Thursday, August 30, 2018

New Review! Pippa by Malynda Schlegel 4 Cranky Stars

PippaPippa by Malynda Schlegel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

I'm not really sure where to even begin...I guess a good start is why 4 stars. This book is very well written, the conversations flow expertly, the plot is well laid out so you can't tell where it will truly end. The plot is so beyond what you could ever imagine, the depravity of it all is shocking.

Don't miss out on this book, but be prepared to have your head swirling after you finish.

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New Review! Simmer by C.G. Burnette 5 Cranky Stars

SimmerSimmer by C.G. Burnette
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Bethany left her life behind to escape the man who broke her heart. When she runs into Gideon again, their feelings for one another ignite into another slow burn.

This is another second chance romance that is set to a slow boil. Bethany followed her dreams of culinary success despite having her heart broken. The author did a wonderful job of pulling you into the story. She whisked me away into a story that was realistic, steadily paced, and the characters were believable. The downside to this story, it made cooking seem fun. Unfortunately I do not have a culinary bone in my body.

I loved the story, and I cannot wait to read more from the author. I love the Meet Me in Savannah collection, and I will recommend this to others.

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New Review! Scarlett by Jenna Cole 3 Cranky Stars

ScarlettScarlett by Jenna Cole
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

3 Cranky Stars

Birdy witnesses the execution of her parents, and then finds out everything about herself is a lie. So she becomes Scarlett, and goes on the lam.

I feel like this book starts in the middle of action. It’s comparable to watching a movie in the middle rather from the beginning. With the multiple POV’s and no introduction to those characters, it tends to get confusing. And this took me out of the story big time.

I did think that there was character growth and development for Scarlett. She could have handled everything by hiding under a mountain of blankets and eating chocolate. Instead she chose to confront everything head on.

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New Review! Safeguard by J.M. Kelley 5 Cranky Stars

SafeguardSafeguard by J.M. Kelley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Melanie has given up on love until she meets Chase. He is also her bodyguard. Queue up that Bodyguard soundtrack. Chase has battle scars from his time in the military. Will they let their guard down and love each other or will they be brutally ripped away from one another?

I freaking loved this story. There was suspense, sexy times, and strong characters. The characters were relatable and easily to connect to.

This author has gained a fan in me. I will always run to her books. I will definitely recommend this story to others.

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New Review! Score by Emma Louise 5 Cranky Stars

ScoreScore by Emma Louise
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Poppy and Keir are college sweethearts until a misunderstanding rips them apart. Their paths cross by chance after ten years and it’s game on.

I was drawn into this story from the first page. I love second chance romances. Don’t judge me. I connected with the characters. I was emotionally invested in this story even though I wanted to hit them with a sledgehammer a few times.

The dialogue was spot on. The plot line was realistic. But what really popped for me, is how realistic the emotions are. The author scored a touchdown with this one. I look forward to reading more from her.

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New Review! Sparrow by Emma Nichole 4 Cranky Stars

SparrowSparrow by Emma Nichole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

Amelia and Grayson were high school sweethearts. Then life ripped them away from one another. Over the years, we see the twists, turns, and drama that they go through.

What I really enjoyed about this story is the alternate points of views. Grayson and Amelia’s lives were shown over the years, and how they each grew and changed. The author tackled several hot topic issues in this story. I felt as a reader that these subjects were glossed over. PTSD is not something you escape from overnight. Same for the aftermath of an abusive relationship.

I felt a strong connection to Amelia. She was strong, fierce, and amazing. She survived everything that life threw at her. Same for Grayson, but I think if the story wasn’t so fast paced the story could have been more realistic.

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New Review! The Kentucky Cure by Julieann Dove 5 Cranky Stars

The Kentucky CureThe Kentucky Cure by Julieann Dove
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Cranky Stars

Elise has commitment issues. You get a feel for why as the story progresses. She has a relationship with Darren and when she goes home to Bowling Green she sees her first love Ben.

What I loved about this story is how real it is. Now with that said there were times where Elise made me angry with her wishy-washy self. It is refreshing to see that a main female lead character that is scared of commitment. To evoke that much response from a reader, you know the author is doing a stellar job. The story was amazing, realistic, and beautifully written. The dynamic between Elise and her mother is the shining star of the story.

I loved the characters. The plotline was amazing, same for the sub-plots. Overall the story was amazing, and I will recommend this story to everyone.

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Cover Reveal! Gym Junkies by T L Swan

Release Date: September 23, 2018
Cover Design: Hang Le
Photographer: Michael Stokes


We’ve all done it, salivated Over a guy at the gym, imagined the unimaginable. Wanted what we can’t have.
Only my fantasy has turned into an obsession. Every night like clockwork he’s there. Every night like clockwork I’m ready. I’m not the kind of girl who does this kind of thing and he’s exactly the kind of man that does. He’s as sexy AF. Dominant as all hell. Built like a machine. And when he turns up at my work My worst f**king nightmare.





I swipe my key through the door scanner. It’s 9:35 p.m and I’m late. After not wanting to come at all, and deliberating the whole thing for over an hour in the shower, I’m finally here.
I’m not really sure why, but what the hell. It can’t hurt, I suppose.
I walk into the gym and take a look around. There are a few guys working out at the back, plus a girl on the treadmill.
Great. He’s not even here.
All that over-analysing for nothing
Damn it.
After making my way onto the treadmill I start walking. I turn up the speed and begin to walk faster. I suppose I’ll have to actually work out then. What an anticlimax. I spent over an hour psyching myself up to be here, and he doesn’t even show up.
Fucking typical.
All men piss me off.
Oh well, it’s his loss.
Turning up the speed, I begin to jog, getting lost in the repetition. But when I look up into the mirror, I see him. There he is. He’s sitting on the weights bench in the corner, and flashing a slow sexy smile my way. He’s wearing a white T-shirt and navy sports shorts.
My stomach dances with excitement. I force him a smile, and then I look down, pretending to be uninterested.
God, he’s so….
He’s probably just a prop in this place. That’s what I would do if I owned a gym: pay gorgeous guys to hang out and make the girls swoon. It makes good business sense, that’s for sure.
I run for fifteen minutes, and he does weights as he watches me. To be honest, I wish he would look away because I’m dying over here. I can’t run for this long naturally. I’m totally showing off. I may go ass over tit at any moment and skin my knee to the bone.
One man finally leaves the gym, and then five minutes later the other one follows. The group of guys walk out the back, leaving only one woman in the gym who is doing sit ups. His eyes trail over to her, and I wonder is he thinking the same thing as me.
Buzz off, woman. Why are you in the gym so late, stupid?
I stop running and bring the treadmill back to a walking pace. I wipe my face with my towel, grateful when the lady packs up her things and leaves through the front door.
Brock’s eyes find mine in the mirror and a dark smile crosses his face.
Shit. My heart begins to beat faster. I keep walking, and he stands to make his way over to me.
“Hello,” he purrs.
I smile goofily. “Hi.” Why does he have to be so damn sexy? I can’t even pretend to be cool.
He puts his hand over mine on the handrail, and I feel an energy zap between us.
“I’ve been thinking about you all day,” he says.
My eyes hold his as my stomach flips. “Y-you have?” I pant.
He nods slowly, his eyes not leaving mine for a single second.
“What were you thinking about?” I ask.
“I was thinking that I need to talk to you in private.” God, is he for real? “Is that so?” I look around the empty gym. “Is that why you had to wait for everyone to leave to come and talk to me?”
“Well, I didn’t want anyone to be suspicious of the two of us talking the other night in the bathroom.”
“Talking?” I smirk. “Is that what you call it?”
He smiles sexily, and my stomach clenches yet again. Don’t smile at me like that.
“Yes.” He pauses as he rolls his lips, as if amused. “It was a very stimulating conversation.” I smile as I continue to walk.
“For some more than others,” he adds.
Unable to help it, I laugh. “Yes, it was a very stimulating conversation that we had the other night.”
His eyes hold mine. “Did you enjoy it?”
What’s it going to be? I get a vision of Simon last night with that girl.
Sink or swim.
“I did.” Our eyes are locked. “Very much, actually.”
Oh, this guy makes me want to be a dirty whore.
Satisfaction flashes across his face and he licks his lips. He runs his hand up my forearm, his eyes following his touch. “I have something else to tell you.”
I act surprised. “You do?”
“I do.”
“What is it?”
“I can’t tell you here, Pocket.” His eyes rise to my lips.
“Why not?” I feel the burn of his gaze.
“It’s private.”
He takes his hand off my arm, and it causes me to frown. I hate the loss of his touch. “So, where do you want to tell me this private information?” I ask as I play along.
“We should probably talk where we talked last time.” He rolls his lips to hide his smile, he likes this game.
“Really?” I widen my eyes.
He nods slowly. “Really.”
I continue to walk on the treadmill.
“So, I’m going to go into the discussion room now.”
“The discussion room?” I widen my eyes and laugh. “You are something else.”
“I know,” he chuckles, and then gestures up to the ceiling. I look up, following his direction.
There’s a camera…
“I’m going to go into the discussion room, and in five minutes, you should do the same.”
“But, they’ll see us?” I whisper.
“No, they won’t. Once you come into the bathroom, you just have to stay in there for five minutes. If we don’t enter or leave together, the tapes won’t be looked at. Not unless there is an incident and they have to be watched back.
“Oh.” I frown, and without another word he disappears up the hall with his gym bag. I walk for another five minutes with my heart beating out of control. This is so naughty, so freaking hot, and I have to say, so out of character for me that it’s not even funny.
I’ll just go and talk to him—see what he has to say. I hope he kisses me again. His kiss was to die for. Who the heck is this guy, anyway?
I would never do this. I am not the sort of girl who meets up with guys in a public bathroom. My eyes flicker to the hallway as my excitement runs through me.
Am I?
I hit stop on the treadmill with my heart hammering in my chest. I take my towel and drink bottle, and then I walk up the hall to the bathrooms. I look up and see the camera at the end of the hall positioned so it shows all of the five bathroom doors clearly. I drop my head to hide my face.
As long as I don’t walk back out, he said I’m fine.
God, if anyone ever knew I was doing this, I’d die.
I walk to the end door and take the handle in my hand. I pause for a moment and close my eyes. My heart is banging, and I look back up the hall one more time. Should I go? No. Just do it.
I open the door and rush in, quickly closing the door behind me. I flick the lock and turn around.
The room is filled with steam and the shower screen is open. Brock is naked in the shower when he turns to face me.
His large shoulders and chest have soap over them, and his hair is already wet. His stomach is rippled with muscles, and his huge hard cock hangs heavily between his legs.
He smiles sexily. “Took your time, Pocket.”
Oh, dear God. Holy. Fucking. Shit.
“Brock!” I frown as I stare at him. “What the hell are you doing?”
I glance back to the door, damn it. I can’t leave for a few minutes.
He looks at me casually and rubs the soap in across his chest. “Taking a shower, what does it look like?”
“You’re incredible.” I shake my head in disgust. “I’m leaving right now.”
“Why?” He gives me a slow sexy smile and holds his hands out to the side. “Taking a shower is a perfectly natural thing. I wanted to be clean for our conversation.”
“You want to have a conversation with me with,” I gesture to his groin, “with your dick hanging out.”
He looks down at himself, and then back up at me. “Does my dick offend you?”
“Yes,” I gasp. “Your dick offends me.”
I glance down again. That is the most beautiful dick I’ve ever seen. Okay, sure, I haven’t seen many, but I’m still sure it’s the most perfect one there is. For fuck’s sake, this guy is so over confident, I don’t even have words to describe him, and why the hell is it turning me on?
This is un-fucking-believable. How on earth did I get myself into this situation?
Brock continues to rub soap over his chest, eventually lathering his groin area up, too. I have to concentrate on not looking down again.
“Why?” he asks.
I frown. “Because… because…” I look around as I search for the right choice of words. “It’s the assumption you make that I am comfortable with you being naked when I’m not.” I shake my head and throw my hands in the air. “I’m so not.”
“If it makes you feel more comfortable, I am completely fine with you taking your clothes off, too.” He shrugs casually. “You know, for our discussion.”
I smirk. Of all the hide. “You’re an idiot.”
He smiles that sexy smile again, and I feel my insides begin to melt. “I prefer to think I’m just honest.”
“How is this being honest?”
“Well.” He pauses as a moment as he soaps his groin up again.
“Will you stop doing that!” I snap. “It’s very distracting.” I concentrate hard on keeping my eyes focused on his face.
“Big dicks don’t lie,” he says, raising his brow.
I stare at him, completely lost for words, even though I really want to howl with laughter. “You did not just say that?”


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About the Author

Originally from Sydney, Tee Swan now resides in a dreamy beachside town on the South Coast of Australia with her hunk of a hubby, their three children and a menagerie of spoilt pets. She loves Margaritas, Chocolate and a swoony good book with a strong storyline. With a background in Mental Health, Tee writes characters that you want be friends with, strong alphas to fall in love with and witty women you want to be. When she is not writing you will find her in a cafe drinking coffee and eating cake.

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New Review! A Hunter Within (The Alliance of Power Duology #1) by Anna Applegate 4 Cranky Stars

A Hunter Within (The Alliance of Power Duology, Book #1)A Hunter Within by Anna Applegate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

Age old tail of vampire and hunters, only this time they are on the same side.

A human has their sights on becoming great and more powerful than ever before. Many vampires are made victims in this pursuit of knowledge. The hunter and vampire team up to take them down and take you on a wild ride in the process.

I was expecting things to be a bit more dark and terrifying, and was surprised at the lightness of the tale. Don't get me wrong, the things being done to those vampires will give anyone the creeps.

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Cover Reveal! The Triangle by J.A. Huss and Johnathan McClain

The Triangle
JA Huss & Johnathan McClain
Publication date: September 25th 2018
Genres: Erotica, Romance, Suspense
They’re sworn enemies and I’m in the middle.
Both of them claimed me. Had me. Used me. Forgot me.
Except… I don’t remember any of it. I don’t even know who I am or why I’m in this cramped basement apartment with tinfoil covering the tiny windows when my bank account says I have over two million dollars.
I don’t know how I got the stitches on the back of my head, or the scar under my chin, or the ache in my shoulder—but I do know I probably deserved it.
I don’t know why there’s a shotgun in the closet, a sniper rifle under the floorboards, and a pistol under my pillow.
I don’t know why I stay.
I don’t know why I care.
I don’t know why I’m trying to put something back together when it was never whole to begin with.
Until I look at them.
Until they look at me.
Until I touch them.
Until they touch me.
And even though the memories don’t come back.
I know.
I know why I stay.

Author Bio:
Two accomplished writers come together to create unforgettable sexy romance. JA Huss is the New York Times bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today bestsellers list eighteen times. Johnathan McClain is a veteran actor and writer whose work, either performed or written, is probably airing on at least one of the channels on your television right now. You can contact them on their website or find them at their social links below.


New Review! Amongst the Wildflowers (Fleurs D'Amore #3) by Amali Rose 4 Cranky Stars

Amongst The Wildflowers (Fleurs d'amour #3)Amongst The Wildflowers by Amali Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Cranky Stars

Layla and Ethan fell in love in a field of wildflowers when they were just little kids. Too young to truly know what that kind of love is but it was still very real to them. They grew up as best friends with each one harboring feelings they were both too scared to admit.

Layla is just making it through college. She is still heart broken from Ethan just up and leaving her with no answers. She has self esteem issues and hides behind self-depreciation when things get tough. She knows she’s not the conventional skinny Barbie with blonde hair. When Ethan turns back up in her life asking for a chance she does so with trepidation.

Ethan has always loved Layla. She’s his best friend and most importantly the love of his life. He left on a whim when his feelings became too hard for him to deal with. Leaving Layla was his biggest regret. He makes a surprise appearance in her life and he will do anything to win her back. Ethan is not only navigating new waters with Layla he’s also trying to live his own life outside of his dads shadow.

I liked Layla with her flaws and all. I think no matter our size we all that have that voice that nags at us telling us we aren’t enough. We see some of the past characters in this series. Layla is Cassidys sister! I liked how Ethan just loved Layla. Tash honey I wish you would get attacked by a pack of badgers. Michael Bradshaw?? You suck a big one dude. I love Evie and how much she supports Layla and Ethan. Excellent story filled with love, one dirty mouthed boyfriend and real life issues.

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