The Bars Between Us by A. S. Teague

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I first discovered A. S. Teague when I signed up for the book tour of Unraveled. I loved the book, and then a few months later she ran Undisputed through Quirky Blind Date. When I found out she was releasing a new book, I knew I had to read it! She always creates great characters 🙂 The Bars Between Us definitely didn’t disappoint!

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I don’t have a damn thing in common with the beautiful rich girl who walks into my bar; she’s southern class, fancy cars, and designer shoes.
I’ve got a drunk for a mother, a cheater for a father, and a reputation for trouble I’ve more than earned.
I look the other way, pretending I don’t notice how perfect she is. She wouldn’t give me the time of day anyway. Until she shatters that first impression and shows me she’s so much more—everything I never thought I deserved.
After a lifetime of being a disappointment, I want to prove to her that I’m better than my past.
We have one tragic thing in common, and the thread that binds us together will tear us apart as it unravels.
Are we strong enough to break through The Bars Between Us?

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My Review

The Bars Between Us was a really great story. I felt a connection with the characters and the storyline was unique. I thought I had the plot figured out from the start, but it totally went another direction, which was great, because it kept me guessing what the connection was throughout the book.

The characters were wonderful. I loved Bron and Grace’s relationship. Two people from two different worlds, it was totally a star crossed lovers romance. I loved how Grace didn’t care about Bron’s reputation and could see through to the great guy he really was. Bron however didn’t think he was worthy of Grace, and I always love the lead male characters that have that self doubt but grow into this amazing character by the end when they finally see they are worth it.

The start of the story was a little slow for me, but then halfway through it picked up and sucked me into the story. There were a few scenes that I wish were expanded upon, or there was a jump between chapters that I wish more detail could have been added about what happened in that time between chapters (like what happened between Bron and Tony?), but all in all this was a really great story. Definitely recommend!

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A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.

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Swink by Adriana Locke

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Happy Release Week to Adriana Locke! I have read almost all of her books, and I have loved them all. (Written in the Scars made me cry like a baby!) Swink is the 5th book in the Landry Family series and follows the youngest sister Camilla and her mystery man Dominic. Check it out!

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I’m that guy.

Camilla Landry rustles against me, the silky fabric of her overpriced lingerie slipping along my bruised rib. The porcelain perfection of her skin is even more innocent against the colorful ink dotting my own. It’s demure meets damaged, pampered meets punctured.

So, yeah, it’s obvious I’m that guy. Dominic Hughes. Her attempt at rebellion. Her bid to see what the other side of the tracks feel like. I’m okay with being used because, from where I’m sitting, the other side of the tracks have never looked so good.

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My Review

I have read all of the Landry Family books, and I have been dying to find out who Cam’s mystery man was going to be, and let me tell you, Dominic Hughes did NOT disappoint! Throughout the story Cam and Dom struggle with the differences between each other and the worlds they each come from, but love always overcomes.

I loved Dom’s character, and how he tries to protect Cam by trying to keep her away from his world, but Cam won’t let him. He’s fiercely protective, loyal, and a hard worker. He’s the type of guy that doesn’t think he’s good enough to keep the girl, but oh how wrong he is. Cam is head over heels for him, and she’s not going to let go without a fight.

I loved the storyline, I loved the characters, I loved getting to see everyone from the previous books again. I seriously love this series and can’t wait for Sienna’s story to come next 🙂

Definitely recommend this one. I’d read the rest of the Landry series first because they talk about things that have happened with other previous characters, and plus it’s an awesome series. They are pretty quick reads too!

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He’s standing in the doorway, one hand on the sweatpants that hang just below his chiseled hips and the other leans on the frame. The tattoos that mark his flesh are vivid against his bare skin, making the blues of his eyes shine.
He flashes a lopsided smile my way. “Took you long enough.”
“I don’t drive like a bat out of hell,” I laugh, stepping past him. “Did you shower already?”
“Yeah. I smelled like gym floors.”
“As long as you don’t smell like gym whores,” I say, setting the bags on the table in the kitchen.
His laugh is contagious and I feel myself smiling. A set of arms cage me in from behind, grasping the table on both sides of me. My skin breaks out in a shiver as his lips find the sensitive spot behind my ear.
His face buries in the crook of my neck and he takes a long, leisurely breath. “You smell so good.”
“Keep doing that,” I say, relaxing my head onto his chest.
“What?”
“Talking with your mouth against me.”
“You like this?” he asks all breathily so that each word whispers across my skin.
My eyes fall closed as I relish in this moment of nothing but him. “No, I love this.”
“Can I tell you a little secret?”
“As long as you keep talking, you can tell me whatever you want.”
He chuckles, dotting kisses up and down my neck. “I love this too, feeling your body give up the fight of the day and let me take over.” He turns me in his arms so I’m facing him. “I love that you trust me enough to let your shoulders sink out of that perfect posture you walk around with.”
As he reaches up and undoes the elastic in my hair, I watch his features soften. He moves carefully, unwrapping the tie from the twisted mess in my locks, careful not to pull.
“There,” he says, cupping the back of my head through my long tresses, “that’s better.”
“You don’t like my hair up?”
“Not like you had it. You look to lunching-y,” he says, wrinkling his nose.
“Lunching-y?”
“Yes,” he grins.
“You are too cute.”
“You are too fucking sexy.”
Reaching up, I swipe the pad of my thumb over the cut above his eye. He flinches, but just for a second. “What happened?”
“Bond’s right hand.”
“I hate him.”
“So do I,” he snickers.
“Let’s get some ice for it.”
He leans in, his brows tugging together. “Let’s not.” His eyes hood as he takes me in, his tongue darting out and wetting his lips. My knees weaken, my body humming with delight at his reaction.
“I want to take care of you,” I whisper, although that’s really on the backburner now. “Let me baby you.”
Instead, he lifts me up and places me on the table. My stomach clenches as he positions himself between my thighs, my sundress curling at my waist. I ring my legs around him, pulling him so close that the soft cotton of his sweatpants rubs against my opening.
He looks down. “You aren’t wearing panties.”

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USA Today and Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.

 

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Digital Velocity by Reily Garrett

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Happy Release Day to Reily Garret! Reily is a new to me author, and this series has totally sucked me in! Looking forward to reading more from her in the future!

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Book Description

The deadliest weapons are the ones we never see.

Keyboard prodigy, Lexi Donovan has risen from teenage orphan of the streets to complete independence with little help along the way. When a friend is threatened, Lexi’s anonymous message sends police into a firefight, leading to a wounded cop.
Detective Ethan McAllister’s well-ordered life turned upside down the day an obscure text message led to a sexual predator’s identity. Since then, Callouston PD’s finest can’t trace the elusive hacker. The latest tip leads him to a brutal mutilation and a riddle indicating the identity of the next murder victim.
The dark net houses a playground for the morally depleted and criminally insane. When Lexi discovers the killer’s digital betting arena, she finds herself centered in a cyber stalker’s crosshairs bearing equal talent.
Street life strengthened Lexi while toughening her protective shell, but nothing could shield her from the shrewd detective forging a path to her heart.

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My Review

I really enjoyed this book. It had suspense, mystery, romance, and some humor all wrapped up into one. The characters were interesting, and I felt a good connection to them, but I would have liked to know a little more about Lexi’s background then we find out in the story. Maybe we will see more in the next book of the series.

The story was great. It kept me interested and had me on the edge of my seat, but every once in a while there would be a drawn out scene that could have been shortened a little. The plot, characters (main and side) were great! The attention to detail was there and you could tell a lot of research went into the story.

I’d recommend reading the short novella prequel to this one, Tender Echoes. It was a quick and interesting read, and we find out how Lexi and Ethan have their first encounter. You don’t have to to enjoy Digital Velocity, but I’d highly recommend it to get the most out of the story.

All in all this was a great story. Looking forward to seeing where the series goes from here 🙂

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Reily is a West Coast girl transplanted to the opposite shore. When she’s not working with her dogs, you can find her curled up with a book or writing her next story. Past employment as an ICU nurse, private investigator, and work in the military police has given her countless experiences in a host of different environments to add a real world feel to her fiction.
Over time, and several careers, many incidents have flavored the plots of her stories. Man’s cruelty and ingenuity for torment and torture is boundless, not contained by an infinite imagination. Witnessing the after-effects of a teenager mugged at knifepoint for a pair of tennis shoes, or an elderly woman stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver for no apparent reason, left an indelible impression that will forever haunt her subconscious. In counterpoint, she’s observed a woman stop her vehicle in severe, snowy weather to offer her own winter coat to a stranger, a teenager wearing a threadbare hoodie. Life’s diversities are endless.
Though her kids are her life, writing is Reily’s life after. The one enjoyed after the kids are in bed or after they’re in school and the house is quiet. This is the time she kicks back with laptop and lapdog to give her imagination free rein.
In reading, take pleasure in a mental pause as you root for your favorite hero/heroine and bask in their accomplishments, then share your opinions of them over a coffee with your best friend (even if he’s four-legged). Life is short. Cherish your time.

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Hello Forever by Sarina Bowen

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Sarina Bowen is one of my absolute favorite authors! Goodbye Paradise was amazing, and Hello Forever was a great follow up in the series! This was a really sweet m/m romance. You definitely need to give this series a try!

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A SINGLE BASKETBALL GAME CHANGES EVERYTHING…

When they were only teenagers, Axel and Caxton were caught making out in the woods at church camp. And afterward, Cax had disappeared from all the youth group activities.

Six years later, Axel is astonished to spot his first love’s face in the crowd of a college basketball game he’s watching on TV—at a school which has just offered him a job. It’s a thousand miles away, in a tiny rural town. But suddenly, he can’t wait to get there.

Cax can’t believe his eyes when Axel appears in the same Massachusetts town where he now lives. And he’s still just as drawn to Axel as ever. But he can’t let himself go there again, because loving Axel will mean giving up everything else he holds dear.

Both men have so much to lose. But as far as their love is concerned, it’s Hello Forever.

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My Review

Wow! Sarina Bowen does it again!

Hello Forever was such a great story. I’m always a sucker for a good m/m romance, and Sarina Bowen always delivers! I think out of this series Goodbye Paradise is still my favorite (because I absolutely love Caleb and Josh) but I really did love Axel and Caxton.

Their story was so emotional and I loved seeing how they meet again after not seeing each other since they were kids. I could connect to them and their story, and this book had all the emotions.

It was just an overall amazing story and I highly recommend it!

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Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and New Adult fiction from the wilds of Vermont.

Her Ivy Years and Brooklyn Bruisers books are hockey romance novels. These two connected series began breaking hearts in 2014 with The Year We Fell Down.

HIM and US are the bestselling, hockey LGBT novels co-written with Elle Kennedy. HIM is also a finalist for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® Award.

For lovers of angsty snowboarders, Sarina also writes the Gravity series, featuring snow sports heroes.

Sarina enjoys skiing, coffee products and a nice glass of wine. She lives with her family, six chickens and more ski gear and hockey equipment than seems necessary.

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The Brightest Star by B. Cranford

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Congratulations to B. Cranford on her first book release! I found this author through Give Me Books Promotions.

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The last thing Brighton Starling needed on one of the most humiliating days of her life was to run into her ex…

Naturally, she did. And two years after he walked away, leaving her hurt and broke, he somehow managed to look better than ever. Of course.

She didn’t want to see him, let alone speak to him, but apparently, he wasn’t going to give her a choice.

All Sebastian Figures wanted was to talk to the one that got away… 

No, scratch that. The one he drove away with poor decisions and lies, big and small.

She might have been having a bad day, but she was still the bright, beautiful girl he’d been missing for far too long. His brightest star. Still the only girl he’d ever want. If only he could convince her of that.

Is it too late to say sorry?

Sebastian wants a chance to win back Brighton’s trust—and her future.
Brighton wants to be able to move on from the past, once and for all.

But neither of them want to say one final goodbye… 

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My Review

This was a really enjoyable book. I liked the characters, and the story was sweet. It was a second chance romance and learning to trust again after trust is lost.

Sebastian was a really great character. He had an addiction that tore apart his life and caused him to lose everything he cared about, and now he’s trying to right his wrongs. Brighton is the girl that he left behind, and she’s not sure she can trust him with her heart again. Their slow building relationship was really sweet, and I loved all the text conversations they had, some of them were really funny, and it was great dialogue.

The only issue I had was the very beginning of the book. It just jumped right into the day they meet again. It would have been nice to see some of the backstory first instead of how it was small flash backs here and there. It just felt like too abrupt of a start for me. Other than that I wish there was a little more interaction instead of so much text interactions. However I really loved the story so it was still a 4 star for me 🙂

Great characters, great story, great first book for this author! Would love to read more books by B. Cranford in the future!

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B. Cranford is a proud Australian living in the USA, a lover of books, breadsticks and bed, and the mother of two children who are far too similar to their father for her liking. A lifelong reader, she dove into the romance genre on the recommendation of her best friend and hasn’t looked back since. Her debut novel, The Brightest Star, a second chance romance with (she hopes) heart and humor will be releasing on July 13, 2017, which just so happens to be her birthday. Because if you release a book on your birthday, you get twice as much cake, and that can only be a good thing.

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The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez

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I have read so many of Aly’s books, and they have all been amazing! The Darkest Sunrise is no different, but it might be one of my favorites now. Porter and Charlotte had such an emotional relationship, and I loved reading their story. Can’t wait until The Brightest Sunset is out!

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Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience.
“You’re pregnant.”
“It’s a boy.”
“Your son needs a heart transplant.”
Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me.
Lies.
Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun.
Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky.
“He’s gone.”
For ten years, the darkness consumed me.
In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise.
“Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”

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My Review

I really enjoyed this book. Emotions were all over the place, and the story sucked me in from the first page.

It had a little of everything throughout the book. There were some really hilarious parts and I loved the funny texts and dialogue between Porter and Charlotte. There were also some really emotional and sad parts throughout the book. Two broken people finding solace in each other. It was just a beautiful story.

I could see that cliffhanger coming and could just see where it was going already, but it still had me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to read The Brightest Sunset next!

Aly Martinez always creates amazing stories, and this one was no different! Highly recommend!

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Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five- including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.

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One Fear by Belle Brooks

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Congratulations to Belle Brooks on her newest release, One Fear! This one was definitely different from any book she has written before, and I LOVED it!

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“My one fear is now my reality.”

He didn’t offer his name when he fulfilled his need to include me as a player in his game.
I’m number thirteen. Just a number given to the bitches who wronged him.
I was blindsided. Stolen from my life. In his devilled eyes, I have a debt to pay…he wants my final breath to see us even.

“I know who you are Morgan Banks, the question is, who am I? Five games will set you free when you can tell me who I’d be.”- The Wolf.

Am I strong enough to take on the Wolf?

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My Review

 Wow….. where to start?

I’ve read all of Belle Brooks books, and this one was a complete 180 from anything she has done, and I really loved it. It’s nice to see an author that can write within very different genres and still have a huge impact on the reader and feeling of the story. This was a short novella that will be part of a series, and it left me hanging and wanting to know what the heck was going to happen next.

This isn’t some cute or romantic love story, this is straight up horror. It kind of reminded me of the Saw series, or The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell (you know, the one we all get to read in high school lit class, or at least we did in my school). It was suspenseful, it was creepy, it left you wanting to know who “the wolf” was and what Morgan did to end up being his 13th player in his game of torture. The characters were well developed for being a novella and you know they will be expanded upon in later books.

This was definitely a great read and I am looking forward to seeing where she goes with it. The “wolf” was an intriguing character, and I am interested to see who he turns out to be, and why he was targeting his victims.

Can’t wait for the next one!

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