Tuesday, July 27, 2021

✯Release Review✯Private Player (The Player Series #2) by Louise Bay


 

Release Date: July 27


The first time I meet Madison Shore, I’m greeted by her knickers. She’s upside down and trying to untangle herself from my chair at a wedding.

I get to see a whole lot more of her later that night.

The second time I meet Madison Shore is in my London office. Turns out she’s a journalist writing an article about me. To keep control of my company, I need to convince people I’m more serious about business than my playboy reputation suggests. Madison holds my future in her hands.

Now I just need to convince the woman I took to bed on Saturday night that I'm not the player everyone thinks I am.


Private Player is stand-alone novel with brand new characters that have never been seen in any previous books.



✯✯4 Nathan Filled Stars!!!✯✯ 


I’m such a huge Louise Bay fan. I don’t have to know anything about her books to put it on TBR list and Private Player was no different. 


Madison and Nathan hate weddings but here they are. But, when they’re seated next to each other and start talking they don’t mind. One thing leads to another and they spend an amazingly hot night together with no strings attached. They go their separate way’s. Not expecting to see each other again. 


Ever since Nathan’s company went public the board doesn’t like Nathan’s image to the public. ESP since he was photographed out with his friend’s wife. They want him to clean up his image. 


Nathan agreed to let somebody come and follow him around and get to know the real Nathan Cove and not the playboy they’ve read about in the tabloids. When in walks Madison, Nathan knows having the woman he just slept with write an article about him NOT being a playboy could go very wrong. 


Madison’s trying to get a permanent job at The Post. She’s trying to prove she’s not her mother but she’s her own journalist. 


Madison Shore wasn’t expecting to walk into work to find out she’d be shadowing Nathan.  ESP since one of the reason’s his reputation is where it is Bc of her mother. 


Madison decides not to tell him who her mother is just yet. Instead they decide to keep their night to themselves and instead do what they have to in order to secure their own jobs. 


The more time they spend together the harder it is to stay in the line’s they’ve laid out. 


I really really liked Nathan! He was a man that knew what he wanted and wasn’t afraid to let you know it. The way he looked after his family and friends. He’s loyal down to his bones. Even if he got hurt it in the end. He always did what he thought was right. 


As much as I liked Madison, I wanted more from her. I felt she didn’t give as much to Nathan as he did her. 


I’m super excited that there’s more coming from the Cove family. I fell for Nathan’s parents and his brother’s. I’m really looking forward to seeing them. 


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USA Today bestselling author, Louise Bay writes sexy, contemporary romance novels – the kind she likes to read. Her books include the novels Faithful (not currently on sale as undergoing maintenance!), HopefulThe Empire State SeriesThe Nights CollectionThe Royals Collection, and The Gentleman Collection (these are series of stand alone books each following different characters). Louise’s most recent novel is Mr. Mayfair which is available now!

Ruined by romantic mini-series of the eighties, Louise loves all things romantic. There’s not enough of it in real life so she disappears into the fictional worlds in books and films.

 

Louise loves the rain, The West Wing, London, days when she doesn’t have to wear make-up, being on her own, being with friends, elephants and champagne.

 

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

✯Release Review✯Quiet Wealth (Quiet Mafia #1) by J.L. Drake




Title: Quiet Wealth
Series: Quiet Mafia #1
Author: J.L. Drake
Genre: Mafia Romance
Release Date: July 22, 2021


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A twisted mafia romance about quiet wealth and refined darkness

Sienna

It’s been ten years since he left me with nothing but a pendant, a photo, and a broken heart. He was but a ghost, there one minute and gone the next. I picked myself up, dried my eyes, and built my life without him. Now he has come back into my life like a raging storm surrounded by crime and bloodshed. I no longer need him, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want him—or just a little taste…

Elio

Ten years ago, I had to leave behind the only light I had in my life. Without her, I live in darkness. I am not proud of the things I’ve done, nor the blood that’s been shed. Everything I did had been to protect her. We live by our code—family, power, loyalty, and protection. Our empire is built on the bones of our enemies. Now that she is back and we have a second chance, they will learn one way or another you do not touch my queen.

Capri Famiglia will rise to the top no matter the cost, bloodshed, or the lines that will have to be blurred.


✯✯5 Elio & Sienna Filled Stars!!!✯✯


OMG finally!!! I feel like I have been waiting for forever for J. L. Drake to hit publish on her next release for decades. I gotta say after reading the first part of Elio and Sienna’s story the wait was SO worth it. 


Since this is going to be a three part trilogy I really don’t wanna give much away. 


Sienna was living a life of misery. Between starving and the beatings she wanted to give up.  She just hoped her mom returned for her soon. 


While taken a rare breather so found a pond and then found a friend in Elio, the boy next door. 


For year’s they were just friend’s and then they grew into so much more. His parent’s took her in as their own as well. As long as Sienna had Elio in her life she was OK. Until one day him, his parent’s and everything that was them was gone. And, Sienna was left again for the second time in her life. 


It’s been ten year’s since Sienna lost Elio and his parent’s. The only thing she has to prove to her he’s real is the crow necklace he gave her. 


Sienna was alone and on the street’s when she met Wyatt and he took her in and now they’re both journalists. 


When her bosses found out about her past they talked her into doing an exposΓ© and she did it in hopes her mom would find her. 


Next thing a big time hotshot reached out to her boss to hire her to do an article on their oil business that people have been trying to get for year’s. 


The last thing Sienna thought was the guy she’s meeting with is Elio’s best friend/business partner. Sienna want’s to run away from Elio but she can’t. Her heart, body and soul are connected to Elio. No matter how powerful and scary he’s become he’s still the boy she met in the woods ten years ago. 


Elio never wanted to leave Sienna all those years ago. He thought if he left her then nobody would know she’s the love of his life and his one weakness and she’ll be protected. 


But, here she is and he can’t and won’t stay away from her again and he refuses to loose her. 


The only problem is another mafia family are back in Italy and they want everything Elio’s family has. 


There’s a rat in his inner circle and he’ll take them all out himself until he finds out whose behind it and stop it once and for all. 


Elio’s also trying to win Sienna back without letting his enemies know who she is to him. 


I read this in less than two days. I couldn’t put it down. This has everything you want in a dark romance read and then so much more. I knew it was going to end on a cliffhanger but when I finished it at 4:45 this morning it didn’t stop me from yelling at my kindle in my empty room LOL. I’m dying for the next part of Elio and Sienna’s story!!









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EXCERPT

Stripping down to just my bra and underwear, I slipped into the water and allowed myself to float, proud that I had finally learned to swim. I splashed in the water, happy for a brief moment. Puffy clouds made their way across the blue sky, and I let myself drift away with them, enjoying the freedom. The smell of the plumeria filled the air, and I pretended it was Mother Nature gracing me with a gift of her perfume.
“I was beginning to think you were avoiding me.” His voice traveled across the water and vibrated through me. I ducked down, careful to keep my body underneath the water, so just my nose was above the surface. “It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen you here.” He peered into the hidey hole where we hid our notes and grinned. “I see you got my notes.”
He was right. I had been avoiding him, but it had come with a cost. His kindnesses and our chats had been so important to me. I realized how much I had missed him. I was lost and felt angry and sad all the time.
He tugged off his t-shirt with one hand and stood in his jeans. I saw the way they hung low on his hips. Elio was two years older than I was, and his body was that of a fighter. Strong, lean, and had that V that Cara always drooled over. Yes, Elio looked spectacular.
“And you’re swimming.” He placed a hand over his heart playfully. “That hurts.”
I couldn’t help but smile at that, even as I swam a little bit farther away from the shore. It was true that I didn’t like people looking at my body, especially because of all the bruises. I was also self-conscious about being so thin, although I had put a little meat on my bones lately. Most of all, I didn’t like the attention I got from the men at the dockyard and the house. It made me feel uncomfortable. I had developed quickly over the past few months, and it was difficult to hide my shape under my clothes.
I treaded water and tried to think of something to say as he dropped his jeans and waded into the water in just his boxers. He dipped under the surface and came up right in front of me.
His dark eyes seemed to be even more intense today, and I felt a jolt when I took a leap and stared into them. It was like someone poured a bucket of warm water over me.
“Sorry,” I whispered, and his eyes softened like he was happy I spoke. “Things have been hard, and I got a little…” I trailed off, unsure how to explain myself.
“Lost?”
“I think to be lost you need to have been found at some point,” I fought back an urge to cry. “I didn’t have a starting point. So…” I shrugged.
“I missed our notes.”
“Me too,” I confessed.
“But I missed you more.” He smiled sweetly. Elio would often be bold with his kindness. I admired that he could say what he wanted without a care.
His eyes flickered as something raced through his mind. I could feel his body language change.
“Do you trust me, Sienna?” I licked my lips and thought about his question. “You know me well enough to know I wouldn’t hurt you, right?”
I nodded because it was true. Elio had never said or done anything to hurt me in any way. In fact, he had cared for me over the years and never asked for anything in return. I felt like he knew me better than anyone else.
“May I take you to show you something?”






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Releasing October 21

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Author J.L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 

When she's not writing she loves to spend time with her family, traveling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing. 

Her books can be found in different languages around the world.


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✯Cover Reveal✯Real Players Never Lose(The Boys #3)by Micalea Smeltzer



Micalea Smeltzer has revealed the cover for 
Real Players Never Lose, The Boys book 3!




Releasing August 18, 2021

If one thing is certain, it's that I won't be falling for him. But no one warned me about what happens when my fake boyfriends starts to fall for me.

I've heard the whispers on campus of what a player Teddy McCallister is. Most girls on campus are vying to be the one, but guys like him don't settle down.

When he overhears that my tuition has been pulled and I'm going to basically be a college reject he makes me an offer I can't refuse.

Be his fake girlfriend until graduation so he can get his inheritance.

It seems simple enough. I need the money and he needs someone to make him look committed.

If one thing is certain, it's that I won't be falling for him. But no one warned me about what happens when my fake boyfriends starts to fall for me.



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Monday, July 19, 2021

✯Release Review✯Trouble by Tia Louise



A super-hot, enemies-to-lovers, billionaire romance 
from USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise.




Legend has it, the man you kiss at a wedding is the man you'll marry.
In my case, it's nothing but trouble.


Spencer Carrollton is a dark-haired, hazel-eyed beast.
When I collided with him at my cousin's wedding, I wasn't looking for love.
But his naughty eyes flashed, his full lips curled into a knowing smile, and I should have run.
I didn't.
I kissed him instead.

Then he gave me a job when I needed it the most.
I never get involved with clients, but Spencer Carrollton is wickedly handsome in a bespoke suit.
He's devastatingly sexy out of it.
He's possessive, demanding, and the best night I've ever had.

He's an arrogant billionaire, who thinks I'll fall at his feet, but I'm not going down that road again.
Then he pulls me out of danger and insists I move in with him until it's safe.
As the nights pass and we grow closer, I know I'm losing this fight.
Spencer Carrollton always gets what he wants.
The trouble is, he wants me.



✯✯5 Mr. Freeze & Sly Filled Stars!!!✯✯


Tia Louise continually proves over and over why I automatically read whatever she releases. I didn’t read Twist of Fate but I did read This Much Is True do I knew some of the people. I just didn’t know Spencer and Jocelyn’s interactions going into this book. I wasn’t lost with them or with the other character’s. 


Spencer’s had a hard life. He only sleeps with a woman once and he’s up front about it and isn’t ashamed of it. They don’t call him Mr. Freeze for nothing. But, he can’t get Jocelyn outta his mind so he needs to get his fill of her so he can move on. 


Jocelyn AKA Sly was able to walk away from Spencer the night of her cousin’s wedding Bc she was in a relationship. 


Since walking in on her boyfriend cheating on her she’s done with men. Jocelyn’s taking a year break from men but that doesn’t last long.  After her cousin brings her to look at a potential job and Spencer being who the job’s for they go home together. 


Jocelyn knows how he only sleeps with women once and she knows she could fall for Spencer, she leave’s before he wakes the next morning. 


Jocelyn’s got a lot going on at the moment. Her friend Courtney’s letting her stay with her and her frog loving son Ollie. She’s trying to get her business back to where it was before her now ex-boyfriend made her give up a lot of her clients. And, her and Courtney are trying to get a better and safer apartment Bc Courtney’s estranged husband is back and dangerous. 


Jocelyn’s also working to help her cousin, Spencer and his work partner get their gala set up and ready for the night. 


Spencer was furious whenever he woke up and Jocelyn was gone. Normally he wouldn’t care but Jocelyn’s done something to him. He can’t get her off his mind. 


When he finds out Jocelyn’s friend Courtney’s husband is coming after them he loves them and Ollie into his house with them. When he looks at Ollie he see’s a younger him and even though he’s been named Mr. Freeze, Spencer want’s to protect Ollie. 


These two want each other so bad it’s slowly killing them. Jocelyn won’t sleep with him again Bc she knows he’s got rules and she’s a relationship person. Unless they can get on the same page it’ll never workout for them. 


Spencer’s Mr Freeze and Jocelyn’s as fiery hot as her hair is red. Spencer has been through a lot but Jocelyn’s the perfect woman to understand him and to love and protect him like nobody has ever done in his life. 


I devoured this book and I have Twist of Fate sitting on my Kindle and the next weekend I have open I’m reading it!! 



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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

✯Release Review✯Kissing the Cowboy (Circle B Ranch #5) by Kennedy Fox

 

Kissing the Cowboy

Circle B Ranch, #5

   

Kissing the Cowboy is now available on all retailers!

After drinking a bottle of wine, Harper tells her business rival that she recently got engaged. Once the hangover wears off, Harper realizes she now needs a fake fiancΓ© or to admit she lied. Wanting to avoid the backlash, she asks her childhood best friend for a favor.

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Ethan Bishop will do anything for Harper, even if it’s crazy and means risking his heart. Pretending to be engaged to the woman he’s always loved proves to be difficult—especially when repressed feelings bubble to the surface.

𝐻𝑒 π‘œπ‘›π‘™π‘¦ π‘€π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘π‘  π‘‘π‘œ β„Žπ‘’π‘™π‘, 𝑏𝑒𝑑 π‘’π‘£π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘¦π‘œπ‘›π‘’ 𝑖𝑛 β„Žπ‘–π‘  𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑠 π‘‘β„Žπ‘Ÿπ‘œπ‘’π‘”β„Ž β„Žπ‘–π‘  π‘“π‘Žπ‘̧π‘Žπ‘‘π‘’.

It’s hard to know what’s real or fake when their private moments turn intimate. When they cross the line and fall between the sheets, the truth is undeniable. 

Just as they feared, their friendship’s no longer the same. However, one thing’s certain—there’s no going back now.

**Kissing the Cowboy is a complete stand-alone and can be read without reading any of the other books or spin-off series, but if you prefer to read in order, start with Hitching the Cowboy as the characters and families do interconnect.**


✯✯4.5 Ethan Filled Stars!!!✯✯


Ever since I finished reading
 Bossing the Cowboy I knew I needed to get my greedy hands on Harper and Ethan’s book. I knew I was going to devour it but it was better than I expected.  


Ethan is Elizabeth’s brother and we knew from her book that he had feeling’s for Harper and I couldn’t wait for the secret to be let out of the bag. 


Harper’s a small business owner. She makes her own lotions, soaps, candles and all that stuff and gets her milk from the goat farm that Ethan started and operates on his families farm. 


Harper’s definitely made a name for herself in the business. There’s a small business owner’s group that gets together and they give advice, talk and help each other. But, don’t get fooled not everyone’s friendly and there for good. There’s one girl there that’s def not Harper’s friend or acquaintance. No, she hates Harper and isn’t afraid to let Harper know it. 


Harper’s getting ready to go to another weekend conference and was already stressed about getting all caught up on her orders. But, they asked her to speak this time and she’s nervous. When her frenemie gets engaged and rubs it in Harper’s face and makes a comment doesn’t like Harper losses it. 


After drinking too much alcohol Harper tell’s them she’s engaged and the first person to come to her mind is Ethan Bishop. They’ve been best friend’s their entire lives and know everything about each other.  


Harper’s never told him of her feeling’s Bc if he doesn’t feel the same she’s afraid she’ll lose her best friend and she doesn’t wanna lose him. Instead she keeps her feelings to herself. She’s hoping he’ll agree to go with her this weekend as her fiancΓ© and prays she gets through the weekend and doesn’t lose her best friend from her lies. 


The time’s never been right for Ethan to tell Harper how he really feels about her. Instead he continues with them as best friend’s Bc he’d hate it if her feeling’s didn’t match his Bc he’d never wanna lose her. 


When Harper tell’s him about her telling the group they were engaged he doesn’t blink or think twice about agreeing to go with her as her fiancΓ©. They legit know everything about each other so he’s honestly not worried about somebody not believing they’re together. 


Being able to walk around and hold Harper’s hand and hug and kiss her is better than Ethan could’ve dreamed about. One night they go out alone and start dancing and drinking and one thing leads to another and the finally give into what they truly desire. 


The next day Ethan wakes up ready to tell Harper his true feeling’s and make this thing a real thing. Instead Harper’s freaking out and instead of letting the truth out she want’s to be friend’s type of thing. 


When they go back home thing’s are definitely strained between them. If that wasn’t bad enough Grandma Bishop finds out thanks to her frenemie. When Ethan put’s his heart out there and Harper’s uncertain it could be the end of their friendship all together. 


OMG I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. Ethan’s as amazing, dreamy, hard working and hot as his dad and uncle’s that have come before him. Don’t know how she friend zoned him for so long honestly. 


Harper’s the perfect match for Ethan. She’s just as hard working, hot and amazing as the ladies that have come before her. 


My absolute biggest, biggest complaint about this book was with Harper’s frenemie. She was a big part of the storyline and was really a nasty person. It was obvious she was stealing Harper’s ideas and trying to take away her business. It even seemed like she was falling her relationship as well. 


The entire time I was reading this I was waiting for Harper to finally stand up for herself and take her out and make her get what was coming for her. But, nope. Nothing happened. It was like forgotten about and it 1000% disappointed me. Other than that I loved this book. 


I’m looking forward to Grayson and Kenzie’s book Bc OMG I was LOL to the set up of their book. I’m also looking forward to Knox and Kane’s love triangle. 


 
 
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 Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym,   Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies, overpriced coffee, and making TikToks. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day in 2016, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. Happily ever afters guaranteed! 
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