Category Archives: Standalone

#Review – The Road To Heartbreak by J.L. Baldwin

From that first moment I saw Roscoe until he left town, we were the best of friends growing up.

My feelings for him grew with time, but when I finally decided to tell him how I felt, he left to travel the world with a country band, taking my heart with him.

Life has a way of giving you your own country song. I know it did for me when years later, Roscoe breezed back into my life as if no time had passed, and returned keeping a promise I thought he’d forgotten with his guitar and my heart in tow.

This novella was originally published in the Rocked to the Core Anthology, and has been rewritten and expanded with new scenes and chapters. Hope y’all enjoy!
This novella was originally published in the Rocked to the Core Anthology, and has been rewritten and expanded with new scenes and chapters. Hope y’all enjoy it!
This book was so freaking sweet. Like one of the sweetest things I have ever read. I usually go for all the smut and I actually went into this book blind, so I had no idea that it was as sweet as it was. But I am totally fine with that! It was a nice change compared to some of the dirty books I’ve read.
Roscoe and Ophelia grew up together. He came to join her family when they were kids and they ended up being foster brother and sister. But that of course never stopped their feelings from growing for each other.
They both have careers of their own. With Roscoe being a big musician and Ophelia working with animals, they focus on their jobs until something happens that calls both of them home.
Roscoe decides to take Ophelia on a little trip but of course, that doesn’t go as planned. She’s not used to being in the spot light or seeing the women fawn over the man she’s in love with, so it puts a damper on things and her feelings for him.
Together they fight the little issues that life throws at them but like all romance books that we love to devour, love conquers all!
I really enjoyed this book and could see the growth in JL’s writing. I understand that it’s been two years since she published a book but you can clearly see that she took some time to expand on her writing and story telling.

#Review – Bully King by Andi Jaxon

I’m the pastor’s son.
He’s the star quarterback for a small Kentucky high school.
While the town worships him, I pray for God to take my life.
He makes my life a living hell by making me his victim.
This perverse game we play could end us both.
How can something that feels so right be so wrong?
The price if the truth is discovered is death, but I can’t stop.
Neither can he.
No one can know.
Can I risk it?
Is Roman King worth dying for?

*This story is a bully romance including dubious consent, assault, talk of suicide and is intended for readers 18+. Please proceed with caution.*

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

Oh my gosh. Where do I even begin?????? So I’ve known Andi Jaxon for awhile now. She started out as a client (I do designing on the side) and then we became friends AND to top it off, she reads my stuff too!! I’m also an author but I consider her a friend first and foremost! Anyway. So she had me read a novella about Roman and Jonah and I was like, sure! It was short, I had time, so I figured, why not right?? I read it, loved it but needed more. Which usually happens after reading a novella. Am I right? I knew Bully King was about Roman and Jonah and of course I had pre-ordered it. So when Andi offered me an ARC, I was himming and hawing because I wasn’t sure if I would get it read in time for release day. According to Goodreads, I read it in 4 days, which hasn’t happened to me in quite awhile. I’m a super slow reader but GAH, this book!

First, if you love MM (male/male) books, you absolutely HAVE to pre-order this now or one-click this on release day!

This book borders on dark. It deals with some sensitive subjects but it was so well written, it’s easy to see through the darkness to find the light.

Both Roman and Jonah spoke to me.

While Roman had a difficult life at home, Jonah’s home life wasn’t easy either. Being a gay kid with a preacher of a father, especially with where they live, made it even more difficult.

Jonah: Oh my gosh, this sweet sweet boy. His fear over what his father would think if he found out his son is gay. His fear over what the town would think. His fear is real. It’s there. It’s raw.

Roman: This boy stressed me out something fierce. He was mean but nice. Cold but warm. He needed Jonah but pushed him away. His pain was in your face and you saw it even though he hid it.

I absolutely loved Mary! And the rest of the side characters!

Jonah and Roman together was insane. They were passionate and aggressive.

There were parts of this story that even I had a hard time reading and had to put my tablet down for a breath or two. There was also a chapter where I held my breath through it all. A book has not caused these sort of feelings to stir in me in such a long time.

10 stars, Andi! 10 freaking huge bright shiny stars! I am so proud of you! Now give me more words. xx

#WOTR21 #NewRelease #Review – No Love for the Wicked by Jessica Cage

No Love for the Wicked

A desire for Light. A mark for Dark. A fate that would change the world.

Sierra Grey is a Daughter of the Dark, she’s a wicked witch. As good as she is at being bad, it never felt right to her. There was always the longing for something more, something she shouldn’t give two cents about, LOVE.

Unfortunately for Sierra, love was not something that could penetrate the icy exterior of the heart of a Daughter of the Dark.
Just as she’d accepted that it was her destiny to be alone, everything changed.

Her unexpected attraction to Horacio, a Light witch, goes much deeper than a physical attraction. Her budding feelings for him are not only against the law, but it puts a target on her head.

Will Sierra ignore her misplaced emotions and return to the Dark or will she risk it all for the chance of something more?


No love for the Wicked is a standalone Novella by USA Today Bestselling Author Jessica Cage.

Pick up this dark adventure today!

Goodreads

Review by Twinsie Kelly

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

 

In a parallel world with Earth, Sierra is a Daughter of the Dark. She is not destined for love or any type of an HEA. However, she has always felt different and that she was meant for the Light. She tries to keep her friendships with the Lights but as life goes on it gets more difficult every day. But one day, she runs into a Light hottie named Horacio and can not stop thinking about him. All of her senses are on high alert. She is sent on a mission with Horacio and here is where the trouble starts. Both of them can’t deny their attraction and naturally, sparks fly! Here is where things really get messy. While both of them have always abided by the rules and did what they were supposed to do, something more sinister was going on and they were at the very root of it. When the twists start coming, they do not stop. Secrets are uncovered and then they really have to decide what is right and what is wrong…then decide if they go down that path. Now, this is a novella and is a quick read but the author did a great job putting a lot of action, sexy time, and snark into such a fast read. The ending had me completely shocked. I had no idea that it was going this way and that it would end right there. There were some areas where I wish there was more to the story or areas that could have been elaborated on, but then it wouldn’t be a novella. All in all, it was a great read that gives you a little bit of everything in a small action packed package.

 

Jessica Cage

Award winning and USA Today Bestselling author, Jessica Cage was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Writing has always been a passion for her. She dabbles in artistic creations of all sorts but at the end of the day, it’s the pen that her hand itches to hold. Jessica had never considered following her dream to be a writer because she was told far too often “There is no money in writing.” So she chose the path most often traveled. During pregnancy, she asked herself an important question. How would she be able to inspire her unborn son to follow his dreams and reach for the stars, if she never had the guts to do it herself? Jessica decided to take a risk and unleash the plethora of characters and their crazy adventurous worlds that had previously existed only in her mind, into the realm of readers. She did this with hopes to inspire not only her son but herself. Inviting the world to tag along on her journey to become the writer she has always wanted to be. She hopes to continue writing and bringing her signature Caged Fantasies to readers everywhere.

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#WOTR #AttendingAuthor #PartofaSeries Just One Kiss (Oh Tequila 4) by CA Harms

What do you get when you mix Tequila with a house full of rowdy Fraternity brothers who have no boundaries? A cucumber, a pink thong, and a bottle of lube. Oh yeah, and super glue. There is always super glue…

Parties, drinking, and plenty of mornings where you can’t remember what you did the night before…that was my life.

Yet, there was one memory that lingered in my mind. Ten minutes in the woods with Palmer that got too intense to ignore.

But ten minutes with her wasn’t enough. It would never be enough.

She’s a force, one that swept in unexpectantly, knocked me on my ass and left me with an intense craving. Palmer tried to fight it with every fiber in her being, but I could see the desire in her eyes. That curiosity that lived inside of her, wondering what it would be like if she just gave in…again.

I had to convince her that our time together wasn’t a mistake. That she wants me as much as I want her. We share a connection, a bond, that has changed me in ways I never expected. She saved me. And to think…

It all started with Just One Kiss.

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43070788-just-one-kiss?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=s9FqCDabDW&rank=44

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/Just-One-Kiss-Tequila-Book-ebook/dp/B07L1X3CMP/ref=sr_1_45?crid=22FQUVYWBCTMS&dchild=1&keywords=ca+harms&qid=1594325463&sprefix=CA+Ha%2Caps%2C186&sr=8-45

Review by Twinsie Dee

I bought this book and this is my honest opinion

I freaking loved this tight ball of sexual tension relationship. Corbin is bound to get under more then Palmer’s skin, he wants all of her and little does he know she wants him too just as much but she’ll never let him know that. When a horrible accident happens sending Corbin into a spiral of drugs, drinking and falling into a black hole, Palmer is the only one who can pull him out of it and bring him back. When her past has the key to bringing him back, but it’s the one secret she isn’t ready to let out of the vault yet. These two are amazing and I just loved them so much.

C.A. Harms is an avid romance and mystery reader. She’s always had a love for books, getting lost in writing and storytelling even as a young girl. She enjoys happy endings and HEA love stories.

She lives in Illinois and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She holds an addiction for Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha’s and KitKat when she should really be focusing on water and maybe a fruit or two to make herself feel less guilty, but that feeling quickly passes…thankfully.

She is easy going, fun, and although she may seem like one of the quiet ones at first, you just wait until she gets to know you better…that quietness changes, fast

#WOTR21 #AttendingAuthor #PartofaSeries Before Us (Next Generation 3) by J.M. Walker

Our relationship was toxic.

Intense.

Brutal.

When she slipped out of my hotel room, I made it my mission to have her back in my bed.

She ran.

I chased.

And when we finally crashed, I’d have to save her from the one person she trusted most…

Me.

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52760653-before-us

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/Before-Us-Next-Generation-Book-ebook/dp/B08F4LT4TM/ref=sr_1_14?crid=35J3R4KI43RO7&dchild=1&keywords=jm+walker+kindle+books&qid=1597088879&sprefix=Jm+wa%2Caps%2C259&sr=8-14

Review by Twinsie Dee

I was given this book and this is my honest opinion

Every relationship has its issues,  after always having a crush on each other since they were little and after a unforgettable night in Paris, Piper and Jaron. Once back home these two have a lot to figure out but the main thing is they are keeping Paris their secret something that no one can take away from them. Jaron and Piper will have to fight for everything they both know they want but know isnt good for either of them. This once again is a normal story yes it stirs up some emotions from the previous book but that isn’t going to be forgiven and J.M.  knows this just grab your tissues and let the tears flow for a minute and keep on reading. Your going to keep falling in love with these characters and this story.

J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who hit USA Today with Wanted: An Outlaw Anthology. She loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.

#WOTR21 #AttendingAuthor #Novella #PartofaSeries My Kinda Wedding (Summer Sisters 7) by Lacey Black

You are cordially invited to celebrate the marriage of Meghan Summer to Nicholas Adams, D.D.S., at four o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the sixth of May, at the beachside home of Alison Jane and Sawyer Randall. Reception to follow.

The Summer family comes together once more as the final sister prepares to tie the knot. Take a journey with each couple, from the rehearsal to the reception, and the wedding in between. And don’t forget about the grandparents! You never know what they’ll have up their sleeves…

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41946366-my-kinda-wedding

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HG1HRCD/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i21

Review by Twinsie Dee

I bought this book and this my honest opinion

Oh wow this is probably my favorite book from this series. Get a glance at each of the sisters and their loved ones point of view as they get ready to have the finally sister walk down the aisle to her future husband. Plus a lot of dirty thoughts the girls dad takes all of the grandkids home with him and his girlfriend for the evening giving all the parents a much needed night off. Plus grandma Emma drops a huge ball.

Avid reader, writer, mother, and wife! I love to read contemporary romance. Add in a little “spice” or hot guys in uniform pants, and I’m a happy woman. There’s just something about diving into a book and engrossing in the magic of your hero and heroine getting their happily ever after.

#WOTR21 #AttendingAuthor #PartofaSeries My Kinda Forever (Summer Sisters 6) by Lacey Black


Alone. Everything changed for Meghan Summer that fateful February night. All she had, all she saw in her future, was stripped away in the blink of an eye. Even though she finds herself surrounded by her growing family, at the end of the day, there’s nothing but a gaping hole where her heart once beat. Or so she thinks…

Her. Nick Adams shouldn’t want her. First off, she’s his employee and friend, but more importantly, she’s grieving the loss of her fiancé. Even now, more than two years later, which is why it’s important he be there for Meghan as her confidante, without checking out her stellar ass. However, his heart is pulling him toward her…

Together. How do you move past the hurt and pain to forge a new normal? Can Nick and Meghan make a go of their connection? What happens when their newfound love is put to the ultimate test as another is brought in the mix: a ghost.

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40848015-my-kinda-forever

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FM85W1F?notRedirectToSDP=1&ref_=dbs_mng_calw_5&storeType=ebooks

Review by Twinsie Dee

I bought this book and this my honest opinion

2 years later and Meghan is still feeling the hurt pain and heartache after losing her  fiancé in a car crash. She isn’t ready to let go of him and hasn’t changed anything in their house, she just goes day by day through the motions and still hasn’t felt anything. She has a hard time about wondering if she should date again, all these questions that she has in her head fighting it. Then there’s Nick her hot boss and who is one of her friends that not one of her sisters, they each have a soft spot for each other. Without  giving too much away, can Meghan finally let go of her past and start living for herself again, or will her past love keep her in the motions she’s been in. Omg this book takes you through all the emotional things that Meghan is feeling and drags your heart through it all to.

Avid reader, writer, mother, and wife! I love to read contemporary romance. Add in a little “spice” or hot guys in uniform pants, and I’m a happy woman. There’s just something about diving into a book and engrossing in the magic of your hero and heroine getting their happily ever after.

#WOTR #AttendingAuthor #PartofaSeries My Kinda Player (Summer Sisters 5) by Lacey Black

AJ Summer witnessed four of her sisters fall in love and settle down. But not her. She’s stuck in a rut, destined to spend the rest of her life watching from the dugout, kissing frogs. Then one night, she meets a mysterious stranger, who makes her feel alive and realize she’s not as broken as she thought–until she wakes up alone.

Sawyer Randall lost everything in a split-second when a game-winning play resulted in a career-ending injury. Looking for a fresh start, he settles into the cozy beach town of Jupiter Bay. A chance meeting with a gorgeous woman leaves him restless and anxious for something he swore he’d never want again–love.

But sometimes Prince Charming isn’t who he seems. What happens when circumstances are misleading? Will their love be strong enough to see them through unscathed? Or will AJ be played by the player?

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39216000-my-kinda-player

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BFCC72Y?notRedirectToSDP=1&ref_=dbs_mng_calw_4&storeType=ebooks

Review by Twinsie Dee

I bought this book and this my honest opinion

one night at the bar the girls favorite band was playing their last hooray. when Aj spots a hottie across the bar someone she never seen before in town so with a little too much liquid courage she seen he was heading her way, and she was going to go home with him. well once they get back to his hotel they have a hot passionate kiss she emptied her stomach out on the ground. they never thought they would see each other again, until they found themself sitting next to each other in the teachers lounge at school and that they were now co workers.Also he is a former MLB player. will these two get a homerun or will their past and an ex wife keep striking them out while swinging for the fences. omg there was so much that happens to this amazing family babies. marriage and lot more gifts from grandma and grandpa. also my favorite officer Maddox Jackson makes an appearance which makes me super happy.

Avid reader, writer, mother, and wife! I love to read contemporary romance. Add in a little “spice” or hot guys in uniform pants, and I’m a happy woman. There’s just something about diving into a book and engrossing in the magic of your hero and heroine getting their happily ever after.

#WOTR21 #AttendingAuthor #PartofaSeries My Kinda Mess (Summer Sisters 4) by Lacey Black

All her life, Lexi Summer has dreamed of one thing: to become a mother. As the youngest of six, she’s accustomed to the chaos and camaraderie that comes with a big family, which is why she has been anxious to get a jump on this next phase in her life. She thought she had it all: the perfect house, husband, and future. Until one secret rips it all apart.

Nothing in Linkin Stone’s life has been easy. Raised by a single mom, working two jobs, and helping with his much younger twin brothers which keep him on his toes. He busts his butt to right the wrong of someone from his past and keep the ones he loves safe. He doesn’t need anyone or anything. But that all changes the moment he meets his sexy, feisty neighbor, Lexi.

When fates collide, two people on separate paths suddenly find themselves traveling the same road. Could an easy friendship turn into something more? Or in the end, will their decision kinda create one big mess?

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36681994-my-kinda-mess

Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078C5HFRT?notRedirectToSDP=1&ref_=dbs_mng_calw_3&storeType=ebooks

Review by Twinsie Dee

I bought this book and this my honest opinion

Little Lexi has always wanted a baby I mean it’s not too much to ask for right wrong her husband is more focused on his job then on what she’s wants. And she is feed up taking second fiddle to his job, its finally time one night after coming home she decided to pack her personal items, and leave her wedding ring on the counter for him to find in the morning. She’s determined to have a baby on her own no help from a man or so she thinks after moving into her sisters apartment she finds that the next door neighbor is fine as hell and well he’s just that stubborn and is bound determined to get not only under her skin but in her pants and her heart. there’s a few secrets between Lexi and Linkin that either aren’t sure how to tell the other. But will they get their happiness that they both deserve or will it tear them apart without a second glance. Ugh once again I fell in love with the couple but you just can’t help it each one is amazing in their own cute way. Also grandma and grandpa are still amazing and never ceased to amaze me at how much I can truly blush while  reading plus note to self never take brownies from grandpa.

Avid reader, writer, mother, and wife! I love to read contemporary romance. Add in a little “spice” or hot guys in uniform pants, and I’m a happy woman. There’s just something about diving into a book and engrossing in the magic of your hero and heroine getting their happily ever after.

#WOTR #AttendingAuthor #PartofaSeries My Kinda Song (Summer Sisters 3) by Lacey Black

Abby Summer has been in love with one man most of her life, but he doesn’t know she exists. For years, Abby has watched him go home with woman after woman, not even noticing the one who stands loyally beside him. That’s why a dating site is the perfect solution to Abby’s problems: get over Levi and move on to someone else.

She’s been by his side since they were kids, but Levi Morgan has suddenly started to see his friend in a whole new, beautiful light. She’s everything he didn’t even realize he wanted or needed…until Abby signs up for a dating site. Now, Levi has competition in a way he’s never had before.

What happens when the lines between friendship and lovers begins to blur? Will Abby and Levi be able to navigate a new kinda relationship? When lies are exposed, will it threaten everything they could be together?

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35890173-my-kinda-song

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074DKZMGH?notRedirectToSDP=1&ref_=dbs_mng_calw_2&storeType=ebooks

Review by Twinsie Dee

I bought this book and this my honest opinion

After 15 years of friendship Abby has always hide her feelings for her best friend Levi little did she know he also held those same feelings for her. They both are hiding their feelings from each other until Abby decides shes tired of being alone and wants to try internet dating which isnt sitting well with Levi. Will these 2 find each others hearts or will they just remain friends.ugh I just loved this book so much and one again Orval and Emma had me blushing through the pages.

Avid reader, writer, mother, and wife! I love to read contemporary romance. Add in a little “spice” or hot guys in uniform pants, and I’m a happy woman. There’s just something about diving into a book and engrossing in the magic of your hero and heroine getting their happily ever after.