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#NewRelease – Redemption (Revenge Series #2) by Christine Besze

Redemption (Revenge Series #2)

Two years I’ve searched.
Two years I’ve waited.
Two years I’ve longed to hold her.
Two years I’ve been patient.
Time’s up.
I’m bringing her home, where she belongs.
Bombs, car chases, and bar fights be damned.

Axel Savage has lived his life by one code and one code alone—family above all else. Sometimes those closest to you are the ones that stick the knife the deepest.

Kelsey Loren thought she left all the trouble behind and started a new life someplace safe, someplace faraway from it all. The truth is the monster she ran away from is the only one that can save her.

Redemption is coming and he’s bringing Hell with him. He’ll show them what it means to mess with a Savage.

She can fight it all she wants, but a Savage is exactly what she is. One he’ll die to protect—even if it means killing one of her own to do it.

***This book is a standalone and contains mature/graphic subject matter. For readers 18+***


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OHHH YEAH!!  I have been waiting for this book.  I will say you need to read book 1 to fully understand the story here.  I know the blurb says it is a standalone, but I would advise reading book 1 to not be a little lost in the story.

First up can I say the ladies in the story are AMAZING and strong.  They are just the right women these broken men need to be whole again.  Who doesn’t love an alpha man who but also doesn’t love a strong female to help said male??  If you love that then you will love this series.

The Savage Brothers are so hot!!  I mean yup I will take one.  Axel and Kelsey were together in the past, but she got scared and ran. Welp Axel is Mr. Protective and is not going to let her go!  Kelsey is in trouble and the brothers are going to go and save her from the drama and action to happen in the story.

Serious the chemistry was amazing and I can’t wait for the next brothers book to hit my kindle!!

Christine Besze is a writer, reader, mother, wife, and lover of all things wine. She lives in her own world of crazy most days, because the voices inside her head hold some great conversation. When she does have to come back to reality and act like an actual grown-up, she spends her time with her handsome hubby Z, their two gorgeous gingers and their mini-herd of German Shepherds. Born in sunny Southern California, she recently made the big leap with her family to the East Coast and couldn’t be happier. You’ll still find her in flip-flops—with a full glass of wine—all year round.

#Review #2ndChance #FriendsToLovers – Until You Fall in Love by Lyssa Layne

Until You Fall In Love

Single mom Jordan Glastetter doesn’t know how she’d survive without her best friend, Abram Tomko. He’s the father her son never knew and he’s the rock she’s always leaned on. When Abram’s father suffers a heart attack, it’s Abram’s turn to depend on Jordan, finally seeing her as the woman she’s become and not the little girl he grew up with. Will they risk their friendship for a chance at love?

The PreQual is Roses with Thorn HERE

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Oh man where do I begin!!??  Lyssa, sister!!  Abram was such a hot mess in Robbie and Jordan’s book I was really wondering how you could fix him but fix him you sure did!

Jordan and Abram have known each other all their lives.  Jordan falls in love and married Robbie who is Abram’s bestie/wing man.  As soon as their life picks up and moves forward, Robbie is killed in the military.  This story picks p 5 years after his death.  Their story is the prequal to this story.

Jordan is a dedicated mom, rancher, friend and is slowly freaking out that the feelings she has for her best friend, Abram, are slipping into the “more than friends” category.

Abram has watched Jordan every day her entire life but when situations change, and he comes back after helping his sister, his eyes open to the woman she has become. He soon realizes he can’t live with out her in his life. PERIOD.

The couple are essentially raising her son as THEIR son. They are starting to realize there is a lot more going on then just best friends…which everyone else sees but they are both to dumb to see until their world is shook when Pop, Abram’s Father, has a heart attack.  The thought of losing his pushes them both into re-evaluating things.

Now of course love can’t come easy with the two for them.  They are dealing with her fears of finally moving on past her dead husband of 5 years.  They are dealing with other people being interested in the pair plus the fear of what if this doesn’t work.  There were times I wanted to smack Jordan upside the head and shake her senseless for thinking less of Abram’s feelings for her.  Then toward the end of the story I was gonna nut check Abram for being such a jackass over something that happened with Jordan…sigh…but mainly I loved the journey these two take!!

Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.

Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.

You can visit Lyssa’s writing blog at http://www.authorlyssalayne.blogspot.com You can also follow her on Twitter @layne_lyssa or check out her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/lyssalayne

Feel free to contact her regarding blog reviews, giveaways, or blog book tours authorlyssalayne@gmail.com Happy reading!

#WOTR20 #NewRelease #2ndChance – Mine for Now by Cindy Tanner

Mine for Now by [Cindy Tanner]

Ran Walker can’t outrun his demons. After watching the woman he loved marry another man, he’s given up on finding that happiness for himself. Until a chance encounter with a fiery redhead challenges everything he thought he knew…

Elle Sullivan is done bending to the expectations of others. Now, she’s determined to live life by her own terms. Even if that means taking a chance on the burly biker that helped her fix a flat tire. He’s the exact opposite of any man she’s ever dated—yet the heat between them is undeniable.

Can Ran and Elle shrug off the shackles of his haunting past and her constricting family name to find the freedom of a blissful life together? Or will the ill-fitting facades of who they are supposed to be force them apart?


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Friends!!  Ran has been on my mind since I read When you Where Mine back last fall.  I mean this dude is a hot mess of loyalty and family but also heartbreak and feeling less then.

You don’t need to read the previously mentioned book BUT to know Ran and his heart, I highly suggest it. When Elle comes and knocks him on his big burly ass, you will appreciate it all the more.

Ran has only loved Harper and after the heartbreak of losing her to Ash, he has given up on finding anyone.  He knows he is a felon and who wants to marry or be with a guy like that?  He is gruff and rough around the edges plus he is totally pushing away all his friend.  But he is definitely the one guy you can trust to keep a woman safe.

Elle is over it all.  After walking away from her fiancée and starting life over in this small town, she too is over dating. When an accidental tasing of Ran leads Elle to wonder about the hot stranger, they both think they will never see the other.

When Elle comes barreling into his life by helping and befriending his sister Nona, who also is a hot mess and I am dying to know her story with Ben, the two start a “friends with benefits” relationship.  Each is afraid of the day the other will call it quits but is secretly falling head over heels with the other.

When miscommunication and self-doubt cause the two to separate, I was ready to nut punch Ran.  I was glad to see Harper come and knock some sense into him with the help of Ash.  These two are a perfect fit and they need to open their eyes and stop worrying about the fears in their heart.

I am such a huge fan of these characters.  I admin the previous book was one of my favorite last year so this book was a very anticipated book by me.  I can saw 110% this book did not let me down.  I loved getting to know Ran and all his “faults” even more.  But I really loved the sassy and fiery red head named Elle who helped him overcome his fear of being less then.  But yo, I really freaking loved Gigi!!!!

Growing up an only child in rural Indiana Cindy grew to rely on her imagination for entertainment. Starting at a young age she would read books to her animals and started telling her stories to anyone that would listen. Over the years her love of reading and telling stories grew into a career of her dreams. She likes to tell sincere stories with unexpected twists.

#WOTR20 #KU #FairyTaleRetelling – Beauty Unmasked by A.J. Renee

Beauty Unmasked

Viktor Prinz
When an IED hit my unit, it set off a chain of events that transformed me. Gone is the easygoing and charming man whom everyone flocked to. I’m no longer the whole man I used to be, and I’ve accepted this darker side.

Isabel Marchant
In my twelve years as a physical therapist, I’ve never been tempted to cross the line with a patient. That is, not until Viktor Prinz answers the door in his nearly-naked state. Seeing past the grief, I find the first man to make me want more.

Can Viktor find the strength to accept the cards he’s been dealt? Or will he run this beauty who stands up to him out of his life, never to return again?


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I purchased this book from Free off Amazon May 2020.

Oh AJ!!  I love your books!!  I am so glad I saw this book and grabbed it the other day when it was a freebie off Amazon.  This is a sweet novella retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  I loved the twist of the story that Belle was actually the beast because she was pushing the “Prince” Viktor to get better.  But in actuality Vik was the beast due to his grumpy disposition.

The story begins and we see a uber crabby Vik not wanting anyone around.  He has lost his leg and his momma.  Seems he is going to hide away then deal with the pitying stares of people he knows.  His aunt informs him she has hired a PT to come and help him with his new prosthetic.  He is none to thrilled and the way he answered the door pretty much sets the tone for Belle and Vik.  LOL

The chemistry between Vik and Belle is off the charts immediately.  They are both drawn to the firm yet caring souls of the other.  She is like DUDE HE IS A CLIENT.  He is saying NO HOT CHICK WOULD WANT THIS MESS!!  We see the fun flirty banter and the respect they both form for the other.

When there is a miscommunication and then angry word, both are left wounded.  When he see Vik take that step forward in hopes of more with Belle, I was so excited.

The story is a sweet novella, but I will say it wasn’t an insta-love because there was a lot of banter and chemistry to fill the story.  However, seeing them both fall head over heals for the other when they finally confide their true feelings was a sweet read.  The epilogue made ma laugh like all AJ’s books do!!

AJ Renee is the author behind the St. Fleur series, Love in Scrubs series, Beauty Unmasked, Winter’s Surprise, Unlucky in Love, Surviving Paris, and Finding Love at the Falls…. She’s a military wife and mother to three young girls. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Masters of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology while working at the library.

She loves to write steamy romance with suspense and a happily ever after. When she isn’t writing or interacting with her readers, you can find her spending time with her family or reading. AJ enjoys traveling, researching family history, and all things New Orleans.

#NewRelease #2ndChance – Love and Music (Small Town Secrets Book #3) by Jade Jamison

Love and Music (Small Town Secrets Book 3) by [Jade C. Jamison]

Years later, he still takes her breath away. Does that mean he’s the one?

Time has not changed the way Megan feels about her ex Tyler Green, now a famous rock star. It’s pathetic, and that’s why she absolutely will not—WILL NOT—attend her ten-year high school reunion. But her bestie convinces her that there’s no way a guy like Tyler would ever attend their reunion anyway. He’s got better things to do with his time.

Megan feels like a complete idiot when he shows, but she feels even more foolish when she confirms she’s still head-over-heels in love with him. It’s doomed to fail: their worlds are now completely different, urban rocker and country mouse. But how will she ever be able to let him go again?

Curl up by the fire with a glass of wine or a mug of hot chocolate and settle into Winchester, Colorado—where the nights are cold…but steamy!

Portions of this novel were previously published in 2012 as the book Madversary.


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Uhm can I say Tyler is some delicious fun!!! This story is a fun, sexy read. It is all about Megan who doesn’t want to attend her 10th year high school reunion but her bestie basically pouts, whines and strong arms her into going. Megan says she will stay but If Tyler shows, she is outta there. She is still madly in love with her first love and doesn’t think she can survive him leaving again.

SOOOOO the weekend arrives and Lisa (the bestie ) says “yeah uhm sooo Tyler is coming!!” Megan is not thrilled. She never assumed Mr. Rock Star would come back to town. Well Tyler strolls in and immediately Megan and him have this instant connection but Megan thinks it is a “friend zone” connection. Boy is she proven wrong later that night in his room *wiggles eyes*

Sooo Megan gets Fa-Reaked out by the sex and connection so she does what any irrational girl does, she leaves!!! Tyler is freaked out he did something wrong. Well Megan doesn’t hide anymore and Tyler and her again have a hot and steamy connection after his band performs at the reunion. All seems to be going great until *insert wicked witch theme song* Tamara arrives. She was Tyler’s Ex before Megan. She makes Megan doubt Tyler’s intentions and fidelity .

Wanna know what happens? Well People you are gonna have to read. I will say I loved the ending of the story and the banter between Tyler and Megan. it made my heart very happy……

1. Dream 2. Play some music 3. Write 4. Blow readers away 5. Repeat

Jade C. Jamison is a steamy romance author, heavy metal fangirl, wife and mom, coffee connoisseur, cat lover, and vegan foodie–not necessarily in that order. She loves life and believes we learn our wisest lessons when reading, especially fiction. Her heroines are fierce, her heroes all but broken, both seeking redemption together. Whether those books are set in a small Colorado town or big city, she strives to take her readers’ breath away…one story at a time.

#WOTR #AttendingAuthor #PartofaSeries Buried Hearts ( In the Dark 3) by CE Johnson


“Love will take you down faster than any bullet. You cry tonight. Tomorrow, you bury it.”

Jolene had her life planned out. Nursing school. Husband. House with a picket fence. She had all her boxes checked until her life flips upside down. Turns out, O’Reilly’s Pub is the perfect place for a freshly unemployed,divorced woman who currently lives in her parent’s old house to get stood up on her first attempt at dating again. She’s giving up on love and that ridiculous dating app. However, that doesn’t change the fact that she needs a date to her best friend’s gala.

The last thing Paul wants to do is attend a gala with his first love, parading around as her fake boyfriend. With the memory of her heartbroken face still haunting him, even years later, he agrees to go, hoping this will make up for the pain he caused her.

The plan? Go to the gala, make her ex-husband hate himself, then let her go. But that plan blows up the minute he believes Jolene has a stalker.Paul will have to put his guilt behind him if he’s going to keep her safe. He won’t lose another person he cares about. Especially not the woman he never wanted to leave in the first place.

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I bought this book and this is my honest opinion

This whole time we have followed Paul the quite best friend always lurking in the back ground, now it’s his time to shine. Paul is a creature of habit he goes about his normal day and on Wednesday nights he likes to unwind at O’Riley with enough rinks that he doesn’t have to have the nightmares that night. One night while the pub. Hi high school sweetheart walks in and he sobers up and hides so she doesn’t see him at all the last time they seen each other he broke her heart and she never wanted to see his face again. Well that changed quickly when she got so drunk he wasn’t about to let her drive back home. And that is where fate got them back into each other’s lives to fix the past and help Paul realize he wasn’t some broken man or was he after lol he is still holding on the thing from his past that torture him every night. Is Jolene the glue that will pull Paul back together and help him let go of his demons from the past or will they end up going their separate ways. This book was amazing the mystery yes there is mystery you aren’t going to see until it hits you in the face.

Review by Twinsie Dee

C.E. Johnson is an author of contemporary and suspense romance novels.

When not writing until all hours of the night (with lots of late night coffee runs), she loves to read books that feature a strong male with a soft spot for his feisty heroine. She prefers stories that rip your heart out completely, then kindly place it back into your chest with a HEA.

She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband, two kids, and some spoiled rotten animals.

#WOTR20 #CoverReveal – Love and Neckties by Lacey Black

Love and Neckties (Rockland Falls Book 4) by [Lacey Black]

For Samuel Grayson, everything is black or white. As a funeral director, there’s no room for in-between. He’s accustomed to dealing with life and death, though he’s definitely more comfortable with the latter. Especially when it comes to a chaotic, petite, feisty ball of energy. Freedom Rayne. Samuel’s pretty sure her goal is to make his life hell, or so it appears. When Samuel boards a flight to Las Vegas for his sister’s wedding, the last thing he expects is to share it with the one woman who drives him crazy.

Freedom is eccentric and completely content with it. Floating around from job to job, she finds peace and tranquility in everything she does, including tormenting poor, uptight Samuel Grayson. When she finds herself on the same flight as him for her best friend’s wedding, she sees this as the perfect opportunity to get under his skin, something she tries to do every chance she gets. The problem is the more time she spends with him, the more she likes him.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Not for Samuel and Freedom. Will they be able to forget about their trip when they return to Rockland Falls? What if one mistake turns out to be the best thing ever?


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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.

#WOTR20 #5YearFamily #NewRelease #WomensFiction – Together Again (Reunion Series Book 1) by Aly Grady

Together Again (Reunion Series Book 1)

Chloe left her high school years behind. That is, until it was time to start planning her reunion and dredging up her past.

Gavin’s work as a high school counselor exercises demons from his own poor upbringing. One bright spot from his own youth was the people he met along the way. If only she knew.

Plans are made with the help of the reunion committee. Gavin helps Chloe see that her personal history doesn’t define her, but instead shaped her.

Together, they look forward to the future – Again.


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I love reading Aly’s books so when she asked if I would read this story about 3 best friends from high school who still are besties 1o years later, I jumped.  She said this wasn’t as much a romance story as a woman’s fiction because it’s the bond of the three ladies : Chloe, Suz, and Tara.

This story starts out with the ladies waiting on Chloe to meet up to start planning their reunion party.  When Chloe bumps into a nice-looking guy who says he wants to help out.  She has ZERO clue who he is and once she discovered it, she runs for the hills.

The story begins to unfold, and Gavin is the most likeable guy in the world.  I mean Tara and Suz love him but see his eyes are only on Chloe. We wonder what the heck is wrong with her and why does she freeze up around him????  As the story progresses and we see Chloe fighting this attraction to Gavin and then WHAMO it is thrown out there and we are stunned!! LEGIT STUNNED!!!  I mean what!!??  T hen when Gavin tells us more about his part in the twist, I loved him even more!!

The story unfolds more and more and we see Chloe and Gavin falling in love.  When we see Gavin trying to help a young girl we wonder about her and the connection they have.  As the story twists again, I had a WHAT!!!! Moment!!  I mean WHOOOOOOOA!  It was a take a breather moment.

Tara and Suz are an utter trip and we see their future HEAs in this story and I cant wait to see Tara and Damien because these two were hilarious!!  There were times in the story when my connection to Chloe was not great.  Actually, there were a few times when I down right didn’t like her as a character.  I felt at time she could be a bit wishy washy and push everyone away.  Gavin and her besties would kinda slap some sense back into her and make her realize what she was doing but I just got a little wary of it.  I am hoping in the following books, since she is in a stable relationship with Gavin, she will be more likeable and relaxed.

Aly Grady is New England born but for more than ten years has enjoyed living and raising her children in the Indianapolis area. She has firsthand knowledge of the racing industry because she is a racing widow. Aly enjoys trying to keep up with her two children and their busy lives, reading books by her favorite authors, watching IndyCar racing to look for her husband and traveling. “If you can read all those romance books you should be able to write one.” Aly took that challenge by her husband and ran with it to create The Racer’s Widow.

#WOTR20 #2ndChanceRomance #HighSchoolLove #FamilyRomance – Love and Landscape (Rockland Falls #3) by Lacey Black

Love and Landscape

Jensen Grayson has truly loved one woman. Even after a short-lived marriage, the ghost of the girl he once knew has plagued his adulthood. Now, a single father, Jensen’s world revolves around his son, Max, and his landscape business. Until one day, he’s contracted for a job at the house he’s always avoided.

Rockland Falls was the only place that felt like home. Pulled from the life she knew at eighteen, Kathryn Elliott was forced to leave it all behind, including the boy she loved. Now, she’s returning home to pick up the pieces of her chaotic life and find her happiness once more.

Will Jensen and Kathryn be able to look past the years’ worth of hurt to forge a future? When exposed secrets wreak havoc on their new life, can they move past the lies if they revolve around their own families?


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O.M.G.!!  This series gets better and better with each couple.  I swear I have no clue who my favorite is!!!!  But Lord Almighty, I do love me some Jensen and Kate!!

This story pulled at my heart strings.  I mean a couple so in love and with dreams of a future together when everything is just ripped away.  Neither knew why and when we find out why….Ya’ll I will so mad…Like steaming mad!!!

The couple spend 12 years apart, each with different stories as to why they are no longer talking.  When Kate comes back to town, she is prepared to see the boy, now a man, who stole her heart and never gave it back.  However finding out she still owns his heart….DREAMY SIGHS ALLLLLL DAY LONG!!!

Jensen and Kate might have tried to move on with other people, but they never were happy without the other half of their heart. When Kate shows back up and is willing to open her heart back up to him AND his son, Just Max, he is lost in his feelings for her again.

The story is so complete with a mix of Auntie Emma, Uncle Orville, and the rest of the Greyson siblings…hey whats up with that look between Harper and Latham at the Fall Festival???  HRMMMMM But I am crazy excited for Samuel’s book.  Lord almight he is going to be a good read.  I can’t wait for him and his lady love.  The old stick in the mud is going to be a hot mess with that little fire cracker!!

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.

#WOTR20 #Shifters #Stallions #Paranormal #SeriesStarter – Thunderstruck: Book 1 of the Storm Canyon Series by Anna Hague

Thunderstruck

Evangeline Webber was intoxicated the first time she saw the Ghost Horse at Silver Spear Ranch. But the sight of the magnificent animal shimmering in the moonlight sobered her up quick. Now, it haunts her dreams, luring her towards aloof cowboy, Maverick Cambios-Plata. Maverick is known for his calming presence around the abused horses at his rescue. The effect he has on Evangeline is far different. Her body aches to be near him, to learn all the secrets she can sense he’s keeping hidden.

Maverick avoids ranch guests, preferring the companionship of the horses. Yet when Evangeline arrives, he finds himself drawn to her. She invades his every thought, a lasso of attraction pulling him to her. But it’s his responsibility to preserve a legacy only a select few know of, and he can’t risk the distraction.

With both Evangeline and Maverick harboring secrets, will revealing the truth offer them a chance at a beautiful future or destroy any chance the two may have had?
Book One in this paranormal horse shifter series


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Paranormal is my jam so when I saw Anna was starting a new series, I jumped at reading it.  I was like Horse shifters?  Huh?  Cowboys too?  HRMM  My interest was piqued.

When I opened the book and read where the concept came from, I was like OHHHH This was be a story with great imagery.  I was not let down by the image that Anna paints for us of the cabins, lodging, family style vacation Lily is having.

When the story starts, we know Lily is sad and hiding from life.  She slowly opens and we find out her story of loss and guilt over the loss of her husband.  We see Lily enjoying life at the ranch and embracing the lifestyle while also wondering If she will every return the city life.

Maverick/Mav/Rick is the grumpy but hot alpha cowboy on the ranch.  He slowly starts to spend time with Lily which the family is super excited about because Mav does not do people.  LOL  Remember he is a broody male.

We see Lily and Rick spending time together and forming deep connections.  We see Lily struggle to open to him and we see him fear for his secret.  He is falling in hard and deep for this feisty woman but he fears rejection at what he is.

When the story unfolds and everything is laid out on the table, Lily finds out a lot about herself and Rick.  She must make some decisions and face her past.

I so loved the story.  The family and their resolve to make sure everyone is taken care of.  The way the family opens to Lily and is hopeful for the relationship they can all see developing.  I am so excited for more in the series.  I think watching Keller fall might be the best since he was giving Rick so much of a hard time over Lily.

For 25 years, I’ve worked as a sports writer. I decided now was the time to pursue romance fiction as an author. I found a great group of RWA author friends who have helped me tremendously.
I get great support from my husband, and although they don’t know it, my three parrots and dog give me a huge boost everyday.