Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Release Day Blitz: Getting a Grip by M.E. Carter

Title: Getting A Grip
A #MyNewLife Novel
Author: M.E. Carter
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: July 18, 2017

Blurb


This isn’t my life. Okay, it is my life, but not the way I envisioned it would be.

I wasn’t supposed to be a divorced mother of three when I turned the big 4-0.  Sure, I expected the fine lines, gray hairs and left over baby belly.  What I didn’t expect was expanding our family get-togethers by one… my ex-husband’s new child bride.  Ok, ok, she’s not young.  Maybe.

Did I mention this is not the life I planned?

It could always be worse, I know. I’m lucky to have a mother who loves to babysit, a best friend who loves sarcasm, and a new friend by the name of Greg, who is apparently a child whisperer and tells me my eyes are pretty.

Sigh… Greg.

The perfect, Adonis-like God of a man who keeps flirting with me. At least I think he’s flirting with me. It’s been so long, I don’t really know.

Between birthday parties, a few ill-advised bouts with make-up, and a whole slew of gymnastics classes, it’s finally time to take back some control.

So, while my girls learn all about how to grip the bar, I’m going to learn how to get a grip on my life.  And maybe my heart.



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Author Bio

Mother, reader, storytellerME Carter never set out to write books. But when a friend practically forced a copy of Twilight into her hands, the love of the written word she had lost as a child was rekindled. With a story always rolling around in her head, it should come as no surprise that she finally started putting them on paper. She lives in Texas with her four children, Mary, Elizabeth, Carter and Bug, who sadly was born long after her pen name was created, and will probably need extensive therapy because of it.

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Review
Ohhh, such a lovely read!
If I have to be honest, it took me some time to really lose myself in this book, because I couldn't connect with Elena and Greg as a couple in the beginning, but in the second half... wooo, I was totally sucked in!

The first thing I want to say is that this book is real. I'm not a mum, but I think all the readers will be able to recognise themselves in one or more issues addressed in this book. I felt like Elena and Greg could be everyone's neighbours, with their virtues and vices, with their personal problems and everyday difficulties to face.

Elena is the example of a woman who after her divorce needs to rediscover herself, pulling out from her ex husband's grip, and finding again who she is and her own worth.
She is helped in this by her BFF Callie and Greg, such a great man (she's sooooo lucky she met him, I want a Greg too!).
I loved the interaction between those three! They are a great trio, really open with each others, and they have so much fun together! 
Callie is a great friend, and she's such a blast! She's also really supportive of Elena. And her child... OMG! Such a nightmare but also so much fun to read about :P
And Elena and Greg... well, as I said, it took me some time to warm up to the idea of them together, but when I did, I realised that these two were perfect together. They understand each other, and encourage and support one another.

In the second half of the book there are two twists in the plot that I didn't expect, but I really liked them. The first one is an issue that I never found in a book, quite rare to hear talking about actually, so it was really interesting to see how Elena and Greg managed to address it. And the second one broke my heart a little bit, but I know (well, I hope) that M.E. Carter will make it whole again:P

Last thing that I want to say is that this was a really funny read, with witty dialogues and hilarious scenes (usually involving Christopher, Callie's son) :P




Release Blitz & Review: Kiss My Boots (Coming Home #3) by Harper Sloan

 


Title: Kiss My Boots
Series: Coming Home 
Author: Harper Sloan
Release Date: July 18th, 2017

Synopsis:

In this second of the sultry, Western-set Coming Home series from New York Times bestselling author Harper Sloan, Quinn Davis might finally have a shot at her own happily-ever-after—but will she let love in, or will she tell it to go ahead and kiss her boots?

Quinn Davis prefers to live her life quietly. She’s the stereotypical tomboy with two overprotective big brothers who have always been there to protect her, especially from devilishly handsome cowboys with silver tongues. That is, until Tate Montgomery comes riding into town. Their first meeting, however, is far from something out of a fairy tale and only further convinces Quinn that men aren’t worth her time.

Tate returns to his childhood hometown to start his life over and get a second chance at happiness. He might not remember Quinn from the summer vacations that he used to spend on his PawPaw’s farm but all it takes is one glance, and he can’t get the raven-haired beauty out of his mind. Can two people who have stopped believing in love take a chance to find it in each other? Or will the pain of the past prove too great a hurdle to conquer?


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About the Author:

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Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos and Game of Thrones. When she isn't writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand. 




My Review:
I love Harper Sloan and her writing style so it is not a big surprise that I immensely enjoyed Kiss My Boots. But to be fair, the book is simply so good that there is no way a bookworm like me won't like it. I laughed, I cried, I swooned and I even got hot and bothered few times :D The characters are well developed and so real, I felt like I know them. Like they are real people, I meet every day. As you would expect from an author as amazing as Harper is, the story line is intriguing and entertaining. I can guarantee that you will be sucked in from the very start and root for the characters as if they are your own friends.

I fell in love with Quinn from the very start. I loved her flippant behaviour and smart mouth, her independence and craziness :D But one of the things that really endeared her to my heart was that she is that good in a job that's usually dominated by men. Her "take no prisoners" behaviour just makes her so much fun to be around and at the same time shows that she is strong enough to overcome any curve ball life trows at her. Or at least nearly any. Tate is one curved ball that she has difficulties dealing with. Quinn and Tate's past is quite heartbreaking but once all the misunderstandings are cleared out and the secrets are revealed, the pain is easily healed. Because Tate and Quinn are simply meant to be together and no one and nothing can change that. Even if there are people who've been trying.

So yes, Tate and Quinn's story is not an easy one. It is in a way a second chance one. And it is one of the best second chance stories I've read. So, if you haven't picked your copy yet, be sure to do so. This book is a must read ;) I can't wait for the next one to come out so I can find out what will happen with Clay.


Monday, July 17, 2017

Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway: Sexy Beast (The Single Dads Club #3) by Piper Rayne



Title: Sexy Beast
Series: The Single Dads Club #3
Author: Piper Rayne
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Model: Jacob Rodney
Photographer: Wander Aguiar
Cover Design: RBA Designs
Release Date: July 14th, 2017

Synopsis:

It’s time. Time to get a life. Time to start over. Time to move beyond the past.

The guys in the Single Dads Club would tell you it was time years ago, but until recently, the risk of hurting my little girl outweighed the benefit of getting a piece of ass.

Now that I have a tween daughter on my hands? It’s becoming more apparent with every poster hung on the wall, every fight over wearing make-up and every uncomfortable conversation about puberty, that at least one of us needs a female touch in our lives.

Jesus. I can’t even think the words ‘female touch’ without thinking of her.

Charlotte Rose. Charlie.

She’s everything I shouldn’t want, but someone needs to tell that to my damn libido because every time she’s around I have a constant case of blue balls.

There’s a list of reasons why I shouldn’t give into what I feel—she’s my best friend’s little sister, she’s seen me at my most vulnerable, and the biggest one—she’s the first person in eleven years who has the potential to break me.


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Excerpt:
Snap a picture and caption it ‘Teenage boy in front of his first Playboy’ because that’s exactly how I feel right now and I’d bet that’s how I look.

Charlie stands in the doorway wearing a white bikini, her nipples hard and erect, begging to be touched. The first thing I notice is the way she doesn't cover up, but opens the door wider, ushering me in with her free hand.

“I expected the pool guy.” Her voice changes pitch and I gather she's as affected by this situation as I am. The only difference is, my arousal can't be hidden.

“He's out of town, so you got me.”

“And you can fix it?”

I stop and tilt my head her way. “Is that even a question?”

“Well,” she walks faster to catch up to me as I use a key to open up the one door that's locked from guests. “Oh, I always wonder what's behind these doors when I rent other people's vacation homes.”

She peeks her head over my shoulder and the scent of her perfume makes a beeline for my dick, making it twitch.

As he's begging for an introduction, I squat to get away, but she doesn't relent. Her tits are practically resting on my shoulder.

“Ever heard of personal space?” I remark, grabbing my tool set.

“This isn't half as exciting as I thought it would be.” She finally moves back and I stand with the toolbox in my hands.

“Did you think there would be a dead body?”

She shrugs. “Porn maybe?”

“Why would there be porn?”

She purses her lips and looks up at the ceiling. It's innocent and cute and I'm not sure I ever remember seeing her doing it before. “You know, the owner can't keep it in their own house because they have a preteen daughter, so they keep their stash in the closet and watch it when there are no guests here.”

“Let me guess? I'm the guy with the preteen daughter.”

“You're so smart. I see where Sydney gets it from.” She smiles, a mouthful of straight white teeth.

I nod and walk away. She follows.

“Do you need help?”

“Since I really have no idea what I'm fixing, I don't know yet.” I open the screen door to the hot tub.

“It wouldn't turn on.”

“That's not a good sign.”

I open up the back and start working on it. The little I know about hot tubs might not be enough.

Charlie sits on the edge of the hot tub and puts her feet in, her purple polished toenails dipping in and out of the water.

“I think I deserve a discount if I can't use the hot tub.”

I look up at her and she's smirking.

“Funny.”

She’s quiet for a few minutes while I fiddle around trying to figure out the source of the problem.

“I'm curious, Garrett…” she pauses and I glance up at her. “How do my tits look in this bikini?”

What Readers Are Saying:

"Garrett is the perfect man - hard and virile on the outside and soft and squishy on the inside." - Heather from White Hot Reads
“I am absolutely and positively in love with our bearded sexy beast, Garrett!” – Kristy France, Goodreads Reviewer
 

If you haven’t met the sexy single dads of Climax Cove yet, now is the perfect time to meet them!

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About the Author:
Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today bestselling authors for the price of one. You might be wondering if you know us? Maybe you’ll read our books and figure it out. Maybe you won’t. Does it really matter?

We aren’t trying to stamp ourselves with a top-secret label. We wanted to write without apology. We wanted to not be pigeon holed into a specific outline. We wanted to give readers a story without them assuming how the story will flow. Everyone has their favorite authors, right? And when you pick up their books, you expect something from them. Whether it’s an alpha male, heavy angst, a happily ever after, there’s something you are absolutely certain the book will contain. Heck, we’re readers, too, we get it.

What can we tell you about ourselves? We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We're both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We're both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.


My Review:
I quite enjoy Piper Rayne's stories and of course who is not intrigued about a sexy single dad :D The first two books in the series, were quite good but I always knew that the quiet and brooding Garrett will be special. And I wasn't disappointed. The story is mainly lighthearted, with quite a few funny and hilarious scenes. But it is also romantic with a pinch of hotness and a sprinkle of heartbreak.

Garrett and Charlie are two quite interesting characters. Yes, Garrett is very hot, quiet and brooding and has an adorable daughter, but I think my favorite was Charlie. She is confident, outspoken and goes after the things she wants. At the same time she has a heart of gold, and can be quite vulnerable to some people's behaviour. With every single page, the chemistry between Charlie and Garrett becomes more and more obvious. They really burn hot together and their relationship is simply inevitable. But of course, it won't be interesting without a few obstacles on their way. Thankfully, everything has a happy ending :D

As a whole, this was quite an enjoyable read. I loved Charlie, Garrett and Sydney and as a bonus, I got to revisit with the characters from the first two books. So, check this book out, especially if you are looking for a lighthearted read for your summer holiday.





Giveaway!!!
 

The gang is finally all her and to celebrate, we are giving away a paperback of Real Deal, Dirty Talker, and Sexy Beast along with a camp-themed book cozy to haul them around in!

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No Ordinary Star Review


Title: No Ordinary Star (No Ordinary Star#1) 
Author: M.C.Frank 
Synopsis: A soldier is summoned to the North Pole, days before the year changes, told to fix the great Clock for a celebration. He has no idea what to do. A girl, hunted for the crime of being born, almost dies out on the ice. She is rescued by the last polar bear left alive. A library waits for them both, a library built over a span of a hundred years, forgotten in the basement of an ice shack. The world hasn't known hunger or sickness in hundreds of years. It has also forgotten love and beauty. The year is 2525. Inspired by the short stories of Ray Bradbury, this futuristic novel is set in a world where Christmas -among other things- is obsolete and a Clock is what keeps the fragile balance of peace. Written in three installments, this is the breathtaking and sensual story of how two unlikely people change the world, and each other, one book at a time. Immerse yourself into the icy cold world of this scorching hot new novel.

No Ordinary Star is the first installment in the new dystopian series by M.C.Frank. Even though this is the first book I have read by this author I am enthralled to have discovered her.

Each chapter varies in length, but they are not awfully long so the reading experience is fast paced. One of the things that I adored about this book is how concise and to the point each chapter is. I love a long book when the story requires it cause I get to spend more time with the characters but in No Ordinary Star, there was no need to drag the scenes into more than they were. We get to experience the essence of the characters in every word, their development is tangible not only for the reader but also for the characters itself.  

I loved that through the stories we get to have alternating points of view cause we get to feel the book deeper.  The whole concept and setting of the story is unique and charming, I hate when books only focus on politics or on how the world became what it is. I have always been more interested in feeling the story the characters are telling rather than knowing why the world went to hell. I am still interested in that part since it is crucial for the story development but No Ordinary Star perfectly balances character development, intriguing plot and lyrical writing.

Have I talked about how amazing the writing style is? I am enamored with how twisted and poetic every paragraph feels, is like a work of art. The author bends the meaning of each line to give a new detail to the narration. Absolutely magnificent!

Can´t wait to read the next book to see what happens next!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Blog Tour: The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez


Sooo, you all already know that I floved this book. And I'm so happy to be taking part in the blog tour so I can spread the word about the awesomeness of The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez! This is the first book in a contemporary romance duet, and is it available to read for FREE on KindleUnlimited. 

If you want to read my review, scroll down this page and you will find it!

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The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1)

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Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience. “You’re pregnant.” “It’s a boy.” “Your son needs a heart transplant.” Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. Lies. Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun. Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky. “He’s gone.” For ten years, the darkness consumed me. In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. “Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”



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The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)


Coming July 27th



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AUTHOR INFORMATION:
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.   
  
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REVIEW
I'm speachless. I'm utterly and completely without words.
This book is a masterpiece. 
Charlotte and Porter. Both of them marked by grief and darkness, both of them finding in each other THE person capable of bringing some relief in their lives.
The connection between Charlotte and Porter is out of the world, so unique and powerful.

Many times while reading this book I had tears in my eyes and my hearth was filled with pain for them.
Charlotte had to live in a nightmare for 10 years and more, never being able to forget and really live. Porter is in a different situation, but still so painful and difficult. 

Aly Martinez described magically and truthfully both their situations and their feelings, and really, some sentences were really pure poetry.

I don't want to spoiler anything because this book is one that need to be read without anticipations or spoilers. But I want to say that this book will make you feel, cry, suffer, but also hope🍀❤




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Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez is finally here!


It's LIVE, it's LIVE!!!! The Darkest Sunrise by Aly Martinez is here! It is the first book in a contemporary romance duet, and it's available to read for FREE on KindleUnlimited! 


I was lucky to read and advanced copy of it, and OMG, it was amazing <3 I literally have no words to describe it! Everyone needs to read it, STAT! 


Be sure to follow Aly's newsletter for exclusive news about the duet.

     

The Darkest Sunrise (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #1)

Buy it Now!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

Synopsis:

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. Whoever coined that phrase is a bald-faced liar. Words are often the sharpest weapon of all, triggering some of the most powerful emotions a human can experience. “You’re pregnant.” “It’s a boy.” “Your son needs a heart transplant.” Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never harm me. Lies. Syllables and letters may not be tangible, but they can still destroy your entire life faster than a bullet from a gun. Two words—that was all it took to extinguish the sun from my sky. “He’s gone.” For ten years, the darkness consumed me. In the end, it was four deep, gravelly words that gave me hope of another sunrise. “Hi. I’m Porter Reese.”



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The Brightest Sunset (The Darkest Sunrise Duet, #2)

Coming July 27th


Pre-order it NOW!

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU

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You won't want to miss this amazing series!

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:
Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.   
  
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Review Blitz: Wicked Grind (Stark World #1) by J. Kenner




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Title: Wicked Grind 
Series: Stark World #1
Author: J. Kenner
Release Date: July 11th, 2017

Synopsis:
Sometimes it feels so damn good to be bad

Photographer Wyatt Royce’s career is on the verge of exploding. All he needs is one perfect model to be the centerpiece of his sexy, controversial show. Find her, and Wyatt is sure to have a winner.

Then Kelsey Draper walks in. Stunning. Vibrant. And far too fragile for a project like this. Wyatt should know—after all, he remembers only too well why their relationship ended all those years ago.

Determined to break free from her good girl persona, Kelsey wants spice. Adventure. And she’s certain that Wyatt is just the man to help.

But when Wyatt agrees to give her the job only if he has complete control—on camera and in his bed—Kelsey can’t help but wonder if she’s in too deep. Because how can a good girl like her ever be enough for a man like Wyatt?

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Excerpt:
     

She was driving him crazy.

The way she held his eyes while she moved, so bold and flirtatious, as if she was just daring him to pull her into his arms and kiss her senseless.

Daring him? No, strike that. She wasn’t just daring him, she was throwing down a goddamned gauntlet. But was she challenging him to claim her? Or was she goading him that he couldn’t have her?

Damned if he knew. Right then, Wyatt was certain of only one thing—his body was tight, his cock was hard, and he wanted to be somewhere other than here. Someplace without other people.

Someplace with a bed.

It was the dancing that did it. Because Kelsey Draper and her dancing had always been his downfall. After all, that was what had started everything all those years ago. He’d seen her dancing to a bouncy pop song, her interpretation elevating the music and lyrics. He’d seen passion and precision, sensuality and seduction. She’d enchanted him. Cast a spell over him.

He’d seen the magic in her, so much larger than the quiet, subdued girl he’d met before. The Kelsey he’d watched dancing had surprised him. She was vibrant. Alive. Unexpected.

He’d fallen hard, and then she’d broken his heart.

He wouldn’t make the same mistake again.

He might want her—hell, he did want her. For his bed. For his show.

But he damn sure wasn’t going to trust her. He’d already learned that lesson, and he really didn’t need a refresher course.

As he watched, she dropped to the floor, then used one hand to rip open her shirt before letting it fall down her arms. She writhed on stage, her seductive movements making him ache inside, all the more when he imagined taking it further. Her wrists bound not with a tattered blouse, but with silk ropes. And not just her wrists, but her legs as well. Red ropes, the only color in an otherwise black and white image. Her body twisting, and the audience unsure if she was fighting the bonds or revelling in her own rising passion.

She was exactly what he needed for the show. The complete package. Hell, he’d known that from the moment she’d walked into his studio.

So why was he hesitating?

Because he wanted her?

Or was it because he wanted to punish her?

Or maybe it was even more insidious than that. Maybe it came down to how much was riding on this show. It was his shot, after all. The apex of all his work and sacrifice. The chance to escape from under the black cloud his father had left hanging over him.

The chance to prove himself to his family.

To live up to the goddamn Segel name.

But that would only happen if the show was a success.

So maybe that was why he was hesitating. Because the moment he committed was the moment the truth crept toward him on little cat paws, and it would either curl up and purr, or rip his heart out.

On stage, Kelsey rose, then did some sort of pirouette, twirling as she pulled off one of those transparent, colored scarves that served as a barely-there skirt. Wyatt imagined his hands on her waist, the brush of her skin against his palms as she spun. He could imagine her heat. The way she shivered under his touch.

So help him, he wanted that. Wanted to hear her sighs. Those little moans he remembered.

Another scarf went flying, and he straightened so that he was no longer leaning against the pillar. Instead, he shifted his weight from foot to foot as he tried to tamp down the rising lust. The violent need. To not only have her, but to have her in his show.

He wanted her, yes. But she was an indulgence he couldn’t justify. An indulgence and a risk, because he knew damn well that she’d run if things got too intense.

And damn but his show was intense. That was the point, after all.

He couldn’t take a chance on her, no matter how much he might want to. Couldn’t even bring her in only long enough to test her out. Not on such a tight schedule. Not when there was no way to ensure that she wouldn’t bolt.

Kelsey was a risk he simply couldn’t take. He had to get it right. There was too much at stake for him to be wrong about her.

The final scarf fluttered to the ground, and Wyatt’s pulse pounded in his throat as he moved closer, his mouth going dry as she reached for her bra, pulled it over her head, then tossed it aside.

The music faded out, and the dim, colored stage lights made the flesh-colored G-string blend into her pale skin, enhancing the illusion that she now stood before the entire room not just topless, but one hundred percent, birthday-suit naked.

She took a bow as the lights came up, and the men in the audience actually stood to applaud her. She’d blown away the competition, and even though Wyatt wanted to rush the stage and wrap his jacket around her, he couldn’t deny the swell of pride he felt for her victory.
  

About the Author:
       
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J.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.


Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.

JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/ Awestruck.

Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.

In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.

My Review:

WOW!!! Simply WOW! 

I am rarely left without words but this book really shook me to the core. As this is a J. Kenner book, so of course I was expecting an incredible story. But Wicked Grind is so much more than that. It is a story about second chances, about survival and fighting for the things you dream about. It is about love and it's ability to give you enough strength to break the chains that keep you locked in into a mental cage of someone else's doing. It is about finding that person that makes you feel free and complete. For me, this was mostly a very emotional book. Don't get me wrong, there are quite a few hot scenes, and there is romance and heartbreak. But it is simply so much more than that.

Through her whole life, Kelsey had to live with the mental abuse from a person who should have protected her. Instead, he made her pay for someone else's mistakes. With each hateful and degrading word, the cage around her was getting stronger and stronger. Until she believed that if she enjoyed life, she will ruin the people around her. Until she met Wyatt during a summer vacation. He showed her what it means to be free and to enjoy the small things in life. But then a tragedy struck and Kelsey lost herself again.

Once Kelsey and Wyatt meet again 12 years later, they both carry the hurt and pain from the past. Each one of them has lived through their own tragedies and that made them close the world off. But with every second spend together, they find out that their past cannot be buried and their connection is too strong to be ignored. Of course, Kelsey and Wyatt's path is not easy but they find the way to each other's hearts again.

To be honest, I am usually more of a fan of the male characters in books. And don't get me wrong, Wyatt is delicious and definitely worth it of some drooling. But Kelsey was simply extraordinary. She is strong and sensual, even if she doesn't realise it in the beginning. Living through the nightmare she lived through as a kid with all the blame she puts on herself and the verbal abuse in her everyday life, she still tries to break the figurative cage she was put into. I can honestly say that I admire her. Because her will for survival and saving her tender heart from disintegrating is simply something extraordinary.

I think this is one of my favorite J. Kenner books and I definitely recommend it. In my opinion, this is a book that everyone should read. But do keep in mind that this is not a lighthearted read. It will definitely ground and make you think about the important things in life. Make you appreciate them even more. So don't waste your time and pick up your copy now.



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