Muse, by M. Lynne Cunning

Muse


Lauren Carrington is an aspiring author who supposedly has it all.

The life. The house. The seemingly perfect marriage to Michael.

With her husband’s blessing, she uproots herself to attend a creative writing course halfway across the country in the hopes of breaking through the writer’s block she’s been battling, unaware she is about to inadvertently put everything she treasures in grave jeopardy.

For her first in-class assignment, she gets partnered up with the alluring and charismatic Dean Bergeron…

Their undeniable connection, mutual passion, and literary talents, paired with Lauren’s newfound boldness and prowess, soon form the foundation for a catastrophic upheaval of the only life Lauren has ever known.

But is it actually Lauren’s life being thrown into turmoil? The lines become blurred when she introduces herself as Sarah, the main character from the book she’s been struggling to write, and boundaries are quickly crossed as Lauren explores her new persona more intimately.

When her two worlds collide, will she be able to distinguish which life is real and which is fiction?

***Previously published as Blurred Lines***


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

To quote a line from this story, I found this to be a “personal, stripped, and overwhelming” read. And I enjoyed every moment of it. This reminded me of a romanticized version of Stephen King’s novel “The Dark Half” in so many ways. The separation between the main character Lauren and her alter-ego Sarah blurred easily and quickly and set-up quite a defining conflict. Cunning in its complexity and stunning in its simplicity, this is a magnificent psychological journey.

My rating:  Midleton


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* Release Day Blitz * – Worth the Chase, by Holly C. Webb

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Release Day Blitz

WORTH THE CHASE

By Holly C Webb

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Penny Chase has had her whole life planned out for her since the day she was born, but it’s a life she doesn’t want. After a lifetime of trying to please her controlling father, Penny thinks she will never get to Stanford. She sees it as her chance to finally have the life she has always dreamed of. That was until she meets Damian Grant.
Damian is the lead singer of Purple Mist, with a love them and leave them reputation. That was until he meets his Lucky Penny. From the moment he sets his eyes on her, he is determined to win her heart.
Damian is everything Penny wants, but also everything her father would never approve of. Still, the heart wants what the heart wants, and Penny’s heart wants Damian. She just wasn’t sure what price she would have to pay for a life with him.
Can love really conquer all, or will Richard Chase, Penny’s father, make the price of loving Damian too high. Will Penny’s happy ever after be worth the chase?

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Are you sure I look okay?” Penny asked Abby once again as they reached the door of The Black Rose Lounge. She had changed her outfit almost a dozen times, but she still didn’t feel comfortable. Penny had no idea why she was so nervous, but she was. This wasn’t really her thing, so she didn’t want to look stupid or out of place. In the end, she settled on a pair of tight black jeans and a fitted red t-shirt.
“You look amazing,” Abby laughed for the twentieth time then turned and looked at Noah. “Doesn’t she?”
“You look gorgeous, Penny,” Noah said, giving her a reassuring smile. “I swear.”
“Thanks,” she replied shyly. She was never comfortable taking a compliment.
“Oh, you will take his word for it, but not mine?” Abby said, faking a look of hurt. “Nice.”
“No, I take your word too…” Penny quickly replied as she searched for the right words.
“But he’s a guy,” Abby finished Penny’s sentence with a laugh. “And not just your best friend.”
“Something like that,” Penny replied with a nervous laugh.
“Come on, Crazy,” Abby giggled as she linked Penny’s arm. “Let’s get you wasted.”
“Not wasted,” Penny insisted. She wasn’t much of a drinker at the best of times, and that’s the way she planned on keeping it. “You promised.”
“Fine, not wasted,” Abby sighed then added. “Just…just try and relax. Lighten up a little bit. It’s okay to have some fun.”
“I promise I’ll try,” Penny replied, before Abby led her through the door behind Noah, and into the packed club.
The club was badly lit and heaving with far too many people. There was barely standing room, much less somewhere to sit. Penny was a little surprised.
“Is it always this busy?” She screamed into Abby’s ear as they pushed through the crowd. “I have never seen so many people in one place.”
“Only when Purple Mist are playing,” she shouted back. “Don’t worry, Noah’s brother said he would save a table up at the front for us.”
Penny suddenly felt an arm wrap around her waist and pull her backward, as her arm slipped from Abby’s. Then she felt herself being spun around until she was face to face with some strange guy.
“Hey gorgeous,” the guy said, as he gave her what he clearly thought was his most killer smile. He was good looking in an obvious kind of way, but far too in love with himself, and not Penny’s type at all. “I haven’t seen you here before. I’m sure I would remember a hot babe like you.”
“I’m sorry, I’m here with someone,” Penny said as she tried to step back and free herself from his grasp.
“Don’t I even get a name?” He asked, evidently not someone who was put off easily.
“There you are!” Abby exclaimed as she appeared next to her once again, before Penny even had time to answer the guy’s question. Abby then looked from Penny to the guy standing in front of her. “Back off asshole; she’s way out of your league.”
Before he could reply, Abby pulled Penny by the arm and guided her through the crowd, to the table at the front of the club. Penny immediately spotted Noah at the table where he was talking to some guy who had his back to her and Abby.
“I found her,” Abby said as Noah’s eyes met hers. “Some asshole fancied his chances, but I put him in his place.”
“Are you okay, Penny?” Noah asked looking concerned. She was about to tell him she was fine, but as she went to speak, the guy next to him turned to look at her too. He was slightly taller than Noah, but there was a strong resemblance between them except he had darker hair, that was a little longer and brown piercing eyes that were almost hypnotic. He had a light dusting of stubble on his jawline and was wearing a white shirt, with faded black jeans. He was probably the most gorgeous man Penny had ever seen.
She felt like she had been struck by lightning. She just stood there motionless, like some stupid airhead, staring at him.  It wasn’t until he gave her a knowing grin that she shook herself and turned her attention back to Noah.
“I…I’m okay, thanks,” Penny finally managed to say as her face burned with embarrassment. She was completely mortified. “I had it under control.”
“Cool,” Noah said as he gave her a strange look before he turned to the guy next to him. “Umm, Penny, this is my brother, Damian. Damian, this is Penny Chase.”
“Hi,” Penny said as she reached out her hand, trying to appear as casual as she could despite the fact her heart was almost pounding out of her chest. “It’s nice to meet you. Noah has told me a lot about you.”
“The pleasure is all mine,” he replied taking her hand in his and holding it a little longer than he really needed to. He held her eyes with his, and as he held her hand, Penny felt a spark of electricity pass through her entire body. “So, is it your first time?”
“My first time?” She asked, unsure of what he was talking about.
“Coming to see Purple Mist,” he laughed looking her straight in the eye, making her feel a little uncomfortable. She pulled her hand from his abruptly and forced a tight smile, as she pulled herself together. She knew he was toying with her, but she refused to play his game.
“This is not really my thing,” she replied coolly, not taking her eyes from his as she tried to appear unimpressed.
“And what exactly is your thing?” He asked as he stepped a little closer to her with a grin on his face.
“Not this,” she replied, as her voice cracked with nerves, but she didn’t look away from him.
He stared at her for a moment, then to Penny’s surprise he threw his head back and laughed. “I like you already.”
“Penny,” Noah said drawing her attention away from Damian and back to him, as the rest of the band joined the table. “This is the rest of the guys.”
He introduced them one at a time. First, there was Eddie Lewis who everyone called Fast Eddie. Eddie was the lead guitarist.
Next to Eddie was his brother Steve, or as he was otherwise known, Just Steve. Just Steve was the bass guitarist in the band. Both Eddie and Steve were tall, with blonde hair and blue eyes. Eddie had a goatee beard that made him look a lot older than his brother.
Finally, there was Stix, who was the drummer. Penny wasn’t told what his real name was, but Stix was definitely something of an enigma. He was of mixed race, with the most gorgeous brown eyes Penny had ever seen on a boy. He had a flawless afro that he pulled off perfectly. His eyebrow, nose, and lip were pierced, and he had a Superman tattoo on his arm to complete the image. Penny smiled at them all, but she wasn’t sure she would remember all their names.
The whole time Noah was making introductions, she could feel Damian’s eyes burning into her. It took everything she had inside, not to look back at him.

☄☄AUTHOR BIO ☄☄
My name is Holly Webb. I’m 33 years old and I live in Dublin with my awesome hubby. I’ve been writing all my life, but last year I decided to follow my dreams and become a full time writer. It’s all I have ever wanted to do.
My first full length book, Worth the Chase will be released on February 24th.  It’s a romance story, (as I am an old romantic) but there is some adult content in it.
My second book, This Thing Between Us, will be published during the summer and I hope to have one more completed before the end of the year.
When I’m not writing, I like to take photos, I sketch and I love to watch old movies.
My favourite movie is An Affair to Remember and my favourite TV shows are Lucifer and Suits (I am having an affair with Harvey in my head). I love Rascal Flatts and Adele, but I will listen to most kinds of music.
My biggest fear is not following my dreams because I am too afraid to fail.
I favourite quote is, “It always seems impossible, until it’s done – Nelson Mandela “

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The Spark, by Sylvie Stewart

The Spark (The Carolina Connections #2)


When your back is against the wall, can you change the person life’s experiences have molded you to be?

Fiona Pierce is many things to many people. Dutiful daughter to her loving parents, fiercely loyal friend to her very tolerant bestie, half-assed employee to her laundry list of bosses, and dedicated fashion goddess and spreader of good cheer to the world at large. But Fiona is hiding something behind her irresistible smile – something she’s determined to keep to herself.

Mark Beckett doesn’t do complicated. Saddled with lingering baggage from his childhood, Mark sails through life one girl at a time – with frequent gym breaks in between. He likes his life just how it is and doesn’t see any need to change his work-hard/play-hard attitude.

When an unexpected blast from the past threatens to turn his family’s life upside down, Mark finds help in the unlikeliest of places – specifically the pint-sized princess who has a knack for pushing his buttons.

Can you overcome your fears and embrace the happiness you might just deserve? And, perhaps more importantly, can you really fall in love with someone who is so damn insufferable?  


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

This is just shy of a five-star rating.  I laughed so hard, out loud, at Fiona’s thoughts my throat hurt.  With my first thought of Fiona being that she was an entitled rich girl I am surprised at how quickly I became enamored with her.  Her internal dialogue was so resplendent, I fell hard.  Originally I was over the moon excited at the prospect of Mark the man-whore.  Because, hello, man-whore!  So imagine my surprise when his thoughts and actions tightened my chest and its entire cavity was warmed on numerous occasions.  Plus I came very close to crying.  And I rarely emote.  Suffice to say, I fell hard for these two.  This is an easy read with colorful characters, both primary and secondary, and a storyline that evokes hope with every turn of the page.  Although this is a stand-alone novel, and the second in a series, there are carry-over characters from a prior release that I plan to read and I will also be on the lookout for future publications as well. 

My rating:  Midleton


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33160419-the-spark

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* Cover Reveal * – Reason to Love, by Sedona Venez

Reason to Love
Sedona Venez
(Credence Curse #3)
Publication date: March 15th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Can sworn enemies cross the line and fall in love?

Reason Orlov, a vampire-human, is the princess of the vampire coven. Never quite feeling like she fits in, the hybrid has spent her life trying to rise to the expectations of her father, the vampire king.

Jack Alagona—better known as Jackal—is the second-in-command in his wolf pack. Set in his domineering alpha ways, the wolf-shifter closed off his heart long ago when vampires took what was most precious to him.

Even though a relationship between vampires and shifters is practically forbidden, all Reason knows is that she wants Jackal with a passion she’s never felt.

And, although Reason drives him crazy in a way that he thought he wouldn’t feel again, with memories that rule his present life, Jackal can’t risk being more than friends.

Can Reason convince Jackal to let her into his heart, or will their pasts get in the way?

Reason to Love is the third book in the Credence Curse Saga, a series of adventure-packed shifter romance tales. If you like dark magic, powerful women, steamy love scenes, heart-pounding romance, and piles of sexy shifter secrets, then you’ll love the latest romp from author Sedona Venez.

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EXCERPT:

He arched down, grabbing my face between his callous palms, and a weird jolt of energy pulsed through me. Instead of pushing him away, strangely, the only thing I could think of was how long it’d been since I felt a man’s hands on my skin. His full focus was on me, the attention sending little tremors of awareness through me, as we stared at each other, speechless, our faces mere inches apart.

Move, Reason. Just fucking go.

My mind and body staged a mutiny by refusing to cooperate, as if daring the shifter to make another move. He did by pressing his lips against mine.

No, no, no. This will not do.

Reaching up, I slapped my hands against his wide shoulders with every intention of shoving him away. Instead, my fingers gripped him tight, pulling him closer. My lips parted before he sucked my tongue into his mouth.

Oh, baby Jesus. Why does he taste like my three favorite things—coffee, mint, and cinnamon?

 

Author Bio:

Sedona Venez is a romance author with a dirty mind. She lives in New York City with her hot ex-military hubby–hooah–and their fur baby. She loves writing sizzling, sexy intricate stories about strong but broken characters who push limits, overcome their fears, and risk it all for love.

You can chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SedonaVenez), Twitter (@SedonaVenez), and her kick-ass romance website, (www.sedonavenez.com).

If you’re interested in getting your hands on an advanced release copy of her upcoming books, sneak peek teasers, you can join her newsletter list (http://eepurl.com/2ixqj) and get those details delivered right to your inbox.

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Love, Passion and Power: Part 1, by Whitley Cox

Love, Passion and Power: Part 1


When personal trainer Kendra Black saw millionaire Justin Williams walk through her door all she saw was money and a practiced swagger. A man who’s used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But Kendra is startled to realize that there is more to Justin than meets the eye, he’s kind and funny and brilliant, and she wants him, desperately. Unable to resist Kendra or her fiery spirit and zest for life, right from the start, Justin pursues her, only her troubled childhood holds her back. She’s been running from love for so long, she doesn’t know how to stop and let it catch up.

Elated when Kendra finally gives into their attraction, Justin jumps in with both feet, only his hectic and demanding life continues to interfere, and Kendra’s past comes creeping back and the two are tested. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionate and physical adventure, Justin discovers Kendra’s secrets and fears while exploring and uncovering his own wild and dark desires.


My review:

** I volunteered to read an advance reviewer copy of this book. **

What a tale!  An unusual journey of self-acceptance through all the trials and tribulations that life has thrown at “Kendra”.  At times I envied her, respected her, even wanted to be her.  Then there were the times I thought she was being stubborn, whiny, and ungrateful.  Yet through it all she remained true to herself.  “Justin” is one hot alpha that has a few quirks (that I hope get explored) and his workaholic and demanding schedule dominate his life – as it would for any typical millionaire.  And yet the two could not be better matched to complement each other.  I cannot wait to see where the story goes!

My rating:  Redbreast


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