Saturday, 21 April 2018

The Best Friend Incident


The Best Friend Incident (Driven to Love #2) 

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Stacey Winters is in love with love, but so far, she’s only found Mr. Dud, Mr. Cheater, and Mr. Boring. Even though her best friend Grant isn’t an option, at least being around him offers her a window into the male psyche—and sets the bar high for her future Mr. Right.

But then she accidentally crosses the friend zone and kisses him, and it starts to feel a little too much like he might be what she’s been looking for...

Grant Phillips doesn’t do relationships. A casualty of the foster care system, he knows people are just looking for a reason to bolt. "No attachments" is his hard and fast rule. There's only one exception: his best friend, Stacey. He refuses to jeopardize what they have.

But now that he knows how good it felt to kiss her, felt the addictive slide of her body against his, Stacey Winters is indelibly stamped onto Grant's brain—and not just as his friend.

He is so screwed.

ebook, 207 pages
Expected publication: April 9th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Lovestruck)



Review:  ♥ ♥

A romantic comedy which is funny and sexy. Yes, please!

The best friend Incident ticked all the right boxes. Stacey has a new boyfriend Leo. He works out of town and is a little too good to be true. He's a sexy travelling musician and Stacey has convinced herself he is the one. Stacey is an old romantic. She believes a man should hold the door and treat his women like a lady. When Stacey returns to her home she is about to get a huge shock. Her sexy night with the man of her dreams might not go as expected but it definitely helps her find her ever after.

Grant has commitment issues. His mother abandoned him when he was younger and he has never recovered. He isn't looking for Mrs Right. He is looking for Ms right now.

Stacey and Grant have been best friends for a long time. They have never considered more with each other until the "incident". Now everything has changed and these two need to work out what they want. Their relationship is a mess. Lustful looks and some sexy talk.

This is a sweet friend to more romance. It has Witty banter and a good storyline. 4.5 stars out of 5.

*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I love books like this. Sassy and sexy rolled into one fun read
 

Burned


Burned 

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ebook, 200 pages
Expected publication: April 16th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Scorched)

Burned is a second chance romance more than an alpha strong mc novel. The storyline was ok but not my favourite.

Jas and Ty dated when they were younger. They were both linked to the MC club and it was always a part of them. Now ten years later Jas has a life away from the club. She has a good job and Ty is a distant memory. Unfortunately, her mother has just passed and even though they weren't close Jas has returned to her childhood home to sort her assets. Jas and Ty always had a connection. The second she's back in town these two are in contact. It doesn't take long for things to heat up and they are back between the sheets. The past is full of secrets and these two just need to work it out.

3 stars out of 5. This was ok. I was expecting Ty to be more alpha. This book felt a little too straight into it. If you are a fan of second chance romances this will be for you. I would have preferred more sexual tension.

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, 20 April 2018

A Gift and a Curse: Renata's Story #Blitz




Romance
Date Published: April 21, 2018
Publisher: Independence Publishing, TLR

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What does one do when your mind says go but your heart says stay?

In Stephanie Deniese Brown's third installment of her Wesson Family Saga, newly divorcee, Renata McKain-Christian learns if giving it up all in the name of love is either the best gift she'll ever receive or the curse she rather not face.

Renata, fresh off a divorce and ready to start a new life, with no distractions, finds immediate trouble the second she accepts a job from Carson Becker. Carson is established, powerful, and most of all rich. All the things Renata is not and that makes her feel unworthy of his love. But Carson doesn't care about her pocketbook, he sets out to capture Renata's mind, body, and soul. Just as he gets Renata to let her guard down and things start sizzling in the boardroom and the bedroom, secrets are unleashed that threaten to take away everything these two have built.

When power and insecurities threaten a relationship everything comes down to figuring out if the love you share is really a gift or a curse.


About the Author


Stephanie Deniese Brown, a native of Hampton, VA has always loved creative writing. From romance to mystery, she has dipped her pen in all styles of writing.

Stephanie began writing her first novel when she was 21 years old. At first the story was for recreational purposes and was meant to live in Stephanie's computer. After researching how to publish a novel, Stephanie decided she wanted to release her masterpiece to the world. In 2005 she opened Independence Publishing, TLR and released "Skye's His Limit". The novel received high reviews from readers and Stephanie went back to the lab and released the second installment in her series, "Sable's Karma...The Secret's Out" in 2008. The novel placed as a finalist in the National Indie of Excellence Book Award. After a ten year hiatus, Stephanie is back on the scene and is releasing the highly anticipated third installment of the Wesson Family Saga.

Stephanie currently resides in Richmond with her husband, children, and her adorable cat CiCi. 


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Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Weekend Bucket List ♥ Blog Tour! ♥ Giveaway and 2x Excerpts


The Weekend Bucket List

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Summary:

High school seniors Cady LaBrie and Cooper Murphy have yet to set one toe out of line—they’ve never stayed out all night or snuck into a movie, never gotten drunk or gone skinny-dipping. But they have each other, forty-eight hours before graduation, and a Weekend Bucket List.
There’s a lot riding on this one weekend, especially since Cady and Cooper have yet to admit, much less resolve, their confounding feelings for one another—feelings that prove even more difficult to discern when genial high school dropout Eli Stanley joins their epic adventure. But as the trio ticks through their bucket list, the questions they face shift toward something new: Must friendship play second fiddle to romance? Or can it be the ultimate prize?







    Excerpt
“Are we technically ‘sleeping under the stars’ if we crash in a tent?” I ask.
He shakes his head, and I’m surprised. Cooper usually chooses the easy route. “The stars are out there.” He nods toward the unzipped tent door. “That’s why we set up in a clearing, right? We can bring our sleeping bags outside when we’re ready to go to sleep.”
“I’m coming in if the bugs start to make a meal of me,” I say, but he knows that if he wants me to I’ll brave the mosquitos all night.
“Sounds like a plan, Cades.” 



Review: 

The Weekend Bucket List

1. Go skinny-dipping
2. Stay out all night
3. Face a fear
4. Sleep under the stars
5. Take a road trip
6. Get drunk
7. Have a first kiss
8. Run naked on the beach
9. Sneak into a movie
10. Spend twenty-four hours with no electronics
11. Get pierced and tattooed
12. Say thank you to someone

This is Cadence and Cooper's end of school Bucket list. They want to have a memorable weekend before they have to start thinking about college. This is a becoming of age story about friendship.

Cadence and Cooper are best friends. They are in a weird place with each other at the moment. They are trying to work out if they want to be more than friends. They are working their way through the list and meet Eli.

Eli ran away from home before he finished high school. He joined the carnival and has been drifting through life. He doesn't know what he wants or what he's doing really. Cady and Cooper become his friends. He joins them on their road trip leaving his job behind.

Cadence and Cooper both have a college lined up and future plans. Eli needs to find his own path.

This book is supposed to be a little fun. I felt sorry for Eli. He knows he doesn't want to go home to his parents but his prospects are looking slim. He isn't the brightest tool in the box.

Cooper likes to plan things safe. He likes Cady but he also likes boys. I would have preferred him to have just liked men. It made this story a little over complicated.

I liked Cady. I just didn't like the awkward friendship dynamics.

This is a light bedtime read. It was good but not fantastic.


*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review as part of the YA Bound Book Tour. 

 


    Excerpt
“I don’t see how adults can be so na├»ve? I mean, they fell for my line,” she says, finally opening her gray-blue eyes.
Cady’s right. It was almost too easy. My parents had zero problems with me “spending the weekend at Cady’s house” either.
“See, it was Tuesday night, I think, and I was scraping the last of the SpaghettiOs from my bread bowl, when—”
“Your mom put SpaghettiOs in a bread bowl?” That’s just plain wrong—a crime against bread bowls.
“She’s trying to be more creative in the kitchen so she doesn’t obsess over stuff she can’t deal with, like Bradley being in rehab. See what I’m saying?”
I don’t see shit, but still yuck.
“And we can’t all have a gourmet chef in the family. Anyway, when I asked Mom and Dad if I could stay at your house this weekend, Mom said, ‘Of course you can, dear, and thank you for never giving us one minute of trouble during your high school years, the way your brother did.’”
“Major guilt-infusion, huh?”
“Um... yeah.” Cady stuffs a final stack of fries in her mouth and then unwraps her double cheeseburger. You’ve got to respect her dedication to junk food consumption. “Mom actually got up from her seat, leaned across the table, and kissed me.”
I can’t help but imagine an orange-sauce lip print on Cady’s forehead—it’s not my fault I giggle.
“So it was as if my burden of guilt was physical as well as emotional.” She frowns. “And it’s not a laughing matter, Murphy.”
“Uh, sorry... that so sucks.” This about sums it up. I take off my glasses and rub my eyes; I’m determined to keep a straight face when I put them back on.


About the Author

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
Contact Mia at miakerick@gmail.com.

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