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~ REVIEW: Always You (Second Chances #1) by Stephanie Rose ~

index.1SynopsisTo Samantha Christensen, Lucas Hunter was always the guy—the sexy, smart and unattainable man she pined for throughout college. To Lucas, she was a treasured friend, a younger sister he felt the need to protect. She had a choice—to wait and hope, or to settle. When they meet again years later, Lucas looks at Samantha and sees a woman he wants—even though she’s not free to take. As they renew their friendship he finds he’s falling hard, and can’t accept any less than all of her. Samantha realizes there’s hope with Lucas. Will she finally have a chance to be happy with the man she’s always loved, or will obligations and insecurities stand in their way? Can Samantha and Lucas convince each other that they belong together? That it was Always You?

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christie review 4 stars

Wow! What a great debut; I would never have known this was the first book written by Stephanie Rose. The cover was the first thing that caught my attention, and of course, the book kept my attention from the first page to the very end. It opens with a farewell party for Lucas, the sexy older cousin of Samantha’s best friend. Samantha has always had a crush on Lucas but was too afraid to tell him, but she’s determined to make her feelings known tonight…really what does she have to lose? However, it wasn’t meant to be. They were constantly interrupted, and she had to leave before telling him. But, she did leave with a future date with another guy, Marc. Fast forward years later, and Samantha is a mother and unhappily married to Marc from the bar. She is in a sad place in her life. Her daughter is the only thing that makes her happy. One day she gets a friend request from her long lost crush, Lucas, on social media. She accepts and agrees to meet him to catch up. This first meeting leads to more meetings, and she finds that her time with Lucas makes her happy, and she’s treading close to crossing a dangerous line in her marriage, especially when she realizes Lucas has feelings for her. Will these two ever find happiness together?

WARNING: If cheating bothers you, you should know that his book does involve cheating. I am not a big fan of cheating either, but it is dealt with very sensitively in this book. And, if anyone deserves to be cheated on, it’s douchebag, Marc. He is the sorriest excuse for a husband and father EVER!!! The romance between Lucas and Samantha is sexy yet sweet. It’s not only about Lucas’s love for Samantha, but his love for her daughter, Bella. God knows Bella needs a father’s love! I enjoyed the flashbacks that showed the depth of friendship they shared in the past. It was great seeing Samantha mature and move past her insecurities to become a confident and secure woman. Lucas….he’s perfect!!! Sexy as he**yet with a heart of gold. There’s nothing sexier than a man who loves children!

Great second chance and friends to lover’s story! And, a phenomenal debut! Rose knows how to pull you into her story and care about her characters. I can’t wait to read her future books!


~ Palace Secrets (Palace Secrets #1) by Ravyn Rayne Release Blitz + Giveaway ~

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Palace Secrets by Ravyn Rayne

Series: Palace Secrets #1

Publisher: Blushing Books

Released:June 5th, 2015

Genre: Historical Romantic Erotica


Love comes in many forms and always at a price.

At twenty-three, Princess Isabella must settle down for the sake of her kingdom. Caught up in a secret affair with her lady-in-waiting, Hannah, the princess knows it can only last for so long.

When Prince Alexander arrives to court her, he confides that his father is on his death bed, and he will be crowned king soon. Isabella hastily agrees to the proposal, desiring to be queen, knowing little about her soon to be husband.

Murder, secrets, and lies combine with menage, spanking, and erotic encounters in this steamy medieval romance.

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Palace Secrets Teaser


“Make a sound and you’ll get another spanking,” Alexander says. His tone is firm but light. Unlike the last time, he doesn’t sound angry or disappointed with me. Is this how our lovemaking will be?

I’m both aroused and craving more of Alexander’s affection. I bury my face into the pillow, trying my best not to make any noise. I moan quietly as his lashings grow harder, burning against my skin, making me wet. I’m glad Alexander’s attention is on me. There’s something about his power and control that fires me up inside. Is he doing this to teach me a lesson for being naughty or to arouse me?

“No, Hannah.” Alexander’s answer is both quick and abrupt. “I’m the only one in charge. Maybe I should spank you both regularly for sneaking around the castle, behind my back. Would that make sure it doesn’t happen again?” Alexander lets his hand land hard on my bottom. The sting grows fierce and I whimper in protest. When will his spankings turn to sex? He offered it to me the last time and I rejected him. It had been the only amount of control that I’d been given. Tonight, I would give him everything, and if he asked me to beg, I would.

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Author Interview

What inspired you to write a historical romance?

This is actually my second time writing a historical piece. My first was a young adult series under the name Ruth Silver. It includes Dead Girl Walking and Forget Me Knot (available June 23rd). Both of those are part of the Royal Reaper saga. Those novels took place in the 14th century and with all the research I had previously done on the Black Plague, the clothing, language, and world building, I thought it would be fun to write another story that focused more on the royal side of things, with mischief, murder, and mayhem mixed in.


What time period does Palace Secrets take place?

Palace Secrets takes place in the late 14th century.


How many books are planned for the Palace Secrets series?

Two stories are already written and I’m currently working on the third book, which is still untitled. The second book is Maiden Claimed due for release in early August. Each book can be read as a standalone novel, as they’re written from a different character’s point of view.


Can you give us a hint as to the second book and who’s point of view we might see?

Hannah gets to tell her story. It follows after the events of Palace Secrets, so there’s no retelling of the same story. It’s an entirely new adventure with a character you will hopefully come to know and love.


Abou the author

Ravyn RayneRavyn is a sassy, fun-loving, and adventure-seeking young woman. She loves to travel and can’t wait for her next vacation, wherever it might be.

Ravyn writes romantic erotica. She began writing romance novels in college, spending her down time either reading a book or writing fiction. Please don’t make her choose between the two, she loves them equally.

She has been published professionally since 2013. Prefer less steamy novels? Try her out here.

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