Release Day+ARC Review+Excerpt: "The Price of Mason" (Forbidden Men #10) by Linda Kage

The Price of Mason by Linda Kage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

I might’ve ruined any chance I ever had at a meaningful relationship when I decided to become a male prostitute at eighteen, but that was okay. 

I paid off my mom’s debt, the rent, my sister’s hospital bills. I put food on the table and kept eviction notices at bay. 

It was worth it. 

But was it worth the price of my soul? 

Two years later, this job has begun to kill me in every way but physically, until SHE comes along. 

Reese is the breath of fresh air I need. She makes me smile, she makes me laugh, she makes me want more. But how can we ever be together after all the choices I’ve made? 

Listing one mistake after another, these are my confessions and how we came through to the other side. 


The Forbidden Men series concludes with THE PRICE OF MASON by looping back to the beginning and retelling PRICE OF A KISS through his eyes. 

Just when you thought you knew everything, here’s the rest of the story.



I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Back in 2014 I had just started discovering my way through Goodreads and the NA oriented books. Now the site kept recommending to me "Price of a Kiss" by Linda Kage and finally, I bought it.
And then I fell in love.

For four years I have been a fan of this series with its heartfelt messages, amazing, funny, emotional characters and lots of humorous scenes. Seeing that the book centers around Mason truly gives to the series the feeling that we come in a full circle back to the beginning and back to Reese and Mason. I enjoyed Mason's POV, which took leaps in the time of the book and how he fell in love with Reese from his own POV.

The best part was that close to the ending he had a scene with Ten and I was giggling remembering how Ten feel in love later in the series. Oh, and there is a surprise after the book's end too!

Linda Kage has created an unforgettable cast of characters who will stay with you even after the end of the book.

And I am still reeling over the fact that many of my favorite series have ended in 2019! Recommended and also if this is your first time seeing this book, I implore you to read all the series!

(as shared by the author)

Because I was a glutton for punishment, I wandered in after her.
I knew I shouldn’t. I was already knocking at temptation’s door; I was being a complete idiot for even coming here tonight. But I just had to see her room, the bed she slept on each night, the sheets that touched her skin when she dreamed.
The need was more addictive than I could resist.
I stepped inside.
The space was snug, real snug, which was probably why it smelled so strongly of her. Her scent was literally trapped in this place. Not much more than a small bed, dresser, and miniature bookshelf adorned it. We’d have to get close in here. We’d have to stay close.
I went rock solid hard.
No one knew I was here. Not Monica, not Patricia. No one who would make a case of it. No one would know anything we did.
Watching Reese’s lines bloom into delicious curves as she bent down to fetch the second Harry Potter book for me, I played with the idea in my head.
Just one night. What could it hurt? One night to live out my ultimate fantasy of being with Reese.
It would be wrong. So fucking wrong.
But it’d be worth it to finally taste her.

About the author:

Linda writes romance fiction from YA to adult, contemporary to fantasy. Most Kage stories lean more toward the lighter, sillier side with a couple meaningful moments thrown in. Focuses more on entertainment value and emotional impact.

Published since 2010. Went through a 2-year writing correspondence class in children’s literature from The Institute of Children’s Literature. Then graduated with Bachelors in Arts, English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.

Now she lives with hubby, two daughters, cat Holly, and nine cuckoo clocks in southeast Kansas, USA. Farm girl. Parents were dairy farmers. Was youngest of eight. Big family. Day job as a cataloging library assistant.

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Review: "Escaping Houdini" (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

summary from Goodreads

In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer.  

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?



In this thrilling sequel of a very bloody, gruesome and amazing series, my dear Audrey Rose and Thomas will have to find a killer hiding on a ship while chasing a mysterious magician who also makes Audrey question her own feelings.

Since I can't spoil on the real villain and also we have the cameo appearance of THE Houdini, let's focus more on the relationship between Audrey, Thomas and Mephistopheles, the carnival's owner. While I don't like love triangles (except ONE of course), this mess which begins slightly from the middle of the book and on, is not exactly on who gets to have Audrey's feelings.

Both men know and realize that Audrey is strong and independent, different from a woman of her own standard by that historical period's opinion. They offer both a chance of being free and her own self while in a relationship. And while I did find Mephistoteles alluring and has the vibe of the "bad boy" my heart rooted for Thomas. The ending is resolved in a way that leaves Audrey and Thomas both scarred and maybe they'll have to deal with more than their arrival in America.

At the same time, the romance, the banter and the accompanying images in the book, made the story feel even more alive in Kerri's outstanding writing style!

About the author:

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.

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Covers I love from my TBR 2019 List! (Part 2)

Hello, my lovelies! Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone and to those who are going to Black Friday (Greece has it too now) happy shopping! Since I'm still under a tiny review slump, I decided to do yet another blog post (see the first here) where I showcase all the upcoming revealed covers of books I have on my 2019 TBR list!

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim: OMG this one is glorious! Project Runaway meets Mulan! If there's a Mushu inspired character here I'm dead from the feels!

Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler: A ghost ship and the heroine trying to save her sister. Absolutely in my list!

Soul in Darkness by Wendy Higgins: A historical fantasy based on the myth of Eros and Psyche! And it's also a blend between YA & NA!

Shadow & Flame by Mindee Arnett: This may be the sequel but the burning image and the tree on its center is very eye-catching! Also, there are horseriders here!

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson: Haunting with wings and crows. The story is very intriguing too with a slight touch of Eragon in it.

Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen: Pirates, treacherous seas and forbidden romance? Yes please!

The Beholder by Anna Bright: More ships and also with a journey to find her true love this princess, Selah, will have the time of her life. Plus, the cover is stunning.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson: NEW COVER MADE BY CHARLIE BOWATER! Also, this book has to do with libraries and dangerous possessed books!

And one cover I can't wait to see is this one:


Double Review: "Muse of Nightmares" (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor & "Dark Harmony" (The Bargainer #3) by Laura Thalassa

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

summary from GoodReads

Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.

She believed she knew every horror and was beyond surprise.

She was wrong.

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the Muse of Nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel's near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this astonishing and heart-stopping sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.



The epic ending to this duology had everything I love in a book by Laini Taylor. Fantastic world-building, unforgettable characters, a new dictionary to go through as also coded messages in the front and the back of the book.
And Lazlo, let's not forget my sweet blue boy!

The story picks up right from where it ended but also adding in a new narrative which, while it doesn't seem to connect at first with everything going on in the city of Weep, in the end it all resolves in a very tragic way. Ruby, Sparrow, and Feral were a delight to read as also Nero who also slowly found his own self-worth. Minya too just slightly got redeemed. Although what she does to Sarai and Lazlo at the beginning of the book is horrible.

But what made me love the series, even more, were the references to the Seraphim. How the Angels began traveling through the worlds, like flipping the pages of a book until they met with the Devouring. And how, as Sarai wonders at the end of the book, if they will hopefully find SOMEONE to make a BODY for her! You know what that means if you've read the previous books!

I really hope to have more books set in the expanding universe Laini Taylor has created and maybe even make all her characters meet each other!

The first book of the series

About the author:

Hi! I write fantasy books. My latest is STRANGE THE DREAMER, about a young librarian, a mythic lost city, and the half-human children of murdered gods. Check it out :-) Before that I wrote the DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE trilogy, which has been translated into 32 languages. It's about a blue-haired art student raised by monsters, a broken angel, and a war that has raged for 1000 years in another world. I also wrote LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES, which was a National Book Award finalist, and the DREAMDARK books. As well as various short stories and novellas. 

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Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

summary from GoodReads

There are worse things than death. Things that lurk in the shadows and slip into your dreams. Things that have no business existing. Things that once slept … but have now awoken.

For Callypso Lillis, the fae magic that now runs through her veins is equal parts curse and good fortune. For the very thing that bonds her to Desmond Flynn, the King of the Night, also makes her vulnerable to the Thief of Souls, a man who wants to break the world … and Callie along with it. 

But it’s not just the Thief whose shadow looms over the Otherworld. Des’s father is back from the dead, and he wants revenge on the son who sent him to the grave in the first place. 

Des and Callie must figure out how to stop both men, and time is running out. Because there are forces at play working to tear the lovers apart once and for all … and unfortunately for them, death is no longer the worst thing to fear.



Ah here is another series I am sad to see it go. After ACOWAR, Throne of Glass and Strange the Dreamer, one of my favorite series by Laura Thalassa has come to an end too.

I have to admit that the plot was even more dreadful with fighting, lots of steamy scenes and an ending worth smiling with glee at. Des and Callie are a match made in night and dreams and I loved the banter and determination. I also knew that Callie was going to rock as Queen even in the direst circumstances.

Another detail I noticed was the primorial mention to Darkness, but in its ancient Greek name as also a slight touch of the Orpheus and Euridice myth. But the couple will be one of my favorite and unforgettable ones...right next to Rhysand and Feyre. ;)

About the author:

Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods.

… or something like that anyway.

When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.

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Spoiler Review: "Kingdom of Ash" (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas. The EPIC ending to an EPIC series!

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

summary from GoodReads

Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

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This may be the only time I am going to break from my NO-SPOILERS policy and write this review. Ok, I will not spoil EVERYTHING, but there were some parts in this monster of 998 PAGES that I want to mention.

Our book begins with my Rowan searching Aelin along with Elide, Lorcan, and Gavriel through the known world trying to find out where Queen Bitch Maeve has imprisoned her. Desperation and lots of emotions thicken every page as the struggle becomes real and the danger which has surrounded the whole of Erilea is devastating.

At the same time we have three different settings; Manon, the Thirteen and Dorian search for the other witches and the final Wyrdkey. Chaol with Yrene and the royal family of the Khaganate arrive in Erilea and finally, Aedion, Lyssandra, and the Bane fight their way in order to keep Terrasen alive.

The plots don't let anything go smoothly. You can see the tensions between everyone, how Dorian struggles with his humanity and identity crisis, how Manon has to reconcile with the fact that she is half Ironteeth-half Crochan witch and also that they are both so stubborn turns them on. I enjoyed very much some scenes where Dorian has acquired shifter magic and turns himself into a woman.

And he thinks of going to masturbate in order to see how everything works... LOL

On the other hand, Chaol and Yrene along with Sartaq and Nesryn arrive at Anielle, Chaol's home hoping to make their landing successful and cross to Terrasen. Yrene is a joy; a wonderful character whom I loved from the moment I read about her in Tower of Dawn. She has humor, empathy, lots of patience and her love for Chaol is precious. Both she and Chaol were a delight to read. The same goes too for Sartaq and Nesryn. I loved the ruks, the giant eagles (I WANT ONE TOO!) and the fighting scenes were movie-worthy.

Now Aedion and Lyssandra? Here I had some objections. While through the whole book the other characters did progress and fought their way towards Terrasen, Aedion, Lyssandra, Evangeline EVEN FLEETFOOT, were stuck in the north where winter was brutal and the fighting even more. I didn't like Aedion's behavior towards Lyssandra. He was stupid and broke his promise he had made to her in Empire of Storms. Why did he have to see her fighting in THAT SCENE in order to realize that he still loved her?

As for the Rowan gang; that part of the story was also a rollercoaster of emotions. From Rowan who was trying to sense his mate to Lorcan and Elide. From all the couples I enjoyed most in this book, apart from Chaol and Yrene, Lorcan and Elide were my favorite. Because not only do they try to forgive each other, but also come in terms with the fact that Elide will grow old and die one day while Lorcan will still be alive.

When they finally save Aelin and Fenrys, who both suffer from MAJOR PTSD, they will also try to find their way to Terrasen. Honestly, the torture which is described is brutal and the worst part is that Maeve and Cairn made Aelin forget everything. She'd wake not remembering what exactly had happened or she felt like she had gone through a nightmare.

Also, the battle of Anniele was one of the best in the book, especially those pages with Elide riding through the battlefield. THAT WAS AMAZING AND MY POOR HEART COULDN'T TAKE IT!

By the time the second part of the book comes, I have suffered through farewells, steamy scenes, witty humor and so much fighting I am crying by that point.

Dorian begins his lonely journey heading to storm the castle. I had many LOTR flashbacks by this point, which made me scared for him. He truly was like Sam going to save Frodo all on his own.

If Sam had magic and a tiny alpha-streak that is....
Those chapters were terrifying and the part where he brings everything down? EPIC!!!

And while the book moved between Manon, Aelin and Lyssandra, I came to appreciate the Crochan witches, how amazing Abraxos was and the fighting between the witches. Asterin was amazing as always.

Two more points toward the end I have to mention. When the time for Lock came and Yrene's battle.
For the Lock, I'll just say that those gods deserved what they got because they were pricks. Also about what followed next allow me to rave a little:

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*pterodactyl screaming*

I honestly spent twenty minutes staring at the void, smiling like a lunatic because my fandom/canon self was SO HAPPY!

*deep breaths*

The final scenes of the book were glorious albeit with a hint of desperation. I didn't like what happened, those who died and how close came for Aedion and Lyssandra to die too. The final battle was epic with Yrene mostly in the center as she fought too. Honestly, by this point of the book, I was rooting more for everyone else to survive, knowing that Rowan and Aelin would make it.

The ending was bittersweet, funny and heart-breaking. Because despite everything, this was a series that made me love YA. From 2014 when I first began reading the books, I was swept away from the characters and the world. Also, knowing that there will be a companion, World of Throne of Glass, coming out in 2019 will rekindle my love for the series. In a way, most of these amazing characters got their HEA, with the struggle, tears and blood that came with it.

I will always love this series, no matter what happens in the upcoming tv-series.

About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Release Day Blitz+Excerpt+Giveaway: "Desperate" (Cunningham Security #3) by A.K. Evans

Today we have the release blitz for A.K. Evans upcoming romance, Desperate. 

Check it out and get your copy today!


Title: Desperate

Author: A.K. Evans

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Desperate:

Ekko Rose is no stranger to struggle. Even though she’s experienced more than her fair share of hardship, she has dreams she wants to fulfill. But when another stroke of bad luck leaves her homeless, Ekko's only option is to focus on survival. Dominick ‘Dom’ Moore has had his eyes on Ekko ever since he saved her life several months ago. He kept his distance then because she was attached to another man. Now, seeing her living out of her car, Dom resolves to help her get back on her feet. When Dom approaches Ekko, she wrestles with knowing her rightful place in the world and desperately wanting to latch onto something better. Just as the pair fall hard for one another, Ekko’s streak of misfortune delivers one more blow. With their relationship thrown into a pit of despair and hopeless desire, Dom must crack the case he’s been trying to solve for weeks. Because if he can’t, Ekko might be lost to him forever.  

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“You can’t sleep out here tonight.” “I’ll be fine,” she assured me. “I won’t.” “What?” “Ekko, follow me and you can stay at my place as long as you need.” She shook her head and vehemently refused. “I can’t do that. You’ve already been generous enough and you don’t even know me.” I narrowed my eyes a bit before I teased, “I think I can protect myself if you try to harm me.” She let out a laugh but quickly stopped herself. “That’s not what I meant.” I barely heard her words because I was so intrigued by the sound of her laughter. It was captivating. “I know,” I confessed. “I also know that you’ve fallen on some hard times and you need some help. There’s nothing wrong with that. I can help you.” “Okay, but I don’t really know you.” “I rescued you from an attempted abduction and we just had dessert together. You know I work for a private investigation company and that the local police know who I am because of the work I do. Do you really think I’d hurt you?” She shook her head and responded, “No.” “So you’ll stay with me then?” “I don’t think I should.” She held firm in her decision. “Fine,” I declared. “Then let me get you a hotel room for a few nights while you get your living arrangements sorted. There’s no deadline.” “You would do that?” There was no denying the surprise in her voice. “Yes.” “Why?” I grinned at her before I answered honestly, “Because you need help right now and I’ve got the means to give you that help.” Her lips parted, and my eyes dropped to them. “What’s it going to be, sugar?” “You’ve already given me so much,” she argued. “I can’t accept any more money from you.” “Looks like you’re staying at my place then,” I noted as I crossed my arms over my chest and cocked an eyebrow. I couldn’t miss the heat that flashed in her eyes. A moment later when I thought she was going to give in, she said, “I’ll get myself a hotel room.” I held my hand out to her car door and said, “Lead the way.” “What?” “I’m going to make sure you have a safe, clean place to stay tonight.” She sighed and got in her car. Once she started it up, I got in my truck and followed her out of the lot. Not much later, I pulled in behind her at what had to be the dumpiest, most unsafe motel in the entire city. I hopped out of the truck, marched up to her door, and opened it. “Not a chance in hell you’re staying here,” I warned her. She looked at the motel and back at me. “Why not?” “I’m not convinced they even have beds here. Besides, if you moved out of your boyfriend’s place because you don’t want to be around drugs, then you shouldn’t be staying here.” “Dom, this is all I can afford,” she croaked. “Let. Me. Help. You.” I enunciated each word so she’d understand just how serious I was. “I can’t.” “Why not?” “Because you’re you.” “Yes, I am me. That’s not really a good reason.” “I have no business being anywhere near someone like you.” What the fuck did that mean? “Someone like me?” “You’re going to make me say it out loud?” she worried. Even though I had a feeling I knew what she was getting at, I returned, “Ekko, I have no idea what you are talking about. If you don’t want to tell me what that means then tell me that you’ll come with me back to my place where I’ll give you a safe, clean, comfortable place to stay for a few days while you get your stuff sorted.” She closed her eyes and let out a sigh. Finally, she gave in. “Alright, it’s not like my luck could possibly get any worse. If you kill me, you’ll really just be helping me out of a very difficult situation.” I didn’t like hearing her say that. “Nobody is killing you,” I asserted. “I’m just wouldn’t be the worst thing that’s happened.”


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About the Author:

A.K. Evans is a married mother of two boys residing in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from Lafayette College in 2004 with two degrees (one in English and one in Economics & Business), she pursued a career in the insurance and financial services industry. Not long after, Evans realized the career was not for her. She went on to manage her husband’s performance automotive business and drive the shop race cars for the next thirteen years. While the business afforded her freedoms she wouldn’t necessarily have had in a typical 9-5 job, after eleven years she was no longer receiving personal fulfillment from her chosen career path. Following many discussions, lots of thought, and tons of encouragement, Andrea decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Between her day job, writing, and homeschooling her two boys, Evans is left with very little free time. When she finds scraps of spare time, she enjoys reading, doing yoga, watching NY Rangers hockey, dancing, and vacationing with her family. Andrea, her husband, and her children are currently working on taking road trips to visit all 50 states (though, Alaska and Hawaii might require flights).  

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ARC Review: "Fireworks" (True North #6) by Sarina Bowen

Fireworks by Sarina Bowen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

Skye Copeland is on paid leave from her broadcasting job after accidentally drawing a pecker on the traffic map.

Let that sink in. Like it’s her fault the traffic pattern created a perfect schlong? 

Skye isn’t laughing. She needs this job. And that’s the only reason she’s willing to chase down a story in her least favorite place—that hell on earth known as Vermont.

A quick trip. In and out. Much like - never mind. She can sneak into the town that once tried to break her, get the story and slide back into the good graces of her producer. Easy peasy.

But things go sideways the moment she steps over the county line. Her stepsister is running from a violent drug dealer. And the cop on the case is none other than Benito Rossi, the man who broke Skye’s teenage heart.

His dark brown eyes still tear her apart. And even as she steels herself to finally tell him off after twelve years, the old fireworks are still there.

Things are about to go boom



I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Skye and Benito, Benito and Skye....le sigh!

This was a couple I loved reading about. No matter how life seperated they found their way back to each other and fell in love again! I enjoyed this book of the series and still wishes to read even more! True North has become one of my favorite NA series and Sarina Bowen is a master on making you heart beat fast and have all the feels for her characters!

About the author:

Sarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of many things, including: the True North series, Him/Us and the WAGs series with Elle Kennedy, The Ivy Years series and the Brooklyn BruisersAnd more!
Are you looking for a friends-to-lovers story or maybe even a secret baby book? You can read a list of Sarina's books broken out by trope and style.
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Cover Reveal+Excerpt: "Tipping on a Halo" by Alessandra Torre



A minivan with a duct-taped front bumper slowed to a stop next to me, the hot pink logo glowing at me. I heaved to my feet and pulled open the back door. The woman behind the wheel nodded at me. DzJust crawl over the
I followed her instructions, finding a spot by the window on a cloth backseat that smelled slightly of baby wipes. She pulled away, turning up the volume on the radio. DzI’m in the middle of an audiobook,dz she called out.
DzThat’s I pulled the seatbelt across my shoulder and settled into the seat. Finding my phone, I confirmed the pickup, then texted Ansley.
Nevermind. Found ride. Thank God I didn’t die.
I added a wide-eyed emoji for emphasis, then a gif of a psychopathic clown with a knife, stabbing the air.
Loud moaning caught my attention and I lifted my head, tuning in to theaudiobook, which was diving into what appeared to be a very explicit sex scene between Joel the plumber and Bethany the lonely divorcee. The male voice spoke, deep and rough, his voice cracking as he urged the woman to open her legs wider and take his—I flushed, sinking deeper in my seat and resisted the urge to plug my ears with my finger.
A detailed accounting began, so raw and unfiltered that I felt I was there, in bed with the couple, watching the man’s thick erection myself. I pulled at the neck of my dress and pinned my knees together, willing the woman to drive faster and get me home already.
DzUmmm....dzI said tentatively. DzCould you—dz
DzShhh!dz the woman said excitedly, her hands gripping the wheel, shoulders hunched forward, as if she was about to crawl into the speakers and join in. DzIt’s getting to the good part!dz
Getting to the good part? Oh no. Talk about sustained erotic torture. I bet this is what Sergey Tuganov’s two women felt like. The twenty-eight-year-old mechanic bet them $4300 that he could have nonstop sex with them fortwelve hours. TWELVE HOURS. And he did. Got his $4300 in winnings, which was such a specifically random number, then had a heart attack and died. Doctors deduced his heart attack was due to the entire bottle of Viagra that he popped just before his twelve-hour session.
I can do this, I decided. If they could last twelve hours, I could surely last the ten minutes or so that this painfully sexual ride would entail. I closed my eyes and tried to concentrate on something other than the sordid description of her pleasure, which really did sound quite enviable. I tried to remember if I ever plugged in and recharged my vibrator. I hoped so. There was nothing worse than approaching the peak only to have it sputter to a stop.
My phone, which had been cradled between my thighs, started to ring, a sound paired with a delightful vibration that only added to my torture. I groaned and picked up the phone. DzWhat?dz
DzJeez. Just making sure you had made it home. I just woke up to pee andsaw your She hesitated, the pause coming at a terrible moment, the woman beginning to cry out the announcement of her orgasm. DzUmmm... where are you?dz
DzIn a Lyft, sitting next to a car seat and in the middle of some finger-banging. It’s a long story. I’ll tell you about it
She was silent, and I wondered how many explicit details of the man’s cunnilingus were audible through the phone. DzRiiiight. I’m going to let you get back to
DzThanks,dz I said flatly. DzSuch a
She laughed, then hung up the phone. I closed my eyes and, for the next four minutes, tried to block out the image of Joel the Plumber’s thick, pulsating member. It was hard. Literally and figuratively speaking.
The ravenous sex scene ended just as the minivan rolled to a stop at the end of my cul-de-sac. DzWhew!dz The driver said. DzGood timing, right?dz
I didn’t respond. I couldn’t. I had a blinding need to get inside, strip naked, and satisfy every craving that Bethany and Joel had just unleashed. I squirmed my way over the car seat, tossed her a tip, and practically shimmied my way across the lawn and up the front steps. I had my hand in my purse, swipingaround for the keys, when a dark shape moved off my swing and toward me.

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Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for

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Cover Reveal+Pre-Order Giveaway: "Vortex Visions" (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #1) by Elise Kova


A desperate princess, a magical traveler, and a watch that binds them together with the fate of a dying world.

Vi Solaris is the heir to an Empire she’s barely seen. Her parents sacrificed a life with her to quell a rebellion and secure peace with a political alliance. Now, three years past when her wardship should’ve ended, Vi will do anything to be reunited with her family.

The Empire is faltering beneath the burden of political infighting and a deadly plague. Yet, Vi can’t help but wonder if her inability to control her magic is the true reason her parents haven’t brought her home. Suspicion becomes reality when she unleashes powers she’s not supposed to have.

Powers that might well cost her the throne.

As Vi fights to get her magic under control, a mysterious stranger appears from across the world. He holds the keys to unlocking her full potential, but the knowledge has an unspeakable price — some truths, once seen, cannot be ignored.

All eyes are on her and Vi must make the hardest choice of her life: Play by the rules and claim her throne. Or, break them and save the world.

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Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of fantasy stories filled with magic and romance.

In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She's happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.

Her debut series was Air Awakens. Since then she's penned the dark fantasy, the Loom Saga. As well as a co-authored paranormal romance, the Wish Quartet.