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HETCH (Men of S.W.A.T. #1) 
is the first book in an 
ALL NEW SERIES
coming the end of MARCH 2016 from River Savage.
 
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Synopsis

Save verb \ˈsāv\ 
1 a: Keep safe or rescue (someone or something) from harm or danger. 
 
Synonyms: rescue, come to someone’s rescue, save someone’s life, set free, liberate, deliver, extricate. 
 
Saving lives is the end goal. 
 
It’s a responsibility I live with every day, the reason I wear the badge. 
 
Built on a brotherhood that runs deeper than blood, this way of life has become my very existence… 
 
Until Liberty. 
 
I thought I was saving her. 
 
I never expected her to be the one saving me.

 

 

About the Author

 

River Savage is the Author of the Knights Rebels MC Series and is currently working on a 
Men of S.W.A.T. Series
She released her debut novel, Incandescent, the first book in the Knights Rebels series in August 2014. 

An avid reader of romance and erotic novels, her love for books and reading fueled her passion for writing. Reading no longer sated her addiction, so she started writing in secret. She never imagined that her dream of publishing a novel would ever be achievable. 



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                                       BLOG TOUR                                                    THE BALLER by VI KEELAND

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(A Standalone Novel)

Release date 1/18/2016

A Contemporary Romance novel

New York Times & USA Today Bestseller

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The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room.   

It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.

The famed quarterback decided to bare all.   

And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets.  

No.  The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question.  On camera.   

The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby—screwing with me.

When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.

But I don’t date players.  

And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football.   

I’d date an athlete.   

It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.   

You know the type.  Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.

Brody Easton was the ultimate player.

Every woman wanted to be the one to change him.

But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.

Turned out, I was that girl.

Simple right?

Let’s face it.  It never is.

There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…  

And this one is ours.

 
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“Is that liquor talking, or you? You said liquor and all I heard was ‘lick her’……”

 

Guaranteed to have you in stitches, this fan grabbing steamy and passionate read has a good dosage of poignant events that squeezed our hearts, too. Kept stuck to the pages in which is nothing less than fan – freakin’- tastic, we had a good idea what we’d be letting ourselves in for. However, never in a million years could we ever have imagined she’d go to such lengths with double entendres. Words and names are so well invented in all their ridiculousness making us wonder how on earth the author’s imagination works. And then of course, the development of the protagonists’ personalities was the cherry on top of the pie. Add detailed and solid storyline is the recipe for a scrumptious read. The fact that this standalone is lacking a prologue was neither here nor there as the reader is thrown straight into a scene overflowing with banter. Yeah, we’re suckers for dialogue! Getting more and more involved in the story was when it was brought home as to Ms Keeland’s knowledge of football and the goings on in the locker room. Little inkling did we have regarding the setup as us English gals follow what you Americans call soccer resulting in a real eye-opener.

 

“Awesome. Dinner, then fucking? Or fucking, then dinner?”
“Gee. How is a girl to decide with such titillating choices?”
“Flip a coin. Heads – you give me. Tails – I take yours. It’s a total win – win for you. By the way, I really like it when you work ‘tit’ into our conversation, dirty girl.”

 

Do you think Brody Easton had us fooled? Well, yes! Player extraordinaire on and off the field, his reputation as a ladies’ man is second to none. What a cocksure flirt, (pun intended)! We couldn’t help but break out in laughter almost to the point of crying with his quirky comebacks. Why he baffled us is simply because there’s much more to him than meets the eye. Although he’s going to have to step up in the charming department if he’s to win Delilah over, he’s a real softy at heart. So the chase is on. Used to women dropping at his feet, it was a thrill to see him work for what he wanted. And oh boy, did he work at it and did he want!

 

“You’re an asshole, you know that?”
“I do.”

 

Delilah Maddox lives and breathes football. Brought up in a sporty ambience, her professionalism has earned a position which she takes very seriously. Working for WMBC Sports, is she one sassy sports reporter! Crikey, she’s a walking football encyclopaedia, stunning and totally not into having amorous flings with footballers; least of all, a scorching hot one… Furthermore, she gives as much as she gets but why she holds back is something you’ll have to find out for yourselves.

 

“Does dinner mean sleeping with you?”
“Hopefully when it’s over. But if you want to switch things up a bit and get to the fucking first, I’m happy to oblige.”

 

Like a twist or two? One of them is comparable with the worst hairpin bend in the Coll de Soller, Mallorca! You’re forced to reduce speed, change gear and pray that no one’s coming in the opposite direction. This is exactly what happens in this book and the very last thing we expected. Oh, did our hearts palpitate raising our blood pressure and were we floored!

 

“I don’t forgive you yet.”
“No?”
“Maybe I will after I get those multiple apologies you promised.”
“There’s nothing else I would like to do than fuck you full of sorry.”

 

Brody and Delilah’s story took us on one very tear inducing journey! Yes, the story was full to the absolute brim of some of the funniest one liners we have ever had the pleasure of reading, but there was also a very emotional side to it. We loved how she gave us the giggles in one chapter to ugly crying moments in the next! And just when we thought we couldn’t take any more, we read the most stunning epilogue! All we are saying is please stock up on the tissues and maybe a glass or two of the hard stuff too! Consider yourself warned!

 

“mmm….. I could get used to this kind of welcome home.”
“That’s good, baby. Because I threw out the vibrator in your end table drawer.”

 

Narrated from the first-person-plural perspective in past tense, viewpoints are skilfully constructed. An expert in dangling the carrot in front of one’s nose, the author had us guessing as to what the outcome would be and wow, did we love it! Of course, it was not without being put through the mangle beforehand. All her characters come alive, you live their ups and downs, their uncertainties, their hopes and their fragilities. Touching on a delicate subject which affects many families was done with compassion, the right amount of humour, and couldn’t have been put across better. Ms Keeland, you have written a story next to none and has to be one of our favourites. Bravo!

 

“How come you’re whispering now? Don’t you want the whole world to hear how much you love me?”
“Didn’t you just hear? I just told them.”

 

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Vi Keeland is a New York Times bestselling author. Native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!  

 

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Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)

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Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)

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First Thing I See

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                                  COVER REVEAL                             TARGET ON OUR BACKS by J.M Darhower

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Target on Our Backs

(Monster
in His Eyes #3)

USA
Today Bestselling Author

J.M. Darhower

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: February 23, 2016

 

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The best way to keep your word is never
to give it.

Not long ago, in a chapel in Vegas, I swore to love Karissa
for the rest of my days. But nobody’s promised an infinite number of tomorrows.
Nobody’s promised forever. Sometimes, all we have left is today.

Carpe Diem

Seize the day.

It should’ve been over, we should’ve been happy, but people
are making it hard for me to live in peace. I’ve got so much blood on my hands
they’ll never be clean, and somebody out there seems to want me to pay for it. Happily Ever After always comes at a
cost, one any real man would be willing to pay. But that doesn’t mean I’m just
going to roll over and accept these consequences.

Because when it comes to the woman I love? The life I’ve
fought for?

Nobody is safe.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JM Darhower is the author of countless stories and poems, most of which only she has ever read. 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 she’s usually ranting about those things. Chronic crimper with a vulgar mouth, she admits to having a Twitter addiction.

 

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                            RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                       IN THIS LIFE by CHRISTINE BRAE

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Title: In This Life

Author: Christine Brae

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 22nd January, 2016

Re-released: 15th November, 2016

Publisher: Vesuvian Books

 

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 Secrets ruin lives, and lies protect those secrets…

Wanting to escape her life in New York City before starting medical school in the fall, Anna Dillon convinces her best friend Dante to travel with her to Thailand on a medical mission. While volunteering in a coastal village recently ravaged by a tsunami, Anna meets Jude Grayson. They share an instant attraction that leads to a brief, passionate affair. When she has to rush home for a family emergency, he promises to stay in touch.

But Jude never calls, and Anna tries desperately to forget him.

Five years pass, and Anna finally moves on with Dante after giving up hope that Jude will ever return—until they come face to face again in a chance encounter. Reeling, Anna discovers the life-altering secret of why Jude never contacted her—and why they can’t be together. But the passion that ignited between them on an exotic beach years ago never died, making it impossible to stay away from each other.

And Dante? Anna discovers that the friend she grew to love—and trust—has a secret of his own.

 

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Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse Nuttall.

Five Glorious Stars

A newbie to this author’s works, my curiosity was aroused and going into this read completely blind was certainly an experience for me. I also had a feeling that this was going to be one very special read after turning the first page, and I wasn’t disappointed. Lacking in a prologue and banter in the first chapter is irrelevant since the setting captures the reader’s attention immediately. Reading on, not only does the blurb kick in between all the characters, but I was also enthralled by the style of writing. Natural surroundings are so artfully described that I was transported to a country I have never been to. I was there dipping my feet in the crystalline waters while observing the sea life; walking on the sands and lapping up the sun. The story’s protagonists’ development is articulate, their personal situations not without moments making me want to scream out loud at them. Delicate issues are touched with sensitivity and gripping to the point of frustration which brings into effect, an unputdownable read. One thing I must mention is the first half and one of the reasons I like going into a book with absolutely no idea where it’s going to take me. I was desperate for Jude’s point of view and wondered if or when his feeling would be divulged. So my surprise was tenfold when it came.

“What you said about fate. I really believe that we have the power to change it.”

Anna Dillon. “Deary me Anna! You were in the right place but at the wrong time. I know you had to get away; find yourself, learn to forgive someone so dear to you. But later on, you would fool your own heart and make a decision changing the course of the future.” Understanding her stance was of importance as the circumstances she was in were to say, complicated. She has faith, is proud and a hard-working young woman. When she falls fast and hard, little did she know about this man cloaked in secrets, or why he disappeared of the face of the earth. Later the truth would be disclosed tormenting her soul even more than it already was. And the man she should have given her heart to unconditionally, suffered so much that I cried for him. Then again, nothing is fair in the ways of love and regardless of a troubled conscience, eventually she does what she has to do.

“We’re both lost. How can we be found? How can we both find purpose?”

The Will of God. Moral ethics. Abiding by the rules of his calling, Jude Grayson never questioned his choice of work. Until the last thing he expected happens. His benevolence has no boundaries, his empathy outshone his good-looks. His very persona would be put to the test though. He also makes some harsh decisions which would reflect on all concerned. And I could have jumped into my Kindle and gladly strangled him. So much hurt was caused because of him being torn between his vocation and his true feeling for the one and only woman who dazzled the pants of him. (Pun intended!) If only he and Dante had been honest with her… The mysterious power such as is destiny plays a hand they will all have to come to terms with regardless of the outcome.

“I will quarrel with the heavens and fight with destiny to be with you.”

Dante and Anna have a very special relationship going way back. How could I possibly not adore this drop-dead gorgeous guy whose concern for his bestie was always foremost. I have to confess I was on his team. Loved his sense of humour, the daft name he calls her, his passion! I really don’t want to let on as to what will happen to these three beautiful people because it’s a must read. But I will say this. My emotions ran riot when one twist in the plot was revealed and another literally floored me. Gushing tears, I prayed for them. Then there were fan grabbing occasions. Never fear, scorching hot Dante and Jude will push the room temperature up. Keep this in mind ‘cause you’re going to need something to move the thick air around!

“Open your eyes, Blue. Watch me give myself to you.”

What a great storyteller Ms Brae is. I particularly enjoyed the little hints she kept dropping only to discover that it wasn’t actually what you thought it would be. A true guessing game! There was just the right amount of angst, just right amount of sexiness and just the right amount of scenes pulling on your heartstrings. There wasn’t one main or secondary characters who I disliked or didn’t connect to. Reading this book in one-sitting which is by no means short, tells you how much I loved this book. I am so glad I found you Ms Brae. Bravo!

“With freedom of choice comes the freedom to sin.”

 

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Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Christine is the author of The Light in the Wound, His Wounded Light and Insipid. Her new book, In This Life, is set to release in January 2016.When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago. 

When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.

Christine is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management.

 

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                               RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                             THE BALLER by VI KEELAND

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(A Standalone Novel)

Release date 1/18/2016

A Contemporary Romance novel

New York Times & USA Today Bestseller

Vi Keeland

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The first time I met Brody Easton was in the men’s locker room.   

It was my first interview as a professional sportscaster.

The famed quarterback decided to bare all.   

And by all, I don’t mean he told me any of his secrets.  

No.  The arrogant ass decided to drop his towel, just as I asked the first question.  On camera.   

The Super Bowl MVP quickly adopted a new hobby—screwing with me.

When I pushed back, he shifted from wanting to screw with me, to wanting to screw me.

But I don’t date players.  

And it’s not because I’m one of the few women working in the world of professional football.   

I’d date an athlete.   

It’s the other kind of player I don’t date.   

You know the type.  Good looking, strong, cocky, always looking to get laid.

Brody Easton was the ultimate player.

Every woman wanted to be the one to change him.

But the truth was, all he needed was a girl worth changing for.

Turned out, I was that girl.

Simple right?

Let’s face it.  It never is.

There’s a story between once upon a time and happily ever after…  

And this one is ours.

 
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Vi Keeland is a New York Times bestselling author. Native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!  

 

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Life on Stage series (2 standalone books)

Beat

Amazon: US | UK

iBooks | Kobo | B&N

Throb

Amazon: US | UK

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MMA Fighter series (3 standalone books)

Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter Series, Book One)

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Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter Series, Book Two)

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Belong to You (Cole Series, Book One)

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Left Behind (A Young Adult Novel)

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                                    KFF’s 5 ★ Review                                            Loud is How I Love You (Hub City #1)                                                by Mercy Brown

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Title: Loud Is How I Love You

Author: Mercy Brown

Series: Hub City Romance #1

Genre: New Adult

Release date: 19th January, 2016

Published and sold by: Penguin Group USA ~ Intermix

 

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LOUD is a New Adult romance between two indie rock kids, set in the 90s New Brunswick music scene. It’s something I happen to know a lot about, though it’s not–I repeat–it’s not autobiographical.

 

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Twenty-one-year-old front girl Emmylou knows that getting her band noticed in the ‘90s indie rock scene will be no easy task. She definitely knows better than to break the number one rule of the band: Don’t sleep with your bandmates!  But after she ends up having the best sex of her life with her guitarist, Travis, she finds following that rule is a lot harder than it sounds.

When the band gets the gig of their dreams, making it big seems just within reach. But Emmy’s inability to keep her hands off Travis threatens everything they’ve worked for. Can Emmy find a way to break the rules and not blow the chance of a lifetime?

 

EXCERPT

I front Stars on the Floor. Locally our nickname is “Soft” because when Billy Broadband, the WRSU DJ (that’s Rutgers college radio, folks), was trying to say “SotF” on air it sounded like “Soft,” and whatever. Close enough. One thing Soft is known for is having its shit together. We’re also a good band, if you like our moody, dark, loud, guitar-driven brand of angst. We pack the local clubs on the weekends, we play Manhattan and Philadelphia on a regular basis, and we play our fair share of out-of-town shows, too. But there are plenty of bands around here doing as well as we are right now. We’re a regular headline at the Court Tavern because we’re not fuckups.

I may only be twenty-one, but that matters to me. There are exactly three female-fronted acts in this town right now out of three dozen bands who compete for headliner spots, and one thing you have to be when you’re a woman fighting for the headliner spot is not a fuckup. And I’m not. Or I wasn’t, anyway. Now that I’ve gone and done it with my own guitarist, I’m not even sure.

Of all the guys in this town I could potentially fuck, why do I pick Bean? (By the way, I am the only person on this earth allowed to call Travis that, and it’s after the Travis Bean guitar, which he doesn’t play because, hello, they’re rare and like two grand and he’s not made of money.) I don’t even know. I really shouldn’t have done it, because he’s my number one collaborator, my co-conspirator, and one of my best friends, and I’m so worried that fucking him is going to ruin everything we have between us.

I can understand how it happened, of course. First of all, he’s adorable—lean but not wispy, and he’s got excellent guitar-playing, amp-hauling arms that look spectacular in a black T-shirt. He’s tall and he’s paler than a Norwegian’s ass in winter, but I like that basement-dwelling vibe he’s got going on. He’s always wearing the same pair of untied Timberlands (a token of his Nebraska homeland) with his jeans sort of not fitting over the boots, sort of not tucked in, either. His hair is dirty blond and always in need of a cut, even right after he gets it cut, but it’s thick and wavy and falls into his eyes when he’s playing, and you have to wonder if he even sees all those girls who fantasize about trading places with his guitar when he’s running those skilled hands all over that Les Paul on stage. But he never misses a note.

I’d have to say of all the things there are to dig about Travis, his guitar playing is what did it for me. That’s why the beat brothers (that’s our drummer Joey and bassist Cole, who are not brothers but might as well be) and I picked him out of the seven guys we auditioned. He’s got a style all his own. Every review we ever get mentions his shredding, his insane use of the screeching end of the Marshall half stack. Honestly? He is so good I didn’t even want to audition him because I knew he’d be the one we picked and I knew sooner or later I was going to have an issue keeping my hands off him. Because Travis is very much my type: smart and confident, but not an egomaniac. He’s quiet in big groups and thoughtful in rehearsal, but one-to-one he loves to talk about things you had no idea he even knew about. Bird-watching. Vintage Land Rovers. Science fiction. And also music, of course. Any and all things related to music.

Damn. Well, anyway, we can’t fuck again. We are literally just one sold-out night at the Melody away from an opening spot for Ween at Rutgers’s Ag Field Day and we can’t fall apart now.

I’m sure Travis will agree with me.

 

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KFF’s 5 ★ Review by Rachel McEwan

 

Five Loud Stars ★★★★★

**ARC given by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Loud is how I loved this read! This book was offered to me via NetGalley and as it was an author I hadn’t read before; I went straight onto Goodreads to investigate further. I must admit it was the title which caught my attention at first; so very different, it immediately opened my interest. The genre is also one of my favourites too, New Adult. So sold I was!

“Don’t fuck anyone in the band.”

When I first started reading this book, I was instantly captivated by the author’s style of writing! It’s incredibly witty, razor sharp and heavy on the sarcasm which is my kind of book. The quote above is the first line in the book, so I should’ve known from the beginning that I was in for one hell of a read!

“I’m the last guy you had sex with. So I guess I’m in competition with myself. Now I’m really worried.”

The story centres around a band, Stars on the Floor, which Emmylou and Travis are members of. The band is Emmylou’s world. It’s all she thinks about and all she wants to do with her life. The one thing she doesn’t want to do is upset the dynamic of the group which would in her opinion, kill the band! When a relationship develops between her and Travis, she immediately panics and this is where things take an interesting turn! But does the ‘relationship’ actually cause any issues in the band or is it actually Emmylou’s behaviour dealing with her feelings? Hmm, that would be telling! Let’s just say there were times when I could’ve gladly swung at her! On so many occasions she didn’t say the things she wanted to say which led to misunderstandings galore!

“Lie to my own mother? The woman who gave me life and ironed all my Levi’s all through high school? I don’t think so.”

Travis! I loved this guy. I loved how patient he was towards Emmylou. I really did feel for him at times, she really did put him through the wringer! He desperately wanted Emmylou, but also understood her reluctance of having a relationship with him. Travis loves the band but to him, it’s not the be all and end all. He appreciates how hard it is to make it big in the music industry which is feasibly realistic, but not Emmylou. It’s more than her world, it is everything!

“You’d better impress me.”
“It’ll be hard to live up to the Michael Bolton Fan Club president. But I’ll do what I can.”

The book is set back in the late 90’s in New Jersey, USA. I had to keep reminding myself on quite a few occasions that social media and mobile phones were uncommon; especially to young people in college. Good old fashioned telephones were the name of the game in this book which was endearing and took me back to when I was in my early 20’s. It was lovely to read how young people literally waited for that one phone in the house to ring. It added to the angst which was plentiful. One would come to the conclusion to expect this from reading about kids of a certain age; therefore I found it endearing and yes, admittedly it took me back to when I was at school! I also loved the Michael Bolton references. Oh my word, that really did take me back to the 90’s.

“They’ll hear me all the way across the river to New Brunswick. I’m too loud, I can’t help it.”
“Good. Loud is how I love you.”

The story is told entirely from Emmylou’s point of view which at first I thought I would struggle with. But fear not… the author conveyed her thoughts and feelings perfectly. And never once did I feel the story was lacking in any way. The passion was abundant in this story and even though it’s New Adult, the author certainly didn’t hold back when it came to the sex scenes!

‘’Oh man, was I really that loud?’’
‘’Sweetheart, I think there are paramedics still out there looking for the car accident.’’

When I started reading this book, I thought it was a standalone which it is per se. Notwithstanding, this is the first book in a series, so hopefully I will get to read the stories of some of the other characters you are introduced to in this book. Ms Brown, in my opinion, you have brought a fresh, original and animated book to the New Adult reading world and for that, I can only thank you! I understand this is also the authors début; all I can say is, WOW ! you have certainly impressed me with your literally skills! To say I loved this book would be an understatement. This was the first book I have read in 2016 so let’s just say the bar has been set high!

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m the author of LOUD IS HOW I LOVE YOU, a New Adult novel about two indie rock kids falling in love in the 90s. And doing it. A bunch of times. Since there’s some question or debate these days about whether sex is a requirement for a book to be considered NA, I’m just going to put that right out there. There’s sex in this book. That’s what makes it sexy! That and guitars. Guitars are always sexy. So are amps. And guys who carry amps for their girlfriends are extra sexy.

LOUD is based very (very, very) loosely on my experiences fronting bands in the 90s New Brunswick, NJ music scene. It’s not actually about me or my band, but let’s just say, if I hadn’t cut my teeth playing clubs from Baltimore to Boston in my youth, I don’t know that I could have written this book in quite this way.

LOUD will be out on Intermix/Penguin on January 2016!And hey you can actually buy it as a pre-order from Amazon! A follow-up will be out in the spring of 2016.

My agent is the ever-patient and sharp-dressing wizard chess aficionado, Brooks Sherman at The Bent Agency in Brooklyn. I am so very lucky to have him in my corner.

I also write YA and other romance. I have a picture book sitting in a drawer and four different ideas for middle grade novels. I write a lot, is basically what I’m trying to say, when I’m not otherwise working or wrangling children.

I studied English Literature at UMASS, Amherst a long, long time ago and I was a total Arthurian Legends dork. I once wrote a 5 page poem about a llama and King Arthur for my friend’s birthday. I wanted to be a novelist way back then but I was too young. (I’m not saying there’s an age requirement or anything, I’m just saying that I wasn’t very good at writing books when I was 19 or 22.) I didn’t want to teach English (why not? I really don’t know, it was just a feeling), so after I graduated I went and did a lot of other unrelated things instead, some of them terribly interesting and others not.

 

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Title: I Wish You Were Mine

Author: Lauren Layne

Series: Oxford Book Two

Publisher: Loveswept

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 2nd February, 2016

 

 

 

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SYNOPSIS

 

Perfect for fans of Alice Clayton and Emma Chase, Lauren Layne’s Oxford series heats up in this story of forbidden desire as a brooding jock hoping for a comeback falls for a woman who’s strictly off-limits.

A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.

Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.

 

KKF’s 4  Review by Rachel McEwan and Sharon Thérèse Nuttall

* ARC kindly provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Excellently narrated in third person from both protagonists’ point of view, we can’t say how much we enjoyed this standalone. We have never read works by this author, so therefore we were delighted to read a story embroiled in moral ethics. A subject not at all new to the non-fiction literary world of ways of the heart; nevertheless, this one is really worth reading. Love triangles have never been an issue for us since it is well-known that for one reason or another, this happens. However, here we have a classic example of you can’t have your cake and eat it, too! Of course, the individual in question managed to make us want to knock her on the head with our Kindles! Not only that, the leading male character exasperated us to the point of shouting at him… yeah, making him see reason would push us to the limits.

“Madison would kill me.”
“Do you care?”
“She’s my sister.”

Now then; why did we request to read this book in the first place? American football is more comparable with rugby than soccer in our book. And anyone who knows us, know how much we love a good ballgame. The implications in the blurb for a story revolving around a sportsman trying to make up his mind as to whether or not his ex is worth even thinking about, whetted our appetite. Jackson Burke’s very being revolves around this sport, so when this elite quarterback had an unfortunate accident, not only would his personal life take a turn for the worst but more important to him, a passion second to none died a sudden death.

“You want to talk about it?”
“That’s the strange thing about our history. You know everything.”

Trying to get around the fact that Jackson was far too generous for his own good was for us, hard work. Standing up for himself, coming clean and even voicing his opinion about an omnishambles of a marriage he had had, wasn’t an option. Or was it? Given the opportunity in his new job to tell all, his indecisiveness was such a huge part of what we thought, his downfalls. We felt that this gorgeous guy lacked backbone. Wait and see though. His childhood sweetheart and love of his life who cries crocodile tears, is more conniving, bitchier and status grabbing than anyone we have come across in a while. Oh boy, was she going be in for the surprise of her life! Neither do they have any urges for truths to be revealed. Obviously, strangling them wasn’t an option, either. For my man of the day, this was the once bitten syndrome…

“Cut me some slack, here, Mollie ! I don’t exactly know protocol. A year ago you were my wife’s sister, and now you’re …..”
“I’m what ?”
“F**king hot!”

Sweeter than sweet is Mollie Carrington. She is quite honestly the girl next door and her personality outshines her sister, Maddie, without even realising it. Mollie is an awfully grateful person. Her sister is a huge driving force in her life as you will see when you read this book. She has everything to thank her for. And much to our consternation, feel guilty for. Connecting to anyone else other than her best friend who has her heart in his hands, made us cry no end. Upsetting the status quo and believing in her sister’s selfishness at times was very frustrating for us. Mollie can’t help thinking the best of her sister which ultimately gave her sister the upper hand!

“ I’ve always, always loved you. Even when it was a really, really bad idea.”

When the sugar hits the fan, coming to terms with the truth is not going to be an easy task for either party. First love, a love forever which has always been kept guarded on the same lines as a Shakespearean tragedy with all its twist and turns, flowers into something special. We loved to hate Mollie’s sister. Well done to the author’s construction of all the characters, primary or secondary. We must add that we thought the dialogue between all the characters was excellent! The banter flowed brilliantly which for us made the story!

Hmm, hot… yes; and in the right moment without any holds barred. Suspense, not too much but this read will have you guessing as to what is going to happen next. Summing up, quite a brilliant read Ms Layne. Bravo!

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to Manhattan to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you’ll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).

 

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