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Heartbreaker by Melody Grace
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 28th

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“A must read second chance love story!”

Claire Contreras, NYT Bestselling Author

 

Synopsis:

They say that time heals a broken heart, but you try moving on when your ex is the most famous man on the planet.

Every time I walk down the street, there he is on magazine covers and billboards plastered with his gorgeous face: Finn McKay. Now he’s a drop-dead sexy rock star, but when I knew him, he was just the boy from the wrong side of the tracks – and the first guy I ever loved. He broke my heart into a hundred pieces when he skipped town without saying goodbye – but now he’s back.
And he wants me.
I’m determined not to make the same mistakes twice, but the chemistry with Finn was always way too hot to ignore. He was the guy who had me sneaking out my bedroom window for just one more kiss, and breaking curfew parked by the riverbanks, steaming up his windows in the backseat of his car. The past five years have been good to him, real good, and between his dirty mind and that ‘I know how to make you scream’ smile, he’s breaking through my defenses all over again.

Maybe one last wild fling for old time’s sake is what I need to finally move on. But what happens when Finn wants more than my body? This time he wants everything.

 

 

 

 

Review

I received an ARC of this book from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review and as part of the book’s release day promotions.

I am a sucker for second chance romances. Sometimes, the author doesn’t even matter to me. As long as the main characters have a history, an unfinished business, a second shot at a happy ending, I’m there. That’s why it’s no surprise that I jumped at the chance to read and review this book. For one, it’s my favorite trope. Secondly, I’ve read several books from this author before, and I have always enjoyed her stories.

Heartbreaker is a solid second chance love story. We have a hero and a heroine who were secretly involved years ago. They were tight, in love, and young. Then, the hero ups and leaves and doesn’t come back. The heroine was forced to move on, not knowing exactly why the hero left. And since their relationship was something only the two of them knew about, she didn’t really have anyone to talk to.

Fast forward about four years, the hero is now back in town. And he wants to get back with the heroine. Of course, they both have things and issues to resolve, the biggest of those was the reason why the hero left. All in all, this story was actually pretty simple. There wasn’t much angst. There wasn’t much conflict. It was a bit predictable, and I personally would have liked to have some tragic event happening to shake things up, whether in the past or at the present. Still, even with its simplicity and predictability, I still quite enjoyed this book, so I don’t think I have much to say against it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excerpt:

Finn walks me to my front porch. “Listen, Eva, I wanted to say…” He stops there on the dark road, with nothing but the moon to illuminate the shadowed planes of his face. “About what happened, when I left—’

“Don’t.” I cut him off before he can try to justify what he did. My pride is all I’ve got now, and I can’t bear for him to know how thoroughly he broke my heart. “You don’t need to explain. Ancient history,” I add, with a forced little laugh. “It’s all over now. Thanks for walking me, but I’ve got it from here.”

I turn to go, but then his hand is on my arm, pulling me back, pressing me hard against a wall of solid muscle.

“Is that what you really think?” Finn demands, searching my face, just inches between us. There’s something raw in his voice, something wounded and real.

“I…” I stop, caught in the intensity of his gaze. The feel of his body, the hot whisper of his breath on my skin, it’s overwhelming. And oh, those lips, so close… A hundred volts of electricity race through my numb, tired veins, short-circuiting my brain until I can’t think, can’t breathe. I can only feel him. All of him.

I fight for air, my blood pounding in my ears. “Finn…” I whisper, pleading, but for what, I don’t know. And then his lips claim mine in an urgent, fevered kiss, and I realize what I’ve been waiting for since the moment he walked through those doors.

This. Right here.

Finn kisses me hard, yanking me closer and circling me with those taut, chiseled arms. His mouth is hot against mine, merciless and wild. He eases my lips apart, exploring the wet, hot depths as his tongue slides deeper, demanding. I buckle against him, sensation flooding through me. It’s lightning to dry wood, the sharp spark that roars to wildfire in an instant, the heat surging through my entire body.

And God, I can’t get enough.

My hands are in his hair. My body presses close against him, like I could mold myself to his form. The years melt away, obliterated by the force of our passion, so familiar but still so new. Every touch, every taste feels like a revelation.

My Finn. Back again.

He makes a low groan, sliding his hands lower, possessive, to cup my ass and bring me hard against him. Time is lost, gone forever as his lips take possession of me completely, and I match him kiss for kiss. Desire rages to life again, so sharp and craving. It’s like I’ve been sleepwalking for the past five years, and only just come back to life. The world bursts from black and white to glorious, vivid technicolor.

“Look at me,” he whispers, in a low husky voice that sends molten honey pooling between my thighs. “Look at me, baby.” He tilts my chin up, so I have no choice but to stare into those stormy eyes, the face I’ve imagined so many nights in scenes just like this. He traces my lips with his thumb, and I shudder at the friction. Light-headed, dizzy with desire, I part my lips, ready for another kiss.

Finn’s lips curl in a victorious smile. “Ancient history, huh?” he teases, stepping back. I blink, still reeling as cold air rushes to fill the space his warm body has left behind.

Wait, what?

 

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About Melody Grace

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Melody Grace is the New York Times bestselling author of the Beachwood Bay series. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach lover, after spending her life with her nose in a book, she decided it was time she wrote one herself. She loves steamy romance novels, happily-ever-afters, and lusting after fictional menfolk. She lives in LA with her two kittens, Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers.

 

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Synopsis

Marty Mathews had always known about the secret, forbidden pleasures that the women she had grown up with enjoyed. Women whose husbands or lovers were members of the exclusive “Club,” where they took a selected “third” into their beds. And there is one man—a dangerous, forbidden man—who is part of this world and who has haunted Marty’s dreams for years. But she had been the FBI agent assigned to shadow him, making him completely off limits… That is until Khalid is cleared and Marty is released from her assignment. Now, all bets are off. . .

The beautiful, fierce Marty Mathews is the one woman Khalid hungers for like no other and is the one woman he dare not let himself have. His past dogs his every step and danger lurks around every corner. If he wants to keep her safe, he must stay away from her. But the power of their desire is something they cannot deny—and once Marty is his, Khalid will do whatever it takes to keep her in his bed and in his arms.

Review

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

I love Lora Leigh. Her Breeds series is still one of my favorite science fiction romances. Her other contemporary romance books were a hit and miss sometimes, but I still really like reading her books because they provide a few hours of steamy entertainment. When I first read a Bound Hearts book, I was just starting to like the BDSM contemporary romances. She was one of those authors who made me love the subgenre.

Guilty Pleasure features main characters who have already been hinted at in the series. I have to say, though, that while I still enjoyed this book, I felt like it lacked a certain umph to it. It’s like I’ve read stories like this a hundred times before, and there wasn’t really anything about the book that made it stand out. I really loved the first few books in this series. This is already the 11th book, which is probably why it already feels forced, like it’s written just to continue on with the other characters.

Now, because I am a fan of Ms. Leigh, I still believe that this series makes for a good re-read every now and then. You know, when you’re looking for a good erotic romance with BDSM elements, menage, and anything kinky, the Bound Hearts books are just the fix you need.

Author

Lora Leigh lives in the rolling hills of Kentucky, often found absorbing the ambience of this peaceful setting. She dreams in bright, vivid images of the characters intent on taking over her writing life, and fights a constant battle to put them on the hard drive of her computer before they can disappear as fast as they appeared. Lora’s family, and her writing life co-exist, if not in harmony, in relative peace with each other. Surrounded by a menagerie of pets, friends, and a teenage son who keeps her quick wit engaged, Lora’s life is filled with joys, aided by her fans whose hearts remind her daily why she writes.

Synopsis

In high school, basketball star Charlotte Stannard and Navy SEAL Jamie Hawthorn were everything but lovers. They shared a ruthlessly competitive spirit and relentless drive, but Charlie, afraid of the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy at seventeen, drove Jamie away. But now Jamie’s back in town for the banquet to honor the basketball coach, and finds Charlie, newly home from a successful career in the European leagues and coaching the girls’ team. The flames between them are hotter than ever, but Charlie believes Jamie just wants what he couldn’t have when they were kids. Jamie’s not just playing to win. He’s playing for Charlie’s heart, forever.

Review

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

Young love. Sometimes, there is nothing sweeter. I loved this book because while it was basically a second chance romance, the main characters have already evolved and developed so much that it really feels like a new romance for both of them, at least, that’s how it is for me. The thing about Ms. Calhoun is that while the stories she has in this series are made up of simple, ordinary characters, she is still able to create a solid, rich, and very much alive story for each character that it’s easy to imagine them in real life.

The heroine is this story is probably my favorite out of the three. She’s an independent woman (not that the other two weren’t), she worked hard on her success, she knew how to make sacrifices, and she knew how to look and give back. I have enjoyed all three novellas in this series, and I would love nothing more than to read more books from Ms. Calhoun again.

Author

After doing time at Fortune 500 companies on both coasts, I found myself living in the suburbs of a small Midwestern city. The glamour of various cube farm jobs had worn off, so I gave up making a decent living to take Joseph Campbell’s advice and follow my bliss: writing romance.

Synopsis

Gunnar is a ruined man in a desolate world. He might not believe in black magic, but if there’s the chance it might bring back his lost mate from her early death, he’ll try it. All he needs is to capture a virgin – a rare thing in his torn world – to make the doomed spell work. He does not expect the passion he feels for his beautiful captive to wreck him every time he looks at her. But sometimes temptation is just too much…

Maud was promised to the church a long time ago. Yet when she encounters brooding, ruthless Gunnar, the desire that flares between them obliterates any sense of duty. She’s managed to avoid surrender all these holy years – her very soul has depended on it. But Gunnar’s iron control makes her want nothing more than to bare her heart, and submit to him completely…

Review

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

The first book in this series, Edge Of Obsession, was also my first book from this author. I was intrigued by the dystopian setting that had BDSM and erotic elements. I quite liked that book. The world-building was okay. I felt like it took a while for the main characters to get to the same page, but it was worth it in the end. With this book, though, I find that I am conflicted.

I liked the story arc. We have Gunnar, who has been mentioned in the first book, as the hero. If you read book 1, you’d know that he went a little crazy when he lost his mate, at least, that’s how the brothers saw him. Now, he is on a mission to find a virgin sacrifice. Enter the book’s heroine. I couldn’t totally fall in love with Gunnar. I liked the heroine, but I found it difficult to start rooting for the hero, especially when he was always stubborn and rude and cruel.

What I do like about this series is that even if there are already lots of dysytopian post-apocalytic books these days, Ms. Crane pushes the envelop here and gives readers a wildly erotic series with alpha males and strong women. I think Tyr and Helena is still my favorite, so far, but I am looking forward to more books and more characters.

Author

USA Today bestselling, RITA-nominated, and critically-acclaimed author Megan Crane has written more than fifty books since her debut in 2004. She has been published by a variety of publishers, including each of New York’s Big Five. She’s won fans with her women’s fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young adult novels as well as with the Harlequin Presents she writes as Caitlin Crews. These days her focus is on contemporary romance from small town to international glamor, cowboys to bikers, and beyond. She sometimes teaches creative writing classes both online at mediabistro.com and at UCLA Extension’s prestigious Writers’ Program, where she finally utilizes the MA and PhD in English Literature she received from the University of York in York, England. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with a husband who draws comics and animation storyboards and their menagerie of ridiculous animals.

Synopsis

She’s just one of the boys, but with a new business in Copper Ridge, Anna Brown needs to change that. Her brothers bet she can’t land a date for a fancy charity event. So Anna turns to her best friend—the hottest bachelor in town—for advice.

Rancher Chase McCormack wants in on that gala. If Anna takes him, he promises to turn her into a lady. But the makeover reveals what he’s long suspected—Anna’s irresistible! Is his best friend prepared to be taken—heart, body and soul—by her very own cowboy?

 

 

 

 

 

Review

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

I’ve read several books from Maisey Yates, but I have to say that I think her Copper Ridge books are my favorite. It’s not only because I love the small town vibe and country feel. I fell in love with the characters she created in this series. I really enjoyed the first three Copper Ridge books that she wrote. That’s why I just couldn’t let this book pass me by without reading and reviewing it.

All in all, this is a pretty solid read with sweet parts and a little swoon-worthy, romantic moments. It didn’t love it as much as I did the other Copper Ridge books, but I still really enjoyed the whole book. I liked the heroine. I liked her innocence. She was refreshing to read. The hero took a while for me to like. He was pretty much like a lot of other heroes that viewed love in a negative light. But I did enjoy witnessing his fall.

Of course I will be watching out for more books form this author, especially if it’s more books for this series. If you are looking for a sweet romance with a story that’s not so complicated, then you will enjoy Maisey Yates’ Take Me, Cowboy.

Author

USA Today Bestselling author Maisey Yates lives in rural Oregon with her three children and her husband, whose chiseled jaw and arresting features continue to make her swoon. She feels the epic trek she takes several times a day from her office to her coffee maker is a true example of her pioneer spirit. In 2009, at the age of twenty-three Maisey sold her first book.

Since then it’s been a whirlwind of sexy alpha males and happily ever afters, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Maisey divides her writing time between dark, passionate category romances set just about everywhere on earth and light sexy contemporary romances set practically in her back yard.

She believes that she clearly has the best job in the world.