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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 Playing Heart to Get (Tryst of Fate #1) by Kara Liane

“Zipper be damned, heart be damned!”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 316 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

A steamy contemporary romance unfolds. Alexi, aka Dr.Hotness, fixes hearts for a living. Although, he can’t seem to mend his own, or navigate through the deep waters of love.
Luckily, fate intervenes with a chance meeting at the hospital, as he falls for gorgeous college-student Caylan.
Alexi is immediately enamored with her beauty, soul and innocence. Caylan is equally taken with the young doctor. However, her past won’t be laid to rest until she overcomes her inner-demons; which Dr. Hotness is so desperate to uncover.
Love is a gift, and Alexi needs to learn to tread carefully when unwrapping it.
See if these two can play by the heart!

*Please be advised that this book is intended for adult readers. There is mature content and subject matter (e.g., profanity, explicit sexual scenes, potential triggers).


Mindy’s Review:

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

Alexi aka Dr. Hotness is a heart surgeon. He is hot headed and knows he has what it takes to score any woman that he wants. At the hospital he runs into a woman that is crying and really does not have a lot of interest in him at the moment.

Caylan is a college student that is running from the demons in her past. She moved with her parents to try to get a fresh start. Meeting Alexi at the hospital had her brain in overload.

Alexi is drawn to Caylan instantly. He cannot stop thinking about her. He wants to know who she is and her story. Breaking some rules he finally gets his chance to run into her again.

This was a sexy read. I loved Alexi and Caylan. I loved how much they really needed each other to be whole themselves again. This is very well written and I loved reading it.

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Review of Mr. Big by Delancy Stewart

“Are you always this much of an asshole? Or only on Fridays?”

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 243 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

He’s tortured and dark, angsty and arrogant. You want the truth? He’s kind of an A-hole.
He’s also the CEO.

Everything in my life goes according to plan, and that’s the way I like it. I got the degree. I got the job. Now I just need to prove that I have what it takes to succeed in the real world.

If there’s one thing that’s not in my plans, it’s falling in love with my boss.

Most relationships don’t start with one person calling the other out in public for being an arrogant jerk. Then again, most CEOs don’t cut their own employees in line at the coffeehouse and bark orders at people like they own the place.

Maybe pissing Oliver Cody off isn’t the right move. And now that he’s part of my world, all my plans go straight to hell.


Mindy’s Review:

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

Oliver Cody used to be the CEO of Cody Technology. The company that he helped build with his dad.  Wanting to experience life a little he leaves town and everything behind. When he receives a phone call that brings him back home he learns the truth about himself. Now that he knows the truth he needs to decide if he wants to be a part of the company or not. Oliver is learning to live with the fact that he was adopted but struggles with the fact that they never told him and he had to find out by their death.

Holland O’Dell has her life planned step by step. She got a job at Cody Technology and wants to prove herself so she can get the position that she really wants. Even with all of her determination she still needs help with a report that she is working on. And that where she runs into a arrogant man at a coffee shop that is willing to lend a helping hand.

Oliver likes the fact that Holland doesn’t know who he really is. He can be himself and forget about all of the issues that he is dealing with. Helping her with her work takes him back to the parts of the job that he loved. All things seem well until he tells her his real name. Knowing that she needs his help to land an account that the company needs she decides to give him a break after all that he has been through. What she didn’t have in her plans was falling for him.

This was a fun but emotional book. I felt everything felling that Oliver and Holland felt.


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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 Going All In by Stephanie C Lyons-Keeley and Wayne J Keeley

Friendships will be tested!

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 306 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

Three mismatched suburban couples, Steve and Katie, Marty and Erin, and Scarlett and C. Thomas, have been neighbors and friends for years. During a pummeling Connecticut Nor’Easter, the members of the bored triptych engage in a friendly game of Texas Hold’em in front of a fire and over more than a few bottles of Merlot. The impromptu get-together eventually leads to the institution of alcohol-driven, bi-weekly poker nights.

One evening on a lark, someone suggests an alternate payout – instead of pocket change, the winner may choose a player (other than his or her spouse) with whom to spend the night. The proposition takes shape, but complications arise as these things will.

All too quickly, friendships are strained and relationships begin to crumble. Lies are told, truths are exposed, and feelings are hurt. In the end, can anyone bear the weight of this wanton self-indulgence? They are six fully consenting adults, and after all, it’s only a game. Or is it?

Mindy’s Review:

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

Steve and Katie, Marty and Erin and Scarlett and C. Thomas are all neighbors that have become close friends. They play poker every week with each other. When the game starts to get boring one player suggest an alternative. If you win the game you get to pick a partner of your choosing to stay the night with. The rules are simple. You cannot choose you own partner and what happens on  that night stays between the couple, no questions asked.

As friendships start to get tested and unravel there is no stopping the downfall. Truth starts to come out and some sanity gets questioned. All of the characters are so different from one another. They all believe they have strong marriages and friendships. Well let me tell you all of that gets put to the test.

I am not sure how I feel about this book. All I know is I could not stop ready it. I was completely drawn in from the first chapter. This is either the craziest book I have ever read or the most brilliant. One I got to the final chapter I have to go with maybe the most brilliant. It definitely left me with my jaw hanging open.

Go ahead, I know you want to read it!


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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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