Thursday, January 18, 2018

An Uphill Battle - A Southern Roots Standalone- by LK Farlow






 

About the Book

Azalea Barnes has hated Drake Collins since the day he broke her teenaged heart.

Fast forward almost seven years later and her libido still hasn't gotten the memo.


Now they're frenemies... with benefits.


Which suits Azalea just fine. She gets what her body craves while keeping her heart safe. Kind of.


Mostly.

Drake has loved Azalea since the day they met. He knows that she's his forever. Too bad she only sees him as a good time. He wants more. Needs more.
If only he could convince her that it's real this time. He's more determined than ever to prove to Azalea that chemistry like theirs doesn't exist only in the bedroom.

The odds may be against Drake, but he's prepared for an uphill battle.







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Excerpt

“Drake Collins, I don’t see you on our appointment book today,” Seraphine says, wagging her finger at me with a twinkle in her dark brown eyes.
“That’s because I’m not. Does Azalea have time to fit me in?”
“Hmmm. Magnolia could fit you in quicker than—”
“Nah, I don’t mind the wait. How long’s it gonna be?”
“About twenty minutes.”
I turn, and make myself comfy in one of the waiting room chairs, “That’ll be just fine, Seraphine.”
She rolls her eyes at me, “I’ll let her know you’re here.”
“Totally unnecessary. It’s a surprise visit.”
Seraphine shakes her head at me, but goes back to whatever she was doing at the computer, thank God. Because I’m counting on the element of surprise to work in my favor here. If she knows I’m here, she’ll start working on getting her walls up, but if I catch her off guard, I might just catch her unguarded, if you know what I mean.
To pass the time, I play around on my phone, checking social media and shooting the shit with Simon and Cash in group text. I impress myself by only checking the time every five minutes, but my God, it really does feel like an eternity waiting on her.
I perk up when I hear the sound her sweet voice coming closer. “You have a wonderful day Mrs. Jones, and be sure to tell Seraphine to book extra time at your next appointment so that we can do those lowlights.”
She doesn’t walk far enough into the room to see me, so I stand and follow behind her to her station. She grabs the broom and starts sweeping, but jumps and throws it down when she sees me. “Holy guacamole, you scared the ba-jeezus outta me!”
I cover my smile with my fist, “I can see that.”
“What’re you doing here?”
“Need a haircut,” I tell her, claiming her chair.
She scowls her trademark scowl at me, her eyes drilling into me like lasers. “So, make an appointment.” She turns of walk away, but I reach out and snag her wrist.
“Don’t need one,” I tell her, knowing it will make her that much more irritated. I know these games are stupid, but her mad gets me so hot.
“You most certainly do,” Azalea replies, her cheeks red with anger.
“Pretty sure there’s a sign in the window that reads ‘Walk-in’s welcome’. You’re certainly not making me feel very welcome. Not at all. Which, as the owner of this establishment, you should know is bad for business.” I tsk, wagging my finger at her.
 “Drake Ulysses Collins, you get your ass up right now!” Azalea hisses through clenched teeth. Her eyes are so big, they look like they might pop right on out of her head.
“Nah, don’t think so. You get your cute ass over here, and buzz my hair down.”
“No!”
“Now.” It’s a battle of wills and I’m playing to win. We remain frozen, staring one another down, until she rolls her eyes and stomps back over to me, like I knew she would. Drake, 1. Azalea, 0.
With a snap of her wrists, she has the cape draped around me. She shoots me an evil gleam, before pulling it as tight as it will go, damn near choking me. “Take it easy, Bit,” I croak, only to be whopped upside the back of my head with her comb. “What the hell?” I yell at her, but she just smiles and pops the guard she knows I like onto her clippers.
With one hand planted on the top of my head, she uses the other to move the clippers through my hair, buzzing it down in fluid movements. Azalea takes her time, dragging out my simple buzzcut because she thinks it’ll annoy me. She couldn’t be more wrong. Hell, for half the haircut, her perky C cups are all up in my face, and for the rest of it… her hands are on me, and there’s not a single thing annoying about any of that. No, I fucking love it.
“There, all done assface.”
“Assface, huh? That an invitation?”
“God! You’re so gross!”
Grasping the front of the cape with both hands, I pull until it unsnaps. Rising from the chair, I take two steps toward Azalea, effectively backing her into her station. “Gross? You think I’m gross?”  I gently run my nose up her neck, lingering just below her ear. “Naw, you don’t mean that, do you?” My voice is hoarse and low, the sound of it causes Azalea’s skin to break out in goosebumps.
“Sure do,” she fires back, but her tone—all soft with want— betrays her words.
I take a step closer, leaving not even an inch between us, “We both know you’re lying through your teeth, but that’s okay Bit. Best be glad we’re in your place of business, or I’d call your bluff.” I cover her lips with mine and tunnel my fingers into her long, blonde hair. “Or maybe I still will,” I speak the words against her lips, delighting in the feel of her rapid breaths. “Right here. Right now.” I punctuate the words with a kiss, hard and rough, before stepping back.
Azalea stands there, bracing herself against her station, almost as if she’d crumple to the floor without its support, and damn if that doesn’t make me feel like the king of the world. “Thanks for the haircut. You have a nice day, and when I call you later… answer.”





Addicted 2 Romance Review

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

This book is tough to rate because on one hand I loved it, so much that I went back and read the previous book in the series and it was FANTASTIC. This is only the 2nd book the author has ever written and while it extremely well written, I had some issues with the characters. Largely I think it was the author trying to write out of a corner than the issue was its plot because the first book had none of the issues like this book did.

At the start of this story Azalea and Drake are in love. They have been having no string sex and both have loved each other for 15+ years (they are only in their early 20's) but they have had sex and dated lots of other people, but now they are finally single together and having occasional bouts of sex.

Drake loves Azalea but well he is a HUGE idiot. I mean HUGE. He really is the issue here, he does the stupidest things and lemme tell you at times I wanted Azalea to find a different guy because while he loves her and wants to be with her, he plays a lot of games with her and he hurts her a lot. He jumps to conclusions and he sees all the issues as Azaleas and not his and he really is the problem. Not that he doesn't love her, but that he lets pride get in his way a lot.

Azalea on the other hand has loved Drake forever. And she does not play games. I loved her courage and her honesty and she constantly puts herself out there with Drake. Does she jump to conclusions? YES! But I don't blame her at all. The things Drake does in this book to her I HATED! She is jealous of this girl Kelly, and she is 100% deserving of the jealousy and instead of understanding Drake throws her at Azalea over and over and then he does the same thing with another girl. Seriously I HATED how Drake treated Azalea. But again if they didn't have this huge failure to communicate, there would not be a book and it would be a novella but still I would much rather have seen Azalea drive Drake jealous than her constantly watching him with other women.

That said I did not love Drake. He really deserved to lose Azalea. But Azalea is this really amazing character and she is why I kept reading the book. And I really enjoyed the other characters and writing which is why I went and read the first book.

I highly recommend the first book before this story as it really introduces all the characters and is a wonderful story. If you enjoy the trials and tribulations and jealousies of first love then you will love this book but for me I got tired of the games.

Author Bio


LK Farlow (A.K.A Kate) is a small town girl with a love for words. She’s been writing stories and poems for as long she can remember. A Southern girl through and through, Kate resides in beautiful, sunny LA—that’s Lower Alabama, y’all—with her amazing husband and three wonderful children. When she’s not writing, you can find her snuggled up on the couch watching nature documentaries while she crochets or with her nose in a book. All Kate really wants in this life is her family happy, strong coffee, a good book and more Happily Ever After’s.


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Royal Ruin - Flings with Kings #1 - by Jessica Peterson





 

About the Book

To: Emily@EPDesigns.com
From: HRHKit@PrimrosePalace.org.uk
SUBJECT: ENGAGEMENT CONTRACT (Marked Confidential)

FROM THE DESK OF HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCE CHRISTOPHER

Emily—Thank you for joining me for dinner tonight. And for agreeing to my proposal, as ludicrous as it is. Desperate times call for fake engagements. At least in my family.

I am attaching the contract we discussed. Our lawyers asked that I highlight the following clauses:

  • The engagement shall last ninety days
  • Both parties are to appear genuinely in love at all royal appearances
  • Beyond required public displays of affection, there shall be no contact of any kind between the parties

The first half of your payment will be deposited into your account upon the signing of this contract. Be sure to note your ring size. We would like to make prompt delivery of the family emerald. The Queen and I thank you in advance for your discretion.

Cheers,
Kit

P.S.—Sorry to hear about your divorce. Your ex sounds like a proper knob head.

P.P.S.—You looked stunning tonight.







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Review

Addicted 2 Romance Review


I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

This is my first book by this author and well I liked it. It was not perfect, at times I felt Emily was too stupid to live but by the end of story I really loved both her and the hero, Kit.

Kit on the other hand I loved from the second he is introduced throughout the entire book.

My issues with Emily stemmed from the beginning of the story when she is a young college student. That is where she originally meets Kit and they have a one nighter but she leaves him to go back to her ex who cheated on her. Yeah as I said too stupid. Not only does she leave Kit for this ass but she marries him. And then she wonders why he was a crappy husband. As I said at times she came across as an idiot and I wanted to slap her.

Another issue I had with her is she is a working girl and has a design company. And well I did not love her choices in relation to her work. I felt she should realise at age 30 that a job will not love you and at times I felt she did not deserve such a great guy as Kit.

Kit on the otherhand he understands love and family and he understands how precious both are. He is our prince both in behavior and in reality and I really and truly loved him. He stole this entire book in that he was this amazing guy and he is deeply in love with Emily warts and all.

The story starts off with Emily in England interviewing Kit's sister when Kit realizes who she is. He and her grandmother decide he needs to get engaged and he picks Emily.

And that starts the fun. I really LOVED this story despite my issues with Emily. I could not stop reading it and I loved every second with Kit and Emily. This was a really fun and romantic story with a great lead and a not so perfect heroine.

Author Bio


Jessica Peterson began reading romance to escape the decidedly unromantic awkwardness of her teenage years. Having found solace in the likes of Mr. Darcy, Jamie Fraser (OMG love the gingers!), and Edward Cullen, it wasn’t long before she began creating tall, dark and handsome heroes of her own.

She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Mr. Peterson, and her smelly Goldendoodle Martha Bean. She is the author of the super sexy STUDY ABROAD and FLINGS WITH KINGS series. Check her out at www.jessicapeterson.com



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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bayside Passions by Melissa Foster

Today we have the release week blitz for BAYSIDE PASSIONS by Melissa Foster! Check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

About the Book

In BAYSIDE PASSIONS... When Emery Andrews's best friend, Desiree, moves away, falls in love, and opens a an inn all in one summer, she feels her absence like a missing limb. Until she visits over the holidays and meets sinfully hot Dean Masters, who's as easy on the eyes as he is to talk to. After returning home, what starts as a flurry of late-night flirtations quickly turns into a deep connection and unexpected friendship. Now, months later, Desiree offers Emery a job teaching yoga at the inn. Adventurous Emery jumps at the chance and heads for Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to reunite with her BFF and her new close friend, Dean.
 
After months of sharing their lives, and their secrets, over video chats and phone calls, Dean's ready to move things to the next level. The fact that Emery seems oblivious to the sparks between them and has recently put her foot down about dating friends just means he'll have to bide his time. When Emery finds a naked man in her kitchen the first morning she's there, Dean doesn't hesitate to move her into his guest room. Maybe now Emery will see what's right before her eyes--although that guy she's got a date with might be a problem.
 
All BAYSIDE SUMMERS books can be read as standalone novels or as part of the series: Bayside Desires Bayside Passions Bayside Heat Bayside Escape
 
*** Bayside Summers is part of the Love in Bloom romance collection by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. While each book may be read as a standalone, you might enjoy reading the entire Love in Bloom series.  

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Addicted 2 Romance Review

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

I LOVED this story SO much. It is HOT and romantic and sweet and has wonderful characters. It continues this series and I would say it is book 3 in the series though it easily stands alone.

Emery and Dean are the stars in this book and they are one of my favorite couples.  Emery's friend Desiree moved to town and met Rick and fell in love. That is how Desiree met Dean who is business partners with Rick. They had a long distance friendship until now when he talks her into coming to town permanently.

She is a Yoga teacher nd is going to work for Rick and Dean teaching classes as well as her and Dean are besties. So those two things stand in her way of seeing Dean as a man to date. However Dean wants her and he will stop at nothing to have her.

Dean is the total scene stealer in this story. His passion and love for Emery was awe inspiring and Emery is a very lucky woman. He works hard to get Emery to see him but once she does, they totally belong together.

I beyond LOVED this story. It had lots of HOT burn your kindle scenes and characters I fell in love with. I am loving this entire series and cannot wait for more.
 
About Melissa Foster:
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance and women's fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Readers adore Melissa's fun, flirty, and sinfully sexy, award-winning big family romance collection, LOVE IN BLOOM featuring the Snow Sisters, Bradens, Remingtons, Ryders, Seaside Summer, Harborside Nights, and the Wild Boys After Dark. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Melissa also writes sweet and clean romance under the pen name Addison Cole. Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.
 
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tempt Me - Bachelor Bad Boys Book By Carly Philips




Carly Phillips
Tempt Me
Bachelor Bad Boys Book 2
Release Date January 16, 2018





The single dad & the nanny ... Burned by an ex with a wandering eye, Austin Rhodes has sworn off women. His sole focus is his young daughter - and despite his good intentions, the little girl's live-in nanny. He hired Mia Atwood to care for his child but he finds himself lusting after her instead. Keeping his distance isn’t easy but he’s determined to be a gentleman. Until Mia's past comes back to haunt her and she’s in need of Austin’s brand of protection. Suddenly she’s his in every sense of the word — and he’ll do whatever it takes to shield the woman who tempts him beyond reason.



 

 

Addicted 2 Romance Review

 I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

  This is a new series by the author and it is book 2 though I have not read book 1 at all, I totally loved this story and it very easily stands alone. In fact the characters from book 1 are in one scene in this story, so if you skip the first book - you won't have missed anything. 

This is part of a Bodyguarding series but Austin, our hero is not really a bodyguard in this book. He does more administrative things for his company as he has decided he needs safety over adventure since he is a single dad. His nanny is Mia, and she is beyond great. I loved her and Bailey, Austin's 6 year old loves her too.

The two are very attracted but they try and resist but well .... we get a lot of HOT scenes. But this story has a lot of heart. Mia is an orphan and she dreams of babies and a husband. Austin has done that and he doesn't want that future anymore. And that is the real issues between the two and why Mia tries hard to resist Austin. 

This was a really well written and HOT story with characters I loved and a plot that kept me very interested. I highly recommend if you enjoy nanny/boss romances. 


Carly Phillips


About the Author: After a successful fifteen-year career with various New York publishing houses, and over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels published, N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips is now an Indie author who writes to her own expectations and that of her readers. She continues the tradition of hot men and strong women and plans to publish many more sizzling stories. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She's a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she's a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers.




Monday, January 15, 2018

Enticing Daphne by Jessica Prince

 


It’s easy to stop believing in happily ever afters when the man you thought you’d spend the rest of your life with abandons you right before your wedding day. After that disastrous event I decided that commitment was for suckers. I was young, successful, and in the prime of my life.
I didn’t need a man to make me happy.
Then an unexpected blast from the past came waltzing into my studio and decided I was a challenge he was more than willing to accept. The only problem is that he doesn’t remember he’s met me before.
He’s the ultimate playboy, determined to stop at nothing until he entices the hell out of me. But if Caleb McMannus thinks he can lure me in with his sinful looks and silver tongue, then he’s…probably right.

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Google was quickly becoming the bane of my existence.
What had started as curiosity about Caleb McMannus had blossomed into a full-blown obsession. Once you Googled, there was no going back. I was disgusted with myself.
Not only because it seemed I’d banged a guy whose dick had already been in half the female population of the United States, but also because I couldn’t stop thinking about the stupid man-whore. It was a sickness. A gross, disappointing sickness that I’d spent weeks trying to cure myself of to no avail.
Each gossip column of his sexcapades, each picture of him in a compromising position—and there were many, all of them with a different woman—was cringe-worthy. But I couldn’t stop myself from searching them out.
What was worse, I couldn’t stop thinking about our night together. It had been the most intense, toe-curling experience of my life. And even though I pretty much hated him for forgetting about me, I wanted it again.
Damn my needy, traitorous vagina!
 
 

Addicted 2 Romance Review


I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

This is book 3 in the series and easily stands alone. Daphne is the last of the three best friends to find love and this book runs concurrent with the other two stories.

Little did we know but Daphne met Caleb before the beginning of the first book. They had a one night stand and so when he shows up at her work and cannot remember her, well Daphne hates his guts.

Which makes Caleb remember and well then the chase is on. Truly Caleb and Daphne are made for each other. They each have parents from hell and I mean HELL. And they look at love, relationships and sex in the same way.

I loved watching them hide their relationship from their friends, fall in love while being clueless and have lots of sex a long the way. This story was HOT but also had great characters I loved and a very fun storyline. I cannot wait for Deacon and Fiona's story next.



Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.
Jessica is the mother of a perfect little boy–she refuses to accept that he inherited her attitude and sarcastic nature no matter what her husband says.
In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.
Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.
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Friday, January 12, 2018

Something So Irresistible - Something So #3 - by Natasha Madison






Max Horton

They call me an outcast like it's a bad thing.

An asshole byproduct of a shitty upbringing. I don't care about anything except myself and my little sister.

I will always protect what’s mine.

With one year left on my hockey contract I'm keeping my head down and my eyes on the goal.

A collision, with her, changes my entire existence.



Allison Grant

Never fall in love with a sports star. That's what my stepfather always said. He told me athletes are complicated and moody—that the higher their paycheck, the lower their morals.

As public relations for the New York Stingers I know exactly what he means, but I can’t seem to say no to a friendship with one beautiful, damaged man.

What started out as hate turned into something else.

We tried to stay away, to keep our distance, but the pull was too strong.

Something forbidden turned into something so irresistible.








Addicted 2 Romance Review


I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

This is book 3 in a series and I have read all of them. Each one is super terrific and I would suggest reading in order as events that happen are important for the entire series.
  • Book 1"Something So Right" features Cooper and Parker. Parker is a single mom of two children, Allison and Matthew.
  • Book 2 "Something So Perfect" is Matthew's story and he is a hot hockey player and his match is his bosses daughter, Karrie.
  • Book 3"Something So Irrestible" is 7 years after book 2 and features Allison's story. She is matched with Max, who did something terrible to Matthew in book 2.

This book does NOT stand alone. You can miss book 1 and still understand this book BUT you must read Book 2 first. It introduces the characters and also you find out what Max has done, which is a BIG part of this books storyline.

I have loved all the books in the series. The author is an amazing storyteller and she creates these characters I fall in love with. All of the books open up with a future scene and then goes into the past in Chapter one to explain how we got there. I really LOVE this way of storytelling.

I felt this book was super romantic. It starts out where Allison and Max HATE each other with a passion. And she has good reasons to hate him. Max understands that. He is a man who understands that he did a terrible thing but he also knows he can never really make it up. What he does do is move on and Allison is a constant reminder of what he did and so the two have a huge hate relationship at first.

Until Allison meets Max's sister and sees that he has some good in him and he realizes that he has to let the past go. That's when I fell hard for this story because Max is SO romantic. He is sweet too but he really was so romantic and that is what makes this book so terrific.

When her nose isn't buried in a book, or her fingers flying across a keyboard writing, she's in the kitchen creating gourmet meals. You can find her, in four inch heels no less, in the car chauffeuring kids, or possibly with her husband scheduling his business trips. It's a good thing her characters do what she says, because even her Labrador doesn't listen to her...




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