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#NewRelease #Review – Rebellious and Reckless (Campus Hotshots Book 1) by: Michelle A. Valentine

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He’s Rebellious in the Ring and Reckless in Love.

Sky Cold knows exactly what she wants, and it’s Luke Finnegan, the college campus star quarterback. The only problem is she’s not even a blip on his radar. In order to get noticed by her crush, she’s willing to exchange the extra bedroom in her apartment to Luke’s tattooed, older brother to find a way into his social circle.

Baker Finnegan is determined to get out of his father’s shadow and do things his way. When he falls on hard times, and the sexy, slightly nerdy co-ed, Sky offers him a place to live in exchange for fake friendship, he can’t pass up the opportunity. But when Baker quickly realizes the only match he wants to make for Sky is one with himself, he has to convince her to look past his reckless ways.

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Review by Twinsie Melinda

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

Michelle A. Valentine is a new to me author this was the first book I have read of hers. Really you cannot go wrong with a football player, fighter, frat brothers and the quiet girl. 

Sky is the quiet girl that like all other girls has a big crush on the school quarterback. Only problem is he has no idea she exist. She finds out Luke has a brother and when the opportunity arises to have his brother Baker help her get noticed by Luke she is all over it.  You see Baker is recently homeless so Sky hatches a plan with Baker.  She will allow him to stay in her extra bedroom if he helps her get a date with Luke. 

Baker is now on the hook to help Sky get a date with his brother.  Only one problem Sky has work her way in and Baker is realizing she is meaning more to him than just a friend and he knows Luke is not good enough for her.  Plus now that Sky has become such good friends with Baker she is wondering if she has picked the right brother. 

Baker and Sky both keep secrets about their family and for a while the house rule “family off limits” is okay to each of them.  I was rooting for Baker and Sky but Sky is determined to make it work out somehow with Luke.  Baker and Luke had their own issues to deal with.  Not only did I fall for Baker, Sky and Luke there were other side characters that intrigued me.  I want to know more about Baker, Sky and Luke’s friends.  I did enjoy watching Sky open up and let someone in.  It was hard on my heart to see Baker struggle with opening up only to possible lose the girl.

Since I am reading Michelle A. Valentine for the first time, I didn’t quite understand the significance of who Sky Dad is but if you are a fan of her writing and have not read this yet you will probably go crazy when you find out who he is.  I will say after reading this I will be checking out a few more books of hers.  And I also want to check out the 2nd book in this series coming out in April.

New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Michelle A. Valentine is a Central Ohio nurse turned author of erotic romance and New Adult novels. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos and sexy musicians inspired her BLACK FALCON series.

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#NewRelease #Review – Wilder (Storm MC #9) by Nina Levine

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A sexy slow burn, opposites attract MC romance with an alpha who is bossy in all the right ways, a heroine you’ll wish you had as a friend, and banter that will have you swooning all over the place.

Justin ‘Wilder’ Miller is a country boy biker with a smile and charm no woman can resist.
His word is his bond.
He steps up for those he loves and has the patience of a saint.
However, he could throttle Scarlett whenever she argues with him, which is all. the. time.

Scarlett McKenzie is wild and untameable.
Her walls are high, her appreciation for people is low.
She says it like it is and has zero patience for drama.
She wants to stab Wilder every. day. of. the. week.

Wilder and Scarlett are meant to be together.
Everyone knows that.
Everyone except them.

** Wilder is written as a standalone. You don’t have to read the other books in this series to enjoy this one.

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Review by Twinsie Melinda

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

I absolutely fell for Wilder he was so not what I expected him to be.  I have a crush on Scarlett.  These two were made for one another if only they could have seen it.  Justin “Wilder” Miller was amazing he with Scarlett. He knew when she needed to be pushed and when she needed space.  Wilder could read her like an open book.  Scarlett is a snarky, sassy, and thinks she is a loner.

Scarlett did not have a good family life growing up.  She is a loner doesn’t let anyone in because she knows they will hurt or disappoint her. Wilder had a good life growing up with a loving mom and dad and two brothers.  After working for Wilder people started worming their way into Scarlett’s life. First the Girl Squad then Wilder. It was hard for her to keep them all at arm’s length.

This was so good. Wilder knocked me off my feet and Scarlett was a tough cookie.  I have to say Wilder’s brother Paul walked away with my entire heart.  He had me in stitches with his text messages to Scarlett.  The text messages from everyone to Scarlett were good.  The way Wilder was with Scarlett warmed my heart like I said he could read her like a book and always knew what she needed. All I can say is I wouldn’t mind being a part of Wilder World and have sandwiches.  Scarlett is one lucky girl.

Here are a few of my favorites:

There’s something between us and I can’t deny it any longer. And that right there is a shitshow in the making.

“I thought you were here to give me your understanding. This doesn’t feel much like that.”
“I never said we were gonna be all fuckin’ hearts and lollipops about it.”

“Don’t you dare look away when I’m taking your beauty in. I want you to watch me. I want you to see what you do to me.”

Wilder World is my new favourite place because holy hell, I’ve never felt what I am right now.

Bring those fires the fuck on, Scarlett. I’ll walk through every single one of them.”

ESCAPE WITH AN ALPHA

USA Today Bestselling Author Nina Levine is an Aussie author who writes alphas with a side of dirty and sassy women who don’t hand their hearts over easily.

When she isn’t creating with words, she loves to create with paint and paper. Often though, she can be found curled up with a good book and some chocolate.

#NewRelease #Review Her Sweet Surrender (Brie’s Submission #21) by Red Phoenix

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Brie has steeled herself for the battle ahead, but she has no idea the forces that lay in wait for her.

In the midst of chaos, she experiences the sweetest surrender in the arms of her Master.

Despite facing an uncertain future, Brie has never known such bliss…

Her Sweet Surrender

Review by Twinsie Melinda

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

With every lease of this series my love for Brie, Sir and Rytsar grows more and more. I enjoy seeing all the members of this series also.  They have so much love for each other no matter how upset they get at on another just like any family does.

The things these Doms do for Brie amaze me with every scene. Master Anderson never disappoints with his pranks. Watching Sir take Brie on a trip down memory lane of sorts at the submissive school was wonderful. Seeing what a big heart Brie has for helping others is inspiring. The connection Brie, Sir and Rytsar have is an amazing bond that cannot be broken.  The gift that Rystar gives Brie is heartwarming. You have to love it when Lea, Mary and Brie get together you never know what will be said and what jokes will fly.

There were a lot of ups and downs in this book. So may happy things and then tragedy just as in real life. I need to know more of how things are going to go in the future for all.

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#WOTR21 #Review – Pam (The Mate Series #3) by: Teresa Gabelman

Pam (The Mate Series, #3)

With a past best left behind, forgetting was something Pam Roark could not seem to do. Nothing was more important than her mate, VC Warrior Duncan Roark, and her son, Daniel. But the circumstances surrounding Daniel and his remarkable abilities throws her back into nightmares she can’t escape.

During her journey to protect her son from those who would exploit him, Pam realizes it isn’t Daniel who needs help, but herself. With the help of her mate and son, a path leads her to the life she was meant to have—without the horrors.

The Mate series delves into the kickass world of the Warriors’ mates and how united, they can make a difference—just like their badass Protectors. Follow along to see how these exceptional women’s newfound freedom affect those around them and which Warrior may or may not support their feisty independent mate’s new and exciting path.

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Review by Twinsie Melinda

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

I get just as excited when a Mate Series book comes out as a Protector Book. This time its Pam’s turn.

Pam has overcome so much in her time. However, watching her little boy grow up so fast Is proving to be the most difficult. What mother couldn’t sympathize with her. What most parent sees happen in 18 years Pam has seen Daniel go though in 7 years. Pam is trying to protect Daniel but Daniel doesn’t see it that way. Duncan is there for Pam but sees Daniel is more than a 7 year old boy.

I enjoyed seeing Duncan and Pam’s relationship grow but felt this was just as much Daniel’s book as Pam’s. I like how the story moved forward and opened up more of the story line for the Protector Series.

I like the way the story line is going and that we will get to learn more about Raven and Charger next.

Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the ‘Protectors Series’. When not writing about sexy alpha vampires and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.

Being a full-time writer has allowed Teresa to connect more with readers which is what she loves most about writing. If you find the time she would love to hear from you!

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Twinsie Melinda’s 2020 Top Reads

2021 WOTR Attending Authors AJ Renee, Mary Martel, Lacey Black, Brandy Slaven, and Heather D’Agostino. Reviews listed in no particular order. THE NOT-OUTCAST by Tijan Cutler Ryder was everything I wasn’t. He was the hockey star. I was an outcast. He was best friends with my stepbrother, that same stepbrother who hated me. His two parents loved him. My mom was a junkie. My dad barely knew me. Years passed. I got my life together. Cut went onto NHL stardom. Then there was a text. I was drinking. There was a party. Cut was there… I loved Cutler Ryder since the first moment I saw him. The only problem? He never knew I existed. MY REVIEW: Goodreads ************************************************************************ CURSED LOVE by AJ Renee Demons. Witches. Curses. Brandy had no reason to believe in any of them, until things started getting weird after her birthday. Her powers surprise her, sending her life into a tailspin and painting a glowing target on her back. Every day, she crosses the path of the next unexpected thing, and there’s a handsome yet annoying stranger that has the information she doesn’t know she needs. She’s questioning everything she’s been raised to believe, but she’s running out of time. Can a secret family legacy help her hone her magic before it’s too late? Or will she join the other fallen witches and their curse? MY REVIEW: Goodreads ************************************************************************ WHAT YOU DESERVE by Mary Martel One half of a whole. That’s what I always thought I’d be. Being an identical twin, I always believed I had that to rely on. I thought wrong. Losing half of that whole left me feeling like I had nothing. It crippled me. Almost destroyed me. And left me with an aching heart, a slew of questions, and a need for revenge so strong I could almost taste it on my tongue. My name is Gem Stone. My twin’s name was Gin. We might have looked like the same person, but we were not. Divorce and a disgusting mother forced us apart at a young age, and a horrible family kept us that way. Still, we remained best friends—or so I thought. When you lose the other half to your whole, the other half of your soul, you lose everything. But I wasn’t ready to give up everything, even when I felt like I was dead inside. My twin kept a secret from me. One that changed everything and made me look at her in a whole different light. I ache for answers to my questions, and I find salvation where I shouldn’t. Mostly, I crave some type of vengeance. Something, anything, to make me feel better about what I’ve lost. What You Deserve is a 100,000+ word m/f/m contemporary book for readers 18 and up. MY REVIEW: Goodreads ************************************************************************ DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU by Lacey Black Quinn One simple text message can change everything. I found that out the hard way. One minute I’m complaining about a horrible picture of a guy’s you-know-what, and the next, I’m having conversations with a stranger. A gorgeous, rebel of a man who makes my heart skip a beat and does a number on my panties. The only problem is we’re not looking for the same things in life. I want stability and a family, while he always has his eye out for the next good time. Royce She may literally be the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met. Funny, it all started with an accidental text message. About unwanted male member photos, actually, and from that moment, I was hooked. She’s the perfect woman really, except for one tiny little flaw. She’s looking for the one thing that makes me want to run for the door. Forever. Yet, somehow, I can’t seem to let her go. She might be the one dare I actually fail. MY REVIEW: Goodreads ************************************************************************ THE RUSSIAN UNLEASHED by Red Phoenix I am a simple man. I love fine vodka, whips, and beautiful women. And I have a secret. At twenty-one, I’ve just inherited my family’s entire fortune. Young, rich, and powerful, I am a force to be reckoned with – in and out of the bedroom. But the streets of Russia are dangerous. When innocence is threatened, I risk my life to save a girl. Now the Bratva have their sights set on me. I did not ask to be a hero, but I refuse to back down. I will fight to the end to protect the honor of the woman I love. I am Rytsar Durov. They have no idea what they have unleashed! MY REVIEW: Goodreads ************************************************************************ DEAN OF VIPERS by K.A. Knight Ryder, Garrett, Kenzo, and Diesel—The Vipers. They run this town and everyone in it. Their deals are as sordid as their business, and their reputation is enough to bring a grown man to his knees, forcing him to beg for mercy. They are not people you mess with, yet my dad did. The old man ran up a debt with them and then sold me to cover his losses. Yes, sold me. They own me now. I’m theirs in every sense of the word. But I’ve never been meek and compliant. These men, they look at me with longing. Their scarred, blood-stained hands holding me tight. They want everything I am, everything I have to give, and won’t stop until they get just that. They can own my body, but they will never have my heart. The Vipers? I’m going to make them regret the day they took me. This girl? She bites too. *18+ Reverse Harem Romance. Warning this book contains scenes and references of abuse/assault that some readers may find triggering. Along with graphic sex scenes and violence. This is a dark book* MY REVIEW: Goodreads ************************************************************************ FREESTYLE by Bea Paige From the gutter to the stars… Dance is in my blood. It’s what keeps me sane, out of trouble. It used to keep them out of trouble too. A group of boys I grew up with. Xeno, York, Zayn and Dax. We were a crew once and we ruled the clubs. Separate we were insanely good, together we were unbeatable. F*&ing on fire. I was their girl and they were my Breakers. Until they did something they promised they never would; break my heart. We were sixteen when they left me. You see, for kids like us, dance was all we had. Growing up in a rundown housing estate in London with no prospects can make you view the world differently. It can make you choose the wrong path. I chose dance, and they chose crime. Three years later I’ve won a scholarship to Stardom Academy. I try to forget my past. But how can I do that when the four boys who hurt me are back? And this time they won’t walk away even when I ask them too. Freestyle is book one of this new gritty, contemporary reverse harem academy trilogy for 17+ readers and deals with adult themes and some subjects you may find upsetting. If you love dance, your men on the criminal side, alpha hot holes and the enemies-to-lovers trope, this is for you. Contains foul language and sexual scenes. MY REVIEW: Goodreads ************************************************************************ ZOMBIE QUEEN by Brandy Slaven and Mary Martel
The beginning… The beginning is always the best place to start when reflecting on what has been. Thinking back on it, my life had been perfect. Middle class girl in high school with a happy home life. My life had been full of nothing but promise. Life was good. Everything was great. And then my whole world went to shit. In one day. The disease came first. Then the dead. It was a fight for my life every single day from the start. But I was different from all the rest. I had heard my mother’s screams while watching my sister become one with the undead. All the while feeling like there was absolutely nothing I could do to help them. It killed me. What’s more, it changed me. I did everything I possibly could to survive on my own. And then I learned how to survive with others. By being their Queen. Their Zombie Queen. And by being the most feared woman they ever came in contact with. This is a WhyChoose novel full of zombies, a sword wielding badass chick, and an army of dudes. Recommended age 17+ due to content and language.
MY REVIEW: Goodreads
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SUNKEN EMPIRE by Brandy Slaven When Rubi finds herself out on a singles cruise headed for the Bahamas, she can’t help but to wonder how her life has gone so horribly wrong. Many speed dates later and one drunken night on the deck sends Rubi head over heels, literally. She finds herself in the cold water of the Atlantic watching the boat she was cursing not long ago, sail off into the distance. Stranded in the middle of the ocean, she knows it’s only a matter of when she dies, not if. When three gorgeous identical strangers show up out of nowhere, Rubi is certain she is drunk and hallucinating. As they whisper dark promises in her ear and drag her into the dark abyss, she says goodbye to her pathetic life. Little does Rubi know, she is about to be thrust into a world full of magic, centuries old prophecies, sea monsters, and mermaids. MY REVIEW: Goodreads ************************************************************************ THE SURVIVOR’S DUET by Heather D’Agostino VANISHING ACT Have you ever wondered if things could be different? What would your life be like if you chose a different path? Would everything still be your fault? Would he still hate you? Would it be better or worse? Would he love you then? My name is Brooke Ellis. I’ve spent the last five years asking myself these questions as I try to survive my marriage. Some things don’t change, and some people don’t want to. Sometimes the only answer is to disappear. MY REVIEW: Goodreads ____________________________________ ENDURING ACT Ever have a dream that’s so vivid you believe that it’s real? All the things you’ve wanted are in your grasp. You’re happy and free. You believe that you’ve finally made it, and then you wake up. The nightmare you know as your life is back. No one understands what you’re going through, and no one believes the things you tell them. He has them all fooled. He’s convinced them he’s perfect. He tells them he loves you, and they believe the lies. How much must you endure before they see? How far can you bend before you break? How long must the nightmare last before you escape? MY REVIEW: Goodreads

#WOTR21 #Review – Enduring Act (Survivor’s Duet #2) by Heather D’Agostino

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Ever have a dream that’s so vivid you believe that it’s real? All the things you’ve wanted are in your grasp. You’re happy and free. You believe that you’ve finally made it, and then you wake up.
The nightmare you know as your life is back. No one understands what you’re going through, and no one believes the things you tell them. He has them all fooled. He’s convinced them he’s perfect. He tells them he loves you, and they believe the lies.
How much must you endure before they see? How far can you bend before you break? How long must the nightmare last before you escape?

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Review by Twinsie Melinda

I received a copy of this book for an honest review.

This is part 2 of the Survivor Duet. It is not a stand alone and you need to read Vanishing Act First.

At the end of Vanishing Act I was left in a state of confusion and I needed more immediately. Enduring Act picks up where Vanishing Act ended.

Brooke wakes up in the hospital confused and disorientated. Did she get away form Warren and now she is back or was all that a dream. Brooke is trying to figure out what is real and what was a dream. Watching her journey of fighting her demons and trying to move on. I loved how patient and understanding Blake was with Brooke. I also liked Cal and Donna relationship with Brooke.

This book pulled me in and kept me turning the pages. I enjoyed seeing Cal give his brother a hard time. I liked Blake but there is something about Cal that I just need more of that man.

Heather D’Agostino is an avid reader turned Bestselling Author of the Contemporary Romance Series The Broken Series, The Shattered Series, The Second Chances Series, The Cook Brothers Series, and Romantic Suspense series The Witness Series. She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics. She currently lives in Central New York with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing she can usually be found at the dance studio, soccer field, or one of the many other places that she plays ‘Supermom’.

#AudioReview – Broken and Screwed – by: Tijan – Narrator: Jillian Macie

Broken and Screwed: Broken and Screwed, Book 1

When Alexandra’s older brother dies the night of his graduation, it changes everything for her. No longer is she the party girl. No longer does she care about being popular, and no longer is her family the happy unit she always thought existed. The only person who can help her heal is the same person who loved her brother as much as she did, his best friend. She only hopes to keep her heart from breaking when Jesse moves on, and she knows he will.

After Ethan dies, Jesse focuses on basketball, partying, and girls. He uses it all to turn his emotions off, but the irony is that Alex is the only person who can do that for him. She helps him forget, but she is the one person he shouldn’t be with because the secrets he knows could shatter everything. They could shatter her.

Contains mature themes.

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I purchased this audio book.

This is defiantly the right title for this book…both Alex and Jesse are truly Broken and Screwed.  My emotions were going up and down through this whole book. The narrator, Jillian Macie, drew me in and was difficult to press that pause button.   

Alex lost her brother, Ethan, in an accident and Jesse lost his best friend.  Alex knew Jesse could not stand her but they would get together when things were too hard to deal with on the anniversary and birthday of her brother and his best friend.  Jesse was the schools star athlete and the hottie of the school.  Alex loved Jesse but he only came around on her brother’s birthday, anniversary of his death, and whenever he needed her.   

My heart goes out to Alex her parents are awful to her before and after her brother died. Can I just say her friends or should I say so called friends were not much better than her parents. I have to say Jesse was not my favorite in the beginning but toward the end he started to redeem himself.  The chemistry and tension between Alex and Jesse is extreme.

I really don’t want to give to much away but the ending I was floored. I’m telling you I had to do a quick amazon search and was pleased to see the second book was out.  I downloaded that thing as fast as my fingers would let me hit 1-click.  I need to know what happens next and NOW. 

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and Ryan’s Bed among others. She is currently writing to her heart’s content in north Minnesota with an English Cocker Spaniel she adores.

#NewRelease #Review – Not Outcast by Tijan

The Not-Outcast and all-new emotional slow burn romance from New York Times bestselling author Tijan is available now!

Cutler Ryder was everything I wasn’t.
He was the hockey star. I was an outcast.
He was best friends with my stepbrother, that same stepbrother who hated me.
His two parents loved him. My mom was a junkie. My dad barely knew me.

Years passed.
I got my life together.
Cut went onto NHL stardom.

Then there was a text.
I was drinking.
There was a party.
Cut was there…

I loved Cutler Ryder since the first moment I saw him.
The only problem? He never knew I existed.

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Excerpt

“Stars. You made me meet them.” 

I was still seeing them. His eyes. So smoldering. 

He continued to stare at me, as if seeing me for the first time. 

I tensed. 

Maybe he was regretting this? Was my one-night stand a one-night finger bang instead? 

I tried to stem the disappointment, but… Okay. 

A girl had coping mechanisms. I could pull mine up, if I needed to. I was hoping I didn’t need to. I didn’t know how I’d handle that either. Then he must’ve made his decision. 

He readjusted his hold on me, standing back from the door and his mouth twitched. “One rule.” 

“Yeah?” 

I was about to see stars again. 

“Don’t call me dude again.”

TWINSIE MELINDA’S REVIEW

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I just finished this and all I can say is I absolutely loved Cheyenne and Cutler. The struggles that Shay went through no kid should go through that. All she wanted was to be loved and not discarded. Cut was amazing but he was all about the hockey well until Cheyenne caught his eye.

Cheyenne’s mother was a drug addict and Shy had to learn how to survive at a young age. Never knowing if she would have something to eat that day or even if she would be able to sleep in her bed or house for that matter. Things got bad and Cheyenne had to got stay with her dad for a while. With a dad that didn’t know her, a step mom who didn’t want her, and a step brother that hatted her. But that step brother had a best friend that caught Cheyenne’s eye at school and that is what she held onto. Cutler is who kept her going day after day even if he never knew her.

Cutler is a big time NHL Hockey Player, has a loving family, two brothers and a best friend. All he has ever thought about was hockey this is what he was and never wavered. He locked on to Cheyenne one night and that was all it took. He didn’t know that Cheyenne was his best friend, Chad, step sister and definitely didn’t remember her from high school or short time in college. Hockey remember that was all he lived for.

Shy and Cut were made for each other. Cut could calm her when she was overloaded on sensations. Even though Shy would freak out or try to scare Cut away he was there always there. He was never the one to army crawl out of the room to run and hide in bushes but Cheyenne sure would. I have to say although I loved Cheyenne and Cutler together, I also loved the relationships she had with her other family. Shy, Melanie, and Sasha made a great trio always there when the needed each other and knew what the others were saying even if no one else did. But my favorite was seeing the relationship between Cheyenne and her brother Hunter (aka: Koala Boy) unfold.

I was introduced to so many new characters and loved them all. I would not be heart broken if we got more of any of them Sasha, Hendrix, Melanie, Cassie or Hunter…heck even Chad would love to see some redeeming qualities for him to shine through there.

Here are a few of my favorites from The Not-Outcast:

** He wasn’t real. Getting a boyfriend in school was supposed to make things right? But it wasn’t about getting a boyfriend, it was about someone loving me, even just liking me, because so many of them didn’t like me.

** There were so many different uses for toilet paper. The obvious wiping your ass use. Toga use. Bridal party use. General party decoration use. Apocalypse panic-buying use. Then, you know, the whole rolling it and stuffing it somewhere and everyone’s imaginations can fill in the blank for those places. Bulging penises. Bras. Maybe just the use of wiping sweat from under the boobs. But today, no, tonight. Tonight the toilet paper was being used to make a statement: to be a pain in someone’s ass.

** The idea of him had been the foundation holding those walls up, and now it was gone.
And shortly, so would he.
Because I knocked all of them over in one swift move.

** I wanted someone to love me. My mother never had. I had no dad, then I had a dad, but I still
didn’t have a dad. I had no one, so I created him in my head. He got me through until I found Sasha, then we found Melanie and it’s been us three since. Only us three. But damn, I just wanted to be loved.

** I heard the yelling, then a wave of everything else hit me. And it hit me hard. The smells of the club rose up swiftly. The techno music, the hard bass, the neon lights flashing flooded me. Sweat. Grime. Beer. Perfume. Cologne. And other smells that I didn’t want to identify. It was jarring, and I sucked in my breath, remembering to fortify my walls.

About Tijan
Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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#ReleaseBlitz – Not Outcast by Tijan

The Not-Outcast and all-new angst filled sports romance from New York Times bestselling author Tijan is available now!

Cutler Ryder was everything I wasn’t.
He was the hockey star. I was an outcast.
He was best friends with my stepbrother, that same stepbrother who hated me.
His two parents loved him. My mom was a junkie. My dad barely knew me.

Years passed.
I got my life together.
Cut went onto NHL stardom.

Then there was a text.
I was drinking.
There was a party.
Cut was there…

I loved Cutler Ryder since the first moment I saw him.
The only problem? He never knew I existed.

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About Tijan

Tijan is a New York Times Bestselling author that writes suspenseful and unpredictable novels. Her characters are strong, intense, and gut-wrenchingly real with a little bit of sass on the side. Tijan began writing later in life and once she started, she was hooked. She’s written multi-bestsellers including the Carter Reed Series, the Fallen Crest Series, and the Broken and Screwed Series among others. She is currently writing a new YA series along with so many more from north Minnesota where she lives with a man she couldn’t be without and an English Cocker she adores.

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#WOTR21 #Reread #Review #Audio – Blood Magic (Ariel Kimber Series book 3) by Mary Martel

Blood Magic: An Ariel Kimber Novel, Book 3

Blood Magic is book 3 in the Ariel Kimber Series.

Ariel Kimber isn’t your average seventeen-year-old girl. She’s recently discovered she’s a witch with magic and is looking to find her place in a brand-new world. Her place in this new world is in a coven with seven guys.

After all of the horrible things she’s been forced to endure, Ariel was looking forward to building her new life with the family she’s found herself a part of and focusing on healing with Dash after what Chucky did to the both of them. After the blood that had been spilled, they all struggle to put those memories and the incident behind them. It’s easier said than done, though.

Quinton is plagued with guilt and the rest of them struggle with the fact that they almost lost one of their brothers and Ariel is left with a permanent reminder of the incident.

New bonds are forged, and just as things are starting to settle down again for Ariel and her coven, the Council of Elders makes it’s first appearance in Ariel’s life. And they don’t plan on going anywhere any time soon.

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I’m enjoying listening to this series.  The narrator does a wonderful job of captivating me and I have a hard time pausing it. Narrator, Melissa Schwairy, does a great job with all the different characters.

I cannot tell you how much I love Ariel and her guys.  It amazes me at how well these guys and Ariel fit together like the perfect puzzle pieces.  It is fun to do a reread and remember all the small things you forgotten.  Julian and Ariel couch scene and him sending the guys the picture of Ariel, be still my heart. I love Dash but here again Damien is stealing pieces of my heart.

I cannot wait for more of these audio books.

Review from 2018:
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

This series is amazing the more I learn about these guys I love them more and more. They are each so different but I find each trait fits each guy perfectly and it is something that complements Ariel. I love the way Ariel is learning all she can about the guys. It is heartwarming to see all the guys want to be with her and do things for Ariel.

So I adore Tyson and find myself falling for Quinton AKA panty thief. Loving me a little salt and pepper sandwich just saying. The couch scene with Julian was just yeah these guys amaze me with the care and concern they have for Ariel. It cracks me up that Ariel talks about stealing Dash’s cat. But the relationship that I am most interested in is Ariel and Damien. He has intrigued me since the start. To see someone not want any part of Ariel to watching all the things he does for her just makes my heart skip a beat.

I love seeing the guys and Ariel’s relationships evolve. There ewe so much going on in this book mostly finding out more secrets Ariel’s mother had hidden away. To the council that by the way makes my skin crawl and looks like they will be stirring things up for Ariel and her men for a while. I loved how Ariel stood her ground and said what she wanted to the council even if it made her men nervous the way she spoke to the council. Ariel is on a mission and is not going to stop let’s just hope she doesn’t open up Pandora’s Box. I cannot wait to see what happens next and learn more about the guys and Ariel.

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.