Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway: Wanting Reed by Antoinette Candela

“Love is giving someone the power to destroy you, but trusting them not to.”

How do you live with yourself when you are the reason you lost the one thing that meant the most to you.

Timing is everything and for Reed, he can never seem to catch a break. When Reed returns to Boston to redeem himself he finds that Elle has already moved on, building a new life, a new beginning. He needs her to know that he meant every word before he left, that he never meant to leave her. Will he ever get that chance to tell her?

How do you love again when the one person who made you feel like you were his whole world left you with a broken heart? Hoping that life and new friends could keep her memories and feelings for Reed at bay, Elle chases life and all that it has to offer until she is confronted with heartbreak again.

Is time and space enough to get past losing your once in a lifetime or will Elle be always Wanting Reed?

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“Love is giving someone the power to destroy you, but trusting them not to.”

This is book 2 in the Break Me series and unlike Breaking Elle, which had a major cliffhanger, Wanting Reed has a happy ending. Although I enjoyed the story, I think that it was a bit long. The first half of book could have been cut in half because I don’t think that it added too much to the overall story.

The book is told from both Elle’s & Reed’s POV, but featured a lot more of yummy, yummy Tyler. And picks up where Breaking Elle ended. I wouldn’t recommend reading this until reading the first book as this book is not a stand alone. Also, this review may contain spoilers about the first book, so stop reading if you haven’t read Breaking Elle.

Elle is heartbroken when Reed doesn’t come back from Texas like he said he would and now feels like everything he said and promised her was a lie. Being betrayed by Cade and now being betrayed by Reed is too much for her to bear. And Elle’s best friend Tyler is there with open arms to pick up the pieces because he is in love with her and hopes to have a future with her. To ease her pain, she decides to give Tyler a chance because it feels so familiar and safe in his arms.

 As I look at him, everything we’ve been through over the years lingers around me like a warm blanket. This feels right for some reason on so many levels. I’m not sure how far I want to take this, but at this moment, it’s what I want. – Elle

Then Reed comes back for her, Tyler convinces him that he is too late. But Elle is not sure of her feelings about Tyler because her thoughts keep coming back to Reed.

 … Tyler wraps his arms around me. I need my friend right now. Is that what we are? I don’t know exactly what we are anymore. There are brief moments when I question what I’m doing with him. Am I looking for a temporary escape from my pain, or do I truly want more with Tyler? I tried to make an attempt to reach out to Reed, but he disappointed me. I put myself out there again only to be disillusioned. In the back of my mind, I still believe everything he told me. The last thing I want to do is use or hurt Tyler because I am still heartbroken over Reed. The feelings for Tyler are there, but I’m unsure if they are for all the right reasons. I squeeze Tyler back, resting my head against his chest and feeling his heart thrumming against my cheek. I don’t want to break his heart as I’m trying to mend mine. – Elle

Just like Breaking Elle, Wanting Reed is seriously sexy and hard to put down. I was hoping that the next book would be Luke’s but Tyler will work too. 😉 He deserves his happily ever.

 My life before her is a distant memory. I have her to look forward to. Better than heaven. Everything that I could ever want in my life is right here in this warm bed. I understand so much about love now. It can hurt you, but also bring you so much happiness. The heat, the power and the lightning you feel can go either way. I’ve felt it all with her. The highs and the lows. I’ve learned that I’m actually worthy of this kind of love. – Reed

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“Best view ever.” I spin around in the direction of his smooth voice and immediately soak him in. He’s leaning against the doorjamb with one leg crossed over the other and holding his arms behind his back, looking as impeccable as ever. His shaggy brown hair is just the right length, resting at the nape of his neck, just enough for me to pull.  He’s wearing a pair of deep blue warm-up pants that hang loosely on his narrow hips and a matching blue jacket unzipped at the neck with a tight, white T-shirt peeking underneath.  Reed has become more toned and defined with all the training he’s been doing for NFL tryouts. I am definitely reaping the benefits of that right now. A smirk crosses his face as his piercing blue eyes scan every inch of my scantily clad body.  I know all too well what’s on his mind.  His sensual eyes remain on me as he strolls toward me and pulls out a box from behind his back.
“For you.” He winks, kissing me hungrily on the lips. He smells freshly showered and spicy and tastes like minty like his toothpaste.I squint my eyes at him, taking the plain white box with a big red bow and ribbon from his hands.  After agreeing for him to pick out my Halloween costume, he’s been like a little boy at a candy store.  I catch the smirk on his lips and the glimmer in his eye when I hold it in front of me.  
“What’s wrong?” He asks with a laugh. 
“I’m just worried about what’s in this box.”
“Don’t be. Trust me.  You’ll love it as much as I do.”
“Well, isn’t that reassuring?” I grin, poking him in his chest.
“No need to worry. You’re going to look delicious.”  The corners of his mouth turn up wickedly. “You’re with me and only me.”
“Oh, aren’t we being a little possessive?”
“Maybe a little.” He looks down at me and plays with strands of my hair. “Speaking of a little, I need a lot. Right now,” he says, grabbing me by the waist. “Trick or Treat?” He winks.
“That all depends on what’s in this mysterious white box,” I reply with a quirked eyebrow as I set the box down on the dresser. Closing the space between us, he groans in satisfaction when I rub my body against his.
“Don’t worry about what’s in there.  I need something sweet,” he growls, running his lips down my neck as he gently backs me up toward the bed.
“First, I get to choose what you’re going to be for Halloween.” I give him a beguiling smile as I eye him up and down, imagining him in a snug-fitting gray and blue uniform. “Cop.”
“Cop?” he replies, raising an eyebrow.
“Yeah, I’ve always had a thing for men in uniform,” I whimper, placing my palms flat on his chest and sliding them down to the waist of his pants. “I have this fantasy of you frisking me and cuffing me to the bed.”
“Oh fuck I’m loving this fantasy of yours,” he moans. Grabbing my ass, he tightly presses me against his heat. “I can definitely make that come true for you.”
“What the charge, Officer Reed?”
“Concealed weapon and indecent exposure,” he growls into my ear as he lifts me and throws me onto the bed.  I glance at the clock and up at him as he slips off his clothes and crawls over me.  “Or should I say decent exposure?” he rasps as he deftly unclasps my bra, palming one breast while he puts his soft lips on the other.  
“Oh… baby. Do you think we have enough time?” I gasp, trying to finish my thought, but it’s futile.
“Don’t worry about Tommy and Juju. They’re adults.  I’m not rushing anything right now. I want to practice, get into character. I’m going to be one bad cop, baby,” he says with a grin playing across his lips.
“Are you going to book me?” I murmur innocently as his tongue skims over my lips.  
“I want to fuck you instead.  Is that all right with you?” He grins as he spreads my legs with his body, cradling himself between my thighs.
Staring into his eyes makes me want to fulfill his every desire. I will not deny him.
“Yes.” I pant. “Yes.”  My hands instinctively fist in his hair and I pull.  
“I think they call that assaulting a police officer. He says in a gravelly voice. “You can do some hard time for that.”
“Hard, huh?”  I bite his lower lip, grinding my hips against his erection. “Throw the book at me, officer.”
“I am doll,” he says through a smile, as he lowers his mouth around my aching nipples. He sucks and bites on one and then the other. I close my eyes, devoured by a sea of pleasure that only he can give me. “You like how that feels?”
“Yes, baby.” My gasp. “Please… Reed…if you don’t put your cock inside me right now, I’m going to die.”
“I need to taste you first.”
The mere sound of his words make me heady and causes my body to go into a frenzy. Oh, god. His declaration unleashes a torrent of need in me. My body can’t wait any longer.  My next words come out in a breathy whisper.
“Whatever you want. My body is your temple.”
“Good.”  He smiles salaciously, trailing his hand down the length of my body. “I fucking want you so damn bad.”
He blazes kisses down my body and then his wet, hot mouth devours my clit.  He circles his tongue around my folds while his fingers move in and out of me. “Fuck, you’re so wet.” he moans in ecstasy.  I place my hands on his head, guiding his mouth over me.  His indulgence  pushes me to the edge.  Lifting his mouth off me, he plunges his fingers deep inside me and rubs my nub with his thumb while he kisses my stomach. He moves back down, replacing his fingers with his mouth.  I can barely speak as his tongue fiercely laps over my clit again and again, increasing the friction with every stroke. There is no other feeling like it, and I scream in elation. I feel the vibration of his mouth as he groans against me while I come.  After a few minutes, he kisses his way back up to my mouth as I fist his hair in my hands and tug.
“Baby, please, I want you inside me. I want more.”
He smiles and continues kissing me and ignoring my pleas. His hard cock rubs against my stomach, clearly exhibiting how much he needs me.  I need him. I lower my hand and start to stroke him, but he pulls my hands away and holds them above my head. There is nothing I can do as his cock twitches against me. I love feeling completely vulnerable with Reed.
“Believe me, baby, I’m going to give you all of me,” he moans, sliding his cock across my sensitive skin.  My heart beats feverishly in my chest when I feel him enter me. My hips impulsively rock back and forth against the heat of him.  He moves up and down, allowing me to feel every inch of him thrusting deeper inside me.  
He takes one of his hands and moves my head to the side, deftly pulling my hair to kiss me and sighing into my mouth. “You feel so fucking good.” His voice is filled with lust as he keeps his precise, focused rhythm, plunging inside me as I tighten around him. I mewl when he pounds deeper and harder into me, digging my nails into his shoulders as I rock my hips against him forcefully. “Does it feel good, doll?  I want to hear you say it, baby. Tell me,” he whispers into my ear. “Tell me you want me to make you come again.”
“Make me come,” I moan. “Please, Reed.”  Every muscle in my body instantly tightens as I stare into his eyes.  My heart is pounding, and I fist his hair in my hands as he works me so good.  Pressing my legs against him as hard as I can, the orgasm rips through my body recklessly, consuming every bit of me like only he could allow.  He pants hard and continues to thrust and pound until moments later I feel him release his warmth inside me.  A groan escapes his mouth as he presses his powerful body on top of mine. He finds my lips and gently collapses next to me where we lie quietly for a couple of minutes; the only sound is our labored breathing.
“Can we try something new next time?” I finally break the silence, pushing the hair away from his eyes and pulling him closer to me so that I can reach up and kiss him again.
“Sure,” he replies, kissing my shoulder.  “Whatever you want.”  I close my eyes as he caresses me in all the right places.  I never realized how much my body yearns and craves his touch until tonight.
“Cuffs,” I say, opening my eyes.  The guarded, dark look in his eyes sends a shiver through me. It thrills and frightens me at the same time.  I want it that way. The pleasure and pain.  
“Oh…shit. I like the sound of that,” he growls. “I’m going to use you, worship you and love you. Please, let me make you mine,” he whispers into my ear. “You trust me, baby?”
“I trust you.” For some reason with everything we’ve been through, trusting him comes so naturally.
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Breaking Elle and Wanting Reed are her first self-published works with many more to come.

A few other interesting facts about Antoinette include: she is of Italian decent, has three brothers, was a tomboy growing up, plays the clarinet and dabbles with the piano. When she’s not planted in front of her computer writing, she can be found at the gym, running her kids around Boston, or at the beach soaking up the rays and enjoying a good book.

    
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Spotlight Tour & Review: Truth or Dare by A.J. Bennett

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Luna Alexander has always been a ‘free spirit’ and lived by her own rules, consequences be damned. With the approach of an anniversary she’d rather forget, Luna starts to wonder if there’s more to life than partying and hooking up with hot guys.

A chance meeting with a dark knight knocks her off kilter and has her emotions spinning out of control.

Will she finally overcome her past for a chance at happiness, or will she hide behind the walls she’s built around her?

 

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“Luna, you’re so infused in me, I’ll never get you out of my system.” – Hunter

Truth or Dare is a very enjoyable quick read. Although it is listed as a standalone book, and it can be read as such, it is connected to Now or Never featuring Grayson & Derrick. Grayson and Luna, the main character of Truth or Dare, are identical twins and Grayson plays a pretty big portion of the book. I always like to read a series in order, even though the main character changes with each book, so I was a bit disappointed that there was a book before this one that I hadn’t read yet. Now that that is out of the way, I did really like this book.

Luna had her heart broken a year ago that destroyed her entire world. Since then she has given everything a big fat fuck you attitude. She has sworn off relationships and kind of looks at sex like a guy would. Wham-bam-thank-you-man. She hooks up with random guys, sometimes not even knowing their name. But if she keeps this lifestyle up, it will consume her.

When Luna meets Hunter, she can’t deny the spark that he ignites in her. A feeling that she hasn’t experienced in a long time and it scares the crap out of her. She thought that if she hooked up with him that she could get him out of her system and move on, but she was so wrong.

 She couldn’t seem to keep her eyes off him. She wanted to shift her eyes away, but she couldn’t. It was absurd. She’d never been so drawn to a man in all her life. Sure he was hot, but so were countless other men. He had some kind of magnetic pull. It was troublesome to say the least. – Luna

 Hunter felt it too.

 “You terrify the hell out of me, too. Do you think I like the fact that I can’t go to bed or wake up without you being the first thing to cross my mind? I crave everything about you. The more I have of you, the more I want. I thought I could get over it. Have you a few times, get you out of my system, and move on. Like hell! The more time I spend with you only intensifies my desire—bordering on obsession.  You’re wildly exciting, the most passionate woman I’ve ever known. I can’t get enough. You practically drip with sensuality. Everything you do … the way you laugh, how your mind works and Jesus don’t get me started on the way you make love. I’ve wanted you ever since I saw you walk into the bar that night. You were so sure of yourself. Completely comfortable in your own skin, I love that about you.” – Hunter

 Truth or Dare was had a good story with a bit oh hot sex mixed in.  I would definitely recommend it for any contemporary romance lover. Now, I need to go read Now or Never.

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Too her surprise he strode over to her table reaching her in several long strides. She couldn’t take her eyes off his tall powerful body.

“Didn’t I already tell you once to buzz off?” Luna glared at him.

Rather than getting pissed off, he seemed amused. The smug look on his face irritated her. Even if it was a face that looked as though it was a masterpiece carved in stone. She noticed a jagged scar above his left eyebrow. It only added to his perfection.

He draped his arm across the chair next to her. His causal poster only ticked her off more. He could act a little bit apprehensive.

His cool gaze dropped from her eyes to her mouth, she saw his lips twitch and she wondered what he was thinking. Of course he didn’t stop there his gaze continued downward and blatantly stared at the tops of her breast that skimmed over her tank top.

“Like what you see?”

He glanced up his eyes locking on hers. “Me and every other asshole in this bar with a pulse.”

Luna shrugged. Guys liked chicks, period. She wasn’t the only one in the bar and most of the jackasses could care less which one they took home. She doubted anyone in the joint was looking for a life partner.

Why did she allow herself to get inebriated? She couldn’t even think of a smartass comeback.

“Do you have a ride home?”

“Yep. What are you like a black knight in shining armor?”

Another half-smile tugged at the corner of his mouth. Apparently, it would kill him to give a full blown smile.

“I don’t rate a white knight?”

Luna shook her head. “Nope, you’re like me. All darkness.”

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: He Belongs With Me by Sarah Darlington


Title: HE BELONGS WITH ME

Author: Sarah Darlington
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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Identical twins, Maggie and Clara Ryder, both grew up with Leo Maddox, billionaire playboy, apparent alcoholic, and heir to his grandfather’s world-famous Maddox hotel empire. Their roles were cemented long ago: Maggie, as his best friend and Clara as his childhood nemesis.

But when a simple twist of fate changes everything and both girls start to fall for the lean, mean, ridiculously sexy and seemingly spoiled Leo… which girl will win his heart?

Throw in a little mischief, drama, and one smoking-hot bartender and lines are sure to blur. But one thing’s for certain, neither good-girl Maggie nor rebellious Clara will be satisfied until they each figure out where they belong. 


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“If you love someone, you just love them. Flaws and all. You can’t hate someone and love them at the same time—it doesn’t work that way. Love is all or nothing. Sometimes your own issues get in the way, but once you strip away all the noise, you find that there is just love underneath.” – Maggie

 I was quite surprised when I read this book. I had heard that it had a Cruel Intentions feel to it and it did a little in the beginning but as you get to know that characters, you really grow to love them. He Belongs With Me is written in the POVs of identical twin 21 year old girls, Maggie & Clara, and they could not be more opposite even if they tried.

Maggie is the perfect one. She dresses nice, looks like a proper daughter of ex-golf pro, country club owner father and Clara is the wild one who likes to dye her hair purple.

Leo is beyond rich and lives just a short walk across the greens of the country club’s golf course and is Maggie’s best friend and Clara’s nemesis. Whenever Clara and Leo get anywhere near each other they verbally battle each other. But one day, that all changes and changes the course of everyone’s lives forever.

… a very stunning and terrifying realization hit me like a punch to the gut. Somewhere between yesterday and today, I’d developed feelings for Leo Maddox. I couldn’t see it earlier, but I couldn’t deny it now. ‘Feelings’ and ‘Leo’ were two words that should never be used in the same sentence. (I am not telling which sister I am quoting because I don’t want to ruin it!)

“I like you. I more than like you. As hard as I try, I can’t seem to stop and I sure as hell don’t want to try anymore.” – Leo

If you are looking for an angsty read, this is a good choice. I started the book really disliking Clara, but by the end I realized that she was just misunderstood and wasn’t the biggest bitch in the world!

So…. who gets Leo? You will have to buy it and read it!

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How dare he make me start questioning everything? How dare he make me feel something I shouldn’t for him? I found my voice and my breath. “I accidentally saw you naked this morning and so-freaking-what if I happened to like what I saw, okay? Are you trying to say you like me?”

“Yes,” he said in a tone so serious it made me want to duck under the table.
“No… No! NO! You can’t. Not now. Not after all these years of being so mean to me. It’s not fair. If that’s how you feel, then why are you such a jackass?”
I waited for my childhood nemesis’s usual spiteful response, but it never came. Instead, he simply finished the conversation by saying, “You’re right. I’ve been mean to you for far too fucking long. It ends tonight.” Then very carefully, very calmly, he slid his beer and mine to the other side of the table. I watched him with guarded eyes, my heart jack-hammering against my ribs.
“What are you doing?” I demanded.
He stood, ignoring my question, and started moving toward me.
“Don’t you dare.”
Still he came.
“Leo.” I tried one last time, but my voice came out in a terrified whisper.
With the confidence of a rock god, he came to me. He grabbed one of my now trembling hands, and in a single swift motion, pulled me up and into his arms. I let him do it too. I let him because I knew what was coming and I had no willpower to stop it. Then, Leo tangled his hands in my hair in a way so tender and out of character that if my eyes weren’t open, I wouldn’t have believed it was him.

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“Clara?” His eyes searched my face, screaming with unexpected vulnerability and fear. He seemed genuinely worried about me. “What’s going on? Say something, please. Are you okay?”

I nearly lost my nerve. How easy it would have been to kiss him and fall into his arms all over again? A big piece of me wanted to do just that, but one moment of weakness was all I was going to allow myself for the day. “Am I okay?” I asked him, trying to sound indifferent and not angry. “What’s that annoying code word you and Maggie used to say all the time? The two of you probably thought I was too dumb to crack that little language you created to use against me. Oh yeah, I remember now. Peaches. I’m just totally peaches.”
Standing tall, I reached my arm above his head and slowly poured the remaining contents of my beer on top of him. A shocked breath left his lips, but he didn’t budge and took the beer shower like a man. “Real mature, Clara,” he grunted, glaring a shitload of hate-fire my way as the liquid coated his hair, face, and clothes. Angry as hell and soaking wet was a good look on him.
“That’s for making me care,” I told him, setting my empty glass back down on the table. Then my hand swung hard and made stinging contact with his wet face. “That’s for being a jerk to me since we were kids. And this…” I stood up on my tiptoes, grabbed hold of his handsome, shocked face, and planted one firm kiss on his wet lips. “That’s so you know I’m not fucking around.” I held onto him for another moment. “Prove it to me,” I whispered. “Prove to me you aren’t an ass and I’m all yours.”


Then I pulled away, turned on my heel, and left Leo standing there, soaking wet and stunned.

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Sarah Darlington lives in the DC metro area, is married to her high school sweetheart, and currently spends her time chasing around a very active toddler. As a former flight attendant, she misses the days of pantyhose, galley gossip with good friends, and traveling to new places. In the future she’d like to return to that career, but, just as flying gets into your bones, so does writing. Whenever she gets a free moment these days, she writes.
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Blog Tour & Review: On The Ropes by Christa Cervone

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A murderer’s child…A foster child…A troubled teen…Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega has never had an easy life. Being shuffled from one foster home to another after his father murdered his mother, he found himself in and out of trouble with the law. Never giving a damn about himself, let alone anyone else, his life was spiraling out of control; fast. Until one man and one sport changed everything.

Frankie Carbone taught Saint how to handle his anger and rejection; by fighting it out in the ring. On his way to stardom, Saint finds himself pushed into the spotlight and into the arms of more women than he can ever imagine; he’s completely content with one night stands and random sex.

Then Salem Harris comes walking into his life and changes his game plan. Saint finds himself wanting Salem in all the ways that scare him. She is off limits; taken. But that doesn’t stop Saint from going after what he wants, and he wants her.

Frankie showed Saint a new way of life with Boxing, but will Salem give him the one thing he’s never known – love? Will Saint find himself fighting for the one thing he thinks he doesn’t deserve or will Salem end up breaking his heart? Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega has had to fight for every good thing he’s gotten in his life. Can he go the distance?

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My thoughts drift to creating a fantasy of Salem and me. We’re in the locker room at Frankie’s gym and I’m all hot and sweaty from training. I have her pinned up against the wall and she’s completely defenseless against me, but she’s into it. Her skirt is up around her waist and the little piece of fabric she calls underwear is interfering with what I want. I grind my body up against hers and my dick is swelling as I rub up on her thigh. My hands roam freely over her body, finally landing on her tight ass. Our tongues are dueling and I’m drunk on her taste. The scent of the perfume or body spray she’s wearing is tormenting me until I’m at my breaking point. “God, Salem, you smell so fucking good; it makes me wanna fuck you until you can’t remember your own name,” I growl. Her hands tighten in my hair and a stronger wave of her scent drifts into my nose as I inhale. My chest is heaving at my thoughts and my breathing is labored. Sliding my hand into my boxers, I adjust myself to get more comfortable and my thoughts are almost immediately back with Salem. Her perfectly manicured nails are clawing at my back now as I dig my fingers into her legs. I kiss her neck roughly as she pants in my ear, “Make me come, Saint.” Then she bites my earlobe and I lose control. I’m so anxious to have her that I rip off the expensive panties she’s wearing and slam my cock into her like her pussy is my saving grace. I smile when she screams in pleasure as she comes apart in my arms.

Unconsciously, my hand slides back down into my boxers until it meets my aching erection. This time I begin stroking myself; I just can’t help it. Salem…there’s just something about her…I’m not sure if it’s her beauty or the fact that I’ll have to work to get her. But, whatever it is, she will be mine.

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“A champion shows who he is by what he does when he’s tested. When a person gets up and says, ‘I can still do it,’ he’s a champion.” – Evander Holyfield

I really enjoyed this book even though I’m not a very big boxing fan. Most of the book is written from Gabriel’s POV with a very small POV from Salem. It is a bit cliffy – it is not a crazy cliffhanger, and the book definitely ends, but you know that the story is far from over. I hope that Christa doesn’t make us wait too long for book two!

Gabriel had a very rough childhood. After his father murders his mom, Gabriel and his little brother Jason are split up and sent to different foster care homes. Unfortunately, they lost touch over the years and Jason turned to drugs. Gabriel was lucky enough to get off of the streets and away from trouble with the help of Frankie, a man that would become Gabriel’s friend, coach, mentor and pseudo father. Now, he is undefeated in his weight class with a very bright future.

Salem was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and first meets Gabriel when her boyfriend offers him a job being the spokesperson for his new state-of-the-art boxing gym. She tried to ignore him, but he doesn’t make that easy to do. Salem is studying to be a lawyer to help underprivileged children.

 Salem…there’s just something about her…I’m not sure if it’s her beauty or the fact that I’ll have to work to get her. But, whatever it is, she will be mine. – Gabriel

Something is happening between Salem and Gabriel but she loves her boyfriend even though she thinks that he is cheating on her. They have a long history and their lives are very intertwined.

 She’s intoxicating to me; her scent, her lips, her eyes, and the way our breathing is in sync. As my face inches closer to hers, I’m fighting with myself not to kiss her because I know that once I start, I won’t be able to stop. I’ll want more than just an innocent kiss. I’ll want all of her. – Gabriel

“I should’ve never agreed to come here with you today but I couldn’t say no, Gabriel. I feel it too. I wish I didn’t, but I do!” – Salem

I will be anxiously awaiting the next book!

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I was born and raised in Western Massachusetts and I’m a married mother of three who married her high school sweetheart, Frank. I don’t really have too many hobbies. I like to watch my kids play sports. I do photography on the side (weddings, families, babies etc). I’m Minion & Adam Levine obsessed. I enjoy listening to all different types of music, Maroon 5 & P!nk being some of my favorites.

Achievements — I was on the Top 20 Erotica as well in being on the Movers and Shakers List on Amazon with “Broken.”

I’m currently working on her second novel titled “Going the Distance” which will be released Fall 2013 as well as a third novel titled “Saved.”

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Blog Tour & Review: Wanted by You (Love in the City #1) by Steph Nuss

Steph Nuss and Bandit Publishing are excited to share with you the RELEASE of “Wanted by You” by Steph Nuss. Make sure to check out the preview on itunes, add to your Goodreads, pick up your copy and enter the GIVEAWAY below for SIGNED PAPERBACKS and Amazon & iTunes GIFT CARDS! Don’t forget to join us at the Release Day and Blog Tour Event starting on February 27th – join by clicking the below link.

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Carter was captivated by Ellyson Evans the moment he laid eyes on her,
but she was the one girl who didn’t beg for his attention.
He wanted her.
Ellyson vowed to never fall in love, because love can destroy you,
but then she met Carter Jennings.
She wanted him.
Unwilling to risk their comfortable friendship, neither confessed their desires.
Losing touch after college, a chance meeting reconnects them.
They want each other.
But love in the city is never quite that easy.
 

Melanie’s Review

“You don’t learn how to be in love. It’s not like learning how to walk or talk. It’s innate, like breathing. I think love is something we do to survive. To live your life to the fullest, you gotta love every bit of the journey.”

 I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. I thought that it was going to be playboy meets shy girl in college and they fall in love but then his past comes back to bite him in the ass, making him realize how much he loves her, yada, yada…. But that isn’t what happened at all.

 Elly and Carter meet on the first day of classes their freshman year of college in New York City. Carter was mesmerized by her the second he saw her, so he introduced himself and  they had an undeniable connection that led into an instant friendship that lasted all through college.

 Her eyes made my pulse race, my breath hitch, and I couldn’t for the life of me remember ever gazing into eyes as big and fierce as hers. They were like melted fudge poured over ice cream: delicious and warm. – Carter

His closeness and the way he smelled of soap and woods turned me inside out. I heard my heartbeat in my ears and my breath shuddered at his whispered words. He made me nervous and excited all at the same time. I fancied the energized feelings he sent through me, though. I’d never had a guy give me butterflies, and I wasn’t about to ignore them. – Elly

Elly never told Carter how she felt about him because she didn’t think that he would ever want to be with her that way. She didn’t that that she was good enough for him. Carter never made a move because he wanted her in his life so badly that he didn’t want to risk losing her. A few days before graduation, Carter’s dad was in a terrible car accident and he had to move back to Texas to take over the families oil company while he recovered. Over the years, they lost touch and both were living with that regret. But when their paths cross again, nothing could hold them back.

It felt like we were seeing each other for the very first time; like we weren’t old friends reuniting after so many years. Things were definitely different now. I could feel the effect time had had on both of us and there wasn’t anything friendly about it. The tension rippling between us was intoxicating, and I saw something in his eyes that I’d never seen before. Hunger. Maybe it was because it was lunchtime and he was just hungry, but it felt like his eyes were feasting on my soul. As he fed his hunger and raked his eyes over my body, my eyes flew into a full blown visiongasm, running all over his features, gulping down every bit of him that had matured and aged like a fine wine should, enriched to their full, delicious potential. I wanted nothing more than to pop the cork, pour myself a glass, lick the taste of him from my lips, and admire the beautiful work of art he had turned his body into. – Elly

This book was hot, sexy, and well written. I wasn’t expecting it to make me cry, but I did. But at the same it made me happy too. As I was reading this afternoon, my kids kept asking me why I was smiling and I didn’t even know that I was! I look forward to more of this series to see who falls for who, but my bet is on Harper and Mav!

 5 STARS!!!!!

Steph Nuss was born and raised in rural Kansas, where she currently resides with her black Labrador son named Gunner. She grew up with a passion for reading and writing. When she’s not immersed into the land of fiction, she enjoys listening to music that came before her time, watching movies and reruns of her favorite shows, and hanging out with her family and friends. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology that she’ll never use…unless she’s profiling her characters of course.
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