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Blog Tour – Review of Carnal: The Beast Who Loved Me (Exiled #1) by Victoria Danann **GIVEAWAY**

Carnal

Captivating and Emotional

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 251 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

The first book in the new series, EXILED.

The angel, Kellareal, stopped the genocide of generations of hybrids, who had been bred for research and spent their entire lives imprisoned. Against orders, he spirited them away to a dimension where they would have freedom and purpose.

In a vindictive fit, Rosie Storm asked Kellareal for a place to hide out. He knew just the place for her to grow up, learn emotional control, and other things.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Book Enthusiast Promotions in exchange for an honest review*

Kellareal broke the rules when he transported the Exiled to another dimension. In essence he altered what would have naturally become in both dimensions.

Rosie is younger than she seems and hasn’t figured out that tantrums aren’t the way to get things, but then again one got her in a self-proclaimed timeout with the Exiled. Being there, helping out, it’s where she finds herself…and her heart’s desire.

Carnal is the eldest son of the Exiled’s leader, Free. He’s most definitely all alpha male and oh boy does he know it. But Rosie brings out a different side in him and it’s quite interesting to watch their relationship blossom.

“I don’t want to be your boy toy, Rosie.”

“Good. Then we’re agreed.” She looked pointedly at this hand on her wrist, detaining her progress.

“But I might want to be your man.”

Carnal brings something new and unique to life. The storyline and characters are captivating. I loved all of them…Free, Serene, Charming, even Deliverance. I found myself thinking about it instead of sleeping and oh my goodness when it ended….so so emotional! Even though I knew what was going to happen I couldn’t have unglued my eyes from that last chapter if I wanted to.

The only major downside was that since I haven’t read the Knights of Black Swan series I felt like I was missing something. This is the first book in the Exiled series, but I’m pretty sure it’s a spin-off from the Knights of Black Swan. It has little references throughout that made me wish I’d read the other series first.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Dandy was pretty sweet once I got to know her and I loved her interactions with Rosie.

“Good. Back to work. And forget about Carnal.”

“Right.”

“You’re not forgetting about him, are you?”

“I am.” Dandy raised her eyebrows. “I am! Really!”

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“Let’s take a walk. There’s a spot up above the training grounds. It’s quiet, private, pretty.” When she looked up at him, he bent and rubbed his nose against hers in a way that was not common for humans, but definitely sexy.

“What are we going to do there?” She hoped she didn’t sound as breathless, and eager, as she felt.

“I’m going to get to know everything there is to know about you, my little sex demon.”

“I’m not a sex demon, Carnal. I’m just part sex demon.”

“Okay,” he smiled. “If you say so. I just know that I’ve never felt this way about a female before. I figure something supernatural must be at work.”

Rosie didn’t know whether to be more thrilled about the proclamation that she was special to him or about the fact that his feelings were unusual enough to suspect that she’d bewitched him. She was thinking that she needed to tell Charming to keep the witchcraft book a secret when Carnal said, “So tell the truth. You’re part witch, right? Did you put a spell on me?”

He stopped and turned to face her.

She knew the drill at that point. He was fishing for half truths and untruths, so she met his eyes.

“No, Carnal. I have not used magic on you or altered the natural course of things in any way. Other than fixing your motorbike.”

“Motorcycle,” he corrected. “Would you like me to be under your spell?”

She laughed and pulled away. “I don’t have to answer that.”

He caught up with her quickly and fell into step beside her. “Free thinks you’ll be leaving soon.”

“Does he?”

“Is he right?”

“Honestly, Carnal, I guess I don’t know from one day to the next. Every day I wake up and think, ‘I’ll stay one more day’.”

“Why?” She gave him a confused look. “Not that I’m not glad you’re here, but from a purely clinical and objective standpoint, why have you stayed?”

“I’m not sure my answers would make sense.”

“Tell me anyway.”

“I like working at the Commons. I like living in your parents’ house. I like the way Charming treats me like a sister. I like Dandelion. I like that your father listens to my ideas and gives me respect.”

Carnal pulled her to a stop again and lifted her chin so that she had to look at him. “I didn’t hear anything in there about me.”

“I didn’t either.”

“Tell me. Am I part of the reason why you’ve stayed?”

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Blog Tour – Review of Reckless (Rescue Squad #1) by Kimberly Kincaid **GIVEAWAY**

Reckless

Being Reckless Isn’t Always Bad

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 336 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

SOMEONE’S BOUND TO GET BURNED…

Zoe Westin may be a fire captain’s daughter, but feeding the people in her hometown of Fairview is her number one priority. Running a soup kitchen is also the perfect way to prove to her dad that helping people doesn’t always mean risking life and limb. But when she’s saddled with a gorgeous firefighter doing community service after yet another daredevil stunt, the kitchen has never been so hot.

Alex Donovan thrives on adrenaline, and stirring a pot of soup doesn’t exactly qualify. He’s not an expert at following the rules either, not even when they come from the stubborn, sexy daughter of the man who’s not only his boss, but his mentor. Determined to show Zoe that not every risk ends in catastrophe, Alex challenges her both in the kitchen and out. One reckless step leads to another, but will falling for each other be a risk worth taking, or will it just get them burned?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Zoe thought she knew what she wanted and she went after it with a gusto, but being a chef in a large kitchen didn’t exactly make her feel all warm and fuzzy inside so she made a change. She wanted to cook for people to actually needed it, for people who actually appreciated her efforts. Of course in following her dreams she felt like she’d let her father down and that was a bridge she truly wanted repaired.

Alex loves his job as a fireman, but when it comes to choosing his own judgement over following the rules he proves he’s a little too reckless for the team, which lands him with community service. Community service under the direction of his chief’s beautiful and demanding daughter.

One house rule…chief’s daughter is off-limits. It wasn’t a written rule, but with how close everyone was it was a well-known and respected rule. One even Alex wasn’t reckless enough to break. His restraint wavers a few times, but he always gains control before crossing that line. Until  one day when his restraint breaks.

Her father and mother split up because of his dedication to being a fireman. It was something she never fully understood. At least not until Alex. But one thing remained the same, she couldn’t imagine ever even thinking about being with a fireman. She saw the stress it had put on her mother and she never wanted to live like that. Too bad her heart and head aren’t on the same page, because fireman or not Alex was slowly becoming everything to her.

Reckless is about family, overcoming fears, and risking a little recklessness to truly live. It was a fun and entertaining read that kept me interested for the most part. There are a few slower moments that seemed to drag, but not enough to make me want to put it down.

My Favorite Moment: I enjoyed the moment when Zoe and Alex decide they need to tell her father. His unsaid words were what made it my favorite part.

“It’s going to take a delicate conversation, an we’ll have to figure out the best way to have it. I’m not saying it won’t be…” Awkward. Brutal. A carte-blanche invitation for the man to kick my ass. “Difficult at first,” he managed past his tightening vocal cords. “But like you said, we’re adults. This isn’t just some one-night stand.”

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Alex sat back against his bar stool, his mood in the shitter despite the cold beer in his hand and the warm smile of the waitress who’d brought it. But the ten hours he’d spent hitting the bricks in Hope House’s kitchen today had done their level best to kill both his stamina and his patience.

The grunt work, however, couldn’t even hold a flamethrower to his new boss.

Alex tilted his bottle to his lips, swallowing a long, smooth sip of pale ale to cover his frown. Yeah, he’d cop to the fact that he hadn’t come out of the gate with a stellar first impression, but it wasn’t as if he’d meant to drift off to dreamland while he’d waited for Zoe in the dining room. With the circadian rhythms that went hand in hand with Alex’s job, five minutes in the dark meant one of two things—either he was falling asleep or getting laid. He had to admit, when he’d first seen Zoe standing there in Hope House’s dining room, with those blazing brown eyes and jeans that showcased more curves than a Grand Prix racetrack, the option behind door number two had seemed awfully freaking appealing.

Until he’d realized who she was. But how the hell was

he supposed to know his captain’s only daughter had ditched out on her fancy career as an up-and-coming chef

to direct a small-time soup kitchen in Fairview’s projects? Or that she seemed to have been living on a steady diet of no-risks, all-rules since he’d last seen her five years ago?

Or that despite the fact that she’d pulled a Judge Judy on his ass over the way he’d landed his community service sentence, then met his cold shoulder with an equally arctic counterpart as she’d worked him into the kitchen tiles, he still found her unbelievably and unequivocally hot as hell.

God, he was screwed. And not even in a way that would leave a smile on his face.

“What’s the matter, Donovan? One day of plates and pots enough to send you around the bend?”

Alex blinked himself back to his usual table in Bellyflop’s bar area just in time to catch the good-natured glint in the eyes of his former squad mate Nick Brennan. If anyone knew the twists and trials of working in a professional kitchen, it was definitely Brennan. After suffering a career-ending injury two and a half years ago, the guy had spent his time doing exactly that before coming back to Fairview last month to teach at the fire academy.

After all, once a firefighter . . .

“Laugh it up, fry boy,” Alex said, giving up half a grin before sliding off his padded leather bar stool to shake his buddy’s hand. “I take it you heard about my disagreement with McManus.”

“Who hasn’t? The story’s all over the department.” Brennan tipped his darkly stubbled chin at their passing waitress, pointing to Alex’s beer bottle with one hand while holding up two fingers with the other as he parked himself across the table. “Gotta hand it to you, dude. When it comes to going all-in, you are definitely committed.”

Alex shrugged. He’d had the same philosophy for the last twelve years, and while it might’ve gotten him into a bunch of scrapes, his all-in, all-the-time mind-set was definitely better than the alternative. “From where I sit, there’s really no other way to be. After all, Cap’s not running a knitting circle. We either take risks or people get hurt.”

“You’re preaching to the choir. Believe me, I remember what goes down on shift.” Brennan plucked a specials menu from between the salt and pepper shakers on the table to give it a nice, long look-see, and even though his expression didn’t vary from its terminally easygoing status, guilt poked holes in Alex’s chest all the same. Brennan had been injured the same night they’d lost Mason in that gut-twisting apartment fire. One minute, they’d all been clearing the building, business as usual. The next, part of the third floor had collapsed, Brennan’s career had been shattered along with a pair of his vertebrae, and Mason was gone.

And wasn’t that one more balls-out reminder that life was short.

“Yeah.” He finished the last of his beer, the empty bottle finding the polished wood table with a thunk, and Brennan leaned in, his voice notched low against the music spilling down from the overhead speakers.

“Listen, Teflon, I get where your head is, but do you think maybe—”

“Well, well, look who it is! I heard this guy’s gonna be the next Martha Stewart.” Tom O’Keefe, one of Station Eight’s paramedics, arrived at the table, clapping his palm over Alex’s with a wry laugh. Cole followed behind him, sending a thread of relief beneath Alex’s breastbone. While he’d never disrespect Mason’s memory, giving his emotions airtime—especially in the middle of a moderately populated sports bar—wasn’t part of Alex’s game plan. The past was past. What mattered was the moment you were in, and not a whole hell of a lot more.

After all, if you weren’t busy living, you were busy dying, and no way was he going out with a fizzle instead of a slam-fucking-bang.

“You’re hilarious, O’Keefe. Really. Asshole,” Alex tacked on, but his buddy just lifted his brows in an exaggerated waggle.

“Oh, now you’re just flirting with me.” O’Keefe shrugged out of his dark blue quilted FFD jacket as the waitress delivered Alex and Brennan’s beers, and he twirled his finger in a tight circle over the table as he put in an order to make the round complete. “So,” he said, commandeering the bar stool across from Brennan and next to Cole. “All kidding aside, the house is too quiet without your mouthy ass. What’s the word with this community service thing?”

Alex rolled his eyes, suddenly grateful for the fresh beer in his hand. “The word is, the next four weeks are going to be an exercise in futility.”

“You’re actually going to do the whole four weeks?” Brennan’s dark brows winged upward, and as much as it burned, Alex met his buddy’s shock with a resigned nod.

“Don’t get me wrong. I’m not planning on any circle-oflove transformations while I log my time. But as far as the community service goes, I don’t have a choice.” Christ, this whole thing was such a waste of time and resources. He should be out there fighting fires, not serving up dry sandwiches in some cafeteria line because that idiot McManus was suffering from a bruised ass and an ego to match. “I’ve got four weeks before I go in front of the fire chief for my review. Until then, it looks like the department has got me by the short and curlies. I either do this community service as penance, or I lose my job. And I’m not losing my job.”

“Yeah, but if you do the whole four weeks, you’re also not getting paid,” O’Keefe said. “That’s got to sting.”

“I’m good there,” Alex replied, the words firing out just a little too fast. Ah, damn it. This situation was sideways enough without having to dig into the truth behind his statement. There were only three people at Eight who were privy to all of his sticky particulars, and Alex wasn’t about to bump the number higher, not even by one.

He forced his shoulders into their loosest setting, dialing his expression up to damage control status. “I’ve got some scratch saved up from my part-time gig. It’ll last.”

“Right. I forgot about that.” O’Keefe propped both forearms on the table, tilting his head as he thankfully switched gears. “Still. You spent all day at this soup kitchen place. You haven’t tried to sweet-talk the director into giving you a shorter assignment, maybe moving the whole thing along so you can get back in-house? This is you, after all.”

An image of Zoe with her hands locked over her lush, denim-wrapped hips as she ran him in circles around Hope House’s kitchen ricocheted through Alex’s brain, and he barely managed to cough out a humorless laugh with his answer. “Uh, yeah, no. As much as I want to trim some time off my assignment, sweet-talking the director isn’t going to be a viable strategy.”

Cole’s brows slid together, his gaze darkening in confusion under the low light of the bar. “Talking your way out of things is always your strategy. What’s so special about this director that makes her a game changer?”

“Well, let’s see. For starters, her last name is Westin.”

The stunned silence at the table lasted for a breath, then another, before O’Keefe finally broke it with a low whistle. “Ho-ly shit, Teflon. Zoe Westin is the director of Hope House’s soup kitchen? That’s the hush-hush project she came back home to work on?”

Alex’s sip of beer went down way more sour than smooth, and he made a face to match. “Unfortunately, yes.”

 

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Blog Tour – Review of Manaconda (Hammered #1) by Cari Quinn & Taryn **GIVEAWAY**

Manaconda

Sexy + Irresistible=Trouble 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Rock Star Romance

Book Length (Est.): 177 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

My name is Hunter Jordan, lead singer of Hammered and no, I didn’t name my c*ck Manaconda.

Rolling Stone did.

On the front cover of their damn magazine.

I still haven’t lived it down. And now our record label wants to maximize the frenzy.

So, I have a brand new PR person–Kennedy McManus.

And she’s making me insane.

I don’t know whether to ignore her, yell at her, or push her up against the wall and kiss her smart mouth shut.

I ended up kissing her.

Come on, I mentioned how exasperating she was, right?

That’s when it blew up in both our faces.

Now, the tabloids think she’s my girlfriend. My record label would rather have me remain the single manwhore of the ages.

Kennedy thinks I’m the manwhore anyway. She wants me for a quick fling and nothing more.

I just want Kennedy.

Man, I’m so screwed.

BEYOND OBLIVION – A Rockstar Romance full of sexy fun set within the world of our Lost in Oblivion series! You never know who you’ll see show up in the books.

****Warning: book does end on a cliffhanger ****

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Tasty Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*

Sometimes you find that anomaly, that complete and utter attraction to someone even if you’re not sure you entirely like them. It gets under your skin and will drive you insane because the only you can do is act on it. That’s the attraction Kennedy and Hunter feel within minutes of meeting. It’s what get them in trouble within those same few minutes and lands her in media hell as his “girlfriend”.

Media is what Kennedy does, it’s her job to spin things for the best. What’s not part of her job is kissing her sexy clients…in front of a room full of fans. She knows she shouldn’t get involved with him, she certainly doesn’t want to become another rock star groupie conquest, but her wants get completely obliterated by her need for his touch.

“I can’t say I’ve ever enjoyed a button-fly more in my life.”

I laughed. “Buttoned for her pleasure? That’s new.”

Jordan wanted the publicity for the band and he thought Rolling Stone was going to be that, but it turned out to be publicity for his cock. They labeled it Manaconda and sent all his fans on a rampage for more. Any rock star should love the attention, but not him…not anymore. When he meets the sexy redhead with the fiery temper he can’t help but be attracted to her, but the more she rants the more he desires her.

“If you want it to just be a game for the cameras, I’ll abide by that. But if you want more. If you want to see where this will go tonight. To see if this thing between us is more than just a quick storm with some laughs and an orgasm or seven…”

Manaconda is fun, sexy, and HOT! Kisses in secret passageways, orgasms in equipment trucks, what can be more captivating than two people who can’t seem to resist each other.

Downside, it does end on a cliffhanger (not that you weren’t warned), but the last chapter seems kind of rushed compared to the rest of the book. Like they were just trying to wrap it up quickly. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still good, and it’ll definitely leave you wanting the next book, but it didn’t seem in sync with the rest of the book.

My Favorite Moment: The first concert. Nothing like getting distracted backstage during the concert.

“Show.” I dragged in a deep breath. “Song. Singing.” Fuck, I didn’t even know the right words. Words were what I knew. Spin and image. I groaned when he pressed me even tighter into the wall. Breath whooshed out of my lungs.

“After. I want you after. In my room.” His voice lowered until it was only a grumbling bass of sound. “All of this off. All of you – mine.”

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“Maybe we should go back.”

I shook my head. “Maybe we can sneak around. Seems like there wouldn’t be any fans back here.”

“Famous last words,” she muttered.

I strode out, gravel crunching under my boots.

“You know, I’m not a huge fan of this dragging me around like a child.”

I turned back to her, dragging her into my body. “Nothing child-like about you, Kenny.” I bent down to her, our noses touching. “I just want a little alone time with you.”

A loud engine started up.

“There’s an elevator back there.” She pointed with her thumb. “I bet we could do a lot of things in your room, my room—whatever.” She rose on her toes until our lips were a breath apart. “You can give that whole seven thing a go.” She dragged her nail over my bottom lip. “I don’t believe you’ll make it to seven, but I’m willing to let you try.”

“I—”

“Oh, my God, that’s Hunter!”

The hiss of hydraulics and stomp of many feet did not bode well.

I closed my eyes. “Shit.”

“What?”

“Please don’t be what I think it is.”

“What?”

A trio of people in black shirts with our new album on the front were standing in front of a huge bus. “Can you run in those things?”

She looked affronted. “I can do anything in heels.”

“I hope so.”

A woman in her twenties pointed our way. “Is that him?” she shrieked.

“Fan club.”

“What?”

“This is where the fan club bus is parked.”

“They should be at dinner. Why aren’t they at dinner?” Kenny asked with rising panic.

“Guess it’s over.” I sprinted to the door we’d just come out of. “Son of a bitch.” I twisted the handle but nothing. “It must have locked after us.”

She slapped the keypad. “Ya think?”

“Not helping.” I darted a look past the bus, along with the line of at least seventy people lined up to board. Definitely couldn’t go that way.

“They’ll eat you alive.”

“No kidding.”

Three women broke off from the crowd and headed our way. As soon as they did, twenty more followed. I dragged Kenny with me to the front of the bus and around the side. The bus driver looked down at us and shook his head.

No help there.

The people that had boarded the bus were pointing at us as we ran to the other end. I shot by another line of cars and zig-zagged around another bus and saw a familiar logo. “Thank God.”

“Where did he go?” Came shouts that were way too close.

“Where are we going?” she hissed.

“My bus.”

“Your bus?”

I dragged her behind me as I ducked behind a black truck we used for our equipment. It has been a stripped down stage, but we still had a lot of instruments between Keys’s pianos, the entire percussion set up that Wyatt used, all the guitars, amps, and digital network we used—we needed a truck no matter what.

“New plan.” I unlatched the back of the rig and lifted the rolling door. “Get in.”

“Are you freaking kidding me?”

I stared down at her. “Does it look like I’m kidding?”

She groaned. “I can’t get up there.”

I lifted her until her knee was on the base of the truck ledge. She scrambled in as the scraping of heels and running feet got closer.

“Move it, Kenny.”

Her skirt rode up as she dragged herself inside. I threw her a soft whistle. She turned back to me with murder in her eyes. I squashed down a laugh, rolling in after her, tugging the door down behind me with a bang.

“I hate you.”

I just smiled into the dark.

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Review of Tiny Glitches by Rebecca Chastain **Giveaway**

Tiny Glitches

Electrically Charged

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 373 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Life isn’t exactly normal for Eva Parker: the stronger Eva’s emotions, the faster nearby electrical devices die. Eva can’t have a cell phone, use a computer, or be in a car for more than a few minutes without killing it. Dealing with her electricity-killing curse makes living in modern-day Los Angeles complicated enough for Eva—and that was before she was blackmailed into hiding a stolen baby elephant and partnered with Hudson, a sexy electrical engineer Eva just met.

Dodging repeated attempts on her life made by ruthless corporations hunting the elephant is easier for Eva than quelling her growing affection for Hudson, and while protecting an elephant is hard, controlling her curse is a lot harder. However, Eva must do both, because if she lets her emotions free and falls in love with Hudson, neither of them will survive.

Enchanting and quirky, Tiny Glitches fuses electrifying romance and high-voltage suspense in a rollicking adventure.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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Eva was born with a gift, or curse as she calls it, where she basically sucks out everyone’s electricity. Not even cars are safe from her uncontrollable ability. She hates it, but she and those closest to her have learned to adapt. Of course those who don’t know her suddenly believe in curses of bad luck.

“Redheads and trouble go hand in hand,” Mark said, walking over to me after he pocketed Hudson’s money. “That’s what my father always said. But always worth it.”

Hudson was only there to install a new security system, but before he left he had to ask Eva out. Too bad their date never officially happens and instead they get thrown into a wild goose chase with an elephant in tow. He becomes a firm believer in the elephant curse since every electronic he comes in contact dies a mysterious death and yet he still stays around to help Eva, a woman he barely knows, find Jenny, a psychopath lady who handcuffed Eva and left them shackled with an elephant and no idea what for.

“Shouldn’t I be concerned about the cuffs?”

“They were your idea.”

I originally thought Tiny Glitches would be fun and entertaining, but it was more strange and monotonous. Between pooping elephants, ninjas, cars breaking down and someone getting kidnapped every time I turned around it was a little much. The chemistry between Eva and Hudson was there sometimes, but overall it wasn’t. The storyline was interesting it just wasn’t captivating.

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Blog Tour – Review of Welcome to Forever (Hero’s Welcome #1) by Annie Rains

Welcome to Forever

Unity and Love 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 285 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

If you love Kristan Higgins, Susan Mallery, or Jill Shalvis, you won’t want to miss the Hero’s Welcome military romance series! Welcome to Forever introduces a small coastal town where America’s best and brightest risk everything for love.

In Seaside, North Carolina, there are two kinds of people: Marines, and kids of Marines. Then there’s Kat Chandler. Recently hired as the principal of Seaside Elementary, Kat makes it her mission to turn the school into a place of peace and calm. That’s not going to be easy with hard-liner parents like Micah Peterson storming in, telling her how to do her job—and then kissing her with those gorgeous lips of his and turning her brain into mush.

As a Marine Sergeant and a single dad, Micah Peterson has just two priorities: doing his job better than anyone else, and getting the absolute best for his son, Ben. But when he meets Ben’s beautiful new principal, a different yearning shifts into focus. He wants her, sure, but he’s also moved by the connection Kat forges with her students. So after learning that she refuses to date Marines, Micah sets two more objectives: convincing Kat to give him a chance . . . and then holding on to her forever.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

I absolutely adored Kat, Micah, and Ben. Ben is the sweetest boy and the way he uses science to explain why his dad and Kat are perfect for each other is more than adorable, but even without a scientific explanation Micah and Kat seem made for each other.

Kat is the Principal at SES. She works hard to turn her students into outstanding kids and through her Friendship Club, formally known as detention, she’s able to really help the troubled students. Even though she gets scrutiny for it, she believes in it and will stand up for it and herself. She’s also an almost widower, as her fiancé was lost to the war. Two years after his death and she still wears her engagement ring. No matter how much she knows it’s time it’s just too hard for her to even think about moving on without him. That is until she meets Micah.

Micah, is a marine, a garden designer, SES groundskeeper, and dad. He has more than enough on his plate and the last thing he needs to worry about is finding someone to date. He’s perfectly content giving all his love and attention to his son. That is until he meets Kat and can’t get her out of his thoughts.

Acquaintances become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers become more.

Both Micah and Kat have issues that keep their walls up, but ever so slowly they each do little things that cause the other’s to fall a little at a time. Kat wants someone who won’t leave her like her ex and Micah wants someone who will not look at his son as a burden and instead love Ben just as much as he does. It’s a great thing Kat loves kids and would never think of Ben as a burden. It’s also good that Micah will vow to come back to Kat no matter what twist of fate hands him.

Welcome to Forever is a pleasurable and emotional read. It’ll take two broken hearts and show them exactly how to mend and find love. It’s been awhile since a book has made me cry and this one definitely should come with a tissue warning.

There is one part in the book with a slight continuity issue. Her dress is still wet so she puts on his shirt, but as the scene progresses it keeps talking about her having on a dress. I even had to re-read it to see if I was losing my mind, but no she definitely did not have on the wet dress.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: When Ben calls out Micah and Kat…caught kissing now that was quite funny.

Jenn 4 Heart

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Excerpt:

“Have you thought about that kiss?” she asked, as he leaned in close to fasten her seatbelt. She couldn’t control what was coming out of her mouth. “Because I have. A little.” She started laughing again. Val had warned her that she was a horrible drunk, and evidently, it was true.

“What have you thought about it?” he asked, his voice low and bristly. Her buckle snapped into place with a loud click. He could step back now, but he didn’t.

And she didn’t want him to. What was the point of being drunk if you couldn’t say and do what you wanted, and then apologize for it in the morning? No one blamed a drunk, they blamed the drink. “I thought that I liked it. The kiss. It was amazing.” She held her breath as he lingered in front of her, his hand still resting on the seat’s buckle.

“I thought the same thing.”

“You did?” She swallowed thickly, as her heart rode up her throat.

His brow lifted. “You sound surprised.”

“I’m out of practice.” She nibbled on her lower lip, drawing his gaze there. Then his gaze flicked back to her ring. Just the thought squashed the flutterings in her chest, leaving a deep ache that vibrated with the alcohol. “He’s been gone for two years,” she said.

Micah’s brows pinched together softly.

Explaining about John in her state wasn’t a good idea, though. She might start crying, which she didn’t do in front of others anymore, and right now all she wanted to do was forget everything but their kiss. That she wanted to remember. “You could kiss me again,” she said softly.

His smile deepened and, damn, he smelled good.

Leaning in closer to her ear, his hot breath melted her as he whispered, “Kat, you’ve had too much to drink. I’m taking you home now.”

Before she could process what he’d said, he stepped back and shut the Jeep’s door, the sound as offensive as if someone had crashed cymbals in her ears. A moment later, he reappeared on the driver’s side and cranked the engine, another sound that made her wince.

She closed her eyes, unsure of what to do with her drunken emotions.

“If I kiss you again, I want to be one hundred percent sure it’s what you want. Not because my almost ex is walking up and you want to help me out. Not because you’ve had too much to drink and want to escape.”

She suddenly felt very tired, as the Jeep Cherokee headed out of the parking lot. “So, you are going to kiss me again?” she asked. Before she could hear his answer, though, her eyes closed and the sounds of the road and his voice, and the blood thundering in her head, blurred together. She remembered their kiss, the feel of his stubble roughly brushing against her cheek, and the way he had smelled like pine and fudge brownies.

No, wait. His eyes reminded her of fudge brownies. He didn’t smell like them.

Her eyes fluttered open. Yeah, she was definitely going to regret tonight in the morning.

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Review of Wonderwall by M.H. Soars **GIVEAWAY**

Wonderwall

The Heart Wants What The Heart Wants

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Book Length (Est.): 282 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

There is something magical when best friends fall in love. Liv and Sebastian used to be inseparable until circumstances beyond their control destroyed their fairytale romance to dust.

Liv hasn’t seen Sebastian since he walked out of her life five years ago. When she accepted her internship in London, she never dreamed their paths would cross again. Not when Sebastian is a celebrity, a singer in one of the most popular boy bands of all times. Living in the same city, their worlds couldn’t be farther apart. But when two people are destined to be together, they can’t outrun fate.

*Note from author: Due to mature content, this novel is recommended to readers 18+.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Liv had her heart broken and her soul crushed the day Sebastian left without saying goodbye. She tried to move on, tried to forget him as he had obviously her, but her heart wasn’t that lucky. When an opportunity puts her in the same city as him, she doubted their paths would cross…she was wrong.

Sebastian never dealt with his parent’s death very well. He spiraled downward and fast. The stage is where he found his freedom and when he got chosen to be in the band he took it without questions. A fact that later would haunt him…contracts when not fully read could be quite a dangerous and unforgiving thing. Caught between the person his manager wanted the world to see and the one he was wasn’t the best place to be.

Sebastian seems to war with his emotions regarding Liv. He loves her, always has, but he also blames her for something that wasn’t her fault.

Liv loves Sebastian, has never stopped, but when he has a girlfriend that his fans love and a limelight she doesn’t want part of her options aren’t exactly many. Not to mention having an internship at a company that states she can’t fraternize with a costumer, no matter she’s known him forever, it doesn’t change the rules.

Wonderwall is a story about a long lost love finding its way home again. There’s a lot of love/hate emotions and actions throughout the story. Their relationship goes two steps forward and ten back. I enjoyed the story and liked the characters, including the secondary ones, but I failed to actually connect with any of them. I felt like I was reading the story and not pulled in to be part of it.

There is also a sub-story about Ryan and Lloyd mixed in a little and goodness gracious I felt bad for Lloyd, especially after everything with Ryan comes out. It would be nice to maybe see him get a happily ever after sometime in the future.

I  also enjoyed the bonus scene between Oliver and Saylor and look forward to reading their story Wreck of the Day that will be coming out in 2016.

My Favorite Moment:  The moment Sebastian finally realized what he needed to do and announced it to the world via the stage. It was perfectly heartwarming.

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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Blog Tour: Review of A Real Cowboy Never Says No (Wyoming Rebels #1) by Stephanie Rowe

A Real Cowboy Never Says No

Now that’s the cowboy way! 

 

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Western Romance

Book Length (Est.):  223 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

USA Today bestselling author Stephanie Rowe delivers a brand new series set in Rogue Valley, Wyoming, home to the Stockton brothers, a clan of fiercely loyal and honorable men, and the women who touch the hearts of these rugged, loner cowboys.

The only reason rancher Chase Stockton and his brothers survived their brutal childhood was because they protected each other. Nothing will ever come between them…until a sudden tragedy calls in a life debt Chase can’t ignore, forcing him to make a choice that could destroy the very bonds that hold his family together.

Mira Cabot has never asked for help, but when a sexy, protective cowboy makes her an offer she can’t afford to refuse, she finds herself on her way to Wyoming to be the shotgun bride of a man she has every reason…and no reason…to trust.

The sizzling connection between Mira and Chase turns a rescue mission into something dangerously addictive, one that could either heal two broken hearts, or shatter them forever.

Books in the Wyoming Rebels series:
A Real Cowboy Never Says No (June 30, 2015)
A Real Cowboy Knows How to Kiss (July 28, 2015)
A Real Cowboy Rides a Motorcycle (August 25, 2015)

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Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

I’m a dedicated kindle highlighter, but occasionally I get a book that I’m so into that I forget to highlight because I’m lost in the world that’s on the pages. This is one of those books.

Chase had a horribly rough childhood, but as the oldest he put it upon himself to be the one who holds his brothers together.  He mortgaged himself to the hilt in hopes that his brothers would eventually come back and each take a share of the property. That way they’d always be together. But it hasn’t happened exactly like he’d hoped. Nothing has.

Mira lost her parents and the only things even remotely she had left as family was her best friend AJ and he no longer lived close. But after her mother passed away, and for the first time ever, she and AJ took solace in each other’s bodies. But then he died too and left her alone and pregnant.

When AJ died it brought together his two best friends, Chase and Mira. Each had known about the other, but they had never met. The attraction between them is evident from the beginning, but their resistance is strong, but a cowboy always does what’s right. And right would be taking care of his best friend’s baby and the woman who carried it. Problem was the ‘right thing’ went against every code he and his brothers had. They didn’t trust women and the sure as hell didn’t need them in their lives…until he realizes he does. It may however take a little longer for his brothers to come around to the fact that there’s now a woman in their family.

A Real Cowboy Never Says No is everything a cowboy book should be. It has romance, honor, family, hard work, and the will to do what’s right. The Stockton brothers came from a rough childhood and so did AJ so there are references to child abuse, there is some violence, and explicit sex scenes. Like I said, it’s the perfect cowboy book.

My Favorite Moment: What Mira says to Steen in order to snap him out of his losing battle with life and the reaction of his brother’s when she does.

Jenn 5 Heart

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