The Surgeon’s Cinderella by Susan Carlisle

The Surgeon's Cinderella

The Surgeon’s Cinderella by Susan Carlisle

From matchmaker…to perfect match?

Whitney Thomason prides herself on being able to find the perfect partner for anyone, but heart surgeon Tanner Locke is a real challenge! He wants to settle down, but he’s adamant there’ll be no falling in love…

When Whitney’s candidate falls through, it’s up to her to be the girlfriend Tanner needs for his weekend business getaway, but two days in close proximity proves torturous. They know giving in to temptation is a bad idea, but desire is more powerful than reason…

This is my first book from Susan Carlisle, but it won’t be my last. I really loved the story of Tanner and Whitney. I say the story of them, and not their story because while this is a love story, this book also encompasses a lot of the challenges that both characters have to face themselves.

Whitney runs a matchmaking business and Tanner becomes a client. Whitney knew who Tanner was in college, but he had no idea who she was. Now, in college, Whitney was heavier and has since lost weight. However, she still carries insecurities with her. For me, this was actually one of my favorite parts of Whitney’s character. I enjoyed seeing a real character. Whitney doesn’t dress that well, partly because I felt she was still hiding herself. Then we see that she’s very aware of what she eats and how the world saw her when she was heavier. I think we can all say we’re against body shaming and whatnot, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t still happen or that you don’t feel still feel the sting of people’s words. So to see a character dealing with that was an aspect that I appreciated.

Tanner was harder for me to like. He was actually somewhat harsh to Whitney on a few occasions. But I almost enjoyed that because as he gets to know Whitney more, you can see how he becomes more comfortable with himself in Whitney’s presence.

I hinted at this earlier but one thing that really stood out to me is that even while Whitney and Tanner are exploring their relationship, both have insecurities and issues they need to deal with on their own. Finding love can’t magically fix your problems and I appreciated that a book touched on that. Until Tanner and Whitney address their issues, they really can’t move forward. It’s sort of like that saying of you can’t love someone else until you love yourself.

I would definitely recommend this book. It was an easy read and the story flowed really well. I enjoyed that I got the goodness of a love story but that the author included issues that people do face everyday. It was an all-around great reading experience.

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Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

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Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

From the author of the New York Times bestseller everyone is talking about THE GOOD GIRL, Mary Kubica returns an electrifying and addictive tale of deceit and obsession.

In downtown Chicago, a young woman named Esther Vaughan disappears from her apartment without a trace. A haunting letter addressed to My Dearest is found among her possessions, leaving her friend and roommate Quinn Collins to wonder where Esther is and whether or not she’s the person Quinn thought she knew.

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan harbor town an hour outside Chicago, a mysterious woman appears in the quiet coffee shop where eighteen-year-old Alex Gallo works as a dishwasher. He is immediately drawn to her charm and beauty, but what starts as an innocent crush quickly spirals into something far more dark and sinister than he ever expected.

As Quinn searches for answers about Esther, and Alex is drawn further under the stranger’s spell, master of suspense Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.

I finished this book a week or so ago. I was needing a day to let this book settle in my system, but I still am just blown away by it and I really struggle to find the words for this story.

This book was an absolute mind-fuck. I was so completely twisted and turned around, trying to understand what was happening, what was real. I kept coming back to this book over and over. I’d read for a bit, put it down so I could get something done, and then I’d have my nose right back in it because even when I wasn’t reading, it consumed my thoughts.

Quinn and Esther are roommates and when Esther goes missing, it causes Quinn to question everything in her life. Quinn is described as being a bit of a slow learner, but I personally didn’t see that in her character at all. I felt more like she was a young girl just trying to find her way, and constantly being compared to her over-achiever sister. Which is how she stumbles on Esther, who happens to be looking for a roommate. The two have a great friendship and Esther sounds like the person you’d love to have as your roommate. But are things always what they seem?

When Esther goes missing, Quinn starts finding out more and more about Esther. About her last roommate, secret letters, shredded pictures and documents. Who is Esther Vaughan?

Meanwhile, in a small Michigan town, Alex stops a bewitching girl sitting in the diner he works at. A strange friendship is born between the two. Alex is incredibly smart, but taking care of his alcoholic father consumes his time and money. So while Alex did have a scholarship to a great college, he couldn’t take it because of his father. As a reader, your heart breaks for Alex. From the moment I read his character, I felt he deserved so much better than what he had.

Overall, I loved this story. It hooked me in from the first page. That said, I did feel like the ending was somewhat anti-climactic. I’m unsure if I like that or not, simply because the ending is such a shock to begin with. I’m torn on if I feel like I wanted more from the ending or if I’m happy the way things were. Either way, this story will leave your jaw hanging open at the end because the end is more insane than anything your mind could ever conjure up on it’s own.

 

Bad Penny by Staci Hart EXCERPT REVEAL

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Bad Penny, an all-new romantic comedy standalone from Staci Hart is coming June 15th!

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Title: Bad Penny

Author: Staci Hart

Synopsis

Nothing good comes after the third date.

See, date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he gets weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy.

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way.

So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked and can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham.

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.

Excerpt:

BODIE

She glanced behind me, twiddling her fingers, presumably at Jude and Phil. “So, you’re a twin, huh?”

I nodded and took a sip of my Maker’s as “Rock the Casbah” kicked off, and everyone around us started bouncing and dancing. “Since birth.”

She laughed. “What a win for the universe that there would be two of you.”

“Double your pleasure, double your fun.”

That caught her off guard, and her bottom lip slipped between her teeth as a flush rose on her cheeks.

Just like that, I had one objective, and it began and ended with her lips.

“Although I should tell you now,” I stepped closer, slipping into her space, and her eyes widened, pupils dilating as she leaned into me, “I don’t like to share.”

The tip of her pink tongue darted out to wet her lips, and her eyes were locked onto my mouth.

“Are you thinking about kissing me?” I asked.

She shook her head, though her eyes didn’t stray. “No, I’m thinking about what your dick looks like.”

I laughed from way down deep in my belly, shocked in the best way and turned on in the worst. And as the ocean of people waved around us, she rose up on her tiptoes, grabbed a handful of my T-shirt, and pulled.

I caught the smallest breath — a surprised, satisfied gasp — just before our lips met, and fireworks exploded in my brain. The kiss wasn’t soft or sweet; it was strong and determined, those red, red lips pressing against mine, opening to let me into her hot mouth, her tongue finding mine like she’d been looking for it her whole life.

The surprise left me as quickly as it had hit, and I leaned into her, my free arm winding around her back to press her body against mine. There wasn’t an inch of space between us, and all the while, our mouths worked each other’s in a long dance that left my heart chugging like a freight train in my chest.

She pulled away, her lips swollen and eyes lust-drunk as they met mine and held them while she kicked back her drink and grabbed my hand.

“Let’s get the fuck out of here,” she said.

And I smirked, breathless. “Your place or mine?”

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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Battle of the Sexes by Adriana Locke- RELEASE BLITZ!

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Battle of the Sexes by Adriana Locke

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Title: Battle of the Sexes

An Imperfect Love Kindle World Novella

Author: Adriana Locke

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 6, 2017

 

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Carver Jones’ partner at Jones + Gallum had to step down for medical reasons. He’s absolutely devastated. He swears. Just ignore his cheeky grin, okay?

When word reaches his fancy corner office that Gallum is replacing himself with his daughter, Amity, Carver is ecstatic.

For real this time.

Jones squashes men in the business industry flat. A woman? Pfst. He’ll be completely in charge in no time, doing whatever he wants. He’s so ready for this.

But is he ready to fight the hardest fight of his life? No, not the one to maintain control of his company. The one to keep control of his heart.

The battle may begin in the boardroom, but the war will definitely be won in the bedroom. May the best sex win.

 

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USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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Battle of the Sexes by Adriana Locke

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Battle of the Sexes by Adriana Locke

Carver Jones’ partner at Jones + Gallum had to step down for medical reasons. He’s absolutely devastated. He swears. Just ignore his cheeky grin, okay?

When word reaches his fancy corner office that Gallum is replacing himself with his daughter, Amity, Carver is ecstatic.

For real this time.

Jones squashes men in the business industry flat. A woman? Pfst. He’ll be completely in charge in no time, doing whatever he wants. He’s so ready for this.

But is he ready to fight the hardest fight of his life? No, not the one to maintain control of his company.

The one to keep control of his heart.

The battle may begin in the boardroom, but the war will definitely be won in the bedroom. May the best sex win.

If you guys follow my blog at all, you already know that Adriana Locke is one of my all-time favorites. She joins just a few others that I really fangirl over and just adore to the ends of the universe. Then recently she announced that she was joining forces with Kendall Ryan and a slew of other amazing authors for the “Imperfect Love Kindle World”.

I’ve long decided that novellas are the crack-cocaine of the book world. I challenge you to read just one and not be hooked. Well, “Battle of the Sexes” is no different. My only honest “bad” thing about this book is that I loved this couple so hard that I wanted more of them. That’s really the only negative for me.

Amity and Carver go way back, like way back to their middle school days. I don’t know if the author crawled into my head, but I related to Amity on such an intense level. One could probably use the caterpillar turning into a butterfly analogy, but I think its more accurate to say that Amity just grew into herself. It reminds me of when you grow up in a small town and maybe you feel like the odd egg, but then you go to somewhere larger, and you realize you aren’t weird and you find others who are like yourself.

While I loved Amity, I also couldn’t help but adore Carver. There is one scene that stands out to me. Obviously, he’s already a pretty wealthy and successful guy (I mean, based on the synopsis, you already know that). But then we start to see more of Carver and you realize that he is does pay attention and is a thoughtful and caring guy.

I know for a fact that I will end up re-reading this story. I had total instalove for these two and I can’t wait to check out the rest of the Imperfect Love Kindle World because if its anything like this story, I know I will end up loving them all.

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A Sky Full of Stars by Samantha Chase

A Sky Full of Stars

A Sky Full of Stars by Samantha Chase

He’s always looked to the stars
Now she’s the brightest light in his universe.

Brilliant astrophysicist Dr. Owen Shaughnessy feels more connected to the cosmos than to people. He’s great with calculations, but when he leads a team of scientists to study a famous meteor shower, he doesn’t factor in his free-spirited artist assistant Brooke Matthews.

Polar opposites in personality, the friction between Owen and Brooke threatens to derail the project. But the beauty and mystery of the night sky draw them together—and she’s going to surprise him in ways the stars never could.

“A sweet romance that takes its time to court the reader: classic, thoughtful, and sometimes as lyrical as the stars.” —Kirkus Reviews

The stars are about to align in the newest Shaughnessy Brothers romance!

The Shaughnessy Brothers:
Made for Us (Book 1)
Love Walks In (Book 2)
Always My Girl (Book 3)
This Is Our Song (Book 4)
A Sky Full of Stars (Book 5)
Holiday Spice (Book 6)

I’m going to make a bold statement. This is my favorite book from Samantha Chase. “One More Kiss” in her newer series is a really close second, but this one has officially wormed its way into first place.

As a long time lover of the Shaughnessy Brothers Series, I’ve been anxiously waiting for Owen to get his story told. And it was so worth the wait. (As a disclaimer, you could read this book and not be familiar with the other books in the series. For maximum enjoyment, I would recommend having read at least one of the other earlier books).

Owen Shaughnessy is, for a lack of a better word, the genius in the family. He’s also a socially awkward genius. Or is he? One of my favorite themes in this book is the insecurity that we feel, or we perceive in ourselves. That might seem like an odd factor to enjoy but the reason I liked it was because we all feel that way. To others, Owen is successful and brilliant. But in Owen’s own mind, he’s just in a permanently awkward place. Then he meets Brooke Matthews.

Brooke is outgoing, beautiful, and an artist. She meets Owen at the urging of her uncle, who is a colleague, and friend, of Owen’s. One thing that I found fascinating about Brooke is that while Owen wouldn’t guess it, she feels just as awkward as he does. But for different reasons. Brooke has grown up in a world of beauty pageants, while her brother is treated as the “smart one”. So Brooke is immediately intimidated by Owen, because she feels like she isn’t smart enough.

This parallel worked for me because I think we’re all awkward. Everyone can’t be good at everything and Owen and Brooke show that, but they also do compliment each other. Another facet of their relationship that I enjoyed was seeing Brooke open up to Owen. And I mean truly open up. Not in a superficial way, or just pulling each other out of their shell. I really can’t explain it in words but it worked for me and I really found myself loving this couple.

I would definitely recommend this book. Seeing Owen finally get his story told was so satisfying for me, as a reader. Even if you aren’t familiar with the series, Owen and Brooke are a couple that will have you believing that true love isn’t only in the stars.

Mass Casualty by Derek Adam

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This Friday, we are featuring author Derek Adam! His latest release, “Mass Casualty” came out June 1st, 2017 and is in Kindle Unlimited. Be sure to head over to my facebook page to enter to win a signed paperbook from the author!

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Mass Casualty by Derek Adam

Title: Mass Casualty

A Motor City Universe Standalone

Author: Derek Adam

Genre: Thriller/Suspense Romance (Medical)

Release Date: June 1st, 2017

Availability: Paperback, eBook, Free on Kindle Unlimited

Blurb

 

With 12 years under his belt as a highly-regarded paramedic in Detroit, Bobbie Badger has seen it all. Despite a tragic loss that shattered his home life, he has remained a stoic guardian to the city, committed to saving lives.

Until someone, or something, chose him as a target.

As ominous warnings surface, and those closest to him begin to turn up dead, Badger’s only salvation could rest with his estranged wife, Holly – a combat veteran, and sheriff’s deputy.

Will skill, passion, and determination be enough to overcome what hunts him?

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34914822-mass-casualty

 

Unique Facts About The Author, Derek Adam:

  • The first time I ever saved a life was during a clinical rotation 2 weeks into my training academy. Just after arriving to work the ER for the first time, I found myself with an elderly patient who coded in front of me. We were able to bring her back via CPR. I promptly went out to my car and cried. I was hooked.
  • I’m big into gaming, it’s one of my top hobbies. Every year I participate in the Extra Life 24 hour gaming marathon to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network 🙂
  • I can play piano, and guitar, but can’t read sheet music. I learned to play everything by ear
  • I’m 37 this year and desperately wish I had a Powerwheel of my own. Not a big go cart. or a little race car. I was a big plastic, electric Powerwheel. I get jealous when I watch my kids drive theirs.
  • Siberian Husky is my favorite breed of dog, and I look forward to adding another to our family someday soon.

 

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From Readers

“Wow. Where to begin? Mass Casualty by Derek Adam has completely blown me away and sent me reeling. I absolutely loved it. It was fast paced, breath taking and made my heart race even long after I’d finished reading.”Laura (GoodReads)

 

“This was Derek Adam’s debut novel and I can already tell he is going places. The characters are well developed. You can feel the emotion pouring off of the pages in waves. It kept me flipping until the very end.J. L. (GoodReads)

 

“I am not afraid to say I cried at one point, while screaming “WHAT THE HELL?!” At others.”Kayla (GoodReads)

 

“Derek Adam’s debut is suspenseful and erotic. His dialogue pops and his characters are engaging… Billed as an erotic thriller, Mass Casualty definitely fulfills that promise. This is not a read for the faint of heart!” Amanda (GoodReads)

 

“So many emotions, Raw Pure unfiltered REAL emotions rip through you as you read this book…”Amber (GoodReads)