Cover Reveal: Illegal Contact (The Barons #1) by Santino Hassell

IllegalContact3.jpgIllegal Contact by Santino Hassell
(The Barons #1)
Published by InterMix
Release Date: August 15, 2017


The rules of the game don’t apply off the field in this first Barons novel. 

New York Barons tight end Gavin Brawley is suspended from the team and on house arrest after a video of him brawling goes viral. Gavin already has a reputation as a jerk with a temper on and off the field—which doesn’t help him once he finds himself on the wrong side of the law. And while he’s been successful professionally, he’s never been lucky when it comes to love. 

Noah Monroe is a recent college grad looking for a job—any job—to pay off his mounting student debt. Working as Gavin’s personal assistant/babysitter seems like easy money. But Noah isn’t prepared for the electrifying tension between him and the football player. He’s not sure if he’d rather argue with Gavin or tackle him to the floor. But both men know the score, and neither is sure what will happen once Gavin’s timeout is over…



Santino Hassell was raised in Brooklyn by a strict Catholic family, but he was anything but traditional. He grew up to be a smart-mouthed, school-cutting grunge kid, then a transient twenty-something, and eventually transformed into an unlikely romance author.
Santino writes queer romance that is heavily influenced by the gritty, urban landscape of New York City, his belief that human relationships are complex and flawed, and his own life experiences.


Release Day Launch: Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2) by Laura Kaye ~ Review, Excerpt & #Giveaway


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Kaye brings you the second title in her Raven Riders Series, RIDE ROUGH, releasing today! A sexy romantic suspense, you might’ve first met the Ravens in the Hard Ink world, but this series about a different kind of a motorcycle club with a protective mission stands on its own and is even sexier, edgier, and grittier! The Raven Riders Series takes you on a new adventure and kicks it into overdrive! Grab your copy of RIDE ROUGH today!

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About Ride Rough (Raven Riders #2, 4/25/17)

Maverick Rylan won’t apologize for who he is—the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President, a sought-after custom bike builder, and a man dedicated to protecting those he loves. So when he learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, he’ll move heaven and earth to save her.

Alexa Harmon thought she had it all—the security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiancé who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes she’s fallen for a façade she can’t escape—until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out.

Forced together to keep Alexa safe, their powerful attraction reignites and Maverick determines to do whatever it takes to earn a second chance—one Alexa is tempted to give. But her ex-fiancé isn’t going to let her go without a fight, one that will threaten everything they both hold dear.

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ARC Review: City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

33956433.jpgCity of Saints & Thieves
by Natalie C. Anderson
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 25, 2016

Rating: 5 Stars


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling YA murder mystery set in Kenya.

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

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Madison’s Review

I would like to thank the American Library Association and the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of City of Saints and Thieves at ALA-MW for an honest review.

Anderson did a fantastic job with City of Saints & Thieves. A book full of suspense and and twists left me on the edge of my seat while still giving me some romance. This was a fast read for me and never left me bored or confused. This story showed me the strength and willpower that most people underestimate some teens for having. My emotions were everywhere as I read this book; some portions had me feeling very sad, some very angry, and some very proud.

Tina (a.k.a. Tiny Girl) has been living on the streets, along with the other members of the Goondas, ever since her mother showed up dead in the office of her boss, Mr. Greyhill. Tina has been surviving as a Goonda by creating acts of a thief, and her next set location to rob is Mr. Greyhill’s office; the room where her mother was killed.

Along the way, Tina runs into an old friend. Together, the two of them and another friend, work together to figure out exactly who murdered Tina’s mother (although Tina is sure that it is Mr. Greyhill himself who is guilty). Tina runs into many obstacles and dangers in the way, but at no point gives up persevering to find what she wants.

Who actually killed Tiny Girl’s mother? Will Tina find the killer before it’s too late?

City of Saints & Thieves was a thrilling murder mystery that left me biting my nails in anticipation. If you are a fan of Gone Girl or Saint Death, you will definitely be a fan of this book. City of Saints & Thieves is, without a doubt, 5 out of 5 stars.

14746831.jpgABOUT AUTHOR:

Natalie C. Anderson is a writer and international development professional living in Boston, Massachusetts. She has spent the last decade working with NGOs and the UN on refugee relief and development, mainly in Africa. She was selected as the 2014-2015 Associates of the Boston Public Library Children’s Writer in Residence, where she wrote her debut novel, City of Saints and Thieves.

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Review: Glitter (Glitter Duology #1) by Aprilynne Pike

24033058Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
(Glitter Duology #1)
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 25, 2016

Rating: 3.5 Stars


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.

Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

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Morgan’s Review

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of Glitter for an honest review.

Glitter is set in the Palace of Versailles, with modern technology! This book is completely unique, with its beautiful fashion giving nod to France in the 18th century and with the politics, danger, drugs, and romance. This book had quite the mix and seriously one of the most beautiful covers.

Danica has never been able to control her own life or future, especially after the day her mother and her witnessed the soon to be king commit a crime. Her mother has used every opportunity to seek power and position for her family. Despite what Danica wants and the pain that it is causing the rest of the family, they plan for Dani to marry the soon to be king.

Versailles is run by a company and the king is the CEO but only if they feel he has majority support and shares. He wants his marriage to be for favor and shares, to make sure to secure his rule.

Danica wants to escape and soon thinks of a plan that may help her save the money to buy her freedom. She wants to start creating cosmetics with drugs in them so she can sell them to the elite and hide it. She soon meets Saber the young man who is going to help her with her venture. He does not approve of all of her choices but soon tries to understand her.

Can you deal with something like drugs and not have consequences? Will Dani be forced to marry someone she does not love? How many will die in the quest for freedom?

This book has so many positives. I love how unique it is, that she went through so many things to endure the emotional pain, the fashion is epic. I just had a few things that kept me from loving this book. There are so many characters in this book but only a few ended up sticking with me, like Molly, Aron and Saber. I felt at times some of the traditions and things that Dani did once explained the first time were too repetitious. I know she did them repeatedly but I don’t need that much detail each time. I would have preferred that go more into the characters interactions. I did overall enjoy this book and due to the huge cliffhanger will be reading the next book. I am giving Glitter 3.5 out 5 stars.

Aprilynne PikeABOUT AUTHOR:

Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.

Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…

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ARC Review: Breaking (Burning) by Danielle Rollins

31450940.jpgBreaking by Danielle Rollins
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: June 6, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars


Companion novel to Burning.

Prep school gets a twist of supernatural suspense in this commercial YA thriller.

Charlotte has always been content in the shadow of her two best friends at the prestigious Underhill Preparatory Institute. Ariel is daring and mysterious. Devon is beautiful and brilliant. Although Charlotte never lived up to the standards of the school—or her demanding mother—her two best friends became the family she never had. When Ariel and Devon suddenly commit suicide within a month of each other, Charlotte refuses to accept it as a coincidence. But as the clues point to a dangerous secret about Underhill Prep, Charlotte is suddenly in over her head. There’s a reason the students of Underhill are so exceptional, and the people responsible are willing to kill to protect the truth…

Suspenseful and scintillating, with hints of the supernatural, this fast-paced thriller will keep readers hooked.

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Madison’s Review

I would like to thank the American Library Association and the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of Breaking for an honest review at ALA-MW in Atlanta, Georgia.

Breaking was not only heart-breaking and emotional, but strengthening to my mind and heart. While reading this novel it taught me what true love, friendship, and betrayal is. This is the first book by Danielle Rollins I have read and I am so pleased. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I finished really fast. The character development was outstanding.

Both of Charlotte’s best friends have mysteriously committed suicide within a month of each other. Charlotte looks for clues leading to her very best friend, Ariel’s, death and finds an odd serum, drinks it, and immediately begins feeling different, physically and emotionally.

However odd, the serum does add up some facts for Charlotte, and soon leads to evidence behind the serum and as she had hoped, her friends’ deaths. Along the way, Charlotte finds many other people who had taken in the serum and many different pieces begin fitting together.

What is this mystery serum and where did it come from? What and who were behind Charlotte’s best friends’ deaths?

Breaking was one of the best books I have ever read and anyone who enjoyed the The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy would have a lot of fun with this book. I love books like this, that give you chills while also solving a mystery, and I will be recommending it to so many people. Breaking definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars.

7341041.jpgABOUT AUTHOR:

Danielle Vega – “I write candy-coated horror for people who don’t think they like horror.” Author: THE MERCILESS series, SURVIVE THE NIGHT, BURNING & BREAKING.

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Review: Holding on Tighter (Wicked Lovers #12) by Shayla Black

30212036.jpgHolding on Tighter by Shayla Black
(Wicked Lovers #12)
Published by Berkley Books
Release Date: February 7, 2017

Rating: 5 Stars


The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

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Morgan’s Review

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of Holding on Tighter for an honest review.

This book was everything I love about a Shayla book, strong characters, suspense, and HOT HOT HOT!!! This was a great ending to an amazing series! All the characters make an appearance, which was like icing on the cake.

Jolie is independent and strong but she also has hidden vulnerabilities. She has seen her mom go after so many men only to end up with the wrong ones and end up brokenhearted. Jolie thinks love can’t possibly exist, how could it after how many times her moms tried and hasn’t found it once?

Heath is distant and confident. He carries painful scars from a previous loss and he is scared to feel that kind of pain again. Heath believes in keeping his relationships casual so as not to feel or invest too much.

Both Heath and Jolie are attracted to each other but try to fight it. They worry that the other will want more than they can give. Soon they realize that they may want the same thing, no strings. Jolie is the boss in the office and Heath plans to listen to her there and protect her but when it comes to the bedroom he will be the one who takes charge!

Can Jolie give herself to someone completely and trust? Can Heath learn to feel something again or will he let his fears of loss get in the way?

Holding on Tighter had all the push and pull dynamics between two strong characters that I like. I loved this book and it ended on such a high note for me since this is one of my new favorite couples. I did feel that there was a slight opening with the epilogue with Cutter and maybe Karis. Honestly, I would really be excited for a book for Karis and her to meet her match! I loved this final book and series and I am giving it 5 out of 5 stars and definitely would recommend!

20983.jpgABOUT AUTHOR:

Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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