Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Not in the Plans (Best Laid Plans, Book Two) by Erin Hawkins: Release Blitz + Excerpt + Review

Title: Not in the Plans
Series: Best Laid Plans, Book Two
Author: Erin Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Steamy Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 10, 2021

I thought hiring Luke to help me build my athleisure boutique would help him see me as a woman and not just his best friend’s sister. Especially since my crush on him dates back to my days of braces and acne. Instead, he appears to find me intolerable. One-word responses. Avoiding me at all costs. It seems he can’t wait for the project to end. Unfortunately, he’s going to be stuck with me a while longer. An investor wants to open a second location for my boutique in Aspen and is demanding Luke’s one-of-a-kind style for the storefront. Can I convince him to put up with me long enough to embrace this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?

Three months. Three torturous months of enduring the sight of Sam's perfect ass in skintight leggings. Those alluring baby blues blinking my way as her delectable lips formed yet another smart-mouthed retort. All of it acting as daily reminders that my best friend’s little sister has grown up. She’s also off-limits. After helping her build her store, I’m ready for some much-needed distance. Until Sam shows up on my doorstep asking for another favor. Spending more time with her is dangerous to my weakening willpower, but the professional opportunity is too good to resist.

What I didn’t anticipate was living under the same roof with her. Now, she’s everywhere. Cleavage eye-level as she sits on the counter while I cook. Tiny sleep shorts giving me a tantalizing peek when she curls up on the couch. Even my pillow starts to smell like her. Still, I’m able to fight my impulses. All that changes the day building maintenance says the water is being shut off in ten minutes and we both race for the shower…

Not in the Plans is a standalone novel with overlapping characters from Best Laid Plans. It can be read as a standalone but contains a spoiler from Best Laid Plans.

This is a brother’s best friend trope.
It’s cute, fun, and sweet.
I liked Sam and Luke and I enjoyed their chemistry a lot.
This book is a definite slow burn. It’ll leave you screaming at the near misses.

This was a great book, but I had some issues with it.
One was the slow burn… I was 70% in before the real action started.
The other was I wish that Luke and his dad had more of a conversation. It was over too easily.
I also wish Ben and Luke had more of a conversation.
There were others but they are ‘spoilery’.
The issues I mentioned didn’t take me out of the story but I felt it robbed me of all it could be.

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“Congratulations, Sam.” My words are simple because my brain is having a hard time forming thoughts as her warm curves press into me. The smell of her hair, something vanilla and honey, invades my senses and makes me linger a moment longer. The temptation to turn my head and bury my nose into her hair is strong. Now, I’m wondering if the skin along her neck is sensitive, if she likes to be kissed there, and what sounds she makes when she’s turned on. 


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Best Laid Plans is Erin Hawkins's debut novel. She lives in Colorado with her husband and three young children. When not writing, she enjoys reading, running, spending time in the mountains, and watching reality TV.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Code Name: Aries (A Zodiac Tactical Series: Standalone) by Janie Crouch: Release Blitz + Review

Title: Code Name: ARIES
A Zodiac Tactical Series Standalone
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 21, 2021

Ian DeRose. Code Name: ARIES.

Zodiac Tactical is my company. We guard, protect, rescue…eliminate the threat when nobody else can.

I’ve always made sure there was nothing in my life I couldn’t live without.

Until Wavy Bollinger.

She's the artist who sees colors everywhere and greets the world—and me—with a smile. I knew I shouldn’t come near her from the beginning, but her gentleness was my undoing.

And now a monster has taken her, caged her, to get even with me.

My code name is Aries. And I will burn the world to the ground to get her back.

WOW!!! Y'all know that I don't give away my FIVE feathers very often! This one definitely deserves it!! I LOVED IT!!!!

Everything about it. The way it's written, the story, the characters, the Alpha'ness but also the gentleness too. When I talk about the way it's written, all too often I feel like the writing is a bit immature? Amature? Not sure of the right word, but this is amazingly well written!!!

Aries & Wavy are an excellent couple. Their story is amazing!

Very Highly Recommended!!!!

USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate romantic suspense featuring protective heroes. Her books have won multiple awards, including the Romance Writers of America's coveted Vivian® Award, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Booksellers’ Best.

After a lifetime on the East Coast, and a six-year stint in Germany due to her husband's job as support for the U.S. Military, Janie has settled into her dream home in the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies.
When she's not listening to the voices in her head—and even when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp...), traveling, and hanging out with her hubby & four kids.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Broken Bride (Broken Series, Book One) by Stella Gray: Blog Tour + Review

Title: Broken Bride
Series: Broken Series, Book One
Author: Stella Gray
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: September 7, 2021
Review Source: Candi Kane PR

I was sold to him to settle a debt… but Dante Bellanti never settles.

My father was always a gambling man.
Unfortunately, he never could pick winners.
When the wolves closed in, he chose himself, like always.

He traded his freedom… for mine.

He forced me to marry.
Now Dante Bellanti owns my body.
I’m just another possession for a man who already has too much.
So I won’t let him have my heart.

But you know what they say about gambling.

The house always wins.

And I’m at the mercy of the Bellantis...

I really enjoyed this book it had my feelings every which way. I hated her father for selling her to get out of debt, but I loved Frankie and how headstrong she was. Of course how she hated to love Dante and how she protected her sisters with every fiber of her being. The book is exceptionally well written and I cannot wait until the next one!!


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Stella Gray is an emerging author of contemporary romance. When she is not writing, Stella loves to read, hike, knit, and cuddle with her greyhound.

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SACRED (Savage Falls Sinners MC, Book 3) by Caitlyn Dare: Release Blitz + Double Review

Series: Savage Falls Sinners MC, Book 3
Author: Caitlyn Dare
Release Date: September 2nd
Genre: Dark Romance
Tropes: Enemies to Lovers /Bully/High School/MC/Reverse Harem

The next installment in the dark romance series from the bestselling author of the Rebels at Sterling Prep series…

I knew there was more to the threat than we first thought…

I didn’t know that when the truth came out everything would change.

In the aftermath of Darren Creed ripping through the Sinners, the club is in chaos. And Dane will need us now more than ever as he comes to terms with the secrets of his childhood and the scars he bears.

Rhett, Wes, and I are determined to keep him grounded, determined not to lose him to the monsters that haunt his dreams.

Because some monsters are real.

And before we get our happy-ever-after, we’re all going to have to face the things we’re afraid of most.

SACRED is a full-length dark enemies-to-lovers/bully romance. This is a why choose novel, meaning the main character has more than one love interest. It is book three in the series and must be read after SAVAGE and SACRIFICE.

My GAWD….this series is LIFE!! I can not say enough positive things about Sacred. Addictive, hot, passionate, family bonds, drama, protectiveness, you name it, it’s all there.

Rhett, Dane, and Wes are in so much trouble. Their hearts have unknowingly been taken by none other than Sadie Ray. She holds their hearts in her clutches, however, they happily do so because the feelings are so strong. My favorite by far is Rhett, so I secretly hope that they will be the ones to walk off into the sunset together, but I won’t find out until the final book … Sever, coming soon!!

The Dare Duo never disappoints with the damn cliffy’s that leave you saying WTF!!!!

Not just cliffhangers, but suspense, super hot chemistry, and super alpha-holes; she knows how to bring it all to the table. Sadie and our guys hit all the buttons even though they keep getting hit at every turn. Just when you think you can take a breather, here comes someone else after our girl and her harem. I love how the emotional and physical connection continues to build between them all.

You will get answers to questions you still have going through your mind and find a little extra spice with a couple of the men. To be able to watch Sadie continue to grow within herself and continue to bring her men to their knees for her is astounding. Like I said with that cliffhanger we were left with, I was like WTF, and am now anticipating the 4th book...can it be released already????? 


Start The Series with SAVAGE, Book #1! 


SACRIFICE, Book #2!!!


Two angsty romance lovers writing dark heroes and the feisty girls who bring them to their knees.

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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Jerk It (Madd Crossfit Series, Book Two) by Lani Lynn Vale: Release Blitz + Double Review

Title: Jerk It
Series: Madd Crossfit Series, Book Two
Author: Lani Lynn Vale
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: September 7, 2021
Review Source: Uplifting Author Services

Mavis always assumed that she would be in a hospital with the good drugs when her time came. Not in the middle of the road, with no one around but the damn town mechanic that hated her.

But there she was, having a rock star’s baby, with no one to rely on but the one that let it be known around every turn that she was a horrible person.

From the time that she met Murphy and became best friends with him at the age of eight, she knew he was destined for greatness.

But then her grandmother fired Murphy’s mom, forcing them to live on the streets, and making Murphy to realize that maybe they weren’t best friends after all.

Murphy loved Mavis.

At least, he had when he was younger, before she betrayed him.

From that moment forward, Murphy goes out of his way to stay the hell away from her, and always makes sure to never get too close. Even though everything inside of him screams to make contact.

When he moves back to town after being gone for five years, he tries his best to stay away.

But there she is at his CrossFit gym. Then having a baby on the side of the road. Oh, and breaking him a little more with each step she takes away.

Eventually, they find their way back to each other. The only problem is, by the time that Mavis makes her way back into his heart, it breaks. And not in a rhetorical way. In the ‘he only has days to live’ kind of way.

Where do I even start? They say that no matter how much time has passed if you were meant to be, you will find each other. If your souls are inseparable, love will find a way. That was Mavis and Murphy. Friends at a very young age, who were separated by an evil woman.

When they finally found each other once again, they have to progress from the past. It’s as if they needed a fresh start. However, an illness may separate them once again, and let me tell you …. my heart broke. Shattered into a million pieces. Then I was happy again, only to be right back at heartache once again.

Jerk It is in my opinion, one of the top 5 books that Lani has written. Not only did she take me on an emotional roller coaster, but I sobbed real tears. Big, fat, ugly tears. She keeps on our toes though, doesn’t she? Another book that she hit out of the park.

After this book, I think I have a love-hate relationship with Mrs. Vale. I don’t think we’ve had such a sad Lani Lynn Vale book to date. Get your tissues ready, because just when you think everything is hunkey dory, BAM…don’t get me wrong, this was an AMAZING book and I think it was my favorite of them all.

This is Mavis and Murphy’s book, in which you get a back story to their love to hate each other in the previous book No Rep. I was hooked from the beginning. Poor Mavis, but when I read about Murphy’s childhood, it broke my heart. I instantly fell in love with these two and how much they complement each other. My heart still hurts though…this story completely gutted me, but again it is by far my favorite of all the Vale books. This one really hit me hard.

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Lani Lynn Vale is a Wall Street Journal & USA Today Bestselling Author of over ninety titles. She is married with three children, two dogs, two cats, a donkey, and a couple (a couple also meaning over twenty) chickens.

When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up in her favorite chair reading.
Lani is married with three children and lives in the Great State of Texas.

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