Author Archives: Kristin

Review: Finding Mr. Right Next Door by Sarah Ballance

Finding Mr. Right Next Door
by Sarah Ballance
Publisher: Entangled
Publication date: May 11, 2020
Genre: Romance
Rating:

For Lexi Dean, burning down her kitchen was disaster enough. Agreeing to move in next door with her totally off-limits best friend, Matt Freeman, until her house is livable again?

Utter madness.

They’ve always been close, but this is ridiculous. If she’s not bumping into him at the refrigerator, he’s at the front door giving her date the third degree. And slipping between his borrowed sheets? That’s about as distracting as listening to his shower run, because suddenly all she can think about is rivulets of water cascading down is spectacular body—the one he seems to be going out of his way to make sure she notices.

Not that it matters. He can flaunt his firefighter abs around her all he wants. They already share everything—their jobs, their friends, their backyard, even their dog—and that means only one thing: Lexi is not going to risk losing any of it by dipping a single toe in the temptation that is Matt Freeman.

Lexi may not know how to handle a fire extinguisher, but this is one fire that just might burn them both if they’re not careful…

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Outfoxed by R.J. Blain (Giveaway)

Outfoxed
(The Fox Witch #1)
by R.J. Blain
Publisher: Pen & Page Publishing
Publication date: Nov. 3, 2020
Genre: Urban Fantasy

Death is a way of life outside of the safety of Inner Tulsa, and Jade means to keep flipping Mother Nature off until old age claims her. With one eye always on the sky, the last thing she needs is a pack of bounty hunters out for her living head. With no idea of why anyone would want her, her wits might keep her free, assuming she can resist the charming lures of Sandro, one of the men out to claim her as his own.

Left with the choice of being the evening snack of a tornado or taking shelter with the bounty hunter, she does what she does best: she lives on the edge.

Striking a bargain with the handsome bounty hunter buys her another day of life, but it also dumps her into the heart of a sinister plot, one meant to enslave the residents of the storm-tossed city—and the others brave and foolish enough to call the Alley home.

 

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Review: Better When He’s Bad by Jay Crownover

Better When He’s Bad
(Welcome to the Point #1)
by Jay Crownover
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: June 17, 2014
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Welcome to the Point

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

 

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Review: The choosing by Rachelle Dekker

The Choosing
(Seer #1)
by Rachelle Dekker
Publisher:Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: May 19, 2015
Genre: Dystopian Young Adult
Rating:

“Not to be Chosen would yield a cruel fate of my own making.”

Like all citizens since the Ruining, Carrington Hale knows the importance of this day. But she never expected the moment she’d spent a lifetime preparing for—her Choosing ceremony—would end in disaster. Ripped from her family, she’ll spend her days serving as a Lint, the lowest level of society. She knows it’s her duty to follow the true way of the Authority.

But as Carrington begins this nightmare, rumors of rebellion rattle her beliefs. The whispers contradict everything she’s been told; yet they resonate deep within.

Then Carrington is offered an unprecedented chance at the life she’s always dreamed of, but she can’t shake the feeling that it may be an illusion. With a killer targeting Lints and corruption threatening the highest levels of the Authority, Carrington must uncover the truth before it destroys her.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: The Eclipsed by Dara Kent

The Eclipsed
by Dara Kent
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: May 12, 2020
Genre: Occult Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Eighty-nine is just a number …

A nameless immortal tasked with ensuring fixed points in time. Without fail she’s always done her job, protecting reality.

But Eighty-nine’s world is flipped upside down when a jarring discovery, followed by a loss, causes her to question everything.

With the help of an unlikely ally, Eighty-nine will embark on a journey that will end with one simple choice: To save reality or let it be ripped apart forever.

Maybe it isn’t so simple after all.

 

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Review: Junk Mail by Kendall Ryan

Junk Mail
by Kendall Ryan
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: April 23, 2019
Genre: Romance
Rating:

It all started with a sexy selfie.

Texted to the wrong number.

Oops.

Not my finest moment — but I have nothing to be ashamed of.

She thought I was no better, and I quote, than the knuckle-dragging douche-bags she was never dating again.

It was a stupid dare from a girl I’d met online, but since she’d given me a fake number, I didn’t feel bad that my interests were suddenly focused elsewhere — on the fiery and sharp-tongued, Peyton that I found myself sparring with over text for the rest of the evening.

The following day, my case of mistaken identity came back to bite me in the banana.

When I strolled into the office, I was introduced to Peyton as the new client I needed to win over. The Peyton, in case you’re not tracking.

And let’s just say she had my full attention.

Brains? Check.

Beauty? Oh yeah.

And the best part? She hated me on sight.

Dear God, do I love a challenge.

Let the games begin.

 

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We made it to May. Now what?

I’m linking this post to Sunday Post, and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

 

I hope that everyone is having a relaxing Sunday. This last month was a tough one for me. I found myself under a lot of stress with work. My job doesn’t really translate into a teleworking gig. So, the abrupt change and lack of guidance from the uppers has left a lot of my coworkers, and myself, beyond stressed out. I wish I could be one of those people who are taking this time to be productive and/or using this time to get a little r&r in. I honestly thought I would get so much accomplished with all the time spent at home. However, that clearly hasn’t been the case.

I did manage to get some reading in this month. My reading still isn’t where I want it to be, but I feel like it is slowly picking up.

 

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Sneak Peek Wednesday: Last Chance Academy by Alex Lidell (Giveaway)

Last Chance Academy
(Immortals of Talonswood #1)
by Alex Lidell
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: May 1, 2020
Genre: Paranormal Reverse Harem

Foster girl. Trash. That’s all I am to the world. And that’s fine. After surviving New Jersey’s foster system, I can survive anything. Even taking a dangerous job from a tall, gorgeous stranger so I can keep my little sister safe—a job that goes very, very wrong.

Suddenly I’m facing a brutal choice: a decade in jail or four years as a ward of Talonswood Reform Academy—a place with an all too perfect correction record. A place that makes bootcamp look like a spa.

But Talonswood and its cruel cadets are far more than they seem, and so are the four men who rule it. Ellis. Asher. Reese. Cassis. Powerful, impossibly beautiful men who ignite a wildfire inside me—and who will stop at nothing to make my life a living hell.

But it turns out I’m more than I seem, too. And I’m not going down without a fight.

 

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Review: Combative by Jay McLean

Combative
(Combative #1)
by Jay McLean
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Feb. 5, 2015
Genre: Romance
Rating:

We all play victims to our pasts; to the choices we make and the lives we create. They define who we are. And sometimes if we’re lucky enough, the past stays where it belongs: in the past. I’m not one of the lucky ones. I never have been. Because now the past is knocking on my door, offering deals I have no choice but to take… deals that will help bring justice-not just for me, but for my brothers. The problem? The deal is a ticking time bomb. One I didn’t know existed. Tick. Tock.

 

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Review: Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley

Rock Chick
(Rock Chick #1)
by Kristen Ashley
Publisher: Self-published
Publication date: Dec. 8, 2008
Genre: Romance
Rating:

Indy Savage, cop’s daughter, rock chick and used bookstore owner, has been in love with Lee Nightingale, once bad boy, now the man behind Nightingale Investigations, since she was five years old. No matter what ingenious schemes Indy used to capture his attention, Lee never showed an interest and Indy finally gave up. Now Indy’s employee, Rosie, has lost a bag of diamonds and bad guys are shooting at him. When Indy gets involved, Lee is forced to help. Complicting matters, Lee has decided he’s interested, Indy’s decided she’s not. But she can’t seem to keep Lee out of her life when she’s repeatedly stun gunned, kidnapped and there are car bombs exploding (not to mention she’s finding dead bodies).

Indy’s best bet is to solve the mystery of the diamonds before Lee. Lee’s challenge is to keep Indy alive and, at the same time, win back her heart.

 

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