Oliver Release Blitz

Title: Oliver
Series: This Is Our Life #3
Author: F.G. Adams
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: April 6, 2017

Blurb

Soulmates destined to collide.

Six years after surviving a tragic loss, a photograph of a young woman turns Oliver Bishop’s world upside down. He’s on a mission, tracking her from state to state. Each stop bringing him closer to finding her. Will his search find the ghost vixen, or will the madman stalking her get to her first?

After fourteen years of running from a nightmare, Fallyn Blackwood barely escaped her stalker’s clutches in Washington. When a sexy stranger walks into Ray’s Diner, her entire world shifts on its axis. Scared and determined, she finds herself fighting his protective nature—and her desire. The problem is, she’s not looking to be saved.

He’s come too far to back down. He found her, and he won’t let go. Freedom from the past is within his grasp, and he’ll fight for her love.



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F.G. Adams
writes contemporary and paranormal romance about sexy alpha heroes and
feisty-mouthed heroines. The wonder twins forming F.G. enjoy a healthy
obsession of reading that started at a young age. Their books reflect an avid
imagination that was cultivated by their grandmother who taught them the mind
has no limits and to use both hands when reaching for the stars. Partners in
writing, they both thrive on creating unique storylines for you, the reader to
enjoy.

When not writing, you can find them on a beach with their significant other
enjoying the waves or riding a Harley on a country road somewhere in the USA.


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Hard Ball Review & Giveaway

Hard Ball by Heather Stone

Contemporary Romance/Sports Romance

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Cole Callahan is your typical baseball player, emphasis on player. He’s arrogant, hot, and talented, but to Mackenzie, Cole’s childhood friend, he’s just Cole. More than anyone else in the world Makenzie knows that Cole is a good guy, despite his escapades in the bedroom and in the tabloids, so when Cole is injured during the season, she’s willing to do just about anything to help him. Cole is itching to get back on the pitcher’s mound, but he’s distracted by a new attraction to Makenzie. Can friends really become lovers?

For me, this book is a simple friends to lovers story. A happily ever after and some steamy sex scenes make it a reliable romance novel for those who enjoy a somewhat drama-free love story. While there are major events in the novel, it isn’t angsty, if that makes sense.

I would have given the book a higher rating, but the characters fell a little flat for me. While I have no problem with the writing and dialogue, there wasn’t enough there for me to get emotionally invested. That being said, I enjoyed the book. It was fun to read and I was pleased that MaKenzie and Cole were likeable people.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99 for a limited time)

If you need a quick pick-me-up, feel-good story, then you should read this one.

Something else you might enjoy:

I’m not sure why, but the story makes me think of Alexa Riley, if Alexa Riley had any sports novels. It’s probably because of the epilogue. If you’d like something a little more erotic, but not sports or friends-to-lovers, try Snow & Mistletoe. It’s very sweet!

 

 

 

Title: Hard Ball
Author: Heather Stone
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance
Release Date: April 3, 2017

 

Blurb
Arrogant.
Womanizer.
Sexy as hell.
These are all words that have been used to describe my best friend. They might be true, but to me, he’s just Cole Calloway. The one person who has always been there. Now it’s my turn to reciprocate. Coming off an injury, Cole needs me. I won’t let him down.
It’s easy to fall back into old habits with friends, but with Cole something is different. He’s different with me. The touches are gentler. His eyes linger on me. There’s something there that wasn’t before. My heart flutters just a little too much every time I look at him. What’s the worst that could happen if I stopped overthinking and just let go?
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Midwest born and raised, Heather Stone has lived her life in the clouds. Constantly daydreaming and concocting stories in her head, she finally decided to give writing a shot. Heather is a wife to her price charming and mother of two.

 

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LIFT for Autism: Anthology & Auction

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LIFT 4 Autism Online Auction: Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28

Enter the GIVEAWAY celebrating LIFT!

Autism.

A mystery to some. A way of life for others. A cause for all since it is now the fastest growing and most common disability in the US. 1 in every 68 children are diagnosed with Autism. Many of these kids will rely on their parents to some degree, depending on severity, all their lives, with estimated costs between 5 to 7 million dollars in services and care over their lifetime. Many of the services those living with Autism require are not covered by insurance. It is an expensive and difficult lifelong diagnosis to navigate.

Authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan started LIFT 4 Autism a few years ago as a charitable initiative rallying the romance reading community in April, which is Autism Awareness/Acceptance month. All proceeds go to this year’s charitable partner Kulture City, who is doing amazing things for Autism families. Discover more about them at kulturecity.org. Specifically, LIFT will benefit Kulture City’s lifeBOKS program, which provides families with free kits to curtail wandering, a common and potentially life threatening challenge. Proceeds will also benefit Kulture City’s tablet program, which provides iPads to improve communication for non and limited verbal children on the spectrum to families who cannot afford them.

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  1. Online Auction, featuring many of your favorite romance authors!

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Faith & A Cowboy’s Honor

The McGavin Brothers & Vicki Lewis Thompson

Contemporary Romance

 

A Cowboy’s Honor (Book 2)

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Cody McGavin isn’t even sure Faith Underwood is a girl when she suddenly propositions him. But once Faith makes her offer: Cody “deflowers” her and she’ll lend Cody her horse for his trip, he can’t stop thinking about her. Faith has spent most of her life around men, but she hasn’t given a lot of thought to love or sex. When she meets Cody . What she hadn’t bargained on was Cody being more than she dreamed.

This is a sweet, sweet novel. It’s short, relatively uncomplicated, and heartfelt. This is, in my opinion, the quintessential romance novel. There’s some sex, but mostly there’s a lot of exploration. Faith explores who she is as a woman and how she defines that in this book and it’s something I can relate to, at least. Plus, Cody is one of the best hero’s. He’s not chauvinist, he’s not arrogant, he’s not a jerk—he’s a polite, well-mannered cowboy who loves his momma and doesn’t run away from his feelings. He is probably my dream man.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99)

Yes! It’s a super sweet novel that is well worth the dollar!

Something else you might enjoy:

If you’d like something a little spicier and sexier, try Alexa Riley’s Branding the Virgin. It’s another short and sweet book with a lot more steam.

2017 Book Challenge: Re-Read

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A book you loved… read it again

Christine’s Book

The Elements of Chemistry

ATTRACTION (Part 1)

HEAT (Part 2)

CAPTURE (Part 3)

from the Hypothesis Series by Penny Reid

Elements of Chemistry

Synopsis: Kaitlyn Parker doesn’t like parties, doesn’t like attention, and certainly doesn’t like her chemistry lab partner Martin Sandeke. The jerk-face is a jerk, no matter how handsome he may be. Martin doesn’t care that he’s a jerk. All Martin cares about is that Parker has been driving him crazy for the past semester. Once Martin backs Parker into the proverbial corner, he’s not going to let her out. In fact, Martin goes so far as to get Parker onto an island so he can finally have her undivided attention. The problem, of course, is that Martin is still a jerk-face, and Parker is still a girl who doesn’t like attention.

I read this series in 2015 when they first came out. It was one of those situations where I bought the first book, not realizing it was a cliffhanger. After finishing book one, I bought the whole series bundled, essentially paying for book 1 twice, but not caring because the books were that good! It was time to re-read it because: 1) I was depressed about some real life drama and needed a pick me up; 2) Penny Reid has announced that she will be writing the second book in the Hypothesis Series, Laws of Physics, and so I needed to prep; 3) I love nerdy, geeky heroines who have a strong moral compass and are all-around awesome. If you’d like to read my original, full book review, you can find it here.

 

Fallon’s Book

Midnight in Austenland

By Shannon Hale

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I absolutely love Jane Austen. And my love for her has caused many relationship problems between me and other authors; I hesitate to start a book by an author I don’t know and usually just end up re-reading a book I know I’ll enjoy. My love, however, does not extend to all Austen inspired spin-offs, sequels, or changed point-of-view novels. I had just finished re-reading Hale’s Austenland and immediately picked up the next in the series (is it still considered a series if there are only two books?). It was at that time Christine and I decided to do this book challenge.
Midnight in Austenland does a good job reinventing itself from its predecessor. The story is once again set at the Regency-era Pembroke Park with a few familiar secondary characters. This time, we follow new guest, Charlotte Kinder, who just wants some time to reset her life but ends up trying to navigate through what’s real and what’s not At the park. During parts of the story I questioned whether I liked Charlotte or not, or if I found her too silly. Although everything about the people in Austenland can be described as silly, I don’t want my thirty-something heroine comparable to the naïve Catherine Morland. Once finished though, I was happy with Charlotte and had all those lovely, warm feelings I like to have at a conclusion. Maybe I should take the words of Hale to heart, “Jane Austen had created six heroines, each quite different, and that gave Charlotte
courage. There wasn’t just one kind of woman to be.”

Did you join us in our book challenge? What book did you re-read and why?

Our next book challenge will be pick a book solely based on the cover… we’ll post our picks on April 14. Hope you’ll tell us about the book you read!

Boost for Rules of Payne

Title: Rules of Payne
Series: Cake Love #1
Author: Elizabeth Lynx
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Re-release Date: March 27, 2017

Blurb

Morgana Drake has a problem. Her boss Henrik Payne. 

He is short-tempered, self-centered, in dire need of a social life, probably an undiagnosed workaholic, and practically unbearable. 

Yet. 

She wants to rip his clothes off. To slather him in vanilla buttercream frosting and lick it off him from toe to head, and especially in between.

How will she ever get ahead at the company if she keeps imagining her boss melting in her mouth?

Henrik Payne has rules. Rules to live by and especially work by. It’s not until his clumsy yet curvaceous assistant tests his resolve that he begins to see life isn’t all about rules.

He just hopes he can get through the day without accidentally fondling her.

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Once I was out of the elevator, I headed straight into the bathroom and noticed Ms. Drake was not at her desk. Maybe she went home for the day and I won’t have to deal with her.

I checked my watch and noted the time, ten minutes until eleven o’clock. I had just enough time to give my cock a good spanking before Ken Brooks, the CFO, used the restroom for his daily shit storm. I’m sure Ms. Drake had learned by now to stay away from her desk when Brooks used the bathroom.

My orgasm was quick due to the use of one of my top fantasies about Ms. Drake. I had about ten different fantasy scenarios of her I used when I masturbated, and they were ranked by length of orgasm and time it took to hit the big O.

The one I used was ranked at number two. I would have used the first one knowing time was limited with Brooks nearing, but I wanted to switch it up. Anyways, I used number one in the shower this morning.

Number two was Morgana on her knees in my office, begging for my cock. She drooled as I told her to take all of it. I knew she wouldn’t actually drool in real life, but it’s my fantasy. In my imagination, she salivated all over the Captain.

I cleaned up, flushed, and then ran into Brooks just as I was washing my hands. He was boring as usual. He always discussed the weather. It’s cold. Bitterly cold. Chicago in the winter was frigid, everyone knew that. Why talk about it? He mentioned the sun and I didn’t care.

Once I was in my office, I opened my laptop and began checking my emails. One was marked urgent about the new Denton account. I realized I was going to need Ms. Drake to help me.

Having just orgasmed, being in the same room as Ms. Drake shouldn’t cause any problems. I got up and opened the door to find her with her head on her desk.

“Ms. Drake.”

She popped up and stared at me. Those greenish eyes turned golden as they enlarged.

Here I was boasting about what a hard worker she was, and now she’s laying down on the job.

“Is this how you spend your day when you think I am not in the office? Just lying around.”

She opened and closed her mouth a few times before finally shaking her head at me.

“The meetings for today got canceled, so it looks like I’m going to be here the rest of the day. Come inside my office; I need to go over some things with you.”

She mumbled something just as I turned to go back inside. The words ‘come’ and ‘bathroom’ were the only ones I caught.

I turned back. “What did you say?”

Her eyes darted around. “Uh, let me just run to the bathroom first.”

I nodded my head. “Okay.”

After a few minutes, she strolled into my office. Over the last few weeks, I had become accustomed to Ms. Drake’s stride. It’s average but with a little more swing in her hips and at times, bouncy. Perhaps that was why she tripped more often than others.

But right now her walk was cat-like, stealthy, with a heaping dose of confidence and cleavage. As she took her seat, her fingers tugged at her blouse, bringing my eyes down to her chest where they remained.

I hated it when she did that.

Forcing my gaze back to her face I wondered what I missed. Something was happening and I wondered for a moment if it involved me.

“Are you feeling alright, Ms. Drake? You look pale and you have a funny expression on your face.”

Her fingers continued to fondle her top but her eyes narrowed at me. “Oh I’m fine, Mr. Payne. One hundred percent, grade-A beef, fine. In fact, I think I’m a little hot. Do I look hot to you, Mr. Payne?”

One button. Pop.

Another button. Pop.

She shimmied slightly but enough to reveal a slip of green lace.

I swallowed. Hard.

“Ms. Drake, what are you doing?”

Her lips curved as if she was waiting for those exact words to tumble out of my mouth. I got the feeling she wanted something. I also got the feeling I would give it to her. My hand slipped to my lap as I adjusted my cock already stirring from his earlier binge.

He was insatiable.

“I was in the bathroom a little while ago.”

I nodded. “I know you asked to use it before we had this meeting.”

Did I drop something in there? Maybe she heard me talking to Brooks and wants in on that top-secret conversation about the sunny sky in winter.

I tried to hide my laughter.

“No, before.”

What was she talking about? This woman was sexy and smart, but right now she might as well have been…wait, I think I got her meaning.

“The women’s bathroom you mean, right, Ms. Drake?” My eyes pleaded with her to open her mouth and say ‘yes, the women’s bathroom.’ Why would she not use the women’s restroom? That would be ridiculous, especially so close to Brooks’ time.

Her head turned slowly from side to side in a tormenting no. “No, the men’s. The woman’s restroom was being cleaned so I had to use the men’s. You know, the one where you wanted me to take all of your cock.”

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Book Review & $25 Amazon GC Giveaway for Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot by Stella Rhys

Contemporary Romance

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Lia is all about work. She’s not afraid to put her nose to the grindstone and for the last two and a half years she’s lived and breathed her new truffle company. Lia’s thrown a little off her game, though, when she meets her landlord’s brother for the first time… naked except for a towel, dripping wet, and locked out of her apartment. It doesn’t help that Lukas is a total jerk. While Lukas knows a beautiful woman when he sees one, he’s a little less sure of how to get Lia to change her opinion of him.

At first I didn’t like this book. Lukas and Lia were weird together. Lukas especially seemed like a total dick bag and I wasn’t sure why I should root for him as the hero. But after a while, much like Lia, my feelings towards Lukas thawed a little. His approach to Lia’s workaholic tendencies is different from other alphas in other books and I found that really refreshing.

I would have given this book a better review except that there are a lot of grammatical mistakes. It wasn’t enough to confuse me, but it was distracting. There are a lot of little mistakes like the wrong word in a sentence, or an extra word in a sentence that shouldn’t have been there at all and it happens pretty consistently throughout the book. So if you’re a stickler for mistakes, prepare yourself before beginning.

But overall, I loved Lia and Lukas, especially by the end of the novel. Lukas has a great backstory that makes him a much more sympathetic character. And Lia’s backstory is pretty much out there from the beginning, but it’s another one that adds some depth to her character. I don’t think there was a point in the novel where I wished for it to be over, so the pacing of the novel is good. And, the sex scenes are super duper hot! I mean smokin’! So you have that to look forward to as well.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

Yes, although it’s free with Kindle Unlimited. My yes isn’t a resounding yes because of the typos in the book, so if you can borrow it, I’d suggest doing that. But it’s a really fun read and worth the three bucks if you can ignore the occasionally error. Right now it’s on sale for $0.99 so get it while you can if the plot seems interesting to you!

Something else you might enjoy:

I’ve recommended this book before, but it’s especially applicable here. Try Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. It’s also about neighbors who get off on the wrong foot.

Title: Sweet Spot
Author: Stella Rhys
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 30, 2017
Blurb

Our first meeting as neighbors was screwed from the start.He was hot. I was naked. And we had no chance in hell at ever being platonic. 

I’ll be the first to admit that I live at extremes. After going ten years locked in what felt like a dysfunctional marriage, I’m now decidedly boy-free. In nearly three years I’ve had no boyfriends, no flings, no dates and no sex. For the sake of my dream career, the sacrifice has been easy.

At least it was.

Until Lukas came along.

He’s rude, gorgeous, arrogant – a stone-carved wall of muscle and distraction. He’s everything I know to avoid but there’s no avoiding your next-door neighbor. Oh yeah. The man now lives three steps from me and to make matters worse, he crashed into my life while I was soaked in the tub. Mortifying to say the least and it went something like this: I ran out exposed. He looked. He laughed.

And then I locked myself out. 

In short, Lukas Hendricks was smirking, swaggering trouble from the start. And me?


I was – for the first time in years – about to be screwed.

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Stella Rhys is an author of contemporary romance and can’t help but write it hot, steamy and borderline filthy (just kidding, it’s flat-out filthy). Writing aside, she lives for coffee, the Yankees and cooking recipes way out of her league. She was born and raised in New York and now lives there with her husband and charmingly entitled fur baby.
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