6/21/17

SERIES INFO AND COVER ALERT: THE TIME IN BETWEEN BY KRISTEN ASHLEY!!!

Check out the amazing cover for The Time in Between by Kristen Ashley. This is the third book in The Magdalene Series. Each novel is a standalone, I believe. This is releasing 8/29! 

Title: The Time in Between
Series: The Magdalene Series Bk #3
Author: Kristen Ashley
Release Date: August 29, 2017
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SYNOPSIS:
After a painful loss, Cady Moreland is coming to Magdalene to start the next chapter of her life. A chapter that began eighteen years ago but had a heartbreaking ending. The time in between was full of family and friendship, but Cady could never get the man she fell in love with all those years ago out of her heart.
Coert Yeager has learned to live without the girl who entered his life right when she shouldn’t and exited delivering a crippling blow he never would have suspected. The time in between was full of failing to find what he was missing…and life-altering betrayal.
But when that girl shows up in Magdalene and buys the town’s beloved lighthouse, even if Coert wants to avoid her, he can’t. A fire in town sparks a different kind of flame that won’t be ignored.
As Cady and Coert question the actions of the two young adults they once were thrown into earth-shattering circumstances, can they learn from what came in between and find each other again?
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Haven't read any books in The Magdalene Series yet? You can grab THE WILL (Bk #1) and SOARING (Bk #2) now! 



Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. 

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. 
And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

6/20/17

HOT EXCERPT ALERT AND A NEW REVIEW: TYCOON BY KATY EVANS!!

It's LIVEEEEEEEEEE! WOOHOOO!
I cannot believe release day is finally here. Are you excited or what? You know Katy is my most FAV! New review and exclusive excerpt below.

Title: Tycoon
Series: Standalone
Author: Katy Evans
Release Date: June 20, 2017! 
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SYNOPSIS:
He wasn’t always this rich. This hot. This difficult.
Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me.
That man is gone.
In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city.
He’s a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman.
The only one who can save me and my startup from ruin.
It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help.
I didn’t expect him to offer it easily.
And he doesn’t.
Instead, he vets me harder than he’s vetted anyone.
Don’t invest in what you don’t know, he says.
He's assessing every piece of me, to the point I've never felt so bare.
I yearn for the boy I once knew, whose touch once craved me.
Putting it all on the line will be worth it, I tell myself.
Until I realize—too late—that some risks are not worth taking.
*A sexy new standalone contemporary romance by NYT and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.*
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Katy Evans once again brings her A Game in this sexy, new standalone romance that's loaded with angsty tension, steamy goodness, and delicious feels. I swear, I'm a huge fan of this author because she never fails at blowing me away. I've read and loved all of her books and Tycoon was no different. Aaric is another strong Evans Hero that's so easy to love, he stole my heart! And I have to say, I absolutely adore a good second chance romance. They're so sweet. I love that there's already a healthy history between the characters that creates this immediate intimacy you just don't have in a romance where the couple meets for the first time. Tycoon has that, it has this sweet friendship/intimacy right from the get go that I just loved.  

Bryn Kelly is a young entrepreneur from Austin, now living in New York, who's trying to secure funding for her new business venture. Aaric Christos a shark, a real estate tycoon who's earned a fierce and ruthless reputation in NYC. Aaric is smart and sexy, a self-made millionaire who knows exactly what what risks to take and what risks to let go. Bryn comes to Aaric after a friend helps her secure a meeting with him to ask for funding. And from there a back and forth begins that leads to a friendship being reborn, and a sweet romance igniting. Bryn and Aaric have a history. They were friends when they were younger but haven't seen each other in over a decade. They both had feelings for each other when they were young, but it never worked out. Now with Bryn in NY, right in Aaric's clutches, things are about to get deliciously intense in the most epic way. 

Katy Evan's really knows how to build sexual tension into her books. Tycoon is a slow build that had me wanting more and more with each and every page. I truly loved the way we got to watch this romance blossom while getting little peeks into both the characters when they were younger. It had all the things I love in a good romance read. A growing friendship, fun back and forth banter, adorably charming flirting, the yearning for each other and of course, angst. Overall, I'd say this is another hit for Katy Evan's fans. I think you'll fall in love just like I did. It's impossible not to. Bryn and Aaric are adorable and so sexy! And I was completely charmed by their romance. 

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“Can’t believe you still do that,” he mutters.

“What?”

“Bite down on your lips like that—from the inside. Beneath your top lip.”

I release my lips. “I don’t do that,” I counter.

“You just did.”

“I didn’t.”

He signals with his index finger. “You just did again.”

“Ugh! I’m so annoying,” I cry, laughing.

He chuckles. “You’re adorable,” he says plainly.

We are laughing one second—and the next we are sober.

“So you’ve been with her for long?”

“Miranda?” he asks. “Six months, give or take.”

“A record for you?”

He shrugs. “You could say that.”

“Soul mates?”

“I don’t believe in that.”

“Really?”

“Come on. I’m practical.” He frowns. “Do I look like someone who gets caught up in the fanciful stuff?”

I shrug.

“I’m thirty-two, bit.”

“So? One can be romantic at any age.” I laugh when he doesn’t even smile in agreement. God, this man is gorgeous. Gorgeous and very hard to read. “My best friend Becka and I discovered a site called the Soul Mate Site. I love reading it. It preaches that you won’t meet your soul mate until you’re on your soul’s path—so we all better do what we came here to do.”

“What did you come here to do?” he asks. He sounds interested.

“I suppose what makes us happy is a good indicator.”

“Sometimes it’s what we’re good at,” he says.

I laugh. “Yeah. Maybe. But then you’re not thinking you’re with your soul mate. You might not be on the right path yet.”

“It’s the only path I’m going to be on.”

I smile. “I heard about you when you made your first million. I was happy for you. You deserve it. While everyone partied you worked, but when you got to the parties you partied hard.”

He leans back and crosses his hands behind his head. “I like going all out on everything,” he says cockily.

“So are you going all out with your girlfriend?”

He drops his arms. “We’ll see,” he says. Gruff.

He scrapes his jaw as he stares at a spot past my shoulder in frustration. I realize it’s little Missy coming back from her walk.

“I better go. I should probably go to bed early, catch some rest,” I say. “You too. I mean. Not together. Alone.”

“I know what you mean,” he says, taking care of the tab and handing a bill to the waitress.

We head out of the café. I lead Missy to the sidewalk where I see his car is pulling over.

It’s a cool night. I feel like curling into him for warmth. My nose feels red, and it’s only fall. Christos looks tall and powerful and so warm that it is a feat not to throw myself at him.

“See you Monday,” I say.

“Does Missy want a ride?” he asks.

“Oh no, she’s good,” I say.

“How about Wicked Miss Kelly.”

I laugh, blushing so hard the cold fades away.

“Hop in, I’ll drop you off,” he says.

“I’m fine, thanks. Really,” I insist. “Let’s keep it professional.”

His eyebrows pull down, and he takes a step, looking down at me in a mix of confusion, frustration, and amusement. “I offered you a ride, Bryn. Not a hotel room.”

I laugh. “I’m sorry, it’s just . . .” I take a step back and trip over a break in the sidewalk. “I’m within walking distance.”

He frowns and steps forward, putting his hand over my waist to keep me from falling. His hand feels so warm I suck up the warmth like a junkie. “You really frustrate me sometimes,” he confesses. “You always have.”

“What do you mean? Always?”

He smiles, and his hand remains on me for a heart-pounding second. He gradually pulls it free, and I walk away as reluctantly as he removed his hand.
 

Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!

6/10/17

REVIEW + EXCERPT: THE FARTHEST EDGE BY KRISTEN ASHLEY!!

Title: The Farthest Edge
Series: Honey Series Standalone
Author: Kristen Ashley
Release Date: June 6, 2017
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SYNOPSIS:
Step into the Honey Club, where every sensual boundary will be tested in search of the ultimate pleasure…
Branch doesn’t exist. Living off the grid, he’s looking for a way to forget his past and the guilt that plagues him. But no woman has ever been able to bring him to the edge he craves.
After a traumatic experience of her own, Evangeline stepped away from the decadent world of the Honey Club. But when she gets Branch’s offer—to play without boundaries or commitments—it’s too tempting for her to refuse.
As their passion ignites, Evangeline and Branch push each other to their farthest limit, fulfilling their darkest desires while falling harder and deeper than they ever imagined.
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In this second standalone erotic romance in The Honey Series, Kristen Ashley delivers a sweet but shattering love story edged in pain, both the exquisite torture found in a Domme's playroom, and the brutal heartbreak of knowing that something so good can only end badly.  Straight out of the gate, I knew Branch and Evangeline were going to gut me. Branch is your quintessential KA alpha badass, a delicious mix of Deacon, Raid and Olivier but with an unbreakable yet tender quality making him unlike anyone else. He's ex military with a vendetta. He's strong and physically intimidating. He wants no attachments, no emotional connections, no questions. He just wants someone to fulfill his kink until he decides to move on. He's a man broken, closed off, impenetrable. Give that, of course, I couldn't wait to see how Evangeline would try to break through.

This story seemed to move more quickly than KA novels typically do. It never dragged but it wasn't hurried, the timing and pace were just perfect. And where the ratio of sex to storyline may have felt a bit unbalanced in The Deep End, with a lot more sex than romance in that book, things felt much more fluid in The Farthest Edge. The sex scenes are spread out in such a way that a decadent but difficult romance establishes a solid foundation of, not just sexual chemistry, but raw emotion. With all that goes on in this meaty, provocative story, the sex never felt gratuitous. It's so well done, this book, the steamy scenes only adding depth to these characters and their journey rather than detracting from them.

I said it after reading The Deep End and I'll say it again. The BDSM component in this story is so outside the box from anything I typically read. A brooding alpha male taking the submissive role in the relationship is still sometimes difficult for me to wrap my head around. But Kristen Ashley beautifully illustrates this refreshing concept making for a thought provoking, captivating storyline I was completely immersed in. It's mind boggling to me, still, that a man like Branch, a man so alpha in every aspect of his life, prefers to be ordered and owned, made to serve the way he does. But it's also really freaking hot. I love a book that makes you think, makes you step outside your own comfort zone and look at things in a new light, and this entire series, so far, has been an exercise in exactly that.

The Furthest Edge is pure eroticism at first glance, but it's ultimately a devastatingly brilliant story that made my heart ache as much as it swelled with joy. Passion, romance and titillating kink are layered seamlessly with drama and heartache to make for a story that truly felt like NOTHING this author has written before. The Farthest Edge surprised me from cover to cover. There are moments in this book that were too heavy for words. There were bits of banter that had me smiling from ear to ear. There are scenes in this book that are explosively erotic and there are moments so raw, they completely stole my breath away.  Every Kristen Ashley book has THAT moment you instantly visualize when you think back on each book. Well, The Farthest Edge has more than one wholly UNFORGETTABLE scene that'll be ingrained in my heart for always.  I really, truly enjoyed this story and I hope there's more to come for the Bee's Honey clientele. There's so much more to be gleaned from so many other characters and my appetite for more is far from satisfied.

Jessica's Rating:
He knew this was her playroom before he’d entered but right then he saw that she didn’t hide it under sheets and tarps, just behind the shutters.

Branch shifted the light around, seeing a horse, a bench, a table, all of them good quality. It cost a mint to outfit a good playroom and she didn’t make do. She’d been investing. Making smart purchases that would look good, stand strong during play and last a while.

Fashionable sink in the corner set in an attractive wood vanity, two matching tall, slim cupboards on each side.

He moved there, looked through the vanity and cupboards. Thick towels. Washcloths. Wet wipes. Soap. Bottles of foam anti-bacterial. Cleaning supplies. A large box of condoms. A little basket filled with some cosmetics—powder, lipsticks, gloss. Another filled with first-aid supplies—Band-Aids, bottles of antiseptic, tubes of ointment, gauze, cotton.

He closed the door to the cupboard he was inspecting, turned and shined the light around the room. Moving across the space, he noted hooks on the walls, in the ceiling, eyes in the floor, all looking sturdy. Whoever put them in might have wondered why or he’d been hers. But whoever that was knew what they were doing.

There was a tall cabinet and a large dresser across the room, both in the wood that made up the vanity and the cupboards. It all matched, was heavy and dark but attractive, giving the space the definite feel of playroom, not a dungeon. It was stylish and handsome, even warm, somewhere you’d want to stay awhile.

He didn’t think on his last thought as he opened the top cupboard doors of the cabinet and shined the light in, feeling what he found there in his dick.

Cats. Whips. Switches. Flogs. Paddles. Some straps. Some harnesses. All hanging from hooks. All well organized and well maintained. All also excellent quality. Not many, but again, quality, not quantity, was what she was clearly going for.

He closed the doors and crouched down to the two drawers at the bottom of the cabinet, opening them. Top one had silk ropes, some chains, shackles, cuffs. The bottom drawer was full of leather straps with cinches attached.

Branch straightened, moved to the dresser. Nothing littered the top, so he opened the first drawer.

What he found there made his balls draw up.

Carefully placed in what looked like purple silk-lined, custom-made grooves were her toys.

Plugs. Cocks. Vibrators. The first two in an impressive range of lengths, girths and shapes. If they had them, remotes were placed at the side of the toy they controlled. There was also a complicated cock ring, rabbit ears at the front for clit stimulation, and a strap that would lead between the balls to a bullet that could be inserted in the anus, all of it obviously vibrated—triple the fun.

She like ass.

Not many of her kind didn’t.

He didn’t think on that either.

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorize and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. 

Nothing's changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. 
And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

6/8/17

SUPER HOT NEW COVER + BLURB + PRE-ORDER ALERT: SIN BY EMMA HART!!

Check out this HOT upcoming release from one of my FAVORITE authors. I mean, can you even handle the hotness?! I just can’t. It’s up for pre-order right now. ONLY 0.99! And just wait until you read that freaking blurb! WOWeeeeeeee! 

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Also, this is a standalone novel in a NEW series of standalones!

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SYNOPSIS:
Damien fox lived up to his name. Cunning, sly, and dangerous, fifty percent of Vegas’ strip clubs were his.
Whatever he wanted, money, attention, women, he got.
And now he wanted to buy my bar, no matter the cost.
I wanted him to go to hell on a first-class ticket.
He played a dirty game, and I followed his rules. I let him think he would win.
Despite our differences, it was clear to see that we were no more than two broken hearts colliding in the darkness.
Closed off, sexy, and holding a pain that would crush a lesser man, he was the ultimate sin.
One I couldn’t deny myself, even though I knew better than to trust a fox...
(SIN is book one of the Vegas Nights series. Each book in this series is a standalone novel.)
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NEW REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: HEARTS ON AIR BY L.H. COSWAY!!!

Title: Hearts on Air
Series: Bk #6 - Heart Series (Standalone)
Author: L.H. Cosway
Release Date: June 8, 2017
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SYNOPSIS:
3 weeks. 5 cities. 15 impossible stunts. One reality show.
Trevor Cross came into Reya Cabrera’s world with a bang and faded out with a whimper. They vowed to make it work, but life had other plans. After chasing his TV dreams for years, Trev finally became the UK’s next big reality star, but he alienated his family and friends in the process. Now he finally has everything he ever wanted. Women. Money. Fame. But none of it means anything when he doesn’t have the one thing that matters most: love.
Money leaves a gaping hole. Fame surrounds him with loneliness. And no woman makes him feel like Reya used to before the whirlwind of success pulled them apart.
He has a plan to get her back. However, with a hectic filming schedule looming, the only way to do that is to convince her to come on the road with him. Reya has been stuck in a rut for a while, and the opportunity to travel across Europe and play her music for new audiences seems like heaven. The only catch? She has to do it with the one boy who ever got close enough to break her heart. But he’s not a boy anymore, and as she gets to know him again she can’t deny her respect for the man he’s become.
Every time she’s around him her heart feels full of air, like a balloon about to pop. Little does she know, Trev’s feelings are just as tumultuous as hers. One thing’s for sure, these three weeks on the road together will either make them whole again or break them irrevocably.
**Hearts on Air is a contemporary romance and book #6 in the Hearts series, however it can also be read as a complete standalone.**
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Hearts on Air is a second chance friends to lovers to friends to lovers romance... I'd love to say there was an element of enemies in there somewhere, but Reya and Trev never hated each other. They just never seemed to be on the same page at the same time, but respected each other too much to be jerks about it. That in itself was frustrating as hell for me because if I were Reya, I'd want to throttle Trevor for the things he'd done. But instead of the angsty, predictable storyline I was anticipating, LH Cosway takes the reader on a thrilling adventure of the heart with Hearts on Air, a story that turned out to be nothing like I expected, and everything I didn't know I needed.

Peppered through at least one of the previous books in this series, we were given glimpses of the dynamic between Reya Cabrera and Trevor Cross. And from the novella, One Epic Night, through the morning after at the beginning of this book, we're again reminded of how easy it's been for Trevor to dote on his best friend when it suits him, only to drop her when something better comes along. Trevor has consistently taken Reya for granted, selfishly overlooking her feelings and her friendship, often leaving her (and me!) quietly heartbroken. So by chapter one in this book, I was well and truly PISSED OFF at Trevor Cross. I wanted to see Reya give him back exactly what he gave her. I wanted to see him learn, and grow, and GROVEL. I wanted to understand. LH Cosway is such a master at creating brilliant romances between unique characters that are rarely easy but always honest... and that was the case with Reya and Trev. It turns out what I needed was honesty and truth. And that was somehow much more satisfying and right for this couple than an angsty, tumultuous story would've been.

This story is a bit slow burning, a bit frustrating. It's a necessary journey toward understanding, toward acceptance, toward forgiveness and that journey can feel painstaking at times. But it also feels just right. Reya and Trev and their course, both in the past and in the present, is a journey that was both painful and incredibly satisfying. Sometimes wanting to see a character hurt, wanting to see him grovel, wanting to see him suffer for what he put another person through is not as satisfying as coming to understand him, as forgiving him. LH Cosway beautifully crafts a love story with Hearts on Air that was really eye opening for me. It truly gripped my heart and made me see the truth of this love story in a way I wasn't expecting. I wanted to be angry for Reya, for her heartbreak and her abandonment. I wanted Trev to get a dose of his own medicine, to hurt, and to feel unwanted. But the growth in this story is everything, the understanding these characters come to about each other and about themselves is exactly what I needed to feel.

This story is not only a lovely second chance romance, it's also a beautiful ode to every character that has fallen apart and fallen in love throughout this series. Cosway seamlessly weaves so many of her characters into this book, reminding her readers why they lost their HEARTS to this series in the first place. An illusionist, a circus act, a businessman, and a family of criminals were brought through the wringer in this series, but through love and forgiveness, they found their happily ever after with their soulmates. Each story is refreshing and absolutely nothing like the last book or the next, and Hearts on Air is no exception. This book is sweet and sexy and full of heart... and it makes me want to go all the way back to the beginning just to feel all the feels all over again.

Jessica's Rating:

L.H. Cosway has a BA in English Literature and Greek and Roman Civilisation, and an MA in Postcolonial Literature. She lives in Dublin city. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books.

She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories.

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