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.”

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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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.

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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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Review – Mr. Popular by Nicole London

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

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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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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Review – 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 | 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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Review

While the Trouble Maker introduced us to Porter, the youngest of the Prescott clan, Breakaway is the second novella in the Playmaker Duet and is told entirely in Asher’s POV.

The extraordinary Mignon Mykel takes her readers on an emotional rollercoaster and shows us a strong message about the struggles that so many children in the foster care system face day in and day out. This book is certainly darker then anything I have ever read from this author, but it is needed for the readers to better connect with Asher (by the way I absolutely adore that name, well some people dislike boy names for girls, I LOVE them) and understand her circumstances leading to her chance encounter with Porter!

Although this story is both extremely emotional and may be considered a trigger for some, I strongly recommend giving this beautifully written story a chance because it is one you need to know. This author tugged on every single one of my heartstrings and left me in tears from the beginning to the very end! I am already counting down the days until Altercation is released!

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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Review – Cross Checked by Kristen Hope Mazzola

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Cross Checked by Kristen Hope Mazzola
Series: Shots On Goal #2 – Standalone
Genre: Romance, Sports, Hockey
Release Date: February 23, 2017
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Synopsis

One accident – a freaking car crash. That’s all it took to send my life into a tailspin.

Little did I know that out of the wreckage, everything would fall into place. I would get everything I had ever worked for.

Little did I know that I would find the woman who would cross check my life, flipping everything upside down.

Even though she’s melting the ice that surrounds my heart, I’m still waiting for the other shoe to drop. Will I ever be able to find my footing or am I destined to stay pinned against the boards?

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Kristen Hope Mazzola has done it again! Cross Checked is another exceptional standalone novel in the Shots On Goal series! I throughly enjoyed this extraordinary book and can’t wait to read the next standalone in the series. This is a relatively short and fast paced story (although you might not guess that by how long it took me to read thanks to my busy schedule – lol) with characters you’ll instantly fall in love with.

Ever since reading the Hat Trick back in October 2016 I’ve been anticipating when this book was going to be released so you can imagine my surprise when I came across the news of this new release on Facebook! Instantly I jumped at the chance to once again read and review it! Brayden and Karla’s relationship is one I wanted desperately to see because they met in the first book, but they were both secondary characters in Hat Trick. They both had major parts in both books, but in this one we got to see how their romance came to be and their relationship backgrounds.

I adored everything about this book just as much as I did Hat Trick! Also, even though Cross Checked is considered to be a standalone novel I strongly suggest reading Hat Trick first because it helps to fill in the blanks throughout particular parts of the story. However, if you just want to jump right into book 2 it’ll still be just as enjoyable!

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About Kristen Hope Mazzola

I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time “day job” and by night I am an author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world.

Please feel free to contact me to chat about my writing, books you think I’d like or just to shoot the, well you know.

A portion of all my royalties are donated to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.

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Review – Rhys by D.B. James

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Rhys by D.B. James
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: February 23, 2017
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Synopsis

He has everything planned… except her.

Rhys lives a life of solitude — one he’s perfectly content with. That is until his friend Vinny is found murdered. There are secrets and half-truths at every corner, but he’s determined to find out what happened.

Averill is exactly where she wants to be in life after years of running. She’s opened her own boutique and can finally breathe again. She thought she was safe… until her world collides with the dark shadows of Rhys’.

When he unknowingly puts her in the path of a serial killer, will he be able to protect her? Even if it means becoming the killer he’s trained to be?

Review

Wow. Can I just say WOW! Yet another book that left me completely speechless from the beginning to the end. This book was what I like to call a real page turner and it immediately captured my full attention. The opening scene in the prologue really gets the readers thinking about the underlining premise of the story and leaves them wondering what will happen next — behind every turn. At least that was the case for me.

Rhys was the very first book that I’ve read from this extraordinary author and I can’t wait to see what other titles this author has to offer. The author has a strong understanding at character development and knows how to keep her readers on the edge of their seats until the very end! There wasn’t a dull moment in the entire novel and I would consider it to be a relatively quick read even though it technically took me a few days to read because of my hectic schedule. This storyline has so many factors that contribute to the characters background and essentially added so much more to the story!

Overall, if you are looking for a book that is filled full of mystery and suspense then this is the book for you because it has all of that and more!

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About D.B. James

D.B. James is an indie author of New Adult Romance. Seventeen Days is her debut novel. In her spare time, she’s an avid reader. Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher, Teagan Hunter, KA Tucker, Linda Kage, Renee Carlino, and Abbi Glines are a few of her obsessions. She is a mother to one spoiled rotten fur-baby named Frasier. He’s a bi-colored Persian cat, who thinks he’s royalty and can’t be told otherwise. She’s a Michigan girl through and through but currently resides in sunny Florida. Sarcasm, Supernatural (team Sam!), Harry Potter and coffee are among her favorite things.

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Review – The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey

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The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: April 5, 2016
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Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Farris is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend. But even one year later, she can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality.

When he offers her the chance to find the truth, Farris fears what will surface. Is it too much too soon or just what she needs to move forward?

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The Broken One is the first book that I’ve read from author Christine H. Bailey and I have to admit that I am impressed with the author’s writing style. This a relatively short book that can probably be read in one sitting if you enjoy reading books right away from the beginning to the end.

In this contemporary young adult book we meet sixteen-year-old Farris (can I just say that I absolutely adore unique character names so much — okay back to my review!) who is trying to rediscover herself after the unexpected death of her best friend. I felt that the author did an extraordinary job describing the pain she felt and how difficult it is to move on after someone close to you passes away. Depression is a terrible thing and is sometimes hard to explain properly, but I honestly believe that the author knew what she was doing.

Overall, I thought this was a well written book even though there were a few parts of the story that felt a little slow.

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About Christine H. Bailey

Christine H. Bailey teaches creative writing and written composition at a private university in west Tennessee. Before teaching English, Christine worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor.

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