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I’m pleased to be taking part in the Blog Tour fun to celebrate the release of the Just for Him series boxset which includes Bad for the Boss, Undone by the Ex-Con, and Sweet on the Greek!!! Talia Hibbert’s books are easily marathon-able, and now Just for Him is in marathon-able format. Get ready to be enthralled.

Book Cover - Just For Him - The Complete Series by Talia Hibbert (1)

Title: Just for Him (Series Boxset)
Author: Talia Hibbert
Release Date: October 31, 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The boss. The ex-con. The sports star.

Three wealthy heroes face the defiant heroines who’ll bring them to their knees.

When a harsh CEO meets a passionate career woman, he mixes business with pleasure for the first time… and is rejected for the first time, too.

It’s hate at first sight between a misunderstood ex-con and a strong-willed ballerina… until blackmail forces her to seduce her worst enemy.

A reckless sports star finds the woman he wants above all others… but the most she’ll agree to is being his fake girlfriend.

Enjoy three steamy and suspenseful stories set against the grit and glamour of the United Kingdom. This boxed set includes Bad for the Boss, Undone by the Ex-Con, and Sweet on the Greek.

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Title: White Stag
Author: Kara Barbieri
Release Date: January 8th 2019
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village is burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—is taken captive by the malicious goblin Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens even as she tries to fight her growing attraction to him. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.

Goblins goblins where art thou? I don’t know about you, but as a lover of all things faerie and cruel, goblins are an underrated favorite of mine and I’m so happy to see more books featuring these overshadowed folks. I had the chance to introduce White Stag as part of the blog tour, and I hope you guys will be as intrigued as I was when I first picked it up….shhhh I’m not quite done with the whole book yet, but so far I can say I find it intriguing, and goblins can be sexy you can’t change my mind! Anyway, the book comes out tomorrow, and here’s a little excerpt ❤

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Huge thanks to Avon for providing me with an ARC for Reviewing Purposes ❈ 

Book Cover - One Ghosted Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole.jpgTitle: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals)
Author: Alyssa Cole
Release Date: January 8th, 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Alyssa Cole returns with a fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series!

While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly revealing why she let Likotsi go, and both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.


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The Earl I Ruined is the total, unlikeable heroine package set in a world you can’t help but get lost in…

Since reading The Earl I Ruined, I’ve kept my feelings about it relatively under lock and key. How am I supposed to talk about a book that made me feel one too many emotions in the greatest way possible? How am I supposed to talk about a book that made me feel like the author glimpsed into my soul and saw everything I needed at the end of 2018 and put it in one book? Well, it starts with lots of key-smashes and screaming about it with Eri.

  Huge thanks to the Author for providing me with an ARC for Reviewing Purposes via Netgalley ❈ 

Book Cover - The Earl I Ruined by Scarlett Peckham.jpgTitle: The Earl I Ruined (Secrets of Charlotte Street #2)
Author: Scarlett Peckham
Release Date: December 11th, 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Historical Romance

She’s beautiful, rich, and reckless…

When Lady Constance Stonewell accidentally ruins the Earl of Apthorp’s entire future with her gossip column, she does what any honorable young lady must: offer her hand in marriage. Or, at the very least, stage a whirlwind fake engagement to repair his reputation. Never mind that it means spending a month with the dullest man in England. Or the fact that he disapproves of everything she holds dear.

He’s supposedly the most boring politician in the House of Lords…

Julian Haywood, the Earl of Apthorp, is on the cusp of finally proving himself to be the man he’s always wanted to be when his future is destroyed in a single afternoon. When the woman he’s secretly in love with confesses she’s at fault, it isn’t just his life that is shattered: it’s his heart.

They have a month to clear his name and convince society they are madly in love…

But when Constance discovers her faux-intended is decidedly more than meets the eye—not to mention adept at shocking forms of wickedness—she finds herself falling for him.

There’s only one problem: he can’t forgive her for breaking his heart.

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halloween: a time of vampires, hobgoblins, draculas, boogens, and headless mice… And Community references.

Finally, it’s that day of the year: Halloween, the best holiday in the history of forever. Something about last-minute costumes, ghost romances, candy (sans candy corn), horror films, and the California weather that always remains in the high 80’s despite it being fall, never fails to enchant.

To honor this auspicious holiday, Eri and I are bringing you our Halloween Reading Recommendations complete with ghosts some more real than others, vampires, shifters, and also books in which pumpkins are somehow involved. Expect Romance and non-Romance reads.

Note: All pun names were curated by me (Eri) and I take full credit/blame for how cheesy they are. – Eri. And I’m responsible for the never-ending Community references. I will take your thanks now – Alexis.  Also, we’d like to thank our friend Mana for creating the amazing banner as we were both too busy to do it ourselves.

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About a month ago on September 27th, a life changing journey began: I decided to read the Hidden Legacy series.

Since I marathon-ed the series in that single weekend, I haven’t been the same since. Despite not having been a fan of the series as long as others, I can definitively say I have been starving for new series content (and already started my series re-read). Diamond Fire delivered on that craving in a spectacular way while making me fall even deeper in love with Catalina Baylor and the Hidden Legacy world.

❈ Huge thanks to Avon for providing me with an ARC for Reviewing Purposes ❈

Book Cover - Diamond Fire by Ilona AndrewsTitle: Diamond Fire (Hidden Legacy #3.5)
Author: Ilona Andrews
Release Date: November 6th 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Fantasy

Content Warning: lesbophobia

Nevada Frida Baylor and Connor Ander Rogan cordially invite you to join their wedding celebration. Summoning, weather manipulation, and other magical activities strictly forbidden.

Catalina Baylor is looking forward to wearing her maid of honor dress and watching her older sister walk down the aisle.  Then the wedding planner gets escorted off the premises, the bride’s priceless tiara disappears, and Rogan’s extensive family overruns his mother’s home.  Someone is cheating, someone is lying, and someone is plotting murder.

To make this wedding happen, Catalina will have to do the thing she fears most: use her magic.  But she’s a Baylor and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for her sister’s happiness. Nevada will have her fairy tale wedding, even if Catalina has to tear the mansion apart brick by brick to get it done.

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October 1st is a special day, and not only because it’s now time to get fully into the Halloween Spirit. Today is the release day for one of my favorite author’s latest books: Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert.


In honor of the release day, check out an excerpt from Mating the Huntress and an opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card curtsey of Talia Hibbert!

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The Governess Game is my favorite Governess Romance of all time. Tessa Dare took a trope I don’t normally gravitate towards and made it golden.

The second installment of Girl Meets Duke is Tessa Dare at her best with charming supporting characters, an easy to root for couple, and multiple funerals for someone’s doll ― which is much more fun that it sounds, trust me.

❈ Huge thanks to Avon for providing me with an ARC for Reviewing Purposes ❈

Book Cver - The Governess Game by Tessa Dare.jpgTitle: The Governess Game (Girl Meets Duke #2)
Author: Tessa Dare
Release Date: August 28th 2018
Category: Adult
Genre: Historical Romance

Content Warning: on page Panic Attack

He’s been a bad, bad rake—and it takes a governess to teach him a lesson.

The accidental governess.

After her livelihood slips through her fingers, Alexandra Mountbatten takes on an impossible post: transforming a pair of wild orphans into proper young ladies. However, the girls don’t need discipline. They need a loving home. Try telling that to their guardian, Chase Reynaud: duke’s heir in the streets and devil in the sheets. The ladies of London have tried—and failed—to make him settle down. Somehow, Alexandra must reach his heart . . . without risking her own.

The infamous rake.

Like any self-respecting libertine, Chase lives by one rule: no attachments. When a stubborn little governess tries to reform him, he decides to give her an education—in pleasure. That should prove he can’t be tamed. But Alexandra is more than he bargained for: clever, perceptive, passionate. She refuses to see him as a lost cause. Soon the walls around Chase’s heart are crumbling . . . and he’s in danger of falling, hard.

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