Noah by Cara Dee – Free!

Noah by Cara Dee is FREE until this weekend! Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to snatch up this 5-star M/M romance, and you’ll get an excerpt of Cara’s next novel, Home, at the end of the book!

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Have you ever woken up and expected to see destruction everywhere?

In 48 hours, I lost everything. I came home to find my girlfriend of four years with another man. The next day a plane crash ripped my family away from me, shattering me in the process. In many ways, I died that day, too. The fun-loving man who’d lived in the fast lane and loved his career in the film industry was gone. Left was a forty-year-old shell that dwelled at the bottom of a bottle.

Only one person knew what I was going through. My sister’s stepson, who hadn’t been on the plane. Julian knew what it was like to lose everyone he loved, too. He’d stopped showing up at reunions when he was a teenager, so I didn’t know him very well. But I told him at the memorial service he could come out and visit me in LA whenever. One day he did, and I guessed it was as good a day as any to start picking up the pieces and see what was left of us.

Drawing Me In (Due South Book 7) by Tracey Alvarez

Drawing Me In (Due South Book 7) by Tracey Alvarez

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5 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided an ARC of Drawing Me In by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Drawing Me In is book 7 of the Due South series, and while I typically get bored with a series after a few books, I can emphatically say this one drew me in right away and kept me hooked until the end. I absolutely loved Bree and Harley’s story. It was sweet and seductive yet had enough plot to keep me entertained throughout.

Bree Findlow’s life is all about order and control, right down to keeping her emotions under wraps. She’s had years to practice this skill, starting with tuning out her parents’ fights, then having to pretend she didn’t have deep feelings for Harley Komeke, and later having to give up the most important person in her life. Bree felt like she didn’t have any close friends she could open up to when in reality, she had a whole island of people in her corner.

Harley Komeke made it very clear that he never wanted to get married or have children. He’d rather be alone than end up like his father who abandoned him, his mother, and his twin brother shortly after the twins’ birth. Yet Harley can’t understand why he continually seeks solace in fiery Bree Findlow. Finding out he got her pregnant ten years ago and she gave the baby to her sister to raise is bad enough. But finding out she’s pregnant once again with his child changes everything.

I truly loved both main characters in this second chance romance. Bree has valid reasons for her completely ordered life, and it’s entertaining to see what she’s feeling inside while putting on her mask to cover up any outward emotions. At the same time, her friends show their support and begin breaking down Bree’s walls, allowing her to finally feel she has people she can depend on.

Harley is rugged, sexy, and artistic. He’s Oban’s golden child since he made it big in the New York art scene. His only flaw from a woman’s point of view is his extreme disinterest in commitment. Harley’s got demons of his own that have shaped his view of relationships. One of the most interesting things about this story was how Harley and his twin brother Ford went through the same set of circumstances but each came out the other side with varying scars. It made this book truly different from the last book in the series, which focused on Ford and Holly’s relationship. Throughout this book we see Harley having to confront his past and everything he believed to be true, as well as a reversal of the twins’ roles now that Ford is the relationship expert. And it doesn’t hurt for Harley to have to eat a little crow after all the advice he gave his brother.

While this story easily could have been more of the same, there wasn’t a single boring moment to be found. The intimate scenes were fun but realistic and not overdone. The relationship progressed at a believable pace. And both main characters showed growth while remaining true to their characterizations. Ms. Alvarez is one of a handful of authors I can always count on for a solid plot.

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Rach

The Fish Tales by Suanne Laqueur – Series Sale

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The Fish Tales by Suanne Laqueur

On sale for $0.99 each until 5/18/16

Grab these now at this amazing price! If you haven’t read my reviews, these are 3 of my absolute favorite books. My reviews can be found by selecting Suanne Laqueur under the Author Spotlight tab. I can’t recommend these enough, and $0.99 each is a steal!

The Man I Love

Give Me Your Answer True

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Doing It Over (A Most Likely To Novel Book 1) by Catherine Bybee

Doing It Over (A Most Likely To Novel Book 1) by Catherine Bybee

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3 out of 5 Stars

*I was provided an Uncorrected Proof of Doing It Over by the author in exchange for an honest review. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*

Returning to her hometown of River Bend for her ten-year high school reunion, Melanie Bartlett would like a do-over. Nothing has gone according to plan in the last ten years, and the only thing she wouldn’t change is having her seven-year-old daughter Hope. Mel was voted Most Likely to Succeed, and compared to her two best friends, she ended up with the least amount of success. Meeting Wyatt Gibson just might turn things around for Mel and Hope.

Wyatt always knew he wanted to live in a small town, and River Bend suits him just fine. After living there for several years, he’s yet to finish his house and really make it a home. When he meets Melanie and her daughter Hope, he’s instantly charmed and drawn to them. But life isn’t easy for the single mom, and Wyatt will need to stick by her through some rough patches if they want to get their happily ever after.

Doing It Over is a contemporary romance set in a small town and introducing three best friends. The first book in the series, this is a standalone novel although it introduces characters for the next novel and provides a good deal of backstory for them. The romance between Wyatt and Melanie is sweet, but the author does a good job of incorporating more into the plot than just the romance. Melanie’s past rears its ugly head and needs to be dealt with before the couple can move on to bigger and better things.

I enjoyed that Wyatt wasn’t some insensitive playboy. He was a man who knew what he wanted out of life even if he didn’t realize that would include loving a single mom and her seven-year-old daughter. Melanie had plenty of lessons to learn throughout the story, including that the same friends she’d been hiding things from could be counted on to stand by her side when the going got rough.

A few drawbacks kept this book from being a standout. While Hope was an adorable and sweet kid, I didn’t find her personality truly realistic. She acted much younger than her age for the majority of the story, and then it was specifically stated that her personality might change after one of the major events. There was a definite shift in her maturity after that point, but I didn’t find that believable.

I appreciated that there was more to the story than romance, however the suspense aspect was also a little implausible. I frequently found myself wondering why no one was considering the glaring connections, especially considering there was an FBI agent involved. The incorporation of other characters’ points of view didn’t add anything beyond introductions to their story lines, and the story would have felt more cohesive if these scenes were left out and the reader learned about these issues from the main characters’ points of view.

I was provided with an Uncorrected Proof of this book, so as expected there were quite a few errors. I tried not to factor those into my rating, however it is worth noting as I have no way of knowing if all of the issues will be fixed prior to publication.

Overall it was an entertaining story that was decently written but could have been a little better.

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Rach

Doing It Over (A Most Likely To Novel) by Catherine Bybee – Blog Tour and Giveaway

Doing It Over by Catherine Bybee

Most Likely To Series, Book One

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One small town. Three close friends. True love to last a lifetime.

Voted Most Likely to Succeed, Melanie Bartlett ended up anything but. The down-on-her-luck single mom wants a complete do-over—is that too much to ask? With her family long gone from River Bend, strong, independent Mel is as surprised as anyone to end up in the quaint small town she once called home. But with her friends, Jo and Zoe, by her side, and a comfortable room at Miss Gina’s quirky bed-and-breakfast, she just might have turned the corner on a new life.

Wyatt Gibson never liked the big city. River Bend suits the ruggedly handsome builder just fine. Wyatt knows he’s home, even if that means being charmed by the appearance of Melanie and her spunky, adorable daughter. Is Wyatt’s calm devotion—even amid a coming storm—enough to convince Mel she may have found a home to call her own, a family that never leaves, and a true love to last a lifetime?

Praise for Doing It Over

“The romance between fiercely independent Melanie and charming Wyatt heats up even as outsiders threaten to derail their newfound happiness. This novel will hook readers with its warm, inviting characters and the promise for similar future installments.” –Publishers Weekly

 “This brand-new trilogy, Most Likely To, based on yearbook superlatives, kicks off with a novel that will encourage you to root for the incredibly likable Melanie. Her friends are hilarious and readers will swoon over Wyatt, who is charming and strong. Even Melanie’s daughter, Hope, is a hoot! This romance is jam-packed with animated characters, and Bybee displays her creative writing talent wonderfully. –RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars 

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New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.

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