Crazy for You by Heatherly Bell

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Fallon McQueen needs a date to a wedding…yesterday. The pickings at the speed dating events she’s attended are slim indeed. She has someone very specific in mind…

And then she meets…Santa Claus.

Jack Cooper was simply trying to do a good deed and now he has a hot but crazy blonde asking him to be her date to a destination wedding. 

But if Jack is going to help, they’re going to do it his way…

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So this was my first book from this author but it definitely will not be my last. This book was easily one of the funnest books I’ve ever read. I know that might sound silly, but this book had me captivated throughout.

One thing I truly adored about this book was that the characters did have real issues in their life, but it didn’t overtake the story. For example, Fallon is divorced and she needs the date for her ex-husband’s wedding. I think in some stories, there might be a lot more about the divorce and feeling slighted, but the author doesn’t include that here and I appreciated that.

Jack has lots of issues himself, but again, they don’t overshadow the rest of the story. These things are simply a small part of the character, but not the entire character. I also felt like even though this book is fast-paced, we learn a lot about the characters. We see what makes Fallon and Jack tick. We see how they relax. We see their true feelings on a variety of topics.

I feel like I say this a lot, but Fallon was one of my favorites. I loved her and Jack a ton. I think one of the main things I loved about these characters is that they aren’t that young anymore. They certainly aren’t old, but they are old enough to have a certain amount of confidence and gusto that isn’t necessarily as believable in younger characters. One example of this is when Fallon is asking Jack to go to this wedding with her. She’s barely met him and she just throws it out there.

This book does have a Christmas setting, and I really enjoyed being transported into a Christmas wonderland in the town of Starlight Hill. I always love a small town Christmas environment and this book definitely delivers on that front.

I would absolutely recommend this book. I was captivated within the first couple pages and I could not put this book down. I kept finding myself coming back for more and more. This story maintains depth while keeping things light and fun. An absolute star in the Starlight Hill series.

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Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke

Welcome! There is a lot of information in this post. My review is further down, and there is a rafflecopter link for a giveaway that Adriana is doing for this release!

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RELEASE BLITZ

Title: Written in the Scars

Author: Adriana Locke

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Release Date: October 20, 2016

 

BLURB

 Falling in love is easy.

Falling out of love is the hardest thing in the world.

And Elin and Ty Whitt are terrible at it.

The first time the local basketball star smiled at Elin, she was a goner. It was just so damn easy to fall for the dark-haired hometown hero with his charming smile and strong, athletic build.

Thousands of sleepy smiles, aimless drives down country roads, and squeaks of the backdoor after a swing shift later, reality hits. And it hits hard. Falling in love was definitely the easy part. Watching it break apart was impossible.

Through the tears, the second-guesses, the memories of a life built together, the world keeps spinning. With each turn comes clarity and hope—sometimes in the form of a pair of muddy boots by the back door or from the words of a wise friend.

When Ty shows back up with a new found determination to put his family back together, Elin’s torn between the fights of the past and the possibility of a new start. This is the man that holds her heart, the man she loves beyond anything else. But this is also the one person in the world that can cause her the most pain.

Life’s not always easy. Love’s not for the faint of heart. But with life comes lessons and Ty and Elin have the scars to prove it. But it’s their love written in those scars that will hold them together … or break them apart.

 

 

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29996170-written-in-the-scars

 PURCHASE LINKS

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Available in Kindle Unlimited

 

DON’T MISS THESE RELEASE WEEK EVENTS

 

Join some of your favorite authors LIVE on Adriana’s Facebook Page to celebrate this release! On Friday, October 21st, authors will hop on and chat with you. Don’t miss it! http://www.facebook.com/authoradrianalocke

Lots of fun things and giveaways will be happening in Adriana’s Facebook Group. Make sure you join the festivities! http://www.facebook.com/groups/booksbyadrianalocke

Check out Adriana’s website, http://www.adrianalocke.com/, for a Week of Giveaways, starting Monday, October 24th. You don’t want to miss this!

 

 

PRAISE FOR WRITTEN IN THE SCARS

“Locke has created magic!” – NYT Bestselling author SL Scott

 

“A book you must read—just keep the Kleenex close.” – NYT Bestselling author Melanie Moreland

 

“Written in the Scars is without a doubt one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I give it all the stars.” – author Rachel Brookes

 

“This book … one of the most emotionally powerful and beautifully written books I’ve ever read.” – BB Belle, Goodreads review

 

“A top read of 2016 … Impeccable and stellar!” – Dawn, Divas Book Lounge

 

“The words will seep into your soul.” – Books and Boys Book Blog

 

“What a beautiful book that left me in tears.” – Minxes Love Books

“There are no words to express how much this book affected me.”- Kristin, Book Lovers Obsession

 

 

EXCERPTS

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As soon as the call is ended, my finger is in his chest. “You lied to me!”

“Calm down,” he scoffs, clearly entertained by my reaction.

“I’m not calming down! She called you. The girl that you didn’t do anything with.”

I start to march to the door, but his arm is around my waist, dragging me into his arms. “Will you stop acting like this?” he laughs. “What’s wrong with you?”

My arms pinned to my sides, I struggle to break free. “You are what’s wrong with me.”

“Tell you what,” he says, resting his head on the top of my head. “Let’s make a deal.”

“I don’t deal with liars.”

“I don’t normally deal with lunatics, either, but I’m making an exception tonight, so I guess you can too.”

The complete lack of fear or frustration in his voice calms me a little. I stop fighting to pull away.

“Let’s go in and have dinner with our friends. Then we can go to bed and I will tell you everything you want to know about her.” He plants a kiss to the back of my head. “And if you’re a good girl, I’ll let you have my cock after we’re done talking.”

“I doubt I’ll want it,” I sigh, trying to not succumb to him.

“There you go, lying again,” he laughs. Swatting me on my ass towards the house, I reach for his hand. He laces our fingers together and we head inside.

AUTHOR BIO

 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.

For sneak peeks, giveaways, and more, please join Adriana’s Facebook Group, Books by Adriana Locke, or her Goodreads group, All Locked Up.

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GIVEAWAY

There is a giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card and 2 signed paperbacks of Written in the Scars

Direct Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ba3ffd551333

 

Wow. My mind is spinning right now. I feel like I can’t even complete a coherent sentence after finishing “Written in the Scars”. I’ve been waiting for this book for awhile (I’m pretty hardcore in my love for all things Adriana Locke). When I got the ARC, in all honesty, I was incredibly nervous. I knew this book would be different than others I’ve read.

To me, this book is Adriana Locke’s masterpiece. Its the piece of work that if you didn’t notice her before, now you will. I feel like I am going to sound like a broken record but this book is stunning.

This book starts with Elin and Ty already apart. Ty has left but we don’t yet know why. Elin is struggling with her own battles in Ty’s absence. I appreciated that the author wrote the book in this way. The reason I say that is when you separate, or are thinking of separating, all the little things don’t really matter. The reality is your marriage is falling apart. The arguments over dishes, money, etc…they don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Another thing I really admired was how Ty just made up his mind that he was going to fix things. His character wasn’t flaky about knowing what he had done wrong, and what he needed to do to fix it. As the story goes on, Elin’s anger still is pretty hot. I know some people might just want her to forgive Ty and move on, but I think it was extremely realistic for Elin to be confused, scared, unsure if she could trust Ty anymore.

During the story, we also meet Jiggs, Elin’s twin brother and his wife, Lindsay, along with their close friend, Cord. This supporting group was incredible. One thing I liked was seeing Jiggs and Lindsay struggle themselves. I think it provided the true perspective that not everything is perfect. You will always have disagreements.

I am going to stop my review here. The ending of this book was…I don’t even know. The word intense isn’t even close to adequate to describe the ending of this book. It went in a direction that, although it broke my heart, was necessary and I was happy to see the author give the characters closure in the way that she did.

I would absolutely recommend this book. It is on KU too, so if you have that, you can easily read it for free.

 

 

Something So Right by Natasha Madison

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Something So Right by Natasha Madison

The moment everything changed didn’t happen in that cliché rockets-red-glare kind of way, it happened in the form of a waking nightmare. I caught my husband, my high-school sweetheart, the father of my children, balls deep in a sordid affair.
That was when I gave up on men and love.
I didn’t count on the NHL’s golden boy, the beautiful, arrogant Cooper Stone turning my life and my hockey rink upside down.

My kids are why I wake up in the morning.

Hockey is what Cooper breathes for.

We’re from different worlds and places in our lives but when our hearts collided something so wrong and different turned into something so right.

Okay, Parker is officially my hero. Parker is the heroine in our story and she is just amazing. I’d use lots of expletives but you get my point. Parker is a newly-ish divorced mother of two children, who she loves more than anything. She also happens to be Cooper Stone’s rehab coach. Their first meeting is absolutely hilarious. I loved her confidence and how she just let Cooper have it. (Side note: he totally deserved it too)

Watching Parker and Cooper fall in love was really sweet. In the story, we learn that Parker is 34 turning 35 and Cooper is 30. I appreciated the characters actually being in their 30’s,  and having some more life experience underneath them. It made them more endearing to me. It was nice to have characters be more self-assured and when they shared their vulnerabilities, it just felt like it was coming from a real, and also raw, place. Which is how it should feel, in my opinion.

Another facet of Parker that I valued is that she was very upfront with her kids, in particular her son, Matthew, about her relationship with Cooper. She was obviously nervous initially, but it made sense. We also get to see Cooper stepping up to the plate several times, trying to help not only Parker, but the kids, make new memories in place of the bad ones.

Moving right along…this book is beyond steamy. Like, WOAH! Cooper blew my socks right off (sorry, figure of speech, its hot as hell and I’m barefoot, but you get me here). I will say that for me, I don’t enjoy as many of the steamy scenes as this book had. However, that is only my personal feeling and I know that the average reader will have no issue with this, and will love it. The scenes were super sexy and just…whew! But in all honesty, I’m in just a little bit of a book phase where the steaminess isn’t as appealing to me right now as it normally is. Initially when I read the book, I felt like the sex scenes were too many but as I really read through the book and thought about the book when I finished, I felt like they did make sense.

Part of this story, in my opinion, is Parker coming back to life. Now yes, she was living and being successful but in terms of feeling true satisfaction and happiness, she didn’t have that. Cooper brought those aspects back to her life. I think its easy to get older and feel like you aren’t supposed to have mind-blowing sex, or that if you’ve fallen in love once and it didn’t work out, then that’s it for you. This book blows those pre-conceived ideas out of the water.

In closing, this book is a debut. I can tell you the more I read this book, I was shocked to know this was a debut because it was fantastically written. Cooper and the kids are great, but to me, this story is really about Parker. We see Parker experience so many emotions and experiences throughout this book, but she still remains the same character that we meet in the very beginning of the book. Natasha did a fantastic job and I would absolutely recommend this book.