Friday, November 15, 2019

Book Review: Within These Walls by LJ Berg

Within These Walls (Walls #1)
by JL Berg
Release Date: August 18, 2014
Source: Audible Escape 
Within these walls, he became my solace, my sanctuary and my strength. 

I am not strong. I am just a survivor of circumstance.
Isn’t that what we all do? Survive?

Each of us has our own set of circumstances to muddle through. Mine are just more…complicated. Born with a severe heart defect, I’ve seen the inside of a hospital room more than my own bedroom. 

I was drowning, a prisoner to the illness that owned me, until he appeared. He thinks he’s blocked out the world with his tattoos and hard exterior, but I see the real Jude, the one he so desperately wants to forget. 

But is he the answer to my prayers or will he break my already damaged heart forever?

My name is Lailah Buchanan, and this is our story of hope, redemption and sacrificing it all for the one you love.


I picked up this from Audible Escape book after hearing Averie from Averie Loves Books talking about it on her youtube channel. This story about a woman falling in lvoe with a nurse at the hospital she's contastnly a patient at sounded emotional and I couldn't wait to read it! 

When this book started, I absolutely loved watching two broken people slowly learn to trust each other and open their hearts up. I loved the setting of a hospital and how Lailah started to experience life thanks to Jude and he learned to live again thanks to her. I will say, I knew that Jude's secret had to come out some time and I was super nervous how Lailah was going to react. Was she going to be annoying? Was it going to ruin everything? Thankfully, I appreciated where the book went after that and I was happy it wasn't used as a point of conflict to drive the couple apart. 

While I loved watching Jude and Lailah fall in love, I did think things turned a bit too insta-lovey and moved quite quickly about three quarters of the way through the book. And Lailah kind of just abandoned her mother for a man, when it's literally been her and her mom for the first 22 years of her life. The way she just dropped her mom didn't sit well with me. They didn't really know each other all that well and Lailah was all-in with her first ever boyfriend. I wish there was a bit more build up and trust when their relationship moved outside of the hospital. 

Overall, this was a super cute and emotional romance. I really enjoyed how this was in the hospital and had a sort of taboo feeling since it was patient and an STNA. I also loved listening to this and couldn't put it down!



Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Book Review: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club #1)
by Lyssa Kay Adams
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Source: Publisher
The first rule of book club:
You don't talk about book club.

Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott's marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.

Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.

Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville's top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it'll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.
 


A romance about a baseball player joining a romance book club to win his wife back!? Where has this book been all my life???

Ever since I heard the synopsis of this book, I knew that I had to read it. As soon as I started this book and watched Thea ask Gavin for a divorce, my heart broke for the couple. I really enjoyed how neither character was villainized and how they were both at fault for the fall of their marriage. Both of them had to change and put effort into the fixing of their relationship. I did love how they still had some intense chemistry and really learned to communicate and show each other their love for one another. 

What I most loved about this book, though, was the talk of romance novels! Gavin joins the book club, even though he has his doubts, and reads a historical romance that actually reflects his own relationship's journey. I loved how we got actual chapters from the book the group was reading and how Gavin then delved into other romances on his own. Their talk about romance was so fun and I loved all of the men in the club. 

If you can't tell, I absolutely adored this book and couldn't put it down. The romance was fun and all romance readers will appreciate the look at romance and the utilization of the genre to save a real relationship. I highly recommend you pick this book up RIGHT NOW!




Monday, November 4, 2019

Review Tour: The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan

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“Powerful, gripping, unflinchingly honest and sensuously gorgeous writing.”
-- Kristan Higgins, New York Times Bestselling Author

The Kingmaker, the first book in the addicting All The King’s Men Duet, from RITA ® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!


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Power. Passion. Betrayal.
Kennedy Ryan delivers the epic first installment of the All the King's Men Duet.

Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition.
In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it.
My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I'm determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the moment we meet, something sparks between us. But my family stole from hers and my father is the man she hates most. I lied to have her, and will do anything to keep her. Though she tries to hate me, too, the inexorable pull between us will not be denied.
And neither will I.

Kennedy Ryan is truly a rare gem in the romance community. I love every book I've read by her, not only because of the romance but also because of the social commentary she always includes. Kennedy Ryan isn't afraid to tackle real issues in today's society and her newest release is no different. 

Right off the bat, I was entranced with Lennix's character and her deep love for her Native American heritage. What happened to the Native Americans ever since the Europeans settled in American is a crime and it still continues today. Lennix's character embodies the social injustices against the Native American population and I loved her passion for her people and for those who are marginalized. 

Beyond Lennix's characters, I absolutely loved the depth and complexity of the romance. This romance spans years and we get to see Lennix as a teenager, as a woman in her early 20s, and as a woman in her 30s. Her relationship with Maxim was a whirlwind and it was so hard to see it go through the hardships that it did. I was rooting for them the entire time, no matter the mistakes Maxim made. What hit me the most, though, was that ending and I'm already dying for book two. Once you reach that last page, this book will leave you thinking and demanding more. 

If you want a romance that gives you the emotions you crave and the social commentary this world needs, you have to pi
ck up Kennedy Ryan. No one delivers angst and emotion as much as Kennedy Ryan does!




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A RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts. She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy's writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.


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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Release Day Blitz + Review: The Gypsy King by Denvey Perry




The former Tin Gypsy motorcycle club has everyone in Clifton Forge, Montana convinced they’ve locked their clubhouse doors and ripped off their patches. Everyone but Bryce Ryan. There’s more happening at the club’s garage than muscle car restorations and Harley rebuilds. Her instincts are screaming there’s a story—one she’s going to tell. 

As the new owner of the small town’s newspaper, Bryce is hungry for more than birth announcements and obituaries. When a woman is brutally killed and all signs point to the Tin Gypsies, Bryce is determined to expose the club and their leader, Kingston “Dash” Slater, as murderers. 

Bryce bests Dash match after match, disappointed her rugged and handsome opponent turns out to be an underwhelming adversary. Secrets are exposed. Truths defeat lies. Bryce is poised to win this battle in a landslide. 

Then Dash breaks all the rules and tips the scales. 
One kiss, and she’s fighting to save more than just her story. She’s fighting to save her heart from the Gypsy King. 

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Everyone who follows me knows I love a good motorcycle romance. I was so excited to see that Devney Perry was starting a new series that was delving into the MC world!

When this book started, I was so intrigued. Our main character, Bryce, was a journalist and she was determined to get behind the real reason why The Gypsies, the MC club in town, had disbanded and if they were really done for good. I enjoyed her banter with King, the old president of the MC, and how they went from hate to lust. That being said, I do think the lust was acted on a bit too early, especially seeing as they were literal enemies in the town because of Bryce's position on the paper and desire to expose his whole lifestyle and his father. Once they started actually getting to know each other, though, I was totally on board with that relationship. 

There was definitely some of the heart-pumping action that I love in my MC romances, but I was surprised (and slightly annoyed) that the mystery that this whole book revolved around wasn't even solved at the end. I was under the impression that this series would be a series of standalones about different couples, but I didn't know the mystery would thread all throughout. We still don't know the truth behind the murder that Bryce is trying to investigate or who was behind certain things. 

Overall, this was definitely a fun motorcycle romance with some intense chemistry between the main characters, I just wanted a little more substance in their relationship before they acted on that attracted, and I wish we had some conclusion to the premise of the whole book. I'd definitely recommend checking out this book and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!








Devney is a USA Today bestselling author. Born and raised in Montana, she loves writing books set in her treasured home state. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her husband and two sons. Writing one book, let alone many, was not something she ever expected to do. But now that she’s discovered her true passion for writing romance, she has no plans to ever stop. Devney loves hearing from readers! 



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Monday, October 28, 2019

Release Day Blitz: The Kingmaker by Kennedy Ryan

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“A dazzling, thought-provoking, layered romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat. One of the best books of 2019."
-- L.J. Shen, USA Today bestselling author

The Kingmaker, the first in the all-new powerful and emotional All The King’s Men Duet, from RITA ® Award-winning author Kennedy Ryan, is available now!


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Power. Passion. Betrayal.

Kennedy Ryan delivers the epic first installment of the All the King's Men Duet.

Raised to rule, bred to lead and weaned on a diet of ruthless ambition.
In a world of haves and have nots, my family has it all, and I want nothing to do with it.
My path takes me far from home and paints me as the black sheep. At odds with my father, I'm determined to build my own empire. I have rules, but Lennix Hunter is the exception to every one of them. From the moment we meet, something sparks between us. But my family stole from hers and my father is the man she hates most. I lied to have her, and will do anything to keep her. Though she tries to hate me, too, the inexorable pull between us will not be denied.
And neither will I.

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About Kennedy

A RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy's writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Release Day Tour: The Second We Met by Maya Hughes


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Title: The Second We Met
Series: Fulton U #2
Author: Maya Hughes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Release Date: October 17, 2019

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Dear Jerk Across the Street, sorry for accidentally walking in on you and catching an eyeful of your—equipment. And hard pass on the open invitation to join you in the shower “anytime”, A-hole.

That’s the note I should’ve written. Instead I sent a pleasant and apologetic version.

Had I known Phoenix “Nix” Russo would’ve been the neighbor from hell, I’d have told him right where he could shove my words.

Nix is the big man on campus with everyone lined up at his games to make sure he knows it. Sure, he’s got piercing blue eyes, abs that don’t quit and a smile that could set fire to a set of panties from a hundred yards away, but he’s also the biggest pain in my ass.

Dear Pink-Haired Menace, learn how to take a joke and stop being such a kill-joy...

Elle Masterson called the cops on one of my parties—again. My sweet talking usually gets me out of trouble, but this time it got me into a nice pair of silver handcuffs. Now I’m on a reputation rehab tour with a stop at a spring break community service project.

Guess who’s my new boss?

Now we’re shoulder to shoulder, sweaty, tired and…she’s not anything like I expected. There might just be a heart under that hardass exterior. She’s invading my dreams and I can’t shake the feeling she’s the key to unlocking a piece of me that I’ve hidden away.

It’s only a matter of time until she finds out why I’m really here.

Maybe I can break through her walls and into her heart before that happens...one screw at a time.


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Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! :-) I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Book Review: Faker by Sarah Smith

Faker
by Sarah Smith
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Source: Publisher
Debut author Sarah Smith nails this fun and sexy multicultural romance where two office foes hammer out their differences to build a love that will last...

Emmie Echavarre is a professional faker. She has to be to survive as one of the few female employees at Nuts & Bolts, a power tool company staffed predominantly by gruff, burly men. From nine to five, Monday through Friday, she's tough as nails--the complete opposite of her easy-going real self.

One thing she doesn't have to fake? Her disdain for coworker Tate Rasmussen. Tate has been hostile to her since the day they met. Emmie's friendly greetings and repeated attempts to get to know him failed to garner anything more than scowls and terse one-word answers. Too bad she can't stop staring at his Thor-like biceps...

When Emmie and Tate are forced to work together on a charity construction project, things get...heated. Emmie's beginning to see that beneath Tate's chiseled exterior lies a soft heart, but it will take more than a few kind words to erase the past and convince her that what they have is real.
 


I am such a huge fan of enemies to lovers romances, so to say I was excited for this book was an understatement. I went into this one with some pretty high expectations and was sadly disappointed.

Working at an office full of men, Emmie is used to faking confidence to make it as a professional. She doesn't let anyone walk all over her and she speaks her mind, even though she's really not that confident on the inside. Especially when it comes to her infuriatingly annoying coworker, Tate. When Emmie is forced to work with Tate on a project, she doesn't know how she'll survive. Until they are forced together in ways they force them to confront their feelings for one other and see beneath their animosity for each other. 

When this book started, I was loving it. I loved how much Emmie and Tate bickered and how you could just tell there was more to Tate that Emmie had to discover yet. What was distracting, though, was how obsessed Emmie was with Tate's pale skin. She mentioned it at least 20 times in just the first half of the book. WE GOT IT. He's pale. Cool. I was not a fan of that infatuation. 

As the story progressed, Emmie and Tate pretty much got over their hate to love halfway through, and the story just went downhill from there. Some things were thrown in as conflict and the rest was just them dating. I feel horrible saying it, but I'm not a fan of just reading about a happy couple. I love the angst of them trying to get together and not being able to be together. I was just not as interested after they stopped hating each other so soon. 

While I really enjoyed this book as it started and thought Tate was a super adorable love interest, the rest of the book didn't really hold my interest. I wasn't a fan of Emmie as much as I thought I would be and I wish the enemies lasted just a little bit longer. In the end, my expectations of this were high and were just not met.




Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Book Review: How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days (Devil You Know #1)
by Kerrigan Byrne 
Release Date: August 27, 2019
Source: Publisher
These men are dark, bold, and brave. And there is only one woman who can bring them to their knees...

Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil.

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Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms.
 


Ever since I read The Highwayman a few months ago and LOVED it, I have been dying to read another Kerrigan Byrne book. When I received an ARC of this from the publisher, I about died from excitement and dove right in! 

After the most horrific night of her life, Lady Alexandra Lane makes a pack with her best friends to always be there for each other and keep each other's secrets no matter what. Now, a blackmailer is after her money and Alexandra's only option is to find a man to protect her. The Duke of Redmayne needs a bride, so when Alexandra offers her hand, he knows he can't refuse. The more time the two spend together after their marriage, the more they start to genuinely like each other...

When this book started, I absolutely loved Alexandra's relationship with her best friends. They were so fiercely loyal and went through so much together. Even when Alexandra decided she had to get married to protect herself, they were there for her. Then, once she married Piers, I loved how Alexandra and her new husband challenged each other and how Alexandra showed him just how fierce and intelligent she was. 

While the middle did lull a bit, I enjoyed following Piers and Alexandra on their honeymoon and how Alexandra was still determined to keep her secrets from him. There was even some suspense thrown in at the end and I loved how protective Piers was when it came to his new wife. 


Overall, this was another great read from Kerrigan Byrne. She has easily become one of my new historical romance authors and I can't wait to read even more from her!




Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Book Review: Neat by Kandi Steiner

Neat 
by Kandi Steiner
Release Date: September 19, 2019
Source: Author
My life is over.

I swore I would never work at the whiskey distillery with my last name on it, that I would never be a part of my father’s legacy. But when I graduated with my art degree and realized there were no jobs, the devil appeared, and I sold my soul, agreeing to work in the family business if he’d give me the art studio I’d always dreamed of.

It can’t be that bad, I thought. 

Until I realized my new boss was Logan Becker.

The Becker brothers have a reputation for being trouble, and since I love trouble, it’s no surprise to me that I’m infatuated by that forbidden fruit the first day I walk into the distillery. That lean, whiskey-eyed, too-hot-for-his-own-good man hates me — and I can’t blame him. His family has been at war with mine for decades, and for good reason.

The Beckers and the Scooters are the Montagues and Capulets of Stratford, Tennessee.

But if he’s Romeo, and I’m Juliet? Well… we all know how that story ends — and for that reason, I tell myself to steer clear. 

Because if my father finds out I’m falling for Logan Becker, my life actually will be over.

And Logan’s will be, too.


I love love love Kandi Steiner's books and the romances she creates. I was such a huge fan of On the Rocks and couldn't wait to watch another Becker brother fall in love! 

Logan Becker's job and family are his life. He's dedicated all of his time to his job as tour guide at distillery and will do anything and everything for his mom and brothers. So when Mallory Scooter shows up as the newest tour guide with a sour attitude, Logan tries his best to hate his family's rival. But he's always been intrigued with Mallory ever since high school, and he isn't so sure their hate for one another could override his attraction for her. 

When this started, I was immediately smitten with Logan. He is such a nice guy and he is so adorably nerdy and I couldn't get enough of him. Not only does Logan read, but he is also super organized and so dedicated to his job. SWOON. When Mallory started, I honestly was not a fan of her and got so frustrated with her, just like Logan did. But, as they got to know each other, it was so cute when they stopped hating each other. Their conversations were so realistic and relatable when it comes to the beginning of a relationship and I loved how they grew closer. 

While I loved the beginning of this book and was so in love with Logan, I was a little annoyed with the culminating conflict between Logan and Mallory. I felt like it was obvious that conflict was going to happen and should have been obvious for the characters, but they both got mad anyways and it caused a rift between them. I just wanted something much more trying for the characters than what we already knew was going to happen. 

If I didn't love the Becker family before, I am head over heels for them now. I may have just finished this book, but I am already dying for more of the Becker boys and can't wait for book three! Neat delivers a romance you know shouldn't work but you root for anyways. I definitely recommend picking it up!




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