Christina Lauren SIGNED GIVEAWAY!!

I am a HUUUUUGE Christina Lauren fan, so what better way to show my love for them than by hosting a giveaway!? I’ve had an extra copy of Beautiful Secret on my shelves I’ve been planning on giving away, but then I saw SIGNED copies of Beautiful Stranger and Beautiful Player at my B&N and had to get them! Now one lucky winner will be receiving all three books! This giveaway is open US/CA only. (Sorry international folks! I’ll have a giveaway for you really soon!)

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Reading Order: Beautiful Bastard series

Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren Beautiful Bitch by Christina Lauren Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren Beautiful Bombshell by Christina Lauren
Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren Beautiful Beginning by Christina Lauren Beautiful Beloved by Christina Lauren Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren

#1 ~ Beautiful Bastard: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#1.5 ~ Beautiful Bitch: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Beautiful Stranger: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2.5 ~ Beautiful Bombshell: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Beautiful Player: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3.5 ~ Beautiful Beginning: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3.6 ~ Beautiful Beloved: My Review • Ebook • AudibleGoodreads
#4 ~ Beautiful Secret: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads


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Release Promo + Excerpt: The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter

The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter

The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter
Series: The Original Heartbreakers #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: July 28th 2015
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New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter is back with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers story featuring a troubled playboy and the woman he can’t resist…

Beck Ockley is ruthless in the boardroom…and the bedroom. He’s never been with the same woman twice, and vows he never will. With a past as twisted as his, meaningless sex keeps the demons at bay. His motto: One and done. No harm, no foul.

Harlow Glass is the most hated girl in town. The beautiful artist is penniless, jobless and homeless. When she sneaks into Beck’s home—her ancestral estate—for food, she’s shocked by his early return…and her immediate, sizzling and intense attraction to him.

For the first time in Beck’s life, he can’t get a woman out of his mind. All too soon, friendship blooms into obsession and he’ll have to break her heart…or surrender his own.

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“I’m leaving, that’s what,” Harlow said. Determined words, snotty tone. She attempted to wrench herself from Beck’s grip.

“Oh, no.” Beck merely tightened his hold. “We’re going to have a glass of sweet tea while you two crazy kids get to know each other better.”

Harlow anchored her hands on her hips. “You know what? You’re right. We are going to get to know each other. But your presence is unnecessary, Beck. Leave.”

“Not gonna happen.”

“We don’t need—”

He cut her off, whispering, “If you and West get married and live happily ever after, you’ll have to get used to having me around.”

She snapped her mouth shut, then lifted her chin and grumbled, “That’s a very sad point.” She flashed a too-bright smile at West and eased into the chair Jase had vacated. “I’m game if you are.”

Beck vibrated with irritation as he carried a pitcher of tea and three glasses to the table and settled between the pair. “My girl here has certain ideas about the kind of man she wants to end up with,” he explained, “and I’d like to know if the two of you are compatible.”

Understanding dawned on West’s features, a smile nearly breaking free. He cleared his throat and donned his most uncaring expression. “Sure. Whatever.”

Beck poured the tea, handed out the glasses, and Harlow clutched hers as if it were a lifeline.

“Kick us off, sweet pea,” he said. “Tell my good buddy Lincoln—that’s his first name, in case you didn’t know—a little about yourself.”

“Well.” There was a slight tremor in her voice. “I’m twenty-six, and I’ve never been married.”

“Would you like a medal?” West muttered, while staring down at his cell phone, playing one of the games he’d created.

She glared at Beck, but he merely arched a brow.

Don’t make plans with men you don’t know.

“Yes, actually, I would like a medal, considering I’m hot but don’t realize it, which makes me even hotter.” The tremor had vanished, the snotty attitude firmly in its place. “It’s a miracle no one’s snatched me up. But then, most men are idiots, so…”

West smiled, realized his mistake, and glowered at his screen.

Beck braced elbows on the table. “You’re suggesting outward beauty is all that matters.”

“Hardly. My personality is hot, too. But Beck, darling.” Sugary-sweet tone now. Too sweet. “You aren’t part of this get-to-know-you session, even though you insist on being a total third wheel, so do us all a favor and zip your stupid lips.”

Then, she dismissed him. Looking to West, she traced her fingertips over the collar of her shirt, so feminine Beck’s every masculine instinct growled, hungry for the next meal. “So. Lincoln. How old are you?”

West played the video game a little longer before deigning to answer. “I’m twenty-eight, but I’ve got the stamina of an eighty-year-old coma victim. Horrible lover. Even worse cuddler.”

“Well, those skills can be taught,” she said, reaching over to caress his shoulder. “Anyway, you’re quite young to be so successful. It’s impressive.”

It was impressive. Beck wasn’t sure where he would have ended up without the guy.

West shrugged. “I work hard,” he said, then added, “probably too hard. I tend to ignore the people in my life. Especially women.”

“Well, I understand how taxing such a busy work schedule can be, and I commend you for it.” She gave his shoulder another caress, and Beck almost jerked the two apart. “I hope the lucky ladies in your life are as understanding as I am.”

“I guess,” West said and shrugged again.

“Wow, just look at these muscles, West. You are amazingly strong, aren’t you?” She cast another narrowed glance Beck’s way, presumably to make sure he was watching as she scooted her chair closer to West’s. “You know,” she said, the tip of her finger toying with the rim of West’s glass. When she caught a bead of condensation, she brought it to her lips and sucked, causing Beck’s groin to twitch behind his zipper. “I have a skill of my own, but it’s quite naughty.”

West glanced up, phone forgotten. “Do tell.”

“Yes. Do.” Beck simmered with renewed anger—even more desire. He smoothed a lock of hair from Harlow’s face. One touch, but he was greedy for more.

Her breath caught, but she leaned away from him, getting closer and closer to West, until her mouth was poised at the shell of his ear. In a husky voice low enough to be considered a whisper but loud enough for Beck to overhear, she said, “I’m super good at parking.”

Stick a fork in me. I’m done. Done with the conversation. Done with watching the object of his obsession doing her rock-solid best to arouse another male. “West doesn’t need to hear about that. Let’s go—”

“Even boys from two counties over dreamed of making out with me in the backseat of their trucks,” she continued with an effortless sensuality. “I’m very bendy.”

Beck slammed his glass on the table, tea sloshing over the sides of the rim. “Harlow here is looking to settle down forever,” he barked. “She thinks you’d make an awesome groom.”

“Marriage?” West sneered with distaste. “Me? Hell, no. Never.”

“He’s all for others tying the knot, but when it comes to himself he thinks the Newlywed Game should be called the Dig Your Own Grave game,” Beck explained, relaxing now that the conversation had taken a new direction.

Harlow unveiled a brittle smile. “Maybe you just haven’t met the right person, Lincoln. You don’t mind if I call you Lincoln, do you?”

“Call me whatever you like, but I have met the right person.” His voice cracked. “She died.” He stood, his chair skidding behind him, and strode out of the kitchen.

Harlow rounded on Beck, all hint of supple, willing female gone. “I hope you’re happy with yourself. You did this.”

“Me?”

“Yes, you.” The words were nothing more than a hiss. “You wanted me to know I can’t win the affections of anyone else, that I’m stuck with you, destined to be your newest conquest.”

“Stuck with me?” he snarled.

“Yeah, that’s right. You aren’t the prize you think you are, Beck Ockley, but maybe West is. Maybe he’s worth fighting for. Maybe, unlike you, he has a heart and the ability to care for someone other than himself.”

“I have a heart. I care.”

She didn’t seem to hear him, plowing ahead. “You know, there are plenty of guys in town. Why focus all my efforts on just one? I’m sure lots of guys would like a chance to get to know the new me. I can bring them back to my RV—”

My RV.”

“—and practice being married, just the way you suggested.”

Beck would burn the RV to ash first.

Too far gone to fight his sense of possession, he hooked his foot around the bottom of her chair and forced her chair closer, closer still. Their thighs touched, and she gasped, perhaps at the force he’d used, perhaps with a desire of her own.

He grabbed her by the waist and easily hefted her onto the table, on his feet and between her legs a second later, glaring down at her.

“I want you, and it’s past time I showed you how much. You’ll keep your sweet ass parked on this table and you’ll show me your skills. Me. No one else.” And then his hand was cupping the back of her neck, drawing her forward.

Reading Order: The Original Heartbreakers series

The One You Want by Gena Showalter The Closer You Comes by Gena Showalter The Hotter You Burn by Gena Showalter The Harder You Fall by Gena Showalter

#0.5 ~ The One You Want: Ebook • AudibleGoodreads
#1 ~ The Closer You Come: Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#2 ~ The Hotter You Burn: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • AudibleGoodreads
#3 ~ The Harder You Fall: Ebook • PaperbackGoodreads (Nov. 24, 2015)

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Gena ShowalterGena Showalter is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author whose works have appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines, as well as Entertainment Weekly. Her novel Red Handed has been optioned by Sony Television. Critics have called her books “sizzling page-turners” and “utterly spellbinding stories,” while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise.” Her mix of humor, danger and wickedly hot sex provides wildly sensual page-turners sure to enthrall.

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ARC Review: Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett

Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett

Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett
Series: The Wicked Horse #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: July 28th 2015
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Source: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Never in your wildest dreams could you begin to imagine all the filthy and depraved things that go on inside The Wicked Horse. Step inside and Woolf Jennings will make every one of your dirty fantasies come true.

He’s covered in a facade of deception. An enticing blend of multi-millionaire and hot-as-hell Wyoming rancher, those that think they know Woolf Jennings admire his abilities to preside as CEO of his family’s cattle and oil empire. But only a privileged few truly understand what fuels the glitter of depravity in those gorgeous blue eyes. Only a few know he’s opened up a sinfully erotic and private sex club named The Wicked Horse right at the base of the beautiful Teton Mountain range.

Sweet Callie Hayes has returned home to Wyoming and is looking forward to starting her life over again. After a night of impetuosity, she’s managed to put herself right in Woolf’s line of sight… the man who she foolishly offered up her virginity to years ago and was flatly turned down.

Now Woolf is seeing that Callie is all grown up and has a kinky side to her that leaves him as confused as it does turned on. Worse yet, both Callie’s dirty desires and sweet heart are getting under his skin, and making Woolf question everything he’s ever believed about himself.

I’ve been a fan of Sawyer Bennett’s since reading Uncivilized and the Cold Fury Hockey series, so I had high hopes for Wicked Fall. Unfortunately, it wasn’t up to par with what I previously read and loved from Sawyer. It wasn’t a bad book, just more of an okay one – I didn’t care for the hero very much, and the whole BDSM thing was just ‘meh’. While the writing and everything else were enjoyable enough, I just could love this book as much as I wanted to because of the problems I had with Woolf.

Woolf Jennings, multimillionaire CEO and rancher, has always had a dream of owning a owning a sex club, and now that dream is finally becoming a reality with the help of his best friend Bridger. They are co-owners of The Wicked Horse, a place they can play out the kinkiest, most depraved things they can think of.

It’s the ultimate high.
Add in some kink.
Let people explore their fantasies.
Indulge in your nastiest desire.
Yeah, that’s the shit that turns the ultimate high into infinite euphoria.
And I’m going to give people the ability to achieve that.

Callie Hayes has known Woolf nearly all her life, and has always had a crush on him. But when he rejects her offer of her virginity, she vows to never think of him again. Fast forward years later, and Callie has returned home to Wyoming… and to Woolf. Woolf has never been able to forget the sweet girl who thought the world of him, and now that she’s back, he not letting her get away without having a taste of her body.

…I could no more stop with Callie Hayes than I could give up oxygen.

I really liked the way Sawyer Bennett wrote the chemistry in Wicked Fall. I love a story where the main characters have history with one another, and Woolf and Callie certainly do, which makes it all the hotter to read about a man who wanted what he couldn’t have. But now that he CAN have her, the passion is fierce and crazy hot and everything was just seriously sexy, even without any kink or BDSM. Which is why when the kink and BDSM were introduced, it kind of fell flat. Woolf honestly didn’t even seem that kinky – the only kinky thing about him is his wanting to own a sex club. So I really didn’t see a problem with why Woolf feels that he can’t be with with Callie. He thinks she’s still that too pure and innocent girl he used to know and won’t be able to handle his ‘kink’ and keeps rejecting her without seeing the woman she’s grown to be.

Callie is warm and sweet. Innocent. Endearing. She’s kind and beautiful and sheltered. She is every fucking reason in the book why someone like me could never be good enough for someone like her.

Woolf tried to be an alpha-male, but he failed in that regard. I didn’t like the way he treated the heroine, seeing her as the girl she used to be without even trying to get to know the woman, outside of learning her body. I really enjoyed Callie’s character, but I wish she stood up to him earlier than she did to show Woolf that she could handle anything from him. Plus, I didn’t like the way Woolf always saw Callie as second to his club, his supposed dream. It takes a LONG time for him to see differently, that Callie deserves to be first in a man’s life, and I was just thoroughly disappointed in his character.

ALSO!! This is a MINOR SPOILER, but I just wanted to mention something about a sex scene: There’s a menage scene that I kind of wasn’t that comfortable with. I normally love menages – granted, when I’m expecting them – but this one was completely unexpected, so for those of you, like me, who want to know ahead of time, Callie and Woolf participate in a menage. But the thing that bothered me was that I didn’t see a point to including the menage in the book – the story would’ve been perfectly fine with or without it. And for a supposed alpha-male, Woolf just wasn’t as possessive as I expected him to be during the threesome.

With the problems I had with this book, Wicked Fall only ended up an okay read for me. The romance was sexy as hell, sometimes sweet, but Woolf was just too annoying for me to enjoy the romance as much as I wanted to. It was a little disappointing, but not so bad that I didn’t enjoy it at all. It still had good, solid writing, but overall it wasn’t what I expected.

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Reading Order: The Wicked Horse series

Wicked Fall by Sawyer Bennett Wicked Lust by Sawyer Bennett

#1 ~ Wicked Fall: EbookPaperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Wicked Lust: Goodreads (Jan. 4, 2016)


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Blog Tour + Author Interview & Giveaway: The Taming of the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

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Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for The Taming of the Billionaire by Jessica Clare! We have Jessica here today for an author interview!

Author Interview: Jessica Clare

Hi Jessica! I’m so happy to have you on the blog – I’m such a huge fan!

Thank you! Happy to be here! ☺

The Taming of the Billionaire is the second book in your new Billionaires and Bridesmaids series. Tell us a little about it!

Since Billionaires and Bridesmaids is a look at our heroes and heroines from the first books getting married and their friends, we’re moving on to Gretchen and Hunter’s impending wedding. Edie is one of Gretchen’s college friends and a cranky cat lady. Magnus is a business associate and groomsman to Hunter, and the two hate each other at first sight. Which of course, turns into lust (because this is romance!).

What was the inspiration for The Taming of the Billionaire?

Netflix! Specifically, the show ‘My Cat From Hell’. I thought Jackson Galaxy’s job as a ‘cat behaviorist’ was interesting, and I tried to imagine a heroine with a similar type job. Of course, because so many things are gendered, a guy with a cat job is ‘quirky’ while a woman with a cat job is a ‘cat lady’. So I inspired to make her the crankiest, most non-shit-taking cat lady there is. As for the hero, Magnus, I’m addicted to a few games on my phone (Puzzles and Dragons!!) and saw that Minecraft had been sold for a billion to Microsoft and the concept for that hero sort of spun into my “I’d like to do a Taming of the Shrew” concept that I was working around. Which probably sounds like a hot mess but trust me! It works!

What was your favorite part about writing The Taming of the Billionaire?

Edie! She was so unapologetically a pain in the ass that I loved writing her.

How do you like working on a new series now that the Billionaire Boys Club series (which I love!) is finished?

Well, I do miss my boys! Which is why they’re not so far away from this group. They’re going to be dropping in quite a bit on these characters. ☺

In what ways is the new series different from the Billionaire Boys Club series?

We’re going to see a lot of new characters from different walks of life stepping in, and there’s a very big wedding focus. Book 1 was Bronte and Logan’s resort wedding. Books 2-5 will be hitting Gretchen and Hunter’s wedding party, because you know things just won’t go smoothly! After that, I’m going to swing back around to either Audrey or Maylee’s nuptials!

What’s the best part about writing about billionaires?

The playground – there’s no limit to the ‘big’ gestures the hero can make when money is no object. That’s fun. ☺

Can you tell us about your different pen names and how it all works out?

Jessica Sims is shifter romances, Jessica Clare is erotic contemporary, and Jill Myles is a little bit of everything but the kitchen sink! The names were all because of publishing reasons. I started as Jill Myles and then my numbers weren’t so hot, so they ‘recreated’ me as Jessica Sims. Then when I went to Berkley, we started a new pen name to differentiate things, so Jessica Clare was born.

What was your favorite book to write and why?

It’s usually the last one I just wrote because it’s DONE. But I have to admit I have a special soft spot in my heart for Reese & Audrey’s book, and Cade & Kylie’s.

What kind of heroine/hero do you love to read about?

Bickery ones! I think because I love the snappy banter.

What are you currently working on? Is there exciting news you can share?

We’re in talks for more books but I don’t have news yet! Maybe I will by the time this posts!

Thank you so much for the interview, Jessica!

The Taming of the Billionaire by Jessica Clare

The Taming of the Billionaire by Jessica Clare
Series: Billionaires and Bridesmaids #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: July 21st 2015
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Billionaire and the Virgin returns with a tale of Shakespearean-style seduction…

Edie’s an overbearing cat behaviorist who’s not big on people. Magnus is a newly-rich game developer who likes to be in control. When the two of them meet at Gretchen and Hunter’s masquerade engagement party, the loathing is mutual. Unfortunately for them—and everyone else—they’re in the wedding party together and must deal with each other for the next few months.

But when Magnus’s younger brother falls for Edie’s sister, he begs for his brother’s help in concocting a plan to win her over. If Magnus can keep the prickly Edie occupied, his brother will have time to woo Edie’s sister. Of course, Magnus isn’t interested in the slightest, but Edie is…intriguing. And stubborn. And smart. And sexy. And they might have more in common than they thought.

Before long, it becomes a challenge between the two of them to see who will be tamed first. But how’s Edie going to react when she finds out that Magnus is using her? And how’s Magnus going to handle the fact that he’s fallen for a cat lady?

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Reading Order: Billionaires and Bridesmaids series

The Billionaire and the Virgin by Jessica Clare The Taming of the Billionaire by Jessica Clare The Billionaire Takes a Bride by Jessica Clare

#1 ~ The Billionaire and the Virgin: EbookAudible • Goodreads
#2 ~ The Taming of the Billionaire: Ebook • Goodreads
#3 ~ The Billionaire Takes a Bride: Ebook • Goodreads (Oct. 20, 2015)

The Billionaires and Bridesmaids series is a spinoff series of the Billionaire Boys Club. Though it’s not necessary to read it prior to Billionaires and Bridesmaids, some recurring characters from the older series appear in the new series.

Reading Order: Billionaire Boys Club series

Stranded with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare Beauty and the Billionaire by Jessica Clare The Wrong Billionaire's Bed by Jessica Clare
Once Upon a Billionaire by Jessica Clare Romancing the Billionaire by Jessica Clare One Night with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare

#1 ~ Stranded with a Billionaire: Ebook • PaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Beauty and the Billionaire: Ebook • PaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#3 ~ The Wrong Billionaire’s Bed: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#4 ~ Once Upon a Billionaire: Ebook • Audible • Goodreads
#5 ~ Romancing the Billionaire: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads
#6 ~ One Night with a Billionaire: EbookPaperbackAudible • Goodreads

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Jessica ClareJessica Clare is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who writes under three different names. As Jill Myles, she writes a little bit of everything, from sexy, comedic urban fantasy to zombie fairy tales. As Jessica Clare, she writes erotic contemporary romance.

She also has a third pen name (because why stop at two?). As Jessica Sims, she writes fun, sexy shifter paranormals. She lives in Texas with her husband, cats, and too many dust-bunnies. Jill spends her time writing, reading, writing, playing video games, and doing even more writing.

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ARC Review: Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy

Him by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: July 28th 2015
Links: Ebook • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the authors in exchange for an honest review

They don’t play for the same team. Or do they?

Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend…and a big one to learn about himself.

Warning: contains sexual situations, skinnydipping, shenanigans in an SUV and proof that coming out to your family on social media is a dicey proposition.

I adored this book so hard, y’all. I mean, I had no doubt I would – I really enjoyed Sarina Bowen’s other M/M romance, The Understatement of the Year, and Elle Kennedy is now one of my FAVORITE authors because of her Off-Campus series. So the two of them writing a book together? Sweet perfection. Both of their writing styles meshed perfectly well together, and they’ve created a book that is pure goodness. And Him is so, so, so good. This was the best combination of sweet, funny, and sexy.

I love friends-to-lovers romances, and when you throw hockey in, I’m a goner. Wes and Jamie have been best friends since attending hockey camp each summer together. But after a naughty bet, lines are blurred and Jamie is cut off completely from Wes, never hearing from him for four years. Now in the midst of their hockey careers, they come into contact for the first time in years, and everything they used to feel for each other at camp – friendship, camaraderie, love – comes rushing back.

I have the same damn weakness I’ve always had. It’s still there as I stare up at the big screen. As I watch Jamie Canning stop another dizzying slap shot. As I admire the grace and deadly precision with which he moves.
My weakness is him.

I loved how Wes and Jamie clicked, both in the past and the present. They make the best of friends, and eventually the best of lovers. But it takes a while to get there – while Wes is an openly gay hockey player, Jamie doesn’t even realize his feelings for Wes have grown past friendship until he gets jealous over Wes flirting with another man. Soon enough, they can’t resist one another, and the chemistry between them flames hotter than ever.

Our mouths fit together so perfectly. Every time we kiss, I fall even more in love with him, and it has nothing to do with sex or lust. It’s him. His closeness and his scent and the way he soothes me.

I LOVED Wes right from the start. He’s hilarious and sweet, and my heart was aching for him and his unrequited love for Jamie. Jamie, though, I took a bit longer to warm up to. But once I witnessed the two of them together, everything fit. There’s just an incredible, solid foundation of friendship that love grew so naturally between them. My heart just wanted to burst with happiness whenever Jamie and Wes were together.

The best part of Him (besides the HOT M/M sex, of course) was the depth of Wes and Jamie’s characters. Wes has been in love with Jamie for years, and now he’s given the chance to show that love physically and emotionally, if not verbally. Jamie has his own journey of self-discovery, realizing things about himself he never even contemplated. He comes to terms with the fact that he enjoys both men and women, though that doesn’t diminish one bit of the feelings he has for Wes.

“Loved you every summer since I was thirteen years old. Love you even more now.”

Him was a simple and quite uncomplicated read. While it didn’t WOW me or make me feel any super intense emotions, I still loved it. It’s an easy, light, fun read with some crazy hot sexy times between two best guy friends. It’s a feel-good romance by two fantastic authors I really wish will write more books together. I’ll honestly read anything Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy write together, M/M or no M/M, because Him was so well executed with the dual POVs. I highly recommend this book for romance or M/M fans!

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lacey


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Release Day Launch + Giveaway: Racing the Sun by Karina Halle

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Racing the Sun by Karina Halle

Racing the Sun by Karina Halle
Series: Standalone
Publication Date: July 28th 2015
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From the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Where Sea Meets Sky comes a new adult novel about a young woman who becomes a nanny in Capri and falls for her charges’ bad-boy brother.

When I’m traveling, I feel like the secret to my life, to myself, to really becoming, is one step ahead. It’s in the next destination, the next town I get lost in, the next stranger I talk to. It’s always next but never here . . . 

After six months of backpacking and soul-searching across the world, Amber MacLean is flat broke. There are worse places for a twentysomething to be stuck than the Amalfi Coast, but the only way she can earn enough money for a plane ticket home to California is to teach English to two of the brattiest children she has ever met.

It doesn’t help that the children are under the care of their brooding older brother, ex-motorcycle racer Desiderio Larosa. Darkly handsome and oh-so-mysterious, the young master of the crumbling villa tests Amber’s patience and will at every turn—not to mention her hormones.

When her position turns into a full-time nanny gig, Amber grows dangerously closer to the enigmatic recluse. But can she give up the certainty of home for someone whose closely guarded heart feels a world apart from her own?

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Karina HalleWith her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.

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