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At a secret masked ball at Yale, Naomi Costa is literally swept off her stiletto-blistered feet by a man with a killer jawline, a perfect body, and an even-better kiss. They bust out of an emergency exit and have axis-shaking sex. He pours whiskey in her belly button and after they run out of condoms, they have to get creative. That kind of sex.                                                                                                                                                                     The next day, she learns that he is none other than Dr. Benjamin Beck, a brand new member of the Yale faculty and the hottest thing to happen to academia since… well, ever. She has to take his damned junior seminar to graduate, but it gets worse. He’s also her College Master: her boss, her advisor, her everything. And he’s just moved in, right downstairs.                                                                                                                                                 They can’t stay away from each other. They’re either fusion or fission or both. They’re making out in libraries, hiding notes between stones, and sneaking off to nautically themed AirBnbs. Hear that sound? It’s the academic code of ethics going up in flames.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
   If they’re found out, he’ll lose his job and his reputation. She’ll lose her scholarship and be forced to return to the life of lobster fishing that she thought she’d escaped.
And they will be found out, yes they will.
 
So what the hell are they going to do? 
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To the reader: Things get damned dirty in this book. The characters curse, the sex gets explicit. It’s an erotic love story with fury. Be advised.
Other tasters’ notes: HEA. Sweet. Funny. Dirty. Muddy. Wet. Inspired by a real professor.

Nicola Rendell writes dirty, funny, erotic romance. She likes a stiff drink and a well-frosted cake. She is at an unnamed Ivy and prefers to remain mostly anonymous for professional reasons.  She has a PhD in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from schools that shall not be named here. She lives with her husband and her dogs. She is proud to be a left-handed Myers-Briggs INFJ… which makes her some kind of unicorn or something. She is from Taos, New Mexico.

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Seconds.
That’s all it takes to have everything ripped away from you.
No one knows this better than Adam Beckerson and River Ahlers.
Each is fighting a losing battle with the death of Bobby and the fallout it causes. Adam loses a brother; River her best friend.
And while Adam finds himself fading into the bottom of a bottle, River finds the only thing she can do is run away from everything– including Adam.

Sometimes when you lose everything, you lose yourself. The important part is finding your way back again.

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EXCERPT ONE
Someone had to do this, and it sure as hell wasn’t going to be Adam. I breathed in and closed my eyes, only opening them as I exhaled and put one foot in front of the other. The key was hot from the heat of my body as it shook its way into the door knob. The metal clunked, and the wooden door swung open, leaving me staring at the empty room once filled with happiness. My eyes rushed over it as my mind flashed with memories, and my feet somehow continued in–all the way to Bobby’s bedroom door. My chest constricted and stars popped in my vision as I swung it open. I found myself blinking rapidly as my eyes wandered the room, stopping on the dresser where frames contained pictures of Adam and me, Bobby and me, the three of us, and then Tara and Bobby. My feet yet again propelled me forward, but I stopped as I breathed in, choking on the air.
My body warmed as my chin trembled and I breathed in again.
There it was again.
Bobby. The room smelled like him.
My eyelashes fluttered against my cheeks as the scent encircled me. Bath and Body Works’ Twilight Woods. The cologne we picked together when we were twelve. For fifteen years he’d worn it, even after Tara told him she hated it.
My eyes opened and moved to the hockey jersey hanging half out of a drawer–exactly where he left it that morning. My knees shook, and I found myself sitting on the bed staring at it. I reached forward, and the worn fabric embraced me as I brought it up to my chest. I pursed my lips together as the tears gathered and I pulled the jersey over my head, engulfing myself in his scent–it was embedded into this clothes despite constant washing. In my memories, his laughter carried through the room. It wasn’t the first time I wore one of his jerseys. I closed my eyes and curled into a ball on his bed.
“So you remember it too?” Bobby’s voice reached my ears, and the darkness behind my lids drifted away, parting until it was him and me in the tree house. I sat up on the bed, looking at him as he smirked at me from the edge of it. “See the thing is, I imagined it like this–you know? You practically naked;” his teeth ran over his bottom lip as his eyes ran up my legs, barely covered by my sleeping shorts. “in my jersey.”
He moved forward and his hand cupped my chin as his thumb caught a tear. “You weren’t crying in my fantasies, though. You cry so much now, Riv. I don’t want you to cry.”
I closed my eyes as my vision blurred from the weight of them, burdened by the false warmth of his touch.
“I’ve lost myself just as much as I’ve lost you,” I whispered, trying to memorize the feeling of his soft hands against my skin. So caring and loving when everything seemed so cold now. “All my dreams are shattered without you.”
Bobby’s hands reached for my face, turning it, so I was looking at him. He was beginning to waiver in and out, and panic burned its way up my throat.
He was going to leave.
But this was so real.
“Please don’t leave,” I said, and the tears and clenching of my throat made the words as physically painful as they were emotional.
“I thought all my dreams shattered when I found out Adam was with you–and it was over for me–that I didn’t have any more chances. My dreams realigned, though, Riv–they changed, refit into even better dreams. I expect you to do the same,” he said, and he was fading faster; his body just a wisp and his touch a mere warmth with nothing substantial behind it.
“But Adam–“
“You’ll figure out what to do, it might be hard, but in the end, it will work out. You and him are what’s left of me. Remember that. Together you make me whole,” he said, and his lips reached for my cheek, sending heat through my body as he disappeared.
“Bobby!” I yelled, and suddenly I was sitting straight up in the bed sobbing, the warmth of his lips against my cheek a stinging pain. I leaned back, pulling my knees to my chest and cried until the darkness consumed me.
This time, Bobby’s warmth didn’t return.
EXCERPT 2
 
West’s lips parted, but he seemed at a loss for words. “You can’t not have friends– you’re so–“
“Nice, but driven and being driven tends to drive people away. In college I drove away all my friends by the end…except…” My voice faded, and I swallowed, glancing out at the dimly lit yard.
West reached across the table and put his hand over mine. “The tattoo?”
I bit my lip nodding.
He squeezed my hand and leaned back, his thumb drawing soft circles over my skin. “What about family? In my experience, they’re kind of hard to drive away.”
I scoffed, shaking my head as I looked down at our hands. “I see my dad once a week– he comes up on Saturdays, and we spend the day watching TV, having dinner and talking.”
“That sounds nice–so why do you seem so angry about it?” West’s voice was soft, his words said slowly, as if he was afraid to insult me.
I fought the urge to stand up and sit in his lap–to be in the warmth his smile sent me– to be wrapped in his natural happiness.
“My dad comes secretly. My mom and I… I’m not on good terms with her. I guess we were never on good terms but last year on Thanksgiving she crossed a line and I haven’t been able to get passed it,” I said, and my eyes moved up his hand to his arm spiraling with color –waves, koi fish, lotus and cherry blossoms. Mom would die if she saw him. If I was skanky, he was an absolute man-slut.
Jesse did say he’s a womanizer. And you’re a man-eater.
“Doesn’t agree with your choices?” West asked as he lifted his wine up to his thin, very kissable lips.
My chest rose as I nodded.
“Well, let’s say you’d probably go into shock if you met my family– blue collar, nose in the air, house on the vineyard people. Very un-tattooed.”
“And how do they take to–” I signaled to his arm and collarbone, my pulse hitching as he winked at me.
“You haven’t even seen them all,” he replied, and his eyes locked on mine, devious in their twinkle as if he knew I wanted to know where the others were. As if to say it’s only a matter of time.
I swallowed hard, looking down at my pasta.
“Let’s just say they got used to it…and my mom tries to think of it as art–my dad tries to think of it as proving I have a high pain tolerance and a talent with my hands.”
My eyes shot up at that, and he leaned back laughing. My face burned, and my mind raced to places it should definitely not be.
“Do you now?” I managed to stutter.
Flirt. You’re such a damn flirt.
I wasn’t sure if I was chastising him or myself in my head–or worse, neither.
He reached across the table and flipped my arm, running his fingertips up to the tattoo he gave me and traced its outline. The tingling started from somewhere other than my arm, and I bit hard on my cheek as he sat back, wiggling his eyebrows.
“Yeah,” I said as I leaned forward and grabbed my glass of wine. “You’re talented alright.”
 
Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.

Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA
 
Connect with Cassandra on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter.  Learn more about her and her novels at her website, www.cgiovanniauthor.com and read the first ten chapters of each of her published novels through her Book Catalog.
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#REVIEW – Fallen Fourth Down (Fallen Crest Series, Book 4) by Tijan

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My mother tried to destroy me. She doesn’t exist to me anymore and my father, the one who raised me and the biological one, are both works in progress. The only two people that I can trust are Mason and Logan, and they’re the two people who I could lose. It won’t happen. I won’t let it. No matter the truth, no matter who loves me, I won’t let anything or anyone come between us.
They’re my world. They’re my life.
They’re my family.

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

Man oh man. I swear Tijan will have a permanent hold on my heart for the rest of my life. I am so in love with these characters I feel like they are a part of me. I want to hold them and comfort them. I want to be the big sister and the family they never had. Gah! I just love them oh so much. Okay, review time. Enough gushing.

Sam…oh Samantha. I swear this heroine, although so young, has a firm grip on my soul. Okay, back to gushing. Sam is strong and Mason? Logan? Geesh. These three together can rule the freaking world!

At the end of book three, there is a BIG secret that gets revealed. Well obviously we the reader know the secret cause we just know Logan and how he is. Sam keeps said secret to herself all through book 4 and man, my heart. At the end of this book, I tried reading faster so I could find out what happened.

So many issues for such young people. I love these characters. I can’t get enough of them. If Tijan decided to write them for the rest of her career, I would be a very happy reader.

#REVIEW – Fallen Crest Public (Fallen Crest Series, Book 3) by Tijan

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Sam’s first day at Fallen Crest Public doesn’t go well. Some girls want to be her. Some girls want to destroy her. And some just don’t like her. All in all, despite being protected by Mason and Logan, it’s still only the strong survive. Sam will not only have to survive, she needs to learn how to conquer too, but there’s another battle growing. Things are about to come to a disastrous end between the towns, Roussou and Fallen Crest. Sam’s other main dilemma? Keeping Mason and Logan from getting arrested or hospitalized.

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

HOLY BALLS ON A CRACKER.

I don’t think I can love this series even more. Okay. I lied. This series is by far one of my favourites, if not THE favourite. With each book, I go in blind, not wanting to read the blurb for fear of getting spoilers. It’s been fun doing it this way.

This is the 3rd book in the series and I enjoyed reading Mason’s POV. I just love Samantha and I find myself wanting to be her friend. My heart breaks for her each time something tragic happens.

By the end of this book, I was yelling, demanding that what I thought happened didn’t actually happen. It’s been a long while since I’ve yelled at a book. Thank you, Tijan for that.

Mason and Sam have been through so much. With Logan included, these three can’t seem to catch a break. When a certain something goes down, the guys team up to bring down *shudder* Kate. I can’t stand her. By the end of the book, a part of me did feel sorry for her and I gained respect for Sam when she “saved” her.

Logan…oh Logan. A little secret is revealed by the end of the book and I totally knew it. Not because it was predictable but because I feel like I know Logan and know what he’s thinking. Lol. I can’t believe how much I’ve connected with these characters. I will be sad when the series ends but for now, I’m going to enjoy book 4.

Anything for Her by Katherine Rhodes

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Anything for Her by Katherine Rhodes

Blurb:
Completely naked.

Austin Pepperdine took an instant shine to the pretty little maid who busted in on his nap. Temporarily taking over security at The Club for his ex-military buddy, he was exhausted most nights and often crashed in one of the empty rooms.

Which was how he wound up naked and pointing a gun at Dana.

Dana Dellaney had just been trying to do her job–and pulling the gun on her was a bit over the top. Granted, she may have overreacted as well, screaming bloody murder, but once Austin covered his shame (his rather impressive shame), she realized he meant no harm. The attraction was instant, and in a place like The Club, it was only time until they were both in that bed, naked.

Austin wasn’t the man she had started out looking for. But, with his kind disposition, disarming good looks and his witty intelligence, Austin might be the best thing for her and Lola.

After all, she was completely done with Ryan Dellaney.
Problem was–no one was sure that Ryan was done with his ex-wife.

#WOTR Cover and Blurb reveal! Stain (King’s Harlots, #2) by J.M. Walker @WritersonRiver @jmwlkr

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And here it is! The official cover reveal for Stain (King’s Harlots, #2)!!!
 
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28793866-stain
 
Blurb:
He wants to be alone.
Nightmares from his past keep him guarded and afraid.
Vice-One is his life. They’re his brothers—the only people who helped keep him out of his own head long enough to move on from the childhood he never asked for.
 
His therapy has been protecting his country, barely taking a break before beginning his next mission. But no amount of training can prepare him for his great challenge yet—convincing Meeka Cline that she will be his.
 
She wants out.
Her world fell apart when King’s Harlots no longer trusted her, but she continues to fight to gain back their respect.
All she wants is to help those wronged by the evil that has put a shadow on everyone she knows.
Asher Donovan comes to her for help when he needs her most only to have passion flare up between them. One problem: He’s her best friend.
 
Putting aside their friendship, they use the heat between them to please the depraved minds they now understand…
 
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#Review – When I’m With You (Hope Town, #3) by Harper Sloan

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Nate:

It’s nearly impossible to be surrounded by love but not understand it. My parents, my sister, and just about everyone around us has no trouble accepting that love. To give your trust to someone else and believe they would die before hurting you. I’ve witnessed it—I’ve seen the power of it—but I’ve also seen the pain. Because for me, I’ve only loved someone I could never have, and my biggest fear is that by giving her my love, all I would do is ruin her. I should have tried harder, but I’m not sure I can because I only feel complete when I’m with her.

Emberlyn:

The only time I feel like I belong is when he’s near. His infectious smile warms me straight to my bones. Any insecurities I have vanish with just a wink from him. A sliver of his attention makes me feel invincible. But all it took was one drunken night of truths for me to lose everything I had begun to crave. Now, I’m not sure how to move on because I only feel complete when I’m with him.

He said I was too young. I said he was perfect. He said our families wouldn’t understand. I said we could weather any storm. He said he would ruin me. And he was right.

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

As I am a huge fan of this series, it comes as no surprise that I truly loved this book. Nate always intrigued me in the other books. He was funny and obnoxious at times but I wanted to know his story. And boy did we ever find it out! I loved how unpredictable he was and how hot his scenes are. He sure does love a little alone time. *blush*

I love a good crazy ex. Ember has a douche of a boyfriend and I could totally predict that he did certain things. I was expecting it. He wouldn’t let her go easily and we eventually find out just how far he’ll go to make her see that. I would have enjoyed a little more from him but I think if Harper did that, then the book would have to be labeled in a different category.

Ember and Nate have been friends for years. He used to tutor her and well of course, she fell in love with him. Awww. I really loved the scene’s between Locke and Nate.  regarding Locke’s little girl. We see the typical Alpha Locke. *swoon* He’s protective but realizes that Nate has a good head on his shoulders but I love seeing him go papa bear over his daughter. Nate doesn’t back down though and I loved that even more about him.

This story is written in the Harper way we have all come to know and love. Feels, angst, drama and humor. Oh and the hotness! This book is by far Harper’s hottest. Nate takes her usual steamy scene’s to a whole new level.

5 stars overall

5 steamy scorching stars for heat … YUM!

 

 

#REVIEW – Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest Series, Book 2) by Tijan

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Samantha and Mason are together. Everyone knows it. Not everyone is dealing with it. While Mason’s ready to give them the middle finger, there’s one not going away. Her mother. Threats are issued. Ultimatums are given. Even blackmail is used, but only Samantha can put a stop to Analise. However, when a trauma from her past is triggered, she may not have the courage or strength to do what’s needed. If she doesn’t, Mason’s future could be destroyed.

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

It has been a long time since I started a series and felt the need to devour every single book that has been published. Well this series is doing that to me. Have you read VC Andrews books? They are old school but filled with so much emotion, the words capture you every time. I felt that way with this book. Heck, with both of the books in this series so far. I’m on a binge read and I can’t wait to find out what happens and what becomes of Samantha, Mason, Logan and even Nate.

This book takes place a couple weeks after the first one ends. More drama happens and again I say that I am so glad I’m not in high school any more. Of course, these schools are way different than the one I went to but the different cliques and bullies are definitely the same.

I love how this series touches on real life issues. The crap that teenagers have to deal with. Broken families. School problems and so on. It’s real. Everyone has faced at least one of these problems in their life or maybe something close to it.

I personally love Samantha and think she’s a great female lead. Of course, Mason and Logan are awesome as always and Mason is hot as ever. Nate…I wonder about him. Questions are left unanswered and more questions arise but I can’t wait to find out all of the answers.

Now onto book 3!

#REVIEW – Fallen Crest High (Fallen Crest Series, Book 1) by Tijan

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Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend Samantha’s school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now she has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn’t care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent’s divorce. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

This book contains adult/mature young adult situations.

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

HOLY BALLS ON A CRACKER!!!! I must have been living under a rock this whole freaking time. This book…gah! It has been a LONG time where a book/series has consumed me this way where it makes me want to devour and binge read every single book in the series. Mind you, I have my favourite series of course but there is just something about this story. It’s raw, gritty, real. So many emotions run through it and I was captured from the very first word.

Tijan is a new author for me but this book is definitely not the last.  At first, I was a little thrown off by Sam’s bitterness but after thinking about it for a while, I got it. I truly did. I would probably be in the same situation after what she had been through. And man, can the girl run! It makes me want to start running again. I’m definitely feeling inspired.

Anyway! Logan and Mason…gosh…Mason…wow…the chemistry is off the charts hot. The drama is insane and it definitely does not make me miss high school.

I loved this story because it wasn’t your typical bubblegum read. It dealt with darker topics and I loved how it deal with real life situations.

I just loved this book and I’m about the pick up the next one and start right away. I will be binge reading all of Tijan’s books and I can’t wait to be filled by her words.

#REVIEW – The Shadows by J.R. Ward

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns to the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood as two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny.

Sold by his parents to the Queen of the s’Hisbe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer for years. On the run from a destiny of sexual servitude, he’s never been able to rely on anyone…except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing—and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Selena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around…but by then, it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due, and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Now Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others—or abandon the female he loves. When tragedy strikes and changes everything, iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice….

Twinsie Jo’s Review:

My heart is heavy. My heart is full. But…heavy. Oh gosh the feels. So going into this story we know that Selena is sick. We all have hopes of her making it and spending the rest of eternity with Trez right? I guess you need to read to find out what actually happens. It makes sense. Everything works out. Some people were surprised and maybe even mad but I get it. Is that a big enough hint for you? That’s all I’m saying. If you haven’t started this series but love paranormal romance, you really should read these books. I love them. Most of the Twinsie Girls love them as well. That’s also how some of us “met”.

I think out of this whole book, iAm’s happy is my favourite part. That’s all I’m saying over that as well.

I loved seeing everyone. We got more info into Rhage and Mary, getting ready for The Beast which just came out yesterday. Hopefully it won’t take me another year. Lol.

As always, I think the only issues I have with these later books is how many POV’s there are. I get why it happens but I always find that I want to skip ahead to get to the main couple. I’m sure I’m not the only one. But all in all, I of course love this story and look forward to The Beast.