The Proposition 4: The Ferro Family by H.M. Ward

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Prop 4 was by far my favorite part of this story. It gives us the most plot development and detail. We learn so much about Hallie and Bryan’s past relationship and we finally know what is wrong with Bryan. I have to say that I can’t believe there is only 5 parts to this serial. I feel like it might need more or Part 5 needs to be super long! I really hope Holly doesn’t keep us waiting for Part 5 because this has to be by far the most gut wrenching cliffhanger in all her books! I pray she produces a miracle!

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Out of Line Super Fan Day



I was super excited to be selected as one of Jen McLaughlin’s Super Fans for this week leading up to the release of Out of Mind.  If you haven’t read her Out of Line New Adult Series, pick them up now.  I received the ARC of Out of Mind and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book.  It releases April 29th!

My review for Out of Line:

Out of Mind is the 3rd and final installment in the Out of Line trilogy.  I often find that the ending of trilogies can be a bit disappointing but Jen finishes this trilogy with an absolutely heartwarming HEA.  I won’t say it is an issue road for our couple but Carrie and Finn navigate quite a difficult road in this book.  If you haven’t read the first two books, definitely read Out of Line and Out of Time first.

In Out of Mind, Finn comes home to Carrie but he is the only soldier that survives a horrible explosion in his platoon.  He is both mentally and physically damaged.  He and Carrie both know he is suffering from PTSD and neither knows what to do to help him through it.  PTSD is not dealt with lightly and it was refreshing that a romance novel didn’t “pretty up” an extremely ugly and dangerous issue for our vets.  Jen McLaughlin doesn’t make it easy for Finn and Carrie to overcome Finn’s PTSD and there are chapters that are gut wrenching and hard to read.  PTSD can destroy a person’s life and relationships and Finn and Carrie really suffer in this book from it.  The months that Finn and Carrie are separated seemed honest, realistic, and brutal.  Writing these chapters must have been difficult for Jen but this is what makes her shine as an author.

In the end, Carrie and Finn work through their issues and end up with a fantastic HEA.  It was a bit crushing for the series to end but Out of Mind really ended the series on  an extreme high note.  The storyline was strong and touching.  I finished this book in one reading.  I couldn’t put it down.  Jen McLaughlin never fails to give us a steamy romance but she was really exceptional in Out of Mind. Jen, I can’t wait for our next New Adult Series!

Check out my review for Out of Time.  This is the second book in the series!

Here is a Deleted Scene from Out Of Time- Part Two!  A little bonus for you for my Super Fan Day!

I also reviewed Out of Line for Cocktails and Books.  This is the book that started it all!

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Coop!


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It is hard to believe that our lil’ guy is turning 3 today! Having Coop in our lives could be compared to a never ending exercise class! He has more energy than we know what to do with! We celebrated with family and friends this weekend and it was a blast!  It has been a wild ride with him over the last 3 years but I wouldn’t want it any other way! Happy Birthday, Coop! Keep on dancing’ little man!

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout Releases Today!

We are extremely excited that Jennifer L. Armentrout’s DON’T LOOK BACK releases today!! DON’T LOOK BACK is a young adult suspense being published by Disney Hyperion!

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I didn’t recognize the name on the street sign. Nothing about the rural road looked familiar or

friendly. Tall, imposing trees and overgrown weeds choked the front of the dilapidated home.

Windows were boarded up. There was a gaping hole where the front door had been. I shivered,

wanting to be far away from here…wherever here was.

Walking felt harder than it should be, and I stumbled off the chilly asphalt, wincing as

sharp gravel dug into my feet.

My bare feet?

I stopped and looked down. Chipped pink nail polish peeked through the dirt…and blood.

Mud caked the legs of my pants, leaving the hems stiff. It made sense, seeing as how I wasn’t

wearing any shoes, but the blood…I didn’t understand why there was blood staining the knees of

my jeans.

My vision clouded and dulled, as if a gray film had been dropped over my eyes. As I

stared at the weathered asphalt under my feet, large and smooth rocks replaced the tiny stones.

Something dark and oily seeped over the rocks, slipping through the cracks.

Sucking in a sharp gasp, I blinked and the image was gone.

Hands trembling, I raised them. They were also covered with dirt and scratches. My nails

were broken, bloodied. A silver ring wrapped, encased in soil, around my thumb. Air froze in my

chest as my gaze crawled over my arms. The sleeves of my sweater were torn, revealing pale

flesh covered in bruises and gashes. My legs started to shake as I swayed forward. I tried to

remember how this had happened, but my head was empty—a black void where nothing existed.

A car drove by, coasting to a stop a few feet in front of me. Somewhere in the trenches of

my subconscious, I recognized the flashing red and blue lights as a source of safety. Elegantly

scrawled along the black-and-gray side of the cruiser were the words ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF’S


Adams County? A flash of familiarity came and went.

The driver’s door opened, and a deputy stepped out. He said something into the radio on

his shoulder before he looked at me.

“Miss?” He started around the cruiser, taking tentative steps. He looked young for a

deputy. Barely out of high school and able to carry a gun seemed wrong somehow. Was I in high

school? I didn’t know. “We’ve received some calls into dispatch concerning you,” he said

gently. “Are you okay?”

I tried to respond, but only a hoarse squeak came out. Clearing my throat, I winced as the

motion scratched and pulled. “I…I don’t know.”

“Okay.” The deputy held up his hands as he approached me, as if I were a skittish deer

about to bolt. “My name is Deputy Rhode. I’m here to help you. Do you know what you’re doing

out here?”

“No.” Knots formed in my belly. I didn’t even know where here was.

His smile strained. “What’s your name?”

My name? Everyone knew their name, but as I stared at the deputy, I couldn’t answer his

question. The knots started twisting more. “I don’t…I don’t know what my name is.”

He blinked, and the smile was completely gone. “You don’t remember anything?”

I tried again, concentrating on the empty space between my ears. That was how it felt.

And I knew that wasn’t good. My eyes started to tear up.

“Miss, it’s okay. We’ll get you taken care of.” He reached out, lightly taking hold of my

arm. “We’ll get this sorted.”

Deputy Rhode led me around the back of his cruiser. I didn’t want to sit behind the

Plexiglas, because I knew that wasn’t good. Only bad people sat behind the glass in police

cruisers. I wanted to object, but before I could say anything, he settled me into the seat and

wrapped a coarse blanket around my shoulders.

Before he locked me in the bad part of the car, he knelt and smiled reassuringly.

“Everything’s going to be okay.”

But I knew he was lying, trying to make me feel better. It didn’t work. How could

everything be okay when I didn’t know my own name?



Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all—popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her—even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory—someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

“This engrossing thriller packs a heady atmospheric punch with plenty of theatrical scares,” Kirkus Reviews

“Armentrout has written another winner. From the first page to the last, she builds both terror and confusion to the point where readers will be hooked and on the edge of their seat. This standalone contains all of Armentrout’s usual trademarks– a strong and determined heroine, witty comments and hot guys–but she adds in an extra layer by ratcheting up the suspense to the highest degree and follows it up with an ending no one will see coming.” RT BOOK REVIEWS 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK


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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.






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Dream Cast for A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers



Have you ever gone just a little too far?

Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years … and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.

But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.

We meet most of the key characters for the A LITTLE TOO series in book one, A LITTLE TOO FAR. Lexie Banks and her stepbrother, Trent Sorenson, are two of three main characters. They are super close—more best friends than siblings—but things go a little too far one night and they take their relationship to a whole new (and very forbidden) level.


I see Keira Knightly as Lexie.


Lexie points out that Trent looks a lot like Channing Tatum, so I think I’ll stick with her pick.


Lexie is terrified she’s traded her best friend for one night of mind-blowing passion, and she and Trent don’t really have a chance to clear the air, because she leaves two days later for a year abroad in Rome.

While there, she is racked by guilt over what happened with Trent, and raised a good Catholic, decides to go to church to confess. There, she literally runs into Alessando Moretti, a transitional deacon only a few months away from becoming a priest, who has already taken his vow of celibacy.

Eduardo Verastegui is my perfect Alessandro.


As part of her penance, she’s required to help Alessandro with his mission teaching school children about art. Over her months in Rome they grow closer, and Lexie tries to deny her attraction to Alessandro. But then she discovers Trent has started dating her best friend from home, Samantha West.

Amber Sky Noyes could definitely pull off Sam.


Sam has always had a thing for Trent, and Lexie wants to be happy for them, but she is also miserable, because she comes to the realization she’s in love with her stepbrother. And when Alessandro’s signals start to change Lexie finds herself undeniably draw to him.

So Lexie has a choice to make: tell Trent how she feels knowing it could destroy their family, or give into her feelings for Alessandro and ruin his life.

You can guess that both men don’t get their happy ending. In A LITTLE TOO MUCH, the get to see what happens to the boy who doesn’t end up with Lexie. And Lexie, Trent, and Alessandro all make an appearance again in Sam’s story, A LITTLE TOO HOT (book 3 in the A LITTLE TOO series).






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John Talk – Ode to Age(ing)

When a man turns 40,Mr Cool
Or shortly before,
He might want to feel excited,
And not such a bore.
40 is old,
Or so they say.
So what does one do?
Get away.
The wife planned a trip,
And without either boy.
The spot had to be fun,
So as to bring great joy.

Us Dinner
I wanted a place,
That I’d never been to.
But I also wanted to go,
Where the fun runs true.
We picked New Orleans!
‘Cause the place is a blast.
We flew in on a Friday,
For three days at last!
We landed in rain,
And made it to our room.
By dinner we were ready,
To hit the town, Boom!
Dinner was a butcher shop,
The sandwiches were neat.Butcher Dinner
Then back toward the hotel,
Just a block off Bourbon Street.
We hit the street late,
Walking up and walking down.
With a drink in hand,
How could there have been a frown.

John Bourbon
Saturday morning found us walkingCemetary
Through local cemeteries galore.
Then we hit Commander’s Palace,
For food and much more.

Thanks to Court and Matt,
We ate very well.
A trolley car ride later,
And a ring of the bell.

Street Car
Back to the hotel,
And the rooftop pool.
We hadn’t had sun,
Winter was long and too cool.

I fell asleep by the water,
Felling oh so great.
Lots of Vitamin D,
To rejuvenate my state.
But too much sun,
Can sometimes be rough.
I pinked myself good,
And I wasn’t that tough.
I HATE being burned,
Even if just a bit.
I whined to the wife,
And she gave me s###!
But I got it together,
For dinner would be grand.
Reservations at GW Fins,
With my wife in hand.

The food was tasty,
And the wine was quite sweet.
We had a celebratory dinner,
Then back to Bourbon Street.

Bourbon Night
One last go,
To some local’s prime spot.
A little music and whiskey.
A little?  Maybe a lot.

We woke Sunday morning,
To make one big mistake.
Never walk down Bourbon Street,
For it stinks and is dirty for goodness sake.

Bourbon Day
And breakfast on Sunday,
How could I forget?
Café du Monde for beignets,
And Chicory coffee I had to get.

Then we made it back to DC,
What a glorious trip.
40 won’t be so bad.
‘Cause 50 will be here in just a zip.
I actually turned 40,
While heading to work.
Monday, March 31st,
For the pre-April Fool’s jerk.


When I Surrender by Kendall Ryan

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the series and I absolutely loved both books. When I Break introduces you to Knox and McKenna but in When I Surrender, we really dive into exactly who these two are. Ms. Ryan left us hanging at the end of When I Break so she couldn’t get When I Surrender out for me quick enough.

I adore Knox. Just adore him. He clearly is a sex addict and has a thing for sex and alcohol combined together. Since the loss of his parents he has had to put his three younger brothers needs before his own. Knox seems to understand what triggers his addiction and he is desperately working on it for McKenna. McKenna makes him want to be better person. He doesn’t believe he can love anyone but he is willing to give as much as he has to McKenna.

McKenna is the most selfless character I have ever read. She continues to blame herself for her parent’s death. This book goes into this and it seems McKenna seems to find some peace and realizes she has been unnecessarily torching herself a bit. She struggles with her feelings toward Knox but finally tells him she loves him with no response back.

I absolutely love the scenes where she, Knox’s brothers, and Knox are all together. They all seem happy and work at their best when they are all together. It seems they all feel holes in each other’s lives.

McKenna’s friend and roommate is a giant pain in this book. I just can’t like him although he has McKenna’s best interests at heart. When he tells Knox that McKenna is a virgin, I wanted to choke him. It wasn’t for him to share. I do love that McKenna was not phased and handled it gracefully with Knox. This was one of my favorite sequences in the book.

I couldn’t believe the ending. Seriously, killed me. I pray there is a good explanation for where Knox was at the end of the book. Hurry up, Kendall Ryan. We are waiting and not patiently.

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The King is Here!

The King (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #12)The King by J.R. Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To be honest, I was so hyped up over this book that when I started reading it, I was a tad disappointed. It started really slow but after 100 or so pages, it picked up. I wanted tons of Wrath and Beth and you only got bits and pieces in the beginning. Once the big fight between the two took place, the story was fantastic. I feel that the Warden really showcased what an actual marriage looks like. It can be ugly at times, unfair, cruel but in the end when two people really love each other, they work through all of their issues. The dialogue between Wrath and Beth during these scenes was on point and really made you feel for each of them.

I loved the many scenes where Wrath really gets what the kingship means to him. He clearly didn’t realize how much it meant to him until he lost it. Beth, being his shellan, already knew how much it meant and fights for the kingship even when he doesn’t want to. She is a strong heroine and even when the answer requires personal sacrifice, she willingly gives it. We also read a ton of flashbacks dealing with the mating and life of Wrath’s parents. I really enjoyed seeing the differences between the old ways and the new ways.

Besides, Wrath and Beth, my favorite story was Assail and Sola’s. It broke my heart! They clearly love each other but can’t make it work because of the extreme differences in their lifestyles. This is all most laughable considering Sola was a thief before she decide to turn a new leaf. I was so frustrated with her. Assail wants Sola, loves her and states he will keep his business as far from her as possible. She doesn’t think it will work and leaves. Crushing. Next book, they better end up together!!!

Trez and Selena’s story line I enjoyed as well. Lot of other readers were not so fond of it. Trez is a bad boy, a misunderstood bad boy. He is a Shadow who is promised to the Queen of the s’Hisbe tribe but he wants no part of that. He wants Selena which he knows is a bad idea. He can’t stay away from her and she seems to want him too. Once Trez reveals his past to Selena, it looks like they may never happen. I tend to think Selena will be back once she has digested all of the information that was thrown at her.

Layla and Xcor’s storyline was my least favorite. It confused me. I actually thought it was good to see a softer side of Xcor and maybe understand him better. Layla, I just wanted to slap. She was all over the place. She is attracted to him but knows he is behind the assassination attempt and the overthrow of the King and wants him to walk away from his plan. She offers her body to him in exchange for him leaving the King alone. I am on the fence with this couple. I am hoping the next book will get me back in their court. I did enjoy the trouble between Throe and Xcor. I believe Throe is going to be a larger storyline in the future.

There were a few new characters introduced. Saxton’s dad, Thym, was a real peach. I hope he meets an untimely death in the near future. I love Saxton still and hope he gets his HEA soon. I loved s’Ex, the s’Hisbe Queen’s executioner. We should be seeing more of him since he cut a deal with Trez. Finally, we met Abalone, who is Wrath’s new cleric and seems to be an upstanding citizen. It is nice to see someone admit to being pressured into a bad decision and admitting it. I also loved hearing Abalone’s family’s back story with Wrath’s parents. The Warden does a good job of creating multiple generations of characters to love and enjoy.

Favorite scene: Lassiter in an Elvis Costume
Most Heartbreaking: Fight between Wrath and Beth
Most Promising HEA: Assail and Sola

I am pained that I have to wait an entire year for another book in the BDB series!

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Bonus Scene From Jen McLaughlin’s Out of Mind in Finn’s POV

If you haven’t read Jen McLaughlin’s Out of Line series then please make sure you pick up the first two books now!  I can’t wait for the release of Out of Mind!  I keep telling Jen that she just can’t write them fast enough!
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Out of Mind is set to release on April 29th.

Reaching for sunlight…
Finn survived the ambush and came home to me, but in his head, the battle is still raging. He’s falling apart and I’m trying my best to pick up the pieces of him, to find the us we used to be. I love him as much as I ever did, but love isn’t enough to fix this. I thought telling my father about our relationship would be the hardest thing we’d ever have to face. I was wrong.Lost in shadows…All I wanted was to be worthy of Carrie. One mission, just one, and I’d be able to give her the future she deserved. Then everything went wrong, leaving me tainted and broken. Carrie wants me to be who I was, but all that’s left is what they made of me. I’m no good for her. No good for anyone like this. I have to figure out how to move forward. Alone.

Sometimes love isn’t enough…   

Jen McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, came out September 2013. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts. Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.

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Excerpt Reveal for All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That’s what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn’t always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It’s obliterated.

Dallas doesn’t know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn’t know that Dallas is his new coach’s daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

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Cora Carmack Bio:

Cora Carmack bio picCora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.



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