Happy Release: Shoot For The Moon by Rochelle Paige- Black River Wolf Pack- Book 2

 

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Shoot For The Moon

Black Rive Pack – Book 2

By Rochelle Paige

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Synopsis

Eliza Reve knows that her ability to dream of future events sets her apart from others. Her gift became a curse when she wasn’t able to save her mother or the alpha’s son and she found herself exiled – a lone wolf. When she joins the Black River Pack, Eliza vows never to reveal her talent to anyone. Not even the man who has walked in her dreams for years.

Spencer Tate is her mate, but her visions have told her that he will renounce her. When he doesn’t recognize her as his mate, she agrees to the no-strings-attached affair he offers because she thinks it’s the most she can hope for. Although her heart breaks as she falls deeper in love with him, she wants to spend as many days with Spencer as possible before he kicks her out of his life.

When Spencer finally comes to his senses, he has his work cut out for him to convince Eliza that he wants her forever. When another she-wolf insists she’s his mate instead, things get even more complicated. But Spencer isn’t the alpha’s second and enforcer because he isn’t willing to fight for what’s his, and he refuses to settle for anything less than Eliza as his marked and claimed mate.

This is book two in the Black River Pack series. Each novella will feature a different couple.

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Crying Wolf

Black River Pack – Book 1

By Rochelle Paige

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Synopsis

Grace Shaw is on the run from her crazy ex-boyfriend who refuses to believe their relationship is over. He’s a cop and is willing to use police resources to track her down. So Grace comes up with a plan and tricks his fellow brothers in blue into thinking crying wolf a couple of times when he’s reported her missing. Little does she know she’ll go running into the arms of a real wolf when she finally makes her escape for real.

She just wants to be left alone, but then she meets Hunter Tate – the alpha of the Black River Pack. Grace tries to hold Hunter at arm’s length, but there’s just no reasoning with an alpha male werewolf who insists she’s his mate.

This is book one in the Black River Pack series. Each novella will feature a different couple.

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Author Bio

7328358I absolutely adore reading – always have and always will. My friends growing up used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing.

I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author. I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

When I told my mom that my new year’s resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me “About time!”

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Smut Book Junkie Reviewer Michel’s 2014 Favorite Books

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Wow! 2014 was an incredible year for readers as well as my place in the reading community.  I started the year as a reviewer for Hesperia Loves Book Blog.  It was an incredible adventure working with Alyssa and the other girls from Hesperia.  I learned a lot about the publishing industry, was exposed to new authors, met other incredible readers & authors, and learned the power of reviews.  In June of 2014 Hesperia Loves Books Blogs closed.  Smut Book Junkie Reviews was gracious and gave me a new home to share my love of reading with others.  It has been a welcoming and joyous experience.

I attended fourteen huge author events in 2014 and clocked over 6000 miles.  I met so many of my rockstars, the authors that have fed my addiction and gave me many hours of entertainment and enjoyment. The first author event I attended in 2014 was in Nashville.  Jasinda & Jack Wilder, Abbi Glines, Tiffany King, and Chelsea M. Cameron put on an event at the Vanderbilt Barnes & Noble. It was an intimate signing that gave the readers a chance to get to know these authors. It was great fun.

photo-2photo-6From that point on my year became very busy.  I made my yearly pilgrimage to the J.R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood release event.  I have been attending her BDB events since 2008 when they were small and more intimate.  At the 2014 event I got to witness one of my favorite writer’s, Laura Kaye, get recognized and praised by J.R. Ward herself.  I cried right along with Laura.  Afterwards, squee…., Laura Kaye and Jennifer L. Armentrout had lunch with our FB BDB group.  I got to share appetizers and dessert with Laura and Jen.  They are truly awesome women.

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The year just kept getting better.  I had the opportunity to work the Nashville Author Event with some of the top New Adult/ Contemporary authors.  We attended the premier of Fault In Our Stars courtesy of the authors.  We also attended an exclusive concert by Griffin Peterson, the musician/ songwriter that collaborated with Colleen Hoover for the Maybe Someday novel.

I attended several author events throughout the summer and fall.  I assisted Carey Heywood in Atlanta, drove with Kelly to Indianapolis and back in one day, and had a great time with Sawyer Bennett and her street team Bennett’s Babes.  I got to meet some of the drool worthy hunky cover models.  Through those 6000 miles I had the opportunity to meet so many fantastic authors, other fabulous readers, and  new friends.

The most incredible part of 2014 was the BOOKS.  There were so many fantastic books published it was impossible to read every book I wanted to.  My kindle and nooks are loaded to the max with books.  My to be read list could span from one end of the country to the other end.  In the end I met my 2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge of 200 Books.  I read and reviewed 360 books in 2014.  Each book was savored, cherished, and loved. It was impossible to choose my favorites.  In the end I choose books that left a lasting impression on my personal senses and individual make up.

I am looking forward to what the reading world of 2015 has in store for me!

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books

Push by Claire Wallis

Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Craving Redemption by Nicole Jacquelyn

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Play by Kylie Scott

Bad Son Rising by Julie A. Richman

Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward

The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen

Here With Me by Heidi McLaughlin

The Resurrection of Aubrey Miller by L.B. Simmons

series

The Reed Brothers Series by Tammy Falkner

Nova Series by Jessica Sorensen

The Ivy Years Series by Sarina Bowen

The Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig

Rooke & Ronin Series by J.A. Huss

Serial

Social Media by J.A. Huss

Reasonable Doubt by Whitney G. (Whitney Garcia Williams)

The Ex Games by J.S. Cooper

Legal Affairs by Sawyer Bennett

Revenge by JJ Knight

new authors

Claire Wallis

Sarina Bowen

Whitney G – Whitney Garcia Williams

Nicole Jacquelyn

Elisabeth Grace

Feel Good Books

Idle Bloom by Jewel E. Ann

Play by Kylie Scott

Maybe Matt’s Miracle by Tammy Falkner

Yesterday’s Half Truths by Carey Heywood

Worth The Fall by Claudia Connor

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Chasing Abby by Cassia Leo

Carnage: The Story of Us- Book 1 by Lesley Jones

Fragile Bonds by Sloan Johnson

Captured by Jasinda Wilder

Here With Me by Heidi McLaughlin

East of Ectasy by Laura Kaye

angsty books

Love In English by Karina Halle

Black Lies by Alessandra Torre

Vital Sign by JL Mac

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

The Ever Trilogy by Jasinda Wilder

The Understatement Of The Year by Sarina Bowen

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Fearless by Rachel Van Dyken

Delilah: The Making Of Red by Jessica Sorensen

In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker

Beautiful Bride by Tammy Falkner

All I Want For Christmas Is You by Jessica Scott

dark reads

Indebted Inheritance/ First Debt by Pepper Winters

Insideous by Aleatha Romig

Push and Pull by Claire Wallis

Nocte by Courtney Cole

Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Ellicit by Rachel Van Dyken

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Jethro Hawk- Indebted Series by Pepper Winters

Jimmy Farris- Lead by Kylie Scott

David Calgaro- Push & Pull by Claire Wallis

Grizz – Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Andrew Hamilton – Reasonable Doubt Series by Whitney G.

book boyfriends

Mal Ericson – Play by Kylie Scott

Archer Hale – Archer’s Voice – Mia Sheridan

Gavin Cooke- Sugar On The Edge by Sawyer Bennett

Liam Westbury- Finding My Way by Heidi McLaughlin

Ford Aston- Taut & Slack by J.A. Huss

scorchers

Uncivilized by Sawyer Bennett

Mastered Series by Lorelei James

Alpha by Jasinda Wilder

Come & Come Back by J.A. Huss

Sugar On The Edge by Sawyer Bennett

other hot reads

Shame by Rachel Van Dyken

Finding My Way by Heidi McLaughlin

Falling Under by Jasinda Wilder

Dust To Dust by Karina Halle

Frayed by Kim Karr

The Will by Kristen Ashley

Rachel’s Peril Series by Charles Sheehan-Miles

Unbeautiful by Jessica Sorensen

Hard As You Can by Laura Kaye

Captured by Jasinda Wilder

Be With Me by J. Lynn

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Smut Book Junkie Reviewer Robin’s 2014 Favorites

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It’s been an incredible year for the reading community. The number of quality novels released over the past year has certainly been notable, making it extremely difficult for me to choose my favorite novels for this year-end post. I have 61 books included on my 2014 Favorites bookshelf on Goodreads. Of those 61 books, there were many that were not named to my year-end list because I simply did not have room for them all. As you review the choices for my favorite books, the important thing to remember is there are many quality books I was unable to read. It’s great that we have several reviewers with Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews who read many different authors, novels and genres. Please be sure to check out their favorite choices because there are so many great books to choose from.

As of December 29, I have read 125 books of my 150 book goal for 2014. Early in the year, I realized it would be difficult for me to reach my goal due to the amount of reviews that I write. I am not quick at writing. I am also not fast at reading. Some of our reviewers are very quick at doing both, but we all work very hard to get the word out about the novels that we read. It’s a labor of love, but we all enjoy sharing our thoughts with you about each book we are scheduled to review.

 

I started the year as a reviewer for Hesperia Loves Books. Six months into 2014, Hesperia Loves Books closed. I was very excited and thankful to affiliate with Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews.

 

1797397_10202782966593068_432815673_nI traveled to several author events this year. My favorite event was the New Orleans Author Event at the beginning of February. I spent nearly a week in the Big Easy. I was a volunteer for this event, assisting event attendees and authors, alike. One of the highlights of my trip included attending a dinner with author Tarryn Fisher and my fellow Passionate Little Nutcases. Another fun highlight of my trip was to finally meet so many of my reading friends in person and spending time with them on Bourbon Street and in the French Quarter.

 

10320491_10152445385943396_2648161729619905352_nThe last event Michel and I attended as reviewers for Hesperia photoLoves Books was in June in Nashville, Tennessee. Hesperia Loves Books was actually a sponsor for this event, and we had a great time volunteering for this small gathering of quality authors. On Friday night, we were very excited to have the opportunity to attend a showing of The Fault in our Stars with the authors from the event. But the best part of the weekend was attending a concert for American Idol contestant Griffin Peterson, directly after the author signing. For those of you who are not aware, Griffin collaborated with Colleen Hoover to write a soundtrack for her New Adult novel, Maybe Someday.

 

10388117_10152413134728396_6329323221028368909_nI also attended the Cincy Author Event that took place at the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky in May, and author events in Atlanta, Georgia in August and the Rebels and Readers Author Event in Huntington, West Virginia in November.

 

 

 

 

booksMaybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

Bright Side by Kim Holden

Dear Jon by Lori Otto

Livvy by Lori Otto

Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

53 Letters for my Lover by Leylah Attar

Push by Claire Wallis

Made by J. M. Darhower

Tied by Emma Chase

series

Choisie series by Lori Otto

Push series by Claire Wallis

Consequences series by Aleatha Romig

Monster in His Eyes series by J. M. Darhower

Tangled series by Emma Chase

Serial

Indebted by Pepper Winters

Happenstance by Jamie McGuire

new authorsKim Holden

Leylah Attar

Claire Wallis

Amber L. Johnson

Caroline Kepnes

Feel Good Books

 Livvy by Lori Otto

Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

Tied by Emma Chase

The Pact by Karina Halle

Sweet Little Thing by Renee Carlino

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Bright Side by Kim Holden

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Dear Jon by Lori Otto

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

The Story of Us (Carnage #1) by Lesley Jones

angsty booksMaybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

53 Letters for My Lover by Leylah Attar

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

The Pact by Karina Halle

The Story of Us (Carnage #1) by Lesley Jones

 

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In Her Wake by K. A. Tucker

Sweet Little Thing by Renee Carlino

Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

Friends and Forever by J. M. Darhower

A Peek Beyond the Consequences by Aleatha Romig

dark readsPush by Claire Wallis

Pull by Claire Wallis

Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Insidious by Aleatha Romig

You by Caroline Kepnes

Honorable Mention Dark Reads –

 First Debt by Pepper Winters

Nocte by Courtney Cole

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Joe Goldberg from You by Caroline Kepnes

Jethro Hawk from Indebted serials by Pepper Winters

Victoria Harrington from Insidious (Tales from the Dark Side #1) by Aleatha Romig

David Calgaro from Push series by Claire Wallis

Tony Rawlings from Consequences series by Aleatha Romig

book boyfriends

Troy Heathgate from 53 Letters for My Lover by Leylah Attar

Ridge Lawson from Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Jon Scott from Choisie series by Lori Otto

Isaac Asterholder from Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Linden McGregor from The Pact by Karina Halle

other hot reads

Revealed: The Missing Years by Aleatha Romig

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

You by Caroline Kepnes

Nine Minutes by Beth Flynn

Burying Water by K. A. Tucker

Infinity + One by Amy Harmon

Maybe Maby by Willow Aster

Dust to Dust by Karina Halle

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

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Review: Ripped by Katy Evans – The Real Series – Book 5

 

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By Katy Evans

Release Date: December 9, 2014

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Synopsis

The fifth book in the New York Times new adult series that began with Real.

A ripped rock star with attitude.
An ex-girlfriend with a reckless plan.

Pandora assumed getting her heart broken by her bad boy ex could only happen once–until Mackenna Jones comes back to town for the biggest concert of his career. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about the Crack Bikini tour and it’s destined to be a huge hit.

Oh, it’ll be a hit alright–when Pandora comes out swinging. She and her friend Melanie are determined to humiliate him onstage. But when they’re caught by security and her ex is
summoned, Mackenna decides not to press charges if she’ll join him on tour and follow certain conditions–rules designed to give him the upper hand and keep her in close contact with him once again. Soon, the passion they once shared is reignited, and no matter how much Pandora wants to hate him, her hard exterior starts to crack.

And worse: Mackenna knows it, too. But he hasn’t uncovered all her secrets…

4.5 star

Lis’ Review

“How can your first and only love sweep through you like a tornado and not leave his mark?”

We met Pandora in Katy Evans book Real. She’s Brooke and Melanie’s goth friend, the one whose personality is as dark as her black hair, lips and fingernails. She’s mad at the world, she’s the eternal pessimist, she doesn’t believe in love and she tells both her friends how sorry they will be they hooked up with someone permanently. But deep down, Pandora longs for what Brooke and Melanie have found, but she can never let herself love because of that first and only love that betrayed her.

Mackenna Jones is the lead singer for Crack Bikini, the most popular rock band out there. He’s got it all..fame, fortune and all the women he wants. Except he doesn’t have the woman he loves. It’s been six years since he’s seen her, and he doesn’t know if he’ll ever see her again, until she shows up at one of his concerts and throws tomatoes at him when he sings the song he wrote about her: Pandora’s Song.

It’s hard to like Pandora because she’s so miserable. She’s so negative. She keeps that cloak of hate and distrust around her so tight it’s hard for us as readers to relate. But it’s easy to like Mackenna. He’s cool, he’s open, and despite the fact that he’s been humiliated by his long lost love, he still defends her and we know immediately that he still loves her. As readers we want that HEA, but from Pandora’s point of view, it’s not going to happen. Katy Evans gives us her signature intense, very descriptive feelings of both characters, but because we feel them so deeply, we become almost as negative and miserable as Pandora. Thank goodness there’s light after the darkness, spring after the long hard winter.

The story of Pandora and Mackenna is more than just seeing an old love and figuring out how to rekindle the spark. There’s layers and layers of emotion to both characters, and as the story unfolds and we find out their deepest, darkest secrets, we begin to understand why this is such a struggle. This book is dark and brooding but when Pandora finally starts to let her guard down and accept what could be with Mackenna, it’s like watching a flower slowly bloom in the first light of a spring day. Each petal reveals the love that they share, but just as we begin to smile something is revealed that makes us doubt, makes us wonder if it’s all a sham. Will this really be an HEA? Open Pandora’s box and discover all the secrets that make Ripped another Katy Evans hit.

 

Author Bio:

 

Katy EvansKaty Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

Katy Evans is the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Real series.

To find more about her, look her up on her website, Twitter, or Facebook, she’d also love to hear from you!

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Review: Makin’ Miracles by Lin Stepp – Smoky Mountain Series – Book 7

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Makin Miracles

Smoky Mountain Series – Book 7

By Lin Stepp

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Synopsis

A charming portrait of the Smokies, their people, and a wonderful way of life.” –Deborah Smith, New York Times bestselling author
Set in Tennessee’s postcard-perfect Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp’s Makin’ Miracles is an inspiring tale that reveals why love and forgiveness are most important just when they seem most impossible. . .

Zola Devon has always been a little different. Half Tahitian, with long black hair and dark eyes, she’s especially distinctive in the mountain town of Gatlinburg. She even stocks her gift shop, Nature’s Corner, with items that reflect her island heritage and tantalize tourists. But it’s her spot-on intuition that truly sets Zola apart. When she gets a hunch about a person, she’s almost always right. And when the surly photographer who owns the gallery next door starts meddling in her business, she can only hope that, for once, her instincts are wrong.

The one thing Spencer Jackson loves more than his camera is the majestic scenery of the Smoky Mountains. Reeling from his painful past, he’s settled in a cabin in the woods to train his lens on the breathtaking landscape. A woman as uniquely beguiling as Zola could only throw his simple, uncomplicated days into chaos–and force him to lay bare his darkest secrets. But as their lives become unavoidably intertwined, they both may discover the beauty of the truth, and the joy of the unexpected.

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4 star

Tina’s Review

** Provided by Netgalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. **

— From the Cover —
“A charming portrait of the Smokies, their people, and a wonderful way of life.” –Deborah Smith, New York Times bestselling author
Set in Tennessee’s postcard-perfect Smoky Mountains, Lin Stepp’s Makin’ Miracles is an inspiring tale that reveals why love and forgiveness are most important just when they seem most impossible. . .
Zola Devon has always been a little different. Half Tahitian, with long black hair and dark eyes, she’s especially distinctive in the mountain town of Gatlinburg. She even stocks her gift shop, Nature’s Corner, with items that reflect her island heritage and tantalize tourists. But it’s her spot-on intuition that truly sets Zola apart. When she gets a hunch about a person, she’s almost always right. And when the surly photographer who owns the gallery next door starts meddling in her business, she can only hope that, for once, her instincts are wrong.
The one thing Spencer Jackson loves more than his camera is the majestic scenery of the Smoky Mountains. Reeling from his painful past, he’s settled in a cabin in the woods to train his lens on the breathtaking landscape. A woman as uniquely beguiling as Zola could only throw his simple, uncomplicated days into chaos–and force him to lay bare his darkest secrets. But as their lives become unavoidably intertwined, they both may discover the beauty of the truth, and the joy of the unexpected.
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Faith-based sweet, gentle romance about taking a chance and learning acceptance. It has a slow and lazing pace to it, but flows smoothly. The characters are unique to what I’d normally read. He’s a nature photographer with a grudge against his past and family. He’s fairly closed off to people other than his two business partners. She’s a vivacious gal, but seems rather naive, even though she’s seen first-hand the cruelty, prejudice, superstition and fear from people who learn of her being what she calls a Christian seer. Neither are very strong characters. Dialogue is a little foreign to me, they tend to call each other by their full names often. Secondary characters are all unique and mostly enjoyable. The depictive nature of the author’s writing is very soothing and allows the story to flourish. However, I often found it difficult to maintain my focus due to the sedate pace of the book. There was enough conflict throughout the book from many directions to keep you guessing and wondering about the outcomes, where some resolved more slowly than others. Predictability was not an issue whatsoever. The conclusion is drawn fairly tight and solid.

Author Bio:

Lin_outside_photo1Dr. Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, a businesswoman, and an educator. She is an adjunct faculty at Tusculum College where she teaches research and at King University where she teaches a variety of psychology and counseling courses. Her business background includes over 25 years in marketing, sales, production art, and regional publishing. She has editorial and writing experience in regional magazines and in the academic field. Down by the River is the sixth novel by Stepp set in the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. Stepp has five published works, each set in different locations around the Smoky Mountains. Her next Smokies novels, including Down by the River, Makin’ Miracles, and Saving Laurel Springs will be released by Kensington Publishing in 2014 and 2015 – as well as a short novella A Smoky Mountain Gift to be included in a 2014 Christmas anthology, featuring Fern Michaels and titled When the Snow Falls. Previous titles include: Second Hand Rose, Delia’s Place, For Six Good Reasons, Tell Me About Orchard Hollow, and The Foster Girls. Stepp and her husband have published a Smokies hiking guide titled The Afternoon Hiker (2014).

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Cover Reveal: Where The Road Takes Me by Jay McLean

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Where The Road Takes Me

By Jay McLean

Release Date: February 10, 2015

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Synopsis

Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.
Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.

One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.

Author Bio:

4724550Jay McLean is the author of the More Series, including More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him and More Than Forever. She also has two standalones coming soon titled Where The Road Takes Me, and Combative.
Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel.

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Happy Release : How Sweet It Is by Kelly Jamieson

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How Sweet It Is

Release Date: December 30, 2014

By Kelly Jamieson

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Synopsis

A free-spirited woman…

Eccentric interior designer Mirelle Brasseur is tired of relationships with handsome, charming, fickle men—in other words men just like the father who abandoned her. She’s fun and funky, but takes her career seriously. She’s not about to let a man derail her dreams or wound her heart again.

An ambitious man…

Award winning chef Bradan Hunt is handsome and charming, but he’s always honest with women about his one date-one night rule. Between his best-selling cookbooks, his TV appearances, and his restaurant, he’s too busy for a relationship. He saw what a lack of ambition did to his parents. Bradan wants more. His newest restaurant is going to be the best, so he hires Mirelle to help him design it.

Turn up the heat…

Soon it isn’t just the food sizzling in the kitchen, in spite of Mirelle’s misgivings, as the attraction between the chef and the designer heats up. It will take more than one date-one night for them to overcome their pasts and find a way to cook up a sweet future together.

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Excerpt

Bradan had no idea what he was doing there. He had no time for volunteering and he wasn’t really all that much into animals except the ones that ended up in his kitchen. Although he was always deeply respectful of the sacrifice those animals had made. But he had to admit the pets all did have a certain appeal, and so did the sexy blonde who was showing him around.

Today she wore a tiny gray T-shirt, jeans that were rolled up in a deep cuff above her delicate ankles and pink Converse. Those pink Converse fascinated him, for some reason. She definitely had her own unique style. She’d tried to tame that wild mane of blonde waves in some kind of bun thing, but strands kept sliding out and hanging in her face. It was sexy as hell. As was her ass, when she turned to lead him down the hall.

“We’ll go do some laundry,” she said. “Sorry, it’s not the sexiest task here.”

“What’s sexier than laundry?” he asked dryly.

She laughed. “Most people who volunteer want to work directly with the animals, but there’s so much else that needs to be done, too. These things are just as important.”

“How long have you been volunteering here?”

“A couple of years. I love animals and I wish I could have a pet but I’m not allowed pets in my apartment building…well…” Her voice lowered conspiratorially. “I actually have a secret pet. Don’t tell anyone.”

He watched her with amusement. “What kind of secret pet?”

“A rat.”

“A…rat?” His hands paused, full of towels he was removing from the dryer.

“Yes. His name is Amos.”

“A rat.”

She nodded. “Yes. He’s very gentle and affectionate. He loves being with people.”

He arched an eyebrow. “You’re bullshitting me, aren’t you?”

“No!” Her eyes widened. “I’m serious! Rats make great pets. They’re very domesticated. Amos is super sweet.”

“Fuck me.” He shook his head. As a chef, a rat was absofuckinglutely the last animal he ever wanted to see. “This I gotta see.” The words came out of his mouth with honest innocence—he really did want to see Amos the rat and to see Mirelle with him. But she immediately got all cool and closed up again. He sighed, carrying the laundry over to a table to fluff and fold it.

When she forgot herself, she was sweet and funny, her upbeat personality and easy smile so sexy and appealing. When she remembered who he was, she got all tight and serious and rigid. Damn. He tried to focus on what she was showing him and telling him.

“I’ll show you where to put the towels.”

When he eventually pulled out his cell phone to check the time, he cursed inside. He had to get back to the restaurant. He’d been missing in action too many nights this past week with Paco picking up the slack, but dammit, he didn’t want to leave.

“I have to go,” he said regretfully.

“Yeah, I’m about to leave, too.”

“D’you need a ride home?”

“No, I have my car. I just have to say goodbye to Monty.”

He watched her find the dog he’d seen her with when he’d arrived, crouching down to hug him, letting him lick her chin. Monty gazed up at her adoringly and she rubbed him with such a fierce look of affection on her face, Bradan’s heart turned over.

Damn. He wasn’t into dog kisses, but he found himself wishing she was holding him that tightly, looking at him with such profound love, letting him lick her all over. When she straightened, the emotion on her face had his heart squeezing. She was really sad to be leaving the dog. He recognized the deep sensitivity in her but she smiled at him with determined cheer as she grabbed a hooded sweatshirt and her purse from a locker. Today her bright-colored purse appeared to be constructed of…Kool-Aid packages. Whoa.

“We could get a cup of coffee,” he said, following her out.

She turned and looked at him. “You said you had to go.”

“I…yeah.” Jesus! This was not how things went for him with women! He rubbed his face. He had to get a grip here or risk making a fool of himself over her.

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Author Bio:

Kelly-Jamieson-224x300Kelly Jamieson writes romances with heat that’s sweet. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. If she can stop herself from reading or writing, she loves to cook. She has shelves of cookbooks that she reads at length. She also enjoys gardening in the summer, and in the winter she likes to read gardening magazines and seed catalogues (there might be a theme here…) She also loves shopping, especially for clothes and shoes. But her family takes precedence over everything else (yes, even writing). She has two teenage children who are the best kids in the world, not that she’s biased, and a wonderful husband who does loads of laundry while she plays on the computer writing stories.

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