Monday, December 11

*** BLOG TOUR & REVIEW *** Unruly by Bethany-Kris

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UNRULY, A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris Cross + Catherine, #3 Publication Date: December 4, 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Organized Crime, Mafia, Romance

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SYNOPSIS:

The crime boss.
The hustling queen.
Cross and Catherine Donati have been married five years, but the life they’ve chosen still has things to teach them yet. One can never become too comfortable in their business. Trouble soon follows.
The principe and principessa are all grown up …
It’s tough being at the top. When all Cross wants is to slow down the world, reality has a way of speeding it back up. Just when Catherine thinks she’s learned everything her mother has to teach, more lessons come her way.
A king and queen must protect their thrones …
This is their life.
This is their love.
Always.
Revered.
And unruly.
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My Review 
4 “Power Couple” Stars 

Unruly is the final installment of the Cross and Catherine storyline and it kind of comes full circle. Both Cross and Catherine have come a long way but they’re still products of their parentage and their pasts. With so much on the line, Cross and Catherine do all they can to make their HEA last.

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REVERE, A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris Cross + Catherine, #2 Publication Date: November 6, 2017 Genres: Adult, Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mafia

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SYNOPSIS:

A Legacy Novel
She was once his liar. He was once her savior.
Cross Donati fills his days with the mafia, family, and responsibility. The wild boy is a distant memory. A waiting prince now sits in his place. An old debt puts the gunrunner right back into the path of his past, but he only sees his future.
Every king needs a queen.
Catherine Marcello learned how to stand on her own, and she no longer needs saving. The sly girl is far more dangerous now. A broken promise taught her how to live again. One conversation puts the hustler face to face with her first love, but she only sees heartache.
Every God needs a prayer.
The scars of their history runs deep. Every lie told, and each secret spilled hurts a little bit more.
Love does not care. Love will not wait.
So, why does life keep standing in the way?
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Revere is A Legacy Novel. While it can be read as a follow up to Always, it can also be read as a standalone novel.
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ALWAYS, A Legacy Novel

by Bethany-Kris Cross + Catherine, #1 Publication Date: October 2, 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Coming of Age, Mafia

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A Legacy Novel
A wild boy. A sly girl.
Cross Donati defines trouble. He does what he wants because he’s never known anything different. He’s unapologetic, and he owns it.
Catherine Marcello is every bit a good girl … on the outside. Her entire world is a legacy, and she lives it. She’s curious, and she’s exploring it.
She chases bad things. He never learned to be good.
They’re late nights, stolen cars, first times, fist fights, leather jackets, beaches, bloody smiles, and life. They’re vicious and precious, dangerous and harmless, innocence and sin. They are love.
Love is killing for someone. Love is living for someone.
Sometimes, you can’t keep saving your heart when it means sacrificing it, too. Sometimes, you have to learn to save yourself. Sometimes, love has to fall, crash, and burn.
This is what love is like when you’re a principe and principessa della mafia. This is what love is like when you’re Cross Donati and Catherine Marcello.
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Always is a Legacy Novel, and while it is standalone, it can also act as a prequel for Revere. Each Legacy Novel stands alone from any other book, series, or collection.
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ABOUT BETHANY-KRIS

Bethany-Kris is a Canadian author, lover of much, and mother to three 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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*** COVER REVEAL *** Crash Into Us by Shana Vanterpool

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Title: Crash Into Us
Author: Shana Vanterpool
Genre: Contemporary/2nd Chance Romance
Release Date: December 18, 2017
Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser w/ RBA Designs

They met when they were kids.

They were friends, lovers, and then husband and wife.

They were supposed to be together forever.
He was her Superman.
She was his happiness.
And then he went pro.
And she doubted something that was supposed to be forever.
Mistakes were made in exchange for dreams, and hearts were shattered.
Their forever crumbled right before their eyes.
He went on to play for the Washington Warriors. He ate, breathed, and slept professional hockey. All he had left after her was the ice. He was in magazines, he won a Stanley Cup, and he had a crowd of people screaming his name. He had everything. Didn’t he?
It’s hard to move on from an addiction, and she was addicted. Drunk on love too early on, she never truly moved on from her first love. She faded in and out of life, trying to ignore her need. But bad habits have a way of coming back when you least expect them too.
For years they went separate ways, until her Superman falls from the sky.
He was on a helicopter after a big win when the engine cut out. He knows he’s not making it out alive. Even with the screams of his teammates shouting in the background as they crash toward earth, all he can think of is her. He’ll never get to see her again…
Love is unforgiving dragging her back to heartache. She only wants to help him get better from the accident and move on with her life. She never planned on falling back in love with him. She never planned on falling so hard a second time.
Lovesick and broken, they crash right back into each other.
Romance author, coffee drinker, and bad boy aficionado. Every second not spent breathing is an opportunity to write and read. I live in Northern California with my family and actress dog, Halle Bella. (Just Bella when she decides to cut the crap.) Escaping with a good book is something I live for and I write so others can do the same.
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*** BLOG TOUR & REVIEW *** Behind the Bars by Brittainy C Cherry

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Behind the Bars, the first beautiful and emotional standalone in the all-new Music Street Series from Brittainy C. Cherry is available NOW!

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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.

And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.
When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, she was the darkest storm.

Excerpt:

By the way, what happened to Todd’s nose?” I asked. “I broke it,” Elliott said matter-of-factly. “What? How? Why?” He shrugged before turning to look out the window. “He called you a bad name.” “What was it?” “It doesn’t matter.” “Eli,” I started. He turned my way and locked his hazel eyes with my browns. “Jazz…” He shook his head. “It wasn’t true.” I swallowed hard, a big part of me certain Todd’s words held some form of truth. Elliott saw it in me—my fear. He kept shaking his head and whispered, “I don’t feel sorry for you. Sometimes you look at me like you think I feel sorry for you, and I want you to know I don’t. I think you’re perfect the way you are.” I quietly laughed at him repeating the words I’d told him earlier. A few tears rolled down my cheeks. “I’m a little messed up.” “I know.” He nodded. “That’s why I like you.” He went back to staring out the window, and I kept staring at him. And there it was. So small, so tiny, so real. Love. It wasn’t love, but it was the beginning of it. I knew I was young, and I knew it was stupid, but in that moment, I began to fall in love with the quiet boy who quietly cared for me. The boy who was scared and still strong. The boy who stood up for me when he was surrounded by reasons not to do such a thing. I hadn’t known much about love. I hadn’t known how it looked, felt, or tasted. I hadn’t known how it moved, how it flowed, but I knew my heart was tight and currently skipping a few beats. I understood the goose bumps covering my arms. I knew this stuttering boy who was sometimes so scared was someone worth loving. He was worth being the first one I gave my heart to. I knew Elliott Adams was love. And I was falling into him so fast. BCC_AVAILABLENOW

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My Review 

5 “Stay” Stars

A beautiful love story about hope, healing and finding your truth. Behind the Bars was a quiet love story between two people who truly needed a love story. It was raw and passionate but also sweet and emotional. It encompassed the reality of first love and the endearing quality of last love. These characters were both a bit broken but found peace and understanding in each other even when life got in the way. 

This is probably my favorite Ms. Cherry book and I’ve loved all her work. There is just something special about this book. Second chances don’t come around often, but Behind the Bars shows what it means to forgive and find what makes you happy. 

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Hi! I'm Brittainy! Join me as we travel through my mind as a Romance Author. This includes such things as my random thoughts, tricks, tips, things I'm learning, things I'm re-learning, things I'm forgetting, and my weird ways of crafting stories.

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Friday, December 8

***BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT & REVIEW*** Shattered Rhythm by RB Hilliard

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Title: Shattered Rhythm
Series: Meltdown Series #3
Author: RB Hilliard
Genre: Romantic Suspense / Rock
Release Date: November 30, 2017
Chaz Jones’ life hasn’t been easy. Meltdown’s newest drummer doesn’t give a damn about anything except for his kit, his sticks and his throne. Music offers him a way out and he takes it, only to discover it isn’t enough. 

Nothing is ever enough.
… Until Olivia
Olivia Marshall had her dream job, her dream boyfriend, and her dream life. Then, in the blink of an eye, she discovered it was all a lie. She hit rock bottom. But then fate steps in, and music offers her a way back.
She thinks it’s enough.
… Until Chaz
Together, they find their rhythm and begin to mend their shattered lives. Fate steps back in. This time, it’s not to save them… but to tear them apart.

RB Hilliard has out done herself with Shattered Rhythm. This rock star romance is intoxicating, passionate, and full of shocking surprises. ~Book Club Gone Wrong  RB Hilliard has definitely rocked this book. It will captivate you from the first page, you won't want to put this book down until the very end. ~USA and NYT's Bestselling Author L. Wilder  Beautifully raw, my heart was crushed then glue back together in the best kind of way. This book goes above and beyond a simple rockstar romance and delivers a gorgeous love story of two damaged people that overcome the worst. ~Britt Red Hatter Book Blog  I Bloody knew it!!! I knew he'd be my fave! I love a moody brooding grumpy arse hottie and Chaz Jones wrote the rule book on that! I love him!! ~Kerry A is for Alpha B is for Books
 I Bloody knew it!!!  I knew he'd be my fave!  I love a moody brooding grumpy arse hottie and Chaz Jones wrote the rule book on that! I love him!!

Chaz is still angry and hurting from recent events.  He feels responsible for what happened to his friends.  He doesn't have many and it makes him feel worse that he should have seen what his ex was up to.  He's not sure if he's going to continue being in Meltdown even though it's everything he ever wanted.  The group manages to get him back in to record their latest album and do a small tour.

Olivia is at the end of the line.  Having give up her career years ago after a traumatic event and a non disclosure agreement she's now out of money and in danger of having to move home with her parents.  A call from an old colleague comes out of the blue with a job offer.  Can she go back to what she used to do and risk her sanity she's worked so hard to keep?

When Chaz meets her he thinks she's a hot mess he has no intention of having anything to do with.  When Olivia meets him the warning to ignore him rings loud in her ears.  But attraction can never be accounted for and they find themselves drawn together.

Oh my god Chaz just stole my heart! Honest to goodness reached in my chest and like a thief in the night ran off with it for good!  I loved him.  All through the series you knew there was something major going on behind the snarky comments and scathing insults.  This book starts of with a teaser of what happened to him.  There's little bits revealed more and more throughout the story and making you think that more happened but nothing sure.  Then BOOM 65% in my heart cracked wide open for him.  There were snotty tears at this point when you realize exactly what he's hidden.  But just like in this story he refuses to be anyone's victim and won't take your pity! I know that sounds odd that a fictional character won't take your pity as a reader but he really doesn't!  He stays the same character throughout.  I think that's a great tribute to the writing of this author.  She makes you break for him but he's so strong you can only sit back and be angry on his behalf and be proud of the man he is.  Even if he's a little messed up. 

The storyline kept my attention from word 1.  The flow and pace of the story was absolutely perfect.  I loved the ups and downs and also the humor written in which helps break the heavier subjects.

Olivia was perfect for Chaz.  She gave him back as good he gave.  Her first meeting with the band and their dog sealed the deal for me loving her.  I loved how she just seemed to fit.  Like she should have been there from the start.  She's so outwardly confident even after the things she's been through and is dealing with that you melt a little for her at her inner insecure monologue.

Perfect together they balance each other out and i loved how passionate they both were.  The steamy scenes were exactly that!  Pheewwww *gets a little hot around the collar*!

It was also great to see the rest of the band and catch up with them.  I'm really apprehensive with Evan and what he has going on though so i'm impatiently gonna wait for that one!

Loved this book.  Loved this series.  Love this author.  Highly recommend!

Reviewed by Kerry

5 Stars!
Chaz –

“You need to answer your phone, man. Shit is blowing up left and right here. We have a month to finish the album before the tour launches. Marcy’s bailing on us because her dad is sick. We’ve hired a new road manager, and I’m stressed as hell. You’re either in or you’re out. I’m not kidding this time, Chaz. Either your ass is at my house and ready to record in two days, or you’re out…We need you, okay? The band isn’t the same without you.
After playing Grant’s message a second time, I thought about my options. Go to Austin or move on. I wanted to go, but was worried things would be different. How could they not be? Thanks to Chelle, my life was a fucking mess. My rhythm was jacked to hell. To an outsider, a messed up beat didn’t compute. It wasn’t like losing a set of keys or misplacing a cell phone. A drummer without rhythm was like a writer with no words, an artist with no vision, a singer with no voice. It was essential to life, like breathing, sleeping, or eating. Without it, I felt like a stranger in my own skin, and all because I let that crazy bitch into my life. Even though I wanted to, I couldn’t place all of the blame on Chelle. She might have lured me in with her magic pussy, but at the end of the day, it was my decision to stay. I believed the lies. I kept going back for more. Hell, I went back even after I had questions. What did that say about me? Nothing good, that’s for sure. I’d always been loyal. In fact, I prided myself on my loyalty to my fellow bandmates. Yet, I’d put that lying bitch ahead of my friends. Lesson fucking learned. I was an idiot who probably deserved to live my life in this rhythmless bubble of silence. I’d been in this place once before, but that was a time I tried not to think about. A time where things were so dark that I’d lost my desire to play and questioned my reason for being. I’d been helpless back then, lost, suffocating…dying a slow death. I tried to tell myself this was different. I was a kid then. I had no control over what happened. Too bad this didn’t feel different. It felt exactly the same. That period in my life nearly broke me. Not this time. This time I would work through it. As much as I’d like to forget, the memories were always there, like harbingers from hell. Always. Fucking. There...
Mom married Don six months from the day we met. For my ninth birthday, they threw me a surprise birthday party and invited my entire class. I thought I’d struck gold. In a way I had, because that’s when Don gave me my first drum kit. The drums came with lessons from a guy who knew his shit. Not only did he teach me how to play, but he taught me that part of the reason I had trouble focusing was that I had such a strong internal rhythm. He taught me ways to tame the energy constantly thrumming through my body. For over two years I lived that golden dream, and then Don got demoted. Getting demoted on the police force was a big deal, at least for Don it was. Everything changed after that. My music teacher was let go and my life went to shit. Fucked up became my daily existence. It remained that way until I turned eighteen.
I thought about the difference between now and then. I was a man now. I’d taken my shit life and turned it into something to be proud of. I had more money than I knew what to do with. I had a career that most people would die for. Nash accused me of being closed off. Nash didn’t know shit. He was in. They all were. I disliked people in general, but the guys…they were different. I missed the laughter. I missed the bitching. I missed my life. Most of all, I missed the music. I guess I had my answer.
For better or worse, it was time to go back.
RB Hilliard lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two children. In 2012 she began writing His End Game, the first book in her MMG Series. Hilliard has not only published six books in this series, but has gone on to publish Utterly Forgettable, a hilariously funny Romantic Comedy, as well as her Rock Star Romance Series, Meltdown.
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