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The good part of yesterday: starting Hooked on You by Kate Meader. The bad part: being a grown up and replacing one of our a/c units. The reading part was much better, lol! This is the third book in the Chicago Rebels series. I adored the first two books and I'm loving Violet and Bren's story!⠀
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Releases 5/7 - Kindle: http://amzn.to/2FgAil4⠀
Paperback releases 5/29 - https://amzn.to/2r2L9Z7 ⠀
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The steamy Chicago Rebels series returns with this racy and sassy tale of embittered hearts, second chances, and going for the goal—on and off the ice.⠀
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Violet Vasquez never met her biological father, so learning he left his beloved hockey franchise—the Chicago Rebels—to her is, well, unexpected. Flat broke and close to homeless, Violet is determined to make the most of this sudden opportunity. Except dear old dad set conditions that require she takes part in actually running the team with the half-sisters she barely knows. Working with these two strangers and overseeing a band of hockey-playing lugs is not on her agenda…until she lays eyes on the Rebels captain and knows she has to have him.⠀
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Bren St. James has been labeled a lot of things: the Puck Prince, Lord of the Ice, Hell’s Highlander...but it’s the latest tag that’s making headlines: washed-up alcoholic has-been. This season, getting his life back on track and winning the Cup are his only goals. With no time for relationships—except the fractured ones he needs to rebuild with his beautiful daughters—he’s finding it increasingly hard to ignore sexy, all-up-in-his-beard Violet Vasquez. And when he finds himself in need of a nanny just as the playoffs are starting, he’s faced with a temptation he could so easily get hooked on.⠀
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For two lost souls, there’s more on the line than just making the best of a bad situation… there might also be a shot at the biggest prize of all: love. ⠀
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#hookedonyou #chicagorebels #bookstagram #booklove #booknerd #bookish #reader #romance #contemporaryromance #sportsromance #currentlyreading #amreading #blogger #ilovebooks  #igbooks #booksofinstagram #bookblogger #bibliophile #bookstagrammer
Howdy all! I'm kicking off the weekend with a fun GIVEAWAY on my blog. Up for grabs is a paperback ARC of Second Chance Cowboy by A. J. Pine…. because we all need a hot cowboy in our life. Link to blog in bio or go here → http://bit.ly/2JbkQYk⠀
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Once a cowboy, always a cowboy⠀
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Ten years ago, Jack Everett left his family's ranch without a backward glance. Now, what was supposed to be a quick trip home for his father's funeral has suddenly become more complicated. The ranch Jack can handle---he might be a lawyer, but he still remembers how to work with his hands. But turning around the failing vineyard he's also inherited? That requires working with the one woman he never expected to see again.⠀
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Ava Ellis broke her own heart the night she let Jack go. She was young and scared---and secretly pregnant with Jack's baby. Now that he's back and asking for her help, Ava sees her opportunity to right the wrongs of the past. But how will he feel about the son he's never known? Could this be their second chance---or their final heartbreak?⠀
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Don't miss this second chance love story, the first book in an all-new cowboy romance series by A.J. Pine!⠀
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#cowboyromance #contemporary #romance #paperback #readforever #secondchanceromance #bookblogger #ireadromance #foreverromance #bookstagram #booklover
Here's to trying new things! Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez and a Homemade Spicy Tuna Roll Bowl. A big thank you goes out to @dtr_downtoread for gifting me the copy after winning one of her awesome giveaways (if you haven't checked out her fun Insta feed, you totally should!). And thanks to Pinterest for being my favorite way to find new recipes, lol! ⠀
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Recipe → https://showmetheyummy.com/spicy-tuna-roll-bowl-recipe/⠀
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About the book:⠀
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Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to? ⠀
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I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine. I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice. ⠀
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You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one. ⠀
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They both happened anyway. ⠀
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Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life. ⠀
Fighting for my career. ⠀
Fighting the impending silence. ⠀
Fighting for her. ⠀
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Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her. ⠀
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I think that's the sound I'll miss the most. ⠀
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Each book in this series can be read as a standalone. ⠀
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#bookblogger #amreading #currentlyreading #bookstagram #lunchtime #homeadespiceytunabowl #newtomeauthor #fightingsilence #alymartinez #ontheropesseries #romance #standalone
Embracing Her Heart by Melissa Foster is in the house! Fall in love in the rustic small town of Oak Falls with Grace and Reed as they try for a second chance at their first love! ♥ Read the first chapter → http://melissafoster.com/embracing-heart-sneak-peek/⠀
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Embracing Her Heart is LIVE!⠀
Kindle → https://amzn.to/2HDtm2L⠀
Paperback → https://amzn.to/2H2yzDX⠀
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Welcome to Oak Falls, Virginia, home to horse farms, midnight rodeos, bookstores, coffee shops, and quaint restaurants where you’re greeted like family and treated like treasured guests. ⠀
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In EMBRACING HER HEART…⠀
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Leaving New York City and returning to her hometown to teach a screenplay writing class seems like just the break Grace Montgomery needs. Until her sisters wake her at four thirty in the morning to watch the hottest guys in town train wild horses and she realizes that escaping her sisters’ drama-filled lives was a lot easier from hundreds of miles away. To make matters worse, she spots the one man she never wanted to see again—ruggedly handsome Reed Cross.⠀
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Reed was one of Michigan’s leading historical preservation experts, but on the heels of catching his girlfriend in bed with his business partner, his uncle suffers a heart attack. Reed cuts all ties and returns home to Oak Falls to run his uncle’s business. A chance encounter with Grace, his first love, brings back memories he’s spent years trying to escape.⠀
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Grace is bound and determined not to fall under Reed’s spell again—and Reed wants more than another taste of the woman he’s never forgotten. When a midnight party brings them together, passion ignites and old wounds are opened. Grace sets down the ground rules for the next three weeks. No touching, no kissing, and if she has it her way, no breathing, because every breath he takes steals her ability to think. But Reed has other ideas…⠀
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#bookish #bookstagram #newrelease #melissafoster #booklove #romance #paperback #coverlove
Happy release day to Chaser! This was brilliant! Kylie Scott rocks the male POV! I thought Eric had the best voice, I couldn’t get enough! Page after page I was smiling and feeling emotional all rolled into one. This was so sweet, funny, and charming. I can't begin to say enough good things. My absolute favorite in the series! 5 stars! Full review on blog → http://bit.ly/2HFteQi (link in bio)⠀
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Love isn’t always NEAT…⠀
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Bartender and all round bad boy, Eric Collins, has come to a crossroads. It’s time to take life seriously and maybe even attempt to settle down. If only the person he was hoping to settle down with didn’t turn out to be pregnant.⠀
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Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labor during a snowstorm and her car slides on some ice, however, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.⠀
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There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?⠀
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#newrelease #contemporary #romance #chaser #divebarseries #bookblogger #kindle #bookstagram #bookblogger #booklove #favoriteread #5stars #releaseday #kyliescott #igbooks #reader⠀
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📚 I've assumed the position and I'm kicking off the week with At the Stroke of Midnight by Tara Sivec because I needed some funny in my life. 🤣 Fun fact: it's my first time reading Tara Sivec but I've heard great things so I'm excited! ⠀
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Kindle → https://amzn.to/2viARcX⠀
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Meet the Naughty Princess Club: a brand new series from USA Today bestselling author Tara Sivec that introduces readers to Fairytale Lane and the hilarity—and romance—that ensue when three women start a new business to make it rain.⠀
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Once upon a time Cynthia was the perfect housewife. Between being the President of the PTA and keeping her home spotless without a hair (or her pearls) out of place, her life was a dream come true. Her husband was once her knight in shining armor, but now he’s run off with all their money…and the babysitter.⠀
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Dressed as a princess at the annual Halloween block party on Fairytale Lane, she meets two other “princesses” also facing money troubles: antique store owner Ariel and librarian Isabelle. When the women are invited to wear their costumes to a party where they’re mistaken for strippers, Cindy, Ariel, and Belle realize that a career change could be the best way to make their money problems go bippity-boppity-boo.⠀
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But can structured Cindy approach a stripper pole without sanitizing wipes? And could the blue-eyed anti-prince that has been crossing her path become Cindy’s happily ever after? At the Stroke of Midnight is a hilarious, empowering story where princesses can save themselves while slaying in stilettos.⠀
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#amreading #currentlyreading ##romcom #romance #contemporaryromance #smpromance #tarasivec #bookblogger #reading #bookstagram #happymonday #reader⠀
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My babies have arrived!!! With Kristen Ashley updating the covers for her Rock Chick series I decided I had to own the originals. I do like the new ones but there is something extra special about first editions. I've got mad love for this series. Amazing stories filled with the crazy and sweet Rock Chicks, the Hot Bunch, and some of the most amazing secondary characters ever. *pets the covers* Now to make room on my shelf! Happy Monday indeed!⠀
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#rockchick #rockon #rockchickseries #kristenashley #paperbacks #recommendedreads #paperbacks #contemporary #romance #romcom #bookblogger #blogger #favoritereads #bookstagram #ilovebooks #ireadromance
🔥 Holy hot Batman! I started this bad boy this afternoon and I’m loving it!!! Ruthless by Gina L. Maxwell is currently on sale for 99 cents too, I grabbed it yesterday. What’s everyone reading this weekend? 😊 .
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People call me Ruthless for a reason. 
Whether in the court room or the bedroom, my reputation is well-earned. I’m either working hard, working out, or working my way into some woman's panties. Problem is, none of them share my particular kink, and I end up walking away unsatisfied. 
Until I meet her. 
She’s a friend of a friend, which makes her off-limits until temptation takes me by the balls and I’m taking her up against a wall. She literally f*cks my world off its axis, but I can’t let it happen again. 
My plan of avoiding her got blown to shit when my firm hired her as a new junior attorney. Now I’m her boss, and I have to act like I don’t want to bend her over my desk every five minutes. 
But I’ve never held myself back from anything before, so consequences be damned. It’s time to take what we both want and show her just how damn good feels...to be ruthless. .
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#currentlyreading #amreading #weekendread #blogger #bookblogger #bookstagram #hotread #ruthless #playboysinloveseries #dogphotobomb
My collection is complete! Yesterday while running errands at Target I picked up With This man by Jodi Ellen Malpas. I was kind of on the fence about wanting to read it when it was first announced but after seeing so many good reviews, I decided I was missing out and had to read it. I loved the first three so it came home with me. :-)⠀
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Jesse Ward is back in the newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling This Man series!⠀
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Life is good for Jesse "The Lord" Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he's in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. He's in full control, just how he likes it.⠀
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But Jesse's perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands Ava in the hospital with a life-threatening head injury. Devastated and angry, he feels like his entire existence hangs in the balance. He cannot survive without this woman's love. So when she finally comes around, his shaking world begins to level out. But his nightmare doesn't end there. It's only just begun. Because his wife can't remember the last sixteen years of her life. That's all of him. All of their time together. He is a stranger to her.⠀
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Now Jesse must do whatever it takes to find her memories . . . and help her fall madly, passionately in love with him all over again.⠀
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#thismanseries #withthisman #jodiellenmalpas #readforever #bookstagram #booklove #booknerd #bookish #reader #romance #blogger #ilovebooks  #igbooks #booksofinstagram #bookblogger #bibliophile #bookstagrammer
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Book News!

A new standalone Royally Series novel is coming this summer!! ROYALLY YOURS will be released on August 14th!!! This beautiful, breathtaking story has owned me in the best way, and I absolutely can’t wait to share it with you!

Cover & blurb reveal to come!

iBooks Preorder link in the bio.

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Happy Wednesday everyone! I've got a new #BookReview to share today for Golden Trail by Kristen Ashley. This was an excellent story to get lost in! Amazing characters, lots of drama and emotion, and a ton of suspense. Loved it! You can find my full review on my blog → http://bit.ly/2JBbYfv (link to blog in bio)⠀
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#newreview #goldentrail #theburgseries #kristenashley #romanticsuspense #romance #favorite #bookstagram #booklove #reader #blogger #ilovebooks #igbooks #bookblogger
My husband found my original copy of To Kill A Mockingbird this morning and I about lost my mind from happiness! I got this when I was 14 and it is one of my all time favorite classic reads. I reread it every year for about 10 years, about the time it started falling apart. About 5 years ago I couldn’t find it. I thought it was lost and I was pretty devastated by that. I mean, it’s my original. I wanted to keep it forever. Today my awesome husband randomly found it while straightening up our closet. Not even going to lie, I totally cried. So happy to have it back!!! It’s got my teenage girl handwriting in it and I annotated and underlined the heck out of it. I’ve had it for 32 years! Just wanted to share because I know my book loving friends will totally get my happiness. ❤️
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#classicreads #tokillamockingbird #favorite #lostbutfound