Release Blitz & Book Review: Beastly (Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story #3) by Michelle Irwin

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Beastly by Michelle Irwin
Series: Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Not all things are exactly as they appear.

Beau Miller thought his happily ever after had returned in the form of the girl with the seafoam eyes. He never expected a second heartbreak at her hand. 

When her father, Declan Reede, turns up with murder in his eyes, Beau discovers that the break-up might not have been what it seemed. He must solve the mystery if he’s to find his girl. 

How can he and Declan rescue their princess when she’s been taken by someone with beastly intentions? And will they make it in time?

Review

I generously received this ARC from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review…

I am a newly discovered fan of Michelle Irwin who I recently learned about after signing up to read and review <b>Beastly</b>, the third book in the beautifully captivating Phoebe Reede: The Untold Story series. I quickly devoured the first two books over my winter break and eventually jumped back into the series with the third book shortly after the new year! Instantly, I feel in love with Phoebe and Beau’s extraordinary relationship that progressed since the first book. Their story is truly one of a kind!

Beastly is told entirely in Beau’s point-of-view, which leaves the readers on the edge of their seats waiting to hear from Phoebe. These two have been through so much that I thought that author would finally stop “yanking our chains” and give then their happily ever after they so deserve. However, she doesn’t and in a way that keeps their story more interesting because if they got their HEA, we might not get anymore books. And trust me, you want more of Phoebe and Beau!

It’s a story that gives you all sorts of “feels!” I cannot wait to see what the author has to offer next for these two amazing characters.

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About Michelle Irwin

Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page.

Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.

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Release Blitz: Breakaway (Playmaker Duet #0.5) by Mignon Mykel

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Breakaway by Mignon Mykel
Series: Playmaker Duet #0.5
Genre: Coming of Age, Mature Fiction
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Pre-Order: Amazon / B&N / Kobo / iBooks (March 7)

Synopsis

Once upon a time, in a faraway place…

I learned that monsters exist
That the dark is meant for fear
That sometimes, you can’t even count on yourself

I just have to get past senior year finals, and I can break away-

I can leave the past,
the monsters,
the ghosts,
far, far behind.

I just can’t break beforehand.

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My eyes flew open at the quiet click of the bedroom door.

I knew better than to fall into a deep sleep.

I stayed lying on my side, my knees drawn up to my chest, as I watched the shadow move along the carpeted bedroom floor.

This wasn’t my bedroom.

It wasn’t my home.

It was the longest home I’d been placed in, sure, but there was certainly no feeling of belonging here.

“Hello, sweetheart.”

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About Mignon Mykel

Mignon Mykel is the author of the Prescott Family series, as well as the short-novella erotic romance series, O’Gallagher Nights. When not sitting at Starbucks writing whatever her characters tell her to, you can find her hiking in the mountains of her new home in Arizona.

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*Check out my #FIVESTAR Review here!

Release Blitz: Blackbird (Redemption #1) by Molly McAdams

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Blackbird by Molly McAdams
Series: Redemption #1
Genre: New Adult, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 28, 2017
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Synopsis

From New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams comes a powerhouse romantic suspense that will have you questioning your morals and second guessing your view on love.

I live in a world few know exist. I’ve trained for this. I know what to say, what to do, and how to act. I’ve perfected the lethal calm required for this life. 

Now it’s time to buy my first girl. But all it takes is one look at the brave girl who starts singing mid-auction for that calm to slip.

Briar Chapman is going to be the death of me, and I don’t care. I’ll take every day with her until that death comes, and I’ll welcome it when it does.

On the outside, Lucas Holt is what nightmares are made of. A man cloaked in darkness, with sin-filled eyes and an enticing grin. A devil so devastatingly beautiful and cruel that his very presence instills fear.

But beneath his terrifying, ever-calm exterior is an affectionate man haunted by a past that refuses to stay buried. And Lucas looks at me as though he’s finally found the only person who can make it all go away.

We’re a battle of the brightest day and the darkest night—and I want to lie in the wake of our war.

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My head shook absentmindedly as I tried to comprehend all that he had told me.

Knowing the man Lucas was behind the darkness, I couldn’t grasp why he had ever fought to get into this life at all.

“I’d been wondering what had happened in your life to make you into the devil I saw so often at the beginning,” I began, my voice soft . . . almost hesitant. “But now I wonder how you were able to remain you, instead of letting the devil completely consume you.”

“Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that that part of me isn’t there.”

“I couldn’t,” I said honestly and huffed a small laugh. “He’s always there . . . I see you fighting him all the time. Now, more than I have in a long time.”

He held my stare, and his dark eyes burned with something I couldn’t define. “You’re afraid of me.”

I wished in that moment for my room so I could have something to hide behind, at least for a minute, because I knew I couldn’t hide any of the emotions coursing through me, and I couldn’t lie to him. “Yes,” I whispered and hated that he seemed to not only expect my answer but accept it. Reaching out, I traced around the outer edge of his eye, thankful I wasn’t shaking. “I’m afraid of the eyes I’m looking into right now. I’ve been afraid of them for a long time. I’m afraid of what I know about you now, but I wonder if I haven’t always known. If you haven’t hinted at it before . . .”

“Briar—”

“But the things you see in your mind that force me to see these eyes? They’ve been there this whole time. They were there when I fell in love with you, and I knew when I fell that they would always be there.” I watched as he fought with whatever haunted him and lowered myself back onto the bed and curled against his side. “The darkest part of your soul can terrify me, but it won’t cause me to leave.”

He gripped my hand in his, and mumbled, “Sometimes I wish it would.” Before I could react or respond, he continued. “If you think I’m dangerous, maybe you understand what my life is like, and maybe you can grasp the danger in throwing out the rules for you. Eventually someone other than William will see what you mean to me. And with who we are and what we do, we all have so many enemies who’ve been waiting for a chance to get back at us—to hurt us.” He raised our joined hands to kiss my wrist and let his lips linger on the skin there. “We don’t have weaknesses, Briar, but you are mine. They’ve been waiting for you.”

Giveaway

ENTER HERE for a chance to win a paperback of Blackbird!

About Molly McAdams

Molly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies and fried pickles, and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

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Release Blast: Perfect For You by Candis Terry

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Perfect For You by Candis Terry
Series: Sunshine Creek Vineyard #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2017
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Synopsis

Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll do what it takes to protect their legacy–but what happens when love gets in the way?

Declan Kincade has spent so much time chasing success he’s almost forgotten how to just live. Lately though, his all-business routine has been thrown into disarray. Brooke Hastings is the best employee Dec’s ever had: polished, capable, and intelligent. After four years, he’s just realized that she’s also smoking hot. But their working relationship is too valuable to stake on a fling, no matter how mind-bendingly pleasurable it promises to be.

What’s worse than never meeting the right man? Finding him, and then working side-by-side every day while he remains absolutely blind to your existence. That is, until one temptation-packed road-trip changes everything. Teaching her gorgeous, driven boss how to cut loose and have fun is the toughest challenge Brooke’s ever faced. But it’s one that could give both of them exactly what they need, if Dec will take a chance on a perfect—and perfectly unexpected—love.

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The sunlight caught like spun gold in the wavy strands of her hair. He liked that her face was makeup free, but mostly he liked that she didn’t need a mask to feel confident. Not that he ever planned to date Brooke, but he’d dated a lot of women who’d refused to leave the house until their makeup had been perfectly applied and every hair was in place.

In his mind, all that preparation took away an opportunity for spontaneity. With his busy schedule, sometimes that’s all he could manage—a last minute invite. Brooke had so much sexy going on she didn’t need all that stuff. And today she’d pretty much proved that she was game for the whole spur-of-the-moment thing. Impressive.

“How many business lunches and dinners have I sat through with you, Mr. Kincade?”

He shrugged. “Too many to count.”

“Bingo.” She pointed. “And do you know what you order almost each and every time?”

“No.”

“Seared ahi.”

“And the problem with that is?”

“Boring.”

“I like ahi.”

“Good for you. But why not expand your horizons? Eating the same old same old every day is like having missionary sex every time the mood strikes.”

And why did she need to bring that up? Because his imagination definitely didn’t need a push in that direction.

“Shake things up.” She waved her hands upward like she was about to take flight. “Be daring. Live a little.”

Damn she was animated. How the hell did someone get like that?

“I’m happy with things the way they are.”

“Are you really?” As she leaned into the table, the unyielding fabric of that tight white tank top across her breasts dominated his attention.

He didn’t respond.

Couldn’t.

He was too . . . distracted.

“You know what they say; all work and no play . . .” she said with a shrug, leaving the remainder of that statement hanging like a noose.

“So you’re saying that eating fish tacos is suddenly going to shake things up in my life?”

“Breaking your same old song and dance routine will. After you’ve opened up the door, anything can happen. Aren’t you the least bit curious?”

The server interrupted them to deliver a large plate of steaming soft tacos, bowls of salsa and sour cream, and two giant froufrou drinks with slices of pineapple and maraschino cherries speared by pink umbrellas.

Oh hell no.

He was not going to drink something that would immediately revoke his man card. But when Brooke plucked the cherry from her glass, dangled it in the air, and captured it with her tongue, he had second thoughts. By the time she settled the bright pink straw between the soft cushion of her lips and sucked the orange frothy drink into her mouth, he figured he’d be game for just about any damn thing. As long as he could watch her do that all day long.

Giveaway

ENTER HERE for a chance to win ONE of THREE (3) Print Copies of A BETTER MAN, Sunshine Creek Vineyard Book One!

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About Candis Terry

Best-selling and award winning author Candis Terry entertains readers with contemporary romance the Library Journal Reviews calls uniquely satisfying. Both her Sugar Shack and Sweet, Texas series deliver witty and emotional stories about how love, family, and a small town community defines the characters’ lives. Born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California, Candis now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers and loves to escape to the breathtaking Idaho forests to energize her imagination.

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Release Blitz: If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow

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If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon / B&N / iBooks

Synopsis

Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.

Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.

He wasn’t supposed to kiss me. 

My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.

We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life. 

One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.

We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.

But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.

I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could. 

All he has to do is stay.

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About Melanie Harlow

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she’s not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Release Blitz & Book Review: Something in the Way (Something in the Way #1) by Jessica Hawkins

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Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017
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Synopsis

An epic, three-book saga of forbidden love coming 2017.

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

Review

I generously received this ARC from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review…

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What an extraordinary beginning to this epic three-book saga about forbidden love. Jessica Hawkins has managed to take her readers back to the 1990’s in this emotionally captivating story and reintroduce us to things like Pearl Jam and Pink Floyd. I literally felt as if I was transported back in time and was experiencing all the things Lake and Manning had. I just finished this book super early this morning (around 4:30am if we’re being accurate) when I should’ve been sleeping after a LONG day of work. But I WANTED to, no I NEEDED to finish this story before my mind would allow me to go to sleep.

After reading the first book, Something in the Way — which ended in a Cliffhanger of course — all I can say is that Jessica Hawkins has successfully left me in a trance and gave me the most epic book hanger ever. If I could have given this story a THOUSAND STARS, I would have without a doubt. I just have one question – IS IT MAY YET? I know, I know that it’s only three months away but I NEED the second book like yesterday! Can’t we just fast-forward the clock three months ahead? PLEASE!

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to have read a story from the extraordinary and talented Jessica Hawkins yet, Something in the Way, would be the perfect introduction to her amazing writing style and character development.

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About Jessica Hawkins

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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Release Blitz & Book Review: Mr. Popular (A Falling For My Brother’s Best Friend Romance) by Nicole London

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Mr. Popular by Nicole London
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Rule #1: Do not vote for Mr. Popular.
Rule #2: Do not talk to Mr. Popular.
Rule #3: (Most importantly, and above all) Do not fall for Mr. Popular… 

Liam ‘Mr. Popular’ Carter will always be the closest thing to the “walking plague” in my eyes. His cockiness seeps through his every move, and no matter how many state championships he wins with the basketball team, he will forever be a “loss” to me. 

Because he’s my older brother’s best friend, I’m forced to tolerate him, and he’s forced to tolerate me. In fact, unless my brother is around, we happily ignore each other every chance we get. 

It wasn’t always this way, though…

Several summers ago, we both attended the same summer camp. A place we returned to year after year. We became friends–close friends, but right when I thought he could possibly turn into my everything, he made it clear that what we had was nothing. 

Now that’s he’s a senior, and I only have to deal with him for one more year, I’ve vowed to keep repeating the same set of rules to myself. Especially since he seems so hell-bent on wanting to talk to me for some reason, and especially since he seems to be staring at me every time we’re in the same room together… 

Rule #4: Always follow rules #1-3…
Rule #5: (OMG what the hell are you doing?) Do not KISS Mr. Popular…

Review

I generously received this ARC from Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review…

Mr. Popular is a fast paced high school romance all about second chances and learning that it’s okay to fall in love with your older brother’s best friend as long as he’s Mr. Right! 

Where do I even begin to start with this book? I’m not quite sure, so bare with me and I’ll do my very best to address all my reasons behind this five star review! Mr. Popular might have been the first book that I’ve been fortunate enough to read from this author, but I can tell you that it definitely won’t be my last (I actually went and bought her debut novel seconds after finishing – here is to hoping I can get around to reading it before the summer – “fingers crossed”)!

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Liam and Mariah’s world-wind romance is one that all high school girls secretly dreamt about. Their story is about two young souls connecting and discovering true love within each other. This was a super sweet romance that instantly captured my undivided attention until the very end! Although there were particular moments that I found myself yelling (in my head of course because yelling in the middle of a college library is frowned upon – :P) at Liam or Mariah for a stupid thing they did, it wasn’t enough to deter me from finishing their amazing story or from giving it a five star review! Oh and another thing I adored about this story was the fact that it went back and forth from previous summers where Liam and Mariah’s feelings first began to blossom. I thoroughly enjoyed this added bonus and thought that it added so much to the overall storyline.

Mr. Popular was definitely worth the few hours it took me to read and I am so glad I decided to sign up for this ARC! I can’t wait to see what Nicole London comes up with next!

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Giveaway

ENTER HERE for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! 🙂

About Nicole London

Nicole London is a hopeless dreamer, author of Resentment and the co-founder of The Indie Tea, an inspirational blog for indie romance authors. When she’s not at Starbucks chatting books with her best friend, she can be found plotting her next travel adventure with her husband.

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