5/26/16

5 STAR REVIEW + INTERVIEW + GIVEAWAY: GET LUCKY BY LILA MONROE <<---- LOVED THIS BOOK!

Title: Get Lucky
Series: Standalone Novel
Author: Lila Monroe
Release Date: May 26, 2016
PURCHASE HERE: AMAZON

SYNOPSIS:
What happens when you wake up in a hotel suite next to a gorgeous naked man with absolutely no memory of the past twelve hours?
I guess it's true what they say. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.
Or at least I hope it stays here. The Romantic Style convention was meant to be a weekend of raucous fun with friends, sun, and enough poolside margaritas to forget about my ex. But now, instead of meeting my fans and signing books, I'm stuck with cocky divorce lawyer Nate Wexler. He's arrogant, infuriating, and I can't keep my hands off of him. Judging by the state of our hotel room, last night was wild. I just wish I could remember it.
A pair of matching tattoos. A cheap wedding veil. Half an empty box of glow in the dark condoms.
What the hell just happened?
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Get Lucky is an enchanting, steamy, delightful read I never wanted to end! 

To say I found my first Lila Monroe book a success would be an understatement. I couldn't get enough. I DID NOT WANT IT TO END! EVER! It was SOOOO good! Actually, it was BEYOND good. Everything from the plot, to the main characters, to the supporting characters was PERFECTION. Our Hero and Heroine, Nate and Julia, were unique, charismatic, all around bewitching! They undoubtedly became two of my favorite characters. I loved everything in this from the pacing, to the way the story transitioned from past to present. I loved the structure of it, the way the pieces of the puzzle came together by the end.

It was SO MUCH FUN, every page an absolute blast! And I found it to be a brilliant take on the CRAZY Vegas story. Memorable. Addicting. Hilarious. I don't think I've laughed, smiled and swooned that much in awhile. 

Nate's in Vegas for his Best Friends wedding. And Julia's there for a book conference. Both are coming off some seriously crappy break ups. Julia, a divorce and Nate, well, he was left broken by someone he loved and trusted. He doesn't believe in love anymore. He's bitter. He's a little more than angry. But Julia, she's a romance writer. Love is her bread and butter and she's ready to put the past behind her, starting with this weekend in Vegas.

Nate is a jerk. **hahaha** The sexiest, most endearing jerk around, but an ass nonetheless. Yet, even broody, sulky and utterly pissed at the world, he kept that dreamy-alpha male status locked down. I LOVED him and his filthy mouth. I loved his cocky attitude. I loved his inner monologue. I loved the way he reasoned with himself when it came to Julia. He had me laughing so hard. Even in moments when he wasn't trying to be swoony, he just was! He couldn't help himself. He's that great. And he won me over, big time. The perfect Hero, IMO! 

Julia... I. CAN'T. SAY. ENOUGH. GOOD. THINGS!!!! I LOVE HER. Like LURVVVEEEEE her. Like I'd take her as my bride to be! **LMAO*** 

While reading, I kept thinking, "God, I want this girl as my bestie!" She's fantastic, a free spirit, sweet as sugar, sharp as a tack. Her wit and snark made her so charming. I adored her zest for life. Her aura felt pure. I loved that she didn't hold back. She said what she wanted, did what she wanted. I relished the way she laughed and smiled without restraint. Inside and out, she's beautiful. I don't think I could love her anymore than I do.

When these two meet up it doesn't go well. Get Lucky is a "hate/love" you romance. These two can't stand each other at first. When Nate and Julia wake up together, they have ZERO recollection of how they got there, or what they did the night before. They end up retracing their steps and what they find is down right hilarious! This story is bursting with twists and turns that'll have you rolling on the floor, laughing. 

“Do you like remembering?” I ask, looking up at him. I place my hand on his chest, right above his heart. It’s beating faster and faster; always a good sign. What the hell? Live like your fantasies a little, Julia. I raise myself up lightly on my toes, just brushing my lips against his as I speak. “Did it turn you on?” 
“It did,” he growls, and kisses me.

Lila Monroe crafted a story that brought a little of everything: humor, adventure, steamy sex, attempted kidnappings, skinny dipping, a crazy bird, and of course romance. So much romance. The laughs were priceless, the swoon as real as if it was happening to me. I loved everything about it. All the words! 

EVERY SINGLE ONE

There's nothing I would change. 

I highly recommend this to the RomCom reader who wants a good time. THIS IS IT! It has everything you could want and more!

*** ARC Provided in exchange for honest review ***

Angie's Rating:

Q: Where did your inspiration for Julia come from? She is so quirky, so fun, so free, and just LOVABLE. Is she based off you? A friend? Because I can't even tell you how many times I thought while reading, "OMG, I wish I had a friend like her. SHE ROCKS!"

Julia is the best version of all of us. I've been lucky to connect with many readers, and I'm honored they've shared personal struggles with me about health, marriage, family and finances. Despite feeling beat down, they rally, and they let friendship, fun and humor heal them and distract them. We all get knocked down from time to time, but when we're open to positivity and adventure, we can move on. That's what Julia's all about. 

Q: I LOVED Nate. I found his broody, asshole attitude so undeniably sexy. I just LOVE jerks. Hahaha. When you were writing him, did you have a specific muse for him? 

My husband is definitely the Nate to my Julia. He can internalize his pain and disappointment, and it takes a mighty effort to bring him back and make him realize there's life and adventure when he gets outside of his head. And then he's all in! He is also undeniably sexy and has frequent erections. 

Q: I ADORED your writing style in this book. It was fluid, crisp, clean. I loved your descriptions, the way you set up the scene. Everything. Tell me what writers inspire you. Who do you look up to?

That's a hard question to answer. 
This is my first attempt at writing a story from a dual perspective, and I decided to give it a shot after reading Night Owl, because I thought M. Pierce did it so well. This book is very different from Night Owl, but I thought multiple perspectives were necessary for telling this story. 

I really love Sue Grafton's writing because she never uses an extraneous word, yet her books feel so real and its world is so complete. 

My favorite writers are Ellen Gilchrist, John Updike and John Steinbeck. I also read a lot of long form journalism. 

When I grow up, I want to be Penelope Reid. 

Q: What is a day in the life of Lila Monroe like?

When I'm in work mode, I'm up at 5am and at my desk. I can get two straight hours of writing in before really starting my day. I spend an hour on the elliptical working on social media and promotion. Depending on my schedule, I'm either with my toddler son for the afternoon, or I have a wonderful sitter who tends to him if I'm working at home or my local cafĂ©. I have many volunteer commitments, and spend a few hours a week working on those. My favorite days include trips to the Korean market, a breakfast with my friend Roxy Sloane, or good, uninterrupted time reading. The night usually ends snuggled up with my husband watching a TV program. These days it's Game of Thrones. 

Q: Do you have a Playlist for Get Lucky? If so, what would be the THEME song for this book be?

"Get Lucky" by Daft Punk, for obvious reason. 

"Waking Up in Vegas" by Katy Perry because "Get up and shake the glitter off your clothes, now/ That's what you get for waking up in Vegas."

"I Love It" by Icona Pop. It's an anthem for Julia, who's proud of the path she's forged for herself, and despite the sting of her divorce, she knows there's greatness for her around the corner. 

Johnny Cash and June Carter "It Ain't Me Babe." Sometimes, despite our best intentions, someone we love isn't the right person for you, or you not for them. It's a hard lesson for Nate to learn. Through this book, his anger turns to acceptance. 

"Last Good Day of the Year" by Cousteau. This is a really atmospheric song about transition. It sounds like a hungover morning to me. Get Lucky, despite the laughs and sex, is a story about Nate and Julia's transition into the possibility of finding love again. 

Q: What is next for you? Are you writing something else?

I have a list of ideas on my refrigerator that I'm adding to all the time. Most are ridiculous, some are great ideas. I have nothing decided as of now. My confidence has grown a lot this year, and although the process is still tinged with fear of rejection, I'm excited to start a new project. 

Amazon bestselling author, queen of the short-reads, and expert at playdough, Lila Monroe loves to read and write tales of sexy Billionaires. Combining her love of writing, sex and well-fitted suits, Lila Monroe wrote her first serial, The Billionaire Bargain. Lila enjoys writing, as it gives her a flexible schedule to spend time with her kids and a wonderful excuse to avoid them. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, who strips out of his well-fitted suits nightly.



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5/21/16

REVIEW + EXCERPT: SMUT BY KARINA HALLE!!!

Title: Smut
Series: Standalone Romance
Author: Karina Halle
Release Date: May 15, 2016!
PURCHASE HERE: AMAZON

SYNOPSIS:
What happens when the kink between the pages leads to heat between the sheets?
All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.
What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is an arrogant jerk (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her (tight, round) bottom, they fight tooth and nail. That is until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.
When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot but at least there’s make-up sex now.
But even as they fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?
NOTE ABOUT THE BOOK: Smut has coarse language and many explicit scenes of a sexual nature (sensitive readers be advised). However, the title of Smut is tongue-in-cheek, and this book should not be considering erotica.
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 It's a sad state of affairs when you open up a romance novel and you're so blown away by the simplistic, refreshing originality of the storyline, that you're actually a little surprised no one thought of it before. For a ravenous romance reader like myself, a storyline like this is the stuff of dreams. Fresh, exciting, funny, and written in Karina Halle's smart writing style, this romantic comedy does not disappoint.

Smut is a tongue in cheek ode to the romance genre. This story is romantic and sexy and funny, a story of two characters finding love between the pages and between the sheets as they collaborate on a writing project. Unexpected romance aside, Smut also illustrates our own romance with romance itself. Smut is pretty ballsy if you ask me. This story is funny and entertaining and fictitious, but between these lines is a whole lot of truth about the current state of the romance industry. This is a book for romance readers, bloggers, authors, all of us that exist in this romance community in any capacity. 

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Smut is undeniably romantic, it's sexy, it's addictive. It's laugh out loud funny and super steamy and it all just feels very honest. Woven through the delicious romance and the raw sensuality, Halle takes us through the writing process, through the feelings of accomplishment and self doubt, pride and criticism every writer puts themselves through as they're crafting a story. Smut illustrates our love story with words, with writing, with the romance genre itself. This is a story every romance reader and every writer can appreciate. Halle takes the pressure every writer places on themselves and lightens it up with sarcasm and her sharp wit, but she keeps it real. She attacks the criticism of the romance genre with humor, but also with empowerment.

Blake and Amanda bring loads of sexual tension, sarcastic banter and comedy to the table in Smut. But as classmates turned collaborative erotica writers entering the world of self publishing, they also offer up a witty, but unexpectedly raw conversation about writing, romance, smut, self publishing, and the frustrations of the indie market. These characters candidly discuss their frustrations over reviews, tropes, cover designs, book sales, sex scenes, marketing, social media and Amazon rankings all the while navigating the slippery slope of their working relationship. It's genius what Karina Halle has done with Smut, weaving the reality of romance writing and self publishing through a sexually charged love story. Smut is fresh and sexy and it's a storyline every reader and writer can relate to, can feel they belong to, can fall in love with.

Jessica's Rating:

She holds my gaze for a moment and something passes over her. Regret, maybe. Then she nods. “Sit down. Let’s work.”
And so we do. And for the first time in a long time, it’s strained. I’m about to suggest maybe we need the Estonian vodka anyway when she lets out an exasperated sigh over something she’s reading.
It happens to be something I wrote.
“What?” I ask, wondering what I did wrong.
She gives me the are you kidding me? look. “Okay, I was ignoring it earlier but I think you need to get a grip on some of this shit. This simply does not happen.”
“Explain, please.”
“I just think it’s unrealistic for there to be so much talking, let alone the fact that the first time they do it it’s in a public place.”
“Too much talking?”
“Yeah.” she scans over the document. “You know, give me your cock, oh you feel so good, harder, harder, you’re so big, fuck me harder big boy.”
“Have you even had good sex?” I ask incredulously.
She flinches. “Of course I have. And it’s none of your business.”
“We’re writing about sex. It’s completely my business. I’m not letting you interject your edits based on your personal experiences about sex because believe me, if the sex is good, you’re moaning my name.”
She raises her chin. “Maybe all those girls were faking it.”
Oh, brilliant.
“Excuse me?” I say, hands pressed against the table, nearly getting out of my chair. “You have no idea. I pride myself in giving a girl as many bloody orgasms as she can handle.”
“Bloody orgasms don’t sound like fun,” she jokes softly.
“They can be if you’re into knife play,” I tell her, even though that’s not exactly what I meant. Still, she scrunches up her nose. “Don’t knock it until you try it, but that’s neither here nor there. When you were with Alan, he must have made you come at least a few times.”
If he didn’t, I feel like finding the guy and showing him a thing or two for wasting four years of her life.
“Yeah,” she says flatly.
“And in the middle of that orgasm, didn’t you want to yell a few things?”
“Sometimes.”
“And why didn’t you?”
She looks at her nails as if they’re suddenly fascinating. “It didn’t seem right. It was…too intimate. I would have felt dumb. He didn’t like any of that stuff.”
The plot thickens. “Any of what stuff?”
“Sex that didn’t involve the missionary position or the bed.”
My mouth drops open. My brain and penis can’t compute this. “I feel so sorry for you.”
We must remedy this.
She glares at me. “It’s not like I didn’t want to do it. I did. And he did try it. Most of it. But it always went back to the same old.”
I knew it. She’s a nerd on the streets and a freak in the sheets.
“I don’t mean to brag,” I tell her in all seriousness. “But you do realize that I could give you an orgasm in thirty seconds.”
Her eyes widen. I can’t tell if she’s horrified or intrigued. “I don’t believe you and I don’t want you to try.”
She’s not getting it. I frown, trying to explain. “If you’re having good sex and it’s with someone you’re comfortable with, you won’t worry about holding back. You’ll cry out all the nonsense you want, you’ll make noises like a pig and scream like you’re on fire because you truly can’t have a good orgasm unless you’re letting go on all accounts.” I lean back in my chair and study her, running my fingers along my jaw. “I would venture that every time you came with your ex, you were only experiencing half of what you should have been. How is it with your vibrators?”
I expect her to tell me to fuck off, that I’m getting too personal but to my surprise she gives me a small smile. “It’s better. But I do have a roommate with exceptionally good hearing.” She clears her throat. “Anyway, so I guess I’m wrong. The heroine can make all the noise she wants.”
“And have first time sex in public.”
“I don’t know…”
“Believe me, when you finally get a chance to fuck, you don’t care where it is. That’s why I always have a condom in my pocket. And the more public the sex, the sneakier you have to be, the hotter it is.”
“But in the book you would never get caught.”
“You don’t always get caught in real life too.”
I can see she wants to ask me where I’ve done it but she loses her nerve. “Okay.” She looks back to the document. “I accept defeat.”
But I don’t want her to. I want to prove to her I’m right and not have her take my word.
Is there a non-creepy way to show her just how amazing good sex can feel? I’m thinking not.
Or…maybe there is.


Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.
Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.


5/20/16

EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: WEDNESDAY BY KENDALL RYAN!

OMG. This book. Let me tell you about this book. 

IT. IS. JUICY.

Like whoa, baby! I can't wait for you all to read it. It's rife with feels, intoxicating and utterly sexy. The characters are a hotmess but they are perfect. I loved every second of this fast paced story! It was just good. 

Title: Wednesday
Series: Standalone
Author: Kendall Ryan
Release Day: May 23, 2016
PURCHASE HERE: iBOOKS

SYNOPSIS:
Hard core f*cking.
It’s not what I really want, but it's all he has to offer. He's filled with turmoil and heartache and regrets, but for two hours every Wednesday all he feels is me. How much I desire him, how desperate he makes me, how much I'd like things to be different between us. Real.
He used to be my best friend back before he got married. And now? Now, he’s a young widower. It'd be wrong on so many levels to expect something more from him. So I give him what he needs. Dark delicious fucking. But I know I can’t keep this up. I've already given him my body, my soul. I want him to have my heart. It might drive him away forever, but that’s a risk I’m forced to take.
Wednesday is an angsty romp told from dual points of view. If you’re in the mood for something quick and dirty, you’ve found it. Proceed at your own risk.
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“It’s almost like you were waiting for me.” He treated me to a rare devilish grin.
The ass. Of course I was waiting for him. I gave his chest a playful shove, but rather than it pushing him away, he stepped closer, crossing the threshold to invade my space. And my heart kicked up speed in anticipation.
He was my drug. Bold. Intoxicating. Addictive.
“How was your day?” I asked, trying to keep things light.
He gave me a panty-melting grin, and that was when I knew there wouldn’t be any pleasantries tonight. I guess I wasn’t surprised. He’d tried to fuck me in his office a couple days ago, totally taking me by surprise. He must be particularly wound up.
“My day was fine, Sunshine. Now, come here.”
He offered me his hand, and I took it. Sliding his grasp around my wrist, he tugged me close so I was right up flush against his chest. I wondered if he could feel the pounding rhythm of my heart. His own heartbeat was steady and calm.
“You teased me the other day,” he said, trailing one fingertip down the side of my cheek. “Wearing that little sundress. I wanted to hike it up your thighs and watch you ride my face.”
I shivered in his arms. “If you expect me to say sorry, I’m not.”
He chuckled darkly. “As long as you understand I’m going to make up for it tonight.”


A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. 

Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.



5/19/16

REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: WASTED WORDS BY STACI HART!!!

Title: Wasted Words
Series: Standalone
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Author: Staci Hart
Release Date: May 16, 2016!
PURCHASE HERE: AMAZON 

SYNOPSIS:
Some universal truths refuse to be ignored.
Peanut butter and jelly are a match made in heaven. Spaghetti and meatballs are best friends forever. And guys like Tyler Knight don’t go for girls like Cam Emerson.
She knew from the second she met him that he didn’t belong on her bookshelf, the six-foot-six ex-tight end with a face so all-American, it could have sold apple pie. So she shelved him next to the supermodels and rock stars and took her place on her own shelf — the one with the flannel-clad, pasty-faced comic book nerds. Most of her boyfriends have existed between the pages of books, but rather than worrying over her own lacking love life, she puts all her energy into playing Cupid, using her job at the book bar, Wasted Words, as her stomping ground.
Tyler Knight always looks on the bright side. His career-ending injury turned into a job as a sports agent. A horrible breakup led him to Cam, his quirky, smart roommate who is far more beautiful than she realizes. She’s made it perfectly clear she’s not interested in him — not like that at least — but if she ever changes her mind, he won’t hesitate. Because he doesn’t see the lines she’s drawn between them, as much as she insists that they’re there. Deep down he knows that despite their differences, they’re a match well made.
*A romantic comedy inspired by Jane Austen’s Emma*
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5 - "A GIANT AND A FAIRY" - STARS (swoooonnnnn)

This is my FAVORITE Staci Hart book to date. For me, it was a total hit! I went into Wasted Words excited beyond belief. A new series, with new characters, by one of my favorite RomCom authors .... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <<---- I mean! BLISS. That's a bookworm's dream. So I opened it up with some serious zest and MOTHER OF ALL BOOKISH THINGS, did I love it! I ADORED every single word. I ate them up like they were the sweetest little morsels of goodness! 

And I tell you what, if there’s one thing that’s so unique about this author's books, it's how effortless and how authentic her characters are. You could LIVE with these people every single day!!! I swear! They are just LIKE us. It's incredible. I relate to them on almost every level. And the way her books flow, the way her characters interact with each other, the authenticity in the writing, the depth of feels, it just comes ALIVE. 

I always say this when I recommend a Staci Hart book, but when I read her novels, I LIVE them. I'm in those pages and those stories become my world. 

It's delicious. 

From the natural dialogue, to the witty, sometimes sarcastic humor, to the sweet and flirty banter, to the array of characters that are painted with such a vivid brush, to the writing, to the steamy sex, to the EVERYTHING, I just can't get enough. There isn't a thing I don't love. And Wasted Words was just perfect. It held everything I NEED in a book and so, so, so much more. 

“Maybe I was wrong.”
"About what?” I asked absently...
"About you being able to live without me.” 
“Oh?”
He met my eyes, saying gently, “Maybe it’s me who can’t live without you.” 

Cam helps Rose manage Wasted Words -- A Book Bar. Yes, you read that right. A BOOK. FREAKING. BAR. <<-- HOW genius is that? It's a BAR **cue happy sigh** that sells drinks, books and comics, and hosts SINGLES NIGHT! I mean, what the what? It’s such a unique premise for me. I’ve never read anything like that. 

So anyway... Cam does a variety of things at Wasted Words and she's good at them. She loves her job. She keeps everyone in check. She's stubborn, fiery, fierce, and utterly funny. She makes me smile. She's a little bit (okay a lot) of a know it all. I found it cute. Endearing. A little charming even. But she may drive you a little batty, so prepare yourself. **hahaha** Just know that there’s a REASON behind her crazy. 

A seriously VALID reason. 

Everyone at Wasted Words ADORES Cam. They put up with her quirks happily, because they know she's coming from a good place. Cam likes to make people happy. She likes to see them thrive. And her part in doing that is setting them up! That's right ... Our dainty heroine is a matchmaking fairy. LOL. When she see's two people she deems a perfect match, she goes for it. And she truly LOVES doing it. It's her ‘thing’. It keeps her heart protected. It keeps her in the safe zone! 

Tyler Knight **dreamy sigh*** is Cam's roommate, and our HERO. MY GOD IS HE LIP LICKING! No joke. He's downright PERFECT! Our gentlemanly giant. An ex Football player who suffered a career ending injury, now turned Sports Agent. 

He's so flipping handsome, guys. 
He's so sweet. 
He's so perfect. 
Like P.E.R.F.E.C.T!!!

It's refreshing to have a hero who didn't really have any flaws! And Tyler didn't have many, if any. He was Goodness personified. So sweet. So yummy. So... defined and hard all over (drools), masculine, and strong and sweet. Did I say sweet? ***hahahaha** I did. Because OH MY GOD. The swoon was so out of control with him. I ADORED HIM. And I loved the way he ADORED Cam. 

“You want me to kiss you?” he asked, closing the distance. 
“I —no, that’s not what I meant.” I stammered. “Yes. I mean, no! Maybe.” 
He stopped in front of me, pressing his hips against the counter between my knees, spreading them apart. His hand found my cheek, and he said softly, “You want me to kiss you right now, Cam?” 
“I…” I breathed, looking up into his eyes, unable to say anything, drunk from the proximity of his lips. But he didn’t wait for me to speak. I think he already knew the answer without me having to say a word. 

Tyler and Cameron are truly adorable together. They start out as friends who have a natural, easy going relationship. They just get each other. In every way. 

Wasted Words is a friends to lover romance. What starts out as roommates with an easy friendship, eventually turns into something SO MUCH more. But that something more isn't as easy as their friendship was. While Tyler is ALL IN from the start, Cam remains unsure. She struggles with some pretty severe relationship anxiety. And that leads to some self sabotage. 

I really LOVED that Cameron was such a real character. I can't tell you how many times I have dealt with the very same issue she has. When I first met my husband I was that insecure, needy girl. I was the girl who wanted him close, but at the same time didn’t feel like I measured up, so I pushed him away. Thank God, he was MY Tyler. And it's all worked out. But I really feel like Cam is EVERY GIRL. She's one of us, the girl who just wants to be accepted as is and wants to trust it. 

Overall, I thought Wasted Words was everything and more. I fell deeply in love with the story. Once again this author managed to hook me. I was sent straight into a world of pure bookish bliss while reading. Staci writes with such with passion. Her characters have so much integrity and heart. This was a light yet angsty yet undeniable sexy read. It was fun and funny, had those perfect little plot dips and LOL moments. A seamless novel from start to finish. And one heck of a romantic comedy loaded with heart, soul, and tons of sweetness. 

It's my FAVORITE Staci Hart book to date. 
I more than recommend it. 
I'm downright crazy about it. 

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FAVORITE QUOTES:

"Why did you kiss me, Tyler?"
"Because I wanted to."
"For how long?"
"Too long." <<---- OMG. SO. MUCH. FEELS!

I shook my heard. "It doesn't make any sense that you'd want me."
He stroked my cheek, his dark eyes soft. "Maybe not in your universe, but in mine it makes perfect sense in mine." <<---- I CAN'T EVEN TAKE THE SWOON. 

"I felt so right about her that it was an absolute truth, she and I, an undeniable fact of the universe." <<---- **thump thump thump** My heart beats for him.

Angie's Rating:



Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life: a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can't forget that. She's also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She's been a wife, even though she's certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She's also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she's been drinking whiskey. Her favorite word starts with f and ends with k.

From roots in Houston, to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she's not writing, she's sleeping, cleaning, or designing graphics.




5/16/16

REVIEW + EXCERPT + GIVEAWAY: SHOWMANCE BY L.H. COSWAY!!

Title: Showmance
Series: Standalone Novel
Author: L.H. Cosway
Release Date: May 16, 2017!
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SYNOPSIS:
Damon Atwood was Hollywood’s golden boy. Having won an Oscar at the tender age of thirteen, he had the life many could only dream about. But his success came at a price, and after a short but fruitful film career, he chose to live a life of obscurity on a remote Scottish island. Almost a decade later he’s finally ready to make his return, starting with a lead role in a musical on London’s West End.
As a choreographer’s assistant, Rose Taylor has always faded into the background. She watches shows come to life from the side lines, but has never craved the attention of stardom. When rumours begin circulating of Damon’s involvement in her latest gig, she doesn’t predict how she will be thrust into the limelight, nor how the mysterious and strangely introverted man will need her to teach him how to be a star again.
Rose knows that show crushes don’t last. Actors fall for each other during the intensity of a production, often losing themselves in their roles. These kinds of affairs burn bright and then they fade. The question is, should Rose let herself shine with Damon, or guard her heart from being broken after the final curtain call?
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"Passion.
Desire.
Jealousy.
Betrayal.
Anger.
Insanity."

There's no better words to describe LH Cosway's sensual, intensely passionate storyline than her own. Showmance is wrought with compelling drama, both on and off the stage. Jealousy, longing, ruthless side characters, unhealed wounds and fresh feelings of desire and uncertainty all culminate within these pages to make for a book I could not put down.

Rose is an assistant choreographer with a propensity for "show crushes." A dancer content to stay behind the scenes, Rose frequently finds herself both drawn to and heartbroken by the leading men in the productions she works on. Damon was a child star that went into seclusion for years and is just now making his comeback in a stage production of Moulin Rouge. When Rose must give the stunning vocalist with two left feet dancing lessons, an unexpected friendship develops.

Surrounding the emotionally dependent dancer and the brooding, reclusive film star, Showmance is layered with a colorful cast of characters that add such depth to this story: a gigolo roommate, a beautiful but conniving starlet, a jerk of an ex-boyfriend, a grumpy stage director, a flamboyant choreographer. These characters infuriated me, had me swooning, made me want to throw things, and demanded I fall in love with them. They added humor and snark to the storyline, drama and angst, and they pepper this story with personality and color.

Showmance hit me in all the best places... This story is so deliciously angsty!! The push and pull between Damon and Rose is maddening, they're forever moving one step forward and two steps back. The sexual tension builds and builds. These characters are so clearly drawn to each other and so honest with themselves about that hot attraction in their own respective chapters written from their own points of view. But it's the honesty they fail to have with each other, the things they don't say, that keeps this story so uncertain, so slow burning. I loved everything about the build in this book. I love how painstakingly slow it all unfolded. Cosway's BEAUTIFUL writing style juxtaposed with all that angst and romance and uncertainty kept me turning the pages in this book hungrily.

Showmance is a beautifully written story of love, of facing one's fears, of healing and acceptance. This story is as sexy as it is romantic, as angsty as it is emotional, as addictive as it is unforgettable. LH Cosway delivers everything I've come to adore about her writing and storytelling in Showmance: Passionate, artistic characters. Raw, primal attraction. A painstaking build. A tumultuous course of events. And a deliciously satisfying ending. LH Cosway delivers another showstopper with Showmance and I absolutely loved it!

Jessica's Rating:

“Well now, who’s this?” Julian asked as he slid up off the couch, where he’d been lazily scrolling through his tablet.

I chanced a quick, reassuring peek at Damon before answering my friend. “This is Damon. He’s in the cast.”

Julian groaned as he approached, his chestnut hair sitting messily atop his head. “Oh please, Rose, not another actor.”

I glared at him, trying to channel as much ‘shut the hell up’ into my eyes as possible. My flatmate didn’t really have a censor. A moment of quiet ensued while Julian circled Damon, taking his measure. “You don’t look like an actor.”

The edges of Damon’s mouth twitched for the briefest second. “Thanks.”

“He’s got a sense of humour, too. He’ll go far,” Julian grinned in my direction then sauntered into the kitchen. “I’m starving. Are you cooking dinner?”

“Aren’t I always,” I sighed and then asked Damon if I could take his coat. He shrugged out of it, his eyes not leaving me all the while, and then I went to hang it on the rack by the door. On my return he bent to ask curiously, “Another actor?”

I took a moment to absorb the sensation of his breath hitting my skin. It was…not unpleasant. Julian, who I swear had the hearing of a bat, didn’t miss a beat as he let out an amused chuckle. “Rose has a weakness for those in your profession.”

Damon looked at me in question. I strode over to the breakfast bar, again glaring at my friend. “Yes, well, I’ve sworn off all thespians after the last disaster, so Damon here is safe.”

“What disaster?”

For someone who claimed not to be a big talker, he sure had a lot of questions.

“Ever heard of Blake Winters?” Julian chirped, plucking an apple from the fruit bowl and taking a big bite.

Damon shook his head. Julian scrunched his brows.

“Have you been living under a rock?”

“No, I’ve been living on an island,” said Damon.

Julian cocked his head to the side, as though trying to figure out if he was being sarcastic. “Well, he’s an actor, like you, and he sleeps around. Rose had the great misfortune to have her head turned by the young Mr Winters. He seduced her and then left her in the lurch, the swine,” Julian pouted his lips, effecting a disapproving expression.

“Sounds like an arse,” Damon put in and both Julian and I began laughing.

“I like this one,” said Julian.

I grinned as I thought, yeah, me too, and found myself suddenly blushing.


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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