“HeartLess” by Kristy Love

Title: HeartLess
Author: Kristy Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 18, 2018
Cover Design: Emily Wittig Designs and Photography

 
Plan the wedding of the century. Get the job. To hell with the guy.
 
Bianca Fair’s hard work was paying off. After slaving for years as an event planner, the partnership of her dreams was in her grasp. The respect and admiration of her peers was only a wedding away. All of her carefully crafted plans were falling into place. Finally.
 
Enter Nash James … heartthrob … sex symbol … rock god … His band was number one on the charts, and he was number one on the freebie list of every woman alive.
 
Rock music’s “It Boy” was marrying Hollywood’s “It Girl,” and Bianca’s career hung in the balance.
 
No problem. Piece of cake. She could plan this wedding in her sleep. This was what she thrived on.
 
Too bad the last time she saw Nash James, he was skipping town after crushing her heart.
 
And no way in hell could the bride-to-be find out Bianca had loved her fiancé first.

Prologue

Ellie Goulding was the perfect way to start my day. My hips swayed, my steps bounced, blood pumping.
I was an event planner for a prestigious planning company in Pittsburgh. I’d even planned a few events in other countries. I loved it. I loved the way I could break down the events into tiny details and plan them, control every element. I loved the order, the procedure, turning chaos into something beautiful.
My song ended and turned into another song, the collection randomly generated by Spotify. I didn’t immediately recognize the opening bars of the tune, but as soon as the voice filled my ears, I ripped my headphones out and shoved them in my purse. I scowled at my phone, annoyed at it for disrupting my few moments of fun. My heel snagged in the cracked pavement. “Fuck,” I mumbled. I stumbled but was able to regain my balance before I fell flat on my ass.
I turned the music off, my Zen completely ruined. I got to the crosswalk and pressed the button, so I could cross the street. A bus stop shelter was a few feet away from me, and a poster caught my eye. HeartLess at the PPG Paints Arena. I glared at the poster. Not only had they graced my morning jam session, but now they were crashing my city? My good mood from earlier crumbled. I trained my eyes forward and waited for the walk sign to flash, then speed walked across the street as soon as I could.
I opened the door and inhaled a deep breath, centering myself. I had a huge client coming in today, and I needed to be ready. I had no clue who it was or what type of event I’d be planning. My boss, Nadine, had called me yesterday telling me she’d cleared my schedule to take on a last-minute client that needed the ultimate VIP treatment. In her usual fashion, she’d neglected to tell me who it was. It didn’t matter; I’d handle it.
On the fifteenth floor, I smiled at our receptionist who was on the phone. In huge, sweeping letters, As You Wish was etched behind her on a pane of glass. I was filled with pride every time I saw it, knowing I’d taken my passion and made it into a career. Not only had I made it into my livelihood, but I was good at it. Not just good, I was excellent. Clients requested me by name—even sports figures and celebrities.
I went straight to my boss’s office and knocked on her door. “Come in,” she called from behind the closed door.
“Hey, Nadine,” I said. Her brown eyes swept over my body, taking in my appearance. Nadine believed in perfection, and I had no doubt she’d send me back home to change if I didn’t meet her criteria for the day. Well, maybe not home, but definitely to Macy’s to pick up something that satisfied her. I fought the urge to smooth my gray pencil skirt or adjust my burgundy blazer. I didn’t want her to see me squirm. She gave a slight nod of her head, meaning I met her standards and motioned for me to take a seat.
“Are you prepared today, Bianca?” Nadine never beat around the bush. She’d built this company from the ground up and expected nothing less than the absolute best. That’s how I became her right hand; she demanded, and I rose to the occasion. Over the last five years, I’d proven that I delivered—every time. Perfection, professionalism, and punctuality. The three Ps that were Nadine’s mantra.
“Of course.” Really, there was no way for me to prepare. I had no idea who I was meeting with, what type of event it was, or how much time this would take, but I’d never tell Nadine that.
“Good. I want you to take special care of these clients. They’re important and need to be treated with the utmost care and discretion.” She tipped her glasses down her nose, gazing at me over them. “They’re our top priority as a company. Anything you need, you let me know. If they want you to paint the sky purple, you make damn sure you get it done, understood?”
Nerves tingled in my stomach. Whoever these clients were, they were big. “You know you can count on me.”
“That’s why I assigned them to you.” She handed me a manila folder from her desk. There wasn’t any writing on it or any indication of what I was getting myself into. She narrowed her eyes at me. “Everything else you’ve been working on has been handed off to other planners. You are to work on nothing else. If this goes well, we can expect a whole new level of clientele.”
I fought the urge to look in the folder. I was so anxious about who I was going to be working with, but I didn’t want Nadine to know. I portrayed my usual self-control. We’d planned galas, weddings, and birthday parties for some big clients already. A few movie stars, some musicians, and almost all the sports figures in the city came to us. We already had A-list clients. Who was making Nadine so twitchy? “I’ll do everything in my power to make sure they’re satisfied.
Nadine gave me a shrewd smile and pushed her glasses back up her nose. She turned her attention back to her computer screen, her interest no longer in this conversation. “You should head to your office. They’re waiting for you.”
A twinge of annoyance raced along my spine. If these clients were so important, why did Nadine keep me in here to chat? To intimidate me and make me feel like I couldn’t handle these clients? I was early to the office, as I always was. “I thought the appointment wasn’t for another fifteen minutes,” I said as I checked my watch.
“They got here early, Bianca. The bride-to-be is most eager to get started.” Nadine raised her hand from her keyboard and actually shooed me away. Sometimes, I wanted to smack her across her perfectly made-up face.
I didn’t bother saying anything before I slipped out the door. I rushed to my own office and noticed the wall of windows I had separating my space from the rest of the floor were blocked by my drawn blinds. Seeing that, it sunk in that this was no joke. The fact that I knew it was a wedding filled me with a slight amount of dread. I hoped to God she wasn’t going to be a bridezilla. I didn’t have the patience for them with normal clients, but a client that Nadine was so set on pleasing… This could end badly.
I paused briefly outside of my office, tugging down my blazer and smoothing my skirt. I ran my hands over my hair, making sure nothing was out of place. I straightened my posture and plastered my most endearing smile on my face. My planning persona washed over me, making me unflappable, pleasant, and orderly. I opened my door.
“I’m so sorry to have kept you waiting,” I said as I strode across my office. My eyes connected with the female sitting across from my desk and I steeled myself. This client wasn’t just a big name, she was the name. And then…
And then I was leveled by the freight train that was my past.
From the time she was old enough to form words into sentences, Kristy Love has been writing stories. She attended La Roche College and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Writing. When she’s not writing, Kristy can be found with her nose stuck in a book or spending time with her family and friends.
She lives with her husband and two girls in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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“Finding Home” (Roped by the Cowboy, Duet Book 1) by JC Valentine

 

FINDING HOME
by J.C. Valentine
Roped by the Cowboy, #1
Publication Date: October 18, 2018
Cover Credits: J.C. Valentine

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Cowboy, Duet

SYNOPSIS
Life is unpredictable. Vee learned that the hard way and did the only thing she could: she ran. But life
isn’t about to let her off easy.
Nash is everything a woman wants and nothing Vee could have planned for.
Gorgeous with his sexy blue-eyed stare, toned body, and wearing a cowboy hat,
he’s the perfect package and Vee’s ideal rebound. Too bad he wants nothing to
do with her. That’s fine. Vee wasn’t looking for love anyway, but her
meddling new roommate has other ideas.Two people from different worlds shouldn’t make sense, but desire is an animal
that won’t be denied. With secrets lurking on both sides of the fence, however,
it’s just a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41959410-finding-home

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International
bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the
Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her
penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly
edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No,
she isn’t sorry.
Living in the Northwest, she has three amazing children and
far too many pets. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur.
Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she
isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.
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“Waiting for Autumn” by J.A. DeRouen

Title: Waiting For Autumn
Author: J.A. DeRouen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Mignon Mykal of Oh So Novel Design

Release Date: October 25, 2018 

 

 

Sebastian
 
“Race me for it.” 
 
Four simple words. Five desolate years.
 
Sebastian Kelly believes he isn’t worthy of redemption, of a chance to right his wrongs. But an unexpected trip home, the place he dreads most, calls in question everything he’s come to believe. And who knows, he may find exactly what he’s been waiting for. 
 
Autumn
 
One broken promise. Two pink lines.
 
Autumn Norris knew in an instant her life would never be the same. Years have flown by in a flurry of sparkles and dress up, and Autumn has refused to let the anchor of regret pull her under. 
 
Until she lays eyes on Sebastian, and the wave of why, where, and how could you flood her every thought.
 
Old hurt and new betrayal twist first love into a reluctant partnership, and theirs may be a bond even pigtails and butterfly kisses can’t mend. But the past five years have felt like a lifetime, and Seb is willing to wait as long as it takes.
 
Because the truth is, he’s always been waiting for Autumn.
J.A. Derouen lives in South Louisiana with her husband, son (aptly nicknamed “The Professor”), and her furry friend, Scout. She has a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and nursing. When she’s not writing or inhaling romance novels by the stack, she works as a women’s health nurse. She’s been an avid reader and daydreamer since childhood, and she’s never stopped turning the page to get to the next happily ever after.

 

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Alated Bibliophile’s Review of “Untamed” by Madeline Dyer

Untamed – Madeline Dyer

by Madeline Dyer
Genres: DystopianFantasyParanormalPost-ApocalypticRomanceYoung Adult
Format: ARCeBookReview Copy
As I stated a few posts back, I’m a big fan of dystopian/post-apocalyptic. But since this is such a popular genre, it’s not always easy to find a book that’s well-written or one that I feel like I can connect with and get into.

Thankfully, not only was this book well-written, but it was also incredibly engrossing. It actually reminded me a bit of Scott Westerfield’s Uglies, which was perfectly fine with me because I love that series. The post-apocalyptic, trying to make the “normal” people “perfect” to create a “perfect society”, the main character not knowing who they really are and struggling with the consequences of her decisions. The world-building and character development in this book were super impressive, and I enjoyed how in-depth the author went with the personalities.

This book opens up with Seven’s companions telling her that her mother willingly chose to go with the Enhanced–the society of people who are essentially addicted to these drugs that transform you from an ordinary human into one with enhanced senses–but she wholeheartedly believes that they’re lying because there’s no way her mother would choose to become one of them. They’ve lived their entire lives hating the Enhanced and fighting against them with everything they have; why would her mother betray them in that way?

The story goes from there. All throughout, Seven is wondering what really happened to her mother, and she’s determined to learn the truth. Certain events transpire and she finds herself wanted by both The Enhanced and the Untamed–those who haven’t gone through the “enhancement” process–and she begins to question everything she’s ever known. Every step of the way, she struggles with doing what she’s always believed is right and giving herself up to what seems to be the easier way of life.

And then there’s Corin–the man who confuses her and treats her like crap most of the time, but she can’t deny that she’s inexplicably attracted to him. Their bond intensifies after he rescues her from the Enhanced, and then it continues to grow and change throughout the story. His words say he’s not interested–disgusted by her, in fact–but his actions say the opposite. The growth of their friendship/relationship is extremely well done, and I definitely enjoyed watching the progress between the two.

Being inside Seven’s head while she’s so conflicted was somewhat confusing, and I think that’s the only minus to this book for me. I had to reread several pages where I wasn’t understanding if what she was seeing was real or if it was a Seer dream–or even just a “normal” dream. I kind of wish the author had made the transition from reality to her visions a little less jarring so it could’ve been easier to follow, but it wasn’t bad enough to where I felt like I couldn’t catch on eventually. I did knock it down from a five- to a four-star review for that reason, however. I think I understand the reasoning behind blurring those lines a bit–her brain is a mess after being in the “care” of the Enhanced, after all–but the confusion slightly lessened my appreciation of an otherwise fantastically written novel.

There are secrets, lies, intrigue, and a dash of romance in this story–and holy cow, the action. The action played out like a movie, and I was incredibly impressed with the detail and edge-of-your-seat suspense. Even though the transition between the dream world and reality was a bit confusing, Seven’s narration was fascinating. The author somehow managed to create a main character who is both a strong badass and a frightened teenager who’s just trying to survive without sacrificing her morals in the process.

All in all, I fricken loved this book. It does end on a cliffhanger, so if that’s a no-go for you, you might want to binge the whole series rather than read them individually. I’m definitely going to have to read the next book as soon as I can cause I gotta know what happens next! Highly recommend!

Happy reading!

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“Trusting You” by Ketley Allison

He’s my best friend’s ex. But she died, and he’s the father of her baby.
Now I have to tell him…without falling in love with him.

Her
CARTER

My best friend died tonight and her baby girl might be taken away from me, too, if I don’t find Lily’s father before she’s ripped out of my life for good.

Unfortunately, I know who he is. He’s my best friend’s ex, and I hate him in memory and on sight.

There’s just so little of my heart left, and I can’t–won’t–reserve any of it for that bastard, Lachlan Hayes.

Him
LOCKE

I didn’t grow into adulthood as a screw-up, but turns out I’m settling into it just fine.

A pro-football prodigy, success was laid out in golden dollar signs–until an injury so cringe-worthy it went viral laid me out for good.

Since then, I’ve discovered booze and sex, and I get both whenever I want.

Until a girl shows up at my literal doorstep, telling me about a baby I never knew I had.

I’m in deep sh*t, because in no life plan did I think I’d raise a daughter, and I sure as hell didn’t think I’d fall in love with the woman that comes with her.

TRUSTING YOU is an angsty, slow burn, steamy, enemies-to-lovers romance with no cliffhanger.

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About Ketley Allison

Author of Romantic Suspense, New Adult and mature Young Adult novels.

Ketley Allison has always been a romantic at heart. That passion ignited when she realized she could put those dreams into words and her soul into characters. Ketley was born in Canada, moved to Australia when she was thirteen, to California when she was twenty, and finally to New York to attend law school, but most of that time was spent sitting in coffee shops and wine bars thinking of her next book.

Her other passions include coffee, wine, Big Macs, her cat, and her husband, possibly in that order.

Find Ketley on facebook.com/ketleyallison, @KetleyAllison, or www.ketleyallison.com.

 

**NEW RELEASE** “Reid” by SJ McCoy

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Title: Reid, The Davenports Book 3
Author: Author SJ McCoy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Dana Leah at Designs by Dana
Photographer: Golden Czermak at FuriousFotog
Model: Michael J Scanlon
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Blurb:

When Tara first sees Reid Davenport with his chiseled jaw and aristocratic features, he strikes her as a mystery man—a mystery she’d like to unravel. But it’s only a brief encounter in a hotel lobby, it’s not like she’ll ever see him again. He’s probably there for some high-powered business meeting, she’s only there for a special treat massage at the spa.
Then she discovers who he is; the lesser known Davenport brother. Author, programmer—recluse. At least that’s how the media portrays him.
She’s about to find out that there’s a whole lot more to him than that.

Reid can’t believe his luck when he runs into the sexy redhead and her son for the second time. There’s something about her—something that makes him feel in ways he didn’t know he was capable of. He wants to date her, to explore those feelings, and to get to know her and her little boy.
Tara doesn’t date, she doesn’t have the time or the energy, since her life is devoted to her son, Owen. Owen is special. To her, he’s the most special little boy in all the world; but to the rest of the world, he’s considered “special needs.”
Reid understands just how special Owen is; he doesn’t just understand, he can relate.

Get your copy now, and you’ll laugh and cry as you follow these three on their journey to becoming a family.

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Alated Bibliophile’s Review of “Society of Wishes” by Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh

Society of Wishes – Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh

I received an advanced/review copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content and honesty of my review.

Society of Wishes – Elise Kova & Lynn Larsh

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

Josephina Espinosa makes her living as a hacker-for-hire in the Lone Star Republic, a remnant of the fractured U.S.A. 

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Society of Wishes by Elise KovaLynn Larsh
Series: Wish Quartet #1
four-half-stars
Genres: FantasyNew AdultParanormalRomanceScience FictionUrban Fantasy
Format: eBookReview Copy
Goodreads
This was such a cool book. The authors took the concepts of magic and the afterlife and completely reinvented both to create a thoroughly unique and fascinating world unlike any other I’ve ever read. The book held my attention and made me desperate to learn more about this mysterious society.

The main character, Jo, is an exceptionally talented hacker and the book opens with her working her biggest hack yet. There’s no shortage of action in the first scene, which immediately caught my attention and made me want to know what happened next. Unfortunately, the events that lead to Jo being initiated into the Society and the outcome of her wish is rather sad, but watching her eventually find her purpose within her new world is all part of the enjoyment of reading this book.

The Society kind of reminds me of what we would think of as purgatory in the sense that this is after their earthly lives are over, but instead of it being a place of torment, it’s where a group of men and women with ancient magic use their individual gifts to help grant wishes of people in the living world. Due to the nature of the wish, something has to be exchanged–for instance, Jo wished for her best friend’s life to be saved, therefore giving up her own life (read: existence) in the process.

There’s a huge mystery shrouding this novel, particularly regarding Snow–the leader of the Society–and Pan, a strange, not quite human woman whom Jo is extremely wary of, though she can’t figure out why. I was hoping a little bit more would be revealed about these two, but alas, my questions are as of yet unanswered, and this part of the series ends on a slight cliffhanger. Thankfully, at the end of the book, there’s a note regarding the prequel novella, which I got for free by signing up for Elise’s newsletter, and I’m not gonna lie; I’m going to devour the heck outta that thing. Snow captivated me from his first appearance in this book, and I can’t wait to get to know more about him and his story. I have a few ideas from what I read of the blurb, but I can’t wait to read it nonetheless.

There are some major sparks flying between Jo and Snow. I can’t wait to see what progresses between these two; I think there could be an incredibly interesting and sweet relationship between them. Jo is the only one who stands up to Snow and challenges him, and Snow is surprisingly gentle with her in a way he isn’t with anyone else. There were a couple of sweet, swoony moments between them that I loved.

I seriously loved this book. The fantasy, mystery, a little bit of romance, and the different personalities of the characters–all of it was great. There were a couple moments where I kind of wanted to facepalm at Jo’s choices, but I couldn’t necessarily fault her for her reasons behind them, either. In any event, this was a fantastic book and I can’t wait to read the next one in the series!

 

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COVER REVEAL “HeartLess” by Kristy Love

🎼💖🎶 Cover reveal and $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!!! 🎼💖🎶
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Kristy is so excited to finally reveal the cover for HeartLess! Emily Wittig Designs and Photography did a beautiful job!!

HeartLess is going LIVE on October 18! It’s almost time for everyone to meet Nash and Bianca!! Yay!!

Title: HeartLess
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Goodreads: https://bit.ly/2y6tDGW

🎸🎵🎙️Blurb 🎸🎵🎙️
Plan the wedding of the century. Get the job. To hell with the guy.

Bianca Fair’s hard work was paying off. After slaving for years as an event planner, the partnership of her dreams was in her grasp. The respect and admiration of her peers was only a wedding away. All of her carefully crafted plans were falling into place. Finally.

Enter Nash James … heartthrob … sex symbol … rock god … His band was number one on the charts, and he was number one on the freebie list of every woman alive.

Rock music’s “It Boy” was marrying Hollywood’s “It Girl,” and Bianca’s career hung in the balance.

No problem. Piece of cake. She could plan this wedding in her sleep. This was what she thrived on.

Too bad the last time she saw Nash James, he was skipping town after crushing her heart.

And no way in hell could the bride-to-be find out Bianca had loved her fiancé first.

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COVER REVEAL “Finding Home” by JC Valentine

 

FINDING HOME
by J.C. Valentine
Roped by the Cowboy, #1
Publication Date: October 18, 2018
Cover Credits: J.C. Valentine
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Cowboy, Duet
SYNOPSIS
Life is unpredictable. Vista
learned that the hard way and did the only thing she could: she ran. But life
isn’t about to let her off easy.
Nash is everything a woman wants and nothing Vista could have planned for.
Gorgeous with his sexy blue-eyed stare, toned body, and wearing a cowboy hat,
he’s the perfect package and Vista’s ideal rebound. Too bad he wants nothing to
do with her. That’s fine. Vista wasn’t looking for love anyway, but her
meddling new roommate has other ideas.

Two people from different worlds shouldn’t make sense, but desire is an animal
that won’t be denied. With secrets lurking on both sides of the fence, however,
it’s just a matter of time before someone gets hurt.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41959410-finding-home
J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International
bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the
Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her
penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly
edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No,
she isn’t sorry.
Living in the Northwest, she has three amazing children and
far too many pets. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur.
Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she
isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.
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