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text 2017-03-20 12:05
Cover Reveal - Writing My Own Destiny

 

 

Blurb:

 
 
‘We love Aussies,’ they said, ‘the readers will eat you up’.

Those seven little words got me on a plane to the USA for the ‘Raunchy with a touch of sexiness – Valentine’s Day Author Event’ in Miami.

I’m a romance author. A girl with a vivid imagination, and an overactive sex drive. 

Oh, and yes I’m Australian

When I agreed the so-called love of my life had just walked out on me, leaving me with two little girls. All I wanted was a little fun and some no strings attached fun while I was there. 

It would be my very own ‘what happens in Miami, stays in Miami’.

Unless I fall in love with an American....

There’s no such thing as a happily ever after in real life.
 
 
 
Add to your TBR: http://bit.ly/2mRrOrh
 
 
 
 

About Stacey Johnston:

 

Stacey Johnston was raised in Perth, Western Australia. She is a wife and mum to four children.

Having been an avid reader most of her life, Stacey finds herself most at ease when she can lose herself in stories of romance and mystery.

Stacey has a creative way of bringing suspense into her stories which keeps her reader hanging onto every word to find out how it ends.
 

Follow Stacey Johnston:

 

Instagram: @author_stacey
Facebook Group: http://bit.ly/2eVi0KK
 
 
 
 
 

 

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review 2017-03-14 12:24
What It Takes: A Kowalski Reunion Novel (The Kowalskis) - Shannon Stacey

I was super excited to get a Kowalski vacation of doom. The Kowalski family series is one of my favorite ever. I loved getting to spend time with the entire family, and seeing how the family has grown since the last book.  I will say if you haven't read the rest of the series, you will be lost with all the family dynamics if you try and start with this story. I highly suggest starting with the first book in the series, Exclusively Yours.

 

With all the members of the Kowalski clan in one book, there was lots going on and I'll admit it was hard to keep up with the growing family at times, but I loved every minute with them. What It Takes also had a budding romance between Laney and Ben. While I liked both Laney and Ben as individuals, I had trouble with them as a couple for most of the book. Ben and Laney didn't seem to be on the same page to start a relationship. Laney had just ended her marriage and not ready for anything serious, while Ben was at the point in his life that he was ready for a serious relationship. I thought Laney and Ben had great chemistry, but had trouble buying into them as a couple for the majority of the book. I did love that Laney received immediate acceptance into the Kowalski family, which was so nice as her own parents didn't support her decision to divorce her ex-husband. I also loved that Ben's family also accepted Laney so quickly. 

 

I did end up liking Ben and Laney as a couple by the end of the book. I think since there was so much focus on the Kowalski family, their story took a bit of a backseat at times and it took me until about the last 20% of the story to really become invested in their relationship. 

 

 

Rating: 3.5 Stars (B-)

Review copy provided by publisher

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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 2017-03-01 14:45
Review: What it Takes by Shannon Stacey
What It Takes: A Kowalski Reunion Novel (The Kowalskis) - Shannon Stacey

If you haven’t read any of Shannon Stacey’s Kowalski Family series, stop right now and go pick up the first book, Exclusively Yours, pronto. Any format will suffice, but just grab it and start it soon! I recommend the Kowalski Family series to first-time and veteran romance readers more than any other series, and for good reasons - it is a wonderfully written, joyful, small-town romance series that gives all the feels. So with that said, if you haven’t read the series, I really don’t recommend starting with What it Takes for a couple of reasons. First, this is a “reunion” book, bringing back all of the couples and characters from the previous nine titles. Their stories will be lost on someone who’s not read the series. Second, I feel this story is the weakest of the ten books, and therefore, not a great example of how wonderful this series truly is.

 

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, on to my review… What it Takes is a combination between the love story of Laney Caswell and Ben Rivers and reunion tour of the Kowalski family and friends from the first nine books in the series. Unfortunately, the book tries too hard to cover both storylines, leaving me not quite satisfied with either. I did enjoy my time back in Whitford, ME; however, I felt I had to work too hard to follow along all the going-ons, and frankly, I would have preferred a stronger romantic storyline instead of the reunion.

 

The book opens and closes strong, following the budding romance between Ben and Laney. Ben grew up in Whitford, and is friends with the gang. Now that Northern Star Lodge has become so popular with the 4-wheelers, Josh got the town to offer his friend a job as a paramedic helping on the trails when riders get injured. Laney recently finalized a drawn-out divorce. Now she's starting over in a camper at the Northern Star Lodge where she’s spending the summer helping out the growing business. Once the pair meets, there are sparks flying right from the start. I adore the couple’s awkwardness, especially their initial meeting when Laney takes care of Ben's cuts. The humor is spot on and exactly what I have come to expect from Ms. Stacey. 

 

Just as the couple show signs of a romance, the Northern Star Lodge is overrun by the annual Kowalski Family Camping Trip (of doom), and the reader is treated to a rundown on every thing and everyone Kowalski. Additionally, there is a side story involving Emma and Sean (from Yours to Keep, one of my all-time favorite books!). While I loved seeing my favorite fictional family, I felt there was too much history from other books shared. The author spent a lot of time retelling the connections between the various characters and telling readers what everyone has been up to. As a fan of the series, having read each book (some more than once), it was redundant, and took away time that could have been spent on Ben and Laney’s romance.

 

Back to the romance, Ben and Laney make a great pair, once we get to see them spend some quality time alone. Laney is a strong woman, but she lacks the self-confidence needed to get on with her life after her divorce. She is so worried that she'll make life decisions based on pleasing others that she forgets to look into her own heart and discover what makes her happy. Her fears are understandable so it doesn't bother me when she pushes Ben away time and time again. However because there is so much scene time spent reacquainting readers with the Kowalskis, I felt it took away from any positive progress the couple made. And it’s just too bad because these two lonely people deserved a solid story. 

 

With all that, I truly enjoyed my return to Whitford, ME, and catching up with the Kowalskis. The series is one of my favorites, mixing small town romance and humor; dishing out life lessons and love. While What It Takes has all the hallmark notes that makes the series so fabulous, I felt at times it was weighed down by the reunion aspect of the novel. Ben and Laney's romance often to a side or back seat to catching up with the families. It wasn't until the last 15% of the book that I finally felt a connection to the couple. 

 

My Rating:  B- Liked It, but I had a few small issues

Review copy provided by NetGalley

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

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review 2017-02-21 22:59
Heartbreaker
Heartbreaker: A Filthy Dirty Love Novel - Stacey Kennedy

4.5 Stars
'Heartbreaker' by Stacey Kennedy is book One in the "Filthy Dirty Love" series. This is the story of Maddox and Joss. Maddox is a season cop but only has one night stands. Doesn't do second nights or dates. Joss has just gotten out of police training and is now working under Maddox. Both are fighting their attraction that actually started a year ago when they met at a bar. Neither knew the other person name and they had a quickie in the bathroom. But the memory has been in both of their minds and they can't get over the hot, exciting encounter they had. Joss had just broken up with her boyfriend of six years when she had her sexual encounter with Maddox and to this day she still is holding a grudge against that relationship. Vowing to near get involved for long term again. When they meet that year later, they both at first don't acknowledge their first meeting. Maddox still wants her but wonders if he can trust her know that he is her boss.
This was a really hot and exciting read! I enjoyed reading how these two were coming together and getting over their past. I loved the epilogue..it always such a please when the author puts one in...like a 'cherry on top'.
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