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Truly Yours by Mia Miller Review

arcblurbtrulyyoursWe crashed into each other like the moth and the flame…

For years, we’ve been best friends.
I told him all my secrets and I believed I knew his.

In camp, I thought he was the most beautiful boy in the world.

In high-school, I promised him my virginity.

On our first day of college I had three revelations:

He’s a jerk.

He doesn’t care.

I don’t even know him.

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aboutheauthormiamillerMia Miller started writing as a getaway from a taxing day job in a multinational corp. A lover of all things romance since forever, Mia tries to find a little bit of a love story even in zombie movies. She likes her book boyfriends Alpha and her novels naughty.

Nowadays Mia can be constantly found typing away, with her Dogo Argentino at her feet. Mia brings to her readers books in the New Adult and Contemporary Romance genre.

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I gotta admit, making these teasers was SUPER fun. I don’t normally go for bright colors, but Delia brought out the artist in me.

Truly Yours breathes life into the term “second-chance romance”. I’m not usually one for second chance romances for one of two reasons:

  1. Someone was an idiot, which led to HUGE drama and it makes me want to scratch my eyes out.
  2. When they say “second chance” they mean second chance at love in general, where I always believed it meant finding love with the a person for a second time.

When a novel says it’s second chance, I usually skip past it. Either I want to throw the book at someone, or I’m confused as to what made it a second chance romance. But, when my girl Mia Miller announced this book, I couldn’t NOT read it. We all have our exception authors, and while Mia’s debut was only a few months back with Love on Hold, she blew me away. So whatever she writes, I’m bugging her until I can get my hands on it.

Truly is truly (heh) a second chance. Delia and Oscar met years ago at summer camp, when they were both young but infatuated. They became fast friends, opening up to each other in ways they didn’t think possible. They bonded on levels that they were too young to understand. But they lost touch over the course of their friendship, and miscommunication turned their young love into disdain. Fast forward a few years, and now their going to the same college, and the magnet that drew them together when they were younger brings them back. Delia may have started out as a girl infatuated, but she quickly grows to love Oscar as a woman (and I mean, he’s a ginger, who wouldn’t?). But Oscar is hiding a big secret, one that tore them apart when they were younger, and threatens their relationship now.

A perfect blend of past and present, mixing letters and memories for the past, Mia Miller paints a picture of two young adults finding love all over again. She creates a symphony of heartache and forgiveness, blending in topics that are hard to talk about and humor to lift you up. She outdid herself with this novel, and I’m anxiously awaiting the next *insert all the heart emojis here*.

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Serenity, the conclusion to the emotional and romantic Fortuity Duet by Rochelle Paige, is available NOW!

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I’d lived a privileged life, in the lap of luxury and surrounded by family. It had felt like I was on top of the world…until tragedy struck.

My sense of loss felt bottomless, and I struggled with it every single day. Finding my path back into the light seemed impossible.

But then I met Faith—she was smart, sexy, and out of my league even though she didn’t have a penny to her name. We grew up in different worlds, but somehow we fit perfectly together.

Except neither of us had counted on learning that our connection was more profound than we knew.

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“You feeling okay?” I murmured in Faith’s ear as I pulled her closer. We were watching a movie, cuddled on the couch together. I was leaning back against the cushions in the corner, and she was between my legs with her head on my chest. But she wasn’t relaxed like she should be after a day out shopping with my mom. She was so damn tense she was practically vibrating with it.

I slid my palms up her arms, pleased as fuck at the goosebumps that followed in the wake of my touch. There was no denying that she still responded to me with the same fierceness she had since we first met. But there was also no denying that something was wrong with Faith. She’d seemed off ever since we got situated on the couch a few hours earlier. I wasn’t sure what was bothering her, but it felt like she was pulling away from me.

When she’d moved in with me a couple of weeks ago, life had seemed as close to perfect as it could get. We had our college degrees. My dad gave me a week off before I started my new job at his company. Living with me meant Faith could continue on for her master’s degree without worrying about money. It was a big fucking deal that she was willing to let me take care of her that way since she was so damn self-sufficient.

My tough girl had finally taken down some of her walls and let me in. She’d even found the courage to admit she loved me.

Out loud.

Repeatedly.

But no matter how often she said those three little words, I still felt like she hadn’t let me all the way in. I figured it’d take time, and I needed to be patient with her. To remember she wasn’t used to being loved by anyone and didn’t know how to handle it.

Normally, I was okay with that. But tonight it was almost as though she was scared. And if my tough girl was afraid of something, then it was my job to make her feel safe. Which would be a hell of a lot easier if I knew what I was up against; only Faith wasn’t giving me much to go on.

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Rochelle 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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One Last Shot by Gillian Jones Review

blurbonelastshotMy name is Claire Knox.
People say I’m the female version of a player: a boyslayer, if you’re fluent in urban dictionary speak.
I hate long term relationships. I’ll never commit to sticking around long enough to get attached to the notion of love, marriage, or the proverbial two point five kids.
No sirree Not this girl.
There’s no way I’ll let myself get hurt by losing someone I love ever again.
Been there, felt that.
Consider me damaged goods if you will, but I’m happy.
Or so I thought, until my path crossed his again…

 

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Wife, mother, proud Canadian. Shoe addict, red wine connoisseur, lover of laughter and the friendships that cause it. I’m a sucker for those epic romances that steal my breath and leave me always wanting more.

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I think I’ve stated before that Gillian Jones is the queen of slow burn, and she is! The tension she creates makes you want to scream and fan yourself at the same time. And when her characters finally get together you want to jump around yelling “YES!” She manages to give you a book that makes you anticipate the hero and heroine getting together more than the characters are ready for, and also want to cry because her characters have gone through some serious pain and you just want to hug them so bad.

Do you know what I was not expecting when reading One Last Shot? I wasn’t expecting Matty and Claire to burn up the pages in CHAPTER. TWO. Yes, you read that right. I mean yeah, this is a second chance romance. Claire and Matty were together in college (around the time Kat and Ryker got together). But some stuff went down in My Mind’s Eye (trying not to give spoilers!) she runs away from Matty and all the possibilities of what they could be if she wasn’t so freaking stubborn… and scared.

And Matty, GOD I love Matty! He knows exactly what’s going on in Claire’s head, and is determined to make her see that they belong together. And I thought funny Matty was hot, but pissed off Matty is even hotter! The push and pull between Claire and Matty made me alternately want to pull my hair out of my head, then shake Claire, but then hug both of them. You want to talk about a perfect Book Boyfriend? Matty is it. Hands down.

Now back to the fact that this wasn’t a slow burn. In fact, these two fall into bed, sorta, with each other faster than you can blink. Now, after I read My Mind’s Eye and On the Rocks, I was convinced Gillian Jones needs Jesus. I mean, Ryker and Levi are like the king of dirty talk. BUT HOLY HELL, One Last Shot made me want to go to church. And drag her with me. Claire may be able to lie to herself about her feelings for most of this book, but she can’t deny the chemistry. Or the fact that Matty is the SWEETEST PERSON EVER. 

In case you missed it- I love Matty. Like, a lot. I’d love to have Ryker, Levi and Matty all to myself. Yup, that sounds nice. (Gillian is corrupting my sweet, innocent brain!)

One of my favorite things about this whole series, besides the hot guys, is that there’s a lesson to be learned in all three books. Each couple goes through their own self discovery, they learn about themselves as individuals, and they end up wanting to be better people. Not just for the loved ones they have surrounding them, but also for themselves. Basically, this whole series was awesome and amazing and you should totally go read it now. It’s free on Kindle Unlimited, but totally one-click worthy!

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Serenity, the conclusion to the emotional and romantic Fortuity Duet by Rochelle Paige, is LIVE!

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I’d lived a privileged life, in the lap of luxury and surrounded by family. It had felt like I was on top of the world…until tragedy struck.

My sense of loss felt bottomless, and I struggled with it every single day. Finding my path back into the light seemed impossible.

But then I met Faith—she was smart, sexy, and out of my league even though she didn’t have a penny to her name. We grew up in different worlds, but somehow we fit perfectly together.

Except neither of us had counted on learning that our connection was more profound than we knew.

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Rochelle 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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newarcbannerblurbserenityI’d lived a privileged life, in the lap of luxury and surrounded by family. It had felt like I was on top of the world…until tragedy struck.

My sense of loss felt bottomless, and I struggled with it every single day. Finding my path back into the light seemed impossible.

But then I met Faith—she was smart, sexy, and out of my league even though she didn’t have a penny to her name. We grew up in different worlds, but somehow we fit perfectly together.

Except neither of us had counted on learning that our connection was more profound than we knew.

Serenity completes Dillon & Faith’s story, which began in Fortuity.

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Rochelle 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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I wanted this book so much. When Fortuity ended, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I wanted to read Serenity IMMEDIATELY. I knew it was going to be epic, and it was. It was so epic I’m seriously struggling on what to write for this review. Rochelle Paige wrote ALL THE WORDS and I don’t know if I have any left to explain how amazing this book was.

Fortuity was told mostly from the point of view of Faith, and if you found yourself wanting more time in Dillon’s head, well you’re sure going to love Serenity. You get a better look at Dillon, and it is epic. I mean, their relationship was fairly easy when they got together and the cliffhanger at the end of Fortuity left me going no no no no no. Of course they were going to have issues. How could they not?

BUT MAN, do those issues snowball. No matter what, though, these two come together. They face the world together. There’s drama, BOY is there drama. Drama that sends Dillon and Faith spiraling for a hot minute. They’re left to question everything they thought they knew, everything they thought they were so sure of.

I loved the second in this duet because often when we’re reading romances, we read them falling in love, and that love is tested, but we don’t see them working through that test. It’s fixed and then BAM epilogue. Reading these two hold onto their love, and reading them actively work on themselves as individuals and a couple, but also read them support each other and their struggles, was amazing and different and stunning and totally run-on-sentence worthy.

Like I said, I knew Serenity was going to be epic, but I didn’t expect this total masterpiece. When I’m ready to bawl my eyes out (again-I’m a crier. I cry for everything) I’m going to do a re-read. They’re totally worth it. I bow to Rochelle Paige and her awesomeness. Totally epic. I’m running out of words to explain how much I loved this book, this duet, and I can’t talk about it too much without adding spoilers, so I’m going to shut my mouth and say you NEED to read this duet.

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Jock Row by Sara Ney is live and it’s SO GOOD Y’ALL

blurbjockrowScarlett is always the sensible one: The sober driver. The planner. The one holding your hair back while you’re worshiping the porcelain gods.

Week-after-week, she visits Jock Row with her friends—the universities hottest party scene and breeding ground for student athletes. And if keeping her friends out of trouble, and guys out of their pants, was a sport, she’d be the star athlete.

Being a well known jock-blocker gets her noticed for all the wrong reasons; just like that, she’s banned from Jock Row. NO GUY WANTS A GIRL AROUND WHO KEEPS THEIR JOCK FRIENDS FROM GETTING LAID.

“Rowdy” Wade is the hot shot short-stop for the universities baseball team—and the unlucky bastard who drew the short straw: keep little Miss Goody Two-Shoes out of the Baseball House.

But week-after-week Scarlett returns, determined to get inside.

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Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

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Jock Row gave me some super Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf feels. Rowdy the wolf course. First, he’s a growing boy and literally doesn’t stop eating. I don’t know many times he thought that he could eat Scarlett but it was sexy AF so I was down for it. And Scarlett is the good girl who loves bringing food to Rowdy just to see him scarf it down, but she’s also the one that’s not afraid to sass d-bag baseball players, and call them on their shit.

Scarlett and Rowdy’s banter in this book had me smiling like a freaking goofball the entire time. Even when Scarlett gets kicked out of the baseball house that first night, she doesn’t lose her sass; she doesn’t back down. I loved the games these two played with each other (I’ve never wanted to play Never Have I Ever so badly!) and I loved the friendship these two created, sitting outside on the porch of the baseball house, despite neither of them living there. I love how Rowdy is open with Scarlett, showing her a side not many see.

And Jesus I though Oz (from the Studying Hours: How to Date a Douchebag) was a pervert, but I swear Rowdy beats him. Trust me. Read Oz and James’ story, then read Rowdy and Scarlett. Rowdy takes pervert to a whole new level, and I love it!! This is a friends to lovers novel, so it’s a bit of a slow burn. It takes these two a minute to get vertical, (but holy hell when they do it’s AWESOME), but that does not stop Rowdy or Scarlett from having dirty thoughts.

From beginning to end, this book was entertaining, light hearted, and the perfect romantic comedy to get you out of a book hangover, or to help you move on from the book that just ripped your heart out and stomped it to pieces. Even if Rowdy sucked, which he doesn’t, this book would so be worth reading just to meet Rowdy’s parents. His mom is the BOMB DOT COM. This was a book I will probably buy because my need to re-read it will over come me many times. Rhett (from The Learning Hours: How to Date a Douchebag) will always be my favorite, partly due to his ability to speak French and not know what it does to lady bits around the world, but Rowdy is seriously a close second. Like so close, I think I’ll claim both of them as my book boyfriends and live happily in my little menage.

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On the Rocks by Gillian Jones Review

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*** SPECIAL NOTE ***
Dear Reader,
Mental Illness is a growing concern in our world today. On the Rocks is about surviving the aftermath of suicide, and believing in love again. Levi and Braunwyn’s love story is inspired by events that impacted the lives of people I care about deeply. With all of the research and ongoing concerns with mental health, I’ve decided to try and do something to bring awareness and light to this growing concern. I will be donating 10% of all pre-order and release week profits to the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Thank you in advance for your support with this endeavour.
Gillian xx

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Four years ago losing the love of my life almost destroyed me.
Years of being labeled and looked upon with disdain by everyone in my hometown almost wrecked me.
Four years ago I became a mother and together we were enough…Until I met him.
He wanted to rebuild my broken–I just didn’t know how to let him.
This is my story of how one man’s love changed everything I thought I knew about life, love and myself.
But in the end, can Levi Eddison prove to be my restoration?

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Everything in my world changed the day Braunwyn Daniels walked into my pub.
She was a woman of many contradictions. I recognized the happiness and sorrow each fighting its way to the surface from deep within.
I was drawn to her immediately.
Behind her long legs, chestnut brown hair and beautiful eyes laid a damaged soul.
I needed to change that–I just didn’t know how.
This is my story of how I met a broken girl and vowed to make her whole.
And in the end, it turns out I knew nothing about true happiness until Braunwyn Daniels let me love her.

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Wife, mother, proud Canadian. Shoe addict, red wine connoisseur, lover of laughter and the friendships that cause it. I’m a sucker for those epic romances that steal my breath and leave me always wanting more.

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“Welcome to Club Goner.” Wait, me or Levi? First of all, super trigger warning. This book deals with a really difficult topic, in detail, which may be hard for readers to deal with. It is serious, and Gillian doesn’t make light of anything that happened, but details the life of someone trying to come to terms with after an event. I don’t want to spoil it, (it’s right in the prologue so it hits hard and fast, THANKS) but I promise you, it is worth it.

There’s something special about single parent romances that make them my go to romance. Something about someone actively choosing to be in a child’s life, showering love onto a child that isn’t theirs by blood but theirs in their heart, is something that warms me to the core every time. I put off reading this book because I have so much to do, (and Jane the Virgin on Netflix got me hooked) but someone *cough Gillian Jones cough* told me Levi was so swoonworthy, I had to. So I did. And OH. MY. GOD. he is. He really is.

Braunwyn is surviving after losing her first love, and the father of her daughter. She is going to school, therapy, living with her grandmother, trying to be a good mom, but she’s not really living. She applies to a job at Pub Fiction, and when Levi walks in to interview he is gone. He is hooked on Braunwyn, and she’s hooked on him. Because of her past, and her daughter, Levi recognizes she’s not ready to move on from the friend zone, so he puts ever effort into making Braunwyn his.

AND LORD HAVE MERCY, when they call “Trump” it is on like Donkey Kong. I thought Ryker was dirty? He didn’t own his own pub. Levi and Braunwyn started as co-workers, moved to friendship, and eventually become a couple. Even while they’re “friends” these two share some really steamy scenes. Like, sit in front of the fan with a glass of cold wine, steamy. (#GillianJonesNeedsJesus)

One of my favorite things about Gillian Jones is the way her characters recognize they need to heal and share certain things about their past before they can fully give their hearts to another person. The two characters truly become friends before they get involved romantically. Of course there is attraction there, and their are feelings that definitely go past friendship, but the two respect each other as people before becoming an item.

Plus her men are all alpha-growly-“do this or I will put you over my shoulder”-do anything-to-protect-what’s-mine kinda guys.

Her heroines are strong in their own right, living and breathing without the help of a man(imagine that!), but with help and support from those they love, they move from surviving to living. Her men don’t sleep around on their girls, and they show their emotions. And her books make me want to talk about them ALL NIGHT.

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