Blog Tour: Cry Baby (Ginger Scott)

We’re celebrating the release of CRY BABY by Ginger Scott! One-Click today!

Tristan Lopez is loyal to his brothers. He doesn’t really have a choice, born into a gang that has a chokehold on every kid that roams its streets. He gave his life to them willingly, knowing if he did then one day this kingdom, led by boys drunk with power and ruled by fear, would all be his.

He was loyal through it all. Loyal when prison took his dad away. Loyal when his face was touched by the cold metal of the rival gang’s gun. Loyal even though his mom begged him to run the moment she returned home from rehab.

He thought about becoming someone else. It was hard not to crave the life of a regular 17-year-old. It’s the only reason he stayed in school — to pretend. But he always fell back in line.

Loyal.

Riley Rojas didn’t belong in Tristan’s real world. She should have only been part of the fantasy, one of the many faces he got to pretend with amidst rows of metal chairs and desks and whiteboards with assignments. But there she was, moving boxes from the back of an old pick-up into a house Tristan had shot up on a dare with his friends only a few months before.

Tall enough to look him in the eyes and strong enough to fill his shadow, Riley took up space on his streets, her loud mouth fearless in the face of the gang leaders who terrified everyone else. She pushed Tristan around on the hard court, and she balled better than his friends — better than him sometimes. She challenged him. She needed him. He liked it. And when her pale blue eyes stared into his, he quit wanting to pretend.

He couldn’t ask her to leave because she’d only dig her heels in deeper. He couldn’t ask because he didn’t want her to go. She was blurring his lines. She was testing his loyalty.

He was falling in love.

And it was going to tear him apart.

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As you can imagine, this was yet another book I’ve loved from Ginger Scott. Her writing once again is beyond beautiful and compelling.

I loved the theme of this book, because it’s so raw and hard and overall gut wrenching. This book deals with gangs, gang related violence, and the lack of choices some people are born into. I felt like Ginger Scott created such a great character with Tristan. He was so good and it was impossible not to love him, but, it was also impossible to be entirely comfortable with his choices. He grew so much during this book, learning to be his own person, and make decisions he can live with. I loved Tristan, he’s one of my favorite heroes ever.

Riley… I loved Riley, her sassiness and determination, the way she knew what she wanted. But, she sometimes made things harder than they should be, and I know that was part of her personality and all, but given the situation and what was around her, it made her reckless, and I wanted to slap her sometimes.

I really appreciate the huge inclusion of family. Even though both parents on this book worked a lot, they both tried to be there for their children, even if in different ways. And they were huge parts of their lives.

Now, the only thing I’m gonna say that is negative, is that I wanted more relationship development, especially between Riley and Tristan. They spend a lot of time bickering and stuff, but there’s more things that are not said, than the ones that are. They became such integral parts of each other’s lives, that I wanted more development that lead to that.

Like I said before, the plot is amazing, and it’s a story that pulls on your heartstrings. But that ending? That ending killed me… I needed more, and I still can’t believe that that’s how it ended 😦 .

So people, go read this book NOW, you won’t regret it. But prepare the tissues and be ready for the heartbreak.


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: Want You by Jen Frederick

WANT YOU By New York Times Bestselling Author Jen Frederick

This will be exclusive to Kindle Unlimited – On Sale July 1st


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Bitsy

I might be only nineteen, but I know what I want. It’s Leka Moore. I don’t care that he took me in when he was barely more than a kid himself. I don’t care that he raised me. I don’t care everyone thinks being with him is wrong. I know we belong together, and the only person I need to convince is him.

Leka

I found her in the corner of a dark alley. If I hadn’t taken her with me, she would’ve died that night — or maybe worse. Before I knew it, she became the light in my dark life, the haven from the madness. I watched her grow up. I tried to teach her right from wrong. Now that she’s an adult, I’m feeling things that no good man should ever feel. But then…I’ve never been a good man. I have a chance at redemption by saving her from the greatest danger of all — me.

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Audio Tour: Part-Time Lover (Lauren Blakely)

What do you get when you mix a charming British hero, a temporary marriage of convenience, and a smart & sassy heroine? PART-TIME LOVER, the brand new, standalone rom-com from #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely! Narrated by the deliciously sexy Shane East and Grace Grant, PART-TIME LOVER promises full-time satisfaction. Get your copy of PART-TIME LOVER now!


Review:

I’ll say this about Christian — he made one hell of a first impression.
When I first saw the strapping man, he was doing handstands naked on a dock along the canal. His crown jewels were far more entertaining than anything else I’d seen on the boat tour, so I did what any curious woman would do — I took his photo. I might have looked at the shot a few dozen times. Little did I know I’d meet him again, a year later, at a secret garden bar in the heart of the city, where I’d learn that his mind and his mouth were even more captivating.

But given the way my heart had been trampled, I wanted only a simple deal — No strings. No expectations.

Our arrangement worked well enough until the day I needed a lot more from him…

***

Let me just say, this whole part-time lover thing was her idea. I’d have gone all-in from the start, but hey, when a gorgeous, brilliant woman invites you into her bed, and only her bed…well, I said yes.

But then, one hysterical phone call from my brother later, begging me to find myself a wife so grandfather’s business stays in the family, and I need a promotion with Elise. Turns out a full-time husband suits her needs too, and a temporary marriage of convenience ought to do the trick, until we can simply untie the knot…

As long as no one finds out…
As long as no one gets hurt…
As long as no one falls in love…

But our ending was one I never saw coming.

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By now you guys know I love love love audiobooks, and I’m always excited to listen to one of Lauren Blakely’s books. Not only because she’s the author who made me love audiobooks, but because I usually love ALL of her books. This one was no exception.

I’m really happy to see more of Christian and Elise, who are first introduced in Wanderlust, and to finally know the story behind both characters. And like the previous book, this one draws you in with the descriptions of the stores, the streets, and the smells, of Paris, Copenaghen and New York. I really like this, and it works even better in audio form.

I adored both main characters, especially Christian… I liked that he understood his feelings and pursued what he wanted. Elise was a perfect counterpart for Christian, she had such hard limits and high walls, but she wanted to be open and herself, but just too scared to be able to do it. They support each other, and they both grow up a lot, mainly Elise.

Fake relationships turned real is one troupe I like, and it was super well done here. The whole plot was very entertaining and enjoyable. I was only expecting a bit more from the whole thing with Erik’s wife… and I’m wondering if that was the last we’ll see of him?!

So, guys, get on board with this one. Another fantastic read from Lauren Blakely.


“From the beautiful backdrop to the witty dialogue and the heartwarming romance, Part-time Lover is a keeper.”
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PART-TIME LOVER AUDIO TOUR:

June 6
Bookaliciousbabes blog
Crazy Daisy Book Whore
I Heart Romance & YA
Reading After Dark
Sweet Red Reads
The Bookish Sisters

June 7
Books all things Books
Dog-Eared Daydreams
Read. Eat. Love.
Rachel Loren’s Love of Reading
Sexy Lady’s Reading Corner
Books and Tequila
Booked All Night Blog

June 8
@kssecretbooks
East Coast Book Chicks
Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
Sheila’s Book Corner
Valley of the Book Doll
Beneath the Covers
The Audio Flow

June 9
Blushing babes are up all night
I Love Romance
Linz Readz
Lit-Up My Mind
Lover of Big Books Cannot Lie
Alphas Do It Better

June 10
Becky on Books
Book Babes Unite
In Between The Pages
MelethBookaddicted
@Karinlibrarian
Red Hatter Book Blog
Two Book Pushers

June 11
A Novel Bunch KC
Book Lovers Hangout
Carole’s Random Life in Books
My Girlfriends Couch
My Tiny Obsessions
S3OC

June 12
Between the Hardcovers
Confessions of 2 Book Lovers
Four Chicks Flipping Pages
Next Book Review
Sultry Sirens Book Blog


About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 95 times, and she’s sold more than 2.5 million books. In June she’ll release PART-TIME LOVER, a sexy new standalone romance. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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June TBR

Hey guys! Again, I managed most of my TBR last month, but I had a very “Max Monroe” based month. This month, I’m going to finish their series that I’m currently reading. I’m also going to throw a few ARCs in there. But mostly, I’ll leave my TBR open for anything that I’m feeling like reading.

  1. Dr. ER (St. Luke’s Docuseries, #2) by Max Monroe
  2. Dr. NEURO (St. Luke’s Docuseries, #3) by Max Monroea Hart
  3. Making Up (London Celebrities #3) by Lucy Parker
  4. Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts #2) by Alisha Rai
  5. The Varlet and the Voyeur (Rugby, #4) by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid
  6. Cry Baby by Ginger Scott
  7. Rusty Nailed (Cocktail, #2) by Alice Clayton
  8. King of Wall Street by Louise Bay

May Wrap-Up

Hey guys! I’m quite happy with the books I’ve read this month, I read and listened to some amazing books… mostly from Max Monroe. Yeah, I read 16 books this month, and 11 of them were from Max Monroe, eheh.


THIS MONTH I READ:

And I listened to:


Have you read any of these books?
What are your thoughts on them?

One Baby Daddy (Meghan Quinn)

“What are you doing now that your team is out of the running for the Stanley Cup?”

Forget.

I need to forget. I need an escape.

Only one person isn’t falling for my reputation as the NHL’s Golden Boy; she captured my attention the minute she called me out for snooping through my best friend’s house. She didn’t want to hear my reason — she only wanted to playfully give me a hard time.

Adalyn is bold, sassy — and the perfect escape.

She’s everywhere. In town and in my dreams, and suddenly I need to spend every waking moment with her.

And I do, making this summer the best off-season I’ve ever had.

But in the midst of getting lost in Adalyn, what I don’t expect is to get her pregnant.

And what I definitely don’t expect is having to fight for her affection.

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This was yet another time I was late putting out a review — so sorry about that — but the truth is, I felt like this book dragged so much… it took me ages to go over the 50% mark, and that just frustrated me so so much. Fair warning, I might drop a few SPOILERS on this review, sorry.

So… You guys know that Meghan Quinn is an author that I always enjoy reading, she has an hilarious way of writing, and her books are usually super funny. However, I felt like this book lacked humour, which was the first fact that made me enjoy this a little bit less.

We first met Hayden back in the first book of the series (Three Blind Dates), and at that point, we already knew that something would happen and he and Adalyn would fall apart — the reason he went on a blind date with Noely and eventually broke it off with her. So, I was very very surprised that most of this book takes place BEFORE those events. I understand the need to establish Hayden and Adalyn’s relationship, but the development was too slow. When I say it was slow, it wasn’t just because Hayden likes to take it slow… no, there were a lot of descriptions of moments that I felt were not necessary to establish relationship, feelings and chemistry. And then, after they fall apart, again, there is a lot of time spent in stuff I didn’t necessarily care about. So, in my opinion, the pacing was all wrong.

I really liked Hayden, he’s a true romantic and sweetheart. I really liked the way he loved with all of him, and how he was searching for something meaningful. HOWEVER, Hayden had a dark streak that was never addressed properly, and his opinions were very fickle at times.

Adalyn, well, I didn’t like her. She started off great, but it all went to shit when she forgot to take the birth control pills… The way she treats Hayden is aborrant, and she does something that is my ultimate pet peeve in pregnancy books: she refuses to tell Hayden that she’s pregnant. That’s a huge no for me. Add insult to injury, and knowing that Logan has feelings for her, she agrees that he should live with her, and then acts like she’s sneaking around on both guys?  And acts all surprised when he finally reveals his feelings towards her?! BAHHHH, nope!

So yeah… there’s a love triangle! And it doesn’t make any sense, and it was so so unnecessary… Another unnecessary thing? That ending… I felt like the last 20% of the book, Meghan tried to pack up all the possible drama, and I hated it.

Honestly guys, for me, the saving grace of this book is Hayden and the fact that he’s such a different hero from the ones I’m used to. But I think he deserved a better pair, and he deserved more from the story. Racer and Emma (from previous books) were also a bright light in this book, and they acted like adults!

Tell me people, have you read this one? What were your thoughts?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Speakeasy (Sarina Bowen)

Sometimes you fall for Mr. Right. And sometimes for Mr. Right Now…

May

Did you hear the one about the girl who walks into a bar and catches her live-in lover kissing someone else? No? You’re the only one in town who missed it.
Luckily Alec is there to wrap me up in strong arms and carry me out the door before things get too ugly. And that’s not all Alec is good at. Our unexpected chemistry makes him the perfect rebound guy.

Alec

I should know better than to hook up with my rival’s little sister, but the fiery look in May’s eyes really turns my crank. She needs cheering up, and I’m just the guy for the job.
It’s not like I’ll fall in love. Not even after a string of scorching hot trysts, and the realization that we’re good at the same things: wild nights and familial disappointment. I don’t do love, never have, never will. So this is the perfect arrangement, for both of us.

Nobody would approve, but nobody has to know…

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I’m so excited that Sarina wrote another book on this series. She’s one of my favorite authors, and this series has a special place in my heart, I love everything about it, and I can’t wait to read more. The writing was, as always, wonderful, so I’m not going to spend a lot of time on that. I hope you’ve read something by Sarina Bowen by now, otherwise, you’re missing out.

I’ll admit that this was not the story I was expecting for May, and like me, I think most people were expecting May to have a F/F romance, given that since coming out as bisexual, she was very fixed on the fact that she would end up with a woman. But I was happy with the way the story turned out, and how the progress made May’s character to grow.

I’ve loved May for a lot of books now, but I think she finally got what she deserved: acceptance… from herself. She was always trying to show a good facade, but she never put her foot down and admitted to herself that she was worthy too, and she deserved everything. Alec helps May grow on that sense, and she finally realizes that she can be herself, no judgment or preconceived notions. She’s deserving, and she can be herself, a bit messed up and all.

Much on the same way, May helps Alec become more than what everybody sees in him. He comes off at first a bit childish and immature, because he’s always carefree and honest, but he’s also insecure and he needs to feel like he’s not always a screw up. He eventually realizes that he can want and desire more, and he can achieve it.

These two apparently didn’t have anything in common, but they actually do. They’re both the middle children that everyone disregards a bit. And they help each other find the right footing they both need. The character growth is my favorite part of this book, and the fact that they love each other without any judgment. They’re supportive and they come into their own together.

I’m glad May Shipley found Alec Rossi. They ended up being exactly what each other needed.

If you haven’t picked this one up yet, do. It’s worth it.


Meet the author:

Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestseller’s list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University.

Sarina Bowen is a New Englander whose Vermont ancestors cut timber and farmed the north country since the 1760s. Sarina is grateful for the invention of indoor plumbing and wi-fi during the intervening 250 years. On a few wooded acres, she lives with her husband, two boys, and an ungodly amount of ski and hockey gear.

Sarina’s books are published in a dozen languages on four continents. In 2016, The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with a RITA award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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