Cover Reveal: ‘Waiting to Breathe’ by Alyson Reynolds

 
Title: Waiting to Breathe
Series: Waiting Duet #1
Author: Alyson Reynolds
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Alyson Reynolds
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Blurb

She’s broken.

He’s lost.

Olivia Crawford had been through the ringer. All she wants is to start over without any complications or anyone figuring out her secrets. When her twin brother Finn convinces her to move back home and finish her degree at his school, it’s just the push she needs to start over.

Nathaniel Ford is the golden boy of SCU. He seems like he has it all, perfect family, awesome friends and fraternity brothers, and a few buildings on campus with his last name on them. But things aren’t always what they seem.
From the first time Nate and Olivia bump into each other, literally, he wants more of her feisty attitude, but Olivia throws more walls up with each step he takes closer, and he isn’t sure he can break them down fast enough.


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Romance writer. Wife. Mother of two. Avid reader. Queen of multitasking.

Originally from the south, Alyson likes to incorporate what she knows into her books. She’s lived not only on the east coast, but the west coast and a few places in between. Alyson loves sharing stories about her crazy family to anyone who will listen. Her guilty pleasures consist of coffee, country music, brunch, breaking the rules, and pedicures. And she will always be a daddy’s girl.

When Alyson isn’t chasing around her two kiddos, she’s normally writing. Or reading. Her Kindle library is out of control. Alyson writes mainly contemporary novels and novellas with a bit of new adult mixed in.

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Book Review: ‘Doctor-Patient Confidentiality Volume Two’ by Eme Strife

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Title: Doctor-Patient Confidentiality Volume Two (The Confidentiality Series)

Published: 13th October 2014

Publisher: (Eme)nded Publishing

Author: Eme Strife

Facebook: www.facebook.com/emestrifeauthor

Twitter: @emestrife

Synopsis:

Two very different people.
One scandalous proposition.
Endless possibilities…

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I lower my own eyes with record speed—speed that I honestly didn’t think they possessed, darting my gaze away from his with a quickness when I catch him staring at me so intently.

My heart picks up its pace and refuses to slow down even little bit, even when I silently beg it to.

I feel extremely nervous.

He’s making me extremely nervous, and I don’t know why.

“Lift up your shirt,” he says suddenly, and my eyeballs damn near switch places.

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This is the second book in this series.

Rated 18+
This series contains mature and adult content (nudity, graphic sex, and strong language). Because of its explicit nature, it is intended for mature audiences only. Reader discretion is advised.

Review:

Short and sweet again with this story, roll on the next in the series I say. Again this is a series where each book will leave on a cliff-hanger/chapter break so you will need to read them in order to get a better feel for it as a whole.

So we start right where we left off with Ramona almost speechless after meeting Dr domineering hottie Foster for the first time. One look and a few choice words and she almost turns into a puddle right in front of him. He may be just doing a physical exam of her to see what’s wrong but it feels much more intense. Well on her side that is with the way he is making her feel. She may start to think he is having a slight reaction too after she stumbles into him when he presses too hard on her stomach and her leg ends up brushing against something rather hard. Or it may just be in her head as – other than his rather domineering voice – he is a complete professional. The meeting still manages to shake her up though and it’s not just about the costs of what she needs to have done. If her suspicious pain wasn’t causing her enough grief she is also coming up to the one-year anniversary of her grandfathers death. As she seems to be the only nice granddaughter she is the only one around to help her grandmother. Her stepsiblings, even though we don’t actually meet them, seem like quite spiteful people who you probably wouldn’t want to be around. That also goes for a certain someone who shows up late after the service at her grandmothers. There’s just something about him I don’t like the look of and we only see him talk to Ramona for like a minute. I also think its going to be pretty obvious who is going to be at the door next! Well here’s hoping anyway because I want them alone together again. I have a feeling I know what might start them off on the road to seduction but will have to wait and see.

Again the book has a lot of description in it more than character dialogue but it helps create a better understanding of what they’re doing and why they act a certain way. Chemistry is simmering just below the surface I feel and its (hopefully) not going to take too much more to push them over together. Umm… doctors’ office for a private check up needed ASAP I think.

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3 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Release Blitz: ‘Daisies in the Outfield’ by Carolyn LaRoche

Title: Daisies in the Outfield
Author: Carolyn LaRoche
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 21, 2017

 

Blurb
His lifelong dream turned into a haunting nightmare.Jamie Williams had his chance but blew it. A series of very bad choices not only destroyed his major league baseball career but brought a dishonor his family refused to forget. Exiled to a small Cape Cod town, a distant relative took pity on him and got him into the local fire department. His love of the game remained though and drew him back to the field–not as a player, but as the head coach of the Falmouth Troopers. Falling for a girl from New York who thought baseball, the only real love of his life, was just a bunch of guys standing around picking daisies was so not in his game plan.

Her summer in Cape Cod was supposed to be a new start.

When Mandy Gilman happened upon the chance to take her paramedic skills to Cape Cod for the summer, she packed up and didn’t look back. Mandy needed a serious change–an escape from the heavy disappointment in her parents’ eyes and the prying pity in her friends’ comments. The Cape was the perfect opportunity to find herself again under the warmth of the sun and relaxing sea breeze. She even let her new roommate drag her to a couple of ball games. Baseball bored her but watching some hot guys run the bases was better than sitting around feeling sorry for herself. The incredibly sexy coach who seemed determined to make her fall in love with him and the game didn’t hurt…

Mandy has no intention of falling in love ever again, but Jamie has no plans to let her walk out of his life. He might have blown his past, but the feisty paramedic is his future. He has to convince her that a man who risks his life every day for strangers is worth risking his heart on. Can she let go of past heartache and let Jamie love her or will Mandy be the one left picking Daisies in the Outfield?

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Excerpt

She tore off some paper towel and offered that as well. They were quiet for a moment while he worked away the rest of the wetness and snots. “That’s going to hurt again when I get in the shower later.”

“I really am sorry. I didn’t expect—I mean, why were you following me anyway?”

“I just wanted to see if you liked the game.”

She shrugged. “It was okay.”

“Just okay?”

“I told you earlier, I just don’t get all the hype.”

He folded the towel and placed it on the porch rail. “It looked like you were enjoying it.”

“I’m good at faking.”

His eyes sparkled as a smile tugged at his lips. “I can’t imagine you’d ever have to fake anything.”

A rush of heat made its way from deep in her abdomen up over her chest and caused her cheeks to flame. She frowned, hoping to hide her response to his comment with feigned annoyance. “Do you make a habit of following women home after a game?”

“Only the cute ones.” He looked her in the eye and winked again.

Mandy picked up the towel and headed back to the door. “Sorry again about the spray. Next time, though, maybe you should just introduce yourself.”

“The boys played well today,” he called after her. “So, your faking was appropriate.”

She stopped and turned to look back at him. Even with watery, swollen eyes, he was fine to look at. Long dormant butterflies came to life and started dancing inside her as he looked at her. “I don’t get the excitement of grown men hitting things and then running around in circles.”

“Because you don’t understand the game. There is so much more to it than that.”

“Okay. If you say so.”

He held his hands in the air and stepped closer to the porch. “Don’t hurt me, I come in peace.” She watched as he climbed the porch steps and extended a hand to her. “Name’s Jamie Williams. I’m the head coach of the Falmouth Troopers and, if you give me time, I will convince you that baseball is the best game around. It’s as American as apple pie. You do like apple pie, don’t you?”

Apple pie?

She accepted his outstretched hand in hers. “Of course. I love apple pie. Who doesn’t? It’s baseball you’re never going to sell me on. I’m Mandy Gilman.”

He held her hand in both of his, bringing it to his lips and pressing a light kiss to the back of it. The action created an arc of electricity that shocked her. She snatched her hand away.

“So, Mandy Gilman, if you don’t love America’s game, what brought you to the Cape this summer?”

How did she answer that without having to tell him the whole sordid story? Jamie looked at her expectantly. She took a deep breath. “You already know I’m a paramedic and I thought a change of scenery might be nice for a bit.”

“So, you did know who I am.”

“Not until a few minutes ago. How does a baseball coach happen to also spend his spare time running into burning buildings?”

“It’s a hobby.”

Mandy laughed. “Running into burning buildings?”

“Baseball. We all have things we’re good at and then we have things we do because we have to.” His grin sort of made her want to find out what else he was good at.

“So, which is which?”

“Both. I’m good at both.” Oh, she imagined he was probably good at a lot of things.

“Funny, I had you pegged as a washed up ball player that never made it to the big leagues.” She had meant it as a joke but the words came out sounding anything but. A flash of hurt passed over his face but disappeared so quickly, she wasn’t even sure she had actually seen it.

“You might be on to something.”

“I’m sorry. That was rude of me.”

Jamie shrugged and smiled at her. “I had my chance but—family obligations, you know?”

She looked out over the dark street. “Yeah, I know. I really am sorry. I didn’t mean to sound like such a jerk. I—”

“It’s okay, really. It was a reasonable assumption given I eat, sleep, and breathe baseball from May to August. It’s genetic, I guess. Baseball runs in my family. I’ve got two cousins in the MLB, my dad was a pitching coach for several teams, and my grandfather may or may not have played ball with Babe Ruth.”

“Wow. Really?” She may not know baseball but everyone had heard of the Babe. The curse of the bambino was New England legend.

“It’s a family legacy. I’m the disappointment.”

“I don’t see why. I mean, if family was the reason?” Mandy dropped down into the porch swing, only a little surprised when Jamie sat down next to her.

“Because I coach a college rec league. Because my family is the first family of baseball and I prefer to work here, part time, and—God forbid—have a job that pays less than a million a year.”

Mandy pushed her toe against the floorboards to start the swing moving. “They think being a firefighter is a bad thing?”

“No. The real disappointment is that I am not coaching for the Red Sox or the Yankees or the Orioles. If I want to coach, I should be going big time, not in some rinky dink neighborhood league, according to my father. None of them can understand my dedication to my players.”

“Why are you so dedicated to a bunch of college kids?”

“Careers start here. Stars learn to shine. I am proud to be a part of that.”

“I will never understand the appeal of sports. Getting all sweaty and dirty and for what?” Mandy shrugged and released a sigh.

Jamie winked and grinned. “There’s something to be said for sweaty and dirty.”

Author Bio

 

Carolyn LaRoche grew up in snow country but fled the cold and ice several years ago. She now lives near the beach with her husband and their two sons. She’s been known to lug her laptop to the baseball fields and keeps a notebook by her bed to jot down the next big story idea in the wee hours of the night.

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Book Review: ‘The Basilisk’s Creed Volume Two’ by Eme Strife

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Title: The Basilisk’s Creed Volume Two (The Basilisk’s Creed Series)

Published: 22nd April 2014

Publisher: (Eme)nded Publishing

Author: Eme Strife

Facebook: www.facebook.com/emestrifeauthor

Twitter: @emestrife

Synopsis:

Dear diary…and anyone else who will listen:

Tonight, I met the man of my dreams.

Literally.

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Whoever said living in California was glamorous and easy-going lied through their fucking teeth. I guess I can blame reality TV for that pervasive B.S. Maybe it was good thing my old man banned television at home for all the years he was alive, after all. I probably would’ve been even more deluded than I was when I’d moved up here from Arkansas three months ago.

Looking back, I’m not even sure why I did it; why, of all the places I could’ve chosen to start a new life, I picked Los Angeles: one of the most expensive places in the world to live. I don’t even know anyone one here. Heck, I’d never even visited the city before my move.

Still, I’m determined to make it here, to make something of myself. And that means I have no time for distractions of any kind—especially guys.

But then, he comes along; the sexiest, strongest, most handsome, most intimidating, and most powerful man I’ve ever seen.

He’s absolutely gorgeous, with eyes that seem to burn right through my soul and the most charming smile in existence, and his allure, his entire being, is simply magnetic.

He’s impossibly beautiful and just…ugh, perfect. He’s perfect. He’s everything every woman—and possibly quite a few men—wants, including me.

What I’m not prepared for, though, is how much he wants me, too.

However, there are three problems.

One: He’s not a man.

Two: I can only see him in my dreams.

And three: He commands an army of soul reapers.

And, apparently, that’s just the beginning…

***

Immerse yourself in the second thrilling installment of Eme Strife’s addictive, sexy, enchanting, and surreal series. Each page will leave you even more enthralled than the last, on the edge of your seat, and vigorously chomping at the bit for more.

This series unfolds over several volumes. IT IS NOT A STANDALONE.

Rated 18+

This series contains graphic sexual content, violence, and strong language. Because of its explicit nature, it is intended for mature audiences only. Reader discretion is advised.

This book was previously published as an older edition. This is the new one.

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2017 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set in a different country. Well this book starts just as the last one left off with Eli being woken up by that dam alarm clock. She may be feeling a bit unsure about what may or may not have been happening in her dream but that didn’t mean she wanted to wake from it early. Especially when things were just starting to heat up.

Loved Eli’s back and forth questioning after she wakes up about what happened in her ‘dream’ and how she should feel about it. How she should and how she does are two different things. It’s like she is trying to talk herself out of her own bodies’ reaction to Matthiel. Her mind is saying ‘he’s a reaper, stay away’ but her body is saying ‘go back to sleep and find him!’ I know which one she really wants to listen to though even if she is a bit scared of it. A way to distract her mind from blue eyes that want to draw her back in is to keep busy and head to work – easier said than done. She works as a custodian at a high-end club called Rubies but even there strange things are happening around her and I’m getting the impression they will only continue. Nothing is by chance it seems.

So Matthiel is trying hard to figure out what just happened. He can’t decide if she was real or not with how quickly his kitty-cat vanished before his eyes. If that wasn’t enough to make him feel unsettled then the news he gets from three of his top Golden Reapers that appear shortly after sure will. Seems that they have been summoned to the Alchemoni – the realm of the highest Reaper order – to talk to the elders about a shift that has happened. It seems this shift has affected the balance of alchemy and power where lower level reapers are now able to posses the powers of higher golden ones. You can imagine that tensions would be high at a meeting like this and when a scribe is brought forward to pretty much give them a history lesson you can see their patience running thin. This scribe pretty much explains the order of how things are run and how the shift is going to mess everything up and break their sacred creed. The saying ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ comes to mind with the elders way of thinking. Time for a change is coming whether they like it or not, so they best be prepared for it.

Well now the ball has started rolling. Oh how I was dying for them to bump into each other. Everything happens for a reason and its up to Matthiel to figure out how it connects to Eli – his Kitty-Cat who he really wants to make purr. His realisation at the end is funny, like a ton of bricks has fallen on him when things click into place. Leads nicely into the next where fingers crossed they meet again. Only this time I want her awake, even if she was having fun while asleep. Might be another cliff-hanger but it makes you want to jump straight into the next.

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4 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.

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Release Blitz: ‘Lost in Between’ by KL Kreig

 

Title: Lost in Between
Series: Finding Me #1
Author: K.L. Kreig
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2017

 

Blurb
We all have one.

A price.

That magic number that will get us to agree to do anything, be anything.

Don’t sit on your gold-plated high horse and say you don’t because you do. Everyone does. Each of us has something we covet enough that we’d sell ourselves to have it.

What’s my tipping point, you ask? Apparently a cool quarter mil will do the trick.

What does one do for 250 large, you wonder? Anything the infamous, gorgeous playboy of Seattle wants. For the next four months I’ll be Shaw Mercer’s arm candy, his beck and call girl, his faux girlfriend. I’ll be his to command, mold, push and pull in any direction he sees fit.

I’ll fight falling into bed with him. I’ll fight falling in love with him even harder. I’ll fail at both. And when my past and present collide in the most unexpected of ways, I’ll learn that while one man’s love for me has never died, the only man’s love I really want will never be mine.

 

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As a USA Today Bestselling author, I write stories that are deeply emotional with flawed characters, because humans ARE flawed and if we read about perfect characters living in their perfect world, first of all, snoozer, but secondly, we never experience the gratification of redemption.

Outside of writing, I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicous cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).

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