Cover Reveal Spotlight + Giveaway: One More Chance (#2, Chance) by Abbi Glines

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I’m so excited to participate in this fun reveal of One More Chance, the second book in the Chance series featuring Grant and Harlow’s story. One More Chance will be out September 2nd and you can pre-order here.

Take a Chance and One More Chance are both part of the Rosemary Beach series. Take a look at the reading order here.

My review of Take A Chance ★

Synopsis

In Take a Chance, #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines gave us the story of Grant, who first captured the hearts of new adult readers in Fallen Too Far, and Harlow, the woman who stole his own. Now comes One More Chance

Grant Carter did everything in his power to convince Harlow Manning that he was a good guy. More than a smooth-talker. Someone she could trust. He had to overcome his reputation as a playboy, and his history with Harlow’s half-sister, Nan, a woman with a reputation of her own.

Harlow had taken the chance, falling fast and hard for the man who thrilled her with his all-consuming desire. After a lifetime of avoiding bad boys like Grant, she had opened herself to the possibilities of love…

But a life-changing secret has torn them apart, and now both must decide if they have enough fight to make it work—or if the pain of betrayal has permanently destroyed their future.

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Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Intoxicated (#3.5, Billionaire Bachelors Club) by Monica Murphy

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So excited to share with you the hot new cover of Intoxicated, the next installment of the Billionaire Bachelors Club by Monica Murphy! This will be out on June 17th and you can pre-order here!

Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them.

It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment.

It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off without a hitch. But between brides and babies, there’s the not-so-little issue of the million-dollar bet to attend to. If only they can figure out who won … and who’s paying up. Is everyone a winner? Or will someone leave broke—and brokenhearted?

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I’m going to have a baby,” Ivy declares as she stops directly in front of me. Well, her belly stopped directly in front of me, the rest of her soon follows.

Yes, indeed, my wife is definitely going to have a baby. Soon.

I’m getting ready—staring at the mirror as I mess with my tie, making sure it’s perfect—when she approaches me. I shoot her a grin, feeling good, feeling on top of my game. Life couldn’t get any better, you know? We’re celebrating today and with good reason.

“I know, sexy mama.” I turn away from the mirror and wink at her. “Trust me, I haven’t forgotten that I’m the one who knocked you up.”

She stares at me, no reaction to my wink or my words. She usually slaps my ass and kisses me. Says something sarcastic at the very least. But I’m getting nothing. And it’s kind of disconcerting. “Archer. I’m dead serious. I’m going to have the baby.”

“I know, babe. And I can’t freaking wait.” I study her, noticing that she looks a little pale and her pupils are dilated. Hmm. “You feeling okay?”

Rolling her eyes, she rests her hand on top of her protruding stomach, rubbing it absently. Then not so absently. As in, she’s clutching her belly like she’s in pain. “I’m in—” She sucks in a harsh breath, holding it for a few seconds. “—labor, damn it.”

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monica murphyNew York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Bang (#1, The Black Lotus) by E.K. Blair

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I am so excited to share the super sexy cover of E.K. Blair’s intriguing new book, Bang! This is the first book in the series, The Black Lotus, and it’s been called a psychosexual suspense and romance novel and I, for one, cannot wait to see what it’s all about! Release date is May 22nd.

Synopsis

They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.
But I’m not innocent.
I haven’t been for a very long time.
My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.

Gone.
Vanished.

I never even had a choice.
I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.
Until now.
I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart.

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In an instant, he’s crouched down before me, hands spreading me open wider before dipping his tongue inside me. I continue massaging myself as he laps me up like I’m the only one who can quench his thirst. He sickens me, and as soon as I feel the swirl of hate manifest, I turn every part of me off and simply go through the movements I know he likes. I’m a well-oiled machine at this point, flawless in my performance.

He has no idea that I’m the poison in his bones, making my home in his soul. I’ve crept under his skin, and he never suspected a thing other than everything I’ve wanted him to, but he’s made my life a hell, and payback is a wicked bitch that comes in the form of me. I’m the devil seeped within the cracks of him. What he doesn’t know, is that it’s because of him that I am what I am, and he’s fallen into the cobwebs of my lies like a fool. I guess I should love him for that, because when he least suspects it, he’s going to give me everything I’ve been seeking—vengeance.

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VBB Weekly – 04.14.2014

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What a week!!! I had the opportunity to see the talented duo of Colleen Hoover and Griffin Peterson and absolutely fell in love with the music of Maybe Someday all over again! Here’s the video of Griffin singing Hold Onto You. Enjoy!!! (and I dare you not to swoon!)

In preparation for Breakable, I’m also really excited to be re-reading Easy this week by Tammara Webber. I read this book in the fall of 2012… picked it from the list of Amazon suggestions without knowing anything about the author, the book, and frankly, the indie community. I absolutely loved it and from then on, continued to pick books from authors I now have come to know and love. Easy was a breakthrough book in the Indie world, the one to propel the New Adult genre forward and if you haven’t picked it up yet, I highly encourage you to do so! Breakable is out May 6th and is the prologue to Easy. I’m thrilled to be a part of the tour, so make sure to stop by on May 7th for my review.

Also, check out my latest Love In Suspense column on USA Today (CLICK HERE)! This time, it’s all about Jennifer L. Armentrout and her latest novel, Don’t Look Back!

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Review + Excerpt: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My Thoughts

A thrilling combination of heartwarming romance and chilling suspense wrapped around a riveting ‘whodunit’ mystery that kept me wildly guessing until the very end.

5stars

Synopsis

Don't Look BackSamantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

My Review

I knew from the moment I heard about this book that I was going to love it! I felt it in my bones, which love to be chilled and rattled by a mystery… shaken by suspense. Add to this nail-biting mix the masterful storytelling of Jennifer L. Armentrout and I undoubtedly knew I would be completely captivated. Consumed. I felt this book both strayed from and felt like the typical JLA style. We definitely have the witty and bold heroine that I always love from her books, but the humor was softer and less pronounced while the suspense swelled. The warmth and chemistry definitely sizzled, sparking that fire between two characters that you feel, believe. No doubt, however, that the primary impetus behind the story was the mystery and the suspense that fueled it page by thrilling page. I was so gripped by everything that was happening to Sam. I had a million theories to what had happened and I felt constantly on edge, as if danger loomed behind me as well. The pacing was perfect, which made it so easy to devour in one sitting, because the truth is that I couldn’t put it down for a single second. I kept telling myself… one more chapter… one more chapter and on and on. It was just that good.

“… it wasn’t okay — it was never going to be okay. I was stuck in this life I didn’t remember, squeezed into the shell of this girl — Samantha Jo Franco — and the more I learned about her, the more I was starting to hate her.”

The first memory Samantha has is of walking. Bloodied and bruised, vision and consciousness blurred, nails bloodstained, her thoughts a dark void. She’s been gone for four days. Missing with her best friend, Cassie. At least that’s what they tell her. There are no memories that take shape in the oblivion of her mind. Nothingness. Thankfully, she’s alive, but Cassie is still missing. Suddenly surrounded by strangers — her family, her friends, her boyfriend — she finds that half don’t even believe that she has amnesia, the other half expect her to snap out of it and get back to her normal self. But when there’s nothing to pull from all that she can be is an empty shell, but one that’s determined to figure out what happened the night she disappeared.

“Everyone wanted me to forget about her, to move on. As if this girl wasn’t missing. Like she never existed in the first place, and as I ran my thumb over her side of the picture, I realized I couldn’t do that. Just like I couldn’t be the person I was before.”

Almost immediately however, she realizes that the person she was before was awful. She was superficial and vicious, hanging out with a group of rich mean girls that ruled the school. Her boyfriend was the IT boy everyone desired, and the boy she was expected to be with forever… a merger made in business heaven. And her and her best friend, Cassie, well, it seemed they were more like frenemies than friends. Sam wanted nothing to do with this life. At all.

Enter Carson Ortiz, her brother’s best friend and son of “the help.” She’s completely drawn to him, but it seems like he can’t stand the sight of her either… at first.

“Fear and popularity go hand in hand… Let’s rule with an iron fist.”

Sam tries to integrate into her old life in hopes of jarring a memory loose. Anything that can help her piece it all together. But the more she’s around her group of friends, the more she realizes that she no longer fits that crowd. When flashes of bloodied scenes unexpectedly seize her and mysterious notes begin to appear, an all-consuming fear takes hold, blurring the boundaries of her lucidity. Sam begins to unravel and lose her already-slipping grasp on sanity. Was she going crazy? Was she imagining things? I felt so anxious right along with her, my heart pounding against my chest as each one of these scenes unfolded. With secrets hidden beneath the surface and motives from so many in abundance, everyone could be a culprit. And as the mystery takes another turn, she begins to question her own culpability.

“My memories were dangerous, but they were also the key to the truth.”

All the while, she begins to get closer to Carson, rather than her boyfriend Del. Carson is warm, understanding and knows more about the real her than anyone else. He makes her feel at home, safe. And in a time clouded by uncertainty, familiarity and attraction are a dangerous combination.

“What I was feeling was wrong. I knew that, because this should be happening with Del and not Carson. But what I was feeling was so startlingly real. Like a splash of vibrant color in a world that was a dark, drab gray.”

But even Carson has secrets he keeps. Secrets that could sever the intensifying connection between them. And before everything comes to a thrilling and unexpected climax, a fury of secrets are revealed that I never came to guess. Overall this is just an exciting, thrilling story that makes your heart pound a little faster as you try to untangle the mystery behind the chilling events that led to Sam’s disappearance and the revelations that became clear after. Jennifer L. Armentrout proves she can dominate any genre as she boldly ticks off the suspense check box on her literary repertoire. I hope we get to see more romantic suspense novels from her in the future!

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With a curt nod, she left, and I started to investigate the room. The yearbooks were on my desk, but I avoided them. Part of me wasn’t ready for the weird walk down nonmemory lane. There was an Apple laptop next to several smaller devices. I recognized one as an iPod. A flat-screen TV hung from the wall above the desk. I assumed that was what the remote control belonged to.

I made my way to the closet, throwing open the double doors. It was a walk-in. A tiny part of me was curious. Clothes weren’t a big deal to me. I knew that. Then I saw the racks in the back, and I almost squealed.

Shoes and purses were a big deal.

Could that be a part of the old me, or was it just because I was a girl? I wasn’t sure as I ran my fingers over the dresses. They felt like quality.

Back in my bedroom, I discovered there was a balcony, and I had my own bathroom stocked with products I couldn’t wait to try out. Near the bed, there was a corkboard full of pictures. Huh. I had a lot of friends, and they were…dressed like me. Frowning, I inspected the collage of pictures closer.

In one photo, there were five girls. I was in the middle, and all of us wore the same tube dress in different colors. Oh dear god. Matching dresses? I smirked as my eyes drifted over the images. One was of me and two other girls, smiling on a golf course. In another the same group from the first picture stood together on a dock, posing in front of a boat named Angel in really skimpy bathing suits. Mine was black. I was starting to see a trend.

I ran my hands over my hips and stomach, pleased to discover that the body in that picture was actually mine. There were a few more photos at school, a group of us clustered around an oversize table, surrounded by boys.

I was always smiling in the pictures, but the smile was…off, reminding me how everyone had smiled at me in the hospital. Like a doll’s smile, fake and painted on. But my smile was also cold. Calculating.

And in every picture, the same girl was always beside me. In some, we had our arms around each other or were puckering our lips for the camera. She always wore red—red like fresh blood.

About Jennifer

jennifer armentrout# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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