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Lost Before You by Brooke O’Brien Release Blitz, Review, & Giveaway!!!!

  

 

 Author Brooke O’Brien

 Lost Before You (Heart’s Compass #2)

 

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 New Adult 

 

 

I wish someone would’ve warned me about the dangers of falling in love with your best friend. 

I was no stranger to covering up my problems with meaningless sex and alcohol. 

When Brea asked me for one night to help her forget, I craved being the man she needed.

Just sex.

No commitment.

Then she begged me to promise her nothing would change between us. I couldn’t bring myself to lie to her.

One night.

One broken promise.

I will never forget the night I fell in love with my best friend, and now nothing will ever be the same.

*Lost Before You is an interconnected stand-alone. You do not need to read Where I Found You to enjoy this book.*

 

Christie’s Review

~5 Stars~

I haven’t read anything by Brooke O’Brien before, but I am so happy I found her! Friends to Lovers’ books are some of my favorites, and I LOVED this one!

Mason and Brea have been friends for a long time, but the two have harbored secret feelings for a while. Both have issues with trust, and Brea even more so because of her ex. She decides to throw caution to the wind and takes comfort in Mase for one night with no commitments. She can’t bear to lose him as her friend, and she knows Mase doesn’t do relationships. Of course, one night will change them! They have to finally deal with the feelings they have for one another, and it won’t be easy.

I couldn’t help but love Mase even if he was a player! He ALWAYS put Brea first. I loved the dual POVs because it gave me insight to their most personal thoughts. Despite his reputation, he was unsure of Brea. He knew he wanted long-term with her, but he was scared of getting hurt. I loved seeing that vulnerable side to him. Brea grew so much as a person throughout the book. She was so hurt by her past, and it greatly affected her. By the end of the book, she was someone different, and I liked her even better. She definitely proved she had a wonderful, forgiving heart. I thought she and Mase were perfect together, and I hoped they realized it before it was too late.

Lost Before You was a perfect title for this book! Mase and Brea were definitely lost before they found one another. Each had issues with their families, and together they were able to help and support one another. I can’t wait to read more in the series!!!!

 

 

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“Brooke O’Brien’s Heart’s Compass series provides a quiet refuge for lost hearts waiting to be found. Lost Before You is both sweet and satisfying, friends to lovers romance packed with intense friction yet you’ll still feel the heat long after your heart goes up in flames.” – Giovanna, Goodreads Reviewer

“I didn’t think it could get any better than Callum Reid, but I just hadn’t met his brother Mason yet!” – Amber, Book Obsessed Blog

“Lost Before You by Brooke O’Brien is emotional, extraordinary, and completely unforgettable. It’s a love story that felt real and was profoundly beautiful to read. Brea and Mason will make your heart pitter patter, and ovaries EXPLODE!” – Julia, The Romance Rebels

 

 

Where I Found You (Heart’s Compass #1)

 

 How do you protect your heart?

Build a wall.

Lock it away.

Let no one in.

Everyone should have a childhood worth remembering. Only I remember mine for all the wrong reasons. Starting over in a new town is hard enough. When you are running from your past, it doesn’t get any easier.

I was ready to say goodbye to the burdens I have carried. The pain I’ve experienced is more than anyone should have to face.

Then I met him…

He takes my breath away. I can’t ignore the way he makes me feel. I know he has the power to destroy me.

And that’s what scares me the most

 

 

 

 

Brooke O’Brien is the author of the Heart’s Compass series. Her debut novel, Where I Found You, released in May 2017. The second book in the Heart’s Compass series, Lost Before You, will release on October 27th.

Brooke lives in the Midwest with her high school sweetheart and their three children (both human and furry). Growing up Brooke always had a love of writing; she started out writing poetry when she was young and began journaling her thoughts as she grew older. Diving headfirst into a good book has always been therapeutic for her. Now her two passions have collided.

She believes you can cure any bad day with chocolate. Brooke enjoys going on long drives with no destination in mind. She’s found that’s when her characters talk to her the most! If she’s not reading or writing, you’ll probably find her spending time with her family, watching NBA basketball, going to the movies, or collecting signed paperbacks.

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A Little Too Late by Staci Hart Blog Tour With Excerpt & 5-Star Review!!!!

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“A Little Too Late came right on time. Five stars!”-Brittainy C. Cherry, Amazon #1 Bestselling Author

A Little Too Late, an all-new romantic standalone from Staci Hart is available NOW!

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A Little Too Late by Staci Hart

Publishing Date: October 24th, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance

I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with the nanny.

When my wife left, she took the illusion of happiness with her, and I’ve been caught in a free fall ever since. For nine long months, I’ve been fighting to figure out how to be a single dad, how to be alone.

For nine long months, I’ve been failing.

When Hannah walked through the door, I took my first breath since I’d found myself on my own. She slipped into our lives effortlessly, showing me what I’ve been missing all these years. Because Hannah made me smile when I thought I’d packed the notion of happiness away with my wedding album.

She was only supposed to be the nanny, but she’s so much more.

The day my wife left should have been the worst day of my life, but it wasn’t. It was when Hannah walked away, taking my heart with her.

 

Christie’s Review

~5 Stars~

Top Read of 2017

 

Oh my, Staci Hart has stolen my heart again with a sweet, sexy romance full of emotion and characters I fell in love with. Hannah has come to America from The Netherlands as an au pair. Her first job didn’t go at all like she planned, and for her own sanity and safety, she had to quit. Now, she has the chance at another job, and she has to make this work. When handsome, single father, Charlie opens the door and sees the beautiful Hannah, neither one will ever be the same!

Charlie and Hannah were destined to be together. Both have been hurt in different ways, and that hurt and pain has caused them not to trust others easily. The attraction and bond these two share is evident from the very first time they lay eyes on each other, and it grows every day. Of course, they try to fight it. He is amazed by her kindness and love he sees when she is with his children, Maven and Sammy. Those moments were some of the most heart-felt and sweetest of the book. Charlie has been living in a place with no color and joy, and Hannah brings that back to his life. He continually beats himself up for always working and not having time for his children. Again, Hannah helps him learn how to be a fantastic father. Charlie helps Hannah realize her dreams as well. As good as these two are together, there are outside forces that threaten to tear them apart. I just hoped they learned from their past and had learned to trust one another.

Staci Hart is so good at what she does. The book is well-written, and the characters, even the secondary ones like Katie, Charlie’s housekeeper, Charlie’s children, Sammy and Maven, Hannah’s best friend and family bring even more color and life to the book. Hart is a master at using small nuances, like small glances and touches, to make you feel the emotions and pull of the characters. If you like a good love story with the right combination of emotion, romance, and spice, you need to grab this one today!

Excerpt:

CHARLIE

The next morning, I was up and in my office before anyone was awake, attacking my work with newfound enthusiasm and a plan in mind. Because I wanted to feel like I’d felt the night before in the kitchen again, and there was only one way to get that back.

Today, I would take a few breaks and be present. Today, I would change, work be damned. Today would mark the first real attempt. Because change wouldn’t happen on its own. I had to make it happen. And to make it happen, I would have to put boundaries in place, starting with my weekends.

I checked the clock around eleven that morning and closed my laptop, pushing away from my desk and heading up the stairs in search of my children.

When I rounded the corner into the kitchen, I found them sitting at the table with their lunches. And when they saw me, their smiles validated my grand plans with unwavering certainty.

“Hey, guys,” I said, smiling back as I walked over to them, ruffling Sammy’s hair when I passed him.

“Hi, Daddy,” he said.

Maven’s mouth was full, so she just waved, and Hannah smiled at me from the island where she was setting up a spread for sandwiches.

I snagged a grape off Maven’s plate and popped it into my mouth. She handed me another, which I accepted.

“Thanks, pumpkin.”

“Are you done working?” Sammy asked hopefully.

“’Fraid not, bud. But I thought I’d come have lunch with you. Is that okay?”

“Yeah! Want a Nilla Wafer?”

“Psh, obviously. And I thought we could play for a little bit before I have to get back to work. What do you say?”

He nodded, grinning. “We can play trucks! You be the bulldozer and I’ll be the tractor and Maven can be the monster truck and Hannah can be the ambulance because she helps people.”

“Perfect,” I said on a chuckle.

A burst of color caught my eye. A vase on the windowsill behind the table held a spray of red and orange tulips.

“Those are beautiful,” I said, gesturing to them. “Where did they come from?”

“Oh, I picked them up this morning,” Hannah said with that ever-present smile.

“Feeling homesick?”

“Always a little. But I love having fresh flowers in the house, something bright and delicate and alive. Well, maybe not alive anymore, but it feels alive, doesn’t it?”

“It does,” I said as I moved to her side.

“Can I make you a sandwich?” Hannah asked.

“Nah, I think I can manage, thanks. How’s it going this morning?”

“It’s good. We went to the park this morning.”

“I rode my bike!” Sammy crowed.

“Did you? No bumps or scrapes?”

“Nope!”

“I’m impressed. Maybe next time I can come too,” I said, hoping it was something I could deliver as I reached into the bread bag for a stack.

Hannah turned to the cupboard, returning with a plate for me.

“Thank you.”

She was still smiling, standing at my side, assembling her sandwich. It was so mundane, something completely and utterly boring, but like the weirdo that I was, I found myself watching her hands as she folded cold cuts. We worked around each other—not that it was complicated, but there was a sort of rhythm between us, a natural pace wherein I used what she wasn’t and finished just as she needed what I had. I wasn’t sure why I noticed it, but I did, and I appreciated the simple synchronicity of the moment, a breath where things were easy.

I passed her the mustard as she handed me the ham. “So, I was thinking …” I paused.

“Oh, were you?” She glanced over at me with a hint of mirth at the corners of her lips.

“I know. I almost sprained something.”

Hannah laughed gently.

“If it’s okay, I think I’d like to try to handle bedtime tonight.”

“Of course it’s okay; they’re your children.” That time, her laughter was sweet.

“Do you … would you … do you think you could maybe …”

She shifted to face me, her eyes full of encouragement.

“Would you mind … helping me?”

Hannah nodded, her smile opening up. “That’s what I’m here for. Just let me know what you’d like me to do.”

I smiled back. “I’m sorry. I know it sounds stupid. I just … I haven’t done this much on my own, but I’d like to start.”

Her eyes softened, caught by slanting light, lighting up with sunshine. “There’s nothing to be afraid of,” she said simply.

I didn’t speak.

“There’s no right or wrong, and they don’t care about anything other than you being there. It’s simple enough; you only have to try.”

“Is it really that easy?”

“It really is. You’ll see.” She reached for my arm and gave it a squeeze that wasn’t meant to be anything but friendly but held something more, something in the pressure in her fingertips and the depths of her eyes.

It was something I did my very best to ignore. But I felt the heat of those fingertips long after they were gone, even as we sat across the table from each other eating lunch, the tulips in the vase behind her bowing their long heads as the sunlight illuminated them, exposing what was hidden within their petals.

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About the Author

Staci has been a lot of things up to this point in her life — a graphic designer, an entrepreneur, a seamstress, a clothing and handbag designer, a waitress. Can’t forget that. She’s also been a mom, with three little girls who are sure to grow up to break a number of hearts. She’s been a wife, though she’s certainly not the cleanest, or the best cook. She’s also super, duper fun at a party, especially if she’s been drinking whiskey.

From roots in Houston to a seven year stint in Southern California, Staci and her family ended up settling somewhere in between and equally north, in Denver. They are new enough that snow is still magical. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, sleeping, gaming, or designing graphics.

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Second Chances by T.M. Franklin Cover Reveal With Pre-Order Links

 

 

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Cover Reveal: Second Chances

by T.M. Franklin

 

Genre: Second Chance / Holiday Romance / Adult Contemporary Romance

 

 

Available for Pre Order on all PLATFORMS!

 

 

Sometimes second chances aren’t quite what you expect.

 

Every Christmas Eve, Carter Reed sits in a bar and regrets the decision he made ten years earlier that tore the love of his life from him. Mackenzie Monroe was his everything, but he left her behind to follow his dreams.

 

Now those dreams all revolve around her. The one that got away.

 

Or so he thinks.

 

A not-so-chance encounter with a mysterious stranger sends Carter on a mystical journey to fix the mistakes of the past. But he quickly finds out making things right isn’t as simple as making a different choice. And if he doesn’t find the key to Kenzie’s heart, he could lose her all over again.

 

Second Chances is a story about a man who gets a peek at what his life could be, if only he’d walked a different path. In the tradition of It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, it’s a heartwarming romance sprinkled with a touch of magic that’s sure to become a holiday favorite.

 

 

 

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Finding Our Course (Collision Course Duet) by Ahren Sanders Release Day Blitz With Giveaway!!!!

 

 

Title: Finding Our Course
Author: Ahren Sanders
Genre: New Adult/Military/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 23, 2017
Blurb

 

I fell in love with my brother’s best friend the first time I laid eyes on him. He walked through the door, flashing me a crooked smile with his blue eyes shining bright. I knew in that instant, he was the man of my dreams.
As the years went on, my feelings grew stronger, waiting for the day he’d see me as more.

“Devon Harris, when you turn eighteen, I hope to God you still feel this way.” Bryce whispered sweetly, hugging me close.

“I will.” I vowed, knowing this was a promise I’d keep. 

Then the unthinkable happened.
Bryce shattered my heart into a million pieces, leaving me devastated beyond repair.
I took the only choice I had, leaving behind my dreams of him and any chance at a future together.
Time and distance did little to heal my heartache, but I forced myself to move on.

Right when my life starts to make sense, Bryce returns.
I tell him it’s too late, but he’s determined to prove me wrong.
Together, we’re thrust into a world of undying passion, unrelenting devotion, and promises of a future worth fighting for.
But life has a way of threatening even the most solid foundation and our bonds are tested. We find ourselves facing obstacles and decisions that change the course of our lives-forever.
Can we really have it all?

For the first time ever you can read the epic love story of Bryce and Devon in one edition. Finding Our Course, the Collision Course Duet was previously published in two separate books, Finding our Way and Staying on Course. 

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Ahren spent her formative years living in an active volcano. There her family made collectible lava art. She studied rock collecting at the Sorbonne in France. There she met the love of her life-her pet pig Sybil. She returned to the states and started writing. She is happily married to a guy who used to live under a bridge and she met while pole-dancing.

Now, meet the real me. I grew up in the south and consider myself a true “Southerner”. Most of the special locations mentioned in my books are reflections of my favorite places. Living on the Florida coast, my family spends a lot time at the beach which is where I usually can be found with a book in my hand.  

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Colby (Drake Brothers Book 3) by Casey Peeler Release Day Blitz With Excerpt

 

 

 

 

Colby Drake is Mr. Fix It and likes to take things into his own hands. Working in Aunt Tootie’s shop, Dixie is always taking matters into her own hands, and Colby is determined to solve all her problems regardless of whether she wants the help or not. But she’s no damsel in distress looking to be saved.

The moment the door to the store flies open, it takes all of two seconds to see that ginger walk back in here like she’s done a minimum of two times a week since she arrived into town three months ago. Dixie is a spitfire with hair to match, emerald eyes, and is fucking independent as hell.

“Mornin’, Colby. I got a leak at the shop. Can you tell me if you’ve got one of these?” she says as she tosses the spray hose on the counter. Looking at it, it’s an easy fix, and I know I’ve got the Belvedere hose that should easily fix it.

“Yeah, come on. It’s on aisle three.”

“Thank goodness! How the hell am I going to shampoo hair without a freaking sprayer?”

“You could use a cup,” I say as I try to refrain from laughing.

Rolling her eyes, she places her hands on her hips. Shit. Here it comes. “Drake, you listen. I will not have folks getting shampooed with a freaking cup. This ain’t some five-dollar mall beauty parlor. I’ve got a good thing going, but damn, every time I turn around something’s falling apart.”

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Casey Peeler grew up in North Carolina and still lives there with her husband and daughter.

Growing up Casey wasn’t an avid reader or writer, but after reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston during her senior year of high school, and multiple Nicholas Sparks’ novels, she found a hidden love and appreciation for reading.  That love ignited the passion for writing several years later, and her writing style combines real life scenarios with morals and values teenagers need in their daily lives.

When Casey isn’t writing, you can find her near a body of water listening to country music with a cold beverage and a great book.

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When Dawn Breaks by Melissa Toppen Cover Reveal With Pre-Order Link

Title: When Dawn Breaks

Author: Melissa Toppen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 10, 2017

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Synopsis

Life is hard. There’s no secret in that statement.

Life. Is. Hard.

Simple enough.

But my life hasn’t just been hard…

I’ve gotten used to it over the years—come to expect it really. So when fate hands me yet another big f*ck you, I’m not even a little bit surprised.

Why should I be? I mean, after everything I’ve been through, why not throw my best friend’s ex-boyfriend into the mix and see how royally I can screw this up too.

It doesn’t matter that he loved her first.

It doesn’t matter that he’s wrong for me in every way possible.

It doesn’t matter that being with him could ruin everything.

One touch and I already know it’s too late…

When Dawn Breaks is a standalone Contemporary Romance. It can be read following Tess and Sebastian’s story (Where the Night Ends) or completely on its own.

*This book contains content pertaining to sexual and physical abuse. Not recommended for readers who are sensitive to this subject matter.

 

 

About The Author

 

Melissa Toppen is a Bestselling Romance Author of New Adult, Coming-of-Age, Contemporary, Erotic and Romantic Suspense. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read. Melissa was born and raised in a small town in Ohio and now resides in Cincinnati with her husband and two children, where she writes full time. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Melissa loves going to concerts and is obsessed with the T.V. shows: Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time and Outlander.

 

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Bad at Love by Karina Halle

 

Release Date: November 16th

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Designer: Hang Le

Bad at Love, an all-new contemporary STANDALONE by New York Times Bestselling author Karina Halle is coming November 16th!!!

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She’s bad at love, but he’s even worse…

Marina is hot, blonde, and wickedly smart, but when it comes to men? She’s hopeless. Between her quirks and her lack of filter, there isn’t a man in Los Angeles that will stick around after the third date.

Her handsome, charming friend Lazarus has the opposite problem. Everyone wants to be his girlfriend, but he gets bored and moves on quickly.

There’s only one way to figure out why neither of them has cracked this love thing– they’ll date each other. On paper, it’s the perfect experiment. But in reality, things between Marina and Laz get complicated quickly.

They might be bad at love, but they are even worse at being friends.

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Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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