1/15/17

IF YOU READ ONE BOOK, LET IT BE THIS: EGOMANIAC BY VI KEELAND <<---- A FANTASTIC READ!

If you buy ONE book this month, LET IT BE THIS ONE--EGOMANIC by Vi Keeland. 

^^^^^ THAT. 

I can't even tell you, I'm so enamored with this story, so utterly in love. It's one of the sweetest, most heartfelt, most endearing novels I've ever read. I really WANT YOU TO READ. It's bookishly MAGICAL, you guys. YOU WILL NOT put it down!

Title: Egomaniac
Series: Stand-alone 
Author: Vi Keeland
Release Date: January 17, 2017
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SYNOPSIS:
A new standalone novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Vi Keeland.
The night I met Drew Jagger, he'd just broken into my new Park Avenue office.
I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills.
He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.
Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant.
Only, turned out, he wasn't an intruder at all.
Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He'd been on vacation while his posh space was renovated.
Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn't really available for rent.
I was swindled out of ten grand.
The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn't refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he'd let me stay until I found a new place.
I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn't help giving him a piece of my mind.
I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.
The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages.
The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing.
And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.
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 "I don’t share things that are mine." <<---- ***melts all over the place***

Okay! Okay!!! Okayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!! Consider me smitten, charmed, seduced, and utterly romanced by this story, by these characters. Hands down one of the sweetest, most enjoyable, most heartfelt and well crafted reads I've read. The novel is laid out in such a way that you are drawn in from the first chapter to the last. I swear, there's no way that you won't like this book. 

NO-FREAKING-WAY! 

I'M. DEAD. SERIOUS. 

I CANNOT imagine a single person not falling head over heels in love with Emerie and Drew. They are down right lovable, so real and funny. And SO charming. SOOOOOO, SO, CHARMING. Really, Egomaniac hit my square in the gut with feels. And right now, I'm in that "head in the clouds, hearts in my eyes, honeymoon love" stage. I really think this novel has cemented my love of Vi Keeland as one of my FAVORITE authors. I mean.. I haven't read all of her books, but I definitely adored THE BALLER, almost had a mental meltdown over the perfection that was STUCK UP SUIT (she co-authors that with Penelope Ward) and really enjoyed BOSSMAN. And now there's this? ANOTHER WINNER. Another story that's not just sex, but actual story with pure heart and full bodied characters that are such a delight to read, they make you want to skip around in joy. 

It's the freaking best. 

ALSO, I need to say, I have a MAJOR freaking crush on Vi's writing. I'm so enamored with it. It's crisp and clean, not weighed down with a thousand bullshit details you don't give a fudge about. She doesn't over do it on character mannerisms. She lets the dialogue set the tone, and allows the reader to set the scene with their imagination. She's an author who conveys exactly what she needs to, at exactly the right time, to get the story right. 

Man, I'm smitten. Smitten by all of it. The writing. The sweetness of Emerie. The Perfection of Drew. Separately these characters are fantastic. Heart stopping. But together, they're CATACLYSMIC. Their chemistry owns the pages, and their strangers, to friends, to lovers story takes your breath away. From their first meeting, you fall hard for Drew, and for Emerie. They have an instant rapport that sets you at ease, and the start of the first chapters are so captivating and wholly unique. In all the time I've been reading, I don't think I've ever read a book that starts as well as that. 

I can't say enough good things. I just loved the dynamic between these characters, the way their attraction and friendship bloomed. From the moment Drew finds Emerie in his office, he as smitten with her as I am with them. It's sweet. There are so many unbelievably endearing moments, moments where I literally felt my heart staggering, where my cheeks hurt from smiling, and my chest filled with so much warmth and happiness. 

So good. 
Just so very good. 

Egomaniac is lighter on the angst, heavy on the romance and absolutely loaded with a hardy dose of pure heart you will love. I certainly think that Vi Keeland has out done herself. And I know it's early, but I'm 99% sure that this book will be in my TOP 10 at the end of 2017. I'm so in love. And I plan to scream this to anyone who will listen. 

A. MUST. READ.
10 STARS 
10 BEST OF THE BEST stars. 

******** 
Oh, and PS: I didn't go into the outline of the book in this review, because most of the first bit of this novel is in the blurb. You really DO NOT need to know more than what's in the blurb. Go into this book and enjoy it. It's fantastic. The characters are wonderful. Also, here are just a couple of my status updates while reading. LOL. 

1. 5% and I HAVE TINGLESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! That was one of the best opening scenes! Gah! #swoons

2. Okay. I'm in motherfreaking love. Wow! Omg! I'm just loving this story! I feel freaking giddy right now! This ROCKS.

3. OH 
MY
GOD!
That's the sweetest thing I've ever read! I'm seriously melting all over my kindle. What the fuck. This man just stole my soul and panties at the same time. Holy swoon.

4. My kids are finally in bed. Thank goodness. Back to reading.
Also, "I don’t share things that are mine." <<<----- YEAH! He's the ULTIMATE man! Mother of friggin book husband perfection! 

**** Hahahahahahahaha**** It's just so good, guys. SO GOOD. 

ARC received in exchange for an honest review 

Angie's Rating:


 Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twelve languages.  She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

1/13/17

EXCERPT AND REVIEW: ROCK CHICK REAWAKENING BY KRISTEN ASHLEY!!!!!

Title: Rock Chick Reawakening
Series: Rock Chick Series
Author: Kristen Ashley
Release Date: January 3, 2017!
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SYNOPSIS:
From New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Ashley, comes the long-awaited story of Daisy and Marcus, Rock Chick Reawakening. A prequel to Kristen’s Rock Chick series, Rock Chick Reawakening shares the tale of the devastating event that nearly broke Daisy, an event that set Marcus Sloan—one of Denver’s most respected businessmen and one of the Denver underground’s most feared crime bosses—into finally making his move to win the heart of the woman who stole his.
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This might be the latest addition to the Rock Chick series, but it's really the beginning. And the end. And a whole lot of honey bunches of love in between. With Rock Chick Reawakening, Kristen Ashley takes us back to where it all started for Daisy. Before she was the flamboyant bedazzled mother hen to Indy, Jet, Roxie, Jules, Ava, Stella, Sadie, and Ally, and before she was Mrs Marcus Sloan, Daisy was a fiercely independent loner without a posse, a southern girl with dreams of building a castle she knew, realistically, a girl the likes of her would never see. The road was long and hard for Daisy, and Kristen Ashley illustrates her story beautifully. She does us Rock Chicks proud with this one, giving our Daisy the story she so deserves, holding strong to all those things that have made Daisy a character unlike any other while offering new insight into the girl we've always loved but haven't completely known.

What a heartbreaking, heartwarming feel good addition to this kick ass series this is. It's so rare that a novella can feel so perfectly complete, so deliciously satisfying, so perfectly packed with so much unexpected goodness... but unsurprisingly, Kristen Ashley does it. The queen delivers an all consuming, never-before-told story about characters we've known forever but never truly knew before now. Kristen Ashley takes us from Daisy's childhood to her introduction to Marcus Sloan, through her antics with the Rock Chicks, and into an epilogue in a future we never could've expected. This story reunites us with characters we haven't seen in a while but can never truly forget, while fully immersing the reader into the journey of Daisy and Marcus as they build their castle firmly rooted amidst the Rock Chick posse. It's beautiful. It's tragic. It's hopeful and joyful and funny. I found myself wholly in love with characters that always felt a bit removed from the Hot Bunch in the past, characters that typically remained in the shadows of the Rock Chicks. Marcus and Daisy were pivotal to so much of what's transpired with the Rock Chicks through eight solid books but their relationship, their history, where they came from and how they came to be THE Daisy and Marcus always remained somewhat of a mystery. Until now.

This story washed over my soul like tiny tinkling bells, filling it with something I never knew I was even missing from this series. Rock Chick Reawakening, from start to finish, is the complete package. It took me back to the beginning, before the Rock Chicks were even the Rock Chicks. It reconnected me with characters that I've loved for so long. And it brings this sense of completion to this series that never even felt incomplete until now, until all the missing pieces were filled in. This novella is the key to all the locked doors of this series and now that I have it, I want to re-read every book AGAIN just to see Marcus and Daisy with my new sense of clarity and understanding. Rock Chick Reawakening feels like much more than a bonus, more than a novella. It feels like everything.


Jessica's Rating:



“Who’s that tall, dark drink of handsome water?” I asked Ashlynn, my eyes on the tall man with broad shoulders and fabulous suit who was sauntering out of the club in the manner of a man who owned it.

In the manner of a man who owned anything he wanted.

“Don’t go there,” Ashlynn answered.

I looked to Ashlynn.

“What, sugar?”

She shook her head. “He’s hot. Knew a girl who’s had him and I’ll repeat, he’s hot. Took her out four times. All to fancy restaurants where she had to buy fancy dresses and shoes. And he gave it to her good at the end of the night, and I mean real good, the way she described it. He also, like, opened the car door for her and everything.”

Opened the car door for her.

And everything.

Oh my.

“Ended it with her giving her a gold bracelet,” Ashlynn carried on, recapturing my attention. “Pure class.” Her look got intense as she stared into my eyes. “And he’s trouble.”

I glanced to the door that he’d obviously gone through because he’d disappeared, then back to Ashlynn.

“Trouble?”

Ashlynn didn’t answer that question.

She just shook her head again and declared, “He wouldn’t date a stripper anyway. Like I said. He’s class.”

I felt my mouth get tight.

A Message from Kristen:
 
Dear Reader,
 
I’m beside myself with glee that this prequel to my Rock Chick series has been unleashed! There was some time when I never thought I’d write it. When I couldn’t be in that terrible place with Daisy. But I’m oh-so glad that she called to me, demanding her story be told so she could give it to me and now I can give it to you! I loved every moment spent with Daisy and Marcus. And I hope you do too!
 
~Kristen Ashley


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.

1/12/17

DOUBLE REVIEW OF A 5 STAR READ JESSICA AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND: LOVE IN LINGERIE BY ALESSANDRA TORRE <<--- SO. FLIPPING. AMAZING.

Soooooooooooo... Did you see what just went up for Pre-Order? Because you guys, both Jessica and I FIVE STARRED this book. It was so good. Our reviews are below, and I really hope you'll pre-order and read and then TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS about it. A TOP recommendation from us and a FIRST FAVORITE of 2017

Title: Love in Lingerie
Series: Stand-alone Novel
Author: Alessandra Torre
Release Date: January 16, 2017
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^^^^^
Pssssttttt.... seriously.... GET THAT! It's so good. 

SYNOPSIS:
I hired her to fix my company, to bring Marks Lingerie back to life. I didn't expect her to become my friend. I didn't expect to fall in love with her.
The first rule of business is to never touch your employees. I think there is another rule about not falling for your best friend--a rule against imagining the curves of her body, or the way her breathing would change if I pulled down her panties and unzipped my pants.
Now, I can't wait any longer. I'm tossing out the rules.
Damn the company.
Damn our friendship.
Damn my fears.
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THIS IS MY FIRST 5 STAR READ OF 2017!!!!! I am so smitten with this book. So taken by these characters. So over the moon with this novel that packed such a SOLID, OVERWHELMING punch! It was EVERYTHING! Everything I never expected and more. I actually went into this thinking it was RomCom! LOL! WTH! **shakes my head** No idea where I got that idea. It's not light, but it is definitely not dark either. It's a sinfully slow building-set your soul on fire-frustrate you-intoxicate you-turn you on-make you fall in love, romance that's beyond all things. 

Really, this was SO MUCH MORE than I anticipated it would be. I'm sitting here right now like.... WHOAAAAAAA! WHOA! This book had feels! And you know how I feel about feels. I'm obsessed with finding reads that make me LOVE the characters hard and explosively. I like to hurt and cry and smile and laugh and just feel extra deep. And this, Love in Lingerie, had me CRYING and SMILING and SWOONING and DYING all over the damn place. 

It's got some seriously angsty moments of goodness in the pages. A mix of delicious sexiness, with fiery heat that comes from the slow building friendship that makes this novel pop in the most perfect way. It's agonizing, the slow burn, and leaves you hanging by a thread. 

I was DYING!!!!!!!!! 

DYINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG! <<---- I'm freaking serious. I was like... OMG. OMG. OMG. They're gonna kiss. OMG OMG OMG. They're gonna touch. Alessandra played with me **laughs manically** until I felt like I was about to catch on fire. I was hyper aware of these characters. I flipped the pages, eagerly devouring the words, desperate, watching with rapt attention as a relationship between Kate and Trey was built. 

Well written, emotional, sweet, sinful, charming, not light yet not smother your soul heavy, this was an absolutely heart stopping romance that I never wanted to put down. 

It's safe to say that Love in Lingerie cast it's spell on me. I FEEL CONSUMED by the sweetness of this novel and these characters! And honestly.... this story is one you won't stop thinking of. One that will have you running scenes through your head for days. One that will have you swoony and in love. It's a bit of a roller coaster. There are parts that will make you ache, parts that will have you a little ragey, but it's so well written, so well done and so well paced. 

I'm still catching my breath, but this is DEFINITELY my very first FIVE STAR read of 2017! 

HOO-FREAKING-RAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

A must read, I tell you. 
A. Must. FREAKING. Read. <<---- Okay. 
YOU MUST READ THIS. <<---- DO IT. 

PS: shouty caps were needed ALLLLLLLL over this review because I'm totally having a moment. Shit, I'm suffering from an LiL book buzz!!!!!!!!! <<---- BEST. THING. EVER. **kisses**

Angie's Rating:

Is there anything more delicious, more addictive, more satisfying than a steamy office romance? The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren, Tangled by Emma Chase are some of my absolute favorites and now Love in Lingerie by Alessandra Torre is on that list. This book is so sexy. The chemistry and the tension between Kate Martin and Trey Marks, both in and out of the office, is combustible. Painful in its build, maddening in its pace, Love in Lingerie takes angst and slow burn to another level, a brutal level I wasn't sure I'd survive without going up in flames myself.

This story began as what, I assumed, was your garden variety office romance. A sexy CEO and his hot new consultant, sizzling sexual tension, sharp workplace banter, off the charts chemistry warring with a completely off-limits attraction. Ok, fine. But then it evolved, unexpectedly, into a friends to lovers type dynamic rife with angst and reluctance and jealousy. And then it got messy. Really. Freaking. Messy. And my chest started to ache. And I started fighting the urge to scream and throw my kindle and cry and I couldn't decide if I loved every minute of it or if I hated these characters for everything they were doing and everything they weren't saying. And then I realized that I was simply loving this book so much because of how much it was killing me, how slow burning it was, how perfectly Alessandra Torre was drawing out this storyline, layering this plot with unexpected twists and secrets and things left unsaid. It was everything I wanted and nothing I could've expected and I. LOVED. EVERY. MINUTE. Every brutally painful, sensual, hopeful, beautiful minute.

Alessandra Torre has to be one of the most versatile romance authors on the market today. You really never know what you'll get from her because her arsenal is boundless. She writes phenomenal erotica, she writes completely unforgettable contemporary romance, she's delivered sports romances, dark and edgy storylines, light and fluffy rom com, and now this.... THIS... Love in Lingerie is edgy, it's light and fun, steamy and emotional, angsty and devastating in every way a story can be. It's everything. It's HOT. It gutted me. It made me smile and laugh and silently scream in frustration. It's completely unputdownable and with Torre's flawless writing style, Love in Lingerie is going to be, HANDS DOWN, one of the best books you'll read this year.

Jessica's Rating:


Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of eleven novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle, Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.

You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.

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THE MOST EPIC COVER REVEAL: SEX SAYS BY MAX MONROE!!!!!!

Holyeeeeeeeeeee shit. 
HOLY HOLY HOLYYYYYYEEEE SHIT. Do you see this? DO YOU. 
<<freaks out>> I can't. I AM SO EXCITED over this, you guys! Really. WOWOW. Read the blurb. Add to your Goodreads. Pre-Order if you're on iBooks because I have a really good feeling that this is going to be OUT OF CONTROL epic! 

Title: Sex Says
Series: Standalone
Author: Max Monroe
Release Date: February 21, 2016
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SYNOPSIS:
Lola
My name is Lola Sexton, and I’m a sex addict.
Okay…that’s a lie.
Truth is, I’m a serial dater turned dating and relationship columnist for The San Francisco Times. My readers call me Sex. Sex Says.
I love my job.
I love my life.
And I hate Reed Luca.
***
Reed
My name is Reed Luca, and I’m a liar.
Ironically, that’s the truth.
I’m 31, and my occupation is…well, complicated.
My favorite kind of woman comes in all shapes and sizes, but always has a big brain.
I’ve never hated anything.
Lola Sexton hates me.
Luckily, it’s a thin line between love and hate, and with my help, pretty Lola will only be able to straddle that line for so long.
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1/11/17

HOLYEEEEEEE SH*T. THIS. GIVEAWAY. IS. EPIC!!!!!!!!!!

You guys, I had to make a blog post about this. BECAUSE HOLY GIVEAWAY ALERT. This is majorly amazing. Seriously. I wish I could enter myself! 

ONE PERSON WILL WIN:
• One copy of ROOKIE MOVE
• One copy of HARD HITTER <<--- the paperbacks. Woohooo! 
• One set of hockey cards (set includes card from each major player in the series: Leo Trevi, Patrick O’Doul, and Mike Beacon) <<--- OMG. 
• One Patrick O’Doul practice jersey (size XL, includes player’s last name, and the Brooklyn Bruiser’s Team logo) <<--- I. NEED. THIS.


I mean, is that EPIC of what? 😄

TO ENTER you have to go to our FACEBOOK page and LIKE/COMMENT for a chance to win. There is also a SECOND giveaway being hosted by Berkely Romance that you can enter HERE!!!!!!! 

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee! 

AND if you have NOT read Rookie Move OR Hard Hitter, GET ON THAT! These books are my fav! I LOVE this series. 

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