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Overall Review July 2018

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Oh my goodness! July went by SO fast! I reviewed some ARC’s for this month but I also did a lot of re-reading for review which was a complete blast! I’ve read a lot of books before I became a book blogger and I’m glad I found a way to incorporate past books I’ve read and loved into my blog! So without further ado, my overall review for July 2018!
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I started off July with re-reading the Stage Dive series by Kylie Scott, reading Lick first! It was so much fun revisiting this series this month! Kylie Scott is a fantastic writer and her Stage Dive series is a staple for any romance book lovers collection! This series means a lot to me personally because the books were published during a very transitional time in my life so I really loved re-reading them for review. The Stage Dive series focuses on a famous rock band with all of the four bandmates falling in love. Under really interesting circumstances might I add!  
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My review of Lick ⇠
My review of Play ⇠
My review of Lead ⇠
My review of Deep ⇠

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About the Author: Kylie Scott is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. Contact her at info@kyliescott.com or: PO Box 13, Fernvale QLD 4306 Australia.

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I had the amazing opportunity to read and review for Jen Frederick which I was SUPER excited for! I’m a big fan of her and this was my first solo book of her I had the chance to review for (I’ve only read her other books Erin Watt wise.) Want You is about two kids growing up and falling in love with each other, which is honestly one of my favorite romance trope books EVER. I am a sucker for them. I just think knowing someone for most of your entire life and later falling in love with them, I think it makes it even more special. Not to mention that some criminal activity is involved in Want You, so it’s not just hand holding and flowers, things get a bit nerve-wracking. I love this book and Want You is definitely one of my favorite reads of the Summer! 
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My review of Want You ⇠

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I also had the opportunity to read and review for some new authors I haven’t read before which was so much fun! His Distraction by Tanya Gallagher was a kinky, fun, adventure read that was a surprise for me. The books where people don’t think they are going to fall in love or don’t want love are always something I enjoy. 
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My review of His Distraction ⇠

About the Author: Tanya Gallagher is the Seattle-based author of contemporary New Adult and Adult romances about smart, strong women and the sexy men who love them. In addition to A Slippery Slope, the X Enterprises series of steamy, funny contemporary romances launches in July 2018. Tanya traded pencil skirts in the boardroom for stories in the bedroom and hasn’t looked back since. You can find her traveling the world in search of beautiful scenery and delicious cake, and at penchantforpleasure.com, where she happens to sell one of the most popular brands of personal lubricant for your naughty bits. True story.

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I also had the opportunity to read and review for ML Sparrow for her college romance book, Flirt. It had been a minute since I had read a college romance story so it was a nice change of pace for me. 
About the Author: M L Sparrow is currently the author of several full length novels, three novellas and a slew of short stories published in various anthologies. Her novella, A Tangled Web, was a finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and in the 2017 Readers’ Favorite Awards. Another novella, Red Days, was a winner in the Book Excellence Awards, Current Events category.

She will write pretty much anything that pops into her head, no matter the genre, and enjoys keeping her readers guessing as to what she will write next, though you can pretty much guarantee that there will be some degree of romance!

As well as writing, she enjoys travelling and is currently living in Tokyo. Her travels are a constant source of inspiration and she has an endless supply of ideas for future novels…

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I’ve been re-reading a lot of books for review and to celebrate Katy Evan’s upcoming release Playboy part of her Manwhore series, I decided to re-read one of my favorites, Ladies Man. Oh my gosh, I am just in love with Tahoe Roth today as I was in 2016. My love for that man will probably never go away, haha! I love Tahoe and Gina and their slow burning romance is EVERYTHING. Love, love, LOVE this book! 

My review of Ladies Man ⇠

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.

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Email: katyevansauthor@gmail.com

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The Darkest Drae trilogy ended with Black Crown and I was really bummed it was finished! I loved all the books (Blood Oath, Shadow Wings and Black Crown) but I was a bit disappointed with the ending. That aside, this book and the rest of the trilogy is a great mixture of Mature YA, fantasy and romance!

My review of Black Crown

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 Accords, The 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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And to finish off July with a bang, Playboy by Katy Evans! I love all of Katy’s books very, very much. However Real and Remy have always held the number one spot in my heart…until Playboy and Cullen came along! I love Remy so much but Cullen comes pretty dang close!! 

My review of Playboy ⇠

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.

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Email: katyevansauthor@gmail.com

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That’s it for July! So many good releases this month and so many good reads! It’s been a blast and I’m looking forward for the second half of summer! I’ve also been reading a lot of books on my own too so I’m really excited for August! Thanks for reading! 

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Review: Want You by Jen Frederick

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The Cover: This cover is one of the HOTTEST covers I have ever seen. When I got the email for the cover reveal I literally gasped out loud. So intimate, so sexy, so beautiful and gah! I will never get over this over! 

Basics: Want You was released on June 29th 2018 and is 334 pages long. Genre wise Want You belongs to standalone, contemporary romance and childhood romance. 

Description: Bitsy: I might be only nineteen, but I know what I want. It’s Leka Moore. I don’t care that he took me in when he was barely more than a kid himself. I don’t care that he raised me. I don’t care everyone thinks being with him is wrong. I know we belong together, and the only person I need to convince is him.

Leka: I found her in the corner of a dark alley. If I hadn’t taken her with me, she would’ve died that night—or maybe worse. Before I knew it, she became the light in my dark life, the haven from the madness. I watched her grow up. I tried to teach her right from wrong. Now that she’s an adult, I’m feeling things that no good man should ever feel. But then…I’ve never been a good man. I have a chance at redemption by saving her from the greatest danger of all—me.
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Overall thoughts: Want You was such a sweet, emotional read! I adore childhood romance stories and this is one of the best one’s I have ever read! Jen Frederick is an amazing writer and she really has a knack for pulling your heartstrings in the best kind of way. 

Orphaned and roaming the streets for a local mafia like group, Leka is just trying to watch his back and live. Although he hasn’t really cared about living not until he finds an orphaned little girl. Taking her under his wing he suddenly realizes that he doesn’t want to live and finally has something to live for. 

My favorite aspect of Want You is that as readers we basically get to see Leka and Bitsy’s entire story, from when they met when they were young children to how he raised and protected her all the while continuing to work for bad, bad people. And this is what I loved most about Want You because they literally loved and wanted each other for most of their lives and that is something you can’t question or ignore. It’s true love. 

With a deep love, slow burning relationship and incredible attraction Leka and Bitsy are definitely one of the most memorable and hottest couples to read about this Summer. 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “You’re all I need. I swear it.”
“I believe you. So, we are in agreement. It’s you and me, Bitsy.”

You and me, Leka. Always.” -Bitsy & Leka

“She loves me. I love her. That is the only thing that matters in this world.” -Leka

My Rating: 5/5 Shells
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It has been a minute since I did a Waiting On Wednesday post! There are so many upcoming releases and I’m excited to my picks with you! 
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Blurb: Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her. Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get. Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

Publication Date: June 26th 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: Jackal Emerson has never taken himself seriously. Dubbed the “orgy king,” he’s renowned for his reputation as the wild End Man. But with the uprising on the horizon and his best friend missing, Jackal is having a hard time living the same carefree existence. And then he meets a thief and everything changes.

Phoenix Moyo, principal dancer of a notorious ballet company, lives a life of rigidity. When her world collides with Jackal’s, their chemistry is evident to everyone except her. Forced to work with him to steal the most precious commodity of the Regions, she realizes too late that there is no escaping Jackal’s charisma. 

When unimaginable crimes come to light, the Regions begin to crumble. No one is safe. Families divide and secrets are exposed, danger running rampant on every side. For some, sacrifice costs everything. (Book 2 in the End of Men Series)

Publication Date: June 29 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: I will not be ruled by fear.
A depraved emperor. A wasted realm. A dying race. 
With Tyrrik by my side, I’ll lead the charge to remedy it all.

After discovering the rightful heir to the Phaetyn, an alliance with the healers should be easy as pancakes. But while the armies of Verald and Gemond march to the border for war, the emperor delivers a crushing blow that threatens to put everything at risk.

As I fight my father’s staggering power, I’m compelled to face evil on his terms. A twisted darkness worse than anything I’ve experienced. Nothing could’ve prepared me for this.
How far would you go to defeat a merciless sovereign?
I’ll lie to the liars.
I’ll betray the betrayers.
I’ll kill the killers.
I will conquer my fear.
(Book #3 in the Darkest Drae series)

Publication Date: June 30 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: Bitsy: I might be only nineteen, but I know what I want. It’s Leka Moore. I don’t care that he took me in when he was barely more than a kid himself. I don’t care that he raised me. I don’t care everyone thinks being with him is wrong. I know we belong together, and the only person I need to convince is him.

Leka: I found her in the corner of a dark alley. If I hadn’t taken her with me, she would’ve died that night—or maybe worse. Before I knew it, she became the light in my dark life, the haven from the madness. I watched her grow up. I tried to teach her right from wrong. Now that she’s an adult, I’m feeling things that no good man should ever feel. But then…I’ve never been a good man. I have a chance at redemption by saving her from the greatest danger of all—me.

Publication Date: July 1st 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— 

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Blurb: 
It started as a game.  We flirted. We played. Most importantly—we won. 
Then I discovered who he was: Gambler. Famous playboy. Silver-eyed player who never plays to lose. …And my best friend’s soon-to-be brother in law, Cullen Carmichael. 
He needed a good luck charm, I needed a distraction. 
So we made a gamble and set off for Vegas—but pretty soon—I was in too deep. 
My heart, soul, and body weren’t supposed to be part of the deal. 
But somewhere between big wins and long nights, my house of cards started to tumble. 
What was this devil with those piercing eyes doing to me? 
I’d given up on love, but the wicked, all-in Cullen Carmichael was upping the ante and wouldn’t stop until he’d won it all. 
**This book contains characters from the Manwhore series but can be read as a complete standalone**

Publication Date: June 30 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Blurb: Returning home for her father’s wedding was never going to be easy for Adele. If being sent away at eighteen hadn’t been bad enough, the mess she left behind when she made a pass at her dad’s business partner sure was.

Fifteen years older than her, Pete had been her crush for as long as she could remember. But she’d misread the situation—confusing friendliness for undying love. Awkward. Add her father to the misunderstanding, and Pete had been left with a broken nose and a business on the edge of ruin. The man had to be just as glad as everyone else when she left town.

Seven years on, things are different. Adele is no longer a kid, but a fully grown adult more than capable of getting through the wedding and being polite. But all it takes is seeing him again to bring back all those old feelings. Sometimes first loves are the truest.

Publication Date: August 7th 2018 // Add to Goodreads <— // Pre-order <—

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Those are my picks for this Waiting On Wednesday post! I’m sure I’ll add more as summer continues but I’m super excited for all these books! What are some books you are waiting on this Wednesday?
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Cover Reveal: Want You by Jen Frederick

Want You by New York Times Bestselling Author Jen Frederick on sale July 1st 2018!

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Blurb: 
Bitsy: I might be only nineteen, but I know what I want. It’s Leka Moore. I don’t care that he took me in when he was barely more than a kid himself. I don’t care that he raised me. I don’t care everyone thinks being with him is wrong. I know we belong together, and the only person I need to convince is him.

Leka: I found her in the corner of a dark alley. If I hadn’t taken her with me, she would’ve died that night—or maybe worse. Before I knew it, she became the light in my dark life, the haven from the madness. I watched her grow up. I tried to teach her right from wrong. Now that she’s an adult, I’m feeling things that no good man should ever feel. But then…I’ve never been a good man. I have a chance at redemption by saving her from the greatest danger of all—me.

Want You will be exclusive to Kindle Unlimited – On Sale July 1st!
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