Thursday, April 25, 2019

Release Blitz! Haunted Melody: A Ghost Story by Alyson Santos


Haunted Melody: A Ghost Story, a hauntingly beautiful paranormal romance by Alyson Santos is NOW LIVE!

They say death is the end. I thought so too until I learned it's just the beginning.

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About Alyson Santos

I'm a writer, musician, and cat lover. I also have an alternative music obsession. Seriously, it's a real problem. I write what needs to come out, whether it's pain, tears, or laughter. I write people and relationships, about the beauty and horror of what we do to ourselves and each other. I write Love. Vengeance. Compassion. Cruelty. Trust. Betrayal. Forgiveness. Darkness, and the incredible way humans destroy and heal each other. I like to eradicate barriers, refusing to be confined by the laws of physics or limitations of reality. I will befriend a vast population of possibilities and introduce them in ways that might surprise you.

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New Review! The Good Girl's Guide to Being Bad by Cookie O'Gorman 5 Cranky Stars

The Good Girl's Guide to Being BadThe Good Girl's Guide to Being Bad by Cookie O'Gorman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Sadie lives life like she was born 80. She loves ballroom dance, doesn't swear, and is hopelessly in love with her best friend Kyle. The fact that he's gay just makes it unrequited but her heart is set.... she thinks. So when her Carpe Diem list lands in the wrong hands Sadie can't stop the blush forming on her face.

Colten Freaking Bishop, Kyle's twin and the bane of her existence, decides to help "Sister Sadie" complete her Carpe Diem list. While Sadie is mortified she decides he's the best man for the job as long as they don't kill each other first.

I loved this sweet and funny book. The characters are so well developed that I feel like we're family. Even the secondary characters are fabulous. This author did an amazing job of writing a story that was fun to read and touched base on some very real topics affecting our kids these days. I look forward to reading more... maybe Kyle's story.

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New Review! Beautiful Rush (Beautiful #3) by Emery Rose 4.5 Cranky Stars

Beautiful Rush (Beautiful, #3)Beautiful Rush by Emery Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 Cranky Stars

Beautiful Rush started out rocky for me. I don’t know if it was because I felt like I jumped into the middle of something I wasn’t a part of or what but I’m glad I stuck with it. While sure this can be read as a standalone because there is a Cliffnotes version in the middle of what happened in prior books I think for maximum experience you should start at book one and two. I will certainly be going back to read them.

Keira is the jewel in her daddy’s world. Granted his world is all kinds of illegal but he never let his princess go without but when she turns on him ultimately sending him to prison, he shuts her out. Even her mother has washed her hands of her. She now lives a life in Brooklyn with the brothers she never knew. She loves to street race and makes quiet a bit money doing it but supplements with working at a garage. One thing Keira knows and that is cars. She has no desire to start a relationship and thinks that maybe she is tainted and that love is a prison sentence. No one can change her mind so when she finds herself suddenly playing chicken with a tricked-out SUV little does she know someone briefly from her past is about to collide with her future.

Deacon is an undercover cop. He’s so immersed in the drug and weapons trade he starts to see the lines blur. He fights hard to keep one foot in reality which is hard for a foster kid from the streets. Deacon has a good life though he was adopted into the best family he could ever hope for and he plans to keep his life the way it is. He is patiently waiting for the day they can bust this guy and he can move on. One tiny glitch in his plan is Keira. She’s a firecracker with a need for speed and he doesn’t want to drag her into his mess.

I really liked Keira. She was wise for her 22 years. I kind of understand her need to run when things got crazy or just too much. I seen a lot of myself in her with that but once you meet someone who is right for you you just stop running. Deacon really did good of straddling that line. He was such a good guy but very alpha male. Killian and Connor and their wives are the perfect family for Keira. They never judged her and stood by her while she took down her father’s empire. This book is full of suspense and mystery and swoon worthy moments. I love these two together. Now I need to go catch up with Killian and Connor!!

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New Review! Sin and Discipline by Lily White 4 Cranky Stars

Sin & DisciplineSin & Discipline by Lily White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

This is a very different book but it was intriguing enough to pull me in to the end.

Amelia Dillion was the daughter of two professional pianists. Her elder brother Ben had lost his way as a musician, when the love of his live committed suicide. His parents put all their hopes onto Amelia. Her mother gave piano lessons and taught Ben's girlfriend, but they had to keep it a secret as her parents didn't want her to be distracted from music. She had a younger brother called Lennon who she cared for deeply as her parents only had time for her. After her suicide he was determined to make it out of there and be a pianist in memory of his sister.

Unfortunately after a family tragedy altered their life a year after that her father got the onset of Alzheimer's even though he had taken over doing the lessons. They had to move from their home to what would be called the rough area. Ben was now the sole breadwinner, but he could not keep a job down so was forced to turn to crime and also drag Amelia with him even though he wanted her to get her scholarship. She tried to mug a man in a car park who turned out to be her teacher for the scholarship. Now he turns out to be a little kinky, who came from the same area as Amelia lives in now and worked his hardest to get out, which he did and became the famous pianist LENNON Carter. This is where it starts getting a little more, let's say interesting. It is well written and a little bit far fetched, but very entertaining.

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New Review! Love Most, Say Least (Marry the Scot #2) by Jolie Vines 5 Cranky Stars

Love Most, Say Least (Marry the Scot, #2)Love Most, Say Least by Jolie Vines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Ah, the second story in the Marry the Scot series. If you loved “Storm the Castle”, you’ll love this one. My favorite thing was that the author started the story with a recap of how James and Beth initially met. The story of the weekend they spent together in bed sick is expanded upon and explained. In other words, this is James and Beth’s story and a good one it is.

James has always been a speak when spoken to young man. He is now 20 and lives with Callum and his brothers in Scotland to learn first hand how to run an estate. When he turns 21, the family fortune will be turned over to him along with the home, Belvedere. His uncle Richard has been acting as steward since James’ parents were killed in an auto accident.

On a business trip with Callum to London, Callum finds the love of his life, Mattie and she is accompanied by her best friend. James finds Beth startling in both looks and actions. As usual, he is tongue tied and shy. He has had no experience with women. One of the biggest problems in his life is the stipulation that he must be married by his 21st birthday, which is just months away, or he can’t inherit. Uncle Richard has a list of women for him to choose from, but he wants to marry for love, not money. Since Beth seems so intriguing, he starts texting her and finally works up the nerve to invite her to Callum’s for a weekend. Since Mattie is coming anyway, it’s a perfect arrangement.

Does anything ever goes as planned in a love story? Of course not. This is where the story gets to the “I can’t put it down” stage. Uncle Richard is a tyrant. Beth and James are falling in love, but both have trust and love issues. James takes her to his family home, and she is shocked to find out he is a British Lord. Uncle Richard shows up with a “Bride” and they must flee the manor and go back to Scotland to try to solve the problems. This is a very fast paced love story with lots of action. Now, I’m waiting for book 3 and will have to read the novella. I love this author.

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New Review! Council of Souls (Fated Eternals #2) by Jen Printy 5 Cranky Stars

Council of Souls (Fated Eternals, #2)Council of Souls by Jen Printy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

This is book 2 in the Fated Eternals series. If you haven’t read book 1-My Soul Immortal, I advise that you do so first. The first book introduces the characters and their relationships which is vital to understanding this book. I found this loved book 1 and found it hard to put down. I was so happy to have book 2 ready to read with no break in between. The characters are endearing, and the storyline is a little different take on good and evil.

Leah has had her life changed forever by Jack’s attempt to save her from Death. She is a Soul Immortal and carries the memories of Jack’s first love Lydia. What makes her unique is that only once before has this happened. Normally, the memories can’t be recalled. Leah however had cancer at age 13 and has been dreaming of Jack since then. She is an artist and has drawn pictures of the memories. This shouldn’t be possible. If history repeats itself, she will lose all these memories if she dies. Neither Jack nor she wants this to happen. So, Jack makes a pact with Death to make her immortal like him and they can live happily ever after.

Right, with Death, there can be no happily ever after. He makes the rules and he can break the rules. As a result, and because of a devious council member, Leah must become a council member. The council members are gatherers. They kill people and “gather their souls” when Death determines it is that person or person’s time to go. Jack’s mentor Artagan had one week to tell them about this. Now, Leah must be trained to be a gatherer and take her place on the council. Killing is not in Leah’s blood and the first night, she breaks down completely. Jack insists on accompanying her from then on. He turns out to be an added complication.

Because of his interference, things don’t go quite as expected. This book takes so many twists I almost got lost. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat, and I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. There are still so many unanswered questions, I hope book 3 comes along soon.

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Release Blitz! Beautiful Rush (The Beautiful Series) by Emery Rose

Title: Beautiful Rush
Series: The Beautiful Series
Author: Emery Rose
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 25, 2019 Cover Design: Sarah Hansen, Okay Creations
After a lifetime of being tailed by her father’s bodyguards, Keira Shaughnessy just wants her freedom and independence, and to bond with her long-lost brothers.
On a quest to outrun her past, she turns to illegal street racing. She loves the rush, the hint of danger, and living just on the edge of losing control. The last thing she needs is a detective tailing her, no matter how hot he is or how much she’s tempted to kiss him. Again.
When Deacon Ramsey runs into Keira at a street race, he knows he should stay away. She’s reckless. Dangerous. A perfect storm. He can’t afford to blow his cover. And he’s not convinced that the daughter of a ruthless criminal can be trusted. But when Keira’s past catches up to her, Deacon just might be the only one who can save her.
The Beautiful Series is now complete - Beautiful Rush is the third and final #standalone in series.
“How’ve you been?” he asked, sounding as if he genuinely cared.

“Same old, same old. Currently nursing my melancholy with ice-cold vodka in the light of a full moon. Come back later and I’ll be howling at it.”
He laughed and turned my hand over, so he could read the words inked on my skin. Goosebumps pricked my arms and warmth spread through my body as he traced the letters with his fingertip like I’d done so many times. He was so close I could smell his subtle spicy scent. Something warm and woodsy. Cedar and citrus. Bergamot, maybe? It didn’t matter. He smelled good. So good that I wanted to burrow my face in his neck and breathe him in. As if reading my thoughts, he tugged me closer, his eyes flitting from my eyes to my mouth. Maybe he was remembering the feel of my lips against his.
I flattened my palms on his hard chest and leaned into him. I could feel the warmth of his skin through the fabric of his T-shirt, his heart beating a steady rhythm under my fingertips. Deacon was the calm to my storm. The kind of man you could rely on to be there for you, to keep you safe and protect you. It confused me that I’d want that from him when I’d never wanted it from anyone before.
I didn’t want to want him.
“I shouldn’t be here.” He wrapped his hands around my wrists. He had good hands. Strong and capable-looking with thick veins. I bet when he held a gun, they didn’t even tremble. I bet they were sure and steady, and he didn’t so much as break a sweat.
“And yet, here you are. Why are you here?”
“I’ve missed your funny face.” He made slow, lazy circles on my inner wrists with the pads of his thumbs. The softest touch was often the most powerful.
“Could’ve fooled me.”
“Miss me?” he teased.
More than I should have. “You never crossed my mind.”
“You crossed mine. Hundreds of times.” His voice was low and rough, seducing me with his raw honesty.
“Hundreds?” I laughed. “I didn’t take you for the kind of guy who uses hyperboles.”
“I’m not.”
Oh. Well. I looked down at his hands that were still wrapped around my wrists, my palms still pressed against his chest as if I was warding him off yet wanting to remain close enough to feel the beating of his heart.
“Hold Me Down” by Halsey blasted from my speakers, muting the sounds of the city, the hum of traffic on the street and the lonely wail of a siren in the distance. I stared at his slightly parted lips, the bottom lip fuller than the top and fought the urge to sink my teeth into it.
“What did you think of when you thought of me?”
He moved his hand to my neck and around to the back of it, threading his fingers through my hair until it was wrapped around his hand. His mouth moved close to the shell of my ear, his voice low. “How much I fucking love your hair.”
© 2019 Emery Rose
Emery Rose has been known to indulge in good red wine, strong coffee, and a healthy dose of sarcasm. She loves writing sexy alpha heroes, strong heroines, artists, beautiful souls, and flawed but redeemable characters who need to work for their HEA.
When she’s not working on her latest project, you can find her binge-watching Netflix, trotting the globe in search of sunshine, or immersed in a good book. A former New Yorker, she currently resides in London with her two fabulous daughters and one grumpy, but lovable Border Terrier.