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review 2020-05-08 08:10
Review Tour - IOU

We're celebrating the release of IOU by Kristy Marie! Don't miss this sexy, new adult stand alone! One-click yours today!

 
Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
Designed by Letitia Hasser of RBA Designs

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Take a card.
Owe him a favor.
I promise, you'll regret it.
 
IOU, a sexy, new adult standalone from Kristy Marie is out now! 
 
 
Blurb:
 
It’s official.
 
I, Ainsley James, am crazy.
 
Desperate and crazy.
 
It’s the only explanation as to why I’m nauseous, standing outside Maverick Lexington’s door.
 
I mean, it’s possible the stories about his deck of playing cards—with the words IOU scrawled across the back—are just rumors of the ruthless quid pro quo deals he barters.
But the flutters in my stomach know better.
 
Maverick is as cold as they come.
 
But, I need one of those cards.
 
I NEED to owe Maverick Lexington a favor…
 
Whatever the terms, I’m willing to pay.
 
Because, at this point, I have nothing left to lose.
 
 
EXCERPT:
 
I step back just as the door swings open with force, and a rock hard body fills up the empty space. My gaze starts at the top, noting the firm grip he has on the molding. The muscles strain against his taut skin, flexing as he leans forward, cocking his head to the side. His face—

Oh shit.

This is bad—really, really bad.

“Oh no.”

His scowl curves up into a lazy grin.

“Waitress,” he purrs. His voice has this melody of a luring song— one meant to pull you in and destroy your heart in a matter of seconds.

It doesn’t affect me, though.

“Dick at table forty-three, the princess who needed his steak warmed.”

Slap me with a stupid sticker because I have lost my damn mind. Why in the hell did I just say that? Yes, he was the rude-ass who insisted I warm up his food, and yes, he’s the one I dumped said food on, but that was yesterday, and I have moved on. Hopefully, so has he.

“Dick, huh?” He drops one of his massive arms and rubs a spot just above—ah damn, his nipple is pierced. Not to mention the whole right side of his ribs are covered in a massive tribal tattoo. Even on his left, a smaller tattoo wraps from his back and ends on his stomach, teasing me to gaze longingly at the ridiculous set of six-pack abs between them.

Why is life not fair?

I drag in a deep breath and try to let any animosity of yesterday go. “Can we start over?”

That lazy grin of his falls in an instant. “No.”

No. Okay. Well, that’s not good.

Sighing, I watch as his body goes rigid, and his arm goes back to the top of the door frame, blocking any view behind him. His icy blue eyes stare back at me unyielding and hard, not the same guy that grinned when he first saw me. “I’m sorry about last night.” Hopefully, my sincerity will soften him.

“What can I do for you?”

Okay, so we’re going with a hard no on being softened.

With no hint of emotion, other than the apparent tone of boredom, one can surmise that Maverick will not be bought with sweetness and apologies. I’m going with plan B, which I’m making up as I go.

“Are you Maverick?” I could have said that a little stronger and without the slight tremor.

He drops his hands and reaches into his back pocket, producing a handful of playing cards. Oh no. I’m not prepared for it to get real this fast. What if those two idiots in class were right? What if I’m never the same after this?

“How much is it worth to you?” He drawls, producing a marker.
 
 
 
IOUIOU by Kristy Marie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ainsley has had a tramatic experience. With it she meets the local Fire Department Captain, and the local College Mafia. In her grief she is learning people can surprise you.

Maverick is used to having people fear him. One woman is ripping all of his careful and staged world apart. All because he cannot resist helping her.

This book was the true meaning of a slow burn. While I was not sure whether I liked the premise, I kept reading since the banter was witty and sharp. I fell in love with the characters before they even met. Now this author is one of my fave's and being added to my 1-click list.


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

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About the Author:
 

A self-proclaimed reader enthusiast, Kristy started her writing journey back in 2009, reading and writing when her daughter was napping. Establishing her place in Corporate America (because something had to pay the bills), writing became her dirty, late-night secret.


After eight long years, she released her debut novel, Commander in Briefs. It was a long road, but she can honestly say, the road less traveled had the most beautiful sights.

The only thing Kristy Marie loves as much as reading and writing is sports! Especially those that require muscles and a nice ass. Her favorite is, and always will be, baseball. She's such a fan, that she even married her small town's high school's centerfielder where they still live with their three badass kids. 
 
 
 
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review 2020-05-08 03:34
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IOU - Kristy Marie

Ainsley has had a tramatic experience.  With it she meets the local Fire Department Captain, and the local College Mafia.  In her grief she is learning people can surprise you.

 

Maverick is used to having people fear him.  One woman is ripping all of his careful and staged world apart. All because he cannot resist helping her.

 

This book was the true meaning of a slow burn.  While I was not sure whether I liked the premise, I kept reading since the banter was witty and sharp.  I fell in love with the characters before they even met.  Now this author is one of my fave's and being added to my 1-click list.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

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

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text 2019-11-21 19:47
Misc Christmas Books Round-Up
Little Elf Ray Saves the Day - Ross Hammond
Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy - Maxine Sylvester,Maxine Sylvester
How Pidge Saved Christmas - Chad Baucom,Lera Luzhanskya
The Advenutures of Nature Nate and Chompy's Christmas Tree - Kristy Hammill,Micah Hoeschele,Evgenia Dolotovskaia
My Teacher is an Elf - Joey and Melanie Acker
Never Let a Unicorn Meet a Reindeer - Diane Alber
The Night The Elves Took Back Christmas - Rachel Burlew,Lucas Silva
The Mouse in the Hammock: A Christmas Tale - Bethany Brevard
A Silly Milly Christmas - Sheri Wall
Christmas Friends - Uncle Amon
The best of the bunch is Never Let a Unicorn Met a Reindeer which is totally great. Adventures of Nature Nate gets a nod for poc. Ronaldo's story is good. Christmas Friends is nice. If you have a dog you will like Silly Milly.
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text 2019-06-19 13:17
TeaStitchRead's 25 Essentials - The First Five
Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - Beverly Cleary
Double Love - Francine Pascal,Kate William
The Fowlers of Sweet Valley - Francine Pascal,Kate William
Kristy's Great Idea - Ann M. Martin
Much Ado About Nothing - Paul Werstine,Barbara A. Mowat,William Shakespeare

To know me is to look at my bookshelves....

 

Juvenile Fiction

1. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary - the book that started it all. Read this in Kindergarten (the second time - I had to repeat this grade due to a move that included losing my school records). Re-reading this book a couple of years ago helped me gain patience when dealing with my kids because it reminded me that little people need understanding as much (or more so) than they can understand at the time. Ramona was NOT the chose one, she was not the popular or fashionable one, she was the rest of us and that was okay with her. 

 

Middle Grade/YA

2. Double Love (Sweet Valley High #1)/Secrets (Sweet Valley High #2)/Dear Sister (Sweet Valley High #6) created by Francine Pascal - I bought the first two books in the series the summer between first and second grade. My mom didn't notice that these books were rated for sixth grade (12 years) or older, she was just happy I was entertained by myself. The third book has the first "intimate" scene I have read (at age 8 - what would Ramona think?) and it has stayed with me long after I have read a ton of racier stuff - the scene where Bruce Patman gets to second base with Elizabeth Wakefield is by now the stuff of SV legend. I ended up reading any book in the series I could get at the school and public libraries and then moved on to the first eight books of Sweet Valley University by the time I hit 13 years old. 

 

And because everything is new again, I now listen to two podcasts that go book by book through the series and we (podcast hosts and listeners alike) think - WHY DID I READ THIS STUFF? So much toxic masculinity....

 

3. The Fowlers of Sweet Valley (Sweet Valley Historical Sagas #3) created by Francine Pascal - this book is special to me because it was my first historical romance book and it told the story of events in French history from the French point of view without adding in American or British biases into it. This is where I learned about French resistance during the World Wars - not my history books/class. I became a bit of Francophile in my teens and ended up taking five years of French (8th - 12th grades) because of this book. 

 

4. Kristy's Big Idea (The Babysitter's Club #1) by Ann M. Martin - this book started the series that was 180 degrees from Sweet Valley and the idealized California life in the 1980s. Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Dawn, Jessie, Mallory and the others were much more relatable to a kid growing up in NJ and PA. And surprising for kid lit in the 1980s, really diverse - disability/medical conditions (Stacey has diabetes), Asian-American family (Claudia and her family, including her grandmother who was in the internment camps of the 1940s) are just two examples of how Martin gave real girls a voice within the series.

 

Classics

5. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare - for me this is the story of Benedick and Beatrice and the rest of the cast is just there to witness their awesome banter and saving Hero. This is the play that made me realize I really love the enemies-to-lovers trope.   

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-02-02 14:45
I love it!
Gypsy Origins - Kristy Cunning

Okay, so so far this is the best book in this series!

I love the way we learn more about Violet and what tape of monster she is o rather where her monster originated from because I'm still not really sure about the whole species thing but we learn more and more about Arion, Vance, Emit and Damien's past and I'm really intrigued.

I have to say that in this book Emit was my favorite simply because so far he was the only one of the guys who had sex with Violet and didn't over analyse it later on like Vance or Damien did and even though those two got their shot at a manege with Violet in this instalment, Emit still is my favourite for now.

Arion is batshit crazy but thanks to the background story I kind of understand him a little more but I'm still not clear what he really wants in the end and I suspect that he doesn't know it either.

I can't wait for the next book to come out ad am really happy that there will be more books to come because I love Violet and the guys and I don't want to say goodbye to them just yet

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