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September 3, 2014

~~ Early Review for Carmen Jenner, Greetings From Sugartown ~~

Greetings from Sugartown (Sugartown, #2.5)Greetings from Sugartown by Carmen Jenner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars








“I could eat your pie all day.” ~ Elijah Cade

Oh my favorite Aussie town is back with all my favorite characters! I freaking loved this book! I love the Sugartown series, but this one has topped them for me. So far…

Carmen Jenner is known for her creative writing mixing a heavy dose of comedy, angst and sexiness while bringing this small town to the forefront of the self -published Indie community, but you are not fully equipped for the deep range of emotions that could possibly be marking the beginning of the end to the Sugartown series.

I can’t even begin to describe how much I enjoyed reading this book. I was gifted Greetings From Sugartown at a perfect time when I was going on my last vacation of the season. I couldn’t put it down! I read until my eyes shut and my Kindle flopped out of my hand, only to wake a few hours later with my first thoughts to grab my Kindle and keep going. Do you know how hard it is to not laugh out loud continuously while reading in the middle of the night, while you have a boat load of people sleeping near you? I could not control myself! Thinking back I still laugh. One name, Bob! I won’t even touch the fact that my heart was ripped out of my chest, tears running down my face, actually saying I can’t go on. I was scared where the story was heading. Thankfully, I made it out ok, but it was touch and go there for a little bit.



Elijah and Ana. Two people who are meant to be as one but always coming at a cost. “There’s only sex, and sun, and us, and our crazy, stupid love.” ~Ana Belle

While things have been going good in the lives of this love, a time of darkness comes knocking on their door and nearly rips them apart and it’s up to Elijah to keep Ana safe by doing whatever is necessary, to becoming whoever is necessary. It has to be said that even though I want you to read Greetings From Sugartown NOW, you must start from the beginning with Welcome To Sugartown then Enjoy Your Stay.
Don’t worry; Carmen has such a way with words that the flow of all her books are at a steady pace through the world of sugary,sexy suspense and you’ll be flying through this series, loving every minute, eventually becoming a sugar junkie.



Sinfully Sweet Stars all around!


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~ Cover Reveal ~ One To Love by Tia Louise

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Title: One to Love (One to Hold, #4)
Author: Tia Louise
Expected Release Date: October 9, 2014


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He’s a broken young boxer whose championship dreams were cut short by a tragic accident. She’s a beautiful young widow whose defenses against love are as strong as his left hook. When Kenny and Slayde are thrown together one fateful night, they are shaken by their undeniable attraction, and the closer they get, the more they start to believe in second chances. But Slayde’s troubled past threatens to destroy their dreams, and Kenny must choose between rebuilding her walls or risking her heart for the one to love. WARNING: Recommended for adult readers (18+) only. Mature themes, strong language, and 
sexual content.

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“FIVE STARS! Tia Louise is an author that surprises me in a pleasant way with each book that she releases in this highly enjoyable, and completely addictive series. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” —Claire Robinson, Goodreads 

  "Tia Louise hit it out of the ballpark. The One to Hold series is hot, sexy, and full of surprises that will keep you on the edge of your seat!" --Sommertime Book Blog  



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All books in the One to Hold "series" are stand-alone romances. The suggested reading order is One to Hold, One to Protect, One to Keep, One to Love.


 

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Tia Louise is a former journalist, world-traveler, and collector of beautiful men (who inspire ALL of her stories... *wink*)---turned wife, mommy, and novelist.
It's possible she has a slight truffle addiction. And she will never look at a family restroom the same way again.



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*~*~ NEW REVIEW *~*~ Destined Havoc by Nina Levine ~ Bad Boys of Romance Anthology

Destined Havoc (Havoc #1)Destined Havoc by Nina Levine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is nothing more fascinating then when you get pulled into a story with an abrupt ending and it couldn’t be more perfect. We do have to remember that Destined Havoc is a novella and part of an Anthology which is why this little cliffy happens, but that only means we get to have MORE Havoc and Carla.



It’s no big secret that I love Nina Levine and her previous books, and Destined Havoc is no exception! Sexy, Alpha, MC nomad, Havoc is used to living his way, on his terms. Stemming from bad occurrences, Havoc makes sure no one gets close to him until he meets Carla. Petit, smart mouth and with a quick wit, Carla just wants her life to not have one bad thing happen to her time and time again. When these two meet on the off chance not knowing how small their world really is, its game on with a dose of sexy drama that leads them on an unexpected journey.

I’m extremely anticipating the next installment to this story but,  it couldn’t be soon enough. Just to warn you, Havoc will command you to read from beginning to end in one shot so beware, make sure you have nothing more important going on. I mean really, what’s more important than a hot MC man and sexy, wise cracking self assured female?

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~ Cover Reveal ~ An Indecent Affair Part IV by Stephanie Julian

 
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Title: An Indecent Affair Part IV
Author: Stephanie Julian
Release date: September 15, 2014



  Kat has uprooted her life and moved to Philadelphia. She's starting her own business and opening her heart. But caring for two men brings both rewards and pitfalls. Tristan and Adam are determined to keep Kat close and win her heart. But work dangers and family obligations conspire to tear them apart before their fragile relationship has a chance to grow into something stronger.


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Kat’s mouth dropped open at Tristan’s bald statement. Naked and between them. Oh, god, yes. That sounded wonderful. She wanted that. And everything that went with it. All she needed was the courage to take what they offered. Go ahead. Do it. Say yes. Tristan watched her, his expression intent and a challenge in his eyes. From the very first, he’d been upfront about exactly what that he wanted. Which was her. Nothing in her life had prepared her for Tristan. No one had ever pursued her with such straightforward commitment. It made her ache for everything he wanted to give her. At the same time, it made her wary of giving herself over to him and having the rug pulled out from under her later. That was a game her mother liked to play. Give with one hand and take away with the other. Kat had learned to be wary of anyone who offered her anything with no visible strings attached. There were always strings. Something else her mother had taught her. Her gaze skipped to Adam, who had all sorts of hidden strings. She wasn’t sure she had the necessary tools to deal with him. He held his emotions so closely in check, she sometimes wondered if he felt anything at all. Well, anything besides lust. If they continued this affair, she’d have to learn to deal with that. And decide if she could live with a man who only wanted her sexually. If Adam didn’t commit… If he was only in it for the short-term... Could she live with knowing she would be only a bed partner to him? Can you live with knowing you didn’t even try? She’d regret it every single day. “I want that, too.” Tristan’s immediate smile lit him up, stealing the air from her lungs. His expression transformed into one of a man who’d gotten exactly what he wanted. Which was her. The thought made excitement sizzle and pop along her nerves. Then she slid another glance at Adam and panic nipped at her confidence. “It’s just…” She struggled to pick the right words. “I’m just not sure I know how to do…this.” Tristan shook his head. “There’s no right or wrong. We’ll figure out what works for us as we go.” She nodded but that didn’t exactly make her feel better. She liked having a plan. Liked knowing what was expected of her. Where she fit into the scheme of things. “Kat.” Adam’s voice made her blink before her gaze flipped to him. “Yes?” “We want this. Both of us.” Adam stared at her just as intently as Tristan had seconds ago. But his eyes lacked the warmth Tristan’s held. Or did they? She couldn’t read Adam. As much as she tried, as much as she wanted to, she didn’t know what he was thinking. The only thing she was sure of was Adam’s desire for her. That was clear as day. Frustration bit at her. Would it always be like this? Would she always be lacking something in Adam’s eyes? And did it matter, if she found what she needed in Tristan’s? “Do you? How can I know that for sure?” Adam’s chin lifted. “You can’t. You can only trust me when I say that I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t want to be.” She absolutely believed that. She also knew that Adam’s bond to Tristan was so strong, Adam might accept her into his bed simply because he knew that’s what Tristan wanted. Except that didn’t explain yesterday’s encounter. “Did you tell him?” The question escaped before she could bite her tongue. She wanted to take back the words immediately. Glancing at Tristan, he didn’t look shocked or surprised as Adam nodded. Thank god. That pressing weight on her shoulders suddenly felt twenty times lighter. “Good. That’s…good. I don’t want there to be secrets.” With a widening grin, Tristan took a step closer. “I’m glad we’re on the same page. Adam and I know each other. We trust each other. You’re not a prize we’re competing for. You’re the woman we want to make love to.” Desire heated her blood at the warmth in Tristan’s eyes. Her fingers itched with the urge to reach out and run her fingers along Tristan’s strong jaw. To feel the slight abrasion of his whiskers against her skin. To let her fingers run down his neck to the broad muscles of his chest. Wanted to strip off his shirt and press her naked body against his. She wanted Adam to plaster himself against her back, grip her hips with his hands and bite her neck so hard he left a mark. Her gaze flipped to Adam, who’d held his ground. “But you have to understand,” Adam said. “I’m not Tristan. I’m not easy.” Amazingly, Adam’s blunt statement made her smile. As her lips curved, Adam’s expression lost some of its darkness. “I’ve actually been able to pick that up on my own.” Tristan cut the distance between them by another step and her heart skipped a couple of beats. “So are you ready to eat?’ Tristan asked. She blinked. “You want to eat first?” Tristan’s grin widened and even Adam’s lips curved. Reaching for her hand, Tristan squeezed her fingers then rubbed his thumb over her knuckles. “We’re not just interested in sex.” Neither was she. But relationships were fraught with even more pitfalls than “just sex.” “Okay.” “Kat.” She looked at Adam. “Yes?” “Do you want to eat?” She did. Her stomach rumbled at the thought. “Dinner. Yes. Let’s order dinner.” “Or would you rather we lay you out on the table and show you why you won’t be sorry you said yes?”
 

Have a look at Part I, Part II & Part III of An Indecent Affair

  Part I
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One night. One woman. Two men. Twice the desire.
 
Katrina refuses to give in to her mother’s demand to marry a man she can’t stand. After years of trusting no one with her heart or her body, she wants to be swept off her feet, to experience complete surrender, if only for one night.
 
Tristan has lusted after Katrina for years and tonight he’s making his move. He’ll steal her away from his brother, who doesn’t deserve her. Then he and his best friend, Adam, will give her exactly what she wants…
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Katrina is finally taking control of her life. She's quit her job in Boston and is opening her own law practice in Philadelphia, home to Tristan and Adam. She spent one sensually mind-blowing night in their arms. And then she snuck out before morning.
Tristan is looking forward to breaking down Kat's walls and starting a relationship. Adam isn't sure Kat is the woman he and Tristan need in their lives. And he'll do whatever it takes to make sure they don't make a huge mistake...
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Letting her insecurities get the better of her, Katrina pushed Adam away after another amazing night in bed between him and Tristan. In the light of day, she realizes she needs to apologize. She only hopes Adam will listen.
After walking out on Katrina, Adam believes the only way Tristan can have a shot at a relationship with her is for Adam to step aside. He’s not the kind of man she needs in her life and Tristan has wanted her for too long to give up now.
Or course, passion has a way of derailing the best of intentions… Amazon//B&N
 







Stephanie Julian

I'm a reformed reporter who enjoys making up stories much more than writing about real life.
In sixth grade, I found my mother's stash of romance novels hidden under her bed and realized they were much more interesting than the books in the school library. I devoured Rosemary Rogers, Bertrice Small and, most especially, Kathleen Woodiwiss. In college, I majored in English and continued to expand my favorites list. Shakespeare, the Canterbury Tales, the Bronte sisters, Mary Shelley. Then I graduated and discovered there wasn't much I could do with an English degree. That's when I found out they would pay me to write for a living at a newspaper. Want to learn how to write tight and clean? Work for a daily local and condense a three-hour meeting with an angry mob of residents upset about a sewer system overhaul into 15 inches in 20 minutes. After my sons were born, I freelanced, working at home in my drafty attic office, and developed a two-book-a-day Harlequin habit that turned into a writing habit. My first attempts at romance were firmly rooted in the Harlequin tradition and I sold my first two romances to Avalon Books under the name Stephanie Scott. But writing sweet romances was not what I'd had in mind. I wanted to write books where people actually got to have sex. I contracted my first erotic romance to Ellora's Cave and never looked back. I write sexy series that combine heat with heart. Four are linked by Etruscan Magic: Magical Seduction, Lucani Lovers, Forgotten Goddesses and Darkly Enchanted. I also write the silly-funny, super-sexy Lovers on the Fringe series and the straight contemporary DeMarco Investigations series. I'm also writing the serial menage, INDECENT. BY PRIVATE INVITATION, NO RESERVATIONS and OVER EXPOSED comprise the contemporary erotic romance series, Salon Games. I'm happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and I'm the mother of two sons who introduced me to the joys of Slipknot, Warped Tour and never-ending headaches.  


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~+~ Blog Tour & Review ~+~ The Just Series (Just You & Just Us) by Riley J. Ford

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Title: Just Us
Author: Riley J. Ford
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publication Date: July 6, 2014
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Before I ever fell in love with Bryce, there was Hayden. Hayden was my first love, the kind of love that takes your breath away and you remember forever. My love story with Bryce came later. Much later, after everything had happened.
Avery Hill and Hayden Stuart are high school sweethearts and each other's first true love. When Hayden is accepted to college in Los Angeles, Avery intends to follow him so they can build a life together. After a tragic chain of events ruins their plans forever, Avery is left to pick up the pieces. Will she survive all that was lost? And will she forgive the man who destroyed her and Hayden's dreams forever?


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Just Us is the first book in the Just series, and is not left with a cliffhanger. (For all of those haters out there.) The writing flowed so well, that I was pulled into the story immediately. I read it from start to finish without putting it down.
Avery and Hayden work together at the local grocery store, and attend school together. Although they start out as great friends, they morph into something more. They find themselves making plans for the future, and soon Hayden accepted into college in Los Angeles, under the premise that Avery will follow. They want to finish school and start a family, only plans get ruined and Avery is now trying to figure out how to put the pieces back together and move on with her life.
There was so much greatness in this book. It was sweet and angsty, and had me tearing up a few times. I can’t wait to read more from Riley J. Ford.
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  Author: Riley J. Ford
  Genre: New Adult Romance
  Publish Date: July 6, 2014
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Before I ever fell in love with Bryce, there was Hayden. Hayden was my first love, the kind of love that takes your breath away and you remember forever. My love story with Bryce came later. Much later, after everything had happened. Bryce Humphrey has never forgiven himself for his actions five years ago. Nor can he forget the two lives he ruined, or the girl he secretly loved. When he runs into Avery, the person who has haunted his dreams since that fateful night, his life is sent into a tailspin. As he gets to know her again after all these years, he realizes she has never gotten over the past. Will their shared pain bring them closer? And will they forge a new beginning built on healing, forgiveness, and love? 

         

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Just You is the second book in the Just series by Riley J. Ford. Although it is second in the series, it can definitely be read as a standalone. Just like with the first book in the series the writing pulls you in at once. This is the kind of book that I absolutely love. It is so emotional, and I thrive off of angst.
Bryce was friends with Hayden and Avery, and in fact has always loved Avery. He has been living with the horrible guilt of his actions from 5 years prior, and hasn’t seen Avery since. When he does see her for the first time, she is a shell of her former self. And she wants no part of anything that involves Bryce. He is
adamant though to help her. As they struggle to move past the past, a connection emerges between them and they have to figure out if they can move on from the past, to have a future.
Riley J. Ford, you have done it again! I loved this book. I thrive off of angst, and there was enough to keep me going. I loved Avery and Bryce.
5 Stars!



Riley J. Ford is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She graduated UCLA graduate with a degree in English and taught at both the high school and college levels for a number of years before turning to writing full-time. Her non-fiction books are used in college classrooms around the country, and her essays have been featured on such websites as MSNBC.com. She is the author of seven fiction books, INTO YOU, a new adult mystery, CARPE DiEMILY, a romantic comedy caper, FIFTY SHADES OF FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, a satire, CIRCUS OF LOST SOULS, a thriller, SIMONE: ADVENTURES IN DATING, a romantic comedy series, JUST US, a contemporary romance, and JUST YOU, a new adult romance. When on vacation, she enjoys running with the bulls in Pamplona and downhill skiing.

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