BLOG TOUR: AUTUMN IN LONDON BY LOUISE BAY


 
Part 2 of the The Empire State Trilogy
Releasing December 2, 2014
Anna Kirby went to New York to escape heartbreak and have some fun. She wasn’t meant to meet someone . . . someone like Ethan. Now, back in London, she’s faced with another man to get over.
 
Ethan Scott broke every one of his rules during his week with Anna and now he can’t seem to go back to life before her. A business trip to London gives him the opportunity to change his rules for good. Will he take it? 
Autumn in London is the second part of The Empire State Series, a series of three novellas.
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After one week in New York, Anna can’t seem to get Ethan out of her thoughts. Her best friend Leah keeps trying to set her up on dates but she keeps using work as an excuse. Since returning from New York, all she does is work long hours. Not only to keep her mind off of Ethan but there’s also rumors that the company is going under. So when the big wigs from Flanders, Case & Burling show up and call for a meeting with everyone, Anna just knows she’s about to lose her job. She never expected to see Ethan standing at the front of the room announcing the merger of both companies.

The last thing Ethan expected to see when he looked around the room was Anna staring right back at him. Sure he’d been thinking nonstop about her since she left New York but it had gotten worse since he landed in London. Now here she was right in front of him working for Allen & Smith, the company his company just took over. He knows he needs to see her. He will only be in London for three months. But Anna keeps trying to blow him off. Can he convince her to continue their fling? And is this really a fling?

Once again I am stuck thinking “I can’t wait for the next book!!” These books are short but sweet and I Love them!! I Love Ethan and Anna. They are so perfect together and their story is so straight and to the point. To quote them “No Bullshit”. Again the fact that they are short makes it harder for me to tell you what I Love about these stories without giving too much away. I hate spoilers! Another 4 Stars for Louise Bay for Autumn in London!

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Part 1 of The Empire State Trilogy

Released October 21, 2014
Anna Kirby is sick of dating. She’s tired of heartbreak. Despite being smart, sexy, and funny, she’s a magnet for men who don’t deserve her.
A week’s vacation in New York is the ultimate distraction from her most recent break-up, as well as a great place to meet a stranger and have some summer fun. But to protect her still-bruised heart, fun comes with rules. There will be no sharing stories, no swapping numbers, and no real names. Just one night of uncomplicated fun.
Super-successful serial seducer Ethan Scott has some rules of his own. He doesn’t date, he doesn’t stay the night, and he doesn’t make any promises.
It should be a match made in heaven. But rules are made to be broken.
 A Week in New York is the first part of The Empire State Series, a series of three novellas.
 
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I write sexy, romantic, contemporary novels – the kind I like to read!
Ruined by romantic mini-series of the seventies and eighties, I love all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so I’ll settle for books and films.
I love the rain, the West Wing, London, days when you don’t have to wear make-up, being alone, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

BLOG TOUR: YOU WERE MINE BY ABBI GLINES


YOU WERE MINE by Abbi Glines

Gossip is the ultimate currency in Rosemary Beach, but Bethy and Tripp have managed to keep one big secret to themselves.
Eight years ago, Tripp Newark was dating a rich girl he didn’t like and was on his way to Yale—and a future he didn’t want. The only way he could escape his predictable life would be to give up the money and power that came with his family’s name. And that’s exactly what he planned to do. At the end of the summer, he was going to ride off on his Harley and never look back.

That was before he met Beth Lowry.

It was only supposed to be a summer fling. She was a sixteen-year-old trailer-park girl who served drinks to his friends at Kerrington Country Club. They didn’t run in the same social circles. No one even knew they were friends, let alone lovers. Yet, for one summer, Bethy became his entire world.

But he couldn’t give up on his plan. He needed to leave Rosemary Beach, but he vowed he would come back for her.

Problem was, by the time he came back—years later than promised—it was too late. His cousin, Jace, had already claimed the woman he loved. . . .

You Were Mine by Abbi Glines
Paperback: Atria Books | ISBN 9781476776071 | December 2, 2014 | $15.00
eBook: Atria Books | ISBN 9781476776088| December 2, 2014 | $7.99
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My Review:

If you are an Abbi Glines fan you know that this book was a much anticipated read after hearing that Bethy and Tripp had a past.  We never really had the details about their relationship in the past until now…

Bethy and Tripp’s story will knock you to your knees with sadness and heartbreak… The many years of guilt and sadness over what Bethy had done years ago ate at her, it affected her relationship with the man she was in love with, the man who changed her from being a bit of a slut into a woman she could be proud of…. That all fell apart the night she feels she caused that love to end… It was all Tripps fault.

His return to Rosemary Beach threw Bethy into a tailspin of emotion and past regrets.  She started to question everything and she hated herself and him for it.  Her push and pull struggle to deal with the events of the past and having them collide with the the present was not something Bethy ever thought she’d have to deal with.  At times I felt like this book could never possibly have a happy ending.  But Abbi never fails to bring about the happiness in the end.  Once the secrets are revealed Bethy has a new outlook on the past and the future, and she’s brought back to life again.This turning point will have you cheering for Bethy to find happiness again.

This book has all the elements you need in a good read.  If you love Abbi Glines books you will love Bethy and Tripp’s story just be prepared with tissues cause reliving the past will cause some tears…  I love how Abbi always intertwines my favorite characters from the past books.  You will see Rush, Woods, Della, Blaire, Grant, Harlow and all your favorites from this series pop up as they all continue to grow together through each book, the friendships they have built, that will never end… I’ll be sad to see this series come to a close when it’s time…. I give this one 4 stars.  To me the ending was a bit rushed but overall another fantastic addition to the Rosemary Beach series!  This continues to be my favorite series by Abbi Glines!

 

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Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.
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BLOG TOUR: WHAT’S LEFT OF US BY AMANDA MAXLYN

Book Title: What’s Left of Us
Author: Amanda Maxlyn
 
 
 
 
The heartwarming conclusion to What’s Left of Me.
Love found me three years ago.
I’m cancer free, happily married to the love of my life, and working toward my dream career.
Our life is complete. Perfect, really.
Or is it?
I’ve always wanted a family of my own, but never dreamed I could have one. Now Parker’s ready to make my dream our reality.
But sometimes our dreams are haunted by our deepest fears. Fears of failure, having a child, and in our case … death. How do I help the person I love get over his fear when I’m still trying to overcome that same fear myself?
Together we must learn What’s Left of Us.
 
 
 


My Review:

What’s left of Us continues the story of Aundrea and Parker and their happily ever after. She has overcome cancer and this story picks up 3 years later into their marriage.

Let me start of by saying I LOVED What’s left of Me. It was my very first FIVE star of 2014. I cried so hard.. I worried SO much about her wigs falling off and Parker finding out about her cancer. I just LOVED how honest and raw it was. How REAL it felt.

I was curious where this story would lead. What would happen.. I feared that Aundrea’s cancer would reoccur and the angst of that kept me on edge. The soul crushing angst from book one does not linger into book 2.. I don’t know how I feel about that quite yet. I craved that same felling yet I was thankful she was in remission. I’m very conflicted on my rating on this story. I LOVE Parker. I LOVE what this story was about (no spoilers but I love where it was leading) but I found myself needing that gut wrenching plot that Maxlyn gave me with WLoM. She spoiled me I guess.

The writing I would rate 5 star, the story line just fell a little flat compared to book one so I’m rating this one a 4 star.. I enjoyed it but I didn’t LOVE it like I did the first.

I will say Amanda Maxlyn can WRITE. Her words flow so eloquently that I sometimes catch myself reading the same sentence again, just to say it out loud:) Another beautifully written story!

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Life works in mysterious ways.

Four years ago I became known as the girl with cancer.
I refuse to cry.
And I refuse to give in.
A relationship with a man is the last thing I’m looking for right now, but one night with Parker changes everything. He is persistent, and he knows what he wants. Me.
He doesn’t treat me like I’m fragile.
But he doesn’t know, and I’m not ready to tell him.
What if it changes everything?
Tragedy found me when I was seventeen.
Love found me when I was twenty-one.
My name is Aundrea McCall, and this is my journey. 
 
 

I am the mother of two little boys, married to the love of my life, and living in one of the smallest towns in Minnesota. When I’m not chasing or cleaning up after my boys (yes, all three), I can be found writing or snuggled up with my kindle, a glass of wine, and spending time with my fictional friends and family.
I am first and foremost an avid reader! I love to read anything romance from paranormal, young/new adult, contemporary, and even yes, (wide eyes) erotic/BDSM.

BLOG TOUR: WORK OF ART BY RUTH CLAMPETT

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In a life driven by passion, famed artist Maxfield Caswell lives in a world of brilliant color and drama, pushing his art and affairs to his emotional edge. He’s stunning, charismatic and celebrated in the art world, but are the trappings of fame also destroying him?

For years intelligent and bright-eyed Ava Jacobs has worked diligently toward a career in the art world. Ava is swept off her feet when she meets the passionate artist. She soon realizes, however, that he’s on a destructive path—one she doesn’t intend to join him on.

In the decadent world of patrons, art groupies, and predators, feisty and beautiful Ava knocks Max off his pedestal. A stunned Max sees something special in Ava and offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse. As their lives and passions collide, will he realize that she alone has the power to heal him? Can their hearts come together to create their own work of art?

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MY REVIEW

I have had the privileged to read each of Ruth’s books and as much as I love Nathan in Animate Me. Max truly stole the show! I went into this book thinking I was going to get another sweet and quirky love story which is what I’ve come to know and love from Ruth’s books, but this one! It was so different then what I thought it was going to be…

Max is an artist, a painter, and a HOT MESS! He’s moody and cocky, he really knows that his work is the cream of the crop, but along with that come fortune and fame and that’s where he has a difficult time dealing. When he’s with his bevy of art groupies he is a real turn off of epic proportions, but when he’s sincere and caring and showing the emotional side of him very few get to see… Well that side makes you fall in love! His biggest demon is himself. There were moments so emotional in this book that I broke down for Max and wanted to truly give him a big hug.

Ava is a dream, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE HER! She is strong and she doesn’t take Max’s crap, she just gives it right back to him. Unfortunately as she works through the layers of Max she finds more then she’s bargained for. But even then she remains true to character and doesn’t let him walk all over her… This is going to be an emotional ride for Ava and she knows she has to be strong for Max to endure the rocky road ahead.

I can’t wait to see where this goes in BOOK 2! I can only imagine after the tumultuous ending we aren’t in for a smooth ride anytime soon!

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Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, her careers have included graphic design, photography, VP of Design for WB Stores and teaching photography at UCLA. She now runs her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. where she’s had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.

The Work of Art Trilogy is Ruth’s third publishing endeavor, following Animate Me and Mr. 365. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who loves art and visiting museums as much as her mom.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ: THE HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE BY ALYSSA ROSE IVY

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We are feeling the holiday spirit with the release day launch of Alyssa Rose Ivy’s THE HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE! THE HAZARDS OF MISTLETOE is a contemporary romance novella and is a part of Alyssa Rose Ivy’s Hazards Series. It’s available everywhere now!

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One snowy Christmas Eve, one mistletoe kiss, one friendship changed forever.

Don’t underestimate the power of mistletoe. It looks innocent enough, but a single branch has the potential to change your life. One mistletoe kiss led to the most embarrassing night of my life, but thankfully by the next Christmas I ended up exactly where I was supposed to be.

 

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“Ice skating and hot cocoa? What are you buttering me up for?” I sat down on the bench and unlaced my skates. The snow was falling a little bit heavier, but the flakes were still light and more pleasant than a nuisance.

“I’m just enjoying an evening with a beautiful woman. I do have a romantic side you know.”

“Romantic?” What was Glen playing at? I’d had a crush on him for years, but things had stayed completely platonic. We were good friends who saw each other once a year, and teased each other through text messages and late night phone calls. That was it.

He didn’t hear me. He was already in line to return our skates. I waited for him to return with my boots, and not for the first time I was glad I’d worn wool socks. It was cold during the day, but the nights were absolutely freezing.

“Here you go, my lady.” He bent down and proceeded to put my foot into my boot.

I pulled away from him. “Knock it off. What’s gotten into you tonight?” As charming as Glen was being something seemed off with him. I wondered if maybe I wasn’t the only one who was upset.

He proceeded to move on to my next boot. “It’s Christmas Eve. Aren’t you Miss Holiday Spirit?”

“Usually.”

“Exactly.” He put on his shoes and tugged on my hand to pull me to standing. “Let’s get those hot chocolates.”

The line at the café on the other side of the rink was nearly out the door, but I was enjoying Glen’s company so much I didn’t mind.

He insisted on buying my hot cocoa for me, and considering he’d already paid for my skate rental, I was starting to feel uncomfortable. Glen had all the money he could ever need, but I wasn’t used to guys buying me anything. My dating experience wasn’t extensive, and it involved boys who were all about going dutch. “I really don’t mind paying.”

“Yeah, but I want to pay. Stop arguing and enjoy yourself.” He lightly bumped his shoulder into mine.

“Well, thanks.”

We walked around the village sipping our hot chocolate and not saying much. After a while we took a seat on a bench. It was underneath a tree, and the pine needles blocked some of the falling snow. I closed my eyes and listened to the chatter of people walking by mixed with the low hum of holiday music.

“You guys need to kiss.”

I opened my eyes and saw a girl staring at us. “You’re sitting under mistletoe. That’s the rules. You’re under mistletoe, you kiss.”

I looked up. Sure enough there was mistletoe hanging over us from the tree. It wasn’t real, it was just the decorative stuff they used, but it had the same unmistakable appearance.

Glen put an arm around me. “I think she’s right, Savy.”

I turned to glare at him. “Don’t even start.”

“Why not? Scared to kiss me?” he teased.

Yes. I was scared. Terrified. This was Glen. Kissing him wasn’t something I was prepared to do casually while sitting on a bench in the snow with a bunch of onlookers. Of course I couldn’t tell him that though. “Why would I be scared?”

“I don’t know. Just checking.” He got a twinkle in his eye. That twinkle should have given me all the warning I needed, but it didn’t. I was wholly unprepared when his lips made contact with mine. They were warm and soft, and they moved perfectly against mine. I kissed him back, desperately wanting to know what his mouth tasted like, and if his tongue felt half as good as his lips.

My Review:

This was personally my first read from Alyssa Rose Ivy and I have to say I’m now a BIG FAN!!!! I absolutely LOVED this little holiday novella.  It brought out all the feelings I want in a good read, and left me wanting more…

I loved Glen from the beginning of this short story, he was super sweet and sooo romantic… But he was hiding something not just his feelings but something bigger then that from Savannah.  After their sweet and romantic sort of date I was all in his corner, till he blundered it up and made me want to hit him!

Savannah or Savy to her friends has not had the best time as of late, her mom is marrying someone new, who purposely keeps Savy out of anything important in their lives. She hurt and needs a friend. Glen who has always been someone that she crushed on happens to be there as her world seems to be falling apart, but his rejection sends Savy spiraling.

This short story will make you happy, sad, make you want to smack somebody and make you want more.  I truly wish that I had a whole book about Glen and Savy I surely didn’t want to see their story end.  Alyssa’s writing is fantastic, she keeps a great dialogue going so well between the characters which is so important to me in a good read.  She adds just enough romance, heartbreak and happiness to this story to make it a 5 star read for me!!!

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Alyssa Rose Ivy Bio:

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

 

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BLOG TOUR: SURVIVING US BY ERIN NOELLE

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Title: Surviving Us
Authors: Erin Noelle
Genre: New Adult, Romance

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Two survivors.
Two weeks.
One awakening.

When Bristol Criswell travels to St. Lucia for an Enduring Life retreat, she hopes to discover encouragement and support from like souls. A vacation fling is the furthest thing from her mind, especially not with a cocky-mouthed, arrogant jerk like Davis McKay.

But when it becomes evident she can’t deny the magnetic attraction between the two, she gives in to her desires, and for the first time in her life, learns the difference between simply living and truly feeling alive.

As their time in paradise quickly comes to an end, will her heart be able to withstand another devastating loss when it’s time to say goodbye, or will their connection be strong enough to survive the real world?

Death brought them together, but love will give them a reason to live.

**This book is a full-length, stand alone novel that is not a part of a series**

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IT TAKES EVERYTHING I have not to smile as I watch Bristol throw her little fit. Knowing that she came by my place last night, and she’s jealous because she thinks I was there with another chick, makes my ego swell and my cock hard.
Once she’s finished digging her finger into my stomach and calling me a dick—which I usually am, but surprisingly don’t want to be one around her; I refuse to ask myself why this is—I do exactly what I’ve yearned to do since the moment I laid eyes on her. I claim her perfectly pouty lips with mine in demanding, caveman-esque fashion, hoping every person on this beach understands the statement I’m making.
I’m not sure if her ‘friend’ from last night is even out here, but I hope to God he is, because as a guy, I know with certainty the way he looked at her wasn’t how a big brother should look at his little sister. Ever. The way his eyes roamed up and down her body, how his hand splayed out on her bare back, holding her close to him, and the way he called her ‘baby girl’, all said plenty about his true intentions. I’m not usually one to cock-block, especially knowing the reason he’s even here is because something really fucked up has happened in his life, but I’ll be damned if he’s getting anywhere near Bristol while we’re here. She’s mine.
Her lips part with no resistance as the tip of my tongue requests entrance, finally allowing me to savor the taste of her sugary sweetness. My hands glide around her jaw to the back of her neck, fingers threading through her silky hair as I continue to explore her mouth, our tongues curling around one another’s in an effortless, synchronized movement.
She moans into my mouth, a direct command for my cock to stand at full-attention, and suddenly, I no longer want these other people around us. They’re the only reason I’m not laying her flat on her back in the sand right now and devouring every inch of her body, like I’d promised her I’d do. And based on the way she’s digging her nails into my shoulders and not-so-subtly pressing her body into mine, I’m pretty sure it’s what she wants too.


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WOW.

Almost 2 years ago I read this book called Metamorphosis that I absolutely FELL in LOVE with the writing, characters, and the author. Since then, we have became friends and she has put out multiple books including follow up to that series. I have enjoyed all of her books but never any as much as Meta.

Until now.

THIS is her best work yet. Excellent characters, storyline that is relatable in a lot of ways, and most importantly an AMAZING book boyfriend (Davis McKay baby) S-W-O-O-N.

Davis and Bristol are both survivors to horrific accidents. After going to a survivor retreat, they meet knowing their attraction can only last the duration they are there. Davis is a playboy who is entirely too broken to give Bristol a real relationship and Bristol is still struggling herself and doesn’t trust Davis as far as she can throw him

Can two broken souls survive one another? Or will they just destroy each other further?
this is a MUST read. Do NOT pass this amazing book up!!


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Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child. A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. In 2013, she published the Book Boyfriend Series, which included books Metamorphosis, Ambrosia, Euphoria, and Timeless, and recently published When the Sun Goes Down, a contemporary romance novel. Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.


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BLOG TOUR: CAGED IN WINTER BY BRIGHTON WALSH

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In this emotional and sexy New Adult debut from Brighton Walsh, the only thing more frightening than commitment is hope…

Aspiring chef Cade Maxwell is immediately, viscerally attracted to Winter Jacobson. But it’s not her mouthwatering curves he’s drawn to—it’s the strange emptiness in her eyes. When Cade saves her from a drunken customer with grabby hands, he’s shocked at her response…

Winter doesn’t need Cade’s help. After a lifetime of getting by on her own, she’s happy to rely on herself. She’s exactly seventy-six days away from graduating college, and if she can hold it together that long, she’ll finally be able to rise above the crappy hand she was dealt.

But now, every time she turns around, Cade is there, ready to push her, smile at her, distract her from her plans. Winter knows she can’t afford to open up—especially to a man she’s terrified to actually want…

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I bend my knees so we’re eye level and tug on her hand until she meets my gaze. “I don’t know what we could have. It might be nothing. But I’ll be honest . . . I haven’t felt like this in a long time, and that’s enough for me to know I want to see where it goes. Can’t we just see where it goes?”
With a deep sigh, she says, “I’m not right for you, Cade.”
“How about you worry about if I’m right for you. Let me decide the other.”
And then before she can stop me, before she can utter another word of opposition, I slide my hand up her arm, over her shoulder, until it’s wrapped around her neck. With my other hand, I swipe a piece of hair back with my fingers, and then lean in, brushing my lips against hers. After only a moment, I pull back just enough for her to be able to tell me to stop. When nothing comes, I close the distance between us once again, taking her bottom lip in between mine. I brush my tongue against it, coaxing her mouth open, and she breathes this sexy little gasp as I slip inside. She tastes like cookies and wine, and I want to fucking devour her.
She grips my shirt with both hands, clutching me to her, and I stop holding back and press every inch of my body against hers, groaning as my cock presses fully against her. The moment a whimper comes from her, I know she feels it. And I can’t muster up any embarrassment, because I want her to feel it. Even with all her brass balls and fuck-everything attitude, something tells me she needs reassurance, so I give it to her. In every stroke of my tongue against hers, every brush of my thumb along her jaw, I show her how much I want her.
When her chest is heaving, her lips parted and swollen and so fucking hot, I trail kisses down her neck, seeking out every inch of skin that’s uncovered. Her head thumps back against the wall, one of her hands gone from gripping fistfuls of my shirt. Instead, she’s holding my head to her, and I don’t want to stop. I want to kiss and lick every inch of her, slip my hands under the material of her sweater, unbutton her jeans, and not stop until I feel her soft wetness against my fingertips.
But the knowledge that she’ll regret it if I don’t stop forces me to slow down.
I pull back, loosening my grip on her and putting an inch of space between us. I kiss the corner of her mouth, her cheek, and then her ear. Against it, I whisper, “Don’t say no.”
There’s a beat of silence. Two. Three. And then she says the sweetest word I’ve ever heard.
“Okay.”

My Review:

I love when I get to take a chance reading a new author, sometimes you find a diamond in the rough.  Brighton Walsh is one of those diamonds.  From the moment I read the synopsis for Caged in Winter I was intrigued by the story line.  But the story itself was brilliant and refreshing.

Winter was a characters that was full of spite and spunk.  She’s spent almost all of her life looking out for herself.  She doesn’t need saving and even more she doesn’t want it.  She’s struggling to pay the bills and get herself through college.  She’s savy with computers but breaking into the business is going to be a bit of a struggle for her.  She’s smart, sassy and she’s quite beautiful when she isn’t scowling and trying to purposely turn people off… Her character was quite refreshing as she wasn’t the damsel in distress, she’s strong and firm in her conviction. So when Cade walks in an is nothing but a distraction she must decide if it’s worth the risk.

Cade is also in college and has a lock on what his future will be, but he’s also juggling a world of responsibility on his shoulders…  Having to had to grow up and be the man of the house wasn’t in the plan but like all thing, plans also change.  He also didn’t see Winter coming… She was a firecracker he wasn’t ready for in his life and she proved to be a distraction he didn’t need, but he was determined to mute the emptiness in her life no matter the costs to him or his future career… I love love love him!  He’s so damn sexy and sweet and just an amazing guy.  To have been dealt the cards he has and still be caring and generous to a fault, is an exceptional trait.  And he can cook!  What woman doesn’t love a man that can make a mouthwatering meal… One particular scene between Winter and Cade in  the kitchen had my heart and some other areas melting!  Eeeeppp!  These two are seriously sexy when they come together.

As always there are times when the secondary characters make a book all the much better.  In this book Cade’s sister Tessa and her daughter Haley stole the show at times for me… I simply adored their relationship and how they really worked as a family unit so that Haley never went without.  There was also Cade’s best friend Jason, who is funny, sexy and charming. They all work so well together weaved in this story.  

I have to say that Brighton has made me a fan and I cannot wait for Tessa’s story.  I can only imagine the angst and hilarious moments we are in for, between Jesse and Haley you never know what’s going to come out of their mouths…

I’m giving Caged in Winter 4 stars… I really enjoyed the writing and the characters, she captured the emotions and the feelings perfectly, and I can’t wait for more…

 


Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with writing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children.

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BLOG TOUR: WHEN WE MET BY A.L. JACKSON, MOLLY McADAMS, TIFFIANY KING & CHRISTINA LEE

Synopsis:

Today’s premiere New Adult authors combine their talents to tell four original stories from inside one house.

When four girls decide to live off campus together as juniors at a college in Michigan, they expect it to be their best year yet. Little do they know, it’s a year that will change the rest of their lives.

BEHIND HER EYES by A.L. Jackson
Unable to live down her ex-boyfriend’s deception, Misha is determined to avoid betrayal. When, the new guy next door, Darryn starts to get under her skin, her defenses start to crumble. But trusting Darryn seems impossible, especially if he’s not sure he can trust himself.

SAVING ME by Molly McAdams
On the outside, Indy is always ready for a party—but inside she’s breaking. Kier makes a weekly routine of saving the girl next door from herself on Saturday nights… but when will she be ready to remember him on Sunday morning?

FOULING OUT by Tiffany King
Working at a sports bar, Courtney has become a pro at sidestepping propositions from arrogant jocks—which makes her a more elusive catch for campus basketball star Dalton than he expected. But when he falls for the saucy waitress, Dalton will have to rethink his game plan to prove he’s not the jerk Courtney expects.

BENEATH YOUR LAYERS by Christina Lee
In order to ace her fashion internship, Chloe must team up with local college dropout and set builder, Blake—much to her chagrin. But after some “hands-on” experience, Chloe will have to ask herself if Blake factors into her carefully laid plans…

My Review:

First off I have to say what an amazing group of gifted authors this is.  I have read each and every one of them in the past and I was excited to see how this compilation played out in the end.

A.L. Jackson’s poetic way of writing will have you falling for Darryn from the moment that Misha lays eyes on him!  He’s super sexy and really sweet.  But Misha had been hurt but this complete ARSE in the past and it’s hard to watch her struggle to let go of the bitterness and open herself up.  I loved Darryn’s cockiness and his little bit of attitude it was just enough to make him endearing and not annoying.  My favorite scene is when he came to her rescue and became the hero of the moment.  I wanted to high five him for taking action when he saw necessary.  Even though they weren’t in a good place at the time, he still proved his love and compassion for her in that moment.  I loved these two characters and my only wish, as was with all these couples was that their story didn’t end!

Then we get Molly’s part of the book… Why oh why does it always seem like her books have the BIGGEST struggles.  Maybe it’s because of her past work but she always seems to have the most broken characters.  Indy and Keir are just too sweet for words.  As I sit here typing I’m thinking back to their story and it broke my heart.  I felt for Indy from the very beginning.  Her ex was the biggest jerk and well I would have liked to have seen Keir get some revenge for what he did to her.  Keir’s story though will break your heart, he’s so quiet and reserved and when you hear his story it will shock you and as always with Molly’s books it brought me to tears… She has this way of evoking the most heavy emotions from a reader.  I never sit down to her books without tissues near by! 

The next story is Tiffany King’s and her characters aren’t so broken but they have a past relationship that needs some healing and closure.  I adored Dalton again he was cocky but not in a super annoying way he was sweet and caring and the things he did to prove himself to Courtney really melted my heart.  This story like the others is one that I would LOVE to see turned into a full book.  There was a lot of potential for Dalton to make it to the NBA, he was the star of the basketball team, and no matter what Courtney said in her head her heart had other ideas… Seeing their love build despite his fathers ridiculous conditions on his life and Courtney’s reluctance to get involved with him was so touching!  I wanted so much more!

Last but not least we have Elizabeth Lee… Elizabeth has this way about writing her characters and stories that just draws me in.  It’s like I can truly envision each of them the way they look the way they carry themselves and even the way they love.  I loved this story it was cute and quirky and not without it’s moments of seriousness and sadness.  But Chloe and Blake brought out the best in each other.  They found common ground even when there appeared to be very little.  Blake truly proved that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover in this story, and the same goes for Chloe too.  They both made assumptions about the other and some were right and some so very wrong.  I loved their game of Truth or Dare it really made for a great banter back and forth between the characters.

Overall I give this 5 stars… I can’t imagine the short stories being done any better then they were.  With each of them I adored getting to know the characters and their stories.  Though they are quick reads you will find that each couple leaves you wanting more of their story and hopefully their happily ever afters!


A.L. Jackson:
A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Come to Me Quietly, Come to Me Softly, Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.
She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.
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 CHRISTINA LEE:

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys.

She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK and WHISPER TO ME available now, PROMISE ME THIS on October 7th, 2014.

Also Adult contemporary romance TWO OF HEARTS coming from Peguin/NAL on May 5th 2015.

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Christina-Lee/e/B00D1W5RSE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1414001350&sr=8-2-ent

 

Molly McAdams:

Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornado’s. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

Come be my friend!
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TIFFANY KING:

USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iPhone and iPad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

For information on any of Author Tiffany’s titles, visit her blog at 

www.authortiffanyjking.blogspot.com

Where to connect with Author Tiffany
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Email- authortiffany@yahoo.com

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BLOG TOUR: BEHOLDEN BY CORINNE MICHAELS

Title: Beholden (Book Two in the Belonging Duet)
Author: Corinne Michaels
Release Date: October 22, 2014
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Synopsis:

Catherine Pope got a second chance at love, only to have it ripped away—again. She should’ve known better.

But she dared to hope.

She refuses to let fate take the reins this time. Catherine decides she’s going to fight.

Jackson Cole risked it all.

He thought this time would be different.

With his loyalties pulling him in two directions—it’s time to make a choice…his past or his future.

Will they be beholden to their fears or will they both fight against their demons and finally find the love they both long for?

My Review:

Sometimes there are books that come along that give us a love story that’s so raw and realistic that it just sticks with you.  Corinne Michaels brought us Jackson Cole and Catherine Pope in Beloved they were both broken souls, not searching for love, because they’d been scared by it too much.  Fate dropped Catherine into Jackson’s lap not just once but twice.  They couldn’t fight their feelings and both decided to try again only to have tragedy rip them apart.  The ending of Beloved left us hanging in the balance.  We didn’t know if Jackson would live or die, and if Catherine would have anything left to fight with after being broken down once again.

Thankfully with Beholden, Corinne picks up the story exactly where she left off.  Shifting us immediately into turmoil and angst with Jackson’s POV.  Throughout the book she gives us just enough sprinkling where we can truly get to know his character and dive into his thoughts and feelings.

Catherine’s struggles are realistic and her anger, hurt and betrayal yet again are defining the path that she takes.  She has some hard and fast decisions to make throughout this book and though we may not agree we can fully understand her reasoning.  I’d be tired of the hurt and want to run too… Neil, Jackson, Piper, all contributed to her decisions, and what I loved most is that when she made them she stood firm. No matter how much inner turmoil she was facing and no matter how much she thought at times maybe she wasn’t doing the right thing, she stuck to her decision and was strong in her convictions that this was the right choice. 

So many times throughout this book I cried for both Jackson and Catherine their struggles are things that most everyday people have to work through, and this is what brought these characters the realism that you don’t always see in fiction. Anyone that has been in a relationship can attest that love is not simple, it’s not perfect.  I’ve been in Catherine’s shoes in some ways and it’s never easy getting over and getting past the hurt and betrayals.  Corinne’s writing makes you feel like these characters could be your sister, brother or best friend.

This story will leave you off with a feeling that true love can conquer all if you give it enough effort and time. And that all wounds will eventually heal if your willing to let someone help you fill the voids left behind by those that hurt you in the past. Catherine and Jackson make me believe in true love… and remind me of a popular verse that all of us need to remember once in awhile.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

I happily give this one 5 stars and hope that everyone is willing to give this series a chance it’s well worth it…


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Previous Books In The Series…
Not enough.
Catherine Pope has never been enough. Every man she has ever loved abandoned her—from her father to her fiancé. She finally accepted the fact she would never be enough to hold any man’s heart and soul.
Then Catherine met Jackson Cole.
When her world literally collided with the sexy former Navy SEAL, everything she always believed is turned upside down and left scattered. He made her feel alive and desirable, consumed her with fierceness and loyalty—which completely unnerved her. Jackson got her in a way no one ever had, giving him the power to destroy her. 
If she breaks down and gives him what’s left of her battered heart—will he protect it? Or will Catherine become an irrelevant part of yet another man’s life? 
Will she get the one thing that has always evaded her – to finally be someone’s beloved?


Corinne is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

BLOG TOUR: HERE WITH ME BY HEIDI MCLAUGHLIN

Synopsis:

Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive… until Evan’s twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.

After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable – the love of his life, Ryley Clarke – engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.

 

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My Review:

I went into this book blind. I didn’t read the synop or any teasers beforehand, I wanted to really FEEL this story. Boy did I ever.

Ryley Clarke loses her fiancé, Evan Archer in an accident while he’s serving as a Navy Seal. She knew this was a risk as she grew up in a military family, but no amount of knowledge could have prepared her for that pain. After burying the love of her life, Evan’s brother Nate becomes her “knight in shining armor” so to speak. He helps her mourn, heal, and eventually love again. There’s only one problem. Six years later, Evan comes back. He never died. It wasn’t his body. It wasn’t his funeral. So many questions with very little answers.

“I’m here today because six years ago I lost the love of my life and now he’s back from the dead, and in a few weeks I’m set to marry my best friend. His Brother.”

Confused and hurt, Evan doesn’t know how this life (his life) went on without him. Everyone thinks he is dead. Everyone lived on with their life. His BROTHER stole his fiancé. She’s wearing a ring now that isn’t his. But Evan isn’t going down without a fight. He will do whatever it takes to win his girl back, even if that means hurting his brother Nate.

” The thought of Nate and Ryley together turns my blood cold. I want to kill him. If was in my unit, he’d be dead for touching something that doesn’t belong to him. “

“I want to forget he’s my brother and destroy him.”

Evan is a dream book boyfriend. He’s the kind you are still talking about 2 years later. From his humor and snark to his cocky/alpha ways, I fell head over heels for this guy.

Heidi McLaughlin did an amazing job of writing interesting relatable characters. I felt as if I was “in” this story. From start to finish, I was completely hooked. Every page was just as exciting as the one before and this storyline- blew me away. I will warn anyone who starts this- it will be continued. This is a series- do I care? Not AT ALL. This book made me excited to read a series again.

By the end of this story my heart had broken no less than 10 times. God love Evan, he came home to a living hell. I’m SOOOOO #TeamEvan – he’s her “one” but sometimes life steps in and your #1 is taken and then the #2 becomes how you survive. This story isn’t just a love triangle or another military story. It’s magic in-between those pages. I could see this on the big screen one day. It’s THAT kind of read. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy (Oct 23- just TWO days) – it will NOT disappoint.

“I believe you can find your soulmate at any age; it’s the circumstance that brings you together”
-Evan Archer



Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she’s writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter’s basketball games.
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Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6568302.Heidi_McLaughlin

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