Thursday, February 22, 2018

***Review Tour!*** GENTLEMAN NINE by Penelope Ward



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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.   Growing up, the three of us were friends. He was the nerd. I was the playboy. She was the beauty.   Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits. He lied.   I went off to college, and he got the girl. Amber never knew how I felt. They were together for years—before he broke her heart.   Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch. When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.   Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men. One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings. Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity. Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message. She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend— me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.) Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel. When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.      

You know you have a good book in your hands when all you want to do is read. Despite invitations to the movies from friends or going out to dinner with your husband, you just want to sit alone in a quiet room and be consumed by the story and it’s characters. Not even a sense of duty to go grocery shopping, clean the house, or the need to make dinner can pull you away. That’s exactly how I felt about Gentleman Nine. I couldn’t wait to meet Penelope’s next hero, Channing Lord. Now that I’ve met him, I’ll never be the same!

Channing was so different for me than most of Penelope's previous heroes. He wasn't as sexy as Jake or as smooth as Chance, but I found myself drawn to him on a whole different level. I was drawn to him more for his vulnerability than for his muscles and sexy mouth. Channing is a nurturer. He took care of and loved the women he held closest to his heart, and that in turn, melted mine.

Channing and Amber's story ended up being so much more than just a friend to lovers story. There is an emotional side story that connected Channing and Amber in a way that was unbreakable. The surprising twist that came right when I thought their story was coming to an end, blew me away. My heart hurt for everyone. Sometimes heart breaking events happen for a reason and Penelope Ward shows us how in the end, everything works out how it is meant to be.

In true Penelope Ward fashion, Gentleman Nine is made up of everything I have come to love in a romance novel. A heart felt storyline... relatable, good hearted characters that I can't help but fall in love with... laughs, swoons, tears... and an epilogue that makes my cup runneth over.

Gentleman Nine is an I Love Story Time Top Read! I HIGHLY recommend!

♥ Review by Lys


             


 Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island. 

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Other standalones from Penelope Ward:

Drunk Dial:

Mack Daddy:

Stepbrother Dearest:

Neighbor Dearest:

RoomHate:

Dear Bridget, I Want You: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Mister Moneybags: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Playboy Pilot: (co-written with Vi Keeland)

Stuck-Up Suit: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1S3LnpZ   

Cocky Bastard: (co-written with Vi Keeland)
Sins of Sevin:

Jake Undone (Jake #1):

Jake Understood (Jake #2):

My Skylar

Gemini:












GENTLEMAN NINE by Penelope Ward: Review by Lys

Gentleman NineGentleman Nine by Penelope Ward
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

You know you have a good book in your hands when all you want to do is read. Despite invitations to the movies from friends or going out to dinner with your husband, you just want to sit alone in a quiet room and be consumed by the story and it’s characters. Not even a sense of duty to go grocery shopping, clean the house, or the need to make dinner can pull you away. That’s exactly how I felt about Gentleman Nine. I couldn’t wait to meet Penelope’s next hero, Channing Lord. Now that I’ve met him, I’ll never be the same!

Channing was so different for me than most of Penelope's previous heroes. He wasn't as sexy as Jake or as smooth as Chance, but I found myself drawn to him on a whole different level. I was drawn to him more for his vulnerability than for his muscles and sexy mouth. Channing is a nurturer. He took care of and loved the women he held closest to his heart, and that in turn, melted mine.

Channing and Amber's story ended up being so much more than just a friend to lovers story. There is an emotional side story that connected Channing and Amber in a way that was unbreakable. The surprising twist that came right when I thought their story was coming to an end, blew me away. My heart hurt for everyone. Sometimes heart breaking events happen for a reason and Penelope Ward shows us how in the end, everything works out how it is meant to be.

In true Penelope Ward fashion, Gentleman Nine is made up of everything I have come to love in a romance novel. A heart felt storyline... relatable, good hearted characters that I can't help but fall in love with... laughs, swoons, tears... and an epilogue that makes my cup runneth over.

Gentleman Nine is an I Love Story Time Top Read! I HIGHLY recommend!

♥ Review by Lys

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***New Release!*** SPARK by S.L. Scott


Title: Spark 
Author: S.L. Scott 
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance

 
SYNOPSIS
One break is all The Crow Brothers need and we’re about to get it.
Johnny Outlaw, rock legend and lead singer of The Resistance, is here to watch us play. But he’s not the only familiar face in the crowd—killer little body, heart-shaped face, and drop-dead gorgeous.
Hannah Nichols sitting at the bar makes it hard to concentrate, sparks already reigniting. The beauty was never a groupie and tonight she’s not here to catch our show. She came to drop a bomb. “You have a son.”
She underestimated me. I’ll prove to my son, and her, that I can be the dad he needs.
What is it about musicians? Why are they so damn sexy?
My heart was Jet Crow’s the moment he opened his sexy mouth and sang that first song. One stolen night with that man would never be enough, but I’m not here to fall into his bed. Again. I’m here to fight for custody of a son he’s never known.
There’s just one problem. Those sparks between us have become flames. If we’re not careful we’re both going to get burned.
 
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Title: Spark 
Author: S.L. Scott 
Genre: Standalone Contemporary Romance 
Release Date: February 22, 2018 
Cover Design: RBA Designs

   
 
SPARK EXCERPT
Prologue
Jet Crow
Subtle scents of cinnamon mix with the taste of whiskey on her skin. I lick her from collarbone to the back of her ear, her moans enticing me to take more than a gentle share of what I want.
I’m well past hooking up with groupies, but something drew me to the beautiful brunette. Under the bright spotlight of that stage, my eyes found hers as I sang about finding the missing piece of me. Maybe it was the way she pretended to not care, catching my eyes and then turning away as if she was too shy to come speak to me, but too good to be bothered. It didn’t matter. I was already caught up in her as much as she was caught up in me.
The set ended and I made my way over to the mystery woman, the one who hid in the dark of the bar just as two shots were served. I took the shot of Fireball and then took her home shortly after.
Fuck. She feels good.
Hard little body, but soft in all the right places. Tits that fill my large hands and legs that spread enough for me to squeeze between her thighs. I bet she wouldn’t reach my shoulders in heels. Speaking of, “Keep them on.”
I like the feel of the leather against my lower back, the hard heel scraping across my skin when she tries to power play me by tightening around my waist and pulling me closer. I didn’t ask her to my bedroom. I didn’t have a chance. What started out as laughing while we shared a two a.m. snack of Cheetos, hummus, and whiskey turned into me eating her as a snack on top of my kitchen counter. I don’t ever do that with a one-nighter, but damn if she didn’t make me want to break more rules with her.
She kisses me like a woman in need of water, taking as much as she wants while pressing her heels into my ass. The heat between us emanates until I’m dragging my shirt off to try to cool down.
I knew she was different the moment she opened her mouth back at the bar. “You sing rock with so much soul. Who hurt you?”
“No one gets close enough to do me any harm.”
“That’s a pity.”
“It’s a pity I’ve never been hurt?”
“No, it’s a pity you’ve never loved anyone enough to get hurt.”
My heart started beating for what felt like the first time as I looked into her sultry eyes. I could blame the booze, but I can’t lie to myself. She had me thinking twice on things I never considered once before.
Who was this woman?
Even with our stomachs full, we weren’t satisfied. She dragged me by the belt down the hall to my bedroom. Her clothes were off and mine quickly followed before we tumbled into bed.
Fast. I want to fuck her fast and hard, but every time our eyes connect there’s such sadness found in her grays that I slow down. Wanting her to hold contact, I cup her cheek. “Hannah?”
Her eyes slowly open, the long lashes framing the lust I find between them. “What?” she asks between heavy breaths.
“Are you okay?”
“I’m good.”
“Just making sure.”
She runs her hands up my neck and into the back of my hair. “I’m sure.” Pulling me down to her, our mouths are just a few inches apart when she whispers, “I want you. I want to do this.”
Shy isn’t something I’d call her considering we were in my bed two hours after meeting. I like a woman who knows what she wants. Hannah knows. And fuck if it isn’t a turn on that she wants me.
 
About The Author:
Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She's obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she's a pro.
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Saving Me by Sadie Allen

Title: Saving Me
Author: Sadie Allen
Genre: Mature YA Romance
Release Date: February 21, 2018
On the outside, Ally has everything any teenager could want. She’s beautiful, popular, and athletic. She has the right friends, an adoring boyfriend, and the picture-perfect family.  Too bad it’s all a lie.
Every day she’s dying a little on the inside, drowning in everyone’s expectations and opinions, the weight of it all pulling her under. 
She wants to do the unthinkable ... until a boy with shaggy hair, unusual eyes, and a lip ring changes her plans.
“Saving Me is a beautifully written novel about perseverance, finding your own voice and learning to love life and yourself. It's a must read!” ~ Goodreads Reviewer
“Fantastic read, recommended for anyone who loves YA that deals with real issues.” ~ Author N.E. Lucas 
“A remarkable story of young love, second chances, fear, overcoming obstacles, life… An incredibly sweet, funny, and emotional story with a very profound message.” ~ Goodreads Reviewer
“With Saving Me, Sadie Allen renders perfectly the essence of the YA genre.” ~ Author Mia Miller
“Saving Me might just be my favourite contemporary book ever, definitely top 5.” ~ Goodreads Reviewer


Saving MeSaving Me by Sadie Allen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


5 Stars!

“It’s all part of my plan.”

                             “Plan for what?”

                           “My plan for saving you.”



Just reading that quote hurts my heart. I love that Sadie Allen can take something so tragic and turn it into a beautifully written story. This is the first book I’ve read of hers and it completely blew my mind. I know for a fact I can’t give Saving Me anything less than 5 Stars! I loved the main characters. Blake and Elodie brought so much to the story, and I will be having a high school crush on Sterling for awhile. He was perfect; with the most genuine heart and the most uplifting words.

“Your beauty isn’t just on the outside; you have this light inside you that you don’t even realize you have. You’re beautiful on the inside. I don’t know how it all got twisted inside your head, but you are. Your beauty shines so bright that you practically glow.”

As for Ally, I’m sure there are many girls out there that can relate to her story. After hitting rock bottom, I’m sure it’s hard to move on. I’m so happy Ally had Sterling to show her the beauty in life. I hope that any girls that are going through what Ally did, find their Sterling. Everyone can use someone like him. He truly saved her; in more ways than one. I don’t think there’s anything better than that.

“His love was my anchor. My lifeline. He didn’t realize this, but after that day, Sterling just kept on saving me … and I hoped he never stopped.”


-Review by Juls 




Sadie Allen lives in Texas with her husband and three young children. When she's not writing, she's reading, catching up on her favorite shows, or chasing her family around the house.

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