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What We Read in July 2015!

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July in Review!

Fighting Shadows (On the Ropes, #2)Fighting Shadows by Aly Martinez

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I really loved this book..Page boys are one of a kind..I first fell in love with Till…but Flint he has a total Alpha complex which is completely HOT.
I love how he saved Eliza..I was really sad by the out come of that decision. I felt bad that his world turned upside down, and that he pulled away from everyone.

But omg the drama with his mom..what a LOSER.. Can’t believe she took Q..but thank goodness for Ash..she was this bright light in that crazy drama. At first I didn’t know what to thank of her..but she definitely grew on me..he and Flint were HOT.. Great book great story great read❤️

Fighting Shadows (On The Ropes Book 2)
by Aly Martinez
Link: http://amzn.com/B00ZGSIJ5O

Ryan RevisitedRyan Revisited by Sam Davis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was simply amazing. I really do not think my review is going to do this fabulous book justice.

The story was about a girl Ryan, who goes off to college to find herself. She has scars left by her absent father that she is trying to heal. She is soul searching, she is answering the question almost everyone ask themselves. “Who am I?” Her Journey is at times very painful, very real, and my heart broke for her over and over again.

I don’t want to spoil this book for you. But I spent most of my time trying to decide which way I wanted the story to go for Ryan, but even though her journey was lined with tears, it was also beautiful to watch. Ryan really had a heart of gold, even if it took her a round about place to get there.

I love so many of the characters in this book, I loved how they were not just perfect on paper, but the characters held flaws that made them each unique and beautiful at the same time.

OMG…If I go anymore into this story I will spoil the beautiful journey you will go on in this book. You must read it. This book is that good. #TopFav.. PS..I am so glad I got this in Paperback. I will cherish this book for years to come.

Ryan Revisited
by Sam Davis
Link: http://amzn.com/B00XYWS666

OutsideOutside by Michelle Mankin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I mean what more do you need than Hot surfer, hot Rock star, and a killer second chance romance.

I think Mona and Linc had some crazy chemistry. You could tell from page one that this couple was special. They were soul mates. Even though it took years and major heartache to get these two to the right place. There was no denying they were meant to be.

I loved loved Mona.. Despite everything she went through I loved how her character was strong, smart and continued to have this special light with in her.

Linc, yes you are sexy and surf / rock god.. but you pissed me off in this book. He could not see what was right in front of him. Some of his demons were just powerful. He never felt good enough, and that was most of his downfall. But I adore him.. I loved watching him battle his demons and fight for what he wanted.

Their story is sweet, crazy, sexy, and at times heartbreaking. But this book is definitely a must read for all you Second Chance book lovers. Or just books were the two main characters have major chemistry. This is definitely a must read.

Outside (Rock Stars, Surf and Second Chances #1)
by Michelle Mankin
Link: http://amzn.com/B00YLPMB8E

ToxicToxic by Kim Karr

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was so back and forth.. But I love drama so this was just up my drama guilty pleasure kind of books.

It almost had a star crossed lovers, a forbidden kind of romance.I loved the flash backs. I enjoyed watching this couples undeniable chemistry to one another. This book definitely made my heart sink more than once..

OMG so much drama.. I loved Phoebe and Jeremy’s Toxic love affair.. so much distrust. dear goodness I wanted them to just trust each other… They both were so stubborn. But I absolutely loved them..

OK.. I love Jamie and Lindsey. They have to be one of my favorite secondary characters. Loved them.

This was a great entertaining book…lots and lots of DRAMA..Just like I like it. Great HEA.. What more can you want.

Toxic
by Kim Karr
Link: http://amzn.com/B00OQSF6E2

 

Saving AverySaving Avery by Angela Snyder

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG..This book…It was heartbreaking and a simply wonderful book. There is not many times when I read a book that I become completely 100 invested. This book was unbelievable heartbreaking. What Avery has to go through no one should. This is a story I think everyone should read.

I love love love Avery, she is in this dark, lonely, scary , heartbreaking situation. To her there looks like no way out. Even though her life seems hopeless. She is so amazing and strong, I was rooting for her this whole book.

Max..I can not get over how perfect he was.. He literally did everything right, he was the shoulder to lean on, the encouragement she needed and he stuck by when most people would have walked away.

There are a few characters on my SHIT LIST in this book….When you read them let me know what you think. I cause I could not believe A… WTH…But I believe she caught what was coming to her.

This book had my heart racing, I was literally devouring this book just to see what was going to happen. Great book. This is definitely a must read.

Saving Avery
by Angela Snyder
Link: http://amzn.com/B0107DLYEU

 

The Coffee Girl (Archer Cove #1)The Coffee Girl by Natalie Charles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give this book 4.5 stars.

This book was so fun and cute. I enjoyed every second of this novel. It was just a great, clean, fun – romantic book. This was the perfect “I just read a gut wrenching, heartbreaking, ugly cry book” after book. Loved the easiness of this book and I love the author’s writing.

Wren, she is this cute down to earth small town girl. She is smart funny and I adore her. She went to Hollywood full of dreams, when her heart was broken she left her dream to move home. I love love Wren. She is a breath of fresh air, such a great female lead. When she meets Jax, her life will never be the same and neither will his. OMG… Jax is perfect book boyfriend gold. I love him… I love watching these two story unfold. I love discovering the different layers of both of them as individuals and together.

Did I forget to mention how AMAZING the ending is.. HEA!!!!

This is a great contemporary romance.. I definitely can not wait to read more from this author.

The Coffee Girl (The Archer Cove Series Book 1)
by Natalie Charles
Link: http://amzn.com/B00TWLGNOA

 

Truth in Wildflowers (Truth #1)Truth in Wildflowers by Kimberly Rose

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was SPECTACULAR.. I do not know how I will get over this book. This is my first book from Kimberly Rose and it will not be my last. Can not wait to read her second book. I know I’m a blogger. But I was snooping on an Authors fan page and she was giving out copies of her book and I won it under my non blogger profile… I am floored by how magical this book was and I don’t think my review will even do the justice this book deserves.

I am going to try to give this review with as little of spoilers that I can, because one of the best parts of this book is watching the story unfold.

Kensie, she is this closed off girl, she has sworn off guys for 3 years and the reason for her discussion (which you will find out in the book) is very painful. But, I loved watching her let go, be strong, and find her purpose.

August…..I’m not even going to pretend that he was not 100% amazing. I want an August. He is charming, and funny, and loyal. He is every girls perfect book boyfriend. Every time he called her Pretty Girl, swooned. August like Kensie also has a hurtful past..His is earth shattering. I ugly cried on that part! Just warning you. 🙂

Watching these two “Soulmates” and I will call them that because that is what they are find each other and watch their story grow into this beautiful amazing incredible story was definitely an honor to read.

There are so many great qualities to this story that I could go on and on. But really you need to read this book to experience how AWESOME it is.

Oh and August’s Note to Kensie…best part. Besides the end with the Pride and Prejudice reference… That will maybe forever one of my favorite parts of any book.

Great book. This is definitely a must read.

Truth In Wildflowers (Truth Series Book 1)
by Kimberly Rose
Link: http://amzn.com/B00OPE4X14

 

Perfect DreamsPerfect Dreams by Marsha Greene

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was Sexy.. OH heck yeah it was HOT!! This book was filled with suspense, romance, hot man, hot…..pretty much everything.

Marsha did a really great job with creating this undeniably chemistry between her main characters. #Exotica #SoHot. I loved watching these two fall head over hills for one another. Andrew and Julia were sizzling up the pages. I could not put this book down. It was a fun suspenseful read. I loved loved loved how fiercely protective Andrew was of Julia, it was refreshing to see a lead male character fight for what he wanted and do what ever her could to keep it.

I loved the way he loved, and I swooned every time he said “babygirl”.
Hot man and pet names.

Great quick, suspenseful read.

Perfect Dreams
by Marsha Greene
Link: http://amzn.com/B00XM5N66A

 

Finding Ever After (Ever After, # 1)Finding Ever After by Stephanie Hoffman McManus

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really really enjoyed this book. From the minute I opened it to the end I could not put it down. I devoured each and every word. I love the writing. It is smooth and some of the scenes will leave you breathless, because they make you feel so much. This book basically broke me. I cried in the beginning. felt so much angst and pain most of the book, and the suspense of what was going to happen with Conner kept me double guessing what was going to happen.

Jaxyn and Ky had an instant connection. But the good girl falling for the wrong guy was definitely a huge brick wall. There relationship was so up and down.. my stomach felt like it was on a roller coaster… but you know I can’t help my self I love these types of books.

I also adored many of the secondary characters in the book. They were so heartwarming and I feel in love with most of them. I really don’t know how one would read this book with out crying just a little but I love when a book brings out multiple emotions all at one time.

I don’t want to give any more spoilers or ruin the story. But this book was really good. It reminded me a lot of Jamie McGuire’s writing. Smooth and you could feel the emotions behind the words. I just loved it. Also, I have to point out that this was a great story that did not need (Exotica) to make it better or bring more to it! If you want a book with a little less inappropriateness you need to read it, it is that good.

Finding Ever After (Ever After 1)
by Stephanie Hoffman McManus
Link: http://amzn.com/B00JF57FCC

 

ImagesImages by Miranda Bing

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5.. I did not want this book to end stars… OMG.. I am in love with this story. This book was So GOOD… I could not put it down. I loved ever page of this book. It was suspenseful, it was breathtaking, it had the most killer love story. It had it all. It was so sexy.

I always phrase that I hate to spoil books so I will try to give this review as spoil free as possible. THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING! I loved Lauren and Natalie. I loved them from the moment I meet them but questioned everything.
I had a love hate relationship with Simon. God he was the biggest SOB in the beginning… but LADIES!!!! The second part of the book he is so freaken Swoon worthy I may just die. I love him. LOVE LOVE LOVE him.

Their love story is so up and down.. but it is so incredibly addicting to read. I loved a lot of the secondary characters. The bond Lauren forms with Kelly and Odette.. So fun. I love Paul..I kind of want his book now.. HINT HINT.

This book is definitely worth digging into. It was fast past and trilling the whole time. So Good. I really kind of want to read it again.. Like now.. #MustRead

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by Miranda Bing
Link: https://amzn.com/B00CRFB25I

 

The Contest (The Contest #1)The Contest by Dawn L. Chiletz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I give this book 4.5 Stars. This book was so amazing. I enjoyed the writing, loved the comical banter, loved Jake and Madi undeniable chemistry. You could feel the electricity the minute these two were in each other’s company. This book was an up and down ride of emotions with these two and I loved every minute of it.

Madi, who can not like Madi she is friendly, smart, sweet, successful and funny. She was probably my favorite part of the book. Her and Kendra were a riot, they had my LOL. It was really funny how most of this I was saying “Go for it.”…you will understand when you read it. I loved watching her work through these feelings she had for Jake, I loved watching her experience things for the first time, and I love watching her overall goodness come into play on this book. Seriously the part with the red lingerie and the box of condoms…I may have been my favorite LOL part of any book.

So Jake he was a mixed bag of ups and downs for me. He was so nice, sweet and sexy. His bonus was that he was a successful rock star. I loved how he looked at Madi, I loved how he cared about her, I loved how he just wanted to be with her. But his downfall was his constant need to push her away….and that really just frustrated the hell out of me, I mean just when I thought okay now it will happen…it didn’t. But don’t give up on Jake, he will surely make you swoon and your heart melt because he is just that amazing of guy..jerk and all..lol

I quite enjoyed watching these two circle around each other, it was quite entertaining 🙂

This book was really, really good. I devoured it so quickly. It had an amazing ending. I can not wait to dive into book 2.

The Contest (The Contest Series Book 1)
by Dawn L. Chiletz
Link: http://amzn.com/B00OEOF6YI

 

Waiting to Lose (The Contest #2)Waiting to Lose by Dawn L. Chiletz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was the perfect conclusion to The Contest Book 1. OMG..This book had my heart pounding. I am so shocked and floored by what happened. This book had a lot more twist and turns than book one. It was a lot more SEXY!! This book left me breathless a lot.

Jake and Madi’s relationship in this book is tested big time. Their relationship was hit hard. I was fighting for them the whole time. They are perfect together. Their bond, their love, it was incredible.

You know how Jake was SOB in the first half of the last book…Well ladies he is damn near perfect in this book…Swoon..

This book was so much more than I thought it would be. It was so addicting. I could not stop reading it. There were twist and turns and I loved how it completely answered all my questions and gave me a complete vision of the after life. The book did not leave me questioning. I loved it!! And that ending.. it was AMAZING!

I also loved Ken and navy boy, or whatever ridiculous name she made up for him. They were so funny. I could totally read a book on just them.

This book was awesome. Now I know why people loved it so much. Definitely a must read series!

Waiting to Lose (The Contest Series Book 2)
by Dawn L. Chiletz et al.
Link: http://amzn.com/B00WLCU5L4

Cover Reveal! Life Rewritten by Andrea Johnston!!

Title: Life Rewritten
Author: Andrea Johnston
Release Date: Aug 20, 2015
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I never thought that, at 40, this would be my life. Mourning the loss of the man I vowed to love for life was hard enough. Online dating, starting a business, and falling in love was never the plan.
Victoria Bennett has been blessed with a loving husband, a wonderful son and amazing friends. Always the organized planner, Victoria was thrown life’s curve ball when she found herself a widow and single mom before 40. After mourning the loss of her husband and rejoining her friends and family in her once simple life, Victoria finds herself venturing into the world of online dating with little success.
After hanging up her keyboard and focusing on new experiences and hobbies, Victoria is as surprised as everyone else when her favorite pastime leads to a new career and passion for life. When a friendship turns to romance, her life is once again thrown for a loop. Like everything new in her life she takes on the relationship with gusto, and a series of mishaps. 
Victoria soon learns that sometimes the life you’ve planned isn’t the life you lead. It is still your life, just your life rewritten.

“I’m sorry, what?”
I had to have heard him wrong, right? There is no way this guy is serious. And yet, by the look on his face, I’m pretty sure he is.
This is the worst date ever.
“I said I would love to take you back to your house and pleasure your feet,” he says with more than a hint of disdain.
Well, hell. I had heard him correctly. He said pleasure and feet. Together. On purpose. Oh, I’m going to pleasure my feet all right, by sticking my stiletto up his ass. This guy is nuts if he thinks I’m taking him back to my house so he can get his rocks off by messing with my feet. I get it; I am wearing some pretty hot shoes. I thought they were ridiculous at first, but my sister, Charlotte, insisted they were a must have for my new life. I still don’t know why I need a new life, but I listened, and if I’m completely honest, I love them. Peep-toe, leopard-print, five-inch stilettos that make me feel like I can hold my own in this crazy world. They give me the power I need for moments like this.
“You know, Phillip, I don’t think I’m really there.”
I’m not likely to ever actually be there. Sadly for Phillip, I lack a poker face and imagine my eyes have fluttered a minimum of ten times while I purse my lips and inhale through my nose and out through my mouth.
Looking across the table, I am greeted with a furrowed brow and a look I can’t quite put my finger on, but I know it isn’t welcoming. Shit. I’d hoped to at least leave this date with a friend.

Andrea Johnston spent her childhood with her nose in a book and a pen to paper. An avid people watcher, her mind is full of stories that yearn to be told.  A fan of angsty romance with a happy ending, super sexy erotica and a good mystery, Andrea can always be found with her Kindle nearby fully charged.
Andrea lives in Idaho with her family and two dogs.  When she isn’t spending time with her partner in crime aka her husband, she can be found binge watching all things Bravo and enjoying a cocktail. Nothing makes her happier than the laughter of her children, a good book, her feet in the water, and cocktail in hand all at the same time.

 

Omega & Love by K. Webster Book Blitz!!!

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Omega & Love
by K Webster
Alpha & Omega #2
Publication Date: July 30, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance

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They now call me a Leviathan. A monster.

And maybe I am.

I know one soul who believes that with every part of his being.

If only he knew the truth.

If only I could make him see that I’m more than the surface of lies I spin. That I’m more than someone out for their own gain. I wish he could see—know who I was before all of this. The person I desperately cling on to that is still inside of me. The person I must protect.

One day I hope to hand him the key to the fortress that is my heart.

I just hope he doesn’t give up on Love and throw it all away…

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I hate Love.
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I’m looking at her.

There’s an innocence to her that she keeps carefully hidden.

But I see it.

Inside of her is someone that she has revealed to no one.

Not even me when I once thought we were in love.

Of course now I know that was all a farce but still, she hid that even from me.

But not now—now, I see more.

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K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

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Cover Reveal! For A Reason by T.N. Cole!

Title: For A Reason
Author: T.N. Cole
Release Date: Sept 3, 2015

She loved me.
I failed her.
She loves me.
I’ll break her.
Tristan Westdyke seems to have it all: he’s handsome, athletic, smart, and admired. What people don’t see beyond the façade, though, is the pain and guilt eating away at his soul. Blaming himself for the loss of another person, Tristan trudges through life not allowing himself to feel.
But when the beautiful and energetic Katelyn Sharp barrels into his life, Tristan is helpless to resist emotions long buried. A connection slowly grows between the two, yet secrets and deceit threaten to shatter the fragile trust and love they’ve found.
Can two people who have been hurt and betrayed open their hearts up once more? Can both accept that all may have happened For a Reason?

I reached up and pushed Kate’s hair out of her face. It was pulled to one side, but it had long fallen out of the updo it was in when the sight of her first took my breath away tonight. I lightly traced my fingers over the bandage covering the right side of her forehead and I hovered over the outline of some of the bruises and scratches. I watched my fingers, and I felt her watching me—waiting for me to tell her something. I wanted so badly to trace her lips on my exploration of her face—to feel her breath on my fingertips. But, I forced myself to pull back. “Don’t look at me like that,” I finally whispered. 
“Like what?” she frowned. 
“Don’t look at me like I saved you. I’m the reason this happened to you. You’re looking at me like you’re so happy that I’m here. Those guys shouldn’t have slipped something in your drink, or whatever they did. If I were paying attention, they wouldn’t have almost made off with you. I did this to you, and don’t you fucking forget it.” I stopped to take a deep, shuddering breath and buried my face in my hands.
“Funny,” Kate said coldly as she leaned forward. “I didn’t peg you as the victim type.”
I reared back. “What?”
“You heard me,” she snapped. “I was the one who had something slipped in my drink. And apparently, I was the one who was almost kidnapped. But I wasn’t. Because you stopped them from taking me. You brought me here. I’m safe. So, quit the pity party on yourself.”
My hands had fallen from my face during her tirade to meet her now angry glare. I didn’t know if I was supposed to be madat what she was saying or not, but I didn’t have the time to figure it out because she wasn’t done yet. “Do you know how Aimee knew to go get you from the waiting room? I begged her to go get you because, somehow, I knew you would be there. I knew you were the one who saved me from whatever caused me to end up in the freaking hospital. So, none of this is your fault. Yes, we shouldn’t have separated, but that’s on both of us. But, it’s not my fault or your fault that some asshole roofied me, capisce?” 
She was breathing heavily by the end of her rant. She slowly fell back against the pillows, closing her eyes. I watched her as she got her breathing under control, knowing I had to choose my next words carefully. I didn’t want to upset her more, and I knew that everything she said was true. “Hey. Kate.” I threaded my fingers through hers and waited until she slowly opened her eyes to peek at me. “You’re right. You’re absolutely right. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset you more; it’s just… You were so gorgeous tonight. I wanted you to stay by me, but I couldn’t ask you for that. And all of a sudden, I couldn’t find you, and then you were almost kidnapped, and I couldn’t get you to open your eyes. I couldn’t see your beautiful brown eyes,” I was so quiet; I knew she had to be straining to hear me. I didn’t want her to know how helpless I had felt. How I felt like I had failed and lost all over again. And how my feelings for her were getting too intense and they were scaring me. 
She tightened her grip on my hand. “I heard you, you know. Through the haze, you said ‘Katelyn, please’. And that’s how I knew something was wrong. So, I fought to wake up. You brought me back.”
I closed my eyes, fighting off the onslaught of emotion threatening to take over me. If only I had been able to save Mel like I was able to save Kate. I didn’t know what else to say. I was exhausted and I knew she had to be in even worse shape than I was. “You should get some rest, Kate. We can talk in the morning. I’ll be here. I’m not going to leave you.”

T.N. Cole spends her time seeking new adventures, determined to make her life a memorable story. A recent graduate with a bachelor in biology, T.N. is headed to graduate school at Texas Tech to pursue her long time dream of becoming a pharmacist. When she’s not reading, writing, or studying, you’ll find her trying to stay out of trouble or planning her ultimate dream of traveling the world.

 

The blog and review tour is here! The book, Scrupulous releases Aug 1!!

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***This novel is intended for adults(18+) for mature and explicit sexual content. It is a standalone and the series does not have to be read in order.***

Sorcha
Some men just can’t accept that a woman can be perfectly content without them. I mean, come on—a girl can get laid whenever she wants. It’s not like it’s hard. And Lord knows, I have no interest in a relationship. There is no room for that drama-filled nonsense in my life. Pursuing my passion is all I have time for. Selfish and shortsighted? Perhaps. However, I know what I want and I have no problem going after it. Life is a string of decisions, constructed and manifested by each person. I own mine, and I don’t apologize for it either.
Gavin
My past always seems to define me. I hadn’t ever considered love as an option for someone with the background and proclivities that I have. Not until I spot a sexy little brunette across the crowded room. It’s magnetic, and as much as she tries to resist, I am going to have her. Even though she won’t submit, her sass does something to me—changes me. Come hell or high water, she will be mine

Raised California, Kristina moved to Colorado to pursue her education and fell in love with the area as well as her now husband. After pushing through college class by class with a few maternity breaks in between, she finally graduated with the support of her husband, family and friends. Her four year degree took a lot longer for her to complete as life led her down a scenic route.

After establishing her career in nursing, she felt something was missing. Her artistic side was calling so she started to pick up her writing and painting again. After awhile, she found that her short story had grown into her first novel. Writing is a passion of hers and she feels the greatest achievement in her art is creating works that bring enjoyment to others.

She continues to reside in Colorado with her husband and children. Kristina is working on the next installment of The Lunar Eclipse Series.

You can follow the series progress @ https://www.facebook.com/midnightbloompart1
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Blog Tour for for To Mate an Assassin by Ceri Grene!

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To Mate an Assassin
by Ceri Grenelle
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Romance

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Synopsis: Love is her enemy…until his beast sets her free.

Cymbeline Kendall’s life is quiet, solitary—until a letter appears in her P.O. box. Then she becomes an Incendiary, a human chosen at birth to be trained to strike like lightning to take out the most dangerous of the Werekind, then fade back into the shadows.

She is a weapon only to be used by the leader of North American shifters. But when she learns the Alphar was unseated three years ago, she sets out to find who’s been pulling her trigger.

Kerrick Masterson has borne the burden of leadership for only a short time, yet he already feels the Alphar power tempting his soul toward the insanity that destroyed his predecessor. He has no time for the woman who breaks into his compound claiming to be his Incendiary, but his beast insists he make the time—for his mate.

In one searing, soul-consuming breath, everything Cymbeline was taught to believe is ripped away. Yet the mystery of who’s been sending her orders remains…and finding the answer could lead to all-out war.

Warning: Contains an assassin who doesn’t tolerate those who hurt the weak, and a shifter leader determined to unlock his new mate’s repressed emotions—even if that puts his balls at risk. Explicit sex, violence, and references to abuse that could be rough on sensitive readers.

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She crossed her arms, looking away from him in stereotypical female annoyance. It would not behoove her to admit she was enjoying their repartee. He held out one hand to her and stood, having recovered from her rough grip, the other rested against his heart. “I am sorry, Cymbeline. I was teasing again.”

She narrowed her eyes at him, unconvinced by his genial behavior. She knew he was more devil than angel, his mischievous nature all too clear. She possibly liked that a tad more than she should.

“Run with me?” he asked, his hand reaching.

The moment became heavy, weighted with things unsaid and issues greater than the both of them, issues that needed resolving. She wasn’t for him. Not even the howling of her Wolf within her soul could convince her.

“Kerrick—”

“Don’t think,” he said, stepping forward to kiss her forehead. “Just run with me. Nothing more.”

She stepped back, letting the Wolf ’s presence of mind gain an edge. Her Wolf yipped in joy and pressed the shift upon her body. It wasn’t a painful thing as some humans thought. The shift was a magical phenomenon and shifters were made of magic. To shift was light within the soul and joy within the heart.

Cymbeline twisted in on herself, a core of warmth spreading from her heart to touch every corner of her body. She looked down and saw her paws, her red and amber fur, and felt completely at home for the first time since she’d arrived at this topsy-turvy circus. Without a backwards glance she forgot everything around her and just ran.

The dirt was a cloud her paws barely skimmed as her lupine nature dodged between the trees. The grass flying past her legs was cool rain petting her fur. Her Wolf leapt into the air with such joy to be free that she nearly cried. They were whole. Shifted into her Wolf form was the only time Cymbeline felt as if she’d been born to be a shifter not Turned as part of some grand design. She yipped and howled with excitement, completely out of character for her but just so damn fun.

After a few moments Cymbeline remembered there was someone running beside her. She turned her head and there was Kerrick, in all his Alphar glory. He’d chosen a Wolf for his shifted form, a beautiful and grand gray Wolf with eyes as black as coal. It was the gift of the Alphar, why they were the strongest and most dominant of all the shifters. They were true shifters, not stuck in one animal form but blessed with the ability to change into all of them. An impassioned look of triumph graced his face as he ran beside her and she finally allowed herself to feel it. Shifting into her Wolf form broke down one of the few remaining barriers she had erected to keep the full effect of the mating from influencing her emotions. But she felt it now. He was hers. Undeniably and undoubtedly hers. She would never choose another; never need another. And her faith in him was unwavering. He would

 

About Ceri Grenelle

Ceri Grenelle

I’ve always had an active imagination. An imagination that usually took form in the way of zoning out in the middle of conversations. I eventually decided it was time to share my daydreaming with the world and began to put my musings on paper. It started with Harry Potter fanfiction and grew from there.

I am currently living it up in Northern California after a big move from New York City. And by living it up I mean staying home with my cats, obsessively watching episodes of my favorite TV shows, all of which are extremely geeky, and simultaneously reading the next book on my reading list. I do all this while trying not to pig out on unhealthy snacks. As you can tell, I lead a busy life.

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Release Date:  July 28, 2015

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Synopsis

Christianna Thomas only wanted a break from her boring life…

But when she wakes up in a strange hotel room with absolutely no memories of what transpired, she has no other choice but to return to her writing career, plagued by dreams of an enigmatic, silver-eyed man.

Nicholas Prescotti is haunted by flashes of a breathtaking beauty he can’t believe is real…

He tries to force her from his mind and focus on his obligations to his powerful family, but when he crosses paths with his mystery woman again, he is driven to uncover the truth about that night.

They find something they never anticipated…and much more than they bargained for.

As a result of their first forgotten meeting and Nico’s determination to seize the reins of his own life, family ties are severed and allies become rivals. When trust is betrayed and events are set in motion, Nico and Christianna find themselves in grave danger just when they should be happiest.

When confronted with secrets and deadly agendas threatening the lives of those she loves most, will Christianna leave Nico?

Or will she discover she can’t walk away.

About the Author

Ashlee Taylor has always loved to read. She was practically born with a book in hand. She even wrote short stories and vignettes for fun at age eleven.

As she grew up reading was put to the side but the book Fifty Shades of Grey brought back the love of the written word. Swallowing every book she could get her hands on while befriending authors. Eventually becoming a beta reader and helping authors work out critical scenes and plot progressions.

Through this process, Ashlee decided to write the stories in her head. She has self-published and is also signed with Limitless Publishing.

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This Love by Hilaria Alexander Cover Reveal July 28th, 2015!

Title: This Love
Author: Hilaria Alexander
Release Date: Aug 4, 2015
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“You know what I was thinking…” he said, lowering his head and looking down before staring at me again. He was all smiles and furtive looks today, even more than usual. I hadn’t been able to stop thinking about his kisses or his hands on me all morning. Every look he gave me just made it worse. It was so difficult to act normal around him.
“What were you thinking?”
“You should be my guide.”
“Your guide?” I asked, confused.
“Yeah, you know. There are so many things I haven’t seen yet and you do know Amsterdam pretty well. Take me to see all the cool places. Like that coffee shop we went to the first time we hung out.” I wasn’t that naïve; I knew what he was trying to do. Taking him around meant spending more time alone with him. Spending more time alone with him meant falling into patterns I should have steered clear of. I knew what he was aiming at.
“You have been here for weeks, Lou. I’m pretty sure you have seen plenty of cool places!” I said, dismissively.
“Yeah, but not as much as I would like. I kind of got distracted,” he replied, giving me a hooded look that made my stomach flip. “And I haven’t gone to the Van Gogh museum yet.”
“YOU HAVEN’T?” I asked him, too surprised to be able to contain the shock in my voice. “What, why?” I babbled for a moment before I asked, “Why haven’t you gone yet?” my voice sounding exasperated.
“Well, I was hoping we could go together…you told me how many times you’ve been…I thought it’d be fun to go with someone who knew the place well,” he said shrugging.
When I saw him this morning, I blushed a deep red, and he seemed equally bashful. The make out session that had followed our musical escapade last night was something out of a dream. After I had gotten upstairs, my phone chimed, and I found a text from him that just said:
“You did it.”
I was still questioning the events of last night, and it was hard not to think about his fingers in my panties and my hands roaming his body. I also couldn’t stop thinking about the fact Ally had been right all along with her finger porn comment. I kept zoning out and staring at his lips and thinking about his kisses. I had it bad, real bad. I came out of my daydream while he was talking about windmills.
“I also heard of this place in the countryside, where you can hang out between the picturesque windmills of the Netherlands…” he said with the theatrics of an announcer from a travel commercial. He grinned at me, aware of how ridiculous his pitch sounded.
“Yeah, I heard of that place too…and?”
“Well, I think you should take me to see the windmills,” he teased in a low voice, his face just a few inches away from mine.
“Why does it sound like something dirty when you say it like that?” I asked, mimicking the tone of his voice, moving my face closer to his, balancing myself on the bar with my hands.
“It’s because you have a dirty mind, Ella,” he replied in a low, teasing voice, drinking a sip of coffee.  I couldn’t take my eyes off of him and his lips, and the image of the two of us on the floor flashed in front of my eyes, and I blushed again.
“If you guys are done flirting all over this counter,” Ally said, popping up at the other end of the bar, “there’s someone here that would like to order some food. As long as you two are done, otherwise I am going to gag!”
We both turned to her without saying a word. I hadn’t even seen her come in, which was crazy, considering we weren’t even busy.
“Why don’t you guys just do it and get it out of your system?” she asked as if it was the most normal thing to say.
Lou chuckled and looked down, shaking his head at Ally’s forwardness. I rolled my eyes, sighed and decided against saying something I would regret. But I wasn’t letting her off easy.
I held my imaginary tiny violin and said, “Ally, this tiny violin is playing just for you.” She gave me the “Friends” fuck-you salute. Fair enough.
“What do you want to order, you brat?” I asked, trying to keep a serious, annoyed face. She gave me her order—to go—and then I proceed to take it to Helga in the kitchen. When I got back, she and Lou were sitting next to each other, deep into conversation. At the same time, the door opened, and I saw a familiar face peek in.
“Hendrick, you’re back!” I threw the towel I was holding on the bar and ran to him, as he made his way through the tables, smiling.
I launched myself at him and hugged him tight. He spun me around, laughing.
When he put me down, I took a better look at his face. He looked great, just as handsome as I remembered, maybe just a little bit skinnier, which made him look more grown-up. Besides Ally, Hendrick was one of my closest friends—and former lover.
“It’s good to see you again, Ella! I missed you!” he said looking at me.
“I missed you too!”
Johan and Helga joined me in saying hi to him.
“Helga! Johan! Het is goed om terug te zijn!” he said, hugging them. They were happy to see him too, and the three of them started chatting, talking a little too fast for me to grasp anything. I still watched the whole interaction and took a better look at him. His blonde hair was shorter in the back and longer in the front, falling on his forehead. His eyes were just as blue and bright as I remembered.
Behind me, I could hear Lou ask Ally, “Who’s Hendrick?” 
Ally replied, teasing him. “Another one of her paramours. You didn’t think you were the only one, did you?”
Jesus, that lady! Always so damn feisty! Did she really have to say that? There was no need to make Lou jealous. There was nothing going on between Hendrick and me anymore. That was just a fling.
I had met Hendrick when I started working for Helga and Johan. He was one of the few usual customers that knew more English, and we hit it off right away. He was just a couple years older than me and was a deejay. Not only did he have a cool job, but he was also handsome and funny. Pretty soon, he invited me to go see him deejay at a club and it wasn’t long after that night that we started sleeping together, occasionally. He had made it clear though he wasn’t looking for a girlfriend, and at first I didn’t think I was looking for a relationship either. He also didn’t want to get involved, because he planned to go to London to study music production for a master’s degree. At first, it seemed that the attraction between us was enough—our arrangement suited me just fine—but later on I realized that even though I liked him, our relationship wasn’t going to grow or change into anything else, and it made me feel empty. We broke it off on friendly terms, and I still continued to see him as a friend when he’d be playing at a club. We kept in touch even now that he lived in London, but I had no idea he was coming back.
“Are you here for a visit?” I asked him when he was done talking to Johan.
“Yes,” he turned to me and paused for a moment before switching to English. His brow furrowed, and he said, “I’ll be here for a few days, but I’m going back to London. My master’s program isn’t over for another couple of months.”
Johan asked him something else, and I resumed whatever I was doing before he walked in.
When I went back to the bar, Ally and Lou were still sitting there.
“Lou is jealous,” Ally said flatly, without batting an eye.
“You’re terrible, you know that?” He rebuffed, trying to look unfazed by her words. He was blushing though, and I couldn’t deny I was tickled by the whole thing.
“Hendrick is just a friend,” I reassured him. “You know, that wasn’t very nice, Ally.”
“Oh, relax! Instead, let’s talk about what we’re going to do for your birthday next week.”
“My birthday? I have no idea. Doing nothing at all sounds wonderful to me.”
“Nonsense. These are the years that need to be celebrated. After thirty, you’re off the hook.”
“Okay,” I agreed without making a fuss. I knew it was pointless to argue with her. It was nice she remembered my birthday was coming up, but honestly I didn’t feel like making a big deal about it. It just made me think of my parents and our strained relationship. I probably should send them another postcard soon or make a phone call, just to let them know I was still alive.
When Ally left, I made the introductions between Lou and Hendrick. They chatted for a while and then Hendrick left, saying he had a few errands to run. Lou wasn’t supposed to meet with Hans Koll today, so he came with me to pick up Lieke at school, and afterwards we started playing. The number of songs he had was growing, and he felt like he finally had something to give to the record company when they’d try to check on him.
Things between us had been different since last night. All day he stole kisses from me whenever we were alone, and I didn’t stop him. In fact, I wanted more. I wondered why he never asked me to go to his apartment. I should have asked him. Maybe I should have told him plain and simple that I wanted him.
It seemed I could never find the right time to say those words though. My emotions were betraying me though, because Helga noticed something was different.
“What’s going on between you and the boy?” she asked with a sly smile when we were alone in the kitchen. I tried to dismiss it and cried, “Niets!” but the blush on my face betrayed me once again, and when I looked into her eyes, she just smiled and then proceeded to hug me for a good five minutes.
“You deserve to be happy, sweet girl,” she whispered. “Don’t let your fears make you miss out on something as beautiful as love.”
My fears. I felt like I was getting rid of some, since last night’s groundbreaking turn of events, but when it came to Lou, there was a whole chunk of fears I couldn’t let go of.
We had been making out pretty much all day, but when evening came he was quieter than usual, and he wasn’t joking around as much. I wondered what was up with him. Then, before we said goodbye, he told me he had to leave Amsterdam in about a week.
“A week?” I asked him.
His eyes were fixed on mine, and I tried really hard to hide the disappointment on my face, but I knew I wasn’t doing a good job at all.
“Josh has some tech booked for me for the next few weeks. The record company knows, so I can’t just blow it off.”
I lowered my head, unable to look at him. I didn’t want him to leave. I had been afraid of this moment for weeks, and it was even worse now, because during the last few days, the bond and the level of t between us had gotten even stronger. It wasn’t just a sexual attraction I had for him. I loved how he seemed playful and carefree most of the time, and then he’d surprise me by being deep and soulful. I loved the way he looked at me when I played; it gave me confidence and made me believe I was capable of anything. Shit, did I really just admit to myself I loved him? It didn’t really matter, though, did it? Because one way or another, I would have to get used to life without him.

Hilaria Alexander was born and raised in the south of Italy, where her family still lives. She attended college at the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples, Italy, and lived one year in Tokyo, Japan, as part of an exchange student program. She now lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and kids. When she isn’t at work, she is reading, catching up on her favorite TV shows and making up story-lines in her mind. She loves traveling and is a self-proclaimed concert addict. This Love is her second romance novel. She published her first novel, Prude, in January 2015.

 

Blog Tour of The Scheme by Mia Kayla!!

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The Scheme
by: Mia Kayla
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Perfect Pear Creations
Release Date: July 27, 2015
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Brian Benson is the nice guy every girl dreams of marrying.
Too bad he’s off the market—for good.

He’s sworn off women since the last girl he dated broke his heart.

Determined to start over in New York, his sole focus is to climb the corporate ladder—no distractions.

Until one minor collision propels him into the path of small-town-girl but bombshell babe, Kendy Miller.

Kendy walks with a sass she was born with.

Single and ready to mingle, she’s on the prowl.

Moving from her tiny town of Bowlesville to work as a nurse at New York Cornell Hospital, she is introduced to Dr. Hot Pants.

She feels it in her bones—he only belongs to her.

When Kendy formulates a grand scheme to land Dr. Hot Pants and uses Brian to

do it, Brian is all in because he could use a little fun.
Things were going to plan, until one night lines were crossed, kisses were exchanged and clothes flew off.
Fate collides, fortunes are tested and plans backfire, but Kendy is still determined to land her doctor.

Problem is… Brian was only there to assist in the plot. Falling in love with the girl wasn’t part of THE SCHEME.

 

Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who
lives in Illinois. On the weekdays, she can be caught wearing a suit, commuting
to her corporate job in downtown Chicago and raising three beautiful munchkins
in the suburbs, four if you count the husband.
In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to
boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.
Most of the time, she can
be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because
the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.
She loves reading about
happy endings but has more fun writing them.



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Outside by Michelle Mankin?

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When handsome California surf god Lincoln Savage suddenly rolls into Ocean Beach like a rogue wave, shy beauty Simone Bianchi’s foundation is shaken. No longer under the thumb of her domineering father, she’s made a simple quiet life for herself and her fluffy fourteen pound Havanese pup running a surf shop in her hometown of OB. Long ago she gave up her dreams for a future with Linc.

But now the notorious lead singer of the Dirt Dogs has returned, and Simone is reluctant to admit that she’s still vulnerable to his killer dimpled smile and easy charm. She finds that although she’s stowed away the mementos, it hasn’t been as easy to erase the memories of their epic summer love.

It seems he hasn’t forgotten, either.

Is the recording contract he’s offering merely a pretense?

Or does he have something more in mind?

Does he really believe that they can just pick up where they left off, despite all the bad luck and heartache?

And is she willing to risk everything again for one last chance at love?

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“Dammit, Mona.” I leaned in closer inhaling her sweet scent and nearly brought to my knees with desire. I wanted to have her. Right here. Right now. I had to curl my fingers into fists to keep from reaching out, grabbing her and reminding her how it used to be between us. Her lids lowered and her breathing turned ragged. Was she remembering, too, or trying to forget?

“Go away, Linc.” Apparently the latter.

“Maybe I can’t,” I admitted my voice raspy with stripped down need. “Maybe I don’t want to.”

“Don’t.” She closed her eyes and her chin dropped. “Don’t do this to me.” She wet her lips. They visibly trembled. Even though I knew I had upset her I still wanted to kiss them. “I’m not one of your groupies easily flattered by your bullshit. The fact that you’re a big rock star doesn’t impress me. I know who you really are Lincoln Savage. I’ve seen you at your best and I’ve survived you at your worst. So don’t think you can come here and play games with me.”

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Beautiful young couple in love having holidays on the sea.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I mean what more do you need than Hot surfer, hot Rock star, and a killer second chance romance.

I think Mona and Linc had some crazy chemistry. You could tell from page one that this couple was special. They were soul mates. Even though it took years and major heartache to get these two to the right place. There was no denying they were meant to be.

I loved loved Mona.. Despite everything she went through I loved how her character was strong, smart and continued to have this special light with in her.

Linc, yes you are sexy and surf / rock god.. but you pissed me off in this book. He could not see what was right in front of him. Some of his demons were just powerful. He never felt good enough, and that was most of his downfall. But I adore him.. I loved watching him battle his demons and fight for what he wanted.

Their story is sweet, crazy, sexy, and at times heartbreaking. But this book is definitely a must read for all you Second Chance book lovers. Or just books were the two main characters have major chemistry. This is definitely a must read.

About the Author:

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The bestselling author of the Black Cat Records series of novels.

Romance with subtext.

Reimagining classic stories with sexy rock stars and thought provoking issues.

Love Evolution, Love Revolution, and Love Resolution are a BRUTAL STRENGTH centered trilogy, combining the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry.

Things take a bit of an edgier, once upon a time turn with the TEMPEST series. These pierced, tatted, and troubled Seattle rockers are young and on the cusp of making it big, but with serious obstacles to overcome that may prevent them from ever getting there.

Rock stars, myths, and legends collide with paranormal romance in a totally mesmerizing way in the MAGIC series.

When Michelle is not prowling the streets of her Texas town listening to her rock music much too loud, she is putting her daydreams down on paper or traveling the world with her family and friends, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.

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