Book Release and Review: Lux by Courtney Cole

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The dramatic series finale to Courtney Cole’s bestselling†Nocte†trilogy!

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CourtneyCole-Lux-Cover-250pxMy name is Calla Price and Iím broken.

My pieces are all around me, floating on the wind, even as I desperately try to grasp them.

Who is dead? Alive? Insane?

What is the truth?

I donít know.

I do know this: The darkness is strangling me. With every breath, I choke on another lie.

My mind has protected me, but that shield will soon be lowered.

All will be revealed.
Every answer to every question.

Itís all been leading to this.

Donít be afraid.
Be terrified.

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Series reading order: Nocte (#1), Verum (#2), Initium (#2.5), Lux (#3).

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My Review:

I don’t know where to begin with this series.  It is a honest to goodness thrill ride.  I couldn’t stop flipping the pages because you just want to know what is going on and you never quite get the answer.  It is frustrating, crazy, exhilarating and one of the most fascinating series I have ever read.  I put it on line with the way I feel about Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher’s Never Never series.

My brow stayed furrowed the entire read waiting to finally figure out if Calla is really experiencing all of these events or are they in her mind.  No matter how many times I reread it, trying to observe and remember all the details, I could never fully wrap my mind around the never ending questions.  There seemed to be a million clues on each page and Courtney may give you an answer on the next page, but then she throws you for a loop with the next chapter, and the answer you thought you had was just another question.  Yep, it sounds confusing and it is.  This series is meant to stretch your mind and make you think beyond the normal storyline and plot.

Calla, Dare and Finn are all intriguing characters.  You never seem to know everything about them.  Pieces are missing and you are constantly searching to figure out if they are indeed actually real.  This book doesn’t provide a conclusive ending or hard facts that are easy to follow.  This is about what you as the reader choose to believe….what you choose to believe is real.  If you want a psychological thrill ride, pick up this series.  You will not be disappointed.

CourtneyCole-Headshot250pxCourtney Cole is a New York Times and USA Today†bestselling novelist who would rather write than eat chocolate. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, but no amount of working in the corporate world could quell her urge to write.

Courtney was born and raised in Kansas, home of incredibly friendly people and the most horrendous weather on the planet. Because summer days were so hot, she grew up reading stacks of books… and when she didn’t like the ending, she wrote her own.

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Book Release and Review: Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn

 

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MISSING DIXIE RELEASE DAY EXTRAVAGANZA!

About the Book

Fighting for redemption . . .

I’ve lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I’d ever loved—the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I’d made one promise—a promise I’d intended to keep. I’ve broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.

Can she love me, even if she can’t forgive me?

Learning to move on . . .

Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process.I may never love anyone the way I’ve loved him, but at least I won’t spend my life wondering “what if.” We had our one night and he walked away. I’m beginning to move on, but my brother’s wedding and a battle of the bands are about to throw us together again.

Our band is getting a second chance, but I don’t know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?

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Excerpt

Prologue

“In the end, we are all just humans…drunk on the idea that love, and only love, can heal our brokenness.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gavin

“I need a Michelob Light, two Jack and Cokes, a bourbon on the rocks, and a Sex on the Beach,” a waitress calls to me over the crowded bar.
“Yes, ma’am,” I shout over the din while filling the order quickly, tossing an umbrella into the fruity drink and briefly wondering what the hell kind of group orders such random drinks. It’s an odd number, so probably not a double date.
Once her tray is full, she takes off into the crowd and I take a few more orders from patrons sitting at the bar. The house band announcing that they’re taking a break and I’m grateful that the bar is full enough to keep it from being quiet.
Silence has always been my enemy. Hence why I play the drums, the loudest most deafening musical instrument in existence. They’re the only things that drown out the sounds in my head. Once my customers and waitresses have been taken care of, I do a quick wipe down of the bar and restock the highball glasses.
It’s in the brief moment when the pool balls knocking together and the raucous chatter die down that I hear it.
Someone is playing the piano, the old Wurlitzer that sits abandoned in the back corner of the Tavern. It’s not the music itself that stops me where I stand. It’s the way it’s being played. Effortless yet meticulous, a combination that I’ve only known one musician in my entire life to be capable of.
Glancing in the direction where the melody is drifting from I notice I’m not the only one mesmerized by the sound. Half the bar has made their way to the back corner to get a closer listen. My boss, a perpetually red-faced man named Cal, is going to kill me, but I have to see. I have to know if it’s her. My body propels itself around the bar just as a voice from my right calls my name, startling me out of my trance.
Turning, I look directly into a pair of gleaming green eyes beneath a perfectly even bob of blond hair.
Ashley Weisman stands across from me in her pencil skirt and oxford dress shirt with two too-many buttons undone to be here for professional reasons.
“You’ve been avoiding my phone calls,” she says evenly.
“Been busy.” Huffing out a breath, I place my hand gently on her elbow and attempt to steer her toward the exit.
Stilettos planted firmly on the liquor-sticky floor, she purses her full red lips at me and glares into my eyes. “You can’t ignore me forever. I’m your attorney. Besides, what’s the rush, Gavin? Not even going to offer me a drink? What kind of bartender are you?”
“One who doesn’t have time for this right now. I’ll call you tomorrow.”
I can’t explain it, but deep in my soul—if I have one that is—I know exactly who’s playing the piano behind me. I don’t know why she’s here, I don’t know if she knows I work here, and I sure as hell don’t know if she’ll want to see me. What I do know is that she and Ashley cannot cross paths right now. Not yet. Not before I’ve told her everything.
“I think I’ll take the drink now, thank you very much.” Twisting out of my reach, she hops up onto a barstool and steadily ignores the scowl on my face.
The music continues swirling around us and all I know is right now, I need to know who is playing that damn piano.
Clenching my fists, I walk around behind the bar and wait for her to tell me what she wants.
“I’ll have a screaming orgasm, please.” Her eyes gleam and I meet her interested gaze with a dispassionate one. “Multiples, actually.”
I barely suppress a loud sigh and grab the Bailey’s and a top shelf bottle of vodka. Once her drink is mixed I set it down in front of her.
“On the house. Feel free to take it and go.”
A frown mars her attractive face. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen you in such a hurry to get rid of me. You have a hot date later?”
I can’t help it, I glance over toward the piano. The music speeds up and so does my heart rate. The notes call to me like a siren song and I know I won’t be able to keep myself from barreling over there for much longer.
“The piano player? I saw her when I came in. She’s pretty.”
“You done?” I nod to a newbie bar back named Jake to come get her empty glass and he does.
“Oh, I see,” she says evenly, watching me carefully. “It’s her, isn’t it? The one you’re so eager to get your shit together for, huh?”
“I need to get my shit together regardless, Ashley. You know that. How about helping me do that instead of causing more trouble?”
She frowns as if I’ve insulted her. “I’m not trying to cause trouble. I’m curious. Pretty sure curiosity isn’t a crime.”
Closing my eyes, I inhale through my nose and exhale out my mouth like the meetings have taught me. “You know what they say about curiosity.”
Cal walks by and I call out that I’m taking my break. Without waiting for his response or approval, I move out from behind the bar and make my way through the sea of bodies separating me from the girl behind the piano. Once I’ve navigated the treacherous waters, I see her.
It’s smoky in here tonight and several women I’m not familiar with are surrounding her but I see her sitting there—playing her heart out—and all I can do is watch.
She doesn’t make music, or create it. She is music. It flows through her as she plays and it’s an incredible sight to behold.
There she is. My beautiful bluebird.
My stomach tenses and my throat constricts.
She shouldn’t be here.
I shouldn’t be here.
Seeing me here will hurt her and there is nothing I wouldn’t give to prevent that.
Before I can even begin to formulate the words in my mind that I should say to make this okay, to make it somehow hurt her less, the music stops and she turns as if she can feel me standing there. Applause breaks out around us but it fades into background noise.
There isn’t a name for the emotion that crosses her face, darkening her eyes and causing the fire in them to flare at me. It’s part shock, part betrayal, and complete pain.
My jaw clenches and I force my eyes to remain on hers even though they’d prefer to close and block out the sight of her wounds deepening.
“Taking requests?” Ashley’s voice calls out from beside me. Her expression says she’s genuinely impressed by Dixie’s talent but I can guess what my temperamental Bluebird will see.
Dixie Leigh Lark arches an eyebrow at her and then shoots me a scowl of pure disgust before answering with a short, “not at the moment.”
“Too bad,” Ashley answers with a shrug.
I step closer to Dixie just as she shoves the piano bench backward, scarping it across the hardwood floor. Before I can blink, we’re face to face and if looks could kill, someone would be performing CPR on me in a matter of seconds.
“Dixie, I—”
“Go to hell, Gavin,” is all that escapes her beautiful mouth. Her rage hits me with the force of a ten-foot plate glass window shattering over me.
I turn to watch her storm out, running a hand over my head and feeling the heat of several angry glares from other women around me.
Ashley smirks from behind her glass as she polishes off another drink I didn’t realize she was holding. “Well that escalated quickly.”
Yeah. It did.
I am so fucked.

My Review

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Caisey Quinn lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her daughter. She is the bestselling author of the Neon Dreams series as well as several New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels featuring southern girls finding love in unexpected places. You can find her online at www.caiseyquinnwrites.com. 
She is represented by Kevan Lyon of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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Book Release and Review: RIP by Rachel Van Dyken

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Pretty things aren’t meant to be broken.

But I broke her, and now we both have to pay the price.

I’m her nightmare.

I’m her savior.

And now that I have her signature on an ironclad contract, I own her body and soul.

She doesn’t remember me.

She will.

It’s inevitable.

Because as much as I know I need to stay away, for fear of unlocking the memories I helped her father bury–I can’t.

She was the apple in the Garden, dangled in front of me, her core so tempting and sweet. A voice whispered. Just. One. Bite.

I bit.

I tasted.

I fell.

Welcome to the world of the Russian mafia, where death, is your only future.

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EXCERPT

“You are your father’s daughter.” His lips curved into a delicious smile, “You resemble each other, not in looks, but definitely in attitude.” His gaze was unapologetic as he tilted his head and started raking his eyes from my feet up my legs until finally settling on my face. I clenched my legs together tightly and forced a smile.

“If you don’t mind, Mr. Blazik, I’d really like to get on with the interview, I know your time is precious.”

As was mine, I wanted to stress, but didn’t, just barely restraining myself and clenching my teeth to keep from giving him a much-needed verbal lashing.

“I blocked out my entire day.”

Did he want applause? “Right, well, I assure you I can be fast.”

His dark laugh had me shivering and wanting to lean forward all at once. Men that good looking shouldn’t be blessed with chuckles like that—a freaking sirens call that’s what it was.

“Amazing… You truly don’t know why you’re here, do you?”

How many times did I need to repeat myself and why was I getting the sudden impression that the guy was on some seriously hard drugs? I looked closer; didn’t pinpoint pupils mean he was high or something?

“I assure you I’m not drunk, nor high, if that’s what you’re thinking.” He chuckled again and rubbed his hands together. “Though the idea does have merit, all things considering.” A muscle clenched in his jaw.

Oh good, so he was a doctor who liked drugs and had more money than God. That should go over well for addiction problems.

I scooted back against the leather and clicked my pen for, oh, I don’t know, the tenth time. “If you aren’t going to answer my questions, I should probably go.”

“You won’t be going anywhere,” he said in a quiet voice. “And for that I’m truly sorry.” His eyes met mine, and they seemed… apologetic.

“Pardon?” Was he threatening me? Warning bells went off in my head as adrenaline shot through my system.

“Your father…” He tilted his head. “He owes me a debt… of gratitude… I asked for something irreplaceable, something that’s been owed to me for a very long time.”

My stomach sank as my heart started hammering against my chest.

“What exactly did my father give you?” I choked out, hating that I probably knew the answer, because my father was ruthless, he was a business man after all, and he never backed out of a deal. It was business over family and our business was darkness itself, horrible, something I blocked out because it made me feel better when I woke up in the morning and fell asleep at night.

“Well…” Mr. Blazik stood. “I thought that would be obvious.”  He turned his back to me and walked over to his desk then pressed a button causing blinds to creep down all the windows. When he turned, the room was already starting to blanket in darkness, making it so that his teeth practically glowed. “He gave me you.”

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MY REVIEW

If I am completely honest, Rachel Van Dyken hasn’t written a book that I haven’t enjoyed.  This one almost threw me for a loop.  The key word is almost.  When you start this book, there is a creepy, eerie feeling to it.  You can’t figure out what is going on.  You know there is something off and not quite right.  A girl is being tortured but why we don’t know.  The words are captivating to the point that you hurriedly flip the pages.  I am going to try not to give too much away but a reader should know this is a book you want to pick up and once you do, you will not put it down.

Nikolai Blazik is not only a genius and a doctor, but he is also a member of the Russian mob. The story opens with Maya Petrov, heading into Dr. Blazik’s office for an interview for her thesis.  What she doesn’t know is she isn’t going to be leaving his office any time soon.  Nik is collecting on a debt that Maya’s father owes him.  Unfortunately, the pay out is Maya.  Nik has never been able to forget about Maya but he is playing a dangerous game having her this close.  It could only take one wrong word, one wrong gesture to bring all of Maya’s memories crashing back. Her memories aren’t the only problem, they have an undeniable chemistry and Nik has to keep his hands off of Maya or they will both end of dead.

At the beginning of the book, as a reader you are just lost.  As lost as Maya is when she shows up at Nik’s office.  He is an enigma.  You can’t figure out what Nik is about.  Is he a good guy, a sociopath, maybe bi-polar?  Why does he have so many conflicting personalities.  Nik reminded me of the TV show Dexter.  On the outside, he seems like an upstanding citizen.  Underneath, it all gets a bit murky.  Nik’s erratic behavior often leaves the reader and Maya confused and sometimes scared.

The plot of this book was confusing at times but I believe that is what Rachel was going for and its complexity made the story stick in your mind long after reading it.   As the story continues and relationships build, you start piecing the puzzle together…slowly so painfully slowly.

Nik is filled with darkness but Maya has always been his source of light.  Maya is tough and my favorite type of heroine.  She doesn’t hold back and even when she is scared, she pushes through.  She is a survivor and knows how to take care of herself.  I admired how much backbone she has with Nik, her father and the situation that she is thrust into from the beginning.

I also loved that we got to see our Eagle Elite boys/girls in this one.  The Italian mafia and the Russians don’t play well in the sandbox together.  The banter and dialogue between these guys and Nik is fantastic.  I loved their interactions and would love to see more of it in the future.  RIP follows along with Elude (Eagle Elite #6) so we get to visit with Sergio and see how he is doing.

I adored this dark romantic suspense.  There was something so unnerving about this story and somehow Ms. Van Dyken wrapped it around a love story.  Although we see the Eagle Elite family in this one, RIP is a true standalone.  I would argue you should read all of them for the complete story because they are just that good and they will fill you in on all the secondary characters in this one.  This book is perfect right before Halloween.  Who could say no to a Dexter-type, dark and twisty, love story!

ABOUT RACHEL VAN DYKEN

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Recipe: Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken

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It is that time of year again….time to break out the Crock Pot.  I’m bound and determined to use it more since I am finding it harder and harder to find time to make dinner. This was beyond easy and super tasty.  Five minutes of prep time.  Cook time: 6-7 hours on low, or 4-5 on high.  I didn’t take pics because I just wasn’t thinking about it as I was making it but look at the ingredient list.  7 ingredients is all it takes, folks!  Try it!

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
4 garlic cloves, minced
⅓ cup honey
½ cup ketchup (you can also use low-sodium ketchup, if available)
½ cup low sodium soy sauce
½ teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
½ tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

Arrange chicken thighs on the bottom of your slow cooker; set aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine garlic, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, oregano and parsley; whisk until thoroughly combined.
Pour the sauce over the chicken thighs.
Close with a lid and cook for 6 to 7 hours on LOW, or 4 to 5 hours on HIGH.*
Remove lid and transfer chicken to a serving plate.
Spoon the sauce over the chicken and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Notes
*165 degrees Fahrenheit is the safe internal temperature for both the white meat of the chicken and dark meat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt Reveal: To the Stars by Molly McAdams

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We are so excited to bring you the Excerpt Reveal for Molly McAdams’ TO THE STARS! TO THE STARS is a contemporary romance novel being published on February 9th by HarperCollins’ William Morrow Impulse imprint and is the second novel in Molly’s Thatch Series! Pre-order this awesome book today!

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About TO THE STARS:

In the second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Molly McAdams’ Thatch series, Knox Alexander must convince his long-time love Harlow Evans that they’re meant to be together.

He promised to wait for her.
She told him he was wasting his time.
Not waiting for him ended up being the biggest mistake of her life.

When they were younger, Knox Alexander swore to Harlow Evans that he would wait for her to turn eighteen so they could be together. But that was two and a half years away, and Harlow couldn’t ask him to give up all the fun and thrills of going away to college for her. As the years passed, Knox remained a constant in her life—whether she liked it or not—but when her eighteenth birthday came around, Harlow’s heart belonged to someone else.

Every day for the last four years, Harlow has been haunted by that fateful choice. And though he may appear unaffected by what happened in their past, Knox has always tried to fill the void Harlow left. But when he comes stumbling back into her life and refuses to leave, will Harlow finally let him into her heart…?

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LETTING GO

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Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

 

 

 

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Book Release and Review: Feisty Princess by Michelle Valentine

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Didn’t get enough of Alexander in NAUGHTY KING? Us either. Get more of him in FEISTY PRINCESS by New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, Michelle A. Valentine – available now!


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I’m fucked.
Royally.
She tempted me—screwed with my head—and gained the upper hand.
She’s the enemy.
I can’t forget that.
My weakness jeopardized my company.
The Feisty Princess of Manhattan will not win this war.
No matter how fantastic her lips felt around my cock.

Book two in a three part erotic romance series. Super naughty new series From NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Michelle A. Valentine (Rock the Heart, Phenomenal X, Demon at My Door).

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EXCERPT

The soft ding of the elevator stopping on this otherwise quiet floor catches my attention. I practically leap out of my seat, not wanting to be in a position to be talked down to if it is Alexander.

It’s only seven. Most of the employees don’t start rolling in for at least another forty-five minutes, but I know that Alexander is always the first one at the office every morning.

I hold my breath as I hear heavy footsteps head in my direction.

Our gazes meet as soon as he rounds the corner and turns into my office. He’s always so put together, and today is no different as he waltzes toward my desk in his perfectly pressed black suit. I stare into Alexander’s gray eyes, ready to begin our verbal sparring match, but I never get the chance to say a word. He turns without so much as a word to me and storms into his adjoining office, slamming the door shut behind him in the process.

My mouth drops open. So much for my thought-out plan of attack.

I plop down in my chair and do my best to pretend the man, who is now my husband, isn’t on the other side of that door, avoiding me at all costs.

Asshole.

I flip off the door but refuse to go chasing after him to demand answers. If he wants to play ‘let’s pretend last weekend never happened,’ then so be it.

Game on.

MY REVIEW

Margo and Alexander left us all wondering what happened in Vegas.  Well, hot damn…they got married.  These two that can’t stand each other professionally but can’t seem to keep their hands to themselves and they find they are in a precarious situation.  No prenup….Alexander trying to take over her family company…all is fair in love and war, right?

I love the back and forth and give and take between these two.  The dialogue is fantastic and the chemistry is out of this world.  Throw in a side of Yamada (who is definitely Chow from the Hangover) and Jack and Diem and you have an enjoyable cast of characters. This was a fun read and super quick.  I’m not sure how long this one was but it seemed on the short side.  Otherwise, I have no complaints.  The ending of this one made waiting for the last one painful.  Can’t wait to see how Alexander and Margo navigate the new problems they are facing!

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Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of erotic and New Adult romance. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos, and sexy musicians inspired her erotic BLACK FALCON series.

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Book Release and Review: Dirty Lies by Emma Hart

 

 

Bad boy drummer Aidan Burke of Dirty B takes center stage in New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart’s hotly anticipated follow-up to Dirty Past and Dirty Secret!

Aidan Burke is the perfect rebound guy for Jessie Law after she catches her asshole ex-boyfriend with his hands down some other girl’s pants. The world-famous drummer of Dirty B isn’t shy about his preference for no-strings-attached relationships, so when she meets him on a night out, she takes him up on his simple proposal: One night of fun. Hot sex. Zero expectations.

But Dirty B’s tour is over, and they’re back in South Carolina—which means running into Aidan more often than Jessie would like.

When Aidan saves Jessie from her ex-boyfriend by insisting the two are dating, the band’s manager convinces them to keep up the charade in the hopes of re-inventing Dirty B’s image as lovable bad boys, as opposed to d-bags. Now all Aidan and Jessie have to do is put on a very obvious, very public show to convince everyone their affection is real.
But pretending to be in a relationship is harder than it seems. Aidan’s hordes of jealous fans have no problem bombarding Jessie with threatening messages online—and worse. And things only get more complicated when Jessie realizes her feelings for Aidan may not be so fake after all. Can Jessie live with the risks? And is Aidan willing to let her?

MY REVIEW

I absolutely adore the Burke Brothers Series by Emma Hart.  I look forward to each and every one of these books and I am sad that we are running out of Burkes!  Aidan Burke is a hot Alpha male and the drummer in Dirty B.  I couldn’t wait to get a story on him and Emma didn’t disappoint.

Jessie Law catches her ex-boyfriend hooking up with another girl and she is looking for a distraction.  Aidan Burke fits the bill to a tee and the fireworks between the two begin. When the famous drummer locks eyes with her, he sets his own plan in motion.  He already has a past with Jessie and not a good one.  He was a jerk in high school but Jesse is willing to overlook it for one wild night of abandonment.

After their one wild night, Jessie is ready to move on but Aidan sweeps in and saves Jessie when her douche of an ex shows up.   Aidan decides they should fake date because it would help his on PR.  He tries to sell it to Jessie as a win win for both of them.  Unfortunately, when Dirty B’s fans get wind that Aidan may be taken, they aren’t exactly nice to Jessie.

 

I don’t want to spoil the story but the chemistry and banter between these two make for a wild ride.  Emma never disappoints her readers.  This is hands down my favorite Burke brother to date and I don’t think Aidan can be beat.  Lucky for Ms. Hart she only has one more to go…prove me wrong, I can’t wait to read the final installment!

 

 

 

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.

 

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

 

Cover Reveal: Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige

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Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige
Book two of a two part series
Last Kiss
Book one available December 29, 2015
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“In this raw duology opener…Paige is unflinching in her depiction of a complicated relationship, and the results are explosive.” –Kirkus Reviews

When Emily Wayborn goes home to visit her mom while on hiatus from her hit TV show, she receives a voicemail from her former best friend, Amber. Though the two were once notorious party girls, they haven’t spoken in years. Although the message might sound benign to anyone else, Amber uses a safe word that Emily recognizes, a word they always used to get out of sticky situations during their wild days. And what’s more chilling than the voicemail: it turns out that Amber has gone missing.

Determined to track down her friend, Emily follows a chain of clues that lead her to the enigmatic billionaire Reeve Sallis, a hotelier known for his shady dealings and play boy reputation. Now, in order to find Amber, Emily must seduce Reeve to learn his secrets and discover the whereabouts of her friend. But as she finds herself more entangled with him, she finds she’s drawn to Reeve for more than just his connection to Amber, despite her growing fear that he may be the enemy. When she’s forced to choose where her loyalty lies, how will she decide between saving Amber and saving her heart?

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Laurelin Paige is the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She’s 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. She’s also a proud member of Mensa International though she doesn’t do anything with the organization except use it as material for her bio.

Laurelin’s Website: http://laurelinpaige.com
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Love to Hate You by Isabelle Richards is Live! Happy Release Day!

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Love to Hate You is LIVE!

Synopsis
Some connections are so powerful they will not be denied. Despite doing everything in their power to fight their feelings, Chase and Arianna decide to give their love a second chance. They hope that the long, painful journey back to each other will have taught them not to make the same mistakes again. This time they’ll get it right. All they need is a little time for the wounds to heal.
Unfortunately, life doesn’t stop just because love is in the air. Just as they begin to reconcile, their relationship is bombarded by crisis after crisis throwing their lives into a tailspin. Had they learned from their past, Chase and Arianna would find a way to lean on each other during trying times. But some people never learn.
Instead of revealing their strength, each challenge exposes their vulnerabilities. The cracks in their relationship turn into chasms as they let each other down time and time again. Hurt and betrayal overshadow the love, and they slip back into old habits. Hiding behind hatred for each other is much easier than facing the truth.
Will they find their way back to each other or will they stay trapped in the space between love and hate?
MY REVIEW
Love to Hate You picks up where Book 1 ends. Chase and Ari can’t seem to find a happy space to save their lives. One event after another pushes them farther away from each other. These two love each other with such passion that hate follows quickly behind. Actions are misread, words hurt and pride gets in the way to find an easy happily ever after. It drives you nuts but you love both of these characters so much that you are willing to suffer right along side of them. Isabelle Richards is a master of angst and plot twists. You think Chase and Ari have suffered the worst and Isabelle throws another setback at you. Isabelle doesn’t just strike a match to start a fire, she adds logs and a whole can of gas! I don’t want to say too much but this couple goes through the wringer and you just can’t wait to see them get to the other side!
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Isabelle Richards Bio

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Isabelle Richards spent years as a speech writer before attempting to write fiction. An avid reader of all genres, Isabelle is drawn to romance novels as they provide an escape from daily life. Through her complex cast of characters, Isabelle creates a sanctuary for readers to dive into for a break from reality.
When she is not writing, Isabelle works as an advocate for persons with disabilities in Washington, DC. Her two yellow labs are her writing partners, although they frequently sleep on the job.

Planning A Minecraft Party

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Minecraft has fully invaded our house.  I’m pretty sure I know how it started.  Our dear nanny Maria has 5 boys of her own and occasionally (especially during the summer), one or two of them will come with her to watch our kids.  Yes, she is Super Woman and Mary Poppins rolled up into one dynamic person but I digress.  Her older sons showed Colton the never-ending world of Minecraft.  I have to be honest, John and I had to buy a Minecraft for Dummies books so we could figure out what he was doing and play with him.  I actually love the creative aspect of this game so I am 100% on board with a little gaming time with Minecraft.

Colton turned 7 on Saturday and he asked for a Minecraft Party.  You would think this would be easy since it is so popular but strangely enough, there isn’t a whole lot of Minecraft party supplies out and about.  I used my faithful party planning pal, Pinterest, and started a board.  Pinterest is the answer to a busy mom’s need to have a few cute decorations and awesome party ideas without having to spend an exuberant amount of time on research and implementation.  Check out my Minecraft Party board here.

Colton’s second request was a sleepover.  Yikes!  All I can think of is the mound of bodies that we will have in our 1900 square foot 100 year old Capitol Hill row home.  Yep, I said yes but we limited the number to just a few close friends and of course his little brother. I tried to keep the decorating and party prep to a minimum which for me is quite a bit of work.  I’m just not good at simple, no decoration parties.  Yes, I know that my kids don’t really need all the bells and whistles but I enjoy doing it.  Feel sorry for my husband who has to deal with the crazy.

I started with the invites which I got here.  I downloaded two Minecraft fonts here.  If you have never added fonts to your computer, it really is super simple.  I have a Mac and all I needed to do the following:

For Mac OS X 10.3 or higher:

  • Double click the font file and fontbook will open a preview of the font.
  • Click “install font” at the bottom of the preview.

Quick and easy.  The finished product was adorable and we filled the box with some candy that looks like Minecraft diamonds and emeralds.  Pocket Full of Sweets on Etsy provided the candy.il_570xN.660078437_nxpc il_570xN.548245003_jemg

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Once the invites were done, I decided to figure out the goody bags.  I know all parents despise these bags.  Once home, the little plastic items are strewn all over your house and you secretly try to throw them away a little at a time.  So with that in mind, I decided to make creeper backpacks.  I found these on Amazon.  61k74U0-3rL._SX522_

My dear friend Karen had iron on material in black and she cut out the shapes for me.

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I added in a few small minecraft toys and wrapped up some twizzlers to look like TNT. The TNT label is a free printable from here.

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The decorations were pretty simple although time consuming when you have 3 kiddos in the house but I have a great husband who just gets the job done.  Here is what we came up with….a few Minecraft spiders, creeper and TNT balloons and a pretty cool Minecraft tables scape.
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The spiders are black balloons, black crepe paper and red construction paper for the eyes.  The TNT balloons are red balloons with a TNT label I made in Word.  The creeper balloons are lime green and I used black duct tape for the faces.  All in all, pretty easy just takes some time.  The banner below is another free printable here.

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The food table was my favorite to do.  Nothing better than a whole lot of sugar for little kiddos…..I used everyday items as Minecraft items.  There are a million free food tent printables on Pinterest so just grab one from there.  Not to mention plenty of free paper crafts you can use (see the blocks in the pics beside the white bowls) as decorations.  I picked up a brown tablecloth and a grass tablecloth to use on the table (looks like a grass block).

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Then it was on to find ways to entertain kids that have way too much energy to burn.  I decided on Minecraft bingo with little figurines as prizes.  Never in a million years, did I think it would be such a hit.  The free printable is here.

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The one other big decoration I constructed was a large creeper face in the basement.  I used Colton as free child labor.  He thought it was super cool to put a puzzle together on the wall.

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The kiddos had a blast and I enjoyed putting it all together.  It was great to have help from my hubby, my sis, my brother-in-law, our dear friend Katie, and Karen (my DIYer).  Colton loved it and I was happy to give him an awesome Minecraft party for his 7th Bday.
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Happy Birthday to my first born!

 

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