Blog tour: Ache For You by J.T. Geissinger

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Author: JT Geissinger

Series: Slow Burn #3

Release date: 6 November 2018

Main characters: Kimber DiSanto, struggling designer, who’s facing the worst month of her life. Matteo Moretti, a Marquis no less, who’s about to make things worse.

Plot: Kimber DiSanto has had a lot of mortifying things happen to her lately. Her wedding descended into a lesson in public humiliation; her father and only family member is suddenly ill and her whole life in San Francisco is about to go up in flames. She can’t even get out of the country to be with her father – until a fellow passenger offers her the last seat on the flight. That’s when things get even more insane.

Matteo Moretti is known wherever he goes. People are always bending over backward to please him and the word ‘no’ has never been used against him. Until now. Kimber has Matteo intrigued and interested from the start, but it’s clear she wants nothing to do with him. Ever. Matteo isn’t sure what to make of her, but he knows one thing: he’s never one to back down from a challenge…

Why you should read it: How I enjoyed this book! It was very funny, very sexy and also very touching. I may have teared up a time of two while reading it. Poor Kimber has been through the mill! She can’t feasibly take much more. Then Matteo, his family baggage and two very spoilt dogs come crashing into her life! This book is the definition of a slow burn – it really worked for me. I loved the push-pull between Matteo and Kimber. The heat was palpable and hoo boy, was it hot?! They have so many ups and downs it will make your head spin – but it never stopped being entertaining or a darn good read.

What you may not like: Was the characterisation of the gay, fabulous  bff a little formulaic? Perhaps… I don’t know. We only got a small glimpse at Jenner, and it would have been nice to have seen another dimension to him – but…I think, on the whole, it was done well.

Rating: I whizzed through this book, willing Kimber to get her happily ever after and I wasn’t disappointed. At all. I wanted to re-read it from the start. For this reason, I give it 4/5.

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Excerpt reveal: Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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A standalone romance novel published by Montlake Romance
New York Times Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Release date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

SYNOPSIS
It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.

Something blue.

I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.”

Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.

The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.

He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.

But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.

Something new.

But I have no idea how this one is going to end . . .

Excerpt:

Grabbing my laptop, I searched my history and called up the last website I’d visited.

Eastwood Properties is one of the largest independent brokerage firms in the world. We connect the most prestigious and exclusive properties with qualified buyers, assuring the utmost privacy for both parties. Whether you’re in the market for a luxury New York City penthouse with a view of the park, a waterfront Hampton estate, or an enchanting chateau escape in the mountains, or you’re ready for your own private island, Eastwood is where your dreams begin.

There was a link to search properties, so I typed in the name of the place the woman had mentioned in the voice mail: Millennium Tower. Sure enough, the penthouse popped up for sale. For only twelve million dollars, I could own an apartment on Columbus Avenue with sweeping views of Central Park. Let me write you a check.

After drooling through a video and two dozen photos, I clicked on the button to make an appointment to view the property. An application popped up, the top of which read: For the privacy and safety of our sellers, all prospective buyers are required to complete an application to view properties. Only buyers that meet our stringent prequalification criteria will be contacted.

I snorted. Great prequalification criteria you have there, Eastwood. I wasn’t sure I had enough money to take the train uptown to get to that swanky place, much less buy it. God knows what I’d written that had qualified me.

I closed the website and was just about to shut my laptop and go back to bed again when I decided to take one more peek at Mr. Romantic on Facebook.

God, he was gorgeous.

What if . . .

I shouldn’t.

No good ever came out of ideas formulated while drunk.

I couldn’t.

But . . .

That face . . .

And that note.

So romantic. So beautiful.

Plus . . . I’d never seen the inside of a twelve-million-dollar penthouse.

I really shouldn’t.

Then again . . . I’d spent the last two years doing everything I should do. And where had that gotten me?

Right here. It’d gotten me right damn here—hungover and unemployed, sitting in this crappy apartment. Maybe it was time I did the things I shouldn’t be doing for a change. I picked up my phone and let my finger hover over the “Call Back” button for a while.

Screw it.

No one would ever know. It could be fun—getting all dressed up and playing the part of a rich Upper West Sider while satisfying my curiosity about the man. What harm was there?

None that I could think of. Still, you know what they say about curiosity . . .

I pressed “Call Back.”

“Hi. This is Charlotte Darling calling to confirm an appointment with Reed Eastwood…”

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Blog tour: I Bet You by Ilsa Madden-Mills

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Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills

Series: The Hook #2

Release date: 27 October 2018

Main characters: Penelope Graham, student and tutor, who is sworn off jocks. Ryker Voss, star quarterback, bane of Penelope’s life and totally blindsided by her.

 

Blurb:

Sexy Athlete: I bet you…
Penelope Graham: Burn in hell, quarterback.

The text is random but Penelope figures out exactly who “Sexy Athlete” is. And why she shouldn’t take his wager.

Ryker Voss.
Football star.
Walks on water and God’s gift to women.
Just ask him.

His bet? He promises Penelope he’ll win her the heart of the guy she’s been crushing on. His plan—good old-fashioned jealousy. Once her crush sees her kissing Ryker, he’ll realize what he’s missing. Sounds legit, right? The only question is…why is Ryker being so nice to her?

Penelope Graham.
Virgin.
Lover of sparkly vampires and calculus.
His mortal enemy.

Penelope knows she shouldn’t trust a jock, but what’s a girl to do when she needs a date to Homecoming? And Ryker’s keeping a secret, another bet, one that could destroy Penelope’s heart forever.

Will the quarterback score the good girl or will his secrets mean everyone loses this game of love?

Why you should read it: Despite being up there in years, I do occasionally enjoy a trip back to college/university. The spirited exchanges between Ryker and Penelope made me smile and I liked Penelope’s outlook on life. She was part of the sorority scene, but she was also her own person. It seemed strange that such an independent character would want to be part of that world, but I liked that Penelope didn’t allow herself to be pigeonholed as one thing or another. Her attraction to Ryker was achingly familiar – liking someone you really don’t want to, and it kept me reading. Ryker’s not your average jock either. He has a brain and a degree of free thinking. He is plagued by team politics and male bravado, and is doing his best to avoid the suffocating aspects of being part of a football team. His interest in Penelope rang true and their interactions were pretty hot – he’s struggling with his feelings and doesn’t want to mess up an important year for himself. Penelope doesn’t want to be hurt and tries in vain to withstand his charms.

What you might not like: This is a pretty traditional college story – at first it reminded me of an 80s teen movie – boy likes girl, boy blows it by entering into a stupid bet and girl is destroyed. I was pleasantly surprised however. Ryker is more evolved than his 80s counterparts and isn’t a douchebag. He has his own values and stays true to them. On the whole, it was a cute read, that was sexy and sweet, where all is right with the world in the end.

Rating: 3/5 for an enjoyable read – not too high on the drama, sweet enough to give you toothache near the end. Worth a read.

Blog tour: One Week Hating You by Roya Carmen

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Series: One Week #2

Author: Roya Carmen

Release date: 25 October 2018

Main characters: Maeve Gallagher, Blake Taylor, childhood friend and frenemy. Peter Walker, Maeve’s former fiancé.

Blurb:

Maeve is over the moon: life is good and she’s about to get married to Peter.  But when she loses her job and gets jilted at the altar, her world crumbles and she runs into her momma’s arms.

She’s back in her small hometown for a week, and she has a plan – make Peter insanely jealous and win him back.  Enter Blake Taylor, the boy who broke her heart.  She’d rather avoid him at all costs, but with his ‘bad boy’ good looks and their shared history, Blake is the perfect man for the job, as long as she can stand him long enough – it’s just one week, after all.

She’ll show Peter that she’s not the sweet wallflower he thinks she is, and he’ll come running back soon enough.

But when he does, will she still want him?

Why you should read it: I loved One Week so much, so when I heard there would be a sequel, I was beside myself. The end of book one ended on a cliffhanger, and I really wanted to know how Maeve was going to cope with being left at the altar. The action picks up pretty much from where book 1 left off, and I felt a lot of empathy for Maeve. She’s left questioning an awful lot about her life. She’s essentially homeless, jobless and fiancé-less. Life is coming at her from all sides. She returns home and I enjoyed getting to know her family and see where she came from. Her relationship with Blake was pretty antagonistic, and I really didn’t see how they were ever going to get along.

What you may not like: While I empathised with Maeve, I felt that she was altogether too lenient on Peter and what he did to her. I wondered at her lack of self-preservation, if nothing else. Yes, she’d invested a lot of years in her relationship, but come on! Love yourself! Maeve’s relationship with Blake was also a head-scratcher. It was turbulent; most of the time, the pair seemed to just want to hurt each other. Blake was really unsympathetic to what had just happened to Maeve, but for the most part, Maeve just retaliated or brushed it off. I have to admit that the burgeoning relationship and back and forth didn’t really work for me. they both came off as immature – which is realistic, when you return to your family home. You tend to regress, but there’s teasing and then there’s just being downright mean. It wasn’t until Blake finally started to open up that I could see a way clear for them and he became a fully-formed character. The chemistry rang true, but  I wasn’t 100% convinced they brought the best out in each other…

Rating: 3/5 for an entertaining, but slightly problematic read. I like flawed heroes and heroines, but I guess I don’t like cruel ones. It didn’t work for me but there was plenty in it to make me smile.

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So Wild by Eve Dangerfield

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Series: Silver Daughters Ink #1

Author: Eve Dangerfield

Release date: 23 October 2018

Main characters: Samantha DaSilva, pranker supreme, tattoo artist, Johnny Depp hater. Scott Sanderson, her childhood neighbour, former nemesis, and owner of the longest crush in history.

Plot: Sam DaSilva has been left with a ton of responsibilities she didn’t  necessary want when her father decides to take off to give his daughters ‘room to grow’.  Left with a tattoo business that’s circling the drain, a fractured family she needs to somehow reunite, the odds are stacked against her.

Life becomes even more complicated when she bumps into Scott Sanderson. The unhappy boy who lived next door to her years ago, and with whom she had a complicated, love-hate situation going on. Scott’s sudden appearance brings back all sorts of memories, both happy and sad. Whatever was between them 10 years ago is not about to go away overnight, so they better figure out what it all means. If ever they can put their adolescent heartbreaks behind them, can they move forward with a clean slate?

Why you should read it: Wow! I was so excited to read this book – I love this author for her narratives, her complex characters and the kink factor of her books. This one featured spanking – sign me up! It was a no-brainer to read! I was not disappointed either. I got a heart-warming tale featuring references to my favourite 90s shows, a mutual hatred for Johnny Depp, and my favourite books growing up. (Sweet Valley High and the Babysitters Club, anyone?)

The relationship between Scott and Sam was tempestuous without being too over the top. Sure, Sam is not a fully formed adult – not by a long shot, but nor does she pretend to be. She’s a bit of a mess, but she grows throughout the story. Scott was patient, posh and… can’t think of another word starting with ‘p’, but he was adorable. I was rooting for them so much, and I love how they were from completely different worlds but somehow managed to find common ground.

What you may not like: I lapped this book up because it was funny as hell, sexy in a slow-burning kind of way and full of heart.  The writing was strong and made me laugh out loud several times. I think the British and Australian senses of humour are quite similar and I really did love this book! If I have to think of a negative… maybe there could have been more spanking. I’ll always want more spanking in a book. But I digress…

Rating: 4/5 for a fun, sexy and smart story. Now I don’t regret fangirling shamelessly to the author and requesting (read begging) in order to read this story. Check it out!

Cover reveal: The Bad Boy Issue by Jessica Hawkins

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Title: The Bad Boy Issue
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: By Hang Le
Photo: Nomi Ellenson
Models: Jonathan Cannaux & Romane Recalde
Release Date: November 28, 2018

The issue with bad boys? I’m not one -but I’m not about to put a stop to the rumors. My taste for fast cars, late nights, and beautiful women helped get me to the top of a leading New York magazine known for its tongue-in-cheek humor and over-the-top masculinity. But after an industry exposé maligns me as a womanizer, the reputation that made me is suddenly threatening to end my career. Damage control comes in the form of a pretty, pint-sized “fixer,” but from the moment I meet Georgina Keller, I can’t help thinking she’s eager to land the final blow—and maybe even my job.

The issue with bad boys? They run right over good girls like me. But after a confidence-shattering breakup, I’m determined not to let anyone at my new workplace push me around – not even the brooding Sebastian Quinn, who’s made it clear I’m the enemy. I’m ready to help Modern Man shed its bad reputation, but to do that, I’ll have to start at the top . . . and no amount of rakish charm or inconvenient attraction is going to distract me.

Because it’s true what they say—there’s a thin line between love and hate.

And it cuts right through the middle of our office.

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Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl by Karen Booth

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Author: Karen Booth

Series: a standalone

Release date: 16 October 2018

Main characters: Katherine Fuller, committed singleton, who is about to have her life turned on its head. Eamon MacWard, an old flame who is keen to reconnect with Katherine.

Blurb:

As sisters, they tell each other all their secrets…except one.

With divorce and infidelity hanging from nearly every branch of her family tree, Katherine Fuller sees no point in marriage. Boyfriends? Sure. Sex? Of course. Wedding vows? No, thanks. Still, when her younger sister Amy gets engaged, Katherine gathers all the enthusiasm she can. She won’t let Amy down. She’s done enough of that for a lifetime.

As the sisters embark on wedding plans, Katherine’s college love resurfaces. It nearly killed Katherine to part from sexy Irish musician Eamon more than a decade ago, but falling under his spell a second time forces her to confront everything she hid from him. The secrets surrounding her mother’s death are still fresh and raw in her mind, but one has haunted her more than the others. She can’t bear to tell anyone, especially not Amy. It could ruin far more than a wedding. It could destroy a sister’s love forever.

Why you should read it: Karen Booth is a seriously talented writer. She gets into the heads of her characters and spins an intricate tale of family secrets and human frailty. I really empathised with Katherine’s character, who, more than anything, just wants to keep her family together. This story was a family tale more than anything, with a romance bubbling in the background. It was quite unusual that the crises in the book related to Katherine’s relationship with her sister, rather than with her old flame, Eamon. Eamon is pretty straightforward as characters go. He knows what he wants and he wants Katherine. It was quite refreshing that Katherine is the one to balk at the idea of committing to him, rather than vice-versa. At times I thought maybe Eamon was too good to be true, but it turns out he was just a good guy! They do exist!

Katherine and Eamon have strong chemistry and it’s palpable. Reading about their evolving relationship kept me engaged and invested in their journey.

What you may not like: One word: Amy. God I couldn’t stand this spoilt little brat! Oof she made me sooooo mad! She was self-absorbed, took her sister’s love for granted and basically made me want to smack her! She has her own journey to go on and she does evolve as a character. I thought Katherine was so strong, despite the rough deal she got. The adults in this book do some pretty shady stuff and poor Katherine bears the brunt of most of it.

Rating: 3/5 for an engaging, if somewhat tense tale of familial guilt, making peace with the past and love, in all its forms.

About Karen Booth:

Karen Booth is a mid-western girl transplSunny Girl Teaser 4anted in the South, raised on ‘80s music and repeated readings of Forever by Judy Blume. An early preoccupation with rock ‘n’ roll led her to spend her 20s working her way from intern to executive in the music industry. When her kids came along, she traded late nights for early mornings, writing contemporary romance and women’s fiction. Karen was a finalist for RT Magazine’s Series Romance of the Year and Gold Seal of Excellence, and the 2018 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages.

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About Bring Me Back: Nearly forty, Claire Abby had thought life would be a whole lot smoother by now. Single parenting her college-bound daughter is trying, her journalism career is fading, her sister’s a handful, her dad is worse, and her mom has been gone so long it’s hard to remember what it was like when she was here.

So it’s both a lucky break and a jaw-dropping distraction when Claire lands an interview with British rock star Christopher Penman. Claire spent her teenage years fantasizing he was her boyfriend. In person, Chris is everything Claire feared—off-the-charts sexy, ridiculously charming, and utterly nerve-wracking. He’s not about to discuss the rumors he’s dodged for a decade. She must earn his trust and unearth the truth, but she never banked on the heartbreaking secret behind it.

His blockbuster story is her first priority when she returns home, a nearly impossible task when Christopher starts calling. And flirting. There’s no denying his wit or his buttery British accent, and once she agrees to see him, it’s beyond anything her teenage brain ever imagined. But when Christopher’s painful past repeats itself, can Claire smooth out her life and save the man she could never forget?

 

Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

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Book: Fight or Flight

Series: a standalone

Author: Samantha Young

Release date: 9 October 2018

Main characters: Ava Breevort, frequent flyer, who’d rather be anywhere other than Arizona. Caleb Scott, a fellow passenger and Ava’s soon-to-be-nemesis.

Blurb:

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was – until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her…

Why you should read it: I truly look forward to cracking open a book by Samantha Young – I always know it’s going to be compelling, soulful and intelligent. Fight or Flight was no exception. Don’t let the cute cover fool you – there’s plenty of depth and pathos to this story. It’s quite unlike anything I’ve read recently. Ava is dealing with a lot. Grief, guilt, personal identity crisis. You name it, she’s dealing with it, with only her friend Harper to help. Enter Caleb Scott. A gruff, unlikeable and rude character. I didn’t know what to make of him. We’re all used to the hero being a bit of a dick at times, but Caleb was something else. He’s so surly and careless of Ava’s feelings that it took me a while to want them to be together! The chemistry was off the charts however, so I could believe the attraction between them. The narrative was strong and the story unfolded at a steady pace. Samantha Young is a very masterful writer – she doesn’t drag her feet or drag out a story.

What you might not like: Caleb – for me, he was the main obstacle in this book. He has a backstory of course – one that will surprise you, but he’s so unpleasant at times that I really felt for Ava and thought she should just leave him to his own misery! Of course, there is redemption in the end – I just feel that poor Ava had to work for it.

Rating: 3.5/5 for an engaging, entertaining yet serious story about forgiveness, moving on and grief. The dialogue and the book’s premise were refreshing.

Buy links: Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Books a Million, Indiebound, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play

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Release blitz: Hot For His Girl by Rachel Blaufeld

Hot for his Girl is a fantastic blend of smartly-written comedy and poignant, sexy romance that shouldn’t be missed.” – Mary, USA Today HEA.

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Hot For His Girl, an all-new standalone new adult romance from Rachel Blaufeld is LIVE!

Andonia ‘Andi’ Schwartz is the kind of gal you love to hate. Snarky, skinny, and jaded, Andi’s goodness lies hidden beneath her sharp edges. But it’s there . . . this independent single mom has it going on.

Reid Fellows is a lovable dude. Bespectacled tenure-track statistics professor by day, shirtless blogger by night, he’s a catch on paper and easy on the eyes.

Andi wields her power and unruly commentary from behind her laptop as the anonymous proprietor of The UnAffectionate Blogger. Reid’s blog, Grill and Groom, began on a dare. Now, he regularly shows his abs of steel while grilling.

He may love this gig more than his day job. She needs her page views and advertisers to support her daughter. Until the two meet and spin a web online and IRL . . . in real life.

What happens when two bloggers fall for each other?

A new blog is born.

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Excerpt:

He’s tall, lean, and muscular in track pants and a long-sleeved tee underneath a glow-in-the-dark skeleton-adorned apron. Jet-black hair, mussed across his forehead. Even under the darkening sky, I can tell he has deep olive-toned skin. His eyes, I’m not quite sure. Maybe dark.

I feel my feet walking toward the object of my desire, but suddenly halt them.

Whoa, horsie.

For a second, my brain kicks in and I take stock of my disheveled appearance. This isn’t how I want to meet the man I’ve internet-stalked for a week. The man my brother-in-law wants to emulate, supposedly to win the heart of an overeager preschool teacher. The man who grills shirtless and does it oh-so-well. Just yesterday, he made rosemary-and-thyme veal chops. I don’t believe in eating veal, have never even tried it, and I was salivating over my laptop.

Reid, Grill and Groom, whatever his last name is, doesn’t hide behind the anonymity of his laptop. Nope, he’s right out on the wild, wild web for anyone to see.

This man is everything I’m not. He writes a successful blog, puts his name out there. And now he’s standing a few feet from me, joking with my daughter and her friend like he has nothing better to do and all the time in the world to do it.

“Mom! Can we have two?”

“Ms. Andi, this guy said we could have two big bars! Can we?”

“Hey there . . .”

Three voices call to me, but I’m stuck in Reidville, the small town that had only just begun to grow in my mind. Not the real, live man currently calling out, “Hey there,” to me.

“Mom!” Gabby shouts, finally dragging me out of a dense mental fog.

“Um, are you sure?” I holler from where I’m standing, because there’s no way in hell I’m allowing myself to move any closer to the door.

“It’s no prob. Evening’s almost over, and I don’t want to be stuck with all this leftover candy,” Reid yells back.

He’s tall. I’m guessing six foot two or three based on the way he towers over the girls and his head almost meets the top of the door frame.

“Make sure to say thanks,” I tell the girls, my voice squeaking, the stupid crumpled coffee cup dangling in my hand.

“Would you like one?”

Reid, Reid, Reid, just let me get out of here alive with my limbs attached and my lungs still pumping air in and out.

But no, he can’t. The girls sing, “Thank you,” and he’s following them out to me, candy basket in hand.

I fight the urge to sniff under my pits again, but I can’t seem to stop my free hand from smoothing down the front of my shirt and gathering my cardigan tight across my belly. It’s flatter than most, but still—I’ve had a baby.

“Would you like one? To go with your coffee?” He’s dead center now, right in front of me, wearing flip-flops despite the chilly nighttime air, holding the basket with his strong hands I’ve seen pictured on the blog, working the grill.

I’m not gonna lie. I’ve fantasized about those hands working me . . . just about everywhere. Okay, everywhere.

I admit it. I ended up perusing this guy’s site more than I care to say.

Green. His eyes are dark green, deep like the forest, clear like the sea, inviting like a patch of moss.

A frog settles in my throat, and I can’t make a sound for fear it will alas be a croak.

I shake my head and clear my throat, banishing the toad. “Tempting, but no thanks.”

“Actually, I really do have apples, if that’s more appealing.” He cocks an eyebrow at me, light from the rising moon twinkling in his eyes.

Reid, Reid, Reid, go back to your grill.

 

 

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Blog tour: The Evolution of Man by Skye Warren

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Series: Trust Fund #2

Author: Skye Warren

Release date: 25 September 2018

Main characters: Harper St Claire, Sutton Mayfair, Christopher Bardot.

 

Plot:

Harper has a fight on her hands. She desperately wants to save the town’s half-demolished library and her mother from failing health in equal measures. If only her former stepbrother and the love of her life would get out of her way so she could achieve her goals.

Bound to two men in an obsessive game of cat and mouse, Harper is both prey and predator who must gain the upper hand if she doesn’t want to lose it all.

She has control of her trust fund at long last, but she soon finds that none of her problems can be solved with money…

Why you should read it: After having read Survival of the Richest I was very excited to begin The Evolution of Man. This author always has delivered in the past so I was prepared for a well-rounded story and also some dark, erotic romance. So, did it deliver? It’s sometimes hard to tell how a final published book will pan out from an uncorrected arc. The version I received gave a good indication of what the final version would be like. The plot, the evolving story and the character development were all there. The interactions between Harper and Sutton, Harper and Christopher are tense, twisted and very sexy – the chemistry picks up where we left it in book 1. On the sexy times front, I have no complaints!

What you may not like: Harper is a heroine with a lot to deal with. Her mother is terminally ill, she’s stuck in a ménage à  trois with two emotionally unavailable men. Therefore, I had plenty of sympathy for her. However, in numerous parts of the book she verged on whiny to the point that if she mentioned saving the library one more time I was going to throw my Kindle away! Also, she was immaturely stubborn when it came to her personal safety. At times, she behaved like a 12 year old. Her internal monologue was repetitive and the plot stalled for quite a while.

The book’s pacing was also a problem for me. For chapters and chapters, Harper was struggling to decide what she wanted from life, then suddenly towards the end of the book it was all wrapped up with no explanation of how we got to this point. I wanted to know what happened to both of her suitors. And I’m very disappointed that this did not happen. (I’ll have to read bonus content at a later date to get this information.) It felt rushed, it felt unfinished and it felt inconsistent. I’m really sad about this as I mentioned before, this is one of my favourite authors and she delivers again and again. Perhaps I had unfair and unattainable expectations – that’s on me.

Rating: It was too choppy (plot-wise) for my liking – I couldn’t keep up with the changes in mood of each character and was confused by the back and forth to be honest. For this reason I’m giving it somewhere between 2.5 and 3/5.

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