Blog Tour, Book It, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy

Blog Tour: The Sweetest Fix by Tessa Bailey

The Sweetest Fix by Tessa Bailey
The Sweetest Fix by Tessa Bailey
The Sweetest Fix by Tessa Bailey
The Sweetest Fix by Tessa Bailey

Title: The Sweetest Fix
Author: Tessa Bailey
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Rom Com
Release Date:
21 January 2021

Summary:

The Sweetest Fix, an all-new opposites attract standalone rom com from New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey is available now!

Reese dreams of seeing her name in lights on Broadway, but so far she has only graced the used car parking lots of rural Wisconsin. With her window of opportunity shrinking fast, a miracle happens. She wins an audition with Bernard Bexley, Broadway’s most respected dance choreographer. When disaster strikes and Reese misses the audition, she has to find another way in front of Bernard, otherwise face the disappointment back home. 

Following the sage advice of a Times Square Pikachu—Reese seeks out Bernard’s son, prepared to beg for his aid, never expecting mega sparks to fly between her and the gentle giant baker. With Reese’s heart now involved, she refuses to use Leo to her advantage and tries to walk away before her ulterior motives are exposed, but gravity continues to draw them back together…until it’s impossible to stay apart. 

But Reese’s lie of omission can only stay buried for so long. When Leo finds out how their relationship started, will Reese keep her ultimate role as Leo’s leading lady? Or will the curtain fall on their real-life fairytale?

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Interviews, Sci-fi Fiction, Sci-fi Romance

Interview: Dianne Duvall Author of The Segonian

The Segonian by Dianne Duvall
The Segonian by Dianne Duvall
Dianne Duvall
Dianne Duvall

Ali: My questions today are about the cover artwork of the Aldebarian Alliance series. The Lasaran and Segonian covers are very dynamic, how do you feel they express the stories you were telling? 

Dianne Duvall: I admit my book cover preferences have been strongly influenced by the years I worked in the independent film industry. I was accustomed to seeing movie posters that reflected a film’s storyline and—at the same time—piqued moviegoers’ interest. So I wanted the covers of the Aldebarian Alliance books to reflect what readers will find in the new series. And I believe they do a stellar job (forgive the pun).  

The Lasaran by Dianne Duvall
The Lasaran by Dianne Duvall

Quite a bit of The Lasaran takes place on Earth. Taelon (the hero) is alone and suffers greatly before Lisa finds him, risks much to free him, and shows him the first kindness he’s known in years. So I wanted to cover to reflect his solitude, which it does well. 🙂 When he and Lisa later venture into space, their trip is a very active and harrowing one, as reflected by the battle erupting in the background.

The Segonian, on the other hand, takes place entirely in space. The hero is the fierce commander of the battleship Ranasura. And the heroine is a powerful immortal warrior from Earth. So both totally kick ass. 🙂 They also forge a friendship before they even meet in person while Dagon and his crew race to reach Eliana before her oxygen runs out . . . a friendship that continues to grow once they meet, soon deepening into love. I think their stance on the cover—both their closeness and their ferocity—reflects this well. The book is also full of action, as evinced by the background.

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Book Reviews, Contemporary Romance, Enemies to Lovers Romance, New Adult Fiction

Book Review: Enemy Dearest by Winter Renshaw

Enemy Dearest by Winter Renshaw
Enemy Dearest by Winter Renshaw
Enemy Dearest by Winter Renshaw
Enemy Dearest by Winter Renshaw

Title: Enemy Dearest (Monreaux Brothers #1)
Author: Winter Renshaw
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Rose girl by any other name is still a Rose, and if you are a Monreaux that might as well be the dirt below one’s feet. August Monreaux recognizes Sheridan Rose as the naked venus floating in his pool on a hot-as-hell summer night, but why she is there is anyone’s clue. He knows, and she apparently is aware of too, that Monreauxes and Roses don’t mingle. Enemy Dearest is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, and Meredith Hills plays the part of Verona. 

I enjoyed this story! There is a fair amount of rawness to Winter Renshaw’s storytelling that feels like she’s giving her character’s open-heart surgery. They don’t get to love easily; they really have to work for it. I can appreciate any story where the characters are put through their paces. 

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Book It, Contemporary Romance, New Release, Sports Romance

New Release: Not My Match by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Not My Match by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Not My Match by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Not My Match by Ilsa Madden-Mills
Not My Match by Ilsa Madden-Mills

Title: Not My Match (The Game Changers #2)
Author: Ilsa Madden-Mills
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date:
19 January 2021

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills delivers a smart and sexy romance about a professional football hottie and the girl he’s sworn to never touch.

Homeless and heartbreakingly innocent, Giselle Riley walks into my penthouse and chaos follows.

I shouldn’t have invited the girl genius to live with me, but it’s clear she needs my help—not only for a place to lay her pretty blonde head but in finding real love, which she’s not going to get with the crazy men she picks up online.

Too bad she’s a twenty-four-year-old virgin and I’m a bad boy wide receiver. She’s off limits for a hardcore player like me—and we’re just friends.

Instead, I’m her matchmaking service, no matter how jealous it makes me when I tag along on her dates.

I can keep my self-control. Right? No way will I give in to everything inside me that dreams of a girl like her in my world.

I may be the best wide receiver in the country, but how could I hold on to a girl like her?


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Adventure, Book It, Fantasy Fiction, New Adult Fiction, YA Fiction

New Release: House of Bastiion by K.L. Kolarich

House of Bastion by K.L. Kolarich
House of Bastion by K.L. Kolarich
House of Bastion by K.L. Kolarich
House of Bastiion by K.L. Kolarich

Title: House of Bastiion (The Haidren Legacy #1)
Author: K.L. Kolarich
Genre: YA/NA High Fantasy/ Adventure
Release Date: 19 January 2021

Summary:

BEHIND THE MASK OF DUTY AND POWER, NO ONE IS WHO THEY SEEM…

Centuries after the Forgotten Wars ravaged the world and turned it to ash, the Houses of Pilar, Darakai, Boreal, and Bastiion forged an accord with the royal line of Thoarne, founding a Quadren of advisory to the throne of Orynthia. Every generation, a single Haidren from each of the four Houses is appointed to this coveted chair.

Upon her Ascension to adulthood, Luscia Tiergan takes her seat at court as al’Haidren to the House of Boreal and is quickly drawn into a maze of political traps and dark secrets. As she adjusts to her new life, Luscia uncovers a pattern of forgotten children, slain in the streets of Bastiion.

Raised on superstitious rumors about Boreal’s penchant for sorcery, Zaethan Kasim, al’Haidren to the House of Darakai, inevitably clashes with Lusica when she arrives in Bastiion. But when his position is threatened by an old rival, Zaethan is forced to set aside his hatred and form an uneasy alliance with the Boreali al’Haidren to secure his claim.

Following a disturbing stream of innocent bloodshed across Orynthia, Luscia and Zaethan discover their ideals are far more aligned than they might have imagined. But in a land of war and deceit, the path to peace should never be trusted.


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Book It, Book Teasers, Contemporary Romance

Excerpt Reveal: The Invitation

The Invitation by Vi Keeland
The Invitation by Vi Keeland
The Invitation by Vi Keeland
The Invitation by Vi Keeland

Title: The Invitation
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 18 January 2021

Summary:

The first time I met Hudson Rothschild was at a wedding. I’d received an unexpected invitation to one of the swankiest venues in the city.

Hudson was a groomsman and quite possibly the most gorgeous man I’d ever laid eyes on. He asked me to dance, and our chemistry was off the charts.

I knew it wasn’t a good idea to get involved with him, considering the wedding I was at. But our connection was intense, and I was having a great time.

Though the fun came to a screeching halt when Hudson figured out I wasn’t who I’d said I was. You see, that unexpected invitation I received? Well, it hadn’t actually been addressed to me—it was sent to my ex-roommate who’d bounced a check for two months’ rent and moved out in the middle of the night. I figured she owed me an expensive night out, but I guess, technically, I was crashing the wedding.

Once caught, I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. As I bolted for the door, I might’ve plucked a few bottles of expensive champagne off the tables I passed, all while the gorgeous, angry groomsman was hot on my tail.

Outside, I jumped into a taxi. My heart ricocheted against my ribs as we drove down the block—but at least I’d escaped unscathed.

Or so I thought.

Until I realized I’d left my cell phone behind at the table.

Take one guess who found it?

This is the crazy story of how Hudson Rothschild and I met. But trust me, it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

A new, sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller, Vi Keeland.


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JSYK: 2021 Update

I’m sure most of you have noticed that my blog hasn’t been updated since the start of December. I got mono the second week of December and I’ve been super sick since. And this shit is not stopping. It’s serious and never ending.
Please bear with me. My blog is not abandoned. I am reading, sleeping, reading, sleeping… trying not to swallow.
That certainly sounded weird.
I mean my throat feels like razor blades. I am trying to do some reviews so I can post them later.

Hugs & Kisses — wait nope, don’t do that. Virtual fist bumps all around.

Ali

Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Horror

Book Review: The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel by K.T. Rose

The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel by K.T. Rose
The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel by K.T. Rose
The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel by K.T. Rose
The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel by K.T. Rose

Title: The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel
Author:
K.T. Rose
Genre: Supernatural Horror
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you are looking for something in the vein of Darcy Coates you might pick up K.T. Rose’s The Haunting of Gallagher Hotel. Pulling from haunted house lore and pure horror fiction, this book is meant to take the ugly in human beings and punish those sinners ala the highway to hell style.

Riley is just trying to eek by. She’s doing her best to fake it until she makes it as she recovers from her son’s tragic death while dealing with the daily pressure of an overzealous boyfriend bent on commitment. She’s rather shocked to receive a private request to handle an overnight catering request as a server. Riley desperately needs the money.

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Book Reviews, Collection, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction, Uncategorized

Book Review: Road to Woop Woop by Eugen Bacon

Road Woop Woop Eugen Bacon
Road Woop Woop Eugen Bacon
Road Woop Woop Eugen Bacon
Road Woop Woop Eugen Bacon

Title: Road to Woop Woop
Author: Eugen Bacon
Genre: Collection / Speculative Fiction / Dark Fantasy
My rating:
4 of 5 stars

The Road to Woop Woop and Other Stories is a collection of 24 of Eugen Bacon’s tales that run the gambit of warm and witty to chillingly sinister. The thread that pulls these stories together is relationships within storytelling, whether it is a father and daughter or an author and his story; Eugen Bacon builds you a world where the bond between the two is the crux.

These narratives are compelling and provoking, and this book is impossible to put down. Vignette after vignette pulls you further along the line until you are well hooked. And although some stories are short, the compendium allows the reader to nosh at will what they may and leave more for another bite later.

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