Friday, July 28, 2017

REVIEW: The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez



Shel: As you may recall, when I completed The Darkest Sunrise I was D.Y.I.N.G. because that ending was wow: Court: Heard, is right.

Shel: So, of course, when The Brightest Sunset was made available to read I DID NOT HESITATE to jump right into reading it. In my brashness to see what was happening with these characters I made one fatal error--I did not mentally prepare for the wall of emotion I was about to hit, and boy did I hit it. And then I hit it again and again and again. The Brightest Sunrise picks up in the scene that ends The Darkest Sunrise and it's just as emotional, if not more, in book 2 as it was in book 1 (especially because then we get into the aftermath). As a matter of fact, now that I'm thinking about it, I think book 2 is more emotional than book 1 and that's saying a lot because book 1 was filled with scenes that tugged at my heart or made me smile. The Brightest Sunrise had me crazy with angst; poor Court had to deal with this via text last night: Court: IT IS! Because we're getting to know our characters in book one, and I love how Aly sets this up. She gives us so much about each person, and we're chewing on it, and deciding what we think...then blam! Shit gets real. It hits the fan. And we're left with a WHOLE new book to really get to the nitty gritty of whatever is going on...I love that all avenues can get fleshed out this way. We have a beautiful story arc and enough pages to get what we want out of it and be wanting more only because Aly's writing is so good, and not because the story wasn't complete. 

Shel: OMG. The 2nd Aly Martinez book is trying to kill me.
Court: I'm sure! She's so good at that.
Shel: I'm about to start pacing like I'm watching the Saints in the playoffs. If she doesn't give me a break...
Court: Lmao!
Shel: I keep putting it down and grabbing it back because I CANNOT handle it.
Shel: FML
Court: Lol!!! No sleep til Brooklyn for you.
Shel: No joke!

And then this morning, after I finished it at late o'clock last night: 

Shel: I've got a huge book hangover thanks to Aly Martinez. 

Shel: These texts do not lie. I seriously was pacing and throwing down my Kindle only to pick it right back up because I couldn't handle what was happening or about to happen but I had to know what the hell was going on. Court: She made me absolutely speed read this book because in turn I too had to know immediately what was happening! And did breathe a lot like that. 

Shel: Just as I was reaching peak anxiety levels, Aly Martinez had mercy on me and I was able to begin to breathe again and smile again and feel all warm and fuzzy and then Ka-Blam! She hit me again with  another case of major feels. GDI!!! Dude. Once again my heart was pounding and I was frantically reading to see if what I thought was happening was happening--the pages could not turn fast enough. (P.S. Brady, you are such a turd. Why are you such an asshat?!!!). And then she finally relented and gave me an ending that was so sweet and tugged at my heartstrings--it was one of those smiling while crying moments. Court: Ugh. There were a lot of times that certain characters made me want to smack them, then love them, hug them...high five them (especially her momma) and ugh, this was soooo gooooood! I say that a lot, but y'all. Beautiful book. Beautiful duo, and I absolutely could not get enough of the characters. The premise was intense, and I really had no idea where the story might go and that is a beautiful thing! 

Shel: The moral of this story is that Aly Martinez knows how to pack an emotional punch and she will not hesitate to knock you out with it. She'll hit you with the sads, the happys, and the laughies and I'm telling you once you start this duet you will not be able to stop. The story of Charlotte and Porter and all of the people impacted by the disappearance of Lucas is one that will grab your attention quickly and you won't be able to put it down until you're finished (so block out some time to read uninterrupted so you don't have to yell at people when they are trying to do things like talk to you). Grab this duet and enjoy! Court: I really second this idea. Buy the books. Make time to read them, and then literally get sucked into the wormhole of Aly Martinez writing world because we have literally loved and devoured EVERY SINGLE ONE we have read. Immediately. It's like we have Aly-itis, and you should officially be diagnosed...A Great read, and I'm so glad to have read it.

The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1)

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 Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.  

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Disclaimer: Exercise caution while reading. Evidence shows that Matt Hadder's vibrant sexiness and alpha manner may lead to confusion, arousal, and questioning the necessity of one's own moral code.
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From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Max Monroe comes a new, sexy, and exciting twist on fairytales.

I’m Matt Hadder. 
I’ve been called ruthless, savage—even brutal—by the men and women who work for me. And I’ve earned my reputation.

Wonderland Inc., a party planning organization for every major player in the world, is Oz, and I’m its Wizard. I can make anything—drugs, prostitutes, deals—appear for a night and disappear just as quickly.

This doesn’t make me good or bad—it makes me essential.

Wonderland Inc. was my life, until a beautiful contradiction of innocence and impurity, obedience and rebelliousness named Alex Little stepped in and turned both of our worlds upside down.

Welcome to Wonderland, Alex. 
A place where everything appears normal. 
But we’re all mad.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

NEW: The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez

Today we are sharing the release for The Brightest Sunset by Aly Martinez. This is the conclusion of a must-read contemporary romance duet, and is it available to read for FREE on KindleUnlimited!

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The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Words destroyed me.
“I’m sorry. She didn’t make it.”
“Daddy, he can’t breathe!”
“There’s nothing more we can do for your son.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Those syllables and letters became my executioner. I told myself that, if I didn’t acknowledge the pain and the fear, they would have no power over me. But, as the years passed, the hate and the anger left behind began to control me.
Two words—that was all it took to plunge my life into darkness.
“He’s gone.”
In the end, it was four soft, silky words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Charlotte Mills.”

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1)

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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.    
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REVIEW: Star Struck by Laurelin Paige


Star Struck, a sexy, standalone from New York Times Bestseller Laurelin Paige is live!



Shel: Laurelin Paige did a fantastic job of making me really really dislike Heather for the first third of this novel. She was so judgmental and annoying that I had very little problem with Seth's small first. Then as Heather changed, Seth's small deception bugged the hell out of me. I was so anxious--why wouldn't he tell her? Gahhh. I think I still have heartburn because of it. And as I suspected Heather did not take kindly to what he did...and I actually completely got where she was coming from. Needless to say Laurelin Paige had me flip flopping all over the place--hating and loving Heather. And Seth? He was always a good egg--maybe a little chickenshit when it came to coming clean about a few things but I always liked where he was coming from and how much he supported Heather's journey. Court: We really did hate her at first didn't we? LOL! She is a hard character to like, but thank goodness we were in both of their heads so that we could see thoughts and motivations behind the coldness to what lay beneath. I really enjoyed Seth as a character and knew things would blow up eventually, darn it. The story though is really good, especially the plays and how much I love Hollywood novels and seeing how they play out. In all honesty, we're so used to the guy being the one that is cold and closed off that it was refreshing that it was Heather that was this way and Seth had to work hard to thaw her out. He definitely lays his feelings out there for her and calls her out for being a bitch when she was one. I think that's why she didn't know what to do with him! Check this one out, it was really good! But also be warned that she ain't a kidding when she says our heroine has a chip on her shoulder. 

Shel: This is a sweet, sexy, and quick romance. It pairs nicely with Take Two. Court: Laurelin Paige has sweet and sexy down to perfection, doesn't she!?

She uses her fame as a wall around her heart, and only he can tear it down.
Seth Rafferty knows Heather Wainwright’s type.
Demanding. Check.
Self-important. Check.
Leggy and blonde. Yeah, he knows the drill.
He’s been a Hollywood production designer far too long to have patience for A-listers with a superior attitude. Beautiful women with a chip on their shoulder are a dime a dozen.
Which is why his obsession with Heather makes no sense. Nothing about her is attractive.
Except the vulnerability under the sass. The honesty under the attitude.
So when wrap-party flirting gets carried away, Seth doesn’t stop it from turning into a sizzling night of passion. Too late, he realizes, one night isn’t going to get her out of his system.
On to plan B: uncover the real woman under the diva.
Soon Heather will find out that Seth isn’t just a simple carpenter she can use and lose without consequences. He’ll play the part of the builder, but it’s her walls he intends to break down.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

COVER REVEAL: Crave by E.K. Blair

Title: Crave: Part One
Series: Crave Duet #1
Author: E.K. Blair
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: E.K. Blair
Release Date: August 14, 2017


Kason and Adaline.

From the moment they met, they started to fall. Neither of them predicted just how far the drop would be, though.

Loving Adaline was all Kason had ever wanted to do. But layer by layer, he started to unravel, forcing Adaline to face an addiction she never could’ve imagined.

This is what happens when one person loves beyond the craving and the other craves beyond the loving.

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E.K. Blair, takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her dynamic and intense writing style. Noted for her ability to create fleshed-out characters that will evoke a realm of reactions, you can be assured that her stories will linger with you far beyond the last word.

A former first grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.

Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017


Today we have the pre-order blitz for The Lucky Heart by Devney Perry! Be sure to preorder your copy now!

Title: The Lucky Heart

Author: Devney Perry

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Day: August 15th

About The Lucky Heart:

Life on his ranch could be their future. If they can overcome their past.   Felicity’s life story reads like the script to a bad soap opera. Girl’s high-school boyfriend becomes a drug addict. Girl falls for boyfriend’s best friend. Girl leaves them both behind only to return home years later for murdered ex-boyfriend’s funeral. Now she’s back home in Montana, ready to start fresh. She’s got a long list of amends to make and relationships to rebuild, including one with the man who has owned her heart for sixteen years.   Silas doesn’t need much. He’s got a great horse, close friends and the Lucky Heart ranch, but something has always been missing. He’s not an idiot. He knows the missing piece is Felicity. And now that she’s returned to Prescott, he’s got a second chance to win her heart. This time, the only thing standing in his way is history. Drudging up the past is going to be about as painful as playing tug of war with barbed wire. But if they can heal old wounds, he’ll get the girl he should have had all along.

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 Devney lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories.  

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Friday, July 21, 2017

REVIEW: Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker

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Shel: KA Tucker can write anything. Right? Aren't we all in agreement? I mean seriously everything she writes has me glued to my kindle and completely absorbed--so absorbed that when I reach the ending I'm always trying to tap for the next pages and am sad when there aren't any. Until It Fades had me sneak reading at work, staying up way later than I should, and rushing home before the girls got off their buses so that I could fit more reading time in. Court: AMEN. I have officially loved this woman since Ten Tiny Breaths captivated our hearts, and I will keep right on with this book. This book was absolutely amazing and enthralling and kept my heart racing until the very last page.

Shel: I'm sure as you scroll through the reviews of this novel on Goodreads or Amazon you'll see lots of reasons why readers love this novel and the pairing of Catherine and Brett and most likely I'd agree with most (if not all) of the reasons but for me I think the thing that really worked for me was the various family dynamics. Whether it was the flashbacks to her nightmarish teen experience or what was happening 7 years later, I liked the moments of honesty and love that were a constant and that the families involved weren't just the biological ones but the ones we make on our own-our friends and our loves. The contrasts of then and now, of her family and his, of her work family and the people of her town made for a rich reading experience. Court: Uhhhh! YES! A thousand times yes. The secondary characters in this book really almost stole the show. Between Brenna, Keith, Lou, Leroy and especially Jack...I really enjoyed how much dialogue and character development is in this book. It really speeds along and is exciting in so many different way from start to finish. Nothing went as I expected (and yeah, I am still trying to guess what's gonna happen...and that is probably something that is never gonna happen with K.A. Tucker...but I can't help it!) I really enjoyed the premise, and really just enjoyed every second of Brett and Catherine. 

Shel: I'd be remiss if I didn't say that I appreciated that Tucker tried to keep Catherine's experiences as a single, poor mom were as real as possible and yet never felt grim--just real. I also liked that as much as Brett helped her, she helped him which feels like the only way they could work. Court: We love single parent stories for how much heart and grit they have to keep on keeping on every day, and when an author does it justice...perfecto! Their meeting is unlikely, but once they do...I felt their path to being friends is a genuine one that wasn't fast, or insta, or contrived. I REALLY appreciated that, and I REALLY appreciated how insightful Brenna is. She might just be the smartest character we have! She loves her momma and really wants her to be happy and it was beautiful. 

Shel: As with all of Tucker's books I can't help but see what she'll do next and hold out hope that we might see the characters again some day. Court: She opened the door! We'll be waiting to see if she walks through it! (Read: Hoping! Waiting! Excitedly!) 

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Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

GRAB IT TODAY: The Unrequited by Saffron A. Kent

Title: The Unrequited
Author: Saffron A. Kent
Genre: Contemporary/Erotic Romance
Release Date: July 13, 2017


Layla Robinson is not crazy. She is suffering from unrequited love. But it’s time to move on. No more stalking, no more obsessive calling.

What she needs is a distraction. The blue-eyed guy she keeps seeing around campus could be a great one—only he is the new poetry professor—the married poetry professor.

Thomas Abrams is a stereotypical artist—rude, arrogant, and broody—but his glares and taunts don’t scare Layla. She might be bad at poetry, but she is good at reading between the lines. Beneath his prickly fa├žade, Thomas is lonely, and Layla wants to know why. Obsessively.

Sometimes you do get what you want. Sometimes you end up in the storage room of a bar with your professor and you kiss him. Sometimes he kisses you back like the world is ending and he will never get to kiss you again. He kisses you until you forget the years of unrequited love; you forget all the rules, and you dare to reach for something that is not yours.

NOTE: Please be aware that this book deals with sensitive topics like cheating and death. 18+ Only.

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I’m hit by a storm of desire to kiss him better. It’s a tornado, an avalanche in my body, and in one breathless moment, I decide to go for it. It’s okay. I can take the blame for it later.
I break the rules and reach up and kiss him. A feathery peck on his plump lips, it’s a kiss of solidarity, a kiss that intends to tell him I understand—but one isn’t enough. It only manages to ratchet up my lust. So I give him another, this time on the corner of his mouth, and then another one on his jaw.
It’s not enough, these small, barely-there touches. I want more, but I won’t take it. I’ll be good; I’ll only give.
Abruptly, he fists my curls and stops me. I look at him fearfully, ready to apologize—not for the kiss, but for being the kisser. His gaze reflects passion, stark, raving need, and I shiver, despite wearing layers and sweating with his heat.
“Are you trying to kiss me, Layla?” he rasps, flexing his fingers on my makeshift ponytail.
He couldn’t tell? Blush rises to the surface and I know I’m glowing like a neon sign. Swallowing, I nod. “Yes.”
He inches closer to me, still not touching—as impossible as that is—but infinitely closer. “You want to kiss me, Miss Robinson, you do it right.”
Oh God, does he have to call me that? Now, here? My spine arches on its own and my heavy tits graze the contours of his shuddering chest.
“H-How?” I ask innocently, belying the daring action of my body. His stern, professor-y voice is doing things to me, making me wild, uncontrolled.
For a second, he’s silent, just watching. I’m afraid he’ll back out from whatever this is, whatever insanity we’re about to commit—but then I sense the shift in the liquor-laced air as he opens his mouth and growls, “Like this.”

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Writer of bad romances. Coffee Addict. White Russian Drinker. Imaginary Ballet Dancer and poetess. Aspiring Lana Del Ray of the book world.

I'm a big believer in love (obviously). I believe in happily ever after, the butterflies and the tingling. But I also believe in edgy, rough and gutsy kind of love. I believe in pushing the boundaries, darker (sometimes morally ambiguous) emotions and imperfections.

The kind of love I write about is flawed just like my characters. And I hope by the end of it, you'll come to root for them just as much as me. Because love, no matter where it comes from, is always pure and beautiful. 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

REVIEW: Wrecked by J.B. Salsbury

Author: JB Salsbury
On Sale:  July 18, 2017
Publisher: Forever

Shel: Have you ever read a book whose character makes a really poor choice early on and you just know that things aren't going to go well for this character? Well, without spoiling things, let me tell you that Sawyer (our heroine) makes a choice, from a place of love, and that choice was the cause of my angst and face palming during many scenes. There was a lot of nononononooooo and shaking my head. And then when her choice was taken to a certain point, all I could do was brace myself for the fall out that would come. I will say, to Sawyer's credit, that she struggled with all the responsibility that came with the choices she made and while I hated her struggle, it made her sympathetic. I definitely couldn't do what she did and do it least I don't think I could. Love makes us do strange things sometimes. Court: I could see why she was so committed to her path and was sympathetic to her plight as well. The story line was fascinating, and kept me right in there up until the wee hours of the night. I couldn't put it down. Secondary characters like her sister, and her parents and Jenkins really made this novel a fun time, I laughed...and yet I cried. And angsted. And wanted to just smack all of them at the same time. And we loved that. Lol! 

Shel: Aden, Sawyer's love interest, also made a choice that devastated him and it's one that impacted his daily existence. All I could think about was how awful it must be to feel all the things he did and not have (or feel like he had) adequate ways to cope and live with what he carried in his memory and in his heart. My heart was heavy for him and so when he saw Sawyer as a way to alleviate some of his burden, even if I knew it probably wasn't the healthiest option, I wanted that for him so badly. I wanted both of them to have the respite they found in each other--but the struggle to get that was huge. Court: Ugh. He is complex isn't he! He's a enjoyable character as well. He is funny, and kind and beautiful in my mind...but he is heavily flawed so therein lies our plot struggles. These two are really dealt heavy things and finding their way together is going to be a challenge. I loved the setting and as always JB Salsbury's writing really makes my life complete because it is SO good! She makes great characters with well researched problems, their struggles and story make them feel like my friends and I just want to help them with their problems but they just won't listen! 

Shel: That struggle, though, is what makes the ending so extra special. The feeling of happiness and warmth that exuded from the pages of the epilogue were like a balm; it's one of my favorite epilogues I've read in a while. Wrecked may have the potential to wreck you, but the ending will leave you smiling. Court: I was wrecked for a while, and then put back together because this story is realistic and heartfelt and really just a great addition to your reading life if you decide to pick it up! 


When you can't trust yourself, how can you ask anyone else to?

It's been months since Aden Colt left the Army, and still the memories haunt him. When he moved into a tiny boat off the California coast, he thought he'd found the perfect place to escape life. Then Sawyer shows up and turns his simple life upside down. Beautiful and sophisticated, she seems out of place in this laid-back beach town. Something is pushing her to experience everything she can—including Aden. But as much as he wants her, starting a relationship with Sawyer puts them both at risk. For Aden, the past doesn't stay there; it shows up unexpectedly, uncontrollably, and doesn't care whose life it wrecks.




New York Times bestselling author JB Salsbury spends her days lost in a world of budding romance and impossible obstacles. Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award. JB Salsbury lives with her husband and two kids in Phoenix, Arizona


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