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Frenemies by Nicole Blanchard Blog Tour and Review

Frenemies

by Nicole Blanchard
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Dashiel Hampton is her enemy.

Layla Tate reminds herself of that fact every morning she goes to class and sees his smug face smirking up at her. There hasn’t been a moment they weren’t pitted against each other and she refuses to back down…not even when she learns he’s her new teaching assistant.

Layla Tate is going down.

There is nothing that makes Dash Hampton as happy as the look on Layla’s face when she realizes he’s won. He lives to drive her crazy because if he can’t have her beneath him, then he’ll have her any other way he can. He’ll get her to notice him, even if it means making her semester a living hell.

When their classroom rivalry crosses the line between frenemies and forbidden, the hardest lesson they’ll have to learn is that sometimes you have to lose to win.

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About Nicole Blanchard

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Nicole Blanchard is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of gritty romantic suspense and heartwarming new adult romance. She and her family reside in the south along with their two spunky Boston Terriers and one chatty cat.

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Review:
I really enjoyed reading the love-hate relationship that Layla and Dash have in Frenemies. I enjoyed their banter and their long years of competing with each other. One thing’s for sure, these two had a LOT of history together.

You know the little boy who pulled your pigtails when you were a kid but then gives you a Valentine card signed by a “secret admirer”? Well, that was Dash in all his glory.

The only way he could get Layla to notice him was when he riles her up and that was what started their long “frenemies” romance.

I am generally not really into the whole student-teacher romance plot, but this one gave a surprisingly refreshing take on the genre. And of course, suffice to say that this is probably one of the best enemies to lovers romance that I’ve read.

Layla and Dash both have issues with their family. Their family wants to follow the path that was laid out to them. Seeing them fighting for what they want and who they want to be with were absolutely sayisfying to read.

This is the first book that I’ve read in these series. I can’t wait to get my hands on Charlie and Liam’s story and of course, I can’t wait for Ember and Tripp’s story to come out.

Rating: 5/5

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Cross + Catherine: The Saga by Bethany-Kris Blog Tour and ARC Review

Cross + Catherine: The Saga

by Bethany-Kris
Cross + Catherine, #1-3, 3.5, 4)
Publication Date: April 8, 2019
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance

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SYNOPSIS

Once upon a time, a wild boy fell in love with a sly girl …

From high school sweethearts to a criminal King and Queen, Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello’s love became a force—even destructive, it was unstoppable.

They were meant to be.
Even when everything stood in the way.

Always.

Fall in love with the saga of Cross + Catherine, and their story of a love revered, and a life lived so unruly.

The Saga: Cross + Catherine is a boxset of the full Cross + Catherine series featuring the full-length novels Always, Revere, and Unruly as well as the series novellas, Cross + Catherine: The Companion and Naz & Roz.

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ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to four young sons, one cat, and two dogs. A small town in Eastern Canada where she was born and raised is where she has always called home. With her boys under her feet, snuggling cat, barking dogs, and a hubby calling over his shoulder, she is nearly always writing something … when she can find the time.

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Cross + Catherine’s story was one of my most anticipated works by Bethany-Kris and seeing it come to a close is bittersweet indeed. It was such a privilege to see the growth of these characters. First, as young teens in Always dealing with first loves and heartaches. Then as young adults in Revere trying to carve their own way into the world. But perhaps the most special for me was seeing them both become their own boss in Unruly. As they juggle the intricacies of family life and the business, you can totally see how their love has grown and flourish.

I also love reading the companion in this anthology. For someone who absolutely love these series, it was really cool to see snippets and outtakes of Cross and Catherine’s family. I adore reading more about Cece and Juan and of course, Naz and Roz!

The wild boy and the sly girl will always have a special place in my heart. ❤

Rating: 5/5

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The Kiss Thief by L.J. Shen Blog Tour and ARC Review

THE KISS THIEF BY L.J. SHEN

Release Date: January 9th

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Blurb
They say your first kiss should be earned.

Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.

Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.

Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.

I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.

Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.

I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.

One kiss.

Two men.

Three lives.

Entwined together.

And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

Excerpt
“Are you sure you’re on my card?” I turned to the man with a polite yet distant smile. I was still disoriented from the exchange with Angelo when the stranger pulled me against his hard body and pressed a possessive hand lower than socially acceptable on my back, a second from groping my butt.

“Answer me,” I hissed.

“My bid on your card was the highest,” he replied dryly.

“The bids are undisclosed. You don’t know how much other people have paid,” I kept my lips pursed to keep myself from yelling.

“I know it’s nowhere near the realm of what this dance is worth.”

Un-freaking-believable.

We began to waltz around the room as other couples were not only spinning and mingling but also stealing envious glances at us. Naked, raw ogles that told me that whomever the blonde he’d come to the masquerade with was, she wasn’t his wife. And that I might have been all the rage in The Outfit, but the rude man was in high demand, too.

I was stiff and cold in his arms, but he didn’t seem to notice—or mind. He knew how to waltz better than most men, but he was technical, and lacked warmth and Angelo’s playfulness.

“Nemesis.” He took me by surprise, his rapacious gaze stripping me bare. “Distributing glee and dealing misery. Seems at odds with the submissive girl who entertained Bishop and his horsey wife at the table.”

I choked on my own saliva. Did he just call the governor’s wife horsey? And me submissive? I looked away, ignoring the addictive scent of his cologne, and the way his marble body felt against mine.

“Nemesis is my spirit animal. She was the one to lure Narcissus to a pool where he saw his own reflection and died of vanity. Pride is a terrible illness.” I flashed him a taunting smirk.

“Some of us could use catching it.” He bared his straight white teeth.

“Arrogance is a disease. Compassion is the cure. Most gods didn’t like Nemesis, but that’s because she had a backbone.”

“Do you?” He arched a dark eyebrow.

“Do I…?” I blinked, the courteous grin on my face crumpling. He was even ruder when we were alone.

“Have a backbone,” he provided. He stared at me so boldly and intimately, it felt like he breathed fire into my soul. I wanted to step out of his touch and jump into a pool full of ice.

“Of course, I do,” I responded, my spine stiffening. “What’s with the manners? Were you raised by wild coyotes?”

“Give me an example,” he said, ignoring my quip. I was beginning to draw away from him, but he jerked me back into his arms. The glitzy ballroom distorted into a backdrop, and even though I was starting to notice that the man behind the demi-mask was unusually beautiful, the ugliness of his behavior was the only thing that stood out.

I am a warrior and a lady…and a sane person who can deal with this horrid man.

“I really like Angelo Bandini.” I dropped my voice, slicing my gaze from his eyes and toward the table where Angelo’s family had been seated. My father was sitting a few seats away, staring at us coldly, surrounded by Made Men who chatted away.

“And see, in my family, we have a tradition dating back ten generations. Prior to her wedding, a Rossi bride is to open a wooden chest—carved and made by a witch who lived in my ancestors’ Italian village—and read three notes written to her by the last Rossi girl to marry. It’s kind of a good luck charm mixed with a talisman and a bit of fortunetelling. I stole the chest tonight and opened one of the notes, all so I could rush fate. It said that tonight I was going to be kissed by the love of my life, and well…” I drew my lower lip into my mouth and sucked it, peering under my eyelashes at Angelo’s empty seat. The man stared at me stoically, as though I was a foreign film he couldn’t understand. “I’m going to kiss him tonight.”

“That’s your backbone?”

“When I have an ambition, I go for it.”

A conceited frown crinkled his mask, as if to say I was a complete and utter moron. I looked him straight in the eye. My father taught me that the best way to deal with men like him was to confront, not run. Because, this man? He’d chase.

About the Author
L.J. Shen is an International #1 best-selling author of Contemporary Romance and New Adult novels. She lives in Northern California with her husband, young son and chubby cat.

Before she’d settled down, L.J. (who thinks referring to herself in the third person is really silly, by the way) traveled the world, and collected friends from all across the globe. Friends who’d be happy to report that she is a rubbish companion, always forgets peoples’ birthdays and never sends Christmas cards.

She enjoys the simple things in life, like spending time with her family and friends, reading, HBO, Netflix and internet-stalking Stephen James. She reads between three to five books a week and firmly believes Crocs shoes and mullets should be outlawed.

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Review:

The Kiss Thief is a contemporary romance that pays perfect homage to the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I loved the classic feel of the story with its masquerades, ball gowns, and galas.

Francesca Rossi was such an endearing character who struggled to find her rightful place in the machinations of her mob family. When Wolfe Keaton bulldozed his way into her life, her idyllic life was suddenly turned upside down. Her heart belonged to another but instead, she was forced to marry a stranger.

I loved how these two fought to find their way back to each other. It just goes to show how you really can’t fight who you fall in love with. With so much angst that seeped through Wolfe’s soul, it was Francesca’s guileless innocence that saved him. She proved that love can be made into an equal give and take. That no matter how the odds are stacked against them, they could still have the winning hand as long as they have each other.

I am amazed at how LJ Shen was able to build the characters from this book. They were so vividly real to me that I instantly devoured it the moment I had my copy. And I must say that Wolde is already one of my favorite LJ Shen anti-heroes, right next to Vicious of course.

Rating: 5/5