Happy Release Day and Review – Break the Ice by Piper Rayne

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Break the Ice, an all-new standalone and the conclusion to the hilarious Bedroom Games series from bestselling authors Piper Rayne is LIVE!

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The Winter Games are over, but the bedroom games are just beginning…

This is about the time I normally hang up my snowboard and chill for a while. Except this year. This year, I’m dealing with what fate dealt me at the Winter Games—nope, not gold. A broken leg.

Since I’m not close to my family, I head to my best friend, Skylar’s pad to recoup. Turns out having your gorgeous, single, sexy friend wait on you hand and foot can blur the lines between friendship and romance.

Which is exactly why I’ve decided to help her find a boyfriend.

Yeah, you heard me right. I’m going to help her comb through every dating app available until she finds the perfect man. What else could remind me of my place in her life more than watching her fall for someone else?

I can deal. I’m used to pushing through pain. I’m an Olympian after all.

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About Piper

Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. You might be wondering if you know us? Maybe you’ll read our books and figure it out. Maybe you won’t. Does it really matter?

We aren’t trying to stamp ourselves with a top-secret label. We wanted to write without apology. We wanted to not be pigeon-holed into a specific type of story. Everyone has their favorite authors, right? And when you pick up their books, you expect something from them. Whether it’s an alpha male, heavy angst, a happily ever after, there’s something you are absolutely certain the book will contain. Heck, we’re readers, too, we get it!

All that, AND we thought it’d be a helluva lot more fun if we did this writing thing together!

What can we tell you about ourselves? We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes, quirky heroines that make us laugh, and lots of sexy times. Here’s hoping you do, too!

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My Review…

This is the final book in the Bedroom Games Trilogy.

To those who have the guts to risk friendship for love…

This is a quick but fantastic read! We finally get the deep and dirty story of Skylar and Beckett.  In the first two books of the series you see that these two just HAVE to get together, everybody can see it!

Beckett has a wheelbarrow of issues that hold him back from crossing the friendship line with Skylar and you just want to beat him about the head and shoulders and tell him “You are deserving!” Take the leap, do it before it’s too late!

Skylar is hiding her vulnerabilities, keeping them close to her chest until she can’t take it anymore and she gives and good as she gets.

I am so glad that after some moguls (keeping the theme here!) in their relationship, they decided to take the leap and get their happily ever after!

And as always, I love the tease of secondary characters and I know that the Dynamic Duo has another series on the horizon!

Thank you for your stories!

Release Day and Review! – Thief by A. Zavarelli

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Title: Thief
Series: Boston Underworld #5
Author: A. Zavarelli
Genre: Dark Romance
Release Date: February 23, 2018
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I’m a good girl.
I live by a code
that can’t be bent or broken. It is my duty to my family to stay innocent and
pure. To marry an Italian man. The stars are already aligned.
But Nikolai Kozlov
re-writes my destiny with five simple words.
You belong to me
now.
He’s Russian mafiya.
A thief. A skilled liar with no moral boundaries. He is everything I have
been taught to hate. A man who stands for nothing. A man who takes what he
wants without a second thought.
And what he wanted
was 
me.
He thinks he
controls my fate, but what he doesn’t know is, sometimes it’s the good girls
you have to watch out for. 
I’m a dangerous man.
I live by a code.
The Vory code. It is my duty to my family to protect the brotherhood. To
destroy anyone who threatens what we stand for, including her.
She’s a dancer. A
beautiful little doll. My prisoner, and my new favorite puppet. This mafia
princess thinks she has me under her spell, but in the end, she is simply
collateral.
It’s a shame to
destroy precious things.
But this is what bad
men do.
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The first thing I always notice about a person is their
posture. I was raised to believe that good posture conveys good manners, as
well as respect for those around you. Nikolai carries his posture like a casual
‘f#ck you’ to everyone around him. There is no decorum in his leather jacket,
jeans, or his haphazardly laced motorcycle boots. Everything he wears is black,
but the small glimpse of skin beneath is a riot of colors. Tattoos cover every
inch of his exposed skin, including his throat.
I’m not sure which is more offensive- the ink or the faux
hawk atop his head. This is not the way you attend a ballet, nor is he the type
of man I expect my father to keep company with.
“Tanaka.” He reaches for my hand and kisses it in a way that
few men would ever dare to do in my father’s presence. “You dance beautifully.”
The words are unmistakably accented. Russian. And I’m
struggling to maintain my composure while making sense of this situation. My
father has always been protective of me. His own men know better than to speak
to me or look at me, but for this stranger, somehow, it’s okay.
My manners, at least, are still intact, so I reply as I should. “You’ve seen me
dance?”

Nikolai flashes a boyish smile in contrast to the deepness
of his blue-green eyes. “I like to invest my time in the arts.”

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A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling
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She likes all things chocolate, books that come with warnings, and putting her
characters through hell. Her tales have been known to flirt with darkness and
sometimes court it unabashedly altogether. Revenge themes and tortured souls
are her favorites to write and this gives her an excuse to watch bizarre and
twisted documentaries in her spare time.

She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of
fur babies.

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My Review…

Boston Underworld #5

Wow! I fell in love with this series when I stumbled across Crow. (And what a fabulous stumble that was!) I devoured Crow and the rest of the series in a week and was hoping for more!

Well Ms. Zavarelli delivered and delivered brilliantly!  Thief is the story of Nikolai and Tanaka.

What a gritty, dark and deep story! Nikolai has the weight of the Vory world on his shoulders and when he comes across Tanaka it’s a thin line between love and hate.  I wanted to hate Nikolai when I was reading but then he redeemed himself beautifully.  His love for Tanaka is dangerous and scary but it’s worth it!

Tanaka, oh my girl.  What a horrible way to grow up, but when you don’t know any better, you believe it’s normal.  Her disease (yes, it’s a disease) is her way to cope and unfortunately, she is only hurting herself more.  She is shown a true but tough love from Nikolai and it made him even more redeeming in my eyes!

If you loved the previous books in this series, get your hands on this!  This story grabbed my by the throat and didn’t let go until the very end.  I hope to see more from this series, there are quite a few secondary characters I would love to know more about and it was fantastic to see previous main characters in this series make an appearance, it’s like having a bit of a mini reunion with old friends!

Thank you for your stories A. Zavarelli, I cannot wait to read what is next from you!

Cover Reveal!! Cut Short by Julia Wolf

Title: Cut Short
Author: Julia Wolf
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: March 22, 2018 

Of all the towns and salons he could have walked into, he had to walk into hers…

 


 

Rachel Sachs finally has her life together— almost. She owns a salon in the town she’s always loved, dances the Running Man like nobody’s business, has regular wine nights with her girls, and does really good hair.

After a trail of failed Tinder hook-ups, she’s finally ready for something real…

Until she sees Joe Silver— the object of her high school obsession and the breaker of her young heart. That might be a little too real.

Fourteen years ago, Rachel ghosted when Joe made it clear she’d never have him. But now? He’s not letting her get away. And soon they’re right back to where they started, only instead of the all night instant messaging they did in high school, they’re blowing up each other’s phones with texts.

Rachel wants nothing more than to savor the slow, delicious burn of falling for Joe Silver again, but can she trust that what they’re building is the real she’s looking for? Or will history repeat itself and leave her with another broken heart?

 

“Julia lives in Maryland with her patient husband and three crazy beautiful kids. When she’s not writing, momming, or watching Real Housewives, she’s reading a book. Julia’s a lover of all things romance. From sweet, to funny, to steamy, to so dirty you’ll blushing for days, she reads (and writes!) it all.”

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Happy Release Day! Review – Playing to Win by Laura Carter

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PLAYING TO WIN – OUT NOW!

 
 

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A high-intensity personal trainer
The secret to Brooks’ success as a Manhattan gym owner? Being motivated to disprove everyone who doubted him long ago. He’s not about to let a perky newcomer like Izzy tarnish his reputation. Even if watching her lead a salsa class on his premises is fuel for some very unprofessional fantasies . . .

His beautiful British rival
Every time Izzy slams Brooks in her fitness blog, her book sales soar. But when their escalating media feud forces them to be up-close-and-personal for two weeks, she realizes there’s much more to Brooks than that incredible body.

And a competition that’s got their hearts racing…
Soon Izzy and Brooks are finding all kinds of creative ways to work up a sweat. A passionate workout is easy, but can their rivalry give way to a lasting partnership?

 
 
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My Review!

Playing to Win – the second book in the Brits in Manhattan series….

This is the first book I have read from Laura Carter, and color me impressed!

This is the story of Izzy (Isabella) and Brooks and what a chemistry they have!

Izzy was a bird in a gilded cage, but wanted so bad to be free, to break the chains of upper crust British family and be her own person, to do the things she loved.  I admired her tenacity and I wanted to shake her when she made such poor choices and bad mistakes! But in the end I loved her for breaking away and becoming happy doing what she wanted to do!

Oh Brooks, my heart broke for him. His history with Alice and the result in Cady was so sad.  It really did follow him and dictate his life and choices for the years following.  He’s had his heart broken and it was going to take a strong person to get through to him.

Like I said earlier, Izzy and Brooks chemistry is off the charts! Their bickering and fighting was foreplay to them and it was fun to read! It wasn’t all hearts and flowers which made it more real! There was some laughter from me while reading this, especially when Brooks is salsa dancing in the shadows and gets caught!

I am so glad to have the opportunity to read this and can’t wait to read what’s next for Laura!  Thank you for your words and stories! Well done!

Happy Release Day & Review – Reckless by Lex Martin

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Title: Reckless
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: February 20, 2018

 

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Tori…
For the record, I’m
not going to hook up with my boss.
I’m a lot of
things—a screwup, a basket case, a flunky. But when I take a nanny job to be
near my pregnant sister, I swear to myself I’ll walk the straight and narrow,
which means I cannot fall for my insanely hot boss.
I don’t want to be
tempted by that rugged rancher. By his chiseled muscles or southern charm or
the way he snuggles his kids at bedtime. Ethan Carter won’t get the key to my
heart, no matter how much I want him. 
Ethan…
Between us, she’s
the last thing I need as I finalize my hellish divorce. 
What sane man trying
to rebuild his life wants a hot nanny with long, sexy hair, curves for miles,
and a smart mouth? A perfectly kissable, pouty mouth that I shouldn’t notice.
My focus is on my
kids and my ranch, not the insufferable siren who sleeps in the room next to
mine. It doesn’t matter that she wins over my kids in a heartbeat or runs my
life better than I do. Tori Duran is the one woman I can’t have and shouldn’t
want, no matter how much I crave her. 
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Lex writes contemporary romance, the sexy kind with lotsa
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she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher.
She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl,
and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, she’s lived all
over the country but currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and twin
daughters.
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My Review!

From the Epigraph to the Epilogue, this book was phenomenal!

This story of Ethan and Tori is what a perfect romantic comedy should be.

Tori has had craptacular luck in her past and even though she has had it hard, she still holds onto her humor, feistiness and truthfulness which makes her my hero! Some of Tori’s comments and thoughts made me laugh out loud (getting some strange looks from my family) while I was reading.  I love a story that does that!

Ethan, oh Mylanta is this man fabulous! I think the quote that made me fully swoon was “…you have occupied most of my thoughts, half of my dreams and at least two-thirds of my future plans…” Wowza, I needed a cold shower after that, and it’s just one of the many swoon worthy things he says and does that makes me melt!  Fantastically done Lex! He is the quintessential gentleman cowboy.  Trust me, once you read this you will want an “Ethan” for yourself!

The secondary characters are fantastic! They really add to the story and I hope that we get to see a book about Logan soon! (Pretty please?)

The dialogue is quick, funny and oh so steamy that it makes you really want to keep reading until the end.

Thank you for your fantastic stories Lex! Never stop writing!!

Whoop! It’s Here!! Happy Release Day & Review – Fresh Catch by Kate Canterbary

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His walls might be tall, but I wasn’t afraid of the climb.

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Title: Fresh Catch
Author: Kate Canterbary
Release Date: February 20, 2018

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Take a vacation, they said. Get away from Silicon Valley’s back-stabbing and power-grabbing. Recharge the innovative batteries. Unwind, then come back stronger than ever.

Instead, I got lost at sea and fell in love with an anti-social lobsterman.

There’s one small issue:

Owen Bartlett doesn’t know who I am. Who I really am.

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I don’t like people.

I avoid small talk and socializing, and I kick my companions out of bed before the sun rises.

No strings, no promises, no problems.

Until Cole McClish’s boat drifts into Talbott’s Cove, and I bend all my rules for the sexy sailor.

I don’t know Cole’s story or what he’s running from, but one thing is certain:

I’m not letting him run away from me.

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Kate lives on the water in New England with Mr. Canterbary and the Little Baby Canterbary, and when she isn’t writing sexy architects, she’s scheduling her days around the region’s best food trucks.

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To start….that dedication grabbed my heart!

I love how Kate’s stories are all tangentially bound, it’s beautiful without being overbearing. You have to savor her words slowly, like fine wine or you will miss something. Everytime I read her words, I do so in small sips, so I can truly appreciate it.

This story of Owen and Cole is just wow.  This story really stretched my comfort zones in just the right way.  I felt like I was being treated with kid gloves when needed and pushed when warranted. It made me respect Kate all the more.  This is the first book I have read in the M/M genre and I am glad I did it with Fresh Catch.  It was a beautifully written story.

Owen, the lobster boat captain and Cole, the tech billionaire.  I liked how they were both comfortable in their own skin but wary as well, it made it believable and made me love them all the more.  I loved how they walked the tightrope of their sexuality in the beginning, ever so cautious but once revealed it was like a house on fire! You get real, you get honest and you get that their love is their own and they are not apologizing for it.

I loved the secondary characters and of course, I hope to see more of a certain few in the future, I will not spoil this by naming anyone but know when you read this book, you will find a few of your own!

Kate Canterbary has a die hard fan in me, she has yet to write something that I haven’t fallen in love with.

I want to sign off with this quote that did it for me…it is a total Kateism! (Can I coin that word as a new dictionary entry?!?) “…Stick-to-your-ribs,  prickle-the-back-of-your-neck, hot-and-sweaty-all-over, headboard-banging desire…” Wowza, I needed a cold shower after reading that!

If you have never read this genre before or a die hard fan, do yourself a favor and read this! Kate Canterbary is the queen of the smart, sassy, smutty words!

Happy Release Day & Review – Catching London by MV Ellis

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Title: Catching London
Author: MV Ellis

Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing

Genre: Rock Star Romance

 Release Date: February 17, 2018

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He’s not looking
to change his bad boy ways.

Arlo Jones is a badass millionaire rock star with the world at his
feet. He lives the “sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll” lifestyle to the max, and
believes in working hard and playing harder. He’s a man who always gets what he
wants, especially when it comes to women. Until he meets London.
She’s a damaged
dancer not looking to fall.
All London Llwellyn wants is to rebuild her life following the tragic
car accident that robbed her of her fiancé, and ended her career as a
professional ballet dancer. She’s working two jobs to scrape together the cash
to set up her own studio, and reinvent herself as a photographer. The last
thing she wants is to get involved.
Arlo promises to always be there to catch her, but can London trust him
enough to let herself fall?

 

 

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MV ELLIS knows what it’s like to fall head over
heels in love with a badass musician. She followed her heart halfway around the
world to be with one. She moved from London to Sydney after a steamy holiday
romance with a sexy bass player in sultry Brazil.
Twelve years, two children and a dog later, and she’s still
smitten. All this with a guy she sat next to on a bus for 36 hours! She has
toured internationally as a “WAG,” and her experiences inspire her writing.



Ellis’s love of romance began when she was 11 years old,
after a summer spent secretly reading her auntie’s books. She’s been a sucker
for an alpha hero and strong heroine ever since.

An avid reader, Ellis always knew she’d write a book of her
own one day. She was right about that. Following a career spanning advertising,
marketing, and social media, she finally wrote Catching London in
2017.

 

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My Review….

This is the debut novel from MV Ellis and what a fantastic start!!

This story of Arlo (love that name!) and London is a fast paced story with funny dialogue and steamy naughtiness too!

I like that London is a multi-racial character, no blonde with blue eyes here! I loved her drive and I understood her trepidation and guilt about her feelings for Arlo.  Although I wanted to smack her because it took her so long to admit to her feelings, she came through at the end!

Arlo is the epitome of a bad boy rock star, he was no holds barred with that alpha swagger.  At first I was thinking, what a jerk! But then as the story moved on I saw the swoon factor kick in! You will love him by the end!

I would have loved to see some chapters from Arlo’s POV, but it still was fantastic first story from MV!  I can’t wait to see what else she comes out with !