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Review: The Real by Kate Stewart

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Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Wordsmith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
“Cameron,” I said, unable to put into words what I was feeling. Instead, I buried my head in his shoulder. “Where in the hell have you been?”“Anywhere but where I needed to be,” he whispered softly.
Kate Stewart made me fall in love with her storytelling when I read Drive last year, my first from her. Her latest standalone, however, both floored me and had my heart soaring to the highest of heavens. The Real is very much the real deal and it already has a cushy spot on my year-end list of top favorites. From the unforgettable meet-cute to the unique direction the rest of the story took and from the wondrous main characters to a host of memorable supporting characters, this novel was every bit of contemporary romance perfection that I did not even realize I desperately needed. The fact that it also had lighthearted wit and humor sublimely interspersed with a dose of heartrending angst sim…

Review: Tequila Burn by Melissa Toppen (Tequila #2)

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Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
After the cliffhanger ending in Tequila Haze--and a two-week wait--bestselling author Melissa Toppen has released Tequila Burn, the conclusion to her Tequila duet. Now, I can't really gripe about the wait since I already had an advanced copy of this second book, but what I will say is that the story is so good that it should be worth the short (enough) waiting period between book releases. Having said this, I'm going to reiterate that these novels need to be read in order: Tequila Haze first and Tequila Burn after. This will give new readers a better idea as to everything that came into play with Hudson Demasi (aka Hudson James) and Lennon Claire's complicated but sweet romance.

When Lennon learns the one thing that Hudson's been keeping from her, she's at a loss. How could they possibly move forward from such a revelation? Hudson knows he should have said somet…

Release Blitz: Shades by Jaime Reese

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Shades by Jaime Reese Date Released: May 24, 2018
About Shades Life made him dangerous. Love made him lethal.
Killian Marks is a third-generation hitman. After hunting monsters for over twenty years, he lives under no illusions of happily ever afters and fairy tales. Until he meets a man who threatens to disarm him, by giving him hope for a future and showing him there’s more to life than just death.
For Nick, living in shadows is second nature. He’s all too familiar with the dark side of humanity and knows how delicate life can be. Each new day is a gift, even though it means doing it alone. But he’ll risk his survival for the one man who awakens something deep within and leaves him yearning for more.
Nick wants to solve the mystery behind the dark, brooding man, while Killian craves the life and light emanating from Nick. They soon discover they have more in common than either could have anticipated. With both their lives and hearts at stake, they must confront the ghost from Nick’s pa…

Review: Shades by Jaime Reese

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Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
Nick smiled, tracing his fingertips along each curve of Ian's body. “I think you've ruined me for all other men.”“You ruined me the day we met.”
Gah! This book was such an amazing surprise, like something I never saw coming but in hindsight, I would never have forgiven myself had I missed out on reading it. Jaime Reese isn't a new-to-me author, and I know what she's capable of in terms of storytelling, thanks to her popular Men of Halfway House series, but her new standalone release is above and beyond whatever it was I could have hoped for, not only when it comes to her books in particular but in any book that falls under the romantic suspense genre. There was this constant and consistent thrum of intensity from beginning to end, and two main characters who had absolute chemistry and didn't rely on being cutesy or drumming up the sex, plus a small handfu…

Book Spotlight: One Baby Daddy by Meghan Quinn

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One Baby Daddy (Dating by Numbers #3) by Meghan Quinn Date Released: May 17, 2018
About One Baby Daddy "What are you doing now that your team is out of the running for the Stanley Cup?"
Forget.
I need to forget. I need an escape.
Only one person isn't falling for my reputation as the NHL's Golden Boy; she captured my attention the minute she called me out for snooping through my best friend's house. She didn't want to hear my reason--she only wanted to playfully give me a hard time.
Adalyn is bold, sassy--and the perfect escape.
She's everywhere. In town and in my dreams, and suddenly I need to spend every waking moment with her.
And I do, making this summer the best off-season I've ever had.
But in the midst of getting lost in Adalyn, what I don't expect is to get her pregnant. 
And what I definitely don't expect is having to fight for her affection. 



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Review: One Baby Daddy by Meghan Quinn (Dating by Numbers #3)

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Note: This ARC was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
I've been looking forward to reading Hayden Holmes's story ever since I got to meet him in Back in the Game, Meghan Quinn's contribution to and one of my absolute favorite stories in the multi-authored Team Player anthology which was released late last year. In One Baby Daddy, the third and final full-length novel in Quinn's Dating by Numbers series, the NHL Golden Boy's rookie season ends on sour note, and all he wants to do is to get as far away from the probing questions and judgmental looks. When he ends up at his best friend's place in Binghamton, he's caught snooping around by a pretty young woman named Adalyn. She captures his attention and spending the whole summer with her sounds like the perfect thing to deal with his low spirits. He wants to forget the debacle that happened on the ice, but what happens is it's Adalyn who forgets...to take her birth c…

Book Spotlight: Fourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson

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Fourteen Summers by Quinn Anderson Date Released: May 21, 2018 Riptide Publishing
About Fourteen Summers Identical twins Aiden and Max Kingsman have been a matched set their whole lives. When they were children, Aiden was happy to follow his extroverted brother’s lead, but now that they’re in college, being “my brother, Aiden” is starting to get old. He’s itching to discover who he is outside of his “twin” identity.
Oliver’s goals for the summer are simple: survive his invasive family, keep his divorced parents from killing each other, and stay in shape for rowing season. He’s thrilled when he runs into his old friends, the Kingsman twins, especially Aiden, the object of a childhood crush. Aiden is all grown-up, but some things have stayed the same: his messy curls, his stability, and how breathless he makes Oliver. Oliver’s crush comes back full force, and the feeling is mutual. Summer just got a whole lot hotter.
Fun-loving Max takes one thing seriously: his role as “big brother.” When …

Book Spotlight: Dirty Rich Cinderella Story by Lisa Renee Jones

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Dirty Rich Cinderella Story (Dirty Rich #2) by Lisa Renee Jones Release Date: May 23, 2018
About Dirty Rich Cinderella Story A new sexy standalone from Lisa Renee Jones…
Seduced for a night. Taken forever.
With only nine months left at Stanford, and despite being top of her law school class, Lori Havens takes leave to care for her sick mother. That means she juggles three jobs, the best of which is researcher for novelist, and syndicated columnist of "Cat Does Crime," Cat Summer.
One evening after finishing up her work at Cat's apartment building, Lori has an encounter with a sexy stranger, and does something out of character. She goes home with him. The night is perfect, he's perfect, wealthy, powerful and from out of town. Morning comes, and despite their connection, Lori leaves before he finds out she's far from the equal he believes her to be. She's not a charity case and she's not after his money. She will make her own. In other words, she leaves before he…