Friday, January 17, 2020

Boots by: Jessie Cooke - Release w/Review

Title: Boots
Series: Phoenix Skulls MC
Author: Jessie Cooke
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: January 13, 2020

Loyalty is everything.

Neglected at home, bullied in school, Matteo “Boots” Romano had to learn too young how to take care of himself.

Raised in a 1% MC by a father who thought of her as little more than a commodity, Celeste Hall spent her young life plotting her escape.

Whether it was fate that brought them together that night, or Matteo's resolve to see the mysterious, beautiful Celeste one more time before he left New York, neither of them might ever know. But when the two teenagers literally collide in the night, they set in motion a series of events that will take them across the United States and even into Mexico as Celeste runs from her past, her present, and an uncertain future...and Boots searches for a place where he might finally feel like he truly belongs.

Just as Boots starts to fall in love with the feisty young woman with eyes the color of the sea, he is forced to learn a hard truth, that loyalty might just be no more than a word in the dictionary.

Celeste will spend the better part of the next decade on the run, moving from one dangerous situation to the next, while Boots forges a path toward success. When he ultimately takes a fork in the road that leads him to the Westside Skulls clubhouse, he'll finally discover the place he's been searching for, the place where he belongs. From Westside in Fresno to the newest chapter of the Skulls in Phoenix, Boots will once again begin to carve out his own that will suddenly be threatened by a web of lies, a brutal murder and the kidnapping of a young boy.

When it looks like Boots might have committed these heinous acts, will the Skulls turn their backs on one of their own? Or will they pull together and prove to Boots and the rest of the world that the U.S. Marine's aren't the only brotherhood who refuse to leave a man behind?

WOW! Loved this book!  Then again, it's MC and Jessie Cooke! This can only mean exceptional! 

Boots & Celeste....the time we get to spend with them and the places they's so entertaining!! 

They each bounce all over the place. The author checks us into their lives at different points. Sometimes we're following Boots life and sometimes we're with Celeste. They grow in many different ways. Will they find their way back to each other? If they do, has too much time gone by?

Celeste left Boots in bed in a hotel room when they were barely out of high school. He tries to find her but really....he barely knew her. I mean he loves her but he doesn't know enough to be able to find her.

He goes on with his life. College, work, nice home. He's somewhat happy. Happy that he's able to accomplish what he has. But his personal life is lacking.

Celeste is still running. The one decision she made in a very spur of the moment time has followed her, her entire life. 

Will these two cross paths again? Will the same sparks be there? How safe will they be?

This is a must read!! Definitely! 

Highly Recommend!!

Prologue - Present Day
Boots signed for his belongings and walked out of the jail, squinting at the hot Phoenix sun as soon as he stepped outside. Once his eyes adjusted, he saw his long-haired, tattooed friend, Finn McGregor, leaning into his Harley and watching him. Finn was called “Snake” by most of the guys, and he also went by VP since he had been patched over as vice president of the Phoenix Skulls. But to Boots, at least one to one, he was just his crazy, Irish friend. They’d been through a lot together in the short year they’d known each other, and Finn’s green eyes were some of the most expressive ones that Boots had ever seen. But for the first time since he met the young, friendly Irishman, he was afraid to look into them. It had been one hell of a few weeks...the worst in Boots’ life, and that was saying a lot.
He finally stepped down toward the parking lot, reaching Snake in a few steps. Snake put his hand out and the two men clasped fists and brought it in for a quick hug. When Boots pulled back Snake said, “How bad was it?”
Boots didn’t want to talk about it, and the bruises on his face and knuckles should tell his friend all he really needed to know. If he wanted more of the story, he’d have to see the binder holding Boots’ ribs together and the spaces way in the back where there used to be teeth, before the side of his face made contact with a massive fist. None of that was the worst part, though. The worst scars Boots would carry inside of him, the way he had with everything else his entire life. “Not too,” he said. “But if anyone knows what it’s like in there, it’s you.”
Snake grinned. “Hey, I haven’t been locked up in over a year.”
Boots smiled. “Some kind of record, huh?” Boots had a rough life, but as an adult he’d avoided jail, until now. “Where’s my bike?”
“Prince is on his way to pick you up in the van. I just didn’t want to leave you waiting out here by yourself.” That made sense considering that he was the pariah of the community these days; even in the parking lot of the busiest jail in Maricopa County it surprised Boots that some of the “community” weren’t waiting for him with pitchforks and torches. What interested him the most about Snake’s “answer” to his question was that the Irishman avoided telling him where his bike had ended up.
“Okay, thanks. But where’s my bike?”
Snake grimaced and said, “What’s left of it is at the shop.”
“Fuck.” The sound of the Phoenix Skulls van pulling into the lot sent a jolt of relief through Boots’ body. He was never one to back down from a fight, but as of late he’d had more than his fair share. Just then all he wanted was to be in his own trailer, in his own shower and his own clothes and his own bed. Three weeks in county jail had been a special kind of hell...
“Dax Marshall’s old lady is here.”
Boots took his eyes off the van as Prince parked it alongside them, and looked back at Snake. “Jace asked her to come?”
Snake nodded. “He said he didn’t trust anyone else to defend you.”
Boots sighed. “You think that means he believes me?”
Snake, always the peacemaker, nodded enthusiastically. “Of course he believes you. Brother, we all know you and we know there’s no fucking way you’d know, do that.”
Snake couldn’t even bring himself to say it...what Boots was being charged with. Boots didn’t blame him; the words were ugly, the accusation even uglier. “Hey, man, we better get a move on,” Prince said. “There’s a group of about a dozen people out front with signs and bullhorns and shit. I’d lie down in back if I were you as we go by.”
Fuck. Boots wished he would wake up from this nightmare and find out that it was all just that...a horrible dream. He wished so many things, the least of which was that he’d never laid eyes on Celeste Hall...or Sadie Gray...whatever the fuck she was calling herself these days. Maybe then, he wouldn’t be a walking target, persona non grata in the first place in his life that had ever really felt like home.
“There he is!” Before Boots could even react to the loud voices, Snake and Prince had their hands on him, pushing him into the van. His first impulse was to stand his ground, and fight, no matter how tired or outnumbered he was. But there was still a part of his brain working rationally, and he knew they were right and he had to get the fuck out of there before things exploded and he ended up right back inside the cement building that loomed behind him.
He was practically shoved into the van by his brothers, and the door was slammed shut, but not before he heard the ugly accusations being hurled in his direction. He’d heard it all before he was locked up, and again while he was inside for three weeks, awaiting his bail hearing...but it never got easier. Hearing it still made him sick to his stomach and although he knew it wasn’t true, it still made him loathe himself.
Prince jumped into the driver’s seat and Boots sat on the floor of the van with his back up against the side. He covered his ears with his hands and they were a mile away in sixty seconds, but Boots didn’t uncover his ears. Even over the noise of the van’s V-8 engine and the stereo that Prince had cranked out, he could hear it...the ugly, hateful word they’d labeled him with...the word that had not only taken up residence in his head but seeped into his soul. For a few seconds he believed that he just couldn’t take it any longer. He had to make it stop. He pulled his head forward, and then slammed it back into the side of the van, and it worked for one blessed second. But then they started again...slowly, and in a whisper. Before long the single voice turned into a collection of voices, voices he recognized. They were the voices of his community, the voices of his brothers and sisters in the club, his new family. They were the voices of the very people who taught him the true meaning of love and respect and family. They were the ones that spoke up for him when he was first accused, the ones who professed to always have his back. But Boots had seen the change in them all...he’d watched as the doubt had seeped into their eyes. And now their voices were in his head, and collectively they were whispering one horrific word. In the past three weeks he’d even considered taking his own life, before someone else did. The only thing stopping him was his fear that when he was dead and gone, that one word would define him forever...maybe it would even be etched into his gravestone. One word, one lie he feared everyone else believed...



Jessie Cooke writes hot romance novels about tough guys, bad boys, bikers, fighters and lovers and the women of strong character who tame them.


Monday, January 13, 2020

Liar by Fiona Cole: Release Blitz

Release Date: January 9, 2020
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Photographer: Regina Wamba
  He was my uncle’s friend, and I was too young for him. But in the heat of the moment, against the wall in a darkened hallway of an illicit club, none of those things mattered. It was just one night of giving in to what we both wanted. I never expected to see him two years later, sitting across me during a family dinner, encouraging me to do my internship for his business. On day one we both agree that repeating that night would be a mistake. But it’s a mistake we can’t help but make again and again. The rules are simple. We can’t tell my uncle. We have to be content with our hotel rendezvous. And we won’t fall in love. But we both know we’re liars.  

What can I say about this book. WOW!! Its the first word that comes to mind. This book was so good, I immediately bought and read the others. I couldn't get enough of this world. Olivia is young but she knows what, well WHO she wants. She wants Kent. The sexy older man who is so off limits and forbidden to her. You know what they say about forbidden fruit right? When you taste it its THAT much sweeter. Boy was it. Well okay yeah, it was sweet but it hotter than hell too. It should be a forbidden pepper for this book. The chemistry was off the charts and the sexy factor was so high there aren't enough peppers or flames to rate it.
Olivia and Kent are your typical H/h, meaning both hot and likeable but the conflicts they endure is anything but typical. Both suffering from pasts that shaped their futures into something that almost guarantee that they shouldn't be together, overcame all of it and collide like the BIG BANG.
If any of you are like me and tense at the thought of age gaps in romance, I can tell you to rest assure. Everyone is of age and its not creepy. That was a real concern for me. Usually, I like my H/h both to be of drinking age before anything sexual happens but this was written so wonderfully that I only felt my conscious give me cursory nagging.
I will definitely recommend this book to everyone and also recommend they spend time with the whole gang by reading the other books too. I can't wait to see what Daniel has in store for us.
Great read.

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  Fiona Cole is a military wife and a stay at home mom with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. As much as she loved science she decided to postpone her career to stay at home with her two little girls and immersed herself in the world of books until finally deciding to write her own. Where You Can Find Me is Fiona’s debut novel and will hopefully be the first of many.  
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Friday, January 10, 2020

Miss Understanding By: Aubrey Bondurant - Release w/Review

Title: Miss Understanding

Series: Miss #1

Author: Aubrey Bondurant

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 10, 2020

Liam Davenport is the most infuriating man I’ve ever known – and he’s my boss.

Worse, he’s undeniably sexy. At least until I’m subject to one of his trademark sighs of disapproval. I’m counting the days until I can walk away from this job. But first, I need to survive the trip from hell he’s dragged me on. One entire week with his arrogant smile and my unexpected naughty thoughts.

I might get fired.

He just might be worth it.

Kendall Tate is the most distracting woman I’ve ever met – and she’s my assistant.

She’s irritatingly clever, and much too nice for the likes of me. I need to remain professional, even if the smell of her strawberry lip gloss is my kryptonite. No matter how much I want her, Kendall is off limits.

Growing closer to her might be a mistake.

I might just take the risk.

LOVED this book!!! It's well written, has amazing characters, it's funny but also romantic.

It's kinda girl-next-door meets billionaire BUT this billionaire did not come from money. Liam has worked very hard to get out of the small town he grew up in. He's determined to NOT be like his father. Which of course has made him exactly like his father.

Enter his assistant, Kendall, that even though she keeps her mouth shut for the most part during the first four months shes working with him, she just can't when he insist on taking her with him on a trip. 

Liam's constant "not good enough" attitude is making Kendall crazy. She finally starts standing up for herself when on the trip. But will he be ok with that? Is this gonna get her fired? 

So well written! Amazing characters! Even more amazing story! 

Highly Recommend!

After a hot shower, I dressed in jeans and a sweater. Looking out the window, I saw there was a good inch of snow already covering the surfaces. It reminded me of my childhood when we’d pray for a snow day so we could go sledding down the neighborhood hill instead of school. A movement shifted my gaze to the corner of the back yard. I saw a figure in olive green on the ground. 

Holy shit. Kendall had fallen. I rushed down the stairs, pausing only to frantically yank on my boots before running out the back door and down the steps toward where I saw her on the ground.

I found her laughing. Was she delirious from the cold? A bump on the head?

“What the hell are you doing?” I asked.

She looked up with rosy cheeks, bright eyes, and the biggest smile I’d ever seen on her face. “Making a snow angel.”

“Why?” It was truly baffling to me.

“Because this is my first time seeing snow.”

Her purple sparkly boots peeked out from the giant parka, making me shake my head. She looked like a toddler poorly dressed for the weather in hand-me-downs.

“You’d best get up before the snow seeps through all of your clothes.”

She stuck her tongue out in response. “Go away. I’m not on the clock yet, and you’re ruining my fun.”

“I came racing down here because I thought you’d fallen.”

“Oh, yeah? Did you come out to rescue me? Or hope you could quickly hide the body?” she asked, holding out her gloved hand.

I pulled her up without much effort. I’d be surprised if her petite stature weighed more than a hundred pounds. Her grin was infectious despite my hangover. “Depends. Did you make coffee?”

Her lips twitched in a smile. “I did. I’ll even give you some. Just as soon as you help me make a snowman.”

She was adorable. And not in the toddler kind of way. The type of way that made me want her to hook her legs around my waist so I could take her against a wall.

Aubrey Bondurant is a working mom who loves to write, read and travel. 

She describes her writing style as: "Adult Contemporary Erotic Romantic Comedy," which is just another way of saying she likes her characters funny, her bedroom scenes hot, and her romances with a happy ending. 

When Aubrey isn't working her day job, or spending time with her family, she's on her laptop typing away on her next story. She only wishes there were more hours of the day!

She's a former member of the US Marine Corps and passionate about veteran charities and giving back to the community. She loves a big drooly dog, a fantastic margarita, and football. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Siren ( Sinister Fairy-Tales Collection) by Hazel Grace: Release Blitz + Review

Title: Siren
Series: Sinister Fairy Tales Collection
Author: Hazel Grace
Genre: Dark Fairy Tale Retelling
Release Date: January 7, 2020

I’m one of the most alluring creatures in the world.




A siren.

One of seven princesses of Lacuna.

But I wanted more than that, so much more than the trinkets I stowed in my caverns. I wanted my own piece of the world.

And I got it.

However with that wish came a price, and that price came with secrets.

Two of which should never have been able to set foot on where I reside.

The fate of my heart belongs to Lacuna, but whose heart belongs to me?

One of the best of the Sinister Fairy Tale Collection, yet. If you want thrill of the ride, edge of your seat, gripping adventure; then this is your cup of tea. Sirens should tell you that it’s about Mermaids and anyone knows that Mermaids are gold! My first read by Hazel Grace and I lucked out by doing so. She will have to keep this type of talent going for her, because it is now the standard that I am holding her to!
The entire collection thus far, is excellent. Each has their own sinister twist on a fairy-tale that we loved as kids. I am so thrilled with this collection that it’s not even funny. Every few weeks I get a new adventure delivered to my kindle and nothing makes me happier. If you haven’t read any of the collection, make sure that you do so promptly, because you’re missing out!

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Hazel Grace is an avid music lover and hardcore Oakland Raiders fan from the mitten state of Michigan. Her writing goals are "what the f*ck" storylines while enjoying her readers private messaging her to cuss her out.

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