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Review: Scarless and Scared (Chicago War #3) By: Bethany-Kris

Review: Scarless and Scared (Chicago War #3) By: Bethany-Kris

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This entry in the Chicago War series opens up with Evelina’s eighteenth birthday party. And we see how she is (much like the other female characters) anxiously watching to see who her father decides she should be married to. She has a hidden moment with Theo DeLuca that sparks her interest.

Flash forward a few years and my how things have changed! The war brewing between the families keep changing the landscape of the Outfit. Marriages keep happening and alliances keep shifting. Evelina has broadened her horizons and now that she is older and wiser her paths begin to intersect with Theo’s more often and the tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife. The push and pull between these 2 characters is fiery she wants to challenge him at every turn and he enjoys taunting her and pushing her buttons! It makes them an enigmatic couple that’s for sure!

They are snarky and try their hardest to deny their attraction but then all of the events start to take their toll on Theo and he needs Evelina more than he initally thought. What I love about these love stories is the blend between action filled scenes and the quiet simple moments. You can have a explosion or a attempted murder and in a few pages later be having this sweet romantic moment.  the  dialogue between the characters even when the stakes are the highest are some of the best moments when they lay it all out on the line because if you live in this life you never know which moment could be your last so you don’t want to leave anything unsaid. I thought this was a Excellent continuation of a proven series!

Blog Tour! Scarless and Scared (Chicago War #3) By: Bethany-Kris

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SCARLESS & SACRED
by Bethany-Kris
The Chicago Wars #3
Publication Date: January 11, 2016
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Erotic,Adult, Organized Crime

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Synopsis: Secrets and wars leave the deepest scars.

Evelina Conti has always worn a mask. She is an Outfit principessa, respected and adored. She wasn’t allowed to be anything else. Her father went from a grieving husband to the Outfit boss, and now that Riley heads the family, Eve is more suffocated than ever. No matter how much she hates it, the Conti princess still has a role to play. A little attention from Theo DeLuca seems innocent enough, but nothing is when it comes to him. And certainly not when everyone believes that Theo is out to kill her.

Theo DeLuca has a target on his back. His biggest problem is figuring out who put it there when everyone is aiming at him. He doesn’t need a woman causing him issues, but the Conti princess keeps showing up at the worst times, and he’s the one left saving her. Between the men surrounding him that Theo can’t trust, and the past he can’t outrun, Evelina might be the one thing he doesn’t have to question. But when Riley decides to use Eve as his next move, even Theo might not be able to save her.

The war in Chicago is not even close to being over. This game is deadly. Each hand played cuts another mark into someone else. The Outfit boss is struggling while the men around him are rallying. As the body count continues to rise, the families keep losing.

Sacrifices are a part of war. No one will walk away from this without scars.

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PLEASE NOTE: Scarless & Sacred is not intended to be read as a standalone in this series. It is the third book in the series and should be read after the first two books. Trigger Warning: Scarless features graphic violence and scenes of past abuse.

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DEATHLESS & DIVIDED
by Bethany-Kris
The Chicago War #1
Publication Date: September 7, 2015
Also in this series: Reckless & Ruined
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance, Suspense

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Synopsis: Lies and love. This is how a war starts.

A life for a life. That’s the mafia way. Damian Rossi owes his life to a man who is ready to collect. That payment comes in the form of an arranged marriage to the daughter of another leading family in the Chicago Outfit. He’s ready to follow through, even if that means making sure Lily knows she’s his.

Lily DeLuca isn’t being given a choice. Forced home to marry a man she doesn’t know and back into a life she’d rather forget, her world is full of half-truths, buried pain, and uncertainty. But Damian is nothing like she expects. His motives aren’t clear. Her beliefs are being tested.

When it comes to this world, no man can be trusted. Someone is ready to flip the Chicago Outfit on its side all for the promise of something better. But no one runs a clean game and these men play for keeps. When blood begins to paint Chicago red, four families will be divided by loyalty, hatred, and revenge. There is no hiding. There is no safety.

No one is deathless.

No one.

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RECKLESS & RUINED
by Bethany-Kris
The Chicago War #2
Publication Date: November 9, 2015
Also in this series: Deathless & Divided
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Erotic, Organized Crime, Romance

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Synopsis: Play dirty. It’s the only way to win in a war.

Alessa Trentini follows the rules, or so it seems on the outside. A certain Conti has always been able to sway her inner rebel and keep her out of trouble, but even Adriano won’t be able to get her out of her brother’s mess. In a war, no woman is safe if her hand in marriage can advance her family in the world of the mafia. But mistakes of the past have a way of slipping into the present and Alessa will soon learn that even the most shameful of secrets can get her everything she wants.

Adriano Conti’s loyalties are torn as he’s forced to stand at his father’s side while Riley uses his wife’s murder as a way to get higher. Blood comes first and then the Outfit. The one thing he doesn’t question in the war between the families is Alessa Trentini and even that doesn’t seem possible when he’s forced to watch Alessa be used as another man’s pawn. Adriano has his own role to play to get what he wants.

The families in the Outfit have never been more divided than they are now. Blood continues to spill as revenge takes center stage and more lives are lost. But every man in the family is fighting for something different and no one’s intentions can be trusted. Playing a dirty game might be the only way to stay alive.

Even if that means ruining it all.

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Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Review: Black By: TL Smith

Review: Black By: T.L. Smith

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One chance meeting at the park between 2 teenagers and a unorthodox relationship begins. Black (Liam)  is walking through the park and sees this girl he has seen around school, a lonely girl. He doesn’t have time to stop to talk to her as he is late for a meeting but he does anyway. The tug of wanting to connect with someone, anyone who can stop the pain. And for a brief moment while they are swimming they transcendent their damaged existence. But all too soon reality sets in and things will never be the same for Rose and the man they call Black.

She calls him her savior, and that is the last thing most would call a man who does the dirty work of the criminal element. He tortures and disposes of anyone for the highest bidder. He meets up with Rose years later by chance at the local MC’s clubhouse after she has endured unspeakable acts. She is now using drugs as a way to escape the pain she endured. Black helps her escape her addiction and gives her money to make a new start.

Except he just can’t stay away and through a twist of fate their paths cross once more. And the question becomes can 2 broken people become whole again? Or will their relationship destroy them both. Going in to this book I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. I had previously read 2 of T.L. ‘s other books and so I was expecting something along those lines but this book While dark is beautiful in it’s own way, the journey these two characters take in trying to overcome their past is like night and day by the time we get to the end. I really enjoyed this story, it’s unorthodox and graphic and at times violent but there is hope for better times ahead.

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Her smile could light up a room, making my black heart pitter patter. 
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Cover Reveal! Where Lightning Strikes By: A.L. Jackson

We are so excited to bring you the Cover Reveal for AL Jackson’s upcoming WHERE LIGHTNING STRIKES releasing March 22, 2016. We can’t wait for you to fall into this sexy emotional novel!

 

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Where Lightening Strikes__ebooksmDo you know what it feels like right before lightning strikes? How you can feel the current running through your veins? The trembles of warning that ripple through the air? It was a thrill Tamar King chased all her life until it became the very thing she had to escape.

For the last four years, Tamar King has hidden herself in an isolated world she created. She was safe. No one could touch her. Until Lyrik West walked through her door.

He’s the lead guitarist for Sunder and everything she can never have. The dark and beautiful rock star becomes everything she craves.

Lyrik’s life has been devoted to his band and that success has cost him. Bitter, hard, and filled with regret, he refuses to lose himself again, but from the moment he sees her, he wants one night with Tamar King.

The gorgeous bartender is more than he bargained for. Their attraction is consuming. Their desire overpowering. With one touch, they ignite.

But is it worth the cost of getting burned?

She’s a gorgeous nightmare and he’s a wicked dream…

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She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

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Review: The Killing Season (Fear University #2) By: Meg Collett

Review: The Killing Season (Fear University #2) By: Meg Collett

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In this newest adventure we see our favorite characters heading into danger once more with their old foe the ‘swangs. Still reeling from the attacks during the Fields Ollie and Sunny, Luke and Hatter are trying to find their stride as far as their new reality in Barrow staying at the base that Luke’s parents maintain. The Killing Season is about to be in full swing and you can feel the tension seeping through the pages from the very beginning of the story.

There is a sense of urgency definitely during the beginning of the story that continues throughout the rest of the novel. It seems a little darker than Fear University which I actually enjoyed. These characters have a lot at stake. Ollie has to keep her possible hybrid life hidden except for a select few who know.  Luke has these family obligations, and they aren’t the only ones (you’ll see 😉 promise!)

We also get to meet a few new characters during the course of this book as well. Extending the world this book inhabits beyond the bounds of Fear University. My favorites are Bloody Eve and Peg Coldcrow’s Uncle Tex they add a new flair to the story. Eve is so intense and just a strong alpha female. At first she kind of makes Ollie feel threatened when it comes to Luke but Ollie makes Luke promise to not mess around with Eve at any point even if he has been bitten. They have a interesting heart to heart after he returns from the first night of the hunt and it was a good moment for them getting back to how they used to be at the University.

There are many secrets and hidden agendas going on all around and it seems like everybody is involved with keeping something hidden from someone else. And it becomes difficult to tell who is being honest and who is just looking out for their family or self interest. All the storyline weaving together just goes to show that Meg has totally got complete mastery of the genre and It all comes to one dramatic point and the end will leave you with your jaw on the floor and trying to catch your breath. I love this series so much!

Blog Tour! Imperfectly Beautiful (La Flor #2) By: M.L. Rodriguez

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Book Title: Imperfectly Beautiful

Author: ML Rodriguez

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 26, 2016

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One woman.

Her rise, her fall, and her will to continue on…

At eighteen, I met him; a handsome young man with amber colored eyes, and with one look, he claimed my heart.

The world was at our feet, and we had our futures planned. But even the best-laid plans go awry when you’re blessed with a most beautiful surprise.

In a matter of minutes, our lives changed.

The years that followed were filled with change and adventure. Our life wasn’t perfect, but we were happy, or so I thought.

As I was living my dream, our life was slowly unraveling. The moment I stepped off that plane, my worst nightmare became a reality.

Now, I’m empty and lifeless.

I live in my own personal hell, drowning in my guilt and trying to forget the memories.

That is until a knock on my door changes everything, and I’m forced to face my past.

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ML is stationed overseas with her husband and two children. Her obsessions include Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, her mother’s cooking (especially her breakfast tacos), wild berry skittles, coffee, dark chocolate, the color purple, and romance novels–the happily ever after kind, of course.

After years of comments from her husband to write and a chance meeting by the city pool where she met one of her favorite authors, ML decided to take a leap of faith into the amazing and exciting world of writing. Terrified, nervous, and with a stomach full of butterflies, she published her debut novel, Leap of Faith, and her second novel, Imperfectly Beautiful will release 26 January 2016.

To all the wonderful people who will read her work, thank you. Thank you for taking a chance on her. ♥

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Review: Imperfectly Beautiful (La Flor #2) By: M.L. Rodriguez

Review: Imperfectly Beautiful (La Flor #2) By: M.L. Rodriguez

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With her first book M.L gave us a story that you will binge read and Then immediately begin again just so you can savor it slowly the second time around. With her new book Imperfectly Beautiful she goes above and beyond! I love this story, I love how the beginning is a future event and Then we immediately go back so we can experience all of Julia’s back story. She was such a adorable little girl just wanting to play soccer and it was in that moment that I had a clear picture of her character and how she got to be where she was in the First chapter. Her humble beginnings and her love of family was such an important part of her character. We get these litrle foreshadowing moments to where we see that maybe achieving her dreams might be her downfall. But we don’t are exactly how that all comes about until later in the story.

We meet a lot of characters along the way and all of them impacts Julia’s story in some way. And that is one of the things I love the most about M.L’s writing style is that she doesn’t use a lot of filler characters, everybody has a piece of the story and lends something to the narrative. Sure some of them have a negative impact but what we learn from this series is finding the beauty in life after it comes crashing down around you.

I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about the shocking moments because I think they are something to experience on your own so I’m not gonna ruin it for you but trust me When I tell you there are some earth shaking moments in this story that we don’t really see coming. We know all along that something is going to happen so it gives a sense of dramatic tension all through the book. And once it does it’s heartbreaking but by the end we come full circle and maybe ugly crying a little bit haha Or I know I was! This is another amazing book and an author I highly recommend!

Blog Tour & Review: Anything More Than Now (Sutton College #2) By: Rebecca Paula

Review: Anything More Than Now (Sutton College #2) By: Rebecca Paula

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*sigh* oh Reagan and Noah! Where do I start? This was my first book by Rebecca I have read and I have to say i’m a total fan! (yes, I know this is book 2 in the series But I’m totally catching up on book 1 as soon as I finish some of these ARC’s) but anywho back to the book! I went in to this book thinking it was gonna be a fluffy college romance (Bahahaha well okay so it is a college romance) and there are some angsty adorable moments sure but I was not aware of how much this couple was going to mess with my emotions! There were moments to where I wanted to shake them both, tell them to get over themselves and be happy but then still other moments where you just want to hang out with them and commiserate that while things suck sometimes love doesn’t always show up under ideal circumstances it’s worth fighting for.

These characters draw you in to their story and Rebecca’s writing style makes it insanely relatable (like I was comparing Noah and Reagan to people I knew in college within just a few chapters) she gives a depth to the characters that you don’t typically find in some of the college romances. She gives us people not just two-dimensional characters. They love and live and breathe right off the pages.

The road to romance for these two starts out with some snarky interactions (which are some of my favorite moments! Some people love the awww moments and while I do love them too I’m all about the spark that snarky interactions being haha) the deeper we get into the book the more we learn about why they are how they are and those are some pretty powerful realizations for each of them.  Its like the light bulb comes on and then certain quirks make perfect sense. All in all if you are a fan of the New Adult genre then this is one of those can’t miss books. Just don’t think it’s going to be a everything is sunshine and rainbows. This is real life haha there are insanely beautiful moments and some moments that are difficult to deal with but love makes it All worth while.

Anything More Than Now Synopsis:

Reagan Landry is months away from college graduation, but instead of excitement, she’s frozen by the fear of letting go — of her ex-boyfriend, of the comfortable life she created for herself in Portland, of the years-long search for her older sister who abandoned her as a homeless teen. When she’s finally forced to decide what’s next, Reagan is met with another complication — her ex’s best friend, Noah Burke, who seems determined that she embraces what could be instead of what has been.

 

Drunkenly hooking up with his best friend’s ex, Reagan, is a mistake, but being secretly in love with her is so much worse when things seem one-sided. A disenchanted frat boy about to fail out of college, Noah has been living out someone else’s dream after a horrible accident five years earlier. Just when he thinks he’s lost any chance he has with Reagan, she surprises him by agreeing to spend the summer together at his family’s ranch in Montana.

 

And suddenly what started out as a complication between them becomes serious…until the past starts ripping apart their future.

 

Rebecca Paula Bio:

Rebecca writes smart, emotional New Adult and historical romances featuring flawed characters struggling to find their place in the world, from Paris to Portland. She’s a lover of rainy days, an unabashed anglophile, and a devote Earl Grey tea drinker. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Bella. A wanderlust connoisseur, Rebecca can be caught daydreaming about her next travel adventure when not writing.

She is the author of EVERLY AFTER, BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, and the upcoming releases ETIQUETTE WITH THE DEVIL, A PROPER SCANDAL, and ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW.

Rebecca loves hearing from readers and writers. You can follow her on Twitter @beckapaula or find out more about her and her books atwww.rebeccapaula.com.

 

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