Monday, January 21, 2019

Review: Playing for Keeps (Heartbreaker Bay #7) by Jill Shalvis

Playing for Keeps
Heartbreaker Bay – Book 7
By: Jill Shalvis
Avon Books – Jan 22nd, 2019
If you’re planning on falling in love…

When it comes to the confident, charismatic Caleb Parker, Sadie Lane feels the spark—the kind that comes from rubbing each other the wrong way. She’s a tattoo artist, he’s a straight-laced mogul. But after they accidentally co-rescue an abandoned dog from a storm, Sadie sees a vulnerable side to the seemingly invincible hottie.

you’d better be sure…

Caleb doesn’t do emotions. Growing up the underdog, he’s learned the hard way to build up an impenetrable wall. Perfect for business. Disastrous for relationships. He’s never worried about it before—not until he finally gets behind Sadie’s armor and begins to fall.

… someone is there to catch you. 

Both guarded and vulnerable, Sadie and Caleb are complete opposites. Or are they? Shocked at their undeniable connection, can they ever admit to wanting more? That all depends on what they’re each willing to risk.


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Playing for keeps is the 7th novel in the Heartbreaker Bay series. I can't believe this is book 7. The series is
still fresh and I don't see it slowing down! I liked the book a lot, but Sadie tired me. She kept pushing and
pushing Caleb away and when she wasn't doing that she was running away from him. I don't feel like she
treated him fairly and he was swoon-worthy. I don't know if you will fall for Sadie, but I know that you
will fall for him at least. The story was good and my favorite character was Lollipop or as Caleb calls her
Poops a lot. I love it when we have animals in the stories and Jill Shalvis seems to have a thing for them
too and it works for me. The story flew nicely and easy and I had no trouble reading it. The pace was
good and the characters had some development. I wish Sadie's character had a little more growth, but I
could live with what we got. Caleb's sisters were great secondary characters and if they have a story I
would love to read it. I hated Sadie's mother and I really couldn't understand her. She was almost
emotionally abusive to her and I wish she had changed her behavior by the time the book ended. Caleb
and Lollipop will win you over, have no doubt. Caleb is one of the best heroes I had the chance to read
about so far and Lollipop is a very cute dog with a sad story. The MC's from the previous books also
appear and that made the overall experience even better.

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Author Info
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Shalvis writes warm, funny, sexy contemporary
romances and women’s fiction. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she’s also a two-time RITA winner
and has more than 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide.
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Cover Reveal: Harbor by Bethany-Kris


by Bethany-Kris Renzo + Lucia, #2 Publication Date: February 4, 2019 Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

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Lucia Marcello is the good girl—or she used to be. The youngest mafia principessa of her family, she's not the one who falls for the man from the wrong side of the tracks, and she certainly shouldn't have run across the country with him.
She'll leave everything behind for him …
Renzo Zulla is the bad guy—society and life labeled him that way. The only person left to take care of his siblings, he couldn't afford the distraction of falling in love with a rich girl far beyond his league, and he definitely shouldn't have her riding shotgun as he runs for his life.
He doesn't want her anywhere else …
Love keeps them together.  Fear keeps them running.  Chaos follows them everywhere they go.
How long can they keep moving before someone finally catches up?
The cost of love is always high.  Never harbor it blindly.
Note: Harbor is book two in a three-book trilogy following the same couple.



The world was prettiest when it was dark. Shrouded in silence, all distractions sleeping for the moment, a person could finally reflect on everything. Their life, and what had become of it. Their choices, and why they made them.
A person could think about anything when it was dark.
Yet, the only thing Lucia Marcello could think about as she watched the dark highway climb ahead of their vehicle was how long they had been driving. She blinked one too many times, pretty sure that the last time she had stared at the highway, there had been a lot fewer trees and more sunlight. The highway had been far more congested, too.
She peered at the clock on the dash, taking in the time before counting back the hours.
“Twenty,” she murmured.
In the driver’s seat, Renzo passed her a look. Despite her confusion, she hadn’t for one second forgot that he was next to her driving like he had been for the last several hours—almost an entire day of driving, now. It was impossible for her to just forget this man was near. Her whole body felt it, like he lit her on fire in the best way possible. All of her little hairs stood on end, and her nerves snapped. Even sitting beside her, he wasn’t nearly close enough.
Or, that’s how she felt.
Strange how that worked …
His brow quirked up, a silent question without him saying anything to her out loud. He wouldn’t want to wake his sleeping brother in the back seat, after all. He’d even turned down the music when it seemed to be making Diego toss and turn more than usual. Always his first concern, Diego took importance.
Lucia didn’t mind.
“What are you mumbling about over there?”
Had she been mumbling?
“We’ve been driving for twenty hours,” she told him quietly.
Renzo nodded, and his grip on the SUV’s steering wheel tightened. “Yeah, I know.”
If he’d been keeping track, too, he hadn’t said anything to Lucia about it. Then again, they had just taken off … they were basically on the run in a stolen vehicle after burning another stolen vehicle. She didn’t blame him for being distracted, and focusing on the things he needed his attention to be on.
How many hours they had been driving probably wasn’t even a blip on his radar. But it was on hers, now. The more she watched Renzo from the side, the easier it was for her to see what he was trying to suppress. His gaze dropped every so often, darting to the clock before going back to the road. His eyes were dimmed with tiredness even if it was hard to see in the low lighting of the vehicle. He kept that tight grip on the steering wheel no matter what, though, but Lucia was wondering how much effort that was taking him to do exactly that.
“Hmm, what, baby?”
She smiled.
He’d said it so absently, like she wasn’t far from his mind now, but he was still worrying about other things. He needed to sleep. They needed to stop and rest, or she needed to drive. Either one would be fine for Lucia as long as it meant Renzo was going to relax for a couple of hours, and close his eyes.
“I can drive,” she said.
“I know you can drive.”
“So let me do that for a while. Pull over, let me drive.”
His gaze drifted to her again, and the edges of his lips quirked up in a smile. “I’m good.”
“Lucia, I don’t even know where I’m going. How are you going to know, huh?”
He did have a good point even if she didn’t want to admit it. What good would it do them if she ended up getting lost while he was sleeping?
“Still haven’t figured that out, then?” she asked.
“Where we’re going?”


Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.
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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Blog tour: Dragon Claimed: A Dark Kings Novella (Dark Kings #14.5) by Donna Grant

We are beyond excited to be celebrating the release of Donna Grant's DRAGON CLAIMED with you today! DRAGON CLAIMED is part of the Dark Kings series and 1001 Dark Nights. You can purchase your copy now and read an excerpt from the book below.


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New York Times bestselling author Donna Grant brings you another sizzling Dark Kings novella. Born to rule the skies as a Dragon King with power and magic, Cináed hides his true identity in the mountains of Scotland with the rest of his brethren. But there is no respite for them as they protect the planet and the human occupants from threats. However, a new, more dangerous enemy has targeted the Kings. One that will stop at nothing until dragons are gone forever. But Cináed discovers a woman from a powerful, ancient Druid bloodline who might have a connection to this new foe. Solitude is sanctuary for Gemma. Her young life was upended one stormy night when her family disappears, leaving her utterly alone. She learned to depend solely on herself from then on. But no matter where she goes she feels…lost. As if she missed the path she was supposed to take. Everything changes when she backs into the most dangerously seductive man she’s ever laid eyes. Gemma surrenders to the all-consuming attraction and the wild, impossible love that could destroy them both – and finds her path amid magic and dragons. **Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**
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Rating: 4.5 stars

Dragon claimed is a complete stand-alone novella in the Dark Kings series. It might be book 14.5 in the series, but new readers can be like Gemma and slowly get into the world since everything is pretty much explained. I am always gonna be happy with these novellas and the series as a whole if I want to be honest. You can read this novella even if you haven't read a single book in the series, but you might get hooked and you have been warned. To be completely honest, I was expecting a little bit more bonding between Cináed and Gemma. Their relationship is a little rushed, but that is to be expected considering the length of this book. Other than that, the story was never interesting and I would recommend the book. 


She glanced in the direction that her dog had run. She hated storms. Her parents and Kyle knew that. Why hadn’t they helped her? Anger seethed within her. They hadn’t helped because they wanted to leave Daisy behind.
Well, Daisy was hers, and if she had to leave her friends and her home, she wasn’t leaving her dog.
She ignored both her parents, who were now shouting her name as she raced after Daisy. If she had to carry the forty-pound dog to the boat, then that’s what she’d do. Just as soon as she found Daisy.
Another flash of lightning bathed the land in light, giving her just a glimpse of the dog as she headed toward the house. Gemma ran as fast as her seven-year-old legs would carry her. She reached the house and Daisy.
“Hey, girl,” she said to the terrified dog. “It’s going to be all right.”
It took her four tries before she was able to lift the dog. She shook badly, but at least she wasn’t trying to get free. Gemma knew her parents were going to be furious with her. She didn’t know why they were sneaking away in the middle of the night in a storm, but the fear in her father’s voice and her mother’s face let her know that the questions would have to wait.
In less than two hours, they had packed up all they could and put it on the boat her father owned. She’d asked where they were headed, but her parents hadn’t answered and her brother had shot her an irritated look.
Once she got on the boat with Daisy, she hoped someone would tell her something. She hated not knowing what was going on. Kyle didn’t care. He always said that their parents would tell them when they needed to know.
Gemma stumbled and fell to her knees. She pitched forward so that she had to release Daisy in order to catch herself, but she managed to keep a tight hold of the leash and pull the dog back to her. Daisy seemed to like being held, so she didn’t put up a fight.
“I’m coming!” Gemma shouted, hoping her family could hear her.
She couldn’t see the dock through the driving rain and dark. Which was odd. There was supposed to be a light on the dock. She knew the way to the water, so she hadn’t gone the wrong way. But...why wasn’t the light on?



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Donna Grant has been praised for her "totally addictive" and "unique and sensual" stories. Her latest acclaimed series, Dark Kings, features a thrilling combination of dragons, Fae, and immortal Highlanders who are dark, dangerous, and irresistible. She lives with her two children and an assortment of animals in Texas. Website / Facebook / Instagram / Goodreads

Friday, January 18, 2019

Review: Hook (Men of Inked: Southside #3) by Chelle Bliss

Hook (Men of Inked: Southside 3)  by USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss
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Hook is the third book in the Men of Inked: Southside series and features Angelo Gallo. 

Falling in love is supposed to be the easy part. 
But nothing prepared me for losing my wife. I promised her that I’d love again. Find someone to mend my broken heart. And that seems impossible, until the day that I walk into Tilly Carter’s cupcake shop. 
I’ve never met a woman like her—sassy, dirty-mouthed, and smells like vanilla and sin. Someone that makes me want to sweep her off her feet. 
But there’s pain in her emerald eyes that mirrors mine. 
A past that neither of us can truly escape.
Now that I have her, I’ll do anything to keep her.
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Hook is a book where both MCs have lost their spouse and how they found love again. What I didn't really like about this plot is that I got the impression that Angelo and Tilly were each other's second best choice. The author did a great job at not making Mitchell and Marissa the bad people or lessening the love Angelo and Tilly had for them, but in a way it made it seem like Mitchell was Tilly's soul mate and Marissa Angelo's. It felt a lot like two people who settled for each other.

Another issue I had was Michelle. The second(?) chapter was pretty much about her and the fact that she was leaving town and it was supposed to affect Angelo. According to him, he was just fooling around with her and they didn't sleep together. Am I supposed to believe that? Because in the second chapter it seemed like they were sleeping together and the story could have been about them. My issue when it came to her was her appearance in this book and the fact that she had a very close relationship with Angelo's family. It felt weird having them hook-up.

Angelo's kids were cute, but we mostly saw his daughter. His son is mostly mentioned. I found that very weird and it was a turn off for me. The book could have been better (always in my opinion) if the author hadn't decided to focus so much on the dead people. Tilly lost her husband many years ago, but she made me feel like that happened yesterday and he is mentioned a lot. I felt like that took something from the story and it wasn't good.

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Meet the Author
USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She's a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She's written over ten books and has two series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.
Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master's degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor's in History. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can't imagine doing anything else.