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~ REVIEW: The Consequences of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken ~

81T050GaXgL._SL1500_SynopsisIt’s all fun and games…until someone’s heart is broken.

They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date?

Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smoldering firefighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge.

Now it’s personal. Colt and Milo are at war, and between Max’s questionable acting methods, an unfortunate trip to jail, and a maniacal fiancée, what could possibly go right?

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christie review 5 star aLOVED, LOVED reading The Consequences of Loving Colton. I have read several books by Rachel Van Dyken, and this one may be my favorite! It’s filled with Van Dyken’s quirky characters, humor, and romance.

Milo and her brother, Jason, have been friends with Colton ever since they were children. In fact, they have been inseparable. However, as Milo’s body changes going through puberty so does her relationship with Colton. As the years pass, she realizes she is in love with him, but it appears that he never sees her as anything other than Jason’s “little sister.” As they say, life goes on, and Milo leaves for college and limits her visits home, so she won’t have to see Colton….it’s too painful. When Jason decides to get married, she knows she has to return home. Long story short, she shares a passionate kiss with Colton, but instead of clearing things up, things get more confusing. Chaos reigns when Milo’s best friend, Max, shows up as her “fake boyfriend” to help her finally win Colton.

The book has all my favorite things….romance, unforgettable characters, and laughter. The romance was both sweet and sexy with lots of teasing and chemistry between Colton and Milo. It wasn’t only their romantic feelings for one another that was wonderful but their friendship over the years. I loved their memories from their childhood, especially Colton as the dragon and dragon slayer. I loved all the characters except Jayne. And, we have another feisty, hilarious grandmother, YES!!! However, my favorite character, hands down, was Max!!!! I loved him!!! He’s the perfect mix of sexy and funny! He may be just a little over the top because every time he’s on the scene, laughter and chaos isn’t far behind!

I have been a fan of Rachel Van Dyken for several years now, and after reading this book, I am an even bigger fan!!!! I love her characters and humor! She has an incredible talent of connecting readers with her characters by highlighting their flaws and quirkiness. With so many of her books, I finish with a warm feeling in my heart. Those are my favorite kind of books! I can’t wait until June when Max gets his own book! YAY!!!!

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


~ When Fates Align by Isabelle Richards Release Blitz + Giveaway ~

We’re having a release day launch for When Fates Align, the stunning conclusion to Isabelle Richards’ When Fates Collide Trilogy. To celebrate her release, she has the entire trilogy on sale, and she’s sharing a great excerpt with us!! Check it out!! Release Day Blitz_edited-1

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 There’s a romantic notion that if the person you love dies, you’ll somehow feel it. You’ll feel the connection sever as the other half of your soul is ripped from you. But I didn’t feel anything when Lily died. Nothing. I should have felt something, shouldn’t I? Like the tether she holds around my heart snapping or a surge of electrical current when the connection between us was lost? Something. But there was no warning. As I drove to my flat, there was no sign of the devastation waiting for me. Nothing to prepare me for the reality that my heart was about to be irrevocably shattered. Even if I had felt something, it couldn’t have prepared me for this.

It all seems unreal. Lily can’t be dead. Despite the numerous times I lectured her about the danger she was in, I never truly believed I’d lose her. I thought as long as she was with me, she’d be safe. What a fool I was.

Time’s come to a standstill. I’m frozen whilst people move all around me. A constant squawk of radios echoes in the hall. Police officers and firemen hustle in and out of my flat, moving with such purpose. Tasks to complete. Because this is just a job to them. Just another murder scene. One of many. They take notes, collect samples, snap pictures. When it’s over, they’ll go home, or to the pub, and the horrors they saw here will eventually fade away.

Not for me. My anguish from this day will never fade. It will fester inside me, trapping me in eternal misery. Since I’m perishing in hell, I’m going to make sure the bastards who did this to her perish right along with me. I’m certain vengeance crosses the minds of most people who have lost someone to such senseless acts of violence, but I know this isn’t just a passing stage of grief that will wane with time. Cartels like Morelia survive because they know how to work the system. Blackmail, extortion, and bribery make them untouchable by authorities. The only way I’ll get justice for Lily is if I annihilate them myself, and unlike most people, I have the resources and connections to make it happen.



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Why would fate bring them together only to tear them apart?

Lily and Gavin were brought together in a clash of tragedy and chaos. Amid the ashes of lives gone wrong, they thought they found a second chance at love. With trouble from their previous lives lurking around every corner, they quickly learned that love from a star-crossed romance isn’t enough to survive.

Lily has slipped through Gavin’s fingers, and he feels as though he’s been sentenced to an eternity in hell. But if he’s going to perish in the ninth circle, everyone responsible for coming between him and Lily will go down with him.

Perhaps their love was never meant to be. But, if he’s learned anything from his time with Lily, it’s that sometimes everything has to crash and burn before life can begin again.

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Isabelle Richards Bio:

photo 5 (1) (1)Isabelle Richards spent years as a speech writer before tackling fiction. An avid reader of all genres, Isabelle is drawn to romance novels as they provide an escape from daily life. Through her complex cast of characters, Isabelle creates a sanctuary for readers to dive into for a break from reality.

When she is not writing, Isabelle works as an advocate for persons with disabilities in Washington, DC. Her two yellow labs are her writing partners, although they frequently sleep on the job.


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~ Then (The Tryst Series #1) by Marie York Release Blitz ~

Then (The Tryst Series #1) by Marie York
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Dark and mysterious, Jaxon Reed is Lyla Scott’s living breathing sexual fantasy.There’s one problem, though. She’s with Kyle, the love of her life. She shouldn’t feel this way about anyone else, right?

But when disaster strikes with Kyle, she can’t help but wonder about Jax.

Lyla doesn’t usually do this, but could a steamy tryst be the answer to her heartbreak?

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An American writer who works the corporate circuit by day but come nightfall transforms into a steamy writer. She loves the city life and a good cocktail.

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~ The Emancipation of Love (Monster #2) by Mary E. Palmer Cover Reveal + Giveaway ~


Title: THE EMANCIATION OF LOVE (Monster, #2)

Author: Mary E. Palmerin

Genre: Dark Erotic Romance

Release Date: June 26, 2015

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goodreadsSynopsisI am a monster. A sexual deviant. A gorger for pain. I am Worthless William Welch.

But I am hers…

Ten years since Welch has seen Gwendolyn he finds himself in Portland, the same city they were supposed to live together; just two bloody lovers against the ghastly ways of the world. But that isn’t how their story would pan out and Welch troubles himself everyday with memoirs of the only one that will have his heart.

His sweet, sweet girl. Fiery Gwendolyn is gone and he is alone with nothing to occupy him except memories.

As he tries to grasp onto the recollections while simultaneously forgetting the pain he was bathed in for so long, he searches for a woman that will give him the agony he so desperately craves. You know what they say… be careful what you wish for.

As Welch pushes an unlikely woman to the brink, he is surprised at her eagerness as she gives him what he longs for. Punishment, pain, and pleasure. He becomes enveloped by the demons of his past, the torment of his current, and the ghost in his mind that he refuses to part from.

Reverted back to the dysfunctional little boy who obeys, Welch finds himself in a disastrous cycle while the edge of goodness is within reach. Will it be too late for him to find love before he breaks himself down to a point of no return?

**Graphic content warning including sexual degradation, emotional abuse, adult situations, and unconventional sexual practices that are intended for mature audiences only. Not suitable for readers under the age of eighteen. Reader discretion is highly advised.***


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Gwendolyn vs. the Band of Barren Hearts (Monster, #1)



Monsters. They don’t hide in your nightmares. They steal you away from the good life and prevent you from living your dreams.

That’s where 17-year-old Gwendolyn Fitzpatrick found herself; surrounded by wicked fiends after everything she thought she had was gone in the blink of an eye. She was shuffled away with one bag of memories miles away to a pair of foster parents that hardly had her best interests at hand. Forced to obey and listen to her caregiver’s commands, Gwendolyn buries her old self and focuses on the pain to become one of them.

A monster herself to seek vengeance.

While yearning for her teeming point to come, Gwendolyn starts to connect with another 17-year-old foster boy living with her who calls himself Welch. Just when Gwendolyn starts to feel faith splice its way through the venom of pain, the connection she has with Welch is put in jeopardy as the harshness gets worse with each passing day.

Will the two tattered spirits make it out alive?

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Mary E. Palmerin is 27 years old and resides in Indiana. She is married, has two small boys and usually has her nose in a good book when she isn’t writing. She has been writing since she was a young girl, scribbling fairy tales down on notebook paper, creating poetry through her teen years, and many shorts in between, all of which she has kept. Mary enjoys telling tales that are both raw and real, seeing it as a gift to be able to evoke various emotions from her readers.

She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, anything outdoors, relaxing by the pool with a good piece of literature, red wine, coffee, tattoos, and HEA!

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~ White (I Surrender Series #4) by Monica James Release Blitz + Giveaway ~

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Title: White
Series: I Surrender Series, #4
Author: Monica James
Genre: New Adult
Release date: May 5th, 2015
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Ava Thompson has at long last surrendered to her true love, Jasper White, and this time, there’s no going back.

They’re both determined to forget their rocky past and focus on their promise to be together forever. However, with Ava living in New York, and Jasper in L.A., their future is held in the balance on where to call home.

So what’s the compromise?

Ava doesn’t want to leave, and Jasper doesn’t want to stay. They’ve reached an impasse in their relationship and Ava soon realizes that for them to be together, one of them will have to give up their dreams for good.

But who? And more importantly, what happens when one of them sacrifices their dreams for the other? Whatever choice is made, Ava knows they’ll both lose.

Adding to the heartache are two new players who are set on breaking up the ill-fated pair for good.

Do Jasper and Ava have the strength to survive this final test of love?


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Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson.
When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two.
She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers, and her inspiration comes from every day life. She is an Amazon best selling author in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.
Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and a menagerie of animals.
She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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~ Love Resisted (Entwined Hearts #2) by Maria MacDonald Cover Reveal ~

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Book: Love Resisted
Series: Entwined Hearts #2
Author: Maria Macdonald
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 26th June
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Sophie Rawlings has been the party girl for years. Drowning herself in everything but the one man she truly loves. She’s pushed her feelings deep down, knowing he doesn’t return them. The only other man to ever make her feel has suddenly become part of her self-appointed family and she’s not sure where that leaves her. Having been attacked recently, she’s sworn off guys for good.

So what will she do when she suddenly becomes the centre of attention?

What’s worse, is that not all attention is good. Sometimes the wrong attention can be life-altering…sometimes the wrong attention can extinguish the life you lead in the blink of an eye.

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Maria is a full time working Mum, she has two beautiful daughters, both of whom love books as much as she.

She has loved to write since she was a little girl.

She started her blog – Surrender to Books – in April 2014, and is now one half of the team that run it. Blogging has inspired her to write and publish.

Maria, her husband and children now reside in Wiltshire, England.

Love Reflection is her debut novel and the first in the Entwined Hearts Series.

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