Five Reasons To Go by Candace Knoebel – Blurb Reveal

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Good morning lovelies! I am so excited about this post. A while ago I posted the cover reveal to The Risky Hearts Duet and this past week I reviewed the first book of the duet, Ten Reasons To Stay. Spoiler alert: I LOVED IT. Today I’m lucky enough to reveal to you guys the synopsis for the second book of the duet, Five Reasons To Go! Take a peek below, I promise it sounds just as awesome and I can’t wait to read it.

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Title: Five Reasons To Go
Author: Candace Knoebel
Series: The Risky Hearts Duet #2
Publication Date: October 25, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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One day a week. That was his rule. And it was also our downfall.

My marriage to Hank was one of convenience. When I got pregnant at sixteen, he took me in and kept a roof over my naïve head. We had an agreement—we could sleep with whomever we wanted so long as our children were kept in the dark. It worked great… until it didn’t.

Cocky Jack Swanson was never supposed to be mine. His marriage was open, but his heart was guarded… until he slowly let me in, revealing an alluring man with a painful past. With him, I felt what love could be. I felt wanted… needed. I’d never wanted to fall in love… but then I did.

And now… the rules have changed.

Jack isn’t the same man I fell for. Broken and gutted from his divorce, he’s a shell of who he once was. Sullen and worn down. I know I can bring the good in him back out, if only he’ll let me in. If only he’ll just stay, instead of giving me all his reasons to go.

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About Candace Knoebel:

Candace Knoebel is a hopeless romantic with an affinity for whiskey and good music. Her love of words began when she met the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs. She’s a self-proclaimed Lost Girl. Words are her mirror.

With two completed series, her work ranges from paranormal to contemporary, all centered heavily around romance. Currently she lives in Florida with her husband and two children, and has just completed her fifteenth novel, Ten Reasons to Stay.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Characters I’d Want as a Best Friend

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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly feature over at Bionic Book Worm.

This week’s topic is five characters I’d want as a best friend. While a lot of times we tend to focus on our bookish crushes, there are plenty of characters out there who warrant the title of best friend. Read below to see my five picks!

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1. Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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2. Dorian from the Throne of Glass series

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3. Arsinoe from the Three Dark Crowns series

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4. Savannah, Paige, Vivienne, and Charlotte from One More Moment

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5. Jeremiah from The Summer I Turned Pretty Series

Review: Hot Spell by Mia London & Susan Sheehey – Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Today is a super exciting day! It’s my day on the blog tour of HOT SPELL by Mia London & Susan Sheehey!

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Title: Hot Spell
Author: Mia London & Susan Sheehey
Series: Sweet Escape Series #2
Publisher: Amepphire Press
Publication Date: Septembre 5, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Recieved an electronic copy from the author/InkSlinger PR for the purpose of this blog tour in exchange for an honest review

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Rating: 4 stars

She never trusted unconditional love. He never believed he’d be worthy.

Almost-Olympian gymnast Jordan Beck has coordinated an emergency vacation getaway in Puerto Vallarta for her broken-hearted bestie. Nightly parties, exotic drinks, and sandy beaches are just what she has in mind for her and her friends. She strives for perfection in everything she does and believes she’s found it in the emerald-eyed bartender who doesn’t back down from her challenge.

Zac Durant learned early on that life is a gift and he’s determined to live his to the fullest. Scuba, surfing, tending bar by the ocean, his abuelita’s tamales. He’s content–until a Latina beauty struts across his pool patio and orders his best drink. Zac isn’t the kind to hook up with the resort guests but Jordan changes his mind.

Zac and Jordan know this sensual interlude in paradise is a vacation fling but when sparks turn to fireworks, they are tempted to believe in something real. The illusion of perfection vanishes and Jordan panics, erecting walls around her cautious heart, sabotaging their chance at happily ever after. It is up to Zac to prove that unconditional love is worth a shot at the gold.

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Review:

The girls of the Sweet Escape Series are back again, and this time they’re headed to Mexico. After Liddy goes through a bad breakup, Jordan takes it upon herself to plan a getaway for them and Sam to one of the beautiful all inclusives of Mexico. Considering how well it worked for Sam when they went away (read Dry Spell), it only made sense to go on another trip when one of the girls was in need.

The resort is full of everything you could need for a girls getaway. Beaches, bars, shopping. It’s exactly what Jordan had planned to make Liddy feel better. What Jordan didn’t plan on was finding the hottest bartender on the resort to catch her eye. In comes Zac. The resort bartender who also happens to have moved to Mexico to care for his sick grandmother. Um, perfect much?

Jordan and Zac were both two amazing characters to read about. Jordan had her fair share of baggage from growing up and Zac hadn’t really found any one that piqued his interest because of bartending and caregiving. The moment they lock eyes, however, the attraction is instant.

I enjoyed the build up of the romance. While ok, yes, it was obviously insta-love because they met on her vacation and the time limit of their being together at the time was short, it was still cute. He never put any pressure on her to ditch her life and stay. They just lived in the moment and enjoyed their feelings for each other.

Mia London and Susan Sheehey know how to write some steamy scenes. There’s a scene in the garden (not a spoiler to anything I swear) where I was like “goddamn girl!” The romance was all realistic and cute. There was no point where I felt like it was too sappy. Except maybe the ending, but what romance doesn’t happy a sappy ending, let’s be real here.

My smallest issue was with one part of the plot. There was a little mystery added into the first half, which I enjoyed. However, there’s one thing that happens near the end where I feel like that really wasn’t necessary. I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you read it, you’ll know exactly what part I’m talking about.

Overall, I actually liked Hot Spell better than Dry Spell. Jordan’s story was so much more interesting. The romance was cute and steamy and I enjoyed it.

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Sweet Escape Series:

Three best friends find love, laughter, and lots of trouble during their annual girls’ trips. On these getaways, all-inclusive takes on a new, steamy meaning.

The new Sweet Escape series by co-authors Mia London & Susan Sheehey is the perfect beach read! Super steamy paradise in three, hilarious romance adventures.

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About Susan:

Susan Sheehey writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women’s fiction. The Knights of Texas series (contemporary romance novellas) is available on Kindle. The Royals of Solana series (romantic suspense & adventure) is available on all e-retailers and in paperback, along with her contemporary romance standalone, Audrey’s Promise. Water plays a crucial element in all of her novels, and she’s a strong advocate for Autism Awareness. She tried to give up Diet Coke, and it didn’t take. When not writing, she’s chasing after her two children, and being pampered by her husband in Texas.

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About Mia:

Mia loves to write!

She’s been reading fiction for years and finally decided that the images and scenes floating around in her head needed to make it to paper.

She’s a huge fan of romance, highly optimistic, and wildly faithful to the HEA (happily ever after). She’s inspired by most anything around her. And her biggest obstacle is not having enough time to get it all down on paper (or my computer, as the case may be).

Her goal is create a fantasy you will enjoy with characters you could love.

She lives in Texas with her attentive, loving, super-model husband, and her perfectly behaved, brilliant children. Her produce never wilts, there are no weeds in her flowerbeds, and chocolate is her favorite food group.
And then she wakes up.

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Enter Mia & Susan’s giveaway here. There’s a crazy amount of goodies to be won!

  • Grand prize: $50 Macy’s gift card, all of Mia and Susan’s books (15 ebooks), summer beach bag complete with tote, insulated water bottle, beach towel, and sunglasses, and a box of Godiva chocolates
  • Dark chocolate prize: 3 ebooks from each author (6 total) and insulated water bottle
  • Bittersweet chocolate prize: 2 ebooks from each author (4 total) and insulated water bottle
  • Milk chocolate prize: 1 ebook from each other (2 total) and insulated water bottle

 

September 2018 TBR

Summer is almost over now and we’re into the 9th month of the year. Time has absolutely flown by. I have to admit though, I’m so happy it’s September. There are plenty of books coming out this month that I’m beyond excited to read.

This month is another pretty ambitious TBR, but considering I got through 8 books last month, I think I should manage to get through most of these.

Here’s my TBR for the month. Let me know if you’re looking forward to reading these or already have! If you have, link me your reviews as well. I’d totally love to read them.

All the ones that are bolded are for blog tours that I’m a part of this month of or ARCs that I have and plan to read.

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1. Ten Reasons to Stay by Candace Knoebel

2. One More Moment by Samantha Chase

3. In Servitude by Heleen Kist

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4. Hot Spell by Mia London & Susan Sheehey

5. White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D’Avenia

6. Pippa by Malynda Schlegel

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7. Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright

8. Fortunate Encounters by Caterina Passarelli

9. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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10. The Chase by Elle Kennedy

11. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

12. Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

13. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Review: In Servitude by Heleen Kist – Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Today, I’m so happy to present my review for In Servitude by Heleen Kist. Shalini (you can find her awesome blog here) runs a tour website called Digital Reads Blog Tours. I was lucky enough to be a part of this tour. Today was the last day of the tour, so please check out the schedule at the end of this post to see the other participants’ lovely posts!

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Title: In Servitude
Author: Heleen Kist
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Pollok Glen Publishing
Publication Date: August 31, 2018
Genre: Psychological thriller
Source: Received an advanced copy from the author/Digital Reads Blog Tour for the purpose of this blog tour and an honest review

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Rating: 4.5 stars

Do you owe your family your life?

When her beloved sister Glory dies in a car crash, Grace McBride’s carefully considered life spirals out of control. She discovers Glory had been sucked into illegal activities at odds with her seemingly charmed existence. What’s worse: Grace finds herself an unwitting accomplice and forced to take over the shady dealings.

Determined to keep her fingers clean and redeem her sister’s reputation, Grace plots to extricate herself—and those Glory held dear—from the clutches of Glasgow’s criminal underworld. But her moral certitude is challenged when familial pressure mounts and Glory’s past intentions remain unclear. Grace grows convinced Glory’s death was no accident, even if no-one will listen.

Seeking justice, she finds betrayal.

Review:

While thrillers and suspense are still part of a genre that is pretty new to me, I find them so, well, thrilling. The topic of financial crime was incredibly interesting, and even though I knew zero about it before reading this book and wouldn’t be able to explain for the life of me what some of those crimes actually entailed, I appreciated the fact that everything was laid out plainly. It was all easy to understand, but still without being too obvious to give any of the plots away.

Heleen Kist is a great writer. The twists and turns she manages to interject keeps you wanting to get through as quick as you can so you can know everything that’s happening. The fact that this was her debut novel stuns me because of how great it was.

The characters of the novel were great. They all had these different aspects to them that made the story itself come together so well.

Everything progressed at such a good pace. The build up to the conclusion of the novel constantly kept me engrossed. There was never a point where it got boring and I wanted to skip ahead to find out what would happen in the end. It was always kept interesting. Some crime books make you yawn until your eyes are watering trying to build up to come crazy conclusion. This book always had me wanting to read just one more chapter so I could know what the heck was going to happen.

There were so many times at the beginning where I thought it could have been multiple different people, but eventually I made my guess and I was right. Thank god because in my opinion it was the most satisfying ending.

Seriously, you should read this book. If you’re looking for an excellent suspense novel to keep you on your toes, then you absolutely need to read this one.

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About Heleen Kist:

Heleen Kist is a Dutch quintilingual Stanford-educated globetrotting career woman who fell in love with a Scotsman and his country, and now writes about its (sometimes scary) people from her garden office in Glasgow. Trained at work to spot and prevent financial crime, she put this knowledge to good use for her debut novel, In Servitude.

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