Review – The Second We Met (Fulton U #2) by Maya Hughes

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The Second We Met by Maya Hughes
Series: Fulton U #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 17, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Dear Jerk Across the Street, sorry for accidentally walking in on you and catching an eyeful of your—equipment. And hard pass on the open invitation to join you in the shower “anytime”, A-hole.

That’s the note I should’ve written. Instead I sent a pleasant and apologetic version.

Had I known Phoenix “Nix” Russo would’ve been the neighbor from hell, I’d have told him right where he could shove my words.

Nix is the big man on campus with everyone lined up at his games to make sure he knows it. Sure, he’s got piercing blue eyes, abs that don’t quit and a smile that could set fire to a set of panties from a hundred yards away, but he’s also the biggest pain in my ass.

Dear Pink-Haired Menace, learn how to take a joke and stop being such a kill-joy…

Elle Masterson called the cops on one of my parties—again. My sweet talking usually gets me out of trouble, but this time it got me into a nice pair of silver handcuffs. Now I’m on a reputation rehab tour with a stop at a spring break community service project.

Guess who’s my new boss?

Now we’re shoulder to shoulder, sweaty, tired and…she’s not anything like I expected. There might just be a heart under that hardass exterior. She’s invading my dreams and I can’t shake the feeling she’s the key to unlocking a piece of me that I’ve hidden away.

It’s only a matter of time until she finds out why I’m really here.

Maybe I can break through her walls and into her heart before that happens…one screw at a time.

Review

WELCOME BACK TO FULTON U!

The Second We Met is the second book in the Fulton U series by Maya Hughes and it was just as INCREDIBLE as the first book, maybe even slightly more. I am a SUCKER for an enemies-to-lovers romance and let’s just say that this story checked off every single one of my boxes when it comes to this trope. If you are a fan of this trope then you need to get your hands on this story, RIGHT NOW!

Nix and Elle’s story was an addictively captivating story that was full of sexy and hilarious moments between these two. Their back and forth banter wholeheartedly captured my heart, but it was their emotional connection that pulled tightly on all of my heartstrings, causing an intense ache deep in my chest. The steamy hot chemistry between them was absolutely EVERYTHING and I totally hope you all agree with me the second you meet them. They definitely have a HATE AT FIRST SIGHT moment as opposed to your typical LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, but that is what makes this story so amazing. You won’t be able to get enough of these two and even before their story comes to an end you will be begging for more.

This story is considered the second book in the Fulton U series and can certainly be enjoyed as a standalone read, although I do recommend reading the first book, The Perfect Firsts since Reece and Seph’s story is so obviously a MUST READ! Now I cannot FREAKING wait for the next book in the series, The Third Best Thing because I am so ready for more Maya Hughes originals! Her character development and storytelling ability is ALWAYS on point and I just know I will love it!

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About Maya Hughes

Maya Hughes can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! 🙂 I’m a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

I’m the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can’t breathe and traveling with my family.

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Review – Mr. Marshall’s Method (Learning to Love #1) by Jessa York

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Mr. Marshall’s Method by Jessa York
Series: Learning to Love #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: October 17, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Evan

Holly is no ordinary student.
She’s wise, mature, confident,
And completely off-limits.

I know the rules, know the drill.
Yet, I can’t stop thinking about her.

About wanting to know her,
Touch her,
Taste her.

And when I do,
It changes everything,
Ruins it all.

Holly

Evan Marshall is more than my teacher.

He’s everything:
Smart, witty, insightful,
And incredibly sexy.

The more I see him,
The more he touches me,
The more I want.

But I know the boundaries,
And they’re blurring by the second.

Review

Jessa York has been teasing her readers with this story for awhile now and I have been eagerly anticipating the chance to get my hands on this one ever since! Let’s just say that the wait was well worth it and I absolutely adored every moment of Holly and Evan’s emotionally captivating story.

Mr. Marshall’s Method is a student/teacher forbidden romance that was certainly not lacking in the HEAT department. The chemistry between Holly Anderson and Evan Marshall set my heart on fire and that intense ache didn’t ease up the entire time I was devouring their story. The author managed to perfectly tell their story, while making you feel everything. Their love was beautiful and the moment these two laid eyes on each other, it was all over. They were destined to be together, even if their situation was complicated…

Readers will be taken on a rollercoaster ride full of twists and turns that will leave you second guessing everything. If you are a fan of forbidden romance, you won’t regret picking up this story! Jessa York did a phenomenal job with her storytelling ability and character development with this one and I can’t wait to see what the next book, Professor Richter’s Rules, has to hold!

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About Jessa York

Jessa York writes Contemporary romance that will make you swoon and sighhhh.

Jessa lives in a very non-descript, unassuming town filled with the best kind of people. Most days, she can be found in the stands of various soccer fields, cheering her on Youngest, or discussing books with her Oldest (who is an English Honors student).

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Review – Sticks & Stones by Santana Blair

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Sticks & Stones by Santana Blair
Genres: Contemporary, Mature Young Adult
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

She thinks he’s looking for a come up.
He just thinks she’s stuck up.

Both Darcie and Elijah step foot onto the campus of Pembrook Academy with one thing on their minds… getting out. Darcie wants nothing more than to finish high school and know that her spot in the Ivy Leagues is secured and waiting for her.

And Elijah?
Well, Elijah just wants out.

It was never his idea to go to Pembrook in the first place and now he’s stuck spending his senior year with a bunch of kids he has absolutely nothing in common with. Then, she came along. From the moment he meets Darcie Fitzgerald, he knows she is going to drive him absolutely crazy. But nothing could have prepared him for how amazing crazy would feel.

Darcie has ninety-nine problems and Elijah Benitez is now her biggest one. He seemed to coast into her life from out of nowhere, and she has neither the time nor the patience to deal with him. But every time she tries to put a little distance between them, life shoves them closer together and Darcie finds herself in a situation far more complicated than she could have ever expected.

They’re both about to learn a few things starting with lesson #1:
Not Everything Is As it Seems

Review

Sticks & Stones by Santana Blair is a beautifully written modern day Pride & Prejudice retelling that will wholeheartedly captivate your heart right from the very beginning. This retelling was unlike anything I have ever read and I quickly found myself falling even more in love with the author’s writing. The author’s storytelling ability and character development was absolutely phenomenal and I couldn’t put this story down.

Eli and Darcie are from opposite sides of the tracks, and yet they soon discover that they aren’t as different as looks may appear. Their undeniable chemistry completely warmed my heart, body, and soul. Although this story is considered mature young adult, I can tell you that people of all ages will love it. This story wasn’t just about friendship and love, it was so much deep than that. It was absolutely everything I wanted and also so much more than I could have ever asked for!

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About Santana Blair

Santana Blair has always been a storyteller. Even at an early age, she would spend hours losing herself in world building and creating stories to ensure even her Barbie dolls had the most enthralling lives. Ask any of her childhood friends and they’ll tell you it wasn’t uncommon for her to spend her days creating origin stories and legacies for all of their play sessions.

All of her imagination was fueled and/or enhanced by her lifelong love of books and writing.

Now, she’s all grown up and using the same passion for storytelling to create worlds of words.

She’s always been a sucker for a good love story in any form, so when she’s not reading or writing you could probably find her curled up with her favorite blanket and a good movie on a screen.

Her idea of a good time includes long walks through bookstores & stationery aisles.

Santana Blair lives in Connecticut with her husband and three kids, where she’s always brewing up a big cup of tea and her next story.

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Review – Dreams of 18 by Saffron A. Kent

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Dreams of 18 by Saffron A. Kent
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 10, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

“You don’t go around kissing your best friend’s dad, do you? Even though that’s all you ever dream about.”

Violet Moore is in love with a man who hates her.

Well, to be fair, she kinda deserves it.

On her eighteenth birthday, she got drunk and threw herself at him, causing the biggest scandal of their sleepy suburban town.

Now, everyone thinks she’s a slut and he has disappeared. Rumor has it that he’s been living up in the mountains of Colorado, all alone and in isolation.

But Violet is going to make it right.

She’s going to find him and bring him back.

No matter how cruel and mean he is. Or how much he hurts her with his cold-hearted and abrasive ways, she won’t give up.

And neither will she think about his tempting lips or his sculpted muscles or his strong hands. The hands that she wants on her body, touching her, feeling her skin…

The hands that make her want to forget everything and kiss Graham Edwards – Mr. Edwards, actually — again.

Because you don’t go around kissing your best friend’s dad, do you?

Even though that’s all you ever dream about.

Review

Dreams of 18 was exactly the story I have been craving for what seems like FOREVER and Saffron A. Kent definitely delivered above and beyond at the perfect time. She is ALWAYS my go to author when I want to escape reality for a few hours and she speaks to my forbidden romance and taboo lover soul. Ever since meeting Violet in Medicine Man I have be eagerly anticipating her story and it was not only EVERYTHING I wanted, but also so much more than I could have ever imagined.

Violet Moore and Graham Edwards wholeheartedly own my heart, body and mind. They have an undeniable connection, although Mr. Edwards sure seems determined to ignore that simple fact. Their love story was full of some many angsty moments and let’s just say I FREAKING love every one of those moments. The intensity these two shared was overwhelming at times and my heart felt like it was beating right out of my chest at times. Their story was breathtakingly beautiful and I devoured every word within a few short hours (it was impossible to put down).

This was one of my favorite books from Saffron A. Kent and with each new release I found new reasons to fall in love with her writing! She is a phenomenally talented author and I cannot freaking wait to see what she comes up with next because I know she will ALWAYS satisfy my taboo heart!

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About Saffron A. Kent

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 Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

She lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband, and a million and one books.

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Review – Between Now and Forever (Forever Trilogy #1) by Dylan Allen

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Between Now and Forever by Dylan Allen
Series: Forever Trilogy #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 6, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

He was searching for the truth.
I was living a lie.

Our paths should never have crossed.
Yet, when we kissed it felt like destiny.

Falling in love was messy
We broke rules we should have followed.
We made promises we couldn’t keep.

Forever felt impossible.
Heartbreak was inevitable.
Always would cost us everything.

Review 

Between Now and Forever is the first book in Dylan Allen’s emotionally heart-wrenching Forever Trilogy and oh my FREAKING goodness what a whirlwind of emotions this story had me experiencing…and it’s only the beginning. I have no doubt that Elizabeth “Beth” and Carter’s epic love story is in for an insanely bumpy ride full of unexpected twists and turns that will have your heart beating right out of your chest. I know mine is beating in overdrive right this very moment and I am eagerly anticipating the next book already!

Beth and Carter are two beautifully broken souls. Dylan Allen definitely wasn’t lying when she said, “This is not a fairytale. This is a love story.”. Love is hard, that’s just reality, but it’s worth it for the chance to be with the one you love. The angst from these two set my heart on fire and that cliffhanger ending had me on the edge of my seat. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book and let’s just say that I am SO READY! Seriously, these two are going to shatter my heart into a million tiny pieces and I can only anticipate the thrill of them putting it back together again!

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About Dylan Allen

Dylan Allen is a Texas girl with a serious case of wanderlust.

A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters chase their own happy endings.

When she isn’t writing or reading, eating or cooking, she and her family are planning their next adventure.

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Review – The Vow (North Woods University #4) by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman

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The Vow by J.L. Beck & C. Hallman
Series: North Woods University #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 4, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

“We’re a match made in heaven but forbidden as sin.”

After tragedy struck, I vowed never to fall in love again.

For the last ten years, I kept that promise, never staying with a woman longer than it took to screw them.

Then she walked in…

Back then she was nothing but a little girl, but now she’s all grown up, with curves, and a smile that reminds me of everything I’ve spent the last ten years trying to forget.

My attraction to her is instant, and wrong, on so many levels. I’ll do anything I can, even make her hate me if I have too, to stop it.

She’s here to study, and I’m the newly appointed Dean.

I shouldn’t be tempted by a student, especially one who’s ten years younger than me.

And I definitely shouldn’t be developing feelings for her.

But I am…

Because as badly as I don’t want to admit it Lily might just be the one person to make me fall in love again.

That is if I can let go of the hold her dead sister’s memory has on my heart first.

**This is book four 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 material not suitable for all readers. This is NOT a YA series.**

Review

The Vow is a sexy and forbidden student/teacher(aka Dean) romance that spoke to the taboo lover deep in my soul. This dynamite duo took me on a rollercoaster ride full of feels that had my heart completely swooning in overdrive. The authors beautifully captivating storytelling ability wholeheartedly captivated every part of me and I absolutely adored every moment of Sebastian and Lily’s story. If you have read the other books in the North Woods University series, then you have probably been eagerly waiting for Sebastian’s story like me. I mean come on, who wouldn’t want his story?! I know I FREAKING did…that is FOR SURE!

Sebastian Miller just landed his dream job as the newly appointed Dean of North Woods University and things are going well until a blast from his past arrives suddenly out of nowhere. Lily Kline is the reminder of all that he has lost and she is the LAST person he should want, but he does. Their love is beyond forbidden and with so many obstacles standing in their way things are about to get tricky. Their story will take you on a ride full of twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end!

Sebastian and Lily’s story was hands down my favorite in the series (although it can certainly be read as a standalone)! There was so much to love and if you are a fan of this trope then you will LOVE their story too!

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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 – Team Player 2

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Team Player 2: A Sports Anthology
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 23, 2019
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Our love of hot jocks is never-ending.

Muscular football players. Passionate tennis pros. Sexy soccer stars. All sorts of alpha hotties, on the field and off.

Have no fear! The team is back again, and this time…it’s thicker. You’ll get your sports romance fix with brand-new stories from eleven bestselling authors.

Need one last summer fix? Dive into this anthology.

*This anthology contains original, never-before-seen stories from Ella Fox, Mandi Beck, Teagan Hunter, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Sara Ney, Rochelle Paige, Meghan Quinn, Charleigh Rose, Kennedy Ryan, Emma Scott, and Kate Stewart. 

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Review

Team Player 2 is an anthology collection of 11 new standalone sports romances from a group of phenomenal authors that will have you falling even more in love with their writing. Sports romances are my jam and every single story in this collection filled my heart with joy. When they said it was THICKER than ever before…they certainly weren’t joking. The amazing thing about this anthology is that you can discover new authors and revisit some of your favorites as well. Read one book or read them all, trust me you won’t regret a second of the journey. Get ready for the sweet romance and angsty moments all throughout!

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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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About Mandi Beck

Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A wife, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met even though her favorite hockey player calls her…mom.

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About Rochelle Paige

I absolutely adore reading—always have and always will.  When I was growing up, my friends used to tease me when I would trail after them, trying to read and walk at the same time.  If I have downtime, odds are you will find me reading or writing.

I am the mother of two wonderful sons who have inspired me to chase my dream of being an author.  I want them to learn from me that you can live your dream as long as you are willing to work for it.

When I told my mom that my new year’s resolution was to self-publish a book in 2013, she pretty much told me, “About time!”

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About Charleigh Rose

Charleigh Rose lives in Narnia with her husband and two young children. She’s hopelessly devoted to unconventional love and pizza. When she isn’t reading or mom-ing, she’s writing moody, broody, swoony romance.

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About Kennedy Ryan

A RITA® Award Winner and Top 25 Amazon Bestseller, Kennedy Ryan writes for women from all walks of life, empowering them and placing them firmly at the center of each story and in charge of their own destinies. Her heroes respect, cherish and lose their minds for the women who capture their hearts.

She is a wife to her lifetime lover and mother to an extraordinary son. She has always leveraged her journalism background to write for charity and non-profit organizations, but enjoys writing to raise Autism awareness most. A contributor for Modern Mom Magazine, Kennedy’s writings have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, USA Today and many others. The founder and executive director of a foundation serving Atlanta families living with Autism, she has appeared on Headline News, Montel Williams, NPR and other media outlets as an advocate for families living with autism.

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About Ella Fox

USA Today Bestselling Author Ella Fox has learned a bunch of stuff along the way but the most important of all those things is that anything is possible when you try. In 2012 she took a big leap of faith and published her first book, Broken Hart. Since then she’s written fifteen more full-length books and several novellas– and every one is a reminder that you can live your dream as long as you work for it.

Ella’s favorite things are music, movies, traveling, The Foo Fighters and, of course, reading. This isn’t a surprise considering the fact that her mom is USA Today Bestselling Author Suzanne Halliday.

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About Sara Ney

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

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About Teagan Hunter

I’m a Missouri-raised gal, but currently live in North Carolina with my US Marine husband and 8-year-old Miniature Pinscher. I spend my days begging him for a cat, and I survive off coffee, pizza, and sarcasm. When I’m not writing, you can find me binge-watching various TV shows, especially Supernatural and One Tree Hill. I like cold weather, buy more paperbacks than I’ll ever read, and I never say no to brownies.

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About Emma Scott

Emma Scott is a bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels.

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About Meghan Quinn

USA Today Bestselling Author, wife, adoptive mother, and peanut butter lover. Author of romantic comedies and contemporary romance, Meghan Quinn brings readers the perfect combination of heart, humor, and heat in every book.

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About Ilsa Madden-Mills

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today best-selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills is best known for her contemporary romances ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

A former high school English teacher, she adores all things Pride and Prejudice, and of course, Mr. Darcy is her ultimate hero.

She’s addicted to frothy coffee beverages, cheesy magnets, and any book featuring unicorns and sword-wielding females. Feel free to stalk her online.

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