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#WOTR19 #Review – Back To You (Sweet, Safe, & Sexy AF Romances Book 2) by Elena M. Reyes

Back To You

Her smile is blinding. His kisses drugging.

Mila Alexander is on summer break when she literally bumps into the man of her dreams.

Nick Adams promises far more than he should, and it all comes with a catch: to wait for him.

His contract is airtight, and the commitment to a charity close to his heart must come first leaving her little to no choice. However, life is full of broken promises. Moments in time that no one can predict, and he’ll fight like hell to come back. To hold her once more.

She is his, and he is hers.

(This book is Sweet, Safe, and Sexy AF)


I received this book from the author for an honest review.

STAHP!!!  Elena stop making me fall in love with all your characters!!  Stop Stop Stop!!  Ok really don’t stop but you know my offer to be your best friend, cook dinner alllll while I help you type your next book is still on the table right???

This book is EXACLTY what it say in the title…Sweet and Sexy!!!

I loved Nick and Mila so hard.  I loved the dynamic of the duo.  I loved the storyline.  I mean what isn’t to love about a man who is all in and all in for you???

If you want a quick but satisfying read, then grab this book!!

Elena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would.
As a small child, she was always intrigued by all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth-grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned.
Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn’t until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and characters grow.


#WOTR19 #AuthorSpotlights – Ellis Leigh / Kristin Harte

Ellis Leigh

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Ellis Leigh/Kristin Harte

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

I write on my couch (feet up, blanket on) and am addicted to Smart Food white cheddar popcorn. It’s a problem.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Meeting readers and talking about books! I’m a reader first and an author second, so I love being around other people who adore books and want to gush about their favorites. I end up with so many new books to read!

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

Kelley Armstrong. Her Women Of The Otherworld series is why I write.

What author would you love to write with?

Kati WIlde. Her voice and style sucks me in. I’d love to pick her brain to elevate my own books.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I was at a reader event in Texas, standing in line at a Starbucks in the hotel. We’re talking pajamas on, hoodie hiding my bedhead, non-brushed teeth moment. We’ve all been there, right? Anyway, I’m waiting patiently for my turn to order heaven in a cup when a reader screamed my name from across the lobby. Seriously–SCREAMED IT. I almost died, and then I cracked up because she must really pay attention to my social media to recognize me from so far away and without my “face” on. Next time I meet her, I hope to be more presentable. I’ll buy her a coffee.

What are your social links?

What are your buy links?

Vigilante Justice Series

Twinsie Angie’s Review of Savage Surrender, The Devil’s Dires Book #1 HERE


#WOTR19 #Novella #Review – Stalk Me Please by CM Steele

Stalk Me Please

Hailey: He owns the coffee shop, so I need to stop fantasizing that he comes here to see me. In fact, he’s never spoken to me other than to order his coffee. I just can’t get over the way he sits in the corner of the shop a couple times a week slowly sipping his hot, black coffee and staring at me with intent. Why? I don’t know. I should be concerned that he’s like a lion stalking his prey, but all I can think of is stalk me, please.

James: I watch her every chance I get. When the time’s right, she will be mine. With every smile she tosses at a male customer, the angrier I get. Buying the shop, installing extra cameras, and visiting twice a week does nothing to calm the need to claim her for my own. She’s going to think I’m crazy, but really, I’m determined.


I purchased this book from Amazon.

I hate when books say “If you like 50 Shades….” Buuuut this book reminded me of Bossy Christian.  No there isn’t any BDSM but the controlling and possessive, demamding Christian behavior is totally James.

James is legit a stalker who is obsessed with Hailey, his coffee shop employee.  She is oblivious to what he feels towards her, but she is totally infatuated by him too.

When James can’t take it anymore, he scoops in and rescues Hailey.  He offers her a new job not knowing that he has a lot more in store for her then just switching jobs.

I liked the story of the older, experienced man who takes over and does everything he can to capture the woman he is head over heels for.  Hailey is innocent but also feisty which was a fun read.

The story has some steam and makes for a great quick read for an afternoon.

C.M. Steele lives for writing what she likes to read. With over 60+ short stories and a couple actual novels, she is only just beginning. She is most definitely not for everyone, but she does love her readers. Working on improving her craft is a monumental task because she has the attention span of a gnat and the patience of a race car driver in Walmart (Absolutely none.)

Check out her works on her website

Her FB page is where you can find her most days since she lives on her computer.
BUT the best way to get more information is through her newsletter. Sign up at:

There’s never any spamming because CM sends them out herself and she’s focused on her writing most days.


#WOTR19 #AuthorSpotlights – Heather D’Agostino / H. D’Agostino

Heather D'Agostino

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Heather D’Agostino
I’m a contemporary/ new adult/ romantic suspense author. When I’m not writing, I’m working as a nanny for two year old identical twin girls. They keep me on my feet and give me great material for my books. I’m a mom to two teens who have me running to the dance studio and soccer field every week. I’ve been published since 2013, but have been writing for most of my life. I went to school to be a teacher, and did that until I became a mom. I’ve been with the WOTR group since the beginning, and look forward to this signing every year.

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

When I’m at home, I write in my office.

When I’m work, I write when the kiddos are napping and sit at the kitchen table. I usually have some sort of candy nearby, usually something gummy. Gummy bears are my favorite.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

Seeing friends, meeting readers, and networking

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

Kristen Proby or Abbi Glines

What author would you love to write with?

I’ve never really thought about a specific author to cowrite with. I’d be willing to try with anyone.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

The first time I hit Amazon’s best seller list. It was my first year published, and I honestly couldn’t believe it was happening.

What are your social links?

What are your buy links?

Twinsie Angie’s Review of Being Nobody, Witness Book #1 HERE


#WOTR19 #Paranormal #Shifters #Novella #review – Honey Bear: A Kinship Cove Fun & Flirty Romance (Mates & Macarons #3) by Ellis Leigh

Honey Bear: A Kinship Cove Fun & Flirty Romance (Mates & Macarons Book 3)

Sometimes the happy in happily ever after is relative. Or related. Sort of. The third slice of sweetness from the Cake-ily Ever After bakery in Kinship Cove will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.

I’m supposed to be the nice sister. The good one. The girl everyone can count on and who rallies the troops whenever one of us needs a little boost. I’m not supposed to be anything other than sweet. I’m not the one secretly pining for a man twice my age. A man who shifts into a bear at whim and runs the whole darn town with a calm sort of confidence never before seen in Kinship Cove. But I do pine. I pine hard.

And when I make bad decisions because of that, I become the sister with a burden bigger than she can carry.

And a secret.

What would you do if you needed money fast? What wouldn’t you do?

I won’t sell my body. So instead, I’ll sell the closest thing I can—to whoever has the right amount of cash.

And I’ll cross my fingers and hope the bear shifter who refuses to see me as anything other than sweet never finds out.

HONEY BEAR is the latest paranormal romance from USA Today bestselling author Ellis Leigh. The story is part of the Shifters In Love: Fun & Flirty world but is a standalone romance with wit, snark, and more than just flirting.


Honey Bear: A Kinship Cove Fun & Flirty Romance (Mates & Macarons #3) by Ellis Leigh

I purchased this book from Amazon.

I love love love the paranormal world that Elis creates in all of her stories.  She makes me laugh and love each and every characer.

This book is about sweet human Madeline/Maddy who is crazy in love with the town mayor and bear shifter Jericho.  The history of the two is long and intertwined to the point that Jericho calls himself Maddy’s uncle…ewwwww.  However, when Maddy grows up Jericho no longer wants to her uncle but her lover because the fates have made her is mate.

Jericho needed to a good kick in the pants because he was being an idiot and I loved the naughty Fox who helped him see he was missing a good thing by denying is mate, Maddy.

Maddy has given up on Jericho and also started a side business that ….welll…..isn’t traditional but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do right???

I loved the scene when Jericho finds out about Maddy’s little side business, but I really loved seeing Maddy stand up to Jericho’s enemy and let everyone know this little human is not so sweet after all!!

I so want to read the rest of the books in the series because all the characters cracked me up so I imagine their books are just as funny.

A storyteller from the time she could talk, USA Today bestselling author Ellis Leigh grew up among family legends of hauntings, psychics, and love spanning decades. Those stories didn’t always have the happiest of endings, so they inspired her to write about real life, real love, and the difficulties therein. From farmers to werewolves, store clerks to witches—if there’s love to be found, she’ll write about it. Ellis lives in the Chicago area with her husband, daughters, and a German Shepherd that refuses to leave her side.


#WOTR19 #Review #Paranormal #Guardians – Vampire’s Mate (Guardians #1) by Valerie Twombly

Vampire's Mate (Guardians, #1)

Vampire Guardian, Marcus Dagotto is sworn to safeguard humanity. With the death of his mate, and a curse that will soon catapult him into bloodlust, he focuses on protecting his king and surviving each day. When the gods interfere, it’s never a good thing and this time they destine him a new mate. He tries to resist the woman fated to be his, but when she ends up in trouble, instinct demands he protect her.

In the darkness, she may be the sliver of light that will save his soul.

After the love of Cassandra Jensen’s life ditches her at the altar, she swears off men forever. But when a sexy stranger visits her nightly dreams and seduction plays a starring role, she reconsiders her current situation. Problem is, he’s a figment of her wild imagination, at least until he steps into her life for real. His world is full of things that go bump in the night, and something evil is coming to claim him. To protect herself means losing him. To save him will mean the ultimate sacrifice.

A single kiss will change her life forever.

Formerly published as Eternal Flame. Revised 2nd edition.


I received this book from the author for an honest review.

GAH!!  I love paranormal and this series is so going to make my heart happy!!!  When I was offered the chance to read this I jumped because paranormal is my heart and soul.  Friends!!  I am soooo happy I did.  I loved the world Valerie created.  I loved the characters and I am soooo excited for more from them.  I am not sure who exactly I want to read next!!

Marcus is an empty, lonely immortal.  He lost the mate to an evil enemy and so he is walking the world looking to avenge her.  He is happy to aide his best friend and future king of their race when his sister tells him he has yet another mate.  This is so NOT what our man wants or feels he needs!

Cassie is so loving and hating the erotic dreams she keeps having over this faceless, FANGED man.  When Marcus strolls in to the bar she is at, BOOM she is a hot mess…literally HOT! *wink*  She is losing her mind over how she is attracted to this stranger.

The story of the two of them fighting the draw plus also crashing into each other is such a great read.  They can’t stop fate and it seems fate needs them to be together due to the future war that is erupting.  Their love is also at risk, because the bad guy and his evil accomplice need what they have to conquer the world.

I seriously can’t tell you enough how much I liked this story and how I look forward to the continuing story of trying to stop the war.


Award winning and bestselling author Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother’s shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper.

When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German Shepherd dogs, in Northern IL.

Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers. She is also the founder of Sexy Scribblers, a group of romance writers who bring readers new and fresh stories every month


#WOTR19 #AuthorSpotlights – Tricia Andersen

Tricia Andersen

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Hi! My name is Tricia Andersen. I write all sorts of genres with mostly have to do with MMA. When I’m not writing I am a crazy wrestling/track mom who likes to do Jiu Jitsu and hang out at her favorite bookstore.

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

I love to write on my loveseat in my living room. I usually don’t need food but I must have a cup of coffee.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

I love getting to talk with readers and other authors. It takes a bit to get out of my shell, but once I do I don’t stop talking.

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

Karen Marie Moning. She’s my fave. ❤️

What author would you love to write with?

Patricia Briggs. I think our story styles could mesh.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

I can’t remember which event it was but the first time a reader came up to me and told me they knew me and loved my books was the best moment ever. It was probably the first time I really felt like an author.

What are your social links?
Facebook Group:

What are your buy links?

Twinsie Angie’s Review of Blood Lust HERE


#WOTR19 #AuthorSpotlights – Alison Bliss

Alison Bliss

Tell us your name and then a bit about yourself.

Alison Bliss

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

Lately, my kids have had a lot of events and band practices so I’ve mastered the ability to write in my car. While I don’t usually have food with me in the car, I almost always can count on one of my kids to have a pack of gum on them.

What are you favorite things about attending signings?

My favorite thing about attending signings is getting to meet readers and other authors in person. Sometimes we talk to a person online for years before getting the pleasure of meeting them face-to-face and those are always great moments.

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

Linda Howard is my favorite author ever, and I’m dying for a chance to meet her one day. I reread her books every year and can never get enough of them.

What author would you love to write with?

My author pal Carly Bloom is such a great writer and we share a similar sense of humor. I’d love to write something with her one day, though I suspect we’d end up laughing a lot more than writing.

What is your favorite memory so far as an author?

Last year I was asked to go to my publisher’s warehouse and sign hundreds of copies of my books at one time. And then, as the guest author, I got to sign their wall. That was pretty fun.

What are your social links?

FB Author Page:
Amazon Page:

What are your buy links?


Twinsie Angie’s favorite Alison book review

Rules of Protection
It’s rule breaker Emily Foster’s birthday, and like everyone at The Jungle Room, she just wants to get some action. Unfortunately, she stumbles on the wrong kind, witnessing a mob hit. To protect her, she’s entered into the Witness Protection Program with by-the-book Special Agent Jake Ward as her chaperone.

When the location of their safe house is compromised, Jake stashes Emily deep in the Texas backwoods. The city-girl might be safe from the Mafia, but she has to contend with a psychotic rooster, a narcoleptic dog, crazy cowboys, and the danger of losing her heart to the one man she can’t have.

Jake’s as hot as he is infuriating, and she can’t help but push all his buttons to loosen him up. Their mutual, sizzling sexual attraction poses a dilemma: Jake’s determined to keep her safe and out of the wrong hands; she’s determined to get into the right ones—his.

Each book in the Tangled in Texas series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Rules of Protection
Book #2 Playing With Fire

I received this book from the author for an honest review.
Two author friends, who go by the name Elizabeth Hayley, tagged me on Facebook about possibly reading their friends new book. Hey, I love those ladies and their books crack me up so if THEY are in love with someone then I will love them too, Right?? I reached out to the author and asked for an advanced copy. OMG am I glad I did. I was laughing soooo hard at some many different lines in the book. I was even texting my friend/blogger/bestie Melinda with lines saying “you have gotta read this book”……
So this story begins with our main character at the bar with her besties Gina and Dale celebrating her birthday. She sees a hottie checking her out but decides against it. She strolls to the bathroom when said hottie finds her annnnd is not so hot….more slimey gross. Well she tries to shake him but he won’t take the hint so a Southern Gentleman plays the part of her “boyfriend” to make slime ball take the hint. Well another situation arises and Mr. Southern Gentleman needs her help again so she ends up lip locking him AGAIN!!!! Well Gina and Dale dare our girl to follow Mr. Southern Gentleman down the hallway to jump his bones but instead she sees slime ball getting killed. Well she runs and gets attacked by Jake, the Southern Gentleman but escapes him. She goes to the police station to report the murder but GASP Mr. Southern Gentleman appears and GASP he is a FEDERAL AGENT!!!!
SOOO Jake and our newly named Emily go into the Witness Protection to help take down Slime Balls killer. Well the chemistry between the two is awesome and she pretty much pouts and offers a no strings attached night but dang it if the bad guys don’t find them. So Jake and Emily go off radar. Jake is hiding Emily without the FBI’s approval. He takes her in to Deliverance country to hide out with his family. They are supposed to be boyfriend/girlfriend…… Which is news to Emily because they fight NONSTOP!!! Which makes the book insanely funny and fullllllll of sexual tension.
So while hiding out Emily and Jake fight over her jealousy of his ex, his jealousy of her flirting, her not being able to be domestic at all, him being overly alpha at every turn of the second hand on your watch, her only thinking about herself, him not taking her feelings into consideration, and on and on and on!! Now sometimes when I read a book like this I am like “seriously, enough already” but not once in this entire novel did I feel bored with them. I was in love with the characters and the story. I was shocked at how fast I flew through this book. I was so busy reading that when I hit 45% I was stunned and then next thing I knew I was at 88%. I mean WHERE DID IT GO!!! The story was just flying by and I wanted to know what would happened but I didn’t want the story to end.
The epilogue made me really happy and laugh a lot. The epilogue had everything about the story you wanted to know…like about the boys, the ex, Junior, Henry and Floss and the rest of the town you have come to love.
The story has so many twist and turns. It is soo full of sexual innuendo and sexual chemistry. I yelled at both characters while also yelling with them at the other person. I have to tell you I CANNOT wait for more from this author and this series.


#WOTR19 #Paranormal #Shifters – A Hot Piece of Sass: Sassy Ever After (Black Paw Wolves Book 1) by Melanie James

A Hot Piece Of Sass (Sassy Ever After)

There’s something very special about Tanner Larsen. He isn’t your ordinary wolf-shifter. He’s more. Believing he’s been cursed by the gods, he’s all but given up on finding his one true mate. When he catches the sweet strawberry scent of his Fated Female, worlds collide and ancient legends are revealed. Tanner discovers that his curse may be the only way to save his mate when a rogue wolf tries to destroy the lovers’ destiny.


A Hot Piece of Sass: Sassy Ever After (Black Paw Wolves Book 1) by Melanie James

I purchased this book from Amazon.

I love Paranormal add the fact it’s a quick novella and I am allll over that

Hannah and Tanner are both tired of being alone.  Hannah fears spending the rest of her life as a pack spinster.  Tanner fears being alone because he is just too “different” from the other wolves in his pack.

When meddling pack members get involved and bring Tanner to Hannah’s pack for the early scenting ceremony no one knew what they were starting.  It seems fate and the Gods are also at play for Tanner and Hannah.

Hannah wants Tanner but is not just gonna be the good little mate and take is mating mark without laying down the rules.  Unfortunately, they get side tracked and the bad guys swoop in stealing Hannah.

I loved the twist of this paranormal shifter story.  I loved the Norse Gods and their mythology being brought forth into the story.  I am going to grab another book in the series to see if they continue to Tanner/Hannah story because if so this Pack has some trouble coming their way.

Melanie James

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, Melanie James spent 14 years as an IT systems administrator before tiring of the hustle and bustle of the technology world. She’s doing what she loves, by writing paranormal comedy, steamy paranormal, and contemporary romance books. Melanie has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Leadership and Development, with a minor in Women’s Studies. She is working on her Master’s Degree in Adult Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Melanie is married to a wonderful man who supports her dreams and goals. She has two children, three step-children, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and an adorable grand-baby.

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#WOTR19 #Review #Anthology – Melt with Harley Easton and Marie Piper

Harley Easton and Marie Piper are our attending authors.


Kick off the holiday season with this sexy collection of five brand new romance novellas.

Rocky Mountain Meltdown by Harley Easton
Writer Tessa Hazel can’t stand the cold, so when her agent banishes her to a Colorado ski lodge in January, she’s far from happy. To make things worse a surly hotel worker and her favorite frienemy are working to keep her out of the arms of a sexy ski instructor. Will a little extra snow fix everything or cause Tessa a major meltdown?

Body Heat by CM Peters
Whether it’s in the green valleys of Ireland or the cool land of Maine, love can bloom and wither as fast as a snowflake. Is it a good omen when two lonely hearts meet on a stormy night? Can they make it through when everything pulls them apart?

Off-Season by Marie Piper
Winter in a rafting town means blessed solitude as far as Eva is concerned, until sexy rafting guide Charlie shows up on New Year’s Eve. If the two of them can survive an ice storm, a bear, and each other, they just might realize they’re perfect together.

Finding Home by Sienna Saint-Cyr
When Marina scheduled her long overdue vacation to Leavenworth, Washington, all she’d wanted was a chance to sip her tea in the adorable Bavarian village and forget about her ex. But her plans quickly went awry when a hipster in a beanie stormed into the teashop demanding his rental manager fix her mistake… for she’d rented his cabin to Marina, while he’d planned to be there.

Damsel by Stephanie Bissette-Roark
Cassandra never wanted to return to that old, converted barn atop the hill. But when her estranged father leaves it all to her in his will, she journeys home to discover if any part of her broken past still remains. She didn’t expect to find Ethan Bailey waiting for her, a strange man who kindles in her powerful—but unwanted—feelings of familiarity. When a treasured childhood toy transports her into an imaginary world, Cassandra will come face-to-face with a man that looks just like Ethan, but whose medieval garb tells a different story. As the lines between make-believe and reality blur, will her new companion bring healing love and open her heart in the real world or will the monster of her past consume her?

All proceeds from this collection will go charities that support mental health research and aide.


I was gifted this book by the author after winning it in an author takeover.

Rocky Mountain Meltdown by Harley Easton

This was a sweet and quick read.  The story is about an author who along with her rival are checked into a ski resort for the weekend of writing and working.

Tessa is none to thrilled for the burly lumberjack, Bryce, who seems to keep judging her but is thankful for the hot as heck ski instructor, Kevin….or is she.

It seems our burly and grumpy lumberjack has a few secrets in the closet in regard to Tessa and her writing.

The story made me laugh at the antics of our rival author because who doesn’t love to see an enemy get their much deserved paybacks!  But seeing the connection between Bryce and Tessa develop and the ending chapter was a sweet ending to the story.


Off-Season by Marie Piper

This story was probably my favorite of the set of stories.

Eva was left her uncle’s diner in a small rafting town.  Eva is quite happy to live her life in solitude because she doesn’t feel she is good enough to be with the person she really desires.  Her fear and insecurity make her push him away at every turn.

Charlie is the owner of the main rafting group in the area and he is head over heals for Eva.  He has no idea what he did in the past to make her run but he is dead set on claiming her for the new year.

The couple have major issues because Eva thinks so many wrong things about Charlie is doesn’t really believe him when he tells her the truth.  When a scary situation with Charlie makes Eva run to help him, she slow opens her heart to what he might be….a really good guy.

I really enjoyed seeing Eva open up to Charlie and seeing him help her overcome some of her insecurities within herself.

Harley Easton

Harley Easton is a Renaissance woman dabbling in everything life offers. She’s worked at a major theme park, found expert witnesses for legal cases, been a guest lecturer at a well known national museum, and worked with medical students. Putting experience and insanity to good use, she’s become an author specializing in erotic, romantic, and speculative fiction.


Marie Piper

The full-length steamy Western trilogy, FIRES OF CRICKET BEND, and the gothic dime store serial, MAIDENS & MONSTERS, are available now. Marie’s short pieces are featured in a variety of anthologies.

The brand-new western romance series, THE GILDED BRIDES, will kick off on Novermber 13, 2018 with the release of HIS BLUEBIRD BRIDE.

When Marie isn’t writing, she’s likely out exploring the Windy City, gathering more books for her towering hoard, or happily drinking coffee and wasting her time on Twitter