Blog Tour Review: To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne

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To Love and to Cherish

The Wedding Belles, #3
Lauren Layne
Pocket Books
October 18, 2016
9781501135170
$5.99

About To Love and to Cherish:

In To Love and to Cherish, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne’s third steamy novel in her delightful, hotter-than-Hades new series, the Wedding Belles’ head honcho Alexis Morgan decides she’s ready to let loose. But when a certain sexy accountant volunteers himself for the job, will she risk everything she’s built in the name of lust…or possibly even love?

Alexis has spent the past eight years devoted to turning her tiny start-up into Manhattan’s premier wedding planning company. Now that her business is thriving, it’s time to turn to her much neglected personal life. Alexis approaches her relationships like she does everything else: with a plan. Definitely not part of that plan is Logan Harris, the silent partner in the Wedding Belles and the one person who’s been there for her since the very beginning. Alexis needs someone fun, and Logan is all business, all the time. But when a late night at the office ends with an unexpected kiss, Alexis begins to suspect there’s a hot-blooded man beneath the pinstripes and glasses.

Logan has wanted Alexis since the day they met, but the ambitious wedding planner has always been untouchable. Now Alexis has made it clear that she’s on the dating market—and equally obvious that he’s not in the running. But when Alexis finds herself in need of a date for her sister’s last-minute wedding in Florida, Logan knows it’s the perfect opportunity to show Alexis that there’s more to him than numbers and spreadsheets. As Florida’s sultry days turn into even hotter nights, Logan sets out to convince Alexis that the fling of a lifetime could just maybe turn into forever…

Review:

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

If you follow my reviews, you probably already know I’m a big fan of Lauren Layne and her The Wedding Belles series. I’ve truly enjoyed every book in the series so far and have been eagerly anticipating Alexis and Logan’s story. The entire series has been a wonderfully fun build up to their romance. It was definitely worth the wait!

In To Love and to Cherish, Wedding Belles owner Alexis realizes that she might just be missing something in her life. She’s running her dream company and has an amazing group of co-workers/friends, but there’s no one to come home to every night. Alexis being Alexis comes up with a plan to meet the man of her dreams. What Alexis doesn’t realize is that the man of her dreams might just be her best friend and business partner.

Logan’s stood quietly on the sidelines while Alexis grew their business. He’s been her friend and sounding board, but has always wanted more. Now that she’s ready to dive back into the dating world, Logan needs to prove to Alexis that he’s her perfect match.

To Love and to Cherish was a very sweet friends to lovers story. Lauren Layne’s writing was as amazing as always. The slow burn romance moved smoothly and I didn’t want to put it down for anything! I flew through To Love and to Cherish in one evening. (Then, I was sad it was over!)

Alexis was such a surprise. From all the glimpses I got of her in the first few books, I expected her to be a strong, independent woman without any insecurities. She was completely in control in the professional world, but her real-life was a mess. There was a vulnerability to her that I wasn’t expecting, and I really liked it. It was fun to see her come undone and the way Logan built her back up.

Logan! Dang! He was the ultimate book boyfriend. This slightly nerdy accountant had an aggressive side I wasn’t expecting. His determination to woo Alexis and prove that he was the best man for the job was utterly attractive. There was also a blatant sexuality to him I didn’t see coming. I definitely swooned.

As sad as I am that The Wedding Belles series has come to an end, I’m so happy with the way Lauren Layne concluded it. Alexis and Logan’s romance was everything I hoped it to be and more. Fans of the series will fall in love with these two all over again in To Love and to Cherish. 

Note: I received an ARC from Pocket Books in exchange for an unbiased review.

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PRAISE FOR THE BOOKS IN THE WEDDING BELLES SERIES:

 “I highly recommend For Better or Worse. The second in a series, it can be read as a standalone, but I say start with the first because it’s just as good. They’ve got the funny bickering that I love, and even as her stories have a light touch with cute flirty, they delve deep into the characters.”

—Harlequin Junkie TOP PICK Review (For Better or Worse)

 “If you have yet to fall head over heels for one of Lauren Layne’s books, what are you waiting for? She has written some of the most charming and engrossing romance novels of the decade, each of which will leave you with that warm gooey feeling you usually only get after a fresh out of the oven chocolate chip cookie. For Better or Worse is an absolute delight. From the moment the story begins, Josh and Heather have that chemistry that you can always count on from a Lauren Layne book. They bicker, they taunt, and they flirt, each interaction pulling them closer and closer together until their lives are permanently altered by the other, and they aren’t even aware of it yet…Josh and Heather are a beautiful addition to the list of fictional couples that have found happily ever after in Lauren Layne’s books, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store for Alexis Morgan in To Love and to Cherish.”

—Hypable (For Better or Worse)

“This was a fun enjoyable sexy story that I refused to put down…  If you enjoy romance, fun sexy couple, friendship, family, and laugh out loud moments, then you need to be reading this series.”

—The Reading Cafe (For Better or Worse)

“This engaging tale has a light, fun style…”

Publishers Weekly (To Have and to Hold)

 A character-driven and sizzling romance!

—Fresh Fiction (To Have and to Hold)

“There are family and friends, coworkers, people that aren’t as they seem, wedding information galore, dinners, drinks, chocolate, fear, anger, hurt, sadness, secrets, lies, deceit, tears, laughter, happiness, romance, loving and love…I look forward to reading the next two books, For Better or Worse and To Love and to Cherish

—Romance Junkies (To Have and to Hold)

“Sexually charged and emotionally intense novella…The heat between [Leah & Jason] is enough to melt steel, and the emotional connection and psychological struggles will keep readers engaged.”

Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW  (From This Day Forward)
About LAUREN LAYNE:

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Lauren Layne is the USA Today bestselling author of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto contemporary romances and the all-new Pocket Books series The Wedding Belles. She lives in New York with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. Visit laurenlayne.com, meet the author on Facebook at LaurenLayneAuthor, or follow her on Twitter @_LaurenLayne.

Lauren Layne interviews with THE LIBRARIAN:

 

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BOUQUET GIVEAWAY:

Most of the below blogs are hosting a Wedding Belles Bouquet Giveaway to celebrate the publication of the third in the series, To Love and to Cherish. The Wedding Belles Bouquet will include To Have and to Hold, For Better or Worse, and To Love and to Cherish. You can visit all sites on the Bouquet Giveaway Tour to enter to win–but keep in mind you can only win once! U.S. only.

BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

Upcoming Blog Tour Schedule here

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters I’d Name A Dog After

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After. I had to limit this to who I’d name my dog after because I’m not having anymore children and I don’t name non-living things.


1. Lo
Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie

2. Tucker
The Goal by Elle Kennedy

3. Frank Sanger
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

4. Gus
Bright Side by Kim Holden

5. Ronan
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

6. Frankie
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landou-Banks

7. Daisy
Hothouse Flower by Krista & Becca Ritchie

8. Tate
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

9. Ford
Three Little Words by Susan Mallery

10. Graham (Cracker)
The Deal by Elle Kennedy

Review: Aced By Jennifer Lane

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Series: Blocked, #2
Author: Jennifer Lane
Publication Date: December 2, 2015
Publisher: Psyched Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Political Fiction
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Volleyball wonder Lucia Ramirez found her love match in Blocked despite the glaring political spotlight aimed on her family. In Aced, the second book in Jennifer Lane’s Blocked series, it could be her brother Alejandro’s turn to get lucky in love.

Medical student Alejandro’s hot Latin looks get him plenty of attention, but his deep faith and admiration for his father keep him on a righteous path, with no time for something as frivolous as love. He strives to do the right thing—study diligently, take care of his siblings, represent the family well—so why does he feel so unfulfilled?

Enter Lucia’s friend and teammate Maddie Brooks, who shines at blocking the ball and acing the serve. Too bad this graduating senior isn’t so confident about her life off the court. Her longtime boyfriend has just bailed on her, and med school applications loom large. Oh, and a nerve-wracking tryout for Team USA also approaches.

Maddie meets Alejandro when he visits Lucia at school, and she’s soon drawn to his sharp mind. Alejandro is similarly intrigued by Maddie’s talent and strength. But will personal biases and family politics smother the slow burn of their attraction? Unless Maddie can learn to believe in herself, and Alejandro can become his own man, their kindling romance hardly stands a chance.

Will either of them be bold enough to try something new? Find out in this emotion-rich story that refuses to shy away from life’s hardest questions. Because love is worth the risk.


Almost a year ago I read and reviewed Jennifer Lane’s Blocked. It was different from any other sports romance I had read before. Blocked was a forbidden romance filled with not just sports, but politics and psychology. I enjoyed the way the author weaved all these different elements together, so when the opportunity arose to read Aced I was excited to see what was going to happen next in the Blocked world.

Aced begins right where Blocked left off. (For those of you who read Blocked, we get to find out who won the race!) This time, we get Lucia’s brother Alejandro’s story. He’s a med school student, a devout Catholic and a Republican. Alex had strong views on how he and others should live their lives and he isn’t afraid to share them. His views are challenged when he meets Lucia’s volleyball teammate Maddie, whose beliefs do mirror his.

Maddie may dominate on the court, but she’s also on the med school track. Lately, Maddie’s life has been drifting out of control. First, her boyfriend broke up with her. Then she begins to feel the pressure of getting good grades and making the national volleyball team. It’s more than she can handle. The only bright spot is Alejandro.

Maddie and Alejandro know there’s a spark between them, but they can’t deny how different they are. They’ll have to decide if their differences outweigh the possibilities of a beautiful relationship.

Aced continued Blocked‘s tradition in being a well written, complex romance novel. There were so many different aspects to this book. This slow-burn romance combined love, sports, psychology, religion, social issues, and politics all into one story. (Pretty amazing, right?) While I enjoyed everything it touched on, I do have to admit that I got overwhelmed with how many different things were going on at times. Everything was very relevant to today’s society, but I was more interested in Maddie and Alex’s developing relationship.

Maddie was an excellent female main character. She was physically strong, smart and a genuinely nice person. The only thing slowing her down was her emotional stability. It had been compromised by several events in her life and she was having a hard time dealing. I really appreciated the way Jennifer Lane used her psychology background to write about Maddie’s issues. She created a way to deliver important information and advice to her readers. There were so many great things for young women (and men) to learn from Maddie’s story.

Alex wasn’t my favorite character to start off with. His dedication to his parents’ beliefs was a little tough for me to swallow. As the story went on, I warmed up to him. I loved watching him question and challenge himself. I also loved his relationship with Maddie and the care he took of their relationship. Maddie and Alex’s relationship and the moments they spent together were my favorite parts of Aced.

Another great part of Aced was getting to see how Dane and Lucia’s relationship had evolved. It was really fun to catch up with them and the rest of the supporting characters. I loved what their influence brought to Maddie and Alex’s relationship as well.

Aced was a satisfying addition to the Blocked series. It was filled with sweet moments and thoughtful issues. I enjoyed reading. I’m really excited to see what’s next in for the Ramirez family in Spiked (Blocked, #3). I would highly recommend Aced to romance readers who enjoy stories that examine issues that affect today’s society.

Review: Under the Lights by Abbi Glines

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Series: The Field Party, #2
Author: Abbi Glines
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Syonpsis:

In the follow-up to Abbi Glines’s #1 New York Times bestseller Until Friday Night—which bestselling author Kami Garcia called “tender, honest, and achingly real”—three teens from a small southern town are stuck in a dramatic love triangle.

Willa can’t erase the bad decisions of her past that led her down the path she’s on now. But she can fight for forgiveness from her family. And she can protect herself by refusing to let anyone else get close to her.

High school quarterback and town golden boy Brady used to be the best of friends with Willa—she even had a crush on him when they were kids. But that’s all changed now: her life choices have made her a different person from the girl he used to know.

Gunner used to be friends with Willa and Brady, too. He too is larger than life and a high school football star—not to mention that his family basically owns the town of Lawton. He loves his life, and doesn’t care about anyone except himself. But Willa is the exception—and he understands the girl she’s become in a way no one else can.

As secrets come to light and hearts are broken, these former childhood friends must face the truth about growing up and falling in love…even if it means losing each other forever.


Abbi Glines’ The Field Party series is back! I’ve been wanting to read Under the Lights ever since I met Brady in Until Friday Night (my review). I loved his character and couldn’t wait to get to know him better.

When I read the synopsis for Under the Lights, I was a little confused. I didn’t expect a love triangle for Brady. I was worried about how this romance would go down. Love triangles aren’t usually my favorite thing to read. They’re normally angsty and uncomfortable. Luckily, that wasn’t the case with Under the Lights. I could easily pick out who Willa should be with. I never felt uncomfortable with where the story was going, even when the characters thoughts were uncomfortable. Kudos to Glines for that! She did an amazing job writing these characters and their feelings.

Brady was exactly who I expected him to be after meeting him in Until Friday Night. He was the sweet, dependable guy everyone feels comfortable around. Brady always tried to do what was in everyone’s best interests, even when it went against what he truly wanted. He was a stand up guy. I do have to admit that reading his point of view annoyed me at times, though. I wanted to yell at him and tell him to stop making life easier for everyone else and be true to himself.

Gunner surprised me. There was more to this blunt football player than I originally thought. (Isn’t that always the case?) Gunner was your typical teen with atypical problems. He may have been a little crass, but he was still a decent person — especially when it came to Willa.

Willa was my favorite of the three characters. She had more inner strength than she gave herself credit for. Life hadn’t always been kind to her and she learned some tough lessons, but she still soldiered on trying to be her best. I liked the way she handled both Brady and Gunner admitting their feelings to her.

To be completely honest, I would have enjoyed this story even more without the love triangle. The odd man out’s point of view felt like added material I could have done without. Not that I didn’t enjoy the story. I did. The Brady-Willa-Gunner dynamic made sense based on their friendship and I liked the way they dealt with it. I just would have preferred more focus on Willa and her beau.

Overall, Under the Lights was a really fun addition to The Field Party series. I’m really looking forward to After the Game, the next book in the series. I wish I didn’t have to wait until sometime in 2017 for it!

Review: The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood

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Series: The Rule Breakers, #1
Author: Jennifer Blackwood
Publication Date: May 9, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide
1. Don’t call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
2. Don’t stare at hot boss’s, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
3. Don’t get on the malicious first assistant’s bad side.
4. Don’t forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
5. If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
6. Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
7. “The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half-dressed.
8. Don’t break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
9. Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
10. Never forget the rules


The Rule Book is one of those e-books I picked up because it was on sale for $0.99 and the blurb was so dang cute. It sounded like a fun take on the office romance trope, and it totally was!

In The Rule Book, Lainey is starting her social media career at Starr Media and learning the ropes of her new workplace. It’s a tough task when she has an awful co-worker and a boss who is dedicated to making sure his employees follow his rules. Lainey’s determined to play by the rules and keep her job, but it’s easier said than done when her boss is the sexiest man she’s ever met.

There were so many things to love about The Rule Book. It was one of those cute slow burn romances filled with witty writing and interesting characters. Normally I like my romances to have dual points of view, but I actually loved that The Rule Book was told from just Lainey’s perspective. She had such a hilarious inner dialog, and I loved the way she expressed herself to everyone — especially Brogan. The way she came undone around him made me smile so much! I adored the way their relationship unfolded. The whole story was just so cute!

Another thing I enjoyed about The Rule Book was the setting. Being a Western Washington native, I love when a book is set in Seattle. I could envision Lainey’s surroundings perfectly, and imagine her running around the city.

The only thing The Rule Book was missing for me was a strong sex scene. It’s not that I think all romances need to have them, but I felt like this one did. There was such a build up to Lainey and Brogan acting on their attraction that it was a let down to miss this major event in their romance.

I truly enjoyed reading The Rule Book. It’s cute, funny, and subtly sexy. I would recommend it to readers looking for the perfect gateway book between young adult and new adult contemporary romance.

Review: The Player by Claire Contreras

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Author: Claire Contreras
Publication Date: October 10, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Synopsis:

I’m naturally gifted on the field and between the sheets. With flashy cars and enough media attention to put the Royal Family to shame, I’m the definition of Most Eligible Bachelor.

I’ve never met a man who doesn’t want to be me or a woman who doesn’t want to tame me. Until I meet Camila.

From the moment I lay eyes on her, I know I have to have her.

She wants to keep me at arm’s length.
I want her naked in my bed.

She thinks our worlds are too different.
All I want her to think about is screaming my name.

She says I’m bad news.

I have three weeks to prove her wrong.


Claire Contreras is one of the first new adult authors whose writing I fell in love with. I’ve loved every book I’ve read by her, and I was super excited to hear she was releasing her first ever sports romance. The Player couldn’t be release soon enough in my mind — especially once I saw the cover. Dang that guy is hot! (And he’s a real soccer player, too!)

The Player is a sort of friends to lovers sports romance. When soccer superstar Warren Silva returns to his childhood hometown of New York, he doesn’t expect to meet Camila Avila. She’s smart, nice, naturally beautiful and down to earth. She’s the opposite of the type of woman he normally searches out. But Warren can’t get her off his mind. He’s determined to get Camila into his bed. Too bad Camila isn’t interested in Warren’s advances. She knows when something is too good to be true, and Warren is just that. Warren isn’t easily deterred, though. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to make her his — even if he has to take things slow and be her friend first.

The Player was a strong first foray into sports romance for Contreras. It was filled with her amazing writing, a fun take on a celebrity sports romance, and the perfect amount of emotional angst. The dual points of view did an amazing job of showcasing the characters’ feelings. I loved the way it included European soccer culture and words into the mix. That made the story and its settings feel real.

Camila was a really cool character. Her determination to support herself and not give up her dreams for a man was inspiring. I loved that she wasn’t into Warren’s celebrity status and was only concerned about what was in his heart. Claire Contreras really made Camila’s emotions and feelings come alive. I felt her trepidation about Warren’s intentions. I felt her attraction and love for him. I felt her despair and heartache. I was so wrapped up in Camila’s story that Warren was almost a side character for me.

This is hard for me to admit, but I wasn’t really sure about Warren for a large part of the book. I think I felt so many of Camila’s emotions that I had a hard time believing in him. I mean, I knew Warren had to be amazing because Claire Contreras created him. It just took me a while to get past his cocky unawareness. I was totally team Warren in the end, though! I loved the chemistry he had with Camila. There were some incredibly hot moments between the two of them that had me fanning myself. 😉

The only thing I felt was missing from The Player was some of the history behind Camila’s father’s incarceration. Without that information, I had a hard time understanding Camila’s hate for the person she blamed for her father going to jail. The grudge she was holding onto so desperately didn’t make complete sense to me.

I found The Player to a super sexy romance filled with fun sports references. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to see Claire Contreras write more books in the soccer world setting. I would love her to write books about Warren’s teammates falling in love! I highly recommend The Player to new adult readers who love sports romances and/or strong female characters.

Top Ten Tuesday: All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is All About Books You Read Because of Recommendation. I’m going to narrow this topic down to Ten Books I Read Because My Favorite Goodreads Young Adult Contemporary Romance Told Me ToThese ladies have never steered me wrong. I’ve loved every book they’ve ever recommended to me. So, read these books!


1. Bright Side by Kim Holden

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2. Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

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3. The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen

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4. More Than This by Jay McLean

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5. Wild Reckless by Ginger Scott

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6. Rebel by Elle Casey

7. Making Faces by Amy Harmon

8. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

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9. V is For Virgin by Kelly Oram

10. Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

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Series: The Royals, #3
Author: Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick)
Publication Date: October 17, 2016
Publisher: Timeout LLC
Genre: Mature Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from the author(s) in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is **SPOILER FREE**. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.

They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.


Anyone who has read the first two books in The Royals series will understand me when I say I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to read Twisted Palace. Broken Prince ended with such a shocking cliffhanger that I’ve been counting down the days until the release of Twisted Palace. Luckily, I received an ARC and didn’t have to wait quite as long. But even if I hadn’t, it would have been worth the wait. Twisted Palace was just as amazing as the first two books in the series!!!

Twisted Palace picks up right where it left off in Broken Prince. Ella and Reed are both put in positions they never saw coming and will have to fight for their love. I won’t go further into the plot of this book because I refuse to give anything away. I will say that I was on edge the entire time I was reading it. The author(s) had so many surprises in store! There wasn’t a shocking cliffhanger this time, but there was a very fitting and stunning conclusion to the story.

I absolutely loved Twisted Palace and entire The Royals series! The writing was extraordinary and the plot kept me hooked. I couldn’t put Twisted Palace down and read it in one sitting! Ella and Reed were such cool characters. I fell more and more in love with them and their relationship with each book. I’m really sad to see their story coming to an end, but I’m hoping this isn’t the last time we’ll see the Royals. I need to know Reed’s brothers’ stories!

Fans of the first two books in The Royals series are going to love Twisted Palace! It’s an amazing conclusion to a wonderful series. And if you haven’t had the chance to read this series yet, I highly suggest picking up a copy of Paper Princess

 

Teaser: Stroked Hard by Meghan Quinn

STROKED HARD will be here soon! Check out this teaser and don’t forget to add STROKED HARD to your tbr!

 

STROKED HARD
Scheduled to release: November 1, 2016
Sports Romance
Cover Designed by: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae

Blurb:

He’s hot. Like, stop breathing kind of hot with his killer body, vivid blue eyes, and constant five o’clock shadow.
Did I mention his body?
Watching Hollis Knightly, Olympic diving gold medalist, man-pony specialist—and cocky bastard—stand up on the diving platform in nothing but a small piece of Spandex? Yeah, I’m beguiled.
And easily seduced.
I want to keep things light but he won’t leave me alone. And hell, if he’s not wearing me thin.
What is supposed to be a simple summer fling with a very hot man, has now morphed into a f*cked-up mess of feelings, attachment, and dare I say it…love. But I don’t do relationships. And Hollis Knightly does.

NOW AVAILABLE!

 

STROKED by Meghan Quinn
Released: July 19, 2016
Cover Designer: Murphy Rae

BLURB:

Reese King: Olympic medalist, underwear model, Greek god.

His body is chiseled from rock, sculpted by the weight room, and refined by water.

On a daily basis his skin is completely bare for everyone to see, tan and defined, only covered up by a minuscule piece of spandex. There is no denying his sex appeal.

I hate to admit it, but I’m head over heels infatuated with him.

There is one HUGE problem though. His achingly gorgeous abs, inked up arm, and cocky swagger belong to my boss, the high-profile, reality star bitch from hell and certified heinous human being, Bellini Chambers.

What I think is going to be an easy job assisting a glorified wench turns into a cluster f*ck of epic proportions.

STROKED LONG by Meghan Quinn
Scheduled to release: September 20, 2016
 Sports Romance
Cover Designed by: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae
BLURB:
From his dirty-blond hair and breathtaking smile, to the abs from heaven and the irresistible V in his waistline, everything about Bodi Olympic-gold-medalist Banks screams hot piece of @$$.
Yet there’s more.
Dark shadows lurk behind his soulful, serious eyes.
I’m enamored. He’s captured me.
How can running an art foundation with Bodi Banks turns into a slow-burning, epic romance, even though he tries to push me away at every chance? How can I stay away from a broken, routine-driven man whose soul cries to be forgiven for a crime only he believes he committed? Or is that a lie?


**STROKED LONG can be read as a stand alone.

About the Author:

 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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Review: What Light by Jay Asher

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Author: Jay Asher
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: I received an ARC from Kelly @ Here’s to Happy Endings. (Thanks for the book trade!)

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.


I have to admit I hadn’t read any of Jay Asher’s previous novels prior to picking up What Light. I’m ashamed of that because I actually own Thirteen Reasons Why. It definitely won’t be sitting on my shelf much longer!

In What Light, Sierra and her family make their yearly voyage from Oregon to California to sell Christmas trees. While some teenagers might not want to leave high school and their friends behind for a month, Sierra looks forward to being reunited with her Christmas town and friends.

This year is different, though. Sierra meets Caleb. The cute and troubled boy has her rethinking her no holiday romances policy. The more Sierra gets to know Caleb, the more returning home to Oregon doesn’t sound as exciting as it has in the past.

I was immediately enchanted by Jay Asher’s writing. The way he puts words together is so simple, yet pretty. There was a lightness to the tone, even though there were some darker issues to parts of the story. We all have pasts we want to leave behind, and I loved the lessons this book shared relating to that topic. I was very impressed and flew through the book.

What Light‘s setting was really cool and unique. I was intrigued by the traveling Christmas tree farmer part of the story. Honestly, I’ve never thought much about Christmas tree farmers. There’s several in my area, but I have only seen the local aspect to their business.

I loved the main character, Sierra. She was pretty, smart, and mature. Sometimes I couldn’t believe how mature she was, but I felt like going back and forth between California and Oregon probably gave her a greater knowledge of the world than her peers. I loved that she wasn’t quick to judge others and set such a great example of how to treat others.

What really made me love What Light was the relationships between the characters. All the relationships revolved around the main character, Sierra. First, there was the close and open relationship she had with her parents. I loved how honest they were with each other about their feelings. Then, there was Sierra’s relationship with her different sets of friends. Their friendships weren’t without teenage drama, but way they stood by each other was really cool. Everyone should have friends like them. Finally, there was Sierra’s relationship with Caleb. That was my favorite one. There was just a teenage innocence and sweetness to it. Their influence on each other was really special. I won’t go as much into as I would like to because I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone, but the way they fell in love made me so happy!

What Light was a sweet holiday story that will have you smiling. I’m so happy I got the chance to experience it. I would highly recommend reading it. It’s filled with warm and touching moments that are sure to inspire readers this season.