Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up 185 ~ Life is Busy!

Another busy week in our household! My daughter went to her zone athletics carnival and finished 2nd in her 800m race. We are off to State in October. My youngest had a school excursion as well. 
I have been a little slack bloggingwise again this week, but I PROMISE to get on top of everything next week and visit everyone! 
The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen ~ Review & Quote-tastic 
Derision by Trisha Wolfe ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
The Dom Games by Rachel Robinson ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
Wild Abandon by Jeannine Colette ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Play Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell ~ Excerpt & Giveaway
The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen ~ Review & Quote-tastic
Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #195
Just for Now by Abbi Glines ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Reckless Beat Boxed Set ~ Spotlight
Dirty Shame: A Bad Boy Romance (Bluefield Bad Boys Book 1)Dirty Talk: A Bad Boy Romance (Bluefield Bad Boys, #2)Dirty Secret (Bluefield Bad Boys, #3)
Emerge (Evolve, #1)Embrace (Evolve, #2)
Dirty Shame: A Bad Boy Romance (Bluefield Bad Boys #1)
Dirty Talk: A Bad Boy Romance (Bluefield Bad Boys #2)

Dirty Secret (Bluefield Bad Boys, #3)
by Tess Oliver
Emerge (Evolve #1)
Embrace (Evolve #2)
by S.E. Hall

Game Player (Game, #1)Game Maker (Game, #2)
Game Player (Game #1)
Game Maker (Game #2)
by B.J. Harvey

Dirty Sexy Secret (Green County, #1)
Dirty Sexy Secret (Green County #1)
by Nazarea Andrews

Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up is a combined meme with the Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book ReviewerBought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Braine @ Talk Supe and Stacking The Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
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Play Your Heart Out by Crystal Kaswell ~ Excerpt & Giveaway (@CrystalKaswell, @XpressoReads)

The forth book in the Sinful Serenade series has now been released. I really liked the first book and had to share the release of the newest book in the series. I think I'd really like Pete!! 
Title: Play Your Heart Out
Author: Crystal Kaswell
Series: Sinful Serenade #4
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 24th 2016
Buy Now - Amazon

He parties like a rockstar.
She's there to make sure no one finds out...

Jess James has her eye on the prize. She is finding the money to pay for law school. Period. It doesn't matter how lonely she feels three thousand miles from home, how exhausted she is from working overtime as a cocktail waitress, or how deep the knife wound in her back cuts. She is going to be a lawyer, whatever it takes.

Only she doesn't have what it takes. She can barely afford to pay her rent.

Sinful Serenade bassist Pete Steele has enough to pay Jess's rent and buy her a small island in the Caribbean. The famous, talented rock star has everything... except the one thing his manager wants. Pete rose to fame as a devoted boyfriend. Doesn't matter that his ex slept with his best friend. He needs to stop screwing his way through Los Angeles to keep the record company happy. The sweet blond waitress is exactly the girl he needs on his arm if he wants to clean up his dirty reputation.

Their arrangement is simple: he pays her tuition, she plays his girlfriend. They'll lie to the world, but not to each other. Especially not when they're alone, in his bed, him figuring out exactly which buttons to push to get her moaning his name.

Jess is good at keeping up appearances. She can play the enigmatic rock star's girlfriend. But Pete shouldn't play games with a girl who's been broken before...

For twenty minutes, I soak in the warmth of the sun, the soft breeze on my arms, the sharp aroma of fresh cut grass.
There are footsteps. Someone sits next to me. I don't need to look up to know it's Pete. I can feel his presence in the way my shoulders relax.
Even when he frustrates me, he makes me feel like I can float.
His fingers brush the back of my hand. "You excited?"
I take a long look around the quad, memorizing the shape of the tall trees, the red brick of the main building. "This is the next three years of my life."
He moves closer. Until our shoulders are touching.
Still, I keep my eyes on the school. Looking at him is too risky. I might mount him right here on the grass.
He drags his fingertips over my forearm. Damn musicians and their masterful hands. I'm already flushed and wanting.
"Any chance you're taking up entertainment law? Like you a lot more than our current lawyer," he teases.
"No. It pays well but it doesn't interest me."
"Atticus Finch doesn't argue royalty percentages."
My stomach flutters. He remembers what I said about To Kill a Mockingbird. "Am I that obvious, wanting to be a defense attorney?"
"You want to get murderers off. Cold. Exactly what I expect from you," he teases.
Finally, I look at him. Damn, the affection in his deep brown eyes takes my breath away. How can he have his guard down so quickly when it was up so high last night?
I run my fingertips over his chin. I can't help it. He's beautiful.
I make my voice as confident as I can. "Only person I want to get off is you."
His lips curl into a smile. "Only if I get you off first."
My cheeks flush. I want to. But I can't deal with him closing off again. "You bailed yesterday."
He says nothing.
Okay. That's not the best sign. I study his expression for a clue to his intentions, but the only thing I can place is confusion.
"Why did you do that?" I ask.
"I was thinking."
He moves closer. His eyes fix on mine. "You haven't told me why you want to be a defense attorney."
"I guess it started before To Kill a Mockingbird. My friend, Kathryn—"
"The one who sleeps around?"
I laugh. "That one. We've been friends since kindergarten. She got bullied a lot. One day, I think it was third grade, a few of the popular kids ganged up on her and starting a fight. When the teachers broke it up, the popular kids all said Kathryn started it. Nobody listened to her. They barely gave her a chance to defend herself. It wasn't fair. Everyone deserves a defense."
"What about your ex?"
"It's not a crime, being a cheater or an asshole."
His brow knits. "But if it was?"
"I guess he'd deserve a defense. I always let him get his way, never challenged him. But I didn't offer much of myself. I didn't make an effort to get to know him. I didn't love him the way Tom loves Willow. Or, uh, what was it, Drew and Kara?"
"It was nothing like that. Not even close." I swallow hard. "Reasonable doubt is the cornerstone of our justice system." I sound like a textbook. I continue anyway. "The police can't just know what happened. They have to prove it. They need enough facts to convince twelve jurors."
He finds the tie holding together my French braid and pulls it out. "You're beaming."
"Yeah." He runs his fingers through my hair, undoing my braid. "Never thought a woman talking about the law could be so fucking sexy."
"Why did you run off last night?"
His eyes turn down. "Kept thinking that you're gonna back out of this."
"I won't. I swear."
He stares back with disbelief. "Can I get that in writing?"
There's all this vulnerability in his eyes. I want to wipe it away.
I nod. "Sure. You have a pen?"
He pulls a permanent marker from the front pocket of his skinny jeans and hands it to me.
"Hmm, where to write? No paper." I drag my fingers over the V of his v-neck. "This will have to do." I pull his t-shirt down and write my promise on his chest.
I won't back out of this. - Jess James
He looks down with a smile then takes the marker back. One hand goes to my shoulder, holding me in place. With the other, he scribbles on my chest.
"What's it say?" I ask.
He pulls back to admire his work. His lips curl into a smile. "I'll make you come every day."
"It does not."
He nods, pulls out his cell, and uses his camera to prove it.
There it is, in black marker on my chest:
I'll make you come every day. - Pete Steele
Crystal Kaswell writes steamy new adult and erotic romance books. She loves when flawed characters fall head over heels for each other. Especially if they fall into bed first. She loves police procedurals, tea, and The Hunger Games series. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

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Other reviews featuring Crystal Kaswell 
Sinful Serenade series
Sing Your Heart Out #1
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Wild Abandon by Jeannine Colette ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@JeannineColett, @wordsmithpublic)

Wild Abandon is the third novel written by Jeannine Colette, all of which are standalone reads. I have enjoyed each of them and Crystal's story was pretty entertaining! She is a quirky character and is determined to find someone to love! 
Wild Abandon
Title: Wild Abandon
Author: Jeannine Colette
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: April 26th 2016
Buy Now - Amazon | B&N

When you fall in-love it’s forever
But sometimes forever comes with a price.

I never meant to meet Nathaniel Teller. It was by accident, on a Tuesday, that I walked into his bar. He was solemn, intense and hiding a secret behind those stoic green eyes.

I never intended to fall in-love with him. We were supposed to be just friends. But I fell for him hard, deep. There’s no turning back.

I never thought his past would be so dark. And if I thought I had any chance of being in his future, I was wrong. Because his past is his future.

And I need to walk away.

I have quickly become a fan of Jeannine Colette’s and am always eager for her next book. So when I had an early chance to read her new book, you know I jumped on it! Wild Abandon is Crystal’s story and she’s a dating app girl, looking for the perfect guy to fall in love with.

Crystal decided to shift from New York to Los Angeles because her childhood friend Naomi (I know, awesome name;) ) suggested that she needed the change. New fish and all that! So she packed up what she could and moved in with Naomi, her husband Jeremy and their daughter Scarlett. She wanders into Henley’s pub and meets the olive eyed bartender, and she proceeds to spill her thoughts about love to him. She also manages to find a job at a local winery, even though her new employer Ed wasn’t really looking for anyone. It was the beginning of a life changing adventure for Crystal that I loved to the very end!

Nate the bartender, has a past… we all do, but he kept a lot of the major details close to his chest. I could see that he cared for Crystal, but he continued to keep her away from his heart. I liked how he always knew what Crystal wanted, like he could read her better than anyone else.

I liked the developing friendship between Crystal and Ed too. I could see that he was a lonely old man, and Crystal brought life back to his winery and his life. Naomi and her family were great support for her too, always offering advice and they seem to steer her onto the right paths.

I love the way that Jeannine draws me into her worlds. She set this world up so that it felt like I was right there with Crystal in the wine country, learning about the wines and visioning the beautiful views. The attraction between Crystal and Nate grew steadily, and felt real. There was a little bit of drama throughout, but none of it was forced, it was more heartbreaking than anything else. It was a beautifully written journey of self discovery, with moments that made my heart ache, and a touch of humour that made me smile.

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

Today, I have a moment that broke my heart!!

“I can’t be with someone, knowing I'm their second choice.” I pull on my lip and fight back my tears.
Nate lets his own tears fall free. “And I can’t be with you because I’m afraid you’d be my first.”

Kindle Arc Loc 3181

Originally inspired by YA Bound
58971_10150261770030300_2934810_n 2Jeannine Colette is a television producer, writer, mother, and philanthropist.

A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She currently freelances in the television industry while attending to her children and pursuing her writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the two tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.

Jeannine and her family are active supporters of The March of Dimes and the Hearing Health Foundation.

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Other reviews featuring Jeannine Colette
Pure Abandon 
Reckless Abandon

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The Dom Games by Rachel Robinson ~ Excerpt & Giveaway (@rachelgrobinson, @RSofRomance)

The Dom Games by Rachel Robinson was released this week, and this sounds like a lot of fun... like the bachelor gets naughty! I love the sound of this one... and just 99c! Get onto it!! 
The Dom Games
Title: The Dom Games
Author: Rachel Robinson
Genre: Erotic Romance
Published: May 23rd 2016
Buy Now - Amazon | B&N iTunes | Kobo

Dominic Reed, heir to an oil fortune, has spent his entire adult life perfecting his dark hobby. With little control in every other area of his manicured life, he finds his release as a dominant. With more money than he knows what to do with, he creates a TV show: The Dom Games.

This year is different than the past seasons, this year Dominic will be the star. He wants a forever submissive.

Before last month Kayla Parchet thought the word submissive only referred to dogs. Fresh out of college with a business degree that is scrap paper, she needs to get an Ivy League masters degree to pursue her dreams. When Kayla is accepted to be one of the ten, her world takes a dark turn as she competes against women who live the submissive lifestyle for enjoyment. Can she hold on to her dreams long enough to win the competition and ten million dollars? Or will she get sucked into Dominic’s twisted world?

Only a few whips and canes stand between Kayla and the future she’s always desired.

Lights, camera, sex…

 “Are you ready?” I ask, placing my palm on her sweaty stomach. She’s so petite that my hand spans her entire stomach. It rises and falls with each deep breath she takes. This power I feel right now is utter heaven. She’s mine in every way possible, and no one can deny it. Fury of possession and lust hit me. I don’t want to hold back any longer.
Kayla nods. Gritting my teeth, I unfasten her gag and pull it away with a long strand of spit connecting it to her mouth. Her lips part and close a few times as she adjusts to the new sensation.
Lips. They’re such innocuous things in real life. They speak, and laugh. They kiss babies, and are responsible for filtering or not filtering every word you ever speak. In my world, this world, they’re the most erotic, beautiful, stunning part of a person. Lips praise. They suck and kiss and worship my body. Kayla’s lips worship me. I am obsessed with lips, but especially hers right now because I know that this isn’t her life, nor is it something she would pick for herself, yet her lips are asking me for more. Words passing her lips about how good I feel, how wet she is, thanking me for filling her with a vibrating dildo. It’s uncomplicated in here. She obeys. She wants more.
Removing the gag does give me pause, because she could potentially say something un-sub like and ruin the scene, but at this point I wouldn’t even care, I’ll still fuck her. My cock is heavy and dripping with pre-come. I glance at the large, digital clock to my right to make sure my timing is on par and catch sight of the crew.
Rachel grew up in a small, quiet town full of loud talkers. Her words were always only loud on paper. She has been writing stories and creating characters for as long as she can remember. After living on the west coast for many years she recently moved to Virginia Beach, VA.

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Waiting On Wednesday # 194 – The Way to Game the Walk of Shame / The Sleeping Prince

Jenn P. Nguyen is a new author for me, and The Way to Game the Walk of Shame sounds like it would be amusing!
I really enjoyed the first book in The Sin Eater’s Daughter series, so I need to grab the sequel!
The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
Title: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame
Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Expected Publication: June 7th 2016

Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.

The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #2)
Title: The Sleeping Prince
Author: Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater’s Daughter #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Expected Publication: May 31st 2016

Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine where I have the chance to spotlight upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.
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