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Bleeding Love by Harper Sloan Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

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Meet Liam & Megan in the newest stand alone in the Hope Town Series by Harper Sloan!

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I’ve loved once. I gave everything that I had to that love. Blindly believing that nothing could ever take that feeling away from me. Away from us. And when my little world of happiness was ripped from my fingers, I felt a loss that still haunts me to this day.

Now I use that lingering grief as a shield to keep my heart from loving again. It’s that fear that keeps me from letting anyone, except my daughter, get close enough to make it hurt. To make my heart bleed when I inevitably lose again.

Until the day I met Liam Beckett and everything I thought I had protected myself from was shoved back in my face.

He’s on a mission to prove to me that a love worth having is a love worth fighting for.

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EXCERPT

His mouth leaves mine and with his hand still on my leg, he demands, “Dig your heels in deep, baby.”

I give him what he wants, but not because he told me to. I give him what he wants because when his hand leaves my leg and pushes into the mattress, bringing his body up he goes even deeper into my body and those heels push hard.

Just as he demanded earlier, my hands go to his shoulders on my own accord and as he takes my body hard, my nails dig in with my heels still pushing hard against the small of his back. Our eyes never leave each other’s probing gaze. Never once do I take my eyes away from his, so full of lust that I know there isn’t an ounce of control left in his body.

He drops his head and I lift up to meet him in a kiss so sweet it doesn’t match the powerful way that he’s taking my body. A kiss that gives me more than words ever could at this moment. His hips slow and as his tongue rolls against mine, his hips start to take me in slow, deep rolls. He doesn’t pull back, just rocks his hips against mine.

I push up and cry out when he slips even deeper.

His lips come from mine and his hooded eyes open a sliver. “Feels like heaven,” he says softly. “Everything, darlin’. Feels like everything.”

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REVIEW

So if I wasn’t in love with the Corps Security group by now, I would go back and re-read each one of them. This isn’t about them though. But there is always a connection. Remember Beck and Dee? Liam is their son, so you know what that means… he is hot and not in the boy next door kind of way. But he knows what he wants. He wants a relationship like his parents. When his dad walked into a room, his mom noticed. When his mom walked into a room, his dad noticed. They were complete with one another. Liam wants that and he told himself when he found it, he wouldn’t let go of it and he would fight for it, no matter what.

Megan didn’t grow up in a great neighborhood, she didn’t grow up with the best parents in the world. She has her daughter and that has been enough to get her through the loss of her husband. But one thing she has never had is the feel of being in love. Yes, she loved her husband and he always did what was best for her, but she never felt the falling in love feelings. But one night… one drunken night and suddenly those feelings are front and center.

This is a powerful and emotional story. I loved feeling for these characters and with them. It is a powerful story with characters true to Harper Sloan’s work. They are full of life and you don’t want to be a part from them very long. This book toyed with my emotions. I was happy, I was sad, I laughed, I cried and I was moved beyond any words.

Harper Sloan writes is such a way that I can’t put the books down. I fall in love with the characters and the writing in Bleeding Love. I fell in love with Liam, because let’s face it, it takes a super amazing man to stick by Megan through everything she went through and he showed her how to live again and to be happy doing it. He stole my heart in every way.

Amazing writing, amazing characters, amazing story!

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harper sloanAbout Harper Sloan

Harper lives in small town Georgia just a short drive from her hometown of Peachtree City. She (and her 3 daughters) enjoy ruling the house they dubbed ‘Estrogen Ocean’, much to her husband’s chagrin. Harper has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books; you can almost ALWAYS find her with her eReader attached. She enjoys bad reality TV and cheesy romantic flicks. Her favorite kind of hero–the super alpha kind!

Harper started using writing as a way to unwind when the house went to sleep at night; and with a house full of crazy it was the perfect way to just relax. It didn’t take long before a head full of very demanding alphas would stop at nothing to have their story told.

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Toxic by Kim Karr

TOXIC BOOK TOUR

 Will they or won’t they? #ToxicLove

Meet Phoebe & Jeremy in this second chance romance!

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RELEASE DATE: July 7th, 2015

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New York Times bestselling author Kim Karr turns up the heat in a smoking hot, emotionally compelling romance that takes you into the world of Manhattan’s elite. Meet Jeremy McQueen, a sexy, intense, brooding entrepreneur who goes after what he wants, and Phoebe St. Claire, a socialite-turned-CEO who’s been drifting through life searching for something she thought she’d never find again–the right man to share her future.

Phoebe St. Claire has devoted herself to saving her family’s hotel empire–but her best efforts have not been good enough. With her whole world in turmoil, the tenacious go-getter turns to the once love of her life. Far from innocent, Jeremy McQueen was the guy from the wrong side of the tracks who her parents would never have approved of. Their years apart have only made the sexy bad boy more irresistible than ever–and their reunion is explosive.

When she asks Jeremy to help her salvage her family business, he agrees immediately, with only one condition–he wants her in his bed.

But soon surprising circumstances leave Phoebe reeling. Was this fairy tale romance just too good to be true? Will Jeremy’s secrets pull them apart all over again?

THIS IS A STANDALONE SECOND-CHANCE ROMANCE WITH NO CLIFFHANGER ENDING.

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EXCERPT

Phoebe St. Claire

Feeling a bit drunk and overwhelmed with so many and so few choices at the same time, I needed some time alone and snuck off toward the beach path.

I ran toward the ocean and twirled in the sand as the wind blew around me. Once I started to feel dizzy from twirling, I still wasn’t ready to head back to the party, so I took the path that would lead me to the large Olympic-sized pool. I tugged my sandals off with thoughts of putting my feet in the water to rinse the mud and sand away. As I approached the pool, I noticed how it glowed like it was lit by small pale fires. Lost in the enchantment of it, the sudden movement beneath the surface startled me.

A fair-haired boy emerged from the water. He pulled himself up and out so quickly that I was momentarily stunned. And then when he drank me in with his eyes, I shuddered.

I couldn’t help it, the way he looked at me just made me shiver. No one had ever looked at me like that before and I found myself gazing back into his intense eyes.

He was utterly beautiful. His bare chest was sculpted but not overly bulky like Danny or Jamie. They worked out every day pumping obnoxious amounts of iron to look the way they did. In contrast, the boy standing before me had a swimmer’s build.

He stood stoic and a cautious look crossed his face. He was long and lean in a pair of bright green neon swim trunks.

Right away I could tell he didn’t care what anyone thought about him.

I loved the idea of that.

So I smiled at him.

He shook his head and his hair fell into his eyes.

I wanted to reach out and push it away. It wasn’t long, but it wasn’t short. It was perfect.

“Hey,” he said, grabbing a towel off the ground.

It didn’t belong to the club. It was small, beige, and a bit worn—not the large hunter-green fluffy ones monogrammed in white I’d always gotten when I used to come here to swim as a kid.

“Hey,” I said back, swinging my sandals nervously.

He grabbed a pair of jeans that lay next to where the towel had been and walked right by me.

I turned to watch him as he strode into one of the cabanas and dropped his trunks. I froze and squeezed my eyes shut, thinking I shouldn’t be watching him but then opened them quickly when I couldn’t resist maybe catching a glimpse.

“Didn’t your parents ever tell you it isn’t polite to stare?” His voice was low and sexy, and it tugged me out of my own head.

I put my hands on my hips. “Didn’t your parents ever teach you not to undress in mixed company?”

He pulled his jeans on and laughed. “My mother might have mentioned that once or twice but I’ve never been good at following the rules.”

And it didn’t escape my notice that he didn’t put any underwear on first.

Hot. Totally and completely hot.

I didn’t see anything I shouldn’t have seen, it was too dark, but something inside me electrified at the thought of seeing him naked and I stepped closer. That’s when I noticed the scuffed-up black work boots on one of the lounges with a T-shirt thrown next to them.

I raised a brow. “Is this your changing room?”

He laughed again but this time added a smile and put his hands up. “Okay you caught me. I better get out of here before anyone else does.”

He was adorable and charming and my heart skipped a beat or two.

Then I stepped even closer and entered the cabana entrance, effectively blocking his way. “Why? You’re not doing anything wrong.”

He shrugged but he didn’t try to move around me. “I usually swim in the ocean but when the water is too rough, like tonight, I come here.”

I bit my lip in contemplation before speaking. “Does it really matter if you get caught?”

He crossed his arms over his bare chest. “Let’s just say it’s not just the swimming. It’s more that I’ve been caught doing a few too many things that I shouldn’t have been doing in the past.”

A bad boy.

The thought made my pulse thunder. “So you’re not a member at this club?”

He cleared his throat and shifted from foot to foot. “No,” he laughed but his laugh was anything but genuine. “Are you?”

I hesitated as I considered my answer. “No, I was just walking the beach and wanted to rinse my feet. I’m Phoebe,” I said extending my hand. Technically, I wasn’t lying. I wasn’t a member, my parents were. I hadn’t even been here in years. And I was out for a walk.

Amusement danced in his blue eyes. “Jeremy,” he said back.

When I chewed on my lower lip, I noticed how his eyes focused on it.

Mine focused on the entirety of his mouth—his strong, firm jaw, his sensuous lips, and his tongue that had snuck out to lick his lips.

That mouth.

It was almost too much.

Almost.

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kim karr bioABOUT KIM KARR

I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I’ve always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, I wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. I went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and full-time embracing one of my biggest passions—writing.

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New Release & Review: Trouble on Tap by Avery Flynn

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Trouble on Tap coverWhat fun is life without a little bit of trouble?  Retired supermodel and forever wild child Olivia Sweet is nothing but trouble. The youngest Sweet triplet is back in her hometown, but instead of a triumphant return it’s a parade of humiliations. She’s broke, homeless and dealing with the fallout from her scumbag ex-boyfriend publishing naked pictures of her to a revenge porn website.  Staid and stalwart veteran Mateo Garcia has seen more trouble than a man ever should in his lifetime. He’s gone from pretty boy Marine to a small town police chief with a chip on his shoulder and scars covering the left side of his face. Now his former lover, Olivia, is back in town and living next door.  When the two are forced to work together to fix up the crumbling veterans’ center, the sparks fly between the beauty and the man who sees himself as a beast. Not everyone is happy that Olivia is back home though and Mateo has to choose between the town who wants her gone and an uncertain future with a woman who he thinks could never love him… 45bb4-amazonAvery Flynn - Trouble on Tap - Teaser 3

Review

There is something about this Brewery, this Family and the incredible attraction between the hot girl who is nothing but trouble and the scarred military man who has become his own personal nightmare.

They used to meet up, have a great night and Mateo would go off four another tour of duty. But they needed that night. She was his lucky charm. But Olivia… Olivia wanted so much more. She wanted more than a quick hook up with no strings attached. Some things were just never meant to be.

So ten years later, when she returns to her hometown, she knows she isn’t going to be welcomed immediately. She left a trail behind her when she left town. But this is her change to start over and she gets to do it beside her sister. She has nothing. Her modeling career and subsequent career in advertising, are over. Her ex ran off with everything to fill his needs and his addictions and left her with very little to start over. But now she has a chance to change what others think about her and future generations of her family. Returning to Salvation is not an easy thing to do, but it is all she has left. What she doesn’t expect is to run right into Mateo the first night in town.

But there’s her car… in the mud… Mateo  is the sheriff of this town and he knows he has to get this car out of the mud. What he isn’t too thrilled about is seeing Olivia. He left her heart in pieces and now… well, now the scars are his on the inside and out. He knows that he needs to stay away from his sister’s best friend. He knows he needs to continue on with his life as if Olivia weren’t around.

Of course, nothing is going to be that easy. His sister knows the only one that can break Mateo from his funk and the blocked off life he leads is Olivia. She was a handful back in school and after there was nothing more that he wanted than Olivia. But he was a soldier. He didn’t have time or energy to have a relationship. It wasn’t in the cards for him.

Now… now Olivia has her hands full. She is back in this town where she is not very welcome facing the man that shattered her heart… and she wants redemption from who she used to be. Oh… but if the mayor has anything to say about this, it is going to be one complicated mess.

This is a twisty and angsty story. You want to cheer for Olivia and you want to cheer for Mateo. You want to punch a person or two and curse at a few more. Somehow Salvation hasn’t changed much and forgiveness is not easily given.  Olivia and her sisters know this… they paid the price for someone else and still haven’t earned forgiveness.

But finding a new start will never be so simple. When the one thing you want more than anything else wants nothing to do with you. Determination and attitude can change so much in a town and there is something about Salvation that just calls to me each time I find myself in one of Avery’s books.

This book is heat and passion and forgiveness and growth. It inspires something inside and finds the beauty beyond the pain. It grabs ahold and doesn’t let go.  I love Avery Flynn’s writing so much. I didn’t want this book to end. So worth the read!

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AFlynnShoes-1-230x344About Avery Flynn

Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs. 

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Gunner (The Stoke’s Series) by Stacy L. Mantlo and C. Shivers Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway

Title: Gunner

Series: Stokes #1

Author: Stacy L. Mantlo & C. Shivers

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: May 27, 2015

Anyone who gets betrayed on her wedding day by her dear friend and her fiancé deserves a fresh start, a cosmic do-over. Leaving the past behind her, Indie loads up her slowly mending heart and heads for a new life in Florida. Adamant about staying single and being on her own, she’s not interested in anything but friendship, a new home, and life with no complications. That is until she crashes into the hotter-than-hell Gunner Stokes.

Busy with his brothers and their construction company, Gunner has no time for women. Plenty of heartbreak of his own has convinced Gunner to stay on track with business and his family. But when Indie literally crashes into him, she makes him second guess himself and everything he knows. Can Gunner save Indie from the trouble that she seems to find around every corner? Can Indie and Gunner heal each other from their pasts? Can Gunner convince Indie to take a chance on love?

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This book was a treat! I fell in love with Gunner immediately. But more than that, I fell in love with Indie. It had everything. Romance, suspense, heat, passion and a kindness and warmth about it that just captivated me. I wanted more of the story once it ended and I wanted more of Gunner and Indie.
She moved to Salvation to get away from her past, to start over and move beyond the memories. What she didn’t know was that accidently bumping into someone in a grocery store would change everything in her world. She need to escape her past.
He needed to… well, I am not sure what Gunner needed, but after that one trip to the grocery store, I knew just as well as he did that all bets were off. There would be no more wife for the nights, there would be no more avoiding relationships and no more hiding his heart.
These two seem so opposite when you first meet the individually, but the kindness and compassion they have for one another is very sticky sweet. They have this draw and this chemistry that grabs you and touches you deep down.
Of course, the book isn’t all rainbows and butterflies and there is drama and it always happens, the past sneaks back in and sucker punches you… but the recovery from the past seems to make all the hard times bearable some how.
She is everything he never knew he wanted. He is everything she always thought was too good to be true. But the beauty of it, this is the way it was meant to happen.
Now let me tell you, insta-love is a bit much at times, but I truly believe when you know you know and this is one of those stories that you just know. Everyone knows and it is pure sugar and I couldn’t get enough of Gunner and Avery.  They both deserved their happy ever after. Sometimes it’s the smallest moments that steal your breath away. This entire book was that moment.
Gunner just stole my heart immediately. His kindness and his compassion shows that there are gentlemen out there who live for their women, to please them and make them happy. Now, he’s not perfect, because what kind of story would that be? But what he does for Indie is pure perfection.
Yes, there is plenty of drama and suspenseful moments in this book, but at the heart of it is this amazing couple who were just meant for one another. I loved this book.

“I found myself holding my breath on more than one occasion whilst reading, damn Stacy can keep you on edge with her writing.” ~ NiccisBookBlog

“Pulled me in from the start … Will have you LoLing in places and then teary the next and whats better…” ~ Amazon Reviewer

“This one was a hit for me. I liked the story about Gunner and Indie.” ~ Cranky Author Book Blog

Stacy Mantlo is a full time wife and mother of two and now new author. She is addicted to coffee and chocolate and tries to get six hours of sleep at night. She has always loved reading and writing all kinds of different stories. She state’s; life can sometimes be over whelming so writing and reading is a great way to escape, walk into a fantasy world if only for a while. Her favorite part is letting her fingers fly on the key board of her computer while the story unfolds in front of her.

C. Shivers is thirty eight year old mother of two wonderful young men. She is addicted to sweet tea and has a passion for reading and writing. Carla’s way of unwinding from a hard day is getting lost in a book. She enjoys spending her time with her family and coming up with ideas of different stories for the next book.

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Quirks & Kinks by Laurel Ulen Curtis Review

9781514681640“It’s a new show, Quirks and Kinks. We’ve already selected a male reenactment actor to be your co-host, so you’re the last piece of the puzzle. There’s some seriously f@$%ed up sh*t out there that people are into, and the two of you are going to be the face of it.”

“I’m going to be the face of people’s freakish fetishes?” I asked disbelievingly.

Larry shrugged his nonchalance, shoving it directly down the throat of my panic. “Half of it.”

That conversation was the beginning of more than a show.

It was the beginning of mystery, friendship, and love, and the outcome of mixing all three together with two unsuspecting victims. 

Easie Reynolds and Anderson Evans were drawn to the same, simple thing—each other. 

But, sometimes, undeniable chemistry isn’t enough. After all, how easy is it to get know someone when they’re constantly pretending to be someone else?  

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REVIEW

This is the first book I have read from this author and I have to admit, I know I will be reading more! This book is just plain fun.

Easie and Anderson are the hosts and actors for a show called Quirks & Kinks. It is not your typical show but it definitely was fun and hot all at the same time. The chemistry between the characters is out of this world. Easie is sarcastic and snarky. She is stubborn and doesn’t mess around. Anderson is sweet and kind and let’s face it, hot. But the two of them together and this book just sizzles.

I love the off the wall premise behind this show. It is a great concept and in all actuality, I would probably watch it if it were on my television. It is just so twisted and odd that it would be fun to watch.

I will be the first to say, I am not sure I would have picked up this book with they synopsis, but I did love each moment of it. I couldn’t put it down. It was fun, flirty and let’s just say a plain old crazy! But so worth it.

I loved the connection between the characters. I love the wit and the sarcasm and I absolutely loved the writing. It was an unexpected surprise for me and so worth reading again. I loved the “real” in the book and kept thinking, that is how people talk. It was refreshing change of pace from a lot of the books I read and I cannot wait to spend more time with books written by Laurel Ulen Curtis.

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“I’m still not even sure what we’re doing here,” I told Ashley as I glanced around at the cheap Tex Mex themed decor of El Loco Restaurant.

All around us, business-suit-clad, young singles chatted and laughed, sinking deeper into their margaritas and each other. A life untraveled stared me in the face, but it didn’t make me feel bitter or regretful. All I felt was stupid for being out and spending money that we didn’t have.

“You just landed a job,” she cooed before sipping delicately from the free water.

Giving her my undivided attention, I narrowed my cat-like blue eyes.

“Granted, it’s not a job you’re exactly thrilled about, but it comes with money, and that’s worth celebrating a little.”

“Pff,” I huffed. “So far, all it’s come with is a bag of muffin mix and humiliation.” Exaggeratedly, I checked my purse. “Nope, no money.”

Ashley just shook her head. “We’re eating one dollar tacos. Peanut butter and bread are more expensive. Relax.”

My fingers itched for a cigarette, and astute twenty-three year old lady that she was, Ashley didn’t miss it.

“Besides, if we’re going to get on the money discussion you’re going to have to take a closer look at some of your other expensive habits.”

Ashley had been trying to talk me into quitting for years, and I knew my lungs would thank me if I somehow managed to follow through. But for as desirable as it sounded, I just…couldn’t. It wasn’t so much the addiction and the work it would take to kick a years-in-the-making habit. It was that smoking had become my emotional crutch. My timeout in any moment of need and my excuse to busy myself with something other than being a bitch. I was scared of the chasm I’d fall into, the unclimbable hill I’d create with my auger-like anxiety.

My sister didn’t know any of that. No one did.

“I smoke for my career.”

Her eyes practically rolled all the way out of her head. “This ought to be good.”

“You know this industry is unbelievably vapid, and vapid means skinny. Smoking keeps me that way.”

She shook her head in disdain.

“And it’s cheaper than a gym membership.”

“Global warming, anyone?” she called dramatically. “You’re argument is balancing on some pretty thin ice.”

“Shut up.”

Suddenly, warmth wafted up into my face as our waiter shoved the toasty basket of complimentary chips into the center of our table. My eyes drifted naturally from the basket to the hand holding it, where a large, oval, heavy metal ring sat in blazing contrast to the tan expanse of his long ring finger, up the line of his muscular—deliciously veiny—forearm, to the cuff of his rolled up black sleeve. On a runaway mission of their own, my eyes wouldn’t stop, eating up the expanse of his bicep in an instant, stutter-stepping up the corded column of his slender throat, and landing on one of the most attractive male mugs I’ve ever seen.

A mixing bowl of ethnicity, his naturally tanned skin and dark features stood in stark contrast with the minty green of his eyes. Directly on me and smirking, they were mesmerizing.

And mocking.

Ashley spoke, as I’d apparently lost all of my normal snarky ability.

“Thanks.”

A small glance from me to her preceded his polite answer. “You’re welcome.”

She smiled her prettiest smile, the one that infused her entire being from chest to eyes, and the corner of his mouth notched higher in response.

A foreign heaviness settled in my chest as I watched, and its completely unwelcome presence nearly made me sick.

He turned to leave slowly, one last lingering look in my direction making my nerves ratchet up to an eleven.

Fuck. I did not like to be rattled. Confident words were my modus operandi, but a good earthquake could wreck even the strongest of routines. My table at El Loco, tonight—this guy—was the epicenter.

The man in question had just earned himself automatic placement on my shit list.

Straight, white, top teeth just barely teased the plump pillow of his bottom lip. It was unintentional, completely innocent, and hot as Jesus’ sauna.

Shit list position confirmed.

“You’re, like, really attractive,” Ashley noted, evidently drunk on her water and speaking via a direct link to my brain.

His chuckle was like a full body vibrator, skating through the nerves on every inch of my skin. One long-fingered hand shot straight to his neck, rubbing the uneasiness of Ashley’s compliment out quickly.

“Thanks.”

“Are you an actor?” she continued. “You’ve got to be, right?”

LA. Every attractive person you meet must be in the business.

I would have laughed at Ashley’s assumption and how ridiculous it was if I hadn’t been thinking the same thing.

He looked slightly bashful, but fought straight through the discomfort and answered her frankly. “Uh, yeah. I mean, I’m trying anyway. I’m not particularly successful.”

Distracted by my reaction to him and his honesty, I didn’t run a pre-check on anything coming out of my mouth. Not that I normally had the best filter. “So you’re another one of those actors, waiting tables to pay the bills and pass the time?”

He bristled, and rightfully so. But he did it with an otherworldly calm, meeting my eyes directly and speaking in a soft, polite—if only slightly teasing—voice.

“One of those? Oh. No. Waiting tables is my dream. I just act to fit in.”

My cheeks felt hot with embarrassment and shame, and the glint in his eyes told me that he saw it.

Sometimes I hated that my default setting was bitch. Such a dominant trait was hard to overturn. “Okay, so maybe that was a little rude.”

One corner of his mouth—the smug one—rose just slightly. “It’s a distinct possibility.”

Silence hung between us, but while my time was spent avoiding eye contact, his was spent calculating his next blow.

“I guess you must be something really impressive then?”

“Huh?” My wandering eyes shot to his with the focus of a heat-seeking missile.

“Well, you obviously aren’t on the waiting tables slash acting track that the rest of us losers are.”

“Um—”

“I mean, you must do something that really matters, right? Educating orphaned kids. Curing Cancer. Coming up with the way to end all of the world’s unrest.” Attractive arms crossed over an equally nice chest. “Am I right?”

For as confident as I usually was, and as many comebacks as I normally had, I couldn’t think of one single thing to say.

Unfortunately, my sister wasn’t suffering from a similar problem.

“Hah! She’s an actor too. But she’s too busy to wait tables.”

“Working?” he asked, one manly eyebrow cocking in time with his question. If I wasn’t mistaken, he actually looked impressed for a minute.

I was ready to leave right then, but Ashley, being the one of us with a conscience, had a knack for ruining a good thing.

“Oh. No. She’s just too busy being her. You know, cutting people like you down in her spare time.” She looked away, bopped to the music in the background. “But, she doesn’t do it on purpose. She was born this way. Cold, dead heart and all. I guess that’s why people like me still love her.”

I tried not to let her words hurt. After all, if I were describing myself, I probably would have chosen the exact same words, and because I knew her so well, I knew she was just trying to make a joke and bail me out of a situation of my own making.

And yet, I still couldn’t stop the smile from slipping and sliding its way off of my face.

It only took a few seconds to recover, but when I looked back up at the waiter, he was looking at me differently. Assessing.

Uncomfortable was too cushy a word for what I was feeling. Bombs exploded and sprayed shrapnel, the sharp edges of his scrutiny digging into the flesh of my muscle and making it twitch just beneath the not-protective-enough layer of my skin.

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 laurel-curtis-profile-230x344About Laurel Ulen Curtis 

Laurel Ulen Curtis is a 27 year old mother of one. She lives with her husband and son (and cat and two fish!) in New Jersey, but grew up all over the United States. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, and puts that to almost no use other than forecasting for her friends! She has a passion for her family, laughing, and reading and writing Romance novels.

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Salvation by Ahren Sanders Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

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Her innocence is masked with vulnerability. Until her walls crumble…

Undeniable Desire

His world is full of despair. Until he finds her light…

Unyielding Chemistry

Falling in love seemed to heal them both. Until their haunting pasts threatens to destroy…

Unrelenting protection

Robbie Hayes’s life changed the day a horrific accident shook his foundation. He’s resolved to regain control. While the physical wounds have healed, the emotional scars remain.

Will he ever be able to outrun the memories? Can she be his salvation?

Ember Walker’s life hasn’t been easy. Fleeing from a world filled with hatred gives her a fresh start, one she desperately craved. Now, she’s stronger, but guilt and insecurities still plague her.

Will she ever be able to outrun her memories? Can he be her salvation?

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EXCERPT

My eyes flutter as soft fingertips drag across my lower back. The faint sound of thumping pounds against my ear as I open my eyes, feeling disoriented. The first thing I see are the hard lines of Robbie’s stomach as his chest rises and falls.

My face buries into the warmth of his embrace and he starts chuckling.

“Is it possible to wake you?” he rumbles.

“Guess so, but I was having the most wonderful dreams.”

“So was I, but mine weren’t while sleeping. Mine are right here in the flesh, laid out on top of me.

When I lift my head to his, my heart melts. The look of devotion on his face is so strong it threatens to crush me.

“How long have I been asleep?”

“About an hour. When I came out of the bathroom, you were passed out.”

“Why aren’t you asleep?”

“Because I have an incredibly sexy, naked woman lying in my arms. It would be a shame to miss this.”

“I’ve slept with you naked before.” Blush creeps up my cheeks.

“Think we both know this is different.”

Emotions bubble inside of me, and I curl into him.

“You mean something special to me, Ember. More than special. I want you to know that.”

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REVIEW

So it’s no secret that I have loved each and every book written by Ahren Sanders. She is one of my go-to authors that I will read endlessly. But… this book… Far exceeded any possible expectations I could have ever had regarding her work. I have loved each book, I have loved each character. But Robbie and Ember… well… my heart was stolen by these two and I am not quite ready to let them go yet.

At one point in the book, I sent this author a message telling her that she made me ugly cry. But it wasn’t worth every tear and every emotion that this book brought to the surface. And I will be perfectly honest with you, anytime you have a man in the military my heart just beats a little bit louder and a whole lot faster. But then you make him one that would give anything to love and protect one woman at all costs and I was done for, well for a little while anyway…

Robbie Hayes, a Marine with a dark past. His time in the military clouded his world. Made things unbearable. He lost sleep when he returned and was haunted of memories of his final day in combat. Robbie Hayes, the strong, tormented and broken man… But there is one thing he sees that seems to take away some of that pain, to make it a bit more bearable. But he can’t go there. The scars on the inside are too much to burden for someone else.

Ember Walker is not perfect. But she is lovable, she just doesn’t realize it. She has been handed so much in her life that coping is just the only thing she knows how to do. But giving her heart away is not something that is going to be easy. She knows the pain that it can cause, she has lived it first hand. But there is something about Robbie Hayes that just fits. The heartache from her past is a lot to deal with. Learning to let someone in her heart again…that may take even more bravery than most will ever know.

Both have scars from their past that they are trying to get beyond. Can they find room to accept the past, move on from the past and find the happiness that they deserve? Love fearlessly by those they are surrounded by may be the one thing that will get them both beyond the hurt they have experienced.

I loved these characters tremendously. Robbie has pain from his time in the military and the war he now fights is within. Suffering from PTSD and finding a way to see through to the other side is his battle. Ember suffered years of abuse from her mother and sister and learning to trust another man in her life is asking a lot. No matter how perfect these two are for one another, finding the strength to move beyond the past is going to be their biggest obstacle.

Ahren Sanders told Robbie’s story and it broke me. Completely broke me… yes, I ugly cried for the third or forth time ever over characters in a book. There were really tough and tragic moments in this book, but the sum of all the pain and tears was the love waiting on the other side. This is a powerful book. Being the patriotic soul that I am, my heart just broke time and time again for Robbie. The constant stress from PTSD is a hard concept to grasp for many that don’t live through it. No matter what these two have to struggle to overcome, the battles within are the enemy.

I am always enamored and in awe of Ahren’s work, but there is something so moving for me about a war hero that melts me. My mind was flooded with admiration for this book and for Robbie. Salvation may not have been the story I was waiting for, but sometimes the best gifts are unexpected. Ahren Sanders knocked me off my feet with this one and it instantly moved to one of my top five reads of all time.

Note To Ahren Sanders: YOU ARE AMAZING!

**This book is part of a series, but can be read as a stand alone, though you will miss some of the background on Raven and Declan and you probably don’t want to miss them!

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Giveaway

The Boyfriend Bookmark will gift through Amazon, five copies of Salvation and winning is super easy… I am going patriotic with this one.

Comment on this post with your favorite Independence Day memory. If we share your memory on Saturday, July 4th, you will receive a copy of Salvation by Ahren Sanders.

**Ahren Sanders and The Hype PR are not responsible for this giveaway. This giveaway is courtesy of The Boyfriend Bookmark

About Ahren Sanders

Ahren spent her formative years living in an active volcano. There her family made collectible lava art. She studied rock collecting at the Sorbonne in France. There she met the love of her life-her pet pig Sybil. She returned to the states and started writing. She is happily married to a guy who used to live under a bridge and she met while pole-dancing. They have one amazing daughter.
Now, meet the real me. I grew up in the south and consider myself a true “Southerner”. Most of the special locations mentioned in my books are reflections of my favorite places. Living on the Florida coast, my family spends a lot time at the beach which is where I usually can be found with a book in my hand. I started writing my Surrender Series, in the spring of 2013 and have received incredible support from the Indie community. Throughout this year, I have been privileged to meet some amazing people that I am thankful to have in my life.

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Title: Small Town Summer Box Set
Authors: Various
 Release Date: July 15, 2015

 

From warm sunny days to long sultry nights, spend your summer falling in love in a small town!
These nine contemporary romances featuring sassy heroines, sexy heroes, and lots of heartwarming romance make the perfect beach read. Whether your pleasure is sweet small town romance or smolderingly sexy love stories, there’s something in the Small Town Summer box set for everyone!
Small Town Summer includes novellas from nine BESTSELLING, AWARD WINNING, and RISING STAR authors:
AWAKENING ANNA by Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Terri Osburn
ANYWHERE WITH YOU by Heatherly Bell
MOONSHINE & MAGNOLIAS by National Bestselling author Jamie Farrell
SUMMER IN STRINGTOWN PROPER by Liz Flaherty
SUMMER STOCK by Regina Kyle
SERENA’S SOLDIER by Amy Lamont 
A KISS IN KITE HARBOR by Stefanie London 
HER LAST SHOT by Megan Ryder
SWEET HOME ALASKA by Rebecca Thomas
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Awakening Anna by Terri Osburn
Librarian
Anna Robinson is fascinated by Max Marshall, the hot young writer occupying the
bestseller lists, and the apartment above hers. In one night, Max awakens Anna
to true sexual pleasure, but the new lovers quickly learn that one night is
never enough.
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Anywhere With You by Heatherly Bell
Welcome to Starlight Hill, California, where the wine flows
freely and so does the gossip.

Celebrity stylist Kailey Robbins wants a second chance with
ex-military pilot Joe Hannigan, but can she convince him that this time
she’ll settle down into small town life?

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Moonshine & Magnolias by Jamie Farrell
Shelby’s a
newly single mother learning how to be herself again. Zack’s the hot military
man next door who loves a good adventure. And a chance encounter at a steamy
summer softball game will challenge what they both thought they knew about
their hearts, their lives, and their forevers.
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Summer in Stringtown Proper by Liz Flaherty
Banker Molly Linden never expected to be alone and
unemployed at fifty. Buying hunky carpenter Joe Rahilly’s saloon takes care of
the employment situation, but she’s still alone. Or is she?
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Summer Stock by Regina Kyle
Jax Donovan
left his hometown—and high school sweetheart Georgi Petersen—for the bright
lights of Broadway. Now he’s back, but can he convince the lovely librarian
that their romance is worth rekindling, on stage and off?
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Regina
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Serena’s Soldier by Amy Lamont
Young nurse
Serena Adessi can’t wait to be reunited with the soldier she’s loved for as
long as she can remember. But when Mace Palmer sustains a career-ending injury
while deployed, can she convince him he still has a future worth fighting for?
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A Kiss in Kite Harbor

by Stefanie London

When plus
size model, Shelby Jenkins, returns to her hometown she must face up to the
bullies from her past, but the only person who can help her is the one who
broke her heart. Small town advocate Nate Ritter is ready for redemption, but
will he lose the woman of his dreams to the big city again?
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Her Last Shot by Megan Ryder
Girl next
door Rachel Darling has been in love with local baseball hero, Bastien LeBeau,
for her whole life. Now that he’s back in town, can she convince him that she’s
the right woman for him or will he lose the best thing that might ever happen
to him?
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Sweet Home Alaska by Rebecca Thomas
When Lauren
Kinkade abandons her Hollywood dreams to run the family business back in
Alaska, she reaches out to a former schoolmate to help get things off the
ground. Trey Briggs has his reasons for turning her down, but can he really
resist the girl he’s always wanted?
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*All stories included in Small
Town Summer
are novella length. Readers will have the chance to
catch up with their favorite authors and sample some brand new ones. *
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