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~ The Truth of Tristan Lyons (Legendary Rock Stars #4) by LB Dunbar Release Blitz + Review + Giveaway ~

 

 

Title: The Truth of Tristan Lyons
Series: Legendary Rock Stars #4
 Author: L.B. Dunbar
Genre: Rock Star Romance
  Release Date: July 27, 2015
 Synopsis

 

Heartbreaker.

I understand why I have the nickname. Hey, what can I say? I like women. All women. It doesn’t matter what shape, size, or color. I’m even into sharing. I’ve done it all, seen it all, but I’m at an all-time low. Who wouldn’t be? My best friend is missing. My uncle’s an asshole. I don’t know who I am without The Nights. We are a band of brothers, soldiering through the world with our music. Only, our faithful leader is gone, and everyone else in the band is falling for the oldest trap: love. Love is a lie. It is painful. It is hurtful.

I need a break. I want to be alone. I’m not prepared to share the exclusive home on the Island. I’m not prepared for her. I don’t know who she is or why she’s here. She tells me to call her Ireland. I tell her my first name only. Originally, I don’t want to believe she doesn’t recognize me. Bass guitarist for The Nights, come on? After a while we both play the game. Secrets are another form of lies, aren’t they?

Our fantasy will crash to reality too soon. Secrets catch up to you. The truth has to be told. It confirms what I already know: love is a lie.

Until her.

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The Truth of Tristan Lyons excerpt © L.B. Dunbar
 
I
wanted to know who she was. Scratch that, I didn’t care who she was. I wanted
to know how she got in the house. Damn these fangirls, sometimes.  They knew no shame. 
“Hey,”
I said grabbing her upper arm. “How did you get in here?”
She
seemed caught unaware of my approach and screamed loudly, pushing at my chest
hard enough, the sheer surprise forced me to let go of her.
With
her hand on her chest and her breasts rising and falling in great agitation, I
was able to see her big blue eyes and the sprinkle of freckles across her nose.
Her chin length blonde hair fell forward as she bent to clasp her knees and
catch her breath.
Standing
up almost as quickly as she bent over, she spoke to me through delicious
looking pink lips.
“Who
the fuck are you?” she growled.
“Who
the fuck, are you?” I returned.
“I’m…”
“You
know what, never mind. You need to go,” I said, cutting her off and reaching
for her upper arm again. “I don’t know how you got in here, where you came
from, or how you found me, but you need to go.”
I
began to tug her toward the front entry, her feet sliding in her flip-flops
across the tile flooring. She pulled back, and the force made her skid on an
angle across the slippery surface as I dragged her. She continued to glare at
me quizzically, leaning away from me.
“I
don’t know what you are talking about?”
“Did
you follow me, is that it? See me in the airport?”
“What?”
“Okay,
I love you too, now you need to go. Okay?”
“What
are you talking about?”
“Don’t
pretend you don’t know who I am?”
“I
don’t.”
I
stopped, still holding firmly to her arm. Something in her voice sounded like
she was being serious.
“I’m
Tristan.”
She
blinked, confusion clearly on her face. I was thoughtful for a moment. It was
the innocence in her blue eyes, and the fact she looked like she might cry.
Something wasn’t right with this scenario.
“Trist
– an,” I said slowly, as if she had some type of hearing impairment.
“Who?”
I
narrowed my eyes at her.
“What
kind of music do you listen to?”
“Country,”
she answered so quickly, she didn’t even blink an eye or stop for thought. On
top of that, she said it in such a way that showed she was thoroughly confused,
and almost disgusted with me, for even asking such a ridiculous question. She wrinkled
her nose.
“Look,
I know the owner, and you shouldn’t be here.”
“I
know the owner,” I repeated, “and you shouldn’t be here.”
“I’m
not leaving,” she said, pulling at her own arm again and sticking out a hand to
press against my chest as leverage. I had tugged my shirt off at some point
while I was passed out, and her warm hand felt good on my air-conditioned cool
skin. Her hand was tiny, I noticed. All of her was thin.
“I’m
supposed to be here. Alone,” I emphasized again.
She
didn’t respond, so I added, “I think I’ll just call the owner myself, to see
where the mix up is.”
“No,”
she blurted, stopping in her physical struggle against me. Her eyes opened even
wider, if that was possible, and her face was suddenly full of something I
couldn’t read. Her blue eyes brightened in a frightening sort of way. Was that
fear? Good, she should be afraid.
“Please.
I swear. I’m allowed to be here. You don’t need to call Isa.” 
She
had me. I didn’t really know who Isa was, and the girl sounded confident enough
that I let her call my bluff.
“If
there is a mistake, and you were scheduled to stay as well, I won’t complain.
As a matter of fact, I won’t even be in your way. You won’t even know I’m here.
I plan to keep to myself.”  Her eyes were
glassy, and again I worried she was about to cry.
I
released her arm and she pulled it back quickly. She fisted the hand of that
arm, holding it against her chest. She began rubbing her upper arm with the
opposite hand. I noticed again that she was thin, as were her breasts. I didn’t
care for small chested girls. I didn’t care for her.
“Well,
I’m Tristan, whom you claim to not know, and you are?”
“I’m…Ireland.”
“Ireland
what?”
“Just…Ireland.”
I
shook my head.
“So
this is how we’re going to play it? Fine, my Irish Isle. What are you doing in
the Caymans?”
She
looked at me for a moment, then leaned toward me and sniffed. She held the
disgusted expression on her face and wrinkled her nose as she pulled back.
“Probably
the same thing as you.”
“Drinking
myself into oblivion?” I laughed, crossing my arms over my bare chest
defensively.

“Hiding,” she replied.

christie review 5 star a

“This was real and honest. The moral of my tale was nothing truer than love; our heart will always find a way to win.” ~Tristan~

 

PHENOMENAL, AWESOME, I could go on and on about how much I loved this book. I fell in love with Tristan and Ireland from the very first pages of the book! I literally finished this book in one sitting. I’m sure I stopped to do some things, but I couldn’t tell you what I did. I just wanted to know if Tristan finally got his HEA!

Tristan, the sexy, party boy has decided to escape the events that have forever altered the band. He arrives in a tropical paradise that will give him the break he needs, but his restful respite is interrupted by a beautiful stranger, Ireland. Fireworks erupt from their first meeting and not in a good way. The two really don’t like each other, at first, but that changes as they come to a peaceful co-existence. A tenuous friendship begins, and the two really enjoy spending time with each other, yet at the same time, they are fighting their underlying attraction to each other. Will they finally give into their desires? If they do, will their relationship be able to survive when they return to their normal lives, especially when their secrets come to light, and they realize their lives are connected in a way they never imagined?

As with all of the books in the series, The Truth of Tristan Lyons, is based on a medieval tale; this beautiful, emotional one is based on Tristan and Isolde. And, I felt incredibly connected to the characters like I always do in each one of Dunbar’s books. What struck me most about these two is they are physically stunning, and in a sense the world doesn’t see past their physical beauty and see their true beauty lies in their souls. The public thinks they have perfect lives, but little do they know each has lived with pain of some sort of rejection in their pasts. They love each other for who they truly are…flaws and all.

Like the other books in the series, the mystery (which I am not telling you about) continues to deepen. Some questions are answered, but at the same time, more questions arise. As one mystery is answered, another one begins. The mystery, along with Dunbar’s descriptive writing, will pull you in and not let you go until the end. Then, when the end arrives, you will hate that you finished so quickly, but you can look forward to the next book, and just pray that it will be soon!

I have written this review at least three times, trying to get it right, so that you, my fellow readers, would know how fantastic this book was. L.B. Dunbar continues to amaze me with each book she writes. She truly captures the romance, adventure, and magic of medieval legends and makes her own modern love story. And, with every book she writes she just gets better. She gives her readers just enough mystery throughout each book to keep us anxiously awaiting the next one…which may I say cannot come quick enough. If you’ve never read anything by this talented writer, you really ought to journey into the magical world that is The Legendary Rock Stars.

 

Abou the author

 

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 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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I’d like to say I was always a writer. I’d also like to say that I wrote every day of my life since a child. That I took the teaching advice I give my former students because writing every day improves your writing. I’d like to say I have my ten-thousand hours that makes me a proficient writer. But I can’t say any of those things. I did dream of writing the “Great American Novel” until one day a friend said: Why does it have to be great? Why can’t it just be good and tell a story?

As a teenager, I wrote your typical love-angst poetry that did occasionally win me an award and honor me with addressing my senior high school class at our Baccalaureate Mass. I didn’t keep a journal because I was too afraid my mom would find it in the mattress where I kept my copy of Judy Blume’s Forever that I wasn’t allowed to read as a twelve year old.

I can say that books have been my life. I’m a reader. I loved to read the day I discovered “The Three Bears” as a first grader, and ever since then, the written word has been my friend. Books were an escape for me. An adventure to the unknown. A love affair I’d never know. I could be lost for hours in a book.

So why writing now? I had a story to tell. It haunted me from the moment I decided if I just wrote it down it would go away. But it didn’t. Three years after writing the first draft, a sign (yes, I believe in them) told me to fix up that draft and work the process to have it published. That’s what I did. But one story let to another, and another, and another. Then a new idea came into my head and a new storyline was created.

I was accused (that’s the correct word) of having an overactive imagination as a child, as if that was a bad thing. I’ve also been accused of having the personality of a Jack Russell terrier, full of energy, unable to relax, and always one step ahead. What can I say other than I have stories to tell and I think you’ll like them. If you don’t, that’s okay. We all have our book boyfriends. We all have our favorites. Whatever you do, though, take time for yourself and read a book. 

L.B. Dunbar

 

 

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~ REVIEW: Punching and Kissing by Helena Newbury ~

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Synopsis

Unless he can teach me how to fight, I’m dead. But our feelings for each other could destroy us both.

When an illegal underground fight leaves my brother in the hospital, I make a desperate deal to save his life: I volunteer to fight in his place. In thirty days, I’ve got to walk into the ring, a woman in a man’s world…and I’ve never even thrown a punch. I have one chance to survive. I need a badass who can teach me to be as tough as him. I need Aedan O’Harra, the blue-eyed, Irish beast of a man who everyone fears.

As we spar and wrestle, I begin to see the man inside him, the one no one else can. It gets harder and harder for us to control our feelings. Can I help him break free of the dark secrets that haunt him and can we save each other, or will we both be defeated? Because neither of us is ready for how dark and desperate this fight will become.

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Helena Newbury has become one of my go to authors! From start to finish, she has such an amazing ability to suck you into her stories and fall in love with her characters.

Sylvie and Aedan meet during unusual and unpleasant circumstances. Aedan helps Sylvie about of a very bad situation, and even though it’s not the right place or the right time, they both feel this unbearable urge to be with each other. However, Aedan’s past mistakes come to the forefront of his mind, and he decides to walk about from someone who could help save himself.

However, these two aren’t apart for too long, Sylvie seeks out Aedan for help to save her brother’s life. After a lot of thought, Aedan finally agrees, and this is where things start to get interesting.

When these two finally give in to their feelings for each other, boy do the pages catch on fire! But things are going to be such a smooth ride for these two. Aedan still fights with his past, and Sylvie has to fight with what could be her present.

Will these two be able to make it through the hurdles in their way? Or will the danger they have to face be what ruins them. Sometimes you can’t overcome evil, sometimes it takes over and destroys everything.

As I said before, Helena is definitely a go to author for me! I’ve never been disappointed by any of her books and I’m excited to read even more from her. If you haven’t read any of her books, DO SO NOW!

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

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~ Smolder (Ignite Series #2) by Kate Benson Blog Tour + Review ~

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Smolder (Ignite Series #2) 

By – Kate Benson

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25402107-smolder

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Synopsis

Two years after a misunderstanding pulls free-spirited Addison Greyson from tenacious Zeke Turner’s life, fate finds a way to give her back.

Not all reunions are simple, though.

Between a sordid arrangement she made to save her father, the secret she vowed to keep and her twisted new reality, Addie returns to Zeke a different girl.

When their attraction to each other proves too much to deny, they reunite in secret, rekindling their long lost love in the shadows. Their feelings ignite

into something more and staying apart is no longer an option.

Fighting to stay together when it seems the whole world wants them apart won’t be easy.

They soon realize it never was.

Will giving into the desires that smolder beneath the surface be the one thing that saves them?

Or will they find out the hard way that some things are best kept secret?

Smolder is the second and final anticipated installment in The Ignite Series. It is full-length and multi-POV.

 

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christie review 5 star a

Absolutely LOVED this book!!! I was excited yet nervous about being reunited with one of my favorite book couples, Addie and Zeke. I was unsure how all this was going to turn out after finishing the first book, Ignite. But, I shouldn’t have worried…I mean we are talking about the amazing Kate Benson here. Smolder continues the sweet and “smoldering” relationship between Zeke and Addie. The two have a plan to finally get Addie out from under the sleazy and dangerous Chad. They try to keep their distance, but their love and desire for each other make it very difficult. Along the way, they find some allies who will help them meet in secret. But, is that enough? Will Addie and Zeke find a way to finally be free and get the HEA they have been denied for too long?

Smolder had all the spice, sweetness, and heat that I wanted, yet there were some twists and secrets that I didn’t see coming…some good and some not so good. We finally get to see Chad’s true motive for keeping Addie under his thumb. As the two become even closer, I realized even more that these two were destined to be together. Their relationship makes you believe in destiny, soul mates, and romance that is written in the stars, even though they have to go through so much pain and sacrifice to be together. Each character matured more throughout the book, and I really loved seeing Addie grow into a woman who stood up to the “bullies” in her life. You rock, Addie! The epilogue was just the perfect icing on the cake….it was perfect for Addie and Zeke!

I know I sound like a broken record where Kate is concerned, but it’s the truth. She is an amazing writer. I picked up her first book, The Promise, just over a year ago, and with each book and each series, she continues to grow with each book she writes. Each of her series is different, and each character is different, but as an avid reader, I know she writes from the heart…it’s something she enjoys, and I know her characters come from the heart. All of those emotions come across in every book she writes. I am always looking forward to seeing what she is writing next. Another great book, Kate!!!!

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~ Falling for Her (The Falcon Club, #2) by Amy Stephens Cover Reveal ~

 

Falling for Her by Amy Stephens

Title: Falling For Her

Author: Amy Stephens

Series: The Falcon Club, #2

Publisher: Booktrope

Publication Date: August 2015

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25951683-falling-for-her?ac=1

Synopsis

Jaime Garcia had dreams. Growing up poor, he always knew his chances of attending college were slim. With no father in their home, he did everything he could to help his family, including working side jobs that sometimes required him to do things that weren’t always safe or smart.

One night, Jaime found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sent away for a crime that never should have happened, his attorney plea bargained a sentence that put him in a federal prison camp far away from home and his family.

As the years passed by, Jaime adjusted to his life in prison and found a way to fulfill his dream of earning a college degree all while being incarcerated. What he hadn’t expected though was to meet someone he would become attracted to, someone who knew nothing about his past. Jaime and Erica were placed together in a study group for a class assignment. They instantly have a connection and enjoy spending time together in the military library.

At first, Erica doesn’t know that Jaime is different from the other military men on base. However, when she discovers the truth behind the jumpsuit he wears bearing the name The Falcon Club, how will it affect their friendship and the relationship that has started to develop between the two of them? Can Jaime convince Erica he is falling for her and not just taking advantage of her because of his situation? The Falcon Club: Falling for Her, book two in the two-part series, is told from Jaime’s point of view and should be read after Falling for Him, Erica’s story.

Falling for Him (The Falcon Club, #1) by Amy Stephens

Falling for Him by Amy Stephens

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Abou the author

Amy Stephens is a new adult/contemporary romance author. Originally from Greenville, Alabama, she now lives in Robertsdale, Alabama, just minutes from the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast beaches, with her husband and son. She is a graduate of Troy University with a Master’s in Human Resource Management. She works in retail management full-time during the day and pursues her passion for writing in her down time.

When she’s not working or writing, you will find her reading, watching her favorite football team, the Auburn Tigers, her favorite baseball team, the Atlanta Braves, or watching NASCAR. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

She’s just recently completed her second series: The Falcon Club: Falling for Him (book one) and The Falcon Club: Falling for Her (book two). Both are available through Booktrope.
She is also the author of the Coming Home series: Don’t Turn Back (May 2014), Never Look Back (September 2014) and Heart of the Matter (November 2014). The Ride Home for Christmas (December 2014) is her first standalone holiday romance novella.

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~ Ready to Love by Franca Storm Cover Reveal + Giveaway ~

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Ready to Love
by Franca Storm
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: August 10, 2015

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Synopsis

She is the one woman who is always off limits…

College rocker and infamous playboy, John Kingston, has screwed his way through most of the women on campus. But there’s one woman he will never touch: his best friend and band mate, Nicki. For four years, he’s been her protector and her confidant.

When arrogant frat guy, Axel, attempts to make a claim on her, John suffers a painful wakeup call, quickly realizing that his feelings for Nicki are not purely platonic. Recognizing that Axel’s intentions are anything but innocent, John’s possessiveness spirals out of control, sparking a dangerous feud.

Nicola Lewis can’t bear to be touched. Haunted by an awful past that she has been unable to escape, she has kept her distance from the opposite sex. And she’s been just fine living her life that way: safe and uncomplicated with no chance of getting hurt again.

Until an unexpected kiss changes everything…

But John and Nicki must decide whether the burgeoning desire between them is worth the risk. Is this a case of love conquers all, or a huge mistake that could destroy everything?

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Abou the author

Franca was born in Surrey, England and currently lives in Niagara Falls, Canada with her husband and their labrador, Rocky.

She is a long-time lover of erotica and romance novels, especially those with sexy-as-sin alpha males. She decided to try her hand at writing her own and writing romance is now her obsession and the perfect way to put her dirty mind to good use!

Her writing spans many different sub-genres of romance: contemporary, biker romance, paranormal romance, new adult, romantic erotica and romance suspense. She’s got a ton of stories to tell and many more works up her sleeve.

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~ Starving Faithful by Amy Lynn Cover Reveal ~

Take a look at this amazing cover by brand new author Amy Lynn!!

Twinsie Talk is proud to be the first to show you the Starving Faithful cover!

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Starving Faithful

Amy Lynn

Synopsis

Ava Lauren has it all.
Everything a woman could ever want.
Until everything fades away…..

Despite his parent’s disapproval, Bradley Lauren married the love of his life. He looks at Ava as if she is the purest angel of them all, but he has a secret. One that could destroy them.

Abram Kent is unadulterated sex in a suit. A successful bachelor who’s used to getting what he wants and this time, his sights are set on a pair of wings.

What could go wrong?
Even when she’s Starving….
Will she still be Faithful?

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