SALES, NEW RELEASES, RECOMMENDATIONS, & PRE-ORDERS

SALES, NEW RELEASES, RECOMMENDATIONS, & PRE-ORDERS

Check out this week’s awesome new book list!!! There are so many I want to read on here and a whole lot of favorite recommendations too as well as sales and exciting pre-orders! Happy reading everyone :D
 

*** LATEST NEW RELEASES ***

Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward New Top Recommendation!!

I just finished this and it was SO GOOD!!! It hooked me right from the start and I couldn’t put it down til the end!! An angsty, unconventional love story and such a roller coaster!! — It’s a standalone romance and it’s on sale today only so be sure to get a copy if you’re planning to read it!! Review coming soon :)

“You’re the only girl in the entire world that’s forbidden, and fuck me if that doesn’t make me want you more than anything.”

 

Love Nouveau by B.L. Berry New Release!!

I’m hearing great things about this new book (it comes highly recommended by one of my favorite authors) and I can’t wait to read it!! Sounds heart wrenching in a really good way! And, there is no cliffhanger.

“I knew from the start that he would wreck me. Nothing could have prepared me for the day he walked into my life… or the day he walked out of it…”

 

Locke (Corps Security) by Harper Sloan New Release!!

Locke is here!! This is the fifth & final book in this badass Alpha male romance series. Each book in this series is a standalone, but they should be read in order: Axel, Cage, Beck, Uncaged, Cooper, Locke.

“The love she promises tempts me every time she’s near… I’m a broken man. But even that doesn’t stop me from craving her with every single breath in my body.

 

The Firsts (4 book bundle) by RK LilleyBoxed set sale!!

WOW!! RK Lilley has bundled the first 4 books in each of her series for $2.99 total (worth $14.97). This is available for ONE WEEK ONLY and part of the proceeds will go to charity. Also, these books are H-O-T!!! Highly recommended!

Books included: In Flight. Bad Things. The Wild Side. Breathing Fire. (In Flight is a billionaire BDSM romance & Bad Things is a heart-wrenching second chance romance with a bad boy rock star hero. Both are “top favorites” of mine)

 

Rock Courtship by Nalini Singh New Release!!

Rock star alert!! Despite his groupies, he’s a one-woman man… and he’s madly in love with her and determined to prove that he’s worth the risk. ➜ “What happens when the Gentleman of Rock decides to play dirty?”

This can be read on it’s own, but is technically next in the Rock Kiss series following Rock Addiction.

 

Chasing Abby by Cassia Leo New Release!!

Holy high ratings!!! Wow. This is the final book and “heart-stopping conclusion” to the Shattered Hearts series. It’s been recommended to me many times by readers (especially for fans of love triangles). This series should be read in order as it is a continuous story (listed below in correct order):

Forever Ours, Relentless, Pieces of Me, Bring Me Home, Abandon, Chasing Abby.

 

Torture To Her Soul by JM Darhower New Release!!

This is the to Monster In His Eyes ($0.99 sale), a highly rated dark romance. — “He is not a good man. I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man… I want to hate him. Sometimes, I do. But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.”

And now in the sequel“She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am… But God help me, I love her. I do. And God help anybody who tries to take her from me.”

 

Risk by Cora Brent $0.99 New Release!!

This is the second standalone in the Gentry Boys and it’s only $0.99 for a limited time!! This series about 3 brothers (triplets) with bad reputations falling in love. Each book can be read alone: Draw, Risk.

“Violence had always found us but this time I’d put the price on my own head… I shouldn’t hold on to her for more than a few hours… It doesn’t matter. She’s all I want.”

 

Home Is Where You Are by Tessa Marie $0.99 New Release!!

Awww!! This sounds good! The hero is homeless and the heroine is a straight-A student who falls in love with him. After his foster father’s violent attacks, he decides to strike out on his own refusing anyone’s help, determined to get by on his own. But when he meets her, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him…

It’s a standalone ($0.99)

 

Beneath This Mask by Meghan March New Release!!

This is about a heroine who is running away from her past and… “Everything is simple until Simon Duchesne — former hotshot Navy fighter pilot — walks into my life. The flashing cameras he attracts threaten to expose everything I’m hiding, but I can’t seem to stay away…He loves me, and he doesn’t even know my real name.”

This is the first of a new series, but does *not* have a cliffhanger.

 

You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes New release!!

This is a new dark romantic thriller standalone (not a romance).

When Guinevere strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he’s instantly smitten. She is everything he has ever wanted: She’s gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and as sexy as his wildest dreams… But there’s more to Joe than she realizes, and much more to Guinevere than her oh-so-perfect façade. Their mutual obsession quickly spirals into a whirlwind of deadly consequences…

 

The Sinner’s Bargain by Claire Contreras New Release!!

This is the second and final book in the Contracts & Deceptions series. The story is complete and should be read in order: The Devil’s Contract, The Sinner’s Bargain.

In this new book, “…she begins to question if the person who once brought her safety is the one she should now be running from…”

 
 

The Resolution of Callie & Kayden by Jessica Sorensen New Release!!

This is the conclusion of Callie & Kayden’s story in the Coincidence series. This is a series that mainly follows two couples in a continual storyline (not standalones) so the should be read in order.

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, The Resolution of C&K.

 

Keep Me by Anna Zaires New Release!!

This dark romance is the sequel to Twist Me ($0.99).

Abducted at eighteen. Held captive for 15 months. It reads like one of those headlines. And yes, I did it. I stole her. Nora, with her long dark hair and silky skin. She’s my weakness, my obsession. I’m not a good man. I never pretended to be one. She can love me, but she can’t change me. I can, however, change her. My name is Julian Esguerra, and Nora is mine to keep.

 

Fallen Fourth Down by Tijan New Release!!

This is the latest book in the Fallen Crest series. If you’re new to these, the first three are bundle together (click here) for only $0.99.

“The only two people that I can trust are Mason and Logan, and they’re the two people who I could lose. It won’t happen. I won’t let it. They’re my world. They’re my life.”

 

Wednesday by Clare James New Release!!

The blurb says this is a standalone with no cliffhanger.

“He hates her. She loathes him. That’s why it just might work…” — The heroine is a young, single mom of a toddler who has always been the responsible one… But when she runs into her old best friend, Tristan Green, she begins to remember what she used to be like before… Then he makes an offer she’d be a fool to refuse…

 

Dylan and Austin by SL Scott – New Releases!!

So cool!! In this series, you read the first 2 books (a love triangle) and THEN decide which next book to read based on who YOU want her to end up with. ➜ “One woman. Two endings. You decide which book to read or read both.”

Part 1: Scorned, Part 2: Jealousy,
Part 3: Dylan, Part 4: Austin.

Click here for last week’s new releases (and current sales & recommedations)

*** LATEST TOP RECOMMENDATIONS ***

Ten Below Zero by Whitney BarbettiLatest review!!

This was another winner! It’s about a college girl scarred by an attack who gets a text message one day from a wrong number… from a guy who changes her life. “His name is Everett. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel… But he’s dying. And he’s spending his final days truly living. He’s forcing me to heal. He completes me. And still, he’s dying.” — (PS: don’t be scared, this is NOT a tragic book. I promise. Cross my heart. And, it’s a standalone.) Read my Review

 

Deacon (Unfinished Heroes) by Kristen Ashley New Recommendation!!

ALPHA MALE FANS!! I loved this book!! A badass Alpha with a dark past, a strong heroine, and a gorgeous slow-burning love story in the Mountains. Another KA winner and definitely a new favorite!! (Read my Review) It can be read as a standalone, but here are all the books in the series: Knight, Creed, Raid, Deacon

“He looks at you like you’re the only reason he’s still breathing.”

 

Rules of Protection by Alison BlissNew Favorite!!

LMAO!! This book 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 Top recommendation!!

I totally LOVED this book! 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 TorreTop 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!!! (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 LayneTop 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.

*** 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.”

 

Rescue Breathing by Zoe Norman $0.99 Sale!!

Oooh!! This book has a firefighter hero and great ratings!!

He’s an “unapologetic playboy who spends his days saving lives and his nights breaking hearts… But when he meets Olivia, the girl with the shattered spirit, sparks fly.” — It’s been recommended to me so I grabbed a copy!!

The story continues & concludes in the sequel, Life Support (NEW).

 

Reclaiming The Sand by A. Meredith Walters$0.99 Sale!!

This just went on sale and it’s a really wonderful book. The hero is Autistic and some of the subject matter is tough but it’s a beautifully written story and the author really has an extraordinary ability to take difficult topics and present them in a candid, yet deeply respectful manner. (My Review)

“You will hate me. You will love him. I love him. He has changed my world.”

 

Jane’s Harmony by Ryan Winfield – $1.99 Sale!!

This is the sequel to a book I’ve been wanting to read for a long time, Jane’s Melody, which was about a grieving mother who takes in a young street musician she believes can shed light on her daughter’s death — only to fall for him… This book is the continuation of their love story and it’s on sale right now!

They should be read in order: #1 Jane’s Melody, #2 Jane’s Harmony.

 

All Lined Up by Cora Carmack$0.99 Sale!!

This college romance has a “supremely hot” football player hero who doesn’t know that the the girl he’s falling in love with is actually his coach’s daughter!! Sounds really good and it’s on sale for a limited time.

It’s a standalone and the first of a series of standalones (interconnected characters, each book focused on a different couple).

 

Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank$0.99 Sale!!

This forbidden student-teacher romance standalone is on sale for a limited time. It’s been recommended to me several times and sounds really good!!

“Tick, tock. Time. That’s all I have now… I thought we could convince the world that this wasn’t a crime. We were wrong… The clock keeps ticking, the world is unconvinced, and now… Now he is gone.”

 

All The Pretty Lies & All The Pretty PosesSale!!

The first 2 books in M. Leighton’s Pretty series are on sale today!! Each one is a standalone romance with a happy ending and they both have really good ratings! The characters are interconnected but you can read either book alone if you want.

The hero of book #1, All The Pretty Lies, is a tattoo artist, and in book #2, All The Pretty Poses, “He never wanted to be a hero…until she needed him to be.”

 

Always Forever by Cheryl McIntyre$0.99 Sale!!

This second chance romance sounds good!! — He was forced to leave her when he was 12 and accepted that he’d lost her forever and would never see her again, but when she comes back for one summer, they realize they’ve both held on to the memory of their first love…

This can be read as a standalone romance.

 

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.”

 

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).

 

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) currently airing as a TV show!! All the books (except the newest) are on sale for $3.99-$4.99 each (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.

*** EXCITING PRE-ORDERS & UPCOMING BOOKS ***

Becoming Calder by Mia SheridanApolonia by Jamie McGuire, Burying Water by KA Tucker, Tied by Emma ChaseEchoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young, Reaper’s Stand by Joanna WyldeRowdy by Jay Crownover, Wreck Me by Jessica SorensenLast Light by M. PierceCherish by Tracey Garvis Graves, Until The End by Abbi Glines, Dirty Rowdy Thing by Christina LaurenAfter The Rain by Renee Carlino, Captivated by You by Sylvia Day.

            

And here are a few highlights…
 

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.”

 

Apolonia by Jamie McGuire Must pre-order!!

Check out Jamie McGuire’s upcoming new book!! It sounds so “outside-the-box” and I can’t wait to read it! It’s a New Adult sci-fi romance!

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*

 

After The Rain by Renee Carlino Must pre-order!!

I want this book so badly!!!! It’s a “deeply emotional” romance standalone about a woman, Avelina, who falls for a handsome cowboy and after a whirlwind romance settles into married life with him on their ranch until a freak accident brings everything to an end. Meanwhile, Nate Myers was intending to follow in the footsteps of his father, a superstar surgeon but his career is ruined by a malpractice suit and he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch where meets Avelina!!

 

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.

 

*** 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.

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Book Review — Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti

Book Review — Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti

 “A single text message changed my entire life.”

I had been meaning to read this since the day it was released and I’m so glad I finally got around to it!!

This is the story of a college girl, Parker, whose body bears the scars of an attack she doesn’t remember and who lives her life keeping to herself as much as possible, playing things safe, watching people live but rarely participating in life. Then one night she gets a text message. It’s a wrong number, but she answers it anyways and takes a chance by going to meet the guy who sent it…

“Why don’t you ask me about my scars?”
“Why don’t you ask me about mine?”

Everett is not like anyone else she’s ever met. He’s brutally honest (some people, like Parker, might call it rude) and nearly everything about him annoys her to no end. He’s pushy, he challenges her every word, wears all black and yet, for the first time since the attack that scarred her, he makes her feel. Something.

“You look like you belong at a funeral.”
Everett laughed humorlessly. “I probably do.”
“What does that mean?”

He’s also dying. And not only is he dying, but he’s okay with it… Or at least, he’s embraced the idea and his only wish is to live out the rest of his life on his own terms… truly living each moment to the max.

“Everyone is going to die, Parker. You’re going to die, I’m going to die, we’re all going to die. And I want to leave this world with a little dignity. I want to spend the rest of my life, no matter how much is left of it, doing what I want.”

And something about her draws him in. He can see that she’s hiding behind her scars and he becomes bound and determined to teach her to truly live while he still has time. With one condition…

“Just promise me something… Don’t fall in love with me.”

PS — I promise (cross my heart) that this is not a tragic book!!! M’kay? No tragedy. *pinky swear*

I really liked both Everett and Parker. I know some people might call Everett rude or even an asshole but I actually loved his attitude. He wasn’t mean, he was just really blunt about everything. He didn’t lie or sugar coat things and there was nothing he wouldn’t say. He was completely honest and didn’t have time for bullshit. I found it really refreshing to read about someone who didn’t hide or hold back their opinions.

“You are so…”

“Rude?” he prompted. “Yes. I am. I call it like I see it. And I see a girl who hides behind her hair, who doesn’t give two fucks about her looks. You think no one notices you… But guess what, Parker? You are hiding in plain sight. I see you. I see the parts you don’t want anyone else to see.”

In turn, Parker was an oddly perfect match for him even though she was the complete opposite in many ways. She was more closed off because she hadn’t yet accepted or figured out the the way she wanted to be. And I loved that Everett wasn’t trying to change her. He liked her just the way she was, he just wanted her to live. But this story wasn’t just about choosing to live though, it was about choosing how to live. About finding out what you valued most in life, and sometimes that wasn’t even literally life itself, but the precious moments and memories that make up who we are and make life worth living.

This was such a great story. For those of you who are scared by the blurb, just trust me that everything will be ok. This is a HEA book. I don’t usually come out and say it that bluntly but I’m making an exception in this case because I want to reassure you that while this book will make you care for the characters and their story, it won’t devastate you. I promise. You’re totally safe to read it! :)

Rating: 4 — 4.5 stars. Standalone New Adult Romance.

TEN BELOW ZERO whitney barbetti

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HUGE SIGNED GIVEAWAY — THE CORPS SECURITY SERIES

HUGE SIGNED GIVEAWAY — THE CORPS SECURITY SERIES

Check out this awesome signed giveaway!!!!!

Last year, I fell in love with the Corps Security series by Harper Sloan. If you’re a fan of badass, protective Alphas with huge hearts, this is the series for you! Each book is a standalone that focuses on a different couple but all the stories and characters are interconnected so you definitely should read them in order!

To celebrate the release of Locke, the final book in the series, the author has generously offered to give away an entire signed set of the series — all 6 books!!! And, it’s open internationally!!

So, be sure to check the books out and enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post. Good luck :D

ABOUT THE SERIES  

#1 AXEL — Kindle | Paperback | My review
#2 CAGE — Kindle | Paperback | My review
#3 BECK — Kindle | PaperbackMy review
#3.5 UNCAGED — Kindle | Paperback
#4 COOPER — Kindle | Paperback
#5 LOCKE — Kindle | Paperback

“I have lived a life that makes me know when something is worth fighting for. I took one look at you and knew you were worth it to me.”

 ❤ SIGNED GIVEAWAY 

Open Internationally.
Void where prohibited by law. Must be over 18 to enter.
1 winner will a signed set of the Corps Security series.

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Book Review — Deacon (Unfinished Heroes #4) by Kristen Ashley

Book Review — Deacon (Unfinished Heroes #4) by Kristen Ashley

“Heart and soul, gut and balls, I love you. There’s no one I’d rather hold. Not until I’m eighty. Not until the day I die.” 

I loved this book!! A badass Alpha with a dark past, a strong heroine, and a gorgeous slow-burning love story in the Mountains. Another Kristen Ashley winner and definitely a new favorite!! :D

Meet Deacon: Tall. Dark. Rugged. Cold on the outside. Closed off from the world. Cassidy could tell with one look that this man was alive on the outside, but dead on the inside. And she wasn’t wrong.

Her whole life, she dreamed of owning cabins in the mountains and living a life there. And, being the can-do type of woman that she was, she did just that. She followed her dreams and made them her reality.

This was where Deacon entered her life. He came every few months and rented cabin eleven. Each time it was the same: cash, few words, nothing else, and then he was gone again. Outwardly he showed no sign of either caring for her as a person or noticing her as a woman except for a few fleeting moments when something slipped and she knew that somewhere deep down he cared, even if he hid it from the world.

“He scared the heck out of me. But this was only part of the reason he scared the heck out of me. The other part, the bigger part, was even feeling all that, I had a nearly-overwhelming urge to go to him and wrap my arms around him. Tight. And maybe never let go. For eternity.”

So their relationship grew over the years. It was a slow burn and a beautiful build up. No insta-love, but rather a genuinely believable progression. His job took him away frequently for weeks or months at a time… and even though it seemed that he wanted nothing to do with her, the more they got to know each other, the more it became clear just how much this badass man really cared for her.

“I’m away, Cassie, do not ever doubt this is precisely where I’d rather be.”

Cassidy was an absolutely amazing, strong woman and one of the best heroines KA has written. Oh my gosh, this girl was AWESOME!!! She was in charge of her life, earning her way, following her dreams and her heart, and making something beautiful out of it.

I loved the way she saw right through Deacon’s cold, distant, aloof, badass exterior and wasn’t intimidated by him. It’s like she instinctively knew he was a good man no matter how dangerous he seemed. It really warms my heart seeing such strong heroines who aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with the Alphas!!

“So he was scary. So he was badass. So he was closed off in a way that he’d made clear more than once he was never going to open.
I didn’t care.
I had this one shot, the only one I knew I’d ever get, so I was going to take it.”

Beneath his stone cold exterior, Deacon was a wonderful hero. Such a good guy. He was really deep, respectful, kind, caring, protective… and everything you can imagine from a genuinely good person. He lived in a dangerous world but it didn’t define him. His actions defined him and that was enough for me.

“Not easy, fightin’ your pull. Wantin’ to be right here. Knowin’ I was no good for you. Prayin’ you’d get a man so when I’d come back I’d have a reason to stay away.”

Cassie’s on-going list of badass do’s and don’ts throughout the book were too funny!! Not to mention the Badass Zones and Badass Boundaries… all of these kept a big smile on my face for pages on end.

“Don’t be playful when I’m feeling emotional.”
“You get I’m a badass.”
“Hard to miss, Deacon.”
“Then don’t tell me when to be playful. Badassess don’t like that shit.”

I loved their dynamic and the way they always worked towards trying to find a balance between finding equality in the relationship while still respecting each other. He let her be who she was but was always there to have her back and support her without being over bearing. Deacon had somehow found the perfect Alpha balance. And in turn, her strength and kind heart was his perfect match.

He glowered at me.
Then he grinned.
“Total boss.”
“A girl has to be when her man’s a badass.”

Not to mention that this is definitely one of KA’s hottest books. There’s all manner of kinky bondage in it (but you’ll have to be patient, cuz it’s in the second half. First comes the relationship development, then comes the kink). But yeah, I was definitely fanning myself!! Hot, hot, hotttttt!!! 

“Love is trust, Cassie, you taught me that.”

Overall, this is a quiet book. Don’t expect edge-of-your-seat drama that’s not what this book is about. It’s a love story. It’s a romance. Just a damaged badass and a big-hearted gal falling in love in the Mountains. Both Cassie and Deacon were really sensible people. Him with a lot of damage and emotional scarring from his past. Her with a big enough heart to just love him for who he was. I loved the way they completed each other. And I loved watching their relationship grow and develop with every new page. As I said, it’s a slow burn. But it was realistically paced. Totally awesome. Oh, and kinky too. Don’t forget the bondage ;)

There are many different kinds of Alphas and, as long as they have respect for their women, I love them all. But I feel like I had an extra understanding for Deacon. Everything about him made sense. He had no real “Omg-I-Can’t-Believe-He-Just-Said-That” moments. Even when he did do shocking things, I just felt, as Cassie did, that there was a reason for his actions. And they usually made sense. He was fair, kind, and caring. The closed-off, secret side of him was understandable. And even when he was distant, I felt like I trusted that there was a good reason for it. He just didn’t seem like the kind of guy who would be that way without one. And, as it was later revealed, he did have a good reason. I guess… I just trusted him.

“Anything. You want it, I got it in me to give it to you, you got anything from me.”

In the interest of full honesty, I’ll say there were four small things that I had issue with in this book, so it wasn’t fully perfect. But none of them were anything big enough to cause me to dislike the book and none of them bad enough for me to go into long detail either. But I’m just telling you that they’re there.

Kristen Ashley is so gifted at getting you right inside her characters heads to the point where you feel completely in sync with their thoughts. And the language she writes in is downright awesome. Yes, its english, but it’s almost as if she has her very own “badass dialect” that is entirely unique to her. There’s Alpha speak, but then there’s KA Alpha speak and I absolutely LOVE IT!!!

“If we have daughters I’m starting How to Deal with Badasses when they’re five.”

His eyes were lit but his expression was full-on tender when he returned, “We have boys, they get How to Deal with Stubborn Bitches Who Argue About Meaningless Shit starting at three.”

“Again, women dislike being called bitches,” I shot back.

“That’ll be part of my lesson to the boys.”

Finally, just because I’m being asked this a lot… You can read this as a standalone if you want, but there are cameos from the other guys in the series towards the end of the book. Knowing their stories isn’t vital to understanding this one, but being emotionally attached to them might be (otherwise they’re just a bunch of Deacon’s friends who show up). So it’s really up to you. But it can be read alone.

Rating: 4.5 stars. Contemporary Adult Romance.

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Book #1 — KNIGHT (Knight & Anya)
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Book #2 — CREED (Creed & Sylvie)
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Book #3 — RAID (Raid & Hannah)
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Book #4 — DEACON (Deacon & Cassidy)
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SALES, NEW RELEASES, RECOMMENDATIONS, & PRE-ORDERS

SALES, NEW RELEASES, RECOMMENDATIONS, & PRE-ORDERS

A new list is up!!! If you scroll all the way down, you’ll see more details in each category, but first, here are some highlights starting with my most recent favorites…

*** MY RECENT FAVORITES ***

 

  • NEW FAVORITE ::: Rules of Protection by Alison Bliss. This book was really 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.
  • RECENT FAVORITE ::: Worth The Fall by Claudia Connor. I totally 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
  • Missed any books last week? Click here for last week’s books and here for the week before.

            

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!!
 

*** NEW RELEASES ***

Deacon (Unfinished Heroes) by Kristen Ashley Latest Favorite

ALPHA MALE FANS!! I loved this book!! A badass Alpha with a dark past, a strong heroine, and a gorgeous slow-burning love story in the Mountains. Another KA winner and definitely a new favorite!! (Read my Review) It can be read as a standalone, but here are all the books in the series: Knight, Creed, Raid, Deacon

“He looks at you like you’re the only reason he’s still breathing.”

 

Stay With Me by J Lynn New Release!!

This is a new standalone in the Wait For You 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.

 

Life Support (Rescue Breathing #2) by Zoe Norman New Release!!

Sexy fireman alert!! This is the second (and final) book in this series!! Both books are about the same couple and tell a complete story. It was recommended to me recently so I can’t wait to read it and meet the sexy fireman!!

Reading order: #1 Rescue Breathing ($0.99), #2 Life Support (NEW).

 
 

The Write Brother by Marie Hall Recent Release!!

The hero 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.

This is a standalone romance.

 

Chains by Kelli Maine New Release!!

This is a standalone romantic suspense novel! Sounds a little dark!

The hero is on the brink of going pro in MMA after doing jailtime for beating the man took him away from the girl he loved and swore to protect. No matter how much time has passed, she weighs on his mind and conscience. He was supposed to save her, instead he abandoned her. And now he’s going back to take vengeance for what was done to them both even at the cost of sacrificing his career.

 

Closer To The Edge by T.E. Sivec New Release!!

The fourth & final book in the Playing With Fire series by Tara Sivec.

When Cole returns home wounded from his latest mission, his only thoughts are of the woman who still owns his heart and getting strong enough to stand on his own two feet in front of her, to beg for her forgiveness… When the two are thrown together before either are ready, secrets will be revealed, friends will become enemies and past mistakes will push them…closer to the edge.

 

Summer of Seventeen by Jane Harvey Berrick New Release!!

This is a coming-of-age story.

It was supposed to be the endless summer of sand, sea, and surf. Supposed to be. But, Nick Andrews life is crashing out of control. Being seventeen isn’t supposed to be this hard… As the scorching heat of summer grows, events begin to unravel, reaching a shattering conclusion—and a summer he’ll never forget.

 

Beast (Part 4) by Ella Frank New release!!

This is the final part of this series!! It’s 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.

Complete reading order: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

 

Again by Lisa Burstein New Release!!

This is a college romance. — How far would you go for a second chance?

At 29 years old, the heroine decides to go back to college after her life hits rock bottom. Her sexy, 7-years-younger RA is clouded by guilt from a mistake he made four years ago, and kept to himself as much as possible. Their friendship and attraction grow, but are put to the test when their secrets are revealed.

 

Picked by Jettie WoodruffNew Release!!

Eep!! This has an intriguing blurb!!

“It started with a game. I never expected him to be so nice and handsome. I couldn’t be number four. How could any woman love a man with more than one wife? Not only was it impossible, it was ridiculous. There was no way I was getting any closer. I was going to get in, dig around a little, and get out. That’s it. Does anything ever turn out the way we plan?”

 

Falling For Fate by Caisey Quinn New Release!!

This is a standalone in the Second Chances series.

Dean Maxwell is having one last summer of freedom before taking over his family’s multi-billion dollar medical conglomerate. When he sees a beautiful woman running down the beach alone after dark, he knows it’s not safe. So he does something impulsive…. But what began as one night is about to become a whole lot more.

 

Unspeakable Truths by Alice Tribue Recent 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. (!!!)

 
 

A Natural Act by R.J. Sable Recent 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.

 

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.

This is the first book in a series of standalones.

*** SALES & PRICE DROPS ***

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Book Review — Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan

Book Review — Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan

Note:
Finding Eden is the continuation of and conclusion to
the story from Becoming Calder (read my review).

HOLY WOW.

This. Was. Breathtaking!!!!! The pure, raw, heart-wrenchingly powerful emotions, the exquisite writing, and the way every single piece of the story came together was perfection. This story truly makes you believe in undying, unconditional love. It is one of the very BEST series I have ever read. 6 STARS!!!

Clear your calendars on October 5th, because once you start this story, you won’t want to stop!

Every single emotion from Becoming Calder came flooding back the moment I began reading this. Just a few pages in and I already had tears in my eyes. A few pages after that and they were streaming down my face. Shivers ran down my body as the magnitude of what was happening to these characters truly hit me.

I read chapter after chapter completely overwhelmed with the raw emotions this story evoked. This isn’t a story you just read, this is a story you experience with all your heart and soul. You live it. It takes over your senses until the world fades away and there’s just you and the words you’re reading.

“Sometimes I imagine the rain is him. If I’m alone, I turn my face into it and I can feel him. I’ll never have a place where I can visit him, and so I’m with him in the rain.”

There’s a particular moment — and you’ll know it when you get to it — that is, honest to God, one of the most powerful moments I’ve ever read in a book. I just broke down sobbing. But they were tears of happiness. It was literally the most beautiful scene you can imaging and I was ugly sobbing. There was noise. The way it was written with that powerful build up, the momentum of the rising intensity, and the way all the pieces of the story fell into place leading up to that one heart-stopping moment was incredible.

But that wasn’t it. The more I read, the more these moment would just hit me over and over again. I read this whole book cover to cover with my hand over my heart, and every few pages I’d just take in a deep calming breath. I clung to every word and every few pages, I’d read a particular line and tears would just pour down my face again. It was the most amazing experience and I loved every single word.

Just to be clear though, these were not tears of sadness. They were literally just a result of my deep emotional attachment to these characters. More than anything, this story makes you believe in the healing power of love. Calder and Eden’s undying love for each other got them through the worst life could throw at them. I’d seen them grow up, I’d seen them fall in love, I’d seen everything they sacrificed for each other, I’d seen them face the ultimate devastation, and I saw them survive. I saw their love survive.

“I never stopped loving you. I never will. Ever.”

I haven’t mentioned anything about the plot in this book on purpose because this story is the second half of Becoming Calder and you shouldn’t know anything other than that before you start it. What I can say though is that everything that I wanted to see happen was shown. In every way, this is a complete story.

This is a book you’ll want to read as slowly as you can to appreciate every single beautiful word at the same time as wanting to read it as fast as you possibly can to find out what happens next.

I finished the story overflowing with happiness and I sat there for the longest time just absorbing the story, reliving every moment from the beginning in Becoming Calder to the breathtaking conclusion in Finding Eden. Looking back on the entire story, I realize just how carefully planned it truly was. Everything — every last detail — happened for a reason. Every single piece of their journey had a purpose and it all came together to create one of the most powerful and captivating stories you can imagine.

Mia Sheridan’s writing is exquisite. Even though I have loved all her books, there’s no doubt for me that this is her best story yet. I couldn’t put it down even for a minute. I have quotes highlighted on nearly every page and the emotional hangover of the century. Her words build you up, they break you down, and then put you back together better than you ever were to begin with.

“I know the goodness in you Calder, I do, more than anyone. I know the tenderness of your heart, and I know all that was taken from you. I know all the dreadful sorrow inside of you. I live it, too. I know. I know. But I also believe we are going to be okay — we are going to love so hard and with so much intensity, that it’s going to melt away all the pain.”

Becoming Calder was easily a 5+ star book. Everything about it — from the writing, to the story, to the emotions, to the message — was EPIC. But looking back on the complete story from both books with the perspective and experience of having read Finding Eden, there’s no doubt in my mind that together, this is worthy of 6 STARS. It just went above and beyond. There is literally nothing else like this out there. It’s one of the best series of the year in every possible way. Everyone should read it!!!

Calder and Eden’s powerful, captivating, and epic love story is forever imprinted on my heart. It’s a story I know I’ll re-read many times over and still never get enough of it. It’s absolutely unforgettable.

Rating: 6 STARS!!! (Contemporary Adult Romance)

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

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