Review: Better With You By: Gianna Gabriela

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Better-You-Second-Chance-Book-ebook/dp/B079QHGXMY/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&storeType=ebooks

So it’s no secret that I love a good NA read, but lately I’ve felt kind of disillusioned with the genre. It seems like it’s the same ol’ same ol’ I seriously began to wonder where my fire went for one of my favorite genres. I kept picking up book after book (almost like kissing frogs to find that illusive prince) now don’t get me wrong I enjoyed a lot of the books I read during that time of discovery but they didn’t shake me up and spark the flame of my love of the genre.

I had seen teases of this book on Facebook and pretty much knew I was going to want to read it, even in the early stages when I seen it posted about. So, after some doe-eyed (think the Puss in Boots hat in hand look here guys) I scored a advanced copy. And spark meet flame!

Throughout the whole book there was never a moment where I was not completely enthralled. Glued to my Kindle, forgoing all food and drink except for coffee I could not put the book down. Mia is one of my favorite romance novel heroines, she’s tough, tries to do it all on her own and succeeds at it. She’s got one heck of a backstory that is revealed and I loved how the author paced that reveal, it was just perfect. Sometimes in novels we get everything right from the get go, other novels it is like pulling teeth to discover anything about a character. Here Mia’s story unfolds very organically. This girl is witty, take no prisoners, but she’s got this indescribable vulnerable side that shows. She is a stellar definition of a modern woman.

On the flip side we have Colton, handsome, jock, a little on the cocky side. (I know what you are thinking… sounds like a lot of other romance heroes right? WRONG!) the flip side to Mia’s strong character, Colton is equally as strong. You can’t place him in a box because he is so much more complex than the initial impression when we first meet him. Now things aren’t insta-love for Mia and Colton and it’s very push and pull, but things begin to blossom and then they really begin to be partners (that’s the only way I can put it haha neither one of them is strong all the time and they can take their strength from one another, and there are some major curveballs for them in this story!)

The world this book takes place in could be easily pictured as whichever college campus you attended, which I loved! But you can tell that the author put a lot of time crafting each environment down to the smallest detail to where you feel right there watching the events occur. The secondary characters as well, I found myself wondering what so and so was doing, or hmm I wonder if I could play matchmaker with this character and that one. You felt their presence, they weren’t background characters at all. They are a vibrant part of the story.

When I finished the story, I set my Kindle down, and just breathed, my love for the genre has been rediscovered. It felt like a weight off my shoulders and I wanted to immediately go back and experience it all over again from the very first page. This author has accomplished what was beginning to seem like an insurmountable task haha annnnd cue the Muppet arm flailing, I even had to tell my husband about it (We usually talk about the books we are reading, but while he’s not a romance reader he could see where the story would be complex and beautifully done.) I love the real life romances, I don’t need billionaires, bikers or any of the usual tropes. Give me a guy and a girl with a epic story to tell and I’m a happy camper! And spoiler alert! —this story is EPIC! You will not forget these characters, and this author will become the one you constantly message and go “Poke, poke. . . I need another book by you please!!” Belongs on any top reads of 2018 list (I know it has a spot on mine!)

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Cover Reveal! Spark By: S.L Scott

 

Title: SPARK
Author: S.L. Scott
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 22, 2018
Cover Design: RBA Designs
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/SparkGR

 

 

Synopsis

One break is all The Crow Brothers need and we’re about to get it.

Johnny Outlaw, rock legend and lead singer of The Resistance, is here to watch us play. But he’s not the only familiar face in the crowd—killer little body, heart-shaped face, and drop-dead gorgeous.

Hannah Nichols sitting at the bar makes it hard to concentrate, sparks already reigniting. The beauty was never a groupie and tonight she’s not here to catch our show. She came to drop a bomb. “You have a son.”

She underestimated me. I’ll prove to my son, and her, that I can be the dad he needs.

What is it about musicians? Why are they so damn sexy?

My heart was Jet Crow’s the moment he opened his sexy mouth and sang that first song. One stolen night with that man would never be enough, but I’m not here to fall into his bed. Again. I’m here to fight for custody of a son he’s never known.

There’s just one problem. Those sparks between us have become flames. If we’re not careful we’re both going to get burned.

 

 

ABOUT S.L. SCOTT

Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She’s obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she’s a pro.

AUTHOR LINKS
Website: http://www.slscottauthor.com/
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Cover Reveal! From Paris With Love Anthology

Blurb:

Traveling the world for romance is only a page away. Join a collection of authors as they bring you the first installment of the Around the World With Love Anthology Series. From the historic walls of the Louvre, to the glittering lights of the Eiffel Tower and beyond.

Grab your passport and get ready to explore the city of Paris and all the romance it has to offer, in From Paris with Love.

Authors:

1. Taylor Dawn

2. Erin Trejo

3. Yolanda Olson

4. S.L. Stacker

5. Elizabeth Cash

6. MJ Carnal

7. Esther E. Schmidt

8. Natalie-Nicole Bates

9. Rebekah Dodson

10. Erica Locke

11. Kerri Ann

12. Brandy Dorsch

13. Stacey Lewis

14. Allysa Hart

15. Jade Royal

16.Wendy C. Garfinkle

17. Elaine Marie

18.Ashlee Shades

Preorder Link: (This link will work for all stores: Amazon, Kobo, Apple, B&N, etc)

https://www.books2read.com/u/3nOjXo

Cover Reveal! Second Chances Duet By: Claire Contreras

The Second Chances Duet by Claire Contreras
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Then There Was You

Publication Date: March 1st, 2018

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Love and the right timing were two things I didn’t believe in.

Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together.
Timing was never on our side.
My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend.
My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her.
My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn’t built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.

Love and timing.
I didn’t believe in either.

Then there was you . . .

Pre-Order Today!
If you are an iBooks or Nook user, you can PREORDER Then There was You for release on February 27th! This title will not be available for purchase on iBooks or Nook after February 27th.

iBooks: https://apple.co/2C4Fzcm
Nook: http://bit.ly/2nPdMre

Releases on March 1st on Amazon and Free in KU! There will be no preorder for this title.

Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2BNsV5C

My Way Back to You
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018

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Synopsis to come March 1St

Pre-Order Today!
My Way Back to You for release on March 13th! This title will not be available for purchase on iBooks or Nook after March 13th.

iBooks: https://apple.co/2sfnlFl
Nook: http://bit.ly/2FVKRJs

Releases on March 15th on Amazon and Free in KU! Preorder on Amazon on March 1st!

Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2Ebsb7V

Meet Claire:

Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages.

She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she’s not writing, she’s usually lost in a book.

Connect with Claire:

Website: http://www.clairecontrerasbooks.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CContrerasBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Claricon/
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Review: Tristan (Bachelors of the Ridge #5) By: Karla Sorensen

Review: Tristan (Bachelors of the Ridge #5) By: Karla Sorensen

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Tristan-Bachelors-Ridge-Book-5-ebook/dp/B07963KQ86/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1516930830&sr=8-1&keywords=tristan+by+karla+sorensen

When I first started this series I knew it was gonna be a game-Changer. I love reading series’s, once I get started on one I can really get behind and one that can consume you and twist up that mind-heart connection that’s when you know it’s magic. And yes, this series is pure romance magic.

From the opening lines of Tristan– the final Bachelors of the Ridge novel we are immediately brought in to the enigma of the “quiet one” Tristan was always the one we caught glimpses of and got bread crumbs of information about (Karla made me shake my fist in fury so many times! Screeching give me more woman! And apparently you must be into torture, because I need more!) but once we get into the brain of our hero, it all makes sense. Now one thing we learned from the other novels is Tristan has a major love jones for Garrett’s sister Anna. . But bro code and all (along with other events) make some pretty major road blocks for them to explore the idea of a relationship.

Ohh Anna, one of my favorite stand out characters from Karla’s books. She just has this presence to her, it’s like gravity. You can’t deny that there is a lot of pain in her backstory, and that she puts on a happy go lucky front, but Tristan can sense how people are emotionally (probably because he’s content to lay back and observe and dosen’t feel the need to fill the silence with meaningless words to bridge the gap.)

Along with the primary storyline we see all of our favorite characters from the previous books . And the camaraderie between all the guys and their significant others is as strong as ever. The universe that is this housing development has been expanding since Book one and it’s still a place I would love to call home. . . One of the things I love about Karla’s writing style is you know 100% when you open the book that you are going to be right at home with people you’ve known all your life.

Release Blitz! Tristan By: Karla Sorensen


Title: Tristan
Series: Bachelors of the Ridge
Author: Karla Sorensen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2018

There’s one thing you should know about Tristan Whitfield: he’s been in love with Anna for years. 
There are two problems with that: she has no idea, and she’s married. Or at least, she was. 
Anna Callahan knows three things about her brother’s friend, Tristan: he’s quiet, incredibly handsome, and has a smolder that could set the room on fire. 
For years, it wasn’t difficult for Anna to overlook all of that. But when Tristan is the solution to a work problem that could derail her career, he is anything but easy to ignore.
To Tristan, the fact that the object of his affection is suddenly single means he should tread lightly. Be the friend she needs until she’s ready for more and hope the risk pays off.
Because it’ll add up to the one thing he wants: her.

Well, let’s see … I’m a wife and a mother. If the things that I write bring a smile to someone’s face, then I’ve done my job. I am obsessed with Outlander (both the books and the show). I’m almost exclusively a romance reader, which means some people will never consider me a literary snob. If I could meet one historical figure, it would be Jane Austen. I received my Bachelors in Public Relations and worked in health care marketing before I had my babies. I hate Twitter. I do it, but I hate it. Also, if you want to get on my good side, bring me wine and I’ll love you forever.
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Last Review of 2017! American Royalty By: Kate Perrin

Review: American Royalty By: Kate Perrin

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/American-Royalty-Kate-Perrin-ebook/dp/B077J9TMGR/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1514582028&sr=8-2&keywords=american+royalty+kate+perrin

Royal fever has been running rampant since the announcement of the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and I knew it was only gonna be a matter of time before the shockwaves were felt in the romance novel industry, I loved the cover and blurb of this one so I added it to my TBR pile. This story is one that is so impactful and current that I could not put it down.

The story goes from 2016 and Nicole, daughter of the Presidential Candidate and reporter on assignment in Jordan, during which the unthinkable happens, and 2021 where she is back in the US, a survivor and involved in the political scene. This story brings so much of the political conflict to the forefront like some of the best political thrillers, but it also seamlessly blends with this indescribable love story.

There were times I had no clue what to expect from the storyline, as someone who’s read over 200 books this year with most of them in the romance genre, let me just say I’m hard to surprise! You just have to sit back and let it unfold. Because it is one heck of a story! Gripping, emotional, game changing for how a story with such a huge political influence storyline and romance can work brilliantly together.