Wednesday, June 28, 2017


Title: The Wright Mistake
Author: K.A. Linde
Release Date: August 8, 2017
A new stand alone enemies-to-lovers romance by USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde...

I spent six weeks screwing Austin Wright’s brains out and all I got was this broken heart.

He can’t be trusted. Not with my body or my heart. Yet, two years have passed and I still crave him like an addict needing a fix.

The last time we tried this, it nearly ruined me. I know I should run and never look back. But his dark haunted eyes and razor blade smile speak to my soul. His touch sets my body on fire. And we all know what happens when you light gasoline. Someone is bound to get burned.

A second chance might destroy us both.

Because everyone knows two wrongs don’t make a Wright.

K.A. Linde is the USA Today bestselling author of more than fifteen novels including the Avoiding series and the Record series. She has a Masters degree in political science from the University of Georgia, was the head campaign worker for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the head coach of the Duke University dance team. She loves reading fantasy novels, geeking out over Star Wars, binge-watching Supernatural, and dancing in her spare time.

She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband and two super adorable puppies.


Title: The King
Author: Skye Warren
Series: Masterpiece Duet #1
Release Date: June 27, 2017

My Rating: 4.5 STARS
The highest stakes...

My father gambles every night, falling deeper and deeper into debt. And when he's lost everything, he places a new bet--his daughter. I'm his entry bet to the biggest underground poker game.

The players are politicians and mafia men, every kind of danger around a velvet-covered table. But it's only one man who makes me shake.

The man I once thought I loved.

The man who betrayed me.

His eyes meet mine with dark promise. And when he puts down his money, I know I'm going to lose more than my body. I'm going to lose everything.
Dark. Gritty. Raw. That is this book. Damon Scott is the bad man. Not to be confused with bad boy. He's bad, but his father is worse. A monster. And the only light that Damon ever had in his life was Penny. She was a glimmer of hope in a bleak, abusive world. A world that has the potential to ruin, just like Damon could ruin Penny, but only after she's already suffered a fate that could be categorized as worse than death, and come back from it. 

THE KING is a push and pull of ruin. One minute I was aching for Penny, the next Damon, and back and forth, and back and forth like a ping pong match with no favorable odds of anyone winning. I'm left flummoxed. I don't know if these two shattered souls can fix each other, or if they can fix themselves, but one thing Skye Warren is incredibly gifted at is showing the reader the hope in a truly irreparably broken person. And she's most certainly laid the ground work for Damon and Penny to come out on the other side of this with their sanity somewhat intact, and their hearts full of the only kind of love they can give. It won't be perfect, it won't be pretty, but it will be hauntingly beautiful and very much them. 

This book is one of those books that left me feeling off-kilter. Not in a bad way, just in a, I need Penny and Damon to find some independent and coupled closure, and just be at peace. A peace neither of them have ever quite felt, but I think they're finding it in one another. And I hope they take it full force and build an impenetrable castle so the ugly can no longer get in. THE KING consumed my thoughts, pushed me out of my comfort zone, but I call that a marker of a well-written and well-orchestrated book. So I can confidently say I absolutely suggest this book, though I do suggest reading the ENDGAME series first, even though it's not required as this is the beginning of Penny and Damon's story. 

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dark romance such as Wanderlust and Prisoner. Praised as a “true mistress of dark erotica”, her books have been featured in Jezebel, Buzzfeed, USA Today Happily Ever After, Glamour, and Elle Magazine. She makes her home in Texas with her loving family, four dogs, and one evil cat.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Title: Savaged Dreams
Author: Jennifer Lyon
Series: Savaged Illusions #1
Release Date: June 19, 2017

My Rating: 5 STARS
Going away to college gives LIZA GLASNER a chance to escape her painful and dangerous past…or so she thinks. At fourteen years old, she survived an attack by a famous musician. After that, the media, groupies and crazies hounded her with a merciless cruelty that ruined her life. But now she’s thriving—until an internship brings her face to face with the sizzling hot lead singer of a rock band, and she finds herself drawn to the very thing that once destroyed her. Justice is a temptation she can’t resist…and one that could get her killed. 

Sexy rock star JUSTICE CADE is determined to take his band, Savaged Illusions, to the top by winning the Court of Rock T.V. show. Tortured by guilt for failing his family, he believes fame is his only path to redemption. But when the fiery college-intern hiding her beauty beneath baggy sweaters and a snarky attitude bursts into his life, Justice is forced to choose between the woman he loves and the stardom he craves. The wrong choice will cost him more than he can bear.

**This is book one in a trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. However the next two books are being released in July and September so readers won’t be stranded on the cliff for long!
For a few seconds they stood there watching before she became aware of Justice’s gaze on her. “What?”

“You look beautiful tonight. All damned night, I’ve watched you. Every time you laughed, it jolted straight to my cock. I wanted to yank you against me and kiss the hell out of you, show the entire ship that you’re mine.” He clenched his jaw, his eyes glinting. “I’ve never had this possessiveness over a woman.”

Energy crackled between them, a connection so magnetic she leaned into him. For years, Liza had felt like a burden forced on her aunt and uncle. The outside world judged her without even knowing her. But Justice did know her, and he wanted her. That sensation poured into the loneliest part of Liza, making her feel sexy, worthy and a little bit wary. She wanted to feel this, but not lose her head.

“Lust. This is just lust, right?” She needed something to tell herself, to hold on to. She wasn’t going to throw her life away or become her mom. “It’ll burn itself out.” Not destroy her.

His gaze scorched into hers. “That what it feels like to you? Like a couple orgasms will cure this attraction?” He fingered a lock of her hair. “Or will it whet your appetite for more?”

Wowzers. This book. This book. This book. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up Savaged Dreams, I've always been a huge Jennifer Lyon fan, but good grief, she outdid herself with this book! Liza and Justice = mega swoon alert. These two have just about every obstacle in their way, but somehow they could not be more right for one another. They're the epitome of "it's so wrong, it's right". From Justice's devoted attention to Liza, to Liza's ability to ground Justice when no one else ever has, these two are scarred beyond imagine, but throughout the first book in their journey, it's an epically effortless melding together. But again, as right as they are for once another the TV show Justice and his band are trying to win, Liza's hidden, and ticking time bomb past are just the most present and noticeable tribulations that face these two in their unexpected romance.

I will say this: holy cliffhanger, batman I was NOT ready for a cliffhanger like this book delivered. I'm not adverse to them in the slightest, and I should have known going in, but I was just so damn excited about another Jennifer Lyon book I didn't even fully read the description before I started in on the book. But I got to about 65% and thought... hmm there's no way this can wrap up, and sure as heck curveball after curveball got lobbed at my poor sensitive reader heart and now I'm just sitting here desperate for the next book. I need Justice in my life like I need chocolate (hint, it's an almost daily consumption here in the SBDR household). I just cannot WAIT to get more of this story and figure out how one of my beloved authors is going to dig her characters out of these holes!

A definite must-read for me - you won't be disappointed!

Happy Reading!
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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Jennifer Lyon is the pseudonym for USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Apodaca. Jen lives in Southern California where she continually plots ways to convince her husband that they should get a dog. After all, they met at the dog pound, fell in love, married and had three wonderful sons. So far, however, she has failed in her doggy endeavor. She consoles herself by pouring her passion into writing books. To date, Jen has published more than fifteen books and novellas, including a fun and sexy mystery series and a variety of contemporary romances under the name Jennifer Apodaca. As Jennifer Lyon she created a dark, sizzling paranormal series, and The Plus One Chronicles, an emotionally sensual adult contemporary series. Jen’s won numerous awards and had her books translated into multiple languages, but she still hasn’t come up with a way to persuade her husband that they need a dog.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

COVER REVEAL ~The Edge of Us by Veronica Larsen~

Title: The Edge of Us
Author: Veronica Larsen
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Eight years ago, Cole Van Buren left me at the altar without a single explanation. My heart’s been at a standstill ever since, the anger keeping me from moving on. Keeping me from seeing the man who’s been right in front of me all this time…

Andrew’s been the friend I needed, the one constant through the hardest times of my life. But one night, the lines blur and we’re tipped into something more. Just when I’m ready to explore what we could be…

My ex comes back.

Cole says he didn’t come to get me back, but I should know better. The answers he dangles overhead are the ones I need to finally let go.

Except there’s no such thing as closure, only a past that wants to pull you backward.

Veronica Larsen’s romance novels are angst-driven and steamy. They tend to feature strong female leads who keep their male counterparts on their toes. Veronica enjoys building intense chemistry and anticipation while creating believable, down-to-earth romances. She’s an avid reader of all genres, coffee addict, and a Harry Potter fanatic.