Review | Luna and The Lie | Mariana Zapata

About The Book

42883009The problem with secrets is that they’re too easy to keep collecting.

Luna Allen has done some things she would rather no one ever know about. She also knows that, if she could go back in time, she wouldn’t change a single thing.

With three sisters she loves, a job she (mostly) adores, and a family built up of friends she’s made over the years, Luna figures everything has worked out the way it was supposed to.

But when one of those secrets involves the man who signs her paycheck, she can’t find it in her to regret it. Despite the fact that he’s not the friendliest man in the world. Or the most patient.

Sometimes there are things you’re better off keeping to yourself

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My Thoughts

Can I just start by saying that I love books by Mariana Zapata.  I get super excited when I see a new one has released.

She never fails to write the most brooding, frustrating, pain in the ass and intensely hot male characters and Ripley is no exception to this rule.

OMG honestly, I love him and I love Miss Zapata for writing him.

I read all of her books within days and Luna and The Lie was no different.  Miss Zapata is a pure artist when it comes to writing contemporary romance.

My only issue with this book was that Luna was a little too oblivious and her poor me attitude was a bit too much for my liking when it comes to female character leads.

But overall it was another great 4 star release by Mariana Zapata.

About The Author

Mariana Zapata began writing love stories soon after she learned how to spell. She probably shouldn’t admit that she started sneaking romance novels from her aunt’s e8c37f_5f58b3a4a1e141f68facd6368d435dbe~mv2_d_1280_1920_s_2bookshelves way before she was old enough to even understand what it meant when a man flipped up a woman’s skirt… don’t tell her mom. Luckily, she stuck to stories about princesses and princes for a while. In her teens, she wrote boy band fanfiction (there’s still a website up somewhere on the internet with those masterpieces), and in her early twenties, she picked it back up again with Sookie Stackhouse and Twilight. Eventually, her significant other finally told her to do what she wanted to do and she began working on her original work. Her novels tend to include potty humor, bodily functions, and bad words. Mariana lives in a small town called Pagosa Springs, Colorado with her husband/best friend, Chris Letchford, and their two well-beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Dane children, Dorian and Kaiser. When she’s not pretending to write, she’s reading sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk or historical romance novels. You can usually find her harassing her dogs, being a hermit at home or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.

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Review | Queen of His Heart | Suzanna Lynn

About The Book

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Officer Samantha Daniels has been given a dangerous mission; go undercover to get close to criminal mastermind, Dominic Murphy. However, becoming one of the king pin’s family isn’t as simple as introducing yourself with a basket of muffins.

Samantha must keep it together as she dives into her dark side, all while undergoing a terrible ignition that could take her life. However, torture can turn anyone’s mind to mush, and she discovers a whole new side of herself as she slowly gives into Dominic and his murderous tendencies.

Add a dash of insanity and a touch of Stockholm Syndrome, and you have a romance made of inner demons and blood.

It’s a sexy blood covered romance gone wrong; or maybe right

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My Thoughts

I was provided a copy of Queen of His Heart for my honest option.

This was my first read by Suzanna Lynn.  Having never read any of her previous works, I was sure what kind of writer she would be.  Boy was I in for a treat.

Miss Lynn executed a well plotted, unique mafia type storyline that kept me engaged.

Her characters were intense and the chemistry was profound and powerful.  Definitely edging on the side of Harley Quinn/ Joker personalities.

And the ending will leave you want more, much more.

Although I did feel that it could have concluded a bit sooner it did not take away from the overall read and feel of the book.

If you are looking for something a little different, check out this 4.5 star novel, Queen of His Heart by Suzanna Lynn.

About The Author

Author Suzanna Lynn is a full-time mom of three beautiful, energetic children and spends her days with them and her husband in a small town nestled in the deep rolling hills of Missouri.

8068674Growing up in the Ozarks, as a child Suzanna spent her days wandering the fields and woods surrounding her home. While most children avoided the dark corners of the woods, she sought it out, imagining them to be filled with fairies, dragons and all number of creatures.

Having not lost her childhood imagination, Suzanna has written numerous poems, songs and short stories that won various awards in high school and college.

However, in 2014 she decided to stop wishing she could publish a book and made the dream a reality when she released The Bed Wife.

That first novella gave birth to two more books, completing the series, and stirred the embers of a new five-book series called The Untold Stories, which is currently in the works.

When she’s not busy writing or spending time with her family, Suzanna loves to draw and paint, as well as scrapbook. She also has been known to volunteer with her children’s school, the local Ladies Auxiliary veterans group and even the local zoo!

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Review | Hate Notes | Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

About The Book

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.

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I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.”

Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.

The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.

He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.

But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.

Something new.

But I have no idea how this one is going to end…

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My Thoughts

What happens when you bring 2 seasoned writing artists together to create a new work of art?  You get a masterpiece.

Hate Notes is a fun contemporary romance for any HEA lover.  The storyline is unique in its own way and I was drawn into it from the very beginning.

The characters were so well written, that I could easily visual them in my head. A quirky female and a stubborn male….what could possibly go wrong.

With twist and turns and a few “Whoa, I didn’t see that coming” moments, Hate Notes is the perfect weekend read.

So stay in those comfy clothes, find a snuggly blanket, a cup of tea or a glass of wine and dive into this 4.5* read.

About The Authors
Vi Keeland

Vvi_headshot_2018i Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.  With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living our her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

7105545She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor.  Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over 1.5 million books sold, she is a twenty-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels.

In 2014, Penelope’s fourth novel, Stepbrother Dearest, became the #1 bestselling independently publish Kindle ebook of the year on Amazon.com and was credited with igniting an entirely new subgenre of romance.

Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

Penelope can be found chatting live with her readers in her private Facebook group, Penelope’s Peeps.

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Review | He Loves You Not | Tara Brown

He Loves You Not RDB TOUR BannerHappy Release Day Tara Brown.  Her new romantic comedy He Love You Not, the 2nd book in her Serendipity series, is now available.

About The Book

How can a fidelity test possibly go wrong? In this sweet and sexy romance, international bestselling author Tara Brown counts the ways…

IMG_2180Among her superrich friends, Lacey Winters never minded being the “poor one.” That is, until her tuition money and big dreams vanish overnight. Now Lacey has a plan to make some extra cash—a devilishly brilliant plan. For a fee, she’ll test your boyfriend to find out if he’s faithful or a cheating jerk. Her next target: a slick and sexy trust-fund playboy. Unfortunately for Lacey, his charms aren’t just legend. And before she knows it, she’s under his spell.

It was bad enough that Jordan Somersby’s father forced a spoiled “society princess” on him. Then Jordan had to go and find his dream girl—the beautiful, fun, and down-to-earth Lacey. And he’ll do anything to prove he’s sincere. But pretty soon it’ll be Lacey’s turn to prove that this is not just a game.

Because, when it comes to mixing love and deception, nothing is what it seems. And Lacey and Jordan are about to face the ultimate test.

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My Thoughts

I received a copy of He Loves You Not for my honest opinion and thoughts.

This was my first read by Tara Brown and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Every once in awhile I like to delve into the New Adult genres for a fun entertaining read and He Loves You Not does not disappoint.  Sex, scandal, romance and drama, Tara Brown has covered it all and topped it off with a well played out HEA.

Her characters are well written and the plot well thought out.

He Loves You Not is the perfect 4 star weekend read.

 

About The Author

I believe growing up in a really small town gives a person a little advantage when it comes to the imagination. You need one or you go mad.Tara Brown

Needless to say, mine saved me. After it got me into trouble first, that is. That’s the problem with a vivid imagination, all the lies you tell.

 I am happily married with two daughters. I have two giant dogs, two savage cats, and a penchant for a glass of red. Also, I drag my bread through the sauce. I can’t help myself, bread is life. According to my age, I am meant to be a responsible adult, but it isn’t going well at all. I would still head off to Hogwarts tomorrow and I suspect there isn’t a single wardrobe I haven’t crept into, hoping to find the door to Narnia. And don’t even get me started on the King’s Road, I get lost.

 Fortunately, I am an international bestseller so I have wormed my way into a quirky or eccentric category.

 Thank God for that.

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Review | Marrying Miss Kringle: Frost | Lucy McConnell

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About The Book

Frost buried her hands in her face, feeling the pressure. Neither Stella or Robyn had the potential for love yet. They were starting from scratch.  But she had more than potential; she had an invitation.  It was up to her to find Tannon; get him to profess his love to her; and save her family, the North Pole, and Christmas for children all over the world.

Oh, Tannon, I hope you’re ready to love me.Frost

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My Thoughts

I was provided Marrying Miss Kringle: Frost for my honest review.

This was my first read by Lucy McConnell.  I had not yet read the first 2 books in the Marrying Miss Kringle and while there are references the books this is set as a standalone.

While I am not usually a reader of the typical HEA romance, I do love Christmas stories and wanted to give Miss McConnell and her holiday book a shot.  I was delightedly entertained and even though it’s not yet Halloween, this book definitely put me in the Christmas spirit.

Her characters include a quirky, headstrong female and a brooding, pain in the ass male….what could possibly go wrong???

Written with witty holiday puns and a play on festive wording, Frost’s book is the perfect weekend read to set the mood for the Christmas season.  Pull out a big cozy blanket, a big mug of hot chocolate, and devour the pages of this sweet 4.5 star read.

I really enjoyed taking a chance on Marrying Miss Kringle: Frost and will be looking into Lucy McConnell other Christmas novels as the holiday season approaches.

About the Author

Award-winning author, Lucy McConnell, love Christmas, romance, chocolate and Elvis.

After graduating from the University of Utah, she became the editor at an advertising Christina Young Chef Author Photoagency before moving to teach in the marketing department of the local community college. She loves teaching and often misses the academic environment.

Lucy retired from teaching and began to write articles and sweet romance novels.  She has been published in national magazines, newspapers, short story compilations, and she writes cookbooks under the name Christina Dymock.

If she’s not at the computer, you can find her trying to keep up with her husband and four kids on the ski slopes, on a bike, in the kitchen, or on a horse.

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