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New Release + 5 Star Review ☆ Three-Sixty: A Full Circle Duet Part #2 by Teri Kay

 

 

 

 

Reviewed by Jacqui

Please know that the first in this series One-Eighty needs to be read first. You definitely will want to read it anyways. Plus the cover is amazing.
At the end of One-Eighty, Teri Kay left us hanging. We met and fell in love with Connor and Daniella. Two single parents trying the dating world again. Their life is their kids and that seems to be it. But when their kids are in the same class and good friends, a friendship turned into more. But lying in the background waiting to pounce are Connor’s ex wife who has decided that having an affair with her secretary was not her best choice. She wants Connor to try again. But then there is Nic, Connor’s best friend who rebuffed his feelings before she got married. Now she wants to give it a try with Connor after her failed marriage. But Connor is not onboard with either of them. He has found Daniella and will do what he needs to to win her back. In Daniella’s eyes, she can’t compare to the other two women. She’s curvy and not feeling like she can add up to the other two. Her emotions are still on the fringe after the death of her husband and doesn’t want to be hurt again. She needs to decide to fight for the man she loves or cut her losses. Connor is there to help her with her decision.
What makes Teri Kay’s Duet series so good is her main characters. Connor is not your typical book boyfriend. He has a “dad body”, isn’t a millionaire, and has an occasional smoke. I will tell you this. I would take Connor Evans over any other book boyfriend. He is written as one of the nicest guys you will meet and knows who he is. I love absolutely everything about him. I like reading about “real” couples who are not perfect. Connor and Daniella have been written just like that. They get past their insecurities and find each other and the love they both want. Teri Kay, keep writing your characters like this. You have a way of making the ordinary extraordinary. Thank you.

Synopsis

Just when you think the dust is about to settle, the whirlwind of life picks you up and throws you into another hurricane of one-eighties. Daniella Kahele thought her life of one-eighties was beginning to settle after she met Connor Evans. It was like the stars aligned and the world kept throwing them together. He might just be the one to break down the walls she had built after the death of her husband. Just as she opens her heart again, Connor’s regretful ex-wife and jealous best friend decide they aren’t ready to let him go just yet. A storm of envious past love no one saw coming threatens to destroy everything and it’s a storm that neither Connor nor Daniella are prepared to weather. As Daniella spreads her wings, Connor sees the competition for her heart is real and that he may not be able to let her go. Can two lives full of one-eighties come together in a three-sixty to form a full circle?

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4 Star Review ☆ But First, Coffee (Love & Coffee Book 1) by Sarah Darlington

 

 

 

Reviewed by Jacqui

Already a fan of Sarah Darlington, I was excited to read the book. Once I started I had mixed feelings about it. At first I was expecting more of a rom-com based on the main characters names, Lana Bitterman and Joe Coffee. But it ended up being a little more serious than I expected.

Lana Bitterman, CEO of a coffee company and wearer of white pant suits. Wanting to expand her business, she seeks help from one of her stores best baristas, Joe Coffee. When she first meets him, the drop dead gorgeous barista is telling a story of spilling coffee on the white pant suit customer aka the boss. An awkward meeting later and Joe is helping her plan out her new store.

Joe Coffee is not who he seems. Yes, he makes a mean cup of coffee but his past is not what you would expect. Joe has been to law school, has ADHD, fell into drugs and alcohol addiction, lives a meager life and has trouble with intimacy and relationships, something that started after a blackout time in his life. A brother who will do anything to protect his younger sister Kitty, Joe is blackmailed into helping out a competitor and ex friend of Lana, who wants something from Lana. When the sparks fly between Joe and Lana, Joe knows what he needs to do. Help the woman he is falling in love with.

The plot and ending were not what I expected. It seemed too simple and easy and not much of a fight between Lana and her ex-friend Doug who has been blackmailing Joe. Although Joe and Lana get through their respective relationship problems and ended with a HEA, Doug is the big mystery as is Kitty. What will Sarah Darlington bring us with these two? I for one can’t wait. Thank you Sarah Darlington for bringing us Coffee.

Synopsis

Ready to expand her coffee empire, Lana Bitterman does what any smart and fierce CEO would do— she decides to promote the highest selling barista in her company. Joe Coffee. But Joe Coffee isn’t just a handsome barista with a great name. He also inexplicably has an engineering degree from MIT and an almost-degree from Harvard Law.
The more Lana researches Joe, the deeper into his past she falls. And from the moment he walks into her office, she knows she wants him.

Not just as an employee.

As more.

But little does she know, Joe has more secrets than a few unexplained degrees. He’s there because he was sent there.

 

New Release + 5 Star ARC Review 💗 Restored Dreams by L.B. Dunbar

 

Reviewed by Jacqui

I would highly recommend reading Mid Life Crisis before jumping into this book.
First off, the cover. Damn! When the cover fits perfectly for the story and main character, you know the book is going to be amazing. LB Dunbar has brought us another book for the over 40 crowd. Let me just say, a man with silver hair can knock your socks off.
Brut and Lily have been sidestepping each other for 22 years when Lily had her heart broken by Brut. Now they find themselves at the same beach house for a week long vacation. Instead of trying to avoid each other, they decide to give into the week of being together and see what happens. What they discover is that the attraction is still there. So begins what should have happened years ago. All thanks to Brut’s brother Hank who set Brut and Lily up.
These two have incredible chemistry thanks to LB Dunbar. I love the fact that once again she has written a story where the characters are older and have lived the life they wanted and are doing what they have set out to do. They are beautifully written and it was very easy to get lost in their story.
Once again LB Dunbar, thank you for incredible storytelling and showing us that life over 40 can still be a lot fun.

Blurb

More
romance for the over forty.
Brut Paige needs a life break.
As caretaker to his brother, his business, and his son, he’s used to being the
man to get things done.
Yet, along the way, he’s forgotten how to have fun.Lily Warren deserves a vacation.
She’s worked hard to establish her bakery, a lifelong dream. She’s proud of her
accomplishments.
But, she knows there’s something missing.

A broken heart tore them apart.
A little matchmaking forces them together…
Twenty-two years later.

Funny thing about being over forty—forgiveness and frosting can lead to all
kinds of trouble…or restored dreams.

+ + +

If you loved Hank Paige in Midlife Crisis, you’ll want to learn more about his
brother, Brut, a sexy silver fox mechanic, and the lost woman of his dreams.

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Author Bio
L.B. Dunbar loves the sweeter things in life: cookies,
Coca-Cola, and romance. Her reading journey began with a deep love of fairy
tales, medieval knights, Regency debauchery, and alpha males. She loves a deep
belly laugh and a strong hug. Occasionally, she has the energy of a Jack
Russell terrier. Accused—yes, that’s the correct word—of having an overactive
imagination, to her benefit, such an imagination works well. Author of over two
dozen novels, she’s created sweet, small town worlds; rock star mayhem; MMA
chaos; sexy rom-coms for the over 40; and intrigue on an island of redemption.
In addition, she is earning a title as the “myth and legend lady” for her
modernizations of mythology as elda lore. Her other duties in life include
mother to four children and wife to the one and only.

New Release + 5 Star ARC Review 🌺 GhostGirl by JB Salsbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghost Girl JB Salsbury

Reviewed by Jacqui

Have you ever stayed up late, reading a book you can’t put down, and then wake up the next morning still thinking about the story? Ghost Girl by JB Salsbury is that kind of book. I didn’t want to put it down or for the story to end. (Good thing it doesn’t) It’s a love story unlike one I have ever read. A story of two people who are complete opposites finding the realness in each other to make an unlikely pairing.

 

Milo lives in a foster home with his two younger brothers. The eldest son of a notorious gang leader in LA, Milo has fought to keep his brothers out of the hands of the gang. Living in a foster home that welcomes all of them has become his life. Even at the age of twenty, he still has a home there. He’s working for the school he attends as well as finishing his education. He doesn’t want to be the next gang lord. He just wants to provide a safe home for his brothers. He’s on track when his foster family takes in another teenager.

 

Mercy has lived a confined existence. Her looks make her stick out from most and she has been made to believe she  is more than she really is. It is the only life she has ever known. Her world comes crashing down when she wakes up in a psychiatric facility and then is taken home by her therapist. She is thrown into a life so unknown to her. She has no idea how to be a teenager or even what the outside world is. Fortunately for her, she has found a guardian angel in Milo. He teaches her and protects her at first out of concern, but then out of love. He will do what he needs to do to keep her safe from people still looking for her. Including going back to a life he gave up. Mercy is everything to him.

 

JB Salsbury has brought these two characters together and in turn has created a beautiful love story that no one would have expected. You become entranced by Milo and Mercy’s story. Already a huge fan of her work, this book solidified to me why I will always fangirl over JB Salsbury. It takes a lot to tell such a moving story and she nailed it. Seems like I say this a lot, but thank you JB Salsbury for introducing Milo and Mercy to me. XOXO

BLURB

 

She was brainwashed into believing she could save mankind.

Now, she’s the one who needs saving.

 

Abandoned with his two younger brothers, Milo Vega was placed in foster care. Now a twenty-year-old high-school senior covered in gang tattoos and working as the school’s janitor, he is living a life vastly different from the one he was destined for.

 

When another foster joins the family, this one from the psychiatric facility, Milo’s skeptical. A rare genetic condition makes her unlike any girl he’s ever seen, and he wants nothing to do with the one he calls Ghostgirl.

 

Despite his reluctance, his protective instincts flare when she enrolls in school, and eventually, an unlikely friendship grows between them. When a tragic event snaps her fragile psyche, Milo is faced with the possibility of never seeing her again.

 

Unless he risks it all to save her.

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

JB Salsbury, New York Times Best Selling author of The Fighting Series, lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day lost in a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles as stories claw away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to write her first novel.

Since 2013 she has published six bestselling novels in The Fighting Series and won a RONE Award.

For more information head over to jbsalsbury.com for the latest news, quizzes and downloadable swag!

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New Release + 5 Star ARC Review ❤️ Midlife Crisis by L.B. Dunbar

Midlife Crisis LB Dunbar

Reviewed by Jacqui

LB Dunbar you have done it again! You have given us a story that speaks to so many readers. A story that is not about twentysomethings who have perfect lives. This is a story about finding love again after 40. If you read her previous book, After Care, you already have a taste of what is to come. Mature characters with mature problems. As a mature reader, I devoured this story.

 

Hank Paige is a former rockstar with a rockstar past. Working for his brother in the family car restoration business has him wanting to find that one person. He’s been in love before, but this feels different. It feels real and reciprocated.

 

Midge Everette is a divorcee with three boys. Since her husband left her for a younger woman, she was convinced that she would never find anyone else. Then she meets Hank and he makes her feel like the most desirable woman in the world.

 

So there story begins. You get some more of Edie and Tommy as well as Ivy and Gage. We also get to meet some new characters which has me excited for what LB Dunbar has up her sleeve. Keep bringing us stories with real life problems and characters over 40. I’m fiftysomething and I love that these stories show that passion and fun isn’t just for the younger crowd. I look at my silver headed husband and think damn, how did I get so lucky. LB Dunbar, you’ve had me as a fan from the beginning. I don’t see that ending anytime soon. Thank you for this amazing story.

 

A sexy silver fox might be the perfect solution to a midlife crisis.

❤ ❤ ❤

Midlife Crisis

Another romance for the over 40

By L.B. Dunbar

Romantic Comedy

Midlife Crisis LB Dunbar

Midge Everette.

I’m forty-one today.

It’s my birthday,

And I’m crying over burnt toast.

That’s not some euphemism.

Literally, I’m sobbing over stupid bread,

so I call a crisis center.

I just need someone to talk to about life.

Only I recognize the smoky voice of the man on the line.

In the name of all things, don’t let it be…

Hank Paige.

As a former rock star,

I once had it all.

Fame. Fortune. Females.

Except for the one thing I wanted most.

Now, I fix cars and restore other people’s dreams.

I just want to be somebody’s someone.

And there’s a certain woman with captivating eyes,

I want to fulfill my dreams.

For the love of all things, please let it be her…

In the midst of questioning everything,

could love be the resolution to a midlife crisis?

❤ ❤ ❤

If you loved Tommy Carrigan in After Care meet his best friend and former drummer, Hank, as he discovers romance in his forties.

Book 2 of the silver fox, former rock stars can be read as a standalone.

 

 

 

About the Author

L.B. Dunbar has been accused of having an over-active imagination. To her benefit, this imagination has created over twenty novels, including the creation of a small-town world (Sensations Collection), rock star mayhem (Legendary Rock Star series), MMA chaos (Paradise Stories), rom-com for the over forty (The Sex Education of M.E.), and a suspenseful island for redemption (The Island Duet). Her alter ego, elda lore, creates magical romance through mythological retellings (Modern Descendants). Her life revolves around a deep love of reading about fairy tales, medieval knights, regency debauchery, and strong alpha males. She loves a deep belly laugh, a strong hug, and an occasional margarita. Her other loves include being mother to four grown children and wife to the one and only.

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New Release 💗 Impossible Bachelor (Bachelor Tower Series, Book 2) by Ruth Cardello

 

Ben
I like a challenge. Tell me something’s impossible and I’ll make it happen.
From our very first meeting it’s obvious the Bachelor Tower’s newest female
addition doesn’t think I’m her type. When I’m asked to distract her from the
politics of the building, she tells me I have no chance with her.
Proving her wrong will be fun and might just take us to the brink of
love.

I ask her to trust me, but I’m not prepared for what she shares when she does.

Kylie
My life was following a set plan before he comes into it and turns everything
upside down. Sure, he’s sexy as hell with a smile that can melt any heart—but I
can’t afford to make another mistake. In my experience, the only people who can
hurt me are the ones I let in.

He says he’s different, that he understands me.

He says that until I show him who I really am.

Then love is. . .impossible?

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Author Bio

Ruth Cardello hit the NYTs and USA Today for the first time back in 2012. Millions
of sales are evidence that her books are akin to potato chips, addictive from
the first one. She has created a multi-series billionaire world with a
combination of escapism and realism that has gained her a faithful following of
readers.
 
What Kindle Reviewers write about her:
 
“Wowhot at every page. Heart stoping, fear raging, mind blowing wonderful.”
 
“I’m a true fan of Ms. Cardello. I ran on to her first book a few years back and have
been hooked ever since. I could go on and on about the story line of this book,
but I’m not. All of her books are total page turners, unique, heart wrenching,
and I love them all. There isn’t two alike in the bunch and I feel like I know
the characters personally. I personally read 97 authors books. And I buy every
book they put out. This author is in my top 10. Great job and keep them
coming.”
 
“Love this series. Got me to start reading again. I look forward to the next book.
Thank you for giving me the love of reading back.”
 
Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode
Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from
her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York–then
came full circle and moved back to New England. She now happily lives one town
over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather
and international scene.
 
She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school
district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love-
writing and has never been happier. When she’s not writing, you can find her
chasing her children around her small farm or connecting with her readers online.

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GHOSTGIRL by JB Salsbury 💗

Release Date: June 19th, 2018

She was brainwashed to believe she could save mankind.

Now she’s the one who needs saving.

Three years ago Milo Vega was abandoned with his two younger brothers and placed into foster care. Now a twenty-year-old high school senior, covered in gang tattoos, and the school’s janitor, his life is vastly different from the one he was destined for.

When another foster joins the family, this one from the psychiatric facility, Milo is skeptical. A rare genetic condition makes her unlike any girl he’s ever seen and he wants nothing to do with the one he calls Ghostgirl.

Despite his reluctance, his protective instincts flare when she enrolls in school and eventually an unlikely friendship grows between them. When a tragic event snaps her fragile psyche Milo is faced with the possibility of never seeing her again.

Unless he risks it all to save her.

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Cover Reveal 💗 Laird by Cassia Brightmore

 

Laird by: Cassia Brightmore

Genre: Historical Dark Romance

Release Date: June 23, 2018

Cover Design: Simply Defined Art

Model: Lance Jones

Photographer: LJ Photography

 

Sold.

Traded into the hands of a vicious man as a pawn in war.

Blair Cowan might have been brave, but nothing terrified her more than the dark soulless eyes of the Laird that owned her.

Fearing for her life or not, if he thought she would ever bend to his will; he was about to embark on the greatest battle of his life.

 

Grown men feared his wrath.

The fiercest warriors ran from his sword.

Battlefields stained in blood spoke of his victories; while vast lands sang of his savage need to possess everything in his path.

And yet, one slip of a girl dared to defy him.

Laird Duncan MuCullogh was not a man to be underestimated. Blair’s fate was his alone to decide. Breaking her would be his greatest accomplishment.

 

Ensnared in a deadly battle between clans, betrayal ran deep and death knocked often. Amidst the struggle to rise, two powerful Lairds would stop at nothing to be the last man standing. No matter the devious acts they needed to commit to get there.

 

Conquer. Annihilate. Defeat.

The Highlands of Scotland will never be the same.

 

Head on over to Cassia’s Author Page on Facebook to enter an exclusive giveaway!

 

 

Cassia Brightmore is a Canadian dark romance author. She loves writing dark stories with twisted characters that she hopes will thrill the reader as well as make them fall in love.

 

She loves hockey, video games and online shopping. If she’s not writing or editing, you can usually find her doing one of these things. Writing is her passion and publishing her first book as an indie author is truly a dream come true.

 

Her titles include:

 

The Darkness Series

Book One: Malevolent

Book Two: Evanesce

Book Three: Denouement

Book Four: Repentance

 

The Trauma Series

Book One: Lincoln Hospital

Book Two: Flatline

Book Three: Resuscitation

 

Standalones

Unworthy

The Book Splash Horror Story

 

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New Release + 5 Star ARC Review 🌺 Behind Me By Piper Reagan

Behind Me by Piper Reagan
Reviewed by Jackie

If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. What an amazing first full length novel from new author Piper Reagan. I thought her first book Fast Forward was good, but if she keeps going at this pace, she is going to have a incredible career as an author.

Josephine (Joss) has lost her way in life. From that fateful day ten years ago to now, she has kept herself isolated, only having a few friends. On a night out with the girls, she lands in the arms of a handsome stranger, Cain. A night of incredible chemistry and mind blowing sex has Joss sneaking out the next morning to keep her secret hidden. But Cain is not one to give up. He is going to make this girl his, no matter what she is hiding.

I couldn’t put this book down. It takes you on a journey of every emotion you could imagine. Joss and Cain are written with such incredible chemistry it will have you cheering for them. I didn’t want their story to end. Be prepared to sit and take all of this book in one sitting. If things like sleep and work didn’t get in my way, I would have holed up for hours. Piper Reagan, thank you for such an extraordinary story. You have a fan for life. I can’t wait to see where your stories take me next.

Synopsis

don’t even know who I am anymore.
Josephine… My birth name. The one my parents gave me and the one they can have. It makes me no difference.
Joss… That’s what my friends call me. I like it. It means they know me. Sort of.
Blue J… My stage name. It hides me when I need it to.
Bird… That’s what he calls me. And he’s the only one.

He gave me a new name. One that was branded on my skin our first night together, placed there by his lips. The night that was supposed to be our first and our last. Because if he sees the me hiding behind the fake name, will he even want me?

Cain
She slipped out, right through my fingers. But that won’t work for me. Her voice made an impression, her touch left its mark. And when I find her, I’ll make sure she remembers the way it felt.

But how can a girl who hides herself, living her life in a convent and afraid to face the world, ever fall for a man who kills people for a living? Can the death row prison guard and the girl struggling to break free come together? Or will their differences keep them from finding their forever?

Behind Me is a contemporary romance with adult language and sexual content and is intended for an audience 18 and over.

 

 

 

About the Author

Piper Reagan is a wife, mom, dog lover, and avid reader. Her love for books led her to throw her hat in the ring and write one of her own. When she’s not bustin’ tail at her day job, she’s sneaking in time to read and write, which has been her greatest escape from day-to-day stress.

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5 Star Review 💗 Fighting Weight by Gillian Jones

Fighting Weight-Gillian Jones

Reviewed by Jacqui

This book is definitely going to be on my Top 10 list. This powerful book deals with a very sensitive subject of bulimia. It’s unfortunately a “bully” that holds so many captive. Gillian Jones dealt with the subject in an amazing way. You get an insight of what someone who suffers from bulimia inner monologue looks like. It also goes into another disorder, body dysmorphia. As someone who has dealt with this, I could relate to what Alina was feeling. Dealing with your own inner demons is a daily struggle for some.

The story of Alina and Slater was so well written it kept me up late reading. I wanted to cry with the characters and high five Slater for being in Alina’s corner throughout the story. It’s a story that shows that true love can overcome the challenges presented. Nobody is perfect but finding that one person who can help get you through and battle with you is out there. Accept the help no matter how long it takes. Gillian Jones, what an amazing story you have created that can touch so many in one way or another. We all have our demons and you found a sensitive way to approach them while stealing our hearts. Thank you.

Synopsis

We all have that voice inside our heads.

The one that speaks to us incessantly. That voice we trust to make the right decisions, to keep us on a positive path, even when others try to bring us down.

But what happens when that voice changes?
When it’s no longer a voice of reason, a voice of comfort giving us a pep talk when we need them?

What happens when that inner voice turns into a bully?

You’re fat.
Don’t you dare eat that.
You’ll never be as pretty as her.
You’ll never be as good as them.
You’re lazy. You’re stupid.
You are disgusting.
You. Are. Nothing.

What happens when that inner voice makes your body take its side?
Binge.
Purge.
Binge
Purge.

And what happens when the bully starts to win?

If your name is Alina Cassidy, then you fight like hell.

Warning: May contain subject matter that some readers may find sensitive. But I promise a traditional HEA.

 

 

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