Friday, January 30, 2015



Book 1.. VIP was 4 stars for me. We are introduced to the irresistible Sebastian Vanwell and his wife Julie. He seems to have the perfect life. He is a very successful yacht broker and marries to the love of his life, Julia. They have a beautiful son. So, all the ingredients for a perfect life.

Julia and Sebastian have known each other all her life, literally. When Sebastian met Julia's adopted sister Olivia, he just knew he loved her too but in two opposite ways.. Sebastian could not stand the thought of crushing Julia so he and Olivia were forced to keep their relationship a secret. After tragedy struck in the most awful way, Julia and Sebastian forged a bound that they thought was unbreakable..

Then.... He meets Ysabelle (Who bears a striking resemblance to Olivia) and his perfect life becomes a tornado. She is not your normal beauty. She is a VIP. Where he comes from a posh life, past, present and future. She has lived a life of hell and now only worries about herself. I know I should feel bad for Julia but I see Ysabelle as the underdog and I always cheer for the underdog.

Book 2... The Madam was a 5 star read. M. Robinson definitely turned the heat up in this one. It's full of more angst and one Hot Alpha Male who has made my Top 10 list.

We met The Madam briefly in Book 1 but this story is all about her (a.k.a Lilith Veronica Stone)  She is one b*tch I would not want to mess with. She is one of those characters that you have a love/hate relationship with. I really really hated to love her lol.

VIP has been in her family for many generations, passed down from mother to daughter and so on and so on. She basically started her training to take over VIP in the womb. Her mother was an evil witch that I wanted to jump through my Kindle and strangle!

Madam is a story of pure raw grit and power and I loved every twisting turn of it.

Book 3.. MVP was an easy 4 stars for me. The Epilogue for Madam and Prologue for MVP had me holding my breath to get to this one! We go back to Ysabelle after she left Sebastian behind. The writing style seemed to have shifted some in this one. There were some parts that I call "filler parts." Those are the pieces of the story that I could've 1. either lived without or 2. seemed repetitive.

Shes confused, shes lost and although some may not be happy with  the ending, I got the closure I needed.. Although this one wasnt my favorite, I feel M. Robinson wraps up this Trilogy wonderfully and it will be a series I read again.

Thursday, January 29, 2015


We're celebrating the release of LOVE SO TRUE by Marquita Valentine!

Title: Love So True (Lawsons #2)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 29, 2015
Cover Designer: Lindee Robinson Photography

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Single mom, Bailey Yates, has had enough of bad boys to last her the next eighteen years. She's always been a sucker for them, and Jessamine's ultimate bad boy, Lucas Lawson, is no exception for her. So, when he returns to town, naturally she's drawn to him. And naturally, she must avoid him at all costs--no matter how attracted she is to him. She'll give him a job, and keep her distance...until Lucas saves her son from a hit and run.
Finally, Lucas Lawson is a free man. After serving five years in prison for embezzlement, he's come home to Jessamine to right the wrongs he committed against his friends and family. But, it won't be easy. For starters, the brother he's looked up to his entire life wants nothing to do with him, and no one in town trusts Lucas enough to give him a chance to make amends. Until, Bailey Yates gives him a job at her family's diner.

Bailey gives Lucas a hope for the future he hasn't allowed himself to feel in years while Lucas melts Bailey's heart every time he spends time with her son. Could he be the one to put her life back together? But when Lucas is accused of stealing from a local charity, Bailey must decide to support him or realize that some men are too good to be true.

About the Author:
New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.
Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn't work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.


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Synopsis:When college freshman Rowan Michaels meets gorgeous, up-and-coming rock star Adam Everest, she knows a player like him is the last thing she needs after her ex-boyfriend shattered her heart. But she can't stop thinking about the kiss they shared on his tour bus.
On the first day of school, Rowan is stunned when Adam saunters into her French class. He's soon failing miserably, and, on a whim, she offers to tutor him. But Adam doesn't recognize her as a makeup-free, glasses-clad college student—a far cry from the beautiful, mysterious "Peach" he met at his concert.
During a wild weekend on tour with the band, Rowan can't help falling for the sweet guy buried beneath Adam's rocker persona. Yet she knows she could never compete with the girls constantly throwing themselves at his feet. She'd just end up hurt … again.
Peach is all Adam thinks about, though, and when Rowan realizes this, she has a decision to make: stay just friends to protect her fragile heart … or reveal the truth about the night they met and admit she's fallen completely, hopelessly in love with him.


I really enjoyed Mayhem by Jamie Shaw. I love books about rock stars and this one did not disappoint. Even though it was much tamer than what I am used to it had a great storyline.

Rowan and her friend Dee decide to go to a concert at a local club. Rowan gets all glammed up by Dee and hardly recognizes herself when she looks in the mirror. While they are there Rowan catches her boyfriend of three years with another woman. She is completely devastated and when she goes outside to get some air she runs into Adam Everest, the lead singer of the band that is performing. He takes her back to his bus to comfort her, things get a little hot and heavy and Adam tells her to come back to the bus after the show. The entire time they are together Adam always calls her "Peach" and he even introduces her to his band mates. Rowan decides going back to the bus after the show is a bad idea so she leaves without another word.

Rowan starts college soon after and can't believe her eyes when Adam walks into her French class. He doesn't recognize her from the concert though. When Adam gets a warning from the French professor that if he doesn't get it together he will be kicked out Rowan steps up and offers to help him pass the class. With Adam always being on road with the band he convinces Rowan to spend the weekend with him to tutor him. When she arrives on the bus Shawn asks her if they have met before and she tells him no as she doesn't want to be recognized. How long will it be until Adam figures out that Rowan is "Peach", the woman who turned his world upside and then left without saying goodbye? Will Rowan decide to just remain friends with Adam as she is afraid of getting her heart broken again or will she take a chance on him?

I really loved the connection between Adam and Rowan. I loved the secondary characters and feel they added lots of depth to the storyline. This was a fun sexy story and I definitely recommend reading it.  I can't wait for Dee and Joel's story!

"When the door opens behind me, I sit up straight and hurriedly sniff in my tears as I wipe my shaking fingers across my slippery cheeks. I hear the flick of a lighter, and then someone sits down next to me on the stairs, puffing a cigarette. When I look over at him, I nearly choke.
He gazes back at me, starting at my hot-pink heels and then raking his way up, and then he chuckles. “Are they letting people in yet?”
Adam. He’s ditched the shades and cap, and now his dark brown hair is framing his gorgeous face, stretching almost to his chin. I look away quickly, hoping he can’t tell I’ve been crying.
“Sorry about that,” I say. And I hear the hoarse sadness in my voice, but I couldn’t keep it out.
When he reaches over and brushes my tangled hair away from my eyes, I tense.
“Is everything okay?” he asks, and I half laugh. No, everything is not okay.
“Everything’s fine.”
“Then why have you been crying?”
“No reason.”
“You get all dolled up to sit outside of rock shows crying by yourself?”
I lift my gaze to stare into his eyes, and something in them makes me believe he really cares. Or maybe that’s just what I want to see, but I suddenly need to tell someone. “My boyfriend’s in there.”
“With another girl. I just caught him cheating.”
Adam takes a deep puff of his cigarette, nodding as he sighs it back out. “Want me to fuck him up?”
I laugh, and he smiles at me. “Would you?”
“If you want me to.”
He shrugs. “Because I offered.”
“Why’d you offer?”
“Who knows why I do anything I do?” He stares at me while I wait for an answer. “I just do.”
That’s a good enough explanation for me, so I look back to my knees again, letting out a shaky breath. I can’t believe I just laughed. At a time like this, Adam Everest made me laugh.
“Anyway, your boyfriend is a dumbass,” he says out of nowhere.
“How do you know?”
His gray-green eyes wash over me. “Look at you.”
I blush like hell, but I know he’s just trying to make me feel better. “You thought I was an idiot when you first saw me.”
Adam chuckles and shakes his head. “I thought you were cute as a peach.” His lips hold the cigarette in his mouth as he stands up, holding a hand down to me. My heart stops; Adam Everest is offering me his hand. In faded denim jeans, all torn up at the knees, and a fit olive-green button-down rolled up to his elbows, he makes my heart race to a nonexistent finish line. “Come on, Peach.”
I take his hand, and he lifts me to my feet, leading me away from the building. “Where are we going?”
“To get you a drink. I think you need one.”
“I’ve had a few,” I think out loud, slowing to a stop.
Adam gazes over his shoulder at me, his eyebrow cocked when he asks, “Are you saying you don’t want another?”
I take a moment to consider his question.
Just a moment, and then I keep walking." --Jamie Shaw, Mayhem
About the Author:Born and raised in South Central Pennsylvania, JAMIE SHAW earned her M.S. in Professional Writing from Towson University before realizing that the creative side of writing was her calling. An incurable night owl, she spends late hours crafting novels with relatable heroines and swoon-worthy leading men. She's a loyal drinker of white mochas, a fierce defender of emo music, and a passionate enthusiast of all things romance. She loves interacting with readers and always aims to add new names to their book-boyfriend lists.
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The Awakening of Ivy Leavold by Sierra Simone

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Title:   The Awakening of Ivy Leavold (Markham Hall Series Book #1)
Author:   Sierra Simone
Genre:   Historical Romance
Release Day:  January 12, 2015

Yorkshire, 1879
I am alone.
When Ivy Leavold is left destitute by her brother’s death, she is taken in by her cousin’s brooding, tortured widower--Julian Markham.  Handsome and possessive, it’s not long before Ivy falls for him.  But Mr. Markham has dark secrets, secrets that may put Ivy in danger...
I am afraid.
As Ivy unravels the mystery surrounding her cousin’s death, she falls deeper and deeper in love with Julian, who opens her body and her mind to his indomitable will.  But even as he draws pleasure and desire from her night after night, Ivy can’t shake the feeling that their passionate affair may end in violence…
And I am completely his.

I placed my hand in his, and he pulled me close, his lips brushing against my ear.  “Do you trust me?”
Any well-brought up woman would say no.  But I wasn’t well-brought up, hadn’t been anything remotely like that since my parents died.  “Yes,” I whispered.
His hands slid down over my shoulders to my waist, and he dropped a kiss on my lips.  I tilted my face toward him, wanting more, but he moved around behind me, and I felt his fingers dance down my neck, down to the hollow between my shoulder blades where the buttons to my dress began.  One by one, the buttons tugged and loosened, freeing me incrementally.  
The dress slid down my body, the silk whispering against my petticoats and my corset.  “A woman’s first time should be entirely about her,” he said in a low voice.  “I promise to do my best, but you test every limit of my self-control.”  
Oh, how I hoped that was true.  I knew I should expect gentleness, but that wasn’t ever what I had responded to from Julian.  Seeing him at the edge of his restraint, his eyes half-lidded as he barely resisted his own darkest urges, knowing it was me who made him that way, it made me just as wild.  I craved that, that simultaneous feeling of power and lack of power.
“Don’t be too gentle,” I murmured.
“With you, wildcat, I don’t think there’s any real risk of that.”
My petticoats fell away, and he laid them carefully over a chair.  Then came my corset, my breasts feeling heavy and full without its support.  
When I was entirely naked, he stood before me, his eyes taking in every dip and curve of my body.  I felt his eyes like his fingers, as if he were marking with his gaze all of the places he wanted to kiss.  And I saw clearly the outline of his desire, his erection large and hard in his breeches.  His eyes kept lingering on my breasts, on the place between my legs.
“You were made for fucking,” he said roughly.
I looked at his green eyes, the way his body exuded power and wealth and lust and raw animal need.
“I was made for you,” I answered.

About the author:   

Sierra Simone is a librarian who writes unabashedly sexy books with brains, beauty and big words.  She lives with her hot cop husband and family in Kansas City.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015


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We're celebrating the release of PAST HEAVEN by Laura Ward!

Title: Past Heaven
Author: Laura Ward
Age: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Designer: Okay Creations
Scheduled to release: January 26, 2015


Not every love story has a happy ending. Some just change your life.

Liz Atwater’s happily ever after was torn from her the instant her husband, Jack, was murdered. She is forced to pick up the shattered pieces of her life and raise her three young sons alone.

Reynold Carter’s picture perfect Hollywood life ended the moment the paparazzi got hold of his girlfriend’s cheating scandal. As he watches his life unfold in the tabloids, he comes to a crossroads in his career and his purpose.

When Reynolds takes on the challenge of a new project, his world collides with that of Liz. Neither of them expected their professional relationship to evolve into friendship, or love.

But life is never simple.

Faced with complications from family, friends, and colleagues, Liz and Reynolds are left to decide whether two people from such different worlds can find happiness together.

Can they get past the pain, fear, and guilt and risk their hearts to love again?

Not every love story is just a happy ending. Some completely change your life.


Have your kleenex handy when you start this book.  You will cry tears of heartbreak and then tears of happiness and joy.

It starts off right away with a great tragedy of Liz's husband being murdered.  Her life is shattered but she must go on for her 3 boys.  The story describes Jack's murder but them jumps ahead a few months.  Liz looks like she has picked up all the pieces of her life but in fact she is still struggling with Jack's death.  

Reynolds Carter is a famous actor who has just went through a bad breakup.  He realizes quickly that he does not have any true friends in Hollywood and retreats to his mother and fathers home.  While there he thinks about how he wants to do something meaningful with his life.  He sees a story about Jack Atwater and decides that he wants to write a screenplay about his life and the cause he was fighting for.  He approaches Liz about this and she agrees to help him write the screenplay.

This story takes you on a journey of how two people who are broken and unhappy discover that they can live theirs life and deserve happiness.  Liz discovers that after taking care of her family she deserves to let herself grieve and get over feeling guilty for Jack's death.  Reynolds discovers that he does not miss the fame and fortune of Hollywood.  The things he is missing in his life are not what he believed he would ever have or ever want.  

The journey takes on a path that discovers friendship, family values and true love.  This story is so eloquently written.  It makes you believe in true love.  It is a family that survives heartbreak and learns their is a future.  As they move on into the future they do not have to forget the ones in the past.  This book will wrap itself around your heart and make you sad, happy, and hopeful.  

"Not every love story has a happy ending,
but the great ones, no matter how they end, 
change your life.
Love is the only thing more powerful in this world than death.
Love transcends.  And in the end, all of us can
hope for, is a love that is past heaven."

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.  Read and reviewed for Stories and Swag Blog.

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Displaying wardwallet.jpgLAURA WARD is the author of PAST HEAVEN and the New Adult novel, NOT YET. She lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. Laura married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not picking up toy trucks, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Mendacious by Beth Ashworth

Release Blitz: January 27, 2015

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1. Not telling the truth; lying.

2. Based on lies.

At the young, naive age of twenty-three, Alex Lewis believed in the deepness of his love and the strength of his marriage to, Libby, his teenage sweetheart. Married for three years, but struggling financially to keep a roof over their heads, Alex thought his wife would stand by him till the bitter end. But she didn’t. His world crashed down around him.

Fast forward seven years, we meet Alex Lewis again. In the time since his divorce, he has matured significantly. Now the founder and domineering CEO of A L Investments, a multimillion-pound Investment and Management Company, he couldn’t be more different. The high-flying career he has managed to carve conceals a raw and vulnerable side just under the surface. The scars from his ill-fated marriage run deep, leaving him distant, cold, and alone.

So when his path with Libby crosses and an opportunity for revenge presents itself, Alex jumps at the offer. His mind is determined to make Libby feel the pain he has suffered over the last seven years… but his heart and conscience are fiercely battling against him.

The love of his life is back once again, but who can win in this mendacious game of revenge?

(18+ This book is intended for mature readers. Strong language and graphic sex scenes)
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But what can I say? I’m Alex Lewis after all. The multi-millionaire with a jackhammer-sized cock. There’s not a woman alive that doesn’t want a piece of this. And that’s the fucking problem. I don’t want any of them.
All because of one girl. She ruined everything by burning her mark deep inside my chest. She was the girl I’d trusted with my life, and in return, royally fucked me over. I had decided there and then I’d never let it happen again. Every move would be calculated precisely. Each encounter would be strategised to perfection.

Author Bio 

Beth Ashworth was born in Manchester in 1990, but shortly moved to the modest city of Coventry where she was raised and still resides now.

As an avid reader from a very early age, Beth has always been keen to put her words onto paper. As a child she was always found with either a book in her hand, a pen and notepad or a computer games controller.

Starting off by initially writing alternate endings to her favourite Jacqueline Wilson books from around the age of ten, Beth has continued to grow and love her passion for books.

Eventually, after many unfinished books and short stories, she finally decided to follow her passion and write books that she hopes people will love.

When she isn't reading or writing, Beth loves to spend time with her husband and friends.

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Happy Release Day to K.A. Linde and her new book Take Me with You - book 2 in the Take Me series. Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a signed set of the series! Good luck!

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All of my demons are coming to head.
I thought Ari could push them back.
I thought I could conquer my vices with her at my side.
I thought wrong.
Fear is my new constant.
I thought I could conceal it, contain it, control it.
I thought that now that I had Grant the worst was over.
I thought wrong.
But if we’re going to survive, wherever you go…take me with you.

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Grant practically bounded across the room until he was directly in front of me. Then, his hands were cupping my cheeks so tenderly that it was as if he thought I might break in half. Without a word, his mouth dropped down on mine, and the kiss was as light as a feather. It was a question, a soft and delicate question, one he had never asked before—permission.

When I didn’t pull away from him, he received his answer. The kiss deepened, and he coaxed all the anger out of me. He drew it out as if sucking venom from an open wound. He kissed me so heatedly and lovingly that not even a drop remained. All that was left was a bottomless well of emotions of how much I loved and missed him.

When I came back into the moment, I heard the catcalls and yells from the people around us. It was then I remembered that we were in a crowded room, surrounded by people, and Grant had kissed the breath out of me. I flushed from head to toe at the attention, but he wouldn’t let me pull away.

“I’m sorry,” he whispered. “I shouldn’t have blown up on you. I shouldn’t have done anything. You’re all that matters.”

I stared up at him in confusion. “Who are you, and what have you done with Grant McDermott?”

He laughed that beautiful glorious laugh, and a smile lit up his whole face. It was that damn smile that had won me over in the first place.

“Run away with me,” he murmured.


“Run away with me. Let’s get out of here.”

“Where are we going?”

“Anywhere. Everywhere.”

AboutTheAuthorKA LindeNEW
USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde has written the Avoiding series and the Record series as well as the new adult novels Following Me and Take Me for Granted. She grew up as a military brat traveling the United States and Australia. While studying political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia, she founded the Georgia Dance Team, which she still coaches. Post-graduation, she served as the campus campaign director for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. lives in Athens, Georgia, with her fiancé and two puppies, Riker and Lucy.

Book 1 - Take Me for Granted
Book 2 - Take Me with You
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