Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Release Blitz, Review: Things We Never Said - Samantha Young




Title: Things We Never Said 
Series: Harts Broadwalk #3
AuthorSamantha Young
Release Date7th May 2019

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young returns to Hart’s Boardwalk with a searing and emotional new standalone romance…

Local metalsmith and gift shop owner, Dahlia McGuire, likes her quiet life in Hartwell, Delaware. It's the perfect place to hide from her family in Boston and the tragic events that led to their estrangement. However, when her father, the person she loves most in the world, needs her, Dahlia has no choice but to return to Boston to face her ghosts. One of those ghosts happens to be her ex-boyfriend's best friend, Michael Sullivan. The man she was never supposed to fall in love with.

Michael Sullivan has never forgotten Dahlia McGuire. Some might say he's never gotten over her. For years he lived with the anger of her desertion and now newly divorced he's finally ready to move on. That proves impossible when Dahlia returns to Boston and reawakens their explosive connection. Despite everything, Michael wants her back, but  Dahlia can't seem to let go of the tangled emotions of the past. She flees home to Hartwell.
Determined to fight for their second chance, Michael follows Dahlia to Delaware, takes a job with the local police department, and does everything in his power to convince her they belong together.

However, when the unthinkable hits the quiet seaside town, Michael finds himself trying to unravel more than the mystery of Dahlia's McGuire's broken heart. It's time for truths left unsaid to finally be spoken or Michael and Dahlia might find themselves torn apart forever…


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What People Are Saying:

“Samantha Young once again delivers the perfect balance of emotion and wit, tension and levity… a visceral, beautifully penned story.” Vilma Iris
“The love and pain that went into writing this story is so evident throughout that you just don’t want to put the book down… Another MUST read by Samantha Young.” Badass Bloggettes

“Dahlia and Michael have chemistry that is explosive… I loved how they loved each other.”— Kathryn, Tsk, Tsk What to Read?

“Oh my word, I can’t even begin to explain how much I loved and devoured this book… Things We Never Said deserves ALL the stars.” —Lucie Lu’s Book Reviews

“Angst and heartache. Drama and suspense. Steam and longing. Slow burn and the most swoon-tastic hero... Things We Never Said HAD IT ALL.”— Angie’s Dreamy Reads

“Oy, what a beautiful yet heartbreaking story is this one.” — BJs Book Blog

“This is a great addition to this series… highly recommend!” —Reading with 2 Book Lovers

“This is a second chance love story at its finest.” — Amy, Garden of REden


About The Author:

Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series, Hero, and Fight or Flight. Samantha’s crossover romance/women’s fiction novel titled Much Ado About You will be published by Berkley (release date tba). Her debut adult paranormal romance novel War of Hearts releases under the pen name S. Young in October 2019.
Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author. When she’s not writing books, she’s buying shoes she doesn’t really need and searching for nooks and crannies to shelve her ever-expanding book collection.




My Review:
This was a second chance romance with a difference. It had heaps of heartbreak and angst, with a slight suspense and mystery running through and filled with some sweet moments too.

Well what can you say about the two main protagonists other than the fact that you wanted to bash their heads together at times. Dahlia I kind of got to a point, but Michael annoyed me lots. I got so confused with him because one min I hated him, because at times he seemed really childish, and then the next he said something so sweet it made you melt. They both had to work really hard to get their HEA and it was very sweet when they did. Their chemistry though was instantaneous and smoking! 

The story was in two parts, one of which took us out of Hartwell and to Boston, but for me this didn't detract from the story because you kind of needed Dahlia's history to know why she was like the way she was. The second part of the story had us back in Hartwell and had that mystery/suspense element. I was gripped to both parts of the story because I had the feeling that Dahlia had some pretty deep secrets that she was hiding and although it took a while to uncover them, it all made sense when I got there.

Overall this was a good addition to the series and I am looking forward to hearing from new characters in this small town.

  
Tracy



Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Release Blitz, Review - Tears of Gold - Anna Bloom


Tears of Gold (Tears of Ink #3) by Anna Bloom
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Genre: Contemporary Romance
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TitleTears of Gold (Tears of Ink #3)
Author: Anna Bloom
Release Date: 4th April 2019

Synopsis:

All of Faith Hitchin’s rules are broken, shattered forever with a promise made in front of glass.


It should be easy; plan a wedding, prepare for a TV show and spend her life with the man she loves.


But, the demons of the past don’t care about rules and promises. As Elijah and Faith try to carve a life for themselves, deep secrets long buried will come to challenge them one final time.  Old friendships will break her heart as her past and present clash with tragic results.


While Faith faces the memories of her shattered childhood and the Fairclough’s play games with her future. Will she be strong enough to stand firm and not run? 


When her ultimate challenge arrives, Faith will need to decide what sort of woman she wants to be. Will she remember the promises made with gold before her tears run free forever?



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Meet the Author:
A book hoarder and coffee addict by heart Anna Bloom loves to write extraordinary stories about real love. Based south of London with her husband, three children and a dog with a beard, Anna likes to connect with readers, fan girl over her favourite authors and binge watch Supernatural while drinking lots of wine.

My Review:

This is the third book in the tears of ink trilogy and boy what an ending to Faith's and Elijah's story. I would suggest reading the first two books because although this can be read as a standalone, the story begins right after the final events in tears of glass.  This whole trilogy has been like being on a roller coaster with so many ups and downs and loop the loops, all you could really do as a reader is hold on and enjoy the ride with Faith and Elijah.  There were so many twists and turns in the series and the theme continued with tears of gold, I was reading with the feeling that the author was not quite done with these two yet and I was right! You were reading thinking something big is gonna go down here and that feeling of anticipation kept me turning those pages. I gasped, cried and that ending..... Well it was perfect for them. They do get their HEA eventually but they sure have to work hard to get it. It has been strange because normally I usually like one character more than the other, that didn't happen here, I loved them both equally and although they are both flawed they fix each other perfectly.  I urge anyone to get the whole trilogy and devour it whole, it is truly amazing.


Tracy 


Cover Reveal : She's Like The Wind - Carrie Elks


Title: She's Like The Wind
Series: Angel Sands #2
Author: Carrie Elks
Genre: Small Town Romance
Release Date: May 16th, 2019
Cover Design: Najla Qamber

Synopsis:

He’d be a fool to fall for his long-legged, barefoot employee. But bad decisions have never stopped him before…

Successful businessman and single father, Nate Crawford, doesn’t need any more complications. That’s why he’s moved his business – and his life – to a small beach town. He’s expecting sun, sea and tranquility, but what he gets is a whirlwind in the form of town sweetheart, Ally Sutton.

Ally’s used to dealing with heartache. But losing the café she’s owned for years is the final straw. Being offered a new job feels like a lifeline – that is until she meets her much-older, and impossibly handsome new boss.

In the space of a few weeks everything changes. And when an accident forces them closer, Nate and Ally can’t ignore the fascination between them any longer. As the summer heats up, the question is when, not if, they’ll give in to their explosive attraction.

  **She’s Like the Wind is the second book in the Angel Sands series, set in a small beach town on the California coast. If you like a heartwarming read that’s low on angst and big on feels, this stand-alone romance is for you.**






About the Author:
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Carrie Elks writes contemporary romance with a sizzling edge. Her first book, Fix You, has been translated into eight languages and made a surprise appearance on Big Brother in Brazil. Luckily for her, it wasn’t voted out. Carrie lives with her husband, two lovely children and a larger-than-life black pug called Plato. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found baking, drinking an occasional (!) glass of wine, or chatting on social media.


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Release Blitz & Review: Diary of a Bad Boy by Meghan Quinn




Title: Diary of a Bad Boy
Author: Meghan Quinn
Release Date: March 7th, 2019

Synopsis:

Dear Diary,

I might have gotten myself into a wee bit of trouble—and I'm not talking about the "court mandated community service," or “therapy sessions from bashing a bloke in the head" kind of trouble.

I wish it were that simple.

Nope. I’m talking about the "falling in love with one of my client's daughters,” kind of trouble . . .

The kind of problem I can’t talk my way out of when the truth gets out.

How I ended up with her phone is a long story—and when she called to get it back, I took things a bit too far. One innocent exchange wound up leading to so much more.

Fun, new, and totally immune to my charm, Sutton is different. And I had no idea she was the daughter of Foster Green.

Blame it on the dark colored stout running through my veins, pushing me toward one bad decision after another. Pushing me toward her even though I know right from wrong; even though she's my client's daughter.

Dating her might be the best or worst decision I've ever made. Only time, whiskey, and one more roll around the mattress with her will tell.


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About the Author:


USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.


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My Review:
I've been a fan of Meghan Quinn for a while now and in my opinion, she is the queen of romantic comedy. And a Diary of A Bad Boy is the perfect example why. This story is sweet, romantic, funny, a little bit naughty and a lot sexy :D But it does have a pinch of heartbreak that will just make you fall in love with Roark just a little bit more :)

After reading The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend's Sister, I knew that Roark's story will be a must read. I mean, he is the ultimate bad boy who drinks, smokes and changes women like he changes underwear. So I pretty much knew that ones he falls, he is going to fall hard. And oohhhh, how the mighty have fallen :D One look, a call and a few text messages and Roark is a goner. And though in the beginning, I thought that Sutton is a little bit of a prude, she definitely changed my mind and convinced me that she is the perfect match for this bad boy.

With all that being said, I don't want you to think that Roark is just an a-hole. He might have those tendencies and every now and then act like one but he also has a heart of gold. Though after his heartbreaking past, that sweet, loving and romantic part of him is hidden so deep behind the wall erected to protect him, that very few people manage to see and get to know the real man. So, it's to be expected that the relationship between Sutton and Roark is not an easy one. But with their banter and behaviour they do create some hilarious situations :D There are a few heartbreaking ones, so be prepared for those. But mostly, be prepared for Roark to claim your heart.

I am not going to reveal any more but I would say this. If you are looking for an incredible romantic comedy, look no further. I can guarantee that you would love Sutton and Roark's story. As for me, I can't wait to find what happens with Rath. I have a feeling he will be my leading man. So beware, I call dibs :D 


                          

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

An outstanding read: "The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros" - Release Day Post and Review

 

The right words can save your life.

For fans of Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult... A soldier falls in love with his battle buddy’s sister through their letters and returns home from Afghanistan with a secret that could destroy their fragile relationship. 

I've literally devoured this book in less than one day, and I want to shout to everyone: grab this book NOW! The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros is an outstanding book and everyone needs to read it <3


 

Title: The Last Letter
Author: Rebecca Yarros
Release Date: February 26th, 2019

Synopsis:

Beckett,

If you’re reading this, well, you know the “last-letter” drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there were any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: Get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.

Ryan


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"I cannot imagine a world without this story." – Hypable

"A stunning, emotional romance." - Jill Shalvis, NYT Bestselling Author

"This story gripped me from start to finish. The Last Letter is poignant, heartfelt and utterly consuming. I loved it!" - Mia Sheridan, NYT Bestselling Author

Excerpt:
“Ella.” It was a plea to speak, to not speak. Hell, I didn’t know anymore.

“You don’t see me like that. I totally get it.” She reached for the TV remote.

“How exactly do I see you? Please, enlighten me.” I leaned forward, stealing the remote. She’d opened this box and had better well dish it.

She huffed in annoyance. “You see me as a mom. As Colt and Maisie’s mom. And of course you do, because that’s what I am. A mom with two kids.”

“Well, yeah,” I said. Her motherhood—that selfless devotion she had to her kids—was one of her most attractive attributes.

She rolled her eyes with a little sigh, and the metaphorical light bulb went off in my head.

“You don’t think I want you.”

She shot me a look that confirmed my guess and blushed the same crimson of her couch. “You know, you’re right. It’s late.” She faked a yawn. “Suuuuuuper late.”

“I want you.” Damn, it felt so good to say the words.

“Yeah, okay.” She gave me a goofy look and a thumbs-up. “Please don’t make me feel any more idiotic than I do right now.”

Yeah, enough of this bullshit.

I pounced in one smooth motion, taking her back to the couch, sliding over her as I gathered her wrists in one hand above her head and settled between her open thighs.

Home.

“Holy shit, you move fast.” There was no fear or rejection in her eyes, just surprise.

“Not in every arena,” I promised.

Her lips parted.

“Ella. I want you.”

“Beckett…you don’t have to.”

Yeah, that soft little sigh she did was going to be my undoing.

I let go of her wrists, letting my fingers trail down her arm until I had one hand weaving my fingers into the hair at the base of her scalp and the other at the curve in her waist.

“Feel this?” Then I slid forward, letting my dick stroke along the seam in her pajama pants hard enough for her to gasp at the contact. I couldn’t remember ever wanting to shred a piece of fabric so much in my life. “I’ve never wanted a woman as much as I want you.”

I moved again, and her eyes slid shut as she let loose the sweetest moan.

My dick throbbed, knowing everything I’d fantasized about for the better part of the last eight months was one decision away.

“Beckett.” Her hands found my biceps, her nails digging in.

“Don’t ever think that I don’t want you, because if things were different, I would have already been inside you. I would know exactly how you feel, and what you sound like, look like, when you come. I’ve thought about it at least a hundred different ways, and believe me, I’ve got a great imagination.”

She rocked her hips against me, and I locked my jaw to keep from giving her exactly what her body was asking for. “Ella, you have to stop.”

“Why?” she asked, her lips dangerously close to mine. “What do you mean if things were different?” Her eyes flew wide. “Is this because I have kids?”

“What? No. Of course not. It’s because you’re Ryan’s little sister.” Before I could do any more damage, I got the hell off her and sat back on my side of the couch.

“Because…I’m Ryan’s little sister,” she repeated, scooting so she sat upright, facing me. “And you think he’d, what? Haunt you?”

Three things: The letter. The cancer. The lie.

I repeated those in my head until I was certain I could look at her and not drag her back under me.

“Beckett?”

“When I was growing up, if I wanted something, I took it. Immediately. I had sex at fourteen with a girl in my foster home of the moment. I opened Christmas presents early if I was lucky enough to get one, and it was usually from my social worker or some charity.”

“I don’t understand.” She wrapped her arms around her knees again.

“I took it immediately because I knew if I didn’t, chances were I wouldn’t get it. It was a now-or-never kind of thing—there weren’t second chances.”

“Okay.”

“I can’t touch you, can’t talk about it, because I’m afraid I’ll act on it.”

“And why does that matter if I want you to?”

“Because I won’t get a second chance. And I’m crap with people, with relationships. I’ve never had one that lasted more than a month. Never loved a woman I’ve slept with. And chances are I’d do something to screw this up, because it’s not just my dick that wants you, Ella.”

That O popped right back onto her face, and I closed my eyes to keep from lunging across the distance and kissing her. Knowing she’d let me—that she wanted it—sent my need from a bullet to a nuclear missile.

“And when I’d screw it up, because it would happen, trust me, it would hurt Colt and Maisie, too. You’d be on your own again, because there’s no chance you’d let me hang around and help you out like Ryan asked.”

“And there it is.”

“There it is. You’re Ryan’s little sister.”

“There were only five years between us. Not so little, you know.” She reached for the remote.

“I’m well aware.”

“So if Ryan were still alive…” She shot one last look at me.

I let everything slip for a millisecond, letting her see it all in my eyes, how badly I wanted her, and not just for her body. “Everything would be different.”

“Everything?”

“Everything but the way I feel about you, which he probably would have killed me for. Where does that leave us?”

“You mean besides me being a dried-up spinster and you being honor-bound to a ghost?”

“Something like that.”

She rolled her head along the back of the couch, muttering something that sounded like a curse word under her breath. Then she sat up straight and powered on the TV with a click of her thumb. “That leaves us choosing a movie on demand. Because I’m not letting you walk out that door right now.”

“You’re not?”

“Nope. You walk out now, you might get all weird about this and not come back. Honor is a fabulous thing, but sometimes pride can be a lot stronger, especially when you convince yourself it’s for the good of the other person.”

Damn, the woman knew me.

“So movie it is,” I agreed. “Just…stay on your side of the couch.”

“I wasn’t the one who crossed the center line,” she teased with a smile that got me hard all over again.

Movie chosen, we sat and watched, both of us stealing sideways glances. There was that saying…the horse out of the barn. Yeah, the horse was out of the barn, and it wasn’t going back in. Not no way. Not no how.

That horse was running amok and screwing with my carefully constructed control.


But I didn’t complain when she moved over. Or when she pressed against my side. Nope. I lifted my arm and savored the feel of her curves, her trust. Still didn’t complain when she lay down in my arms. Hell no, I held on and memorized every second. 

About the Author:
Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and a lover of all things coffee, chocolate, and Paleo. She is the author of the Flight & Glory series, including Full Measures, the award-winning Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What is Given, and Hallowed Ground. She loves military heroes, and has been blissfully married to hers for sixteen years.

When she's not writing, she's tying hockey skates for her four sons, sneaking in some guitar time, or watching brat-pack movies with her two daughters. She lives in Colorado with the hottest Apache pilot ever, their rambunctious gaggle of kids, an English bulldog who is more stubborn than sweet, and a bunny named General Fluffy Pants who torments the aforementioned bulldog. Having adopted their youngest daughter from the foster system, and Rebecca is passionate about helping others do the same.



My Review:


OMG, OMG, OMG, I'm speechless.
I've just finished reading this book, and I can say that it has been a long time since I've read a book that made me feel so much.

The writing was outstanding, it was deep, it was heartfelt, but without being too heavy. I never felt like it was dragging, on the contrary the storyline flew without a hitch, and it was a pleasure to read word after word without stopping. 


I don't want to spoiler anything because this is a book that you need to go in blind, in my opinion.

But I'll tell you that it made me feel sooo much, from start to finish.
Beckett and Ella's story was a really unique one, not only for the way they got to know each other, but for the difficult situation they had to navigate almost from the start of their relationship.
How they had to rely on each other, especially Ella; how they taught one another about life, about love, about family....
Their story was not a simple one, their path was paved with obstacles, insecurities, and also secrets... but step by step, they fought and managed to face and overcome everything that was thrown their way.

What I loved about this book, in addition to Beckett and Ella's love story, is that there was so much more. It was a book about LOVE, yes, love in capital letters. Love between a couple, but also love between a brother and a sister, love between parents and their children.

A huge part of the book were Maisie and Colton, Ella's children. I'm not a mother, but even I can say that Rebecca Yarros depicted such a true picture of parenthood, its ups and downs, the happy moments, the bad moments. And what it means to love a child so fiercely, without limits.



And, little spoiler, it was heart-warming to see Beckett falling in love with Maisie and Colton, becoming a parent, a dad, little by little, whole heart in.

Maisie and Colton's relationship was one that we wish to have with our own brothers and sisters, and for our children to have with their siblings. Their connection, their support for each other, and how they simply loved one another to the moon and back. They were also such mature children, having to grow up quickly because, well, life... but still keeping an open heart and a disarming honesty that every child should have.


I need also to say that this book broke my heart. I've shed some tears over some books, but only a few other times I full ugly cried like I did reading this book. At one point, I couldn't even breath because I was crying so much. I really don't want to give away anything, but the scene that broke my heart was one of the most beautifully written ones I've ever read in my entire reader life. I was speechless, I was heartbroken, but it was so moving, so full of everything that is good in this world, that I can't help but feeling grateful for having reading it (even if I'm continuously tearing up by just thinking about it).


I hope I conveyed also just one tenth of what The Last Letter meant to me, and what a masterpiece was this book. Hat off to Rebecca Yarros.




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