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

I'm loving this new series by a new writing duo Lauren Runow and Jeannine Colette. I was introduced to two of the Sexton brother's and I know I'm going to enjoy each of their stories!
Title: Austin
Author: Lauren Runow and Jeannine Colette
Series: Sexton Brothers #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 20th 2018

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I’m the girl who’s always picking up the pieces of other people’s mistakes.
Until tonight.
I accidentally cause one false start, and now I’m being pulled into a guy’s car—who everyone only knows as Falcon—before an illegal street race.
He may not want anyone to truly know who he is, but he’s met his match.
Game on, Falcon.

People know I run these races.
They know not to mess with me, or my car.
When the identity of the girl who causes a false start is revealed, I have to make an example of her.
Letting her see who I am was never the plan.
Neither was running into her the next day as my brother’s new assistant.
She said she wanted nothing to do with me, but when I yank her into a janitor’s closet, making sure she keeps my secret is the last thing on my mind.
She may want more than my secrets, but my racing may be the last thing I try to hide.

I love watching movie's that feature car racing, so once I realised that Austin had a touch of it entwined throughout the story, I knew I had to read it. I love the danger of illegal racing, and it was sweet to see Austin and Jalynn fall for one another on and off the track.

I liked that Jalynn had a sharp tongue, and that was one of the things that caught Austin's attention. They tried hard to dislike one another but you could feel the chemistry between them. It was bitter sweet to see Jalynn start work as Austin's brother's secretary, because he struggled to control himself around her.

Jalynn and Austin had both suffered loss and having that in common drew them closer together. Jalynn had wonderful support in her friend Eva, and even though Austin and Bryce weren't as close as they used to be, and they had family issues, Bryce would stand up for him no matter what. I liked that bond that they have and I hope it develops more in further books.

This is the first book by this duo writing together. I have read both of their work separately and I think they have done a great job at delivering this story. Austin's story line seemed to cross with Bryce's so it will be interesting to read Bryce's story. Austin really was an enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to returning to this world.

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

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I love this moment, it was sweet and amusing!

“Are you going to kiss me, Austin Sexton?” I ask.
“No.” He leans in even closer.
“No?” My eyes fall to his mouth, and I’m done for.
His lips lightly touch mine, checking for reassurance.
When a slight moan escapes my body and my shoulders drop, he moves in more. Pressing firmly against me and sweeping his tongue out for a taste. His kiss is soft and tender, making my entire body light on fire with a craving for more. I kiss him back, wanting every drop of what he’s offering, but he pulls away.
My heart is racing like wildfire, and my mind goes blank as I tame the ache swirling within me.
His forehead leans against mine as he takes a deep breath in. “Yep. That’s what I thought,” he whispers.
My mind finally decides to make a presence. “That’s what you thought?”
His mouth tips up with a smirk. “You want me.”

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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.

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All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover ~ Review & Quote-tastic (@colleenhoover, @SimonSchusterAU)

What an amazing read All Your Perfects was! It's a book that touches your soul and has you seeing your own life a little differently. I loved watching Quinn and Graham fall for one another in the past, and I shed a tear as they struggled in the present! 
All Your Perfects
Title: All Your Perfects
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: July 17th 2018

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Colleen Hoover delivers a tour de force novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it.

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Colleen Hoover has touched my heart with this incredible read! As a woman, a wife and a mother myself, I was pulled into this world and I connected to the characters as they fell for one another in the past, and struggled with their decisions in the present. It truly was an epic read that has imprinted on my soul!

Quinn and Graham didn't meet in the best circumstances, but they made a connection regardless. Neither of them knew what to do next, but they tried to console one another on that fateful night. Over time they crossed paths again and I could see that these two had a deep bond that any couple dreams of having.

In the present, I actually thought Quinn was depressed. She struggled with what she couldn't have, and seemed to push Graham away. I could feel the turmoil that she was experiencing and the struggles that Graham had trying to bring his Quinn back to him. There weren't many happy moments in the present, but they both had determination, trying to get what they wanted. One thing that didn't waver was the love they had for one another, and they would sacrifice that if only the other person would be happy once again.

I've said it before, but Colleen Hoover is AMAZING! Her writing grips your soul and drags you in as you experience the hard times, and the sweet times the characters go through. This couple really had a tough time and I honestly thought that they wouldn't make it. I shed a few tears while reading this one, because their struggles were devastating, and they made life altering mistakes that would shatter any human, but I also had hope that they would find that deep love again, that only soul mates have. This will definitely be a book I will reread over and over again! 

When I read this moment I knew I had to share it! The banter was amusing, but it really was a sweet moment.

“Well, if we re still talking when Halloween rolls around, we can wear matching slutty costumes.”
Still talking? Quinn, Halloween is over two months away. We’ll practically be living together by then.”
I roll my eyes. “You’re way too conīŦdent.”
“You could call it that.”
“Most men push for sex right away. But you turn me down one night and show up six months later just to turn me down again and force me into conversation. I can’t tell if I should be worried.”
Graham raises an eyebrow. “Don’t mistake me for something I’m not. I’m normally all for the sex up front, but you and I have an eternity to get to it.”
I can tell he’s kidding by the straight face he tries to keep. I lift up on my pillow and raise my brow. “Sex I’m okay with. Eternal commitment is pushing it.”
Graham slides an arm beneath me and pulls me against him so that my head is now resting on his chest. “Whatever you say, Quinn. If you want us to pretend for a few more months that we aren’t soul mates, that’s fine with me. I’m a great actor.”

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Colleen HooverColleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels and five novellas. Hoover’s novels fall into the New Adult and Young Adult contemporary romance categories. 

Hoover published her first novel, Slammed, in January 2012. It debuted at #5 on the New York Times. Since then, all her eligible works have become New York Times best sellers.

Colleen Hoover is published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. Colleen also has several self-published titles.

In 2013, Colleen’s third novel, Hopeless, was the first self-published novel to reach #1 on The New York Times, where it remained for several weeks. Hopeless went on to become one of the top 20 bestselling ebooks of 2013.

In 2015, Colleen’s novel CONFESS won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance. That was followed up in 2016 with her latest title, It Ends With Us, also winning the Choice Award for Best Romance. In 2017, her title WITHOUT MERIT won best romance.

Her novel CONFESS has been filmed as a series by Awestruck and is available on Katie Leclerc and Ryan Cooper star in the series.

Colleen founded The Bookworm Box, a charity subscription service and bookstore, with her family in 2015. The Bookworm Box is a subscription service that provides readers with an exciting opportunity to receive signed novels in the mail each month from authors all over the world. All profits from the subscription service are donated to various charities each month. To date, The Bookworm Box has donated over $1,000,000 to help those in need.

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