Review: Mayhem’s Hero by Lindsay Cross

Mayhem’s Hero

(Operation Mayhem #3)

 by Lindsay Cross

He needs someone to tell him he’s worth saving.

Diggs never mattered— not in his family. Project Mayhem left him with nothing but questions about who he is and confirmation that he can’t contribute to the team. He’s tired of being overshadowed by his brothers; Diggs needs something more… someone more.

She’s about to fall for the man who could hurt her more than anyone.

When Audra receives a cryptic message from her military brother that was filmed the day before he was killed in action, she knows he was involved in a secret operation gone wrong. His K-9 bomb sniffing dog, Trigger, has been left in their abusive father’s care. Audra races against time to save Trigger, and claim the one piece of her brother she has left.

A chance meeting. Diggs helps Audra save Trigger… but he’s the one who needs her the most.

Audra hates the military for taking her brother away, so loving Diggs isn’t an option. She can’t stand to get hurt again, yet Diggs is the only person who can help her piece together what happened to her brother. As they investigate the mystery, the chemistry between them grows even more intense until it erupts into steamy situations and longing professions of romance.

Diggs is Audra’s hero. But can she be his?

I’m seriously digging this  book!

Diggs had always thought that he was a failure in Project Mayhem and he saw himself the weakest in the team. He had watched his best friend die and he took that burden every single day, angry at himself for having not done anything to prevent it.

Audra Wade’s brother was killed in action in the military, but he managed to send his sister a circumstancial video moments before he died. Trigger, her brother’s service dog, was what’s left of him as a reminder. She promised to care for it as her own and vowed never to trust anyone especially the military. When she crossed paths with Diggs, she retaliated against him and escaped under his nose even after he’d saved her dog’s life.

After almost getting killed by a group of men, Audra and Diggs realized they’re in a much deeper situation than what they thought.

Alright, I just finished crying again because of these men. Mayhem’s Hero is Diggs, and he’s my hero, even after all his guilt trip. His willingness to disobey orders to tend to a badly beaten dog got me right from the start. I myself have a pet dog whom my children and I love so much, and I’m willing to do everything to keep it safe. I admired Diggs a lot because of that.

I understood Audra’s wariness with the soldiers after what’s happened to her brother. But what I loved the most was her resilience and stubbornness when it came to the ones she loved. Sure showed how brave and strong she was.

To date, Mayhem’s Hero is my favorite in Lindsay Cross’s Project Mayhem series. I dig Diggs a lot, I admire Audra and her dog and I love everyone in the team, and most especially, I love how this story unfolded. We learned more of evil Gen. Rainier’s plans and the fate of the other soldiers, Dawson and Quantum and I thought it was such a genius storyline. The twist really had me gaping in astonishment.

Just when I thought I already knew everything about Mayhem, Lindsay Cross comes barging in with surprising twists and a whole new plot that really got me on edge. This is definitely one of the best I’ve read so far in her military series and I sure am excited for what’s next to come.





Review: The Book Boyfriend by Karli Perrin

The Book Boyfriend
by Karli Perrin

Book boyfriends only exist in books, right?


After a string of failed relationships, Zara Hennessy has given up on love. When she agrees to help her sister at the biggest book signing of the year, she doesn’t anticipate meeting the type of guy she thought only existed in fiction.

Jackson Price can be found on the lips of romance readers all around the world after his ex-girlfriend published a book about him. Eager to start a new chapter in his life, he travels to the UK where he eventually crosses paths with a beautiful and badass real-life heroine.

Meeting Jackson a few weeks before his six-month working visa is due to expire is a cruel plot twist that Zara never saw coming.

Will they find their happy ever after or are they both destined for a series of heartbreaks?

Zara Henessy helped out her sister in a book signing event after her friend cancelled on her. She thought she’d just be lining up along with other bookworms in front of an author’s table. She and her sister Halle have planned and prepared for this a million time. What she didn’t expect however, was that handsome cover model intently looking at her.

Jackson Price was everyone’s dream boyfriend. Every bookaholic wanted a piece of him and his handsome face and hot body. When her ex-girlfriend wrote a book about their doomed love affair, he became The Book Boyfriend.

Whew! That was such a rollercoaster experience! And for someone who easily gets dizzy and faints a lot, I sure am having a great time with this book!

Where do I begin? Oh right, let me start by saying this, Karli Perrin, you rock my world!! {Okay, now I sound cheesy}. But seriously, Karli, I think you just described me as Halle in this story. I am exactly like Halle the bookworm/bookaholic/bibliophile however you want to call it. Everything Halle did in this book is what I’d been doing for years. (Except for the bubble wraps and the book signing – I’ve only been to one event with a particular author and it was awesome!) I go crazy about book releases, cover reveals, arranging bookshelves twice a week, reading at least two books at the same time, {I even have a separate book that I read in the bathroom, because yes, I love the solitude}. I’m glad my husband tolerates my tendency to go gaga over book boyfriends, he says he don’t consider them as competitions.

Anyway, back to The Book Boyfriend… I agree with Zara here, Jackson Price was indeed kind of annoyingly arrogant, but with all his sexy banters and sexual innuendos, I find it hard to despise him. In fact, I found him adorably cocky. Absurd, right? Well, you can all throw your books at me, but I’m still smitten by Jacks Price so just deal with it.

This has been a real short story but every page is all worth it. Love Halle from the start, love Zara for being a good sister and love Jackson for being that book boyfriend everyone dreams of. Love Karli Perrin too!


New Release: Up for Heir by Ruth Cardello

Release Blitz, Up For Heir by Author by Ruth Cardello
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ruth Cardello puts two hearts on the line when a Boston billionaire takes a second chance on the woman of his dreams.


Spencer Westerly is his own man. He didn’t need his father’s money to build his wildly successful tech company—and he doesn’t want to deal with the fallout from old family secrets. But as much as Spencer wants to avoid Westerly drama, his grandmother—the family matriarch—is determined to pull him back into the fold. And she’s discovered the perfect lure: his college sweetheart, Hailey.Although she broke his heart, Hailey is still the only woman he’s ever loved. Now that she’s back and looking as desirable as ever, Spencer is determined to get a second chance.

A lot has changed for Hailey Tiverton. The only thing that hasn’t? The inexplicable pull she feels toward Spencer. When they were younger, his work was his priority. Now, he’d better be willing to prove that, this time, love comes first…

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Ruth Cardello is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New York–then came full circle and moved back to Rhode Island. She now happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her, family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.
She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher. When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she’s not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm, riding her horses, or connecting with her readers online.

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Cover Reveal: Sex, Not Love by Vi Keeland

We are thrilled to bring you the next standalone novel from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Vi Keeland.

SEX, NOT LOVE will be released on January 15th, 2018

Model: Fabian Castro

Photographer: Rafael Catala

Cover designer: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative

My relationship with Hunter Delucia started backwards.

We met at a wedding — him sitting on the groom’s side, me sitting on the bride’s. Stealing glances at each other throughout the night, there was no denying an intense, mutual attraction.

I caught the bouquet; he caught the garter. Hunter held me tightly while we danced and suggested we explore the chemistry sparking between us. His blunt, dirty mouth should’ve turned me off. But for some crazy reason, it had the opposite effect on me.

We ended up back in my hotel room. The next morning, I headed home to New York leaving him behind in California with the wrong number.

I thought about him often, but after my last relationship, I’d sworn off of charming, cocky, gorgeous-as-sin men. A year later, Hunter and I met again at the birth of our friends’ baby. Our attraction hadn’t dulled one bit. After a whirlwind trip, he demanded a real phone number this time. So I left him with my mother’s — she could scare away any man with her talks of babies and marriage — and flew back home.

I’d thought it was funny, until the following week when he rang the bell at Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner. The crazy, gorgeous man had won over my mother and taken an eight-week assignment in my city. He proposed we spend that time screwing each other out of our systems.

Eight weeks of mind-blowing sex with no strings attached? What did I have to lose?

Nothing, I thought.

It’s just sex, not love.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans…


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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million and a half books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in seventeen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Review – More Twisted by Jeffery Deaver

It’s Thursday once again and we’re back with my favorite book meme, #ThrowbackThursday created by Renee of It’s Book Talk ( as her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago. Check out her blog to see her TBT recommendations  🙂


Here’s my TBT for this week!

More Twisted: Collected Stories Vol. II
by Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver has famously thrilled and chilled fans with tales of masterful villains and the brilliant minds who bring them to justice. Now the author of the Lincoln Rhyme series (The Cold Moon and The Bone Collector) returns with a second volume of his award-winning, spine-tingling short stories of suspense.

Deaver is back with sixteen stories in the tradition of O. Henry and Edgar Allan Poe. His subjects range from a Westchester commuter to a brilliant Victorian England caper. With these intricately plotted, bone-chilling stories, Jeffery Deaver is at the top of his crime-writing game.

One genre I love to read aside from romance and fantasy are suspense thrillers. I love getting scared with stories sending shivers down my spine. Jefferey Deaver is a favorite of mine. I’ve read Twisted and More Twisted, an anthology of tales featuring most of the common, if not rampant issues we associate with humankind: pride, lust, , scams, murder, lies, greed and envy, while the unexpected twist and turns is always there.

In More Twisted, there’s the story about a commuter’s  conversations on the phone, loudly  talking to his wife, his mistress, his friend and soon was arrested for murder. There’s that tunnel girl who needed rescue but was unknowingly a victim of something far more sinister than a greedy opportunist. There’s a murder scene with a clue left behind, only to be led to the one who could be orchestrating everything. Plus a dish served cold made the whole book really far interesting. The list of twists and turn of events in this book was endless, and at the end of every short story, I am left reeling and anticipating for more.

Would have loved if all the short stories had been turned each into full novel.. I would definitely be cracking up codes and do some investigation myself on how the stories would end. Thumbs up for this exciting heart-pounding reads!

Cover Reveal: Well Played by JS Scott & Ruth Cardello

From Bestselling Authors, J.S. Scott and Ruth Cardello



Graham is my brother’s best friend. He’s always been my protector and my confident because he accepts me the way I am—and not many do. I can’t imagine not having him in my life.

Our weekend together was supposed to be a celebration. I graduated from college, Graham got engaged and signed with a pro football team, and my brother landed his dream job. It should have been the best time of our lives.

Except that the weekend started with me walking in on Graham’s fiancée going down on my brother.

I complicated the situation by having sex with Graham after that, but I wanted to comfort him and, damn, when I saw desire in his eyes—for me—I couldn’t say no. I’ve wanted him for so long.

Now he doesn’t want to see me. He says he has a darker side he needs to protect me from.

Where do we go from here? Do I try to pretend to be his friend again or push him to open up to me and possibly lose him forever?


Sleeping with one of my best friends was not exactly a brilliant idea. It made things complicated, and I didn’t do anything that threw my life into chaos. The fiancee her brother, Jack, had stolen had been part of my life plan, one more step I was taking to be somebody. Granted, I hadn’t been in love with my intended bride, but I didn’t really know how to love anybody

I survived.

I pushed to achieve more.

I battled my way to the top of the heap in my pro football career..

I’m a total dick, and I don’t want Lauren to see the side of me that would trample over anybody to work my way up in the world.

Lauren sees me as a hero, a title I’d never gain with anybody else in my life, so I wanted to keep her sheltered from the hard realities of my life. I wanted her to continue to think I was nice guy when I was really just the opposite.

We never should have crossed the line of going from friends to lovers.

There’s too much Lauren doesn’t know about me, and I care enough about her that I don’t want her to share my pain and the darkness that never sees daylight inside me.

I want her, but she’s a woman I can never have. She’s too smart, too sweet, and way too good for a guy like me.

Unfortunately, pushing her away becomes much more difficult than I’d planned…


J.S. “Jan” Scott is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA
Today bestselling author of steamy romance. She’s an avid reader of all
types of books and literature. Writing what she loves to read, J.S.
Scott writes both contemporary steamy romance stories and paranormal
romance. They almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily
ever after because she just can’t seem to write them any other way! She
lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two very
spoiled German Shepherds.
Ruth Cardello hit the New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers
Lists for the first time back in 2012. Millions of sales are evidence
that her her books are akin to potato chips, addictive from the first
one. She has created a multi-series billionaire world with a combination
of escapism and realism that has gained her a faithful following of

What Kindle Reviewers write about her:“Wow hot at every page. Heart stopping, fear raging, mind blowing wonderful.”

“I’m a true fan of Ms. Cardello. I ran on to her first book a few years back
and have been hooked ever since. I could go on and on about the story
like of this book, but I’m not. All of her books are total page turners,
unique, heart wrenching, and I love them all. There isn’t two alike in
the bunch and I feel like i know the characters personally. I personally
read 97 authors books. And I buy every book they put out. This author
is in my top 10. Great job and keep them coming.”

“Love this series. Got me to start reading again. I look forward to the next book.
Thank you for giving me the love of reading back.”

Ruth Cardello was born the youngest of 11 children in a small city in northern Rhode
Island. She spent her young adult years moving as far away as she could
from her large extended family. She lived in Boston, Paris, Orlando, New
York–then came full circle and moved back to New England. She now
happily lives one town over from the one she was born in. For her,
family trumped the warmer weather and international scene.

She was an educator for 20 years, the last 11 as a kindergarten teacher.
When her school district began cutting jobs, Ruth turned a serious eye
toward her second love- writing and has never been happier. When she’s
not writing, you can find her chasing her children around her small farm
or connecting with her readers online.

J.S. Scott


Ruth Cardello 
Twitter @RuthieCardello

Review: A Christmas Homecoming by Melissa McClone

A Christmas Homecoming
(Bar V5 Dude Ranch #5)
by Melissa McClone


A kiss is just a kiss…

Unless it’s under the mistletoe.

Ellie Smith is determined to make up for Christmases past by spreading holiday cheer throughout the Bar V5 dude ranch, but tech “bah, humbug” billionaire, Josiah Whittaker, refuses to bask in the spirit of the season.

Unwilling to let the geek-to-gorgeous Josiah win, Ellie plans to give him a Christmas he’ll never forget. But after a simple kiss under the mistletoe, Ellie and Josiah both start questioning everything. Can Christmas really bring the gift neither one of them were expecting: true love?

Melissa McClone once again had me sighing and tearing up with another heartwarming Christmas tale back in Marietta, where every year, a wedding proposal happens.

My heart swells with all the love and warmth that Ellie Smith brings to the dude ranch. A kind and generous lady who always makes sure everyone feels at home with her bright smile and a bell wrapped around her neck. She’s got only one rule when working at the ranch though.. Never date the guests.

Josiah Whittaker isn’t a guest in Marietta. He grew up there and had fondest moments with his friends, especially Buck, Ellie’s deceased brother. He’s not really into Christmas, he hates spending it and would rather be at his multi-billion company during this time. But under doctor’s orders, he doesn’t really have a choice but to take care of his well-being. The happy pretty helper might just be what the doctor recommended.

A Christmas Homecoming is a perfect read this holiday. I love reading these tales because of the joy and laughter and love that this season brings. I think Melissa McClone is Mrs. Santa Claus herself because she has this big heart that keeps on giving. Her characters are easy to love even when they keep on messing up and floundering around. Before, my personal favorite from the Bar V5 dude ranch was Brooklyn, a 70-year-old wise girl trapped in a 7-year old body. Now my new favorite is Ellie Smith. She’s a selfless wonder woman. I totally adore this kind of gal.

If you’re looking for a beautiful story that’s sure to pinch your heart and tickle your funny bone at the same time, this is a highly recommended read!