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review 2019-01-24 13:06
The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me
The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me - Olivia Hinebaugh

​Best friends Lacey, Theo and Evita have their year planned out- do good in school, practice their music apply to Berklee and live together in Boston jamming together with their band.  However, things begin to change for Lacey.  Lacey's mom was a teenage mom, now a labor and delivery nurse who has always been upfront and direct with Lacey about sex, consent, protection and staying healthy.  Lacey has no experience with this herself, she has never even been kissed.  But when her senior seminar class begins to preach abstinence only education and being fearful or ashamed of sex, Lacey steps up in order to make sure her classmates are safe and protected, Lacey becomes a guru for sex questions and she, Theo and Evita help pass out condoms and other forms of protection to students.  The school is not appreciative of their efforts, however and suspends the trio for passing out lewd material.  In between all of this, Lacey and Theo realize that they have feelings for one another and begin to navigate a sexual relationship of their own.

The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me is a wonderful, sex-positive and health conscious story that is appropriate and informational for young adults while being entertaining.  I loved Lacey's character as well as her mom.  Even though Lacey was inexperienced, she held a wealth of knowledge thanks to her mother's open attitude and positive conversations.  Not everyone can have a mom like Lacey's though, which is why it is important for schools to teach about sexual health.  The reaction from the school was very surprising to me, it seemed to me that if they could turn a blind eye to all of the pregnant girls maybe they could do the same for a girl passing out condoms.  I do wish that Lacey, Evita and Theo would have worked with the adults more for their project instead of going rouge.  I do like how everything panned out in the end.  Another great aspect to the story was the friendship between Lacey, Theo and Evita.  Talking things out with friends is another step in healthy relationships and these guys had a lot of difficult conversations.  The straightforward conversations between Lacey and Theo about consent and sex are wonderful examples of how to start a sexual relationship.  In reading these conversations, they did seem a little awkward and uncomfortable to me, but I also think that is the reality of the situation.  Lacey and Theo's budding romance as well as their band add to the excitement of this fun and realistic young adult novel. 

This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 

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review 2019-01-24 11:00
Blog Tour & Giveaway with Excerpt & New Release Review! Crave the Heat (The Smokejumpers #2) Marnee Blake!





Hello, Readers! Today, I am joining the Crave the Heat Tour and sharing it with you along with a bit about the 1st book in The Smokejumpers series by Marnee Blake as well! Enjoy and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!








The Smokejumpers #2
by Marnee Blake
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pub Date: 1/15/2019

Smokejumper Dak Parrish has come home to Oregon to fight fires—and to mend fences with his family. He left the Warm Springs Tribal Reservation after feuding with his father. Now, with tribal lands threatened by an arsonist, Dak gets a chance to make amends by acting as a liaison between the reservation and the forest service criminal investigator—a woman who sparks a surprising and hungry flame in him.


After a trauma on the east coast, Heidi Sinclair left DC to start fresh as a criminal investigator in Oregon. But her first serious investigation provides one stubborn obstacle after another—including an arrogant firefighter she suspects knows more than he's saying. Though she tries to battle her attraction to Dak, it’s too late. As they track down the arsonist, someone will do whatever it takes to keep old secrets buried, even if it turns everything Heidi and Dak have fought for to ashes . . .




Dak Parrish has come home to Oregon to fight fires and hopefully mend his relationship with his family. Criminal investigator, Heidi Sinclair wants a fresh start but her first investigation in Oregon provides one stubborn obstacle in the form of an arrogant firefighter.


Heidi and Dak are strong, bold characters that are easily identified with and readers easily become caught up in their story. The chemistry between Heidi and Dak sizzles with lots of fiery heat and the romance burns at a slow pace that builds to combustible proportions as Heidi does her best to fight their attraction. Lots of emotional turmoil peppers this story throughout and keeps readers and characters on tender hooks as Heidi tries to overcome the trauma of her past and Dak tries to mend the broken family fences.


The plot is suspenseful and fast paced with lots of intriguing mystery that keeps readers glued to the pages with surprising twists and old secrets that add to the tension building suspense. The characters and their situation is what really makes this story and grabs readers’ by their imagination with those old secrets adding tension to the relationship and in the investigation. Once again, the author provides well written words that paints vivid imagery that captures the imagination and brings the story and the wonderful characters to life.






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Crave the Heat is the 2nd book in the Smokejumpers series!


They’re the most elite firefighters in the world–smokejumpers. They’re the first to respond when a wildfire is too isolated for firefighters to access, parachuting in to fight the flames. They know what it means to endanger their lives.

Yet the greatest risk might be to their hearts…


Author - http://marneeblake.com/the-smokejumpers/


Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/239196-the-smokejumpers


Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L6MCV7Z?ref=series_rw_dp_labf




1 Tempt the Flames
2 Crave the Heat


3 Risk the Burn ( August 27, 2019)






AVAILABLE in print or ebook


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The Smokejumpers #1


Meg Buchanan is determined to prove she didn’t get the trainer job in Redmond, Oregon’s rookie smokejumper class because of her family’s long history as firefighters there—or out of pity. But if teaching one of her own brothers isn’t challenging enough, Lance Roberts is in the new class of recruits. Once her brother’s best friend, and her first, unrequited crush, he’s also the son of the man responsible for her dad’s death. Lance is stunned to realize that this confident redhead is the stubborn girl he once dreamed about. There’s no way he can fall for her now. He needs to focus all his attention on his training—and discovering the truth about the long-ago fire that killed both of their fathers. But as the undeniable heat between them threatens to ignite, someone attempts to put an end to Lance’s amateur sleuthing—and his life…




Review Info


See my 4 Star review of Tempt the Flames at


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My nose has been buried in a book my entire life. My mother would catch me, flashlight in hand, hiding under the covers to “finish this chapter.” A lifelong reader herself, she’d usually sigh, mutter something about how I’d ruin my eyes reading in the dark, and then leave me to it.


After all, she often stayed up past bedtime reading, too. She couldn’t judge.

For me, books are magic, so earning a BA in English Literature from Dickinson College was a perfect fit. It wasn’t a big jump from studying literature to teaching it, and I spent a few years as a high school English teacher.


When my first son was born, I finally got serious about putting fingers to keyboard, and I haven’t looked back since.


I have been humbled to be a finalist of both RWA’s prestigious RITA® and Golden Heart® contests. My writing has been awarded the Daphne du Maurier award, the PRISM award, and the Golden Leaf award. I am represented by the amazing Helen Breitwieser at Cornerstone Literary Agency.


And my first born? I caught him recently, up way past his bedtime, trying to hide the book he’d snuck into bed. I sighed and mumbled something about how he’d ruin his eyes reading in the dark.


Then, I walked away, grinning. After all, like my mother before me, I can’t judge.



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review 2019-01-24 10:55
Release Week Review! Rise of an Alpha Moon (Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves #8) Jodi Vaughn!



Thanks for joining me, Readers! Today, I am sharing another new release with you. Rise of An Alpha Moon - part 1 of a 3 part serial by Jodi Vaughn! Enjoy & don't forget to add Rise of Alpha Moon to your shelves!







***PART 1 of a 3 PART Serialized Novel!!***

Pack Master, Barrett Middleton gave his life in exchange to protect his Wolf Pack from a blood debt. He was dead. Supposed to stay dead. But his Guardian and a powerful Fae took it upon themselves to resurrect him. Ryker and Celeste Nordstrom don’t understand what they’ve done.


Barrett struggles to walk the line between being alive and being dead. When a beautiful female wolf named Jacey comes around, he’s faced with a choice—give into the desires of his heart and soul…or stay away and protect her from the darkness threatening to swallow Barrett whole.




This is a serial romance with three parts and Barrett’s story is off to an engaging and suspenseful start. Barrett of course, is struggling with walking that very fine line between being alive and being dead and things only become more complicated when a the beautiful wolf named Jacey comes around forcing him into making a difficult choice. Both Jacey and Barrett are strong, captivating characters and they easily draw readers into their story and ensure that readers will want to know the whole story. Their romance is a slow burn so far, but their chemistry sizzles with electricity and their attraction to each other is formidable with the both characters immersed in emotional turmoil from the past, the story grips the readers’ hearts while assuring that these characters are very alive.


The plot is steady to fast paced and keeps readers in suspense from beginning to end as it flips from Barrett and Jacey to The Arkansas Werewolves and what’s happening there which is quite emotional as well as thrilling. The author portrays the characters and the turmoil of the story with great detail which brings the story to life and ensures that readers easily connect with the characters. I was completely caught up in this story throughout and while I really wish that it wasn’t serialized because I really don’t such cliffhangers, I really can’t wait to read the rest of Barrett’s story.






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Rise of the Alpha Moon is the 8th book in the Rise of the Arkansas Werewolves series.


Author - http://jodivaughn.com/rise-of-the-arkansas-werewolves/


1 By the Light of the Moon
2 Beneath a Blood Lust Moon
3 Desires of a Full Moon
4 Darkside of the Moon
5 Shadows of a Wolf Moon
6 Secrets of a Silver Moon
7 Fall of a Blood Moon
8 Rise of An Alpha Moon Volume 1



9 Rise of An Alpha Moon Volume 2

January 29, 2019





10 Rise of An Alpha Moon Volume 3

February 25, 2019





AVAILABLE in print or ebook


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Apple https://apple.co/2QmeaOS

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Kobo http://bit.ly/2r5v6u1





Jodi is a USA TODAY best selling author who was born and raised in Mississippi. Her deep Southern roots and love of the paranormal led her to write Southern Paranormal Romance. She also writes contemporary romance in addition to paranormal romance and urban fantasy. She currently lives in Northeast Arkansas with her handsome husband, brilliant son, adopted swan, and yellow lab that is fond of retrieving turtles when duck season is over. She’s recently added a black lab named Harley and a German Anatolian puppy named Lulu. They both love eating anything not nailed down.




Website - http://jodivaughn.com/


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review 2019-01-24 07:10
Release Blitz w/Review - Royce


Royce by USA TODAY bestselling author Kat Mizera is available now!




Just because opposites attract, doesn’t mean they belong together...


Professional hockey player Royce Lenahan is no stranger to chaos. He grew up surrounded by it, so as an adult he likes things nice and orderly: His apartment, his hockey schedule, even his dates. When his best friend and teammate asks him to take his visiting sister to a rock concert, he isn’t expecting the sultry, leather-clad vixen that has his jaw dropping.


Force of nature Kristina Papadakis feels like two separate people sometimes: The demure, proper Greek girl she was raised to be, and the badass rock musician she could be. She’s never had a problem keeping her worlds apart until her brother’s straight-laced but oh-so-hot teammate stumbles into both of them, creating a collision she wasn’t looking for.


As Royce and Tina explore an unexpected but undeniable passion, they soon discover that love isn’t always enough. Opposites might attract, but they’ll have to learn to compromise if they want to last. Royce has to be willing to give up control long enough to tame Tina’s gypsy soul, before she wanders away for good.


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Las Vegas Sidewinders: RoyceLas Vegas Sidewinders: Royce by Kat Mizera
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #10, in the Las Vegas Sidewinders series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. To avoid spoilers, and to enjoy and understand the series, I recommend reading this series in order.

Royce is a professional hockey player who likes things to be just so. What he never sees coming is the little sister of his best friend. She is all woman and he has no problem taking notice.

Kristina is a proper Greek girl, at least some of the time. Other times, she is a real rock guru and future star. She notices Royce after an incident that they both barely make it through. She also notes how much more of a gentleman, and what a caring individual he can be.

This was such an amazing book. I loved getting to know these characters. No one expects either of them to come out of their comfort zones - so it was awesome to read about! There are some familiar characters you will see in this story as well. Never disappointed with this great series.

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

View all my reviews







About the Author:


Kat Mizera is a South Florida native. Born in Miami Beach with a healthy dose of wanderlust, she’s called Los Angeles, Long Island, upstate New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Atlanta home. She’s never been able to pick which locale is her favorite, but if pressed, she’d probably choose the west coast.


Kat’s a typical PTA mom with a wonderful and supportive husband (Kevin) and two amazing boys (Nick and Max). When she’s not writing, she’s either scrapbooking or indulging in her second love (after writing) – traveling. Greece is one of her favorite places in the world. She loves that Athens is a big city with a small-town feel. The food, beaches and culture keep her going back as often as possible. She hopes to retire there one day so she can spend her days writing books on the beach. Kat has been a working freelance writer for nearly 30 years. She sold her first article–a review of a rock concert–for $10 in 1985. Since then she’s been an entertainment journalist, waitress, bartender, legal assistant, food critic, magazine editor, substitute teacher, and sports writer. She also spent some time working at A & M Records in Los Angeles.


As you can guess from her series, the Las Vegas Sidewinders, Kat loves hockey. She is also a freelance hockey writer, covering her favorite team, the Florida Panthers, and any other teams that have an interesting story. The rest of the time, she writes novels: sexy, romantic fiction that she hopes makes you as happy as it makes her. There’s something enticing about hockey players and romance…


Connect with Kat:


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

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2lzRBG6

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorKatMiz

Bookbub: http://bit.ly/2li6zRe

Website: http://www.katmizera.com





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review 2019-01-24 06:14
Playing for Keeps - Jill Shalvis

This book is #7, in the Heartbreaker Bay series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this great series in order.


Caleb has a lot going for him.  Successful, charming, keeps his promises, etc.  So when he co-owns a loving animal with someone who has a hard time trusting him, he is shocked.  Sadie has been involved in a sort of hate-you thing with him and now he is trying to bring it to an end.  He needs her to understand him on a new level.


Sadie cannot believe it when she realizes that Caleb has been honest with her.  He means what he says too?  How can a girl hold off from starting the feels?  She and Lollipop will just have to work at it.  Right?  Well ok, she will just work at it.


This was such a fun and sexy book!  Right from the very beginning I was laughing and devouring each page as fast as I could.  Always a fan of this series, this new title was a great installment.  Very much worth the read.  I highly recommend it!!  I give this a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This ARC copy was given by Edelweiss and its publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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