Friday, February 16, 2018

Release Day Blitz: Up in Smoke by T.M. Frazier

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Up in Smoke, an all-new gritty standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author T.M. Frazier is LIVE!

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I'm a man without a conscience.
I deal in murder and mayhem.
I'm the best at what I do.
Frankie Helburn is supposed to be an easy job.
A means to flush her father out of hiding.
Simple.
Except there isn't anything simple about Frankie or the secrets she's keeping.
She's cocaine with legs. I'm addicted before I've even had a taste.
I might have her, but I can't keep her.
But if her father doesn't show his face, Frankie will be mine.
To KILL.

*Can be read as a standalone.

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About the Author

T.M.Frazier is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and her young daughter. When she’s not writing she loves talking to her readers, country music, reading and traveling. Her debut novel, The Dark Light of Day was published in September of 2013 and when she started writing it she intended for it to be a light beachy romance. Well…it has a beach in it!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review: Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen

Brooklynaire
by Sarina Bowen
Release Date: February 12, 2018
Source: Author
A sexy new standalone from USA Today bestseller Sarina Bowen.

You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?
 



Sarina Bowen is easily one of my favorite romance authors. I absolutely loved the Brooklyn Bruisers series and was devastated when I saw Berkley wasn't going to publish any more in that series. I have been dying to read Nate and Becca's story since book one, so I was so excited to finally have them in my hands! 

For seven years Nate and Becca have worked together. Becca knows what Nate wants, sometimes before he even knows he wants it. She's the perfect personal assistant and does an amazing job managing Nate's hockey team. When Becca bangs her head and has to recover from a concussion, Nate opens his home to her as a place of peace and quiet. The more time Becca spends around Nate, the more she starts feeling things for her boss that she hasn't felt in a long time. Nate has tried to tamp down his feelings for Becca, but when one night changes everything, he isn't so sure he can ignore his feelings anymore. 

Brooklynaire was everything I wanted and more out of Nate and Becca's story. From the beginning, I loved how natural they were with each other and how they got along so well as friends. It was so cute watching them really feel things for each other while trying to ignore them because of their boss/employee relationship. Nate was as adorable as ever and his AI in his house was a character in itself and I loved him! 

The pacing of this romance was so perfect and it had me swooning over this relationship. There was so much hesitation on Becca's side and I just wanted to shake her and tell her to run into Nate's arms. It was hard watching Becca feel so helpless after falling and it was cute watching Nate really try to take care of her. Their relationship was just PERFECT and, of course, I loved all of the hockey that they bonded over. We still got our beloved Brooklyn Bruisers and the women from the previous books, so it was like seeing old friends again while reading this book. 

Even if you haven't read the rest of this series, you HAVE to read this book! It was the perfect friends-to-lovers, office romance, AND sports romance. Seriously, this book could not have been more perfect. Nate and Becca are my favorite couple ever and I never wanted to put this book down!




Sunday, February 11, 2018

Book Review: Four Letter Word by J Daniels

Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1)
by J Daniels
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Source: Christmas Present 
Fate. Hate. Love. Lies.

Which four letter word will change their lives forever?


Sydney Paige was never so mortified to hear the words "wrong number" in her life. She meant to tell off the guy who broke her best friend's heart but unleashed her anger on a perfect stranger instead. And now her world is turned upside down by the captivating man who wants to keep her on the line.

Brian Savage is living a life he's quickly come to hate-until Sydney's wild rant has him hooked and hungry for more. Soon the sexy woman on the phone becomes the lover in his bed. But Brian has secrets, and the closer he lets Syd get, the harder it is to shield her from the devastating mistakes of his past . . .



These past few months I have been gobbling up books by J Daniels. I have heard so many amazing things about this series and, since it's been sitting on my shelf for a year, it was about time I picked it up! 

When Sydney Paige dials up the man who broke her best friend's heart, she unleashes all of the pent up anger she feels over men and what had recently happened to her in the love department. Once she let's it all out, though, she's mortified when she realizes she dialed the wrong number. Brian Savage is intrigued by the feisty girl who misdialed and called him, so he finds himself texting her and can't stop thinking about her. But Brian has mistakes in his past that he can never make up for, so he knows he could never be the man for Sydney. But Sydney begins to have feelings for the stranger on the phone and isn't sure if she can work up the nerve to make it into something more…

Going into this one, I was so in love with the beginning of the story. It was fun watching Sydney and Brian flirt over the phone and fall for each other without even meeting one another. Brian had such a heart wrenching background and it was so sad learning more and more about his story as the book went on. I also really enjoyed Sydney's story and her adjusting to her new life and her new job as a waitress. The whole crew at the restaurant was fun and I fell in love with them. 

When we got to the second half of this book, though, it seemed like the story slowed down and it was hard for me to get as into it as I was in the beginning. Also, the way Brian talked and dropped his pronouns started to really annoy me and I couldn't enjoy him as much as a character because I imagined him talking and it sounded so weird to me. My love for this story fizzled and I just didn't love it as much anymore. 

Overall, this one had a strong beginning that I could not get enough of, but didn't hold my interest. I will say, though, that I fell in love with all of the characters in this novel and am dying for stories from the rest of them!




Saturday, February 10, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (278)


Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where bloggers share what books they got throughout the week!

From Author

These three were sent to me by the authors this week and they were such lovely surprises! I love all three of these authors and cannot wait to read them! I already read Taming Him as an ebook, so I'm excited to have the paperback! 

From Thriftbooks

I got some books to stock up for Apollycon and they were at such great prices! I got all of these for a total of $11! I love Thriftbooks!


That's it for me! What did you all add to your shelves this week? 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Blog Tour + Review: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Next Year in Havana
by Chanel Cleeton
Release Date: February 6, 2018
Source: Publisher
After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity--and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution...

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest--until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary...

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa's last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth. 

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she'll need the lessons of her grandmother's past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.


I am a huge fan of Chanel Cleeton, but I don't read that many historical fiction novels. I was intrigued by the dual narrative of this book, though, so I decided to pick it up and give it a try. 

In Havana 1958, Elisa Perez is a 19-year-old who is part of the high society and has never had to worry about a thing. When she falls in love with a revolutionary and the country is falling apart, Elisa's eyes are opened to the dangerous world she's living in. In 2017, Marisol Ferrerar finds herself going to Cuba to spread her grandmother's ashes and uncovers a life she had no idea her grandmother had lived while trying to grasp onto the Cuban roots she has spent her whole life trying to understand. 

While this book is historical fiction, it was so action packed and fast paced. I think that because it was a dual narrative between 1958 and 2017, I never got bored with one story because I was so caught up in both. I didn't want to leave Elisa's past, but I also wanted to know what was going on with Marisol in the present. I loved how everything lined up so perfectly with what Elisa was going through and what Marisol was uncovering. 

I've got to say, I don't really know a lot about Cuban history, so it was fascinating seeing Cuba in the 50s and in the 2010s. I could feel the heartbreak and fear in these characters while they were trying to hang on to those they loved. As a romance junkie, I loved the romance in both Elisa's and Marisol's lives and how hard they fell for the men who were part of the dangerous political climate of Havana.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book. There was so much history woven between the two story lines and I could not put the book down. I loved both Marisol and Elisa and only wanted the best for them. For an intense, emotional novel that takes a hard look at Cuban life, you have to pick up Next Year in Havana!




Thursday, February 8, 2018

Cover Reveal: The Second Chances Duet by Claire Contreras

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The Second Chances Duet 
by Claire Contreras 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Then There Was You 
Publication Date: March 1st, 2018

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Love and the right timing were two things I didn't believe in.
Love is about walking to the edge of the cliff and taking the leap together. Timing was never on our side. My first mistake was hooking up with my best friend. My second came years later, when we met again, and I fell for her. My third was letting her go, because I had to. Because a love like this wasn't built to withstand the winds coming in our direction.
Love and timing. I didn't believe in either.
Then there was you . . .

Pre-Order Today! If you are an iBooks or Nook user, you can PREORDER Then There was You for release on February 27th! This title will not be available for purchase on iBooks or Nook after February 27th.

Releases on March 1st on Amazon and Free in KU! There will be no preorder for this title.
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My Way Back to You 
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018

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Pre-Order Today! My Way Back to You for release on March 13th! This title will not be available for purchase on iBooks or Nook after March 13th.
Releases on March 15th on Amazon and Free in KU! Preorder on Amazon on March 1st!
Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2Ebsb7V

Meet Claire

Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages. She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she's not writing, she's usually lost in a book.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Release Day Blitz: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton


Next Year in Havana 
by Chanel Cleeton

February 6, 2018
Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction
Penguin/Berkley

Book Summary

After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity--and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution...

Havana, 1958. The daughter of a sugar baron, nineteen-year-old Elisa Perez is part of Cuba's high society, where she is largely sheltered from the country's growing political unrest--until she embarks on a clandestine affair with a passionate revolutionary...

Miami, 2017. Freelance writer Marisol Ferrera grew up hearing romantic stories of Cuba from her late grandmother Elisa, who was forced to flee with her family during the revolution. Elisa's last wish was for Marisol to scatter her ashes in the country of her birth. 

Arriving in Havana, Marisol comes face-to-face with the contrast of Cuba's tropical, timeless beauty and its perilous political climate. When more family history comes to light and Marisol finds herself attracted to a man with secrets of his own, she'll need the lessons of her grandmother's past to help her understand the true meaning of courage.


Book Links

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2pdQBKF
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2pYsJJY
iBooks: http://apple.co/2pvYffq
IndieBound: http://bit.ly/2zrt11m
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2wPZPMU
Learn more about Next Year in Havana including downloading the book club guide and more at: http://www.chanelcleeton.com/next-year-in-havana/

Add Beatriz Perez’s story WHEN WE LEFT CUBA on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38193131-when-we-left-cuba

Praise for Next Year in Havana:

Chanel Cleeton's Next Year In Havana is a flat-out stunner of a book, at once a dual-timeline mystery, a passionate romance, and paean to the tragedy and beauty of war-torn Cuba. The story of sugar heiress Elisa, watching Cuba fall into revolution as Castro rises, is intertwined with the modern-day tale of Elisa's granddaughter Marisol as she returns to Cuba after Castro's death. Both women fall for fire-brand revolutionaries, but Cuba itself emerges as their true love-interest, threatening to break both women's hearts as Elisa and Marisol each grapple in their own way with what it is to be Cuban, what it is to be an exile, and how to love and live in a homeland riven by revolution. Simply wonderful!
- Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
Cleeton has penned an atmospheric, politically insightful, and highly hopeful homage to a lost world. Devour NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA and you, too, will smell the perfumed groves, taste the ropa vieja, and feel the sun on your face. Just a wonderful and educational book!
Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter
A vivid, transporting novel. Next Year in Havana is about journeys-- into exile, into history, and into questions of home and identity. It's an engrossing read.
David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl and The 19th Wife
An evocative, passionate story of family loyalty and forbidden love that moves seamlessly between the past and present of Cuba’s turbulent history— how one young woman’s sacrifice becomes the key to her granddaughter’s future—how culture and spirit survive against all odds. Next Year in Havana kept me enthralled and savoring every word.
- Shelley NobleNew York Times bestselling author of Whisper Beach
In Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton's prose is as beautiful as Cuba itself, and the story she weaves--of exile and loss, memory and myth, forbidden love and enduring friendship--is at once sweeping and beautifully intimate. This is a moving, heartfelt, and gorgeously realized story that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
- Jennifer Robson, USA Today bestselling author of Somewhere in France

About the Author

Originally from Florida, Chanel Cleeton grew up on stories of her family's exodus from Cuba following the events of the Cuban Revolution. Her passion for politics and history continued during her years spent studying in England where she earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master's degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Chanel also received her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She loves to travel and has lived in the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. 
Author Links:

Website:   www.chanelcleeton.com


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