Cover Reveal – Craft by Adriana Locke



Title: Craft

Series: The Gibson Boys #2

Author: Adriana Locke

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Kari March Designs

Release Date: March 7, 2018
They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends.
More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in.
Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely
crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes cupcakes from the corner of
her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the
history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a
coincidence. All sixteen times.
Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin
too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and
seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the
best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and
he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years.
These two don’t hate each other. They don’t
really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have
to start somewhere, right?
Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.
Will be available in Kindle Unlimited.





Free in Kindle Unlimited

Author Bio
USA Today
Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of
slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other
authors, Adriana has created her own.
She resides
in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount
of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her
outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her
For sneak peeks, giveaways, and more, please
join Adriana’s Facebook Group, Books by Adriana Locke, or her Goodreads group,
All Locked Up.


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Monthly Wrap-Up – January 2018

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Kindle (Freebies)

Dawn – Hero Society – Jessica Florence
Charmed by the Bartender – Piper Rayne

Kindle (Won)
The Art of Us – Hilaria Alexander

Kindle (For Review)
Dial M for Mousse – Laura Bradford
Love Songs and Other Lies – Jessica Pennington

Paperback (Won)
I won a massive box of cozy mystery books earlier this month, so here is everything that was included in that box.

Spouse on Haunted Hill – E.J Copperman
Crime and Poetry – Amanda Flower
Blood Orange – Susan Wittig Albert
Grace Sees Red – Julie Hyzy

Blown Away – Clover Tate
The Cat, the Collector, and the Killer – Leann Sweeney
A Likely Story – Jenn McKinlay
No Cats Allowed – Miranda James

Seeds of Deception – Sheila Connelly
Deck the Hallways – Kate Carlisle
The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole – Rebecca Adler
Murder on Amsterdam Avenue – Victoria Thompson

Dead to the Last Drop – Cleo Coyle
A Seamless Murder – Melissa Bourbon


January was a crazy busy month for me.

My second semester of college started on the 8th. I am taking 21 credit hours this semester, so my work load has been insane. After having a 3.5 week break for winter break, coming back to a work load that heavy was a little overwhelming at first. I have gotten back into my groove now though and everything has gone pretty well so far. I didn’t think I’d survive my English class this semester, but it hasn’t been that bad so far. I’m not fond of writing papers and this class has 4 major papers that we need to write. Each paper will be a little bit longer also. I was scared of this 4-5 page paper I just turned in today, so I can’t imagine what I’ll feel like later on when they’re approaching 10 pages. Eek! I have made a couple new friends this semester, so that’s been fun. School has been going great though. I have a 4.0 GPA for the fall semester, made the President’s Honors List, was invited to join the National Society for Leadership and Success and also was chosen to receive a scholarship. All of the hard work that I’ve been putting in is really starting to pay off and I’m so proud of everything I have accomplished.

Chris and Logan are doing well. They actually get their report cards today, so we’ll see when they get home if they’ve been able to maintain their honor roll or not.  😉

We got some snow earlier in the month. We were only supposed to get 1 or 2 inches (a “dusting” as they called it), but we ended up with over 6 inches! It was awesome. We hardly ever get that much snow here.


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The struggle is real with this one lol

Review – The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan


Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

I’m kicking myself for taking so long to start this series. I was a little hesitant to start because I loved the characters from the Percy Jackson series so much, I wasn’t sure how much I would connect to a new cast of characters for this series. I had no trouble at all connecting with these characters! I love Piper, Jason, and Leo as much as I love Percy, Annabeth, and Grover.

There were so many funny moments during this book, especially with Leo. Leo turned out to be an amazing and incredibly strong character. Piper was amazing as well. I cheered for Piper so hard during her last confrontation with Drew. I think Piper is going to be exactly what the Aphrodite cabin needs. I felt so bad for Jason about his memory loss. I can only imagine how maddening it would be to not remember anything about who you are on top of dealing with everything else these three had to go through. Coach Hedge offered a lot of humor throughout the book as well.

I’ll admit that I cried a couple times during this book, which I wasn’t expecting at all. I ugly cried over Festus but am so glad that he is making a comeback.

The ending of this book gave me chills and left me with my mouth hanging open. Mind freaking blown! I can’t wait to jump into the next book.

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Blog Tour + Review – Thrive by Aly Martinez

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THRIVE by Aly Martinez
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When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.

Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.

I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.

Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell. 

That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.

It’s the call I’m terrified to make. 

I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.

My Review:
4 out of 5 stars
This was a great read!  I haven’t read the first book in this series, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything.  Now that I’ve read this one and enjoyed it, I’ll definitely be going back and reading Singe.
Jeremy and Mira were both great characters.  I love how much they still loved each other even after all that time being apart.  Second chance romances just grab at my heart and this book wasn’t any different.  I’m a sucker for second chances and was pulling for the two of them from the start of the book.



Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children.

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.



Review – Thief by Tarryn Fisher


Note to Self

Love is patient; love is kind.
Love doesn’t boast or brag.
There’s no arrogance in love;
it’s never rude, crude, or indecent-it’s not self absorbed.
Love isn’t easily upset.
Love doesn’t tally wrongs.
Love trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what.
Love will never become obsolete.
I’ll fight for her.


Caleb Drake never got over his first love. Not when he got married. Not when she got married. When life suddenly comes full circle Caleb must decide how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back. But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

I don’t think I have been pulled in so many different directions and experienced so many emotions while reading a book in my life. This series has effectively destroyed me.

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I’ve literally been sitting here staring at my keyboard and trying to think of what to say to properly express my thoughts about this book.  I just can’t do it.  I was ripped apart and then put back together.

Caleb and Olivia had one hell of a story.  Two people shouldn’t have to go through so much heartbreak, drama, and flat out bullshit just to be together.  I appreciated the continued use of the present and past views in this book.  It was able to fill in some things that I had questions about from the last book.  It also continued to add an amazing sense of suspense and intrigue to the story.  There was a point when I was nearing the end of the book that my heart was pounding.  You could practically picture the climax of the story approaching, the pacing of the book picked up, and then all hell broke loose.

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That tiny amount of sympathy that I had for Leah in Dirty Red?  Yeah, that went straight out the window in this book.  I can see now why everyone hates her.  You can add me to that list now.  I got a great deal of satisfaction with one certain interaction between Leah and Olivia.

In the end, I was happy with the way the story turned out and how everything came together.  I just feel bad that the journey was so long and painful for Caleb and Olivia.  Tarryn is an absolute genius with words and I am looking forward to reading through the rest of her books.

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Blog Tour – Love Between Enemies by Molly E Lee

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Love Between Enemies (Grad Night #2)
by Molly E. Lee
Publication Date:  January 8, 2018
Publisher:  Entangled: Crush

Zoey Handler is ready to put an end to her decade-long rivalry with Gordon Meyers. They’ve traded top spot between valedictorian and salutatorian for years, but all that’s over now. Right? But after a crazy graduation speech prank gets out of hand, suddenly their rivalry turns into all-out war. Time to make peace with a little friendly payback.

Step one? Make him believe they’re now friends.
Step two? Show him the time of his life at an epic graduation party.
Step three? Don’t fall for his tricks.
Step four? Absolutely, positively, do not kiss him again.

So what if he’s cute? (Okay, hot.) So what if he’s charming? (Heaven help her, tempting.) So what if he apologizes? (That has to be fake.) She knows the real Gordon. And no matter how much her heart begs her to stop, there’s no turning back.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one epic party, complete with every high-schoolers-gone-bad shenanigan, and two rivals who discover maybe they could be something much more…if only they’d stop fighting long enough to notice it.

My Review:
4 out of 5 stars

I was so excited when I found out that Zoey was going to get her own story. I really enjoyed her character from the previous book. It’s even better that this is an enemies to lovers story. There is just something about two people who go from not being able to stand each other to falling for each other that gets me every single time! You can’t help but to root for the couple and that applied here to Zoey and Gordon.

I absolutely loved Gordon! He was such a sweet guy.

I also liked that this story takes place in a 24 hour period. It makes for a fast read but there is enough meat in the story that you don’t feel like you are missing out on anything.

*Thanks to the publisher and the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Love in the Friend Zone
Molly E. Lee

Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her debut novel EDGE OF CHAOS, and as a mentor at Pitch Wars – a program which connects promising writers to established authors in the community. Molly writes New Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.
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Review – Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher


Dear Opportunist, 

You thought you could take him from me, but you lost. Now, that he’s mine I’ll do anything to keep him. Do you doubt me? I have everything that was supposed to be yours. In case you were wondering; he doesn’t ever think about you anymore. I won’t let him go….ever. 

Dirty Red

Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn’t. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.

My Review:
5 out of 5 stars

What in the world did I just read?! This is definitely what you would call a mind f***. This book sucked me in, put me through a whirlwind of emotions that left me spinning, and then blew my mind.

I read this book in less than 24 hours. I can’t even remember the last time I did that. Leah is so wonderfully, wickedly twisted that I just had to know what was going to happen next. It’s been a long time since I read The Opportunist, and I had trouble remembering what all happened in that book, so I really appreciated the flashbacks that were in this book to events that happened in TO. I really enjoyed the buildup of what happened in the past that led up to what was happening in the present.

Leah. I just had to shake my head at her during most of the book. There were times where I really felt sorry for her. She didn’t deserve the way her parents treated her at all. She was in love with a man that just couldn’t love her the way she loved him. That’s pretty sad. But on the other hand, she drove me absolutely crazy with some of the things she did and decisions she made. As a mother myself, I just couldn’t believe how indifferent she was about her daughter. It just blew my mind the way she would pass her off. Was she really suffering from postpartum depression? Was she just that indifferent about her child? I guess we’ll never know for sure. Leah was a whackadoodle, but she sure was interesting.

I enjoyed Sam’s character. He was funny and offered a little bit of a balance to Leah. For all the snark she threw his way, he gave it right back to her. I also love that he wasn’t afraid to call her out on her crap.

I’m really looking forward to reading Thief so I can see Caleb’s point of view through everything that happened. I’m sure to be in for another wild ride!

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