Heath – K. Webster and Nikki Ash

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

Heath – K. Webster and Nikki Ash

This isn’t a typical love story. This is a story of what happens when love is so powerful and all-consuming that it has the ability to destroy everyone involved. It’s definitely not pretty and it’s certainly not a fairytale, but it’s their story and it couldn’t be told any other way.

Heath by K. Webster, Nikki Ash
four-half-stars
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Dark, New Adult, Taboo
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy

Wuthering Heights is one of my favorite novels of all-time. There’s something about this tragically beautiful story that draws you into the story, despite being incredibly depressing and frankly, anger-inducing. I’ve read it several times and it still feels magical to me. Is it the writing style? The dark romance? The somewhat taboo nature of the story–especially in the time that it takes place? I’m not sure. Whatever it is, I love it, and just like I’ll read pretty much any adaptation of Beauty and the Beast that I can get my hands on, I’m all for a retelling of this haunting and stunning story.

That’s where K. Webster and Nikki Ash come in.

Now, before I get started into my review, let me tell you that I’m a huge K. Webster fan. She’s a one-click author for me. If she has a new release, I buy it immediately, regardless of the description, because I just love her writing that much–and she hasn’t disappointed me yet! Nikki Ash is a new author for me, but if this book is any indication, I’m sure I would enjoy her writing, as well. 🙂

Here’s a shot of some extremely frank honesty here … I hated Catrina. Seriously. I don’t think she deserved Heath’s undying devotion, especially since she was so self-centered and materialistic and made it quite clear that she wouldn’t be happy with Heath simply because he couldn’t afford to give her the same life she was used to. In fact, reading the first part of this book made me second-guess my love of Wuthering Heights. I knew Cathy was irreparably selfish and no matter how many times I read it, I get angry with her for not somehow managing to be with Heathcliff and find their happily ever after, but something about Catrina … Maybe it was because the authors wrote this book in different POVs, so I was actually able to get inside Catrina’s head and witness what she was thinking during each significant part of her life with Heath and Elliot, so I saw just how ridiculously selfish she truly was. Man, though. This girl was a piece of work. In the words of Harrison, “Whereas Cat is sweet and soft-spoken, her mother was a raging bitch. Reading her journals, I often wondered if maybe the woman had something psychologically wrong with her with as hot and cold as she was.”

On the flip side, while Heath was bearable in his younger years, once he’s older, he’s mean and vindictive and so bitter, it’s palpable. He treats everyone with contempt and has no regard for anyone but himself. He’s misery incarnate and the only way he knows how to deal with it is to lash out at everyone he comes into contact with. There are times when I got so angry with him, I just wanted to strangle him!

One of the unique parts of this novel is it’s told in three generations. Personally, my favorite was the second generation with Cat and Harrison, but each relationship–including the relationships between the family–was written so wonderfully, whether the relationship was good or bad. Even though Catrina drove me nuts, I even thought the relationship between her and Heath was written extremely well.

I loved this book. Like I said, I wasn’t huge on the first part of the book–if only for Catrina’s selfishness and constant back-and-forth attitude–but the second part of the book was incredible. I have such huge crushes on Harrison and Finn–especially Harrison 🙂

I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes dark and angsty romance, or those who loved Wuthering Heights but want something a little spicier 😉 As always, if you read this book, let me know what you think!

 

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RELEASE BLITZ: Heath – K. Webster and Nikki Ash

by K. Webster, Nikki Ash
Genres: Contemporary, Dark, New Adult, Romance

Heath

by K Webster and Nikki Ash
Publication Date: October 25, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Purchase: Amazon

This isn’t a typical love story. This a story of what happens when love is so powerful and all-consuming that it has the ability to destroy everyone involved. It’s definitely not pretty and it’s certainly not a fairytale, but it’s their story and it couldn’t be told any other way.

About K. Webster

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

About Nikki Ash

Nikki Ash resides in South Florida where she is an English teacher and mom by day and a writer by night. When she’s not writing, you can find her with a book in her hand. From the Boxcar Children to Wuthering Heights to the latest Single Parent Romance, she has lived and breathed every type of book.

Reading is like breathing in, writing is like breathing out. – Pam Allyn

While reading and writing are her passions, her two children are her entire world. You can probably find them at a Disney park before you would find them at home on the weekends!

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Fade – E. G. Bateman

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

Fade – E. G. Bateman

When the horrific death of her father leaves Jenna Banks an orphan just before her sixteenth birthday, she is plunged into the world of Hilltop Academy – a world where machine gun-toting Agents protect her from unseen forces and tracking down monsters is the norm. Yet even in this mysterious otherworld, Jenna discovers she has abilities above and beyond those of her fellow Hilltop students.
Unfortunately for her, she’s not the only one to make this discovery.
Another tragedy sees Jenna and her new friends transferred from England to the vast Academy base in Colorado. Watched constantly and unable to trust anyone but her closest friends, Jenna has to think on her feet, calling on all her natural cunning simply to survive.
Then the surprise to end all surprises completely blows her world apart.

Fade by E. G. Bateman
Series: The Faders Series #1
four-stars
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Light Romance
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy
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Let me begin this review by saying that this book took everything I thought I figured out about the story and completely flipped it upside down. There were so many twists and turns in this book that I’m surprised I didn’t get whiplash! Not only was it surprising and not at all what I expected, but it was written extremely well. Sometimes when I read twists in books, I can tell the author was trying just a little too hard to make it more interesting, but I didn’t feel that way here at all. E. G. Bateman has created a fantastic novel with incredible world-building, a fascinating story, and characters that felt real with unique and honest personalities.

Jenna is really put through the ringer in this novel. Her father dies, leaving her an orphan, and she has to go to this new world she previously knew nothing about, leaving her best friend behind. She has these new powers that she struggles to control and doesn’t fully understand, and then she discovers that those powers are unique to her alone. While she’s thankful for her new friends, she still feels alone. She misses her dad, she misses her best friend, and on top of it all, she’s a teenager navigating a new romance. To say her new life is complex is a grave understatement.

As the story progresses, Jenna finds things are not always what they seem–and “complicated” doesn’t even begin to cover her findings. To discover the truth, she and her new friends have to team up and take on challenges they never expected to face. At the heart of this story is a tremendous foundation of friendship, and these ties prove to be invaluable–particularly toward the end of the story.

There’s just a touch of romance and I’m hoping the next book explores this relationship further. 🙂

 

I greatly enjoyed this book. It kept me hooked and there were multiple times I had to lift my jaw off the floor as I read the plot twist. There’s one scene in particular that had me actually gasping out loud and saying, “NO WAY!” It’s not often that I’m caught so off-guard that I don’t see even a hint of it coming, but the author definitely got me. Such an awesome story and I honestly can’t wait to find out what happens next!

I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys young adult paranormal/fantasy. And, as always, if you end up reading this book, please let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂

 

 

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Finding Home – J.C. Valentine

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

Finding Home – J.C. Valentine

Life is unpredictable. Vivian learned that the hard way and did the only thing she could: she ran. But life isn’t about to let her off easy.

Nash is everything a woman wants and nothing Vivian could have planned for. Gorgeous with his sexy blue-eyed stare, toned body, and wearing a cowboy hat, he’s the perfect package and Vivian’s ideal rebound. Too bad he wants nothing to do with her. That’s fine. Vivian wasn’t looking for love anyway, but her meddling new roommate has other ideas.

Two people from different worlds shouldn’t make sense, but desire is an animal that won’t be denied. With secrets lurking on both sides of the fence, however, it’s just a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

Finding Home by J.C. Valentine
Series: Roped by the Cowboy #1
four-half-stars
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Cowboys
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy
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When I first started reading this book, I wasn’t a big fan of Vivian. She was uppity and spoiled, and I wasn’t a big fan of her personality. Now, I love J.C.’s writing, so I read on nervously, hoping I would warm up to her heroine. Thankfully, I did.

At first, Vivian’s character comes across as vapid and judgmental. She’s a city girl who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth and is used to living in the lap of luxury. She’s also very vain and cares entirely too much about her reputation and what other people think of her; frankly, she’s someone I would never think to be friends with, which was partly why I balked while reading about her at first. And then, she finds herself in this town in the middle of nowhere, and suddenly her character just … blossoms. A lot of this transformation has to do with Gretta, the old woman who has no filter who offers Vivian a room to stay in. Gretta is absolutely hilarious and was a huge part of why I loved this book. She was so unbelievably good for Vivian, and rather than treating her with kid gloves, Gretta thrust her right in the middle of it all. She even had Viv taking up her mantle as cook for the men who work on her property! Those scenes were a hoot, especially when Vivian first starts and she burns–count ’em–four pounds of bacon. Reading how these big, tough cowboys were choking down the awful burned bacon was hysterical, lol.

Of course, speaking of cowboys, that brings us to Vivian’s love interest … the very sexy, very sarcastic Nash. I loved Nash immediately. They meet when Vivan’s tire blows out on the outskirts of town and he changes it for her. There’re some obvious sparks flying, but Vivian is coming out of a nasty divorce and she doesn’t want to think about entering another relationship. Plus, she figures she’ll never see him again, so why start anything? Of course, fate has other plans, as it always does 😉 Nash is grumpy and hardheaded and so sarcastic, and he has a chip a mile wide on his shoulder. They both have ideas in their head of who the other person is, and of course, they’re both wrong but too stubborn to admit it. Ms. Matchmaker herself–otherwise known as Gretta–does her best to bring these two together, despite their harsh judgment of each other and very obvious bullheadedness. According to everyone in the town, Gretta never fails in her matchmaking. Hmmm … 😉

There are multiple complications that are brought into this book that I won’t mention here–spoilers!–but let me just say that I loved how these complications were presented and handled. And while this book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, it was also a nice ending for the first part of this duet.

Honestly, this book reminded me a lot of a Hallmark movie (which I love). Spoiled rich girl who secretly has a heart of gold ends up in a small town with nowhere else to go, falls for one the locals who just happens to be a ridiculously handsome and sarcastic cowboy, and she learns to appreciate the things she had been taking for granted. It was sweet, and while the budding relationship between Vivian and Nash are definitely at the forefront of the story, the book mostly focuses on Vivian discovering who she truly is and the friendships she’s building with the people of this quaint little town. I greatly enjoyed this book and I can’t wait for the next one!

Let me know if you read this book and what you thought of it in the comments 🙂 I’m always up for a good book discussion!!

 

 

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four-half-stars

Time of Enchantment – Julia Clarke

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

Time of Enchantment – Julia Clarke

Ana Marea is disenchanted. By men. By the promise of love. By the illusion of forever.

Ana may have the brilliant mind of a scientist, but she’s a romantic at heart. Endowed with the ability to enchant objects, she can’t seem to spark the same magic in her love life. And after a string of failed relationships, she worries she’ll never get her chance at a happily ever after.

Could the answer lie with a wolf shifter, a genetics professor, and two men from the past? Or when time runs out and the spell breaks, will Ana’s heart shatter with it?

***Time of Enchantment is a reverse harem romance that can be read as a stand-alone novel. But for maximum enjoyment, it's recommended that you read Charms of Attraction (a prequel novella currently available exclusively in Realms & Rebels) first.***

Time of Enchantment by Julia Clarke
Series: Cursed Legacy Series #1
five-stars
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Reverse Harem
Format: ARC, eBook, Review Copy

If you’ve been following my reviews since I started writing them–or if you’ve stalked my posts at all–then you know that one of my ultimate favorite reverse harem series is The Stardust Series by Julia Clarke and Autumn Reed. That series was one of the first RHs I read and the characters just resonated so deeply for me and I adored the story. If you’d like to read my review for the last book, Polaris, click here. Bear with me though; it was one of the first reviews I wrote when I first started taking review writing seriously and it’s a little rough. (One of these days I’m going to write reviews for the whole series once I re-read it again!)

So, I was beyond ecstatic to read an ARC for Julia’s newest novel, Time of Enchantment. Not only is it a reverse harem, but it’s paranormal–squee! As you know if you’ve read any of my other reviews, these just so happen to be two of my favorite genres of romance … pair that up with one of my favorite authors and I was sold.

Ana is definitely one of my favorite female characters I’ve had the pleasure of reading. She’s sweet, super intelligent, driven, and unbelievably kind. I loved her in the prequel novel, Charms of Attraction (available in the Realms and Rebels paranormal and fantasy reverse harem anthology), but obviously only had a glimpse of her character since the story is told from her sister, Katerina’s perspective. Learning Ana’s thoughts and her very different personality from Katerina–even though Kati is just as amazing, simply in another way–was so much fun. I connected a little more with Ana if only because our personalities are much more similar. Ana is the quieter sister; preferring to stand back and let others take the spotlight while she is more focused on her studies and being somewhat of a background fixture. She also has some insecurities stemming from what she deems her uninteresting and lackluster magic as well as her unfortunate luck with men, and she will be the first to tell you she believes Kati is the more interesting, more beautiful of the two. While Ana does have a smidgen of insecurity, she’s also confident in her own right–especially regarding her education and knowledge. She’s incredibly intelligent and has worked tremendously hard to get to where she is, and while I don’t share her interests in science, I can certainly appreciate having a passion for it. Ana’s creativity and fierce passion for life–especially after discovering the love she’s always longed for–is not only inspiring but was such a joy to read.

Of course, every great love story has a great love interest. In Ana’s case, she has four …

There’s Easton, the wolf shifter she’d previously had a fling with, then had her heart broken when he left and she never heard from him again. Now that he’s back in her life, she has to decide if letting him in is the right decision or if she’s setting herself up for more heartache. Beckett, the mysterious and aloof professor for whom she is the TA. Beckett immediately grabbed my attention. Not only does he have one of the coolest names, but he’s intelligent, well-read, and he has a beard. Score. Also, I seem to have an issue with the guys that kind of come off as asshole-ish, which I’ve mentioned in previous reviews. For some reason, I tend to be immediately drawn to them and I have no clue why. Then we have Will and CJ, two best friends who just so happen to be–sigh–cowboys from the past. Will is extremely laidback, adventurous, and outgoing. He’s always cracking a joke and flirting relentlessly and honestly just being this adorable ball of light in Ana’s life. He’s so sweet and caring and he always knows what to say to make Ana laugh. CJ is much more reserved and kind of shy; he spends the first part of his time in the company of Ana and the other guys completely tongue-tied around her, which is so dang cute and endearing. He’s also an incredibly talented artist who’s loving, sensual, and sensitive to boot. It’s honestly impossible to pick a favorite out of these four; I love them all for different reasons–which is why it’s a good thing this is a reverse harem 😉

Between these four men, Ana finds the love and happiness she’s always so desperately wanted. It’s obvious how much each one loves and adores her, and they’re all so giving with their time and with showing her love and affection. There were also a few extremely sexy love scenes written between her and each man, and whew. Julia definitely outdid herself with those! There was one scene in particular where I was actually sweating, and I swore my kindle was going to burst into flames! *fans face*

The emotions this book evoked were so well-done, also. I felt so bad for Ana when she was trying to figure out who she was and what her purpose could be. I almost felt like I was reading a journal rather than a book, these characters felt so real to me. Ana’s feelings of happiness and joy are palpable, and when she’s sad or disheartened, I felt that way too. There’s also a section in the book that had my chest aching and tears springing to my eyes and while I knew everything would most likely work itself out, I couldn’t help but have the overwhelming feelings that went along with such emotionally significant scenes.

Needless to say, this was a 5-star read for me. I loved everything about it. I felt a special connection to the characters, I was incredibly immersed in the story, and the different abilities that were brought into this book were fascinating to read about and brought something fresh to the table. I highly recommend this book for you paranormal romance lovers out there (as long as the thought of multiple lovers appeals to you). I would recommend this book in a heartbeat, and I can’t wait for it to be released so everyone else can read this fantastically written story! If you do end up reading it, please let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂

 

 

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five-stars

RELEASE BLITZ: HeartLess – Kristy Love

by Kristy Love
Title: HeartLess
Author: Kristy Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 18, 2018
Cover Design: Emily Wittig Designs and Photography

 
Plan the wedding of the century. Get the job. To hell with the guy.
 
Bianca Fair’s hard work was paying off. After slaving for years as an event planner, the partnership of her dreams was in her grasp. The respect and admiration of her peers was only a wedding away. All of her carefully crafted plans were falling into place. Finally.
 
Enter Nash James … heartthrob … sex symbol … rock god … His band was number one on the charts, and he was number one on the freebie list of every woman alive.
 
Rock music’s “It Boy” was marrying Hollywood’s “It Girl,” and Bianca’s career hung in the balance.
 
No problem. Piece of cake. She could plan this wedding in her sleep. This was what she thrived on.
 
Too bad the last time she saw Nash James, he was skipping town after crushing her heart.
 
And no way in hell could the bride-to-be find out Bianca had loved her fiancé first.

Prologue

Ellie Goulding was the perfect way to start my day. My hips swayed, my steps bounced, blood pumping.
I was an event planner for a prestigious planning company in Pittsburgh. I’d even planned a few events in other countries. I loved it. I loved the way I could break down the events into tiny details and plan them, control every element. I loved the order, the procedure, turning chaos into something beautiful.
My song ended and turned into another song, the collection randomly generated by Spotify. I didn’t immediately recognize the opening bars of the tune, but as soon as the voice filled my ears, I ripped my headphones out and shoved them in my purse. I scowled at my phone, annoyed at it for disrupting my few moments of fun. My heel snagged in the cracked pavement. “Fuck,” I mumbled. I stumbled but was able to regain my balance before I fell flat on my ass.
I turned the music off, my Zen completely ruined. I got to the crosswalk and pressed the button, so I could cross the street. A bus stop shelter was a few feet away from me, and a poster caught my eye. HeartLess at the PPG Paints Arena. I glared at the poster. Not only had they graced my morning jam session, but now they were crashing my city? My good mood from earlier crumbled. I trained my eyes forward and waited for the walk sign to flash, then speed walked across the street as soon as I could.
I opened the door and inhaled a deep breath, centering myself. I had a huge client coming in today, and I needed to be ready. I had no clue who it was or what type of event I’d be planning. My boss, Nadine, had called me yesterday telling me she’d cleared my schedule to take on a last-minute client that needed the ultimate VIP treatment. In her usual fashion, she’d neglected to tell me who it was. It didn’t matter; I’d handle it.
On the fifteenth floor, I smiled at our receptionist who was on the phone. In huge, sweeping letters, As You Wish was etched behind her on a pane of glass. I was filled with pride every time I saw it, knowing I’d taken my passion and made it into a career. Not only had I made it into my livelihood, but I was good at it. Not just good, I was excellent. Clients requested me by name—even sports figures and celebrities.
I went straight to my boss’s office and knocked on her door. “Come in,” she called from behind the closed door.
“Hey, Nadine,” I said. Her brown eyes swept over my body, taking in my appearance. Nadine believed in perfection, and I had no doubt she’d send me back home to change if I didn’t meet her criteria for the day. Well, maybe not home, but definitely to Macy’s to pick up something that satisfied her. I fought the urge to smooth my gray pencil skirt or adjust my burgundy blazer. I didn’t want her to see me squirm. She gave a slight nod of her head, meaning I met her standards and motioned for me to take a seat.
“Are you prepared today, Bianca?” Nadine never beat around the bush. She’d built this company from the ground up and expected nothing less than the absolute best. That’s how I became her right hand; she demanded, and I rose to the occasion. Over the last five years, I’d proven that I delivered—every time. Perfection, professionalism, and punctuality. The three Ps that were Nadine’s mantra.
“Of course.” Really, there was no way for me to prepare. I had no idea who I was meeting with, what type of event it was, or how much time this would take, but I’d never tell Nadine that.
“Good. I want you to take special care of these clients. They’re important and need to be treated with the utmost care and discretion.” She tipped her glasses down her nose, gazing at me over them. “They’re our top priority as a company. Anything you need, you let me know. If they want you to paint the sky purple, you make damn sure you get it done, understood?”
Nerves tingled in my stomach. Whoever these clients were, they were big. “You know you can count on me.”
“That’s why I assigned them to you.” She handed me a manila folder from her desk. There wasn’t any writing on it or any indication of what I was getting myself into. She narrowed her eyes at me. “Everything else you’ve been working on has been handed off to other planners. You are to work on nothing else. If this goes well, we can expect a whole new level of clientele.”
I fought the urge to look in the folder. I was so anxious about who I was going to be working with, but I didn’t want Nadine to know. I portrayed my usual self-control. We’d planned galas, weddings, and birthday parties for some big clients already. A few movie stars, some musicians, and almost all the sports figures in the city came to us. We already had A-list clients. Who was making Nadine so twitchy? “I’ll do everything in my power to make sure they’re satisfied.
Nadine gave me a shrewd smile and pushed her glasses back up her nose. She turned her attention back to her computer screen, her interest no longer in this conversation. “You should head to your office. They’re waiting for you.”
A twinge of annoyance raced along my spine. If these clients were so important, why did Nadine keep me in here to chat? To intimidate me and make me feel like I couldn’t handle these clients? I was early to the office, as I always was. “I thought the appointment wasn’t for another fifteen minutes,” I said as I checked my watch.
“They got here early, Bianca. The bride-to-be is most eager to get started.” Nadine raised her hand from her keyboard and actually shooed me away. Sometimes, I wanted to smack her across her perfectly made-up face.
I didn’t bother saying anything before I slipped out the door. I rushed to my own office and noticed the wall of windows I had separating my space from the rest of the floor were blocked by my drawn blinds. Seeing that, it sunk in that this was no joke. The fact that I knew it was a wedding filled me with a slight amount of dread. I hoped to God she wasn’t going to be a bridezilla. I didn’t have the patience for them with normal clients, but a client that Nadine was so set on pleasing… This could end badly.
I paused briefly outside of my office, tugging down my blazer and smoothing my skirt. I ran my hands over my hair, making sure nothing was out of place. I straightened my posture and plastered my most endearing smile on my face. My planning persona washed over me, making me unflappable, pleasant, and orderly. I opened my door.
“I’m so sorry to have kept you waiting,” I said as I strode across my office. My eyes connected with the female sitting across from my desk and I steeled myself. This client wasn’t just a big name, she was the name. And then…
And then I was leveled by the freight train that was my past.
From the time she was old enough to form words into sentences, Kristy Love has been writing stories. She attended La Roche College and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Writing. When she’s not writing, Kristy can be found with her nose stuck in a book or spending time with her family and friends.
She lives with her husband and two girls in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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RELEASE DAY: Finding Home – J.C. Valentine

by J.C. Valentine
Genres: Contemporary, Cowboys, New Adult, Romance

 

FINDING HOME
by J.C. Valentine
Roped by the Cowboy, #1
Publication Date: October 18, 2018
Cover Credits: J.C. Valentine
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Cowboy, Duet

SYNOPSIS
Life is unpredictable. Vee learned that the hard way and did the only thing she could: she ran. But life
isn’t about to let her off easy.
Nash is everything a woman wants and nothing Vee could have planned for.
Gorgeous with his sexy blue-eyed stare, toned body, and wearing a cowboy hat,
he’s the perfect package and Vee’s ideal rebound. Too bad he wants nothing to
do with her. That’s fine. Vee wasn’t looking for love anyway, but her
meddling new roommate has other ideas.

Two people from different worlds shouldn’t make sense, but desire is an animal
that won’t be denied. With secrets lurking on both sides of the fence, however,
it’s just a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International
bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the
Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her
penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly
edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No,
she isn’t sorry.
Living in the Northwest, she has three amazing children and
far too many pets. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur.
Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she
isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.
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RELEASE BLITZ: The Hanged Man – Clarissa Wild

Title: The Hanged Man
Series: Cards of Love
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Dark Romance (novella)
Release Date: October 15, 2018
Criminal. Outlaw. Murderer.
That’s only a few of the names people call me, and all of them are true.
I did the unforgivable. I killed a man in broad daylight.
I did it for her.
I paid my dues, did my time.
Now I’m out and I want her back, no matter the cost.
She hates me, but that won’t stop me from hunting after her.
I need her to be mine again.
And there’s a secret I have to tell …
But everything has its price.
I’m willing to pay.
Is she?
 
The Hanged Man is a Standalone Dark Romance from New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Clarissa Wild. 
 
Note: This story contains disturbing content that may be offensive to some readers.

Prologue


Lillian
 
After
It’s finally time.
I grab one of the dull pencils from the tray and a piece of paper from the stack and place it down in front of me. Biting my lip, I stare wistfully at the sheet, wondering what I should write. If I should even write anything.
There are so many things I want to say, so much I have to explain, but none of the words in my head will suffice. She’ll never understand. She’s too innocent to know the truth.
So I opt for something else instead. Something familiar and loving, so she’ll know how much I care.
“Are you gonna start or what?” the woman across the shoddy table says while glaring at me.
I look up from my paper and gaze blankly ahead. “As soon as I know what to write.”
“You don’t get much time, y’know,” she adds, shrugging. “Suit yourself.”
I nod a few times. Advice is best not taken for granted, so I pick up the pencil and rub my lips together.
Dear Daisy,
You’ll probably never read this letter, but I want you to know that at least I tried. I’ve told your auntie Dana to hold onto the letters I send her until I get the chance to hand them to you myself. As much as I want to, I can’t be with you right now. But I promise it won’t be long. I’ll be with you again soon. Before you even know it.
I know you’ll be good. I know you’ll do great out there in the world.
And you know … I will find you again.
Love,
Mommy
Smiling, I read over the words again before my letter and those of all the other women next to me are taken by the guard as she passes us.
They’ll read the contents and decide whether it’s suitable to send.
This is how it always goes … here in prison.
There’s no choice to make, no autonomy whatsoever. Nothing but sleep, eat, work, and wait.
Wait until your time is up.
Until you can see your baby again.
But I knew the consequence when I did what I did. That I’d end up sacrificing precious time I could’ve spent with her. But it was the only choice I could make, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat if I had to.
It’s no one’s fault. Not mine or his.
Circumstances brought me here, and I accept that wholeheartedly.
Love … is what brought me here.
I made the ultimate sacrifice for my little girl.
For a man I couldn’t stop loving even when that same love ripped her away from me.
For both … I’d willingly hang.

Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of Dark Romance and Contemporary Romance novels. She is an avid reader and writer of swoony stories about dangerous men and feisty women. Her other loves include her hilarious husband, her two crazy but cute dogs, and her ninja cat that sometimes thinks he’s a dog too. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, playing video games, reading tons of books, and cooking her favorite meals.
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The Hanged Man – Clarissa Wild

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

The Hanged Man – Clarissa Wild

Criminal. Outlaw. Murderer. That’s only a few of the names people call me, and all of them are true. I did the unforgivable. I killed a man in broad daylight. I did it for her. I paid my dues, did my time. Now I’m out and I want her back, no matter the cost. She hates me, but that won’t stop me from hunting after her. I need her to be mine again. And there’s a secret I have to tell … But everything has its price. I’m willing to pay. Is she?

The Hanged Man is a Standalone Dark Romance from New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Clarissa Wild.

Note: This story contains disturbing content that may be offensive to some readers.

The Hanged Man by Clarissa Wild
Series: Cards of Love
four-stars
Genres: Romance, New Adult
Format: ARC, eBook

Wow. This novella was packed full of emotions in such a small package. From the first page, I was completely invested in the story. You also feel so much emotional turmoil from each of the main characters in their respective narrative; my heart was aching for these fictional people who were clearly still in love with each other but didn’t know where to go after certain events transpired that kept them apart for so many years.

The chemistry these two share is explosive. They obviously deeply love one another, which makes the attraction and lust ten times hotter. He can’t stay away from her any longer and feels compelled to explain the circumstances of his prison sentence, so he hunts her down and makes multiple attempts to have contact with her and she rebuffs all of his advances. When they finally do speak to each other, they can’t keep their hands off each other and I halfway expected my kindle to burst into flames. It was sexy and hot and filled with so much angsty pining and love that I wanted to cry. This book tore my heart out but still managed to give me hope. Ms. Wild is, in my opinion, one of the queens of angst and she definitely doesn’t disappoint with this one. Wow!

(I will say, the flashing between the present and what happened to label him a murderer and sending him to prison were sort of confusing for me to follow. That’s the only negative to my otherwise extremely positive feelings for this book.)

I’m amazed at how much story she managed to pack into a book under 120 pages long. Sure, since it’s a novella it had to move a little quicker than most books do, but that doesn’t mean it had less heart or depth than any of her other books. Plus, this just means you can re-read quicker 😉

I highly recommend this book for lovers of angst and second chance love stories. If you do end up reading it, come back here and let me know in the comments how you felt about it! I’d love to know your thoughts. <3

 

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four-stars

Game of Lies – Sadie Moss

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

Game of Lies – Sadie Moss

In a world built on secrets, who can you trust?

‍I have my assignment: infiltrate the Gifted government and find a way to undermine their power.

‍Should be easy, right?

But my magic is going haywire again, the bond to my four is straining, and I don’t know how to play the role I’ve been given.

‍On top of that, I’m starting to realize there’s even more danger here than meets the eye.

Someone in the Capital isn’t playing by the rules...

‍Which leaves just one question. Whose side are they on?

I can handle myself in a fight. But can I win the game of lies?

Get ready for more romance, magic, and intrigue in the second book of the Magic Awakened series, a Reverse Harem urban fantasy featuring one badass ex-mercenary and the four sexy-as-sin men who will do anything to protect her.

Game of Lies by Sadie Moss
Series: Magic Awakened #2
four-half-stars
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Reverse Harem, Urban Fantasy
Format: ARC, eBook

I loved the first book in this series, so I was thrilled to read the ARC for the second. The thing about reading a series is if you really enjoyed the first book, then you never know if you’re going to enjoy the next one just as much or if you’re essentially setting yourself up to be let down. Personally, once I’m invested in a series, I have to finish it whether I liked the next book as much as the first or not–but thankfully, I didn’t have that issue here. If anything, it was even better than the first.

The intrigue was ramped up, making you wonder who Lana could trust and if her grandmother was one of the good guys or the bad. Plus the separation from her guys is taking its toll, not only on her feelings but on her magic, as well. Since the five of them have been bound by her magic, living in separate places makes it difficult for her to control her newly found magic. Plus, even more than that, she just misses being near them. Each man brings something to the relationship that she didn’t realize she was missing out on until their journey began. They’re her family.

Lana is faced with the same challenges she felt in the previous book, but it’s filled to the brim with magical politics and prejudice. This is a new world for her; she doesn’t understand the way the magical council works, nor does she particularly want to–but due to some unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances, she is thrust right smack dab in the middle of the council drama. While trying to figure out who on the council can and cannot be trusted, Lana has to deal with one of her boyfriends being treated like scum and this witch community attempting to ostracize her for having multiple suitors. As if she doesn’t have enough to worry about, she has to attempt to keep the Resistance’s mercurial leader, Christine–who has made it no secret that she definitely does not like Lana–in the loop with her actions and hopefully happy with the decisions she makes. Also, sidenote: I am no fan of Christine. I think her instant dislike of Lana is unwarranted and ridiculous, and even though her bitterness is somewhat explained later on in the book, it doesn’t wholly eliminate her crappy attitude. But that could just be because I happen to love our heroine and am fiercely protective of her, lol.

Now, I’m not gonna lie; there was a part of me that was incredibly anxious about reading this book because I was super unhappy that she had to move in with the grandmother she didn’t truly know. I didn’t trust the grandmother at first … and unfortunately, View Spoiler » The living arrangements are somewhat awkward–obviously–and the whole “Grandma being super rich” thing takes some getting used to for Lana … actually, I don’t think she ever really does get used to it. What I loved about this was how she made friends with her grandmother’s servants–who just so happen to be Blighted. Thankfully, while they are servants, Grandma seems to treat them pretty fairly … but they aren’t treated with any amount of true respect until Lana shows up. Their gratitude is palpable and it’s so sweet to watch their friendships progress.

And then … there’re the sexy times. The sexiness was ratcheted up by a lot in this book. I’m not going to spoil it for you, but let’s just say two of the four guys get some incredibly well-written love scenes. They were sweet, romantic, hot, and just … ugh. So. Freaking. Good. They were definitely well worth the wait, and oh. em. gee., I can’t wait to see how it goes with the last two guys. I love all of them, but the next two men are the ones I’ve especially been looking forward to reading about her being with. <3

All in all, I loved this book–even more than the first one. I can’t wait to see what else the author does with this series!

 

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four-half-stars