Apr 30, 2016

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BLURRED LINES
Lauren Layne
Released Aug 25th, 2015
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In a novel that’s perfect for fans of Abbi Glines and Jessica Sorensen, USA Today bestselling author Lauren Layne delivers a sexy take on the timeless question: Can a guy and a girl really be “just friends”?

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate—and platonic. Six years later, they’re still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland’s trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker’s boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben’s no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can’t seem to get the hang of casual sex—until she tries it with him.

The arrangement works perfectly . . . at first. The sex is mind-blowing, and their friendship remains as solid as ever, without any of the usual messy romantic entanglements. But when Parker’s ex decides he wants her back, Ben is shocked by a fierce stab of possessiveness. And when Ben starts seeing a girl from work, Parker finds herself plagued by unfamiliar jealousy. With their friendship on the rocks for the first time, Parker and Ben face an alarming truth: Maybe they can’t go back. And maybe, deep down, they never want to.


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I scoop up the last bite of cereal from my bowl as I stand. “We should probably get going,” I say, still chewing. “IKEA gets crazy on Saturdays, and I don’t want to risk them being out of stock on the extra-large shelves.”

“You have that many dolls?” Liz asks, looking torn between being creeped out and feeling completely sorry for me.

“Fifty-seven and counting,” I say, straight-faced. “And actually, Ben, if you’re going to be a while, I might just run upstairs and brush their hair? I noticed last night Polly was starting to develop a tangle.”

Ben drains his coffee, pushes back from the counter, and shakes his head at me. “You poor, sick weirdo.”

Then he turns to Liz, putting his hands on her skinny waist and pulling her forward with an apologetic smile. “You mind if I take a raincheck on breakfast?”

I barely hide the snort. In Ben’s world, raincheck is a synonym for I’m going to intentionally lose your phone number.

In under a minute, Ben is nudging Liz out onto the front porch, and, impressively, she doesn’t even look pissed. I follow them out, just to be annoying, watching as he whispers something in her ear. Her eyes go wide and sympathetic and she gives me an It’s gonna be okay, little buddy smile. She heads toward the sidewalk with a wave.

“What did you just tell her?” I ask, taking a sip of my coffee as we watch her leave.

“I told her you were an abandoned orphan and that the only thing your birth mother left you with was a doll named Polly. Hence the sad obsession.”

I shake my head. “You know I’m going to have to rewrite the house rules. And No dolls will so be going on there.”

Liz turns back and gives one last wave. Both Ben and I wave back, and I can’t help myself. “Enjoy your walk of shame!” I call after her, my voice sweet as sugar.

Liz’s head snaps back as though trying to determine if she heard me correctly, but Ben puts a hand over my face and shoves me back into the house before closing the front door.

He absently rubs a hand over his abs as he looks me up and down.

“You should change. You can’t wear your ratty booty shorts and that ugly T-shirt to IKEA.”

“First of all, you can absolutely wear your rattiest and ugliest T-shirts to IKEA. That’s pretty much the IKEA dress code. And second, we’re not going to IKEA. Really, are you getting so comfortable with your lies that they become fact in your mind?”

“We are going to IKEA,” he says, running both hands through his short brown hair before heading toward the stairs.

“For what?” I ask.

“I need a new dresser.”

“What’s wrong with your old dresser?”

“It broke.”

I wrinkle my nose. “How the hell do you break a dresser?”

He shoots me a look over his shoulder and wiggles his eyebrows.

It takes me only seconds before I put the pieces together. 
“Airhead?” I hitch a thumb over my shoulder at the departed female. “You banged her against the dresser?”

“Hey, she was unusually tall, which gave me the unusual opportunity and prime angle to—”

I slap my hands over my ears and start singing Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” my default protective gesture whenever Ben gets a little too colorful with descriptions of his sexual antics.
Another house rule: Parker absolutely does not want to know what happens in Ben’s bedroom.

“Hey, do you and Lance have plans today?” he asks.

“Maybe you should have asked that before you mandated an IKEA trip. But no, he’s got an all-day study group.”

Lance is getting his MBA from the University of Portland.
“Cool. Let’s grab lunch after.” He heads into his bedroom without looking at me.

Lunch, huh?

I narrow my eyes and sprint up the stairs after him, pushing open his door before he can shut it in my face.

Sure enough, his dresser is definitely leaning unhealthily to one side, and I count two, no make that three, condom wrappers.

He pulls a green polo from the tiny closet in the corner and looks around his messy floor until he finds his jeans.
I wait expectantly.

“What?” he asks.

“Lunch?” I lift my brows. And wait for the explanation.
Ben scratches idly at his slightly stubbled chin. Sharing a bathroom with the guy, I know he shaves every morning, but the stubble seems to be perpetual.

“Well, you know that girl I dated a couple weeks ago? Kim?” he asks. “She wanted me to go to her sister’s engagement brunch, and I told her I was busy all day. But she’s just crazy enough to stop by and see if I’m actually out of the house, so I thought we should be elsewhere. . . .”

I hold up a hand. “Fine. I’ll be your alibi. But I get to pick the restaurant, and you’re buying. Oh, and you have to put the toilet seat down every day for an entire week.”

He raises his hand as though wanting to say something in class. “I’d like to add a house rule: Parker isn’t allowed to tell Ben how to pee.”

You don’t make the house rules. I do. And I didn’t tell you how to pee,” I say exasperatedly as he wrenches open a dresser drawer and pulls out a pair of boxers. “I’m trying to do your future wife a favor by teaching you how not to be a pig.”

He inches by me into the hallway. “Another house rule: Parker shalt not say profanities as future wife to a dedicated bachelor.”

“You’re not a dedicated bachelor. You’re just a typical horny twenty-four-year-old dude, and, again, you don’t make the house rules—hey!”

He shuts the door to our shared bathroom in my face, and too late I realize that I’d missed all the classic signs of a skilled Ben Olsen diversion. He’d just wanted to beat me into the bathroom.

“Don’t use all the hot water!” I shout, pounding my palm on the door.

The door opens just enough for me to see one blue eye blinking back at me. “Didn’t you say Polly had a tangle? You better go get on that.”

The door shuts again, and I pound a second time.
 “Remember, the green towel is mine. The white one is yours.”

I wait for confirmation, but there’s only silence.

“Ben, I know you can hear me! Don’t ‘accidentally’ use mine just because yours smells funny.”

More silence.

Damn it. He is so planning to use my towel.

So, yeah, my best friend is a guy. Doesn’t mean I have to like it all the time.









"Guys and girls can't be just friends. Or not best friends, anyway. Crap gets too complicated. But let's fast forward a few years, shall we? I'm now twenty-four, and I have a public service announcement to make: I was wrong. Guys and girls really can be best friends."

My absolute favorite stories to read are "Friends-to-Lovers" ones. There's just something about seeing the storyline build up and take you from seeing best friends become something more. You root for them. You want to smack the backs of their heads and yell, "Look at what's right in front of you!!"

This book quickly became a favorite of mine. The six-year friendship between Parker and Ben was so great. They had a deep connection that you could feel from the first conversation. Their banter back and forth was as hilarious as it was romantic. I could picture myself being their friend, as well! They were so relatable!

"What if the right guy to scratch my sexual itch is the one who makes me laugh? The one I can talk to. What if the right guy...Has been in front of me?"
After a sudden break-up with her long-term boyfriend, Parker decides that she needs to get herself into the single life by becoming just like her best friend. Problem is, Ben is sort of...well he's...Okay, the boy is a serial dater/player/wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am kind of guy. 

To his surprise, Ben doesn't want her to become another him. He cares about her too much. Watching (reading) the change between these two was beautiful in a way. Jealousy can bring out strange feelings that have been buried for so long. Or maybe they have just been masked all along...

"Why not me?"
"You know why. It would mess everything up."
"Not of we don't let it. We trust each other. Make each other laugh. And we're both attractive..."
"Yes, but not attracted to each other."
"I bet we could get over that."


I could not get enough of Ben and Parker!!! Like I said before, I love a storyline that shows growth between the characters like this. The push and pull that they go through. The struggle to keep their friendship even though it's turning into something more. 

"Two things that go together: you and me. Ben and Parker. I frown. Well. That's new."

I could not have been more pleased with this story!!! I didn't want it to end! I recommend this to anyone that loves friends-to-lovers books--Anyone who loves second chances stories--Basically anyone who loves a good romance story in general!! Get this book!!! You will love it!

"Ben and my no strings attached relationship? Yeah. Turns out thar there are suddenly strings after all. And I'm completely tangled in them." 


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Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of more than a dozen contemporary romance novels.


Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. A year after moving from Seattle to NYC to pursue a writing career, she had a fabulous agent and multiple New York publishing deals. 



Lauren currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and plus-sized Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll likely find her running (rarely), reading (sometimes), or at happy hour (often).



Blog Tour -- Starlight Wishes by M.E. Montgomery

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Starlight Wishes M.E. Montgomery 
Genre: Contemporary Romance





Blurb:

Her wishes dissolved in the darkness…

Jennifer Mitchell grew up knowing what she wanted out of life, and she didn’t let anyone dissuade her. But not all wishes come true. After years of blaming herself for a horrifying experience, she feels her dreams are forever shattered. Attempting to move forward, she searches for someone who can help her escape the nightmare of her past. Many have failed, but now the one person she has sworn to ignore has dared her to dream again and won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Can she trust him? Will this choice be the final piece to her heart, or will it be the one who shatter her life into total disrepair?

His wishes struggled to find light…

Tyler Cranston’s life was planned for him at an early age. He lived his life to please others, only to have everything go tragically wrong. Now as an adult he chooses his own path, living and playing hard and earning a playboy reputation along the way. But being carefree isn’t as ‘freeing’ as he thought it would be, and he longs for something more. Now once again he’s willing to do anything to make someone else happy, but she believes she’s happier without him. How can he prove he is worth the risk when he isn’t even sure himself?
Through tears and whispered wishes in the dark, can Jennifer and Tyler become the light for each other and turn their ordeals of the past into dreams for a future?

(Note: This is a stand alone novel based on characters introduced in North Star and True North; however, you do not need to read them in order to enjoy this one. It may contain minor spoilers for the first two books in the series.)



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About the Author:

M.E. Montgomery has been an avid reader her entire life, and after falling in love with so many characters created by other authors, a new one began to form in her head. With the support of her family, she decided to to write it. She is the homework queen to her four school aged children who think she is a genius in math, science, history and spelling. Fortunately, her biology and elementary school teaching background help her to keep up the expert fa├žade, at least for now. Although born and raised in the Washington DC metro area, she has considered many places to be called home since she left to attend college in North Carolina. She is a proud Navy wife, setting up a home wherever the Navy sends her husband. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves to go camping with her family, drink wine on the deck, and be swept off to romantic getaways.

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Apr 29, 2016

Book Promo & Review -- Sparing the Heart by Tracy Krimmer

Check out the newest book in the Pastime Pursuits Series by Tracy Krimmer!!!



Title: Sparing the Heart (Pastime Pursuits Book 3)
Author: Tracy Krimmer
Release Date: March 17, 2016





Blurb


Realtor and amateur bowler Kate Hayes is the ultimate fixer-upper at this stage in her life. 

Grieving the death of her father, she moves to a brand new town for a fresh frame. 

She quickly realizes, however, that location isn’t everything she’s always preached to her clients when she finds herself falling into the same bad habits. 

To break the cycle, she joins a local bowling league and meets handsome – but taken – meteorologist Kellan Valentine. 

Will their friendship lead to sunny skies or it is another forecast for disaster?









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Tiffany's 5-Star Review

"Sometimes change is the only thing that can save you from yourself."

Oh my gee!

It's no secret how much I love a great romance, but I also love when a little bit of self-discovery happens to the main character within the story.
That's what you get with Kate Hayes.

I was first introduced to Kate in Caching In. She was a secondary character that I just knew had a story behind her. I was excited when I found out she would be getting her own book!!

"Ten pounds shouldn't be hard to lift, but today, it seems impossible. I used this ball for years, won and lost my fair share. Now, holding my past in my hands, ready to do this again, it's surreal. But it is real. This is happening. I'm doing this."

Learning to live again is such a hard thing to do when your life has been turned upside down. As she's still dealing with the grief of losing her father, Kate decides to take a chance on life again. 
There's one thing that's always made her happy...bowling.

By getting back into bowling, she makes new friends (who are amazing by the way!), starts having fun again, and not to mention, meets a guy who could possibly be her saving grace.

"Cupid doesn't necessarily hit at the most opportune times, but even I have to admit with a man named Valentine, that's a sure sign."

Kellen Valentine.
I mean, just the name makes me dreamy smile. 
*Yes, I'm smiling right now*

One aspect that I really enjoyed about this story is that it wasn't an insta-love type thing. Kellen and Kate became friends, and teammates, first before feelings completely took over. Although, I soooo wanted to shove them together many times;)

"A positive spin can be put on anything. With enough determination, focus, and creativity, I can do anything."

One of my favorite things about a Tracy Krimmer book is how relatable the characters are. You can find yourself in one or more personalities.

She also knows how to bring a positive outcome when dealing with personal issues. You cheer on Kate throughout this book! You want her to find herself again--to enjoy what she thought she'd never have again...pure happiness.

"You make your own path. You decide your destiny."

I honestly loved everything about this entire story!
From the bowling itself, to the inner struggle of belonging, to the humor, to the blossoming love between two unlikely people, and the discovery of a life worth truly living!

I hope everyone who reads this book smiles a little, laughs a little, swoons a little, and takes a little something from it.

Well done, once again, Tracy!! 


"I tried so hard through my whole life to make work my main priority and spare my heart of any pain. I never realized that sometimes in life you need to experience the hurt to appreciate what's in front of you. And sometimes it's important to take a step back and let things happen."



















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Tracy's love of writing began at nine years
 old. She wrote stories about aliens at school,
 machines that did homework for you, and
 penguins. Now she pens books and short 
stories about romance. She loves to read a
 great book, whether it be romance or science
 fiction, or any genre in between, or pop 
popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV 
shows or movies. She's been known to crush
 a candy or two as well. Her first romance
 novel, Pieces of it All, released in May 2014 
followed in December with Caching In, a 
romance mixed with the hobby of geocaching.
 She also has written several short stories.
 

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Cover Reveal -- LoveStruck: Tainted Love by Lane Hart





Lane Hart’s newest release drops on May 31st!

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Blurb
Finding love just got a little easier…

What if I told you that there’s a magic potion that could lead you to the man of your dreams?
Would you drink it?

Josie Carter swore that there was no such thing as a “love potion” and that the crazy lady selling it at the hippie festival was a complete sham.
But a tiny little thread of hope is what made her try a sip.

A sip that caused a series of unfortunate events to unfold, wreaking havoc in her life but leading her to a man who just might be everything she’s been missing.

Before time runs out she’ll have to figure out if it’s true love, or if it’s all just too good to be true. 






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New York Times bestselling author Lane Hart was born and raised in North Carolina. She continues to live in the south with her husband, two daughters, and several pets named after Star Wars characters.
When Lane's not writing or reading sexy novels, she can be found in the summer on the beaches of the east coast, and in the fall watching football, cheering on the Carolina Panthers.

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