Monday, July 22, 2019

COVER REVEAL: Fighting Absolution by Kate McCarthy

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Fighting Absolution by Kate McCarthy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publishing date: September 10, 2019
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At fifteen, Jamie Murphy finds herself broken and alone, convinced she doesn't need anyone.
Until she does.
Bear is the boy behind the fence, the one who was there for her when no one else was.
Until he's not.
Left with nothing, Jamie joins the army hoping it will give her purpose. The last thing she expects is the best friend from her past to reappear in the dusty plains of a war-torn country. No longer the boy she once knew, Bear is now a man: big, bearded, and SAS—one of the army’s elite.
Soon Jamie finds herself not only fighting against her enemies, but her feelings for a man who left her once before. Can she risk losing him all over again?
Fighting Absolution is a friends to lovers romance and features characters from Fighting Redemption, but is written as a standalone.
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Pre-order your copy today!
Amazon Worldwide: mybook.to/FightingAbsolution
Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2NZNUco
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About Kate: Kate McCarthy is a USA Today Bestselling author who resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the
state of Queensland where she works full time on her writing.
She has two children, two dogs, and a pile of friends and family dotted all over the world that help
keep her sane.
When she's not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, and writing books, you can find her
curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites.
Connect with Kate:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KateMcCarthyAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KMacinOz
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorkatemccarthy/
Website: https://katemccarthy.net/

Thursday, July 18, 2019

REVIEW: Filthy Vows by Alessandra Torre



Shel: Y'all.
Filthy Vows is bringing me back. Waaaaaay back to the early days of Blindfolded Innocence and the early days of the blog and the wild wild west days of the new romance community. This novel brought me back to the days when the couples were young and their sex lives were hot af and writers held nothing back--everything was fair game. And shocking to no one, I loved it. Court: Girl, I feel you so much...and Alessandra Torre is the queen. She made this story so much more than I was expecting (I mean, I thought she would, but I obviously couldn't know exactly how it would go!) and I loved it so much!

Shel: I loved the sexy bits but even more than that I loved the story of Elle and Easton's romance. I really enjoyed the chase--how they caught each other's attention and then kept it. Their interactions were fun, funny, and threw me back to the days of being single in college. And then when they married, I truly enjoyed how honest their struggle was--while their particular struggle was a little atypical because of what happened job-wise to Easton early on, in many ways it wasn't and that's what I think made them easy to relate to. Many of us in our early twenties have the desire for the luxuries and the Instagram perfection we see in the world and yet we are working with a budget that doesn't allow for those things. Instead of being public about those hardships, many times we put on the pretty face, swallow our struggles and fears, and keep going--which is what I saw with Elle and Easton and I just found it so real and honest. The love they exhibited was just so lovely to read and it made me invested in how they'd work through things and while the emphasis in this novel was definitely about how certain fantasies would play out, Alessandra Torre just announced that she's writing a second book and I hope that she goes into some of their other struggles a bit more, in addition to exploring more of their fantasies. I think this couple has a lot to offer in the way they trust each other and are cheering each other on and I'm interested in how Alessandra sees their future.

Court: ME TOO! Their story is so funny, but heart wrenching at the same time...but navigating it with them and seeing if they'll continue to cling to one another or not is such a real life thing that it blew me away. I loved the journey we went on with them, but I also liked that we didn't stay in the past too much. We got right into the thick of it, and Alessandra's writing is witty and funny, and beautiful and really made these characters stick out in my mind where I'm still thinking about them.I relate to their struggles while at the same time getting the fantasy that we (and apparently Elle) came for. 

Shel: In addition to the strong main characters, I fell in love with Chelsea and Aaron. If I had a magic fairy wand and could get even more books out of this series, I'd love to get to know them better and see how each of these characters get to their HEAs. They were interesting and funny and down to earth--much like Elle and Easton. Court: I think we can hope a lot for that! I love how unapologetically herself Chelsea is, and Aaron would have his hands full but I think he and we would enjoy the ride!  

Shel: Filthy Vows was the perfect weekend read. It was interesting and sexy and while it had a completely concluded ending, I'm so very eager to see what Alessandra Torre cooks up in the next book she writes with them....and fingers crossed she writes another one or two after that with these characters (I can't help it--it was such a fun read!). Court: It is. I absolutely devoured it...and I cannot wait for more. AND when you get it on the zon, there is a link at the end for a sneak peek into the first chapter of the next one and it is absolutely amazing! My jaw even dropped, y'all. 

Synopsis


Would you tell your husband everything?

Every torrid thought?
Every twisted fantasy?
The forbidden images that slink into your mind in your most vulnerable moments?

I shouldn't have. I hesitated to. But I did.

And my husband? He gave them all to me.


Amazon Purchase Link: https://smarturl.it/FilthyVows

Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2ZvSHTU







About the Author



Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest-blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

In addition to writing, Alessandra is the creator of Alessandra Torre Ink, a website, community, and online school for aspiring authors.

Learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or her Facebook fanpage.


Connect with Alessandra




Facebook Reader Group: http://bit.ly/2s4U9NI







Tuesday, July 9, 2019

REVIEW: The Other Side by Kim Holden

We're celebrating the release of The Other Side by Kim Holden! One-Click your copy today!


Title: The Other Side
Author: Kim Holden
Release Date: Coming Soon!
Genre: Young Adult, Coming of Age

OUR REVIEW:

We fell in love with Kim Holden after reading Bright Side--a novel that, for me, will always be associated with a time when I experienced some significant loss and needed that book to remind me of some things. We reunited with Holden's characters in Gus and now we're here with her latest, a novel that will, like her others, remind you of the important things in life.

The Other Side is an emotional, character driven novel that focuses on Toby and his incredibly hard life. The more you read and get to know him, the more you want to hug him, shelter him, and help him. You also want to throttle almost every adult who has spent any significant time with him because HOW DARE THEY?! Ugh. 

This novel isn't an easy read, y'all. It's filled with some really hard scenes--scenes that'll make you dislike the human race at times, scenes that will make you feel with a depth and intensity that will bring tears to your eyes. That being noted, this novel is also filled with hope; hope that is seen only sparingly at first and then gaining more page time as the novel progresses. It's this sense of hope that not only Toby needed, but we did too. 

While this novel does have romance, it's Toby's journey through the last half of his senior year of high school (and the things that led up to that year) that is the focus of this novel. I'd say it's more general fiction, at least for the majority of it, with a very strong subplot that features the love story of Toby and Alice. Not sure if that matters to anyone but I thought it was something to note. 

At some point, I'd like to add more about this novel to our review...or maybe just discuss it more on social media? I think there are some very important aspects of this novel that need to be shared and discussed, but I also think I'd spoil too much if I talked about it here. Just know that I'm so glad that Kim Holden decided to share these characters with the world and I hope lots of people read it and discuss it and for those who are unfamiliar with the plight of Toby, I hope they'll consider it a point of reference, something to think about, and to maybe use Alice's as a possible example (in the likely event that one is needed).


Synopsis:
Denver, Colorado
1987

There are two sides to every story.
The surface reality that’s presented to the world.
And then there’s the other side.
The real one.
The one that matters.

Seventeen-year-old, self-proclaimed asshole, Toby Page, is alone.
No friends.
No family.
He trades maintenance work in exchange for room and board.
Every day he fights demons no one else can see.
Every day he wants to give up.
But he can’t.
Not yet.

When Alice Eliot moves in downstairs, she offers Toby some light in his dark world.
At a crossroads and barely hanging on, it’s hard to have perspective.
It’s difficult to see your own worth when you’re the villain in your story.
Luckily for Toby, Alice brings things out in him that no one else ever has.

As the two sides of Toby’s story are revealed, and the full reality comes into view, truth is gained.
Improbable alliances prove that kindness is fundamentally human.
Unlikely heroes emerge.

The question is, Will it all be enough to save him?




About the Author:

Some of my favorite things: reading, writing, the two coolest guys on the planet (my husband and son), my bicycle (my husband built it for me), Facebook (I'm fairly certain it's an addiction at this point), iced coffee (hazelnut), and music (LOVE Sunset Sons, the 1975, Dredg, the xx, Balance and Composure, Teenage Bottlerocket, and 30 Seconds to Mars). I also love dreaming, which brings me to my next point. I have one bit of advice for anyone reading this ... follow your dreams. It's never too late. Get started today ... heck get started RIGHT NOW! I wanted to write a book 20 years ago. Instead I waited. And waited. I should've been writing. But I didn't. I don't do regrets, because the past is just that, the past. But let me tell you there's nothing in the world like achieving something you've dreamt about for years and years. So, get started. Make your dreams reality. 

I love to hear from other readers. Send me a message or find me on Facebook (https://facebook.com/kimholdenauthor) and tell me what's up in your reading world.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

COVER REVEAL: Filthy Vows by Alessandra Torre



Release Date: July 18, 2019

Cover Design: Sommer Stein - Perfect Pear Creative Covers


Synopsis



Would you tell your husband everything?

Every torrid thought?
Every twisted fantasy?
The forbidden images that slink into your mind in your most vulnerable moments?

I shouldn't have. I hesitated to. But I did. 

And my husband? He gave them all to me.


Preorder on Amazon: https://smarturl.it/FilthyVows

Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2ZvSHTU





About the Author



Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest-blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

In addition to writing, Alessandra is the creator of Alessandra Torre Ink, a website, community, and online school for aspiring authors.

Learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or her Facebook fanpage.


Connect with Alessandra




Facebook Reader Group: http://bit.ly/2s4U9NI







Monday, July 1, 2019

COVER REVEAL: The Guy on the Right Side by Kate Stewart

Check out this amazing cover for The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart! Don't forget to add it to your TBR!


Contemporary Romance/Romantic Dramedy
Stand Alone
Designer: Q Design
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2LyFdTR


Blurb:
Strike One-My mother named me Theodore after her favorite chipmunk.

Not cool, Mom.

I‘ve spent most of my life answering to Teddy, because I couldn’t make Theo work.

Except for here. College. The place where all bets are off, and I’ve managed to redeem myself.
There’s only one problem, my new roommate, Troy, is football royalty and looks like he stepped off the set of an Abercrombie shoot.

Doesn’t matter, I cook a mean breakfast for his panty parade, and we get along well.
And anyway, this year I got the girl. And she’s perfect.

That’s right. Theodore Houseman, former band geek, now marching band rock star has finally landed the girl of his dreams.

Everything is perfect.

That is, until Troy takes a good look at her.

I’m not going down without a fight. As a matter of fact, I’m not going down at all. As glorious as these days may be for my all-star roommate, Laney is my end game.

I may not know much about play strategy, but I’ve been the good guy my whole life. I’ve been listening and I know exactly what women want. Framed in a picture standing next to me, Troy may seem like Mr. Perfect, but he’s underestimating the guy on the right.

Spoiler alert: In this story, the underdog is going to win.


About the Author:

A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. Kate is a lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

Contact Kate- Email-authorkatestewart@gmail.com

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