Bib·li·o·phile Fridays #9 – Happy “Almost” New Year!

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Bibliophile Fridays is a brand new weekly meme hosted by me and Foxes and Fairy Tales on our blogs and for more information you can check out our Goodreads group. We have created this weekly meme in honor of the bibliophile population (we are a dying breed you know)! We are super excited to share this with out readers and we hope you will all join us in our fight to raise awareness for the bibliophile population…

This weeks theme is… Happy “Almost” New Year! – The end of 2016 is fast approaching so pick out your top 5 books released this year!

* Top 5 Books Related To The Weekly Theme *

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Painting Sky by Rita Branches
Dirty (Dive Bar #1) by Kylie Scott
Liar Liar (Liar Liar #1) by LA Cotton
See No Evil (Brotherhood #1) by Jordan Ford
Destiny on Ice (Boys of Winter #1) by S.R. Grey

* Featured Books *

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Painting Sky by Rita Branches
Series: Painting Sky #1 – Standalone
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 25, 2016
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Nobody ever said life was easy…

People pleaser, Jane Skylar wants nothing more than to earn her art degree, start her life, and bask in the bliss of living with her boyfriend. 

But things don’t always go as planned…

Struggling with her creative side, Jane finds herself in turmoil, often confiding in her roommate – another, more talented art student, Keith Hale. Keith just so happens to be her boyfriend’s older, brooding brother. After a devastating breakup, Jane turns to Keith for comfort. But when the lines blur between roommate and lover, Jane’s life becomes more complicated than ever before.

When Keith’s past comes back to haunt him, their lives all get turned upside down, forcing the truth to surface. Now Jane must fight for what she wants–even if it hurts everyone she loves.

*It’s a standalone*

This was the authors second book published, but the first book I read. I absolutely adored this story! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review back in July and I loved every single aspect of the story from the cover to the last words on the page. Although this is considered to be a standalone novel I am super excited to read the second book in the series and can’t wait to start seeing details about it! I recommend checking this book out especially since you can’t beat the price at $0.99!

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Dirty by Kylie Scott
Series: Dive Bar #1
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.

Lydia Green doesn’t know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it’s with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.

Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she’d marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he’s all wrong-maybe it’s time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what’s wrong with getting dirty?

If you’ve read Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive Series then you know just how amazing her writing style is. This story starts off with a runaway bride who leaves her fiancé at the alter when she discovers his affair…with his best man. Sneaking into a house near by she plans to hide out from her fiancé or should I say ex-fiancé’s family. What she didn’t plan on was Vaughan Hewson discovering her hiding away in his shower. Since I don’t want to give away too much of the story that is all I will tell you about the beginning. However, I will say that we get to see a few of our Stage Dive buddies when they make a brief appearance! 🙂 

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Review: Afterimage (The Enertia Trials #1) by J. Kowallis

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Afterimage by J. Kowallis
Series: The Enertia Trials #1
Genre: Dystopian, New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic
Release Date: May 7, 2015
Buy Now: Amazon / B&N

Synopsis

Reggie’s dreams . . . aren’t dreams.

Visions of the future flood her mind like shards of broken puzzles. Caged in her cell, every morning begins the same. She’s drugged, tortured, and images are torn from her memory by Public One.

Until the morning everything changes. The vision is different. The future’s never been about her, and now she knows they’re coming for her:

Nomads.

How will she convince them to keep her alive when Nate, their leader, doesn’t like or even trust her? To him, she’s a science experiment. A machine.

When Public One will do anything to keep her, Reggie must make a decision: remain a slave to her past, or risk her future to venture into a world more terrifying than she’s ever known.

Review

I received this ARC from Xpresso Book Tours Review Opportunity!

I have been a fan of dystopian novels ever since reading the Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins and the Delirium Series by Lauren Oliver. When I came across this dystopian series on Xpresso Book Tours Review Opportunity I jumped at the chance to check it out. Within a few minutes of reading I was hooked and found one of my new favorite series. I adored these books so much that I ended up reading the entire series in less than two days and am not anticipating the next release coming in 2017.

Afterimage (The Enertia Trails #1) by J. Kowallis is the first book and the perfect start to an extraordinary series. Unlike many of the dystopian novels on sale today this book is not centered completely around a romantic aspect, but rather it deals with new rules and regulations leaving the community struggling to rebuild after a devastating war took away their freedom. This dystopian novel is set in a world left in ruins after the Third World War is taken place and is told in multiple POV’s. I absolutely loved this element of the story because it wasn’t centered around one person’s thoughts or even of a couple. Although the book was told mainly in Reggie and Nate’s point-of-views we do get to see quite a few from other supporting characters like Issac, Greyson and more.

Right after finishing the first book in this series I couldn’t wait to crack open the second one. For the last few days my attention as been focused on these characters and this extraordinary storyline. This is one of those series that you don’t want to ruin for other readers because you can give away too much of the storyline that may take away from a readers experience. I strongly recommend picking up this series and giving it a chance because you won’t regret a single moment of it.

Reviews for Book #2 and Book #3 coming soon! 🙂

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About J. Kowallis

J. Kowallis grew up in northern Utah, graduated from Weber State University’s creative writing program, and lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal). 

Connect with the author: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

Blitz: Complex Kisses by Kim Bailey

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Complex Kisses by Kim Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 29, 2016
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

When lost and living in the moment…can you be found with just a kiss?

Jamie Hartley ran away, leaving grief and heartache behind. Lost on her own. Raising a child. Her plan is simple. Make it through. Find her path. Survive.

Eric Anderson walked away, abandoning plans and expectations. Living day to day. Waiting for miracles. His goal is complicated. Make it through. Find a way. Endure.

In stolen moments of passion and pleasure, Jamie and Eric find reprieve from their complex lives.

Together, they eases the burdens. Together, they soothe the pain.

But can they recognize the future when it finds them?

Here and now.

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About Kim Bailey

Kim Bailey is a Canadian author. She’s a born procrastinator and sarcasm junkie. She gets her motivation from coffee, the fact that her teenage children haven’t disowned her, and the smile on her husband’s face when she tells him “maybe.”

When she was young and naïve, Kim dreamed of being a documentary filmmaker, and script writer. But when real life happened, she went to a job that actually paid her. Now she’s a customer support specialist by day and romance writer by night.

Writing is something she’s always done – she has about 20 million half-started story ideas. She may also be a slight exaggerator.

Kim promised herself to set her fears aside and make the dream real. She’s working on that, one day at a time.

Connect with the author: Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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Excerpt Reveal – Separation Games by CD Reiss

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Separation Games by CD Reiss
Series: The Games Duet #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 3, 2016
Pre-Order: Amazon / B&N / Kobo / iBooks

Synopsis

The stunning conclusion to the New York Times Bestseller. 

These are the unbreakable rules in the game.

Stay collected. Compartmentalize. Think your next move through. Never let your heart dictate your tactics. 

The heart is impulsive. 

The heart makes bad decisions. 

The heart doesn’t see the long game. 

Because the heart may have decided to get Adam back, but when the endgame comes, the heart’s going to be the first thing to break.

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Adam pulled me to the next door to the left. It opened into a small theater with about two dozen red velvet seats with lights at the bases.

“There was this guy in Marine Park who collected vintage pornography. When he died, one of the clubs uptown took it and preserved it. When all the clubs merged, they reels moved here.”

“We’re going to watch porn together?”

He guided me down an aisle. “Yes.”

“How adventurous of us.” I smiled at him, flirting.

He smiled back a little, but was reserved in his enthusiasm. We sat in the center.

“Now I’m sorry I wore pants,” I said.

The lights dimmed to black. I took his hand, and he paused before dropping our entwined fingers in his lap.

“I’m trying to illustrate something. I want to talk. So I’m glad you wore pants.”

The bullseye countdown appeared. Adam leaned his head back, closed his eyes, and exhaled. They went back to the screen as if all necessary strength had been gathered.

She’s blindfolded, arms tied above her. He’s lashing her.

“These are from the late sixties,” he said as the picture flickered. There was no sound.“The stuff here is very real. There’s no retouching. It’s 16mm, so there’s none of the porny quality of video.”

He’s wrapping her tits in black tape.

“I see,” I said.

He was right. The frame was raw. The beauty of her submission wasn’t on the film. I didn’t feel as though I was watching something. I felt as though I was witnessing something.

He’s clamping her nipples until they’re elongated meat.

“This is called tit torture,” he said matter-of-factly. “Every step of this was worked out beforehand. You’re not seeing the dozen things he’s not doing.” He twisted in his seat to face me. He was backlit, so I couldn’t see his expression. “Give me an adjective. What do you think of it?”

“Is this your thing?”

“Answer me first.”

I loved him. I wanted him. I’d get on my knees and submit to him.

“It’s gruesome.”

“It’s not my thing.” He sat back and faced the screen. The light flickered on his face. “There’s so much more though.”

He’s putting the business end of a hairbrush in her anus.

I’ve never seen skin that shade of purple.

What is she eating?

In all of them, the submissive may have cried or screamed, but she always came back for more. She kissed the Dominant’s hand or looked at him admiringly. Her lips did a dance of gratitude.

Thank you.

Ten minutes in, I couldn’t hold my questions anymore. “Why are you showing me this? You don’t want to wrap me in duct tape.”

“Someone might. I want you to know what it looks like first.”

“Adam Steinbeck!” I stood and put my fists on my hips. “You fucking shit!”

He crossed his legs, shrugging as if it wasn’t his fault. He just worked here. “What?”

“You’re trying to scare me.”

“I’m trying to inform you.”

“To hell with this. I’m going out there right now and getting someone to fuck me with a wooden spoon.”

I stomped down the aisle. He grabbed my arm. I spun around to face him. Behind him, a woman was getting choked, and every time she breathed, the ecstasy on her face was unmistakable.

“Let go of me,” I growled.

“Look at it. You weren’t meant for this.”

But he was? But Serena was? Was I too good? Too weak? Too strong? None of that mattered.

“You love me. Say it, Adam.”

“I’m keeping the love I have left.”

“Why can’t you love a submissive?”

“I don’t know.”

“You can’t love weakness?” I asked.

“I said I don’t know.”

“You’re unworthy of a woman who would kneel for you?”

“What do you want out of me?”

He was hurting me. I jerked my arm away, and he let go.

“I want you to leave me for a reason. A real reason. I left you because I was unhappy. I thought we were incompatible. You’re leaving me because you asked me to submit to you and I love it. You’re leaving me because you love me a little but not enough. What is all that? It’s not a reason.”

“I’m protecting you!”

“You’re protecting you.”

About CD Reiss

CD Reiss is a New York Times bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up she’s at the well hauling buckets.

Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, that went nowhere but it did give her a big enough ego to write novels.

She’s frequently referred to as the Shakespeare of Smut which is flattering but hasn’t ever gotten her out of chopping that cord of wood.

If you meet her in person, you should call her Christine.

Connect with the author: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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Review: Complex Kisses by Kim Bailey

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Complex Kisses by Kim Bailey
Series: Here & Now #1 
Genre:
 Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 29, 2016
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

When lost and living in the moment…can you be found with just a kiss?

Jamie Hartley ran away, leaving grief and heartache behind. Lost on her own. Raising a child. Her plan is simple. Make it through. Find her path. Survive.

Eric Anderson walked away, abandoning plans and expectations. Living day to day. Waiting for miracles. His goal is complicated. Make it through. Find a way. Endure.

In stolen moments of passion and pleasure, Jamie and Eric find reprieve from their complex lives.

Together, they eases the burdens. Together, they soothe the pain.

But can they recognize the future when it finds them?

Here and now.

Review

I received this ARC from IndieSagePR in exchange for an honest review…

Complex Kisses is the perfect beginning to a very promising writing career for author Kim Bailey! I absolutely adored this beautifully written story and was completely satisfied from the very beginning to the very end. As I have mentioned in previous reviews I am a huge supporter of debut authors. Whenever I start reading a new book from a new author I always go in with an open mind no matter what the number of negative reviews are because I believe that all authors deserve a second chance. This book did not disappoint and I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next. If you are looking for the ideal weekend read and are willing to give this extraordinary debut author a chance then pick up a copy for only $0.99!

I don’t want to give anything about this book away, but I will you leave you with this GIF that I think perfectly summarizes Jamie and Eric’s intense romance. I’d love to hear from you all so after reading the book let me know what you think about the story below in the comment section!

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About Kim Bailey

Kim Bailey is a Canadian author. She’s a born procrastinator and sarcasm junkie. She gets her motivation from coffee, the fact that her teenage children haven’t disowned her, and the smile on her husband’s face when she tells him “maybe.”

When she was young and naïve, Kim dreamed of being a documentary filmmaker, and script writer. But when real life happened, she went to a job that actually paid her. Now she’s a customer support specialist by day and romance writer by night.

Writing is something she’s always done – she has about 20 million half-started story ideas. She may also be a slight exaggerator.

Kim promised herself to set her fears aside and make the dream real. She’s working on that, one day at a time.

Connect with the author: Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

Cover Reveal: The Do-Over by Julie A. Richman

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The Do-Over by Julie A. Richman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 26, 2017
Pre-Order: iBooks

Synopsis

From USA TODAY Bestselling Author Julie A. Richman a new, stand alone Second Chance Romance 

~ Sometimes, one degree is all that separates you from the one you were meant to be with ~ 

Wes Bergman was sex on a stick. 

We’d been circling one another our entire lives, mingling at the same clubs… attending the same events…sharing mutual acquaintances…yet we’d never actually met. 

Until…we both boarded a Windjammer Cruise in the Caribbean. And it was like meeting my long, lost best friend for the first time. I hadn’t ever connected with a guy that way before.

But Wes had a girlfriend. So, when the week was over, he walked off the ship, unknowingly taking a piece of my heart with him.

Now, over a decade later, newly divorced, I’m the proverbial fish out of water. Dating has totally changed. Apps. Swipe left. Swipe right. Catfishing. Men my age want two things: twenty-five-year-olds—like my ex’s new child bride of a wife—or just a quick hook-up.

After a string of bad dates, I finally did something I never thought I’d do. I had a hot one-night stand with a really handsome guy I met online who didn’t even know my real name.

Turned out Mr. Fling is a big shot for my company’s newest client. And just my luck, that client’s CEO is none other than…Wes Bergman.

Now I’m separated by one degree again from the man who stole my heart.

And Mr. Fling could destroy my chance of what I want most – a Do-Over with Wes.

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About Julie A. Richman

USA Today Bestselling author Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.

Connect with the author: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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Blog Tour & Review: Something There In Between by S. Ferguson

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Something There In Between by S. Ferguson
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 19, 2016
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Bree Sutton has lost everything. 

Shattered dreams and a lonely park bench are her only companions.

Happy endings aren’t for people like her.

Survivor Declan James knows what rock bottom looks like.

But he knows there can be redemption, no matter how far you’ve fallen.

You can try and fight it, but love doesn’t care how broken and battered you are. It’s always something there in between…

This book contains strong adult content that may not be suitable for readers sensitive to hard to read subjects.

Review

I received this ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review…

I have always been a huge supporter for both debut and indie authors so I was extremely ecstatic to learn that I was selected to receive an ARC for Something There In Between by S. Ferguson. This was a beautifully written novel that captured my immediate attention right from the beginning. As soon as I started reading this book I couldn’t put it down and ended up finishing the entire book in less than two hours.

It’s important to note that this book is not for everyone and my deal with sensitive events that may not be suitable for all readers. Throughout this book we see get a glimpse into both Bree and Declan’s pasts and how time doesn’t always heal what’s wrong inside. The connection we instantly see between these two is uncanny. This book is told in alternating POV’s, which I have previously mentioned as one of my favorite narration forms. I adore this style because it allows the reader to see both sides of a story and gives us a look into what each of the main characters are feeling.

Bree’s life has never been easy. She grew up a daughter of a single mother who often used her as a punching bag. At the age of 16 she left her abusive home and ran away with her now ex-boyfriend Alex. What Bree thought was a second chance at a new life, quickly turned into another disaster when Alex abandons her without a word. Enter in Declan, a new bartender who sees right through Bree’s facade because he is able to connect with her on the same level. Right from the beginning there is no denying the connection between these two. Although I don’t want to give away too much of this book, I will tell you that if you give it a chance you will NOT regret it.

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That does it for me.

The idea that someone is hurting her causes a rage I’ve only ever felt once before in my life to flow through my entire body. I clench my fists and decide now is the moment I confront her. Is there another asshole bothering her now? Did her douchebag ex make an appearance? I will fucking end whoever did this to her. I know without asking that Jake would have my back on that move. I’d be willing to bet money Ron would as well. It takes every ounce of strength I have, but I wait until the night is a little closer to being over before snatching her arm and pulling her through the doorway into the dark kitchen. I spin her around to the wall beside the doorway, leaning down so we’re face to face, eye to eye.

“You’re gonna tell me what the fuck is going on, and you’re gonna tell me right the fuck now. Is someone hurting you? Why are your knuckles all bruised? You been fighting?” I fire off everything at once, realizing I sound like a nagging girlfriend, but I need to know she’s okay. I NEED to get this off my chest.

Bree sighs deeply, her warm breath fanning across my neck, making me aware of our proximity. I have her pinned to the wall, my left hand is still gripping her shoulder, and my right hand is on the wall above her head. I’m being a bastard, and using my size to cage her in. I watch her closely for signs of fear, but she almost looks bored, and mostly just annoyed. I know she can still refuse to answer, but I’ll be damned if she gets away from me until I have my say.

She raises her eyes to give me an angry glare and I feel my dick twitch. Seeing fire in her eyes as opposed to the sadness they always carry makes her ten times hotter. Fuck, I’m an asshole. Something is seriously wrong with her, and I’m standing here getting turned on.

“I’ve just had a lot on my mind. I’ve been…training. You know exercising and punching a bag. That’s why my knuckles are bruised.” She raises an eyebrow at me, daring me to question her more. I smirk down at her…she has no idea who she’s messing with.

“You need to wear gloves then. You’re going to ruin your beautiful hands. You’re not actually sparring are you? ”I ask, my voice deeper than I intended. I’ve never been this close to her before, and my dick is currently trying to punch its way out of my zipper to reach her.

She glances down, and I have a moment of horror when I realize there is no way she’s going to miss my erection. I’m a healthy boy, and my jeans were already on the tight side. Her breath hitches, and she jerks her eyes back up to meet mine.

When I see the heat in her eyes, I swear I almost come in my pants like a teenager. Bree is fucking turned on by me. I can work with this. Letting go of her shoulder, I put my hand on the wall, completely closing her in, and lower my head towards hers.

“I don’t fool around with Ron’s guys,” she says softly, making no move to avoid my quickly approaching lips.

“Good thing I’m not one then,” I say, my mouth forming a smirk. I’m now so close to her lips I can feel their warmth on my own.

“YO BREE, where ya at?” I hear Jake yell from outside the door. His voice is like a splash of cold water, causing me to jerk back, and the moment is gone.

“My brother is an asshole,” I grumble, lowering my hands to adjust my erection, and backing further away from her.

“Your brother just stopped me from making a stupid mistake,” she says, before walking out of the door.

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About S. Ferguson

Ferguson is a military wife and mother of three. She loves to find beauty in the flawed and broken.

Connect with the author: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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