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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

NEW RELEASE REVIEW & SIGNED PAPERBACK GIVEAWAY - Missed Connection by K. Larsen & Mara White

My first 5-star read of 2016! You need to one-click Missed Connection by K. Larsen- Author & Mara White!  Check out my spoiler-free review and enter for a chance to win a signed paperback copy of Missed Connection. 

Title: Missed Connection
Authors: K. Larsen & Mara White
Release date: 1/5/16

Twenty years weren’t enough for either of them to forget.

A chance encounter, a missed connection.

Two wayward stars that collided in a turbulent sky, at the right place, but at the wrong time in both of their lives.

What happens when they meet again? Do the same unforgettable sparks still fly?

Titan Jennings and Jesenia Van Buren may come from two different worlds but their hearts are open to second chances. No matter who or what may stand against them, love is what anchors their lives together.

Love may be infinite but time is not, Missed Connection is a novel about making the very best you can with what little you’ve got.

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Missed ConnectionMissed Connection by K. Larsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Son: Mom what's wrong? Why are you crying?
Me: It’s because of this book I just finished.
Son: It was so bad it made you cry?
Me: NO. It was incredible! I LOVE this book!
Son: Is this book by a writer you talk about on your blog?
Me: Yes, it's by two writers Mara White and K. Larsen- Author.
Son: Ok. After you are finished crying can you make me dinner?

Yes, this convo happened two hours ago. After I found a huge box of tissues, I finally made dinner. I knew I should have ordered in a pizza half way into Missed Connection. I couldn’t put this book down if I tried. So many feels. Missed Connection is incredible. I will write a full-review after I deal with my book hangover.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

New M/M Sports Romance: Play Hard by J.T. Fox

Check out my review of this new m/m sports romance!  Play Hard is available for 99 cents.


Wanting him is the riskiest play of all…
Miami star quarterback Jordan Barr is the hottest man that halfback Eric “The Brick” Higgins has ever laid eyes on, and he’s wanted him in his bed for years.
When a chance encounter puts the two pro football players in the same town, the same TV studio, and the same locked room, the sparks don’t just fly, they burn. The chemistry between them is intense, immediate, and explosive and Eric isn’t about to miss his chance to have Jordan off the field. He’ll have Jordan naked in his bed—rumors of game fixing haunting both of their teams be damned.
Eric is one extraordinarily stunning man, and Jordan would love nothing more than to show Eric what it’s like to be taken by someone who knows exactly what he wants, in the bedroom and out. But Jordan has bills to pay and far too many responsibilities to throw caution to the wind.
He has to resist. But it’s getting hard….
Really, really hard.

Play Hard is the first installment in a three-part MM romance trilogy and ends in a cliffhanger.

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Play Hard (Hot for Him #1)Play Hard by J.T.  Fox
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

J.T. Fox’s debut m/m sports romance was short and sexy.
While the plot was predictable, I think that this series has some potential to make a touchdown! The epilogue left me wanting more. I will one-click the sequel, Play Harder when it releases for my next m/m romance fix.


Another roll of thunder boomed, shaking the walls of the Tampa TV station as Eric followed the redheaded intern through the dimly-lit hall toward the green room. He would be soaked to the skin if his driver hadn’t walked him from the limo to the glass doors of the skyscraper underneath a giant golf umbrella. He was glad he’d listened to his agent’s advice and hired a car and driver instead of a rental convertible for the trip.
Sure, he wanted to feel the wind in his hair, but that would have to wait for a weekend when he didn’t have to worry about looking pretty for the camera.
“What a storm, huh?” The intern glanced back at him with a wide, double-dimpled grin that lit up her pretty face.
She was a cute one. He was sure most men went crazy for her girl-next-door good looks.
“Should I call you Brick or do you prefer Eric?” she asked.

BOOK RELEASE NEWS: Kim Karr Will Release FOUR New Titles in 2016!

New book release news from Kim Karr!  

My very favorite romance trope is childhood friends turned lovers. ☺ There’s just something about the innocence of a boy and a girl that makes my heart fill with happiness and then race when they struggle with crossing the line from friends to lovers. 

With that said, get ready to meet JASPER & CHARLOTTE—I hope they make your heart race like they made mine. This story is about a broken city. Its white knight. And its black sheep. Get ready for what happens when they all come together in:

BOOK 1: SET THE PACE will on January 26, 2016
BOOK 2: TURN IT UP will release Summer 2016.

Official blurbs and covers coming soon and, let me tell you—the covers are amazing!!!

Add both books to your TBR:

ALSO IN 2016
✦ ✦REVOLVER – a new stand-alone romance coming Fall 2016! Details to come. Add to your TBR ➜

✦ ✦BENT – the final Connections Series novel coming Winter 2016! This is River and Dahlia’s final journey. Get ready for the ride of your life! Add to your TBR ➜

And don't forget if you want to receive additional content, stay up to date with what’s next, and participate in exclusive giveaways, make sure you're on my mailing list! ➜

Sunday, January 3, 2016

BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: The Last Round by Emmy Montes

Check out my review of The Last Round by Emmy Montes. Don't forget to enter Emmy's $10.00 Amazon gift card and goodie basket giveaway below.

Title: The Last Round
Author: E.L. Montes
Release Date: December 28, 2015

In the ring, I’m trained, powerful, and in control.
And that’s exactly how I built my legacy.
For years I’ve trained to fight, but no championship title in the world has prepared me for the most important fight of my life.
Out of the ring, I’m untamed and reckless.
Which is why my wife of nine years has filed for divorce.
I’m done with living up to the bad boy image my middleweight titles come with. Boxing is my life, but the money and the fame mean nothing to me without her by my side.
This fight is for the woman that I love.
And I can’t lose.
I won’t lose.
The Last RoundThe Last Round by E.L. Montes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Title: The Last Round
Author: E.L. Montes
Release Date: December 28, 2015
Rating: 4.0 stars

After twelve years, Julian and Natalia Rios' marriage starts to fall apart. Julian's knockout looks and championship boxing title catapulted his celebrity status. Julian ends up caught up with fame, fortune, drugs, and women. Natalia is sick and tired of Julian’s behavior and wants out. Fresh out of rehab, Julian needs train for the fight of his life to win his wife back.

This friends-to-lovers story had some winning moments. Told in alternating POVs with some flashbacks from the past shed some light on why they should not “throw in the towel.” I wish this story was longer and included additional flashbacks showcasing Julian’s bad boy behavior. Overall, this was a quick read, well written and one-click worthy.

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FLASHBACK of Julian and Natalia (High School Years)
My smile brightened with each step. This should be fun. His head was bent low as his fork stabbed into a baked potato.
Placing my tray down, I took a seat across from him. “If that was a living being lying on your plate, I’m sure you’d be charged for aggravated assault or even attempted murder. What has that poor potato done to you?”
He lifted his head, eyes meeting mine with a raised brow. He seemed both amused and annoyed I interrupted his train of thought.
“I eat alone,” he said, eyes tensed. Then he shoved a fork full of the loaded starch into his mouth. His tongue darted out and wiped clean his perfect lips. I wonder what it would be like to kiss Julian Rios.
“So do I!” I sounded a bit too bubbly, even for myself, but with a wide grin, I nestled further into the seat, crossed my legs, and reached for my apple. “We can eat alone together.”
“Why do I have the feeling you’re gonna make my life miserable?”
“But quite the contrary; by the time I’m done with you, you’re gonna want me part of your life every waking second.”
He scoffed. “I find that very difficult to believe.”
“Listen. I’m a freshman. You’re a junior. We have two long years together. Unless you switch schools, I’m all for bugging the hell out of you until you fall irresistibly in love with me.”

Check out a Chapter of Trailer Park Eden by CJ Roberts!

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

NEW RELEASE REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Blind Reality by Heidi McLaughlin

Blind Reality is LIVE!  Read my review and enter to win a signed copy and some fun swag!

Joshua Wilson, an up-and-coming movie star, is turned off by the idea of marriage. His Oscar-winning smile and breakout role in the summer’s hottest romantic comedy bring in enough attention to satisfy Joshua’s cravings for the spotlight – not to mention the never-ending supply of willing women.

Joey Mitchell is down in the dumps after finding out that her fiancĂ© cheated on her with her best friend, and is living at home with her parents until she can get back on her feet. Without Joey’s knowledge, her overbearing and neurotic mother submits an application for her to appear on the reality show, Married Blind. When the producers surprise her with the news that they have cast her, Joey wants nothing to do with the show but agrees to participate because, at this point in her life, she really has nothing to lose.

Lights, camera, action… Welcome to another season of Married Blind. Contestants are about to take the plunge, but only one couple will come out of the house winners! 

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.00- 4.50 Stars
Title: Blind Reality
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Release Date: February 2, 2016

Did you ever watch a reality TV show like The Bachelor and wonder what the participants were thinking? Is it all a show for the cameras or are real feelings involved? Welcome to the Married Blind show, where a couple agrees to say “I do” and stays married in order to win a large cash prize. Joey marries Josh, her ultimate celebrity dream-crush. Are Joey and Josh just playing the game, or is the game playing them?

Blind Reality is a refreshing and lighthearted romance that captures the essence of reality TV. This book ended and left me wanting more. I feel like I just watched the last episode of my favorite TV show, and it's over for the season. I'm so bummed that it ended! What’s going to happen to Joey and Josh’s marriage? I hope Heidi has another book planned!

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Heidi McLaughlin’s Bio:

Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, and their newest addition of a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting courtside during either daughter's basketball games.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

HOT LIST: The 31 Romance Books You Must Read In 2016

HOT LIST: The 31 Romance Books You Must Read In 2016

Here are thirty-one highly anticipated romance books you need to read in 2016. Some of these soon–to-be-released titles are so new that they don't even have an official cover yet! There is something for everyone including sports fans, dark romance lovers, hot bikers, angst filled friends-to-lovers, melt your e-reader erotica, forbidden love, gay, military romances and more. Find them at your favorite book retailer. This is going to be the year of the feels!


The Baller by Vi Keeland (Contemporary Romance/Football/Sports) 
Release Date: January 18, 2016
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Aced by K. Bromberg  (Contemporary Romance/HOT race car driver)
Release Date: January 11, 2016
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Cunning (Infidelity Book 2) by Aleatha Romig (Dark Romantic/ Suspense/HOT) 
Release Date: January 19, 2016
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Untitled by Penelope Ward 
Release Date: coming soon
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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover (Contemporary Romance)
Release Date: August 2, 2016
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Soulless by T.M. Frazier (Dark Romance)
Release Date: February 23, 2016

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Ink & Lies by S.L. Jennings (Contemporary Romance)

Release Date: Early 2016

Buy Link(s): coming soon

Blind Reality by Heidi McLaughlin (Contemporary Romance)
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Buy Link(s):coming soon
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Sin & Suffer (Pure Corruption Book 2) by Pepper Winters (Dark Romance)
Release Date: January 26, 2016
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Furious Rush by S. C. Stephens (Contemporary Romance/Racing/Sports)
Release Date: August 23, 2016
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Missed Connection by Mara White and K. Larsen (Contemporary Romance)
Release Date: January 5, 2016
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Untitled by Kim Karr (Contemporary Romance)
Release Date: February 2016
Buy Link(s): coming soon
Add to your reading list: February 2016

Tap by Georgia Cates (Contemporary Romance/Erotica)
Release Date: January 11, 2016
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Sweetest Venom by Mia Asher (Contemporary Romance)
Release Date: TBD
Buy Link(s): coming soon!
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Legend by Katy Evans (Contemporary Romance/MMA/Sports) 
Release Date: February 9, 2016

Slave to Love by Julie A. Richman (Contemporary Romance)
Release Date: January 14, 2016   
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Defenseless by Corinne Michaels (Contemporary Romance/Military)
Release Date: January 19, 2016
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The Score by Elle Kennedy (New Adult/Hockey/Sports Romance)
Release Date: January 16, 2016
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Hush by E.K. Blair (Dark Romance/Erotica/Suspense)
Release Date: TBD
Buy Link(s): coming soon

Unseen Messages by Pepper Winters (Contemporary Romance)
Release Date: TBD
Buy Link(s): coming soon

Love, Chloe by Alessandra Torre (Contemporary Romance)
Release Date: March 7, 2016
Buy Link(s): coming soon

F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher (Contemporary Romance)
Release Date: 1/1
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Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige (Contemporary Romance/Suspense) 
Release Date: June 14, 2016
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The One Real Thing by Samantha Young (Contemporary Romance)
Release Date: September 6, 2016
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The Delivery by Mara White (Forbidden Romance)
Release Date: January 28, 2016

Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan (Contemporary Romance)
Release Date: March 2016
Buy Link(s): coming soon

Amped (Trent Brothers #2) by Tina Reber (Contemporary Romance/Military)
Release Date: TBD
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Full Domain by Kindle Alexander (M/M FBI/Romance)
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Buy Link(s): coming soon
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Bind Me by Anna Zaires (Dark Romance/Erotica)
Release Date: February 2, 2016
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Roman Crazy by Nina Bocci & Alice Clayton (Contemporary Romance)
Release Date: September 13, 2016
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Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy (Forbidden Romance)
Release Date: May 3, 2016
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