#REVIEW – Defy (Sinners of Saint 0.5) by LJ Shen

Defy is a short novella. It is a prequel to Vicious (Sinners of Saint #1) and can be read as a complete standalone. Now an international bestseller.

My name is Melody Greene, and I have a confession to make.
I slept with my student, a senior in high school.
Multiple times.
I had multiple orgasms.
In multiple positions.
I slept with my student and I enjoyed it.
I slept with my student and I’d do it all over again if I could turn back time.
My name is Melody Greene, and I got kicked out of my position as a teacher and did my walk of shame a la Cersei Lannister from the principal’s office, minutes after said principal threatened to call the cops on me.
My name is Melody Greene, and I did something bad because it made me feel good.
Here is why it was totally worth it.

Twinsie Jo’s Review:
So I read this book after reading Vicious and while it didn’t make a huge difference, I did get some spoilers. So I highly suggest reading this one first. I believe this little book was written for an anthology and holy moly was it ever hot.
Jaime. Dude, where the heck did you come from???? And what an impact you made!
Melody is a teacher. Correction, Melody is Jaime’s teacher and the insane chemistry they have is off the charts. I do love me some age gap romances and this one definitely raises the bar.
Defy is HOT. DELICIOUS. And oh so sinful.
LJ sure knows how to write some yummy sex scenes. 😉
I also enjoyed that we got to see more of Vicious and his douchey ways and also the rest of the guys. I do wish I would have read this first but oh well. Live and learn.
The only thing I wish was that it was longer. But that’s just me being greedy.

#WOTR20 #Review #NewRelease #RH #PartOfASeries #Novella – Logan (White Trash Trilogy) by Brandy Slaven

Logan (White Trash Trilogy)

Logan Rowe has had his fair share of waiting. Between age differences and growing up, he’s been as patient as love is supposed to be. After years of chasing Ryleigh, the time has come. She better buckle up for the ride, because he’s not stopping now until he finally claims her. Heart and Soul.
This is the first contemporary novella spin off from the RH White Trash Trilogy, which does not have to be read first, though the character cameos will make better sense if it is.


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SHUT UP!!   GAH THIS BOOK!!

I have loved reading the side story of Ry and Logan since the very first novel.  Those two are something fun and crazy.  They needed to finally stop pushing and pulling and just communicate.  Logan is ever the ladies man, or is he?  Seems he has been pretty twisted up over his sister-in-law’s bestie for a long while now.  Ry has been head over heels in love with her brothers friend since childhood but the cocky and arrogant guy just cant figure out how to win her heart.  Ry isnt a huge fan of cocky and arrogant!!  LOL

This novella was the perfect HEA to their story.  I gotta tell ya I loved it . Logan is a lot deeper than I think I gave him credit for and Ry is a lot more determined to have her own perfect love.  I sooo loved seeing Kendall and “The Quad” for a few scenes but the focus on the Rowe boys was perfect.  I am sssssuper excited for the other Rowe brother books as well.

Brandy Slaven lives in Tennessee with her husband and two wild children. If you can’t find her typing away at her laptop, you will find her with her nose in a book at the beach or hiking at one of the state parks. Bringing her characters to life is one of her greatest accomplishments.

#Sugar4SPICE #AuthorSpotlight – J.E.Mueller

J.E. Mueller

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

I am J.E.Mueller and I write fantasy. When not writing, I enjoy playing video games and doing crafts. All writing and non writing adventures tend to be overseen by my cats, who have caused some hilarious misadventures when they decide to ‘help’.

Where is your favorite place to write and what food must be present?

It’s an easy toss up between my office and the local coffee shop. Does coffee count as food? It’s certainly needed!

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I love meeting fans and new people. It’s always exciting to introduce someone to my work and hearing what people thought of previous books. It’s also a lot of fun to meet the other authors. I’m always learning something new from them.

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

Kelly Blanchard. She does a fantastic job writing fantasy/sci-fi

What author would you love to write with?

That’s tough! I think a few from my writing group would be great. I cannot wait for them to join me on the published side.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

The time a fan contacted me on twitter. I had no idea someone several states away found and read my books. It was exciting to hear!

What are your social links?

https://www.facebook.com/authorJEMueller/

https://twitter.com/ThePenguinBard

https://www.instagram.com/j.e.mueller/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16958250.J_E_Mueller

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/j-e-mueller

What are your buy links? (You can list individual or links to your Amazon/ibooks/Koko/etc Author Home Page.)

https://www.amazon.com/J.E.-Mueller/e/B074V9YJWG/

#WOTR20 #Review – When You Were Mine by Cindy Tanner

 

When You Were Mine

One letter a week. Care packages optional. Adopting a Marine seemed like the perfect extra credit project.​

Harper Evans never expected to fall in love with the Marine she adopted. She never expected to meet him in person but a surprise gave her the chance to claim who she wanted. Then life proved it can break your heart a million different ways.​

Asher Williams fought for his father and country, but he will fight hardest for the woman that stole his heart. Harper may have changed her mind about the life they planned together, but Asher wants it enough for them both.​

Will he still feel that way when he learns it all?


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I purchased this book.

I met this author at a book convention this summer.  She was a friend of a few friends so of course I had to buy the book when it releases.  She was super sweet and friendly to boot, so my inner blogger was all about helping this chick out.

I read the blurb and thought “Oh this sounds like a sweet romance” and what I got was like WHAT!!!!  I mean the twists and turns and darkness SHOCKED ME…….and I loved it.  Guess that is what I get for making an assumption right???

The blurb is about a couple exchanging letters and the title “When You Were Mine” makes you think of a 2nd chance love story WHICH is true buuuut the rest is totally not what you expect.  I will admit because I went in thinking one way, I was a bit thrown off at the beginning.  Asher getting a Dear John letter….what??  I was a little confused and thought it was choppy but once the story got going and I realized it was ME who was wrong, the beginning makes total sense.

Harper has been through some stuff.  She is broken both mind and body.  She is walled off and walked away from Asher because she doesn’t feel worthy anymore.  She has her dad’s shop and her drag race strip so nothing matters any more.  She will live a content life with her bestie, Nona, and maybe find love but not passion with her other bestie, Ran.

Asher is not going to let Harper go.  He has no idea everything she has been through or to the extent of what she has been through, but he remembers the hopes and dreams they had.  He is bound and determined to get his women back.

Along the way we see Harper pushing Asher away, making some not so great choices and then dealing with her past that seems to haunt her daily.  We see Asher reaffirming his love and devotion to his women along with doing all he can to protect her.

I think the book was written great and I look forward to reading more.  I kinda hope she revisits these characters because Nona and Ran need an HEA!

Cindy Tanner has been a book worm since way before it was cool. Preferring to interact with fictional characters than people in real life she began writing at a young age. She has a wild and vivid imagination that has gotten her into (and out of trouble) more than once.

Cindy lives in Southern Indiana with her family and is a proud Midwestern farm girl. She loves all books, cheesy action movies, and animals. But hates writing about herself so don’t judge her books based on a slapped together biography.

#WOTR20 #review #RH #Paranormal – How to Train Your Husbands by Monica Corwin

How to Train Your Husbands: Two Paranormal Tales of Submission

How to Train Your Werewolf

Aurelia da Marcos is the only pure blood female vampire left to the Marcos house. Upon gaining her immortality at twenty-one,21 Aurelia became Caden Marcos’s betrothed. Unfortunately, when Caden’s business tanks the immortal council puts a werewolf watchman on the coven to monitor its affairs. Can the three figure out a way to save the coven all while navigating the rough waters of their mutual attraction to each other?

How to Train Your Witch

Aurelia, Caden, and Winter escaped the wrath of the council once before. Until a witch shows up looking to verify their claim of love and devotion. Or uncover truth that Aurelia bewitched the men in her life.

Abel is unlike any man Aurelia has ever met. Unlike her vampire and werewolf lovers, a witch is a new kind of challenge.

What happens to love when magic enters the game?

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I purchased this book.

I am like a Monica super fan.  I love how she can turn classic lit into modern stories.  When I saw she published this naughty little number I grabbed it because I haven’t really ready anything of hers that is over the top naught plus its RH….SOLD!!

This story is about the love triangle of Caden, Winter and Aurelia.  Caden and Aurelia are the first couple to hook up but when we get Caden in the story it makes the duo a much stronger triumvirate.

The scenes are super hawt and very yummy to read if you want a sexy fun novella then this is it for you.

The 2nd story in the book is an addition to Aurelia’s harem of men with the addition of Abel.  He wasn’t the most honest of men when he approached our trio so when everything happens, we learn a lot more about this group then before.

I would love to read more from the story and hope Monica can write more.  Abel wasn’t in the boo klong enough and I REALLY want a Caden/Winter SCENE!  JUSY SAYING!!

Monica Corwin is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. She is an outspoken writer attempting to make romance accessible to everyone, no matter their preferences. As a Northern Ohioian, Monica enjoys snow drifts, three seasons of weather, and a dislike of Michigan football. Monica owns more books about King Arthur than should be strictly necessary. Also typewriters…lots and lots of typewriters.

#WOTR20 #review #NewRelease #Paranormal #Wolves – Impressions, Novus Pack Series Book #3 by M. Jayne

Impressions

The Novus Pack has undergone many changes since The Lady gifted them with the Marked. Each life has been touched by The Seer, Theodora Morrissey, and none of them will ever be the same.

Issa: A practiced assassin, she can keep a steady calm in almost every situation… except for those involving matters of the heart.

Conal: The second in command, his loyalty knows no bounds. Above all else, he will protect his pack.

Solle: After leaving her family to embrace life with her mate, she becomes the caregiver to the pack. But are these traditional roles enough to placate her fiery spirit?

Lore: Once considered the elusive, self-serving Lycan boogeyman, he finds joy in becoming a needed member of the pack.

M. Jayne was a finalist in the Hold Medallion for Literary Excellence Award, find out why readers are falling in love with the Novus Pack!


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*Clapping* I love me some Novus Pack and this quick novella was a great addition.  I love love love the background to scenes in the story.  I will say, since I am all #TeamLore, I thought his story would be my favorite but it Issa’s story.  I love seeing her and Asher fighting this chemistry…..well ok she is fighting it.  But it totally made me excited for more Novus.

The parts with Conal and Solle were like hanging out with your cool friends and seeing how amazing their relationship is.  Its like seeing them alone and getting to be the “fly on the wall” of their amazing love story.  *Sigh* I just wish we got more for them!!!

Lore….I mean can you go wrong reading more from him and getting clips into the crazy killers head????  Not in my book!!

M. Jayne doesn’t know what she wants to be when and if she ever grows up. She’s worked retail, recorded hearings in a Federal Courtroom, worked behind the scenes with security at a casino and currently she is living her dream writing Romance. She plots and plans from her farm in central Indiana that she shares with her husband and two mastiffs, Ginger and Duncan Keith.

When she isn’t creating she can be found watching sports, searching for the perfect mascara and reading. She also loves questionable TV- Any Real Housewives, The Steve Wilkos Show and Live PD. Plus she is addicted to the TMZ app on her phone. M. Jayne loves to meet readers. She attends many conferences and signings. Please take a moment and introduce yourself and tell her what you are reading.

#REVIEW – Vicious (Sinners of Saint Book 1) by L.J. Shen

Emilia

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.
The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares.
He is a brilliant lawyer.
A skilled criminal.
A beautiful liar.
A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.
Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.

Vicious

She is a starving artist.
Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom.
Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down.
She paid the price.
Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate.
That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t.
So she hates me. Big fucking deal.
She better get used to me.

Vicious a complete standalone and a part of the Sinners of Saint series

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

So I had seen this book floating around for awhile now. And then LJ blew up with the rest of the series and now the kid’s books. Well, I actually picked up the first book to the kid’s and stopped reading cause it made me twitch that I wasn’t starting with the parents. So I went all the way back to the beginning. The OG of the characters. The first HotHole. And…uh…wow. So I’m all for grumpy, brooding men but Vicious or Baron (which I really like that name by the way) took it to a whole other level. I was chatting with an author friend about her grumpiest hero and she said that Vicious reminded me of her character who I absolutely adore. That’s when I knew I would love this book.

First off…Vicious is mean. He’s outright cruel to Millie but as the book goes on, you begin to understand why. Not that it makes it any more right but he atones for his sins. Eventually.

Vicious is one of the HotHoles. Which is four rich guys, or kids rather, who run All Saints High. They run the school, the town, basically everyone around them. They party, play football, have this game called Defy that sounds pretty brutal if you ask me. And did I mention they party? Where were these kids when I was in school?

The book also jumps from the past to the present in the beginning of the book but as you learn about how Millie and Vicious meet, it ends up sticking with the present situation. Ten years later and Vicious is on a mission. To get his girl and avenge a loved one.

I really enjoyed this book. Also, this cover. Now that I read the book, the cover makes complete sense.

#Review, #HoP, #Contemporary, House of Payne: Styx by Stacy Gail

Sydney used to make plans. All her life she’d trained to be a ballerina, but that “plan” had turned out to be nothing more than a pipe dream. Reality now consisted of hunting down petty thieves and refusing to make any more pie-in-the-sky plans for her life. That’s why she’s never approached the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. Never again would she be crushed by pointless dreams.
 
Fate, however, has plans for her.
 
Styx Hardwick isn’t big on plans. As a tattooist at House Of Payne, he’s the black sheep in a family full of pragmatic cops. Now that his twin brother’s getting hitched, all eyes turn to him, the last of the single Hardwick siblings. Getting through his twin’s wedding is gonna be hell.
 
Or so he thinks.
 
When a pocket-sized goddess crashes into him with terror in her eyes, Styx’s world turns upside-down. Even scared out of her mind, Sydney is still the hottest thing to have ever graced his life. He offers her a deal—pretend to be his girlfriend until the wedding, while he does his damnedest to protect her from the danger closing in.
 
As a plan, it’s almost foolproof.
 
Almost.
 


 I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book


OMG!! Welcome back to Chicago and the awesome House of Payne gang!!  
Styx is the “King of Coverups” as he likes to say, at the most awesomest tattoo studio in the world House of Payne.
Sydney is a secret shopper for a chain of grocery stores in town.  Their meet cute is totally crazy!!  Hint it has to do with her job, but they don’t meet in a store. I can’t get over the way they meet, it’s totally unique and crazy!
Sydney is so good at catching shop lifters at  her job as a secret shopper, that someone is trying to KILL HER and she runs into Styx literally to hide.  See totally crazy!!
What unfolds is a crazy story of a “pretend” couple, a family of cops,  and near death misses.  The only thing that I didn’t like is that we never get to see Styx let Sydney’s crappy family have it.
Crap!! I almost forgot to tell you about the most amazing scene,   a scene straight out of my daydreams with my favorite HoP artist Max and favorite ex hit an for the Bratva Polo!!!  This whole dang book is full of drool worthy moments so make sure you have a towel ready, LOL!!!  Stacy Gail makes sure that there is lots of hotness, love, and funny in this series and that is why it’s one of my favorites.
I so can’t freaking wait for Loki!!!

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A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail wrote stories between events to pass the time. By fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a skating coach who was also a romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from PNR and cyberpunk to contemporary romance at night, both dreams have come true.

#WOTR20 #Review #NewRelease — Rain Kimber: An Ariel Kimber Novella by Mary Martel

Rain Kimber: An Ariel Kimber Novella

Rain Kimber thought that finding his daughter and finally being able to be a part of her life after so many years without her would be the end of his adventure.
He thought he’d find her, take care of the woman who’d stolen his child away from him (you don’t want to know), and then the two of them would immediately become the family they’d been before she’d been taken. Rain would soon learn that life didn’t always work out the way you wanted it to, and really? That was a lesson he should have learned a long time ago.
But it wasn’t all about heartbreak for Rain. With his daughter he gained an entire Coven of family, even the ones he didn’t want. What father got along with all of his daughter’s boyfriends? Not Rain, that’s for sure.
Just as life wasn’t all about heartache anymore for Rain didn’t mean it was all about happiness and rainbows either. The Alexander Coven, the one his daughter had joined, seemed to be a magnet for trouble and Ariel Kimber was right in the middle of it. Which meant Rain was right there with her.
And he wouldn’t have it any other way.


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I absolutely love this series every time a new book comes out I am all over it and then want more when it is done. This is all about Rain and there was always something about him that drew me in. After reading this book there is so much more to Rain and makes me love him even more.

Rain had everything a wife and a daughter, but all that was taken from him shattering his heart. He found himself a loner hiding from the council. Now being reunited with his daughter his family keeps getting bigger and bigger. Rain shows he has a big heart even if he tries to hide it. He is 100% devoted to Ariel and making her happy. Even though he doesn’t like all of the boys in Ariel’s coven he will tolerate them because Ariel loves them. Rain will do anything to protect his family even if he puts himself in harms way.

Thanks to Ariel they find Baxter and Isobel, two awesome new characters. With having these two around we get to see a bit more of Rain’s heart opening. However, it does open up a conversation between Ariel and Quinton or should I say argument. I love how all these men will drop what ever to come to Ariel’s side to help her with what ever she needs. Their devotion and loyalty is by far superior to anything I have ever seen.

I have to say I really need more Rain, more Isobel, more Bax, well just more of everyone. I am so thrilled to hear that Dash is next and cannot wait to hear more about him and what is going on with the council and the witches.

Mary Martel was born in West Michigan and spent the majority of her life there. She currently resides in North Dakota with her husband, and her two beautiful daughters. She’s an avid reader, and when not writing she can be found with her nose stuck in a book.

#Sugar4SPICE #AuthorSpotlight – Lynn Stevens

Lynn   Stevens

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Lynn Steven’s and I love baseball. 🙂

Where is your favorite place to write and what food must be present?

I love writing outside in our courtyard. We have multiple places to sit. Depending on the time of day and season, I’ll have coffee, tea, or iced tea beside me.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Meeting new people!

What author would you love to meet (Who is your unicorn author)?

Tawna Fenske

What author would you love to write with?

Helena Hunting

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

The first time someone told me they loved my books. That makes everything worth it.

What are your social links?

Twitter: @LStevensAuthor
Insta: @LStevensAuthor

What are your buy links? (You can list individual or links to your Amazon/ibooks/Koko/etc Author Home Page.)

https://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Stevens/e/B072C947B9?ref