Saturday, March 17, 2018

Scavenger Hunt: TRIP by T. Torrest

by T. Torrest
Release Date: March 15, 2018

Calling all 80s girls!

Layla Warren first introduced us to Trip Wilmington in REMEMBER WHEN...
Now read his side of the story!

Trip Wiley wasn't always a Hollywood movie star.
In fact, he wasn't always Trip Wiley.
Back in 1990, he was better known as Trip Wilmington, the new kid in town. 
New place, new school... same old story. 
No big deal. It’s not like this is the first time he’s been forced to start over.
But seventeen years of city living hasn’t prepared him for life in the suburbs...
or for Layla Warren.
Layla is smart, funny, beautiful... the kind of girl every guy dreams about.
Trip should know. 
He’s been falling for her since the first minute he saw her. 
And his life hasn’t been the same since.


Prepare to travel back to your teen years... That time in your life before the real world kicked in, that limbo between adolescence and adulthood, that trial of hanging onto the past while figuring out where the future will lie. 

With heart-shredding romance, steamy love scenes, and hilarious 80s references, readers of all ages will find themselves falling in love with TRIP all over again. 

***Author's note: This is no copy/paste job. This is a brand new story that fills in the blanks during Trip and Layla's separation while still bringing all the magic moments of the two of them together.

It is highly recommended--but not required--that you read Remember When prior to reading TRIP.

READ WHEN YOU’RE IN THE MOOD FOR: nostalgic, steamy, angsty, sweet, funny

My review: 5 stars!
I adore the Remember When series so much (I'm a 92 high school grad) and it would be an understatement to say I was excited to hear the T. Torrest was writing Trip's POV. Trip makes me SWOON and has been at the top of my book boyfriend list for years. TRIP was everything I wanted it to be and more- somehow I am now even more into Trip than I was before. The book perfectly conveyed his personality and gave us some insight into his home life and relationship with his parents. And even though I knew the ending was coming, it still slayed me like the first read. Nostalgia is real folks, and so very fun to read- the Remember When series makes me forget for a minute that I'm 44 and remember what it felt like to be 18 and in love.

And now for the fun...... we are having a scavenger hunt, and you'll be able to read the first three chapters of TRIP! You will need to visit each blog in order to get the whole story.

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You'll  end up back here for Excerpt #21!

Excerpt #21:

  “Well, Trip. Welcome to Norman. I hope you’ll like it here.”

   I gave the teacher a nod and started to head back to my desk. Summer Hair immediately became fascinated with her nails, picking at them in an obvious attempt to avoid looking at me.

   “Thanks,” I shot back. “I have a feeling I will.”

   Just as I reached Miss Warren’s desk, I tapped two fingertips on its surface, causing her to look up. In the split second we made eye contact, I saw her bottom lip drop a fraction of an inch. I couldn’t help but smirk as I slid back into my seat behind her. I was kind of hoping she’d take the bait and give me the time, but instead, she faked a coughing fit and excused herself from class.

   Man, was she cute.

   I was still reeling from the sight of her when Mrs. Mason started diagramming Romeo and Juliet on the board, and I folded my notebook open to an unmarked page in order to copy her charts for myself. With the notable distraction removed from the room, I should’ve been able to focus on actual classwork. But I’d already covered Shakespeare at my last school, so there was nothing new happening on that board that I hadn’t already seen before.

   And man, f$%k Shakespeare anyhow. Give me Christopher Marlowe any day. Now he was a badass. Who ever loved that loved not at first sight? Hell, if it weren’t for him, there wouldn’t even be a Shakespeare. Kit Marlowe came first.

   I checked the door to see if Summer Hair was on her way back into the room, and got discouraged when I caught the eye of some blonde chick instead. Her eyelids lowered to half-mast as she aimed an inviting smile at me, and I was flattered, but definitely not interested.

   You’d think I’d have been used to it by now, but it was almost comical at this point.

   Thankfully, I had enough experience to know the mystery would die down soon enough. The girls were always intrigued by the mystifying New Kid, and the guys were always wary that I was looking to challenge them for Top Dog status. It normally only took a few weeks for everyone to realize that neither was true, and I was tough enough to endure the near-constant scrutiny until then. Fact was, my only agenda was simply trying to find a way to fit in.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Blog Tour: My Way Back To You

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My Way Back to You by Claire Contreras 
Book 2, Second Chances Duet 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018

The emotional conclusion of New York Times Bestselling Author Claire Contreras’s Second Chances Duet is NOW LIVE!


Love isn't always about timing. Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and roll with it. I admit I wasn't ready. I know you don't want to look at me, let alone talk to me, but please, let me explain. Let me tell you all the ways my heart broke when you walked away. Let me show you what our years apart have done to me. Give me a chance to find my way back to you . . .


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Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages. She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she's not writing, she's usually lost in a book.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

New Release: My Way Back to You by Claire Contreras

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The emotional conclusion of New York Times Bestselling Author Claire Contreras’s Second Chances Duet is NOW LIVE!

My Way Back to You 
by Claire Contreras 
Book 2, Second Chances Duet 
Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication 
Date: March 15th, 2018

Love isn't always about timing. Sometimes you have to throw caution to the wind and roll with it. I admit I wasn't ready. I know you don't want to look at me, let alone talk to me, but please, let me explain. Let me tell you all the ways my heart broke when you walked away. Let me show you what our years apart have done to me. Give me a chance to find my way back to you . . .


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Claire Contreras is a New York Times Best Selling Author. Her books range from romantic suspense to contemporary romance and are currently translated in seven different languages. She lives in Miami, Fl with her husband, two adorable boys, three bulldogs, and two stray cats that she refuses to admit are hers (even though they live on her porch, she named them, and continues to feed them). When she's not writing, she's usually lost in a book.

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New Release Review: Craft by Adriana Locke

Title: Craft
Series: The Gibson Boys #2
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 14, 2018


They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in.
Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All sixteen times.

Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years.

These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?

Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.


My review: 4.5 stars!
What a fun book! A sassy school librarian and a hot nerdy history teacher? Yes please! Adriana Locke has a great thing going with her Gibson Boys series- as I hoped it would after reading Crank (book 1), Craft hit the spot for a fun, fast, flirty read. I LOVED Lance and Mariah separately and together too- they fit so well together and their banter and antics were hilarious. And please give me more Nana! What a hoot! Looking forward to the next Gibson Boys book! 

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USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.

For sneak peeks, giveaways, and more, please join Adriana's Facebook Group, Books by Adriana Locke, or her Goodreads group, All Locked Up.

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Cover Reveal: Wait With Me by Amy Daws


Wait With Me by Amy Daws releases April 5!


 When romance novelist Kate Smith finds her long lost writing mojo in the customer waiting area of a tire store, the complimentary coffee isn’t the only things that’s hot. But sexy mechanic Miles Hudson is just up for a friendly test-drive of her new book idea. At least, that was the agreement.
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When romance novelist Kate Smith suddenly gets writers block as she's beginning the final installment of her international bestselling erotic Bed N Breakfast series, she'll do pretty much anything to get her groove back. 

Like sneak into a Tire Depot waiting room, because her words flow there just like complimentary coffee—smooth, sweet, and scorchingly hot.

She manages to fly under the radar until the rugged and charming mechanic Miles Hudson notices the quirky redhead slinking in and out of the employees only entrance. 

But she's way too intriguing to blow the whistle on. 

Doing a test-drive of her new book idea sounds like a much better option.

Scared woman lying in bed and hiding under the sheet 
Author QandA

Q: This book says “based on real-life experiences” …what does that mean? 
A: Wellllll…let’s put it this way, the dedication to my book says: This book is inspired by real life events. Except for all the hot and romantic parts. My life is not nearly that exciting. So basically, it’s true that I snuck into a tire shop waiting room to write. And I brought countless friends and family cars in to write, just so I had an excuse to come in. But sadly, there was never a hot mechanic that caught my eye and wanted to jump into a friends-with-benefits situation with me. I’m pretty sure my husband would have wanted me to take a hard pass on an offer like that. ;) 

Q: What inspired you to turn this experience into a story?
A: Wellllll, my agent initially! I started posting about my Tires Tires Tires excursions on social media and it sort of blew up. Like over 500 reactions to my posts when I was sneaking in…it was crazy. I’d never had so much social media engagement ever! And my agent was like, “Why are you not writing a book about a hot mechanic, Amy!” So, I decided to give it a whirl and let’s just say, the words flowed like that delicious complimentary coffee at TTT. 

Q: Why do you think it flowed so effortlessly?
A: Well, I’m American and the majority of my books take place in England so that comes with a lot of challenges to make sure I’m writing true to their dialect. Basing Wait With Me in Colorado and using my own dialect was so fun and refreshing. It’s probably why I wrote it so fast! And I took a lot of the same crazy things that happened to me at Tires Tires Tires and used them in the story, so that gave me a great running start on the story. 

Q: Since this book is based on your own experiences, how much is the heroine like yourself? 
A: Kate’s voice is a lot like mine. Her humor, her sass. Her reactions. But honestly, that’s where our similarities end. She’s a redhead from Colorado and her family isn’t very supportive of her career. Super not me! My family is crazy supportive—so her background is truly very different from mine. As the book progressed, she really became her own person. She was super fun though and easy for me to write. 

Q: That cover is HOT! Who is the model? Is it a real Tires Tires Tires mechanic? 
A: Sadly, no. There’s a bunch of fun guys that work at TTT but I see them more as fun uncles…not sexy mechanics. The model is Austin Loes and he lives nearby, so we got to do the shoot in the TTT garage! It was a blast and he is PERFECT for this cover!!! 

Q: Does this book have the potential to become a series? 
A: It does! There’s a couple of fun secondary characters in this novel whose stories I’d love to tell. And the recurring theme in the series would be that all the “meet cutes” happen in various waiting rooms. 

Q: Where can readers catch up on the true-life Tires Tires Tires full story? 
A: I have a fun cliff notes version with pictures on my website:

Q: Are you still spending your days writing at Tires Tires Tires? 

A: Duh! Complimentary coffee and cookies? I’d be a fool not to! Those guys at TTT have opened their arms to me and I love having a fun and unique writing place to go. It just goes to show that you can find inspiration in the most unlikely places. 


Amy Daws is an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author of the Harris Brothers Series and is most known for her punny, footy-playing, British playboys. The Harris Brothers and her London Lovers Series fuel her passion for all things London. When Amy's not writing, she's watching Gilmore Girls or singing karaoke in the living room with her daughter while Daddy awkward-smiles from a distance. 

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Monday, March 12, 2018

New Release Review: Only You by Melanie Harlow


Only You, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone from USA Today bestselling author Melanie Harlow is LIVE!


Nate Pearson is ridiculously handsome and wears the hell out of a suit and tie, but I’ve seen the parade of beautiful women leaving his apartment across the hall—a different one every time—and I want no part of it. When it comes to romance, I’m looking for something real, something that will last: the happily ever after.

As a divorce attorney, he loves to tell me there’s no such thing.

As a wedding planner, I choose to disagree.

We disagree on almost everything, in fact. Everything except James Bond. The only time we really get along is when we’re watching 007 flicks together, and I’ll admit—he has rescued me from a disaster or five. So when one of the baton twirlers from his parade leaves a baby girl at his door with a note that says “I’ll come back for her” and he begs me for help, I can’t turn him down.

But it’s a mistake.

Because watching him with his daughter, I start to see another side of Nate, a side that has my breath coming faster, my body craving his, my heart longing for him to change his mind about love and tell me there’s a chance for us.

I don’t want to be just another girl leaving his apartment in the morning.
I want to be the one he asks to stay.

My review: 5 stars!
Only You is a full-length contemporary romance novel with a friends to lovers theme- one of my favorite tropes! Add in a baby, and SWOON. I was as much a goner as Emme was for Nate. They were fantastic together, although divorce attorney Nate isn't planning on falling in love with anyone, much less his good friend and neighbor, hopeless romantic Emme. They were so great together- their times spent together was so fun and they made such a great team. Loved loved loved Only You! I cannot wait to hear this one on audio- I think it will make an amazing audiobook! 


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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she's not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.

Melanie is the author of the AFTER WE FALL series, the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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New Release Review: The Scars I Bare by J.L. Berg


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The Scars I Bare 
by J.L. Berg 
Publication Date: March 12th, 2018 
Genre: Contemporary Romance
A Bay the Bay Stand-alone novel

Every scar tells a story...
Some are etched on the skin, for the whole world to see.
Others are buried deep, so deep, only the heart can truly find them.

Dean Sutherland was the quintessential guy next door. Strong and dependable, with a heart of gold, he knew exactly where his life was headed. Until one fateful night at sea ripped away everything. Now he’s adrift, a man without a purpose.

Cora Carpenter thought she had the perfect life. A successful career, an affectionate husband and a daughter who adores her. But soon that perfect world is crashing down around her, and she’s in need of a fresh start. Moving to a remote town on the coast of North Carolina seems like the perfect plan. That is until she finds herself face to face with a kindred soul from her past.

Dean and Cora have more in common than either are willing to admit. Both deeply rooted in their pain, they can’t help but find hope in each other’s eyes and passion entwined with every touch. But can two broken hearts make a whole?

Will the scars they’ve bared to one another poison their happily ever after, or can love truly heal all?


My review: 4 stars!
What a sweet and touching romance! Although it can be read as a standalone, it features characters from The Choices I've Made, and I truly think you'll be missing out if you don't read that first. We were introduced to Dean in the first book, and I was so curious to see how his story would play out and was so glad to have the chance to read this book. Dean and Cora were both well-developed characters, and I enjoyed reading Dean's journal and Cora's blog posts throughout the book. Cora's daughter Lizzie was so cute and sweet and a great addition to the story. Both Dean and Cora have difficult pasts, but it was wonderful to see them come together and heal.

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I’m a California native, who lives in the South – Virginia to be exact. I still prefer sushi to fried chicken, avocados to okra, and I absolutely loathe humidity. I do love watching the seasons change though. My husband and I have been here for over a decade, and I still get giddy like a school girl every time it snows. It’s magical!
I’m married to my high school sweetheart, and we’ve been blessed with two beautiful daughters and two rescue pups I like to call my “coworkers”. I’m obsessed with chocolate, minions, anything Harry Potter and I love to watch re-runs of Friends and Gilmore Girls!

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Blog Tour: Charming Fiona by Jessica Prince

Title: Charming Fiona
Author: Jessica Prince
Genre: Seductive Romantic Comedy

As I child, I believed in true love and fairytales. I convinced myself that there was one special man out there, made just for me. All I had to do was wait, and one day he would appear. Then I grew up and discovered the ugly truth.
Disney movies were full of crap.
Relationships took work. People made mistakes. And sometimes, you didn’t see what was standing right in front of you until it was too late.
Deacon Lockhart was my best friend. And then I lost him. But now I finally have a chance to make things right, and this time I refuse to screw it up. With every smoldering look and wicked word, he charms the hell out of me… and I’m pretty sure I’ll never get enough.

My review: 4.5 stars!
I loved this friends-to-lovers second chance romance! Girl Talk has been such a fun series and I enjoyed each and every book. Charming Fiona has wit, sexiness, and just enough angst. Both Deancon and Fiona are so well-written, and this is such a fabulous read. I'm so sad to see this series come to an end!

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I hated grocery stores. Like seriously hated them to the point that all that was in my fridge was a box of baking soda, half a case of soda, and something that might have been cheese at one time, but I wasn’t a hundred percent certain on that.
Funny thing was, I used to love cooking, and I was damn good at it. But there was nothing enjoyable about cooking for one. I always ended up with leftovers that sat in my fridge until they inevitably spoiled. So I eventually moved to takeout or those sad meals for one you found in the freezer section. Thus began my disdain for the grocery store.
However, in my infinite wisdom, I’d decided that, since I was about to step back into the dating world, maybe it was time to implement changes in every aspect of my life. If I was going to get back on the horse again, so to speak, and start dating, then I figured why not just revamp everything?
I was going to be a whole new Fiona, one who stopped stress-eating snack cakes to fill the hole of loneliness inside of me. I was also going to implement a healthier diet and start working out.
It all sounded good, in hindsight. Then I signed up for one of those early-morning boot camps. I didn’t even last half a session. I kind of lost my shit when the instructor yelled “give me five more!” while we were doing these god-awful things called burpees—an invention of the Devil, right along with bras and pantyhose. I’d done three and was already dying, so I told him to take his five more and shove them right up his clenched ass.
I got kicked out.
Then I tried Pilates and woke up the next day feeling like I’d pulled every muscle in my body. My third attempt at exercise was yoga. Thankfully that hadn’t been so bad. I’d already gone three times and was actually starting to feel a little more zen. Sure, it probably wouldn’t help with the little food baby I’d developed since Deacon started dating Leah and I’d decided to eat my feelings, but it kept me off the couch and away from the brain-rotting reality TV I’d started to become obsessed with.
And bonus: the instructor was hot. Granted, he was a vegan hippy who wore Birkenstocks and reeked like patchouli, so not my type at all, but the smell wasn’t too over powering if I sat in the second row, and it provided me with nice weekly eye candy.
With dating on my horizon and fitness checked off my list, it was time to start the clean-eating portion of my New Fiona plan. Hence the trip to the supermarket after yoga.
I stood in the health food aisle, glaring down at the bag of kale chips in my hand like it had just insulted my mother. Little Debbie had just come out with their holiday cakes in the shape of Christmas trees, and they tasted a million times better than stupid kale chips.
My lip curled in disgust as I tossed the bag back onto the shelf. Maybe it would be best for me to start out slow, like a salad for one meal a day for a few months before expanding on that. I turned and started pushing my cart out of the aisle of tasteless, flavorless cardboard snacks only to come to a screeching halt at the sight of Deacon standing a few feet away.
“H-hi,” I stuttered. Seeing him made my belly erupt with a million butterflies.
“Christ,” he grunted in a deeply masculine, gravelly voice. “What the hell are you wearing?”
I looked down at my attire. Black yoga pants that hugged every inch they covered and a dark orange cami. I had a pale yellow jacket over my top, but it still clung to me from chest to waist, not that there was much to cling to. I was tall and thin, and while I had curves, they were nothing on par with Lola or my other friends. I had a happy handful of boobs and ass, but only just a handful.
I was covered from my neck all the way down to my feet, but the way Deacon was staring at me made me feel like I was standing in the center of the supermarket totally naked.
“Uh, yoga clothes? I just came from yoga.”
His eyes left a burning trail up my body before meeting my own. I barely caught the heat in his gaze before it was snuffed out by curiosity and a bit of bewilderment. “You do yoga?”
I wanted to be offended that he’d be so surprised by my doing anything even remotely active, but he’d known me all my life.
“It’s a new thing,” I said with a small shrug. “I decided I wanted to try and be healthier.”
His lips quirked up in a smirk as he scanned the items in my cart. “Really? And mini donuts and Fruity Pebbles are part of your diet plan?”
I glared defensively, cocking my hip and crossing my arms over my chest. “I also got whole grain bread and baby spinach.”
His smirk turned into a grin. “Oh, you’re right, sorry. Those totally cancel out the breakfast cereal that’s basically nothing but sugar.”
“I’ll have you know that cereal is perfectly healthy. It contains most of the basic food groups, and it’s not like I’ll eat the whole box in one sitting. And I’ll have a salad for dinner to balance it.”
He held up his hands in surrender and moved to the end of my cart, directly opposite me. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean any offense. I was just teasing.”
His big hands wrapped around the thin metal prongs, and I couldn’t help but notice how long and thick his fingers were. It made me think of something else of his that could possible be long and thick, and how badly I wanted to find out for myself.
Annnnd, I’m blushing again.
I smiled shyly. “It’s cool. I know you were. I think… well, I think we’re just finding our footing with each other again.”
Deacon’s face went soft, causing my insides to melt. “I’m thinking maybe you’re right. But we’ll get there.”
We’ll get there. At just those three simple words, the reality of just how badly I’d screwed up with Deacon hit me like a ton of bricks.
“Yeah,” I whispered, my heart lodged in my throat. “We will.”
We had to, because I’d been living a life without him in it for way too long.
After saying our goodbyes, I was left with a feeling of longing as I watched him walk away. Needless to say, I bought the damn Christmas tree snack cakes.

Two boxes of them.

The Girl Talk series is complete!
For those of you who love your romance with a little humor and a whole lot of steam, this series has everything you're looking for.

Each story is an interconnected standalone, but you don't need to read together to enjoy them all!

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Born and raised around Houston, Jessica is a self-proclaimed caffeine addict, connoisseur of inexpensive wine, and the worst driver in the state of Texas. In addition to being all of these things, she’s first and foremost a wife and mom.
Growing up, she shared her mom and grandmother’s love of reading. But where they leaned toward murder mysteries, Jessica was obsessed with all things romance. When
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