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Review: Revelry By: Kandi Steiner

​Review: Revelry By: Kandi Steiner 

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B071Y1Q753/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1492688258&sr=8-2&pi=SL75_QL70&keywords=kandi+Steiner

Kandi does it again! After ripping my heart out (and piecing it back together at the end) with her last book she gives us this gorgeous story of a woman learning to stand on her own and starting over and a man who is so boxed in by loss and guilt that he has a lonely existence. 

I swear there are few things I enjoy more than a new book by Kandi. . . Really, the list goes, snuggles with my love, doggie kisses, a glass of wine and a new Kandi Steiner novel. . . (And if I could have all of those at once? That’s heaven on earth ladies and gentlemen!) 
But with all of her heroines its like she has taken snapshots of my life. . . Natalie (Weightless) — teen years, B– (Love Letter to Whiskey) Wren– just about 4 years ago I was in the same spot, looking to start over after my marriage failed. No one could ever sum that time up better than the first few chapters from Wren’s POV on how much of a mental tail spin you head into during that time. So right from the get go I was like “I feel you on this one!” 
(BTW the hot tub scene? Totally something that would happen to me haha I am indeed that accident prone) 

Anderson is probably one of Kandi’s most complex characters EVER! from the first time we meet him he is an engima. . . Broody and well let’s face it a little socially awkward but we gradually find out more about him and why he has so much on his mind. You get such a sense of accomplishment when you discover something new about his life haha it’s like (Hallelujah! We discovered another piece of the puzzle! *fist bump*) 

This story is one of those ones that your heart needs but never knew it required. Its more than just a love story, its more than just a story about letting go and moving on. . . Its a story about life in all of its beautiful mosaic moments. 

Release Blitz! Revelry By: Kandi Steiner

 
Title: Revelry
Author: Kandi Steiner
Release Date: April 20, 2017
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From the bestselling author of Weightless and A Love Letter to Whiskey

Wren Ballard is trying to find herself.

She never expected to be divorced at twenty-seven, but now that the court date has passed, it’s official. The paperwork is final. Her feelings on it aren’t.

Spending the summer in a small mountain town outside Seattle is exactly what she needs. The peaceful scenery is a given, the cat with the croaky meow is a surprise, but the real kicker? A broody neighbor with nice arms, a strange reputation, and absolutely no interest in her.

Anderson Black is perfectly fine being lost.

He doesn’t care about the town’s new resident — he’s too busy fighting his own demons. But when he’s brought face to face with Wren, he can see her still-fresh wounds from a mile away. What he doesn’t see coming is his need to know who put them there — or his desperation to mend them.

Sometimes getting lost is the way to find yourself. Sometimes healing only adds a new scar. And sometimes the last place you expected to be is exactly where you find home.

 
 
 
 
I had just grabbed my oversized hat and slipped my sunglasses on when I spotted Anderson walking up the drive with a large trash bag slung over his shoulder. He wore a simple, black V-neck and distressed jeans, an outfit way too dark and hot for the heat. A light sheen of sweat gathered on his neck as he made his way toward my cabin, his eyes hidden behind all-black sunglasses.

“Change your mind?” I asked, not even fighting the grin on my face as I walked outside and leaned against the banister.

Anderson squinted up at me, his boots heavy as they hit each stair. “About?”

“Tubing?” I asked. That was why he was here, right?

“Oh.” He shook his head as he hit the top stair, shrugging the bag off his shoulders to hold it by the neck in one fist. “No, I have somewhere to be…” His voice trailed off, and even through the tinted shades of his glasses I felt his eyes on my chest. I’d strapped on my favorite boho print bathing suit and paired it with a dainty gold chain that wrapped around my neck once before dipping between my chest and crossing over my ribs.

He sniffed, holding the bag out toward me. “I just came to drop these off. My clothes. Well, the ones that could probably use a little TLC.”

My eyes lit up and I reached for the bag, but Anderson snatched it back, brows shooting up into his forehead.

“No frills, Wren.”

I threw my hands up in surrender. “I promise.”

He smirked, just slightly, and handed the bag over, tucking his hands in his front pockets.

“Are you sure you don’t want to come?” I asked, peering into the bag at my project before setting it just inside the cabin and locking the door behind me.

“I can’t,” he said, lips pressed together. He was tense, the muscles on his forearms tight as he glanced around at pretty much everything but me.

I opened my mouth to ask why but was cut off by the sound of a truck flying into my drive, tires sliding against the gravel.

Tucker was in the driver’s seat with Davie in the passenger. Sarah and Yvette sat in the back, laughing with their hands up as the truck skidded to a stop. They were both sprawled out on a pile of tubes, wearing bathing suit tops and tiny shorts.

All of their faces froze when they saw Anderson.

“Hey, you ready, Wren?” Tucker asked warily, his eyes moving from where Anderson stood in front of me, to me, and back again.

“Yeah, one sec!” I called back.

I turned to Anderson, but his eyes were hard on Tucker, jaw ticking under his skin. When he faced me once more, an anchor fell from my throat into the pit of my stomach, immobilizing me completely. Because even though I ‘d tried to convince myself I was wrong, I recognized the look in his eyes.

Possession.

And when his nose flared and he took one big step toward me, our chests brushing, his hand reaching out to rest almost imperceptibly on my hip, the anchor in my stomach exploded into flames, burning a desire so fierce I inhaled a toxic breath and didn’t let it go.

“Be careful, okay?” His eyes locked on mine just before he leaned in and swiftly kissed my cheek.

He turned on his heel and jogged down the stairs and past the truck. Sarah called his name, but he didn’t acknowledge her, just kept his gaze forward until he’d disappeared from view.

And then everyone looked at me.

 

 
 
 
Kandi Steiner is a bestselling author and whiskey connoisseur living in Tampa, FL. Best known for writing “emotional rollercoaster” stories, she loves bringing flawed characters to life and writing about real, raw romance — in all its forms. No two Kandi Steiner books are the same, and if you’re a lover of angsty, emotional, and inspirational reads, she’s your gal.

An alumna of the University of Central Florida, Kandi graduated with a double major in Creative Writing and Advertising/PR with a minor in Women’s Studies. She started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic, and likes to highlight all the challenges of love as well as the triumphs.

When Kandi isn’t writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys live music, traveling, anything heavy in carbs, beach days, movie marathons, craft beer and sweet wine — not necessarily in that order.

 
 

Review: Paper Fools By: Staci Hart

​Review: Paper Fools By: Staci Hart

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06ZZQT7V2/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1492441664&sr=8-1&pi=SL75_QL70&keywords=paper+fools

Way back in the day (okay, like 3 years ago ish) I discovered an amazing author during a takeover I immediately snapped up all of her books (that were out at that point) Paper  Fools is a re-edited and revamped edition of Book One in the Hearts and Arrows series and I was so excited to see how the story had evolved from that first version that made me fall in love with Staci’s writing. 

Aphrodite (Dita) is still one of my favorite female characters of all time and in this revamped version she has only gotten more amazing. She is a force of nature, take no prisoners, and unapologetic about it. She is woman hear her roar! Haha I love her so much. Staci’s books always feature a strong positive female role model character and Dita is definitely that. 

Along with Dita on the strong lady boss list is Perry (somehow the one I relate to the most! Not surprising if you’ve met me haha) but I love her and Dita’s snarky bff’s relationship. 

Now, Dita (along with the other gods on Olympus) engage in these games, usually meddling with Mortals haha and Dita is the best at this game — she hasn’t lost in over 3,000 years so her odds are pretty good right? You would think! But comic hijinks ensue when the rules of the game involve she picks the woman and Apollo picks the man. . . At stake for the Gods? (Besides bragging rights. . .) Is a token for one God to do another a favor. For the Mortals? This little thing called love. . . Happily ever afters and whatnot. 

Dean and Lex are the couple brought together and this is a battle of the musician who is a serial dater (Dean) and a artist ensconced in her quaint bookstore job (Lex) and boy somehow they are complete opposites but yet make perfect sense. I love stories with characters like that and these 2 have that sharp witty banter we have come to love from Staci’s characters. Their story isn’t a picture perfect unbelievable romance (thank goodness!) But it is perfectly imperfect for them. Its relatable, adorable, sexy and comedic in the best ways. This story is and always has been one of my top 3 favorites of Staci’s and I know it’s perfect for us die hard fan girls and newbies alike. I cannot wait to see how the rest of these books have evolved from the originals I have read. 

Release Blitz! Paper Fools By: Staci Hart

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In the game of love, she never loses.

 

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Title: Paper Fools

Author: Staci Hart

Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs

Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry

 

Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess.

Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.

Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.

It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.

Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.

The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.

If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses.

*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited just for you.*

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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Review: Reign of Crowns By: Dani Hart

​Review: Reign of Crowns By: Dani Hart 

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06XHPLYS8/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491921458&sr=8-1&pi=SL75_QL70&keywords=dani+hart

I loved this book so much! Its like if the Red Queen and the Selection series had the perfect love child, IT IS AMAZING! I loved the detail with which Dani describes not only the settings but even the smallest details like clothing. (Part of the fun I think in these royal type of stories is to put yourself in the role and imagine wearing all of the extravagant, gorgeous clothing) but this story is much more than just a pretty face. 

Josie is an amazing character. When we first meet her she is impish and sheltered but yet you can tell she has this inner strength that hasn’t had a chance to shine. . . Yet! But just you wait! We find out early how society operates in this changed world after cyber attacks have damaged life as we know it. 

There are so many twists and turns that I was speechless and flipping pages trying to figure everything out and I lost track of time and before I knew it hours had passed — I was left with a finished book, a new automatic one click author and a major case of grabby hands for a print copy of this book! I’m already planning my reread. This was my first Dani Hart book and I know it won’t be my last. I can already tell this is gonna be my top series recommendation this year and in my top 5 reads of the year for all genres. 

Fiction Guild Review! The Illusionist’s Apprentice By: Kristy Cambron

​Fiction Guild Review! The Illusionist’s Apprentice By: Kristy Cambron 

This was such a lush and richly detailed story about the great Harry Houdini’s protege. Wren Lockhart isn’t quite what she seems (but no illusionist worth her salt is) and she is hip deep in a mystery that has so many tangled involvements and people you think are trustworthy that it keeps you locked in and reading until the story hits a fever pitch. 

I love this historical time period, the fashion, how society was a melting pot and ebbing and flowing in a state of flux. Vaudeville is such a fascinating subject and I loved how much detail Kristy put into this story. You can really appreciate all of the hours she spent researching and her painstaking attention to detail to get everything just right. 

The majority of the book is a mystery type of novel but there is also a bit of romance involved as well, and that will they or won’t they begin a relationship gives you a added level of drama which I thought was a nice touch. Like a master illusionist when things were getting too intense on the mystery front Kristy switches our focus to Wren and Elliot and their fledgling relationship. 

I loved so much about this book (as I have other stories by this author) I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a historical that is a little out of the ordinary, but completely enthralling. 

Review: Sweet Blossom By: Annie Reynolds

​Review: Sweet Blossom By: Annie Reynolds

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06Y28DDQQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491583128&sr=8-1&pi=SL75_QL70&keywords=sweet+blossom+annie+Reynolds

So a couple weeks ago I devoured a little gem The Road Home by an author I had never read before. It enthralled me! I binge read that book in one sitting, the world melted away and I was hooked. So I did what any self respecting fan girl bookworm would do. . I immediately looked up all upcoming releases by this author! Thankfully I didn’t have too long to wait for another piece of awesomeness! 

With Sweet Blossom Annie gave me everything I love in romance. 1) quaint small towns that feel like home. 2) well written characters. And last but not least! A second chance romance storyline! (One of my favorite all time tropes!) Oliver comes back to his home town after a tragic loss  forces his decision. . . And who does he begin thinking about? The girl he left behind– Daisy Sweet. Now Daisy is everything sweet and sunshiny right from the get go. . . But don’t think she is your typical powder puff romance novel heroine with no substance. . . It wouldn’t be a Annie Reynolds book without a heroine with a few quirks but a backbone too! One of the things I always love about her books BTW) Daisy runs Sweet Nothings — a dessert shop in town, she’s immediately relatable, (one of the few female characters i’ve read in a while who talks like I do. . . *cough cough* y’all will figure out what I mean when you read it hehe) 

Daisy and Ollie have a bit of a complicated back story. And while it takes us a bit to find out the whole story I liked that part. Usually i’m a “I need all the info now!” Kind of reader but I was perfectly content to sit back and watch how Daisy and Ollie have to reconcile who they were before and the adults they are now. Both are a little dinged up from life but those speed bumps give them so much depth to both of their characters. 

I loved this story, I entirely wish there was a cutesy Hallmark movie or something of this story I would be first in line to watch it. . . (And preorder the blu ray!) It was a perfect romance read. A little sweet, a LOT sassy hehe and all heart. 

Review: Ends Here By: M. Robinson

​Review: Ends Here By M. Robinson 

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01MS44H0R/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491309402&sr=8-1&pi=SL75_QL70&keywords=m+Robinson

After the collective AHHHH GRRRRR!!! that rose up in the reader community for those who read Road To Nowhere (book 1) Ends Here is the sweet relief we have been waiting for! (Now, that isn’t to say its all sunshine and sparkles . . . Becuase really this isn’t some powder puff romance! I mean you have read M’s other books right?) But if you are the type of gal (or guy!) Who likes their romance with a side of gritty realism then this is your perfect read. 

Creed, Mia and Noah create this very interesting love triangle kind of thing and that adds some tension, but the main tension source is who is in danger next and from whom? It gives Creed and Mia this against all odds,– ride or die storyline that is grittier than book one and the stakes are even higher. 

Last count Road to Nowhere made me set my Kindle down 4 times. . . Times where the story either got too intense or I had a what the? Moment. . . Ends Here tops out at a whopping 9 times. . . Always something I know i’m gonna experience in a M. Robinson novel. . . But this one goes above and beyond her others. 

Release Blitz! Ends Here By: M. Robinson

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Ashes to ashes.
Dust to dust.
And all that fucking shit.
I had killed.
I had sacrificed.
The innocent and the corrupt. I knew blood and I knew
violence.
Never imagining I could know love too.
Mia Ryder was a woman to love. To cherish. To fucking claim.
Now, forever, and every day in between.
If there was anyone I’d go to Hell and back for, it was her.
Even if meant, going to war with…
My fucking brother.


“Don’t fuck with me, Noah. I gotta enough fuckin’ bullshit
to deal with. Don’t need your shit, too.”
“Tell me, Creed… she’s yours right?” he questioned,
narrowing his eyes at me. “Then what’s her favorite color?”
I jerked back like he had hit me. Knowing exactly where he
was going with this.
“Time’s up. It’s pink. How about her middle name? Don’t
remember?” he mocked, cocking his head to the side. “They wanted to name her
Savannah after her grandmother who died of cancer. She never even got to meet
her. But instead it’s Alexandra, after her momma. Why don’t you tell me her
favorite thing to eat? Or drink? Favorite book? Or movie? How about you tell me
anythin’ that doesn’t include what she sounds like when she’s fuckin’ gettin’
off?”
“You little shit! Congrats, Noah, on knowin’ some trivial
bullshit. I know what shes’s feelin’ by just lookin’ at her. I know what she’s
thinkin’ without her sayin’ one goddamn word to me. And fuck yeah, I know how
she likes to be touched, kissed, fucked and I’d rather be the man who knows all
that, plus how to fuckin’ get her off,” I snarled, stepping up to him again. He
didn’t cower, if anything he stood taller. “Who the fuck you think you are,
Noah?”
“The right man for her, that’s who.”
“Is that right? So what, you tellin’ me you love her? You
love Mia?”
There was no hesitation with his response, when he clearly
replied with, “Yeah, Creed. I fuckin’ do.”
“Don’t start a war you can’t fuckin’ win, baby brother.”
“Consider this my breach.”
I nodded slowly, backing away. Taking everything in while
battling the urge to lay him the fuck out.
The lines were drawn now. Each of us on the opposite side
for the first time in all our lives but if there was anyone I would go to hell
and back for it was Mia Ryder. Even if it meant going to war with…
My fucking brother.



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She was born in New Jersey but was raised in Tampa Fl. 
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They have two German Shepherd mixes and a Wheaten and a Tabby cat. 

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