Friday, May 31, 2013

Random Acts of Crazy by Julia Kent

Title: Random Acts of Crazy
Author: Julia Kent
Release date: May 21, 2013 
Buy Links: Amazon

Top 25 ebook in the entire Nook store!
Top 20 New Adult book on Amazon!
Top 10 Romantic Comedy on Amazon!

** $.99 for a limited time -- grab all 346 pages and enjoy! **

I never intended to pick up a naked hitchhiker wearing nothing but a guitar. A guitar. Really. I don't collect guys like that (don't ask what kind of guys I do collect), but when you spot a blonde, tanned, sculpted man with a gorgeous smile and his thumb poking up and practically begging you to stop - you stop.

And I definitely never thought I'd be staring into the bright blue eyes of Trevor Connor, the lead singer for Random Acts of Crazy, an indie rock star I followed like the slobbering fileshare fangirl I am. How he came to be nude and lost six hundred miles from home is quite the tale, but how we fell in love is even more unreal.

Because someone like Trevor Connor, headed to Harvard Law next year, isn't supposed to want someone like me, a rural Ohio chick majoring in Boredom at Convenience Store University who is all curves and frizzy blonde hair and manners so unpolished they have sharp edges that make you bleed.

But he did.

When his best friend, Joe Ross, the bass player for Random Acts of Crazy and a man who makes Calvin Klein models look like Shrek, drove eleven hours through the night to rescue him, though, it got real complicated. It's one thing to like two different guys and be torn. 

What do you do, though, when maybe - just maybe - you don't have to choose?

As my Aunt Josie says sometimes, "It's always complicated."

Random Acts of Crazy is a standalone, full-length novel (300+ pages, 85,000 words) featuring Darla Jo(sephine) Jennings, the 22-year-old niece of Josie Mendham from the Her Two Billionaires series. It has, like many New Adult novels, an exploration of sexuality for the three main characters, doesn't shy away from mature content, and Darla has a sailor's mouth.

The last everloving fucking thing I expected to see as I drove down I-76 toward my little hometown of Peters, Ohio was a buck-naked man wearing a spiked collar and a guitar. 

I mean, only wearing a collar and a guitar. The man was barefoot, for goodness sake. On the highway. In May, in Oh-fucking-hi-o, where winter isn’t a season but a state of mind. 

How could I not stop and offer him a ride? Seriously? Where was he hiding a weapon? OK, OK, maybe up there, but think about it for a minute – he’d have to twist quite a bit to access anything he hid up his puckered – well, there! 

And he wasn’t a bit hard on the eyes, either. Kind of a Brad Pitt circa 1991 look, before he married Miss Toothpick and then left her for that wan Elvira and her weak Michelle Duggar imitation. 

Anyhow...back to the naked hitchhiker. My 1986 Toyota Tercel wasn’t anything special but it, um, had a floor. And a windshield. And a place for Mr. Naked to rest his weary nuts. The vinyl might be cracked and faded and it wasn’t no Giving Tree from that Shel Silverstein book, but at least the man could give his balls a rest. Those muscles looked like they could sure use some eyes hungrily ogling them, too, for they screamed for loving attention. If I couldn’t touch, I could at least be the one to stare, right? I’m a giver like that. 

Always thinking about others. 

So when he got over his surprise that some chick with frizzy hair and fuzzy dice hanging from her old, faded rear view mirror had actually pulled over, he dipped his head down to the open window and flashed me a grin. We were out in the middle of no-fucking-where and there was one streetlight that glowed up the background, but even that wasn’t enough to outshine his smile. All straight teeth, nice gums, and full lips melting into a charm-you-out-of-your-pants look that made me almost drop trou and fuck him right there. 

I about melted into my own seat. That wasn’t from the heater, either. My juices seemed to go from the Sahara to Niagara Falls. When he climbed in and – literally – flashed his ass and nibbly bits at me, I nearly came on the spot.

Author Bio:
Julia Kent turned to writing romance novels after learning that she could not work as a fighter pilot because her fear of flying disqualified her. Turning to her second love, she became a dog groomer, but had to abandon that job after adopting too many strays. Writing about very real, very flawed people is a natural extension of her life and, well, her. She lives on the east coast with her partner, two small children, seventeen dogs that weigh less than fifteen pounds each, and a monthly consumption of Nutella, brie and french bread that makes cardiologists cringe.

She loves to hear from her readers by email at, on Twitter @jkentauthor, and on Facebook at

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Release Event & Giveaway: Beauty From Surrender

Title: Beauty from Surrender (Beauty #2) 
Author: Georgia Cates 
Release date: May 30, 2013 
Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Age Group: Adult 
Event organized by: AToMR Tours
Buy Links: 

Book description
The story of Jack Henry and Laurelyn continues... 

How do you move on when he’s every song you sing? 

After Laurelyn Prescott walks away from the love of her life, she returns to Nashville to pursue the only dream she has left. Determined to find a distraction from the pain of losing Jack Henry, she immerses herself in her music. But with her old life comes old acquaintances and new expectations. When Laurelyn refuses her record producer’s outrageous demands, she finds herself without a career—until an unforeseen opportunity presents itself. From there it’s a rocket ride straight to the top where Laurelyn finds the success she’s always dreamed of. Will it be enough to bring her the happiness she so deserves, or will the absence of Jack Henry leave her wanting more? 

Jack Henry McLachlan never expected to fall in love with Laurelyn Prescott—but he did. After he foolishly let her slip through his fingers, he spends three months searching for her, but their reunion doesn’t come easy. The woman he finds isn’t the same one who drifted away without a goodbye. No longer an insecure girl on an Australian adventure, this Laurelyn is a successful musician with a promising career. Her dreams are becoming a reality, and Jack is terrified his American girl won’t have a place for him in her new life. With only a month to convince her otherwise, will it be enough time to make her visualize a life beyond the glitz and glamour, a life that includes him?

Laurelyn Prescott’s POV 

It isn’t often that I’m able to study his figure while he sleeps, but I come to the same conclusion every time: he’s the most beautiful man I’ve ever seen. And I love him so much it hurts. 

He stirs in his sleep and his drink tilts to the side, causing some of it to spill down his leg. I reach to take it from his hand and he startles awake. I unwrap his fingers from it. “You can let go. I’ve got it.” 

He stares at me with hazy eyes and I realize he’s shitfaced when he reaches out to grab me a little too hard around the waist. He leans forward and presses his head to my stomach, causing me to stagger backward to maintain my balance. “I love you, Laurelyn. Please, don’t leave me. I’ll fucking die if you do.” 

I love him and I don’t want to leave, but how can I stay with a man who would lie to my face the way he did? I asked him if he’d been with another woman and he told me he hadn’t been inside another one since me. I gave him the perfect opportunity to come clean. It would’ve hurt but I’d have eventually gotten over it. At least it would’ve been the truth. He knows how much I hate lies. 

I run my fingers through his dark hair. “We’ll talk about it tomorrow when you’re not hammered.” 

He’s still holding me around the waist but he fists the T-shirt I’m wearing and pushes it up to bare my stomach. “I can just see you with a baby on the way.” 

Oh, God. Why does he have to say things like that right now? “You’re drunk and you need to sleep it off.” 

He pokes me with his finger below my navel. “I want to marry the shit out of you and then I want to put a baby inside you as soon as you’ll let me.” He puts his finger under my piercing and flicks it up. “But I don’t know what will happen to this little jewel when your belly grows.” 

I feel euphoric hearing him talk about marriage and babies, but then I remember why he’s drunk and saying things like that. “Be a good boy for me and lie down on the couch.” 

“I don’t want to sleep here. I want to be in our bed with you.” 

“No! I’m pissed off at you. You’re not going to sleep next to me like nothing happened.”

About the Author

Georgia resides in rural Mississippi with her wonderful husband, Jeff, and their two beautiful daughters. She spent fourteen years as a labor and delivery nurse before deciding to pursue her dream of becoming an author. Despite the struggle, she has no regrets in her decision to try this crazy life. She can honestly say that she’s living the dream. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review: Unbreak Me by Lexi Ryan!

Title: Unbreak Me
Author: Lexi Ryan
Genre: New Adult
Buy Link: Amazon 

“If you’re broken, I’ll fix you…”

I’m only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he’s marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to…

“If you shatter, I’ll find you…”

But now there’s Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my façade and doesn’t want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending. Asher wants to break down my walls. But that means letting him see my ugly secrets and forgiving him for his. 

With my past weighing down on me, do I want the man who holds me together or the man who gives me permission to break?

My Review:

Rating – 4 Stars
Cover – 4
Character Development - 4
Steam Factor – 4 Asher is!!
Ending – HEA!!

Maggie is reluctantly back in town for her sisters wedding to non-other than Maggie's ex-fiance. Heartache and secrets caused Maggie to leave Logan, Maggie's Ex, two days before their own wedding and now a year later he is marrying her sister. Maggie is broken and has a low opinion of herself because of all the rumors and gossip surrounding her cancelled  wedding. While getting fresh air between the drama that is her sisters disaster of a wedding Maggie meets Asher.

Asher is sexy, dark and mysterious and the connection between the two is almost instant. Asher has secrets of his own and a past that haunts him like Maggie. Together they start breaking down the walls they each have around their hearts. They help each other heal and try to undo all the damage of their pasts. 

"Hot tears slip from the corners of my eyes and roll into my ears. "What if no one can fix me?"

"You don't need fixing." He gives a sad smile and wipes a tear away with his thumb. "It's like your mosaics. The beauty is already there, you just find it. Let go, sweetheart."

"I'm afraid I'll shatter."

He lifts my hand to his lips and kisses along the line of the stitches running down my palm. "If you shatter, I'll find you." 

Unbreak Me is a story full of heartache, mistakes, secrets, consequences and trying to overcome it all to fix what is broken. It is unique and different from your bad boy meets broken girl story. It is very well written and had all my emotions in check while reading it. Lexi Ryan does a fabulous job sucking you in and keeping you reading to the very last page. I will be keeping an eye on Author Lexi Ryan from now on.      

**I received a review copy of Unbreak Me in exchange for an honest review**

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Kaleb Day!!

To lead up to our Zane Blog Tour post on Saturday June 1st we will be revisiting one of my favorite books of 2013 Kaleb by Nicole Edwards. Kaleb is the first book in the Alluring Indulgence series and was my first Nicole Edwards book. As soon as I finished I went and snatched up every book I could find that she had written.  She is hands down become one of my favorite Erotic writers with her no- holds- bar, HOT AS SIN, sex scenes. I will never look at the game of Pool or Truth or Dare the same again..LOL  Below we have all things that is Kaleb and a giveaway at the bottom. Also throughout the day over at our Facebook Page we will be having a few little Kaleb related games. If you come join us you could win a set of bookmarks of Nicole's books with one of the signed.  So lets get on with the good stuff and the sexy cowboy Kaleb Walker.


Title: Kaleb (Alluring Indulgence #1)
Author: Nicole Edwards
Genre: Erotica
Buy Link: Amazon & Smashwords

Zoey Stranford might’ve had a crush on the sexy boy next door since middle school, but she’s a woman now, and that crush has turned into a full blown case of lust. So why is it that at twenty nine, her libido decides to ramp into high gear and the only thing she can focus on is the intensely sexy, scorching hot boy next door who is definitely not a boy anymore? 

The only problem is that Zoey and Kaleb have been best friends for as long as she can remember. Not to mention, Kaleb and his brothers are working on buying Stranford land to build a new resort, and she’s more than a little hesitant about his intentions.

Kaleb Walker has had his eye on Zoey for close to twenty years, but never before has he considered taking their friendship to the next level, no matter how many fantasies he’s had about her over the years. That doesn't explain why Kaleb is hell bent on having her – in as many ways as possible. 

Kaleb finds himself in a precarious situation. His brothers have nominated him to pursue Zoey’s father about purchasing the land needed to get their new resort off the ground. Finding out that Carl Stranford is on the brink of foreclosure and Zoey might just lose her house and the land, Kaleb now has to convince her to put aside her pride and let him help her.

It doesn't take long before the flames start burning bright and hot, and the two of them burn up the nights and the days as they explore each other’s forbidden fantasies. But can their friendship survive a business transaction or the new friends with benefits clause? Or will they realize that they’ve been overlooking something much deeper that’s been right in front of them all along?

Warning: This book contains sexual encounters and graphic language that some readers may find objectionable, including, but not limited to m/f/m encounters, anal sex, exhibitionism, and voyeurism. Consider yourself warned! Contains graphic material that is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

My Review:
Rating – 4.5/5 Fanfreakintastic Stars!!!
Cover – 4
Character Development - 4.5
Steam Factor – 5 put your panties in the freezer stars!!
Ending – Part of a series but each book has a different couple!

I think I have found a new author to stalk. I devoured this book in a few hours and loved it! It was an amazing best friends to lovers story with sexy as hell and very interesting characters that you can't get enough of. On top of that it was panty melting, sponge wearing(a little side joke between the NN), HOT AS HELL SEXY...LOL!! 

Kaleb is sexy as sin with the power to melt you into a puddle on the floor with just one look. He is the sweet, sexy, but oh so sinful cowboy next door. He is the man you would be proud to take home to your mother.

Zoey is the strong, sweet, fiery girl who just divorced her cheating husband and moved back home to take care of her dad. She has been best friends with Kaleb since they where kids but has always longed for more. 

Nicole Edwards masterfully weaves just the right amount of sexy, sinful, on the edge of your seat story to grab your attention and drawl you in until your at the last page crying because their isn't anymore. Her books are not just page after page of repetitive sex. Her stories are deep and raw. Her characters are so real and intriguing that you can relate to them and it makes you more invested in the story. Her sex scenes are so hot they could melt your Kindle. Each one is unique, different and so very very HOT. 

This was my very first Nicole Edwards book and I am rewriting this review after finding and reading every other book Nicole has published so far. I can't get I love her writing and her characters are to die for. She has quickly become one of my favorite Authors. I am a junky and I will be on the edge of my seat biting my nails until I get my next fix.

Favorite Lines:
“ I've waited too damn long to have you. I've kept my distance, kept my hands to myself, but I can’t any longer.” 

"Two bodies, two souls, two hearts, coming together as one. And that’s how Kaleb felt when he was with Zoey."

"Zoey was mesmerized by that signature Walker grin – just a little crooked, just a little wicked, and just a lot sexy."

"Wow, she had officially turned into a wanton hussy, controlled by her inner slut."

Now before we get to the giveaway I wanted to let you all know Nicole has decided that because May is Mental Health Awareness Month a portion of the proceeds from all copies of Zane (and Kaleb) for the month of May are going to benefit The Keith Milano Memorial Fund, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This is a great cause and is dear to my heart so run out and buy a copy or three or 


The Keith Milano Memorial Fund was established to help raise awareness about the devastating and deadly disease that is mental illness.

Keith’s spirit and laughter is kept alive through our efforts to increase awareness about mental illness and to raise money for education and imperative research. Keith often struggled with society’s perception of mental illness. Our hope is that by having the strength to say that Keith was “Bipolar” we can strip away the stigma and help others to be more open about their disease.

The Keith Milano Memorial Fund benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

AFSP is the only national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those affected by suicide.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, May 27, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Envisioned by Nikki Narvaez

Title: Envisioned (The Elemental Prophecy #1)
Author: Nikki Narvaez
Release date: May 10th 2013
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Buy Link: Amazon & B&N
Event organized by: Swoon Worthy Books

Brielle De Luca thought she was just an average girl, despite her nightly dreams of an impending apocalypse, along with a gorgeous man that pulls at her soul.

However, on the night of her 18th birthday, everything changes when she is thrown into the Elemental World, a world where she is supposedly the One that is spoken about in an ancient Prophecy; a Prophecy that states she is the key to preventing an apocalypse.

Now she must learn to control her power over the four elements, all while dealing with the love and intense passion of her bond to the man from her dreams, Jace Vasquez.

Piece of cake, right?

He stepped closer, only a couple of feet away from me. He smelled heavenly, like rain and citrus. “Every night. I've been trying to figure out a way to find you, to save you, and here you are, so close all this time, and I never knew,” he sadly said. 

It was my turn to step closer. Tears pooled in my eyes as I said, “I didn't think you existed. I hoped that you did, but I thought I was crazy to believe that I could find you.” 

I reached out my hand to touch his face. When I did, a jolt of electricity sparked between us, spreading what felt like burning honey throughout every inch of my body. What was happening to me? Whatever it was, I didn't want it to stop; it was one of those pains that felt amazingly good, almost addictive. Jace's eyes widened as an astonished smile spread across his face. “Unbelievable,” he said as he grabbed a handful of my curls at the back of my head, pulling my face to his to crush his lips to mine. 

His kiss was desperate, just like his gaze in my nightmares, only multiplied. I opened his mouth with my tongue, tangling with his as our passion increased. I had never had a kiss come close to this one, and it had just started. He tasted exotic, a subtle sweetness present as he caressed my tongue with his. I clutched his shirt, twisting it in my hands as I tried to pull his body to become one with mine. Heat rushed in-between my thighs and pooled there, sending tendrils of burning warmth up my stomach. I never wanted this to end; the world could stop turning right now, and I would be oblivious, deliriously happy in Jace's lips. 

My Thoughts:
Rating – 3.75
Cover – 3.75
Character Development - 4
Steam Factor – 4
Ending – Cliffhanger of course because it is part of a series!! 

The day Brielle De Luca turns 18 she is thrust into a world she didn't know existed. With Magic, Prophecies, and Soul Mates to worry about Brielle is thrown into 

Brielle is a tough as nails baddass, fresh out of highschool, that doesn't let anyone mess with the people she loves. She is thrown into impossible circumstances but takes it like a champ and does what she has to protect the people closest to her. 

Jace is a Fire Element, UFC Champ and player until his eyes land on the girl he has been dreaming about for year. He is fiercely loyal and will do anything to keep Bri safe. 

Together Bri, Jace and their friends will embark on a journey to save the world from hell on earth. 

This book was a great start to very promising paranormal series. It was full of great writing that centers around interesting mythology. Bri & Jace had great chemistry and the secondary characters were funny and great compliments to the main characters. The only complaint I have was the words "I Love You" was a little over used. I will be keeping an eye out for the next book in the series.        

 Author Bio: 
My name is Nikki Narvaez. I was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, where I currently live with my husband, our two dogs, Bella and Oreo, and our cat, Cupcake. I have been teaching for four years, but I hope to become a full-time writer and stay at home mom one day. I am 26 years old, and have three older sisters who have blessed me with four nephews and one niece. In my free time, I love to write and play Texas Hold 'Em poker. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, May 24, 2013

Cover Reveal: Falling Into Us by Jasinda Wilder

Release Date June 2013



When Kyle Calloway died, he took a part of Nell with him. She wasn't the only one left to pick up the pieces, however; Kyle's death left a gaping hole in the hearts and lives of his parents and his older brother Colton, and ultimately broke the will of the girl he loved.


Becca de Rosa is Nell's best friend. When Kyle died, Nell was so devastated that no one could reach her, not even her best friend Becca. As she tries to help Nell through her grief, Becca's own life is thrust into turmoil, and everything she knows is changed.

Jason Dorsey asked Nell out the week after her sixteenth birthday, but that date never happened. Instead, he ended up going out with Nell's best friend, Becca. He had no way of knowing, then, how that one date would send him on a life-long journey with Becca. He had no way of knowing the tragedies and triumphs he would experience, or that in Becca, he might find the love of a lifetime. 


New York Times Best Selling Author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women.
When she’s not writing, she’s probably shopping, baking, or reading.
Some of her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, JR Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Liliana Hart and Bella Andre.
She loves to travel and some of her favorite vacations spots are Las Vegas, New York City and Toledo, Ohio.
You can often find Jasinda drinking sweet red wine with frozen berries and eating a cupcake.

Links to connect with Jasinda:
Twitter: @JasindaWilder  (

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blog Tour - This Trust of Mine by Amanda Bennett - Review, Playlist & Giveaway!


Title: This Trust of Mine (Raine #2)
Author: Amanda Bennett
Release date: May 21, 2013
Genre: YA/New Adult
Event organized by: The Secret Book Brat

"Love cannot be defined by age or time, but by the way that person makes you feel. He made me feel completely vulnerable, but vulnerability I have learned is a gift, one that I will gladly accept from Madison Raine."

Madison had irrevocably changed me. He opened me up to feel things I had never felt, and he never judged me for my past. In the short amount of time I had known him, I had fallen in love with him and everything he encompassed. He showed me how to live, how to enjoy life, but best of all, he showed me how to love. They say bad things happen to good people, well that saying rang truer to me now than ever before. Madison is gone. He is off at school in Arizona, and I just couldn't bring myself to leave with him. That was my first mistake.
See the thing about trouble is, it will always find you. Trouble found me the night he left, and that night forever changed me. Now I am fighting my way back, alone.

Leaving Kayla was one of the hardest things I had ever had to do. To say I regret my decision to leave her behind, would be an understatement. My world shifted when I met her and I would forever be changed. Everything felt different now that I was away, everything with her at least. Something was wrong, I could feel it. I needed to go to her to find out what this feeling was, but would she trust me enough to tell me, and could I trust her to forgive me.

"When life, love and heart breaking circumstances stand to pull apart a bond so strong, what do you do without trust?"

My Review:
Rating – 3.75
Cover – 4
Character Development - 3.75
Steam Factor – 3.5 (skirts the line YA/NA because Kayla is 17)
Ending – Big Fat Cliffhanger!! (1 more book in the series I think)

This Trust is Mine started off about a month after This Love of Mine ended. Kayla had went through something horrific that no girl should ever have to deal with. She was broken, confused, scared and lonely. She was trying to deal with the aftermath of everything happening while putting on a front for her friends and family that everything was ok. 

Madison was at his new school trying to start a new chapter in his life that was full of athletic demands but nothing could get Kayla out of his mind. He knew something was wrong and was struggling because he didn't know what it was or how to fix it from where he was at. 

My emotions where all over the place while reading this book. For most of the book I was like this

and this 

because of all the back and forth between Kayla and Madison. I wanted to strangle them both at different points in the book. They had so much love for each other but just couldn't admit how they felt. It was a constant roller-coaster of emotions but you just had to sit back and enjoy the ride because in the end it was worth all the ups and downs. 

But no matter how bumpy the ride was in the end Kayla and Madison was both there for each other when they need it the most. That is what love is all about. No matter your trial and tribulations you help each other through it. That is exactly what Kayla and Madison did which finally led them to admit their true feelings.

You would think that would be the end of the story but NOOOO Amanda just had to leave us hanging with a big'ol fat juice So the story between Kayla and Madison isn't over yet and I got a feeling we are going to need some Dramamine for the roller-coaster ride that Amanda still has in store for us and I can't 

When I was Your Man- Bruno Mars
Blown Away- Carrie Underwood
Never Let Me Go- Florence and The Machine
You'll Think of Me- Keith Urban
Tonight I wanna Cry- Keith Urban
Must Be Doin Somethin' Right- Billy Currington
She Will Be Loved- Maroon 5
Sad- Maroon 5
Trust Me- The Fray
Trust In Me Now- Anthony Evans
When I look at You- Miley Cyrus
I Hope You Find It- Miley Cyrus
Lucky Now- Ryan Adams
That's What You Get- Paramore
Give Your Heart A Break- Demi Lovato
Desire- Ryan Adams
When It Rains- Paramore
Come Home- Ryan Adams
Bound To You- Christina Aguilera
Can't Shake You- Gloriana
Safe and Sound- Taylor Swift
Radioactive- Imagine Dragons
Somewhere Only We Know- Keane
Paradise- Coldplay
Poison and Wine- The Civil Wars
You Don't Know Her Like I do- Brantley Gilbert
I Don't Do Lonely Well- Jason Aldean
Fall Into Me- Brantley Gilbert
The One That Got Away- Jake Owen
Like Jesus Does- Eric Church
Wanted You More- Lady Antebellum
Alone With You- Jake Owen
Love Your Love The Most- Eric Church
She's My Kind of Rain- Time McGraw
I knew You Were Trouble- Taylor Swift
Highway Don't Care- Tim McGraw

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Undeclared by Jen Frederick Review

Title: Undeclared (Woodlands #1)
Author: Jen Fredericks
Release date: April 28, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Hey, it's Kelli! This is a just for fun review, since I did enjoy this book and felt like sharing. 

I absolutely love fighter stories. A bonus in this is that he is also a former Marine. There is something about a man in uniform (as most women know), and I have always been partial to the Marines. Noah Jackson is a whole lot of yum!

Grace and Noah wrote each other for 4 years, part of a high school requirement/project. They obviously continued long after the assignment was over and grew close. Once his deployment is over, he writes her what can only be described as a "Dear Jane" letter and breaks her heart. They lose touch for 2 years until she finally sees him on her college campus. And he has plans to win her back.

I thought this was a really cute story. Interspersed with the present narrative are some of the letters they wrote to each other. The letters were a lot of fun and I kind of wish there had been more. They do allow us to see him opening up to her, which was an important foundation of their relationship. I enjoyed watching them go through the awkwardness of meeting someone you had only before ever spoken through written word. VERY CUTE! And Grace is so shy and even a bit rough on herself, which I think a lot of women can identify with. Noah always seems like the hot, self-assured guy. Together, they manage to make sense.

There were a couple things I wish had been different or added. I know Bo was trying to protect Noah, but what exactly bothered him about Grace? I already mentioned that I'd have liked more letters from their pen pal exchanges. My one other "wish" was a bit of a different ending. Did Noah's plans go through? Is he still planning to fight? Hopefully we'll see more of these two in the other books and things will get cleared up.

Undeclared is defintitely an easy read. It's entertaining. The sex scenes aren't overly explicit, which is a welcome change from some of the overdone ones I've been reading. A solid book that I look forward to seeing more from its characters in the future.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Release Event & Giveaway - The Do Over by A.L. Zaun

Title: The Do Over
Author: A.L. Zaun
Release date: May 20, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Event organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description:
Life doesn’t look like it’s supposed to for Dani Ruiz, a hopeless romantic. After a painful and sudden break-up with Rick Marin—who she thought was the One—Dani hides away from reality, retreating to a world of fiction, preferring book boyfriends over the hassles of a relationship.
After almost two years of watching Dani in a holding pattern, her friends stage an intervention and force her back into the real world of dating.
Unexpectedly, Dani meets Liam Lucas, a down-to-earth firefighter. He might be the person to show her she’s still worth something. Dani’s hesitant to trust her heart with another man, but their instant and electric chemistry is something she can’t deny.
As Dani starts to believe that she’s found her real-life book boyfriend, Rick decides that he’ll go to any lengths to get her back. Seeing Rick as a changed man makes Dani question everything. 
Can Dani trust her patched-up heart with Liam? 
Or has Rick transformed into the man she’s always wanted? 
Told from various points of views, The Do Over is a story of second chances and new beginnings. 

About the Author
A.L. Zaun graduated from Florida International University with a degree in English Literature a long time ago. A degree she didn’t use at all in her professional endeavors. She loves to read, write and take pictures. She walks around with her camera, and most importantly she has her e-reader available at all times. Healthcare Management by day, Mommy in the evening and most nights, you can find her sitting in front of her laptop with a bottle of Diet Pepsi, bringing the voices in her head to life on the pages of her debut novel, The Do Over.

Author social media links: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, May 17, 2013

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway - Trying Not to Love You by Megan Smith

Trying Not To Love You
Author: Megan Smith
Release date: May 17, 2013
Cover Design: Wicked Designs ~ Robin Harper 
Cover Art:CE Images ~ Heidi Boyles Chickerell & Em Erdie

MacKenzie Cahill has dealt with overbearing and overprotective brothers her entire life, making it near impossible to enjoy her teenage years. Having a boyfriend was practically impossible until she met a guy that wasn't afraid to stand up to them - Dominic. He was sweet, thoughtful, and everything MacKenzie ever wanted in a man.

But when they go away to college at Old Dominion University, MacKenzie sees a whole new side of Dominic and begins to wonder if he really is different from every other guy.

Her world is turned upside down after a party, and her brothers' best friend Hunter is the one there to offer her a shoulder to cry on. The chemistry between them is electric, and feelings for each other that have been hidden for years are finally voiced.

Is Hunter willing to be disloyal to his best friends in order to be with the one girl he's always secretly wanted? 

My Review:
Rating – 4
Cover – 4 
Character Development - 4
Steam Factor – 3.75 (wanted just a little more details) 
Ending – BAM!!!! A cliffhanger out of know

MacKenzie Cahill was the typical girl next door but with three very overprotective big brothers. Since the day she meet Hunter sitting at the table with her brothers she knew he was the one. The problem was she didn't think he returned her feelings. Then she meet Dominic who actually stood up to her brothers making her think he might be her future. 

After graduating high school she followed Dominic (and Tyler :)) to the college they were attending think it was going to be great to be so close to Dominic again. That is when everything slowly started to crumble and her perfect boyfriend didn't seem so perfect anymore which pushed her to seek comfort in Tyler.    

MacKenzie is sweet, kind, trusting and always trying to keep the peace between everyone. I wanted to strangle her a few time for be so naive but I guess that is what you get when your older brothers are so over protective of you.

Hunter was amazing. He was the sweet, sexy, tattooed boy next door. He protected her, gave her a shoulder to cry on when she needed it and kept her grounded when things fell apart. He was also trying hard to fight the feelings he had for MacKenzie because he knew her brothers would not approve. 

At first I was kind of leery about this story. The Prologue threw me off because the sentences where a little choppy and it made me wonder if going into the first chapter that I might have trouble with the story. So I went in preparing for the worst but I gotta admit that I got so sucked up into the story that I didn't even think about it I stayed up way past my bedtime because I just couldn't put it down. I got invested into the characters and I had to see where the story took them. 

It was shaping up to be a sweet story that looked like it was going to end in a HEA and then BAM out of no where a cliffhanger. I was sitting in my chair with my mouth hanging open wondering what the hell just Anyone the reads my reviews know that I despise cliffhangers so I was a thrown but then I realized that the cliffhanger opened a whole new angle to the story so I am excited to see where it leads. I will be keeping an eye out for Megan's next book. 

He came walking over to me, but did not say anything at first. He put his helmet on, and then gently put mine on. He lifted my chin to snap the strap, and looked into my eyes. "I'm not sorry for caring about you, CC."

I did not respond. I did not think he wanted me to. He threw his leg on the bike, kicked the kickstand up and then steadied the bike so I could get on. As we took off back to my house, with the wind in my face and hair, I started to feel bad for blowing up on him the way I did, but I am tired of everyone worrying about my relationship. I was not worried about it, why should they be.

We pulled up in front of my house, and I got off the bike. I reached for the snap on the helmet, but Hunter grabbed my hand and did it himself. I took it off, and started running my fingers through my hair to get the knots out. I looked over at him and was about to apologize when he grabbed the front pocket of my jeans and pulled me to him, "Don't apologize."

Author Bio: 
When Megan Smith is not writing she is a wife to her high school sweetheart and a mom to her son. She lives in the New Jersey. At the end of the day when she is done work and being a mom you can find her curled up with a good book or writing on her current story. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cover Reveal - Giving You Forever by Ashley Wilcox

 photo GivingYouForeverEbookCover_zps853bb628.jpg

Title: Giving You Forever
Author: Ashley Wilcox
Expected release date: July 8, 2013
Genre: Erotica
Age Group: Mature Adult
Cover Designed by: B Designs

 photo goodreads-badge-add-plus_zpsa971cb04.png

From the moment Nolan Pratt walked into Alexa Arnold’s life everything was forever changed. After a year of dating, the ring was on her finger, the house was purchased, and life was heading down Pleasantville Lane. Everything was perfect.

Or so they thought.

With help from his parent’s inheritance, Nolan takes on a new business adventure, utilizing all his free time. What was once their life- carefree with minimal responsibilities, is no more. When Alexa starts to feel the pressure from school, wedding planning, and lack of help from Nolan, exhaustion kicks in and feelings get hurt, testing the strength of their relationship. But, if there is one thing that Nolan will never compromise, it’s Alexa’s happiness. There’s nothing Nolan Pratt won’t do to make sure Alexa is well taken care of, loved, and happy.

When Nolan’s past resurfaces- a past that Alexa didn't know existed- will it all be too much? Will Nolan’s devotion to Alexa’s happiness cost him their relationship and lose him the only thing that has ever mattered in his life? Or will Nolan discover that his past doesn't determine his future and he is worth the happiness he doesn't think he deserves?

About the Author

 photo AshleyWilcox_zps3d350335.jpg
Some may consider me a jack of all trades, but I consider myself well rounded. I've waitressed, styled hair, answered phones and, most recently, worked full time as mom to my two beautiful little boys.

Then there was this book…

Everyone and their brother started talking about this book series titled Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. I didn’t really pay attention to the craze at first, since I wasn’t a big reader- okay, I didn’t read at all. But curiosity got the best of me, so I downloaded it to my kindle.

I was immediately hooked. I read the whole series in three days. Yes, three books in three days. I kept finding all these great books that I HAD to read (just ask my credit card!). Then I started hearing voices. Voices that turned into stories; stories that were begging to get out of my head. I started writing them down on scraps of paper. Then I transferred them to my computer. Before I knew it, Planning on Forever was born. The voices in my head are still talking, so I’m still writing.

 photo AToMRTours_zpse9017e91.jpg

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blog Tour: More Than You Know Review & Giveaway!

Release Date: May 14th, 2013
Genre: New Adult Romance

After surviving a devastating car accident that took her father's life, Bryn Woods feels like she has nothing left in her hometown of Savannah, GA. Along with losing her father, her boyfriend, Tyler, unexpectedly leaves town the same time of the accident. Feeling alone, broke and confused, Bryn leaves Savannah for college in New York City to escape her heartbreak.

Four years later, Bryn returns to Savannah to live in her childhood home. Slowly, she begins to let the people of her past back into her life. She lets the protective walls she's built to protect herself crash down around her. As she begins to find love again with Tyler, secrets start to unravel themselves about his past. Tyler has secrets of his own. Secrets connected to the death of Bryn's father. Secrets Tyler didn't even know he kept.

My Review:

Rating – 3.75
Cover – 3.75
Character Development - 4
Steam Factor – 3.5
Ending – HEA

This was a heartbreakingly sweet but emotional story about love, loss friendship, & devastation. It is about soul-mates and how if it is meant to be love will find a way.

Bryn is heartbroken when the love of her life, Tyler, suddenly tells her he & his family is leaving town. She is devastated at the sudden departure and escapes to college in New York City far away from her hometown. Four years later she returns to her family home and her past that she has been trying to bury in the back of her mind.

Being back in town leads her to try to put the pieces of her life back together and back in Tyler arms. Tyler is battling is on demons and his secrets of why he left the love of his life slowly start to unravel.

I laughed, I cried, I wanted to scream which is all things a good book is suppose to do to you. The writing was smooth and flowed pretty good. The characters where very relate-able and it kept me engaged. I will be keeping an eye out for more work from Alexandria Rhodes.

 Author Bio:
Alexandria Rhodes is a first time novelist from the good old state of Ohio. She is a recent college graduate with a degree in English and Creative Writing. Alexandria has always known she needed to write and has been doing so ever since she bought a typewriter at a garage sale when she was nine. With hundreds of pages of plot ideas, scripts and character descriptions, it is no surprise that she finally came around to writing a book. Alexandria enjoys reading, writing, reviewing, spending time with family, tweeting (a little too much) and traveling, especially to Savannah, GA and New York City. Her writing is heavily influenced by her surroundings and the people in her life. She hopes that her stories will touch the hearts of her readers.

More Than You Know Giveaway

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Release Day - Eyes Wide Open by Raine Miller

The third part in The Blackstone Affair series: A love on the brink of being destroyed. The fight of a lifetime to keep it alive. 

Big surprises are on the horizon for Ethan and Brynne as they struggle to adjust to what life has thrown at them. Demons from the past are threatening to destroy the passionate bond they've forged despite their vow that nothing will ever keep them apart. A truly devastating loss coupled with the promise of a new hope opens their eyes to what is most important, but is it possible for the lovers to move on from the painful histories that continue to haunt them? A stalker is still lurking in the shadows, plotting evil amidst the distraction of the 2012 Olympic games in London. Brynne and Ethan are on the cusp of losing everything as the stakes rise. Will they yield to circumstances beyond their control or will they give every ounce of fight they have left to save each other and win the ultimate prize of a life together? 

Eyes Wide Open is a passion-wrought story that shows us what pure love can achieve when tested and what the heart can accomplish despite danger and adversity.

Buy Links:

~ Chapter 1~

Ethan’s eyes held on to me as he mastered my body, his grip firm on my hips, his thick flesh filling me up and moving inside me, his mouth all over me, his teeth on my skin. 

All of this from the man who had broken though the walls I’d built and captured me. They were demonstrations of touch and pleasure, a means of cementing the connection between us, of keeping me close to him. It was his way. He didn’t need to worry, though. 

Ethan had me. 

Despite the whole mess tonight, he had me in his arms and underneath him, his commanding strength taking charge in the way it’d been from the beginning. Holding me safe. That night on the street when he’d coaxed me into his car and the later phone calls demanding I acknowledge him were just the start of my understanding of Ethan Blackstone. There was so much more to the man than I ever imagined back then. 

I wasn’t going anywhere. I was in love with him. 

“I want my cock in you all night long,” he rasped, his blue eyes flashing against the moonlight as he moved. Looming over me, he plied my body in every which way as the light shone on our naked bodies through the balcony window. Hands, mouth, cock, tongue, teeth, fingers—he used them all. 

Ethan said things to me like that during sex. Shocking stuff that made me hotter than hell, nourishing my confidence, and showing me how much he wanted me. It was precisely what I needed. Ethan was my answer, and he knew exactly what I craved. I don’t know how he understood me so well, but he did without a doubt. Tonight had affirmed that message loud and clear. I guess I could finally admit that I was in need of another person in order to be happy. 

That other person was Ethan. 

I’d let someone in. The hard shell around my heart had been compromised, and very thoroughly too. Ethan had done it. He’d worked on me, and pushed me and demanded my attention. He never gave up on me and loved me in spite of my cavern of emotional issues. Ethan did all that for me. And now I could revel in the fact that I was loved by a man whom I loved in return. 

“Eyes on me, baby,” he commanded on a harsh breath. “You know I have to have your eyes when I take you!” His hand had moved up to grip my hair and he tugged. He never hurt me when he pulled it, though. Ethan knew just how much pressure to exert and was fully aware it sent me over the edge. I did know about his need for my eyes being on him and I held onto his fiery blues with everything I had. 

But Ethan knew more about me than I knew about him. 

“You’re going to come first!” he gritted out, thrusting deep and hard, finding the sensitive spot within me needed to accomplish his directive. 

As I felt the pressure build I let myself go to that perfect place of ecstasy, pinned beneath Ethan’s body, which was burrowed in mine, his blue eyes just inches above me. He took my mouth as the orgasm ripped into me, filling another part of me, making me accept more of him, binding us together more deeply. 

His orgasm followed mine within seconds. I could always tell he was close from how he tightened to inhuman hardness right as he was about to come. The feeling was out of this world and intensely empowering. That I could pull such a reaction from him and elicit such feeling in another person did something to me. Something that healed me a little bit each time it happened—I kept getting better inside my head because of Ethan and the ways he showed his love for me. I had some hope about myself that I could be happy and live a normal life. 

Ethan had given me that. 

“Tell me, baby,” he exhaled in a harsh whisper, but I could hear the vulnerability that accompanied the boldness. Ethan wasn’t without his own insecurities, he was just a mortal like the rest of us. 

“Always yours!” I truly meant my words as I felt him let go inside me. 

When I opened my eyes sometime later, I realized I must have dozed a bit. Ethan had rearranged us halfway on our sides, but we were still joined together. He liked to stay buried inside me for a while afterward. I didn’t mind, because it was something he desired and I loved making him happy. 

I just wish he’d tell me more about his dark place. He was afraid to share and while it bothered me, I mostly understood his fear. I often wondered if his reasons for needing to touch me all the time and possess me so thoroughly during sex, and afterward too, had something to do with his time as a prisoner. They tortured him and scarred him and hurt him. It pained me just remembering how he’d been that night when his dreams woke him up in a panic. 

I trailed my fingers over his shoulder and back. I imagined the angel wings of his tattoo and the words below them. And I felt the scars too. Ethan flicked his eyes open and pegged me hard. “Why wings? They’re beautiful, you know.” 

“The wings reminded me of my mum,” he said after a moment or two of silence, “and they covered many of the scars.” 

I leaned forward, kissing his lips with a soft touch. I cupped his jaw and decided to take the plunge. I didn’t want to scare Ethan away from talking to me if he was in a mood, but figured I had to try again at some point. “And the quote? Why that one?” 

He shrugged and whispered, “I think I died a little tonight.” 

So much for him opening up and sharing. He wasn’t up for any more delving into his past. I could tell. “What do you mean you died a little?” 

“When I couldn’t find you after that message came in on your mobile.” He traced my cheek and then my lips with his finger—just the lightest touch, and I felt a shiver roll through me. 

“Well, you did find me eventually, and no dying allowed, mister. That would be a real major buzzkill.” I tried to tease him into a lighter mood, but it didn’t seem to be working. When Ethan was in a serious frame of mind, he didn’t just switch out of it easily. 

“I’m glad you feel better,” he paused and thrust his hips with a renewed erection, sinking in deep, “because I needed this with you, badly.” 

“I’m here and you have me,” I murmured against his lips as he draped my legs over his shoulders and took charge of another round of pleasure.. Once was rarely enough for him. 

Ethan made me feel desirable. He made me feel beautiful and sexy, from the words that came out of his mouth to the touch of his body in mine when he made love to me. And afterward, when he held me against him like I was precious. 

Somebody wanted me, despite all that had gone down in my past. Someone was willing to fight for me. I was important to another person. To Ethan I was. The power in that knowledge was life-changing. 

Ethan’s particular brand of attention was intense and a lot to accept at first, but it worked for me. Ethan worked for me. He could show me how much he wanted me, and for the first time I had some hope that we could really make this relationship work. The “let’s go slow” part hadn’t happened at all like we’d agreed when we first met. But if we had gone slowly, I very much doubt I’d be naked in bed with him at the Somerset coast, in an English manor fit for a king, which happened to be owned by his sister, and being fucked to the brink of another magnificent orgasm right now. A girl has to take things as they come. 

It took a bit for me to rouse myself after the second round of sheet-clawing sex, but I managed to wriggle out of his hold to head for the bathroom so I could clean up and prepare for sleep. I loved how he touched me all the time. I needed it, plain and simple, and Ethan knew that. It was just another way in which we were emotionally compatible. 

I filled a glass of water and took the pill Dr. Roswell had prescribed for my night terrors. I had a routine. Birth control and vitamins in the morning, sleeping pill at night, once I was ready to actually sleep. I smirked into the elegant bathroom mirror that looked like something out of Buckingham Palace, realizing that bed and sleep were never synonymous when with Ethan. We spent a great deal of time together in bed not sleeping, but I wasn’t complaining. 

I didn’t expect to find him awake when I came out of the bathroom, but his eyes were open, tracking my every movement as I settled back into bed. He reached for me and held my face, something he did often when we were close like this. 

“How come you’re still awake? You must be exhausted after that long drive,” I paused for emphasis, “and all that superb shagging—” 

“I love you and I never want to let you go,” he interrupted. 

“So don’t.” I looked into his blue eyes, which seared me in the dim light. 

“I never will.” He said it with some hardness and I felt that he really meant it. 

“I love you too, and I’m not going anywhere.” I leaned in to kiss his lips, the rasp of his beard stubble well familiar to me now. He kissed me back, but I could tell he had more to say and could feel the edge in him, which was surprising considering the orgasms he’d just pounded into me. 

“The thing is I—I need something more permanent with us. I need you with me all the time so I can protect you and we can be together every day . . . and night.” 

I felt my heart begin to thud rapidly, whispers of panic taking hold. Just when I got comfortable with one aspect of us, Ethan pushed for more. 

He’s always been that way . . . 

“But we are together every day now,” I told him. 

He furrowed his brow and narrowed his eyes a fraction. “It’s not enough, Brynne. Not after what happened tonight and that fucked-up message from God knows whom. I have Neil working on your mobile trace right now and we’ll get to the bottom of it, but I need something more formal that tells the world you are off limits and untouchable by whatever designs they might have on you.” 

I swallowed hard, feeling his thumbs start to move over my jaw as I tried to imagine where he was going with this. “What do you mean when you say ‘formal’? How formal are we talking?” Man, my voice was thready, and my heart felt like it would leap out of my chest the next moment. 

He smiled at me and leaned in for a soft, slow kiss that calmed me some. Ethan had always calmed me, though. If I was unsettled or scared, he had a way of comforting me and easing the stress of the moment. “Ethan?” I asked when he finally pulled back. 

“It’s okay, baby,” he said soothingly, “everything will be all right and I’ll take care of you, but I know what we need to do—what needs to happen.” 

“You do?” 

“Mmm-hmm.” He rolled us over and held my face again, propped on his elbows and trapping me beneath his sculpted limbs, hard and smooth against my softer parts. “I’m sure of it, in fact.” His lips dropped to my neck and kissed up to my ear and then down my jaw, over my throat, and back to the other ear. “Very, very sure,” he whispered between gentle kisses. “I realized it tonight as soon as we got here and I saw that you were wearing this.” He kissed the spot where the amethyst pendant he’d given me lay in the hollow of my throat. 

“What are you so sure about?” My voice was faint, but every word rang out clear as a bell in the short distance between us, as if I’d shouted my question. 

“Do you trust me, Brynne?” 


“And you love me?” 

“Yes, of course. You know that I do.” 

He smiled down at me again. “Then it’s settled.” 

“What is settled?” I implored against his gorgeous face, which had mesmerized me from the first, one side of his beautiful mouth turned up confidently, holding me firmly beneath him in a possessive hold so typical of my Ethan. 

“We’ll get married.” 

I stared at him, sure the words that just came out of his mouth were out of a scene from a romance novel. Maybe I was having a dream. I hoped. 

Ethan shifted on top of me and shot that idea to hell. Holy fucking shit! 

“It makes perfect sense,” he said with a slow grin, “we make an announcement that goes out big, have you move in with me officially, and let everyone know your fiancé is in the security business—” 

“Are you insane?” I cut him off and saw his eyes moving over my face, studying my reaction to his words. “Ethan, I can’t get married. I don’t want to. I’m just getting used to being in a relationship. It’s way, way too soon to even consider something like that for us . . .” 

He grinned down at me, utterly calm and confident. “I know, baby. It is far too soon, but the world doesn’t have to know that. To them it looks like you’re about to be the wife of the former-SF, high-profile CEO of Blackstone Inc. To whoever is out there with an agenda, they get a message loud and clear. That they need to keep the hell away from you; that they won’t be able to touch you in any way, shape or form, and that they won’t get close enough to even blink at you, let alone deliver threats like that fucked-up shit from last night.” He kissed me softly, looking very proud of himself. “It’s a brilliant plan.” 

I just kept staring at him, sure he was a figment of some fantastical dream I was having. “It’s also dishonest, Ethan. Have you even considered what you are asking me to do? To lie? To mislead our families and friends into believing some fiction that we met two months ago and now we’re getting married?” 

He stiffened above me, and his jaw got that stubborn set to it. “When it comes to protecting you, I’ll do whatever I need to do. I’m not taking the risk with you—it’s too late for that. I told you I was all in, and that’s not changed in the last hours.” 

His glaring expression was more than a little intimidating, even in the dim light. I tried to explain myself. “Well, no, my feelings haven’t changed either, but that doesn’t mean we can . . .” 

My words trailed off as I tried to process what he’d just so confidently declared—that getting married would be a good idea—just like eating more vegetables or wearing sunscreen was a good idea. I had to wonder if the stomach bug that had got to me tonight was making me hallucinate. 

“There’s no reason we can’t.” Ethan looked a little wounded as he studied me carefully, and it gave me a pang of regret, but only for about two seconds. What he was proposing was absolutely insane. I could barely wrap my head around being in love with a man who’d stormed his way into my life, audaciously and without apology, a mere two months ago. How in the hell could I agree to a marriage based on my protection from some mysterious threat of unknown motivations by unnamed people? 

“I—I’m—you’re absolutely out-of-your-mind crazy right now! Ethan, do you realize what you are proposing here?” 

He nodded at me, his face just inches from mine. I couldn’t really tell what he was thinking right now either. He wanted his way, I could guess, but his motives were what surprised me more. I knew he loved me. He made sure to tell me often. And I know my feelings for him were the same . . . but . . . marriage?! I was sure he couldn’t have suggested anything more of a shock to my fragile emotional grid than this. Surely Ethan didn’t want a wife. This was way too soon. 

“Yes, Brynne, I very much know what I just said to you.” He kept his face neutral but firm, giving away nothing. 

“You want to marry me, a woman you just met eight weeks ago, who has relationship phobias and—and a fucked-up past—” 

He shut me up with a dominating kiss, the kind that left no doubts about the seriousness of his proposal. God! Am I in Bizarro World here? I let his mouth plunder mine for a moment, then brought my hand up to the back of his head. I tugged him back and cupped his cheek, seeking his eyes again. 

“Baby . . . that thing tonight spooked me,” he whispered. “I didn’t plan this out; I just know what feels right. I want you with me. You won’t need a work visa any more. You can live here and work in London somewhere in your field. You’ll have time to find the perfect job without pressure to wrangle the immigration laws, and most important, we can be together. It’s what I want. I can shield you as your husband. I can make sure you’re always protected. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do to keep you safe. I love you. You love me, yeah? What’s the problem? It’s the perfect solution.” He tilted his head at me and squinted his eyes like I was being illogically stupid. 

“I’m not anywhere close to being ready for that, Ethan, despite how I feel about you.” 

“I’m not either and the timing is horrible, but I think it’s our only good option.” He softly brushed my hair back from my face with a gentle touch. “I’m willing . . . and I think you should at least consider it.” He gave me the eyebrow look. “I’m not enduring another episode like we had tonight at the National.” 

I started to protest but he shushed me with another demanding kiss that was so very typical of him. He held me beneath him, pressing me into the soft mattress and stroking into my mouth with a skilled tongue. I let him kiss me and just floated along for a bit, trying my best to process what he’d shared. 

“Before you get all feisty and worried, I want you to just think about it for now. We could have a long engagement, but the announcement is what will make people sit up and take notice. We had a tough night and there’s a ton of shit to be sorted, but in the end, we’re together and that won’t be changing.” He kissed me on the forehead. “And you’re moving in with me.” 

I just stared at him and took in his words. 

“That last part is not a request, Brynne. What went down tonight was utter madness and we cannot be living in two places.” 

“God, what am I going to do with you?” I stifled a yawn and realized the pill was making me sleepy. I knew I wouldn’t be able to continue this conversation much longer. The idea flashed through my mind that he might have used that fact to his advantage. Ethan wasn’t good at poker for nothing. 

“You’re exhausted, and quite frankly I am too.” 

I yawned again and agreed with him. “I am . . . but I still don’t know what to even say about what you’re suggesting,” I told him, speaking into his eyes, which were just inches from mine. 

He snuggled me against his body in preparation for sleep and buried his face in my neck. “You’re going to go to sleep right now, and think about it . . . and trust me . . . and move in with me officially.” 

“Just like that?” I asked. 

“Yeah, just like that.” His lips moved against the back of my neck. “It’s simply the way things have to be.” I felt his stubble graze my skin as he pressed close. “I love you, baby. Now go to sleep.” 

Ethan’s strong arms folded around me did feel magnificent, despite the fact that I thought he was out of his ever-loving mind. But knowing that he would do something so drastic for me just to keep me protected, that he loved me that much, made the small smile on my face feel quite fucking fabulous, to quote my soldier-mouthed lover. 

I did sleep then, safe in his arms. 

Come back on the 31st for our Tour Stop & Review!!