Tuesday, April 25, 2017

REVIEW: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

We're celebrating the release of 180 SECONDS by Jessica Park!


Title: 180 SECONDS
Age: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Jessica Park
Publisher: Skyscape
Release date: April 25, 2017
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OUR REVIEW:

I honestly am so scattered right now.
Do I talk about how vividly Jessica Park wrote these characters and the scenes she created?
Do I talk about how emotional this novel was?
Do I talk about how this was a love story but not only in the ways one might think?
Do I talk about how much I loved the secondary characters and the premise for Esben?
Do I talk about how I've never met a Jessica Park book I didn't enjoy? 

Hmmm. Decisions, decisions.

I guess I can start with the how I was really not prepared for this novel. I only had a cursory glance at the synopsis because HELLO, IT'S A JESSICA PARK NOVEL and I knew I'd most likely enjoy it. But it wasn't just that I didn't know much about what would happen in this novel, it was that I was wholly unprepared for how within sentences I was totally sunk. I just fell into the words, the atmosphere, the characters, the emotions and I couldn't stop reading or thinking about the novel when I had to put it down. Of course that had everything to do with Jessica Park and her word sorcery--the way she crafted scenes and dialogue and locations created such vivid pictures; it's like I was in the book every step of the way. It's also the characters she created--Allison and Steffi were so special and interesting and infuriating and amazing; Esben and Simon were so compassionate and understanding and supportive and Kerry was perfectly placed in the places the novel needed her to be there (if that makes sense?). Obviously, I didn't stand a chance at resistance (and why would I want to); I was drowning in the book and I was totally okay with it--this novel was exactly what I needed and I didn't even know it.

Another thing I wasn't prepared for was how many tears this novel could create. I was just going along, getting to know these characters and BAM! the emotions just hit me. Then I'd recover and BAM! another powerful scene. And here's the sneaky part--sometimes they were sad tears but sometimes they were happy tears, damnit--so there was no way to predict the feels that were coming at me from all sides, they just kept coming. I loved the getting to know Allison and Esben and all the people who loved and supported them, those background stories made their characters, friendship and love story that much fuller and richer and believable. And even though Allison's story was the primary focal point, Esben never felt like a flat character; he was rounded out and dynamic on the page and I absolutely adored everything about him and Simon. I also appreciated how Jessica Park weaved in social media into the lives of all of these characters--it added a freshness to the story being told. 

I don't know enough to know if this was a hard novel to write, though I don't know how Jessica Park wrote this and emerged emotionally unscathed; but I do know that as tough as it was to read (emotion-wise), sometimes, it was worth every second of my time; I only wish I had more time with these characters because now their story is over. 

I enjoyed it so much that I'll be buying it for my school bookshelf and if that isn't high praise, I don't know what is.


Blurb:
Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

About the Author:

Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24

Monday, April 24, 2017

REVIEW: Before I Ever Met You by Karina Halle


OUR REVIEW:

This is the best office/forbidden/single parent romance I've read in a while. Honestly. It had everything I would want in an office romance that is strictly off limits. It had the swooniest swoonfest of a male character, Will McAlister, and the lovely yet infuriatingly stubborn, Jackie Phillips (let the record show that I LOVE that Jackie is a curvy girl. I love a heroine who has curves!). Their chemistry was evident from the first time they were on the page together and it just freaking simmered and sizzled and sparked throughout the entire novel. Even when they weren't together, the way they thought about each other was hot. *fans self* It also had multiple levels of forbidden/this can never work romance--Will was Jackie's boss annnnd they both worked with or for her father. Also, Jackie needed this job for more than the obvious reason and being with Will could blow up in her face (let me pause here to say that I absolutely appreciated how Halle showed how much Jackie had to lose and didn't let that go unnoticed). Then there's Jackie's extreme reticence to let her heart get involved. And lastly, she has a son she needs to shield from any extraneous heartbreak. So many reasons and obstacles this romance faces before it can even get started, right?! Right. But Karina Halle has her ways and those ways involve lots of steamy hotness, humor, wonderfully romantic scenes, epic internal wars, and so much more. It's been a while since I've started and finished a full length novel in one day but I was completely captivated by Jackie and Will's story and I just could not put it down.

 I have no idea how Karina Halle does what she does but I hope she keeps doing it for a long time. 

*makes a pitch for Alyssa and Emmett to have a book (separately or together*...*adds a pitch for Tiffany to have one too because she was hilarious*... *also can't wait for more characters from the Dirty Souls duet to have books*... *and Rocked Up to come out*... OMG. I need to stop.

SYNOPSIS:

I first met William McAlister when I was just a teenager.

He was handsome, had a beautiful wife and was on the verge of success, having just joined my father as his business partner. Mr. McAlister was full of smooth charm, but back then he was barely a blip on my radar. Just a family friend.

Fast forward ten years: I’m 25 years old and a single mom trying to make things right for her seven-year old son. I’ve made some mistakes, grappled with my demons and now I’m back in the city of Vancouver, getting a second chance at a better life.

I’ve started by working for my father’s production company as an executive assistant. My first day on the job and I already know I could have a promising career there.
That is until I see Will McAlister for the first time in a decade.

Now recently divorced and as sophisticated as always, Will has gone from being my father’s friend and business partner to something so much more.

We’re both older, for one thing, and he just oozes this worldly confidence and stark sexuality. Combined with his tall, muscular build and sharp suits, strong jaw and bedroom eyes, Will has turned into one hell of a distraction.

A distraction I’m having a hard time staying away from, considering his office is right across from my desk and I work with him in such close proximity.

But it’s just a harmless crush, right?

It’s just an innocent fantasy of screwing him on his desk, right?

It can’t ever be more because he’s my father’s best friend, business partner, and my boss.

Right?

Wrong.

Before I Ever Met You is a contemporary standalone romance, a light-hearted swoony read that will make you believe in love again 

Learn more here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34621496-before-i-ever-met-you?ac=1&from_search=true

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

REVIEW: The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

Shel: You know what? Tiffany Reisz's name may have been what drew me to this novel but it's her writing and wicked storytelling abilities that keep me picking up her books. Honestly, The Night Mark is so far outside of my comfort zone that I know I probably would never have picked it up if it wasn't for Tiffany Reisz and there's a lesson there, a lesson I keep learning: Good writing and good storylines can get me out of my genre reading every time. 

Court: I'm so proud of you Shel. She is right though. Tiffany Reisz is a master storyteller, and every single time we read one of her books we get something different. She is a true artist, and I am so glad we read this book, because it was a beautiful blend of character and setting driven plot, a little bit of something different and twisty with some paranormal factors figured in - in truly a way that I didn't expect at all. She made me fall in love with every single character, and that was a gift in itself because some of them didn't really deserve it. 

Shel: The Night Mark swept me up in the story of Faye and Faith and Will, Carrick, Hagan, and Pat...and Dolly. I had to know how their stories would end and if Faye could find a way out of her deep grief; if Carrick would find happiness after a great loss; and what, exactly, did Pat know. In order to do this I had to do the easiest thing ever when reading a Reisz book: sit back, relax, and enjoy the story. I suspended my doubts and followed Faye into the waters of South Carolina and to her present, past, and future.

Court: We did. As I said, Tiffany's story is so beautiful and it is that the thought and research and effort she put into making this story wonderful shows through the pages. I mean, when I learned more about honing my writing craft from The Mistress than I did about sadism, well...you know that she really puts a piece of her heart in her work and it really means a lot to her. And to us. Gah, I just really loved this book, and I really, really can't say too much about the specific plot but each scene gives us something with the timeline, the scenery, conversations had...it was deep, and beautiful and really a special book. And I learned a lot about light houses, and that is so cool.

Shel: If you're a faithful Tiffany Reisz fan, you're going to love this novel. It's got so much heart and held me in its thrall--I couldn't put it down until I finished. I'm still thinking about Faye and Carrick and wondering all kinds of things about time travel now and that to me is the best gift of all--my imagination has been lit and it's all due to this novel. Thank you, Tiffany Reisz for the journeys you continues to craft and take me on.

Court: I really enjoyed that this one had a small tie to The Bourbon Thief, too. Bride Island was introduced in that book, and where this novel is set, and I thought that was pretty cool, too. Faye is a complex heroine for us to get to know, but I'm glad to have some thought provoking thoughts with her and this was a great read. 


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Source: Netgalley via Publisher

She has nothing to live for in the present, but finds there's something worth dying for in the past…

From Tiffany Reisz, the international bestselling storyteller behind The Bourbon Thief and The Original Sinners series, comes an enthralling new novel about a woman swept away by the tides who awakens to find herself in 1921, reunited with the husband she's been mourning for four years. Fans of Kate Morton and Diana Gabaldon will fall in love with the mystery, romance and beauty of an isolated South Carolina lighthouse, where a power greater than love works its magic.




Thursday, April 20, 2017

NEW + EXCERPT: Paper Fools by Staci Hart

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In the game of love, she never loses.


Paper Fools by Staci Hart is available now!!

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Title: Paper Fools

Author: Staci Hart

Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs

Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry

Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess.
Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.
Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.
It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.
Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.
The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.
If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses.
*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited just for you.*

Excerpt:

She reached into her bag, digging around in the black hole for her book, but looked up, sensing someone in front of her. When her eyes locked on his, she froze. They were the greenest eyes she’d ever seen, shocking and bright, rimmed by thick, dark lashes. His long face was graced with an elegant nose and wide lips bent in a crooked smile. And he was tall, really tall, with ebony hair that fell forward as he looked down at her. He pushed it back without seeming to think about it, but it still looked perfectly tossed, like he’d just rolled out of bed. She realized she still hadn’t taken a breath and flushed as she fumbled and almost dropped her book. “Uh, hi. I’m Lex.” She tossed her hand in a wave, hoping she looked casual. He paused for a second, watching her with an expression she couldn’t quite place. The moment seemed to stretch on forever, and as she studied him, it dawned on her that he was amused. This unnerved her, even more so when it dawned upon her that it was exactly what he wanted. “Hey,” he said, the timbre of his voice deep and full. “I’m Dean.” Lex realized her mouth was open. And that he was smirking. And that he was dead sexy while he was doing it. She closed her mouth and cocked an eyebrow, putting on her snark to hide the fact that he’d gotten to her. “Dean, huh? I heard they call you Professor Panty Dropper.” His smile stretched wider. “Oh, is that what they say?” “They do.” A tall blond, who she guessed was Roe, stood at the microphone, glaring at them. “Mic check, Dean.” They stared at each other like idiots for a split second longer before Dean turned to pick up his guitar, and he took his place with the rest of the band. She watched him walk away and blinked a few times before turning to her bag again, not looking for anything in particular — she only wanted to keep her hands busy and her eyes off of Dean while she scraped her dignity off the floor. fb-now-live

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Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics. IMG_8015

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

NEW: Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre

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Everyone in Nashville knows Nathan Dumont. 

That's what happens when you develop half a town and sleep with the rest. Four years ago, his fiancee disappeared.  

Last night, he proposed to me.
 
I'd wanted to escape my life, the seedy strip club and the mountain of bills. I had seized the opportunity to live in a mansion, fill my days with country clubs and caviar, my nights with romance and sex.  

Maybe I should have done my homework first.
 
The Trophy Wife is a standalone erotic romance. It is approximately 70,000 words. An earlier edition of this book was previously released in 2013 under the name The Dumont Diaries, this is an expanded and rewritten edition of that novel, with over 50 pages of new content.

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, co-hosted Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She has also served as the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.
You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.
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EXCERPT: Bombshell by C.D. Reiss

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Bombshell, an all-new sexy and swoony standalone from CD Reiss is coming May 1st!

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Bombshell by CD Reiss Publication Date: May 1st, 2017 Publisher: Montlake Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:

Hollywood bad boy Brad Sinclair always gets his way, whether it’s the role he wants or the bikini-clad model he has to have. But when a bombshell gets dropped in his lap in the form of a dimpled five-year-old from a forgotten relationship, he knows his life is about to change forever.
Cara DuMont isn’t exactly thrilled when she gets assigned to be the nanny for the latest box-office king. She has one rule: no celebrity fathers, especially single ones with devilish good looks and rock-hard abs.
But as soon as Cara meets Brad and his adorable little girl, she knows she’s in for a world of trouble. Because there’s something about the way Brad looks at her that makes her believe that some rules are meant to be broken…

Excerpt:

He was tapping on my bedroom window. It was 2:17 in the morning. I got out of bed, dressed in sweatpants and black T-shirt and slapped the window open. He practically fell through it, adorable in his wet tuxedo and red eyes. “You’re drunk.” “I like you. I want you to like me.” “Go to bed.” He leaned back out the window, paused. “Do you like me?” “Against my better judgment, I do.” “Okay.” He was so drunk he could barely stand. “Please go to bed.” He gave me a salute and walked right through a sprinkler, toward the front house. I closed the window. Brad was lying in the grass facedown, arms and legs in a big X, getting sprinkled on. I could leave him out there. I could, he deserved it. But I couldn’t. I put on sneakers and a hoodie and went outside. He was face-first in a mud puddle. The sprinklers had shut off. “Brad?” He didn’t move. I pulled his arm until he was on his back, then pulled both wrists and pulled forward. If I’m making it sound easy, it wasn’t. I slipped and fell in wet grass, and grunted like a tennis player. But I got him to sitting. Half his gorgeous face was dotted with mud. “Brad?” No answer. I slapped him. Nothing. Slapped again, harder. He groaned. Then I pulled my arm back and really hauled off and whacked him. “Ow.” “You have to wake up. I can’t carry you.” “That hurt.” I crouched, getting my shoulder under his arm. “Okay, I’m going to count to three. On three, stand up.” “Do you know you’re beautiful?” “One.” “And you smell like a fruit cup.” “Two.” He looked at me, the weight of his head tilting his face at an angle to mine. “You’re the queen of the house.” “Three.” We lurched up. Took a step left. Adjusted. Stood steady. “Can I just sleep here?” “No. Nicole isn’t going to find your drunk ass on the lawn in the morning. Lean on me.” We took one step forward, then two. I held his wrist with one hand and his waist with the other. The front of his tuxedo shirt was brown with mud. I got wet wherever his clothes touched me. “Do you have fantasies, ever?” He hopped onto a new subject as if it was completely natural. “Like about what?” I asked. His arm around me, his breath soft in my ear. Even his dependence was kind of a fantasy. “You know what bothers me about fantasies?” “Watch this chair here. Whoa.” I pulled him left, narrowly missing tripping over a lounger. “You never know if you’re getting it right,” he said. I turned to him, and found his eyes taking up my entire field of vision and my nose two inches from his. “Like when I fantasize about fucking you.” We almost tripped on the entrance. I swallowed my lungs, stomach, and heart in one gulp. He was drunk. He didn’t mean it. He never thought about fucking me. Not Brad Sinclair. He was my boss. SBPR-CDR-B-Teaser12

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CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn't pick up she's at the well hauling buckets. Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master's degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels. She's frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn't ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood. If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

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EXCERPT: Preppy Part 3 by T.M. Frazier

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Preppy, Part Three: The Life and Death of Samuel Clearwater by T.M. Frazier is coming April 26th!!!

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Preppy, Part Three: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater by T.M. Frazier

Release Date: April 26th, 2017 Genre: Contemporary Romance

The bowtie is BACK!
Dre was just a beautiful stranger when Preppy saved her the first time around. Now, he has to save her again, but she's no longer some stranger, she's family, and he has no idea who or what he's up against.
What he does know is that putting his family back together is the only acceptable outcome.
Preppy's to-do list?
SAVE FAMILY. SEEK REVENGE.
He's alive...and he's out for BLOOD.
Preppy Part Three is the third book and conclusion of Preppy and Dre's story. It's also the 7th book in the King Series, which should be read in order starting with KING & TYRANT.

Excerpt:

Preppy placed his other hand behind my neck, pulling me closer. “Dre, when I look at you, when I touch you. I love you so much it fucking HURTS,” he said against my neck, the vibration of his words had my nipples standing at firm attention all over again. “I don’t want you to hurt,” I said, although I knew exactly what he meant because I felt the same. I had so much love for him it made my chest swell to the point where I thought I might break inside. Preppy looked down between us to where his swollen cock bobbed with his every move. The head thick and purple, throbbing and glistening at the tip, dripping with his own need. “No, Doc, it hurts, but it’s the best kind of pain.” Preppy’s eyes were half-lidded. A devilish smirk played on his lips. “Look, it hurts so bad even my cock is crying.” I returned his smile, looking up at him through my lashes. I licked my lips. Preppy groaned, placing his hands on both sides of my head, running his fingers through my hair. I pushed him to his back and crawled down his body, giving a quick lick to the tip of his cock, which pulsed in response. I watched his expression darken as he watched me kiss and lick my way around his thick shaft. “Fuck,” he cursed. “What are you doing to me, woman?” “If your cock’s crying, then I’m licking the tears away,” I said, taking the head into my mouth and swirling my tongue around to taste his salty pre-cum. I moaned, the sound shot straight between my legs. Preppy dug his hands into my hair deeper, pulling, holding me with more force. His abs flexed as I took more and more of him into my mouth, lightly sucking as I circled my lips around the soft skin of his extremely hard shaft. I pulled back and softly blew on his wet cock. All the muscles in his arms tensed. His hips bucked into the air. His mouth fell open as he gazed down at me with a lust filled expression I know mirrored my own. “Any better?” I asked, wrapping my hand around the base of his shaft. Preppy shook his head. “No, not better. I think it’s fucking worse,” he ground out, looking as if he were in pain. “How so?” I asked, stroking him from root to tip with a slight twist at the top. Preppy hissed. “Because I want to fuck you again, but now I also don’t ever want my cock to be anywhere besides that beautiful mouth ever again. Those fucking red lips. Jesus fucking Christ, Doc. I thought I’d already died, but you’re the one killing me.” “You mean like this?” I asked, taking him into my mouth again. Further this time. Preppy had a monster cock and although I used to think he was joking when he said that it was the honest truth. There was no way I’d be able to take all of him but I did the best I could, taking him until the tip of his cock hit the back of my throat. Giving him all I could because I wanted to make him feel as good as he made me feel. “Holy fucking, shit,” Preppy groaned, holding onto the ground for support with one hand, the other still fisted in my hair. The next few sentences that came out of his mouth were incoherent because I began to slide him out and then back again, using my hand on the part of his shaft that my mouth couldn’t reach. Over and over again I stroked and sucked him with my tongue, squeezing him with my lips and hollowing out my cheeks so my mouth was wrapped as tightly around him as possible. I used my other hand to reach around him and squeeze his ass cheek, pulling him in closer, holding him to me. I released him and pulled him back again, letting him know it was okay to move. He nodded, and bit his bottom lip, watching as he began to thrust his hips upward into my mouth then slowly pulling back out, groaning as he repeated the motion. Over and over again he thrust forward and pulled back. I braced myself with my other hand on his ass and again he held my head with both hands as he fucked my mouth. Harder and harder until tears were flowing down my cheeks. I watched as the cords in his neck strained with his every movement. I felt his ass muscles tense and watched as his entire body tightened and his cock hardened in my mouth before spurts of warmth shot from him, deep into my throat. Preppy threw his head back and in the sexiest most animalistic roar he came and came and came until I thought I couldn’t swallow one more drop of his salty release. He pulled out of me and collapsed onto the floor without pulling his pants back up. He pulled me down with him and wrapped his arms around my back. “I think I just broke a promise to you,” he panted, trying to catch his breath. Our chests heaving together in unison. “What promise?” I asked, confused. He tucked me in closer, laying a palm over my breast. “The one where I said I wouldn’t die again,” he chuckled. “‘Cause, Doc, I’m pretty sure you just fucking killed me.” SBPR-TF-Preppy3-teaser1

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T.M.Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and her young daughter. When she’s not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance. Well…it has a beach in it! Her latest works include her USA TODAY BESTSELLING KING SERIES and All the Rage.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

NEW + REVIEW: Paper Fools by Staci Hart




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In the game of love, she never loses.


Paper Fools by Staci Hart is now LIVE!!


OUR REVIEW:

Shel: At this point, I'm fairly certain Staci Hart can write anything and even if it's not in a 'world' I'm familiar with or used to, I know I'll read it because I know she's going to entertain me. Paper Fools is definitely inhabiting a world I'm only slightly familiar with and so of course I was both curious and anxious to see if it would be a good fit for me. As you can see from the synopsis, this novel inhabits both the modern world and the world of the Greek gods and goddesses: 

Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess. 

Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.

Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.

Court: Very curious and intrigued here as well, and like she said...we have confidence going in being attuned to Staci's releases for a good while now that we can pick it up and find something to enjoy. What is a surprise though is that this type of book isn't first hand the immediate one Shel would pick up - as she said by being anxious - but our favorite authors really give us a reason to pick up the unknown! So! Even if you're new to Staci you already have numerous reasons here why you should go ahead and give this one a chance.

Shel: What this synopsis doesn't tell you (but maybe you've figured out because you're smarter than me) is that this novel is really like reading two novels in one. You have an entire storyline that involves Aphrodite and her complicated love life and friends/enemies annnnnd you have a storyline that involves the mortals: Lex and Dean. What I find interesting is that I felt more emotionally invested in Aphrodite's story which I wouldn't have guessed going into the reading. I think I naturally assumed that I'd gravitate more to Lex and Dean because they resemble characters I'm more familiar with; obviously I assumed wrong. Wondering how Aphrodite would play the game and what decisions she'd make along with getting to know her better gave this mash up of fantasy and reality something different. And yes, of course, I wanted to know how things would end up with Lex and Dean but I guess I was so confident in Aphrodite that I never worried too hard about how they'd end up working out. Court: And just the face that we all think we *know* all of the lore that is already out there about Aphrodite...it is fun to delve into Staci's take on it and get something new about the goddess of Love. She is a fickle one, for sure, because darn those emotions that aren't quite so easy to figure out. So, I love the idea that she has trouble figuring out how things will turn out for herself. I like that Aphrodite is playing a little game, because history has shown us that this always turns out perfectly as planned right???

Shel: Another thing that this synopsis wouldn't show you is how much research and imagination must have gone into creating the personalities and stories of the gods and goddesses. I can't fathom how Staci Hart did this but she did, and she made it seem effortless. Armed with the stories of these fantastical beings, she filled in gaps and created dialogue that was interesting and fun and, well, just worked. Court: This is goodness, but what is also goodness is that I'm sure this one was pretty good on it's own - but Staci Hart has now re-proofed it, re-worked it and given something expanded and new based on her newfound experience since she originally wrote it. I find that really awesome, and love that she had that fore site that maybe she would've went back and changed something here and there and used her writing development to make it even better than it was before (still holding out that it was pretty darn good, before but I might be biased).

Shel: Knowing that this is just the first book in this reworked series has my mind working and wondering what will happen next. If you're a Staci Hart fan, or new to her work, I really think you'll find this to be quite an entertaining read. Court: I sometimes get nervous about the (#1 in a series) bit, but like Shel said...we are intrigued, this is an entertaining and engrossing story - and we can't wait to find out what will happen next! 



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Title: Paper Fools

Author: Staci Hart

Cover Designer: Quirkybird Designs

Photographer: Lauren Watson Perry

Aphrodite knows love — just don’t ask her to figure out her own mess.
Rather than deal with her sticky love life, she toys with the hearts of unwitting humans. It’s a little game she plays, and the stakes are high. Lucky for her, she’s just found the perfect match.
Lex is everything Dean needs, but he can’t have her.
It doesn’t matter that her eyes speak to a long forgotten part of him, or that her art and poetry touch his shredded heart. She’s off limits — crossing that line would implode his band and everything he’s ever cared about. There’s only one option: stay away from her, no matter the cost. Even if the price is his heart.
Dean is everything Lex wants, but she can’t take the risk.
The second she meets him, she knows her heart is in danger. She’s convinced it’s only attraction that has her hung up on the dark, quiet lead singer, but with every day that passes, she knows it’s more. It’s just that she can’t put her heart on the line. She won’t — love has never been worth the sacrifice.
If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in the game of love, Aphrodite never loses.
*Formerly titled Deer in Headlights, Paper Fools has been rewritten and reedited just for you.*
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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life -- a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics. IMG_8015

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