Fighting Fate Release Blitz with Winter Paige

Title: Fighting Fate

Author: Winter Paige

Genre: RH Urban Fantasy

Cover Designer: Dark City Designs

Publication Date: Oct. 31st, 2020

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb: 

She’s lost. It’s their job to find her. Together it’s up to them to save a world she doesn’t yet know exists.

Tillie Cruz’s whole life is her family and her best friend, Luca. Keeping them together is all that matters to her until a danger from the past finds her and her family is scattered to protect her from an evil she isn’t ready for.

Shocked by the sudden disconnect, Tillie has nowhere to turn, no guiding hand and in her angry flight from the only home she’s ever known, she falls right into their arms.

But with these new arrivals comes an awakening…of magic… of passion… and of a prophesy that she must rise to face… or lose those she loves most to darkness forever.

Book Links: 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54245688-fighting-fate

Universal: https://books2read.com/u/3n8eRe

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Author Bio:
Winter Paige is a budding author in the genre of dark romance.

Shattered Lies is her debut novel. Born in the Capital city of WV she enjoys reading, traveling, and producing audio books. She is obsessed with signed paperbacks. Winter lives with her husband, four children and a cat she despises … and is tormented daily by chickens.

Author Links: 

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/WinterPaigeWrites

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2nK1pAG

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19403911.Winter_Paige

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/winter-paige

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/winterpaigewrites/

Reader’s group: https://m.facebook.com/groups/474562103381422

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gGtjff

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WinterPWrites

Excerpt: 

“She placed a hand over each of our chests and told us our beats were rare because our love was pure, free to thrum a rhythm all its own. Called it our very own forever melody. Our hearts hum in time with the cadence of life flowing through our veins. See, the hearts are where our souls live, the thrumming crux so crucial it overshadows all others.” I stare down at my pinky finger, bending it slowly. “This little finger appears so insignificant in comparison, but in reality, it guides us down our fated paths. Most people fight it, stumbling through their entire lives uncaring of the tiny vein that runs directly from our heart, down our left arm, and continues through our hand to the tip of the teensy digit. That fierce little stream continues on, though we cannot see it, as a thin red thread linking us to every soul we’re destined to touch. It pulls through tangles and snares, it’s tenacity unbreakable. No matter how hard you try, your thread is impossible to ignore. No matter the detour, that thread will eventually tug us back on the right path to leave our mark on everyone it ties us to. Our influence isn’t always life-altering. Some lives we briefly pass through, but in others, we may find our homes. ‘You can’t fight fate,’ she whispered with a sad smile, linking our pinkies together. ‘Your thread brought us together tonight because your souls needed a kind heart. Cling tightly to moments like these, and look for the gentle souls hidden among the cruel. The path ahead of you is hard, little ones, but you are stronger than you can imagine. Trust your hearts, and follow your thread. Someday, fate will lead you home.’ And then, she slipped back inside.”

The Righteous Man Release Blitz with Ann Bakshis.

Title: The Righteous Man (Nine Kingdoms, Book 5)

Author: Ann Bakshis

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Cover Designer: Lori Pryzbranowski of Hell Yes Designs

Publication Date: October 31st, 2020

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb: 

Treachery can lie in the heart of any man, from our worst enemy to our most beloved friend. Some choose to ignore it, while others work on defeating it no matter the cost—and the cost is always high. However, the Righteous Man believes he can alter the course of his life to one of redemption and justice instead of servitude and pain by using deceit and sedition. 

But, he would be wrong.

For Honora, it’s something she’s seen in her previous life as the Shadows in the form of Macarius, Dolos, and Dermont. Now it takes the shape of someone she trusts… someone she loves. The betrayal awaiting her is like no other.

For the Righteous Man deceives all… none more than himself.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55694508-the-righteous-man

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Author Bio:
I’ve always loved to write ever since I was young. I would picture myself as the main character so I could go on adventures. They began as daydreams, which I eventually put down onto paper. Throughout the years I would write whenever I got the chance no matter how small the manuscript turned out to be. I’d tried the traditional method of sending out query letters to agents, but they would respond with a “thanks, but no thanks” note. I felt discouraged, but kept writing. I had a lot of encouragement from my mom, my Aunt Jeanne, my daughter, and my husband. Having the support helped keep me chasing my dream. A few years ago, I decided to buckle down and get serious about my writing. After some research and speaking with a friend of my husband, I took the plunge into self-publishing. I found an editor and a cover designer along with other indie authors on Facebook. I’ve joined groups and asked advice from writers who have already been through the steps it takes to get out there. It took me four years and three versions before I published my first book titled Wasteland. From there, I’ve completed several series and stand-alones with quite a few more in progress, so watch for their release.

Author Links: 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3e7QPIF

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13615433.Ann_Bakshis

Twitter: https://twitter.com/abakshis

Website: https://annbakshisauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnBakshisAuthor/

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/ann-bakshis

Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/34bdc2de49af/aedvwxff0f

Buy Links:

Unleashing the Shadows: https://amzn.to/3d6QsNk

Beware the Seer: https://amzn.to/3d0A9kV

The Loss of Another: https://amzn.to/2UPlxyN

Promises Broken: https://amzn.to/2EMD6e3

The Righteous Man: https://amzn.to/35RuWu6

Friday Book Blogger Hop

 The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books. It is now hosted by Billy @Coffee Addicted Writings. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. 

This week Billy @Coffee Addicted Writer asks
What is your favorite candy to snack on while reading?

I never manage to answer these questions succinctly – why use one word when I can use a dozen? 😉

So first of all in the UK we have chocolate and sweets, and I generally only eat the latter on longer car journeys. Mind you anything over 40 minutes is a long car journey in the UK so it leaves plenty of opportunity.

I do have a sweet tooth, so I do indulge in the occasional chocolate bar whilst reading. However I’m more likely to indulge in a savoury snack of crisps (chips) or cheese and biscuits.

We only really use the term “candy” when we talk about candyfloss – the pink spun sugar strands that are wrapped around a stick and sold at fairs.

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So what do you snack on whilst reading? Have a great week.

The Ghost Files – 7th Anniversary Edition Release Blitz & Giveaway with USA Today Bestselling author, Apryl Baker

The Ghost Files
– 7 Year Anniversary Edition

by Apryl Baker

Genre: YA Horror/Paranormal
Cover Designer: Deranged Doctor Design
Publisher: Limitless Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: Oct. 29th, 2020
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb:
Cherry blossom lipstick: check
Smokey eyes: check
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.

Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance.

Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…

Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?

Book Links:  Universal: https://books2read.com/u/49lWDw

Giveaway Link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/128c0b31331/?

Author Bio: 

So who am I?

Well, I’m the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn’t love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.

Now, I live in a small town in West Virginia where I entertain my niece and nephew and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierce…lol.

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.

Author Links: 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorAprylBaker
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AprylBaker
Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/AprylBaker7
Website: https://www.aprylbaker.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apryl.baker
Newsletter: https://www.aprylbaker.com/contact
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5173683.Apryl_Baker
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Apryl-Baker/e/B005L9YKY2
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/apryl-baker
Blog: https://www.mycrazycornerblog.com/
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AprylsAngels/

Can’t Wait Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday
Mister Baby Daddy
by Cassie-Ann L. Miller

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine

Genre- Contemporary Romance
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53571712-mister-baby-daddy

All my life, I’ve been in love with my best friend. All my life I’ve waited for him to notice. I’m done waiting. I’m moving on with my life…I’m having a baby.
I really need to get over Walker Kingston.
My lifelong infatuation with my best friend is sort of embarrassing. The tall, broody hunk of farmer has always been my fierce protector, my constant hero, my knight in flanneled armor. But to him, I’ve never been more than a friend, the girl he saves from trouble in the middle of the night.
This whole damsel-in-distress thing is getting kind of old. I’m tired of being a burden on Walker. I’m ready to stand on my own feet. I may never win his love but I’m ready to focus on the other things I want in my life.
And what I want most? A baby.
I’ve practically got one foot inside the sperm bank when the overprotective alpha intercepts my plan. Now he says he will father my child.
Nope. Nuh-uh. Absolutely not.
I’m trying to get over the guy. So letting him be my baby daddy is low-key dysfunctional. But Walker insists it won’t affect our friendship. Plus, he has all these amazing qualities that make his offer super hard to resist. He’s strong and charming and fine as hell. And he’s the only person I really trust.
Okay. Fine. Grab the specimen cup. Off to the fertility clinic we go.
Except nothing ever goes to plan.
Now I need rescuing–again. And Walker has made it his mission to take care of my every need–again. And when the ever-grumpy cowboy introduces me to his soft, nurturing side, I’m a goner.
Well, damn. How the hell am I supposed to get over the man now?

Mister Baby Daddy is a steamy, laugh-out-loud, arranged pregnancy, small town romance featuring a growly alpha with a huge savior complex and a strong distaste for turtlenecks. It is set in small town Illinois and is book 3 in the Bad Boys in Love series.
A full-length standalone. No cliffhanger. HEA guaranteed.

Breakthrough Cover Reveal with Sarah Stevens

Title: Breakthrough

Author: Sarah Stevens

Genre: Sports Romance

Cover Designer: Melissa Gill

Editor: Amy Briggs

Publication Date: Dec. 3rd, 2020

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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Blurb: 

A budding attraction. A sinister stalker. A plot to tear their lives apart. 

Mandy 

After an ugly break-up, I moved back home to make a better life for my daughter and myself. I thought I landed my dream job as an assistant athletic trainer, until I got a glimpse of the eye-candy I would be working with. The last thing I need is to get mixed up with cocky goalie, Parker Marshal—even if he is painfully attractive. More than ever, I have to stay focused. My ex has sauntered back into my life, and where he goes trouble follows. Callie has to be my primary focus if I hold any hope of keeping her safe from her father’s twisted intentions. 

Parker

A different puck bunny every night, and no strings attached. That was the life I thought I wanted… until I met Mandy. She’s beautiful, intelligent, and easily shrugs off my go-to moves that make other women swoon. I’m willing to fight for her to prove myself, and right now she needs an ally. Someone is targeting both of us, hellbent on destroying our careers and lives. Can we stand together against the threatening storm of chaos?

Book Links: 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55810808-breakthrough

Author Bio:
Sarah Stevens is a New Adult Romance author.

Sarah started writing her first novel The Night He Saved Me in her free time while being a stay-at-home mom. Then one day, it started to flow, and she was writing “The End” in a matter of two months. 

When she isn’t writing, she is enjoying the southern life with her husband, three kids, a Saint Bernard—who is still adjusting to the southern summers and Bruno a rescue dog. She can’t go a day without her coffee in the morning—and a few more cups during the day and her late nights writing.

She enjoys reading Contemporary or New Adult Romance and going to the pool or beach as much as she can. She loves all things Disney and collects Disney mugs to drink her beloved coffee in.

Author Links: 
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2O0pePR
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7104741.Sarah_Stevens
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahSauthor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahStevensauthor/
Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dFwRgb
Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/sarah-stevens-4805624c-9b25-4e57-bdf8-fc7911abe1fb

Review //\\ The Punishment Pit Series Books 1 – 5

Wanting It All (The Punishment Pit #1) by Livia Grant

There are spoilers contained within this review, marked by ***

There were parts of this book I enjoyed and other parts I struggled with. Those were mainly near the beginning of the book, and I did briefly consider DNF’ing, mainly because I wasn’t fully invested in the story at that point. With encouragement from both the author, and another reader, I forged on and ultimately am very glad I did so.


My stumbling block involved aspects of the hotel scene, however it was definitely worth pushing through as I found the second half of the book much more to my liking. The writing and overall story are good, really good, in what is a fairly quick read and where the story of all four protagonists will continue in future books.


Very often the more I think about a book I’ve struggled with, the more negative my feelings for it become. The converse is true here. As I’ve sat and worked through what I want to say in my review, reflecting on the story and characters, I can see how the author is throwing questions and challenges at the reader. How often have I whinged to friends about “too perfect” characters in books? How often have I begged for real characters who make real mistakes? So even though I’m going to outline some “negatives” below, I have a feeling that (a) they may have been deliberately placed in the book to cause a reaction and (b) they will be dealt with later in the series.


The Positives
• Excellent writing
 – the author’s “voice”, the story flow, the dialogue, knowing who is speaking, descriptions etc are all executed to a high standard. There was no “effort” required to read the book. Not once did my attention drift, nor did I skip or skim any parts. I did wince at the use of the word “tool” but it also made me smile!


• Tiffany – This book features TWO couples, the series will feature two separate relationships and we get all 4 points of view in the book. Even though it could have ended up being too many points of view in such a short opening, it didn’t feel that way. In fact – and this is a testament to the great writing of Livia Grant – despite only having 2(?) chapters from Tiffany’s perspective I felt as though I got to know her personality quite well. I liked her. She showed integrity, respect, kindness and loyalty. Tiffany’s a strong factor in me wanting to continue the with the story.


• Lukas – Despite Lukas agreeing to something he shouldn’t have, I believe it was a decision taken in the heat of the moment, and it certainly became clear it was something he regretted doing. His self-reflection was the highlight of the book for me. It took me from almost disliking the guy, certainly not respecting him, to absolutely adoring him and totally accepting him. I’m hugely #TeamLukas.


• Final Chapters – The scenes and conversations between Brianna and Lukas in the latter half of the book did change most of my feelings about it, perhaps NOT quite in the way the author hoped, but enough to have me invested in reading future books in the series.


• Subject matter covered*** – As odd as it might sound, I liked the idea of exploring infidelity and rebuilding that shattered trust. There are reasons behind Brianna’s foolishness, it isn’t a simple cut and dried matter, though I’m not sure we still have all the information as to the why.


Neutral/Undecided
• Markus
 – we didn’t really see much of Markus, so for me he is still very much an unknown quantity. Whilst I can appreciate that his actions were born out of pain and anger, they still weren’t acceptable actions. Be an adult, sit down and talk to your wife. And a lawyer of his calibre would have been aware of the possible ramifications of his actions. The premeditation of his undertakings I can put down to a variety of negative emotions caused by what he witnessed. However to maintain that level of cold calculation, of epic fury, during the time he spent waiting for Briana along with all the actions he took to deceive her as he did – well that makes him almost as bad as her in my eyes. Both of them are going to have to earn my respect back – but I’m fairly confident that at some point they will.


Negatives
• Brianna
 – When I struggle with a protagonist it is usually an overbearing, arrogant male. However it was Brianna who I found myself disliking, though I suspect she may have been deliberately written that way. I did warm towards her a little by the end, but she was just so stupid, almost too stupid to believe at times. Since she, and others, acknowledge that very thing later in the book it did go a fair way to ameliorating her behaviour. She does still have some way to go yet.

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• Cheating with  JAKE specifically – This was my BIGGEST hiccup with the book. I could get to grips or even be ok with Brianna making stupid decisions because her needs weren’t being met. Ish. However I just COULDN’T believe that she would choose a man who had abused her in the past. Treated her so badly it had taken months/years to recover. *** Jake had raped her and abused her repeatedly and violently.  There is no explanation in the world as to why she would choose HIM in the first place. ***  The interaction we do witness is not consensual, so I can’t and won’t call that cheating.  I might have to eat crow because a good reason will come up, but I didn’t get one here and I do need one.


I was confused by Brianna’s response *** to what was a very serious assault. Her words acknowledged what had happened but her demeanour didn’t. I did get the impression she slut shamed herself by accepting blame for the rape by admitting she was stupid to trust Jake/go anywhere with him. I think that she either denied the seriousness because then it wasn’t real or she wouldn’t name if for what it was because her body had reacted and she got turned on by what Jake did. I’d really love the author to explore this more in later books – and perhaps she does!


TL:DR – So to some up, this isn’t an easy read in terms of character actions and subject matter, it is in terms of technical writing. It is a story I will continue with, and if you’re open minded to a challenging read, one where you might not warm to all the characters immediately but where the journey is worth the challenge, then I do recommend this series.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Genre- Erotic BDSM Romance
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54815328-wanting-it-all

Everyone has a dark secret from their past… hers just forced his way back into her life.
Brianna’s moment of weakness cost her everything but she’s not giving up.
She’ll do anything… anything… to convince her husband to give her a second chance. Even if it means facing her demons and finally accepting the darkness which lies within. The only problem is… she’s not the only one with a past.
It turns out… her husband has secrets of his own.

Securing It All

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I definitely enjoyed this more than the first book, mainly because Brianna wasn’t quite as much of an idiot (that might be in part to her POV not being used that much.) However I am still carrying two issues from book #1. Both are spoilers, I’ll warn when we get close to them, but I’ll try my best to convey my feelings on both of them. Before I get to them I need to praise the author’s prose, her writing flows smoothly and I found myself “sinking” into the story and being totally absorbed by it. Her characters are believable and have real depth to them, I’m looking forward to getting to really know Markus in future books.


Lukas and Tiffany are still great characters, Brianna did behave better in this book, though Markus still has room for improvement. For a man who’d only just been found not guilty of stepping over the consent line Lukas (along with Markus) seemed to forget this and made choices that, to my mind, were neither wise nor SSC. Both men realised how stupid their decision was and apologised for it. However given it was another mistake on top of one made only 24 hours earlier, clearly these Dom’s don’t learn their lessons too well, perhaps they need the spanking?


#1 – I do get why Brianna made her original, off-page mistake

***spoiler***
 [have “kinky” sex with an ex who was also a Dom ].


That’s not to say I agree with what she did, but I understand the why of it. However it’s the fact that Jake had abused and raped her repeatedly in the past that still doesn’t make that aspect of the storyline work for me. Why would she ever have wanted to speak to or see the guy again? I do know that there may be more to be revealed about Jake, but I’m not sure it will clear up this specific issue.


#2 – In the last book there was definitely an act of sexual assault. 

***spoiler***
[When Briana meets Jake at the hotel, he has sex with her regardless of her telling him “No”. There has been NO real move to acknowledge or treat the incident as what it is – rape.] 


However because their body responded with pleasure to the act, it doesn’t seem to have been acknowledged, or treated, as such. Markus and Lukas have been so focused on their punishment and retribution, that they seem to have pushed that fact aside as an inconvenient/forgotten truth. There is a lot of murk surrounding the assault, and the murk becomes the focus rather than the act.


Because I’ve had a break between book #1 and book #2 I could go with the flow and enjoy this story, but I know if I’d read this immediately after #1 I would perhaps struggle to believe that Brianna would not have been more affected by ALL the events that happen to her over a 48 hour time period. It’s a strange dichotomy because great writing made me believe in Brianna and her feelings as I was reading, however if I cogitate on what has actually happened then her calm acceptance isn’t realistic. The story, the book, the emotions I feel whilst reading it tell me one thing, my cold logical head tells me another. 


I do now feel much more invested in the series and definitely intend to continue reading it. I need Markus to show me how/why he is worth the suffering Brianna went through and I hope Lukas proves to be the great dominant and guy that he so far appears to be.

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Genre – Erotic BDSM Romance
Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54818697-securing-it-all

Punishing his wife for her mistakes was the right choice. Having his best friend handle it definitely wasn’t.
Choosing dominance should be easy.
He did it for years, and there’s too much on the line to fail now.
But Markus has been torn apart by betrayal, twisted up and confused by all the lies. His and hers. A matching set. But leaving Brianna at The Punishment Pit didn’t help.
Lukus has always been the Master’s Master. Permanent bachelor and hardcore dom, yet seeing Brianna’s submission has him wanting more.
But she’s forbidden fruit, his best friend’s wife, and a good man would help them fix this mess.
Everything is a gamble. A game of pain and pleasure. One that might be too dangerous with all of their futures are at risk.

Having it All

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After reading the first two books, and being on the fence with the series, and having indulged in purchasing a KU membership, I decided to see where the story went in these books.

I got more into the flow of this one, particularly the Lukas and Tiffany scenes, which were very steamy, consensual and totally had me captivated. I really enjoyed seeing their developing relationship and the compromises Lukas was prepared to make. It was also good to see Tiffany retaining her independence and strength of character.

Markus learns the truth about an event in book #1, I can’t say I was a fan of his response. It still seemed a lot of “about him” rather than how was his wife coping. And I still didn’t find her reaction very realistic. The emotional turmoil and stress Brianna had gone through in a very short period of time would surely have resulted in some sort of break down, at some point. I just failed all round to connect or really believe in this couple.

However Tiffany and Lukas carried the story for me, so I didn’t mind too much. And that cliffhanger ending really had me on edge!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Genre- Erotic BDSM Romance
Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54818713-having-it-all

Submission is an addiction she thought she’d left behind, but who can say no to him?
Best friends are always supposed to be there for each other, but walking into a place like The Punishment Pit was above and beyond.
Now Master Lukus is holding her captive, intent on punishing Tiffany for her mistakes, and instead of saving Brianna, she’s trapped with a man from her darkest fantasies.
She’s in way over her head. Falling too hard, too fast. And the dangerously dominant owner of the club is pushing all her buttons, waking up every naughty desire she’s ever had — and more.
But his life isn’t simple, and neither is hers, and nothing is easy when hearts are involved. Everyone has decisions to make, but when every choice is hard, can any of them really have it all?

Balancing It All

I loved how Derek talked Lukas down, following Tiffany’s foolish venture at the end of the last book, he really did lay down some home truths. I loved the heat of Markus and Brianna’s scenes, I quite warmed to the couple in this one. A real strength of them was in their roles as friends to Brianna and Lukas. Having learnt their lesson, the communication between them was very good too.

Lukas needed to follow their lead, he fell far too often into telling Tiffany not to do something, rather than explaining why. I suppose he’s used to submissives who obey his every word, but he knows that isn’t Tiffany. It also felt like a lack of respect for her, keep the little woman in the dark because it’s easier for him.

I was definitely on Tiff’s side regarding the contract. I know Lukas was worried about over stepping boundaries but for me they were embarking on a relationship as a couple who would explore D/s and BDSM, not one as a Dominant and his submissive. I was surprised, after how much her strong spirit and independence was drummed into us, that she folded and went for the 24/7 relationship Lukas was after, rather than a compromise that allowed her to retain some autonomy. It felt like an easier path for the author than an honest path for the couple.

I more and more felt as though Lukas was wanting everything his way, waiting for the right time to push on, rather than truly compromising. By the end (and yet another tough cliffy) he felt like a total selfish ass who really didn’t deserve Tiffany. Lukas was the only thing that kept me reading after book #1. He and Tiffany have held me into this series. Sadly in this book he took a huge nosedive in my estimation.

I loved the introduction of Violet and Gray, it helped me believe in Tiffany’s progress and acceptance of events. Seeing a strong female submissive, one who had her own “mind” was a nice touch, and definitely a reassurance Tiffany needed. The scenes prior to the collaring ceremony were incredibly hot, though I felt as though Lukas and Markus were more interested in their own sexual gratification than they were the well-being of Brianna and Tiffany. They crossed from dominant to overbearing at times. In fact the upset at the end of the ceremony was a prime example of Lukas not being as open with Tiffany as he expected her to be with him.

However, overall I enjoyed the book and the ending left me on tenterhooks for the next book! Someone has a lot of grovelling to do.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Genre- Erotic BDSM Romance
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54818764-balancing-it-all

Balancing it All is book four in the deliciously dark and dirty Punishment Pit series that readers are devouring. 
It’s a battle between dominance and submission. 

Defending It All

For me this books was very up and down with some parts I loved and others I really didn’t. I think the biggest problem for me was that Lukas, disappointingly, fell into that tired old BDSM cliche of deciding things for Tiffany, or not telling her things, “for her own good”. In other words because it was easier for him.

Had she kept things secret for as equally justifiable a reason he would still have subjected her to a punishment and I just cannot abide that type of double standard. I’m not sure if I’m an oddity amongst readers in not loving these mind-reading, “know you better than you know yourself” Doms, but they get right on my goat.

For heaven’s sake Tiffany is a grown up women who runs her own business and has managed to live her life really well until she met Lukas. She is capable of making her own decisions and choices, given ALL the relevant information. So when Lukas treats her like she is incapable of this he really goes down in my estimation. It’s misogynistic and smacks of Christian Grey, not a truly consensual BDSM relationship and very much not a partnership!

I also felt that Lukas definitely got off lightly (from his terrible decision at the end of book 4), considering it demonstrated how little respect he had for Tiffany. I appreciated how strongly she made her point to him – and I was glad he realised how unjust and out-of-order punishing her would have been. Would he have found it so easy to forgive and forget had the boot been on the other foot? Yeah, I doubt it. Double standards again

Over the last book and this Lukas became quite whiney and woe is me, just because Tiff wasn’t a pushover submissive. Oh let’s all feel sorry for the poor little Dom who doesn’t have everything going his own way. He fell in love with Tiffany’s independence and sass but then seems to want to change her and dampen her spirit.

The book took on a more suspense element and moved away from focussing so much on just the two couples, and that was a very welcome addition to the story. There were also several new characters introduced, two of whom I suspect will feature strongly in the next book. I look forward to getting to know them both.

I’m coming back to rant about the men keeping information from their women, again. Their excuses for not telling their romantic partners where they were disappearing off to or why they couldn’t go to the bachelorette party were, quite frankly, weak. Whilst I appreciate their will be times Lukas wouldn’t be able to give Tiffany details,that wasn’t the case here. He could AND should have warned her about Jake. Yet again it felt as though the men were refusing to be totally honest when they wouldn’t accept the same treatment from their submissive.

I did really enjoy how Lukas handled Tiffany’s family and the lengths he went to in order to ensure her happiness. He did manage to melt my heart with the depth of his love. And the author can definitely write, the stories are really easy to read, the pace is good and the plot flows smoothly.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Genre- Erotic BDSM Romance
Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54818794-defending-it-all

Defending love at all costs. The devil is coming for them all. 

Beyond the Veil Release Blitz

Beyond the Veil


Genre: speculative fiction anthology
Publisher: Vaughn Publishing LLC
Cover Designer: D. Fischer
Publication Date: October 26th, 2020
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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A Cold Soul by USA Today bestselling author D. Fischer.
Life and Death kept Cody from passing through heaven’s gate. As punishment for the wrong he’d done when he was alive, he must walk the earth until the ends of time as a Reaper.


Circle’s End by Daphne Moore.
Once a leader of the resistance, Nicte bartered her own freedom in exchange for her family’s safety. Now, after years of confinement, she’s free…and determined to liberate her people from the Dominion’s reign of blood and terror. However, with no weapon or magic, her only hope is invoking an ancient legend to help her…if he still lives.


Pigwitch Now by Mari LaRoche.
Drackonai – witches and wizards with the blood of dragons in their veins. When Keely Hargest’s family is attacked by a rogue Drackonai, she unexpectedly finds herself trapped in a piglet’s body. Will Keely find a way out of her predicament and stop Ruari Darksinger’s rampage, or will she be stuck as a pig forever?


Undetected by Kerensa Gowan.
When Teernan Orare Kensington, the last Oracle of planet Vergus, is orphaned on Earth, how does she survive the assassins sent to prevent her return?


55:15 by Jibril Stevenson.
An American patrol in Iraq discovers that insurgents aren’t the only danger lurking outside the wire.


Queen of the Underworld by R.A. Winter.
Death walked into a bar and nobody noticed.


Haven by A. Maguire.
Haven. Noun. A place of safety or refuge. So for Reba Meade whose life is filled with monsters and things that go bite in the night, and anything but safe, the house left to her by a relative she’d never met is more than a refuge, it’s a way to reconcile her losses and the past, and to discover where she came from.


Mourning Dove by S. M. Savoy.
From darkness to light, a woman grasps at life.

Book Links: 
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55453296-beyond-the-veil
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a wonderful place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be, reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! Everyone is welcome. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn over at The Book Date.

Despite my being off work last week, I ended up feeling busier than ever with lots of driving offspring around in between painting the kitchen. My son had a minor op mid-week, and because of Covid restrictions no one could accompany him (he’s 20 so it wasn’t a huge issue). However it did mean sitting around in the car for an hour or two until he was discharged. The other son’s girlfriend flew out to Italy on Saturday to start a job as an au pair to a little girl in Tuscany.

Yesterday saw my husband, my daughter and I meet up with my sister and parents for a socially distanced walk. It turned out to be a very pleasant day full of beautiful golden sunlight.

Books Read Last Week

So it was another week of NOT reading what I’d planned, but at least I did read! I started with a couple of the novella’s from an anthology and then read my last arc commitment at the moment. I then abandoned my remaining plans. Instead I resubscribed to Kindle Unlimited and caught up on a couple of series’ I’d started but never finished.

There were a couple of KU books that I started but just didn’t get caught up by, before a very bland read drove me to change genres completely.

Currently Reading

I read the first book a while ago and promised myself I would read this one soon. It’s an Urban Fantasy and I’m hoping it’s just the change of pace I need.

Books to read this week

I do have one arc to read this week, but I’m making no more commitments than that because (a) I have to do some planning for work and (b) as long as our area doesn’t get moved into Covid Tier 3 we are going away for a few days to Bristol.

So that’s my week, What are your reading plans?

Roping Christmas Release Blitz & Giveaway

Title: Roping Christmas

Author: Shanna Hatfield

Genre: Western Holiday Romance
Publisher: Wholesome Hearts Publishing
Editor: Katrina Fair
Publication Date: Oct. 22nd, 2020

Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

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A focused cowboy, a distracted executive, and a hilarious quest make for an unforgettable holiday . . . 

Wyatt Nash is a professional tie-down roper, a good ranch hand, and not too shabby when it comes to attracting women. But according to his five-year-old niece, he needs to work on both his roping skills and his dating game. His sister thinks he needs to settle down. And don’t get him started on the advice he gets from well-meaning friends. When his rodeo sponsor, billionaire Jon Sinclair, asks for his assistance in tutoring a clueless city girl about Sinclair Industries, Wyatt doesn’t feel like he can say no. Then he discovers he’ll be teaching none other than the one woman on the planet who wants nothing to do with him. 

Ashley Jarrett would do almost anything to turn her small publicity firm into a huge success. When Jon Sinclair expresses interest in working with her, she readily agrees to his crazy idea to have her learn about his company through hands-on projects. Not only is she forced far outside her comfort zone, but the man documenting every bumbling misstep she takes is an infuriating cowboy she’s determined to ignore. 

Packed with small-town charm and the wonder of falling in love, Roping Christmas is a sweet holiday romance sure to bring laughter and infuse hearts Christmas cheer.

READ A BOOK, HELP A COWBOY 

October 1 through December 24,  ten percent of the net proceeds from all of Shanna’s book sales are donated to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. This marks her seventh year to hold the Read a Book, Help a Cowboy campaign. 

The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period. Every book purchased during this promotional period adds to the donation total. 

When Shanna was writing The Christmas Cowboy, the first book in the Rodeo Romance series, she reached out to the Justin Sportsmedicine Team® to make sure she had her facts straight about a cowboy dealing with a rodeo injury. It was then she learned about the JCCF and the Sportsmedicine Team. Through mobile medical centers, they provide care at more than 125 PRCA rodeos annually. Shanna was so impressed with them, she wanted to do a little something in return. So she launched a campaign to donate a portion of my book sales to the JCCF during the month of December. 

Please know that your book purchase will help make a difference in the life of an injured athlete. 

UPCOMING CELEBRATION 

You’re invited to join us for a party to officially kick of the Read a Book, Help a Cowboy campaign. The fun gets underway November 12 at 10 a.m. (Pacific Time) on Facebook in the Wholesome Hearts Events group.  

Book Links: 
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3jr7WqZ
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55445118-roping-christmas

Giveaway: tiny.cc/cxf0tz

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USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is a farm girl who loves to write. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances are filled with sarcasm, humor, hope, and hunky heroes. When Shanna isn’t dreaming up unforgettable characters, twisting plots, or covertly seeking dark, decadent chocolate, she hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller. 
Shanna loves to hear from readers.

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Excerpt: 

Chase settled his arm around her shoulders and pulled her against his side in a brotherly hug. “You know we love to have you anytime you can visit.” 

“I do know that and am grateful for the standing welcome.” Ashley smiled up at her cousin while a tiny tornado swept into the kitchen. 

Corkscrew curls the color of straw bounced in every direction as the little girl launched herself at Wyatt. He swung her into his arms and kissed her rosy cheek. The little one looked like a miniature replica of Sarah. 

 “Hi!” the child greeted with a broad smile that showed off a missing space in her front teeth. 

“Hi, Livy.” Jessie smiled at the little girl. “Are you keeping your Uncle Wyatt busy while he’s here?” 

“Yep! We watched a movie last night about the bear ’cessities. It was awesome! But Uncle Wyatt said he’s missing some of the ’cessities. I told him he needs a wife and babies.” Livy wiggled against Wyatt, so he set her on her feet. 

She rushed over to Ashley and took her hand in hers. “Hi! I’m Livy. Wyatt’s my uncle, and that’s my mama, Sarah. My daddy is washing up, then we can eat. I’m starving to death! You’re pretty and smell nice, too.” 

The little imp turned toward Wyatt. “Did you smell her, Uncle Wyatt? She smells good. Maybe she’d be your wife, and you could have babies, Uncle Wyatt.”