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Title: BARE: A Hollywood Romance

Author: Sarah Robinson

Series: Exposed, Book 2

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Standalone

About BARE:

 

Following the popular series debut—NUDES was praised as “passionate, emotional and uplifting” by #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Lauren Blakely—contemporary romance author Sarah Robinson weaves a new standalone story where a second chance at romance is found on a Hollywood film set and secrets always have a way of being…exposed.

 

Reed Scott is the hottest actor in LA…

Being a Hollywood heartthrob has its perks, and I’ve damn sure enjoyed every one of them, both on and off the silver screen. The tabloids loved every second of exploiting my privacy, chronicling my mistakes in ink for the whole world to see. Accepting the lead role in a romantic dance film was guaranteed to make me a box office hit and help me rewrite my image, until the choreographer hired to train me turned out to be the only woman I’d ever loved and lost.

 

As beautiful and enticing as ever, Tegan walks in and reminds me of the worst mistake I’ve ever made. She should hate me, and now she has the power to destroy everything I am.

 

Tegan Reynolds is picking up the pieces…

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…never going to happen. I fell in love with Reed Scott once and it nearly killed me—literally. The last thing I want to do now is teach him how to dance, but I need this job and there’s no way I’m letting him take yet another thing away from me.

 

Reed is in my world now, and this time we’re dancing by my rules.

 

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Ever read a second chance book and think, these two are NOT going to make it?  That thought kept coming back to me throughout Reed and Teagan’s book and I was certain of the outcome until the very last chapter.  I literally blew out the breath that I was holding.  These two knuckleheads.  Yes, knuckleheads.  Look, I get that the past changed them and redefined them as adults but when it came to each other.  UGH!!!!  Teagan was the worst but I COMPLETELY understood where she was coming from.  She was hurt from the past and once these two knuckleheads FINALLY talked about what happened those ten years ago, then the book started to really take off for me.

I know it sounds like I hated the book in the beginning.  Actually, I didn’t.  I loved how Reed was never shy about his feelings for Teagan and how it Teagan was making him sweat it out.  For me, that is what made the book.  Second chances shouldn’t be easy to come by and Ms. Robinson’s makes them both sweat it out.  I also loved the scenes between Tea and her two sisters, Aria (LOVE HER–read NUDES!) and Simmy.  I can’t wait for her book next.  No matter how successful they are, they are sisters and will help each other out no matter what.  Oh, my and the scenes with her parents are hilarious.  Her dad is my dad.  Language and all.  I was dying.  Dying, yall.  You just have to read it to believe it.  There is so much love in the book but with that being said, the conflict is pretty intense at times.  Again, I wasn’t sure of anything until the very end.  Well done, Ms. Robinson.  I don’t like tidy endings.  I want to sweat it out like they have throughout the book.

Overall, this is one of the best books that I have read this year.  I loved Nudes and didn’t think this would top it but it did.  Ms. Robinson continues to amaze me with her writing and her characters.  Bring on Simmy and her story.

 

 

 

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Exclusive Excerpt:

Am I cursed? Teagan stared at herself in the mirror of her small apartment bathroom. She felt cursed. Reed-Scott-freaking-cursed.

Life certainly hadn’t handed her the easiest go, and now, just when she’d thought things were finally turning around because she’d landed a fantastic job as a film choreographer, fate was still proving it had other plans for her. This job was supposed to be her big break—well, break-ish. Sure, it wasn’t what she’d wanted out of her life, but her dreams were no longer an option.

And this job? Most people would kill for it. So, she was choosing to be grateful.

She had to choose to be grateful a lot, actually. If she didn’t, then life would have gotten the better of her years ago. Teagan glanced down at her legs, tracing a finger across the long scar that stretched from her knee to her hip. She tried to hide it under leggings and skirts, but it wasn’t always possible.

When she’d almost died in a car accident at the age of twenty-one, she’d thought she’d never walk again. Hell, the doctors had told her exactly that. And dancing? That was an impossibility.

The years and years she’d spent training to become a professional dancer had all been wiped away in less time than it took for that car to slam hers into a ditch. Despite the doctor’s predictions that her wheelchair would become a permanent fixture, though, she’d proved them all wrong. She’d spent years learning to walk, and then dance, again. Sure, she’d probably never have the agility to become the famous dancer she’d always dreamed of being, but she could at least teach. And with that, she’d found a way to keep doing what she loved…even if it was not exactly what she loved.

So, she chose to be grateful.

But seeing Reed Scott again? The man who made her believe in everlasting, soul-deep, earth shattering love and then left her standing alone at the altar on their wedding day? The man who had left her just to star in a movie that would make him famous?

She was not grateful for that—or for him—one bit.

Teagan finished putting on the last touches of her makeup then changed into a new pair of leggings and a leotard. Glancing one last time in the mirror, she fluffed out her wavy brown hair nervously. As much as she might hate him, she found herself wanting to look her best for him anyway. Make him eat his heart out. Make him regret ever leaving her like that in the first place.

She swallowed, trying to push away her frustration. That didn’t seem possible right now, though. Sighing, Teagan grabbed her car keys off the small table by her front door and gave one last glance around the small Los Angeles apartment she called home. Benson, her incredibly fat tabby cat, was lounging on the windowsill, lazily yawning and watching her. “Bye, Benson. Be good.”

He didn’t even blink at her. He’d probably still be lying in that exact same spot when she came home later.

Teagan blew him a kiss then headed out, locking her front door carefully behind her. Within a few minutes, she was behind the wheel of her car and heading toward the studio. It was still dark outside, but she didn’t mind one bit. She enjoyed early mornings when the world was quiet and the roads were clearer. Driving was still something that made her a little tense after her car accident, and traffic in Los Angeles was always horrendous. But, at five o’clock in the morning, it was a lot more manageable and didn’t make her feel so…terrified.

Luckily, her commute was short and she arrived on set twenty minutes later. She headed straight to the studio where she’d told Reed to meet her, but he wasn’t there yet, which she’d expected since she was a bit early. Placing her dance bag on the shelf to one side of the studio, she pulled out her heel dancer shoes with a cute buckle T-strap over the top of her foot and put them on. She pulled on a loose fitting, light sweater over her leotard for some coverage, since it reached almost to the bottom of her ass.

Next, she began to shimmy out of her leggings, since she was able to work a lot better in her leotard without restriction to her legs. She got down to her knees before she realized that being bare legged would reveal the scar on her leg. Quickly, she slid them back up her legs.

“Shit.”

Teagan whirled around, looking for the person who’d just broken the silence around her.

Reed Scott. Of course.

“You scared the crap out of me,” she told him, grateful that he hadn’t been able to see her scar from where he was standing for the brief moment her leggings had been down.

“Sorry,” he replied, clearly making an effort to look anywhere but at her. “I didn’t know you’d be…uh, I mean, I wasn’t expecting…”

She rolled her eyes. Actors were so dramatic. “I’m not getting naked, Reed. I was just, uh, putting on my leggings to dance.”

“Sure. Right. Yeah.” He was rambling, clutching the gym bag over his shoulder. “So, time to get started?”

“Yep. Put your stuff on the shelf and we’ll get started,” she instructed, doing her best to ignore the butterflies fluttering in her stomach at the very sight of him. Fuck, he looked even better than he’d looked the last time she’d seen him. Tall, broad shoulders, olive skin under thick black hair with a scruffy beard she remembered was very soft. And those eyes…God, the way those light green eyes pierced through her.

He stood you up at the altar, she reminded herself. For a damn movie.

“Sure.” He headed toward her and placed his bag on the shelf. “What are we practicing today?”

“It’s a pretty short routine today, actually. It shouldn’t take us too long.” Though she doubted he’d be the quickest learner after his warning yesterday. “Ready?”

He turned around to look at her, his eyes trailing down her body in a way that made her heart pound faster and faster. Suddenly his gaze stopped, pausing on her legs.

Her heart pounded, terrified he could see through her thin leggings to the bump of her scar. But he said nothing, and his gaze kept traveling. She was safe.

Honestly, she was a little surprised he didn’t already know about her accident. It hadn’t been a secret. Everyone in her life knew, and she’d certainly expected someone to pass along the message. Or for him to check in, even once.

She’d waited for him in the hospital, expecting him to come. Expecting him to apologize. Expecting him to beg her forgiveness, realize what an idiot he had been and take her back, care for her, return her to health with his love and affection.

That hadn’t really worked out.

Finally, his eyes returned to his face, and his tongue slid across his bottom lip. “You look…damn, Teag. You look amazing.”

“Listen, Reed,” she began, setting her jaw and sticking out her chin. “We work together. That’s it. You don’t get to look at me like that anymore.”

Reed looked startled, taken aback at her abruptness. Then the saddest look she’d ever seen passed over his face. “You’re right. I’m sorry.”

“Let’s get started.” She moved to the center of the studio. “I’ll show you today’s sequence, and then we’ll go through it step by step. Okay?”

He nodded, but said nothing.

Carefully, she posed herself in the center of the room with her toes pointed and her arms around her waist. In one slick move, she sidestepped and kicked one leg out to her left, flipping her hair with the motion. She then tucked her foot, her knee pointed out horizontally from her body and spun in a circle.

On her second spin around, she kicked up high, like an incredibly tall karate kick. When her foot touched back down on the ground, she lunged to the right and threw her arms out, tossing back her head with the motion. She curved her spine outwards, pulling her stomach in as she moved her arms in a circular motion toward herself.

She twirled then, spinning on the tips of her toes while keeping her eyes on one stationary spot so she didn’t get dizzy. After her fourth spin, she shoved her arms down by her sides and lifted her chin. With that, she spun back in the direction she’d just come from and leaped multiple times across the room with her arms out and her fingers pointed.

Finally, she came down on one foot and spun in several circles before coming to a stop in front of Reed. “Annnnnd, that’s it.”

“Shit, that looked complicated as hell,” he admitted. “Though you looked incredible doing it.”

She ignored his compliment. Or, rather, she tried. Admittedly, her heart pounded a little harder. But, that was being ignored for now. “Let’s go over the first step.” She repeated the side steps and kicking her leg to the left. “Just like that. Let’s see what you can do.”

Reed followed in her footsteps, and honestly, it wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t great either. “Like that?”

“Close,” she admitted. “Let’s go through it again.”

 

 

About the Author:

Aside from being a Top 10 Barnes & Noble and Amazon Bestseller, Sarah Robinson is a native of the Washington, DC area and has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in forensic and clinical psychology. She is newly married to a wonderful man who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiasts as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescues including everything from mammals to reptiles to marsupials, as well as volunteering and fostering for multiple animal shelters.

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Happy Release Day and ARC #Review of Cheeky King (Royals Undercover #2) by Nana Malone! @givemebooksblog @NanaMalone

Title: Cheeky King
Series: Royals Undercover #2
Author: Nana Malone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 30, 2018

 

Blurb

 

What good is a King without his Queen?
 
Sebastian…
 
I never wanted the crown, but now it’s mine.
Instead of my freedom–instead of her.
But even though she’s not mine to keep, I can’t seem to stay away.
 
Penny…
 
The moment he became king, I knew we were over.
Now I’ve returned home some kind of conquering hero.
If only they all knew that we’d both lost our hearts.
If only I could stay out of the royal bed.
 
What good is being cocky if you can’t get what you want?

 

You slay Ms. Malone.  Slay me.  I honestly didn’t know what to expect with the second part of Seb and Penny’s story but I’m glad that I got through my tears and anger to read it to the end.  Oh yes, there were tears and my anger at certain characters is worthy.  Between Aston and Robert.  UGH!!!  That said, I’m telling you, Ariel and either Oskar or Matthias.  Make it happen and soon.  *wink*  NOAH BLAKE!!!!!  I think I really swooned towards the ending of the book when he showed up with all swagger and attitude.  *sigh*  But enough about the Blake Security men.  That’s a different blog altogether.

What really got me in this one was the angst.  Normally I don’t do angst but with these two, I knew that it was going to happen.  I just never thought I would be wrung out in the end with those two equally stubborn people.  Heck, even the parents knew but no, Ms. Malone never made it easy for them.  But I expect that from Ms. Malone now.  And let’s not forget that while it has its angsty moments, the banter between them is spot on.  Not to mention that Ariel, Roone, and Lucas are always there for them.  Plus, the smexy times in this one are way hotter than before.  These two just can not stay away from each other…hurting or not.

I will caution you that you have to read Checky Royal first.  It’s a must.  You will be lost in this one.  There is a mystery element that is bad*ss in the book.  I never figured it out.  And yes, I can figure most things out but with this one, Ms. Malone kept it simple but also didn’t let you in until the very last moment.  I love it when an author does that in a contemporary book.  It’s not a very heavy part of the plot but it is the overall story arc of the story.  Ms. Malone does this beautifully.  She also keeps the book fast-paced with no lags/gaps.  I know, some people don’t like a fast-paced book, but I do.  I like to read a book in one sitting and with Ms. Malone I can.

Seb and Penny were destined for each other from the time they were children.  I really loved how the queen, Seb’s mom and Ethan, Penny’s dad always knew that, too.  It’s like when the king died, it was only a matter of time before Seb and Penny would realize that, too.  Well, and Seb needed to stop being a douche canoe.  LOL!  The epilogue is sexy, funny and heartfelt.  I just wished that I didn’t have to say goodbye to them.  I miss them already.  A definite re-read is in order.

 

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USA Today Bestselling Author, NANA MALONE’s love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin on a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana at a precocious thirteen. She’s been in love with kick butt heroines ever since.With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters. Waiting for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, Nana, meantime works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.

The books in her series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble best seller lists as well as the iTunes Breakout Books list and most notably the USA Today Bestseller list.

Until that ninja job comes through, you’ll find Nana working hard on additional books for her series as well as other fun, sassy romances for characters that won’t leave her alone. And if she’s not working or hiding in the closet reading, she’s acting out scenes for her husband, daughter and puppy in sunny San Diego.

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#Review of Dark Desires (Pure/Dark Ones #3) by Aja James w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @megami771

Dark Desires

by Aja James

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GENRE: Paranormal, fantasy romance

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BLURB:

Ryu Takamura is the Dark Ones’ Assassin. He has never missed his target…until now. Until her.

Ava Monroe is a talented geneticist who holds the key to the vampire race’s future…and perhaps her own as well.

Their attraction is explosive from the first. She would do anything to have him. He would sacrifice all to protect her.

But will their love triumph over seemingly impossible odds as they battle enemies new and old? Especially the demons from Ryu’s past? And deep within his heart?

 

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Excerpt Two:

She was not what he expected.

Not that he knew what Professors or Doctors (or whatever one called someone with both PhD and MD as a suffix to their name) in molecular genetics looked like on average, if there was such a stereotype to begin with.

But he thought they might be…older.

Gray-haired with glasses and a wizened, wrinkled visage reflecting self-sacrifice (for how else would they have had the time to concentrate on their studies?) and solemnity (for what humor was there in such an analytical, methodological subject?).

For Ryu Takamura, who had been raised for the first ten years of his life in a whorehouse and abandoned thereafter at a Shinto shrine, formal education—hell—any education seemed foreign and antithetical to his own upbringing.

Perhaps this was why he always dressed and spoke with meticulous care.

To any observer, he appeared to be the immensely wealthy heir to a Japanese or Korean conglomerate, living a life of privilege and idleness with armies of servants to tend to his every need. His clothes were of the finest quality and tailored to fit his long, lean body to perfection. His wavy black hair was tousled just so, fuller on top and in the back and shaved closely on the sides to emphasize his aristocratic bone structure, all angles and points liked a laser-cut diamond.

He was so blindingly elegant, in fact, he could never have been mistaken for a real Asian heir. He represented what their alter egos might aspire to if they could ever look as resplendent as he. Rather like how K-dramas represented the ridiculously good-looking and wealthy on TV with actors who had undergone countless surgeries to mimic perfection.

If only they knew the truth. Ryu’s lips tipped at one corner in dark amusement.

 

Where to start?  As you know, I don’t normally review paranormal romance.  Then you throw in a bit of fantasy, too and I sure don’t review those, much less read them.  Well, this is the third book in a series that I started with book two.  This one didn’t disappoint in most ways but overall, I found something lacking.  Now, don’t get me wrong, Ava and Ryu were well round characters and I enjoyed getting to know them but I felt like the story was wrapped up too neatly.

The world building is phenomenal again in this book.  Each book stands alone but I was excited to see the other characters come back for this one to help Ryu and Ava.  As with the other book, the book starts off fast and really never stops.  This one could have read like any other vampire meets human, falls in love and then fights off the bad guys to keep the human.  Oh no…Ms. James doesn’t write that way.  She makes her characters interesting and relatable.  Even if their jobs are a bit above my pay grade.  But that’s what I really liked about them.

While we had Rya and Ava’s story, some questions were answered and others not.  I love it when an author does that in a series.  There is a definite overall story arc to the series and I can’t wait to see where it ends.  Ms. James is a master at this and I applaud her for it.  She gives you just enough and then pulls back.  Tease but that’s what makes this series so wonderful to read.  Plus, the characters aren’t like the others.  Each is different and their history is not cookie cutter.  The book kinda dragged for me in the beginning but once again, Ms. James lets go and the story and action take off.

I know that I don’t recommend paranormal or fantasy but this series has it all.  Hot guys, heroines that you want to be friends with and a storyline that will leave you breathless in the end.

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she’d be the first to admit that those early efforts weren’t particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper!

 

The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it’s completely organic, the way the stories develop. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed because oftentimes, they take her by surprise! It is her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.

 

Her other loves include art, cooking, old movies (anything with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, and all the song and dance numbers because she can’t watch them and not be happy!)

 

She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antarctica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.

 

Aja has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Comparative Literature and Economics and two Master’s degrees, one of which is in East Asian Studies.

 

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