Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@ViKeeland, @PenelopeAuthor)

I still need to read Playboy Pilot, but I couldn't help myself when I stumbled over this one! And boy, was it worth the read! It was hot, intense and soooo good!
Mister Moneybags
Title: Mister Moneybags
Author: Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 8th 2017

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I met Bianca in an elevator.

She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.
The beautiful raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.

She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”―her afternoon appointment.

Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type―snobby, over educated, silver-spooned men who didn't appreciate the simple things in life.

So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t―a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn't want it to end.

I began dating her as “Jay”―all the while letting her interview the real me over email.

I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot.
I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.
I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.

And she was falling for two men.
Only, both men were me.
And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.

Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn't prepared for what came after.

All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.

I've read a few books by writing duo Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward so I picked up Mister Moneybags without even reading the blurb, knowing that I would enjoy it. I wasn't disappointed either... watching Bianca fumble through meeting a guy in an elevator, and Dex getting to know a girl as Jay and via email. It was a catastrophe waiting to happen, but it was amusing to watch!

Bianca was a girl who had strong morales and high standards. She had no time for liars or cheaters, and she made her opinions clear early on. She took her job seriously and was determined to know the real Dex Truitt. It was interesting to see the chemistry grow between Bianca and both “Jay” and Dex. She was confused but knew she wanted to explore these feelings further.

Ahhh... Dex! I get why he begun that charade with Bianca, but he kept digging himself down deeper and deeper! I could see his feelings were genuine for Bianca, and he would often be jealous... of himself! But deep down, I could see that he was a good guy and would do all that he could to win Bianca over.

What I didn't expect were the twists! Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward through in a few big issues that had me gasping! Just as I got past one moment, another was thrown at me! I just couldn't believe how distorted things turned out to be for both Bianca and Dex. But their love for one another was something that did not wavier. Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward showed me once again why they are such an amazing duo. They build such strong characters and throw into some complex situations that have your mind spinning! Bring on their next project, I'm excited! 

*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

I love the banter between Bianca and Dex... The first swoon made me giggle, the second one, every girl should feel that beautiful that your man wants to devour you! 

“I think I should wait out here.”
“What? Don’t be ridiculous. Come inside.”
His eyes dropped down to point to my breasts. I was fully covered, but my silky robe wasn’t doing a damn thing to hide my pert nipples. They were poking through the lace of my bra and thin cover up, looking as anxious and excited as I felt. I folded my arms across my chest. “That’s your fault.”
“My fault?”
“Yes. If you weren’t all...” I waved my hand up and down. “… all dark and sexy looking, they wouldn’t be saluting you. And you kissed me. What do you expect?”
He grinned. “Dark and sexy looking?”
I rolled my eyes. “Just come in and sit down.”
“Okay. But I can’t guarantee I won’t be all sexy looking.”

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“You look…” he trailed off. Then made a face. “Maybe you should change?”
I frowned. “You don’t like my dress?”
“I fucking love the dress.”
“I don’t understand.”
Dex walked to me. “You look beautiful. Red is definitely your color. But that dress… I’m going to get myself into trouble tonight, and I know it.”

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and 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 10-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.             

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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work.  She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!

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Neighbor Dearest
Jake Undone 
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Spectacle by Rachel Vincent ~ Early Review & Quote-tastic (@rachelkvincent, @HarlequinBooks ,@HarlequinAUS)

What a sequel Spectacle turned out to be! And I will be on edge waiting for more! So much happened and I know I'll be getting the next book as soon as it's available!
Spectacle (Menagerie, #2)
Title: Spectacle
Author: Rachel Vincent
Series: Menagerie #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Expected Publication: May 30th 2017

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In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind…

When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife." Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price.

But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light.

I must say, this book had my adrenaline pumping! Right from the first page I could feel that it was going to be an action packed read! I was on the edge of my seat as the story built and my jaw kept hitting the floor as twist after twist was thrown in. I'm going to say it, but I think that Spectacle was better than the first book and I am DYING for more.

Delilah and the rest of the Metzger's Menagerie cryptids only experienced their freedom for a little while, as they were captured and sold off to The Savage Spectacle. They soon found out they were nothing more than pawns and that money could buy anything. My heart broke as I watched them lose their dignity, were used and abused, and little by little, they lost their spirit.

The relationship between Delilah and Gallagher was as strong as ever, and I could see that Gallagher was struggling with his oath to her. Delilah continued to be passionate about their freedom and would do anything to save her fellow cryptids. I was glad that we got to see more of her furiae, too, as she defended those who needed it.

Rachel Vincent has proved to me once again how amazing her world building is. I loved the characters and the connection that they still have with one another, as well as seeing new characters introduced. Spectacle was told in two parts, and my mind was boggled as certain details were revealed! I couldn't believe how much time had passed and what may have unfolded! My chest ached for all the characters, being subjected to those conditions, treated badly and basically abused. I wanted them to fight back, hurt those that hurt them... I wanted the bloodshed, and I wanted to help! Spectacle will tear at your soul, as you too, would want to avenge these characters, and help them seek revenge!!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have two snippets today, because I had to share a couple of big moments from this book that made an impact on me!

“You want a show?” I whispered to Woodrow. He nodded, and I sucked in a deep breath. “Then hit me.”
“Why?” the gamekeeper demanded, suspicion evident in his narrow-eyed gaze.
“Because if he thinks I’ll pay for his failure, he’ll fight to protect me. But he has to see it.”
Woodrow glanced over my shoulder at Arroway. “Sir, step back please.”
Shoes shuff led against carpet as the guest moved out of the way.
The gamekeeper looked down into the ring, and I followed his gaze to see Gallagher still watching me.
I never saw the blow coming.

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“They wouldn’t let me see you after the party,” he said into the wet hair on the top of my head. “They wouldn’t even tell me if you were still alive, after what you did to that guard.”
“I’m fine,” I assured him. “They said you killed two men.”
“The slaughter would have been much greater, if not for the tranquilizers.”
I took a step back and looked up at him. “I asked you not to make trouble.”
“I swore to rip apart anyone who lays a hostile hand on you—to litter the ground with the corpses of our enemies—and my word is my honor, Delilah.”
“I know.”

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Rachel Vincent
A resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

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April flew by so quickly, that I didn't get my post together in time! So here I am, catching up once again!
By little girl turned 12 last month and she has a boyfriend! My hubby and I are still in a little shock! 
We are back into the swing of football and netball. so when I'm not working, we are playing sport.
I am still trying to read and blog as much as I can. I'm always behind, but I promise I will continue to catch up!

I plan on being better at the end of this month, and hope to keep on top... we'll see how that goal goes!

Click on the covers to take you to my reviews.
London Bound (Heart of the City #3)Twist (Dive Bar, #2)Turning Back (Turning #2)Riot Street

Book of the month...
It Ends with Us
Click on the covers to take you to my reviews.
Love in LingerieDirty Billionaire (The Dirty Billionaire Trilogy, #1)
These are the books I've picked up over the past month!
(Click on covers to take you to Goodreads)

Mister ORoyally Screwed (Royally, #1)Mister Moneybags
Ball Peen Hammer

Three books I received from Hachette Books Aus! 😊😊
Beyond the Wild River by Sarah Maine
Stars Across the Ocean by Kimberley Freeman
The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George

Turning Back (Turning #2)
I've read all of these except Ride the Storm! I'm so excited to read it, it's been a long time on between books!
Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8)Riot StreetThe Playboy Bachelor (The Bachelors of Arizona, #2)
Live Out LoudConfessions of a Former Puck Bunny

I got all these through newsletters.
Love, ChloeDangerous Secrets (Tall, Dark & Deadly, #2)Consolation (Salvation, #3)
Naomi’s Weekly Wrap Up is a combined meme with the Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book ReviewerBought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Braine @ Talk Supe and Stacking The Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.
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Live Out Loud by Marie Meyer ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@MarieMwrites, @ForeverRomance)

I decided to pick up Live Out Loud to read my first Marie Meyer novel. It was a pretty enjoyable read, and I'm sure I'll be reading more from her in the future. 
Live Out Loud
Title: Live Out Loud
Author: Marie Meyer
Genre: Romance
Published: April 30th 2017

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I thought I'd live in silence forever . . . and then I met him.

I'll never be able to hear, but music has always been a source of comfort for me. Rather than listen to the rhythm, I can actually feel the beat pulsing through me. It's pure bliss. So the moment I saw Thorin playing his guitar, I was mesmerized. I'd never seen anything more beautiful . . . or intimate. I couldn't tell where his body ended and the song began. He's everything I need in my life . . . I'm falling fast, hard, and deep.

I want him more than anything. But while I live in silence, Thor lives in secrets. He's holding something back-something that's keeping this intensity, this longing from being real. And the silence may be too loud to bear . . .

Marie Meyer is a new to me author, and when I stumbled upon her book I had to give it a try. I really enjoy stories where the characters have to work hard because of the communication barrier between them. Thorin had a passion for writing and making music and their connection grew as Harper could feel it through the beats of his music.

I loved they way that Thor went out of his way to prove how sincere he was at beginning a relationship with Harper. He wanted to learn how to communicate with her, by learning her language. Difficult issues with his own family held him back a little, and he felt unworthy and determined that his relationship with Harper was only temporary.

Harper had never felt so accepted before, even by her own parents! She never expected a guy like Thor to see HER for the girl that she was. The more time they spent together, the easier it was for Harper to let Thor in, especially because he tried hard to make her feel normal.

I felt that this book didn't have the full impact that I hoped it would have. I missed a crucial moment between Thor and Harper in the beginning, right before their first date. Those moments when a relationship is first beginning are important to me as a reader. I was sick of Harper addressing Thor's by his full name over and over! Thorin Kline this and that, just Thor would've been ok. I was happy that Harper's relationship with her parents healed throughout the story, and that she had such a great friendship with her best friend Chloe. Overall, it was a sweet story of two people from different worlds that began a relationship, and a journey of a lifetime together.

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
*** Swoon Thursday was first bought to us by YA Bound. Since they are no longer with us, and with permission from Trisha Wolfe, I have decided that those of us that love to swoon need a central meet up point.  So here it is ladies! I have a link up for everyone at the bottom of the post you can add your swoons to, and I’ll set it up every week! So tell all other swooners out there to come on over, link up so we can visit each other! ***

I have a few moments here that made my heart pitter-patter a little bit. I loved the passion that these two had for one another!

She licks her lips and that’s it, I can’t take it anymore. I need to fucking kiss her.

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His shoulders slump and he writes more. Because when I kiss you, I feel it right here. He beats his fist against his chest, right over his heart. And that scares the shit out of me, he adds to the page.

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Thor and I are so different. Tattoos and freckled porcelain. Hearing and deaf. But, when we’re together, the lines blur. Ink gets smeared all over the glass, and the contrast fades. We’re one. Without even a word, we know what the other needs. We reside in the other’s universe and understand.

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Marie  MeyerMarie Meyer has been a teacher for sixteen years. She spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt romances that will leave readers clamoring for more. She is a member RWA (PAN) and a 2017 RITA® Finalist. Marie's short fiction won honorable mentions from the St. Louis Writers Guild in 2010 and 2011. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Special Olympics, making up silly stories with her youngest daughter, and bingeing on weeks of DVR'd television shows with her husband.

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