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Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Show Me The Way: A.L. Jackson



Show Me the Way

The first stand-alone novel in A.L. Jackson's brand-new Fight for Me series...

Coming October 2nd



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The first sexy, captivating, stand-alone novel in the brand-new FIGHT FOR ME series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson . . .

Rex Gunner. As bitter as he is beautiful.

The owner of the largest construction company in Gingham Lakes has been burned one too many times. His wife leaving him to raise their daughter was the last blow this single dad could take. The only woman he’ll let into his heart is his little girl.

Rynna Dayne. As vulnerable as she is tempting.

She ran from Gingham Lakes when she was seventeen. She swore to herself she would never return. Then her grandmother passed away and left her the deed to the diner that she once loved.

When Rex meets his new neighbor, he knows he’s in trouble.

She’s gorgeous and sweet and everything he can’t trust.

Until she becomes the one thing he can’t resist.

One kiss sends them tumbling toward ecstasy.

But in a town this size, pasts are bound to collide. Caught in a web of lies, betrayal, and disloyalty, Rex must make a choice.

Will he hide behind his walls or will he take the chance . . .

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Dropping my head, I started for the door, unsure if I was cowering or if I was just staggered
by what I’d unwittingly forced my way into. I felt like a fool. Naïve and reckless. Because I’d
come seeking something I hadn’t understood.
And I’d just stumbled into the awareness that their lives were pieced together precariously.
Fragilely.
A tender, loving, imperfect balance.
It would only take one misstep to send everything toppling over.
I reached for the latch when I felt the flurry of intensity rise up behind me, the tension
suffocating, the movement stealing the air from the room.
I spun around, my back plastered to the door as he approached.
Coming closer and closer.
He wasn’t touching me.
But he might as well have been.
He rested a hand on the door above my head, his face dipping toward mine, his words a
breathy grunt at my ear. “What the fuck do you think you’re doing to me, Rynna?”
Lust and confusion trembled through my bones, this man pushing me away and then
drawing me closer.
I thought maybe neither of us could ignore it.
The overpowering attraction.
Because the fever in my veins ignited a fire in my belly.
Torrid.
Blistering.
No words would form on my tongue.
“Tell me, Rynna. What do you want with us?” he murmured, low and rough. “Because I don’t
have anything to offer you, and I won’t let you take anything else from us.”
I attempted to process what he said, what he meant.
But I couldn’t focus. Couldn’t see. Could feel nothing but the heat radiating between us.
Wave after blinding wave.

I gasped a breath, and he inched closer, a single knee wedging between my legs. He set
both hands on the door above my head.
Caging me in.
A desperate sound rumbled through the strength of his chest.
A hand was suddenly on my jaw, thumb under my chin, tipping my face up to meet the
ferocity in his gaze.
Rage and restraint and desire. I couldn’t decipher what was happening. The push and the
pull. The hatred and the need.
I could barely speak. “I . . . I thought maybe you could use a friend.”

 
 A.L. Jackson

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, and BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for A.L. Jackson’s upcoming novel, SHOW ME THE WAY, the first stand-alone novel in her brand-new FIGHT FOR ME SERIES.

If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.

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Review and Excerpt Tour: Wish You Were Here: Renee Carlino

Wish You Were Here
Renee Carlino
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Release Date August 15, 2017


Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.

Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.

Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written.


“You’re making love sound tragic,” I said.
“No”—he shook his head—“I wouldn’t want it any other way. Tell me about us. What do we like to do?”
“Paint and sail and eat and drink. Just simple things.” “Don’t forget about sex,” he said.
“Yeah, lots of sex. Before the children were born we
"We were practically naked every second of the day.” 
“I like that.”
“When they got older, we’d sneak away for weekends and leave them at my mom’s.”
“What are they like? Our children.”
“Happy. That’s all we wished for. We put our love first and it just spilled over into them and now they’re happy.”
Tears sprang from my eyes and ran down my cheeks. Isn’t that what we all hope for when it comes to our children?
His tone suddenly changed. “That’s beautiful, Char- lotte.” It was like he was waking up from the dream. I didn’t want to go back to reality yet, but I knew these fantasies were just to help Adam get his mind off things.
“I can imagine a long life with you,” he said. “I can imagine what a great wife you’d be."

I pulled my hand out of his. “The story is about you and me.” He didn’t say anything; he just nodded and then continued to stare out the window. I bent and kissed the top of his head again, and whispered, “It’s about us. Don’t take that away from me.”

I went into this book not knowing exactly what to expect and I couldn't put it down. 

Charlotte is a young woman who has been lost and going through the motions with a string of jobs and men that just do not fit. She has her best friend Helen by her side, but with everything else she is not really invested and lacks purpose. She comes off as stand offish, scattered, and guarded. She likes safety and tends to wait around for things to happen. 

One night an mysterious man comes to their rescue. She and Adam seem to have this instant connection. He is spontaneous, outgoing, and seems to have a zest for life. He apparently has made some big life changes recently, and appears somewhat unfocused and sad at times. But in a rare act of spontaneity, spurred on by Helen, Charlotte spends an Earth shattering night with Adam where she lets down her walls. But the next morning, he seemed different and she felt rejected. 

Months later Charlotte finds herself being pursued by a man that has the makings of the perfect boyfriend. Seth is handsome, attentive, interested, charming, and fits right in with her friends and family. But something is still holding her back. And when Charlotte goes looking for it, she has no idea what she is going to find and how her life is going to change. 

This story captured me from the beginning. I kept guessing about the mystery surrounding Adam and wondering how everything was going to come together and turn out. It was hard to see which way the story was going to go at times. And parts of it were as heartbreaking as they were beautiful. This is not a typical romance book. This is really Charlotte's journey of self discovery and finding her self worth. She begins directionless, selfish, indecisive, and needy. And she needs to learn how to believe in herself, really live, and not let fear stop her from doing things. But with that being said, there is definitely love and romance, soul mates, and second chances in this story. 

There is also humor, pain, heartbreak, loss, hope, healing, and growth. There are a lot of layers to the story and sometimes timing is everything. It shows how people can impact lives in various ways and how connections can cause a domino effect and bring change. I enjoyed the side characters and their dynamic relationships. The witty banter and joy these characters find even in challenging circumstances is fun and inspiring. There are so many good life lessons to get out of this book. It makes you think, but also makes you feel. And in the end love is what is important...for yourself, for family, for friends, and for those that are willing to open up and share their heart.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Charlotte has very little direction in her life. She has a series of failed relationships with subpar partners and dead end jobs. She has no idea what she wants to do, but isn’t entirely pleased with her current direction. A late night run in with a stranger, Adam, changes her entire course, at least until the next morning when the light of day makes things look different. Shortly after her encounter with Adam, she meets Seth and though things are going well with the developing relationship, she can’t forget her perfect night with Adam.

This was one of those stories full of missed connections and what ifs. I loved watching Adam and Charlotte's interactions and the dreams they create together. But I also loved Seth’s quiet determination to have Charlotte see herself as he sees her.

This was one of those books that left me feeling so mixed. I loved so much about it, but there are a couple aspects that left me feeling more than a little unsettled. Parts that even as I read I wondered if I could find enough to balance. I loved so much about this story, but the timing broke my heart. Everything about the timing broke my heart. Adam. Seth. Charlotte. But I also love the way things were put back together after they were broken. The longer I thought about those pieces that had me all mixed up, the more I realized this just fit.

This has the entire range of emotion, as well as a character development that took a woman floating through life with no real aspiration and gave her purpose, direction, and love. I debated for some time about my rating for Wish You Were Here because of this uncertainty, but the longer I thought, the more I realized I needed to rate this one highly simply because it made me think so hard. This was not a book I read and moved on from quickly. Even now, a week after I finished, I am still thinking about how it made me feel, and that’s the mark of a great read.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Renee Carlino 
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Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women's novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher's Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she's not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com 
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Review Tour: The Soul Mate: Kendall Ryan


THE SOUL MATE
Kendall Ryan

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Release Date August 14, 2017


From New York Times Bestseller Kendall Ryan comes a sexy new stand-alone novel in her Roommates series. 

The smoking-hot one-night stand I was never supposed to see again? 

Yeah, well, I might be pregnant, and he’s my OB-GYN.

Get ready to fall head over heels madly in love with the hottest OBGYN doctor you have ever met! This full-length standalone contains the most hilariously awkward lady-doctor visit, lots of playful banter and some good ol' fashioned baby-makin'! One-click now for this summer's swooniest read.


Bren spent an amazing night with Mason and heir chemistry and connection was enough to send her running scared. While Mason was shocked and disappointed that she ghosted him and had no way of finding her.

But when he least expects it she shows up on his gynecological exam table for a pregnancy test and there is no place for her to run.

Bren is independent, guarded, and emotionally closed off. She's not looking for love, has commitment and abandonment issues, and is afraid of getting hurt. The whole idea of being pregnant from a one-night-stand has her even more anxious and skittish. Mason is kind, steady, and looking for real love and a future.

A commitment phobe woman + a man looking for his soul mate + a possible baby on the way = a delicate situation.

 Mason is tempting, charming, sexy, and hard to resist. He is determined to get the girl, and the baby if there is one. He's just got to catch her first and convince he that it could be good...not terrifying. I adored Mason. He was the ultimate good guy who would do anything for the woman he wants. He was much more open and in tune with his feelings. He made me swoon. Bren was a bit frustrating with her avoidance, but I could also understand where her fears came from. But she did not make anything easy for him. But they had so much sexual tension and chemistry between them. And when she would relax and give in a little,  they were good together.


This was funny, passionate, sweet, heartwarming, and just a bit angsty. They had some challenges to face that were unexpected after a one-nighter. I had a few questions about some of the plot points, but there were some surprises and it was not predictable. There is more to it than I was expecting. It was told in both points of view and I loved getting into their heads. I liked the side characters of his partner, Trent, and her boss, Mandy. I enjoyed the plot of this one and how it progressed. This one is my favorite story of this rom com series. 


I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Sometimes a book comes along at just the right time. This was just that sort of book for me.

When her one night stand turns into a possible pregnancy, and her new OB-GYN turns out to be her one night stand, Bren is in for more than she bargained for.

I loved Mason from almost the minute we meet him. He has a way about him that calms Bren even in all the crazy she is feeling. His outlook on the pregnancy, on their connection, and on taking things slowly made him such a fun hero to read.

But Bren has a fear of being left behind and hurt, and isn’t interested in a serious relationship. Mason has a long hill to climb to convince her that he is serious and isn’t going to go away.

There chemistry and connection are quick, but with a possible baby between them, I love how they faced building a relationship independent of a new addition. As the book progressed, their determination to do things because they were truly interested and not because they had a baby on the way made the bond between them that much stronger.

This was such a refreshing read. I sat down to start and read it in nearly one sitting. It was fun, and light, while mixing in a great deal of emotional power. Bren and Mason didn’t have an easy course, but I loved every minute of watching them find their way. Both characters narrate so readers get a good sense of each character’s feelings along the way. I found this book difficult to put down, and am glad I could read it with few interruptions!

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Roommates series can each book can be read as a complete standalone as they all feature new couples to fall in love with.

THE ROOM MATE (Roommates #1)
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The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check. 

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation. 

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right? 

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him. 

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed orgasms in the process, all the better. 

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.



THE PLAY MATE (Roommates #2)
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Smith Hamilton has it all—he's smart, good-looking and loaded. But he remembers a time when he had nothing and no one, so he's not about to mess up, especially with his best friend’s little sister. That means keeping Evie at arm's length … even though the once pesky little girl is now a buxom bombshell. A sexy blonde who pushes his self-control to the limit the night she crawls into bed with him. 

 Evie Reed knows she's blessed—with an exclusive education, a family who loves her, and a new job managing social media for her family's lingerie company. But she wants more, like a reason to wear the sexy lingerie herself. She has just the man in mind to help with that. She's crushed on Smith forever. Surely tricking her way into his bed will force him to see her in a new, adult way. 

 Except that when Evie's plan leads to disaster, she and Smith must decide—ignore the attraction sizzling between them, or become play mates and risk it all.  


house mate_amazonTHE HOUSE MATE  (Roommates #3)
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What’s sexier than a bad boy? A bad ass man who’s got his shit together.

Max Alexander is nearing thirty-five. He’s built a successful company, and he’s conquered the professional world, but he’s never been lucky in love. Focusing so much time on his business and raising his daughter, adulting has come at the expense of his personal life.

His social skills are shit, his patience is shot, and at times, his temper runs hot.

The last thing he has time for is the recently single, too gorgeous for her own good young woman he hires to take care of his little girl. She’s a distraction he doesn’t need, and besides, there’s no way she’d be interested. But you know what they say about assumptions? 


THE BED MATE (Roommates #3.5 | 1001 Dark Nights)
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I might be a typical guy, but these last few years, my love life’s been anything but. From crazy ex-girlfriends to one night stands who are stage-five clingers, my relationships go bad faster than the milk in your fridge. The only constant has been my best friend Maggie.


Fresh off a bad breakup of her own, I invite Maggie to my guy’s skiing weekend knowing she needs an escape from reality. But then something funny starts to happen. I start noticing things about her that I never noticed before. 


She’s beautiful and doesn’t know it, she’s funny without even trying, and now she’s suddenly single for the first time in forever. 

Sharing a hotel room with her proves to be the tipping point in our very platonic friendship. Suddenly I want to put my hands, my mouth, and my ... other parts ... all over her gorgeous body. I want to claim her, make sure no man touches her ever again. But then her groveling ex shows up, and Maggie’s torn. 

Am I ready to screw up the best relationship I’ve ever had for a shot at something more? 
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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.

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Blog Tour: Journey To Faithful: Anna Bishop Barker

Journey To Faithful 
(The Faithful Trilogy #1)Anna Bishop Barker
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Release Date: August 15, 2017


WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU………….

“I don’t have anything to give a good woman, Laura.”

Jake Beckett is a man frozen in the loss and grief of the past - a man who accepts that the existence that he has is the penance that he must pay.

“My faith died a long time ago, Jake.”

Laura Howard is a woman also mired in the past – a woman who has battled the monsters, but who fears that she may have lost the war.

Two strangers struggling to fight their way out of invisible chains, they must travel together toward safety, freedom and peace.

Faithful, Tennessee is the destination. For both of them, maybe, finally, a home, a sanctuary, a place where they each can find peace.

And in each other, maybe they can find passion, laughter, acceptance.

Love.

But the past always follows and evil can find the best concealed path.

Sometimes, the only way out is through.

When Jake Bennett's brother, Sam calls him saying he needs a favor, he has no idea how it could change his life. This small town Doctor has closed himself off and just lives for work and his family. So he is not going to let his brother down. Jake is sad, lonely, lost, and still grieving, but keeps it bottled up. 


But when this favor ends up with him taking two women back to his hometown of Faithful, Tennessee and watching out for them, he is unprepared for his own reaction. He doesn't like change or anything that throws him off balance. He is more of a man of action than words. But he had no idea what he was getting into.


Laura Howard is naturally beautiful, sassy, smart, and brave. She's been on her own awhile and has her own past issues and insecurities. She recently became involved in a situation with Sam that has left her and her friend, Esther needing help. Esther Has her own challenges, and definitely needs some time to heal and figure out her own life. This is their journey towards safety, freedom, acceptance, and family. And it is being led by a man who is not sure of anything.


Jake hasn't had such a strong reaction to a woman in years. But he doesn't think he has anything to give to someone. And Laura struggles with her own faith in the future and her own self worth. But being in close proximity makes resistance futile. They find a connection and chemistry neither expected or are sure they are ready for. But they will both have to decide if they can share their secrets and demons, and if they are willing to take a risk. Neither is sure they are a safe bet due to their own doubts. But those around them would love to see two good people find some happiness. 


There are interesting side characters in this town and more stories that need telling especially Sam, Delilah, Kyle, John, and Esther especially. Jake's grandmother, Mercy, and her friend, Grace cracked me up. They were spitfires with good hearts, and stole every scene they were in. . I even fell in love with the dogs. It was told in multiple point of views giving us access to many of the characters. There was a layered danger and suspense plot running in the background along with the romance and struggles with faith. 


This was a heartfelt, sexy, funny, emotional story of hope, healing, loss, love, family, faith, and living life to its fullest. This author vividly created the scenes and the town of Faithful and gave the characters depth and complex back stories. I really liked both Jake and Laura and could understand their reservations and feelings. I enjoyed getting to see a more vulnerable side of Jake under his stoic, guarded facade. And seeing the women find a place where they had the potential to blossom. There really was a lot going on in this book. There were twists and surprises that kept the story interesting and added more drama. 


Many things were resolved, but there are still a few lingering story elements to bleed into the next book in the series. I am truly interested to see where she takes the next couple of books because I am already interested in the characters. My only real issue was with some stylistic choices as far as transitions, timing, and flashbacks that took me out of the story a bit. But overall, I enjoyed this journey and immersion into life in Faithful with a group of strongwilled people with close ties and plenty of issues to deal with. It kept me tense, made me laugh, surprised me at times, and touched my heart.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 
Jake Bennett is quick to help his brother when asked, but never expected he’d be transporting 2 women across several states and keeping watch over them in his hometown. He carries baggage he hasn’t had to face and as a result avoids relationships with women outside his family and friends.

Laura Howard finds herself in a situation beyond her imagination, needing help from strangers for the safety of herself and her friend, Esther. Finding herself in Faithful, Tennessee, she finds a peace she didn’t expect, and feels at home with a man she knows hasn’t healed from his own past.

It always melts my heart a little when strong men teach the women in their lives to find their own strength. Even as Jake struggles with letting Laura into his life, he knows she and Esther need to find their own strength and protection within themselves. I love the way he knows exactly how to push them without overwhelming so that they begin to learn their own strength.

It took me a little bit to really dig into Laura and Jake’s story, as I was so interested in what was going on with Esther and her background. But once Esther settles into the background and Laura is able to worry less over the fragile woman, Laura’s own story grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go.

This book took me through so many emotions I wasn’t expecting. I wasn’t expecting the shifts from elation and hope to grief and sadness. But what I am coming to expect from this author is that every time she breaks my heart, she finds a way to give a little bit of hope, even if there can’t be instant resolution. There is one particular storyline that had me sobbing as it played out, and I can’t help but hope for a silver lining for that character at some point.

As the first in a series, Journey to Faithful did a fantastic job of introducing a completely new set of characters and giving just enough information to have me itching for each character’s own story. I am looking forward to more from the town of Faithful, Mercy, and Aunt Gracie. While Mercy and Grace stole every scene they entered, the other characters intrigued and touched me as well.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
© 2017 by Anna Bishop Barker

She saw him get up from the table, his long, powerful body rising and unfolding. She stood there and allowed her eyes to sweep him from top to toe and back.

God, she had never seen such a man in her life. As he strode toward her, adjusting for those that moved by him, his step never faltered. She locked eyes with him as he walked, and she felt as if the world stopped moving.

When he reached her, they stood for a moment, looking at each other, and Laura prepared for him to say that they were leaving. But instead, he held his hand out toward her, palm up. She glanced at it then looked once more into his eyes.

His murmured “Dance with me” came to her ears, and she was lost.
Anna Bishop Barker


Anna Bishop Barker is a lifetime romantic who has always dreamed of writing. She lives in Florida with her family of kids, grandkids, dogs, lizards, and love.

Her hope and vision is to write the kinds of books that she loves to read—books with humor, some intrigue or danger, and chock-full of romance and hot sex, with possibly some tears, but always a happy ending. Just not for the bad guys.

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