RELEASE DAY: Finding Hope – SJ McCoy

finding-hopeCongratulations, SJ McCoy on your new release!

His time in Oregon didn’t end the way he’d hoped, and now Chance is back at the ranch.
He put himself out there, made an attempt at opening up his heart to happiness, but it didn’t work out. Maybe he’s just not supposed to be happy? That’s what he’s starting to believe—until his Remington brothers convince him he shouldn’t give up Hope just yet.
Finding Hope is the second book in the A Chance and a Hope trilogy. Look out for the third and final book Give Hope a Chance.

 

Finding Hope
A Chance and a Hope, Book Two
by Author SJ McCoy
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Western Romance
Cover Design: Dana Leah Designs by Dana
Cover Model: Andrew James
Photographer: Golden Czermak FuriousFotog
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Caveman – Jo Raven

35230789Matthew Hansen is the kind of handsome that has grown women whispering behind their hands and giggling like schoolgirls.
Dark, tall and mysterious, he’s a newcomer to our little town. He’s a gritty, grease-covered mechanic, and a single daddy.
Sweet, right?
Plus he’s looking for a nanny – and I am desperately looking for a job.
Sounds like the perfect deal.
Only he’s a jerk. An uncivilized, hulking brute. Zero manners. Zero interest in making me feel welcome in his home. Downright rude.
But oh so sexy.
And I need the job. I can do this.
One thing is for sure: I can’t fall for the Caveman. No matter how sexy he is. How mysterious. How tortured.
That’s the only rule – and one I’m about to break.

Jo Raven is one of my all-time favorite authors. I’ve greatly enjoyed almost all of her books, and this one was no exception. Somewhat typical of her books, it was major on the angsty radar with a heaping dose of feels. After losing his wife, Matt kind of goes a little insane and withdraws completely from everyone and everything, including his two young children. When Octavia enters the picture looking for a job as his kids’ nanny, he immediately slams the door in her face. So begins a tumultuous, strange relationship between the two. It also doesn’t help that there is a little over ten years age difference between the two, which Matt balks at all throughout the novel.

There is more of a sinister aspect to this book than has been touched upon too heavily in her previous novels that was extremely intriguing and thrilling. It was also interesting to see the hero struggling with anxiety and panic attacks, which is something you normally ever read the heroine ever experiencing. I liked that there was kind of a quiet vulnerability to Matt that he hid underneath a hard and angry exterior.

Okay, so let me explain a couple things about this book: I’m rating it based on how I enjoyed the story and nothing else. It isn’t my favorite of hers, but it also isn’t my least favorite. The next thing I noticed is that it does need a little extra editing and proofing, which tends to be a common occurrence in her novels. Now, for me, this doesn’t really detract from the story itself, but it can definitely be a little distracting and if you’re someone who tends to struggle with reading novels with some editing issues, be aware of this. I would encourage you to read the story for yourself, but I do think this is an important component to touch upon.

I’m of the opinion that I will pretty much one-click whatever Jo writes, as I have loved her books so much over the past couple years. All in all, this was a good read and I finished it fairly quickly.

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NEW RELEASE: Bound By Chains – L.M. Roberts

bound by chainsHappy release day, L.M. Roberts!

WARNING

Description contains explicit content.

 

Bestselling Author, L.M. Roberts, brings Book Two of the Shattered Hearts Trilogy to steam up your device. This is a continuation from the first book, Condemned by Him. 

Revel in the darkness, lust, and desire that is Talon Davis and Everly Thompson. 

“My pet … She’s a fucking fighter, an alpha female, and she belongs to me.”

Talon

There are only a few things that blow my mind.

A good suck. Rough fuck. And a woman by the name of Everly.

I never know what I’m getting when it comes to her. This entire time I thought she was a docile, fragile little flower I could break with a snap of my fingers. Damn, was I wrong.

She’s a fighter.

A fucking alpha female.

And I can’t wait to get my hands on her again.

Everly

Bitch boy.

That’s my new nickname for Talon. He thinks he’s too hot to trot, but does he have another thing coming.

I’ll show him hot.

And I’ll make him drool while I do it.

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The Slave Planet – Seven Steps

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Love is the ultimate crime.

On a planet where women are born to rule, Empress Nadira’s secret affair with her slave threatens to rip her family apart. When she joins the highest council in the land, her secret is revealed. Will Nadira go against everything she believes in to protect her family, or will she choose her heart and doom everyone she loves to death?

Empress Eva thinks she has it all: wealth, power and a mother who adores her. That is, until she meets Lex, a handsome alien imprisoned in a slave market. His red hair and crimson eyes intrigue her. His touch sets her on fire. When the beautiful alien captures her heart, Eva is forced to make a life changing [sic] decision: pursue the career of her dreams, or give it all up for the love of a slave?

The Slave Planet is a clean, science fiction, interracial romance. It is a thrilling journey into an alternate future where women rule the world.

This is the first book in THE SLAVE PLANET trilogy.

(Cover photo and blurb taken from the GoodReads page)

Let me be honest with you: I am not a big sci-fi fan. When this book was given to me to review, I had major doubts. As a rule, I tend to stay away from sci-fi. There’s no real explanation for why I dislike the genre, I just typically don’t care for it for whatever reason.

And then there’s this book. THIS. BOOK. It truly shocked me. Once I started reading, I found that I couldn’t stop. The story was incredibly unique and fascinating, and in my mind, I could see the world this author had so eloquently described.

There were some grammatical and slight editing errors that were a bit distracting, but not bad enough to keep me from reading. Altogether, I enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading the second installment!

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Ocean by Jo Raven

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I thought I was a normal kid once. Do normal kids have to beg from door to door for food? Not sure. It wasn’t always that bad, I guess – and then it was. Really f***ing bad.
I tried to protect my younger brother from the fallout. Lied to him about how bad things were.
But it wasn’t enough. And when the accident happened, he blamed me, like everyone else.
I’m guilty of many things. He’s right about that, at least. So d**n guilty I’m sure everyone knows and will call me out on it.
Except they don’t. Nobody does, except my brother.
Not even Kayla, sexy and sweet and coolest girl ever, who keeps buying me coffee and trying to read my future. But my future isn’t in the g*****n cards, or even in my hands. I don’t see a future. I deny fate, but fate has me pinned like a moth and won’t let me walk away.
Won’t let me escape.
And yeah… you know you’re losing grip when the girl you want reads your palm and you’re scared to hell of what she’ll see and of the pain you can tell is coming.

**WARNING** This book is NOT for the faint of heart. If you have issues reading about abuse (physical or mental), then please DO NOT read this book. 18+ for sexual content, language and violence.

(Photo and description from the GoodReads page)

I’m a huge fan of Jo Raven’s. She is one of those authors I one-click immediately, even before reading the premise of the book, just because I can almost guarantee I’ll like it since she’s the one who wrote it. I certainly wasn’t disappointed in this book. I’ve been following the lives of the Inked Brotherhood and Damage Boyz for quite some time now and feel pretty invested in these characters, and Ocean has always been a mystery. There was always something beneath the surface that had me scratching my head in wonderment. Thankfully, we get some answers in Ocean that explain more than I expected.

Per the very apt title of Damage Boyz, Ocean is very notably damaged like the rest of his “brothers” in his workplace. Thinking he is someone unworthy of love, Ocean spends his time wallowing in guilt and self-hatred. He works hard to help his undeserving mother get through her sickness, and he is desperately trying to piece his relationship with his brother, Raine, back together.

Kayla is a unique soul following the sound of a drum only she can hear. She loves fashion and colors, and is very into tarot cards and the answers she hopes to find in them. Kayla doesn’t believe love exists. She’s spent all her life watching her parents go through a loveless marriage and she doesn’t want to end up like them, so rather than take a chance and try, she has stayed away from relationships altogether. That is, until she meets Ocean. There’s just something about him that makes her want to delve beneath the surface and get to know who he is underneath his fun-loving and tattooed exterior.

The two watch each other from afar for some time before one night when Ocean takes Kayla home after having too much to drink and sparks start to fly. Next comes a tumultuous relationship with more ups and downs than a roller coaster. When they realize they’re falling in love with each other, they have a choice to make: stay where it’s safe, but live a sad and lonely life, or risk having their hearts broken, but possibly have the love they’ve always desired.

Ocean is a beautifully flawed love story that will tear at your heart and leave you breathless and rooting for these two people who you can’t help but love. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the romance/new adult genre with a bit of edge. And if you do read it, be sure to tell me what you think 🙂

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Stuck-Up Suit – Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

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It started out like any other morning on the train.
Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.
He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.
Who did the stuck-up suit think he was…God?
Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.
When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.
I might have picked it up.
I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.
I might have held onto the mystery man’s phone for days―until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.
When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.
So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk’s office.
I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.
I didn’t expect him to text back.
I didn’t expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.
I didn’t expect to fall for him―all before we even met.
The two of us couldn’t have been any more different.
Yet, you know what they say about opposites.
When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract―we consumed each other.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for where I’d wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

After reading RoomHate by Penelope Ward (see my review here!), I became a quick fan, so I pretty much knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I had to read this book. I wasn’t disappointed in the least. I have yet to read one of Vi Keeland’s novels, but the two authors accomplished writing together with ease. The story flows evenly and it immediately drew me in; the switch off was performed so flawlessly, you can’t even tell it’s written by two different authors.

The story itself is pretty much every romance fan’s dream: rich man falls in love with a normal, slightly quirky woman who keeps him honest and constantly on his toes. Graham goes from being a complete a**hole to a lovable, actually sweet individual who is completely head over heels for Soraya. I didn’t care for Graham much at all when he is first introduced in the story (somewhat resembles Christian Grey), but you cannot help but fall in love with him as their story continues and his true character is revealed.

After some phone tag, their first in person meeting is an explosion of sensuality and passion. Their whirlwind romance continues to ignite and the way they handle each other is beautifully written. There is a huge plot twist I didn’t see coming, which was a great addition to an already fantastic book, and it’s interesting to see how Graham and Soraya handle this new development.

If you’re a fan of romance, stuck-up rich alpha men, and women who follow the beat of a different drummer, then you should definitely check this book out! 🙂

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Best iPhone/iPad Charging Cord

I have horrible luck with iPhone cords. Every cord I have ever owned ends up tearing and exposing all the “guts” of the cord, rendering the cord completely useless. Needless to say, after spending only God knows how much on iPhone cords, I have reached my limit with the “normal” cords. That’s why I decided to check out the braided iPhone cord; not only does itIMG_6423 seem more durable than the regular cords you can buy, but it also looks a whole lot nicer!

 

I had the opportunity to order this cord, and after several months of IMG_6422wanting one, I finally decided I would take the plunge and see what this kind of cord was all about.

First off, this cord is 10 feet long, so there it is PLENTY long enough to be able to continue working on your phone while it is charging. For me, this was a significant factor in my purchase. I love the ability to have my phone IMG_6420continue to charge while simultaneously allowing me to use it, and it’s not so easy to do that with the standard 6ft cable that Apple gives with their iPhones and iPads.

Next, it is extremely durable–much more so than I thought it would be. Usually around the second week mark is when I notice some wear and tear on my charging cables, and there is no sign of this cord having been used, let alone have any kind of wear. Impressive, to say the least.

IMG_6421I get a fast charge with this cord, and it also lasts quite a while. There have been absolutely no issues with it so far (knock on wood), and I have to say–I really like it. It’s definitely one I think all iPhone users should check into! Highly recommend.

I received this product for free in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. I received no compensation for my review.

 

 

S.O.B.

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I’ll be honest with you: the idea of a stepbrother romance really wigged me out. I love J. C. Valentine’s books, though, so I decided to give it a chance. I’m really glad I did. This book is nothing like how I initially perceived it; the main characters never grew up together, they had a very strong connection when they met as older teenagers (both were legal adults), and then their parents got married. There were several years between the day their parents got married and when they met up again when Vista–a physical therapist–comes to help Levi out, who had been injured in a soccer game. And when she gets there, the spark was most DEFINITELY still apparent.

SOB Teaser 2Levi Black is–in my opinion–all things drool-worthy: tall, dark hair, bearded, tattooed…oh, yeah! His cockiness is a bit off-putting at first, but once you peel back a bit of those layers, you see an incredible man with a beautiful heart. If that doesn’t get you a little weak in the knees, then maybe you need to check your pulse! I mean, really. The model guy over to your left here? Look at that beard. Mmm, mmm. 😉

SOB4This really was a very lovely story. I didn’t expect to love this novel as much as I did, and I can guarantee you wholeheartedly that I will be rereading it several times until I am satisfied. There were a few moments I didn’t see coming, and there were scenarios that had me in tears. You will laugh, you’ll swoon, you’ll cry, and you’ll be thoroughly entertained all throughout reading. I really cannot say how much I enjoyed reading this story, and for that I was pleasantly surprised. 🙂 I highly recommend this novel for romance lovers everywhere!

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Tens Unit

12226595_1615672565364438_1725433871_nAs someone who lives with chronic pain every day of her life, anything that could possibly help alleviate some of that pain is more than welcome. So when I had the opportunity to purchase the tens unit from Santamedical, I knew I had to jump on it.

I had used a tens unit before, but I wasn’t too impressed with it, so I had never really thought they did much, but I was willing to try it again. I’m really glad I did, because it has truly helped me in ways I didn’t think would be possible. I have to take various pain medications, use pain management creams, and use heat and cold therapy in an attempt to lessen my pain, and this tens unit has helped relieve so much of my pain. It has given me more relief than I thought possible, and even though it’s most definitely not a miracle cure, it certainly has helped.

12231180_1615672595364435_94613458_nThe tens unit has several different settings for different areas of the body, as well as different types of pulses it will send out. There are two plug ins available so you can place the sticky pads on either four different areas of your body, or you can share it with someone else. It’s extremely convenient and easy to use. I’m very happy with it 🙂

I most definitely recommend this product, especially if you struggle with chronic pain of any kind!

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I received this product at a highly discounted rate in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

 

Sound Intone I68 Headphones

I used to be all about the earbuds, and don’t get me wrong–I still love earbuds! But sometimes you need a little fuller sound that draws you in deeper than earbuds can…and that’s when I love falling back on headphones. However, there’s a trick to headphones for me. I can’t just have any old pair of headphones; they have to be comfortable as well as have an incredible sound. I cannot have one without the other, because in this scenario, I’m pretty picky–and let’s face it, when it comes to our listening pleasures, we should be!

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Enter the Sound Intone I68 Foldable Headphones. They feel like a dream over my ears–doesn’t make my skin hot or clamp down against my ears uncomfortably. The music envelopes me and keeps out any other sounds I don’t want to hear–all while providing a nice, comfortable cushion on my ears. And when I’m done listening, I can simply fold them up for easy storage! Genius. It also helps that they’re green…my favorite color 😉
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I’m impressed with these headphones. Great quality without having to shell out a ton of money! I would be ready and willing to recommend these headphones to anyone who is in the market for them–or for someone looking to give a fantastic Christmas present! In fact, I ordered these headphones with the intent of giving them to my boyfriend for Christmas, and I absolutely cannot wait to give them to him! He’s been in need of some decent quality headphones, and I think I finally found him a pair he will be pleased with 🙂

I received this product for free in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

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