Review: Closer

Closer
Closer by Aria Hawthorne
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“a breathtakingly unconventional and heart-stopping”

What did you love best about Closer?
Closer is a breathtakingly unconventional and heart-stoppingly sensational journey of the constant struggle between pride and trust. No struggle is more vicious and yet no reward greater then when you can rest one aside for the sake of the other. Only truth and love can crush through the insurmountable steel walls of pride in order to envelop and permeate a person with the pleasure and joy of truly trusting another person. The most terrifying and yet the most satisfying gift that you can give another person is one that must be earned with blood, sweat, and tears. It’s not easy and yet it will change your life without question. It is worthy of giving if the other is one who treasures and honors it in every possible way.

Also, I loved the narrator and her ability to brings these wonderfully complex characters to life. She had a wonderfully entertaining knack for performing each of them with heart and depth that made me want to know all I could about each one.

What did you like best about this story?
The characters that you meet along this wonderfully heart wrenching journey are some of the most complex and yet incredible examples of a wonderfully talented and beautifully loving author. The exquisite care of the creation and transformation that happens before your eyes will take your breath away, and have you longing for so much more of their story. Nothing is truly impossible if we have a heart that listens and guides us throughout the dark corners and grey stormy days of life. While no life is perfect. We can choose to love perfectly, build carefully, and restore at every turn.

What does Emma White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Emma White is a very versatile narrator that brought a very special quality to this reading. She made each character so very special and unique. I never wanted to stop listening to her performance. Her special skills brought a wonderful life and light to this brilliant storyline.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Aria Hawthorne weaves a stunning story of courage, determination, and heart that will overtake all of your senses. You will lose yourself to the incredible depth and breathe of this fabulous world whose characters will steal your heart and wisk you off your feet. Don’t be afraid to feel and to imagine the things you want to claim, achieve, and unravel. Sometimes our very hopes and dreams can take form before our very eyes if we take the chance to do what we never would have normally dared to do. Never stop dreaming, never stop loving, and never stop hoping.

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Cover Reveal: Tied by Carian Cole

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Release Date: June 26th
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Synopsis:

He was the myth and the legend of our small town. But no one knew the truth… except me.

Me
My childhood was stolen by a monster. I’ve forgotten what love feels like. What happiness feels like. What hope feels like. I am numb.

Him
He’s possibly as damaged as I am. Maybe even more. Scarred just as much on the inside as the outside. Just like me. He doesn’t speak. He doesn’t smile. He hides in the woods like an animal. I should be scared of him. But I’m not. He’s the only one that has ever made me feel. And I want to make him feel, too. everything…

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About the Author:

I have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts.

My first novel in the best-selling Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published in September of 2014. I have many books and sequels slated for this series. My new spin-off series, Devils Wolves, launched in 2016 with the best-selling novel, Torn. There are several books planned for this series as well.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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Title: Gideon’s Promise
Series: Sons Of Judgment, #2
Author: Airicka Phoenix
Genre: Urban Paranormal
Release Date: NOW AVAILABLE!

His love will become her curse.

For centuries, Gideon has kept his secret, knowing that it could mean the life of the woman whose very heartbeat was his reason for living. But when Veil Creatures are slaughtered in their homes by those sworn to protect them, it may be up to him to save those he loves from a fate worse than death. What he doesn’t expect is the betrayal and a choice that could leave his family devastated.

Valkyrie Devereaux believes only in the power of justice, loyalty and obeying the laws of her people. Love was something to be feared and she had been taught long ago that anything that could make you weak, needed to be eliminated. But when she is assigned to join the Casters of the north in hunting the creatures slaughtering the innocent, even she can’t help the twang of longing for something that goes against everything she was raised to believe was wrong.

Fire and gasoline, passions collide. Heat erupts as they fight against their desires and their very nature. But a fire like theirs can never be smothered. It can never be stopped. It can only burn to unimaginable heights, but what happens when it careens out of control and destroys everything around them? And who is waiting for that exact moment to destroy the brothers?

She will become his death.

 

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Review: Wicked Dance

Wicked Dance
Wicked Dance by Deanna Roy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wicked Dance is a deliciously surprising and delightfully entertaining twist of events that shows me just how much love can change us if we let it. Nothing it more terrifying then giving your heart to another person. There is no hope of anything being returned, but when we are lucky enough to have your love returned, it sets your world on fire. Together you can conquer anything. Nothing can tear you apart, and anyone who tries will be sorely disappointed. What an stunning high!

We find ourselves falling even farther down the rabbit hole of their wonderfully forbidden relationship to find that LA isn’t quite done with Blitz. Just when these two were beginning to enjoy some peace and getting to really know each other, they are swallowed back up into the glitz and glam that they thought was far behind them. Never get to comfortable with change because I have found that nothing beyond our love is guaranteed. Everything is up for grabs especially when you have those who salivate and long for the spotlight. Not knowing how things will change for them, Blitz and Livia are preparing for the worst while holding each other close. Can Blitz stay true to his heart as he climbs back into his old life, or will he show everyone that he is a completely different person since meeting Livia? Will Livia running screaming from the fierce competition and evil backstabbing, or will she find some inner strength that she never knew she had?

If I thought I loved Blitz before, then I can say with certainty that he is surprisingly unbelievable! How he handles all of the hurdles and struggles along the way shocked me to no end. There was no middle ground for him, and I can’t tell you how much I LOVED seeing that in a hero. It melted my heart so often. On the other hand, I was amazed at how Livia rose to the challenges put before her. She answered with more grace and poise then I would have anticipated, and she made my heart soar so high that it hurt. Their love is one that could move mountains if given the chance!

Lovers Dance is a beautifully chaotic and endearingly soulful series that has stolen my heart and makes me long to be able to find a wonderful release in the art of dancing. Since balance and grace are not anywhere close to my strengths, I can at least delve into the hypnotically comforting words of Deanna Roy. She has a remarkable talent of creating stories that melt even the coldest of hearts, transforming the roughest part of our soul into something exquisite and worthy of showing others, and endearing her breathtaking soul to those who step into her world of enchanting reality and raw fantasy. I seriously believe that she can do anything when she puts her whole heart into it. She is spectacularly incredible!

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Real Deal Release Day

REAL DEAL

(Single Dads Club #1)

A Sexy RomCom Standalone

EXCERPT

There are at least ten camp counselors currently standing in the water watching the children, and six of them are female. Victor doesn’t understand the epidemic he’s going to have on his hands. The longer I sit there, the more dads find their way down to the lake, thinking it’s an everyday Thursday pickup. To their surprise, it’s a teenage boy’s wet dream. And maybe that teenage boy’s dad’s, too.

Caterina is laughing with another female counselor. I never noticed how her cheeks rise into two small apples when she smiles. Nor did I notice the way her hands cover her mouth to stifle a laugh or how she briefly touches the other person’s arm when she’s amused. Damn, I want to pull that reaction out of her.

But all I’ve gotten this week since camp started is a few polite smiles and ‘hello Mr. Kent.’ She hasn’t acted as though I’ve seen more of her than what that bikini she’s wearing reveals.

“What did I miss?” Dane sits down next to me, trying to catch his breath.

“What the hell do you do all day that you can’t be here on time?”

He glances over to me and then concentrates ahead of him. I can’t blame him, we don’t get views like this in Climax Cove very often.

“Does Victor realize he’s giving every dad here beat off material for tonight?” Dane asks. A few of the dads milling about laugh, knowing it’s true.

A small ball of anger begins brewing in my center. The idea of these dickheads thinking about what’s under the blue bikini hugging Cat’s tits gets under my skin. That beat off material is for me and only me.

“And to answer your question, I had to go down to the county for some paperwork.”

Dane’s been doing some heavy renovations to Happy Daze the last few years, expanding and making it a more family-friendly bar and grill during the day.

“Sorry, that sucks.”

Both of us continue our conversation as we pretend to watch our children. I can multitask though. My gaze veers to Lily to make sure she’s not drowning, but she’s taken swimming lessons since she was one, so I don’t have to worry too much.

“We can talk about that shit later.” Dane waves me off. “Fuck, this is so not fair. How is my kid getting more action than I’ve seen this week?” He bites his fist, watching Toby and his friends pour a bucket of water over his camp counselor’s head. Her yellow bikini doesn’t exactly hide the fact the water might have been slightly chilly.

Lily looks away from the action in the lake, finds me sitting there, and smiles. “Why do I suddenly feel dirty?” I mumble to myself.

Lily runs from the lake and Caterina says something to one of the other counselors and follows Lily’s path. Our eyes lock, but Cat is quick to shift her focus elsewhere.

“Daddy!” Lily screams and jumps into my arms, soaking me in the process.

“Hi, sweetie.” I prop her on my knee.

“Hi, Uncle Dane,” her sweet voice says.

I clear my throat so he’ll turn his attention from the lake to my daughter. Dane turns to me, back to the lake, and then realizes why I’m clearing my throat.

“Hey, kiddo. Swim day, huh?” He leans back on his hands, focusing his attention on her.

“Come.” She jumps down from my lap and grabs my hand.

“No, sweetie. I’ll wait until you’re done. Go have fun with your friends.”

She smiles and runs off.

“Damn, a little warning, huh? I’m practically tucking my dick between my legs,” Dane says and shifts in his seat.

“Um, how do you think I feel?”

“Who’s the dickhead?” Dane asks, head nodding to the lake.

One of the male camp counselors approaches Cat. She laughs at his joke and shakes her head. I don’t miss the way his eyes light up when she puts her hand on his forearm.

“Who?” I pretend my heart isn’t skipping beats from the adrenaline coursing through my system. Just call me a fucking caveman.

“Yeah, okay. Your eyes have been glued to one counselor, in particular, this whole week.”

“I have no idea what you’re talking about.” I glance around to make sure no other parents overheard us.

“Is that how you’re gonna play it?” he asks, turning toward me and raising his eyebrows in question.

I say nothing, watching the dickhead pick up Caterina by the waist, her squealing and him dropping her in the deeper part of the lake. She stands up and now she’s dripping wet in her blue bikini that probably matches the color of my balls.

Once again, I swear her gaze veers over to me as she pushes her hands through her drenched hair. Before I can be certain, she’s concentrating on the kids again. She claps her hands and announces swim time is over for her group.

“Man, your chick is a fun sponge,” Dane says because Toby’s camp counselor is still in a water battle with her kids.

I push off the picnic table to head over to pick up Lily and gather her things.

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Red Flags…

Too loud.
Too clingy.
Too much make-up.

I could go on and on. The other guys in the Single Dad’s Club would say I’m obsessed with finding them. But none of their kid’s mothers call a maximum-security prison home either, so their opinions mean shit.

Caterina Santora has her own list of red flags…

She’s too young.
She’s my client’s daughter.
She’s my five-year old’s camp counselor.

Even after repeating this mantra to myself every morning on the way to Lily’s summer camp, guess what happens the moment I see Cat? Yeah, that mantra turns into ride me, doggie style and reverse cowgirl.

Every. Damn. Time.

The fact that she doesn’t remember me from six years before grates on me until I don’t have it in me to leave her alone any longer. I have to have her. But our lives are opposites in every way. In no way compatible.

When we’re together all the complications fade away and I have to keep reminding myself, even if I can have her— I can’t keep her.

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We aren’t trying to stamp ourselves with a top-secret label. We wanted to write without apology. We wanted to not be pigeon holed into a specific outline. We wanted to give readers a story without them assuming how the story will flow. Everyone has their favorite authors, right? And when you pick up their books, you expect something from them. Whether it’s an alpha male, heavy angst, a happily ever after, there’s something you are absolutely certain the book will contain. Heck, we’re readers, too, we get it.

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Review: Real Sexy

Real Sexy
Real Sexy by Meghan March
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Life is hopelessly unpredictable, unfailingly raw, and blessedly full of choices at every turn. Even when we feel trapped and have our wings clipped, there is always another day to dream, to wonder, and to keep moving forward. Sometimes those days are filled with dread of the never-ending cycle of pain and disappointment, but other time when we least expect it, we collide with our own Fate in the making. It causes a hiccup to our voice of reason that just maybe there is more. Perhaps, we are meant for a purpose beyond our overbearing life, and we struggle with the debilitating fear that comes with this revelation. Is it possible that we are worth more than we have been lead to believe, and that just maybe we can reach for the dreams that we don’t dare to even touch with our thoughts.

This magnificent story will offer you exhilarating freedom, brilliant hope, and shocking possibilities that will fly you to ends of the universe and beyond on wings of pure, unwavering love. There is nothing that this story doesn’t touch, obliterate, and conquer as you experience and savor every spectacular second of it! This is a true masterpiece at its absolute finest! If you want to lose your heart and soul to a story that will create a light in your dark or cloudy world, then look no further than the breathtaking pages of this incredible book. You will find more delicious intrigue, blazing heat, and heart-shattering hope then you will know how to handle. Do not walk away from this book as it will prove without a doubt that it is worthy of your time, your heart, and the profound affect it will have on your life.

If there is one author who is truly worth her weight in gold, precious gems, and all the treasures of this finite world, it would be Meghan March. Her huge heart and stunning soul only knows how to give. She pours everything that she is into each outstanding work of art that she creates for her beloved readers. There is never a day that goes by that she doesn’t send out a note of encouragement or love to her fans. She is unfailingly kind, unwaveringly generous, and unquestionably precious to any and every person that has ever come in contact with her. She is changing the world one person at a time. I see her blazing across the stars with her heart that burns for anyone who will take a chance and listen to the wonder and love that overflows from her very soul.

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REAL DIRTY by Meghan March – Review Blitz

 

Real Dirty AMAZONI have everything a guy could want—a new single burning up the charts, more money than a simple country boy could spend, and a woman I’m planning to marry.

Until she doesn’t show up for my proposal.

The life I thought was so perfect, isn’t.

The guy who thought he had everything, doesn’t.

I’ve got my heart on lockdown, but life sends me straight into the path of a mouthy bartender who puts me in my place.

Now the only place I want to put her is under me.

I thought I was done with love, but maybe I’m just getting started.

 

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Real Sexy AMAZONIn Nashville, country stars are a dime a dozen.

I swore I’d never get caught up with one, but Boone Thrasher made a liar out of me.

I said I’d never put my heart on the line, but he didn’t ask before he stole it.

Now we’re facing my worst fears, and we’ll see if this country boy is tough enough to see it through.

Girls like me don’t get happily ever afters… but maybe he’ll prove that wrong too.

 

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When words, passion, and life converge, you experience an exquisite harmony, a defining moment, and an earth-shattering marvel, which is exactly what you find in Real Dirty. Within these stunning pages lies emotions, struggles, and dreams so tangible that I felt that I owned a small piece of them myself. When you find yourself falling into a story so utterly and completely that you feel that you are a part of it, you know you have found the Nirvana of literature. When Heaven feels like it is just a single step, a single decision, and a single touch away, then there is no doubt that you have discovered the holy grail of all authors whose book you now hold in your hands. Not many things can top this incredible high and tremendous experience. All you can do is humbly thank the wickedly exceptional and truly blessed author who has graciously breathed life into this extraordinary treasure for you to always savor and forever enjoy.

I have come to understand and accept that I think and feel differently from those around me. I wholly open my soul to the words that I invite into my heart from each book that I read. I allow that author to enter into the most imitate part of my being and allow them to leave their fingerprint there for all time. Once I read a story, it lives within me and it either grows and strengthens me or it festers and tears me down. Either way, I take that risk every time I open the pages of a new page. When I dare to open the pages of a book from Meghan March I know that I am going to experience a wild rollercoaster ride that will stretch and shred me to the very core, but in the end it will be worth every painful tear that escapes my heart. They force me out of my comfort zone and make me realize that I can be so much more than I am allowing myself to become by standing still and staying safe.

My words are not fancy or flamboyant, but they are straight from my heart. I won’t win any awards, but perhaps I can get you to stop, think, and consider. That more than anything is all that I can ask for. I implore you to pause a moment, check out this incredibly magnificent book and allow yourself to experience a whole new level of fiction than you ever thought possible. I promise that a Meghan March book will rock, shatter, and transform your world before your very eyes. Do not miss out on any of her breath taking masterpieces because when you do finally read them, you will always wonder why it took you so long to realize what the rest of us already know – they are true and utter perfection that the entire world needs to experience and love.

 

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Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at meghanmarchbooks@gmail.com.

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