Bryce by Lauren Runow and Jeannine Colette ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@LaurenRunow @jeannineColett)

This is the second book by this writing duo, and they have hooked me once again with Bryce's book! He is just a sweet guy, who got caught in the wrong situation... however he worked hard for Tessa and realised what he was missing in life.
Bryce (Sexton Brothers, #2)
Title: Bryce
Author: Lauren Runow and Jeannine Colette
Series: Sexton Brothers #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 15th 2018

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“Truth or dare?”
“I’ll take your dare.”
“Kiss me.”

I don’t believe in Prince Charming, but when I met a handsome stranger on a rooftop his words intrigued me and his dares left nothing but temptation.

Then I learned the truth.

His name is Bryce Sexton. Media mogul, workaholic and a heart of stone. He’s broody AF and yet every woman in San Francisco wants him.

So why won’t he leave me alone?

Wherever I go, he’s there, trying to force his way into my world. What he doesn’t know is I already have a man in my life. A tiny redhead who loves Legos and Superheroes.

With every push, Bryce pulls me in further. Our pasts are laced with betrayal. Our futures are unpredictable. Our chemistry is explosive.

With each dare I uncover a truth, but he's exactly what I don’t need right now.

So why did I have to go and kiss him?

I had so much fun reading Bryce's book, getting to know that strong and fierce brother who wanted what was best for his family. It was amusing to see him fall for a girl who didn't run in his circle, who also came as a package deal. It was a sweet, exciting and intense read, and like the first book, the last few lines left me hanging for Tanner's book... the mysterious brother I am dying to meet!

I really liked Bryce! He was a strong, determined and successful man, but he was kind and sweet too. He wanted to succeed in his role at the helm of his mother's company, but he wanted a family and his goals shifted a little once he met Tessa.

I liked how Tessa had made a life for herself and her son, but I could see that she was lacking company, which she realised after she met Bryce. He kind of swept her off her feet at their initial meeting, and he was determined to win her over.

It was sweet watching them fall for one another, and especially how Bryce fell for Charlie too. Bryce decided to take a bit of a step back from work, despite the pressure he was under from his Father and his wife Missy. There were issues that surfaced that threw a spanner in the works, and I hoped they would see that they were stronger together to get through.

I'm really enjoying the work from this writing duo. They're delivering stories I can relate too, and throwing in some hooks to keep me coming back. Although these books can be read as standalones, I think the reader would get a better understanding of the brothers if you read each book. I am REALLY looking forward to Tanner's story, as we haven't officially met him yet!
*** 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 sweet moment, and one to curl your toes!

“When was the last time you felt you were at the right place, at the right time, with the right person?”
“Right now,” she breathes.
“Me, too.”

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“Truth or dare?” I whisper.
He shakes his head. “I’ll dare myself.”
He moves closer, pulling me in, and I let him. All reason flies out of my mind. My heart pounds out of control as an urge I haven’t felt in years takes over. My breath hitches when I feel his breath sweep across my lips, so close.
“I’m going to kiss you.”
I heed the warning and close my eyes. I nod slightly and relish in the feeling of his lips as they softly touch mine. My body goes limp as he pulls me into him, supporting my weight before he opens his mouth, sweeping his tongue against my lips, asking for permission to enter.

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Lauren RunowLauren Runow is the author of multiple Adult Contemporary Romance novels, some more dirty than others. When Lauren isn't writing, you'll find her listening to music, at her local CrossFit, reading, or at the baseball field with her boys. Her only vice is coffee, and she swears it makes her a better mom!

Lauren is a graduate from the Academy of Art in San Francisco and is the founder and co-owner of the community magazine she and her husband publish. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

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Jeannine ColetteJeannine Colette is the author of the Abandon Collection - a series of stand-alone novels featuring dynamic heroines who have to abandon their reality in order to discover themselves . . . and love along the way. Each book features a new couple, exciting new city and a rose of a different color.

A graduate of Wagner College and the New York Film Academy, Jeannine went on to become a Segment Producer for television shows on CBS and NBC. She left the television industry to focus on her children and pursue a full-time writing career. She lives in New York with her husband, the three tiny people she adores more than life itself, and a rescue pup named Wrigley.

Jeannine and her family are active supporters of The March of Dimes and Strivright The Auditory-Oral School of New York.

Other reviews featuring Lauren Runow & Jeannine Colette
Sexton Brothers series
Austin #1

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Unwritten series
Unwritten #1

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Abandon Collection 
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Reckless Abandon #2
Wild Abandon #3 
Sinful Abandon #4 
True Abandon
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The Dirty Ones by J.A. Huss ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@jahuss)

If you are looking for a read a little hot and dirty, this one is for you! There are a few twists that will keep your mind ticking and wanting to know where this book is going. Huss is a fabulous author; she knows how to hook a reader and leave them wanting more!
The Dirty Ones
Title: The Dirty Ones
Author: J.A. Huss
Genre: Erotic Romance
Published: December 4th 2018

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They said write what you know so that's what I did. I wrote dirty, I wrote erotic, I wrote the truth.
And then they called me a liar. But it's not me who's lying, it's them.
Our story isn't for everyone. It's not even for us.
So if you're looking for the fairy tale and the stupid prince on his dumb white horse, move along. You've got a hold of the wrong book. This is not your story, this is not your life, and this is not your opportunity to dip your frightened little toe into the dark pool of water and "try new things" and then pull it out and decide... #NotForMe.
When you go in with us you go all in. So make a decision before you turn this page.
Because I'm making one promise with this book.
Just one.
We are The Dirty Ones and this is our truth.

If you have read J.A. Huss before you know she has a way to write stories that leave you mystified and thinking what-the? That is exactly what she has done with The Dirty Ones... she has blown my mind and left me stunned! You think the story is going in one direction when there's a twist thrown in and the book goes down a whole new path!

This story was told from two perspectives, Connor and Keira, however it features a group of people who were brought back together after 10 years as their past resurfaced. For Connor, it will end his career, and he was determined to get answers. He confronts Keira and all his feelings for her come rushing back. Soon the group reunites, and as they try to unravel the mystery, they find it hard not to fall back into their old ways.

This really was a boggling read! The mystery kept everyone on edge, and that intensity lead to many raunchy scenes! Honestly, I had to fan myself a few times as these people gave into their urges and desires. I was unsure of what was happening for a while and once the truth was revealed... BOOM! It was amazing!

J.A. Huss is an astonishing author, and she keeps producing these stories that keep us thinking! The characters have flaws, but I don't care! I just want to see how they work through their demons and become better people. This story had everything: mystery, intensity, deception, suspense, dirty but hot sex, lust, love, and so much more! It was the perfect package that I expect from Huss and I will be back for more!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review.

I've got three teasers today to give you a glimpse into this world! It is hot and sexy, I tell ya!

“Connor loves us both, Kiera. But if he has to choose just one, he’s going to choose you. And hey,” she says, looking up. She’s crying for real now. A tear runs down her cheek. “I’d choose him over you, that’s what I was trying to say before. I like you, but he was all I ever wanted up in the tower. So what he just told me isn’t any different than what I just told you.”

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“I guess that’s what I love about you,” Sofia says.
“What? What do you mean?”
“Underneath all that I-hate-everyone bullshit, you really are an optimist. Because we’re not fine. We’re so far from fine, it’s sad. Someone wrote a book about us, you guys. We’re in those pages.”

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“Flip me over and fuck me hard, Mr. Arlington. Because if you don’t, I’ll walk away wanting more.”
“Maybe that’s what I’m after,” he whispers. “Maybe I don’t want you to love it. Maybe I want you to need more so next time you’ll see what’s missing.”

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J.A. HussJA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past four years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings. 

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively, her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017, and her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award and Voice Arts Award in 2018. In May 2018 MGM Television optioned five of her books (Slack, Guns, Come, Come Back, and Coming For You –collectively called THE COMPANY) for a TV Series. She and Johnathan are partners in that TV series project —in fact, they started out writing the teleplay for The Company and soon after found themselves writing novels together too.

Johnathan McClain is her first (and only) writing partner and even though they are worlds apart in just about every way imaginable, it works.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

Other reviews featuring J.A. Huss
Jordan’s Game 
The Pleasure of Panic #2
Turning series
Taking Turns #1
Turning Back #2
SuperAlpha series
Anarchy Found #1
Anarchy Missing #2
Anarchy Chained #3
Mister series
Five #0.5
Mr. Perfect #1

Mr. Romantic #2
Mr. Corporate #3
Mr. Mysterious #4
Mr. Match #5
Mr. & Mrs. #6
Rook and Ronin series
Tragic #1
Manic #2
Panic #3
Happily Ever After #3.5
Other reviews featuring J.A. Huss & Johnathan McClain
Tall, Dark, and Handsome series
The Sexpert #1
Pierced #2
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Tequila High by Michelle Leighton ~ Review & Swoon Thursday (@mleightonbooks)

I am a huge fan of Michelle Leighton and I am so happy that she's brought us a light and sexy read, Tequila High! I smashed through this one, like devouring a shot of Tequila myself! 
Tequila High
Title: Tequila High
Author: Michelle Leighton
Series: 100 Proof #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: November 18th 2018

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Haley Brandt isn’t the one-night-stand type, but too much tequila and a man with two sinfully black eyes left her breathless and willing to break her own rules. Her only solace was the fact that she’d never see him again.

Until the next morning when she finds out he’s her ride out of town and back to the ranch where she grew up.

Nixon Holt works with Haley’s father, so Haley makes her position clear—she doesn’t get involved with ranch employees. Ever. At nineteen, she’d learned her lesson the hard way, and it became her one unbreakable rule.

But Nixon makes his position clear, too: He’s going to wear down Haley’s defenses and he won’t stop until she breaks all her rules for him. He’s well on his way when Haley finds out the one thing that could make her hate him. Nixon is left with two choices: walk away or break all his rules for her.

Michelle Leighton is one of my all time favourite authors, so when she brings out a new book you know I am going to snap it up. Once I got my hands on Tequila High, you can bet that I devoured it during every spare moment that I had! It was a lighter read than the last few books she has written, full of sexual tension and amusing moments that will leave any reader wanting more!

Right from the opening chapters, I knew I was going to enjoy meeting Haley and Nixon! They had immediate chemistry, and although neither of them were looking for anything serious, I could see that they had a taste for one another that would keep them wanting more. Hayley spent a bit of time trying to keep Nixon at arms length, but she soon realised he wasn't going to stay away, and the flirting games began!

I loved that all the sisters and their father had a strong bond, despite Haley being away for so long. She returned home and I could see that they would do anything for one another. I liked the way that Nixon had a good relationship with them all as well, but he only had eyes for Haley. The way he became possessive of her and defended her when she needed it made me realise what they had was real, even though he didn't know it at the time. He really was a great guy, who thought he was happy until Haley turned his world upside down!

Tequila High was such a delightful read. It wasn't always smooth sailing as a few demons resurfaced to try and derail these lovebirds. However, a love like these two had was unbreakable and even time didn't diminish that fact. I'm so excited that Michelle Leighton has introduced us to a new cowboy to love, since my first read of hers was The Wild Ones (gotta love Trick!), and I've always wanted more! I can tell you that she sure delivered this one perfectly... and I want to come back to this world again! I hope we get to see all the girls fall in love and decide which direction their careers will take them!

Complimentary copy provided by the Author 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 two swoons today... one was a intense kiss. The other sexy flirting!

“Just hold still.” I fist my hands in the soft material of his shirt and haul myself up onto my tiptoes. The moment I smash my mouth to his, chaos explodes all around us. It’s like fireworks in my ears. Cheering and whooping, caterwauling and howling. I feel like Rachel when she kissed Ross for the first time and the studio crowd went wild.
After a few seconds, I lean back, smiling and satisfied by my courageous efforts. Before I can pull away, though, he stops me. “Wait.”
I pause, looking up at him. His eyes pour down into mine like sweet, thick molasses. And just like that, I’m caught. Stuck. Held breathlessly.
Two words ripple through the fireworks. A warning. A taunt. “My turn.”
They land in my stomach with a boom.
One palm rises to the side of my neck, his thumb by my ear. He gives me the space of three erratic heartbeats to protest before he bends to press his lips to mine. I don’t protest because I can’t. I want this. More than I can remember wanting anything in recent years.
And he gives it to me.

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“Do you know what time it is?”
“I do. Do you?”
“Yes, it’s six forty-five. Way too early to be up exercising and grunting.”
“Early mornings are the best time to grunt. And exercise, too, for that matter.” He gives me a wink that nearly blows my robe open.

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Originally inspired by YA Bound
M. LeightonNew York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a rarely ever comfortable speaking about herself in the third person, but here goes. Michelle is a former nurse who has always harbored a passion for the written word, a weakness for alpha males, and a profound love of all things romantic. Never in her wildest dreams did this Yankee-turned-Southerner imagine her life as it is today. She has the best job in the world, a husband who treats her like a princess, and a dog that's so smart she may one day write a novel, too. You can often find Michelle hidden away in her cave, crafting a new story, or out in the sunshine enjoying some quiet time with her man. Movies, wine, and good food are frequently thrown into the mix, and exercise on days that start with Q. She loves laughter, chocolate, the color red, and you can find out more about her at Sign up for her newsletter here:
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Other Reviews from M. Leighton
The Way We Burn
The Dandelion
Dashing through the Snow
Levi's Blue
The Empty Jar 
The Beautiful Now
Tall, Dark, and Dangerous
Strong Enough #1
Tough Enough #2
Brave Enough #3
Pocketful of Sand
Pretty Series
Wild Ones Series 
Wild Child #1.5
Bad Boys Series
Madly Series
Madly #1
Madly and Wolfhardt #2 
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Prom King by Penny Wylder ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@PennyWylder)

Penny Wylder is a new to me author and I decided to give Prom King a go. It was a quick read, plenty of smexy moments with a little drama thrown in.
Author: Penny Wylder
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 10th 2018

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He was the hot popular guy. I was the nerdy girl with a fantasy crush. All of my childhood, I was invisible to Adam Carlisle. That was fine, because I was too shy, and too smart, to think I had a chance with the most popular guy in school.
Until someone crowned him prom king...
And me queen.
But it was only a cruel joke that ruined my self-esteem and broke my heart.
Ten years later and my friend begs me to attend our school reunion with her. I'm older, wiser, but still a nerd. This event is setting off my anxiety.
I want it to be over.
Then... I see him.
My prom king.
Adam is hotter than ever. But what really gets my attention?
He's staring right at me.
I'm not invisible anymore.
What happens when my fantasy crush becomes reality?

This full-length novel is all about second chances, true love, and a crazy hot alpha realizing that the nerdy girl is his modern day Cinderella. NO cheating, lots of kindle-melting action, and always a happily ever after!

If you are looking for a whirlwind, second chance romance with lots of intimate moments then this is the read for you. There was a bit of drama thrown in to stir the plot, but overall it was and entertaining and sexy read.

Ollie struggled with what happened in her high school days, but had grown into a successful and happy woman. However, her friend Lorraine talks her into going to their high school reunion and Ollie becomes the nervous girl she once was. When she crosses paths with Adam, her high school crush, and realises their feelings were mutual, they were quick to hit the sheets!

I really enjoyed watching Ollie and Adam’s relationship blossom, and they fell for one another hard and fast. There was a little drama, as I mentioned and it made me roll my eyes at times, like seriously, your a grown man, fix your mistakes! But in the end I loved how Ollie fought for what she wanted and wouldn’t back down.

Prom King was a pretty light read that I devoured in two sittings. There was a lot of sex once these two got started, so if you like that in a read, you’ll devour this book. For my first Penny Wylder read, I was quite impressed, and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

Just a couple of little moments that made my heart flutter a little 😜

“I’ve been thinking about you, Ollie.”
I try to ignore the way my breath catches in my chest. “Probably just the reunion. I imagine you’ve been thinking about everybody in our class.”
“No. I’ve been thinking about you for a long time. I actually never stopped.”

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“You can let me go now.”
“Why would I ever do that?”

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Happily Ever Afters are always better when they're a little dirty. Jump right in and leave your panties at the door!

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