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Happy Release Day & ARC #Review of Girl Crush by Stephie Walls w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @givemebooksblog @StephieWalls @stephiewalls

 

 

 

Title: Girl Crush
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2017
Blurb
I was done.
Done with men.
Women say it all the time; they get fed up, throw their hands in the air, and vow a life of celibacy—until the next chiseled chest comes into view and then they’re foaming at the mouth and wiping the drool from their chins. But this was different, I really meant it.
I’d been manhandled by the last pig that would ever bring his sausage near me. After one of the nastiest divorces in history, followed by some of the crudest and raunchiest dates, I’d decided to bat for the other team. 
…At least I tried.
But creating the next Brat Pack hadn’t been on the agenda. Neither had Collier West. And I wasn’t prepared for finding true love at the end of my gal-pal tryst.
Ever read a book that lived up to more than you imagined?  Like the blurb is only the beginning of the laugh fest awaiting you?  And the author or heroine has the same obsession that you do with nail polish?  Especially OPI nail polish.  This is that book.  I swear, I read it on Sunday afternoon, I never stopped giggling.  When I read the blurb at first, I didn’t really know what to expect.  Honestly, I figure some F/F experimentation but we don’t get that at all if that’s what puts you off from reading it.  Don’t do that.  This book is a definite keeper on the Kindle.
This book is just too hilarious NOT to read.  Let’s start with Gizzy, the heroine.  She’s older (Thank God!), divorced and tired of idiotic men in her bed.  She is a basic dead-end job but it pays well.  Overall, I didn’t think she really liked herself and felt stuck.  Her bestie is Roxie and a lesbian.  Gizzy decides that she needs to start dating women and goes to Roxie for advice.  Needless to say, Ronnie isn’t that helpful at all.  In fact, at times, I really hated Roxie.  She was too abrasive for me and her treatment of Gizzy.  I felt like she was just projecting her own relationship woes on Gizzy which wasn’t fair.  That said, she finally did step up in the end when it really counted.
Beck, to me, is the best secondary character in the book.  She is Gizzy “first” but also someone that Gizzy counts on when the chips are really down.  I also felt that Roxie was there for Gizzy, too.  Those two really made Gizzy really look at herself and her relationship with men.  They never made fun of her (like Ronnie did) and I felt like they were true friends to her.  I won’t spoil the rest of the book but Gizzy finally gets to be herself around men and it’s a profound change for her.  No pressure, since the men in the book “think” that she bats for the other team.
The situations that Gizzy finds herself in are the hilarious parts of the book and there are many.  You will laugh out loud and then shake your head, too.  The hero in the book is a dream.  I didn’t understand him at first but once his relationship with Gizzy starts, I fell in love with him.  He is perfect for Gizzy and really gets her.  I’m going to leave it at that because you just HAVE to read this book.
Ms. Walls scores the hat trick, walk-off home run, winning field goal and the gold medal with Girl Crush.  She delivers one of the best rom-com that I have read in years.
Highly!!!!!
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Stephie Walls is a literary whore – she loves words in all forms and will read anything put in front of her. She has an affinity for British Literature and Romance novels and an overall love of writing. She currently has six novels out, four short stories, and two collections; all provocatively written to elicit your imagination and spice up your world.

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#Review of The Dating Bender by Christina Julian w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @givemebooksblog @christin_julian

 

 

Title: The Dating Bender
Author: Christina Julian
Genre: Chick Lit/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: August 22, 2017
Blurb
Here I am, on my knees in front of the Trevi Fountain, hoping like hell the legend is true. That the fountain gives you solace and love by a mere toss of a coin.
Why am I here, exactly? Let’s see…
It started with my parents telling me to get married. Of course, being the good Catholic girl I am, I did.
Needless to say, that marriage nosedived, and my parents weren’t exactly happy about it.
Newly ditched and shamefully disowned, I decided to follow the advice of Babs, a tart-of-a-mentor, who offered me a job in Colorado.
Her advice? Sex…and lots of it.
The temptation of freedom, to do whatever—whoever—I wanted was too damn strong for me to say no.
And that’s how it all started. The men, the sex, the journey…
The dating bender.
Because everybody deserves a do-over.
 Sorry, this is late.  School starts this week and I’ve been running around with my head cut off.  The kid starts 7th grade (Juinor High here) and I start working on Thursday.  Anyways, here you go.
This book had me laughing out loud at times, cringing the next moment and then sighing in the end.  This is a great coming of age story about a woman that has been repressed her whole life.  I’m not Catholic so the guilt that most mothers put on their daughters I just don’t get but I have a niece that is Catholic and her mother smothered her and it shows at almost 22.  It’s sad and I just hope that she doesn’t end up like Samantha in the end.  But what I did get is that Samantha needed to get on with her life, with or without her family.
The dysfunction was funny at times but since I’m seeing someone close to me go through her ups and downs (more downs) than most, it made me cringe.  I felt sorry for Samantha in the end but more importantly for her family with their treatment of her.  I’m a firm believer that some things are just not for everyone, marriage included.  I waited until I was 37 to get married and I married and have stayed married for all the right reasons.  I love my husband.  Samantha never had a chance to do that.
Babs is a great character for Samantha in the sense that she can finally be herself and figure out her own life…ON HER OWN.  Without the Catholic mother telling her what is going wrong, telling her what to do, etc.  It grated on my nerves at times but I realize that Ms. Julian was trying to make a point and she did.  I’ve had other people read this book and tell me that it was like a Sex in the City mash-up.  Guess what?  I never watched one episode of that show so I have no reference point.  Sorry.
Overall, I truly loved Samantha and how she finally became her own person.  I won’t even begin to tell you most of the story and if she ever finds someone to love or even how much sex she has.  You need to read the book to find out.  Catholic guilt or not.  🙂
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Christina Julian writes snarky rom-coms that celebrate the underdog and live to make people laugh. She adores dysfunctional leading ladies and the tangled twisty lives they lead. She adamantly believes there is nothing in life that can’t be conquered with a bodacious wine, strong cup of coffee, or a generously iced cupcake. When she is not tapping out her next novel or wrangling her 3-year-old twins, she can be found sipping and swirling in the name of research as a wine and food columnist in Napa Valley. She strives always to live her life to the extreme. 
Christina’s work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wine Enthusiast, California Home + Design, 7×7, Weddings California, NorthBay Biz, Napa Valley Register, Napa Valley Life, Bohemian, Weekly Calistogan and beyond.
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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of Shameful (Shameless Trilogy #2) by M. Malone & Nana Malone! @minxmalone @nanamalone

 

Title: Shameful
Series: Shameless Trilogy #2
Authors: M. Malone & Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 5, 2017
Blurb
I am the thing that goes bump in the night. I am a liar, a protector…a killer…I am Noah Blake.
And now that she knows my secret, she hates me.
The guilt and shame I carry around is bad enough…But seeing the distrust in her eyes, that will kill me before my enemies do…

 

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Then she was kissing him again and not with the gentle hesitancy he’d expected. She gripped his hair in both hands and devoured, sucking on his bottom lip with a carnal growl that sent most of his blood racing south. Noah groaned as he hardened instantly and Lucia purred when she felt his arousal. The little vixen had the nerve to slide her legs up and around his waist, squeezing tight and ,rocking against his length.
“Lucia,” he breathed warningly.
“Yes. Did you need something?” She batted her eyelashes innocently. It was supposed to be innocent anyway but everything she did was sexy.
“Everything. I need everything from you.”
Something snapped in him and he was suddenly intensely grateful they were already on the bed. They fell back onto the covers in a tangle of arms and legs. He couldn’t get his mouth everywhere he wanted to at once and the urgency drove his need higher. Lucia bucked under him when he took a big mouthful of her breast, sucking hard through the fabric of her T-shirt.
“Need more,” he growled and then pushed her shirt up and pulled the lacy cup of her bra down so he could get at what he wanted.
“Yes, that feels so good,” Lucia whispered.
Her mouth fell open as his tongue swirled around the delicate point. Noah couldn’t have stopped if he’d tried. He couldn’t get enough of the taste of her skin. She whimpered his name several times before he gave her a break. When he pulled back, her nipple was hard and red as a cherry. Lucia’s eyes followed the movement when he licked his lips.
“Noah! Take this off,” she demanded.
He loved hearing the need in her voice, and her eyes glittered when he helped her sit up and pull the shirt off. At his first sight of her in nothing but panties and the lacy black bra, the swells of her generous breasts overflowing the cups, he almost broke down and begged right then and there. She was a goddess walking amongst mortals. Oblivious to his internal thoughts, Lucia pulled at the hem of his shirt.
“I’m the only one undressed. I’m feeling a little lonely over here.”
“We can’t have that.” Noah yanked his T-shirt over his head and threw it on the floor.
Lucia sighed and wrapped her arms around his neck, pulling him down into her embrace.
“I really was lonely, you know. For so long all I’ve wanted was for you to see me. For you to let me love you and give you the family you’ve never had. I’ll be your family, Noah. Me and, hopefully one day, our children. You’ll never feel alone again.”
His world stopped spinning and he pulled back to see her face. “Our kids?”
It shouldn’t have been a surprise. He knew Lucia wanted children and a traditional family. Wasn’t that why he’d hated watching her date so much? Because he’d known that one day she’d find some guy, marry him and pop out a few adorable babies. It had torn him up to imagine his Lucia round with another man’s baby.
But the idea of fathering her children hit him like a ton of bricks.
He came from the streets and had very few memories of his own father. What the hell did he know about any of that? He’d seen so few functional relationships that it was almost laughable to think he could suddenly be husband and father material. Lucia needed a man who could do both. He looked down at her all flushed and glowing with love in his bed. What had he ever done to deserve the love of a woman like this?
You don’t deserve it, the insidious voice in the back of his mind whispered. She has no idea what you are truly capable of.
“Noah? What’s wrong?”
He hadn’t even realized he’d pulled away until she spoke. Lucia crossed her arms, covering her breasts. Noah’s mind raced as he was assaulted with images of what the future might hold— Lucia holding a beautiful baby with his dark hair and her gray eyes. Lucia happy for a while until she figured out that Noah would never be the man she needed.
Lucia leaving him.
“Nothing. I need to check on things. Stay here.” He kissed her forehead softly when she started to speak. “I’ll be back.”
He could feel her eyes on his back as he knelt to grab his shirt off the floor. It felt like a laser drilling a hole through him and it only made him move faster. He needed to get away. Away from expectations and the love shining in her eyes. He had a job to do. He would never be the man Lucia truly deserved but he could be the protector she needed. All this emotion was enough to make him forget what was truly important, keeping her safe. Emotion made you soft and he couldn’t afford that.
Not with Lucia’s life on the line. 
Dear Lord above.  This book.  This series.   Did I mention that I normally don’t read trilogies until the last book is out?  There is still one more book to read and I can’t wait.  Noah and Lucia are a couple that at times make you swoon, then piss you off, then make you swoon again.  The banter between them is above any that I’ve read in a long time.  It’s real, relatable but above all, sweet.  Yes, sweet.
The authors have labeled this series Misadventures and I would agree.  There is action, suspense, miscommunication, comedy, sexy times but above all heart.  Noah and Lucia are real people.  Sure Noah isn’t all the good, according to him but in Lucia’s eyes, he is despite what has already happened in the first book.  In fact, when these two FINALLY have their “talk”, regardless of what has happened or will happen, they will not give up on each other.  Too much history between them.
I love the plot arc in the series.  The ending is a loud audible GASP at the end.  The authors know how to end a book in a trilogy.  I can’t believe that I have to wait until the end of the month for the ending.  Plus, I must know about Oskar, Matthias and the rest of Blake Security.  The men that work for Noah are really fleshed out without being intrusive.  However, they are crucial to the plot, romance and overall arc of the book.
Run, don’t walk to get this trilogy.  I HIGHLY recommend getting the free prequel.  The books stand alone (somewhat) but the prequel is a must.  
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So before I read the other books, I read this.  You need to read this book before any of the others.  It sets up the whole story arc and how Rafe, Noah, and Lucia are all connected.  Must read material.  Plus, come on.  The cover model is hot throughout the covers.  🙂  
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When I started to read this book, I honestly didn’t know what to expect.  What caught my eye was the hero’s name.  Noah.  My all time book boyfriend’s name is Noah.  As in Noah Clayborne (Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood).  I knew with a name like that, the book would be good.  It’s just not good, it’s AWESOME!  
As with any trilogy, the books must be read in order.  If you read my review from above, you’ll understand why.  The ending to this one left me gasping and going “Oh Hell NO!” but in a good way.  I never expect that and I quickly devoured the next book.  And yes, that ending left me breathless, too.  You know how you think you have figured out the plot and then the authors throw you?  Yep, they have done it with this book and I’m sure that when it is all said and done, I will be breathless again and crying at the same time.
Most people know that I don’t really like trilogies until the last book is out.  Well, I’ve made the exception with this series.  It’s hot, funny, relatable, suspenseful, characters that I love (even the secondary characters) and the writing is spot on.  I’ve read Nana Malone before and love your books.  M. Malone, this is my first time reading your work and I’m loving it.
I can not recommend this series highly.  I just wish I didn’t have to wait until the end of the month to find out how it ends.  And then, I’ll be a hot mess because I don’t want to say goodbye to Noah.  *sigh*
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M. Malone
NYT & USA Today bestselling author M. Malone lives in the Washington, DC metro area with her husband and their two sons. She holds a master’s degree in Business from a prestigious college that would no doubt be scandalized by how she’s using her expensive education.
Independently published, she has sold more than 1/2 million ebooks in her two series, THE ALEXANDERS and BLUE-COLLAR BILLIONAIRES. Since starting her indie journey in 2011 with the runaway bestselling novella “Teasing Trent,” her work has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than a dozen times.
She’s now a full-time writer and spends 99.8% of her time in her pajamas.
Nana Malone
USA Today bestselling author Nana Malone’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense novel she “borrowed” from her cousin.
It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick-butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination constantly channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.
While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as brazen and kick-butt as she thinks she is.