Friday, September 21, 2018

COVER REVEAL for "Alpha Breeds (Alpha Horde, #1)" by Milana Jacks

Alpha Breeds 
(Alpha Horde, #1)
by Milana Jacks
Publication date: October 29th, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Omegas belong to the King. But this one belongs to me. 
Kingsley

At the frat party, someone must have spiked my beer, because I see a bright light and find myself sitting on a bed with a huge, green monster looming over me. I screech and throw every sharp object within reach. But you know what’s really weird? I’m terrified and, at the same time, there’s something about those black eyes, that scent, that purrrr that makes my body come alive. 
Loven

I fight for the honor of someday owning an Omega, a rare breeding female reserved for Alphas hand-selected by the King. For years, fighting alone has been enough. Until I scent this alien female, and my body emits a mating call. 
Omegas are King’s property. If I don’t deliver her to the Omega Compound, I’ll lose my life, the lives of my Horde Alphas, and risk starting a full-scale rebellion. And yet, I can’t part from her. This one belongs to me. 
***Science fiction alien captive romance with Mf Omegaverse flavor. No cliffhanger. No cheating.
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Mf Omegaverse readers -> Hard core non-con is not gonna be the heat factor in this one. I hope that by being upfront about this, I’ve helped you make a purchasing decision. Cheers! Milana =D

Author Bio: 
Milana grew up with tales of water fairies that seduced men, vampires that seduced women, and Babaroga who'd come to take her away if she didn't eat her bean soup. She writes devious paranormal and science fiction romance from her home on Earth where she lives with her mate and their three little monsters. 
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COVER REVEAL for "When Stars Come Out" by Scarlett St. Clair

When Stars Come Out 
by Scarlett St. Clair
Publication date: October 31st, 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Anora Silby can see the dead and turn spirits into gold coins, two things she would prefer to keep secret as she tries to lead a normal life at her new school. After all, she didn’t change her identity for nothing. 
As it turns out, hiding her weirdness is just one of many challenges. By the end of her first day, she’s claimed the soul of a dead girl on campus and lost the coin. Turns out, the coin gives others the ability to steal souls, and when a classmate ends up dead, there’s no mistaking the murder weapon. 
Navigating the loss of her Poppa, her mother’s unpredictable behavior, and Roundtable, an anonymous student gossip app threatening to expose her, are hard enough. Now she must find the person who stole her coin before more lives are lost, but that means making herself a target for the Order, an organization that governs the dead on Earth – and they want Anora and her powers for themselves.


Author Bio:
Scarlett St. Clair is a red-hot writer who writes stories for naughty women like her. Whether you're hiding beneath the sheets reading her stories or acting those fantasies out, she has something for you. She writes stories that combine emotional sparks with pleasure and pain, often focusing on the powerplay present in relationships - but that isn't all she likes to write! She dabbles in a little bit of everything sexy, and it can all be found on her author page. 
When she isn't teasing the masses with hot smut, Scarlett is a student fantasizing about what it'd be like to have such hot professors. She also enjoys cooking, baking, and watching Netflix, but that usually isn't as dirty! Sign up for Scarlett's mailing list here to receive exclusive writing, information on upcoming stories, and other goodies: http://eepurl.com/bLf8nP. 
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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "Through the Layers (Rumor Has It, #4)" by R.H. Tucker


Through the Layers 
(Rumor Has It, #4)
by R.H. Tucker
Publication date: September 17th, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Second chances are for suckers. 
Micah’s heard that expression before. With his first year of college in the books, catching his girlfriend cheating on him—again—he learns that lesson firsthand. The girl he thought could’ve been his high school sweetheart, turns out to be nothing more than a liar, completely destroying his trust. 
No one has ever called Veronica fat. Thick? Okay. Curvy? Sure. However, they’ve never come right out and told her she’s overweight. Not unless you count the kids in third grade who called her roly-poly. Grade school or freshman year of college, it doesn’t matter. Guys usually go for the tall, thin girls. Girls like Micah’s ex. 
Despite their hang-ups, and their pasts, Micah and Veronica find something in each other that quells their concerns. But when old faces return, and unsettling truths are revealed, will either of them be able to work through the layers and find one another again? 
Through the Layers is a standalone YA/NA romance in the Rumor Has It series.

Excerpt:

I knock again and pull out my phone. Maybe I should call him.
The door swings open and Micah stands there, dripping wet, holding a towel around his waist. “Hey, you’re early.”
“I … I …” I’m trying to form words, but my brain has gone to pudding. I can feel it, all squishy, sloshing around inside of my skull. He opens the door wider to let me in, but I just stand there, admiring—gawking—at the water dripping down his chest. The beads of water trail over his muscles, down his stomach, to somewhere underneath the towel.
“You gonna stay out there all night?”
My eyes shoot back up, and he’s smiling. “Would you like to come inside or did you want to get to business out there?” My mouth drops, and he laughs.
Finally realizing he’s teasing me, I find some kind of strength to not stare at him, and go inside.
“Just give me a second to dry off.”
I stop and stand behind the sofa. Usually, I’d feel comfortable enough to go to the kitchen and grab something to drink, or just lounge around on their couch, or even head straight into his bedroom and turn on the TV and start to watch something. Now, I’m stuck.
What should I do? Does he expect me to do something or say something? Should we have something to drink first? I know they usually have some alcohol in the apartment, maybe he wants to relax first. Should I change already? Why is it they make it look so much easier in the movies and on TV when it comes to this sort of stuff?
“What are you doing?” Micah asks, coming back out of the bathroom. He’s got on a pair of shorts and a shirt that fits him snuggly, but I can’t erase—nor do I want to—the mental image of him opening the door in nothing but a towel.
“Um …” I look around, unsure how to answer.
He gives me a hug and kisses the top of my head, before walking to the kitchen. “Happy birthday. I ordered a pizza. I would’ve gone all out, but you said you just wanted a chill night. Is that okay?”
“Mm-hm.” I nod.
Turning around, he stares at me still standing there. “Are you okay?”
Get it together, V. This was your idea!




Author Bio:
RH Tucker lives in Southern California and writes character-driven stories with people who have real heart. At least, he tries to. He also consumes too much caffeine, eats too much pizza, and firmly believes Rocky Road is the best flavor of ice cream. 


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Monday, September 17, 2018

RELEASE BLITZ & BOOK REVIEW for "Glorious Sinner (Lawless Kings, #5)" by Sherilee Gray

****(4) out of 5 Stars!


SYNOPSIS:

People say Tomas Mendoza is dangerous. 

They’re right.

But he saved my life.

I owe him, and all I have to repay the ruthless crime boss… is me. I tell myself it’s not pity that burns in his eyes when I dance for him, that my walls are so high he can’t see how broken I am inside.

Now danger stalks me again, and Tomas swoops in, only this time he shows me a different side of himself. Fierce protectiveness. Raw hunger. A tenderness that could sear through the barriers I raised to safeguard my heart and soul.

My past taught me not to trust. But this glorious sinner might be the one man I need to learn to love again.
 


REVIEW:

A-mazing!  That’s the only word to describe this awesomeness of a novel.  Whoever would have thought that a crime kingpin could be such a sympathetic character.  Having only read the prior Lawless Kings book (Ruthless Protector), not all of the series, I only had a brief introduction to Tomas previously.  But he was definitely portrayed as attractive, appealing and so very dangerous.  (The fact that in that story he went to Jude when Willa tried to borrow money from him, acting like a concerned friend rather than just a loan shark, spoke volumes to me though about how much he is truly a complex character.)

Tomas this big, tough guy, crime boss, who, by his own admission, has done a lot of things both illegal and immoral, things that would scare most regular people.  And yet… with Stephanie he is almost a different person entirely.  He is so kind, considerate, gentle and caring.  He has loved her from the moment he first saw her and never stopped.  Despite huge barriers to their relationship, both real and perceived, he has always been there for her.

"That’s why I came in all those nights, because I couldn’t stay away, because I’ve wanted you since the first time I laid eyes on you.  You have all the control, baby, all of it.  I’m yours to command."

But Stephanie is, sadly, very much damaged goods.  Tomas finally decides that he can’t be around her anymore with things how they are – or rather, aren’t – between them, so he tells her that he’s going to stay away.  The ball is in her court though, because she knows how to get ahold of him.  Almost luckily, her psycho estranged husband shows up to threaten her, and she is forced to ask Tomas for his protection.  Luckily, she does so at least (rather than try to run away from her problems like Willa did). 

Other than the fact that Ryan is a sick prick who terrorizes them for a couple of weeks, things actually work out well.  Tomas and Stephanie are forced into close proximity, she finally begins to believe how much he truly cares for her, and even starts to let him within the shell she’s erected around herself.  Despite feeling that he was never good enough for her and fearing that he can’t give her what she needs, Tomas instinctively does help her regain her self-esteem and control of her own life. 

“…And as much as I wanted you before now, you weren’t ready.  Now you are, and because of that, I have all of you.”  He kissed me softly.  “I’m going to make sure you don’t regret giving that to me, not for one moment.”
                Warmth curled in my chest.  “How could I, when I’m with the man I love?”
                He made a rough sound.
“Until you…”  I had to swallow the lump forming in my throat.  “I never know… I had no idea…”  I took a steadying breath.  “Thank you for showing me what real love is,” I said.

These two are very much the central two characters of this story.  Even crazy Ryan only plays a real minor role.  We are treated to glimpses at least of most of the characters from prior books in the series though, which is always fun.  And the expanded character of Arthur the butler is one that I found delightful; he is definitely good people.

One of the only real problems that I had with the novel (other than the abuse that Stephanie suffered at the hands of her ex obviously) related to the plotting of the last dramatic scene.  I found it totally implausible that Tomas, even after seeing Ryan at his house, leaves the premises with Stephanie and old man Arthur totally unguarded.  Sure, they had an excellent security system on the house.  But electronic devices can malfunction or fail, and as we saw in this instance, they only work when you actually remain inside of them.  I couldn't believe there was anyway that Tomas wouldn't have left some of his thugs or the King Agency guys or someone to protect them.

All in all, however, this was an incredible book and an amazing love story, and Tomas is most certainly one of the best book boyfriends EVER!
  
I received a free eBook copy of this title from the author, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.


Buy Links:
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Kobo: http://bit.ly/2Ndo4AQ
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Google Play: Link unavailable until release day


Author Bio:

Sherilee Gray is a kiwi girl and lives in beautiful New Zealand with her husband and their two children. When she isn't writing sexy, edgy contemporary romance, searching for her next alpha hero on Pinterest, or fueling her voracious book addiction, she can be found dreaming of far off places with a mug of tea in one hand and a bar of Cadburys Rocky Road chocolate in the other.

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Giveaway:
$30 Amazon Gift Card

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

BOOK REVIEW for "Sheets" by Brenna Thummler

***(3) out of 5 stars!


SUMMARY:

Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen year old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she's worked for. 

Wendell is a ghost. A boy who lost his life much too young, his daily routine features ineffective death therapy, a sheet-dependent identity, and a dangerous need to seek purpose in the forbidden human world. 

When their worlds collide, Marjorie is confronted by unexplainable disasters as Wendell transforms Glatt's Laundry into his midnight playground, appearing as a mere sheet during the day. While Wendell attempts to create a new afterlife for himself, he unknowingly sabotages the life that Marjorie is struggling to maintain.

Sheets illustrates the determination of a young girl to fight, even when all parts of her world seem to be conspiring against her. It proves that second chances are possible whether life feels over or life is over. But above all, it is a story of the forgiveness and unlikely friendship that can only transpire inside a haunted laundromat.
REVIEW:

This is a cute, heartbreaking and heartwarming tale about a young girl and a young ghost.  The pacing for this tale was soooooo sllll-oooow!  I just about fell asleep several times in the first half or so of the storyline; which is generally quite a feat while reading a graphic novel.  It was just extremely boring without a whole lot of anything going on.  

About the only thing that kept me going was my anger at how badly everyone in the book treated Marjorie.  From kids her age to adults who should have known better, they were basically all a bunch of jerks, with very few exceptions.  I really wanted to bash in some animated heads at several points during the narrative.  Of course, Wendell isn't treated too much better in his world.

Once the two meet and start working together, things greatly improve for both of them.  Thank goodness!  Once we discover the fact that they did and how they knew each other previously, things start to fall into place even more.  And they eventually are able to achieve a rather nice, if bittersweet, happily ever after, or at least happily for now, ending.  

I was also not impressed with the graphics.  Although the muted color schemes were attractive, I found the drawings themselve to be very simplistic.  The humans especially just look quite odd.  

Basically, this book just didn't "speak" to me all that much.



I received a free eBook copy of this title from NetGalley, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.

#Sheets

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

BOOK REVIEW for "Good Nights (Love Again, #2)" by Heather Grace Stewart

***(3) out of 5 stars!

SYNOPSIS:

Can a technological glitch bring you more than headaches? What if it brings you lasting love? When an app messes with her travel plans, Hannah discovers a whole new world full of laughter and romance.

TV writer Hannah Storm's marriage is over, she's just turned 30, and she's lost her job. Overwhelmed with how her life has turned out, and suffering from writer's block, she decides to throw caution to the wind and books a month in a rental home on an island off the coast of France, using a new app, Good Nights. But it's pouring rain, and someone's in her rental home. Hannah doesn't quite get the Tripp she planned on... this one has brawn, brains, and a hot British accent.

Join Hannah and Tripp on their island adventures with this witty, touching, romantic comedy page-turner. It’s the perfect beach and holiday book; ideal for lounging by the pool in summer and curling up by the fire on cold winter nights.


REVIEW:

This is indeed a witty, touching, romantic read.  Not exactly a page-turner though.  In fact, there were often times that were so slow and boring that I wanted to just put down the book.  Also a lot of the pretense of the storyline was just ridiculous (such as the search for the extinct bird, as well as the elaborate plans so suddenly developed to showcase it).  Not to mention what a jerk Tripp is at the start of the book.  But watching him and Hannah interact proved quite entertaining, especially as they both morph and change into better versions of themselves, thanks to the other's influence.  It was a joy to watch them fall in love, and actually develop an adult relationship.  Some of the secondary characters, while playing a much smaller role, are absolutely delightful themselves though, especially Béatrice, Hank, and of course, Jughead and Coffee.  It is a good choice for anyone looking for a humorous, light, romantic read. 


I received a free eBook copy of this title from the author, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.

Good Nights is currently just 99¢ on Amazon Kindle USA & UK — but only for a couple more hours!  It will then increase to $1.99 for a couple of days.  Before returning to it’s regular price of $3.99 by this weekend.


The author's next release is the audiobook version of Good Nights
featuring two award-winning narrators, coming out October 30th, 
from Tantor Media Publishing.

Monday, September 10, 2018

BOOK BLITZ for "Scandalous (Alpha Bodyguard, #1)" by Sybil Bartel

Scandalous
(Alpha Bodyguard, #1)
by Sybil Bartel
Publication date: September 10th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Bodyguard. 
Babysitter. 
Chauffeur. 
Not what the hell I thought I’d be doing with my life. 
Especially not for a spoiled Hollywood actress on location in Miami Beach. But triple pay and carrying a gun had its advantages. I’d shove away paparazzi and screaming fans for a lot less. The Marines trained me to be Force Recon — intimidation and crowd control was child’s play compared to four tours. This assignment should’ve been easy money. 
But the doe-eyed starlet with the perfect ass dragged me down her rabbit hole. Living for the spotlight, she leaked the perfect scandal. I warned her making headlines wasn’t in my job description, but she kept smiling for the cameras. 
Now she was going to find out just how scandalous a bodyguard could be. 
*SCANDALOUS is a sexy standalone book in the new Alpha Bodyguard Series!
SCANDALOUS – Tank’s story
MERCILESS – Collins’s story
RECKLESS – Tyler’s story
RUTHLESS – Sawyer’s story
Excerpt:

“Do you like me?”
A bite halfway to my mouth, I froze for a fraction of a second. Then I chewed slowly and kept my eyes off her, because it was all part of the game. “You don’t strike me as the insecure type.” I took another bite, not knowing if I should be disappointed in her lack of confidence, or watching her for whatever game she was trying to play me with.
“This isn’t about insecurity,” she countered.
Bullshit. She was wondering why I’d said what I’d said. Horny as fuck, bored with talking, I dropped my fork and grasped her nape. Then I put my eyes on her.
She drank me up like she was starving.
Deliberately, I picked her fork up, stabbed some food and brought it to her lips. Lowering my voice, I tested her. “Open your mouth.”
For two heartbeats she stared at me.
Anticipation surged, wondering if she’d comply, but ultimately hoping she wouldn’t. I bent women. I made them cave to my commands, then I gave them the mind-blowing orgasms they wanted. But it was never a challenge. It hadn’t been for years. In fact, I couldn’t remember the last time a woman had been a challenge.
That alone should’ve been a warning. But add in the fact that I wanted this young-as-fuck, spoiled, hot mess of a woman to be my own personal fuck toy, and I should’ve been calling Luna to tell him to pull my ass off this assignment.
The only smart move was to disengage.
But I didn’t fucking do it.
I increased the pressure on the back of her neck, I touched the food to her lips, and I actually put fucking effort into my command. Stroking her neck, taking the threat out of my tone, I dropped my disinterested expression and let her see how goddamn much I wanted her. “Eat the food, Audrina.”



Author Bio:
Sybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon. 
Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer… 
But Seriously? 
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil. 
She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband. 
To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways. 
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COVER REVEAL for "Demons Lie" by Sherry D. Ficklin

Demons Lie 
(A Girls Guide to Witchcraft 
and Demon Hunting, #1)
by Sherry D. Ficklin
Publication date: October 30th, 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Rule #1 Demons Lie 
Orphaned by an unspeakable evil, Aria Dupree is the last of her line. A powerful witch tasked with guarding the boundaries between our world and the world of demons who prey on humankind, Aria has gone rogue. Now she’s out to find and destroy every single gateway into our world and kill every demon that she can find – including the one who murdered her mother. 
But, as it turns out, hunting is the easy part; it’s graduating high school that might kill her. Red Prairie Texas isn’t just another stop on her demon hunting world tour and an unlikely alliance might be exactly what she needs to keep from becoming a slave to the very darkness she’s been fighting against.
Because the devil is coming down to Texas – and only Aria can keep all hell from breaking loose.
***Also, the author will be releasing a short prequel serial for free on her website beginning Sept. 17th and leading up to the release. You can check it out at http://sherryficklin.com.***!

Author Bio:
Sherry is the author of over a dozen novels for teens and young adults including the best selling Stolen Empire series. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs. 
Sherry also writes contemporary romance under the pen name SJ Noble. You can find her at her official website, www.sherryficklin.com, or stalk her on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/sherry.ficklin. 
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Ashley Bostock for "Nothing But Trouble"

Nothing But Trouble 
by Ashley Bostock
Publication date: August 28th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Billionaire CEO Michael Vilander needed just one date. Creating a fake profile on his own matchmaking website may not have been his brightest move. But then Sophia Baldwin’s arresting face pops up on his CHAT NOW feature. Not only is she gorgeous, but after spending half the night exchanging messages with her, he finds her to be naive, innocent and way too sexy. 
Twenty-four-year-old Sophia Baldwin is barely able to make ends meet. Caring for her sick grandmother prevents her from having a normal life — aspirations of attending college full-time to become a nurse are on the back burner — but then she meets the charming and dazzling Clint on an online dating site. When he asks her to the Denver Arts Foundation’s Annual Valentine’s Day Gala, she’s confident things are looking up. 
Once Sophia learns that her hot date is none other than website mogul Michael Vilander, she’s definitely not mentioning her night job. What’s a lie by omission anyway? After all, it’s only one date… Until Michael’s ex flaunts her fancy engagement ring in Michael’s face and something compels Sophia to announce her and Michael’s engagement. AKA, fake engagement. They agree on one month to pretend they’re in love before all bets are off. 
Pretending to be in love with a sweet and sexy billionaire, but not actually falling in love, ahem, how hard could it be?

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Ashley Bostock~

1)    What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

My inspiration came from attending business events with my husband. One event that stands out was in Washington D.C. and typically, the men and women attending these events are CEO’s. Seeing all the men in their suits was so inspiring! What woman wouldn’t love to bring one of these well put together men to their knees? So my inspiration began with men in suits, business men, CEO’s and eventually combining my desire to write about billionaires all into this series. It’s evolved a lot since I first got the idea from the event in D.C., but the underlying theme is still there.
Also, when I first started writing this series, I wanted the men to fall for someone that was not the norm. A woman that wasn’t all perfect with the best of everything. I wanted them to be unexpected. So there is a little bit of that in Nothing But Trouble.

2)    Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

No. I can’t think of anything beyond the obvious.

3)    Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

The grandmothers are based off of a few grandmothers I know.

4)    Who has influenced you most as a writer?

Probably other writers. I especially like Avon authors so I’d have to say those women—Jill Shalvis, Sophie Jordan, Lori Wilde—just to name a few, influence me the most.

5)    If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

We’d play poker because when you play card games, it gives the players an opportunity to visit and get to know each other. I’d want to get to know all these people.
I’d serve Mexican food-smothered burritos probably cause I can make good green chili.
Scarlett O’Hara – I just feel she’s kick ass long before her time and would be a fun person to be around and be friends with. She probably says the damnedest things.  
Christian Grey—Well, because he’s gorgeous and intriguing and I’d want to see him in a fun atmosphere.
Ponyboy Curtis – I’ve always loved The Outsiders – book, movie, plays. I feel like we’d be good friends.  

6)    Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?

Umm, no. Never.


Author Bio:
Ashley Bostock is a Colorado Native and currently lives in Nebraska, with daydreams of moving back home. All her books feature sexy-as-hell heroes and strong heroines. She loves reading any chance she gets - Jill Shalvis, M. O'Keefe, Rachel Gibson, Karen Robards and Jennifer Probst are some of her favorites! 
Ashley loves traveling - in a wanderlust's eyes, she's hardly touched the world but to those that rarely travel, she's been everywhere. Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, Turks & Caicos, Russia, China, Tahiti, Vietnam and Scotland, just to name a few. 
Ashley is addicted to Instagram - if you want to follow her there: www.instagram.com/ashleybostock. 
If you want to stay in the know about new releases and receive EXCLUSIVE content, sign up for Ashley's newsletter at this address: https://www.subscribepage.com/ashleybostock. 
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW for "In Too Deep (Blue Spruce Lodge, #3)" by Dani Collins

In Too Deep 
(Blue Spruce Lodge, #3)
by Dani Collins
Publication date: August 7th, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
The family he didn’t know he needed… 
At her wit’s end with her twelve-year-old niece, Wren Snow takes the manager’s job at Blue Spruce Lodge so Sky can get to know her father, Trigg Johanssen — a tycoon snowboarder with a playboy reputation. 
Gold-medalist Trigg Johanssen is furious she kept Sky a secret, but quits competition to focus on his newly discovered daughter only to have his chemistry with Wren complicate their attempts to co-parent. 
When outside forces threaten the ski resort he’s rebuilding, a marriage of convenience seems like the answer. It would give his daughter the life she deserves, but is it too much for a heartbroken woman still nursing past hurts?

~BOOK REVIEW for "In Too Deep"~

****(4) out of 5 Stars!

This was a totally darling insta-love with a marriage of convenience tale!  It was a bit of a stretch to believe that things turn out so well, more by convenience than design.  But I've known enough true cases of weird meet-cutes and falling in love tales, not to mention bizarrely interconnected families, to know that anything is possible.

Wren, although she seems like a shy and nervous little birdie on the outside, is really quite the formidable person on the inside.  As Rolf says late in the book, "[she] is too smart to let [anyone] take advantage of her."  Trigg, while considered nothing but a playboy, has never really tried to have a romantic relationship, so he doesn't know any more than we do if he can succeed.  But we want him to!  And given that he claims his feelings for Wren are different than for any woman he has ever know, we are hopeful that he can.  Sky is basically your typical 12-year-old brat.  She brought back horrible memories of my daughter's tween years, and even some of my own.  But underneath the hoodie and sunglasses, the meanness and snark, is a frightened girl who wants to do good, but isn't quite sure how to handle all of the things that life suddenly throws at her.  

I found it a little odd that a book billed as a romance was actually from the multi-point of view of the male lead, female lead and supporting female (child) character.  And while I generally do not like stories with a dual, let alone multi, point of view, it just worked for this tale.  Given that they were truly working to create a family, and not just a couple, it was nice to see Sky's perspective on things, that was often vastly different than that of the adults.  

Many of the peripheral characters were just as endearing, or at least interesting.  I quite enjoyed Marvin, Nate and Murphy, all of whom were delightfully charming, each in their own way.  Almost all of the characters were exceedingly witty, which always makes things fun.

There were a few items that I wasn't crazy about, mainly how Wren and Trigg both seemed to go from a place of mild interest and physical attraction in the other, to proclaiming their love for one another, before they really even seemed to grasp their feelings themselves.  And I do think would and should have been more reluctance on Wren's part to enter into a relationship with someone considered such a player.  But otherwise, most of the boxes for a fun, romantic read were definitely ticked.

I had forgotten that this book is part of a series, and is in fact #3 in the set.  It reads wonderfully as a standalone book.  But I am now interested in reading the previous volumes to learn more on the backstories of the characters highlighted in them.  

Author Bio:
USA Today Bestselling author, winner of 2013 Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times Book Reviews
Before making my first sale to Harlequin Mills & Boon in 2012, I spent two decades writing and submitting to every publisher with a transom while holding down a day job and raising a family with my high school sweet heart. Since then, I’ve gone to contract on over thirty books.
While Harlequin Presents remains my first love, I also write romantic comedy, medieval fantasy romance, erotic romance, and small town contemporary romance for Tule Publishing’s Montana Born. In fact, I write just about anything, so long as it’s romance. P.S. I’m also Canadian. 

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