Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: 5 Big Beautiful Stars for Bountiful (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen

Bountiful (True North #4)

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on.

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life.

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave No-Last-Name will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.

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  What I thought about Bountiful

I'm a huge fan of this series and author, so I couldn't wait to "go north" and see what might happen in Bountiful.  

After Zara has a fling with a gorgeous ginger-haired guy, their hot summer nights leaves her with a few remembrances in the form of a  gorgeous red-haired baby, lots of life changes and a new direction. She tries to find her baby-daddy, but she's unable to locate him since she only has a first name and a garbled last. 

That is until he returns to town two years later, and in minutes three lives  change again.

The remainder of the book focuses on both Zara and Dave adjusting to these new revelations and attempting to figure out where they go from here.  Dave is really shocked to find out he has a daughter and Zara wonders how all of this will change her life again. But it's really Dave's side of the story that wowed me in Bountiful, as he comes to grips with not only his feelings about having a child, but his feelings for Zara.

This book felt so fresh to me. First, I loved how the big moment happens early in the story. There is some build-up to how Zara and Dave will deal with everything, but the real story here is Dave's journey through these changes. He goes from a never-gonna-get-married kind of guy to someone who really sees how his life could be different,even richer from all of these unexpected changes.  And he goes through all of this with extreme sensitivity and maturity.  I'm not saying he doesn't have his moments, because he has a few, but for the most part, he really cares about those he loves, and it is his discovery that he can open his heart to Zara and their baby that melted my own heart as I was reading Bountiful.

I just adored Dave. He's definitely on the top of my book-boyfriend list.  He's sexy and sensitive, and when it comes down to it, he makes a tough decision.  I'm getting a bit emotional myself just writing this review. I really loved this story.

There are some wonderful cameos from previous characters in this series that were the icing on the cake for me, as were the cameos from the Brooklyn Bruisers series.  It was fabulous to get all those folks included in the story, even grumpy Griff.

The True North series is one of my top recommendations for contemporary romance. The writing is excellent and the stories are unique and engaging.  Bountiful is no exception!  (Can I claim Dave for myself? Please?)

Another winner from Sarina Bowen. This is a fabulous book from a terrific series.

An ARC was provided for review. 

About the Author


Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont's Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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The army taught me discipline. Order. Control. None of that matters the day I walk into her classroom. Or her bedroom. What's more important than my grade? Not failing her.

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Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance, Little Dude, and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie always encourages her kids to be themselves – even if it means letting her daughter wear leopard print from head to toe. An avid reader from a young age, she will always trade watching TV for reading a book, unless it’s Top Gear. Or football. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men you fantasize about. She’s unapologetically sarcastic and notoriously terrible at comma placement (that’s what editors are for!). Always up for a laugh, Leslie tries to see humor in all things. When she’s not in the writing cave you’ll find her fangirling over Beck, camping with her family, or mixing up oil paints to depict her love of outdoors on canvas. 



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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Release Boost: Loving Storm by Carian Cole

 


Title: Loving Storm
Series: Ashes & Embers: A Sequel to Storm
Author: Carian Cole
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: October 13, 2017



Blurb

Evie

I met him in a snow storm...

We spent forty-eight hours trapped in the back of his pickup truck.
We fought.
We touched.
We fell.
Hard.

Storm

She literally crashed into my life...

The last thing I wanted was a relationship. Especially with a quirky chick who drove me insane. But something about her got under my skin, and into my heart.
And I had to have her.
All of her.
Now.

Falling in love in the back of a truck, just the two of us, was easy.


Dealing with psycho fans, jealous exes, and demons from the past....not so easy. 

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I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Release Day Blitz, Excerpt, Giveway & 5-star Review:Dignity (The Breaking Point #2) by Jay Crownover

  New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jay Crownover returns with the second title in her romantic suspense series, The Breaking Point, DIGNITY. Check out the excerpt below and grab your copy today!
 
About DIGNITY:
Looks can be deceiving.
I knew that most people took one look at the ink and the impossibly big and strong body it covered and decided I was a brawler…a bruiser…a beast. However, I was hardwired to be a thinker, not a fighter.
I should have chosen to use my brain and talents to be one of the good guys, a hero, a man with dignity and worth.
I turned my back on dignity and sold my soul to the highest bidder, deciding to dance with the devil, instead.
I couldn’t figure out how to help myself, so there was zero chance I knew how to save someone else.
That someone else was Noe Lee. She was the unkempt, unruly thief who was just as smart as I was and twice as street savvy. She was annoyingly adorable beneath the dirt and grime, and she was in trouble. In way over her head, I told myself it wasn’t my job to keep her from drowning. In the Point, it was sink or swim, and I wasn’t the designated lifeguard on duty.
I shut the door in her face, but now she’s gone…vanished…disappeared without a trace. It took less than a second for me to realize that I wanted her back.
When a woman comes along that melts all the frozen, hard things you’re made of; you’ll do anything you have to, to bring her home.
What you see is not always what you get…and with a man like me, what you get is more than anyone ever bargained for.

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EXCERPT

Protective and possessive instincts coiled around my gut and rage felt like it was going to choke me. I was so used to being cold and numb, I didn’t know what to do with the fire that was licking at my insides.

“I saw him take her out of the trunk when they got to the docks. He moved like a cop. Not the kind who is there to actually protect and serve, but the kind who pulls you over for no reason and slaps cuffs on you to prove a point. I was locked up for a lot of years, boy genius. I know what a dirty cop looks like. He had a busted-up nose and stitches on the side of his face. Should be pretty easy for Titus to identify him.”

Titus King was Bax’s half-brother and the only law enforcement officer in the entire city any of us slightly trusted. He was one of the few men the Point hadn’t tainted. He was a good guy, trying to do right by the people in our city, and he wouldn’t hesitate to throw Goddard’s dirty cop under the bus. But I didn’t want anyone going after the Mayor. His sadistic ass was all mine.

“Do you think they made it out of the container after you hit it with the truck?” That had been my idea. Nassir was only sending in Booker and Benny to get Noe out, but I didn’t think it was enough fire power. Since he refused to let me go, even siccing Chuck on me as a babysitter until the job was done, I made Benny go over the plan with me no less than a hundred times until I came up with a better one. Knocking the container sideways with one of the big semi-trucks that littered the area would give Benny the time he needed to get Noe out and distract the outside security detail enough that Booker could do his thing. It was a risk because the people inside the container—including Noe and Benny—might have ended up injured when the thing flipped, but the odds of them making it out were much higher than if Benny tried to take on everyone on his own.

“If Benny made it out, we won’t hear from him again. That was the deal he made with Nassir. He would get your girl and then disappear, so he can go and live happily ever after with his. As for the rest of them,” he shrugged, “I guess we’ll find out soon enough. Your girl said someone had a gun, so if they were shooting at Benny, he would do whatever he could to make sure they stopped. He’s not about to catch a bullet for any of us. I know you want that asshole alive for your own reasons, but honestly, it’s better if Benny popped him.”

It was better, but it wasn’t what I wanted. A bullet between the eyes was way too easy for a guy like Goddard. People would bemoan how bad the Point had become, how Goddard had been a staunch supporter of crime prevention measures. He would die a martyr and a legend. I couldn’t stand the thought of that. I wanted who Goddard was, who he really was, out in the open. I wanted his mansion doors flung wide open and every skeleton inside the walls exposed and thrown out on the perfectly manicured lawn for the entire world to see. I hated people who hid behind the law. I hated when men in any position of power got off on using their elevated status to jerk the helpless and hopeless around. Death wasn’t the answer. Devastation was.

I closed my eyes and squeezed the cold, still hand that was clasped in mine. Failure weighed heavy on my shoulders and fury lit up my blood like popping and sizzling firecrackers.

“When do we ever end up with anything that’s better for us?” That wasn’t how the Point worked. That wasn’t how we worked.

Booker grunted and I felt him move behind me. “It happens. It doesn’t seem like better should be able to find a foothold in this place, but despite all odds, it does.”

What I thought about Dignity
 I’ve been a fan of the stories taking place in The Point, a fictional bad-side-of-town location since the first series was released. I love the seriously bad and unapologetic bad boys and their love interests. Dignity did a great job of reminding me of what I love about this world. There’s lots of trouble going down, and it’s not easy to know who to trust.

Dignity is the story of Snowdon Stark, boy genius hacker. He’s focused on his hacking and his heart is cold. He needs plenty of defrosting before he can even think about love. But there’s something about fellow criminal Noe Lee that stirs that organ in his chest, and even though he tries to push her away he can’t stop thinking about her.

This sets up a nice romantic suspense plot that had me on the edge of my seat. Both Stark and Noe aren’t quite what they appear to be, and the more time they spend together and the more situations they get into, the more they find their recipe for being better versions of themselves. I really liked that about this story. Stark aka "boy genius" is super sexy and his chemistry with Noe is memorable.

All of the characters in The Point walk the gray area between good and bad and I love that about this series. It’s gritty realism enthralls me – it’s like taking a trip to another world, and that’s exactly what I love about this series. Stark and Noe are captivating and Jay Crownover does a great job of crafting an exciting plot that held my interest throughout.

An ARC was provided for review.

   

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 About Jay Crownover:


  Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.        

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I met him in a snow storm...
We spent forty-eight hours trapped in the back of his pickup truck.
We fought.
We touched.
We fell.

Hard.

Storm
She literally crashed into my life...
The last thing I wanted was a relationship.
Especially with a quirky chick who drove me insane.
But something about her got under my skin, and into my heart.
And I had to have her.
All of her.
Now.
Falling in love in the back of a truck, just the two of us, was easy.
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About the Author: I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My first novel in the best-selling Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published in September of 2014. I have many books and sequels slated for this series. My new spin-off series, Devils Wolves, launched in 2016 with the best-selling novel, Torn. There are several books planned for this series as well. Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Release Week Blitz, Review & Giveaway : Most of All You by Mia Sheridan


MOST OF ALL YOU by Mia Sheridan

On sale: October 17, 2017 
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"Heartbreaking...inspiring, uplifting and raw..." ― RT Book Reviews, A 5-star Gold Pick 

A broken woman . . . 

Crystal learned long ago that love brings only pain. Feeling nothing at all is far better than being hurt again. She guards her wounded heart behind a hard exterior and carries within her a deep mistrust of men, who, in her experience, have only ever used and taken.

A man in need of help . . .


Then Gabriel Dalton walks into her life. Despite the terrible darkness of his past, there's an undeniable goodness in him. And even though she knows the cost, Crystal finds herself drawn to Gabriel. His quiet strength is wearing down her defenses and his gentle patience is causing her to question everything she thought she knew.


Only love can mend a shattered heart . . .


Crystal and Gabriel never imagined that the world, which had stolen everything from them, would bring them a deep love like this. Except fate will only take them so far, and now the choice is theirs: Harden their hearts once again or find the courage to shed their painful pasts.

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What I thought about Most of All You

Most of All You is a story of two damaged people. They both have had a horrifying childhood for different reasons and as adults they are both struggling with the legacy of the past.

Crystal is working as a stripper at the Platinum Pearl when she meets Gabriel.  He's interested in hiring her to help him get past the anxiety he feels whenever someone touches him. He's got a good reason for that anxiety too, but he scares Crystal because when she's with him, she feels something and she can't deal with that.

The emotions in the first half of this book are so consuming.  There's Gabriel with his horrifying past and Crystal with hers.  It's so hard to see how either one of them will be able to get past the terrible circumstances life has handed them. But the spark between them is there, and when Gabriel steps in to help her after she's assaulted in the strip club parking lot, it's not quite the easy solution to everything. They both have some much to work through.

I loved the emotions in this story. Yes, it's dark. Yes, it made me get teary eyed. Every page held my interest and I just couldn't put this down.  The story is told in dual POV and I really liked that about it. I loved Gabriel and all he represented to Crystal. It takes a while for these two to work through their broken pieces and see a future this isn't full of the ugliness of the past, but that just made it more satisfying.

If you are looking for an emotional story of two broken people who find and heal each other, you just might like Most of All You. 

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About the Author

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.




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