Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Romance as Sweet as Strawberry Wine (Review)

How do you know if a first love is made to last?

Addison Monroe was eighteen when she fell for Jake Grady, a college student working on her family's farm for the summer. With his sapphire eyes and killer smile, Jake could have had any girl in Lakeside, Georgia. But he wanted Addy, and for those brief, wonderful months—before circumstances drove them irrevocably apart—they belonged to each other.

Ten years later, Addy is engaged to a doctor and working in Atlanta as a physician's assistant. Life feels full and satisfying. Yet memories of that long-ago summer and wine-flavored kisses are hard to shake. On a return visit to Lakeside, Addy crosses paths with Jake again, and soon finds herself at an unexpected crossroads. So much has changed, and Addy has chosen another route. And the magic of first love can never be rekindled...can it?
Strawberry Wine
Darly Jamison
Pub Date: 1/31/17
Zebra Shout (Kensington Books)
Genre: Romance
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Strawberry Wine is all the sweetness you can handle in one marvelous debut. Darly Jamison's clever romance engages readers in a summer filled with first love and heartache.

The novel opens to Addy preparing to take her fiancé home to meet her family. Then it flashes to memories of Addy as a teenager in Lakeside, Georgia. She reminisces over the summer she met Jake Grady, the older college boy working on her grandparents's farm. After exploring their sweet young love the novel cuts back to the present where tragedy brings Addy and Jake back together. Reading Strawberry Wine is almost like reading two different novels infused into one, but the consistency between Addy as a teenager and adult is not hard to miss. Readers get to see the growth and maturity of these dazzling characters so it's not solely focused on their connection.

The backdrop for this story is idyllic as Addy and Jake meet and rediscover a bond that even time can't diminish. The setting plays very well for this story, making you feel like you just took a relaxing vacation down to the southern countryside. It's honestly hard to believe that this is Darly Jamison's first novel, she writes like a seasoned pro knowing how to engage readers and leaven them eager for more! Strawberry Wine is the perfect romance to kick off 2017!

*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Previous Review: Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Upcoming Romantic Thriller for Your 2017 TBR List


From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lori Foster comes UNDER PRESSURE, the first book in her brand-new Body Armor series, featuring her trademark alpha-male heroes and strong-willed heroines, who risk everything to save one another from the deadly forces that seek to destroy them.   under-pressure-12_28-teaser-fotolia-update

He can protect anything except his heart

Leese Phelps’s road hasn’t been an easy one, but it’s brought him to the perfect job—working for the elite Body Armor security agency. And what his newest assignment lacks in size, she makes up for in fire and backbone. But being drawn to Catalina Nicholson is a dangerous complication, especially since it could be the very man who hired Leese who’s threatening her.

What Catalina knows could get her killed. But who’d believe the sordid truth about her powerful stepfather?
Beyond Leese’s ripped body and brooding gaze is a man of impeccable honor. He’s the last person she expects to trust—and the first who’s ever made her feel safe. And he’s the only one who can help her expose a deadly secret, if they can just stay alive long enough…
Preorder UNDER PRESSURE here!
Body Armor Series #1
Lori Foster
January 24, 2017
HQN Books
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lori-foster-author-photo  About Lori Foster: LORI FOSTER is a New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 55 titles, beloved for her contemporary romance novels revolving around alpha males and the women they fall for. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her website at, or check out these online locations where she interacts with readers:,, Goodreads and You can also sign up for her monthly newsletter at    

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Wintersong: A Magical Coming-of-Age Tale (Review)

Dark, romantic and unforgettable, a fantastical coming-of-age story for fans of Labyrinth and The Darkest Part of the Forest.

Deep in his terrifying realm underground, the cold and forbidding Goblin King casts a dark shadow over nineteen-year-old Liesl. Her grandmother has always warned her to follow the old laws, for every year on the longest night of winter, she claims, the Goblin King will emerge into the waking world in search of his eternal bride. Sensible and plain, Liesl knows it’s her duty to keep her beautiful sister Käthe safe from harm. But Liesl finds refuge only in her wild, captivating music, composed in secret in honor of the mysterious Goblin King.

When Käthe is stolen by the Goblin King, Liesl knows she must set aside her childish fantasies to journey to the Underground and save her. Drawn despite herself to the strange, beautiful world she finds—and the mysterious man who rules it—she finds herself facing an impossible choice. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.

Set at the turn of the 19th century, when young upstart composers like Beethoven were forever altering the sound of music, S. Jae-Jones’ richly imagined debut spins a spellbinding tale of music, love, sisterhood, and a young woman’s search for self-actualization.
S. Jae-Jones
Pub Date: 2/7/17
Thomas Dunne Books
Genre: YA/Fantasy
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S. Jae-Jones's debut may indeed be the first fantasy novel that kept me grounded in deep thought instead of tumbling through a wild sea of adventure. Wintersong is a marvelous read that extends beyond romance and adventure to bring readers a magical coming of age tale set in the 19th century.

The story takes an old familiar tale and weaves it into a brilliant, relatable novel. Liesl keeps her dreams of composing locked deep inside of her while putting her family's needs before her own. Until her encounter with the Goblin King she puts all her energy into making sure her sister marries a good man and her dear brother becomes the greatest violinist in the world. Traveling to the Underground brings her into a world that she's not quite prepared for, despite her grandmother's dedication to the old laws. What I love about her journey is that she realizes her own potential and builds confidence around her insecurities. It's a touching story for young women weighing the balance between reaching out for their dreams or taking a more practical path.

While the story is not overly adventurous Liesl does find herself in precarious situations. The Goblin King is a mischievous adversary that becomes a lifeline for Liesl in her darkest moment. It balances out the literary aspects of the story. Wintersong invokes very powerful imagery for the reader that is due mostly in part to Jones's writing style. She doesn't cut corners when it comes to bold, vivid descriptions and accurate depictions. She managed to write a dark fantasy with hope straining along the edges of the plot. I can't imagine who could pick up Wintersong and not enjoy every word of it!

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Wyoming Brave (Review)

The Wyoming men are back! In their quest for true love on the range, are these ranchers bold enough to open their hearts to the women under their protection?

Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He's closed himself off since his fiancée left him years ago, so he's shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it's only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren's alpha instincts soon kick in.

The last thing Merrie wants is a devastatingly handsome man like Ren lurking around her. He's too experienced, too appealing for her already shot nerves. What she needs is just to get away from it all: the man haunting her waking dreams and the one hunting her like an animal. But no woman escapes this Colter cowboy!
Wyoming Brave
Wyoming Men #6
Diana Palmer
Pub Date: 12/27/16
HQN Books
Genre: Western Romance
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If you're looking for a fantastic cowboy romance, then Diana Palmer's latest release is the answer. Wyoming Brave captures the drama of romance between a hardened cowboy and an innocent young woman with a scarred past.

This is the kind of story I adore. It's not a predictable tale of love at first sight, but one that starts with emotional baggage and hint of possible love. Looking past the extremely repetitive dialogue, readers will engage with Meredith Grayling as she runs from danger and into the home of Wyoming cowboy Ren Colter. Ren is holding a grudge against women after a disastrous break up. When his brother brings Merrie home Ren believes she's just another woman seeking to prey on him for his money. Is her innocence all an act, or will this talented artist be the woman to mend Ren's heart together?

It's impossible not to race through the pages of the novel to see where the story leads. Merrie and Ren are a tough couple to bring together and it reflects in the writing. While Merrie wants to experience a true first love Ren wants to keep his heart locked away. She's soft where he's hard and cynical. He has a world of experience and she's never been kissed. It takes a while for Ren and Merrie to see eye to eye and the path leading there is filled with tears and misunderstandings.

Wyoming Brave is all the sweetness you want in a cowboy romance and seasoned with a little suspense. I'm dying to read the previous Wyoming Men novels just to get a little more of Diana Palmers endearing storytelling.

*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for honest review*

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

All the Breaking Waves (Review)

From the bestselling author of Everything We Keep comes a gripping tale of long-buried secrets, the strength of forgiveness, and the healing power of returning home for good.

After a harrowing accident tore her family apart, Molly Brennan fled from the man she loved and the tragic mistake she made.

Twelve years later, Molly has created a new life for herself and her eight-year-old daughter, Cassie. The art history professor crafts jewelry as unique and weathered as the surf-tumbled sea glass she collects, while raising her daughter in a safe and loving environment—something Molly never had. But when Cassie is plagued by horrific visions and debilitating nightmares, Molly is forced to return to the one place she swore she’d never move back to—home to Pacific Grove.

A riveting exploration of love, secrets, and motherhood, All the Breaking Waves is the poignant story of a woman who discovers she must confront her past, let go of her guilt, and summon everything in her power to save her daughter.
All the Breaking Waves
Kerry Lonsdale
Pub Date: 12/6/2016
Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Romance
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Kerry Lonsdale's All the Breaking Waves follows Molly Brennan as she and her daughter attempt to fight against a foretold future that ends in death. The women in Molly's family have special gifts, but to Molly it's more a curse than a blessing. Her daughter's abilities manifest in premonitions and terrifying nightmares. When Cassie sees her mother's impending death, Molly decides it's time to go back home to Pacific Grove for help.

The story starts off with a bang as readers are introduced to the main characters and teased with learning about Molly's past. But once the mix of good and bad memories that linger in her childhood home are revealed the story comes to a standstill. A great deal of the plot focuses on Molly waiting to die because she doesn't know the details of Cassie's premonitions and trying to put her affairs into order. She works through her insecurities regarding her gift and rekindles a romance with her first love.

All the Breaking Waves didn't take me where I expected it to. A little more fire between Molly and Owen or a little more drama in general would have taken this story to the next level. I almost wouldn't even consider this a romance because the romance was downplayed and left to the background. Regardless, readers will be met with a tale of hope and self-discovery.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Everything You Want Me to Be is Everything You Want in a Great Mystery! (Review)

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront...and she inches closer and closer to her death.

High school senior Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good citizen. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death on the opening night of her high school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of her small town community. Local sheriff Del Goodman, a family friend of the Hoffmans, vows to find her killer, but trying to solve her murder yields more questions than answers. It seems that Hattie’s acting talents ran far beyond the stage. Told from three points of view—Del, Hattie, and the new English teacher whose marriage is crumbling—Everything You Want Me to Be weaves the story of Hattie’s last school year and the events that drew her ever closer to her death.

Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Be challenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?
Everything You Want Me to Be
Mindy Mejia
Pub Date: 1/3/17
Emily Bestler Books (Atria)
Genre: Mystery
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Mindy Mejia's Everything You Want Me to Be is everything I love about mystery and more. The agonizing suspense and unique storytelling form a mystery unlike any that I have yet read.

Hattie Hoffman had dreams of moving to New York and living the big life. The discovery of her body after the opening night of her high school play causes quite the stir in her small town, Pine Valley. The sheriff, a family friend of the Hoffmans, makes it a personal mission to find her killer and piece together what brought her to the end of her life. The story is told in alternating viewpoints of Hattie, Del Goodman the sheriff, and Hattie's English teacher Peter Lund. As the story unfolds connections are explored and motives seemingly written in black and white. Mindy Mejia cleverly holds the whole truth close until the last of Hattie's life is examined.

Hattie forged connections with those around her by becoming what she thought they wanted her to be. I honestly thought she was a nut job because of the way she pretended with everyone, but she only took to extremes what plenty of us do everyday. Who hasn't pretended to have fun with a friend that really bored the snot out of them? She was a young girl learning to find herself in a sea of characters she'd created. Hattie wasn't the only character rich with human emotion or flaws. Del, Peter and other supporting characters fill this story with colorful personalities that provide depth to the novel.

Everything You Want Me to Be is a fantastic read. Mindy Mejia's brilliant story is engaging, thought provoking and perfect for a weekend read!

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Previous Review: Membrane by Michele Corriel

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Blog Tour: Membrane by Michele Corriel (Review)

In the multi-verse people may look familiar, but no one is who they seem.

In a small town in Montana, Sophie lives with her quantum physicist mother, and her equally brilliant, but dangerously obsessed, step-father.

Her father disappeared years ago under mysterious circumstances, but Sophie is still haunted by memories of him that seem so real she swears she feels his presence one night as she drifts off to sleep.

Realizing that somehow her missing father is trying to send her a message, Sophie decides to take a big risk.

With her friend, Eli, Sophie must discover what strange experiment her father did and understand the startling impact it has on her world and another, just across the membrane dividing the multi-verse.
Michele Corriel
Pub Date: 10/6/16
Publisher: Leap Books
Genre: YA, Science Fiction
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Membrane is an interesting young adult science fiction novel from Michele Corriel. Sophie's father is missing, presumed dead, but one day she feels his presence. It's as if he's trying to communicate with her, possibly from another world. While her step-father rages around the house in obsessive fits, Sophie enlists the help of her friend Eli to comb through her father's research. Her father is out there somewhere and she's the only one who cares enough to find him.

Membrane opens with what seems like the beginning of a contemporary romance. Sophie and Eli dance around romantic feelings, but when Sophie becomes determined to find her father the novel reveals itself to be a science fiction read. The real adventure doesn't start until the second half of the novel when Sophie finds the key to crossing into another dimension. The 'membrane' between the two worlds is weakening and it may have been her father's fault. The other side is a desolate wasteland riddled with freak weather and familiar faces. There's supposedly a connection between the weather and the alternate dimensions, but the increase in storms was like an afterthought. It didn't seem to be the focus of the novel to me. The focus is more so on understanding the reality of multi-verses and the circumstances that allow travel between them.

Readers who loved Jus Accardo's Infinity will find similarities in tone and topic in Membrane. So definitely give this one a read!

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Michele Corriel lives and works in Montana's scenic Gallatin Valley, surrounded by seven mountain ranges. Her work isas varied as the life she's led, from the rock/art venues of New York City to the rural back roads of the Rockies. With her fourth book just out from Leap Books, she's also a prolific freelance magazine writer with articles regionally, nationally and internationally. Michele has received a number of awards for her non-fiction as well as her poetry. She also enjoys teaching, presenting writing workshops and speaking on panels across the country. When she's not writing you may find her on the golf course, hiking or slogging her way through the snow on what some people like to refer toas "skis." You might also find her in the kitchen creating exciting new flavors or recreating classics. Author Links: WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebook

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Friday, December 9, 2016

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful Story to Kick Off 2017 (Review)

In the vein of It's Kind of a Funny Story and All the Bright Places, comes a captivating, immersive exploration of life with mental illness.

For sixteen-year-old Mel Hannigan, bipolar disorder makes life unpredictable. Her latest struggle is balancing her growing feelings in a new relationship with her instinct to keep everyone at arm's length. And when a former friend confronts Mel with the truth about the way their relationship ended, deeply buried secrets threaten to come out and upend her shaky equilibrium.

As the walls of Mel's compartmentalized world crumble, she fears the worst--that her friends will abandon her if they learn the truth about what she's been hiding. Can Mel bring herself to risk everything to find out?

In A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, Eric Lindstrom, author of the critically acclaimed Not If I See You First, examines the fear that keeps us from exposing our true selves, and the courage it takes to be loved for who we really are.

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
Eric Lindstrom
Pub Date: 2/7/17
Publisher: Poppy
Genre: YA
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I first came across Eric Lindstrom when he curated the November NOVLbox, then I had the opportunity to review his latest realease A Tragic Kind of Wonderful. Eric Lindstrom has a unique voice that recognizes the struggle of a young girl with a bipolar disorder. Even those who don't suffer from the same condition will be able to understand Mel's coming-of-age tale.

Mel is trying to live a balance life, but the unpredictable turns of her mood make it a bit complicated and even harder to hide from her friends. She keeps track of her mind and body with a clever and detailed chart. Every chapter begins with a legend that describes her mood. It adds another level to her character that helps the reader understand her. Mel is a truly lovable character. She's open about her flaws and issues, but still tries to make other people happy. Her selfless personality makes you root for her to work out her problems and wish that she gets a happy ending, despite the drama brewing in her life.

I wasn't crazy about the little segue into her sexuality and that of her friend Zumi. It seemed like something added to the plot to make it more current and reach a certain audience, but the story would have been just fine with a different lead up to the climax. It kind of disrupted the path the story was taking, though not by much.

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful reminded me of Laura Lascarso's Counting Backwards. There's just something about young women who don't let mental illness stand in the way of living a normal life, even if they have to struggle to get there. Learning to appreciate who they are on top of that and they become a source of inspiration to all young women. The depth of the novel is shown because Lindstrom is adept at painting a picture for readers about this topic. For me this novel is a step to truly understanding what bipolar disorder is and how it can possibly affect those with it.

*ARC won in an Early Reviewer giveaway sponsored by the NOVL*

Previous Review: Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams

Thursday, December 8, 2016

#BookBlitz: Alterations by Stephanie Scott

If anyone saw the prom boards Amelia Blanco makes on her favorite fashion app, they'd think Ethan Laurenti was her boyfriend. They wouldn't know that all the plans she's made for them are just dreams, and that she's the girl who watches him from the kitchen while her parents cook for his famous family.

When Amelia's abuelita enrolls her in a month-long fashion internship in NYC, Amelia can't imagine leaving Miami--and Ethan--for that long. As soon as she gets to New York, however, she finds a bigger world and new possibilities. She meets people her own age who can actually carry on a conversation about stitching and design. Her pin boards become less about prom with Ethan and more about creating her own style. By the time she returns to Miami, Amelia feels like she can accomplish anything, and surprises herself by agreeing to help Ethan's awkward, Steve-Jobs-wannabe brother, Liam, create his own fashion app.

As Liam and Amelia get closer, Ethan realizes that this newly confident, stylish girl may be the one for him after all . . . even though he has a reality TV star girlfriend he conveniently keeps forgetting about. The "new and improved" Amelia soon finds herself in between two brothers, a whole lot of drama, and choice she never dreamed she'd have to make.
Stephanie Scott
Pub Date: 12/6/16
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Genre: YA
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Hello! I write Young Adult stories about teens who put their passions first. I'm an active member of Romance Writers of America and its online YA chapter YARWA, and I mentor writers in online pitch contests. I love dance fitness and cat memes, and Pinterest is driving me broke. I live outside of Chicago with my tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find me most often online on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA. My debut ALTERATIONS about a fashion-obsessed loner who reinvents herself releases 12/6/16 from Bloomsbury Spark, and I'm a contributor to the young adult short story anthology WELCOME HOME out in spring 2017. WebsiteGoodreadsTwitterFacebook

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sneak Peak of The Devil's Daughter by Katee Robert!

FBI agent, Eden Collins is going home... to catch a killer. Fans of Audey Harte’s It Takes One and Kendra Elliott's Bone Secrets series, will devour The Devil’s Daughter, the fast-paced and suspenseful first book, in the Hidden Sins series by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Katee Robert.

Growing up in a small town isn’t easy, especially when you’re the daughter of a local cult leader. Ten years ago, Eden Collins left Clear Springs, Montana, and never once looked back. But when the bodies of murdered young women surface, their corpses violated and marked with tattoos worn by her mother’s followers, Eden, now an FBI agent, can’t turn a blind eye. To catch the killer, she’s going to have to return to the fold.

Sheriff Zach Owens isn’t comfortable putting Eden in danger, even if she is an elite agent. And he certainly wasn’t expecting to be so attracted to her. As calm and cool as she appears, he knows this can’t be a happy homecoming. Zach wants to protect her—from her mother, the cult, and the evil that lurks behind its locked gates. But Eden is his only key to the tight-lipped group, and she may just be closer to the killer than either one of them suspects…
The Devil's Daughter
Hidden Sins #1
Katee Robert
Pub Date: 1/24/17
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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Her mother’s eyes lit up and she half pushed to her feet. “Eden. I admit, when Abram told me you were back in town, I could hardly believe it.”
“I’m not back.”
Her smile dimmed, and Eden called herself an idiot ten times over for wanting to do something to bring it back. Manipulation, that’s all it is. Martha motioned to the cups in front of her. “I got your favorite.”
There was nothing else to do but take the empty seat and get this over with. She took a sip—sweet with lots of cream—and didn’t bother to tell Martha she’d switched over to drinking her coffee black a few years back. It would serve no purpose, and her entire goal was to get out of here with the least conversation possible.
“It’s been a long time.”
She shifted, not sure how to take the searching look her mother was giving her, as if she was trying to memorize Eden’s features—or, possibly, was comparing them to the ones she’d had ten years ago. What was there to say? I hated the life you created and forced me into, so I left. You won’t change, and neither will I. This will never be what you want it to be. She couldn’t force the words past her closed throat, so she took another drink of coffee.
Martha hesitated, and then mirrored the motion. “A lot is different from when you were last home.”
Not nearly enough, she’d wager. But if her mother was offering information, she’d be a fool not to get everything she could from Martha. “Oh?”
“Our community has grown. It’s flourishing.” She gave a small self-deprecating smile. “But, then, you didn’t come back to talk about Elysia. How have you been?”
Over the years, she received phone calls from Abram, demanding information at odd times in that quiet terrifying way of his. He never asked more than a few questions, and she never offered more than strictly necessary for those forced check-ins—whatever it took to get him off her back. She didn’t want to now, either. “I’m still working for the government.” Safe enough to admit, since her mother already knew about it.
Sure enough, Martha’s lips thinned. “The FBI.”
“Using the skills I learned from you.” She knew better, but she couldn’t help the dig.
“I’m sure I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Of course she didn’t. Because Elysia most certainly wasn’t a cult. Right. She didn’t roll her eyes, but it was a near thing. “You might like to pretend otherwise, but I know for a fact that Elysia has been on the FBI watch lists for years, so you’re not fooling everyone.”
“Eden Magdalene, you might be a woman grown, but that doesn’t mean you can take that tone of voice with me.”
Or speak too many truths, apparently. Eden stared at her coffee cup, suddenly exhausted. “I don’t suppose you know anything about a photograph showing up in my email yesterday?” It had all the hallmarks of one taken for an official police investigation, but that didn’t explain how it had found her. She’d had a friend in the tech department try to trace it, but it had been routed through several IP addresses before disappearing into the Internet-ether. Call her paranoid, but her first instinct was that her mother had something to do with it. How was the question, though.
Martha cocked her head to the side, frowning. “I’m not sure what you’re speaking of.”
Of course she wasn’t, though Eden was at a loss to decide if that was truth or because she didn’t want to admit to somehow being the leak in a murder investigation. She sighed. “What am I doing here, Martha? You know very well we couldn’t sit in the same room without going for each other’s throats when I was eighteen, and it would seem nothing’s changed since then.”
“I want what I’ve always wanted, baby. I want you to come home.”
There’s no home for me to come to, not now. Not ever. No matter how much I wish that wasn’t true. She cleared her throat. “I—” Think. Think fast. A hard no would just have Martha digging in her heels, and she wasn’t sure yet if Zach would change his mind. “I’ll think about it.” The lie rolled off her tongue with the ease of long practice. She wasn’t going back. She’d set herself on fire before she willingly walked through the gates of Elysia and put herself under her mother’s control again. The only reason she was here was to make sure no other girls turned up dead.
“It would mean so much.” Martha’s smile brightened, and a traitorous part of Eden brightened in response. It was how it always was with her mother. She rarely had to take the stern role when she could manipulate much more effectively with a soft word and a particular look. And when that wouldn’t work? Well, she wasn’t above getting her hands dirty, either.
Did you do it? Did you see that girl killed?
Eden couldn’t ask. The sheriff had already refused her help, and she’d have to be a special kind of stupid to go investigating on her own. There was nothing she could do without the power of the law on her side. If she tried…

Well, if she tried, there were plenty of unmarked graves in Elysia. What was one more?


I hope you all are eager to read the full novel! I am definitely anticipating this one. Eden Collins sounds like a hardcore heroine. Stay tuned for The Devil's Daughter release event, January 23-27, 2017!

About Katee Robert:
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Connect with Katee at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | Instagram

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Blog Tour: Trophy Wife is a Must Read for Romantics (Review)

Celebrate the release of Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams!

From the New York Times bestselling author of Fooling Around comes a steamy novel about a pampered princess who’s starting over—and the hot guy next door who knows exactly how to melt that tiara right off.

Alison Davies used to just be a trophy wife. Now she’s just flat broke. Thanks to an ironclad prenup, she’s worse off than she was before the day she rushed down the aisle with a wealthy jerk eight years ago. After her steep fall from riches to rags, Alison refuses to shackle herself to any man who treats her like a possession—no matter how good he looks in a pair of well-worn jeans, or how his muscles ripple while he’s carrying her couch.

Underneath his rugged exterior, Rob West is a gentleman. So when he sees his beautiful new neighbor moving in, he’s going to help her out no matter how loudly she protests. In fact, Alison’s determination to go it alone just strengthens his resolve—and his desire to find out what makes her tick. But after one spur-of-the-moment tumble in the sheets, it’s clear that their connection goes way deeper. And that Rob won’t be happy until Alison surrenders to the passion they share.
Trophy Wife
Noelle Adams
Pub Date: 12/6/16
Publisher: Loveswept
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Trophy Wife is such an amazing read! Noelle Adams drops a romance that readers will fly through in a matter of hours. It's perfectly layered with drama and lovable characters.

Alison is young, recently divorced, and determined to learn how to live independently. She moves to a small town to get a fresh start. The path to independence leads her to a waitressing job and handyman neighbor, Rob West. Rob is always ready to lend a helping hand and the new girl in town is no exception. But Alison is dead set on not becoming dependent on another man. Somehow they connect in the sweetest way possible and it took everything in me to not squeal out loud while reading!

Noelle Adams' writing style brought Trophy Wife to life. The story keeps to the point and the plot flows easily. There are no wasted scenes so it feels like the story is always leading to the next plot point. For instance, when you know a story is going somewhere you only hope that when you reach the climax you'll be blown away. Trophy Wife is that kind of story. It doesn't blow you away with an unexpected twist or heartbreaking reveal, but there's something about Trophy Wife that leaves you ready to relive your favorite moments.

This is my first time reading Noelle Adams, even though she has quite the list of previous releases. Nevertheless, I throughly enjoyed her writing and hope to read more of her work in the future. To all romance readers out there, add Trophy Wife to your ever growing 'to read' list right now!

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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About Noelle Adams:

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

If you'd like to contact Noelle, please contact her at Or connect with her on Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Killing Kate is Top-Notch Suspense (Review)

There’s a serial killer on the loose and all his victims look like you...from the author of USA Today bestseller, AFTER ANNA.

A serial killer is stalking your home town.

He has a type: all his victims look the same.

And they all look like you.

Kate returns from a post break-up holiday with her girlfriends to news of a serial killer in her home town – and his victims all look like her.

It could, of course, be a simple coincidence.

Or maybe not.

She becomes convinced she is being watched, followed even. Is she next? And could her mild-mannered ex-boyfriend really be a deranged murderer?

Or is the truth is something far more sinister…

Killing Kate
Alex Lake
Pub Date: 1/31/17 (Paperback)
Publisher: HarperCollins 360
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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Killing Kate is an absorbing tale that will not leave your thoughts. Once you start reading, prepare to focus on nothing else until it's finished, and even then there's no guarantee that you will quickly move on. Alex Lake penned an intricate story that gives you more than a solved mystery.

Kate Armstrong returns from vacation to find that there's been another murder in her town. The shocking part is that she knows some of the women and they even look like they could be her twins. At first it seems like coincidence. But when the body count increases Kate believes that someone is targeting her. Could it be the obsessed ex-boyfriend who can't let her go? Or a complete stranger who picked her out of a crowd? Alex Lake keeps you guessing right until the climax, but even then all is not revealed.

There's more to this story than finding a serial killer which adds to the intricacy of Killing Kate's plot. It makes you wonder what you would do if in the place of Kate, or any of the supporting characters. Told in alternating perspectives, Kate and her ex Phil, the story takes you all around the board. From the past to the present the characters are bared to the reader so we understand them and the direction the story takes. The structure of the plot is unique. It's very sound and built to bring the story together seamlessly while also entertaining the reader.

Killing Kate is a well-rounded story balanced by mystery, emotion and suspense. Right down to the last page readers will be wholly focused on the outcome. I admit to scratching my head a little because I wanted to figure it out before the end, but this is a story that cannot be rushed. Alex Lake is definitely an author to read!

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

Monday, November 28, 2016

Celebrate the release of Pursuing the Bear! (Review + Giveaway)

The Shifter Wars heat up when a woman investigates the mysteries surrounding a fierce breed of man and exposes more than just secrets.

Bear shifters exist. Professor Bria Lane has known this since she was a child. Now she's returned to the forests of Deep Creek to prove it to the world. She has no idea how close she is to that proof in ruggedly sexy park ranger Derek Poole. Intimately close. But uncovering Derek's wild side comes with a shattering price.

Like a magnet meeting metal, Derek is drawn to Bria. His destiny. His mate. So beautiful and so vulnerable. So dangerous, too: an encroachment of lions, vengeful and vicious, is closing in and they're ready for war. Now is not the time to be distracted like a lovesick cub.

If Bria reveals the truth of the Deep Creek shifters to the world, she'll bring out the worst of both sides. But Derek can't hide his secrets from the love of his life forever. He knows they're playing with fire—and that when passion runs this hot, this reckless, someone's bound to get burned. 

This book is approximately 75,000 words 

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you're looking for with an HEA/HFN. It's a promise! Find out more at
Pursuing the Bear
Shifter Wars #2
Kerry Adrienne
Pub Date: 11/28/16
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Romance
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Kerry Adrienne surely delivers on the Carina Press Romance Promise! Pursuing the Bear, book two in the Shifter Wars series focuses on the sizzling connection between ursinologist Bria Lane and bear shifter Derek Poole.

Bria is in Deep Creek National Park to find bears. Not just ordinary bears, but humans that shift into bears. Her first day in the park she meets Derek, park ranger and bear shifter. When he learns what Bria is searching for he decides to help her, if only to keep her from exposing the truth of shifters to the world. Avoiding exposure isn't his only concern though. The shifter lions in the area are gunning for the sacred Cave of Whispers and war is imminent. The bears have to be on their guard to protect their pack and the cave. If you haven't already read the first book in the series, don't worry. Pursuing the Bear fills you in on the main story arc as it becomes relevant.

The dialogue is a little repetitive and sometimes comes across very plainly, but it doesn't detract from the connection between Bria and Derek. Their relationship becomes hot and heavy but manages to remain a sweet romance. Pursuing the Bear's plot is driven by the romance. I would have like to read more detail about Bria's relationship with her parents or her relationship with her ex, just to understand her pain a little more. Bria thinks about them throughout the novel, but we don't really get clear examples of how they interacted with each other. Nevertheless, Bria and Derek are the next hot couple.

Kerry Adrienne didn't just write this story to give readers a fun romance to escape into. She boosts it with a little action and even drops a few clues about the next story. You will not want to miss jumping back into the Shifter Wars series with Taming the Lion!

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About Kerry Adrienne:

Repped by the fabulous Marisa Corvisiero with the Corvisiero Literary Agency.
Kerry loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and various small animals. Her husband says she’s a marketer’s dream, as she often believes everything she hears—at least initially. Her shoe horde will attest to her fine shopping skills.

In addition to writing, Kerry loves to sew (costumes and cosplay, especially), draw, paint, make chainmail, and play guitar. 

Her new love is her Mini Cooper Convertible, Sheldon, and they have already gone on many adventures. They travel to as many concerts as they can–especially Green Day and Marilyn Manson. 

You can visit her much-neglected costuming blog here: Maybe she’ll have time to update it soon. Connect with Kerry: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Amazon

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lose Yourself in Merrie Destefano's Dark and Imaginative Lost Girls (Review)

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life.

She doesn’t recognize the person she’s become: she’s popular. She wears nothing but black.

Black to cover the blood.

And she can fight.

Tell no one.

She’s not the only girl to go missing within the last year…but she’s the only girl to come back. She desperately wants to unravel what happened to her, to try and recover the rest of the Lost Girls.

But the more she discovers, the more her memories return. And as much as her new life scares her, it calls to her. Seductively. The good girl gone bad, sex, drugs, and raves, and something darker…something she still craves—the rush of the fight, the thrill of the win—something she can’t resist, that might still get her killed…

The only rule is: There are no rules.
Lost Girls
Merrie Destefano
Pub Date: 1/3/17
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: YA
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I knew that Lost Girls was going to be an interesting read, but I didn't expect it to be so totally engrossing! Merrie Destefano writes to capture attention and holds it by engaging readers thoroughly as Rachel's dark tale unfolds.

Rachel comes to consciousness in a ditch without memory of how she got there or the last year of her life. As she resumes her normal routine of school and ballet, she realizes that the truth behind her disappearance lies with the group of friends she doesn't remember acquiring. Their late night antics make her question what type of person she is and how they fell into this dangerous lifestyle.

Merrie Destefano tells a dark and imaginative story that takes readers beyond Rachel's dig for answers. This fast paced read takes readers into the heart of the characters and their emotional struggles. Reading Lost Girls is like putting together a puzzle. You try to piece the story together until it makes sense and when it all comes together in the end, you sit back with a sigh of satisfaction. The whole picture will put the story into a different light and readers will see how relatable Rachel's story is. When you pick up this story be prepared to lose yourself in it!

*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*