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January 13, 2021

[Book Blitz & Giveaway] Fetching by Kylie Gilmore

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Unleashed Romance
Book 1 : Fetching


Author : Kylie Gilmore

Number of pages : 226

Publication date : January 12th 2021

Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance


Synopsis
He’s her knight in shining armor. Only she’s no damsel in distress.

Wyatt
I’m a self-made billionaire with a soft spot for damsels in distress, so when I move to the quirky lakeside community of Summerdale, I immediately zero in on the woman I most want to…ahem, rescue. Only the stubborn woman refuses to cooperate.

Sydney
When Satan, aka Wyatt Winters, moves to town, I do my best to be welcoming. After all, I’m the owner of the historic restaurant and bar that he keeps showing up at, despite criticizing nearly everything about it. Deep breath. I might’ve lost my cool and made a rude gesture in his direction. And told him off. How was I to know he was considering investing in my place?

Did I mention I’m in debt up to my eyeballs and every bank has turned me down?

Still, there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell I’d ever work with him. Or admit he fires me up in every way.

And then a snowstorm traps us together and—

I’m melting.

This romantic comedy stands alone with a swoonworthy happy-ever-after! No cliffhangers.

NOTE: A portion of Fetching’s book sales will go to Pets for Vets, a nonprofit that trains shelter dogs to be therapy companions for military veterans with PTSD.

Unleashed Romance Series
Fetching (Book 1)
Dashing (Book 2)
Sporting (Book 3)
Toying (Book 4)
Blazing (Book 5)


AUTHOR BIO

Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Unleashed Romance series, the Rourkes series, the Happy Endings Book Club series, the Clover Park series, and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes humorous romance that makes you laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water.

Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, reading hot romance, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.


Excerpt
Sydney

Wyatt catches my eye. “Appetizers are good.”

Pleased that he finally said something positive about my place, I close the distance, stopping at his table. “Glad you’re enjoying them.”

He leans back in his chair. “Have you ever thought of upgrading the dinner menu?”

My temper flares, but I manage to keep a civil tone. “No. Locals love it.”

“Not saying it’s bad, just unoriginal. I mean, every meal comes with either French fries or baked potato. A new chef might bring some life to the place. Isn’t that what tonight’s fundraiser’s all about? Keeping this place open?” He taps the table. “With the right management, a better chef, this place has potential.”

I manage this place, and the chef is a family friend. I bare my teeth. “Seems you know a lot about the restaurant business.”

“Not at all. I just appreciate a good one.”

I jam my hands on my hips and glare at him. Obviously he thinks we’re a bad one! I’m so furious I can’t even speak.

He cocks his head. “Cindy, are you cross with me?”

“Who the hell do you think you are?” I snap. “Coming in here and insulting my place left and right! If you don’t like it, don’t come back.”

He arches a brow. “Since you own the place, maybe we could talk about some serious improvements. You don’t know what you don’t know, am I right?”

I bristle. “This place was my great-grandfather’s, passed down the generations, and now it’s mine.” I leave out that Drew is the one who actually inherited it and declared it a lost cause because of the debt dragging it down. I took it over rather than let him sell it. “It’s an institution in this town, and we’re doing just fine without your city snark. How dare you walk in here and spew your judgment over all of us!”

He smirks. “I don’t recall spewing.”

My heartbeat roars in my ears, anger clouding all good reason. I desperately want to smack that smirk off his face.

He gestures to his ale, which he barely touched. “I didn’t like this one. Could I get one of those local Connecticut ales you mentioned?”

I stare at his glass of ale. I want to throw it in his face and watch his shock as it drips down his beard, fancy sport coat, and dress shirt.

He chuckles. “That’s an evil look in your eye, Cindy. You’re thinking about dumping this drink on my head, aren’t you?”

How did he know? “Not at all,” I lie.

He leans close and smirks. “I dare you.”





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January 07, 2021

[Book Blitz & Giveaway] Witch Unexpected by Debbie Cassidy

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The Thirteenth Sign
Book 1 : Witch Unexpected


Author : Debbie Solaris

Number of pages : 368

Publication date : December 29th 2020

Genres: Adult,  Romance, Urban Fantasy


Synopsis
An ancient war, a tenuous truce, a delicate balance.

Sounds ominous right?

It is.

The tri-pack collective has existed for centuries—three dire wolf packs bound to the most powerful coven in the world through a single witch born under the thirteenth sign of the zodiac.

Through this covenant they keep an ancient threat unlike any other at bay.

At the next blood moon, I’ll be that witch—bound to the three leaders of the dire wolf packs. Responsible for keeping the peace.

That is If I make it to the blood moon alive, because someone is trying to kill me.

Now the hot-headed wolves are going to have to work together to make sure our inventive little murderer doesn’t succeed.

And me?

Well, I don’t take kindly to being targeted, so whoever’s gunning for me better watch out, because they just became the hunted.

An Urban Fantasy Romance filled with witches, shifters, warlocks, Gargoyles, Ghosts and Vampires.




AUTHOR BIO

Debbie Cassidy lives in England, Bedfordshire, with her three kids and very supportive husband.
Coffee and chocolate biscuits are her writing fuels of choice, and she is still working on getting that perfect tower of solitude built in her back garden.

Obsessed with building new worlds and reading about them, she spends her spare time daydreaming and conversing with the characters in her head - in a totally non psychotic way of course.
She writes Urban Fantasy, Fantasy and Reverse Harem Fantasy. All her books contain plenty of action, romance and twisty plots.







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January 02, 2021

[Review] Driving Him For Christmas by Dean Cornwall

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Driving Him For Christmas



Author : Dean Cornwall

Number of pages : 108

Publication date : December 21st 2020

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Publisher : Independently Published


Synopsis
Photographer’s model Drew Angel is no pushover. He’s been hurt more times than he can count by men that see him as nothing more than the pretty face on the other side of their lens.

So when his drunken cab driver runs into the back of a beaten-up old Porsche on the way to the station, he tries to ignore the attractive other driver’s attentions. He knows men like Simeon King, and he knows better than to succumb to their superficial charms. Even when he learns the truth, that Simeon’s father recently passed away and the car was his only real legacy, Drew keeps an arm’s length between them.

But Drew Angel has a Christmas tradition: he and his sister give out gifts at the children’s home where they grew up before they found their forever family.

He has to get home for the big day. And when the trains are all cancelled because of the weather, how can he possibly turn down the offer of a ride?

My Review
I wanted to read this title because I was looking for a reading not too long to pass the time during my two days of digestive problem which forced me to stay in bed. Wonderful way to end 2020 and start 2021...
I prefer slow burns in romances but here, the characters are well constructed because we discover their pasts so it bothered me less. The evolution of the characters' personalities and their relationship is also interesting to follow.
The story is made of chance, encounters and decisions that change the future of Simeon and Drew. A pretty hot little story because it includes a few detailed sex scenes.
Overall, the text is easy to understand. I just dealt with a few words that I didn't know. This is probably because the author is British and I'm more used to read American English.
Rating : 4,2/5

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I would like to thanks Dean Cornwall and Booksprout for the ARC.


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December 31, 2020

[Review] Atlantis Institute For Dangerous Criminals #1 ~ Imprisoned Heir by River Starr

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Atlantis Institute 
For Dangerous Criminals
Book 1 : Imprisoned Heir


Author : River Starr

Number of pages : 304

Publication date : July 1st 2020

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Publisher : Independant Publishing

Synopsis
We’re the most dangerous criminals…

They call me Nyx. Under the cover of night, I used to steal from the rich to give to the supernaturals at the bottom of the chain, and to earn enough money to find a cure for my sister’s death curse.

After an… accident we’ll call it, I ended up with a one-way ticket to the sea fae’s top prison: Atlantis. Not the lost city, but the inescapable penitentiary beneath the sea fae court. The Atlantis Institute For Dangerous Criminals is where the vilest supernatural prisoners are kept. Assassins. Murderers. Treasonists. And the three supernaturals sentenced with me are the most ruthless of the worst. Dax, the dark, enticing vampire whose gaze is too intimate for a total stranger; Titus, the fiery dragon shifter with an anger problem; and Frost, the winter fae with a chilly personality to match her ice-blue eyes.

But to escape and survive, we’ll have to work together despite our differences…

We may not get along, but we’re all we have to survive and escape Atlantis Prison. It won’t be easy. Someone thinks I’m a criminal—but I have no memory of committing the murder, and it wasn’t amnesia…

It was the other soul inside of me.

My Review
I must have something with the prisons and the fae. This is already the second book I read with these themes.
We reinvent Atlantis in an underwater prison with faes, vampires and shifters.
It's interesting to see Nyx trying to get away with Eos' actions. It's annoying at the same time because I got the impression that it only leads to more problems.
The blow of the predestined mate is like a smirk of fate.
I struggled to get into the story at first but as I progressed through the narrative I got hooked more and more. I wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
The end leaves us with answers but new questions arise. I want to read the rest while being afraid at the same time. Long live the paradoxes.
Rating : 4,1/5

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I would like to thanks River Starr and Xpresso Book Tours for the free copy of this book.



December 22, 2020

[Review] Spearwood Academy #0 ~ Outcast Magic : Prequel by Lili Black

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Spearwood Academy
Book 0 : Outcast Magic : Prequel


Author : Lili Black

Number of pages : 35

Publication date : November 10th 2020

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Publisher : L&L Literary Services, LLC 

Synopsis
When a trip into the city goes wrong, Avalon must find the courage to help a stranger.

Avalon Clementine was born from dragon blood, but having just turned fifteen, she’s still struggling to master even a small part of her air magic.

When she ventures into the city with her friend, Jericho, to watch a match between the hellhounds and white tigers, nothing goes right.

Instantly, they’re separated, and Avalon finds herself alone in a place she’s not familiar with. But a helpful stranger comes to her aid, so when he’s attacked, Avalon can’t just stand by. But with her unpredictable magic going haywire, can she help him, or will she just get herself in trouble, too?

My Review
The beautiful cover immediately caught my eye. It is one of my favorites from September to December 2020.
The synopsis made me want to read this prequel. We discover a little this world where there are shifters. I like dragons shifters
.It was too short. We don't have time to get to know the characters well. I want more because there are already several questions that I ask myself. I wait impatiently for book one.
Rating : 4,8/5


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I would like to thanks the authors behind the pen name Lili Black and Booksprout for the ARC.





[Review] The Djinn Wars #1 ~ Chosen by Christine Pope

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The Djinn Wars
Book 1 : Chosen


Author : Christine Pope

Number of pages : 382

Publication date : February 4th 2015

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Publisher : Dark Valentine Press 

Synopsis
When a fatal fever nearly wipes out the entire world's population, the survivors of what became known as "the Dying" believe the worst is in the past. Little do they know…

In the aftermath of the Dying, survivor Jessica Monroe searches for sanctuary in a world unlike any she's ever known before. As fear and isolation envelop her, Jessica encounters the sensitive and helpful Jace, who she believes is another survivor. But Jace has a past and secrets of his own that's he not ready to disclose.

Soon Jessica realizes that the destruction of humanity might actually be the first step in a larger, more complicated plan -- a plan that may very well involve her. Struggling to discover her role in a terrifying new world where everything has changed, she must decide who she can trust. But is the price for that trust just too high?

My Review
What attracted me to this title is the theme and the fact that Djinns are involved. You might think I've been a bit of crazy considering the world news for this year. I admit that I had a bit of a nightmare the first night because I have a very scientific mind which tried to make sense of it all.
This is the first time that I read a story with Djinns. I did not find any in French. This is one of the reasons I am happy to read in English. I have a lot more choice of reading by adding the French and English books.
We begin the story in a world identical to ours but what happens afterwards radically changed the planet which is rid of the majority of humans following an epidemic of fever.
We live the change with Jessica, we are sad with her. Even though I know this is just a fiction it is sobering and I thought a lot about my family and what my reaction would be to the same.
The pace is quite quiet, the pages are linked easily without problem of comprehension. There was only one moment when I got a little bored: in chapters 15 and 16.
I intend to continue this series because there is still a lot to discover. I just hope there will be a little more action.
With this book, I discovered Christine Pope. She already has several books and series to her credit. Many are attracting me so many are already joining my wish-list.
Rating : 4,2/5

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December 21, 2020

[Book Blitz & Giveaway] Rhyker’s Key by M.C. Solaris

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Orion's Order
Book 2 : Rhyker's Key


Author : M.C. Solaris

Number of pages : 618

Publication date : December 21st 2020

Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Synopsis
Rhyker, tattooed bad boy and lethal jaguar shifter, falls for the sweet and caring healer, Keena. Except, she’s determined to keep him in the friend zone… good thing he’s a predator that enjoys the hunt.

Together, can they heal their past and forge a future bonded with true love?


SECOND BOOK IN THE ORION’S ORDER SERIES

Orion’s Order returns in another addictive installment about their secret world of magic and mystery. A world where the most powerful words in the Universe are discovered in the fight against an ancient evil force.

KEENA OLIVER
I am haunted by my past mistakes. Mistakes that I have no idea how I even made. I am an educated mind and spirit healer after all. So how in the holy healer hell did I end up in a relationship where the male who I thought I loved…
Yeah, it’s probably best not to rehash those nightmares. But if I don’t dare open up that box to my past, then how am I ever going to be able to move on? Especially because I so want to move on with a certain sexy male. A male whose lips devoured mine in a darkened corner that one time. A male whose predatory piercing blue eyes practically track my every move. A male who I shouldn’t be fantasizing about every second of every day. Why? Because it would ruin me.

RHYKER KINGSLEY
I’ve had my eye on a certain female for almost a year now. A female who is damn determined to keep me in the friend zone. A female who’s been hurt by her ex but refuses to open up to me about it. So, you could say I go through a lot of smokes… a f*cking lot.

Meanwhile, my pack of lethally trained and skilled hunters and I are gunning for an evil SOB who not only signed his death warrant the second he tried to come after my pack sister and mate to our alpha, but also the f*cker poses a threat to our world as we know it. Yet, said ancient powerful bastard has gone off the grid and is all but impossible to track.

Oh, and did I mention that the past seems to be mixing with the present? I mean, the f*ck is this? The revenge year of the shitty exes?

So, excuse me while I light up a smoke… or two.

Devour this addictive series at your own risk…
+ Happily Ever After
+ Sexy Paranormal Jaguar Shifter Romance
+ Multiple POV
+ Mature Content
+ This series is meant to be read in order for the best reading experience
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RHYKER’S KEY is an adult paranormal jaguar shifter romance. If you like swoon-worthy males, heroines with feminine strength, an engaging plot, satisfying relationships, steamy love stories, happy ever afters, and getting sucked into a supernatural story, then you’ll want to immerse yourself in the world of species!


AUTHOR BIO

M.C. Solaris’s life took an unexpected turn during the super blood moon eclipse on January 20, 2019. She woke up and began writing bios for her imaginary friends that she met that day. As soon as the pen hit the paper (or fingertips to the iPhone), she couldn’t stop. It was kind of like one of those fire hydrants, spewing copious amounts of water all over the place. The characters and their stories just flowed out of her. She is honored to be the scribe, getting to share her friends’ stories. You can read all about her gifted friends in the Orion’s Order series (Book 1 is Calypso’s Heart).

On a personal note, M.C. Solaris is actually the pseudonym of Marina Schroeder, women’s health enthusiast and lover of all things paranormal romance (PNR) and happily ever after (HEA). When she is not curled up on the sofa with her partner’s oversized hoodie, a PNR novel, peppermint tea, and one of her three cats, you will find her either at the ocean with her toes in the sand or in a forest hugging a tree. Well truthfully? There is one more place you might find her: trolling the aisles of Whole Foods for a satisfying combination of salty and sweet while hiding in her partner’s hoodie… like any proper PNR-writing introvert.

Want to get the latest scoop, sneak peeks, and short shares all about her imaginary friends? Go to www.mcsolaris.com and sign up for the newsletter. Welcome to The Order!


Excerpt
“Is everything okay?”

“Yeah,” he said, unsure where that question was coming from.

“I can feel otherwise but I won’t push.”

He cursed under his breath. Of course she could feel his lethal mood and the emotional storm he had been trying to keep at bay regarding the whole fucked-up Cecille situation. He set all of that aside and focused fully on Keena. Lately, she was the only thing that was helping to get his mind off the past.

“It’s just our case,” he added in a tone that was clear he wasn’t going to say anything else.

She nodded. “Understood. I’m here if you want to talk.”

“What if I don’t want to talk?” he drawled, pressing in close to her and sliding his hand to the nape of her neck.

Her lips parted at the close contact. Suddenly, all she could feel was the heated desire between them. He leaned down and claimed her mouth in a slow, smoldering kiss that took her breath away. “Rhyker.” Her voice was a little breathy.

“Yeah?” He playfully nipped at her lower lip.

Wrapping her arms around his neck, she went in for the kiss and it was anything but slow. She slid her tongue against his and, suddenly, she had her legs wrapped around him with her back pressed up against the wall. He broke the kiss only to move his mouth to her neck. Her hands drifted through his thick and silky black strands as she moaned. The sensual sensations of his tongue on her neck and his body against hers shot through her body and straight to the apex of her thighs.

“Wait,” she managed to get out with just barely more than an exhalation of air. She knew that if she didn’t stop this soon then she wouldn’t have the strength to stop this from going any further. She wanted it to go further—a lot further, but she also wanted to take things slow.

He immediately halted and looked at her in a way that let her know she was in complete control of how far this went.

She could see the fiery desire in his now glowing, piercing blue eyes. “I want us to take this slow.”

His smirk was sinful. “We can go as slow as you’d like, Fire Gem.” His tongue made the slowest ascent from the curve of her neck all the way to her ear where it flicked her soft little lobe.

She shuddered.

“Is that slow enough for you?” he teased on a rough whisper.

She somehow managed to nod.

He repeated the motion. “I could lick you all day.” He smiled in satisfaction at the involuntary sound caught in the back of her throat. He slowly kissed his way back to her soft mouth and sucked on her bottom lip.

Using the last of his reserves, which were severely lacking when it came to this female, he allowed just enough space between them so she could slide down the length of his body until her feet were back on the ground. The friction and crackling desire pulsing between them had them sucking in heavy breaths.





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December 20, 2020

[Review] Companion Required by Brian Lancaster

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Author : Brian Lancaster

Number of pages : 295

Publication date : November 17th 2020

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Publisher : Pride Publishing 


Synopsis
Successful CEO Kennedy Grey thought he had his life planned out nicely until he hires supposedly straight Kieran West as this year's vacation companion.

For the past five years, CEO Kennedy Grey has advertised for a gay male holiday companion to join him on his annual vacation. Although Kennedy claims to be neutral in his choice, he has certain non-negotiable requirements. Applicants must be between 21 and 25, non-smoking, social drinkers, either versatile or passive, and be able to pull off the role of dutiful boyfriend in front of his clutch of gay friends. What does the candidate get out of the deal? An all-expenses-paid vacation and five grand in cash at the end of the vacation—more if the candidate exceeds his expectations—a safe enough addendum because for the past three years no none ever has.

Kieran West sits in a quiet corner of the coffee shop, trying to finish an assignment. At 29, he is single once again. By now he should have settled down. But when his girlfriend of three years gives him an ultimatum – ring or road – he chooses the road. Worst of all, he had no qualms about doing so. As for his finances? Saddled with a string of outstanding student loans, he is struggling to finish his masters while also supporting his brother through college. Losing his work at the estate agent could not have come at a worse time. And then he overhears the man at a nearby table recruiting for a job that pays a cool five grand. What does he have to lose?

My Review
The synopsis of this title was in my inbox. This is how I discovered it and wanted to read it.
I'm a fan of MM romance and well-constructed, no-rush stories. In this book, I have everything I ask for.
The characters are well constructed, we discover their pasts, how they arrived at this precise moment and not just two sentences. The relationship grows slowly. Awareness too. I enjoyed seeing this development.
We are entitled to the point of views of Kennedy and Kieran. It allows us to see the thought flow of both.
The author's pen is fluid and I had no difficulty in understanding (French girl remember).
Rating : 4,5/5

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I would like to thanks Brian Lancaster and Hidden Gems Books for the ARC.


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December 18, 2020

[Review] Love is Worth Fighting For #1 ~ Fighting for Us by Bella Emy

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Love is Worth Fighting For
Book 1 : Fighting for Us


Author : Bella Emy

Number of pages : 207

Publication date : November 1st 2020

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Publisher : Independant Publishing

Synopsis
LORENZO
I had it all.
A wonderful family with a loving wife who was my world and a beautiful baby girl.
I didn’t need anything more to be rich in my eyes.
Then one day, everything changed and my world was ripped apart.
My wife, my everything, was taken from me, and I was left alone to raise our baby girl.
I was forced from late night sessions at the gym to changing diapers all by myself.
Thank God for the help I received from my parents and siblings or I would have been lost.
I accepted my fate of being alone with my baby girl and living life with just us two…
Until the day I met her, and she became everything worth fighting for.


CARISSA
Life was so perfect.
A loving fiancé, wonderful friends and family, and a job I adored.
Until one day, my world was turned upside down and the man I loved threw the promise of forever down the drain and walked out of my life.
The day he walked out of my door, I knew that everything I had ever grown up to believe in was a lie.
Love is unconditional but love sure as hell doesn’t last forever.
The vow to love me for the rest of our lives ended quickly as he pulled away from me, and buried himself in the arms of his ex.
I was left alone, cursing the male species and everyone who had found their happily ever after.
My sister and my best friend were the only ones there for me…
Until the day I met him, and he became everything worth fighting for.

My Review
If you followed me during the Book Blitz, you must already know that I liked the synopsis of this title and that I wanted to read it. It is finally done in several times during breaks from work.
We begin the story in a sad and overwhelming way. Usually these passages are mentioned but not highlighted by other authors. I almost believe that the loss of a loved one is taboo. Bella Emy approaches it in a natural way.
We discover all the characters little by little. Lorenzo and Carissa have one thing in common: a painful past. The evolution of their relationship is slow.
The story is pleasant, there is a good rhythm where only the end seemed abrupt to me. Some explanations and hop it's resolved and hop it's already the end.
I do not know yet if I will continue the series. Not for lack of desire, but I still have a ton of books to read. In short : we'll see later.
Rating : 4,2/5

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I would like to thanks Bella Emy and Xpresso Book Tours for the ARC.



December 16, 2020

[Book Blitz & Giveaway] Ain’t She Sweet by Whitney Dineen

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Book 2 : Ain’t She Sweet


Author : Whitney Dineen

Number of pages : 267

Publication date : December 15th 2020

Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance


Synopsis
Tara Heinz began her modeling career at the tender age of twelve. After spending fifteen years drooling over forbidden foods, she does the unthinkable. She enrolls in culinary school and becomes a pastry chef.  

After a nasty breakup with her rock star boyfriend that leads to tabloid war, Tara takes a job at a rural lodge in Oregon to escape the spotlight she no longer desires.  

James Cavanaugh is a farmer in Oregon. His days are spent building his business and his nights are spent sleeping, so he can get up at four in the morning.  

Ruby Cavanaugh has plans for her son that involve her new pastry chef. Of course, neither James nor Tara know what’s going on until it’s too late.

AUTHOR BIO

Whitney loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat french fries -- not always in that order.

Whitney is a multi-award-winning author of romcoms, non-fiction humor, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to.

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic vegetables.

Gold Medal winner at the International Readers' Favorite Awards, 2017.

Silver medal winner at the International Readers' Favorite Awards, 2015, 2016.

Finalist RONE Awards, 2016.

Finalist at the IRFA 2016, 2017.

Finalist at the Book Excellence Awards, 2017

Finalist Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, 2017


Excerpt
My eighty-three-year-old yoga instructor, Rupa Babu always says that when your soul is conflicted and your mind is foggy, you need to drop to the ground and immediately execute an Ardha Matsyendrasansa, or half spinal twist. Hold it for twelve minutes and then start writing—I usually write lists. She promises enlightenment will flow through your fingers and your spine will be as supple as a newborn baby’s. I could only ever hold the pose for five minutes, but I still hoped for enlightenment.    

Things I Don’t Like About Modeling
1. Being so hungry I start fantasizing about stealing a little girl’s ice cream cone and eating the whole thing before she can tell her mother. Not that I’ve ever done that, but there have been some close calls.
2.      Wearing clothes that I wouldn’t be caught dead in in real life. I cite the black jean mini skirt with an over-the-top ragged fringe hem that oddly dipped in the front making it look like I’d missed my last twenty waxing appointments. 
3.     Waxing appointments. 
4.     Jet lag.
5.      That German photographer, Helmet, who spits orders—as in literal spit flies out of his mouth, often hitting me. “Lächeln! Wende! Und nicht jetzt, diese schlampe geht nicht raus!
Translation: “Smile! Move! And inexplicably, Not now, this bitch isn’t putting out!” I’m pretty sure something got lost in translation with this one.  

Things I Like About Modeling
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  Yup, pretty sure it’s time for a change.





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