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    BOOK REVIEW ~ OUT OF TIME BY BETH FLYNN

    They thought with his execution it would all be over.
    They were wrong.

    The leader of one of South Florida’s most notorious and brutal motorcycle gangs has been put to death by lethal injection. Days later, his family and friends should have been picking up the pieces, moving on. Instead, they’ve been catapulted into a world so twisted and dangerous even the most ruthless among them would be stunned to discover the tangled web of deception, not only on the dangerous streets of South Florida but all the way to the top.

    In this gripping follow-up novel to Nine Minutes, Out of Time takes readers from the sun-drenched flatlands of 1950s Central Florida to the vivid tropical heat of Fort Lauderdale to the halls of Florida’s Death Row as we finally learn the gritty backstory of Jason “Grizz” Talbot, the terrifying leader of Satan’s Army motorcycle gang, and the secret he spent his life trying to conceal.

    Not even Grizz’s inner circle knows his full story—the tragedy that enveloped his early life, the surprise discovery that made him the government’s most wanted and most feared, and the depths of his love for Ginny, the tenderhearted innocent he’d once abducted and later made his wife.

    Once Grizz’s obsession and now the mother of his child, Ginny has spent years grieving the man she’d first resisted and then came to love. Now remarried to Tommy, a former member of the gang, the pair have spent more than a decade trying desperately to live a normal existence far from the violent, crime-ridden world they’d once carved out on the edge of the Florida Everglades. For Tommy, especially, the stakes are high. Desperately in love with Ginny for years, he’s finally living his dream: married to the woman he never thought he could have. But even with the façade of normalcy—thriving careers, two beautiful children, and a genuinely happy and loving marriage—they can’t seem to put the past behind them. Every time they turn around, another secret is revealed, unraveling the very bonds that hold them together.

    And with Grizz finally put to death, now Ginny has learned secrets so dark, so evil she’s not even sure she can go on.

    Will these secrets tear their love to pieces? And how far will Grizz go to protect what he still considers his, even from beyond the grave?

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    UPDATED PREORDERS & NEW RELEASES LIST FOR AUGUST!!

    Hey everyone! Here’s an updated list of some preorders coming up for August!  I’ll still be adding to this list in the next few weeks so be sure to check my upcoming releases tab frequently. Happy reading y’all!

    AUGUST

    • 04 – The Paper Swan by Leylah Attar
    • 04 – Kick, Push by Jay McLean
    • 04 – Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • 04 – Strong Enough by M. Leighton
    • 04 – Omega by Jasinda Wilder
    • 04 – Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews
    • 04 – Trapped by Shay Savage
    • 05 – Three Little Mistakes by Nikki Sloane
    • 10 – That Baby by Jillian Dodd
    • 10 – Overtime by Toni Aleo
    • 11 – Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
    • 11 – Better When He’s Brave by Jay Crownover
    • 11 – The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski
    • 11 – Fourth Debt by Pepper Winters
    • 11 – Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas
    • 11 – Bury Me by Tara Sivec
    • 11 – Hard to Fight by Bella Jewel
    • 11 – Tracker’s End by Chantal Fernando
    • 11 – Make Me by Tessa Bailey
    • 11 – Consumed by You by Lauren Blakely
    • 17 – Tyrant by TM Frazier
    • 18 – Something Beautiful by Jamie McGuire
    • 18 – Forsaken by Lisa Renee Jones
    • 18 – Friction by Sandra Brown
    • 18 – Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino
    • 18 – #Poser by Cambria Hebert
    • 18 – Perfect Betrayal by Season Vining
    • 25 – Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
    • 25 – In the Dark by Monica Murphy
    • 25 – Find Me by Laurelin Paige
    • 25 – Sustained by Emma Chase
    • 25 – The Last Time I Saw Her by Karen Robards
    • 25 – Worth It by Linda Kage
    • 25 – Heart-Shaped Hack by Tracey Garvis Graves
    • 25 – Blurred Lines by Lauren Layne
    • 25 – Released by Shay Savage
    • 27 – Rule by CD Reiss
    • No release date yet – Lux by Courtney Cole
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    JULY FOLLOWER APPRECIATION GIVEAWAY

    It’s that time of the month again!! I host a follower appreciation giveaway at the end of each month as an extra thank you to every Book Vigilante Reviews follower for your support. Every comment, like, share, email, book recommendation, etc… I all love and appreciate and it’s just so great to be able to chat with like-minded readers about books!  So for this giveaway, one winner will receive a paperback of their choice from the list provided.

    How do I decide what goes on the list? It is a compilation of all the books I’ve read, reviewed, and blogged about each month – it doesn’t matter if I loved the book or disliked the book. The only ones not listed are the few books I may have started and then not finished.

    **Note: Some book titles do not have paperback options available. In the event you choose that book, I will gift you an ebook copy instead. If a book hasn’t been released yet, paperback or ebook copy will be delivered on release date.**

     

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    BOOK REVIEW ~ THORNS OF ROSEWOOD BY G.M. BARLEAN

    Gloria Larsen knows only three things about her birth mother: she was over forty, she lived in Rosewood, Nebraska, and she was accused of murder in 1974.
    When Gloria is offered a job as newspaper editor in the small town, she jumps at the opportunity to discover the identity of her birth mother. Digging into the past, she finds a story of the disappearance of a judge’s wife and four friends accused of murder. Gloria tracks the now-elderly women to an assisted-living facility. This is Gloria’s chance to write the story of a lifetime and finally know her heritage. Even if she can’t learn the truth of her origins, she must find out what really happened to Naomi Waterman Talbot.

    Every once in a while I do like to mix things up a bit and take a break from romance, and this mystery read piqued my interest with the very first line – Gloria Larsen knows only three things about her birth mother: she was over forty, she lived in Rosewood, Nebraska, and she was accused of murder in 1974. And since I can never pass up a good mystery, I had to read this one.
    Overall, I liked this book…and I didn’t. Basically the female lead Gloria is an editor looking for solid material to write a smashing blockbuster and when she hears about four women – dubbed the ‘Thorns of Rosewood’ – who were accused of murdering a judge’s wife but then let go, she’s determined to get the full story. She does have an ulterior motive too – her foster parents also reveal to her that one of those women was her mother.
    I didn’t really like or dislike Gloria. Her character alone wasn’t what kept my eyes glued to the pages – I just wanted to know the whole story and relationship dynamic between the four women and the judge’s wife. In regards to that mystery, I was let down, but not because it wasn’t gripping. If anything, the need to find out what happened drove me to flip the pages, but I really had to suspend disbelief in order to somewhat enjoy the story. I especially found it hard to believe that these women who were in their forties were more naïve than I am in my 20s (or maybe I’m too cynical of everything LOL).
    It’s hard to explain, but there was a childish feel to this book. Things happened too conveniently (like the four women were just willing to talk to Gloria about the ordeal) and the mystery was like the old ladies version of Pretty Little Liars (4 best friends + that 1 girl who’s a control freak and has to have everything).
    However, I chose to give this one 3 stars as it did have my attention and made me flip the pages fast. It wasn’t a book that made a lasting impression on me, but it was a quick, entertaining cozy mystery read.
    “…you know what sweetheart? We do have a helluva story. So buckle up. This story may get a little bit weird. But it’s a good one. I promise you that. And when it’s all said and done, you may learn a little something more than you even realized you came for.”
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    BOOK REVIEW ~ KYLAND BY MIA SHERIDAN

    Dirt poor. Hillbilly. Backwoods hick. Mountain folk. 
    Tenleigh Falyn struggles each day to survive in a small, poverty-stricken, coal mining town where she lives with her sister and mentally ill mother. Her dream of winning the college scholarship given to one student by the local coal company and escaping the harshness of her life, keeps her going.
    Kyland Barrett lives in the hills, too, and has worked tirelessly—through near starvation, through deep loneliness, against all odds—to win the Tyton Coal Scholarship and leave the town that is full of so much pain.
    They’re both determined not to form any attachments, but one moment changes everything. What happens when only one person gets to win? When only one person gets to leave? And what happens to the one left behind?
    Kyland is a story of desperation and hope, loss and sacrifice, pain and forgiveness, but ultimately, a story of deep and unending love.
    THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY TAURUS.

    I never thought there’d be a day where I would write a negative review for a Mia Sheridan book. Up to this point, I have enjoyed each of the Sign of Love books as they truly are refreshing and unique contemporary romances. But what really makes this author and her stories stand out to me is that for a reader who doesn’t really enjoy overly sweet and idealistic romances, I simply cannot get enough of her words. While I do think her stories are sappy, it’s these same stories that make me and countless other readers fall in love with the idea of love. She creates unforgettable characters and weaves heartfelt emotion into her books that we remember and our hearts will never let go of. Just like love itself, her books depict romances that are wild, unpredictable, and absolutely epic.
    Except for Kyland. I’m sorry to say, but every fiber of my being is silently screaming how clichéd, predictable, and frustrating this book was for me. I have no doubt most readers will enjoy this book, but because it had several things I personally didn’t like, the negative outweighed the positive and I finished the book feeling extremely dissatisfied.
    For starters, I felt like if you mixed Stinger (time gap) and Becoming Calder (isolated community) together the book baby result would be Kyland. It’s set in a small, dirt-poor town in Kentucky, seemingly isolated from the rest of the world in terms of commerce and communication. In fact, if it weren’t for a Kardashian reference, I wouldn’t have remembered the book was set in modern times. It’s in these rough times that two kindred souls reach out to each other and connect – Tenleigh Falyn and Kyland Barrett. Unfortunately this is where my first issue with the book came up: I never felt an emotional bond between our two main characters. Yes, I certainly felt the lust, the attraction. I get that because they’ve experienced the same kind of poverty, there’s an understanding between them. But I didn’t feel that special spark that marked the electrifying connection between the hero and heroine that I normally feel when I read this author’s books, and a big reason for that was the timeline of the story.
    In fact, my biggest complaint with this book would be the choppy timeline. The way this book is written…I already had a hunch there’d be a time gap somewhere, which I’m not really fond of. But what surprised me though was the lack of details in the story. Every chapter in this book before the time lapse would have a ‘several weeks later,’ ‘few days later,’ ‘months have passed,’ etc…and there really wasn’t a time where the story was just set in motion and let it run out rather than jump around. I also found it odd that since the blurb chose to zero in on how desperate Tenleigh and Kyland wanted to get out of the town by winning the scholarship, not much about their school or academics was present. Instead, most of the book before the time jump was exclusively dedicated to Tenleigh and Kyland admiring each other’s looks and randomly running into each other every chapter. There really was no plot or background story. It’s like the whole book revolved on Tenleigh and Kyland, and only on them. And then when it came down to who won the scholarship…I don’t even need to tell you what will happen because when you read it, it’ll be obvious. The drama that led to the disbelief, the confusion, the heartbreak, and the hatred that follows after all left me frustrated and then the time lapse came in. If you didn’t know already, I HATE time gaps, and this one couldn’t have waltzed in at the worst moment.
    But I think what made these parts especially hard for me to accept was that between the time that passed and the jump to the future, it felt like no time really had passed at all. One page before I was internally screaming at these characters for being so stupid and the next page it’s ‘_____ years later.’ The way the author wrote these parts didn’t give me time to adjust to the time jump and that everything was indeed fast forwarded, especially when the characters still acted immaturely and made rash decisions like when they were teenagers.
    At this point in the book, I was at the 61% mark and briefly considered stopping because nothing about the story seemed to work for me. I wasn’t feeling the emotional connection, wasn’t digging the drama that led up to the time gap, and didn’t even find the jump in time to be a boost to the story. But nevertheless, I still decided to continue anyway and rest of the book didn’t get much better for me sadly. I found Tenleigh and Kyland’s reconnection to be super rushed and formulaic. I’m normally not a reader who is good at guessing plot twists and what comes next but from the point of their reconnection all the way to the epilogue, I was able to predict things right before they actually happened. For those that have read a couple of this author’s books especially, I’m sure you will have an idea what the epilogue is like.
    In the beginning of my review, I brought up comparisons to Becoming Calder and Stinger because of the similar isolated community and time gap parallel. But what made those two work for me more than Kylandis that both of those aspects were developed in detail. It worked because Calder and Eden’s story was split in two and really pinpointed the pivotal moments and allowed fresh emotions from the first to carry through to the next book. It worked because even though there were dreaded time gaps in Stinger the author gradually dropped them in the story, not smack them immediately after a big drama blowout and expect a ‘____ years later’ to tide me over.
    So as you can see, all the issues I had with the book were plot devices I personally didn’t care for. If you’re a reader who doesn’t mind them, this book may very well be a winner for you. And even though this one’s my least favorite of her books, Mia Sheridan is still one of my favorite authors and I eagerly look forward to her next Sign of Love book.
    Kyland is a standalone romance in the Sign of Love series and is inspired by Taurus. It’s not related to any of the other books in this series.
    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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    COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY ~ AFLAME BY PENELOPE DOUGLAS

    From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Bully, Until You, Rival, and Falling Away comes the sizzling conclusion to the Fall Away series.
    The tables have turned. Now I have the power—and it’s his turn to beg…
    Everyone wants to be me.
    Maybe it’s the sway of my skirt or the way I flip my hair, but I don’t care. Even though their attention is the last thing I crave, I just can’t stop. I dominate the track, the speed rattles my bones, and the wind and the crowd screams my name.
    I’m her. The girl driver. The queen of the race. And I’m surviving—something he thought I’d never do.
    They all talk about him. Did you see Jared Trent on T.V? What did you think of his last race, Tate? When is he coming back to town, Tate?
    But I refuse to care too much. Because when Jared does come home, I won’t be here.
    Tatum Brandt is gone. I’m someone new.

    Penelope Douglas is a writer in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to “just get the degree!” She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, The Originals, and she shops at Target almost daily.

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    BLOG TOUR ~ THE TRAVELING MAN BY JANE HARVEY-BERRICK

    I was ordinary. Nice. He was extraordinary. And he wasn’t always nice.
    Moody and difficult, brilliant and beautiful, Kes scared me and he protected me. He could be incredibly hurtful and incredibly thoughtful. He wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect for me. He challenged me, he took me out of my safe little box and showed me the world could be magnificent. He was everything I wasn’t.
    Aimee Anderson is ten when the traveling carnival first comes to her nice little town. She doesn’t expect her world to change so completely. But meeting Kestrel Donohue puts her life on a different path.
    Even though she only sees him for the two weeks of the year when he passes through her home town, his friendship is the most important of her life. As a child’s friendship grows to adult love, the choices become harder, and both Kes and Aimee realize that two weeks a year will never be enough.

    He’d grown taller. Not as tall as his grandfather yet, but nearly as tall as my father. His shoulders were wider and I could see his biceps pushing through his ragged t-shirt, but he was still on the thin side, wiry, I guess. He looked stunning, like he should be in a boy band—you know, the bad one that makes all the parents fear for their daughters’ virginity.
    I watched him out of the corner of my eye as I turned to study the competition. I had to admit it wasn’t looking good. The girl was taller than me and wore a low cut tank top that showcased a lot of cleavage. Her boobs were no better than mine, I decided—there was just more of them on show. So whereas I looked safe, nice you might say, she looked dangerous. Her arms were covered in colorful tattoos, her ears pierced five or six times each, and she had silver rings through her lip and eyebrow. Her face was hard, but beautiful, even caked in makeup. I guessed she was maybe two or three years older than me, it was hard to tell.
    As if she felt my gaze on her, she swung toward me, her eyes blazing.
    “No rubes back here!” she yelled. “Get the fuck out!”
    I was shocked that a complete stranger would speak to me like that. I froze, my eyes darting to Kes. He turned to look at me, his frown of annoyance changing to a warm smile.
    “Chill, Sorcha,” he muttered. “The shrimp’s a friend.”
    I wanted to laugh. I wanted to cry. He was pleased to see me, but so dismissive. I stood there with my mouth hanging open. And then I was in Kes’s arms, breathing in the scent of sweat and soap and something like fresh hay that was so familiar.
    “Hey, kid! How you doing?” he said, as he led me away.
    His voice had deepened. No longer childlike, it was a light, pleasant tenor.
    “Don’t call me kid!” I snapped, punching his shoulder.
    He laughed and rubbed the spot where I’d hit him. His dimple popped out and I wished I’d hit him harder—then kissed him better.
    “Okay, not a kid,” he smiled, but then I watched his eyes darken as they drifted down my body, pausing at my chest, then doing a slow sweep along my legs and hips. “No, not a kid,” he said again, and this time his voice was gruffer.
    Sometimes there are those rare books I read that really can’t be swept under one rating and The Traveling Man falls under that case. I just want to say this part first before anything else: I loved and disliked this book in equal measures. The unique setting of the story, the friends-to-lovers romance, and the beautiful writing were all major positives. Yet on the flip side, there were several plot devices I flat-out didn’t like and put up a pretty big negative case against the positive. And with these kinds of books that make me feel so conflicted, I have tons to say, so I’ll be disregarding the rating this time and just let my thoughts all out before I start pulling my hair out.
    With each new book I read from this author, it never fails to surprise me that there’ll be some unique aspect incorporated that makes her stories stand out among her own work and others. This book was no exception, and what made this one different is the carnival setting. I think the closest I’ve come to this premise would be a circus romance I read a while back but even so, the author makes it clear there’s a difference and that there’s more to a carnival than just petting animals and magic tricks. It’s very well researched – from the detailed descriptions of carnival ‘carnie’ life to behind the scenes setup – and it’s among all this chaotic fun where the stormy romance between Aimee Anderson and Kestrel Donohue began.
    Their backgrounds are so different – Aimee’s your average girl living an ordinary life while Kes is a carnie, a wild card from the very start who has no roots and lives for thrills and excitement. And yet – even from the time they were children – there has always been a connection between them that no one could ever sever, a bond that just seemed right.
    “He was everything I wasn’t, but somehow, together, there was a synergy, an alignment, something just made sense no matter how crazy it seemed to anyone else.”
    The tricky part is that for every year for 6 years, Kes and Aimee would only see each other for two weeks as the carnival would tour around the country after that. As they were kids maturing into adolescence, the author perfectly captured the strife caused by their growing attraction to one another and the inevitable long distance. Thus, the two weeks they could see each other became their lifeline, from daily outings to bedroom readings to innocent kisses…they had to make the best memories to last them for a year before they could see each other again.
    The pivotal year that became the game changer was the year Aimee turned 16, when she and Kes both instinctively knew that all their years of playing around as kids were over. They were teens in love that left no room for anyone else.
    “You’re my girl, Aimee. No one else.”
    Just when they thought they could finally be together, a series of unfortunate events hit them hard – deception, loss, misunderstandings, etc…I can’t even begin to describe how frustrated and angry I was that such a wonderful couple had THIS many obstacles to face. This part was also my strike #1 as I thought some of the conflicts were put in for pure drama’s sake and the time gap right after all this put me in an even sour mood. If you didn’t already know, I hate time gaps.
    Anyways, years pass and in a very realistic and believable manner, Aimee and Kes meet again. Both have matured considerably, both have moved on, yet both can’t deny that their chemistry and bond from before hasn’t changed. Even after finishing the book, I still can’t get over this second chance romance part because there’s just SO. MUCH. tension and conflict and passion put together that I’ve questioned more than once if their love is toxic. Because of their failed past relationship and all the baggage they’re dragging, these two have put up high walls. Some of their actions are cruel. Some just made me go WTF. And this quote from Aimee captures their struggles perfectly:
    “…that was the truth: I’d never stopped loving him, but I was beginning to wish that I could.”
    One part of this book that has always bothered me was the lack of information about Kes’s background. He’s such a tortured guy. He’s harsh and rough, but can also be gentle and loving. Throughout the book, only little hints have been dropped about his past and what could’ve made him so closed off and cynical, even towards Aimee.
    I wished the author could’ve given me more on that – maybe even a few chapters in his POV – because it made some (okay, a LOT) of his actions seem unnecessarily cruel. And yet strangely enough, every time I thought he stepped out of line, I would remember. I would flash back to the time where he and Aimee were sweet, carefree children, flash back to young teenagers in love. Same with Aimee. Every time I got annoyed with her doormat-ish behavior, I would remember how strongly and deeply she loved Kes and how holding onto that love was #1 for her, that no matter what, she believed their love was worth fighting for.
    “Kes was moody and difficult, brilliant and beautiful. He scared me and he protected me. He could be incredibly hurtful and incredibly thoughtful. He wasn’t perfect, but he was perfect for me.”
    You could say that the author has effectively messed with my mind because these warring emotions are the source of my inner conflict and why I can’t decide on any one rating. Other technical issues I had like the very abrupt ending and how when they were children, Aimee and Kes didn’t really talk like kids were factors to consider too. It wouldn’t have been fair of me to let my frustration take over and give a 3 star rating because I really was invested in this couple, in their romance. I loved them individually and I loved them together. On the flip side, I can’t hand out a 4.5 or 5 star rating because those plot devices truly frustrated and angered me.
    But what’s weighing heavily on my mind right now is that I simply can’t forget about the book. There’s just this intensity to the story and I’m so tempted to do a re-read now, even knowing that reading all the conflict again will probably kill me. So much happens so fast I’m feeling overwhelmed and underwhelmed at the same time. Taking all of this into account, does it sound like an epic romance worth reading or just a bundle of never-ending drama and unanswered questions best to skip? I have no clue. And I still can’t get these characters out of my mind…
    The Traveling Man is book 1 in a 2-book series and isn’t a standalone. Aimee and Kes’s tumultuous journey will be concluded in book 2 The Traveling Woman. You can bet your bottom dollar the moment the second book releases I will be reading it. I NEED my closure!!
    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

    I lived in London for over 10 years and have a love affair with New York. It’s only since I have moved to the countryside, that the words have really begun to flow. I live in a small village by the ocean and walk my little dog, Pip, every day. It’s on those beachside walks that I have all my best ideas. Writing has become a way of life – and one that I love to share.

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    BLOG TOUR ~ SECOND DEBT BY PEPPER WINTERS

    “I tried to play a game. I tried to wield deceit as perfectly as the Hawks. But when I thought I was winning, I wasn’t. Jethro isn’t what he seems—he’s the master of duplicity. However, I refuse to let him annihilate me further.”
    Nila Weaver has grown from naïve seamstress to full-blown fighter. Every humdrum object is her arsenal, and sex…sex is her greatest weapon of all.
    She’s paid the First Debt. She’ll probably pay more.
    But she has no intention of letting the Hawks win.
    Jethro Hawk has found more than a worthy adversary in Nila—he’s found the woman who could destroy him. There’s a fine line between hatred and love, and an even finer path between fear and respect.
    The fate of his house rests on his shoulders, but no matter how much ice lives inside his heart, Nila flames too bright to be extinguished.

    4-4.5 stars!
    Okay, this book was intense and explosive! As of now I’ve actually read it twice and even knowing what happens while I read the second time around, these characters and plot twists still manage to surprise me. That’s one thing I love about this book and series – the story is just so unpredictable. Books that keep me on my toes, has an edgy romance, and dynamic characters are my favorite, and this book had all three.
    This 3rd book continues directly from where the last one ended. In a nutshell, Nila has paid the first debt in full, is still a prisoner of sorts in the Hawk mansion, and has developed feelings for Jethro whether she likes it or not. And the same can be said of Jethro. The first part of this book is focused on the push/pull dynamic between the two, creating delicious angst that’s believable because of the circumstances that make any kind of romance impossible. But at the same time I was a little frustrated with Nila because Jethro was trying his best to reach out to her while fending off his family’s demands, and she brushes him off. Coming from a romance reader’s point of view, I didn’t like it but I understood her mentality and need to protect herself first, regardless of her growing love for him.
    The second half of the book picked up in terms of plot, and it’s what really got me hooked. Among other events, Nila has to pay the second debt now and from the moment she finds out what it is to the history that links back to it to the actual execution of her debt…I had to remind myself to breathe. It all played out like a trainwreck I couldn’t do anything to stop, yet I couldn’t look away from either. And for me, this was the turning point in Nila and Jethro’s relationship, where the slave/master terminology no longer applied to them, and where they truly acknowledged each other as equals.
    The ending of this book is a doozy. Simply put, I did not expect the story to go where it did. It was a complete shocker and a wickedly brilliant move from the author, but it worries me too because I really have no clue where Nila and Jethro’s story could go from this point on. I have quite a few theories in mind though and I can’t wait to see what the author has planned for them in the next book!
    Second Debt is the third installment in the Indebted serial (total of 6 books) and must be read after the first two books. The author has prefaced in all of these books that cliffhangers are to be expected and while it’ll leave you desperate for the next one, it’ll also be a satisfying reading experience as each of these books has a full beginning, middle, and end. Previous questions will be answered while presenting new ones at the same time.
    ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
    Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex… her books have sex. She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends.
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    BOOK REVIEW ~ HERO BY SAMANTHA YOUNG

    The emotional and unforgettable new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.
    Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets,. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.
    Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.
    Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again…

    I had a blast reading this book! It’s got the perfect mix of steam, angst and humor, and the writing was extremely addicting I couldn’t put the book down. I honestly believe it’s one of those books where it doesn’t matter what mood you’re in – you could pick it up anytime and be easily swept away by the captivating story and charming characters. But at the same time, I want to warn you to not go in with any expectations that this’ll be like the On Dublin Street books, because it’s not, and that’s a good thing. This one’s a fun, sexy, yet at-times emotional enemies-to-lovers office romance that just about had a little bit of everything sprinkled in the story, and is a winner for me!
    So a little bit about the story…the heroine Alexa Holland is an assistant to a famous photographer and in one of those shoots, meets the hero Caine Carraway, an aloof CEO who shares a twisted and messed up past with her. A tiny altercation happens, and before you know it, Alexa is fired from her job and becomes Caine’s personal assistant. Frankly, I struggled a little with this first part of the story as I didn’t quite understand the motivations behind their actions – especially Alexa’s – but the more I read, the more I started to get it.
    Because she’s the only one who knows what it’s like to have her father destroy not only her family, but Caine’s as well…that kind of similarity between them gives them a bond, and as much as he dislikes her and is reluctant to admit it, Caine knows that fact well too. From this moment on, everything I read was 5 star book material. I love that even though Caine was a mega jerk to her, Alexa took it all in stride and wasn’t easily intimidated by him, and had counterattacks of her own. There’s an underlying attraction there, but it’s not acted upon immediately (love that!!). Instead, I got to read how a genuine camaraderie developed between the two first, and it was so fun to see them banter. Seriously, I lost count the number of times I laughed! The romance and the steam gradually built up from all that and when it did blow up, it was explosive! One thing I can always count on this author to do is write scorching HOT sex scenes and she delivered again here.
    Then the story took a turn down angst road, and for those that know my book tastes, you know that angst scares the crap out of me. I like to hurt when I read, but not too much you know? And I have to say, I adored the push/pull dynamic Alexa and Caine had here. Any and all drama wasn’t over the top, yet it was completely believable because of their intertwined pasts and loads of baggage they were each carrying. They both settled into a friends-with-benefits relationship and it both warmed and stabbed at my heart to see them struggle with their growing feelings for each other. Caine pushed, Alexa pulled, and the cycle repeated.
    There was a lot of tension between the two, but not to the point where it was frustrating, and the main reason is Alexa. She’s persistent, know what she wants, and will make the effort to get it (in this case, it’s Caine). I’m a huge sucker for strong-minded heroines, and she embodied that sentiment perfectly. There’s actually a duality to her character – she’s a people-pleaser, yet she won’t let their demands get the best of her either. It’s not to say Caine was a total layover because he wasn’t – he was dominant and aggressive when need be, but also had a layer of vulnerability he showed Alexa. And together, they burned up the sheets! But they’d also have the sweetest and most meaningful conversations too. I could really tell that they were two characters that complemented each other perfectly.
    By the time I got to the final quarter of the book, I was a little surprised with a certain plot twist. It wasn’t bad at all and it actually added a suspenseful quality to the story, but it just felt out of the blue. I had a disconnect with the plot there, simply because it was unexpected.
    One thing I have to mention is that this author writes such realistic stories. Her characters may be rich and famous, but they have the same problems just like the average person does. If anything, her stories reminds me that birds poop, people fart, and not every sex position works on the first try LOL! Things I usually nit-pick about, I don’t have the urge to in this book. The small issues I did have were minor and in no way derailed me from enjoying the story. The sizzling chemistry, the witty banter, the laugh out loud hilarious scenes, and of course the romance were all well done. I only wish there was more!
    Hero is an adult contemporary romance standalone unrelated to this author’s other books.
    ARC provided by Penguin Intermix via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Reviews

    NEW RELEASES, SALES, & REVIEWS 1/27/15

    Happy Tuesday book junkies!! New week, new book sales and releases, and boy, some of these sound right up my alley! Like…Mendacious by Beth Ashworth (twisted second chance romance – she left him, their paths cross once again, and he wants revenge against her!!) Sever by J.M. Miller (childhood best friends reconnect again, except with the heroine breaking into the house the hero just bought!), Landslide by Jenn Cooksey (friends-to-lovers romance, plus I love the end quote: “…love is friendship caught on fire.”), Past Heaven by Laura Ward (heroine’s husband is murdered, hero is an actor who plays her husband in a movie, and they fall in love), Word Play by Amalie Silver (romance between a book blogger and author!!), The Vixen & the Vet by Katy Regnery (romance between a journalist and the two hermit who’s a disfigured war veteran), and Throb by Vi Keeland (this sounds like a crazy erotica read! “…I realized the deal I’d made was with the devil…and I was in love with his dirty-talking brother.”<– what??).

    As for my reading last week, I have a couple of book recommendations for you! My last read was an uber fun & sexy read called Hero by Samantha Young! I really enjoyed it and highly recommend you preorder it so when it releases in a week, you’ll have it on your device ready to read (here’s my review). More new favorites – Second Debt by Pepper Winters (here’s my review) and Trade Me by Courtney Milan (here’s my review).

    Upcoming Releases: Did you know I now have a section that’ll list upcoming releases for the year? Be sure to bookmark the page below as I update it daily with preorders/Goodreads links.

    Cool tip: Tired of seeing all the $.99, $1.99, $2.99, etc… on your bills? Send yourself an Amazon gift card and plan a budget accordingly

    P.S. Don’t have a Kindle/Kindle account? No worries! Get a free Kindle Reading App, regardless if you have a Kindle! I have an iPad and I mostly read on the app

    Note: All prices are good at the time of posting so be sure to double check ’em before final purchase!!

    NEW RELEASES

    • Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire <— second book in the Maddox Brothers series –> “If A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first?”
    • The Traveling Man by Jane Harvey Berrick ($.99) <-– This book totally wrecked me! It was one emotional rollercoaster I couldn’t get off of (not sure if I even wanted to). I was so conflicted I didn’t know how to rate it…so I didn’t. (here’s my review) As of now it’s still priced at $.99 but it’ll be changing soon so if you want to read this one, grab it now while it’s still on sale!
    • Sever by J.M. Miller <– on my top TBR!! The hero and heroine were childhood best friends (actually, she saved him from bullies and their friendship grew from there) but eventually the heroine had to move out of town. A few years later when they do reconnect, it’s when she’s given a job to break into the house he just bought. grin emoticon Oh AND!!! –> “[The heroine] discovers that their startling encounter is the least of the night’s problems. There’s someone else in the house, and the only thing on his mind is revenge.”
    • Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost <– PNR romance & the third in her Night Prince series!
    • Mendacious by Beth Ashworth <– this one sounds good! It’s a twisted second chance romance. The hero and heroine were once married but the heroine buckled under pressure and left the hero. Fast forward 7 years and their paths cross again, except… –> “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?”
    • Cartel by Lili St. Germain <– the first book in her prequel series to the wickedly intense and twisted Gypsy Brothers series! I really enjoyed this one and if you’re in the mood for one wild, fast-paced biker read, this one’s a good choice! (here’s my review)
    • Falling for Jillian by Kristen Proby <— the 3rd book in her Love Under the Big Sky series but can be read as a standalone. It’s a romance featuring “a veteran struggling with PTSD and the one woman who can help him recover—and learn to love again.”
    • The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson <– this one sounds emotional! The heroine lost her husband and is going through the five stages of grief all while slowly falling for the hero, her next door neighbor!
    • Going the Distance by Julianna Keyes <— This one sounds different – it’s a romance between a teacher and army interrogator turned carpenter in a small town in China!
    • Take Me With You by K.A. Linde <— book 2 in her Take Me series is now live! This is a NA rockstar romance and continues the story told from book 1, so be sure to read that one first!
    • Landslide by Jenn Cooksey <– this one sounds really good – “For Erica and Cole, the bond of friendship was forged in childhood. Now, torn and broken by grief, that bond will become paramount as two friends look to one another for comfort, strength, and hope in the aftermath of loss…Because, for some people…love is friendship caught on fire.” <– LOVE THAT!!
    • Risking It All by Tessa Bailey <– steamy romantic suspense!!
    • Kyland by Mia Sheridan
    • Kick by Carmen Jenner <— first book in her Savage Saints MC series and a biker romance – “When I was ten, my father indoctrinated me into the family. A brotherhood who would fight, protect, and give their lives for one another…When I was twenty-seven, I betrayed that brotherhood. I’ve spent every day since running, avoiding paying back that debt. My name is Daniel Johnson. I have betrayed everyone I ever loved. And I’ll betray her too.”
    • Nepenthe by Lindsay Paige <— sports romance and a standalone in her Bracing for Love series! The hero was once a star football player hoping to make it to the NFL, but those dreams were shattered when he got injured and his brief career ended. He battles depression and has hit his rock bottom – that is, until the feisty and pushy heroine (also his next door neighbor) helps him out of his funk!
    • Throb by Vi Keeland <— sounds really good – “The rules: No dating. No sex outside of the game. No disclosing the terms of the contract. Rules were made to be broken, right?…it wouldn’t be hard to live up to my end of the bargain…so I thought. Until I realized the deal I’d made was with the devil…and I was in love with his dirty-talking brother.” <– say WHAT?gasp emoticon
    • If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries <– historical romance!
    • I Was Here by Gayle Forman <– YA mystery/thriller!
    • The Legend of Arturo King by L.B. Dunbar <– rockstar romance!
    • Contractual by Alice Montalvo-Tribue <— sounds good!! “They told me I’d be an escort; they made it sound so easy. Really I’m just a high priced call girl. Desperation brought me to this and it led me to him, my one and only client. Hating him is easy, he reminds me of my shame. Wanting him is wrong it fills me with guilt. Loving him is a losing battle yet it’s become everything. A gift and a curse, he consumes my every thought and I’d rather play my part in his bed than to spend one day without him.”
    • Craving Resurrection by Nicole Jacquelyn <– biker romance!
    • Past Heaven by Laura Ward <– on my top TBR!! The heroine’s entire world falls apart when her renowned husband is murdered and she’s left raising their kids alone. The hero is an actor who plays her husband to memorialize his past accomplishments so naturally they both meet. “They never expected their professional relationship to evolve into friendship, or love, but that’s exactly what happens. [They’re] left to decide whether two people from such different worlds can find happiness together… Not every love story is just a happy ending. Some completely change your life.”
    • A Father’s Fight by J.B. Salsbury <– MMA fighter novella!
    • Second Debt by Pepper Winters <— 3rd installment in her dark & twisted Indebted series and continues Jethro & Nila’s story! I love this series, and this book especially – not to be missed! (here’s my review)
    • Standard Romance Story by Lily White <— this book concept sounds fresh – “Have you ever read a romance novel and wondered what it would be like to date one of the heroes in the stories? We’ve all been lost to the beautiful and touching stories, the funny and quirky antics of the characters, and the, sometimes, unbelievable love stories that fill the pages of those books…Follow Jane as she dates the standard romance guys in an attempt to find true love: The rocker, the biker, the billionaire, the tattooed bad boy, the firefighter, the lawyer, the vampire, the cowboy, the alpha, the teacher, the movie star, the professional athlete, the fighter and the captor.”
    • The Procedure by Tabatha Vargo & Melissa Andrea <— this has my interest!! The heroine plans to undergo plastic surgery in hopes of making herself more beautiful and winning back her husband. The hero is the professional she’s hired to do the job. As unlikely as it is, a romance develops between the two –> “She came into my office wanting me to change her, but instead she changed me.”
    • Enchant by Rachel Van Dyken ($.99) <– standalone prequel to her Eagle Elite series & a NA mafia romance – “Go back to the first part of the story. Where true love tried to conquer all. Where true love…failed.”
    • Foolproof by Jennifer Blackwood ($.99)
    • The Consequences of Sin by K.A. Robinson <— The heroine is an assassin who gets the chance to get a new identity and finally escape from her controlling father. She’s also torn between two loves – her new stripper roommate or her best friend who’s always been there for her. And then her past catches up with her –> “…secrets that she’s fought to keep hidden are revealed, and she’s forced to choose between Reid and the life she could have with him, or Wes, the one man who has always loved her unconditionally. Regardless of her choice, she must learn the consequences of sin.”
    • Wings Over Poppies by J.A. DeRouen <-– NA second chance romance – “…one amazing night, he lets down his walls, only to leave me the next day. Years have passed, and I’ve tried to move on with my life. But I still dream of him. I still miss him everyday. The memories haunt me. How can I look to the future when my past remains a mystery? The time has come to find the boy who stole my heart and ran away without a word…My name is Alexandra Fontaine, and this is my story of unfinished love.” 
    • Serial 3 by Jaden Wilkes & Lily White <– 3rd installment in their dark and erotic thriller series!
    • Hell’s Ink by Nicole Reed <– biker romance companion to Beautiful Ink ($.99).
    • Blurred Lines by Jen McLaughlin <— This one’s a romance between 2 people who’ve been burned by love in the past – him when his fiancé cheats, her when she loses him forever. Just when things might work out, a hidden secret threatens their new relationship –> “…I finally begin to believe in the power of true love again. That is, until I find out who he really is…and by then, it’s far too late to correct the mistakes we’ve already made. By the time we both know the truth, the lines have already been blurred beyond recognition.”
    • Saving You by Kelly Elliot <— This is book 2 in Kelly Elliot’s Love Wanted in Texas series and a second chance romance standalone – “What happens when your head and heart contradict each other regarding the one person you’ve always wanted?”
    SALES

    • Comfort Food by Kitty Thomas ($2.99) <— This one’s a psychological thriller, “a tale of erotic surrender that explores what happens when all expectations of pleasure and pain are turned upside down, as whips become comfort and chicken soup becomes punishment.” Good one to try if you’re in the mood for something dark!
    • Unafraid by Melody Grace ($.99) <– I really enjoyed this NA romance standalone! The heroine is an infamous bad girl who everyone judges before they really get to know her. The hero is from a wealthy, respected family and the pressure to be perfect is killing him. “A reckless passion. An undeniable bond. Scarred by their pasts, Brit and Hunter fight to heal old wounds…but when love is the biggest risk of all, can they find the courage to face the future unafraid?”
    • Bait by M. Mabie ($.99) <– angst alert!! “I’ll never love anyone like I love him. [She doesn’t love me enough to choose us.] It was the wrong place. [It was the wrong time.] It should have been him. [It will always be her.]”
    • Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd ($.99) <— All 7 books here!! These are YA romances following the daughter of a famous actress and her self-discovery journey –> “…the girl who seems to have everything isn’t happy with the direction of her life, so she makes a wish on the moon. Follow Keatyn on her journey of discovering what’s really important in life and love in this modern-day epic fairytale. Because, sometimes, wishes do come true.”
    • Nocte by Courtney Cole ($.99) <– first time sale!!! I read and enjoyed this thrilling YA romance last year – my mind was spinning trying to figure out what was going on (here’s my review)
    • Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley ($.99) <– This one’s a biker romance where the newly divorced heroine works at a biker bar and falls for her boss!
    • The Weight of Destiny by Nyrae Dawn ($.99) <– loved this YA romance!! Both the hero and heroine are from different social standings, have totally different life goals, but fall in love with each other nonetheless (here’s my review)
    • Tainted by K.A. Robinson ($.99) <– concludes her Torn series!! Be sure to read the first 2 books as it’s one continuous story
    • Carter Reed by Tijan ($.99) <-– one of my favorites from 2013!! If you’re in the mood for a fast-paced and steamy mafia romance, try this one!
    • Empathy by Ker Dukey ($.99) <– NA dark romance alert! This one’s also a Kindle Countdown deal.
    • Intern serial by Brooke Cumberland ($.99) <— All installments are bundled together and on sale for $.99! This one’s a steamy office romance: “He’s the boss. She’s the intern. Nothing can happen. It’s against the company rules. Then again, rules were made to be broken.”
    • Word Play by Amalie Silver ($.99) <– oooh a romance between a blogger and author!
    • Every Which Way (#1) and Breaking the Wrong (#2) by Calia Read are both $1.99 each!
    • Craving Constellations by Nicole Jacquelyn ($.99) <– first book in the Aces series and a biker romance!
    • The Vixen & the Vet by Katy Regnery ($.99) <— This one’s a modern ‘Beauty & the Beast’ retelling from Katy Regnery. The heroine’s once-promising journalism career is in ruins and as a last resort, decides to do a human interest piece on the hero, a wounded veteran and the town hermit!
    • Becoming His by Mariah Dietz ($.99) <— This one’s a NA second chance romance: “…sometimes a little crazy is exactly what life needs while learning that some chances are worth taking, regardless of the risks. But how do you know when you’ve met the right person? And will they be prepared to experience one of life’s biggest obstacles?”
    • November Blue series by Andrea Randall ($2.99) <— All 5 books bundled together: “Years ago, when November Harris took the stage to sing with musician Bo Cavanaugh, she couldn’t have dreamed that night would be the beginning of forever. Love, loss, family, friends, death, and life tear Bo and Ember apart and struggle to bring them together as they walk their path through the November Blue series…”
    • Thompson Sisters series and Rachel’s Peril trilogy by Charles Sheehan Miles are both $2.99 each! Both bundles have 3 books and they’re emotional, intelligently-written, interconnected NA romance standalones revolving around a group of sisters!
    • Third Degree by Julie Cross ($.99) <– NA romance between a geeky nerd girl and her RA!
    • Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross ($2.99) <– forbidden(ish) sports romance!
    • Golden Hour by Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt ($.99) <— sounds right up my alley!! The heroine is an ER nurse who’s engaged to a police officer, but the unthinkable happens when he’s fatally wounded, brought in, and isn’t able to save him. The hero is an ex-vagabond who chooses to clean up his act and enlists in the military forces, but he and others get in a car accident and all his training doesn’t help save his commander. A romance develops between these two people who’ve both experienced loss…
    • Beautiful Ink by Nicole Reed ($.99) <– biker romance!
    • All Lined Up (#1) and All Broke Down (#2) by Cora Carmack are both $.99 each and are must-reads!! These are 2 of the BEST NA romances I’ve ever read and were on my Best Books of 2014 list – witty banter, sweet but steamy romance, and just all around FUN!! If you’re in the mood for a lighthearted, easy read, definitely pick these two up! Here’s my review for book 1 and Here’s my review for book 2. Both are standalones, though I’d recommend reading them in order!
    • Inspire by Cora Carmack ($.99) <– PNR romance and first time sale!
    • Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard ($1.99) <– WOAH super sale alert!! This erotic student/teacher romance is normally over $10, so if you’ve been waiting for a price drop, grab it now!
    • Take Me For Granted by KA Linde ($.99) <– first time sale! This is a NA romance between a lead singer in a popular band and a college student.
    • Rule (#1), Rome (#3), and Rowdy (#5) by Jay Crownover are all $1.99 each!! These are NA romance standalones with bad boy heroes!
    • Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern ($1.99) <– friends-to-lovers romance!! Also, this one’s a movie starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin
    • Sometimes Moments by Len Webster ($.99) <– sounds like an emotional second chance NA romance! The hero and heroine grew up together since they were kids and they both instinctively knew they were meant to be together. But something happened, and the hero had to move away. 4 years later, they meet again but they’re 2 totally different people –> “He’s not the same boy she once fell in love with. He’s guarded and keeps secrets close to him. Peyton knows her life will begin to unravel.Untold truths will finally come to light. Whether or not Peyton wants to hear it, the truth will undoubtedly break her heart all over again.”
    • Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher ($.99) <– psychological thriller + romance! “When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.”
    • Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen ($1.99) <– this one’s a super heavy and emotional NA romance read. Both of the characters were just so broken my heart couldn’t help but crack a little. I read it and 4 star liked it (here’s my review)
    • The Redemption by S.L. Scott ($.99) <– I read this one actually and if you’re in the mood for an ANGSTY love after loss romance with a single mom and a swoony hero, check this one out! It’s a standalone (here’s my review)
    • Fall by Rachel Van Dyken ($.99) <– oooh this sounds really good! The hero is an A-list celebrity forced to lay low in Seaside, Oregon but doesn’t expect the heroine – a pastor’s daughter – knocking on his door, a girl he’s humiliated in the past and is off limits to him!
    • Turning Home by Stephanie Nelson ($.99) <– a reader recommended this one to me! It’s a semi-forbidden NA romance between a sheltered, well-off heroine and the blue-collar bad boy hero.
    • Upon a Midnight Dream (#1), Whispered Music (#2), The Wolf’s Pursuit (#3), and When Ash Falls (#4) by Rachel Van Dyken are all $.99 each! These are interconnected historical romance standalones.
    • Chasing Serenity (#1), Behind the Pitch (#1.5), and Finding Serenity (#2) by Eden Butler are all $.99 each! These are NA sports romances!
    • Fading trilogy by E.K. Blair ($.99) <– all 3 books in one + 2 bonus stories! These are emotional NA romances and each can be read as a standalone. The 2nd one is a M/M romance too
    • Alex by Sawyer Bennett ($.99) <– sports romance standalone! The hero is a cold-hearted hockey player and he falls for the sweet heroine who’s a social worker.
    • Undescribable series by Shantel Tessier ($.99) <– 3 NA romances in one!
    REVIEWS/RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Hero by Samantha Young <– my last read & new favorite!! This enemies-to-lovers office romance was fun, sexy, and at-times emotional! I really enjoyed it and highly recommend you preorder it so when it releases in a week, you’ll have it on your device ready to read (here’s my review)
    • Second Debt by Pepper Winters <– new release & favorite! You don’t want to miss out on Nila & Jethro’s dark and twisted story (here’s my review)
    • Kyland by Mia Sheridan <– new release! Hmmm…I am clearly in the minority, but this one didn’t work for me. It just had some personal plot devices I wasn’t fond of (here’s my review)
    • Thorns of Rosewood by G.M. Barlean ($.99) <– I took a quick detour from romance and went with a mystery read! Overall a quick, fast and entertaining read (here’s my review)
    • Trade Me by Courtney Milan <– recent release & new favorite! I really loved this NA romance. It was unique (couple pairing), had such whip-smart writing, and both characters were so likeable. I’d recommend it! (here’s my review)
    • Three Brothers by Nicole Williams <– I liked this one, though I still had some issues with it. The best thing about this book is the hero who I’d give 5++++ stars to any day! (here’s my review)
    • The Line Between by Tamsyn Bester <– one of my highly anticipated reads that I unfortunately didn’t love. It seems to be a hit with most readers though, so give it a try if you’re interested (here’s my review)
    • Cartel by Lili St. Germain <– new release and the first book in her prequel series to the wickedly intense and twisted Gypsy Brothers series! I really enjoyed this one and if you’re in the mood for one wild, fast-paced biker read, this one’s a good choice! (here’s my review)
    • The Traveling Man by Jane Harvey Berrick ($.99) <– new release! This book totally wrecked me! It was one emotional rollercoaster I couldn’t get off of (not sure if I even wanted to). I was so conflicted I didn’t know how to rate it…so I didn’t. (here’s my review)
    • Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler <– TOP recommendation and first 5 star read of the year! Just thinking about this book is making my eyes water. I took a chance on this one and I strongly encourage you all to do the same (here’s my review)
    • Falling Away by Penelope Douglas <– the latest in her steamy NA romance series! While I didn’t love it, I did like it, and the heroine’s character growth really impressed me (here’s my review)
    • Dirty Ties by Pam Godwin <– probably one of the steamiest books I’ve ever read!! There’s some suspense and the story smacked me with twists after turn. I liked it, and if you’re in the mood for an erotic romance, try this one! (here’s my review)
    • Holly Lane by J.B. Morgan <– my last few reads were all on the dark and emotional side so I picked up this sweet holiday romance! For the most part I enjoyed it and it was exactly what I was in the mood for. If you’re looking for a straightforward read that’s drama free try this one! (here’s my review)
    • Raze by Tillie Cole <– recommendation for all dark romance fans!! The one and only word to describe this book would be INTENSE. I could not put it down and there’s this hidden layer to the romance that made my heart race! If you’re looking for a book that’s guaranteed to get your heart pumping, try this one  (here’s my review)
    • Sweet Fall by Tillie Cole <– a TOP recommendation!! This NA romance is one of the darkest and emotionally heavy stories I’ve read in a long while, but it was exactly what I was in the mood for. It also made me ugly cry and I’m just blown away by the amount of emotion it evoked….if you’re looking for a standalone romance guaranteed to make you FEEL, try this one! (here’s my review)
    • Dear Emily (#1) and Dear Tabitha (#2) by Trudy Stiles <– TOP recommendation! These books are a blend of realistic women’s fiction with romance and made my heart feel so full…I loved both and being able to read them back to back let me carry my emotions from the first book to the second without delay. BEST kind of reading experience!! Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2. Be sure to read these in order!
    • Extinguish (#1) and Reignite (#2) by JM Darhower <– TOP recommendation!! This 2-book paranormal forbidden romance was unputdownable from the get go and I didn’t want the story to end. I mean, the hero is Lucifer, the Devil! That alone made me pick these up  Here’s my review for book 1 and here’s my review for book 2
    • Amour Amour by Krista & Becca Ritchie <– I really enjoyed this NA romance! This was so unique (setting is in the circus) and the character development was stunning! It truly embodies every aspect of NA and as always, the authors’ writing style is great. Totally recommend (here’s my review)
    • Last Will & Testament by Dahlia Adler <– another favorite! This was such a refreshingly witty NA romance standalone (a little taboo since he’s the heroine’s TA). Totally recommend it (here’s my review)
    • The King by Tiffany Reisz <– TOP recommendation!! For fans of this heavy erotica series, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this one! Kingsley is the best  If you’re new to this series, check out the series reading order at the bottom of my review –> (here’s my review).
    • Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn <– TOP recommendation!! This 5 star book rocked my world, 200% unputdownable (here’s my review)
    • Clockwork Angel (#1)Clockwork Prince (#2), and Clockwork Princess (#3) by Cassandra Clare are my ultimate TOP recommendations!! I seriously finished this sensational trilogy and had tears dripping down my face, a pile of tissues discarded on the floor, and food wrappers scattered around me. It was SO emotional, SO intense, SO passionate, and SO good. 6 star series for me!! (here’s my series review) These books must be read in order!