

    This is a standalone.

     

    Every Time I Think Of You by Tracey G. Graves New Release!!

    This new book (from the author of On The Island) sounds good!! — The hero is a reporter drawn to a case involving the heroine. A single mother, a defenseless child, and an unsolved crime stirs his protective instincts. “This is a story that shows how far two people will go to fight for the ones they love.”

    Its a standalone romantic suspense novel.

     

    The Complete Reasonable Doubt Series by Whitney G New Release!!

    The complete New York Times Bestselling serial, now available in one book!

    As a high profile lawyer, I don’t have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online.
    My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats.
    This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less.
    At least it was, until “Alyssa”…

     

    The Certainty of Violet & Luke by Jessica Sorensen New Release!!

    This is the next book in the Coincidence series! Violet’s life is a mess… But she makes a promise to herself to put her life back together and to try and figure out exactly how she feels about Luke Price, the one person that’s always there for her.

    Reading order: The Coincidence of C&K, The Redemption of C&K, The Destiny of V&L, The Probability of V&L, The Certainty of V&L.

     

    Raced by K. Bromberg New release!!

    Colton Donovan fans!! “Raced” is here!!! This is a companion to the Driven trilogy containing pivotal scenes from Colton’s POV that were not previously published in Driven, Fueled, Crashed. I can’t wait to see his side of the story!!

    Arrogant. Rogue. Broken. Conceited. Dirty-Talking. Rebel. Egomaniacal. Voodooed. Bent. Reckless. You think you know me? Think again.

     

    Melancholy by Bella Jewel New release!!

    Biker fans!! The first book in this series is only $0.99 (with high ratings) and the second book was just released!! Both are standalones.

    In the first one, she’s a prison guard and he’s the new inmate, a dark, sexy, dangerous biker!!! And, in the second, the hero is the Club President and he has a secret that will crush the woman he loves. They sound good!!

     

    A Natural Act by R.J. Sable New Release!!

    The hero of this book is a bad boy MMA fighter and also working as a doctor. The heroine is brought into the hospital bruised and beaten by her fiance. When he sees her, he makes it his mission to help her escape her abusive home but that’s all he wants… He’s barely balancing his medical career with his family life and, with MMA-titles to uphold, the last thing he needs is an extra complication. So he wants friendship only… For now.

     

    Girl of Vengeance by Charles Sheehan Miles New release!!

    This is final book in the Rachel’s Peril Trilogy (a spin-off of the Thompson Sisters series). — Prepare to have everything you thought you knew turned upside down.

    Rachel’s Peril reading order: #1 Girl of Lies, #2 Girl of Rage, #3 Girl of Vengeance.

    Thompson Sisters reading order: A Song for Julia, Falling Stars, Just Remember to Breathe, The Last Hour.

     

    Beautiful Bride by Tammy Falker New release!!

    This is the latest addition to the Reed Brothers series!! This $0.99 novella is meant to be read after the full series (see below). The whole family is hanging out at the beach for a special event, and would love for you to come and join them. There might even be a wedding!

    Reading order: TTT, SSS, CCC, JJJ, FFF, RR + EEE, MMM, PPP, OO, BB, ZZZ.

     

    Sway by Amy Matayo New Release!!

    Falling in love is a beautiful thing. Unless you fall for the wrong person.

    This sounds a bit like a forbidden romance of sorts? … their connection is intense, but a shocking revelation puts a sudden halt to their new relationship.

    But unlike most couples who split, avoiding each other is impossible… and one realization becomes clear: they’ve both fallen hard for the absolute wrong person.

     

    The Suit by BN Toller Recent Release!!

    This seems to be an “enemies-to-lovers” romance. The hero is a suit-wearing law school graduate from the city who has to spend 3 months working in the country to settle an old debt… which is where he meets HER. — She thinks he’s an arrogant yuppie. He thinks she’s a simple farm girl. And he’s moving in with her…

    It’s the first book in a series of standalones.

     

    The Hook Up by Kristen CallinhanRecent Release!!

    Football player alert!! This sounds good!! ➜ The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love. Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

    This is the first standalone in a series of interconnected standalones. The blurb says this book has a HEA. The next book will be out in 2015.

     

    Incandescent by River SavageReader Recommendation!!

    Biker fans!! Okay, I’m sneaking this book in here. It’s not a brand new release but it’s been recommended to me so many times by readers that I’m bumping it up my list! It has really high ratings and the Alpha hero is the Club President. He’s described as “crass, obnoxious and dangerously sexy”… and he’s also single dad to his son. <--- Awwwwww!! I want to meet him!

    This is the first book in a series of standalones.

     

    *** SALES & PRICE DROPS ***

    The Opportunist (Love Me With Lies #1) by Tarryn Fisher $0.99 Sale

    OMG!! If you haven’t read this yet, grab a copy NOW cuz this book is incredible!!! The first book in a completed trilogy. Holy angst!!! Few stories have ever made me feel as strongly as this did. To understand why, you can read my review but seriously guys, THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!! — 5 STARS!!!

    “You can only give your heart away once; after that, everything else will chase your first love.”

     

    Ruin Series Bundle by Rachel Van Dyken$0.99 Sale!!

    This awesome series has been bundled together on sale for a limited time (worth $6.97). Each book is a standalone with interconnected characters. The first is one of my top favs and highly recommended!! It made me laugh, cry, & swoon. The complete package!

    “I was keeping something epic from her, which sort of made me the villain in this tale. But damn, I wanted to be the hero.”

     

    Love Hacked by Penny Reid$1.99 Sale!!

    This romantic comedy has crazy HIGH ratings and it’s on sale now for $1.99 (regular price is $5.99). After a string of disastrous first dates, the heroine falls for her hot, argumentative, mysterious waiter… Sounds good!!

    It’s a part of the Knitting In The City series but each book in the series, including this one, can be read as a standalone!

     

    Six of Hearts by L.H. Cosway - $0.99 Sale!!

    This recently released standalone just went on sale! ➜ Meet Jay Fields: Illusionist. Mentalist. Trickster. — The world thinks I killed a man, but I didn’t… Revenge is what I want. I want it for me and I want it for her…. She doesn’t remember me, but she’s the reason for everything… So go ahead and pick a card. Come inside and see the show… While you’re so focused on looking, I’ll be destroying your world from right here in the spotlight… I’ve only got one heart, and after I’ve pulled off my grand deception I’ll hand it right to her…You’re in for one hell of a ride.

     

    Marked Men series by Jay CrownoverSeries sale!!

    Nash just went on sale!! That means that now, 4 books in the Marked Men series are discounted (regular price is $4.74 each)!! From bad boys, to rock stars, soldiers, and more, this is a great series of interconnected standalone romances!!!

    Series reading order: #1 Rule (bad boy), #2 Jet (rock star), #3 Rome (solder), #4 Nash (new sale).

     

    Unfinished Heroes series by Kristen Ashley$0.99 each!!

    Woohoo!! All the books in the Unfinished Heroes series are on sale in anticipation of the 4th one coming out next month!! These heroes are all A.L.P.H.A. and each of the books can be read as a complete standalone!!!

    Sale links: Knight, Creed (my favorite!!), Raid, Deacon (pre-order).
    All my reviews.

     

    The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred$0.99 sale & recommendation!

    This is one of my all-time favorite second chance love stories. It’s one of those hidden gems with an unforgettable story!! It’s a beautifully written, intense, and highly emotional standalone that is both heart wrenching and heart warming. 5 STARS!!! And, it’s ONLY $0.99!!! Read my review.

    “You’re the only one I’ve ever wanted, Alix, the only one I’ll ever want. That’s a promise.”

     

    Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon - Series sale!!

    This is a epic romance historical fiction story set in 18th century Scotland (the hero, Jamie Fraser, is a Scots warrior) and the TV series starts this month!! All the books (except the newest) are on sale for $3.99-$4.99 each right now (reg. $7.99-$11.99).

    #1 Outlander, #2 Dragonfly in Amber, #3 Voyager, #4 Drums of Autumn, #5 The Fiery Cross, #6 A Breath of Snow and Ashes, #7 An Echo in the Bone, #8 Written In My Own Heart’s Blood.

     

    *** UPCOMING PRE-ORDERS ***

    Deacon (Unfinished Heroes) by Kristen Ashley Must pre-order!!

    ALPHA MALE FANS!! This is the next KA book!! (Knight, Creed, Raid, Deacon)

    Deacon has an ugly history that broke him. He left the normal world to descend into the criminal world and found he fit. So he stayed… Then he returns to some remote cabins in the Colorado Mountains and finds they have new owners. One is a young woman, Cassidy Swallow. Suddenly, Deacon finds he’s at war. Cassidy’s pull is strong… He might break her. He also might be her dream come true.

     

    Stay With Me by J Lynn Must pre-order!!

    This is a new standalone in the Wait For Me series (New Adult romance).

    At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should… When she discovers her mom has stolen her college money, she has to go back to the small town she thought she’d left behind… When she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

     

    Apolonia by Jamie McGuire Must pre-order!!

    Check out Jamie McGuire’s upcoming new book — The heroine survived her own murder and trusts no one, not even the beautifully dark, mysterious boy in her class… But when he gets abducted by soldiers in the night, she goes after him!! — This is described as an “action-packed roller coaster” set in a “dark and sexy” world!!

     
     

    Burying Water by KA Tucker Must pre-order!!

    This is an upcoming New Adult romance by the author of Ten Tiny Breaths about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away. It begins with a young woman who wakes up in a field one day without any memory, but who finds herself recognizing the neighbor of the family that takes her in… — Sounds so good!!

     
     

    Last Light (Night Owl #2) by M. Pierce Must pre-order!!

    This is the highly-anticipated sequel to Night Owl (one of my top favorites ever!!) and I absolutely can’t wait for it!!!

    Hidden away in the woods, Matt and Hannah strive desperately to maintain their ruse and their relationship—but their web of lies only tightens… until Hannah is put in danger, and Matt must make a life or death choice. — *squee*

     

    Captivated by You by Sylvia Day Must pre-order!!

    GIDEON CROSS FANS!! The highly anticipated 4th Crossfire book will be out November 18th and you can now pre-order a Kindle copy or pre-order the paperback. It’s gorgeous!! — If you haven’t read them, click here for the first 3 books.

    Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

     

    *** MORE RECENT FAVORITES ***

    *** LISTS OF BOOKS ***

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    Book Review — Rules of Protection by Alison Bliss

    Book Review — Rules of Protection by Alison Bliss

    “Honey, you may have the face of an angel, but that halo of yours is awfully crooked.”

    Oh my gosh, guys!! This book was SO MUCH FUN!!! I was in the mood for something light-hearted and this totally hit the spot — a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy with a dash of suspense mixed in!

    The story focuses on a romance between a seriously sassy heroine who unluckily witnesses a mob crime one night and is placed in Witness Protection, and the badass Special Agent assigned to protect her.

    The hilarious banter started right from the start! When she first meets Jake at the bar, she has no idea who he is but the sparks immediately start to fly…

    “You think I turn heads?”

    “Sweetheart, a man would have to be blind or stupid not to look.” He smiled again… “Definitely a looker, but that makes you trouble. I don’t need the unwanted attention you crave.”

    “I’d swear there’s an insult somewhere in there.”

    But when he rescues her from the murder scene she witnessed, he expects someone a little more grateful, but instead she fights him tooth and nail every step of the way. This was no damsel in distress! However, when he fully impresses upon her the danger of her situation, she begrudgingly decides to accept his help.

    “We can give you a new identity and put you in a safe house.”

    “You mean the Witness Protection Program?”

    “That’s the one.”

    “Nuh-uh! No freaking way!”

    His steely gaze fixed on me, and his jaw tightened…. “Three other witnesses have died in the past year. You want to be number four?”

    “Should’ve put them in the program.”

    “We did.”

    She may have accepted his help, but ohhh my, this girl gave him soooooo much trouble every single step of the way!!! The way their personalities bounced off each other kept a permanent smile on my face!!!

    “I want to see your badge.”

    “What?”

    “You heard me. How do I know you are who you say you are?”

    … He held it up for me to get a closer look.

    “Could be a fake,” I told him with a shrug.

    … a vein popped out of Jake’s temple.

    And it aaaaaaall gets even more complicated when the location to their safe house is compromised prompting Jake to take matters into his own hands and take her way off grid, into the forest, to hide…

    “Hold on, I’m lost…”

    “I could tell you where to go.”

    I swear, these two couldn’t go even five minutes without bickering. Emily literally had a snappy comeback for everything (much to Jake’s intense frustration) and when she wasn’t sassing him out loud, her inner monologue kept me smiling and laughing non-stop!! Jake certainly had his hands full!

    Jake flashed a grin. “I love the sound you make when you’re silent.”

    Now, throw in loads of sexual tension and a forbidden romance (because remember, as a Special Agent, he’s not allowed to fall for his witness) and you have the recipe for a seriously fun love-hate relationship!!

    “You’re prolonging this because afraid of being *that* guy.”

    “Which guy?”

    “You know, the one who falls for the witness who gets killed.”

    “Damn it, Emily. I’m responsible for your safety.”

    “Then wear a condom!”

    “Jesus,” he said, breathing out hard. “I was right before. You definitely have multiple personalities.”

    My eyes narrowed. “Yeah, well maybe I do, and none of them like you!”

    All in all, this book was awesome!! I’d say the first 60% was more “pure, HILARIOUS fun” (honestly, the funniest I’ve read since Wallbanger) and the last 40% was a little more “drama-focused” (there’s trouble with an ex-girlfriend, a wild boar, a few other things, and of course the bad guys). In an ideal world, I’d have preferred that the book had been “funny” the whole way through but I still loved it.

    There are some things that are absolutely more than a little over-the-top but they totally didn’t bother me because this is meant to be light-hearted, entertaining fiction!! Like, yes suuuure in real life, a woman who was literally hiding to save her life would probably not have given the guy protecting her that much trouble. But this wouldn’t have been a fun book if she just sat there and did what she was told. And let me tell you, some of her antics had me in stitches. I was laughing SO hard that I’d have to take a breather before going back. Then I’d start reading again and burst out laughing two lines later. Like I said, FUN!!

    If you like any of the quotes I’ve posted, then definitely give this book a try because those are just a tiny fraction of the hilarity in this story!! I’d highly recommend this for anyone looking for a witty, well-written romance with great banter and loads of sexual tension that is guaranteed to make you smile :D

    Rating: 4.5 stars. Standalone, with epilogue.

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    Book Review — Worth The Fall by Claudia Connor

    Book Review — Worth The Fall by Claudia Connor

    “I love you, and nothing and no one could keep me from you.”

    What a gorgeous, heartfelt story!!

    If you’re looking for a book that’ll make you SWOOOOOOON, this is it!!!

    The hero, Matt, is an injured Navy SEAL vacationing at a beach where he meets a single mom there with her four little kids. Something about her draws him to her, and in the space of a week, Abby and the kids become such a part of his heart that he can’t imagine being without them. However, they live completely opposite lives. With his job, he spends most of his time overseas on missions, while she’s tied to her home and her children. But what they have is worth fighting to keep and this is their story.

    Let me tell you, there’s something about a big, tough, protective Alpha man who accepts kids who are not his own into his life with such complete openness and love that is absolutely heart-melting!!!!

    Just take a minute and picture this gorgeous, badass Navy SEAL guy sitting on a beach helping a tiny little girl who is crawling all over him with her Barbie doll and loving every minute of it. How sweet is that??

    “It was impossible not to notice his broad shoulders, the way the muscles in his back and arms flexed when he threw Jack across the pool. At least three women tripped walking past him from the bar. Wrapped up in kid games, Matt gave no hint he noticed.”

    Every moment between him and those kids was just gorgeous. I loved the way he was with them and I loved the way he treated Abby. There’s a bit of a twist to her situation too and I loved that he wanted every part of her. He fell in love with not only her, but with everything and everyone she came with. He accepted them all in his heart as they accepted him into their family.

    “Just tell me you feel it too.”
    “I feel it.”

    This book was such a joy to read! I loved the way their relationship developed so naturally. He just spent time with them because he couldn’t stand not to until it got to a point where it didn’t feel right from him to ever be away. It was a really gorgeous progression to watch.

    “I’m here because I couldn’t stay away.”

    It wasn’t all easy for them though. Despite how much they loved each other, they had struggles to deal with because she was a woman who’d been left or abandoned by everyone she trusted and he was a man whose job quite literally called him away constantly and put him in dangerous situations so they had a lot of trust to build and priorities to discover. But I loved the experience of reading through their journey.

    “I can’t breathe when you look at me like that.”

    “Like what?” He traced her cheek with his thumb. “Like I love you? Because I do. More than I ever thought possible.”

    I laughed out loud, swooned over and over again, and even teared up in a few of the more emotional scenes. This book genuinely made me care so deeply about these characters — for each of them separately, and for all of them together. Their entire family worked their way into my heart.

    He took the front steps two at a time and then he had her. In his arms, in his life… “Never again,” he whispered into her hair, her neck. “Never again will I be away from you like that.”

    The pacing of this story was perfect. It payed close attention to the important details while always moving forward. There was a strong focus on family and each of the children got their own time to shine while still allowing for plenty of focus on Matt and Abby’s romantic relationship. The balance between everything kept me constantly connected to the story and I completely loved it from beginning to end.

    I highly recommend this for all fans of romance! It’s a gorgeous story full of beautiful emotions and all kinds of love. Matt McKinney is guaranteed to melt your heart!! I can’t wait for more by Claudia Connor!

    Rating: 4.5 stars. Standalone (first of a series of standalones).

    PS: If you’re a fan of Brody from Room For You, then you have to meet Matt in this book (and, vice versa). This story was completely different but, if you love one, you’ll love the other. I’m sure of it!

    WORTH THE FALL claudia connor

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    Book Review — Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan

    Book Review — Becoming Calder by Mia Sheridan

    “If I were just a boy and you were just a girl, I wouldn’t kiss you once like you asked… Eden, I’d kiss you long, and I’d kiss you often.”

    OhMyGod. OhMyGod. OhMyGod!!!!!!! This was OUTSTANDING!!!

    Captivating. Powerful. Unique. Thought-provoking. Unforgettable. My heart was racing from the first word to the last. Mia Sheridan’s flawless writing is something every reader should experience. Calder and Eden’s love story captured my heart and this is absolutely one of the best books I have ever read!!

    There’s a special feeling you get right before you start a book by an author you love. The anticipation makes your heart beat a little faster, you get butterflies in your belly, you smile to yourself, and excitedly dive into the first chapter. That’s how I felt before starting this book and from the first few pages, I was utterly captivated and felt every word of the story. It grabbed a hold of my heart and didn’t let go even for a moment. I think it’s truly the sign of a gifted author when she can make you feel completely connected to the characters from the very beginning, even before you’ve gotten to really know them or their story.

    We begin the book with a girl lost in the city, with nothing to her name but a few precious keepsakes from a life she was forced to leave behind. As we read more of her story, little snippets of her memories are inserted in. Heart wrenching glimpses of a powerful love that was torn away from her. But why was she here? Where was the boy she loved now? What had happened to them? …. This book is their story.

    There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition. 

    In this place, there is a boy with the body of a God and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more. 

    In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers. 

    Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places… From the beginning of time, to the end of the world. 

    In a secluded community isolated by choice from the rest of the world, Calder’s people live a life without modern conveniences based on pure faith in their gods and true devotion to their leader. Selfish desires are seen as sinful and free choice is not even a consideration. But the teachings instilled in them from childhood make them live this life willingly and believe that what they’re doing will lead them to paradise.

    It was in this world that Calder, a lowly worker, first set eyes on Eden. Though they were both children when they first met, a strong connection grew between them, even just at a glance. But they were not destined for each other for she was promised to another. Their powerful leader claimed that it was foretold that he should marry her when she came of age so any feelings between them were strictly forbidden.

    “I’d never have him. He’d never be mine — not even his laughter.”

    But love is an emotion strong enough to overpower all others. As they got older, hidden meetings, stolen glances, secret kisses, and every single moment together grew into an unstoppable love that forced them to chose between the life they were told to live and the dream of a life together they so desperately craved.

    “I had loved him for so long… Somehow… it feels worth the risk.”

    This is the story of two people whose love for each other was so strong that it gave them the power to fight for the life they wanted and the freedom to choose how to live it, to walk away from the teachings they’d grown up with and to find the courage to try build lives of their own even if their future was unknown.

    “I’m going to take you away from here, to a place where my bed is your bed, and my home is your home. And in that place, I’ll never be more than an arm’s reach from you.” 

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    MY. HEART. WAS. POUNDING!!!!! With every new page, the emotional intensity grew until it felt like I couldn’t breathe. Some lines would be laced with so much emotion that tears would fill my eyes and I’d have to stop for a moment to gain composure. I felt every word of this story with every part of my heart.

    The world they lived in was so stifling it made me want to scream. And when I realized what was truly happening to them, it felt like I was watching a train wreck without being able to save them. There’s more to the story I’m not telling you. I don’t want to give it away too much but the last line of the blurb is a big hint and it added a dangerous edge to the already-overwhelming intensity of their forbidden love.

    We started the story when they were kids and the way their connection in this part of their lives was described was incredibly beautiful but still naturally very innocent. But as they got older, their feelings grew into a powerful, passionate, all-consuming, undeniable, desperate love. When they finally came together, it was explosive!!! And as a result, I would absolutely call this an adult read. Guys, it is HOT!!!!

    “I’ve wanted you for so long. So long. Every waking minute, in my dreams, too. I want to bury myself in you, drown in you, and never come up for air. I want you to be mine, and only mine… You trust me, right?”

    I was completely swept away in the intensity of Calder and Eden’s love for each other. So desperate for them to find a way to be together. I felt their emotions projected onto me as though they were my own.

    Calder kissed me in a way that made me believe I had not only always been his, but I would be his forever. In this life or any other. In his kiss was the promise that wherever he and I existed, we would belong to each other.

    At times, my heart ached too much to even keep reading. I loved them so much and I couldn’t watch this happen to them. I was so scared for them. Worried. Angry. Terrified. Desperate for them to find a way out of this nightmare. I was practically shaking. It was almost TOO MUCH to bear. I’d have to stop and put the book away for a moment. Then desperately grab it again and read more. Freak out again. Close it. Grab it back and read more. I was scared to read the next page but too desperate for more to stop reading…

    This book literally took over my life and my heart. It consumed me. Captivated me. I didn’t just read the book, I lived this story through Calder and Eden’s eyes. It owned me. AND I LOVED IT!!!!!

    “My heart is yours. My life is yours. My body is yours…
    You own each and every part of me.”

    When you read this book, please remember to be open-minded about their culture. You’re not supposed to relate to it, you just need to understand where they are coming from. It’s a totally different world than the one most of us live in. Respect it for what it is and accept that they’re trying to find their own best balance between what feels right to them and what they want out of life. It’s their journey. And it’s a beautiful one.

    “Promise me once we get out of here, we’ll never say goodbye again.”

    Becoming Calder is the first book in a completed 2-book series. Both books will be released on the same day. I fully understand why they were separated because this book alone was a full length novel and every single word mattered. It’s also has a beginning, middle, and end. And while it will leave you desperate to dive into the next book immediately, it also makes complete sense to have them as two separate books. I do however how so much respect for Mia Sheridan for choosing to release the two books together. To me, this is a sign of an author who is thinking of her readers and her story first by giving a complete reading experience by allowing the emotions from the first book carry through to the second without delay.

    Mia Sheridan is truly one of the most gifted authors I’ve ever read. Her unique stories, flawless writing, and the deep emotions she conveys through her words stay with you long after you finish the book.

    Calder and Eden’s love was so intense, so passionate, so forbidden, and so powerful. The writing, the story, the emotions, the message, everything came together so beautifully. This was an unforgettable, captivating must-read!!! The only word to truly describe this book is EPIC.

    Rating: 5 STARS!!!! Contemporary Adult Romance.

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    Becoming Calder & Finding Eden will both be released on October 5, 2014.
    Only Becoming Calder
     will be available for pre-order.

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    SALES, NEW RELEASES, & RECOMMENDATIONS

    SALES, NEW RELEASES, & RECOMMENDATIONS

    Here are this week’s latest new romance book releases, sales, & my top recommendations!!

    • UPDATE ::: I added a brand NEW FEATURE to the blog ➜ 24 LISTS of RECOMMENDATIONS Looking for a book that’ll make you cry? A sexy bad boy romance? Forbidden love? It’s all LISTED!!

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    *** NEW RELEASES ***

    Uncivilized by Sawyer BennettNew Release!!

    Dominant hero alert!! This standalone sounds HOT!!! The hero is an “uncivilized” savage warrior from the rainforest. The heroine is an anthropologist hired to help him transition back to modern society. But the only thing he wants is HER!! ➜ “I f*ck with dominant force and absolute control. I demand complete surrender.”

    This is a standalone and the blurb says it’s loooong!

     

    Priceless by Raine Miller New release!!

    Oh wow!! This is LIVE EARLY!!! It’s a contemporary romance Blackstone Affair spin-off (the hero is Ethan’s cousin). He’s a rich aristocrat – a celebrity – who stays hidden behind his public image. But when he falls for a certain woman, the chase is on, and his dominant side isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer…

    This can be read on it’s own, but if you want to start with the Blackstone Affair series (about Ethan Blacksone), just click here.

     

    Bang Bang by Rachel Van DykenNew Release!!

    This new book Mafia-themed romance sounds awesome!! It’s a part of the Eagle Elect series but can also be read as a standalone. And, its only $0.99!!

    He was my best friend. Until he became my enemy. All within the span of one night. Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang. This is the Mafia. He was dead. Now he’s back. Alive. And he wants something… Me.

     

    The Hook Up by Kristen CallinhanNew Release!!

    Football player alert!! This sounds good!! ➜ The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love. Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

    This is the first standalone in a series of interconnected standalones. The blurb says this book has a HEA. The next book will be out in 2015.

     

    Damaged Goods by Nicole WilliamsNew Release!!

    “He isn’t the same boy she remembers growing up by in the next trailer over.” … He used to be a bad boy but now he quietly works on cars by night and takes care of his ill mother during the day… She finds out that he isn’t who he used to be, he’s someone else entirely. He’s become… Damaged Goods.”

    This can be read as a standalone. It’s the second standalone in the series though, the first one, Hard Knox, is on sale for $0.99.

     

    Boarded by Love by Toni AleoNew Release!!

    Hockey player alert!!!! A bad boy with no intention of settling down falls for a college girl with a secret… Sounds good!! ➜ “He’s trouble… I don’t know what I’m thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I’m his. You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue.”

    This is a spin-off of the Assassins series but can be read on it’s own.

     

    The Suit by BN Toller New release!!

    This seems to be kind of an “enemies-to-lovers” romance. The hero is a suit-wearing law school graduate from the city who has to spend 3 months working in the country to settle an old debt… which is where he meets HER. — She thinks he’s an arrogant yuppie. He thinks she’s a simple farm girl. And he’s moving in with her…

    It’s the first book in a series of standalones.

     

    Rock Addiction by Nalini SinghNew Release!!

    Rock star!! He’s a tattooed bad boy and the hottest rock star on the planet… and it was just meant to be a one-night stand …

    This is a contemporary romance by a very popular paranormal romance author so if you liked her previous work, be sure to check this out! It’s the first book of a new series but can be read as a standalone.

     

    Beast (Part 2) by Ella Frank New release!!

    This is a dark and erotic, modern-day twist on the Beauty & The Beast fairy tale!! — HE was once a movie star but a 10-year prison sentence turned him into a Beast. Ruthless, and cunning, he now runs the prison from the inside and his word is law…. and only SHE can save him. Annabelle, the warden’s stepdaughter. — I’m very intrigued!!!

    The full story will have 4 parts. Reading order: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

     

    Melt For Him by Lauren BlakelyNew Release!!

    Sexy, brooding firefighter alert!! The woman he wants turns out to be his best friend’s sister and she’s sworn to never fall in love with a firefighter!!

    This is ON SALE for $2.99 this week only (going up to $3.99 after). Also, 50% of the proceeds from release week will be donated to a Firefighter Support Fund!!

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