BOOK REVIEW: THE CATCH (The Player 2) by K. Bromberg

The Catch

After an unexpected twist of fate, All-Star catcher Easton Wylder is left questioning the loyalty of everyone around him.

Even the woman who shares his bed, Scout Dalton.

But if Easton thought being uprooted to the last place he expected was the only challenge life had to throw at him, he was dead wrong.

With an ailing shoulder and his career in limbo, his decision to make an unexpected change leads him to question everything – Scout’s love, family loyalties, and whether he can conquer the one obstacle he’s never been able to overcome. The secret he’s never shared with anyone.

He may be a man pushed to his limits, but he’s hell-bent on proving his worth no matter the cost.

Melanie’s 5+ Star Review:

unnamedI am left with this ache deep in my bones after finishing The Catch by K. Bromberg. I haven’t had a book hangover in what feels like forever (probably since I finished The Player) and of course, she’s left me not with just any book hang over but a massive and debilitating kind. How do I move on from this?! And the only logical yet exciting solution to that is my desperate need for a re-read. To say that the follow-up and final book in this duet met my every expectation would be a lie because it didn’t just meet it, it blew it right out of the park. It far surpassed what I was so nervously hoping for—It’s the “oh my gawd, don’t let this disappoint!!” The Catch was the ending that Scout Dalton and Easton Wylder so abundantly deserved and one that rabid fans like me prayed for.

As you all graciously remember, K. Bromberg left us in quite a tizzy at the end of The Player. There were so many unanswered questions about Scout and Easton’s future. It was a cliffhanger that literary masochists like myself totally get off on. Not the sort that left me banging my fist out of anger but rather out of childlike anticipation. Oh, trust me, I was alternately stomping one foot after the other desperate for answers as I’m sure many of you were. Well, I am here to tell you… To promise you that after you’ve read The Catch you will be left feeling this sense of cathartic relief which will only emboss the worthiness of having to wait for all of the answers that lay wake to your questions.

In the first book, Easton fought for every ounce when it came to Scout’s fear of love and commitment. He was all in practically from the start after realizing just how much Scout understood him and accepted him for being just Easton Wylder—not THE Easton Wylder the baseball great who breaks records after records. I was putty over him for constantly taking hits after hits from Scout, never relenting in letting her know exactly what she meant to him. Well, in The Catch it is Scout who steps up to plate. She wholly surrenders to her love for Easton and becomes the rock that Easton needs when life takes him for a ride. You guys, 20% into this book and I’d already lost it. My heart beat precariously too fast, my palms embarrassingly clammy, and my thighs so wonderfully quivered. From the start of this book, K. Bromberg opens the floodgates wide open and just lets the good and bad times roll. I couldn’t get enough and I didn’t want to stop. I legit finished this book in less than 5 hours—including my lunch hour, pathetic sneak reads at work, and when I finally got home I practically hung a ‘do not disturb’ sign on my neck.

I loved, loved how much Scout and Easton loved one another. The adoration and the respect just floored me; I just felt it all. I swooned, I “tee-hee’d”, I cried, I gasped, I sighed.  There is no dull moment in the entire length of this book and what I appreciate and commend about the author was her ability to throw down some really serious and heart breaking issues in the story line. Ones that have been festering and ones that catch you off guard without drawling them out to the point of boring or frustrating her readers out of their minds. The angst is there, it makes your heart go WYLD and makes your belly feel like it does when you’re on a downward ride on a rollercoaster but it doesn’t go on and on and on where you’re like, “ugh! Is it over yet?!” She brings that rollercoaster up back, gives resolutions which makes the characters that much more enticing. They’re decisive without being stoic or cold. They feel and work through their emotions without wallowing in self-pity. It’s what makes me fall in love with Scout and Easton and their beautiful connection minute after minute, page after page.

The Catch is beyond entertaining. It is filled with twist and turns that keep you on your toes. The revelations and their repercussions won’t make your eyes roll and make you feel fed up. Instead, they will shock you, give you life, and make you say, “Oh my geeeeerd!!! So good! So, so, so good” over and over and over again because that’s exactly what I found myself doing. There is no lack of intimacy which trust me, will make you squirm in your seat. Best of all, K. Bromberg doesn’t overload the pages with one sex scene after another. They’re done with purpose to of course, excite her readers but also serve as a reminder of the undeniable connection – both emotionally and physically between Scout and Easton. Tasteful yet breathtakingly sensual, a total package in my opinion.

So while I maneuver myself through this massive hangover, I end this review with a clear mind and a full heart. The Catch is a dream book for literary masochist who is also a hopeless romantic. This was utter perfection, no ifs or buts about it.

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New York Times Bestselling author K. Bromberg writes contemporary novels that contain a mixture of sweet, emotional, a whole lot of sexy, and a little bit of real. She likes to write strong heroines, and damaged heroes who we love to hate and hate to love.

A mom of three, she plots her novels in between school runs and soccer practices, more often than not with her laptop in tow.

Since publishing her first book in 2013, K. has sold over one million copies of her books and has landed on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists over twenty-five times.

In April, she’ll release The Player, the first in a two-book sports romance series (The Catch, book 2, will be released late June), with many more already outlined and ready to be written.

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COVER REVEAL: Big Shot by Kim Karr

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Title: Big Shot

Author: Kim Karr

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: July 27, 2017

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BIG SHOT_Amazon To believe one person can change your destiny sounds absurd. But it happened to me… twice.

Ten years ago I had no idea what I wanted out of life, until I met Hannah Michaels. She was a computer-engineering student ready to conquer the social media world, and I was smitten. Even though I knew she was taken, I had to have her.

Being the big shot that I was, I didn’t let her status stand in my way. It wasn’t long before my hands were on her thighs and my name a whisper on her lips. This smart, sexy girl inspired me to greatness, helped me grow into the kind of man I never knew I wanted to be. The man I am today.

Too bad I hadn’t grown fast enough to keep her.

Moving on wasn’t easy, but I knew I had to let her go. Eventually, I found someone to share my days and nights with, and together we had a daughter. My life was nearly perfect until my world turned upside down.

A single father has challenges, and one of those is learning how to calmly deal with your child coming home in tears. I had no idea the day I pounded on my daughter’s classmate’s door, Hannah would be the one standing on the other side.

The wild, burning desire that rushed through my veins was unwanted, and yet impossible to ignore. Letting her in meant so much more this time around. Guilt hit me like a hammer. I hated myself. I hated her. The problem was I really didn’t hate her—I wanted her more than ever.

But this time around, I can’t have her.

This time it’s my status that stands in our way—and going up against myself just might be the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

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Kim Karr is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author.

She grew up in Rochester, NY and now lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She’s always had a love for reading books and writing. Being an English major in college, she wanted to teach at the college level but that was not to be. She went on to receive an MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise her family. Kim currently works part-time with her husband and recently decided to embrace one of her biggest passions–writing.

Kim wears a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all around go-to person of her family. However, she always finds time to read. One of her favorite family outings was taking her kids when they were little to the bookstore or the library. Today, Kim’s oldest child is seventeen and no longer goes with her on these, now rare and infrequent, outings. She finds that she doesn’t need to go on them anymore because she has the greatest device ever invented–a Kindle.

Kim likes to believe in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends, and Happily-Ever-Afters. She loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.

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The Princesses (The Princess #5) by Alexa Riley Review

The Princesses (The Princess #5)

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The Princess bundle includes the entire Princess Series with a BRAND NEW BONUS story at the end.

It’s crowns galore as we give you all the brooding kings your heart can hold. Climb on your throne and adjust your tiara… we’ve got cherries to pop and heirs to make.

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Unexpected Princess 

Romy has let the paparazzi make up their own story about him. But the secret he’s managed to keep is his love for Star. He’s watched her from a distance, loving her since the day he saw her, but never able to make his move.

Star has developed a reputation, even though she never had the fun of earning it. She’s spent her life looking for love, and the tabloids have twisted it into something dirty. All she ever wanted was to find her forever, but she’s ready to give up.

One morning Star wakes up in the bed of the biggest playboy around, and to her shock there’s a ring on her finger. What? How? Who?

Warning: Don’t worry… it all works out. It’s safe, sane, and over-the-top as these two find their ridiculous happily ever after.

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I absolutely loved this surprise novella!! Romy has had his eyes on Star for a long time. Never thinking he was good enough for her.
Then in a moment of weakness (and a little tipsiness) …. Romy and star got married secretly!

“I love you, and I vow to make your happiness and your desire my first honor in life. You will be my queen, and you will rule me. Do you understand?”

That’s when Star started to freak out!! But thanks to her dad. He really talked here down. And made her see the light when it came to Romy.

“Anyone who is around you for any amount of time can’t help but fall in love with you, Star. You shine so bright you can’t be missed.”

When Star finally started to let go and let Romy in… it was fireworks between them! And it was baby making time!

“I’ve fantasized about this moment for years, Star. Years. I’ve denied myself your beauty, but that won’t happen again. By law you belong to me, and I intend to breed you with as many heirs as your hips will give me.”

Romy was super possessive! He loved to see his princess pregnant! He showed Star that he loved her everyday. And Star got the kind of love she always wanted.

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Alexa Riley is two sassy friends who got together and wrote some dirty books. They are both married moms of two who love football, donuts, and obsessed book heroes.

They specialize in insta-love, over-the-top, sweet, and cheesy love stories that don’t take all year to read. If you want something SAFE, short, and always with a happily ever after, then Alexa Riley is for you!

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Forgetting You, Forgetting Me Release Day Blitz

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FORGETTING YOU, FORGETTING ME

Monica James

 

Series: Memories From Yesterday Book 1

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 26th 2017

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My name is Lucy Tucker, and my life…it was perfect.
I worked the dream job. I had the most incredible family and friends. My home, Whispering Willows, a ranch in Montana, was everything I could ever wish for. My adoring fiancé, Samuel Stone, loved me unconditionally.
I had everything a girl could ever want.
But one fateful event shattered my perfect life. It’s unimaginable how simple, ordinary words can change a person’s life forever. For me those words were, “There’s been an accident.”
I thought Sam was my forever, but that forever came to a close the day Saxon Stone, Sam’s identical twin brother, came back. Saxon returned to Montana to help save Sam, however, the moment he entered my life, he turned my world upside down. But through chaos I somehow found clarity—clarity of who I was meant to be.
As time progressed, as seasons changed, and as a fire began to burn, I soon realized that Saxon was there for another reason…he was there to help save me.

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Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.

When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.

She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.

Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.

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“Let’s pretend tomorrow doesn’t exist.” Pressing his forehead to mine, he earnestly says, “Whatever happens now, it’ll just be memories from yesterday.” I can feel the tremble rumble throughout his entire body, and his uncertainty leaves me abandoning any lingering doubts. For this stolen moment in time, I just want to…feel.

Gently pushing on his bare, solid chest, he allows me to climb onto his lap as he nestles into the rocky terrain. Without a second thought, I wrap my legs around his waist and hold on tight, with no intention of ever letting go. His chest is rising and falling so quickly, I’m certain I can hear his heart hammering wildly within his body. The cadence matches mine as I seal my mouth around his. The touch of his full lips pressed to mine is complete perfection. But when he angles my mouth at the perfect slope and skillfully tangles my tongue with his, I know that this is nirvana.

The kiss at first is slow, like a roller coaster beginning its incline. But as we reach the pinnacle, it’s an exhilarating head rush of fast, breathtaking passion. When he senses me coyly opening up, lowering my guard and losing myself in the moment, he growls into my mouth. He dominates me with a fierce desire and in this moment, I am his.

I can’t keep up with the frantic pace, and finally, I surrender all I am. I allow him total control, melting when he sucks my bottom lip with a long, wet pull. I madly fuse our lips together, unable to get enough of this heady feeling, needing him to consume me, devour me, make me whole.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Melanie’s 5+ Star Review:

unnamedIntriguing and beguiling, I was entirely enraptured by The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo from start to finish. The allure behind Evelyn Hugo’s tell all was that it wouldn’t only reveal her secrets but would unravel the secrets of so many others. Taylor Jenkins-Reid captured Hollywood’s glamour and mystique in absolute perfection. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is definitely a top favorite read of all time for me. A dazzling story line written in such a brilliant and arousing way, Ms. Jenkins-Reid has definitely proven to be one of the best fictional authors out there. I take such pride in knowing that someone as talented as she lives in the very city I do– the very center of the entertainment world. As it was said in Pretty Woman, “Welcome to Hollywood! What’s your dream? Everybody comes here; this is Hollywood, land of dreams. Some dreams come true, some don’t; but keep on dreamin’ — this is Hollywood. Always time to dream, so keep on dreamin.”

For Evelyn Hugo, her goal had been to get out of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City where her Cuban parents immigrated. Losing her mother during such a crucial period in her life, her own mother’s dreams played a heavy part in becoming her own. I loved how in control Evelyn was of her future, of her destiny. She knew exactly what she wanted and she went for it using her greatest assets. A beautiful face, a body to be worshiped, and an opportunistic mindset – Evelyn stepped into the world of Hollywood and made it her playground.

Even years after at the ripe old age of seventy-nine, Ms. Evelyn Hugo still wields her power by enlisting an underrated, yet talented writer Monique Grant. It is revealed from their very first meeting that Evelyn holds a secret that would be life changing for Monique. I was both enthralled by each and every detail of Evelyn’s life and at the same time completely restless to find out what the secret was. Ms. Jenkins-Reid plays with your strings like a puppet master. There is no other way to describe how I felt about this book other than comparing it to a drug. I was enamored with Evelyn Hugo, like major girl crush. She had an undeniable magnetism, a sort of charisma that would win anyone over, add on the delectable sensuality that came so naturally— well, you’re pretty much putty in her hands.

I loved every bit of this book. It was both easy and turbulent all at the same time. I reveled in the story line. It oozed scandal but it thrived on love. It touched on such heavy and sensitive topics especially for its time period. My heart ached for Evelyn and those she loved but most especially to those who loved her. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo just had it all. So unique yet so absolutely enticing, this one needs to be adapted on to the big screen. This was an Oscar winning read worth a spot on everyone’s e-readers and book shelves.

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91Jsr0lW9WL._UX250_Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo as well as One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, and more. Her novels have been named best books of summer by People, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, InStyle, PopSugar, BuzzFeed, Goodreads, and others.

Thursday Afternoon By Beth Rinyu Release Blitz

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I’m just your typical working girl who never mixes business with pleasure. Although some may say my business is all about pleasure. For the past four years, I’ve allowed my profession to define me, distancing myself from family, friends and most of all love. Hating the reflection I see staring back at me in the mirror, I muddle through each day with my heart sealed off like a tomb, until two strangers enter my life.



One teaching me the true meaning of friendship.



The other teaching me the true meaning of love. 



She’s everything I’m not. 

Humble, loving, and devoting her life to others.

We’re an unlikely duo who are polar opposites, but at the same time so alike.

Never in a million years could I be friends with someone like her…until I was.



Then there’s him.

He’s my Thursday afternoon client.

Just like all the others: handsome, rich and charming…yet so very different.

Trying to overcome a painful past, he seeks out my services as a refuge, only to find that we’re opening our hearts to each other in ways that neither of us could’ve imagined.

I could never fall in love with someone like him…until I did. 

And now I’m finding myself longing for it to be Thursday afternoon all week long.

 
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This book was not what I was expecting. It was kind of an emotional read! I had some tears in my for everything Aubree was going through. She was definitely at a crossroads in her life. She was holding a lot in. She blamed herself for a lot of thing that were beyond her control. And the way she coped with it may have worked for her in the beginning was starting to crumble for her towards the end. She felt so helpless all the time. And I think that was her her biggest downfall. And one of my biggest struggles with her for me with her character.

Aubree was a very complicated women. She came from a family that I felt gave her everything she wanted and needed. but didn’t give her the emotional support that she craved. She grew up thinking her father wanted nothing to do with her because of the death of her mother. That shaped her to be the person she is today. She left the house at a very young age. She latched on to a woman she thought was a mother figure to her and started a life that she could make up here own rules. But in doing that. She lost the most important people to her… her family.

I had mixed feelings with Aubree. I didn’t always agree with her reasoning as to why she did the things she did. But she had a big heart and she really went out of her way to help people. Hannah being one of those people.

I absolutely loved Hannah’s character in this book! She was such an unlikely friend to Aubree. They were total opposites. But they had the strongest bond. And they understood each other. Hannah helped Aubree step out in a way Aubree never thought she could have. She let her into her world and was finally able to share her struggles. Aubree was so used to hiding her pain about her life. But Hanna helped Aubree… she was truly a good person.

“Every time it snows its a new opportunity to experience that beauty once again. Just because that snow gets trampled on and dirty doesn’t mean we’ll never see the pureness in it once more. Life is all about second chances. We’re given them all the time.”

I really liked Simon’s character. He wasn’t the typical client Aubree was use to. Simon went into the whole escort world with a no strings attached emotion. But once he spent more time with Aubree he wanted more. They connect on every level. He really accepted her lifestyle. And still wanted more from her. Aubree had a hard time believing a guy like him would be truly interested in a girl like her with all her baggage and no judgement.

“Each new-fallen snow is a second chance to get it right. Thank you for giving me the chance to prove not only to you, but to myself that I’m more than who I once was.”

Simon welcomed Aubree into his world no questions asked. (Which to me was a little unbelievable) I wanted just a little bit of drama or questioning about it. I mean… when Jack Simon’s son was introduced to Aubree. It was really like nothing. They only knew each other a short while and he just trusted her whole heartedly. I’m mean… given how they met… I think just a little judgement should have been made. Especially with your child.
But, I really loved how Simon was always building up Aubree. He was constantly telling and showing her that she was a good person.

I had a couple of little issue with this book. And it was when Aubree became a nanny. I know she was trying to make a new life for herself. But, it was a little boring. We get an inside view of the day to day life of what it’s like to be a nanny. I just needed something to happen. We went from escort to nanny. And it came kind of out of left field. Simon went from sexy Thursday afternoon to workaholic dad. It was a big mind switch. Yes things change. I just wish we had more sexual tension between them. Maybe some slip-ups. Just to keep the sexual momentum going.

Then we have Aubree constant negativity. It was really putting me in a mood. I was becoming aggravated with her. I wanted her to finally see the light and fight for what she wanted. In my opinion… we don’t get that. We see her doing the noble thing. But… she still doubts herself. It was hard to read.

And I felt towards the end of this book. It all felt a bit rushed. I really wished we had gotten Simons POV on some of the situation that went on in this book. I would have liked to known what was going through his head.

And the whole Margo thing. Yes we find out what happens to her at the end. I just wished for a little something more. Maybe Aubree could have helped with that. Since she was such a big part in Aubree’s life. A little poetic justice!

Overall… I did enjoy this book. I couldn’t stop reading it. I would have read it in one sitting if I didn’t have to stop so many time because of my kids!… huh… summer! lol

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I wold love to read more about these characters in a little novella about Hannah!!!

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“You’re my new-fallen snow, Simon.”
He stared down at me in confusion.
My thumbs skimmed the sides of his face, with the glow of the moon providing just enough light to make out his perfect features. “Each new-fallen snow is a second chance to get it right. Thank you for giving me the chance to prove not only to you, but to myself that I’m more than who I once was.”
“You’re so much more.” His voice was low and hoarse. “God, I didn’t think it was possible to want you any more than I already did, but you never cease to amaze me.”
 
 
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He had a right to remain suffocated by his pain.
She had a right to remain silent about hers.

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Those were the vows that I had taken with my wife six years ago. We had lived through the better and were barely getting through the worse. I tried to face our loss together, while she chose to have an affair instead.
Time apart was what we both needed.
What I didn’t expect in that time was her.
The beauty she possessed on the outside was a far cry from the scars she was harboring on the inside. She wasn’t looking for love and neither was I. She just needed someone to help her deal with the pain she had been carrying around for the past two years, and I was happy to oblige.
I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with her, but suddenly I was seeing a future that I never dreamed of right in front of my eyes….only to find that the past had other things in mind for us.
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I always believed that we only got one true love in life, and mine was gone and never coming back.
Through the tear-filled nights and never ending days, I was slowly and tortuously coming to terms with the pain that was my reality.
And then he entered my life.
Tall, handsome, genuine and caring, he was a friend when I needed one most. Together, we were a temporary fix to our own permanent pain. Just two people helping each other to get through a very dark period in life.
But when the light begins to shine ever so slightly with each passing day, and his face is all I can see at the end of that tunnel…..do I run back into the darkness or move into the light with him?
 
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My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I’m a mom of twin teenage boys, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon!
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Action (Murmur Inc. #2) by Quinn Anderson Review

Action (Murmur Inc. #2)

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Pete Griflow is the last person anyone would suspect of being a porn star. He’s quiet, gawky, and can’t even talk to guys without turning red. But on camera, he’s a different person. In the porn world, he’s Jaden Prime, a coquettish power bottom who’s been tantalizing fans for over a year now.

Pete is in a rut, though, and he knows it. And what’s worse, his boss knows it. If he can’t reignite his passion for the biz, he’s going to have trouble paying his none-too-cheap college tuition.

When Pete is given the opportunity to star in a huge summer production, sparks fly between him and his costar, Kyle Darko. Kyle is Pete’s opposite: he’s daring, achingly sexy, and in love with the sex industry. Their chemistry is palpable on and off screen, but dating on a porn set is tricky. Even pros struggle to separate fantasy from reality, especially with a script dictating their seduction. But what’s building between them can’t be ignored, and it’s so much more than getting some “action.”

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I really enjoyed this book. I want to make that clear… right from the start. Just like the first book in this series. I absolutely loved the characters in this book. Pete and Drake aka Evan had this out of this world chemistry! You could totally feel it coming out of the pages of this book!

But, I did have an issues with this book. And it’s one of my pet peeves in books. Internal dialogue.
There was a lot of internal dialogue going on in this book. I felt the beginning of this book Pete was a lot in his head. Too much at times. I needed more character interaction and less full on conversations with themselves. I would say this was mostly in the beginning of the book.
I started to skim over some of it. It was just so long winded.

Once Pete and Evan started to film together and just interact more. It kind of tappers down. And you totally get sucked into their worlds.
The author did a fantastic job with Pete’s and Evan’s characters. You could feel the sexual attraction Evan and Pete had for each other. It was like they were in this fog. They couldn’t see anything else that was in front of them… but each other.

And you feel everything. All those feeling you get when you first meet somebody. The honeymoon faze of a new relationship. I’m always iffy about love at first sight books. But I felt it worked in this book! Pete had this boyish innocence to him while Evan had the bad boy charm to him. It worked!

I wasn’t really a fan of Colette. I felt she was a little bit too much into Pete’s business. Making him feel like he had to hide his feeling for Evan or else. She just aggravated me. lol
And I also felt like Pete should’ve told his mom about everything at a different time. I wasn’t feeling the whole setting of that whole talk.

Overall… this was a good read!!
I can’t wait for the next book in this series!

*ARC provided by Riptide Publishing via Netgalley*

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Quinn Anderson earned a Master’s degree from the University of Dublin in Ireland and is also a University of Florida alumna with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She began writing books, poetry, and fan fiction at 14 years of age and was first published at 19. Her favourite authors include J.K. Rowling, Gail Carson Levine, Libba Bray, Tamorra Pierce, and T.A. Barron. A nerd extraordinaire, Quinn gets ideas from video games, anime, comic books, card games on motorcycles, and tabletop games. Quinn’s favourite thing to write is witty dialogue, and her favourite thing to read is a slow burn.