Monday, July 9, 2018

RELEASE/REVIEW: The Billionaire's Wake-Up-Call Girl by Annika Martin

Genre: Romantic Comedy


When my manager assigns me the task of finding a new wake up call service for our CEO, I think, how hard can this be?

Answer: practically impossible. It turns out that no wake-up call company in the world will take him on as a client. They’ve all had enough of his surly personality.

So in an effort not to lose my job, I secretly start making the calls myself, every day at 4:30 am sharp. OMG yes you read that right—four freaking thirty in the morning.

Confession: I’m not the nicest wake-up-call girl at that hour. Hello! Who wakes up before the roosters are even crowing? Luckily he doesn’t seem to mind my get-your-ass-out-of-bed attitude.

Day by day we’re becoming closer, and the calls start turning hot, like pay-by-the-minute hot and oh-so-wild. Snuggled under the covers with the moonlight streaming in the windows, we divulge our secrets to each other, but the one thing that he can never find out is that the sexy vixen who wakes him up every morning is just the lowly assistant who wears frumpy dresses. I can only imagine his disappointment.

Now he wants to take me out on a date and he’s scouring Manhattan to find me. He’s an overachieving billionaire bent on a mission. How much longer can I keep up this charade?

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~Book Review~
4.25 Stars

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Cooper, 27, only has to stick out her new job for 30 days to earn the sign-on bonus she desperately needs.  Then she can escape the strange world of Vossameer Inc. and its elusive Oz like owner.
“Everyone here is obsessed with Mr. Drummond. They seem to regard him the way the ancient regarded gods that controlled the weather and plagues.”
Theo Drummond is preoccupied with cracking the chemical solution to another life-saving medical invention. That is till he’s preoccupied with his new wake-up caller.
“‘Wake up, motherfucker’”
Lizzie has spirit, and she’s determined to be self sufficient. After being screwed over in her last relationship, she’s weary of making the same mistake. That doesn’t stop her though from taking some wild risks that fuel the comedic element in this romcom.
“I had phone sex with my boss at 4:30 in the morning and now I’m in a prairie dress impersonating a wake-up-call service.”
Theo rocks the aloof and surly CEO image in the opening chapters from Lizzie’s POV, but once the story reaches his perspective it’s clear he has integrity and determination. Their opposites attract romance has just the right amount of heart and depth.
“In chemistry, just the smallest adjustment—the addition of one atom—can be the difference between inertness and an explosion. We have that something. We really are combustible.”
Oh and there’s their sexual chemistry too!
“It’s just by the sheer backward recitations of the periodic table that I’m not losing it like a schoolboy at first fuck. But I’m not making it longer just for myself. I love concentrating on her pleasure. I could do it forever.”

Told via Lizzie and Theo’s first person POVs, the narrative is witty and entertaining, and the premise as it played out gave me quite a few out-loud chuckles. Lizzie’s descriptions of the company and employees in the opening chapters were colorful and engaging.  I did, however, pause at several points and consider contracting the Dragusha brothers to handle Sasha. ;-)

But for the most part the story only left me craving one thing…. I’ll be in the kitchen baking before I start my next book. 

Lizzie hasn’t even met Mr. Drummond yet, but she can already tell you all about him:

I’ve never met the notorious Mr. Drummond, but evidence of his assholery is all around. 

The employees here are fearful, as though they’re expecting to be fired at any moment, or maybe beheaded. The environment is sleek gray marble and steel, like an elegant and slightly futuristic prison. No outside decorations are allowed, not even in the deepest recesses of your cubicle.

Even the outside of the building is unforgiving—a mod gray concrete bunker with rectangular windows arranged in straight rows. A study in harsh geometry.

Mr. Drummond doesn’t like decorations, my manager Sasha told me once. Vossameer is about lifesaving solutions, not party streamers.

I’d brought a giant tub of home-baked frosted cookies to share my second day, and people nearly fell out of their chairs. It turns out we can’t bring treats to share. Ever.

This is a workplace, not a potluck, Sasha said.

I’ve gotten good at sensing the jerky DNA of Mr. Drummond’s statements, and I’m pretty sure that was one of them. Same with the party streamers comment. It’s something about the sheer jerkiness of it, and also, how Sasha changes her voice to sound breathless and intense.

Everyone here is obsessed with Mr. Drummond. They seem to regard him the way the ancients regarded the gods that controlled the weather and plagues. Angry and vengeful, yet glorious. Never to be spoken ill of.

Also, nobody talks about Mr. Drummond without using the word “amazing” at least once. Maybe that’s in the employee manual somewhere.

Sasha’s obsession goes way further—more into awestruck love territory.

She speaks his name like she’s whispering hallowed secrets to the Greek oracles atop Mount Olympus—Mr. Drummond this, Mr. Drummond that. Amazing Mr. Drummond.

“Mr. Drummond is not the most sociable person in the world,” Sasha breathlessly informed me the day I started. “He has extremely high standards—for himself and for his employees—but his amazing breakthroughs save lives every day. The work we do to support him makes that possible.” And then she’d looked me deeply in the eyes and said, This is the most important job you’ll ever have.

I’d just nodded while making a mental note to stay away from any brightly colored liquid.

Annika Martin loves fun, dirty stories, hot heroes, and wild, dramatic everything. She enjoys hanging out in Minneapolis coffee shops with her writer husband, and also likes birdwatching at her bird feeder alongside her two stunningly photogenic cats, especially when she should be writing. She’s heavy into running, music, saving the planet, taking long baths, and consuming chocolate suckers. She’s worked a surprisingly large number of waitressing jobs, and has also worked in a plastics factory and the advertising trenches; her garden is total bee-friendly madness and her most unfavorite word is nosh or possibly fob. A NYT bestselling author, she has also written as RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Without Regret by Aubrey Bondurant

4 Stars

Emma Brown likes bad boys, but Trevor Newhall, 28, is a nice guy.  Technically, he’s a suit guy, which Emma has sworn off. But he’s hard to resist.

I liked Emma in WithoutApology, and I think she started off strong here.
“‘Because I guarantee being the one who got away feels a hell of a lot better than being the girl who gives him a second chance.’”
This is awesome advice that she gave out, and more women should probably take it to heart. There are too many tales of heroines taking back cheaters, users, and abusers and worse yet, romanticizing it. So when a heroine speaks these wise words, well…Amen!

I only wish Emma could have applied more wisdom to her own emotional baggage as the story progressed. At certain points, Emma’s no commitment, keep-a-distance stance grew a little tired.

Trevor really was a good guy and great catch.  He had a ton of patience, and turned out to be a true sweetie.  I would have only haggled with him over one statement, and that’s mainly because I hate to see the importance of higher education sold short.
“‘All a degree means is that you had the financial means and put forth the effort to get it.’”
But honestly, I think he was just trying to make Emma feel better because he was a caring and understanding guy like that.

These two didn’t lack for sexy times together.
“‘Too bad you already covered up; I bet you would’ve looked good between my red lips.’”
Though there was a point where their relationship seemed stalled in sex mode due to Emma's hang-ups.   

In comparison to the first book, this one seemed to lack some of the business side plot intrigue that I enjoyed with that one.  Told via Emma and Trevor’s dual first person POV, it can be read as a standalone, although I highly recommend the first book too. Peyton and Simon (Emma’s boss) make appearances in this one. I enjoyed Simon’s role here, reaffirming what an awesome guy he is as well. Hope to see Mason get a story at some point. 

~Also in the Series~  
“It was amazing how much more quickly a twenty-five hour ride went when you spent most of it having sex….I was sure Simon had been inside me in every single state we’d driven through.”

Thursday, June 28, 2018

REVIEW/RELEASE BLITZ: Nerdgasm by Kimberly Reese

Series: Naughty Nerds #0.5
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance


nerdgasm (noun):
an emotional climax at the peak of intense (sometimes sexual) excitement, characterized by a deep attraction to nerdy things and/or people.

My stutter makes it easy to become the center of attention for all the wrong reasons, so I try hard to stay out of the spotlight.

But when Addison Mitchell breezes into the class I TA for, she turns my world upside down, shaking me out of my comfort zone.

Confident and bold, her wandering hands set my body on fire.

She sees the real me, and she’s still interested.

I’m completely out of my element, yet I’ve never felt more alive.

Fingers crossed we're not a one-off fling.

I have a lot to learn, but I’m willing to make this work.

I’m going to give her more than a nerdgasm.

I’m going to give her my heart. 

  ~Book Review~
4.25 Stars

Graduate student and TA, Theo Cadwell, 23, has dealt with a stuttering problem since childhood. But undergrad Addison Mitchell finds it “adorkable.”

Cutting straight to the chase, the most refreshing thing about this novella is the reverse sexual experience imbalance that doesn’t happen nearly enough in the romance world.  The manwhore and the virgin is so overdone a fork should have been stuck in it a long time ago.  So squeal a little over this scenario where the hero is the virgin and the heroine has experience!
“I may be the one popping Theo’s cherry for actual penetration, but he’s effectively ruining me for other men.”
And it gets better. The heroine isn’t shy, meek, or self conscious. Addy has no problem telling Theo what she likes.
“‘Oh, my God, please do that again,’ I cry out when he presses against a sensitive spot inside me.”
It was a pleasure to read about a heroine who’s comfortable with her body and her pleasure and who isn’t afraid to make the first move.  I also enjoyed the low angst factor; the conflict here was fitting and raised some interesting points. The resolution was a nice turn of events. While I did think maybe Demi overstepped her place, overall the situation was handled with maturity. There’s no contrived drama here, and the plot avoids the tired student-teacher trope dilemmas.

Theo is an all round good guy.  And this story just shows that “research” and good advice can be sexier and seriously hotter than sleeping around. (Oh definitely hotter!)

I’m definitely interested in seeing where this Naughty Nerds series is going. I gotta say, Professor Cohen did sorta steal the show in his scenes so I hope he gets a steamy and swoonworthy book for himself. The Mission Orange scene was very titillating.

Told via their dual alternating 1st person POV, this is a sweet, sexy, and safe romance with positive representations of love. 

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Kimberly Reese published her first novel in 2017 and has since been hard at work writing more steamy stories. She grew up in a military family and is currently working on her tan in Arizona. When she isn't writing, you can catch her reading, traveling, resisting the urge to adopt more dogs, or spending time with family.

REVIEW/RELEASE BLITZ: Shameless King by Maya Hughes

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Genre: New Adult Romance

 A deliciously steamy enemies with benefits romance.

Declan McAvoy. Voted Biggest Flirt. Highest goal scorer in Kings of Rittenhouse Prep history.

Everyone’s impressed, well except one person…

After a blow out in high school, Makenna Halstead and I were happy to never have to cross paths again. Except life has a way of knocking you straight in the teeth with a puck when you least expect it. She hasn’t just returned to my life, she crashed into it like a wrecking ball...into my college kingdom, into my class, and smack dab into the seat next to mine. My new lab partner to be exact.

For years we hated each other... I may be King on the ice, but she is the Ice Queen. She has no problem calling me out, doesn’t back down, and her piercing blue eyes have me picturing more than than just my arms wrapped around her.

Now we’re stuck with each other and there’s no getting around that fact that we have to work together. My hockey career hangs in the balance. Problem? Oh, yeah.

I can’t deny it. I want her. More than I ever thought I could want a woman. I’ve got one semester–only four months–to convince her everything she thought about me was wrong.

Will my queen let me prove to her I’m the King she can’t live without?

 Only one way to find out…

~Book Review~
4 Stars

Declan McAvoy is the jock hockey player with aspiration to the NHL. Makenna Halstead is the aloof studious girl with aspirations for Stanford. They are both full of assumptions and misread each other at every pass in high school. But when a turn of events in college throws them together with the same goal, they get the chance to see each other for who they really are.
“I’d entered a different plane where a guy like Declan stood waiting for me outside work like an 80s movie version of a prince.”
Told via their alternating first person POV, the story opens with the tale of these two and their friends in high school as they approach graduation. While included in the ARC I received, this is technically the series prologue, now available as a separate free novella. It’s a lot of introductions to make and follow, but these supporting characters are getting their own books at some point. Then the story jumps back to prom (I assume this is the prologue to the actual book) before moving forward four years in the future to their senior year of college. I’ll admit, I struggled a little in these early parts. And then I struggled with a scene that would have benefited from an editorial deletion. Declan waking up hung-over with another girl, though one he thankfully did not have sex with before passing out, didn’t add anything to the story and just delayed any kind of connection between him and Mak. Aside from being unromantic, it also felt really unnecessary.

But once the story settled into Mak and Declan getting to know each other and working together, the romantic development started to shine through. Though I hadn’t felt a whole lot of chemistry between them prior, that changed once they hit the sheets.
“…beckoning me closer like a siren to the rocks of pleasure, ready to shred me. But I didn’t want to change course now. I couldn’t. She owned me.”
First, wow, how refreshing that the hero feels owned instead of the heroine for once! That line was a nice change of pace. Second, Declan was quite impressive in the bedroom. He’s like the energizer bunny with a rechargeable battery. It was totally hot yet heartfelt at the same time. I might have even been tempted to read those chapters more than once. ;-)
“Watching her come apart was my favorite sight in the world. I’d rather watch her than hockey. I roared out her name and followed her…”
Declan turned out to be a pretty solid guy I adored how he was all in for Mak and didn’t give up once he got to really know her. I also got a kick out of how the tables got turned on Declan; the “ghosted” scenes with the guys was cute.

Both Mak and Declan have some family baggage that they have to work through, but the themes fit the new adult college romance angle.

As for future books, I’m definitely intrigued by Heath and interested in his story. He seemed like he has the has potential to make his girl swoon.  I was sorta fascinated by him so I hope his book is hot like this one too. Avery and Emmet’s story would be a pass for me though based off his fall into manwhore land.  Everyone else I’m still trying to keep straight. ;-)

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RELEASE BLITZ: The Cleanup by Megan Green

Series: Washington Rampage #2
Genre: Sports Romance


Boy meets girl.

Boy screws girl.

Girl gets knocked up.

That was my story with Brandon Jeffers, power hitter for the Washington Rampage and baseball’s biggest bad boy. He came into my life like a line drive to the face, and he left without looking back.

It’s okay though, because I’m determined to raise this baby on my own. I mean, women for centuries have navigated parenthood alone…why should I be any different?

But when the major league star shows up on my doorstep making promises I know he can't keep, my defenses go up and my expectations stay low.

Brandon says he can clean up his act…

I’ll believe it when I see it.

~Book Review~

Heroine’s friend: “I think you’re making a mistake, Liv. Brandon has a right to know you’re having hid kid. He has a right to decide if he wants to be a part of his or her life.”
Heroine: “’I disagree,’ I say, resolute in my decision. ‘Because I already know how he’ll react. You think he’s suddenly going to drop everything and want to play house with me and a baby? That’s not who he is.’”
Heroine’s friend: “Lexi shoots me a pointed look. ‘You spent all of twelve hours with him, and you think that make you an expert on who he is?’”
The above is exactly why I didn’t like this heroine. That and the fact that she was a total enabler with her mother, giving her thousands of dollars that she knew would be spent on booze and drugs.  She definitely didn’t come off as someone ready to be a responsible parent herself.

And then the hero is a manwhore. (Heroine’s own words. Her friends words were “he might go through women like tacos on Tuesday”) We even meet his regular fuck buddy.  Despite all that, I think he still might have been more likable than this very cold heroine. There were no romantic vibes between these two.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

RELEASE BLITZ: Wingman by Katie McCoy

Series: Rascals #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Chase McKenna is the hottest bartender in the city… and he knows it. Sexy, charming, and abs for days? It’s no wonder every girl who walks through the doors is panting for him.

Except me.

I’m stuck crushing on my perfect boss, who has zero idea I’m even alive. I need a plan to catch his attention… and who better to teach me the tricks of seduction than Mr. Panty—Dropper himself?

The rules are simple: no strings, no stress, and definitely no feelings. But it turns out, Chase is way more than I bargained for, and as for the sparks flying between us…?

You can’t teach chemistry like this.

Soon, we’re throwing our lesson plan out the window — and our clothes right after it. We’re breaking all the rules, and my heart’s on the line, but now I’m wondering…

Must all good flings come to an end?

Find out in the hot new romance from Katie McCoy!

~Book Review~

Couldn’t connect with the main characters. Heroine has been crushing on her boss for 4 years. He dates models, not her type. (She seems to compare herself to other women a lot. At least 3 different times by page 2 of the second chapter.) It’s hard to have respect for someone who’s hung up on a person who either doesn’t notice or isn’t interested for 4 freaking years. Way past time to move on. Hero though is a manwhore. Takes home different girl each night. No thanks. Have read that enough times before. 

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Katie McCoy is a self proclaimed sushi addict, Cardinals baseball fanatic, and lover of all things theatrical. A St. Louis native transplanted to Brooklyn, she acts, sings, and shakes her booty when she isn't writing books about hot men and the girls who love them.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

COVER REVEAL: Fixing Her by Miranda Elaine

Fixing Her, an all-new friends to lovers romance from debut author Miranda Elaine is coming June 28th!


When we were younger, Temperance Price was the quiet girl with dreamy eyes who hung on my every word. She was always beautiful, but I had plans to get out of Red Oak and make a life of my own.
Ten years later, a crushing tragedy has brought me home again—right back to her.
The innocent girl I left is gone, and in her place is a sassy single mom I can’t get out of my head. She’s hired me to fix her house, but I have other things in mind.
She thinks I’m just a handyman.
She thinks we’re only friends.
She thinks I’ve never noticed her.
I think what really needs to be fixed is her whole perspective.

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31880704_2084000155191510_632795647891734528_n.jpgMiranda Elaine is a loving wife and barely surviving mother of three occasionally good kids. Her hobbies include lying to herself about the calories in donuts and banana pudding, as well as running out of excuses when procrastinating. She's been an avid reader since she was a young girl. Whether she's by the pool, curled up in bed, or hiding in the closet, as long as she has a book in her hands she’s happy.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Knocked Up (Crazy Love #2) by Stacey Lynn

2.75/3 Stars

Cara Thompson, 24, and Braxton Henley, 28, shared a one night stand at mutual friends’ wedding. The night left them still lusting after each other and with a unique wedding favor.

Told via their dual first person POV, the story started out engaging, and I felt their chemistry. I could also see both sides of their conflicts. Brax was kinda hot and had a lot of potential. I liked his determination to accept the situation, his interest in the baby, his desire for Cara, and to commit.
“Sure, it happened well before I was ready, and absolutely unprepared, but life wouldn’t be life if it didn’t throw you a curveball every once in a while.”
For the most part, I liked Brax. (at that stage)

With the exception of one not so tiny character flaw—he’d been a manwhore right up until the point Cara seeks him out about the pregnancy. That of course means he also wasn’t celibate during the six weeks they didn’t see each other. I don’t know why tidbits like this are thrown into romances. And then brought up again to the reader as the romantic duo are about to get it on.

Really it just sours the romantic vibe. Is it so much to ask for a romantic hero to keep it in his pants for 6 weeks??? (Total rhetorical question for the record.)
“‘I was honestly just trying to fuck the memory of you out of my head.’”
The trite excuse of trying to get the heroine out of his mind is just clichéd writing.

Kudos though to the heroine who echoes my sentiment:
“‘That’s disgusting.’ My brows furrow. If he thinks I’ll be flattered by his admission, I’m not.”
Ah but sadly Cara’s bravado doesn’t last long and she settles back into her MO of self-doubt. Actually both Brax and Cara seem to suffer some self esteem issues. And then after a certain point in the story, Brax seems to undergo a bit of a character overhaul and not for the better.

This story definitely could have earned a higher rating if it would have abandoned some of the tropes and stereotypes that have been around the block in the romance world a million times.

Though be it a fairly popular romance scenario, I don’t think unplanned pregnancy between strangers is always the easiest to pull off, namely because the stakes are so much higher—a child’s stability hangs in the balance. The narrative has the burden of convincing the reader that these two will be compatible partners and parents. Show (through depictions) is always better than tell. But this tale contains a lot of inner monologuing—often focused on figuring each other out, which is realistic at this stage of their relationship. But back to the challenge when you introduce a bigger responsibility in the relationship, I needed to see more examples of these two prospering for the long haul, not just in the immediate insta-love/lust stage.

On the pregnancy issue, one topic of conversation kinda bugged me. And it’s not all her puking although that got old too. It was emphasis on the baby’s gender. For one, it kept reinforcing this “modern” notion that the sex must be revealed before the birth. I mean, it’s portrayed as such an agony that they don’t know how to refer to the little bundle of joy. Having had two children whose genders remained a mystery till they popped out of my body, I can affirm that it was hardly a hardship to simply refer to them as “the baby.” That nice little gender neutral noun worked just fine. And then the gender conversation for these two turned a little…sexist perhaps, definitely hypocritical, when Brax asserted that he wanted a son because basically he didn’t want to deal with the future teenage boys a daughter would eventually attract. (Which also assumes this kid’s sexuality before it’s even born).

Let’s stop and think about this message a moment. This guy has been escorting one night stands to the Uber right up until the day he found out he’s going to be a father, and yet the idea of a daughter eventually becoming a sexual being makes him…not want to deal. Sure no parent wants to think about their kids having sex anymore than a kid wants to envision their parents doing the horizontal tango; but my point is there’s no moment of revelation for this guy. No epiphany. No awakening. No point where he sees the big picture and realizes that his behavior is the very thing he’s appalled about.

Moving along, the steamy times arrive a little late in the game for the readers, problematic only because they clearly haven’t for the couple. I do wish the prologue would have been their ONS since it’s only mentioned as being quite hot but never shown. It would have also been helpful to see this pair during their initial connection, before pregnancy complicated things.

Bottom line, the having-a-baby-together plot line mixed with misunderstanding felt immature. The romantic development faltered under the weight of drama.

Monday, June 11, 2018

COVER REVEAL: Lucky Scars by Kerry Heavens

Release Date: July 3, 2018

Not every love story begins with a fiery explosion of lust.
Some are tiny embers of hope that smoulder slowly until the stars align…

I’d been living in a bubble.
It was meant to protect me from the things in life that hurt. 
I could live, I could laugh, but at least I didn’t have to love.
Loving was dangerous and I would never do it again.

It was working just fine, until the bubble burst.
It let in danger.
It let in light.
It let in…him.

Unknowingly I’d been living in the dark, feeling my way. 
He filled my world with starlight. 
He showed me how to move on to the next level.
He made me feel again.

I thought the wounds from the past would never fully heal,
But perhaps they only heal when the time is right.

Sometimes you just have to thank your lucky scars.

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Kerry Heavens is a London born indie author, iPhone addict & general ray of sunshine! Kerry writes: sometimes sweet, sometimes not, often funny, always hot, real romance, dirty romcoms and other such smut.