Review: Deception by Aleatha Romig

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Reviewed by: Hilary
5 Complex and Enrapturing Stars

Romig has spun a wicked tale of lies, love and deceit; and, like a moth to a flame, I am completely enraptured. I cannot for the life of me walk away. I just keep begging for more and more of this author’s powerful words.

For every question answered—more sprang forth. Deception is filled with just that. Key players appear to be showing their true colors, but are they? Do we really know anyone? Can we really trust any of these characters? I just don’t know.

Romig’s writing is one of a true expert. Her novels are filled with twisting tales and uncovering secrets– a true smoke and mirrors show with a delicious end. Just when you think you know what is going on the rug is pulled out from under you, leaving you distraught: in a state of loss and reasoning. Deception is no exception to this.

It took me days to truly unravel this novel and I am ok with that. Like a fine wine, Romig’s books should be savored. A true rich red: Complex, opulent and refined, leaving that kick in the back of your throat and bringing you back again and again trying to decipher exactly what you have just consumed.

Until September, my friends. The wait is on. 136 days until Entrapment is released into the world. 136 DAYS!!! How will we cope until then?

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Release Blitz: Sticky by Julia Swift

 

 

 

Title: Sticky
Author: Julia Swift
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: April 27, 2016
Blurb

Nicholas Gage has one last job to do before he’s paid off his debt to the terrible crime boss he owes. A master of surveillance, theft, and the con, nothing can stop Gage. But when he meets Sloan Casey, the sister of his mark, and the sexiest woman he’s ever laid eyes upon, what was supposed to be his last job becomes something much more complicated – and sexy.Gage knows he should stick to the plan, but he can’t keep his hands off his smart-mouthed, curvy lady. With the stakes sky-high, can he finish this job and keep Sloan? Or will he lose her forever when she finds out the truth?

WARNING: This book is about a sexy possessive man who can’t keep it in his pants when it comes to his woman. This has super-hot scenes, and stars an overprotective, well endowed man who knows how to use it.

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Excerpt

Maybe this job won’t be completely god-awful after all. At least, that’s what I’m thinking when I turn up the sunny, tree-lined avenue surrounded by depressingly beige cinder-block apartment buildings. Every few houses is a “hotel” that looks exactly like its neighboring apartments, the kind of hotels that would be no stranger to providing in-home entertainment, complete with a happy ending.

This is no neighborhood for a lady. Especially not the lady I imagine from the photos Topknot included in the file.

There’s something about Sloan’s face in those pictures. Her body is fucking magazine-perfect, if anyone in the fashion industry had eyeballs and allowed women to look the way they should in magazines—curvy and luscious, with tits I’d need both hands to squeeze, and the kind of ass you want to dive into, like a pinup from back in the day when they knew what real women looked like.

But it’s her face that makes her stick in my mind, even now as I’m creeping down her block keeping my eyes peeled for Morton’s, the diner where she works. Even in the few candid shots that Topknot managed to take of her while she busied herself pouring coffee around the diner, leaning against tables to chat with older couples, a huge smile on her cupid-bow lips, there’s this look in her pale green eyes (eyes I’ve never seen on anyone before, so clear they could pass for a gemstone, eyes that have to be fake, contacts or some shit). One photo in particular, of her facing Topknot’s table, smiling over the lens’s head (probably taking Topknot’s order, unaware of the hidden camera strapped to his body somewhere), captures a longing in her eyes. She’s smiling, but in her head, she’s somewhere else. Somewhere happy. Somewhere her loser gambling addict of a brother won’t make her work her ass off while he hoards his pile of ill-earned gains.

 

 

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Julia Swift is a New York native who loves sizzling, suspenseful stories and dangerously sexy men. She’s turned her love for reading into a new career as an author and insomniac. You can find her writing in her local Starbucks with an iced coffee and an ear for gossip!

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Release Blitz: Confessions of a Bad Boy by JD Hawkins

 

 

Title: Confessions of a Bad Boy
Author: J.D. Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: April 27, 2016

 

Blurb

Confessions of a Bad Boy Episode 1: Never CommitI’m the internet’s favorite Bad Boy – the guy who’ll tell it to you straight. No bullshit charm. No excuses. Consider it a public service, letting women know the truth about what guys are really thinking and teaching guys how to get what they want.

Yes, we were checking that girl out.

No, you don’t want to meet her parents.

And no, ladies, we don’t care what shoes you wear – as long as they’re up around our neck by the end of the night.

Life was simple, until fate brought me back together with Jessie.

My best friend’s younger sister, who I just happened to have the hottest one night stand of my life with four years ago.

Who calls me at 3 AM to get bailed out of jail.

Who I can’t keep my hands off of.

And who can never find out who I really am.

She’s off-limits, but I don’t care. And when I need a fake girlfriend to help me out of a jam at work, she’s the only one who can help. Now I’m stuck sharing a hotel room with her for the weekend.

A long, sexy weekend.

This is your Bad Boy, signing off.

 

 

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Chapter 1

 

Nate
I start taking off my clothes as soon as I’m through the door of my apartment. Shirt on the floor, kicking my shoes off, down to my underwear. I go into the bathroom and splash some water on my face, glaring at myself in the mirror.
There’s a rush that happens when I’m about to make a video. Not the cock-stiffening hotness of seducing a woman, not quite the intellectual satisfaction of closing a six-figure deal for work that I had no right to – it’s something else. Something I still can’t figure out. It’s a catharsis and a comfort, a deep feeling of fulfilment I’ve never quite gotten from anything else.
I boot up my laptop and sit on the edge of the bed while I wait, taking out the candles my female fans love and lighting them so they cast an incandescent hue over my body, the lines of my chest coming alive in the flickering black shadows.
I’ve asked myself a million times why I carry on making these videos. I don’t need the money, and all it would take is for a girl to recognize me, or for a slip to happen, and I’d be discovered. If that ever happened I’d probably enter a world of problems. Work would suck – if I could even keep my job – and I’m still not sure if it would help or ruin my sex life.
But something brings me back, something deep inside of me. It’s not quite the ego-boost – I’m self-aware enough to admit that – and it’s not even the idea of helping people – I’m not that altruistic. Again and again though, whatever it is still compels me to sit here, stare into that lens, and talk. And it’s not the kind of bullshit I roll with at work- it’s the truth. Maybe that’s the part I’m addicted to. The part where there are no boundaries, no rules. Where I can tap into the deepest, darkest part of what it means to be a man, to lust and to hunt and to conquer. All amid the liberating joy of anonymity.
I set the angle right with focused precision, just below my mouth, nothing visible in the frame but my chiseled torso, the waistband of my Calvin Kleins, and the blank wall behind me, and then I press record.
Confessions of a Bad Boy #234: The best one-night stand I’ve ever had
 
It’s the Bad Boy here. Bringing you more illicit confessions from the steamy shadows, tales of torn panties and roving tongues. I’ve got to say, some of the messages I’m getting from you guys are out there – especially the women. I’m sure I’ve met a few of you out in the wild before. Just keep ‘em coming, as I like to say.
 
A bunch of you keep asking me to tell you about the best one-night stand I’ve ever had, since I’ve got my method down to a science. It’s a tough question. One-night stands are always good if you know what you’re doing. Each one is unique, different, its own little adventure. That’s why I keep coming back, why I keep doing it. That’s why I’ve made so many videos on the topic. But that’s no answer, and you know I hate to leave you hanging…
 
So I’m gonna tell you about a one-night stand that might just be the best – it was definitely the most unexpected, the most unplanned, and the most dangerous. The one that I still think about sometimes, however much I try not to…

 

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I grew up in Southern California and now live with my wife in Venice, CA. In between I’ve lived in NYC, India and Thailand. I love to travel and enjoy surfing, training in MMA and riding motorcycles. I’ve always enjoyed making up stories, especially ones inspired by real life.


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Warriors. Lovers. Enemies. Legends.

The Staff and the Blade
Damien and Sari. Their union became pivotal in Irin history. But to understand their ending, you must go back to the beginning. A young singer and a hardened warrior meet and mate, but their life is torn apart by violence, betrayal, and grief.
Yet no matter how much pain and anger stain their lives, bonds in the Irin race cannot be abandoned. Damien and Sari will never truly leave each other, because those who are destined cannot be ignored.
The Staff and the Blade is a novel in four parts. It is the fourth book in the Irin Chronicles.
“She hates me as she loves me. Wholly and completely. Sari never does anything by halves.”
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“You’re calling me naive?”
“Yes.” She leaned forward. “You may be older than me, but you’re still the noble Irin
warrior of ages past. This world is not black and white. It never has been.”
“You think I don’t know that?”
“You think every scribe has a conscience and a code of honor because you do.”
He looked away from her.
“Not every scribe is noble. Not every Irin wants the Irina back. Not every one of your
brothers would sacrifice himself to protect me or any of my sisters.”
“I know I’m no saint. None of us are.”
“No, you’re honorable. And decent. And good.”
“Sari—”
“And I love that about you,” she continued, even as her throat started to close. “I love your
honor. I love your decency. But Damien, the world is not like that. It’s a hard, cruel place
with countless shades of grey. People are selfish and weak. We do things…” She choked.
“We do horrible things because we think it’s the only way to survive.”
Damien turned back to her. “There is nothing you can do that would make me love you
less, Sari.”
She gave him a bitter smile. “That’s because you don’t know what I’ve done.”
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Review: For Us by M. Dauphin

For Us (Broken Promises Book 3)For Us by M. Dauphin
Review by Tessa.
4 of 5 stars

The final installment of The Broken Promises series spotlights on Bray deciding what’s more important when life gives him exactly what he wanted and Al figuring out who she is when life didn’t/doesn’t go as planned.

As more life is thrown at Braydon and Alexis, while still wadding through the ripples caused by their past, you can almost feel the friendship, love, uncertainty, loss, and unwavering support shine through these pages.

What a marvelous conclusion to this grand story line!

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Release Blitz: When I’m with You by Harper Sloan

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s nearly impossible to be surrounded by love but not understand it. My parents, my sister, and just about everyone around us has no trouble accepting that love. To give your trust to someone else and believe they would die before hurting you. I’ve witnessed it—I’ve seen the power of it—but I’ve also seen the pain. Because for me, I’ve only loved someone I could never have, and my biggest fear is that by giving her my love, all I would do is ruin her. I should have tried harder, but I’m not sure I can because I only feel complete when I’m with her.

Emberlyn:

The only time I feel like I belong is when he’s near. His infectious smile warms me straight to my bones. Any insecurities I have vanish with just a wink from him. A sliver of his attention makes me feel invincible. But all it took was one drunken night of truths for me to lose everything I had begun to crave. Now, I’m not sure how to move on because I only feel complete when I’m with him.

 

He said I was too young. I said he was perfect. He said our families wouldn’t understand. I said we could weather any storm. He said he would ruin me. And he was right.

 

 

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Book Blitz: Come Undone by Jessica Hawkins

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 Come Undone (The Cityscape series #1)
by Jessica Hawkins

 

Blurb:

Olivia Germaine has already found love. Devoted wife, loyal friend, determined career woman–she’s created the life she always envisioned. But when Olivia locks eyes with a handsome stranger across a crowded room, he peers a little too closely and sees emotions she thought she’d buried long ago.

David Dylan, alleged playboy and eternal bachelor, challenges Olivia to confront the life she’s built and to make decisions that could either lead to happiness… or regret.

Will Olivia be able to draw the line between lust and love? And can David respect that line?

 

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Excerpt – Come Together

As the elevator ascended, David’s body seemed to grow bigger, his bearing predatory. I was his cornered prey—and he was about to strike. After a charged moment, he nodded at the doors. “Go on.” In my thickening haze of anticipation, I hadn’t even noticed our arrival at the penthouse. “We’re late for a very important date,” he said.

“And what date is that?” I asked as we stepped off.

“You, me and nothing else. Leave everything at the door.” He unlocked the apartment and held it open so I could pass through before him. As I did though, he snatched my elbow. “I said everything.”

Over my shoulder, my gaze met his brown eyes, dark and lusty. He let the door slam to merge his body against my backside, gripping my shoulders roughly in his hands. “I’ve been crazy for you all day,” he rasped in my ear. “And although I love this nude dress, I want it off. Now.” He dragged the zipper down and dropped to his knees. I gasped when his lips touched the base of my spine. His hands skated up my exposed back and slid over my shoulders, releasing the gown so it slumped at my feet. They came around to my front, where he spread his fingers across my stomach. A moan vibrated against the small of my back, sending a shiver up to my shoulders.

He stood and wrapped an arm around my chest, his hardness pressing against my spine. His other hand dropped to pull me open by my inner thigh and touch me through my underwear. I was panting, swaying when he released me suddenly. “Jesus,” he muttered.

“I can’t control myself with you.”

Through oversized windows, the city glow lent the only light to the room as he circled in front of me. I put my hand in his and stepped out of the dress, following as he led me down the stairs into the sunken living room.

“Keep those on,” he instructed, motioning to my new black stilettos. He removed his blazer and lit the fireplace as my body, alive with desire, wavered unsteadily in the four-inch heels. He emptied his pockets onto a side table and removed his Rolex. He undid his bowtie slowly with his hooded eyes fixed on me. His limbs, strong and brawny, moved fluidly as he shed clothing. I wanted to learn the contours of his body with my eyes, my fingers, my tongue. And when he looked at me that way, like it was the first time, I could barely help from melting at his feet.

 

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About the Author:

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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Relaunch Tour: FOR3VER by M. Dauphin and H.Q. Frost

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Synopsis:

When it came to her lifelong friendship to the Porter boys, Ryley Reynolds knew one thing to be true: The 3 of them would be friends forever. Friends ’till the end.

When life got in the way of their plans, one decision changed the course of all of their lives.
Five years later, friends are brought back together, secrets are unveiled, and love is found again.

Has too much damage been done to erase the past?

**18+ due to language and explicit material**

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  “Hey, Gage, why don’t you go grab us a few beers from the house,” he said, his eyes not leaving mine.

  “Good idea, I thought something was missing,” Gage mumbled as he left Liam and I in the garage. Alone.

  “What’s wrong, Ryley?” Liam’s voice was so low, he knew.

  “I’m… sorry. I’m so sorry, Liam,” I said, willing myself not to cry.

Liam rushed over to me and held me, staring into my eyes with so much love I almost said ‘screw it’. All I really wanted was to spend the rest of my life with him, raise a family together, grow old together. He made it perfectly clear, though, that he wouldn’t do that to Gage. So there we were.

  “What’s going on, Ry?” His voice was worried, frantic almost.

  “I’m pregnant, Liam,” I whispered, and then broke down in his arms. His arms came around me tight and he hugged me tighter than ever. Holding me there, letting me cry.

  “Shh. It’ll be okay. We will figure this out, Ry. I love you, we can do this. I can get a job, we can work this out.” He kept talking about a future together, but I knew that wasn’t what he wanted. He and Gage finally had a good relationship again, that would ruin Gage.

  “No, Liam. Stop. I… I’m not keeping it.”

His body tensed.

  “What do you mean, Ryley?”

  “I mean… we both have college to attend. I’m in no shape to raise a baby, and Gage would flip. Things are just starting to be okay between us again. I can’t… we can’t. Just, no.” It was the right decision, right? I was eighteen, practically a kid myself still. I couldn’t raise a baby!

Liam pulled away from me and started pacing the floor, running his hands through his hair in pure frustration. Almost like he truly meant it, like he truly wouldn’t mind starting a family at eighteen years old.

  “No, Ry. Not happening. You can’t fucking do that to me!” he yelled. It scared me, Liam never yelled at me. The last time he yelled at me was when we were sixteen, and I didn’t want to relive that again.

  “Stop, please listen. I can’t have a baby right now. This has to happen, you know it.”

  “No, please, Ryley. We can work it out, please promise me. At least think about it. You have time, there’s time, right? There’s still time to think about it? Please, Ryley! That’s just as much mine as it is yours. Please! Don’t do this.” He was pleading now, on his knees in front of me, hugging my stomach. Hugging our baby.

  “What’s going on you two?” Gage stood in the doorway, frozen in place. We didn’t answer. Liam was breaking down in front of me and I couldn’t stop crying hard enough to get a full sentence out.

  “Oh, Gage,” I whispered. “Oh GOD, Gage, I’m so sorry.”

  “Say it,” he ground out.

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 M. Dauphin

An avid, self-proclaimed closet book nerd by the age of nine, Dauphin didn’t take her love of fictional worlds public until she self-published her first book almost 20 years later. Since putting to paper the voices in her head, she’s fallen in love with a career of building, ruining, and rebuilding fictional character’s lives. Currently, she has self-published two series, two full length novels, and two full length co-authored books she’s written with her other half HQ Frost, as well as been involved with two anthology sets. Her love will always reside with the romance genre, but she does enjoy going off the grid every now and then with non-fiction.

From Southern Illinois, born and raised, she now resides with her husband, two small boys, and two very busy dogs.

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H.Q. Frost

H.Q. Frost is a fiction dictator of contemporary romance, but not limited to. After writing for nineteen years, Destructive Gods is her first published release.

“The improbable is very probable in my worlds.” -H.Q.-

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Book Blitz: Blow by Kim Karr

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Synopsis:

2 fatal sides.
1 epic love.
7 days to survive.

They met in the face of danger. They weren’t looking for love. They both knew better. But they couldn’t stay away, and they fell hard.

He is heart-stopping handsome, fearless—and haunted by deadly ties.

She is breathtakingly beautiful, determined—and in harm’s way.

They should have parted. They didn’t. And now time is running out. One hundred sixty eight hours. That’s all that remains. While Logan McPherson fights to save them, Elle Sterling is forced to make a choice that could change everything.

When torn between right and wrong, tainted love doesn’t have a chance…or does it?

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Kim is a daydreamer. So much so that if daydreaming could be a hobby it would be her favorite. It’s how her stories are born and how they take root. An imagination that runs wild is something to be thankful for, and she is very thankful. 🙂

She grew up in New York and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and with the rest of her time embraces one of her biggest passions–writing.

Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read.

She likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

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Review: Confessions of a Bad Boy by JD Hawkins

Confessions of a Bad BoyRelease Date: April 27th
Reviewed by: Hilary
Rating: 5 Feel Good Stars

I have a confession to make: I just locked myself in my room for the last few hours and indulged in the all of the greatness that is Confessions of a Bad Boy and JD Hawkins. Happy, sexy, funny and philosophical, this book was just what the doctor ordered.

Who doesn’t love a forbidden romance? Confessions of a Bad Boy is a forbidden romance different from the other forbidden romances out there right now. In true Hawkins fashion, he brings you a story that will not only hold you captive and entertain you, but also gives you your daily dose of philosophy. Like a sexy, full-length novel sized fortune cookie dying to be devoured.

Life, love, sex- Hawkins touches all of it in a way that only he call pull off. His characters are real, not without flaws; people you can identify with. Maybe not all of us have an irresistible Bad Boy next door with killer abs and an insatiable sex drive, but wouldn’t that make the world a little sweeter?

I think with every book that JD cannot out do the last hero, but he proves me wrong time and time again. Something I don’t really mind as long as he keeps writing this light-hearted, great reads that will leave you smiling like a kid who just got exactly what they wanted on Christmas morning.

EVERYONE: Go grab this Bad Boy as soon as you can.

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