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Book Review – Going Down (part of the Risking Everything Anthology) by Jody Kaye


So, if you know me, you know how much I adored the Kingsbrier Quintuplets series! Seriously, one of my faves of all times! I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of Dash and Kat’s story (Thank you, Jody!!!! 💖)… I truly didn’t expect it to hold a candle to the Quints, but how could you go wrong with Drew and Brier’s son?!
Let’s just say that I was literally hooked from the first page! Set on a ski slope in Colorado, both Kat and Dash work ski patrol. I instantly loved Dash’s quirky personality and Kat’s strength and loyalty!
My ONLY complaint is that it is a short story and was over waaaaay too soon! You MUST read this! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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Book Review – Adam (Kingsbrier Quintuplets # 4 by Jody Kaye @jodykaye

Publication Date: February 5, 2019
Coming-of-Age / Family Saga
Standalone in the Kingsbrier Quintuplets series
Series number: 4

Description:
Since quitting med school, Adam Cavanaugh has lied about everything, and the truth is catching
up with him. He knows it’s time to prove he’s someone his family can be proud of.
Temple has high standards—ones Adam will never reach. But he wants a woman like her in his
life someday and is willing to let Temple teach him how to be a better man. That is, if he can
keep his heart out of the equation.
Who would have guessed that her perfect life was an illusion? Or that she was falling for him
too? And when Adam’s conscience compels him to tell the truth about his past, will his deceit
stop Temple from trusting anyone ever again?

Excerpt:
“No bridesmaid to hook-up with tonight? Let me guess.” Temple lifted a finger. “Daveigh’s
friends are smart enough to not let you anywhere near them?” Temple glanced around the bar
as if she was looking for someone with loose morals whom she could direct his attention to.
“It’s the other way around. I know not to get involved with my sister’s friends.” He leaned in,
mocking her and whispering in her ear over the noise of the crowd. “They’re too good for me.”
Temple’s eyes were wide when he pulled back. Then she shrugged it off, placing her elbow on
the bar and propping her knuckles up under her chin. “Glad you know your place.”
She really didn’t like him and Adam was torn between being a nice guy and a full-on douche.
“You might want to watch out for the glass,” he reminded before inquiring, “Why are you here
anyhow?”
“I needed dinner and was out of wine.” The drink seemed like the most important part so he
asked her how many glasses she’d consumed. There wasn’t a plate on the bar and, luckily, the
guy on the opposite side was with a date. However, his training made him keenly aware that
Temple attracted attention from other dark corners. “Two, no three. I ordered a third when I
finished eating.”
“Where’s your husband?”
“Out of town.”
“How are you getting home?”
“I have a car…Wait!” She smacked her forehead. “Are you propositioning me? For some
reason, I figured you’d be smoother than that. Kingsbrier, you have a reputation to uphold. I’m,”
she was pensive for a second, rubbing where she’d hit, “disappointed.”
Disappointed, he mouthed. Considering who was saying it and that the comment was about
him, it made perfect sense.
“I’m going to drive you home. That’s all.”. She frowned. “I need my car.”
“Not tonight you don’t.” They’d figure a way to get her back here to pick it up once she was
sober.
Temple looked away. She placed a finger on the smooth part of the broken base, sliding it
toward her. “If I’d cut myself would you’f sewn it up?” She slurred and he was glad he offered.
“Yeah.” He snagged her purse off of the chair back and placed it on her shoulder so Temple
didn’t absently forget it. As they stood she lost her balance, catching herself with a palm to his
chest and patting him there distastefully.
“Gotta love the Hippocratic Oath. I’d save you too, Kingsbrier. Even if I hate you.”
©2019 Jody Kaye

I am a HUGE fan of Jody Kaye! I was hooked the instant I started reading Cavanaugh, the precursor story to the Kingsbrier Quints series, and nothing I have read since has disappointed me!
Adam, book 4 in the series, is Adam’s story. The oldest of the Quints, by only minutes, and heir to the Kingsbrier fortune, Adam has been running from his family, his legacy, and the expectations that come with being the eldest and heir. Expected to take over the family business, Adam chooses instead to go to medical school and become a doctor; however, that didn’t happen. He left med school for the military, and never clued anyone in. Now, Adam has been discharged and his family is still none the wiser. Adam keeps up the facade, while working for a security firm far, far from home.
Unsettled, and unsatisfied with the man he has become, he knows he needs to come clean with his loved ones, but he wants to be able to show them proof that he is becoming a man that they can be proud of before doing so. Of course, that never works, as lie piles upon lie, and just digs Adam further into the hole.
I really loved Adam’s story. I laughed and I ugly cried. Jody has that effect on me. Her story-lines are engaging from the start, full of emotion, and you never know what is coming next.
The characters are so well developed that I feel as if I know them. It is fun coming back to this series and the characters that I love so much – in fact, I am going back through and reading them again.
I believe that while Adam is book 4 in the series, it could be read as a stand-alone. There is a backstory that would be missing; however, Jody does an outstanding job of weaving the stories together, and allowing you to understand the intricacies and dynamics of the relationships without having to go back to the start. I highly recommend reading the entire series, though, as I know you will love the family as much as I do! ❤️❤️

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Series videos:

The Kingsbrier Quintuplets Series Information:
● Eric (no.1) Eric & Ginny
● Brier (no.2) Brier & Drew
● Daveigh (no.3) Daveigh & Cris
● Miss Cavanaugh (Wedding Novella) Daveigh & Cris
● Cavanaugh (Standalone/Prequel) Ross & Rose
● Adam (no.4) Adam & Temple— February 5th
● Colette (no.5) Colette & Devon— February 14th
● Colton (no.6) — expected release March 2019

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Shamrock (Linear Tactical Series) by Janie Crouch

Title: Shamrock
A Linear Tactical Standalone
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Blurb
Every mission
has a price.

He never meant for her to pay it.

Aiden has never left anyone behind. Not a comrade and certainly not an
innocent. But when an undercover mission goes wrong, he’s forced to abandon a
woman trapped in a human trafficking ring.

Violet learned brutally that no one is promised a happy ending. She knows Aiden
blames himself for his part, but she refuses to let her abduction define the
rest of her life.

She won’t be a victim again. And she’s going after what she wants: Aiden.

Watching Violet transform herself into a fierce warrior is the sexiest thing
Aiden has ever seen. The honorable plan would be to stay away from her–let her
heal and grow without the shadow of his mistakes clouding her progress–even
though every instinct tells him to claim her for his own.

But when they discover the danger they thought they’d left behind is closer
than ever, they’ll have to face their deepest fears and fight
side-by-side in order to survive.

I’m not gonna lie! I am head over heels in love with this series! Janie Crouch has done an outstanding job of creating a world full of relatable characters, and the perfect mix of action/suspense and romance!
I was so excited to read Aiden’s story, and I was not disappointed. I was waiting for the series to lose it’s sparkle, but it just hasn’t happened! Thank goodness! Aiden – code name Shamrock – is undercover trying to bring down Spellman’s crime syndicate, as we know from previous books. While working one night, he finds Spellman’s men have a woman working for them who appears to be there under duress. Aiden knows he needs to get her out, but can’t without blowing his cover.
Violet, kidnapped by Spellman’s men and subjected to degradation of the worst kind, recognizes that Aiden is different from the other men, and he gives her that little bit of hope needed to survive the torture and humiliation.
I would truly be hard pressed to choose a favorite book in this series, but Shamrock is definitely a contender for the #1 spot. These books are so well written, the storyline never seems to flatline, the men are swoon worthy, and the women are seriously kick-ass, all in their own ways.
These books could be read as stand-alones; however, the stories are so closely intertwined, I don’t recommend it, as they build on each other and you would be missing a lot of back story.
All I can say is this is an absolute must-read!
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Excerpt
Violet knew
what she wanted.

No more
being passive. No more agreeing to what might in fact be good for her but
wasn’t what she really wanted.

“You
respect me,” she said gently.

The relief
flashed and Aiden’s hazel eyes. “Yes. I have nothing but respect for
you.”

“Thank
you,” she whispered, trailing her fingers through his thick hair. “And thank
you for getting me home safely last night. And like I said before, thank you
for getting me out of that hellhole a month ago, for figuring out that I was in
trouble when to anyone else it just looked like a normal part of that
situation.”

His brows
furrowed. “You’re welcome for all those things. But there’s no need—”

She put her
finger up to his lips. “I just wanted to say it one more time to make sure I’d
been clear. Because now I’m done saying thank you. And I think you better take
me inside. Otherwise, Mrs. Mazille and her neighborhood watch might get quite
an eyeful with what I’m planning to do to you.”

There was
only so much a man could take. A line where he snapped. A great deal of his
Special Forces training had been spent learning how to push that line as far
back as possible.

But when
Violet’s fingers reached for the hem of the T-shirt covering her body and began
pulling it off, Aiden found his line very clearly.
Author Bio
USA TODAY
bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate
romantic suspense. She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple
romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic
Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA© Award by the
Romance Writers of America.

Janie
recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to
her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for
nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head—and even
when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile
relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp)
traveling, and movies of all kinds.

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Book Review and Blog Tour – My Quickie Wedding by Christie Ridgeway

My Quickie Wedding by Christie Ridgway is AVAILABLE NOW!

Instant. Attraction.
It heats the blood, causes the heart to race, and messes with the making of rational decisions. A person, may, for example, find themselves saying “I do” to a near-stranger on an impulsive overnight in Sin City.
The next morning, an aghast Connor Montgomery and Jojo Thatcher stare at each other over the tangled bed sheets. How had this happened? Neither is eager to acknowledge they followed a reckless urge and got hitched. Surely, it’s a bad nightmare.
Or maybe, just maybe, the beginning of a dream come true.
My Quickie Wedding is book three in the Heartbreak Hotel series and is a STANDALONE NOVELLA.

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I so love this series, and couldn’t wait for this book to come out! Ms. Ridgeway did not disappoint! Every book in the series has been full of sweet romance along with a hefty dose of heart!
JoJo has been one of my favorite characters from the start – mischievous and full of spunk! I am so happy to finally have her story.
A bet made in haste takes JoJo and Connor to a place they never thought they would find themselves.
As with the previous books in the series, the characters are so incredibly well developed that you can’t help but love them!
This is a must read for romance lovers!

About the Author:
Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty-five contemporary romances. A six-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. She has a Career Achievement award from RT Book Reviews and twice has received their Reviewer’s Choice award for best contemporary romance of the year. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.
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Book Review, Blog Tour and Giveaway! Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester

Love, Cutter
Michelle Jester
Publication date: August 28th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

After an attempted suicide Carter finds himself in a coma. He is able to hear the world around him, yet he can’t move. What he hears propels Carter to begin to see life in a new way, especially when one of his nurses, Kinley, shares parts of her tragic past with him. Soon, Carter realizes he is falling in love with her.

Months after being transferred from the hospital, to a rehabilitation facility, he suddenly wakes up with a passion to live that he never had before and a determination to find the one person he feels may be able to help him put the pieces of his life together again. However, when he returns to the hospital, Kinley is gone and Carter must try to find her based solely on the things she shared with him while he was in a coma.

Only, nothing is as it seems and Carter learns the biggest lesson of them all… the differences between expectation, perception, and reality.

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Wow! What a story! I had no idea what I was getting into, but I was not expecting to go on such a roller coaster of emotion.

Carter, seeing no other way through his pain, attempts to take his life, and ends up in a coma. Kinley, assigned to him as his nurse, spends time each day talking and reading to him. What she doesn’t know is that through it all, Carter can hear her.

Over the course of Carter’s time in the hospital, a connection is formed, though Carter has never seen or spoken to Kinley. Out of concern for Kinley’s well-being and for her career, Big Bertha, the head nurse, has her transferred, having seen the signs of Florence Nightingale Syndrome before.

The emotional intensity of this book is EVERYTHING! A bond between two strangers has a trickle down effect on those around them, most unaware.

While this book deals with highly difficult subject matter, such as suicide, self-harm, and death, it is written in such a graceful manner that doesn’t dance around the hard edges, rather calling it like it is. It is a perfect telling of self-discovery and overcoming adversity. The underlying message is that hope is everything.

Author Bio:

Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter. She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember.
One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!

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Teaser Tuesday and Giveaway – Eagle (Linear Tactical Book 2) by Janie Crouch

PRE-ORDER + GIVEAWAY!!! Eagle by Janie Crouch is releasing October 30!!!

Hands down, one of the best books I’ve read this year. Absolutely sizzling.” – Romantic Suspense Reviews

This book has blown me away!” – Goodreads reviewer

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He’s fighting for what’s right.

She’s fighting just to survive…

When former Special Forces soldier Finn Bollinger is asked to help with a deadly government mission, he’s up for the task. His job teaching survival skills to civilians at Linear Tactical keeps him sharp, and he can still handle himself in the field.

But the Army damn well didn’t teach Finn how to handle Charlotte Devereux. She’s back and she’s all sorts of bad news.

Charlotte can’t change the past. Can’t change the choices she made or the fact that they cost her everything. All she can do is endure the fallout. Even if that means putting her future in the hands of Finn, the man who has every right to want to destroy her.

And can in so many more ways than he thinks.

When the undercover mission goes impossibly wrong, they’ll all have to depend on Charlotte’s strength in order to survive. But everyone has a breaking point…

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Book Review and Blog Tour – Fragments Of Ash by Katy Regenery

Title: Fragments of Ash
(Inspired by “Cinderella”)
Collection: A Modern Fairytale
Author: Katy Regnery
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 1, 2018
Blurb
From New York Times bestselling author Katy
Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale,
Cinderella!
My name
is Ashley Ellis…
I was
thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier
Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.
When I
turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark
plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he
expected me to do.
With the
help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin
sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at
nothing to return my virgin body to their father
…dead or
alive.
**
Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this
book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**
Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection:
contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.
The Vixen
and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now
Never Let
You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s
Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy
Knight (Camelot) – available now
Don’t Speak
(The Little Mermaid) – available now
Sheer
Heaven (Rapunzel) – available now
Fragments
of Ash (Cinderella) – available now
Swan Song
(The Ugly Duckling) – coming soon

I don’t know how I have missed Katy Regenery’s modern fairytale series! They are so on my TBR now! Fragments of Ash is a modern Cinderella story that I didn’t want to end.

I loved so many of the characters – Ashley, Julian, Jock, and Gus… oh, Gus Gus made my heart full! Ashley has never known love, with an addict supermodel for a sister/mother, and a madman for a step-father. When her mother dies, the step-father declares his intent to marry her and produce a tribe of children. She knows she can’t let that happen, so she goes on the run. While in hiding, she learns just what she is made of, and how to rely on someone other than herself.

The storyline moves along nicely and is very engaging! I did not want to put it down!

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Excerpt
All rights reserved. Used with permission.


Instead of going inside, I walk around the house, to the backyard, to see if I can help bring in any dirty dishes, but the picnic table is empty. All traces of our dinner party have already been cleaned up by the Ducharmes siblings.

I look up at the midnight sky, at the dozens and dozens of stars, and I wonder if Gus is right. What he says feels right, but I feel very young and very small as I stare up at the universe. It’s not wrong to give yourself over to loving if the chance arises.

“We get amazing night skies up here.”

I look over my shoulder and find Julian, tall, barefoot, and beautiful, walking toward me.

“Yes, you do,” I answer, giving him a shy and tentative smile before I turn my attention back upward.

My skin prickles with awareness. My lips tingle, remembering the insistent pressure of his. And elsewhere in my body, I clench hard, willing those deep-set tremors not to start up again right now. I want to believe what Gus has told me—that liking and wanting a man isn’t wrong—but it’s new to me, and I need a little time to reconcile my desire and conscience together.

“When I lived in DC, it was what I missed the most, besides Noelle. More than the cheese. More than the beer. More than the skiing.” He stops, standing beside me, staring up at the firmament. “I missed Vermont’s night skies. And the millions of stars.”

“I can see why,” I say. “When I lived in LA, I never saw stars.” I giggle. “I mean, I saw the people kind, but not the sky kind.”

“Who’s the most famous person you ever met?”

“Hmm. Maybe . . . Gigi Hadid . . . or Bella? Hmm . . . Or Cara Delevingne? Kate Moss mentored my m—Tig for a while, um, and she knew Gisele, of course. Also—”

“Wait a second! Gisele? Did you ever meet Tom Brady?” he asks, his voice eager.

“Let me guess.” I glance at his face. “Patriots fan?”

“The biggest.”

“Tig went to their wedding, but I never met him. Sorry,” I say, giggling as he lays a hand over his heart and pretends to cry. “Speaking of the rich and famous, Noelle tells me you met the vice president while you worked in Washington.”

“She did?” His teasing expression disappears quickly as he straightens, dropping his hand. “Uh, yeah. Long time ago.”

“Not so long,” I say. 

“Yeah, well . . . I guess it just feels like a while ago.” I wait for him to say more, hoping to learn why he left Washington so abruptly, but he stretches his arms over his head and yawns. “I’m tired. You must be exhausted.”

“At school I was on the dining hall rotation, which meant cooking for one hundred souls regularly. Tonight was a breeze.”

“Your soup was amazing.”
“Thank you.”
“The steak too.”
“Thank you again.”
“And the tart.”
“That was your sister. Let her know you thought so.”
“And the kiss.”

“Thank—” I’m grinning at him, but my eyes widen at his unexpected compliment, and I immediately look back up at the sky. It’s dark out so he can’t see my blush.

His chuckle is soft and low beside me, and maybe I’m wicked for not feeling more guilty, but I feel my smile grow as I trace Orion’s belt. I don’t dare look at him, but I feel him step closer to me, the warmth of his chest radiating against my back. If I moved slightly, one step even, his body would be flush against mine, and the shiver down my arms has nothing to do with the night chill. I want him to touch me, but I know he won’t.

As though he can read my mind, he whispers, close to my ear, “Not unless you ask.”

I close my eyes and say a prayer for strength and virtue, which, sadly, works, because the next thing I hear is his footsteps receding.

“Good night, sweet Ashley,” he says to my back, his voice a low rumble.

My eyes open slowly to the glittering heavens.

“Good night, sweet prince,” I whisper to Julian’s stars.
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Author Bio
New
York Times
and USA Today bestselling author Katy
Regnery
started her writing career by enrolling in a
short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first
contract, and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.
Forty books later, Katy claims authorship of
the multititled
New York Times and USA Today bestselling
Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and
Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~
series; and several other stand-alone novels and novellas, including the
critically-acclaimed, 2018 RITA© nominated,
USA Today bestselling
contemporary romance,
Unloved, a love story.
Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The
Vixen and the Vet
, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015
Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set,
The English Brothers Boxed
Set
, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her
Christmas story,
Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week
later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection,
The Winslow Brothers
Boxed Set
, Books #1–4, became a New York Times e-book bestseller.
Katy’s books are available in English, French,
German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern
Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods,
and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten
create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories
begin at home.
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Book Review and Blog Tour – Cyclone (Linear Tactical #1) by Janie Crouch

Title: Cyclone
Series: Linear Tactical Series #1
Author: Janie Crouch
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Blurb
He’d protect her
from any threat…
But what if the biggest threat is him?
Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has
no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to
everyone. 
Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.
Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s
created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they
never have to live in fear.
Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid
of 
him
Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has
never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—
his mistakes—that
put that look there in the first place. 
But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival
skills
 will become much more than lessons…

This was the first of Janie Crouch’s works that I have read; however, I can assure you it will not be the last! I was instantly sucked into this story and could not put it down.

Zac and his band of brothers in every way but by blood live in the small town of Oak Creek, Wyoming. They do a booming business by training others in self defense, survival skills, and weaponry.

Annie, an ER Doctor has returned to town after 6 years in Tampa. Shy, quiet, mostly invisible, and prone to anxiety attacks, is on staff when Zac is brought in after he lays down his Harley to avoid hitting a pregnant dog (who he adopts, by the way).

Annie and Zac have a long, tumultuous history that ended in a one night stand gone bad. How bad, Zac doesn’t remember.

I simply loved Annie’s character. I could identify with her introverted nature, her fear of crowds and her love of books. She prefers to remain invisible, and hope the world passes her by. Zac was so kind and caring and I couldn’t help but love him too.

The story line moves along quickly… too quickly, really! I did not want it to end. It has plenty of nail-biting moments. It was incredibly well-written.

There are some violent scenes that address some tough topics: sexual assault, battery, murder.

I simply can’t wait for Finn and Charlotte’s story to come out!!

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Excerpt
“I was here a couple of years ago, but only for a day or
two,” Anne told Zac, looking away. She had booked a room out of Oak Creek both
times she’d dared come back. The thought of staying at The Mayor’s Inn had been
too painful. She couldn’t even look at that hotel without feeling sick to her
stomach.
And she’d avoided everyone—particularly Zac—as much as
possible. Just in case his words about not coming back were still true. She
tried to swallow the panic that threatened to overwhelm her. Maybe he still
felt that way now, even though he hadn’t said anything at the hospital.
“There.” He pointed at her. “That look that just came into
your eyes. I saw it at the hospital. It’s like you’re afraid of me, Annie.” He
took a step closer and she instinctively one back. One of his eyebrows shot up,
letting her know she’d proved his point. “Do you think I’m going to 
hurt you?”
“No.” Not physically. She’d never worried that he’d hurt her
that way, despite having five inches and probably fifty pounds—all muscle—on
her.
But he was right. She couldn’t continue living in Oak Creek
with them ignoring everything that had happened that night. What had been said.
What had been done. Maybe she would’ve tried to, and to avoid Zac forever, if
he hadn’t ended up in her ER. 
But the truth was, there weren’t enough bushes in this town
for her to jump into. She was going to run into Zac. A lot.
Sometimes all you could do was face the past.
She pulled a breath in. “I’m not scared of you. I mean, I
know you would never hurt me physically. For crying out loud, you wrecked your
motorcycle rather than hit a dog.” She’d meant for her laugh to seem breezy,
but it just sounded stilted. “But yeah, I mean, we can’t pretend like that
night never happened. The stuff we did. Stuff you…we said.”
His eyes narrowed. “That night we spent together after Becky
died.”
“Yeah. That night.” As if they’d had another. “The bottom
line is, I can’t leave here, Zac. No matter what you said then, or even if you
feel the same way now.”
He shook his head, brows furrowing. “I don’t expect you to
leave. You’re obviously a respected doctor, more than competent. Why would you
think I wanted you to leave?”
Some of the tension she’d been carrying since his arrival in
the ER began to ease. He was right. Something said in grief and anger six years
ago didn’t necessarily hold true all this time later. She was silly for
thinking it did. “Okay, well, it’s good to know you don’t feel the same as you
did back then.”
He took a single predatory step closer, and she tensed
again. “I said something that night to make you think you needed to leave?”
She stared at him, her mouth flopping open like some sort of
fish. “You don’t remember what you said?”
Those words would be engrained in her memory forever.
Get out and don’t come back.
He rubbed his forehead. “That whole night is fuzzy for me.”
I can’t even bear to look at you. You just betrayed the
only person in this town who ever wanted you here. 
Tossing her naked into the hallway before flinging her
clothes at her. 
“What do you remember?” She forced the words past a throat
that seemed to have dried up.
His hand moved to the back of his neck. “Honestly, not much
at all. It’s sort of a blur.”
She retreated a step from him again. That night had been the
most important night of her life. The best. The worst. It had changed the very
fabric of her being. 
And it was sort of a blur for him.
Author Bio
USA TODAY
bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate
romantic suspense.  She is a winner and/or finalist of multiple
romance literary awards including the Golden Quill Award for Best Romantic
Suspense, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA© Award by the
Romance Writers of America.
Janie
recently relocated with her husband and their four teenagers to Germany (due to
her husband’s job as support for the U.S. Military), after living in Virginia for
nearly 20 years. When she’s not listening to the voices in her head—and even
when she is—she enjoys engaging in all sorts of crazy adventures (200-mile
relay races; Ironman Triathlons, treks to Mt. Everest Base Camp)
traveling, and movies of all kinds. 
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Book Review and Blog Tour – Center Of Gravity by K. K. Allen

Title: Center of Gravity
Author: K.K. Allen
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: September 20, 2018
Blurb
A
FLIRTY, SEXY, AND HEARTFELT FORBIDDEN SPORTS ROMANCE SET IN THE WORLD OF
PROFESSIONAL DANCE. (STANDALONE)
Lex
I came to L.A. with dreams bigger than me.
To learn from the best choreographers in the business and secure a professional
dance gig working for Hollywood’s elite.
Everything was going according to plan—until I was literally shoved into the
arms of the one man who could make or break my career.
Come to find out, it wasn’t my career I had to worry about.
It was my heart.
Theo
Everything about
Alexandra “Lex” Quinn screamed amateur, save for the way she moved across the
dance floor.
She was athleticism and grace, precision and passion, and she had a stage
presence I couldn’t tear my eyes from.
I wanted her…on my team, in my bed.
There was only one problem…
I couldn’t have both.

K.K. Allen has struck gold again! Easily one of my favorite authors, Center Of Gravity did not disappoint. I literally could not put this book down. Thank goodness I started it on the weekend so that I could finish it!!

I love anything that centers around the world of dance or music, so when I began reading, I was instantly transported into the book.

Lex and Shane, best friends and roommates, moved to LA from Seattle to pursue their dreams of becoming professional dancers. They live in a skeevy apartment with air mattresses for beds while studying dance at the renowned Gravity Dance Complex. Shane convinces Lex to attend an open audition, and though she didn’t get the spot, it spurs her on. When she receives an invitation to audition for another opportunity, she goes all out.

Turns out, the audition is for a back-up dancer to pop sensation, Winter, and she would be working with her idol/nemesis, the famed choreographer, Theodore Noska.

I absolutely loved the characters in this book. Shane, hopelessly flamboyant, lover of stilettos, and truly loyal friend, may be my favorite; however, they are all so beautifully developed that I found myself able to identify with so many of them. Reggie gave me the creeps, I felt so sorry for Winter, a child that had to grow up way too fast, and Theo and Lex… they made me want to swoon!

The storyline moves along at a very fast clip and it was over way too soon. I had to keep reading to find out what was coming next!

This truly is a sweet, sexy read that all lovers of a happily ever after will enjoy immensely!

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Author Bio
K.K. Allen is an award-winning author and Interdisciplinary Arts and
Sciences graduate from the University of Washington who writes heartfelt and
inspirational Contemporary Romance stories about. “Capturing the Edge of
Innocence.” K.K. currently resides in central Florida, works full time as
a Digital Producer for a leading online educational institution, and is the
mother to a ridiculously handsome little dude who owns her heart.



K.K.’s publishing journey began in June 2014 with the YA Contemporary
Fantasy trilogy, The Summer Solstice. In 2016, K.K. published her first
Contemporary Romance, Up in the Treehouse, which went on to win the Romantic
Times 2016 Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best New Adult Book of the Year. With
K.K.’s love for inspirational and coming of age stories involving heartfelt
narratives and honest emotions, you can be assured to always be surprised by
what K.K. releases next.



Stay tuned for more information about upcoming projects by connecting
with K.K. in all the social media spaces.
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Coming Soon and Teaser – Cyclone (Linear Tactical Series – Book 1) by Janie Crouch

COMING SOON!!! Cyclone by Janie Crouch is releasing September 25!!!

“CYCLONE is the perfect title for the story that will pull you in and then blow you away! You won’t be able to stop reading!” – USA TODAY bestselling author Debra Webb

“Fast paced and packed with emotion. CYCLONE is one wild ride.” – USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author Delores Fossen

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He’d protect her from any threat… 

But what if the biggest threat is him?

Doctor Anne Nichols is back in Oak Creek, Wyoming, only because she has no other options. Here, she was always the shy, stuttering girl, invisible to everyone.

Except Zac Mackay. The very reason she left in the first place.

Zac’s years in Special Forces taught him survival skills, and he’s created a company—Linear Tactical—to teach those skills to others, so they never have to live in fear.

Then why is Annie, the last person he’d ever want to hurt, afraid of him?

Zac’s determined to wipe the fear from the eyes of the woman who has never been far from his mind. And fix the mistakes—his mistakes—that put that look there in the first place.

But a predator has set his sights on Annie. And now survival skills will become much more than lessons…

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