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~ REVIEW: Once Perfect by Cecy Robson ~

81-3pt11qfL._SL1500_SynopsisHis life was never easy. Hers wasn’t supposed to be this hard. They come from different worlds, but fate lures them together in a way neither expected in Cecy Robson’s raw, steamy series debut—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn.
 
Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.
 
Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.
 
As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.

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I absolutely LOVED this book!!!! It had everything that makes my heart race…hot alpha male who takes care of his woman, a steamy and sweet romance, with some angst thrown in. The cover was the first thing that caught my eye, and when I read the synopsis, I was intrigued. Once Perfect didn’t disappoint in any way. It caught my attention from the beginning and kept it to the very last page. Evelyn and Mateo work at the same nightclub. She is a waitress who is trying to rebuild her life and work her way through nursing school. Mateo is the head of security at the club. The two are from opposite worlds. Hers was once a life of prestige and privilege until it all came crashing down around her. Mateo is from the wrong side of the tracks who has done time and trying to take care of his sisters. Evelyn has shut herself off from everyone except her roommate, so these two should have nothing in common. But, looks can be deceiving. It turns out they have much more in common than they thought…horrible pasts. When Mateo helps Evelyn while she is having a panic attack, the walls that each have up begin to crumble. But, can they get past their pain and embrace a future of happiness?

There are so many aspects that I love about this book. First, the characters were well-written, and pulled me in from the beginning. I felt so bad for Evie from the very beginning. Life had really beaten her down. At first, I really thought she was meek and so afraid. As it turns out, she is a survivor with the drive to not only just live life but make it a success. However, it’s a long process for her. There are many obstacles that will challenge her, but she won’t give up fighting! Mateo, what can I say about you? Sexy, hot, total alpha male and just perfect for Evie. Not only is he beautiful on the outside, but his heart is even more so. He’s loyal to those he cares for, and he was so patient with Evie. The two have such dark pasts, but the two of them together are filled with light and love! They bring out the good in each other and see past the past. This has earned them a place in my heart as one of my favorite book couples. Second, the mystery of Evie’s past added greatly to the story. I guessed early on what had happened, but I wasn’t sure who it involved. I kept wanting to read on to figure out what was going on with her and how it would affect her relationship with Mateo.

Once Perfect deals with some difficult issues to say the least, but the author does it in a very sensitive manner. She includes some information in her acknowledgements to help others that may dealing with the same things. I love when a book is more than a just a story and has the real possibility to help others. This is a beautiful sweet, steamy love story about overcoming your past and having hope for the future. I see that there is a second book, Once Loved. This is the story of Mateo’s sister, Lety. I have already added that to my TBR list. Can’t wait to see what else Robson has in store for her readers.

**ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

Abou the authorCecy (pronounced SESSY) Robson is the Penguin Random House New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls Urban Fantasy Romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family’s vehement protests. A writer, registered nurse, and mother living in the South, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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~ BLYSSFUL LIES by J.C. Cliff Cover Reveal + Giveaway ~

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Title: Blyssful Lies(The Blyss Trilogy #2)

Author: J.C. Cliff

Genre: Dark Grey Romance

Release Date: December 16, 2014

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Learning how to survive in her new world, Julianna has no choice but to play “The game of Life.” Except it’s Nick’s game, and his rules apply. Captivity, drugs, and submission are the cards that are dealt, and it’s a losing game.

Biding her time as she waits for her rescuers, it’s far from smooth sailing, because all too quickly the rules abruptly change as Nick takes matters into his own hands…

As the drama unfolds, and hesitating to interfere, Travis has everything to lose should he decide to step in, including his life.
 It’s opposition at its finest – freedom versus control as Nick and Julianna face the ultimate battle of wills.

While Travis has the uncanny ability to manipulate her with a single touch, Nick struggles to conquer her body, mind, and soul.

It’s every man for themselves as each have their own secret agenda, including Julianna, whose plan is simple: survive.

 

 

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J.C. Cliff is an independent author who strives to deliver a strong story line, keeping the reader captivated throughout. She loves the element of surprise, creating unique twists and turns while creating thrill and suspense. Oh yes, and lets not forget, making a little explicit romance happen in between.

She’s a die hard 80’s rock’n roll fan, loves the ocean and salt water fishing. What does she do when she’s not raising kids, running a business, and doing all the tasks that come with being a wife and mother? You got it – writing. It’s the ultimate escape from reality when the ocean isn’t nearby.

 

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~ Rewriting History by Missy Johnson and Carly Grey Release Blitz + Giveaway ~

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Rewriting History
by Carly Grey, Missy Johnson
Publication Date: November 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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What do you do when being with the man you love is forbidden?

You hide it.

Our relationship is secret, because he is my teacher.

For the next six months I have to pretend he is nothing more.

We sneak around like we are ashamed of how we feel.

We steal kisses or the touch of a hand when nobody is watching.

The problem is, somebody is always watching

And when things go wrong, they have the potential to ruin everything.

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Carly Grey lives on the Gold Coast with her hubby & 2 cats and has a passion for romance novels.

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Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture).

When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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~ Night Call (Night Fever Serial #2) by Jessica Hawkins Cover Reveal + Giveaway ~

Night Call
by Jessica Hawkins
Night Fever Serial #2
Publication Date: November 11, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Novella, Romance, Serial

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With their dream within grasp, Johnny and Lola make an offer on Hey Joe–only to discover that a million dollars doesn’t go as far as they’d thought. As the price of the bar rises and expenses pile up, Lola begins to question what she really wants.

Lola knows she can solve their problems with one phone call, but she may risk going too far to have it all. Because she’s not dealing with just anyone–she’s dealing with a master. For Beau Olivier, there’s no such thing as too far. There is only conquest. There is only victory.

Beau and Lola already had their night together, but it wasn’t enough. They need more. And the more they need. The more they have to lose.

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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. Some of her favorite things include traveling, her dog Kimo, Scrabble, driving aimlessly and creating Top Five lists. She is the helpless victim of an overactive imagination that finds inspiration in music and tranquility in writing. Currently she resides wherever her head lands, which lately is the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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~ Deceive Me by Stacey Mosteller Cover Reveal + Giveaway ~

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Deceive Me
by Stacey Mosteller
Publication Date: December 8, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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Jack Taylor is rich, handsome and has been living the playboy lifestyle for what his father feels is way too long. Now that he’s taking over the family business, it’s time for him to settle down.

The problem? It’s hard to tell who wants him for him and who wants him for his wallet. Jack wants something real.

Julianna Reynolds is fresh out of college with a culinary degree and eager to build up the business she and her sister have been dreaming of since they were little. She wants a simple life, cooking good food for lots of people.

Thrown together when her sister lands an event at Taylor Orchards, she runs into Jack…literally. When he realizes that she doesn’t know who he is, pretending to be someone else is irresistible.

When Julianna discovers his deception, will she be able to forgive him for deceiving her? Or will Jack’s lies tear everything apart?

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Stacey is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author of Second Chances (co-authored with H.M. Ward) and the Nashville Nights series.

She is also a wife, mother, writer and self-professed bookwhore – not necessarily in that order! As the mother of three growing boys, her Kindle has become her temporary escape from the insanity of boys, dogs and her husband. Stacey can usually be found curled up with her iPad when she’s supposed to be writing or creating endless playlists on Spotify!

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