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Cover Reveal: Ripped (Real series, Book 5) by Katy Evans

 

 

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Title : Ripped  (Real #5)

Author: Katy Evans

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: December 16, 2014

~ Synopsis ~

Every woman wants me–except the one I sing for.

Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about Crack Bikini being in town.

But when you love a girl, you don’t leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise.
Any man with half a brain should know..

So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?

Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.

When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like
I’m a god–but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl’s not happy to see me.

Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that’s her — Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she’s out for my blood.

That’s alright.

Let her come at me. Because I’m out for her heart and, this time, there’s no way she can stop me.

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Ripped  (Real #5)

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Rogue (#4)

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Remy (#3)

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Mine (#2)

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Real (#1)

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Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

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Cover Reveal: Blurred by Kim Karr

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Title: Blurred (Connections series 3.5)

Author: Kim Karr

Release Date: 8/5/2014

Genre: Contemporary Romance

** SYNOPSIS **

The story before the love story….

When he lost the only woman he’d ever loved, it seemed there was nothing left to live for.

Even as a boy, all Ben Covington ever wanted was to spend forever with Dahlia London, the beautiful girl next door…then one life-altering decision tore them apart and he was forced to leave her.

Now, despite having returned to win her back, he’s still alone. She’s with someone else—someone she’s never going to leave.Resigned to a future without his former girlfriend, Ben numbs his broken heart in a haze of liquor and women.

But then the only woman who ever even turned his head while he was with his girl reappears unexpectedly. And he’s never forgotten their one incredible night together. But will Ben’s destructive behavior destroy his future with her before it even begins?

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** About the Author **

I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I’ve always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, I wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. I went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and full-time embracing one of my biggest passions—writing.

I wear a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of the family. However, I always find time to read. One of my favorite family outings use to be taking my kids to the bookstore or the library. Today, my oldest child is in college and my twins are juniors so they no longer go with me on these outings. And although I don’t need to go to the actual store anymore because I have the greatest device ever invented—a Kindle, I still do. There’s nothing like a paperback. So now my four year old and I make dates out of going to the bookstore–it’s time I love and cherish.

I like to believe in soulmates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. I love to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

Kim Karr

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Cover Reveal: Beautiful Ties (The Beautiful Series #4) by Alicia Rae (Contemporary Romance 18+)

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Title:  Beautiful Ties (The Beautiful Series #4)

Author:  Alicia Rae

Genre:  Contemporary Romance 18+

Publication Date:  March 25, 2014

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Event Organized by:  Literati Author Services, Inc.

~ Synopsis~ 

While watching her brothers find their happily ever afters, Abbey dreams of falling in love. Smart, fun, and sexy, Abbey is also independent and works hard alongside her brother, Kyle. When Kyle joins his business ventures with his wife’s cousins, Jason and Damon, Abbey struggles with keeping things professional.

Jason is instantly enamored with Abbey, and he becomes determined to win her over. Although she does not want to mix business with pleasure, he uses his good looks and sweet charm to work his way into her heart.   All the while, Abbey begins building a friendship with a neighborhood child, Pearl. Abbey’s heart warms to Pearl, and their friendship quickly blossoms into a loving relationship.

Can Abbey find a way balance her growing feelings for Jason and her need to take care of Pearl? Or will Abbey need to sacrifice one relationship for the sake of the other?

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~ About the Author ~

 Author picAlicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.

Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing into my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo

Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.

Believe in yourself and follow your dreams…

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The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

3392089Title: The Winter Sea

Author: Susanna Kearsley

Genre: Contemporary and Historical Romance

Date of Publication: 2010

Publisher: Allison and Busby

Rating: 5/5

Book Description: In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…

Review:

Gah!! It’s been forever since I wrote a review. So I’m currently trying to catch up. I’ve been reading but that irritating thing called life keeps getting in the damn way! I finished The Winter Sea several weeks ago and couldn’t wait to write my thoughts down. Many of you may have already read it since it’s been several years that this book has been published and released. I loved it. But there were certain parts I wanted to scream at my device. The ending was completely frustrating for me, but I can’t have my own subjective views regarding the ending decrease the overall rating of the book. I didn’t like how Gone with the Wind ended, but do you see me giving that less than the deserved 5+ stars?  Nope. So I won’t go there.

The overall premise of the book of an extremely successful author that can jet set to where ever she likes on a moments notice, in order to satisfy her literary inspiration, is what makes fiction worth reading. She was

“thirty-one, with four bestselling novels to my credit and the freedom to live anywhere and anyhow, I chose.”

I want to be that lady.

I want to be that author that gets to experience love in two different time periods. The one that has scores of men falling over themselves to offer a tour of the town. But I don’t want to be that fictional author that writes about her fictional ancestor, Sophia, who to me was just completely flawed. She was too fragile, too innocent, and just too blah. What she did in the end made me angry.  As Carrie writes and researches her book, she begins to find that her writing resembles real life. She is inspired by a thought or a vision and becomes overly consumed with writing the piece that when she looks up from her laptop, the sun is rising. Coffee is mentioned a lot in this book.

The writing is beautiful as was the scenery. The historical aspects appeared concise, although I would not deem myself an expert on the Jacobite rising and rebellions, however, Gabaldon is a favorite so I do have some background knowledge. One-sided it may be, that side being Jamie ;-) Again this is fiction, but with any well written historical fiction it is still essential to have accuracy with regards to background and historical figures. And that it why I love them so much, because you learn about other places and other times, other languages. The Doric language pulled me in and I found myself wanting to try it. Can you imagine, this little Asian girl speaking the Doric? I could be on a reality show over here!

So to that end, enjoy the beauty of the dialect below, cause it frigging rocks. (There were other great educational how-to-speak Doric videos, but they were just downright boring)

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Review, Guest Post & Giveaway: Coming Home by Priscilla Glenn (Comporary Romance)

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Title:  Coming Home

Author:  Priscilla Glenn

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Publication Date:  January 20, 2014

Rating:  5 out of 5 Stars

Event Organized By:  AToMR

~Synopsis ~

Leah Marino hasn’t been on a date in two years. After discovering the man she loved had manipulated and deceived her, she refuses to even entertain the idea of a relationship. Instead, she focuses her attention on taking care of her family, a role she’s assumed since the death of her mother and the one place she knows her kindness won’t be taken advantage of again.
When a nostalgic trip back to her childhood home results in a chance encounter with Danny DeLuca, a smart-mouthed mechanic who’s as attractive as he is mysterious, Leah’s carefully cultivated walls begin to crumble. She finds herself unexpectedly drawn to Danny, despite his unreliable behavior and mixed signals.
But Danny has a secret…
One that could shake Leah’s already precarious foundation and bring her world crashing down around her. Suddenly, she’s faced with an incredibly difficult decision–is she willing to risk everything for the chance at finding the love she’s always wanted? Or are some obstacles just too big for the heart to overcome?

 ~Michelle’s 5-Star Review ~

“Traditions are good.  They help keep memories alive.”

Priscilla Glenn falls into a certain category of authors–I will read ANYTHING she writes because I know it will be a fantastic read and perfectly edited!  She’s an English teacher for heaven’s sake, and she can write those scenes that make me feel like I’m in the story, and I can feel exactly each and every emotion that I’m reading.  (Do you remember the piano playing scene from Emancipating Andie?  Holy hotness and sweet emotion! )  Well, Priscilla is now three out of three for me!  She knocked this one out of the park with a grand slam.  :)

I typically do not read teasers for upcoming novels (as I do like to be surprised) and hadn’t even read the synopsis for Coming Home.  So it wasn’t until I was twenty-five percent into the book (and curious) when I finally went back and read the synopsis.  (Again, that proves to you that I will read anything she writes.)

At this point in the story Leah was on the phone with Danny and they were asking each other questions.  I remember having a wicked grin on my face the entire time.  I felt like a teenager again enjoying the “getting to know” you period.  I was so vested in Danny and Leah’s story already, and there was no going back.  Of course, I was very curious about Danny’s secret and his intentions at this stage of the book.  (Did I mention that I literally laid in bed ALL day reading and put everything and everyone on hold?)

Coming Home is written in third-person point of view, which is great because I felt every emotion that Danny and Leah experienced.  I laughed, I cried, I smiled, and I mourned throughout Coming Home.  Priscilla included quite a bit of humor in this book, which was a welcome change.  Leah had a great relationship with her family, and they were constantly teasing one another.  Once again, I felt like I was part of the family and my heart was full with that familiar feeling of being loved and having family to count on no matter what.

Leah is so refreshing to read because she is a confident woman, and she doesn’t have too much of a problem telling Danny what she is thinking or what she wants.  Oh, can I tell you how much I enjoyed her character?  I seriously want to just hang out with her, especially at the Cheesecake Factory or a bar.  :)

“I don’t mind a little disappointment now and then.  It just means you’ve got high standards.  I’d rather shoot high and be disappointed sometimes than just live in the middle with the illusion of being satisfied.”

And when she laid her head back down on his chest, he rested his cheek against her hair and closed his eyes, wondering if there would ever be a man on this planet who was worthy of her.”

“So if something seems too hard, princess, before you throw in the towel, you should always ask yourself, ‘Will the reward be worth the suffering.’”

Danny DeLuca (gosh, I love saying his name) is no doubt going to make the list of top book boyfriends.  He is sexy, complex, wishy washy, but he is honorable and has his reasons for the way he acts.  Yes, he has a secret.  He has a past, and he is his own worst enemy.

The hurt will be temporary, she reminded herself as his lips moved against hers.  This is the forever.

In addition to Leah and Danny and their families, Priscilla has included their best friends as well.  And once again, their scenes are some of the best,  both funny and heartbreaking.

If you are a fan of Colleen Hoover’s writing, I encourage you to pick up Coming Home, especially if you have never read a book written by Priscilla Glenn.  There were two scenes in particular that I honestly thought were written by Colleen.  Yes, that is one hell of a compliment, which tells you how great this book is.  Coming Home will no doubt sit on my shelf of Top 10 Reads for 2014!

“I just…I want you to know that no matter what happens, I know you, Danny,” she said.  “I know who you really are.”

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author.  I was not paid to read or review this book.  All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.

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 ~Author’s Take on Danny DeLuca ~

By Priscilla Glenn

Danny DeLuca is “the perfect combination of cute, but sexy. Pretty, but rugged. Exuding a gentleness, but at the same time, radiating a raw sex appeal.” He’s described as tall with black hair, and eyes that are “shockingly blue” against the dark tone of his hair. And the cherry on top? A pair of dimples that make Leah feel like her veins are full of helium whenever they appear. When he’s not working underneath a car and cursing like a sailor, he’s taking care of Gram and apologizing for his friend’s crude behavior. He is a walking, talking, delicious dichotomy.

Danny is passionate about everything he does; he works hard, fights harder, and loves with his entire being. He can be moody and unpredictable at times, but he is extremely loyal to those he cares about and will do anything to protect them or make them happy, even if he suffers as a result. There are events in his life he’s still struggling to move on from, but despite his traumatic experiences, he has managed to maintain a level of sensitivity and kindness. (Although, you’d be remiss to mistake his kindness for weakness.)

Unknown fact about Danny: When I first wrote Coming Home, it was done in first-person point of view with Leah as the narrator. It wasn’t until I went back and gave it an overhaul that Danny’s point of view made an appearance, and holy hell, there was so much he wanted me to know about him. I totally fell for him while writing his perspective, which in turn gave me a deeper understanding of Leah.

 ~About the Author ~

Priscilla GlennPriscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English at the middle and high school levels for the past twelve years while moonlighting as a writer, mom, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.If you catch her when she’s feeling sophisticated, she’ll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she’ll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry’s, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.  Glenn is also the author of the contemporary romance novels Back to You, and Emancipating Andie.

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