Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Blind Date by Belle Jewel...Review by Dawn


31450628I have read most of everything that Miss Jewel has published , but was not aware of this suspense romance she has been writing. I am a FAN!  
I finished this book in one sitting, I could not put it down.  I like an amature, started reading this late at night. I was so creeped out. It's not frightening  or a blood bath. It is just so creepy, for lack of a better word. 
I was immediately taken with Hartley, she is an amazing leading lady. Her spunk and strong will nature has me in , from the first few paragraphs. She has suffered a loss that would leave anyone absolutely devestated and it did. When she decides, not fully on board to get back out there and try her hand at dating again. Let's just say that things do not go so well front he very first date. Not wanting to fulfill her promise to her friend Taylor but even more so not wanting to let Taylor down, Hart agrees to go one one more date. 
To say that this story line was not predictable would be a lie. That is the only thing that I was really let down by. This was so easy to figure out . You knew from their first meeting that Jacob was going to be the bad guy. Well at least I did.
The introduction of Ace was hilarious. With Hartley's need to make her neighbor say "Hello" and his need to stay silent and not interact, made for a funny subplot. Ace, he is just everything I want in my leading man. Strong, brooding, sexy and protective...typical Alpha male, and I LOVE it. He was the perfect match for Hartley, even if he would never admit it. 
This story has a clear message for women, do not sit by and become another victim! Take action and do not let anyone take away your control. Be smart, be vigilant and know what when something feels off, don't dismiss it. I truly loved Hartley and Taylor's instinct to survive. Neither one of them ever gave up and I found that so awesome. They did not wait to be rescued, they rescued themselves! 
I am looking forward to more of this writing from Ms. Jewel
Bravo.

Raw Heat book 3 in the Larson Brothers series ...Review by Dawn

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The third book in the Larson Brothers series from New York Times bestselling author Cherrie Lynn is the sexiest installment yet!
Youngest Larson brother Damien has the luck of the devil. Fast talking and faster thinking, he owns a successful nightclub in Houston and runs an illegal poker room upstairs. After a troubled childhood, now nothing is out of Damien’s reach—except his accountant, Emma Haskell.
Emma has always been drawn to Damien’s dark intensity and the gleam in his eyes that promises more than she can possibly handle. But when her brother’s gambling threatens to destroy her family, Damien makes her an offer she’d be crazy to accept—but can’t refuse: her brother’s debts will be forgiven, and Emma belongs to him for thirty days.
In Damien’s world, he shows his angelic bookkeeper what it’s like to live with the devil. But Emma brings out a side in Damien he thought didn’t exist. Will the flames of lust scorch them both, or will this beauty tame the beast and give him something to fight for?
Raw Heat scorches with emotional intensity and smoldering passion that will leave readers spellbound!
Dawn's Review
It's funny to me or rather appropriately so, that I am in LOVE with Damien Larson. See Cherie Lynn wrote my one and only true book boyfriend, Brian Ross, in Rock Me. There is just something about the way she writes these brooding leading men. Anyway, Raw Heat is the third and final book in the Larson Brother's stories, and I believe the BEST! Where the other two were good, there is just something different about this one, and I believe that is Emma. She is a breath of fresh air. Rowan was a hard leading lady for me to get past in the first two books. So having a completely new and unknown leading lady worked wonderfully. The story behind Damien's brooding and reputation has been often talked about through out the series, but nothing definitive. He is darker and harder to read than Michael and Zane. Emma, WOW, I really enjoyed her. She was a quiet church mouse, the unnoticed, until she had to deliver bad news to her boss Damien. Little did she knew, she was on his radar. I loved that she was a force when pushed. The chemistry between Emma and Damien was off the charts. WOW, this is a sexy hot story. This is the book that I wish the rest of the series were. I could have read an entire series that revolved around Emma and Damien alone, that is how much I enjoyed this story. Also, the fact that Emma's family played a role in this story was intriguing. Her relationship with her brother, in turn her relationship with her parents, played out very well. I highly recommend this story.

MISADVENTURES OF A CITY GIRL BY MEREDITH WILD AND CHELLE BLISS....Review by Dawn


Check out the Misadventures Series here: http://www.misadventures.com/
Book:  Misadventures of a City Girl
Authors: Meredith Wild & Chelle Bliss,
Genre: Contemporary Romance 


Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again. Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find. When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feel anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?
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Dawn's Review

With the perfect muse of Brock O' Hurun  as Luke Dawson., Miss Adventures of a City Girl  is wonderful!  It is a fun read, I finished in one setting , that is how much I enjoyed it.  
The combination of these two fantastic authors works so well in telling Madison and Luke's sexy, HOT, intense story.  Ms. Wild and Miss Bliss tell a story that is not only the aforementioned, but also poignant. Issues such as PTSD , social anxiety, divorce and loss. This is much more than a romance story, this is a story about learning to live again.  I ONLY wished they had a child, just because I am selfish and wanted more of their story.
I am not a big fan of insta love, so much that I took a break and asked my husband when he knew he loved me. I love a book that makes you think. He explained it so spot on that I went back in the story with a new set of eyes, and it worked! 
I loved it so much! Thanks Ladies for an amazing read.

5 BIG CLOCKS!


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Meet the Authors



Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey-appreciator, and hopeless romantic. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York TimesThe Hollywood ReporterPublishers Weekly, and The Examiner. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, she can usually be found at:




USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She's a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She's written over ten books and has two series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.  Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master's degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor's in History. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can't imagine doing anything else. 




Friday, September 1, 2017

Wild & Rocking For Charity...




Title: Wild & Rocking for Charity
Authors: Various
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Michelle Preast, IndieBookCovers
Photo: Wander Aguiar
Model: Colton Benson
Release Date: September 15, 2017



Blurb

Enjoy a collection of short-read teasers from the authors attending the Wild and Rocking signing in Dallas December 2, 2017, all while coming together to eliminate hunger. 100% of the proceeds for the Wild and Rocking for Charity anthology will be donated to charity. Half to the Tarrant Area Food Bank, activated to aid evacuees of Hurricane Harvey, and half to the Houston Food Bank.

This e-book also includes information and links about the Wild and Rocking weekend of activities with this group of generous-hearted authors including: Billy Bob's line dancing, S'mores under the stars with the Wild and Rocking rock stars, pajamas and popcorn slumber party movie, and an Abs After Dark karaoke style presentation provided by the cover models and authors of the Wild and Rocking signing that will also benefit both the Tarrant Area Food Bank and the Houston Food Bank!

Victoria Ashley
Natalie Barnes
HJ Bellus
Amy Briggs
Cassia Brightmore
Terri Anne Browning
Nicole Edwards
Anne Eliot
MJ Fields
Thia Finn
Jenna Galicki
Kendall Grey
S.E. Hall
Theresa Hissong
A.L. Jackson
Marie James
Crystal Kaswell
Michelle Mankin
LP Maxa
Amanda Maxlyn
Stephanie Hoffman McManus
Michelle Pace
Ahren Sanders
Ginger Scott
Hilary Storm
T. Torrest
Ginger Voight
K Webster
Athena Wright 





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Event Information

WILD AND ROCKING IN THE CITY
Dallas TX

Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle
3300 Championship Parkway Fort Worth TX 76177

December 2nd, 2017

TICKETS ON SALE NOW - Visit the Facebook Event Page for a chance to win tickets!

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Wild and Rocking is an Author Groupies sponsored rock star romance pop up signing, with Author Michelle Mankin, in Dallas on December 2nd, 2017. Most of the Attending Authors will have books that have a rocker/rockstar/musician book/series.

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Thursday Billy Bob's world famous honky tonk line dancing

Friday Night: Meet & Greets around the fire pit, smores under the stars with the stars and a movie slumber party style

Saturday: Signing and Abs after Dark fundraiser benefiting the Tarrant Area Food Bank and the Houston Food Bank.

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Signing list: 

A.L. Jackson
Anne Eliot
Crystal Kaswell
HJ Bellus
Hilary Storm
Jenna Galicki
K Webster
Kendall Grey
Amanda Maxlyn
LP Maxa
MJ Fields
Michelle Mankin
Michelle Pace
Sapphire Knight
T. Torrest
Thia Finn
Ginger Scott
Terri Anne Browning
Theresa Hissong
Victoria Ashley
Amy Briggs
Stephanie Hoffman McManus
Ahren Sanders
Athena Wright
Cassia Brightmore
Ginger Voight
S.E. Hall
Marie James
Natalie Barnes
Nicole Edwards


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Thursday, August 31, 2017

In the Crease The Assassins Series by Toni Aleo

















































Jensen Monroe is a unicorn. As handsome as any model, as polite as can be, a goalie of unmatched skill, and the best friend anyone could ask for. But he longs for a particular special someone to make his life complete. He’s been in love with Wren since he was a teenager, but as his best friend’s sister, she’s always been off-limits.

Wren Lemiere has prided herself on being a love ’em and leave ’em girl her whole life. She’s all about equal opportunity in the battle of the sexes. Why should guys like her brother and his best friends get to be the only ones allowed to play the dating game? One wrong move, however, and she finds herself in violation of her own rules.

In need of a fake husband and baby daddy for her unexpected bundle of joy, Wren finally accepts Jensen is the logical one to ask for help. Except he has a counteroffer…one with so many strings attached, they may just find themselves wrapped up in ties that bind. Forever.















Brie snickered as Vaughn went on. “I know this is going to be hard. Like, really hard on you. But, buddy, I’m sorry to say, we bought a house.”
Jensen just stared back at him. “Okay? Why is this hard?”
“Because you’re not moving with us.”
He rolled his eyes. “Jo, we haven’t lived together for six months since you moved in with Brie.”
“I know, but we were across the hall.”
Jensen laughed. “I’ll be fine without you guys—”
“Now, I know this comes as a shock, but we’re having a baby, and we need space for us and the baby.”
“I know—”
“Now, Jenny, I know this is going to be difficult, putting space between us—”
“You know we lived apart for years, right?”
But Vaughn went on. “Just know I will always and forever love you as my brother, and nothing will change. Not the space, the new ball and chain, or the baby.”
“Are you done?”
Brie apparently thought this was hilarious since she was basically choking she was laughing so hard. Which wasn’t anything new. Vaughn might be an idiot, but he was a funny one. As always, Vaughn was unaffected as he said, “We’ll never be done, Jenny, never.”
“Okay,” Jensen said, rolling his eyes again. “Listen, this is awesome. I’m happy for you guys, and let me know when we need to start moving stuff.”
“You’re such a good man,” Vaughn proclaimed before clapping his hands together. “This weekend good for you?”
Laughing, he just shook his head at Vaughn’s antics. “Yeah, man.”
“Thanks, Jensen.”
He smiled over at Brie. “Anytime.”
Rolling his eyes, he went back to eating as a grin played on his lips. He wanted nothing more than for his friend to grow and be in love. Brie was that for Vaughn. They were moving and having a kid, and it was great. Vaughn needed that. So did Wells, who was getting married the following month. Both his best friends were living life, happily and to its fullest. Meanwhile, Jensen was stuck.
He didn’t know how it happened, or even why, but it had. He wasn’t interested in anyone he met, and he didn’t just want to fuck around. He wanted someone to love him for him. The quiet, weird guy in the corner. The one who would lay down his life for anyone he loved. He had redeemable qualities, but for some reason, no one wanted them. They just wanted to have sex.
He didn’t want Netflix and chill; he wanted Netflix and breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and more.
Hmm, he should copyright that.
Taking a huge bite of his chicken, he felt his phone start to vibrate. He pulled it out, seeing that it was a text from Wren, as he chewed. Like always when she texted him, his heart sped up, and his palms went clammy as a lump formed in his throat. Or maybe that was the chicken, he wasn’t sure. Either way, he slid the notification over so that his text thread with her opened up before he read her message.
Wren: Are you free anytime this week?





















My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?


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Friday, July 21, 2017

Flutter by Olivia Evans.... review by Dawn




Dylan Walker has spent six years trying to move on from the loss of his girlfriend, Presley Cooper. Motivated by grief and the desire to do for others what he couldn’t do for her, he burns the candle at both ends to make it through medical school. After graduation he moves west, putting as much distance as possible between his past and his present.
Or so he thought.
Unknowingly, Dylan has been set on a path that will destroy everything he thought he knew. All the pain, all the grief, was all for nothing. With the help of an unexpected ally, Dylan must find the answers and save the girl he loves before it’s too late.
Deceit.
Betrayal.
Revenge.
A second chance at love.
But first, he must find a way to make her remember her past. Remember him. Remember everything.

Olivia Evans is a new to me author and I am now a fan. Flutter is such a great story, there is no real build up making you wait to chapter after chapter, she dives right in. The story of Dylan and Presley is gut wrenching.  You can feel the love and loss of both collectively and separate. This struggle has propelled Dylan to enter the field of psychiatry. Thinking if he can help just one person it will ease his pain. Determined to make up for missing the signs Presley had to be showing, his mission is clear... Help prevent suicide. 
For Presley, I have to believe that Ms.Evans understood the care she had to take writing her. The tenderness, the guilt, the pain, the suffering... it was so believable. The loss she felt and then the abandonment she must have felt, she wanted help, she agreed to help, only to be taken advantage of. I hated her father and I still do. There is so much I would love to tell you about this story, but I simply can not, it would ruin it. This book will stick with me for a long time.
5 Clocks





Wednesday, July 19, 2017

TRUST by Kylie Scott...... 5 Clock review by Dawn.







Trust by [Scott, Kylie]
Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.



After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.



My Review

Absolutely hands down, one of my favorite reads so far this year! And I do not say that lightly. 
Trust by Kylie Scott, is in a word...phenomenal

This is categorized as YA, but I would never let that dissuade you from reading it. It is about two teenagers but the writing, my god the writing!  It is so smart ,gritty, age appropriate language, witty, and beautiful. I at no time felt like this was YA. Which is important as I am not normally a fan of that genre. Simply because many authors use terms and language that as a mother of 2 teenage boys, they do not use. It is often too mature, even for 18 year olds and that bothers me. Not the case with Trust.


The two leads John and Edie (E-DEE) are linked together because of a horrible tragic event. That one night changes everything in their separate and collective lives. The way this story was told, I connected with Edie and her struggle. If you have ever had a daughter who has struggled with self esteem issues or if you have. This is brilliant. Edie, often puts herself down, but not so harshly that it is off putting. I loved this less than perfect, but perfect in so many ways, leading lady. She is discovering that she is not meant to be this shrinking violet. Escaping a life or death experience has made Edie, live for the moment and that may not always be the safest or smartest way to live. Feeling the need to suppress the events that unfolded at the Drop Stop, sleep has become the enemy. Midnight rides with the only person who understands what she is going through is her choice of therapy. But can John keep all of their combined demons at bay?


John Cole... Is. It. He is everything that Edie, likes, but is everything she is afraid of, until he saves her life. John is a wonderful leading man. He is the popular guy and that is not because he is the winning quarterback. No, John is the local pot dealer, making him a favorite among the high school. He just happens to be at the wrong place at the right time. When you are faced with life or death, you choose how you want to walk away, better or worse. For John, better was the only way he could go. He was distancing himself from those who only wanted him for what he could get them. In walks the only person who knows how it feels to have your life flipped upside down in a matter of minutes. The only person to step up and try to save him, when he is falsely accused. He is looking for a friend and maybe this girl can be that. Showing up at her bedroom window and midnight rides are their therapy sessions. John, is looking toward the future for the first time in his life and Edie is struggling to get through each day. They need each other, they need that connection with the one person who just "gets it."  Friends can be many things, but can they be everything? Learning to Trust is one of life's toughest lessons to learn.  It can either lead you to the greatest loves of your life, or show you just how much you can hurt.  Do you trust yourself to know the difference?

I could easily go on and on and on, as if I have not done this already. But this is a wonderful story and so perfectly written. The entire cast was vital to this story. 
The supporting characters are so well written and believable I was flooded with memories of my HS days! I was totally invested in these characters. 


This is by far a 5 clock read for me. I absolutely love it.