Monday, July 29, 2019

Nothing But This (Broken Pieces #2) by Natasha Anders

A married couple yearns to rediscover lost love in this novel about forgiveness, reconciliation, and emotional growth.
It’s always been complicated between Libby Lawson and Greyson Chapman—and married life isn’t any simpler. But when Libby gets pregnant, she at last sees a bright future ahead. There’s just one problem: Greyson says he’s sterile.
Furious, Greyson abandons the young family. Equally furious and deeply hurt, Libby cuts all ties with him. After all these years, it seems their relationship has finally expired. But love is resilient and endures even when you don’t want it to. Greyson still longs for Libby, and though Libby’s heartbroken by Greyson’s lack of trust, she holds out hope for a complete, happy family.
And so they embark on the journey back to each other, wary of all the obstacles between them. It’s been a long road already—one strewed with fear, doubt, and misunderstandings. Will they keep looking to the past, or will they look to each other and walk hand in hand toward a broad new horizon?

3.5 Stars
Nothing But This is a quick read about heartbreak and trying to forgive - even though you been in love with that person forever. Libby and Greyson have an unusual relationship - they've know each other for years and all of the sudden their lives change when they quickly decide to get married. 
Libby has been in love with Greyson since she was a young teen. Greyson, who was older, didn't like the school-girl crush she had on him and quickly dismissed her over the years. But when she got older, he couldn't help but notice the beautiful, grown-up Libby. Their relationship was fast - married so fast. Libby thought life with a new baby couldn't be more perfect for their relationship. But she never realized how cold Greyson could be towards her and their child. As you know, he immediately blames Libby for cheating and not claiming the child as his. 
I have to say Greyson was an absolute jerk through this entire. He jumps to conclusion without talking and honestly, what he did was unforgettable. Personally, I could not find one redeeming quality about his character. And I'm glad Libby stood her ground when he tried to come crawling back. 

Friday, July 26, 2019

The Book Charmer (Dove Pond #1) by Karen Hawkins

Sarah Dove is no ordinary bookworm. To her, books have always been more than just objects: they live, they breathe, and sometimes they even speak. When Sarah grows up to become the librarian in her quaint Southern town of Dove Pond, her gift helps place every book in the hands of the perfect reader. Recently, however, the books have been whispering about something out of the ordinary: the arrival of a displaced city girl named Grace Wheeler.

If the books are right, Grace could be the savior that Dove Pond desperately needs. The problem is, Grace wants little to do with the town or its quirky residents—Sarah chief among them. It takes a bit of urging, and the help of an especially wise book, but Grace ultimately embraces the challenge to rescue her charmed new community. In her quest, she discovers the tantalizing promise of new love, the deep strength that comes from having a true friend, and the power of finding just the right book.

4.5 Charming Stars

I adore this book, the story line and characters! The Book Charmer is a magical read that brings the town of Dove Pond to life. The author pulls you into the lives of these characters and I couldn't get enough of them. Sarah Dove may seem strange on page, but she - along with her family, are loved by the town. Their something magical that each Dove sister brings to this town. 

Sarah Dove is the town librarian and ever since she was little, the books spoke to her. Sounds weird? It is, but it works - she's such a vibrant and caring character, you just want to be her BFF. When Grace Wheeler and her family move to Dove Pond, Sarah knew right away that Grace was meant to come to their town and save it. 

Dove Pond is the last place Grace wants to be. But after a tough childhood and recent family tragedy, Dove Pond is the only place she needs to be to help her niece and sweet Mama G. Grace is determined to stay in this quirky town for only a year and then she it out and heading back to the big city. But little does she know how much this town needs her and how this town changes her life. 

The Book Charmer is a sweet summer read about small towns, love, finding peace and magic! I'm looking forward to more in the Dove sisters and their magic.

About the author
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Hawkins writes novels that have been praised as touching, witty, charming, and heartwarming. A native Southerner who grew up in the mountains of East Tennessee where storytelling is a way of life, Karen recently moved to frosty New England with her beloved husband and multiple foster dogs. The Dove Pond series is a nod to the thousands of books that opened doors for her to more adventures, places, and discoveries than she ever imagined possible. To find out more about Karen, check in with her at, @KarenHawkinsAuthor on Instagram, and at her website,

Monday, July 22, 2019

Lies by Kylie Scott

Lies, a steamy, fast paced standalone filled with the perfect blend of heat and humor from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, is available now! 

Betty Dawsey knows that breaking things off with Thom Lange is for the best. He’s nice, but boring, and their relationship has lost its spark. But steady and predictable Thom, suddenly doesn’t seem so steady and predictable when their condo explodes and she’s kidnapped by a couple of crazies claiming that Thom isn’t who he says he is. 

Thom is having a hellish week. Not only is he hunting a double agent, but his fiancé dumped him, and thanks to his undercover life, she’s been kidnapped. 

Turns out Thom is Operative Thom and he’s got more than a few secrets to share with Betty if he’s going to keep her alive. With both their lives on the line, their lackluster connection is suddenly replaced by an intense one. But in his line of work, feelings aren’t wanted or desired. Because feelings can be a lethal distraction.

“You’re going to break his heart.”
“No, I’m not,” I say. “That’s sort of the whole point. If I really thought leaving him would break his heart, then I probably wouldn’t be leaving him in the first place.”
My best friend, Jen, does not look convinced.
Boxes fill a good half of the room. What a mess. Who knew you could accumulate so much junk in only twelve months? At least we weren’t together so long that I can’t remember who owns what. One year is about the sweet spot for this issue in relationships, apparently.
“The fact of the matter is, we’re not in love. We have no business being engaged, let alone getting married.” I sigh. “Have you seen the packing tape?”
“No. He’s just such a nice guy.”
“I’m not debating that.” I climb to my feet, then head up the stairs to the second bedroom. Thom’s unofficial workout room/home office. Not a room I normally go into. But it only takes a bit of rummaging to find what I’m looking for. Whatever else might be said about them, insurance assessors are organized. The bottom drawer of Thom’s desk has a neat stash of stationery. I grab a couple rolls of thick tape.
“And leaving him this way…” Jen continues as I head back down.
“How many times have I told him we need to talk? He’s always putting it off, saying it’s not a good time. And now he’s away again. I’ve been messaging him for the last week and he barely replies.”
“You know he has to drop everything once a job comes up. I realize he’s not the most exciting guy, Betty, but—”
“I know.” I smack down a line of tape with extra zest, sealing the lid of the last box. In this Operation Abandon Ship Posthaste, I know I’m definitely slightly the bad guy. But not totally. Say sixty/forty. Or maybe seventy/thirty. It’s hard to tell to what degree. “I do know all of that. But he’s always busy with work or away on some business trip. What am I supposed to do?”
A sigh from Jen.
“When you realize you’ve made such a monumental mistake, it’s hard to sit and wait to fix things. Nor is it fair on either of us to keep up the pretense.”
“Guess so.”
“And the fact that he’s yet again made no effort to prioritize our relationship and make a little time for me in his busy schedule is just further proof that I’ve made the right choice in ending this now before it gets any more complicated. End of rant.”
Nothing from her.
“Anyway, you’re supposed to be on my side. Stop questioning me.”
“You wanted to get married and have children so badly.”
“Yeah.” I sit back on my heels. “I blame it all on playing with Ken and Barbie’s dreamhouse when I was little. But it turns out that being in a relationship with the wrong person can be even lonelier than being alone.”
Jen and I have been friends since sharing a room in college. We’ve witnessed the bulk of each other’s dating ups and downs. For some reason, I’m the type of girl who guys will go out with, but don’t tend to stick with. Apparently, I’m fuckable—just not girlfriend material. Maybe it’s my smart mouth. Maybe it’s the whole not fitting current societal expectations of beauty i.e. I’m fat. Maybe I was born under an unlucky star. I don’t know; it’s their loss. Like anyone, I have my faults, but all in all, I’m awesome. And I have a lot to give. Too often in the past few months, I’ve had to keep reminding myself of this fact.
“There are just so many jerks out there,” Jen says. “I was happy that you’d found a good one.”
“I think I’d prefer a jerk who was genuinely into me than a nice guy phoning it in.
Honestly, I’d rather go adopt a dozen cats and settle into old age and isolation than be with someone who treats me as if I’m an afterthought.”
She looks at me for a long moment, then nods slowly. “I’m sorry it didn’t work out.”
“Me too.”
“Time to start filling up the cars. Boy, do you owe me.”
I smile. “That I do.”
Jen stands and stretches before picking up one of the boxes labeled kitchen. “I just didn’t want you to do something you’d regret, you know?”
“I know. Thank you.”
Alone in the two-bedroom condo, everything is silent. My parting letter sits waiting on the coffee table with his name written on the front. A slight bulge in the envelope betrays the shape of my engagement ring. It’s a sweet, simple ring. One small diamond perched on a band of yellow gold. My hand feels wrong without it. Naked. They say there are different love languages and you have to take the time to learn your partner’s needs. It’s like he and I never quite got there. Or maybe I’m just crappy at relationships.
The bridal magazines I’d collected are in the trash. Perhaps I should have taken them into the florist shop where I work so someone could get some use out of them. But this feels more symbolic, more definite. My family are a couple of states away, and I have only a few of what I’d classify as good friends. Being an introvert makes it hard to meet people. A boyfriend, a husband, would mean I’m no longer alone. Someone cares about me and puts me first. At least part of the time. Only Thom doesn’t any of the time, so here we are.
I tighten my ponytail of long dark hair. Then, in a rare display of dexterity that my yoga instructor would be proud of, I stack three boxes in my arms and head outside into the hot afternoon sun. Jen’s Honda Civic is parked at the curb, the trunk standing open as she moves things about inside. My old Subaru sits in the driveway waiting to be filled. Birds are singing and insects chirping. It’s your typical mild autumn day in California.
That’s when the condo blows up behind me.

4 Stars

I love a good book that keeps you on your toes with all the suspense, has  hot chemistry between characters and some humor - you have the perfect read. And that is exactly what Kylie Scott's new book, Lies, is all about. 

Betty Dawsey is about leave her boring and unavailable fiance, Thom, because their relationship has lots its spark. But right after she walks out their home door, a big bang happens. Literally, their home blows up and next thing she knows, she's been taken and learns that her "Insurance Adjuster" fiance is actually a double agent.  And he's nothing like he is at home - Thom is bad ass and even sexier.

Thom has been trained to an Operative, and when his undercover life with Betty starts to unravel, he will do anything to protect Betty - even though she was just about to dump him. When Betty's life becomes threaten from the unknown, Thom's lies comes to surface because it's the only way to keep Betty safe. 

Betty and Thom may have been dating and engaged, but they never really knew each other (besides all the lies Thom was living), but as they prepare to save alive, these two learn to love each other, all over again - for real this time. 

About Kylie Scott
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013, 2014 & 2018, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Making Up (Shacking Up #4) by Helena Hunting

A new standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting.

Cosy Felton is great at her job—she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with working at an adult toy store. So when the hottest guy she’s ever seen walks into the shop looking completely overwhelmed, she’s more than happy to turn on the charm and help him purchase all of the items on his list.

Griffin Mills is using his business trip in Las Vegas as a chance to escape the broken pieces of his life in New York City. The last thing he wants is to be put in charge of buying gag gifts for his friend’s bachelor party. Despite being totally out of his element, and mortified by the whole experience, Griffin is pleasantly surprised when he finds himself attracted to the sales girl that helped him.

As skeptical as Cosy may be of Griffin’s motivations, there’s something about him that intrigues her. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas and when real life gets in the way, all bets are off. Filled with hilariously awkward situations and enough sexual chemistry to power Sin City, Making Up is the next standalone in the Shacking Up world.

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About the Author

Helena Hunting is the author of The USA Today and NYT bestselling PUCKED Series. She lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She writes everything from romantic sports comedy to new adult angst.

Cover Reveal: Edge of You by Nashoda Rose

Title: Edge of You ( Tear asunder, Book 5) 
Author: Nashoda Rose 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: September 23, 2019 
Cover Designer: Letita Hatter, RBA Designs 
Cover Model: Roddy Hanson 

A bad boy with a scarred past. A good girl with a dangerous debt. Get ready to meet Trevor ‘Rush’ Greyson. Street racer. Hacker. Overly confident man-whore living on the edge. Nothing is permanent in Rush’s life, including women. That’s until he locks eyes with sexy mechanic, Mckenna Ayton. He will do anything to have her. She wants nothing to do with him. Shit is about to get messy. 
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Nashoda Rose is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including the Tear Asunder series, the spin-off Unyielding series, and her paranormal Scars of the Wraiths series. 
She lives outside of Toronto where she enjoys hiking with her dogs and riding her horses.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Heartache Duet by Jay McLean

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Heartache and Hope
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Ava Diaz needs saving.
She just doesn’t know it yet.
Just like she doesn’t know a thing about the boy she sits next to on the first day of senior year.
He thinks she’s a brat.
She thinks he’s entitled.
Maybe first impressions don’t always last…
Because Connor Ledger’s about to save her.
He just doesn’t know why.

                                                     First and Forever
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Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New
Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing
any of those things, she can be found running after her three little boys, investing
way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make

her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where music is

loud and laughter is louder.

For publishing rights (Foreign & Domestic) Film or television, please contact her

agent Erica Spellman-Silverman, at Trident Media Group.

Writer • Reader • Mom • Wife • Master of Awkward Sarcasm. 
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