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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

ARC Review: What a Wallflower Wants by Maya Rodale

I love when one of my favorite authors does not disappoint! Maya Rodale is such a smart writer! She always pushes the limits with her hero and heroine. Although the previous (Bad Boys & Wallflowers #3) were lighter, the material covered in this book is dark and uncomfortable, but it does not in any way take away from the story. I also applaud Ms. Rodale for using her literary voice to discuss the importance of the issues she covered in this story. Her writing is always enjoyable and her characters are always lovable!

In the previous “Bad Boys and Wallflowers” books we saw how her two friends and former wallflowers, Emma and Olivia, find their true loves. Prudence is happy for her friends but realizes that her chances at true love were over many years ago. She finally takes her fate into her own hands, although she has always been happy sitting in the shadows and hiding, she does not want to be a failure. During her adventure her plans go awry and she finds herself completely alone on the roadside of a small town.

When we meet Prudence she is beaten down by life. She has given up all hope, she is jaded by men and by her fate. Enter our hero: John Roark, Viscount Castleton. I just loved John! He was so sweet and caring and fantastic. He gave Prudence insight into herself again and helped her find her own strength.

I highly recommend this fantastic novel. There are many twists and turns. Although the first half of the book is mostly about Prudence the second part is more about discovering who John is and how they become a couple. They both have heavy burdens to carry but both are worthy of a happily-ever-after. The ending does not disappoint, the villains are so vile that there is only satisfaction when they get what they deserve! Bravo Prudence, you were an admirable heroine and bravo Maya Rodale another fantastic read!

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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ARC Review: Austin by S.L. Scott

Austin is the fourth part of S.L. Scott's From the Inside Out series, and takes place after Scorned and Jealousy. This should only be read after you have read Scorned and Jealousy. I love the idea of this series and how S.L. Scott has given us two different endings. You can choose your side whether you are Austin or Dylan and read either of them or both. For me, despite me having a clear choice of who I believe is best for Jules I have to read both stories to see what happens! I have this need to see not only every possibility, but also how S.L. Scott weaves these stories together and how things play out. I highly recommend this series, and anything by S.L. Scott as I love her writing style and everything that I have read by her.

After a tragic event in his past, Austin has done his best to avoid any kind of commitment. He throws himself into his work and doesn't do relationships. But everything changes for him when he meets Jules Weston. Austin met Jules at her lowest point when she was more broken than ever before and has loved her ever since. He finally convinced her to give him a shot and things are going great until her ex shows back up wanting another chance. Austin wants nothing more than to show Jules that they belong together and that they can heal one another. But can Jules truly let go of her past and move forward?

It is so hard for me to write this review, because I really can't say much about the actual story. In Scorned and Jealousy I felt like we got to know Austin some, but that there was still so much that remained a mystery about him. I was so glad to get to know him better in this installment though, and I really feel like the reader gets to know him on such a deeper level after reading this part. Austin had been through a ton and didn't want anyone or anything until he met Jules, and we really get to see him open himself up to the possibility of love. Austin was sure that Jules was the one for him and that he could make her happy in a way that she hadn't been in a long time. It was great to see him in a way that we hadn't before, and I really felt like his feelings for Jules were so clear throughout this installment. I won't say how this one ends, but I really enjoyed the story. I love what S.L. Scott has given the readers with this series, and I think it is pure genius. No matter what team you are on after the first two parts, I think that everyone should read both Dylan and Austin to really get the full experience. If you are team Austin you will definitely love this part, but even if you are team Dylan I think that there is a lot to be gained by reading this one as well. I highly recommend this series and anything by S.L. Scott. She is a brilliant writer, and I always love her stories and characters. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Interview with Author Bec McMaster and Giveaway

Meet Bec McMaster, author of Forged by Desire.

Award-winning author Bec McMaster lives in a small town in Australia and grew up with her nose in a book. A member of RWA, she writes sexy, dark paranormals and steampunk romance. When not writing, reading, or poring over travel brochures, she loves spending time with her very own hero or daydreaming about new worlds.

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Guest Post with Author Shannyn Schroeder and Giveaway

Shannyn Schroeder is a former high school and middle school English teacher. She holds a BA in English and MAs in Special Education and Gifted Education. She currently works as an editor for an education company and juggles writing around her kids’ schedules. In her spare time, Shannyn loves to bake and watches far too much TV, especially cop shows. She started her first book on a dare from her husband and has never looked back. She came to reading romance later than many, but lives for the happy ending, and writes contemporary romance because she enjoys the adventure of new love.

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Feature and Giveaway: He's So Fine by Jill Shalvis

For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?

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