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Fear Me by B.B.Reid

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This book is about high school student Lake and a boy she both fears and wants, Keiran.  Lake has been bullied by Keiran all her life, ever since he pushed her from the monkey bars as children. I’m a little on the fence with this book, it is dark and twisted but also sexy as hell so it’s not for the faint hearted. Keiran is horrible to Lake, and sometimes it’s too horrible for my personal tastes, but yet I couldn’t put the book down. There are several secrets and misunderstandings which keep the story going and it does end in a cliff-hanger of sorts.

Keiran is twisted, he’s had a warped upbringing and as a result he’s done horrific things. He’s not a prince charming; he’s not even nice so if that’s what you’re after you’re in the wrong place. He doesn’t give much away for most of the book, so we have no idea why he picks on her and tries to break her repeatedly.

Parts of the story are unbelievable (where the heck are all the responsible adults?!) and far stretched, but the chemistry is undeniable. The heat literally sizzles off the pages. I think if you like dark reads then this is good read, but if you’re squeamish then I’d probably avoid it.

Beautiful Assassin – Skyla Madi

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When Cammie Connors saved the mother of Christiano Russo, the son and heir to one of the most dangerous crime families in Australia, her life changed. At first Christiano’s world excited her, but now she’s trapped in her worst nightmare. Yet to the outside world she appears to be Russo’s princess, and as tensions run high between the two warring families, the Morettis order a hit on Cammie. Stefan Valentino is the name all men fear, but when his calling card, a single white rose, is left for Cammie, she feels a strange sense of calm. Eventually he will kill her, but when? Until that time, Cammie finds herself enjoying the chase…

Beautiful Assassin has such an interesting premise, and I loved the tension that this builds in the very beginning of the novel, but I kind of wish that Madi had made more of this while delving further into the Russo/Moretti family history. For me, the initial game between Cammie and Stefan made this mafia romance that little bit different, and I just wanted that bit more.

Even so, there was a lot to like about Beautiful Assassin. It had romance, some action and was well-written. Overall, a good read. I’m curious to see if there’s a sequel.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Cover Reveal: Coping Skill – Jerica MacMillan

Coping Skills

Players of Marycliff University

Book 5

Jerica MacMillan

New Adult Sports Romance

Release Date: April 17, 2017

Blurb

Learning to deal …

Back at Marycliff University for her senior year, Elena Martinez is still reeling from her father’s devastating car accident over the summer. Awash in anger and guilt and shouldering ongoing family responsibilities, she tries to pretend that everything’s fine, even though it’s anything but.

Daniel Carter has been looking forward to seeing Elena again all summer. Sexy and energetic, she’d captured his attention on the surf trip they’d both gone on in early June, and he’s eager continue what they started on the beach. But when he runs into her the week before classes start, she’s subdued and carrying the obvious weight of emotional pain. Determined to help her, he becomes her refuge from the stress and grief pulling her under.

Will Daniel’s persistence be enough to break through Elena’s emotional barriers? Or will her fears and hangups be the end of their relationship before it can really even start?

Gripping and emotional, Coping Skills will hook you in and not let go until the very end. If you love strong and stubborn heroines, dominant and caring alphas, and stories that hit you in all the feels, one-click this book now!

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Excerpt

Soon, they were both involved in the game, throwing their whole bodies into turns, elbowing each other on accident, then on purpose, laughing and dueling for position. Since he was bigger and heavier, he won more often than not, but Elena knew how to use her sharp little elbows to her advantage, probably the result of growing up with a younger brother. He didn’t have a sister, but he had friends who did, and some of their older sisters were just as rough as he was on his little brother. Clearly, Elena fell into that category of older sister.

After one elbow contest where Elena was losing, both with her elbow, and her narrow lead on screen, she hopped up and sat down on his lap, knocking the controller out of his hands, making his character veer off course and crash. She braced her feet on the coffee table, pushing back to smash him as far into the couch as she could, pushing the coffee table away as she did so.

Wrapping his arms around her, he caught her before she could fall off his lap, trapping her against his chest, pulling her back, and rolling sideways so he pinned her on the couch. She laughed, squirming under him, and tossed aside the controller, blowing out a breath to try to dislodge the ends of her ponytail caught in her mouth.

She slapped his tricep lightly. “Move your arm! I can’t believe you made me crash!”

He laughed, moving his arm, but brushing the hair off her face before she could. Her laughter died, and she stilled under him, as though she suddenly realized how she was laying, pinned under him.

His breath caught at the look on her face, equal parts memory and desire as her eyes flitted over his features and settled on his lips. “You made me crash first.”

Her eyes went back to his, and her smile was dazzling, finally reaching her eyes and driving out the perpetual sadness. “I was just trying to win.”

Now his gaze settled on her lips, lush and red, still smiling, though less widely now. He remembered the taste of those lips. Had been wanting to taste them again ever since.

Slowly, he lowered his head to hers, giving her plenty of time to turn away if she wanted. But she didn’t. Instead, she closed the distance, fastening her mouth to his, her tongue plunging into his mouth.

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Other Books in this Series
Summer Fling

One summer is all they have …

Lance is a notorious player on and off the football field who never sees a girl more than twice. But with graduation now behind him, his days of carefree flirting are numbered. As soon as his summer internship is over, his parents expect him to return to Texas to take his place in the family business. He’s done everything he can to delay the inevitable, and he’s determined to live it up his last summer as his own man.

Abby comes from a world where men don’t stick around. Lance’s interest does nothing but put her on guard, especially when she finds out he’ll be leaving in less than two months. With two years left of college and a mom who relies on her for everything, Abby doesn’t have the patience for relationships that are doomed from the start. But Lance’s persistence wears down her defenses. Abby convinces herself they’ll just have a summer fling, and she’ll be able to come through unscathed.

Will Abby be able to maintain her distance? Or will they both be heartbroken when the summer ends?

If you love steamy college romance featuring hot athletes and sassy heroines, check out this first installment in the hot new series everyone is raving about!

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Convenient Fall

Sleeping with your roommate is a bad idea, right?

Megan Davidson is scrambling to find a new place after Abby, her roommate and best friend, decides to move in with her boyfriend Lance. With just a week until classes start, the open spot left in Lance’s old house looks like her best option. She moves in with Matt and Chris, hot football players who are shameless flirts and notorious players.

Chris Watkins is playing his final season of college football before life as he knows it is over. He’d dreamed of going pro, but the NFL never scouted him and now he’s in self-destruct mode—not bothering to go to classes or even try to graduate. With everything falling apart, he can’t even lose himself in the jersey chasers that are always hanging around. Megan caught his attention over the summer, and with her constantly under his nose, he can’t get her out of his head.

Sparks fly when these two finally give in to their attraction. Will these roommates turned lovers manage to keep things light and easy like they planned? Or will their flame burn hotter than anyone is ready for?

If you love steamy college romance full of hot athletes, fiery heroines, and chemistry that melts the pages, get Convenient Fall now!

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Managed Hearts

Do you choose your dream job—or the guy you’ve always wanted?

Three years ago Hannah met a sexy surfer while on vacation in Westport, WA. After a whirlwind summer romance, he ghosts. She’s tried to move on, but no other guy has ever measured up. And now she comes face to face with him on the first day of her new internship. To make matters worse, he’s one of her managers, and he has no idea who she is.

Matt graduated in December after his final football season, and is now working a desk job. Having spent his whole life as an athlete, the day to day grind chafes at him. All his friends are moving on with relationships and pursuing their goals while he’s left as the third wheel. And despite his reputation as a player, he’s the only one who ever wanted a girlfriend.

And then Hannah Glover shows back up in his life—the girl who simultaneously made him want a relationship and ruined him for anyone else without him even realizing it. He wants her now more than ever, but she doesn’t trust him after the way he ended things before. Which should be fine since he’s her manager at his first job out of college, and their company has a strict no fraternization policy. But Matt just can’t seem to help himself where she’s concerned. And she won’t be an intern forever, right?

Will he be able to convince Hannah to give them another shot? Or will their past and their present conspire to keep them apart?

If you love steamy new adult romance featuring hot college athletes with a hidden dominant side, heroines who stand up for themselves, and a hard-won happily ever after, check out the third installment in the Players of Marycliff University series now!

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Unsaid Things

Christmas. An engagement ring. An unexpected reappearance.

After a romantic six months, Lance and Abby’s relationship feels solid, and he’s excited to have her spend Christmas with his family in Texas. She doesn’t know he has a diamond ring stashed in his suitcase, along with a plan to propose to her on Christmas morning.

He’s forced to scrap the proposal, however, when Abby’s dead-beat brother shows up at her mom’s house two days before Christmas. Abby, worried about her brother’s sudden reappearance after more than a year of silence, insists on going home.

Just when Lance thought he’d broken through Abby’s defenses, she puts up another one in his path. Pushing him away, she insists on dealing with her family herself, a bad idea in his mind. Will proposing reassure her that he’s in it for the long haul? Or just make everything exponentially worse?

The fourth installment in the Players of Marycliff University series follows the developing relationship of Lance and Abby from Summer Fling. It’s a story about family, trust, and where you should turn when life gets messy. If you’re looking for a hero you can swoon over and make your next book boyfriend, one-click Unsaid Things now!

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About Jerica MacMillan

Jerica MacMillan is a lifelong reader and lover of romance. Nothing beats escaping into a book and watching people fall in love, overcome obstacles, and find their happily ever after. She was recently named a semi finalist in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write 2015 contest.

Jerica is living her happily ever after in North Idaho with her husband and two children. She spends her days building with blocks, admiring preschooler artwork, and writing while her baby naps in the sling. Join her Book Club at www.JericaMacMillan.com and get a free book!

Call Me Daddy by Jade West

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I am a huge fan of Jade West, she is brilliant at writing steamy filth but still manages to interweave complex and brilliant relationships. She is my one-click buy author and she’s also incredibly nice and just a tad nutty in person. Call Me Daddy is no different from her other works in terms of quality and I really enjoyed it.

Laine is having a crap birthday, which is not surprising considering she has a mother who barely remembers she exists and a best friend who always drops her for the D. But this birthday is especially crap, and Laine is trying to find her way home in the pouring rain, with no keys when she’s almost assaulted by a stranger, but Nick comes to her rescue. He takes her in, he looks after her and for the first time she feels safe.

Laine is conflicted, he treats her like a daughter and she likes that, but she also wants something more. This taboo faux-father/daughter relationship is smutty, sexy and very addictive. It’s something which is so very wrong but also incredibly right.

I love how West gives Nick this heart-breaking backstory; she adds a depth to him that I love. He is a natural nurturer; he yearns to make up for what he feels are his failings in a previous relationship. After trying to find a balance in their relationship, there was a punishment scene which wasn’t really my thing but it was necessary to the development of them as a couple, Laine and Nick finally find something with each other that they can’t get anywhere else.

If you’ve previously read Jade West’s work and love her then you won’t be disappointed in this. If you love taboo books, with vivid sex scenes and brilliant relationships then give Call Me Daddy a go!

Rough Love by Laura Morgan

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This is a MC romance from Laura Morgan which is a slow burning, sexy, dark and complicated read. Dahlia Proctor is the youngest daughter of the Black Knights Motorbike Club President and after the death of her older sister, her life is flipped upside down.  She’s expected to take her sister’s place in more ways than one, but this steamy read continually unfolds and secrets are revealed left, right and centre.

I call this a slow burner because I did struggle to get into it a little because I didn’t like how naive and pathetic Dahlia was. She is very stereotypical in that she’s spoilt, out of the loop and almost completely blind to what her brothers and father do.  That said, I really enjoyed her character development and as the story progressed she found her place in the MC club and her voice.

I liked that you never knew who to trust, we had Dahlia’s view of her father which clashed with her sisters opinions and we have his behaviour to go on but that’s only half the story. At some points I hated him, and others I could see that he really cared about his daughter. There are so many shadows surrounding this MC club, and dark triggers but once the story got going it was addictive and I was trying to work out where the story was headed.

I would recommend this book if you’re after something sexy and unique.  Laura Morgan excels at writing dark and complex stories and this one is no different. It’s more than just a motorcycle romance, it’s not straightforward and the ending will leave you hoping that Morgan has another book planned!

Cover reveal: Tangled Truths by lizzie james

 

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Blurb

Tangled Truths by Lizzie James.

The Truth will set you free!

When the dust settles over the waring Walker and Johnson Families, they finally have no option but to accept the marriage of Nathan and Chloe, or do they?

However, not everything is what it seems and Chloe may end up paying the ultimate price in this war. Not only fighting for her marriage to Nathan but to navigate the secrets and lies that have plagued her and the devastating betrayal of her dignity.

The intense rivalry between the Walker boys, places Chloe squarely between her husband and his manipulative brother, Adam and his waring love and lust for Chloe only intensifies with every harsh rejection from her. He just cannot accept his defeat by his brother in this love game.

The Walker / Johnson dynasties will go on but will their patriarchs finally realise that no man is an island nor can he be denied the love of the woman he has devoted himself to for any cost. Not even that of his families legacy.

The truth can consume you and it can also destroy you if you let it.

Finally a tale of Tangled Truths,

Secrets and guilt disclosed with proof.

The love we share is stronger than all

Together We stand but divided They fall.

 

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Lizzie James lives in the valleys of South Wales, UK with her family. Working full time for her local authority keeps her busy but her free time is spent in her favourite pursuits of writing, reading, listening to music and travelling. She is passionate about her writing and cooperatively works with a team of dedicated bloggers through CLiK Book Blog and Facebook Group to advance and promote not only her own work but that of other aspiring Indie Authors.

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Book: Dazed

Series: The Deliverance Series

Author: Maria Macdonald

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Release Date: 28th April

Cover Design: Francessca Webster of Francessca’s PR & Designs

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Synopsis:

People say the heart wants what it wants and will not be denied.

Those people are fools.

I’m a practiced hand at hiding from the world. The scars I bear are invisible to all but me, and I use them to sustain the walls I’ve built around myself.

He knocked my simple life into disarray and infiltrated my carefully constructed defenses.

The tight control I maintain is at breaking point, and ever since our eyes connected across a lunch hall, my world has been off balance.

I can’t have him, and he can’t have me.

I know it.

He knows it.

I’m just not sure that Tarrant Reigns has ever followed anyone’s rules.

Everything and everyone is against us.

Even his brother.

Caden brought us together, but now he’s standing in our way.

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About The Author

Maria is a full time working Mum, she has two beautiful daughters, both of whom love books as much as she does.

Maria has loved to write since she was a little girl.

Reading and loving books, as well as blogging, has inspired her to write and publish.

Maria, her husband and children now reside in Wiltshire, England.

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Cover Reveal: Hopelessly Devoted – A.M. Myers

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COVER DESIGNER: Jay Aheer/ Simply Defined Art

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BLURB:

You think you know pain?

You don’t.

I’ve lived in it for years, pulled so far down into the darkness that it’s all I see. There was no telling where I ended and the darkness began. It swallowed me up whole and spit out a man that I didn’t recognize. I can promise you, you’ve never felt pain like that. It was eternal night and there was no chance that I would ever make it out alive.

Then there was her – Alison James. She’s a spark of brilliant light in the bleak nothingness, a tiny beacon of hope in my endless torment and I can’t do anything but cling to her, hoping for just another second of relief. I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her but some things are out of my hands.

My past is coming back to haunt us and at the very least, it will tear us apart. But if worse comes to worst, she’ll be just as dead as my soul.

Can I force myself to let her go if it will save her? Or will I sacrifice her life for my own selfishness?

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BIO:

A.M. Myers currently lives in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina with her husband and their two children. She has been writing since the moment she learned how to and even had a poem published in the sixth grade but the idea of writing an entire book always seemed like a daunting task until this story got stuck in her head and just wouldn’t leave her alone. And now, she can’t imagine ever stopping. A.M. writes gripping romantic suspense novels that will have you on the edge of your seat until the end.

When she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out with her kids or pursuing other artistic ventures, such as photography or painting.

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