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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Crashing Tides by Casey Peeler

















































You can predict the tides but not the changes they make. Gunnison Del Valle was the current in the tide that was about to change my life.

Crash one we met.
Crash two we fell in love.
Crash three changed our perfectly planned lives forever.








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“C’mon GC!  Let’s go dance.”  I shake my head no.

As she begins to pout, I pull her into my lap as I take a seat on the bench.  “I think I’d rather just sit here with you.”  I place a strand of her blonde hair behind her ear causing her eyes to lock on mine.

“And what are we gonna do beside sit?” she says with a raised eyebrow.

“Talk.  Mar, I want to learn everything I can about you.”

Placing her arms around my neck, “Ask away,” she says.

“Favorite color?”

“Carolina Blue.  Yours?”

“Yellow.   Favorite movie?”

“The Notebook.  What’s you’re favorite type of music?” she asks.

“Country.”  Then she begins to giggle.  “What’s so funny?”

“You’re like a Yankee Cowboy aren’t ya?”  Stunned.  Never in my life has a girl called it like she sees it, and I love it.

“Yankee Cowboy, huh?”

“Yeah, I mean look at your country boy hat,” she says with a wink.  “I mean now all you need is a horse or two and you’re good.”  I can’t help but laugh.  She obviously doesn’t know what’s funny.  “Why you laughin’?”




























Casey Peeler grew up in North Carolina and still lives there with her husband and daughter.

Growing up Casey wasn't an avid reader or writer, but after reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston during her senior year of high school, and multiple Nicholas Sparks' novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.  That love ignited the passion for writing several years later, and her writing style combines real life scenarios with morals and values teenagers need in their daily lives.

When Casey isn't writing, you can find her near a body of water listening to country music with a cold beverage and a great book.

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If you love sweet, happy-ending romance then this book is for you. I’ll be honest, I’m not always in the mood for romance but these sweet southern reads are my favorite when I’m in the mood for romance. I’m a southern girl at heart and I can’t get enough of a sweet southern boy. When Marleigh and Gunnison meet their junior year of high school over spring break it’s like a crashing wave; instant and all consuming. At first it feels like a quick spring break fling but they quickly realize it will be something more. Their last night together they share a night of passion that will change their lives forever. Two months later when Marleigh arrives home she realizes that she is pregnant. After telling her family she decides to keep the baby but break things off with Gunnison and not tell him about the baby so he won’t have to give up his dream of playing basketball in college and possibly the NBA. Gunnison is heartbroken because he has no idea what made Marleigh break up with him. He decides to try to move on with his life and ends up getting a full basketball scholarship to play at Costal University where he and Marleigh had planned on going together. Gunnison is never able to fully get over Marleigh and when she comes crashing back into his life by arriving at Costal University all bets are off. Will Marleigh finally be honest with Gunnison about why she ran from a relationship with him? How will Gunnison react with he finds out about their baby? Will their love be enough to hold them together or will it go out like the tide? I love reading books by Casey Peeler. They have just enough twists to keep me guessing and cute, charming southern boys to keep me coming back for more. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Divine Desires

Divine Desire (The Lotus House Series)
by Audrey Carlan
Release Date: 27th December 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis
When veteran yoga instructor Mila Mercado was asked to attend a new class and report back to the studio, she had no idea that the over-confident, ruggedly sexy newbie Atlas Powers was going to teach more than just a very controversial and erotic form of yoga. 
New instructor Atlas Powers has two passions in life: his music career and steamy by-the-book Mila Mercado. He teaches yoga by day and works at his passion by night until the fiery woman walks into his class and gives the term desire a whole new dimension. 
In this wicked hot tale of love and lust, two struggling artists are trying to make their dreams come true. Only one thing gets in the way… until they stop fighting long enough to burn up the sheets and the yoga studio with a divine desire neither of them can avoid.
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Meet The Author
Audrey Carlan is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She writes wicked hot love stories that are designed to give the reader a romantic experience that’s sexy, sweet, and so hot your ereader might melt. Some of her works include the wildly successful Calendar Girl Serial, Falling Series, and the Trinity Trilogy.
She lives in the California Valley where she enjoys her two children and the love of her life. When she’s not writing, you can find her teaching yoga, sipping wine with her “soul sisters” or with her nose stuck in a wicked hot romance novel.

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This is the third novel in the Lotus House series by Audrey Carlan. The series centers around the Lotus House yoga studio and its yogis. I have not had the pleasure of reading the other books in this series but I could follow the story very well. I will go back and read the other books in the series and I would recommend doing that before you read this novel just so you can follow along with the other characters better. I have read the Calendar Girl series by Audrey Carlan and loved it so I had high expectations of this book and was not disappointed. Mila is a yoga instructor at the Lotus House but her true passion is art. She is a painter who is working full time at the Lotus House to support herself while she is working getting a showing for her paintings at a gallery. She is doing just fine on her own and has no time for relationships until she meets Atlas Powers. Atlas is a new yoga instructor at the Lotus House but his true passion is his music. He works full time at the Lotus House to support himself while he plays at dive bars until the time comes he will be discovered and get a record deal. He is very focused on his career and music and doesn’t have time for a commitment until he meets Mila. Mila and Atlas are the epitome of opposites attract and, even though they fight every time they are together, they can’t deny the chemistry that is between them. When Atlas agrees to pose nude for a painting for Mila the two can’t take it anymore. After a night of intense passion, they decide they can’t live without one another. Will these two career driven individuals can commit to each other even though their priority has always been their own dreams or will their passions for their crafts drive them apart? Find out in this steamy romance. I loved the story and the characters are very dynamic. The love scenes are so hot that I was afraid my kindle would melt! I also loved that each chapter started out with either a yoga pose or a charka description. My sister is a yoga instructor and this made me more intrigued to learn more about the yoga practices. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars!

Divine Desire by Audrey Carlan




Title: Divine Desire
Series: Lotus House #3
Author: Audrey Carlan
Publisher: Waterhouse Press
Genre: Erotic Romance
 Release Date: December 27, 2016



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When veteran yoga instructor Mila Mercado was asked to attend a new class and report back to the studio, she had no idea that the over-confident, ruggedly sexy newbie Atlas Powers was going to teach more than just a very controversial and erotic form of yoga.

New instructor Atlas Powers has two passions in life: his music career and steamy by-the-book Mila Mercado. He teaches yoga by day and works at his passion by night until the fiery woman walks into his class and gives the term desire a whole new dimension.

In this wicked hot tale of love and lust, two struggling artists are trying to make their dreams come true. Only one thing gets in the way until they stop fighting long enough to burn up the sheets and the yoga studio with a divine desire neither of them can avoid.







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Author Bio


Audrey Carlan is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She writes wicked hot love stories that are designed to give the reader a romantic experience that's sexy, sweet, and so hot your e-reader might melt. Some of her works include the wildly successful Calendar Girl Serial, Falling Series, and the Trinity Trilogy.

She lives in the California Valley where she enjoys her two children and the love of her life. When she's not writing, you can find her teaching yoga, sipping wine with her "soul sisters" or with her nose stuck in a wicked hot romance novel.



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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Meet Alex Reid



I was not really impressed with the story line in this book. It was lacking. The pretense of the story was good but I never felt like it went anywhere. Alex is a CEO billionaire and wants control in all aspects of his life. He seems to be constantly searching for something and bouncing from one woman to another (or in one instance in the book two women at one time) and doesn't really seem to care. I would have liked to see some resolution to this story because when I finished the book I found myself asking, "really, this is how it ends?"
I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars

Edge of Bliss by Molly E. Lee





This book really intrigued me from the beginning because I love natural disaster movies like Twister and Day After Tomorrow and I always love a good romance so this seemed like the perfect combination of the two. I wasn’t disappointed.
This book can be read as a stand-alone but it is part of a series. I usually won’t go back and read previous books in a series if I start with the end of it but I think I will make an exception this time. I was able to follow the story very well but was a little disappointed that I was hitting on the tail end of Dash and Blake’s story.
Blake and Dash are storm chasers. They are best friends and soul mates but with the new reality tv show they just signed up to star in might put their relationship to the test. On top of the demands of the chasing tornadoes in the first place they now must factor in the networks demands. This is their first trip together down tornado alley for the full season and Blake must come face to face with all the girls from Dash’s past. She knows that Dash loves her but after being in an abusive relationship with her ex for eight years and constantly hearing that she wasn’t good enough she begins to feel the same way with Dash when she begins to compare herself to all the other girls he has been with.
Will Dash be able to convince Blake that he is in this for the long haul? Will Blake be able to move past the hurt from her previous relationship to have a future with Dash? Will they be safe on the alley or will their distractions from everything else cause them to make dangerous mistakes?
Find out in this gripping romance.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. 

Better When it Hurts by Skye Warren



This is the first book that I’ve read by Skye Warren and it won’t be the last! I love a steamy romance every now and then but it must have a great story line in it to keep me hooked and this book delivers on that.
Hannah, also known as Lola at the strip club, is an ex-foster kid with a sketchy past that she can’t seem to get over. Her father landed himself in jail when she was young and her mother never got over it and eventually killed herself from grief which landed Hannah in the foster care circuit. Hannah learned early on to protect herself by finding the toughest guy and sleeping with him to get protection from him. She can shut her emotions down until she meets Blue at one of her foster homes. The two have an instant connection but Hannah doesn’t feel worthy of anything beyond the physical with men so she lies and has Blue sent away.
Five years later Blue is back and working as the head of security at the strip club where Hannah works. He corners her one night after work and tells her that she owes him for what she did to have him sent away and he is ready to collect. Resigned to the fact that Blue won’t let this go, Hannah goes to his place on her day off to settle the score. Blue isn’t gentle and is also not satisfied with one night. Hannah, even though this wasn’t what she imagined it would be like with him, finds herself wanting more as well.
Will Blue and Hannah be able to let go of the past and find a way to move on together? Will Hannah see herself as worth of the possibility of being loved? Will Blue be able to convince her he already loves her no matter what?

Find out in this steamy, suspenseful romance. I give this book 4 out of five stars.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Farewell, My Loves


Let me just start out by saying you are going to need a big box of tissues with this book! I’m not a crier but I cried at the ending of this story. And when you factor in that this is based on a true story it makes it that much sadder. The story starts out in a small town in Italy where Gio and Gia’s families have been friends for centuries so when Gia is born Gio is immediately fascinated with this beautiful baby girl and the families begin thinking how wonderful it would be if they grew up to get married. The two children weren’t exactly pushed together but it wasn’t frowned upon either when they wanted to spend every waking moment together. Gio tells everyone that one day he will marry Gia and Gia thinks that Gio hung the moon. Gio’s father goes to prison when Gio is very young because of some sly business dealings and when he is let out he decides to move his family to New York to start over. Gio and Gia are devastated but Gio vows that he will do everything he can to get back to Gia as soon as he can. Years pass before the two see each other again but Gia remains faithful to the promise she made to Gio to wait for him. Gio finally returns and marries Gia and takes her back to New York with him. He has become very wealthy and can give her everything she ever wanted. Being young and na├»ve she doesn’t question where the money comes from until one night she walks in on Gio beating up a man who owes him money. She realizes then that Gio and his family are part of the Italian Mafia in New York. She begins to resent Gio and while he still treats her well he becomes very controlling towards her. Gia begins to become more and more withdrawn until she meets a girl her own age at her English classes at the library. The two become instant friends and just when Gia thinks everything will be okay she meets her friend’s brother Michael. Gia has always known she loved Gio but she has never felt anything like the attraction she feels for Michael. It is truly love at first sight and Michael begins to feel the same. Will Gia be abel to remain true to Gio now that she knows what he truly is? Will she be able to stay away from Michael even though it seems that fate has brought them together? Will Gio put the mafia before his family with Gia? This is such a tragic story of love and loss it will stick with you long after you finish the book. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.


Saturday, December 17, 2016

Melt by Helen Hardt



Wow! With each installment of the Steel Brothers Saga the mystery gets deeper and the scenes get hotter and this latest installment doesn’t disappoint on either.
In “Melt” we learn more about Jonah Steel, the oldest of the Steel brothers. While Talon was the one who was kidnapped and abused as a child Jonah, as the older brother, still feels responsible to this day. He was charged with watching out for his siblings and he feels that he failed in the worst way possible. He can’t seem to get over the guilt or the sense of responsibility he feels for his siblings even though they are now all grown adults. On Talon’s suggestion he goes to visit Talon’s therapist Melanie Carmichael. Jonah and Melanie are instantly drawn to each other and, though they know its wrong, they find themselves spending a passionate afternoon together instead of Jonah having therapy. Melanie tells Jonah that she can no longer be his therapist and thinks that will effectively end their relationship but Jonah will hear none of it. He wants Melanie and will do anything to make her his but she is fighting demons of her own.
While things are heating up between Melanie and Jonah, the Steel brothers are beginning to find more clues as to who the other two of Talon’s abductors were and one might be closer than they thought. Melanie’s past is also coming back to haunt her and will soon put her in danger?
Will Talon ever find out who the other two men who kidnapped him are? Will Jonah be able to let go of the guilt he harbors enough to have a future with the woman he is falling in love with? Will Melanie be able to finally let go of her past or will she finally pay for what she has done? Find out the answers to all these questions and more in a story so hot it might just melt your ereader!

I give this book 5 stars. 

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Ever Over After by J.A. DeRouen

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Ever Over After (The Over Duet #2)

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Release Date: January 9, 2017

 
Synopsis
Marlo … wild-eyed, untamed, and every single thing I’ve ever wanted from this life. I wasn’t ready for her back then. I was a stupid boy with adult feelings and no idea what to do with them. I squandered away every chance she gave me. Yes, love like ours either burns white hot or crumbles under the pressure. And now I’m back to sift through the rubble. Questions and excuses are two things I have in spades. What I need now are answers. Answers and Low. Always Low. My name is Ever Montgomery, and this is my story of love resurrected.  
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Her Jeep is in the driveway. A soft top, fire engine red, Jeep Wrangler. Blood red is more like it. We’re talking about Marlo, after all. How fitting. One hundred, no, a thousand, vehicles lined up in a row, and that’s exactly what I’d pick for her. Lots has changed, but some things stand the test of time. Low … my Low, is on the other side of that door, curled up in bed, her usual sass kept in check by sweet, sweet dreams. I imagine what it would be like to come home to her. Her eyes closed, lashes like butterfly wings resting on her flushed cheeks—an uninhibited smile playing on her naked lips. She’s got nothing on but a white tank top and panties … the elastic edging of the black silk denting deliciously into her flesh. She’s curled in the fetal position, that fabulous ass rounded and waiting for me to palm it, hard nipples pushing into stretched, white cotton. Damn. Damn. I shift in my seat, pushing my palm into my lap, mentally chanting to myself to calm the hell down. Nothing like an active imagination and an ill-timed boner to make me really feel like a stalker. I swipe the card off the dashboard, my rebuttal to Marlo’s note of warning, and fold out of the car. I look both ways as I cross the street, not for cars, but for nosy neighbors who may call the cops or wrestle the possible robber to the ground. Part of me wishes something would happen. I hope Marlo has people who look out for her. A bigger part of me wishes she’d hear me coming and meet me on the porch for an epic showdown … in the previously mentioned tank and panties, if I had my way. The need to see her, to run my eyes over every piece of her and remind myself she’s more than a memory, is staggering. There were times when I wasn’t sure. She feels like a lifetime ago … another time … when I was a different person. That’s partly true. Back then, even in the deep haze of it all, I could feel my love for Low trying to claw its way out, begging to break free. But the cancer growing inside me, that extreme sense of loss, strangled everything else. In the end, I let the fog envelop me and opted for numb. God, I was an idiot. I’ll never make that mistake again. Never. I wedge my note into the seam of the door and place a palm to the paned glass. I clench my eyes shut and rest my forehead on the door, only for a moment. As much as I want to curl my fingers into a fist and knock, it has to be her. I need her to come to me. And when she does, I’ll be ready.     eoa-teaser-chance    
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J.A. DeRouen lives in South Louisiana with her husband, son (aptly named "The Professor), and her furry friend, Scout. She holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and nursing.

When she's not writing or inhaling romance novels by the stack, she works as a women's health nurse. She's been an avid reader and daydreamer since childhood, and she's never stopped turning the page to get to the next happily ever after.

 
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Italian

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Release Date: December 27, 2016
 
Synopsis
No ties. No expectations. No risks. Antonio Giovanni, a fifth-generation winemaker in the rolling hills of Tuscany, is the epitome of temptation. Tall, dark, and handsome with an accent sexy enough to leave a trail of women’s panties in his wake. The man wears charisma like a fine silk suit…flawless and molded to perfection in all the right places, leaving just enough mystery to make you wonder what lies beneath the faultless exterior. Hope Tidwell, a world-renowned sommelier, is a strong independent woman who fights to have control over every aspect of her life. She makes her own money, her own decisions, her own happiness, and her own mistakes. Her existence doesn’t need to be validated by a man; she refuses to ask for anything except an orgasm, and even those she can manage on her own. Relationships for most people are as natural as breathing. However, Hope and Antonio are two players who master the art of seduction and the fear of emotional intimacy. When tragedy strikes close to her heart, Hope is fated to do the one thing that terrifies her most. Destiny reveals the biggest gifts often require the greatest sacrifices.  
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Beverly Preston is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotionally rich and sinfully sexy stories about the ultimate alpha good guy; the kind of man you want to drag you to bed and put a ring on your finger. She also has a passion for strong, humorous, female characters and stories ingrained in a solid sense of family and loyalty. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, four kids, and two golden retrievers. If she’s not spinning richly emotional stories, you’ll find her on her spin bike. Laugh, cry, and fall in love with The Mathews Family one Happily Ever After at a time.
   
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Farewell, my Loves

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Release Date: December 12, 2016

 
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Inspired by a true story. Love. Passion. Obsession. There was no way to distinguish one from the other in my life. Nothing in this world could destroy a bond as fierce as ours. Or so I believed… Because life interfered. Impulsive decisions, reaped unyielding consequences. Fate had a way of making you question your sanity. Loyalties were blurred. Priorities, poisoned. And destiny… destiny dispelled all our beliefs. In the end love was just too consuming. Tragic even. Without a doubt, love... crossed many unfathomable lines.
 
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There's nothing Jen loves more than the 'beauty of doing nothing', though you'll find her devouring a book in bliss if she’s not lost in her world of writing. She's a Miami girl to the fullest with an accent that makes her sound like a native Spanish speaker, but in actuality she can only defend herself in the language at best. This Colombian- Italian descendant loves her pasta, espresso, wine and empanadas, and there isn't a dessert she can say no to. Her stories have pieces of her edgy heart woven secretly between the pages and at the core of most of them is the essence of a true story. Inspiration comes to her mostly through melancholy music and morbid family sagas, but random occurrences like a good night's sleep can do wonders for her imagination.
 
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