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New Review: MAYBE SOMEDAY Colleen Hoover

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At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

 

Abby’s Review5 stars and easily a new favorite

I loved Hoover when I first read Slammed.  I loved her when I read Hopeless.  I love her, when I see her post, that make her seem so grounded and down to earth, and now, I love her for giving me a reading experience unparalleled to any other.

Hoover along with Griffin Peterson, create a magic in this beautiful love story.  I saw this video from Hoover and I knew that this was a read that I was going to have to savor.  So I waited a bit until my mood was just right.  I am so glad I waited.  I needed to be at a place where I wouldn’t rush this.  I needed to be at a time in my reading world where I could sit and inhale every word that Hoover was putting out.

There have been few times in my reading career that I have been left feeling happy tears after a book ended and this is one of those rare moments.  Everything about this, made you feel their love.  Gah, if one day I can have an eighth of Hoovers talent then I would be a happy writer.

So I am not one to recap a ton of a story.  It’s your journey.  I don’t like to ruin anything for a reader especially in this case.  I thought I new what this was totally about from the synopsis, but right off the bat I was surprised.  This, has a uniqueness about it, that will leave you in complete awe.

I thought I loved Hoover but now I realize, I was simply infatuated with her other work, Maybe Someday brings it to a different level.  Now I am in book love.  What is In book love??  It’s that place where a book captures a place in your heart, that is special for just that book.

My reading Soul Mate and I were talking and she said, sometimes, I don’t know if I can do a book justice when I read it because it’s so good, I want to say, just read it.  This is that!  Read it!

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About this author

I love music. LOVE music. Namely The Avett Brothers, Lumineers, Pink, Eminem. I have eclectic taste? If you have any recommendations, send them my way!

I’m addicted to diet pepsi and could tell you in a taste-test which restaurant it came from. It’s a serious addiction, I tell you.

I get stoked whenever I get a message from goodreads saying I have a new friend request…so request me, dangit!

If you want to know when I have new books out or just want to be inundated by random, pointless blog posts, follow me at www.colleenhoover.com

Avoid my Twitter at all cost. It’s propaganda.

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Cover Reveal: BANG (Black Lotus #1) by E.K. Blair

We are excited to present the cover for book #1 in E.K. Blair’s (author of the Fading Series) new Black Lotus Series, BANG! Filled with suspense, sexiness and romance, this is sure to take us on an indescribable thrill.

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SERIES: The Black Lotus Series (book #1)

GENRE: Psychosexual Suspense / Romance

RELEASE DATE: May 22nd, 2014

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21459365-bang

brick synopsisThey say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.

But I’m not innocent.

I haven’t been for a very long time.

My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.

Gone.
Vanished.

I never even had a choice.
I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.
Until now.
I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart.

**Due to the dark and explicit nature of this book, it is recommended for mature audiences only as some scenes may be particularly disturbing.**

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In an instant, he’s crouched down before me, hands spreading me open wider before dipping his tongue inside me. I continue massaging myself as he laps me up like I’m the only one who can quench his thirst. He sickens me, and as soon as I feel the swirl of hate manifest, I turn every part of me off and simply go through the movements I know he likes. I’m a well-oiled machine at this point, flawless in my performance.

He has no idea that I’m the poison in his bones, making my home in his soul. I’ve crept under his skin, and he never suspected a thing other than everything I’ve wanted him to, but he’s made my life a hell, and payback is a wicked bitch that comes in the form of me. I’m the devil seeped within the cracks of him. What he doesn’t know, is that it’s because of him that I am what I am, and he’s fallen into the cobwebs of my lies like a fool. I guess I should love him for that, because when he least suspects it, he’s going to give me everything I’ve been seeking—vengeance.

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Cover Reveal: THE DEVIL’S CONTRACT by Claire Contreras

We’re very excited to share the cover of The Devil’s Contract by Author Claire Contreras! 
Title: THE DEVIL’S CONTRACT
Author: Claire Contreras
Age group: Adult
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Najla Qamber

 

Synopsis:

He gave them a choice.
 
She took it.
 
He made her promise two years.
 
She should have known there was a catch.

 

Excerpt

 

As Amara stepped out of the car, a shiver ran through her. She felt eyes on her, and looked around quickly as she held on to Colin’s hand a little harder.“You okay?” he asked, looking down. He placed one hand on the small of her back as he held her other one.

“Yeah…” she said slowly, still scanning the street.

The neighborhood his apartment building was in was definitely safe, but in that moment she felt anything but.

“You’re overworking yourself. I don’t understand why you won’t let me—“ Colin went on about that, as he usually did, but Amara was too distracted to argue with him.

Her eyes wandered to the building beside them, where she saw a group of people in dress clothes getting into a limousine, and that’s when she saw him. Philip. Amara’s heart lurched to her throat so quickly, she thought she was going to faint. She saw him around all the time, and he was always watching, always waiting. Amara always wondered when the day would come, but Philip never gave anything away. He just watched.

Philip was dressed in a tuxedo, standing beside a woman in a red dress. They were looking at Amara, scrutinizing her as they exchanged words. Philip had a glass cup in his hand, which he raised as if to salute her.

Amara felt her knees giving out beneath her.

“Sweetheart, you’re scaring me,” Colin said. He stopped walking and faced her, holding both of her arms. Amara was still looking in Philip’s direction, and Colin’s eyes followed. He gave Philip a small wave, he’d met him a couple of times in parties and saw him around the neighborhood often.

“Is everything all right?” Colin asked, his voice full of concern.

Amara nodded, looking into Philip’s icy blue eyes. “Yeah, everything’s fine,” she whispered. “Just fine.”

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About the Author

Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Miami, Fl, where she currently resides with her husband, two boys, and two American Bulldogs.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

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Review: KNOX, Volume 1 by Cassia Leo, (and maybe volume two…)

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From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a sinfully sexy and suspenseful new series.

Rebecca hasn’t seen or heard from her mob boss father in four years, but she’s about to receive a message from him that will throw her life into chaos. Rebecca thought she left the crime family behind when she went into law enforcement. She never expected to be abducted by a sexy stranger. But this stranger makes an offer too tempting to refuse and soon Rebecca is pulled into one of the most ruthless vendettas of the century.

Knox Savage is the sexy billionaire CEO of Knox Security and a notorious playboy. What most don’t know about Knox is that a large portion of his wealth is made helping high-profile criminals escape justice. He makes no judgments about guilt or innocence. And he doesn’t do it for sentimental reasons. But he’s about to  take on a case that is going to get very personal.

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Abby’s Review 5 stars!!!

Yep a novella that I love to hate.  I hate it because I want more, more, more.  Way to make me a glutton for Knox, Cassia.  In a quick read you made me want, no that’s not right, you made me need more Knox!  Like Now, pretty please?  Pretty pretty please??  I’m not above begging.

This is the start of something fabulous.  Oh you think you know where this is going and then BAM!!! She throws a wrench into to your thoughts and adds some twists and then it’s over and you are left cursing at the heavens!  Why God!  Why did Cassia tease me?  Please. Please let the next one release soon.

SO FRICKEN SEXY!!!!

P.S. Knox Volume two is out!  I read and also loved!  It is hard for me because I want more and more and more.  Knox Two, starts off incredibly sexy!  Knox is hands down one sexy beast!  This story has so many turns.  For some reading quick installments is hard.  I think it was easier for me than Nicole.  I think of it more like I just watched an episode of 24 with a wicked cliff.  I think this was a bit harder for Nic.  Just beware and know yourself as a reader.  If this is the type of thing that is hard for you, you may want to wait until they are all released.  The good thing is, Cassia promises to release quickly.  I’m anxiously awaiting volume 3 and 4!

P.P.S. Volume 2 is also 5 stars for me!!!

Nicole’s Review 4 Flash Bang Stars

Have you ever heard the expression “flash to bang”? It is typically used to describe when you see the flash of an explosion and then hear the sound of it. Think of lightning. Anyway…I bring this up to tell you exactly how I felt when I read and finished Cassia Leo’s Knox, Volume 1. The flash of this book was the rocketing intensity and heat that this novella explodes with. The bang was its pace. Basically, I was reading along (knowing it was a novella)and I was hooked. Then, BOOM!! It was over. Seriously, it was that quick. And when I finished, it felt like I had just seen the most intense blue lightning strike followed by explosive thunder. It left me both amazed and a little blown away all at the same time.

In Knox, we meet Rebecca. She is the daughter of a mob boss and has done everything she can to distance herself from that life and all of its horror and fear. She is happily (for the most part) living a quiet and predictable existence until she is kidnapped. She immediately realizes that her kidnapping has something to do with her father, but has no clue as to why. To make matters even more confusing, her kidnapper, Knox Savage, reminds her of someone from her mob life that she has never been able to forget.

And now I am going to stop telling you any more about the story. I f I didn’t, there would little left to read! I will tell you that my rating is a solid 4 stars and that Knox, Volume 2 is already on my Kindle waiting for me to read it! And I can’t wait. There is so much intensity and drama in this novella that I nearly died when it came to an end!! I needed more and pretty darn quickly! Thank goodness, I didn’t have to wait long!

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About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and has lived in three different countries. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the Shattered Hearts series (Relentless, Pieces of You, Bring Me Home). She is also the author of the popular Luke and Chase series.

Come chat with her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorcassialeo or Twitter:www.twitter.com/AuthorCassiaLeo

Or you can follow her blog at http://cassialeo.com to stay up to date on new releases and giveaways.

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New Release: CONFESSIONS AFTER DARK by Kahlen Aymes

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Blurb

Sparks Fly … Lines Blur… Hearts Break

Alexander Avery is rich, powerful and the sexiest man Angeline Hemming has ever laid eyes on: a man like every woman dreams about. Angel is not immune to his sensual and ruthless pursuit, and Alex is intoxicated by the beautiful doctor; overwhelmed with desire like he’s never known.

As one of Angel’s profiling cases gets more and more dangerous, Alex finds himself filled with unfamiliar panic and emotional turmoil; his need to protect her goes against Angel’s adamant insistence that she doesn’t need his help. He isn’t a man to sit on the sidelines when the woman he’s obsessed with is threatened, so he takes control to protect her without telling her of his plans.

Angel’s fortitude is shaken when her stalker invades not only her personal life but also those close to her… even when that someone is as powerful and seemingly untouchable as Alexander Avery. Professional ethics insist she keep the details or her work secret, even as their newfound closeness has her yearning to confide in him. But, as Angel’s quest to protect her heart from Alex’s undeniable pull equals her need to keep him out of a dangerous situation, circumstances dictate a huge decision; which could have detrimental, and irreversible consequences for them both.

When danger threatens and jealousy reaches the boiling point, lies will be told and secrets kept… Even with the best intentions and the most undeniable connection … the deepest of loves will be tested.

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Excerpt

“Mmmmm… ” Alex murmured. The sound of his voice begged her to push the door open further. The smooth mahogany gave way beneath her trembling fingertips to reveal a lone figure sprawled face down on the bed.

Angel’s breath left her lungs in a grateful rush as she leaned on the doorframe, hands reaching out to take her weight. Relief washed through her. He was here and he was alone. God help her, that fact was just as important.

The sheet was falling low on his waist, clinging precariously to the curve of his butt, the strong expanse of his shoulders presented to her below the dark hair. It looked longer than she remembered, and she stood there, willing him to turn so she could see the lines of his face. Her lips parted to call his name, but he stopped her by calling hers first.

“Angel, don’t do this.”

She gasped softly and moved to the side of the bed, crawling gently onto it to kneel beside him, her rear resting on her feet. His scent surrounded her, a mixture of musky cologne and Alex. The skin, molded over the strong contours of his back, fascinated her. She wanted to touch, to feel the silken texture beneath her fingers, to run her nose down his spine, to taste the salty tang on her tongue.

Angel was falling apart, her weakness overwhelming her. Earlier, she’d fought ruthlessly, but now, she had no fight left. With Alex, she wanted to surrender. The truth of it was undeniable.

“What am I doing?” she asked softly, reaching out to smooth her hand over the back of his head and down the strong muscles of his back. He was warm, a sharp contrast to her own skin, and the familiar electricity ran between his flesh and hers—tangible and alive.

Alex shifted, turning his head toward her. He was still sleeping, his features soft in the dark blue glow of night. “You deny us…”

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It’s on Amazon Top Rated, Top 10 Erotica and Top 100 Genre Fiction. (It only shows me three categories at one time, but it was #1 in Humorous Erotica and in the 60′s in Contemporary).

Alex is a super-hot suit and tie who tried hard who doesn’t believe in love and Angel is a clinical psychologist, moonlighting as a radio show host… hurt in the past, she know’s Alex’s type… or does she? He’s all about proving her wrong at the same time as his world is rocked for the first time ever!

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Kahlen fell into writing by accident but discovered a deep love for it. She is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving contemporary romance. Her books have reached #1 on Smashwords Bestseller List, #2 on Amazon Top 100 and #26 on Barnes & Noble Bestseller List. The Remembrance Trilogy is traditionally published in France and her latest book debuted at #30 on Amazon.fr top 100 paid list.

Her stories draw readers in and lets them experience all of the love, passion and emotion her characters do! She lives near Omaha, Nebraska with her daughter, Olivia and their three dogs. Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music and theater, but has a BSBA in Business and Marketing from an ivy league university… She adores her readers, most of all, so don’t be a stranger!

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Blog Tour: WHEN I SURRENDER (When I Break #2) by Kendall Ryan

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Release Date: April 2, 2014

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Synopsis

**Warning**

This book is intended for a mature reading audience and contains adult language and themes.

Undaunted by Knox’s complicated history with sexual addiction, McKenna pushes forward in her relationship with this deliciously flawed man. She experiences the highest highs as they discover each other, along with the lowest lows, and worries that his past may not be entirely behind him.

But when a complication from her own past demands attention, she’s forced to decide where their relationship is headed, and everything she thought she knew is questioned.

When I Surrender is book 2 in the WHEN I BREAK series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

Note: Contains a stubborn alpha male with addiction issues and loads of sexual tension between two damaged characters. Read at your own risk.

 

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Dawn’s Review 4.5 Stars

KNOX & MCKENNA – You’re ripping my heart out!!

Finishing this book, I have gone into full-on ‘NEED MORE KNOX & McKENNA’ time now! Kendall Ryan left me hanging with When I Break and I KNEW this one would as well. I went in willingly. Because really, it’s all about Knox. (And McKenna, of course!) And I just couldn’t wait to read this installment in the When I Break series even knowing I’ll have to wait another month for the final one.

As much as I loved Knox and McKenna in When I Break, I loved them even more in this book. Their chemistry is off the charts. Knox is sexy, naughty, and on the verge of falling back into his same addicting ways again. McKenna continues to struggle with her desires for Knox against the expectations as his counselor. I’ll admit, this did give me some pause, but it’s fiction and I’m happy to suspend my belief. And of course, there’s some moments with McKenna’s roommate that had me biting my nails wondering what was going to happen!

Overall, I loved the ease in which Kendall Ryan delivers a dual POV, dialogue that has me turning pages, and a steam factor that put a blush on my cheeks! C’mon May…I need the next book!

ARC received for honest review

Snippet/Excerpt

Knox

I proceeded to have an internal argument with myself the entire walk home. The right thing to do was to keep my dick in my pants. But when had I ever done the right thing? It wasn’t exactly my specialty and ignoring my instincts put me on edge. I wanted her. Badly.

 


Start the series with Book 1 – WHEN I BREAK

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AboutTheAuthorKendall Ryan Headshot 1 picKendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels, HARD TO LOVE, THE IMPACT OF YOU, RESISTING HER and WORKING IT.
She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss! She lives in Minneapolis with an adorable husband, two naughty puppies, and a brand new son.
She enjoys being naughty, reading, and anything girly.

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Review: HATE ME (The Keatyn Chronicles #5) ~ Jillian Dodd

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Synopsis

I was told if I went away, he’d forget about me, lose interest, and move on.
But he hasn’t.
In fact, my being gone has only made things worse.
So it’s time for me to take matters into my own hands.
It’s time for me to fight back.
Hey, Vincent. You ready for a little chaos?

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Dawn’s Review 4.5 Stars

Keatyn!!! This series is like book crack for Abby and me! It’s a fun indulgence that I can’t get enough of and every time I finish reading the current installment, I’m desperate to know what happens next.

Note: You MUST read these books in order. The Keatyn Chronicles books start right where the last left off and without having read the first ones, you will not understand everything that is happening in Hate Me.

With that said, Keatyn is wrapping up her Thanksgiving break and must decide what to do next. She’s torn but needs to make a decision. One that appeases many but also starts the ball rolling on her plans for how to resolve some of the things in her life that are not easy nor safe. I know, I’m being vague, but I’m attempting to avoid spoilers!! Spoilers, people, that could ruin the Keatyn experience for you!

Hmmm….well, a review of Keatyn would not be complete without the round-up of hotties! Cooper (um, hello hot soccer coach!), Aiden (who will always be MY moonboy), Damian, Rily, Dallas, Jake, Brooklyn, and so many others. These hotties leave a girl wondering where in the hell guys like these were when she was in high school! Oh, and then there is Vincent. OMG – I loved Keatyn’s moments with Vincent. As much as I was practically biting my nails with worry, I wanted to fist bump her for her tough, take-no-shit behavior!

There were some fun additions to the storyline, friendships strengthened as well as the continuation of drama that reminds me that Keatyn and her friends are still in school. And some moments when Keatyn was at her loft – be prepared to swoon and change your panties ‘cause it gets kind of hot!

This is a fun, frolicking ride through Keatyn’s life of 3 weeks (crap, this girl gets a lot done in 3 weeks!). I love the sweet, tender moments and the HOT ones. Panties on fire? Yes, indeed! I’m dying to get my hands on book 6 now because of how things are left!

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Abby’s Review 4.5 stars

Oh Keaty!  I feel like this is how I have started every single one of my Keatyn chronicle reviews.  This series is the high school drama that is our guilty pleasure.

First this is a hard one to review because I don’t want to give anything away.  You have to read all of the other books in the series before reading this one.  They all read in succession.

We are starting to get somewhere!  I feel the demise of Vincent coming and I can’t wait.  I also can’t wait for Keatyn’s happily ever after.

This story has sweet moments.  There were a few times where I was like c’mon let’s get on with it but overall I was extremely excited about this one.

I love Dodd’s sense of humor!!

Forget date me, love me, and adore me. I want spank me, attack me fu-”

 

So funny!!

“Yeah, but I may have just figured out a plan you’ll approve of.”

“What does it involve?”

“A Flashy entrance and a stealth exit.  I think I know exactly how long my stick is.”

Cooper looks amused.  ”I don’t know how long your stick is, but I will admit , you’ve grown a big set of balls.”

Hysterical.

Then there was this part with a chocolate Santa…

The snort giggling commenced!!

If you love a fun romantic comedy that will keep you completely engaged then this is the series for you!

Copy provided for honest review

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Keatyn Chronicles Reading Order & Buy Links:

Stalk me #1: Buy on Amazon
Kiss me #2: Buy on Amazon
Date me #3: Buy on Amazon
Love me #4: Buy on Amazon
Adore me (novella) #4.5: Buy on Amazon

For a limited time you can get “Stalk me,” the first book in the series for free on Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, and 99 cents on B&N.

Thank You and Happy Reading!

About Jillian Doddjillian dodd

Jillian is the author of the That Boy series and The Keatyn Chronicles. She grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where she developed a love for Midwestern boys and Nebraska football. She lives in Texas with her family.

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Cover Reveal: WHEN WE FALL (When I Break #3) by Kendall Ryan

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Release Date: May 26, 2014

Book Description: In this third and final installment of the much loved When I Break series, Knox and McKenna’s relationship has reached a critical impasse. The mistakes and secrets of their pasts have caught up to them and threaten their future happiness. Can McKenna trust that Knox’s sexual addiction is behind him and make a life with this beautifully troubled man? And when Knox reveals the full truth about his past, will McKenna be able to put her own fears aside and accept him?

When We Fall is the conclusion to Knox and McKenna’s story.

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Get started with the Series

When I Break (Book #1): GoodreadsOur ReviewAmazonB&NiTunes

When I Surrender (Book #2): Goodreads ✧ Our Review (pending) ✧ AmazonB&N ✧ iTunes

 

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Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the contemporary romance novels Unravel Me, Make Me Yours, Hard to Love, Resisting Her, The Impact of You, and Working It. She’s a sassy yet polite Midwestern gal with a deep love of books and a slight addiction to lip gloss.

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New Release & Review: DARE TO DESIRE (Dare to Love #2) by Carly Phillips

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Release Date: April 10, 2014

Synopsis

Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all — an all-star football career with the Tampa Breakers and his choice of willing women — until a severe injury forces him into early retirement. When he is offered a ground-breaking position with a rival team, he’s intrigued, but there’s a catch. He’ll be working alongside the same woman he hasn’t been able to get out of his head for too long.

Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows first hand what it means to have-not. She isn’t impressed by Alex Dare’s wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests. This time around Madison refuses to succumb to Alex so easily.

But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it’s to get what he wants. The playboy athlete must prove he’s got game in more places than on the field. He means to prove that he’s a changed man but no sooner does he begin to break through Madison’s defenses when a new opportunity comes knocking and threatens her new-found trust. Can he make Madison take a risk and dare to love?

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Nicole’s Review 4 Stars

I have said it before and I will say it again…I love a man in uniform. I’m not particular much about the uniform type either. Military, police, fire fighter, athlete…I love them all!! In Carly Philips’, Dare to Desire, I get my man in a football uniform!!

Alex Dare is a professional football player for the Tampa Breakers. He has the world at his feet…money, fame and women. He is on top of the world until one tackle too many ends his career. Still reeling from the crushing news that his career was over, Alex takes his physical and mental pain out on the most unsuspecting person in his life, Madison Evans. Alex and Madison had been enjoying each other for some time, but Alex was starting to feel tied to her. In his frustration over his injury, Alex ends it with Madison, only to find that it was one of the biggest mistakes he had ever made. Though Madison has known her share of heartache and hurt, the pain that Alex causes her is so deep and not easily forgotten. Things start getting VERY interesting when Alex and Madison find themselves in each other’s lives both personally and professionally.

Dare to Desire is the second installment in the Dare to Love series. I was pleased to find that even though I had just read the first book in the series, it wasn’t necessary to read it. While there are shared characters and a common backstory in each book, I found that it could stand on its own. Carly Phillips has a wonderful way with words that left me entertained, a little swoony and a little hot and bothered! (Damn Alex is hot!!) I give Dare to Desire 4 stars. For those of you (and me for that matter) who can’t get enough of this series, the third book, Dare to Surrender, will be out in July 2014!

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Excerpt

Without replying, Ian opened the door.  They stepped into the room, and Alex laid eyes on the one woman he hadn’t been expecting to see.  The same woman who’d haunted his dreams and sidetracked him from many of his nightmares.

Madison faced him head on.  Her shoulders drawn back, golden-blonde hair pulled away from her face, she didn’t back down from his stare.  She wore a pair of black slacks that hugged her curves and a white silky-looking top that clung to her generous breasts.  And those unusually blue eyes frosted over at the sight of him.

“Alex, I believe you know Madison Evans.”

Blindsided — and his half brother knew it — Alex strode up to her.  He inhaled her familiar fruity scent, which only served as a reminder of the hot times he’d spent breathing her in as his cock moved inside her body. Her effect on him was potent, and even the most common expressions failed him.

“Alex,” she said, her cool tone bringing his head out of the desire-filled fog he’d found himself in.

“Hey, Angel,” he said, using the endearment he’d started calling her during their brief time together.  Another sign he’d had it bad, whether he’d wanted to admit it or not.

Her head whipped up, her eyes narrowing and settling on Ian.  “This won’t work.”  She turned to go.

Alex still had excellent reflexes, and he grabbed her arm before she could stride past him.

She glared.

He didn’t look away, determined to win this battle of wills.  This potential job, which had interested him on an intellectual and emotional level initially, suddenly felt even more important, and she was the reason.

“We need to talk,” he insisted.

“I have nothing to say.”

“Ian’s proposition said otherwise.”

Madison looked over his shoulder in search of Ian and frowned.  “Well, the traitor is gone.  No big surprise there.”

Smart man, Alex thought.  “If I let you go, will you stay long enough to discuss this position Ian and Riley want me to take?”

She let out a frustrated puff of air.

He took that as a yes and released her.

“Us working together is not a good idea, and somewhere in that thick head of yours, you know that.”

“Because we slept together? More than a couple of times?”

She set her jaw.  “That was a mistake.”

Ouch.  That hurt, he thought, and filed away the why to deal with later.  “I want to know more about this training program and what my role in it would be.”

“Why? You can’t possibly be interested.”

“It sounds more like you don’t want me to be interested.”

She rolled her shoulders back even farther, stiffening her posture.  “You’re right.  I don’t.  This is a serious project that could help a lot of people and have far-reaching positive repercussions for years to come.  I need a partner willing to go all in.  And let’s face it, I’ve seen your staying power.  It’s nonexistent.”

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carly Phillips has written over 40 sexy contemporary romance novels that today’s readers identify with and enjoy. After a successful 15 year career with various New York publishing houses, Carly is making the leap to Indie author, with the goal of giving her readers more books at a faster pace at a better price. Her Serendipity books will still finish up in January/February 2014 via Berkley as planned. Carly lives in Purchase, NY with her family, two nearly adult daughters and two crazy dogs who star on her Facebook Fan Page and website. She’s a writer, a knitter of sorts, a wife, and a mom. In addition, she’s a Twitter and Internet junkie and is always around to interact with her readers. You can find all information about Carly at her website and other social media sites …

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Review: SONGS of SUBMISSION, Sequences One, Two & Three ~C.D. Reiss

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Synopsis for Sequence One

Beg
My name is Monica. I’m a singer born and raised in Los Angeles.

I’ve stopped dating. When I cut a record, or win a Grammy, maybe then I’ll be with someone, but every man in my past has done everything he could to make me submit myself to him, and it’s gotten in the way of my career. I won’t do it again.

But there’s Jonathan. He owns the high-rise hotel where I work, and he is gorgeous and charming. I refuse to fall in love with him, even though when he asks me to submit to him, I want nothing more.

Tease
When Jonathan was gone I couldn’t stop thinking about him, and the first thing he did when he got back was demand more of me. I’m willing to give him my body and my time, but I find myself giving up pieces of my heart.

My career is on track, and even though I can’t write a thing, I can sing. So I’ll go to the art opening with him, because his ex wife will be there. I feel this need to protect him from hurt, though in bed, his domination brings me to my knees.

This man is going to break me into a million little pieces.

Submit
“You’re mine. The minute I told you to spread your legs and you did it, you were mine. When I told you to beg for it and you did, you were mine. When you put your hands behind your back without being told, I owned you. You never had to say a word. You are a natural submissive.”

No. God, no.

My name is Monica, and no matter what Jonathan says, I am not submissive.

****18+ GRAPHIC LANGUAGE, SEX, AND ADULT SITUATIONS****

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Abby’s review

5 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Stars

Perfection. Read Sequences one, two, and three back to back and stayed up way later than intended! Damn if that’s not what our blog is all about, but truth be told I haven’t felt a book hangover like this in a long time.

Did you Meet Christian Grey ever?? How about Jesse Ward? Guess what?? I love Jonathan Drazen more than those two.

Hot Damn, this story is both sexy and a damn good story. Don’t even get me started on the emotional roller coaster that is Sing!!!  That one had me reeling!!

If you love a hot alpha male, that is into some Kink then look no further.

LOVED LOVED LOVED This!

I loved it from the sweetness, to the dirty and everything in between. I loved this for the way it was formatted, to its poetic and artistic nature. This series felt thought out. Even in it’s erotic nature, these scenes wove a sexiness that was carefully orchestrated.

One of my favorite Formatting ever!!!!

Oh right when you are on an emotional Cliff, C.D. Reiss, does this thing, and it gives the reader a minute to pause, A second for your heart to shatter, and then another second for hope but still giving you enough time that your heart isn’t sure if it should feel broken or full of hope.

I fricken Loved this!!!!

LOVED!!!

READ IT!!!!

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