BLOGGING BUDDIES BOOK CLUB JUNE 2013 BOOK CLUB READ


Our very first Blogging Buddies Book Club read is Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan!!!!  See my review and author interview below…

Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan
Publication date:  May 27th, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance

Synopsis:

“If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…”

I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…

“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”

But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my façade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his.

With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?

Jenn’s Review of Unbreak Me

I really enjoyed reading this book.  It was a little on the short side, but overall I enjoyed reading this story.  

Asher Logan quickly became a new book boyfriend for me.  He was such a fantastic character and I really thought he stole the show in this one.  I was torn at first thinking that she truly belonged with Will but quickly realized that Will was a stepping stone in the path to finding the man that she truly could love and could love her despite her past and her faults… But can’t she get past all the things that are blocking the road to happiness???

Who is she? Well she is Maggie. Maggie having suffered some really crappy things at the tender age of fifteen started to believe that she was no good.  She disappointed her family, and spent her whole teenage years being the outcast for something that truly WAS NOT HER FAULT!  She has so many dreams as a young girl, but her decisions cost her everything.  She’s faced with watching her sister marry the man that she was supposed to have her happily ever after with, but sadly she walked away not just for herself but to prevent Will having to ever know her secrets… 

But Asher comes along at the point in time where she may need a savior the most.  Asher sees right through her no bull attitude and truly attempts several times to break down her walls.  Maggie puts up a fight and ends up hurting herself more in the process.  She’s forced to come clean with the past and tell truths that she vowed to bury behind her cold facade.  When faced with more drama can Maggie hold it together long enough to see what’s truly in front of her and what she desires more then anything… Love, acceptance and forgiveness… Can she mend the fences that she once mowed down with her reckless behaviors? Or will she end up with what she feels she deserves… 

Well I cannot tell you that… You need to read it to find out what happens…  

I give Unbreak Me a solid 4 stars.  I would have liked to seen a little more development of some of the characters in the book, but overall this is a solid read with a great storyline.  Love doesn’t always conquer all but this book sure does prove that theory wrong at times… You will be pleasantly surprised when some of the secrets are revealed in this book, even I couldn’t have guessed… It was heartwarming and funny all at the same time!

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EXCLUSIVE BONUS SCENE FOR THE BLOGGING BUDDIES BOOK CLUB
Ahser’s POV Pool Scene
There is a woman swimming in my pool.

Scratch that. There is a naked goddess swimming in my pool.

I drape my towel behind my neck and watch her in the moonlight. She pushes through lap after lap, pulling her body through the water as if she’s running away from something. And as I watch her, all curves and grace and beauty, my heart pounds like I’m the one doing laps.

When she finally stops, she’s out of breath and I’m aroused as fuck.

“Training for the Olympics?”

She snaps her head up in surprise, and even in the soft light of the moon I can make out her features enough to recognize the woman I danced with at the wedding.

Maggie.

What the hell is she doing here?

“Sneak up on many girls?” she asks.

“Only the special ones.” I drop my towel on a chair and dive into the water. I hadn’t been expecting company tonight, but if she went to the trouble to track me down, I can play along.  

When I surface, her eyes are on me—my mouth, my bare chest.

“What are you doing here?” she asks, backing away.

“I live here.”

She snorts. “No you don’t.” Then, when I don’t reply, “Shit. Really? You’re Rich Dude?”

“Rich who?” Suddenly I’m feeling like a bit of an ass for diving in to join her. She’s naked in my pool but not here for me?

Damn the luck.

“Shit. I’m sorry. I just…” She’s laughing, and her posture is the most relaxed I’ve seen it yet.

The question is: If she didn’t come looking for me, why is she here?

Suddenly, it clicks and I have my answer. “You haven’t come to swim in a long time.”

That cuts her laughter short. “You watch me?”

I can’t tell if she’s appalled by the idea or aroused by it. Having just witnessed the way her naked curves look as she pulls herself through the water, I can imagine why someone might watch, but that’s not my style. No. If I’d seen Maggie swimming in my pool before tonight, watching would have never been enough.

“My groundskeeper told me a young girl used to sneak in about once a week,” I say, explaining what should have occurred to me when I first saw her here. “I assume that was you?”

“Yeah.”

“Why’d you stop?”

“I left town for a while,” she says, her words slow and carefully chosen.

“Looking for something?”

She shakes her head. “Running away.”

I understand running away. Hell, that’s why I’m here, isn’t it? I didn’t come to my house in New Hope because I thought I’d find something. Quite the opposite. I’ve been living here for the last year because of what I knew I wouldn’t find here. Trouble. Drama. Baggage.

And yet, here I am…Here we are…

As much as I’d like to be the gentleman, my eyes have a mind of their own, and I find my gaze dipping to the water and her bare breasts.

Damn.

“Sorry I had to disappear earlier.” I’ve hardly met her eyes before my gaze travels south again, to the rise and fall of her breasts, to flat of her stomach in the water, the curve of her hip.

“I’d let you make it up to me,” she says, coming closer.

My resolve to stay away from this woman and her problems crumbles just like that. I could blame my many months of self-imposed abstinence, but that’s not the culprit here. My crumbling resolve has nothing to do with me wanting to be with a woman and everything to do with me wanting to be with this woman.

“You’ve had a long day,” I tell her. “You want to talk?”

She drapes her arms around my neck, and the feel of her nipples grazing my chest is enough to whip my breath from me. “Why would you think I want to talk to you at all?” she asks.

I grunt. “Because you’re looking at me like a starved woman at a prime rib buffet.”

“Yes,” she murmurs, staring into my eyes. “What does that have to do with talking?”

“Don’t you want us to get to know each other before you indulge?”

She tilts her head to the side. “I’m more about the meal than the conversation.”

There’s a heat in her green eyes that’s nearly irresistible, but there’s something else too. Something…almost familiar.

“You’re a kid,” I object lamely. We both know if her age was a real concern, I never would have taken her onto that dance floor.

She runs her finger down my neck and blood pulses so hot and fast to my cock, she may as well have touched me there. “I’m twenty-one,” she says. Then she wraps her legs around me, and I nearly lose my loose hold on control. Drama, baggage, trouble, none of it matters. Nothing matters but feeling that bare, slick skin against mine.

But that’s not true. There is something that matters. “Is this about him?” I ask.

She frowns. “Who?”

“The groom at your sister’s wedding? He has some kind of hold on you. I saw it in your eyes. In his.”

“This has nothing to do with William Bailey,” she says, but her face gives her away.

And yet, here I am, lowering my head to kiss her, when I know it’s a mistake, when I know she’s thinking about someone else, when that breaks every simple ass rule I’ve given myself for this year.

I’m acting on something more primal now, something that wants to protect her, something that says if she’s thinking of another man, she won’t be for long.

I’m careful to be slow. Soft, gentle. I don’t know this woman, but I feel like she deserves soft and gentle, and if I’m going to do this, I’m determined to be everything she deserves and more.

But she doesn’t just kiss me back. She bites my lip and digs her nails into my back. And I let instinct take over.

© 2013, Lexi Ryan

Q & A with Lexi Ryan

Q: Can you name another Indie Writer/s that inspires you and tell us why they inspire you?

A: I’d have to answer this with a generic “everybody who did it before me.” I definitely wasn’t one of the indie pioneers, and I am so grateful to the writers who blazed the trails and shared their experiences so that writers like me would be brave enough to try it and equipped enough to find success.

Q: Best compliment you have you received about your work.

A: My top favorites are any variation of “it made me laugh” or “it made me cry.” The only thing better than that is when a reader tells me she can’t wait to read it again.


 
Q: How do you deal with negative feedback?  

A: I guess that depends on the context. My beta readers and crit partners will read and tell me what didn’t work for them. So often, I’m think, “Yeah, I knew there was something wrong with that, I just couldn’t figure out what!” (I love these people. They truly make me a better writer.) Negative reviews are a little different. Sometimes I read something in a negative review and think, “Yeah, I can work on that in my next book.” And sometimes the negative review isn’t something I can “fix” but just that the reader didn’t like my voice or the story I had to tell. And that’s okay. I write flawed characters; not everyone likes that. I like to include humor; not everyone likes that. And I write really sexy. Trust me, there are plenty of people who don’t like that. One of my favorite quotes is from Dita Von Teese. She said, “You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there’s still going to be somebody who hates peaches.” It’s as simple as that.
 

Q: Who is you favorite book boyfriend and why?

A: Eric Northman of the Sookie Stackhouse series. Really? Do I need to explain that? LOL.
 

Q: Of all the stories you’ve written which is your fav and why?

A: UNBREAK ME is definitely my favorite. I’m not just saying that because I’m promoting it. I really believe it’s my best work. It’s definitely the heaviest subject matter I’ve ever dealt with in fiction, and I’m very proud of it.


 
Q: Best book that you’ve read so far this year.

A: Wait. You want me to choose one? I’m going to cheat and choose one mainstream and one romance. Mainstream, I loved GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn. I can’t wait until I have the time to read it again. It was that good. Ditto for my romance/NA pick, EASY by Tammara Webber. I’ll read the both again and again. So good.
 

Q: Do you have any advice that you would like to impart to aspiring writers? 

A: Yes: WRITE. Writers write. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to reach their benchmark for success before you’re “a writer.” That’s BS. A writer is one who writes. It’s an identity, a habit, and a compulsion. Write, write, write, and then read. No need for expensive classes (unless you just want to) or a fancy degree (unless you just want it). Just write and read a ton and surround yourself with people who believe in you and your voice and your dream.



Q: Favorite book when you were a kid?

A: What age? LOL. I have many fond memories of my mom reading me Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, then when I was older I loved Judy Blume’s Blubber, then I was obsessed with Anne Rice’s Witching books while in middle school. Again, maybe there are just too many to name?

About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Ryan writes romances with humor, heat, and heart. Her books are described as fun, flirty, and wickedly sexy. A lover of learning, Lexi has been in the classroom all her life and currently holds the title of assistant professor of English at her local community college. Lexi is a proud member of Romance Writers of America. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband and two children.

COVER REVEAL: OTHERWISE OCCUPIED (Otherwise Alone #2) BY SHAY SAVAGE

Title: Otherwise Occupied (Otherwise Alone #2) by Shay Savage
Release Date: June 2013
Genre: Adult Romance
 
Cover Designed by Mayhem Cover Creations – http://www.mayhemcovercreations.com/

Summary:
 
Evan Arden is a hit man for a Chicago mob boss. He lives his life day to day with the company of his dog, Odin. He has to work hard to get back into his boss’s good graces, but the target proves to be difficult. As demons of his past begin to haunt him, he seeks the comfort of sleep from an unlikely candidate, but will confiding in her be his undoing?

This is the followup to Otherwise Alone (Otherwise Alone #1) by Shay Savage

Released: December 15th, 2012

Summary:

Lieutenant Evan Arden sits in a shack in the middle of nowhere, waiting for orders that will send him back home – if he ever gets them. Other than his loyal Great Pyrenees, there’s no one around to break up the monotony. The tedium is excruciating, but it is suddenly interrupted when a young woman stumbles up his path.

He has two choices – pick her off from a distance with his trusty sniper-rifle, or dare let her approach his cabin and enter his life.

Why not? It’s been ages, and he is otherwise alone…

–> 56 Page Novella

Buy Otherwise Alone here…

About the Author:

Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, and loves soccer in any and all forms. During the fall, she coaches her daughter’s soccer team. Though she currently works in the technology field, her school background is in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

Author Contact Links:
Website: http://www.shaysavage.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/savage7289
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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5160667.Shay_Savage

PROMO EVENT: BEAUTY FROM SURRENDER BY GEORGIA CATES


Title: Beauty from Surrender (Beauty #2)
Author: Georgia Cates
Release date: May 30, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult




Synopsis: 

The story of Jack Henry and Laurelyn continues…

How do you move on when he’s every song you sing?

After Laurelyn Prescott walks away from the love of her life, she returns to Nashville to pursue the only dream she has left. Determined to find a distraction from the pain of losing Jack Henry, she immerses herself in her music. But with her old life comes old acquaintances and new expectations. When Laurelyn refuses her record producer’s outrageous demands, she finds herself without a career—until an unforeseen opportunity presents itself. From there it’s a rocket ride straight to the top where Laurelyn finds the success she’s always dreamed of. Will it be enough to bring her the happiness she so deserves, or will the absence of Jack Henry leave her wanting more?

Jack Henry McLachlan never expected to fall in love with Laurelyn Prescott—but he did. After he foolishly let her slip through his fingers, he spends three months searching for her, but their reunion doesn’t come easy. The woman he finds isn’t the same one who drifted away without a goodbye. No longer an insecure girl on an Australian adventure, this Laurelyn is a successful musician with a promising career. Her dreams are becoming a reality, and Jack is terrified his American girl won’t have a place for him in her new life. With only a month to convince her otherwise, will it be enough time to make her visualize a life beyond the glitz and glamour, a life that includes him? 



Excerpt from Beauty From Surrender
Jack McLachlan’s POV


Three. Long. Fucking. Months. That’s how long it’s been since I’ve seen Laurelyn. And I don’t think I can take another minute. I die a little more each day she isn’t in my life.

She’s been damn near impossible to find. Fate has worked against us every step of the way. The hoops Jim has jumped through for the smallest bit of information have been ridiculous. One step forward, two steps back—instead of the other way around. A criminal on the run would’ve been easier to find.

But I’ve finally found her. Laurelyn Paige Prescott—better known to the public by her stage name as Paige McLachlan—that’s the woman I’m here to see tonight.

I still smile when I think about her taking my name, but I can’t help but ponder why she’d need to use a stage name. She never mentioned using one before and it makes me wonder if something happened with the sperm donor. Or worse—maybe with Blake Phillips.

I enter the auditorium lobby and the thick crowd makes it difficult to push through. The Martin I’m carrying adds to my difficult navigation as I bump shoulders through the horde, so I have to apologize with each step.

I find my assigned seat. Because I’m a creature of habit, I’m happy when I see it’s in a dark corner. I sit and place the Martin by my feet. I’m nervous and adrenalized as evidenced by my rapidly beating heart. I’m about to see the woman I love walk out onto that stage.

I look at the time and see it’s only a minute until eight. My heart is pounding erratically, throbbing in my ears over the loud crowd. Finally, musicians begin filing onto the stage to take their places. That’s when I see her for the first time in three months. My Laurelyn. All the time and distance that separated us disappears upon finally seeing her face again.

She looks the same, yet different. Her hair is a little longer and darker. Her honey highlights are missing and she’s slimmer. She’s still beautiful as ever but doesn’t fit the image etched in my mind these last few months.

She’s wearing brown boots—the same ones she wore the first time I saw her—with stonewashed jeans and a strapless white top. Her bare shoulders make me desperate to touch her exposed skin. And kiss it. Her top is fitted below her breasts while the bottom flows loosely over her jeans. I picture them riding low on her hips so I have easy access to kiss her belly.

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About the Author:

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before deciding to pursue her dream of becoming an author. Despite the struggle, she has no regrets in her decision to try this crazy life. She can honestly say that she’s living the dream.

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SPOTLIGHT: Cocktail Hour by Tara McTiernan

Synopsis:
 

What if your friend – someone admired, envied, and fervently sought after by everyone who knew her – was really a dangerous sociopath?

Spring in glamorous uber-rich Fairfield County, Connecticut is a time of beginnings: a new diet for the approaching summer spent out on the yacht, fresh-faced interns being offered up at the office as the seasonal sacrifice to the gods of money, and corporate takeovers galore. Five women in their thirties have a brand-new friendship, too, one that’s fed and watered regularly at local hotspots over cocktails. With all of their personal struggles – Lucie’s new catering business is foundering due to vicious gossip, Kate’s marriage is troubled due to an inability to conceive, Chelsea’s series of misses in the romance department have led to frantic desperation, and Sharon’s career problems are spinning out of control – the women look forward to a break and a drink and a chance to let their guards down with their friends. And letting their guards down is the last thing they should do in the kind of company they unknowingly keep with the fifth member of their cocktail-clique: Bianca Rossi, a woman who will stop at nothing to have it all.

Tonya’s Review of Cocktail Hour

What do you do when you suspect one of your friends might be a crazy sociopath? Sure she’s beautiful, and talented, and men fall all over her even if she is married. But something just isn’t right. And how do you convince the other women in your Cocktail group? Five different women, five different points of view. Who is really telling the truth? Who is hiding something? Who has a deep dark secret? Who is just trying to follow her dreams? Who just wants to fit in? And who just sees through it all? Let the drinks flow and the fun begin!!

What do you get when you mix five very different ladies and add alcohol?? Cocktail Hour!! These five ladies didn’t really even know each other until one night when Chelsea asked Sharon, a co-worker, and Lucie, a friend, to meet her and Bianca for drinks not knowing Bianca invited Kate, her high school crush’s wife, to join them also. Things are about to get interesting!! I’ll give you a little information on each woman without giving too much away. I wouldn’t want to spoil the book for you!!

Let’s start with Lucie. Quiet, reserved, mind your own business Lucie. She is tired of the corporate world and is finally following her dreams to open her own catering business. With the help of her family and boyfriend things are falling into place. But at what cost?? Then there’s Sharon. Call them as you see them, take no bull Sharon. When Chelsea invites her to come out with her she’d rather be at home with her cat. Her lack of sleep due to the noisy neighbor was making her cranky but what could one drink hurt?? Next is Chelsea. She only wants to find real, true love and get married and have a family and finally have her Happy Ever After. She thought she had that once, until her best friend decided she wanted John for herself. They had a deal right? That brings us to Bianca. Beautiful, tall, sexy, and crazy as the day is long, Bianca. She married John for his money but even that wasn’t enough. What lengths would she go to get what she wants?? Oh y’all would not believe the things this woman comes up with! Which brings us to the shy, quiet little farm girl from Vermont, Kate. Kate just wants to fit in. She’s never been pretty or popular so when Bianca invites her to go out for drinks with her and her friends, she is more than happy to go along. Maybe she could finally make friends and not feel so homesick. Her husband Grant would be thrilled if she made new friends in Connecticut, or would he??

Oh My did I LOVE this one!! I couldn’t put it down!! These ladies had me laughing and crying, they frustrated me and made me want to scream. But that’s what a great book is all about right?? And this book was great. The characters were so well developed and I Loved the many different points of view and how the chapters were by drink of choice rather than number or name! Each person had a different attitude and personality that seemed to be so different from the others it made you wonder how any of them could be friends at all! Each woman has their own personal conflicts they are dealing with too. The friendships that develop throughout the book are wonderful. The daily struggles and how each person tied into the next in different ways without ever knowing it, made it all the more intriguing. At the end each one of the five women was not the same person as the first night they all met for drinks. This one is a MUST read!! I give Cocktail Hour 4.5 Stars!!

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About the Author:

Tara McTiernan grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and spent most of her childhood summers on an island in the Great South Bay on Long Island, New York – both of which has been the setting for her novels, Barefoot Girls and Cocktail Hour, as well as her short stories. She currently lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, Ash. Visit the author’s website at http://www.taramctiernan.com for more information including upcoming book releases and events. 


 
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RELEASE DAY EVENT: FAKING IT BY CORA CARMACK

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO FAKING IT 
BY CORA CARAMACK

Synopsis:

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.


BUY IT HERE!!!!!

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About the Author:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to writeabout twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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COVER REVEAL: NOT AT FIRST BY Phalla S. Rios

Expected Release Date July 2013


Synopsis:

Falling for two men at the same time was something Angel Mabbott never expected to happen.

Leaving a past full of pain and loss in California, Angel is determined to make something of her life when she starts college in Minneapolis. But life takes a turn when she finds herself torn between Kevin and Roman.

Kevin Hawken is a domineering man who forces himself into Angel’s life and changes everything she thought she knew. But how much can he be trusted when he is so secretive about himself?

Angel was instantly intrigued when she first laid eyes on Roman Conti, an Investment firm owner. He was everything she ever wanted in a man: romantic, loving, and protective over her.

As Angel begins to weave a bitter web of desire and deceit, will she find herself consumed, or will she be able to find her way out and follow her heart?


About the Author:


Phalla S. Rios lives in California with her husband and two goofy pit bulls. She loves to read and write drinking her favorite tea, Joy, from Starbucks. During her spare time she is usually at the movies or looking for the next best place to eat. She often refers to herself as a foodie. Right now she is finishing up her debut novel, Not At First.

  


COVER REVEAL – BENEATH YOUR BEAUTIFUL BY TAMSYN BESTER

Good afternoon/evening WWOB fans!!  
Toski here- and it’s my first EVER BLOG POST!!! YAY!!! 
So, please do me a giant favor and check out this amazing cover reveal for Beneath your Beautiful by Tamsyn Bester. This is her first novel and besides shooting cover myself so yes I am bias – this is an amazing love story.
So without further a due (DRUMROLL PLEASE………..) 
Title: Beneath Your Beautiful
Author: Tamysn Bester
Cover by: Toski Covey Photography and Perfect Pear Creative
Cover Models:  Lexie Lynn Cain & Carson Fields
COMING JULY 2013!!!!


It’s gorge right??!!! 
So, it’s not just me being bias;) 

Synopsis:

On the outside, Huntley Morgan is your typical girl-next-door, with her long blonde hair and piercing blue eyes, and that’s exactly what she wants people to see. Her name exposes her to the demons of her past but remembering her reason for moving across the country to start over is what keeps her alive. For the first time since the brutal murder of her mother, Huntley allows herself to care about the people around her.

Grayson Carter has everything a 21yr old College Senior could wish for – he’s the star of Whitley University’s football team, he has a different girl willing to be in his bed every night and a supportive family. For years he has managed keep his family together and hide their dark secrets from the small town of Breckinridge, Alabama. 
When Huntley and Grayson meet, a force so strong pulls them together in a hurricane of feelings neither of them could have ever anticipated. Huntley and Grayson try to stay away from each other, but when Huntley’s demons seek her out, their pasts become the biggest storm of all. 


Will they learn to trust each other and build a new future together or will they simply do nothing to prevent history from repeating itself?
Photo shot by Toski Covey Photography and graphic art by Sommer Stein from Perfect Pear Creative

Teasers:

As if you have any doubt that it’s going to be amazing, Tamsyn gave us these little teasers to reel you in –> (That was in my Deuce voice) 

Excerpt #1

My breath catches in my throat and it’s like all time is standing still, freezing this moment before it flies past too quickly. Nothing else exists.
Her blonde hair is pulled up high in a messy bun with a few loose tendrils hanging in her face. She’s wearing a white sundress that compliments her sun kissed skin and red cowboy boots that make her legs look they go on forever. God have mercy… those legs… My mind goes straight to conjuring up images of seeing her in nothing but those red boots.
Damn…
I don’t think Blondie could get any hotter but then she proves me wrong when she laughs, a light choral sound that echoes through every bone in my body and settles itself in the core of my stomach. I am completely transfixed, my eyes following her every move until she disappears into the kitchen.


Excerpt #2
The timing couldn’t be worse because as he makes his way around to where Brody was sitting I finally get a good look at him.
Oh.My.God
The True Religion jeans he has on hug his lean waist and his grey fitted shirt does nothing to hide his well-defined chest. If I had to guess, he’s at least 6 feet tall. That only draws my attention to his broad shoulders and I see now that he’s a whole lotta muscle. Add all of this to a square jaw and full lips and you’ve found the perfect recipe for one thing…Sex On Legs.
His mouth pulls up in a sexy smirk when he catches me staring and I blush before turning my gaze away. Some people would say I just eye-fucked him and unfortunately, I’m inclined to agree. I may have sworn off all guys but I’m still human and can’t help my physical reaction to such a gorgeous piece of man. The fact that he’s obviously half past drunk should’ve stopped me but nooo I still undressed him with my eyes.


Excerpt #3
I walk to the door but when I open it I’m completely unprepared for what’s in front of me.  Or rather who is in front of me.
Huntley is wearing a coral sundress with matching pumps. The colour accentuates her sun-kissed skin. She’s glowing.
Her hair is curled and left loose, hanging down past her shoulders. My eyes stop at her lips, pink and glossy. I stand there like an idiot and shamelessly drink her curves in.
She clears her throat and for a brief second I’m lost in the depth of those Cobalt irises. I have never seen stormy blue eyes until now.  They tell a story, about what I’m not sure, but its there, in those stormy depths and I want to find out what it is.
“Hi,” she whispers. Her musical voice moves through my body and jolts me from my daze.



Excerpt #4
He chuckles and I watch his chest move with the sound. “I said,” his voice still a breathy whisper, “You can look. I know you want to.”
I swallow. Hard.
Of course he’s right. I want to look.
So I do.
His lips are parted, his breathing coming out in short wisps like mine. His chin is covered in light stubble and I have the sudden urge to lick it. The skin on his neck is smooth, still coated in droplets of water that skate over the light freckles on his shoulders. I know his shoulders are broad but I didn’t see how broad until now. My scrutiny stops at his pecs and spot the little silver bar sticking out of his nipple. Fuuuuck. That’s so sexy. I bite my tongue to prevent myself from pulling it into my mouth. His hand slips under my shirt and rests on my hip. His thumb traces lazy circles on my hip bone and my skin blazes from the fervour of that small stroke. Oh.My.God. He’s teasing me, tempting me. I rest my hands in his chest and gently graze my index fingers over his nipples. It makes me smile when I feel him shiver.  He isn’t as unaffected as he’d have me think. I look back up and he’s staring at me, trying to see right into my soul. It’s unnerving, like the feel of his racing heartbeat under my palm. I like that it’s racing because of me.
He moves his leg and pushes it up between the apex of my thighs. I bite my lip but it doesn’t stop a moan from escaping my mouth. He has me so tightly strung I’m afraid one more slight brush of his leg will set me off. “Do you know how crazy you make me?” he asks, his eyes never leaving mine. I nod and he gives me his lopsided grin. God I want to kiss him so badly. “Why have you been avoiding me?” I ask. I need to know. We can’t keep tip-toeing around each other like this. “Because this is a bad idea. You’re going to break me and I’m already damaged. I’m just not sure how much longer I can stay away from you.” His answer surprises me. I take a step forward, his bare chest only a sliver of space away from mine.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tamsyn is a 21 year old blogger turned author from South Africa who has an insatiable hunger for New Adult Contemporary Romance novels, coffee and chocolate. When she’s not getting caught up in yet another steamy romance with a new book boyfriend, she can be found spending endless hours working away on her laptop in pursuit of her Marketing degree and a career in book Publishing. Tamsyn is a Brat when it comes to books and believes that every story, no matter how challenging, should have a Happy Ever After. Tamsyn is currently hard at work on her debut novel Beneath Your Beautiful, set to be available July 2013. 


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COVER REVEAL: NO GOING BACK BY ERIKA ASHBY


No Going Back (Book 2 Timing is Everything Series)

Erika Ashby

Release Date June 30th


Synopsis:
Life isn’t always about fairy-tales and happily ever-after’s according to Seth Jordan. After having his world shattered and heartbroken beyond repair, he had always sworn off the idea of love. He was perfectly content with continuing his life with worthless one night stands and no strings attached sex. That was until one blue-eyed blonde managed to seep into places he thought were cemented shut.

Like a jack hammer, Mallory Prentice came into Seth’s life and cracked the hard exterior that surrounded his heart. She’s the one woman he was starting to feel might be worth taking a chance on.

But life doesn’t always hand you the easy road. Sometimes you are constantly hit with the bad and have no hope of any good ever showing up.

Will Seth and Mallory realize that ultimately they are the ones who are in control of their life’s outcome? Will they embrace the future and fight for their own happiness, or will they keep lingering in past mistakes and let it keep them apart?

Life is all about forgiveness and second chances. Once you come to that conclusion and just go for it, there is…no going back.


 
Excerpt from No Going Back

“I wanted to tell you,” she cries. “I wanted to tell you at the wedding, Jesika and Derek’s. I was gonna tell you, and then that, that bitch showed up, and I just couldn’t,” she looks over at me as she wipes the tears from her face. It’s taking every fiber of strength in me to keep my hands grasped together in my lap instead of using them to wipe away the visible pain she is shedding. Letting out a defeated sigh, she continues, “Then I tried again, when I showed up at your umm…wedding. We both know how that turned out.”

“Why didn’t you just tell me you were pregnant Mal? It could have changed everything.” Who am I kidding? I don’t know what it could have changed at the time. I mean I was dealing with a situation of my own. A situation I was conned into, and I lost everything that was of true importance to me because of it.

“I didn’t want you to want me because I was fucking pregnant. Are you kidding me? I wanted you to want me on your own Seth. I wanted you to choose me…but you didn’t. I was stupid to think there was ever a chance that you would.” She looks away, “I need to go, you got the answers you came for. You can go back to your wife now.”



About the Author
 
Being born an “Army Brat”, Erika Ashby has been residing in Oklahoma the last 10 years finally putting an end to the nomad tendencies she had grown accustomed to. She’s a happily married woman who has 5 kids between her and her husband. She has an insane apassion for music and embraces her Inner Groupie any chance she has. It wasn’t until the age of 29 that she realized she also had a hidden passion for reading; before then she claimed to have hated it. Six months after unlocking that deep desire she never knew she held, she turned the key to another chapter of her life which has become the desire to write. And the rest is still history in the making.

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COVER REVEAL: ALL WRAPPED UP (THE LIST #2) BY BRAXTON COLE


All Wrapped Up
Release date: July 1
By: Braxton Cole
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Synopsis:

All Wrapped Up is Book Two in The List Series.

Mari and Luca continue to work through their list of sexual fantasies in All Wrapped Up, Book Two in The List Series. They’ve abandoned their original plan of no strings attached and, for the most part, Mari’s learning to be okay with it. She definitely likes Luca’s strings (and whatever else he might use to restrain her), but she’s not sure she’s ready to take the next step in their relationship. Luca, sweet, strong, commanding Luca, insists that it’s time to move in together. Mari insists it’s time to relax and enjoy what they share without complicating things.

With every moment they spend together, Luca shows Mari how good they could be together. Will Mari run away from her emotions, or does Luca have her all wrapped up?

All Wrapped Up is a novella length erotic romance and contains mature adult themes, including graphic and explicit sex.

Author Bio:

Braxton Cole lives in the Pacific Northwest where she spends most of her time holed up in her office writing stories. When she’s not writing, she can be found riding her bike, hiking the fabulous local trails, chasing her kids, or wishing that her thumb was a little more green. She has a bad habit of killing what she tries to grow, but hasn’t given up hopes of one day being a successful urban farmer.

Braxton writes erotic romance because romance is the stuff that makes life great, and sex is fun. The two belong together, both in life and in fiction.

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Cover Change for Birthday Wishes (The List #1)

 
Synopsis:


Mari meets Luca on an adult website. She’s still smarting from a divorce and only looking to explore her desires. They create wish lists of their sexual fantasies and agree to work through them together. No strings, no attachments, nothing but pleasure, and Mari anticipates their first meeting with impatience. But through a miscommunication involving a private text message and Mari’s nosy brother, Luca ends up at her 30th birthday party, before their planned rendezvous. Much to her surprise, they seem to connect better than she expected, and in ways she hadn’t expected. He’s strong, commanding, but also gentle and respectful and he makes her ache in ways she never thought possible.

But when Luca later expresses a desire for something more than just casual sex, Mari’s impulse is to run the other way. After all, her failed marriage is evidence that she really shouldn’t go much deeper. Can Luca convince Mari otherwise? Can he help her see that he’s her ultimate birthday wish come true?






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SPOTLIGHT: CHICA BELLA BY CARLY FALL


Synopsis:

Landon “Blackhawk” Walker is ready to get out of the Navy SEALs. He has seen and done enough, and can’t wait to get to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where three tasks await him: get back into civilian mode, take a boat out to the El Arco Rocks, and win back the heart of the woman he lost because of his career.

Maya Gonzalez has tired of the heartbreak that comes with Landon’s deployments year after year. When he walks back into her life, she cannot deny her heart, despite her reservations.

As they lose themselves in each other and the beauty of Cabo, their passion is rekindled once again, but Maya knows that one phone call means deployment for Landon, putting an end to their reunion, and possibly their relationship.

Tonya’s Review of Chica Bella
Landon “Blackhawk” Walker has been a Navy SEAL for far too long.  Five tours of duty does something to the soul that words can’t explain. And after this last tour, he wants out and to catch up on some sleep and find the one woman he loves. Thoughts of Maya are all that got him through the last eight months and eleven days!! Maya isn’t sure she will ever see Landon again. Every time they get together it’s for a short time and then one phone call and he’s gone. Her heart can’t take anymore. But when Landon shows up at the bar where she works and asks her for a date that night, how can she say no?? His tall muscular frame and beautiful blue eyes send her heart into overdrive. Can she survive another heartbreak that will surely come when the call comes in??

This story was short but sweet!! I loved Landon from page one, But who doesn’t love a man in uniform?? He has been a SEAL for seventeen long years and has seen and done things we only hear about, and some that we never will. He has his fair share of demons and bad dreams but when he’s with Maya all that goes away.  Now that he has told his C.O. that he wants out all that’s left to do is hope Marty finds a replacement for him fast, and find Maya of course. He knows his heart belongs to her and she is his home. He just needs to tell her that. Maya is so sweet and loving. After the way Landon left her the last time, her heart is broken and she doesn’t know if she can keep going through that with him. She loves him too much to keep watching him walk away knowing he is going off to war but never knowing where or for how long or when he will be back or if she will ever see him again. So when she sees him standing there at the bar she is so happy he’s alive but still angry at the way he left. Then he asks her for a date, what’s a girl to do??      

I thought this story was a little short, but I enjoyed every last page of it!! I couldn’t put it down. The love scenes where steamy but gentle and loving at the same time. The lengths Landon goes to show Maya he wants to be with her are so sweet. It’s the little things that count and he shows her that. But what happens when he leaves again? Do they pick up where they left off? Does she tell him to take a hike? Does love really conquer all? I guess you will just have to read it to find out what happens with the Sexy Soldier and The Beautiful Mexican girl. You won’t be disappointed! I wasn’t!! I would have to give Chica Bella 4 Stars! Muy Bueno!!
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About the Author:


I am a wife, a mother and a slave to Nicky the dog.

I think chocolate and wine should be considered their own food group, and I wish Christmas happened twice a year.

I love the hot summer nights here in Arizona when my family and I play in our pool until late at night, and I hate 99.8% of politicians.