Review: Taken by Surprise by Valerie Clarizio

TGIF!  I don’t about you guys but I am truly happy this week is over.  Its been one tough one.  So, today I get to bring to you one of my favorite indie authors.  You will have seen reviews I’ve done on her Nick Spinelli mysteries.  Today, is a great romantic suspense novel that kept me up into the wee hours of the morning so I could finish it.  For my full review keep reading following the book blurb.  Have a great weekend and relax with a good book.

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Everyone is shocked when Clare Ulster leaves her rich and handsome fiancé, chucks her well-to-do Milwaukee city life, and moves into her grandparents’ old homestead in the remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The quiet small town of Iron City is just what she needs to get her life in order and learn to stand on her own. No men needed!

Unfortunately, disaster follows her. Unable to let her go, her abusive, cheating ex- fiancé finds his way to the U.P. and sets out to make Clare’s life more of a living hell then he’d done in the past. Additionally, Clare’s alleged involvement with the Fire Chief, aka, town player, lands her in a world of trouble with his ring of female admirers, sending her on a dangerously chaotic adventure including murder and kidnapping. With Clare’s life in danger, irresistible Police Chief Jack Ricco will do whatever it takes to keep their newest resident safe.

Will Clare and Jack be able to survive the deceptively peaceful Iron City?


Clare surprises everyone including her cheating abusive fiancee by moving to her grandparents home in Upper Michigan.  Looking for a new start.  What she gets is thrown into the midst of small town drama.  She doesn’t expect seeing her best friend’s brother all grown up and very sexy.  As Clare tries to navigate her new job, town and personal life, her old life comes violently back.  Can Clare survive the obstacles to her new life or will everything be taken away forever?

I really enjoy a good romantic suspense book.  I especially like one if the hero is a very sexy cop.  This book definitely filled that role.  The chemistry between Clare and Jack almost set my kindle on fire.  It wasn’t just steamy but on Jack’s part is was very sweet and unrequited since he was a kid.  The real story though was the horrible incidents that continued to threaten Clare’s life and finding out who was responsible doing these things to her.  As the story grew so did the depth and complexities of the culprit.  This truly made things interesting.  You don’t figure out truly who is behind everything until the very end.  I love stories like that.  If you are looking for a great page turner with a sexy police chief you’d want to get arrested by, then look no further.


Cover Reveal: The Wright Brother by K.A Linde


We are very excited to reveal the upcoming standalone from K.A. Linde!

THE WRIGHT BROTHER will be releasing on FEBRUARY 28, 2017.


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TWB AmazonI’d sworn off the Wright family a long time ago.

And the last thing I wanted was to return to the place where they ruled like kings.

All I needed was a fresh start, but Jensen Wright crashed into my life with the confidence of a billionaire CEO and the sex appeal of a god. Even I couldn’t resist our charged chemistry, or the way he fit into my life like a missing puzzle piece.

Too bad he didn’t remember the one thing that could destroy us.

I’d already dated his brother.

When it all was said and done, was he the Wright brother?







K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.


Review: Real Good Love by Meghan March

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real-good-love-amazonFrom USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes a sexy new duet with a hero you won’t want to miss.

I’ve had my fair share of bad boys, but nothing prepared me for what it was like to be with a real good man.

Logan Brantley changed everything.

Somewhere along the way, what started as a fling became the best part of my life.

He makes me want all the things I’ve never had, like forever and happily ever after, but nothing worth having comes easily.

Everyone is betting on us to fail, but I’m ready to fight for this real good love.


Real Good Love is the conclusion of the Real Duet and should be read following Real Good Man.


Banner knows her life is no longer in New York.  The world and the men don’t attract her anymore.  She has officially fallen for the Kentucky mechanic that stole the heart she didn’t know she had.  Once she finally knows who and what she wants will tragedy step in and take everything away from her?

I loved this duet.  If you haven’t read anything by Meghan March now is the time to begin.  Banner and Logan are awesome.  I’ve always loved Banner from Greer’s books but she truly comes into her own with her steamy relationship with Logan.  It isn’t just their steamy sex scenes that make this book though.  You can really feel the love and affection between these two characters.  The theme of the story with the small town with big city problems truly gives a lot of depth to what could have been just a bunch of steamy sex scenes without much depth.  Meghan March has truly shown us what a real good man is in Logan.  I guarantee you, you will not regret picking up this duet.


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I’m a woman on a mission when I step off my last flight at six o’clock at night, annoyed it took me an entire freaking day to get here since I made my plans at the last minute. As soon as I leave the rental car desk, I’m headed for my first destination. Logan’s shop.

He’s never going to know what hit him. My skirt is short, my heels are tall, and my hair, skin, and nails are perfect from the pampering I managed to sneak in this week.

I pull into the parking lot an hour and a half later, mostly because I was so busy singing along to every kick-ass female anthem on my playlist that I missed the turn and went fifteen miles in the wrong direction.

But no one needs to know that little detail.

The lights are still on, and Logan’s truck is parked in its normal spot alongside the building. No other cars remain in the lot.

I pull out my phone and switch it out of airplane mode. I told myself I kept it there all day because I was worried about the safety of my flights and obviously because of the FAA regulations, but that’s total bull.

I didn’t trust myself not to answer what must be at least a few messages from Logan. I wanted this to be a surprise. Like when Logan thought I might be pregnant, this is a discussion that needs to happen in person.

A few text messages pop up from him immediately, and they’re progressively more . . . let’s call it assertive.

My Sexy Man: Bruce, call me.

My Sexy Man: Seriously, babe. Call me.

My Sexy Man: CALL ME.

My Sexy Man: This radio silence shit will not fly. Call me, Bruce.

My Sexy Man: Banner Regent, don’t even try to dodge me. I know where you are, and I will come to you and show you how a real man handles this situation.


A smile spreads over my face. I’ve come to terms with a few things in the last twenty-four hours, and one of them is that I don’t care if I’m the first one to say those words I’ve been holding back. I love Logan Brantley, and I’m not going to let another day go by without telling him. To his face.

After I park, I slide out of the car, careful not to pull a Britney and flash anyone my vag because I’m going commando under this skirt, and strut my ass up to the entrance.

I push on the door that opens into the waiting room, but it doesn’t budge. Locked. Well, dammit, that’s not part of my plan. I bang on it, but no one comes. The beat of whatever rock song he’s listening to is thumping through the walls.

I pull my phone out of my wristlet and text him back.

Banner: Open the damn door.

A response pops up in seconds.

My Sexy Man: What door?

Banner: I’m waiting.





real-good-man-amazonFrom USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes a sexy new duet. We’ve all had the bad boys, now it’s time for a Real Good Man.

Fall for a woman over text messages? No way in hell.

Reality can never be as good at the fantasy, right?

Wrong. It’s better.

Banner Regent is smart, funny, and she’s so far out of my league, she might as well be royalty.

I’m a mechanic from Kentucky. She’s a New York City party girl.

We were never supposed to meet, but one text started something neither of us saw coming.

How do you seduce the woman who already has everything?

Show her what it’s like to be with a real good man.


Real Good Man is book one of the Real Duet. Logan and Banner’s story will conclude in Real Good Love, releasing January 17, 2017.

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Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She’s also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she’s ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at


Review: My Brother’s Keeper (The Guardians #2) by JJ King

Happy Monday!  Today I am bringing to you the next book in J.J King’s The Guardians series. We get to see more of Katherine and Quinn but the love story in the center of this one is Keme and Daphne.  I really loved them.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

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When Daphne Dru gets a phone call in the middle of the night from her Alpha’s son, she can’t imagine just how life changing that call will be. Daphne’s friend is in danger and so is the life of her unborn child. Only she’s not just a friend, Katherine LaFlamme is the first born daughter of one of the North American Alphas.

Katherine’s family is in danger but no one can pin down the source. More than one hunter has been spotted around Katherine’s family home, people and wolves have been dying, and the ruling structure of North America is shifting.

Daphne offers sanctuary until the baby is born and it’s safe enough to return home. Thrown together, Daphne and Keme do their best to focus on their friends’ safety, despite the intense chemistry that ignites between them.

Just when they think they’re safe, an old enemy resurfaces and, once again, Katherine’s life is in peril, but now it’s not just her and Quinn fighting back. Daphne and Keme are swept up in a storm of ancient lies that might just leave Wolfkind changed forever.


When Keme calls Daphne for help to hid Katherine, Quinn and their unborn child.  Daphne steps up and turns her home into a comfortable place for them.  As their stay extends longer so does the depth of Keme and Daphne’s relationship.  Just as their relationship solidifies so does the danger for Katherine.  Soon the danger will impact Katherine and her family in a way that will change them forever.

This was a really interesting second book.  It wasn’t what I expected.  I expected this to be all about Keme and Daphne.  Instead their love story was almost an aside to the drama that followed Katherine.  Both aspects were very well written and exciting.  I loved learning more about Keme and Daphne.  Their personal stories were very interesting and truly added a lot to the book.  Its not only the characters that made this story good it was also a lot of the emotion that this book contains.  Without spoiling anything you will need tissues by the time you finish this book.  Overall, if you liked the first Guardians book you will enjoy this next installment.  You do need to read the first book to enjoy this one.

Review: Retreat by Jay Crownover

Happy Saturday!  Today, I bring to you a new series by Jay Crownover.  She spreads her writing wings into her own version of a cowboy romance.  Of course, her cowboys aren’t quite cowboys.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to stay tuned I have some more great reviews, reveals and exclusive things coming soon.

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Every once in a while, you need to get away from it all.

I was a woman on the edge, shaken and shattered after a breakup that felt like it tore my entire world apart.

My best friend, sick of watching me drown in misery and melancholy, harassed me until I agreed to go with her on a week-long wilderness retreat.

She promised days spent bonding and getting in touch with our inner bad-asses.
It was supposed to be all about the two of us roughing it and making do with the bare minimum. She assured me we were going to be pushed to our limits in ways that were unimaginable. Neither one of us could have ever guessed just how right she was.

Nowhere in the glossy brochure did it say anything about the fact I was going to have to battle the insufferable but deliciously rugged and sexy trail guide instead of the elements. The brochure also forgot to mention the part that warned when you left civilization behind, there was no place to pack your inhibitions and fears.

I was told that I would be facing a week where the only thing I should expect was the unexpected. However, no one mentioned that I was going to have to fight for my life…and my heart as soon as I ventured into the unknown.

I was a pro at hiding from my feelings but when it came time to face a real threat, one that could change everything, I learned I was more of a no surrender, no retreat kind of girl.

Retreat is a standalone novel, the first in the Getaway series which centers on the hardheaded and brokenhearted Warner brothers and the women that dare to love them.

These boys are very good at putting the wild in wilderness.


Leo needed to reset her life.  Her friend knew it more than her.  So after making Leo sign up to a ranch with a cowboy experience she isn’t impressed when she first meets the cowboys.  Cy looks like he is more comfortable on the back of a Harley instead of a horse.  When Leo says her feelings on the cowboys that don’t look like they belong on a ranch she makes a very bad impression on Cy.  Cy knows that he and his brothers run one heck of a business even if he isn’t a people person.  When Leo steps into his world she will change him and her forever.  Will they survive the danger that lies ahead to be able to see if they have something more than just a week together?

This is another Jay Crownover masterpiece.  I loved Cy and his brothers.  Leo was awesome.  Her no filter way of talking resounded with me personally.  The diversity of these characters was magnificent.  The setting was a refreshing twist from Jay Crownover’s previous books.  I loved the visual of the mountains, the trails, horses and total experience of the trail ride.  I really see a great future for this series.  Jay Crownover does her thing with cowboys, horses and danger.  If you are already a fan of Jay Crownover you will be stumbling over yourself to get your hands on this.  If you haven’t read any of her stuff yet, I guarantee you will go from this to picking up any of her other books.

Cover Reveal: Repossess by Jennifer Foor

We are excited to bring you the cover for the upcoming standalone by Jennifer Foor, REPOSSESS releasing on February 24, 2017!





repossessamazonkdp1Raised by my four brothers, I’m the poster girl of a

hot-mess. A sucker for cheating assholes and shitty friends.

It’s the reason I’ve come home.

The only reason!

I arrive to find the family business in shambles. My brothers have managed to run it into the ground. With new competition, the stakes are high, especially when I realize whose stealing all of the business out from under us.

Seeing him again isn’t the hard part.

I’m over Crane Lord, his cocky, dangerous sex appeal, his criminal ways of getting by, and how

he used to own every part of me.

He’s the enemy. I don’t want him.

I can’t.



*Contains Adult Language and Content. Some sexual situations*




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The driver pulls into the parking lot of my chosen location and spats off the amount I owe him. I pull out my ex’s bank card and wait. When he gives me a paper to sign, I tip him a hundred bucks. He graciously thanks me with his Russian accent, in which I return an easy smile and tell him it was my pleasure.
I’m spiteful and it feels so fucking good.
Revenge to me is like a fine aged wine is to a hoity-toity Stepford wife. It’s my happy place where I know I won’t be a victim of my stupidity.
My day is spent on a new tattoo; a piece representing the lying douchebag who doesn’t have a clue who he’s dealing with. It’s a giant cockroach with a vividly detailed Chuck Taylor slamming down on it. Underneath it states, ‘paybacks are a bitch and so am I’. Every single second of the needle penetrating my skin absolved the time and effort I’d put forth on another failed relationship. I’ve been around guys my whole life. He’s a dime a dozen. My only regret was getting serious in the first place. I should have learned a long time ago that you can’t count on anyone, at least not anyone I know.







authorblurbA Maryland native who spends most of her time devising a plan to live off the land on some remote island, where no one will ever find her.

She is a married mother of two kids, who may or may not drive her completely bonkers. In her spare time she enjoys shooting pool, camping and spending time with friends and family.


Review: A Father for Daisy by Jennifer Wenn

Happy Friday!  Today I have a great new book for you.  This is a wonderful story of love that finally happens.  For my full review, keep reading after the book blurb.  Be sure to keep an eye out for more exciting reviews to come.

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Thirteen years ago, at her senior prom, Gillian Crane did the unthinkable – she became drunk for the first time and lost her virginity to an unknown man. Later, when she found out she was pregnant, her unloving, unyielding mother threw her out and told her never to return.

Gillian succeeds in building a new life for herself in New York City, vowing never to see her childhood home again. But when she learns her mother is dying, she drags her twelve-year-old daughter back to hell on earth, also known as Barnesville. Once again caught in small town life amongst old friends and enemies, her past comes back to haunt her, turning her world upside down as the question still remains. Who is the father of her child?


Gillian’s life changed with one drunken event after her prom.  From there her mother kicks her out and she is forced to move to New York City and raise her daughter.  When her mother asks for her to come home because she is dying she can’t refuse the request.  Thirteen years has changed her and the people she used to know.  She knows that while she is home she must find out who her daughter’s father is.  What she doesn’t count on are her feelings and who dominates them.  Can Gillian solve her ultimate mystery?

I really enjoyed this story.  At first, I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about Gillian.  She grew on me.  I also, wasn’t sure who I wanted to be Daisy’s father.  All of the possible candidates were great.  The love that flowed off of these pages was palpable.  All of the unrequited love and how it took many of the characters years to finally tell the other person how they felt.  But, once the Gillian and all of her friends finally do the reader will truly feel that love.  Overall, I this story was enjoyable and definitely gives you the feels.  I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good unrequited love story.  Especially, if you had one as a teenager.

Cover Reveal: Rocked Up by Karina Halle and Scott MacKenzie



Welcome to the awesome cover reveal for the newest book by Karina Halle and Scott Mackenzie.  You will be putting this on your TBR list as soon as you see it.


TITLE: Rocked Up by Karina Halle & Scott Mackenzie

Cover Designer: By Hang Le

Release Date: April 12th, 2017

Available on all retailers: Links will be sent Thursday evening



Rocked Up is a STANDALONE rockstar romantic comedy and the fun and sexy brainchild of New York Times bestselling author Karina Halle and her husband Scott Mackenzie.

I have been watching him since I was a child.

He didn’t notice me back then and it didn’t matter. Brad Snyder, guitarist and singer for one of the world’s greatest bands, was my entire life.

My father, the CEO of Ramsey Records, takes credit for all of Brad’s success, trying to control him in the same way he’s controlled me.

But I finally get an opportunity to prove myself.

To be wild.

To be free.

Today I’m auditioning to be the replacement bass player for Brad’s band. If I get the job, I’ll go on tour and work with Brad every day, in very close proximity.

There’s only one rule: he’s not allowed to touch the boss’s daughter.

Remember when I said that Brad never used to notice little ol’ me?

Well, Brad’s noticing me now.

In a way that’s going to get us both in trouble.

My name is Lael Ramsey and we all know how this will turn out.

Author Bio: 

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, Smut, The Artists Trilogy, Heat Wave and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her rescue pup and her husband Scott Mackenzie, who co-wrote Rocked Up with her. That’s right. It’s like the book SMUT come to life! This is their first venture as a writing team. A lot of music was played. A lot of laughs were had. A lot of sex was…put in the book!


Cover Reveal: The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan

THE PLAY MATE is the upcoming friends to lovers standalone from New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan releasing on March 14, 2017 and we have the spectacular cover to reveal for you!





the-play-mate-kendall-ryanSmith Hamilton has it all—he’s smart, good-looking and loaded. But he remembers a time when he had nothing and no one, so he’s not about to mess up, especially with his best friend’s little sister. That means keeping Evie at arm’s length … even though the once pesky little girl is now a buxom bombshell. A sexy blonde who pushes his self-control to the limit the night she crawls into bed with him.

Evie Reed knows she’s blessed—with an exclusive education, a family who loves her, and a new job managing social media for her family’s lingerie company. But she wants more, like a reason to wear the sexy lingerie herself. She has just the man in mind to help with that. She’s crushed on Smith forever. Surely tricking her way into his bed will force him to see her in a new, adult way.

Except that when Evie’s plan leads to disaster, she and Smith must decide—ignore the attraction sizzling between them, or become play mates and risk it all.




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kendall-ryan-headshot-1-picA New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two 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.

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Review: Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino



luciandivine_03-1-1-1“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

 Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

 For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.


Evey’s guardian angel has problems.  He is a drunk, a trouble maker and bored with watching Evey’s boring life.  But, what he is hiding is that he feels things he shouldn’t for her.  When Evey sees Lucian for the first time she can’t help but know he is the hottest guy she has ever seen and he is smashed.  What she doesn’t expect is for him to tell her that angels are real and that he is hers.  Lucian and Evey break one rule after the other.  Will they get what they want even after breaking the rules?  Or will heaven, God and angels break Lucian and Evey?

I loved this book!  Lucian and Evey’s story is unique.  Renee Carlino takes our idea of angels and poses the question:  What would happen if we fall in love with our guardian angel and if we do what happens from there?  Lucian and Evey’s story has you believing anything is possible.  The masterfully written story weaves between Lucian and Evey’s viewpoints or an angel and human’s view points.  The love between Lucian and Evey is palpable.  The reader will believe their love is possible and damn the consequences even if that means going against Jesus and God.  When the unbelievable happens you will really start wondering if there are consequences for a love that is as unconventional as a guardian angel and his soul.  This was my first Renee Carlino book and I am hooked.  Her writing is truly addictive.  She is able to make you believe in love and who can experience it.  Though this story does have a bit of a religious feel it isn’t a religion you have to believe in to fall for Lucian and Evey.  Overall, if you are like me and haven’t met Renee Carlino, Lucian Divine is a novel you won’t forget and will be craving more of her writing.





Renee-121Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at

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