Author: Chambers

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

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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.
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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.

 

BLOG TOUR ~ WILD RECKLESS BY GINGER SCOTT

BLOG TOUR ~ 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.
Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling author of six young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling and You and Everything After. A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).
BVR WEEKLY RECAP 3/17/15

BVR WEEKLY RECAP 3/17/15

Hey everybody! Ready for this week’s new releases, sales, and my recent recommendations + reviews? There are a TON of books that look good and I’m itching to read all of them, like Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton (epic, emotional romance), The Risk by Skye Jordan (sports romance: therapist + her client), Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington (this sounds SO unique: heroine is a lesbian but meeting the hero makes her re-evaluate her sexual orientation and maybe she does want some M/F action…), War by Isabel Lucero (crime romance – hero and heroine are enemies!!), If by Nina G. Jones (mysterious blurb, a bunch of what-ifs), and Lovely Distraction by JJ Dorn (second chance romance – heroine sees her old flame on the way to her bachelorette party!). Lots of choices, decisions decisions…

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.

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  • Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott – LOVED THIS BOOK!!! If there is only 1 book you can get from today’s list it’s this one guys. So dark (for a YA romance), so angsty, and it’ll hit you straight in the heart with feels. One of my top favorites for the year! (here’s my review)
  • Shadows of the Past by HM Ward & Stacey Mosteller – this one’s a NA collaborative romance from H.M. Ward and Stacey Mosteller. “I’ve been running for four years, trapped in a past I can’t forget. I’m unable to move forward and refuse to go back. The only way to dissolve the shadows is to begin again. So I try…When Hot British Guy spots me, there’s an instant attraction…The next day, he’s there looking all sexy. Brilliant blue eyes blazing, his dark hair falls in his eyes and a wicked grin twists his perfect lips. God help me.”
  • The Risk by Skye Jordan – sports romance I’m really looking forward to reading! The heroine is a physical therapist whose latest client is the smooth-talking, snowboarder hero…so a kinda taboo romance 😉
  • Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum – a pricey one, but the blurb really called out to me! It’s described as a modern-day Anna Karenina tale “featuring a fascinating heroine who struggles to live a life with meaning”, and follows the story about a woman who becomes increasingly dissatisfied with her family life and seeks out a series of sexual affairs to escape reality. “When she wants to end them, she finds it’s difficult. Tensions escalate, and her lies start to spin out of control. Having crossed a moral threshold, Anna will discover where a woman goes when there is no going back.” 
  • Reckless Love by Kendall Ryan ($.99) – fighter romance standalone!
  • Time Out & Body Check by Jill Shalvis & Elle Kennedy – 2-book sports romance bundle from 2 awesome authors!
  • Pocketful of Sand by M. Leighton – this sounds so good! “I don’t know what makes a great love story…I only know what makes my love story…He was more broken than I was, but somehow we took each other’s shattered pieces and made a whole. If that is what makes a great love story, if that is what makes an epic romance, then mine…ours is the greatest of them all.” <– LOVE THAT!
  • Famous by Kahlen Aymes – Hollywood romance about 2 actors!
  • Chase Me by Tessa Bailey 
  • Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington ($.99) – I really want to read this! The heroine is a lesbian and fully embraces her sexuality and nothing and nobody has made her question her lifestyle until the hero waltzes into her life. “Nate West. Hollywood bad-boy. Television megastar. Womanizer. Basically everything I hate about the male species rolled into one handsome package. And yet…I want him…This man is going to flip everything [she] thought she knew about herself upside down.”
  • Soaring by Kristen Ashley – This is the 2nd book in her Magdalene series and can be read as a standalone. The heroine has hit rock bottom in her life – her husband cheated on her, her children don’t respect her, and when her ex moves her family up to Magadelene, she follows to win her kids back and that’s where she meets the sweet firefighter hero.
  • Night Shift Anthology – 6-book charity bundle!
  • War by Isabel Lucero – this sounds so good! The heroine is the daughter of a notorious crime group and after her father’s death, it’s she who leads, pitting her against the hero who’s also lethal and has his own crime group. “I’ll do whatever’s necessary to keep my business my own and protect everything my father worked for. Even if I have to go up against [the hero]…A man with no heart and a black soul…A man who once upon a time I thought I was in love with…My name is Chevelley Reed, and all’s fair in love and war.”
  • Mismatched by Elle Casey & Amanda McKeon – 2 college roommates go to Ireland to track down an inheritance and this is their wild story…
  • Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn – rockstar romance
  • Retribution by KA Robinson
  • Trust the Focus by Megan Erickson – M/M NA romance!
  • Shaken, Not Stirred by Sawyer Bennett – 5th book & a standalone in her Last Call series! “She swore she would never fall to any man. He took one look at her and vowed to bring her down.”
  • When I Fall by J. Daniels – LOL –> “For the past nine years, I’ve kept my heart as far away from my dick as possible. Those two can’t be anywhere near each other. They don’t play nice, and one of them undoubtedly winds up getting hurt.”
  • Disillusioned by JS Cooper
  • Protecting Fate by Katee Robert
  • Monsters in the Dark series by Pepper Winters ($.99) – DO NOT MISS THIS!!! All 3 books in one of my top favorite dark romance series bundled together and only $.99 is an insane sale!
  • Jack Hammer by Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea – The hero is an exotic dancer, the teaser, the pleaser. Years ago he had an ugly fall out with the heroine and “…now she’s back, and I can’t decide who I want to be more. The Jack Hammer or Blaine Wesley. All I know is she’s foreplay at its finest, and it’s my job to get them wet and ready.”
  • Ripple of Secrets by Denise Grover Swank
  • Private Encounters by Anie Michaels ($.99)
  • If by Nina G. Jones – blurb sounds really interesting: “If…Someone hadn’t scarred my face. I hadn’t followed my dreams to LA. That tweaker hadn’t attacked that homeless guy. I hadn’t invited a stranger over for Thanksgiving. I hadn’t fallen in love. If I hadn’t lost him.”
  • Soul Rest by Joey Hill – This is the 7th book in her Knights of the Boardroom series and is an erotic romance. The heroine is a blogger who specializes in writing about crime news. Even knowing that she’s a submissive, she abandons that way of living because her past and present work life aren’t compatible with a carefree BDSM life. “Then Sergeant Leland Keller walks into her life. He’s the Dom she’s always feared and hoped she’d meet, and he recognizes her as what he’s been looking for as well…she fights submission as much as she longs for it.”
  • Naughty King 1 by Michelle A. Valentine ($.99)
  • Cement Heart by Beth Ehemann
  • Accidental Alpha by Laurel Curtis
  • Lovely Distraction by J.J. Dorn – this sounds like a fabulous second chance romance! “I met him over five years ago…He was unlike anyone I had ever met before. I knew I would never be able to forget him…nor did I want to. But unfortunately for us, fate was not kind. Now as I sit on this airplane about to leave for my bachelorette party in Las Vegas, I look up to lock eyes with the one person who continuously haunts me, day and night. I fight back a sick feeling in my gut, knowing my life has just forced me to a crossroads. I feel the static electricity in the air between us and I know I’m not strong enough to resist him…”
  • Djinn & Tonic by Jasinda Wilder
  • 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 ($.99) – This is the second book in her wonderfully written, nostalgia-inducing Hollywood romance series filled with fun ’90s references, and is a completed trilogy. I loved these books!
  • Rule by Jay Crownover ($.99) – top favorite book! “I think it’s genetically impossible not to be kind of in love with him when you come equipped with a vagina. It’s just something about all that angsty, moody swagger he has that makes you want to cuddle him up and make him feel better.” LOL!!
  • Beyond series bundle (books 1-3) by Kit Rocha ($.99)
  • One to Keep by Tia Louise ($.99)
  • 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 ($6.99) – $3 price drop! This is a psychological thriller on my TBR. Every day, the heroine takes the same commuter train that stops at this one spot where she sees the same couple out on a deck. “And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?”
  • Into the Deep by Samantha Young ($.99) – I noticed this is still on sale for $.99. If you haven’t gotten it/haven’t read it yet, I recommend bumping it up on your TBR. This author always combines the right amount of angst, steam, romance, and humor to deliver an addicting read. This book is one of my top favorites!
  • Contractual by Alice Montalvo-Tribue ($.99) – This one’s an erotic escort romance! “They told me I’d be an escort; they made it sound so easy. Really I’m just a high priced call girl. Desperation brought me to this and it led me to him, my one and only client. Hating him is easy, he reminds me of my shame. Wanting him is wrong it fills me with guilt. Loving him is a losing battle yet it’s become everything.”
  • In Your Corner by Sarah Castille ($1.99) – This one’s a second chance MMA fighter romance and the 2nd book in her Redemption series (can be read as a standalone). The hero and heroine were once an inseparable item but when he wanted more, she was the one to walk away. Now years later, she’s a top-notch lawyer and the hero needs her help. “Jake is darker, sexier, and impossible to resist. As their chemistry builds, Amanda’s not sure if she can stay in control, or if she’s finally willing to let him claim her body and soul.”
  • Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye ($.99) – This is the 3rd book in Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series about a group of ex-soldiers running an operation against a crime ring out of the back of their tattoo shop and find love in the process. FYI, I think romance-wise these are standalones but the plot is continuous throughout the books so it’s best to read them in order.
  • 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.” 
  • Touch & Go by Mira Lyn Kelly – my last read and a friends-to-lovers romance! This was a solid read and gave me a nice break from the heavy books I’ve been reading lately. If you want something light, check this one out (here’s my review).
  • Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott – new 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).
  • Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood – an oldie and from an author I absolutely adore! This romantic suspense read of hers was chilling and the villain gave me the creeps. Not my favorite from this series but still an unpredictable, gripping read (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 <– 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 <– 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)
  • Sweet Sound of Silence by Melanie Dawn <– love this author and I liked this book! Overall it’s a touching, sweet NA romance (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!
PENELOPE DOUGLAS NEWS!!
She’s got a new standalone book coming out at the end of this year called Misconduct, and I’m so excited to read it!! It’s a sexy contemporary read following the romance between a dedicated schoolteacher and the all-business-no-emotion father of one of her students.

“Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students, trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a living, breathing teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…”

JOANNA WYLDE NEWS!!
I’m a huge fan of her Reapers MC series (biker romances) and details for the 5th book in this series have been announced! It’s called Reaper’s Fall and will be released on November 10, plus it’s Painter’s book!!! You can preorder a copy here.
The New York Times bestselling author of Reaper’s Stand is back in her “uber-alpha rough world of MCs”* as one woman’s future is rocked by the man whose hardcore past could destroy her…

He never meant to hurt her.

Levi “Painter” Brooks was nothing before he joined the Reapers motorcycle club. The day he patched in, they became his brothers and his life. All they asked in return was a strong arm and unconditional loyalty—a loyalty that’s tested when he’s caught and sentenced to prison for a crime committed on their behalf.Melanie Tucker may have had a rough start, but along the way she’s learned to fight for her future. She’s escaped from hell and started a new life, yet every night she dreams of a biker whose touch she can’t forget. It all started out so innocently—just a series of letters to a lonely man in prison. Friendly. Harmless. Safe.

Now Painter Brooks is coming home… and Melanie’s about to learn that there’s no room for innocence in the Reapers MC.

TIJAN NEWS!!
I really loved her addicting, action-packed NA romance Carter Reed and she’s just revealed the cover + release date for the follow up Carter Reed 2!!
Release date: April 27
J. STERLING NEWS!!
She’s got a new book coming out in less than 2 weeks called 10 Years Later, plus the cover was just revealed and it is so innovative. I love it!
“Cammie:
It’s been ten years since I’ve seen him. Ten years. I have no idea what he’s doing,where he’s been or if he’s even still single. Have I thought about him over the years? Of course. Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean anything, right? Just because you think about the boy you used to be in love with doesn’t mean you’re still in love with them now. Does it?
Dalton:
I haven’t seen her in ten years. She’s the whole reason I’m even coming to this reunion. If it wasn’t for her, I would have stayed home. I made mistakes back in high school. Hell, I was just a kid then. But I’m here to right my wrongs,tell her I’m sorry and win her back. She changed my whole life and she doesn’t even know it. It’s time she knew.”
MELISSA BROWN NEWS!!
 
One of my favorite books from last year was Wife Number Seven, and it was such a unique, unconventional romance with a polygamy backdrop! I 5 star loved it, and I’m so excited that there’ll be a follow up novella to this story that’ll tie up Brin and Porter’s story once and for all. The cover, blurb, and release date all have been revealed!
“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.”
Release date: March 29
CHARLES SHEEHAN-MILES NEWS!!
I’m a big fan of his Thompson sisters series, and lucky for me (and you too!), we’re getting another book!! It’s called A View From Forever and is a prequel to Just Remember to Breathe, a NA second chance military romance.
I’ll post again when I see more about the blurb and release date.
That’s it for this week! Happy reading & 1-clicking everyone