Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@nwilliamsbooks, @PRHAudio)

This was the first book that I've listened to of Nicole Williams, and I thought it was a pretty sweet Young Adult read! It was nice to see one Summer at a camp could help people grow!
Title: Trusting You and Other Lies
Author: Nicole Williams
Narrator: Jorjeana Marie
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: June 20th 2017

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USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Nicole Williams delivers a seductive summer romance worth swooning over. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins.

Phoenix can't imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years--do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better? 

On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum--the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he's impossible to figure out--and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he's promising Phoenix a summer she'll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?

Trusting You and Other Lies was such a cute read!! It started with Phoenix and her family heading to the mountains to spend the Summer at a camp. She didn't want to go and resented her parents for making her go because things were a little strained between both her parents, and herself. She was still close with her younger brother and I liked seeing her protect him when she could.

Phoenix took on a councillor role at the camp, so she could earn some cash over the summer. She was unsure at first, made some mistakes and pushed herself when she needed to. But it was hard for her to get the approval from her leader, Callum. He was a gorgeous guy, who carried the world on his shoulders. He took his job seriously and if you made a mistake, you had to work back his trust.

Both Phoenix and Callum had a lot of trust issues, and they both struggled to let people in. Their stories were revealed along the way and I could see them both growing into stronger people. I liked seeing them work together and study together as their relationship strengthened.

I love the way that Nicole Williams wove this story! There was a lot of growth for all the characters: Phoenix, Callum and her parents. I liked that they all went into the Summer a little lost but were all stronger and better towards the end. Nicole Williams knows how to create a world that you can connect to and get lost in. I thoroughly enjoyed the narration by Jorjeana Marie as well, she switched into each character nicely and was pleasant to listen to. I'll be picking up more reads she narrates in the future, that's for sure!

Complimentary copy provided by Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.

Today I have the beginning of the opening chapter to share with you. It sets up how Phoenix is feeling about her summer. I hope you enjoy it!

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I'm a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I'm still writing because I love it. I write romance because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings.

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The Outsider Chronicles
Hard Knox #1
Damaged Goods #2
Lost and Found series
Lost and Found #1
Near and Far #2
Finders Keepers #3

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Blow by Heidi McLaughlin ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@HeidiJoVT, @readloveswept)

I hadn't read a book by Heidi McLaughlin before, so I grabbed Blow while it was just 99 cents! 
Blow (Virtuous Paradox, #1)
Title: Blow
Author: Heidi McLaughlin
Series: Virtuous Paradox #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 8th 2016

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Meet the complicated men behind the sexiest boy band in America! In Blow, the start of an emotionally charged series from bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, an insatiable heartthrob gets blinded by the spotlight—and learns to fight for love.

Bodhi McKnight has always had everything handed to him on a silver platter: fame, success, money, girls. The raven-haired, blue-eyed hottie is the son of Hollywood A-listers, and when he’s asked to join the boy band Virtuous Paradox, his star shoots even higher. But so do expectations, leading Bodhi down a destructive path of addiction—until a drop-dead gorgeous guardian angel shows him her sizzling brand of tough love.

When Bodhi ends up in rehab, he doesn’t expect to meet someone as cool and down-to-earth as Kimberly Gordon. Although he’s enjoyed the company of beautiful, charming women before, none of them have tried to get to know the “real” Bodhi. But Kimberly isn’t fazed by his stardom. She’d rather go horseback riding, teach Bodhi to play guitar, or ask him about his feelings. Soon Bodhi realizes he’s fallen head over heels for her. He just hopes that he’s strong enough to protect what they have from all the pressures and temptations of the outside world.

Blow was quite the eye opening read into the life of an addict. It may not be a true indication of what a full blown addict has to deal with, but it gave me a bit of a glimpse into the life of someone that didn't realise he was suffering. Throw in a hot and sexy counselor, and I knew I was in for a lot of smouldering fun!

Bodhi McKnight was exactly what I thought a guy from a boy band would be like: confident, charming and sexy. He was a little lodt relying on his addiction, so it was good to see him come to terms with it and become a better person. I liked seeing him grow in rehab, make an acquaintance, and fitted into the lifestyle there. Once he was out, he did all he could to stay clean and worked on improving himself.

Kimberly Gordon was may've crossed a few lines when it came to Bodhi, but I could see these two were meant to be. She was a strong, sweet and caring girl, that Bodhi needed at the time. I liked seeing their chemistry grow throughout the story, and seeing little things test and strengthen their relationship.

I liked getting to know the other guys from Virtuous Paradox too. Brayden and Carson are good friends and supported Bodhi during his dark time. I got little glimpses as to the direction of their romances and I look forward to seeing more!

I enjoyed Heidi McLachlan's writing style and felt she did a great job at portraying what happens to a person that faces their demons. I liked how the relationship began and seeing their attraction flourish! Bodhi's relationship with his parents strengtherned too, and I liked seeing that element in the story. The storyline was easy to follow and I liked most of the characters that I was introduced to. I'm keen to continue this series, so bring on the next book!

*** 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! ***

This is a great first kiss! The passion and chemistry was off the charts for these two!

The way she looks at me, with the moon casting a glow on us, makes it seem like we’re in the middle of a movie set. The only thing missing is the cheesy music put over the clip to alert the viewers that a kissing scene is coming up.
Kiss her.
I lean forward, listening to my heart, and press my lips against hers. They’re soft and mold to mine perfectly. I step toward her, closing the gap, and place my hand on her hip, bringing her forward just a hair. My tongue reaches out to test her willingness to kiss me, gliding along her lower lip. She places her hands on my chest and her fingers brush over my skin, sending shock waves to my core.

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Heidi McLaughlinHeidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.

When she's isn't writing one of the many stories planned for release, you'll find her sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games

Heidi's first novel, Forever My Girl, is currently in production to be a major motion picture.

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Brutal Sin by Eden Summers ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@EdenSummers1)

The final book in The Vault series has been released! I am a week late with my review, but work and being sick has not helped! So... better late than never!
Brutal Sin
Title: Brutal Sin
Author: Eden Summers
Series: The Vault #3
Genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Published: August 7th 2017

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Falling in love will be brutal.
Bryan is ruthless, heartless, and more than a little proud of his notorious reputation, until his bad attitude threatens to strip him of the one place he can’t live without. His sanctuary. The Vault. The exclusive club is the only place he feels at home, and he’ll do whatever it takes to reclaim what is his. Even if it means asking for help from the woman who landed him in trouble in the first place.

Pamela may have become weak-kneed over Bryan’s talented hands once before, but this self-empowered widow isn’t stupid enough to want more from the sanctimonious ass. Nope. At least that’s what she tells herself before he turns up at her cafĂ©, offering to refresh her memory on his skilled fingers and filthy words in exchange for a favor.

He needs her to set things straight in the Vault. She needs him to satisfy the cravings of fulfillment she’s been missing. It’s a match made in hedonistic heaven, until hostility turns to lust, and lust into passion, capturing them both in an emotional web neither one of them want to be ensnared in.

Warning: This is an exhibitionist’s playfield and a voyeur’s delight, but dominance always rules. Throw in teasing, torture, and a gag or two, and you’ve got yourself another night of debauchery within the carnal walls of the Vault of Sin.

It's been almost 2 years since I began The Vault series, and I have been hanging to read Brute's book. I was eager to meet the girl that would bring back the spark that appeared to be missing. What I didn't expect to find was the hurting boy hidden within the man and to see him struggle with his feelings when someone from his past contacted him.

Brute/Bryan was the alpha male I expected him to be! He was sometimes rude and abrupt, but that was just the way he was. When it came to Pamela, I could see him softening towards her, as she was getting under his skin. He revealed details about his past to her, which he hadn't done before, not even to his best friends Leo and T.J.

Pamela was a girl who knew what she wanted and was sick of giving in to the boys that were trying to seduce her. She wanted a sure thing, with a guy who would give her what her body needed, so Shay set her up with Bryan. She tried hard to not get attached to him, even though each time they were together he blew her mind. She opened up about her past and Bryan understood her hesitancy.

I loved seeing these two together, because they had more in common than they realised to begin with. They had insane chemistry and it was only a matter of time before Bryan knew Pamela was different than other girls. I liked seeing all the previous characters in the series again too, and how they came together, despite Brute trying to push them away. Brutal Sin was a sexy and intense final instalment in the series!

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

This was a beautiful moment between Bryan and Pamela!

She smashed her lips to his and immediately drowned in the intensity of his reciprocation. His hand flew to her hair, sliding over her scalp, holding her close. His arm wrapped around her waist, squeezing life back into her. Every part of him touched her. Every inch of her body remained at his mercy, while his tongue parted her lips and delved deep.
He took over. Made her hyperventilate. All with one kiss.
With only his beard, lips, and teeth.

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Eden Summers is a true blue Aussie, living in regional New South Wales with her two energetic young boys and a quick witted husband.

In late 2010, Eden’s romance obsession could no longer be sated by reading alone, so she decided to give voice to the sexy men and sassy women in her mind.

Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.

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Knot by Lili St. Germain ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@LiliStGermain1)

Glamour is a book of short stories where some of our most loved fairytales have been retold in a new way. I read one of these stories, and I know I want to read the rest! 
Glamour: Contemporary Fairytale Retellings
Title: Knot
Author: Lili St. Germain
Genre: Erotic Romance
Published: July 18th 2017

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Once upon a time...

Remember the fairy tales your parents read to you when you were little?

These are NOT those fairy tales.

From modern day royalty to metaphorical dragons, contemporary castles to sexy heroes, these bestselling authors twist tales as old as time into something new.

GLAMOUR contains eight exclusive never-before-seen novellas that each have an HEA... because they all lived happily ever after.

Includes the following retellings...

KNOT by Lili St. Germain
A Rapunzel story

A Little Red Riding Hood story

RIPPLES by Aleatha Romig
A Prince and the Pauper story

IN A STRANGER'S BED by Sophie Jordan
A Goldilocks story

BEDTIME STORY by Skye Warren
A Sleeping Beauty story

ROYAL MATTRESS by Nicola Rendell
A Princess and the Pea story

MUSIC BOX GIRL by Sierra Simone
A Twelve Dancing Princesses story

BROKEN HARP by Nora Flite
A Jack and the Beanstalk story

Knot by Lili St Germain

What a fantastic beginning to a new series by Lili St Germain! Knot may be a retelling of Repunzel, but Lili has added her own unique twisted and dark spin to that old fairy tale! I know she can deliver reads that can have you cringing, but they are highly addictive too. Add in a little attraction, some suspense and it's a definite winner for me!

The Prologue was freaking amazing! Getting that glimpse into the type of man that Ignacio was, I just new he was a different kind of evil. Then learning what happened to Seraphina made my heart break for her. Thank goodness for Xavier. He isn't so innocent, but he had good intentions and he brought back a spark of hope for Seraphina, and I just wanted to see more of them together. Even though it was such a short read, I could see Xavier trying to work through his guilt, and it was sweet seeing Seraphina blossom a little.

Lili St Germain is a bloody genius when it come to dark romantic suspense. Even in this short read I know I want more. The characters aren't perfect, they have issues , but I just want to see them grow and survive in their dangerous world. Knot is the beginning of Seraphina and Xavier's journey, and I NEED to see what happens next! 

*** 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! ***

A couple of short teasers today...

“I want to kiss you,” she whispers. I lick my lips. A kiss, my conscience can handle.

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I savor every inch, every damn second, every wet kiss, every tiny moan.

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
Lili St. GermainLili writes dark, disturbing romance. Her #1 bestselling Gypsy Brothers series was created in a serial format – quick, intense episodes released frequently with some wicked cliffhangers. The Gypsy Brothers series focuses on a morally bankrupt biker gang and the girl who seeks her vengeance upon them. The Cartel series is a prequel trilogy of full-length novels that explores the beginnings of the club, to be released in 2015 by HarperCollins.

Lili quit corporate life to focus on writing and so far is loving every minute of it. Her other loves in life include her gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter, good coffee, Tarantino movies and spending hours on Pinterest.

She loves to read almost as much as she loves to write.

Other reviews featuring Lili St Germain
Gypsy Brothers series

Cartel series
Cartel #1

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Bad Boss by Clarissa Wild ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@WildClarissa)

I'm a little late with my review, but I read Bad Boss by Clarissa Wild a few weeks ago and loved it! It was such a fun and amusing read! 
Bad Boss
Title: Bad Boss
Author: Clarissa Wild
Genre: Erotic Romance
Published: July 19th 2017

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What do men want more than anything? Money and women.
As the CEO of one of the biggest companies in the city, I am one lucky man.
Everyone wants a taste of what I’ve got to offer, and it’s massive. Girls fight over me in droves.
In my fantasy, of course. I had to make some sacrifices to get to the top.
To protect myself and the company, I always have to hide my dirty little secret…
I’m a panty sniffer.
What? A man has needs. Mine are just a bit more… outrageous. Instead of dating, I hoard panties.
Except it’s about to blow up in my face.
Because a beautiful girl just showed up for a job interview … the same girl I just bought a pair of panties from anonymously…
And what do I do?
I let my junk do the thinking, and hire her as my intern.

Author’s note: Don’t take it too hard, it’s just a book, not a big D. But this guy does have one. I’m not kidding. His schlong is huge and his ego is too, so beware. And as always … if you don’t like slapstick jokes and corny romance, don’t bother to read.

I've been a fan of Clarissa Wild's for a while now, and she's delivered a range of books in a number of genres, and I just love the way she delivered this erotic romance! It was a fun, hot read, with the right mix of smexy times, an intriguing storyline and a touch of intensity and it shot to the top of my list of favourite Wild reads!

Right from the beginning, when I learned about TJ's fetish, I knew this would be an amusing read, but it would also bite him in the ass! However, this fetish also brought Lesley and TJ together: he wanted something and she was able to supply it. When these two met, the attraction was instantaneous, and I just needed to see how things turned out for them.

Both Lesley and TJ are quirky in their own ways, but they were also confident and determined characters. They're easy to like, gelled well together and it was entertaining to get to know them. They had their hurdles, and their secrets, all while they were trying to work together and try to deny their chemistry.

Bad Boss was such a fun and light read that I devoured quickly. It was good to read something that I didn't have to take too seriously, but really enjoyed! Together both Lesley and TJ faced an issue together and it showed that these two were deeply in it together! I'm hoping I get more from this series in the future!  

*** 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! ***

The first one is hot and to the point, the second made me swoon! 

“I’m not a closet fuck,” I whisper as he leans in closer and closer.
He laughs. “No … you’re a bed fuck. And a desk fuck. And a bathroom fuck. And pretty much everywhere else I can think of.”

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“I’m the guy who tried to rescue you. Your boss. But you didn’t need any rescuing. I did. Which is what you did … over and over again … you saved my ass. You still do. And my brother would say I’d be a fool if I didn’t make you my girl for real.”

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Clarissa Wild is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author, best known for the dark Romance novel Mr. X. Her novels include the Fierce Series, the Delirious Series, Stalker Duology, Twenty-One (21), Ultimate Sin, VIKTOR, and Bad Teacher. She is also a writer of erotic romance such as the Blissful Series, The Billionaire's Bet series, and the Enflamed Series. She is an avid reader and writer of sexy stories about hot men and feisty women. Her other loves include her furry cat friend and learning about different cultures. In her free time she enjoys watching all sorts of movies, reading tons of books and cooking her favorite meals.

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Indecent Games 
Wicked Bride Games #1
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Fierce series
Fight #0.5
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Flame  #2
Filthy #3

Mr. X
Twenty-One (21) 

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