Cover Reveal – Hurt by Love – T. L. Messruther

The journey of Isabella Jacobs and Donte Mills continues in the second installment of the Love, Lies, and Hurt Trilogy. Things are looking up for Isabella as she launches a new business with Donte’s help. That is, until stories of infidelity surface in the press.  The couple has made several enemies they suspect of the outing, one being an ex-lover.Just how far will this person go for revenge? Are Isabella and Donte strong enough to withstand the attack, or will it prove to be too much for this new couple?Can true love really conquer all, or will they both be hurt by love?

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Isabella Jacobs was a stunning runway model, who was in a terrible accident.
After months of rehab, she was finally ready to go back to work. When she went
for her first interview after her car wreck, her boss, Donte Mills, was
everything she wanted in a man; rich, powerful, sexy. The only problem was that
Donte was engaged to be married. After a fateful fashion show weekend, the
feelings between Donte and Isabella are undeniable. But will this just confuse
Isabella even more, or will this be the love she’s been waiting her whole life
for?
~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~
T.L. Messruther was born in 1991 in Hull, United Kingdom. She moved to Scarborough, United Kingdom at just weeks old where she was raised. She attended school until 2005, when at just age 15 she fell pregnant with her son, who was born in 2006. Once pregnant, she chose to move back to her birth place to raise her son. In 2009, she gave birth to her daughter. While raising her children, reading became one of her passions.
In 2012, she met a lady who was just on her journey of becoming a self published author. She gave her the courage to pursue her own dream to write her own book, thus relighting her passion for writing. T.L. is currently in the process of writing her debut novel in the trilogy, which will be the first book of the Love, Lies and Hurt Trilogy. It is expected to be released in 2013.
T.L. Messruther and her family continue to live in Hull, United Kingdom. She is also in the process of enrolling in a course to become a midwife at her local college.

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Sneak Peek Sunday – Renegade – Jeanne McDonald

 
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Renegade
as part of Branded: A Bad Boys Anthology
available August 28th, 2014
Cover Design: Jada D’Lee Designs
 
 
A chance meeting between a rookie cop and a common criminal.  
 
An unforeseen circumstance.  An instant attraction.  A magnetic connection.
 
Tattooed, pierced, and foul-mouthed, she can’t help but be drawn to him.
 
Two people entirely wrong for one another, yet so perfectly right.
 
When their worlds collide, Lucy Diamond will learn the true meaning of love and sacrifice as she embarks on the road of no return with bad boy Jude Wallace.  
 
Like a thief in the night, love will take them both by surprise.


 

Jeanne McDonald began telling stories at the ripe young age of five, when her mother considered the truth to be a lie due to her extensive embellishment to the retelling of an event.  She wrote her first short story when she was twelve years old, and at the age of sixteen she tried her hand at poetry.  She reconnected with her love for writing in 2010 thanks to the encouragement of a dear friend. 



Her passions include a “mild” Starbucks addiction, music, reading, quotes, movies, and romance.  When she’s not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, chatting with her friends or diligently working toward her bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology.  A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.

 
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Review – Ruthless People – J. J. McAvoy

Summary:

“Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets the Sopranos…” 

To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts.

Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage, arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians.

Liam believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. She knows exactly what type of man he is, and would rather die than give up the power she has spent her life building. 

The Mafia of the past has evolved, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to learn to work as one to take down those who stand in their way.

1 Marriage x 2 Bosses = 3x the Chaos

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Review:

I honestly don’t know where to start with this book. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be buy the next in the series, but I’m struggling to verbalise what about it and why I enjoyed it so much.

McAvoy pulls no punches from the very beginning of this book, and it draws you in like a sucker.

Knowing it was a wafia story, I expected bad language, gory scenes, and lots of sex, and that is what I got. At times, the sex took over from the plot, but McAvoy was able to pull it back so it never became the sole focus of the book. The plot itself was a great idea, but often felt a little fantastical, but I guess this is because there are so many stereotypes of these kinds of family, no-one knows exactly what to believe, yet we all have an expectation as to what mafia based stories should include – money, guns, family etc…

Having said that, I really did enjoy the book and will be checking out the rest of the series because I want to know what happens, not only to Liam and Melody, but to Declan and Cora and to Neal and Olivia and how they cope with the aftermath of everything that happened.

 

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Release Day – Uninhibited – Melody Grace

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Book Title: Uninhibited
Author: Melody Grace
Genre: New Adult
Release Date: July 21, 2014
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Synopsis

He’ll teach her a pleasure beyond her wildest dreams…

Alicia Wright isn’t the kind of girl to make out with a stranger in a dark alley. She’s spent years playing it safe, pining after the perfect man – who’s about to marry someone else. She doesn’t know how to move on, until a sexy stranger turns her world upside down with a wickedly tempting proposition…

She’ll rescue him from the edge of oblivion.

Rock star Dex Callahan swore his days of fame and debauchery were behind him, but the spotlight keeps calling his name. Determined not to fall into his old life, he goes looking for distraction — and finds an intoxicating red-head with a mouth made for sin. One kiss could never be enough, so Dex offers her a deal: spend one week with him, and she’ll forget her old flame ever existed.

Together, they’ll ignite a passion that will change them forever…

No rules. No limits. As the whirlwind week of pleasure unfolds, Alicia discovers a desire she never knew existed – and the tortured heart Dex hides behind his charming smile. But can old loves so easily be replaced? And when the week is over, will their bond be strong enough to weather the storm?

Melody Grace returns with her sexiest book yet!

*This book contains adult situations and explicit content. 17+*

UNINHIBITED is set 3 months after the events of UNREQUITED, but can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel.
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Book-lover and author of USA Today & international bestselling Beachwood Bay series. I’m 28, a SoCal transplant, and sexy new adult romance junkie ;)

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Sneak Peek Sunday – Crossing the Line – Sherri Hayes

 

Available September 4, 2014
 from Sherri Hayes
Crossing The Line (Daniels Brothers #3)

 

 

“Sorry about last night.”
Megan looked up from the stack of baby blankets she’d been perusing. Rebecca was holding a bottle with little yellow bears in her right hand, a sheepish look on her face.
“What are you apologizing for? Ditching me, or making so much noise I had to spend most of the evening in the basement?” Megan grinned to lessen the harsh impact of her words. She wasn’t mad at her sister, but she hadn’t relished spending three hours hiding in their basement either. It wouldn’t have been so bad had she been able to talk to Paul the entire time, but she hadn’t. As it was, she’d ended up watching reruns of CSI. It was the only thing decent she could find on television. 
Rebecca placed the bottle back on the shelf. “Both, I guess. I mean we didn’t mean . . .”
“You’re still newlyweds. I get it.”
Her sister rubbed a hand over her growing belly and smiled. “It’s just, ever since I entered my second
trimester I can’t seem to control myself.”
Megan snorted. “And you could control yourself before?”
“Okay, you’re right. Gage has always been able to . . . well . . .” To Megan’s surprise, Rebecca giggled. It was weird, but good, too. Her sister was happy.
“Yeah, I get it.” And Megan did get it. Those two make-out sessions with Paul had her craving more of his kisses. She could only imagine what it would feel like to have him inside her . . . surrounding her.
Walking over to a rack filled with little socks, Megan sighed. She missed sex. Battery-operated boyfriends had nothing on the real thing.
 
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Behind Closed Doors (Daniels Brothers #1)                                              Red Zone (Daniels Brothers #2)
About the Author
 
 
Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author.
At the age of thirty, all that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.
Seven years later, Sherri is the author of seven full-length novels and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create.
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Review – Kingdom Series Collection – Marie Hall

Summary:

THE FIRST THREE KINGDOM BOOKS, ALL TOGETHER IN ONE COLLECTION. INCLUDED DELETED BONUS SCENES AND ALICE HU’S RED QUEEN’S REVENGE CUPCAKE RECIPE!

Her Mad Hatter: 

Alice is all grown up. Running the Mad Hatter’s Cupcakery and Tea Shoppe is a delicious job, until fate–and a fairy godmother with a weakness for bad boys–throws her a curveball. Now, Alice is the newest resident of Wonderland, where the Mad Hatter fuels her fantasies and thrills her body with his dark touch. 

The Mad Hatter may have a voice and a body made for sex, but he takes no lovers. Ever. But a determined fairy godmother has forced Alice into Wonderland–and his arms. Now, as desire and madness converge, the Hatter must decide if he will fight the fairy godmother’s mating–or fight for Alice. 

Gerard’s Beauty: 

A not so classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast, as seen through the eyes of the villain… Betty Hart has had it with men. Jilted in love, her life now consists of shelving books by day, watching too much Anime by night, and occasionally dressing up like a superhero on the weekends with her fellow ?Bleeding Heart? nerds. Men are not welcome and very much unwanted. Especially the sexy Frenchman who saunters into her library reeking of alcohol and looking like he went one too many rounds in the ring. 

Gerard Caron is in trouble. Again. Caught with his pants down (literally) he?s forced to seek asylum on Earth while his fairy godmother tries to keep Prince Charming from going all ?Off with his head?. Maybe, messing around with the King?s daughter hadn?t been such a great idea after all, not that Gerard knew the silly redhead was a princess. But his fairy godmother knows the only way to save his life is to finally pair Gerard with his perfect mate, whether he?s willing or not. 

From the moment Gerard lays eyes on the nerdy librarian he knows he must have her, but Betty is unlike any woman he?s ever known. He thought Betty would come as willingly to his bed as every other woman before her, but she is a woman who demands respect and even? horror of all horrors? love. Is it possible for a self-proclaimed Casanova to change his ways? 

Red and Her Wolf: 

Long ago there lived a beautiful child. Her name was Violet. Fair of skin, with blonde hair and large blue eyes. Born of wild magic, she was a woman with a child?s heart. Innocent and lovely, but not at all what she seemed–you see Violet went by another name: The Heartsong. 
She was the child of fairy magic, the physical manifestation of all fae kinds unbridled power. Cosseted and pampered, she grew up in isolation, never knowing who she really was, or why there were those who?d seek to harm her. 

Ewan of the Blackfoot Clan is a wolf with a problem. He?s been sent to kill the Heartsong, but the moment he lays eyes on the blonde beauty he knows he?ll defy the evil fae he works for to claim Violet as his own. 

This is the tale of Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, as it really happened…

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Review:

A set of 3 novellas, which I’ll review separately.

Her Mad Hatter – An adult twist to Alice in Wonderland which introduces us to Hatter years after he fell in love with ‘Alice’ – the only problem was, she didn’t love him back. Danika, fairy godmother to the bad boys, has to find his Alice before he completely loses is mind forever.

When Danika brings who she believes is the ‘right’ Alice, things take a turn, for the slightly odd and, quite frankly, erotic.

A great twist on a very familiar tale.

Gerard’s Beauty – Another adult twist, this time Beauty and the Beast. It took me a bit longer to settle into, and begin enjoying this story, but once I did, I was able to enjoy it, just as much as Her Mad Hatter.

Once again, Gerard (the Beast), has to find his mate, but she doesn’t live in Wonderland, she lives on Earth, and he’s been expelled from Wonderland and has to stay with his mate, Betty, who has sworn off all men.

More of a slow burn than the previous story, it’s yet another great take on on a tale most readers already know.

Red and her Wolf – For some reason, I didn’t enjoy this as much as the two stories before it. Not because its not as well written, but because Red Riding Hood isn’t one of my favourite stories.

The Wolf, or Ewan in his human form, has been separated from his mate, Violet, for over 100 years as he is taken to Earth to protect her from the black witch, Malvenna.

Eventually, she and Ewan are thrust together, but she has an innate and inbred hatred of all wolves, but this is overcome during their time together.

This story has the most action out of the three, but it felt a little rushed, and I admit to getting confused a little with the narrative.

All in all, this is a good collection of novellas following Danika and her bad boys of Wonderland. I did enjoy them, and I am going to read the rest (I’ve started book 4 already), yet Her Mad Hatter is my favourite thus far!

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Book Blitz – Rushed – Gina Robinson

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Rushed
by Gina Robinson
The Rushed Series #1
Publication Date: June 30, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Synopsis: A girl who has everything. A guy who has everything to lose.

Some things can’t be…

RUSHED

Alexis

Like there has ever been any doubt which sorority my family expects me to pledge. I’m a third-generation legacy. On the first day of rush, I realize I’m in trouble. I’m not like the other girls in the house. But as long as my parents control my college funds, resisting is futile. Until Zach, the live-in houseboy, who’s quite possibly the hottest guy I will ever meet, serves me a cupcake and flashes me a sympathetic look. With one enigmatic smile, he flips my heart and my world upside down. My parents will cut me off if they even suspect I’m interested in a house guy. But I can’t stay away from him. And so I pledge the house for all the wrong reasons.

Zach

Living in a sorority? I get flipped a load of crap about being a live-in servant, the help. Easy access to the hottest girls on campus? Not with the unbreakable rule—get caught with one of the girls and you’re fired. Immediately. Lose this job and I can’t afford college. I sure as hell can’t ask my parents for help. They wish I’d never been born. Considering what I did, I don’t blame them. I’ve learned to think of the girls like sisters. Until Alexis pledges the house. Now sister is the last thing on my mind.

*** Standalone novel. No cliffhanger. ***

This is a contemporary romance with mature themes, language, and situations. Readers should be over 17!

About the Author:

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Gina Robinson is the award-winning author of the contemporary new adult romances Reckless Longing, Reckless Secrets, and Reckless Together and the Agent Ex series of humorous romantic suspense novels. She’s currently working on Crushed, the second book of this series featuring a surprising couple from Rushed. Look for Crushed in early fall 2014.

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Feeney’s Fabulous Friends

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What’s this I hear you ask??? Well, M. B. Feeney has a new street team.

If you fancy joining, head over to FB and ask to join the group. All members will be first in line for ARCs of upcoming releases, and exclusive teasers/contests in return for helping promote her, and her work.

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Review – The Certainty of Deception – Jeanne McDonald

Summary:

After years of living in the darkness of his past, Andrew Wise, a young attorney working for his family’s law firm in Sarasota, Florida, has finally broken free of the demons that haunt him. Wealth, success, happiness, and true love; everything a man could ever dream of, was right at his fingertips. Or so he thought. But in the blink of an eye, all of that changed. Upon discovering that his ex-girlfriend, Olivia Hamilton, was pregnant, Drew fell back into some old habits, which led to him losing the one person that mattered the most in his life – McKenzie Evans.

When McKenzie left him and returned to Texas, Drew was beside himself. The night before she left, he made an agreement with her best friend Jared Christopher, that he would give her time and space to come to grips with the fact that he’d fathered her best friend’s child. Now, two months later, he feels as though he held up his end of the bargain, Drew can’t take their separation any longer. With his brother’s wedding mere weeks away, Drew devises a plan to win McKenzie back.

Under the guise of a bachelor getaway for Gavin, Drew, along with his brother and Jared, jets off on an adventure to the panhandle of Texas. There, he will learn what made McKenzie who she is and will find strength within himself that he never realized existed. 

In this charming sequel to The Truth in Lies, Drew and McKenzie discover that not everything is as it seems, forgiveness is a matter of acceptance, and true love really can conquer all.

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Review:

***Little bit of a spoiler alert here*** This is a messgae I sent to the author once I finished reading. “I hate you, you made me cry” – you know what she did? She laughed (but I forgive her because this book is brilliant! ***little spoiler over***

Ever since I finished the first in this series, The Truth in Lies, I wanted to get my hands on this book! I tried so hard to take my time with this book and make it last, but I couldn’t. I had to read it whenever I could.

I know I said I wasn’t blown away by Drew in the first book, but reading things from his POV in this one has really warmed me to his character. I now see the confidence and the cockiness is a shield and something for him to hide behind. I don’t blame him, his past and revelation to Mickie reveal a lot about him and explains to the reader why he is the way he is. I have to say, I still have a soft spot for the wonderful Jared.

In this second book, Drew is determined to win Mickie back after she leaves him to head back home to Texas. He’s ready to go charging down to Amarillo, but his brother, Gavin, and Jared stall him and when he does eventually head down, they go with him. What follows is an insight into Drew and Mickie’s relationship (and breakup) from another perspective, including the jealousy Drew experiences knowing Jared loves Mickie and seeing her at ease on her home turf, surrounded by people who know her better than he does. McDonald does this with finesse and without ramming drew’s feelings down the reader’s throats, making it unbearable. It feels real.

As with the first book, I was drawn to Jared because, let’s face it, he’s a hottie musician who is excellent with kids, and what’s not to like? He’s not as prominent in this book, but the interaction between him, Drew and Gavin was wonderful, particularly when Granny comes on the scene. I will say no more, but I may have choked up a lung laughing!

All in all, it’s the prefect follow up from the first book, but be prepared to be left with just as many questions as you were with The Truth in Lies. Put it this way, I will be badgering McDonald to either give me spoilers or to write faster! So, if you want a sweet romance that will fill you with a range of emotions, this is the one for you!

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Sneak Peek Sunday – The Prodian Journey – Lorenz Font

 

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The Prodian Journey
First book of Path of the Guardian Series

A Young Adult Novel
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Shannon drew the curtain and I found myself trapped in the room, with only Madame Elizabeth as my company for the next God knew how long. I glanced at the woman sitting behind a round table covered with a velvet cloth. A stack of harmless looking cards lay in front of her.

“Hello, young man,” she greeted with an elaborate flair of her hand. “Have a seat.”

I retuned her greeting with a tight smile then, with great reluctance, sank into the chair opposite her. To begin with, I had no idea what the heck this tarot and psychic crap was all about, except the possibility of predicting one’s luck or discovering what might happen in the future. Remaining silent, I rested my clammy palms on my thighs.

“So, what are you looking to see? Love, adventure . . . perhaps happiness?” she queried, spreading the colorful cards across the table in a single sweep. The cards fanned across the surface like fallen dominoes. In perfect sync.

“I do—don’t know,” I stammered. A jerk shot through my tight shoulders before I could stop it.

Madame Elizabeth’s gaze met mine for a brief moment. Although her eyes were hidden underneath red-rimmed glasses, it was obvious she saw my discomfort, and it put me on the defensive. The woman was stunning in a disturbing way. It felt like she could see right through me, as if she knew my secrets, and that in itself was disconcerting.

I studied her while she perused the cards. Her hair was tied in a loose bun on top of her head and she wore a magician type tunic which reminded me of mystical characters. I had the urge to roll my eyes when she began playing the part, momentarily closing her eyes and breathing deep. Hands splayed on the cards, she caressed each one before she finally collected the stack. Shuffling the cards once, she then laid a few back down on the table with quick and precise movements. With utmost concentration, she studied them, choosing one.

She flipped the card for me to check. “What do you see?”

Considering I had no idea what to look for, I stared at the card. “I see a circle with four distinct colors on the edges.”

Nodding, she dropped the card and turned another one. This time, her thin, almost invisible brows furrowed. “With every curse comes a blessing,” she said.

The very moment she uttered those words, the hair at the back of my neck rose and I experienced a ‘what the hell’ moment.

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Lorenz Font discovered her love of writing after reading a celebrated novel that inspired one idea after another. She is currently enjoying the buzz from her vampire novels Hunted and Tormented, the first and second book of The Gates Legacy trilogy, Indivisible Line, a romantic thriller, and Feather Light, an erotic romance.

Lorenz’s perfect day consists of writing and lounging on her garage couch, aka the office, with a glass of her favorite cabernet while listening to her ever-growing music collection. She enjoys dabbling in different genres, with an intense focus on angst and the redemption of flawed characters. Her fascination with romantic twists is a mainstay in all her stories.

Lorenz lives in California with her husband, children, and two demanding dogs. She divides her time between her full-time job as a hospital office manager and her busy writing schedule.

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