Excerpt: The Matchmaker’s Replacement by Rachel Van Dyken [Giveaway]

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By: Rachel Van Dyken
Publisher: Skyscape Publishing
Published: July 26, 2016
Genre: New Adult Romance

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Wingman rule number two: never reveal how much you want them.

Lex hates Gabi. Gabi hates Lex. But, hey, at least the hate is mutual, right? All Lex has to do is survive the next few weeks training Gabi in all the ways of Wingmen Inc. and then he can be done with her. But now that they have to work together, the sexual tension and fighting is off the charts. He isn’t sure if he wants to strangle her or throw her against the nearest sturdy table and have his way with her.

But Gabi has a secret, something she’s keeping from not just her best friend but her nemesis too. Lines are blurred as Lex becomes less the villain she’s always painted him to be…and starts turning into something more. Gabi has always hated the way she’s been just a little bit attracted to him—no computer-science major should have that nice of a body or look that good in glasses—but “Lex Luthor” is an evil womanizer. He’s dangerous. Gabi should stay far, far away.

Then again, she’s always wanted a little danger.

 

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Review: Dare to Stay by Jen McLaughlin

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Dare to Stay
(The Sons of Steel Row #2)
By: Jen McLaughlin
Publisher: Signet
Release Date: Aug. 2, 2016
Genre: Romance
Rating:
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Bruised and bloodied on Boston’s mean streets, Chris O’Brien is reeling from the loss of his childhood best friend. But after barely escaping a hit placed on his head, Chris is desperate to live. A safe haven comes to mind – the home of the perfect girl from his childhood, Molly Lachlan. Before he has fully considered what it would mean to involve her in his mess, he finds himself on her doorstep.

When Molly agrees to let Chris inside her home, she realizes she’s also letting him into her life. Danger and desperation are coming off him like steam, and yet she can’t bring herself to turn him away. His bad boy charm always had a hold on her, but now there’s a soulfulness and sorrow in him that she’s never seen before. And despite the heart-stopping risk of helping him, she hopes against all reason that he’ll stay…

Bruised and bloodied on Boston’s mean streets, Chris O’Brien is reeling from the loss of his childhood best friend. But after barely escaping a hit placed on his head, Chris is desperate to live. A safe haven comes to mind – the home of the perfect girl from his childhood, Molly Lachlan. Before he has fully considered what it would mean to involve her in his mess, he finds himself on her doorstep.

When Molly agrees to let Chris inside her home, she realizes she’s also letting him into her life. Danger and desperation are coming off him like steam, and yet she can’t bring herself to turn him away. His bad boy charm always had a hold on her, but now there’s a soulfulness and sorrow in him that she’s never seen before. And despite the heart-stopping risk of helping him, she hopes against all reason that he’ll stay…

 

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Excerpt: Somniare by DT Dyllin [Giveaway]

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(Somniare #1)
By: D.T. Dyllin
Publisher: Self- Published
Published: July 19, 2016
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

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Remy Novem was murdered…

But she didn’t die.

Forced to escape to Somniare, a dream landscape, Remy must somehow survive living nightmares, and endless torment without using her magic. Her only hope for freedom is to hitch a ride with a human back into reality, tricking the poor creature into believing no harm will befall them.

Remy isn’t troubled by the fact that she must kill to live…

Until love changes everything.

 

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Sunday Wrap-Up #47

Sunday Wrap-Up is all about sharing the books and book related items that I’ve picked up recently. I also recap what went on last week and let you in on what’s coming up. I link up my post to Sunday Post, and Stacking the Shelves.

 

Last week on BSA:
Origins Exposed by Jen Crane (Review)
Hitched: Vol. 2 by Kendall Ryan (Excerpt)
Afterimage by J. Kowallis (Excerpt & Giveaway)

 

This week on BSA:
Somniare by DT Dyllin (Excerpt & Giveaway)
Dare to Stay by Jen McLaughlin (Review)
The Matchmaker’s Replacement by Rachel Van Dyken (Excerpt & Giveaway)

 

Well, we wound up finding a place to rent at the new location and the Mr. and I have been slowly packing away and getting everything sorted out. There’s only one more week left here at this house before I get the moving truck on Sunday and we head out for the new place. We rented one of those 26′ Uhaul trucks and I really hope I don’t pop a curb and flip the stupid thing over between here and there. I’ve never driven anything larger than our Jeep. So, to say I’m a bit nervous is an understatement. I think the packing/unpacking is the easy part, I’m concerned about the driving. So, cross your fingers for me. I’m hoping to be back online by the second week of August. I will have posts scheduled for the time that I will be gone but I won’t be around to really comment or anything. Which, you’ve probably noticed I haven’t really been on chatting much lately anyways. I promise to stop by and chat with everyone once I am unpacked and back online again.

 

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Excerpt: Afterimage by J. Kowallis [Giveaway]

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(The Enertia Trials #1)
By: J. Kowallis
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: May 7, 2015
Genre: New Adult Dystopian
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Reggie’s dreams . . .
aren’t dreams.

Visions of the future flood her mind like shards of broken puzzles. Caged in her cell, every morning begins the same. She’s drugged, tortured, and images are torn from her memory by Public One.

Until the morning everything changes. The vision is different. The future’s never been about her, and now she knows they’re coming for her:

Nomads.

How will she convince them to keep her alive when Nate, their leader, doesn’t like or even trust her? To him, she’s a science experiment. A machine.

When Public One will do anything to keep her, Reggie must make a decision: remain a slave to her past, or risk her future to venture into a world more terrifying than she’s ever known.

 

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Excerpt: Hitched: Volume 2 by Kendall Ryan

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(Imperfect Love #2)
By: Kendall Ryan
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Romance

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Arranged marriage? Check.

Cocky new husband? Check.

It’s a marriage of convenience—one I’m determined to keep strictly professional. I can’t be stupid enough to fall for this sexy playboy’s charm or advances. I have to be strong, even if he is my husband.

Except he has a huge cock with an even bigger ego, and his main goal in life seems to be getting me to stroke both. The arrogant bastard is like sweet, sugary candy for my libido. I know he’s bad for me.

But I want to devour every wicked inch of him.

With his sexual prowess and experience, I know he’ll be explosive in the bedroom. And since we’re stuck together for the foreseeable future—keeping up this marriage charade long enough to turn the company profitable again—I deserve something to look forward to at the end of a long workday, right?

What could one little taste hurt?

 

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Review: Origin Exposed by Jen Crane

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(Descended of Dragons #2)
By: Jen Crane
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: Oct. 6, 2015
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Romance
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A Dangerous Secret
In fiery redhead Stella Stonewall’s new world magic and shape-shifters are everyday life. Scales, sorcery, shifters—no big. Stella has learned she’s not only descended of dragons, but of something more, too. She struggles to keep this rare form a secret, even from her closest friends.

A Bitter Betrayal
Stella turns to her mentor Rowan Gresham for help. The charming but enigmatic Gresham forms a plan to improve her troublesome public image. The problem? The plan revolves around betraying the only family she has left.

A Potential for Something Real
When Gresham’s motives come into question Stella must rely on the new friends she’s made at a college for magical shifters. The feral bunch helps set Stella’s inner beast free. As these friendships flourish, so does the magnetism she’s always felt toward fierce and noble Ewan Bristol. But it’s so strong it threatens to overwhelm her.

Can Stella afford to open her heart now, when her entire future’s at stake, or is it bolted shut for eternity?

 

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Audiobook Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

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(Losing It, #2)
By: Cora Carmack
Narrated by: Emma Galvin & Dan Bittner
Publisher: William Marrow & Co
Published: June 4, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance
Rating:
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Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

 

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Review: Wanderlust by Roni Loren

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By: Roni Loren
Publisher: Penguin: Intermix
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: Romance
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Restaurant critic Aubrey Bordelon is never at a loss for words to describe her meals in the fancy restaurants of New Orleans. But after her magazine’s high-profile music reporter falls ill, she finds herself out of her element and in a sea of screaming fans awaiting Wanderlust’s lead singer, Lex Logan. The sound of his voice gives her goosebumps, and the stage presence of the hard-bodied rock star takes her breath away. So when he pulls her onstage for a sexy stunt, she knows she’s in real trouble.

Lex doesn’t want to pretend that the sparks on stage between him and Aubrey never happened, but it certainly makes the fact that she’s writing a story on his band all the more dangerous. The last thing he needs is some nosy reporter revealing their problems to the world. But the sexy Southern belle doesn’t give up easily, and soon he’s wondering if the best way to chase her off the story is to coax her into his bed…

 

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Guest post with London Setterby, author of Set Me Free [Giveaway]

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By: London Setterby
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: July 8, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense

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Miranda Lewis is desperate to get away from her controlling ex–so desperate she leaves him in the middle of the night. She ends up on a remote island off the Maine coast, where she befriends a bubbly shopkeeper, Claire, and becomes fascinated with Claire’s son, big, brooding Owen Larsen, a woodworker who keeps to himself. Even the friendliest locals here are secretive–and Owen is at the center of their secrets.

Still, Miranda loves the salt air, the craggy coastline, and, most of all, the work of the island’s beloved local painter, Suzanna White. Miranda wants to stay–to claim a life of her own, to paint again. But the longer she stays, the more her fascination with Owen increases. Why is there a painting of his stern, handsome face in the art gallery by the beach? And why is everyone so afraid of him?

 

 

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