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Teach Me Sweetly by Abby Gale Review


When I accepted the teaching position in a town the size of my thumb, 
all I cared about was making some money until I was ready to pursue my dream. 

My time here was supposed to have an expiration date. 
My plan was simple.

Until her.
The girl with a cupcake and fascinating sadness.
Her beauty got my attention first, then her loneliness and melancholy captivated me. 
Her words and pain fed my interest, but it was her heart that sealed my fate. 

I came to this town with no expectations. 
But I didn’t know my dream and muse was waiting for me in a school uniform. 

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Abby Gale is an international author. She is an avid reader, former blogger, and a pharmacist. She writes whatever storyline sucks her in, but mostly her books will be erotica with some darkness in it.

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Oh Lord, guys. I gotta tell ya, this one got me. It hooked me into its depths, but it wasn’t from the first pages. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Maybe that’s why it took me a little longer to get into the book than some others. It’s taboo, but that initial “OMG HE’S IN A POSITION OF POWER IDK HOW I FEEL ABOUT THAT” is completely and utterly destroyed when you realize just how much sway Eva has over Elijah.

Eva: rich girl, with a tragic past. Adrift in the midst of high school and coming of age alone in the world, she’s looking for something she hasn’t had at home or school for as long as she can remember. She’s heartbroken, looking for someone to show her she’s not broken.

Elijah: struggling writer (I think there’s a majority of us out there that can relate) who falls back on a job he doesn’t want. He comes in to sub in a high school classroom as an English teacher. He doesn’t want the job, but he’s got bills to pay. Bills that won’t get paid at a diner in Seattle.

Eva and Elijah don’t meet at school, but they do see each other again there. They met once, though nothing transpired of it. Eva’s already got a bad reputation around town, one she hasn’t earned, but one she wraps around her like a second skin in the hopes her parents will notice her. Elijah wants to peel back her layers, but uh… he’s her new teacher.

Throughout the novel, despite their initial attraction, there’s a push and pull between the two. Elijah, because he can’t mess this job up. Eva, because she thinks she’s not worth it, that Elijah is like the rest of the people in her life. But the two are inevitably drawn together. With tender, gentle moments that will make you swoon, mixed with rough, dirty, naughty “adult time” that proves that love can be raw and sweet at the same time.

Teach Me Sweetly was raw and emotional. Eva had bits and pieces of the hormonal teenager outlook, but it felt real. It wasn’t over the top or dramatic. She had reasons for every thing she did and felt. Elijah struggles with his attraction, like any grown male in his position would do, but he genuinely loves Eva and wants to help chase the shadows from her eye. He protects her in an alpha way, but shows her the tenderness and affection she’s missing.

I gave this four stars because there were a lot of tense changes that made it hard to follow. That might change with editing if there’s still some left to do, and I fully understand this is an ARC, but still, it threw me off. (I’m also not an English major or editor. So it’s possibly just me.) I’d love a second in this series, showing them struggle through the next part of their lives together.

Ultimately, this book was gripping. I loved every second I devoured this. Once you’re in it, you’re in it. And there’s no getting out.

Lost in His Kiss by Tracie Douglas Review!

Annabella George never thought she’d find love again, and then she met Detective Jordan Lockwood. His kisses are addicting, and his touch sets her on fire. Everything about him is right, but her heart isn’t ready to admit it.

Jordan is a man who knows what he wants, and he won’t stop until she’s his. Convincing her he’s finished with his bachelor lifestyle isn’t easy, especially when she’s the one holding back.

But one phone call changes everything, and as the New Year approaches, Annabella has a choice to make: admit what she feels or walk away forever.

***WARNING*** This book is a novella, but it is part of The Lost Series. It’s hot but not as suspenseful as the others.

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Surviving on caffeine most days, Tracie Douglas lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, two dogs and one really fat cat. She spends her days chasing children and fur babies, all while maintaining the illusion of sanity.

Her nights are spent toiling away at the keyboard, creating a world filled with hot men and strong women. She loves to read and write all types of book but tends to lean on the darker side of the spectrum. She’s pretty handy with a crochet hook too.

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Tracie Douglas, you tease. You big, giant, dirty TEASE. I HATE YOU. Ok, I’m kidding. You’re actually amazing. Please, I’m sorry. I was in an emotional place, but I’m better now, I swear. I will be better for you. Just keep writing ok?

Lost in His Kiss is a novella in a new world, NYE Kisses with the characters from Tracie’s Lost Series. So if you’re looking for something sweet, with a bit of mystery and a cliffhanger, then this is the book for you.

It’s not a real cliffhanger. It’s just the kind that teases you with the next book in the Lost Series, which is the reason for my slightly over dramatic, mean, words before. — Which I’ve already apologized for, like, idk why you’re still talking about it… Whatever.

ANYWAYS, Lost in His Kiss the short and sweet New Years story of Annabelle George and Detective Jordan Lockwood. Their story began with a hint from another book, little tidbits, and gave us more insight to the rest of the series while also giving an older (I ONLY SAY OLDER BECAUSE SHE’S NOT 20 PLEASE DON’T BE MAD AT ME) woman and man their HEA.

Annabelle, Anna to most, Belle to Jordan, is locked in the past, mourning the death of her husband long since past. Jordan is a Detective that frequently helps out Cole Securities on their cases. They meet at Anna’s office, where she is the secretary to the boys we all know and love, where she denies their connection.

Jordan, tired of waiting, takes what he wants. So really, what I meant by short and sweet was dirty, sexy, loving, and yup, still too short.

But it’s ok, because we, and I mean those of us obsessed with the Lost Series, got a glimpse into the characters, a tease of what they’re doing, how they are, what their lives are up to (and if I’m speaking as if they’re real it’s cause they are. No, don’t argue. They are.)

Do you have to read the Lost Series to understand what’s happening? Probably, no. However, I highly recommend it. There’s some information in it that might leave you scratching your head, but if it doesn’t leave you itching to read the series, there’s a problem. (Again- don’t argue.)

So five stars, Tracie, for this wonderfully well written novella, for making me fall in love with the alpha boys and the family you’ve created all over again, and TEASING ME.

Luh yuh gurl.

Enjoy the Ride by Rebecca Sharp Review!

arcblurbenjoytherideFrom International Amazon Bestselling Author, Dr. Rebecca Sharp, comes the new standalone in the Winter Games series.

Chance
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐞𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐧𝐞 (𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝟏𝟎): 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐠𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐲𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐬. 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐛𝐚𝐝.
Do you know what it’s like to lose everything? I do.
Eight years ago, Jessa Lynn Madison and the title ‘Best Snowboarder in the US’ were both mine.
And then she betrayed me and the mountain had followed suit.
No matter how much I drank, the truth was hard to swallow when it meant choking on my pride.
And no matter how much I screwed, the truth was that I still wanted her.
Anger. Rage. They don’t even begin to describe how I feel.
I was never going to be able to compete again, but life had given me the perfect opportunity to have Jessa.
And to break her.
Misery loves company. And Jessa was about to be my company.

Jessa
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐥 (𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝟎): 𝐀 𝐬𝐲𝐦𝐛𝐨𝐥 𝐨𝐟 𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐛𝐞𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬.
All I wanted was a fresh start in the town I once called home.
Too bad home was littered with memories of him. Chance Ryder.
The man I’d loved. The man I’d left.
The man who was now my patient. And my roommate.
I know he wants to use me. I know he wants to hurt me.
But I also know that I can’t stop myself from wanting him.
And wanting him has always been my downfall.
Now all I can think about is how to tell him the truth and beg his forgiveness.
I, of all people, should know that explanations and apologies won’t matter.
When it comes to Chance Ryder, he’ll hold onto his pride
like he should be holding onto me.

Enjoy the Ride is the third standalone in the Winter Games series.

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aboutheauthor36273428_458026114658271_3025282750354554880_n**Healing Heartaches One Alpha at a Time**
I’m a dentist by day and author by night!
Dr. Rebecca Sharp is an International Amazon Best-selling author of contemporary romance. By day, she is also a doctor living in Pennsylvania with her husband. Growing up, she always loved a good love story and let’s face it, when you include a romance novel on your 8th grade summer reading list just to see if the teacher would notice (she didn’t!), she was bound to give writing one of her own a go. She also enjoys traveling with her husband, snowboarding, and cooking.

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reviewEnjoy the Ride 2

Me: I don’t like angsty romances.
Me: I realllyyyy don’t like the second chance trope.
Me: I love the a-hole but I don’t like when they’re just MEAN, ya know?
ALSO ME: LET ME READ REBECCA SHARP. THAT’LL DO ME GOOD.

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t like any of the above, you shouldn’t read Enjoy the Ride. However, if you can go into this with an open mind and heart, I STRONGLY suggest you read this.

“Then kiss me, Chance. Kiss me and leave me alone.” 

Jessa and Chance had a once  in a lifetime love, but they found it when they were too young. Their love was intense, all-consuming, and burned too bright for their eighteen year old selves. They were adventurous with their hearts and souls, but it wasn’t enough.

To save Chance from making a decision he would have regretted, Jessa made a decision that would change their paths irrevocably.

For the last eight years, Jessa avoided all things Chance, but when her soul tells her it’s time to go home, she does. Is it the mountain calling her? Or is it something else? Someone else?

Reading Enjoy the Ride sometimes felt worse than flying through the air and knowing you’re going to fall. The pit in my stomach didn’t go away for the entire 12 hours it took me to read this book. My heart continued to ache for Jessa, and I consistently wanted to scream and cry for Chance. (Yes, I wanted to cry for him too the big jerk!)

I am still kinda reeling from everything that went on. I mean, just when you think “there’s no way something else can happen” BAM, something else happens.  And it will wreck you. I thought On the Edge  had twists and turns galore, but Enjoy the Ride had waaaaaay more.

One thing I loved about this book is Chance. As much as he was a grade A a-hole, there was a loving man hiding beneath the layers of hurt and anger. He believes he wants to ruin Jessa, and gives himself the opportunity to touch her, get to know her. He believes he wants to ruin her, but he is also protective and possessive. He doesn’t let her get away with anything, and he definitely doesn’t let her keep her secrets.

Those secrets could crumble the man they call Pride, but Jessa is always there to pick him back up. Despite the fact it could ruin, destroy, and/or obliterate her heart, she puts it on the line to help Chance.

Enjoy The Ride5star

I’m swiping right! Review of Tracie Douglas’ Donut Swipe Right

newarcbannerblurbDouglas - Donut Swipe Right eCoverElizabeth Bennett has only ever wanted someone to love, but after several disastrous dates she’s beginning to think the single life will be her lot in life. Until her sister swipes right on a dating app for her, and she finds herself caught up chatting with a devastatingly handsome man. Days later, she makes him a proposition.

One night.
No names.
Just sex.

Will Darcy is at the top of his career, having risen in the financial community as a powerhouse. But he’s lonely and looking for more than the vapid women he meets at the functions he attends. Intrigued by the woman he is calling his Lizzy, he agrees to her terms and a magical night ensues between the two.

But, when the morning comes, and he wakes to find her gone, will one night be enough? Or will they both realize you Donut Swipe Right unless your ready for love?

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authortraciedouglasSurviving on caffeine most days, Tracie Douglas lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, two dogs and one really fat cat. She spends her days chasing children and fur babies, all while maintaining the illusion of sanity.

Her nights are spent toiling away at the keyboard, creating a world filled with hot men and strong women. She loves to read and write all types of book but tends to lean on the darker side of the spectrum. She’s pretty handy with a crochet hook too.

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Have you ever wondered how Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy would have fallen in love in a world with dating apps and social media? Tracie Douglas DELIVERS in this novella, making us want to eat donuts while wanting to lick the frosting off of Darcy’s (I refuse to call him Will) body all at the same time. She gives us sweet and sexy, insecure and confident, all at the same time. And I loved every single minute of it.

Also, I SEE YOU TRACIE with your reference to Cole Securities. YES. (I may or may not watch to much Ru Paul’s drag race.)

There are many romance authors out there, writing everything from historical fiction, to paranormal. The genre is huge, with new authors self publishing all the time. It takes work, time, money, and talent. There are good and bad books out there. There are authors out there that have huge followings, and some with a smaller following. Some have published a lot of books, and publish them quickly, while have only published a few, and take their time.

I fell in love with Tracie when I read Lost in the Shadows, then I fell in love with her again in Lost in Silence and Lost Without You, both of which I one clicked after reading Shadows (and I still owe Tracie a review of Lost Without You but I have been slacka-lacking!) These three novels are dark romance, which is one of my favorite genres to read, and I ADORED them so hard. When I heard Tracie was writing a novella that was short and sweet (pun intended) in a Donut Collaboration with 12 other authors (bakers dozen!) I jumped at the chance to read it. I was curious to see how it was going to turn out. Dark romance to something lighter? Not necessarily a romantic comedy, but 100% not dark romance.

And I was not dissapointed, y’all! That is how I can tell someone is an amazing writer. It’s not the only way, but it is one of the ways. Tracie switches it up completely, with an absence of blood and gore that my twisted heart loves, and brings us all a delicious gift. Lizzy and Darcy have a bunch of coincidences when they meet, right down to their names. They both think the other is only looking for one thing: a one night stand. What they don’t count on is the immediate connection they have with each other. They fight their instincts when it comes to one another, but ultimately Darcy gets all stalker-ish and finds his woman.

It’s romance so, spoiler, they get together. But these two burn the sheets together. I turned on my A/C when I started reading (also because it got hot AF all of a sudden). Just because this is short and sweet, does not mean that it’s any less sexy. Bottom line? Pre-Order this baby for $0.99, you will adore it as much as you do donuts.

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COVER REVEAL for Dante by JS Cooper + ARC Giveaway!

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Blurb:

A blind date set up by her grandmothers best friend.

A mistaken identity.

A crying baby left at her apartment.

 

What could possibly go wrong for Sadie Johnson? Just about everything. She thought her week couldn’t get any worse and then she went on her date and met Dante.

 

Dante Vanderbilt. Hot, charming, sexy, rich, and arrogant. He was the sort of man that every woman wanted to tame. Every woman except Sadie. She disliked him on sight and she let him know that right away. However that only seemed to amuse him and want her even more. Even though he assumed she was a flighty, careless single mother. Even though she let him believe that was true and that she would never want him as a stepdad to her pretend kid. He seemed to find her distaste appealing which only irritated her even more. Sadie couldn’t wait to leave the date and Dante behind, only he seemed to keep popping up wherever she went.

 

Sadie wasn’t sure what Dante wanted from her, but one thing she knew for sure was that she was in way over her head.

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author J.S. Cooper is a true romantic. Born and raised in London, England, Jaimie Suzi now lives in the USA with her dog Oliver and a house full of books. Jaimie loves to read and write romance and she loves hearing from her readers, so feel free to send an email at anytime.

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Love Letters Boxset by KL Donn Review

newarcbannerblurb31890770_480269689057782_5371221890616524800_oWelcome to the Love Letters, where each story is intsa-love and to the point!
Grab a coffee, some tissues, and a warm blanket to cuddle up with these short stories where falling in love through the written word is more common than a first date!

This collection includes:
Dear Killian
Dear Gage
Dear Maverick
With BONUS never been seen epilogues for each story

PLUS
An all new, exclusive short story
Dear Lena

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authorkldonnKrystal is a proud Canadian girl, hailing from Sherwood Park, Alberta. She has a strong dislike for the winter, and a love for spring. Married to her husband Steve, for 13 years, they have 4 beautiful read headed spawns ranging in ages 5-12. She has a strong love of coffee, sarcasm, and wine. (Not necessarily in that order either.)
She has been a published author for over 2 years now. With 9 full length novels (1 unpublished) and a dozen novellas with 3 published, 3 waiting to go into edits, 2 being rebranded, and 1 being extended into a novel.
Krystal loves to write about instalove between couples looking for love. She has a passion for contemporary romance and springs into menage as often as she can.
Currently, she is working on 2 new series, the Adair Empire (with the first 3 books already written). The Adair’s are a whole lot darker, dirtier, and grittier than what her readers are used to, but boy has she had a ton of fun writing them.
The What Happens When series will begin with Anonymous Bride on Oct 19 and continue with untraditional love stories. Bringing you all the good feels, a ton of love, and maybe – if you’re lucky 😉 a surprise baby or two!
With the exception of Anonymous Bride, you’ll be able to find all her books on all platforms!

You can find KL in any of these places! She loves to hear from readers all over the world!!
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Can you fall in love through a letter? Can a few short words lead to the kind of love we yearn for? Answer: as long as KL Donn is helping you do the writing, you’re damn right you can.

Warning: This review is short and sweet, just like the novellas, with my usual fangirl mixed in.

Love Letters Boxset includes Dear Killian, Dear Gage, Dear Maverick and an all new short story, Dear Lena. And they are literally EVERYTHING!! They are insta-love novellas, with distinct characters that make you want to know more (good thing KL put in some extra awesome epilogues *wink wink*). Jersey, Paisley, True and Lena are four separate individuals and Killian, Gage, Maverick and C (his name is a secret on purpose!) all love their women exactly as they are. The guys are over the top alphas, even through their letters, are instantly crazy and obsessed with their women. Even Gage, who actually writes to Paisley’s son Tommy before writing to Pais, has an instant connection with Tommy, and then to what Tommy tells him in his letters. (And we all know I’ve got a thing for single mom/dad books so Gage is obviously my favorite one. AND THAT EXTRA EPILOGUE HOLY CRAP).

Someimes with novellas, and insta-love, and the letter writing to find love thing, it can get repetitive. But not these. Oh no, these will keep you smiling the whole time (ok not the whole time because there’s some drama in them-but you need drama or these books would be insta-diabetes). These are the perfect pick me uppers to get you through the book slump, the book hangover, or to help you perk up after an emotional read (ehem, Fortuity & Serenity). They are re-read worthy, and they are SO worth you pre-ordering this box set.

The only thing wrong with this boxset is that it comes to an end. I’m going to need more of these letters, and I’m going to need them ASAP. Wait, was that to harsh? Ok, KL, take your time, no problem. Just maybe, write more yeah? Ok I love you.

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Fortuity by Rochelle Paige Review

arc review 1blurbfortuityThe only kinds of luck I knew were bad and worse…until my life hung in the balance. I finally caught a break in the form of a second chance.
I vowed not to let it go to waste.
To make a difference.

But I didn’t start really living until I met him.
Dillon Montgomery.
My complete opposite—except for our matching tortured souls.

I couldn’t resist him for long.
How could I when his smallest touch made my heart race?
When it felt like we were destined to be together.

But sometimes luck and sorrow are intertwined…

Fortuity is the first book in the Fortuity Duet.

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authorrochellepaigeRochelle Paige is the Amazon bestselling author of more than twenty books. She absolutely adores reading and her friends growing up used to tease her when she trailed after them, trying to read and walk at the same time. She loves stories with alpha males, sassy heroines, hot sex and happily ever afters. She is a bit of a genre hopper in both her reading and her writing. So far she’s written books in several romance sub-genres including new adult, contemporary, paranormal and romantic suspense.

She is the mother of two wonderful sons who inspired her to chase her dream of being an author. She wants them to learn from her that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

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HOLY CRAP Y’ALL!! This book is so crazy good. Although I can’t wait for the next one, and initially wanted to throw a Veruca Salt sized tantrum about not having the ending, it really does need to be in two books. So, while I want to be Veruca, I will patiently (or impatiently) wait for Serenity (May 8th) to arrive.

Faith is one of the strongest female characters I have read in a while. Scratch that, she’s just one of the strongest characters I’ve read. After her mom died, she is put into the system, bouncing around from house to house, looking for her place in life. She is looking to survive the present, not really looking to the future. When she gets sick in one of those houses, her life changes. Just as she’s about to lose all faith, lose all hope, she receives a miracle.

Dillon is suffering from loss, but isn’t handling it in a healthy way. He has turned to gambling to help him cope. His parents, at a loss for how to help him, ask Faith to bring him with her to her volunteering. His mother has ulterior motives, though, since she’s been trying to get Dillon and Faith to meet for months. When they do finally meet, they both feel the pull towards each other.

If you’ve read Push the Envelope (which, if you haven’t, you’re seriously missing out) then Dillon might remind you a bit of Drake. He pushes Faith, while trying not to scare her away. The moment he met Faith, even though she was mad at him, he knows what he wants, the same way Drake did, after realizing that Alexa was single. Since I loved Drake, I really loved Dillon. I loved that he tried to make everyday special for Faith. I love that he loves to surprise her. I love that Faith takes a risk on him, even though she’s working hard on her own goals. I love that they both support each other, support the other ones goals, and want them to succeed instead of giving something up to spend more time with each other. I basically love everything about this book.

Rochelle Paige continues to amaze me with her ability to draw me in with every book she writes. Her ability to form characters that are love-able, even when you want to shake them, makes me feel as if I’m watching a movie instead of reading a book (wait- can I start a petition going for this?) Rochelle, if I say I love you enough can I get the next book? KIDDING!

…maybe

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5star