Crank by Adriana Locke

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Crank by Adriana Locke

This is one mistake Sienna Landry can’t buy her way out of.

As Walker Gibson looks at her, then at the damage to his precious truck (that she may or may not have accidentally inflicted), she knows she’s in trouble. It’s not the busted headlight and dented grill that’s sunk her though. It’s the downright sinful man in front of her that’s the problem.

The small town mechanic is broody. Rough. Smells like engine grease and gasoline and Sienna isn’t sure why that’s so sexy, but it is. It so is. She’s ready to peel off her panties at the drop of his wrench.

He wants her too. She can feel it when he brushes against her. Experience it as he presses her against the wall of the shop. It’s thinly veiled in his deep, brown eyes when he looks at her like she’s everything he’s ever wanted. So why won’t he give in?

The damage to Walker’s truck is the first of many mistakes between the two of them, ending with truths that rock Sienna’s world. Nothing can fix her broken heart except the love of a man that won’t, maybe even can’t, love her back.

Crank is a standalone romance in a new small town, blue-collar series from USA Today bestselling author Adriana Locke. Join readers everywhere as they fall in love with the delicious Gibson Boys.

Okay, I’m going to cut to the chase and tell you I loved this book. If you just want to know if I loved it or not, know I loved it and thought this is one of best pieces of work from Adriana Locke.

Now let’s talk about the why. One of the biggest reasons that this book, and specifically Sienna Landry, spoke to me was the depth of her character. If you’ve read the Landry series, one thing you remember is that Sienna has wanted independence from her family for awhile. She doesn’t want to be estranged or anything drastic, but Sienna wants to live her life, and be her own person. She doesn’t want to be in the shadow of her last name. This aspect comes through so strongly in scenes where she specifically says this, but her behavior throughout the book echos her character’s actual desires. The Sienna Landry that we see in the Landry series is the same Sienna Landry we get here.

When Walker and Sienna first meet, Sienna gets herself into a mess after swinging a bat into Walker’s truck. At one point, Sienna tells Walker that she is a woman of her word, and she truly is. You can rely on Sienna Landry.

Walker Gibson has issues. Some small, some big. The author presents Walker in a unique way and I appreciate that. We see some flashes of his past and you start to understand why he’s so skittish. Again, I enjoy that these characters and their individual stories have a lot of depth and it’s clear that the author let everyone develop fully.

This story is the start of the Gibson Brothers Series and I loved the slivers of the other brothers that we get to see. It’s enough to definitely make me want the other stories and get a small inkling of what might be coming. I liked this as a reader but I also thought it was a smart move on the author’s part too. This series is set in a small town in Illinois and the author nailed it. The way the small town is portrayed, the seasons, the pop vs soda issue (it’s always pop, obviously). The detail that the author chose to pay attention to and incorporate is priceless.

If you’ve never read this author before, then you can read this book and know you are getting an amazing piece of her work. If you’re already a fan of Adriana Locke, I can confidently say you will love this story. The depth, the story itself, the details; all are fantastic and make this story a must-read for me.

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Bad Penny by Staci Hart RELEASE BLITZ

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“Witty, sexy as all hell, and addictive like no other, Staci Hart BRINGS IT with Bad Penny.”

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Bad Penny, an all-new romantic comedy standalone from Staci Hart is now LIVE!

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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.

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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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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

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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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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)

Swear by Adriana Locke

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Ellie Pagan has a list of reasons to stay away from Ford Landry.

It’s a mile long and was so much easier to stick to when he was a world away. Now that he’s standing in front of her—body hard and chiseled from a stint in the military, suit cut to perfection, and a smirk she could never resist—remembering all the reasons why just got a whole lot harder.

Ford gets Ellie isn’t his biggest fan. He just doesn’t care.

Standing in front of him, giving him hell, she’s even prettier than he remembered. All he can think about is how she felt in his arms, the taste of her kiss, the sound of her giggle in the middle of the night. He may not know how to win her back, but he does know this: he may have let her go once, but that’s one mistake he won’t make again.

 

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Ugh, you guys. This series is slaying me. Just when I think it can’t get better, it does. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t like second-chance romances. I don’t like friends to lovers. And then BAM! This book comes along and makes me like everything. This author!!

I truly can say I loved the love story in this book. I think one of the main reasons that this book worked for me, even with there being tropes that I don’t normally love, is because we really do get the love story. Ford and Ellie have a history; parts of which are great and parts that are not so great. They have to work through it. The author recognizes this, and even as Ellie and Ford are reconnecting, past resentments and feelings still linger. This is more from Ellie than Ford, but it makes sense. I think I appreciated the honesty of that. When you have a strong history with someone, you aren’t able to just let things go so easily.

Ford is probably one of my favorite characters. If you’ve read the other books in the Landry series, you’ve met Ford and we see glimpses of him and know that he’s seen a lot. Because of that, his personality is not as hesitant as that of his brothers. Ford is all in with Ellie. Again, I found myself enjoying this because with everything that Ford has experienced, this makes sense. Ford also has a unique relationship with his twin sisters, one which we don’t really experience in the other books. Now yes, some of this is a bit of foreshadowing since Sienna and Camilla get their own books later, but we get the depth of character from Ford in these interactions.

Adriana Locke is one of my all-time favorite authors. Her characters and writing always mange to pull at my soul, but never pull me so far down that I can’t get back up. If you love this author already, be prepared to keep on loving her. If you’re new to this author, its time to get on board.

Cheater by Rachel VanDyken

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Cheater by Rachel VanDyken

Lucas Thorn wasn’t born a cheater. All it took was a single moment—say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his wedding—and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundays—God’s day and all), and his rules are simple: No commitments. No exceptions.

But a certain smart-mouthed, strawberry blonde vixen is about to blow that all to hell.

Avery Black has never forgiven Lucas for cheating on her sister. And suddenly being forced to work with him is pretty much a nightmare on steroids. Of course, it does afford her the opportunity to make his life as difficult as possible. But no good revenge scheme comes without payback. Because he didn’t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.

Now Avery’s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, it’s definitely not because he’s falling in love…

So I will be honest and say I really struggled with this book. I was so excited about it and then I just really had a hard time. There was actually a point where I wanted to DNF it,  but I stuck with it. And I’m happy I did.

From the synopsis, we know that Avery and Lucas knew each other well before Avery became Lucas’ intern. But things have changed since Lucas cheated on Avery’s sister. Lucas has embraced his supposed reputation of being a cheater, only he follows the adage that if they know about it, its not cheating.

The chemistry and banter between Avery and Lucas was awesome. Even when they bicker, you can easily see how they were such close friends before. I enjoyed the way the author made their friendship strong because it made it a lot easier to see their attraction to each other. Yes, both are good looking. But when we see them interact is where we see how they work as a couple. This was probably my favorite aspect of the story.

This book has a lot of funny moments in it. There is a scene, or several, with Lucas’ parents and I admit that I outwardly cringed. You’ll laugh but also die of second-hand humiliation on behalf of Lucas and Avery. Many times, I found myself laughing and also covering my eyes because envisioning the scene I was reading about was so mortifying.

I mentioned above that I struggled with this story. I wanted to explain that in depth because I think a lot of people assume it would be the cheating aspect, but its not. I think when we see the backstory of Lucas and Avery, and knowing how he was engaged to her sister, I kept feeling like this story wouldn’t end well. So in  my mind, I was dreading this family fall-out that I felt like had to be coming. I get involved with the characters when I read and I never want bad things to happen to them. This story literally brought pits of dread in my stomach because I was so worried about Avery and Lucas.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this author already or if you’re looking for a book that definitely takes romance and completely flips it on its head. The story is fast-paced, hilarious and incredibly sweet. Take a chance on a Cheater…you never know what you’ll find.

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“Take your dress off. Everything. I want you completely naked.”

The air brushes against my skin as the linen covering my body pools at my feet. As I step out, I watch Graham and almost gasp.

He’s standing in front of me, his cock in his hand, watching my every move. “Bra. Off.”

With a shaky hand, I unclasp the back and throw it at him. He catches it and presses it to his face.

“Now what?” I stand before him, not a thing on my skin. My hair drapes around my shoulders, and despite the fact I’m standing completely naked outside under the watchful eye of this sexy CEO, I don’t feel a bit nervous. Just … admired. That feels better than any orgasm, any accomplishment, any nice words ever spoken to me.

Graham sits again, his legs spread. He’s in complete control, managing the situation not with words or power, but with his eyes. That’s all it takes.

Switch by Adriana Locke

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Mallory Sims is late for her first day of work.

After spilling her tea, she discovers she has no gas in her car. Add that her arm keeps sticking to her dress from syrup left on the console of her car, flustered feels like an understatement.

Then she sees her new boss.

Graham Landry is the epitome of NSFW in his custom-fit suit, black-rimmed glasses, and a look so stern her libido doesn’t stand a chance. Being flustered is just the start of her problems.

Her punctuality is only the start of his. With a pink slip in hand, he’s been waiting on his new secretary to show up only to let her go. Then she rushes in with her doe eyes and rambling excuses, smelling like bacon and lavender. The termination paper falls to the side as she falls in his arms.

This is a disaster in the making. Not because of his pinpoint exactness or her free spirit, but because when they’re together, the sparks that fly threaten to burn the whole place down.

 

 

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This series from Adriana Locke was already one of my favorites. And “Switch” has only added to my intense love of this author and the series.

Our story starts with Graham Landry meeting his new assistant, Mallory Sims. Unfortunately, it’s simultaneously attraction and annoyance for Graham. Mallory is late for her first day and while he’s attracted to her, he also doesn’t want to cross that line and Mallory could easily be described as Graham’s total opposite.

Graham is a neat freak, Mallory is messy and chaotic. However, one of the biggest things I admired about Mallory is that while she may have been more prone to messiness, she was also truly amazing at her job as Graham’s executive assistant. I appreciated that the author made Mallory busy, messy, beautiful, and intelligent. The more I read this story, the more I felt Mallory is really a little bit of all of us. She had things she was trying to work on. She knew what areas she lacked in. She didn’t care about being in awe of the nicer things. She knew to be kind to others, while still sticking up for herself.

This book can be a standalone, but I can say that you will honestly enjoy this story more if you read “Sway” and “Swing” beforehand. One of the main reasons I feel this way is because we see Graham in those other books. His evolution in his own story was so much more impressive knowing him from the other stories. Another thing I enjoyed was seeing Barrett (Sway) and Lincoln (Swing) being the ones to school Graham on love.

I can’t recommend this book enough. I enjoyed it immensely. Also, this series (and other books from the author) are on Kindle Unlimited so you can read all of these books with your subscription.

 

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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.

 

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