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Blog Tour – Review of Thirsty (Eastside Brewery #1) by Mia Hopkins

“My angel is walking around in black high heels.”


Genre: Contemporary Romance, Urban

Book Length (Est.): 240Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

A gangster hiding from his past. A single mom fighting for her future. Can she show this bad boy the man he’s meant to be?

My name is Salvador Rosas. Back in the barrio, my past is written on the walls: ESHB. Short for East Side Hollenbeck, my father’s gang—my gang. Hell, it’s a family tradition, one that sent both my brothers away. They used to call me “Ghost” because I haunted people’s dreams. Now I’ve got nothing going for me except a hipster gringo mentoring me in a new career. An ex-con making craft beer? No mames.

Still, people in this neighborhood look out for one another. That’s how I became Vanessa Velasco’s unwelcome tenant. Chiquita pero picosa. She’s little, but with curves so sweet they’re dangerous. I remember Vanessa from the old days, the straight-A student with big plans. Plans that were derailed by another kid stupid enough to think he was bulletproof. Now Vanessa knows better than to believe in empty promises. There’s fire in her . . . and if I touch her, I might get burned.

I’m trying everything I can to go straight. But when East Side Hollenbeck comes calling, I might have to risk it all to find out if there’s a future for Vanessa and me. Because she’s the only one who can quench my thirst for something real.

The Rosas brothers will return in Trashed!

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

Salvador’s life didn’t turn out exactly like he wanted, but he did his time and now he’s trying to get his life together…that is if the ESHB will allow it. He struggles between doing what he thinks is right and what he thinks he’s obligated to do. One will bring joy into his life and the other will bring nothing but pain. But when you are working two jobs and living in a garage you don’t have many options.

Vanessa already fell for one homeboy. He gave her an adorable daughter. He also made her a widow for said daughter was born. Now she spends her time between working, studying, and being a mom; there is no time for a man. Let alone another homeboy who could destroy her life.

With no place to go Vanessa’s grandmother lets Salvador move into her garage. He gets cheap rent and she gets a handyman who will clean all of her deceased husband’s stuff out of the garage. What he didn’t expect to get was Vanessa. She didn’t like him being there and had no problem telling him, but she is also a very lonely woman who finds it hard not to fall for someone who’s trying his best to make a better life for himself.

Thirsty will bring you down into the hood, into the middle of gang life, and show you how it feels to try to escape it.

I liked the storyline, but there were a few things that kept me from loving the book. One, if you don’t speak Spanish (like me) then there’s a lot of words and conversations you won’t understand. Stopping to try and understand what was being said kept interrupting my reading flow. Two, there’s an underlying story where the ESHB is concerned, one that includes a rival gang moving into town, but it’s all left up in the air. Maybe there will be some more to it in the next book, Trashed. And lastly, is it just me or was there no chemistry between Salvador and Vanessa? I mean yes they have great sex and an occasionally deep conversation, but for the most part it was hard to tell if she even truly liked him most of the time.

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The ride starts with a burst of music like a jack-in-the-box. We glide backward and over a couple of times. The Ferris wheel stops to let other passengers on. At the very top, our carriage swings back and forth before it goes still.

Now I can see my neighborhood from a different viewpoint, high above. The lights of the carnival are bright and beautiful. The smells of tacos, hot dogs, and popcorn fill my nose. People pack the church parking lot. Cars line the street, and in the surrounding houses, lights in the windows show where families are talking or watching TV or having dinner.

“How are you doing?” I ask.

“I’m all right.”

She’s looking at the same things I am. I wonder if she is seeing the same details. I stroke her hair and take another risk. “So what do you think?”

“About what?”

“Starting something with me?”

She takes a deep breath but doesn’t say anything.

“What are your doubts?” I say.

“Are you kidding?” She snorts. “You’re seriously asking me that?”

I laugh a little. “Okay, well. Besides the obvious.”

“You have your own life. I have mine. You’re trying to rebuild from the ground up. I’m trying to secure my daughter’s future. We’re heading in different directions.”

She isn’t wrong. Life has disappointed her in such deep and cruel ways, I don’t blame her for protecting herself. But even as she tells me this—the truth about how we’re not right for each other—I feel how right it is to talk to her, to hold her hand, to show her who I am. “I have an idea,” I say. “Probation.”


“I’m only around for two months, right?”


“Spend those two months with me.” I look into her eyes. “I want to be with you, Vanessa.”


“I’ll be gone before I have a chance to disappoint you.” When the words leave my mouth, I try to ignore how pathetic they sound. “We’re adults, not dumb kids. We won’t lose our heads.” I run my fingers through her silky hair. “I swear to God, every time I look at you, I feel . . .” I reach for the most honest word I can find. “Thirsty.”


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Review of Revelations (Infinity Series #1) by Bellamy Westbay

“Magic’s just science we don’t understand yet…” 


Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 331 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

When modern-day twists with the old texts from the creation of time, you find a story that leads a group of friends on a journey, one that will change their lives and possibly the world’s….

Gwen Adams was faced a tough decision. On one side there was Alexander, the rich, powerful, devastatingly sexy man who intoxicated her with his very presence. On the other, the poor, hardworking, and gorgeous Ky, who’d earned her friendship and stolen her heart.

Alexander Prescott was bored with the predictability of eternity when his world was rocked by a beautiful woman who looked exactly like his long lost love. Despite the fact that she was human, he knew he’d found the woman destined for him. That was, until he met Gwen.

As outside forces push Alexander and Gwen together, another more sinister force lurks in the shadows, determined to destroy him.

Torn between the woman destined for him, and the one he desperately desired, what would he do?

This book is the first in a series that will take you on a unique journey of love, lust, revenge, and betrayal.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Gwen is a lonely girl who’s always left alone by her parents, who keeps having boy issues, and feels like an emotional yo-yo, but she still remains her sweet and caring self. She likes helping people and she likes taking care of people.

Ty has been one of Gwen’s best friends for a couple of years, but he’s always longed for her. Once she gave in and started dating him he betrayed her trust and left her brokenhearted and without the friend she once had.

Alexander is an angel. He’s fought may wars for Heaven, but his hardest battle is yet to come. He’s torn between the visual version of his long ago lost love and the girl whose every sense calls to his own. One will love him and one will betray him in the most evil of ways.

Revelations is an engrossing story that will hold you captive with its suspense…that is if you can get past the ever jumping the storyline does. I started dreading the infinity symbols as every time they appear the story jumps forward. Sometimes it was easy to follow, but more times than not it took a minute to figure out what happened and where I was causing the spell of being engrossed to be temporarily halted.

All I can say is just when you think you know a character beware because no one is as they seem and I have a feeling that there’s more to come as the series continues. The writing style may not be my favorite, however, the story itself is interesting enough to make me want to continue reading just to see where it goes. Of course, that may have to do with the slight cliffhanger book one ends on.

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Review of Ruined By Power (Empire of Angels #2) by Zoey Ellis

“I need you. And I will always protect you.”


Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 212 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

“I will not tolerate him touching you, looking at you, breathing any air you breathe.” He kissed her hard and pulled her into his body as his desire burned. “You’re mine.”

Powerful, half-angel Thea faces the scrutiny of the Angel Realm and is beginning to realize that angels are nothing like how they are depicted in the human world. She is intrigued to hear information about her family and pursues the history that has been hidden to her for so long. As Thea tries to get the answers she needs, her faith in Cam is shaken when truths about him are revealed.

Power angel Cam is concerned when he realizes the Angel Realm has plans for Thea he wasn’t made aware of. He fights to keep her close and protect her from the challenges she faces. However, when the pressures on their relationship bear down, he teeters on the edge of a darkness that could cause her to walk away from him forever.

Ruined by Power is the second book in the Empire of Angels series, a paranormal alpha angel romance series. If you’re a fan of alpha heroes, powerful heroines, paranormal worlds and destined mates, start with the first book, Claimed By Power.

About the end: This book is a continuation of Cam and Thea’s story and there is cliff-hanger at the end.

Sexual scenes and strong language included. Not suitable for readers under 18.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Ruined by Power picks up right where Claimed by Power left off with Thea arriving in the Angel Realm. And boy oh boy it’s one hot entrance.

Thea is adjusting to a new place, new people, and basically an entirely new way of life. She needs Cam for support, but he’s dealing with his own issues and an assignment that’s putting a lot of pressure on him.

A place that should bring them closer as mates is slowly tearing them apart. Nothing is happening like either  of them thought it would and neither have control of any of it.

Thea’s learning more about her past, her mother, and herself.   And Cam’s losing himself a little at a time as he battles his way through the Legion demons.

As the story progresses you’ll see the tribulations of love and also its strengths, but beware… the ending… definitely an OMG type of cliffhanger!

On a side note:  there’s so much miscommunication and the sex is sometimes used like a weapon or maybe even a bandage… only destroying or healing, not just for the love and passion it once was. It was too much at times.

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Review of Raindrops by Lexington Justice

“I didn’t want to have to wonder ‘what if’ again!”


Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 338 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Stefani Tanner had it all as a corporate executive, wife, and mother, only to have her world come crashing down at once. With nowhere to turn, she surrenders and returns to the place where she felt safe as a child. At her weakest and out of options, she is unexpectedly rescued by an anonymous source, a source that not only provides her with the material needs but also opens her eyes to a life she discounted and neglected. She quickly finds herself caught between following her head and returning to the fast paced-world she worked so hard to succeed in or following her heart and a magical relationship that has changed her life forever.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

I’m not entirely sure how to write a review for this book and not give away the ending, but I’ll try.

Stefani has the worst day imaginable. She loses her job and is basically humiliated as she’s escorted out the door. Then she discovers her husband is having an affair…with her best friend! Unable to cope she escapes to her parent’s house and once she gets there things start to look up. But unfortunately something happens that devastates her and breaks her heart beyond repair. (Sorry I can’t give the details, but have tissues ready. Lot of tissues!)

Gavin has pined over Stefani for a long time. He is quite the romantic. He’d thought he’d wait to ask her out until the time was right, but she moved away to go to college before he got the chance. After that he ended up settling for his plan B, which didn’t turn out any better than he expected it to. But one day Stefani walks back into his town and then shows up in his office and he can’t let the opportunity pass again.

Raindrops is one hell of an emotional read. I was pre-warned that I was going to cry and yet still kept reading thinking it would somehow change the ending. Unfortunately the ending wasn’t what I’d hoped for, but it was one I hadn’t expected.

It was written in third person, which always makes it more difficult for me to get drawn into. The beginning – although a lot happens – seemed to go by extremely slow. And one thing that drove me crazy was that the text messages are written within quotation marks like conversation, so sometimes I didn’t know if they were actually talking or just texting. The writing, however, does hit the heart.

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Review of Wife for a While by Lorna Baldwin

“Playboy. Partier. Billionaire. Handyman?” 


Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 222 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

What’s weirder than planning a wedding for a man without a fiance? Agreeing to be his fiance.

Right when I need a bank-sized bailout, Benton Spencer strides into my life – hiring me to plan a wedding that lacks a bride. He’s handsome. He’s ripped. He’s occasionally charming (but mostly not). More importantly, he’s offering me every penny I need…if I’ll marry him. Two years of putting up with his partying, chauvinistic, rich boy ways and my money problems are solved. If that’s not weird enough for you, get this: I’m actually starting to fall for him. God help me, those pale blue eyes have got me cornered. I know I can make it for two years; but I can’t say the same for my heart.

Jennifer’s Review:

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

Benton needs to be married before he’s thirty or else he loses in inheritance. There’s just one big problem with that…he’s a coke snorting playboy who has a different woman every night and he doesn’t want to change.

Jolene is a wedding planner whose business is on the verge of bankruptcy. In walks this insane man wanting to plan a wedding without even having a bride, but when he guarantees she be paid an obscene amount of money just to plan it she cannot say no. When he tells her she’s a bride contender she balks at the idea, but when a huge financial issue arises it’ll have her seriously considering selling her vows.

There’s nothing like a good woman to help a man rise to meet his potential. Benton is an amazing man, it just took someone else to see it before he could realize it for himself.

In Wife for a While two people from opposites sides of town will fall harder than ever imaginable and their lives will forever both be changed.

The storyline is good, but there’s something lacking. I never truly got attached to any of the characters and therefore did not get pulled into the story like I would have preferred. I’m not sure if it was the chemistry between the characters or their actions in general…let’s just say it wasn’t my favorite, but it’s not bad.

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Review of Sexsomnia – Sleepless in Manhattan by Anya Omah

“Even my cell phone was overheating.”


Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 330 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Jayden King is successful, charismatic, attractive—and bored to death. Especially of women, who fall at his feet by the dozens… eventually leaving him so indifferent to sex that he decides to say goodbye to the singles scene and focus all his energy on expanding his hotel empire. He’ll need a good assistant to help him, and Abigail Davis, fresh out of grad school, seems like the perfect fit for one of Manhattan’s most sought-after jobs. Until she suddenly withdraws her application.

When Jayden hears why, he can hardly believe his ears. No woman’s ever dared tell the millionaire bachelor what she really thinks of him… and Abigail isn’t one to mince words. Jayden’s not about to take no for an answer, and changing her mind is a challenge he can’t pass up.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Abigail is one outspoken woman, but to her credit she does it justly most of the time. She is someone who would rather go without the perfect dream job rather than put up with a boss she couldn’t stand to be around. But when he gives her a proposition that puts all the cards in her hand even she can’t walk away from that….at least not for too long.

“Oh, come on. I Googled him a minute ago. You can’t tell me you don’t think he’s hot. Even my cell phone was overheating.”

Jayden is used to getting everything he wants, including women, but after a while it was something he grew tired of and instead of partying all the time he threw himself into his work. Abigail is the only woman, besides his sister (whom I absolutely love), that will stand up to him and speak her mind, which is exactly why he is so infatuated with her.

“Any way I can help with this fantasy you’re having?”

Although Abigail and Jayden start falling for each other they both still have their secrets. She has sexsomnia and is hiding the fact that she’s doing a study to try and figure out what exactly she does in her sleep. And he knows about it, but doesn’t tell her…not even after she tells him everything about it. Nothing good comes from secrets.

Sexsomnia is one of those books with a little bit of everything. It has humor, sex, intrigue, a tangled web of lies, and love and passion. I absolutely loved it.

My favorite part is this conversation he has toward the beginning of the book with his sister about hiring Abigail. I absolutely love his sister. She had me completely cracking up.

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Review of Pierced (Vampires of Scarlet Harbor, #1) by Keira Blackwood

“I caught you”


Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 164 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Late-night hunts for a crazed serial killer, a vampire-obsessed best friend, and a mountain of classwork is enough for any woman to juggle. But Hannah Lewis isn’t just any coed. She happens to make the best microwaved brownies in Scarlet Harbor. Plus, she’s a wolf shifter.

On a mission to investigate reports of zombie-like monsters terrorizing the masses, vampire Bennet Pierce is prepared for anything—except for the blue-eyed vixen that changes everything. How can he protect her from harm if he himself is a threat?

This story contains steamy vampire/shifter romance, action-packed and suspenseful circumstances, scorching love scenes, and a happily ever after ending. To see more of the Vampires of Scarlet Harbor, and Walter’s chance at love, watch out for Vampires of Scarlet Harbor book two–Hunted.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Hannah is a wolf shifter who moved to Scarlet Harbor not only to go to college, but to get away from her pack and find herself. Who she found was not what she’d expected. She had a roommate obsessed with vampires and hunting down some rogue vampire who was killing people, a mysterious man whom her mind nor body could ignore, and creatures who wanted to eat her, not to mention the ones who only wanted to drink her blood. Nope, not what she’d expected at all.

Bennett is a vampire assigned to investigate and kill Hannah, but he can’t. From the first time he saw her he’d been unexplainably drawn to her and his need to protect her outweighed any and every thing else…even going against his own.

Pierced is a fast paced read that alternates between Hannah and Bennett’s POVs. It gives you glimpses into each of their worlds, their feelings, and leads you to their HAE. To me it seemed to lack a little oomph. There was not really any build up to the ending, definitely lacked the suspense needed, and then everything happened quickly and I was like “What the hell just happened?”

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