Wicked Game︱Book Review

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Wicked Game by Michelle St. James
Publisher and Publication Date: Michelle St. James and July 30th, 2019
Format: eARC
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Nick Murphy is a lone wolf. 

Personal tragedy taught him there are only two things he can count on — his family and their ability to exact vengeance when the law has failed. They’ve created a lucrative illegal empire with little more than strength, fury, and most of all, silence. 

Alexa Nash is no stranger to tragedy. 

As the victim of a hit and run accident when she was in college, Alexa has spent years hiding her scars, both figurative and literal. Putting herself through law school was a way to help improve the justice system that failed her, a way to expose the system’s failings, make it better. 

Then she’s assigned to a new case — an investigation involving the Murphy brothers, a group of vigilantes hiding behind what only appears to be a legitimate enterprise. 

The only problem: Nick Murphy is dangerously intriguing, not to mention utterly and ridiculously hot. 

The feeling is mutual, but can a criminal and a prosecutor find happily ever after when they’re on opposite sides of the same battle — or is their love doomed to become a casualty of war? 

My Review:

The Murphy brothers are back! This time we are following Nick Murphy, MIS’s CFO, and Alexa Nash, the Assistant Attorney General. Nick is one hell of a man. He is handsome, athletic, protective and an overall family man. I honestly thought Rowan was going to be my favorite Murphy brother but I think Nick is winning me over. Nick wants nothing but to help others and fix broken things. Alexa is broken, even after years of a horrific car accident she is still reminded every day of the scars that were left behind from that difficult time in her life. Sure she looks like she has things together, but under all that, is hurt and pain that hasn’t healed. The more digging they each do, the harder it is going to be when they have to pull away. I was almost screaming by the end of the book because I just knew it would end on a cliffhanger. Boy was I right!!! All I can say is that Alexa is playing with fire. She is going to end up regretting the things she has planned. I will probably say this about every single Michelle St. James book I read, this woman KNOWS how to write. I honestly get so sucked into her stories so quickly and finish them in record time. Highly recommend this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read to anyone!

Thank you to Michelle St. James for sending me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! So looking forward to Fair Game next

About the Author:

Michelle St. James aka Michelle Zink is the author of twenty published books and seven novellas. Her first series, Prophecy of the Sisters (YA), was one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut novels. Her work has also been an Indie Next selection and has appeared on prestigious lists such as the Lonestar List, New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age, and Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best. Her character, Alice, won the Teen Read Awards for Best Villain against Harry Potter’s Lord Voldemort. She lives in New York with too many teenagers and too many cats.

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Blog Tour & Review | Alessio

ALESSIO

by Bethany-Kris Guzzi Legacy Duet, #2 Publication Date: August 5, 2019 Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, MMF

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SYNOPSIS

The son of a prominent Cosa Nostra Don, Corrado Guzzi’s life should have been all mapped out. He would be what every other Guzzi man was, too—made, mafia. It’s their way. But when given another choice, the chance to be something more, he takes it. Even if it comes with strings.

It’s there that he might find where he belongs, and Alessio Sorrento. The man who could change his whole life.

This love thing? It should have been easy, but they made it hard. Nothing about a relationship like theirs is simple. Dictated by rules, weighed down with things left unsaid, and already hanging by a frayed thread.

This is what love looks like before, and after. Before she came along. And after she was there.

It takes one woman to change everything.

Ginevra Calabrese wasn’t ready for this—for them.

So, what happens now?

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NOTE: Corrado (book one) and Alessio (book two) are a duet within The Guzzi Legacy series, and should be read in order. All other titles in the series are standalone. This is NOT a love triangle.

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ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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I was so excited to get this ARC for the pure fact of how the first book ended. We are thrown back into this story and things don’t get any easier for the three of them. They had to work hard, fight, and go through things that they normally wouldn’t want to. But because they love each other that was their only option. Alessio is my favorite character in this series. He’s upfront and honest about his feelings and he doesn’t care what you think about him. Overall, I’m pleased with how Alessio, Corrado and Ginevra story ended. It was a great conclusion. The only thing I had an issue with was that it seemed to me there was no plot to this book. I thought there might be a better way to wrap up the conflict that happened from Book One and continued in this one. It just wasn’t satisfying and I felt like I got jipped of a real juicy end. Other than that I thought that this was a great ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read. Thank you to IndieSage PR and Bethany-Kris for a copy of the eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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Hard To Love | Two Week Countdown

Hard To Love, a heart-wrenching, edge-of-your-seat gripping, romantic suspense from USA Today Bestselling Author Willow Winters is releasing in TWO WEEKS! Scroll down for a HOT Sneak Peek! 

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Sneak Peek – Hard To Love by Willow Winters. Copyrighted to Willow Winters.

It takes a moment. It always does. Rocking in and out of her slowly, waiting for her to adjust. My skin is fire against hers as I rake my teeth up her slender neck. I can feel my warm breath in my face and then hers as I lazily kiss her. Taking my time, feeling her body writhe under mine. Her kiss is tender and sweet. Her nails dig into my shoulders, sending a slight pain that urges me to go in deeper. Once, twice, then her breath hitches, her doe eyes widen and my name is a strangled moan in the air between us. 

“There it is,” I groan in her ear as she pushes her head back into the mattress. With each of my forearms pinned against her shoulders, I don’t give her an inch of movement. When I pick up my pace, slamming myself deeper inside of her, she has nowhere to go. 

“Take it Babygirl.”

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Top Ten Tuesday | My Favorite Cover Redesigns

Hello all! How are you doing today? I am on vacation this week and I am doing my best to rest and relax! Here we are for another week of the Top Ten Tuesday meme created by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week’s prompt is my favorite cover redesigns. I am not the biggest fan of redesigns because most of the time the first cover was great and there is no need for a change. I just think they are silly to do. But here are a few that I really love.

  1. The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han 
  2. I love all of the Barnes and Noble redesigns of the classic books, for example, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
  4. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

What are your favorite cover redesigns?

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My August TBR

ARCs:

Beyond Beautiful by Heather MacKinnon – This is book two from the Love in Providence series, but can be read as a standalone. I had to push this back on my TBR because of other ARCs I requested and forgot that I requested last month 😅 So I plan to finish it this month!

Wicked Game by Michelle St. James – I am on Michelle St. Jame’s ARC review team and I have been so excited to read this book!

Alessio by Bethany-Kris – This is book two in the The Guzzi Legacy Series! I cannot wait to dive into this book as I’ve read book one 

Jake’s Redemption by Jamie Schulz – I received this book from the author via her PR agent and I was trying to read this in July but I got caught up on other ARCs that I requested and forgot about. Don’t worry I am starting to get my ish together.

Things You Save In A Fire by Katherine Center – I got an eARC of this book via Netgalley and I am thrilled to have gotten a copy!

My Choice:

Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Book three in the Wicked Trilogy and I just can’t get enough! Reviews to come soon of books one and two!

The Prince by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This is a 1001 Dark Nights novella that can be read as a standalone story from the Wicked Trilogy. If this is anything like the first three books I can’t wait to read!

Usedbook-A-Thon:

Usedbook-a-thon: This Book-A-Thon is being hosted by Jessica from Peacelovebooks and Kayla from literatureads_ ! They have come up with a 16 spot bingo board. Below are the 5 books I plan on reading. I didn’t want to pick too many books because I know myself and I know how many books I am able to read. I am excited to participate in my first ever book-a-thon!

Covet by J.R. Ward – Cover Change, first in series, Mass market and $2 or less

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – First in series, damaged, romance, from favorite used book store and buddy read a book.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – Set in another country, cover change, and 10 years or older. 

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – New to me author, $2 or less, and romance

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks – Water on cover, read by candlelight, cover change, and read after 8 pm.

Donate a book: I have a huge pile of books that I went through while I was looking for books for this challenge and will be giving it to Goodwill! 

Bake a bookish snack: My favorite bookish snack is homemade Banana Bread Muffins that I love to make. It is the easiest recipe and I can make it without any dairy!

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Monthly Wrap Up︱July 2019

Hello all! Here we are in the first day of August time to wrap up July. Can you believe we are in a new month already? Because I sure can’t. It feels like it was July 1st last week. I read more books than I thought I did (15 books), but I didn’t surpass my most read month (June – 16 books). I am already excited to get started on my August TBR, look out for that post either later today or tomorrow!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Books:

This is my favorite read this month!

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Welcome August! What do you have planned to read this month? How many books did you read in July and what was your favorite read?

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Release Blitz & Book Review | One Short Summer




Title: One Short Summer
Series: Brooksville #2
Author: Jasmin Miller
Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 31, 2019



Blurb

A sweet, flirty, and heartfelt romance with two roommates that spend one enthralling summer together.

After her car accident, Monica believes her dance career is over, despite the positive outlook everyone else has. Instead of trying to get back on her feet, she works on perfecting the art of couch surfing.

Famous author, Gabe Mitchell, doesn’t fare much better. On top of watching his roommate letting her life pass by, he also suffers from a major bout of writer’s block.

Hoping a change of scenery will get them both out of their rut, Gabe takes matters into his own hands and whisks Monica away to his own personal haven.

What neither one of them expects is the attraction to each other to bloom even though Monica will leave Brooksville in a matter of weeks.

Their time together is filled with skimpy bathing suits, sexy fantasy book inspirations, hot tub make-out sessions, and new job prospects.

It’s plenty to reignite their creative flames, but will it be enough to turn their one short summer into something more?







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Excerpt

Pulling out the barstool beside her, I sit down, wanting to be on her eye level. It takes me bumping my knees into hers for her to look at me, but at least she finally does. “Hey! Remember it’s me you’re talking to. We’ve been sharing a house for most of the last year. That’s pretty much as close as anyone has ever been to me, not that I would do this for just anyone. You’re a very sweet, kind, caring, and talented person. You need to get it in your pretty head that you don’t owe me a thing. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.”

My words don’t exactly trigger the response I intended as I watch the pink tinge travel up Monica’s neck and cheeks before she covers her face with her hands. “Oh gosh. Stop it already. I can’t remember the last time I blushed. How embarrassing.”

Flabbergasted.

I’m absolutely stunned she’s reacting this way.

It’s also interesting she can still surprise me after we’ve known each other all this time.






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Author Bio


Jasmin Miller is a professional lover of books and cake (preferably together) as well as a fangirl extraordinaire. She loves to read and write kissing books and never misses a chance to swoon over characters. Originally from Germany, she now lives in the western US with her husband and three little humans that keep her busy day and night.


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One Short Summer is book two in the Brooksville series and is a’ friends to lovers/roommates to lovers’ book. These books can be read as a standalone. After a tragic car accident and unable to continue her career as a dancer while she heals, Monica moves in with Gabe to recover and get back on her feet again. Gabe is an author and has the ability to work from home making things easy for Monica as she knows someone is always there incase she needs him. While trying to help Monica get out of her depression and into a better frame of mind, he decides that they both need to get away. As they isolate themselves from others, both of them realize the feeling that they have for one another.

I truly enjoyed this book. It was such an effortless read. Monica is stubborn and stuck in her ways but being able to watch her grow and better herself and get back to the true her was great. Gabe, my god, Gabe is so sweet and overall such a good guy. He wants nothing more than to help Monica get into a better head space. They make such a cute couple It was good to slow down and read something with a lot of thought and effort put into each characters who are not be surrounded by drama. It was so refreshing. Jasmin Miller writes beautifully and so easy to understand. This story that she built was so genuine and sweet and something that I needed to read without realizing it. I’ve been reading some dark books lately and this was the perfect break for me. It is cute, sexy, fun and flirty. If you are looking for a great beach day read, this ⭐⭐⭐⭐ star is the book for you. Perfect summer read!

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