Book Blitz: Lace and Lies by Melanie Munton

Lace and Lies
Melanie Munton
(Brooklyn Brothers #1)
Publication date: January 21st 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

We are the Rossetti’s.

The exiled “sixth family” of the New York mafia. We’re the good guys.

People don’t fear us…much. They respect us.

The five of us? We’re the Brooklyn Brothers.

And we protect what’s ours.

Jasmine Kingston should run from me. I mean, she should literally pick up her dress, toss away her heels, and haul ass in the complete opposite direction. Because for the last few months that she’s been in New York and taking the fashion world by storm, I’ve been watching her. From my ivory tower, from the shadows. Wherever she’s been, I’ve been only feet away, and she hasn’t even realized it.

Until now.

I can’t stay away and watch one more man take his shot with her. She needs to know what she’s doing to me. Especially since things are heating up with my family’s enemies. I just pray those enemies don’t discover my only weakness.

Maybe it was the wrong way to go. Maybe I should never have touched her. Never treated myself to her addictive taste. But I can’t alleviate this obsession I have with her any more than I can put a bullet between my own eyes.

She’s mine to protect now.

I’ll burn my entire fortune to the ground and take ten of those bullets before I let anything happen to her.

I just hope she doesn’t find out what I’ve done.

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I took a step toward Jasmine, noting the worry line on her forehead. That would be gone by the end of the night. I’d make damn sure of it.

“I would have killed that man tonight if he’d touched you,” I bit out. “I almost did for even talking to you. For threatening to take you away from me. For pointing a deadly weapon anywhere near you. That would have been illegal because I wouldn’t have been able to claim self-defense in the end. Not with the way I beat him. But I’d still have done it if he’d laid his filthy hands on you. Does that make me a vicious criminal?”

I watched her swallow as I took another step forward. She retreated until her back hit the fireplace. I crowded against her, caging her in by placing my hands on the mantle beside her head.

“And if you’re concerned about me being a violent person, I think you got your answer tonight,” I continued. “But I’m not violent toward innocent people. I reserve violence for those who deserve it. Specifically, those who threaten people I care about.”

I let those words sink in for a moment. She could take that comment however she wanted, though the implication was anything but subtle.

“Is that something you think you can handle?” I whispered against her parted lips. “Because that’s who I am. That’s what you get when you’re involved with me. So, now I have a question for you.”

She licked her lips.

With that one small movement, I was hard as steel.

“What’s that?” she breathed.

I know that voice, sweetheart.

She was ready to get fucked.

I angled my head, acting like I was going in for a kiss. With maybe a millimeter separating our lips, I stopped. Our hot breaths mingled together, no doubt driving her as mad as it was me.

But I had to make a point here.

She had to be sure of her decision before we went any further. I didn’t want her doubting herself at the critical times or thinking I’d coerced her into anything.

“Do you still want me?”

I didn’t have to wait for an answer.

The second the last word left my lips, hers crashed against them.

My Thoughts


Of course I am going to read this NOW! I like the chemistry these two on the cover have and I cannot wait to go into the story. This is book 1 in Melanie Munton’s new series, in a string of other titles I have not had the pleasure of reading. Actually to my shame, this is the first title by her I will read. And I cannot wait!!!! Let me know in the comments below what you think of the series from the excerpt. Also, let me know which of Melanie Munton’s books is your favorite 🙂


Author Bio:

Traveler. Reader. Beach-goer. St. Louis Cardinals fan. Pasta-obsessed. North Carolina resident. Sarcastic. Bit of a nerd.

Author of the Cruz Brothers, Possession and Politics, and Timid Souls series, Melanie loves all things romance, comedies and suspense in particular because it’s boring to only stick to one sub-genre! From light-hearted comedies to sexy thrillers, she likes to mix it up, but loves her some strong alpha males and sassy heroines.

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Weekly Quote #7

Hey All,

I hop you’ve started the week in good spirit and that you have enjoyed your weekend! In my case, I have no idea when last week ended. I had a lot to do for my “day job” and lost count of weekend hours. But it’s fine, I did manage to sneak in some good reading.

Today I am coming with a quote from “Unconditional” by Lexxie Couper, a book I have reviewed yesterday on my blog – here. This book is about a girl that comes to Australia on a scholarship and has her entire routine turned upside down. Her Parkinson’s Disease does not allow for much (in her opinion), but things change when she meets a very handsome (and famous) guy in the Australian Airport. Many things happen, some funny, some that would make you think. An interesting and intense book. Check it out!

I am always nervous when starting a new book. I have my expectations and I am afraid that those expectations will not be met. So for me it’s important how a book opens up, how well I am included in the story ever since the beginning. I did not have this issue with “Unconditional”. The tone used is so friendly and clean. I feel as if the main character would pause her life from time to time just to tell me bits and pieces.


I have selected this quote not only because it describes perfectly our main character. Maci is so strong and refuses to bend to her illness. She fights it, to the best of her abilities and does not want to pose as a victim. But we also have the best sample of the writing. Just a simple phrase can speak a lot to the type of writing and story that we have here. This is what made me open up even more to “Unconditional”. It made me feel good, despite the serious aspects that are discussed here. Beautiful!

Well, that’s it for now. Come back tomorrow to check my thoughts on another absolutely fantastic story, by the lovely Olivia Drake. Until next time, happy reading !

Book Review: Unconditional by Lexxie Couper

Always Book 1
by Lexxie Couper
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Life’s great — it’s the terminal degenerative disease that sucks.
Maci is young, smart and about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. It looks like she has the world at her feet, but appearances can be deceiving. Because Maci is not like other college girls. She already knows her future is written and there’s no happy ending in sight.
For Raphael, life is all upside. He’s on the fast track to success and nothing can stop him—except his unexpected love for a girl who’s convinced she’ll hold him back.
When Maci and Raphael are drawn irresistibly together, they’ll both have to redefine everything they thought they knew about life, love and happy ever after.
“One of the BEST New Adult Coming of Age romance books I’ve read…funny, heartwarming and sexy”~ Five Stars, Slick Reads
***The Always series is a 3-book series about love, life, laughter and hope. Originally released under the pen-name Cherie M Hudson, the Always series is Lexxie Couper unlike you’ve read before.***
My Review

I loved this book so much! It was more than I could have expected. Funny and serious when needed, with great characters and an amazing love story, “Unconditional” is absolutely incredible!

Maci is such a strong heroine. She is not a victim, she is not asking for pity and definitely she can stand her ground. She has learnt to live with her condition and, even if she has sealed the door to her heart, dreams are a way of making everything possible. When a stranger kisses her in the men’s bathroom, in the Australian airport, Maci’s walls tremble a little. To her surprise, the mysterious man is extremely famous… and also her colleague at uni.

Maci and Raphael have an incredible chemistry. Both are not willing to open their hearts, but the feeling has a way of slipping through the cracks. There are many things to deal with starting with fame and publicity and also Maci’s condition. Her support system, although unwanted, is great. I hope we will have books for both Heather and Brandon.

The plot keeps you on the edge of your seat. I devoured it until the very last page, interested to learn how they would put order into their chaotic lives. The writing feels natural and flows perfectly. I had fun reading it. The line between fun and mockery is well defined. I love the fact that the author pays so much attention to conditions such as Parkinson’s and treats them with the seriousness they deserve. She raises awareness as well to those around people with this disease and that I love too.

All in all, I love this book and I cannot wait to read the others from the series. Lexxie Couper is a fantastic writer and I cannot wait to read her other books as well!

Favorite Quote: “Desire the impossible to substitute the denied. Makes sense, right?”

Cover Review: I like it. I feel it misses something, but I’m not sure what. I like how the two characters are portrayed like opposites and I like the small “patch” detail on the title. Good 😊

5 stars


International bestselling romance author Lexxie Couper started writing when she was six and hasn’t stopped since. She’s not a deviant, but she does have a deviant’s imagination and a desire to entertain readers with her words. Add the two together and you get romances that can make you laugh, cry, shake with fear or tremble with desire…Sometimes all at once.
$40 Amazon gift card plus a little Aussie treat I’ll post to the winner from Down Under
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Happy Anniversary LBW!

Here we are again, one more year has passed. And what a year it’s been. I tried and failed then pushed myself back over and over again. This has been a year of finding balance.

It’s hard to remember the first year of blogging and I am not referring here to the first article or the first e-mail from a publisher or an author, but to the emotional impact, the psychological effect it had. 4 years ago I was undecided, lost and with a mind shattered in a million pieces. So I started doing something that was meant to keep me sane, together. This blog has been my companion through deception, loss, pain (physical or emotional), love and so much more. Reading has been with me through it all.


Last year, on this day, I knew exactly where I wanted to go with my blog and somehow I got there. Yes, with trial and error, but I can now say I found my balance. I found the maturity I was lacking, the responsibility of creating a review or a simple blog post. And it’s also your contribution. Your support means a lot, the writers mean a lot because they give me my medicine. Because reading is cool and fun and smart and intense, oh, so intense!

After 4 years, I am ready for the next step and I want to take it together with you. Thank you for everything, as little or as much as you did. I am looking forward to spend my 5th anniversary with you guys next year also. Be positive, be happy and be loved! May you have a 2020 with the best emotions out there.

Until next time, Happy Anniversary, LBW!

January TBR

Ok, here we are with the first TBR of the year. I am feeling a little nervous because I do intend to follow my monthly TBRs closely. I have set a 100 books goal on Goodreads, so I’ll need to read 9 books per month. Doesn’t seem so difficult, does it?

Let’s take a look at what I have for January:

  1. Real Miracle by Susan Saxx (already posted)
  2. It Started With a Candy Cane by Susan Saxx (already posted)
  3. Real Temptation/ Special Delivery by Susan Saxx (already posted)
  4. Forever My Duke by Olivia Drake
  5. Something Wicked by Nicole M. Rubino
  6. Beautifully Broken by Bailey B.
  7. Shadowed by Michelle Areaux
  8. The Midnight Before Me by Elizabeth Lo
  1. Sweet Talkin’ Lover by Tracey Livesay
  2. Mister Hollywood by Mika Lane
  3. Mister Fake Date by Mika Lane
  4. Mister Wrong by Mika Lane
  5. Escape You by Diana A. Hicks
  6. Heir of Lies by Mallory McCartney
  7. My Pulse by Hanna Dale

I was telling you in some of my other articles that I am also taking part in some challenges. I never got to tell you anything about them yet, but I will probably need to add at least one or two more books, in case the ones I already have don’t meet the criteria. With 4 books already read, the year is off to a good start.

Until next time, happy reading!

Weekly Quote #6

Hello to everyone!  I do hope this article finds you in the best of moods, even if it is Monday. Let’s start the week with our regular quote.

Today I am offering a quote from “Forever My Duke” by Olivia Drake. I cannot begin to describe how much I loved this book and I cannot wait to share my thought with you. This was a hefty read, with 384 pages. I know, not so many, but after a period of only reading smaller books, this one seems big!


“Forever My Duke” tells the story of an American woman that comes to England toForever My Duke by Olivia Drake return her desisted best friend’s son to his grandfather. On their way, she meets the Duke of Clayton and from here starts a beautiful relationship, in which they both have to win the other’s confidence and respect. For some reason, this book has some 2 or 3 stars reviews and, while I respect the opinions, I am completely in love! I seem to like Historical Romance quite a lot these days… (I will never ever admit I have a romantic one in me!)

I hope you have a wonderful week! To those returning to work: good luck and good energy. Keep your calm and positive attitude (it’s something I need to remember as well…) Happy Reading!

Book Blitz: Shadowed by Michelle Areaux

Michelle Areaux
Published by: Kingston Publishing Company
Publication date: January 2nd 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Henley Abbott is just trying to make it through high school in the small town of Edison, Washington where she has lived her entire life. Constantly feeling alone, she’s surprised when she finds herself intrigued by the new boy in town, Cohen Davenport.

With the entire town talking about the new and secretive family, Henley refuses to join in on the rumors swirling about them and attempts to keep her distance.

However, as Cohen becomes intrigued by Henley, the pair seems to find a spark in a kindling friendship.

As the intensity of their relationship builds, Henley discovers a dark secret plaguing Cohen and his elusive family. He reveals a twisted past that has kept his family on the run…for decades.

Cohen should keep his distance. It is too dangerous to bring Henley into his life, but he can’t stay away from her.

And, Henley doesn’t want him to.

As Henley overcomes her own fears and trepidations, she finds herself engrossed in a battle that could destroy them both. Only their connection could help them all survive.

Intensely romantic and extremely thrilling, this novel will pull readers in from the very first page.

Fans of Twilight, The Guardian Series, and the Marked Saga will instantly fall in love with this new paranormal series.

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Author Bio:

Michelle Areaux is a wife, mother, and seventh grade Language Arts teacher.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Kentucky and a Master’s degree in Literacy from Asbury University.

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