Sunday, January 21, 2018

Blog Tour - Midnight Blue by LJ Shen


Midnight Blue, an all-new sexy standalone from LJ Shen is LIVE!

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Midnight Blue

Author: LJ Shen

Release Date: January 18th

It should have been easy.
I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.
I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.
Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.
“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”
Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.
Guess what? I didn’t listen.
I signed the contract.
World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.
My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.
Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.
Then he took my heart.
Then he took my all.



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Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen
Review by Jan Hood
January 18  2018

5 STARS *****


My dear Miss Shen, you’ve done it again!
Midnight Blue joins the Sinners of Saint series as some of the very best reading I’ve enjoyed in the past year. I’ve nudged L.J. Shen up onto a pedestal, and she looks fabulous up there!
You want an alpha rock star? Say hello to Alex Winslow, but he may just sneer at you in return. He’s got angst, he’s got a hard party history, he’s the personification of “entitlement”. But he’s a hot, filthy-mouthed British rock star, so I forgive!
Our man has been rocked by Indigo/Indie Bellamy, the hired-gun handler (this grown man needs a hanny – hot nanny) who is charged with keeping Alex in check on his world tour. She’s got maturity beyond her years, an enviable vintage-style wardrobe, and a single-minded mission to make that bank and save her family. So, she’s pretty much Alex’s opposite. Let the show begin!
All the side characters had their meaningful places in the story, helpful and hurtful, dramatic and gut wrenching. This is where you see much of the excellence of Shen’s writing, the way she weaves all the threads of stories within stories to give us a rock star romance that trounces the trope right on its bloody bum!
This is no easy-going romance, though. Alex and Indie experience jealousy, lies, friend failures, and loads of sexual tension. In between it all, the rock star world feels authentic and as if we are peeking around the black velvet curtain. It was a slow burn to fall for Alex, but I did fall. So did Indie, and my heart was with her all the way.
I do love a rockin’ romance, and this book delivers page after page of the goods. Loads of unexpected goods and heartbreaking goods are packed in there, as well. Midnight Blue is my first 5 star of 2018. Don’t you love closing a book and saying “Oh wow….”? This is that book. Just, wow!


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L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ryan's Bed by Tijan

Ryan's Bed by Tijan

About the book:
I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident.
I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed—her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should’ve left…
I didn’t.
I didn’t jump out.
I didn’t get embarrassed.
I relaxed.
And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved.
I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept.
The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could’ve stayed forever, I would have.
He became my sanctuary.
Because—four hours earlier—my twin sister killed herself.

EXCERPT
It was close to midnight when I texted Ryan. “I’m outside your house.” The driver’s taillights were disappearing when he came out the front door.
“Hey.” Dressed in lounge pants and a soft shirt, he folded his arms over his chest, tucking his hands under his arms. He eyed my small suitcase. “You really came straight from the airport?”
“Was this stupid?” A normal girl might’ve had that thought in her head, my head. There wasn’t enough room for second thoughts in there. I gestured to his house. “Should I go home?”
“No.” He’d hunched over a little, but straightened and shook his head. “No. It’s fine. Seriously.” He went back to eyeing my luggage. “I thought you were joking about the airport. I could’ve picked you up.”
“Oh.” That meant a lot. “No, this is fine. Simple. No fuss. That’s how I roll these days.”
He fought back a grin. “Except when we break into my buddy’s house to spend the night, right?”
I laughed. “Except for that.”
“Come on.” He jerked his head toward the house before reaching for my suitcase. “My mom’s got book club tonight, which is aka wine night, and Peach is at Erin’s house.”
“Your dad?” I had to admit it felt nice as I stepped inside, warm and cozy. I hadn’t known how cold I was until then.
Ryan closed the door behind me, locking it. “He’s downstairs watching the baseball game. He DVR-ed it, and trust me, by the time it’s done, he’ll be a full case in. He’ll either sleep down there or head straight to bed. I’ve had friends over before when it’s a baseball night for him, and he had no clue.” He stepped around me, moving quietly. “You want something before heading up?”
I fought back the smile this time. “Going right to it, huh?”
He glanced back, and his eyes darkened. “You know what I mean.”
“I do.” I shook my head. “And I’m good.” My stomach rumbled.
Ryan’s eyebrows rose. “You sure? Your stomach says otherwise.”
Thinking about it, I didn’t know when I’d last eaten.
I ate breakfast Thursday morning. My mom drove me to the airport two hours later. There was a meal offered on the plane, but I didn’t eat it. Gianna’s mom picked me up, and we went to a pizza place. I picked at a slice, but I couldn’t bring myself to chew it and digest it.
Zoe and Gianna had eaten popcorn that night while we watched movies. They’d laughed. I’d curled in a blanket and tried to sleep.
Then this morning, I had orange juice and coffee. That’s right. Zoe and Gianna went to the coffee shop and brought back bagels and lattes. I had one of the lattes. Lunch was licorice for them, which Gianna’s mom didn’t approve of. She made a big salad, and the other two nibbled on it, but they were too full from licorice.
And this afternoon they’d left me.
I hadn’t eaten on the plane again, so it had been almost two days.
I shrugged. “Maybe a drink?”
He clipped his head in a nod. “Got it.” We went upstairs first, and he stowed my luggage in his room before returning to the kitchen. I went into his bathroom, grateful it was attached to his room, and by the time I’d cleaned up and felt a little refreshed, he was back. Carrying two glasses, he had a bag of chips in his mouth.
“Here.” I started to take the bag, but he shook his head and held up one of the glasses. I took that instead, and as soon as I did, he opened his mouth.
The bag of chips fell to the bed and he took a sip from his own glass. “Mmmm…” He winked. “Rum and Coke. Good stuff, right?” He clinked his glass to mine, then settled on his bed, moving back to rest against the wall. The chips went on the stand next to him, along with his drink after a second good sip.
He had a loveseat against the other wall in his room, and I perched there. Crap. This drink was good. I craned my head back, staring at it. “I could down this whole thing in two seconds.”
“So do it.” He opened the chips and popped a couple in his mouth. Grinning at me, he added, “Not to tread where you might not want me, but…I’d think you’d want to pass this year in a drunken haze. I would.”
Yeah. I drank a third of it before leaning back against the couch. “It’s not my style.”
It would’ve been Willow’s though. She would’ve drunk, partied, and become a nympho if I’d been the one…
My throat burned, and I took another long drink. This really was good. Two more sips, and I’d need a refill.
I eyed Ryan over the top. “You’re not the type to take advantage of me?”
He chuckled. “Nah.” He winked. “But I might graze the side of your boob when we’re sleeping later.”
I laughed, and stopped immediately.
The last time I’d laughed, the last time I’d smiled, had been with him—not my old friends, or now ex friends, and not anyone else. Just Ryan.
“Does it get better?” The question was out before I could take it back.
Ryan was quiet, holding my gaze across the room, and then he sighed. “I think it has to, at some point.”
I hoped so.
Pain I didn’t want to feel or acknowledge rose up in my throat. It threatened to choke me, but I sat there. I waited, and it passed. I could breathe again a second later.
I finished my drink.
Ryan scooted forward, handing his glass over. “Here, take mine.”
“It’s yours.”
He shrugged, eating more chips. “I’ll down a beer later, maybe. Trust me. It’s fine.”
I took the glass, feeling his fingers on mine for a moment, and a warm and cozy sensation settled over me. It was the same tingle I’d felt when I stepped into his home. Everything else was flat, black and white, gray, dull, cold, and then I came here. I went to him, and it felt like color was turned on.
I could feel hunger again, thirst again. I remembered it was normal to feel warmth.
Feeling the choking come back up my throat, I turned off my thoughts. Life was easier that way.
“You’re staying here tonight, right?” Ryan asked.
“Hmmm?” My shoulders sagged in relief. Thank you, Distraction.
He gazed around his room. “You’re sleeping here. That’s why you came, right?”
I nodded. “If that’s okay with you?”
A slow and wicked grin spread over his face. His eyes darkened, falling to my lips. “I’m a nice guy and all, but I’m not that nice, and especially lately, so trust me when I say this. You can sleep here any time you want.” His head leaned forward, his eyes almost digging into me. “That offer doesn’t go to anyone except you.”
The back of my neck warmed. I almost felt tongue-tied.
That was the plan.

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Ryan’s Bed by Tijan


I’ve been a fan of Tijan’s stories since the first Fallen Crest book, she just has a way of writing YA stories that just feel more grown up, and Ryan’s Bed is no exception.


The story begins exactly where the blurb stops with MacKenzie walking in to find her twin sister, Willow dead in a pool of her own blood on the bathroom floor a day before the twins 18th birthday.  Whilst the parents are trying to deal with the horror of the situation, Mackenzie and her younger brother Robbie are taken to her father’s new business partner’s house and left there for the night.  This situation is made worse by the fact that Mackenzie’s family have just re-located for her father’s new job and she does not know this family.  Mackenzie during the night on the way back from getting a drink of water walks in to the wrong bedroom and gets into Ryan’s bed instead of his sister's Peach.


Now this wouldn’t be a Tijan book if Mackenzie didn’t have to deal with trying to fit in at a new school, trying to make friends and the backlash from the school’s hierarchy of popular girls & bullies.  This is made worse as Ryan happens to be THAT boy at school the one who all the girls want and all the guys want to be.  Ryan is a great character, I'd even go to say he's up there with Mason for me, the protectiveness, understanding & love he has for Mackenzie literally flows through the pages.   I think it could have benefitted from having some of Ryan’s POV included as this is written all from Mackenzie’s view & at times with all her inner monologue it was tough to be just in her head.


Ryan’s Bed is a standalone and covers the subject of teen suicide, the reasons why and also the impact it has on everyone left behind.  I think Tijan did a good job with a delicate subject matter and this book definitely takes you on a rollercoaster of the whole spectrum of feelings anger, heartbreak, sadness and love. 


There is a “punch to the gut” end to the book that will have you reeling! So avoid any spoiler reviews!!!


                                                            Overall 4 stars.  
                                   

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Friday, January 19, 2018

BLOG TOUR - THRIVE BY ALY MARTINEZ

Today we are celebrating the release of THRIVE by Aly Martinez. Thrive is the second book in the Guardian Protection series and it can be read as a complete standalone.

You can grab the ebook or paperback on Amazon.

Download the audiobook at Audible or iTunes.

 

 

Thrive by Aly Martinez (Guardian Protection, #2)

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Synopsis:

Technically, you aren’t supposed to fall in love with your best friend’s girl.
When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.
Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.
I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.
Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.
That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.
It’s the call I’m terrified to make.
I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.

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Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.    
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Fighter's Claim ~ DD Galvani

Title: Fighter's Claim
Series: Devils Wind MC
Author: D.D. Galvani
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: January 10, 2018 


Lisa T. on Amazon - “This book has it all! Wonderful plot and story line.”

Amazon Customer - “I absolutely loved this book! It was one that I couldn't wait to get home and dive into every night.”
Books After Fifty… - “Hooked from the first sentence!!!”

 
Fighter is an Enforcer for the Devil’s Wind MC. His job is to take care of the prospects, make sure things run smoothly and kick some ass if it doesn’t. His life consists of his club, his bike, his brothers, and more than his fair share of pussy. The last thing he needs is his little sister and her best friend showing up at the clubhouse, ragged, beaten and looking to him to sort out their mess.
Tish and Jiji have been best friends since the day they met. When fate steps in and forces them to run for their lives, the safest place possible is with Jiji’s brother, Fighter. Fighter doesn’t do relationships but his sisters best friend is no longer the little girl he once knew. She’s all grown up and has him wanting to stake his claim. Tish has risked her life to save Jiji and now Fighter must return the favor. When their two worlds collide, The Devil’s Wind steps up to protect Tish and Jiji and Fighter has a decision to make before he loses Tish.





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What the fuck is Jiji doing here? Why would she come here now, bigger question why would she bring Tish. If they thought for one second they were going to take a walk on the wild side with some bikers they were seriously mistaken. I would paddle both their asses then send them on their way home. Cutting through the clubhouse I made it to the front door when Dukes called out to me. Veering to my left I walked up to the bar. Where you going in such a hurry he asked. Danko tipped his beer, to his mouth, swallowed then snickered “must be some new pussy he’s after.” When it didn’t get a rise out of me, or a smile, Danko’s face changed, “Hey bro whats up?” he asked “I dunno Danko”, “Murph called from the gate, he said Jiji and Tish are here.” Dukes looked confused. “Jiji your baby sister?” “Yeah man with her best friend Tish DeMarco”. “What’s up with that Fighter?” “I know you’ve warned her not to come around the club.” “I don’t know Dukes, but something ain’t right. Murph said I needed to get down there now.” Dukes lifted his chin, “Right behind you Fighter.” He dropped his beer on the bar, he and Danko flanked me as we walked out of the clubhouse. I saw Murph, our prospect checking cars at the gate. Parked in the lot next to our bikes was a green chevy nova. Heading that way I saw Jiji sitting in the passenger seat. Walking up to the window, I knocked, she turned her head. A smile broke over her face, she unlocked the door and jumped out. She threw her arms around me “Jameson she yelled” squeezing my waist crying into my leather. Murph came running over from the gate, “I told you Fighter, you needed to get down here” he said. Tish got out of the other side, slowly she came around the trunk of the car. Her face was in shadows until she rounded the car to stand by the open door. I heard Dukes drawn in a breath and Danko mutter “oh shit” then I saw Tish. Her face was beaten, one eye closed, blood still caked in her hair. She was holding her left arm close to her body like it hurt leaning against the car door for support. I put Jiji down “what the fuck happened Tish. She seemed to shrink even further into herself. “Woah girl, it’s ok, I’m not yelling at you, relax babe, I got you. She looked up a me, a single tear tracking down her battered face I passed Jiji off to Danko, moving slowly towards Tish, she backed up against the car door trying to hide behind it, she was scared out of her mind. “Shhh babe I’m not gonna hurt you I cooed!” “Me and the boys just want to get you inside so we can see what’s wrong.” She looked into my eyes for a second then asked “are we safe here”. “Jiji is hurt” “We need help” “Who did this to you Tish? Talk to me babe, what the fuck happened?”

Tish and her best friend Jiji just escaped a violent attack that left both girls seriously hurt and they're traveling to meet up with Jiji's older brother, Jameson, who is part of a MC in another state. They don't know how they will be welcomed exactly since Jiji and Jameson haven't seen each other in quite a while. Tish has only met Jameson once in her life and that was years ago.

This book is one of those that's hard for me write a review on. On one hand I liked the story line, but there were things that didn't seem "right" to me. The writing seemed choppy and I wish the author would've gotten a hold of a good editor and I feel this could've been pulled together and become very good. I'm not saying it was horrible and I hated it, I just think it could've been more polished. Secondly, Jameson seemed like kind of a drama llama to me. It's like he latched onto Tish right from the get go as if they'd had a serious romantic history and from the first day of her arrival he all but claimed her. That was far fetched to me. There were a few parts of the story that involved the usual 'club whores' where the dialect seemed almost high school speak to me. It really could've gotten it's point across without going into so much unnecessary details.

I assume there will be a follow up book coming out involving Jiji and another one of the club brothers. I more than likely will read that one and if the writing style has improved, I'll continue to read this author. I ended up giving this book 3 stars and it was given to me as an ARC for an honest review.









D.D. Galvani was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She moved to Florida in 2002 and lives there today with her husband of 37 years. She has two children and one beloved grand daughter whom she spoils as much as she can. She is an avid reader and crafter and decided to put those two loves together and Swag by NaNa was born. After working around author’s for a few years, she asked a couple to look at a story she had written and was blown away that they liked it. They pushed her to finish it and her first novel Fighter’s Claim, an MC romance came to be. She writes strong alpha males and sassy intelligent women. Welcome to her world!
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Release Day Blitz - Midnight Blue by LJ Shen

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Midnight Blue, an all-new sexy standalone from LJ Shen is LIVE!

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Midnight Blue

Author: LJ Shen

Release Date: January 18th

It should have been easy.
I needed the money. He needed a babysitter to keep him from snorting himself to death.
I was cherry-picked especially for him. Responsible. Optimistic. Warm. Innocent.
The worst part is that I should have known better.
Alex Winslow. British rock star. Serial heartbreaker. Casanova with whiskey eyes.
“Don’t get near the devil in a leather jacket. He’ll chew you up and spit you out.”
Sounds familiar? That’s because it was a headline in a tabloid the second time he got arrested.
Guess what? I didn’t listen.
I signed the contract.
World tour. Three months. Four Continents. One hundred shows.
My name is Indigo Bellamy, and I sold my soul to a tattooed god.
Problem was, my soul wasn’t enough for Alex Winslow. He ended up taking my body, too.
Then he took my heart.
Then he took my all.

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About LJ Shen:
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat. Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards. She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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RELEASE BLITZ – THRIVE BY ALY MARTINEZ

Today we are celebrating the release of THRIVE by Aly Martinez. Thrive is the second book in the Guardian Protection series and it can be read as a complete standalone.

You can grab the ebook or paperback on Amazon.

Download the audiobook at Audible or iTunes.

 

 

Thrive by Aly Martinez (Guardian Protection, #2)

Purchase the ebook on Amazon (Kindle Unlimited)

Purchase the Audiobook | Purchase the Paperback

Synopsis:

Technically, you aren’t supposed to fall in love with your best friend’s girl.
When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.
Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.
I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.
Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.
That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.
It’s the call I’m terrified to make.
I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.

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Purchase the previous book in the Guardian Protection Series

SINGE is the first book in the Guardian Protection Series and is FREE in KindleUnlimited

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:


Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.    
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