January 10, 2021

BOOKS READ IN 2020

Ann, Jewel E - Dawn of Forever (Jack & Jill, #3)
Ann, Jewel E - End of Day (Jack & Jill, #1)
Ann, Jewel E - Middle of Knight (Jack & Jill, #2)
Ann, Jewel E - Out of Love
Bennett, Jenn - The Anatomical Shape of a Heart
Bennett, Sawyer - Wicked Need
Bennett, Sawyer - Wicked Ride
Black, Shayla - Decadent


End of Day by Jewel E. AnnMiddle of Knight by Jewel E. AnnDawn of Forever by Jewel E. Ann


Blake, Kendare - Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)
Blake, Kendare - One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)
Booth, Ainsley - Booty Call
Brandy, M - Fake It 'Til You Break It
Bree, J - Just Drop Out (Hannaford Prep, #1)
Bree, J - Make Your Move (Hannaford Prep, #2)
Brody, Jessica - In Some Other Life
Bromberg, K - Driven
Buxbaum, Julie - Admission
Callahan, Maureen - American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century


American Predator by Maureen Callihan


Chance, Logan - Taken
Christy, Samantha - Catching Caden
Christy, Samantha - Stone Rules
Cole, Fiona - Liar
Cole, Fiona - Teacher
Cole, Fiona - Voyeur
Danan, Rosie - The Roommate
Darling, Giana - The Affair


The Roommate by Rosie Danan


Davis, Siobhan - Rebellion (The Sainthood, #2)
Davis, Siobhan - Resurrection (The Sainthood, #1)
Douglas, Penelope - Credence
Evans, Katy - Million Dollar Marriage
Fantome, Stylo - Degradation (The Kane Trilogy, #1)
Fantome, Stylo - Reparation (The Kane Trilogy, #3)
Fantome, Stylo - Separation (The Kane Trilogy, #2)
Fisher, Tarryn - The Wives


Credence by Penelope Douglas


Frazier, TM - Pike
(The Pawn Duet, #1)
Geissinger, JT - Beautifully Cruel
Godwin, Pam - Dark Notes 
Godwin, Pam - One is a Promise (Tangled Lies, #1)
Godwin, Pam - Two is a Lie (Tangled Lies, #2)
Grey, RS - Doctor Dearest
Guinn, Jeff - The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple
Harris, Rachel - The Fine Art of Pretending
Harrison, Ava - Corrupt Kingdom
Hart, Callie - Dirty (Dirty Nasty Freaks, #1)


Dark Notes by Pam Godwin


Hart, Callie - The Rebel of Raleigh High (Raleigh Rebels, #1)
Hart, Callie - Revenge at Raleigh High (Raleigh Rebels, #2)
Hart, Callie - Riot House
Hebert, Cambria - #Nerd (Hashtag, #1)
Hughes, Maya - Shameless King
Hunting, Helena - Pucked (Pucked, #1)
Huntington, Parker S - Asher Black
Huntington, Parker S - Devious Lies


Devious Lies by Parker S. Huntington


Jin-sung, Jang - Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee 
Kent, Rina - Deviant King (Royal Elite, #1)
Kent, Saffron A - My Darling Arrow
Kent, Saffron A - The Unrequited
Layne, Lauren - Good Girl
Layne, Lauren - Irresistibly Yours
Lori, Danielle - The Sweetest Oblivion
Maas, Sarah J - A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns & Roses, #2)


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas


Maas, Sarah J - A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns & Roses, #1)
Maas, Sarah J - A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns & Roses, #3)
Madden-Mills, Ilsa - Dear Ava
Madden-Mills, Ilsa - Dirty English
Madden-Mills, Ilsa - I Promise You
Madden-Mills, Ilsa - Not My Romeo
Madden-Mills, Ilsa - The Revenge Pact
Martins, Melanie - Blossom in Winter (Blossom in Winter, #1)
McGinniss, Joe - Fatal Vision


Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer


Meyer, Stephenie - Midnight Sun
Mills, Emma - Famous in a Small Town
Ney, Sara - The Teaching Hours
O'Leary, Beth - The Flatshare
O'Roark, Elizabeth - Across Eternity (Parallel, #4)
O'Roark, Elizabeth - Across Time (Parallel, #3)
O'Roark, Elizabeth - Intersect (Parallel, #2)
O'Roark, Elizabeth - Parallel (Parallel, #1)


Across Time by Elizabeth O'Roark


O'Roark, Elizabeth - Waking Olivia
Pennington, Jessica - Meet Me at Midnight
Phoenix, Red - Brie's Submission (4-6)
Rae, Harloe - Ask Me Why
Rae, Harloe - Gent
Rayven, Leisa - Bad Romeo
Reid, BB - Fear Me
Reid, BB - The Moth and the Flame (When Rivals Play, #2)
Reid, BB - The Peer and the Puppet (When Rivals Play, #1)


Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington


Reilly, Cora - Sweet Temptation
Renshaw, Winter - The Cruelest Stranger
Renshaw, Winter - Hate the Game
Renshaw, Winter - Trillion
Reynolds, Aurora Rose - Until November
Ried, B.B. - Fear Me
Ritchie, Krista - Whatever It Takes (Bad Reputation Duet, #1)
Ritchie, Krista - Wherever You Are (Bad Reputation Duet, #2)
Rose, Charleigh - Rewrite the Stars


Wilder Love by Emery Rose


Rose, Emery - Sweet Chaos
Rose, Emery - Wilder Love
Rowe, Lauren - Bad Liar (The Reed Rivers Trilogy, #1)
Ryan, Kendall - Hitched
Ryan, Lexi - Spinning Out
Salinger, JD - Franny and Zooey
Scarlett, R - Filthy Gods (American Gods, #0.5)


Angry God by L.J. Shen


Shen, LJ - Angry God (All Saints High, #3)
Shen, LJ - The Hunter (Boston Belles, #1)
Shen, LJ - Playing with Fire
Shen, LJ - Sparrow
Shen, LJ - The Villain (Boston Belles, #2)
Sheridan, Mia - Becoming Calder
Sheridan, Mia - Finding Eden
Sheridan, Mia - Leo
Silver, Josie - The Two Lives of Lydia Bird


The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane


Sloane, Nikki - The Pool Boy
Sloane, Nikki - The Redemption (Filthy Rich Americans, #4)
Smoak, Ivy - Temptation (The Hunted, #1)
Stewart, Kate - Drive 
Stewart, Kate - Exodus (The Ravenhood, #2)
Stewart, Kate - Flock (The Ravenhood, #1)
Stewart, Kate - The Guy on the Left
Stewart, Kate - Someone Else's Ocean


Flock by Kate StewartExodus by Kate Stewart


Taraborrelli, J Randy - The Kennedy Heirs: John, Caroline, and the New Generation
Thomas, Steve - JonBenet: Inside the Ramsey Murder Investigation
Tijan - Anti-Stepbrother
Tijan - Enemies
Ward, JR - Dark Lover
Ward, Penelope - Just One Year
Warren, Skye - The Knight (Endgame, #2)
Warren, Skye - The Pawn (Endgame, #1)
White, Lily - Treachery


Enemies by Tijan


Wibberley, Emily - Time of Our Lives
Wilder, Jasinda - Door One (The Black Room, #1)
Wilder, Jasinda - Door Two (The Black Room, #2)
Wilder, Jasinda - Door Three (The Black Room, #3)
Wilder, Jasinda - Door Four (The Black Room, #4)
Wilder, Jasinda - Door Five (The Black Room, #5)
Wilder, Jasinda - Door Six (The Black Room, #6)
Wilder, Jasinda - Door Seven (The Black Room, #7)
Wilder, Jasinda - Door Eight (The Black Room, #8)
Van Dyken, Rachel - Ruthless Princess (Mafia Royals, #1)



DO NOT RECOMMEND

#Nerd - Cambria Hebert
The Affair - Giana Darling
Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven
Blossom in Winter by Melanie Martins
Booty Call by Ainsley Booth
Deviant King by Rina Kent
Shameless King by Maya Hughes
Temptation by Ivy Smoak
Time of Our Lives by Emily Wibberley
Treachery by Lily White


ON THE DARKER SIDE

Dark Notes by Pam Godwin
Dirty by Callie Hart
The Endgame series by Skye Warren
The Kane Trilogy by Stylo Fantome
Pike by T.M. Frazier
Raleigh Rebels by Callie Hart
The Sainthood trilogy by Siobhan Davis
When Rivals Play by T.M. Frazier


XXX

(minus the dark subject matter)

The Black Room series by Jasinda Wilder
Credence by Penelope Douglas
Decadent by Shayla Black
The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane
The Redemption by Nikki Sloane
The Voyeur series by Fiona Cole
Wicked Need by Sawyer Bennett
Wicked Ride by Sawyer Bennett


FEELS

The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
I Promise You by Isla Madden-Mills
Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington
The Revenge Pact by Isla Madden-Mills
The Roommate by Rosie Danan


MY BEST OF 2020 LIST

(the books I've read in 2020 -- not necessarily published in 2020)

Angry God by L.J. Shen
A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J. Maas
Dark Notes by Pam Godwin
Devious Lies by Parker S. Huntington
I Promise You by Isla Madden-Mills
The Jack & Jill trilogy by Jewel E. Ann
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
The Parallel series by Elizabeth O'Roark
The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane
The Ravenhood duet by Kate Stewart
The Revenge Pact by Isla Madden-Mills
Riot House by Callie Hart
The Sweetest Oblivion by Danielle Lori
The Tangled Lies trilogy by Pam Godwin
Until November by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Wilder Love by Emery Rose



WHICH BOOK(s) MADE YOUR 'BEST OF' LIST THIS YEAR?


December 7, 2020

COVER REVEAL: Tempted by Ava Harrison

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Cover Designer: Hang Le
Model: Joseph Cannata

Release Date: January 4, 2021


Unemployed. Check.
Zero prospects. Check.
An eviction notice in hand. Check.
Life in shambles? Check. Check. Check.

Desperate to avoid living on my sister's couch, I took a job in the one place I shouldn't.
That's where I first saw him.

Drew Lawson.
Elusive bad boy.
Owner of the hottest club in the city.
And apparently my new boss.

Temptation comes in many forms.
For me, it's the way he looks at me.
The way he feels.
He's my addiction.
My secret.

I know I should keep my distance.
I could lose everything--even myself.
But I can't.

And neither can he.

Meet Ava


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Ava Harrison is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author. When she's not journaling her life, you can find her window shopping, cooking dinner for her family, or curled up on her couch reading a book.

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December 6, 2020

COVER REVEAL: The Villain by LJ Shen

 "A love story with teeth and claws. I dare you not to fall in love with Cillian Fitzpatrick."
- Parker S. Huntington, USA Today Bestselling Author


The Villain by LJ Shen
Cover Designer: Letitia Hasser at RBA Designs
Model: George Alsford

The Villain, an all-new modern retelling of Hades and Persephone from USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling author, L.J. Shen is coming December 17th, and I have the drop-dead sexy cover!


Cruel. Cold Blooded. Hades in a Brioni suit.
Cillian Fitzpatrick has been dubbed every wicked thing on planet earth.
To the media, he is The Villain.
To me, he is the man who (reluctantly) saved my life.
Now I need him to do me another, small solid.
Bail me out of the mess my husband got me into.
What's a hundred grand to one of the wealthiest men in America, anyway?
Only Cillian doesn't hand out free favors.
The price for the money, it turns out, is my freedom.
Now I'm the eldest Fitzpatrick brother's little toy.
To play, to mold, to break.
Too bad Cillian forgot one, tiny detail.
Persephone wasn't only the goddess of spring; she was also the queen of the death.
He thinks I'll buckle under the weight of his mind games.
He is about to find out the most lethal poison is also the sweetest.


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About LJ Shen


L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post, and Amazon #1 bestselling author of contemporary, New Adult, and YA romance. Her books have been sold to twenty different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good win, bad reality TV shows, and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.

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November 18, 2020

COVER REVEAL - The Architect by Nikki Sloane

 

The Architect by Nikki Sloane
Nikki Sloane has revealed the cover for The Architect!
Releasing: January 26, 2021

On the surface, my new boyfriend is a stiff, buttoned-up architect. He plans every detail of his life while carefully maintaining the walls he's built around his heart. But when the biggest project of his career pulls him away, Clay's solution is both temporary and unconventional. It even comes with a name -- Travis.

This handsome stranger is sweet and thoughtful. He's only meant to be a stand-in, to fulfill my sexual needs under Clay's watchful direction, yet these two men couldn't be more different. The one thing they share? Well, I guess that would be me.

One gets off on my pain, the other on my pleasure, and it awakens a desire none of us knew existed. But it can't last.

Eventually I'll have to choose.

And it's going to destroy us all. 

Pre-order your copy today!


MEET NIKKI


Nikki Sloane

USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there.

Now she lives in Kentucky, is married and has two sons. She is a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA© Finalist, a Passionate Plume winner, a HOLT Medallion finalist, and couldn't be any happier that people enjoy reading her sexy words.

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September 24, 2020

BOOK RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW: Playing with Fire by L.J. Shen

"Clear off a top spot on your Best of 2020 list.
Playing with Fire is coming in HOT!"
- Harloe Rae, USA Today Bestselling Author

Playing with Fire, an all-new intense and all-consuming small town standalone romance from USA Today bestselling author L.J. Shen is available now!


playing with fire lj shen book


A broken boy on the path to destruction.
A scarred girl without direction.
A love story carved in secrets, inked with pain and sealed with a lie.

Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are arctic opposites.
She is the strange girl from the food truck.
He is the mysterious underground fighter who stormed into her sleepy Texan college town on his motorcycle one day, and has been wreaking havoc since.
She is invisible to the world.
He is the town's beloved bad boy.
She is a reject.
He is trouble.
When West thrusts himself into Grace's quiet life, she scrambles to figure out if he is her happily-ever-after or tragic ending. 
But the harder she pushes him away, the more he pulls her out of her shell.
Grace doesn't know much about anything beyond her town's limits, but she does know this:
She is falling in love with the hottest guy in Sheridan U.
And when you play with fire--you ought to get burned.

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MY THOUGHTS

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Point of View: Alternating First Person
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I am so obsessed with this book! It's full of angst and witty banter -- I mean this is L.J. Shen we are talking about here! This story will piss you off, warm your heart, and make you feel ...all of the things.  

Grace Shaw and West St. Claire are polar opposites.

Grace likes to hide in the background.
West captures the attention of everyone.
Grace refuses to step outside of her comfort zone.
West has no comfort zone.
Nothing flusters West.
Everything flusters Grace.

Despite these differences, Grace and West have two very important things in common:
1. They have both suffered an unimaginable tragedy that dramatically changed their life.
2. They are both stuck in the past and let it dictate their future. 

Grace finds an unexpected ally in West after being forced to work with him. West is best known for his hotheaded attitude and total domination in the local underground fighting ring, but he's different with Grace. He's quick to smile and shares a part of himself that he keeps hidden from everyone else. 

"In a lot of ways, the food truck felt like our bubble.
A snug confession booth.
The rules were different in the truck.
Like we shed our primary skin, of our stigma and reputation and social status.
Here we were simply... us."

I can't say much more without spoiling the story, but I will say that PLAYING WITH FIRE is so much more than a simple love story. It's about life, loss, recovery, and rising up from the ruins. 

As per usual, L.J. Shen knocked it out of the park with this one.




ABOUT L.J. Shen

L.J. Shen is a USA Today, Washington Post, and Amazon #1 best-selling author of contemporary, New Adult, and YA romance. Her books have been sold to twenty different countries.

She lives in California with her husband, son, cat and eccentric fashion choices, and enjoys good wine, bad reality TV shows and catching sun rays with her lazy cat.


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*A big thank you to the author and Social Butterfly PR for giving me the opportunity to read an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own and have been written in own words. Life as Jane Doe does not accept monetary compensation for reviews, interviews, giveaways, and/or book tours and does not participate in affiliate programs. 

August 12, 2020

IT FELT LIKE A WORDLESS WEDNESDAY KINDA DAY

 

















BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW: The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane

From USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane comes a sexy, edgy new standalone in the Nashville Neighborhood series.




BOOK BLURB


Nothing says happy birthday like catching your husband in a compromising position with his boss. 

His male boss.

Why, hello, midlife crisis.
I'm starting over, but this time I'm doing it right.
Or at least I'm doing what I want.

Taking the day off from work to hang out poolside?
Yup.
Do I leave the swimsuit in my house?
Sure.

Does my very hot, twenty-something pool boy happen to catch me naked?
Oh, yeah, he does. And he likes what he sees... a lot.

My best friend keeps telling me to have a fling and get back out there.
But I'm not so sure she meant for me to do it with her son.

EXCERPT


Troy Osbourne came once a week to service both my pool and the freestanding spa. I'd hired him last year to handle closing and covering the pool for the winter, then reopening it for me last month, and the weekly visits that followed had kept the water crystal clear and the pH perfectly balanced.

My pool had never looked so good.

But Troy always came when I was at work and let himself in through the gate at the side of my fence, so I had completely forgotten his schedule. He must have gone behind the pool house and inside to fetch his supplies, and when he'd rounded the corner and discovered me topless, he'd dropped everything in his arms. 

Including the long pole with the net at the end.

It was as if someone had put their foot down on the sustain pedal of a piano, only this piano played the music of time, and the moment suspended with my long, drawn out gasp.

I was topless, and he was frozen, and holy shit, he's my best friend's twenty-four-year-old son.

It burst from my lips in horror. "Oh, f*ck!"

In my panic, I grasped at my towel to cover myself, only to struggle, hopelessly, since it was pinned beneath my body. I leapt to my feet and yanked the terrycloth up, pressing it over my naked chest.

Troy still hadn't moved. His lips were open, as if he'd planned to say something, but now he was frozen and unable to do anything. I couldn't see his eyes behind his mirrored Aviator sunglasses, but he didn't seem to be breathing. 

So, I did what any reasonable woman would when a gorgeous almost-stranger caught her naked.

I ran.

MY THOUGHTS


Genre: Contemporary / Erotic Romance 
POV: Alternating First Person 
Overall: ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Character Development: 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨
Steam Factor: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- Nikki Sloane never disappoints. I've read every single book, novella, and short story she's ever published, and every single book, novella, and short story has been nothing short of spectacular. 




THE POOL BOY strikes the perfect balance between steamy and heartfelt moments.

It's the perfect mix of sweetness and filth.



At the age of 42, Erika is in the best shape of her life. So, she doesn't understand why her husband's sex drive seems to be fading. That is until she catches him cheating.  

Meanwhile...

At the age of 24, Troy is stuck working for his stepdad's construction company. It's one of a few jobs, actually -- he also teaches a class at the gym, cleans the pool for Ms. Erika Graham, and performs at local dive bars on the weekends.  

Troy has harbored a crush on Ms. Erika Graham for years, but realistically he knows the only shot he's got of hooking up with her is in his fantasies. 

CUE: FANTASY COMES TO LIFE



Erika is initially mortified when Troy finds her topless, but that quickly changes when she sees the effect it had on him.  


He said it like it wasn't his fault.
"You were topless."

"You're saying," I glanced at his erection, "I caused that?"

"Can we, like, forget that happened?"

"Show me," I pleaded.
"I want to see it."

"What?"

"You saw me," I offered.
"I... want to see you."

The corner of his mouth lifted in a hesitant smile,
and he delivered a look that said we shouldn't
but also let's do it anyway.
It was playful and reckless.
A deadly combination.

"I'll show you mine," he said,
both joking and entirely serious,
"if you show me yours."



"His mouth was the same as his singing voice.
Gentle one second and full of commanding power the next."


FINAL TAKE


Like THE DOCTOR (the first book in the the Nashville Neighborhood series), THE POOL BOY is a fun, steamy, and quick read. It should come as no surprise that I loved it, as I love everything Nikki Sloane writes. She can write a sex scene like nobody's business; always super hot and never a touch cringe. This is no easy feat, but Sloane nails it every time.
Giggity.



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USA TODAY bestselling author Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years, she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there.

Now she lives in Kentucky, is married and has two sons. She is a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist, a Passionate Plume winner, a two-time HOLT Medallion finalist, and couldn't be happier that people enjoy reading her sexy words.

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*A big thank you to the author and her PR group for granting me the opportunity to read an advanced reader copy of this book. The thoughts expressed here are my own personal opinions and have been written in my own words.