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BVR WEEKLY RECAP 3/24/15

BVR WEEKLY RECAP 3/24/15

Happy Tuesday friends!! Here’s this week’s recap list of new releases, sales, and my latest reviews + recommendations. Some books I can’t wait to dive into are Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec (currently reading & loving!!), Revved by Samantha Towle (bad boy race car driver + mechanic), Falling by Barbara Elsborg (I don’t read many M/M romances but this one caught my eye), Never Gonna tell by Sarah M Ross (YA romantic suspense), Kulti by Mariana Zapata (sports romance), Decker’s Wood by Kirsty Dallas (porn star teehee!), and Getting Dirty by Mia Storm (kinky, taboo-ish NA romance). Check ’em out!

Upcoming Releases: Did you know I now have a section that’ll list upcoming releases for the year? Be sure to bookmark the page below as I update it daily with preorders/Goodreads links.

Cool tip: Tired of seeing all the $.99, $1.99, $2.99, etc… on your bills? Send yourself an Amazon gift card and plan a budget accordingly

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  • Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec – CURRENTLY READING & LOVING!! Bringing this new release to the top of my list because I am completely wrapped up in this book, like forget to eat and pee kind of wrapped up. I’m halfway through and it’s a 5 star read for me so far. Emotional, full of feels, just the kind of story that’s sure to break your heart but mend it by the time it’s over. I can’t wait to read more!!
  • Manwhore by Katy Evans – I know a lot of y’all were waiting on this one!! This is the first book in a brand new series from her where a reporter desperate to keep her job agrees to do a piece on the enigmatic billionaire hero but falls in love with him in the process. It’s steamy and scandalous  “What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?”
  • Dark Light series by SL Jennings – all the books in her Dark Light series (3 full length novels + 1 novella) together and it’s on sale for $2.99! This is a completed NA paranormal romance series. “And then there’s magic. Freakin’ magic. There’s no way that legend could have a place in her less than exciting life. So why after twenty years of utter obscurity do her adopted parents hit her with the ton of bricks that is her true identity? And how the heck is she supposed to accept all this and become what she was truly created to be?”
  • Awakening You by Jessica Sorensen – 3rd book in her Unraveling You series (YA romance)
  • Falling by Barbara Elsborg – M/M romance! I read the blurb and sounds like both our heroes suffered in the past (one served time in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and the other got out of a bad relationship)
  • Revved by Samantha Towle – bad boy race car drive + mechanic romance!!!
  • Captive by Brighton Walsh – suspenseful NA romance! I liked this one (here’s my review).
  • Never Gonna Tell by Sarah M Ross – this YA romantic suspense read really caught my eye: “My name is Reagan Wilcox: high school senior by day, kick-ass investigative journalist by night. I’ve always loved observing people—especially when they think no one is paying attention. I thought I was ready to cover any story. Work any angle. Nothing could have prepared me for what happened that night. I wasn’t ready for what I saw. And I certainly wasn’t ready for him. I always knew I’d write the headlines. Now, I just might become one.” <– yikes! I’m intrigued!
  • After Dark by M. Pierce
  • Easy With You by Kristen Proby
  • That Time with Sugar by Tess Oliver – This one’s a NA standalone romance about two characters with addiction problems. “All-around bad boy, and twenty-five-year-old heir to the Jameson fortune, Tommy Jameson, knows three things: His family is disappointed in him…Overcoming his addictions won’t necessarily crush his vices…He is wildly in love with Sugar Scarborough, a girl who is dealing with her own addictions and an insatiable need to please.”
  • Flirting with Fire by Kate Meader – firefighter hero!!
  • Takedown by Cari Quinn – second chance military romance!
  • The Record of My Heart by Georgina Guthrie
  • Taking the Fall by W. Ferraro
  • Kulti by Mariana Zapata – sports romance!! “When the man you worshiped as a kid becomes your coach, it’s supposed to be the greatest thing in the world. Keywords: supposed to…she isn’t prepared for this version of [the hero] who shows up to her team’s season…Nothing could have prepared her for the man she got to know…This was going to be the longest season of her life.”
  • One Last Sin by Georgia Cates
  • Doves for Sale by Lila Felix – woah check out this blurb! Sounds intense O_O “Love isn’t crazy. Love isn’t a degree of insanity. Love is sanity at its purest. It forces your soul to make a rational choice—a choice to make another person’s happiness your priority, to allow them access to your heart and soul. Letting Ezra go was choosing to love him. Letting him go was the best way you knew how to choose his joy over your own. I can see it in both of you. This love isn’t one that will go down without a fight.”
  • Fall Out Girl by L. Duarte
  • From Within by JM Walker – another book that grabbed my attention! “We live. We love. We die. He is my ultimate undoing. She is my strength. He will destroy me. She will make me whole. I need him more than the control that he craves. I need her more than I need my next breath. He knows me. She sees me. As much as I want to, I can’t let him in. As much as I’ve tried, I can’t let her go. Together, we need him.” <– whaa?? who is this him? O_O
  • Turtle Bay by Tiffany King – This one’s a YA romance! The heroine and her family move to a small town for a new start, except a few bad choices and a party later, she’s slapped with a harsh community service sentence and is paired to work with the hero, a local lifeguard who immediately dislikes her for trashing the environment he loves. But after working together for a while both start to see past their first assumptions about each other..
  • Hard by Cheryl McIntyre – this book sounds thrilling!! “I have been staring at her for three months. Watching her. Memorizing her. For ninety-two days, I’ve looked into those lifeless green eyes. And for ninety-two days she has inspired me in ways I never knew possible. A muse, unbeknownst to her. Motivating me. Encouraging my darkest desires. I’m a man who knows what he wants. And what I want is the beautiful and broken Holland Howard. My name is Jensen Payne—photographer, autocrat, lecher, Scopophiliac. I am who I am and I will not—cannot—change.”
  • American Savages by JJ McAvoy
  • Getting Dirty by Mia Storm ($.99) – This one’s a kinky, slightly taboo NA romance. “When twenty-five-year-old graduate assistant Caiden Brenner asked Blaire Leon how old she was, she said she was a senior. He chose to believe she meant in college…But it turns out Blaire hasn’t been totally honest. She’s the seventeen-year-old valedictorian of her high school class…Will Caiden get too deeply into Blaire to back away before he finds out the truth? Or will their connection be enough to seduce him into risking his entire future on Jail Bait?”
  • Divergent (#1), Insurgent (#2), and Allegiant (#3) by Veronica Roth are ALL on sale!! I 5 star loved the first book and look forward to continuing this series, especially with the recent release of the Insurgent movie
  • Dissident by Cecilia London ($.99) – described to me as ‘political dystopian intellectual smut.’ LOL!
  • Shopping for a Billionaire full series by Julia Kent ($.99) – this completed romantic comedy series sounds hilarious! “Ever meet a hot billionaire while your hand’s in a toilet in the men’s room of one of his stores? No? So it really is just me. Hmm. When you’re a mystery shopper, you get paid to humiliate yourself, all in the name of improving customer service. Romance isn’t in my job description. But the day I met Declan McCormick it was love at first flush (LOL @ first flush). Until I nearly castrated him with my EpiPen. How Hot Guy and Toilet Girl became an item involves my crazy mom, a trip to the ER, my homicidal cat, my fake wife, and true love. Don’t look at me like that. I’m just doing my job. I’m shopping for a billionaire.”
  • Tyler’s Undoing (#1), Ryley’s Revenge (#2), Paxton’s Promise (#3), and Camden’s Redemption (#4) by LP Dover are all $.99 each! These are MMA fighter romances.
  • Outside the Ropes by Ashley Claudy ($.99) – fighter romance!! Both the hero and heroine are fighters this time  “Regan Sommers spent her life fighting. Fighting foster parents, kids in the group home, and classmates. But the night she has to fight for her life changes everything. Now, she’s fighting for money in the ring, and from the first punch she’s addicted. Every addiction has a price though, and this one is the gym’s star boxer Gage Lawson…”
  • Alarm by Shay Savage ($2.99) – I read this one and really liked it – it’s different from her usual fast-paced, action-packed stories and more of a NA romance where the characters go through a self-discovery process (here’s my review).
  • Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti ($.99) – this one’s on my TBR! The heroine is indifferent and detached from everything and everyone after suffering from scars from an attack she doesn’t remember. “The only emotion I feel with any kind of depth is annoyance, and I feel it often. A text message sent to the wrong number proves to be my undoing. His name is Everett, but I call him rude. He’s pushy, he’s arrogant, he crowds my personal space, and worst of all: he makes me feel.”
  • Rule (#1), Jet (#2), and Rome (#3) by Jay Crownover are on sale! Books 1 and 2 are $.99 each, book 3 is $1.99. If you love NA romances with reformed bad boys, check these out!
  • Afraid to Fall by W. Ferraro ($.99)
  • Decker’s Wood by Kirsty Dallas ($.99) – teehee! Every time I read the blurb for this book it puts a smile on my face. The hero is a porn star and lovin’ every minute of it, and he doesn’t count on the heroine who’s his best friend’s cousin to knock him off his feet. “What will the prince of porn do? The girl or the career?”
  • Cloak & Dagger by Nenia Campbell ($.99) – if you love dark romances this sounds like a good one! The (anti) hero is a ruthless assassin sent to tie up loose ends when a hacker breaks into his organization’s mainframe, but he doesn’t count on being stumped by the heroine who’s the hacker’s daughter!
  • Jake Undone by Penelope Ward ($.99)
  • Fiancee for Hire by Tawna Fenske ($.99) – sounds like a fun one! The hero is on a top secret government mission to complete a covert arms deal in Mexico, but in order to keep up his facade he needs a fiancee, and that’s where the badass vet heroine comes in…“Love wasn’t part of the plan, but the deeper [they] fall into their ruse, the more danger they attract, until more than just their hearts are on the line…”
  • Release Me by J Kenner ($1.99) – 1st book in the Stark trilogy & an erotic, emotionally charged romance “between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.”
  • Perfect series by Alison Bailey ($.99) – all 3 books in this angsty NA romance series in 1 bundle!
  • Joseph Fallen by MS Willis ($.99) – one of my favorite dark reads to date!! This is the prequel to her Estate series and I recommend reading Madeleine, Abducted first.
  • Bullet (#1), Rock Bottom (#2), and Feverish (#3) by Jade C. Jamison are all $.99 each! These are intense, gritty rockstar romances.
  • Contessa by Lori L. Otto ($.99) – mature YA romance & the first in the Choisie series. “When she was four, a generous couple welcomed orphan Olivia Sophia into their lives. As she grew up, her parents made good decisions for her, raising “Livvy” to be an intelligent and creative young girl. Now sixteen, three people influence many of her choices: her first love, her second father, and a third man who speaks to her through his artwork…”
  • Assumptions by Melanie Codina ($1.99) – sports romance with a heroine who’s a physical therapy assistant and a soccer playing hero.
  • Thin Love (#1) and My Beloved (#1.5) by Eden Butler are $.99 each!! I ADORED these books. They’re angsty, deeply passionate second chance romances that’ll have your heart racing and your attention glued to the pages. Don’t miss this sale! Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for the novella.
  • Chasing Serenity (#1), Behind the Pitch (#1.5), Finding Serenity (#2), and Claiming Serenity (#3) by Eden Butler are also all $.99 each! These are interconnected NA romance standalones.
  • Hate – A Love Story by Laurel Curtis ($.99) – This one’s a standalone! “Roses are red, Violets are blue. Life can be messy, And love can be too. Most people say that it’s not important where you’re going, but instead, how you get there. Unfortunately for me, the journey to love was absolutely agonizing. Love and Hate wrestled with my life day after day, year after year, and the only way to stop it was to let one of them win. Which one? I fought to love harder. But I loathe my love story.”
  • Strictly Temporary 1 ($.99) and Strictly Temporary 2 ($.99) by Ella Fox are both $.99! These books follow the romance between a small town girl with big dreams and high hopes and a city boy disillusioned with relationships.
  • Just One Night by Lauren Layne ($.99) – 3rd book in her Sex, Love, & Stiletto series and a romantic comedy, ‘I’m-in-love-with-my-brother’s-best-friend’ romance. I really adored the 4th book in this series and can’t wait to read this one and the others!
  • Remember When 2 by T. Torrest ($.99) – This is the second book in her wonderfully written, nostalgia-inducing Hollywood romance series filled with fun ’90s references, and is a completed trilogy. I loved these books!
  • Dust to Dust (#1), Wished Away (#2), and His Jar of Hearts (#3) by S.P. Cervantes are on sale! The first book is FREE, the 2nd and 3rd are $.99 each. These are interconnected standalone reads.
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins ($6.49) – $3 price drop! This is a psychological thriller on my TBR. Every day, the heroine takes the same commuter train that stops at this one spot where she sees the same couple out on a deck. “And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”
  • Into the Deep by Samantha Young ($.99) – I noticed this is still on sale for $.99. If you haven’t gotten it/haven’t read it yet, I recommend bumping it up on your TBR. This author always combines the right amount of angst, steam, romance, and humor to deliver an addicting read. This book is one of my top favorites!
  • Music of the Heart by Katie Ashley ($.99) – This one’s a NA rockstar romance that I really enjoyed! It’s pretty sweet, and follows the romance about a girl who was supposed to join her brother’s band, but hops onto the wrong tour bus and ends up with the hero’s band teehee! “Can a sweetheart Country songstress and a bad boy of Rock N Roll actually have a future together?”
  • Truth or Dare by Mira Lyn Kelly ($.99) – This is the enemies to lovers one where the hero and heroine are next-door neighbors and their relationship starts off rocky. “He and [the heroine] can’t stop fighting—and that’s just the beginning…the last thing he needs is his neighbor distracting him with her girl-next-door smile and sharp tongue.” 
  • Captive by Brighton Walsh – new release and my last read! I liked this one, even though it was so different from what I thought it would be (here’s my review).
  • Little Peach by Peggy Kern – recent release and my latest TOP recommendation!! It’s not a romance of any kind and it’s a realistic fiction meant to bring awareness about prostitution. I believe everyone needs this book (here’s my review).
  • Manwhore by Katy Evans – new release and a steamy first book in a new series from her! Overall I liked this one (here’s my review) and I’m also looking forward to reading the sequel too!
  • Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton – recent release that I couldn’t wait to read! It sounded like an epic romance, but sadly, it was an epic fail for me (here’s my review). I am in the very, very small minority who didn’t like it though, so give it a try if you were interested before!
  • Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott – recent release and TOP recommendation!!! I absolutely adored this book and it’s the perfect choice if you’re in the mood for a dark, angsty read. One of my favorite YA romances for sure (here’s my review).
  • Confess by Colleen Hoover – recent release! This wasn’t a full winner for me, but it’s a book with a lot of beauty and so much to offer. Not my favorite book of CoHo’s but I’m still a fan nevertheless (here’s my review).
  • The Contradiction of Solitude by A. Meredith Walters <– this book totally messed with my mind! Be warned that this is NOT a romance, just a pure psychological thriller. I didn’t know how to rate it with so many conflicting thoughts (here’s my review).
  • The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne <– OMG this book!! Another winner for me – 4.5 stars – and it’s a book that’ll make you fall in love with the idea of love. Complete and total escapism and by the time I was done I just had this warm, happy book feeling…(here’s my review) TOP recommendation!!
  • Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker <– I loved this romantic suspense read!! Clever, suspenseful, and surprisingly there were moments of deep emotion too. Definitely a TOP recommendation (here’s my review)
  • The Deal by Elle Kennedy <– TOP recommendation!! This was seriously one of the best college romances I’ve ever read (here’s my review). Or better yet, don’t read my review. Just DIVE RIGHT IN and experience the whole thing for yourself
  • Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young <– an oldie from over a year ago but definitely a goodie! This is a TOP recommendation and it was such a FUN, steamy, and feel-good friends to lovers romance! Definitely will be making my favorites list for this year (here’s my review)
  • Until We Fly by Courtney Cole <– TOP recommendation!! Why did I wait so long to read this one?! Either way, I’m glad I finally read it because this NA romance was gripping, it was unputdownable, and I didn’t want it to end when it did. Highly recommend!! (here’s my review)
  • Shug by Jenny Han <– this was a re-read for me, and one of my favorite YA books!! I’m amazed that after seven years since I last read it, it still affects me and makes an impact. 5 stars and a book I’d recommend to everyone – you, your teenage kids, your friends, etc…(here’s my review)
  • The Hooker & the Hermit by LH Cosway & Penny Reid <– TOP recommendation and a 5 star read for me! Such a fun, fresh, and quirky book – you won’t find a more wonderful, full-of-heart story to fall in love with (here’s my review)
  • Hero by Samantha Young <– favorite and recommendation!! This enemies-to-lovers office romance was fun, sexy, and at-times emotional! It had the perfect amount of angst and swoon (here’s my review)
  • Trade Me by Courtney Milan <– favorite and recommendation! I really loved this NA romance. It was unique (couple pairing), had such whip-smart writing, and both characters were so likeable. I’d recommend it! (here’s my review)
  • Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler <– TOP recommendation and a 5 star read for me! Just thinking about this book is making my eyes water. I took a chance on this one and I strongly encourage you all to do the same (here’s my review)
  • Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole <– a TOP recommendation!! This NA romance is one of the darkest and emotionally heavy stories I’ve read in a long while, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for. It also made me ugly cry and I’m just blown away by the amount of emotion it evoked….if you’re looking for a standalone romance guaranteed to make you FEEL, try this one! (here’s my review)
  • Dear Emily (#1) and Dear Tabitha (#2) by Trudy Stiles <– TOP recommendation! These books are a blend of realistic women’s fiction with romance and made my heart feel so full…I loved both and being able to read them back to back let me carry my emotions from the first book to the second without delay. BEST kind of reading experience!! Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2. Be sure to read these in order!
  • Extinguish (#1) and Reignite (#2) by JM Darhower <– TOP recommendation!! This 2-book paranormal forbidden romance was unputdownable from the get go and I didn’t want the story to end. I mean, the hero is Lucifer, the Devil! That alone made me pick these up  Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2.
  • Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie <– I really enjoyed this NA romance! This was so unique (setting is in the circus) and the character development was stunning! It truly embodies every aspect of NA and as always, the authors’ writing style is great. Totally recommend (here’s my review)
  • Last Will & Testament by Dahlia Adler <– another favorite! This was such a refreshingly witty NA romance standalone (a little taboo since he’s the heroine’s TA). Totally recommend it (here’s my review)
  • Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn <– TOP recommendation!! This 5 star book rocked my world, 200% unputdownable (here’s my review)
  • Clockwork Angel (#1)Clockwork Prince (#2), and Clockwork Princess (#3) by Cassandra Clare are my ultimate TOP recommendations!! I seriously finished this sensational trilogy and had tears dripping down my face, a pile of tissues discarded on the floor, and food wrappers scattered around me. It was SO emotional, SO intense, SO passionate, and SO good. 6 star series for me!! (here’s my series review) These books must be read in order!
JANE HARVEY BERRICK NEWS!!
The magical cover to The Traveling Woman has been revealed!! This is the highly anticipated conclusion to her carnival-themed Traveling Duet and a book I can’t wait to get my hands on
“How many times do you gamble on love? When love has knocked you down, should you give it another chance? When does optimism become stupidity?
And what happens when the man you’re in love with is never still, always moving, always traveling? Do you say goodbye, or do you leave behind everything that you’ve worked for, everything that you’ve ever known? Can a traveling carnival be my home?
Oh. You thought I had the answers. No, sorry. No answers, just a lot of questions—and a heart that wants to rule my head.
Can one person be my home?”
NATASHA BOYD NEWS!!
I love this author’s writing, and her Hollywood romance Eversea, so naturally, any new book of hers automatically gets added to my TBR. And *drumroll* she’s got a new book called Deep Blue Eternity coming out in 2 days!!!! It’s also on a $.99 preorder sale – better get your copy!
“Livvy is on the run. And she’s escaped to the one place nobody will ever find her.

But the isolated cottage isn’t empty. Her refuge is home to a troubled stranger, Tom, there for reasons of his own.

In the intimacy of the abandoned cottage, and the remote wilderness of the island, the electrifying connection between them is impossible to ignore. Both running from their histories and shielding dark secrets, their pasts catch up with them and collide in an unimaginable way.

Deep emotions and powerful chemistry face a painful battle with the tangle of lies, and scars of the past. When the truth emerges, hearts will be shattered.”

HEIDI MCLAUGHLIN NEWS!!A couple months ago, I read this author’s Here With Me and it left me a MESS – the heroine was engaged to one man but after he was announced dead in combat, she gradually moved on and opened her heart to her late fiance’s brother. BUT…turns out her first fiance wasn’t dead after all and now he’s back. I’m really eager to find out what the author has in store for all these characters! Here’s the cover of book 2:

“Two brothers.

One woman.

One son.

One choice.

Lives ripped apart, shattered and rebuilt.

Evan and Nate Archer: Brothers, best friends, warriors and now enemies. Both in love with the same woman. Both determined to fight for what they want.

Nate Archer promised to protect Ryley Clarke in the event Evan didn’t make it back. It’s a promise between brothers since the early days of basic training. Nate never considered that his feelings, long buried since high school, would resurface and grow stronger.

Evan Archer wants answers. He wants someone to pay. After being gone for an unprecedented amount of time, nothing is making sense now that he’s home. Most of all, he can’t understand how his brother ended up engaged to his fiancée. Evan is determined to uncover the mystery, and win back his family.

The Archers are about to fight dirty.”

PEPPER WINTERS NEWS!!
I LOVE this author. Her writing and her dark romances are right up my alley and every book of hers has been a winner for me. Her Indebted series is my latest addiction from her book collection and I’m so excited that she’s announced the release date for Third Debt: April 17!! Not too far away now
“She healed me. She broke me. I set her free. But we are in this together. We will end this together. The rules of this ancient game can’t be broken.”

Nila Weaver no longer recognises herself. She’s left her lover, her courage, and her promise. Two debts down. Too many to go.

Jethro Hawk no longer recognises himself. He’s embraced what he always ran from, and now faces punishment far greater than he feared.

It’s almost time. It’s demanding to be paid.

The Third Debt will be the ultimate test…”

KARINA HALLE NEWS!!
She’s got a new NA contemporary romance called Racing the Sun set to release on July 28 and she recently revealed the cover!
“It’s time for twenty-four-year-old Amber MacLean to face the music. After a frivolous six months of backpacking through New Zealand, Australia, and Southeast Asia, she finds herself broke on the Mediterranean without enough money for a plane ticket home to California. There are worse places to be stuck than the gorgeous coastline of southern Italy, but the only job she manages to secure involves teaching English to two of the brattiest children she’s ever met.It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, Italian ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, Derio tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

But when her position as teacher turns into one as full-time nanny at the crumbling old villa, Amber finds herself growing closer to the enigmatic recluse and soon has to choose between the safety of her life back in the States and the uncertainty of Derio’s closely guarded heart.”

LAUREN BLAKELY NEWS!!
I’ll be honest, I haven’t read a book from this author in a few years now but her upcoming one caught my attention right away. Check out the lovely cover and enticing blurb to 21 Stolen Kisses!
“When I first met him I resisted.
Like any forbidden love, I told myself he was a crush, and it would pass.
That was a lie. It never faded.
And I never expected he would fall for me just as hard.
There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us.
Growing up in New York City, I learned early on that love is a double-edged sword.
Love broke up my parents, love took away my friends, and love — the big, intense, never-been-like-this-before love — landed me in therapy.
Now I’m heading to college, and it’s time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he’s still in my life?
Because the one man I’ve always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can’t have…
And he wants me just as fiercely.

Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?”

That’s it for this week! Happy reading & 1-clicking everyone
BOOK REVIEW ~ FISHER’S LIGHT BY TARA SIVEC

BOOK REVIEW ~ FISHER’S LIGHT BY TARA SIVEC

Fisher,I guess this is it, huh? After fourteen years together, starting a life of our own on this island, five deployments and countless letters I’ve written you through it all, I finally go out to the mailbox and see something I’ve always dreamed of: an envelope with your handwriting on it. For one moment, I actually thought you’d changed your mind, that all the awful things you said to me were just your way of coping after everything you’d been through. I was still here, Fisher. I was still here, holding my breath, waiting for you to come back even though you told me you never would. You always said you’d find your way back to me. Out of all the lies you’ve told me, this one hurts the most.
Enclosed you will find the signed divorce papers, as requested.I hope you find what you’re looking for. I’m sorry it wasn’t me. Lucy
To get the ending they want, Lucy and Fisher will have to go back to the beginning. Through the good and the bad, they’ll be reminded of why they always made their way back to each other, and why this time, one way or another, it will be the last time.

My first reaction after finishing this book – WOW! And then I curled up in my bed, letting the story just sink in and running scenes through my head that made me smile and cry hard. This book was an epic love story in every way, capturing beautiful highs of a couple so in love with each other, baring the ugly lows when the unexpected blazes through, and their harrowing journey full of heartbreak and hope. While the book wasn’t perfect to me, the romance aspect of it was, and that part just totally won over my heart. I feltFisher’s pain, I felt Lucy’s sorrow, I just…felt. And when I experience that kind of emotion in any book, any nit-picking and boundaries don’t have a say. I just let my heart take over and give the verdict: I love second chance romances, I love this military hero, I love this resilient heroine, and I love this book.

I can never really decide.”
Fisher and Lucy were high school sweethearts. Meeting when she was 16, he was 18; marrying when she was 20, he was 22…it was a fairytale dream come true for the both of them. But one thing that has always given Fisher purpose was his need to serve his country, and so he enlisted and became a Marine with Lucy fully supporting him behind. Throughout the 14 years they were married and through all his deployments, cracks in their marriage started to surface. Add on the severe PTSD and scarce time the two of them actually spend with each other, the once loving couple are a shell of what they were before.
“I couldn’t tell the difference between dreams and reality. I became a different man.
A dangerous man.
A suicidal man.”
With all of his experiences in combat, Fisher didn’t know how to adjust being a civilian again and didn’t know how to convey all the warring emotions in him to Lucy, the one person who he always thought could ground him and keep his demons at bay. And Lucy…this tortured woman was at a loss too – she could only stand by helplessly as she watched her husband sink deeper into a dark nightmare she couldn’t save him from. In the end, 14 years of marriage went down the drain and both have been pushed to a point where divorce and time apart was the only way to go.
But that wasn’t the end for Fisher and Lucy. Over time, Fisher got himself cleaned up and Lucy became a stronger, more independent woman. The actual story the book begins with is Fisher determined to win his beloved wife back again, and as the plot progressed in the present, there are many pivotal past moments weaved in as well. It’s common knowledge that I absolutely despise time gaps and choppy past/present POVs so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw they were done so well here. Each chapter served a purpose and they helped me better understand these characters. Even with his PTSD, Fisher made many terrible mistakes that delivered blow after blow to Lucy’s pride and heart, and having to read those scenes just…gah! They really hurt. But when I got his version of events, it was aching heart time all over again for me. Basically my heart never stopped getting a workout. As for Lucy, she is one of the most idealistic yet resilient heroines I’ve read about. She fought hard for her marriage when Fisher didn’t, she held onto hope when he gave up, and kept fighting all the way to the end. I didn’t see her as a doormat at all, because when she finally saw for her own eyes how useless it was to hold onto hope when Fisher was beyond saving then, she stood up for herself. Not going to lie, I was mentally kicking Fisher in the nuts and hugging Lucy hard here.
“It’s live driving by a car accident and not being able to tear your eyes away from the devastation because you just have to see, you have to know it’s real and that it actually happened.”
But that was the Fisher in the past. The Fisher now hasn’t lost sight of what he truly wants, and that’s Lucy and their life on the island. He also sees that the sweet, timid wife from before has changed. She’s more bold. More confident. But also more reserved. And though she tentatively lets him into her life again, Lucy’s quick to protect her heart this time, even knowing full well that Fisher’s had it all along. And that’s where the true beauty of this story lies, that no matter what tribulations and harsh experiences this couple goes through, love will always prevail.
“How many people get a second chance at love with the only person they’ve ever held in their heart?”
Forget second chances. Third, fourth, fifth…nth number of chances and Fisher and Lucy will always end up together. THAT is how strongly I can feel their depth of devotion and love for each other.
Though this was a 400-page book, it went by so fast I wished there was more. The secondary characters were wonderful and were often a source of comical relief (or extra angst depending on who). I also loved the quaint setting and for me it added a dreamy, romantic feel to the story that can’t be fabricated…it truly felt natural. The writing was seriously top-notch. I haven’t read a book from this author for almost 2 years so I’ve pretty much forgotten what her writing is like (oops!) but reading this book makes me want to revisit all her other books I missed. All in all, this story took me back to a time a few years ago when I was voraciously devouring romance after romance, loving and drowning in a sea of emotion without a care in the world. Not that I don’t do that now, but because my tastes have gotten more cynical and picky, not everything appeals to me anymore. This is one of those rare times an author has delivered a powerful, epic romance which won over that jaded heart of mine, and that’s not something I can ignore. I highly recommend this book to ALL romance fans. Let Fisher and Lucy’s story win over your heart too.
Fisher’s Light is a second chance military romance standalone. It’s not related to this author’s other books.
Rating: 4.5 stars! First half was a solid 5 star read. The second half felt rushed a little but didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story.
BOOK REVIEW ~ DEEP BLUE ETERNITY BY NATASHA BOYD

BOOK REVIEW ~ DEEP BLUE ETERNITY BY NATASHA BOYD

Livvy is on the run. And she’s escaped to the one place nobody will ever find her.
But the isolated cottage isn’t empty. Her refuge is home to a troubled stranger, Tom, there for reasons of his own.
In the intimacy of the abandoned cottage, and the remote wilderness of the island, the electrifying connection between them is impossible to ignore. Both running from their histories and shielding dark secrets, their pasts catch up with them and collide in an unimaginable way.
Deep emotions and powerful chemistry face a painful battle with the tangle of lies, and scars of the past. When the truth emerges, hearts will be shattered.

“When I was younger I was asked to describe what I thought love was…Blue and infinite, clear but deep, where no man could truly reach. A deep blue eternity.”
I love this author, love Eversea, and love her writing style, but I’m sad to say this book did not work for me at all. The story ended up being so different from what I thought it would be and no matter how hard I tried to connect, I couldn’t feel any kind of chemistry between the main characters, wasn’t a fan of how convoluted the plot got, and didn’t like the choppily-done timeline riddled with past/present POVs.
I’m going to try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible, though if I accidentally say something that you consider a spoiler, sorry! All negative reviews are spoiler-ish in nature.
“…the idea that I could start over and be someone with no past and no expectations was a heady rush. A complete reinvention of who I was. And I’d be safe.”
Olivia is a troubled teenager on the run. For unknown reasons, her home is unsafe and she escapes to an island cottage only known to her and her deceased sister. When she arrives she finds the hero Tom there living in her cottage and also running from his past. With barely any questions asked and even less answers given, Tom and Olivia live together in their little safe haven.
“She had as much right to be here as I did. And so here we were. Co-existing in this painful kind of hell.”
Very early on, it’s revealed how Tom and Olivia are connected and that knowledge alone was enough to make any romance between them forbidden. Add on the age gap and side character interference (Bethany) and I can see why a relationship would be taboo. However, I never once felt any chemistry between the two. The author did such a great job pronouncing their age gap that Olivia looked extremely childish compared to Tom. She was this chick who had sass and an attitude that got old quick and just naturally made her unapproachable and Tom – despite his heartbreaking past and connection to Olivia and her family – was rather bland and had so much potential but was an underdeveloped character.
The story had a quiet intensity to it, and I never really knew what direction it was going in which wasn’t a bad thing. But I wanted the romance to kick in sooner with a lesser focus on side plots, and believe me, there were many. So many hidden layers to this story, so much drama that it drowned out the romance for me.
“…there was no such thing as white lies. All lies were black and destructive. A white lie was truly the blackest of all.”
Another thing I noticed was that when the time came for plot twists and surprise reveals, they were inserted at the most random places, always making me stop and having to read the page twice. Some might find that to be a good thing, but for me it didn’t feel clever at all. Unless they’re done really well, I’m not a fan of stories that drag out secrets along the way because it makes me feel like there’s an essential piece of the story missing, and knowing that makes it impossible for me to connect to these characters. I wish some things revealed in the latter half of the book were told sooner, which would’ve made me warm up to Olivia and Tom – especially Tom – both individually and as a couple.
Lastly, there was a big drama blowout near the end of the book that got on my nerves, not because I thought it wasn’t needed but because of who instigated it – it was a side character who had previously only taken up 2% of the book. It was really out of the blue! Like out of all the people to play the ‘bad guy’ it had to be this person who was rarely mentioned, never developed, and a flimsy character overall. I also didn’t like how the end of the book didn’t wrap up loose ends with Olivia and Tom’s families. They were such a big part of shaping these characters into who they were in present day, so I was really disappointed to not get that closure.
There are many heavy and sensitive themes in the story but all were addressed and done well, so that was a plus. I also loved the soothing setting of the story and the author’s writing, but other than that, the lackluster romance and plot events I didn’t see eye to eye with made this book a big miss for me.
“She was my deep blue eternity. She was young, but her heart was a thousand years old. Mine was too. And a thousand years from now, she’d still be in it.”
Deep Blue Eternity is a suspenseful romance standalone unrelated to this author’s other books.
Rating: 2.5 stars!
PROMO TOUR ~ FUEL THE FIRE BY KRISTA & BECCA RITCHIE

PROMO TOUR ~ FUEL THE FIRE BY KRISTA & BECCA RITCHIE

Protect your family. At all costs.
It’d take the impossible to hurt Connor Cobalt, even for a moment.
Protect your family. At all costs. 
At twenty-six, his narcissistic tendencies have made room for the people he loves.
Protect your family. At all costs.
And he loves Rose. But when his love is threatened, when his greatest dreams with her are compromised — what is the cost then?
Protect your family. At all costs.
Love will guide his choices.
For the first time in his life.

SERIES READING ORDER
#1 Addicted to You (FREE) – Lily & Loren (series main couple)
#1.5 Ricochet – Lily & Loren (series main couple continued)
#2 Addicted for Now – Lily & Loren (series main couple continued)
Calloway Sisters #1 Kiss the Sky – Rose & Connor (spinoff couple)
Calloway Sisters #2 Hothouse Flower – Daisy & Ryke (spinoff couple)
#2.5 Thrive – Lily & Loren (series main couple continued)
#3 Addicted After All – Lily & Loren (series main couple final book)
Calloway Sisters #3 Fuel the Fire – Rose & Connor (spinoff couple final book) – APRIL 3
Calloway Sisters #4 Long Way Down – Daisy & Ryke (spinoff couple final book) – TBA
highly recommend reading in the order I listed above as the plot timeline is continuous throughout the books even if the couples are switched. This way, you’ll get the maximum reading experience.
I’m particularly excited for Fuel the Fire because Connor and Rose are my favorite couple in this series, and I really loved Kiss the Sky and can’t wait to read the continuation of their story here. Today, I have a guest post from Krista & Becca Ritchie featuring a priceless text message conversation between Connor and Loren. Enjoy!
TEXT MESSAGE: CONNOR COBALT TO LOREN HALE
 
Connor Cobalt is the male protagonist of Fuel the Fire. He’s the intelligent, narcissistic one of the group that tells everyone the honest truth (even if it comes off as an insult). Here are some of his more interesting texts:
Fuel the Fire will release on April 3, so keep an eye out!

Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love. They are the New Adult authors of the Addicted series and Calloway Sisters spin-off series, and you can find them on almost every social media, frolicking around like wannabe unicorns.

BOOK REVIEW ~ HIS ONLY WIFE BY MELISSA BROWN

BOOK REVIEW ~ HIS ONLY WIFE BY MELISSA BROWN

I didn’t think I’d ever want to devote my life to someone. That is, until Brin.
I was twenty-six years old the day she entered my life, just when I’d given up hope, just when I’d given up completely on having any shred of happiness in my pathetic excuse for a life. After years of indecision, self destruction and soul-searching, she found me.
Brinley challenged everything I thought I knew. She proved that goodness could still come from that hellish compound. Goodness, bravery and love. She changed everything the moment she knocked on the door of my apartment, acting as brave as a lion, even though she was shaking like a terrified mouse stuck in my trap.
And now, three years later, I want her as my wife. My only wife. Till death do us part.
Just us.
And I’ve never wanted anything more.

What a sweet and satisfying conclusion to Brin and Porter’s story! Wife Number Seven was one of the most unique and eye-opening romances I’ve read and I’m so glad the author decided to write this short novella giving us just a little bit more of this wonderful couple.
This story takes place three years after the events of Wife Number Seven. Brin and Porter are now together and out of the compound. Occasionally, Porter’s addiction threatens to resurface and Brin’s insecurities and newness to the outside world raises problems but for the most part, their hardships are over. I liked that the story wasn’t just all sugary sweet with no bumps, though I did wish that instead of being told Porter’s addiction recovery I got to read more about it. This is the problem with novellas – I always want more!
Fans of Wife Number Seven will enjoy this final chapter of Brin and Porter’s story!
His Only Wife is the follow up novella to Wife Number Seven and must be read after that book.
Rating: 4 stars!
BLOG TOUR ~ SWEET HOPE BY TILLIE COLE

BLOG TOUR ~ SWEET HOPE BY TILLIE COLE

My name is Ally Prince and I’ve always been unlucky in love. I don’t know why, I just always…have.
When all of my best friends were falling for their soul mates in College, I was left behind. I was Ally, the pretty cousin of superstar quarterback, Romeo Prince. I was Ally, the best friend to the most amazing group of girls I’ve ever known—a title I loved, but one I became tired of ‘just’ being. And I was Ally, the one on which they could all rely.
But to me, I was Ally, the girl with the heart no one had claimed… And I was, Ally, the girl, who underneath it all, was heart-breakingly lonely.
I LOVE love; the thought of it, the nervous excitement of falling for Mr. Right, the desire of someone becoming my entire world… of me becoming theirs. I’ve always wanted passion, heart-stopping, epic, life-changing romance… I’ve always wanted the fairytale… I’ve always wanted it all.
It just never seemed like I would get it.
For the past few years I’ve thrown myself into my career as a museum curator. I’m the best of the best, the person every museum wants to hire, so when an opportunity came up to move to Seattle, I jumped at the chance. My cousin and my best friend lived in Seattle and I needed a change.
I needed a new beginning.
I wasn’t expecting to meet anyone in the Emerald City. I wasn’t expecting to work closely with the reclusive new sculptor my all-important gallery design was centered around. And I certainly wasn’t expecting to fall for him… heart-stopping, epic, life-changing love…
My real life fairytale come true.
But, like in every fairytale, there’s a villain, a dark and tortured soul… I just didn’t know that the villain and the hero in my story would end up being one and the same.

As the curtains closed behind me, I jumped in surprise when I caught movement ahead. My eyes slowly traveled upward to a pair of legs clad in black jeans, to a sculpted waist and torso covered in a short-sleeved black shirt splashed in what looked like marble dust.
My heart was in my throat as I drank in large arm muscles, sculpted and pronounced under heavily tattooed olive skin. My gaze drifted to a muscular tattooed neck, partially covered by a dark short scruffy beard and shoulder-length dark brown hair.
Elpidio…
I had to blink to believe the man I’d wanted to meet for years was really standing right in front of me. I forgot how to breathe. I forgot how to speak, move, or anything else that should come naturally to a human being. Elpidio’s head was down, avoiding my gaze, but I knew he knew I was there. Every inch of his body was taut, as if ready to spring.
My voice failed to work as I watched his broad chest rise and fall. Then, with deliberate slowness, he exhaled harshly through his nostrils and lifted his head.
I nearly staggered back.
He was…dark. There was no other adjective I could think of to do him justice. Dark, aggressively tattooed, and absolutely yet unconventionally…beautiful.
Elpidio was as inspiring to look at as his sculptures, and when his almost-black eyes pierced mine, I released a pent up shuddering breath. I thought my legs would give way as I watched those curious onyx irises rove all over my body. I trembled under his scrutiny, knees weak, heart fluttering.
Italian, I thought. Austin had been right. Elpidio definitely looked Italian.
It felt as though minutes passed in silence as we stood motionless, not knowing what to say.
Trying to salvage a modicum of professionalism, I snapped out of my stupor and stepped forward, timidly holding out my hand.
“Hello…” I said in a cracking voice.
Elpidio’s stern gaze never once drifted from mine, his dark eyes stabbing. “I’m Aliyana. You…you must be Elpidio?”
In a second, I witnessed paleness spread on his cheeks and his eyes dropped to the ground, his shoulder-length brown hair falling to cover his face. He was protecting his anonymity. Vin had told me how uncomfortable he was with any acclaim or recognition. His mentor clearly wasn’t lying.
“It’s okay,” I rushed out. “I’m the curator of your exhibition. Your being here stays with me. I’m ethically bound to protect your anonymity if you so wish.”
Elpidio’s shoulders seemed to relax some at that, and sighing reluctantly, he raked back his long hair from his face and raised his head.
This time I could see him more clearly. He was ruggedly edgy, and on his left cheek, he wore a tattoo of a black crucifix just below his eye. He simply screamed danger. His eyes were unnervingly assessing as though he had no trust in me, or toward anyone else for that matter.
Suddenly, Elpidio reached forward and encased his hand in mine. When our hands touched, I lightly gasped, the heat of his palm searing. I’d forgotten I’d been holding my hand out to greet him, too entranced by his
unrefined looks and silent temperament.
“Aliyana,” he said gruffly. My heart skipped a beat on hearing his husky drawl.
One of my favorite books from last year was book 3 in this series Sweet Fall and though I was completely happy with that book, a few plot events that happened there made me see that a certain side character was practically screaming for a book, so I’m ecstatic that the author decided to write this one. But before I say anything else I have to stress that this book is not meant to be read as a standalone. You must read at least Sweet Fall beforehand. Now back to Sweet Hope…
I liked this book. It’s a passionate romance story that made my heart pound and had a sweet and loving heroine and a tormented, mysterious hero. Add that with this author’s great writing and the wonderful cast of side characters from previous books it really made this story shine. Along the way, I did take note of little things that were bothersome but at that point, it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the book much. In hindsight, I should’ve realized that all of these little things would accumulate and once I actually hit something I really didn’t like (which happened in the 2nd half of the book), they would become major problems for me because that’s what ended up happening.
The book started off strong – I love character-driven stories and this was definitely one of them. The heroine Ally Prince is a woman with ambitious career goals and she’s determined to curate an art display for the artist she’s long admired – the hero Elpidio. Even though she’s in love with his work, she’s even more intrigued with the man behind it. Quick observation here: it’s probably just me, but it was a little disturbing to read just how obsessed she was when she never met the guy prior to the exhibit. But in the end, I let that one slide because I can see why she was so fascinated – whenever Elpidio entered the scene, everything just got intense and I couldn’t help but be drawn to this man who was so tormented and could only communicate his emotions through his magnificent sculptures.
I think what made this book for me was Elpidio. Ally was a perfectly likable heroine and complemented his dark personality with her light, bubbly one, but I’m a sucker for ‘fallen angel’ characters and that’s exactly who Elpidio was. He’s made really, really bad choices in his past that he now regrets and has gone through so much it’s a wonder the man is still alive and kicking. But deep down, he’s just a guy who wanted nothing more than to protect his family and loved ones, and if playing dirty would keep them safe, he’d do it in a heartbeat.
The romance here definitely felt instantaneous to me, but I loved it anyways because the author wrote it in a way there were no doubts that Ally and Elpidio were each other’s soul mates. However, some events and plot devices happened soon that I wasn’t a fan of, and dragged down my rating:
The timeline was all over the place. While I didn’t have trouble keeping track where the story was at a certain point, I didn’t like the multiple time jumps. Combine that with the occasional flashback scene and I got annoyed by the time I was near the end of the book. This issue isn’t something I’m complaining about just for this book – just like some readers can’t stand cheating, I can’t stand time gaps, especially not ones where chapters in the story started off with ‘a few weeks later,’ ‘a year later,’ ‘fifteen years later,’ etc…Bottom line is, I like continuity in my stories.
Major character stupidity. Okay…this is the main problem I had with Elpidio and other side characters in the second half of the book. To avoid plot spoilers, I won’t list out the exact details but the root of the problem is miscommunication that drove a wedge between these characters and of course, running away is the first solution which leads to even more drama. This was in the final quarter of the book and at this point I kept thinking to myself haven’t these people gone through enough already?! Just get on with the romance!
From book 3 I already had a soft spot for the Carillo brothers (especially Austin), and seeing them in here at one crucial scene near the end made me cry. The epilogue was also one of the most beautiful book endings I’ve read and really wrapped up this story along with the entire series.
As for my rating, I wavered between 3.5 and 4 because I seriously adored this hero but wasn’t a fan of how the author executed the story from the halfway mark and on. In the end, I’m going with 3.5 stars as I did like it and would still recommend it but it didn’t leave an as memorable impression on me like Sweet Fall did.
Sweet Hope is the final book in the Sweet Home series. You must read Sweet Fall first as the plot and characters are closely connected.
An advanced copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Amazon & USA Today Best Selling Author, Tillie Cole is a Northern girl through and through. She originates from a place called Teesside on that little but awesomely sunny (okay I exaggerate) Isle called Great Britain. She was brought up surrounded by her English rose mother — a farmer’s daughter, her crazy Scottish father, a savagely sarcastic sister and a multitude of rescue animals and horses.
BVR WEEKLY RECAP 3/31/15

BVR WEEKLY RECAP 3/31/15

  • The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz – AHHH so excited!! The Original Sinners series is literally my #1 favorite series of all time and has ruined me for all other erotica books. I’m currently reading and loving this one!!
  • This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak – another book I’m absolutely dying to get to and sounds like an intense second chance romance. The heroine had a rough childhood and never thought much of herself, so she felt like the luckiest girl in the world when the most popular guy in her high school became her boyfriend. She didn’t expect their breakup though, and she didn’t expect to get pregnant. Most of all, she didn’t expect to be blamed for running down the girl her ex started dating (!!!!) Now after serving time in prison, she’s back in town just wanting to know her son and of course her paths cross with her high school ex again…
  • Deep by Kylie Scott – final rockstar romance in this series!
  • The Shadows by JR Ward
  • Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle 
  • Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout – can’t wait to read this one too! I loved the first two books in this NA romance series.
  • Savage by Jade C. Jamison – a zombie book with a second chance romance within. The heroine never got over her high school sweetheart. Just as she thought she was free of the emotional anguish of the past few years, the country is hit with a deadly virus leaving a plague of undead armies (!!!). When she attempts to get away from the infected, she almost kills this guy on a bike and realizes it’s the man from her past she never got over. “But this unrequited love says he doesn’t even remember her. Or does he? Nina, Kevin, and her neighbors head to the wilderness and fight to survive not only the plague but also hunger, cold, their inner demons…and even each other.”
  • Sail by M. Mabie – extreme angst alert!! This is book 2 in the Wake series.
  • Nobody’s Dream by Kallypso Masters
  • The Slayer by Kele Moon
  • The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter – bad boy & good girl romance! He just got out of prison and she’s a southern belle
  • Love After All by Jaci Burton
  • Broken by Cynthia Eden – romantic suspense! The hero protects the last surviving victim of a serial killer.
  • Jake Understood by Penelope Ward – two roommates fall in love with each other!! If you’ve read Jake Undone, this book is the hero’s POV of the story with some new content. “It was a mismatch made in heaven: innocent girl from the boonies moves in with tattooed, pierced, badboy engineer.”
  • Total Surrender by Rebecca Zanetti
  • Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol
  • Spark by Jessica Sorensen and Spark X by Jessica Sorensen. They’re the same book but Spark X contains sexual content.
  • A Perfect Ten by Linda Kage
  • Crash & Burn by Abigail Roux – final book in this suspenseful M/M romance series!
  • 10 Years Later by J. Sterling ($.99) – I’m interested in this second chance romance! The hero & heroine meet up again at their high school reunion (aww!).
  • Sweet Hope by Tillie Cole – final book in her Sweet Home series about a tortured artist who’s been through a lot, and the kindhearted curator who helps him heal. I had some issues with it but overall, I liked it (here’s my review).
  • Breathe Me In by Erin McCarthy – this one sounds really good! The heroine has had a tough childhood living through foster homes, and in present day is struggling to keep her 1-year old son alive. She breaks into a store stealing baby food which is how she meets the hero who’s the cop on duty that day. “[He] doesn’t want to bust the pierced and sexy woman stealing at the grocery but neither does he want to help her or believe her sob story…But it turns out the sob story is real and in the murky world of black market babies, [the heroine] and her son are in danger, and [he] can’t walk away from the mysterious and broken woman he has come to love…”
  • His Only Wife by Melissa Brown ($.99) – short novella concluding the story told from Wife Number Seven, one of my top favorite books from last year. I really enjoyed it (here’s my review).
  • TwiSted TWo-SteP by Julia Bramer
  • His Proposed Deal by Sandi Lynn – steamy romance standalone! “Three months. It was only for three months…His proposed deal was that I had to pose as his fiancée until his twenty-sixth birthday so he could collect his trust fund. I’d help him and, in return, he’d help me achieve my dream. It was a win-win situation, right? WRONG. Love was never part of the deal and neither was the secret that Max could never find out about.” 
  • Legacy by Lime Craven
  • Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec – my latest TOP recommendation!! This second chance military romance brought out all the feels and made me cry. It just really reminded me why I love reading so much and is an epic love story (here’s my review)!
  • Rekindle by Ashley Suzanne – second chance romance! The heroine and hero were once happily married but when his best friend died on duty, the hero fell apart which led to their marriage disintegrating. Even after their divorce they still have to work closely with each other because of their jobs…“The tension between Nick and Tina can only lead them in one of two directions: straight into each other’s arms or even further apart.”
  • Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd – I was so looking forward to reading this! Sadly, I wasn’t a big fan of this book. It was just missing the special spark I like my book couples to have and to be honest, just had too much going on to even be considered as a romance story (here’s my review). I’m in the minority though so give it a try if you were interested!
  • Shadows & Lies by Eden Butler – I can’t wait to read this one!! I love the author’s writing. “One lie can change your life. A web of lies can destroy it. Neil Ryan was a good Navy SEAL. He was an even better detective, but when an unmarked envelope lands on his desk, long-buried secrets are resurrected and Ryan questions everything he thought he knew about justice, including who killed his mother. Alex Black is a distraction Ryan doesn’t need…Alex is also the only one able to help Ryan find the leads he’s missing…Secrets get told, lives get wrecked and in every shadow, the truth is hiding.”
  • Rome by Jay Crownover ($.89) – 89 CENTS!! Weird pricing but I’m not complaining  And Rule (#1) and Jet (#2) are still on sale for $.99! If you love a reformed bad boy and NA romances, this is a great series to read.
  • All Lined Up (#1) and All Broke Down (#2) by Cora Carmack got price drops! First one’s $1.99, second one’s $.99 but the important thing is to to GET THESE!! They’re pure NA romance gold – sweet with steam, lots of awkward fun, and easy to relate to. I loved them! Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2.
  • Burying Water by KA Tucker ($1.99) – Normally $7.99, this is the first book in her NA romantic suspense series about a girl who has amnesia and the boy next door who knows the truth about her. It’s a standalone!
  • Last Will & Testament by Dahlia Adler ($.99) – one of my favorite NA romances from last year!! The heroine’s parents died in a car accident, leaving her as the guardian of her 2 younger brothers. As a result she has to clean up her act and focus on her grades, leading her straight to the TA hero. It’s a really witty and heartwarming read (here’s my review).
  • Until You Find Me by Amber Hart ($.99) – this sounds really good! The heroine travels to Africa searching for answers about her family’s past and falls in love with one of the hunters in the jungle!!
  • Turtle Bay by Tiffany King ($.99) – sounds like a sweet YA romance! The heroine and her family move to a small town for a new start, except a few bad choices and a party later, she’s slapped with a harsh community service sentence and is paired to work with the hero, a local lifeguard who immediately dislikes her for trashing the environment he loves. But after working together for a while both start to see past their first assumptions about each other…
  • Sweet Home (#1), Sweet Rome (#2), and Sweet Fall (#3) by Tillie Cole are all $.99 each! I read and LOVED book 3 and it was one of my top favorites from last year (here’s my review).
  • Unspeakable Truths by Alice Montalvo-Tribue ($.99) – This one’s a love after loss romance standalone! “Four years ago, my life was everything I wanted it to be: I had everything I wanted, everything I needed, in my best friend and newly wedded husband—Tyler. Yet, hours after we said “I do,” I lost him…And now, four years later, my life still feels like a hopeless eternity. I guess it’s quite fitting that the last person I want to hear from is currently standing at my front door. He wants to tell me the truth about that night, he wants to be my new knight in shining armor, but the thing is…He was the best man…”
  • Searching for Someday (#1) and Searching for Perfect (#2) by Jennifer Probst are both $1.99 each! These are romantic comedy standalones that revolve around a matchmaking business.
  • Disclosure series by RE Hunter ($.99) – student/teacher themed romance! “Secrets and lies spiral out of control as they struggle with their forbidden love. When everything comes undone, can the damage be unbroken?”
  • Bait by M. Mabie ($.99) – the sequel just released too! See above section.
  • Coming Down by Carrie Elks ($.99) – I really enjoyed the 2nd book in this series which was about an already married couple and look forward to reading this first one, which looks like a second chance romance!
  • Matched by SE Hall & Angela Graham ($.99) – This one’s a romantic comedy standalone where 8 men and 8 women find love while on a reality show. Eight men, eight women, one mansion in paradise; their every move caught on camera for the world to see. Among the faces in the house: a mysterious cowboy, a cocky football star, a motocross god, and a broody Alpha calling all the shots. Thorough compatibility testing says everyone’s soulmate is there. Computers’ abilities are boundless, but can they be trusted with matters of the heart?”
  • Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly ($.99) – mafia romance!!
  • Sustain by Tijan ($.99) –  “…when SWAT raided my boyfriend’s home, that was the last straw. The boyfriend got tossed and to help me keep busy, my brother talked me into joining their old band again…It wasn’t a hard sell. Playing drums was in my blood. I used to be addicted and that craving hadn’t been satisfied in three long years. The only problem was their lead singer. It was HIM. The drums might not have been the only thing I was addicted to. I think I was still addicted to him too.”
  • The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen ($.99) – NA romance standalone! The heroine is a hockey player who got in an accident and instead of starting college as a varsity player, sits in a wheelchair. Right across from her in her dorm, is another handicapped hockey star, and a friendship forms…“They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together…”
  • Bride in Bloom by JB Hartnett ($.99) – The heroine and hero were once happy together, getting married and ready to live out the rest of their lives as a couple. But both are betrayed by each other in the worst of ways too. This is their second chance romance after the happily-ever-after…
  • Sweet Hope by Tillie Cole – new release and the final book in the Sweet Home series. While I liked it, it wasn’t my favorite book from this author. Just a tad bit too cheesy for me, but it was a solid read and I’m sure fans of this series will find a winner with this one (here’s my review).
  • His Only Wife by Melissa Brown – new release and a short novella concluding the story told from Wife Number Seven, one of my top favorite books from last year (here’s my review).
  • Deep Blue Eternity by Natasha Boyd – recent release that I was so looking forward to reading! Sadly, I wasn’t a big fan of this book. It was just missing the special spark I like my book couples to have and to be honest, just had too much going on to even be considered as a romance story (here’s my review). I’m in the minority though so give it a try if you were interested!
  • Fisher’s Light by Tara Sivec – recent release and my latest TOP recommendation!! This second chance military romance brought out all the feels and made me cry. It just really reminded me why I love reading so much and is an epic love story (here’s my review)!
  • Captive by Brighton Walsh – NA romantic suspense read! I liked this one, even though it was so different from what I thought it would be (here’s my review).
  • Little Peach by Peggy Kern – TOP recommendation!! It’s not a romance of any kind and it’s a realistic fiction read meant to bring awareness about prostitution. I believe everyone needs to read this book (here’s my review).
  • Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott – TOP recommendation!!! I absolutely adored this book and it’s the perfect choice if you’re in the mood for a dark, angsty read. One of my favorite YA romances for sure (here’s my review).
  • The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne <– OMG this book!! Another winner for me – 4.5 stars – and it’s a book that’ll make you fall in love with the idea of love. Complete and total escapism and by the time I was done I just had this warm, happy book feeling…(here’s my review) TOP recommendation!!
  • Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker <– I loved this romantic suspense read!! Clever, suspenseful, and surprisingly there were moments of deep emotion too. Definitely a TOP recommendation (here’s my review)
  • The Deal by Elle Kennedy <– TOP recommendation!! This was seriously one of the best college romances I’ve ever read (here’s my review). Or better yet, don’t read my review. Just DIVE RIGHT IN and experience the whole thing for yourself
  • Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young <– an oldie from over a year ago but definitely a goodie! This is a TOP recommendation and it was such a FUN, steamy, and feel-good friends to lovers romance! Definitely will be making my favorites list for this year (here’s my review)
  • Until We Fly by Courtney Cole <– TOP recommendation!! Why did I wait so long to read this one?! Either way, I’m glad I finally read it because this NA romance was gripping, it was unputdownable, and I didn’t want it to end when it did. Highly recommend!! (here’s my review)
  • Shug by Jenny Han <– this was a re-read for me, and one of my favorite YA books!! I’m amazed that after seven years since I last read it, it still affects me and makes an impact. 5 stars and a book I’d recommend to everyone – you, your teenage kids, your friends, etc…(here’s my review)
  • The Hooker & the Hermit by LH Cosway & Penny Reid <– TOP recommendation and a 5 star read for me! Such a fun, fresh, and quirky book – you won’t find a more wonderful, full-of-heart story to fall in love with (here’s my review)
  • Hero by Samantha Young <– favorite and recommendation!! This enemies-to-lovers office romance was fun, sexy, and at-times emotional! It had the perfect amount of angst and swoon (here’s my review)
  • Trade Me by Courtney Milan <– favorite and recommendation! I really loved this NA romance. It was unique (couple pairing), had such whip-smart writing, and both characters were so likeable. I’d recommend it! (here’s my review)
  • Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler <– TOP recommendation and a 5 star read for me! Just thinking about this book is making my eyes water. I took a chance on this one and I strongly encourage you all to do the same (here’s my review)
  • Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole <– a TOP recommendation!! This NA romance is one of the darkest and emotionally heavy stories I’ve read in a long while, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for. It also made me ugly cry and I’m just blown away by the amount of emotion it evoked….if you’re looking for a standalone romance guaranteed to make you FEEL, try this one! (here’s my review)
  • Dear Emily (#1) and Dear Tabitha (#2) by Trudy Stiles <– TOP recommendation! These books are a blend of realistic women’s fiction with romance and made my heart feel so full…I loved both and being able to read them back to back let me carry my emotions from the first book to the second without delay. BEST kind of reading experience!! Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2. Be sure to read these in order!
  • Extinguish (#1) and Reignite (#2) by JM Darhower <– TOP recommendation!! This 2-book paranormal forbidden romance was unputdownable from the get go and I didn’t want the story to end. I mean, the hero is Lucifer, the Devil! That alone made me pick these up  Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2.
  • Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie <– I really enjoyed this NA romance! This was so unique (setting is in the circus) and the character development was stunning! It truly embodies every aspect of NA and as always, the authors’ writing style is great. Totally recommend (here’s my review)
  • Last Will & Testament by Dahlia Adler <– another favorite! This was such a refreshingly witty NA romance standalone (a little taboo since he’s the heroine’s TA). Totally recommend it (here’s my review)
  • Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn <– TOP recommendation!! This 5 star book rocked my world, 200% unputdownable (here’s my review)
  • Clockwork Angel (#1)Clockwork Prince (#2), and Clockwork Princess (#3) by Cassandra Clare are my ultimate TOP recommendations!! I seriously finished this sensational trilogy and had tears dripping down my face, a pile of tissues discarded on the floor, and food wrappers scattered around me. It was SO emotional, SO intense, SO passionate, and SO good. 6 star series for me!! (here’s my series review) These books must be read in order!
MARCH FOLLOWER APPRECIATION GIVEAWAY

MARCH FOLLOWER APPRECIATION GIVEAWAY

It’s that time of the month again!! I host a follower appreciation giveaway at the end of each month as an extra thank you to every Book Vigilante Reviews follower. Every comment, like, share, email, book recommendation, etc… I all love and appreciate and it’s just so great to be able to chat with like-minded readers about books! So anyways for this giveaway, one winner will receive a paperback of choice from the list provided.

How do I decide what goes on the list? Well, it is a compilation of all the books I’ve read, reviewed, and blogged about each month – it doesn’t matter if I loved the book or disliked the book. The only ones not listed are the few books I may have started and then not finished.

**Note: Some book titles do not have paperback options available. In the event you choose that book, I will gift you an ebook copy instead. If a book hasn’t been released yet, paperback or ebook copy will be delivered on release date.**

Happy Tuesday everyone! Another week full of amazing new releases and awesome sales! Some books I have my eye on are The Virgin by Tiffany Reisz (latest Sinners installment & an erotic romance! I’m currently reading this one), This Heart of Mine by Brenda Novak (intense second chance romance!! See details in the new releases section), Savage by Jade C. Jamison (zombie plague + second chance romance), 10 Years Later by J Sterling (second chance romance from high school reunion), and Until You Find Me by Amber Hart (exotic adventure romance – heroine falls for a hunter in the jungle!!).

Upcoming Releases: Did you know I now have a section that’ll list upcoming releases for the year? Be sure to bookmark the page below as I update it daily with preorders/Goodreads links.

Cool tip: Tired of seeing all the $.99, $1.99, $2.99, etc… on your bills? Send yourself an Amazon gift card and plan a budget accordingly

P.S. Don’t have a Kindle/Kindle account? No worries! Get a free Kindle Reading App, regardless if you have a Kindle! I have an iPad and I mostly read on the app

CASSANDRA CLARE NEWS!!
I am a HUGE fan of Cassie’s and all her books I’ve read have gone straight to my favorites list. If you didn’t know, book 1 in her fantastically written Mortal Instruments series was made into a movie and just recently it was announced that the books would actually be going from film franchise to TV series and it’ll be a part of the ABC Family channel! As much as I loved the movie, I’m also pretty excited to see how the books will translate on screen via TV series!
“Constantin Film will produce, and Ed Decter (Helix, Unforgettable, The Client List) is on board to serve as showrunner and executive producer. The drama is being eyed as a 13 episode drama with a premiere date not yet determined; casting is expected to be announced at a later date. Production will begin in May in Toronto.”
UPCOMING RELEASE TO WATCH FOR
Yesterday I got sent a heads up on an intriguing student/teacher romance from A.E. Murphy called Distraction. Here’s the cover + blurb:
“Isaac Price is a hard working teacher, forced to move back to the town he hates in order to help his father as his mother’s mind spirals from reality, devoured by Alzheimers.
Eloise Blackburn is a good student, struggling to get her life back on course after a year where she lost control of everything.
Both are desperately trying to escape, he from small town life and she from an overbearing and controlling father. In each other they find a kindred spirit and form a bond that slowly blossoms into love.
But in a world where everyone is quick to judge the outcome, yet never questions the journey, it doesn’t matter that she’s of age. It doesn’t matter that they never intended for it to happen. All that matters is that they broke a taboo – a love between a teacher and a student twelve years his junior.
Unable to walk away from each other, do they dare to risk it all?
Forget labels. Forget rules. This is just a journey of two people who fall.”
You can preorder a copy here. It’ll be released on April 11!
ELLE KENNEDY NEWS!!
About a month ago I read and ADORED The Deal. It was seriously one of the most addicting, entertaining, and FUN NA romances I’ve ever read so needless to say, I’m super excited to read more from this series. Just yesterday, Elle has revealed the full blurb for book 2 in this series titled The Mistake, and it’s side character Logan’s book (best friend of the hero from The Deal).
“He’s a player in more ways than one…
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.
Now he’s going to need to up his game…
After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.”
I’ll keep y’all updated about the cover, release date, etc…
AUSTIN BOOK FEST 2015

AUSTIN BOOK FEST 2015

This past weekend I attended the Austin Book Fest and had such an amazing time! You can see my recap of the event along with a giveaway at the very bottom.
RENEE CARLINO NEWS
I got to meet this sweet lady at the signing and she had this banner up with the beautiful cover of her upcoming book Before We Were Strangers.
This is a love, interrupted story inspired by a real Craigslist missed connections post about a guy who sees the girl who got away on an NYC subway after fifteen years. Sounds good!!!
COLLEEN HOOVER NEWS
She revealed the stunning cover to her upcoming book November 9 which ironically, releases on November 10

“Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel.Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?”

EDEN BUTLER NEWS
Cover reveal!! I’m a big fan of this author and cannot wait to read this next book of hers releasing sometime this month (exact date TBA). It’s a romantic suspense read and you can add it on Goodreads.
JANE HARVEY-BERRICK NEWS
The sequel to The Traveling Man finally has a preorder and a release date!! (April 7). The first book was a page-turner and a unique, angsty carnival-themed romance and with the way things ended there, I NEED this next book. Preorder your copy.
UPCOMING BOOK TO WATCH OUT FOR
Isn’t this cover lovely? It’s what caught my eye first, and after reading the blurb I’m even more intrigued!
“Imagine a social outcast: Me. (Luna)
Imagine a popular boy: Him. (Caleb)
Sound like the characters of a cliché story, right? Here, hold my hand. Come away with me. I’ll tell you my story, and you’ll decide.
But I have a warning: Proceed at your own risk. Since it’s a snippet of my life, I’m one of the main characters. And to put it lightly, I’m not the most likable person in the world, cue the earned label. Also, unlike fairy tales, my story is real with a dash of sorrow and loss.
How do I start? Once upon a time…? Shoot me now, please.
The beginning? No, too boring.
Well, let’s start with the catalytic moment that set in motion a chain of events that changed my life, yet again.
As for a happily ever after? Sorry, no spoilers here. You’re going to have to figure that one out on your own. After you read my tale, it becomes yours, and as such, you’re entitled to your interpretation.
So, off we go!
Fasten your seat belts. This ride may get bumpy.”
It’ll be released on March 21. Preorder your copy.
AUDIOBOOK DEALS ON AMAZON
If you’re a fan of audiobooks (or plan to try them out) Amazon has a great service where they match audiobooks to what you have in your Kindle library and you can get those for a much lower price than usual. The audiobooks shown will be different for every person because it’s custom-tailored to YOUR library.
Test it out here
That’s it for this week! Happy reading and 1-clicking everyone! 
BVR WEEKLY RECAP 3/10/15

BVR WEEKLY RECAP 3/10/15

Happy Tuesday everyone! Ready for another week’s worth great new releases and sales? I’m currently reading Confess by Colleen Hoover and will keep you guys updated about it! Other books I’m eyeing are Rock Hard by Nalini Singh (NA romance), Hearts of Fire by LH Cosway (circus-themed romance), Blocked by Lisa N. Paul ($.99) (it just sounds angsty – about 2 people afraid to fall in love), and All Fired Up by Elle Kennedy ($.99) (ex-ranger runs a dating business with his 2 other pals).

Upcoming Releases: Did you know I now have a section that’ll list upcoming releases for the year? Be sure to bookmark the page below as I update it daily with preorders/Goodreads links.

Cool tip: Tired of seeing all the $.99, $1.99, $2.99, etc… on your bills? Send yourself an Amazon gift card and plan a budget accordingly

P.S. Don’t have a Kindle/Kindle account? No worries! Get a free Kindle Reading App, regardless if you have a Kindle! I have an iPad and I mostly read on the app

  • Confess by Colleen Hoover – pretty sure most of y’all have been waiting for this one! 😉 Also it’s my current read and I’ll let you know my thoughts in the next 24 hours.
  • Coming In From the Cold by Sarina Bowen ($.99) – I think this one’s a re-released sports romance, and for the time being it’s $.99! Country girl + ski racer.
  • Unwritten by Melody Grace – latest steamy NA romance standalone in her Beachwood Bay series and a ‘in-love-with-my-best-friend’s-brother’ romance.
  • Undeniable Love by Kelly Elliot
  • The Fear that Divides Us by M.N. Forgy – 3rd book in her Devil’s Dust series and a biker romance with a single mom seeking shelter from her abusive ex-husband. “Mistakes will be made. Fears will be faced. Pain will be remembered.”
  • Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
  • Model Behavior by Elise Black ($.99) – serial bundle that follows the suspenseful romance between a former runaway model and a well-known fashion designer! “When a crazed fan from [the heroine’s] past makes a reappearance, an unlikely partnership is formed between the man who seems to control every part of her life and the one night stand she thought she’d never see again. With everyone hiding something, it may be difficult to decide who’s in it to win her heart and who’s out to destroy her.”
  • Unbeautiful series by Jessica Sorensen – both books in this NA romance series for a discounted price!
  • Isolated by Shay Savage – novella in her Evan Arden series!
  • Hearts of Fire by L.H. Cosway – circus-themed romance standalone and I’m intrigued! “Crowds come to see me night after night. Men for the spectacle, women for the thrill. I’m an oddity to be stared at and desired…Life was going exactly the way I’d planned until Lille came along. She wanted to run away with the circus, have an adventure, but this world was never meant for her. I try to keep her safe, because she doesn’t know the dangers that are out here on the road…So I watch her. I try not to touch, even when her eyes invite me…The truest love is always the hardest to let in.”
  • Fever Anthology – 10-book charity anthology!
  • Angels & Whiskey by Kimberly Knight
  • Random & Rare by Cat Porter
  • Blocked by Lisa N. Paul ($.99) – I’m eyeing this one! “When it comes to relationships, they say timing is everything and everything has its time. History has played its part in [the hero and heroine’s] desire to give up on love. Fate will lead them to one another. It’s up to them to battle the outside forces, life’s interruptions, and daily dramas…together. With a little faith, they can undo everything that’s been blocked.”
  • Steering the Stars by Autumn Doughton & Erica Cope ($.99) – YA fiction
  • #Player by Cambria Hebert
  • Step-Lover by Bella Jewel – if you’re into stepsibling romances here’s another one! “I met him before I knew. I loved him before I knew…I fell for a mystery guy who I spent a long, amazing weekend with…I didn’t see him again. Until my mom and her new husband, Jack, decide to take us all on a family vacation to the lake so I can meet my new stepbrothers for the first time. I don’t see it coming. When he gets out of that car, my world stops. My passionate lover is…my stepbrother.”
  • The Contradiction of Solitude by A. Meredith Walters – this book messed with my head big time! I couldn’t even rate it because I had so many thoughts running through my mind (here’s my review).
  • Love Survives by Jennifer Foor – book 2 in her Love Suicide series & even though it’s a standalone, it’s recommended to read after book 1. “The pain and anguish experienced in this is what it was like to hold onto hope that some day we’d find each other again. I won’t sugar coat the details of what I went through to have her, nor will I apologize for any actions that led me right back into her life. Sometimes love isn’t enough. For me, it took some bad experiences, a little fate, and a lot of time.”
  • Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie ($.99) – I really enjoyed this book!! It’s a standalone circus romance with stunning character growth (here’s my review).
  • Sex Love Repeat by Alessandra Torre ($.99) – I loved this book!! I like heroines that are edgy and unapologetic about what they do and want, and the girl here is just that! This was one gripping page-turner with twists leading up all the way to the end 😉
  • Emi Lost & Found series by Lori Otto ($5.99) – the complete series (4 books) bundle got a $3 price drop! These books made me UGLY cry and it took me over a week to read and process everything. It’s a completed second chance romance series.
  • Blind Obsession by Ella Frank ($1.99)
  • Veiled Innocence by Ella Frank ($1.99)
  • Three Simple Rules by Nikki Sloane – erotic employee/boss romance! “I would do anything for my dream job. Now I have to. In order to save my skin at the office, I’m forced to sell it at an exclusive and illegal blindfold club. He paid thousands of dollars for one night to own me, but when my blindfold comes off, I want more. More nights, more rules, and more from this unavailable and uncompromising man. Rule number one, no questions. Rule number two, no lies. But, rule number three? That’s the hardest one to obey.”
  • The Unidentified Redhead (#1), The Redhead Revealed (#2), and The Redhead Plays Her Hand (#3) by Alice Clayton are all $1.99 each! This is a completed romantic comedy trilogy about the hottest actor in Hollywood and an aspiring actress.
  • Pretty series by M. Leighton ($.99) – includes All the Pretty Lies, All the Pretty Poses, and All Things Pretty. There’s a hot tattoo artist, a cop, and a wealthy guy…all interconnected standalones!
  • All Fired Up by Elle Kennedy ($.99) – I LOVED The Deal from her, so this one’s a 1-click for me! In this book the hero is one of 3 ex-rangers who decide to run a dating business together LOL!
  • The Contradiction of Solitude by A. Meredith Walters <– recent release from a favorite author that totally messed with my mind! Be warned that this is NOT a romance, just a pure psychological thriller. I didn’t know how to rate it with so many conflicting thoughts (here’s my review).
  • The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne <– OMG this book!! Another winner for me – 4.5 stars – and it’s a book that’ll make you fall in love with the idea of love. Complete and total escapism and by the time I was done I just had this warm, happy book feeling…(here’s my review) TOP recommendation!!
  • Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker <– recent release that I really loved – 4.5 stars!! Clever, suspenseful, and surprisingly there were moments of deep emotion too. Definitely a TOP recommendation (here’s my review)
  • Sweet Sound of Silence by Melanie Dawn <– new release that I enjoyed! Overall it’s a touching, sweet NA romance and one I would recommend (here’s my review)
  • The Deal by Elle Kennedy <– TOP recommendation!! This was seriously one of the best college romances I’ve ever read (here’s my review). Or better yet, don’t read my review. Just DIVE RIGHT IN and experience the whole thing for yourself
  • The Design by R.S. Grey <– a fun, cute and light romantic comedy read! (here’s my review)
  • The Hidden Library by Heather Lyons <– a fantasy romance I really enjoyed! (here’s my review) It’s the 2nd book in the series though so read book 1 first!
  • Broken Chords by Carrie Elks <– a realistic romance about an already married couple and their struggles (here’s my review).
  • Be My Hero by Linda Kage <– hmm I’m in the minority but this one didn’t really work for me. I adored the hero but there was too much drama that got in the way of the romance, at least for me (here’s my review). Don’t let my not-so-glowing review sway you from checking it out though, many loved it!
  • Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha Young <– an oldie from over a year ago but definitely a goodie! This is a TOP recommendation and it was such a FUN, steamy, and feel-good friends to lovers romance! Definitely will be making my favorites list for this year (here’s my review)
  • Until We Fly by Courtney Cole <– TOP recommendation!! Why did I wait so long to read this one?! Either way, I’m glad I finally read it because this NA romance was gripping, it was unputdownable, and I didn’t want it to end when it did. Highly recommend!! (here’s my review)
  • Shug by Jenny Han <– this was a re-read for me, and one of my favorite YA books!! I’m amazed that after seven years since I last read it, it still affects me and makes an impact. 5 stars and a book I’d recommend to everyone – you, your teenage kids, your friends, etc…(here’s my review)
  • The Hooker & the Hermit by LH Cosway & Penny Reid <– TOP recommendation and a 5 star read for me! Such a fun, fresh, and quirky book – you won’t find a more wonderful, full-of-heart story to fall in love with (here’s my review)
  • Hero by Samantha Young <– favorite and recommendation!! This enemies-to-lovers office romance was fun, sexy, and at-times emotional! It had the perfect amount of angst and swoon (here’s my review)
  • Trade Me by Courtney Milan <– favorite and recommendation! I really loved this NA romance. It was unique (couple pairing), had such whip-smart writing, and both characters were so likeable. I’d recommend it! (here’s my review)
  • Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler <– TOP recommendation and a 5 star read for me! Just thinking about this book is making my eyes water. I took a chance on this one and I strongly encourage you all to do the same (here’s my review)
  • Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole <– a TOP recommendation!! This NA romance is one of the darkest and emotionally heavy stories I’ve read in a long while, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for. It also made me ugly cry and I’m just blown away by the amount of emotion it evoked….if you’re looking for a standalone romance guaranteed to make you FEEL, try this one! (here’s my review)
  • Dear Emily (#1) and Dear Tabitha (#2) by Trudy Stiles <– TOP recommendation! These books are a blend of realistic women’s fiction with romance and made my heart feel so full…I loved both and being able to read them back to back let me carry my emotions from the first book to the second without delay. BEST kind of reading experience!! Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2. Be sure to read these in order!
  • Extinguish (#1) and Reignite (#2) by JM Darhower <– TOP recommendation!! This 2-book paranormal forbidden romance was unputdownable from the get go and I didn’t want the story to end. I mean, the hero is Lucifer, the Devil! That alone made me pick these up  Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2.
  • Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie <– I really enjoyed this NA romance! This was so unique (setting is in the circus) and the character development was stunning! It truly embodies every aspect of NA and as always, the authors’ writing style is great. Totally recommend (here’s my review)
  • Last Will & Testament by Dahlia Adler <– another favorite! This was such a refreshingly witty NA romance standalone (a little taboo since he’s the heroine’s TA). Totally recommend it (here’s my review)
  • Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn <– TOP recommendation!! This 5 star book rocked my world, 200% unputdownable (here’s my review)
  • Clockwork Angel (#1)Clockwork Prince (#2), and Clockwork Princess (#3) by Cassandra Clare are my ultimate TOP recommendations!! I seriously finished this sensational trilogy and had tears dripping down my face, a pile of tissues discarded on the floor, and food wrappers scattered around me. It was SO emotional, SO intense, SO passionate, and SO good. 6 star series for me!! (here’s my series review) These books must be read in order!
BOOK REVIEW ~ CONFESS BY COLLEEN HOOVER

BOOK REVIEW ~ CONFESS BY COLLEEN HOOVER

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies. 
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

I feel like the first thing I need to say here is that I didn’t hate this book. Yes, there were many parts that were hard for me to read and made me angry but overall I did like it.
See that picture of my Confess paperback up there with all the orange sticky-notes? Half of them bookmarked a scene where I was about to chuck the book at my wall because the characters were so frustrating or I didn’t see eye to eye with their actions. But the other half highlighted quotes that made me smile, and the exquisite artwork that was integral to the story. So half-half but now that I’ve had about a day to process things my feelings are not that torn, which is why I could bring myself to rate it rather than leave a blank for the rating.
I’ll start positive. With every Colleen Hoover book there’ll be a unique aspect to it that’s never been done before in her previous works. In Slammed it was slam poetry. In Maybe Someday it was music. And in Confess it’s artwork. This aspect is probably my favorite part because in the context of the book, the art adds a depth to the story and is a big reason why Auburn and Owen connect so deeply. The writing flowed well, and it’s easy to get sucked up in the story. I also loved that the author included real-life confessions, some that truly warmed my heart and others that made me tear up a little. And then there were definitely a few scenes that were moving and ones that had me smiling. That – for now – is probably the extent of what I loved about this book.
Now there was also a lot about the book that didn’t work for me, number 1 being I didn’t really like Auburn or Owen individually, and I never felt their romantic connection when they were a couple. But Owen first. I can’t pinpoint it exactly but from the beginning his character got on my nerves. He was so aloof and unapproachable in my eyes. This book is written in dual POVs, so in the first chapter that I got to hear his thoughts, he came off as a judgmental perfectionist.
“I hope Auburn isn’t like Hannah [his ex-girlfriend]. There were so many things I didn’t like about her…Hannah disappointed me when she spoke, which is why we spent a lot of our time together not speaking.”
I’m sorry but that up there? Not the best first impression of a hero I’m supposed to connect with. I feel like people need to impress him and have to connect with his art for him to accept that person at all, so his character felt standoff-ish to me and I already wanted to emotionally distance myself from him. And while later on some of his actions were heroic and made me feel a little better about him, he didn’t particularly stand out as a hero to me. My overall thoughts about him are just meh.
Then there’s Auburn. Before I can explain to you why her character eventually drove me up a wall, I have to mention something else about this book. You see, there’s an extra hidden layer to this story that’s not mentioned anywhere (for good reason of course) and it’s supposed to be enough to justify why Auburn sacrifices her future and her happiness. I’ve never been in her shoes so I really wouldn’t know how authentic her situation is portrayed but it makes her romance with Owen forbidden, and with that comes a bunch of character stupidity and conflict that made me want to throw my book at the wall. I like that Auburn is a sweet, gentle and kind-hearted heroine, but I NEEDED her to stand up for herself more and fight for what she wanted and not always give in. She wasn’t exactly a doormat but gosh, her indecisiveness truly frustrated me.
And then there’s Auburn and Owen’s romantic connection, which I never felt in the first place and even now that I’ve finished the book their bond still feels weak to me. The book timeline runs a couple of months but because of side character interference (I can’t say what exactly without spoiling) the total amount of time they actually spend with each other is ONE WEEK. Honestly, I think their relationship got heavy and intense way too fast and even with this author’s stellar and evocative words I still didn’t feel that special spark that both Auburn and Owen claimed they felt.
At this point with all of these things I wasn’t fond of, because of how truly amazing the book flow, the writing, the artwork, and the confessions were, I could still see myself giving this book 3.5 or 4 stars because nowhere here did I completely dislike any part of the story. However, there were 2 things that happened later on that made me go WTF and dragged down my rating considerably. They’re both HUGE spoilers though and I’m not articulate enough to explain without including them so read at your own risk here…
Number 1
So there’s this side character Trey who is obsessed over Auburn and he’s not afraid to use her weakness against her to get what he wants. In one particular night, he’s absolutely livid that Auburn slept with Owen and nearly RAPES her and Auburn doesn’t even fight it. She thought there for a moment that she should just let him take what he wants so he can forgive her for sleeping with Owen (what the hell is that) and after saying no a few times just collapses, sobs, and doesn’t EVEN TRY TO FIGHT HIM OFF. Forget Trey, in that one moment I wish I could be a book character, enter Confess and punch her face and tell her to have some dignity and self-respect. If it weren’t for her kickass roommate she’d have ended up as a statistic rather than a survivor.

Oh but that’s not even the best part yet. Because when the story is over, this issue is never addressed again and the blasé way the author just skips over this infuriates me. Trey isn’t punished for his actions at all. Auburn just says whatever and forgets about it. What kind of message does this send out?

Number 2
This issue is about Owen’s secret where apparently the confession is worse than the sin. I think this part I need some clarification about because this ‘secret’ of his can only refer to 2 things:

1. His situation with his Dad about taking the blame for possession and hiding it from Auburn
2. Him knowing about Adam (Auburn’s first love) and how Auburn’s painting factors into all this, along with Adam’s confession slip

I’m really underwhelmed here because if his big secret was #1, the blurb is exaggerating. She figures it out about halfway through the story and it didn’t even destroy their relationship; she loved him anyway. And if the big secret was #2, I feel like it’s another exaggeration. It’s not so bad that he couldn’t confess it to her because I seriously don’t see how that alone could destroy their relationship. But in the end I guess my opinion doesn’t really matter because he NEVER confessed it to her anyways, which is just ironic and goes against the theme of this book.

That’s pretty much the gist of things. In the past I wholeheartedly put my faith and trust in this author and would dive right in to her books without hesitation but her recent works Ugly Love and now this book have personally left me mindboggled. Her characters are so unlikeable (for me that is) and certain plot twists leave me more frustrated than wowed. The only constant is that her writing is beautiful and gripping as always, and will probably be the reason why I will always read her books. Maybe there’s a change in her approach to NA? Or maybe I’ve become more jaded and cynical and can’t accept how she addresses sensitive issues and ties up loose ends in her stories? Either way, I’m sad that her books aren’t appealing to me as much as they were before. This book wasn’t a total fluke for me, and when I weighed all the positive with all the negative, scraping 3 stars is still good in my eyes. I liked it yes, but it’s not a book I’m eager to recommend to everyone.
Confess is a NA second chance romance standalone unrelated to this author’s other books.
Rating: 3 stars overall, but with many 2 star moments that were only balanced out by the occasional but memorable 4-5 star parts.
BOOK BLITZ ~ LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE BY SKYE WARREN

BOOK BLITZ ~ LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE BY SKYE WARREN

A dark romance about the lies that lead us down… 
I’ll do anything to get safe, even if that means working at the scariest club in town.
I’ll do anything to stay hidden, even if it means taking off my clothes for strangers.
I’ll do anything to be free. Except give him up. When he looks at me, I forget why I can’t have him. He’s beautiful and scarred. His body fits mine, filling the places where I’m hollow, rough where I am soft.
He’s the one man who wants to help me, but he has his own agenda. He has questions I can’t answer. What are you afraid of?
You.

In the first moments onstage, I’m always blinded.
The bright lights, the smoke. The wall of sound that feels almost tangible, as if it’s trying to keep me out, push me back, protect me from what’s going to happen next. I’m used to the dancing and the catcalls and the reaching, grabbing hands—as much as I can be. But I’m never quite used to this moment, being blinded, feeling small.
I reach for the pole and find it, swinging my body around so the gauzy scrap of fabric flies up, giving the men near the stage a view of my ass. I still can’t quite make anything out.
There are dark spots in my vision.
The smile’s not even a lie, not really. It’s a prop, like the four-inch heels and the wings that snap as I drop them to the stage.
Broken.
A few people clap from the back.
Now all that’s left is the thin satin fabric. I grip the pole and head into my routine, wrapping around, sliding off, and starting all over again. I lose myself in the physicality of it, going into the zone as if I were running a marathon. This is the best part, reveling in the burn of my muscles, the slide of the metal pole against my skin and the cold, angry rhythm of the song. It’s not like ballet, but it’s still a routine. Something solid, when very few things in my life are solid.
I finish on the pole and begin to work the stage, moving around so I can collect tips. I can see again, just barely, making out shadowy silhouettes in the chairs.
Not many.
There’s a regular on one side. I recognize him. Charlie. He tosses a five-dollar bill on the stage, and I bend down long and slow to pick it up. He gets a wink and a shimmy for his donation. As I’m straightening, I spot another man on the other side of the stage.
His posture is slouched, one leg kicked out, the other under his chair, but somehow I can tell he isn’t really relaxed. There’s tension in the long lines of his body. There’s power.
And that makes me nervous.
I spin away and shake my shit for the opposite side of the room, even though there’s barely anyone there. It’s only a matter of time before I need to face him again. But I don’t need to look at him. They don’t pay me to look them in the eye.
Still I can’t help but notice his leather boots and padded jacket. Did he ride a motorcycle?
It seems like that kind of leather, the tough kind. Meant to withstand weather. Meant to protect the body from impact.
The song’s coming to a close, my routine is coming to an end and I’m glad about that.
Something about this guy is throwing me off. Nothing noticeable. My feet and hands and knowing smile still land everywhere they need to. Muscle memory and all that. But I don’t like the way he watches me.
There’s patience in the way he watches me. And patience implies waiting.
It implies planning.
I reach back and unclasp my bra. I use one hand to cover my breasts while I toss the bra to the back of the stage. I pretend to be shy for a few seconds, and suddenly I feel shy too. Like I’m doing more than showing my breasts to strangers. I’m showing him. And as I stand there, hand cupping my breasts, breath coming fast, I feel his patience like a hot flame.
This time I do miss the beat. I let go on the next one, though, and my breasts are free, bared to the smoky air and the hungry eyes. There are a few whistles from around the room.
Charlie holds up another five-dollar bill. I sway over to him and cock my hip, letting him shove the bill into my thong, feeling his hot, damp breath against my breast. He gets close but doesn’t touch. That’s Charlie. He tips and follows the rules, the best kind of customer.
I don’t even glance at the other side of the room. If the new guy is holding up a tip, I don’t even care. He doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who follows rules. I don’t know why I’m even thinking about him or letting him affect me. Maybe my run-in with Blue made me more skittish than I’d realized.
All I have left is my finale on the pole. I can get through this.
This part isn’t as physically strenuous as before. Or as long. All I really need to do is grind up against the pole, front and back, emphasizing my newly naked breasts, pretending to fuck.
That’s what I’m doing when I feel it. Feel him.
I’m a practical girl. I have to be. But there’s a feeling I get, a prickle on the back of my neck, a churning in my gut, a warning bell in my head when I’m near one of them. Near a cop.
My eyes scan the back of the room, but all I can see are shadows. Is there a cop waiting to bust someone? A raid about to go down?
My gaze lands on the guy near the stage. Him? He doesn’t look like a cop. He doesn’t feel like a cop. But I don’t trust looks or feelings. All I can trust is the alarm blaring in my head: get out, get out, get out.
I can barely suck in enough air. There’s only smoke and rising panic. Blood races through me, speeding up my movements. A cop. I feel it like some kind of sixth sense.
Maybe he feels my intuition about him, because he leans forward in his seat.
In one heart-stopping moment, my eyes meet his. I can see his face then, drawn from charcoal shadows.
Beautiful, his lips say. All I can hear is the song.
I’m not even on beat anymore, and it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter because there’s a cop here and I have to get out. Even if my intuition is wrong, it’s better to get out. Safer.
I’ll never be safe.
The last note calls for a curtsy—a sexy, mocking movement I choreographed into my routine. Like the one I’d do at the end of a ballet recital but made vulgar. I barely manage it this time, a rough jerk of my head and shoulders. Then I’m gone, off the stage, running down the hallway. I’m supposed to work the floor next, see who wants a lap dance or another drink, but I can’t do that. I head for the dressing room and throw on a T-shirt and sweatpants. I’ll tell them I feel sick and have to leave early. They won’t be happy and I’ll probably have to pay for it with my tips, but they won’t want me throwing up on the customers either.
I run for the door and almost slam into Blue.
He’s standing in the hallway again. Not slouching this time. There’s a new alertness to his stare. And something else—amusement.
“Going somewhere?” he asks.
“I have to… My stomach hurts. I feel sick.” I step close, praying he’ll move aside.
He reaches up to trace my cheek. “Aww, should I call the doctor?” His hand clamps down on my shoulder. “I wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to you.”
I grip my bag tight to my chest, trying to ignore the threat in his words. And the threat in his grip. I really do feel sick now, but throwing up on him is definitely not going to help the situation. “Please, I need to leave. It’s serious. I’ll make it up later.”
He’ll know what I’m saying. That I’ll make it up to him personally. I’m just desperate enough to promise that. Desperate enough to promise him anything. And he’s harassed me long enough that I know it’s a decent prize. I’m sure he’ll make it extra humiliating, but I’m desperate enough for that too.
“Please let me go.” The words come out pained, my voice thin. It feels a little like my body is collapsing in on itself, steel beams bending together, something crushing me from the outside.
Regret flashes over his face, whether for refusing my offer or forcing me that low. But this time he doesn’t let me go. “There’s a customer asking for you. He wants a dance.”
BOOK REVIEW ~ HEARTBREAKER BY JULIE GARWOOD

BOOK REVIEW ~ HEARTBREAKER BY JULIE GARWOOD

In the still shadows of the confessional, the penitent kneels and makes a bone-chilling disclosure: Bless me father, for I will sin…. Slowly, tauntingly, the man describes his murderous past—how he stalked his victim, worked his way into her life, and then took that life in a violent rage—and his plan to kill again. Only this time, he has raised the stakes in his twisted game, daring authorities to catch him if they can. And this time, he has revealed the name of his next intended victim.
Agent Nick Buchanan has come face-to-face with society’s worst monsters and depraved minds in his work for one of the FBI’s most elite units, but The Heartbreaker threatens to hit close to home. The intended victim, Laurant Madden, is his best friend’s sister. Soon he is caught up in an intricate chase with one of the most devious psychopaths of his career. But as the danger grows, so does an electrifying attraction between Nick and Laurant. One false move will cost both of them everything that matters.

This poor book! I actually started it a week ago and had to pause twice and temporarily ditch it to get to other books, but the funny thing about it all is that I actually enjoyed this story more than the other ones I was desperate to get to. Ha! But that doesn’t surprise me much because every book I’ve read from Julie Garwood – both historical and contemporary – I’ve either liked or loved, and this book was no exception. I’ve read a couple of books in this series already, and compared to them this book isn’t my favorite, but it nevertheless delivered a chilling, unpredictable, and suspenseful storyline that had my attention. I was never bored that’s for sure!

Look out everyone – there’s a new serial killer in town and it’s the ‘Heartbreaker.’ From the start it’s clear this guy is demented and that no one or nothing can keep him from killing (and mutilating) victims again and again. In present day of the book, Heartbreaker confesses to a priest in detail who he plans to take next, and it’s none other than the priest’s sister. To protect his sister Laurant, he drags in his best friend and top-notch FBI agent Nick Buchanan to act as her bodyguard while local police and the FBI work on luring out the killer before he strikes again.
Throughout the story, there’s a simmering attraction between Laurant and Nick, and it doesn’t truly manifest until much later in the story, which I like since I’m a fan of slow-burn romances. Reading this book reminded me why I love this author’s books so much. She has such strong depictions of not just the main characters but the side characters too (like Noah Clayborne) and there’s a nice amount of dry humor and witty banter thrown in as well. And the suspense and mystery was done well – for a second there I thought the story would go down the predictable route but I was wrong. There’s quite a number of red herrings and I didn’t figure out who the culprit was until the very end.
The balance between romance and suspense was more tipped towards the latter and since I’m a fan of RS reads to have a little more suspense than romance, this worked well in my favor. The romance was a pretty minor aspect, but the book had just enough to get me giddy and invested in Nick and Laurant as a couple.
However, there were also a few things that didn’t work for me and made the story drag a little. First, there were too many side characters and all their problems and role in the story made my head dizzy. There’s definitely a reason why each and every one of these characters are present but I wish the author could’ve kept their roles at a minimum and shifted her focus mainly on Laurant and Nick. After reading multiple RS books from this author I see a pattern in the way she approaches the romance in these stories – more often it’s the heroine who will realize her feelings for the hero and will voice them and scare off the hero because he just wants to protect her, or he’s too afraid to get hurt. Even though this is the first book in this series, I didn’t read this one first and so to see this same romance timeline yet again bothered me. In the romance department, I wish there was more flair, originality, and development.
Aside from those concerns, the rest of the story was a solid read! I loved the suspense aspect of the book, both main characters were likable and complemented each other well, and the side characters were fantastic too (loved Noah!). If I didn’t have to pause it twice to go to other books, I know this is a story I would’ve finished in one sitting.
Heartbreaker is the first book in the Buchanan/Renard/MacKenna series and just like the other books, is an interconnected standalone.
Rating: 3.5-4 stars! 3.5 for the general story, but 4 for some seriously outstanding moments and the romantic ending!
BOOK REVIEW ~ WILD RECKLESS BY GINGER SCOTT

BOOK REVIEW ~ WILD RECKLESS BY GINGER SCOTT

Kensington Worth had a vision for her senior year. It involved her best friends, her posh private school in downtown Chicago and time alone with her piano until her audition was perfected, a guaranteed ticket into the best music programs in the world.
Instead, a nightmare took over.
It didn’t happen all at once, but her life unraveled quickly—a tiny thread that evil somehow kept pulling until everything precious was taken from her. She was suddenly living miles away from her old life, trapped in an existence she didn’t choose—one determined to destroy her from the inside, leaving only hate and anger behind. It didn’t help that her neighbor, the one whose eyes held danger, was enjoying every second of her fall.
Owen Harper was trouble, his heart wild and his past the kind that’s spoken about in whispers. And somehow, his path was always intertwined with Kensington’s, every interaction crushing her, ruining her hope for any future better than her now. Sometimes, though, what everyone warns is trouble, is exactly what the heart needs. Owen Harper was consumed with darkness, and it held onto his soul for years. When Kensington looked at him, she saw a boy who’d gotten good at taking others down when they threatened his carefully balanced life. But the more she looked, the more she saw other things too—good things…things to admire.
Things…to love. Things that made her want to be reckless.
And those things…they were the scariest of all.

What a ground-breaking YA romance! I was always under the impression that sweet and sappy was this author’s forte, but she’s really deviated this time and written a dark and angsty romance that left me gasping for air by the time I finished. Very few books have left me this breathless and have made my heart ache so badly, and since I normally don’t do well with stories that have tons of angst, this book really surprised me. The characters were frustratingly endearing, the type where no matter what mistakes or bad choices they made, I loved them through it all. The romance was shaky and borderline toxic, but I nevertheless wanted them to be together. The plot was dark and heavy, balanced by the rare fun and sweet moments, and the entire story had my attention in a vice grip – I couldn’t look away even if I wanted to. This book is one of my top favorites of the year for sure!
Forced to relocate to another town with her family, the heroine Kensington ‘Kensi’ is miserable. She has to give up her best friends, her hometown, her school, her secret piano lessons, all because of a deadly betrayal that threatens to tear apart her family. While getting settled into her new neighborhood, she runs into her neighbor – the hero Owen – several times and each encounter with him leaves her less-than-impressed: he either mocks her or is cruel to her for no reason. It isn’t until her first day of school where she finds out that Owen Harper is wild and reckless, just like the other Harper boys.
The Harper family – especially Owen – acts the way they do for good reason though. At a young age, Owen witnessed his father’s suicide a foot away and with a druggie, unstable older brother, the Harper boys are looked down upon in town and considered to be crazy. And while at first Kensi and Owen have this animosity towards each other, their paths cross in more than one way, and they soon find out they have more in common than they think they do. Beneath Owen’s charismatic bad boy image and Kensi’s calm, collected good girl façade, they’re both seriously broken and tortured individuals, each dealing with heartbreaking family drama along with self-discovery struggles. They’ve both seen each other at their lowest points and that sparks a common bond they share, melting away all the misunderstandings they harbored toward each other and bad first impressions.
I do have to warn you though – this book tackles extremely sensitive topics like suicide, addiction, infidelity, etc…and it definitely added a melancholic sorrow to the story. The characters (especially Owen) made really bad choices and I admit, I was really mad. Their actions can’t be justified but I did understand why they did what they did with their sad home life and upbringing and the prejudices of others. As much as Owen tried to push and put down Kensi, she never gave an inch and was there for him. She challenged him. The push/pull was exasperating and I thought my heart wouldn’t be able to take it but it’s also a dynamic that worked well for me and gave rise to this all-consuming, passionate love Kensi and Owen shared, and that is what I’ve been craving in my romance books. Throughout all their tribulations and anguish, the love they had for each other never wavered and so I was wholeheartedly invested in the romance.
The only problem I had with the book was that the first quarter was sort of all over the place. Owen picks on Kensi for some arbitrary reason, Kensi moves to a new town for unknown reasons…there were just so many things happening that I needed answers to be revealed a little bit earlier so I could get what was going on. But after the first 25% when secrets were finally out in the open, I started to really settle into the story and the rest of the book flew by fast.
I had to think about my rating a little. My gut instinct was to go with a 4-4.5 star rating but after a night’s sleep and re-reading some parts, I had to bump it up to 4.5 stars. This story left a deep mark on me, and it’s a book I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Plus, it gave my heart such a workout and made me feel so many emotions I can’t give it any less. Lately, not many books can evoke such strong feelings from me where I have to catch my breath by the end. So while I did have a few issues with the beginning of the story, they’re nothing compared to the immense love I have for these characters and the romance. Heart over mind this time, so I can’t give it less than 4.5 stars. My heart won’t allow it.
Wild Reckless is a mature YA romance standalone unrelated to this author’s other books. I wouldn’t mind if this become a series though – would love to read more about the wild Harper boys
An advanced copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
BOOK REVIEW ~ TOUCH & GO BY MIRA LYN KELLY

BOOK REVIEW ~ TOUCH & GO BY MIRA LYN KELLY

USA Today bestselling author Mira Lyn Kelly cranks up the heat for two lifelong friends whose most secret longings come true in every delectable way.
Vivacious and successful, Ava Meyers is living her dream life, except for one thing: Ever since childhood, she’s been in love with her best friend . . . and she’s never admitted it. Back then, Sam Farrow was a damaged young man with a tough past. Now he’s supremely confident, super-sexy, and totally untouchable—until the night when Sam pretends to be Ava’s boyfriend to save her from some unwanted attention. In a moment of weakness, Ava finds out that a long friendship is no match for blistering sexual chemistry.
After years of denying his own feelings, Sam finds that one amazing night with Ava isn’t enough to chase away all the pent-up fantasies. So he proposes they spend a few weeks driving each other wild, exhausting their every desire, and then return to their perfect platonic relationship like nothing ever happened. But Sam’s plan has one fatal flaw: the part where they give each other up. Because the more they let go of their inhibitions, the more they’re tempted to never go back.

One of my favorite themes in romance stories is the friends-to-lovers premise. There’s already a certain depth to the romance because of the friendship, and then when the characters realize that the one they’ve always looked for is right there next to them…that final fall in love always warms my heart. So in other words, books with this premise will almost always be winners for me, and to an extent, so was this book! It was lighthearted with only a few moments of angsty conflict, and the characters were cute and sweet. The writing was also catchy and had a flirty undertone which definitely fit the story. But on the other hand, this book lacked a special something that made it hard for me to give it a higher rating. I personally think there is a greater focus on physical intimacy here than the emotional connection, so that friendship bond I was talking about earlier? It wasn’t very strong here, and though I was told repeatedly how close Sam and Ava were, I never felt it. Regardless of that fact, this book is a quick, fast-paced read and a great break from the dark, heavy books I’ve been reading lately, so I definitely did enjoy this story.

The story starts off with Ava freaking out over how to ditch a suitor who’s a borderline stalker. After running the alternatives through her head, she finally decides on getting her best friend Sam to be her pretend boyfriend for the time being to direct unwanted attention away from her. Sam on the other hand couldn’t be more delighted with this turn of events. He’s dreamed and fantasized about Ava for years, the one girl he could never have, and sees this sham as a very real opportunity to get close to her in ways he’s never been able to before. What he doesn’t know is that Ava has been in love with him all along, ever since they were kids, and with years of pent-up sexual tension between them, they both agree to a no-strings fling while keeping their friendship intact.
The first thing I have to mention here is holy hotness, this book is steamy! I would venture to say that almost half of the book is crazy monkey sex where both Ava and Sam act out all their hidden fantasies with each other. And while I did have a blast with those scenes, I also wish the author took a little more time to solidify their friendship that’s mentioned over and over but I never felt. There are many flashback scenes that did help make me see Ava and Sam’s connection from the time they were kids to present day, but they were inserted in the most random and inappropriate places it was jarring to read. So in those terms, the story flow was disrupted a few times. But by the time I got to the end, the characters won me over, and though wrapped up quickly, the final few chapters in the story were my favorite. They hit me with feels and had that oomph factor I was looking for in friends-to-lovers romances.
All in all, this book was a light and romantic read that had many high and fun moments, but just didn’t quite hit the standard I have for books with this same premise. It was certainly enjoyable and provided a nice escape from reality, but it wasn’t a book I fell completely in love with the characters and plot – though if you’re looking for a light read, this one is worth checking out.
Touch & Go is the 2nd book in the Dare to Love series and can be read as a standalone.