Sunday, June 24, 2018

Save the Date by Carrie Aarons

Title: Save the Date
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 24, 2018


You know that pact you make with your childhood best friend of the opposite sex? The one where, if you’re both still single, lonely and hopeless at thirty, you’ll marry each other?

This is the story about what happens when you hit the big three-oh and have to make good on that pinky promise.

Personally, I think love, romance and all of that nonsense is a crock of, well, you know. And Reese Collins, the boy who used to put worms in my hair at backyard barbecues, knows that better than anyone.

But when he moves to the same city I’ve happily, and singly, inhabited for years, memories of oaths past resurface. Reese is like a dog with a bone; a really hot dog and that bone just happens to be me.

He won’t stop hounding me, and the crazy thing is, my frigid, traitorous heart is starting to cave. For my best friend.

It seems so far off, when you’re a kid playing Monopoly in your treehouse. But when that clock strikes midnight on your thirtieth birthday, and you’re standing alone in front of a grocery store-bought cupcake, a childhood deal to walk down the aisle doesn’t seem so silly anymore. 


Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Friends to lovers?  Yes please!!  A teenage pledge to marry each other if they are still single at the age of 30.  That milestone is fast approaching and Reese is hoping to use the pledge as his opportunity for a chance with Erin.

Erin is a tricky customer, not really believing in love or romance after witnessing her parents' relationship implode.  She is also oblivious to the way he is feeling for her.  She is at a crossroads in her life, with her job and her heart.

I loved these characters and their interactions.  There was an incredible sweetness between them but at times they were frustrating:  one step forward and two steps back.  Well written and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won't get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and still can’t fathom that she gets to live her dream each and every day.

When she isn't in a writing coma, Carrie spends time Netflix-binging with her husband, snuggling her infant daughter, and chasing her black Lab through the dog parks of New Jersey.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Review of "The Beast of Aubyn Hall" By: Alex L. Michaels

"The Beast of Aubyn Hall" By: Alex L. Michaels
Rating:  ☆☆☆☆

I always get excited about stories where the lead is a librarian.  My inner geek did a happy dance.

Bronte and her team are hired to catalogue Caine's personal family library.  Caine has a reputation of being a beast.  He is built like a beast and has can be very brusque in dealing with people around him.  He is, however, demanding but a man of few words most of the time.  He knows what he wants and will stop at nothing to get it.  He wants Bronte.

Bronte has no idea how to handle the attention from Caine and spends most of her time running from him and hiding.  The beast is stalking her and persistent, despite giving off mixed messages.

This combined a story about a librarian with hints of beauty and the beast.  It was a brilliant idea, with characters that I equal part liked and equal part wanted to shake in frustration.  The story flowed well for the most part.  I enjoyed this read.

Stud by ML Nystrom

“He’s a strong man and a smart man, but deep down, he’s a hurting man.”

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Title: Stud
Author: ML Nystrom
Genre: MC Romance
Series: Dragon Runners, bk 2
Release Date: June 23, 2018
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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Bold and brash, Eva MacAteer has spent her life working in her blue-collar family’s construction business. In doing so, she’s had to fight for her own place away from her overbearing father, as well as for her own identity as a woman. Struggling between her loyalty to her brothers and her desire to strike out to be her own person, Eva knows one thing for certain: getting involved with a womanizer, no matter how hot he may be, is not the path for her.  

Stud is not one to be tied down to any woman. Fiercely loyal to the club and his single ways, the last thing he expects is to become fascinated by the fiery Eva. He sees his own life reflected in hers and is not quite sure how to handle the connection.

Can two mismatched people find enough common ground to overcome their fears and allow love to grow?

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Following the aftermath of 'Mute', Eva and her family are hired to rebuild the bar that Stud is partner in.  Eva has grown up in the construction industry, working alongside her brothers and father in a male dominated environment.  She hides part of herself from her family but Stud sneaks behind her walls and she reveals part of herself to him.

Stud is woman's man.   He is a charmer and a flirt, with women tripping over themselves to be his old lady.  It feels as though he is too polite to say no and is his own worst enemy when it comes to winning her over.  

There is a definite attraction between them but she is prickly and doesn't trust him.  Over time he proves he has her best interests at heart, sometimes more than her own family.

This had a completely different vibe to 'Mute'.  This was definitely more laid back and wasn't as intense.  It was tame in comparison.  I was hoping for a little more action but still enjoyed it.

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Dragon Runners, book 1

I've had stories in my head since I was a child.  All sorts of stories of fantasy, romance, mystery and anything else that captured my interest.  I'm a voracious reader, and have spent many hours in my life devouring books, therefore it's only fitting I should write a few myself!  

I've spent most of my life as a performing musician and band instrument repair technician, but that doesn't mean I'm pigeon-holed into one mold.  I've been a university professor, belly dancer, craftsperson, soap maker, singer, rock band artist, jewelry maker, lifeguard, swim coach, and whatever else I feel like exploring.  As one of my students said to me once, "Life's too short to ignore the opportunities."   I have no intention of ever stopping so welcome to my story world.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Saved by Hazel James

Title: Saved
A Battles Novel
Author: Hazel James
Genre: Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2018


Leilani Moretti

Life is out to get me.
Humvee accident that took my right hand? Strike one.
Cancer three years later that stole my breasts and hair? Strike two.
An overbearing mother who seems to think I’m twelve, not twenty-seven?
Yeah, I’m out of there.

I thought moving to Oklahoma would give me a fresh start. I hoped life would finally cut me some damn slack. But between the inept people at the VA hospital and a boss who’s hell-bent on fixing me, I just want to be left alone. Haven’t I been through enough already?

Clay Prescott

Joining the Army and deploying to Afghanistan? Hard.
Kicking an alcohol addiction and starting a business combining fitness and mental health? Harder.
Worth it? Hell yes.

Battles, my gym, has been so successful that I hired a new employee—a veteran herself—to help me open a second location. And that’s when it all goes to hell. Everything I’ve ever stood for is called into question, and the one person I thought I could count on disappears. I’ve spent the last ten years helping everyone else. What happens when I can’t even save myself?

How can I help others when I can’t even save myself?

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Broken, over whelmed and lacking in confidence.  Leilani is a veteran amputee, who is dumped when she is diagnosed with breast cancer.  Suffocated by her mother she joins a veteran's programme to escape.  Clay is her boss, her counselor and wants so much more with her.  He provides her with a job at his gym and very much sees the special in her.  

Clay is a natural born helper and trusts in those he cares about.  He is loyal to a fault but can't always see what is under his nose.  Whilst he saves her and helps her rediscover her self-confidence but equally she ends up saving him.

Whilst this is a beautifully poignant, sweet romance, there is a touch of intrigue attached, woven perfectly into their story.  It was an added dimension that equalised the situations between them.  Leilani's strength and courage shone through, especially with Clay's gentleness.  An awesome read.

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Having cancer is an invitation to be touched. Doctors. Nurses. Sympathetic friends. An overbearing mother. For months, I dreaded having someone else’s hands on my body.
But now? Now I crave it. Especially with Clay staring at me like I’m the only one who can quench his thirst. I’d gladly be his water. The glass. Hell, I’d even be the ice cubes if he’d give me a few hours and a freezer.
“Um, will you tie me?” I give myself ten bonus points—five for speaking coherently and five for omitting the word “up” at the end.
He smiles and steps behind me, and my skin prickles in anticipation. Even my goose bumps want to be as close to him as possible. But none of that compares to the second his fingers brush the skin on my shoulders. I officially take back every curse word I aimed at Rebecca when I opened my suitcase.
I’m baking her a cake as soon as I get home.
“Is that too tight?” Clay’s voice is deeper, huskier, and damn if that’s not the sexiest thing I’ve heard in…ever. I want to say yes, so he’ll have to start over, but a girl only has so much self-control. He’d probably say something like “how do you want it?” and then I’d turn around and hump his leg because I’m all about hands-on demonstrations.
“It’s perfect.”
“Great. I’ll double-knot it so you can just slip it over your head next time.”
I’d be sad if it wasn’t for the light squeeze he gives my neck when he’s done. Committing that feeling to memory, I pull a tank top over my head and slide my feet into my sneakers, shoving all thoughts of molesting Clay out of my mind. “Where do you want to go first?”
“Shouldn’t I be asking you that?” The edges of his mouth tip up.
“Yeah, yeah, I’m the world’s worst Hawaiian.” I shoot playful daggers at him.
“Hey, you said it, not me.” He holds his palms out, proclaiming his innocence. “Thankfully, one of us came prepared. I was thinking of a short hike and then maybe some paddle boarding.”
It’s my turn to lift a hand. “The hike sounds fine, but one of us did not come prepared for paddle boarding. Unless you don’t mind going in circles.” His eyes crinkle as I simulate rowing with my stump.
“Don’t worry, this place has two-person paddle boards.” He pulls the keys to our rental Jeep from his pocket and twirls the ring around his finger. “Ready?”

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Hazel lives in Tampa Bay, Florida. She's a proud Army veteran, and her greatest loves include her family, lip gloss, Diet Coke, and the beach. For a list of events, go to

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