Thursday, March 23, 2017

Release Day Review: Bleed The Water Red by R.L. Griffin

Bleed The Water Red 
R.L. Griffin

Published March 23rd 2017
by Author Self Pub

When Kate Tennison returns to the low country of South Carolina it’s with her tail tucked between her legs. She doesn’t want to be there and face the love of her life, who’s now married with a child. Distance has not broken the spell of fear that surrounds why she ran from her home in the first place. 

Her story is a tragic one.

Mom in rehab.

Father dead.

Career annihilated.

When we run from something looking back over our shoulder, we miss the scars on the arms that now hold us.

Can the magic of the water heal her wounded heart or does something dangerous lurk underneath the perfect features of the new man she’s decided to take a chance on? 

Running Away Often Ends With a Crash 

My eyeballs hurt. Like seriously, my eyeballs are in pain right this very second. I shouldn’t be surprised by the level of awesome R.L. Griffin’s books exude. Here we are again me completely floored by the amazing talent that is this rockstar author. This last year has been a difficult one life has totally kicked my ass. I promise that’s the last time I mention that in a review but I am ready to kick ass back. Bleed the Water Red has left me breathless. Seriously I read the name Delilah my eyes perked…I read the name amber and there was a gnawing at my insides. This book is a must read through and through. If you have an opportunity, go buy this book now. If you do not have an opportunity, make one it’s that good. I have been following Griffin’s writing for a long time now and she never disappoints. Regardless of the title, location, theme, or levity she captures everything so well and projects it perfectly in the readers mind.
The Story, this is no Manbuns and Martini’s guys Bleed the Water Red is haunting this title will stay with you and share a piece of your soul. This book will captivate and consume you. The type of all consuming, stay up all night with zero respect for the next day because this is that good captivating. One of the many things I love about Griffin’s books is they tie into the others in small ways. When I catch a connection something magical happens and I hope she continues to write this way. This story is about life and the way it kicks you in the teeth when you least expect it. I wanted so much for these characters both good and bad. Though this is a standalone there is an exhilarating connection that I was thrilled to see! 

The Characters, I loved the characters from beautifully broken to, frighteningly deranged. This story follows Kate her life changes by a tragic event. Running from her nightmares she tries to pursue something she is not cut out for. After giving into the truth she has no choice but to return home regroup and figure out what’s next in her life. With the support of her best friend she will figure out how to blend her broken side with her warrior side and begin to take chances and risk her heart once more. There is a man from her past that haunts her and a new love interest that intrigues her. I can’t really go too much into these two for fear of giving away spoilers but know your heart will tell you to feel a certain way but crushing events may or may not have your head spinning.

The End, this is the part that made my eyeballs hurt. The pain stems from all of the balling and bulging and fainting my eyes did. Talk about a work out. The end doesn’t have rainbow farting unicorns popping out of the pages so don’t expect that. There is a lot of resonating pain that may never fully go away. What you can expect is justice with a dash of injustice but isn’t that how life works. We want everything to be perfect but no matter how hard we try or want there will always be pain and loss. I am very happy and dare I say relived at the way things ended. I look forward to seeing what is next from Griffin!

My Rating
5.0 Funeral, Pita, Rental, Loony Lux, Execution, Octopus, Blue, Mom Dress, Red Heels, Short Shorts, Kayak, Graduation, Love Lost, Love Found, Little Grace, Grace Period, Parking Garage, Randall, Glass Windows Were a Good Choice, Sun Rise, Sun Set, Waves Crashing LOVE FILLED STARS!!

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About the Author 

R.L. Griffin lives in the Atlanta area and is surrounded by awesome dudes: her husband, son and two dogs. She went to law school at American University, Washington College of Law, but only after she fell in love with D.C. R.L. worked in the Senate during the impeachment trial and wanted to stay. After law school, she worked for a bit in the area, then moved to Atlanta.  If you ask anyone who knows R.L., they know she loves reading and reads all sorts of books. Any free time she has she’s either reading, writing or drinking with friends.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Pre-Order Blast : Co-Wrecker by Meghan Quinn @AuthorMegQuinn @wordsmithpublic

by Meghan Quinn

Release Date:
March 23rd, 2017

New Adult
Romantic Comedy

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What do ice cream and Sadie Montgomery have in common? They're both ice cold, but one taste is never enough.  

I wanted to be friends — I would have even settled for her seeing me as anything but a nerd — but there was no getting through. So just like any hard-headed, red-blooded man out there, I made up my mind.  

I’d make my coworker fall for me.  

I’d like to say it was simple, but like every other epic love story, all it took was one drunken night and a lot of naked courage to get the girl. For a moment, at least. 

Love with a coworker is never simple, especially since Sadie’s trying to keep us on the low. Not to mention her persistent ex-boyfriend who won’t leave her alone. But I’ve never been good at giving up, and I don’t plan to start now. 

The whole thing is a recipe for a rocky road, but I plan to eat the whole gallon, no matter how bad the brain freeze.

Photographer: Lauren Perry
Designer: Meghan Quinn

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About the Author:

Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if "It's Raining Men" starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped. 

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing... enter her first novel, Caught Looking. 

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze! 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Book Blitz & Giveaway : The Storm (The Hurricane, #3) by R.J. Prescott @rjprescottauth @XpressoReads

The Storm
The Hurricane, #3
by R.J. Prescott

Release Date:
March 21st, 2017

New Adult
Sports Romance

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Marie Kelly is a survivor who doesn’t know when to quit. Against all odds, she’s living a life she never dreamed she could have. It was enough… until a stubborn boxer makes her want more. 

Irish charmer Kieran Doherty has been a fighter at Driscoll’s Gym for most of his life. He’s been content to let his best friend take the spotlight, now it’s his turn to make a name for himself in the world of heavy weight champions. Falling in love is the one thing he vowed never to do, but meeting Marie changed everything. 

It’s easy to imagine a happy-ever-after when the sun is shining. But when the storm comes, and all hope seems lost, they both learn that if you want something badly enough, you have to be willing to fight for it.

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When I finally plucked up a bit of courage, I peeped out of the curtains to see Kieran throwing stones at the window. 

“Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair,” he mock shouted, when he caught my eye. I opened the window to whisper loudly back at him. 

“Are you high?” I asked. “Why didn’t you just ring the doorbell or call me?” 

“I thought this would be more romantic,” he said. 

“If I ignore the fact that my nipples probably have frostbite, I am feeling romanced,” I replied. He looked pained. “What’s wrong?” I asked. 

“You said ‘nipples’ and now I can’t think of anything else,” he replied, making me smile. 

“Now I’m down here, what’s the chances of seeing an accidental nip slip?” he asked. 

“Depends,” I replied. 

“On what?” he asked. 

“What’s in the bag?” I said. 

“Hot chocolate and warm doughnuts,” he said, holding up the bag as if to barter. 

“Well, I would have said slim to none, but fresh doughnuts might have just tipped the odds in your favour,” I replied. 

“Yesss!” he said, fist bumping the air in victory. 

I closed the window and ran to buzz him in. He bounded up the stairwell, his heavy footsteps echoing loudly in the hallway. When he got to my door, he looked me up and down, taking in my short royal blue, silk pyjamas. Dropping the sack, he speared his hands into my hair and pulled me into a kiss that had me melting. Kier didn’t kiss with just his lips; he did it with his whole body. Without shoes on, I was tiny in comparison, but inside of the cage of his huge arms, I felt protected and safe. Despite his size, his lips were so gentle. He didn’t treat me like I was fragile, but like I was precious, as though every touch was one that he was experiencing for the first time and memorizing for later. 

Feeling bold, I traced the seam of his mouth with my tongue, and when he parted his lips and touched his tongue against mine, I groaned. Every sensation was too much, and not enough. Breathless, he pulled away from me to nuzzle his face in the crook of my neck. I reached up and gently stroked the short hair at the back of his neck, making him sigh.


Many readers have a place they call home in Book Town. Driscoll’s Gym is a place I call home. R.J. Prescott created a place where the characters are much more than just characters. They are a part of my life and it always brings a smile to my face to reunite with them. I have waited more than a year to reunite with this amazing crew and the author gave me a reunion that left me gasping for air! If you are not familiar with The Hurricane Series, you are seriously missing out! 

R.J. Prescott did a phenomenal job with the first two installments. The Storm is such an amazing addition to this wonderful series. You don’t need to read the first two books to enjoy Marie and Kieran`s book. It can be read as a standalone, but I highly suggest that you don’t skip Emily and Cormac’s incredible love story. It’s such a beautiful and emotional reading journey.  

The Storm was an unputdownable book and the only reason I actually put it down was to message the author. I needed to stop reading and let her know what this story was doing to me. Marie and Kieran’s love story captivated me from the very beginning. At the end of the Prologue, tears were making an appearance. Marie and Kieran both had obstacles to overcome through the years. The past has left Kieran's heart scarred and he’s not ready to embark on the train that will lead him to the road called LOVE. Getting attached to somebody is too dangerous and he’s trying to always keep his distance. Until Marie Kelly enters his life. He’s determined to break all his rules if it means keeping her by his side. At the Driscoll Gym, you fight for what you want. Kieran wants Marie and no matter the obstacle that will come their way, Kieran will do whatever it takes to win this ultimate fight that will bring him one step closer to a HEA with Marie. 

It was very difficult for me to write this review. I can’t even put into words what this reading escape did to me. It was EVERYTHING!!!! I cried buckets of tears and felt every single moment of Marie and Kieran's love story. At one point of the story, I thought that my heart was going to burst! It was difficult to continue reading because I was crying so much. I don't want to give anything away because I want everybody to have an incredible reading journey just like I did. 

Marie and Kieran are two phenomenal characters that will have you cheering for them from beginning to end! They have an incredible chemistry and each moment that they share together will give you all the feels! Kieran was such a fantastic hero. He took care of Marie like his life depended on it and his love for her was absolutely heart-melting! Marie was such a strong and confident heroine. She's a true warrior and I loved how she opened her heart to Kieran and gave him a first-class seat on the Love Train. 

It was a pleasure to reunite with the rest of the cast of characters from this series. Like always, Danny was hilarious. No shenanigans allowed in his gym! lol!!! The supporting cast of characters in this series is out of this world!!! A supporting character in this series is getting his book next and I`m extremely excited to get my hands on his story. It will be EPIC!! I know it in my heart that R.J. Prescott will give him a story that we will never forget! 


I give, The Storm, by R.J. Prescott, 5 phenomenal, unforgettable, emotional, romantic, captivating stars!


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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author R.J. Prescott was born in Cardiff, South Wales, and studied law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation she fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later, she convinced her crazy, wonderful firefighter husband to move back to Cardiff where they now live with their two equally crazy sons. Her debut novel The Hurricane was an international bestseller and finalist in the Goodreads Awards in the category of debut author.

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