Blog tour: Behind The Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Series: Music Street #1

Author: Brittainy C. Cherry

Main characters: Jasmine Greene, desperate for the love of her mother and even more desperate to sing the music she wants to sing. Elliott Adams, talented musician who more than anything, longs to be invisible.

Plot: Jasmine Greene first met Elliott Adams on a street corner, playing his music and giving it his all. When she sees him again at school, she’s convinced they’ll become great friends. He’s vulnerable, the object of ridicule amongst the other students, while she is popular, but she sees something in him that she recognises in herself: loneliness.
When they meet years later, neither one is the same person. Life has made them hard, where they were once soft and naive. Will the pair be able to find peace, or will their hearts forever be locked behind bars?

Why you should read it: I love Brittainy C. Cherry and the stories she tells. Her characters are always hugely flawed, incredibly interesting and slightly damaged. No exception here. The author told a tale of heartbreak, love and injustice. It was very touching and wove in musical elements beautifully. Jasmine just wants to be loved – she’d do anything to feel special to someone. Elliott takes care of others – until he becomes too damaged to do it anymore. His re-awakening to life is heartwarming to say the least.

What you may not like: I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second. The second half in my opinion got a little bit over-dramatic and the language was so flowery and filled with musical metaphor after musical metaphor. It was beautiful, but I felt like I was being bashed over the head with it after a while. Also… Elliott – I loved him as an awkward teenager, but he grew up to be so cold I wanted to yell at him and shake him! There’s a lot of guilt in the book, so I got that he was guilt-ridden, but understanding him didn’t mean it endeared him to me.

Rating: Sweet, heart-wrenching and uplifting in many ways, I give Behind the Bars 3.5/5.

Villain by Samantha Young

Calling all Samantha Young fans!  I was very lucky to nab a review copy of Villain, which will be out on 5 December. If you read Hero, then you’ll enjoy re-visiting some of the characters from it.

fashion couple holding eachotherBook: Villain

Series: Hero #1.5

Author: Samantha Young

Release date: 5 December 2017

Main characters: Henry Lexington, wealthy bachelor and Caine Carraway’s best friend. Nadia Ray, meteorologist and Boston’s tv darling.

Blurb:

Nadia Ray is not just a broadcast meteorologist. She’s Boston’s morning television It Girl. Successful and independent, she’s put a past she’s ashamed of behind her and is forging a future she can be proud of. However, when her new boss discovers her secret he blackmails her, intent on using Nadia’s popularity to make them the number one morning show in Massachusetts. He wants her to be part of uncovering the city’s biggest scandal – a secret billionaire Caine Carraway is hiding.

Soon Nadia is thrown into the path of Caine’s best friend: sexy, wealthy bachelor Henry Lexington. But she doesn’t encounter the dashing high society gentleman Henry is purported to be. Instead she’s faced with an insulting and defensive villain who misjudges her at every turn.

When Henry finally realizes the truth, and decides to make amends, Nadia wants nothing to do with him. But she underestimates his determination and charm and soon they find themselves embroiled in an intense, passionate affair.

An affair Nadia knows must come to an end before their feelings grow any deeper and he discovers her secrets.

After all, Henry Lexington isn’t the only one who played the part of a villain once…

Why you should read it: I swear Samantha Young gets better and better as a writer! She always creates complex and entertaining characters who are flawed and above all, human. I really enjoyed this novella, which dealt with a whole range of topical issues. Nadia is desperate to be taken seriously and judged on her merits rather than her physical assets, but, working in the industry she works in breeds entitled, misogynistic colleagues and clients. I really felt for her! Rather than fade away and suffer in silence, she showed her mettle and did her best to handle it in her own way. Nadia and Henry’s chemistry was also explosive! I liked how it evolved from downright hatred and mistrust to something else entirely.

What you might not enjoy: It is pretty short and at times, perhaps Nadia guessed some secrets about Caine Calloway a bit too neatly, but overall there wasn’t a lot to dislike about this book. It was witty, engaging and sexy as hell.

Rating: 4/5 for an entertaining read. Maybe re-read Hero again before this one. I didn’t and it took a while to get back up to speed.

 

About Samantha Young:

Samantha Young is the New York Times,  USA Today  and Wall Street Journal bestselling author photoauthor of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows.  Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us was published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017. Play On is an adult contemporary romance and the first in a brand new series set in Scotland. Villain is a companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance HERO.

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for HeroOn Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

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Double Dose by Katie Allen

5E48D6ED-1797-49B5-92EE-6BF23A39139FBook: Double Dose

Series: Research and Desire #4

Author: Katie Allen

Release date: 1 October 2017

Main characters: Daphne Dahl,  speech therapist and unwitting captive. Aristotle and Benjy – her sexy captors.

Blurb:

Speech therapist Daphne’s neat, orderly life takes a turn for the dramatic when she’s kidnapped and spirited away to a hideout deep in the Colorado mountains. Her captors? Gorgeous men—all escaped from a secret laboratory designed to build perfect supersoldiers.

Trauma associated with his engineering left Benjy mute, and Ari thinks Daphne’s just the girl to help him recover. Held against her will, Daphne will be damned before she helps any of them—regardless of how electrifying she finds their touches.

But as Daphne’s hunger for Benjy and Ari grows, so does her empathy for the other soldiers hiding out at the lodge. With danger from her own past threatening to resurface and an overeager FBI agent sniffing around, she needs to free herself, her men and the others.

Why you should read it: There was fun dialogue aplenty, good pacing of the plot and plenty of action. No complaints there. It was also very hot – like off the charts hot. Who doesn’t love a good ménage story? Daphne was cool, calm and capable and didn’t take well to her new kidnapped status. Ari was a big brute with a soft centre. Benji was the strong silent type. I loved them all – their chemistry was palpable.

What you may not like: Ok – a few things. I know this series’ schtick is all about these hybrid men who take what they want, and don’t bother with niceties. I get it. But… In this book, Ari and Bengi are always picking Daphne up like she’s a child or a sack of potatoes! What’s that about? The first time was cute, but it became a running joke that wore a little thin by the end. As did the smacking her bum like neanderthals. It happened on every other page and I grew tired of the men doing the smacking and the women yipping and jumping out the way. Enough!

Rating: 3/5 for a fun romp – it was seriously hot and entertaining – I think you’ll enjoy it in the main, just a few things I could have lived without.

Cover reveal – Behind The Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

Behind the Bars, the first standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is coming December 7th!

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Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

Release Date: December 7th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Kandi Steiner

Photographer: Perrywinkle Photographer

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.

The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.

Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.

And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.

She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.

Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

When we met again, she was the darkest storm.

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Hi! I’m Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I’m learning, things I’m re-learning, things I’m forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.

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Mr North by Callie Hart

img_0131Book: Mr North

Author: Callie Hart

Release date: 16 November 2017

Main characters: Beth Dreymon, law student whose life is about to change dramatically. Raphael North, reclusive yet successful tech genius with myriad secrets.

Plot: Beth Dreymon is in the final stages of her law degree but the debt she’s in has her desperate to make ends meet. When her friend Thalia suggests a gig playing chess with a client once a week for quite a lot of money, it sounds too good to be true to Beth. She’s right. The client in question is Raphael North, tall dark and foreboding. He’s intense, strange and inappropriate and before long, it seems he not only wants to figure out her chess strategy but what lies beneath her façade too.

Raphael is complex and at first glance, irritated by Beth. After a series of strange chess appointments, he makes his play clear. He wants Beth. No matter what the cost…

Why you should read it: As much as I roll my eyes occasionally at the whole billionaire trope, it’s one I like to come back to once in a while. It’s very seductive: a young, rich man who’s tough and brash on the outside, hiding sensitivity and vulnerability on the inside. What’s not to like? I enjoyed the story because there was plenty of intrigue going on in the background. Callie Hart took the time to flesh out the characters and the plot rather than skipping straight to sexy time. So there is a powerful and dramatic story weaved into the main action.

What you may not like: As I said, if you’re not a fan of billionaires with baggage, this one may not be for you. I liked that Beth was battling her own issues and not ready to give into Raphael’s idiosyncrasies. She had moxie and I enjoyed her character’s evolution throughout the story. Raphael was an odd duck – but an incredibly sexy one!

Rating: 4/5 for a surprising and very, very sexy story. It’s seriously hot and I thought we’ll paced.

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Defiant Attraction by VK Torston

frontcover_defiantattraction_vktorstonBook: Defiant Attraction

Author: VK Torston

Series: a standalone

Release date: 16 November 2017

Main characters: Sophia Ramos, a ‘good girl’ who’s determined to rise above her situation, Daniel Cole, a mystery and so-called ‘badboy’ and unlikely comrade.

Plot: Sophia Ramos has one thing going for her. Her brain and her academic record is going to get her far away from her toxic home life. Things weren’t so bad before her mum decided to let her boyfriend and his son move into the house.

Daniel Cole is a drifter who sticks around a house where he’s barely tolerated. At first, he and Sophia were thrust together and took delight in annoying the hell out of each other. Lately, they’ve been more like allies against their parents’ vices.
When like turns to more, the pair are forced to keep it secret. But a fierce and undeniable attraction such as theirs is bound to devastate anything in its past…

Why you should read it: This is a first novel by VK Torston and I was so flattered when she asked me to review it. I didn’t know what to expect, but I got a lot of chemistry, family angst, a lesson in the language of flowers and a truly absorbing story. Sophia has toed the line her whole life and has her eye on the prize in order to get the hell out of her oppressive home. Her dynamic with Dan was steeped in realism and I felt badly for the pair. Everyone basically turns a blind eye to their situation and they fail to take responsibility.

What you may not like: The last third of the book seemed like a race to the finish. The author starts at a steady pace up until the final crisis of the story, then races to the conclusion. I like a succinct story normally, but would’ve enjoyed more Sophia and Dan time!

Rating: 4/5 for a thoughtful and impressive debut. I look forward to reading more from VK Torston!

About the author:

V.K. Torston is a millennial and ‘cool aunt’ to a brood of nieces and nephews. She was born and raised in San Francisco, attended university in New York City, and aspires to one day live in London. A veteran of the independent music scene, she began writing nonfiction in her late teens. Then she realized that making up stories was way more fun than coming up with endless synonyms for ‘frenetic’ and ‘danceable.’ Her hobbies include drinking too much coffee, making up stupid songs, and ranting about current events. Defiant Attraction is her first novel.

Twitter: @vktorston
Website: http://www.vktorston.com

Moonlight Over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan

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Book: Moonlight Over Manhattan

Series: With Love #6

Author: Sarah Morgan

Release date: 5 October 2017 (UK) 28 November 2017 (US)

Main characters: Harriet Knight, dog whisperer and super-shy heroine, sick of life as a wallflower. Ethan Black, emergency room doctor, who seems to have detached from life.

Plot: Harriet Knight has always been quiet, timid and afraid – and she has good reason. When her twin sister Fliss finally leaves home on her own romantic adventure, Harriet decides the time has come to face her fears. Every day she plans to do something that she either hasn’t done before or that scares her. She’s done letting her siblings make her life easier. That involves dating. She’s much more comfortable around the dogs she walks for a living and animals in general – humans? Not so much. Her first foray into being brave involves shinnying out of a window and landing up in the ER…and setting eyes on a very impressive Dr Black.

Dr Ethan Black is the consummate professional – he’s in control of his life and his emotions. Nothing phases him in the ER. It’s also true of his personal life until he agrees to keep his sister’s dog Madi for a couple of weeks. Nothing can prepare him for the mayhem that ensues. He enlists the help of Harriet, Madi’s dog walker and together they navigate their way through the responsibilities of being a pet owner. Sparks soon fly, confidences are built and soon, Ethan and Harriet are left wondering whether their attraction has legs or whether the heat will fizzle by the end of the holidays.

Why you should read it:  I have a love-hate relationship with this series – some of the heroines have been great, others have verged on martyrs and whiners. Harriet I knew would be different. She’s so grounded as a person and caring – but at the same time has a backbone of steel. I loved her straightforwardness and compassion for others. She was consistent and was quite a refreshing character. Ethan was reserved at first, then when he warmed up, became quite dry and cheeky! I loved him – their chemistry built slowly and it was perfectly paced.

What you may not like: Not much – I have ranted in the past at exasperating heroines, cold heroes, but those elements weren’t present in this book – it was a joy to read. I’m not a dog lover, but I’ll admit, it made me think twice!

Rating: 5/5 for a well-constructed, funny seasonal story.

 

Release blitz – Ruin You by Molly O’Keefe

Simon

The only thing that stands in the way of my revenge is her.

The lying scheming daughter of the man who killed my parents. She has the secrets I need to bring down her father.

And I’ll do anything to get them. I will lie to her. Steal from her. Use her.
Ruin her.

It helps that our chemistry is explosive.

What I’m not expecting is for her to be so sweet. And so strong.

So…irresistible.

Penny

After so many years of lying and hiding, I finally have a place to call home. With people I can call a family. The Paintbrush Inn is my life now, and I won’t let anyone ruin it.

When sexy and world-weary Simon checks in to the Inn, I never expect him to glance my way. I’ve spent my whole life blending into the background. Being overlooked and ignored. It’s been helpful, even though it’s lonely. And he’s way out of my league.

But our attraction is powerful. Undeniable.

Dangerous.

Because I can’t let anyone close. If the secrets I keep were to be revealed, my whole life would be destroyed. But something about Simon makes me break all my own rules. I’m letting him in to my home, my body, my life, never expecting he has his own secrets.

His own lies.

When the truth comes out, we’ll both be ruined.

Purchase the previous titles:
Lost Without You (The Debt, #1)
 
Where I Belong (The Debt, #2)
AUTHOR BIO:
Molly O’Keefe has always known she wanted to be a writer (except when she wanted to be a florist or a chef and the brief period of time when she considered being a cowgirl). And once she got her hands on some romances, she knew exactly what she wanted to write.
She published her first Harlequin romance at age 25 and hasn’t looked back. She loves exploring every character’s road towards happily ever after.
Originally from a small town outside of Chicago, she went to university in St. Louis where she met and fell in love with the editor of her school newspaper. They followed each other around the world for several years and finally got married and settled down in Toronto, Ontario. They welcomed their son into their family in 2006, and their daughter in 2008. When she’s not at the park or cleaning up the toy room, Molly is working hard on her next novel, trying to exercise, stalking Tina Fey on the internet and dreaming of the day she can finish a cup of coffee without interruption.
AUTHOR LINKS:
Site – http://www.molly-okeefe.com/
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Michael’s Wings by Tiffany Reisz

30070863Book: Michael’s Wings

Series: Original Sinners #6.3

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Release date: 7 November 2017

Main characters: Michael Dimir, Griffin Fiske, a happy couple about to take the plunge.

Plot: Michael and Griffin are blissfully happy together and keep getting stronger. Michael still has to pinch himself in order to believe that he gets to share Griffin’s charmed life. When Griffin proposes one night out of the blue, Michael is dumbstruck. He has a few days before he needs to give an answer, so decides to head to New Orleans to gain some perspective and advice from his confidante, Nora.

Nora has a unique way of focusing Michael’s mind and before long, he knows what he needs to do. Pursue his happy ending, wherever that may lead…

Why you should read it: Tiffany R is very kind to us sinners. The amazing 8 novels and the myriad short stories – they’re all rich and so well constructed. I don’t know how she keeps track of her characters’ biographies and timelines! Michael’s Wings was no exception. I forgot how sweet and measured he was –  he’s grown up quite a bit since he first appeared in the series and it was great to reconnect with him and Griffin. Griffin is a kink-meister, but he’s also very traditional in other ways – we got a glimpse of him in this story and his more vulnerable side, which gave the story pathos. There are some other short stories in this collection that you may not have got around to reading, so it’s really great value!

What you may not like: If you’re a fan of the whole series and this community, I don’t see you disliking anything about it. The wit is there, it’s a good story and there’s a bit of kink too!

Rating: 5/5 for a short, sweet and satisfying tale.

Release blitz: Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G

Woo hoo! Today’s the day! Thirty Day Boyfriend is LIVE!

 

Synopsis

I should’ve never agreed to this arrangement…

Thirty days ago, my boss – Mr. Wolf of Wall Street,  came to me with an offer I couldn’t refuse: Sign my name on the dotted line and pretend to be his fiancée for one month. If I agreed, he would let me out of my employment contract with a “very generous” severance package.

The rules were pretty simple: No intimate kissing, no actual sex. Just pretend to love each other for the press, even though I’ve secretly wanted to knock that sexy smirk off his face since the first day we met.

I definitely didn’t need to think twice about this. I signed my name and started counting down the seconds to when I would never have to deal with his special brand of ass-holery again.

I only made it to one minute…

We argued the entire four-hour flight to his hometown, failed to make a convincing impression with the welcoming press, and right when I was about to knock that arrogant look off his face in real life? He purposely dropped his bath towel in front of me, distracting me with his nine-inch cock to “show me who the bigger person was” in our relationship. Then he gave me his trademark smirk once again and asked if I wanted to consummate our marriage.

Tragically, this is only day one.

We still have 29 more days to go…

About the Author

Whitney G. is a twenty-eight-year-old optimist who is obsessed with travel, tea, and great coffee. She’s also a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of several contemporary novels, and the co-founder of The Indie Tea–an inspirational blog for indie romance authors.

When she’s not chatting with readers on her Facebook Page, you can find her on her website at http://www.whitneygbooks.com or on instagram: @whitneyg.author. (If she’s not in either of those places, she’s probably locked away working on another crazy story.)

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