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May 2018 Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s JUNE! Can you believe it’s June?! It’s officially Summer! I mean technically not until the 21st but still…when it comes to reading, it’s Summer! In this post I’ll be discussing all the books I’ve read last month, my favorites and my disappointments. Happy Reading!
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May started off with lots of hot releases! The first book I read was Bane by LJ Shen which I liked very much but honestly, she needs to put a warning before her books if she’s going to be focusing on triggering topics. It’s an issue and considering I have PTSD myself, I really did not being triggered without warning. But besides that Bane was a solid romance book book. You can check out the blurb, buy links and my review for Bane here <— 

The other hot release for the beginning of May was A Court Of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J. Maas. I am a huge A Court Of Thorns & Roses series fangirl and I really loved this novella. Heck, it was actually pretty long for a novella! Usually novellas (in my reading experience) are shorter than 100 pages, so the fact that Maas gave us a 272 page novella tying up events that happened in A Court Of Wings & Ruin AND set up storylines for the future of this series? A+ from me. You can check out the blurb, buy links & my review here <—

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The next two books I read completely came out of left field for me and really just rocked my ever loving mind, I seriously fell head over heels over these books and I immediately wanted to read more books from the authors. R. Scarlett was such a joy for me, her writing is so well written and her characters just wiggle their way into your heart so quickly! Filthy Gods was a prequel novella and I’m super excited for what’s to come for the Filthy Gods series! You can check out the blurb, buy links and my review here <—

I was pretty much doomed when I borrowed Pestilence by Laura Thalassa from the Kindle Unlimited program and it’s safe to say the woman’s books have taken over my life. This book had me hooked from the first page to the last, I couldn’t put it down and I’m quite put out that I have to wait more books for this series! Pestilence definitely will be high on my list for  best books of the year. You can check out the blurb, buy links and my review here <—

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All of Laura Thalassa’s books are on Kindle Unlimited and I had some time in between ARC’s so I borrowed her Fallen World Series and again I was completely blown away! Holy cow this woman can WRITE A STORY! Post apocalyptic, romance, science fiction, full of action and drama? SIGN ME UP. I currently do not have full out reviews for these books but I plan to soon! 

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I’ve been slowly but surely getting back into reading Young Adult books and I finally read the duet of Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen! Tricia Levenseller is pure magic! She wrote such a great duet full of adventure, romance, well written heroine and overall had a great Pirates of the Caribbean vibe to it! I really loved these two books and I will definitely have my eye on any future Levenseller releases. 

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I love supporting good causes and Cocktales the Cocky Collective is one of the best ones. Each story was specifically written for this anthology. The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio). Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th. You can check out the full list of authors included in Cocktales and buy links here <–

Since I loved Laura Thalassa’s other series so much I read Rhapsodic and I was disappointed by it. I thought it was well written, the characters dynamic and intriguing but it just wasn’t my cup of tea sadly.   
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The last book I read for May was Mogul by Katy Evans. She has been on a standalone kick lately and honestly I think she’s quite fabulous at it. Ian and Sara were a lot different from her usual couples but that’s what made me love them and enjoy Mogul so much! You can check out the full blurb, buy links and my review here <—
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I read 12 books for May 2018 and it was a really exciting, fun and surprising month for reading for me. I’m looking forward to the rest of the Summer bookwise but I definitely think I’m gonna slow down when it comes to ARC’S for June. What were some of your reads for May, comment and tell me! 
katy

 

review

ARC Review: Bane by LJ Shen

BANE_AVAILABLE NOWThe Cover: I really do not like this cover, at all. I don’t know why I don’t like it and honestly I’m disappointed that I don’t like it. The font and color are nice though, it’s not just my taste.

Basics: Bane was released on May 6th 2018 and is part of the Sinners of Saints series but can be read as a standalone. Genre wise Bane belongs to contemporary romance and standalone romance. 

Description: Bane: Naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud.
Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living.
Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled.
Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently.
Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man, and I’m falling, crashing, drowning in his sweet, perfect lies.

Jesse Carter: Hot as hell, cold as ice.
I wasn’t aware of her existence until a fat, juicy deal landed in my lap.She’s a part of it, a little plaything to kill some time. She is collateral, a means to an end, and a side-bonus for striking a deal with her oil tycoon stepdad.
More than anything, Jesse Carter is a tough nut to crack.
Little does she know, I have the f****** teeth for it.
1I'm not afraidOverall thoughts: Bane was an emotional, heart-wrenching, up and down, curvy rollercoaster. It was downright hard to read sometimes and throughout most of the book, I’m a very empathic person and my heart just went out to Jesse for everything she went through. LJ Shen certainly loves to lure her readers in and rip our hearts out suddenly with her books. Bane was the worst and best one yet in that sense because the curveballs Shen kept throwing had my eyes bugging out of my head in confusion and shock.

Jesse has had some of the most traumatic things done to her and she’s just trying to heal from her past, she has her way of doing things and doesn’t want to change any of that. Bane ever the businessman and scoundrel (I call him scoundrel lovingly by the way) is the perfect man to shake up Jesse’s world. When he is given an opportunity to further his business and a young woman, he doesn’t think twice. Besides Jesse and Bane have more in common than you think, in several different ways. Again, Shen loves torturing her readers. 

I enjoyed Bane, I didn’t think it would be such the angsty, roller coaster ride that it was but I liked it. It wasn’t my favorite read mainly the fact that A LOT of traumatic things are discussed in the book and I would of appreciated a warning at the beginning of the book to prepare me for what I was about to read, but besides that Bane is without a doubt LJ Shen’s best book yet. If you can handle some dramatic and angsty romance, Bane is the pick for you.

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “Jesse Carter was going to be mine before she even knew me. Before I even knew her.” -Bane 

My Rating: 4/5 Shells
4 stars
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Start the Series of Standalones Today!
Vicious
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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.

Connect with LJ Shen: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorljshen/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lj_shen
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorljshen/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorljshen/
Stay up to date with LJ Shen by signing up for her mailing list:

http://bit.ly/2umcYPg
http://www.authorljshen.com/

katy

 

new release · release blitz

Release Blitz: Bane by LJ Shen

BANE_AVAILABLE NOW.jpgBlurb: Bane: Naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud.
Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living.
Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled.
Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently.
Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man, and I’m falling, crashing, drowning in his sweet, perfect lies.

Jesse Carter: Hot as hell, cold as ice.
I wasn’t aware of her existence until a fat, juicy deal landed in my lap.She’s a part of it, a little plaything to kill some time. She is collateral, a means to an end, and a side-bonus for striking a deal with her oil tycoon stepdad.

More than anything, Jesse Carter is a tough nut to crack.
Little does she know, I have the f****** teeth for it.

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Download today or read FREE in Kindle Unlimited!
Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2rqvtiI
Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/BaneLJShen
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2BVlUPy

Start the Series of Standalones Today!
Vicious

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2xdCsQ6
Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/ViciousLJShen
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2hUo31f

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.

Connect with LJ Shen:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorljshen/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lj_shen
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorljshen/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorljshen/
Stay up to date with LJ Shen by signing up for her mailing list:

http://bit.ly/2umcYPg
http://www.authorljshen.com/

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Cover Reveal

Cover Reveal: Bane by LJ Shen

Bane, the highly-anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by L.J. Shen is coming May 10th!
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Blurb: Bane Naked surfer. Habitual pothead. A con, a liar, a thief and a fraud.
Last I heard, he was extorting the rich and screwing their wives for a living.

Which is why I’m more than a little surprised to find him at my threshold, looking for my friendship, my services, and most puzzling of all—looking humbled.
Thing is, I’m on a boycott. Literally—I cut boys from my life. Permanently.
Problem is, Bane is not a boy, he is all man, and I’m falling, crashing, drowning in his sweet, perfect lies.

Jesse Carter: Hot as hell, cold as ice.
I wasn’t aware of her existence until a fat, juicy deal landed in my lap.

She’s a part of it, a little plaything to kill some time.
She is collateral, a means to an end, and a side-bonus for striking a deal with her oil tycoon stepdad. More than anything, Jesse Carter is a tough nut to crack.
Little does she know, I have the f****** teeth for it.

Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2BVlUPy
Start the Series of Standalones Today!
Vicious:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2xdCsQ6
Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/ViciousLJShen
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2hUo31f

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.

Connect with LJ Shen:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorljshen/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lj_shen
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorljshen/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorljshen/
Stay up to date with LJ Shen by signing up for her mailing list:
http://bit.ly/2umcYPg
http://www.authorljshen.com/

AR

book blogger meme · review

Review: Overall Review of January Books 2018

Can you freaking BELIEVE that January is basically over? Like….already? It’s over! I mean doesn’t it feel like January 7th or something? Where did the time go? To be honest I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this month but the books I did read were pretty good! 
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I had the opportunity to read and review three ARC’S this month. All three books were very different and I enjoyed all of them. First up was Prince Charming by CD Reiss, a book about an FBI agent falling in love with a hacker and it was the surprise book of the month for me.  There is something about couples that aren’t supposed to be together, that forbidden aspect of their relationship is very attractive to me and spices up the story and makes me want to keep reading till I finish the book. I high recommend Prince Charming by CD Reiss and if you aren’t sold on it yet, please check out my review with all the buy links here <—

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My second ARC of January was Fake Wife by Stacey Lynn. There are tons of tropes in the romance book world and being in a fake relationship/marriage but eventually falling for each other is a huge one for the romance book world. When it’s done right and written well it works, but not always and I adore Stacey Lynn but I was worried Fake Wife wouldn’t deliver. But I was wrong and Fake Wife was well written with some pleasant surprises and I thought it was great read. If you’re interested in reading and buying Fake Wife, please check out my review with all the buy links here <—

 

My third ARC for January was Midnight Blue by LJ Shen. She is one of the best writers in the romance book world hands down, but man do her male characters drive me up the dang wall! BUT LJ Shen is a master storyteller and I was able to get over my annoyance with Alex freaking Winslow. Midnight Blue is a story about an ordinary girl dealing with a life long tragedy hired to deal with the hot mess rocker that is Alex Winslow. What could go wrong and what could go right? Check out my review and the buy links for Midnight Blue here <—- 
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And as to other books I’ve been reading this month? To be honest I’ve been doing a lot of re-reading of books I’ve read before! I’m currently re-reading A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas so I can properly write reviews for them. I’ve also been been re-reading Priest by Sierra Simone since the the sequel Sinner will be out in March. But the one book that was new that came out this month that I want to talk about is Fire In His Fury by Ruby Dixon. 
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Let’s talk about dragons shall we? First of all, I don’t know about you but I all about paranormal, sci-fi and especially post apocalyptic books, add romance to those genres and I am SOLD. Ruby Dixon is the QUEEN of everything sci-fi, she stole my heart with Ice Planet Barbarians series but she completely owned my heart when she came out with a series about DRAGONS. I am a huge nerd, I love fiction and fantasy and her Fireblood Dragon romance books just blow me away. There are four books total in the series so far and Fire in His Fury just came out a few weeks ago. I loved it of course and honestly I wish Ruby Dixon would ditch the Barbarians and just focus on her dragons I am that hooked! Anyway, I haven’t written reviews on this series but I might soon! Here is a blurb for the first book and the link to Ruby’s website! 

Fire In His Blood: Years ago, the skies ripped open and the world was destroyed in fire and ash. Dragons – once creatures of legend – are the enemy. Vicious and unpredictable, they rule the skies of the ruined cities, forcing humanity to huddle behind barricades for safety.

Claudia’s a survivor. She scrapes by as best as she can in a hard, dangerous world. When she runs afoul of the law, she’s left as bait in dragon territory. She only has one chance to survive – to somehow ‘tame’ a dragon and get it to obey her.

Except the dragon that finds her is as wild and brutal as any other…and he’s not interested in obeying. What he is interested in is a mate.

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That’s all I have for January folks! I’m hoping to read and review more in February and to also post some reviews of my favorite re-reads and of course some Kindle Unlimited books! I hope you enjoyed this review and you should definitely check out these books!  Thanks for reading! 🙂

katy

blog tour · new release · review

Blog Tour & ARC Review: Midnight Blue by LJ Shen

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The Cover: I think the cover is very attractive and the font is nice but it literally has no connection to the story or the characters. I mean you could say it was Alex but meh, really underwhelming for me. I would just like to see a book cover that connects to it’s story better. B+

Basics: Midnight Blue was released on January 16th 2018 and is 338 pages long. Genre wise Midnight Blue belongs to contemporary romance.

Description:  It should have been easy. I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.

I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.

Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.

“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”

Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.

Guess what? I didn’t listen. I signed the contract. World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.

My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god. Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.

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Excerpt: Nat’s words came back and haunted me like a bad haircut from the eighties. An irrational need to check the goods took over me. It wasn’t like he minded. According to the rumors, his dick had seen more cameras than Kendall Jenner. Slowly—so painfully slowly—my eyes drifted down his sinewy body. I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Whatever I had in mind, though, didn’t come close to the real thing. Thick, long but not atrocious. With thin veins running through its length.

“Nice view?” he groaned, tucking his junk back into his briefs. His profile was glorious. Strong jaw, pouty lips, eyes like sex…

My eyes snapped up when I realized he was talking to me. “I wasn’t…”

“Looking? Yes, you were. Next time take a picture. It lasts longer.” He rolled his zipper upward and flushed the toilet with the toe of his boot. He turned around and squirted soap into his palm, washing his hands almost violently—rubbing between each finger and scratching his knuckles like he wanted to shed his own skin. When he was done, he looked around for a towel.

I cleared my throat, scrambling to regain my wits. “Longer than the glimpse or longer than your performance?”

Casually—so unbearably casually—he wiped his wet hands over my purple dress. I gasped, moving sideways. It looked like he was about to open the door and get out, but before I had the chance to yell at him for using me as a human towel, he slammed me against the wall, bracing both his arms above my head and pinning me to my spot. I let out a shriek of surprise at the sudden proximity.

Alex Winslow is touching me. Willingly, my surprisingly pitiful brain squealed.

Heat rolled off his body, making my back arch and my breath catch in my throat.

“Let’s make one thing clear—I could fuck you to a point of numbness without even breaking a sweat if I wanted to. Now, careful, New Girl. If you don’t keep your distance from me, I think I just might.”

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Overall thoughts: LJ Shen is one of the truly gifted writers when it comes to the romance genre book world; that being said, all of her male muses are starting to really rub me the wrong way. Being an asshole when you’re alpha male or the hero in a romantic story apparently is becoming a huge trope in the romance genre. Most of the time I’m fine with it because later reasons come out and explain the male guy is a jerk. Most of the time the reasons are valid, but being a jerk to the leading lady? Not so much. Again most of the time with but Alex Winslow really annoyed me. 

I noticed it when I read Vicious by LJ Shen too; the leading male is a complete and utter douche to the heroine and a lot of readers find this attractive and swoon. However I do not; I don’t think it’s attractive and I honestly find it a scary at how many readers are drawn to someone written like that. It took me literally three reads to sort of like Vicious and I honestly kept reading because LJ Shen is a great writer and storyteller. Little did I know the same issues I had with Vicious would come back to haunt me with Midnight Blue. There are little things that irk me when it comes to reading but being a complete jerk to the person you fall in love with is a big one. But the other issue I have when it comes to reading? Really, really awful and hurtful jokes. 

I am part of a military family and the “going to war” and ISIS jokes really upset me. Even if it was meant to be funny towards someone who isn’t involved with the military, how can the idea of going off to fight war or include ISIS, the group that is known for atrocious and demoralizing acts funny? It’s not funny. At all. Those were my only two issues with Midnight Blue, the bad “jokes” and Alex being a jerk. But after saying all that is Midnight Blue worth reading to dear reader? Absolutely.

Everyone loves a good comeback and lord knows fallen from grace rocker Alex Winslow needs it. He needs a babysitter too apparently Indigo, down on her luck, family loving and fashion designer guru is perfect for the job. What could go wrong when a normal person falls in love with additive rock god? A lot. But the ride that was Midnight Blue was worth taking. The characters are great and holds a great message when it comes to doing the right thing and addressing drug abuse and addiction. Indigo and Alex was electric hot when it comes to chemistry and I enjoyed the high’s and low’s of their relationship. Although I may not agree with some of the things included her in stories, LJ Shen is not meant to be overlooked because her stories truly are great and excuse the pun but rocking. 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Favorite Quotes: “I don’t want to fall in love with you.” “You don’t seem to have much choice.” -Indigo & Alex

“I can’t believe this shit’s for real, Stardust. How can you not answer me? How can you not need me the way I need you?” -Alex

“She was my muse. She was my life. She was my all.”

My Rating: 4/5 Shells
4 stars

Read Today! (Free in Kindle Unlimited)
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2FNBCMg
Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/MidnightBlue
Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2lIShL

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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.

Connect with LJ Shen:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorljshen/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lj_shen
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorljshen/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorljshen/
Stay up to date with LJ Shen by signing up for her mailing list:

http://bit.ly/2umcYPg
http://www.authorljshen.com/

katy

 

Cover Reveal · new release · pre-order

Cover Reveal: Midnight Blue by LJ Shen

Midnight Blue, an all-new sexy standalone from LJ Shen is coming January 21st!
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Blurb: It should have been easy.
I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.

I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.
Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.
“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”
Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.
Guess what? I didn’t listen. I signed the contract.
World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.
My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.
Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.
Then he took my heart. Then he took my all.

Add to GoodReads: http://bit.ly/2lIShL2

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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.

Connect with LJ Shen:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorljshen/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lj_shen
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authorljshen/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorljshen/
Stay up to date with LJ Shen by signing up for her mailing list:

http://bit.ly/2umcYPg
http://www.authorljshen.com/

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blog tour · new release · review

Blog Tour & ARC Review: Team Player A Christmas Anthology

Eleven authors. Eleven Novellas. This is one thick . . . book.
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TEAM PLAYER, A Christmas Anthology featuring titles by LJ Shen, Kennedy Ryan, Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Emma Scott, Charleigh Rose, Ella Fox, Sara Ney, Meghan Quinn, Kate Stewart and Rochelle Paige is available NOW!

Blurb: Hot jocks. We love them all. Sexy baseball players. Intense footballers. Sweaty MMA fighters, and sizzling hockey hotties. Score!

The good news? Eleven bestselling authors have gathered to give you a set of stories focused on the men we love most—sports heroes. We bet you’ll love this thick…book.

The bad news? The men in these novellas don’t actually exist.

*This anthology does not contain calories, just eleven original, never-before-seen stories by the following authors: Adriana Locke, Mandi Beck, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, LJ Shen, Meghan Quinn, Rochelle Paige, Ella Fox, Kate Stewart, Emma Scott, and Sara Ney. We aren’t responsible for melted devices.

Overall thoughts: Team Player is definitely a big, lengthy read. 1032 pages is nothing to joke about when it comes to romance books and neither is eleven fabulous authors teaming up to create a book! I don’t know why there’s a sudden rise in sports romance books lately in the book romance world but it’s definitely a hot genre right now. Team Player fits right into what is trending too! Sports romance aren’t my favorite to read about because I like drama and such when it comes to romance and for me it seems like a little cheesy, romance and sports? How is that going to work? But that’s just for my personal opinion; saying that however Team Player has something for everyone and I think it is the perfect holiday to escape to. 

Couple Chemistry Rating: 5/5 Shells
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Read Today! (FREE in Kindle Unlimited)
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Meet the authors: LJ 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 people’s 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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Kennedy Ryan: A Southern girl gone Southern California. A Top 100 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy writes romance about remarkable women who find a way to thrive even in tough times, the love they find, and the men who cherish them.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Georgia families living with Autism, Kennedy has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other outlets as a voice for families living with autism.

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Adriana Locke: A contemporary romance author running on coffee and sticky kisses from my rowdy four little boys. From Indiana, I’m a true Mid-Westerner. Life, for me, is about family, faith, and food. When I’m not running my kiddos around or having a lunch date of fajitas with my husband (and high school sweetheart), you can find me outside. I love a good sunny day almost as much as I love candy, random quotes, and steamy bad boys in fantastic books. I’m on nearly every social media platform. Please find me on the ones you frequent – I love chatting with readers.

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Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.

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Emma Scott: I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. Love always wins.

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Charleigh Rose: We are a duo of an international best-selling author and a blogger who teamed up to write the taboo, thought-provoking stories we want our audience to have–without filters. Both Charleigh and Rose are committed to giving you witty, sexy, intelligent novels that will leave you wanting more.

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Ella Fox: When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh. Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.

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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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Meghan Quinn: A BLONDE AT HEART. Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.  Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

​Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Kate Stewart lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. A native of Dallas, Kate moved to Charleston three weeks after her first visit, dropping her career of 8 years, and declaring it her creative muse. Kate pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. A lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap, she dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity only and does a horrible job of playing the ukulele. Aside from running a mile without collapsing, traveling is the only other must on her bucket list. On occasion, she does very well at vodka.

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Rochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of nineteen books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she’s written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.

She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

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Blog Tour & Excerpt: Scandalous by LJ Shen

Scandalous, the highly anticipated next standalone in the Sinners of Saint Series by LJ Shen is available NOW!

Scandalous by LJ Shen
Publishing Date:  September 29th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Blurb: 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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Excerpt: Trent’s gaze cut to mine and stopped when his grays met my blues. The fading noise of Vicious barking at people to move along, and my father finally letting go of my arm to move toward Jaime and Dean—probably trying to gain both allies and sympathy—died down.

“I don’t like you,” Rexroth whispered under his breath, his voice harsh.

“I never asked you to.” I shrugged.

“You won’t be working here.” His arm brushed my shoulder, but I didn’t think it was by accident. I let loose a sugary smile, scanning his face and torso for no other reason other than to taunt him. “Good, you’ll be doing me a favor. My father is the one forcing me to work here. He’s pissed I turned down five Ivy League colleges. Remind me, Mr. Rexroth—which top tier university did you attend for your degree?”

The low blow was supposed to retrieve some of my lost dignity, but bile burned my throat, shotgunned from my stomach. Trent Rexroth was known in Todos Santos as an exhilarating success story, rising from the gutters of San Diego. He went to a shitty state college that accepted even the illiterate, working as a janitor on campus after hours. Those were given facts he’d recited himself in an interview for Forbes.

Had I really just tried to make him feel less worthy because he wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth? It made me sicker than wearing my mother’s designer garbs.

Trent smiled, leaning into my body, into my soul. His smirk was more frightening than any scowl, frown, or grimace I’d ever seen. It threatened to tear me apart and sew me back together however he pleased.

“Edie.” His lips were dangerously close to my ear. A delicious shiver moved down my spine. Something warm rolled inside of me, begging to unknot and flower into an orgasm. What was happening, and why the hell was it happening? “If you know what’s best for you, you will turn around and leave right now.”

I elevated my head to meet his gaze and showed him my version of a grin. I was born and raised in a world of intimidating rich men, and I’d be damned if I go down like my mother—addicted to xanax, Gucci, and a man who paraded her on his arm for a short, glorious decade before keeping her solely for public appearances.

“I think I’m going to go find my desk now. I’d wish you a good day, Mr. Rexroth, but I think that ship has sailed. You’re a miserable man. Oh, and one for the road.” I fished for a Nature Valley bar in my mother’s purse and plastered it to his hard, muscled chest. My heart slammed into my neck, fluttering like a caged bird.

I hurried after my father as he glided down the vast, golden-hued hallway, not daring to look back. Knowing I’d started a war and arrived unequipped. But I also knew something else that gave me a surfer’s rush—if I could slam the final nail in my employment coffin and make Rexroth vote against me, I’d be off the hook.

I had just the plan for it. All I had to do was act like a brat. Game on.

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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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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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