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Twice In a Blue Moon

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Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

Publisher: Gallery Books

Published: October 29th, 2019

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: Sam Brandis was Tate Jones’s first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak.

During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate—the long-lost daughter of one of the world’s biggest film stars—ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good.

Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he’s the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it’s possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason… and whether “once in a lifetime” can come around twice.

With Christina Lauren’s signature “beautifully written and remarkably compelling” (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances.

Wow this book is one of my favorites from them. I keep reading their books and they just keep getting better and better. I love their writing so much and I love their characters and everything. They create such real characters that you can’t help but love, and you get so invested in their lives and their path in the novel. I really loved Tate and Sam! I loved their beginning, their romance story, and I liked the complexity of their emotions.

Tate was a great main female character. And she really is a good example of children trying to get the approval of one parent, wanting to gain their love, no matter how farfetched that might be. She had a good head on her shoulders, and I liked seeing Tate as a teenager and now as an adult, working and doing her best with what her life had given her. Her relationships were very important to her, and I adored the relationship with her agent, and her best friend. That was sweet to see, and it was nice seeing positive friendships, with supportive friends.

Sam was also a great character, and he was a nice picture of someone who was raised by his grandparents, and the love they all share with each other. I loved Sam as a character, and I see why he did the things he did, along with how sorry he was that he felt he had to do it. But I love the direction his life went, and how he used his love of writing to create magic.

I also loved the romance, and how the focus didn’t seem to be them falling in love again, but also learning to move past what happened to them in the past, They really grew as characters, and learned to make peace with that and see what potential they had in the future. Overall I loved loved loved the romance, and I loved how complex that was and how it felt so real and so true! I felt like I knew them and their struggles from reading this book. I just love Tate and Sam! I love them so much!

This book just really made me happy! I cannot wait to read my next Christina Lauren book!

If you’re looking for great romances, I highly recommend checking Chrsitain Lauren out! I have read so many of their novels over the years and I have never been disappointed! They have romances for everyone! Hate to love, steamy, silly, everything! They really set the bar high for other romance authors!

 

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Make Me Lose Cover Reveal

Today we have the gorgeous cover for Ember Leigh’s MAKE ME LOSE! Check it out and be sure to pre-order your copy today!

Title: Make Me Lose

Author: Ember Leigh

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Blitz: July 23rd

About Make Me Lose:

Grayson Daly and I aren’t just rivals. We’re enemies.

 

Born minutes apart on the same day in the same hospital, our parents thought this meant we were somehow destined to be together. We knew were we just destined to beat each other.

 

Competition boiled over until junior year, when the cold war turned into an unexpected peace offering. Maybe my hormones allowed me to notice his broad shoulders, stormy gray-blue eyes, and soccer star’s chiseled frame. But after I fell for him…he stomped all over my heart.

 

Ten years later, I’m at the top of the realty game in Bayshore and Grayson is just a distant memory. Until he shows up from NYC, his ego bigger than a skyscraper, and asks me to sell the house he recently inherited.

 

It’s easy to say no. Even though I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to dangle from in strong arm battles.

 

But I forgot that Gray doesn’t take no for an answer. And that he isn’t content unless he’s defeating me.

He butts into my evenings on the boat. Ropes me into water skiing battles. Even shows up at the bar and creates a scene when I’m scouting a date to the upcoming Bicentennial Ball.

 

It’s almost like he’s gunning to win me.

 

But if he wins, that means I lose.

 

And I’m not ready to cede victory just yet.

 

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“You can drop me off here.”

“Hazel, I’m seeing this through.” I step up to her door, hoisting her up on my back one last time. “You know I can’t see our friends again and tell them I didn’t drop you off inside your house after your water-skiing injury.”

She grumbles but fishes a key out of her purse. I bend so she can reach the lock. The door swings open, revealing a spacious, two-story great room. Dark wood floors are intermittently covered with slate gray rugs and low, comfy-looking couches. A staircase curves up to the second floor. Everything is as immaculate as a showroom, yet somehow distinctly lived in.

“Nice.” I head to the couch and come to my knees so she can slide off. Once I’m gazing back into those mossy green eyes, I can barely remember what I’m supposed to be doing here.

“What?” she asks.

“Your house. It’s exactly what I would expect.”

Hazel seems to have softened a little. Her lips curl up at the edges. “Thanks, I think.”

I push my palm over the edge of her couch, dangerously close to her knee. She crosses her ankles as she settles back into the cushions. My fingertips brush her skin, and I meet her gaze again.

And damn, if the way she’s looking at me right now isn’t making every inch of my body come to attention. Electricity snaps between us; the air grows taut. I trail my fingers over her kneecap, then trace that sensitive hollow behind. Her breath hitches.

So the unshakeable Hazel can be shaken by Gray, even ten years later.

“What are you trying to do?” she asks, a lazy tone to her voice. Like she’s caught somewhere between a dream and distraction.

My heart hammers as my gaze drifts up the sun-kissed expanse of her thigh. Fingertips sizzling from the contact, I trace a slow, invisible pattern over her knee.

I want to be honest with her. I’m trying to fucking kiss her. To reduce this tension in my chest by a fraction. To see if she’ll let me spend the rest of the evening at her side, getting lost in the past as much as the present.

“You know what I’m trying to do,” I say, enjoying the goosepimples blossoming beneath my touch. She’s never been good at fully convincing me she doesn’t like me. Hazel talks a good game, but I know her weaknesses. The area behind her kneecap might as well be an earlobe. I swipe my middle finger over that dip again, watching as her nostrils flare.

“Taking advantage of the woman you mortally wounded out on the lake?” She lifts a brow, but her gaze is on my hand.

I scoff and move my hand away from her. My skin protests the decision. And apparently she does, too. She moves her knee closer to me. My gaze snags on that scrap of fabric covering her pussy—that sweet heat I’d been lucky enough to know once upon a time.

The ball’s in my court right now. I don’t know what to do with so much power. I wonder if she realizes that she lost. The evidence is her prickled skin. Her flushed chest. Her green eyes boring a hole through me.

“There’s nothing wrong with being nice to my new realtor,” I say. It’s a struggle to hide the evil grin that wants to overtake my face, but I manage. I push away from the couch after summoning every last ounce of willpower. “You good here? Or do you need more help tending your loser wounds?”

And then Hazel cocks her head at me, eyes shrinking to slits.

But I see the things she’s trying to hide the most.

Like the start of a smile on those pretty lips.

 

 

About Ember Leigh:

Ember Leigh has been writing erotic romance novels since she was far too young. A native of northern Ohio, she currently resides near Lake Erie with her Argentinean husband, where they run an Argentinian-American food truck. In addition to romance novels, Ember also writes travel memoirs and occasionally updates a couple of blogs. In her free time, she practices Ashtanga yoga, hops around the world, and eats lots of vegetables.

 

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The Other Brother Release Day Launch

Today we have the release blitz for THE OTHER BROTHER! We’re so excited to share this gorgeous new romance—check it out and be sure to grab your copy today!

Title: The Other Brother

Author: Hazel Kelly

Genre: Contemporary Romance

About The Other Brother:

College dropout Piper has been down on her luck for years, and she’s beginning to doubt whether she’ll ever achieve her dream of becoming a professional chef.

 

So when a handsome stranger who’s frostier than frozen food offers her a job that seems too good to be true, she’s in no position to ask questions. Yet the longer she works for him, the more she has.

 

Unfortunately, her billionaire boss is determined to keep Piper in the dark, especially about his past. But little does she know, her warm presence is making him think about his future for the first time in years, a future he increasingly hopes she’ll be a part of.

 

Can New York’s beastliest bachelor open his heart to the beautiful young woman he saved on a hunch? Or will his demons drive her away before he finds the courage to admit his feelings?

 

**This standalone, modern-day fairytale will make you smile and swoon all the way to the happiest ending you’ll read this year.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“What time do you get off work?”

I glanced at my preoccupied colleagues in the crowded kitchen behind me and then back at him. “I should be done by eleven. Why?”

“There’s a diner down the street. I want you to meet me there.”

My face puckered like he’d squirted lemon juice at me. “What?”

“It’s called Rudy’s,” he said. “I’ll be the guy in the corner booth who looks pleased you’re on time.”

I opened my mouth to speak, but he’d already excused himself without waiting for my response. Dumbstruck, I stared after him, watching his long black coat swing behind him as he wove his way through the busy kitchen and saw himself out.

What the heck was that about?

It sure wasn’t a date because you ask people on a date. You don’t order them.

I mean, that was super high on the list of things you don’t do, right? Up near the top next to you don’t meet weird men you don’t know in the middle of the night. I didn’t even know his name, for crying out loud!

But by the time I glanced at the clock, the decision was made.

I was going, and I wouldn’t be late.

 

 

About Hazel Kelly:

Hazel Kelly is an Amazon bestselling author who writes sweet and steamy romance that will make you smile all over.

When she’s not traveling the globe in search of cozy hammocks to write in, she enjoys tackling her tbr list with a nice big glass of anything will do. She lives in Dublin with a charming Irishman and their three-legged furbaby.

Connect with Hazel:

Website: https://www.hazelkelly.com

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Bishop’s Knight Teaser

We are so excited to be sharing a brand new teaser from BISHOP’S KNIGHT, the first book in USA Today bestselling author Katie Reus’s new Endgame Trilogy. This new romantic suspense novel will be released on July 9th and you can already pre-order your copy!

About BISHOP’S KNIGHT

The Bishop siblings’ family is on the verge of collapse as all three find themselves embroiled in danger. Family bonds may keep them alive…but only love can give them something to live for. Read BISHOP’S KNIGHT, the first novel in this ALL NEW heart-pounding Endgame trilogy.

She needs his protection…

Thanks to years of government training, Evie Bishop knows how to get into places she doesn’t belong—and she’s very good at it. But years of doing black ops work burned her out so she returns home—to unexpected chaos. One of her brothers is in a coma and the other is in hiding, wanted for murder. Then a fellow operative from her past shows up shot and bleeding with news that an assassin is gunning for everyone involved with a past op. She’s forced to turn to the one man she knows she can trust—the man whose heart she broke.

But it will come with a price…

When Dylan Blackwood proposed a year ago, Evie turned him down flat and walked out of his life. He’s stunned when he finds her on his doorstep covered in someone else’s blood, needing his help. He always knew there was more to her than met the eye—that Evie was never simply the pampered society princess she wanted people to believe she was. But he never expected this. If she needs help, he’ll give it. Even if he can’t forget her betrayal. Even if he isn’t sure he can trust her. But his protection will come with a price—her heart. Before they can have a chance at a future, they’ll have to work together to take down a faceless enemy who has Evie firmly in his crosshairs.

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About KATIE REUS

Katie Reus is the New York Times, USA Today, and IndieReader bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it.

However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. Her book Avenger’s Heat recently won the Georgia RWA Maggie Award for Excellence in the fantasy/paranormal category.

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Weekly Reads TBR & Wrap Up

Hey everyone! I’m here as per usual to talk about what I read last week and what I hope to read this week!

I read four books last week and I’m super proud of myself! These are it down below and they helped me complete my Simsathon challenge which I finished only missing one book! I’m so proud of my progress!!

And July is going really good so far! I have already finished 3 books!

They are:

and obviously Josh and Hazel is now one of my all time favorite books!

And here is what I am currently reading:

And these are what I want to read the rest of the week:

And yeah! These are my plans for the week! A bit ambitious but I hope to read most of these at least!

What are your reading plans this week?? I’d love to know!

 

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Between the Lines Release Day Launch

If you’re looking for a sexy contemporary romance, get your hands on Lauren Hawkeye’s BETWEEN THE LINES, available now!

 

About BETWEEN THE LINES by Lauren Hawkeye

“You’re here because you want me.”

A sizzling tale of one wicked woman from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Hawkeye.

As “Jojo Kink,” writer Jo Marchande lives an exciting, sexy life filled with wicked adventures that she shares with her readers. The unsexy truth, however, is that Jo can’t remember the last time she experienced anything remotely naughty. Well, except for those hot, needy nights with Theo all those years ago…

Then—out of sight and flushed with aching heat—Jo witnesses an illicit encounter featuring none other than Theo Laurence. The same boy she once loved, only now a gorgeous, hard-bodied man filled with raw sensuality. But Jo isn’t quite as hidden as she thinks…

Now Theo is offering Jo the two things she wants most—a big break for her writing career and a chance to experience all the sexy, kinky things she’s merely written about. With every searing touch, Jo is beginning to realize exactly why only one man has ever been able to unlock her desire. Why only Theo can make her burn with need…

And that letting Theo in might give Jo the naughty experience she craves…at a cost she never imagined.

Sexy. Passionate. Bold. Discover Harlequin Dare, a new line of fun, edgy and sexually explicit romances for the fearless female.

 

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Read an Excerpt from BETWEEN THE LINES

“Why offer me the job, Theo?” Jo’s voice was quiet. “There are a million writers out there who could write what you want. This has messy written all over it.”

He paused.

“I owe you,” he finally said, tapping a finger on the desk. “Though of course, if you weren’t qualified, this wouldn’t even be an issue.”

“You owe me?” Jo heard her voice echo off the high ceiling and realized she was shouting but didn’t care. “Fuck that noise, Theo. You thought you’d come throw a job at your fancy new company at your hard-up ex and all would be forgiven? I don’t need your charity. I don’t need you.”

That was it—she was done. Her fury at his actions overrode the very real disappointment that the job wouldn’t work as she stormed toward the door.

When Theo grabbed her arm, she slapped at it with angry hands. “Stop manhandling me!”

“Then stop acting like an ass and listen.” Hauling her “around so that her ass was pressed against the desk, he leaned in, a hand on either side of her hips, forcing her to rear back.

She could smell him, some kind of pricey cologne that made her throat go dry. She could feel the heat of his body all along the line of her own, and damn it, that ache between her thighs decided that it would be a fine time to wake up.

It was Theo. It had always been him.

“The reason I offered you the damn job, and the reason that you’re going to take it, is because we have unfinished business.” He leaned in, and she felt his warm breath mist over her lips. “I didn’t leave because of you, or us, and you damn well know that. And there’s still something here. You can’t deny that.”

Opening eyes that she didn’t realize she’d squeezed closed, Jo looked up at Theo, saw the glint of truth in his eyes.

Her heart felt as though he’d placed it in his fist and squeezed.

“You may not have left because of us, but you still left.” She did her best to keep her voice level. “You really expect us to just pick up where we left off? Unbelievable.”

She placed her hands on his chest, intending to push him away, but the feel of his body beneath her palms made her hesitate. Like a shark sensing her weakness, he closed the ribbon of space between their bodies, pressing himself against her.

“Tell me you don’t want me to touch you.” He touched his lips to the thin skin behind her ear, and she couldn’t hold back the shudder. When her fingers dug into his chest, he slid those lips down her neck and over, measuring the beats of her heart in the hollow of her throat.

Damn it. Damn herself. She’d gone for so, so long without feeling this heat, and now that she’d had a taste, she wanted another hit, and another after that. Would it really be so bad to just let herself go, one more time?”

 

About Lauren Hawkeye

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Hawkeye never imagined that she’d wind up telling stories for a living… though she’s the only one who is surprised. She lives in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada with her husband, two young sons, pit bull and mischievous cat. In her nonexistent spare time, Lauren partakes in far too many hobbies! She loves to hear from her readers through e-mail, Facebook and Instagram! Sign up for Lauren’s newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/OeF7r

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The Book Junkie Trials TBR

Hey everyone! I’m here to talk about my TBR for the Book Junkie Trials! If you haven’t heard it’s a month long Readathon and you take a quick quiz and join a team and you have challenges to finish.

You can just do your own team challenges, or try to finish all 17 challenges! I’m obviously aiming to finish all 17! Here is the video with the announcement: Book Junkie Trials Announcement Video

I took the quiz and I am on Team Scribe! I am splitting up the TBR on here between what books I am reading for the Scribe challenges, and what books I am reading for the other challenges from the other teams.

So here we go!

Dwarf Mount: read a book with a hint of romance: The Infinite Moment of Us

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Apothecary Towers: choose a book at random from your shelves: That Inevitable Victorian Thing

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The Great Library: read a book that’s been on your TBR forever: Inland

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The Drowning Deep: read a book with world building: Exquisite Captive

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The Bookie Grail: read group book: Stardust

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Ability: read a book that wasnt on the original TBR: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating -> read a book with a hint of romance

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Weakness: Read a book over 500 pages: After

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Here are the challenges for the other teams as well as their weaknesses and abilities which I am also taking on:

Team Bard:

The Elven Guard: read a book with war, military, or political themes: Empress of All Seasons

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On the Hallow Isle: Atmospheric/horror book: Red Hill

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Empty Barrel Inn: enjoy an indulgent read: Beautiful

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Giant Squid: read an intimidating book: The Astonishing Color of After

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Ability: Can count a DNF as an completion

Weakness: one book must contain music/lyrical elements: Open Road Summer

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Team Magi

Orc Grove: read a book that is gruesome, gory, gritty: Raze/Reap

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Ol’ Pirate Cove: read a book that takes place, at least in part, on the sea: To Kill a Kingdom

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Glimmer: read a beautiful or colorful book: The Unexpected Everything

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Dragonic Island: read a book that features a dragon: Talon

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Weakness:  read a book outside her comfort zone: The Night Tiger

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Team Outlaws

Crimson Peaks: reread a favorite: Queen of Shadows

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Queendom Stone: read a book featuring royalty: The Queen’s Rising

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Forgotten Forest: read a next book in a series: Evermore

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Weeping Falls: read a sad book: The Chaos of Standing Still

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Ability: read a friends book on their quest TBR: Tea Dragon Society

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Weakness: do a 24 hour readathon

 

And that is my massive July TBR! I don’t think I’ll be able to finish all these books but my goal is to try!! Are you doing the Book Junkie Trials?? What team are you on???