THE HOOK UP (Game On #1) by KRISTEN CALLIHAN

All’s fair in love and football….GAME ON!

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SYNOPSIS

The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she’s shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It’s a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

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The Hook Up (1)

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G✯✯✯✯ 1/2 stars

Jenny: When I opened this book and saw a White Stripes song quoted I had a good feeling. It had to be a sign I was going to love this book and the sign was right because there was much I loved about The Hook Up. The writing was witty and clever, the characters endearingly warm and relatable and not only was this book lot of fun, extremely hot and passionate; it also had some tender, moving moments. .

‘Anna Jones has wrecked me. Utterly.’

I felt the connection and passion between Anna and Drew from the outset and that BIG drawcard Drew ‘Battle’ Baylor sold me! I. AM. IN. LOVE with that man!

“It’s you, baby. Your light. Your joy. Your soul. You bring that to everything you touch.”

No doubt about it, if this guy doesn’t get you swooning then you’re missing a swooning gene don’t you think Gitte?

Gitte: Absolutely, Jenny LOVED Drew, the cover of this book DOES NOT do this story nor Drew any justice, just saying! I’m glad I could look past my cover snobbery as I would’ve missed out on a fab-drew-lush story with a sassy and clued up heroine in Anna.

‘He’s slowly carving his name into my heart. And it hurts.’

The writing was great, the passion and determination full on and the story was so much more than what it seemed. Even the emotion sure was plentiful! I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

“I think you’re beautiful.”

“Beauty fades.”

“Not when it comes from inside.”

Anna and Drew had a complex but intense attraction to each other. Their romance was a journey that was both passionate and self-realising. Both had a multitude of emotional issues stemming from an occurrence in their past, one tragic; one leaving a horrible insecurity behind.

“You ever wonder if who you are is the person you’re supposed to be?”

Both go through huge changes that could alter their lives but not necessarily in a bad way. I wasn’t sure at one stage where their story was going but I ended up loving where it went! A definite recommend from me!

Jenny: Completely agree about the cover G. Peeling away the layers from Anna and Drew was a revelation. From the outside it appeared as though Drew had it all. Star Quarterback, good looks, charm, brains and an all-round nice guy but there was so much more to this man and I adored everything about him. It’s no wonder men want to be him and women want to bed him. Who can blame them! Being privy to Drew’s feelings through his POV had me s.w.o.o.n.i.n.g!  This adorably sexy, dirty talking man was it for me!

‘I’m not going to say it was love at first sight. No, it was more like oh, hell-yes-please, I’ll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side.’

Anna was such a conflicting character. She would fiercely believe in herself one minute and as much as Drew could inflame Anna and make her feel good about herself, he also unwittingly made her insecurities resurface. Breaking down those walls Anna had built up wasn’t going to be easy.

‘In a room filled with boys, Drew is a man here. Bigger, stronger, and just more. In an odd way, he doesn’t belong here either.’

A definite recommend from me too!

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GONE by ANNA BLOOM

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SYNOPSIS

Rebecca Walters harbours a dark secret, and as the fifty-three bangles she wears on her wrists as a self-imposed sentence of guilt remind her, she can’t even begin to consider moving on. Not after what happened on that night six months ago… a night which she can’t remember and yet managed to change her life forever. 

When Rebecca comes across Joshua Adams, man equally haunted by past tragedies, on a moonlit beach, both of their lives are destined to change forever, and when the girl made out of the sun meets the boy made out of the moon and sea, anything can happen… but will the knowledge of their murky pasts bring them together or drive them apart? 

Will Rebecca finally be able to claim her freedom? Will she stay and fight to be the girl she found on the sandy beaches of Cornwall or is she destined to keep running and hiding from a past that won’t stay Gone? One thing’s for certain: either way, nothing will ever be the same again.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: ✯✯✯✯1/2 Stars

“When I am with you I forget who I am, and I guess I like it a little bit too much.”

Gitte: You know that feeling when you finish a book and just sit there in complete silence for a while and think to yourself wow that was a beautiful story.

“I don’t want you to be anyone other than who you are.”

That’s how I felt finishing Gone. It truly was beautiful. The writing was flawless, effortless and almost poetic a times. The characters were quite simply stunningly written in their own tragedy.

“You. You taste like the sun.”

‘The boy who looks like he’s made of the moon and sea thinks I taste like the sun. What does that even mean?’

My heart hurt so many times whilst reading yet I would break out in spontaneous smiles and chuckle at the British-ness and the humour. Yes, it did have some unexplainable circumstances and behaviour, however, overall I just loved loved loved this story! Full of guilt, self-judgement and so much hurt; Joshua and Bex, two brilliantly written characters learn to breathe and live again. Not without struggle nor refusal. For these two beautiful souls to forgive themselves was quite an emotional and healing journey. I fell in complete love with Joshua; such an amazing and beautiful character! Don’t you agree, Jenny?

Jenny:  I know exactly what you mean G. I too sat for a moment after finishing  this book reflecting on what I’d just read. And you’re right. When that happens, you know a story has had an impact on you and Gone certainly made an impact on me.

‘Joshua Adams, the poor soul has found someone nearly as fucked up as he is.’

A heartfelt story of tragedy and pain, yet brimming with love and hope.  Gone was beautifully told, impeccably written, with pure emotion that touched my heart.

“Thank you.”
“What for?”
“For waking me up.”

The British-ness of it cracked me up too. I loved the humour and wit peppered throughout Joshua and Bex’s story which is one that will stay with me for quite a while. These two wonderful people had certainly suffered a lot of deep emotional pain and turmoil yet their biggest obstacles would be themselves. Forgiving themselves and learning to move on was going to be their toughest test and my heart bled for these characters.

‘I think he is keeping secrets too. I wonder if they are as sad and as dark as mine.’

Oh you bet I fell in love with Josh-u-a. How could I not? This guy had heart, determination and a truly beautiful soul. A definite winner for me.

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WHAT IF by REBECCA DONOVAN – Review and special video messages.

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SYNOPSIS

What if you had a second chance to meet someone for the first time?

Cal Logan is shocked to see Nicole Bentley sitting across from him at a coffee shop thousands of miles from their hometown. After all, no one has seen or heard from her since they graduated over a year ago.

Except this girl isn’t Nicole.

She looks exactly like Cal’s shy childhood crush, but her name is Nyelle Preston and she has no idea who he is. This girl is impulsive and daring, her passion for life infectious. The complete opposite of Nicole. Cal finds himself utterly fascinated-and falling hard. But Nyelle is also extremely secretive. And the closer he comes to finding out what she’s hiding, the less he wants to know.

When the secrets from the past and present collide, one thing becomes clear: Nothing is what it seems.SS

 

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What If by Rebecca Donovan

Reviewed by Gitte

Gitte: ✯✯✯✯✯

What If I’d never read What If? 

I would never have felt my heart break into small pieces

I would never have experienced this pure flawless perfection of writing

I would never have cried for Nyelle and Cal

I would never have cried for Richelle, Nicole and Rae

I would not have experienced the inspirational beauty found in this story

I would not have experienced this strong connection of love

I would not have been part of a journey of finding out who you truly are

“Do you ever wish you could do something over again?” 

I would not have seen such incredible loyalty and friendship

I would not have experienced this exquisite tenderness and understanding

I would never have met the beautiful and tender soul that is Cal

I would never have met the hurting yet inspiring free spirit that is Nyelle

I would never have experienced this hope that was found in burdened tragedy

I would never have experienced growing up with characters who ended up with my heart

I would never have experienced such brokenness unthought-of to be mendable

I would never have experienced a ‘what if you could do it over’

I would never have experienced the intricate and emotional second chance

“Who are you looking for?” 

I would never have striven to uncover a multitude of interwoven and veiled secrets

I would have missed out on the spirituality with which Rebecca Donovan writes

I would have missed out on a story that touched my heart and soul

I would never have sat for hours thinking about my own ‘What If’s…’

What if I had done it differently? Who would I be? What would my life be like? What if…”

I do know I would have missed out on something extremely special

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Watch this beautiful video where Rebecca explores the message in her book…..’what if?’.
What choice made you the person you are today?

Rebecca asks ‘what if’

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Gitte from TB talks about her ‘what if’.

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Also by Rebecca Donovan

BREATHING SERIES 
A unique tale of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and one girl’s fragile grasp of hope and an absolute TB Recommended Series
TB Breathing Series Reviews here

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REASON TO BREATHE
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BARELY BREATHING
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OUT OF BREATH
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COVER REVEAL, SYNOPSIS & TEASER for TORTURE TO HER SOUL (Monster In His Eyes #2) by J.M. DARHOWER

We inhaled MONSTER IN HIS EYES when we read it back in April. It was an absolute 5 Star read for us both and to say Torture to Her Soul is one of our most anticipated releases this year is an understatement. Just wait until you check out THAT synopsis!
Our book hearts are beating wildly!

“Sometimes secrets have the power to destroy”

We’re beyond excited to bring you the

COVER REVEAL, SYNOPSIS & TEASER

for

TORTURE TO HER SOUL

by

J.M. DARHOWER

 Release Date: 29th September 2014

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SYNOPSIS

Don’t say it unless you mean it…
It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.
Somebody like me.
I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.
She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.
Not even close…
God help me, I love her.
I do.
And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

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TEASER 

“Guess it’s true what they say.”

The sound of Karissa’s voice draws my attention. Turning around, I see her standing at the bottom of the steps, eyes trained past me at the front door. Early morning sunshine bathes the area around it in a soft orange glow, making the brand new locks lining the door shine brightly. I spent all night fortifying the house, doing everything in my power to make the place secure.

“And what, exactly, do they say?”

Karissa’s eyes shift from the door to meet mine. Her hair is a mess, her pajamas disheveled. She clearly just woke up from sleeping hard, lost in tranquility, while I spent the past few hours drowning in paranoia. Every time the house creaked, I damn near clawed my way out of my own skin.

“History repeats itself,” she says, “first as a tragedy, second as a farce.”

Karl Marx. I recognize the quote.

Daniel Santino must’ve taught it to her.

Huh.

I wave toward the front door. “Something about this is funny to you?”

“Not really funny,” she says, slowly stepping closer. “It’s sort of curious, though, that I spent my entire life trapped behind locked doors and here it is, happening to me again. I always knew something was going on when my mother started buying extra locks and nailing down windows. It’s just a bit of déjà vu seeing you doing the same thing.”

Hesitating, I reach into my pocket and fish out a set of keys. I toss them to her without warning, and they hit the wooden floor by her feet with a clang. Bending down, she picks them up, eyeing me curiously.

“You’re not trapped here, Karissa.”

Her fist closes around the keys, her gaze burning through me as she arches an eyebrow, silent for a moment before asking, “Aren’t I?”

“No, you’re not,” I say. “You can leave the house whenever you want.”

“Can I?”

“Of course,” I say. “Doesn’t mean I won’t follow you, though.”

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About the Author:
J.M. Darhower is the USA Today bestselling author of books about the hottest hit men and the women who find some hope in them. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t writing (or fangirling) she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction. You can usually always find her there.

Connect with JM 
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Purchase MONSTER IN HIS EYES (Monster In His Eyes #1) here
Our Review here

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SYNOPSIS
Ignazio Vitale is not a good man.
I suspect it, the first time I see him, sense the air of danger that surrounds the man. He has a way of commanding attention, of taking control, of knowing what I’m thinking before I even do.
It’s alarming and alluring. It’s dark and deadly. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted but the last thing I truly need. Obsession.
It doesn’t take him long to draw me into his web, charming me into his bed and trapping me in his life, a life I know nothing about until it’s too late. He has secrets, secrets I can’t fathom, secrets that make it so I can’t walk away, no matter how much I beg him to let me go. I see it sometimes in his eyes, a darkness that’s both terrifying and thrilling. He’s a monster, wrapped up in a pretty package, and what I find when I unmask him changes everything.
I want to hate him.
Sometimes, I do.
But it doesn’t stop me from loving him, too.

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WIN AN ADVANCED READERS COPY OF REAPER’S STAND by JOANNA WYLDE

 That’s right! You can win an ADVANCE COPY  of REAPER’S STAND and read it before  its release on 7th October 2014.

We are addicted to the REAPERS MC series! It’s our guilty pleasure and Reese ‘Picnic’ Hayes’ story promises to be a beauty! It’s definitely one of our most anticipated upcoming reads!

Check out this fantastic MC series! You’ll be glad you did!

Good luck in the Giveaway!

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REAPER’S PROPERTY BOOK ONE
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 SYNOPSIS

Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.

Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.
Maybe.

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REAPER’S LEGACY BOOK TWO
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SYNOPSIS

Reaper’s Legacy is a raw and intensely erotic tale in Joanna Wylde’s Reapers Motorcycle Club series.

Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart-and her virginity-to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn’t have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach’s step-brother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he’s never forgotten.

She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious-her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach’s a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger to be Noah’s only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands-with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club-to give them a better life.

Living with outlaw bikers wasn’t Sophie’s plan for her son, but Ruger isn’t giving her a choice. He’ll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she’ll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way.

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DEVIL’S GAME – BOOK THREE
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SYNOPSIS

Liam “Hunter” Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil’s Jack, he knows his duty. He’ll defend his club from their oldest enemies—the Reapers—using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers’ president has a daughter who’s alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her.

Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club’s president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger—a man who isn’t afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn’t afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he’s The One.

Or so she thinks.

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REAPER’S STAND BOOK FOUR
Pre Order Here – Release Date: 7th October
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SYNOPSIS

As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese “Picnic” Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he’d never love another woman. And with two daughters to raise and a club to manage, that was just fine with him. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy—he definitely doesn’t want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong.

Too bad he’s completely obsessed with her.

Besides running her own business, London’s got her junkie cousin’s daughter to look after—a more reckless than average eighteen-year-old. Sure she’s attracted to the Reapers’ president, but she’s not stupid. Reese Hayes is a criminal and a thug. But when her young cousin gets caught up with a ruthless drug cartel, Reese might be the only man who can help her. Now London has to make the hardest decision of her life—how far will she go to save her family?

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About Jo
Joanna Wylde is a freelance writer and voracious reader.
You can connect with Jo here:
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