Cover Reveal: Moonlighter by Sarina Bowen

Earlier this year I fell head over heels in love with a certain set of hockey romances and Sarina Bowen is back with a new book and series following the exploits of Bayer! Check out the cover reveal below as well as a cool giveaway!


Moonlighter

Series: The Company (Book One)

Publisher: Tuxbury Publishing LLC

Release Date: October 22, 2019

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Synopsis

Only in my family could a professional hockey player earning seven million dollars a year be considered a slacker.

I’m at the height of my athletic career. Yet my arrogant brother is always trying to recruit me into the family business: a global security company so secretive that I don’t even know its name. 

Pass, thanks. I don’t need a summer job. 

But the jerk ambushes me with a damsel in distress. That damsel is Alex, the competitive, sassy girl I knew when we were kids. Now she’s a drop-dead gorgeous woman in deep trouble.

So guess who’s on a flight to Hawaii?

It’s going to be a long week in paradise. My job is keeping Alex safe, while her job is torturing me with her tiny bikinis. Or maybe we’re torturing each other. It’s all snark and flirting until the threat against Alex gets serious. And this jock must become her major league protector. 

Moonlighter is a stand-alone novel. No cliffhangers, no prior experience necessary. Contains: hackers, hockey players, and a hotel room with only one bed.  


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Mini ARC Reviews: Flashed & Well Met

Long time no write, friends. Today I’ve got a couple of short reviews on two wonderful romance reads. Check them out below!


FlashedFlashed by Zoey Castile

Published by Kensignton Publishing Corporation on August 27, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 272 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

When a man makes his living by his looks, he can forget that love–and lust–are more than skin deep. But the right woman can remind him . . .

A former soccer player, stripper, and model, legendary party boy Patrick Halloran finally gets his big break starring in the summer blockbuster. But when an accident leaves him changed forever, he hides away in his secluded Montana ranch. Only his new housekeeper is allowed inside–with one rule: she’s not allowed to see him. But Pat sees her, and she’s the most stunning woman he’s ever laid eyes on. Even her voice is beautiful. Still, Pat can’t allow himself to get close to anyone. Not without a fight at least . . .

Magdalena “Lena” Martel is a long way from Queens, New York. After a rough patch, the aspiring artist is working her way through college–even if it means keeping house for a man whose gruff voice she can only hear through a closed door. Still, Lena senses Pat’s got a good heart, maybe even a lovable one. She’s intrigued–until his anger sends her running into the freezing woods. Now Pat will have to find her–and when he does he may have found the one woman who can thaw his heart–not to mention the rest of him. But can their new bond survive the paparazzi–and their personal 
demons? . . . 

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ARC Review: Superfan by Sarina Bowen

Superfan FOR WEBSuperfan by Sarina Bowen

Published by Tuxbury Publishing LLC on June 25, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 312 Format: eARC Source: Publisher

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Sometimes lady luck shakes your hand, and sometimes she smacks your face. Sometimes she does both on the same day.

Three years ago I met the most amazing girl in the world. We were both down on our luck. Then I got that call—the one that tells you to get your buns on a plane to go meet your destiny.

But the girl was left behind. I didn’t have her phone number, and she didn’t know my real name.

While I became a professional hockey player, she became a superstar, with platinum records and legions of fans. And a slick, music producer boyfriend who treated her badly.

But fate wasn’t done with us yet. When Delilah turns up at a hockey game, I can’t resist making contact. The internet swoons when I ask her out on a date.

She might not remember me. But her jerkface ex does. He’ll do anything to keep us apart. 

Good thing athletes never give up. This time I’m playing for keeps.


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Mini Reviews: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy, Can’t Escape Love, & A Prince on Paper

Today I’ve got mini reviews on three Reluctant Royals stories from Alyssa Cole. Check out my thoughts below!


OnceGhosted,TwiceShyOnce Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

Published by Avon Impulse on January 8, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 106 Format: eBook Source: Library

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly revealing why she let Likotsi go, and both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.

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Mini Reviews: That Kind of Guy & The Bride Test

Today I’ve got some thoughts on a couple of contemporary romances from authors I love. Check them out below!


ThatKindofGuyThat Kind of Guy by Talia Hibbert

Published by Nixon House on May 2, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 272 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

She wants a fake relationship. He needs something real.

If there’s one thing Rae can’t stand, it’s pity. She’s forty, frazzled, and fed up—so attending an awards ceremony alonewhile her ex swans about with his new wife? Not an option. To avoid total humiliation, Rae needs a date of her own. And her young, hot-as-hell new best friend is the perfect candidate…

Zach Davis, king of casual hookups, has a secret: the notorious womaniser craves emotional connection, and anonymous encounters leave him feeling hollow. After years of performance, Zach’s desperate to be himself. So why does he agree to play Rae’s fake boyfriend? And why does it feel so easy?

When the line between pretence and desire blurs, Zach’s forced to face an unexpected truth: there’s nothing phoney about his need for Rae. But the jaded divorcée’s been hurt by playboy men before. Can a weekend of faking it prove that Zach’s for real?

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Book Review: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

VengefulVengeful by V.E. Schwab

Published by Tor Books on September 25, 2018

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 478 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities.

They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all.

Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit.

If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos rule?


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Mini Reviews: The Steel Prince, The One Hundred Nights of Hero, & Book Love

Today I’ve got some short thoughts on three graphics I picked up recently. Check them out below!


TheSteelPrinceShades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab & Andrea Olimpieri

Published by Titan Comics on March 6, 2019

Genres: Comics, Graphic Novel, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 112 Format: Paperback Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Delve into the thrilling, epic tale of the young and arrogant prince Maxim Maresh, long before he became the king of Red London and adoptive father to Kell, the lead of A Darker Shade of Magic!

The youthful Maresh is sent to a violent and unmanageable port city on the Blood Coast of Verose, on strict orders from his father, King Nokil Maresh, to cut his military teeth in this lawless landscape.

There, he encounters an unruly band of soldiers, a lawless landscape, and the intoxicatingly deadly presence of the newly returned pirate queen, Arisa…

Collects Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince #1-4.

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ARC Review: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

thebirdkingThe Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Published by Grove Press on March 12, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 440 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

Set in 1491 during the reign of the last sultanate in the Iberian peninsula, The Bird King is the story of Fatima, the only remaining Circassian concubine to the sultan, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. 

Hassan has a secret–he can draw maps of places he’s never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan’s surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan’s gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls?

As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety, The Bird King asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate.


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Waiting on Wednesday: The Priory of the Orange Tree

“Waiting on” Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that highlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating.


ThePrioryoftheOrangeTreeThe Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Expected Date: February 26, 2019

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.


Heck yes I’m excited for Samantha Shannon’s new fantasy! I mean, how could I not be hyped for dragons. Honestly everything about this book sounds epic!

Are you excited for The Priory of the Orange Tree?

Let me know in the comments below!

ARC Review: Hired by Zoey Castile

hiredHired by Zoey Castile

Published by Kensington on February 26, 2019

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 304 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

For a man who makes his living pleasuring women, what happens when the only pay-out worth having is love? 

Faith Abigail Charles has always done the right thing. So when her mother runs for mayor of New Orleans, Faith puts her law career on hold to help her win. But when tensions run high, Faith trades one kind of heat for another–in the arms of a hard-bodied stranger. He’s everything a woman dreams of in a lover. So much so that her one-night stand turns into two, then three, then four . . .

For Aiden Rios, meeting smart, sexy Faith feels like fate. After being ditched by his client in the Big Easy, the high-paid male escort needs a little company himself. Aiden knows he’ll have to come clean about his line of work, and he plans to–right after another taste of Faith’s sweetness–and another and another. . . . Until a chance meeting with his client leaves Aiden exposed–and Faith shocked and hurt. Now the hired hottie must show Faith that the love they share is bigger than the scandal threatening to destroy them . . .


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