Tuesday, June 28, 2016

RELEASE BLITZ & REVIEW - Beautifully Decandent by L.A. Fiore

 
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Beautifully Decadent by L.A. Fiore 

Contemporary Romance 

Released: June 28, 2016


synopsis

Avery Collins has just landed her dream job, pastry chef for the posh-Manhattan restaurant, Clover. Her new boss, Trace Montgomery, even helped with securing her an affordable place to live: a beautifully restored carriage house owned by his friend, Rafe McKenzie—a man that makes her catch her breath and stirs her imagination. Trouble is, he's involved with someone, his father is being released after 25 years in prison and Avery is just his tenant. Exploring the attraction that sizzles whenever they're together would be the icing on the cake, but Avery knows all too well that you can't have everything. Of course, what's cake without icing?

 Rafe McKenzie's world shattered at nine when his father Liam—the only parent he knew—was arrested and convicted for armed robbery. Growing up in the system, Rafe managed to survive his childhood and now has a job he enjoys, a house he's restoring and a tight circle of friends. He's even working on reconciling with his dad, both eager to put the past in the past.

 Happy for the income a tenant would bring, Rafe agrees to rent his carriage house to Clover's new pastry chef. When Avery Collins pulls up his drive, she's not at all what he's expecting. Funny, sexy and as sweet as her desserts, it doesn't take long for things between them to heat up. Just when it seems as if they'll have their cake and eat it too, the past comes back with deadly intent leaving Rafe to figure out who's pulling the strings before his world shatters again.


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4.5 starsThis was my first L.A. Fiore book and it won’t be my last. This was a pretty fantastic read in my opinion. It was sweet, sexy, fun, and had a nice suspense plot through it. It is definitely for lovers of goofball heroines and hunky alpha male heroes.

Avery Collins is going after her dream job; the pastry chef at Clover. The owner Trace (the hero from book one) is blown away by her interview and hires her. Avery is also trying to find a place to live so she doesn’t have to commute and Trace quickly puts her in touch with his friend Rafe McKenzie. Rafe has a carriage house on his property for rent and Avery soon moves in.

I seriously loved Avery, I mean really loved her. She was so funny and adorable and I want to be her friend. She is awkward, funny, and as Rafe calls her; a goof. Avery is instantly smitten with Rafe and I can’t say I blame her. He is tall with long black hair and he is kind of aloof at first. SWOON!! There were so many cute scenes (tree climbing) that had me laughing. I particularly loved her drooling over Rafe (binocular stalking) and his friends. Rafe can’t help but be drawn to Avery and her adorable ways and they slowly fall for each other. I liked the pacing of their romance because you kind of fell in love with them as they were falling in love. Avery hasn’t really put much effort into finding a guy because of her career but she does want to find her HEA. Rafe has had a sad upbringing and isn’t really looking for love either but he doesn’t stand a chance with Avery.

All of the side characters were fabulous. I definitely plan to go back and read book one and two in the series to catch up on the other couples. I loved Avery’s relationship with her sister and they were hilarious. I also loved Rafe’s father and was happy he got a second chance.

This was just a fun slow burn romance that had me laughing and kept a smile on my face until the end. And this book made me super hungry and the illustrations were really cool. Well Done!




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L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including: Beautifully Damaged, Waiting for the One and A Glimpse of the Dream. She's also the social secretary for her two children, a tamer of ill-mannered cats, the companion to one awesome dog and married to her best friend. She likes her wine red, her shrimp chilled and her social gatherings small and intimate.



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Man Candy by Melanie Harlow Release Date: June 20, 2016 Genre: Contemporary Romance

 
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Synopsis:

He’s back.
Not just back in town, but living in the flat right beneath mine. And he looks good enough to eat, which is just one more reason to stay away from him.
But I can’t resist.
The sex is incredible (pretty sure we’ve shaken the house right off its foundation), but he can’t fool me—not this time. A degree in marketing and five years in advertising have taught me that “true love” is a fairy tale used to sell lipstick, diamonds, and perfume. It doesn’t exist.
He thinks I’m wrong, and he wants to prove it.
I think he’s crazy, so I dare him to try.
It might be the biggest mistake of my life.

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“It’s so good to see you, Jaime,” he said. “You look great.” “You too,” I said before I could stop myself. I didn’t want him to think I still cared—in fact, I wanted him to know I wasn’t fooled by his charm. I wasn’t that silly little girl anymore, the one who’d doodled his name in her notebooks and blushed when he said hi at school and cried herself to sleep when he asked another girl to his prom. That silly little girl was gone, and in her place was a confident, smart, professional woman who knew her worth and, even better, the truth about love. No more stars in her eyes. But why did he have to be so hot? OK, pull yourself together. No drooling. “I’m so glad this worked out.” Quinn let me go but stood too close, his feet planted wide and his arms crossed over his chest. He wore jeans, a gray knit pullover that hugged his muscular chest and arms, and his feet were bare. His hair was damp and messy on top, just like it had been the last time I’d seen him in person. His full lower lip made me want to bite it. Maybe even draw blood. “Sorry, I just got out of the shower,” he said sheepishly, ruffling his hair. “Want to come in and catch up? Or maybe go out for a drink? I just need to throw some shoes on.” “No.” Trying desperately to shove the image of him in the shower from my mind, I elbowed past him and trudged up the stairs. My cheeks were hot, which meant they were probably turning scarlet. They ruined my poker face every time. “Come on, it’s Friday!” “I have work to do.” He was naked a few minutes ago. And wet. “Did you have a bad day?” “No.” Rivulets of water streaming over those muscles. “You already have plans tonight?” “No.” Steam rising as he stroked himself beneath the spray. “You don’t love me anymore?” I froze as the shower fantasy exploded into bits, replaced by a humiliation that paralyzed me, one foot on the top step, one hand on the banister. Slowly, I turned my head and glared at him over one shoulder. Now the grin cocked up on one side. “Because you used to, you know. You told me.” “You need to forget about that.” “Have you?” “Yes,” I snapped. “That was a long time ago. Back when I was young and impressionable and believed in love.” His brows went up. “You don’t believe in love anymore?” “Not the romantic kind. That’s a fantasy used to sell things like lipstick and roses and diamonds.” “Pretty jaded for twenty-seven, aren’t you?” I resumed heading up the stairs. “I’m not jaded, Quinn. I’m just a realist.” And I’ve been burned before, trusting guys way less attractive than you. He said nothing more, and I let myself into my flat. As soon as the door was shut behind me, I leaned back against it, exhaling and fanning my face. He still got to me. That was so aggravating. I mean, how was I supposed to sleep at night? Quinn Rusek was one fine piece of man candy, and I had a sweet tooth for him that wouldn’t quit. But he’d made fun of me! Again! A nice guy would have at least pretended not to remember what I’d said. Or maybe apologized for humiliating me. Or not have brought it up at all! What an asshole. A hot asshole—the worst kind. Curse you, Alex, and your generous heart. And curse you, Quinn, for getting under my skin again. You stay away from me. But a traitorous little part of me hoped he wouldn’t. (Bet you can guess which part.)  

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If you are looking for a fun, light, and dirty read; you need to give Man Candy a try.

Jaime had a major thing for her brother’s best friend Quinn when she was a teen. Things didn’t turn out the way Jaime wanted so Quinn showing back up in her life is not what she wants.

Quinn is back in town and they are temporary neighbors. At this point Quinn is interested in Jaime and she is only interested in no-strings sex. Jaime is a major commitment phobe. It is so bad she has a strict set of rules that includes no hand holding, sleeping over, or anything else involving emotional intimacy. She doesn’t believe that love is real and doesn’t have a clue how to be a girlfriend or be in a relationship. But Quinn is crazy about her so he sets out to wear her down and prove to her that love is real. I really loved Quinn; he was super sweet and funny. He was so charming and looking for more in his life. After a jet setting life he wants a home and to spend time with friends.

Quinn and Jaime had amazing chemistry and if you have read Melanie Harlow before you know the sex scenes were smoking hot! There were plenty of laughs too and I really enjoyed the bedroom games they played. I liked Jaime but she was frustrating because she had this amazing guy right there but she couldn’t get the walls down to see him. But I understand that she was stuck and lost and I liked how Quinn handled Jaime. After Jaime does some work on herself she starts to work on her deep rooted issues with commitment so she can be happy.

 
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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she's not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.
Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

RELEASE BLITZ and Full Series Review - STAND by T. Gephart






Title: Stand
Series: Black Addiction #3
Author: T. Gephart
Genre: Rock Star Romance
Release Date: June 27, 2016



Blurb

Good times didn’t last forever. While Beth Hart had enjoyed being the sometimes girlfriend of Max Reynolds—the hot bass player for Black Addiction—she knew it would never be more than a casual fling. He was destined for greatness, and she cared too much to hold him back. So, before she lost her heart and her sanity, she said goodbye to the Bronx, moved to Manhattan and left her party-girl days in the past—along with Max.

Nothing made Max happier than being a success in his own right. And in the last few years, he and his band had well and truly earned it. Moving to the city and enjoying the spoils of his new lifestyle made perfect sense, and he loved his new address. It wasn’t his new huge penthouse apartment that got him excited; it was his new neighbor. The one girl he regretted letting go—Beth.

He wanted her back and would do anything to make it happen. Hopefully it wasn’t too late. 









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Prologue - Beth

Then

It was the calm before the storm.

Neither of us had spoken about it last night, both too caught up in each other to care what it all meant. He was irresistible and I saw no reason to fight the urge. No matter how many times we drifted apart, we always seemed to end up back together. Maybe it was sheer magnetism, maybe it was his amazing smile? Or maybe it was his delicious well-toned body that did amazing things to mine? It could have been any of those reasons, but mostly it was because of the way he made me feel.

Happy.

Some of my best memories featured the man sleeping soundly beside me. And it wasn’t even about the sex, although . . . yeah, his talents weren’t only restricted to the stage. There was just something about him. Something bigger than what he already was, and I knew living in the Bronx and working at Staples wasn’t his destiny.

Sadly, neither was I.

International rock sensation Power Station had seen it too, signing up Black Addiction—Max’s band—to be their support act for a huge stadium tour. They’d already wowed the crowds at Madison Square Garden, the other crowds would follow too and then the world would see what I already knew.

Max Reynolds was a rock star.

We’d taken a break from each other around three months ago. No messy break up, no drama—just our lives taking us in different directions. It wasn’t a new thing for us, and in some ways, it just worked. But last night wasn’t us getting back together; last night was something else entirely.

His eyes were shut tight as he slept, completely unaware as I watched him. His perfect lips parted just slightly as the air whistled past. And I knew this would be the last time we could do this; at some point we’d stop the revolving door.

“Hey.” He slid open an eye, his trademark panty-melting grin not far behind. “You’re awake. Feeling okay?”

“Yep, I know better than to try and keep up with you and your band.” I couldn’t help but smile back. “How about you? You had a pretty serious commitment with that bottle of Jäger.” Don’t know why I asked; I’d never seen him rocking the next morning regret like most of us did.

“Never felt better.” He smirked, his fingers trailing up my side, tickling my skin until they reached my breast. His talented fingers palmed me, hinting that he had other things on his mind other than his lack of hangover. “And my only commitment last night was pleasing you. So, tell me . . . how did I do?”

God, he was smooth.

He had this uncanny ability to make you feel like you were the only woman in the room, like nothing else mattered, and even if I knew it was temporary, I loved it.

“I think you got all the confirmation you needed last night.” I grinned as I nestled into his side. “If you want your ego stroked, you’ll have to go elsewhere.”

“That’s not what I want you to stroke, Beth,” he whispered into my ear, his voice loaded with suggestion.

“I should probably go.” It’s not that I didn’t want to stay, but it didn’t take a rocket scientist to know where this would end up. Sleep was not part of that equation.

“Why? Stay in bed with me.” His muscular, inked arms caged me against his body, the heat between us having nothing to do with the temperature in the room. “I’m almost positive you won’t regret it.”

I wouldn’t regret it.

I never would.

But in my heart I knew that this was the end of the road for the two of us. And as much as I wanted to keep going by his side, he had to walk it alone. How much longer could I stay? A week, a month, a year? He needed to be single. Free to do whatever he wanted to do when that spotlight finally hit him and not wonder if it would have been different without a girlfriend ball-and-chain. I wouldn’t be the source of anyone’s regrets, not least someone as special as Max. He was on the cusp of something great, and I cared too much to hold him back.

“You need sleep, you have a show tonight.” My hands moved over his chest. “We both know if I stay, there will be no sleep.” I tried in vain to free myself from his arm prison, my attempt laughable as he pulled me closer.

“Sleep’s overrated.” The words vibrated against my ear as I closed my eyes and remembered the moment. The one that would be the last time in his arms.

“You might not be dealing with a hangover, but you can’t outrun fatigue. Sleep and I’ll see you when you get back in town.”

It was a lie, an easy one to tell, knowing that when he came back things would be different. We would be different, and I think deep down he knew it was goodbye.

“Beth.” His lips pressed against the back of my neck, my short black hair offering me little protection as his hot breath defied logic and gave me goose bumps. “We’ll always end up like this, you and me.”

Not always, not anymore.

I didn’t dare say it. More because I didn’t want to hear it even though I knew it was the right thing to do.

“You going to let me go?” I asked, his arms showing no sign of releasing me

“For now.” He kissed my neck before loosening his hold and allowing me to sit up.

“You’re going to do great on this tour; this is what you’ve been waiting for.” I didn’t have to even force the smile on my face, I was genuinely happy for him. “Your life is about to change.”

“Whatever happens, happens.” His arms flexed and anchored at the back of his neck. “I’m still going to be me, that won’t ever change.”

“Good.” I fished my T-shirt from the edge of the bed and threw it over my head. “And I’ll be your biggest fan.” It was an easy promise to make; being supportive was something that I planned to continue. And something I could do even if it wasn’t by his side.

“Just promise you won’t get all weird and start stealing my underwear to sell on eBay.” He watched me as I slid on my own and grabbed my jeans from the floor.

“So, I should put back the pair I have stuffed into my purse?” I turned back to face him as I pulled up my jeans, batting my eyes seductively for effect.

I hadn’t actually stolen a pair of his boxer briefs, but it was easier than the inevitable so-this-is-where-it-ends that needed to happen.

“Call me, Beth.” He didn’t hesitate, his eyes looking directly into mine. It was as if he already knew that I probably wouldn’t but wouldn’t push the issue either. It was a weird stalemate, so much left unsaid, but all those words not spoken completely understood.

“See ya, Max.” I allowed myself one last look at him before scooping up my shoes and shuffling out of the room. The door closed behind me giving me a resting place for a second before I walked out of his house.

We both needed this. It wasn’t just for him; this was for me too. Together neither of us would reach our full potential, and we owed each other that. I was more than just a bass player’s girlfriend. I was more than a girl with tattoos, funky hair and a short skirt. If I stayed . . . he was too easy to fall in love with.

There was no sadness when I left; my heart wasn’t breaking. I was excited about what the future held for both of us and while I’d miss him, someday we would both be thankful.

In time we would both move on, and hopefully when he thought of me, he’d remember good things.

I would always, when I thought of him.
 
 
 
STAND REVIEW
4 STARS!
Stand is the story of Max, the bass player from Black Addiction, and Beth the on again off again girlfriend. Beth and Max have continued to find their way back to each other over the years. The last break up was made by Beth as Max was on the verge of making it big. Beth didn’t want to hold Max back by being weighed down with a girlfriend and she had dreams of her own. Beth is the girl Max has always regretted losing and he never really knew why she left. I really loved their relationship. Beth was a girl with a good head on her shoulders and she was determined to find her path. Staying with Max had the potential of destroying them down the road so she walked. I loved that it wasn’t a sad heartbreaking end; it was just two people that knew it wasn’t there time yet.

Now that all the other band members have found love and Joey has moved; Max decides to look for a new place to live. Joeys conniving little sister pressures Max in to taking a place in Manhattan that she thinks is perfect for him but she doesn’t mention that his lovely neighbor is Beth. Max and Beth are pretty shocked to cross paths again and Beth tries to play the “let’s be friends” card. Max isn’t okay with that so he starts a subtle pursuit of Beth and before long she has to face the music and stop fighting it.

I love a good second chance romance and this was a fun one. I loved the banter between all the characters but especially between Beth and her bestie Jules. Max was a persistent and swoon worthy hero and Beth was a fun heroine even though she stayed in denial a little too long.
Well done!

        


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3.5 STARS

Slide is the story of Rusty the guitarist for Black Addiction and the silly goofball of a girl he meets at a bar. I really enjoyed this story. Rusty was adorable and so patient. Ali’s life was kind of a hot mess because she is dumped by her boyfriend and fired from her job. I didn’t really care for the opener because it was basically a copy of the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love. It was a replica pretty much up to the scene where they fall asleep after a night of talking. I freaking love this movie but I was kind of torn reading a recap of it in a book. But after this part the story takes a different direction. Ali was admittedly in a bad place in her life and Rusty was the perfect guy to help her pick up the pieces. I didn’t like how she bailed after the drama with Phil happened but thankfully she came to her senses quickly. All in all I liked the banter, sexy times, and Rusty and Ali. I will definitely continue the series.


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STICKS REVIEW
4.5 stars
I really loved Kenzie and Joey’s story, it was so much fun. Kenzie is a guitarist in her band and she gets knocked up by Joey the man-whore drummer from Black Addiction. I really liked Kenzie’s character; she is strong, determined, and sarcastic. Even with her tough personality she does have a bit of a freak out but she rallies and decides to go it alone if Joey doesn’t want to help. But Joey surprises her by his excitement and his willingness to go all in. And so begins their hilarious adventure in pregnancy and falling in love.

Joey is my favorite kind of rock star book boyfriend. He is just a big ole goofball. He was so hilarious and kept doing dumb things that made you laugh your ass off. His band is heading for the big time and Kenzie doesn’t want to slow that down for him. But Joey works hard to make sure he has time do everything and getting Kenzie in his life is a bonus. The story is pretty low on drama and the one thing that did happen I saw coming. But after Kenzie had a little freak out I really admired how she ended up handling the situation and how Joey did too.

Overall this was a fun read. I smiled through the whole book and am looking forward to more in the series.






Author Bio


T Gephart is an indie author from Melbourne, Australia.

T's approach to life has been somewhat unconventional. Rather than going to University, she jumped on a plane to Los Angeles, USA in search of adventure. While this first trip left her somewhat underwhelmed and largely depleted of funds it fueled her appetite for travel and life experience.

With a rather eclectic resume, which reads more like the fiction she writes than an actual employment history, T struggled to find her niche in the world.

While on a subsequent trip the United States in 1999, T met and married her husband. Their whirlwind courtship and interesting impromptu convenience store wedding set the tone for their life together, which is anything but ordinary. They have lived in Louisiana, Guam and Australia and have traveled extensively throughout the US. T has two beautiful young children and one four legged child, Woodley, the wonder dog.

An avid reader, T became increasingly frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in the books she was reading. She wanted to read about a woman she could identify with, someone strong, independent and confident and who didn't lack femininity. Out of this need, she decided to pen her first book, A Twist of Fate. T set herself the challenge to write something that was interesting, compelling and yet easy enough to read that was still enjoyable. Pulling from her own past "colorful" experiences and the amazing personalities she has surrounded herself with, she had no shortage of inspiration. With a strong slant on erotic fiction, her core characters are empowered women who don't have to sacrifice their femininity. She enjoyed the process so much that when it was over she couldn't let it go.

T loves to travel, laugh and surround herself with colorful characters. This inevitably spills into her writing and makes for an interesting journey - she is well and truly enjoying the ride!

Based on her life experiences, T has plenty of material for her books and has a wealth of ideas to keep you all enthralled.




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DISCLAIM by Pam Godwin

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Camila was seventeen when Van Quiso kidnapped her. Ten years after her escape, the shackles refuse to release her. Not while there are still slave traders preying on her city. She will stop at nothing to end them. Even if that means becoming a slave again.
Returning to chains is her worst fear—and only option. They won’t know who she is or what she intends to do. She’s prepared for every complication. Except him. The one who decimated her sixteen-year-old heart.
Matias is charming, gorgeous, and dangerously seductive. He’s also untrustworthy and enshrouded in secrets. After years of no contact, he finds her—on her knees, wrists bound, in the clutches of her enemy. Will he sabotage her mission by needlessly saving her? Or will he keep her in chains and never let her go?

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Genre: Dark Romance
Expected release→ Aug 2016

DISCLAIM is book #3 in the DELIVER series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but if you intend to read the preceding books, do not read DISCLAIM first.
 
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.
Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Release Blitz & Reviews - Blood & Rust by Cat Porter


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Release Date: June 22, 2016

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The bad boy. The fuck up. The thief. That was me. Once a king, Now a wanderer. I’d thrown the best parts of me away, over and over again. I was reckless. Still am. I’d been exiled. Twice. I did my time. I’ve cleaned up. Well, sort of. I got plans. Yeah, good ones. Then I ran into her. A bolt of lightning Startling Unsettling Breathtaking Out of reach. The woman I once scorned years ago is now the woman I can’t live without. I need what I didn’t think I’d ever need again. I want and want and want. Torture. She’s the epicenter of the war I’ve triggered, of the battle in my rusted heart. I may be as reckless as I ever was, but I’m determined as fuck. To hell with it. I want it all.  
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Porter has done it again. I've been looking forward to Butler's story and it exceeded my high expectations. Butler has a colorful past - from his brother, to his wife, Caitlyn, to Grace, the woman he always desired, to drug abuse, to his banishment.

This book is about redemption. I love how Porter didn't change the heart of Butler. He still wrestles with sobriety, he still misses Caitlyn and his brother and bears that guilt. But as we saw in Iron & Bone he started to make changes for the positive. He's welcomed back into the One-Eyed Jacks and he's done with the women. He now has an old lady, Nina. But not everything is as it seems. I love the progression of the storyline in this book. A LOT happens.

I equally loved Tania. She's a strong heroine. She's perfect for Butler. They have a lot in common and some serious chemistry. She's a good daughter and sister and friend. She was strong enough to recognize her marriage was over, that she wanted more. She gave up a prestigious career because she had dreams of making her love of salvaging into a business. And most of all, her mysterious past with Finger was revealed and it was glorious. Finger had his own revelations and I may have squealed out loud. I seriously hope nobody spoils this part for anyone. It's meant to be discovered on your own. But...Porter leaves some questions unanswered so I hope Finger's book is next.

Of course the previous couples are heavily involved. We learn the name of the baby. It's pretty badass. Miller's speech made me tear up. So much goodness. Amazing book. Amazing series. Unequivocally. Bravo, Ms. Porter. Bravo.
 
 
 
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I seriously think Cat topped Random & Rare for me. It’s so close, like neck and neck, I am so torn! Blood & Rust exceeded my expectations and frankly I am in awe of Ms. Porter’s talent. I have screamed from the roof tops for quite some time about how much I love this series. The attention to detail is astounding and it is done so beautifully. Ms. Porter knows how to “take you there” in her writing without bogging the story down. Another plus in this series is the older characters; I love reading about people around my age that I can relate to. These people are honest about who they are, they have learned the hard lessons of youth, and are done with games. Butler and Tania were made for each other and they were meant to come together at this point in their lives.

I have fallen in love with every one of the heroes in the Lock & Key series and from Butler’s introduction in book one I was hooked. He has suffered through tremendous loss and overcome addiction so he has definitely come a long way. He started his path to redemption in Iron & Bone and in Blood & Rust he is finding his way back home to the Jacks. He crosses paths with Tania (Grace’s bestie) and this starts their journey. I was so surprised by the history these two had. In their youth they weren’t right for each other but now that Butler has overcome some of his battles, and Tania has walked away from her marriage, they are ready. But of course there are some obstacles in their way.

Tania was a truly fabulous character. I freaking love the heroines in this series; they are strong, fierce, and not afraid to go for what they want. Tania is coming to the end of her marriage. In reality it was over long ago but she is done. She is ready to give her all to fulfilling her dream of opening her own shop and doing what she wants to do with no apologies. I loved the progression of Butler and Tania’s slow burn romance. The sexual tension about killed me with these two but it was worth the wait. One of the most surprising and wonderful aspects of the story was Tania’s connection to Finger. I freaking loved their relationship and I am dying to know more about Finger.

I don’t think there is anything better for me as a reader to find a series that pulls me in and won’t let go. I devoured Butler and Tania’s story and immediately dove back in to re-read some scenes. I highlighted like crazy and messaged my review partners to discuss. The story was executed so well and had so much good stuff I couldn’t possibly list it all. It is rich, vibrant, and I ate up every word and greedily wanted more. Seriously, I can’t say enough about this series and Ms. Porter’s writing. BRAVO!!

P.S. I have claimed this book as mine. There were several things that spoke to me in the story and If you keep an eye out you might spot my cameo * wink wink *. So…..back off girls! Hahahaha!!
 
   
 
About the Author
Cat Porter was born and raised in New York City, but also spent a few years in Europe, Texas and the suburbs along the way. As an introverted, only child, she had very big, but very secret dreams for herself. She graduated from Vassar College, was a struggling actress, an art gallery girl, special events planner, freelance writer, and had all sorts of other crazy jobs all hours of the day and night to help make those dreams come true. She has two children's books traditionally published under her maiden name. She now lives in Greece with her husband and three children, and freaks out regularly and still daydreams way too much. She is addicted to old movies, the History Channel, her iPad, her husband's homemade red wine, really dark chocolate, and her Nespresso coffee machine. Writing keeps her somewhat sane, extremely happy, and a productive member of society.  

 
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