4.5 stars

Book Review: Goalie by M.E. Carter @AuthorMECarter

Book Review: Goalie by M.E. Carter @AuthorMECarterGoalie by M.E. Carter
on February 18, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Goalie
[goh-lee]
noun
a player in the goal whose duty is to prevent the ball from entering or crossing it

See Santos and Mariana DeGuajarado

As goalie of the Texas Mutiny, Santos is damn good at protecting that net. But he never bothered to protect his marriage.

Letting the fame and notoriety go to his head, he lost the things he loved the most… his wife and kids. Now he has one shot to make it right before losing at this relationship game and he’s determined not to miss this time.

Mariana has been scarred so deeply by Santos’s betrayals, she will carry the wounds forever. After almost ten years of marriage though, she knows him well, and she knows he won’t let go without a fight. Still, she refuses to be a push over.

Because love is never enough…

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About M.E. Carter

My name is ME Carter and I have no idea how I ended writing books. I’m more of a story teller (the more exaggerated the better) and I happen to know people who helped me get those stories on paper.
I love reading (read almost 300 books last year), hate working out (but I do it anyway because my trainer makes me), love food (but hate what it does to my butt) and love traveling to non-touristy places most people never see.
I live in Houston with my four kids, Mary, Elizabeth, Carter and Bug, who was just a twinkle in my eye when I came up with my pen name. Yeah, I’ll probably have to pay for his therapy someday for being left out.

Blog Tour Review: Calico by Callie Hart @_callie_hart

Blog Tour Review: Calico by Callie Hart @_callie_hart

Blog Tour Review: Calico by Callie Hart @_callie_hartCalico by Callie Hart
on April 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Coralie

Twelve years ago, I ran to stay alive.

Port Royal, South Carolina, was my home. I was born there. I fell in love there. And I nearly died there. I never thought I’d go back. Now, after so many years, I have to return to bury the man who made my life a living hell. Some nights, I used to cry myself to sleep, praying my father would die. Other nights were different. Other nights, there was him.

Callan Cross.

My first confidante. My first kiss. My first love. My first everything: Callan was the glue that held me together when everything else was falling apart. He was my savior. He was there for me whenever I needed him…

Until he wasn’t.

Every night, I’ve seen the love of my life in my sleep.
I just never thought I’d have to face him again.

Callan

Twelve years ago, I f*#@ed up big time.

Living life through a camera lens is sometimes easier than dealing with it head on. Scratch that. It’s always easier. For over a decade, I’ve been a master of my art, taking photographs all over the world. Yet despite all of the countries I’ve visited, the amazing things I’ve seen, the beautiful women I’ve screwed, my heart has remained in pieces.

Coralie’s the only woman I’ve ever loved, will ever love. And I’m determined to show her that we’re meant to be together. Even if it means unearthing the bones of the past in the process.

A lifetime and a thousand miles have stood between us.
Now, there’s no length of time I won’t wait, no distance I won’t travel, in order to make her mine.

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About Callie Hart

Callie Hart is an obsessive romantic who loves throwing a dark twist into her stories. Her characters are imperfect, flawed individuals who dictate when she eats, sleeps and breathes. Callie’s Internationally Bestselling Blood & Roses series has garnered well over 1000 5 star reviews.

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: PULLED by A.L. Jackson @aljacksonbooks @InkSlingerPR



Title: Pulled

Author: A.L. Jackson
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Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love most only dream of, a love they believed bonded them together for life. 
When their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in uncertainty and unanswered questions. 
For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their heart. In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side. 
Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago. But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart? 
Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have. 
“Okay, this one did it for me in a big way. I’m an angst-lover. And by that I mean, I’m a Thoughtless, Beautiful Disaster, Love Unscripted, Slammed, Fifty Shades of Everything, kind of reader. But there’s gotta be an HEA. And not a half-done HEA but a real yeah-this-story-has-been-agonizing-but-look-it-was-all-worth-it HEA. So, that said, I earnestly recommend this book. If you’re like me, you’ll like this. Enjoy!” LitJunkie

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
Oh man, the layers of grief in this book! I have read Pulled last year but didn’t have the Push to write a review on it. So when I learned that Amy is running a blog tour for it, I took the chance to re-read and relive the painful moments of Melanie and Daniel. 
My heart feels exactly what it felt the first time. Your heart feels like it was hammered, twisted and punted across a field. Grief is a really, really hard thing to explain, as someone who has grieved a devastating loss myself, but somehow A.L. Jackson just nails it. Just brilliantly and right through the heart.
Pulled focuses on Melanie and Daniel and their little family who have endured a painful tragedy. A tragedy that has ripped the family apart. Forced to confront the brokenness and emptiness, they both moved on with their lives. But fate has its own tricky ways of throwing something in front of you you’ve never expected. After nine dreadful years of trying to escape the past, their paths crossed again in unexpected circumstance that brought a sudden rise of emotion and a state of euphoria followed by a deep melancholic feeling of something “long gone missing”.

“Never had I wanted to comfort anyone more. I wanted to call his name, to touch his face, to taste his lips. I wanted to assure him that my love for him was unending. I wanted to promise we could heal together. I wanted to forgive him, to forget about the past, to  move one. There was one simple fact that held me back…He didn’t want me anymore.”

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their reconnection, Daniel and Melanie are taken by each other very soon after their first meeting…again. Feelings resurfacing like wildfire. A wow moment for me! Their chemistry is still so strong, and even though there was this ticking time bomb in the background, I felt like this moment, any moments they shared together, would prove to be so effective and memorable no matter the endgame.

Will Daniel and Melanie take the chance to reignite the passions of their youth when they’re both buried deep beneath all the ups & downs of their current lives and its demands? Will they allow themselves to be PULLED back into a world that no longer exists?

“Somewhere deep within me, something was beginning to fight that. I didn’t know how and I didn’t know why, but what I did know was a change was coming.”

There’s a lot of backstory for both characters and it did take quite some time for me to get swept into it but I’m so happy that I stuck with it because the writing is utterly beautiful and I could legitimately picture these settings in my head and hear the voices of Daniel and Melanie so clearly.
Amy changes the lives of both of her characters and not in ways I totally expected either. Pulled is a unique story of moving forward, embracing independence, making tough decisions, and discovery. Some of it is beautiful, and some of it is messy and Amy doesn’t feel she needs to tie everything up in a pretty package. I really appreciated that even if that meant my heart breaking at times. Despite the enchanting feel of the story, Pulled is rooted in some tough realism for all of the characters and I was ridiculously impressed by their strength, their honesty, and their blunders.

“I loved every broken piece of her and was determined to make her whole again”
“She was mine. Only mine.”

“I’ll never let you go again, Melanie .Never. Nothing will come between us…nothing.”

Pulled is yet another A.L. Jackson masterpiece. A beautiful and gut-wrenching story of loss, the enduring bonds of family and friendship amidst tragedy and the kind of healing that can only come with the help of the ones we love.

If you’re looking for a deeply touching love story, an emotional read about overcoming the odds, one click this now and let your heart explode to the goodness of its story, character and raw emotions.

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including If Forever Comes, Pulled and When We Collide, as well as the New Adult Romance Come To Me Quietly due out January 7, 2014. 
She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

Book Review, Excerpt and Giveaways: IRIS by R.K. LILLEY @authorrklilley

Book Review, Excerpt and Giveaways: IRIS by R.K. LILLEY @authorrklilley

Book Review, Excerpt and Giveaways: IRIS by R.K. LILLEY @authorrklilleyIris Series: The Wild Side
on June 27, 2014
Genres: Erotica, Romance
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ARE YOU READY FOR A TWIST?

Who is Iris? Where did she come from? Where has she gone?

Alasdair Masters has more questions than answers about his new, too young obsession, and when he finds out she’s been lying to him, from their first meeting to their last one, he’s more confused than ever about her feelings, her intentions.

And what’s just as confusing are his own feelings. Has he turned something purely physical into something emotional in his own head? Is any of it mutual?

The only thing he doesn’t question is whether he’ll keep going back for more.

DAIR
Me, I was simple. I was order. A very neat, efficient machine that ran on nothing but air.

Me plus anyone else, well, that was another matter. And me plus Iris, that was a monster of a machine, with all gears going at different speeds, some spinning off their hinges, just going mad, but it was a wonderful madness, at full throttle, misfiring in all directions.

It felt wonderful and dreadful.
I was breaking down, and it felt amazing.
And terrifying.

This book is intended for readers 18 and up.

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BLOG TOUR: The Marriage Merger (Marriage to a Billionaire) by Jennifer Probst

The Marriage Merger (Marriage to a Billionaire)
Her sisters have found wedded bliss with their wealthy, wonderful dream men, but not Julietta Conte. She’s stayed on terra firma as top executive of the family’s corporation, La Dolce Famiglia bakery. Work is her passion, and her trendy Milanapartment her sanctuary . . . until Sawyer Wells, a masculine masterpiece in a suit, lures her out of hiding with an irresistible offer: an exclusive partnership with his international chain of boutique hotels.

Julietta’s been burned before—and trusting her brother-in-law’s friend, whose powerful gaze alone has her rethinking the best use of a conference room, is the riskiest proposition. But with a once-in-a- career chance to take the bakery global, will she mix stone-cold business with red-hot seduction?

I was waiting not so patiently for book four of the Marriage to a Billionaire series and I was not disappointed!  Jennifer Probst has created a fun and light series sure to keep anyone’s interest.  Book four finds the last sister, Julietta (LOVE the name), career strong and love soft.  She drinks the kool-aid and makes the list even though she thinks the whole thing is a joke.  Can Sawyer Wells be the man she needs?  We got a taste of the yummy Sawyer in book three.  I was so excited that he was taking the male lead in this book.  So beautifully damaged!  Sawyer deals with his own demons while pushing his personal life behind his career.  From the start both Julietta and Sawyer play a game of matched skills.  Both want control but only one can win it.  Sawyer begins to show Julietta that letting go of your power isn’t always a bad thing. 
“Beautiful things that are underused is a crime.”
When sex turns to love will Sawyer and Julietta be able to push pass the demons of the pass and forge a future together?
“I love you. Deal with it.”
“The moment we rationalize chemistry, we risk losing it forever.”
Jennifer Probst does and excellent job of creating a love story surround in love.  The family plays a huge roll in these books and Mama Conte is the Love Mob Master.  Every family has their matriarch and Mama Conte is the best you could have!  She is pushy, strong, and takes no prisoners!  When the Love Mob Master is on the war path stay away!  Mama Conte fights for her children and she will stop at nothing to leave a legacy worthy of the life she and her loving husband created.
“Your future can be changed by one decision. One good thing can offset a mountain of bad. But you need to choose.”
If you have yet to one click these sweet treats do yourself a HUGE favor and download the sweet romances of the Jennifer Probst!   The Conte family will keep you hungry for more.  MANGIA!
4.5 Stars!!!

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of The Marriage Bargain. She is published both erotic and sexy contemporary romance with Entangled, Decadent, Red Sage and TWRP. She has also written a children’s book, Buffy and the Carrot, co-written with her twelve year old niece, along with a short story, “A Life Worth Living.” Visit her website for more info!

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Clash (Crash #2)

“When are you going to stop looking at all the reasons you shouldn’t be together and start focusing on the reasons you should be?” 
― Nicole WilliamsClash

Love will always find you in the end!
Just look at the cover! Can you resist that? Oh, I don’t think so! Nicole Williams did it again! Playing the story so easy yet so irresistible. She definitely knows how to move her readers and she just gets better everytime! She puts us in an emotional roller coaster and keeps us through out the ride. She really is one of my favorites!
If you loved Crash then you will definitely fall head over heels with Clash! There were a lot of parts in the book where it will just hits you with reality. A lot about love and how to fight and stand for it.

“Love isn’t only love, sweetheart. It’s hard work, and trust, and tears, with even a few glimpses of devastation. But at the end of each day, if you can still look at the person at your side and can’t imagine anyone else you’d rather have there, the pain and heartache and the ups and downs of love are worth it.”

“Love isn’t easy. Especially the really good kind. It’s difficult, and you’ll want to rip your hair out just as many days as you’ll feel the wind at your back. But it’s worth it. It’s worth fighting for. Don’t let what isn’t real blind you from what is. Life isn’t perfect, we sure as shit aren’t perfect, so why should we expect love to be?”

“If you say you’re going to trust your man, then trust your man. Don’t revoke that privilege when he needs it most.”

A sucker for a happy ending? It isn’t easy though for Jude and Luce with all the highs and lows, their personal insecurities, the conflict between families as they tried to work through their relationship. But love always prevails no matter how hard you try to fight it. Love can penetrate even the barriers of hatred from each other’s past.

“I know I’m one royal screw up, and God knows there’s nothing I could ever do to deserve you,” he began, taking my hand in his after sliding the ring free from the chain.

“But I want you, Lucy Larson. Bad. I want you forever. The kind of bad I have for you isn’t the kind that goes away.” His forehead lined, his eyes washing silver. “Ease my suffering. Make me the happiest, most tortured man in the world. Marry me?”

Perfectly said…but will Luce finally give in and say yes? mmmm….
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— going gaga over Nicole’s books?
wait till you read Fissure and Fusion 

Crash

“You’ve got all my firsts,” he said.  
All the ones that matter.” 
― Nicole WilliamsCrash

You can’t choose love, love chooses you!

I love Nicole Williams! Not just as an amazing author but I love how she reaches out to her readers. I remember one time sending her a private message over facebook and she would reply with the sweetest message ever! I just love her!

This is the first book I have read in Nicole’s collection and after this one, I have exclusively spent the whole week reading the rest of her books. Not to mention the book covers! Wow!!! Is that a movie poster or what? I think Nicole has developed some fetish over book covers. All of her books are such head turners when it comes to the cover. And I tell you, it does a lot to catch the reader’s attention and interest.

This is not your usual “love at first sight” story. No instant love at all.

“The thing was, if staying away from him made me unsmart, I never wanted to be smart again.” 
Lucy is someone who is very outspoken and a one tough lady! She is very entertaining, funny and couldn’t care less what other people say and think of her. She has been through a lot lately and would not dare to add more complications to her life up until he met one of the most popular names in the local boys home.

“The name’s Jude Ryder, since I know you’re all but salivating like a rabid dog to know, and I don’t do girlfriends, relationships, flowers or regular phone calls. If that works for you, I think we could work out something special.” 
So everything has been summed up in one line. A bad ass to many, but if you see right through him, he’s more of a delicate person who had a very tough life growing up, but who is willing to try to change his perspectives for love…for Luce!

“How does a guy like you promise someone forever at eighteen?” 

“Easy,” he said, pressing a soft kiss into the corner of my mouth. “He finds a girl like you.”
Happily ever after? Not too fast, baby! A lot had happened on this book and expect a whole lot more on the next! This is one book you wouldn’t want to miss reading!

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— salivating over Jude Ryder???
follow through with  Clash  (Crash #32)