SALES, NEW RELEASES, PRE-ORDERS, & RECOMMENDATIONS

SALES, NEW RELEASES, PRE-ORDERS, & RECOMMENDATIONS

Check out all these awesome new books & deals!!! There are some brand new books, some recent releases from the last couple weeks that look really good, a whole bunch sales, and several of my most recent recommendations!! Happy reading, everyone!  :)

 

MAKE IT A DOUBLE by Sawyer Bennett <– My Newest Recommendation!!

I finished this book at 3AM last night and LOVED IT!!!!! The hero spent the last 5 years in prison and had lost everything important to him and the heroine has distanced herself from the life of luxury she came from and she spends her time helping abused animals in a shelter. When she meets him, they actually don’t get off on the best of terms right away but they have this really strong connection and she “is powerless to stop her personal quest to make Brody whole again.”

My full review is now up but basically, it was a really sweet read with a very unique twist to it and it had a really wonderful balance of an intriguing storyline, a SWOONY romance, crazy hot sex, but also really great character development, and a nicely paced relationship (no insta-love). Just my kind of read!! :D

 

ROOM FOR YOU by Beth Ehemann — Top Recommendation!!! (Read my review)

I LOOOOOVED this book and it’s still one of my top recommendations of the moment!!! It was a sweet, swoony, heart-melting, romance, perfectly balanced with just enough angst to keep me on my toes.  The heroine is a single mom with 2 little twin girls, and the hero is a famous hockey player (but she doesn’t know that) and a storm strands him at the Inn she runs with her mom and he has to stay a few days…. ok, and just get this — he calls her little girls his Twinkies!!! OMG *SWOON*

It’s the first of a 2-book series (both books are about the same couple, and both are available) and I read the sequel right after and loved it just as much as the first one!! I highly recommend them both!!! SO. MUCH. SWOOOOOON. !!!! Reading order: #1 ROOM FOR YOU, #2 ROOM FOR MORE.

 

PHENOMENAL X by Michelle Valentine – New Release

I love the sound of this new fighter romance!! The hero is the “newest superstar of professional wrestling” and the heroine “accepts a job as the assistant to wrestling’s most notorious bad-boy” ➜ Good Girl. Notorious Bad-Boy. One Phenomenal Love.

 

FRAGILE BONDS by Sloan Johnson – New Release <– I want to read this!!

WOW, this new book sounds like a real tearjerker!!! I did a little digging on the plot and it’s complicated to explain and I don’t want to give too much away but basically it’s kind of a second-chance romance with a big twist. I one-clicked!!

 

BRUTALLY BEAUTIFUL by Christine Zolendz – $0.99 Sale + Recommendation

Omg, I loved this book!!! It can be read as a standalone and it was kind of dark & twisty but also quite funny and it had fantastic writing!!! If you are a fan of dark, tortured heroes and strong heroines, definitely grab this book!! Also, I think fans of Night Owl might like this.

 

LEGAL BRIEFS by N.M. Silber – $0.99 New Release

This one sounds like a lot of fun!! ➜ “Once upon a time, childhood enemies grew up and fell in love… Can they manage to date without anyone sustaining injury? Can they avoid the mobsters trying to kill them without killing each other first? Find out in Legal Briefs.” (If you want, there are 2 other books in this series that have been bundled together too)

 

REGRET TRILOGY SALE BUNDLE by AL Jackson – Huge Sale + Recommendation

OMG!! The entire REGRET trilogy has been bundled together for $1.99 total (worth $8.97) including all 3 books: Lost To You, Take This Regret, and If Forever Comes. This series is one of my top favorite second chance romances. It’s a heart-wrenching and deeply emotional love story and it’ll be out this week but you can pre-order now!!

 

SEX LOVE REPEAT by Alessandra Torre – $0.99 Sale

This book has been recommended to me by so many readers and it’s on SALE now. It’s quite the love triangle and I hear there’s a huge twist that makes it not your average triangle!! Just read the blurb and you’ll see what I mean ;)

 

BENDER by Stacy Borel – New Release

Teehee!! Here’s another new one that sounds good! A friend of mine is reading it and she’s about ready to slap the hero right now — he seems to be a loveable jerk. I haven’t read it yet but here’s the link if you want to check it out!!

 

HEARTS OF ANEMOI SERIES & NEW BOOK by Laura Kaye – $0.99 Series Sale

The first 3 books in this fantasy/paranormal romance series have been bundled for $0.99 total & the price of the newest book has also dropped to $0.99!! I saw it described as a “sexy story that packs a powerful emotional punch” — sounds good!!

 

THE RESISTANCE by SL Scott – $0.99 Pre-Order

Ooooh!! This is a new romance coming out next week and I’m really excited for it!! A reader who read an early copy actually recommended it to me last week and right now you can preorder it for only $0.99!!! It’s a standalone!! ➜ “You don’t choose when. You don’t choose where. And you don’t get to choose who you fall in love with.”

 

COVET by Tracey Garvis Graves – 50% OFF Sale (Read my review)

The price on this book just dropped!! Usually it’s priced around $10 so this quite a big discount!! This is a fiction novel (not specifically a romance) that has this tagline ➜ What if the life you wanted, and the woman you fell in love with, belonged to someone else? 

 

ONE NIGHT PROMISED by Jodi Ellen Malpas – New book & preorder

Jodi Ellen Malpas’ upcoming book whose cover was revealed today, ONE NIGHT: PROMISED, is now up for pre-order. This is the first book of a new trilogy coming out this summer. You can read the full blurb at this link.

 

TAMING THE STORM by Samantha Towle – New pre-order announced

YAY!! This is the third book in the Storm series. It’s coming out in July and is Tom & Lyla’s story ➜ “Lyla Summers hates men. Okay, maybe hate is a strong word. Lyla intensely dislikes men… Tom Carter loves women. Okay, love might be pushing it. Tom enjoys screwing lots of women… Put one perpetually horny Tom and one sex resistant Lyla together, equals a recipe for disaster. Or so you’d think…”

 

HARDWIRED by Meredith Wild

A reader just recommended this series to me and I haven’t read them myself but I’m passing along the links if you want to check them out. This is a “dominant billionaire” type story – the hero is a billionaire hacker who owns a company that the heroine is trying to get to invest in her project… #1 Hardwired, #2 Hardpressed, #3 Hardline (June)

 

LOVE, IN ENGLISH by Karina Halle – New Release

This is a new standalone forbidden/taboo romance that’s been getting great ratings!! I haven’t read it myself but the blurb says ➜ “when they say you can’t choose who you fall in love with, boy ain’t that the damn truth.”

 

FIGHTING TO FORGET by J.B. Salsbury – I just finished this!! (Read my Review)

This is a second chance romance between a tattooed, pierced fighter and the girl from his past that he can’t remember but who can’t forget him!! — “She’s watched him, followed him and kept tabs, all in preparation for this moment: to make amends and share the secret she’s been carrying since she was a kid…”

 

VITAL SIGN by J.L. Mac — Limited Time Sale (Read my Review)

I read this recently and really enjoyed it!! It’s a beautiful standalone romance about a woman whose husband dies and donates his organs. She spirals into misery but decides to go searching for these people who benefitted from his death and….. “The heart that once fell in love with her now resides in Alexander McBride’s chest.”

 

EXPOSED: 10 BOOK SALE BUNDLE by Various Authors — $0.99 Special!!

WOW!!! HUGE SALE ALERT!!! This new bundle has 10 full-length romance novels including several of my favorites!! This is LIMITED TIME only and all the books are either the first in a series or standalones for only $0.99 total (worth $29)!! Don’t miss this!! 

 

UNFIXABLE by Tessa Bailey — $0.99 New Release (Read my Review)

I read this a few days ago and loved it! It was fun, sexy, and light-hearted. Honestly, it felt exactly like “reading” a romantic comedy movie — great banter, a hot hero, a snarky heroine, a little bit of drama thrown in and a happy ending. The heroine was a “sarcastic American girl” fresh off a bad break up who wemt to Ireland where she met a “dark-haired, blue-eyed” famous race car driver “with a bad attitude that rivals her own.”

 

HAPPENSTANCE by Jamie McGuire — New Announcement + Pre-Order

Jamie McGuire has announced this new 100 page novella that’ll be released in just a few weeks on May 9th!! The cover is just stunning and the story sounds interesting! If you want to find out more about the story, you can read the full blurb and preorder at this link.

 

ONLY FOR YOU by Genna Rulon – $0.99 Sale

I’ve had this on my TBR for a while and it’s on sale now!! After a wave of violent crime on her university campus, the heroine takes up a school sponsored self-defense seminar, where she meets volunteer instructor, Hunter Charles… (This book can be read as a standalone) 

 

ESCORTED by Claire Kent — $0.99 Sale

“She hired him to take her virginity…but now she wants even more.” – This standalone is only $0.99 (reg. $3.99) The heroine is a popular romance writer who just hadn’t had any personal luck at finding love and is a virgin so she “decides to take matters into her own hands [and] hires a talented, sexy male escort to take care of her inconvenient virginity”

 

ROCKED by Taryn Elliot & Cari Quinn — $0.99 Sale

This is getting great ratings and at 474 pages, it’s quite a full-length book!! It’s the first in a new rock star romance series. The hero is part of band on tour and the heroine is actually their chef “who makes him crave a lot more than what she’s offering on her serving plate.”

 

LOSING IT by Cora Carmack – $1.99 Sale (Read my review)

I read this book a while ago but remember that it was really cute & funny!! The heroine is tired of being the only one of her friends who is still a virgin so her solution is a one-night stand. But she freaks and leaves the gorgeous guy alone in her bed… But when she walks into the first day of her class, “she recognizes her new theater professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.” 

 

KISS THIS by Hadley Quinn– $0.99 Sale

I’ve had this book on my TBR for a long time too. It’s about a girl who lost her first love tragically and since then has promised herself she wouldn’t kiss anyone she didn’t love. When she meets the hero, he’s the first guy to make her want to disregard that rule and so she makes a bet not to kiss him for a week… oh, and he has a secret! 

 

THE SECRET OF ELLA AND MICHA by Jessica Sorensen — $0.99 Sale

I read this way back when it first came out and fell in love with it!! I know many of you have read it already but if anyone hasn’t, this is a great deal on a beautiful friends to lovers story about a girl from a broken home and the bad boy who made her feel loved and safe again.

 

PRICE OF A KISS by Linda Kage — $0.99 Sale (My review)

Awww, this book was fun and swoony!! It’s a standalone where the heroine has a history of impossible relationships and the hero turns out to be a gigolo. Teehee!! ➜ “He could be my soul mate…except for one teeny tiny glitch. He’s a gigolo. Boy, do I know how to pick them.”

 

LEGAL AFFAIRS by Sawyer Bennett — Serial Sale Bundle

Since I’m a new fan of Sawyer Bennett, I’ve been one-clicking a bunch of her books and noticed that the complete LEGAL AFFAIRS series (all 6 volumes from the serial) have been bundled together. This is an office romance with a “whole lot of hot and a little bit of funny” and REALLY high ratings!! I’m looking forward to them!

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Book Review — Make It A Double by Sawyer Bennett

Book Review — Make It A Double by Sawyer Bennett

 He is a good man. Twisted and broken? Probably.
But a good man all the same.

I absolutely LOVED this book!!!!! I read it start to finish in one sitting because I just could not put it down. It was a sweet, sexy, gorgeous romance with a very unique twist to it. Just my kind of book!!! ♥

The story was about Brody and Alyssa. Brody had just spent the last five years in prison and was finally out and trying his best to get his life back in order. Alyssa on the other hand came from a life of luxury but had done her best to distance herself from it and spent all her time running a shelter she’d founded for abused and abandoned animals. Unfortunately when they met, they didn’t exactly get off on the right foot…  he misjudged her at first by assuming that she was spoiled and needy like everyone else he knew who came from money, but he soon saw that she was in fact quite the opposite.

“She didn’t bat her eyelashes or use feminine charms on me to get her way. In fact, she didn’t ask for my help at all. She merely turned her back on me and stomped off to handle her problem on her own. 

That, in and of itself, caught my interest because, in my experience… those that come from her sort of background don’t do things on their own. The beg, plead, cajole, and simper to get what they  want. If that doesn’t work, they buy their way. 

Not Alyssa though.

She hauled that fine ass off to her truck in an attempt to tackle her own problems on her own.

And I respected her for it.”

They soon began spending a lot of time around each other when he decided to do his community service hours at her shelter. She saw right through his gruffness and to her he was another broken soul she could help heal and she was determined to make him feel whole again. Misunderstandings aside, they had a strong connection between them, and so began an absolutely gorgeous, deeply heartwarming romance…

He is all male… raw, powerful, magnificent… Brody is a good man that has suffered, yet he bears a noble presence even in the face of his tragic circumstances.

Yes, he is a good man.

Twisted and broken? Probably.

But a good man all the same.

Brody stole my heart!! I think I’ve just always had a soft spot for the brooding, protective, slightly tortured heroes — something about them just melts my heart — and this guy had had so many things go wrong in his life and yet still was so kind hearted that it was really impossible for me not to fall for him. His own self description though made me chuckle… “I’m a brooding introvert now, and I don’t do flirty.”

I also really loved Alyssa. It’s always awesome when you genuinely like both the hero and heroine in the book you’re reading and she was totally the kind of girl who I could easily see myself being friends with in real life. She wasn’t a “princess in a tower”, she took care of her own problems, stood up for herself, but also had the biggest, kindest heart you can imagine.

I wonder if he’s interested… in anything, with me. Friendship? Sex? A relationship? I know I’m probably stretching on those last two, but Brody is someone that I’m fascinated with, and the fact he wears a cloak of hurt tightly around him makes me want to do something… anything, to make it better.

Despite their rocky start, they were actually a really wonderful match and it was incredibly heartwarming to see them together — several scenes even brought tears to my eyes while others had me laughing over their hilarious banter. I loved seeing Brody find his way in life again and I loved than when he doubted himself, Alyssa believed in them enough for the both of them.

I loved that even though they faced hardships and situations that easily could have escalated badly, they always worked things out and kept pleasantly surprising me with how rationally they handled everything. It’s just such a wonderful feeling to genuinely like I can respect the characters and their decisions.

Ooooh and also — holy heart-melting epilogue!!!! What an original idea!!! Epic swoon!!!!

Honestly, I really just LOVED this book. I cared about the characters and was fully invested in their story, I loved the writing, and I just could not put the book down. It had a really wonderful balance of a unique and intriguing storyline, a swoony, heart-melting romance, crazy hot sex, but also really great character development, and a really nicely paced relationship (no insta-love here). All in all, it was a fantastic read!!

Rating: 4.5+ stars!! Can be read as a standalone. 

Casting: Brody (just imagine him with long hair that’s tied back)

PS — Ok, so like I said, I read this book as a standalone even though it’s technically the second in a series of standalones. The first book is about Brody’s identical twin brother and I’ve heard good things about it, but personally it was this story that I was dying to read and I thought the author did a fantastic job of filling in any blanks so I still felt fully connected to all the characters (and this is coming from someone who is really OCD about reading books in order so I promise it’s okay to read it on it’s own).

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SIGNED GIVEAWAY — UNTEACHABLE by Leah Raeder

SIGNED GIVEAWAY — UNTEACHABLE by Leah Raeder

If you’re a fan of forbidden romance, you are in for a treat today!!!

The feature book here is Unteachable by Leah Raeder which is a student-teacher forbidden romance and honest to goodness, it is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. I am in awe of Leah Raeder’s writing talent. Her unique style is lyrical, poetic and vivid. The story grabbed my attention from the very first line and, by mid-way through the first chapter, I had goosebumps and spent the rest of my read desperately overusing the highlight function on my Kindle. No joke!! It’s that good!

It was recently picked up for publishing by Atria and today the publishers are offering up a signed bound manuscript of the book so to enter for a chance to win, just enter the Rafflecopter below… :D

 ❤ UNTEACHABLE 

An edgy, sexy USA Today bestseller about falling for the one person you can’t have.

Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.

But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall.

When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.

That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.

Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.

Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.

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 ❤ SIGNED GIVEAWAY 

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If you live outside of the US/Canada, you can still enter as long as
you know someone in the US/Canada who you can mail your prize to.

Void where prohibited by law. Must be over 18 to enter.
One winner will get a signed bound manuscript of UNTEACHABLE.

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Book Review — Fighting To Forget by JB Salsbury

Book Review — Fighting To Forget by JB Salsbury

“Only for you will I fight this fight.”

For any fans of “fighter” heroes, this is a book you should definitely check out! It’s a second chance story between a tattooed, pierced fighter with a heart wrenching past he couldn’t remember and a girl from his past who couldn’t forget him and was holding onto a secret that could change his life.

The dedication of the book says it all:

“To every child who waited for a savior that never came.”

The story started off with a prologue that set up their past. When they were little kids, her family fostered him. Sounds sweet, right? No. It was a nightmare. They kept him locked away in the basement, never allowed him out, and he had “visitors” that came to see him frequently. As a child, she didn’t understand what was going on but every night, once her parents were asleep, she’d sneak downstairs and sing to him as he sat on the other side of the door and cried himself to sleep. Then one day, he was taken away and she never heard from him again.

Cut to the present day, Rex is a fighter by profession and also the lead singer in a band. Tattooed, pierced, and oh-so damaged on the inside. He craved pain, hated sex, and couldn’t remember his past…. But she remembered. And she’d been following him for past several months after finally tracking him down determined to tell him a secret from his past that might give him answers.

“A past he can’t remember.
A past he doesn’t know exists.
A past that I can give back to him.”

My heart truly broke for Rex and what he was going through but I thought this book did a fantastic job of portraying the way his repressed memories of trauma affected his life and I loved watching him slowly open up to her and warm up to the idea of a relationship with someone for the first time in his life. I think I just have a really big soft spot for the damaged heroes… they just make my heart break and melt simultaneously in a way that makes it nearly impossible for me not to fall in love with them. And Rex was no exception.

“The pain. It’s the only thing that reminds me I’m alive. When most of the time I wish I were dead.”

I really loved how understanding she was of him. He truly had a lot of damage even though he couldn’t remember the cause of it and she genuinely loved and accepted him for who he was — for how he was — without any judgement. She knew the horrors that had shaped him and she appreciated how far he’d come on perhaps even a greater level than he could given that she knew the truth about his past.

“He needs me, just as he did back then. But rather than pull him from the circumstances of his present, he needs answers to the past. Answers I can give him.”

Now, I want to say that I really loved the first 65% of the book (like, I was sitting at a very happy 4.5 star rating) but there was a turn of events around this time that I really didn’t like. I was totally understood the situation that caused it though — and I think that that the reactions were valid and made perfect sense for each of the characters respectively — but where it led to was a place that made me lose some respect for both of them. I was disappointed with each of their choices and also didn’t fully feel like it made sense for either of their characters honestly. But luckily this part of the book didn’t last too long and once they got through it, the book picked back up again for me and ended on a note that I was really happy with it :)

Rating: 4+ stars. Standalone (but part of a series).

Note: this book can technically be read as a standalone if you want but there are two books that precede it in the series. Each book is about a different couple and those couples are all friends so you do see them in this book. Personally, I’ve read the first book in this series but I didn’t read the second and I was totally fine understanding everything that happened in this book so it’s really up to you how you want to read them. I’ll link them all up below for you though in case you prefer to read them all.

They are listed here in order. Click the covers to purchase.

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Book Review — Unfixable by Tessa Bailey

Book Review — Unfixable by Tessa Bailey

 “That’s right, girl. Fight me. Show me you give a damn.”

Well, I’m officially a new fan of Tessa Bailey!!

Unfixable was a fun, sexy, and light-hearted romance that kept a smile on my face from start to finish!! Honestly, it felt exactly like “reading” a romantic comedy movie — it had great banter, a hot hero, a snarky heroine, a little bit of drama thrown in and a happy ending. It was exactly what I was looking for right now!

The story was about Willa, a sarcastic American girl fresh off a bad break up who escaped away to Ireland (after winning a contest) to find herself again and get back in touch with the part of her that had been pushed away over the course of her failed relationship. The last thing she expected was to be greeted at the airport by a gorgeous dark haired, blue-eyed Irish guy with a thoroughly grouchy attitude who happened to not only own the inn she was staying at but also be a famous race car driver!

“In faded jeans and a bomber jacket, hair finger-mussed, he might as well be wearing a sign that says, I’m bad. But in a way that will make you feel really good.

Here’s one of the lines that made me chuckle ;)

“Is this about me ditching you and taking a cab from the airport? I’m not going to rat you out to the contest organizers. You’ll get your money.”

“I received it this afternoon, or you’d be looking for a new place to stay.”

“Heartwarming.” Jesus. And I though I was mean? “I thought Ireland was the last of one thousand welcomes.”

“I’m knocking it down to nine-hundred ninety-nine.”

I tilt my head. “Not quite as catchy.”

I absolutely loved the writing! It had me smiling, squeeing, chuckling, and laughing from the very beginning. Willa and Shane’s sexual chemistry mixed with their intense dislike of each other (at least at first) made for some hilarious scenes….

“If you seeing my underwear was the only thing preventing the destruction of planet Earth and the end of mankind as we know it, I would still have to think about it.”

I have to say though that I really like how, despite their attraction to each other, they didn’t just jump right into bed immediately. Willa had no intention of just having a casual fling no matter how hot the guy might be and while the romance reader in me might have been a little frustrated with her hesitation at times, the real life person in me was thinking attagirl!

Oh, and the ending was wonderful! Like I mentioned above, it totally felt like a “romantic comedy movie” type scenario. There was a little bit of drama, a few mistakes made, but then the rush to fix things and make everything right again was thrilling in a way that just kept a huge smile on my face.

All in all, this was a great little read. It was kind of on the shorter side (around 200 pages) but long enough to give a complete story. I loved the characters, swooned over the romance, laughed over the banter, and it left me feeling happy. I’d totally recommend giving this a try :)

Rating: 4+ stars. Standalone.

Also — this book was a standalone and was actually the first book I’ve read by this author but technically you first meet the heroine in the “Line of Duty” series (her sister is the heroine of the first book) and many readers have recommended them to me so I’ve linked them all up below here:

  1. Protecting What’s His (and a novella — #1.5 Protecting What’s Theirs)
  2. His Risk To Take
  3. Officer Off Limits
  4. Asking For Trouble
  5. Staking His Claim

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KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY — 30,000 LIKES CELEBRATION!!!

KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY — 30,000 LIKES CELEBRATION!!!

Who wants to win a Kindle Fire ???? :D

To celebrate reaching 30,000 Facebook Followers, I’ve decided to giveaway a Kindle Fire HD as well as some eBooks!! I’ve put together a list of a bunch of my favorites books (I do have many more favorites, but I ran out of room on the graphic) and 2 winners will be able to chose any book they want from it :)

But first, I just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you who follow this page on Facebook. I love chatting with you all every day and sharing recommendations. I’ve always loved books but being able to have such an awesome group to talk about them with is just such a huge treat!! ♥

This giveaway is open Internationally because I want everyone to have a chance to win. The only thing is that the Kindle Fire  giveaway is just subject to Amazon’s shipping restrictions but if they ship to your country and you win, then it’s all yours! All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter below…

 

 ❤ KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY 

Open Internationally (subject to Amazon’s shipping restrictions).
Void where prohibited by law. Must be over 18 to enter.
1 winner will get a Kindle Fire HD.
2 winners will get their choice of eBook from the ones listed above.

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Book Review — Vital Sign by J.L. Mac

Book Review — Vital Sign by J.L. Mac

“Whether by design or just plain dumb luck, I’m the one who was meant to find all the pieces of you so that I might put them back together. Let me put you back together, Sadie.”

A beautiful, emotional story of finding second chances in the most unlikely of places.

From the moment I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. The synopsis made my heart squeeze and yet also gave me this jolt of excitement because this was a type of storyline I had never read before!!

The story followed a woman, Sadie, whose beloved husband, Jake, was murdered in front of her one hellish night. Now faced with a life without him, Sadie spiraled downward into depression. At only 26 years old, she already felt like her life was over and was filled with anger, resentment, and pain.

“Everyone was thrilled with where life was going and I was trying to adjust to sleeping alone…. I’m still here and I love my family. I just don’t love life at the moment.”

But Jake had been an organ donor and in a last ditch attempt to help bring her some closure, her family convinced her to try and reach out to some of the recipients in hopes that seeing their happiness would give her comfort. Sadie was sure this wouldn’t work though — how was it fair that they got to live but the love of her life didn’t? For her, knowing that they existed was in some ways even worse…

“How am I supposed to let go of Jake if there are pieces of him still out there, living on in some perfect stranger?”

She finally agreed to meet up with three of them. She didn’t believe it would help but she was trying to do it for her family’s sake. The first two meetings went well but didn’t help her in the least. The last meeting though was with the man who got Jake’s heart… and this line from the blurb gave me shivers!!

“The heart that once fell in love with her now resides in Alexander McBride’s chest.”

OMG!! And that was the line that sold me on the book!!

Looking back, I have to say that the description of Sadie’s emotional journey throughout this book was so well done. She went through the utterly devastating loss of her soul mate and while life went on for everyone around her, for her it stood still. I felt like I completely understood her pain and anger at facing the heart-breaking truth that nothing would ever bring her husband back. Nothing.

“A girl like me doesn’t lose a husband like Jake and recover from it.”

Only a few chapters in and I already had tears in my eyes. This book certainly tugged my heart strings many times over and I really appreciated that the first quarter of the book focused just on Sadie because it really gave me a chance to connect with her pain and feel where she was coming from so that by the time I met Alexander, I felt just as emotionally conflicted as she did.

From the first time I met him though, I had a huge smile on my face. He was nothing like what she expected and she had this kind of double emotional reaction to him — partly because he literally had a part of her husband in him, and partly because he was charming and she was drawn to him on his own merit as well.

“I can’t believe I’m standing here so close to Jake’s heart.”

As it turned out, there was a lot more to Alexander McBride than met the eye. His wild past had come to an abrupt end after his heart transplant and he’d retreated away from the world and his family to deal with his new lifestyle alone. I really fell in love with him though — he was sweet but with an edge of dominance and also an air of mystery… and I very much appreciated that after we met him, we got to see his POV.

“I’m the most fucked up person I know. I want her. I want the wife of the man who died and donated his heart so that I could go on with my screwed up existence. It doesn’t seem right even to an asshole like me.”

I loved the natural protectiveness he felt towards Sadie and I loved the way they just connected. But there were a lot of conflicting emotions in the mix and a lot of feelings to sort out between them.

“I want to be touched. I want to be held. I want Zander, the man carrying my husband’s heart, to wrap me up in him. I want to pretend for a while that I can have Jake back in the form of Zander.”

There were many emotionally charged scenes as Sadie struggled to find the balance between her love for and loyalty to her deceased husband as well as her growing attraction to and connection with the man who now had his heart.

“My attraction to Zander is so much more than physical, though. It’s all of him including the heart that is now, physically his. He carries it. He is responsible for taking care of it, but it wasn’t that long ago that I slept beside that heart every night. I took comfort in that heart. My world revolved around that heart. He carries it now, but I’ve carried that heart too. I was once responsible for seeing that it was kept safe. Just in a different way.”

Overall, this was a really sweet read. What I really appreciated about this story as a whole was that it was very low-angst and really just focused on these two characters finding their way in this difficult situation life had put them in. I also really liked that there was no ‘bad guy’ or any force that ever came between them allowing the main issue genuinely to revolve around the emotional conflict of the situation. I loved the way it all came together in the end and really felt like their story had come full circle.

“Some newly discovered part of me hopes that I’m the main character in Sadie’s ending. Not her happily ever after, because she’s already had one of those, but maybe I can be her second chance at happiness. I think she could be mine. I’d bet on it.”

Rating: 4 — 4.5 stars (closer to 4.5). Standalone (with epilogue).

My casting for Zander (Alexander McBride) – click here.

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“TAKE A CHANCE” GIVEAWAY + “ONE MORE CHANCE” COVER REVEAL!!

“TAKE A CHANCE” GIVEAWAY + “ONE MORE CHANCE” COVER REVEAL!!

I have a new GIVEAWAY for you!!! The publishers are offering you a chance to win a paperback copy of TAKE A CHANCE to celebrate the cover reveal of the sequel, ONE MORE CHANCE (see below)!! So, just scroll down to the bottom of the post and enter the Rafflecopter…… :D

 ❤ ONE MORE CHANCE 

Release date: September 2, 2014

If you haven’t read Take A Chance yet,
then don’t read this blurb and skip below to the giveaway!!

In Take A Chance#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines gave us the story of Grant, who first captured the hearts of new adult readers in Fallen Too Far, and Harlow, the woman who stole his own. Now comes One More Chance

Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker. Someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow’s half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own. 

Harlow had taken the chance, falling fast and hard for the man who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love…

But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now both must decide if they have enough fight to make it work—or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.

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 ❤ SERIES READING ORDER 

These are the six books that come before One More Chance in the Rosemary Beach series. They follow the stories of Rush & Blaire, Woods & Della, and tell the start of Grant & Harlow’s journey too. It is recommended to read them first (especially Take A Chance). Just click the covers to be taken to Amazon!

 ❤ PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY 

Giveaway offered by publishers. Prizes can only be mailed to US/Canada.
If you live outside of the US/Canada, you can still enter as long as
you know someone in the US/Canada who you can mail your prize to.

Void where prohibited by law. Must be over 18 to enter.
1 winner will get a print copy of
 Take A Chance by Abbi Glines.

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Cover Reveal — DEEP (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott

Cover Reveal — DEEP (Stage Dive #4) by Kylie Scott

Here’s the smokin’ hot cover of DEEP!!! This is the fourth and final novel in Stage Dive series and tells Ben’s story!!! Release date is December 23rd!! If you’re a rock star fan, this is a must-read series :)

DEEP BL

One by one, the members of Stage Dive are falling in love. David, Mal, and Jimmy have all taken the plunge, and now it’s Ben’s turn—only he refuses to fall into that trap. The sexy bassist enjoys his no-strings-attached lifestyle. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he’s always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there.

*** SERIES READING ORDER ***

Each book is a standalone about a different couple
but it is recommended to read them in order.

Stage Dive 1 — LICK – Buy for Kindle | Buy in Paperback

Stage Dive 2 — PLAY – Buy for Kindle | Buy in Paperback

Stage Dive 3 — LEAD – Buy for Kindle | Buy in Paperback
Release date: July 29, 2014

Stage Dive 4 — DEEP – Buy for Kindle | Buy in Paperback
Release date: December 23, 2014

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Upcoming Release Announcement: Cover Reveal & Excerpt — HAPPENSTANCE by Jamie McGuire

Upcoming Release Announcement: Cover Reveal & Excerpt — HAPPENSTANCE by Jamie McGuire

Check out the stunning new cover of HAPPENSTANCE by Jamie McGuire!!

This is the first of a New Adult contemporary romance novella series that will release May 9th. It will also have a big excerpt from BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION at the back of it so be sure to pre-order your copy!!

HAPPENSTANCE

#1 New York Times Bestseller Jamie McGuire returns to self-publishing with this page-turning YA account of Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name, but also their birthday. Erin Easter, raised by a neglectful single mom, keeps to herself and admires Weston Gates from afar. The other Erins, Erin A. and Erin M. are the darlings of the community: daughters of the two wealthiest families in town, best friends, cheerleaders, and everything Erin Easter isn’t–and they never let her forget it. Erin A. has even claimed Weston since the 8th grade.

Weston is a well-liked star athlete, and the son of two prominent attorneys. He struggles daily with the pressures of living up to his family name and secretly empathizes with Erin Easter’s feeling that she belongs somewhere else; in a different life. Not until he begins sneaking nights out with Erin does he gain the courage to buck expectations and acknowledge his feelings … both for his future, and for her.

But when a shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, Erin’s life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything Erin thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.

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❤  EXCERPT 

“What are you reading?” A deep voice asked from the seat behind me.

I barely acknowledged Weston’s question, holding the cover of my book just high enough for him to see.

He nodded, waiting for me to speak. When I didn’t, he offered a small smile, and began to sit back. “What are you reading?” I asked.

Weston immediately leaned toward me, sharing his cover the way I had.

“Piers Anthony?” Weston cleared his throat to stifle a cough, and then smiled. “I like his stuff.”

I nodded. “I approve.”

“Good,” Weston whispered. “I was worried.” After a short pause, he leaned into my ear again. “Why don’t you ever talk to me in Art class?”

We had Art together in seventh period, the class I looked forward to all day. Weston was in there, but more importantly, people like the Erins and Brady weren’t. We were serious about our work, and it was the one place during the school day that I could be myself.

“I guess I was just busy.”

“Are you going to be busy today?”

“Probably.”

“Well, maybe I’ll get lucky and you’ll take a break.” I turned around to hide my grin, but not before glancing back and seeing the familiar look of hatred in Alder’s eyes.

Whore, she mouthed, glaring at me.

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