Love on my Mind by Tracey Livesay

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Author: Tracey Livesay

Series: Shades of Love #1

Publisher: Avon Impulse

Main characters: Chelsea Grant, successful PR guru about to be given the assignment to end all assignments. Adam Bennett, surly Tech CEO in need of help to turn around his public image.

Plot: Chelsea Grant has worked hard all her life and is finally about to get the recognition she deserves. Or so she thinks. It seems that in order for her to be made partner in her firm, she needs to jump through one more hoop. A hoop in the shape of Adam Bennett – media-hostile tech genius. If she can get him presentation ready, and playing nice with intrusive and banal media questions, all her dreams will be made a reality. The clincher: she has to do this without him knowing that his own company hired her. Piece of cake right?

Adam is focused, confident and knows that his product will change modern computing forever. So why does he have to answer gossip magazine questions about himself – it’s absurd and he’d rather not reward idiocy. But…he also knows how others perceive him, so when he meets Chelsea unexpectedly, he enlists her help. It soon becomes obvious that she doesn’t annoy him as many other people do. In fact, he finds himself having trouble focusing on the task at hand. Perhaps they can mix business with pleasure after all…

Why you should read it: It’s not that often that you get a combination of sexy and intelligent characters in a book. That may be harsh, but I’ve read enough books in the genre to know when one truly stands out from the others. Chelsea and Adam were great characters – both complex and fiercely intelligent. Chelsea has the mother of all dilemmas and you can see how it will all blow up in her face, but there’s nothing she can do! Adam was great too. He’s exacting and precise and once we delve into his story it becomes clear why he’s as structured as he is. I truly enjoyed this story and the heat the pair generated was INSANE!

What you may not like: I can’t think of anything – usually I prefer standalone books rather than series, but as there were plenty of interesting peripheral characters, I’ll be happy to delve into them too!

Rating: 4/5 for a truly enjoyable read.

Release blitz – Fractured Love by Ella James

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An Off-Limits Romance Standalone
Author: Ella James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 19, 2017

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She was my foster sister, her luxurious house the only home I’d ever known.

I fell in love with Evie before her doctor parents signed my adoption papers.

They threw me out the day they caught us.

Now I’m Dr. Jones, so far removed from who I used to be, it seems like a bad dream. I tell myself nothing can touch me.

Until I see the residency roster at Rockies University Hospital.

There’s only two incoming neurosurgery residents each year. This year it’s Landon Jones – and Evie Rutherford.

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Release blitz – Beautiful Mistake by Vi Keeland 

Beautiful Mistake

By Vi Keeland

Out July 17th

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The first time I met Caine West was in a bar.

He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.

When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight – telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.

You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend – smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married.

He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.

Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.

Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy.

Oops. My mistake.

Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology.

I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?

That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.

Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.

I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.

Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing – working under Professor West.

This was going to be interesting…

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than 1.5 million books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

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Author: Tiffany Reisz (writing as Nora Sutherlin)

Series: a standalone

Genre: Erotica, fantasy

Release date: 11 July 2017

Main characters: Mona St James, owner of The Red, a gallery that is failing. Malcolm, an enigmatic stranger who can solve her problems…

Plot: Mona Lisa St James is in dire financial straits. Having inherited a failing gallery, The Red, she is bound to keeping it open no matter what it takes. She made the promise to her mother on her death bed, so there’s no getting out of it. Just as she’s about to despair, Malcolm appears, seemingly from nowhere and makes her an offer she can’t seem to refuse.

The deal is simple: for one year, she will be his. Nothing is taboo. In return, she’ll receive the means to keep the gallery afloat. Simple. Thus begins a thrilling and magical ride, which both excites Mona and makes her fear for her sanity. When it becomes clear that she has lost control not only over her body, but perhaps her mind too, she wonders exactly with whom she has made this bargain…could it be the devil himself?

Why you should read it: it’s Tiffany Reisz people, come on! Plus, it’s the book Nora was writing in the Original Sinners series, which is a pretty cool idea, not something you read every day. The writing was of course smart and engaging. It weaved in works of art impeccably and it totally captivated me. I enjoyed looking up the art pieces while I read – as I am no art buff. Then there’s the sex. The book is filled with sex. Oceans of sex. Battalions of sex. There’s something in there for everyone.

What you may not like: This book is weird. I know the author won’t mind me saying that – she’d probably agree! It starts off fairly normally and lulls you into a false sense of security. I thought I knew what I’d be getting. I didn’t. If this book were the Beatles, it starts off all Please, please me and is sexy and fun and then, bam – halfway in it becomes full on Sgt Peppers. There is a  satyr, (which is different to a centaur, but don’t ask me why) nymphs, a half-man, half-beast. It gets pretty trippy, which may or may not be to your taste. I enjoyed some chapters more than others I’ll confess.

Rating: 3.5/5 for the premise. It was original and I enjoyed the different scenarios each chapter evoked. It’s fantasy erotica, so I’d advise you to just go with the flow and enjoy the depravity and decadence!

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When Hollywood comes to a small Georgia town, the cautious locals don’t know what to expect. Feathers ruffle, secrets bloom, and sparks fly in this funny and sexy romance, inspired by the New York Times Bestseller.

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The Last Guy by Ilsa Madden-Mills and Tia Louise

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Author(s): Ilsa Madden-Mills and Tia Louise

Release date: 11 June 2017

Main characters: Rebecca Fieldstone, roving reporter at KHOT news station. Cade Hill, sports editor and colleague.

Blurb

The first rule of office romance is don’t do it – especially if your dream is to hold the anchor spot on the nightly news and your boss is trying to get you fired. 

But one look at Cade Hill, the sexy new sports director, and uptight reporter Rebecca Fieldstone is daydreaming about other things. 
Sex in his office… 

Sex in the on-set kitchen… 

Sex in the supply closet… 

She can’t stop thinking about the former NFL quarterback and how perfect he’d look between her sheets – except he’s an arrogant jerk with a huge… ego. 
He’s the last guy she’d ever have a one-night stand with. 

Cade Hill draws a thick professional line on office romance – until it comes to the hyper-focused Rebecca. He wants her, and he gets his wish when a chance encounter has them having the hottest sex of their lives. 

It’s just a hook-up, she says. 
When can we do it again? He says. 

With Rebecca determined to keep Cade in the friend zone, it’s going to be an uphill battle for Cade to convince her he’s the last guy she’ll ever want. 

Why you should read it: This was a super fun and entertaining read. Rebecca was focused while endearing and I sympathised quite a bit with her character. I have to say that my favourite character was Cade though. He got the best lines, the heat he generated with Rebecca was soooo hot. His confidence was the right balance. I hate a hero that’s so cocky he’s an ass. The dual point of view was well rendered and the story evolved nicely.

What you may not like: Hmm perhaps the flamboyant best friend who happens to be a drag queen was a little cliché – I like supporting characters to be three-dimensional, and at times I felt Chas was more pastiche than real person – just my opinion but I would have liked to see more of the person behind the quips and fabulousness. Also, Rebecca was a little unrealistic about her job. She’s a TV reporter but doesn’t think to go shopping for clothes when her old ones don’t fit? What kind of nonsense is that?

Rating: 3.5/5 for a romantic and seriously hot story. Not perfect but a very pleasant read that’ll make you feel good.

Where I Belong by Molly O’Keefe

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Series: The Debt #3

Author: Molly O’Keefe

Release date: 26 June 2017

Main characters: Beth Renshaw, pop star on the run with her first love, Tommy MacNeill.

Plot: Beth and Tommy have run into grave danger and it feels as though the net is closing in. Desperate to get off the grid and further away from Beth’s mother and Bates’s thugs, Beth takes them to the safest place she knows.
The remoteness of the location means that Tommy has more time with Beth – which is a problem as they are supposed to be going their separate ways, not falling deeper for each other. After finding each other seven years later, will they be able to break both their hearts and separate again? They may not have a choice…

Why you should read it: Oh my! This book! It picked up where Lost Without You left off. The action was fast-paced and the dual points of view kept you in the action and gave the reader an insight into Tommy and Beth’s personal turmoil. The characters really developed in this book and I felt for them. I was on the edge of my seat at times and I wasn’t disappointed. At the end, I wanted more and can’t wait to find out what happens next for the other St Jude inmates.

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What you may not like: Not a clue! The characters were well written, the story was well paced and it was hot as hell! I don’t know what there was to hate on.

Rating: 5/5 for a heartpumping, sexy read. I loved the twists and turns and the unravelling secrets.

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Cover reveal: Dear Bridget by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

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DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU (A standalone novel)

Release date 9/18/2017
A Contemporary Romance Novel
New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland.

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Dear Bridget, I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face. So, here goes. We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England. But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways. I want you. The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke. So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime. No questions asked. Think about it. Or don’t. Whatever you choose. It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway. – Simon

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Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in fourteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list fifteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

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Mini-review: Negotiating Her Release by Becca A. Miles

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Author: Becca A. Miles

Main characters: Ashe MacAvoy, hostage negotiator, Chase Weber, detective who immediately falls head over heels for Ashe.

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The last thing hostage negotiator Ashe MacAvoy expected was to need a rescue herself, but it’s a game-changer when Detective Chase Weber offers his protection—and his bed.

UPPING THE STAKES

Ashe MacAvoy is Wilmington PD’s chief hostage negotiator. Using her infamous grace under fire, and the expertise of Detective Chase Weber, she frees a roomful of innocents from three armed captors. But the guy pulling the strings is still out there, and Ashe’s life is in danger. Chase wants to protect her. Can he also shield her from the broken heart at the end of this adrenaline-filled attraction?

Detective Chase Weber doesn’t mix business with pleasure. Well, not anymore. He’s learned his lesson and is happy with the world back on track. Enter Ashe MacAvoy, whose life he’s saved twice in less than twelve hours. Somehow he’s become her guardian angel—a role that’s giving him a devil of a time. She’s a pain in his ass…and a need in his heart. So maybe having the world upended isn’t such a bad thing after all.

Why you should read it: This is a gentle, romantic read with plenty of insta-love,  (if you enjoy that – and I know a lot of you do!) yet there is plenty of action to be had. There’s an abundance of chemistry between this pair and they don’t play games, leaving each other in the dark about their feelings. It’s a fairly quick read that you can easily make time for in-between those longer books.

What you may not like: I’m personally not a fan of insta-love or lust, I like a slow build. That said, at least the action was fast-paced and the story progressed quickly. I’m also not a huge fan of the virgin trope – the reason given was a bit odd too. (She never got around to it! – It doesn’t have to take that long, honey.) Also, Ashe does some cliché silly things that deliberately put her in danger, and I dislike characters who do that just so they can feel defiant or independent.

Rating: 3/5 for a sweet, quick read. This is Becca A. Miles’ first book and I’m sure we’ll be hearing more from her in the future.

Lost Without You by Molly O’Keefe

Book: Lost Without You

Series: The Debt #2

Author: Molly O’Keefe

Release date: 19 June 2017

Main characters: Tommy MacNeill, grew up in the system and shares a painful history with Beth Renshaw, a fellow foster kid with secrets of her own.

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ALL DEBTS MUST BE PAID

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Seven years ago, I thought I could save Beth, the girl I loved from the monster who was supposed to take care of us. I thought I could keep Beth and all the other kids at St. Jude’s Home for Court Placed Juveniles safe. 
I failed. Badly. Now we all have blood on our hands and owe a dangerous man a very dangerous debt. We don’t know when he’ll come calling for payment, but when he does – we pay, or we suffer. 
When my turn comes, I’m ready for anything.
Except seeing Beth again. 

LOVE IS NEVER FREE

Beth
No one ever tells you that the cost of having your dreams come true is literally every single other part of your life. Yes, I’m a huge pop star these days, but I’m pretty much a mess, too. 
I’ve spent my life hiding behind disguises, make-up and costumes, all to protect myself from the kind of pain that comes from revealing your true self to someone. 
I did that once. With Tommy. The only person I ever loved. It didn’t turn out so well. 
And now, with everything else falling apart around me, I’m suddenly in the backseat of his car.
Being kidnapped.
And the past we’ve both tried to run from is catching up with us.

Why you should read it: Molly O’Keefe has a very impressive back catalogue of books of all genres. Lately, it seems that she’s drawn to the darker side of life. Her characters have always been multi-faceted but the characters in this series all have a lot going on! They’re also irrevocably linked by something that happened in their youth. Getting to the bottom of all that is going to be interesting to say the least. Both the prologue and this book provide a taster and some background to the characters and their predicament. Don’t expect to be satisfied by the end though. There are so many questions to be answered and I am certain that book three will provide those answers! As well as the main characters, there are some pretty interesting peripheral characters too. The foster system has affected both Simon and Carissa in very different ways, and their adult paths couldn’t be more different. And what does Bates have to do with all of this?! (You may remember him if you read Baby Come Back.)

What you may not like: Not going to lie, there’s some pretty heavy stuff the characters are dealing with or have dealt with in their young lives. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you made it past the prologue (which was quite harrowing) then I think the worst is over…at least, I hope so!

Rating: 4/5 for an interesting and intriguing read. I want answers and I want them now!

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