Cover Reveal: The Bad Boy Issue by Jessica Hawkins

Title: The Bad Boy Issue
Author: Jessica Hawkins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: By Hang Le
Photo: Nomi Ellenson
Models: Jonathan Cannaux & Romane Recalde
Release Date: November 28, 2018

Blurb

The
issue with bad boys? I’m not one
—but I’m not about to put a stop to the rumors.
My taste for fast cars, late nights, and beautiful women helped get me to the
top of a leading New York magazine known for its tongue-in-cheek humor and
over-the-top masculinity. But after an industry exposé maligns me as a
womanizer, the reputation that made me is suddenly threatening to end my
career. Damage control comes in the form of a pretty, pint-sized “fixer,” but
from the moment I meet Georgina Keller, I can’t help thinking she’s eager to
land the final blow—and maybe even my job.
The
issue with bad boys? They run right over good girls like me.
But after
a confidence-shattering breakup, I’m determined not to let anyone at my new
workplace push me around—not even the brooding Sebastian Quinn, who’s made it
clear I’m the enemy. I’m ready to help Modern
Man
shed its bad reputation, but to do that, I’ll have to start at the top
. . . and no amount of rakish charm or inconvenient attraction is going to
distract me.
Because
it’s true what they say—there’s a thin line between love and hate.
And it
cuts right through the middle of our office.

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Author Bio

Jessica
Hawkins is a USA Today bestselling
author known for her “emotionally gripping” and “off-the-charts
hot” romance. Dubbed “queen of angst” by both peers and readers
for her smart and provocative work, she’s garnered a cult-like following of
fans who love to be torn apart…and put back together.
She writes
romance both at home in New York and around the world, a coffee shop traveler
who bounces from café to café with just a laptop, headphones, and coffee cup.
She loves to keep in close touch with her readers, mostly via Facebook,
Instagram, and her mailing list.
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The Fall Before Flight by LM Halloran

 

I finally read The Fall Before Flight yesterday. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it 0a0c7-the2bfall2bbefore2bflight2bebook2bcoversounded interesting. I was skeptical of a relationship  between a doctor and patient, but this didn’t feel skeezy at all. Mia (Amelia) is a troubled woman, who hadn’t been the same since the death of her mother and younger brother when she and her twin brother were kids.  She engaged in a lifetime of risk taking and danger, nearly dying more than once. Finally, after driving her car off a cliff, her father and brother admit her to an exclusive inpatient psychological health center for 30 days. Dr Leo Chastain is her therapist, and she finds him attractive from their first session. But because this is not a facility for mentally healthy people, she pushes his buttons, fights him, and tries to use her sexuality to break him. He resists, and eventually gets her to trust him.

This book takes place both during the thirty day inpatient period, and then afterwards once Amelia is released. She rebuilds her relationships with her family, and fosters new friendships. She and Leo do have a relationship after she is no longer his patient, but the best part of this for me was seeing Amelia’s path to healing. She had suffered not just the loss of her mother and brother, but also another huge loss she had repressed. She has to reconcile that loss with her new life, and also learn *how* to have relationships with people. She had never really done that except with her twin brother.

This was an intense book, with a beautiful ending. L.M. Halloran did a fantastic job with this one.

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Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Now available: Whisper Me and Roar by Bri Stone

Title: Whisper Me and Roar
Author: Bri Stone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Blurb

Pete:

Melinda Charles was the woman I’d always wanted—the woman I finally got.

And the one I lost.

She walked away from me on our wedding day without an explanation.

I told myself I didn’t need her. She might have broken part of me when she left, but I’ve put myself back together, chased away her memory with my own fame and success. Today? I’m Pete Buchanan, NFL star and small-town hero.

Now that she’s back? Maybe the promise of a second chance could prove stronger than the pain of losing her.

Melinda:

I’ve always been tough. As the youngest attending Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Memorial Hermann, and the only female African American specialist in that role, I’ve always had more to prove than everyone else. I’ve always had to have a reserve of strength no one else needed.

But when fate brings me back to the only man I’ve ever loved, fifteen years after I left him at the altar, I’m not strong enough to leave him again.

I still love him.

But am I strong enough to convince him to take me back?

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Author Bio

Bri Stone is happy to be a contemporary romance fiction
writer; creating anyone and anything in the romantic world of sins and secrets,
lies, and scandal. If she isn’t writing, she is probably reading, binge
watching anything on Netflix, or imaging crazy scenarios in her head that will
probably never happen. When she is not spending time with her imaginary book
friends, she is buried in her English classes at the University of Iowa, and a
happy English major.

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Cover Reveal: My One Despair by Claudia Burgoa

 

Title: My One Despair
Author: Claudia Burgoa
Genre: Romance/Women’s Fiction
Cover Design: Amy Queau
Release Date: November 1, 2018

 

Blurb
Once, they shared one soul. Can hope heal years of
despair and broken dreams?
Music is all I know. It saved me as a kid. It brings me fame
and fortune now. But what am I, the famous Gage Rodin, doing at night when I’m
on the road and can’t sleep? Googling her. Tess Hades, the
girl who still haunts my dreams and my lyrics.
She arrived like a quiet storm, a wild thing with eyes
guarded to the world. But she let me into the deep end of her beautifully
broken soul. When we were together, life was simple. When my life got
complicated, she did what she thought was the right thing. She let me go.
While she’s been out saving the wild creatures of the world,
my muse has fed on the memory of our life together. But now everything in my
world is shifting again, and not in a good way. I’m not certain I have the
strength to bear another devastating loss, so I find myself reaching for
something as rare and elusive as the perfect song lyric.
The one woman who never gave up hope…
Claudia is an award winning, international bestselling author. She lives in Colorado, working for a small IT. She has three children and manages a chaotic household of three confused dogs, and a wonderful husband who shares her love of all things geek. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.
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Whisper Me and Roar by Bri Stone

 

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Whisper Me and Roar is releasing this week and I had the opportunity to read it early. The synopsis sounded really interesting. Melinda and Pete were college sweethearts, engaged to be married, but Melinda left Pete at the altar with no explanation. She has followed her dream to be a top orthopedic surgeon, and he is now a professional football player. They meet again fifteen years later, and Melinda realizes not only does she still love him and want him back, but that despite his anger he still loves her too. But the hurt and betrayal of the past, and their respective careers, are in their way.

I did like this story. I liked that it wasn’t “easy” – one of my book pet peeves is when there is a huge conflict event or situation, but it’s glossed over and resolved like nothing happened just to get the happily ever after. Yeah, I know these are fictional books, but no relationship lasts when the big issues aren’t resolved without putting in the work. In this book, Pete truly makes Melinda work for it. He acknowledges he still loves her, but he’s protecting his heart.

For most of the book, Melinda’s POV is the present and Pete’s POV is in the past, when they were together in college. At first that change was confusing, but once I realized what was going on it wasn’t a distraction to the story.

What I loved: Melinda followed her dream and succeeded. She is doing incredible things in her career and helping many people. I love that Pete talks to her about his feelings toward her. He isn’t the stereotypical “I’ll just lash out and hit something instead of say how I feel” like many athletes are portrayed in books. I love his family, too. His mother and sisters are all strong, fierce women.

What I didn’t love: I’m hoping the ARC I read was not the final, edited version. There were lots of mistakes especially in the first few chapters that really bothered me – missing punctuation, misspelled words, the wrong word being used.

Final verdict: As much as I enjoyed the book, it didn’t suck me in like others do. I liked it, but didn’t love it.

Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2

The Everett Brothers series by Claudia Burgoa

The Everett Brothers are on sale! I have read all 3 of these books and they are wonderful. (You can read my reviews here: Flawed   Fervent  Found)

 

Title: Flawed

Series: The Everhart Brothers #1

Author: Claudia Burgoa
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 7, 2017

 

Blurb
Hunter
Given a choice, I’d date a woman who doesn’t know who I am.
Like the blue-eyed woman I meet on sidewalk, tears streaming down her cheeks.
The one who triggers what my overprotective older brothers call my “Everhart
Complex”—the uncontrollable urge to erase someone else’s pain.
This little character flaw could shred me if I let it.
That’s why I don’t do family law. But it’s who I am. Who I became after my
parents died.
Willow
Nothing says “successful adult” like living with my
grandfather and having my little sister as my boss. But with my acting career
stalled and my checking account in single digits, playing receptionist at
Beesley Enterprises is a bearable humiliation.
Until he walks into the office. The man I met on the
sidewalk on the worst night of my career. Mr. I’m-Going-To-Fix-Your-Life—as if
I’d let him. Because just for a moment, I felt safe. I felt something besides
numbness. And dammit, if I let my ice queen façade crack, I’ll be worse than
back to square one. I could fall off the edge entirely…

 

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Title: Fervent
Series: The Everhart Brothers #2
Author: Claudia Burgoa
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Blurb
Luna
Finally, I’ve got a chance to prove I belong undercover, not
riding a support desk. Or making babies to please my abuela. My job is to save
the babies. The children disappearing down NYC’s human trafficking rathole.
I’ll use any legal connection to do it. My horoscope warned
me no to give in to blind impulse, but god help me, Harrison Everhart makes me
want to close my eyes and leap. That would be the biggest mistake of my career.
Maybe my life.
Harrison
I work the kind of high-intelligence security that bends the
law forward, backward, and sideways to let New Yorkers live in blissful
ignorance. But maybe it’s time for some remedial training, because one minute,
Luna Galvez is lighting up my darkness with her angel eyes.
The next, she’s kicking my ass.
Skills like hers are wasted in the FBI. Whether she likes it
or not, from now on, we’re partners. Because after my ex-Ranger brothers and I
help her nail the bad guys, I’m putting her on the payroll. And by my
side—forever.

 

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Title: Found
Series: The Everhart Brothers #3
Author: Claudia Burgoa
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Blurb
All I’ve ever wanted was for someone to choose me. My mother
didn’t. My father didn’t. The beautiful boy next door, who grew up to marry me,
didn’t. Neither did the next man with whom I thought my heart was safe.
Back in the Bay area, three thousand miles from New York
City, I can start fresh. Become one with the sea again, rise or fall on the
tide of my own choices. But on the first day of my bright new life, the darkest
shadows of my past follow me through my office door. The two men whose names
are definitely not on my five-year plan.
If I let it consume me—my need for one man, my love for the
other—the darkness will swallow me whole. I can’t let that happen. Not again.
This time, the waves of emotion crashing against my heart won’t drown me. This
time, I get to choose my happy ending.
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Author Bio
Claudia grew up with a childhood
that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. 
 
She lives in Colorado working for a small IT company, managing her household
filled with three confused dogs, her geek husband, two daughters wrought with
fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. To survive she works
continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she
consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity
intact.

 

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Release Day – The Fall Before Flight by LM Halloran

Title: The Fall Before Flight
Author: L.M. Halloran
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 11, 2018

Blurb
I didn’t try to kill myself. It was an accident. 
No, more than that — a natural disaster. 
Fate’s fickle lightning strike.
No one believes me.
I can’t blame them, really. 
There’s something wrong with me. 
I’m incapable of emotions that come naturally 
to others. Fear, compassion, love…
I might be a sociopath.
Everyone thinks I’m beyond help. 
Everyone but Dr. Leo Chastain. 
One of us is going to break the other…
Care to place a bet? 

Author Bio

When not writing or reading, the author enjoys walking
barefoot, subjecting her husband to questionable recipes, and chasing her
spirited toddler. She’s a rabid fan of coffee, moon-gazing, and small dogs that
resemble Ewoks. Home is San Diego, CA, but her heart lives in Portland.

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