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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guest Post with Author Claire Baxter and Giveaway

Claire Baxter writes contemporary romantic fiction of all lengths. Her short stories have been published in commercial women's magazines around the world, while her novels have been translated into 20 languages and have been nominated in the Romance Writers of Australia's Romantic Book of the Year Award, the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Awards, and the Cataromance Reviewers' Choice Awards (Winner, Best Harlequin Romance).

Before following her passion to write full-time, Claire was an award-winning corporate communications manager. Earlier, she worked as a translator and a PA.

Claire grew up in Warwickshire, England, but for more than 20 years has called Australia home. She considers herself lucky to live near one of Adelaide's beautiful metropolitan beaches where she loves to walk and think up stories.

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Guest Post with Author Lauren Layne and Giveaway

Meet Lauren Lynne, author of Only with You.

Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.

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Feature and Giveaway: Let Me Love You by Megan Smith

Jaylinn McCormick is determined to forget that one terrifying night which left her feeling broken and tainted. There is one person who can make her whole again… but he is hell bent on keeping her at arm’s length. She has loved him her entire life but can she wait for him to step up to the plate?

Cooper Cahill has loved Jaylinn for years. He wants nothing more than to put all her pieces back together but he deems himself unworthy. Choosing between his baseball career and Jaylinn has him feeling lost. Does he have what it takes to put Jaylinn’s heart back together again?

When their paths cross will they intersect or blindly pass each other by?

Will their lives take them in different directions?

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USA TODAY bestselling author Megan Smith is a New Jersey native managing purchasing for an award-winning business IT and software development firm - and by night creating the memorable characters her fans have grown to adore. Smith's The Love Series introduces readers to MacKenzie Cahill - a hopeful young woman who experiences adversity, challenges and the bittersweet triumph of true, authentic love.

Smith is a wife and mother, who makes time for her family, professional life and the creation of the Cahill's world. Fans of The Love Series - Trying Not To Love You, Easy To Love You, Hard To Love You - are captivated by relationships, special bonds and family ties pervasive in Smith's emotional, energized and engaging work. Smith is also the author of the 2014 releases, Let Me Love You - continuations of The Love Series, Finding Us (Finding Series) and a few top secret projects.

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ARC Review: Only with You by Lauren Layne

Only with You is the first book that I have read by Lauren Layne, and I thought that it was enjoyable. I was drawn in by the blurb, and couldn't wait to read about Sophie and Gray. While this story was good, it was predictable and fairly similar to other contemporaries. This one doesn't offer much in the way of different or unique, but I did enjoy Lauren Layne's writing style and I think it was written well. I did like this book, but there were a few things that kept this one from being great for me.

When cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton heads to Vegas for a themed bachelorette party, she ends up getting stuck in an elevator with a handsome stranger who mistakes her for a prostitute. She decides that it is time to change her life and quits her job. When she goes to her weekly family dinner, she is faced with her judgmental parents and too perfect sister who is showing up with her new boyfriend. When she discovers that it is Gray the handsome stranger from the elevator, things quickly go from bad to worse. With her sister's encouragement, Gray offers Sophie a job as his assistant. While things between Gray and Sophie's sister Brynn are boring and seem to be going nowhere, Gray and Sophie can't help but feel the attraction between them even if all they do is disagree. But soon, things are heating up between Gray and Sophie and both are finding it harder to fight what is between them. But Gray doesn't do commitment and forever, and Sophie isn't willing to just be his latest play thing. 

Gray was hard for me to warm up to if i'm being honest. He seemed to be very stiff and judgmental, and even though there was attraction between him and Sophie he seemed to just be a jerk. I understand that he had been hurt, but I thought that he treated Sophie pretty badly at first. I couldn't figure out why one minute he would berate her for making comments about not being worthy, and yet the next minute he was making similar remarks or alluding to the same thing. It was pretty confusing at times, and his behavior just didn't always make sense to me. It was nice to see him lighten up with Sophie's help, and I did like seeing the softer side of him. It was good to see him admit to feeling alone and opening up about wanting to have someone to spend time with. Sophie was fun and didn't let Gray get away with anything and I liked that about her. It was fun to see their banter and verbal sparring, and I liked watching her keep him on his toes. But it was great to see her start to figure her life out and realize what she was looking for. I thought that Sophie and Gray were actually really great for each other once they got over all the tension, and I think that because they were so different they were the perfect balance for one another. There was a ton of tension and chemistry between them from the start, and I liked watching that build to the point that it had to eventually explode.

Overall, I did like this book. I did have mixed feelings about it though, and a lot of that was the characters. It took me awhile to warm up to Gray, but he did win me over. It was Sophie's family that really bothered me though. Her parents were awful and I didn't understand their actions at all. Even when Sophie told them how she felt and told them about what she was doing with her life, they seemed stuck in their ways still and had no regard for her feelings at all. I also thought her sister Brynn was a stuck up snob, and was beyond selfish. I just didn't like any of the secondary characters except for Sophie's best friend Will. I felt really badly for him towards the end of this book, and I can't wait to get his story next. He deserves more, and I hope that he gets his HEA with some groveling from his heroine. She needs to do some major redeeming of herself in order for me to be happy about the way things are headed for them. I think that if you are looking for a contemporary with an HEA, that you might give this one a shot. But if you are looking for something new or different, this one might not be for you. I am looking forward to Will's story next in Made for You.

**ARC Provided by Publisher**

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Monday, July 21, 2014

ARC Review: Sharing You by Molly McAdams

I have been waiting to read Sharing You since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. I need to start off by saying that this book will not be for everyone. This book has a love triangle, and yes there is cheating involved. I really believe that this book is worth the read though and that even though it was hard to get through at times that this book is about how true love always prevails. Real life is messy, and we don't always get to choose who or when we fall in love. To me, that is what this book is about, and I can't even begin to fully describe my love for Kam and Brody.

Kamryn Cunningham is used to doing everything that her parents tell her, and as the princess of the horse racing world Kamryn's life has always been planned for her. She wants nothing more than to life a normal life while opening up her own bakery. At 23 she finally leaves Kentucky to head to Oregon and start a new life where no one knows her. The only person who knows where she is is her family's maid Barb, who was more of a parent than her own were. Finally happy and living the life she dreamed of, she is happy with her bakery and with the new friends she has made. When her best friend tries to hook her up with a friend of hers, Kamryn isn't ready to date anyone. But when her best friend's brother-in-law Brody walks in, everything changes. Brody and Kamryn are instantly drawn to each other and share a connection that they have never felt before. Unfortunately there is a huge obstacle in their way, in that Brody is married. At 26 Brody is stuck in an unhappy marriage with a woman he hasn't loved for years. After she got pregnant he married her, and things continued to fall apart after that. Olivia has always been manipulative and uses the guild that Brody feels after they tragically lost their son to keep him from leaving her. But Brody can't ignore that his feelings for Kamryn and they find it impossible to fight what is between them. But Brody and Kamryn will have many more obstacles in their way before they can truly be together. Can they make it through together, or will they both end up with broken hearts?

I really loved Brody and Kamryn. Yes what they did was not something that I would support or condone, but at the same time I really believed that their bond and love was real and that they belonged together. Brody felt a ton of guilt because of the loss of his son, and he felt like he owed it to Olivia to stay with her despite everything. He was clearly not happy and was drowning in the life he was forced to live, but he really started to come back to life with Kamryn. She really brought out the real him, and believed that what they had was strong enough to fight for. She wasn't in an easy position, and I can't imagine what she had to go through. But I was so glad that she never gave up. Kamryn was easy to admire because she went after what she wanted, and didn't let the wealth and lifestyle of her parents keep her from being happy and pursuing her dream. She was able to be the person she wanted to be because she was willing to be on her own and take the risk. Brody was a great match for her, and I really felt like the two of them were meant to be. They connected on absolutely every level, and you could really see just how much these two felt for each other. Their chemistry was off the charts amazing, but the love and emotional connection were what made these two special.

Overall, I thought that this book was really good. I honestly felt like even though Brody was married and was technically cheating that he really didn't have a relationship with his wife at all. I honestly thought that she was sick and needed help because she was absolutely crazy. How he was able to put up with her I will never know, but his character definitely deserved an award for dealing with her. Not only was she selfish and crazy, but she was straight up conniving and manipulative. I think that Brody let things go on with her longer than he should have though, and I could totally understand Kamryn's frustration. I was really happy about how things ultimately turned out though, and I knew that Brody and Kamryn had to get their HEA because there was no other option. Honestly this book was really good, and I think that it is worth the read even if you are skeptical of reading because of the subject matter. I would highly recommend this book and I can't wait to read more from Molly McAdams in the future.

**ARC Provided by Edelweiss**

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