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Title: Unexpected Arrivals
Author: Stephie Walls
Genre: Coming of Age/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Blurb
It had to be a joke.
Any minute now, a van would drive up and Ashton Kutcher would slide the door open, laughing hysterically at my melodramatic performance on the front porch.
But nothing happened.
The words on the page jumbled into a toxic mess my brain refused to comprehend, much less accept.
Please consider this letter as a formal request to arrange a paternity test (DNA).
I barely remembered Chelsea Airy.
That wasn’t true—we’d gone out once, and we’d been friends for a while after. But I hadn’t heard so much as a peep from her since I’d gotten married. I’d reached out a
handful of times, but she’d quit responding and fell off the face of the earth. There hadn’t been a text, an email, a phone call, not even a Facebook message, much less a stork in the last five years.
My wife could forgive a lot, but she’d never wanted children—much less another woman’s.
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Wow.  Just wow!  This is one of the best books that I have read this year.  And yes, I read a lot but I haven’t given out tons of 5 Harlie’s lately.  Lots of 4.5 but not 5’s.  This one is definitely a 5.  I’ve read Ms. Walls before (Girl Crush is hilarious and one of my top 10 this year) and with each book she just gets better and better.  She writes with such emotional depth with her characters and just when you think that you have things figured out, she throws a curveball or two at you.  There are many curveballs in this book but they are definitely worth the swing.  None of them are misses.  Just pure, OMG in the sense that they make you appreciate certain characters more later in the book than you did when they appeared earlier.
Don’t let the blurb give you the sense that there is cheating in the book.  I hate a cheater but *spoiler* there is no cheating.  They broke up for a couple of years.  Trust me, this book starts off when they are in high school and continues until they are adults.  Ms. Walls takes her time letting you get to know Cora and James (Carp) throughout the book.  They are not perfect by any means and are products of their upbringing but on the flipside, they are very grounded.  I loved how we really get to know these characters throughout the book.  Each has some growing up to do and yes, even to the last page.  *sniff*
This book does not have the angst that you would think that a YA/NA/Adult book would have.  It’s about redemption, true love, second chances, and long-buried secrets that affected many of the characters that have long-reaching consequences.  Cora and Carp are wonderful separately and together.  Yes, they broke up for a bit but it was necessary for their character growth and of course, the child to be conceived.  Chelsea is such a wonderful character.  Seriously, I just loved her and she was exactly what Carp needed during his time awhile from Cora.  He realized that he could have a friendship with a woman that wasn’t based on sex and she really helped him when it came to Cora in the long term.
I would be remiss to not talk about the secondary characters.  Neil and Hannah are the perfect friends that Cora and Carp need during the story.  They have a story, too but it doesn’t overshadow theirs.  Carp’s parents and Gwendolyn/Dottie are great, too.  They add the needed wisdom when Cora and Carp need it the most in the end.  The secrets that revolve around Chelsea, Cora, and Dottie are just…OH MY.  Never saw it coming and I really cried for Chelsea and Cora at that point.  They would have been great friends with each other.  Plus, then there is the child.  I won’t go into a lot with the child but the child isn’t stupid.  Chelsea made sure of that.  Dottie, too.  The child MAKES the story.  And yes, Cora never wanted any children but once she realizes that she can truly help him through his grief and the child through hers, she’s a goner.
I usually don’t recommend a book that runs the gammet of emotions.  Swooning, laughing, crying, cheering for characters and overall, just loving everything about a book but this is one of those rare treats that a reviewer lives for.  I hated to see the story end.  I was sad but the ending couldn’t have been more perfect.  Or Promised.  *wink*
Author Bio

 

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 Protecting Her Secret Son by Regan Black w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @ReganBlack @reganbauthor

Protecting Her Secret Son

by Regan Black

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GENRE:  Contemporary  Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Shannon Nolan thought she’d escaped a nightmare world of ruthless crime – until her son is kidnapped! With nowhere else to run and no one else to trust, she puts her life in the hands of her boss, firefighter Daniel Jennings.

 

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Excerpt Two:

In her back pocket, her cell phone buzzed, belting out the old-school ringtone she used for unknown calls and text messages. She set aside the paint cup and pulled out her phone, swiping the screen to view the text.

No words, only a picture of her son. He was strapped into a car seat, his shirt rumpled, his pale blond hair windblown, and his cheeks and eyes were red. His lashes were spiked with tears and his lower lip thrust forward in a pout.

What had happened? Then she realized what she was looking at and her heart thudded in her chest. Staggered, terrified by her worst fears, she dropped the phone as she doubled over, clutching her stomach as if she’d taken a punch.

Daniel caught the phone and steadied her with a hand at her elbow. “Shannon? What’s wrong?”

“I—I’m not sure.”

The ringtone sounded as another text came in and she grabbed the phone from Daniel.

If you want to see your son again, tell his father to cooperate.

Her stomach clenched and she clapped a hand over her mouth. Whoever was behind this had chosen the wrong leverage. She’d never had any influence over Aiden’s father. Naturally, the sender’s number was blocked, but she hit the icon to call back anyway. It rang and rang, and no one answered.

“I have to go,” she said.

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What can I say about Regan Black and this series?  I love it for one.  Second, her characters come to life and third, Ms. Black knows how to write action/suspense scenes like no other.  True.  When the bullets start flying, you feel like you are there.  My heart pounds, my pulse quickens and then I’m left breathless in the end.

The Escape Club is back in action again.  I love Grant.  And that he plays the drums.  Plus, I just love how Grant just knows what to do.  Plus, he respects the people that he is trying to help.  He doesn’t dumb it down for them.  Shannon goes through a lot in the book and Grant is always patient and kind.  But I digress.  Daniel is right beside her, too.  He was also patient and kind, too.  In fact, what really sold me on the romance side of the book was that they already a relationship as work colleagues.  Shannon is no TSTL woman but trust me when I say, she has gone through a lot just to get to the point in her life before Aiden is kidnapped.

Daniel, I felt like was just kinda floating through life until Aiden is kidnapped.  He’s a great guy, fireman, and contractor but was kinda directionless in a sense.  Shannon gives him purpose but also just confirms what he really wants out of life and with whom.  *swoon*  I loved that he had some family issues, too.  It made him human and also brought to the for front about his working with dad and in some degree, Shannon in the end.  Plus, I just loved his mother, Tess.  And yes, his dad could be a toot but in the end, he just wanted his son to be happy.

The suspense in this book is top notch.  Bullets flying, kidnapping, fires, and killings.  Oh yes, there is a killing and I kinda lost it for a moment.  It was sad but also sweet at the same time.  I felt bad for Shannon losing the only person that really tried to be good for her at the end of marriage…I won’t say anymore because I would definitely spoil it for you.  I figured out fairly early the “who” but the journey to the end of the book is breathtaking.  You just don’t know what is going to happen until it does.  That’s awesome romantic suspense.  Ms. Black always puts me through the wringer but the end is of so satisfying.

I can not enough about Ms. Black and this series.  Great writing, characters that relatable and situations not too “out there” and romance that rings true.

 

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Regan Black, a USA Today bestselling author, writes award-winning, action-packed romantic suspense and paranormal romance novels featuring daring heroines and sexy heroes. Raised in the Midwest and California, she and her family, along with their adopted greyhound and two arrogant cats, reside in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history fuels her imagination.

 

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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.

Excerpt:

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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