Friday, February 12, 2016

Tough Enough (Tall, Dark, and Dangerous Series Book 2) by M. Leighton

From the author of the New York Times bestselling Bad Boys novels comes the second book in a dark, sexy contemporary trilogy.

He’s a fighter who never loses, but is he tough enough to win her heart?

There was a time when I had everything–a wonderful family, a bright future. Love. But all that was taken away in a single night, torn from me like flesh from bone. Since then, I’ve hidden away in my second-choice job as a makeup artist. But I prefer it that way, actually. I’m comfortable in the shadows, where no one can see my scars.

Kiefer Rogan literally took my breath away the moment I met him. MMA champion-turned-actor, notorious playboy, charming to a fault—he’s everything I vowed to avoid.

But he just wouldn’t stop until I opened up and let him in. Maybe I should’ve tried harder to resist him. Maybe I shouldn’t have fallen in love with him. Because I, of all people, know that everyone has secrets. Scars. And that they’re usually ugly and painful and destructive to the people we love most.

I just never guessed that they could be deadly, too.


Tough Enough is the 2nd book in M. Leighton's Tall Dark and Dangerous Series.  This is a stand alone Romantic/Suspense Novel and can be read as such however there are some areas of the story line that would highly benefit the reader to read Strong Enough first, which is not in my mind any hardship as it was a 5 star read for me.

In Tough Enough we meet Kathryn "Katie" "Kat" Rydale sweet, guarded and beautiful with scars so deep seen and unseen.  Then we meet MMA Champ and up and coming actor but also retired Special Ops Badass Kiefer Rogan, who also has scars so deep he lives his life fighting them.

Katie meets Rogan because she is a make up artist on set of his new movie.  She walks in the first day with her foot in her mouth because she made assumptions of him based off his "It" factor status and believing he'd be a irresponsible and arrogant man with a head so big it couldn't fit through her office door.  As she is saying all of this to her closest friend she doesn't realize he is already in the chair and not late waiting for her.  Even though he hears everything Katie said Rogan is immediately drawn to Katie.  He doesn't understand it but he doesn't fight it one bit, he goes full speed ahead never wavering. He believes in his gut and the more he sees her the more he believes in her being made for him.  

Rogan is honestly the sweetest sexiest most patient man you could meet.  He knows something has hurt Katie so bad that she keeps everyone at arms length.  Something so deep he knows without even knowing her for 24 hours that he must pull those walls down small piece by small piece.

Katie has serious legitimate baggage that is so heart breaking you cannot imagine.  As your reading the book it is a slow burn, it is completely suspenseful you cannot read and turn the page fast enough to uncover what has happened and what will happen.

When Katie finally gives in she goes fully in and it surprises both her and Rogan. She opens up and she does everything she has to to be in the moment and with Kiefer because she knows she loves him and she knows when his time is over in her little town their whirlwind affair will be over and she will after everything be left with a broken heart that she knows will finally kill her.

She never thought she could find happiness again after what happened a few years ago.  But she did and how can she go back to just existing, she knows she will have to but she just doesn't know how too.  So she puts it on the back burner and she lives in today and she lives happily falling harder and harder for Rogan.

Rogan knows he has to keep working and he knows he has to leave.  He has responsibilities in life and responsibilities he doesn't share fully with Katie, he should have but he would protect his brother until his dying breath. He just had to get a plan together because at the center of his problems involving his past and his brother he never in a million years could have anticipated what came next.

I love M. Leighton's books. She has the perfect mix of suspense and romance with incredible characters and Tough Enough was no different. Hands down 5-star read and I can't wait to move on to the next in the series.



By:  Rachel Van Dyken
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503953017
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: February 9, 2016

From New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken.

Reid Emory has never had reason to question his luck with the ladies. As the owner of a lethal set of aqua-blue eyes and a devastating grin, this Hollywood heartthrob always brings his A game…but lately his luck seems to have run out. The actor is in need of some help, and there’s only one person he can trust to take his love life—and his career—to an explosive new level.

Jordan Litwright’s newest client is trying her patience. As a publicist, she’s more than content to stay in the background and let others shine. But when a publicity stunt backfires, she suddenly finds herself thrust into the spotlight—as Reid’s new love interest. And while other men usually overlook her, Reid is focusing in with laserlike intensity. There’s no denying they have serious chemistry.

But once Reid breaks into the big time, can they turn their made-for-the-media romance into a forever love?


Jordan’s body responded to my every single touch and caress.
“Now I know why you’ve never had to ask a girl on a date.” She hooked her legs around me and wrapped her arms around my neck, her tongue intertwining with mine, sucking, so. Damn. Hard that I couldn’t help but keep moaning. The things that woman could do with her mouth.
I deepened the kiss, my hands reaching for the clasp of her bra. I flicked it off. Jordan immediately froze. Her hands quickly covered her breasts.
“What are you doing?” I tried prying her hands free.
“Too fast.” She nodded, her cheeks staining with color. “You know for our, uh, date night.”
“Move your hands.”
“Reid.” She laughed nervously.
“Fine.” I nodded. “I didn’t want to have to do this.”
Jordan frowned.
I raised my hand.
She frowned harder.
I flipped her onto her stomach and slapped her ass. Hard.
What are you doing?” she yelled.
“Why, sweetheart . . .” I kissed her ear. “I’m taming.”
“The hell you are!”
“You like it.” Another swat. “And I’m barely spanking you, but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. Cover them up again and I won’t be responsible for my actions.”
I flipped her back around. “But what?” I honestly wanted to know why a girl that gorgeous would cover up.
“It’s just that—” Jordan chewed her lower lip. “I’m the lights-off girl.”
“Lights off?”
“Yeah.” She shrugged a shoulder as more color stained her cheeks. “You know, the girl you don’t really notice right away until you’ve had one too many, then you take her home and have your way with her—in the dark.”
Horrified, I could only stare in shock. “Please tell me that hasn’t actually happened.”
“Reid.” She shoved me away and started to get to her feet. “Look, I’m not stupid, okay? And I’m not even that insecure anymore. I know how guys think, all right?”
“Oh, yeah?” I stood, pulled her flush against my very hard body. “What am I thinking about right now?”
Her shoulders deflated. “See?”
I burst out laughing. “Honey, we have a pretty big problem if ESPN gets me this excited, don’t you think?”
“Hey, sometimes baseball just does it for people.” She gave me a sexy-as-hell smile. “It’s not your fault you like balls.”
“I can’t believe you just challenged my manhood when it’s saluting you like that. Damn, woman, I’m basically giving you the equivalent of a high five and a home run all in one and you’re making jokes?”


Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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Kristen Proby's LISTEN TO ME Reveal

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Kristen Proby is known for writing heartfelt characters with deep connections and sizzling passion. This April, she will seduce readers’ senses with a brand new series, Fusion, from William Morrow Paperbacks, in which five best friends open a hot new restaurant together. Today, we are thrilled to bring you a song written exclusively for LISTEN TO ME, the first book in the Fusion Series. LISTEN TO ME finds a hot former rock star looking for a steady gig at the restaurant, but he’ll have to convince the prickly front-of-house manager to take a chance on him—with her business and her heart. Don’t miss what Kristen has to say about the beautiful ballad, If I Had Never Met You, and then grab your copy of the song and the novel today!

A Message from Kristen about If I Had Never Met You:
From the minute song writer Jake Keller lays eyes on Addison Wade, a tune sets up residence in his head. As he gets to know her, the tune becomes a song. Their song. Addie's song. The stakes are the highest they've ever been for him when he finally sings it to her, but will it be enough to keep her? 

I can't thank 
Brad Yunek and Dan Keseloff enough for writing this beautiful song to accompany Jake and Addie's story. I hope you love it as much as I do!


Listen to a sample of If I Had Never Met You here!

If I Had Never Met You is now available on iTunesGoogle Play, and Amazon for just $.99!


In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby’s brand new series, five best friends open a hot new restaurant, but one of them gets much more than she bargained for when a sexy former rock star walks through the doors—and into her heart.
Seduction is quickly becoming the hottest new restaurant in Portland, and Addison Wade is proud to claim 1/5 of the credit. She’s determined to make it a success and can’t think of a better way to bring in new customers than live music. But when former rock star Jake Keller swaggers through the doors to apply for the weekend gig, she knows she’s in trouble. Addie instantly recognizes him—his posters were plastered all over her bedroom walls in high school—he’s all bad boy...exactly her type and exactly what she doesn’t need.
Jake Keller walked away from the limelight five years ago and yearns to return to what’s always driven him: the music. If he gets to work for a smart-mouthed, funny-as-hell bombshell, all the better. But talking Addie into giving him the job is far easier than persuading her that he wants more than a romp in her bed. Just when she begins to drop her walls, Jake’s past finally catches up with him.
Will Addie be torn apart once again or will Jake be able to convince her to drown out her doubts and listen to her heart?

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About Kristen Proby:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at

Thursday, February 11, 2016

LEGEND by Katy Evans

Can love really conquer all?—Book Six in Katy Evans’s breakout New York Times bestselling series that began with REAL.

Maverick “The Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he’s known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He’s got a personal score to settle with the Underground’s one and only Remington “Riptide” Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town—and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she’s none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who’s supposed to root against him and a girl he’s supposed to stay away from.

But Mav fights for the woman in his heart and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them, and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion—the ultimateLEGEND.


I can't tell you how incredibly rare it is to read a series and feel the final book is as strong, if not stronger, than the first. Real was a rollercoaster rush of amazing emotions. At times I struggled to feel that high again ~ until now.
LEGEND is everything. The magic I felt when I first read REAL, on April 18, 2013, has intensified with time and growth. These characters are electric and this story is incredible. INCREDIBLE! Katy Evans, you melt my heart. Thank you.

The song, Everything by Lifehouse, is one I've always associated with Real. Almost three years later and it still fits perfectly.


One Word: Bittersweet.. I didn't want to get to the end of this book because I know its the last in the "Real" series and I didn't want it to end. Katy Evans ended this series in the best way imaginable in my eyes.

I love the connection Reese and Maverick have! Ladies, just when you thought your heart belonged to Remy, Let me tell you... Maverick stole my heart from the first chapter!!! I love the story of his Dad and their Non-relationship,and how it makes him feel. The past destroys some people. Not Maverick.. Maverick is determined to be the Legend and pushes and pushes toward his goal. LOVE LOVE LOVE the bond and relationship him and Remy had. Remy was more of a Father to him than his own. Oh and I can't forget Oz! I loved him and I loved how Remy tried and tried to help him but it was not until the end that he realized he wanted to help himself. 

Reese!! I loved her! She was working on trying to find herself. She has some issues she was dealing with and came to stay with Remy and Brooke to help care for Racer. Those three words when Maverick walks into the Gym but did not have a membership yet.."He's with me" .. Then their amazing story comes to life and Katy couldn't have told it any better than she did!

I am so so sad to see this series end, but its going out with a bang! Easily on my favorites list for 2016! 


Where do I begin. Katy Evans started this series with REAL and made us all fall HARD for Remy. He is the ultimate book boyfriend, the ultimate lover, let's not forget, the ultimate fighter. 

Let me start off by saying, this can be read as a standalone if you have not read any of the other books in the series. HOWEVER, this is a MUST READ SERIES, so if you have not read it, I suggest you do.  

In Legend, we are introduced to Reese Dumas, who heads off to Seattle to help babysit her cousin Brooke's three year old son, Racer, who as we all know, is Remy's son.  Reese is trying to figure out who she is. To find her own identity. So traveling with her cousin and her husband couldn't have come at a better time. Reese is trying to make changes in her life, one would be getting in shape. She wants to lose a few pounds, but she is doing it for all the wrong reasons. She is doing it with the hopes of getting her friend, Mile's attention. The funny thing is, she caught someone's attention, but it wasn't Miles', it was Mavericks.

Maverick, is a loner, the only people in his life are his mother and two friends from back home. No on will give him a chance to train with him.  Every door he knocks on, they are shut in his face because of who is father is. But he refuses to allow his father's past to define him. Things seem to change for him when a stranger is kind to him. One act of kindness changes the path Maverick is on. One simple gesture made a world of difference and helped set Maverick on the path to become a LEGEND in the Underground Fighting World.
I'm going to be a legend.
And a legend will never be gone, even when six feet under.
And a legend gets the girl.
A legend wins the girl.
Reese and Maverick are drawn to each other. They both need to be near each other. They both need to see each other, touch each other. Both Reese and Maverick aren't much of talkers, but for some reason, the words seem to flow between them. Reese begins to seek Maverick out, making sure she works out when he is at the gym. Maverick begins to wait for her outside the gym. The two of them begin to spend time with each other at the park, while she is babysitting Racer. Those moments between them begin to form a bond between them that neither have ever felt. 

Maverick is training to get to the finals in the Underground. We all know who is the Champion in the Underground fighting World... REMY. 

What happens when Remy meets Maverick in the ring? Who will Reese cheer for, who will she choose? Does her loyalty lie with the Tate family? Is blood thicker than water? Who will be the last fighting standing at the end of the champion match with their hand held high?
The ringmaster stands between us, lifting each of our arms, and fucking crazy Remington Tate is grinning over the top of his head at me.
You will be quite surprised as to what happens between Remy and Maverick. I would have never seen it coming. Katy pulled me in and grabbed a hold of my heart. With every turn of the page, I held my breath waiting to see what would happen next. 

If you ladies LOVED Remy, then you are in for quite a ride with Maverick. He will steal your heart, with his steal gray eyes, and his life story. Maverick will become a LEGEND on his own and fight like hell to get out from behind the shadow of his father. Let's not forget about Reese. She was an amazing heroin in this book. I adored Reese. 

Katy Evans steamrolled the indie world a few years ago with the first book in this series, REAL, and couldn't have ended this series any better with the LEGEND. I bow my head to Katy, as she herself is a LEGEND !!!!

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Ripped  (Book Five) The Real Series

Lucani Lovers by Stephanie Julian

Plagued by nightmares. Stalked by kidnappers. Tamra McMillan needs a safe haven. When tattooed bad-ass Kyle Rossini steps into her life, the last thing she expects to find is a sanctuary from her demons in his arms. In fact, everything about him screams danger. But appearances can be deceiving. The tender possessiveness of his touch, the hunger in his eyes, the scorching sensuality of his kiss... He wants to brand her as his for life. 

Etruscan werewolf Kyle is a loner. The king’s assassin with a killer’s instincts. The last thing he needs is a mate who could be placed in danger because of him. Until he meets the one woman who needs him more than he needs his solitude. When Tamra, battered but not broken, stumbles into his world and tumbles into his bed, she captures his heart. And nothing—not kidnappers or visions of his possible death—will keep him from her.



Who wouldn’t want to be a shifter?
I mean, seriously, the ability to change your body into a completely animal? Coolest ability ever, right?
Wolves are the most common shifters in paranormal romance and there’s a good reason for that. They’re sleek, stealthy and smart. The perfect predators. And they make the perfect alpha heroes (and heroines).
In the Lucani Lovers series, my wolves were given the ability to shift centuries ago by the Etruscan Moon Goddess. In ancient Rome, they were the special ops forces of the Roman Legion.
In today’s world, they’ve adapted. They’ve gotten good at hiding in plain sight.
But what happens when the outside world begins to encroach and trouble arrives at their door?
Then these wolves get deadly.
The Lucani Lovers series is part of my Etruscan Magic world, which also includes the Darkly Enchanted, Magical Seduction and Forgotten Goddesses series. They’re all based on the premise that there’s still magic in our world. Fairies, elves, satyrs, shifters and witches.
Each of the books have a unique twist on what you think you know about these myths and tales. And all have a steamy romance at their core.
There are six stories in the Lucani Lovers series: Kiss of Moonlight, Moonlight Ménage, Edge of Moonlight, Moonlight Temptation, Grace in Moonlight and Shades of Moonlight.
Each has a stand-alone love story with one or two hot heroes.
These stories were previously released but I’ve re-edited and revised and, in the case of Kiss of Moonlight and Moonlight Ménage, have rewritten the endings and expanded the story.
I can’t wait for readers to discover (or rediscover) my wolves. I’ve loved revisiting and reacquainting myself with them.

And I’m anxious to get back to my Etruscan Magic world with new stories. But more on that later…


Stephanie Julian is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sophisticated, sultry romance. She writes many different series, including Salon Games, Indecent and Lucani Lovers.
She loves hard rock and Broadway, runs very slowly, married a Springsteen fanatic and is the mother of two hairy beasts she calls sons.

Kiss of Moonlight

Moonlight Ménage

Edge of Moonlight

Moonlight Temptation

Grace in Moonlight

Shades of Moonlight