A Scandal by Any Other Name ( A Tale of Two Sisters #2) by Kimberly Bell-a review

A Scandal by Any Other Name (A Tale of Two Sisters #2) by Kimberly Bell-a review

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date January 30, 2018

Jasper De Vere doesn’t do sad. Ever since the death of his parents, he’s devoted himself to life’s many pleasures—while making sure to avoid attachments. It’s difficult to avoid your own grandfather though, especially when you’re the heir to his Dukedom. Unable to sit by and watch one of the few people he cares about wither away, Jasper flees to his friend Nicholas’s country estate.

Julia Bishop leads a life of glorious excitement—in her head. The spinal injury she was born with makes her a permanent pariah in society, so despite being the daughter of an earl, she’s spent her life in the country with just her family to keep her company. When her brother-in-law’s flirtatious—and devilishly handsome—friend mistakes her for an untroubled debutante, Julia isn’t about to let an opportunity for some real, live adventure slip away.

Delicious distraction and flirtation turn into an all-out affair, and slips dangerously close to something more when family intrudes. Can Jasper and Julia return to their separate lives in isolation, or will they take a risk and choose each other?


REVIEW: Before I got into romance genres, I was very big into historical books. I love my historical books especially my historical fiction. I was excited to get a historical book to read. I really wanted to like this book I really did. There were just some things about the characters I had a hard time with.

Don’t get me wrong, Jasper is an all-around fun guy that exuded warmth, charisma and a lot of genuine affection to Julia. He is in fact easy to like. Just the fact that he ran out on the queen when he had to accept his new title as duke and when he ditched on Julia without leaving her an explanation did not sit well with me. It came off a little cowardly to me. I am all for my strong and bold heroines and Julia most definitely fit the bill on that. Despite having spinal bifida, she does not take crap from others. I was cheering her on when she slapped the hostess at the dinner table who was being insensitive to Jasper. I loved that she had courage and initiative to live her life to the fullest and not let her condition slow her down. Unfortunately, what rubbed me the wrong way was how desperate she was coming off to experience lust, romance and sex with Jasper like he was going to be her only chance. Like I get it that you have a condition that disfigured parts of your body, but you can’t be that grotesque that you are going to die a virgin. Her low self-image issues did put me off. However reading how cruelly she was treated by others regarding her condition, I did cut her slack.

Despite that there were many great elements I did enjoy and appreciate about the book. The turning point where Julia fully trusts Jasper baring her back and foot for Jasper to see when she spent 2/3 of the book hiding it from him. You do admire her strength knowing she was terrified of his rejection. Of course Jasper does not reject her and still sees her as a beautiful girl that he loves. It was an outstanding prelude to them making love for the first time. The scene was explicit yet very tastefully written. The scene where they sat on the floor on cushions eating their dinner together in front of the fire was my favorite scene. The chemistry was very tangible in this scene. They got to know each other a bit, they joked and played complete with nice wholesome cuddling. Emotion packed scenes like this is what make me reach for romance books the way I do. As a playboy in his past, I do appreciate the pace Jasper tried to take with Julia. To take things slow and actually court Julia made my respect for Jasper grow.

I have to admit it felt like the odds were stacked against Jasper and Julia so much, I felt sad for the couple if they were going to get a happily ever after like all couples deserve. The book at the last minute delivered and the queen actually approves their wedding. The book had me cheering for the couple numerous times and I still highly recommend this book.

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Reviewed by Xtina


Rugged Texas Cowboy (Cowboys and Captives 1-2) by Lora Leigh-a review

Rugged Texas Cowboy (Cowboys and Captives 1-2) by Lora Leigh-a review

Rugged Texas Cowboy

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RELEASE DATE: December 5, 2017

Melina is one of two gorgeous twin daughters, the clever and considerate one who always spared her parents the humiliation of what her sister Maria had wrought. But now, Melina is finally ready to stand up for herself and seize control of her life—until she is kidnapped by a cowboy, named Jardin, who is dead-set on settling the score with her family. There’s only one catch: In capturing Melina, this tough, rough, hunk of a man has actually found a way to unleash her greatest fantasies, body and soul. . .

Beautiful, spirited Angel Manning has always longed to experience the power of her ancestors’ most precious heirloom. Her mother once told her that the legendary Irish torque would lead Angel to the one man worthy of possessing her heart. But when Angel learns that her father, now a widower, has sold the torque to the notorious two-timer Jack Riley, she is furious. Of course she plans to take back what is rightfully hers, by whatever means necessary. But the fate of the ancient Druids works in mysterious ways. . .Could it be that this slick, smooth-talking cowboy was destined to satisfy Angel’s deepest desires all along?


REVIEW: Not proud to admit this, so the past few months I have been on a Lora Leigh sabbatical. Life gets busy and such. After reading Rugged Texas Cowboy, one thought I have is, “What the heck was I thinking taking a break from Lora Leigh?!” I absolutely adored reading this book.

So much to enjoy about this book, where do I even begin? Guess I will start with the interesting concepts Lora beautifully wove into her books to bring her couples together. In the first story, you get the evil and good twin concept. When evil twin Maria goes too far, Brother Joe takes matters into his own hands deliberately leaving good twin Melina in his friend’s ranch to protect her on pretense she is the evil twin for his friend to straighten up. So while Luc is bent on revenge against Maria for a past incident, he is internally warring with himself why “Maria” is different than 2 years ago. Reading the power struggles between Luc and Melina was beyond amusing. Luc intent on teaching “Maria” a lesson not knowing he has the wrong sister. Melina’s constant pleas to prove her innocence Luc has her confused for her twin. Eventually Luc does figure things out. Cherry on top was good triumphing over evil or in other words, good twin wins over evil twin.

The second story had the interesting concept of a family heirloom legend in a torque that holds a special power. Story is the torque is passed down from mother to daughter in which the torque has the power to bestow love and happiness pretty much a good long marriage with the man the torque leads the daughter to. In the beginning of the story, Angel is so cold and aloof that one would find it hard to believe that she is holding on to the hope of the torque leading her to the man she is destined to spend forever with. I have to admit I did feel for Angel. To hope and hold on to the promise of something you really want but to also at the same time lose hope it’s going to come true. Little did I know Jack was the same way about finding love but coped with it differently by becoming a playboy.

Let’s be honest but sometimes you just want some erotica, kinky, raunchy sexy fun call it whatever you want sexy type of fun. Kinky, raunchy fun is Lora Leigh’s style and did not fail to deliver. Yes we get anal and bdsm that is tastefully written. While the love scenes were immensely enjoyable, I really appreciated that the depth of feelings was not sacrificed. What was beyond amusing in both couples was in the internal struggles how the other person was getting under their skin and into their hearts.

This is the fourth series of Lora Leigh’s that I’ve read and I have to say she is a firm favorite author to me. This book only confirmed that I will continue to read and enjoy her books for a good long time. Good triumphing over evil, good twin vs. evil twin, jewelry with magical powers, and so much more to love. While I can understand some reservations about not reading literotica, why not give it a chance and why not start with a Lora Leigh book. You get wonderful play on fantasies and yes the story and character development is not sacrificed. Highly recommending this book.

Reviewed by Xtina

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Eversong (The Kindred #1) by Donna Grant -Review Tour

Eversong (The Kindred #1) by Donna Grant-Review Tour


The Kindred #1
By Donna Grant
Release Date: November 20 ,2017
Genre: adult, paranormal, romance


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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date November 20, 2017

To live in the light, they hunt in the dark…

Unparalleled in beauty and daring, Leoma has been raised with a single-minded focus—to wipe out corrupt witches. But when her new target leads her to a discovery that unveils a graver plan from the Coven, she doesn’t hesitate to follow. Yet, she’s not the only one on the hunt. And the sexy, infuriating man who crosses her path could prove to be a distraction—something she’s never encountered before.

Honor and family mean everything to Braith. When his life is turned upside down by the murder of his ward and heir without cause or reason, he has no choice but to turn to vengeance. Until a stunning, dangerous woman continues to thwart his efforts at every turn. Now, he must battle not only his need for revenge but his desire for the female, as well.


REVIEW: While I love steamy romances that leave me fanning myself or full on swooning, one book element that I’m addicted to is the good triumphing over evil. It’s one of the elements that leave me constantly coming back for more when it comes to reading. When it comes to good triumphing over evil, this book did not disappoint. With a coven of evil witches after more power, they are going about it in not so “kosher” ways to get that power. Both Leoma and Braith are bent on revenge for the wrongful deaths of ones dear to them caused by a witch in the coven. Who knew going after a common enemy would lead you to your best team mate along with your love for life?

I really enjoyed that Leoma and Braith are both fighters/warriors. Braith being a knight his whole life. Leoma taken off the streets and vigorously trained by Edra and Radnar. Their fights and battles side by side was quite impressive. Their first battle in the grove against the same witch they were after was awesome beyond belief. It was great reading about them taking Brigitta down. I love how Leoma can hold her own in a fight whether it is against powerful witches or knights twice her size. Braith came with his own surprises up his sleeves too. How he killed the elder witch Eleanor with the power of the skull was dark, morbid, and utterly vivid. So cool. I love my fighter/warrior couples.

Like all couples, they had their love scenes. The first love scene was very nicely written. While I enjoy some hardcore, steamy raunchy-ness; this one was very tastefully done. While Braith had his fair share of one night stands, this was Leoma’s first time. Despite his experience, he showed Leoma not only love but a tremendous amount of gentleness and patience. It was a treat to admire and read some background about Leoma’s tattoos through Braith’s eyes before he proceeded to take her virginity.

While it was great admiring the scoreboard of several deaths against the coven, Braith and Leoma realize they still have a bigger battle ahead of them with the coven. Another cherry on top, best ending ever. Tired and after cleaning up after the big showdown with elder witches, they finally put it all on the table of their feelings for each other and then the implied love scene that followed.

One awesome fighter/warrior couple, awesome battle scenes, tastefully written love scenes and the best ever of good triumphing over evil. This is my first book by Donna Grant and as far as first impressions go, why the heck did I not hear about her sooner?! The world of witches, warlocks, knights and magic was awesome and I world I would love to get lost in. In short the word of this book is AWESOME! I highly recommend this book and I anxiously await the next book in the series.

Reviewed by Xtina

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Falling Into Right (Redemption County #2) by Sharon Kay-Review and Giveaway

Falling Into Right (Redemption Count #2) by Sharon Kay- Review and Giveaway

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Redemption County #2
by Sharon Kay
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, romantic, suspense

Falling Into Right

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ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 24, 2017

How do you recover when life kick-boxes your soul?

Becca Gable is fighting to stay on her feet after a series of crushing losses. She’s always been the good girl until the events of the past year push her to make a mistake she can’t take back. Now, her corporate finance job and her fiancé are gone thanks to her newly-acquired criminal record.

Shane Marlow survived an IED blast during his service in Iraq—but half his team did not. Physically healed, he returns to his home county as a K9 officer. The scars of loss run deep and though local folks admire him, no one truly gets him—until Becca literally lands in front of him.

Their bond of shared tragedy evolves into a connection both fiery and healing. But a stalker decides that Becca’s crime should stay front and center. As the unsettling episodes reveal that no part of her life is secret, Shane is all that stands between her and the enemy.


REVIEW: Life is full of ups and downs. When it comes to downs like traumas or bad mistakes with nasty consequences such events can be life changing. Either it can invite more bad events that follow or make you second guess some things about yourself. Sometimes it is easy to fall into the pity party tirade of “why me?” Who would’ve guessed that bad events can lead two people together? For Shane and Becca that seems to be the case.

I really enjoyed Shane and Becca as a couple. Perfect amounts of red hot attraction and deep emotional intimacy that would cause any bystander to have to look away. When it comes to opening up about their traumas or mistakes, they both showed tremendous compassion and understanding to each other it really gives you the feels. Which brings me to my favorite part of the book. I felt like it was an emotionally a huge turning point in the book. Shane was on Redemption Hill alone with his dog, Denver having a beer due to a bad day of old demons riding him. Becca joined him later. More discussion and feelings about their pasts. I must say it was the most romantic part of the book. Aside from the emotional stuff, the physical love scenes are as much enjoyable and did not disappoint. Especially the scene where it happened on the stairs in Shane’s house because they could not make it to his bedroom upstairs. All this happened all because they met in the funniest way possible.

Throughout the book, Becca has a stalker wreaking havoc on her life. I have to admit it was a little easy to guess who the stalker was. Though I admit that it kind of pissed me off that the stalker was not letting Becca’s mistake go like she was undeserving of happiness she found with Shane and that the mistake should be held over her forever or something. Quite frankly the way of thinking of the stalker was quite sick.

With Shane being a mystery in the first book, it was great to see Shane get a book as well as a chance to get to know him. You get to see cameos of the characters from the previous book and it is great seeing them again. Again like the previous book, I really liked this book and look forward to who is next to get their story told.

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In Pieces (Something More #2) by Danielle Pearl-Review, Interview, Excerpt and Giveaway Tour

In Pieces (Something More #2) by Danielle Pearl-Review, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway Tour


Something More #2
by Danielle Pearl
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance

In Pieces

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Three years ago she was left in pieces . . . Most college freshmen love the newfound freedom of living on campus, but none of them craves it like Beth Caplan. One ill-fated night when she was fifteen left her locked in a posh prison of private tutors. It’s for the best, everyone said, and maybe it was. But after years of hard work and healing, the one person who never thought of her as broken could be the one to break her all over again. And Beth can’t seem to stay away now any more than she could all those years ago. As soon as David March learned his best friend’s little sister was enrolling at his school, he promised to look after her, and promised himself he’d keep a safe distance. But the sweet little girl he’d grown up with has transformed into a gorgeous young woman, and she’s attracting attention from people she shouldn’t-like the ex who nearly destroyed her and a strange new student with a disturbing habit of showing up wherever Beth goes. But for David, the most troubling discovery is realizing that he doesn’t just want Beth to be safe. He wants her to be his.


REVIEW: There are many types of love. There is regular mutual love, unrequited love, young love, and the ever popular forbidden love. The “fun” of loving someone you shouldn’t love because of whatever circumstance the romance will complicate. The forbidden/taboo love was definitely the case for David and Beth. Beth is the little sister of David’s long time best pal, Sammy; therefore making Beth off limits to David. Despite Beth being off limits, the attraction David has for her is very much there. In Pieces is a fun story about two people who are very attracted to each other tip toe around each other while fighting the constant attraction to each other.

I really enjoyed Beth and David as a couple. While the instant fireworks or love at first sight romances are great reads, the romances that grow slowly over time can be quite endearing to read. Another thing I really enjoyed was reading the flashbacks from their pasts whether it was Beth having a bad day in Jewish school and David cheering her up to their families going on vacation together and David sneaking Beth into a club she wanted to go to. They have history and good memories together before they got together. Throughout the book, the attraction and sexual tension was very tangible. With Sammy between them, both of them leashed their feelings for each other too long that it took a drunken night for both of them to admit their feelings and acting on those feelings. Despite the drunkenness, their first love scene was explosive considering all the pent up sexual tension. Physical love aside, they did complement each other nicely. While both of them had their demons to deal with, reading about them helping each other through it was some deep stuff.

While the book was mainly about the romance, there are great elements within the book. Yes the beginning was slow to start but there is good pay off in the end. Loose ends are tied and there is closure. There is also a twist in the end that surprises you that someone was not a bad guy after all. While David feels like a mystery throughout the beginning to middle of the book, it’s refreshing to get to know David that even though he comes off as the laid back, party frat boy; he has so much more going on for him than meets the eye. The character development in Beth is outstanding. She is able to dig into herself to have a backbone, courage and will to prove to everyone she is not broken and weak to face huge issues.

I heavily enjoyed the book and I look forward to read more on the series to get to know the other characters as I enjoyed them just as much as well.

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Reviewed by Xtina.


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TRC:  We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

Danielle: My name is Danielle Pearl, and I was actually named after Danielle Steel (quite the coincidence, huh?). I grew up in New York, and have been writing ever since I could hold a pencil. I write new adult fiction and I’m known for writing angsty, sexy stories with deep messages. It’s been said that I thrive on the heartache of my characters and the tears of my readers… muahahaha!!

*Psst… You can learn more about me and my books at daniellepearl.com 🙂

TRC:  Who or what influenced your career in writing?

Danielle: Honestly, every book I’ve ever read has influenced my writing/career in one way or another, but I have to give credit here to my all-time fav, Colleen Hoover. Hopeless is one of the books that helped inspire to me write the Something More series, and there’s no question she helped forge the platform for indie romance authors everywhere. #Cohortforlife

TRC:  What challenges or difficulties have you encountered writing and publishing your stories?

Danielle: Writing always has tons of ups and downs. In today’s market, authors have to put as much if not more effort into marketing ourselves and our books as we do writing them. I love engaging with readers, but I loathe hawking myself to readers like something of a pimp, so it can be a bit of a struggle. Fortunately I’ve gotten to know some incredible readers that make this whole journey more than worth it. If you want to join my private reader group on Facebook, you can do it here:


TRC:  Would you please tell us something about the premise of IN PIECES and the SOMETHING MORE series? How many books do you have planned for the series.

Danielle: In Pieces follows Beth Caplan, the younger sister of Sam Caplan (the hero from Normal ReCap, and Okay). She’s had a tough adolescence, having had to overcome issues no teenage girl should have to, but as In Pieces opens, she’s more than ready to begin her adult life at college. The only problem is she’s on campus with Sam’s oldest friend, David March, and he’s acting more like a bodyguard than a friend. Beth has crushed on David for as long as she could remember, and as old demons rear their ugly heads and an unexpected danger arises, Beth and David end up too close for comfort. And it. Is. Explosive. I guess you’ll have to read it to find out.

The next book in the Something More series, In Flames, will follow a character we meet in In Pieces, and it will be another intense read, for sure!

TRC:  What was your hardest scene –ever-to write?

Danielle: The hardest scene I’ve ever written was when I killed off one of my favorite, beloved characters. I don’t want to give anything away, but this character wasn’t initially intended to die…until the story called for it. I’m still in mourning.


Beth startles when she notices me, and she stops walking, so I make up the distance still between us. She looks adorable as all hell in those tight jeans and loose racerback tank top. Her bra shows at her sides and I’m equally turned on and annoyed by it. She never did have any kind of self-awareness. At least not when it comes to how goddamned attractive she is. And it bugs me that every guy that’s passed her today has caught a glimpse of that black lace.
I shove my hand through my hair. “Beth,” I sigh.
I wait for her to go off on me again, but she doesn’t. She just kind of looks up at me, her resentment a palpable thing. I can’t stand to see her look at me like that. But what makes my lungs burn is knowing that I deserve her resentment. She has no idea how much. Fuck, I hope to God she never will. Especially not now that she’s come so far—that she’s doing so well. Well enough to tell me off in public, at my own party, anyway.
But not tonight, it seems, and when she still doesn’t say anything at all, I make my attempt. “Look, I’m sorry, okay? I thought I was protecting you.”
“I don’t need protection,” she counters.
I nod. “I know. I just thought…Falco being around would give you an excuse to hide away in your dorm, and I wanted you to experience…”
“Experience what, David?”
I shrug. “I don’t know. Fucking life, I guess.”
Beth looks down at her shoes. I hate that she won’t even look at me. “Okay, whatever,” she murmurs.
“Whatever?” I repeat incredulously. Here I am, apologizing—something I’m not exactly fucking known for—and all she has to say is whatever?
“Yeah. Whatever. I get it. It just sucks, you know?”
I take a much-needed deep breath. “I know, Bea.”
At last her eyes meet mine, hostility finally gone. I take the opportunity to retrieve my new peace offering from my back pocket. Well, not new. My worn and weathered copy of Hamlet, riddled with years’ worth of my own highlights and notes, its pages filled with more of my own words than those of the author himself. I hope it will help in her Shakespeare class. If nothing else, it will give her an invasive insight into who I am and how I think, just like all the other books I’ve given her over the years, and I wonder if she realizes just how personal it is.
She takes it, her thin brows pinched together in confused awe. “This is your copy,” she breathes.
Suddenly I feel too vulnerable, uncomfortably exposed. “Thought it could help in your class,” I half-lie. Because it’s more than that, and I suspect she knows it.
Her pretty pink lips twist into a small smile, her cheeks going even rounder than usual, and it hits me right in the chest. Not for the first time I tell myself the affection I feel for her is strictly familial. More lies.
I smile. “You eat dinner yet?”
She shrugs. “I was gonna heat a cup of noodles and study.”
Cup of fucking noodles? “Fuck that. Come to the Stu-U. Let’s get some real food.”
Beth rolls her eyes. “Fine. But just some quick food, okay? I really need to study.”
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Bea,” I smirk at her, and she sets free a short giggle. There it is.
I take her girly-ass backpack and slip it over my shoulder, giving her no choice but to follow me. But as soon as I turn around, my eyes catch on that same guy, just as he’s averting his gaze. Only this time he wasn’t looking at me. He was looking at Beth; I’m sure of it. Rage rushes through my veins, and I grit my teeth. I don’t know who the fuck this guy is, but there’s something off about him, and there’s absolutely nothing good about Beth drawing his attention.
My jaw clenches. I slip my arm protectively around her shoulders, despite just having been scolded for being overprotective. “Beth, in two seconds, I want you to subtly glance to your left, between buildings B and C, okay?”
Her brows pinch together again. She looks so damned cute when she does that. She doesn’t wait the two seconds, and her “subtle glance” is more of a full-on stare. “Glance,” I whisper-growl. I wait until she’s facing forward again, and then start leading her from the quad. “Did you see that guy?” I ask her.
She nods hesitantly.
“Do you know him?”
“Yeah. I mean, no. He’s in my Abnormal Psych class. And I saw him last night.”
“Saw him doing what?”
“The same thing. Standing around smoking cigarettes like a fucking creep.”
“I think he was looking at you,” I admit.
“And that.”
So this isn’t the first time that guy’s been staring at Beth. Unease swirls in my gut. “Stay away from him,” I warn her.
“Do you know him?” she asks uncertainly.
“No. But I don’t like the way he was looking at you.”
Of course, I’ve never liked the way any guys have looked at her.




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Record of Wrongs (Redemption County #1) by Sharon Kay-Review & Giveaway

Record of Wrongs (Redemption County #1) by Sharon Kay-Review and Giveaway

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Redemption County #1
by Sharon Kay
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, romance

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Do your past mistakes define you forever?

Cruz Zaffino leaves prison after a serving a decade for a crime he didn’t commit. With his life all over the internet, there’s nowhere he can go to avoid his illicit past. Involved with one of Chicago’s toughest gangs, he made enemies bent on ruining everything he has. Nowhere is beyond their reach.

Every day, Rosie Marlow lives with the scars from the worst mistake of her life. It’s the one secret she has in her tiny, gossip-fueled town. When Cruz walks into her bar, covered in tattoos and dangerous attitude, she’s captivated. His rough sexuality makes her melt, and his harsh experience calls to her own broken soul. But her story is private and buried so deep, she’s never had the strength to share it.

She’s the unexpected light to his darkness, yet he knows she’s hiding something. Sultry summer nights in each other’s arms weaken her resistance and taunt her with the idea of forever. But as his adversaries draw close, can she love him enough to let him go?


REVIEW: Mistakes…we all make them, it’s the beauty of what makes us human. We are not made to be perfect and never make mistakes. Mistakes help us grow, give us lessons and yes wizen us up. Enjoyable book this was complete with a good lesson to think about.

The main couple has their skeletons in the closet, at least Rosie’s is in the closet when Cruz’s is out in the open, all over the internet to be exact. Growing up and living in a small town where everyone knows each other’s business, Rosie guards this secret like King Midas’s gold. The thing is I firmly believe a mistake is a learning lesson; it does not define you nor should it be a jail sentence. Cruz at times let his juvenile past define him that there was no good left in him while Rosie suffered in silence with guilt like a jail sentence. They both in the beginning acted like they were very undeserving of happiness. I admit the parts where they acted undeserving of each other and happiness was a tad sad to read. Despite that their chemistry together was off the charts hot. Their outdoor scene against Cruz’s truck and skinny dipping in the water…*fans herself*. For a dude who lost 10 years of his life in jail, he sure knows what he’s doing in the bedroom with Rosie. There are also very cute and endearing scenes between the couple like when they went to the fair together or at a birthday party.

I really enjoyed their individual characters too. Rosie had a very sunny upbeat attitude that was very contagious, you couldn’t help but smile when you read about her. Her selfless attitude that she thinks of others before herself only makes you like her more. Cruz was very honest, honorable and full of integrity. He may think there is no redeeming him because of his past but starting over in Sundown, cleaning up and settling down looks like a step in the right direction to me.

Reading about them helping each other through their past mistakes was deep stuff and you can just feel the relationship hit a turning point that things are getting serious between them. Rosie was compassionate and non-judgmental of Cruz’s past and Cruz was patient and very understanding when Rosie finally let her walls down and let Cruz in on her big secret.

Sharon Kay does gnarly awesome paranormal romances but her contemporary romance is a great surprise. Awesome characters and character development, deep and swoon worthy love scenes, great lesson to think about and the best and cutest happily ever after.

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Reviewed by Xtina

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Adrift (Kill Devil Hills #4 ) by Sarah Darlington-Series Review and Book Tour

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Kill Devil Hills #4
by Sarah Darlington
Release Date:May 30, 2017
Genre: New Adult, romance


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Ben Turner is back! After unsuccessfully faking his own death, he’s back home in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. With no plans for college or the future, and hated by the town that once loved him, Ben feels like he’s drowning. Until he meets the girl next door, a runaway like him, and she changes everything.

Recommended for 18+. ADRIFT can be read as a standalone, but is recommended to be read fourth in Sarah Darlington’s KILL DEVIL HILLS Series.


So what happens to life after “death?” For Ben upon coming back from the “dead” to his family in Kill Devil Hills, it was sheer hell. A jail sentence, probation, and just feeling lost and alone. The boy who had it all to taking a nasty fall from grace. Then we have tough as nails but still the ability to love hard, Juniper. Tough childhood and abusive engagement, you do admire Juniper’s strength and courage.

It was great finally getting to know Ben. We only hear of Ben in the previous books but we never get the chance to see him fleshed out a bit until this book. That being said, there an air of mystery about Ben. I remembered in Pulled Under, Sydney says there was an air of sadness to Ben when she was taking college courses with him. It’s hard to imagine the boy who had it all (popularity, football, smarts and having the hot girlfriend) to have an air of sadness about him. You do find out what shook up Ben that made him join the coast guard and leave Kill Devil Hills. While Kill Devil Hills is a small cozy town and everyone knows each other, it was nice to have a new character in the book. It was an extra bonus that Juniper was very likeable. Despite her terrible past, she wasn’t overly negative that it was annoying and you do take your hat off to her honesty and her ability to persevere. Even better was since she is new to the town, she did not have pre-conceived notions about Ben when she got with him, so that was a good thing for Ben.

The relationship was cute, wholesome and pretty innocent. The relationship was a tad slow to grow but given their pasts with relationships, it was understandable. It did slightly frustrate me when Ben would emotionally pull away when Juniper needed him. Their love scenes was very tame yet still enjoyable to read. I enjoyed that Ben learned to let go of ego in the bedroom and actually be a giver (yes let’s be adults, think about it).

All in all, I really enjoyed this book and series altogether. What I do appreciate is that like Georgina, Ben grew up past ego and thinking about himself to also look at the big picture of things. The ending is very heartwarming and leave you with a smile on your face and an awesome feeling of peace for the family you grow to love. I highly recommend the series. You get play on fantasies, deep lessons learned, honesty we often keep unsaid, racy love scenes, dry enjoyable humor and best of all romance. Read this series you won’t regret it.

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There was so much pain in his voice, it made me want to squeeze my arms around him tighter and hold on forever. He found his mistakes unforgivable, but they didn’t really matter to me. It wasn’t like I was going to stop being his friend because of them. He was home now, he was trying to make it right. He showed remorse for his actions. That was the thing about Quinton, he never showed remorse. Not once for hurting me. Ben cared so much. It was an amazing quality to find in a man and my heart suddenly ached in longing. Breathing became difficult and a giant lump lodged itself in my throat. I realized how much I cared for this man, how much I wished I’d met him before Quinton, how much I wished he could be the father of my baby.
It was a scary, terrifying thought.
One that left me breathless.
One I only let myself think about for a fleeting second before I shoved it from my mind. Because a wish like that was unrealistic and pointless and something that would never come true.
So why waste even a single moment thinking it?
“We all make stupid mistakes sometimes. That’s part of being human,” I said, in some attempt to comfort him. I wasn’t just talking about his mistakes either. The words I’m not Lilly Davenport were on the tip of my tongue. It suddenly felt like the right moment to tell him the truth about me. Except, he let his grip of my legs go.
My body slipped down his back and my toes hit sand.
“The buzz I had going is wearing off,” he said as he took a step away from me. In the moonlight, I could see his face well enough to see that it had hardened. He’d dropped his guard with me for a moment, but his walls were back up now and seemingly more fortified than ever. “And I’m not really supposed to leave the house after eight. So…”
I understood. He wanted to say goodbye now.
I didn’t though. I wanted more from him. Which was completely wrong of me. I realized how sweet Ben was. And attractive. Suddenly exactly my kind of attractive. And how completely off limits he was.
Wow, life sure had a way of kicking you in the gut when you were down. On top of being pregnant, broke, scared, and alone—I now had feelings for a guy I couldn’t have.
Thank you, irony.
“Goodnight, Ben,” I muttered. I moved swiftly, standing on my tip-toes, leaning in to give him a quick kiss on the cheek before pulling away. I left him, jogging up the beach in the direction of the Davenport’s house. I didn’t look back as I went inside.

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Kill Devil Hills 1-4

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Release Date: August 5, 2014
Genre: new adult, romance

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He’s twenty-four. She’s eighteen.

His life is exactly the way he’s always wanted it to be…stable.
She’s quite possibly the very definition of unstable.

Noah saved her.
Georgina never wanted to be saved.

Growing up, Noah Clark was passed from one relative to the next until he finally ended up living with his abusive, alcoholic uncle in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Thanks in part to the unwavering love and support of his best friend, Ellie Turner, Noah survived those years, escaped his uncle, and grew into the man he is today. Now he runs his own business and lives a pretty normal, no-nonsense life—one where he maintains a high level of control.

Georgina is Ellie’s younger sister. Four months ago, Noah saved Georgie’s life, but he thought that was where his involvement with his friend’s sister would end. Now Georgie has returned home from the recovery facility her parents sent her away to and Noah, still haunted by the night that connects them, can’t stop himself from continuously trying to protect this girl he barely knows. But is he willing to give up all of the control he’s worked so hard to build in his life and risk everything for her? Even more importantly, would she do the same for him?


REVIEW: Enjoyable read this book was. Lovely play on fantasy, excellent character development and a few deep lessons along the way. We have Noah in his drunken state with his dumb luck saves Georgina from her suicide attempt. Granted this was a cruddy predicament, but who knew this scene would set the stage for an unexpected romance to blossom?

As the saying goes, “Age ain’t nothing but a number.” In this book we are looking at a 6 year age gap. Despite the age gap, their relationship is so cute and it works. You can’t help but smile and giggle at their obvious chemistry. One thing I really appreciated about the relationship is Noah’s patience with Georgina, taking it slow with her. Knowing he has not only 6 years on Georgina but also more experience, he never let her do things she wasn’t comfortable with. I admit I felt like the romance was a tad rushed but at the same time it wasn’t. Reading more into the book it definitely indicated that it was an attraction that grew over time.

I admit that with some of the negative elements and events of the book it would hurt the atmosphere of the book but it didn’t. Considering Georgina almost killed herself in the beginning of the book, she could’ve sunk into a negative pity party but she didn’t. Mentally, Georgina grew up and matured. She grew out of being an egotistical teenager to seeing the big picture of things in life. Despite Noah’s crappy childhood, he could’ve grown to be a bad mess of an adult but didn’t. He turned out great with having his own business with his best friend Ellie. The fun bonus is watching Noah let his walls down to let people in. It is great to see people with traumatic pasts or events grow from in it positive ways.

You learn lessons about trauma and suicide, enjoy cute yet sexy love scenes, awesome character development along with awesome supporting characters and you guessed it a happily ever after in the modern sense.

Reviewed by Xtina


Kill Devil Hills #2
by Sarah Darlington
Genre: new adult, romance
Release Date: March 16, 2015

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For years Ellie Turner’s had a crush on the ruggedly handsome, beast of a man, television actor, Nate West. This isn’t your average ‘fan-girl crush’ either, it’s borderline obsessive, and totally inconvenient since, other than this one exception, Ellie’s always been strictly into girls. But it doesn’t matter…because Nate doesn’t exist in real life. In real life Ellie has her own issues to worry about, including the death of her brother, the recent suicide attempt of her sister, and then there’s always her annoying roommate Rhett to contend with.

Nate West isn’t looking to start a new relationship. He’s still heartbroken over the last girl who ripped out his insides, still learning how to manage his new-found fame, and, frankly, not even sure what time-zone he’s in. His life is so full of stress, the last thing he wants is more of it.

So when Nate and Ellie meet on an airplane, nothing life changing should have come from it. But “sometimes in life–very rarely, I might add–you meet someone and you know instantly they’re going to mean something special to you.”

Recommended for 18+. F/M scenes only. Changing Tides can be read as a standalone, but is recommended to be read second in Sarah Darlington’s KILL DEVIL HILLS Series.


REVIEW: Everyone knows the famous saying, “Opposites attract.” In many cases it most certainly does apply. It most certainly did in this book and it worked really well. A regular small town girl meets man crush celebrity and sparks fly. And even though they come from very opposites worlds, they have much in common that brings them together.

Their blossoming relationship and heartwarming chemistry was a treat in itself. For some reason Sarah Darlington has a knack for making relationships feel rushed but not. The relationship between Nathaniel and Ellie felt rushed like it grew in a span of a few weeks but Nathaniel was a perfect gentlemen to Ellie in spite of that. Despite Ellie being a lesbian and never ever been intimate with a man before, she was able to trust Nathaniel. I admit I was skeptical if their love scenes were going to be good or even if there was going to be an awkward one where Ellie chickens out and ran but no. Their love scenes did not disappoint. Full of passion and emotion. Sex and physical love aside, Ellie and Nathaniel were beyond cute together. When they were having a conversation about Nathaniel’s show or when they were goofing off at Disneyland buying hats showed me how emotionally connected they were.

The relationship aside, I really enjoyed Ellie and Nathaniel’s individual characters. Ellie is really easy to like. She’s easygoing and laid back but she’s also a good big sister bear who is fiercely protective of her family and friends. Nathaniel was also very likeable as well. Despite being a celebrity to a popular television show, Nathaniel was very down to earth and caring of other people. I really enjoyed Nathaniel’s humble attitude that he didn’t expect special treatment being a celebrity.

Overall this book was really fun. Fun is the best word to describe the book. The atmosphere of the book was laid back with a nicely set pace. Without giving anything away, the plot takes a huge turn but it doesn’t take away from the romance blossoming between Ellie and Nathaniel. This is one of the books where if you are looking for a good time, I highly suggest this book.

Reviewed by Xtina


Kill Devil Hills #3
by Sarah Darlington
Genre: new adult, romance
Release Date: September 1, 2015

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man-child. noun.
-a grown man who is very immature, therefore considered a man-child

manwhore. noun.
  -a promiscuous man who has no regard for his sexual partners or the emotional value of his relationships

Rhett Morgan couldn’t have been more wrong for me. The guy drank beer in the shower, for crying out loud. He had no prospects for the future, had slept with half the women in our beach town of Kill Devil Hills, and had no desire to change his manwhore ways.

And when Ben Turner, the guy I had loved from afar for the past four years, died and I couldn’t get over his death, I desperately needed a distraction. A distraction like Rhett. So I used him for a one-night stand. Because, after all, that’s the only thing a guy like Rhett is good for…right?


REVIEW: Again another tale of collision of opposites but no less enjoyable of a read. In this book, we get the innocent academic nerd and bartender “manwhore” getting together. I felt like this book was on the more emotionally intense side. This book was so emotion packed it was hard for the book not to affect you and tug at the heartstrings. You feel for Rhett wanting to get through to Sydney but feeling like he can’t compete with Sydney’s infatuation with Ben. Or Sydney’s internal struggle with her infatuation with Ben and her growing feelings for Rhett.

Sarah Darlington did a great job building up this romantic tension between Rhett and Sydney in the previous books. So when Sydney finally makes up her mind and chooses Rhett on the rooftop, it was such a giant swoon-some scene and also a giant relief to read.

What surprised me was there was more to Rhett than just being the rugged bartender “manwhore.” He had actual dreams to be a baseball player but sadly fell short. Being raised by a single mother with low income, he helped her out of the trailer he was raised in into an actual house. Even though he has the town reputation for sleeping around and having one night stands, he is very capable of love. Another shocker, Rhett is a man that can cook. Rhett turned out to be my favorite leading guy of the whole series.

I enjoyed Rhett and Sydney as a couple. While I enjoyed their love scenes which was both hardcore and tender at the same time, I really enjoyed when they connected on an emotional level. I really enjoyed their date where they really got to know each other more.
Closing thoughts, I love this book and it was my favorite book of the series. One word to describe this book is emotional. It was tangible feeling the emotions of Rhett and Sydney. Being opposites, Rhett and Sydney totally work and you will be finding yourself cheering for them to make it as a couple. Looking forward to the next book.

Reviewed by Xtina

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Sabotage (Under Covers #2) by Jessica Linden-Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Under Covers #2
by Jessica Linden / James Patterson
Release Date: April 20 2017
Genre: adult, contemporary, romantic, suspense


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The Most Dangerous Kind of Love

Secret Agent Abbie Whitmore is used to putting her life on the line, but she’s never endangered someone she loves. And now, Congressman Jonathan Lassiter is embroiled in a political scandal–and it could be all her fault.

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REVIEW:  If I have to describe this book in one word it would be the word: Like. There was just a lot to like about the book, the big things and little things about the book. I mean where do I begin on what I liked about this book?

One thing I really appreciated about Sabotage was how both Abbie and Jonathan are able to keep their professional identities but still maintain their relationship. Being a secret agent and congressman can no doubt be time consuming careers but it endears me to the couple that they can make time for each other. Let’s just be honest here but in this time and age often times it feels we are unable to have both a romantic relationship along with the winning career. Often times we feel we can have one but not both. So in all honesty I feel when couples split due to one or both are concentrating on their careers is utter BS. Their downtime together whether they are having lunch at a restaurant or lounging around watching a Star Wars marathon at home was all the more endearing.

Another element I really enjoyed about the book was how the story just kept you on your toes about who the bad guy or girl is and why they are bent on revenge on Abbie. You also get glimpses of what’s going on in the head of the villain as they are implementing their actions in their ultimate plan. Sometimes it’s interesting to get in the minds on the villain to see them mentally justify the evil actions they are doing. It really was a fun journey following the mind of the villain but also Abbie following close on the villains heels to put a stop to the evil plan to screw over her love, Jonathan.

The thing is considering that the book was not very long, the character development and growth was satisfactory as well. Abbie is able to hand over the reins and control to others trusting them. While I can understand Jonathan’s feelings about being the man wanting to protect his woman even though she is very capable, he respects her fighting abilities.

A story that keeps you engaged and on your toes, positive career and relationship aspects, great character development, soft romantic scenes and the very best good triumphing over evil; for such a shorter book this book packs an awesome punch. Highly recommend and highly enjoyed.

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Reviewed by Xtina

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TRC: Hi Jessica and welcome to The Reading Café.

Congratulations on the release of SABOTAGE

We would like to start with some background information. Would you please tell us something about yourself?

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JESSICA LINDENJESSICA: I live in Virginia with my husband, two sons, two rescue dogs, and various other pets. I was a high school and college English teacher for thirteen years, but I gave that up nearly two years ago to focus on my writing. I don’t necessarily miss the teaching, but I definitely miss the students. Spending my days with teenagers was a lot of fun.

TRC: Who or what influenced your career in writing?

JESSICA: I’ve had a lifelong love of books, so I can’t point to one specific influence. Mostly, I think it’s the pure joy I feel when I’m lost in a great book. I want to create that joy for my readers.

TRC: What challenges or difficulties have you encountered writing and publishing your stories?

JESSICA: The publishing business is full of rejection, which sometimes makes it difficult to keep a positive outlook. Also, it’s tough when a reader leaves a negative review. Sometimes the bad stuff is easier to believe, you know?

SabotageTRC: Would you please tell us something about the premise of SABOTAGE and the UNDER COVERS series?

JESSICA: I got the idea for Abbie’s character when I was driving to pick up my sons from TaeKwonDo. I thought it would be cool to have an agency similar to Angelina Jolie’s character’s agency in Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Women tend to be underrepresented in law enforcement type jobs, but sometimes you need a woman to get the job done. Thus, the Cartwright Agency was born.

TRC: How do you keep the plot(s) unpredictable without sacrificing content and believability?

JESSICA: This is a tough one and something that all authors face. I play the “what if” game when I’m writing to try to put my characters in unusual situations. Often I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen until the words land on the page.

TRC: There is a fine line between romance, erotic, and erotica in many of today’s popular contemporary fiction. What do you believe accounts for the differences between the sub-genres in today’s romantic stories?

JESSICA: I don’t write erotic romance or erotica, but this is how I understand it. The focus of romance is the developing romantic relationship between a couple. Sex may or may not be part of that. In erotic romance, sex is an integral part of the relationship development and if it were taken out, there would be a huge hole in the story. However, there is still a developing romantic relationship. Erotica is more about the sex than the relationship.

TRC: Where should authors draw the line when writing romance vs erotic vs erotica story lines?

JESSICA: I don’t think there necessarily needs to be any line drawn, as long as it is communicated to the readers what they’re getting with a particular book.

TRC: Do you believe the cover image plays a deciding factor for many readers in the process of selecting a book or new series to read?

JESSICA: Yes. The adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” is totally bogus. No matter how excellent a book is, readers won’t pick it up if it has a horrible cover.

TRC: When writing a story line, do the characters direct the writing or do you direct the characters?

JESSICA: The characters direct the writing for me. I usually have a general idea where I want the story to go, but I don’t always know exactly how the story is going to get there until I get to know the characters in the first few chapters.

TRC: The mark of a good writer is to pull the reader into the storyline so that they experience the emotions along with the characters. What do you believe a writer must do to make this happen? Where do you believe writers fail in this endeavor?

JESSICA: I think this comes from making the characters relatable. Often in fiction, things happen that 99% of us will never experience in real life, but emotions are universal. So if the character is relatable and believable, then his/her emotions should translate. I think writers sometimes fail in this endeavor by not fully developing characters.

TRC: Do you listen to music while writing? If so, does the style of music influence the storyline direction? Characters?

JESSICA: I actually don’t listen to music while writing because I find myself singing along instead of writing. It’s quite the show. LOL.

TRC: Many authors bounce ideas and information with other authors or friends and family. With whom do you bounce ideas?

JESSICA: It depends on the situation. My husband is helpful, especially when it comes to technical or “manly” things, like the different kinds of guns and ammo. My author friend Marnee Blake is usually my go to for overarching plot and character issues. I’ll also turn to my agent and editor. I’m lucky to have a plethora of people I can call on.

TRC: What do you believe is the biggest misconception people have about authors?

JESSICA: Most authors can’t support themselves on their writing alone. I think a lot of people assume that if someone has a book published, they are rolling in money. That’s simply not the case.

TRC: What is something that few, if any people, know about you?

JESSICA: I actually have a section like this on my website, so it’s hard to come up with another random obscure fact. I’ve recently become obsessed with my Happy Planner, and I even make my own stickers for it.

TRC: On what are you currently working?

JESSICA: I’m currently in the final stretch of writing the third book in my Fight for Me series.

TRC: Would you like to add anything else?

JESSICA: Nope! This interview was pretty thorough.


Favorite Food

Favorite Dessert
Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate

Favorite TV Show
I don’t watch TV. I seriously can’t remember the last time I turned it on.

Last Movie You Saw
The Lego Batman Movie

Dark or Milk Chocolate

Secret Celebrity Crush
Theo James

Last Vacation Destination

Do you have any pets?
Two dogs. My sons have guppies and a hamster.

Last book you read
It’s top secret—it was a book I judged for the RWA RITA contest.

TRC: Thank You Jessica for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulation on the release of Sabotage. We wish you all the best


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