Review – Mixtape: A Love Song Anthology

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Mixtape: A Love Song Anthology
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Anthology
Release Date: January 29, 2019
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Synopsis

What’s more romantic than a love song? A mixtape full of them.

Twelve bestselling and award-winning authors have curated an anthology of brand-new, standalone stories inspired by love songs, featuring a foreword written by NYT bestselling author Laurelin Paige. Press PLAY on this limited-edition collection that’s guaranteed to make you swoon.

Review

🎵 GUYS MY AGE by Saffron A Kent 🎵 – [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Guys My Age is another classic Saffron A Kent forbidden romance and oh my freaking goodness I am over here swooning because ever since devouring Medicine Man last year I have wanted Fallon and Dean’s story. My heart is still on fire and all I can say is that I desperately need more of their story…seriously please tell me this isn’t all we are getting because I believe that their story deserves a full-length novel! I will just say that readers will get the perfect amount of swoon and heat, but they will certainly be left craving more!

🎵 SAY IT FIRST by Nikki Sloane 🎵 – [⭐⭐⭐⭐.5]

Say It First was a super sweet romance that I absolutely adored. Jamie and Anna managed to captivated my heart and I loved every second of this story. I thought that Nikki Sloane did an amazing job developing this story with it being so short. I would definitely read their story again if the author decided to extend on it. The characters chemistry was well developed, which is often difficult with such a short story, but the author did it so effortlessly (or so it seems)!

🎵 BROKEN HALLELUJAH by Sierra Simon 🎵 – [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Surprisingly Broken Hallelujah was my first taste of Sierra Simon’s writing, but I hope to change that soon because WOW this story was really good. I am usually not a huge fan of F/F, but Jacey and Devon’s romance was very well written and I thought the author did an amazing job developing their story. If this was to be extended into a full length novel I might check it out because if the author was able to pack this much into a few short chapters I couldn’t imagine how amazing it would be with more of a storyline!

🎵 SAY YES by Elle Kennedy 🎵 – [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Say Yes by Elle Kennedy was AMAZING and the only complaint I have is that I wanted more! This is one of my all-time favorite authors and I was super excited that she took part in this anthology! This was a fun, sweet, witty and all around sexy story that had me swooning. Emilia and Dirk had this smoking hot connection and I loved their chemistry! Who knew a random hookup could be this entertaining…heck what am I say…this author ALWAYS brings it with her stories!

🎵 ALL I WANT by Mara White 🎵 – [⭐⭐⭐⭐.5]

All I Want is one of my favorites from Mara White and my goodness I was so excited to read her story. Marilyn and Ove’s story left me breathless and emotional all at the same time. My heart ached for them and I kept my fingers crossed they would get what they wanted most in life! This was a sexy and super sweet romance. This was definitely another amazing Mara White original!

🎵 TOOTHPASTE KISSES by Xio Axelrod 🎵 – [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Toothpaste Kiss by Xio Axelrod was INCREDIBLE and it also happens to be my first taste of this author’s writing. Just telling you all that this author might have a new stalker…oops I meant fan! Not many people know this (haha just kidding) but I love M/M so when I discovered that this story was one I couldn’t wait to dive in. Holy freaking moly! Malcolm and Pell’s chemistry was on FIRE and my chest is legit burning up right now! I need more from this author, and SOON!

🎵 WILD PITCH by Rebecca Shea 🎵 – [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Rebecca Shea is the kind of author that never disappoints and Wild Pitch was no exception! This was a sweet and fast-paced second chance romance between Mateo (love this name) and Mia. Oh and did I mention this all happens during a snowstorm…talk about the perfect time to reignite a romance! THIS STORY WAS AH-FREAKING-MAZING and you won’t be disappointed if you give this one a try!

🎵 YOUR EVERYTHING by KL Kreig 🎵 – [⭐⭐⭐]

So it turns out that I have never read one of KL Kreig’s books before, but I am happy to say that is no longer the truth. Your Everything was an interesting read and I guess it’s a prequel to Black Swan Affair. After reading this short story I am actually interested in checking it out! I have to say that I really enjoyed the characters and the storytelling was captivating! Great first experience of the author’s writing!

🎵 THINK I’M IN LOVE by Leslie McAdam 🎵 – [⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐]

I FREAKING love Leslie McAdam and you all she wrote an extraordinary M/M romance. Think I’m In Love was hands down one of my favorite reads from this anthology, but honestly that really isn’t all that surprising to me because this author ALWAYS manages to captivate me whole body, heart and soul! Her storytelling is so unique and the writing is incredible. I almost forgot I was reading a short story…at least until I suddenly reached the end. Now I am sitting here shouting that I desperately NEED more of Shane and Randy! PLEASE don’t tell me that this is ALL we are getting, although it was REALLY GOOD!

🎵 MOMENT OF TRUTH by Veronica Larsen 🎵 – [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Seems like I found another NEW TO ME author! Moment of Truthfeatures two best friends that seem perfect for each other, and yet they deny their feelings because they don’t want to ruin their friendship. I absolutely love a good friends-to-lovers romance, so let’s just say I was really interested in this one. Gabby and Dean’s chemistry was immediately evident, at least in my opinion, and these two had my heart aching within moments of meeting them! Veronica Larsen’s writing was beautifully developed and the storytelling captivated my attention. After reading this I certainly need to check out more books from this author, and SOON!

🎵 LUSH by Marni Mann 🎵 – [⭐⭐⭐⭐]

Although this happens to be my first time reading one of Marni Mann’s books, I do happen to have many of her stories on my TBR list right now. If they are as amazing as this story then I totally need to dive into one of them soon. Lush is one of those stories that will have you blushing and leave you completely breathless both during and after reading the story. Bale and Pepper’s chemistry was SIZZLING HOT…so hot that I thought my kindle was going to burst in flames at any second!

🎵 KISS ME by Lynda Aicher 🎵 – [⭐⭐⭐]

Once again this is a NEWBIE author to me and I thought that the story was interesting. Although this wasn’t one of my favorite reads in the anthology, Kiss Me was very well written and I liked the development of the romance between Tara and Daniel. Oh and did I mention that he was her boss before she was sacked…yep you read that right. Make sure to pick this one up to find out what happens between these two!

About Saffron A. Kent

Writer of bad romances. Aspiring Lana Del Rey of the Book World.

Saffron A. Kent is a Top 100 Amazon Bestselling author of Contemporary and New Adult romance.

More often than not, her love stories are edgy, forbidden and passionate. Her work has been featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

She has an MFA in creative writing and she lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband. Along with a million and one books.

She is represented by Meire Dias of Bookcase Agency

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About Nikki Sloane

Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there. Now she lives in Kentucky and manages a team of graphic artists. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, is married with two sons, writes dirty books, and couldn’t be any happier.

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About Sierra Simon

Sierra is a voracious reader of all things including the smuttiest smut, young adult, piles of non-fiction for research, and everything Bill Bryson (especially on audio).

She loves writing the dirtiest things that she can think of, King Arthur, sparkling water, Tarot, coffee, leggings, and learning new words daily.

Her previous jobs have included firing ceramics, teaching living history lessons in one-room school house in full, 1908-approved school marm attire, and working as a librarian for several years—not in that order

She lives in the Kansas City area with her hot cop husband, two children, and two giant dogs. (And two cats, but they’re so naughty we don’t talk about them.)

The social media she cares about the most are Spotify and Instagram. Following her in those places is a true love language, indeed.

Sierra is represented by Rebecca Friedman of RF Literary; foreign rights are handled by Bookcase Literary.

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About Elle Kennedy

A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.

Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!

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About Mara White

Mara White is a contemporary romance and erotica writer who laces forbidden love stories with hard issues, such as race, gender and inequality. She holds an Ivy League degree but has also worked in more strip clubs than even she can remember. She is not a former Mexican telenovela star contrary to what the tabloids might say, but she is a former ballerina and will always remain one in her heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and two children and yes, when she’s not writing you can find her on the playground.

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About Xio Axelrod

Xio Axelrod is a USA Today Bestselling author of love stories, contemporary romance and (what she likes to call) strange, twisted tales. She also writes erotica as Xio Nin. Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn’t writing stories, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing on international stages (under a different, not-so-secret name of course). She lives in Philadelphia with one full-time husband and one part-time cat.

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About Rebecca Shea

I grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and currently reside in Phoenix, AZ with my family.

Aside from reading and writing, I enjoy spending time with friends, hiking, watching my boys play football, my daughter dance, and baking (not cooking…those are two very different things!)

I am obsessed with margarita’s, coffee, and diet coke and can’t live without my iPad.

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About KL Kreig

I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicous cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out, I’m a raving bitch. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).

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About Leslie McAdam

Leslie McAdam is a California girl who loves romance and well-defined abs. She lives in a drafty old farmhouse on a small orange tree farm in Southern California with her husband and two small children. Leslie’s first published book, The Sun and the Moon, won a 2015 Watty, which is the world’s largest online writing competition. She’s gone on to receive additional literary awards and has been featured in multiple publications, including Cosmopolitan.com. Her books have been Top 100 Bestsellers on both Amazon and Apple Books. Leslie is employed by day but spends her nights writing about the men of your fantasies.

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About Veronica Larsen

Veronica Larsen began writing around the age of seven, scribbling Nancy Drew-like stories between the margins of composition notebooks. Her journey into the romance genre began once upon a long military deployment when she penned a steamy romance for her husband, a US Marine. This story eventually turned into her debut novel Entangle. She fell in love with writing romance and hasn’t looked back since. Her novels are known to feature engaging story-lines, relatable characters, heart-tugging truths, and tangible chemistry that builds throughout the story. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, which has come in handy in resolving the messy lives of the fictional people in her head.

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About Marni Mann

Bestselling author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Marni was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotions. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida, with her husband and their two dogs, who have been characters in her books. When she’s not nose deep in her laptop, working on her next novel, she’s scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling, or devouring fabulous books.

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About Lynda Aicher

I love to read. It’s a simple fact that has been true since I discovered the worlds of Judy Blume at the age of ten. After years of weekly travel as a consultant implementing computer software into global companies, I ended my nomadic lifestyle to raise my two children. Now, my imagination is my only limitation on where I can go and my writing lets me escape from the daily duties of being a mom, wife, chauffeur, scheduler, cook, teacher, cleaner, and mediator.

If writing wasn’t a priority, it would never get done.

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