All In by Emma Scott ~ Review & Teaser (@EmmaS_writes)

I jumped right into All In after reading the first book in this duet. Full Tilt shattered my heart so I had to know what would happen next. This book is NOT a standalone, and you really need to read the first book before grabbing this one, but I can tell you it was a fantastic conclusion to Kacey's story.
All In (Full Tilt, #2)
Title: All In
Author: Emma Scott
Series: Full Tilt #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: October 11th 2016

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PLEASE NOTE, this novel is NOT a standalone. It is highly recommended one read Full Tilt first to get the entire arc of the story and to avoid spoilers.

Reeling from her loss, Kacey Dawson is grieving and heartbroken, her addictive demons hauling her back into the alcohol-soaked abyss she worked so hard to crawl out of. Kacey teeters on the edge of oblivion, and must fight her way through the pain, to build a new life for herself with her music, and somehow fulfill the promise she made to Jonah…one she feels is impossible to keep.

Theo Fletcher has a secret burning in his heart, one that he holds close, while he struggles to keep strong for his family that is falling apart. His mother’s health is fragile and his father’s disapproval is breaking him down. Theo is afraid if he follows his heart, he’ll fail, and not just himself, but his brother who believed in him when no one else did.

Drawn together by their pain, Theo and Kacey slowly build a friendship, re-forge old ties, help each other to heal, and give one another the courage to reach for their dreams. Together, from the depths of grief and guilt, they learn to laugh again, to trust again, and quite possibly find something beautiful and lasting amid the shattered pieces of their broken hearts.

This book contains content that may be triggering to some who have experienced miscarriage. Please proceed with caution.

After reading the first book in the Full Tilt series and being blown away, All In had to be an amazing sequel, and I cannot imagine a more fitting read! I was left shattered at the end on the first book, and I had hope that Kasey would be able to find her way. It wasn’t easy, and there were many struggles for her, but in the end, she was determined which I was proud of!

It certainly wasn’t an easy ride for Kasey, especially since she had moved away from those she had come to love. She was struggling with her old addiction and was pouring all her emotions into her singing. She was no longer the happy carefree girl I had come to love, but I hoped that she would find her path once again.

I liked that Kasey was able to get strength from Jacob’s brother Theo and that she was able to rely on him to set her back on the right track. It was sweet to watch their friendship strengthen, and that Theo would support Kasey with everything that she did.

It was great to see Theo doing all he could to get the best for himself – studying and making plans for the future. It was sad that he didn’t get the support from his father, but he was willing to push himself to show him no matter what his father thought. Kasey had similar parental issues, which was another way that drew them together, as they both tried to work through them.

This was a fabulous ending to this duo, and I honestly didn’t think my heart would cope with it all! I was so excited to see it all unfold. I loved Emma Scott’s world building and the way she bought all the characters together. This series will stick with me for a long time to come!

This was a sweet moment between the characters... over the phone!

“I’m going to kiss you goodnight now.”
“On the lips?”
A pause. “Yeah.”
I gripped the phone tighter. “Okay.”
“Goodnight, Kacey,” he said softly.
I ran my tongue over my bottom lip, but in the dark—with Theo’s deep voice like a purr in my ear—it was his mouth I felt and his lips that brushed mine softly.
A sigh eased out of me, leaving me heavy and content.
“Did you feel it?” he asked.
I nodded against the phone, snuggling into couch cushions. “I felt it. So nice. Made me sleepy.”
“It did?”
“Mmhm. I feel warm all over. And safe. How did you do that from so far away?”
“I don’t know,” he whispered. “Get some sleep now.”

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Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy thoughtful, realistic stories with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels.
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Full Tilt by Emma Scott ~ Review & Teaser (@EmmaS_writes)

I have had this read on my Kindle App for a long time, and decided it was time to give it a whirl. I am kicking myself that I didn't begin this book sooner. It was amazing, and I cannot wait to continue Kacey's story
Full Tilt (Full Tilt, #1)
Title: Full Tilt
Author: Emma Scott
Series: Full Tilt #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: June 28th 2016

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"I would love you forever, if I only had the chance..."

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge--impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch...

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he's vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch.

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it.

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing.


OMG people – this book had all the feels, and I can tell you my heart was swelling and breaking the whole way through. It took me on a roller coaster of emotions as I watched two lost souls find love and happiness together.

Kasey was definitely at rock bottom when she crossed paths with Jonah. After a couple of nights celebrating after performing with her band Kasey was able to take a break and take time re-evaluating her life while crashing on his couch. I liked getting a little insight into Kasey and the struggles she had, although I could see that Jonah was holding something back.

I liked the way Jonah was able to light up Kasey’s life and how she wanted to change. Jonah had a purpose, with his busy schedules, and when Kasey came into his life, she disrupted his well-planned life. The more I got to know Jonah, I could feel my heart breaking and understood why he was so focused and tried to keep Kasey at arm’s length. It was sweet seeing their relationship and feelings grow, and how deep their love would become.

Emma Scott blew me away with this read! I was emotionally wrecked by the time I got to the end. I shed many tears and my heart broke for both Kasey and Jonah. I noticed a few moments throughout the read, especially towards the end and I have hope for Kasey in the next book.
These two were so sweet and passionate together, my heart ached for them both!

I turned back to Jonah. He looked down at me and our eyes locked. In the next heartbeat I was standing on my tiptoes and pressing my lips to his. He made a sound in his chest, as if in pain, and I felt the answering ache in mine. I pulled away before the soft kiss became a hard promise I couldn’t keep.
I turned and climbed into the car and didn’t look back. Not even to wave.
I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.

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Instead, I kissed him like a lover—deep and long, and with everything I had. With every ounce of infinite love that dwelt in me.
I kissed Jonah Fletcher with all of my heart, and with every piece of my soul that would love him forever.

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Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy thoughtful, realistic stories with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels.
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Marrying Mr. Wrong by Claire Kingsley ~ Review & Teaser (@clairekingsley1)

With my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I continue to discover new authors. Claire Kingsley is my latest find, and she did a great job of sweeping me away in her world.
Marrying Mr. Wrong (Dirty Martini Running Club, #3)
Title: Marrying Mr. Wrong
Author: Claire Kingsley
Series: Dirty Martini Running Club #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 18th 2021

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I never should have gone commando in that dress.

I'm almost positive the rest of it wouldn't have happened if I hadn't been dangling off a hotel balcony with my lady parts in the breeze. And of course the one person to witness my mortification had to be HIM. Camden Cox.

Sure, today he's gorgeous and wealthy, and fine, I can admit he has a great sense of humor. But once upon a time, he was the boy who loved to make my life miserable.

He no longer pulls my pigtails, but I know his type. He wants one thing, and one thing only. A chance to get in my pants.

Nope. Not happening. Not even with that sexy southern drawl.

But I'm Sophie Abbott, and if there's one thing I'm good at, it's making a mess.

Only this isn't just a mess. It's a disaster. A Sophie disaster.

Because after a wild night in Vegas, I wake up naked in his hotel room.
v And I'm pretty sure we got married.

I haven’t read anything by Claire Kingsley before, and what better way to do it than by picking up her latest release, Marrying Mr. Wrong. It was a sweet, feel good read where two kids who grew up on the same street for a while, get a chance at love.

Right from the opening chapters, I was swept away with Kingsley’s writing! Sophie manages to get herself in a few comical moments that I couldn’t help but laugh. She certainly gets herself into some odd situations and embraces her own quirks!

I really liked Camden Cox and the way he tries to win Sophie over with his sweet gestures and charm. He sure remembers Sophie from many years ago and is not going to let another chance to get away! They happen to cross paths after the previous comical encounter and the chemistry continues to grow between them.

This was just what I needed, a fun, light-hearted read that I could laugh through! I enjoyed the chemistry between Sophie and Cox and how fun they were together. I am intrigued by Sophie’s sisters and may even read those books as well. For my first Kingsley read, I sure was left impressed!

I really liked Camden, and he certainly enjoyed being married!

“What are you doing?”
“Texting Oliver to send my wife flowers.”
“She’s not your wife.”
I glanced up at her. “According to the state of Nevada she is.”

Kindle Page 92

Hey Sugar,
These made me think of you. Just promise me one thing. No wearing them in the ring at an MMA fight.
These are for my eyes only.
Your husband.

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Claire Kingsley writes sexy, heartfelt romances with sassy and quirky heroines, swoony heroes who love their women hard, panty-melting sexytimes, and all the big feels.

She can’t imagine life without coffee, her Kindle, and all the sexy heroes who inhabit her imagination. She’s living out her own happily ever after in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, affectionately known as Mr. Arm Porn to her readers, and their three kids.

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Reckless Obsession by Samantha Christy ~ Review & Teaser (@SamLoves2Write)

After enjoying the Stone Brothers series, I knew I had to try more of Samantha Christy's work. Reckless Obsession was a fabulous start to the series about the guys in a rock band. Each book is about a different band member, and I can't wait to read all of their stories.
Reckless Obsession (The Reckless Rockstar #1)
Title: Reckless Obsession
Author: Samantha Christy
Series: The Reckless Rockstar #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 2021

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Music is my life.
It's kept me breathing.
Even when I couldn't eat, sleep, or sing, I could still write songs.
It's the only thing that has saved me from going crazy.

Until the day Reckless Alibi decides to hire a girl.
Suddenly, everything from my past comes rushing back to me.
And now she's there. For every rehearsal. Every show. Every moment. Every song.

We were supposed to be a boy band.
Now everything has changed.
I'm still breathing ... but I'm sure as hell no longer sane.

The description of this book is what dragged me in, and I do love a good rock romance! This book wasn’t easy, especially for Crew, as old feelings were bought to the surface, and he had to deal with his past once again.

Bria was a backup singer for a well-known band, and when things ended there for her, she was picked up by Reckless Alibi to give the boy band a bit more edge. Most of the band were excited for this change, but for Crew, he struggled with what happened in his past.

The more time that Bria and Crew spent together, you could see that they worked so well together, and that the connection was there. The passion was intense, and I loved the strength that Bria had, and she was not willing to settle for second best. Crew had to deal with his past and learn that he had to let go at times as he could not control everything.

This was a good first read in The Reckless Rockstar series. I liked the way that the author gave us glimpses into Crew’s past throughout the story so we could understand him better. I enjoyed getting to know both Luke and Garrett as well, and I look forward to their stories.

I loved the passion from Crew, he was such a lost soul, and when you broke down his walls, he was quite passionate. 

“You know better than anyone that songwriters bleed in their songs. There’s a lot of fucking blood on his pages, Bria.”

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“That’s nothing like me. I want to date you, Bria.”
My mouth curves indulgently. “You do?”
“Yeah.” He looks at the floor. “I’m just not sure how good I’ll be at it.”

Kindle Page 161

My passion for writing started long before my first novel was published. Graduating from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Criminal Justice, I've held the title of Computer Systems Analyst for The Wisconsin Supreme Court and several major universities around the United States.

Raised mainly in Indianapolis, I hold the Midwest and its homegrown values dear to my heart. Upon the birth of my third child, I decided to devote myself full-time to raising my family. While it took a long time to get from Computer Analyst to Author, writing has remained my utmost passion and being a stay-at-home-mom facilitated my ability to follow that dream.

When I am not writing, I keep busy traveling. I am obsessed with cruising and it is my goal to sail to every Caribbean port of call.

I have found my home in St. Augustine, Florida where I live with my amazing husband and my four incredible children.

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Scandalous Prince by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Review & Teaser (@RachVD)

I jumped straight into the second book of the Mafia Royals series immediately after finishing the first book. This book was a little different from the previous book, but it was still one helluva ride!
Scandalous Prince (Mafia Royals, #2)
Title: Scandalous Prince
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Mafia Royals #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: September 22nd 2020

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The Woods are Lovely, dark, and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go, before I sleep —Robert Frost

I was born under fire and swore to protect her until my dying day, I just never knew that one day, I'd be the very monster I was protecting her from.
She didn't know it was me.
She didn't know that I had no choice and would do it again and again to save her.
I may as well have given her the mark on her finger.
The one that shows where her loyalty must lie.
Because we don't sin in silence.
And eventually, you have to pay up what you owe.
My need to protect her turned into a lie to save her.
And when she found out—I turned in to the very monster I was trying to protect her from.
Watching Violet Abandonato walk out of my life was like a knife to the chest, a wound that refused to heal.
The bosses sent me to protect her, to watch over her even though I was the demon she fled.
We both carry scars.
But if all I can have is her hate for as long as I breathe.
I'll take it.
Because at the end of the day, I should burn in Hell forever thinking Chase Abandonato's perfect angel would pick me—over her perfect life.
"I broke you," I confessed.
"The worst part… is that you liked it," she snapped right back.

Welcome to the second generation of the mafia, may the best man or woman, be left standing.

May God bless our tainted souls.

I was excited to get into Violet and Breaker’s story, as through the first book in the series I could see their relationship becoming intense. In the opening chapters there was some unpleasant scenes, but with a twist which I picked from the start.

Violet has been focused on her career to establish her place within the family. The open chapters changed things for her, but she was willing to stand up and do what she could to keep things peaceful for her family.

Breaker was struggling with the direction of his life. He knew that the world he was in wasn’t simple and had to make decisions that affected everyone in his family, and especially Violet. He came across as quite the player, but I could see that he had deep feelings for Violet and would do anything he could to protect her.

This was another good read in the series. I liked that the characters were so different from the first couple in the series. I may have picked the twist early on, but it didn’t take anything away from the intensity and passion that was brewing throughout the read. I am excited to get into the next book!!
I enjoyed the way these two stirred one another up!

“Shit, we’re a mess.” Breaker agreed. “Maybe this isn’t—”
“Finish that sentence, and I’m going to find the first random stranger who smiles at me and invite him into my bed.”
Suddenly Breaker’s hand gripped my arm, tight enough to cause a stinging pain as we stopped walking. “One day, you’ll realize how dangerous your threats are… one day, I may not stop myself.”

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“Make a wish, Ash, Violet will need you when she comes back. She’ll need all of us.”
“Because of the monster she married?”
He shot me an unreadable look. “Because of the person the monster had to become in order to keep her love, in order to be worthy of it.”

Kindle Page 164

Rachel Van DykenRachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. 

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and, adorable son. She loves to hear from readers!

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Ruthless Princess by Rachel Van Dyken ~ Review & Teaser (@RachVD)

It's been a while since I've picked up a Rachel Van Dyken read, and I must say this was quite a good start to the series. I probably would appreciate it a bit more if I had read the Eagle Elite series first.
Ruthless Princess (Mafia Royals, #1)
Title: Ruthless Princess
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Mafia Royals #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: May 19th 2020

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A mafia romance about best friends turned enemies by Rachel Van Dyken, the number one New York Times bestselling author of the Eagle Elite series.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend…
I never thought my father would ask this of me, to become the second generation at Eagle Elite University, to rule with an iron fist, and to take care of anyone who gets in our way.
But ever since the incident.
Ever since Him.
There’s been a war in our little clique.
After all, a house divided cannot stand.
He’s the problem, not me.
He used to kiss me like I was his oxygen.
Now he looks at me like I’m his poison.
But we both drank it, again and again, never believing there would be a day when our love would start a war.
And our friendship would shatter into a million pieces.
Then again, the worst thing you could do in the mafia is hang on to hope that your life will be normal.
The second worse thing?
Fall in love with your best friend.
And heir to the Nicolasi throne.

I’ve read a few of Rachel Van Dyken’s books over the years, however this is the first time I have dived into the Eagle Elite world. I must tell you it was a little dark and twisted, but it was quite the enjoyable Mafia read!

Living in the Eagle Elite world is not easy and there are expectations from all the children. I could see that these kids would break the rules and push the boundaries. Serena and Junior had a connection, but under pressure decided to what was expected of them. Their love/hate relationship unfolded throughout the story, and they didn’t hold back when they needed to make a point. They weren't always nice to one another, but the intensity was always there between them.

The storyline took a few turns as it looked like the elite were trying to be taken down. It was good to see the kids unite when facing a problem. I really enjoyed getting to know the other cousins in their extended family and understanding the family dynamics. I can see other relationships that are brewing and cannot wait to read more in this world.

Although a lot of the back story was explained throughout this read, I think it would be better if you have read the original series, so you can fully understand what had been going on with the parents before diving into this series. I devoured this read, and you can bet I jumped into the next one immediately. I am so excited to be back in Van Dyken’s world once again.
These two were tough, but sweet at times...

“I’ll love you as long as we both shall live.”
“I’ll love you as long as we both shall live.”
“No matter what?” She asked, “Even if this goes bad?”
“A promise in blood is a promise in my soul.” I took our hands and pressed the bloodied palms together. “No matter what I say, what you think, what I do—you own me, Serena Abandonato, and one day, I’m going to be yours, just like you’re already mine.”

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Rachel Van DykenRachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA TODAY Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. 

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and, adorable son. She loves to hear from readers!

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Risky Play #1
Kickin' It #2
Curious Liaisons
Cheater #1
The Bachelors of Arizona
The Playboy Bachelor #2
Ruin series
Ruin #1

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The F It List by Alexis Winter ~ Review & Teaser (@alexis_author)

This is the 6th book in the Love You Forever series, but each book is a standalone. I found this quite a sweet read and I'm keen to read more books from this world.
The F It List: A Friends to Lovers Romantic Comedy (Love You Forever Book 6)
Title: The F It List
Author: Alexis Winter
Series: Love You Forever
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 1st 2021

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It started when my hot-as-hell coworker offered to give me my first O.
Let me back-up.
It actually started when I got dumped at the altar.

If I have to see one more sympathetic head tilt from someone asking me how I’m holding up…I might lose it.

After some serious self-reflection (and momentarily swearing off men forever) I decided the only way to figure out what I want in life is to make a list.
My F It List—A journey to self-discovery and kicking ass!

But when Grayson AKA, temptation wrapped in a three-piece-suit, offers to help me cross a few items off the list my plan goes a little…off the rails.

Teach me golf? Yes, please.
Go camping? Sure!
Kiss me in the rain? I would have said no but the moment his soft, full lips melted against mine the word ceased to exist.

So here I am trying to keep myself in the friend zone, but with each new memory we make, I feel myself falling and I’m not sure I want to be caught.

One thing that wasn’t on my list?
Having Grayson’s baby.
Knocking out the big O,
Just turned in to getting knocked up.

I haven't read anything by Alexis Winter before and I stumbled across this read and was excited to dive into this world! It sounded like so much fun and I couldn't wait to see Cora fall for Grayson.

It was so much fun watching Cora and Grayson tackle the items on her F It list. Some things were simple, but others were going to be complicated, and over time the lines blurred for Cora and Grayson. I liked that Grayson was patient, and didn't push Cora too much since her last failed relationship. She was a little insecure and wanted to find herself, and in previous relationships she wasn't treated that well.

This turned out to be a sweet read, as I watched Cora and Grayson's friendship turn into something deeper. It wasn't as action packed as I hoped and there wasn't a lot of conflict throughout the story, but it was still a charming romance.
This teaser made me smile, but I was also sad for Cora...

“Why are you staring at me like that?” I ask, unable to hold back my nervous smile.
“What? I’m not staring. You just look really, really hot.”
I laugh even harder.
“What? You act like you’ve never heard that before.”
“That’s because I haven’t,” I confess.
He snorts.
“What?” I ask.
“You’ve seriously never been told you’re hot before?”
“No. Why is that so hard to believe?”
“I don’t know. Probably because you’re hot.”

Kindle Page 27

Alexis Winter is a contemporary romance author who loves to share her steamy stories with the world. She specializes in sexy billionaires, cocky alphas, brooding bad boys and the women they love.

If you love to curl up with a good romance book you will certainly enjoy her work. Whether it's a story about an innocent young woman learning about the world or a sassy and fierce heroin who knows what she wants you,'re sure to enjoy the happily ever afters she provides.

When Alexis isn't writing away furiously, you can find her exploring the Rocky Mountains, traveling, enjoying a glass of wine or petting a cat.

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