Cover Reveal: The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey

Are you an R.S. Grey fan? If so, get ready! I’m excited to help reveal the cover of her upcoming novel THE BEAU & THE BELLE releasing February 1st. Continue reading for the cover, synopsis, and information on when and how to pre-order the book!

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Title: The Beau & The Belle
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: February 1, 2018
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THE BEAU & THE BELLE releases February 1st. You can pre-order your copy for only .99cents starting January 29th! Keep an eye on R.S. Grey’s Facebook page for the link.

SYNOPSIS:

Beau Fortier starred in most of my cringe-worthy teenage fantasies.

I met him when I was a junior in high school, a time that revolved exclusively around bad hair, failed forays into flirting, and scientific inquiries into which brand of toilet paper worked best for stuffing bras.

That is, until Beau moved into the small guest house just beyond my bedroom window.

A 24-year-old law student at Tulane, Beau was as mysterious to me as second base (both in baseball and in the bedroom). He was older. Intimidating. Hot. Boys my age had chicken legs and chubby cheeks. Beau had calloused hands and a jaw cut from steel. Our interactions were scarce—mostly involving slight stalking on my end—and yet deep down, I desperately hoped he saw me as more of a potential lover than a lovesick loser.

Turns out, I was fooling myself. My fragile ego learned that lesson the hard way.

Now, ten years later, we’re both back in New Orleans, and guess who suddenly can’t take his eyes off little ol’ me.

My old friend, Mr. Fortier.

But things have changed. I’m older now—poised and confident. My ego wears a bulletproof vest. The butterflies that once filled my stomach have all perished.

When I was a teenager, Beau warned me to guard my heart.

Let’s hope he knows how to guard his.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Blog Tour: Cowboy Up by Harper Sloan – Review

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Series: Coming Home #3
Publisher: 
Pocket Books
Publication Date: 
December 19, 2017
Genres: 
Contemporary Romance
Pages: 
384
Format: 
Paperback
Source: 
ARC
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Synopsis:

Hang on to your Stetsons, because you’re in for another wild ride! COWBOY UP by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Harper Sloan is a passionate and breathless romance about the sparks that ignite when a cautious cowboy and a once-scorned woman open up to each other in the third installment of the Coming Home series.

As the eldest Davis, Clayton has always tried to lead by example. He takes his job as head of the family businesses seriously, making sure the farm and auto shop are running smoothly—along with keeping an eye on his brother and sister. For him, there’s a time and place to let go of the control he holds with an iron grip. And with the way he grew up, coupled with a disastrous end to his last relationship, he’s just fine with his quiet, solitary life.

Most of the time.

What he hadn’t counted on was cute, quirky, shy bookstore owner, Caroline Michaels. She’s the proverbial woman next door—well, the next town over, that is. Caroline hasn’t lived an easy life, but after escaping an abusive ex, she’s finally living it for herself. The last thing she ever expected was a one-night stand with Clay Davis, a night she can’t stop thinking about.

So when she falls on hard times and Clay comes out of nowhere to her rescue, she realizes just how impossible it’ll be to stay away from him. Now all she has to do is convince him to live a little…

Will Clay be able to give up the reins and finally settle down? And, more importantly, will Caroline muster enough courage to lasso him up?

COWBOY UP is the third go-round in this Texas-set series which has everything readers could want in truly authentic Western romance novels filled with sizzle, heart…and plenty of horses and cowboy boots!

Read my review of Lost Rider (Coming Home #1) here.
Read my review of Kiss My Boots (Coming Home #2) here.


My Review

This is a book that has a pretty high rating on Goodreads (4.4 stars), so I know there is a readership for this book and people who will love it. I’m just not part of that group.

I read the first two in the series and I wanted to finish the series out. I was hopeful as the heroine in this one is a bookshop owner. I love reading books where books themselves play a role in them; but this one just missed a lot of the marks for me.

The hero, Clayton, has made it clear in his life that he doesn’t ever want to get married nor have children. This is partly to do with the fact that he did not have a great relationship with either of his parents. I can understand how he is hesitant, even put off by the idea of getting married and having kids since his parents did not represent a good marriage nor were they supportive parents.

What I don’t understand, and what is extremely difficult to believe, is that just one night with the heroine, Caroline, and Clayton is all about having and building a permanent future with her (full of marriage and babies). I don’t think that is realistic – especially for someone who has said all his life he didn’t want that. Romance novels are notorious for being touted as giving women unrealistic expectations, and while I think that is unfair on some accounts, honestly, this book falls into that category. I think it gives women the idea that they can someone change a man, but I don’t think anyone can change someone else. People can only change themselves, not others.

Caroline was all over the place. She’s described by others as shy and quiet but I didn’t ever really see that side. She had one encounter with Clayton and now she’s all confidence and speaking her mind. While I think the fact she gained confidence is realistic, it happened awfully quick in my opinion.

Something I noticed while reading this series, is that all the men are extremely similar with their actions and words in the bedroom. I felt like there wasn’t much originality in these scenes. In all honesty, they were just too much for my preference. Too much description, too long, too much everything. The whole “being bad” thing (which was coined during the first chapter when Caroline decides to “be bad” with Clayton, aka have a one night stand with him) was quite frankly stupid to me and it got old really fast.

The drama that occurred was predictable. Jealous exes who are also crazy. Not much else to say about that.

I was trying to describe this book to a friend, and I said that if someone who doesn’t read romance novels wrote down everything they believed them to be, this book would be the result. It was tropey, unrealistic, had over the top drama, bad dialogue, long waxing poetic monologues, excessive descriptions of bedroom scenes, and a very cliche HEA. That’s probably really harsh, but I said I’d give my honest opinion and that is my honest opinion.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


MEET THE AUTHOR: HARPER SLOAN

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Harper is a NEW YORK TIMES, WALL STREET JOURNAL, and USA TODAY bestselling author residing in Georgia with her husband and three daughters. She has a borderline unhealthy obsession with books, hibachi, tattoos, and Game of Thrones. When she isn’t writing you can almost always find her with a book in hand.

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New Release: Wingmen Babypalooza by Daisy Prescott

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Wingmen Babypalooza by Daisy Prescott
Series: Wingmen #5.5
Publication Date: December 7, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: ARC

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Synopsis:

Once upon a time there was a wingman named Tom who had the reputation of being catnip for women.

Now the Tom Cat’s been domesticated and about to become a dad for the first time. If he can survive Hailey’s pregnancy, Baby 101 classes, and the holidays with his family.

Let’s hope the stork has his own wingmen. Because Tom’s not the only one of the guys to catch baby fever. In fact, the whole island seems to have it. Continue reading

Links by Lisa Becker – Review and Excerpt

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Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Publication Date: August 1, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: ARC

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Synopsis:

In high school, Charlotte Windham was a typical student going through an awkward phase — glasses and all. She harbored a crush on Garrett Stephens, the teen heartthrob everyone can’t help but fall for during that unfortunate ugly duckling phase of one’s teen years. Flash forward fifteen years later, and Charlotte and Garrett have a second chance encounter at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, this time around, Charlotte has leveled the playing field. She’s a 

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New Release: On The Way To You by Kandi Steiner

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One The Way To You by Kandi Steiner
Publication Date: November 16, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: ARC

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Synopsis:
What makes you happy?

That was the question Emery Reed asked me the day we met, and I couldn’t give him a single answer. I could have said my dog, or my books, or yoga — but I just stared.

And then, I got in his car.

It was crazy to take a road trip with a stranger, but after years of standing still, he was my one-way ticket to a new life, and I wasn’t going to miss it.

We shared the same space, the same car, the same hotel room — and still, we were strangers. Continue reading

Blog Tour: The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey – Review & Excerpt

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The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey
Publication Date: November 1, 2017
Publisher: R.S. Grey
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: eBook
Source: ARC
3 Stars

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Synopsis: 
At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk… Continue reading

Blog Tour: Wild For You by Daisy Prescott – Review

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Wild for You by Daisy Prescott
Series: Love with Altitude #3 (Can be read as a standalone)
Publication Date: September 14, 2017
Publisher: Daisy Prescott
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Format: eBook
Source: ARC
4 Stars
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Synopsis:
Cowboy fantasies. Oh boy, do I have them. I blame the shiny belt buckles and those chaps. Mother of pearl buttons, those chaps.

After getting dumped by my Not Future Husband, I’ve decided to spend the summer in Aspen exploring new adventures. First on the list is rugged, sexy rodeo champion Justin Garrison, who seems Continue reading

ICYMI: Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker Cover Reveal & Excerpt

Earlier this year, I read my first K.A. Tucker novel Until it FadesI absolutely loved it, and immediately added all of Tucker’s backlist to my to-be-read list (my full review here!). If you aren’t familiar with her work, she writes a wide range of genres; from romance to fantasy to mystery, young adult to adult, Tucker is a versatile and talented writer.

Her next book, Keep Her Safe, is slated to release January 23, 2018 and I cannot wait! It is a mix between a suspense novel and a romance, and it sounds so freaking good. Below is a synopsis, along with the beautiful cover! Keep scrolling for a link to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog which has an exclusive excerpt of the book. Continue reading