ARC Review: You and Me by Veronica Larsen

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You and Me (A Bite-Sized Romance #1) by Veronica Larsen

Release Date: June 27, 2016

Book Description:

Just in time for summer: A Bite-Sized Romance!
Everything you crave–banter, steam, romance–all in one quick, fun, and delectable standalone. YOU AND ME is a delicious opposites attract story coming June 27th.

It all started in the pouring rain. His wet shirt plastered to his hard body. My drenched hair strewn across my face.
We bantered. He held the door. I found out his name.
And for a half a second, I fell hard.
Then the record stopped. Forget his quick wit, those biceps, and insanely disarming clear blue eyes. The sexy sonofabitch proved he’d be just another mistake.
But Jackson won’t give up that easily. He’s determined to show me that opposites can not only attract, they can ignite.
Can he and I become an us? Or did any chance we had at a future already get washed away?

 

Kelli’s Review:

Super short, super cute, super sexy.

Veronica Larsen once again captivated me with her brilliance in story-telling and comedic timing. I loved both characters immediately. Their banter made me giggle and their connection made me swoon.

Samantha and Jackson were adorable in every way. Though the story was short, I felt both were developed better than some authors can manage in a full-length novel. It’s impressive. These characters could be friends, people I know in the real world.

But even more brilliant is the way she involved the side characters. I wanted to know more of their stories, too! I have a feeling Heath and Grace have a bite-sized romance coming soon. I also hope we get more of the quirky Delilah.

I highly recommend this story when you only have an hour or so to spare. It’ll suck you in and you’ll be finished and satisfied at the end!

Kelli’s Rating: 4/5

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Blush Factor: 3

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Waiting on Wednesday: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Okay, this one — I am DYING to read! Ever since I came across the cover on Amazon, I just knew this Phantom of the Opera re-telling was a must-read!

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RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Release Date: January 10, 2017

Book Description:

In this modern day spinoff of Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

 

I also HIGHLY RECOMMEND Howard’s Alice in Wonderland re-telling, the Splintered series!

 

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Blog Tour: Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige & Giveaway!!

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Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige
Series: First and Last #2
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance

“Visceral, enticing, shining with white lies and dark truths, seductive twists and turns, and a love that takes your breath away.” – Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author

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Synopsis:

A GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE FILLED WITH DARK DESIRES AND DANGEROUS SECRETS…

Emily Wayborn has made a decision.

She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn’t find them.

Time is running out and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart…or at all.

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Excerpt:

 

Reeve smirked—he loved it when I begged—but he didn’t take me where I wanted to go. Instead, with his fingers pinching my chin, he twisted my face so that my cheek pressed against the glass.

“Look,” he said in reverence.

The mirror ran the whole wall behind me then wrapped around the vanity so, facing this direction, I could see our reflections in the glass, half eclipsed by steam from the shower. He let go of me long enough to wipe the fog then resumed his grip on my jaw. I stared, transfixed by the sight of his cock driving into me over and over.

With my focus where he wanted it, Reeve rearranged my legs, bringing one foot up to brace on the counter and propping the other in the sink. Now I was angled so that my cunt could better be seen in the mirror. It was naughty and erotic and I couldn’t stop staring.

“Look at that,” he said again, his fingers jabbing into my skin. “The way you let me use you is so beautiful.”

Beautiful. It was beautiful. The way he had me spread out awkwardly across the bathroom sink, naked while he was still clothed—it was vile and wicked and oh, so beautiful.

“I can’t control myself when I’m inside you.” His voice was ragged and threadbare. “I want to tear you apart. I want to rip you to shreds.” He moved both of his hands to grasp my thighs, tilting my pelvis so that his thrusts hit even deeper. “I want to destroy you. Want to fuck you to pieces. Want to shatter you. Want to break you.”

His awful, wonderful words set a storm to gather low inside me, and I could tell that this time it wouldn’t back down. I shifted my hands from the counter to his forearms to brace myself for its attack. The movement drew his attention from the mirror to my face.

“Want to break you,” he repeated, his words more of a rumble than actual speech.

“You do,” I said, peering up under heavy lids, my voice a mere rasp. “You do break me. Every time.”

Reeve’s eyes sparked in awe, then the muscles in his neck grew taut and his rhythm stuttered. With a low growl, he froze and spilled into me, his fingers digging so deep into my skin I was sure they’d leave bruises on my thighs.

It was so hot, how he defiled and wrecked me. So hot how he loved to see me devastated. So hot that I joined him in his release. My mouth fell open and my climax took over, coarsely racking through my body. Even with the mirror supporting my back, I was freefalling, spinning with pleasure. Only a thin layer of sweat and steam covered my body, but it felt like I’d been pulled underwater into a whirlpool of bliss.

Reeve put himself away, then watched me as I finished, as if completely enamored with my orgasm. As if completely enamored with me.

It was somewhat disconcerting to feel his eyes so heavy on me. He’d seen me come so many times before, but I’d never noticed him so intent. I lowered my gaze, but he lifted my chin, forcing me to meet his stare head-on.

With a gentle touch, he swept a lock of sweat-drenched hair from my forehead. “Every time?”

He’d been tender with me in the past, but it wasn’t his usual M.O., and it startled me. Moved me as I realized it came from a place of concern.

“Yes,” I answered honestly, because he did break me, every time that he stuck his cock inside me, every time that he made me climax, every time that he touched me. Outside of the moment, when the sex was over and we were people instead of sex-driven beasts, it sounded horrible. Who would want to be broken by her lover? Who would want to be destroyed?

I do. I always did. I longed for it and needed it. I needed him.

I caught his hand and pressed the back of it to my cheek. “It’s the only reason I ever want to be someone who’s put together. So that you can break me all over again.”

 

About Laurelin:

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NY Times & USA Today Bestselling author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender.

 

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Broken Girl by Gretchen de la O: Excerpt & Giveaway!!!!

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Broken Girl by Gretchen de la O

Release Date: April 25, 2016

Book Summary: My name is ROSE NEWTON, and I sell my body on the streets of San Francisco. I’m what you call society’s dirty little secret. On the outside, I’m in control, the woman who makes her own rules and gives nothing away for free. Inside, I’m broken and numb. Torn and shattered by my past, my life is nothing more than the lost fragments of what’s left of me. SHANE WEST represents everything that’s foreign to me. He’s brave, kind, funny, gorgeous and persistent. When fate brings us face to face, an undeniable attraction blazes between us. He becomes the constant I’ve never had and the only man I’ll ever trust. There is nothing simple about falling in love when you’re keeping a secret like mine. *Reader’s discretion advised. Certain content might not be suitable for some readers.

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Excerpt:

He drove past me in the most beautiful midnight black Maserati. Low to the ground, those big, chrome-rimmed wheels oozed sex as they rolled to a stop then backed up next to me. I’d never forget—it was sexy as all hell when the dark passenger’s side window rolled down and he leaned across to talk to me. His slate-blue eyes met mine, and I knew, at that moment, he wasn’t going to ask me for directions.

Excuse me, I’m new in town, and I seem to be lost,” he says as his eyes leave mine and track down my legs and back up. His smile broadens before he chews the corner of his bottom lip.

“Well, hello, New-In-Town, sorry to hear you’re lost. Maybe I can help you. What are you looking for?” I say, leaning down and resting my forearms across the window jamb of his Maserati.

His eyes draw to my heaving tits, and his smile grows broad before he runs his hands around his steering wheel. His Rolex tumbles across his wrist, and the smell of his sexy cologne takes a stroll through my body.

His tongue wets his nice full lips before he takes an exaggerated swallow. “I’m looking for someone who can help me find my way around this beautiful town.”

I smile, shifting my hips, causing my tits to bounce, and his eyes pause on my chest. “Well, I’m pretty versed in the points of interest in this town. Seeing that you are new and all, I can even hook you up with a discount on entertainment.”

“I guess we should talk about how much you think this entertainment might set me back?”

I see the desire in his eyes, the animalistic draw he has to my skin. The attraction isn’t a problem, and seeing we both want the same thing, I figure upping my regular fee isn’t gonna break his bank. Either he’ll go for it or haggle me down a couple bucks. One thing I know for sure—I ain’t gonna let him get away. Guys like this are rare and don’t just show up looking for a good time.

I drag my hands across the edge of the door, tracing the rubber window seal, before I step back and make sure he sees everything I have to offer. “Entertainment around here is two hundred fifty bones every half hour.”

He reaches over and pushes the passenger’s door open. “Okay, Miss …?”

“Rose,” I say as I drop into his Maserati.

“Rose, beautiful. Miss Rose, that sounds perfect. I’m going to really enjoy getting to know this town,” he growls as he runs his lengthy fingers across my knee and up to the edge of my daisy dukes. Goose bumps rise on the back of my neck.

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About the Author:

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Gretchen de la O, is a writer of romantically unique stories. A proclaimed positive energy infuser by people who know her, she finds joy in helping those around her discover their creative process. Gretchen is a firm believer that anything is possible if you set your mind to it; and what you expect out of life, always finds a way of showing up. She’s authentic in her dedication to her own creative process, finds strength in her spirituality, and is always looking for the bright spot in every situation.  

Gretchen released her first novel, Almost Eighteen in September of 2011,  the first in a three book new adult student/teacher romance, The Wilson Mooney Series. In November of 2012, she followed with book two, Eighteen at Last, and concluded the series with Beyond Eighteen in October, 2013. Her Fourth novel, PROTOTYPE, a romantic suspense, the first book in the Possession Series was released in October 2014. BROKEN GIRL, Gretchen’s fifth novel, is a standalone contemporary romance slated to be released April 29th, 2016. Please visit Gretchen at www.gretchendelao.com.

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ARC Review: Epic Lies (Epic Fail #2) by Trudy Stiles

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Epic Lies (Epic Fail #2) by Trudy Stiles

Expected Release Date: June 29, 2016

Book Description:

DAX ANDERSON has always been the one to keep it all together.

~ His family~
~ His friends~
~ His band~

His heart is huge, but guarded. He’s the best friend. The protector. The shoulder to cry on. But he’s never been able to protect his own heart or himself. Lies from his not-so-distant past have destroyed his outlook on love – until he meets her.

GISELLE ANDREWS is confident and happy, but cautious. She’s learned to overcome many obstacles despite her past. She’s fiercely loyal and loves beyond measure. When she’s reminded of her past and the pain that she lived through, will her perfect world begin to crumble?

What connects Dax and Giselle?
And will EPIC LIES destroy their future?

EPIC LIES is the second book in the EPIC FAIL series and can be read as a standalone novel.

This series is a spinoff of the FOREVER FAMILY series.

 

Kelli’s Review:

* I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

Trudy Stiles is a new-to-me author. I really didn’t know what to expect from her or this story. But once I realized it was the second in a spinoff series, I was worried just how much I’d need to know. I did purchase Epic Sins (book one of this series) to get an idea. I really enjoyed that, but I feel as though Epic Lies was better in every way.

I really loved Giselle. She has dealt with a lot of pain, misery, and heartache in her life, but she’s somehow not jaded. Sure, she has reservations, but that’s natural considering exactly what has happened. And Dax! What a refreshing man in romance! Especially in the case of a rock star. Garrett from book one is the stereotypical rocker, and he was an ass for a lot of the book. Dax is pretty much his opposite. I loved that. He’s not an alpha douche, just a genuine guy who has also had his heart broken. Both have trust issues. They have a connection from their past. Can they overcome everything and find love with each other?

I love how this story is laid out. We get glimpses of the characters’ pasts in between the present events. This allows us to FEEL their experiences and connect better than if we are just told about what had gone on. And I really felt their connection. I wanted them together immediately, despite their pasts and obvious to us link. It was just a matter of them letting go of pride and stubborness and worry and just letting things happen. It felt like fate. Dax and Giselle’s chemistry was off the charts hot. And the sexy scenes are hot, but not overly descriptive. And that is another thing I love about Trudy’s writing. There isn’t insta-love. The sex isn’t over-the-top and overly graphic. There’s a build-up. There is tension. And once you get to that moment, it feels perfect.

Epic Lies was a beautiful story that kept me glued to my Kindle screen. I finished this book in a matter of hours. I loved the characters and their connection. Trudy Stiles was a new author for me, but now I will be going back to see what I’ve missed in the previous series. I also cannot wait to see what’s coming up in THIS one. The set-up for Tristan has me beyond curious! But for now, can I claim Dax as mine?

Kelli’s Rating: 4/5

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Blush Factor: 3

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