Monday, May 29, 2017

Review: When It's Real by Erin Watt

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Wealth, fame and a real-life romance she never expected—seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett lands it all when she agrees to become a pop star's fake girlfriend in this smart, utterly addictive novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt 
Under ordinary circumstances, Oakley Ford and Vaughn Bennett would never even cross paths. 
There's nothing ordinary about Oakley. This bad-boy pop star's got Grammy Awards, millions of fangirls and a reputation as a restless, too-charming troublemaker. But with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley needs to show the world he's settling down—and who better to help him than Vaughn, a part-time waitress trying to help her family get by? The very definition of ordinary. 
Posing as his girlfriend, Vaughn will overhaul Oakley's image from troublemaker to serious artist. In return for enough money to put her brothers through college, she can endure outlandish Hollywood parties and carefully orchestrated Twitter exchanges. She'll fool the paparazzi and the groupies. She might even start fooling herself a little. 
Because when ordinary rules no longer apply, there's no telling what your heart will do…

I don't usually read YA books but I just couldn't resist picking up this Erin Watt book. If you haven't read an Erin Watt book, then STOP here and go read Paper Princess. If you have, then you had really high expectations for this book like I did. 


In my mind, Oakley Ford is Justin Bieber. He is a pop-star that became internationally famous at a really young age and like Justin, Oakley needs to clean up his act. His label company comes up a plan. They're going to pay a good girl to be his fake girlfriend for a year in hopes he will gain credibility to work with a producer who hasn't given him the time of day in the past. Oakley is not too happy about this, but he's desperate. Here's when Vaughn Bennett comes in. She's the good girl his label company is looking for Oakley. For Vaughn, the only positive thing coming out of this would be the big fat paycheck. She needs the money for her indebted family. Little do they know they have chemistry...lots of it! 

Oakley Ford was the best possible version of Justin Bieber in my head. I loved reading about him. To me, he was just a guy trying to find himself with a crazy career. He's just a guy, so of course he acts stupid sometimes. However, this guy knows how to redeem himself. 

Vaughn Bennett is content with life. She has a boyfriend and she has her siblings. This girl, however, likes to play it safe and when Oakley enters her life, she learns a thing or two about herself. Vaughn was really relatable because she's that easy-going girl you can't help but like. 


This book was such a GREAT, relaxing read!! Erin Watt is a powerhouse! Their characters are relatable across all ages. This is the perfect book to start off the summer.  




Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun--and sometimes crazy--ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Review: Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey



The third book in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey's Romancing the Clarksons series about four siblings on a cross-country road trip, perfect for fans of Gena Showalter and Julie James!


This time, she's calling the shots.


Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he's been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy's determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she'll finally be able to move on.


In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist.
I've been waiting for this book FOREVER. I'm a sucker for tortured males and strong heroines. This book was definitely worth the wait. Tessa Bailey has teased us for months with this book. She talked about how it was about a cheerleader and the coach, but it was so much more than too! 

Peggy Clarkson is counting down the seconds until she reaches Cincinnati. She has a plan, one that involves her college crush: Elliott Brooks. After being with Elliott, things have not been the same with Peggy. She just can't commit. However, she is ready to get rid of her infatuation with Elliott. 

Elliott has never been able to get over Peggy. However, he knows he can't ever have her again. His inner demons won't let him. However, the second he sees her again, he knows he won't be able to resist. She's come back as a woman.

Elliott was such a freaking lovable character. You feel his pain and is resistant toward Peggy. It is really easy to feel for the man. However, he's no match for Peggy. She's grown up and she's determine to carry out her plan.

Elliott and Peggy are HOT, HOT, HOT together. We all know Tessa Bailey is the QUEEN of dirty talk. This books reaffirms that fact. It was so easy to turn the pages on this book because you just couldn't wait to read about Peggy and Elliott.   

DREAM CAST

For the record, this is SO HARD. For the Romancing the Clarksons series especially, I have a specific image in my mind for each character and none of them match an actor/actress perfectly. So I am going to take Elsa’s advice and Let it Go (let go of the images in my head, that is). Enough rambling! Here is my dream cast (the main characters, anyway) for TOO HARD TO FORGET!


Coach Elliott Brooks: Jon Hamm. Now, I’m not talking about suave Don Draper. If Jon is going to pull off my hard-ass football coach, he’s going to need some scruff and a bad attitude. There was an episode of Mad Men where Jon went juuuuust the right amount of dominant and that’s what makes him my Elliott.


Peggy Clarkson: Ashley Greene. This one is a little easier. I think Ashley Greene is incredibly beautiful and she could also pull off Peggy’s devil-may-care flirtatious presence, while still guarding secrets with her eyes.


Kyler Tate: Christian McCaffrey. Okay, so he’s not an actor. He plays for the Broncos. But he has the perfect sexy charmer smile and a ton of charisma. I would pay for his acting classes myself!


Alice Brooks: Kiernan Shipka. Might as well stick with a Mad Men theme, right? She already played Don Draper’s daughter (Sally Draper) and can exude angst like nobody’s business, so she’s a great choice for Alice!


“I don’t know, Peggy.” He whirled on her, closing in until she was forced back onto the desk. “I had an All-American on my squad this morning and now I don’t. That’s all I know.” He pointed a finger toward the window. “I solve problems down on the field. Saving people isn’t my job.”
Saving people. God, there was such a wealth of regret and pain in those two words. But he couldn’t hear it and she couldn’t address it. Letting him know she saw right through his fa├žade to the hurt beneath might force Elliott to close himself off. “You didn’t always limit yourself. Why are you doing it now?”
“Accepting things that can’t be changed isn’t a limitation. It’s realistic.”
“But how will you know if something can’t be changed unless you try?”
“When it comes to certain things, Peggy, trying leads to losing.” He was in her face now, the mint from his toothpaste familiar and inviting where it slid over her lips. “And I don’t lose.”
No one ever stood up this man but her, and she wouldn’t be cowed now. “No? You’re out a receiver.” She hitched herself up on his desk. “I’d call that a loss.”
The tips of his shoes met Peggy’s, his hands gripping the furniture on either side of her hips. “Who do you think you are, little girl? Coming into my office and telling me what I’ve done wrong?” His eyes were brilliant in their vexation, the attraction he was trying so hard to fight. “Where do you get the goddamn bravery?”
“The bravery is what you liked best about me,” she breathed, heat sizzling in a downward V toward her thighs. “Isn’t it?”
“No. That bravery is what almost led to my downfall.” His hands found her bottom, jerking her to the edge of the desk. “I resented it. Still do.”
“Liar,” Peggy whispered, easing her thighs wider. “You’re dying for an excuse to head for another downfall.” When her legs were as open as she could spread them, she leaned up to Elliott’s ear and let her breath shake loose. “One thrust.”
Elliott’s right hand came up out of nowhere, molding over Peggy’s mouth as his hips crowded into the notch of her legs. With a quick maneuver to recline her halfway back, Elliott’s erection found the apex of her thighs, delivering an aggressive pump against her underwear that sent a scream climbing up Peggy’s throat, only to be trapped by his hand. Knees jerking up out of reflex over the rush of sensation, an orgasm almost—almost— broke past the surface, sending her waters rippling out on all sides. Her legs wanted to hug Elliott’s waist, her voice wanted to beg for one more, one more, one more, but he shook his head, denying her, even though his gaze was hot, a low groan issuing from his harshly masculine mouth.
He leaned in and nipped the lobe of her ear. “Next time, ask for two.”


THE ROMANCING THE CLARKSONS SERIES

TOO HOT TO HANDLE, #1
TOO WILD TO TAME, #2
TOO HARD TO FORGET, #3
TOO BEAUTIFUL TO BREAK, #4






Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove cross-country to New York City in under four days. Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend, and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.


She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband and daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.  



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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Review: Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey



RELEASE DAY: FEBRUARY 1, 2017 
 Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.


It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.
The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.

I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.

The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.

Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good.
R.S. Grey is the QUEEN of romantic comedies! She really is! Anything You Can Do is another hit book! COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.






I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.


I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy


Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?
Can Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy never stop writing? Please and thank you. They're such a phenomenal dual with the best freaking books. First they brought us Wes and Jamie (one of the best freaking books out there!) and now Blake and Jess! They seriously need to continue writing romance books together--until the end of time!

Blake is the biggest goofball out there. I fell in love with him in Us (second book of Wes and Jamie's story) when he was introduced as one of Wes' teammates and neighbor. In this book, I was so excited when he had dialogue because you really didn't know what ridiculous thing he was going to say next. However, you can't ignore the fact that he's also such a sweetheart. He's the dependable friend you know he can count on. It was a nice change to read about a hero like this.

Jess is me. Literally, this girl and I could not have more things in common. She was not perfect and she knew it. She's changed her career choice one too many times, however, she's finally realized what she wants to do with her life. Although it's not easy, she is set on this career. This girl is determined but afraid of the failure.

Blake and Jess are sizzling chemistry! HOT. HOT. HOT. You will probably need to fan yourselves a couple of times! Even with such strong chemistry, Blake and Jess develop a strong friendship that makes you smile and just feel warm.

Good Boy has such a feel good plot line that you will be unconsciously smiling half of the time! Sarina and Ellen, please never stop writing. Y'all rock!

 WAGS #2 RELEASE DAY: MID JUNE


Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: Commander in Chief by Katy Evans


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The sizzling second installment of the White House series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.
I am only twenty three. I just wanted to play a part in history. But it seems like history wasn't done with me. The part where I lost my heart to Matthew Hamilton? It was only the beginning…
We fell in love during the campaign.
The stakes were high.
Reputations could have been ruined.
Scandal hovered over us like a cloud.
Now the man I love is the President of the United States of America.
And its not my vote he is after.
He wants it all.
My heart. My body. My soul.
He wants me by his side.
In the White House.
Normalcy will be gone from my life, privacy forgotten.

I thought I couldn't love this story more. Well, I was wrong. Completely wrong! Matt, aka Mr. President, and Charlotte stole my heart in the first book of the series. In this second book, their happily ever awaits and it's impossible not to root for them!

Matt and Charlotte have chemistry and passion, and not just for their country. This book was hot, hot, HOT! Although they don't have the most ideal situation, they both keep their priorities straight. Their romance is being watched by every American--literally--since Matt Hamilton is the President of the United States, but they balance everything perfectly.

Why can't there be a real life Matt Hamilton? This man NEEDS to exists! After so much political drama in 2015 and 2016, there needs to be a man that brings as much hope as Hamilton did to the people of this book. Katy Evans, you've described my expectations of a candidate and I love you for it! For a little while, I could forget the harsh reality we live in and focus on the ideal situation. That's why I love romance books. That's why I love YOU, Katy Evans!



Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cover Reveal: Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey


RELEASE DAY: FEBRUARY 1, 2017 
 Lucas Thatcher has always been my enemy.

It’s been a decade since I’ve seen him, but our years on opposite coasts were less of a lasting peace and more of a temporary cease-fire. Now that we’re both back in our small town, I know Lucas expects the same old war, but I’ve changed since high school—and from the looks of it, so has he.
The arrogant boy who was my teenage rival is now a chiseled doctor armed with intimidating good looks. He is Lucas Thatcher 2.0, the new and improved version I’ll be competing with in the workplace instead of the schoolyard.

I’m not worried; I’m a doctor now too, board-certified and sexy in a white coat. It almost feels like winning will be too easy—until Lucas unveils a tactic neither of us has ever used before: sexual warfare.

The day he pushes me up against the wall and presses his lips to mine, I can’t help but wonder if he’s filling me with passion or poison. Every fleeting touch is perfect torture. With every stolen kiss, my walls crumble a little more. After all this time, Lucas knows exactly how to strip me of my defenses, but I’m in no hurry to surrender.

Knowing thy enemy has never felt so good.



I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Release Day Blitz: Commander in Chief by Katy Evans


I am only twenty three. I just wanted to play a part in history. But it seems like history wasn't done with me. The part where I lost my heart to Matthew Hamilton? It was only the beginning…

The sizzling second installment of the White House series, by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.
We fell in love during the campaign.
The stakes were high.
Reputations could have been ruined.
Scandal hovered over us like a cloud.
Now the man I love is the President of the United States of America.
And its not my vote he is after.
He wants it all.
My heart. My body. My soul.
He wants me by his side.
In the White House.
Normalcy will be gone from my life, privacy forgotten.

He looks devilishly handsome.

His hair is combed back and oh, how I love every chiseled inch of his face. He’s the first to move, prying his hands from his pockets, eyes flaring, inhaling visibly—his inhale stretching the fabric of that black tux.
Disbelief and a punch of longing to have all of this man, his love and his name and his babies, hits me as he approaches. I’m gazing at him walk to me down the hall of the White House residence, both of us ready to attend a social dinner. My first public event with him.
I need a moment, or a thousand moments, to adjust to this new role.
Matt continues advancing—with every step his eyes drinking me in, his lips curling in a seductive, appreciative smile.
“You ready?” He stretches out his hand.
I nod and look at that hand—the hand I’ve held so many times, and that held me. I slide my fingers down the length of his, and he grips them and leads me down the staircase with him.





Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Review: Womanizer by Katy Evans


From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans comes a brand new contemporary romance. WOMANIZER is a full length standalone, and no other books in the series need to be read.

You've seen the headlines: Womanizing billionaire player! Watch out! Stay away!

We were just two strangers. Facing a forbidden attraction, a chemical connection. Neither of us expected or wanted it to amount to more.
But I had never been drawn to a guy the way I was drawn to this one: my brother's best friend, and CEO of the company where I interned.
Even knowing I should stay away, I proved to be too human, after all.
The chemistry was amazing.
The laughs were incredible.
I opened up to him in more ways than I'd opened up to anyone before.
But sex was as far as I'd go.
Just sex because he was too irresistible.
Just sex because I wouldn't be falling for him.
Just sex because I'd leave in three months, and I'd like for my brother not to kill me, and for nobody to find out he was my wicked little secret.
He wasn't the One.
He was just a womanizer.
But for a time, he would be mine.

HOLY HELL. I love this book. Katy Evans this is YOUR year. Book after book, I fall even more in love with her writing.

Olivia Roth loves her life in Austin; she loves her family and friends. However, she knows that having an internship in a Fortune 500 company located in Chicago is the kickstart her career needs. Olivia might not have gotten that internship on her own, but she is prepared to go above and beyond to prove herself. She finds herself forming a friendship with a rule breaker, smoking cigarettes with him whenever she can. Callan Carmichael has a reputation for being a ruthless businessman. He likes having complete control over all his business affairs, and yet he can't explain why he looks forward to smoking cigarettes with the fresh-faced intern. Olivia and Callan might not have the same future goals in mind, but love can't be stopped.

Olivia is an ambitious woman. She has her entire life planned out, including when she will meet her dream man and have children. She doesn't have time for any deviations, especially not deviations in the form of Callan Carmichael, her brother's best friend.

Olivia such an enjoyable heroine to read about! She was a very straightforward, goal-oriented woman, which I thought was refreshing. Her goals were always in the forefront of her mind. I related to her in so many ways.

Callan Carmichael is the last eligible bachelor from his group of friends and he plans to keep it that way. He's a bit of a workaholic, always looking for his next business venture. Olivia Roth is a breath of fresh air he didn't know he needed. Because of her, he starts looking at his life in a different perspective.

Who loves Callan? This girl does! He's just such a perfect man. He's successful, romantic, and completely transparent. To me, it was very easy to tell how much he loved Olivia. You don't see this in a lot of romance books!

I loved, LOVED this book. It's sad seeing the last billionaire get tied down because that means no more billionaires left to read about. I have a feeling we'll see more of these characters, and I really hope we do! Katy Evans rocks!



Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.