Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up 189 ~ Sad

Well... I'm still sick, but the hubby is worse, he's been off to the doctor a few times now. I finally bit the bullet and went to the doctors too, because I can't get my voice back, and the doctor said I had something viral, stuck in my throat!

We had a sad week too. Our dog died this week, we've had her for 10 and a half years. She went pretty quickly, between us noticing there was something wrong, and the next day we woke up and she died in her sleep. Very sad week all round.

I'm behind with blogging yet again... but I have read a lot and have written reviews, so next week I'll get stuck into scheduling. 
The Trouble with Goodbye by Sarra Cannon ~ Review & Quote-tastic
Wed to the Bad Boy by Kaylee Song ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #198 – Rake's Redemption / The Bourbon Thief
Mr. Romantic by J.A. Huss ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Hartstrings by L.L. Collins ~ Excerpt
Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez ~ Review & Quote-tastic 
Rake's Redemption by Chantal Fernando ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday
Waiting On Wednesday #199
Bad Teacher by Clarissa Wild ~ Review & Swoon Thursday
Rocking Kin by Terri Anne Browning ~ Blog Tour
I only had 2 review books... until Friday, when I cleared out emails and browsed on Amazon. They were all free or 99c!
Taming The Biker (The Biker, #5)
Taming The Biker (The Biker #5)
by Cassie Alexandra

Screwed (Screwed, #1)Once Upon A Half-Time: A Secret Baby RomanceRoommates: A Standalone Stepbrother Romance (Soulmates Series Book 1)
Screwed (Screwed #1)
by Kendall Ryan
Once Upon A Half-Time: A Secret Baby Romance
by Sosie Frost
Roommates: A Standalone Stepbrother Romance 

(Soulmates Series Book 1) by Hazel Kelly
Tackled: A Football Romance (The Alpha Ballers #1)
by Lucy Snow


Bad TeacherRake's Redemption (Wind Dragons MC, #4)
Bad Teacher by Clarissa Wild
Rake's Redemption (Wind Dragons MC #4)
by Chantal Fernando


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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Hartstrings by L.L. Collins ~ Excerpt (@AuthorLLCollins, @InkSlingerPR)

I think this would be a bit of a heartbreaking read, going off the excerpt! You need to check out Hartstrings for yourself!
Hartstrings (Jaded Regret, #3)
Title: Hartstrings
Author: L.L. Collins
Series: Jaded Regret #3
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: June 16, 2016
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Tanner Hart, the All-American bad boy bass guitarist of Jaded Regret, has one motto— play women’s bodies like he does the strings of his guitar— hard, in tune, and giving it his all until the show is over. The only strings he wants attached to him are the ones he plays on the stage.

He has quite the reputation, even with his own band, and he likes it that way. It keeps the truth of who he really is locked deep inside. But there's so much more to him than anyone really knows…

Now that he’s successful, he can afford to find out what really happened to the only girl who’s ever held his heart. The only thing is…will he really want to know the truth?

When Mackenzie ‘Mac’ Shepard finds herself in a situation she’s been in too many times before, she expects to do what she’s always done— cover it up, accept the apologies, and move on. She knows trying to get out is futile. What she doesn’t expect is for the world famous Tanner Hart to burst into her life like a knight in sexy armor.

When their lives collide and hearts get involved, can Tanner keep his hartstrings from being tangled up in his past, or can he make a new kind of music... with his heart?


Youre safe.” I put the key card in the door and pushed it open, allowing her to go ahead of me.

She dropped her purse on the table by the door and wrapped her arms around herself. It was then that I noticed her shaking again, her body trembling from head to toe.

Mackenzie.” I rubbed my hands on her arms as her cerulean pools of pain stared right through me. I felt her knees give way, and I knelt with her to the floor. Her hands covered her face, muffling her sobs. “You can do this.”

She shook her head. “You dont understand. Hell never let me go, Tanner. Now hell be after you. I-Im sorry. You should let me go back to him. Itll be fine. He loves me, in his own way.”

You arent going back there. Youve let him hit you for the last time. He doesnt love you, not if he can hurt you like this. And he can try all he wants to come after me. You dont need to worry about that. Come on, lets get you cleaned up.”

I lifted her off the floor, and she allowed me to guide her to the bathroom. I wrapped a towel around her shoulders and started the bathtub. I could feel her gaze on me, but she didnt say a word as I gathered some shampoo and soap from the shower. Something deep within me wanted to get every trace of blood off her body so that she could start fresh.

I tested the bath water and then turned to her. “Do you want to get in? I thought Id help you get the bl—get clean.”

She worked her lip between her teeth again. Her hands shook as she gripped the edges of the robe she still wore. Dark circles under her eyes highlighted her face, but I still found her breathtakingly beautiful.

I can leave the room.” I didnt want to, but not for the reason Id normally want to be in a bathtub with a woman.

Mackenzie gripped my shirt so fast, I jumped. “Dont leave. Please.” Her voice wavered with unshed tears, and I nodded.

Im right here.”
L.L. Collins L.L. Collins loves spending her days in the Florida sun with her husband and two boys, reading, and writing. LL has been writing since she was old enough to write. Always a story in her head, she finally decided to let the characters out made her lifelong dream of becoming an author come true in the self-publishing world. She’s the author of the Living Again Series and the Twisted Series, plus a new standalone, Back to the Drawing Board. Visit LL on her website, www.llcollinsauthor.com and on all social media. Look for more of her emotionally charged novels soon!


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Mr. Romantic by J.A. Huss ~ Review, Giveaway & Swoon Thursday (@jahuss, @XpressoReads)

If you want to try a J.A. Huss series, I suggest you get into this one people! She has turned up the suspense in the second novel in the Mister series and I cannot wait for more! 
Mr. Romantic (Mister, #2)
Title: Mr. Romantic
Author: J.A. Huss
Series: Mister #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Suspense
Published: June 22nd 2016

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Charm is the key to the world.

Charisma, magnetism, sex appeal—that ‘it’ factor that can’t be described.

Nolan Delany has it is spades.

The infamous Mr. Romantic.

And maybe he is out of my league… But I’m going to give it the old college try anyway. Because I didn’t travel two thousand miles for a job interview at his request just to be put out like trash.

Don’t underestimate me, Mr. Delaney.

I’m really not as innocent as I look.

What a fantastic read this turned out to be! I was not expecting such a change in style considering the first book was more of a romantic comedy, but J.A. Huss has kicked it up a notch with Mr. Romantic, adding some intensity, suspense and a few dark elements that I have come to love about her work! I am super excited to see where this story goes now and how all the Mister’s are really connected!

Ivy was sent an invitation to attend a job interview, and was swept away in a private jet across the country, to meet with Nolan Delaney – Mr. Romantic. She didn’t understand why she was picked and felt out of her comfort zone, but was determined to either lose her virginity or get the job (and I love a girl with a goal!). Each time she met with Nolan, the more she wanted to know him and to unravel his secrets and desires.

Nolan wasn’t sure why Ivy was sent for the job, and intended to send her home as soon as possible, but she unlocked something inside of him that had been dormant for some time. He wanted her badly and did everything he could to have her, even for one night. They each held secrets and Nolan told her about his darkest fantasies and let her in on details from his past that no one else knew about.

I enjoyed seeing the trust and passion grow between Nolan and Ivy. Ivy wasn’t very sexually experienced, but allowed Nolan to teach her and show her things that she wouldn’t usually do. Nolan’s fantasies are a little dark and twisted, but I felt that it was what this couple needed and may mean more in the overall story arc.

I enjoyed the new direction that this story took, with the Mister’s pasts coming back to haunt them, but also bringing the Mister’s together again. I loved the name drop that happened as well, and I may have got a little excited seeing that a character I want to know more about had something to do with the Mister’s pasts! I hope he makes an appearance again in future books! Mr. Romantic was everything I expected from a J.A. Huss read – a dark twisted romantic storyline, with a touch of suspense that I need more of! Bring on the next book!

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! ***


Nolan is sure one to talk dirty to a woman... check these out!

“Oh, don’t worry, Ivy. I don’t get girls in bed by wining and dining them. It’s the talking that lowers all those keen defenses and inner voices telling them to run away as fast as they can.”

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“Close your mouth, Ivy Rockwell,” I croon. “You’re making my dick hard just thinking about how you’ll suck it tonight.”

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorJAHuss), Twitter (@jahuss), and her kick-ass romance blog, New Adult Addiction (www.newadultaddiction.com).

If you're interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, or information on her upcoming personal appearances, you can join her newsletter list (http://eepurl.com/JVhAr) and get those details delivered right to your inbox.

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Waiting On Wednesday # 198 – Rake's Redemption / The Bourbon Thief

I love the Wind Dragons MC series, so this one is a no brainer!
Tiffany Reisz has a new book!! Yes please!!
Rake's Redemption (Wind Dragons MC, #4)
Title: Rake's Redemption
Author: Chantal Fernando
Series: Wind Dragons MC #4
Genre: Contemporary Romance 2 users
Expected Publication: June 28th 2016

In New York Times bestselling author Chantal Fernando’s latest novel in the Wind Dragons Motorcycle Club series, Rake—baddest of the bad boys—gets his own romance at last!

Rake is known for being up for anything, in and out of the bedroom. He’s wild, he’s deadly, yet quick with a joke or a stolen kiss. Known as the player of the WDMC, he loves women, the more the merrier. However, behind his womanizing fa├žade, Rake hides the pain of losing his first love, Bailey. He hasn’t loved anyone since, and doesn’t think he ever will.

Seven years after their split, Rake and Bailey run into each other at the MC’s favorite club. Old wounds resurface, secrets are spilled...and passionate feelings are awakened. But they’ve each done things to hurt the other, hurt them too badly to get over it—haven’t they? Only when Bailey’s connection to Rake puts her in danger from another Club member does he realize that there’s nothing he won’t do to protect her—and claim her as his once again.

The Bourbon Thief
Title: The Bourbon Thief
Author: Tiffany Reisz
Genre: Erotic Romance
Expected Publication: June 28th 2016

From the internationally celebrated author of the Original Sinners series comes a brand-new tale of betrayal, revenge and a family scandal that bore a 150-year-old mystery

When Cooper McQueen wakes up from a night with a beautiful stranger, it's to discover he's been robbed. The only item stolen—a million-dollar bottle of bourbon. The thief, a mysterious woman named Paris, claims the bottle is rightfully hers. After all, the label itself says it's property of the Maddox family who owned and operated Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the last days of the Civil War until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows… No one except Paris.

In the small hours of a Louisville morning, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. But the family tree is rooted in tainted soil and has borne rotten fruit. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. The Maddoxes have bourbon in their blood—and blood in their bourbon. Why Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance Tamara vowed against her family can finally be completed.


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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Wed to the Bad Boy by Kaylee Song ~ Review & Teaser Tuesday (@KayleeSong)

Kaylee Song has written a few books, and I decided to give Wed to the Bad Boy a try. It was a good read and I'm interested to read something else that she has written.
Wed to the Bad Boy (A Bad Boy Romance, #1)
Title: Wed to the Bad Boy
Author: Kaylee Song
Series: A Bad Boy Romance #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 26th 2015
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I never wanted a wife, but now that I have Joanna, I can't let her go...

Greyson

I was a cold-hearted bastard dedicated to running the company. A good one-night stand was better than any relationship, but Jo rocked my world and brought me to my knees.

Then her uncle, the crime king... of the East-Coast, forced me to marry her. Now she's stuck with me and I'm the last thing she needs.

But I can't stop wanting her.

Joanna

My life was perfect. Planned. Until I met Greyson. He tricked me into sleeping with him, but I didn't expect to fall for him

Now I'm his property and I can't get away.

He's such a f*cking monster, and I can't help but want him.

***This is a standalone novel with an HEA ending and your copy of Wed to the Bad Boy includes a BONUS BOOK! Rage, Book 1 of the Fire and Steel Motorcycle Club Series!***

Wed to the Bad Boy was a 99 cent bargain I picked up last year, when I was going through my bad boy stage, which I finally decided to read! This story was set around the Mob, and a feuding family that pushes them together. It wasn’t a very dark read but had enough moments that had you guessing what was going on.

Joanna was working for the Fitzgerald family to pay off her father’s debts. She was feisty but managed to stay under the radar for a while, until she caught the eye of Greyson Fitzgerald when he was being dealt a punishment. I liked seeing the banter between Joanna and Greyson; she tried to stay away from him, but he kept drawing her in.

Greyson is a ruthless killer, but seemed to switch off when he was with Joanna. She drew another side out of him and when these two hit the sheets it was hot! Greyson pushed Joanna to her limits and I could see they were both falling hard, but didn’t tell one another their feelings.

There were a few hiccups along the way – a half brother, a pushy uncle wanting to bring the Fitzgerald Company down and a father manipulating his sons. So it wasn’t an easy journey for Greyson and Joanna. I didn’t like how Joanna turned to putty once she got with Greyson, I wanted to see her push him more and show that they were compatible for one another.

Wed to the Bad Boy was a good read, but didn’t blow me away as I hoped it would. I hadn’t read a mob book in a while and wanted to get into the dark world that usually comes with it. This book didn’t really have any dark moments, a bit of drama, a quick, intense romance and a good storyline. I would like to try more from this author to see if she can win me over with something else.

My copy of Wed to the Bad Boy actually had another story in the back (Rage), which I did not realise until I got to the epilogue, 43% into the book. That little detail should’ve been advertised on the front of the book, a little heads up would’ve been nice. Unfortunately I haven’t read it as yet and will return to it in the future.
I really liked it when Greyson declared his feelings to Joanna!

“You are the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, Joanna. I try not to look but my eyes are drawn to you every time. It doesn’t matter if we are in a room full of people or if it’s just the two of us. You have me under some kind of spell.”

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Kaylee Song is the Authoress of the Fire and Steel Series. She specializes in Paranormal, Contemporary, Dark, and Historical Romance.


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The Trouble with Goodbye by Sarra Cannon ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@sarramaria)

I thought that The Trouble with Goodbye was a good New Adult read. I liked the romance and there were a few hard issues that the characters dealt with.
The Trouble with Goodbye (Fairhope, #1)
Title: The Trouble with Goodbye
Author: Sarra Cannon
Series: Fairhope #1
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Published: May 18th 2013

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One night can change everything…

Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.

Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.

With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.

That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.

Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late.

I picked up The Trouble with Goodbye when it was free back in March and I thought it was about time I read something by Sarra Cannon. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly I was swept away in this world, with two damaged characters who are trying to rebuild their lives in Fairhope.

Leigh Anne had returned to her home town because she had been struggling since an incident occurred 18 months prior. She crashed into town and was rescued by a blue eyed guy, and soon all the emotion she had been withholding pours out of her, and he seemed to understand her. The more time they spend together, the closer they get and they both share the secrets of their pasts.

I liked getting to know Leigh Anne and I kind of figured out what happened to her early on. I liked that she was willing to do what she wanted, and spent time with Knox, despite the rumours going around. Knox seemed like a tough guy, but deep down he was a sweet guy. He had a rough time for a while there, but has discovered his passion and fitted into Fairhope quite well.

I wanted more build up to Leigh Anne and Knox’s relationship, because it didn’t quite feel fully developed properly before they started exchanging the love word. They were sweet together, and seemed to have a strong connection, but I would’ve liked more interaction with them. Throughout it all, they remained devoted to one another, despite what others wanted them to do, and I was glad to see them fight for what they wanted and what was right.

There were some tough issues faced throughout this story, and I felt that Sarra Cannon addressed them tastefully which showed me that she’s a great writer. The Trouble with Goodbye is written in first person point of view from Leigh Anne’s perspective, and was a fast paced read with a touch of angst. It was sweet at times and I closed the book happy with the decisions made by the characters and that they’ll get through it stronger together. I look forward to reading more from this world!

I love Knox's way of thinking! And the second one I thought was sweet.

“Isn’t there some rule of logic, then, that says if you’re attracted to me and you want to spend time with me, then you should just do it? Or am I wrong about the way we feel about each other?”

Kindle Page 158

I’m still working through a lot of shit, but for some reason, I’m less broken when I’m with you.”
“Maybe it’s because we’re both broken,” I say.

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Sarra CannonSarra Cannon writes contemporary and paranormal fiction with both teen and college aged characters. Her novels often stem from her own experiences growing up in the small town of Hawkinsville, Georgia, where she learned that being popular always comes at a price and relationships are rarely as simple as they seem.

Her best selling Young Adult paranormal series, Peachville High Demons, has sold over 200,000 copies, and has spawned an entire world of different series, including Sacrifice Me and the new continuation series starting with Emerald Darkness.

She is a devoted (obsessed) fan of Hello Kitty and has an extensive collection that decorates her desk as she writes. She currently lives in South Carolina with her amazingly supportive husband and her adorable son.





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