Waiting On Wednesday #216 – Lucas / Last Ride (@JayMcLeanAuthor, @ChantalFernando)

I am pretty far behind in reading Jay McLean's work... but I'm keen for the first book in her new spinoff series!
I can never get enough of the Wind Dragons MC series!
Lucas (Preston Brothers, #1)
Title: Lucas
Author: Jay McLean
Series: Preston Brothers #1
Genre: NA Romance
Expected Publication: November 1st 2016

In a sprint, every millisecond counts.
When you’re waiting for love, those milliseconds can feel like eons.

High school senior Lucas Preston has it all: star of the track team, a scholarship waiting for him, an apartment to himself and a revolving door of girlfriends. He also has an older sister, five younger brothers and a father who relies on him to make sure those brothers don’t kill each other.
His saving grace? Lois “Laney” Sanders, a girl he started to fall in like with when he was just eleven.
A girl who became his best friend, his confidant, his courage.

It took only sixteen clicks and eight seconds for Lucas to realize that his like for Laney had turned into love.
Eight life-changing seconds.
It’s also the exact length of time it took to lose her.

Last Ride (Wind Dragons MC, #5.5)
Title: Last Ride
Author: Chantal Fernando
Series: Wind Dragons MC #5.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Expected Publication: November 7th 2016

The Wind Dragons MC couple who started it all is back! We met the stars of Chantal Fernando’s bestselling series in Dragon’s Lair, and now Sin and Faye are ready for more—and with these two, that means more passion, more action, and more of the best kind of trouble.

Sin, president of the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club, doesn’t mind that things have quieted down since he got married—with Faye at his side, he’ll never be bored. Plus, they’ve got their little girl Clover to keep them on their toes. But when new MC brother Talon needs help rooting out a traitor in his old club, Faye’s the first to volunteer. She’s more determined than ever to get involved and put her law degree to good use, but Sin soon finds himself riding to the rescue. Because he’ll kill anybody who touches a hair on Faye’s head—if she doesn’t get to them first. One way or another, tonight’s going to be someone’s last ride…

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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Keepsake by Sarina Bowen ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday (@SarinaBowen)

Keepsake is the first book I've read in this series, and it was a beautiful and emotional read that I thoroughly enjoyed! I'm excited to get my hands on more stories from this amazing world!
Keepsake (True North, #3)
Title: Keepsake
Author: Sarina Bowen
Series: True North #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 25th 2016
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There's a first time for everything.

Lark Wainwright used to be fearless. Her life was a series of adventures, each one more exhilarating than the last. But her recent overseas adventure was one too many. Now she’s home and in one piece. Mostly. But her nights are filled with terror.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps at the chance to spend fall in Vermont. But her nightmares don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of the Shipley Farm to soothe her when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah is a survivor, too. It’s been four years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult where he grew up. He’s found a peaceful existence on the Shipley’s farm, picking apples and fixing machinery. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. He doesn’t always know what to make of a world where movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV or spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she pushes Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he's good for much more than farm labor.

I've recently come to love Sabrina Bowen's work and I was excited to get into her newest release, Keepsake, and the beautiful world she had created. Lark and Zach had both been through traumatic situations that made big changes to their lives, both physically and mentally. It was such a beautiful read, where both characters grew into stronger people, and managed to find love on the way.

Lark had recently returned from Guatamala, after being through a frightening situation. She was trying to become the person that she was before she left, but was finding it hard to keep her demons at bay. She hoped that going to spend time at her best friends property, and doing manual work would help her find the girl that she once was. It was sad to see her struggle though, while maintaining a strong front for everyone around her. Zach was the only person who seemed sooth her demons and saw past her tough exterior to the vulnerable girl underneath.

Zach had made his own life after being thrown out of the only home he'd ever known. I loved learning about his past and what he endured, and then to see how he had adjusted after finding Isaac and Leah. I loved his innocence, he was the most kind hearted person, and would do anything for those he considered family. He had feelings for Lark since she visited last spring, and could see the change in her since her ordeal. It was sweet to see him comfort her through her rough nights and to see their relationship grow through these small but huge gestures.

Lark and Zach's relationship developed slowly, because it was hard for either of them to show their feelings, and in Lark's case she was still struggling with what happened. Sabrina Bowen wove this element of the story beautifully, especially since she had to deal with the delicate issue of PTSD. But throughout it all I was glad that Lark and Zach's feelings continued to strengthen as they both grew into improved people. I enjoyed seeing the strong relationships between the others on the farm as well, they all gave greater depth to the story and I'm keen to read the previous stories, as well as the ones I've missed out on so far. I have Bittersweet, and I plan to jump into it ASAP!

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

This was a big moment between Lark and Zach! They were both unsure of each other's feelings and this kiss straightened everything out!

“I think I screwed up tonight. If that kiss made you uncomfortable, then I’m really sorry. I’ll never do it again. It was overstepping. Maybe I offended you.”
“Offended me,” he echoed. When he finally lifted his chin, the heat in his expression was not what I’d expected.
“Y-yeah,” I stammered.
Zach stepped into my personal space so quickly I didn’t have any time to react. My backside collided with barn wood at the same moment his hand cupped my cheek. In the nanosecond before he kissed me, I took a fast breath and inhaled the scent of hay and clean flannel. Then his hungry mouth took mine.
Oh, wow.

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Sarina BowenSarina Bowen is the USA Today bestselling author of steamy, angsty Contemporary Romance and New Adult fiction. She lives in the wilds of Vermont.

She is the author of The Ivy Years, an award-winning series set amid the hockey team at an elite Connecticut college. Also, the The Gravity series.

With Elle Kennedy, Sarina is the author of HIM and US.

Other reviews featuring Sarina Bowen
The Ivy Years series
The Year We Fell Down #1
The Year We Hid Away #2
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Friction by L.D. Davis ~ Audiobook Review & Quote-tastic (@LDDAVIS478)

Friction sounded like a fun read so I had to give it a try, and it wasn't a bad read. I hadn't read L.D. Davis before, so I thought it was a great introduction to her work... I've had a taste and want more!
Title: Friction
Author: L.D. Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 12th 2016 (first published December 22nd 2014)

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Noa was trampled and nearly killed by hundreds of horny female fans at a concert for a band she didn't even like, but Alden, the bad boy lead singer of the band, saved her from the trampling tramps. Alden is used to getting what he wants, especially women, but Noa can't stand the cocky, pelvic thrusting rock star.

Some things should remain in the dark, but by grudgingly spending time with one of the biggest superstars in the world, every dark corner of Noa's life will be illuminated under the spotlight. Will she be able to survive it? Will Alden be able to survive the consequences of Noa's past? Will Noa be able to survive the sexy, brash, and talented Alden Breck?

Friction was a bit of a fun, sexy read, with a touch of danger, as I met Noa, who happened to get trampled at a concert she didn't want to be at. She loathed the main singer for Friction – Alden Breck. After he rescued her, she bantered with him and it's clear that she couldn't stand him. But after a few encounters and a promise from Alden, they spend more time together and build a strong friendship.

In the beginning, I wasn't sure about Alden, but the more I learned about him, the more I liked him. He had a troubled childhood and struggled for a long time. He found happiness with music and became very successful. He has a cocky, confident attitude, but underneath there's still a vulnerable guy who thinks he'll never be loved. So it was sweet to see him fall for Noa.

I enjoyed seeing these two spend time together and watching the chemistry sizzle. It was clear to me that Alden saw Noa differently than other girls, but she tried her hardest to keep him at arms length. It annoyed me that she was sort of stringing Alden along, as he kept opening up to her about everything. But I liked that she was willing to get to know him, and to see her become more confident around him as she had had a hard life too.

There was some seriousness to this story, as I learned that Noa had struggled through an abusive relationship. Her ex pops up occasionally to make life difficult for Noa with his possessive and stalkerish tendencies. Alden wanted to protect her as much as he could but it was hard while Noa held back details.

Friction was mostly told from Noa's perspective, but a couple of different ones popped up toward the end. I enjoyed the narration by Samantha Prescott. She was easy to listen too and kept me indulged in the story. I felt that the storyline dragged a little at times and a few issues arose that I felt weren't needed. But overall, for my first L.D. Davis read, it wasn't a bad story. It was a sizzling and entertaining read, and I look forward to trying L.D. Davis again in the future. 

Alden grew up a lot throughout the story and I liked seeing this change in him, and he put his feelings out there.

“I want to be your hero,” he said softly. “I want to take care of whatever demons that are chasing you, Noa. You are… magical. You’ve changed me, forever, and I will never resent you for it. You’ve made me a better man, a man worthy of someone as extraordinary as you.”
His hands cupped my face again. “Baby, let me take care of you. Let me make it all better. Tell me where it hurts and I’ll fix it.” One hand dropped to my chest over my heart. “I’ll fix you.”

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L.D. Davis is a New York Times bestselling author. A 30 something mother, wife, friend, writer, with a half cup of awesome. Just a half cup, though. Her debut novel Accidentally on Purpose was an Amazon best selling novel that landed on the New York Times 3 months after its release.

L.D. Davis is Author of: Accidentally on Purpose, Worthy of Redemption, Worth the Fight, Pieces Of Rhys, Tethered, Girl Code, Friction, Things Remembered and her latest release Sift. Visit her at www.lddaviswrites.com, Facebook.com/LDDavisWrites and on Twitter @LDDAVIS478.

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The Promise by Melody Grace ~ Spotlight and Teaser (@Melody_Grace_, @RSofRomance)

This sounds like a beautiful read! I can't imagine having to go through such loss and trying to fulfil the last promise!
The Promise
Title: The Promise
Author: Melody Grace
Genre: Romance
Published: October 17th 2016

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“Promise me one thing. Promise me you’ll live.”

Claire Fortune arrives in Boston with an old notebook and her best friend’s dying wish – to finish the scribbled bucket list that Hope didn’t have time to complete. Moment by moment, Claire builds a life she never dreamed of – until Theo walks into the coffee-shop one crisp September afternoon, and her careful plans scatter on the winds.

Sometimes a chance meeting can change a life forever.
Sometimes fate knows exactly what we need.

Perfect for fans of ‘Me Before You’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, ‘The Promise’ brings together two people searching for a love that can overcome tragedy. A heartbreakingly romantic novel that challenges us to live – and love - every day as if it were our last.

Hi! I’m Melody Grace, author of the bestselling Beachwood Bay series. Some things about me:

1 I’m a small-town girl turned California beach lover.

2 I spent my childhood with my nose in a book before deciding to try and write one myself. I love all kinds of genres – from thrillers to YA and mystery – but romance has always been a passion of mine.

3 I love pistachio ice-cream, vanilla lattes, bad action movies, and Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I’m still watching… I can’t quit!).

4 I have an uncanny sense of direction. I once drove halfway across Canada without GPS or a map!

5 I have two adorable rascal cats named Bucky and Steve, I rescued them as kittens, and yes, I spoil them rotten.

6 I’m allergic to chocolate 🙁

7 I love sexy, heart-felt reads with strong heroines and swoon-worthy men. Why don’t you check out a couple of my books and meet your new book boyfriends?

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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Harley & Rose by Carmen Jenner ~ Review, Giveaway & Swoon Thursday (@CarmenJAuthor, @RSofRomance)

If there is a book you NEED this week, for under a dollar, it must be Harley & Rose! This book will rip you to shreds, but I assure you, that it'll be all worth it!!
Harley & Rose
Title: Harley & Rose
Author: Carmen Jenner
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 18th 2016

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Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier?

Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone.

Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue.

She’s always been his best friend.

He’s always been hers.

She’s in love with him.

He’s … not in love with her.

He’s … marrying someone else.

He’s … hiding something.

He’s … well—it’s complicated.

It's been a long time coming, but I've finally picked up my first Carmen Jenner book, but I'll tell you that I did not expect this! I didn't realise that my heart was going to break over and over, and then to have my soul ripped out, while my emotions spilled over and I ugly cried! This book was so hard to read, was beautifully written and addictive to read right until the final page!

Harley and Rose have been best friends since they were five years old, and through this book I saw how close they were, both in the past and the present. In the present, Rose supported Harley as he was left at the alter by his fiancée, and she accompanied him on his honeymoon. There were ups and downs as Harley dealt with his feelings, but Rose had to give him time. She enjoyed the sun and sand, and was able to make some decisions of her own. When they return home after a reality check things are strained, but there's something, as a reader, we were missing.

The snippets from the past showed me how close they were growing up, and I could see the constant love they had for one another. Harley was really the sweetest, and fought for Rose when needed. But there were times when things were so hard and it was difficult for them to find that eternal happiness together. One thing I knew though, no matter what these two went through, they loved each other fiercely, and probably so much that they'd sacrifice their own happiness to spare hurting one another.

Carmen Jenner wove this tale perfectly as I became emotionally attached to the characters and their story. I can't imagine how difficult this story was to write!! Rose was a successful businesswoman, who wore her feelings openly. Harley knew what he wanted, but was hiding something that forced him to keep distance between himself and Rose. I loved how the story unfolded and I cried during a big section of the book, so I know this book will be on my mind for a long time! What are you waiting for? Get it! You won't regret it! Just have the tissues on standby...

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! ***

There was a moment leading up to this that I loved too, but it was a little long, so I settled with this...

“Rose, when I get home, I’m going to put a ring on that finger.” He cups my face with both hands, searching my gaze like a desperate man seeking salvation. “So you had better wait for me. Promise you’ll wait?”
I nod and smile through my tears. “Forever if I have to.”

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Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.

Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.

A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.

A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?

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Waiting On Wednesday #215 – Preppy / Archangel's Heart (@TM_Frazier, @NaliniSingh)

I NEED Preppy, like months ago! Liz @ Fictional Candy and I have been dying for this one! 
And more Raphael & Elena, I love this world, I'll always have more!
Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One (King, #5)
Title: Preppy: The Life & Death of Samuel Clearwater, Part One
Author: T.M. Frazier
Series: King #5
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Expected Publication: October 25th 2016

Bowtie...'till I DIE.

Samuel Clearwater, A.K.A Preppy, likes bowties, pancakes, suspenders, good friends, good times, good drugs, and a good f*ck.

He’s worked his way out from beneath a hellish childhood and is living the life he’s always imagined for himself. When he meets a girl, a junkie on the verge of ending it all, he’s torn between his feelings for her and the crippling fear that she could be the one to end the life he loves.

Andrea ‘Dre’ Capulet is strung out and tired.

Tired of living for her next fix. Tired of doing things that make her stomach turn. Tired of looking in the mirror at the reflection of the person she’s become. Just when she decides to end it all, she meets a man who will change the course of both their lives forever.

And their deaths.

For most people, death is the end of their story.
For Preppy and Dre, it was only the beginning…

Archangel's Heart (Guild Hunter, #9)
Title: Archangel's Heart
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #9
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Expected Publication: November 1st 2016

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.

Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…

Nothing will ever be the same again.

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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With Ties that Bind: Book Two by Trisha Wolfe ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday (@TrishWolfe)

The second book in the Broken Bonds series is now out and I'm telling you it was a fantastic ride! There were plenty of twists and the sexual tension was high... and I need more!
With Ties that Bind: A Broken Bonds Novel, Book Two
Title: With Ties that Bind
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Series: With Ties That Bind: Broken Bonds #2
Genre: Dark Romantic Thriller
Published: October 11th 2016
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A new threat has descended upon Arlington, and lead medial examiner Avery Johnson is in its sights, being targeted by the city’s latest serial killing menace known to the public as the Alpha Killer.

Whether urban legend or reality, the Alpha feeds into the media craze, orchestrating a killing spree to stamp out all rivals. And when Avery’s tangled web of deception pulls her further into to Alpha’s sadistic game, there’s only one thing she fears more: losing Quinn. With just as many secrets to guard as the elusive crime lord, Avery’s time is running out to reveal the truth to Quinn, the stubborn, by-the-book detective bent on protecting her at all costs.

As a lead takes the ACPD task force deep into the bowels of a corrupt law firm, the discovery of a vast criminal network with far-reaching connections threatens to unmask many players. How deep does the corruption go? How far does the Alpha’s reach extend? While the team races to catch a killer, Detective Quinn is faced with an impossible choice. Will he betray the woman he’s fallen for, or seek his own vengeance outside of the law?

Trisha Wolfe has done it again! She has sucked me into her twisted and slightly dark world, to try and unravel the mystery of who the Alpha is! Quinn and Avery face some tough times in this one, and I was hooked to the gripping plot and to the growing sexual tension between them.

Quinn was such a great guy! I love how devoted he was to his work and the pride that he takes from doing it right. But right off the bat he was thrown a curve-ball that had him out the door for a while. He would stop at nothing to protect Avery and continued to do what he could to make sure she was safe.

Avery had to face her demons once again, and her workplace was not the safe sanctuary that she was used to. It was invaded by people that are helping with the case, and she found it hard to work alongside them. Quinn hovered around her, and she enjoyed having him close, but she was just as independent as ever. When faced with a difficult plan to try and out the Alpha, she was positive that she would jump in to help.

Quinn and Avery are a great team together, but it was sad to see that the truth kept them apart at times... They had to work through a lot of issues, but I could see that their love for one another was only getting stronger. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded, and how the little plans and twists kept throwing everyone. And you know how I am about previous characters making appearances, and seeing them all work together was fantastic!

Like every book that I have read in this world, Trisha Wolfe has a way to keep you guessing! She threw in a few twists that keep you on your toes and to make you think. I enjoyed how the storyline built up and found myself reading so fast, just to see what was coming! It was a thrilling ride and I need more NOW!

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

This was a possessive moment for Quinn, and one of my favourites!

“Seeing him touch you…” A muscle feathers along his clenched jaw. “I’m going to touch, kiss, possess every inch of your body. I’m going to erase the image I have of him with you.”

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From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.

For more information on Trisha Wolfe and her works, please visit: www.TrishaWolfe.com

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Other reviews featuring Trisha Wolfe
With Visions of Red series
Book One
Book Two
Book Three
Broken Bonds Novel
With Ties That Bind: Book One
Living Heartwood series
Goddess Wars series
 Fireblood series
Unveiled #1.5
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