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~ REVIEW: Once Pure (Shattered Ties) by Cecy Robson ~

91j84PzC03L._SL1500_SynopsisShe bears the scars of the past. He blames himself for things he can’t control. Their defenses are up, but in Cecy Robson’s latest Shattered Past novel—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—true love lands a knockout punch.
Sofia Tres Santos remembers a time before her life went sour, before her innocence was ripped away, before she began punishing herself with risky behaviors and unworthy men. Now, at twenty, she just hopes she’s ready to rebuild some of what she lost. One way or another, it always comes back to her childhood friend and longtime crush, Killian O’Brien.
As strong as Killian is, Sofia has always been his one weakness. He knows Sofia has suffered and wants to ensure she’s never hurt again—not like before, and definitely not under his watch. When Sofia agrees to work at his mixed martial arts gym, Killian seizes the opportunity to help and protect the sweet girl he’s always cared for. And yet, as he trains Sofia to defend herself using his hard-hitting MMA techniques, he’s drawn to the vulnerable beauty in ways he never expected.
As Sofia grows stronger, she also grows brave enough to open herself up to love. And along the way, she challenges everything Killian believes to be true, showing him that no matter how much he dominates in the ring, the real battle is fought in the heart.

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christie review 5 star aCecy Robson has managed to amaze me again! Her romances are always filled with amazing chemistry and thrills. Some would say they can be dark, but she always manages to bring light and happiness into them as well.

Once Pure is the book about Teo’s sister, Sofia. I have been waiting for this one! Sofia has come back to the old neighborhood to help childhood friend and crush, Killian, rebuild his website and create a program to manage his accounts. It’s very obvious these two have amazing chemistry and are insanely attracted to each other, so a romance should be easy, right? Not at all…a horrible event in their past that changed their lives forever have kept them apart. Will they be able to overcome their painful past and build a happy future together? Or, will they hold on to the pain and let their past keep them apart?

Oh my gosh, I just fell in love with these two characters from the very beginning. I loved them as a couple and as individuals as well. I loved their families; their inclusion in the book really helped build and develop their characters…especially Finn and Wren, Killian’s brother and sister. Of course, Kill is hot and sexy…perfect book boyfriend material. However, hands down, Sofia was my favorite. In the beginning of the book, we meet a young woman who is afraid of life, even though she is doing her best to build a good one for herself. She undergoes such an inspiring change throughout the pages of this awesome book! She has always had a strong woman deep inside of her; she’s was just afraid to believe in herself. Killian plays an integral part of her transformation, but it’s ultimately Sofia who embraces that inner strength. She’s is now one of my favorite heroines!

As I have written in several of my reviews, I like books that resonate deep in my soul. Once Pure has done that! In other words, I like my fiction to affect reality, to have the ability to change someone’s life. And again, Once Pure does just that, as have Cecy Robson’s other books in the Shattered Past series. They offer hope and the chance of happiness to those that life has knocked down. Another extraordinary, moving, and emotional read from Cecy Robson.

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Abou the authorCecy (pronounced Sessy) Robson is the Penguin Random House author of the Shattered Past new adult contemporary romance series and the award-winning 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 registered nurse, full-time writer, wife, 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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~ Rush by Gina Gordon Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway ~



By: Gina Gordon

Releasing May 12, 2015


SynopsisIn this edgy, sizzling romance for fans of Monica Murphy and Abbi Glines, a bad boy shows a straitlaced law student how to slow down and savor the good things.

Everly Parker is about to graduate from law school, always busy, and can’t stop rushing through life. Her late grandmother left her a bucket list of meaningful, can’t-miss experiences, but she hasn’t completed a single one. Then searing-hot Max Levin bursts into her world. As a casting director for a porn production company, Max is loaded, cocky, and all wrong for Everly. Still, she’s tempted enough to cross the first item off her list: Go out with someone you’d never give the time of day.

Inheriting a porn empire isn’t every guy’s dream (well, actually, it probably is), but Max isn’t complaining. It’s just that until he meets Everly, he has no idea what he’s been missing. As the pressure mounts to take over the family business, Max can’t help wondering what would happen if he chose Everly instead. So far, his life has been a wild ride, but only Everly promises the greatest rush of all: love.


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ExcerptA loud bang sounded to my right and I turned my attention to the aisle, where a sweet- looking girl blew a heavy breath out the side of her mouth. It caused her unkempt black hair to flutter around her face. She bent, reaching to pick up the stack of books that had fallen to the ground, giving a spectacular view of a tight, round bottom covered in black fabric.

Who knew yoga pants were so damn sexy? Hers were sloppily tucked into a pair of beige Uggs.

I scrambled from my seat and crouched beside her, picking up one of her books and holding it out. “You dropped something,” I said, my senses kicking up at the sweet scent surrounding me.

She snorted, a cute little laugh, and grabbed the book from my hand. “Sounds like something I would do.”

She finally looked up and her soft blue eyes locked on mine. Her lips were plump and naked. She didn’t need lipstick. They were the perfect shade of raspberry. Her pale skin was luminous and it took all of my willpower not to lean in and scent her, running my nose up her dainty neck. My cock twitched in my pants. An unexpected twitch. One I hadn’t felt upon first sight of a woman in a long damn time.

Getting rid of that book so soon might have been a bad idea. I needed it to cover the semi that had just popped up in my pants.

I did a quick survey of her body, which didn’t stand out, in yoga pants and a long-sleeved T-shirt. She was the exact opposite of the women I saw on a daily basis. She was as plain as vanilla ice cream, but something grabbed me—grabbed my cock, was more like it.

“I’m sorry to interrupt.” Her face knitted with guilt as her eyes settled on something behind me.

“We’re on an interview,” Stella said from the table.

This woman knew the escorts. Did that mean she, too, was . . . A grinned curved up at the side of my mouth. Oh, yeah, I could definitely see her making a lot of money playing the uptight librarian fantasy.

“At my favorite café?”

“Public space, and all,” Jade said with a shrug.

Smart girl. Just the kind of girl White Lace wanted.

When the last book had been picked up, the woman straightened, and I followed suit. She flipped her hair and when her sea-blue eyes locked on mine, I suddenly felt like I’d just run the New York Marathon. Winded, achy, but high on something I just couldn’t put my finger on.

“Thank goodness.” She struggled to gather the books against her chest. “I thought I interrupted your dates.”

I struggled to lift my arm to help her, but it was caught on something invisible. Sort of like my tongue, which didn’t want to cooperate.

She shuffled away and placed her books on a table three down from where we sat.

When she returned, she eyed me with . . . disinterest.

“I’m Max Levin.” This time my arm cooperated. “Are you an associate of these lovely ladies?”

She brought her hand up to cover her chest. “You think . . . Oh, no.” She laughed, a sweet little giggle that forced a smile to my face. “I’m not a . . .” A blush fell across her cheeks.

Innocent. Unassuming. With a little lip gloss, maybe . . . I shook off the thought. This girl wasn’t porn material. But for the first time in years, I actually wanted to test the merchandise to find out.

christie review5 star aRush is a great example about not judging a book solely by its cover and synopsis. I freaking loved this book! I was intrigued when I read the synopsis on Net Galley. It was basically described as a romance between an heir to a porn enterprise and a young woman getting ready to graduate from law school. I thought…”Hmmm…this might be interesting.” Yes, I was right that it was going to be interesting, but Gina Gordon completely blew me away!!! It was so much more. The book and its characters have so much depth that pulls you in and doesn’t let you go!

Here’s the quick rundown. While both Max and Everly grew up pretty much knowing what their futures would be. He would one day take over his father’s place as the head of a porn enterprise, and Everly would follow in her parents’ footsteps and become an attorney. But, that’s where the similarities end, or so we are lead to believe. As in life, plans change. Max is pretty much content with taking his father’s place, or so he thinks until he meets Everly. And, Everly has known she would become a lawyer, but I got a sense from the very beginning of the book that she wasn’t quite so sure. The two meet at a coffee shop while Max is interviewing Everly’s two roommates, who are escorts, for a potential job as actors in an upcoming porn film. To say their first meeting was memorable is an understatement. She finds him incredibly attractive but obnoxious and pompous, and he’s never met a girl like her before. As he makes his apologies for being an arrogant jerk, he discovers a bucket list her grandmother left her to complete before finishing law school, and Max decides to help her with it when he sees one of the items is to date someone she probably wouldn’t give the time of day too. This begins one of the most humorous and swoon worthy romances I have ever read. It won’t be an easy road to their happily ever after, but it will be a journey in which they learn so much about each other but most importantly, themselves.

A couple of things stand out to me about this book…the characters and Gordon’s writing ability. First, the characters….they are written in a way that just endears them to you. They appear one way on the surface but are so different than what you expected. Max, the walking sex god, isn’t the pompous a### he appears to be. There is so much going on underneath that sexy face and body. He’s smart, intelligent, and has a good heart. Everly comes across as this strait-laced, good girl, but she’s hiding a little naughtiness inside of her. You would think growing up the way she did she would be judgmental, but she lives with two escorts and doesn’t judge them for their choices. Even Max’s dad is a contradiction. He’s the king of a porn enterprise but yet his ultimate goal with some of the girls is to get them out of it and on to a better life. Even Everly’s dead grandmother is more than a one-dimensional character; you can clearly see the kind of person she was through her bucket list she left Everly.

Gina Gordon’s writing is flawless..she know how to tell a da** good story, one that will fly by much faster than you want it to. You become so immersed in it that you don’t even realize how much time has passed since you started the first page. The only regret you have is that it’s come to an end! I really hope that some of the secondary characters get their own books! Well done!

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


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When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn’t pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream: becoming a writer. And she hasn’t looked back. A self-proclaimed happily-ever-after junkie and cupcake connoisseur, Gordon loves spinning contemporary tales of knee-bending first kisses, unconditional love, and super-hot sex. She lives in Milton, Ontario, with her husband and their lovable dog.

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~ Catch and Release (Catch Series #2) by Ella Fox Release Blitz + Giveaway ~


catch and release RD Blitzcatch and release coverSynopsisLove endures all things.

Darby McKenzie’s heart started beating funny the day that she met Trace Chamberlain. She was four, he was five, and that meeting altered the course of both their lives forever.

Trace was born into a nightmare. Before meeting Darby and her family, the only love he ever knew was that of his twin brother. The two of them endured years of abuse that left scars. The permanent kind.

For Trace, meeting Darby was like catching a rainbow. She exploded into his life in a pop of Technicolor that awakened his senses. She wasn’t just his best friend—she was his life. His touchstone, his safety, his heart—she was everything.

Darby had been through it all with Trace and her love for him never wavered for a second. But no amount of love could make Trace believe that he was worthy of her. Knowing that she deserved better, Trace pushed her away, when what he really wanted was to pull her closer. Emotionally destroyed and bitter from the back and forth, Darby finally let go and decided to move on.

Sometimes hitting rock bottom is the only way to understand that you need to change. Realizing that losing Darby means losing everything, Trace sets out to fight for the love of his life.

Is it too late for Darby and Trace to have a happily ever after?

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catch and release RD 2Excerpt“You’re playing dirty,” he said huskily.

“Who, me?” I scoffed.  “Never.  What makes you say that?”

He rubbed his hand along the back of his neck as he stared at me, his eyes taking in every inch of my face.

“I don’t know, Darby.  Maybe it’s the fact that you’re naked except for a pair of high heels?  I don’t stand a chance.”

“Oh!” I answered with a laugh as I gestured down at my body.  “This old thing?  This isn’t me playing dirty,” I assured him.

“You don’t think so?”

“No,” I assured him.  “But this is.”

I dropped to my knees without warning, and I smiled as I came face to face with the fact that he had a very visible hard-on.

“This is crazy,” he groaned as I ran my hand over his erection.

“Something like that,” I agreed.

I worked fast to get his tuxedo pants open, quickly pulling them down along with his boxers so that I could grip him.  Gripping his erection, I looked up at him and wiggled my brows suggestively.

“Did you still want to sleep on the couch?”

The pained look that flashed across his face was priceless, and I choked out a laugh as his eyebrows shot up toward his hairline.

“I should go sleep on the couch,” he answered huskily.  “But I can’t.”

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SynopsisMia Reeves faith, trust and sense of security were all taken away in the blink of an eye. In need of a fresh start, she settles into a new town and begins to make a new life.

Tristan Chamberlain has always kept girls at arm’s length and he has no intention of changing. He’s caring, smart, handsome, but he’s also dealing with a lifetime of guilt that’s slowly but surely destroying him.

Sometimes what you run from is the one thing that will save you.

Separately, they’re both free-falling. Together, they’re about to find that love can create the strongest safety net of all.

Abou the authorella fox bio

Ella Fox  writes like a woman possessed whenever she gets the chance!  She is the author of The Hart Family Series, The Renegade Saints Series and The Catch Series.

When she’s not writing, Ella indulges the gypsy in her blood and travels the country. Ella loves reading, movies, music, buying make-up, reading Tmz, Twitter and pedicures… not necessarily in that order. She has a wild sense of humor and loves to laugh.  Her favorite thing in the world is hanging out with her family and watching comedy movies.

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~ My Soul to Wake by Tara Oakes Release Blitz ~

True love.

These are the things of legend. Unexplained, some even say impossible, but nonetheless prevalent in stories and tales from all cultures and in every land from the beginning of time. What if there is something to it? What if there is an explanation behind the mysteries and bedtime stories? Something beyond words?


She was taken from him in the cruelest way… condemned, sentenced and punished out of fear of the unknown. How is he supposed to live without her? How can he go on knowing that in this life, by the natural order of things, they will never be together? There’s only one thing to do… only one option that will bring them together again.


Amelia is taken on a weekend excursion with her best girlfriends to let loose, relax and have a little fun. What harm is there in a little vacation? It’s not like the legends, the haunted history of the place can scare them away. It’s all harmless fun.

Or so she thought.

Something seems familiar about the town. The trees, the winds, the feel of everything. Her ever present nightmares have become more intense within the limits of the old historical setting. She’s prepared to write off the whole trip as nothing more than a case of her mind running away with the sensationalized magic here. When she meets a handsome stranger who’s eager to know her in a way no one else can, she begins to think there may be something more to this place, something more to him.

Will has been waiting, biding his time, and praying that she’ll come back. He’s broken the natural order of things to possibly find her again, weaving their way through the years until they can be together again. He knows he may never find her, but he can’t risk not trying. This place calls to her, just as it did to him. It will bring her back home. It will bring her back to him.

What’s 300 years when it comes to true love? He’s prepared to wait an eternity if he has to, just to see her, hold her, kiss her again.. to make her remember what was stolen from them so long ago. To make her remember who she is, the power she possesses and the love they swore to each other.If you’d like to purchase My Soul to Wake, feel free to grab your copy here: LINK GOES HERE

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Tara is a thirty something newbie author from Long Island, New York. She’s a voracious reader, a passionate writer and obsessive junk T.V. aficionado. When she’s not doing one of those three things she is attempting to garden, hanging with her hubby or partaking in some retail therapy. She enjoys connecting with her readers and is having a blast entering into this new world of publishing.

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