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Release Blitz & Review: Third Base by Stella

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The Cover: I adore this cover! I think it’s visual pleasing to the eye and very sexy! I like how the baseball bat was added but I feel like it needed more baseball added to the cover because the sport is a important part of the story! A-

Basics: Third Base was released on November 2nd, 2017, published by GFY Publishing and is 335 pages long. Genre wise Third Base belongs to sports romance, childhood romance and contemporary romance. 

Description: First base: kissing.
Second base: above the waist.
Third base: below the waist.
Home run: no explanation needed.

Every baseball player knows to keep their eye on the ball and swing for the fences. Each base counts, but a home run is the goal. No one wants to strike out. This is true both on and off the field.

Ellie had been my best friend since we were born, and we had a plan—get out of the tiny Alabama town we’d grown up in and go to college…together. But even life’s best-laid plans could throw a powerful curveball. Rather than attend classes, I was now the starting pitcher for a Major League team.

While my game-day stats were impressive, my record with women was less desirable. I was the professional baseball player who hadn’t been able to make it past third base since the one and only night I’d played hardball with my best friend. 

When the bottom of the ninth came to a close on my career, I had to decide if our friendship was worth more than a few extra innings.

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Overall thoughts: FINALLY! A baseball romance! I loved the romance book world but when it comes to sports romance I thought they all revolved around football! I absolutely adored this story; there is nothing better than reading about two people growing up together and falling in love, along with dealing with a few bumps along the way. I thought the writing and story was very relatable and honest and I enjoyed Ellie and Coby’s relationship very much. 

If you are looking for a sweet childhood, baseball sporty type romance with some fun humor along the way, Third Base is for you! Harper and Walls make a great team and I will definitely be looking forward to their future works together. 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About Stella: When two romance authors, Leddy Harper and Stephie Walls, join forces…you know it’s going to be STELLA

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Release Blitz & Review: American King by Sierra Simone

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The Cover: I never say this about covers but I really and I mean REALLY do not like this cover. Personally I don’t think it represents Ash at all and I wish really wish they would of given his character justice because he is KING and this cover is just horrible. But you know the saying ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’? That saying presents American King folks, hold onto your seats because this review is gonna get a bit crazy! 

Basics: American King was released on October 31st, 2017 and is 456 pages long. Genre wise American King belongs to contemporary, contemporary romance, angst and drama. 

Description: They say that every tragic hero has a fatal flaw, a secret sin, a tiny stitch sewn into his future since birth.  And here I am.  My sins are no longer secret. My flaws have never been more fatal.  And I’ve never been closer to tragedy than I am now.

I am a man who loves, a man whose love demands much in return.  I am a king, a king who was foolish enough to build a kingdom on the bones of the past. I am a husband and a lover and a soldier and a father and a president.

And I will survive this. Long live the King.
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Overall thoughts: I can’t believe the New Camelot series is over. I started American Queen last November and fell so in love with Sierra Simone’s beautiful writing, great characters and crazy off the wall, hair pulling, toe curling plot. I just can’t believe it’s over. We started with a Queen, learned more about a Prince and the story ended with the King. Where do I even begin? To be honest with you I thought this series was going to end horribly and ruin my life, no I’m serious. Dead serious.I haven’t been obsessed or more heartsick over a series like this since Harry freaking Potter. Greer, Embry and Ash will hold a piece of my heart for my entire life…that is how much I love this series. So let’s dive in this stunning conclusion! Warning: spoilers ahead!

With the way American Prince ended,(you can read my review here<–) I had the worst feeling ever. Everyone was torn apart: Ash found out he had a secret son with his SISTER, Embry left Ash and Greer so he can run against Ash for the Presidency, Abilene was supposedly pregnant with Embry’s child and our trio relationship seemed to be in ruins.  So how the heck was ANYTHING supposed to be fixed or worked out? I don’t know how but Sierra Simone wrapped up things quite nicely and even added a little bow!

Things were strained for several years between our Queen, Prince and King but they all worked out! I guess you could say the main thing about the trio’s relationship was that they persisted. Abilene married Embry and had his child, even so the love between Ash, Greer and Embry was strong. You would think that would be the main issue between all of them, but that wasn’t the case; it was the whole Ash vs Embry presidency that caused the main problems. Embry left Ash because he thought he failed protecting Greer so he decided to run against him, little did he know that our King had a plan to take down Melwas all along. All Embry had to do was be patience, but of course our little prince is anything but. 

There were three shocking revelations in American King, one the first one that involved Abilene. Her suicide bothered me more than I thought it would. When Sierra Simone mentioned writing a chapter from Abilene’s point of view in her group on Facebook, I was annoyed. Why did we need a chapter from the evil red haired demon that caused so many problems throughout this entire series? Why Sierra?! Haven’t you tortured us enough?! I’m kidding! Kind of. But yes, I felt sad and I felt sorry for Abilene because haven’t all of us cared for someone who didn’t feel the same way? We weren’t manic or crazy about it I’m sure but still, I felt bad for her. 

The second shocking thing about American King was Merlin! I seriously thought he would end up being the bad guy but nope! Merlin was team Queen-Prince-King all along!

And the craziest, shocking, out of left field part about American King? Greer, Ash and Embry are reincarnations of Queen Genevieve, King Arthur and Knight Lancelot. The biggest kicker of them all though? Merlin IS Merlin AND this entire thing has happened before and he’s SEEN it. Greer, Ash and Embry loved each other in another life and came back again to love each other once. Mind. Blown. I saw hints of Merlin actually having magical powers in American Prince and some hints in American Queen but the fact that Sierra actually went through with this in a contemporary romance book and officially making it a fantasy love story? She is seriously the best. 

I loved this story and these characters that made my toes curl and made me cry for hours on end. So much. I’m going to miss the crazy twists and turns that turned my world upside down! I HIGHLY recommend this series and can guarantee that you won’t regret it! Thank you Sierra Simone for writing such an amazing, crazy, life ruining story because I will cherish it forever. Long live the King, Queen and Prince! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “And now here we are in a tragedy of our own. Except we probably do deserve it.” -Embry

“I love you, and that will always be the end our story.” -Embry

“I hate you.”
“I love you and I’m going to make you cry tonight if you don’t say no to me.”
-Embry and Ash

“I will find them again and I will love them again. And if I have to, I will die for them again.” -Ash 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells

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About the Author: Sierra Simone is a former librarian who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

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Thank you for much reading this review! If you’re interested head over to my Facebook and like my page! In honor of American King’s release I’ll be doing an eBook giveaway soon! 
You’ll have the chance to win an eBook copy of American Queen, American Prince or American King! Check it out here <– and Happy Reading! 

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Review: Mr. President by Katy Evans

I had the honor of receiving an ARC of Mr. President by Katy Evans! (ARC= Advanced Reader’s Copy for you non bloggers out there!)  I want to start off this review by saying I am a huge fan of Katy and her wonderful series. I started reading her Real series in May 2013 and I have been hooked ever since. So I am completely over the moon and beyond thankful to be chosen to review one of her books early. (Thank you again to Katy and to Nina at Socialbutterfly!) I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you! Trust me guys, you are going to want to get a hold of this one!
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BasicsMr. President will be released on October 31st, Happy Halloween! Mr. President is 280 pages long and is published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Description: He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?

I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him. He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side. Two terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.

Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist. We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt’s chance at the presidency on the line.

Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.
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Overall thoughts: Evans wrote an absolutely perfect, romantic book and her timing couldn’t be more ideal. Everyone’s mind seems to be on the 2016 election and whoever you are voting for, you have to  agree how crazy the 2016 election has been so far. Some people are going crazy over whose running and others want to move to Canada. Mr. President is a perfect escape for anyone who either needs a break from the election or loves Kennedy family centric history. Charlotte and Matt’s chemistry is endearing and  magnetic. It’s not just a romance story about two people who see each other and want one another, then fall in love. Charlotte and Matt knew each other as kids and remembered each other as they grew up which I personally find so swoon worthy. Two people who haven’t seen each other in years and they find their way back to one another and fall in love? Count me in!

I also love how Evans added that touch of forbidden romance into Charlotte and Matt’s relationship with different aspects. Charlotte just turned two twenty and Matt is thirty five, a thirteen age difference. Most people I don’t think would care about this; some would maybe raise their eyebrows but for a man who is running for President and dating a woman who is thirteen years younger than he is? It’s been decades and decades since we’ve had a candidate run for the Presidency without a spouse, so of course people are going to question why Matt Hamilton isn’t married. (At least in Evans world they are.) So when Charlotte joins Matt’s campaign team and they start to secretly fall for one another, it could be turned into a scandal considering all the sneaking around they have to do. 

Having Matt run as a third party candidate was also something I enjoyed. It was a nice twist and I appreciated the fresh take on a different type of nominee considering we usually only hear about the Democrat or Republican candidate.

I adored Mr. President very much and I was actually pretty shocked to learn that Mr. President would be turning into a series! Pleasantly shocked. I thought Mr. President would be a standalone but Katy Evans continues to surprise me. Mr. President left me with several questions so I can’t wait for the next installment of the White House series, Commander in Chief!
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My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes:  “Focus Charlotte! Nope. Not on his ass.” -Charlotte 
“I’m playing with fire and I don’t care.” -Matt
“She’s in my veins, this girl.” -Matt
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About the Author: Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

Connect with Katy:
Email: katyevansauthor@gmail.com
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Review: Silenced by Leddy Harper

silencedThe Cover: Who doesn’t love a hot guy with a man bun? Add that to a book cover and BAM! You have one heck of a hot cover! Hotness of the male cover model aside, I love the trees and the colors of Silenced so much and I think it fits the book’s story and I just love the vibe. But honestly I love everything about this book so expect lots of gushing. Sorry not sorry. A++++

Basics: Silenced was released on February 20th 2017, is part of the Kindle Unlimited Program and is 268 pages long. Genre wise Silenced belongs to contemporary romance and drama.

Description: As a young child, Killian Foster survives the unimaginable. Silenced and scarred, he keeps to himself, spending his time with his notebook in the woods behind his aunt’s house.

Until Rylee Anderson. When Rylee spots Killian hopping over a fence next door, she follows him, unprepared for the boy she’d find—or the relationship that would unfold over the next seven years.

Or the silence that would follow.

Fighting between the hate of his past and the promise of his future, Killian must make choices—ones that would affect more than himself. Choices that would test the lines of right and wrong. Decisions that could break the bond of the only love Killian knew.

Hate or love. Revenge or forgiveness. Silence or his voice.

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Overall thoughts: I loved Silenced, seriously; like I loved it  with my entire heart and soul. It’s story and characters have touched me in a way that will stay with me forever and honestly Silenced might become my top book of 2017. Leddy Harper where have you been all my life?! Anyway. enough of my gushing! So it’s very rare with romance books (at least the one’s I’ve read) to show the main characters younger, like child young. Killian and Rylee met one another when they were young, grew up together, healed together and fell in love because of that.

It’s always hard for me to read about a character’s bad past; whether something happened to them, they’ve lost a loved one or they’ve been through some traumatic event…it’s always, ALWAYS so hard to read about because I honestly feel their pain. I’m very emphatic even when it comes to fictional characters and Killian’s story and beginning absolutely wrecked me. Although Silenced is a work of fiction, the entire time I thought it was real because people abusing drugs and doing horrible things is such a issue today. I love Killian, I think he will be on my top five favorite males of 2017 because he loves Rylee with all of his being. From childhood to adulthood which is so rare nowadays and I thought it was such a neat touch that Harper included that in this story.

The love and chemistry between Rylee and Killian is electric and beautiful, I really did love reading about them as kids just learning how to love and lean on one another. Silenced is seriously one of  my favorite books of the year and Leddy Harper has my support and love for the rest of my life. This book seriously rocked my world and shook my core.

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells ++++++
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My Rating: 5/5 Shells ++++++
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About the Author: Leddy Harper had to use her imagination often as a child. She grew up the only girl in a house full of boys. At the age of fourteen, she decided to use that imagination and wrote her first book, and never stopped.

She often calls writing her therapy, using it as a way to deal with issues through the eyes of her characters. She is now a mother of three girls, leaving her husband as the only man in a house full of females.

The decision to publish her first book was made as a way of showing her children to go after whatever it is they want to. Love what you do and do it well. Most importantly Leddy wanted to teach them what it means to overcome their fears.

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Blog Tour & Review: Filthy Player by Stacey Lynn

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The Cover: I like this cover, I think it would be even better if it showed the model’s face but I really like the stance and the vibe it gives off to the viewer. B+

Basics: Filthy Player was released on October 9th 2017 and is 261 pages long. Genre wise Filthy Player belongs to sports, sports romance, contemporary romance. 

Description:  The Raleigh Rough Riders are back, and this time Super Bowl Quarterback Beaux Hale finds himself playing the most important game of his life.

Every woman knows Beaux Hale is nothing but a player. Yet the first time he walks into Paige Halloway’s restaurant and flashes his sexy grin, she feels a heat between them spark. Too bad he opens his mouth and ruins it.

He may think his money, fame, and sexy looks will attract any woman—but he’s wrong.

Paige doesn’t have time for a man. She’s too busy keeping a roof over her head and taking care of her father to care about relationships.

Lucky for Beaux, he’s a man who’s ready to use all the plays at his disposal. He didn’t bring his team a Super Bowl victory by giving up at the first block in his path—and Paige Halloway has just become his new long-game.

Beaux also knows that sometimes, in order to win and claim your prize, you have to get a little bit filthy.

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Overall thoughts: I was really happy and a bit shocked at how much I enjoyed Filthy Player! I am not a big sports (especially football) person so I didn’t know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. Stacey Lynn is seriously one of the best authors to mix real life issues with contemporary romance. I read so many romance books and although I enjoy and love them…a lot of what happens in those books doesn’t happen in real life. That is okay because that’s the whole point of reading, to forget real life and dream for a bit, but it’s also nice to read something and know that what’s going on in the book is real life.

Paige is a great leading lady, she’s driven, loyal and hardworking woman who just wants to make ends meet and take care of her Dad. She’s given up a lot for her Dad but she doesn’t mind taking care of him and I really just adored her for being so protective over her dad. Beau is perfection, he is literally every woman’s dreamboat in one way or another. Some people like cocky, silly men while others like the rich, athletically fit men and there are some readers who just want to read about a character that is caring and understanding. Well…Beaux is a combination of those three traits. 

Paige and Beaux have great chemistry and I really enjoyed reading about them. Paige had so many responsibility and it was hard for her to really let herself have fun or settle down. Beaux wanted that for her and I just really liked the book’s flow of their relationship and how he really tried to make things work between them. 

Filthy Player has seriously been one of my favorite reads for the end of 2017 and I’m excited to read the rest of the Rough Riders series! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “I’d have my hands full with this woman. Good thing I had big hands.” -Beau
“You’re crazy! And I fucking love you! “Fucking love me? Or love fucking me?” “Yes.” “I love you too. Forever.” -Paige & Beau.

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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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.

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Release Blitz & Review: Racer by Katy Evans

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The Cover: I am in love with this cover. If you’ve read my reviews before you know how much book covers mean to me. Book covers are sometimes what gets people to buy books when a cover doesn’t relate to the characters or story it drives me up the wall. That isn’t the case for this book, Racer’s cover is perfection and matches him 100% A+

Basics: Racer was released on September 28th 2017 and is 358 pages long. Racer is a standalone but does related to Katy Evans’ series The Real series. Genre wise Racer belongs to standalone and contemporary romance. 

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Description: A bad boy with something to prove.
A woman with a mission.
The race of their lives.
The love of a lifetime.

I don’t think his parents expected him to live up to his name—Racer Tate—but once he felt the adrenaline rush behind the wheel, he was addicted.

He’s the fastest, fiercest driver around.
Scouting new talent brings me to his doorstep… but his smile sends me to my knees.

The sexy, mysterious Racer Tate is not the kind of man a girl like me falls for. He’s secretive, reckless, elusive. But his proximity pushes me beyond reason, and his kiss….

This is our last chance to win, and he is our only hope. I’m supposed to watch him—make sure he doesn’t get into trouble. But it’s an impossible task. And now the one in heart wrenching, toe-curling, soul-crushing trouble is me. Because when your heart belongs to someone, their truths become your own, and their secrets become your salvation…or your curse. 

He says he wants me. He says I’m the One. But he also thinks he’ll break my heart, one piece at a time until it’s gone.

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Overall thoughts: I loved this book. No seriously Racer is in the running for my favorite book of the year, it was THAT good. Real by Katy Evans was my first book of hers and I immediately fell in love with Remy and Real’s wonderful story. Honestly I love all of Katy Evans’ books with all my heart and soul, but Real and Racer will always hold a special place in my heart. My entire life I have struggled with depression and anxiety and three years ago I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

For a long time I didn’t think anyone would ever love me because of my mental illnesses and it’s taken me a long time but I am able to function and fight against my darkness. But reading a book with a character that is bipolar finding love/is afraid no one will return their love because they are mentally ill just spoke to me so much. I feel so close to Remy and Racer because we share the same thoughts and every day is a struggle for us. But we’re fighters and even though they are just fictional characters, they mean the world to me. 

Racer is an amazing character, I didn’t think anyone could come close to Remy (his father) but leave it to his son to edge him out of winning the race. Racer is a standalone but relates to The Real series. Racer is without a doubt Remy’s son but honestly Racer is his own character too. He’s headstrong, confident, caring, determined and he’s a man with something to prove. Lana is a woman with something to prove too and what I find out absolutely enchanting with Racer and Lana’s relationship is the fact they both were trying to find their way in the world and it took them coming together to figure things out. 

Their chemistry is insane, Katy Evans has written some amazing, steamy scenes between her characters before but holy cow…Lana and Racer deserve their own award. I loved Racer so much; the story, the characters…everything about this book was magical from start to end and may be a little cheesy but Racer really does give you the race of a lifetime with this wonderful book. I am dubbing Racer my most recommended book of the year!

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “You going because you want to race, or you want the girl?” “Both. I’m racing; and I want the girl.” -Remy and Racer

“I’m sort of your boss, Racer. You can’t play games with me.” “I’m going to be your man. You better not play games with me.” -Lana and Racer

“Patience I hear my father say. Rome wasn’t built in a day…and nobody said it was easy to fall in love with a Tate.” -Racer

“But Lana and me…what we have. This love is real.” -Racer

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.

Connect with Katy:
Email: katyevansauthor@gmail.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorKatyEvans
Twitter @authorkatyevans

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Release Blitz & Review: Scandalous by LJ Shen

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The Cover: I like the vibe of the cover and the cover of the title with seahorse but I actually am not a fan of the cover model. He wasn’t what I envisioned when I imagined Trent but that’s just my personal opinion. Either way the cover is still great and gets a B+ from me. 

Basics: Scandalous was released on September 21st 2017, book four of the Sinners of Saint series and is 315 pages long. Genre wise Scandalous belongs to standalone and contemporary romance. 

Description:  They call him The Mute for a reason.
Hard, cold and calculated, he rarely speaks.
When he does, it’s with disdain. When he does, his words aren’t meant for me.

When he does, my stomach flips and my world tilts on its axis.
He is thirty-three. I am eighteen.
He’s a single dad and my father’s business partner.
I’m just a kid to him and his enemy’s daughter.
He’s emotionally unavailable. And I am…feeling. Feeling things I shouldn’t feel for him.
Trent Rexroth is going to break my heart. The writing isn’t just on the wall, it’s inked on my soul.
And yet, I can’t stay away.
A scandal is the last thing my family needs. But a scandal is what we’re going to give them. And oh, what a beautiful chaos it will be.

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Overall thoughts: To be honest with you, I had a REALLY hard time getting into this series. Even reading several of these books as standalones I just couldn’t get into them! My first book was Vicious and honestly I hated it! I didn’t like the main guy at all and just felt really disgusted and disappointed throughout the entire book. However I am not a quitter when it comes to books people! So I gave this series another try and read Dean’s book, Ruckus Book Three of Sinners of Saint. I’m so glad I did because it made me want to pick up Scandalous and I’m so thankful I gave this series another chance.

 I adored Scandalous! It was such a great read and I loved the story! Edie and Trent are one of my favorite couples of the year and I seriously have a small obsession with them. There is something well (pardon the pun) scandalous about a younger woman being with an older man, add a kid to that mix and well things always seem to get interesting. There were lots of moments where I had to stop reading because my heart wouldn’t stop going crazy over these two! It’s just one of the things where you are reading something and you know, YOU JUST KNOW something either wonderful amazing or excruciating embarrassing is going to happen to the characters and that’s how I felt when reading Scandalous. But in a very good way!  I really loved this book and Edie and Trent are in the running for the hottest chemistry of the year. 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “Oh, I’m not your boyfriend sweetheart.” “Then what are you?” “Your undoing.” 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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About the Author: L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Blog Tour & Review: Long For Me by Stacey Lynn

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The Cover: I am in LOVE with this cover! The tension with the kiss, the beautiful lace behind the text! Seriously head over heels in love with this cover! A+

Basics: Long For Me was released on September 4th 2017, published by Carina Press and is 219 pages long. Genre wise Long For Me belongs in contemporary romance. 

Description: My boss already controls my days; do I want to give him my nights, as well? 

Rebecca: I’ve seen what happens when you give everything to a man. That’s not what I want. I won’t have my heart crushed in anyone’s fist.

Then he changed everything. Him. Bennett Ashby. My boss.

Seeing him at Luminous, dressed in leather pants and wielding a whip…

Do I crave this? My mind says no, but my body is starting to have very different ideas.

 Bennett: I knew Rebecca Morales would be the perfect assistant. That’s why I hired her.
I didn’t know that working with her every day would lead to temptation—to own her, to possess her.

When she walked into Luminous, I knew I was screwed. Dipping your pen in the company ink is never smart, but we both agreed what happens at the club stays there.

One night and then it’s back to business tomorrow. Except I don’t want just one night with Rebecca. I want them all. 

Overall thoughts: Long For Me sadly is the last book in the Luminous series and I am going to miss it so much! But what a fantastic way to finish it off! I didn’t think anyone could compare to the first Dominate Me (which was the first book in this series and my favorite) but wow! I was wrong! Long For Me blew me away and I love each word from beginning to finish! Rebecca and Bennett’s chemistry literally leap off the page and had me reaching for my fan because WOW…those two are fiery hot. 

Each couple in each book had a different story or issue with their relationship and I honestly thought Rebecca and Bennett’s was the best because it was just tugged at my heartstrings a bit. I don’t think a lot of contemporary romance relationships touch on why some of their characters struggle of their past or issues they dealt with enough; so I really appreciated Rebecca’s story because it made their relationship more meaningful and special. 

If you want to read about a stubborn, hard working woman and a hot headed (but also stubborn, if not more!) man with mixed emotions that are deep as the ocean but has a such a steamy sexuality that makes you blush book, Long For Me is the book you are looking for and I highly suggest you read it. 

I am going to miss this series very much! Dominate Me was one of the books I reviewed after I started Amorette’s Reviews late last year and this series will always be special and close to my heart. Stacey Lynn has a life long fan out of this reader and blogger! 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “I hadn’t quite been prepared for how stunningly beautiful Bennett was in person. Or how rude. It was a gift had had.” -Rebecca

“You love the way I make you feel.” “You make me feel out of control.” -Bennett and Rebecca.

“You infuriating, crazy woman. I’m going to love mining the depths of you.” -Bennett

“In truth, there was only way to fight your fear, and that was by facing it.- Rebecca.

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Review: American Prince by Sierra Simone

Oh my goodness this book RUINED, WRECKED AND BROKE ME. I love Sierra Simone and the American Queen series so much oh my goodness American Prince seriously ripped my heart out. Embry is literally one of my favorite male characters and I can relate to him a lot which I think is one of the main reasons I was so emotionally invested in this book. On top of that Sierra is a goddess with her amazing writing, CRAZY plot twists and sensual characters. This review will contain spoilers and ratings of a crazed book lover/reviewer, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED

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The Cover: The American Trilogy series has some of the best covers in the romance genre I think and American Prince is gorgeous. Greer’s cover (American Queen) was blue and Embry’s (American Prince) is this gorgeous red and I am hoping American King will be white. A red, blue and white combo book covers would fabulous on my bookshelf! So here’s hoping! Anyway love this cover A++

Basics: American Prince is the second book in the American Queen trilogy and it is 330 pages. 

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Description: I’ve been many things.

I’ve been a son and a stepbrother. An Army captain and a Vice President. 

But only with him am I a prince. His little prince.

Only with Maxen and Greer does my world make sense, only between them can I find peace from the demons that haunt me. But men like me aren’t made to be happy. We don’t deserve it. And I should have known a love as sharp as ours could cut both ways.

My name is Embry Moore and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States…for now.

This is the story of an American Prince.

***This is the second book in the American Queen Trilogy***

Overall thoughts: When I read American Queen, I didn’t expect to love it so much and I most certainly didn’t think that three people would be able to truly fall in love and truly love one another. I was very wrong and immediately fell in love with Greer, Ash and Embry’s story and how they all connected to one another and fell in love. American Queen ended on a cliff hanger and I knew that somehow Ash and Embry would save Greer without a doubt, HOWEVER I did not expect what would happen in the rest of American Prince. Sure, a hostile, enemy country is one problem but when your own family and friends are turning against you in your own country…I tend to think that is a bigger problem than Mewlas. The plot twists in this book, holy mother of chocolate..they just kept coming! First there were some small twists with Embry when they were soldiers, I didn’t think that they had such a hard time. I knew Embry said no to marrying Ash, but SEVEN years of going and forth? Yikes. The fact that Abilene was working with the Carpathians didn’t surprise me, but when she took it a step further and released her and the video of Greer and Embry? Seriously? AND SHE DID IT AGAIN when she blackmailed Morgan and Embry…seriously? One of the plot twists that made me really, really angry was the fact that Merlin told Embry not to marry Ash. So to recap: Merlin told Greer over and over (from when she was little girl to a teenager) to stay away from Ash and now we find out that he also told Embry to basically stay away from Ash? SERIOUSLY?! I don’t trust that dude AT ALL. Now the biggest plot twist and truth bomb of all…Ash has a child, a son…with his sister. What the heck? Abilene is blackmailing Embry and is apparently pregnant with his child, Ash is in shambles over the news of finding out he’s a father and Embry is quitting his Vice President position and is planning to run against Ash in the next election? AND WE HAVE TO WAIT TILL AUGUST/SEPTEMBER FOR AMERICAN KING? I just can’t. I haven’t been this upset over a book since JK Rowling killed off Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince six years ago. 

Biggest. Book. Hangover. Ever. 

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Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 +++++++++++++++++++++
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Favorite Quotes: “You’re sick. “No sweetheart, you’re sick. “I am, I know I am.” “We both are.” “That’s why he likes us.” Greer & Embry

“Little Princes couldn’t play with kings. They’d be destroyed.” -Embry

“I’m done running from you. I tried and it didn’t matter–you haunted me everywhere I went.” “And you haunted me. My little prince.” -Embry and Ash

“One, my king was broken. And two, I didn’t know how to fix him.” -Embry

“I have to become more than a prince. I have to become a king myself.” 
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Final thoughts: I have so many questions but most of all, with the way American Prince ended…I have NO CLUE how anyone (mainly Greer, Ash and Embry) will be happy, together, not together or at all. I seriously have no clue how Sierra is going to fix all of the messes that occured but I’m hoping she will!!! My biggest question for this book is this with the ending quote: “I have to become more than a prince. I have to become a king myself.” I am SO confused. So that obviously means Embry is running against Ash for President…BUT instead of the three of them together, does Embry running against Ash mean he just wants Greer for himself? Is the love story between Greer, Ash and Embry officially over? It needs to be August like right now because until then I am going to be dying waiting for the next installment in the American Queen series, American King

My Rating:   5/5 +++++++++++++++++++++
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Review: American Queen by Sierra Simone

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The Cover: I adore this cover! I enjoy where most romance books have couples on the cover and they are very beautiful, intriguing and hot; but at the same time I’m loving the direction where a lot of romance books I’ve seen this year have been a cover of one person. Whether that’s the heroine of the book or the leading man, I like the change. American Queen’s cover is gorgeous and it’s always nice to see a picture of the heroine on the cover. This is who the story focuses on right? So why not put the leading lady on the a book cover? Bam! Seriously, American Queen is probably one if not my favorite book cover this year. 

Basics: American Queen was released on October 24 2016 and I am happy to say is book one in a planned trilogy. It is available on Amazon and Ibooks. American Queen is 392 pages long. 

Description: It starts with a stolen kiss under an English sky, and it ends with a walk down the aisle.

It starts with the President sending his best friend to woo me on his behalf, and it ends with my heart split in two.

It starts with buried secrets and dangerous desires…and ends with the three of us bound together with a hateful love sharper than any barbed wire.

My name is Greer Galloway, and I serve at the pleasure of the President of the United States.

This is the story of an American Queen.

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Overall thoughtsWOW is literally the word that comes to mind when I think of American Queen. I was not expecting a lot of things such as how beautifully Sierra Simone writes, the way she easily weaves words together just takes my breathe away. The characters and story of American Queen had me setting down my kindle because I was so mesmerized by them and I honestly didn’t want the book to end. I was very, very happy to find out that there would be two more books but I had such a hard time finishing because I did not want this book to end. Ever. 

But enough of me gushing! Let’s move on to some of the the surprises I was discussing earlier. Now when you look at the book’s description, it obviously talks about Greer being in love with the President of the United States and how there’s some sort of love triangle going on in the book. What I did NOT expect was for Greer, Ash, the President of the United States and Embry, the Vice President of the United States loving one another. All three of them in love with each other. I was shocked and in a good way, because usually in romance stories are between two straight people. It’s 2016 and I was so happy to see a different style romance being put into words and it’s something different. It’s been done before sure and I have read similar stories like American Queen with a couple involving another person but nothing beats the writing of this book.

I am a military wife so I really appreciated reading about about both Ash and Embry’s background serving in the military and how they basically fell for one another fighting and protecting each other. I also really liked how Simone broke up the book into sections because Greer, Ash and Embry’s story doesn’t just happen overnight, it spans years. Again, something I really like reading about because most romance books see couples falling for each other just out of the blue with no history between them. Which is completely fine but it means so much more when there’s background between characters. 

I have NO IDEA where the story is going to go next but I’m so excited to see where and how takes the story of Greer, Ash and Embry next!

I just want to make a small note before I finish this section of this post: Fictional or not, everyone falls for each other differently and attractions vary. I like reading romance books because every character is different and each couple or couples have different relationships. Again, it’s 2016 and it’s so refreshing to read about something different because each character and person in this world deserve to find happiness regardless of their gender or sexual orientation, again both fictional and real. Love is love. 

Favorite characters: OH MY GOSH. I adore Embry! I really love Ash too but ah! Greer is also fascinating to me because she has so many different sides to her and I think she is very relatable too. I also really liked her Grandfather although he had minimal parts in American Queen. 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Bad character awards: Abilene. Just…read American Queen and you’ll find out why…but seriously, she is the reason why women hate and have issues supporting one another. 

Favorite Quotes: I had SO MANY favorite quotes from this book! So I apologize if it’s a lot more than I usually post but it was seriously that good. 

“I’m not just walking down the aisle to the man I’ve been in love with since I was sixteen, I’m walking down the aisle to marry the President of the United States.” -Greer

“You barely know me.” “You’re a war hero and the President of the United States. If I can’t trust you, I can’t trust anybody.” -Ash and Greer

“You’re with me. You’re not with him. You’re giving this to me.” -Embry (I mean..holy hell. All the heart eyes.)

“I love you. Surely you already know that. You must know.” -Ash

“This was supposed to by my fairy tale, with me as the princess and Ash as the prince, but there’s a third person ere, a person we both want and who wants both of us.” -Greer

Final thoughts: I loved American Queen and I will be waiting with bated breath for the sequel! I highly, HIGHLY suggest checking out American Queen if you are wanting to read something sexy and swoon worthy, but also fun and truly showcases what true love is and how far people are willing to go for the people they love. I hope you enjoyed this review and I hope you check out American Queen and Sierra Simone! 

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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