Review – Inhale, Exhale (Hollow Ridge #1) by C.L. Matthews

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Inhale, Exhale by C.L. Matthews
Series: Hollow Ridge #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 13, 2019
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Synopsis

“I do.”
Two words woven in love.
In sickness and in health.
For better or for worse.
Til death do us part.
And death dragged us apart.
We both said these vows.
But neither of us kept them.
This is not one of those happy stories.
Life isn’t made of simple choices and happily ever afters.
It’s a dark place.
It’s not easy.
It’s full of mistakes and lessons.
It hurts.
And in the end, those two words said in love, are the same ones said in hate.
“You want a divorce?”
“I do.”

Review

Words could never perfectly describe the abundance of emotions that took complete control over my body, mind, and soul while inhaling (pun totally intended) this breathtakingly captivating and heart shattering story. It’s been days since I have had the ability to read anything else and I am still attempting to catch my breath because this story totally sucked the life right out of me. I think this author might have just ruined me for all other books (okay so we all know that’s not completely true because I could never give up books, but let’s just say this story will ALWAYS hold a special place deep inside my heart). C.L. Matthews brilliantly constructed a unique tale so unlike anything I have ever read before…and probably unlike anything I will ever be fortunate enough to read again for as long as I live. This story gave me all the feels and it’s nearly impossible to accurately comprehend everything I experienced and the pain my heartstrings are enduring right now.

Inhale, Exhale shows the true side of human nature…the dark side we all try to hide because we don’t want others to see and judge. The author’s words were poetic and the storyline gripped my heart. These characters are beautifully flawed and you see that intertwined throughout the pages of this story. You will never be the same after reading this story and I cannot wait for you all to dive in!!!

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About C.L. Matthews

C.L. Matthews resides in Utah, the state with the best snow on earth. She is not a fan of the snow but loves her state just the same. She is known for her swag business and creative pieces. C.L. Matthews is a swag maker, book nerd, and new author, it isn’t an easy task but she wants to succeed in many things. Her hobbies consist of crafting, drinking coffee until she can’t consume any more, and reading until she falls asleep with books in her lap. C.L. Matthews is married to her childhood best friend, she got her happily ever after.

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Review – Truly Mine: Mason & Sophie #1 (The Roommate Duet #3) by Kennedy Fox

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Truly Mine: Mason & Sophie #1 by Kennedy Fox
Series: The Roommate Duet #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 13, 2019
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Synopsis

The night we met in the dimly lit bar, she looked like a brunette bombshell, and I wanted to learn her deepest secrets. With sun-kissed skin and soulful bedroom eyes, she was pure temptation, and I was mesmerized.

As one drink led to two, I craved more of her playful banter and taunting lips. Resisting her wasn’t an option, and we quickly became a desperate mess of tangled limbs and hot kisses. She tasted like the sweetest sin, but I was no saint.

Once we caught our breaths, and it became obvious that meeting her wasn’t a coincidence, everything changed. Now I must deny her at all costs.

Friends. It’s all we can ever be.

After years of lying to myself and keeping her at a distance, I want to pull her close. Sophie’s on my mind more than ever as my instincts to protect her take over. Regardless of my attempts to help, she pushes me away and makes it clear she doesn’t need me.

I’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe, to show her I’m the good guy, but one night takes a tragic turn for the worse when her boyfriend and I start throwing punches.

And ends when I’m arrested for his murder.

Review

This dynamic duo has once again ruined me with this perfectly crafted slow burn and angsty romance that was filled with suspense and drama around every corner! Truly Mine introduces us to the complicated love story that is slowly and painfully unfolding between Mason and Sophie…and let’s just say that it really brings on ALL THE FEELS!

Although we previously met them in Hunter and Lennon’s Duet (Baby Mine & Baby Yours), this story helps to fill in some of the missing pieces, like their first encounter, which was so FREAKING hot! The chemistry between these two set my heart on FIRE and their banter sent butterflies all throughout my body. Having the chance to get their backstory really opened my eyes and had me falling head over heels in love with this couple. Throughout the first book in their duet, they are struggling to push their feelings aside and holy moly the amount of twists and turns had me on the edge of my seat time and time again.

This surprising cliffhanger ending has me counting down the days and eagerly anticipating getting my hands on, Truly Yours! I cannot freaking wait until we can see all that Mason and Sophie’s story has to offer!

AURORA

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About Kennedy Fox

Brooke Cumberland and Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up under the USA Today pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of Hallmark movies & overpriced coffee. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate under a pseudonym and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make you blush and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, quirky, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you! They’re looking forward to bringing you many more stories to fall in love with!

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Review – The Secret (North Woods University #3) by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman

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The Secret by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman
Series: North Woods University #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 9, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

He’s the popular jock everyone loves. Funny, gorgeous, with a flock of girls to choose from.

While I’m the girl no one notices. Bullied. Antisocial. I have no friends and I like it that way.

Until he walks into my life.

We shouldn’t be friends.

We definitely shouldn’t be roommates.

That doesn’t stop him though.

When friendship blooms into something more I’m not sure if I should hold on or let go.

I’m hiding things, secrets so dark, and deep….

If he ever discovers them I’m certain he won’t want me anymore.

But as I fall harder and harder for him I start to wonder if maybe I judged him too soon.

The popular jock and the girl that none notices, this can’t possibly end with a happily ever after it, can it?

*This is book three in the North Woods University Series. It can be read as a complete standalone and contains NO cliffhanger, NO cheating, and a HEA. Please be advised this series contains sensitive material not suitable to all readers. This is NOT a YA series.**

Review

The Secret by J.L. Beck and C. Hallman was a beautifully captivating and emotional love story that shows that there is always light beyond the darkness, you just sometimes need the right person to help lead the way. This incredible writing duo took me on a journey full of emotions that left me completely surprised by each new unexpected twist and turn that they threw our way.

The Bet was good, The Dare was amazing, but The Secret was absolutely phenomenal and hands down my favorite book from the North Woods Series to date. Ever since meeting Clark in the first book I have been eagerly anticipating his story and let me just tell you all that these two totally delivered! Clark and Emerson’s story is a heartwarming friends-to-lovers romance that wholeheartedly captivated my heart and had me swooning from beginning to end. Their story took my breath away and had me falling head over heels in love with this unlikely pair. Although complete opposites, these two couldn’t have been more perfectly matched for one another. Their love proves that there is someone out there for every one of us, we just have to be willing to fall when the time comes! These two beautiful souls helped heal each other and I can’t stop thinking about them and their story!

I strongly recommend checking out this book, even if you haven’t read the first two books in this series because they can be read and enjoyed as standalones! I also cannot freaking wait for The Vow because I NEED Sebastian’s story like RIGHT NOW!!!

AURORA

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About J.L. Beck & About C. Hallman

J.L. Beck & C. Hallman are two ladies with a love for coffee, books, and the bad boys who live inside them. 

They’re a dynamic duo who love writing all genres of romance, from erotica, to suspense. To date they’ve written ten books together and don’t plan to stop any time soon. 

When they aren’t writing you can find them making jokes, discussing their next book, arguing over cover photos, and of course drinking more coffee. 

They’re humble, and truly blessed to have found such amazing readers.

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Review – Severance by N.N. Britt

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Severance by N.N. Britt
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 25, 2019
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Synopsis

They say first love doesn’t last. Alana’s ends on the night her boyfriend Dakota dies in a deadly shooting at a Portland club.

In an attempt to look for ways to deal with her grief, Alana reaches out to Dakota’s older brother Mikah, who’s struggling with moving on himself.

Both damaged beyond repair, neither Alana or Mikah know how to cope with their loss. What’s worse, they have zero idea how to handle the unexpected feelings they start developing for each other.

Review

Severance by N.N. Britt is a breathtakingly emotional and intense story that will wholeheartedly captivate your heart right from the first page and hold it captive until you reach the very end. This is the author’s second book and I am absolutely blown away by how much her writing has grown from her first book. She has totally outdone herself and this story had me experiencing so many emotions that my heart couldn’t keep up!

Alana and Mikah are two lost and damaged souls who are learning how to cope with their loss. Their story was full of angsty moments with that slow burn kind of romance that sets your heart on fire! These two share a raw and passionate kind of love that will have you holding on tight as you ride their emotionally rollercoaster. The author’s epic storytelling ability pulls the reader right in and makes you fall head over heels in love with every moment of their beautifully flawed love story.

This story will leave you an emotional mess on the ground, but don’t fret because N.N. Britt will be sure to pick up the pieces slowly as you devour this incredible story!

AURORA

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About N.N. Britt

N.N. Britt is a Los Angeles-based music journalist and photographer whose articles appeared in numerous publications. Her photos have graced t-shirts, billboards, and CD covers. When she is not writing or drinking coffee, she is probably reading or attending a heavy metal show.

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Review – The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart

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The Guy on the Right by Kate Stewart
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Dramedy
Release Date: July 25, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Strike One-My mother named me Theodore after her favorite chipmunk.

Not cool, Mom.

I‘ve spent most of my life answering to Teddy, because I couldn’t make Theo work.

Except for here. College. The place where all bets are off, and I’ve managed to redeem myself.

There’s only one problem, my new roommate, Troy, is football royalty and looks like he stepped off the set of an Abercrombie shoot.

Doesn’t matter, I cook a mean breakfast for his panty parade, and we get along well.
And anyway, this year I got the girl. And she’s perfect.

That’s right. Theodore Houseman, former band geek, now marching band rock star has finally landed the girl of his dreams.

Everything is perfect.

That is, until Troy takes a good look at her.

I’m not going down without a fight. As a matter of fact, I’m not going down at all. As glorious as these days may be for my all-star roommate, Laney is my end game.

I may not know much about play strategy, but I’ve been the good guy my whole life. I’ve been listening and I know exactly what women want. Framed in a picture standing next to me, Troy may seem like Mr. Perfect, but he’s underestimating the guy on the right.

Spoiler alert: In this story, the underdog is going to win.

Review

Seriously Kate Stewart has just written the BEST underdog story of all time and now I want my very own Theo! The Guy on the Right is a cute and hilarious friends to lovers romantic comedy that had me rolling on the floor laughing my ass off as I devoured this addictively captivating story. Theo and Laney were a hoot and I couldn’t get enough of these two because even though they were complete opposites, they also seemed to be a PERFECT match. This story had my heart swooning with that slow burn romance kind of feeling that shows us all that sometimes the underdog does finish first, even if it takes a little more time!

Kate Stewart has done it again and I can’t even being to tell you all how freaking amazing every moment of this reading experience was. Theo and Laney’s story is a must read romance that is perfect for your summer reading list!

AURORA

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About Kate Stewart

A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it’s what she loves as a reader. Kate is a lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

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Review – Drummer Girl by Ginger Scott

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Drummer Girl by Ginger Scott
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 30, 2019
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Synopsis

Arizona Wakefield was a beat without a melody. Living a half-breathing life in a half-finished neighborhood with parents who always wore half-hearted smiles, the high school senior only had one thing that let her color outside her family’s perfectly drawn lines—her drums.

Jesse Barringer was a song without a chorus. The son of a washed-up rock star who’s also one hell of a deadbeat dad, he was given two things from his father—musical genius and a genetic link to the bipolar disorder that drives him mad.

One night in a garage at the end of a cul-de-sac in the middle of a bankrupt California neighborhood, Jesse’s melody found Arizona’s rhythm. An angry boy with storm-colored eyes found a blonde angel in Doc Martens with missing lines in her own story. Where her rhythm stopped, his words took over, and together, they wrote one hell of a story.

Drummer Girl is a mature YA/New Adult romance that touches on mental health, drug abuse and includes mature sexual situations.

Review

Drummer Girl by Ginger Scott was a phenomenally captivating mature young adult romance that pulled me right in from the beginning and held on tight as I devoured this page turner! The author’s storytelling ability and character development wholeheartedly invested in every moment of this story. The teenage feelings bled from the pages and the raw emotions that these characters share throughout had me falling completely in love with every moment of Arizona Wakefield and Jesse Barringer’s journey. Just when I thought I had things all figured out, the author throws in some unexpected situations that had me deeply captivated!

Seriously this story is a MUST read and I hope you all fall in love with every part of this story like I did! Ginger Scott is definitely becoming one of my go-to authors and I know I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

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About Ginger Scott

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, and A Boy Like You.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Review – The Truth About Tomorrow by B. Celeste

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The Truth About Tomorrow by B. Celeste
Genres: Age Gap, Forbidden
Release Date: August 2, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Age is just a number.

Just like he’s just a boy and I’m just a girl.

Except that’s not true, is it?

Because fifteen may be a number, but it’s bigger than that. Bigger than us.

It’s a number that separates us.

An excuse that keeps us apart.

But I’m not willing to give in until I get what I want.

After all, how many other girls can bring a grown man to his knees with one little smile?

Review

The Truth About Tomorrow is a breathtakingly emotional journey that has wholeheartedly captivate my body, mind, and soul. My heart has been obliterated and my soul forever destroyed by this gut-wrenching tale that has managed to leave me completely raw and exposed to the emotions that I never expected to experience. Right now there is an aching pain so deep inside my chest that leaves me beyond breathless every moment I think back to Charlie and Ollie’s epic and insanely forbidden love story. These two beautifully flawed souls have restored faith in me that there is one true love out there for everyone, even if you have to fight long and hard for the one you love.

My girl B. Celeste warned me that this story was going to leave me an emotional mess and I didn’t listen, which meant that I certainly wasn’t prepared to be brutally punched in the chest and thrown head first down a flight of stairs…figuratively speaking of course. That painful ache coursing through my veins only helped to heighten the intensity of this phenomenally captivating story and the angst set my heart on fire.

I am so freaking proud of B. Celeste for taking the leap of faith to write this story that shows just how much she has grown as a writer. Readers make sure to prepare yourself for Charlie and Ollie to take you on the journey of a lifetime. Trust me when I tell you all that this story will leave you all twisted up inside…in the best possible way of course!

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About B. Celeste

B. Celeste is the alter ego of Barbara C. Doyle.

Her obsession with forbidden romance enabled her to pave a path into a new world of love, sex, sin, and angst.

Her debut novel is The Truth about Heartbreak.

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