Cover Reveal: The Time In Between by @KristenAshley68 c/o @InkSlingerPR

Feast your eyes on this beauty!

Me, when Kristen Ashley has a new book coming out:

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It feels like I’m anticipating the second coming of Jesus…. well, okay, that’s exaggerated and highly sacrilegious, but the way I feel every time a new book is announced, sheesh! It feels pretty damned close. So, please excuse me while I freak out a little bit… Too much.

So, here you go:

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It’s the third and final book in Ms. Ashley’s “Magdalene” series. If you haven’t read the first two in the series, I strongly urge you to read them first. They’re quite unlike the last Kristen Ashley books I just reviewed, trust me. At the very heart of “The Will” and “Soaring,” though, Ms. Ashley pulled me in relentlessly.  If you have neither time nor money to spend on the first 2 “Magdalene” books, don’t worry: typically, Ms. Ashley’s books can be read as a stand-alone. It would just be less aggravating/torturous if you know a little bit more about the other characters that appear in her books, together with her main hero and heroine. So… when you do have the said time and money, go get ’em. 😉

Now, about “The Time In Between“:

From New York Times Bestselling author Kristen Ashley, comes the third and final book in her The Magdalene series—THE TIME IN BETWEEN—releasing August 29, 2017! Don’t miss the beautiful cover above, and pre-order your copy today!

After a painful loss, Cady Moreland is coming to Magdalene to start the next chapter of her life. A chapter that began eighteen years ago but had a heartbreaking ending. The time in between was full of family and friendship, but Cady could never get the man she fell in love with all those years ago out of her heart.

Coert Yeager has learned to live without the girl who entered his life right when she shouldn’t and exited delivering a crippling blow he never would have suspected. The time in between was full of failing to find what he was missing…and life-altering betrayal.

But when that girl shows up in Magdalene and buys the town’s beloved lighthouse, even if Coert wants to avoid her, he can’t. A fire in town sparks a different kind of flame that won’t be ignored.

As Cady and Coert question the actions of the two young adults they once were thrown into earth-shattering circumstances, can they learn from what came in between and find each other again?

Preorder your copy of THE TIME IN BETWEEN today!

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Review: Hearts On Air by @LHCosway

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If this was the conclusion to L.H. Cosway’sHearts” series, then it’s a highly suitable and unforgettable one. It contains all the extremes that I, as an extremely emotional reader, require in a good romance novel: heartbreak, fear, loving stars in the guy’s eyes, eventual forgiveness, and growth. I also especially love that book-hero, Trevor Cross, is different from all the recent book heroes I’ve read about. Trevor is living with ADHD; he’s not super macho or alpha-ish at all. I’m so glad that both he and his counterpart, book-heroine, Reya Cabrera, are both relatable. They’re human, have made mistakes, and were willing to work hard to correct what went wrong.

TBH, though, would a show featuring parkour street artists excite people? Meh, probably not (notwithstanding the Ninja Warrior shows, which do not just feature parkour athletes). And, while Reya’s “Hearts On Air” lyrics were superbly well-written, I would really love to have someone sit down and write the melody to it, because it sounds too good to fit today’s Top 40 standards.

Another thing that I really liked about “Hearts On Air” is because of its base setting: London. It’s extremely sad about what’s been happening recently in one of my favorite cities in the world. I’ve only been there twice, and I plan to go back. No one brings London down!

Back to the book: All-in-all, a great purchase. 4 stars

Review: The Farthest Edge by @KristenAshley68

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When a strong woman is inexplicably and cruelly reminded that she is physically weaker than a man, and that man just so happens to be her lover and BDSM sub, she is forever changed. When she and I are introduced to another man, one who has been through all sorts of physical, emotional, and psychological pain, and who fulfills her wildest fantasies, shows her his gentler side, and gives her a love that could surpass even forever, then I’m one very lucky reader for hitting the jackpot that is called “The Farthest Edge,” written by the incomparable Kristen Ashley.

If you take Ms. Ashley’s penchant for romantic, alpha male heroes combined with strong, smart, admirable, non-whiny, not-OTT-dramatic, funny, mature, and physically-gifted women, stir in highly erotic sexy scenes that are beyond taboo, then I say: WOW. ‘Nuff said. I was taken for a wonderful and sinful ride through the lives of several characters who are, essentially, giving the middle finger to the rest of the world. In my personal opinion, this is the best writing that I’ve seen Kristen Ashley deliver so far. Why anyone would choose not to like it because of the “Honey” books’ extreme sexy scenes, I truly don’t understand. Take those away, and at the crux of it, “Farthest Edge” is a tried-and-true KA story of love that is well fought for.

Now, I read on Ms. Ashley’s Goodreads blog that her favorite scene in all her books (so far) is the one that “Farthest Edge” hero, Branch Dillinger, had together with one of his best friends. It’s one that doesn’t even involve his romantic counterpart, Evangeline, a.k.a. Angie. I wholeheartedly agree. I may have my own issues with American politics and international policies now (yes, I can still comment on those despite my not being an American; despite my life being halfway around the world, it is still badly and unfortunately influenced by DJT’s masochism stupidity machismo), but Branch’s issues 5 stars.jpgwith the same are all the more disheartening and bleak. When he finally chooses to bury those said issues and pursue happiness with Angie, he finds hope, which gives me hope in return.

P.S. The 3rd and, supposedly, final stand-alone book in the Honey Series is going to be about Domme queen, Mistress Sixx, and Dom prince, Stellan. I’m sure Ms. Ashley is waiting for her readers to write to her and bug her about Aryas and Talia’s story, too. And, Gerbil’s, as well. So, please, KA, if you read this, please consider this as my petition to read about those 3 characters. Okay, if you’re negotiating, I’ll take Aryas & Talia please. Thanks!

Review: The Deep End by @KristenAshley68

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COULDN’T. STOP. READING.

ME, after starting this at 8pm, 80% through on chapter 1:
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Then, the latter 20% of chapter 1 got me goin’ like:
COULDN’T. STOP. READING.

ME, after starting this at 8pm, 80% through on chapter 1:
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Then, the latter 20% of chapter 1 got me goin’ like:
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Finally, I finished it at 5am the next morning after going deep into it (all pun sorely intended) and felt like this:
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God bless Kristen Ashley. She just cannot be underestimated.

Yes, this book is so completely unlike any of her previous books. And it’s got smut crawling all over its e-pages, but dang, it got me hooked.

Now, I gotta go to church, people. Need to cleanse my soul a bit before I dive into book 2!

5 stars

Review: Dating-ish by @ReidRomance

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Penny Reid and I are bosom friends. I know it. She doesn’t. Obvs. Pshaw. But I don’t care, ‘coz my heart knows what it knows. Penny Reid and I are like kismet meeting its… fate. Okay, okay, I also know that that last thing I just said doesn’t make any damned sense, but you feel me, right?

Just like I also felt, immediately after reading the first few pages of “Dating-ish” that Ms. Reid and her brilliance came out swinging with this book. She makes me THINK. Mind you: this is a ROMANCE novel. Like, you’d think it’s another version of the classic, oft-repeated, and stilted romantic smutty tales we’ve all read – and that I constantly love reading – but, no, “Dating-ish” is the anti-thesis of what I’ve come to think of as the boring, old norm. Whenever the main book characters, Marie Harris and Matt Simmons debate their views on love, relationships, human interactions, science, robots, or anything, really, Penny Reid is making me think: if this were real, how would I respond? Of course, I already take it for granted that my responses are probably not going to be as well thought-out as Ms. Reid’s words, because I’ve highlighted so many passages in my ARC copy of this e-book that it’s as colorful as my old scientific textbooks.

Wise words abound throughout the book, lift up from the e-pages I held, and smashed directly into my brain and conscience. Fictional Marie’s mother told her, “Only you get to decide how you stand, what you stand for, and when you do it.” Matt tells Marie, at one point, whilst discussing whether or not robots should be legally protected from maltreatment and simultaneously witnessing a set of parents brutally leaving the care of their child purely to a nanny, “I can’t see the value in a set of ethics for the treatment of machines when we, as humans, don’t even treat our children ethically.” He adds, “Paying a person to care for you isn’t going to work, because people are inherently flawed. Without a paycheck, that kid won’t see that nanny ever again. But an AI {Artificial Intelligence robot], one who’s [sic] entire purpose is to give compassion, I think it would change the world.”

Me:
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Good one, Penny, good one.

No, wait. GREAT one. Totally, unabashedly, in love with you your books.

New Book REVEAL ANNOUNCEMENT from @ViKeeland

Ladies (and gents), feast your eyes on this!

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What?! Oh yeah. A new book from one of my favorite authors, Vi Keeland, is coming out (not) soon (enough)! I just got word about it myself and I already couldn’t wait to read it. Even before I read the blurb.

Just look at all that yumminess.

Slurp.

P.S. Read all the way up to the end of this post. I’ll tell you who the cover model is (and where to stalk him).

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But, I digress.

Here are all the deets I just know you’re salivating for:

BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE

By Vi Keeland

RELEASING JULY 17TH

BLURB

The first time I met Caine West was in a bar.

He noticed me looking his way and mistakenly read my scowling as checking him out.

When he attempted to talk to me, I set him straight—telling him what I thought of his lying, cheating, egomaniacal ass.

You see, the gorgeous jerk had wined and dined my best friend–smooth talking her into his bed, all along failing to mention that he was married. 

He deserved every bit of my tongue-lashing and more for what he’d done.

Especially when that lazy smile graced his perfect face in response to my rant.

Only it turned out, the man I’d just told off wasn’t the right guy. 

Oops.  My mistake. 

Embarrassed, I slunk out without an apology. 

I was never going to see the handsome stranger again anyway, right?

That’s what I thought…until I walked into class the next morning.

Well, hello Professor West, I’m your new teaching assistant.   

I’ll be working under you…figuratively speaking.

Although the literal interpretation might not be such a bad thing—working under Professor West.

This was going to be interesting…

LINKS

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ABOUT THE COVER:

Model: Lucas Barbosa Gil 

Photographer: Chuando & Frey

Cover designer: Sommer Stein, Perfect Pear Creative

Review: Beyond What Is Given by @RebeccaYarros

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I love it when I’m hit with a book that was completely, unexpectedly GOOD. Suffice it to say that Rebecca Yarros took me on a wild ride with her “Flight & Glory” series. This one, though? “Beyond What Is Given” is beyond what I had thought it would be.

First of all, thank you to Ms. Yarros for not making the racial difference between her two main characters a big, freaking deal. The impalpability of the love between these two fictional characters were EVERYTHING. I love the strong and flawed female character, but who’s also soft at the same time. Writing a character that complex is the bomb, and Ms. Yarros excelled fantastically. The romantic in me fell quite a bit for Grayson, too. How can one not? He’s yummy, stubborn, flawed but strives so hard to overcome his own challenges. His dad’s a bit of a dick, but whatevs, he came from a good place. I think. Regardless, though, Grayson’s a great character, one who’s very suitable for Samantha’s character.

I can’t stop raving about this; that’s what made me plunge headfirst into “Hallowed Ground,” the fourth and final “Flight & Glory” book. I regret doing that, quite honestly, because “HG” was not for me. I wanted my HEA to stay HEAs, and HG delivered hard hit after hard hit. Ms. Yarros killed off a character whom I thought was gonna be starring in his own love story, for goodness’ sake. But, it’s okay. I’ll forever remember this series as the one where I met Grayson and Samantha.