Tuesday, September 15, 2020

REVIEW: Naughty Brits


Release Date: Sept. 15th, 2020 
Genre: Contemporary Romance   

I don't know when, exactly, I became such a fan of anthologies, but I've really been enjoying what people are putting out there. Of course not all anthologies are created equal-some just give a taste of a story and some give you the full course--but overall, I've become a huge fan. Why? Well, for me, it's a chance to see some of my favorite writers do something a little different but even more so, it's a chance for me to try out some writers who are new to me. In the case of Naughty Brits, I found that 3 of the 5 writers were new to me and all of them guaranteed that I'll seek out more of what they're writing. Two of the writers, Sarah Maclean and Sierra Simone, are on my top list of faves and they absolutely nailed it. 

What made Naughty Brits so much fun, besides the fact that they were all naughty Brits, was seeing how each writer would weave the common gala event into their narrative. It was neat to see how their stories had varying perspectives of the other goings on around them and that their characters would mention each other. I love that kind of stuff. 

Also enjoyable? That even though these were all short stories, they felt complete. I didn't really ever feel cheated, like there wasn't enough (I mean, sure, I could always use more but...). The characters and story arcs were fleshed out and felt complete and as I said earlier, it was neat to see writers do something a little different or write characters who were new.

These short stories are a great way to pass a day and to lose yourself in the world of some really naught Brits. 



  Everything is hotter with a British accent… Sarah MacLean - A Duke Worth Falling For: Her career in tatters, celebrity photographer Lilah Rose retreats to the British countryside, complete with fluffy sheep, rolling hills…and Max, the stern, sexy farmer who tends to them. But their lazy days and lush nights aren’t as far from the spotlight as Lilah thinks, and Max will have to reveal the truth if he is going to convince Lilah that some dukes are worth the risk. Sophie Jordan - Better with You: When the author of a controversial self-help book starts receiving threats, she has no choice but to accept a bodyguard on her UK book tour. Vee Mathers is famous for asserting that women don’t need menespecially for sex!but at security specialist Luca Moretti’s first, burning touch, she starts to think she might need to revise her theory... Louisa Edwards - Not a Bad Boy: Writer Mallory Pritchard moved to London for researchand to get over a bad breakup. When she (literally) runs into Hollywood’s hottest action hero, Ian Hale, at a dog park, she realizes her heart isn’t as broken as she thought! Ian is even more devastatingly sexy in person, which makes Mallory wonder...is there room for a regular girl in his glamorous movie-star world? Tessa Gratton - Songbird: Former American soldier Daniel Kelly’s mission is simple: close the deal to buy a Welsh pub on behalf of his family’s corporation, and survive another anniversary of the worst day of his service. Too bad that from the moment he sees the pub’s owner, Elspeth Gwenlan is the only thing Daniel wants to conquereven if it means lying to her about his agenda. Sierra Simone - Supplicant: After being left at the altar by her cold and brilliant professor, Church Cason, Charlotte Tenpenny had to leave school to take care of her younger brother. But a fateful night brings Churchand his delicious, drugging kissesback into Charlotte's life. And it stirs up a reckoning years in the making . . .  


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“Clear off a top spot on your Best of 2020 list. 

Playing with Fire is coming in HOT!”

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Playing With Fire, an all-new intense and all consuming small town standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is available now!

A broken boy on the path to destruction.

A scarred girl without direction.

A love story carved in secrets, inked with pain and sealed with a lie.

Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are arctic opposites.

She is the strange girl from the food truck.

He is the mysterious underground fighter who stormed into her sleepy Texan college town on his motorcycle one day, and has been wreaking havoc since.

She is invisible to the world.

He is the town’s beloved bad boy.

She is a reject.

He is trouble.

When West thrusts himself into Grace’s quiet life, she scrambles to figure out if he is her happily-ever-after or tragic ending.

But the harder she pushes him away, the more he pulls her out of her shell.

Grace doesn’t know much about anything beyond her town’s limits, but she does know this:

She is falling in love with the hottest guy in Sheridan U.

And when you play with fire—you ought to get burned.

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L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult and YA romance. Her books have been sold to twenty different countries. 

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REVIEW: How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake


How to Make a Wish is a novel that feels like a perfect fit for my classroom library. It seems so simple in many ways-- two teenage girls grappling with where they find themselves in their lives, working through living in the now, and looking forward to the future--and yet there's a lot to unpack: complicated family and friend dynamics, depression, having to grow up too soon, and love. It's because of all this that this novel will be much beloved by many; it just gets everything right. 

How to Make a Wish  gave me a serious case of the feels. The emotions that I felt bubbling up inside resonated so strongly that I felt like I was constantly holding my breath or swallowing around a lump in my throat or quieting a rage; it was only in the last 20 pages that I felt all of the tension and grief and anger and sadness finally begin to release from my chest. Ashley Herring Blake captured the riot of emotions I see play out in the hallways of my school in a way that was truthful and respectful to teenagers and how tangled up life can be for many of them. I loved this friend and love story of Grace and Eva, the supporting characters of Luca and Emmy, and raw, and sometimes messy/sometimes honest way Grace navigated her life and all that it entailed.

Great read. 

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A small town pianist ponders a new life away from her embarrassing mother when a beautiful girl shows up and changes everything. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Nina LaCour (Hold Still), and Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda),  now available in paperback.

Grace, tough and wise, has nearly given up on wishes, thanks to a childhood spent with her unpredictable, larger-than-life mother. But this summer, Grace meets Eva, a girl who believes in dreams, despite her own difficult circumstances. One fateful evening, Eva climbs through a window in Grace’s room, setting off a chain of stolen nights on the beach. When Eva tells Grace that she likes girls, Grace’s world opens up and she begins to believe in happiness again.

How to Make a Wish is an emotionally charged portrait of a mother and daughter’s relationship and a heartfelt story about two girls who find each other at the exact right time.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

COVER REVEAL: Crowne Rules by C.D. Reiss


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Crowne Rules, an all-new sizzling hot, forced proximity standalone from New York Times bestselling author C.D. Reiss is coming September 29th, and we have the sexy cover!

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What happens when fire and ice are forced into close proximity?

With the paparazzi hot on her heels, Mandy Bettencourt is desperate for somewhere to hide, and her best friend has just the place.

It’s perfect. No Internet. No phone. A deep bathtub she’s soaking in when HE shows up. Her best friend’s brother, Dante Crowne. Rich as a cardinal sin and handsome enough to piss off the devil. A man with a reputation for unforgettable bedroom games.

Mandy got an early taste of them in high school--for seven minutes in a closet. She can tell you, the rumors are all true.

Dante knows he’s got a reputation for a lot of things, including a love of solitude. But there’s a beautiful socialite in his bathtub, and the memory of those seven minutes isn’t inspiring him to kick her out. So he offers her a deal. If she wants to stay, she has to work. If she makes a mistake, she’s corrected with pink hand marks on her backside.

That’s the deal. Beg for it or leave it.

He’s surprised when she gets on her knees, and he’s even more surprised when she likes the punishment. The most shocking thing, though, is how much he’s starting to like her.

They can’t stay in paradise forever. Los Angeles awaits. But an old nemesis sets his sights on tearing them apart, and Dante may be the one left begging.

**Crowne Rules is a complete STANDALONE. You don’t have to read any of the Crowne Brothers books to pick this up, but you might want to once you’re done with Dante.**

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REVIEW: The Hunter by LJ Shen


Fans of L.J. Shen, will find The Hunter to be the fun, sexy, page turner that we want when we buy her works.

This novels kicks of a new series--The Boston Belles- and a new location, though it does have cross over characters. This series focuses on our archer, Sailor, and her new roommate, Hunter-- a very unlikely pair. A pair who appears to have absolutely nothing in common, except maybe that they really don't like each other. At first. But then Shen works her word magic and we get to see them go from detesting each other to shagging each other and falling in love.  Between all of those things, though, are all the things that make this a novel that you don't want to put down. There's Sailor and the story behind why she really sheltered herself despite her family trying to get her to live a full life. And then there's Hunter and his desire to fulfill the exceptionally low expectations his family seems to have of him. Between the two of them they have a lot to learn and it's through each other that who they really are comes to light and really shines.

I think readers who've read all of Shen's work will really enjoy this novel, especially the peek at the lives of the secondary characters in ways we haven't necessarily seen them before. And I think readers new to her works will also enjoy this funny, sexy, heartfelt read.


Boston's debauched elite is going up in flames, and it's the Fitzpatrick family that set it on fire.

I didn’t mean to star in a sex tape, okay?
It was just one of those unexplainable things.
Like Stonehenge, Police Academy 2, and morning glory clouds.
It just happened.
Now, my ball-busting father is sentencing me to six months of celibacy, sobriety, and morbid boredom under the roof of Boston’s nerdiest girl alive, Sailor Brennan.
The virginal archer is supposed to babysit my ass while I learn to take my place in Royal Pipelines, my family’s oil company.
Little does she know, that’s not the only pipe I’ll be laying…

I didn’t want this gig, okay?
But the deal was too sweet to walk away from.
I needed the public endorsement; Hunter needed a nanny.
Besides, what’s six months in the grand scheme of things?
It’s not like I’m in danger of falling in love with the appallingly gorgeous, charismatic gazillionaire who happens to be one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors.
No. I will remain immune to Hunter Fitzpatrick’s charm.
Even at the cost of losing everything I have.
Even at the cost of burning down his kingdom.
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