Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre

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Author: Alessandra Torre

Release date: 18 April, 2017

Publication info: Previously released as The Dumont diaries.

Main characters: Candace Tapers, a graduate, deep in debt and living paycheck to paycheck. Nathan Dumont, successful businessman with a plan, who intends to make Candace an offer she can’t refuse.

Plot: Candy is on skid row. Despite a good start in life, she’s found herself on the bad side of debt, now working as a stripper in a third-rate club. Escape is not in sight and she only  has time to contemplate how bad things have got. When a rich stranger enters her club and demands she dance for him, she begins to hope that her luck is about to change. She knows how dangerous hope can be…

Nathan is on a mission – he’s looking for Candace to become his wife. He’ll give her everything – except for love, affection and respect. She’s in a hole and really can’t refuse. Only after the weeks become months does Candy realise the ramifications of her decision. Certain at the beginning that love was a luxury she couldn’t afford, she realises that a life with luxury but no kindness is not for her. But what can she do?

Why you should read it: This book! I loved it when I first read it and now it’s back and improved. It came out yesterday and spent all evening reading it. (Good job my family is used to me ignoring them!)  I devoured every word. Nathan is a shit – the best kind of anti-hero, while Candace is plucky and optimistic despite her situation. I loved the developing story and the character development. It’s a guilty pleasure for me when the hero of a book isn’t exactly a good guy.

What you may not like: Ok – parts of the book are pretty messed up – poor Candace gets humiliated at times and treated very poorly. She’s a great character and surprisingly resilient. There’s a lot of sex too – like a bunch. Not a problem for me – (total perv that I am) but if you like your romances to be bright and breezy, this one is dark and dank at times! Hopefully the narrative will help you along and the smut won’t be too distracting.

Rating: I loved the original and welcome the additions to the story – I like Nathan and Candace and I very much enjoyed the story’s evolution. 5/5.

 

Blog tour: Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne


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: Walk of Shame

Series: Love Unexpectedly #4

Author: Lauren Layne

Release date: 18 April, 2017

Main characters: Georgiana Watkins, It girl and all-round good egg. Andrew Mulroney, her surly neighbour and Manhattan’s most eligible divorce lawyer.

Plot: Georgie is a care-free socialite who loves life. She loves her life. However, lately it’s been feeling a little…samey? She can’t quite put her finger on it, but the highlight of her day includes hanging out in her building’s lobby and sparring with Andrew Mulroney, her neighbour in 79B. He’s so miserable and stiff – she loves to get a rise out of him. Work him up until he insults her and walks off in a huff. She doesn’t like him at all. Nope, not a bit.

Andrew is a divorce attorney and has worked damn hard to get to where he is in life. He’s focused, driven and has no time for frivolous, work-shy socialites who annoy him every morning. So what if Georgiana is able to befriend almost anyone and he can’t. So what if she actually seems like a lot of fun? Fun isn’t a word in his lexicon and he doesn’t want distractions in his well-ordered life. She’s ridiculous…

As the pair’s battle of wills reaches critical mass, they are forced to look at themselves and ask – can two people so diametrically opposed actually become friends, or more than friends? Or are they more likely to kill each other?

Why you should read it: This book was so sweet! Without being sickly at all. I loved, loved loved Georgie. Her bounciness and optimism didn’t grate – she was genuine and genuinely loved getting to know people. She was real – she gave as good as she got but also had a really sensitive side. Her exchanges with Andrew were entertaining, at times you felt her frustration with Andrew and herself, for not being able to break through his frosty veneer. One of my favourite scenes in a romance book is when either the hero or heroine falls ill (I don’t know why – that’s weird right?) because it shows some vulnerability and a different side to the character. This book had that element so I was happy as a clam!

Andrew was so cold at first – once you realise why he has no emotional intelligence, it all makes sense. He’s a good guy in dire need of someone to remove the poker from his posterior. Georgie’s just the woman to do it.

What you may not like: in the author’s own words, this book is an homage to all romances and romantic films out there. That means some wicked banter, plenty of misunderstandings and sexual tension that is off the charts. Not your bag? Fair enough. The drama is fairly low, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of action.

Rating: 4/5 for a sweet, short read with two great characters. Andrew will make you scream – Georgie will make you smile and I think we’d all love a Georgie in my life. Think of all the doughnuts…

Blog tour: The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

img_0100Book: The Gravity of Us

Series: Elements #4

Author: Brittainy C. Cherry

Release date: 13 April 2017


Main characters: Lucille Palmer, free-spirited florist trying to keep her family together. Graham Russell, successful yet socially inept author, about to crash into Lucy’s world.

“Being around you does something strange to me, something that hasn’t happened in such a long time.”

“What happens?” He took my hand in his then led it to his chest, and his next words came out in a whisper. “My heart begins to beat again.”


Plot: When Lucy’s mother died, she told her to look after her sisters Mari and Lyric. Lucy took the request to heart and nursed her sister Mari back to health following a long illness and continued to reach out to Lyric, despite Lyric’s disdain for her and her cold nature. Despite a turbulent couple of years, Lucy and Mari are a good team and life finds some degree of normality. Until she meets Graham.

Graham Russell is a successful author. He enjoys a comfortable life without excessive emotions. His relationship with his wife is convenient and business-like. When she ups and leaves, Graham is left with a mountain of responsibility and a whole lot of emotions he isn’t able to cope with. His chance meeting with Lucy leads to a whole set of complications he could never have foreseen. His heart is locked up tight but Lucy may be the only one with the key…

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness. If my blurb above was a bit vague, it’s because I didn’t want to spoil anything for you. This story is so good and packed full of emotion and insight that I couldn’t really do it justice in the plot summary. How I loved these complex and spirited characters. Lucy is a saint! A good person through and through who puts up with a lot of crap from others because she loves them. Graham. Graham is tough – almost robotic when we first meet him. His reasons are more than valid and having his point of view really helps the reader understand his motivations and his experiences. His story is a sad one, but the possibility for a happier future keeps you rooting for him throughout.

What you may not like: There are some nasty characters in this book! Like, really horrible! I felt indignant on Lucy’s behalf. She shows kindness and gets kicked in the teeth repeatedly. I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall at times, but thankfully Brittainy doesn’t drag out the hard times. She always gives her characters some trials before getting to the ‘good stuff’.

Rating: 5/5 for a very sensitive, heart wrenching and intelligent read. I loved it and it made me want to punch somebody and hug somebody in equal measure! And my God, that cover *bites fist.*

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Release blitz: Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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 MISTER MONEYBAGS

(A standalone novel)

Release date 4/10/2017

A Contemporary Romance Novel

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward.

Blurb:

I met Bianca in an elevator.  

She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.

The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.

She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”—her afternoon appointment. 

Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type—snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn’t appreciate the simple things in life. 

So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t—a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn’t want it to end.

I began dating her as “Jay”—all the while letting her interview the real me over email.

I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot.

I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.

I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.  

And she was falling for two men.

Only, both men were me.

And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.

Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for what came after.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

 

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Vi Keeland

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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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Cover reveal: Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre

Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre releasing on April 19, 2017!

Previously released as the Dumont diaries series – it’s been re-edited and updated! So it’s better than ever.

 

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══ Blurb ══

Everyone in Nashville knows Nathan Dumont.
That’s what happens when you
develop half a town and sleep with the rest. 

Five years ago, his fiancee disappeared. 

Last night, he proposed to me.

I had wanted to escape my life, the seedy strip club and the mountain of bills. I had seized the opportunity to live in a mansion, fill my days with country clubs and caviar, my nights with romance and sex.

Maybe I should have done my homework first. 

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══ Book Info ══

🏆 Genre: Contemporary Romance

🏆 Amazon Release: April 19th (will release early on iBooks and Nook)

🏆 Cover Design: Judi Perkins, Concierge Literary Design & Photography

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Author PhotoAlessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She has also served as the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.


You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.

The Mistakes by Elizabeth Brown

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Series: Off-limits #3

Author: Elizabeth Brown

Release date: 4 April, 2017

Main characters: Winnie Masters, busy heroine with lots of responsibilities and no time for relationships. Mark Bishop, successful lawyer and Winnie’s latest mistake.

Plot: Winnie Masters has a lot on her plate: she’s a librarian by day, (although about to be fired) carer to her younger sister and a budding entrepreneur. She simply doesn’t have time for a full-time  man – she wouldn’t know what to do in a relationship, so she’s happy to hook up with guys as and when she feels like. When her friend Ainsley dares her to go on a sexual hiatus for two months, Winnie is appalled. Even more so when she gets talking to Mark Bishop at her friend’s wedding.

Mark is intrigued by Winnie. She’s spunky, funny and prone to jumping to conclusions. After their hook up, she disappears and he doesn’t expect to see her again. When fate (or more precisely, family) brings Winnie to his office as his new assistant,  Mark knows life is about to get interesting. And sexy. Definitely sexy!

Mark wants Winnie and Winnie wants to keep things casual and moreover, SECRET. That’s the the thing about secrets though isn’t it? They never stay secret for long…

Why you should read it: I love this series. The Lessons and The Rules were really enjoyable and so I was looking forward to Winnie’s story. The chemistry and the banter between Mark and Winnie was highly entertaining. The sexy times were toe curling (in a good way) and there were plenty of those to enjoy.

What you may not like: Winnie man. God she was hard to like. She starts off super in-your-face, then she behaves really ignorantly at the wedding, and it took several chapters for me to stop finding her completely annoying. She’s not a teenager, but the sheer amount of drama she was able to manufacture is astounding. At times I did feel for her, but most of the time I thought she was the one at fault. Zero emotional intelligence. Mark was a fun hero, sure of himself and sexy as sin. He’s a hard working lawyer who also happens to be a contractor in his spare time – the perfect specimen amirite? As the story progressed, he grew more and more sensitive and basically apologised a lot despite having done nothing wrong. It’s probably clear to you by now that I wasn’t exactly on team Winnie!

My final peeve was that some of the descriptions in the book were a bit sloppy and insensitive. For example:

“Deeply tan skin, like his heritage was mixed with something exotic.”

Why use the word exotic to describe a person? An orchid is exotic. A pawpaw may too be considered as such. People aren’t! If you’re describing someone who isn’t white then just say they have darker skin! It drives me nuts. ‘Mixed with something exotic’. Like what – rum?

Rating: ok rant over – I didn’t enjoy this story as much as the other two books. It was a bit clumsy, and featured a pretty immature heroine. So I give it 3/5. There were fun parts and bits that made me smile, but the language in some places really annoyed me.

The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry

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Series: Elements #3

Author: Brittainy C. Cherry

Release date: September 22, 2016

Main characters: Maggie – once full of life and mischievous – after childhood trauma is silent and withdrawn. Brooks, her best friend and confidante, the only person who has ever fully understood her.

Plot: As a child, Maggie May Riley knew what she wanted. To be happy, she needed to marry Brooks Tyler, her stepbrother’s best friend. It didn’t matter that he was going through his ‘girls are yucky’ phase, she knew he loved her too. One afternoon, while waiting for him to meet her, an event took place that not only robbed her of her voice, but of her innocence.

Years later, Maggie is silent and suffers from agoraphobia. With a family that is struggling with the stress of her situation (and their own bitter resentments), she relies on Brooks. He seems to see into her soul and life is good when they’re together.

It is clear that the pair love each other madly – but what kind of life can they have unless Maggie exorcises her demons? Brooks is a talented musician with a career about to hit the stratosphere. Should she make him stay with her in her small life, or let him fly and realise his own dreams?

Why you should read it: I love, love, loved this book! I read it last night and have no idea why I didn’t pick it up sooner! Brittainy C. Cherry is so talented. I have read most of her other books and they are all high-quality and high drama (but not in a bad way) reads. It was an emotional roller-coaster of a story, starting from childhood into adulthood. I enjoyed the dynamic between Brooks and Maggie when they were younger, and then as they matured. What really came across was Maggie’s personality – she didn’t speak aloud, but from her point of view, you really got a sense of her struggle.

What you may not like: I don’t know – if you read it and don’t like it, let me know why because I adored it. A lot of things happen in the book, but at no point did it feel too much. It spans quite a long time so it felt right.

Rating: Easily a 5/5 for a spectacular read. I just want to re-read it now. Slower, so that I can enjoy every word.

His Alone by Alexa Riley

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Series: For Her #2
Author: Alexa Riley

Release date: March 28, 2017

Main characters: Paige Turner (get it?), heroine with revenge on her mind. Ryan Justice, head of security, and the man who wants Paige all for himself.

Plot: From the first moment Ryan Justice set eyes on Paige Turner he knew they were destined to be together. Although she spurns his every advance, he cannot imagine a future without her in it.

Paige, has had a tough start in life. Mistreated by her father, and without a mother, she was left to navigate the world alone. Her attraction to Ryan is strong, however he represents all that is good in the world, whilst she is convinced that her darkness will consume them both if she gives into her desires. Ryan will not be so easily dissuaded and he has plenty of secrets of his own. Can this duo find happiness in each other’s arms?

Why you should read it: If you are a fan of the Alexa Riley books then you will love this sequel to Everything For Her. Paige has much more spirit than Mallory her best friend and heroine from Everything For Her. She has her own path in life and her dedication to revenge makes her far more interesting than Mallory ever was. This book has all the elements of a typical Alexa Riley book, minus some of the more preposterous situations. Ryan is completely obsessed with Paige, however I didn’t find it as nauseating as Miles’ behaviour in the previous story.

What you may not like: Ok, if you dislike alpha heroes, primal urges, virginal heroines and a desire for instant babies, then avoid this book like the plague! For some reason, Alexa Riley are obsessed with insta families and obsessional love. I don’t mind this trope in small doses (as long as there is some humour there too), but it certainly isn’t for everyone.

Rating: 3.5/5 for an entertaining and very sexy read.

Crazy Over You by Daisy Prescott

Book: Crazy Over You

Series: Love With Altitude novel #2

Author: Daisy Prescott

Release date: 28 March 2017

Main characters: Mara Keiley, skittish vet, who’s prone to panic attacks; Jesse Hayes, ski patrol and all-round knight in shining armour, about to rescue her from the top of an advanced ski slope.

Crazy Over You is a standalone romantic comedy and the second book in the Love with Altitude series.

Plot: Mara Keiley is the new vet in town and literally trying to find her feet on a ski slope. After a particularly bad panic attack, she’s unable to move. When a handsome ski patroller passes by and coaxes her down the hill, she realises that kind stranger isn’t a stranger. He also doesn’t seem to remember her. At all.

Jesse Hayes has seen it all on the slopes. He’s wasn’t expecting to see Mara ever again, and certainly not frozen with fear on a ski slope. After the night they spent together, he never forgot her, but she doesn’t seem to remember him at all. Intrigued by her completely, he’s determined to get to know the real her. And make her remember the first time they met…

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 “I’m paid to be a nice guy.” He gives me a sweet smile while his eyes shine with mischief.

“You’re only nice when you’re being paid?” I squint at him with distrust.

“You make me sound like a male escort.” His smile falters but the mischievous spark doesn’t fade.

“Your words not mine.”

“Better than a stripper. At least I don’t have to prance around on stage in a thong.” He chuckles.

But I’m not laughing.

Stripper.

The word echoes around in my head as a strong sense of déjà vu hits me smack in the face.

Me dancing on a bar in a short, silver dress. Me practically showing off the goods to a crowd of cheering men.

Oh no. Oh shit. Friends, we have a problem.

My savior isn’t prince charming.

No, I’m not that lucky.

He’s my worst nightmare.

He’s my one night stand from two years ago.

 

Why you should read it: I really enjoyed Next to You, book one in this series. Aspen is described so beautifully and vividly that it makes me want to pack up and head out there (even though I don’t ski!). Crazy Over You has the same energy, fun dialogue and a sweet romance at its core. Jesse and Mara are a sweet, drama-free couple, wanting to take the plunge into ‘more’. This is a feel-good read – no heavy angst, no third-party drama.

What you may not like: If I’m honest, I struggled with this story a bit. It didn’t have the same ease that Next To You had. In places, it seemed a bit disjointed, both in dialogue and plot. Mara was prone to babbling – which was cute at times, and annoying at others. For me, it lacked something and I couldn’t engage with the story 100%. Jesse had a really interesting back story, but we only caught a glimpse of what he and his family had been through. I would have liked to know more about his family dynamic.

Rating: 3/5 for a sweet and gentle tale. Not one of my favourite books by Daisy Prescott, but it will make you feel good and happy inside.

 

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At Attention by Annabeth Albert

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Book: At Attention

Series: Out of Uniform #2

Author: Annabeth Albert

Release date: April 10, 2017

Main characters: LT Apollo Floros, Navy SEAL and grieving single father; Dylan, (Apollo’s friend’s younger brother) confident and in love with Apollo since forever.

Plot: Apollo Flores likes to be in control. A military man through and through, he likes everything to be as black-and-white as possible. With twin girls to raise and a demanding career, he needs some domestic help over the summer.

Apollo’s best friend’s brother Dylan needs a place to stay over the summer and he is qualified in early-years education and excellent with children. Appllo hasn’t seen Dylan in years and one thing is for certain: he’s all grown up!

Dylan has always harboured a crush on Apollo – he spent his adolescence mooning over him. Not much has changed – except that this time, Apollo has actually taken notice. Apollo’s heart might be unavailable at the moment, but maybe, just maybe, if he glimpses what they could have together, he’d change his mind…

Why you should read it: I loved this story – it was low on drama, but high on character development. The characters had depth and their own journeys and experiences to learn from. Apollo is in such pain – grieving for his former life with his husband. Now he is barely keeping things together for his girls. His despair was palpable in many ways and I understood his reluctance to put himself out there again. Dylan was a sweetie – he’s young, focused and incredibly mature. I like how he didn’t put up with Apollo’s nonsense!

What you may not like: No clue. It was well written, interesting and very smart. The dialogue was spot on and made me tear up as well as laugh out loud.

Rating: 5/5 for an engaging and absorbing read.