Even Money by Alessandra Torre

unnamed

Buy it here: Even Money by Alessandra Torre

From an NYT Bestseller! Sex and suspense collide in this jaw-dropping story of a Vegas casino owner and the one woman who could destroy his perfect life…

Sometimes it only takes a minute. A connection of eyes across a room, a quickened heartbeat, and everything changes.
I was a cocktail waitress who could barely decide her coffee order.
He owned half of Vegas and had the reputation to match.

I should have run away from him. Instead, I stepped closer.

Then, the lies started.
Rumors spread.
Stalking commenced.
Someone died.

It didn’t stop me from falling in love.

*This is book 1 in a sexy new duet. The second book, Double Down, will release on June 18th*

I’m really into the book duets lately. I don’t know why, but I think I can handle it since I know the next book is coming out so soon. So when Alessandra Torre announced “Even Money”, I knew I could dive in without fear of the cliffhanger.

This book took me awhile to get into, to be honest. I liked the general concept, but there were times when it felt a little choppy to me. It wasn’t until later in the book that I realized that we see Bell in first person, and everyone else in third person. Once I realized that, things seemed to flow better.

This story does have some insta-love, but yet it didn’t feel that way. It felt deeper. I was impressed with that because this story moves fast and there is a decent age gap between Bell and Dario. So normally that trope (older, wealthy man with young college girl) tends to be a little cheesier (which is totally fine). But the author gave a lot of depth to both characters, which made everything much more believable.

For me, the back half of the book was more enjoyable. Things start to connect as you realize how the puzzle pieces are starting to fall into place.

The ending of this book…wow. I did not see it coming. The author really did it justice because the end comes up so fast and then it’s like, “what did I just read?”. It was shocking. That said, it’s making me crazy for the second book and I’m really happy that it will be releasing on June 18th.

If you like duets, or you’re already a fan of Alessandra Torre, you will definitely enjoy the first book in the All In Series.

 

 

Advertisements

Craft by Adriana Locke

Craft

Buy it here: Craft by Adriana Locke

They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in.

Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All sixteen times.

Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years.

These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?

Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.

This book will make you hungry. If you don’t end up wanting peanut butter frosting, lemon bars, and Coke with the good ice, then you have amazing willpower. The kind of willpower that Mariah and Lance definitely lack…

This couple had a really good chemistry level, and it was appropriate for their story. Another aspect I loved about this story was, as readers, we really get to see how this couple draws each other out. Lance pulls out Mariah’s sexier side, and it’s not because he’s trying to do it, but because she has a comfortable with him. Mariah pulls out Lance’s more serious side, and again, it’s because of his comfort and trust in her.

This couple isn’t without their conflicts though. Mariah and her mother have a strained relationship and Lance has his own secrets that he’s hiding. I appreciated that while there are conflicts, they don’t all get resolved and I felt like that made sense for the story. I never felt like the author rushed through anything in order to make everything absolutely perfect for this couple. Mariah and Lance have to get to their own kind of perfect.

This book is the epitome of what I think of when I picture a small-town romance. It’s sweet; an easy read that I ended up reading in one sitting. The story has characters that show growth for themselves, not just each other. You can feel their love grow and you truly experience it happen. This will go down as one of my favorite books from Adriana Locke.

 

The Team Player Anthology is LIVE!

TeamPlayerBookCover6x9_MEDIUM

Buy it here: Team Player

Hot jocks. We love them all.

Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.

The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

Team Player:
Adriana Locke (Cross)
Charleigh Rose (Yard Sale)
Ella Fox (Out of Formation)
Emma Scott (One Good Man)
Kate Stewart (Sweeping the Series)
Kennedy Ryan (Full Court Press)
L.J. Shen (The End Zone)
Mandi Beck (Sin Bin)
Meghan Quinn (Back in the Game)
Rochelle Paige (Slapped Into Love)
Sara Ney (Switch Hitter)

When I got a chance to get my hands on this book, I was so excited because some of my absolute favorite authors are in this series.

One of my favorites was Cross by Adriana Locke. If you’re a fan of Adriana, you might remember a fleeting appearance of Cross in her book, Crank. But even if you haven’t, that’s okay. This story is a standalone from her other series. I already love Adriana, but this book just made me love her more.

Watching Kallie and Cross fall in love for a second time was awesome. Kallie and Cross once were a thing, but sometimes, the timing isn’t right. Personally, seeing this second-chance love story go at things from a different angle was great. I say this because a lot of second-chance stories are more about getting the chance to find a great love one more time with someone new. Here, our couple was in love before but the timing wasn’t right. Both of them needed to grow, to mature, so when they got the chance to come back together, their previous love was heightened.

This should be somewhat secondary to the love story but for me, one of my favorite parts was seeing the small town of Linton, Illinois just come to life. In the very beginning of “Cross”, we see Kallie recalling different memories from the town. The author captures that small-town life, but also the nostalgia that accompanies coming home perfectly.

I really appreciated that there was no instalove in this story, and that several other authors approached the anthology in ways that made sense for an accelerated love story. Nothing wrong with instalove, but a whole anthology of it would have been a little too much, in my opinion.

If you love sports romance, you need to one-click this series.

Sugar by Mandi Beck

Sugar

Sugar by Mandi Beck

***SUGAR IS A FULL LENGTH STANDALONE ROMANCE***

Country’s hottest bad boy.

That’s what they call me. My label ate it up until I became “too bad” for the good folks of country music. That’s when Hard Candy Records picked me up and took a chance on me. Probably not their smartest move, but I won’t tell them that. Especially when they’ve assigned me a babysitter to try and keep my ass out of trouble. One smart-mouthed, unimpressed, sexy as homegrown sin, Addy Mae Masterson.

She likes to pretend that she doesn’t like me and I like to let her.

I may have a past that haunts me and she may have a habit of getting attached, but damn if I don’t want to show her just how good this bad boy can be.

Oh my god. Go buy this book. It’s in KU, so you can read it that way too. I’ll wait until you get back. Done? Great.

I freaking LOVED this book! Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god. I can’t even with how much I enjoyed this book. I kept wanting to put it down, because I wanted to drag it out. But then I wanted more so I kept picking it back up.

Beau McCrae is walking sex, with a side of country bad boy. Addy Mae Masterson is a southern sweetheart who isn’t afraid to put Beau in his place. Their chemistry is off-the-charts. If it were possible to actually FEEL sexual tension, I felt it with this couple. *grabs fan*

The way the author approached this story was really phenomenal. I feel like we’ve read about the rockstar falling for the average girl before. But when we see Addy works for Hard Candy Records, and how intelligent and familiar with the industry she is, it changes the dynamic. Seeing these two have to work in the same industry together was fascinating, especially because Addy has to deal with the many (and I do mean MANY) females that clamor all over Beau. Beau, on the other hand, starts to see things through new eyes. One reason I enjoyed that was because it’s not like this change is necessarily forced on him. It happens gradually.

Addy’s character is someone who I’d love to be friends with. One aspect I loved about her was that she gets attached and she owns that. It was sort of used against her in the past, but I think it’s a sign of how big her heart is. I think so many times, we read a story about the heroine trying to hide her faults until it slowly sneaks out. Addy owns right up to it. Her friends know it, she knows it. She’s even very open with Beau about it.

Beau has his own demons to deal with. It was really interesting because as the layers peel back, things aren’t always what they seem. I don’t want to say more because I’ll end up going too much into it and it’ll spoil it for you.

If you’ve read “Stoned” by Mandi Beck, you get small glimpses of Stone, Willow, and the rest of the crew. With that said, if you haven’t read “Stoned”, you’ll still understand everything happening in this story. So still a true standalone.

If you love Sam Hunt, country music, rockstars falling in love, or just a good old Southern love story, you will enjoy this book. I found myself trying to keep a smile off my face the entire time.

The Last Weekend by Laura DiSilverio

TheLastWeekend

The Last Weekend by Laura DiSilverio

A terrible accident. A killer among friends.

A woman risking everything for answers.

Every year for a decade, five college friends spent a weekend together at the atmospheric Chateau du Cygne Noir. Then, tragedy struck.

Ten years later, Laurel Muir returns to the castle for the first time since the accident, hoping to reconnect with her friends and lay the past to rest. When a murderer attacks, it rips open old wounds and forces the women to admit there’s a killer in their midst. The remaining friends make a pact to unearth the truth, but suspicion, doubt, and old secrets threaten to tear them apart. Unsure who to trust, Laurel puts herself in harm’s way, risking it all for friendship and long-delayed justice.

This cover is one of my favorites that I’ve seen recently. In all honesty, when I saw this cover, it made me look into the book further and I was hooked. There is something intriguing and also spooky about it; it kept me wondering what was happening behind those dark windows. Once you start reading, the author doesn’t disappoint as she continues to bring the beautiful imagery to life.

Our story starts with each of the girls getting a mysterious, tangerine envelope in the mail. Laurel, Geneva, Ellie, and Dawn haven’t returned to Chateau du Cygne Noir since they were there last, when a terrible accident changed everything. But as soon as they seen the bright invitation, everything from the past comes rushing forward. Past hurts and betrayals run deep for this group.

Evangeline is the character that sort of connects everything, and everyone, together. The last weekend at the inn, someone pushed her over her balcony, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. But no one knows who. Now, as the women reconnect, wounds that should be healed are ripped open.

The author brings her reader a diverse cast in this story and it was appreciated. Laurel has just become a judge in Colorado, Geneva is expecting her first child in Chicago, Ellie has just sent her boys off to college, and Dawn is a struggling artist. Each person has their quirks, their secret insecurities and desires.

Then we have Evangeline, who I never really knew how to feel about. When I first met her character, I admit she reminded me of someone I knew. That was a weird feeling for me but at the same time, it made the story come alive. I could align with the women and their distrust and disdain for Evangeline. I knew exactly how they felt when she would poke them, trying to provoke a reaction. She was nice, but there always seemed to an underlying maliciousness to it.

Even though we get a mystery in this story, we also see aspects of growth, and even a slight love story mixed in. There were times when the story seemed to slow down a bit and I think having the growth and love gently mix in really kept things interesting. I was invested not only in the mystery; I wanted to know what happened and how everyone resolved their issues.

If you enjoy books about friendships and the ways they can weave in and out of our lives, you’ll enjoy this book. Of course, if you love a good mystery, this book will also appeal to you. Overall, a fantastic read that I would definitely recommend.

 

Mass Casualty by Derek Adam

Welcome to Feature Me Friday! This is a new segment that I decided to start to support other authors, bloggers, models, artists, etc. If you’d like to be featured, please fill out this form: 

Feature Me Friday Form

 

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!

A Published Romance FB Page

masscasualtytablet

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?

Good Reads:

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.

 

AmbulanceTeaser

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)

Cheater’s Regret by Rachel VanDyken

VanDyken-CheatersRegret-23431-CV-FT-v4A.jpg

Cheater’s Regret, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is now Live on Amazon & Free in Kindle Unlimited!!

Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: May 23rd

Genre: Contemporary Romance

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex—until he turns your world upside down again.

Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall—but so does kissing him.

Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation—true—but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.

He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.

Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something—something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…

Now Available on Amazon & Free in Kindle Unlimited!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2r621AS

Amazon UK: https://goo.gl/31MHqf

Add to GoodReads: https://goo.gl/6IjjiJ

How do I love Rachel Van Dyken, let me count the ways. Sorry, but none of us have time for me to sit and list all the reasons that I love this author. She is an automatic one-click for me and has been for awhile.

One thing I have always loved about this author’s books is that they’re fast-paced and funny. Even when something sad is happening, there are moments of humor. This story is no different.

Austin and Thatch were hooking up before she caught him kissing someone else. (If you read “Cheater”, then you’ll have caught that scene in Avery and Lucas’ story; also, you don’t need to read “Cheater” to enjoy “Cheater’s Regret”). Austin is wallowing in her sorrow, and also her absolute heartbreak. If I thought Austin was real, I was ready to run and comfort her. My heart broke for her.

Thatch is a really complex character. One minute, I loved him. The next, I wanted to get revenge on him. Then I loved him. And back and forth. It was just crazy how yanked all over the place I felt. I personally loved that feeling because, as a reader, it helped me relate to Austin on a much deeper level. You could understand why she needed to let Thatch go, but yet, couldn’t.

Another factor that I really loved was seeing how others treated Austin. I know this might seem minor to other readers, but when I read “Cheater” and this book, I pictured Austin as this stunning beauty. And I think she is. But when we see her deal with insecurities and others putting her down, or only being interested in her due to who her father is (the mayor), you really start to see why Thatch is so special in how he treats Austin.

I really loved this book. It took me high and low and I’d do it all over again.

RVDAuthorPic

Meet the Author:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

Connect with the Author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RachelVanDyken

Website: http://rachelvandykenauthor.com

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/RVDNewsletter

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rachvd

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RachVD

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2cNVwL9

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/RVDGR

Rachel’s Rockin’ Readers: http://bit.ly/RachelsRockinReaders