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~ REVIEW X2: To Have by M.L. Pennock ~

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My life was good.
But, like most things that are just “good,” it fell apart. I fell apart.
I had lived to work before, but when my husband left my job became my entire life.
Then I went for coffee and my life changed. Days before finalizing my divorce, my past sat down across from me and it was like life had been breathed back into me. It was only the beginning of a crazy, not at all planned out adventure with him … much like our escapades when we were kids.

Brian

Twenty years ago my parents moved our family to Tennessee. My heart stayed behind in Western New York.
On a well-planned whim, my best friend and I packed up and headed north to begin realizing our dream of owning a business — a coffeehouse — in the small college town I spent my childhood exploring.
It took me years before I had the courage to go home, set up shop, and find her, though. I needed to be certain I could give her everything.
That day finally came.
When she walked in, she stole the air from my lungs.

This is our story.

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daniell review 5 star aFantastic Debut Novel!! This is such a beautiful story of childhood sweethearts reconnecting.

When the story begins, Stella comes home from work to find her husband with his bags packed and telling her he has found someone else.  She is shocked even though she knows their marriage was not at all like a marriage should be.  As Stella is trying to get her life together again when her first love, Brian, moves back to town and changes her hopes for the future.

“We knew each other before we knew what heartache was, and now here he was entering my life again right in the midst of the second biggest one of my life without knowing he caused the first.”

Brian hasn’t seen Stella since they were 9 years old, 23 years before, but he never forgot her.  He decides to relocate from Tennessee back to the small town in New York where he lived when they were friends.  He has opened a coffee shop and hopes that Stella will come in for a cup of coffee.  And when that day comes, Brian still feels the connection to her that he felt all those years ago.  

“I came back for you, I prayed every night for you, I wished on every shooting star I saw…I wished for you.”

Will Brian and Stella be able to build a future together based on the friendship made as young children or is that strong connection no longer there?  Read this story to find out.

Loved this book!! I loved how Brian and Stella had such a strong bond that it withstood over 20 years of separation. While both had moved on with their lives, they had never forgotten each other.  While the story is told in the present, both Brian and Stella reflected back on their childhood and I loved getting the glimpses of their history.  It was perfect that this story was told with both Stella and Brian’s POV.  The secondary characters in this book were equally as entertaining and am looking forward to their story as well.  This was a sweet story without too much angst.  Superb job on your debut M.L. Pennock!!

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“It feels like fate’s pushed us together and reminded us we’re allowed to feel despite heartache and past lovers no longer loving us, that regardless of how broken we may be as individuals we’re each a half and together that makes us whole.”

What a wonderful, emotional, and magical love story! It’s like a fairy tale for adults! Stella has had her heart broken by two men during her life. The first was Brian, her best friend and first love from her early childhood. It was broken when he had to leave and move away. The second was her teenage love and husband, Keith. He walks out on her after revealing he doesn’t love her anymore and has fallen in love with a co-worker. Since she has been with him most of her adult life, she is devastated and lives in a dark world of hurt. But, fate has better plans for her. Her dark and painful life is getting ready to be much brighter with the return of her first love, Brian. He has come back to open a business, but most importantly, to find the girl he has spent his life looking for, Stella. This begins one of the best, heart-warming romances I have read in a long time!

 

“I was made for you, Stella. I was handpicked from the stars, just for you.”

 

The romance begins not long after they reconnect and not long after her divorce is final. Once they become a couple, there is very little angst involving the two of them at all. It’s more about them getting to know one another again and their love growing deeper along the way. There are several little twists throughout the story that I wasn’t expecting. The first one is very sweet and plays a huge role in Stella’s healing. Nope, I am not revealing what it is; I don’t want to ruin it. All the characters are complex and very well-developed. This plays a huge role in pulling the reader into the story. One of the other twists involves Stella’s sister, Stephanie. I am hoping this is a clue that we will be getting her story soon!

If I hadn’t read that To Have is M.L. Pennock’s first book, I would never have guessed it was. It’s very well-written and developed. If you love a romance that is sexy, sweet, deep, and magical, this one would be for you! Of course, our hero, Brian is the icing on the cake. He has it all; he’s sexy, gorgeous, and sweet-the perfect Prince Charming! I can’t wait for your next book, M.L. Pennock!!!!

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Title: Flawed Heart
Series: House of Obsidian #1
Author: Bella Jewel
  Release Date: June 22, 2015
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This isn’t the man I married.

The man I married was strong, beautiful and pure.
The man I married cherished our lives together.
The man I married loved me.

This…this isn’t that man.

One night. One accident. It changes everything.

I wish I could tell you the exact moment he fell out of love with me.
I wish I could tell you there was hope. That I hung on. That I fought.
I wish I could tell you that we fixed it.
That happily ever after was just out of our grips.

It wasn’t. I ran. In the dead of the night, I packed my things and I left him.

Now I’m back. He’s still the same man. A deadly underground fighter for the House Of Obsidian. He’s still dangerous. He’s still broken. I still love him.

This is the part where I’m supposed to turn back around and run… But I don’t.

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Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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Synopsis***WARNING*** This novel contains explicit language, sex, drugs, violence, and sexual situations that some might find offensive. This book is intended for adults 18+ years of age.

In my world, there is no such thing as love. It is just a lie we whisper into our client’s ear. Love is foreign and hazardous. What I did not expect was to bare my soul to a man who is as egotistical as he is dangerous.

His name is Landon. Despite his blackened soul, he tried to save me, but what he didn’t expect was my torturous fate to catch up with me.

To your father, I’m the escort.

To your mother, I’m the whore.

To the legal system, I’m the prostitute.

In the end, I’m just the other woman.

I have no idea if I will continue to survive, if I will ever find my path aside from the gritty streets I know so well. There is a good chance I will wind up in the ditch like most women in my position. Surrendering to my fate is the only choice I have. I must relinquish it all.

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relinquish teaser tourExcerptFollowing Jayden across the way, I skim the crowd at the café and land on a pair of handsome eyes. So handsome, I stop walking.

Sitting at a table full of sexy men is a short, blond-haired guy, his face hard and chiseled. My God, his arms are pumped with muscle as his hands flex around a brown football. My core blossoms with incredible need as I eye his toned arms, and what I assume is a matching hard chest beneath his jersey.

“Charlie, let’s go!”Jayden yells, making me realize I’ve been standing here like an idiot, staring at a sexy stranger in a café. The guy smirks at me and tosses the football in the air, breaking eye contact.

I tuck my hair behind my ear, giving a small smile in return before walking forward. I suddenly crash into something, the impact throwing me back on my ass hard.

“Shit!”I shout with pain.

“Fuck!”roars a male voice standing above me. My eyes jolt upward to find a broad-shouldered man in a black suit, holding a broken plastic cup in one hand with coffee spilled all down his front.  My stomach tangles into a bundle of tight knots, and my hands tremble from the strength and power this man radiates. Oh, shit.

“I am so sorry!”I stand up and start frantically brushing at the man’s very expensive-looking suit. My God, it’s like rubbing a rock. His body is so toned and strong beneath my palms, which isn’t helping me get a grip on myself. My eyes skirt up his arms, finding the fabric stretched tight around his biceps and causing me to swallow the lump forming in my throat. The knots in my stomach crawl into a fit of butterflies, and my heart races. He’s handsome—intimidating, really. The way his toned body and squared shoulders take up the space takes my breath away. His jaw is chiseled to perfection with scruff claiming it perfectly. I bite my bottom lip to keep from moaning.

“It’s fine, really,”he states, his voice deep as he grabs my wrists to stop me from slapping at his stained shirt pathetically. My body sparks with electricity where he grips me firmly. My mouth parts and my breathing shallows as I slowly trail my eyes from his hold on my wrist to his eyes. They’re green with little brown flecks thrown around them. They’re captivating. His jawline is strong and defined, his nose broad, and his dark hair is smoothed back with just a trail hanging loosely out of place on the front of his forehead from our sudden run-in. He’s fucking gorgeous, and I can’t look away.

“Are you all right?”he questions, raising an eyebrow. His voice is low and rough, making my eyes focus on his mouth.

“I-”I stutter, completely lost in the thought of his luscious lips on mine. These lips are not like any belonging to the guys at my high school, that’s for sure. When you look at them, his lips look like they’re made to make love to a woman’s body. The thoughts of the glorious pleasure they could bring make my cheeks warm, my chest ache.

“Charlie, let’s go!”Jayden hollers, catching mine and Sexy Man In a Suit’s attention.

“That your friend?”he asks, his lips that hold the perfect cupid’s bow turn into a slight smirk.

I open my mouth to speak but a wild hiccup noise escapes instead, caused from the wild beat of my heart against my chest. I close my eyes, humiliated.

He chuckles, releasing his hold of my wrists. The way he laughs causes my skin to rise with goose bumps.

“I gotta go,”I whisper nervously. I look down and stride quickly toward Jayden, praying I don’t bump into any more hot men on the way.

“Lord, give me strength. Vegas is already becoming a bad influence,”I mutter, catching up with Jayden.

michele review 5 star aMN Forgy is known for her MC series, but do not mistake this to be ANYTHING like her other books! This book is hot and totally different! MN Forgy takes you on a journey on what life’s like as a working girl in Las Vegas. It’s not all pretty or glamorous.

Charlie is one strong woman. She may be a little naïve, living in foster care and being pretty sheltered, but she knows what she wants. When she finally breaks from the foster care system, she travels to Las Vegas to make a life for herself, too bad in order to do that, she has to do things she’d never image she’d ever do.

Slowly Charlie finally starts to see that she has very few ways to make money, and after a tragic night, she finds the one way that she’s can get the money she’s needing. She feels dirty, but what else is a young woman with little options supposed to do.

Landon is a curve ball that Charlie never expected. He comes in and saves her, but she was taken from one hell hole to another, only Landon’s hell is more glamorous.

From the very first time they met, Landon and Charlie have had instant chemistry. But there are so many things standing in their way. Will they be able to jump all the hurdles and forgive? Or will it all be too much, and destroy everything that could be?

I would highly recommend you go and buy this book RIGHT NOW! It’s different, edgy and sexy. A combination that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat! I’ve loved all of MN Forgy’s other books, but I think this may be my favorite from her, I hope she continues with this type of story. Besides I’m very interested to see what happens next with Jayden and Roman, you just know something good is going to happen there 🙂

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~ The Quest For Perkins Vale (Legendary Rockstars #3) by L.B. Dunbar Release Blitz + Giveaway ~

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Title: The Quest For Perkins Vale (Legendary Rockstars #3)

Author: L.B. Dunbar

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 22, 2015

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I’m not sure I know what to think of the girl I’ve searched for since I was thirteen; she isn’t exactly how I remembered her.

I’m twenty-five, a guy and a virgin. Yep, you read that right; I’m still a virgin. Why you ask? Because I met the woman of my dreams when she was still a girl and I’ve been searching for her ever since we met. I’ve saved myself for her, as I believe she saved herself for me. Why again? Because I will love her, like she will love me, when we finally meet, again. I’d like to think it was that simple, but I don’t really know if she will love me. I only hope she will. If she doesn’t, she won’t be the right girl for me, because like I said, I’ve been saving myself for the woman of my dreams. I just don’t know where she is…but I won’t stop searching until I find her. That is my mission. My quest.

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Perk walked to his bed and sat with a plop on the edge. It was going to be smaller than the king size bed in his home in the city, but if I thought about it, we slept close to each other every night when we were together. The smaller mattress would make no difference.

“It seems that everywhere I turn, someone knew you. Someone knew where you were. I’ve been searching for you for twelve years, and I was the only one who didn’t know where you were, while everyone else did.”

“Twelve years?” I asked, as I came to sit next to him.

He rubbed a hand down his face and told me about a rainy night long ago in a decrypted home. He claimed he saw me, with Elaine and Elliott, at the side of my sick uncle’s bed. It seemed a mystery to me that the same man who found me in the tent, had been the boy I scolded outside my uncle’s manor house. It seemed a bit like destiny that he kept finding me, although I didn’t remember him as clearly. He was a boy at a confusing time. He was a teenager at a time of dismay. Now, he was a man.

When his tale was complete, he looked a bit exhausted as if the weight of years got heavier instead of lifting off his shoulders. I was barely dressed as I left the bathroom in one of his large t-shirts. He undressed down to his boxers, which had become his custom and he covered us in his teenage bed.

I had to giggle as I snuggled up to face him.

“How many girls did you have in this thing?” I laughed, a bit bitterly with hope that the number wasn’t large.

“None,” he said immediately.

“Come on. No high school crush? Summer love? Stolen night or afternoon while your mother was away?”

“No one ever. In this bed.”

His words stunned me. Visions of Perk in hallways with women pinned to the wall and barrooms with girls on his lap filled my mind.

“Other beds, huh?” I questioned in disbelief. I’d seen his room the first night I stayed. It was obvious someone had slept there with him.

“No girl. No bed. Ever,” he repeated, staring up at the ceiling. He had one hand braced behind his head and the other lay between us, which wasn’t our customary position. I lay on my side, watching his body grow rigid with each part of my inquisition.

“I saw your room that first night. You’d had a girl there. Maybe not to sleep over, but someone had been there.” Bitterness was fully in my mouth at this point, as I envisioned someone else sleeping with him in the same manner we slept.

“No one in my bed. Before you,” he said, blowing out air. I could see his chest rising and falling exaggeratedly. If I didn’t know better, I thought he might be trying to calm himself as if he were about to explode at me.

“Perk, honest, it’s okay. I get it. You’re a rock star. Women have thrown themselves at you. It happens, right?” I wasn’t as convinced as I tried to sound, as if this was okay with me.

“Hollister, drop it. Please. There’s been no one else.”

“It’s fine, don’t tell me. I’m sure you’ve lost count,” I said snippily. Suddenly he turned to face me and the old mattress jiggled under his weight.

“I’m only going to say this once; one more time. There’s never been another woman in my bed. There’s never been any woman in any other bed with me. There hasn’t been any one else.”

From the glow of the moonlight outside his unshaded window, I saw his chocolaty eyes sparkle. His face was firm as he emphasized each word.

“Perkins, it’s okay…”

“Hollister, drop it,” he interrupted.

“I don’t need to know. I’m just…”

“I’m a virgin,” he blurted. The words hung in the darkened room.

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L.B. Dunbar loves to read to the point it might be classified as an addiction. The past few years especially she has relished the many fabulous YA authors, the new genre of New Adult, traditional romances, and historical romances. A romantic at heart, she’s been accused of having an overactive imagination, as if that was a bad thing. Author of the Sensations Collection, Sound Advice, Taste Test, Fragrance Free, Touch Screen, and the upcoming Sight Words, she is also author of the Legendary Rock Star series, beginning with The Legend of Arturo King. She grew up in Michigan, but has lived in Chicago for longer, calling it home with her husband and four children.

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Title: Mirage
Series: Mirage #1
Author: Alice Tribue
  Release Date: June 22, 2015

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I’m the woman your husband thinks about while he’s on top of you at night…
At least, that’s how I tell the girls I hire to think.
Being an escort is no easy job, and being a madame is no easier…

I’m in the business of selling fantasies and dreams to million dollar clients, and if you think what I do is harmful to society, then think again. (If it wasn’t for me, there’d be a lot more unhappy and unproductive businessmen and a lot more drug addicted prostitutes in the world)

I guard privacy and secrets with my own life, and I’ve never slipped up or got caught, not once.

But there’s something about the man I just met, something that makes me uneasy, especially since he’s interested in me…

And he’s offering me a whole lot more than anyone ever has before…

I’m just not sure if this is a risk worth taking–if letting him into my life is the right thing, or if the red flags I’m currently seeing are real or another mirage…

 

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Unlikely Allies
by C.C. Koen
Publication Date: June 13, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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What happens when a single mom’s four-year-old daughter falls in love with Mr. Right and she doesn’t?

Maggie Tyson’s rule: no bad boys. Her incarcerated ex-husband broke her of that attraction. Needing to escape his threats and the scrutiny of the people in her hometown, Maggie relocates to New York City. Determined to not make the same mistakes, she has a mile-long list of dos and don’ts. Unfortunately, her daughter, Cecily, doesn’t like to follow them. When Cecily wanders away from her and right into Rick Stone’s office, Maggie knows he’s the exact type she’s been trying to avoid. Can she resist him or will she succumb to his willful charm?

Rick Stone’s rule: bed them don’t wed them. Running a multi-billion dollar business doesn’t leave him with much time to do anything else, particularly with an overbearing grandfather breathing down his neck. But when a man works hard, he needs to play even harder. Voted America’s most eligible bachelor, Rick doesn’t have any problems getting women into his bed—except one.
Two auburn beauties stumble into his life.
One will break his heart.
The other—heal it.
Will he love or leave them?

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More Than Water
by Renee Ericson
Publication Date: 22 June 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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It doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t feel wrong. It just…feels.

EJ Cunning, an art history major, dates musicians. Foster Blake, a chemical engineering major, can’t sing a tune. They’re not each other’s type. They’re coworkers.

Then, one night leads to sex—sex between friends—which leads to an agreement. It all seems so simple—but nothing ever is.

Many layers build a person’s facade.

Look into the depths for what’s hidden within.

It’s more than water. It’s a story—a living and breathing substance beyond the reflective surface.

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Renee EricsonRenee Ericson is the author of the These Days series.

Originally from the Midwest, she now resides in a small town just outside of Boston with her husband and three children.

Most winters, Renee can be found on the slopes of the White Mountains skiing with her family. During the summer months, she likes to spend every spare minute at the beach soaking up the sea air. All those moments in between, she is talking to imaginary characters and caring for her children.

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