Wednesday, August 30, 2017

NEW COVER: How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott

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How We Deal With Gravity by Ginger Scott
NA Contemporary Romance
When her son Max was diagnosed with autism, Avery Abbot’s life changed forever. Her husband left, and her own dreams became a distant fantasy—always second to fighting never-ending battles to make sure Max was given opportunity, love and respect. Finding someone to fight along her side wasn’t even on her list, and she’d come to terms with the fact that she could never be her own priority again.

But a familiar face walking into her life in the form of 25-year-old Mason Street had Avery’s heart waging a war within. Mason was a failure. When he left his hometown five years ago, he was never coming back—it was only a matter of time before his records hit the billboard charts. Women, booze and rock-n-roll—that was it for him. But it seemed fate had a different plan in mind, and with a dropped record contract, little money and nowhere to go, Mason turned to the only family that ever made him feel home—the Abbots.

Avery loved Mason silently for years—until he broke her heart…completely. But time and life have a funny way of changing people, and sometimes second chances are there for a reason. Could this one save them both?

About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, A Boy Like You and A Girl Like Me.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

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REVIEW: Shift by Staci Hart

Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you the second installment of an addictive romantic mythology series where love is the ultimate game, and Aphrodite always wins.

Shift by Staci Hart
Publishing Date:  August 24th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance


You know what, I liked Paper Fools because it was something different but I super liked Shift because of the way Staci Hart blended the stories of the gods and their mortals. It was interesting to see how Aphrodite and Ares and their struggles of trust were mirrored in Dillon and Kat; the gods concerns were similar to the concerns of the humans they were 'playing'--which when you think about it, how messed up is that? Us as pawns in game of god vs. god...pretty messed up, which is why I liked it; I like that Staci Hart gave me a new look at a familiar romantic trope. 

Anyway. Enough of my rambling.

I think whether you're into mythology or not, you can find this read enjoyable. The two main characters lead exciting lives --participating in illegal/underground activities--and their family histories added an element of depth and interest (I honestly don't think I've ever come across a man like Kat and Kiki's dad). The way that they snarled and snapped at each other made for some fun conflict and the way they were protective and loving when it came to their siblings was sweet. 

In a genre that seems to return to the same stories, having a novel like Shift was a nice diversion from the usual. If you're looking for something that feels a little familiar and a little different all at the same time, this is a great choice.


Even the gods cannot betray the will of the stars.

It’s been a hundred years since she’s warmed my bed, a hundred years spent waiting for her. Now we’ll compete again in a game that matters little to me. But my prize is far greater than a token to be paid for a favor — I want her.

And for the first time in a very long time, I have the chance to keep her.

Because now the ground has shifted, tilted in my favor, and with her footing unsteady, she will fall.

I will catch her.

This time, I won’t let go.

The city stretched up like quartz against the fading sunlight, the colors of the sky deepening with every second that slipped by. Ares’s eyes were on the horizon, slashed with the darkening skyscrapers at the southern tip of Manhattan, but his mind was a thousand years behind him, and her face filled the space in between.
They were Mars and Venus. Man and woman. Ares and Aphrodite. The bond between them was unbreakable, undeniable, no matter how she had tried to reject it, tried to stay away. She’d never quite succeeded. She never would.
Even the gods could not betray the will of the stars.
It had been a hundred years since she warmed his bed, a hundred years of waiting for her. Now they would compete again in a game that mattered little to him. His prize was far greater than a token to be paid for a favor — he wanted her. And for the first time in a very long time, he had a chance to keep her.
Adonis had been in the way far too long — even murdering the human hadn’t removed him from the equation — but now the ground had shifted, tilted in Ares’s favor, and with Aphrodite’s footing unsteady, she would fall.
He would catch her.
This time, he wouldn’t let go.
Ares had already chosen his human player, and soon he would make his way down to the throng of gods who waited for the game to begin. She would be there. She would make her choice, and the fire between them would ignite as it always did — first with a spark, then a flicker. Then, she would be consumed, and so would he.
It would be the same as it ever was, and he was so starved for her, his body tensed from head to heart to heel in anticipation of what was to come.
From a hundred years down to a few days, the distance traveled worth every second of longing, and with every moment that passed, the stars moved closer to alignment and to his favor. And there was nothing she could do to fight it.
He’d see to that.

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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.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

REVIEW: Rebel by Rebecca Yarros


Rebel is the final and best (in my opinion) book in this series. I've been waiting to know more about Penelope and what's going on in her head since the first book and I finally got it. I finally got to see her for what she was and not just the hard and tough exterior that she portrayed in the first two novels; she's truly a force to be reckoned the best way.

Penelope is such a great combination of traits--she's vulnerable and stubborn and adventurous and so very strong-- and the person she eventually would wind up with would need to be able to read her well and know when to give and when to take. Enter Cruz, one of the sexiest, mature characters in the series. I absolutely loved how their relationship formed and sustained itself. Their chemistry was sizzling and I enjoyed the way Yarros wrote their love story; it was intense and sweet and hot. I also liked the whole subplot of Cruz and his secret.

This series has been a fun one from the start; it's so unique--a bunch of X-Game thrill seekers + a cruise ship + their adventures in love and life, what's not to enjoy? This final book was really a great blend of Penelope's story and a wrapping up of all of the stories that came before and it feels like a completed series. If you like adventurous thrill seekers meeting their match in love, you're going to love this series.



She'll defy his every expectation.

She’s Penna Carstairs.
The Renegade they call Rebel.
FMX-treme Magazine’s sexiest female athlete of the year.
There’s no rule in extreme sports she hasn’t broken,
No gender barrier she hasn’t demolished.

She’s the woman I met in a bar in Vegas.
The woman I illegally BASE jumped for.
The woman I spent one insane, incredible night with.
But now I’m screwed.
Or rather…not screwed.

Because the woman I can’t get out of my head is the one woman I can never touch again.
I’m Dr. Cruz Delgado—the youngest professor on this campus,
And Penelope Carstairs just walked into my class.

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"She was the one then and nothing changed in the time in between."


✮✮✮A story of past decisions gone awry, secrets that change directions, and emotional second chances, this gripping love story is what happens when two paths again collide. The final standalone title in New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley’s Magdalene Series, THE TIME IN BETWEEN is a rich, heartfelt love story available now!✮✮✮

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About THE TIME IN BETWEEN (Magdalene Series #3):

After a painful loss, Cady Moreland is coming to Magdalene to start the next chapter of her life. A chapter that began eighteen years ago but had a heartbreaking ending. The time in between was full of family and friendship, but Cady could never get the man she fell in love with all those years ago out of her heart.

Coert Yeager has learned to live without the girl who entered his life right when she shouldn’t and exited delivering a crippling blow he never would have suspected. The time in between was full of failing to find what he was missing…and life-altering betrayal.

But when that girl shows up in Magdalene and buys the town’s beloved lighthouse, even if Coert wants to avoid her, he can’t. A fire in town sparks a different kind of flame that won’t be ignored.

As Cady and Coert question the actions of the two young adults they once were thrown into earth-shattering circumstances, can they learn from what came in between and find each other again?

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  EXCERPT: Present day… I took in the mess of the large, circular room we were in and at first saw nothing but the mess—decaying furniture, a soot-covered stone fireplace, a kitchen that might have been put in in the forties but had not only not been touched the last nine years, it perhaps had not been touched the last nineteen (or more). Then I saw more. The extraordinarily carved railing to the sweeping wood staircase that ran the curved side of the house. The red brick walls. The plank wood floors. “Once upon a time, long ago,” the realtor was suddenly talking wistfully, “someone loved this place. Put that love into building it. Put that love into keeping it. Nine years and more when no one really gave a whit, and still you can see it once had a lot of love.” Oh yes. You could see that. “It’s got a basement, more like a big crawl space,” the agent declared, surprising me with his quick change in tone back to businesslike and informative. “The furnace is down there. You can get down there through a door in the floor. The furnace was put in a while back, and full disclosure, though an inspection will catch it, it probably needs to be replaced.” Through his words I stared at the fireplace, which scoured would be magnificent, and I noticed it didn’t have a chimney as such, but the smoke probably went out a vent in the wall. “This floor has a powder room under the stairs,” the realtor kept on. “You can look at it if you want, but if you wanna save yourself that, I’ll just tell you straight, it needs to be gutted.” I decided to take his word for it and told him that. He looked relieved when I did before he stated, “Place has a garage, two car. Not in good condition, but think you saw that. Still, it’s close to the house and there’s a covered walkway to that door over there.” He pointed at a door that was across from the door we’d walked in. “Means you might feel a chill but you won’t get wet, unless it’s raining sideways, which happens.” With a breeze that plastered my jacket to me on a sunny, early spring day, I did not doubt that. “Garage has a loft space above it, which could be renovated as a studio rental if you’ve a mind to do that sort of thing. As for the property itself, it also has a building where the generators are stowed,” the realtor carried on. “Hook up for a washer and dryer and good space in there. Lots of it for storage. Which is good because there’s not a lot of storage in here for tools and Christmas decorations and whatnot.” I glanced around seeing he was right. There wasn’t even enough cabinetry to house the things a decent cook would need in her kitchen. Though there was room for them. In fact, if you fought back the gloom, there was quite a bit of room. “And there’s a place outside, could call it a studio, could call it a mother-in-law house,” he shared. “Whatever, it’s got goodly space, two bedrooms, big kitchen. Could be renovated to be a guest house. Or like I said, a studio if you’re artsy. Or you could rent it out like a B and B. I’ll show you all of that after we have a look at the lighthouse.” “Thanks,” I replied. “Now, since I mentioned full disclosure, you have to know it all,” the realtor continued. Slowly, my eyes went to him. When they did, he launched in. “Like I said, it’s automated. And like I said, you won’t really have to concern yourself with the functionality of that unless the electricity goes out, but then the generators automatically kick in. There are two. But you’ll need to keep fuel on hand to keep them going in case a blackout lasts awhile. And just to say, this is coastal Maine. We get weather. Blackouts can last awhile.” When I nodded to share I took that in, he kept going. “And if you’re, say, away on vacation, you need to make sure someone is playing backup in such a case.” “Okay,” I replied when he stopped talking, thinking this probably wasn’t a good thing since I knew no one in Maine (or not anyone who wanted to know me) and thus couldn’t call on anyone to do something like that. I also didn’t hold high hopes I’d make friends and win people. I hadn’t had a lot of success in that in my life. And last, although Patrick believed it completely, I held no hope that the reason I was out there was going to come to fruition. That being me having a happy ending. That being what Patrick thought would be my happy ending. Which might mean I’d have someone, a certain someone, or actually two (at least), even though I knew I never would.        


About Kristen Ashley: Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing's changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

Friday, August 25, 2017

REVIEW: Fallen Heir by Erin Watt

Shel: This is a fairly accurate depiction of what I looked like when I finished Fallen Heir by Erin Watt: 

Court: Right girl! Mind. Blown. Just when I think these girls can't mess with my mind even more...they DO! And I die. And I cannot wait for whatever they give us next because it will BE AWESOME! 

Shel:I mean, SERIOUSLY, Erin do you do this to me with these Royals?!! I go in all innocent and curious: 

Shel: and then I get all wrapped up in the drama and crazy that seems to follow all Royals: Court: I love that their world is one that I cannot even comprehend...and they do insane things...but they're really beautiful at their heart, and even if it takes themselves even a really, really, really long time to figure that out...they're one loyal bunch at the end of the day. 

Shel: and it never, ever fails....I end up with a blown mind and a bad case of the book hangovers:


Court: Agreed. It went by way too fast, and now I feel the need to re-read the other books so I can stay in this world longer! 

Shel: All of this to say that I loved getting in Easton's head...and what a fucked up head it is. He's so much of what I thought he would be and so much not at alllll what I thought he'd be. He's such a jackhole sometimes and other times he's so in need of a hug and some love and reassurance that I'm not sure how I feel about him. I guess the best way to describe him is a lovable hot mess. This boy manages to fuck some shit up and all I can say is damn, I hope the Erin Watt duo writes him in some major help/therapy in book two. Court: He's quite complicated, isn't he? I really enjoyed him in the other two books because he's always the fun guy, and always the one that tries to lighten things up when things are really going sideways but now being in his head we can see he is way more complicated and way more effected by things that have happened and so completely loyal that I just love him.
Shel: What? Court: EEP! 
Shel: Did I not mention there's a book TWO?!!! Yeah...get ready to die of angst at the end because the queens of the cliffhanger are going to leave you tottering on the edge. Court: I think I'm dealing okay just because WE GET MORE! I'm always excited about that, and I figured that to get through everything they needed to get through (because we have a lot to delve into, y'all) that there would be more. I am quite excited about it! 

Shel: But enough of that, let's also talk about Hartley. This girl is really the perfect foil for Easton; she's not interested in his antics at all--or at least she isn't at first. The more she hangs out with him,though, the more she softens towards him and, unfortunately, also gets sucked into the drama that comes with being anything with a Royal. Plus, she's got drama of her own--how her drama is resolved in the next book is also something I'll be very interested in reading. Court: Ugh, she's complicated too! There's too much complicated going on! It was interesting because he is persistent to get to know her, and they really are like oil and water in some ways...but so alike in others. I can't say too much just because "spoilers" yo, but I really liked her as a character and feel like she's really going to REALLY get into the thick of things in the next book.

Shel: Finally, the bitches of Astor Prep are out and in a full effect and Erin Watt can write the best teenage bitches with the best drama ever. I was totally sucked in. How one wench in particular gets her comeuppance is something I cannot wait to read. I hope they mess her up sooooo good. (I'm a horrible person, aren't I). Court: NO! She is. SHE IS, SHELLEY! Ugh, it hurts so good to read about these people and the things they do and say. I just can't even, y'all...We got a taste of it before, and a new queen bee is looking to take over and it's going to probably hurt before it stops hurting so I'm trying to prepare myself already! 

Shel: With glimpses of Ella and Reed, Easton and Savannah, Lauren (don't even get me started on her. OMG.) and the twins, Fallen Heir is a novel that has me thirsty for more. I cannot wait to see how Easton and Hartley deal with this situation and what the consequences of all of this will be. If any of my guesses are correct, I have a feeling it's going to get way more messed up before it gets cleaned up and I'm ready. Court: YES! I'm ready too. That gif though, hahahaha. Things were really starting to spiral and ramp up with where they ended things, but definitely appreciated how things were developing. I really need more of our favorite characters! And things are going to get even more complicated if I can read this foreshadowing correctly (just so you know, I usually can't!) but we'll seeeeee!!!!! 



These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to. 

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible. 

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up. 

She might be right. 

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.

Warning: This book has a cliffhanger. The story will be resolved in Cracked Kingdom, due out January 2018.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

COMING SOON: Ruthless King by Meghan March

  Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with a brand new alpha romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.
New Orleans belongs to me. You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t. My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met. I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt. To have her in my debt. She doesn’t know she caught my attention. She should’ve been more careful. I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her. It’s time to collect what I’m owed. Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount. *Ruthless King is book one of the Mount Trilogy*   ADD TO GOODREADS  


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Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She's also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she's ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at

NEW! Shift by Staci Hart


Bestselling author Staci Hart brings you the second installment of an addictive romantic mythology series where love is the ultimate game, and Aphrodite always wins.


Shift by Staci Hart

Publishing Date: August 24th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Even the gods cannot betray the will of the stars. It’s been a hundred years since she’s warmed my bed, a hundred years spent waiting for her. Now we’ll compete again in a game that matters little to me. But my prize is far greater than a token to be paid for a favor — I want her. And for the first time in a very long time, I have the chance to keep her. Because now the ground has shifted, tilted in my favor, and with her footing unsteady, she will fall. I will catch her. This time, I won’t let go.

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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.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

REVIEW: The Lucky Heart by Devney Perry

Today we have the release day blitz for The Lucky Heart by Devney Perry! Be sure to grab your copy now!

Title: The Lucky Heart

Author: Devney Perry

Genre: Contemporary Romance


I think that The Lucky Heart may be my favorite book in this series, so far. The characters, Felicity and Silas, are characters that many will relate to and really like. Felicity is a character that we met in book 1 (if you've read it) and she seemed so harsh and cold; The Lucky Heart  will explain why she seemed so awful and then you'll find yourself rooting for her. Silas is, as all of the male protagonists are in this series, kind and tough and perfectly wonderful. Both of these characters are the kind of people you want to be friends with..the kind of people you want in your corner.

In addition to having characters you'll really like, the problems and conflicts that these characters confront are ones that many people will relate to. Trying to learn to forgive and let go of past 'lives' and to be the person you know you can be, are things many people moving back to hometowns have attempted. The Lucky Heart really delves into Felicity's 'apology tour' and how she tries to make up for the wrongs she feels she perpetrated. In the midst of all of this she makes some great friends and shows herself as the good friend she can be to old and new friends alike. 

The Lucky Heart tackles some serious issues, catches us up on the characters in the first two books, and introduces us to new characters who will undoubtedly be featured in upcoming books. This novel will absorb your weekend with characters who feel like friends and will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy as you finish it.

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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What a fucking horrible day. Wes’s funeral had been about as much fun as shoveling horse shit. I’d gone home to the ranch afterward and gotten straight to work, hoping it would distract me, but after three hours, I knew nothing was going to take my mind off Felicity. Fourteen years. I hadn’t seen her in fourteen years, and today was the day she’d come back to Prescott. For Wes. She’d stayed away from her family, from me, for fourteen years, but she’d come back for Wes? That stung. Then on top of it all, she’d acted like an ice queen. It made the fact that she was still the most beautiful woman I’d ever seen even harder to stomach. I just couldn’t believe the harsh and rude woman at Wes’s funeral had been my Felicity. So here I was, standing outside her hotel room door in the freezing cold, needing to see for myself if she had really changed that much. Because if she had, then maybe I could finally let her go. I raised my fist and banged on the door, taking out some of my frustration on its wooden face. “Coming,” Felicity called. She must not have checked the peephole because when she opened the door, she sucked in a sharp breath. Fuck. Why did she have to be so beautifully sad? All I wanted was to pull her into my arms. Her eyes had been covered at the funeral, hidden behind huge black sunglasses, but now I saw they were red and puffy. She’d cried for losing Wes. Had she ever cried that much over me? Without a word, she stepped back and swung an arm out for me to come in. I stepped inside and crossed the room but didn’t sit. “How are you?” she asked after closing the door. “Fine. You?” She shrugged. “I’ve had better days.” “So since you’re in a bad place, it gives you the right to treat people like shit?” The words flew out of my mouth without thought and I regretted them the second she winced. She took a calming breath. “I know I didn’t handle myself the right way at the funeral. I’m sorry for being rude to you and I’ll be apologizing to my family on Christmas.” I scoffed. “Did you apologize to your mom and brother for not visiting for fourteen fucking years?” She winced again. Fuck. What was wrong with me? I had always tried to keep a hold on my temper where Felicity was concerned but again I was blurting out attacks. This time, she didn’t keep that calm composure. Her spine stiffened and her lip curled. “That’s none of your business,” she snapped. “I apologize for being rude to you at the funeral, but if all you’re here to do is yell at me, get out.” I closed the gap between us, standing right in her space and glaring down at her. Most people, men and women, would have cowered. I usually intimidated people with this glare, but not Felicity. Time hadn’t dulled her feisty spirit in the slightest. She didn’t move an inch, just glared right back. “You’d like that,” I sneered, “wouldn’t you?” “Like what?” she asked through gritted teeth. “For me to leave so you can go back to pretending that avoiding this place and the people here wasn’t totally fucking selfish.” I was being a complete and total asshole. I knew it, I just couldn’t stop. All the pain I’d buried for years had bubbled up to the surface and was spewing out of my mouth. Felicity’s eyes welled but she didn’t lose her edge. “What else? Obviously, you came here to pick a fight. To hurt me back. So, keep going. If that’s what it will take to make you feel better, then please, keep going.” Another thing that hadn’t changed: she called me on my shit. My anger deflated and I shook my head. “It’s not making me feel better.” “Then what will?” Not fighting with her would make me feel better. Having her explain what had happened all those years ago would make me feel better. Hearing why she’d stayed away for so long would make me feel better. But I didn’t tell her any of that. Instead, I crushed my mouth to hers and hugged her tight so she couldn’t push me away. Not that she tried. Her arms wrapped around my waist and she fisted my shirt in her hands. I poured all of the pain and anger she had caused me into our kiss. She gave me all of her grief and heartache. Neither of us stopped until we were both exhausted from hot and angry sex. While she slept on my side, I stared at the ceiling, wishing tonight had gone a whole lot differently. I wished I weren’t still drawn to her. I wished that she had come back for me, not Wes. I wished that I weren’t such a damned fool, always waiting on the sidelines, ready to pick her up when he broke her heart. All tonight did was prove one thing. History really does repeat itself.  

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REVIEW: Beard in Mind by Penny Reid

All's fair in love and auto maintenance.

Beau Winston is the nicest, most accommodating guy in the world. Usually.
Handsome as the devil and twice as charismatic, Beau lives a charmed life as everyone’s favorite Winston Brother. But since his twin decided to leave town, and his other brother hired a stunning human-porcupine hybrid as a replacement mechanic for their auto shop, Beau Winston’s charmed life has gone to hell in a handbasket.

Shelly Sullivan is not nice and is never accommodating. Ever.
She mumbles to herself, but won’t respond when asked a question. She glares at everyone, especially babies. She won’t shake hands with or touch another person, but has no problems cuddling with a dog. And her damn parrot speaks only in curse words. 

Beau wants her gone. He wants her out of his auto shop, out of Tennessee, and out of his life.

The only problem is, learning why this porcupine wears her coat of spikes opens a Pandora’s box of complexity—exquisite, tempting, heartbreaking complexity—and Beau Winston soon discovers being nice and accommodating might mean missing out on what matters most.

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Shel: I suspect that I will start every Penny Reid review like this:

Shel: And how did I love this book? Let me count the ways (with apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her original poem found here. ) but not in sonnet form because I'm good, but I'm not that good. I can, however, list 14 reasons that I completely adored this romance. Court: I love that you linked that. 

Shel: 1. I love how Shelly rubs Beau the wrong way and he cannot deal but he has to and it's so cute how they exchange glares and looks. You can just tell that when they finally figure things out it's going to be so good because the dislike at the beginning is so strong.
Court: Getting to know these characters right along with them was hilarious. They do have some contentious stuff happening, and it is funny. As we get to know Beau we realize how out of the ordinary this is for him and I love it. "Under his skin" indeed.

Shel: 2. I love that the heroine's name is Shelly. That NEVER HAPPENS. If only she had an extra e in her name. Court: I pretended it did. 

Shel: 3. I love that Beau is so much deeper than the cute, charming Winston brother. He reads poetry and art history books! He researches! He cares so deeply for his friends and family ...and honestly, for almost everyone. Court: He really goes out of his way to be what other people need him to be, sometimes to his own detriment. But...I do wish that I knew someone like him because he is the truest of true friend.

Shel: 4. I love that Shelly seeks help, works hard on what her therapist asks her to work on, and is so honest about everything. Her honesty is a thing of beauty--even if it doesn't always make her friends. Court: OMG, some of the things she says to the customers! O_O --- but her outlook and how hard she tries makes her someone I adored and admired early on. 

Shel: 5. The refrigerator conversation. It's the perfect analogy for Beau and Shelly's relationship. LOVED IT. Court: I think it helped me work on my refrigerator. I love when characters teach me things about life and myself.

Shel: 6. Shelly and her ginormous heart. It's not evident at first because it's hidden behind a wall of ice and glares but Shelly is such a wonderfully complex character. She's more than a mechanic, an adopter of animals, an artist, a lover of teacups, glare-er extraordinaire, fixer upper of shacks, etc etc. She's so much more than a one dimensional heroine and I absolutely love that Penny Reid made Shelly so self-aware. Court: I get that it took her a while to get there, but I too love when she finally *gets* that she also has a lot to offer people and can really live life fully. I love, love, love it. 

Shel: 7. Beau and his ideas on intimacy. What a pleasant surprise. And speaking of intimacy. It was hot in here. *fans self* Court: Yeah, whoa Penny Reid. Warn a girl would ya. ;)

Shel: 8. Back to Beau and how much he cares. I like that Penny Reid makes him the pleaser. That Beau's the one to always put the other characters in the book at ease and he's the one that puts himself last so that those around him have what they need is such an atypical trait in many male romance heroes, that it stood out to me. Court: YES! As many brothers as the boys have it is a wonder any one of them is so good, but they are...all so good. And Beau is the sweetest. Always thinking about all of his siblings, but really his twin. A thing of beauty. 

Shel: 9. I absolutely loooooved how much the Winston brothers love to needle Cletus. After reading his novel a few months ago (and knowing a lot of what Beau refers to when it comes to Jenn), I really enjoyed seeing his siblings delight in making him squirm a little. Court: He's quite the stirrer, and just his name makes me smile. He's a funny guy and I unfortunately am the one in my family who gets worked up over stuff so I definitely saw myself in him. 

Shel: 10. Duane and Beau are the absolute sweetest. I'm married to a twin and I see how protective they are of each other and Duane and Beau are the same. I loved their dynamic. Court: Twins are so fascinating! I love it! Truest definition of ride or die there is, imo. 

Shel: 11. Shelly is a badass driver. *fist bump* YESSS. Court: I think that did solidify her badassery, though how well she works on a car cannot be discounted. 

Shel: 12. Seeing the Winston family and friends from another viewpoint. I'm always interested in what characters think about each other, especially when two novels have similar timelines. Court: I'm pretty excited to find out that they do have similar timelines because that is interesting. I need more books in this family in my life. They're KA level long, and that has me so excited I can't stand it! 

Shel: 13. The line where a characters says something along the lines of loving someone not despite things but because of them...I don't want to quote it exactly because I don't want to spoil but gahhhh...I love that sentiment. We're all made up of good and bad and light and dark and it's not like you can separate those things out from your personality. Court: NOPE! Even when you're mad, you remember why you love someone and you let it go and forgive them to keep on living life because being without them would be so much worse. That is a beautiful lesson, and I'm glad this book delivers on it. 

Shel: 14. The epilogue. I almost got teary eyed. So incredibly sweet. Court: HER BIRD, Shel! We can't forget about his funny...and I loved how well Penny Reid wrote and handled certain things in this book...don't want to spoil too much but just know that it is beautiful and so well researched and well written. It was enlightening and enthralling and I am so bummed I am just now discovering this world.

Monday, August 21, 2017

REVIEW: The Clover Chapel by Devney Perry

The Clover Chapel is a warm and sweet romance that will make you smile and swoon (while also wanting to move to Montana). It's unique in that it centers on a second chance romance to two people who seemingly wouldn't need it--a married couple. From a night in Vegas to a crazy coincidencal move to Montana,  we follow the love story of Emmeline and Nick. These two will keep you hoping for their HEA while smiling at their banter all the way to the end.

I think the 2 things I really enjoy about this series is how down to earth and relatable these characters are--they're really never hard to like or root for. And the community of Prescott is inviting and exactly what you'd want a small hometown to feel like. 

The Clover Chapel is low angst, even with its twists and turns, and will have you feeling as warm and sweet as the characters are.



She took a dare and fell in love. Truth would have been the smarter choice.

After years of living under her father’s thumb, Emmeline is ready to break free. She’s abandoned her life as a New York socialite to follow her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher in a small, wholesome town. Seeing the man that nearly broke her was absolutely not what she had hoped to find in Prescott, Montana.

Nick hasn’t seen his Emmy in nine years, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten a thing about the woman he loves. After just one blissful night as man and wife, he gave her up, sacrificing his own happiness to keep her safe—far away from him. But the moment she walks back into his lonely life is the moment he decides never to let her go again. He won’t waste his second chance. All he has to do is win back Emmeline’s heart, keep her safe from the shadows in his past and prove to her that taking a wager on him is a sure bet.


Friday, August 18, 2017

REVIEW: Wild Card by Karina Halle


Wild Card, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is available NOW!!!


Wild Card is the first book in a new series by Karina Halle and it gives us some of the things we love about her work while also showing us something new. This second chance romance features a swoony and sweet cowboy, Shane, and the woman whose heart he broke, Rachel. Their story is one of heartbreak and healing and Halle weaves their past in with their present in a story that has you hoping against hope that they'll find their way back to each other. 

As with all Karina Halle novels, I can't help but love how she puts her travel journalism talents to great use and fills the story with the vivid and lush descriptions of a small country town, vast farmland, and a quaint  local bar that has me wistful for long horse rides and pastureland. 

Whether you're new to Karina Halle or have everything she's ever written, I think you'll like this new series. I know I'm very much looking forward to knowing Fox and Mav better and to catch more glimpses of Rachel and Shane (and Hank, Vernalee, and Dick) as they enjoy their HEA.

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Wild Card is a standalone novel and the first book in the North Ridge Trilogy about rough and rugged Canadian mountain men, the Nelson brothers. Canada’s never felt so hot.
She swore she’d never go back home.
She swore she’d never see the man who broke her all those years ago.
But you don’t always get to choose your path.
And sometimes that path is as wild and rugged as the heart.
Rachel Waters thought she saw the last of the small mountain town of North Ridge, British Columbia, when she left six years ago. But while her advertising career blossomed beneath the skyscrapers of Toronto, her mother’s sudden illness has the 26-year old returning to North Ridge to care for her, putting her career on hold while dealing with family secrets, regrets and unresolved goodbyes.
Shane Nelson has always been a bit of a wild card. The youngest of three brothers, Shane’s spent most of his life being underestimated and misunderstood. With his quiet intensity, classic good looks and thoughtful demeanor, he’s an enigma on horseback, managing his father’s sprawling ranch on the slopes of North Ridge.
But while Shane remains the quintessential brooding cowboy, complete with an arsenal of inner demons, all of that changes when Rachel steps back into his life.
She was the girl he pushed away.
Now she’s the girl who wishes she could leave.
Despite the odds, Shane will do everything to convince Rachel he needs a second chance that he doesn’t deserve but when the two of them head off into the wilderness together in search of lost cattle, more than just their hearts are at stake.
Whether it's love or lives on the line, one thing is for sure: always bet on the wild card.

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Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books. Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK. KarinaHalle

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