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#ARC Review of Love’s Undertow (For a Song #1) by Lorraine Britt w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @LBrittAuthor

Title: Love’s Undertow
Series: For A Song #1
Author: Lorraine Britt
Genre: Adult, Contemporary/Musical Romance
Published: November 10, 2016
After surviving her darkest hour, it was time for Noelle Thibodeaux to shake off the cobwebs of her previous life. She’d spent the last year as a glorified travel agent for the band her cousin managed, Eton Mess. Now Nile Thomas, the band’s frontman, is in dire need of a personal assistant. He can think of no one better than Noelle for the job. When her cousin calls and offers her the job, she jumps at the chance to pack her bags and make a fresh start.

Nile is impressed with how easily Noelle slips into her role, managing everything for him. But his tortured artist persona wears on her fragile and frayed emotions and their working relationship is less than ideal. Only once the rest of Eton Mess arrives on location, and Noelle instantly bonds with band member Nate Bridges, do things begin to look up for Noelle. Nile, however, is far from approving of their new found friendship and his displeasure hasn’t gone unnoticed. Noelle will do anything to prevent a rift in the band or damage to Nate’s friendship with Nile. The only thing she knows to do is put up walls and pull away.

Will Nate stand up and fight for Noelle? Can Noelle fight the darkness that threatens to swallow her whole? Or will their love be forever drowned by the undertow?

I nodded and focused my attention past Michael and Zach. When my eyes reached their target I felt everything around me disappear, except for the beautiful creature in front of me. He was tall and sinewy, broad shouldered with the chiseled body of a swimmer. His light brown hair hung in soft, shaggy waves just past his ears. I took in the kindness and gentleness of his face. He had the most stunningly beautiful eyes that were the blue of the ocean with a thin layer of brown circling the pupil. I could dive in and get lost in them. I felt drawn to him. I stepped away from Ross’s side and moved toward him, not missing that he began to move towards me as well. He reached a hand out to me and as I took his I felt an electric current shoot up my arm and through my body. I looked up at him in shock and knew from the look on his face that he had felt the same connection.

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I have a few things to admit about this book.  First, I don’t read books with rock stars.  Yes, I’ve been a couple of friends that were in bands.  It’s not pretty.  Second, this book is extremely long and by 48% into I almost gave up.  Yes, gave up.  It seemed to drag on and on.  I hung in there and I’m glad that I did.  Third,  at times I felt like the book repeated things and I almost gave up.  Again, I’m glad that I didn’t.

Overall, I really liked the book.  I’m so invested in these characters that I can’t wait to read the next installment.  Speaking of which, they are A LOT of characters.  For me though, the story is about Noelle, Nate and Nile.  This is their journey through friendship, love, disappointment and redemption.  I wish I was the reviewer that gave out spoilers but I’m not.

I really felt like that even with all the secondary characters in the book enhance the relationships that occur between Nile, Nate and Noelle.  Fear not, this is not a love triangle at all.  Nate and Nile are best friends.  Noelle is Nile’s PA and falls in love with Nate.  This book is their journey.  Some parts are hard to read but realistically done.  The last 1/4 of the book, I just held my breath.  I cried.  Like, ugly cried over what Ms. Britt wrote.  (I don’t ugly cry in books.)  It left me breathless, grieving but also hopeful.

You really need to give this book a chance.  Just remember that there are a lot of characters, some parts (the middle) dragged a bit but the last 1/4 of the book is so worth it in the end.  I can’t wait to visit them again…and soon!

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Lorraine Britt is a fourth-generation Native Texan who is also immensely proud of her Louisiana heritage and solid Southern roots. As an enthusiastic lover of the written word, inspiration struck Lorraine and she began to bubble over with her own ideas. Grasping hold of her lifelong dreams, it wasn’t long before she was putting pen to paper and letting her fingers fly over a keyboard to bring her own characters to life. When she isn’t busy scribbling notes for her next idea you might find her whipping up delicious creations in the kitchen, putting miles on her car on road trip adventures, or snapping photos of her favorite rugby team on the pitch. Lorraine is equally passionate about music, movies and sports. You’ll no doubt find these familiar themes woven throughout her books. Lorraine and her family currently make their home in west Texas.
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#Review of Heroes and Villains (California Dreaming #1) by Stacey Johnston! @BanBPromotions @author_stacey

 
 
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Heroes and Villains – California Dreaming 1
Author: Stacey Johnston
Genre: Romantic Suspense
 Re Release Date: October 31st, 2016
 
 
 

 

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Two lives entwined in secrets…
Secrets that threaten to tear them apart before they even begin…
Sophie Valentine was a girl living a privileged life, in the tranquility of Solana Beach until she was forced to move to Brooklyn under questionable conditions.
In a quiet Brooklyn neighborhood, Benjamin Sinclair was a troubled boy, leading a secret life.
When he met Sophie on the steps of his apartment building the day she moved in, he never envisioned how chaotic and turbulent his life would become. 
A battle between the forces of good and evil awaits… one that could leave a devastating effect or be the start of new beginnings.
How will it end?
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
This book is NOT what I expected at all.  Keep in mind that it’s a very Mature Young Adult with lots of suspense and thrills in it that will make your head spin.  Ms. Johnston does a great job drawing you into the story and never letting you go until the very end.  What else was great about this book was the writing style.  Yes, the author is an Aussie so even though this story is set in the states, there are the occasional phrases that pop up.  Now, me being the Aussie lover, I didn’t have a problem with it.
 The beginning is a bit slow but it is very needed as to the set up of the book later on down the line.  I also found out that there is a prequel featuring Luke, Stephen, Ben and Kyle.  I kinda wished I had known about it before I read this one.  I did read it afterward and it explains some things that go on with this book but in NO way do you need to read it before.  I’m just weird that way.  After about 1/3 of the book, the action picks up.  The secrets and twists are nicely done and well thought out.  Keep in mind that this is a series so the other boys will get their books, too.  And yes, there is a series arc so be prepared.
While I don’t usually care for the whole instalove thing, in this book it works.  You really feel the connection between Sophie and Ben.  What I didn’t expect was the hotness of their love scenes.  They are in high school still and I didn’t expect them to do what they do in high school.  That’s why I consider this a very Mature Young Adult novel.  Definitely for the older teens.  I didn’t blush but at times, I thought the sex was a bit much.
Overall, I truly did love Sophie and Ben.  I love a good suspense/thriller book.  While there is a bit much going on and you do need to pay attention, I highly recommend it.  I just can’t wait for the rest of the series.
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What to tell you about myself??
When I sat down to set about the challenge of what I could say, I found that I didn’t really consider myself to be very interesting at all.
I’ve lived in Western Australia my whole life, only ever leaving the country once. Right now though I reside in a southern suburb close to the beach.
Above everything else I’m a wife and a mother. I’ve been married to a man I believe to be my soul mate for the past nine years. When he came into my life I already had two gorgeous kids, a boy and girl, who he took on as his own without any consideration as to how it would affect his life. During our time together, he has also blessed me with two more gorgeous little girls. My real life also has me working full time as an Office Manager for an Audio Visual Company.  
I grew up in a home with three aunties, two uncles, my younger brother, my father, and my grandparents!! Wow that was more of mouthful than I expected! As you can imagine life in a large family like that was never boring J
As a child I loved creating stories in my head, it was my escape, a place I could go and hide from the world. As I became older, my stories evolved and every time life challenged me, I slipped back into my imaginary world and hid. This didn’t change as I
entered adulthood.
I have always been the kind of person who never made things easy for herself, and I spent many years drifting from family member to family member looking for direction. It wasn’t until I was twenty-one when I met a man who would become, what I  thought – my future.  Over the next twelve years he was my life, well him, and the two children he blessed me with.
We lost that loving husband, and father to a heart attack when our children were very young, and life as you can imagine became a little rough for a while.
Over the years my stories have given me the sanity to get through many tragic situations.
They’ve given me a world to escape into, one where I can be anything I want. These stories I’ve created over the years, have always been a coping mechanism that worked for me, and I’ve always wanted to share them.
With the support of my family I have ventured out there, and finally put them down on paper. I hope you love them as much as I do.
 
 
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This is a group I created where I can interact with my members, discussing my stories, and the characters within. I also like to give my members the opportunity to get their hands on advanced copies of my books, in exchange for their honest reviews.
There may or may not be a little raunchy fun as well ….
 
Thank you – Dido
Satellite – Nickleback
Something in your mouth – Nickleback
Smile – Uncle Kracker
Say Say Say – Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
S.E.X – Nickleback
Trying Not to Love You – Nickleback
Amazing – Alex Lloyd
Trouble – Pink

 

 

 
 
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Playlist & Excerpt from How to Play the Game of Love (Ladies of Passion #1) by Harmony Williams w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @entangledpub @harmony_writes #HistoricalRomance #LadiesofPassion #EntangledPublishing

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How to Play the Game of Love

by Harmony Williams
Ladies of Passion, #1
Publication Date: October 17, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Select, Historical Romance

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Synopsis: He’s everything she thinks she doesn’t want.When Miss Rose Wellesley’s father threatens an arranged marriage, she knows she’d better settle on a choice quickly or end up having no say in who she marries. Fortunately, she’s garnered a rare invitation to Lady Dunlop’s “Week of Love” house party, an annual affair notorious for matchmaking. Her plans to expedite a proposal would go smoothly if not for the brash younger sister she must chaperone, her outspoken, disagreeable best friend, and the bullish Lord Hartfell who seems determined to dog her every step.

Lord Hartfell embodies every last thing Rose dislikes in a man. He’s domineering, tenacious, argumentative, and a little too casual with his nudity for her tastes. Worst of all, Rose can’t seem to get him—or his kisses—out of her mind.

Rose is determined to find a more appropriate husband, even if her heart disagrees with how unsuitable the stubborn lord is…

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Excerpt #3

“Has anyone ever told you how wild you look when you’re aroused, Miss Wellesley?”

I gasped in affront. “I am not aroused.”

“No?” He smirked. He lowered his head. For one awful, thrilling moment, I feared he would kiss me. His lips traveled toward my ear instead. He whispered, “I have ways of proving that you are.”

I pressed my thighs together as his words shimmied over my skin to settle in the pit of my belly. I didn’t know those ways, but I didn’t care to find out. Not from him.

Intending to berate him, I turned my head. His mouth was so close, I brushed it with the corner of mine. The overwhelming sensitivity weakened my knees. I licked my lips.

He kissed me. His free hand cupped the back of my head, holding me steady. The sensation consumed me like a tempest.

In the next instant, he released me. Cool air drenched me. My head spun. He leaned back against the stable wall, spreading his arms wide. Even though I could only distinguish his silhouette, the sight of him branded itself on my memory.

“Pretend for a moment that you’re my fiancée. What would you do to me right now?”

I nibbled on my lower lip. I didn’t know what I wanted to do more—smack the smug smile off his face or kiss him senseless. “We aren’t engaged.”

“You aren’t very good at pretending, are you?”

To the contrary, I spent most of my days pretending to be a demure young lady of good breeding and no personality.

“How would you have greeted Captain Paine if he were here?”

Warren’s voice cut through the night air. I grinned. He was jealous. Did that mean he cared that he was here with me instead of another woman? The notion was surprisingly alluring. I took a step toward him, then another.

“If he were here, I would never do this.” I pressed myself against his body.

His breath hitched. He lowered his hands to my waist. They hovered, but didn’t touch.

“Why not?”

I slid my hands up his chest and neck to tangle in his hair. My stomach flipped at my audacity. “It isn’t very ladylike, is it?” I tipped my face up to his. My breasts ached as I leaned against his chest. My lips throbbed with awareness. I’d never craved a kiss more.

“I don’t think he’d mind.”

“Of course he would. No gentleman wants an unladylike wife.”

His breath teased my lips as he leaned closer. He smelled like the red wine that had been served at supper. “Maybe you haven’t been attracted to the right men.”

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Songs for Rose & Warren

 

  1. Pink – True Love
  2. Passenger – Let Her Go
  3. Three Days Grace – I Hate Everything About You
  4. Alessia Cara – Wild Things
  5. Demi Lovato – Confident
  6. Mariana’s Trench – This Means War
  7. Maroon 5 – One More Night

 

ABOUT HARMONY WILLIAMS

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Harmony Williams has been living vicariously in Regency-era England since she discovered Jane Austen. Since time machines don’t yet exist, she’s had to make do with books—fictional and non-fictional. On the rare occasions she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book, she likes to drink tea and spend time with her 90-lb lapdog. A feminist, she writes stories about strong women and the men who support them as equals.

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