Tuesday, March 20, 2018

On Hart's Boardwalk by Samantha Young

One of New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young's most beloved couples returns for the first time in a brand new novella set ten years after her blockbuster bestseller Before Jamaica Lane...

Nate and Liv have a great life together but they miss the spontaneity and freedom they enjoyed early on in their romance. Careers and their children have inevitably kept them busy, so when Nate discovers Liv is feeling disconnected from him, he plans an anniversary trip to the idyllic seaside town of Hartwell, Delaware. There he hopes they will have the opportunity they've been craving--a chance to reinvent themselves and fall in love all over again.

With each new day comes a new adventure, from wedding crashing at the five-star boardwalk hotel to pretending they are two strangers having a chance encounter at the boardwalk bar. In the midst of this daring, sexually-charged game of romantic rediscovery, Nate and Liv discover the only constant they need is each other.

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Although Nate had agreed to wait to have sex until we played out our little strangers in a bar fantasy, I could tell he was disgruntled. For some reason his irritation made me want to torment him even more. After we showered (separately) and dressed, I grabbed his hand when we walked down to breakfast, trailing the fingertips of my free hand over the skin on his forearm exposed by his T-shirt.

Walking down the stairs he frowned at me. “You’re doing that deliberately.”

“Are you saying I don’t get to touch you at all until tomorrow night?”

“No.” He suddenly stopped and pressed me up against the wall of the stairwell, his mouth inches from mine. His hand, the one not holding mine, slipped under my sundress, his fingertips caressing their way up my inner thigh.

“Nate,” I gasped, looking down the stairs to make sure the entrance was empty.

“You tease me, babe…” His hot breath whispered against my lips. “I tease you tenfold in return.”

I fought with the desire flooding me and the concern over disrespecting our very nice inn owner. My concern won out and I reached for his wrist under my dress and forcefully removed his hand with a flash of ire in my eyes that made him smirk in triumph. “Not here.”

“Just playing your game.” He stood back and then began leading me down the stairs like nothing had happened.

There was only one other couple in the dining hall that early in the morning, an older couple who smiled warmly at us and greeted us ‘hello’ as we grabbed some coffee from the buffet area.

We’d just taken a seat at a table when Aydan came out of the kitchen and beamed at us. “You two are up early. Jetlag?”

“Yeah,” I said, fighting off a yawn. “I’m still kind of feeling it actually. But this will help.” I raised my coffee cup.

“So will some food.” She handed us each a menu. “I’ll be back in a minute to take your order.”

We were looking over the small menu and I was trying to decide between scrambled eggs, potatoes, and bacon; pancakes, maple syrup and bacon; or waffles. “I forgot how good breakfast is here.” I glanced over at my husband, who seemed less excited than me about breakfast. “You’re getting the egg white frittata, aren’t you?”

Nate used to indulge more food-wise but he’d found, as we all found, that he couldn’t metabolize crappy food as well as he used to. So, he only indulged every now and then.

“Aye.” He nodded, his eyes twinkling with amusement. He knew it bugged me that he had more willpower than I did.

“I’m getting the waffles,” I immediately decided.

Nate laughed and leaned over to caress the top of my ass, which thankfully was hidden by the back of my chair from anyone else’s few. “You eat whatever you want, babe. We’ll both enjoy the fruits of that labor.”

I should have glared at him for feeling me up in the breakfast room of this quaint inn, but I couldn’t, because it felt like I had my old Nate back. The guy who made me feel sexy and wanted no matter what. So instead I gave him a soft smile.

For some reason my reaction made his gaze turn liquid with heat and he impulsively leaned over, cupped my face in his hand and kissed me. Hard. Deep. Quick.

When he let me go I couldn’t even think long enough to be embarrassed that he’d just Frenched me in front of an elderly couple who were trying to eat their breakfast. I could only blink, dazed, my lips wet and waiting for more. “What was that for?”

“Because I love you.” He shrugged, like it was most obvious answer in the world.

Before I could say anything else the sound of Bailey Hartwell’s raised voice met our ears from somewhere near reception. “It’s ridiculous that’s why!”

Nate and I shot each other amused looks, and pretended to peruse the menu even though I knew were both listening in. Nosy buggers.

Her voice was lower now, and the fact that we hadn’t heard another voice reply suggested she was on the phone. “Vaughn, we have a house,” she hissed. “We don’t need another… why would you sell it? It’s beautiful… we don’t need to buy a house together to be together… it’s a waste of money…” there was a longer stretch of silence. “Okay, if you’re that intent on wasting money why don’t we just strip the house out and make it the way we both want it… it sits right on the water…. Stop being romantic when I’m trying to be practical, you know it confuses me… Stop it, I’m at the inn.” Her voice dropped even lower. Her breath seemed to catch. “You’re going to pay for that, Tremaine… no… no… Vaughn… okay, fine…. I love you too, you, handsome bastard.”

That seemed to be the end of the conversation, and I turned to Nate, laughter bubbling in my throat. “That sounded familiar.”

He grinned. “Didn’t it.”

“I don’t think our inn owner is going to Scotland anytime soon.”


“No. If she’s got what I’ve got, she’s staying put.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is a rather delicious crossover novella which takes us back to the wonderful couple of Nate and Liv. We find them at a point in their lives where their closeness seems to have got lost and they need a chance to reconnect. Nate knows that he needs to face some demons and restore the balance to the marriage, so he whisks Liv away to the States for a romantic holiday.

The start of the book is a little unnerving, but brilliant! I enjoyed the story greatly, and they still have all the heat they did back in the day. My only complaint would be that there was lots of descriptive text about peripheral things which I didn't need. Really, Liv and Nate's story was all I wanted to read.

Super sexy, quick read, which I am sure many women will leave for their husbands to read and get some ideas!!

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I want to start this review by saying that if you have not read the previous books in this series, I highly suggest that you do. I have read them all and love each and every one of them. These characters really speak to the reader and are approachable.

Liv and Nate are always described as such a great couple – the couple that everyone aspires to be. In this instance, Liv and Nate are trying to figure out where their lives are going. They’ve hit the decade mark in their marriage and with having a few kiddos in tow, Liv and Nate need to find their spark again.

This is such an emotional read. It is real, raw, and organic. The characters relate to real life in that they have issues with communication and need to learn how to do that again. Being young and in love is a great space to be in but being in a marriage is also a fantastic place to be.

Finding a happy medium is what is key in this story. That happily ever after does exist, it just may take a little bit of work. I loved how Nate and Liv worked through their lives and supported each other. There were the steamy scenes I’ve come to expect from this series and I absolutely loved this couple, yet again.

Samantha Young is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of adult contemporary romances, including the On Dublin Street series and Hero, as well as the New Adult duology Into the Deep and Out of the Shallows. Every Little Thing, the second book in her new Hart’s Boardwalk series, will be published by Berkley in March 2017. Before turning to contemporary fiction, she wrote several young adult paranormal and fantasy series, including the Amazon bestselling Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy. Samantha’s debut YA contemporary novel The Impossible Vastness of Us was published by Harlequin TEEN in ebook & hardback June 2017. Play On is an adult contemporary romance and the first in a brand new series set in Scotland.

Samantha has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award 2012 for Best Author and Best Romance for On Dublin Street, Best Romance 2014 for Before Jamaica Lane, and Best Romance 2015 for Hero. On Dublin Street, a #1 bestseller in Germany, was the Bronze Award Winner in the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2013, Before Jamaica Lane the Gold Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2014 and Echoes of Scotland Street the Bronze Medal Winner for the LeserPreis German Readers Choice Awards for Best Romance 2015.

Samantha is currently published in 30 countries and is a #1 international bestselling author.

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Staggered Cove Station by Elle Brownlee

Rescues are wild in the Alaskan terrain. So is romance.

Sun-kissed California guardsman Dan Farnsworth might be at home in the water, but he’s out of his element at remote, rugged, and freezing Staggered Cove Station. Acclimating proves hard enough, but he’s also digging into how the station’s previous rescue swimmer was lost at sea. Was it an operation gone bad or something more sinister? Add to that the instant tension between him and his partner—no-nonsense Alaska-born Karl Radin—and Dan has his hands full.

As his investigation heats up, so does the attraction between Dan and Karl, even if they don’t completely trust each other. But as suspicious events escalate to sabotage, Dan starts to fear that he and Karl won’t get the chance to become more than reluctant coworkers.

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Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M Military Romance, Thriller
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Karl and Dan don't necessarily hit it off right away. Karl is a seasoned veteran at the station and when he is assigned Dan, there is a distrust right away due to Karl being attracted to Dan.

Dan is there to work, but he also has other motives – Dan is there to figure out a mystery. He is steady and a hard worker. Over the course of a few weeks, he wins over much of the base, but is still a little reluctant to share his entire reason for requesting Alaska with Karl, despite their growing attraction.

I enjoyed this story a lot because it was a lot of mystery and a little romance thrown in. There was action, but not over the top. I also liked how Karl and Dan's relationship was built on more than just their attraction. There was mutual admiration for each other and friendship to start with.

This is an exciting romance set in the Alaskan Wilderness. Karl is an experienced Coast Guard officer and Dan is the new rescue swimmer assigned to his station. Compared to most of the Dreamspun Desires books, this has a much more complicated, action-filled plot. I really enjoyed the thrilling Coast Guard rescues and the darker mystery of Dan’s brother’s suspicious death.

Both Karl and Dan are gorgeous hero types but there isn’t a whole lot of character development or traditional romance in this story. I don’t mind the lack of romance – though it is odd for a Dreamspun Desires title – but I would have liked a little more emotional depth to the characters and a little more of their pasts. The insta-love doesn’t completely work between two men who are otherwise quite guarded. While Dan and Karl are both likeable characters, the action adventure storyline is definitely the best part of this story.

ELLE BROWNLEE has always followed her creative, adventuring spirit.

Growing up she loved westerns and taking long hikes. On these explorations she’d craft miniature worlds with moss and rocks while making up stories about everything that happened there. This often included dashing cowboy heroes. As an adult, not a lot has changed. She still loves westerns, long hikes, and allowing her imagination to roam. She also loves spending time with family and friends, rooting for her baseball team, rainy days in autumn, and the perfect cup of tea (black, steeped extra strong, with milk—please!).

Her romances feature flawed but relatable characters in immersive settings, told with wit, tenderness, and a sly note of sarcasm. Though a cynic in many ways, Elle believes love can conquer all. Every story is a little bit naughty, a whole lot of nice, and will always end with happily ever after.

Elle currently lives in New York City, where she maintains her miniature worlds in terrariums and writing. She’s so thankful to be able to share her work with a growing audience, and especially grateful to have you reading along.

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Cutie Pies by Barbara Bell

Joey works at Cutie Pies, the smallest adult store in Sydney. After his parents kicked him out years ago, the haphazard shop became his home away from home and is the only place where he can embrace his queer, quirky, and—okay—sometimes a little awkward self.

When Mick, a new-to-town customer, walks in asking for a dildo, Joey thinks it’s all a part of the day’s work. Except Mick’s large dark eyes, shy smile, and kissable lips—along with the ten-inch dildo he bought—quickly win him a starring role in Joey’s nightly fantasies.

Joey can’t stop thinking about him, and Mick’s continued visits to the store make him even harder to forget. Mick is shy and sweet, but also secretive and uncertain. As the two grow closer together, Joey starts to wonder what Mick really wants from him, and whether he can risk falling in love with someone who might not be free to love him back.

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Let me start off by saying that it has always been my dream job to work in an adult toy store. I might just do that when I retire! This book was super-fast and cute. It made me laugh and I didn't want to put it down. Joey and Mick are just adorable, and my only complaint was the book’s ending felt rushed, I wish it was a little longer I was having so much fun reading it.

Barbara lives in Sydney, Australia, with an ever-changing cast of housemates and a hive of bees. In her spare time, she can be found binge watching the latest drama series, wandering around comic book shops, or hitting people with foam swords at her local LARP game.

She is a fan of all things quirky and queer, and loves writing stories which reflect that side of herself.

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Ride Dirty by Laura Kaye Blog Tour

Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders…

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Kaye comes a new story in her Raven Riders series…

Caine McKannon is all about rules. As the Raven Riders Sergeant-at-Arms, he prizes loyalty to his brothers and protection of his club. As a man, he takes pleasure wherever he can get it but allows no one close—because distance is the only way to ensure people can’t hurt you. And he’s had enough pain for a lifetime.

But then he rescues a beautiful woman from an attack.

Kids and school are kindergarten teacher Emma Kerry’s whole life, so she’s stunned to realize she has an enemy—and even more surprised to find a protector in the intimidating man who saved her. Tall, dark, and tattooed, Caine is unlike any man Emma’s ever known, and she’s as uncertain of him as she is attracted. As the danger escalates, Caine is in her house more and more – until one night of passion lands him in her bed.

But breaking the rules comes at a price, forcing Caine to fight dirty to earn a chance at love.

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“What are you doing to me?”

“Trying to let you know I care,” Emma said. Like it was obvious. Like it was normal. Like it wasn’t blowing his goddamn mind. And then she just kept right on doing it. “For almost three weeks now, you’ve inhabited my dreams and dominated my thoughts and…” She ducked her gaze.

“What?” he rasped, dying for her to continue. He rolled them, pinning her under him. And, damn if that wasn’t a heady thing, especially as she went soft and pliant, her cheeks filling with a pink heat he tasted with his tongue. “And what?”

“And made me so horny so often that I feel like I’m going a little crazy.”

Trapped in between them, his cock was so demandingly hard that his hips surged against hers. “Christ,” he bit out, half wondering if he was asleep in his trailer having a dream from which he never wanted to wake. Because stuff like this didn’t happen to him. “I’ll get you off again. Gladly. Did you like my mouth?”

Her eyes went wide. “I freaking loved your mouth. Did you really need to ask?”

“I just want to be good for you.”

“Then just be you. I’m crazy about that mouth, but I’m also crazy about the rest of you, too.” Her arms looped around his neck and her fingers played in the back of his hair. It was only a matter of time… Her fingers moved over the ruined skin above his hairline where the hair didn’t grow right anymore. She didn’t say anything about it, but he didn’t miss the questions that passed over her expression. “Kiss me?”

On a groan, he did. His mouth found hers already open, her tongue meeting his lick for lick and stroke for stroke. She moaned and shifted beneath him, her knees pulling up and opening so that his hardness lined up with her sweet heat. They kissed until he couldn’t breathe and didn’t want to, not if it meant parting from her, and then she rolled her hips and ground her core against him. Once, twice, three times. God, she could use him like this forfuckingever and he’d die a happy man. Or as close to happy as he was capable of. “Yeah, Emma. You want to get off on my cock?”

Her eyes were soft and hooded and so full of desire that he thrust himself and met her hips as they rolled again. “Yes,” she whispered, panting against his lips. “I want you. All of you.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 stars of sweet and dirty!

This is a great book for a Ravens Riders fan, but also an excellent starting point for any newbies to the series. We get a good insight into the ethos of the club, without any sugar coating, but we don't delve too deeply into the MC world either.

Caine is just brought to life in this book as a man who has suffered such damage as a child that his protective and caring behaviour is a testament to his strength of character. How he finally finds someone who understands and accepts him is an absolute treat to read. There is a lot of sadness revealed in the story, but also some moments of real fun. Chewy's lick at the most inappropriate moment and place is just the funniest thing I have read in ages!

I also loved Emma, she shows great strength, reserves of calm and good sense, and yet is wild and wicked when in the arms of this man. As the story unfolds and the twist is revealed, it is very endearing to watch everything come together for these two people who previously functioned best alone.

Thank you, Ms. Kaye, for creating such a satisfying story in a novella.

Caine is the Sargent-at-Arms of the Raven Riders MC, he is the loner of the group. He doesn't like to talk much because that leads to questions which leads to asking about his past. He doesn't talk about his past, so staying away from his brothers is the best way to not have to talk about his past. While on his way home one night, he swings by the house of a woman they are protecting to make sure she is safe. When he hears a noise, it makes his skin crawl. It is a whimper of a woman and a bark of what seems like a small dog. When Caine gets close, he sees a woman being attacked. He rushes to help her but gets tangled in the dog's leash and the attacker gets away.

Emma Kerry is a kindergarten teacher who lives alone since her grandmother died a few years ago. She does have her beloved dog, Chewy. While on her way home from the store one night, she is attacked. When a man comes to help, Chewy seems to wrap his leash around the man and the attacker gets away. At least she and her dog are okay. But her purse and everything in it, including the medicine for her migraine is gone. At least she still has her cell phone.

While Caine wants to make sure Emma is safe, Emma isn't sure she can trust him. He looks intimidating after all. She wants for the locksmith to show, she notices Caine is sitting in the cold waiting, watching, just to be sure her attacker doesn't come back. After the locksmith leaves, Caine checks Emma's windows, locks, and doors before he leaves to be sure she is safe. He isn't going to leave her on her own if he can help it. While Caine is checking her place a few days later, he sees signs that someone has been trying to get into her house and he doesn't tell her, because he can watch from a distance and keep her safe.

As Caine and Emma get closer, he doesn't know how she will react to his past and he doesn't want to tell her. Can Emma see that what happened was when he was a child and not his fault? Can Caine realize that what happened all those years ago was not his fault? Will Caine and Emma have a chance at a future if she can help him move from his past?

I have loved everything about the Raven Riders series and loved Caine and Emma too. His pain and heartache will make you cry and want to hug him, and this story will leave you feeling so much love for Emma and Caine. I hope there will be more from the Raven Riders one day. I recommend reading the whole series, but you can read them as standalone stories and you will not want to miss any of the stories. So, sit back and enjoy the ride with Laura Kaye and the Raven Riders. I hope you love them as much as I do.

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Caine is a hard man. He's lived a hard life and despite having a biker family, he is still quite the loner. When things are hard, he takes off riding to clear his head. But he always returns to his family. While he's clearing his head, he happens upon a mugging and does what he can to stop the attack.

Emma is a quirky, outgoing elementary teacher. She is all alone in the world, except for her friends. She loves her job and knows that even though her friends think she might be a little boring, she's content. When she finds out that someone might be after her, she can't understand it at all.

Caine is drawn to Emma and Emma to Caine. They both don't know much about each other but know that they have an undeniable pull towards each other. Caine will stop at nothing to keep Emma safe and Emma wants Caine's protection.

I was able to figure the mystery out, but I bet a lot of readers will be surprised. I really enjoyed this story and hope more are to come!

I was completely obsessed with this book from the very first page – absolutely loved it!

Caine is a biker who came from a terribly rough past. He’s dedicated his life to helping others and when he comes across a woman, Emma, being mugged, he jumps in to help her. When the mugger escapes with Emma’s wallet and keys, Caine makes it his own personal mission that she make it home safe and stay that way – even if it means camping outside her house 24/7. Emma has an immediate attraction to Caine but they’re from different worlds – Caine a rough around the edges biker and Emma a sweet kindergarten teacher. Emma has decided on her own mission – Caine.

I just loved every aspect of Caine and Emma’s story. It’s fast paced, has a ton of intrigue, is super hot, and has fantastic characters. This is definitely a one-sitting type of book because once you start it, you won’t want to put it down!

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Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Raven Riders, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the New York Times bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Mage of Inconvenience by Parker Foye

Can they find the magic in a practical union?

West is on the run from his werewolf pack, but if he cannot renew his magical defenses, he won’t get far. What he needs is a mage…

Julian is part of a wealthy and ancient family, and one day, his legacy will include his mother’s vast library of spell books—and the knowledge he needs to correct his past mistakes. But his inheritance comes with a stipulation: he has to be married before he can collect. What he needs is a husband…

West and Julian can help each other, and at first they don’t want anything further. But as they dodge meddling cousins, jealous rivals, and an insidious drug, it becomes clear that their lives are entwined in ways they never imagined—and they’re in greater danger than they thought possible.

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4.5 stars

Mage of Inconvenience is not only the first of the Dreamspun Beyond books I’ve read, but it’s also the first of Parker Foye’s books I’ve read. Being a fan of the Dreamspun Desires line, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I knew the Dreamspun Beyond novels are contemporary romances with a paranormal twist, but I wasn’t sure if they would be as sugary sweet as the Dreamspun Desires line is. They’re not… or at least, Mage of Inconvenience isn’t toothachingly sweet. Quite the contrary, West and Julian’s story focuses more on the magic, the action, and thwarting evil than it does on their romance. Yet Foye makes their match believable through the use of some classic shifter themes, a good dose of opposites attract, and a side of “I don’t know if I want to kiss you or kill you” attraction between the two men.

Because the story is told from both West’s and Julian’s point of view, we are privy to each man’s thoughts about their situation and the secrets they are keeping from one another. Granted, they kind of got thrown together unexpectedly and didn’t know one another well enough to know if they could trust each other with their secrets – and they both have some pretty big secrets. The dual points of view are vital for the reader to keep up with the goings on; I mean, I can’t imagine the story being as effective or intense had it been written from a single point of view. The shifting POV not only enabled the author to keep the reader “in the know,” but it also allowed for the narrative to shift from one character to the other when one started to think about his secret too much, thereby keeping the reader in the dark about certain things and revealing them at some rather intense moments. During one such revelation, not only did I mutter “Oh, no. No. No. No. No. No.” but it also typed it as note in my Kindle. Foye proved to be very good at using the shifting the points of view at just the right time to avoid spilling the secrets too early and then later sharing them at time that maximized their impact.

The author also incorporates a red herring or two (maybe more) to keep the reader guessing as to who is behind the attacks on West and Julian. There are characters you know are involved, characters you think are involved but question how “easily” the evidence points at them, and characters I never saw coming, thereby giving a dash of mystery to the novel. I thoroughly enjoyed Mage of Inconvenience and should probably give it the entire five-stars. However, as I’m unsure that I’ll reread it, yet suspect that I’ll likely get it on audiobook should it be released in that format, I’m splitting the difference and giving it the rare 4.5-star rating (rare because I hardly ever use half-stars in my ratings). As I found myself entranced by the story, the magic, the action, the mystery, and yes, even the romance, as well as enjoyed the author’s writing, I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more of Parker Foye’s work.

PARKER FOYE writes speculative-flavored romance under the QUILTBAG umbrella and believes in happily ever after, although sometimes their characters make achieving this difficult.

An education in Classics has nurtured a love of literature, swords, monsters, and beautiful people doing stupid things while wearing only scraps of leather. You’ll find those things in various guises in Parker’s stories, along with kissing (very important) and explosions (very messy). And more shifters than you can shake a stick at.

Originally from the UK and currently based in Canada, Parker travels on a regular basis via planes, trains, and an ever-growing library.

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Neighborhood Watch by Stylo Fantôme Release Blitz

Rules to Join The Neighborhood Watch:

1. If you see something, say something
2. Report all illegal activities to the authorities
3. Do not associate with criminals
4. And certainly don't fall for them!

Tori Bellows is a really good friend. She's always there when a shoulder is needed to cry on, to give dating advice, or for a good ol' time. Now, though, Tori is the one who needs a shoulder to lean on when she's in a tough spot. But all of her friends are too busy with their own lives.

Enter the Twin Estates' resident bad boy, Landon Edenhoff. When he offers her an all expenses paid vacation, she's immediately suspicious - he's rarely nice and his intentions are never good. But she's ready for a change of scenery and knows she can give as good as she gets from Mr. Rude & Nasty himself.

After all, how bad could this neighbor really be?

A Twin Estates Novel – This story contains scenes of a graphic sexual nature, multiple uses of coarse language, and more tacos than is healthy or sane to read about. Reader discretion is advised.

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A really strong addition to the series – I would absolutely recommend that you read them in order, to fully appreciate why this is such a good book! It would be good on its own, but with the full story, it is really exceptional.

Landon is the bad twin – although we don't know why he behaves this way until well into this book. We certainly know he has some serious issues, and it is only a few pages in that we can only fear what is going to befall Tori. She has been an interesting character to date, as she has been on the sidelines, missing out, being hurt, but reacting by being brash and lively. She is unselfish and caring and forgets herself by being bold. She is the person who refuses to let you feel sorry for her and does it by getting there first and shrugging it off. The one thing they definitely share is a very healthy sexual appetite – yep, plenty of sharing that!

It turns out that they are strangely suited in other ways too, because whilst "evil" twin is maybe an overstatement (although maybe not), she gets his dark side, just as he gets hers. That said, for a large part of the book I was waiting for the bad to happen, and really, really not seeing how Ms. Fantôme could possibly retrieve what is a pretty dire situation! There were hints, then it went bad again... but of course, an amazingly complex but very satisfying ending did ensue. Redemption, restitution, and reinvention.

This is a really exciting, and unexpected story, both for its plot, its lead characters, and its outcome. I will have to read them all in one go sometime soon, as I am sure there were more hints that I am forgetting from earlier books, but wow, this packs a punch!

4.5 Gut-Punch Stars

Neighborhood Watch can be read as a standalone, but the emotional payoff would be better if the series is read in order.

Tori is suffering from being friend-zoned by Twin Estates owner, Liam, who happens to also be her newest best friend and boss. She felt this was a ‘passing ships in the night’ scenario, only to find out that wasn't the case. First Liam was hooked on Katya, then Tori assumed Liam was leaving her be because she was his employee, only to find out he didn't want her at all when he started dating Wulf's assistant. Emotionally wounded, Tori ends up with the evil twin.

Tori offered many emotional gut-punch sensations for the reader – that twisted-up feeling that connects you to the character, where you feel sick for them. This is something I look for in a novel and hadn't experienced it in this series (as often) since book one. Neighborhood Watch is tied with the first in this series as a favorite of mine by the author.

Tori's a good martyr. She understands that just because she was friend-zoned doesn't mean Liam 'had' to want her back. But the emotions were real, and she doesn't share them with anyone, even though only Landon recognizes this in her. Landon just looked at Tori and began seeing what everyone else failed to see – she is hurting as badly as he is.

Tori is the one everyone thinks is bubbly and has no problems, because they're all being too selfish by telling her their problems to listen to their friend. To me, I felt this in previous installments, how their friendships were one-sided. This meant in earlier books, we (the reader) never got to know Tori as anything but a one-dimensional character who drank and listened to Katya's problems, to learn how Katya felt in any given situation. Finally, we're inside Tori's head (a surprising place to be), and now she's moved on to helping tortured and brooding Landon.

The martyred fixer, and Landon preys upon that early on...

Is Landon misunderstood? No, I don't think so. All douchebags have 'good' parts – they are human beings, after all. What matters is what the bad parts do to everyone around them. An addict doctor with a hero-complex and the need to push people away is the recipe to make panties drop everywhere.

Neighborhood Watch creates many a swooning, frustrated reader, I bet.

Landon heals the body and Tori heals the heart and soul, and they offer a frustrating, gut-wrenching, hotter than hades journey, that has the reader white-knuckling their Kindle. "Oh, no he didn't!" "Oh, yes, he did!"

I was thrilled to see Tori was slightly more mature than I expected. Instead of being the damsel in distress (sometimes you do need help from others), Tori had the propensity to be the one who rides in to save the day. This maturity made it a more enjoyable read for me, as past heroines were too immature for my tastes, especially when taking their age, professions, and educations in account. So, it was a shock and a thrill to discover uneducated party girl Tori was the most mature of them all, both emotionally and in life skills.

I applaud the author for going down a new avenue. Instead of using the need to gain pity as emotional currency, Fantôme has both Tori and Landon being empowered by their choices. While it could easily have gone into woe-is-me, pity me for how people have treated me territory, which is often a place authors go for their martyrs, readers can learn as Tori and Landon help themselves – empower themselves with a little help from each other.

I highly recommend this series, especially to readers who are looking for a hit of that emotional punch-to-the-gut sensation.

Neighborhood Watch is Tori and Landon's story! I've been patiently waiting for Tori to be a main character because she's been a favorite throughout the series.

Tori has been a grounding force in everyone's lives. She's been the shoulder Katya cried on, she's been the sounding board that Liam needed. She's been everything for everyone for so long, that when it's her turn to need someone to rely on, she's left in the dust. Tori is funny, she's strong, but mostly, she feels deeply.

Landon, mmmm bad boy, is known as the "bad" Edenhoff twin. Misunderstood? Yeah, maybe a little. Landon is the "smart" brother, but he's also very closed-off. His walls are so freaking high, a pole vaulter wouldn't be able to get over them.

As per usual, I'm not going to summarize the story. I will say this story involved two very unlikely characters that both need some self-healing. The situations they are placed in are exciting and exotic, scary and exhilarating, sweet and sometimes sexy. They may be opposites that need to learn to love themselves, but man are they HAWT together!

I loved book four in the Twin Estates series!

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Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

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