Book Blitz: All I Wanna Do Is You by Dylann Crush

All I Wanna Do Is You
Dylann Crush
Publication date: May 14th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

Can he keep his hands off her cupcakes?

Reagan Campbell’s flight just got grounded. She’s planned her brother’s perfect wedding weekend down to the minute, but her checklist didn’t include running into the one guy she’s never been able to get over. Only two things stand between her and the Florida Keys: fifteen-hundred miles and the man who broke her heart.

Zach Anderson has a score to settle with Senator Campbell. And running into his daughter, Reagan, gives him just the opportunity he needs. But it’ll take more than planes, trains, and automobiles to get her all the way to Florida in one piece. He might not be able to keep his hands off her cupcakes, but will he be able to keep his heart out of the way long enough to exact his revenge?

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Reagan Campbell smoothed a non-existent wrinkle from the lapel of her three-quarter sleeve, out-of-season black blazer. Trying to figure out what to wear as she made the transition from the raging March blizzard in Chicago to the white sandy beaches of the Florida Keys had almost made her late for her afternoon flight at O’Hare.

The sooner she got on the plane, the better she’d feel. She leaned against a pillar and glanced at her watch. Any minute they should be making the boarding announcement.

On cue, the gate agent picked up the microphone and a crackle sounded through the gate-area speakers. “May I have your attention, please? For passengers traveling on flight 542 to Miami, we’ve received word from the ground crew that they’ve shut down one runway due to snow accumulation. We’ll be delayed for at least an hour while they work through the backlog of departures.”

A collective groan rose from the disgruntled passengers, like someone stood in front of them with a conductor’s baton and told them to let their disappointment out in unison on the count of three. An hour or two? Reagan’s hand shook as she slipped a stray strand of hair behind her ear. Teddy would kill her for not taking the flight with the rest of their family earlier this morning.

The gate agent continued, “Things might change if they can get another de-icing machine up and running. So please stay close to the gate area.”

Reagan glanced out the wall of windows at the blustery, late winter snowstorm. A mid-March blizzard wasn’t outside the realm of possibility in Chicago. But how dare the weather try to interfere with her plans? She’d orchestrated her brother’s wedding down to the tiniest detail. And now Mother Nature wanted to mess with her?

The rest of her family made it out of Chicago before the storm rolled in, on a chartered, early morning flight her dad’s Chief of Staff had arranged. As Senate Majority Leader, Ross Campbell had connections and wasn’t shy about using them. Especially if it meant keeping his family out of the limelight and avoiding any unpleasant run-ins with the press.

Reagan’s anxiety had kicked into high gear at the thought of flying halfway across the country in a tiny tin can with wings. So she’d used a mandatory meeting at the office as an excuse to take a later commercial flight. If she was going to be gone for a long weekend, she justified to herself, she’d better tie up loose ends or she’d never be able to enjoy herself. It had taken her years to secure a promotion to executive management for a nationwide luxury resort chain that was headed her way. She wasn’t about to risk it.

At least on a big plane she felt a little safer. If she’d finally had the courage to conquer her fear of flying, she’d be sliding her freshly-pedicured toes into strappy sandals and sitting at the beachside bar, sipping a mojito by now.

The strappy sandals were nestled inside a felt shoe pouch in her checked roller bag. But she could do something about that drink. Her gaze swept over the tacky, thatched hut of the busy airport bar, no doubt an attempt to bring some south of the border sizzle to the dull terminal. She gathered her purse and the bakery box full of cupcakes she’d picked up for her brother, and made her way to a vacant high-top.

Just as she reached for a stool, a trio of flight attendants laid claim to the table. Reagan stepped to the side to glance around the packed bar. With so many passengers delayed, it would probably be a while before another table cleared. A cup of hot tea from the coffee shop across the way would have to keep her pre-flight jitters at bay.

“You can sit with me.”

The voice came from behind her. She hadn’t heard that mixture of grit and deep, rich timbre since the ill-fated night of her high school graduation party. But that was impossible, it couldn’t be him.

She took in a deep breath and steeled herself for disappointment. He’d moved to California. Hadn’t heard anything about him in over eight years. Well, except for a late-night, wine-induced Googling session where she’d discovered he’d become a professional photographer after all and had some prints for sale through a gallery in Santa Cruz.

Seeing his two-by-two-inch bio picture had sent a zing right to her hoohah and left her tingling with a mixture of regret and what-might-have-been remorse. Slowly turning, she braced herself for the letdown of some middle-aged businessman on the hunt for a quickie.

“Reagan Campbell. Long time no see, huh?”

Four square inches of a pixelated PNG image on his web site had done nothing to prepare her for the sight of the broad-chested, confident man before her. Her knees turned to spaghetti noodles, and her vision went fuzzy at the edges, like she was looking through a dark tunnel and Zach Anderson stood at the other end, illuminated in a beam of dazzling sunlight.

She grabbed the back of a stool to steady herself.

“Zach?” His name floated from her lips on a breathy exhale. For over eight years his memory made her emotions bounce back and forth between extremes. Joy at the way he used to make her feel. Anger at the chicken shit way he’d ended things. Shame at the way she’d thrown herself at him the last night they’d been together.

The anger and sadness had eventually faded. She even let herself think about Zach from time to time. Even pictured running into each other. But meeting at a cheesy airport bar wasn’t how it was supposed to go.

He stood and wrapped her in a strong, comfortable hug.

The scent of sunshine and leather drifted off his skin. Her brain registered the scruff of his whiskers against her cheek and the feel of his pecs crushed against her chest. Her heart glowed at the warmth and security of being snug in his arms. Her girly parts screamed for more.

All too soon, the hug ended. He gestured to an empty stool and signaled the harried waitress to return to the table.

“Pull up a chair. You on that flight to Miami?”

Stunned by her reaction to the embrace, Reagan nodded and waited a beat, sure the hunky hallucination would fade away as quickly as he had appeared. When Zach’s image didn’t dissolve, she gripped the edges of the small table in both hands.

He smiled, actually gave her the grin with the dimples, like the last time she’d seen him he hadn’t had his hands all over her naked chest. A wave of heat rolled up her neck.

“You all right, Reagan? You look a little warm. Have some water.”


Author Bio:

USA Today bestselling author Dylann Crush writes contemporary romance with sizzle, sass, heart and humor. A true romantic, she loves her heroines spunky and her heroes super sexy. When she’s not dreaming up steamy storylines, she can be found sipping a margarita and searching for the best Tex-Mex food in the Upper Midwest.

Dylann co-hosts Romance Happy Hour (https://www.romancehappyhour.com/) with live episodes every 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month and is a founding member of the Romance Chicks group where authors and romance readers can connect.

Although she grew up in Texas, she currently lives in a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul with her unflappable husband, three energetic kids, a clumsy Great Dane, a lovable rescue mutt, and a very chill cat. She loves to connect with readers, other authors and fans of tequila. You can find her at http://www.dylanncrush.com.

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Book Blitz: Dragon by Harley Wylde

Dragon
Harley Wylde
(Devil’s Fury MC #3)
Published by: Changeling Press
Publication date: May 8th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Lilian — I may have survived my time with the Colombian cartel, but it nearly broke me. Even now, I can’t stand to be touched by men. But there’s one man who makes me feel safe. Dragon. He’s intrigued me for so long. I never counted on things getting heated between us, or me ending up pregnant. He made it clear he doesn’t want me, or a baby, so I ran. I thought I’d found sanctuary with the Reckless Kings, but it only put me in the crosshairs of a lunatic intent on revenge.

Dragon — I knew Lilian was still skittish with men. When she asked for my help in learning self-defense, I’d been surprised. I never counted on those lessons bringing us closer together, or that she’d ask the unthinkable of me. Now she’s carrying my kid, and I f***ed up six ways to Sunday. When she’s kidnapped, I realize it’s time to bring her home. My home. Whatever it takes, I’ll make sure Lilian knows she’s mine. Even if I have to grovel a little.

WARNING: This is a romance with darker themes that may trigger some readers. It has strong language and graphic violence, a heroine who is tougher than she realizes, and an alpha hero who will stop at nothing to make her his. If you’ve read this author’s work before, please be advised Dragon is more violent than the previous books. Guaranteed HEA and no cliffhanger!

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EXCERPT:

I pressed a hand to my belly as I came to a stoplight. “I promise I will give you the best life I can. No one will ever hurt you.”

Maybe it was stupid. My parents hadn’t been able to protect me any more than I could keep this child out of the wrong hands. Sometimes Fate just liked to fuck you over. I didn’t remember a lot about my parents, and my memories had become fuzzy over the years. I didn’t know if they’d handed me to the cartel, or if I’d been taken without their knowledge. When I’d been rescued, I’d been offered the chance to go home, but I couldn’t face my parents. They were devout Catholics, and even though I’d been violated and not given up my virginity freely, I hadn’t been certain they’d have seen the difference. To them, I still would have sinned.

So I’d come home with the Devil’s Boneyard and Grizzly, a friend from another club, had taken me into his home. He’d shown me papers that said I was legally his adopted daughter, and he’d had my name changed from Lilian Sanchez to Lilian Moore. He’d offered to let me change my first name, but I’d kept it as a reminder of where I’d come from, and what I’d survived.

A horn honked behind me and I startled, realizing the light had changed at some point. I eased through the intersection and headed for the clubhouse. The Prospect at the gate waved me through and I went straight home. My sister’s car was in the driveway and I was reluctant to go inside. I loved Shella, but there were times she could be a bit trying. All I’d wanted was to shower, change into something comfortable, and relax for a while. Now that didn’t seem likely.

I walked inside and shut the door, only to frown when I heard Shella talking to someone. I hadn’t seen our dad’s bike out front, or anyone else’s, so who did she have over? Creeping closer to the sound of her voice, I stopped when I realized she was on the phone.

“I don’t know why she didn’t tell you, Daddy, but I thought you needed to know.”

She was quiet a moment, and I had a sinking suspicion she was discussing me. What exactly had she told Grizzly while I was gone? And then I heard it. The one name that made it very clear what she was doing.

“Dragon. She said it was Dragon.”

Motherfucker!

I could hear my dad roaring on the other end of the line before Shella hung up. Her eyes were wide when she stared at me.

“What did you do?” I demanded.

“I had to tell him! He needs to know that someone hurt you,” she said, her eyes filling with tears.

Sweet baby Jesus. “Shella, I told you I wasn’t hurt. No one forced me. Dragon tried really hard to walk away, but I wouldn’t let him.”

She hadn’t believed me when I’d told her, but I’d thought I made her understand. It seemed I’d been wrong, and now Grizzly knew one of his patched members had knocked up his daughter. This wasn’t going to end well. There was only one thing I could think to do. Leave. If I wasn’t here, then he couldn’t take his fury out on Dragon. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

I raced upstairs and started tossing things into a bag. I didn’t know where I’d go, or what I’d do, but I needed to get out of here before he came home, and I knew I had precious little time. If he was somewhere inside the compound, he could be here any second. Shella was babbling something at me from the hall, but I shoved past her and went back to my car, tossing my bag into the backseat. After I retrieved my purse and keys from the house, I got in and started the engine, checking the gas gauge. Half a tank. That would get me far enough for the moment.

I slammed my foot on the gas, reversing out of the driveway, then shot forward toward the gates. I didn’t see my dad as I neared the front entrance, and didn’t even try to slow down. The poor Prospect rushed to open the gates before I barreled through them, hitting the road that would lead me out of town and to the highway. My heart was racing and my palms were damp.

What the fuck did you just do?

There wasn’t time to second-guess myself. I’d run, and now I needed to see it through.


Author Bio:

Harley is the international bestselling author of the Dixie Reapers and Devil’s Boneyard series.

When Harley is writing, her motto is the hotter the better. Off the charts sex, commanding men, and the women who can’t deny them. If you want men who talk dirty, are sexy as hell, and take what they want, then you’ve come to the right place.

Harley Wylde is the “wilder” side of award-winning science fiction/paranormal romance author Jessica Coulter Smith. For fans of Gay Erotic Fantasy Romance, Harley/Jessica also writes as Dulce Dennison.

Check out Harley’s other books, and read some random facts about the author, at harleywylde.com.

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Release Blitz: Tony by J.A. Huss

Tony
J.A. Huss
(Bossy Brothers, #6)
Publication date: May 12th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Belinda Baker and I were not made for each other.

We are not soul mates, or lovers, or even frenemies.

She is the one who needed to get away.

What we had together wasn’t blind love, it was sick rage.

We were a match made in hell, it was hate at first sight, and when she walked away from me and never looked back—it was a relief.

It was bliss.

So why did I travel two thousand miles so I could be near her?

Why do I love the way she fights me?

Why do I crave her anger and fury?

Why can’t I stop thinking about this girl I never want to see again?

Why. Am I. Here?

And what do I have to do to make her disappear for good?

Bossy Brothers: Tony is can be read as a standalone book or as book six in the Bossy Brothers series. It features two girls falling for the wrong men and two men falling for the right girls. A family of tatted up brothers and a town filled with secrets and danger. A story of earned chances and first dates. Of coming to terms with the past and finding a way into the future.

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EXCERPT:

BELINDA

“Jesus fucking Christ, Belinda!”

“What?”

“Are you blind? Or deaf? Or dumb? Or what?”

I just stare at him.

Vann takes a step forward, forcing me to take a step back too. And my step is actually a step up. He points his finger at me. I swat it away.

“I’m gonna say this once, OK? Just once.”

“Say whatever the fuck you want. I don’t care what you do.”

He climbs one step. And so do I. “I like you,” he says, climbing another step. So I climb another step. “I like your filthy mouth, Belinda Baker. I like your stupid cowboy boots. I like your pink hair.” He keeps climbing the steps, so I have to keep climbing the steps. “I like the way you road-trip.”

“What?” I’m so confused.

He’s still climbing the steps and now my back is against my front door. “I like the way you wear that glitter shit on your eyelids in the summer. And the way you wear fingerless gloves in the winter even though you complain, every single day, that your fucking hands are cold. I like the way your hair smells when you show up for work and it’s still wet. I like the way you spin on your stupid stool in front of the shop cash register and glare at the giggly sorority girls like you can’t wait for them to wake up sober tomorrow and realize they just paid a hundred bucks for a My Little Mermaid tramp stamp. I like the way you bite your lip when you’re tattooing and the way you always have a smear of ink on the side of your face by the time you’re done.”

I reach up to touch my face.

“Yes, you have ink there, right now. And I love that. Because you don’t even care enough to check the mirror after you’re done with a client to notice that you always have ink smeared on your fucking face after you tattoo someone. I like the way you kick at stones when you walk down the street like you’re some troubled teen with pregnancy issues.”

“What?” I laugh.

“I like the way you bitch, and moan, and complain that no one takes you seriously. In fact, I love that no one takes you seriously, because then they’d figure out just how awesome you are, and I’m afraid you’ll actually find someone else before I can convince you that I am good for you. I want to date you, Belinda Baker. And you know what really pissed me off tonight?”

He pauses.

I become uneasy. “Am I supposed to guess?”

“I’m not mad that you fucked Tony in the alley. OK? That’s not it. I’m angry that you gave him the chance that I deserve.”

My stomach… falls. I don’t know of any other way to describe the feeling I get when I internalize those last few words of his. Except… falling. Like the world has just been yanked out from under me. Like I’m adrift in a sea of mistakes.

Because he’s absolutely right.

“Vann—”

“No,” he says, still seething. “No.” He holds up one finger. “I’m not done. You don’t get to talk yet. I’ve been holding this in all fucking night while you laughed and joked with my goddamned brother and his stupid yoked-out army friend. Who, by the way, was leering at you the entire time.”

“He was not!”

“He so was!”

“He was lying face down, Vann!”

“I just want to say this.” He pauses again and his chest is rising and falling very quickly, like he’s really upset. And his lips are falling into a deep frown. And his face is becoming flushed with heat. “I have earned my chance, Belinda. I didn’t become your friend because I wanted to get in your pants. I didn’t get you the apprentice job because I thought we’d be good together. I didn’t drive you and Tara two thousand miles to Key West because I thought maybe you’d finally see me for what I am. I did all those things because I like you. With no expectations whatsoever. I did all those things because I enjoy you. And when we’re together, life is fun. Even when we’re running from guys called Diablo, and smuggling people on boats, and especially when we’re just hanging out doing nothing. Saying nothing. That’s my favorite time with you. Because we’re at that place now. That place where we’re comfortable. And I keep waiting for you to see how good we are. And you just”—he shakes his head—“refuse! You just refuse to even consider me. But this asshole Tony Dumas shows up out of nowhere and you give him all the considerations. You say you don’t like him—”

“I don’t!”

“You say that, but then why, Belinda? Why do you give him all the chances he hasn’t earned?”

 

Author Bio:

JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past five years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her new sexy sci-fi romance and paranormal romance pen name is KC Cross and she writes novels and teleplays collaboratively with actor and screenwriter, Johnathan McClain.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Five of her book were optioned for a TV series by MGM television in 2018. And her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

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Book Review: Imperfect Princess by Sonya Jesus 

 

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Imperfect hearts never fall apart in IMPERFECT PRINCESS by Sonya Jesus. This emotional fairytale retelling about an imperfect girl and her scars will chill you in this modern version of The Snow Queen. Fans of the friends to lovers trope will devour this coming of age, new adult romance. The first book in the Modern Princess Collection is now LIVE! 

 

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It started with fire.

 

 

Not the kind that burns inside you and melts your heart into a mess of happy feelings. A real one. One that rips through wood and disintegrates brick and bone, leaving ashes and orphans in its wake.

Death would have saved me from a rocky family life. There would be no cigarette burns on the soles of my feet, no vicious words engraved in my mind, and no Kai Madison. The friend who saw past the scars and offered me pennies for my secrets. The guy who stole my heart with a single kiss in the middle of a rose garden on a snowy winter.

Nothing would have been easier to leave behind—to vanish from—but for the past four years, I’ve been isolated from the world, living in a hospital room and helping the Feds build a case against my foster-dad. Now I’m free and willing to risk my life to see him again.

There’s only one problem. I’m no longer imperfect. I have the same heart, but a different face.

 

My Review

The Modern Princess Collection has such a great start! I loved “Imperfect Princess” was a GREAT story. We have strong characters, emotion, a solid plot, so it’s a recipe for success according to my standards.

Life has not been kind to Thorn. Having to wear her scars, she hides away, missing her best friend, the only person that showed her a glimpse into what love and friendship should be. Kai, on the other hand, has been missing his best friend and mourned her loss. Still, sometimes all good things come together, and someone has other plans for them.

 The writing style is beautiful! It is my first book by Sonya Jesus and I can say I like her style very much, She managed to bring out the best in our main characters, without overstepping – creating the perfect boy and the perfect girl. Thorn’s emotional state is fragile, Kai’s regrets of not being able to admit his feelings, their struggles, everything is so well described.

Keeping this short, I do advise you check it out and I hope you will enjoy it at least as much as I did. I have discovered a new author, a new favorite story and I cannot wait to continue with the series.

Until next time, happy reading!

5 stars

About Sonya

Sonya’s a nerd—a cool nerd—who loves science, books, make-up and unicorns. She even has unicorn slippers and unicorn plushes adorn her office. It’s not obsession (or so she says), it’s simply an ode to her imaginative side. 

She believes in fairytales and in the beautiful things a mind can conjure. She’s a firm believer of empowering the crazy fictional ideas, putting them down on paper (figurative paper because she’s not a fan of writing in notebooks), and letting them flourish into a story. Sometimes that story is about psychos and murders.

Don’t believe me? Ask her in any of her social media. She’s all about those connections.

“There’s so much potential in a dream, not exploring it seems like such a waste of something absolutely beautiful.”

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Follow seven of your favorite fairytale heroines as they find their happily ever after, in these standalone, contemporary romance novels. The ladies of Cam U are a dangerous combination of cute and badass, full of attitude and imperfections, and an innocence only fairytales can convey.

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Book Review: Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends by Melanie A. Smith

Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends
Melanie A. Smith
(Life Lessons, #2)
Publication date: May 19th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

From best-selling author Melanie A. Smith comes the second book in a new series of steamy contemporary medical romance standalone novels about life lessons that break all the rules.

Even when you know better, sometimes it’s simply too tempting…

Hospital work isn’t for the faint of heart. Becca Dillon knows that firsthand, having worked as a medical assistant in the cardiac unit at Rutherford Hospital for longer than she cares to think about. What she does care to think about is having fun, gossip, and … guys. Her favorite of the three. And why stick to one, when you can sample them all?

That’s exactly her plan when a workplace crush on a mysterious bad-boy orderly unexpectedly takes a very steamy turn. But Vincent DeMarco turns out to be nothing like she expected, and before she knows it, she’s falling hard and fast. She wants him in ways she’s never wanted anyone before, but there’s something he’s keeping from her. Something that’s holding him back. And Becca is going to find out what.

Even though she knows that bad boys don’t make good boyfriends, he seems like he might be so much more. Will her quest unlock the truth behind who he really is? Or will it end their relationship for good? Either way, ready or not, Becca’s world is about to change.

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My Review

Before proceeding with this review, let’s take a moment to admire what is underneath the leather jacket (…) Ok, now we can start.

This was such a quick and relaxing read. If you are looking for an easy book, with a strong female character who knows exactly her value and won’t take crap from any man this is your book. There is mystery surrounding the male character as well that will be revealed in the end and that you will not see coming and lots of gossip.

Becca has not had such good male models growing up and this is why she is cataloguing new-comer Vincent DeMarco as a bad boy. But they work together and have the same circle of friends, so it’s impossible not to spend time together. But what happens when the ice is broken and the bad boy does not seem so bad after all? Becca needs to decide if she is ready for a serious relationship and Vincent… Let’s say he has more on his plate!

I loved these two and I loved how they start to know each other. Their relationship starts with uncertainties and they take time to reveal them. She has family baggage that prevents her to fully commit, so it would be a big step. For both, but this is something we learn in the end. I loved Becca’s friends and how they play a role in her decisions at some point. Her support system is great.

We see things through Becca’s perspective, so Vincent remains a mystery until the end.  I would have liked to see alternative chapters here, as Vincent has a complicated story to tell. But on the good side, the lack of knowledge regarding his background remains until the end. Speaking of background, I would have liked to learn more about Becca and her family. I feel we know little about her and what determines her to act the way she does. Also, you should probably read the first book as well. Even if the romance is not related, the abundance of office drama (between nurses, medical assistants, doctors and whatnot) can be overwhelming. There is reference to the events happening in book 1, so if you don’t want to feel like an outsider in some discussions, go ahead and start reading in order!

All in all, I liked the book, it was a great, fun and quick read. Because of the items detailed above, I am giving it 4 stars and I cannot wait to read the next story. Until next time, happy reading!

Author Bio:

Melanie A. Smith is the best-selling author of The Safeguarded Heart Series and other contemporary romance fiction. Originally from upstate New York, she spent most of her childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Los Angeles for college. After that, she spent almost fifteen years in the Seattle Area, and now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas with her family.

A voracious reader and lifelong writer, Melanie’s writing began at a young age with short stories and poetry. Having completed a bachelor of science in electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s in business administration at the University of Washington, her writing abilities were mainly utilized for technical documents as a lead engineer for the Boeing Company, where she worked for ten years.

After shifting careers to domestic engineering and property management in 2015, she eventually found a balance where she was able to return to writing fiction.

Melanie is also a Mensan and enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and driving with the windows down and the stereo cranked up loud.

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Book Review: Aru Shah And The Tree Of Whishes byRoshani Chokshi

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ARU SHAH AND THE TREE OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!
About the Book:
Title: ARU SHAH AND THE TREE OF WISHES (Pandava
Quartet #3)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Pub. Date: April 2, 2020
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 400
War between the devas and the demons is imminent, and the Otherworld is on high alert. When intelligence from the human world reveals that the Sleeper is holding a powerful clairvoyant and her sister captive, 14-year-old Aru and her friends launch a search-and-rescue mission. The captives, a pair of twins, turn out to be the newest Pandava sisters, though, according to a prophecy, one sister is not true.

During the celebration of Holi, the heavenly attendants stage a massage PR rebranding campaign to convince everyone that the Pandavas are to be trusted. As much as Aru relishes the attention, she fears that she is destined to bring destruction to her sisters, as the Sleeper has predicted. Aru believes that the only way to prove her reputation is to find the Kalpavriksha, the wish-granting tree that came out of the Ocean of Milk when it was churned. If she can reach it before the Sleeper, perhaps she can turn everything around with one wish.
Careful what you wish for, Aru . . .
PRAISE FOR ARU SHAH AND THE TREE OF WISHES
“Touching, riotously funny, and absolutely stunning.”–Kirkus
Praise
for Aru Shah and the End of Time:
“An imaginative novel that puts girl power and diverse protagonists front and center.”
Entertainment Weekly
“[An] engrossing adventure tale.”Teen Vogue
“Roshani Chokshi spins a modern-day fairy tale that adults and children will love.”-Bustle
My Review

This was such a lovely lovely book!  I binge read the previous two books from the series and I can say I am completely hooked. It didn’t take long for me to be fully immersed into the action and to fall in love with the characters, but when it comes to book 3, I do think this is great!

For those of you who are not familiar with the series, I do advise you read the previous two, just to get accustomed with each character, what ties them and why they do what they do. This is indeed a middle grade fantasy story, but with amazing characters.  Aru is embarking in a new adventure, looking to save a clairvoyant from the Sleeper. Together with her friends, she has to face new obstacles and learn who to trust.

The Hindu Mythology is preset in this third book as well and for me it was great to discover more from this side as well. As an adult reader, I found the book very enjoyable, same as for the previous 2 and I do believe that Aru grows together with this series and together with our knowledge of the universe.

Trying to give away as little as possible, this is definitely a great follow up to the series and I cannot wait to read book 4. The ending left me wanting and wondering. Lots of action and lots of fun, “Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes” is a great combination of mythology, adventure, action and fun!

5 stars

 

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About Roshani:
Roshani Chokshi is the author of the instant New York Times  best-selling books in the Pandava series, Aru Shah and the End of Time, and its sequel, Aru Shah and the Song of Death. She also wrote the New York Times best-selling YA books The Star-Touched Queen and The Gilded Wolves. She studied fairy tales in college, and she has a pet luck dragon that looks suspiciously like a Great Pyrenees dog. The Pandava novels were inspired by the stories her grandmother told her as well as Roshani’s all-consuming love for Sailor Moon. She lives in the south and says “y’all,” but she doesn’t really have a Southern accent. Her Twitter handle is @roshani_chokshi.
 
 
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Book Release and Review: Can’t Fight This Feeling by Claire Hastings

From debut author, Claire Hastings, comes a fresh, fun, and unputdownable romance where having a crush on your best friend isn’t the biggest secret at the Indigo Royal!

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For as long as Kyle Egan can remember, he has wanted only one thing: to run his own boat charter company. Not that he has much to complain about, as the lead charter boat captain at the Indigo Royal Resort in St. Thomas USVI. He gets to spend his days out on the water, never has to wear a tie, and works alongside his best friend, Drea Miller, who happens to be the only other thing he wants.

Drea Miller has been crushing on her best friend Kyle since the moment she saw him five years ago. Unfortunately, she is fully aware that he doesn’t see her as more than a friend— oh, and the niece of his bosses. Working for the family-owned resort with her three annoyingly overprotective uncles has always been what she wanted, but lately she’s started to wonder what else life might hold. If she can’t have the guy she wants, maybe it’s time that she makes another dream a reality.

When an encounter with a guest brings out the truth, Kyle and Drea are left trying to navigate their feelings, but can their new love survive a revelation they never saw coming?

My Review

A beautiful friendship that slowly turns into more – this is what we have in this debut novel. Kyle and Drea have met 5 years ago and since then they have been inseparable. Each harbors more than friendship feelings for the other, but both are afraid to ruin something beautiful.

There are a lot of things I liked in “Can’t Fight This Feeling”. Of course, the first is the romance and the struggle our main characters face when deciding to take the next step. Kyle always acts as protector for Drea and he quickly reacts when she is approached by other men. Drea is hesitant in the beginning, which makes the story more realistic. The fact that she is the owners’ niece is also complicating things. Kyle need the job to provide for his mom and he does not want to complicate things, with him and Drea working together. I see him more mature in this respect and that just makes me like him more.

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Two more items are worth mentioning: Drea has been raised by her uncles. Their personalities complemented each other and even now see her as their little girl – yes, they are probably too overprotected and I admit that the odds of all 3 being bachelors is kind of a big coincidence. But I still like the premise and I still like the uncles a lot. We have great descriptions of the places and even parties. It really felt like a vacation.

Regardless of how much I enjoyed Kyle and Drea’s story, I do have an issue with the writing I loved it for the most part, but in some areas it was a bit repeated (for example when Drea talks to her best friend and relates an encounter with Kyle) and sometimes there were small complications of the plot that seemed not needed. These are the only reasons why I’m decreasing one star from my final rating.

All in all, this was a very enjoyable read and I cannot wait for the next book in the series. I hope you’ll give it a try and come back with your impressions 😊

Until next time, happy reading!

4 stars

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About ClaireClaire Hastings

Claire Hastings is a walking, talking awkward moment. She loves Diet Coke, gummi bears, the beach, and books (obvs). When not reading she can usually be found hanging with friends at a soccer match or grabbing food (although she probably still has a book in her purse). She and her husband Drew live in Atlanta with their fur-child Denali.

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Weekly Quote #13

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I was a bit lazy last week in terms of reading. Returning to work messed a bit the tight schedule I got used to but I will adjust somehow. I have many books started and not finished and many reviews that are due this week.

For this Monday, I have a quote from “No White Knight” by Nicole Snow:

“Look, maybe we crashed into each other like two speeding trains. Maybe we fell headfirst in the weirdest way possible, but hell.“ I gather her closer, resting my chin on top of her head. “You feel good, you feel right. And I’m not denying it. I’d like to stick around, if you’ll have me.”

The story has a lot to offer, not only in terms of Romance, but also Mystery. We have aNo White Knight - Nicole Snow young rancher, trying to keep her finances afloat after her father’s passing. She keeps a secret, a few miles on her property, a body lays in a mystery town. Her father may have killed someone. But more about it in my review, coming up later during this week )

That’s it for now guys. Until next time, Happy Reading!

April Non-Bookish Wrap Up

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April was a great month when it comes to my other activities. I think this isolation inspired me (best choice of words would be: “kicked my behind and made me move”) and actually got my slam wheels turning. I’ve sewn, not much, but enough to remember how to use the sewing machine and I have crocheted a lot!

Now, If I am determined not to start another crochet project before finishing the one I am currently into, I still have to implement this approach in sewing.  I finished 4 masks (I know it’s cliché these days, but I wanted to start with something simple that I can use later on). Regardless to say these were a bit of failed attempts or at least they did not turn out as nice and clean as I would have liked – I won’t post pictures because I am a bit disappointed. But “trial and error” is what they say.

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In terms of crocheting, I started a summer top. My hands itch for a doily right now, but I need to start working on tops! Plus, I really like them. I am not very fond of the patterns I am working with at the moment, but it’s a great start to remember my measurements and to stay on track with a big project. I have a target from my other half to finish it by Thursday (I work best with due dates, imposed by others) and I am proud to say I am on track! I cannot wait to share the finished version with you.

May is full of plans. I have a list in place with things I want to complete and I hope I will be able to achieve them all, between book blogging and my job. Until my next article, enjoy your weekend!

April Wrap Up & May TBR

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This was such a great month! I have read some amazing books and discovered great authors. I have been reading Kat Ransom’s books like crazy and I am so happy I discovered her. I had my share books I did not quite enjoy but all is great J These are the books I did complete during April:

I know I went a little far from my TBR. At the moment, I am in the middle of 6 books! I plan on finishing all, but sometimes I am in the mood for a scorching romance, sometimes I want something sweet or with a little bit of adventure. I’ve been moody. That’s the best way to describe it.

For May I plan on keeping the good trend and read a a lot and start with my Romanceopoly board. I was supposed to do that in April but Romanceopoly needs planning in advance. Until I get all this sorted, here are the books I do plan on finishing, including some carry overs from April:

  1. The Plan by Whitney Dineen
  2. Death by Midnight: The Secret Life of Anna Goode by Nicole Nadeau
  3. Flight of the Spark by Evelyn Puerto
  4. Gone With the Rogue by Amelia Grey
  5. Fast & Hard by Kat Ransom
  6. Fast & Wet by Kat Ransom
  7. Can’t Fight This Feeling by Claire Hastings
  8. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi
  9. Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi
  10. Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
  11. Bad Boys Don’t Make Good Boyfriends by Melanie A. Smith
  12. His Small-Town Girl by Lacy Williams
  13. Imperfect Princess by Sonya Jesus
  14. Inevitable by Kristen Granata
  15. When Darkness Begins by Tina O’Hailey
  16. No White Knight by Nicole Snow
  17. The Billionaire Needs a Bodyguard by Ravina Hillard
  18. Innocent Princess by Lauren Helms

Uf, I didn’t realize how many books I have for May. I’m back to my intimidating TBRs, I see. Well, I must finish all of them, so I am not complaining (yet). Let me know in the comments below what your reading plans are for May and if you have read any of these books. Also, let me know what new authors have you discovered lately.

Happy Reading!