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Cover Reveal: Manic Monday by Piper Rayne

Manic Monday, an all-new hilarious and romantic standalone from Piper Rayne, is coming April 26th!
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Blurb: The perfect man for me is a blood-sucking lawyer.
#pfftwhatever
Been there.
Done that.
Burned the T-shirt.
I didn’t swear off all men after my divorce, but I sure as hell swore off anyone remotely like my ex. On the top of that list? Attorneys. Everyone knows they can’t be trusted.

Now that I’m back in Chicago, my focus is my daughter, my mom and me. I haven’t given up on finding my happily-ever-after, it’s just on hold—indefinitely.

Then I see Reed Warner again, and he weasels his way into every part of my life, not willing to take no for an answer.

In spite of my better judgment I can’t stop thinking about the way his designer suits fit his muscular frame, or the way his blue eyes seem to eat me up with every glance.

You know when you’re on a diet and even hummus seems irresistible? Reed is like the equivalent of chocolate éclair and my willpower is fading fast.

The problem? Not only is he a lawyer…
He was the best man at my wedding.
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About the Author: Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.

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ARC Review: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

Birthday-Girl-EBOOKThe Cover: I love the cover of Birthday Girl! I think it’s so interesting, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a book cover with a picture within the title. A+ 

Basics: Birthday Girl was released on April 17th 2018 and is part of the Kindle Unlimited program. Genre wise Birthday Girl belongs to contemporary romance, age difference/age gap romance and standalone. 

Description:  JORDAN: He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.
He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.
He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.
I have to stop this. It can’t happen.
My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.
Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one. I am.

PIKE: I took her in, because I thought I was helping.
She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.
As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.
The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.
But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.
And her boyfriend’s father.  
Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.
*BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+.

Teaser-1 (1)Overall thoughts: It’s been a long time I’ve reviewed for Penelope Douglas! I loved her other book Punk 57 so much and I am so thankful I was given the opportunity to read and review for her again! Here’s the lowdown on Birthday Girl: Jordan is a hardworking but struggling nineteen year old trying to navigate her way through life with her boyfriend Cole. Pike is Cole’s father trying to stay in his son’s life and keep a relationship with him after struggling to do so for many years. When tensions rises and become rocky between Jordan and Cole, she finds herself in an odd situation with Cole’s father. Not only does she grapple with the fact that she’s starting to feel drawn toward her boyfriend’s father but also the fact that the man she is starting to feel things for is nineteen years older than she is. Which is ironic because that is Jordan’s age.

Birthday Girl was great full of witty lines that made me smile and laugh. The plot was really done and I really loved the chemistry and slow burn romance between Pike and Jordan. I also think that love happens randomly and at the best and worst possible of times and I really enjoyed that aspect when it came to reading Birthday Girl. Overall I loved this book and I plan on adding it to my bookshelf very soon! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and include The Fall Away SeriesThe Devil’s Night Series, and the standalones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and now Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), coming later this year, and the standalone, Motel, coming in 2019.  She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter. 

Follow Penelope: Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/PenelopeDouglasAuthor
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Release Blitz: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

Birthday-Girl-EBOOKBlurb:
JORDAN: He took me in when I had nowhere else to go.
He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.

He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.
I have to stop this. It can’t happen.
My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable.
Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one. I am.

PIKE: I took her in, because I thought I was helping.
She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.

As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.
The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me.
But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight.
And her boyfriend’s father. 
Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.

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Teaser-1 (2).jpgAbout the Author: Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the standalones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and now Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), coming later this year, and the standalone, Motel, coming in 2019.  She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter. 

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Cover Reveal · new release · pre-order

Cover Reveal: Without Promises by Delancey Stewart

Without Promises (Under the Pier Book 2) by Delancey Stewart is coming May 21st!
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Blurb: Trent McNeil was a classic trust-fund kid until he watched a team of firefighters save his family home. From that moment on, he rebelled against the path his parents were determined to keep him on. Now a San Diego firefighter, he knows he’ll eventually be expected to take over the family empire. But until that day, his only plan is to have fun and enjoy life.

After a childhood of upset and uncertainty, Amy Hodge is going to make something out of herself. She has her future all planned out. She’s starting medical school and is going to be busy…far too busy for a relationship. But she does have time for a quick fling before she buckles down and concentrates on her studies.

Amy quickly realizes that playboy Trent is not all he seems to be. Never relinquishing control and sticking to her plans has done well for Amy, but no one has ever made her want to throw caution to the wind like this sexy firefighter.
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About the Author: “I’m not big on labels, but there are a few that fit me (not necessarily in this order. Or maybe in this order): wine drinker (and wine geek), mother of small boys, military spouse, writer, chocolate eater and ice cream addict

I write about emotional connection and intimacy, and love giving readers smart, sexy books to curl up with.” Delancey Stewart is an award-winning author who writes romantic fiction with humor and heart. Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a wineseller.

A wife and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.

Follow Delancey:
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Dominate Me by Stacey Lynn

d 2.jpgThe Cover: I think the cover for Dominate Me is gorgeous BUT I have ONE HUGE issue with it. The main female character in Dominate Me, Haley is NOT blonde, she’s brunette. So why make the woman on the cover blonde? It makes no sense and is misleading! 

Basics: Dominate Me was released on January 16th, 2017 and published by Carina Press. Dominate Me is 201 pages long. 

Description:  
Welcome to Luminous: where your pleasure is our purpose. 

Haley: The first time I felt Master Jensen’s presence beside me, I knew he would be the one to show me all the kinky pleasures of Luminous.

That I would give my body to him. Begin my journey to sexual freedom at his feet.But when I dared raise my eyes to his, I saw he would get a part of me no man had had before: my trust.

Jensen: From the instant I saw her blush, I was captivated.
There was power in her innocence—a power I quickly controlled.

Every moan, every cry, every new awakening was mine. I pushed her boundaries and watched her sexual confidence grow…knowing that in the end, I would have to let her go.

I know the price of love and I’m not willing to pay it.
I dominated her body and she enthralled my heart.
But I have to walk away before I ruin the one I love.
Again.
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Overall thoughts: I loved Dominate Me! I thought it was going to be another BDSM love story but it was different and I really enjoyed it. Haley was a great character and I loved watching her character growth. Jensen was very alpha male like but I also really liked how he grew to love Haley and how well he took care of her. Dominate Me was a hot, steamy, romantic read and I’m really excited for more books in Stacey Lynn’s Luminous series!

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 shells
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Favorite Quotes: “She was more than pretty. She was more than beautiful.” -Jensen 

“But she owned me. There was nothing I wouldn’t do for her.” -Jensen

“He was my lover, my protector, my friend–my partner in everything.” -Haleydo 2.png
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About the Author:  
Stacey Lynn currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and four children. When she’s not conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or on the boat with her family enjoying Minnesota’s beautiful, yet too short, summer.

She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.

If you would like to know more about Stacey Lynn, follow her here:
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Review: Outwait by Lisa Suzanne

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The Cover: 
Outwait cover is hot but for some reason I wish it was a couple cover with Carson and Sylvie on it. I like abs but I wanted a better representation of the book’s couple for this. Or maybe even the model’s face with a moody glare? I don’t know but something is miss. B+

Basics: Outwait was released on June 1st 2017 and is 292 pages long. Genre wise Outwaitbelongs to romance and contemporary romance. 

Description: From the outside, Carson King looks like he has it all. He’s next in line to be CEO of King Communications, he’s hot and single, and he’s at the center of the New York social scene. He has a different woman on his arm every night, and he wouldn’t change a single thing about his life…until Sylvie Baker storms into his boardroom.

Sylvie Baker actually does have it all. She balances a successful career with the perfect boyfriend—a man she plans to marry someday. She wouldn’t change a single thing about her life…until Carson King challenges everything with one simple confession.

Sylvie is intent on fighting her feelings. Carson’s convinced it’s just a waiting game.
But how long is he willing to wait for her?
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Overall thoughts: Outwait was a joy to read, I tend to lean more towards the angst kind of contemporary romances because I find those more interesting and Outwait was a great combination of that. I also find it rare in the romance book universe and especially real life that any kind of person would simply just wait for the person they cared about or wanted. It’s rare guys! So Outwait is like a unicorn in a way, still around but hidden in plain sight. I adored Carson and Sylvie. Although Carson was the typical bad boy in any contemporary romance novel, he had some hidden undertones that I really enjoyed. For example, it is SO RARE that authors write about the main guy having intimate relations with anyone but the main woman and Suzanne showcased that. Did I mind? No because I feel like it gave a deeper insight into Carson. Another hidden undertone was just how Carson waited for Sylvie, it was very sweet to read about. Also how dang relatable is Sylvie?! I mean how many people struggling with wanting to move with their lives with something new and better, but have a hard time letting go? I really, really love how Suzanne brings real life circumstances into her books and I greatly appreciate how relatable her characters and stories are. I love Outwait! My only complaint was that I wished it was longer! (Nothing new when it comes to my reviews, I always want more! I’m greedy! Sorry not sorry 😛 )

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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o3.jpgFavorite Quotes: “My heart isn’t here, isn’t with William. It’s out that door with Carson.” -Sylvie

“And you think San Diego is going to bring you happiness?” “No, I think you are going to bring me happiness.” -Sylvie and Carson

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Buy Outwait: (Free on Kindle Unlimited)
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About the Author: Lisa Suzanne is a romance author who resides in Arizona with her husband and baby boy. She’s a former high school English teacher and college composition instructor. When she’s not cuddling baby Mason, she can be found working on her latest book or watching reruns of Friends.

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Review: The Swedish Prince by Karina Halle

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The Cover: I like the colors of this cover, they look well together and leap off the page but I am disappointed at the model. He’s gorgeous but his expression is very, very odd and it makes me a bit uncomfortable to honest. Is he scoffing? is he smoldering? What is going on with his expression? C+

Basics: The Swedish Prince was released on March 21st 2018 and is 458 pages long. Genre wise The Swedish Prince belongs to contemporary romance. 
s1.jpgDescription: I never believed in fairy-tales. Never held out for Prince Charming.

Growing up poor in small-town California as the oldest of six siblings, I knew I would never ride off into the sunset with anyone. That was even more apparent when a senseless tragedy took the lives of my parents, forcing me to become the sole guardian of our dysfunctional household at the mere age of twenty-three.

Then a fateful encounter literally brought Prince Charming to my dusty doorstep.At first I thought Viktor was just your average businessman passing through, albeit obscenely handsome, six-foot-five, blue-eyed, and mysteriously rich.

But soon I discovered the truth behind Viktor’s façade.

Beneath his quiet, enigmatic gaze and cocky charm, is a man who is running away from who he really is. A role he’d rather not fulfill.

He is Viktor of House Nordin, His Royal Highness, The Crown Prince of Sweden.
Yet uncovering Viktor’s secret was only the first step.
I didn’t expect to fall in love with him.
I didn’t expect to have my whole life turned upside down.
When you’re from two different worlds, can your hearts meet somewhere in the middle?
Or do happily-ever-afters only exist in fairy-tales?
The Swedish Prince is a standalone romance inspired by Roman Holiday.
The Swedish Prince.jpgOverall thoughts: The Swedish Prince was my first Karina Halle book and I can’t believe I hadn’t read any of her books up until now! I loved this book! Viktor and Maggie are such an amazing couple and I immediately wanted them to be together and rooted for them! Viktor is a Prince of Sweden and Maggie is a cleaning lady/guardian to her five younger siblings, they really do come from different places. When it comes to romance stories like this, a Prince falling in love with a commoner it’s usually the same old song and dance: they have a hard time being together because one person is royalty and the other isn’t. That trope is a little bit different for The Swedish Prince and I really liked that aspect. 

Here’s the skinny: Viktor is about to be King of Sweden because his brother suddenly passed away. Immediately his freedom and the future he envisioned for himself is ripped away from him and he’s also struggling with grief over his brother as well. Maggie isn’t doing so hot either, she went from going to college on a scholarship in New York City to going back to California working as a cleaning lady for a local hotel AND taking care of her younger siblings. Young and I mean YOUNG kids. Maggie is only twenty-three years old, her dreams have been ripped away and again taking care of five younger siblings would be daunting for ANYONE. 

Fate brings Viktor and Maggie together and honestly the chemistry of these two had me blushing. How they met was hilarious but what it blossomed into was just so sweet and heartwarming combined with a chemistry that leaps off the page makes them one heck of a couple! The Swedish Prince was such a unexpected surprise for me, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good contemporary romance/royal story and I will definitely be looking out for future Karina Halle books!

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “He doesn’t belong to me. He belongs to another country. And I’ll be left behind in mine.” -Maggie

“Holy sh*t, this dirty-talking Swedish bastard is going to be the death of me.” -Maggie

“This is my prince. Right now, he’s my kind.” -Maggie

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2FU5oBCs2.jpgAbout the author: Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Follow Karina: Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit http://www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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Blog Tour & Excerpt: This Time Around by Stacey Lynn

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Blurb: Cooper Hawke was everything I didn’t need. Rich and famous, and a high-profile actor, he lived a life of luxury while my life had always been much more simple.

Yet when he showed up at my cattle ranch in Kansas, he gave me everything I didn’t think I wanted again.

His marriage was over and he was lost.
I was still barely surviving in my grief after my husband’s sudden death.

As hard as I tried to keep him out, he slipped past my defenses, and slowly, a connection grew between us I could no longer deny.

But this time around, we were on borrowed time. Because Cooper still had his real life waiting for him back in Hollywood.
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Excerpt: “What are you doing here?” I wrapped the robe around my waist, tightened the knot.

Goddamn it! He wasn’t supposed to see this.

“Couldn’t sleep?”

That was what he asked. The urge to scream at him, to unleash holy terror for putting the idea into my head and making me feel, clawed at my throat. “No. Why are you in my room?”

“Because I couldn’t sleep on the couch thinking of you and then I started hearing all this racket like the ceiling was going to cave in on my head and thought I should come check on you.”

My brain must have malfunctioned. I must have skipped some words, rearranged them in the wrong order. He didn’t say what it sounded like.

“What?”

He pinned me with a look. It stole the breath from my lungs. “You heard me.”

Shit.

“Yeah, shit.”

I slammed my mouth closed. If words were slipping out, when I didn’t mean them to, it was best to be quiet.

“Come out of the closet, Rebecca.”

He held out his hand. I ignored it.

I couldn’t breathe or move or focus.

He was standing outside my closet, and he was naked.

Not naked, naked. Mostly naked. He’d taken off the pants and shirt I’d given him and all he had on was a pair of black boxer briefs.

Skin-tight boxer briefs.

That showed every outline of him. And there was a lot of him to see.

My eyes darted to the side of the closet I’d swiped clean. Tomorrow, I’d bleach my eyes to erase that visual.

“Rebecca.”

“I’m fine here.”

He laughed low and slow, beautiful and over too quickly. I was not moving.

“You don’t come out, I’m coming in there to get you.”

No way in hell was he touching me. Not dressed like that.

I stepped over the bucket of shoes at my feet and stepped into the room. He moved back, giving me space and crossed his arms over his chest.

It hid nothing. I couldn’t find a place to focus on.

I was losing my mind. It had to be sleep deprivation. I looked to my bed and ruffled covers which made me think of…

Nope. Not going there. I stared at the wall. It was cream and void of any decorations or photos. It was safe.

Finally, I breathed. He stood there, watching me, I felt it like I felt my skin crawling from his inspection.

“Want to talk about this?” he asked.

Nope. I didn’t. I didn’t want to say a single word to Cooper Hawke. The man in underwear in my bedroom.

I crossed my arms over my stomach. Uncrossed them. “No.” My hands went to my hair and I untangled my hair tie, shoving my hands back into my hair and re-fixing the messy knot. “I don’t want to talk about it.”

“I might be able to help, you know. It’s not like I haven’t stood in a closet, wanting to do the exact same thing you’ve just done.”

“You can’t help me.”

He stepped closer. I shuffled back. He moved again. I retreated. He was getting closer when he needed to move back.

“Cooper,” I said, “Please. I need to be alone.”

“I thought we were friends.”

“What?” My gaze jumped to him, fell. Tight, tanned skin and black boxer briefs. A trail of hair from his bellybutton that disappeared beneath those briefs burned into my retinas. I squeezed my eyes closed. A futile attempt to erase that pretty, pretty sight.

“I thought we were friends,” he repeated.

I forced my eyes open and choked out, “We are.”

His full lips quirked into a grin. I knew that look. He had it downstairs. I did not like that look. Not one little bit. “Friends help each other, don’t they?”

“Friends respect what the other person wants and needs.”

I scooted away from him again and bumped into the wall next to my closet.

He took one more step toward me. Slowly. Like he’d done downstairs, allowing me time to move away, allowing me time to see his intention. My head screamed to move out of the way while my body shouted stay right where you are.

My body sucked.

He was in front of me, not touching me. Far enough away where he was in no danger of touching me.

I still wanted him to touch me.

His hand raised and he settled it on the wall above my shoulder. And I could smell him.

“Cooper. Why are you here?”

He didn’t even blink. “Because I want to help you.”

“You can’t.”

“I can try.”
TTA-AN
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Review: Shadow Wings (The Darkest Drae series #2) by Kelly St. Clare & Raye Wagner

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The Cover: I love this cover! The details in it are so eye catching and so beautiful that I honestly just want to keep staring at it.

Basics: Shadow Wings was released on February 8th 2018 and is 383 pages. Genre Wise Shadow Wings belongs to Mature Young Adult, Fantasy and Romance.

Description: I will never be controlled again. A manipulative dragon shifter. A sexy phaetyn prince. Me? I shouldn’t even exist.  

With peace established in Verald, I should be free; Lord Tyrrik is liberated from his blood oath, after all. But the freedom in Verald is an illusion. If I remain, destruction will surely follow.

As soon as I come into my powers, the blood-thirsty emperor of Draecon will know. Even now, he is hunting me.

When a Phaetyn prince arrives promising safety, the solution seems perfect. A little too perfect. But is the objective of our group security or something more? Because everyone is telling me what my goals should be.

Who do you trust when everyone has lied to you?
Should I listen with my head – or my heart?
I might not get a choice.
raye.pngOverall thoughts: Please do not continue reading unless you’ve read Blood Oath before continuing with this review, minor spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned!!

At the end of Blood Oath we left Ryn in a bit of a difficult situation. She was still dealing with the aftermath of being in the castle and dealing with Irrik’s betrayal and lies. It’s a bit of whirlwind when you find out that someone you deeply love not only lied and concealed themselves from you but was also the main reason your home and a lot of the people you lived were destroyed. Oh and she also found out she’s part dragon on top of everything so that’s a problem. 

I really admire Ryn’s tenacity in Shadow Wings because she is one heck of a woman. She’s been kidnapped, abused, tortured, lied to and betrayed, yet she is just determined to keep moving forward. She sets out with Dyter and Tyrrick on a mission for safety but finds something herself pulled back into the mess of her country instead. Not only does she have all that on her plate, she and Tyrrick still have a lot to talk about and it doesn’t look like he’s going to give up on her anytime soon. 

Shadow Wings expands on the amazing story that Blood Oath started and makes me crave even more books in the Darkest Drae series! I am so excited to see what happens next!  

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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5 shells

**Blood Oath & the entire Darkest Drae series is available on Kindle Unlimited**
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About the Authors: 
Kelly St. Clare: 
Books have always been magical and mysterious to her. One day she decided to start unraveling this mystery and began writing. Her works include The Tainted AccordsThe After Trilogy, and The Darkest Drae. A New Zealander in origin and in heart, Kelly currently resides in Australia with her ginger-bearded husband, a great group of friends, and some huntsman spiders who love to come inside when it rains. Their love is not returned.

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Raye Wagner:
 As one of eight children, I learned to love reading as a means of escaping the chaos that comes with being a part of a large family. When I was a teenager, I read Leon Uris’s Exodus, and fell in love with the character, Kitty Fremont. Not only was I in love with Ari Ben Canaan (my first introduction to an alpha male), but I felt a connection with her, so much so that I pursued a career in nursing. I continued to collect books and read through college, and even as I established my career. Years later, I read the Twilight saga, my first introduction to YA literature as an adult. I was in Half-Price Books and picked up a middle-grade novel with a boy and a lightning bolt on the cover. I read the first page, and bought the first four Percy Jackson books. Isn’t this series fantastic? After that I was hooked, and YA literature became my genre of choice.

I live in Middle Tennessee with my husband and three children. My favorite things include trips to the beach, baking sweets (and eating them), Tae Kwon Do, and doing puzzles and Legos with my family.

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Cover Reveal: Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

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Synopsis:
JORDAN: He took me in when I had nowhere else to go. He doesn’t use me, hurt me, or forget about me. He doesn’t treat me like I’m nothing, take me for granted, or make me feel unsafe.

He remembers me, laughs with me, and looks at me. He listens to me, protects me, and sees me. I can feel his eyes on me over the breakfast table, and my heart pumps so hard when I hear him pull in the driveway after work.

I have to stop this. It can’t happen.  My sister once told me there are no good men, and if you find one, he’s probably unavailable. Only Pike Lawson isn’t the unavailable one. I am.

PIKE: I took her in, because I thought I was helping. She’d cook a few meals and clean up a little. It was an easy arrangement.

As the days go by, though, it’s becoming anything but easy. I have to stop my mind from drifting to her and stop holding my breath every time I bump into her in the house. I can’t touch her, and I shouldn’t want to.

The more I find my path crossing hers, though, the more she’s becoming a part of me. But we’re not free to give into this. She’s nineteen, and I’m thirty-eight. And her boyfriend’s father.   Unfortunately, they both just moved into my house.

*BIRTHDAY GIRL is a stand-alone, contemporary romance suitable for ages 18+.
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About the Author: Penelope Douglas is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages and include The Fall Away Series, The Devil’s Night Series, and the standalones, Misconduct, Punk 57, and now Birthday Girl. Please look for Kill Switch (Devil’s Night #3), coming later this year, and the standalone, Motel, coming in 2019. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their daughter. 

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