** Book Review ** PUSHING THE LIMITS by Jennifer Snow

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3 1/2 STARS!

I have read this entire series, and loved it dearly.  I wasn’t as taken with Dean’s story as I was with Walker’s and Tyson’s.  I didn’t feel the connection between him and Colby nearly as strongly as the previous two match ups, possible because she was keeping secrets so much.  I also missed the passionate training and fighting details that were in the previous two books.  I enjoyed hearing Dean’s story, but I would recommend you go back and start from the beginning with Breaking Her Rules and Fighting the Fall if you haven’t already read them, so you get the full passion of the series at a whole when reading this one.

Dean Hardy was a rising MMA fighter a year ago when tragedy struck and an opponent died after a kick he delivered in a fight.  Dean stopped fighting and totally withdrew from that part of his life.  He started working security at a casino, and tried to ignore everything about his past life.

Colby Edwards is a reporter trying to land an anchor position, when she meets Dean by accident one night.  She decides to work undercover as a ring girl to get an inside story of the inner workings of MMA.  She makes sure she runs into Dean to attempt to get info from him, and soon they are getting involved.  She encourages him to get back into the game again when a fight opportunity comes up.  Will she make the mistake of not telling him the truth before he learns it from someone else?  Will Dean be able to move forward and fight again?

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** Book Review ** UNEXPECTEDLY YOURS by Coleen Kwan

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4 STARS!

I really enjoyed Derek & Hannah!

Derek Carmichael has returned to Pine Falls to check on his cranky Grandpa.  On his first day back, he runs into Hannah Willmett.  She’s the older sister of his best friend Caleb, and Derek has had a crush on her since he was 15 years old.

Hannah is newly divorced and has moved back home to set up a new life.  She’s blown away at how grown-up Derek is when she runs into him and can’t deny she’s attracted.  When they decide to have a temporary fling while he’s in town, it’s supposed to stay just between them.  That all changes when they end up expecting a baby.

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** Book Review ** THE CEO’S UNEXPECTED CHILD by Andrea Laurence

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5 STARS!

A great story that pulls at your heartstrings and makes you long for the magic that Luca and Claire stumbled upon.  A reminder that dreams do come true, and that disappointment doesn’t mean the end to all happiness.  Really enjoyed reading!

Luca Moretti can’t believe it when a fertility clinic mix-up results in him fathering a baby girl, but he will let nothing get in the way of him getting to be a father to her.

Claire Douglas thought she had it all, until the world exploded around her.  She was finally pregnant after years of fertility issues, then her husband is killed before she has the baby, and shortly afterward, she finds out he wasn’t even the father.

Luca wants visitation with his daughter, but Claire is fighting handing her over to a stranger, so Luca comes up with a plan to make her more comfortable while they get to know each other.  Will she eventually agree to sharing this precious bundle?  And as they get to know each other, will they act on the attraction they feel?

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** Blog Tour / Book Review / Giveaway ** SEASIDE EMBRACE by Melissa Foster

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5 STARS!

It’s always a pleasure to see the old gang and fall in love with the newest love match going on in the Seaside Summers series!

Hunter Lacroux works hard designing metal sculptures all day with his brother, and likes to have a good time at night.  He’s always been one who likes the fun, but not the commitment.

Jana Garner is a busy lady.  She acts, she dances, she teaches, she works at her brother’s bar, she boxes … and at the end of the day, she parties and has all the fun she wants.

Hunter and Jana are like oil and water.  They disagree and tempers flare … but that flaring leads to passion they haven’t been able to ignore.  They hook up for a night, then walk away and swear it won’t happen again … but it does.

When Hunter starts to see that it’s something different with Jana, will he decide he wants to take a chance on a real relationship for a change?  And if he does, will Jana run scared?

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Seaside Embrace
Seaside Summers #6
By: Melissa Foster

Releasing February 17, 2016
World Literary Press

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After working hard all day creating his beautiful metal sculptures, sinfully sexy Hunter Lacroux likes to unwind with a hot, sexy babe–or two. But after spending a handful of naughty nights with seductive and beautiful Jana Garner, the woman who challenges everything he does and says, Hunter wants more.

As a dancer, boxer, actress, and waitress, Jana is tough, organized, and as dedicated as she is committed. She has to be to maintain her crazy schedule. But when it comes to men, Jana’s had a string of bad relationships, and there’s only thing she’ll commit to–not committing.

White-hot passion ignites every time Jana and Hunter are together, but the closer Hunter gets, the faster Jana runs. When Hunter lays on the charm, Jana throws out a challenge she’s sure he can’t meet, and Hunter steps up to the plate, forcing her to face her hurtful past or let go of him forever.

 

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/12/seaside-embrace-seaside-summers-6-by.html

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AUTHOR INFO:

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website:  http://www.melissafoster.com/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MelissaFosterAuthor

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Melissa_Foster

GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3023973.Melissa_Foster

 

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** Book Review ** BIDDING ON THE BILLIONAIRE by JM Stewart

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5 STARS!

I must admit, I took a walk down memory lane reading this book!  I met my now husband through a Chat Room/Instant Message on AOL over 18 years ago, so the nerves and excitement they felt hearing the voice for the first time and meeting in person after talking for months via messages felt so familiar.  They are a sexy couple, and going along on their hot adventure was a thrill!  A fast, fun read.

Hannah Miller has given up on dating men, but she sure is enjoying her online fling with “bikerboy357”!  Being able to hide behind a monitor, helps her to shed her insecurities and be the sexy vixen that she has buried deep inside.

Cade McKenzie is a gorgeous billionaire who has been played by women just wanting his money and prestige one too many times.  He’s happy to relax and just plain enjoy time with a woman who has no clue who he is for a change … until temptation gets the best of him and he decides he just has to meet her.

Will Hannah and Cade be disappointed by the “real” people they meet when they get together for coffee in Seattle?  Will the hot chemistry still flare between them?

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** Book Review ** DEAD MEN SEAL THE DEAL by Jacqui Jacoby

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3 1/2 STARS!

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m really not into paranormal romances, but I was asked to read and review this book, so I did.  I still don’t like vampire books, but I did read until the end because I was drawn in enough to want to see if they made it as a couple.  I would imagine that since even I was interested, if you like the vampire theme, you’ll probably like it even more than I did.

Jason Sullivan meets Taylor Grant at his local gym and is intrigued by her.  One night, he gets his opportunity to ask her out, but she tells him she’s sworn off of men and sex.  Instead of deterring him, he takes that as a challenge. 🙂

Taylor can’t resist this gorgeous, sweet guy even though she knows she should.  They go on a couple of dates, then when a circumstance arises,he takes her home to meet his “family”.

Taylor gets drawn into the weird happenings of his life, and eventually finds out the truth about the type of life that they lead.  When all is said and done, will she decide it’s a life she wants to be a part of?

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** Book Review ** MORE THAN HE EXPECTED by Andrea Laurence

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4 STARS!

Playboy Alex Stanton likes his relationships short and without strings.  He never makes repeat appearances … at least not until Gwen.

Gwen Wright was the maid-of-honor at his best friend’s wedding a few months ago.  She’s a genuinely nice person who’s a lot of fun and he really enjoyed the time they spent together.  Now he’s actually eager to see her again at another Will & Adrienne get-together … but how will he react when he sees her pregnant belly?

Will these two “single and loving it” people decide they want more than a merry-go-round of temporary flings?

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** Book Review ** THE PROMISE OF FORGIVENESS by Marin Thomas

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4 STARS!

An emotional journey through years of hurt and disappointment in the lives of several characters.  The power of forgiveness is shining bright … forgiving yourself, forgiving those who hurt you, and most of all, forgiving the pain that has kept you standing still all these years.

Ruby Baxter is 31 years old and has nothing to show for her life other than a sassy teenage daughter that she feels like she’s failed.  She’s moving them to Elkhart, Kansas in hopes that a new start will get their relationship back on track and be what they both need in life to make them happy.  When she received a letter from her birth father, she’s shocked because she didn’t even know he existed.  She decides to stop in Unforgiven, Oklahoma to see what he wants, and what his story is.

Hank McArthur is none too warm when they arrive … at least to her.  He and Mia hit it off right away and he takes her daughter under his wing and teaches her about horses.  Ruby has to learn to cope with the answers she finds there from Hank, and along the way, how to make her daughter happy again.  Ranch forman, Joe Dawson, is there beside her each step of the way.

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** Book Review ** WHAT LIES BENEATH by Andrea Laurence

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4 STARS!

A story about unlikely endings.  Lots of intrigue as you try to put the puzzle pieces together!

She wakes up in a hospital remembering absolutely nothing about herself, her life or what led her there.

Will Taylor takes fiancee Cynthia Dempsey home when she’s released from the hospital, but he’s just holding his breath for the tirade to start one day soon when she regains her memory.  She’s been like a different person since waking up after the accident … she’s nice, she’s polite, she seems to listen and care about people around her … nothing like she was before!

When her memory comes back in a rush, will her life be changed forever?

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** Blog Tour / Book Review / Giveaway ** SEE YOU AT SUNSET by V.K. Sykes

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4 1/2 STARS!

Sometimes you find what you always knew you wanted in the least likely place!  A sweet friends-to-lovers romance that shows how overcoming loss and finding your way through to try again can be the best thing you ever did.

Holly Tyler has always felt like Seashell Bay Island was”home” even though she’s been living in Boston for years.  Everyone she knows and loves are there waiting for her when she makes her yearly visit.  This time she’s arriving under disturbing circumstances though, and she’s got to try to get her family healthy again and get the dilapidated business they’ve been running back in better shape before she heads back to Boston.

Micah Lancaster is a deputy on the Island, and has been one of Holly’s best friends for years.  Last summer they spent a lot of time together when she was here and sparks were flying.  He knows she’s got a boyfriend, but he doesn’t shy away from letting her know he’s interested when she arrives this time.

Will Holly do what she needs to do and head back to the city, or will she decide everything she’ll ever need is right there on the Island?

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See You at Sunset
Seashell Bay # 3
By: V.K. Sykes

Releasing February 23, 2016
Forever / Grand Central

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 DEEPER THAN ANY OCEAN . . .

 All Holly Tyler wants is a fantastic career, a not-too-committed relationship, and a city where there are no painful memories. Instead, she’s called back to her hometown of Seashell Bay to help with her family’s struggling general store. It’s a town where everyone knows everyone, and where one man could sink Holly’s careful plans.

Deputy Sheriff Micah Lancaster has wanted Holly for as long as he can remember. He knows she has a life on the mainland-and a boyfriend-and that there’s no real future with her. But now Holly is back and the attraction still flickers between them, a promise of something more. Their desire is stronger than any undertow . . . and once it pulls them under, it won’t let go.

 

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/11/see-you-at-sunset-seashell-bay-3-by-vk.html

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Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/129828-seashell-bay

 

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EXCERPT

Micah gave Holly lots of space as she made her way across the room to the shuffleboard table. It wasn’t like him to jump in like that, accepting Ryan’s challenge—not when it was clear that Holly was about to decline. But he just hadn’t been able to resist the temptation to get close to her. He never could when it came to Holly Tyler.

Not that he wasn’t tempted to whack Ryan upside the head for being so obvious. His buddy knew exactly how conflicted he was about Holly, and yet he still hadn’t been able to resist playing matchmaker. Like plenty of islanders, Ryan wanted Micah and Holly to hook up. Not just for his sake but because it might pull her back to Seashell Bay.

Too bad Holly wasn’t down with the program. Nor was she the type to want a casual summer fling. And when it came to Holly, neither was Micah. He wanted more than that, and was pretty well convinced he would never get it.

And she has a boyfriend. Micah forced that unpleasant thought away.

He kept his eyes pretty much glued to Holly’s perfect ass as she slipped through the crowded tables. Her short, red skirt was hot enough to peel the paint off the Pot’s walls. Her form-fitting white blouse showcased her trim waist and dynamite rack. Not for the first time, Micah couldn’t help thinking that, looking the way she did—not just tonight but all the time—Holly could have virtually any man in the world.

By the time he caught up with her, Holly was already lining up the shuffleboard pucks at one end of the fourteen-foot wooden table. “Ryan, since you issued the challenge,” she said with a sly smile, “I assume you have no problem with Micah and me having the hammer to begin?”

Micah swallowed a grin. Players usually flipped a coin to see who would have the advantage of throwing the last puck—called the “hammer”—in the opening round. Holly had smoothly backed Ryan into a corner.

“No problem,” Ryan said with a mock sneer. “You and my big doofus pal will need all the help you can get.”

Morgan poked him in the side. “Play nice, you jerk.”

“Babe, I love it when you talk dirty,” Ryan said, pulling her tight against his side.

Holly laughed. “Hey, are we here to play shuffleboard or make out?”

Making out sounded pretty great to Micah. He couldn’t help pointedly raising his eyebrows as he stared down at her. Holly’s eyes opened wide as she realized her mistake, then a sweet flush turned her cheeks rosy. He almost laughed when she scowled back at him.

“Both sound good to me,” Ryan joked.

Morgan rolled her eyes in exasperation. “Keep it up, buddy, and you’ll be sleeping on the sofa tonight.”

 

 

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AUTHOR INFO:

V.K. Sykes is really two people – Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance and also romantic suspense. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That’s where Vanessa steps in. She usually writes the sex scenes too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes award-winning Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can check out Vanessa’s bestselling historical romances at www.vanessakellyauthor.com

Author Links:  Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Website 

Website:  http://www.vksykes.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/VKSykesBooks

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VKSykes

GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4095695.V_K_Sykes

 

 

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