Cover Reveal and Excerpt- FATAL BEAUTY by Nazarea Andrews

A brand new Adult Thriller from Nazarea Andrews? Yes, please!!! Fatal Beaury releases October 6th and it looks fantastic!! Check it out below, and make dure to follow the aurhor to help you keep up to date on all her new releases!

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Charlotte was a good girl. Sweet and innocent, a debutante with her Daddy’s credit card and a fiancée who doted on her.
She was destined for a perfect picture life in Charleston.
Until everything goes wrong.
EJ grew up with everything she could ever want, and bored as hell. Nothing surprises her and nothing ever changes, and she wants out—whatever it takes.
Getting involved with Anthony Jacobs is probably the worst idea she’s ever had—and that makes it irresistible.
Until Charlie needs her.
New Orleans. Los Angles. Vegas.
Beautiful girls who know just how to get exactly what they want.
It’s all fun and games, sexy nights and wild parties.
But you can only manipulate your way out of so much, and when their past catches up, not even a pretty fucking smile will get them out of trouble this time.

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Wallace Bryce Talbert was dead. She was standing next to him, and distantly, she was aware of the blood spilling out, spreading to seep around her toes, sinking into the crack of her feet.
They had hardwood floors. She could mop. She should mop. Except it was a crime scene. You didn’t just mop up a crime scene. There were procedures to follow and—her stomach heaved suddenly, and she whirled, her foot sliding in the spreading blood as she scrambled for the trash bin. She’s still in the dress she wore to their engagement party, her hair half down in, makeup smudged.
Hair falls in the trashcan, and she gags as vomit catches in it.
She straightened slowly and made a face. Wonderful. There was now a dead body on the floor and vomit in her hair. The night was definitely on a downward spiral.
There is a sharp knock on the front door, but Charlie doesn’t move to answer.
She shouldn’t have called Ella, but it happened before she could think, while Wallace was still gasping, his eye shocked and angry while she fumbled for her phone and stood over him.
“Charlie?”
The voice breaks the cocoon of distance, and she draws in a shuddering breath.
“Oh holy fuck.” EJ breathes the curse like a prayer and stumbles across the room to grab Charlie, yanking her around. Her eyes and hands are frantic as she looks over the other woman, and a hysterical giggle works it’s way up Charlie’s throat and bubbles over.
EJ goes still and watchful, her sharp blue eyes locked onto Charlie’s. “Charlie, I need you to focus on me. Tell me what happened.”
The words snap her laughter off and Charlie shudders, a full body spasm that makes EJ’s hands on her shoulders tighten for a heartbeat.

FATAL ATTRACTION – Out August 6th!
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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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Cover Reveal – THE WORLD WITHOUT END Series Box Set by Nazarea Andrews

This really is one of my ultimate favourite series, and now it’s all been put together in one handy box set. Four books PLUS a whole bunch of bonus content! Three short stories and a novella to add to the already epic series! And as if that wasnt enough, we also get an exclusive look at Nazarea Andrews’ upcoming book, The Blood Scion!!!

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The complete set of The World Without End series, with exclusive bonus content.

The World Without a Future–Book 1
Nurrin has spent her entire life in a world with zombies, behind the dubious safety of Haven walls. But when her Haven falls, she manages to escape with her boyfriend, brother and her brother’s partner.
Finn O’Malley wants nothing more than to leave his past behind. But on the run in zombie nfested lands, he’s forced to work with Nurrin to find the medicine that might save her boyfriend.
The Havens are falling, and in the end, everything ends in blood.

The Horde Without End
It was supposed to be over. But the stakes are even higher and there is no one to trust but Finn.
They’re following breadcrumbs, and Finn’s past is catching up with them. And time is running out–the zombies aren’t the only dangerous thing in the world.
In the end, there is only blood–blood that is spilled, and blood that is shared.

The Future Without Hope
Everything has changed. The Order has their hands in every dark corner of the Haven. With enemies on every side, and the horde bringing down the Havens, the question isn’t who will survive. It’s how far are they willing to go?
In the end, only one thing will matter…

The Ruin of the World
The thrilling conclusion to The World Without End series.
In the East, working for the Order, everything will change in one last battle.
It all ends in blood

Box Set Contents
The World Without A Future
The Horde Without End
The Future Without Hope
The Ruin of the World
Dinner in the Haven–Short Story
The Road Less Traveled–Short Story
The Girl Who Fought the East–Short Story
Reclaiming the West–Novella
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THE WORLD WITHOUT END – Out August 23rd!
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Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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Excerpt – IN THE DARK by Monica Murphy

In The Dark by Monica Murphy releases on Tuesday, and I have an excerpt for you today! I can’t wait to get to know Gabriel and Lucy! Pre-order links included.


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Stuck spending the summer with his screwed up family, Gabriel Walker is bored out of his mind and looking for an adventure. And he seems to find it with the hot girl who lives next door. The attraction between them is instant. Electric. Soon they’re spending every stolen minute together. Talk about the perfect summer fling…

Lucy isn’t what she seems. She doesn’t live next door—she’s the girl who’s been hired to house sit for the summer while the family goes on a worldwide vacation. If Gabe wants to believe she’s a spoiled rich girl looking for some fun, she can go along with that. After the summer, she’ll never see him again.

They don’t count on running into each other at college. Now Lucy must keep up the pretense of being a rich girl—and it’s exhausting. She knows she’s falling in love with Gabe and she’s scared he feels the same. Will he still care about her when he discovers the truth?

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“Have you really looked at yourself lately? Pretty hair.” I thread my fingers through it and push it behind her shoulder. “Beautiful dark eyes. Kissable lips.” I lean in and brush my mouth against hers, pulling away before we can turn it into something more. “You smell fucking amazing.” I brush my nose against her cheek, moving down to her neck. “And I really like this.” I touch the very tops of her breasts, teasing the lace trim of her exposed bra.

She sucks in a harsh breath when I touch her there and I wonder again if I pushed too far. I trace my index finger along the lace, across one breast, then the other. Her head is bent, her hair falling around her face so I can’t see her reaction but I know she’s watching me touch her. Does she like watching?

Ah hell, my dick just got even harder.

“Gabe…” Her voice drifts off and a surge of triumph runs through me. I like it when she says my name. I like her, damn it. I want to find out more about her. I want to fill in all of those mysterious blanks. Yeah, she’s quiet. Yeah, she’s not my usual type but I don’t give a damn. I’m thinking this summer isn’t going to be a typical one for me. Instead of messing around with a variety of chicks, like usual, I think I want to stick with one and explore what’s happening between us further. Crazy but true.

I want Lucy.

But does she want me?

Wrapping my hand around her nape, I pull her down for another kiss. This one is even deeper, our tongues tangling, our bodies subtly thrusting against each other. I can feel my control slipping, bit by bit and I want to explode. Just tear off Lucy’s clothes, pull my cock out and fuck her. Fuck her until she screams. Fuck her until I collapse.

And I never feel like this. Control is the name of the game. It’s what keeps the girls coming back for more.

“Gabe.” She breaks away from my lips, saying my name more firmly now, her hands planted on my chest and she gives me a not so subtle shove. Without warning she climbs off my lap and scurries over to the edge of the balcony, leaning against the metal railing with her back to me.

I sit in stunned silence, amped up and turned on yet willing my erection down and breathing deep to calm my racing heart. What the fuck just happened? She’d been into it. I know she was. So what did I do? Where did we go wrong? Is she mad?

Damn, I really hope she isn’t mad.

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FAIR PLAY #1 – Out Now!
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IN THE DARK #2 – Out August 25th, 2015!
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SLOW PLAY #3 – Out November 3rd, 2015!
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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Cover and Prologue Reveal – BUILT by Jay Crownover

The Marked Men series by Jay Crownover is still one of my very favourite series, so I’m incredibly excited to read the first book in the spin off Saints Of Denver series, Built, which releases in January! Check out the gorgeous cover and read the entire prologue!!

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From the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes an electrifying new spin-off series, Saints of Denver, featuring all the characters fans have been dying to read about.

Sayer Cole and Zeb Fuller couldn’t be more different. She’s country club and fine-dining, he’s cell-block and sawdust. Sayer spends her days in litigation, while Zeb spends his working with his hands. She’s French silk, he’s all denim and flannel.

Zeb’s wanted the stunning blonde since the moment he laid eyes on her. It doesn’t matter how many smooth moves he makes, the reserved lawyer seems determinedly oblivious to his interest—either that or she doesn’t return it. Sayer is certain the rough, hard, hot-as-hell Zeb could never want someone as closed off and restrained as she is, which is a shame because something tells her he might be the guy to finally melt her icy exterior.

But just as things start to heat up, Zeb is blindsided by a life altering moment from his past. He needs Sayer’s professional help to right a wrong and to save more than himself. He can’t risk what’s at stake just because his attraction to Sayer feels all consuming. But as these opposites dig in for the fight of their lives, battling together to save a family, the steam created when fire and ice collide can no longer be ignored.

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I met her at a bar.
She had a beer bottle in her hand even though she looked like she should be sipping champagne out of an expensive flute, and that inexplicably turned me on. She was pretty and looked completely out of place in the no-name bar sitting across from one of my longtime friends who also happened to be her long-lost brother. He was the reason she was here. In that split second that I laid my eyes on her I wanted to be the reason she stayed.
I knew it was rude and that the two of them needed some time together, some time to figure out what they were to each other now that she had blasted into his life unannounced. If I was a better friend I would have left them alone. As it was, I made my way over to the tiny table and sat down. I was covered in sawdust and had drywall mud caked in the hair on my head and on my face, but she didn’t flinch or bat an eyelash when I purposely broke up their party of two and placed myself as close to her as I could without actually touching her.
My buddy Rowdy St. James lifted his eyebrows at me as I stared at her while he introduced us. Sayer Cole. Even her name was elegant and sophisticated sounding. She was an enigma, this pretty woman that seemed like she should be in any place but this bar with the two of us. She’d showed up out of the blue a couple of months ago claiming to be Rowdy’s half sister, claiming that they shared a father, claiming that all she wanted was to be in his life and have some kind of family of her own. She looked too delicate to be that brave. Came across as way too proper to have said “fuck it all” and picked up her life to move it someplace unknown without being sure of her welcome. She looked like silk, but if my guess was right about her, it was silk wrapped around steel.
Luckily Rowdy was a good guy. After the shock of discovering he wasn’t alone in the world, and once he realized he had someone tied to him by blood forever and ever, he had warmed up to the idea of having a sister and appreciated that the sister was Sayer.
I liked Rowdy a lot. He was a stand-up guy and a good friend, but I had a feeling I was going to like his newly found big sister even more. In my usual tactless way I asked him without looking directly at the knockout blonde, “So you have a sister? A hot, classy sister?” A sister that was also a lawyer, so beautiful and smart.
I expected a giggle from her or an eye roll at the outlandish compliment, but what I got was a wide-eyed stare of disbelief as eyes bluer than anything I had ever seen on earth danced between me and her brother like she wasn’t sure what to do with herself or with my overt interest in her.
I thought that I had gone too far, pushed the beautiful stranger too far out of her comfort zone. I was a big guy and knew I looked far wilder and rougher than I actually was. I figured it might be too much for a woman already obviously out of her element and depth to take.
Instead, Sayer surprised me and I could see by the way he stiffened that she surprised Rowdy, too. While she wasn’t exactly overflowing with welcome and warmth, she did ask me about the current project I was working on after Rowdy explained I was a general contractor and had rebuilt the new tattoo shop he worked in. She seemed genuinely interested, and when I told her that my specialty was rehabbing old houses and giving them new life, her eyes practically glowed at me. I wanted to touch her to see if she felt as smooth and polished as she looked. I wanted to leave streaks of dirt on her perfect face to mark the fact that I had touched her, that she had let me touch her. It was a primal and visceral reaction that I couldn’t explain and I liked the way it felt. Liked the weight and heft of it in my blood even if I knew the feeling wasn’t likely to be returned.
She told me all about a fantastic but crumbling Victorian she had purchased that was falling down around her. She asked me for a business card and I saw Rowdy stiffen across the table. I sighed and rubbed a hand over my already messy hair. I watched her eyes follow the light cloud of dust that escaped the strands. I was great at my job, loved what I did, but I couldn’t do anything with her or for her without laying everything on the line. Especially not with Rowdy giving me the death glare from just a few feet away.
I dug the card out of my wallet, and when I handed it over our fingers touched. I saw her eyes widen and her lips part, just barely. She looked a little dazed when I grinned at her.
“You take that card, but understand that the man giving it to you has a past.”
She blinked at me and cleared her throat. “What kind of past?”
It wasn’t something I liked to tell a beautiful woman when I first met her. It was something I liked to work up to, liked to prove it was behind me, but with this one it seemed like I wouldn’t get that chance.
“I tell everyone that I do any kind of work for or that considers hiring me on for a project that I have a criminal history. I spent time locked up for a few years, and while I’m not proud of it I can’t deny it happened. I was a hotheaded kid and it got me in trouble, but I’m the best at what I do, so I hope that doesn’t discourage you from giving me a call.” Hopefully for more than some construction.
Usually I got a concerned frown followed by a hundred questions about what had led me to serving time. I got none of that from the stunning blonde. She tilted her head to the side and considered me silently for a long moment before reaching down and slipping my card in her purse. If anything, I could have sworn she was wearing a look of sympathy when she told me softly, “I see it every day from the inside. Sometimes the system simply gets it wrong.” A slight grin turned her mouth up at the corners, and I wanted to lean over and kiss it. “People make mistakes. Hopefully they learn from them.”
I don’t know that “wrong” was accurate in my case so much as misguided, but the complete lack of judgment or censure coming from her made me want to pull her into my arms and hold on to her even more. I had made a mistake, a huge one, one that I was forever going to have to carry around with me, but I had learned from it, was still learning from it. That kind of understanding from a total stranger was so rare, especially coming from someone in the legal field. I wasn’t accustomed to someone looking at me and seeing me, just me, not an ex-con loser after I explained where I had been. It was wildly refreshing and attractive. I couldn’t quite get a handle on what made the woman tick, but I would welcome any opportunity she gave me to figure it out. I found her outwardly flawless and pristine demeanor tempting to taint with my dirty hands and ways, and there was something about the way she watched me, the way she turned toward me like she was drawn to me, that made me think maybe I wasn’t alone in the inexplicable pull department.
Rowdy left and she stayed.
We had a couple more beers and talked some more about her house and what she wanted done with it. She already hired one contractor but felt like the guy was ripping her off. It happened a lot in the industry, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the guy was taking her for a ride. Spending time with her was easy. She was fun to talk to and really fun to look at. I really wanted to get my hands on her house and of course on her, and I felt like she was maybe, kind of, slightly leaning in the same direction when I made the mistake of asking her about her past.
I asked about where she had been before she found out about Rowdy and decided to move to Denver so that she could get to know him. I was curious what kind of life she had where she could leave everything behind and not be missed. Really I wanted to know if she had a boyfriend or husband stashed somewhere, but the simple inquiry must have touched a nerve. The next thing I knew she had paid out the tab for both of us and disappeared into the night. She went from glowing and bright to frigid and untouchable in the span of a heartbeat.
I figured I blew my shot by being too blunt, as always. I assumed she probably did have someone else in the picture and had been friendly and polite only because I was good friends with her brother. I thought I would never hear from her again and was baffled why the thought of that made my chest ache and my heart feel like it weighed two tons.
Imagine my surprise when she called me and hired me to renovate her house a week later without a bid, without a contract, without even knowing if I was half as good as I claimed to be.
Of course I accepted, but I knew once I was inside I would need to knock down and rearrange more than just the walls of the house, in order to get at something beautiful and lasting.

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BUILT – Out 6th January, 2016!
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HOOKED – Out August 2016!
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Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men and The Point series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

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New Review – CHASING RIVER by KA Tucker

I am so in love with this book! I need my very own River Delaney! Check out my review for Chasing River, and full series buy links.

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Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.

Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.

Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.

And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.

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I absolutely loved this book! Loved, loved, loved it!!! I could not put it down, and I was left with the biggest grin and the fullest heart.

I loved all the characters, and I completely fell for River! There’s just something about a gorgeous, Irish guy, even if he’s fictional! He’s loyal to the death and would do anything for the people he loves, even if it caused himself trouble.

The storyline was fantastic! I loved learning about Ireland through Amber’s research and River’s stories. I really had no clue where this book was going; would it end in disaster, or a HEA? Would there be heartbreak along the way?

It didn’t take me long to find out because I absolutely devoured this book!! I loved how Amber and River met, how their lives literally collided, and the friendship that resulted. These two were perfect for each other, even though their lives couldn’t be further apart.

Chasing River gets a big 5 stars from me, as one of my favourite KA books to date!

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BURYING WATER #1 – Out Now!
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BECOMING RAIN #2 – Out Now!
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CHASING RIVER #3 – Out Now!
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SURVING ICE #4 – Out October 13th, 2015!
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Born in small-town Ontario, K.A. Tucker published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader, and currently resides in a quaint town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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New Review – THE BOURBON KINGS by JR Ward

JR Ward tried her hand at contemporary romance, and the results were just as addictive as her PNR. A must read!!

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal….

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

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Being a huge fan of Ward’s BDB series, I was so scared in case I wouldn’t love this new contemporary book, but oh my word!! I could not read fast enough. I really hope we get a sequel soon because I cannot wait to get back into the scandalous world of the Bourbon Kings.

The first 20% was really slow, and admittedly, I wasn’t sure if I would carry on. I thought maybe I should stick to the authors PNR side, but not quite ready to give up, I read on and I’m so glad I did! The beginning of the book was there to set the scene. To introduce us to the characters and some of their history, and once that 20% was done, that’s when the story really got going.

As I said, these characters lives are jam packed full of scandal! I could not get enough of all the twists and turns, and I was left desperate to know more. More about the family secrets. More about the Bradford brothers. I *really* want to know more about Edward! I have a feeling that the next book will focus on him, and I really hope that it does!

JR Ward is one talented author, and I can’t wait to get lost in her next book.

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THE BOURBON KINGS – Out Now!
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THE ANGEL’S SHARE – Out 2016!
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J.R. Ward is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels, including the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. She lives in the South her family.

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New Review – IN HER WAKE by KA Tucker

Ten Tiny Breaths completely rocked my world! To get inside Trent’s head was something I had wanted for a LONG time. Check out my review for In Her Wake, and full series buy links.

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Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there’s only one person who can give that to him…

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Ten Tiny Breaths was one of those books that just makes you sit back and think, WOW! The intense emotion, the gripping storyline, the beautiful yet heartbreaking love story of two broken people who are connected in more ways than just their hearts. It had it all. So it’s safe to say that once I came to the end of the series, I was ecstatic to be able to go right back to the start again, and this time, see things through the eyes of the guy who turned Kacey’s world on its head…twice.

As much as I loved TTB, and in fact, the entire series, I didn’t feel like In Her Wake was in the same league. I’m not even sure why, it just felt like something was missing. I did love getting to see everything from Trent’s POV, and I loved that it wasn’t a rehash of the original story, but it definitely wasn’t my favourite book by this author.

It did, however, make me want to go back and retread the entire series, which made me fall in love all over again with each story and character. Though I was a little disappointed with this book, the series as a whole is still one of my all time favourites.

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TEN TINY BREATHS – Out Now!
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ONE TINY LIE – Out Now!
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FOUR SECONDS TO LOSE – Out Now!
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FIVE WAYS TO FALL – Out Now!
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Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons.

She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit.

Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.

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New Review – BEFORE & AFTER by Nazarea Andrews


Brand new from Nazarea Andrews, Before & After is perfect for all lovers of second chance romances.

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Rike and Peyton fell in love in college.

A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, covered in ink and crooning in a bar is the last person a straight laced girl with a art major should fall for, but his rough edges made her jagged, alive, shaving away the coddled southern princess and revealing a soul wild and brilliant.

They fell in love, despite her family and his past and all the reasons why it wouldn’t work–and with their best friends, they made a life. Everyone was supposed to live happily ever after.
They, more than anyone, knows that life doesn’t go according to plan.

Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy with a guitar, and a poet’s heart, and a girl with freckles dusted over her nose, a perfect fucking fairy tale.

But what happens when the fairy tale doesn’t fall apart–but is forgotten?

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“You’re it. My always. You forget me, and walk away and I would love you still.”

First, look at that cover; second, look at that synopsis. You can see why I was excited to read this book, even without the fact that Nazarea Andrews is one of my Ultimate Authors. I’ve loved everything this versatile author tries her hand at, and Before & After was no different.

Told in dual POV with Rike leading “before” in alternating chapters with Peyton’s “after”, I loved how it was all set out. Rike told the perfect, sexy, love story, whilst Peyton’s chapters were laced with sadness, confusion, and hope.

Their pasts, though vastly different, shared one thing. Neither of them felt as though they belonged. Peyton with her political, overbearing family, and Rike flitting from place to place. But then they met. Best mates and roommates, it didn’t take Rike and Scotty long to find a home with Peyton and Lindsey. But it didn’t end there.

Unfortunately for these characters (but fortunately for me–I love a good dose of drama and turmoil!) their happily ever afters were a long way off. In a twist of events, all 4 friends are left broken, and afraid of an uncertain future, and Rike is set with the task of making Peyton fall in love with him all over again. And the only way to find out if they do get their HEA? You better get reading ;)

I wish the book had been longer. It comes in at around 200 pages so it’s a super quick read, and I would have liked a bit more exploration of certain things: a more in depth look at Rike and Peyton’s pasts; see what happens with Scotty and Lindsey (unless they get their own book??); and I would have liked to see more from Tommy towards the end, as I loved his character and the relationship he had with Peyton.

I think it just might impossible for Nazarea Andrews to write a book that I don’t enjoy. She easily sucks me in and keeps hold of me until the very end with her fantastic writing and engaging storylines. Before & After is another hit with me.

“Do you think I could forget you?” I shrug. “Doesn’t matter. I’ll remember for both of us, and I’ll make you remember too.”

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BEFORE & AFTER – Out Now!
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Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.

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New Review – STRONG ENOUGH by M Leighton

You can never go wrong with a M Leighton book.

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From the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Boys novels comes the first in a dark, sexy contemporary trilogy.

Is she strong enough to trust the most dangerous man she’s ever met? And is he strong enough to let her?

How would I describe myself? Well, I’m Muse Harper. I’m a twenty-something painter who loves red wine, quirky movies, and men with a fatal flaw. But that was before I met Jasper King. He became my fatal flaw. Eight months ago, I had a choice to make—abandon everything I’ve ever known to protect my family, or stay and risk someone getting hurt. I chose the former. My plan was working just fine until I found out my father had gone missing.

That’s when I met Jasper. A bounty hunter with the eyes of a tiger and the nose of a bloodhound, he was supposed to help me find my father. What I didn’t know was that meeting him was no accident. Hunting people isn’t all that Jasper does. And helping me was only part of his plan. I just wish I’d found out sooner, before my heart got involved. But even then, I don’t know if I’d have done things differently.

Now, I have another choice to make—trust the man that I’m falling in love with and hope that he’ll do the right thing, or run as far away from him as I can get.

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The prologue was quite possibly the hardest thing I’ve ever read. I just sat there. Hands shaking. Chest tight. Heart hurting. Perfectly still. Wondering if I was even strong enough to go on. To read more. To see where this story would take me. I needed to process. So I did. I took a little time; not even putting my kindle down, and then a took a big breath, and I carried on.

Thankfully, the rest of the book was much easier to read, taking the route of Leighton’s usual, addictive style. This is one author who sure knows how to spin an unputdownable story, and she also happens to be one of the very few authors who still manages to surprise me with the twists and turns of every book she produces.

Muse was a great heroine: strong, loyal, and incredibly loving. She really had the likability factor of a fan character. And then there’s the mysterious, intense, and downright sexy, Jasper. He was definitely something else.

Another fantastic read from M Leighton, which doesn’t surprise me in the slightest! She’s the queen of twists and sexy romances. I loved getting to know Jasper, and I’m not desperate for the rest of his teams books!

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*ARC received in exchange for an honest review*

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STRONG ENOUGH – Out Now!
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TOUGH ENOUGH – Out November 3rd, 2015!
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BRAVE ENOUGH – Out April 5th, 2016!
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

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Novella Series Review – ALWAYS WITH YOU by M Leighton

More Cash Davenport!!!! Yes, please! Check out my review of all three parts of the Always With You mini series. Buy links included for everything Davenport and even a little extra!

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Love didn’t come easy for Cash and Olivia. Forever will come even harder. But true love doesn’t give up, not even when dreams are crushed and reality isn’t quite the fairy tale you expected it to be.

When Olivia married Cash Davenport, it was her dream come true. Cash was everything she wanted and everything she needed, all wrapped up in jet-black eyes and an irresistible smile. She thought since she’d finally found the ideal man, their life would play out like a fairy tale. And, for a while, it did.

Until she found out that another woman, a woman from Cash’s past, has given him the one thing that Olivia can’t—a child.

For Cash, seeing their baby growing inside his wife would only make a perfect marriage more perfect, but all he really needs for true happiness is the love of his life—Olivia. She wants to give him a child, though, and when she can’t conceive, it puts a strain on her that Cash can’t seem to alleviate. That strain explodes when Sophie Marks, Cash’s old flame, shows up at their door with a little girl in tow. A little girl she claims belongs to Cash.

After all this time, can Sophie be trusted? Or has she returned with the sole intent of destroying the only real happiness Cash has ever known.

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Cash and Olivia are BACK!!! I cannot even explain how happy I was to be back with these characters. My obsession with the Davenports (and M Leighton) started way back when the author first self published Down To You (Cash & Olivia’s first novel!) so to be back with them was fantastic!!

Last year M Leighton released a festive novella, Christmas With The Davenports, and there was one heck of a cliffhanger ending. If you didn’t read it then it doesn’t matter so much, as you find out what happened as soon as you start on the first page of Always With You-Part One. So just in case of confusion, the Christmas novella holds your answers!

Part One

Poor Olivia! She’s been handed one heck of a surprise and considering the circumstances, I felt so, so bad for her. So many questions–is what Sophie says true? What are her intentions? Will she cause trouble? Will she be the end of Cash & Olivia????–but I know one thing for sure, I’m still completely in love with Cash Davenport!
4 Stars

Part Two

This series is titled The Bad Boys, but when it comes to Olivia, Cash is far from bad. I didn’t once question him when it came to Sophie. You can tell through every action taken and word spoken that he is completely dedicated to his wife, and I couldn’t help but love him even more. But speaking of bad boys…a big HELLO to the latest mysterious super hottie to grace the pages of an M Leighton book.

Add all of that to Sophie causing some major trouble, Olivia holding her own and refusing to back down from her man, hospitalisation, and then the force to be reckoned with that is Ginger (I seriously love that woman; she is hilarious!!!), Part Three couldn’t happen soon enough.
4 Stars

Part Three

The third and final part to the Always With You series, was perfection from beginning to end. M Leighton always (and I mean ALWAYS!!!) catches me unaware with her wicked twists, and this story was NO different! I was most definitely not expecting that to unfold!!

I am so completely over the moon with how everything came together in this book. I finished this book with the BIGGEST grin on my face, and such a full heart. But now because I’m completely greedy, I’d love to see a novella for Cash and Nash set slightly in the future, maybe titled “Davenport Daddies” *wink wink, nudge nudge*

I have so much love for the Davenport’s and I really hope we get to see them again.
5 Stars

Series rating…

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Ok, so first, I’m taking you way back to when Cash and Olivia first started. The Bad Boys series is an ultimate fave!

DOWN TO YOU – Out Now!
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UP TO ME – Out Now!
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EVERYTHING FOR US – Out Now!
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Then we have a christmas special! Just a quicky but you need to read that ending!!! Plus, it’s just 99c.

A DAVENPORT CHRISTMAS – Out Now!
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And then we have the Always With You, three part novella series. Each part is just 99c.

ALWAYS WITH YOU #1 – Out Now!
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ALWAYS WITH YOU #2 – Out Now!
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ALWAYS WITH YOU #3 – Out Now!
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And just for good measure, I thought I’d share Leighton’s latest release, which focuses on the mystery man we meet in Always With You – Part Two.

STRONG ENOUGH – Out Now!
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you’ll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren’t roaming in that direction, she’ll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

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