Sunday, December 9, 2018

Blog Tour with Giveaway: His Girl Next Door by Khardine Gray

His Girl Next Door
by Khardine Gray
Genre: Contemporary Romance

No strings attached fun… What could possibly go wrong?

Nothing. It was fun.
Hot, sexual, steamy fun with the uber gorgeous single dad next door?
Yes, please.
Look at him. Who would say no to him with his perfect body, perfect everything, and those piercing green eyes?
Not me.
What else could it be? I was only going to be in town for eight months and I was here for business.
Business, business, definitely not pleasure.
But all work and no play has never been a good thing in anyone’s book.

Fun would be easy. No strings attached.
It would be goodbye at the end. I would go back to L.A and he would stay here.
No problem, no drama, no stress.
It felt easy when Ryan came to me with the idea. It felt easy as I played the game and went through the motions.
It felt easy because I had a line I always drew under relationships. A line I never crossed.
But... then he unlocked something inside me. Something I hid away from the world.
No strings attached fun... what could possibly go wrong?
I thought nothing then everything became a complicated, sexy mess…

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Khardine Gray is a contemporary romance author who lives in England with her husband, two kids, and three crazy ferrets.

She is well traveled, cultured, and a woman with a passion for dancing and ice skating.

When not writing you can catch her shopping, indulging on pizza and hot chocolate, or hanging out with her family and friends.

No need to spend money on an airline ticket. Simply pick up one of Khardine's books to become immersed in the fascinating stories and characters she creates.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Review: Have a Heart (Love Happens #4) by Jodi Watters

Book info:
TitleHave a Heart
Author:  Jodi Watters
SeriesLove Happens #4
Genre:  Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  November 9th, 2018
Source:  E-galley received from Kylie's Fiction Addiction Review Tours which did not influence my opinion
My rating:  5 stars

If he had a heart, she’d be the woman he’d give it to.

A runaway bride, searching for happily ever after.
A Navy SEAL, who doesn’t believe in such things.
A bar, in the middle of nowhere, and fate, who’s been awaiting this day. 

When I left my groom at the altar, I didn’t care where I went, or who I met along the way. 
When I walked into a roadside bar in Nowhere, California, I wasn’t planning on staying.
When I sat down beside Jason Reynolds, I had no idea who he really was. 
My world turned upside down. 
Now all I want to do is save him.

I tried to ignore her. The beautiful train wreck who’d crashed my pity party. 
I tried to fight temptation. Her sweet smile and smart mouth threatened my misery. 
I tried to walk away. My blackened soul didn’t deserve her bright, hopeful light.
My team calls me Tin Man for good reason. 
Love has no place in my life.

All books in the Love Happens series are standalones:
Next to Me (Sam)
Wrong then Right (Beckett)
True to You (Asher)
Have a Heart (Jason)

My Review:
I had read another book in the series, True to You, and really enjoyed it.  Although in that story, I had trouble with something the guy, Asher, had done to the girl, Olivia, and so that kept me from being able to give it 5 stars.  But the couple in this book, Jason and Tessa, well I got all of their issues, and even when I was a little frustrated with how they might push the other away, I understood how much their pasts had created the way they were.  The banter in this one was so fun.  I loved the beginning when Tessa walked into the bar in her wedding dress.  The steamy parts in this one, well, yeah, there might have been a bit of fanning on my part as I read them.  But it wasn't all fun and sex, nope, there was a lot of emotional parts to this story, and I know that I was fighting tears once or twice.  There was a little twist at the end that I didn't quite see coming, and can I just say, WOW!  But I loved the way that Jason handled it.

A few other things I liked had to do with when we got to see characters from the other books at the place they all worked now, well, most of the guys anyway.  I always like when authors tie the stories together that way, but still keep it so that each story is definitely a standalone.  And something silly that I commented on as I read, there's this game a lot of people have played, you know, where you throw little bean bags into holes on a board?  I'd just always heard it called like a bean bag toss.  A couple years ago at the school where I work, one of my assistant principals emailed that we'd all be playing a game called "corn-hole".  Well, I don't know about you, but just as in this book, that word, corn-hole, means something else, something sexual.  So I'm glad to see I wasn't the only one who thought that was what the word meant.

Another great story in this series, and just as when I finished the other one, I think I want to go and read the other books in the series so that I can learn all the other characters' back stories as well.    

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Sublime Karma by Peyton Garver

Sublime Karma
by Peyton Garver
Genre: YA Romance

When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie learn to trust her heart, or will she miss out on the best thing that ever happened to her?

Jake has his own secrets and has built his own walls, but eventually his curiosity about the new girl gets the best of him. Unfortunately, now there is competition: the captain of her cross-country team. Jake’s romantic histories with the girl next door and the school’s queen bee, adds tension to a simmering tempest when all he wants is Brie. Is he strong enough to help the one he loves weave sense into her crumbling new reality while overcoming his own tainted past?

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The bus snaked its way through the country roads and then to the lavish development that backed up to the woods behind his house. Upperclassmen from this neighborhood had their own cars. This bus collected the underclassmen: those few who weren’t chauffeured to school, as minions of the privileged.
Jake leaned back in his seat and folded his arms across his chest, not looking at the kids coming down the aisle. None dared to ask if they could sit in the empty space next to him. They’d sit three to a seat rather than make that request. Just the way he wanted it.
The over-filled bus pulled to a stop midway down Belmont Circle. New stop? Jake looked out his window at the estate with a circular drive. Huh. It finally sold. He watched as a single figure headed toward the bus. What, so now they get door-to-door service? He rolled his eyes.
Seconds later, she stood in the aisle waiting. From his seat, his eyes skimmed up passed her faded jeans and plain, loose sweater, and his breath caught in his throat. Her long blond hair was pulled to the side in a loose braid. Her face? Ethereal. But then, his flustered gaze became an annoyed glare.
Her bleak gray eyes seemed to look right through him before they darted to the space next to him. Did she even register his indignation? She must have. Yet, she stood there in the aisle twisting the loose adjustment strap on her backpack tightly around her fingers.
“May I sit here?” her meek voice broke the silence that had fallen around them.
Noticing the hush of conversation, Jake’s eyes skimmed the crowded bus. There was no doubt he and this new girl had an audience. Not something he relished.
His eyes swept back to her. He could tell she was nervous. He heard it in her quavering voice and saw it in the way she avoided his eyes. He could just say no. But so long as she was standing, the bus wouldn’t budge.

Peyton is a secondary ed teacher in Maryland and an author of young adult fiction. Her newest novel, Sublime Karma, is an edgy contemporary YA story with diverse characters that addresses real teen issues such as fitting in, cliques, bullying, self harm, and suicide. Sublime Karma has themes that may not be appropriate for tweens and younger teens.

The Sublime Karma manuscript won third place in the Young Adult category of 2015 Lone Star Writing Contest - Northwest Houston Romance Writers of America.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Review Blitz: Jock Rule (Jock Hard #2) by Sara Ney


Book info: 
TitleJock Rule
Author:  Sara Ney
SeriesJock Hard #2
Genre:  New Adult sports romance
Release Date:  December 6th, 2018
Source:  E-galley received from InkSlinger PR which did not influence my opinion
My rating:  5  stars

Kip Carmichael is no pretty boy.

He's a rough. Dirty. Giant. Hair so unruly, and a beard so thick, his friends on the team call him Sasquatch.

The first time Sasquatch lays eyes on Theodora "Teddy" Johnson across the keg at a party one night on Jock Row, she'd been relegated to the sidelines by her jock hungry "friends."

Week-after-week, he watches beautiful but bashful Teddy getting overshadowed, and overlooked. 
Sasquatch finally broad shoulders his way through the crowd, offering to to be her hairy godmother. But the minute their eyes meet? He's a goner.

Teaching her the RULES for winning a jock will be the easy part. Not falling in love with her is going to be a losing game.

My Review:
Oh my gosh, I want my own Kip!  I remember a time when any guy with facial hair was a yuck for me.  I preferred them like I guess Kip used to be, nice and clean-shaven and preppy.  But ever since a certain American Idol winner (David Cook), I've really been into guys with facial hair. And I'd have to say ever since Jason Momoa, I've been into the mountain men type of guys, like Kip.  Now at first, I guess I didn't pay enough attention to the description of Kip, because just the style of beard and hair in a man bun made me picture Jason Momoa.  And mmm-hmm, that was a nice picture.  Then I read a description of him as having dirty blond hair, and I realized that wasn't quite the right image that I had in my mind.  

But never mind the image, what really makes me want a Kip of my own was his funny banter with Teddy.  I was laughing so much at all their conversation, and the sarcasm and the snark, and it was just perfect!  And it wasn't just their banter, it was the fun conversations with the other rugby girls that Teddy met at Kip's match.  It was the texting between Kip and his sister Ronnie.  

There were so many things about this story that were just realistic to me as well.  So often I feel that characters do things in stories just to create drama, that people wouldn't really behave that way.  I love that Kip didn't go off and get weird with Teddy when he realized she was poor.  That he didn't assume she was after him for his money when she came to his house.  I like how his parents really were, not that they were the snobby rich people you might assume from his own anecdotes and thoughts about them.  I like that even though Teddy wanted to defend her friends, she actually realized pretty quickly that they weren't the best friends, and that she could do better.  And I really liked how they behaved after the whole first time of fooling around.  It was nice to see the awkwardness be there, but also be realistically dealt with, without going overboard and creating more drama in the story just for the sake of having more drama.

Once again I loved this author's story.  I can't wait for more from her, although I still have a couple of her first series to go back and read, so it's not like I can't get my fix!

About the Author:
Sara Ney is the USA Today bestselling author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.  

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Blog Tour Review with Giveaway: Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson

Book info:
TitlePaper Girl
AuthorCindy R. Wilson
Genre:  YA Contemporary
Release Date:  December 4th, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Source:  E-galley from Netgalley provided by YA Bound Book Tours for review, did not influence my opinion
My rating:  4 stars


I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.

Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear...

My Review:
This book was a real page-turner.  Both of the characters were really developed in a way that you felt all of their pain and anxiousness.  I know that I was rooting for both to figure out that the other was actually their anonymous chess partner online, but until they did, it was very interested to see just how much they'd share.  Reading the descriptions of Zoe's paper galaxy made me want to actually see pictures of it.  I did my best to picture them in my head, but I'm sure I had nothing anywhere close to what it actually should have been.  Jackson's life was a hard one.  It was very sad to read about him living in his car.  But I guess even sadder is that there are actually kids probably doing that all the time.  I was glad to see what happened with his dad went the way it did.  Once in a while it is nice for there to be happy endings all around if possible.  I loved Zoe's mother, she was such a fun character.  Her sister Mae, definitely made me mad at times, but that was because she was so realistic, just like a real sister probably would be.  I feel like this book did a great job with showcasing so many different types of issues that teens today might deal with, and it kept me reading and wishing and hoping for the HEA.  This is one I will definitely put on my list of books to order for my library with budget money in the future.

About the Author:
Cindy lives at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and loves using Colorado towns and cities as inspiration for settings in her stories. She's the mother of three girls, who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels. Cindy writes speculative fiction and YA fiction, filled with a healthy dose of romance. You'll often find her hiking or listening to any number of playlists while she comes up with her next story idea.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Release Blitz: The Ex Effect by Karla Sorensen

Title: The Ex Effect
Author: Karla Sorensen
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: December 5, 2018  
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs

The headline could write itself:
Matthew Hawkins, star defensive end, comes out of retirement to play for the Washington Wolves. 
Which is perfectly fine by Ava Baker—it makes her job as publicist for the team easier. 
There’s only two problems. This particular football player was her first crush. 
The bigger problem: Matthew Hawkins was once engaged to her older sister. 
It’s been ten years since Ava has seen Matthew. He’s bigger, better looking, and best of all—completely single. Despite his history with her sister, the attraction between Ava and Matthew isn’t so one-sided anymore. 
It’s hot enough to burn down the entire city of Seattle. 
But this headline is far more complicated to write. And not just for the press or what it means for her family— because once her heart is involved, there’s no predicting the ending.

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