Thursday, May 24, 2018

Shades by Jamie Reese

Title: Shades
Author: Jaime Reese
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: May 23, 2018 Cover Designer: Reese Dante
Life made him dangerous. Love made him lethal.
Killian Marks is a third-generation hitman. After hunting monsters for over twenty years, he lives under no illusions of happily ever afters and fairy tales. Until he meets a man who threatens to disarm him, by giving him hope for a future and showing him there’s more to life than just death.
For Nick, living in shadows is second nature. He’s all too familiar with the dark side of humanity and knows how delicate life can be. Each new day is a gift, even though it means doing it alone. But he’ll risk his survival for the one man who awakens something deep within and leaves him yearning for more.
Nick wants to solve the mystery behind the dark, brooding man, while Killian craves the life and light emanating from Nick. They soon discover they have more in common than either could have anticipated. With both their lives and hearts at stake, they must confront the ghost from Nick’s past intent on tying up a loose end. Only then will they truly find peace, and discover the shades of life in between.



Could I swoon any harder?? 
So lets start with Killian, ugh. Just the name drips sexy. This dark man with a past and a job that's scary but sexy. Like he gets shit done you know. The dirty stuff too. ;) 
Then there is sweet Nick. Two people who think they're so opposite each other they discover they have more in common than they think. Like love. 
I liked the action in this story. Its a refreshing take on an unconventional love story. The writing was amazing I felt like I was in the story. I loved the supporting cast of characters, especially Ian and Dex. The best bunch of hit men I've ever read. 
This story is amazing and if you like hot men, being hot all the way around then this is the story for you. 
Jaime Reese is the alter ego of an artist who loves the creative process of writing, just not about herself. Fiction is far more interesting. She has a weakness for broken, misunderstood heroes and feels everyone deserves a chance at love and life. An avid fan of a happy ending, she believes those endings acquired with a little difficulty are more cherished.
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Monday, May 21, 2018

Bittersweet Surrender by: QB Tyler

BITTERSWEET SURRENDER

by Q.B. Tyler Publication Date: May 24, 2018 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Fiction

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“I was in a relationship with two men and neither were giving me up.”
That thought flashed through Charlotte’s brain like a bright neon light as she followed her husband out of her marriage counselor’s office.
The office where she’d sat twice a week as she tried to repair the glaring problems in her marriage.
The marriage that she’d fought hard to save to a man that wasn’t fighting alongside her. She’d been lied to, ignored and used as a pawn to climb his ladder to success. Charlotte was broken, not just her marriage.
But, then she met Dr. Montgomery and everything changed.
They say love is patient and kind of course, but what happens when that love comes at the cost of everything?
Love was a force that took no prisoners when it decided to strike and Charlotte had been hit—hard.
By a man that wasn’t her husband.
By the very man who was supposed to save her marriage.




Wowzers!! This book should come with a trigger warning!! 
This story follows Charley and William. Who isn’t her husband by the way. That’s Matt!!  They are seeing Dr. William Montgomery to fix their marriage. He fixes her heart instead. This book was real, deep and tender. 
I thought Dr M was going to be a creeper when I first  read the story. I just KNEW it. Some of his behaviors were irractic and alarming, but it gets explained during the thick of it and it makes sense. Whew, had me worried, I was swooning hard for him too. 
I’m pleasantly surprised by this book. Some of the material is very sensitive and have been known to turn readers off towards the person, so its a risk to do that with one of your main characters especially one being championed as the protagonist. 
You feel bad for Matt, but also not. It was like a paradox, you were rooting for the dissolution of Matt’s marriage all the while feeling pity for him. There was no protagonist or antagonist at the end. 
The true hero of this story was Charley best friend Lauren. Shes the MVP of best friends. Loyal, but she calls Charley out on her crap as well.  It’s a two part-er do you don’t know the ending yet.  Lets just say, I hope shes worth it, I hope they're happy and get what they need and I may need to move to GA. 
This book got 4 &1/2 stars because its a cliff hanger and because Charley and Dr. M's relationship is sometimes over the top and unbelievable. That purchase.... what??? you'll see what I mean. Still its a good story and a refreshing twist to traditional romance novels. 
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ABOUT Q.B. TYLER

Write. Wine. Work. Repeat. A look inside the mind of a not so ex-party girl’s escape from her crazy life. Hailing from the Nation’s Capital, Q.B. Tyler, spends her days constructing her “happily ever afters” with a twist. Romantic comedies served with a side of smut and most importantly the love story that develops despite inconvenient circumstances.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

I Loved You THEN by Jen Blau: Release Blitz with Review



Title: I Loved You THEN
Series: Bristol Backroads, Book One: Standalone
Author: Jen Blau
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2018
Review Source: Give Me Books Promotions



Love was supposed to protect us... but sometimes, love dies.

Emily's life defines the American Dream.
She has a husband of eighteen years, two healthy teenage daughters, and a thriving business. But it's all a lie.

Happily ever after was supposed to be enough, but her marriage is tattered, along with her self-esteem. She’s drowning and nobody sees her struggle.

UNTIL Logan, the town playboy breaks down her walls and reminds Emily who she was before putting them up.

Can she risk everything for the life she wants, or will Emily stay and continue to live the lie?


When someone steals your light, your glow, your life ... how do you take hold of it, once again? Do you continue to sink down the rabbit hole, or pull yourself from from the depths of hell, back to Mother Earth? No matter what, nobody has the right to control your life. You are in charge of your own destiny. You write your own history. In this case ... HERstory.

I Loved You THEN is a very inspirational story of a woman fighting to regain her power. Beaten down and left to nothing, Em knew that she deserved more. Her marriage no longer as it was, she needed to find herself again. Step by step, slowly but surely, Em learns to regain that strength that she has always needed. The courage never being too far off.

There are parts of this story that I didn’t agree with, although it didn’t lessen the rating that I felt it deserved. The writing is powerful and immaculate and real. Jen Blau writes a gripping tale of an exceptional woman, fighting to regain her life and keep her family. Highly recommended!



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We both laughed and clinked the plastic together before each taking a sip.
Licking the sweetness from my lips, I lowered my glass with both hands, eyes following it.
“Can I ask you something?”
“Sure, anything.” Logan drained his portion of champagne and set his glass down. Sticking hands in his pockets, he leaned his hip against the freezer to face me.
“Why do you care so much?” I lifted my face, devoid of expression. “I mean about my writing. About my work. All these years, I thought you were this tough, no feelings kind of guy. Yet, you’ve shown so much… I don’t know. Emotion. Why?” 
Logan paused, a soft grin on his face, then tilted his head and moved in closer. “I told you before. You don’t know me as well as you think you do.”
Squirming, a little embarrassed, I broke from his gaze and tucked my elbows close to my side, still holding onto my champagne flute with both hands.
“Well I am glad that you’re here.” I took in a deep breath and let it out slow, savoring the moment as I looked to the rich sunset forming outside. Pinks, blues, lavenders. Like cotton candy.  
I turned back, Logan’s face only inches from mine.
“Me too,” he answered. Just then, the breeze whipped in through the door. “It probably should be Ryan, though. Right?” Logan pressed his lips tight, leaned back some and looked away towards the sunset. 
My stomach clenched at the mention of my husband’s name. “Maybe. But he wouldn’t be toasting with me. That’s for sure.”
Lifting my glass, I drained what was left in it. Logan didn’t miss a beat and reached for the bottle, giving me a refill. I took a sip before continuing.
“And, I doubt he’d care. I don’t think he wants me to succeed at anything; he has no concern for my passions whatsoever. I’m not sure I’ll even tell him about this.”
I went quiet, my head spinning, not only from the phone call and the champagne, but also from the reality of my situation. The thought of Ryan dampened my celebratory mood.
“Hey…” Logan removed the glass from my hands with the tip of his fingers and set it down. “Let’s not talk about him right now. Okay?” Taking my arms, he pulled me close, wrapping them around the back of his waist. Nervous, my heart pounded as I caught the essence of carburetor mixed with his signature musky lemon cologne from his t-shirt. He’d come from working at Monroe Auto, but he somehow smelled good enough to go on a date.
“Okay,” I murmured and looked up at him. He released his hands to hold my face. Rough and calloused from working on cars all his life, his touch was still delicate as he bent, taking my lips in his.
Logan kissed me, light and gentle at first. Like I might break under his touch. But then, he dragged me closer, pressing his body to mine and taking more of me into his mouth, our kiss building intensity.
“I care,” he whispered against my skin. 
My body wouldn’t relax fully. We lived on the outskirts of town, but with the garage door open, anyone could see right in. That would start some gossip.
“What’s wrong?” He leaned back, picking up on my tension. Noooo, don’t stop.
I pointed to the open door, then wiped at my wet lips.
He smirked. “That’s easy.” He walked to the side of the door and pressed the CLOSE button. The walk-in door to the outside was still open, but this was enough to conceal us.
He took back his place with me, and I let go, running my hand up his back, feeling the warmth of his skin. A moment later, Logan drew back again, his eyes fixed down into mine. He kept his hands tangled behind my head in my long hair.
“He has no idea what he has, Em. The depth of you is incredible. I see it. I see you.”
I squeezed my eyes shut, trying not to cry again. Logan took notice and pulled me to his chest in a hug.
With my eyes still shut, I lifted away. Logan bent, our lips crashing again, before I opened them.  I wanted to stay like this forever.
A minute later, a truck roared outside the garage door. Ryan.
“Shit!” Logan and I broke from each other. I grabbed my glass, clearing my throat; he grabbed his bottle of beer, and we composed ourselves quickly. He stayed close, though, enough to touch the side of my body. We leaned with our backs against the deep freeze as Ryan walked in the side door.
Everything that had just happened--everything that has happened--with Logan had felt right. Unfortunately, that still didn’t make it right.

“What the hell is this?” Once inside, Ryan planted his legs wide and crossed his arms. His face tightened, and he glared between the two of them.


Born and raised on a cattle farm in rural Nebraska, Jen still resides in the Midwest with her three children, two dogs and lots of happy cows.

A proclaimed coffee, wine, and book snob, Jen writes about women and the depth of their life stories. Even before the "times-up" and new women's movement, sharing light on women's real lives was an important part of her vision and life purpose. I Loved You THEN is her first novel.
    


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