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REVIEW – Wild About Her Wingman by Robin Bielman

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Playing it safe never felt so risky.

Erin Watters is her small town’s resident wild child—she doesn’t do boring, and after having her heart annihilated, she definitely doesn’t do relationships. Her friends have other ideas, though, and when they throw down a matchmaking challenge, impulsive Erin can’t ignore it. Even when the annoyingly hot Troy Strieber accepts the matchmaker role…

As a rescue paramedic, Troy’s used to watching out for people. Never mind the bet he made with his buddy to play Erin’s wingman. But the more time he spends with the sexy, charismatic woman, the more he discovers a side of her she doesn’t let many see. Soon what started as an innocent game of matchmaking has them both thinking about the person right under their nose. But Troy’s a play-it-safe guy, and he won’t let a woman who lives for risk ever steal his heart.

My Thoughts

The bet spun out of control so quickly.  Erin is sitting around having beers with friends and before she knows it, she has her very own wingman!  No problem, right?  Maybe she will get lucky and Troy will find her a great guy?  And thankfully, her and Troy would never work so she doesn’t have to worry about that.  After all, what would Mr. Safety want with a daredevil?

The problem?  The chemistry between the two is off the charts!  Each is determined to keep a distance from the other, but some things are undeniable… and unavoidable! 

Do not miss the awesome connection between Erin and Troy.  It was a truly wonderful story to fall into! 

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REVIEW – Resisting the Rancher by Roxanne Snopek

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She’s his best friend’s sister, but he’s ready to break all the rules…

Country veterinarian Celia Gamble is in trouble. A misunderstanding from her past is rearing its ugly head and the only person she can turn to is Jonah Clarke—her family’s lawyer and, as it turns out, her brother Zach’s best friend and her childhood crush. She always wanted Jonah to see her as a bona fide woman, but as a woman who’s being wrongfully blackmailed for seducing a married man? Not on her life.

Jonah is happy to help little CeeCee Gamble, if only she’d come clean about why she’s being blackmailed. But with Zach’s wedding on the horizon and Zach’s fashionista fiancée Desiree giving CeeCee a makeover, the little duckling Jonah remembers is turning into a definite swan.

And the unwritten law on sisters is clear—hands off. 

Jonah must resist Celia or lose the only true family he’s ever known. 

My Thoughts

I really enjoyed this story!  It had that big-brothers-best-friend-crush, a mystery, a whacko, and a woman with the best intentions that just can’t seem to come out on top.  That doesn’t even cover the all-grown-up version of her crush!

CeeCee is a girl that just wanted to fit in with the big boys and prove herself.  Now that she has grown up and made a HUGE mistake she just want to start over in her hometown.  Jonah has always seen CeeCee, but never considered anything like a relationship since he is Zach’s best friend. He swore to help watch out for her growing up. 

However, as Des makes CeeCee over piece by piece, he can no longer deny that she is all woman! The back and forth between the two is real, and hard, and different.  They both have very valid reasons that makes them think they can’t be together.

This story was very sweet and had so many characters that just came alive. This was not the first book in the series, but it is a stand alone story. You can bet that I will be after the rest of the books now!

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REVIEW – HEiRESS, P.i. by Amanda Mahan

heiresspiIf you read the blurb for this book, I can guarantee you will get all that and MORE!  Lucy is happier playing in the dirt than glamming it up, but she will do anything to help Holden.  Yes, some of the issues stars deal with Lucy falls face first into, but the way they come about will have you rolling on the floor. 

Blurb:

Meet Lucy Hansen. She’s the richest teenager in the world – and possibly the shyest. She doesn’t flash her business to the paparazzi as she’s getting out of limos or send selfies while smoking salvia. No, Lucy hides behind her frizzy bangs, environmental causes and organic hemp-blend sweats. Her one true friend (and secret crush) Holden is the poorest kid in Beverly Hills – and probably the scrappiest. He interns for a famous private investigator, and when he asks Lucy to help him crack a case, her life turns from tame to tabloid, from glum to glam, from private to private eye. And when the trail leads directly to her hotel magnate father, it’s up to Lucy to solve the case by infiltrating Hollywood’s most elite and unwelcoming club: Celebutantes. Teens who are famous for, well… being famous.

Along the way, “LuHan” endures wardrobe malfunctions, fake romances, compromising videos-turned-YouTube hits, unflattering mug shots and – worst of all – a makeover. Now Lucy has to save her father, dodge the paparazzi, and keep her IRL ID on the DL – all while maybe, almost, possibly having her first real kiss.

If you’ve ever read the tabloids and wondered, “What was she thinking?” then HEIRESS, P.I. offers one possible answer.

Lucy is bold and fearless once she puts her mind to something.  When she makes a name for herself she goes ALL OUT!  The wardrobe malfunction that happens to Lucy had tears running down my face….from laughter!  Everything that Lucy does she does with gusto. 

I absolutely loved this story and would love to read more about Lucy!  You cannot help but love her and what she stands for.  You’ll love how Holden bribes her to do some investigating for him! This book is sweet, funny, and intense.  Some of the situations Lucy gets herself into get pretty hairy. 

Don’t miss this book!

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About Amanda Mahan

Amanda Mahan is the author of Heiress, P.I. — think “Veronica Mars meets Gossip Girl” — which tells the story of the richest girl in the world getting made over and going undercover to solve a mystery.

Amanda is the People’s Choice Award winning Green Mommy blogger and worked on two NBC sitcoms. Both of these influences can be seen in Heiress, P.I. which features an environmentally-friendly protagonist and humorous dialogue.

Known for her love of trashy tabloids, her hopelessness with her own hair, and her addictive red velvet cupcakes, Amanda lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two small (but surprisingly loud) children.

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GIVEAWAY and REVIEW – Wanting Him (Needing You #2) by T.R. Fike

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Synopsis:

Can a person really fall in love in only a few short months? Does distance really make the heart grow fonder?

Natalie, a confident strong individual who has had her fair share of pain and loss has found the one thing that truly makes her happy, Parker Thomas.

Parker is living his dream, on tour with his band mates, King Dread. He’s making a name for himself and his band, wanting nothing more than for Natalie to join him on this new adventure.

Unfortunately due to life, Nat cannot go with him. Between going to school, working, and taking care of her sister, her plate is full.

During the months apart, Nat and Parker are able to grow as individuals and reveal who they really are, and what’s important.

Though distance is hard on both of them; there are people out there who want nothing more than a piece of Parker.

When they are put to the test, will they be able to prove their love for one another or will others step in and take their place?

**This contains graphic sexual content and situations suitable for readers 18**

My thoughts:

This is another one of those books that tries really hard to get that vein in my head to POP!!  Holy smokes, the intensity of feelings between these two is such that nothing else seems important.  They are trying so hard to continue on with their lives and yet keep circling back.  Even if they know it can’t last.

I don’t want to talk about the parts that really hit me between the eyes because you should experience them yourself as they come.  It’s tricky, but I can guarantee you will be hooked on this book very quickly.  You don’t have to read the first one to understand this one, but I highly recommend it.  That book knocked me on my rear end as well!   Grab this book up RIGHT NOW!!!

Also, check out my review of the first book in this series Needing You (Needing You #1)!!

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Excerpt

Nat, if there’s any point in time when you doubt how I feel about you, I want you talk to me, don’t bail on me,” he says piercing me with those gorgeous green eyes.

“I won’t.  We only have to wait a year until you’re home,” I say with a smile.

 

“Yep, one year.  Plus we’ll see each other when I’m around home for concerts, and you’re going to stay with me a few days when you can,” he says with a knowing look.

 

“Yes babe, I told you I would,” I say with a smile as I lean in and softly press my lips to his.

 

Before I can register what he’s doing he has me lying on my back and he’s settled between my thighs kissing me silly.

 

teaser 3“Round two,” he says with a wink as he quickly moves down my body to my sensitive spot.  He wastes no time getting me ready for more of him.  His tongue hits my sacred spot, making my body jump.  Parker makes sure I’m not going anywhere as he continues his tongue assault on my body, then thrusting two fingers inside my aching walls.

 

“Please babe, I need you inside of me,” I whimper.

 

“I will soon, I’m enjoying tasting you,” he says before he dives back in with his tongue making me moan louder.

 

It doesn’t take Parker long to have me reaching bliss and calling him all sorts of God-like names.

 

My body feels like mush, but I can’t get enough of him.  I wish I could have him every day, but that’s what makes our times together even more special.

 

Soon Parker is pushing inside my wet core waking my insides back up.  I lean up towards Parker to kiss him. I wrap my arms around his neck, allowing my fingers to play in his sexy messed-up hair.

 

I wrap my legs firmly around Parker’s waist wanting him to push even deeper inside of me.

 

T Renee FikeAbout the Author

T. Renee Fike is a born and raised country girl from Pennsylvania.  When T. Renee isn’t writing, she’s working her full-time day job, or pursuing her Master’s degree.  Aside from work and school, she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading a good book, watching football, (GO EAGLES) or hanging out with her niece and nephew.

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SALE!!! – Swimming Upstream by Ruth Mancini!!!!

Swimming UpstreamSwimming Upstream will be on sale for $0.99 (save $2) from January 28 -30!!  So Hurry!!!!
 
Swimming Upstream Blurb
 
“I once read that the end of a relationship is like being involved in a road traffic accident. Which is quite fitting really, given what happened.”
 
After seven years, Lizzie wonders whether she’s truly happy with her long-term boyfriend. When one wrong step and a chance meeting set off an unexpected chain of events, her life begins to unravel. On the same day that she meets Martin, an attractive lifeguard, her old friend, Catherine, re-appears. But is Martin really all he seems? And what is the secret that Catherine is hiding? As Lizzie struggles to confront the ghosts of her past, can she survive the shocking twist that will change the course of her future?
 

Swimming Upstream is a life-affirming and often humorous story about a young woman’s pursuit of happiness. It is also a story of female friendship, love, and divided loyalties – and the moral choices that we find ourselves making when the chips are down.

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NEW RELEASE, REVIEW and EXCERPT – Scarred by Love by C.A. Harms

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Riley thought she was in love. She thought she found the perfect guy until his aggressive behavior became too much to handle and she ran.

She withdrew from the world and attempted to heal her broken heart. She had the support of her best friend and family. Having Four brothers and a determined best friend you have no choice but to stand strong. They all helped her move forward. Over time Riley was able to open up once again. She had no idea that the one person she needed was right under her nose.

Riley was guarded and hesitant when it came to Bad boys…after all it was a Bad boy that shattered her once before.

Zander wants the girl from the party. He wants to be near her even though she continues to push him away. They both have secrets they have yet to share with one another and both find it easier to confide in others than with one another. Riley begins to realize Zander isn’t who she thought he was and falling for the sexy voiced Lead Singer/Guitar player may be just what she needs.

Overtime will they learn to trust and love or will they only destroy one another. They could be toxic to one another or they could heal the wounds that run deep within their souls.

I loved this book!  It was powerful and intense!! I mean with the warning as the first thing in the description, I was going to read this book at some point!  :-) The writing was smooth and descriptive and completely sucked me in.  Zander is in one sense a bad boy with a heart of gold, but he is NOT a pushover.  His best friend is a girl…..What will she say about Zander being so far gone over a woman?  Especially a woman who clearly has issues? 

I’m pretty sure I was actually biting my fingernails during a few parts wondering if they could stick with it to dig out the truth!  When the two first meet, Riley laughs at what she sees as a cheesy pick-up line.  Zander is bombing with this girl because he is so blown away by just her presence.  Riley feels the connection too, but is hesitant given her last relationship. 

She steps outside and sees Zander dancing with and singing to a girl.  She assumes he is a cheater because he hit on her when he clearly has a girlfriend!  From there I was completely hooked and just about read the book straight through the night!  This is definitely one you DON’T want to miss!!!

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ANNIVERSARY SALE and GIVEAWAY!! – It’s Just a Little Crush by Caroline Fardig is 1year old!

IJALC 1st Birthday pictureIT’S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH by Caroline Fardig turns one year old on January 30th! In honor of its “1st Birthday”, it will be on sale for $0.99 during the last week of January. Help us celebrate by entering the contest below, and get your copy today at Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

This is one of my all time favorite books! Check out my review HERE!!! 

 

Here is the blurb:

The sleepy town of Liberty hasn’t seen murder in…well…ever. Residents are stunned when the body of a young woman is found strangled, and reporters at the Liberty Chronicle are thrilled, rather disturbingly, over the biggest news story to hit town this century.
Lizzie Hart has even bigger problems. Lately, she can’t seem to concentrate on her job as copy editor at the Chronicle with the new hunky investigative reporter, Blake Morgan, swaggering around the office. How can a girl work when she’s using all of her energy combating Blake-induced hot flashes and struggling to repress the giggly inner schoolgirl that’s constantly rearing her dorky head? It’s a good thing that Blake barely knows Lizzie exists.
After an odd string of events, however, Lizzie begins to wonder if Blake is really as fabulous as she has fantasized. When Lizzie and Blake find a co-worker dead, Blake’s personality changes completely—and not in a good way. Even though the police rule the death as an accident, Lizzie immediately suspects foul play and senses a connection to the recent murder. She is determined to bring the killer to justice, but is having some trouble getting her Nancy Drew on thanks to the pesky stalker she’s picked up—Blake Morgan. Wait, didn’t she want him to follow her around and pay attention to her? Not like this. Blake has turned from cool and smooth to cold and downright scary, making Lizzie wonder if he should be next on her suspect list.

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REVIEW and SPECIAL PRICE- Between the Sheets (The Between Boyfriends Series) by Sarka-Jonae Miller!!

BTSPre-order this book today for the special price of $2.99!! This wonderful chick-lit will be released on Valentine’s Day!! The first book Between Boyfriends was just named a finalist in the MARSocial Author of the Year Competition!!

Book Description:

It’s been three years since 25-year-old Jan Weston swore off men, and her resolve isn’t what it used to be. When a family emergency diverts her travel companion to LA, a fun semester abroad in Bangkok turns into a lonely trip for one. Although she’s supposed to be studying international business at Thammasat University along with Thai massage at the famous Wat Pho, Jan finds herself studying her teacher, especially his cute butt.

But she isn’t just hot for teacher. Jan also meets an athletic Italian ready to show her a good time and an artistic Thai man who says all the right things. Can she resist the allure of dating abroad? Could she even choose which of the three she wants between the sheets? And if she does give in, can what happens in Bangkok stay in Bangkok?

As Jan struggles to finish her education amidst so many distractions, she must also deal with the loss of a friend, a deep betrayal, and news of a death in the family that could lead to an overdue reconciliation. Between The Sheets is a sensual story of making mistakes, overcoming obstacles, and finding love in the strangest of places.

MY THOUGHTS:

So we meet back up with Jan about 3 years after the first book, Between Boyfriends. She has remained true to her no dating rule. She and Becki are getting ready to study abroad for a semester in Thailand! At the last minute Becki’s grandmother has a stroke and Becki dashes home to be with her. Becki ends up having to stay behind to care for her grandmother, and Jan is left to go to Thailand ALONE! Jan thought it would be a fantastic idea when she wasn’t going alone!

At first in Thailand Jan battles depression and the urge to run home. She sticks it out and becomes close with her tutor and struggles with a wicked crush on her massage instructor.

She sticks it out and has some AMAZING experiences – both good and not so good. I assure you that you will desperately want to visit this country by the time you finish this book! The descriptions of the people, places, and way of life are captivating.

This story was a great follow-up to Between Boyfriends and I sincerely hope we get to hear about Jan and her friends for a LONG LONG time! They are so real, and deal with real issues!

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REVIEW – Arielle Immortal Quickening (Book 4 of the Immortal Rapture Series) by Lilian Roberts

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A fatal night… College co-ed Arielle Lloyd is on vacation with her immortal love, Sebastian Gaulle, when they receive word of a dreadful accident. Her dear friend Gabrielle hovers near death. But it’s much worst for her beloved friends, Eva and Ian. In spite of Eva’s magical abilities, their lives have been cut tragically short.
 
An immortal choice… Troy Vasser’s only love is Gabrielle, but on the night of the accident, his deepest concern is for their dying friends. When the life force within Ian and Eva flickered dangerously low, Troy had to make a hard choice.
 
He could either let them die or lose their humanity and live as immortals. So he did the only thing he could: he gave them immortality. Now it is up to Arielle to break the news to Eva before the transformation is complete.
 
A quest for vengeance… Danger continues to stalk Arielle’s life. Unknown to her, her new professor is an immortal, and he is furious when discovers that Arielle is wearing an amulet that should be owned by immortals only.
 
Sebastian’s nemesis, Annabel, has also not given up on her quest to destroy Arielle. What Annabel doesn’t realize is that Arielle’s circle of friends has drastically changed. There are two newly minted immortals that adore her and have vowed to protect her.
 
After reading the 4th book of this series I can guarantee you will be pleading for Book 5!!  These books are not tragic cliffhangers like some series, each book has its own ending, but it simply isn’t the end of the whole story.  I love that, because I get to take a breath between stories and feel like all is well for a short time.  Of course, then I pick up the next in the series….
 
This book is fraught with tension and fear and love and friendship.  The friends all worry what each other will think and if they can still be friends.  You get to read about the fascinating transformation to Immortal.  That is another thing that is so nice about these books, you are not left wondering how or why, you are given explanations on how these beings can live in our real world. 
 
This book in particular, answered some of the withstanding questions I had and even a few I didn’t think of.  The showdown with Annabel when she realizes that Ian and Eva are no longer merely human is sweet justice! Again, this is not the end of the series, but man there is some great fighting.  There are also some very serious injuries that will have you on the edge of your seat.  Especially, Arielle’s injuries…..
 

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Here is the series order and links:

Arielle: Immortal Awakening, (Book 1 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Seduction, (Book 2 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Passion, (Book 3 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Quickening, (Book 4 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal, (Book 5 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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REVIEW – Arielle Immortal Passion (Book 3 of the Immortal Rapture Series) by Lilian Roberts

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An interlude in paradise… St. Jean De Luz, in the south of France, is the gorgeous setting of one of Sebastian Gaulle’s family estates. It is to this lush place that the Immortal takes his love, Arielle Lloyd, and her friends, to relax and spend their holiday exploring the surroundings and learning about his family’s history.
A snake in the garden… There is no safety in this paradise, however, as Sebastian’s past continues to haunt him. The Immortal, Annabel, still lusts for vengeance on Sebastian and seeks to destroy his new love. While exploring, Arielle’s life is endangered when she discovers dangerous hidden strangers occupying the house.
 
Evil that will not die… Trapped, threatened, and nearing her last breath, Arielle must call on the powerful magic of her friend, Eva, for help. Sebastian must rally his Immortal friends and family to protect his love and expel the evil before his paradise is forever lost.
 
I didn’t think it was possible, but this 3rd book in the series was even MORE intense than the first two!  This book was wonderful and scary all in the same breath.  I think if I were a nail biter I would have none after reading this book! 
 
Sebastian takes them all to his beautiful family estate for a nice relaxing holiday.  Of course with Annabel that will never happen. Arielle and Eva stay home from horseback riding and decide to do some exploring.  And WOW!  You won’t expect what they find, or what happens next.  I was literally holding my breath and stomping my feet! 
 
Lilian Roberts definitely knows how to write suspense!  What I liked was I HAD to keep reading to see how it would turn out…..what I mean is that there was no obvious answer that I was shouting to the characters. Usually, I can see where a story is leading and I am thinking “Why don’t they do this? Or that?”.  I love that I had no clue how it was going to turn out and if everyone was going to be okay….

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Here is the series order and links:

Arielle: Immortal Awakening, (Book 1 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Seduction, (Book 2 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Passion, (Book 3 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Quickening, (Book 4 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal, (Book 5 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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