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Release Blitz and Book Review: ‘Advice from a Jilted Bride’ by Piper Rayne

 

Title: Advice from a Jilted Bride (The Baileys Book 2)

Published: 21st March 2019

Author: Piper Rayne

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Synopsis:

What’s a girl to do after being ditched at the altar by text message? That’s right. Text. Message.

How does she pick up the pieces and move on? I’m no Dear Abby but here’s a little free advice…

 

Advice #1 – First, purge your apartment of all things him—by tossing his belongings off the balcony.

Advice #2 – Do not, I repeat do not, throw anything out into the hallway because you’ll injure your hot new neighbor.

Advice #3 – When said neighbor brings over Chinese Food do not let him stay and keep you company. It’s awkward when you realize he’s your boss.

Advice #4 – Accept his offer to help you with your side business but think twice before using a date to his sister’s wedding as collateral.

Advice #5 – Investigate who your mystery neighbor really is. Don’t trust his word even if he’s the world’s best kisser.

If you listen to nothing else, pay attention to that last one. It’s the most important and will save you a lot of heartache.

Xo,
LOVESICK IN LAKE STARLIGHT

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book set in a different country. Alaska to be exact, though not sure the town Lake Starlight is real, if it is then I really want to go to it!

Ok so there are so many siblings with this series that it might take a few books before I have all the names and what they do down in my head. It’s good that even though they are all in each of the books they are not given the same amount of focus, some only speaking in passing. This way you can get slowly introduced to their characteristics and what makes them great. Can’t wait to crack on with the rest of the series now, as what I have read so far with the first two books has been great!

So this one starts, as the title suggests, right after Brooklyn has been stood up at her wedding. Her dickhead of an ex Jeff decided that he wasn’t going to go through with it and thought the best way to tell her was by text 5 minutes before she was meant to walk down the aisle. What a knob! A slap is in order when she finds him. Good riddance is all her family, and us readers, will say. She just might take a little longer to see things that way. Having been through this you can see why her first thought is to go to their new apartment and throw everything of his out the window. When that gets shut the open door is her next target with a flying book. Seems to hit the mark with her new neighbour – as in his head that is. Now that is quite the introduction. Good job Juno and Savannah were there to smooth the waters. Though in Juno case – being the town matchmaker and all – she finds her senses are soon tingling in regards to said hot new neighbour and her sister. Not long before the rest of the family piles in for pizza and beer therapy. Grama Dori might have arrived after the others but she brings a gift with her while getting a helping hand up the stairs – hot new neighbour Wyatt. Seems he is about to get taken into fold.

Wyatt’s just moved to Lake Starlight where his father has just brought another hotel to add to his growing empire Whitmore hotels. Now Glacier Point Resort needs a lot of work but his father has given clear instructions that it needs to be done in six months before the ski season starts. His methods are for Wyatt to try out each job role within the hotel – Bellhop to start – even though he will technically be the new manager. If he proves himself then his father will let him take the reins of one of the hotels, well that’s the plan anyway. He needs to see which staff members and what departments are working well and which are not. He is lying by omission by not being honest about who is really is – especially when he finds out he is Brooklyn’s new boss. This might turn out to be a mistake when Brooklyn and him start to get closer.

Now our poor girl Brooklyn was planning on going her honeymoon anyway to get away from everything but it seems Jeff the dickhead cancelled her ticket. Slap here we come! So it seems she is just going to spend two weeks in hiding at her apartment without telling her family so she can decompress. Wyatt just happens to come across her after getting back from the airport and let’s just say she is not in the best of ways. He decides to help her by keeping her secret but after giving her a week to wallow he knows he needs to step in, if nothing else to feed her. He might not have wanted to get into the middle of this but he seems to find himself there anyway trying to pull her out of it.

With her new outlook on life in she needs a new purpose and decides that she wants to start a business selling her essential oils she makes. I’m sure Wyatt could help her with that. She decides to make him a deal, if he helps her with the business then she will be his date to his sisters wedding to get his mum off his back. Sure what’s the worse that could happen?

They have such a connection and are clearly drawn to each other. It kind of goes strangers to friends to lovers with the vibes these two are putting out. Who will make the first step? It just takes one kiss and its like fireworks are set off. Holy hell they hot for each other. He’s leaving in a few months though so they need to keep their heads in check, shame the same can’t be said for their hearts when troubles start to brew.

This time around we see a lot more of some of Brooklyn’s other brothers, especially Rome and Denver, along with their friend Liam. I loved the dynamics between them, great brothers, very loyal and protective of their family. Love Grama Dori’s words of wisdom too, always given at just the right moment. Let’s hope people are listening to her!

Love the Buzz Wheel stories, I wonder what Bailey will be next as they are sure to all make an appearance at some point. Jeff’s one shows that he might have had a little payback Bailey style, but which Bailey are we thinking?

All I can say is that’s how you set up for the next story – jaws on the floor all round! Can’t wait to continue with the Bailey clan. Another great story so onto the next I say.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the authors via Inkslinger PR for my honest review.

 

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Book Review: ‘Lessons from a One-Night Stand’ by Piper Rayne

Title: Lessons from a One-Night Stand (The Baileys Book 1)

Published: 7th February 2019

Author: Piper Rayne

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Synopsis:

If you’re a guy like me, and you find yourself having banged your sexy new boss–the school principal–in the back of your Jeep one drunken night, here’s a few takeaways based on my experience…

Lesson One: Always get her FULL name.

Lesson Two: Consider asking what she does for a living.

Lesson Three: Find out why she’s moved to town. Get details. Details are crucial.

Lesson Four: Don’t alter her bio in front of an auditorium of high school students unless you know she has a sense of humor for that sort of thing.

Lesson Five: If you ignore Lesson Four, apologize instead of flirt when you’re sent to the principal’s office.

Lesson Six: NEVER sleep with her again.

Lesson Seven: Pay attention to this one–it’s the most important of them all.

Don’t fall for your one-night stand.

Class dismissed.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2019 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book published this year. Welcome to tranquil town of Lake Starlight where the Baileys are a well loved family. What’s more loved though is the towns gossip blog site Buzz Wheel. Read it fast though because it’s only up until midnight. Note to self: if you want to do something a bit impulsive – like hooking up with a stranger in a jeep – make sure no-one is around to capture the story or you might make a headline. Something that Austin and Holly are wishing they had done.

Austin is kind of seen as a bit of a saint in Lake Starlight. After his parents died he came back to help raise his brothers and sisters. His sister Savannah, only a couple years younger, would take care of the family business and he would look after the family. His main goal was to see all of them graduate school and go off to college. The last two, twins Phoenix and Sedona, are coming up to graduation and with this his own dreams are coming back into focus. He is the school coach but dreams bigger to be a college coach. His plan is to leave to pursue his own dream career now everyone has graduated. The only problem is that his dream will take him away from Lake Starlight. Is it time for him to chase a new dream though?

Holly has her own reasons for coming to this quiet little town and that’s due to who lives a few towns over – her father. Well father would imply that he was a part of her life but at this point he is simply part of her DNA. She wants to meet him but are her hopes a little too high for what she might get back in return? To do this she managed to get a job at Lake Starlight as the new school Principal until the end of the term. All would be great if she didn’t get a very embarrassing introduction to the schools pupils courtesy of the school coach wanting to get a laugh out of them. What makes matters worse is that he isn’t a stranger but in fact her one-night stand from a few days before. Shocked faces from both it seems when he sees her walk towards the front of the stage. I think they are both running through the last time they saw each other – namely the back seat of his jeep. Heated passion about hit the breaks?

Breaks are pushed down hard, as both know that the other doesn’t plan on sticking around for long – three months and then both will be gone. Holly might be clear that she doesn’t want anything to happen between them because of this but you can’t hide away from the chemistry that they feel. The town carnival is where things heat up. Pie in the face is ok if you promise to let to other clean you up afterwards. But a ride on a fairest wheel is the perfect way to build tension with every time you are out of sight from prying eyes. You can feel the heat rising between them with each rotation getting closer to kissing. They know what it feels like too with memories of the jeep – thought they were going to combust! Seems they think that if they go in with their eyes open and just keep things fun and secret – not wanting to get back on Buzz Wheel again – that they will be ok when its over in three months. Yeah good luck with that when feelings start creeping in!

Holly’s mum Karen was a bit of a whirlwind. Knew she’d be fun right from the get go. Loved Grandma Dori too and found she always had a few good words of wisdom – along with a handy golf cart – at just the right time. So the Bailey clan have arrived and I feel are going to be an interesting bunch to follow. Anyone else going to be steaming up jeep windows or are they just going to leave that to Austin and Holly. Well they are a very passionate, fiery couple.

Fun, interesting characters throughout that draw you in quickly. The town has a great vibe to it to. Makes you want to visit it.

5 out of 5 stars

I received this ARC from the authors via InkSlinger PR for my honest review.

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Cover Reveal: ‘Lessons from a One-Night Stand’ by Piper Rayne

 

 

 

 

If you find yourself having banged your new boss—the principal—in the back of your Jeep one drunken night, here’s a few takeaways based on my experience…

Lesson One: Always get her FULL name.

Lesson Two: Consider asking what she does for a living.

Lesson Three: Find out why she’s moved to town. Get details. Details are crucial.

Lesson Four: Don’t alter her bio in front of an auditorium of high school students unless you know she has a sense of humor for that sort of thing.

Lesson Five: If you ignore Lesson Four, apologize instead of flirt when you’re sent to the principal’s office.

Lesson Six: NEVER sleep with her again.

Lesson Seven: Pay attention to this one—it’s the most important of them all.

Don’t fall for your one-night stand.

Class dismissed.

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Release Blitz: ‘Rock Rebel’ by Tara Leigh

Rock Rebel is now available!

 

“Tara Leigh has written her best Nothing But Trouble Book with Rock Rebel.”

~Musings of the Modern Belle

 

SYNOPSIS

 

He’s a rock star with a secret, she’s a pop princess with a painful past – can their forbidden romance survive, or will their lies destroy them both?

 

I’ve earned my bad reputation.

A few years ago, I was New York City’s hottest classical music prodigy. But I wanted something else, something more. So I chased my real dream, and now… I’m rock royalty. Dax Hughes, lead guitarist of Nothing but Trouble. But to my family and former Juilliard classmates, I’m an outcast. A misfit. A rebel.

They’re not entirely wrong. I don’t give a damn what other people think, and I’m all for breaking the rules… except when it comes to our new opening act, Verity Moore.

Rock gods don’t tour with pop princesses.

It’s not personal. Actually, under that fallen diva reputation, Verity’s incredibly talented. And her fiery redheaded personality is… intriguing. But I’m convinced the skeletons in Verity’s closet are as scandalous as my own, and when we’re not sparring, she has a way of drawing out all those secrets I’m determined to keep hidden.

Yeah. Verity Moore is definitely off-limits . . .

But since when do I give a damn about the rules?

 

ABOUT TARA LEIGH

Tara Leigh is a multi-published author of steamy contemporary romance. A former banker on Wall Street, she graduated from Washington University and holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, but she much prefers spending her days with fictional boyfriends than analyzing financial spreadsheets. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children, and fur-baby, Pixie. She is represented by Jessica Alvarez, of Bookends Literary Agency.
 

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Blog Tour: ‘Legacy of Lies’ by Tara Leigh

Today we are celebrating the release of LEGACY OF LIES by Tara Leigh! LEGACY OF LIES is the first novel in the series and you can purchase it now for $2.99.

THRONE OF LIES is a prequel novella from the Legacy of Lies series and it is available now, too.

 

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LEGACY OF LIES by Tara Leigh

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Blurb:

Money. Status. Wealth. Power.
I believed I was entitled to all of it.
My legacy.

Jolie Chapman.
I thought I was entitled to her, too.
My love.

In a scandal that set our families against each other, I lost.
My legacy.
My love.
Everything.

I was heir to a throne built on lies, my crown forged from corruption.
Stripped of everything I’d been raised to consider my birthright.
Including my princess—who wasn’t mine, after all.

I’ve spent the past decade rebuilding my life, on my own terms.
Money. Status. Wealth. Power.
They’ve been earned.

Now I’ve returned to Manhattan for redemption, too.
Jolie wasn’t supposed to be here.
… And I wasn’t supposed to care.

Screw me once, shame on you.
Screw me twice—
Who am I kidding? I don’t believe in second chances anymore.

 

Excerpt 1 (conflict) 500 words

 

“What are you doing here?” Jolie’s voice had sharpened, words like bullets aimed my way.

At this point, I didn’t have a goddamned clue. “I live here.”

“Here, in New York?”

“As of a week ago. Your face is on a billboard right outside my apartment.”

She backed away, in the opposite direction of the open ledge, putting several feet between us. A lock of hair fell over her cheek, briefly shielding her expression from view. When Jolie turned my way again, any trace of vulnerability was gone. “And you decided to . . . what? Maul me, for old times sake?”

“Not sure that’s the word I would have used.”

“Really? What would you call it then?”

My gut twisted. The one that came to mind was mistake.

I didn’t realize I’d said it aloud until Jolie chimed in, her lips curving into a counterfeit smile. “We can agree on that, at least.” The dismissiveness in her tone made me want to throw her over my shoulder and carry her back to my place. Kiss away some of her confidence, feed off her needy moans, spank the sass out of her.

“Listen,” I exhaled a sigh, raking stiff fingers through my hair, “what we had—”

“Is behind us. We were kids.”

“Right.” I forced the word through my mouth, making liars out of us both. The last few minutes had proved our past was still very much a part of our present. “But there’s something . . .” Untangling my gaze from hers, I searched for the right words.

Clearly impatient for our interaction to be over, Jolie interrupted again. “No, Tripp. There’s nothing. Not anymore. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I really have to get out of this make-up.”

Did she have to make this so fucking hard, dismissing what we had like it was nothing?

Of course she did. She was Jolie Fucking Chapman. Difficult was in her DNA.

I pulled out my phone. “What’s your number. I’ll—”

Her eyes blazed. “What? Text me?” A bitter laugh scratched at my ears as she spun on her heel.

Against my better judgment, I followed her to where a mirror and table had been set up in front of a director’s-style chair. Jolie was settling herself into it, a woman coming at her with an open jar of thick white cream. “Give us a minute.” I snapped, just before she’d submerged her fingers.

The girl slapped the lid back on and flounced off. Jolie gawked at me. “For god’s sake, what else is there to say?” There was a tremble in her lower lip, the slightest flutter of her chin. Emotions way too close to the surface for her comfort.

Or mine.

Sending a glance skyward, I raked agitated hands through my hair. “Look, what I want to tell you isn’t about us.”

Jolie crossed her arms over her chest, a self-protective gesture. “There is no us.”

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The LEGACY OF LIES series novella, THRONE OF LIES, is available now!

THRONE OF LIES by Tara Leigh

Prequel novella to Legacy of Lies

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Blurb:

I was called a prodigal son.
A scion of Midas.

I believed it. Why wouldn’t I?
Everything my father touched turned to gold.

The proof was all around me.
Luxury cars.
Elite schools.
A billion-dollar business.
Even my girlfriend, a Park Avenue Princess.

I reigned from a throne of lies.
My fall from grace… wasn’t graceful at all.

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Author Bio:

Tara Leigh writes steamy contemporary romance featuring tortured heroes worth lusting after and the women they didn’t know they needed. She attended Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia Business School in New York, and worked on Wall Street and Main Street before “retiring” to become a wife and mother. When the people in her head became just as real as the people in her life, she decided to put their stories on paper. Tara currently lives in Fairfield County, Connecticut with her husband, children and fur-baby, Pixie.

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