Consolation Prize (Linda Kage)

Don’t you just hate it when someone destroys all your carefully made plans?

I mean, I had goals: college to graduate in one semester, a future I was working hard to reach, and an image of myself I wanted the world to see. My life was stacked into these precisely placed blocks. But then Colton Gamble came along and knocked them all askew.

I hated how he messed everything up, how he could hog all my attention whenever he was around, how he made my pulse quicken — but only because he ticked me off… not because I was attracted to him. Oh! And I hated how he knew how attractive he was too, the shallow, full of himself, doesn’t take no for an answer, too-flirty, too cocky, extremely irritating jerk.

The boy had all the qualities that turned me off. Or so I thought.

One night he wasn’t quite the brainless, over-confident jerk I usually took him for.

One night, he took care of me when I was at my lowest. He opened up to me and made me open up to him.

Now I’m learning maybe he’s not what I first thought he was. And maybe I’M not what I first thought I was. Maybe it’s okay to rearrange a couple of my perfectly set blocks. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll stop worrying about what I’m afraid everyone else will think and finally reach for something I really want. It’s possible some of my plans need to be destroyed, and Colton Gamble is exactly the kind of mess I need in my life.

What do you think? Should I give him a try?

Desperately seeking your advice,
Julianna Radcliffe


I will admit that I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I did. But here we go. The last book of the Forbidden Men series was another amazing one, and I cannot believe that this series is over. I need more. I need more of the whole gang!

This book is about the youngest Gamble brother, Colton, who we met when he was a small child, when his brother and sister in law took him in and raised him as their own. Colton is definitly a grown up now, and he’s such a smartmouth, so hilarious, and he has such a big heart. What a family. Julianna we met on the previous book, when she went on a date with Colton’s older brother, Brandt. I really liked Julianna, and I understood her struggle to always present a perfect image and project the best of herself. But I loved that Colton helped her be more relaxed and start doing things for herself and not anyone else.

Julianna is a black woman, and she’s older than Colton. The interracial aspect of their relationship plays a big part in the book, especially from Julianna’s side. But I was happy that their age different didn’t gather that much attention (even though they met while he was still a minor…).

I loved their banter though, they spurred each other on, and were always ready for a verbal fight. I loved their dynamic.

I’m sad to see this series end, because I fell for all the characters in this series. Family and friends played such an important role throughout all these books, and I really liked them all. I’m sorry to see it come to an end.

But it was a great ending, that’s for sure.

Price of a Kiss (Forbidden Men #1) 
To Professor, with Love (Forbidden Men #2) 
Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3)
With Every Heartbeat (Forbidden Men #4) 
A Perfect Ten (Forbidden Men #5) 
Worth It (Forbidden Men #6)
The Girl’s Got Secrets (Forbidden Men #7) 
Priceless (Forbidden Men #8) 
Consolation Prize (Forbidden Men #9)

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WWW Wednesday: January 17th 2018

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


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I just finished a book, I’ll probably start one later on today.


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This week I finished Hot Shot by Karina Halle, My Enemy Next Door by Nicole London, Hit The Spot by J. Daniels and Ryan’s Bed by Tijan.


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Next I’ll read: Bad for You by J. Daniels, which I’ll start sometime today, Stud by Kelly Siskind and The Upside of Being Single by Emma Hart. 

Cover Reveal: Memphis by Ginger Scott

Check out the amazing cover of Memphis by Ginger Scott! We are so excited about this release!

Memphis by Ginger Scott
A Contemporary New Adult Romance
Release day: February 23
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Blurb:

My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved.

The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it — he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict.I never understood it…how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney.

At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then…there’s the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle until his very last breath.

He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and I’ve lost so much of myself already.

But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and trust stripped away from life.

I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.



About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

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. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

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).

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Cover Reveal: Stud by Kelly Siskind

Title: Stud
Author: Kelly Siskind
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: January 31, 2018


Blurb:

A down-to-earth carpenter. A Prada loving personal shopper.

A Habitat for Humanity project that erects more than walls…

The word “nail” has so many meanings:

Ainsley Hall’s manicured nails belong in the Museum of Modern Art.

The fashionista hammers nails at Habitat for Humanity.

She desperately wants to nail Owen Phillips.

Unfortunately, she mistakenly thinks he’s gay.

Owen’s never-ending divorce has taken a turn from messy to downright vindictive. Yearning for the simpler things in life, like working with his hands, he joins a Habitat build. Turns out he also wants to work over Ainsley Hall…but the confusing bombshell flirts blatantly with other men.

When Ainsley discovers Owen’s true sexuality, their mutual attraction ignites, but he hasn’t shared the extent of his divorce drama. If he can’t disprove his ex’s false allegations, it will take more than hammers and nails (and nailing studs) to keep their walls from caving in.

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What Others Are Saying…

“…a sexy and steamy read with loads of flirty and witty banter. Siskind knows how to write characters that have off-the-charts chemistry.”
~ RT Book Reviews

“Kelly has outdone herself with this book!”
~ Blushing Mom Book Reviews

“If you like your stories smart, snappy, and stuffed with sweet emotion (and even sweeter heat), Owen and Ainsley will not disappoint.”
~ Bookgasms Book Blog


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Meet the Author:

Kelly is the author of CHASING CRAZY, MY PERFECT MISTAKE, A FINE MESS, and HOOKED ON TROUBLE, the latter three being part of her Over the Top series. A small-town girl at heart, she moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in northern Ontario. When she’s not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She’s also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

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My Enemy Next Door (Whitney G. & Nicole London)

We used to be close.
We used to be best friends.
Until we became enemies all over again…

Courtney Ryan ruined our on and off again friendship with one swipe of her sexy, red pen. After the final rude message she wrote in my yearbook, I decided that we didn’t need to see each other anymore. (But if we ever did, I would show her exactly why I had every reason to be “cocky,” and make her admit that I really *was* “that damn sexy.”)

Now that it’s ten years later, I’ve graduated from law school at the top of my class, and I’m being recruited to work at the number one law firm in New York City.

Since I’m in desperate need of a change and want to meet new people, I don’t hesitate to accept the offer.

Until I find out that Courtney Ryan graduated from law school, too.
Until I realize that she’ll be working at the same exact firm, in the office right across from me.

And if this timing isn’t unfortunate enough, she’s far more tempting and sexier than I originally remembered.
(Oh, and last night I found out that she lives right next door…)

We don’t have to be close.
We don’t have to be best friends.
But she’s going to pay me back for making us enemies all over again…


I was excited when I got this book, I thought the story showed potential. I love a good BFFs to lovers, and second chance romances and also enemies to lovers, and this seemed to want to combine all of those tropes into one small book, and I was excited. However, I think it tried too hard, and the end result was sloppy and underdeveloped.

The writing was not my cup of tea either. While I had read 2 books by Whitney G., this was my first of Nicole London, and of the two of them collaborating. Again, I felt the writing harsh somehow. I can’t quite put my finger on it.

I did like the banter between the two main characters, and I liked their pranks on each other, but besides that, I didn’t really like the characters themselves, especially Courtney. Jace was okay, but he deserved more. Besides the two main characters, I felt like every other character was bad?! As in, they were mean, especially the girls, even Courtney’s current BBF was bitchy, and I kind of hated that.

I liked the development of their romance in the past, and their reconnection, but their demise was all down to miscommunication, and Courtney not even giving Jace a chance, and that was silly in my opinion. The way she doubted everything he was and everything they had… bah!

But when I was expecting them to actually talk, and air everything, that doesn’t happen at all. the end is abrupt and undeveloped, and I really needed more from the story.

So I’m sad to say I didn’t love this book, it was okay, but it definitely didn’t make it to my favorite’s list.

Man Card (Sarina Bowen & Tanya Eby)

Nothing ventured, nothing banged…

Ash

I still don’t know how it happened. One minute I was arguing with my arrogant competitor — our usual trash-talk over who deserves the larger commission. But somehow I went from throwing down to kneeling down…

It can never happen again. I don’t even like Braht. He’s too slick. He’s a manipulating mansplaining party boy in preppy clothes.

So why can’t I get him out of my head?

Braht

There are two things I know without question. One: Ash and I are destined for each other. Two: never trust a man with a unibrow.

Ash is my missing my piece. She’s the sweet cream to my gourmet espresso. And nothing gets me going faster than her contempt for me. They don’t call her the Ashkicker for nothing.

Eventually I’ll win her over…if my past doesn’t ruin everything first.


Once again, this duo of amazing authors made me laugh out loud, and have the best time while reading this amazing book. After finishing the first book, Man Hands, I was anxious to get my hands on this one, and know the full story with Ash and Braht. And eheheh, this was hilarious.

Braht was the most unique male character I ever ever read! He’s so cocky and self assured, but so so confident, I loved it. It was refreshing to have a man that waxes and plucks, and gets mani pedis, and wears pastel colors and doesn’t give a shit. I love him! And Ash, she was such a strong woman.

I really liked their connection and their pull towards each other, and the banter was magnificent. Also, I loved that there was much more to the characters then first met the eye, and how much they fit and helped each other become better and more complete people.

This series is so great, and it has so much potential. I love this group of friends, and the connection, love and friendship between them all. I now want a story about Sadie, because she definitely deserves it.

Guys, go read this book and this series ASAP, you’ll laugh your ass off, and you’re gonna thank me for recommending it to you. 

Decidedly With Love (Stina Lindenblatt)

Fake boyfriend Rule #1: never fall for your fake girlfriend.

Oops.

Emma Lovejoy runs Aphrodite’s Boutique, a store that specializes in all things love-related. A store that she adores with all her heart, and which is at risk of being shut down and replaced with a condo development.

Playboy Travis Hamilton was raised by his feisty, well-meaning grandmother, who is determined to help her grandson find The One. But when most women he meets tend to be puck bunnies or women only interested in his hockey-player income — and let’s not forget the nutcase of an ex-girlfriend — why bother?

Travis realizes only a fake girlfriend will deter his grandmother’s matchmaking scheme. Too bad the one woman who can help him is the sexy redhead who wants to assist him as much as she wants her eyeballs to be dunked in hot sauce and barbecued. To convince her, he promises to help her with her own dilemma. But sometimes fire and ice really do mix. Now Travis has to decide if love is in the air — and if together he and Emma make something hotter. Something stronger. Something real.


I’m really enjoying this series…

THE POSITIVE:

The characters. Emma and Travis were great characters, but I also really enjoyed the secondary characters, especially Travis grandmother and her 2 feisty friends.

 The writing. This has been a hit and miss for me, I liked it on the first book, Decidedly Off Limits, but found it a bit too much on Decidedly With Baby. Here I liked it again. The style is still the same, and it’s fun and light. The only problem is that it doesn’t allow for a big distinction on the character’s voices.

 The plot. I love fake relationships turned real, so yeah, I really liked the plot.

THE NEGATIVE:

 I found that the relationship developed a bit too fast. It went from fake to forever very very fast.

 The plot of the 2 characters knowing each other in their teens was inconsequential, and didn’t bring anything to the story.