Review: Cocky Bastard by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland


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Cocky Bastard
by Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland

He was someone who belonged in my wildest fantasies instead of a rest stop in the middle of Nebraska.

A sexy, cocky, Australian named Chance was the last person I expected to run into on my cross-country drive.

When my car broke down, we made a deal. Next thing I knew, we were traveling together, spending sexually-tense nights in hotels and taking unplanned detours.

My ordinary road trip turned into the adventure of a lifetime. It was all fun and games until things got intense.

I wanted him, but Chance wouldn’t make a move. I thought he wanted me too, but something was holding him back.

I wasn’t supposed to fall for the cocky bastard, especially when I knew we’d be going our separate ways.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

Okay, so this is another collab work by two of my favorites, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward and I enjoyed the road trip I’ve just been into. Who wouldn’t fall for a man named Chance with the Aussie accent and darn good looks and kickass motorcyle? Hmmm.

I love love love Aubrey and Chance’s characters respectively. The road trip they were on opened up small wounds and loosened up some tight knots within themselves. Their charismatic factor was adorable and the sexual tension sparked and bursted and exploded like fireworks on the 4th of July. Getting to know each other through Obama’s bobblehead, casual talks in different diners, helping a fainted goat and sleeping in a tent, touring the Grand Canyon plus a date with a couples massage on the side, what more could I ask for in a road trip? Hmmm… A Las Vegas marriage maybe?

If there’s one thing I can always count on Keeland and Ward, that’s their 100% engagingly hot tandem factor. They always lift up my mood after a heavy and tiring day, making my night stress free and exciting and special.

So far, I’ve enjoyed great five days and a couple of years in one sitting. Vi and Penelope never fail to amaze me!

 

 

Review: Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

Twisted Palace
(The Royals #3)
by Erin Watt

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.

Okay, I have to admit, I’ve been really forgetful lately, lots of things have come up and stuffs. Tonight as I was checking my reviews and TBRs, I just noticed that I haven’t written a proper review for this book. I am so freaking ruined by the Royals, that’s true. I blame Easton for making me forget about this. Ugh.

So anyway, as I’ve promised almost a year ago, here’s now my more comprehensive review for Twisted Palace.

Steve O’Halloran, Ella’s dead father happened to be alive and well after almost a year of disappearance. And Callum’s estranged fiance Brooke Davidson may have been killed, but her ghost never left the Royals, especially now that his son Reed had been accused of murdering her. Surprise surprise! Just when you thought you had them all figured out, the explosive truth about their families just got even more shocking and scandalously disturbing.

Yes, Twisted Palace had been totally mind-blowing! In a true Erin Watt’s tradition, the readers always get the surprise of their lives whenever the Royals are concerned. I was absolutely shocked by the turn of events, the betrayal, deceit, all the lies and treachery were overwhelming and heart breaking.

Ella and Reed had been to the moon and back, through heaven and hell since they’d been together. I commend Ella for being the one who changed the Royal family, especially turning Reed from obnoxious to subdued and in control. Yes, she’d been the much-needed anchor in their misery-drowned life, the rainbow that appeared after a raging storm. Reed, on the other hand, had somehow shown the kind of love that had been missing in her life. For all its worth, she’d proven multiple times that she could handle herself. Reed had not only been instrumental in ruining her but also in making her whole again.

The Royals had indeed ruined me, bit I loved all of them just the same.

Review + Giveaway Blitz: Out of Time by Melissa Klein

Title: Out of Time

Author: Melissa Klein

Genre: Contemporary, Military Romance

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Editor: Melanie Billings

 Blurb:

Before filming starts on her next movie, America’s sweetheart, Grace Carradine, wants a girls’ night out. As she dons a disguise to evade the paparazzi, her brown hair isn’t the only deception, so is her upcoming marriage to her costar.Naval-pilot-turned-author, Sebastian “Bash” Baron finds his friends are pairing up and starting families. Given his history, he knows that life isn’t for him—even if the period romance he wrote is being made into a movie. Those stories only exist in fiction—or other people’s lives. Tagline: For a man who wrote fiction, Sebastian Baron hated lies, and Grace Carradine was one huge deception.

Bash met Harper Tracy in a bar where his couple friends were celebrating a baby shower. She was running away from someone she didn’t want to talk to and Bash became her knight in shining armor when they collided. Little did both know that they were both nursing secrets about their lives.

Bash was actually Sebastian Baron, a Naval pilot turned author whose latest book was being turned into a movie. Harper Tracy was actually Grace Carradine, a Hollywood actress who’s got issues on her own, engagement ring included.

This book was a delight to read. Bash was sweet and affectionate, Grace was adorably dazed and confused. I loved their chemistry together and the sparks flew right off the bat. The book was easy to read and the characters were very engaging. This is my first book by the author, Melissa Klein, and I’m already loving her. I wish I could read the previous books in the series.

Melissa Klein writes contemporary romance about everyday heroes fighting extraordinary battles. Whether facing the demands of caring for a child with special needs or the struggles of a soldier

returning home, her characters take on the challenges life throws at them with perseverance, courage, and humor. She lives in Atlanta with her family.

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“Stay?”

“For just a while.”

She snuggled into his body. “I wish…”

“My grandmother had a saying about if wishes were horses.”

“I feel so guilty when others would kill to have my life. I’d trade it all for a little house in the suburbs and a family.”

His eyes widened.

Oh, crap. How had she let that slip? He could probably feel the noose tightening. “I didn’t mean I’m expecting something permanent to come from this.”

“Don’t be sorry. You were being honest, something I’ve been trying to get you to do. I was only wondering why you don’t quit acting if that was the life you want.” 

“I won’t have to. One day no one will want me.”

“Anyone who doesn’t see your value is a fool.”

“Women have a short shelf life in Hollywood. I figure I’ve got less than ten years left in my career.”

“What will you do then?”

She shrugged. “Become someone else.”

“You’re very good at that.”

“Will you ever be able to forgive me? Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d go home with a man, much less anticipate that I’d…”

He arched an eyebrow. “Be forced to spend the next six weeks with him.”

“That isn’t what I was going to say. I didn’t think I’d have feelings for anyone again after David.”

Tension radiated from him. “I hate that his secret is hurting you.”

“Why, other than the fact you hate deception?”

“I want you all to myself.”

She’d lie to the world, but she couldn’t lead him on. “I wish things were different too, but that’s not in the cards. I made David a promise and I intend to go through with it.”

#ThrowbackThursday: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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It’s Thursday once again and we’re back with my favorite book meme, #ThrowbackThursday created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) 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 this week 🙂

For the first Thursday of August, I am re-reading this book by the adorable Jenny Han, and reminiscing the friendship before Lara Jean, Peter, Margot, Josh and Kitty hit the big screen soon!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 
(To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)
by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed.

They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her, these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.

But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. And suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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Dear Crush,

You knew first hand during grade school that I’ve got a crush on you, right? The first time we met, it was during an oratorical contest and we were competitors. You caught me staring at you multiple times and I had the audacity to tell you that you were cute. But I just did that because I thought we would never see each other again.

Lo and behold! A year later, we entered high school, and I was surprised to see you standing beside the flag pole, looking lost. Then there was that flicker of recognition in your eyes that made me smile. You remembered me! I was so happy! What made me more ecstatic was when I learned that you were gonna be my classmate for the next four years!

And then my bestfriend told me he saw you kissing Rosalie under the mango tree. My heart was crushed. Why was I so blind? Of course you had a girlfriend already. With your good looks, bedroom voice, sweet smile and bright mind… who wouldn’t fall for you?

So this is my hello and goodbye letter. But before I end this note, let me tell you one thing. I am now over you.

Seriously. You know why I decided to write you a letter? I actually got this inspiration (more like stole the idea) from Jenny Han, a very effective author if I may say so. You should read this. I mean her book. You should read it. You’ll like Peter Kavinsky, you might feel an affinity with him.

Lara Jean, the female main character, was a little too childish at first. Really, I thought I wouldn’t be able to get through with the whole book because I had this impression that she was a weakling and acted like a 12 year old instead of 16. Like she didn’t know what to do with her life, or with herself, now that her older sister Margot was moving to Scotland. It was time for her to grow up!

Then her love letters happened. Love letters that were mysteriously sent out to the boys she loved before. Peter Kavinsky, her first kiss, got a letter. Josh, her next-door neighbor and her older sister’s ex-boyfriend got a letter. The one from the camp got a letter. Even the one who happened to be gay got her letter. Lara Jean was doomed.

Except, everything seemed to change once the love letters were received. Soon, Josh learned the truth, became more interested in her. But she asked Peter to pretend as her boyfriend just to save face. Could their pretend relationship lead them out to nowhere?

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In the end, I realized, I liked Lara Jean and her unique “quirky” self. I liked how she was slowly growing up, how she was slowly taking in the things she’d been afraid to do before.

And Peter.. well, he’s the one who really stood out for me. He got me all giddy and dreamy, and reminded me a lot about you, my dear crushie. He was a total heartbreaker, and I don’t blame him one bit.

Josh.. I still got some issues about Josh. I think he better get his act together. For Lara Jean’s sake. For Margot’s sake. For his sake.

I want to end this note in a promise. A promise that I won’t ever be bothering you again, my dear crush. I’m glad I didn’t pursue you in high school. Ha, that would have been very awkward and embarrassing, don’t you think?

But this is not the end yet for Lara Jean and Peter and Josh.. And Kitty and Margot and Genevieve, too. And then there’s still McLaren, another guy from Lara Jean’s past who mildly intrigued me. They’re more interesting to know now, you know.

So, this is it. Goodbye Crush. Thanks for your time. Have a nice life.

– P.S.
I was the one who put the cupcake on your locker on our last Christmas party.

Review: FREE (Black Ops) by Riley Edwards

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FREE – A Black Ops Romance
by Riley Edwards

He was my first love…
I wanted him to follow his dreams. I wanted him to escape the life he hated. I thought I was doing the right thing by not telling him how I truly felt. Until it was too late, and my silence turned into my biggest regret.

Twelve years ago, Shane Owings died, taking my heart with him. I was left devastated and broken hearted. Time didn’t heal, as the years went on I only missed him more.

She was my best friend… the only woman I ever loved.

When I ran off to join the Army, I left behind everything I had ever loved. I thought I was doing the right thing, but my good intentions quickly turned into my biggest regret.

Every year on the anniversary of Shane’s death I watched as Lillian Nelson visited Shane’s grave and spilled her secrets to a dead man. Each year I hoped she wouldn’t be back, that her heart would finally heal and she would move on. But year after year she was back. So many times I wanted to reach out and comfort the beautiful woman, but I knew she would never forgive me. It was my fault Shane was dead.

Until… A terrorist shows up looking for revenge.

I had to come out of the shadows and protect the one woman I had no business falling in love with.

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved reading military romances. When FREE fell on my lap, I knew I had to grab it and devour it. And I wasn’t disappointed. From start to finish, this Black Ops romance by Riley Edwards held my interest and captivated me.

Shane Owings died twelve years ago, and Lilian Nelson’s life had never been the same ever since. They were best friends, joined by the hip, defied their respective parents and had dreamed of a future free from the cruelties of the world. Until Shane was killed in combat and Lilian’s heart shattered like glass.

Year after year, Lilian visited Shane’s grave and narrated how her life has been since his untimely demise. Then two men in black pursued her and attempted to kill her, for reasons she didn’t know. Suddenly, Carter Lennox, her knight in shining armor came to her rescue. Who was this man and what did those men in suits wanted from her?

I tell you, this book is explosive. Carter Lennox is badass and cunning. His comrades, Clark, Levi and Jasper were a group of soldiers who would always protect Lennox no matter what. And Lillian, sweet, loving and confused, had the shock of her life and almost broke down. My heart went out for her and I was amazed at how strong she’d been all throughout the story.

Riley Edwards never fails to amaze me. She gives the readers a wonderful read about hot and gorgeous protective Alpha men and awesome kick-ass women. This may be my first Edwards book but it definitely won’t be the last!

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#ThrowbackThursday: The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins

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It’s Thursday once again and we’re back with my favorite book meme, #ThrowbackThursday created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) 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 this week 🙂

Today, I’m featuring the mystery thriller, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins which was made into a movie a year ago. Take note, I haven’t seen the movie so this review is purely related to the book.

The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Everyday, Rachel Watson rode the train, with alcohol in her hand, reliving the moments of her day, wove stories in her head and somehow still wished she was still married to her ex, Tom. She was an alcoholic and often had blackouts. Everyday, she passed by “Jess and Jason’s” house and imagined their perfect wonderful life. Until one day she saw something that shocked her and changed everything she knew about the people in her old neighborhood.

Megan and Scott didn’t exactly resemble the happy family that Rachel imagined them to be. Megan had issues with her neighbors, her job (or lack thereof), her husband. Megan’s disappearance in the story came as a shock and Scott’s abusive nature gripped my throat.

Anna Watson, Tom’s new wife and mother of their child, was something else. She’s unreliable, pretentious, insecure. I can’t say much about her because really, there was nothing likeable about her in my opinion. So there.

The characters were so unsettling that for the first time in my life, I didn’t favor any of them, wasn’t at all thrilled at anyone,  In my eyes, Rachel Watson was desperate, Anna Watson was unforthcoming, and Megan was erratic. Tom and Scott were both horrendous, that’s all I could say about them.

But darn it, I wasn’t expecting that ending! Sure I’ve had my fair share of mysteries and thrillers, I thought I have already mastered the art of eliminating the possible suspects and guessing whodunnit. But I was wrong. Once again, I was left with my mouth hanging open at the turn of events.

The Girl on the Train had been a great read, quite disturbing and somehow  I found the whole story gripping and madly disturbingly awesome.

 

Review: Read, Write and Love at Seaside by Addison Cole

Read, Write, Love at Seaside
(Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers #1)
by Addison Cole

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

In READ, WRITE, LOVE at SEASIDE…
Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

An author who writes shirtless, living in a pristine cottage with white walls and immaculate surroundings. A man who is quiet, organized and plans everything. That’s Kurt Remington for you.

Then a free spirited, bikini-clad woman with a loud mouth, sexy body comes rushing by on the beach looking for her dog, splashing water and leaving sand trails on the deck. That’s Leanna for you.

Two extreme opposites, a laptop with thousand word counts, and a basketful of jam and baking soda are all it takes for one exciting summer Kurt and Leanna won’t ever forget!

My heart went yada-yada and skipped like there’s no tomorrow after reading Read, Write, Love at Seaside. Addison Cole put two opposing characters together and the impact was like fireworks in the sky – sparkly, bright, beautiful. The other girls in the book were golden! Bella and Jenna and Amy seemed like a bunch of lovely meddling ladies who are endearing and funny and truly loving. And Kurt – he is exemplary! He’s probably my newest book boyfriend this month (Yay!)

Love this book heaps! Cole’s writing was great although the pacing was a little slow. Nevertheless, this has been a really lusciously sweet story and I’m loving it! (Can’t wait to read seductive Bella’s story!!)


 

Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster.

Read, Write, Love at Seaside is the sweet edition of Melissa’s steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you’ll be begging to enter their circle of friends!

Addison Cole writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.