Thursday, June 10, 2021

Review for The Wicked Aftermath by Melissa Foster... and a Giveaway

 


THE WICKED AFTERMATH is an emotionally gripping story of love, loss, and hope, with a rich and entrancing happily ever after. Set on the sandy shores of Cape Cod, the Wickeds feature fiercely protective heroes, strong heroines, and unbreakable family bonds. If you think bikers are all the same, you haven't met the Dark Knights. The Dark Knights are a motorcycle club, not a gang. Their members stick together like family and will stop at nothing to keep their communities safe. Some of the Wickeds’ love stories will be hilariously fun and deeply emotional, others will tear at your heartstrings and include injections of humor, but they will all leave you wishing you could climb between the pages and join them. All Wicked novels may be enjoyed as standalone romances. 

When the person you blame for your grief is the only one who can save you from the pain... 

Tank Wicked lost his sister and has since vowed to save everyone else in his path. He lives by the creed of the Dark Knights motorcycle club, sworn to protect and respect his community. He selflessly saves lives as a volunteer firefighter and treats the men and women who work for him at his tattoo shop like family. But life isn’t a balance scale where good deeds negate bad things to come, and one foggy night life guts Tank once again. When a car careens over the side of a bridge and into a river, Tank springs into action, plunging into the water to rescue the passengers. Four people go into the river, but only three come out alive. 

Leah Yates is just trying to make it through each day. When the man she blames for her grief becomes the only one who can pull her from the depths of despair, she discovers that even hope comes at a price. Maybe this time she won't have to face it alone.
 
**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**


MORE WICKED LOVE STORIES COMING SOON!
A Little Bit Wicked
Crazy, Wicked Love (releasing 23rd March 2022)
Wicked Lucky
Wicked Temptations

My Thoughts… This book will rip your heart out in chapter two and the slowly put it back together with a 2 step forward 1 step back setup.   There is death, friendship, family, and love along with a couple triggers that some people may not like to read about.  I never thought about stopping reading since I knew that Melissa Foster would not leave me hurting, she would put it all together and make it be okay. 

The Wicked Aftermath is part of the Wicked:  Dark Knights series and I knew that Tank had a history that would tear most men apart.   Luckily, Tank is not just any man.   He is a man with strength, a heart, and honor.   When Leah is trying to keep her life together, he steps in, going above and beyond to help her find her way.   Tank can be scary and intimidating but his teddy bear side shined through with Leah and her girls. 

I am so thrilled with this entire book.   I loved that it was not all romance and mushy.   It was tough, it was hard, but it was true love, soul mates, together forever.  The Wicked Family never breaks a promise and Tank is pure proof of this statement.    

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Also available in The Wickeds: Dark Knights at Bayside series
A Little Bit Wicked
A captivatingly funny and deeply emotional new standalone romance by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster. When the Dark Knights at Bayside and the cast of Bayside Summers collide, sparks fly, and trouble—or maybe love—is not far behind.

What do a cocky biker and a businesswoman who has sworn off dating bad boys have in common? According to Chloe Mallery, not much.

Justin came into the Wicked family after a harsh upbringing by a thieving father. He’s gone through a lot to become a true Wicked, and he’s made them proud. Now he’s ready to show the woman he loves exactly what type of man he is. But Chloe Mallery has worked hard to move past her difficult upbringing, and she’s wary of getting involved with a man who looks like he’s walked right out of it. When tragedy strikes, will their trying pasts draw them together, or will Justin’s protective nature be too much for Chloe’s independent heart to accept?

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Crazy, Wicked Love
Scorching heat, laugh-out-loud humor, and swoon-worthy moments abound in this sexy new standalone romance. No cheating. No cliffhangers. Guaranteed to melt panties and leave readers hopelessly in love with the sinfully delicious Wickeds. 

Can you handle DWAYNE WICKED? 
He’s the ultimate player. She wants him to teach her the game in hopes of scoring his cousin. Practices heat up as roommates become teammates and rules are broken. Let the wicked fun begin… 

No cheating. No cliffhangers. Guaranteed to melt panties and leave readers hopelessly in love with the sinfully delicious Wickeds.

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MEET THE WHISKEYS (cousins of the Wickeds)! Available for your binge-reading pleasure!
And don't miss RIVER OF LOVE, the first story in which the Whiskeys were introduced!

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Melissa Foster is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance and women’s fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa’s emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented, the perfect beach reads for contemporary romance and women’s fiction lovers who enjoy reading about loyal, wealthy heroes and smart, sassy heroines with complex relatable issues.

Melissa also writes sweet romance under the pen name Addison Cole.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Review for Pack Up the Moon by Kristan Higgins

 

Pack Up the Moon by  Kristan Higgins 

Kindle Edition, 480 pages

Publication: June 8th 2021 by Berkley

Genre:  Womens Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary, Adult Fiction

 


Every month, a letter. That's what Lauren decides to leave her husband when she finds out she's dying. Each month, she gives Josh a letter containing a task to help him face this first year without her, leading him on a heartrending, beautiful, often humorous journey to find happiness again in this new novel from the New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins.


Joshua and Lauren are the perfect couple. Newly married, they're wildly in love, each on a successful and rewarding career path. Then Lauren is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

As Lauren's disease progresses, Joshua struggles to make the most of the time he has left with his wife and to come to terms with his future--a future without the only woman he's ever loved. He's so consumed with finding a way to avoid the inevitable ending that he never imagines his life after Lauren.

But Lauren has a plan to keep her husband moving forward. A plan hidden in the letters she leaves him. In those letters, one for every month in the year after her death, Lauren leads Joshua on a journey through pain, anger, and denial. It's a journey that will take Joshua from his attempt at a dinner party for family and friends to getting rid of their bed...from a visit with a psychic medium to a kiss with a woman who isn't Lauren. As his grief makes room for laughter and new relationships, Joshua learns Lauren's most valuable lesson: The path to happiness doesn't follow a straight line.

Sometimes heartbreaking, often funny, and always uplifting, this novel from New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins illuminates how life's greatest joys are often hiding in plain sight. 

My Thoughts…Pack Up the Moon is such a sad story.   A romance that flourishes, grows, and then before it has a chance to have a long life there is a horrible twist.   One of the persons learns that they are not going to live a long life, they are going to die well before their time, and they will leave behind the person who has made their heartbeat, their soul shine, and their entire life better. 

Lauren is the person who has found out she is going to die.   Her illness cannot be cured.   I enjoyed seeing how she found the silver lining, she decides that she will live each day to the fullest, find the happiness in each minute, and spend as much time as possible with her husband.  The way that she guided her husband, Joshua, through the first year after her death was heartwarming and heart breaking.  With each part of Joshua’s journey after losing Lauren I could feel the love that she had for him and the hope that she had that he would find a way to be happy again and hopefully find love again.  

Kristan Higgins wrote a book that I felt was different from her other books that I have read but I really liked it.   I liked how many feelings were shared, how real the characters were, and how much family and friendship mean to Lauren.   Pick up your own copy of this book and open your heart to a heartbreaking, heartwarming, sad and happy story. 

**Thank you Danielle Keir at Berkley for a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. 

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Meet Kristan Higgins… Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 19 novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages and sold millions of copies worldwide. Her books have received dozens of awards and accolades, including starred reviews from Kirkus, The New York Journal of Books, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal , People and Booklist. Her books regularly appear on the lists for best novels of the year. Kristan is also a cohost of the Crappy Friends podcast, which discusses the often complex dynamics of female friendships, with her friend and fellow writer, Joss Dey.

 

The proud descendant of a butcher and a laundress, Kristan lives in Connecticut with her heroic firefighter husband. They own several badly behaved pets and are often visited by their entertaining and long-lashed children.

 

 

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Cover Reveal for The Sweet Spot by Gwen Parks...and a Giveaway

 

Title: The Sweet Spot
Series: Sometimes Love Book #1
Author: Gwen Parks
Genre: Contemporary/Small Town Romance
Release Date: June 24, 2021
Cover Design: Sarah Kil Creative Studio



Michael

I’ve always known what I wanted in life, and never shied from an opportunity, especially with my art. Nothing can stop me.
When Morgan comes along, the shy girl with the most expressive eyes, I’m certain she’s it for me. I know she has doubts about us, but I’m going to do whatever it takes to show her I’m all in.
When Morgan lets her insecurities get the best of her, she gives up on us, saying it’s not forever. I’m left with no choice but to let her work through her feelings. I just hope she comes back to me; I couldn’t stand to lose her forever.

Morgan

I’ve always had doubts. About everything, but mostly myself.
Growing up, I was never the girl boys fought over. I'm not ugly, but I'm no showstopper. So, when I catch my boyfriend cheating on me, my self-esteem takes a nose dive and reinforces what I've been thinking on the inside—there’s nothing special about me.
When Michael takes an interest in me—with the help of his beautiful dog—I'm wary. My ego is bruised, and I’m not ready to fully trust. He goes out of his way to prove what’s between us is real, but I can’t get past the hurdles in our way.
What if all I do is bring him down?
So, I do the only thing I know how, I run. I can only hope it’s not too late for us when I figure things out.



 




Gwen Parks is a literary aficionado. She went from writing poems and songs to taking the jump to novels. She loves writing common tropes with a different angle. The Sometimes Love is her pride and joy and what led her to break out into becoming an independent author. Inspired by her favorite authors, her work can be described as unique and engaging. She loves to say she is a reader first and a writer second.

She lives in Maryland at the moment, with the dream of moving to Georgia one day. In her downtime when she's not immersed in a book or writing her next venture, she can be found playing with her three dogs that brings light into her life. She graduated from college and loves the turn of events to where it has brought her today. She is currently happy having her pick of book boyfriends for the time being and mending her book hangovers.



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Review for Love for Beginners by Jill Shalvis 

 Love for Beginners by  Jill Shalvis  

Paperback, 384 pages 

Publication: June 8th 2021 by William Morrow Paperbacks 

Genre:  Romance, Chick Lit, Women’s Fiction 

 
 


New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis continues her Wildstone series with the moving story of a young woman who has to start her life—and her love life—over again. 
 
When Emma Harris wakes up from a coma, she learns that her fiancĂ© and her BFF have fallen in love, she’s lost her job, and the life she knew is gone. Overwhelmed but grateful to be alive, she decides to start over from scratch. Not as easy as it sounds, of course. But she’s never been a quitter, even if she wishes she could quit rehab, where her hot but evil physical therapist, Simon, puts her through the wringer. 
 
Desperate for a new start, Emma opens a doggy day care. Unfortunately, the only space she can afford is owned by her childhood nemesis Ali Pratt. But hey, she’s been through worse, right? She tries to roll with the punches, but a friend drops his grandpa off at the doggy day care because he can’t find senior care. On top of that, she and Ali bring the term “frenemies” to a whole new level. And then another grandparent shows up. And another. 
 
In the midst of all that, Emma realizes she’s accidentally fallen for her Evil PT. But the most horrifying thing of all is that Ali just might have turned into the best friend she’s ever had. And as Emma grows from the pain of her past and takes on her new path, she comes to learn that life isn’t what you’re given, it’s what you make of it.  



My Thoughts… Jill Shalvis is an author that always pulls me into her stories and lets me become friends with the characters.   In Love for Beginners, I am taken into a world that seemed real to me, the characters all had issues and were not perfect, but their issues were realistic.   The idea of high school enemies coming together to both find what they were missing in their respective lives is not a new concept, but it is a fun one to read.   

Emma Harris is strong, maybe not physically but she woke from a coma to a life that was entirely different than before.   Her best friend is now her ex.   Her boyfriend is now her ex.   She cannot live in the same apartment.   With all of that against her, she realizes that her physical therapist makes her tingle in places she has not tingled in a long time.  I love seeing Simon, the PT, care for her, push her to be stronger, and not let her settle into a partial life.   Simon has a whole lot of baggage also, but he also realizes that he is missing something or someone and that someone is Emma.   


The frenemies part of Ali and Emma is fun, quirky, and typical high school drama.   The fact that the two of them held the grudge into adult hood is funny to me.   High school is over and done, get past it, move on, and live your life.   Simon is the tie between the two of them and I like that he does not push them to get along and does not really get involved in their drama.   He loves them both. 


**Thank you to Ann-Marie at GetRedPr for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review. 

 

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Meet Jill Shalvis... Multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is … mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning heartwarming and full of humor novels wherever books are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. Her most recent book, THE SUMMER DEAL, was published in June and her next book, MISTLETOE IN PARADISE, comes out in December. 
 
Look for Jill's THE SUMMER DEAL and get all her bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold. Visit http://www.jillshalvis.com for a complete book list and fun blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures. 
 
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