Childstar 1(Childstar #1) by JJ McAvoy

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Amelia London is America’s sweetheart. Noah Sloan is America’s bad boy. Both are former child stars and once were lovers. When they are cast as the leads in the upcoming erotic suspense blockbuster—Sinners Like Us—they are forced to come to terms with the issues that tore them apart to begin with.

As the whole world watches, can they keep their secrets hidden? After all, everybody is a sinner…

*****Mel’s Review*****

4 Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Noah Sloan & Amelia London are two child stars that spent most their childhood together acting. Now in their 20’s they are both needing to make a comeback & kick their careers back into gear. They both audition for a film shooting in Chicago called Sinners Like Us, & both get the part. Amelia is freaking out she will have to see Noah again.

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-All of my best memories were of him…of us.

-God help me. I wanted…I wanted to be back in his arms. I wanted the Amelia he whispered about.

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Sinners Like Us is an erotica film that is out of Amelia’s comfort zone, but she’s tired of being seen as America’s sweetheart, & is excited to do something new. Her enthusiasm is short lived when she comes face to face with Noah. He broke her heart years ago, and she’s never gotten over him. Old feelings start to reignite when they spend time together on set. We find out not everything is what it seems with Hollywood’s bad boy, & that he doesn’t think he’s good enough for Amelia. They eventually open up more to each other & we get some delicious sexy times! 😀

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-Everyone thinks you are this good girl, Amelia, but I know a side of you that no one else could ever know.

-“I need you.” “You have me.” She’d always had me.

-“You’ll always be burned into my mind, stitched to my soul, and the owner of my heart.”

Tomorrow’s Lies (Promises, #1) by S.R. Grey

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Synopsis:

When today’s promises become tomorrow’s lies, how can you believe in anything . . . or anyone?

Jaynie Cumberland has no idea how to trust again, so she’s given up on trying. Dumped in to the state foster care system at age fourteen, Jaynie spent three years treading water, just trying to get by.

Still, Jaynie always knew she was broken in some way. After all, why did her own mother abandon her? And following a harrowing experience at her first foster home, Jaynie’s worst fears are confirmed, leaving her feeling worthless and shattered.

Now Jaynie counts the days till she turns eighteen and can go out on her own. All she wants is to be free of everyone and everything. But before that can happen, she must make it through the next few months at one final foster home. There Jaynie meets a gorgeous, albeit rough-around-the-edges, boy who is dealing with the repercussions of his own turbulent past.

Flynn O’Neill is immediately taken with this new, fragile girl. He becomes determined to show Jaynie there is more to life than hurt and pain. Unfortunately, this new home they live in, one that promised to be a haven for unwanted kids, is more like a living hell.

So what do you do when you’re trapped and there’s no way out?

What if you fall in love and protecting the other person becomes the most important thing in your life?

What if something unthinkable happens, testing your love, and the stakes are raised higher than ever? Will you come out unscathed? Can today’s promises be kept? Or will they simply become more of tomorrow’s lies?

Tomorrow’s Lies is a beautiful story of an all-consuming love and broken people building a family out of nothing. It’s about never giving up, even in the face of adversity.

New Adult/Coming of Age Romance

Fall 2015

Note: NO cliffhanger!

**mature content and possible triggers**

*****Dee’s Review*****

****4 Heartbreaking Stars****

(ARC kindly provided by author)

Heartbreakingly beautiful story about a couple who found love in a dark place… Not an easy read but so worth it!!!

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Jaynie Cumberland has gone through a very tough childhood. Her mom abandoned her and Jaynie was forced into the foster care system at a young age. She carries a lot of insecurities, after being left behind by every person she’s ever loved.

After being hurt yet again, Jaynie feels completely broken and now her only hope is counting down the days until she turns eighteen so she can finally escape the system that’s failed her so many times, and start a new life. With only a few months before she becomes of age, Jaynie is placed in a new home that is supposed to be a wonderful place for orphans.

The other kids in this new home are wonderful to Jaynie, especially the beautiful guy that keeps lighting up her days with his gorgeous smile. Unfortunately nothing is what it seems and after the social worker leaves her under the care of her new foster mom, she learns her new reality.This new place turns out to be hell for Jaynie and the other kids, they all have to work very hard to earn meals or any other basic privileges. Being exploited on day to day basis, brings these kids closer and they grow protective of each other, forming a family of their own, because even though they all have been through so much pain, they all have so much love to give.

Flynn O’Neill hasn’t been lucky in life either. After his mother died his father turned into a monster and shattered everything in Flynn’s life. His pain and grief took him to the streets for a life of misery and after getting caught committing a crime, he’s placed in foster care. Flynn is very protective of the other kids in the house. Acting as a big brother to them but from the moment he meets Jaynie he knows she’s going to be very special to him.

Flynn wants to help Jaynie heal and he makes it his mission to put a smile on her face everyday, even though they live in a horrible place. A beautiful friendship will blossom into a fierce love between Flynn and Jaynie and together they start making plans for a future. But unfortunately, hate and jealousy from those with more power than them will threaten to destroy everything they have been fighting for.

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From the moment I read the blurb of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. I loved the resilience and beauty of the characters. Jaynie and Flynn fought fiercely for their love and they found a safe haven where only they existed, pushing away all the darkness that threatened to destroy yet again, their most precious things in life, love and family.

All the secondary characters were amazing, bringing a lot of sweetness to the plot and creating the perfect balance between all the sad and happy moments in all of these kids lives. Yes, this is very tough book to read due to all the sensitive subject matter but you’ll be mesmerized by the powerful love between all the characters.

I felt satisfied and very hopeful for Jaynie and Flynn at the end of the book and I can’t wait to read the next chapter in their story…

“Today’s promises are nothing but tomorrow’s lies.”

CAMOUFLAGE (Predator & Prey #1) by Angelica Chase

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SYNOPSIS:

I lived my life by two principles: order and excellence.
My moral compass steered me out of the slums of backwoods Tennessee and towards the woman I was destined to become, but not without gathering a few skeletons along the way.

Eventually, I found success, but my restless, relentless nature still left me feeling unsatisfied.

Then I met a ghost.

At first, I was sure Daniello was a figment of my imagination, a beautiful and dangerous apparition with a fat cock and an animalistic hunger. He threatened my control and need for order, and in his absence, I became more haunted by my past.

He wanted me submissive.

I wanted to know him.

Then my ghost met my skeletons.

This is the first book in a series.
If you are not a fan of cursing, erotic, extremely explicit sex, immoral behavior, dysfunction, or sexual scenarios that may make you feel uncomfortable, this is not the series for you.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided By Author in Exchange For An Honest Review}

I was lucky to be able to Beta Read this one.
I am being 100% honest when I tell you, I didn’t find a thing wrong with this book! Angelica’s stories just get better and better. I thought “The Excess” was beyond smoking hot but this one will have panties melting EVERYWHERE!!!! Just wait till you meet Daniello ladies!!

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Camouflage is a spin-off of The Excess Series. We met Taylor Ellison in that series. She was Nina Scott’s assistant who later ends up becoming her business partner. I really didn’t know what to make of Taylor previously. She seemed a bit closed off and I wasn’t sure that I really wanted to read about her, but of course, Angelica’s gift at story telling succeeded in completely changing my mind.

Taylor is a very strong willed and bad ass heroine! She had to learn to be tough and fend for herself from a very young age. She had an abusive, drug addicted mother, and a neglectful father. From such a young age, she did whatever she had to in order to get herself out of the crap life she was born into.

Now a successful businesswoman, she is loving life and she likes to have her fun with men too. Lately she’s been frequenting The Rabbit Hole. If you’ve read The Sexual Awakenings series, then you would know this is an exclusive sex club where we met Violet and Rhys, whom Taylor happens to know. Taylor has been frequenting the club a lot more recently because of a tall, dark, and handsome man she has seen almost every night there. She hasn’t felt a strong attraction to a man in a long time. Daniello Di Giovanni finally introduces himself to her but their meeting is cut short when he’s called away by a business associate.

While she’s back at home, at a local club, she happens to run into Daniello and HOLY SHIT, what happens is FREAKING HOT and let me just say Taylor wasn’t the only one whose panties melted!! OMG this man! I mean maybe in RL, he might have gotten slapped for his actions but if I were to fantasize about a sexy encounter with a HOT Alpha male, this might just be the way I’d want things to go down!

Daniello is definitely a dangerous man and he basically tells Taylor he wants her but that whatever is between them is strictly physical and will end on his terms only. Taylor hasn’t let a man dominate her in a very long time and there is a struggle for power between the two in the beginning but through it all, the sexual chemistry is OFF THE CHARTS HOT!!

Daniello’s business, whatever that may be, and Taylor’s past, combined, will cause quite a bit of action and could possibly threaten what is starting to build between the two. It starts off purely sexual but actual feelings begin to develop between Daniello and Taylor.

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I’m anxious to get my hands on the next book because this ends on a bit of a cliffy. One I truly didn’t see coming and I’m dying to know how it all plays out for Daniello and Taylor.

I am not exaggerating when I say this is one hell of a FABULOUS start for a new series. Angelica definitely has written another winner!! I can’t wait for you all to read this! You will definitely be panting for Daniello!!

The book is due out October 31st!! Less than a week to wait for it. 🙂

AMAZON US

 

 

*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Truly Addicted Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Dee)

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Taylor Ellison is a 29 yr. old woman who grew up in Dyer, Tennessee & lived most of her childhood in a constant state of fear. Her life was never her own until she was able to abandon everything she ever knew & start over. She didn’t want the fate she was cursed with to be all she ever had, so 13 years ago she walked away from her old life, & did what was necessary to free herself from her past. She came from nothing, but ends up attending Harvard & making a life for herself that she is proud of.

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Now Taylor is a very successful businesswoman living in Charleston, South Carolina. She co-owns a company with her best friend & is extremely wealthy. She has succeeded in changing her image & escaping her past. She wants for nothing & surrounds herself with excellence. Professionally she is fulfilled, but personally she is looking for a bit of excitement. Taylor is only interested in casual sex with no attachments. Her past has taught her you can’t count on love, so Taylor just wants to sate her sexual desires. She’s restless & wants a man who will understand her body & her needs.

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Taylor often frequents a sex club called The Rabbit Hole hoping to find a man that catches her eye. She continues to notice a gorgeous exotic looking man that intrigues her. His name is Daniello Di Giovanni. Eventually they make a connection & he asks Taylor to spend time with him. She agrees and they start enjoying each other physically. He’s arrogant, controlling & Taylor can’t get enough of him or resist him.

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As Taylor spends more time with Daniello, he continues to be very mysterious, & she realizes he has a secret life she may not be pleased with. He seems dangerous, but she can’t let him go. We start to see a softer side of Daniello emerge & Taylor is completely addicted to this man! We get some surprises from Taylor’s past that pop up, some action thrown in, & some seriously hot sexy times! This was my first book by Angelica Chase & it was fabulous! She sure knows how to write an exciting sexy story! I can’t wait to read more from her & am dying to know what happens next with Daniello & Taylor! 😀

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-“You are the only woman I see.”

-“I feel you, Taylor.”

-“I feel everything.”

 

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

***** 5 Fiery Stars*****

(Arc Kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review)

This was my first Angelica Chase novel and all I can say is WOW!I can’t believe I waited this long to read one of her books, silly me.

Think of this author as a very talented and passionate musician; one that will play with your emotions and will take you away on a sensual rhapsody and at the end of it all, leave you begging for more…

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Taylor is a woman who works hard and plays harder.

For the past few years she’s been focused on her career and has successfully made it as partner in a very profitable company . She doesn’t have time to date so she indulges herself in a sex club where she’s seen a beautiful and mysterious man, who has been playing the staring game with her. The gorgeous guy is Daniello, a man that plays only by his own rules and he is about to show Taylor a very dangerous yet decadent game, one she won’t be able to resist.

Taylor’s past is the reason why she’s such a guarded person. She’s always calculating every single move she makes, never allowing herself to let her emotions get the best of her, but when she’s around Daniello she loses all control, and how delicious it is to give into him.

Both Taylor and Daniello are extremely strong individuals so their relationship starts as a sort of battle of the sexes. Who will walk away first? Who can resist the longest?

Taylor has all the money she could ever wish for and yet she feels like there’s a void in her life and so she will feel tempted to go back into her past and try to find some of the missing pieces in her life but little does she know that deception and darkness will be waiting for her in the little town where she once left her heart.

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This story delivers a punch. When you start reading, the plot takes you on an erotic path and by the end of the book, the thrill and mystery will leave you mesmerized. Love is not the main focus for neither of the main characters. They are on a different quest, but their encounters are explosive and for me this was one of those books where you think by mid-story I had everything figured out but Oh no!!, turns out I was not even close and I loved that.

The unpredictability of this story mixed with the eroticism left me truly panting and yes, there’s a cliffhanger, so you can imagine how desperate I am for the next book. Needless to say I was in dire need of a few martinis after I was done reading.

My Camouflage music playlist:
*Gang Bang by Madonna
*Gods & Monsters by Lana Del Rey
*If I Never See Your Face Again By Rihanna and Maroon 5
*Same Old Love by Selena Gomez
*Give You What You Like by Avril Lavigne

The Fall Up by Aly Martinez

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SYNOPSIS:

I wanted to jump.
He made me fall.

As a celebrity, I lived in the public eye, but somewhere along the way, I’d lost myself in the spotlight.

Until he found me.

Sam Rivers was a gorgeous, tattooed stranger who saved my life with nothing more than a simple conversation.

But we were both standing on that bridge for a reason the night we met. The secrets of our pasts brought us together—and then tore us apart.

Could we find a reason to hold on as life constantly pulled us down?

Or maybe there’s only one direction to go when two people fall in love at rock bottom—up.

*****Dee’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****

(ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review)

This was my first Aly Martinez book ever and it was definitely love at first read!!!

The subject matter of this book is very serious yet the author managed to write it in a way that wasn’t heavy or overly sad; on the contrary, she made it sweet and very inspiring. I totally fell in love with the characters and this incredible story.

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Smart.
Beautiful.
Kind.
Brave.

Levee Williams is an international Pop Star. She is wildly successful as a music artist and has more money and fame than she knows what to do with but she’s not happy, in fact, she feels lost and completely miserable with her life.

Tired of being handled and pulled in twenty different directions, but not knowing how to fix her own life; Levee finds herself on a rainy night at the edge of a very dangerous and tall bridge. For the pass three nights she’s been visiting one of San Francisco’s tallest bridges, looking for a way out, an answer to fix the despair in her life.

Sam Rivers also has a habit of visiting the same bridge but for completely different reasons, yet he is just as lost as Levee. When Sam first saw her, he was able to see right through her. Even though he couldn’t recognize the artist due to her funny disguise, he could see the pain that was surrounding Levee.

Sam and Levee’s chemistry was explosive and these two quickly found themselves swimming in a deep sea of passion, after one desperate kiss that said more than a thousand words. Ever since that sexy night they spent together, they both knew something special and electric had been born between them.

The pain and darkness they both carried is what pulled them together but also what might break them apart.

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Sam is obsessed with being a savior to everyone around him who needs help and Levee is addicted to the fast life. She’s always working, trying to please and help everyone in her life, and has completely forgotten about herself. These two characters complete each other so beautifully and together they will find more than love; support and inspiration.

I loved this book because like I said before, even though it talks about very sensitive topics, the plot is not done in a sad or dark way. The most beautiful thing about Sam and Levee’s relationship was their humor.They are constantly making each other laugh and as you read, you can’t help but laugh and fall in love with them.

Sam was one delicious hero. He’s very sexy and full of tattoos but also had the biggest heart ever. He’s so sweet and always knows the right thing to say, I can’t tell you how many of his sentences I highlighted while reading this book. I loved him so much and I wish he was real!!!

I will yell from the rooftops READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!. I was so impressed with this author’s writing style, I was completely lost inside this beautiful story and I will not waste any more time and will make sure I read every single one of her books.

My The Fall Up music playlist:
*When You Brake by Bear’s Den
*Kiss Me By Ed Sheeran
*Killing Me Softly by Fugees
*XO by Beyoncé
*My Love Is Your Love by Whitney Houston

 

 

*****Mel’s Review*****

4 “I Just Want You” Stars!
(ARC provided by author)
(BR with Patty & Dee)

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Levee Williams is a celebrity living in San Francisco who is feeling very overwhelmed with her crazy schedule. Her life is running her into the ground & she has things haunting her from her past. She’s exhausted, depressed & finds herself going to a bridge most evenings and staring out into the water contemplating jumping.

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Also often at this same bridge is a tattooed sexy man named Sam Rivers. He is equally as lost & lonely as Levee, & they strike up a conversation about the fact that they are both possibly at the bridge cause they could be suicidal. Sam has his own demons & is struggling with his past as well. They’ve both hit rock bottom, but form a friendship & take comfort in talking with one another. The more time they spend together, the less pain they feel.

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-“I’m not perfect, and I’d like to pretend you aren’t, either.”

-“I’d like to struggle with you.”

-“I more than like you. I hardly know you, but I want to keep you. Just the way you are. Maybe forever.”

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They develop a strong connection & start to feel more in control when together. Their attraction ignites & even though they come from different worlds, they both want each other desperately. They make it work, help each other to heal, & we get a beautiful HOT love story! 😀

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-I wanted her to be mine.

-I was falling fast for that man, and I could only hope I was taking him with me.

The Ground Rules Rewritten (The Ground Rules Trilogy #2) by Roya Carmen

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Synopsis:

Five simple rules. And it was very simple…until it wasn’t.

It could have been much worse. We weren’t thinking straight and had put everything on the line – risking our marriages. So when Weston ended the arrangement, it was for the best – for all of us. But I was still heartbroken. I thought I’d shatter into a million pieces. I didn’t, I survived. Not only did I survive, I came out stronger and ready to move on with my life.

But then…

Weston reaches out to me. With a few soft words, a gentle touch and a lingering gaze, he crumbles all my efforts.

Neither Gabe nor I want to start this again, and we are determined to fight the temptation. But Weston and Bridget are not taking no for an answer, and the pull between all of us is still so strong.

I tell myself I can handle it this time. This time, I am in the driver’s seat. This time, I am rewriting the ground rules.

*****Dee’s Review*****

****4.5 Irresistible Stars****

(ARC Kindly Provided by Author)

The most accurate way I can describe this book is by saying it’s deliciously addicting. When you read this novel you will battle with both your morals and emotions. You might not agree or be able to relate with the characters and their behaviors, but I promise you, the emotional tug and intensity of the story will completely pull you under, making it impossible to stop reading. I enjoyed it tremendously.

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Mirella is picking up the pieces after the heartbreak Weston caused her. He was like a hurricane that came and left just as quickly causing major devastation in her life, but with the help of her husband and best friend she’s pulling through. Just when everything is starting to settle, the gorgeous and enigmatic Weston starts reaching out to her again.

Mirella is very skeptical about letting Weston into her life again. But when her husband Gabe shares his thoughts about wanting to try it again, the foursome decides to resume their sexual arrangement .

This time Mirella is determined to keep her heart and emotions out of the equation. She just wants to enjoy the sex and nothing else. On this second attempt they change some of the rules to try to give Mirella and Gabe more control since it was Weston and Bridget who had the upper hand the last time. The relationship is supposed to be more casual and relaxed this second time around. They can talk to each other directly without the assistance of Weston’s secretary. They can travel together and even try to hang out as friends, but its easier said than done and the emotions and the jealousy will get very intense, making the relationships dangerous and the rules harder to follow.

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I really loved Gabe in this second installment. He is definitely more my style with his Alpha Male personality, but I also get the appeal of Weston, and understood Mirella’s struggle. We see a different side of every character. The ones that seemed so strong at the beginning are starting to crumble, making the dynamics change and infusing a lot of intensity to the plot. So don’t worry because this book is NOT more of the same, but completely different and totally thrilling.

In The Ground Rules: Rewritten, Roya Carmen brings it up a notch; everything feels more passionate and deliciously elicit this second time around, making it hard for the reader to pick a side. I was team Gabe more often than not, but Weston’s more vulnerable side was very present and he definitely made me swoon for him on more than one occasion. The only complaint I have is that I would like to learn more about Bridget. She’s the only character who still remains a mystery in my eyes. I crave to know what drives her, what she wants and how she loves.

At this point I really don’t know how this story will end. After that cliffhanger that definitely complicated things, I’m very eager and curious to know who will end up with who, and whose marriage will ultimately survive. I give props to Roya Carmen once again for creating such a deliciously sinful story and I highly recommend it to anybody who’s not afraid to delve into a world where love is not enough and lust makes you break the rules.

My The Ground Rules: Rewritten music playlist:
*Morning Sun by Robin Thicke
*Song For A friend by Andreya Triana
*Lay me Down by Sam Smith
*When It Comes To Us by Frances
*Last Request by Paolo Nutini

Suite 269 by Christine Zolendz

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SYNOPSIS:

Leave your inhibitions at the door and make your fantasies come true.

Three weeks.
No rules.
Any fantasy.
Anything goes.

Lexa Novak would like nothing better than to let go and finally experience it all, so when the opportunity arises to just do that, she can’t refuse—won’t refuse.
But what happens when your fantasies become your realities?
Find out when you enter Suite 269.

*****Mel’s Review*****

5+ Absolutely DELICIOUS Stars!
(ARC provided by author)

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Lexa Novak lives in New York & works for InTrend Magazine that is part of one of the biggest publishing groups around called Holt Media. Her life is going great until she catches her fiancé cheating three weeks before the wedding. To make matters worse it’s hard to start over when your ex works for the same company & everyone at work knows your personal business.

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Lexa has to attend a work conference in Chicago. She is still trying to accept her new reality & isn’t really handling things well. While at the conference she crosses paths with the head of the companies son Jameson Holt. He’s the managing editor of the magazine & is also her boss. She’s never really been around him much, but seeing him in person she can’t help noticing how gorgeous he is. One look at him sets all her girl parts on fire! ;))

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They run into each other at the hotel & sparks ignite between them one evening. While at the conference they continue to be intrigued with one another. James seeks her out at work when they return home & they form a friendship. He loves how real she is. She’s funny, has no filter & makes him laugh. He’s comfortable with her & finds her refreshing. He also finds her to be absolutely stunning & wants her. They both want to be carefree, have some fun & give in to their growing attraction. They make an arrangement of sorts to explore each other without judgments or commitments. James wants to show Lexa what she’s been missing & Lexa wants EVERYTHING James has to offer!

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-He hadn’t even kissed me yet and my body was his.

-The way he looked at me. The way his eyes roamed over my body, followed by his hands and his lips.

-God, I felt wanted, desired- cherished even.

-My body ached for him.

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-“You’re beautiful.”

-“Do you even realize how stunningly beautiful you are, Lex?”

-Does she have any idea- even a tinge of a notion of the effect she has over me?

-I wanted her. More than I’d ever wanted anyone.

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Two insanely beautiful people, set in paradise equals one sexy story. This book was the hottest book I’ve read all year, & I wasn’t expecting to laugh so much! It was hilarious! I just loved all the text messages. Then you throw in some fantasies & OMG this book was delicious!!! We also get a beautiful love story as they fall in love. This was my first book by this author. It really had it all & was the kind of book I love to read! 😀

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-This woman was stunning.

-She watched the way I looked at her, my slow perusal of her body. She was the most stunning woman I’d ever seen.

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-“You’re beautiful inside and out.” His eyes searched mine, back and forth, back and forth, then the rest of my face. My eyes, my lips, my neck- as if he couldn’t bear to miss a feature.

-“There isn’t one person in this world right now that I want more than you.”

The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

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SYNOPSIS:

Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student. Too bad that’s harder than it looks.

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. There’s something haunting his dark eyes and she needs to know more.

DJ’s genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can’t get close to Lianne, and he can’t tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Incredible.

*****Dee’s Review*****

****4.5 ~The Princess and The DJ ~ Stars*****

(Arc kindly provided by author)

I was totally captivated by this book. College setting, sweet romance and a ton of fantastic music, combined with Sarina Bowen’s magic writing style; made this the perfect story. I LOVED it!!!!!

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Lianne Challice has been an actress from a young age. She’s the main character in a very successful movie franchise, where she plays a princess sorceress. She’s always wanted to experience life like any normal girl her age so she decides to enroll in college and pursue an arts and drama degree.

As a freshman, the life as a college student will not be as easy as she thought. Most people in school usually just make fun of her and others just give her the stink eye and think she’s expecting preferential treatment. Lianne just wants to blend in and be just another student.

Lianne’s roommate is a hockey super fan and took her to a game once where she met Daniel, who’s the official DJ for the University’s hockey team. Lianne and DJ have a ton of things in common and they are both very attracted to each other. One night they share a very romantic and intense kiss but after that DJ starts acting hot and cold around her, only making Lianne feel confused and even hurting her feelings.

DJ is going through some issues and even though he really likes Lianne and wants to be more than her friend, the timing is not right, so he finds himself battling between what he wants to do and what he should do.

Music and a beautiful friendship will make it impossible for these two to be apart. Lianne wants nothing more than to help DJ and show him that it’s okay to trust again, but like some people say, timing is everything. Will DJ and Lianne get over their fears and allow the rhythm of love to take over?

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Even though The Fifteenth Minute is book five in The Ivy Years series, I think it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone. Sarina Bowen definitely has a knack when it comes to writing amazing college romances. This one had a little bit of everything us romance readers love. Two thumbs up, I definitely recommend it!!!

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REVIEW – “Betrayal” (Infidelity, #1) by Aleatha Romig

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SYNOPSIS:

One week. No future. No past. No more.
Alexandria Collins has one week to live carefree—no ghosts of her past or pressures of her future haunting her. Reinventing herself as “Charli,” she is knocked off her feet by a sexy, mysterious man who brings her pleasure like she never imagined. With her heart at stake, she forgets that decisions made in the dark of night reappear in the bright light of day.

“Some of my tastes are unique. They aren’t for everyone. I understand that.”

Lennox “Nox” Demetri is wealthy, confident, and decisive—he knows what he wants. From the first time he sees Charli at an exclusive resort, he knows he wants her. Although he is usually the one to make the rules, together they agree on one:

One week. No more.

When betrayal comes from those closest to Alexandria, she must decide how far she is willing to go to survive. Choices are not always easy, especially when they involve the heart, body, and soul. After all, Infidelity is a business, and some rules are meant to be broken.

“Is it really cheating if you’re doing it to yourself?”

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Aleatha Romig comes a sexy, new dominant hero who knows what he wants, and a strong-willed heroine who has plans of her own. With classic Aleatha Romig twists, turns, deceptions, and devotions, this new epic dark romance will have readers swooning one minute and screaming the next. Have you been Aleatha’d?

BETRAYAL is a full-length novel and the first of five in the INFIDELITY series.

*****Dee’s Review*****

****4.5 Consuming Stars*****

(ARC kindly provided by author)

I’ve been saving a nice bottle of Brunello wine that I bought from my trip to Napa earlier this year, and when I received the ARC for Betrayal, I knew it was the perfect occasion to uncork and enjoy this very special spirit. Just like this delicious wine, an Aleatha Romig book is meant to be savored. Her style of writing is usually intricate and passionate, and in this new book she takes us on a thrilling ride that will surely leave us delirious and wanting more…

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Alexandria Collins comes from a very affluent family. Her life has always been filled with privilege but freedom is not a luxury that she’s ever experienced. She always has to be proper and look the part in front of the members of the high society of Savannah.

She was able to escape her reality if only for a few years while she attended college. After getting a taste of a world without restraints, Alex has plans to move to New York and attend Columbia Law School. She’s going to cash her trust fund to pay for her law degree, her apartment and finally live life on her own terms. Or so she thought…

Her mother has summoned Alex into her childhood home, a place she never wanted to go back to, but she went thinking it was to finalize the arrangements to transfer the possession of her trust fund to her, earlier than she’d been expecting . Nothing has changed in the mansion where she grew up and felt trapped for most of her life. Her mother is still oblivious to everything around her, and her step-father is as cruel and controlling as ever.

Betrayal is told from Alex’s point of view, the chapters go from past to present and of course the scenes from her past were my favorite because those are about the time Alex met the sexy Alpha Male, Nox.

Right after graduation as a present to herself Alex decides to take a trip to a beach resort with her best friend. To make the vacation even more memorable she decides to act completely opposite from her usual behavior. She wants, for at least once in her life to be daring and adventurous and not the proper and always careful person she was raised to be.

On her first day, while laying by the pool she encounters an enigmatic man, Nox. He is a man that goes after what he wants so he wastes no time trying to claim her. The sexual chemistry is palpable between them and they are not willing to pass up on enjoying each other but not before establishing some rules. No last names, no past, no future. Only one week to enjoy each other and nothing more. Sounds easy enough. What can be better than to give into the pleasure a sexy stranger is offering?

The problem is nothing about their intimacy is easy, every kiss and every touch will be ingrained deep within them but goodbye is their only choice, after all…

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After spending such a delectable week with Nox, Alex has to face the lies and the deception of her family. What they don’t know is that she’s not the same little girl they used to bully into making her do whatever they wanted and this time she’s not willing to give up her dreams and her life for anyone. She’s willing to try anything to continue on the path to her freedom.

Once again this author amazes me with her ability to play with my emotions, just when you think you know the direction where the plot is going, something brilliantly thought out changes the course of the story. Last time I read a series by her I swear I needed therapy to be able to get a handle of my feelings. But in all honesty I loved every minute and every word, and this time was no different, if anything it was better.

This book felt so luxurious and decadent and I never wanted it to end. Luckily, this is going to be a five book series that promises nothing short of a riveting ride. Betrayal is definitely a must read!!!

My Betrayal music playlist:
*You Don’t Own Me by Grace
*Let Me Go by Maverick Sabre
*California Girls by NoMbe
*Nobody by Selena Gomez
*Naughty Girl by Beyonce
*Good For You by Selena Gomez

“Butterfly Dreams” by A. Meredith Walters

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Synopsis:

In a powerful romance for fans of The Fault in Our Stars and If I Stay, New York Times bestselling author A. Meredith Walters tells the story of a troubled young woman and the unforgettable guy who teaches her to live—and love—to the fullest.

She’s waiting to die. . . . Corin Thompson is paralyzed by her obsession with mortality. Having lost both of her parents, she is terrified by the idea that she too will die young, and she loses control at any sign of illness. But when Corin connects with someone who has survived a very real brush with death, she begins to see the world in a whole new way.

He’s learning to live. . . . As Corin struggles under the weight of her neuroses, Beckett Kingsley is attempting to rebuild a life that feels all too temporary. With the ever-present threat of heart failure never far from his mind, he just wants to make the most of whatever time he has left. And that means pursuing the girl he never expected to find.

Together, Corin and Beckett finally learn to let go of their fears and take solace in everyday pleasures. Who knows what the future holds? After all, nothing lasts forever—the only promise they have is right now.

 

*****Dee’s Review*****

***4.5 ~Smile With Me~ Stars*****

(ARC provided by Netgalley)

Another beautiful and heartfelt story by Author A. Meredith Walters. Butterfly Dreams will pull on your heartstrings and also put a big smile on your face.

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Corin Thompson is obsessed with death and illness. After losing both her parents due to terrible illnesses and almost one right after the other, she believes, she too will die soon. Every silly cough, every pain, every sneeze has her convinced she’s very sick and constantly visiting the doctor’s office. No matter how many tests come back normal, she thinks the doctors are wrong, increasing her anxiety and her fears.

Her latest symptoms have Corin convinced that she has a heart condition, so she starts attending a support group for people with heart problems. There she meets Beckett Kingsley, a young guy who after suffering a heart attack has found himself adjusting to a new life but he’s surprisingly very optimistic about it.

Beckett used to be a carefree, sports addict, adrenaline junkie kind of guy. After having the stroke, he was completely lost. He can’t do any of the things he used to love. His condition has forced him to change everything about his former self. At first he was furious, depressed, mad at his heart, pretty much mad at the whole world for what happened to him. His friends and family love him but they look at him as if he’s going to break at any moment. After feeling depressed for a long time, Beckett has decided to give this new life a try and find a whole new set of possibilities, and in his new future he wants Corin to be a part of it.

Beckett is completely taken by Corin. For the first time in a long time he feels like someone sees him for who he really is and also understands and shares his pain and fears. The problem is, while Beckett is desperate to live, Corin is pretty much waiting to die. These two broken hearts will find a way to mend each other in a beautiful yet very delicate journey that will make you laugh, cry and love, hard…

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Butterfly Dreams delivers a beautiful and powerful message; embrace life’s every moment. Don’t take anything for granted and if you have love in your heart let it show while you can.

This author is one of my favorites, simply because she always creates the most lovable and relatable characters ever. Her stories always make me feel with such intensity and no matter the theme of the book she always gives me hope. Do yourself a favor and read this beautiful book and remember to enjoy life to the fullest. ❤

My Butterfly Dreams music playlist:
*Because I Told You So by Jonatha Brooke
*Shine by Benjamin Francis Leftwich
*If It Kills Me by Jason Mraz
*A Beautiful Mess by Jason Mraz

“After The Storm” by Faith Andrews

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Synopsis:

Noah and Willow know not to mix business with pleasure. They’ve both been burned in the past, he thinks she’s too young, and she definitely shouldn’t hook up with her boss. So, they don’t. Instead, they build a friendship, while fighting an obvious attraction.

But when Noah’s called back East after a natural disaster that threatens his home and the loved ones he left behind, he’s forced to face his past with Willow by his side.

Will their turbulent pasts hold them back from giving into fate? Or will the two of them realize that they’ve been each other’s calm before the storm?

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided By Author in Exchange For An Honest Review}

“Anyone can love you when the sun is shining, but in the storm is where you learn who truly cares for you.”

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After The Storm is a standalone novel, but the main Hero was a very important character in “Man of My Dreams”. This is Noah Matheson’s story. He was Mia’s High School crush, whom she started dating once she and her husband, Declan, had a falling out. I really didn’t love Noah in “Man Of My Dreams” because he almost succeeded in ending Mia and Declan’s marriage.

In this book, I forgave Noah. We get to see that he was truly in love with Mia. When she chose to go back to her husband, it ended up destroying Noah. He had dreams of moving her and her two little daughters out to San Diego with him. After their breakup, Noah gets an opportunity to do some work in California and he jumps at the chance. He needs to get as far away from New Jersey and Mia as he can.

It’s five years later and Noah is still very much heart broken over losing Mia. He owns a successful construction company and throws himself into his work. Noah dabbles in a little casual sex here and there to keep him somewhat satisfied. He has no intention of ever putting himself out there because he is sure he’d never be able to survive getting his heart broken again.

Willow Jones is a very beautiful young woman that works as Noah’s Office Manager. She’s had a crush on him since she started working at his company and Noah has definitely noticed her, but she’s much younger and an employee, so he takes a hands off approach. Well, he’s also sworn off relationships, and he knows Willow is not the one night stand type of gal. But Willow has gone through so much that most twenty five year old women have probably never experienced. She’s suffered from terrible heart break. It haunts her and she’s afraid she will never find love again.

So both Noah and Willow have baggage from their last relationships. Each tries to keep things platonic but eventually that will prove to be an impossible feat for the both of them. When they finally give in to their desires for one another, holy hell, let’s just say you’ll either need a cold shower to douse the flames or maybe have some sexy times of your own with your significant other!!

Tragedy befalls Noah’s hometown in New Jersey during Hurricane Sandy. Willow goes back home with him so that he can check on his parents and offer whatever help they can to the community. It is during this trip that ghosts from the past will visit the both of them and possibly jeopardize the love they’ve come to find in each other.

The ending was lovely and not at all what I was expecting. I’m happy to say that I no longer despise Noah, and I see now that he was a good guy who just had the misfortune of falling hopelessly in love with a woman who could never belong to him. I actually think he deserved a much better woman and maybe he got the HEA that he was always meant to have after all.