Friday, September 22, 2017

My Image Of You by Melanie Moreland

My Image of You
Ballantine Group; Loveswept | On Sale: September 19th, 2017 | ISBN: 9780399180941 | Pages 345 | Price: $4.99

A globe-trotting bad boy chases the one that got away in this addictive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Contract.

My name is Adam Kincaid, and I’m the best at what I do. After losing my parents, I decided to follow in their footsteps, and now I’m the most daring freelance photographer in the world.

Maybe some think I’m a loner, but I don’t care. All that matters is the shot: braving danger and devastation in search of a single image with the power to tell someone’s story. But as good as I am, accidents happen—and thank god for that, because it’s what leads me to her . . .

Alexandra Robbins. My nurse. My savior.

With her fiery red hair and crystal-clear blue eyes, the camera loves her . . . and I have to have her. We soon find that we’re perfect together. We just fit, physically and emotionally. And yet something isn’t right. Something from her past is haunting her, and no matter what I do to help her break free, I lose her.

Today is the day I try to win her back. Not only do I need an explanation, I need her in my bed once again. I don’t just want a damn picture—I want her. Because what we have is a love that never fades away . . .

“Then why are you still here?
“I had coffee with another nurse. I was leaving and I saw you standing here, holding up the wall. Or is it holding you up?” She shot back.
I ignored her remark. “You could have come to tell me you were leaving.”
 She crossed her arms. “No, I couldnt, Adam. We arent supposed to fraternize with the patients, and I wouldnt risk my job. I was going to call you later and see how you were, though.”
My fingers itched to touch her cheek. I wanted to know if her blush warmed her skin. Her words, however, grabbed my attention.
“You were going to call me?” I asked, surprised. “Howd you get my number?”
“Off your file,” she admitted.
“I was gonna give it to you. And ask for yours,” I murmured, and gave in to the feeling, cupping one of her cheeks as I stroked it with my thumb. Her skin was incredible—silky, smooth, and yes, so very warm.
She didnt back away from my caress. Our eyes met and held. So many emotions were in her wide, expressive gaze that looked more green than blue in the dim light. There were shadows of exhaustion under them, and the sudden need to care for her hit me. I blinked at the sensation—I had never once in my life experienced anything like it. I stepped back, my sudden movement making me dizzy, and I leaned back into the wall for support.
“You need to go home, Adam. You should have stayed until they released you,” she admonished.
“Yeah, this head thing is messing me up.” I huffed in frustration, unused to feeling so weak. “I need to grab a cab.”
“Ill drive you.”
I looked at her in surprise. “Yeah? You sure?
“Youre not a serial killer, are you?”
I arched my eyebrow. “As if Id admit that when you were falling into my trap so easily?”
She grinned, her dimples deep. “Well, 6B drove me crazy all night, maybe you could take out your homicidal tendencies on them instead.”
I laughed at her humor. “Ill try and resist.” Then I frowned. “Wait, what room was I in?”
Her grin widened and I knew who had driven her crazy. I grinned back, liking her teasing.
“Okay. My car is right there.” She pointed to a gray Honda parked at the curb. “Do you need help?”
“I can manage.”
I slung my bag over my shoulder and pushed off the wall carefully. I didnt want to embarrass myself any more than I already had by falling.
Slowly, I followed her, watching her hips sway as she walked.
She was a pretty girl to look at, but the view was damn awesome from the back, as well.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Melanie Moreland lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber. Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after. When her head isn’t buried in a book, it is bent over a keyboard, furiously typing away as her characters dictate their creative storylines to her, often with a large glass of wine keeping her company.

Checkmate: This is Love (Travis & Viola, #2)
(Checkmate Duet #2)
by Kennedy Fox

Viola Fisher is the epitome of perfection.

She despises my one-night stands and mocks my less-than-classy habits.
She’s smart, beautiful, and too good to be true.
And I want her.

If she were anyone else, I’d have made my move years ago, but considering she’s my best friend’s little sister, she’s always been off-limits. Not to mention how much she loathes my very existence. 

Hating me is her religion, but needing her is mine. Her sexy curves and filthy smart mouth make me want her even more, and I’m more determined than ever to change her mind. 

I’ll prove I’m done playing games.
But until then, we’ll continue to play by her rules.
Viola Fisher may have won the battle, but the war isn’t over yet.

Checkmate, princess.

This is the second book in the Checkmate Series, but it's also the second book in the duet revolving around Travis and Viola. The authors were cruel and ended the first book in a cliffy so I dove right into this book because of course I have no patience and had to know what happens with Traviola!

Of course Viola sort of goes back to her old ways of not completely trusting Travis and it strains their relationship, but also Travis isn't completely open with Viola or Drew so he doesn't help the situation AT ALL! When Viola is off putting her diploma to good use Travis is hell bent on staying true to her and it. was. so. SWEET! I just love how he finally got his act together and basically grew up and became a man, because that's what Viola needs. She doesn't need a player, or a guy who thinks he loves her, or a guy who loves her but doesn't keep her in the loop to "protect" her, she needs a real man who will go the distance with her and FINALLY that's what Travis grows into. He was patient and kind, stable and sweet, all while being super duper sexy!

All of the sizzle is still there and even more passionate if that's even possible. Traviola is one of those couples that is so in tune with each other it's just sick, but also utter perfection! This series should be read because you will be in for a wild ride! This is one of those books that filled with characters that you'll want to pick up and revisit again and again. There are so many up and downs, but through it all I was rooting for a true HEA and I was not disappointed!

5/5 Fangs

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Checkmate: This is War (Travis & Viola, #1)
(Checkmate Duet #1)
by Kennedy Fox

*An enemies to lovers romance*

Travis King is the worst kind of asshole.
He taunts me for being a good girl and mocks my high standards. 
He’s cruel, crass, and has enough confidence to last two lifetimes. 
And I hate him.

It wouldn’t matter so much if he were avoidable. 

But considering he’s my older brother’s best friend and roommate, I see him more than I’d ever want to.

His sculpted abs and gorgeous eyes are a waste on such an egotistical man, which makes me hate him even more.

Even though I’ve had a crush on him since I was ten, the feelings weren’t mutual and he’s always made that very clear.

He’s always loved getting under my skin and one night against my better judgment, I let him in my bed. 

I’ve succumbed to his manwhore ways, but that doesn’t change a thing.

Because the King is about to get played at his own game—and lose.


I started this series at the recommendation of a friend but little did I know I would be hooked instantly! I also didn't think that I would binge read every single book in the series, but I did, I totally did! I always love a good enemies to lovers story because I love all of the torment and angst that consumes the characters. So I was only too happy to have that angst come my way with Viola and Travis!

Viola and Travis are both completely misjudged by one another. Viola thinks Travis is the disgusting player who can't keep it in his pants, and he sort of is but he's also so much more than that! He's hard working, and thoughtful, and can be a real sweetheart when he cares for someone. Travis thinks Viola is a frigid book nerd, which she sort of is, at least the booknerd part. Yes she loves Harry Potter and studies her butt off, she also cares about those around her. 

From the beginning it was torture because I wanted them together but I also wanted them at war because it was so fun to read! I loved seeing Travis breaking down Viola's walls that have been in place for so long. And those walls needed to come down because the chemistry between them is so real! I felt it down to my toes, guys! I can definitely say there were times when I wanted to scream at Viola and tell her to just listen, but I couldn't fault her because she's a fellow book nerd and I related to her so much. 

Through all of the angst and arguments, this couple had me feeling all tingly inside too! The hate sex they had was...AWESOME! And the love sex they had...sublime. And lets just say the ending killed me, but luckily I had already purchased the second book and you should do the same, trust me.  

4/5 Fangs

Wicked Dance by Olivia Boothe

Live October 27, 2017!

Goodreads link to come...

She never imagined her heart could ever dance again...

Former dance student Sara Hart had aspired to grace the stage on Broadway, but a reckless decision forced her to renounce that dream. Years later, while struggling with an ungratifying job and an even more unsatisfying love life, she literally stumbles upon a dangerously sexy stranger who sends her heart—and her body—into hyperdrive. His touch makes her feel alive again and sparks a desire to rebuild her dance career. But Sara is still haunted by the demons of her past. One dark lie could cost her everything.

Real estate mogul Tom Wright caters to the rich and famous. He lives the life of the perfect bachelor, partying hard and dating the most beautiful women in Manhattan. But he has one golden rule—no commitments. Ever. Then he meets sexy Sara Hart, and something about her makes him want to throw the damn rule book out the window. Every time she’s near, the blood in his veins pulses with a raging fire he can’t contain. But Tom’s shadowed history is resurfacing, unearthing ghosts he’d rather remain buried.

Will this wicked dance be their last?

She never imagined her heart
could ever dance again...

“This night is so beautiful, Tom.”
“Yes, it is, but it doesn’t compare to you.” He 
nuzzled my ear as he spoke, his breath raising the hairs on the back of my neck.
Come on. Does he really have to say things like 
that? He must know it sounds so cheesy.
“You must say that to all the girls,” I teased.
“All the time,” he said, taking a tiny nip of my 
Shivers ran down my spine, making me tremble. 
Looking at me with his playful eyes, he took off his 
blazer and draped it over my shoulders. I smiled. 
Shamefully and against my better judgment, I’d fallen for his cheesiness.
“This is the second time you’ve given me one of 
your jackets,” I said.
“I guess I like the way you look in my things.”
“Is that so?”
His strong fingers grabbed me by the lapels of his 
blazer, bringing me closer. I gazed up only to find 
myself bound by his olive eyes. My arms were trapped under his jacket, rendering me motionless. He’d snared me. “What would you do if I kissed you?” he asked in a whisper.
“Why don’t you find out?”

Author of deep and sexy contemporary romance, Olivia Boothe enjoys crafting novels about complex
characters and compelling storylines. Her romances encompass a blend of heartfelt emotion and steamy passion.

Coffee addict and red wine lover, when she’s not busy conjuring up a new story, Olivia likes to binge
read across genres. You’ll typically find her with one book on her e-reader, a second on her phone, and a print book in her oversized handbag. Olivia resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband, their three boys, and a miniature dachshund.