Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Release Blitz ARC Review- Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

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From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a sexy, STANDALONE second-chance romance.

They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right?

So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.

At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.

Everyone wanted a piece of the hot single father of the sweet little boy.

I was riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more.

They didn’t know about our past.

He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.

As my friend Lorelai so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.

I was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with another man just to protect my heart.

Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.

And soon I might be breaking all the rules.

Author's note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel.

 My Review 

Mack Daddy was an okay read for me.  It was a story of second chances and fighting for your own happily ever after.  Mack and Frankie have a past history together and have always felt a spark for one another.  Only problem was, is that one was always romantically unavailable.  When they first met, Mack had a serious girlfriend and now years later, it is Frankie who is in a serious relationship. 

Now with Mack back in Frankie's life, with a young son in tow, and trying to win her over, it is a matter of mending fences, making a final decision of the heart, and countering external forces that seek to tear these two apart.  Will Frankie choose to leave her steady beau for Mack?  Will Mack finally get the only girl who's ever made his heart skip a beat?  What about Mack's baby momma and Mack's father's powerful political influences?   Not to mention, Frankie's teaching job?  If she were to entertain dating the father of her student, how would that affect her?

I have to say, I almost decided to not finish this one.  Not that I disliked it, I just don't care anymore to indulge in 'angsty' situations with messy love triangles, in this case it was kind of like a square, and having a child in the mix of it.  The reason I did decide to finish this novel ultimately, was simply out of the intention to find out what happened in the end.  That was it really.

I'm not saying that this book was bad or anything.  It was just not my cup of tea after all.  

Anyway, I'm sure others will take love and joy in this, so if you're curious, then jump on in and have a blast.  This novel was just not for me.

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 About the Author 

  Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a fifteen-time New York Times bestseller of twelve novels. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 

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Additional Books by Penelope Ward

Stepbrother Dearest

Jake Undone (Jake #1)
My Skylar
Jake Understood (Jake #2)

Books from Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

Cocky Bastard

Stuck-Up Suit

Playboy Pilot

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Blog Tour Review!- Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills


Pretending never felt so good…. Fake Fiancée by Ilsa Madden-Mills is NOW LIVE! ONLY $0.99 & Free on Kindle Unlimited.

FAKE FIANCEE COVER.jpgTitle:  Fake Fiancée
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Publication Date: February 6th 2017
Plot:  A new standalone romance from Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills...

They say nothing compares to your first kiss,
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss…that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he’d f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he'd never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist...
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren’t REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist…
Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.

Get ready for breathtaking kisses, dreamy football players, a heroine who yearns for the guy she can't have, and a hero who will do anything for the girl he loves...

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC via TRSOR PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

Going into this, the only real reason I decided to pick this up was because I had LOVED Ilsa Madden-Mills' Dirty English series.  I quite honestly, dreaded the whole "fake fiancee" setup as I feel that it is quite a cliche in books, but luckily this standalone was not that typical case and was very charming.

I must of read this in two or three sittings which is quite fast for me with my chaotic life.  Max and Sunny were so addicting that I somehow HAD TO fit them in.  ESPECIALLY, with that beginning.  I just knew, I just knew who it was.  Definite great way to grab a readers attention.

I also enjoyed the development between our two characters.  It isn't insta-love although they both do share a great attraction for the other.  Sunny was a ray of sunshine.  I really loved her.  She's not annoying nor is she an over the top drama lama or doormat.  She's just your every day girl just trying to make it into the world.

And Max.  Max, although very popular with the ladies is not the stereotype jock that thinks of himself as a god and does not sleep with anything that looks his way.  He had standards and has been hurt by a previous relationship before.

Max is without doubt, serious book boyfriend material, and will have you swooning over him with his lunwavering loyalty, overprotective antics, and panty melting olympics in bed!!! Oh, how I would love a male heroine like him!!

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Max stalked over to the barrier that divided the stands from the football field and jumped it. The fans went nuts as he brushed past them, some not even realizing it until he was down the aisle. The Jumbotron followed him.
“Good Lordy, what’s he doing?” Mimi asked, clutching at her chest.
“I don’t know,” I said rather weakly, taking the chance to study him the closer he came. He was beautiful, his shoulders impossibly broad. To add to the distraction, his helmet was in his hand and all that dark brown hair was flowing around his chiseled features as if he had a fan in his face. My Viking.
“He’s coming over here,” Mimi commented.
He was. But why?
I stopped breathing . . .right when he came to a halt in front of me and knelt down on one knee.
Eyes the color of a wild ocean gazed at me.
He took my left hand in his right one.
“Max,” I breathed, my heart fluttering.
He gazed up at me. “Sunny Blaine, will you marry me?”
The stadium went wild. In a daze, I looked up at the Jumbotron and felt like I was watching this happen to someone else. Camera phones flashed all around us.
My first clear thought was I’ll kill him.
Aloud, nothing came out but a faint wheeze. Clearly someone had stuffed a giant wad of cotton in my mouth. Clearly I needed something a lot stiffer to drink than this Diet Coke. Clearly my fake boyfriend was a freaking raving lunatic.
He sat his helmet on the ground next to my feet, reached inside it and pulled out a small black box. 
No, no, no!
The box opened, and my stomach churned at the sight of the large round solitaire diamond ring that was nestled on the black silk. I blinked repeatedly to clear my vision.
With deft fingers, Max eased it out of the lining and slipped it on my left hand.
I stared down at it. Then back at him.
I was going to murder the hottest quarterback in the country.
Kiss her, Kiss her, the crowd chanted.
We were the focal point of the entire world.
Max stood and tugged me up with him until we were standing. He slid his hand around my neck and pulled his face to mine. The sky was blotted out as he kissed me.
But I hadn’t said yes! 
I wouldn’t say yes. 
Not to a fake engagement.
The applause of the stadium was deafening. And his kiss—it was deadly. Despite my rage, my body craved him. His lips were hot, so hot, and my tongue met his with a vengeance. We kissed hard, and I nipped at him, my teeth scraping across his lips. But the only one who’d end up bleeding in this scenario was me.
He eased back to take me in, and with a final look at my face he gave a thumbs-up sign to the entire stadium. They went nuts, chanting his name.
“I’m sorry,” he whispered in my ear, letting his hand trail down my arm as he stepped back from me. He walked away backward, eyes on me the entire time. The announcers for the game told everyone who might have missed it that Max Kent had just asked his girlfriend to marry him, and she’d said yes. More cheers came as they replayed him on his knee in front of me with a giant YES written across the top.
I plopped back down in my seat. Frozen.
“. . . did you see her face? Shocked . . .”
“. . . most romantic thing in football . . .”
“. . . luckiest girl in the world . . .”
My face went hot. Even my ears burned. I wanted to crawl under a seat. 
What a lie.
The half ended and our offense came out to the field, snapped the ball, and Max threw it straight to Tate who ran it in for another touchdown. My chest constricted and anger churned in my gut.
I didn’t care who won. 
I hated football right now. 
Most of all, I hated Max Kent, and I was going to make him pay.

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 About the Author 

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New York Times and USA Today best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.

She's addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Instagram, Ian Somerhalder (seriously hot), astronomy (she's a Gemini), Sephora make-up, and tattoos. 

She has a degree in English and a Master's in Education.

When she's not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets, paints old furniture, and eats her weight in sushi.

She loves to hear from fans and fellow authors. Drop her a line on the contact page.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Release Blitz + ARC Review- Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet #1) by Pepper Winters


“I met the boy I wanted. But then he vanished and a new man claimed me instead. My father approved, my colleagues congratulated, and behind closed doors, I was bedded by a stranger.”

Title:  Crown of Lies (Truth and Lies Duet #1)
Author:  Pepper Winters
Genre:  Erotic/Dark Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 31st 2017
Plot:   “I met the man I wanted. But then he vanished, and a new man claimed me instead. My father approved, my colleagues congratulated, and behind closed doors, I was bedded by a stranger.”

Noelle Charlston lives a fairy-tale life: a doting father, a powerful job, and a future blessed with financial security.

However, two meetings with two men changes her happy existence forever. First, she meets the man who makes her heart sing. Three years later, she meets the man who makes her blood quiver.

Broken-hearted from a teenage romance, Noelle’s freedom is no longer hers. It belongs to the stranger her father believes is her perfect match. The stranger who pulls his lies over everyone he touches.
Including her.

Seduced and manipulated, Noelle gives into the mysterious Penn Everett. The lies he spins, the truth he hides, the mystery he weaves—it’s all enough to slowly erode the woman she is and turn her into something else.
Until her past collides with her present.
And it’s her turn to lie.

To everyone…including herself.

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC via TRSOR PR in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

Pepper Winters has a knitch for mind fuckery.  Oh, yes, indeed.  I wouldn't say that this book was heavy and demented like many of her other inventory, but don't dismiss this read as any less of a contender for twisting and captivating your mind in its tale of love, lust, deceit, and hidden agendas.

Elle, the book's protagonist may seem to have everything but don't let that facade fool you nor her personality.  She's lonely, a hardworker, and has been betrayed by love before.   But her dad wants a king alongside with her to rule his business empire and that is where Elle is put between a rock and a hard place of what she wants and her father's whims.

As for her love interest.  Hmmmm, this is where I felt stunted and baffled.  I'm still up in the air as I still feel a little in the shadows.  Penn, I was constanting wanting but also nervous to know more about him.  Why is it that I always seem to be drawn in my these complicated sex on a stick male characters that aren't always what they seem?   Damn, I need bk2!!  This book left me on a cliffhanger and some withdrawals! Haha

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 About the Author 


Pepper Winters wears many roles. Some of them include writer, reader, sometimes wife. She loves dark, taboo stories that twist with your head. The more tortured the hero, the better, and she constantly thinks up ways to break and fix her characters. Oh, and sex... her books have sex. 
She loves to travel and has an amazing, fabulous hubby who puts up with her love affair with her book boyfriends. 

Her Dark Erotica books include:
Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1)
Quintessentially Q (Monsters in the Dark #2)

Her Grey Romance books include:

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Release Blitz, ARC Review + Giveaway!- Fallen Woman by Stephie Walls

Title: Fallen Woman
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2017


Gianna LeBron grew up in poverty. Destined to change her circumstances and her zip code, she rises up from the inner-city streets with an Ivy League education and affluent husband. A few short years later, she’s alone with three children, destitute and desperate.

Finding herself in the same hell she’d fought so hard to escape, and determined to find a solution, she compromises who she is. Selling her soul for the almighty dollar, she does what she has to do in order to provide for her children.

Caught between a secret love and her toddler’s unending need for medical care, Gianna’s forced to decide how far she’ll go to heal her daughter and save the man she loves.

For money.
For health.
For Jase.

My Review
I haven't been signing up for a lot of books to review lately, but as soon as I had seen this book's synopsis, I was immediately captivated and hit the request form.  So glad that I did.

Fallen Woman has a very interesting, but realistic outlook.  Here's a woman who knows what it's like to everything and nothing at all.  To have everything you could have ever wanted... the world at your grasp....and the perfect family.... only to have it taken away.

I admired this story, as it felt to have a very human quality through the character of Gianna.  I could feel her plight, her outlook, her feelings and her struggles.  And also the need to protect her family.  In fact, I felt a lot of admiration for her.  She was a woman knocked by life many times but refused to be defeated.

Her meeting Jase-- the wealthy businessman- to me, was the only cliche part of the story as it from a real side of view seems too fairytale like.  I'm not saying this to take away from the story and Gianna's journey (and Jase's).  Maybe it's like, after reading many books, a girl down on her luck meets hot, enigmatic rich hottie who has secrets, sets up contract deals, and may be the answer to her problems may seem like a plot set up that I've encountered way too many times. 

BUT!  Don't let that deter or fool you from this read.  I actually liked the character of Jase.  He, too, had a likable personna and was commenable for his words and actions toward Gianna.

He and Gianna certainly have not an easy relationship through and through.  I did not expect for it to have such feels and angst? throughout and to pull on my heartstrings the way it did.  Then again, life and love have never meant to be easy to begin with, and we get to see it unfold in this complicated tale written by author Stephie Walls.

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Author Bio

Stephie Walls is a literary whore - she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has six novels out, four short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world.

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