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Happy Release Week & #Review of Miss Fix-It by Emma Hart! @EmmaHartAuthor @inkslingerpr

 

 

One handywoman.

One single dad.

One set of twins.

And the wall isn’t the only thing being drilled…

I learned the hard way that being a handywoman isn’t easy. The questions, the stares—the assumption I’m the proud owner of a cock and balls. Not that it matters. I’ve proven over and over that I’m ready for anything the judgmental asses throw at me.

Except the hot, single dad of twins who just moved to town.

Brantley Cooper gets the shock of his life when I show up on his doorstep to fix up his kids’ new rooms. His son is confused why ‘the pretty lady has a drill,’ and his daughter has a new obsession—me.

On paper, my job is easy. Go in, do their bedrooms, and leave.

In theory, I’m spending eight hours a day with a guarded, sexy as hell guy, and I’m staying for dinner more often than I’m eating it alone, on my couch, with Friends re-runs.

I shouldn’t be staying for dinner. I shouldn’t be helping him out with the twins. I shouldn’t be falling in love with tiny toes and dimpled cheeks.

And I most definitely should not be kissing my client.

Oops…

 

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“Deal with it,” I echoed, my mouth dry. “What exactly do you mean by that?”
He glanced at my mouth.
“Okay, but, um, here’s the thing.” I couldn’t breathe. I sounded like a panting idiot trying to get the words out between each short, sharp breath I took. “This,” I motioned between us, “is bad.”
“Bad.” His lips tugged to the side.
“Yes. Because,”—help. Someone help—“because this isn’t allowed. Company rules. No cavorting with clients.”
“No cavorting with clients.” That half-smile turned into a full-blown grin. “That’s very…proper.”
“Well, I can’t exactly put, “No sleeping with the clients” now, can I?”
“You could have, but it would have been unfortunately precise.”
“I should change that.”
“I disagree.”
I licked my lips. “You should agree. Because this is—”
“Bad. You said.” More lip twitching.
“I thought you were sorry you made it awkward by kissing me.”
“That was before I found out you were attracted to me. Now, I’m a lot less sorry I kissed you.”
Oh. Well. Fair enough.
“Should I take back my acceptance of your apology?” I asked.
“You should stop talking and see how you feel when I’ve kissed you again.”

 

This book had me laughing so hard in parts.  Yes, laughing.  Like out loud.  The snark, the kids, the hot dad that didn’t have a clue and especially Kali, our heroine.  She absolutely has no filter as does her stepmom.  Those two had me in stitches most of the time when they were together.  But let me back up and tell you I liked about the books.

  1.  Kali – She is strong, sexy without even knowing it, good at what she does and is set in her ways about no children.  I know, right?  Hey, I have friends that never wanted children and it works for them.  Heck, I even have a BIL & SIL that never wanted them.  I admire anyone that has that conviction.  Me, I love kids.
  2. Eli & Ellie – I swear their antics were hilarious.  I have twin aunts so I got the whole twin thing.  Plus, the dialogue that Ms. Hart wrote with them…Priceless.  I will say that Eli was my favorite.  He just captured my heart from the beginning and how Kali was able to communicate with him is wonderful.  Ellie is all over the place and a couple of times I thought she needed a good spanking but that’s just me.  Ms. Hart writes them not just as a plot element but as real characters.  To me, that is brilliant writing.
  3. Brantley – He isn’t the clueless father that some authors will use to make the heroine fall in love with him.  He is still grieving over the loss of the children’s mother but it’s not sad.  He thinks about what the “ifs” but also looks to the future…with Kali.  His feelings are real, relatable and let’s face it.  He’s hot.  I got the sense that he was hesitant in the beginning with Kali but once he faced his feelings for her, it was on.
  4. The plot – Its a basic simple plot but the layers that Ms. Hart wrote in it are beautiful.  Single dad, adorable kids and a reluctant heroine?  Been done but Ms. Hart gives us the emotions of will Kali be good enough with the children?  No, she won’t take the place of their mother but she has doubts.  The scenes with her stepmother are cry-worthy.  Her step mother tells Kali about her own feelings when she came into the picture and it really helps Kali in her thought process and how she sees herself with Brantley and the children.
  5. Dialogue – Snarky, emotional and laugh out loud funny.  This book is just hilarious when dealing with subject matter that is also heart-tugging.  Ms. Hart does a wonderful job of balancing the two.

I have to admit that this is my first book by Ms. Hart.  I know, sometimes I live under a rock but it won’t be my last.  I loved her pacing, dialogue, and her characters.  It’s a book that I think everyone should read.

 

 

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By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.

Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

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Happy Release Week & #Review of Darkest Temptation (the Dark Ones #4) by Rachel Van Dyken! @jennw23 @RachVD @rachvd

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Darkest Temptation, anall-new standalone in The Dark Ones Saga from New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is available NOW!

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Darkest Temptation by Rachel Van Dyken

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publishing Date: October 31st, 2017

I’m a werewolf King who chose to step down out of grief for my mate.

For centuries I’ve been alone, choosing to live a life of modesty despite the wealth surrounding me.

I deserve to be punished.

I crave things I have no business craving.

And it is manifesting itself in a way I’m terrified I won’t be able to control any longer.

Especially since she arrived.

Vampire. Orphan. Beaten beyond recognition.

My blood calls to her in a way that makes no sense.

I’m a wolf.

She’s a vampire.

The two don’t mate.

They barely tolerate one another.

All it takes is one slip of control on my part — one taste.

And I doom us all.

Then again, I never knew what is lurking inside has the power to balance good and evil.

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The air around me thickened with a sweet-smelling fog. I inhaled and closed my eyes, allowing my baser instincts to take over.

“Wolf.” She whispered my name.

I sniffed. The voice was not familiar. It was not my mate. It was… other.

“Wolf,” she beckoned again.

Branches crunched beneath my feet as I made my way closer to the sweet scent, closer to the warmth, closer to what I should have been running from.

I was already mated.

And yet — I was being pulled.

Like a siren’s song.

I hated sirens.

Every last one of them.

But only the strongest were male.

This — I sniffed the air again as ecstasy took over — this was no male.

This was all female.

The instinct to protect kicked in, forcing a surge of adrenaline through my limbs as I staggered toward the trees.

Green eyes blinked through the fog.

I stilled.

My breath caught.

Vampire.

I frowned, reaching for her.

“Kiss me, Wolf.”

Why was I tempted?

Why did I want to touch this being?

When every hair stood on end like she was foe not friend. When I had a mate back home that I loved more than life itself.

Confusion warred with disgust, and then the vampire stood on her tiptoes and pressed her cheek against mine, the way my people greeted.

But she was no wolf.

Her lips grazed the outside of my ear before she bit down onto my neck…

I jerked awake. Sweat pooled the bed like I’d just taken a shower.

And my mate, the one I was so convinced would be lying right next to me, was gone.

She’d been gone.

Over a hundred years.

And every year, like clockwork, on the anniversary of her death.

I saw my vampire.

She bit me.

And I woke up with a bruise on my neck as if it were real.

 

Okay, when I agreed to read this gem of a book, I had NO CLUE what to expect.  Yes, I went in blind.  In some ways, I’m glad but in some other little ways, I wished that I read the others in the series.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, you can read this book on its own but at times, I felt a bit lost because I didn’t quite understand the other couples and how they all fit into Mason and Serenity’s story.  No worries after awhile.  I finally figured it all out.  Of course, now, I MUST read Cassius’ story.  Which of course is FREE now.  I have it downloaded but I digress.

I normally don’t read a lot of PNR anymore because it just seems like it is the same old, same old.  But Ms. Van Dyken has written a story that I really got into from the start.  I knew that I would be reading about a vampire and a werewolf but don’t let the blurb fool you.  These two people are NOT what they seem or what is written in the blurb.  Oh yes, when all is revealed, I finally let go of the breath that I was holding.  Let me tell you, just when you think you have figured it out, you will be wrong.

Mason is in pain and in my book, for no good reason.  He has been lied to, betrayed and let to brood for years.  Again, I’m not going to get into the middle part of the book because I would totally spoil it but it’s a doozy.  Still trying to process it, too.  Let’s just say that after all the moodiness, him thinking that he is a beast, and not believing that a vampire can be his mate…I swooned.  Literally swooned near the ending of the book.  His arc came full circle and my eyes at moisture in them.  I don’t know where that came from.

Serenity is a heroine in a PNR book that I could actually relate to.  I know, weird.  But I liked her and fought right along with her when it came to Mason.  I also liked how she treated and was treated by the others in the house.  The scene at the grocery store is funny and hot.  She wasn’t afraid of Mason but she just couldn’t quite wrap her head around him being her mate in the beginning.  I actually had to chuckle a couple of times when I should have been horrified but Ms. Van Dyken wrote it beautifualy.

There are smexy times in the books but nothing to graphic.  More sensual and emotional for me than anything.  Ms. Van Dyken can write a satisfying sex scene with just shear emotion than the actual act itself.  I loved that.

Overall, I really liked Mason and Serenity.  An emotional story that gripped from the begining.  This isn’t you typical PNR story or for that matter world.  It’s different and sometimes different is better.

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Secrets at Seaside
(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #5)
by Addison Cole
Sweet Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
October 25th 2017

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

Secrets at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster’s steamy romance novel Seaside SecretsThe stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

In SECRETS at SEASIDE…

Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed—at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past—and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

SWEET WITH HEAT: SEASIDE SUMMERS SERIES
Read, Write, Love at Seaside
Dreaming at Seaside
Hearts at Seaside
Sunsets at Seaside
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Nights at Seaside (releasing December 13th)
Seized by Love at Seaside
Embraced at Seaside
Lovers at Seaside
Whispers at Seaside

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“Addison Cole’s stories are the perfect blend of sizzle and sweet. You won’t be able to stop reading.” —  New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne

“Romance, fun, emotions, and happily ever afters that will warm your heart, Addison Cole writes charming and unforgettable stories about real people and love in its most wonderfully moving forms.” — New York Times bestselling author Violet Duke

“Addison Cole has created characters you’ll fall in love with and a seaside world you’ll never want to leave.” — USA Today bestselling author Chris Keniston

“Loved every sweet word of this story. Loved how the relationship developed between Leanna and Kurt in such a genuine way, it made me so invested in their happily ever after. An absolute treat to read and cannot wait for more from Addison Cole.” — New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett (aka Juliette Poe, on “Read, Write, Love at Seaside”)

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This is a hard review to write.  I liked the book.  Loved Tony to bits but I was a bit let down by Amy.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked her but how she wouldn’t talk to Tony at the beginning of the book really got on my nerves.  I mean, they had a history and she didn’t even want to acknowledge what had happened.  I felt for Tony at this point and I really didn’t see how Ms. Cole was going to get these two on the same page.

Tony has the patience of a saint.  I wouldn’t have put up with Amy reluctance to talk about their time from the special summer.  And how she NEVER told him about what had really happened.  My heart broke for Tony and I had a bit of disgust for Amy.  And to think when he showed up at her dorm room.  UGH!!!  Again, Amy’s actions compared to her inner thoughts just irked me in the beginning of the book.  Once, she FINALLY decided to really talk to Tony, I had more respect for her and the rest of the book.’

The girls in the books are spot on.  Bella has got to be my favorite.  No filter Bella.  I really need to read her book.  Just for snark.  And Leanna’s, too.  Heck all of them.  I read them years ago when they were hotter but it has been a while.  In fact, that’s the one thing that I really think would have made Tony and Amy’s book more emotional for me in the end.  It had all the feels but I would have liked a bit more of the sexiness in their coupling.  What finally sold me on Amy and Tony was the end when Amy realized that her feelings for Tony were totally genuine and that she finally decided to tell the girls about that summer a long time ago.

This book is emotional, fun and satisfying.  Just because the beginning got on my nerves I really did like it and recommend it.  I just need to read Bella’s book.  I loved that girl.  No filter.  HA HA!  I also like how all the guys were there for Tony, too.  This group is just too much for me but in a good way.

I can’t wait for Skye’s book to come out in December.  Talk about someone without a filter.  Read the chapter insert at the end of this book.  🙂

 

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About the Author

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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