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text 2017-07-26 00:05
Exciting August Releases!
The Address: A Novel - Fiona Davis
Stay with Me: A novel - Ayobami Adebayo
Surrender to Me (The Lawsons of Louisiana) - Donna Hill
The Paris Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal
All Is Beauty Now - Sarah Faber
To Wager Her Heart (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) - Tamera Alexander
Seeking Sarah: A Novel - ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Pretty, Nasty, Lovely - Rosalind Noonan
Breakfast in Bed (The Innkeepers) - Rochelle Alers
The Other Girl - Erica Spindler

There are many more August releases than the ones I've chosen to read. In choosing books that interest me, I'm trying to discern if the writing and plot are enough. I've listened to about 2-5% in each of these books and know, thus far, we will do well. 

 

I realize that it's best for me to get in with more than one book so, that I'm already interested to move on to the next. Reading one book at a time and then picking up another that doesn't hold my attention leaves me blank for days. I lose steam and dawdle. Already I have finished 6 books in July, with this method, and am so pleased. I could've read more if I would've adopted this way much sooner.

 

Here's the release dates for these books and others that aren't shown that I may read;

 

August 1

 

Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah

The Address by Fiona Davis

Locked in Temptation by Brenda Jackson

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo

Surrender to Me by Donna Hill

 

 

 

August 8

 

The Paris Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal

All is Beauty Now by Sarah Faber

To Wager Her Heart Tamera Alexander

A Promise of Ruin by Cuyler Overholt

 

 

August 15

 

Seeking Sarah by Roshanda Tate Billingsley

The Party by Elizabeth Day

The Wardrobe Mistress by Meghan Masterson

 

 

August 22

 

The Other Girl by Erica Spindler

 

 

August 29

 

Pretty, Nasty, Lovely by Rosalind Noonan

Breakfast in Bed by Rochelle Alers

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-07-21 22:04
Laugh Material
Louisiana Longshot - Jana Deleon

 In the beginning, I didn't believe that I would like the main character. Her job isn't exactly something that I can identify with and I feared that such an emotionally detached person would be off putting.

 

Boy was I wrong. The supporting cast of characters are a rainbow in her otherwise black and white world. Within the story you see the protagonist begin to allow others to color her outlook while still remaining as strong and unique character.

 

The comedy is a little unexpected at first, but you quickly learn to expect unexpected antics from some of the supporting characters. I often found myself laughing out loud and I cannot wait to read every book in the series. It is a blessed break from reality, but is set in a location that is easy to imagine.

 

5 Stars!

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text 2017-05-31 08:10
Blog Tour - Hart Of The Storm

 

 

Title: Hart of the Storm

Author: Syke Turner

Genre: Adult Romance

Release Date: May 31, 2017

Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

 

 

 

 

Amberlee Hart has always had it easy. Her beauty and ability to sing like a Siren have made her a star in Louisiana. Though her dreams are much bigger than “the boot.” Jeb Storm has always been a tortured soul, judged for his upbringing. Music has always been his escape. While driving to the most important audition of his life, Jeb stops to help a woman in distress. Amberlee instantly recognizes the “boy from the wrong side of the tracks” who frequented her thoughts "way back when". Forgotten attraction is rekindled and a relationship is formed. Passion wars with beautiful music as both pursue their dreams. There can be only one star. Will the man who's always had to fight for everything in his life forfeit his dream for the one thing he’s never had… love? Will the woman who's never doubted she'd find fame compromise her dreams for the perfect man? Can love conquer the Hart of the Storm?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skye Turner is an avid reader and an editor turned writer. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University where she majored in Mass Communications, centering her studies in Journalism. She lives in small town Louisiana with her husband, 2 kids, and 8 fur babies. When she's not chained to her laptop pounding out sexy stories she can usually be found playing Supermom, reading, gardening (playing in the dirt), or catching up on her family oriented blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-01-27 00:00
Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery #1)
Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery #1) - Jana Deleon 4.5 stars.

Just like others have said -this book is a bit like the movie "Miss Congeniality" and it is since Fortune is a CIA agent ...but instead of a group of beauty queens trailing around, Fortune has what is known in Sinful Louisiana, as the Geritol Mafia getting her into mischief *rolls eyes*. So think of this as a mix of The Godfather, Miss Congeniality, and Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich series!

This book was a hoot and I got a LOT of chuckles out of it. I loved the mystery and action scenes. The character's are well written and the plot/mystery very well planned and executed. There are a couple of really bad and very humorous typo's -but it didn't put me off.

I have already started book 2 and instead of the usual week's month's or even years going by the next book start the very next day. I loved this book and have very high hopes for the rest of the series.
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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
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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.
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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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