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A Cool Review of Fall Releases

Released The Fall of 2018

Looking back at this fall’s New Releases I was wondering how I was going limit myself to the ones I wanted to highlight because I have seriously read a lot of good books this fall. However, given that next month I will be also be taking a look back at the entire year I knew I had to limit myself so I wasn’t completely redundant. So, without further ado, I’d like to take a moment to recap some of my favorite books that were published this fall.

When life gets to be too much or basically you just need a pick me up, Lauren Blakely knows how to write a RomCom that will just make you feel good. This fall she introduced us the The Heartbreakers, three brothers who were not only sexy musicians, but also family men with huge hearts. This sexy romantic comedy series is full of laughter, heart, and steamy romance.

The Heartbreaker series 

by Lauren Blakely

Three brothers. Three rockstars. Three standalone rom-coms to melt your heart and your panties.

Once Upon A Real Good Time
That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star?

Turns out he’s my son’s new music teacher. Oops.

But I didn’t know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar — like he owned it.

My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we’re both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don’t just have chemistry in bed — we connect over everything.

That is, until I learn he’s the man who’ll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son — the best music lessons money can buy.

Time to turn down the volume on our shenanigans. Only that’s easier said than done.

***

I can rock a guitar solo in front of thousands, I can write chart-topping tunes, and I can absolutely stop thinking about my student’s mother naked.

After all, I’m a single parent too, and I know what it’s like to put your kid first. That’s what I do every damn day.

Trouble is, now that I’ve had Mackenzie, it’s hard — and I do mean hard — to stop wanting her. Harder too when I get to know her, and learn she’s an awesome mom, a great friend, and, oh yeah, she happens to get along perfectly with my daughter.

All we have to do is set some rules. No dating, no nookie when the kids are around, and no one gets hurt.

It’s all working out beautifully. Until we start breaking the rules, one by one.

Making music with her in the bedroom is easy. But will we be more than just a real good time when the music stops?

Once Upon A Sure Thing
It’s so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy.

Said no woman ever. Except me.

My friendship with Miller is a sure thing — he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world.

Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me.

Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.

***

Sing sexy songs with the woman you’ve been lusting after? Get up close and personal as you croon to the woman you’ve wanted for years?

Piece of cake.
NOT.

Performing with the sweet, sassy and insanely wonderful Ally is like one gigantic obstacle course of challenges for my libido. And my libido is one sexy love song away from kissing her senseless and taking her home.

But, I’m not a serious kind of guy, and she’s not a one-night-stand kind of woman. If we cross the horizontal line, we might risk our sure thing and end up out of tune forever…

Once Upon A Wild Fling
My brother’s best friend has a proposition for me. Have I mentioned he’s a sexy single dad? Tell me more…

There are a million reasons why Miles Hart isn’t the man I should date but allow me to enumerate the top three. He’s friends with my brother, he’s a single dad, and he’s a sexy, in-demand rock star. He might as well wear an off-limits, totally unavailable, and don’t-even-attempt-to-ride-this-ride sign.

Then he asks me to be his plus-one when his band plays at his high school reunion, and the night unfolds in ways I never expect. 
***
I have three good reasons to keep my hands off Roxy Sterling–her brother’s my business manager and good buddy, my kid is the center of my world, and the last time I fell hard for a woman I was burned so badly that my interest in relationships has gone up in flames. But once I bring Roxy’s body next to mine on the dance floor, I want all the not-safe-for-work things I can’t have with her. So I make a proposition.

Then I learn exactly how risky we might be.

♥Published: Fall 2018♥

I read for many reasons, enjoyment being a huge chunk of that reasoning pie, but another piece is to be moved. The Good Samaritan moved me in such a way that I have continued thinking about it days, weeks, and now even months after reading it. It has the kind of inspiring story that makes me want to make a difference and especially have a pay-it-forward attitude. This book is just that good. Read it and discover your own inspiration.


The Good Samaritan

by R.C. Boldt

The biggest story of her life is the one he wants to hide.

I’m homeless by choice.
I have no intention of returning to my former life after what I’ve done.
This—living among the filth and discarded remnants of others—is what I deserve.
As atonement for my sins, I give back; I help those who cannot help themselves. But it’s always under the guise of anonymity.
Newspaper headlines throughout the city are clamoring to discover my identity. Including the beautiful woman who manages to see through my “armor.”
She has the capability to put my entire life at risk.

Paperback 330 pages

♥Published: September 18th 2018♥

Much like life where you are trying to figure out how to adult, reign in your every changing hormones, finish school or climb the ladder in a job market full of rules you didn’t make; The New Adult category mirrors those angst ridden times.  In No Tomorrow, I was raked through the coals, beaten, bruised…okay not literally, but it’s what my emotions felt like after reading it. This book is so emotional I seriously needed time to wallow and process after reading it. It’s amazing and heartbreaking and devastating and just so, so, so good.


No Tomorrow

by Carian Cole

The people we love are thieves.
They steal our hearts. They steal our breath.
They steal our sanity.
And we let them.
Over and over and over again.

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They say you never forget your first time.
Mine was with a homeless musician who effed my brains out under a bridge.

He was my first love. And fourteen years later, I still can’t get him out of my head.

He broke all my rules.
He also broke my heart.

I watched him climb to stardom, cheering him on from afar.
But I was never a fan; just a girl in love.

Like a tornado, he spiraled, leaving a path of destruction in his wake.

But love conquers all, right? It has to. Because here I stand, ravaged and ruined, needing it to be true.

You can’t go back, but I want to. Back to the bridge. Back to when he sang only for me. Before he was famous. Before he shattered my heart.

I thought I knew everything about him.
But I could not have been more wrong.

He promised me every tomorrow. And here I am, waiting.
And hoping.
Again.

ebook 488 pages

♥Published: September 13th 2018♥

I was both leary and intrigued when Suit came my way. It’s a fictionalized memoir, which is nothing like I’ve read before and honestly it was amazing! I normally don’t like biographies, I instantly snooze and zone out, but this was anything but. The love story and changes that both BB and Ken underwent were touching and sometimes very close to home. Even though Suit is part of a series, it can also be read as a complete standalone.


Suit; A 44 chapters novel

by B.B. Easton

Because BB Easton had so much fun writing her bestselling, award-winning memoir, 44 CHAPTERS ABOUT 4 MEN, she decided to give each of her four men his own steamy standalone. SUIT is Ken’s book—the hilarious, heartwarming tale of how BB finally got over her bad boy phase and found happily ever after with…gasp…a guy in a tie. 

“Since when are you into guys in ties? You only like guys who look like they rob guys in ties. At gunpoint.”

It was true. By 2003, my type had been well-established. There might as well have been a giant sign on my heart that said, Good Guys Need Not Apply.

Which is exactly why I had to friend-zone Ken Easton. The man was a former football star, smelled like fresh laundry instead of stale cigarettes, and had more ties in his closet than tattoos on his knuckles. Pssh. BOR-ING.

But the more I got to know my hunky study buddy, the more questions I came away with. Questions like: Why doesn’t he date? Why does he avoid human touch? Why does he hate all things fun and wonderful?

The psychology student in me became obsessed with getting inside Ken’s head, while the spoiled brat in me became obsessed with getting inside his heart.

In 2003, I found the one thing I love more than bad boys…

A good challenge.

ebook 245 pages

♥Published: October 18th 2018♥

I’ve read many books that talk about PTSD or have a character suffering from PTSD, but nothing I’ve read delved quite as deep like Heartbreak Warfare does. I was constantly torn in two over the emotional battle the characters faced and filled with pride for the soldiers who sign up to protect our country knowing the evil that constantly wants to destroy it. This book did a number on my heart and I’ll warn you it’s not a light, fluffy, nor easy read, but it is one that should be read. It’s relevant and you will be consumed like I have been and then pass it along to share.


Heartbreak Warfare

by Heather M Orgeron & Kate Stewart

Briggs,

Remember when we parted ways in Germany? It was the day I broke your heart. What you didn’t know was that I was breaking mine too.

I thought they’d be enough–my husband and my son. That I’d get home and everything would go back to the way it was . . .

Before the war.
Before the ambush.
Before you.

But, no matter how hard I try, I can’t erase the trauma we shared. I can’t seem to forget the way my heart beat in time with yours.

The truth is I’m lost without you.

I thought the nightmare was over when they pulled us from that hole in the ground, but nothing could have prepared me for the war I’d face at home.
I know it’s selfish of me to ask, but, please, I have to see you one last time. . .

All my love,
Scottie.

ebook, 348 pages

♥Published: November 1st 2018♥

I have been waiting for this final installment to the Pucked series for quite awhile, but like a fine wine, you don’t want to rush a good thing before it’s ready.
Pucked Love is perfect and I’m so glad that Helena didn’t rush to put out a book that wasn’t absolute perfection. Not only do the main characters get the story that reflects the people we’ve come to know over the growing arc, but we also get to tie up all the loveable characters we already know as this series comes to an end without it overshadowing the main storyline. As sad as I am to say goodbye, it couldn’t have been done in a better way.

Pucked Love (Pucked #6)

by Helena Hunting

As an NHL player, relationships haven’t been my thing. Shrouded in secrecy and speculation, they never last very long. But then that’s what happens when you require an NDA before the first date.

Until Charlene. She’s like a firefly. She’s elusive, and if you catch her she’ll burn bright, but keeping her trapped dulls her fire and dims her beauty.

I caught her. And as much as I might want to keep her, I’ll never put the lid on her jar. Not at the risk of losing her. So I’ve let her set the rules in our relationship.

But as long hidden secrets expose us both, I discover exactly how fragile Charlene is, and how much I need her.

We’re all broken. We’re all messed up. Some more than others. Me more than most.

Audio published in July, Paperback, 278 pages

♥Publishing: November 13th 2018♥

 

*All book synopsis’ given by Goodreads

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