Until Ashlyn by Aurora Rose Reynolds

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Blurb

Dillon Keck knew Ashlyn Mayson was drunk when she suggested they get married. He knew he should have taken her back to their hotel room and put her to bed. Instead, he did what he had been craving to do since the moment they met.

Claim her as his.

Waking up married in Vegas isn’t something Ashlyn Mayson ever thought would happen to her. Having Dillon, her boss, a man she thinks is a dick, insist they stay married is absurd, but every time he touches her, she gets lost in him and wonders if maybe they are meant to be together.

But someone isn’t happy for Dillon and Ashlyn and their new found romance, and they’re willing to do anything to keep them apart. Even commit murder.

 

Every time I read anything by Aurora Rose Reynolds, I think its my favorite book she’s ever written. Then she writes another book and that one becomes my favorite. “Until Ashlyn” is keeping this tradition alive.

I loved this book from page one. If I had to sum this story up with one word, describing why I loved it, I would choose “balance”. This author has an incredible knack for creating the amazing alpha male, but not making him overwhelming. The females in her stories are intelligent and independent, but yet can have the men in their life support and love them. Its a beautiful balance that makes these stories work for me.

Dillon and Ashlyn have been working together for awhile. Ashlyn finds Dillon attractive, but also think he’s a jerk (for a lack of better words). Dillon, on the other hand, is very attracted to Ashlyn, but she has no idea. A trip to a dental conference in Las Vegas, a hotel mix-up, and some cocktails lead Dillon and Ashlyn to wedded bliss via the Las Vegas strip.

Ashlyn and Dillon have smoldering chemistry. The love scenes in this book are so incredibly sexy, and yet they aren’t overdone. This couple got married without ever dating and so some of the story is their dynamic of working together (in a relationship aspect) and it was hilarious. Dillon is composed and maybe a bit rigid. Ashlyn is much more outgoing and feisty. I enjoyed watching them push and pull each other back and forth, out of one comfort zone, and into a new one.

I know in many books from Aurora Rose Reynolds, we see a lot of the family members from past books. I’ve always loved this facet, but this book was really exceptional because we get to see so much of Dillon’s family melding with Ashlyn and her family. It was enjoyable to see these characters come together and to watch new friendships growing. I’m honestly hoping my husband and I can somehow join this fictional family. I just love this cast of characters so much.

There is some mystery in this story. There are a few people that aren’t happy about Dillon and Ashlyn being a couple. Anytime I read a story with even a slight hint of mystery, I get so caught up in trying to figure out who the guilty party is. Because this author has such great balance in her story, I was kept on my toes the entire time, but I also was able to enjoy the whole story. I think some books get you caught up in one aspect and its hard to see what else is even happening. I appreciated there is mystery, but also the love story, the families, etc. are able to be fully enjoyed at the same time.

I can’t recommend this book, and author, enough. I have loved Aurora Rose Reynolds and her work for awhile now. Ashlyn and Dillon were an incredible couple and I am already super impatient to see which couple we get to spend more time with next.

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Carny by Simone Sowood

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Carny by Simone Sowood

Different town every week means a different woman in my bed.  No complaints here.  That’s how I f*cking want it.

One look of my handsome smile has them weak in the knees.  One touch of my rock hard muscles has their panties dropping.  One night of pounding with my pierced, tattooed c*ck and they beg me to stay.

But when the weekend’s over, I move on to the next town, and next woman.

Until Emily.

One look at the beautiful blonde and I know she’s the one I want in this town.  One taste of her innocence and I need more.

The last thing she wants is anything to do with me; she know’s I’m nothing but trouble — until a fight with her parents pushes her straight into my arms.

I’ll be damned if I’m letting her walk away, no matter what her rich parents think of their precious princess with a bad boy.

I finally have a woman I wanna keep.  I’m not letting her go now.

*** A steamy STANDALONE contemporary romance with a smoking hot alpha. No cliffhanger, no cheating, and a guaranteed happily-ever-after.***

This book is like a dream come true for me. I absolutely adore carnivals and I have always loved them. Its easily the best time of the year when they come to town. So getting to read a love story involving the carnival was absolute perfection for me.

Our story starts with Emily and Steel meeting at the carnival in Colmar, North Carolina. Emily’s father is a fairly big deal in the small town and he constantly is reminding Emily that her actions affect his reputation. So when Emily meets Steel at the local carnival, she is more than receptive to him.

One thing I really liked was how Steel could be somewhat harsh, in terms of his language and being very frank about what he wanted. But at the same time, he showed that sweeter side with Emily. He didn’t have a problem telling Emily how he felt about her, even when she thought it was a line he used on everyone.

I liked Emily a lot. I could definitely align with some of the feelings that Emily had because her parents really did run her life. You could tell she felt trapped but didn’t really know what to do or how to even express herself properly. Mind you, Emily is only 20 years old, and Steel is 27.

I also really loved the interaction between Steel and Emily. They talk and I enjoyed how matter-of-fact that Steel was with her. When she is frustrated over the situation with her parents, he just tells her how it is. Its not sugar-coated, but its also not mean. Its the facts that Emily really does need to hear. I think when you’re in a situation and you don’t know how to get out of it, things can feel a lot worse than they are.

This book was really enjoyable. I love how Simone Sowood can give us a complete story without making things drag out. She keeps the story on pace and moving, so it was easy to keep reading and not realize that any time has passed at all.

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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UK: http://bit.ly/WITSAMZNUK

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.