Unscrupulous The Manhattanites by Avery Aster #review @averyaster


This is the second in the Manhattanites series. The book states it is a stand alone DONT believe it. You MUST read book 1. Dont cheat yourself and skip it. I am screaming it!

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So here I go…onto the reasons why I love Warner Truman. He is one of the richest men on the planet who has a good upbringing. Surprise surprise, no divorce, no abuse, and no drama. That is refreshing. So this spa and hotel  mogul has a past relationship that is sad, but turns him into a charity philanthropist.  No spoilers.  

At the end of book 1 he encounters Taddy Brill. He knows Mademoiselle Red. What he does not know is that she is Taddy. Then bam bingo he is hooked. He goes a long time sniffing for the tuberose scent. When he snuffs he out OMG! She is stunning, and very confident. Taddy Brill is under Warner’s skin. He wants her and he is determined to get her. 


What I love is the way that Taddy is described and written. She is an amazing woman who is so strong and independent  You will love her even more when you peel back all of those layers. It is a very deep and emotional book. This woman is a fierce friend who will stop at nothing to help Lex, Vive and Blake. She is the most loyal boss to Kiki her assistant. That is the other reason I love her. The tale of Kiki is almost as good as the way she cares for Birdie, Lex’s Mom. 99297-bigswoon lots of steam

The next book better come fast because this series is so hot it is a best seller for sure. The romance and sex Oh my! It is naughty and romantic at the same time. It is thought provoking in a very good way!



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Chasing Stars by L. Duarte @LDuarte77 #review #debut #newrelease

OK here it is my next BIG thing. 

 Hope sprouts from the recognition that the person with real flaws and qualities dormant 

inside me is capable of love.



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I KNOW when I read something within a few pages if I like or love. This BLOWS me away. I have almost 30 quotes. What I loved was the deep story and the ultimate foundation for the entire story was FAITH, God, love, family and hope.  

Though we had all the money most people can only think of, we were the rejects of the plastic city of LA, where artificial is the norm and the normal is outdated” 

As very wealthy family begins a life, here is Portia. She is perfect and soon to be a star herself. Her Mom and Dad divorced and she immersed herself with her best friends Tarry and Nillie. All three come from wealthy family backgrounds. Portia McGee and her friends created a list “Things to do before we die” yeah I know I wanted to kick Nillie myself for naming it that. Anyways they make the list and start checking things off. The base of their childhood is friends. They have Estela who is Portia’s nanny. There is a story about how she learns Spanish from going to Guadalajara and saying she is a relative so that the kids will play with her. The only real Motherly love Portia gets is from Estela her Nanny. As the three go on to their lives, they get together and make it fun whenever they can. 

Portia has to get a temporary tattoo for a big role. Enter Will, the artist. He is not a traditional tattoo artist, but a recent grad of the Columbia school. WOW a smart, talented artist who can tattoo.


What I LOVED was the meeting of Will and then his family. His life was so tough and I won’t elaborate and spoil that part, it is to be read and savored. When he introduces Portia to Dan, his Pastor Dad and Maritza, his Mom along with the overly outspoken and protective sister Melody (Mel). I loved Mel for the way she protected Wil. She was one of those I hate her characters, but that is the author’s beauty of storytelling. When you think you can’t stand someone, but you do totally get the dialogue and where they are coming from. Mel is also very forgiving, very pregnant and very loving. The fact that she is on leave from being a police officer is exceptional character placement to me. Her partner Lucas is a sub-plot character, that only adds more depth, showing why she is a fierce protector. Her Husband Tim is in Afghanistan and again the message is family, Dan and Maritza really support her during this trying time. Then there was Rick, the co-owner of the tattoo shop. Now he adds certain messaging to the story, which relates well to Will’s growing up.



 It doesn’t take long for Portia to understand what Dan’s valued have done to Will. He has taken this kid, made him into a better person and shown him the Lord. Will has accepted it and leads a life based on faith and giving back. 


So as you know, when I believe in something I sell it big. THIS is big. I hope and pray that the message is received and just maybe touches a few people. I want everyone to read this and take a new and different meaning from the many lessons that are here. Don’t just know something, but feel it, live it, grow from it, and experience it.  

“The point being, no matter how much we try, sometimes it is impossible to like certain things or people” 

It is both well written and a wealth of story telling genius. I always say if you read something and it leaves an impression, share it, pass it on, shout the title and get others to read it. I will make sure others read this. I am so thankful the author found me and let me experience her writing. Bravo!!

 AUTHOR’S NOTE: Chasing Stars is intended for mature readers, containing sexual content and strong language.



All of You by Christina Lee @Christina_Lee04 #cover #reveal


In this powerfully emotional debut New Adult novel, Avery has just met her hot upstairs neighbor. He’s irresistible. Tattooed. And a virgin.

Nursing student Avery Michaels wants nothing to do with dating—she’s perfectly happy single. Privy to too many of her mother’s bad decisions and even worse taste in boyfriends, all Avery can handle is a string of uncomplicated hookups whenever the mood strikes.

When she meets smoking hot tattoo artist Bennett, she wants him—for just one night. But he won’t accept a no-strings-attached arrangement. He lives by a straight-laced code of values based on his own troubled upbringing.

Bennett sees something special in Avery and he wants more from her. Way more. As Avery wrestles with her emotions for Bennett, danger and tragedy force them to open up to each other. And Avery must face the terrifying realization that she wants more from him, too.

So she needs to make a choice—let Bennett go or finally let him in

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Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives near Cleveland with her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything.

New Adult/Young Adult author. NA Contemporary Romance, ALL OF YOU, releases September with Penguin. BEFORE YOU BREAK in 2014. Repped by Sara Megibow.

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

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Stupid by Choice by Leighton Summers #debut #spotlight


High Society, High Style, & High Drama!



Beautiful, bold, and born with a silver spoon firmly planted in hand, Melanie St. John is, by all outside accounts, the picture-perfect Texan Oil Princess. An independently wealthy daddy’s girl through and through, Melanie has spent her adult years flitting from one exotic, exclusive locale to another, being wooed by handsome, successful men, and in the dizzying center of dazzling, diamond-encrusted society life.

But behind the glittering façade of her debutante life lays a very different story.

In Stupid By Choice, this summer’s must-have beach read from author Leighton Summers, we follow the fictional and fabulous Melanie as she attempts to find true, lasting love amongst the wealthy, jet-set, spoiled, sought-after playboys in the elite social circles of Texas, Monte Carol, Manhattan, Newport, and Palm Beach.

Facing one destructive love affair after another, as well as financial troubles, family drama, unplanned pregnancy, and more, Melanie and her friends traipse through the high high’s and low low’s of elite society, all while negotiating the blows they’re dealt with vulnerability, extravagance, and a resilience that every woman, regardless of social strata, will recognize as her own.

Stupid By Choice is pure fiction, but it’s entirely inspired by the affluent, privileged world that I grew up—and still live—in,” says Summers. “All that glitters is not gold. It’s easy to get caught up in the glamour of it all, but no matter what your age or station in life, we all have to learn—as Melanie does—to not be ‘stupid by choice’ and stay stuck or settle if we’re not happy.”

A celebratory romp through the lives of ladies who have, lose, and ultimately triumph over it all, Stupid By Choice is as juicy a summer read as they come—equal parts entertaining, thought-provoking, and emotionally gripping. Among the topics and themes explored in it are:

  • Don’t mess with Texas! An insider’s look—good and bad—at what socialite American society life is really like from a Texans’ P.O.V.
  • The ‘problem-free’ lifestyles of the rich and well groomed: does money solve as many issues as one might think?  Or does it just create more?
  • Handling divorce, infidelity, family problems, motherhood, and career goals with grace and fearlessness
  • Finding courage in the face of the unknown, taking risks, and following your heart!


About the Author:


Leighton Summers is a sixth generation Texan who has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe throughout her whole life. During her travels, she was always surrounded by interesting, successful (and often eccentric) people who encouraged her to find her passion and live life to the fullest. Writing novels always intrigued her, and so one day while in New York City she took out her laptop in a café and decided to jot down some notes about how a female character, created from her own world, could “love smarter.” Over the next four years, those notes turned into both funny and sad adventures of a woman’s quest to find friendship, love, self, and family and became Stupid By Choice, Summers’ debut novel.


Stupid By Choice is available as an e-book from Amazon.

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Just add Spice by Carol E Wyer @carolewyer #newrelease





Dawn Ellis needs to escape from her painfully dull existence. Her unemployed husband spends all day complaining about life, moping around, or fixing lawnmowers on her kitchen table. The local writing class proves to be an adequate distraction with its eccentric collection of wannabe authors and, of course, the enigmatic Jason, who soon shows a romantic interest in her.

Dawn pours her inner frustrations into her first novel about the extraordinary exploits of Cinnamon Knight, an avenging angel — a woman who doesn’t believe in following the rules. Cinnamon is ruthless and wanton, inflicting suffering on any man who warrants it. Little does Dawn realize that soon the line between reality and fiction will blur. Her own life will be transformed, and those close to her will pay the price. Find out what happens in Just Add Spice by best-selling author Carol E Wyer.


Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages. 


Meet the author:


Carol E. Wyer is a humorous blogger and best-selling author. Her novels and articles take a humorous look at getting older.She tours regularly and has appeared on numerous radio stations throughout the UK and Worldwide talking about ‘ageing disgracefully’.

Her debut novel,’Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines’, won five awards for humour. The sequel, ‘Surfing in Stilettos’ is available for Kindle or in paperback.

Carol signed with Safkhet Publishing last year. They have since released the best-selling ‘How Not To Murder Your Grumpy’, and ‘Just Add Spice’.
A social media addict, Carol is active on many sites. She writes for Indies Unlimited and also blogs for the Huffington Post Huff/50


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Website: http://www.carolewyer.co.uk
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Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista @KateEvangelista @tale_of_reviews #Review


Sometimes, even the best-laid plans can unravel.

It’s spring break, and Tamara Winters would rather stay on campus and read romance novels than flaunt her size-fourteen body on a beach. But her best friend, Ronni, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she’s wrangled into waiting tables with Ronni at the Shore Shack for its busy week leading to Maverick’s Surf Invitational. There she meets fellow schoolmate Xavier Solomon, the Invitational’s organizer and campus womanizer by reputation. From the moment Tamara sees him emerging from the waves like a hero in of one of her romance novels, all she wants to do is run away from the feelings he inspires in her.

Little does she know Xavier has been watching her for weeks now. In fact, after failed attempts at asking her out on campus, he’s concocted a crazy plan: fabricating romantic situations straight out of her favorite books. Xavier quickly realizes that if Tamara gets a whiff of his designs, he might as well spell CREEPER across his forehead. Yet as they grow closer, he’s convinced it’s a risk worth taking. What he hasn’t planned on, of course, is his drug-addicted, alcoholic stepbrother, who decides to join the fun and put a wrench in Xavier’s scheme.

Spring break is proving hotter than Tamara expected. Will her romance novels be able to compete?



This was my sort of read so I gobbled it right up. A really great chick lit beach read. The character of Tamara is loveable with a capital L. I know that if this is your genre, she will get an A+ for character creation. Amen! A girl who loves to read and has her nose in a book. I think millions of us can agree that is relateable. I think it helped from the start to identify with Tamara. 

The part of the story focusing on surfing was cool. I love to watch it and being in California, it is everywhere. So I adore something I can relate to. 



Tamara is not the sexy I need a little mascara and lip gloss girl. She is a typical average sized woman! So it has a few good men, namely Ronni, Zander and Xavier. They are all equally loveable.  They make you shut down and enjoy. There really is nothing better than good characters that engross you. Xavier and his plan were one of my favorite parts of the book. I won’t give away any of that, but he wants someone……..

Overall this was a really great summer beach read! There were a few naughty parts, but nothing over the top. We all want sex but for the story purpose of course LOL. So grab it and enjoy something light, romantic and fluffy. If you have friends like Tamara say a little thank you and value them.



About the Author


When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn’t going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master’s courses in creative writing. Ms. Evangelista lives in the Philippenes.

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Never Think by Vara Schuler @Vara_Writes #debut #review


Never Think is now officially available from Amazon.  It’s available in either the print or ebook formats.

Book Review

Val Wilson hates celebrities! When she is introduced there are snippets of the real aspects. By real, I mean tangible aspects of Hollywood. The reasons Val’s Mom Caroline is legendary. She has a drinking problem, she speaks outs, and she has reason to act crazy.  Caroline Carter went through a huge ordeal  that eventually comes out. Now I won’t say it justifies her actions, but it does clarify why she is the way she is.

Val’s is going to celebrate her birthday with her  best friend Daisy. I really liked the Daisy character. The most important characteristic of Daisy was friendship. Since Val was 6 Daisy was by her side, more like a sister. Daisy’s Mom Annie was the Nanny/Housekeeper with the biggest heart. All of the reveals concerning them were great. Daisy and Val have lived together for a while. Daisy has an attitude about men that is, well thinking like a man. She doesn’t get attached, she has fun until she is done, then moves on. Daisy you are awesome! I really can’t wait for you to read what happens with Daisy.


Back to the story line. Val has Daisy and a twin set of guys  (Paul and Adam) They are all very close, for many reasons and the base is always friendship. Adam decides on a night out, let us celebrate and liquor Val up. Always there for Val and they worry she will go into a downward spiral. They were a really important part of the sub-plot. They have some quick and snappy dialogue that was a high light for me.


 Bobby has a best friend in Sean.  Bobby is the Hollywood It Boy. The funny part in the first few chapters about the beginning of their night is Val no knowing who Bobby is. She doesn’t buy into the whole Hollywood scene, so meeting him doesn’t mean a thing. That was SO important to the story. Val was not star struck, in awe, or drooling, she was just Val. Her friends dont fess up either, but that is what makes the bond strong. They always shield her, because of her upbringing.

When the small reveals happen, Val takes them on. She dives into work at her “self funded” animal shelter. She does so much with animals out of love and really really enjoys her job.

The plot is delicious! This has a romance, a deep family issue and I know my romantic suspense readers will love it. This is also a debut. For me, when I read something so good as a debut, I thinking there is so much more to come. Now readers, come and embrace Val, Daisy Adam and Bobby!

 Will Bobby’s love be enough for Val to finally stand up to her Mother?

Can Val accept that when it comes to what’s in your heart, you should NEVER THINK?


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Seize Me (Breakneck Series) by Crystal Spears @CrystalDSpears #newrelease


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Winter Belov was the sweet innocent one in her crime family, the dutiful daughter that never

disappointed her father. One day, her father does the unspeakable. When he turns his back, Winter flees across the country, taking her life savings with her, determined never to enter that sort of lifestyle again.

No longer innocent, she now lives in Nevada. Lana is her best friend and the only family Winter has. Together, they are two of the best exotic dancers in the county. While working a shift, Pyro, Lana’s long time crush, propositions Winter. He begs her to do a private gig at Breakneck. She accepts, with the condition that Lana dances with her.

When Winter’s eyes lock with Braxxon Breaker’s, the President of Breakneck, she realizes she is no longer free; she has been seized. He is everything she is running from but at the same time, everything she wants. Braxxon will not take no for an answer, and purposely disrupts Winter’s life.

Rivals of Braxxon’s club are vicious and they do something that will have him out for blood. Winter’s and Braxxon’s relationship is anything but a normal one. If they want to be together, crimes must be committed, friendships will be broken and people are going to die.

What happens when all that chaos mixes with Winter’s father locating her? It will be a bloodshed when Winter and Braxxon seek revenge and take no prisoners.

For readers 18 & up only! This novel contains explicit language, sex, drugs and sexual situations that some might find offensive. 

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Also by Crystal D. Spears

Strictly Off Limits (Jade’s Diaries, Strictly Series, #0.5) 

Strictly Stuck (Jade’s Diaries, Strictly Series #1) 

Strictly Stripped (Jade’s Diaries, Strictly Series, #2) 

Strictly Off (Jade’s Diaries, Strictly Series, #3) 

Strictly Determined (Jade’s Diaries, Strictly Series, #4) 

Strictly Settled (Jade’s Diaries, Strictly Series, #5) 

Smile Novellas (3 books



About the author:


Crystal D. Spears is a 28 year old mother of two.

She enjoys the outdoors and loves spending time with her two daughters.

She currently resides in Indiana.

She wrote My Real Smile as a teen and updated it this year with new songs and IMS to Texting.

The Second and Third Novella of the Smile series will be published late Spring 2013.

Strictly Off Limits (Jade’s College Diaries) is a short erotic story that got excellent feedback and now she is making it a series of at least five.

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Chances and Choices (Choices #1) by Helen Karol @HelenKarolwrite #spotlight

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After three years in New York carving out her career niche, and a tempestuous romance behind her, Claire Fitzpatrick can hardly wait to get back to L.A. to her new job as senior feature writer at Choices L.A., but most of all to the security and comfort of her best friend Julian West.  To her, he’s the nice guy she can turn to for advice and comfort – the uncomplicated friend she can count on.  Only he no longer feels that way.

For months before she went to New York, he fooled her, playing the platonic friend when in fact he wants nothing more than to take her as his lover – and more, much more.  But he can’t do that – he can’t let those emotions overtake him – not again.  But on her first night home he blows his cover. And suddenly Claire sees him in a whole new light.

 “The most romantic book I have ever read.” (ibooks)  5 STARS

Get ready for fun. Oh my this is great “(Goodreads Renee – reading Renee) 5 STARS

Karol is an artist painting a sexy picture.  Bravo!” (Goodreads Jerome)  5 STARS

This book is very romantic from beginning to end! I love their trials and tribulations

 they go through to get to the end result of how much they truly love one another.”

(Goodreads, Leta)  5 STARS

The relationship between Claire and Julian is captivating, I found myself evaluating my own relationships against it.

(Amazon Verified Purchaser, Lexy)  5 STARS



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Writing is Helen Karol’s great love and she finally decided to stop talking about it and made time to devote to it.  Chances and Choices is her debut novel. She is a Canadian, currently living in England.  As an international teacher of language, literature, media and film, she was thrilled to discover a variety of cultures and countries.  Before teaching, she was a photographer in the Canadian Air Force – until motherhood made basic training seem like a vacation!  A mother and a very,very young grandmother she treasures time with her family.  When not writing she can be found watching fitness videos while eating cream cakes – one of these days she really will start joining in.  Honest!

A Note from Helen

I write stories I love to read. My students will tell you I am cynical but the fact is – scratch a cynic and you find a romantic!  So I really am a romantic at heart and write and devour romance of any kind.   So naturally I write romantic love stories.  I love strong yet nice guy, tender heroes –the bad boy has never really grabbed me – well okay maybe once or twice but I never let him hold on for that long! 

I have been lucky to write about and teach media and film for years and so I l am a big fan of romantic comedy, as well as crime and supernatural films and television.  I particularly love the ones with a great enduring love story where they are friends as well like Hart of Dixie, Vampire Diaries and Bones.

 Julian and Claire’s love story is a combination of these – enduring friendship, romance, a subtle alpha male, a strong female, a bad boy and girl we love to hate, along with cast of characters and a dollop of tongue in cheek humour here and there.  The other characters will have their own love stories in the series but we still follow all the other couples.  

Oh and I also love magazines, fashion and the world of film and television so that is where the action is set.  Most of all it is about the joy of love, deep enduring relationships and not being afraid to embrace emotions good and bad.

Helen Karol  xx

Full Throttle by Chelsea Camaron Daddy’s Girls series #Giveaway @ChelseaCamaron

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Restore My Heart (Daddy’s Girls #1)
by Chelsea Camaron 

Bad Boy, Ryder Davenport comes into Dina Fowler’s life in the middle of her own personal hell. Still coming to terms with the death of her parents, she pushes everyone away. When she trusts the wrong man, putting her in a bad relationship she felt she couldn’t escape, Ryder comes along. Enjoying his playboy ways, fast cars, motorcycles and a new woman in his bed nightly, Ryder had no thoughts of settling down. That is, until he sees the damage a man can do when he meets a very broken Dina. He changes in hopes of one day being enough for her. But, can she ever feel safe with a man again? Ryder has restored hundreds of classic cars, can he restore Dina’s heart?

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Salvaged (Daddy’s Girls #2)
by Chelsea Camaron 
Brayden and Maggie have been dating for four years. Maggie is ready and expecting an engagement ring. Brayden has a past full of weaknesses and mistakes he can’t seem to shake. As he slowly loses everything, he also loses Maggie. As his world unravels, can he find the strength to shake his inner demons? Does he have it in him to face the ghosts of his past? Can Maggie overcome his deceptions? Will they find a way to love and trust again?
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Full Throttle (Daddy’s Girls #2.5)
by Chelsea Camaron 

High school sweethearts manage to make it through college into the working world still together and going strong.From the start of their relationship Jake has made very clear his apprehension to marriage. Kenna understood going into this nine years ago that with Jake there would never be a ring or white dress.

 Now seeing their friends so eager to make such a serious commitment in their own relationships a crack begins to form in Jake and Kenna’s once solid foundation.
 Will Kenna ever open up and share her dreams with Jake?Can Jake overcome his childhood issues?Is Kenna willing to accept things just as they are forever?Will her desire for a more serious commitment make her change her feelings for her one love?Is Jake enough alone or does Kenna demand more than he can give?Can they move forward full throttle into their future together?


About the Author:
Chelsea Camaron has a love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children. She was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina and her heart is always Carolina day dreaming. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing with a few projects currently in the works.
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