MICADEN’S MADNESS by V.F. Mason is LIVE!

Today we are thrilled to be sharing V.F. Mason’s all-new romantic suspense, MICADEN’S MADNESS

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If madness has a name…it’s hers.

She is an artist seeking solace.
He is a serial killer seeking vengeance.

She doesn’t remember.
He remembers it all.

She is broken.
He is obsessed.

She wants truth.
He wants revenge.

One of them is guilty.
One of them is innocent.

Both of them want to win.
And for that one of them has to die.

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4.5 Stars ~ Reviewed by Anna on behalf of KFF

This is a dark romance that contains some triggers so a bit of warning to the sensitive readers. I must say though that this author is one of the best in this genre and this book got me hooked and emotionally invested in Brochan and Emerald’s tragic story.

When Emerald was seventeen, she spent the summer with her Nona. A privileged girl from a rich family she meets twenty-one-year-old Brochan and fell in love with him. But little did she know that their young love will turn their lives upside down and tear them apart and those around them. Is there hope for these two lovers?

Brochan/Micaden was quite taken with young Emerald and although his status isn’t quite up to Emerald’s family’s standards, he didn’t really care. Young love is all that matters, isn’t it? Brochan’s love turns into hate when he was taken away from Emerald and revenge is his ultimate goal.

“What happens when a victim and persecutor meet in a fight where there’s no hope in sight?
So many possibilities. Roles might shift or they won’t. Strengths might be tested or they aren’t. Emotions can cloud judgments or they can’t. One truth stays the same though. They live in the roles until one of them dies.
Let the game begin, and may the stronger one win.”
 

The passionate connection between Emerald and Brochan will build up your hope and will shatter your heart to pieces. Some events after their separation are quite harrowing, but are integral to the story and will make you understand how Micaden’s character developed into a vengeful monster. This narrative told in the past and present in alternating points of view is a well-written tale of a modern-day Romeo and Juliet but with a much darker side. The appearance of Lachlan and other characters in previous books by the same author is a welcome bonus, too. There are so many angles and layers to this dark story that will leave you emotional and at times, disturbed. This is the third book I’ve read by Mason and it won’t be the last. If you need a book that will fire up your guts and heart and if you are one of those who craves for stories that have more bite than a unicorn’s, then this one is for you.

EXCERPT

“Are you sure about this? There’s no going back.”

Hollow laughter echoes through the space. A familiar hatred settles deep inside me, fed by fury that knows no mercy. “Oh, I’m sure.”

Everyone has to pay for what they’ve done to me.

Especially her.

About the author

V.F.Mason always loved reading books and had quite a few fights with her momma over the genre she liked (romance, duh!) She studied film-making and thought that would feed her desire for stories, but that didn’t happen. Finally, when she was tired of all those voices in her head, she sat down and wrote a book. It was a huge decision to make and she thanks her friends and family for supporting her in it. When she is not writing, she can be found with her friends doing all sorts of crazy things or reading recent romance books that were written by her favorite authors.

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PROMISES (Web of Sin Book 3) by Aleatha Romig is LIVE!

Today we are thrilled to be sharing New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig’s epic conclusion in the Web of Sin trilogy, PROMISES

The twisted and intriguing storytelling that you loved in Consequences and Infidelity continues with the epic conclusion of the all-new alpha anti-hero in the dark romance series Web of Sin, by New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig.

Have you been Aleatha’d?

Learn the truth behind the secrets and lies.

Surrounded by secrets and lies, can promises be believed?

Promises is book three—Sterling and Araneae’s epic conclusion—of the acclaimed Web of Sin trilogy.

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Reviewed by Tracey Lou on behalf of KFF

Another big wow from me! The EPIC conclusion has finally arrived. I’ve been Aleath’d and Leath’d, and I can honestly say never have I been so enthralled with a series like this one. I’ve always said, “No, I’m not a big fan of suspense, romantically or otherwise”. But this series has completely changed my point of view. I dare you not to enjoy it as much as I did!

Araneae and Sterling were a couple destined to come together, to be together. They were compatible in every way. However, the secrets that surrounded them both were about to be revealed. A journey which wasn’t easy, the dangers and the dangerous were always on the sidelines, waiting to cause havoc.

Sterling will protect Araneae at any cost even if it meant she wasn’t happy by the method he chose. She wants to live her life with the freedom to roam. Not locked up like a bird in a gilded cage. This certainly made their relationship more interesting and sometimes funny in dialogue.

Sterling and Araneae will take this last step on their journey together, trying to figure out what the secrets were that had been following Araneae all her life. No stone would be left unturned. Questions which we had throughout this series will once and for all be answered.

This was a love story that came with twists and turns, drama and laughter and lots of secrets. But will all be conquered? I loved how the author took this story and gave it so much angst, keeping me hooked right up to the end. I fell in love with Sterling. When he loves, he loves wholeheartedly. His childhood memories weren’t always happy but after meeting Araneae that was all about to change. To have a man love you as much as that warms your heart and gives hope to those ladies who are still looking for “the one” haha!

I know what you’re going to say. “It’s just a book”. But, it was a book that grabs from the first page and takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride right alongside them. On a serious note, again I urge you to read this series. You won’t be disappointed. Congratulations to the author on another great read. #FANFORLIFE

 

The twisted and intriguing storytelling that you loved in Consequences and Infidelity is coming back at you with an all-new alpha anti-hero in the dark romance series Web of Sin, by New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig.

I’m Sterling Sparrow. You’ve no doubt heard my name or read it on the top of tall buildings. There’s more to my business—my realm—than what is seen above ground.

Within the underbelly of one of America’s largest cities lives a world where a man’s word is either his most valuable tool or his most respected weapon. When my father ruled that world and that city, he promised me someone who would one day make my reign complete.

Since that day, long ago, Araneae McCrie has been mine.

She just didn’t know.

My father is now gone.

The city and the underbelly are now mine.

The time has come for me to collect who was promised to me, to shred her life of secrets, and make her who she’s always been—mine.

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The twisted and intriguing storytelling that you loved in Consequences and Infidelity continues with an all-new alpha anti-hero in the dark romance series Web of Sin, by New York Times bestselling author Aleatha Romig.

What is real?

What are lies?

Have you been Aleatha’d?

Lies is book two of the Web of Sin trilogy

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Aleatha Romig is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana, USA. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of over thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams and bring your imagination to life!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

In the spring of 2017, Aleatha released her first stand-alone, fun, and sexy romantic comedy with PLUS ONE, followed by the sweet stand-alone, ONE NIGHT.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and PEN America. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

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THE SECRET TO DATING YOUR BEST FRIEND’S SISTER by Meghan Quinn is LIVE!

Today we are thrilled to be sharing Meghan Quinn’s all-new romantic comedy, THE SECRET TO DATING YOUR BEST FRIENDS’S SISTER

How do you date your best friend’s sister? Easy.

Step one: Pretend you want her to set you up with someone else. That will bring the two of you closer.

Step two: Go on date with lots of random women, proceed to get stupid drunk and talk about your best friend’s sister, thus gaining the courage to finally make a move.

Step three: Randomly show up at her apartment and confess your love. Women love that, right?

It all seemed so simple. A fool-proof three step process that will guarantee the love of you life to fall madly in love with you.

At least–that’s what I thought was going to happen. But my attempts to win over Julia Westin backfired in more ways than I can count. The thing about Julia? She’s smart–really smart–and her wicked gaze cuts through all the charm I’ve tried slinging her way. She’s not interested in games, my gifts, or my stories. She might want me too; but she’s not giving in that easy…

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Review by Anna Green on behalf of KFF

Nobody can beat this author when it comes to light-hearted romantic comedies. This is a laugh-out-loud tale featuring two people who knew each other way back in college and are so into each other but were totally clueless of the other’s feelings.

Bram is Rath’s best friend since their frat days in university. He is a successful real estate magnate and a hard worker and my initial impression of him was an easy-going guy who always looks for a good time. Reading further into the book, the author gives us a deeper insight into his character: he is goal orientated, sensitive and his bromance with Rath is so adorable. The words that come out of his mouth will constantly make you burst out in laughter.

“Because he’s so sweet, I press one more kiss across his lips, light and soft, and then I take the flowers he’s holding. “Are these for me?”

He shakes his head. “Your neighbors. I wanted to butter them up so when I get the chance to finally be with you, they don’t complain to your landlord about the moaning coming from your apartment.”

Jules is Rath’s younger sister who went to the same university she was not only under the protection of Rath but also of Bram’s. She was the nerdy student who wore tube socks to ward off guys because according to her brother, all these guys want from her are sex. Fast forward to ten years and she has now blossomed into a successful businesswoman with an impeccable dress sense, no more tube socks, yay!

Written in dual points of view, this entertaining romcom is even made more delightful when the author also introduces some equally funny and very interesting secondary characters. There are no bitchy exes involved nor tragic events, this is a total giggle fest with a lot of sexy scenes and the perfect book boyfriend who is funny, romantic, sexy and rich. What more could you ask for? This is one book that will cure your hangover during the holiday season or if you are in a book funk. Special request to the author: could we have Roark’s and Rath’s stories too, pretty please?

 

USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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FINDING JUNIPER by Sadia Ash is LIVE!

IT’S TIME TO FIND JUNIPER!

Finding Juniper by Sadia Ash is LIVE!


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How far would you go for truly unconditional love?

From London with love… or indifference?

I have loved Kyle Paxton since I met him a year ago. We’ve gone through a lifetime of love and breakups. I can’t be with him. But I can’t keep away. I need to try to love him the way he is. Imperfect. Broken.

Unconditional love.

In an age of casual hookups, can our love survive?

Finding Juniper picks up where Juniper Smoke left off. Faster paced, with more sparks, more plot, more drama, more intensity: get ready for another fun ride as Juniper and Kyle fall in love over time and place. From Ann Arbor Michigan to San Francisco in the first book, to London and Ireland in Finding Juniper… catch up with Juniper and Kyle on this breathless journey of what unconditional love means.

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At last, after waiting for what it feels like forever, we finally get the conclusion to Juniper and Kyle’s epic romance and if you haven’t read Juniper Smoke (1 & 2), I strongly suggest you dive into it before reading this book.

The final installment of Juniper and Kyle’s love story is brilliantly written in dual points of view. If you think the author’s writing style was good in the previous offerings, you’ll find that she gets even better in this one. Here, I found Kyle’s character develop into a mature and selfless individual and turn into an even more lovable hero. His unique persona although at times headstrong and prone to tunnel vision, also shows in the latter part of the book his growth; amidst all that drama in his life, he is willing to take a risk and compromise.

“There are two pillars of happiness: One is love. The other is finding a way of coping with life that does not push love away” 

I noticed a considerable development in Juniper’s character but most often her hemming and hawing about certain decisions were really irritating. If only I could have reached inside my Kindle and given her a good slap for causing so much drama and self-inflicted heartache. I do admire her dedication to her career and her quest for self-growth but come on girl, you need to make up your mind!

This book is so much more than just a love story of two special individuals, the author also gives us more of Kyle’s family background and a very thorough insight into his psyche. I must admit I liked Kyle more than Juniper, his intelligence, vulnerability and generous spirit made him the perfect hero in a love story and you will certainly fall head-over-heels in love/lust with him. Juniper’s loyalty and caring for her brother, Cypress, her willingness to sacrifice the love of family over her happily-ever-after is a shining example of a true heroine.

This is a remarkable story of unique characters and the twists in the plot amidst the rollercoaster of emotions make this an unforgettable saga. I was so emotionally invested in Juniper and Kyle’s relationship that the long wait for the follow-up was worth the whiplash their story gave me. My only gripe is this book doesn’t have an epilogue although there is definitely closure in the last chapter. Highly recommended!

EXCERPT

© 2018 Sadia Ash
All rights reserved. 

 
Taking in the glittering city dancing in the rain, we lapsed back into silence. I soon became aware that I was taking in the sights and Kyle was taking me in. As our eyes collided, my heart skipped a beat. His expression was intense, and it was obvious what he needed.
“Are you jet lagged?” I asked, moving a few inches closer to him.
He shook his head.
Then kiss me.
He made no such move, and just stood there, lips parted eyes glowing and provoked. I felt electricity in every breath I took. I saw sparks ignite in the gap between us. Like embers from a fire, they flew up. Time slowed. The ache inside me grew. Unable to bear the inches between us, I seized his shoulders and drew him closer.
Automatically, his hands went around my waist and he said, “Are you sure?”
What?
A rainwater bucket on my anticipation. I tossed him a surprised look. “I thought that’s what being your fuck-buddy was about? I’m so confused right now.”
“I told you that you call the shots. Use it when you need me.”
“Thank you for not making me feel cheap.”
He caught the irony in my voice and his eyebrows knitted in one furry line. “Listen, I want you to be comfortable. Please know you call the shots when it comes to your duties.”
My duties?
What the actual fuckadoodle?
“Wow.” I dropped my arms from his shoulders and pressed my hands in together in a prayer emoji. “What a superbly feminist gesture. A progressive man who supports my rights—exists? I am sure right now, across the world, pink pussy hats are being dropped by the millions at this empowering statement of yours. Perhaps your epitaph will read, ‘Here lies the Empoweree of women, the Giver of shots when it came to their bedding duties.’”
“Very funny. You are one clown short of a circus, Juniper.”
“Sorry, Kyle. Force of habit.” My sass unleashed, I could not stop smiling. “I forgot we are following Kyle’s Law now. I will no longer make my regular snarky and sassy commentary. If there is a punishment, let me, let you, punish me.”
His lips came down on mine and I lost my ability to make snarky comments. Expert fingers gathered my hair and jerked my head back until I was tied to the open window sill. My breath lodged in my throat. Droplets of rain hit my faces as Kyle kissed me.
It was a deep endless kiss and I wanted time to freeze right here…in the summer, rain kissing my love.
Moving over my neck and jerking right back to my lips, his mouth left blazing lines of heat on my wet skin. The insistent lips claimed all my sass and left me limp, needing…wanting more.
Heavy arms slipped under my rear and lifted me up with such a swift motion, I almost slipped back into the open window. He steadied me—and still kissing me hard—walked to the bedroom while I was straddled on his midriff.
 

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Sadia Ash has held jobs in different fields that involved writing (and never math) in some way. She has worked for film and TV publicity with the Prenner Group, did news and TV placement for Aeros (a NASA project), edited scripts for indie films, and fundraised. A lot. A serial volunteer, she has raised funds for many charities that educate and help girls in disenfranchised regions.

Currently working on two novels, a TV show, and a film script, Ash is addicted to British shows, lattes, and sushi, though her fictional characters, thankfully, don’t have such banal tastes and uneventful lives. She holds an MA English degree from Loyola University in Chicago, a Screenwriting Certificate from UCLA and Masters in English Literature from NUML. Hailing from Chicago, she now lives in California with her husband, two teens, and Misha Collins, their cat.

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REVIEW BLITZ ~ ANGELS OF BELLE MEADE by Lindsey Iler

Today we are delighted to be sharing Emma-Louise’s review of Lindsey Iler’s all-new paranormal romance,
ANGELS OF BELLE MEADE

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We govern with broken wings, using fear and beauty as our weapons.
Through inherited traditions, each of us are born to play individual parts in our reign. In previous years, the transition has been calm.
Until our generation is unveiled.
Newcomers step forward to wreak havoc amongst us. Secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested, and the dark truth of our town is forced into the light.
Townspeople, prepare to meet your judge, jury, and executioner.
We are the Angels of Belle Meade.
We’ll be coming for you.

Reviewed by Emma-Louise on behalf of KFF

With the number of books I read, it is difficult to find a premise that is new to me. New adult paranormal romance with so many new spins, I felt a little dizzy at times.

Lennox, Amilee, and Emerson have a strong bonded friendship, one that has stood the test of time. That is until they reach their nineteenth birthday and things change…dramatically.
The premise of the Angels is more like: Judge, Jury, Executioner for the town of Belle Meade, and this is as far as I’m going into this because I want you to experience it for the first time whilst reading.

Belle Meade, to me, is built on secrets and lies. The girls had no idea what was underneath their feet for most of this book and what they were told was spoon fed to them in small noses.

Edric and his family are very unusual characters. It took me a considerable amount of time to figure out what on earth was going on with them. He was the kind of character I wanted to sink my teeth into and get to grips with. His attraction to Lennox was swift and profound.

‘On the third step, I peek over my shoulder. Could he stare any harder at me?
“You aren’t going to kill me, are you?”
“If I were going to, do you think I’d let you know? Murderers don’t advertise. They lurk in the dark, waiting to pounce on their victim, listening to their blood race through their veins, desperate to spill it.”’
 

Lennox has so many issues to overcome throughout this book that at times I just wanted to put her in my pocket. Her mother is a right act, and I don’t mean in a good way.

This is a new author for me and I’d not be lying if I said I wanted very much to read some more of what she has. Thank you for a new take on something I didn’t think could be done any different. Well done and bravo.

EXCERPT

© 2018 Lindsey Iler   

All rights reserved. 

 
One of the windows looks out over Belle Meade. Every landmark is easy to spot from this vantage point. Main Street lined with cars. Shoppers buzzing in and out of stores. City Hall packed with business suits.Across from us is a telescope. When I move toward it, Edric blocks my path. I place my hand low on his stomach and stand on my tiptoes, knowing it will distract him.“Let me take a peek, Edric.” My lips feather his skin.“Be my guest.” He moves out of my way, and I walk past him, breathing in a lungful of air scented with his cologne. The cedarwood isn’t too strong but enough to grab my attention.I place my eye up to the eyepiece and gasp. I jerk back, only to return for another look.“It’s on my house.”“It’s not what you think.” He wrings his hands together, but guilt doesn’t fall from his face like I half-expect.“Why?”“Why, what?”“Why is your telescope pointed at the Mayor’s Manor? Specifically, why is it pointed at my bedroom window?”“Curiosity.” He releases a long, annoyed breath.“You’re a Peeping Tom.” A deep scowl creases my forehead. Edric’s been watching me.

“Call it whatever you want, Lennox. I wanted to look at you, so I did.” He runs his thumb over his bottom lip and smirks.

The news should scare me. His viewing me in secret doesn’t elicit fear, though, and I’m not sure why. I want him to watch me, to see me. Maybe he’ll be the first person who finally does, even if it is in the creepiest way possible.

On the other hand, it’s an invasion of my privacy. “What have you seen?” I ask, because even though I shouldn’t get giddy from the idea, a thrill runs through me.

“Just a girl, who sometimes seems to struggle with who she is. So, she writes in her journal a lot, because it’s the only place she can tell her true fears and desires.” He shakes his head. Is he fearful of what he’ll say next? “I’d give anything to know the secrets you whisper into those pages, Lennox.”
 

 
 

 

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Lindsey Iler has had her feet planted in the state of Michigan since she was born and she still lives there with her husband and four kids.

When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with family and friends, listening to music, reading (obviously), and hopefully just enjoying every moment in life. She has a twisted sense of humor and tends to speak honestly.

Lindsey writes mature young adult/new adult contemporary romance. She falls in love with every character that pops into her head and is notorious for writing long chapters in her notes on her iPhone. It’s embarrassing how many started/unfinished projects are on that thing. She finds inspiration from music and the people around her.

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REVIEW BLITZ ~ JOCK by Jacob Chance is now available!

We couldn’t be more delighted to share Jacob Chance’s all-new sports romance stand-alone novel in the Boston Terriers series, JOCK

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When the dean of students asked me for a favor, I had no idea it would mean tutoring Owen Dawson.

Me, forced to spend time with Boston University’s notorious quarterback?

With his dark hair, chiseled body, and a promising future playing in the NFL, every guy on campus wants to be him. Every girl wants to be under him.

Every girl, except me.

But when we work closely together, I realize how much I enjoy his quick wit and easy sense of humor. And resisting his glowing smile and smoldering green eyes is a lot harder than I imagined.

How do I keep the irresistible jock from slipping past my defenses and into my heart?

*can be read as a standalone*

Reviewed by donna on behalf of kff

Eliza Michel is asked for a favour by the dean of students at the Boston University where she attends. What she didn’t bank on was being asked to tutor Owen Dawson, the quarterback for the university football team. A good-looking guy with a promising future playing for the NFL, he is everything the girls want except Eliza isn’t drawn into that. A popular guy with a reputation as all the football players for The Boston Terriers have. It’s apparent when they start working together that they enjoy each other’s company. Eliza sees Owen in a different light, not what she was expecting at all. Nonetheless, she doesn’t want to get too attached and risk her heart being broken.

Eliza is a nerd and has been through some heartbreaking events in the past, so she keeps herself very guarded. Owen is a good-looking guy that has made some terrible mistakes in his life and now has to focus on his school work before he jeopardises his future at the university. They become closer and Owen manages to talk Eliza to go on a date with him. Eliza is apprehensive but so intrigued, she agrees.

The banter between the two had me smiling and I was really rooting for the two of them. I thought the story would be a slow build up to a new developing sweet romance; however, I wasn’t expecting the twists and turns I got. Their pasts I guess would inevitably catch up with them, especially as I’d discovered things before the actual characters had. I thought something which had happened in the beginning could come back to haunt the pair but just as one hurdle was jumped, another came along. Reading Jock was a roller-coaster of emotions I never expected for a moment. From tears to laughter, even to stomach-churning angst, exhausting me with all the feelings evoked.

The Boston Terriers series has introduced me to likable and interesting characters and whilst they are all stand-alones, it’s advisable to read all of the books if you are a sport’s fan. There’s a crossover of characters which will give you an insight into what they are all about. I loved that we got to glimpse at Owen and Eliza’s families and there were some very funny moments mixed with banter which I loved. The epilogue was a brilliant insight into their lives, making me grin while reading it.

Reading Mr. Chance’s work is always a pleasure and you never know exactly what you are going to get. I was totally invested in Jock as soon as I’d read the prologue. The writing style captured my imagination and I felt every word paramount to the incredible storytelling we’re treated to. I can’t say how much I’m looking forward to the very last instalment of the Boston Terriers and although it will be sad to see the last of them, I’m sure I will do a re-read of the whole series in the future. A very well-deserved 5-star rating and I urge potential new readers to one-click if you like sports romances with a little something different added.

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Jacob Chance grew up in New England. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

An author of erotic thrillers and sports romance, he plans to write many more sexy, suspenseful stories.

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BLOG TOUR ~ VERITY by Colleen Hoover

“Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse. I’ve been waiting on a thriller like this for years.” Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling author

Verity, an all-new romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, is available now!

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity likely didn’t intend for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

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REVIEWED BY DONNA & SHARON THÉRÈSE AT KFF

The mere fact that Verity is written by one of our fave authors was enough for us to one-click. Hoover’s expanded her writing genre and delved into psychological thriller romance, and to say we were impressed by this change would be putting it mildly. We are both ardent women-driven readers of twisty, suspenseful-drama-love-stories novels, and although our reflections on the storyline were open-minded, we still had that critical eye on it. Consuming us from the very beginning, we couldn’t put this nail-biting read down. Hoover has woven the unimaginable, made it come to life and more importantly, built a solid and convincing narrative oozing with tension. Something else which caught our attention was how the author’s concentrated more on inner thoughts and much less on dialogue, making the protagonist’s internal conflicts feel incredibly realistic. Well, the other player’s recount of happenings simply left us aghast. To make things even better, clues given made us wait anxiously for the pieces to fall into place while in the interim, other developments threw us off-kilter. Punches are delivered right, left and centre so if you like being caught off balance, go in blind as we did. You won’t regret it.

Lowen’s a likeable character we found ourselves rooting for. Whether it was correct to do so remains to be seen as this story touches on an issue which might not be to everyone’s liking. A romance writer finding it difficult to make ends meet, she’d taken on a job to finish a project she really didn’t want for reasons we’d rather not disclose. What we can say is she’s lacking in self-confidence and lived a lonely life because of her inhibitions. Stumbling on secrets that should never have come to light, our concern for her increased with every page we turned. It was really a case of should or shouldn’t she confess, well-knowing her findings could destroy someone she’d started having feelings for. But how long can one go on when someone else’s secrets consume you night and day. What we learnt was nightmarish, making us wonder how on earth Lowen would be able to come out of the whole ghastly situation unscathed. It certainly felt unlikely most of the time.

Verity. She is the epitome of the perfectly perfect anti-heroine. Hoover’s created this woman’s character to a tee. You’re not supposed to like her, not even a teensy-weensy bit. We tried to feel sorry for her but reading on, all we saw was negativity in her persona and what she had done was so egotistically outrageous, we gasped in horror. She’s a nasty piece of work you’ll seriously want to alienate from the story, giving everyone around her some breathing space. But the question is, will she linger, making life even more insufferable than it already is?

You will fall head over heels with Jeremy. Man, how this gorgeous guy has survived so far is incomprehensible; no options to alleviate his damaged soul seem to exist. Or do they? Life goes on, his daily routine couldn’t appear more mundane until… Nope, we’re not letting on since it is for you to discover how he ticks and who would give him a glimmer of hope!

Told in present tense first-person from one of the character’s point of view, it’s difficult to differentiate between the two main protagonists. Both are essential for the story’s growth, and seeing as the other has plenty of words to convey, the book’s narrative structure is an interesting one. A suspense where nothing’s ever clear-cut, you think you’ve got it sussed only to find out you’re way off the mark. And even though towards the end a surprise and a half sneaked up on us, we thought what had been revealed a tad peculiar and for this reason, we’ve awarded Verity 4.5 stars. We felt certain goings on lacked development and could have given the ending even more impact than it already had. That being said, we found Hoover’s daring venture positive and we’re hoping to see more on these lines in the near future. Bravo!

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EXCERPT

© 2018 Colleen Hoover
All rights reserved. 

 
“What are you wearing?” Corey is staring down at my shirt, perplexed, just now noticing it despite having spent the last fifteen minutes with me.
I look down at my oversized shirt. For a moment, I forgot how ridiculous I look. “I spilled coffee on my other shirt this morning and had to change.”
“Whose shirt is that?”
I shrug. “Probably yours. It was in my closet.”
“You left your house in that? There wasn’t something else you could have worn?”
“It doesn’t look high fashion?” I’m being sarcastic, but he doesn’t catch it.
He makes a face. “No. Is it supposed to?”
Such an ass. But he’s good in bed, like most assholes.
I’m actually relieved when the conference room door opens and a woman walks in. She’s followed, almost comically, by an older man walking so closely behind her, he bumps into the back of her when she stops.
“Goddammit, Barron,” I hear her mumble.
I almost smile at the idea of Goddammit Barron actually being his name.
Jeremy enters last. He gives me a small nod that goes unnoticed by everyone else.
The woman is dressed more appropriately than I am on my best day, with short black hair and lipstick so red, it’s a little jarring at nine thirty in the morning. She seems to be the one in charge as she reaches for Corey’s hand, and then mine, while Goddammit Barron looks on. “Amanda Thomas,” she says. “I’m an editor with Pantem Press. This is Barron Stephens, our lawyer, and Jeremy Crawford, our client.”
Jeremy and I shake hands, and he does a good job of pretending we didn’t share an extremely bizarre morning. He quietly takes the seat across from me. I try not to look at him, but it’s the only place my eyes seem to want to travel. I have no idea why I’m more curious about him than I am about this meeting.
Amanda pulls folders out of her briefcase and slides them in front of Corey and me.
“Thank you for meeting with us,” she says. “We don’t want to waste your time, so I’ll cut right to the chase. One of our authors is unable to fulfill a contract due to medical reasons, and we’re in search of a writer with experience in the same genre who may be interested in completing the three remaining books in her series.”
I glance at Jeremy, but his stoic expression doesn’t hint at his role in this meeting.
“Who is the author?” Corey asks.
“We’re happy to go over the details and terms with you, but we do ask that you sign the non-disclosure agreement. We would like to keep our author’s current situation out of the media.”
“Of course,” Corey says.
I acquiesce, but I say nothing as we both look over the forms and then sign them. Corey slides them back to Amanda.
“Her name is Verity Crawford,” she says. “I’m sure you’re familiar with her work.”
Corey stiffens as soon as they mention Verity’s name. Of course we’re familiar with her work. Everyone is. I hazard a glance in Jeremy’s direction. Is Verity his wife? They share a last name. He said downstairs that his wife is a writer. But why would he be in a meeting about her? A meeting she isn’t even here for?
“We’re familiar with the name,” Corey says, holding his cards close.
“Verity has a very successful series we would hate to see go unfinished,” Amanda continues. “Our goal is to bring in a writer who is willing to step in, finish the series, complete the book tours, press releases, and whatever else is normally required of Verity. We plan to put out a press release introducing the new co-writer while also preserving as much of Verity’s privacy as possible.”
 

 

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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times and International bestselling author of thirteen novels and multiple novellas. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. She is the founder of The Bookworm Box, a non-profit book subscription service and bookstore in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

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