Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Review for This Won't End Well by Camille Pagan

This Won't End Well

publication: February 26th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing

An ingeniously witty novel about the risks—and rewards—of opening your life to new people by Amazon Charts bestselling author Camille Pagán.

No new people: that’s Annie Mercer’s vow. It’s bad enough that her boss sabotaged her chemistry career and her best friend tried to cure her with crystals. But after her fiancé, Jon, asks for space while he’s gallivanting around Paris, Annie decides she needs space too—from everyone.

Yet when Harper moves in next door, Annie can’t help but train a watchful eye on the glamorous but fragile young woman. And if keeping Harper safe requires teaming up with Mo, a maddeningly optimistic amateur detective, who is she to mind her own business?

Soon Annie has let not one but two new people into her life. Then Jon reappears—and he wants her to join him in France. She’s pretty sure letting anyone get close won’t end well. So she must decide: Is another shot at happiness worth the risk?

My Thoughts…

Annie Mercer is a little bit of a geek with her love of science and as her life falls apart around her, she finds herself looking for a job, wondering if the wedding is going to happen, and helping her mom stay safe.   Then she meets Harper, after swearing off new people, and things start to change.   

Annie must make decisions.   Does she follow her heart or her head?   Should she give her fiancé, Jon, a second chance?    What about the new person in her life that makes her laugh, smile, and have fun?   Annie is so real as she works through her life, she makes decisions, and has second doubts about those decisions.     I loved seeing her take chances, step back and reconsider, and most of all find out what she really needs.    

Camille Pagan writes a book that lets the readers connect with the characters, follow them on a real-life journey, and cheer them on at every choice they make.    I am a fan of her writing and look forward to more from Camille.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Release Blitz for Unforgiven by Jay Crownover

We are so excited to celebrate the release of UNFORGIVEN by Jay Crownover with you today! UNFORGIVEN is part of the Loveless, Texas series and you can grab your copy now. Join Jay's Group for details about all of her titles.


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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes an irresistible and suspenseful romance between a tough Texas Ranger and his first love--a woman in danger who insists she doesn't need his protection. Hill Gamble is a model lawman: cool and collected, with a confident swagger to boot. Too bad all that Texas charm hasn't gotten him anywhere in his personal life, especially since the only girl he ever loved has always been off-limits. But then Hill is assigned to investigate her father's mysterious death, and he's forced back to the town--and the woman--he left behind. When Hill left Loveless, he broke Kody Lawton's already battered heart. And now that he's working on her father's case, avoiding him is impossible. She can handle Hill and her unwanted feelings--until he puts his life on the line to protect her. Suddenly, Kody realizes that Hill could be taken away from her...for good. "Crownover delivers the goods."-Lori Wilde, New York Times bestselling author "Crownover writes cowboys that make you want to pack your bags in search of a small-town ranch!" -Melissa Foster, New York Times bestselling author Includes the bonus novella Cowboy to the Rescue by A.J. Pine!
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As I stood in the doorway, I took in the bar. It had a decent-size crowd considering it was a Tuesday night. The mix of patrons was as eclectic as the decor. It was all very Kody. The building was an old barn, so the interior had a lot of western elements, including old whiskey barrels for tables. But there were also brightly colored artwork and neon signs brightening up the space. Instead of the big lighting fixture in the middle of the bar being made out of antlers or wrought iron, it was an intricate mix of colorful glass beads. The whole thing was very country and western meets boho chic. The people filling up the seats were mostly Loveless residents. They included the guys gathered near the bar dressed in leather, covered in tattoos, and rocking club colors. The Sons of Sorrow motorcycle club had moved into the hill country on the outskirts of Loveless years after Id left town. Now their flashy bikes and intimidating presence were as commonplace as pickup trucks and horse trailers. It made sense they liked Kodys bar since it was between town and their clubhouse, but I didnt have to like it.
I really didnt like the way the large, dark-haired man leaning across the bar looked at Kody. I knew from Case that Palmer Shot” Caldwell was the current president of the Texas branch of the club. Id taken it upon myself to learn more about the man when he ended up in the middle of the last case that brought me home. Shot was a former marine, a decorated sniper, the son of the founder of the club, and someone Kody was inexplicably close to. Everything about her relationship with the biker set my teeth on edge and had me wanting to make a claim I had no right to stake.
As I stepped forward, the heavy wooden door shut with a bang behind me and drew the eyes of the people sitting closest to me. I saw a couple of looks of recognition, and some people purposely looking away. I nodded and touched the tip of my finger to the brim of my hat in a fairly polite greeting. These people werent my friends. No one in this town had tried to help my brother when he needed it the most, and I would never forget that. Unlike the Lawton kids, Id left Loveless in the rearview mirror and planned on never looking back. All of my worst memories were here. So was the one person I wanted more than anything but knew I could never have.
Under the dim bar lights, I met Kodys gaze across the room. She looked pale. Her wild mane of multicolored blond hair was messier than usual, and she appeared to be swaying slightly every time she let go of her hold on the bar. Her eyes narrowed, and at first, I thought she was giving me a dirty look, but the next instant her entire body lurched and she toppled over, listing to the side and disappearing behind the wide, long bar.
My heart stopped for a split second and I had to bite my tongue to stop from screaming her name. I found myself in dangerous, deadly situations due to my job, but I couldnt recall a single instance when I had been as terrified as I was in that moment Kody went down.
I heard the biker shout her name and was vaguely aware of him kicking back his bar stool as he jumped to his feet. I was moving before I had time to weigh whether it was a good idea. Kody didnt like it when I was in her space. Shed told me she hated me and ordered me to leave her alone on more than one occasion, but none of that stopped me from reaching the bar in record time. It didnt slow me down when I planted a hand near the bikers empty drink and vaulted over the top of the bar.
I landed on the floor in front of Kody, ignoring the shouts and commotion coming from all directions. I waved off the bartender hovering uncertainly behind Kody and quietly asked, Are you okay, Kody?”
The answer was obvious when, instead of biting my head off, her big, bright-green eyes flooded with tears and her shoulders started to shake with silent sobs. Having people burst into tears as I was talking to them, was a pretty common occurrence considering my line of work. Id developed a natural immunity to tears of all kinds. But not to Kodys. Hearing her breath catch and watching her eyelashes get spiky and damp as she struggled to hold the tears back made my heart twist painfully in my chest.

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  Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, The Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

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Review for The Girl in White Gloves by Kerri Maher

Berkley Hardcover; February 25, 2020; $26.00
Historical fiction

About the book
Grace knows what people see. She’s the Cinderella story. An icon of glamor and elegance frozen in dazzling Technicolor. The picture of perfection. The girl in white gloves.

But behind the lens, beyond the panoramic views of glistening Mediterranean azure, she knows the truth. The sacrifices it takes for an unappreciated girl from Philadelphia to defy her family and become the reigning queen of the screen. The heartbreaking reasons she trades Hollywood for a crown. The loneliness of being a princess in a fairy tale kingdom that is all too real.

Hardest of all for her adoring fans and loyal subjects to comprehend, is the harsh reality that to be the most envied woman in the world does not mean she is the happiest. Starved for affection and purpose, facing a labyrinth of romantic and social expectations with more twists and turns than Monaco’s infamous winding roads, Grace must find her own way to fulfillment. But what she risks—her art, her family, her marriage—she may never get back.

My Thoughts…

I say Grace Kelly and what comes to mind?   The Princess Grace Kelly is what I think of.  A woman who has the world available to her, living a charmed life, and wanting for nothing.   After reading The Girl in White Gloves I see a young girl trying to make it in a world that is stacked against her.    Everyone in her life is trying to mold her into what they want her to be and she is trying to find her own way.  

While I realize this is fiction, there is much history within the story.   The famous actors and actresses that worked alongside Grace Kelly are real, their relationships are real, and their stories are important.   I loved how many of the names I knew but realized quickly how little I truly knew about the actors and actresses.   It was interesting how Kerri Maher was able to give some history on almost everyone in Grace’s life and how history makes the actor important in the shaping of Hollywood.    

The Girl in White Gloves tells the story of a young girl who wants nothing more than to make everyone around her happy and to be accepted for who she is.    She is lonely, she is unhappy, and she needs to perform.   She performs on stage, on TV, and in movies but more she performs in her everyday life trying to be what everyone expects her to be.    I hated that most people did not realize that they were not being encouraging or helpful with their criticism but were beating a beautiful, talented young girl down.    Grace was strong enough to continue with her dreams, follow her heart, and make her life successful.

This is a wonderful historical fiction book about a person that everyone knows of but very few knew.   I loved getting to know Grace Kelly and learn about her amazing life.

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Advanced praise for THE GIRL IN WHITE GLOVES
“The stunning and very human story of a beloved icon…. Full of nuance and poignancy—this novel is gorgeous.”— Allison Pataki, New York Times bestselling author of The Queen’s Fortune
“[A] fascinating, deeply researched novel of the extraordinary Grace Kelly … establishes Maher as a true force in biographical fiction.”—Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of The Golden Hour

About the author
Kerri Maher is the author of The Kennedy Debutante, which People magazine described as “a riveting reimagining of a true tale of forbidden love,” and This Is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World under the name Kerri Majors. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and founded YARN, an award-winning literary journal of short-form YA writing. A writing professor for many years, she now writes full time and lives with her daughter and dog in a leafy suburb west of Boston, Massachusetts.

Review for Red Letter Days by Sarah-Jane Stratford

Red Letter Days
publication: February 25th 2020 by Berkley

A striking novel from the acclaimed author of Radio Girls about two daring women who escape McCarthy-era Hollywood for London, where they find creative freedom and fight the injustices of the Red Scare.

Nineteen-fifties America is bright and full of promise, and Phoebe Adler, a New Yorker brimming with talent and ambition, is forging her way as the rarest of things: a female television writer in Hollywood. But fears of a growing Red Menace cloud the optimism, egged on by the hate-mongering of Senator McCarthy. A blacklist is created to cast out communist sympathizers, smashing careers and ruining lives. When Phoebe finds herself caught in the hysteria’s web, she flees to London.

Though postwar London is struggling and work is precarious, Phoebe finds camaraderie with other Americans living in exile, including the restless and ambitious Hannah Wolfson. Determined to fight the injustices of the Red Scare, Hannah is a successful producer who hires blacklisted writers at great risk to her career and company.

Together Phoebe and Hannah successfully fight unfair bias and sexism, but danger still looms in this supposed sanctuary. And when their families and friends—their very lives—are threatened, they will have to make impossible choices.

My Thoughts…

Hollywood during the 1950s was a dangerous place to be.    Writers, directors, and actors were all being watched.   There were accusations of communism being written into productions to corrupt America.    Some of those blacklisted fled to other countries hoping to be able to continue working.    This is the story of Phoebe Adler who was blacklisted, subpoenaed and fled to London hoping to find a way to make a living.    

I was not very familiar with this era in Hollywood but was intrigued at how quickly people pointed fingers just to save themselves and how quickly the American Government accepted those names without real proof and let others off the hook.  I was ashamed at how many Americans’ accepted this for the truth not bothering to find out what the whole story was.    I guess a time shortly after a war can change your outlook on life and your neighbors.  

Phoebe was brave to step out on her own, in a different world than she was used to, and without any support from her friends.   I love how she took chances, weighed her options, and managed to still be okay.   This was not the life she wanted, and she knew she had to be cautious but she still lived, loved, and made something of herself.     The people she met in London were willing to help her, protect her, and guide her on ways to keep herself safe and I love that she was accepted into their family of blacklisters.   

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Blog Tour for Tempting Taste by Sara Whitney


Today we have the blog tour for TEMPTING TASTE by Sara Whitney! Check it out and grab your copy today!



Author: Sara Whitney

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Tempting Taste:

Can a grumpy baker and a brash marketing wiz blend perfectly? Or are they a recipe for disaster? Take one taciturn baker After a chaotic childhood, all Erik Andersson wants is peace and stability. What a shock, then, to find himself quitting on the spot after a tornado of a woman storms his workplace and exposes the toxicity of his boss. Although Erik should be focused on locking down his next gig, he instead agrees to a wild business proposal from the beautiful chaos agent intent on upending his life. Add one talkative redhead Josie Ryan spent years chasing her mother's approval and now fills that void by wowing clients with her buzzy PR events. So when the brooding baker with the gorgeous cakes ends up jobless, Josie leaps at the chance to prove her worth by turning his talent into an empire--assuming she can work alongside a reserved hunk who charms her with every grumble. Apply heat and watch them sizzle Keep it professional. That's the first rule of a good partnership. Soon enough, though, Josie and Erik have dropped their defensive walls to explore the potential of their sweet-and-salty relationship. But as the business grows, their clashing definitions of success threaten their happy equilibrium. Can they resolve their differences to form the perfect fusion, or will the heat force one of them out of the kitchen? Tempting Taste is book 2 in Tempt Me, Sara Whitney's hot and humorous contemporary romance series. It's a standalone novel with no cliffhangers, so grab your favorite pastry and get reading!


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"Sexy, sassy, and downright delicious! Whitney's pint-sized heroine and strong-but-silent hero make for the perfect pairing. Tempting Taste brims with her trademark wit, humor and warmth." Kate Bateman, bestselling author of This Earl of Mine “A fun, sexy read full of humor and heart.” Sarah Hegger, author of Positively Pippa and Roughing "Whitney serves up a delicious blend of sugar and spice that definitely hits the spot." Goodreads reviewer “I was hooked from chapter one. I love the fiery heroine and the silent broody hero." Goodreads reviewer Insta P2

About Sara:

Sara Whitney writes sassy, sexy contemporary romance novels packed with wit, heat, and heart. A 2019 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award finalist, Sara worked as a newspaper reporter and film critic before she earned her Ph.D. and landed in academia. She’s a good pinball player, a so-so karaoke singer, and an expert TV opinion-haver. In a funny twist of fate, Sara’s married to a divorce attorney, and she likes to think that her happily-ever-afters help keep their household in balance. She and her husband live in the Midwest surrounded by books, cats, and half-empty coffee cups. Keep up with Sara by subscribing to her mailing list here.

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Release Blitz for Fragmented Loyalty by Tonya Burrows


Today we have the release blitz for FRAGMENTED LOYALTY by Tonya Burrows! Check it out and be sure to order your copy today!


Title: Fragmented Loyalty

Author: Tonya Burrows

Genre: Contemporary Romance


All I want is to leave my past of criminal hacking behind. Oh, and ditch the blackmailer who has been dogging my every move for the last three years. The plan: Hack my way into being part of Class Alpha, a training program for a secretive organization that rescues hostages the government can’t or won’t go after. Save the world and make enough money to pay back my blackmailer—solves all my problems, right? The complication: Sweet, nerdy, and unbearably sexy Eric “Harvard” Physick. Harvard is my ideal man, but he’s also my instructor. Seriously a no-go, except we can’t seem to keep our hands off each other. My blackmailer isn’t willing to let me off the hook, though, and a series of freak accidents—deadly accidents—sends Class Alpha into a tailspin. And the more I get to know Harvard, I start to realize his past is just as troubled as mine. Am I the cause of this chaos...or is he?

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A finger poked my ribs from the table behind me, and, face blazing, I refocused on Jean-Luc at the front of the room. I’d been so caught up in fantasizing about Harvard, I’d completely missed the last ten minutes of the lesson. Even worse, it had been obvious enough that Wolfe felt he had to intervene. Excuse me while I melt into a puddle of red-hot embarrassment. My only saving grace was that Harvard hadn’t noticed. Everyone else had, and I’d get major flak from all of the guys later, but Harvard had been too absorbed in the lesson. Yay for hyper-focused nerd boys! “Hey,” Wolfe whispered and nudged me again. He pretended to wipe drool from his mouth. “You got a little something…” I shot him the bird. “Keep it up, Wolfey. I’ll send your browser history to your mother.” “Go ahead.” He flashed a grin. “I erased everything incriminating.” Thoroughly amused, I raised a brow. “You think I can’t find erased data? Oh, you poor, naive luddite.” His grin dropped away. I returned my attention to the front of the room, but by that point, the lesson was completely lost on me. I was just biding time until class ended—but then I noticed Jean-Luc had stopped speaking. The room had gone completely silent, save for an evil villain laugh that started soft and grew in volume. I looked up at the whiteboard. The projection screen had gone black. An 8-bit video game character with blinking red eyes filled the screen. Underneath it flashed the words LET’S START THE GAME.

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tonyab-300x200 Tonya Burrows wrote her first romance at age 13 and hasn't put down her pen since. Originally from a small town in Western New York, she suffers from a bad case of wanderlust and usually ends up moving someplace new every few years. As of now, she lives in the Pacific Northwest with The Boyfriend, a diva schnoodle, a plucky pug-mix, and #writercat. When she's not writing about hunky military heroes, Tonya can usually be found kayaking, hiking, or road tripping across the country. She also enjoys painting and B grade disaster movies.

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Review for Sweet On You by K.C. Enders

Release Tour for Sweet On You by K.C. Enders
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Everything is absolutely perfect for Layla Dupree thanks to her successful patisserie and Raleigh Jacobs isn’t happy with his temporary assignment in NYC. Find out what happens for these two neighbors when you mix together bubbly and grumbly. Readers will want to turn up the heat with this return to hometown romance from KC Enders. The 425 Madison series is back with season two and SWEET ON YOU is now live!
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Lyla Dupree
She’s a bubbly, sugary sweet pastry chef. Living her best life in the Big Apple. Luxury
apartment. Successful patisserie. Everything is great–better than great. It's absolutely perfect.

Raleigh Jacobs
He’s grumbly and growly–and so very out of his element–working on a temporary assignment
in NYC. He wants to do his job and get out. Back to the clean air in the mountains near Denver.

Throw them together.
Mix things up.
Turn up the heat and what you get is, quite simply, alarming.

After all, 425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love.

My Thoughts…
Raleigh Jacobs comes to NY with a huge chip on his shoulders.   He doesn’t want to be there, doesn’t like where his life has left him, and isn’t going to be happy with anything.   As he gets to the apartment, he is sub-leasing the smoke alarm in the apartment next door is going off and it just annoys him more, then he meets Lyla.   He is doesn’t want to make friends with anyone, but she just won’t give up.   She shows up with treats, dinner, and owns the coffee shop that is on his way to work each morning.   Of course, sparks fly between them.
The ties between Lyla and Raleigh are wonderful.   Both are from Colorado, both have histories of relationships that didn’t go so well, and both are attracted to each other.   I enjoyed seeing how Lyla would break down Raleigh’s tough and grumbly exterior to get to his heart.    When Raleigh’s son shows up for a visit the true Raleigh shines through and Lyla can’t help but fall for it.   Love isn’t easy but these two show that with trust, hard work, and an open heart it is worth fighting for.    

I love the 425 Madison series for so many reasons.   The stories feature real people who just happen to live in the same location.    Each book is it’s own story and is not contingent on the other books in the series.    The books in this series are quick and easy to read and I often find myself reading them in one sitting because I cannot put them down.  
I definitely recommend picking up Sweet on You and finding love at 425 Madison.

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The door next to me swings open, and a giant of lean muscle, scruffy cheeks, and deep
dark brown scowling eyes steps out into the hallway, startling me.
With a really unladylike gasp, I stumble backward until my back hits the doorjamb.
“Oh, I’m so sorry,” I squeak. “You scared me. Welcome. Kent emailed me that he’d
sublet his place for a couple of months, though he didn’t tell me anything about you.
Not that he needed to, I mean, it’s none of my business, really. I’m Lyla Dupree, it’s
lovely to meet you.” I thrust my hand out to shake, but he just stares, so I let it fall back
to my side.
I’m rambling, and I can’t seem to stop. It’s my thing when I’m nervous, but my
roommate Sasha tells me it comes off as bubbly and kind of sweet. From the look on
this guy’s face, though, I wonder if she’s just been blowing sunshine up my butt
because he looks pissed. And that just makes me even more nervous, so the bubbly
word vomit continues.
“You picked an amazing place to live while you’re here in the city. Where are you from?
Somewhere out west, maybe? I mean, not that I know. I already told you that, so it’s
just a guess, but with the flannel and the beanie…” Dear Jesus, now would be a perfect
time for me to shut up. “Anyway, I just finished testing a new recipe, I’m a chef. I don’t
know if Kent mentioned that when you talked about the sublet, but he should have. I
mean, I do pastries, and my roommate Sasha does more of the real food. Oh my God,
she makes the best mac and cheese, truly she’s amazing. Kent said it was a good
thing he had to leave for this temporary assignment in London. Something about
gaining weight if he lived next to us for too much longer. I don’t know, though, I think
something might have happened between him and Sasha, you know? They both kind
of started acting funny and then the next thing I know he’s taking a job in England for a
year. But, whatever. Do you like sweets? Cakes, cookies, pastries? Any food allergies I
should know about?”

And, cue uncomfortable silence. 

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About KC

Karin is a New York Girl living in a Midwest world. A connoisseur of great words, fine bourbon,
and strong coffee, she’s married to the love of her life and is mother to two grown men, she is
proud to say can cook and clean up after themselves, and always open doors for the ladies
(you’re welcome, world). 

And when life gets a little too calm, she tends to adopt big old rescue dogs: short on brains,
large on personality.

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Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in
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This season will feature some new authors as well as some of season one's favs. Back for season
two is Allie York, Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Aubree Valentine, Lauren Helms, and Katy Ames. Plus a
warm welcome to KC Enders, and Marcie Shumway! 

Not only do we have a sexy mix of new and returning authors, prepare for pages packed with new
romances, characters, and tropes all from the same well-loved high-rise apartment building in NYC. 

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