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review 2017-05-08 20:28
Review: Your Killin' Heart
Your Killin' Heart: A Mystery (Nashville Mystery) - Peggy O'Neal Peden

Campbell Hall, a travel agent in Nashville, TN, grew up surrounded by the history of country music. When her boyfriend, Doug Elliot, has to pick up a few paintings at the estate of Jake Miller, a long dead country music legend who died young, Campbell begs to tag along, hoping to catch a glimpse inside the opulent mansion still occupied by Jake's widow, Hazel. When she's left alone for a moment, Campbell can't help but take a look around and peeks into what turns out to be Hazel's bedroom, with Hazel seemingly asleep in the bed. When it is reported that night that Hazel was found dead and is later determined to have been murdered, Campbell is compelled to investigate. Uncovering long held secrets and pursued by a killer, Campbell risks it all to find justice.

 

The first in a new series, I already know I'll keep coming back for more. Besides the great plot, the characters were likable and realistic, especially Campbell, she's my kinda gal. Self-described as "a little too honest" she's impulsive, inquisitive, and a little bit socially awkward - in other words, me in a nutshell. Even the setting was a character in itself, with tidbits about the music, the history and the culture of Nashville, TN. It was so vivid, it felt like I was really there.

 

I really enjoyed the plot, lots of good suspects and lots of suspects you don't realize are suspects and suspects you suspect but aren't actually suspects. Lots of plot twists and red herrings kept me guessing and the thrilling ending left me satisfied. The story left a few plot points open to be explored in later books and I'm eagerly awaiting the next in the series.

 

A light, entertaining cozy mystery that will keep you guessing, Your Killin' Heart is a fantastic start to a new series and a must read for any cozy mystery fan.

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text 2017-03-13 06:34
Cover Reveal for Nashville Secrets Series by Stacey Lewis
 
 
Series: Nashville Secrets Series
Titles: Save Me From Myself, Everything I Shouldn't, Pretending He's You, and Everybody But Us
Author: Stacey Lewis
Genre: New Adult
 
 
 
 
 
Tragedy and betrayal sent her running...
And now she's starting over far away from the person she used to be.
 
Lyric Hayes tried to be the perfect daughter and the perfect girlfriend, but those days are over. She's ready to begin again with a vow to herself: no relationships, no complications, and no turning back.
 
Easier said than done...
 
Confident, successful, and charming David Pearson makes her vow nearly impossible. He has it all, and David knows better than anyone not to judge someone by what's on the surface. Wanting to own her heart, he'll do anything to gain her trust and save her from herself. But is David harboring secrets of his own? Is his past just another version of a song Lyric has heard before?

 
 
 
 
He’s the one person she shouldn’t want But the only person she can’t live without.
 
SarahBeth Pearson has always made the right decisions, walking the line. But when that line begins to blur, her path, her future, changes course. It was supposed to be a secret—a secret that was never to be leaked. But how can true love be kept quiet?
 
It can’t.
It couldn’t. It didn’t.
 
And now she has to face the consequences. 
 
 
 
 
 
What do you get when you mix the perfect boyfriend, a fickle and indecisive girlfriend, and a bad boy guitarist?
 
A recipe for seduction, angst, and heartbreak.
 
Olivia Barrett and Emmett Hudson have had their share of obstacles, but nothing has ever jeopardized their relationship.
 
Until Tyler Chamberlain...
Olivia can't resist the sexy, brooding musician, but her heart is with Emmett. Even after a few years,
 
she can't forget...and Tyler won't let go.
 
 
 
 
 
Don’t screw your employee. 
 
Stuffy, arrogant Sebastian Murphy plays by the rules. That’s how he’s become so successful and downright filthy rich. However, there’s one rule that’s just meant to be broken. Fed up with Anna Fletcher’s sassy, cocky attitude, Sebastian decides it’s time to show her who’s really the boss.
 
Don’t sleep with your boss.
 
Fiery Anna knows the rules, and they mean nothing to her. The explosive chemistry between Anna and Sebastian is the one thing they can agree on...and can’t deny. Succumbing to temptation, they realize that once isn’t enough—not even close. Agreeing to a secret affair, they explore a world outside of work and in the bedroom. But, secrets aren’t meant to be kept, and once the truth comes out, can Anna and Sebastian find something more than a secret affair? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stacey is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author of Second Chances, Shadows of the Past (co-authored with H.M. Ward), the Nashville Secrets series, and the Nashville U series.
 
She’s also the single mom of three amazingly crazy boys and since she’s a transplanted Yankee, considers herself a big city girl living in a small town. Because she can’t live in the cities she loves – Nashville, New York, Chicago – she writes about people who do instead. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her curled up with a sexy book, or more accurately, scrolling through Tumblr. She also isn’t afraid to admit her favorite addictions: Tumblr GIF’s, social media, Spotify, Dr. Pepper, and of course, dirty books. Hunky heroes with control issues and strong heroines who stand up to them are her weakness. She loves to talk books – not just her own – with anyone, so send her a message!

 
 
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review 2017-01-21 07:05
Sale Blitz - Good Girl
 
 
"a delicious bite of Southern seduction with chemistry that sizzles." 
- Rebecca Yarros
 
 
 
 
 
GOOD GIRL
a Love Unexpectedly novel
Lauren Layne
Released May 17th, 2016
Loveswept
 
 
New York Times BESTSELLER • Lauren Layne brings all the unpredictable heat of Blurred Lines to an all-new cast of characters! Country music’s favorite good girl is hiding away from the world—only to find herself bunking with a guy who makes her want to be a little bad.
 
Jenny Dawson moved to Nashville to write music, not get famous. But when her latest record goes double platinum, Jenny’s suddenly one of the town’s biggest stars—and the center of a tabloid scandal connecting her with a pop star she’s barely even met. With paparazzi tracking her every move, Jenny flees to a remote mansion in Louisiana to write her next album. The only hiccup is the unexpected presence of a brooding young caretaker named Noah, whose foul mouth and snap judgments lead to constant bickering—and serious heat.
 
Noah really should tell Jenny that he’s Preston Noah Maxwell Walcott, the owner of the estate where the feisty country singer has made her spoiled self at home. But the charade gives Noah a much-needed break from his own troubles, and before long, their verbal sparring is indistinguishable from foreplay. But as sizzling nights give way to quiet pillow talk, Noah begins to realize that Jenny’s almost as complicated as he is. To fit into each other’s lives, they’ll need the courage to face their problems together—before the outside world catches up to them.
ON SALE .99 CENTS
 
  
 

 

Noah

 

What time did you say this chick was arriving?” Finn asks around his cigarette.

 

Tomorrow morning,” I say, rapping my toe against a funny-looking floorboard and wincing when it buckles.

 

Huh.” Finn exhales and looks out the window.

 

I know that tone. “What?”

 

Seems she might have gotten here early,” he says, a second before the quiet afternoon erupts with the sound of my dog losing his mind, mingled with the shrill piercing yap of a much smaller dog.

 

Seriously?”

 

Finn shrugs and nods. “There’s a girl outside.”

 

Shit,” I mutter as I head toward the stairs, dodging the two broken ones.

 

Ranger’s about as good a dog as they come, wouldn’t hurt a fly. But he’s a big dog with a big bark, and one serious weakness: gleefully humping smaller dogs. He’s a rescue, and though he was fixed after they brought him in, he’d already gone through canine puberty, or whatever. He’s still got the fierce urge to hump, although it’s more habit than hormones.

 

I exit out the front door just in time to see my big brown Lab leap forward, his clumsy paws finding the shoulders of a blond girl who lets out a shriek, holding a cat above her head like that scene from The Lion King.

 

Ranger, no! Down.”

 

I run forward, my hand finding the collar of my dog and yanking him backward as I search the ground to find the source of the small-dog barks still piercing the air.

 

Then I register that the sound is coming from above, and realize . . .

 

The cotton ball isn’t a cat.

 

That orange piece of fluff is a dog, and Ranger is apparently in love.

 

What the heck is wrong with your dog?” the girl says as she slowly lowers the puffball from over her head, cradling the hideous little monster against her chest as it continues its high-pitched bloody-murder yips.

 

At least my dog is actually a dog,” I say, staring in horror at the pointy face of a canine that could fit in one of my hands. “I’ve seen dust bunnies bigger than that thing.”

 

Dolly’s a Pomeranian,” she says, setting a hand on top of the monster’s head. “She’s supposed to be this tiny.”

 

Well, Ranger’s a Lab. He’s supposed to be this normal.

 

He attacked me,” she says, giving Ranger a wary look as his tongue hangs out the side of his mouth, his eyes locked lovingly on Dolly.

 

He didn’t want you, he wanted the . . . dog,” I say, forcing myself to acknowledge that the creature in her hands might be part of the canine family.

 

For what, dinner?”

 

I don’t respond, because now that the crisis is averted, I’ve managed to shift my attention from the dogs to the girl, and . . .

 

Holy shit.

 

I’m not sure I’ve ever been sucker-punched by equal waves of lust and disdain before.

 

Jenny Dawson is hot as hell.

 

I knew that going in, but up close she’s even more mouthwatering. Her white skirt is short and tight, her legs long and toned.

 

She’s wearing some billowing pink top, so I can’t get a good look at what’s happening there, but it doesn’t really matter. I’ve always been a legs man, and I can’t stop looking.

 

The legs are a 10.

 

The face is a 10.

 

And the long blond hair spilling over one shoulder definitely begs to be spread over a man’s pillow. My pillow.

 

And yet even as my cock says yes, my brain is saying hell no.

 

Gorgeous as she is, she screams diva from the pink toenails to the sky-high stiletto sandals and all the way up to the carefully made-up face.

 

I just turned my entire life upside down trying to get away from a woman exactly like this one, so this is definitely a look, don’t touch situation.

 

But I’m looking. I’m definitely looking.

 

 

 

Good Girl (Love Unexpectedly, #2)Good Girl by Lauren Layne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book # 2 in the Love Unexpectedly series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. The books in this series are really good reads, so I encourage you to read them in the order intended.

Noah AKA Preston meets Jenny when she rents his old home out in the middle of nowhere. She is glad to get away from the buzz and hype of the tabloids and get back to simply writing music. She is not counting on the attraction that shocks them both.

Jenny is famous. Noah cannot get past the part where she lives another life where he does not fit in. Even if they give in to these sparks that are flyin' - where could this really go?

The heat and the banter are what make this book so much fun! As usual, the author gives us a book we cannot put down. There are surprises in store for the reader!


***This ARC copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review only.

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Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart--cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.
 
In 2011, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan, and never looked back.
 
In her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.
 

For a list of all her works, please be sure to check out her official website!
 

 

 

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review 2016-11-01 03:56
Good Story and Characters
Dream Maker: A Nashville Nights Novel - Erin McCarthy

Shane never went out just with the intention of hooking up with a women and sleeping with her it just happens. Shane’s gift seemed to be to get women naked and in his bed. Shane.s mother had moved then to Nashville to give his sister Jolene a chance to have a musical career. She was now a big star now. Shane was a producer starting to gain ground and respect now. Shane’s mother had left his father after having several daily beatings from her husband - Shane’s father. Shane also got beaten when  he stepped in between his mother and father. Shane hated his father using his strength and size against his wife. John loved his mother and sisters more than anything else in the world. Tonight Shane was at a bachelor’s party Chance was one of country’s hottest stars. But he had been sober for a year now. Chance was marrying Shane’s sister. It was two in the a.m  , Shane had studio time planned for the next two days. Shane left and heard an angry young woman and then Shane sees her as she got out of a truck cursing at the driver and then as the truck leaves she starts yelling running in the street for Ben to stop and let her get her purse and phone. Shane was worried that the young woman would get hit as it was dark and there were people out and driving that had been drinking. Soo Shane called to the young woman whose name was Avery  to get out of the road.  Shane offered to give Avery cab fair to get home but she refused as she had been staying with Ben at his family’s. So Avery and Shane sat in a coffee shop as Avery hoped Ben would come back to give her the purse and phone. But Avery found herself very attracted to Shane and he to her and they ended up spending the night together and having sex. Then Avery left as Shane slept but she did leave a note she didn't want Shane or anyone to think she was with Shane for his connections. Avery had not been in Nashville long but Avery had been with Ben for eight years since she was sixteen. But Avery was still a virgin- until Shane-  as Ben had said they should wait until marriage although Avery found out that been had been cheating on her. Avery had nowhere to go as her purse and phone where in Ben’s truck. Avery came to Nashville to try to get a songwriting career going.Avery also wants to meet her half brother. Three months later Avery has landed her dream job and is a junior songwriter for a publisher called Rusty  Truck. Avery runs into Shane at work and he invites her out to dinner.

I liked this story a lot. It was like a fate thing as he was at the right spot when Avery needed to be rescued.. . Avery wa a good person  like she didn’t want anyone to think that she was using Shane for his connections I just liked that. This was an all around good story. The plot was good and the writing. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend

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review 2016-11-01 03:52
Good Story and Characters
Dream Maker: A Nashville Nights Novel - Erin McCarthy

Shane never went out just with the intention of hooking up with a women and sleeping with her it just happens. Shane’s gift seemed to be to get women naked and in his bed. Shane.s mother had moved then to Nashville to give his sister Jolene a chance to have a musical career. She was now a big star now. Shane was a producer starting to gain ground and respect now. Shane’s mother had left his father after having several daily beatings from her husband - Shane’s father. Shane also got beaten when  he stepped in between his mother and father. Shane hated his father using his strength and size against his wife. John loved his mother and sisters more than anything else in the world. Tonight Shane was at a bachelor’s party Chance was one of country’s hottest stars. But he had been sober for a year now. Chance was marrying Shane’s sister. It was two in the a.m  , Shane had studio time planned for the next two days. Shane left and heard an angry young woman and then Shane sees her as she got out of a truck cursing at the driver and then as the truck leaves she starts yelling running in the street for Ben to stop and let her get her purse and phone. Shane was worried that the young woman would get hit as it was dark and there were people out and driving that had been drinking. Soo Shane called to the young woman whose name was Avery  to get out of the road.  Shane offered to give Avery cab fair to get home but she refused as she had been staying with Ben at his family’s. So Avery and Shane sat in a coffee shop as Avery hoped Ben would come back to give her the purse and phone. But Avery found herself very attracted to Shane and he to her and they ended up spending the night together and having sex. Then Avery left as Shane slept but she did leave a note she didn't want Shane or anyone to think she was with Shane for his connections. Avery had not been in Nashville long but Avery had been with Ben for eight years since she was sixteen. But Avery was still a virgin- until Shane-  as Ben had said they should wait until marriage although Avery found out that been had been cheating on her. Avery had nowhere to go as her purse and phone where in Ben’s truck. Avery came to Nashville to try to get a songwriting career going.Avery also wants to meet her half brother. Three months later Avery has landed her dream job and is a junior songwriter for a publisher called Rusty  Truck. Avery runs into Shane at work and he invites her out to dinner.

I liked this story a lot. It was like a fate thing as he was at the right spot when Avery needed to be rescued.. . Avery wa a good person  like she didn’t want anyone to think that she was using Shane for his connections I just liked that. This was an all around good story. The plot was good and the writing. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I recommend

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