Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Blog Tour Review - Twenty-Two (Assassins #11.5) by Toni Aleo

Title: Twenty-Two (Assassins #11.5)
Author: Toni Aleo
Publication Date: May 22nd 2017
Plot: When Lucas Brooks was traded to the Nashville Assassins over a decade ago, he was a brash, brawling hothead without an anchor.

Well, four kids and a smokin' hot wife will weigh you down real fast, but Lucas wouldn't change a minute of his happily ever after. 

During an epic, end-of-season quest for the Cup, changes appear on the horizon, and suddenly, there's a plot twist in Lucas's fairy tale. 









 My Review 

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

Oh my gosh!! More Lucas, Tate, Aiden, and three other little ones in tow!!

When it comes to the Assassins series, I've always preferred the original men and their gals. This includes Lucas, Shea, Tate, Erik and Philip. The rest of the hockey men, eh, they're okay. I have nothing against them, but these five men are what made me love this series in the first place.

While Lucas is my fourth favorite man (my favorites are still Shea and Erik!), I loved seeing him in this different light and seeing him consider his options now that many years have gone by and he is no long that spring chicken he once was. He loves hockey but he loves his family even more so it was a bittersweet feeling to see him put those two into pespective.

It was also cool to see little Aiden all grown up!! Ah, that poor kid with a man bun that everyone wanted to chop his hair! Haha. Aiden is still the best son you could ever dream of and more. But now with him dreaming of following the same steps of his father to hockey stardom, it was pretty crazy to think that this was that little boy from bk2 who's now grown up to be a young man. Ah, the memories!! Please Toni Aleo, consider making a Assassins' children spinoff please!!! I love these guys!! I can't get enough!
Kawehi

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Fallon held a half-eaten snow cone in one hand and her phone in the other with one earbud in as she watched Aiden rush down the ice, the puck under his control. He caught the defense on a change, somewhat of a breakaway, before he shot the puck hard toward the net, hitting the back of it with ease.
“Woot!” Audrey called from beside her.
“Yes!” Fallon fist-pumped as the girls stood by the glass, bouncing up and down in their way too big Brooks jerseys. Looking over to Asher, who was on his computer, she said, “Your brother scored.”
“Attaboy!” he called out, but he didn’t look up, which only made Fallon shake her head as she watched Aiden hug his teammates. “What’s the score on Daddy’s game?”
“Two-zip, Assassins,” she said as she waved her hand in the air when Aiden looked up at her, like he always did. Like he always had, and a part of her was excited about his future. But the other part just made her heart ache. When he was in college, would he be able to see her?
And in the NHL? Crap, she knew he wouldn’t be able to see her then.
“This is game four, right? They win, they go to round three?”
“Yes, baby. Emery! Get off there! Come eat this snow cone. It’s melting.”
Emery continued to climb on the rail of the bleachers as she looked up. “I don’t want it.”
“Then come get it and throw it away.”
She pouted. “I don’t want to.”
“Emery Elaine,” Fallon warned. “Get over here. Right now.”
“I want my daddy!”
“That’s new,” Audrey commented as Emery stomped up the stairs, her little brow
furrowed.
“That’s Emery, who has stayed close to her dad every moment he’s been home,” she muttered as Emery stopped in front of her. “Do you want that tail wore out?”
“No, ma’am.”
“Then what do you need to do?”
“Throw away the snow cone and watch my mouth?”
“Exactly,” she said, handing the snow cone to her trying child before looking down at her phone to see that the Assassins were on the penalty kill. They were probably playing the best hockey she had seen them play in her many years of supporting and loving the team. She was excited, but her gut was in a knot, not only for the Assassins but also for Aiden. Because across the rink, she could see the Bellevue representatives, watching her little boy with intent.
“Aiden is playing great,” Audrey said then, and Fallon nodded.
“I know, the best he’s ever played. Just like the Assassins.”
Audrey beamed. “We’ll close out tonight and then get a nice break before round three.
They need it.”
“They do.” Looking down at her phone, Fallon watched as the second period ended, and she let out a long sigh. One more period. Twenty more minutes, and if the Assassins could hold the Hawks, they’d move on to round three. She couldn’t believe it. This would be the first time the Assassins had swept anyone in the play-offs, and according to Facebook, Elli was coming out of her skin.

 About the Author 

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My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review Blitz!- Real Sexy (Real Dirty Duet, #2) by Meghan March


Title:  Real Sexy (Real Dirty Duet, #2)  
Author: Meghan March
Publication Date: May 23rd 2017 by Red Dress Press
Plot: Country music star Boone Thrasher has never walked away from a fight, and he’s willing to put everything on the line to win the woman he can’t live without in the conclusion to the Real Dirty Duet by USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.

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In Nashville, country stars are a dime a dozen. 
I swore I’d never get caught up with one, but Boone Thrasher made a liar out of me. 
I said I’d never put my heart on the line, but he didn’t ask before he stole it. 
Now we’re facing my worst fears, and we'll see if this country boy is tough enough to see it through.
Girls like me don’t get happily ever afters… but maybe he’ll prove that wrong too. 

Real Sexy is the conclusion of the Real Dirty Duet and should be read following Real Dirty.  

 My Review 

Compared to book one, I liked this one a whole lot more but it still didn't 'wow' me.  I can't put into words what the first story was missing but it wasn't the greatest for me.  Book 2, to me, was more entertaining to me in a sense that I found it enjoyable but I for some off reason could not relate nor connect with the two main leads.

I think what kept me drawn in was Boone.  Anyone that's ever read my reviews knows that I love my strong, dirty talking, alpha males and Boone fits that bill to a tee. He was going to get his Ripley and was not afraid to move heaven and earth while doing it.

Ripley.  She's the character I go 'meh.'  I mean, I didn't love her but I didn't dislike her.  She was kind of in the middle for me.

Over all though still, I would recommend this read to anyone, especially those who are fans of Meghan March.

Kawehi
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Meghan March is the author of contemporary and erotic romance novels.
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 meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Release Blitz Review!- The List by Chantal Fernando

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Title:  The List 
Author: Chantal Fernando
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 15, 2017
Plot: On a random night out with her girlfriends, Taye experiences something she hasn’t before.

Instant attraction.

Between vodkas and dance moves she probably shouldn’t be doing in public, never mind on a podium, she meets him.

She’s never had a one night stand before, and to have one is on her list of things to experience in her life.

Not only that, but the chemistry is off the charts.

Decision made.

She’s going home with this man, and she’s not going to regret it when she leaves him in the morning. 

Or at least that’s what she thinks.
 My Review 

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

This was not exactly my cup of tea.  Particularly because of the male lead.  He was just, hmmm, let's just say if I was the female heroine I would have chosen to seek other options than him.  He was not what I'd label boyfriend (or even book bf for that matter) material.  "Why?," you may ask?  I simply did not get nor like him.  Period.

As for the female lead, I enjoyed her.  She's the kind of heroine that wears her heart on the sleeve and when she loves she goes all in.  That's something that I admire even if she did have her 'moments' where I wanted to strangle and put some sense into her.

I would go on but ultimately I think I would circle around my rant about the male lead's behavior and actions.  I did not hate this book, but like many I just did not know what to take from it.  So hence, three stars from me.

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 About the Author 
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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Chantal Fernando is twenty six years old and lives in Western Australia.

Her published novels include four books in the Resisting Love series – Chase, Kade, Ryder and James; the New York Times Bestselling novel Maybe This Time and its follow up, This Time Around. Look out for her upcoming release Toxic Girl, set to be published on April 14th 2014.

When not reading, writing or daydreaming she can be found enjoying life with her three sons and family.

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Social Media Blas & Giveaway!- Ohana Legacy by Eden Butler

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Title:  Ohana Legacy: The Complete Thin Love Series Bundle
Author: Eden Butler 
Genre: Romance
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Plot: THIN LOVE (Book 1)
Love isn’t supposed to be an addiction. It isn’t supposed to leave you bleeding. Kona pushed, Keira pulled, and in their wake, they left behind destruction. She sacrificed everything for him. It wasn’t enough. But the wounds of the past can never be completely forgotten and still the flame remains, slumbers between the pleasure of yesterday and the thought of what might have been.

MY BELOVED (Book 1.2)

Kona Hale was a blinding flame that Keira Riley gladly burned inside—his touch, his kiss, his overwhelming love, all made her desperate and desired, made her believe in a love worth bleeding for. But when you fall in love with an NFL darling who can’t seem to let go of the spotlight, sometimes even that flame can be lost behind the brilliant flash of fame.

THICK LOVE (Book 2)
Ransom Riley-Hale’s friends think his life is charmed, but that brilliant shine on the surface hides the darkness beneath. Aly King surges into his life threatening to pull him from the darkness. But the shadows are relentless, resurfacing when he thinks he is safe and Ransom knows he must keep Aly from them too before he pulls her down into the darkness with him.

THICK & THIN (Book 3)
My love was thick. Her faith was thin. Somewhere in the middle is where life found us. She was my first thought every morning, my last smile at night, and a million memories in between. Then Aly King walked away from me, from us, from our life.

MY ALWAYS (Book 3.5)
Every marriage has a moment—it defines the future, it settles doubt. That moment comes for Keira Riley-Hale when her marriage is threatened and she forgets how to find her way back to her husband. Will a brief getaway to the Tennessee mountains bring Keira and Kona to the moment that changes everything in their marriage? Or will that moment never come?

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Eden Butler is an editor and writer of Fantasy, Mystery and Contemporary Romance novels and the nine-times great-granddaughter of an honest-to-God English pirate. This could explain her affinity for rule breaking and rum.

When she’s not writing or wondering about her possibly Jack Sparrowesque ancestor, Eden patiently waits for her Hogwarts letter, edits, reads and spends way too much time watching rugby, Doctor Who and New Orleans Saints football.

She is currently living under teenage rule alongside her husband in southeast Louisiana.
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