Rewrite the Stars by Julieann Dove

REWRITE THE STARS

by Julieann Dove
Publication Date: August 23, 2018
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone
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SYNOPSIS

For ten summers Claire and her mother had been guests at the Prescott’s beach house at Kelly’s Cove. And for ten years she played with Mallory and her twin brother, Colin. But it wasn’t until she returned after college graduation for her last summer there, that she realized Colin had grown into a guy who made her knees knock just by smiling at her. Being from different worlds, she knew nothing would come from her attraction to him.

Having returned to the states from studying abroad for four years, the last person Colin thought he’d find staying in his bedroom was Claire Ashton. Lanky and awkward during her adolescent years, he had to look twice to make sure this was the same girl. After a week together it was obvious he’d overlooked something before, because he felt things for her he’d never experienced before. There was only one problem—his last name and all that came with it would never permit him to be with her.

In the end, it’s either love or prestige that will win in the game of love.

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ABOUT JULIEANN DOVE

Julieann lives in Virginia, where she loves collecting houseplants, sewing cute little quilts, and writing about messy love. She fell in love with reading at a young age, after following Nancy Drew in solving the mysteries of the world. This carries on today, as crime shows are among her favorite to watch. Well those and the Hallmark channel love stories and mysteries. Keeping busy with soon-to-be six children, she needs time to unwind!

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Review:

Rewrite the Stars is reminiscent of the classic tales of love that we have seen from star-crossed lovers like Romeo and Juliet or Tristan and Isolde. It has been so long since I found a good love story that reminds me why I love the “you and me against the world” plot line so much.

Colin and Claire were meant to be together but circumstances has kept them apart that it seems like bridging their gap from each other will only keep them apart. I got swept into their love story almost immediately! It made me so engrossed with their story, the intrigue, the secrets, and the lies surrounding that world.

This book is definitely recommended for those who are hopeless romantics at heart. It is so touching and heartwarming to see these characters get the happy ending they deserve.

Rating: 3.8/5

Captivated by Bethany-Kris Blog Tour and ARC Review

CAPTIVATED

by Bethany-Kris
Publication Date: July 9, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, Standalone

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SYNOPSIS

A shadow meets the light …

When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound, and kill without a word, they don’t call him the Shadow for nothing.

This time, it’s a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job.

Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has taught her to be wary of strangers, yet her ballet career contradicts everything by putting her on display.

It’s a man with a dark smile and a constantly changing demeanor that makes her feel safe again, but it’s the unknown that holds her back.

It takes one look …
One dance …
One word …
One smile to captivate a man.

And one second to kill a woman because of it, too.

Not all monsters hide in the shadows.
How are you supposed to see them coming?

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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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Review:

Whether it’s a series or standalone, you can always guarantee that Bethany-Kris will NEVER disappoint you when it comes to delivering a mafia romance that we all want to read and swoon over. And Joe Rossi and Liliana Marcello’s love story is definitely one of them. Although they met under unusual circumstances, it is obvious that their magnetic attraction to each other is there from the get-go.

I love that despite how different their lives are, they still found a way to be with each other. The ballerina and the hitman. Who would have thought right? Liliana’s passion for her art is definitely something that any strong and independent woman can relate to. Amidst all the devastating setbacks that she encountered, she has managed to overcome those and still find the strength to aim high and reach for her dreams. And as a woman, I really find that encouraging and empowering.

Then there’s Joe, the unassuming hitman who preferred to remain in the shadows. Until Liliana came into his life and just made his job a tad bit more complicated. If you’ve read the Chicago Wars series, you will definitely see the parallelisms between Joe and his dad, Damian. The torch has definitely been passed on to the next generation of assassins in the family. HAHA.

What captivated me the most about this story is that both the characters had their own lives to lead but they have chosen to be with each other and fight for each other. I especially love how Joe remained so supportive in terms of Liliana’s career as a ballerina. He never once discouraged her from her passions but instead, he remained as her number one supporter who cheered her on every step of the way. He’s definitely one of the Top 10 Book Boyfriends that’s is just certified swoon-worthy.

Rating: 5/5

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CAPTIVATED

by Bethany-Kris
Publication Date: July 9, 2018
Genres: Adult, Romantic Suspense, Organized Crime. Erotic Romance, Standalone

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Cover photo  by Michael Stokes
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SYNOPSIS

A shadow meets the light …

When someone needs to disappear, the Chicago mob calls on Joe Rossi. A man who can move without a sound, and kill without a word, they don’t call him the Shadow for nothing.

This time, it’s a New York crime family in need of his skills, but it takes one glimpse of her to make him agree to the job.

Liliana Marcello is every inch a principessa della mafia. Her life has taught her to be wary of strangers, yet her ballet career contradicts everything by putting her on display.

It’s a man with a dark smile and a constantly changing demeanor that makes her feel safe again, but it’s the unknown that holds her back.

It takes one look …
One dance …
One word …
One smile to captivate a man.

And one second to kill a woman because of it, too.

Not all monsters hide in the shadows.
How are you supposed to see them coming?

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“Drink?”

Liliana made a face. “You know, I probably shouldn’t.”

“Ah, dancer.”

She shrugged. “Everything needs to be exactly as they want it.”

“As long as one of the things they want isn’t for you to starve yourself, or work yourself dead then … whatever makes you happy, Tesoro.”

“Some girls do.”

“Hmm?”

“Starve themselves down to nothing but sticks in the hopes of being noticed, or whatever the case may be. Their brains and mind get so sick from it all that they don’t even realize how much they need help. It’s sad, really. Scary. Once, I might have been one of those girls, too. Not so much anymore.”

Joe glanced down at the glass of whiskey he had poured, and twirled it a bit making the ice inside click against crystal. “Can’t say that’s a bad thing, though.”

“No, growth is … good.”

“It can be.”

Joe kept his gaze on the whiskey, and Liliana suddenly decided to be a little bold. They weren’t outside where anyone could see, or where her sister was right there to watch and make her feel nervous. There was no stumbling over her words, or feeling skittish.

Really, Joe didn’t make her anything but comfortable.

And a little hot sometimes.

Crossing the distance between them, Liliana came to stand right in front of Joe. It was only then that he finally glanced up from the glass in his hands to give her one of his slow, easy grins. The kind that made her stomach do that weird clenching thing—like butterflies for big girls.

“Hey,” she whispered.

Joe tipped his head to the side a bit. “Hey.”

“Thanks for helping me today.”

“Don’t mention it.”

“Lucky you were there to help me, really.”

Joe quirked a brow high. “Yeah, lucky.”

Before Liliana could over think her next move, and while she was still feeling that bit of boldness in her heart, she stood on her tiptoes, and kissed Joe. It was a fast kiss—nothing too spectacular, and certainly not lingering. Just a sweet press of her lips against his, and then she was pulling away again.

As fast as it had happened, it was over.

Then, she waited.

For him, that was.

Joe’s gaze darted to hers, and she swore she saw a flash of heat behind his eyes. Without ever looking away from her, he set that glass of whiskey to the wet bar, grabbed her waist with a firm grip, and brought her even closer. She didn’t even get the chance to take a breath before he kissed her.

His kiss was not like hers.

Deeper, harder, and hungrier. A teasing stroke of his tongue against the seam of her lips, demanding she open up to him, and let him in. She couldn’t even help herself but to part her lips, and taste him.

Joe pulled her closer still until her chest was molded against his, and she found it hard to take in a decent breath. And only then did he pull away. His hand came up to cup her cheek, and his thumb stroked her cheekbone with a soft touch.

“I mean, if you’re going to kiss me,” he murmured as he pulled away, “then at least really kiss me, Liliana.”

She laughed breathlessly. “I wanted to see …”

“What?”

“I don’t know.”

“Did you see whatever it was?” he asked.

Liliana grinned widely. “I did.”

“And?”

“Would you like to go out with me sometime, Joe?”

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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Secrets at Seaside by Addison Cole Blog Tour and Review

Secrets at Seaside

by Addison Cole
Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers, #5
Publication Date: October 25, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Standalone, Sweet Romance

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In SECRETS at SEASIDE…
Tony Black is the hottest surfer on the planet. He travels the world throughout the year and spends his summers on Cape Cod with his friends, at the Seaside cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He’s got his choice of women, but Amy Maples is the one he wants. Fourteen years ago she was his for an entire summer, until a devastating accident changed everything, and what they had seemed like it had never existed–at least for her.

Amy Maples is as consistent as the day is long. She’s spent summers on Cape Cod forever, she always does the right thing, and she’s spent years trying to reclaim the heart of Tony Black, the only man she’s ever loved. She’s back for a summer of fun with her friends at Seaside, only this year she’s been offered the opportunity of a lifetime thousands of miles away, and she’s decided to try one last time to reconnect with Tony. But having a relationship with Tony means dealing with her past–and dealing with her past may knock her to her knees.

Secrets at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster’s steamy romance novel Seaside Secrets. The stories and characters remain the same and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Review:

Oh, the trials of first loves and finding your way back to it.

This book has kept me on edge with the “will they or won’t they” dynamic of Tony and Amy. Some might find it tedious that these two are always going on opposite directions and resisting how they feel about one another. But as the story unravels, there’s actually more to what I thought was just puppy love all throughout their teenage years. What they had was real and that’s why they’ll always find their way back to each other.

I love how Tony’s free spirit surfer personality complements that of Amy’s resilient and driven self. It’s amazing that even after seven years, they are still in each other’s lives. First loves are hard to forget for sure but having that constant person for most of your life is another thing altogether. Even though their careers have pushed them towards opposite directions, it’s reassuring that their summer holidays still remain as the one strong factor that bounds them to reconnect.

So I guess readers like me would probably exclaim, “Finally!” when Tony and Amy finally got back together for the last time. It took a lot of growing up for the both of them until they realized that they do belong together, even after all these years. It was so heartbreaking to find out Amy’a miscarriage that ended their relationship all those years ago. To be able to bounce back to that and then risk her heart to fall in love with Tony again and give themselves another chance is what makes this book one hell of a good read.

On a side note, I really enjoyed the dynamics of friendship that Amy has built with her girl squad. Their naughty antics are just too hilarious to read! Kudos to the author for creating a storyline that builds on a friendship of women who support each other. And can I just say that it was absolutely sneaky of Amy to hide her relationship with Tony to her friends all those years ago. I don’t know how she pulled that off!

Rating: 3/5