by Penelope Ward Release Date: August 15th, 2016 Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance Add to Goodreads Blog Tour Hosted by: TRSOR Promotions Source: Author via BT Host eARC received in exchange of honest review Synopsis: A STANDALONE NOVEL that does NOT need to be read in conjunction with any other book. From New York Times bestselling author, Penelope Ward, comes a sexy new STANDALONE novel. After getting dumped, the last thing I needed was to move next door to someone who reminded me of my ex-boyfriend, Elec. Damien was a hotter version of my ex. The neighbor I’d dubbed “Angry Artist” also had two massive dogs that kept me up with their barking. He wanted nothing to do with me. Or so I thought until one night I heard laughter coming through an apparent hole in my bedroom wall. Damien had been listening to all of my phone sessions with my therapist. The sexy artist next door now knew all of my deepest secrets and insecurities. We got to talking. He set me straight with tips to get over my breakup. He became a good friend, but Damien made it clear that he couldn’t be anything more. Problem was, I was falling hard for him anyway. And as much as he pushed me away, I knew he felt the same…because his heartbeat didn’t lie. I thought my heart had been broken by Elec, but it was alive and beating harder than ever for Damien. I just hoped he wouldn’t shatter it for good. Author's note – Neighbor Dearest is a full-length standalone novel. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
First, I want to say that Neighbor Dearest was a surprisingly emotional read for me. I thought it was going to strictly be a feel-good, sexy romance. While it was all of those things, it was also so much more profound. It tugged at my heartstrings, and made me a little bit of a wreck at certain times, but the payoff was spectacular! Chelsea Jameson is heartbroken when her long-term live in boyfriend, Elec O'Rourke leaves her for his step-sister. She moves to a new apartment to get away from the memories, and while there she meets her sexy and frustrating new neighbor/ landlord Damien Hennessey. His two dogs barking is relentless, and drives her crazy; as does their sexy heart throb of an owner, Damien. However, the more these two interact, sexual tensions intensify, and these two begin to truly care about one another. Unfortunately, Damien has let Chelsea know that he doesn't ever plan on getting married or having children. So, they decide to become platonic friends, and soon become best friends and irreplaceable in each other's eyes. In fact, no one else can hold a candle to how they feel about one another. It was such a roller coaster ride of emotions as I watched Chelsea and Damien's feelings for one another grow, and yet Damien stubbornly refused to move on from his decision to remain strictly friends. The suspense of not knowing what lead to Damien's decision had me guessing many different scenarios. However, it was easy to see that he wanted the absolute best for Chelsea, and had only good intentions towards her. Damien wasn't a player, and the more I got to know him, the more I loved what I saw in this loyal and loving passionate artist. Love cannot be controlled, and I couldn't wait to see how everything would play out between these two characters. The connection they had grew tremendously and was woven seamlessly throughout the story. Their story confirmed my belief in fate, and that everything that played out, happened just so they would find one another. The secondary cast of characters were a great supporting cast, and a lot of fun to read about. I would like to see a story about Jade (Chelsea's sister) and Tyler (Damien's brother). The chemistry between these two was through the roof, and I would love to see these two get together!
I give, Neighbor Dearest, by Penelope Ward, 4.5 Combustible Chemistry, Sweet and Tender Love Story, Teary-Eyed, One and Only Unicorn Filled Stars! I highly recommend this love story, and Penelope Ward is quickly becoming one of my go-to-authors for a great romance!
Neighbor Dearest was one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. This book can be read as a standalone, but there is reference to characters from Stepbrother Dearest. I really loved Stepbrother Dearest and could not wait to read Chelsea's story. I knew that this was going to be a sexy, intense and emotional story. Penelope Ward always delivers all the feels! Things have been difficult for Chelsea. She has a broken heart and her neighbor always seems to put his two cents when it comes to her personal business. She should stay away from Damien. With his sexy ways and his honest advice, he soon becomes a good friend that she never expected to find. Damien makes it clear to Chelsea that he's no good for her. He can be her best friend, nothing more. Chelsea's heart as other plans. She knows that Damien has strong feelings for her and she won't let true love pass her by. Even if it means getting her heart broken all over again. I really enjoyed this story. From beginning to end, I was cheering for Chelsea and Damien to find the HEA that they both deserved. They both had to go through some difficult moments and when they found each other, it was like they found a missing piece to their lives. They completed each other perfectly! The chemistry was intense from the very beginning and I felt my connection to these characters from the moment I met them. Damien was such a sweet, fun and lovable hero. Be prepared for a major swoon fest! I could feel the intensity of his love for Chelsea. He helped her a lot even if his own life was a rollercoaster ride. He made her heart beat again and made her believe in love. Chelsea was very broken at the beginning of this journey. My heart broke for her and I wanted to give her a big hug and show her all my support. Even if things started on a bad note with Damien, Chelsea was curious about the Angry Artist that was consuming her every thought. Time passed and her heart healed. Damien's friendship helped her heal her broken heart. Their friendship soon turned to an all consuming love. I loved how Chelsea described her love for Damien. She deeply loved her ex, but the love she had for her soulmate was on a whole other level. This story did have a twist that I did not see coming. The book started out pretty predictable, but I should have known better. Never expect predictable with Penelope Ward. She always knows how to turn things around in a story! I loved all of the supporting characters and I really hope that Tyler, which is Damien's brother, gets his own story. I know exactly who I want him to end up with. I'm with my girl Chelsea on this one ;)
I give, Neighbor Dearest, by Penelope Ward, 4.5 healing, emotional, captivating, good things happen when you change the story stars!
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism and a 9-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.
Furious Rush By: S.C Stephens Release Date: August 23, 2016 Publisher: Forever Format: Trade Paperback & eBook Price: $12.99 USD (TP) $4.99 USD (eBook) Add to Goodreads Book Summary: The first in an emotion-fueled, New Adult series from the #1 bestselling author of the Thoughtless novels! Too fast, too furious—and way too hot to handle… Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father's talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team's newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie's skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she's racing against Hayden. As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense—and strictly forbidden—attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind...
I love the Thoughtless Series by S.C. Stephens, and have been curious as well as anticipating what she would write next. Furious Rush is a very different story. There are no rockstars, or love triangles, but it's got a lot of romantic tension, a slow burn that pays off in spades, and a heart throb that will make your blood pump!
Mackenzie "Kenzie" Cox considers the race track her home. Since she was a little girl, she's been riding motorcycles, and it's her passion in life. Kenzie is ready for her first year racing for her father's team "Cox Racing Team." Her father, Jordan Cox is an American Road Racing Legend, and it is a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, Cox Racing is in financial straits, and her father never misses an opportunity to critique Kenzie and tell her how she can be a better motorcycle racer. Her father is always in perfect control of his emotions, and he demands the same from his riders. Instead of treating Kenzie like a daughter, he just treats her like the rest of the team.
One night, Kenzie gets a phone call from her good friend and team mechanic, Nikki. Unfortunately, Nikki is in a predicament because she beat and lost on illegal street racing. She needs Kenzie to bring her money. When Kenzie arrives she is struck by the gorgeous and confident racer, Hayden Hays. It irritates her when he calls her cliche nicknames, and they aren't off to the best start.
The next day, Kenzie is shocked when she see's Hayden on the racetrack that her father co-owns with a bitter enemy. She learns that he has been hired on to race for Benneti Motorsports. There is a strict no fraternization policy between the two teams. The consequences of being caught interacting with the enemy is termination from the riders respective racing teams.
However, Hayden can't stay away from Kenzie. She intrigues him, challenges him, and attracts him. While Kenzie tries her best to avoid and dislike Hayden, he makes it impossible. Little by little, he gets her to lower her walls, and pretty soon she finds herself in over her head!
Furious Rush was intoxicating, alluring, and downright butterflies-in-the-stomach inducing! The dynamic between Kenzie and Hayden was so intense. These two made each other feel alive, and complimented each other so perfectly. I loved seeing Kenzie let go of her control and just feel when she was on the racetrack and in Hayden's arms. I don't think that I would have been able to resist him for as long as she did! Plus, I loved having a leading female character in a male dominated sport. She was strong, ambitious, hardworking, and passionate. My heart broke for Kenzie's need for her father's acceptance. She wanted him to be proud of her, and I think that is universal. We all want out parents to accept and be proud of us. My heart also hurt for Hayden. He grew up in the foster care system, and for the most part was alone. My heart melted when I saw how touched he was to have someone love him back. Once you got Hayden's love, there wasn't anything he wouldn't do for you. He was so selfless, and giving.
I give, Furious Rush, by S.C. Stephens 4 Scintillating, Steamy, Igniting of the Senses, 'Race Me or Chase Me' Filled Stars! I'm curious to see if Furious Rush will have a sequel. The way it ended was a huge surprise, and I'd like to see what S.C. Stephens does with it. Also, while it ended in a good place, there is still plenty of room for a very exciting plot, and questions that I still want answered. I'm really not ready to say goodbye to Kenzie and Hayden!
“Do you have any idea who this guy is, and why the hell he’s on our track?”
Myles tilted his head as he thought. “Don’t know, but if he’s on the track before noon, your dad must have hired him. The Bennetis know not to break that rule. Not after what happened last time.”
The last time a Benneti stepped foot on our track before they were allowed to, that Benneti had found himself duct-taped to the flagpole in the middle of the track. Naked. Of course, the Benneti team had gotten us back by breaking all the windows in the garage doors. They were still boarded over, since we couldn’t afford to fix them yet. For the sake of our bank account, Dad had ordered every Cox racer not to continue the paybacks, no matter how warranted they were.
Ignoring Myles’s chuckle, I renewed my inspection of the racer. The new rider was fast, and ridiculously good—his setup on the corners was perfectly timed, and he kept his body low, hanging off the bike so that nothing was over the center line but his outside arm and leg; his “triangle of daylight”—the space between his inside knee and the bike—was so beautiful that Dad would probably photograph it and hang it on his office wall. Considering the furious competition at the professional level—races were won or lost by mere seconds—and considering how much time, energy, and resources were spent on training new riders, I wasn’t too surprised this guy was top-notch. With the upcoming racing season so close, any person Dad brought onto our team would be impressive. Dad wouldn’t settle for anything less than amazing; he couldn’t afford to. Yet another reason I was feeling a profound pressure to perform. There was no free ride for Jordan Cox’s daughter; I had to earn my place, same as everyone else.
When number 43 finally finished his set and slowed to exit the track, Myles let out a low whistle. “Not bad. He reminds me of you.” Frowning, I peeked up at him. His dark eyes sparkled with amusement. “No guts, no glory, balls-to-the-wall racing, like you have something to prove every time you go out there.” He raised a dark eyebrow at me, but I remained silent. Having to prove myself was a daily occurrence, and Myles knew that.
The rider exited the track at the same place where we were standing with our bikes. He slowed to a stop directly in front of us, shut off his motorcycle, and removed his helmet. My jaw dropped to my chest, and my eyes bugged out of my skull. No. It was not possible. But the long-dulled desires starting to tingle back to life at just the sight of him told me it was possible. The man who was proudly wearing the number 43 was the same drop-dead-gorgeous man who’d won the street race early this morning. What the hell was he doing here—on my turf—looking for all the world like he belonged?
In the bright sunshine, I could see that his eyes were actually a light shade of green. There was a devious glint in them that silently promised that every day with him would be even more intriguing than the last. Add that to his dirty-blond hair, rugged jawline, perfect bone structure, athletic build, and perfectly full lips that hinted at a treasure trove of untold pleasures, and you got a man who attracted a lot of attention everywhere he went—as I’d witnessed last night by the swarm of groupies surrounding him while he’d been illegally racing.
No way. There was no way Dad had hired this guy! Hopping off his bike, the stranger ran a hand through his sweat-soaked hair. The shaggy strands were sticking up every which way now, and the chaotic hairstyle was too damn appealing. A small groan slipped from me in my shock. Get it together, Kenzie.
His emerald eyes swung my way, taking me in, and I held my breath and stood a little straighter. Did he recognize me like I recognized him? Did I want him to? Damn it . . . what was his name again? And why the hell did he have to have such incredible eyes? Green with flecks of gold, penetrating and intense, like when he was looking at you—truly looking at you—nothing else around him mattered. I could easily picture him studying the track with that unrelenting gaze. I could also picture him studying my curves with that superheated stare. Goddammit, no. This couldn’t seriously be happening.
S. C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance. In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest.
A new threat has descended upon Arlington, and lead medial examiner Avery Johnson is in its sights, being targeted by the city’s latest serial killing menace known to the public as the Alpha Killer. Whether urban legend or reality, the Alpha feeds into the media craze, orchestrating a killing spree to stamp out all rivals. And when Avery’s tangled web of deception pulls her further into to Alpha’s sadistic game, there’s only one thing she fears more: losing Quinn. With just as many secrets to guard as the elusive crime lord, Avery’s time is running out to reveal the truth to Quinn, the stubborn, by-the-book detective bent on protecting her at all costs. As a lead takes the ACPD task force deep into the bowels of a corrupt law firm, the discovery of a vast criminal network with far-reaching connections threatens to unmask many players. How deep does the corruption go? How far does the Alpha’s reach extend? While the team races to catch a killer, Detective Quinn is faced with an impossible choice. Will he betray the woman he’s fallen for, or seek his own vengeance outside of the law?
From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.
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by Tijan Release Date: August 22nd, 2016 Genres: New Adult Contemporary Romance Add to Goodreads Release Blitz Hosted by: TRSOR Promotions Synopis:
He told me to 'settle, girl.' He asked if 'something was wrong with me?' He said I was an ‘easy target.’ That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks. I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha. He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother. Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming. I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?
I didn't begin writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.