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**Release Day** UNBEAUTIFUL by Jessica Sorensen

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Happy Release Day to Jessica Sorensen and her new book UNBEAUTIFUL! This is book 1 in the Unbeautiful Series. Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win an ebook copy of this book. Good luck!

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Synopsis

Emery

You want to know my secrets? What lies beneath the pretty? The scars I can’t let anyone see? The scars tied to my secrets?
On the outside I appear normal. Some might even say perfect.
They say that I’m a pretty girl. They say I should be happy. They say that I have nothing to be angry about. That I’m popular. A cheerleader. That I’m perfect.
Perfect. Perfect. Perfect.
But all they see is what’s on the outside.
On the inside I’m raw, open, bleeding. Scars that can’t seem to heal the wounds.
Carrying dark secrets about who I really am.
How afraid I am to tell the truth.
And it’s slowly killing me.

Ryler

Tattoos. Piercing. Scars. The guy who can’t speak.
Gothic freak. Mute. Punk. I’ve heard it all.
They say that I’m probably dangerous. They say people should stay away from me.
They say. They say. They say.
But who are they anyway?
To decide what I am.
They don’t know what’s hidden beneath the scars. Beneath the piercings and tattoos.
The secrets I keep hidden beneath the silence.
Maybe if they knew, they wouldn’t fear me so much.
Then again, maybe they’d fear me more.

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Excerpt

“How long have you lived here?” I recline against the railing of the stairway and wrap my arms around myself as the cool air nips at my skin.

He rubs his jawline with one hand while the other spells away, “A couple of months. It’s been an interesting change to go from Sin City to here.”

“Sin City?” Strands of my hair fall into my face as I angle my head to the side in confusion. “What’s that?”

“It’s a nickname for Vegas.”

“Why is it called that?”

A pucker forms at his brows as he brings his finger to his mouth and traces it back and forth across his bottom lip and over his lip ring. I’m absolutely mesmerized by the movement, drawn in by it to the point where I actually contemplate kissing him. I’ve never just planted one on a guy before; Evan was in total control of the relationship.

Ryler moves his hand away from his lip and bites on his lip ring. “Because it’s a city with sins tempting people at every corner—gambling, booze, sex.”

About a year ago, I lost my virginity to Evan, but standing here, watching Ryler sign sex while sucking on his lip ring, makes me feel like a virgin again.

“Oh,” is all I manage to get out of my mouth.

I only breathe normally again when he releases the metal from his teeth and drops his cigarette to the ground.

“So, about the party.” He gestures at the door. “Do you want to come in for a while? They’re playing cards and there are drinks and snacks and stuff. Plus, your papers are in there.” His lips quirk to a half grin and my stomach somersaults.

Do I want to come in?

Boy, do I want.

A lot.

Even through the fear, I want to go through that door.

More than I’ve ever wanted to do anything in my entire life.

In the back of my mind, I hear the voices of my mother, father, and Evan whispering that what I’m about to do is wrong. I’m not being who I’m supposed to be. I’m being all wrong, imperfect. I’m surrounding myself with unbeautiful people, according to their standards.

I smile the biggest smile that’s ever graced my lips, even though I’m terrified out of my mind. “A party sounds fun. I’ve never actually been to one.”

“You seriously are sheltered, Emery.” He reaches for the doorknob but pauses. “I can help you change that.” He winks at me.

The disapproving voices in my head continue to chant as I follow him inside and into the unknown. But the music swallows them up as soon as I step over the threshold. Everything in my mind quiets the moment I step into the room. Everything is still for the first time in my life without taking the medication.

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AboutTheAuthorJessica SorensenThe New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessica Sorensen, lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she’s not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

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WICKED – Jennifer L. Armentrout – RELEASE WEEK BLITZ!!!

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We are over the moon excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s WICKED! WICKED is a New Adult Paranormal Romance and the first book in Jennifer’s Wicked Trilogy!

 

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WICKED Synopsis:

Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.

Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.

Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.

But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.

 

 

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Excerpt:

All the words in the world vanished the moment I got an eyeful of Ren.

Holy hotness with an extra side of sexy, when Ren cleaned up, he took his handsomeness into a totally different stratosphere.

The waves and curls of his hair were currently tamed, styled back from his face, showing off the angle of his cheekbones and the fullness of his lips. He was wearing a white dress shirt that showed off the hard lines of his broad shoulders and flashed a glimpse of tawny skin at his neck. I noticed then, somehow never really seeing it before, a leather cord hanging from his neck and disappearing under his shirt. I was sure that was what carried the clover, but as my gaze traveled over him, I quickly forgot about it. The edges of the tattoo poked out of the collar of his shirt, and his sleeves were rolled up to the elbow, exposing powerful forearms. The dark trousers completed the outfit. It was effortless class.

When I dragged my gaze back to his, I realized I hadn’t been the only one doing the scrutinizing. He was staring at me in his intense, consuming way, and I stepped back from the door, suddenly feeling very . . . vulnerable. As if I was exposed in front of him.

Heat crept into my cheeks as I plastered my arms to my sides. “Sorry I . . . took so long. I was . . .” I trailed off as he continued to stare at me. “What?”

Ren stepped into the house, catching the door and closing it behind him. His presence filled the living room, and I could barely drag in enough air. “This is wrong,” he said, voice thick.

Surprised by the statement, I glanced down at myself. I knew I looked like a silly girl playing dress up. “It’s the only dress I could wear,” I said, feeling the weight of embarrassment settling on my shoulders.

He gave a little shake of his head as his bright green eyes met mine. “Oh, sweetness, you did wrong in all the right ways.”

I wasn’t following.

“How in the world am I going to pay attention when you look like that?” he chided softly, and my eyes widened. He moved forward, so close that I had to tip my chin up to meet his stare. He reached out, fingering the loose sleeve of my dress. “You are utterly distracting.”

“I am?”

A half smile appeared as his fingers skipped off the material and traced the line of my shoulder, sending a tight shiver down my spine. Then his finger wrapped around a curl, the back of his hand brushing the swell of my breast. He tugged it straight like he’d done before. “You are absolutely beautiful, Ivy.”

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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Taming The Alpha

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Today, I get the pleasure of being apart of the Release Day for Taming The Alpha! This is a super exciting and sexy anthology of 20 novellas all packed into one book for only $0.99. 

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Let me warn you now (incase the name Taming The Alpha didn’t already give you a hint) This book is freaking sexy. And full of some freaky sex. So, if you aren’t into super sexy scenes and a bit of erotica, this one isn’t going to be for you. However, if your mind falls firmly in the sexy gutter, read away, this is a great anthology!

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Official Blurb

Taming the Alpha Box Set: Over 20 Alpha Male Tales of Contemporary, Military, Werewolves, Shifters, Vampires, Billionaires, Witches, Dragons, Demons & More

New York Times, USA TODAY and National Bestselling Authors!

From deliciously sizzling contemporary bad boys, to pulse-tingling paranormal hotties, you’re sure to fall in love and in lust with any or all of these alphas. Over twenty fabulous authors bring their A-game to tempt your every desire.
Anthology Includes: Werewolves & Shifters, Demons & Devils, Paranormal & Urban, Military, Vampires, Genetic Engineering, Witches & Wizards, Contemporary, Dystopia, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Special Forces, Dragons, Demons, Billionaires, Magic, Fantasy, Futuristic and so much more!


Unfortunately, I couldn’t review the entire anthology as I this post would go on forever if I did. But I picked out my favorite and I think it’s a pretty good representation of what you can expect when you crack open this anthology.

Valon Playboys – Scarlett Dawn 

Scarlett Dawn refuses to disappoint. Also she keeps getting sexier and sexier with each book published. I can’t say it upsets me at all. Homegirl can write a hellagood sexy scene. Though is is by far the sexiest of her work that I’ve had the pleasure of reading thus far, it doesn’t lose one of my favorite things about Scarlett Dawn. The humor. I laughed reading this story, almost as much as I blushed. (The blushing was unavoidable as I read this particular story while waiting in a doctors office. But I couldn’t simply put it away when I got to the good part. Heck no! I ate it all up!

Now, I refuse to giveaway the plot, but the basic gist is this: Lana Claire is an orphan who stumbles into a new club one night and into a world of supernatural beings, The Valan. The Valan are able to offer Lana the answers she’s always sought and she can’t resist the offer.

Lana, is simply awesome. She drinks to much, she’s blunt as hell and she’s pretty damn hilarious too. She’s no nonsense and true to herself, she won’t change who she is and what she wants for others. She’s a great main character who I’d love to read more from (*nudge*nudge*). Her leading men are just as great. They’re funny sometimes- though I’m not sure they realize it- they’re really captivating though. I’m not sure what it is (Ok, maybe it’s partially that they’re sexy as hell) that makes them so appealing to me, but I want to know everything out their lives. While we get to know some, so much is kept very mysterious about the two men vying for Lana’s heart… er… body.

So, if for no other reason than to read Valan Playboys by Scarlett Dawn, I must insist that you purchase this anthology and start reading – maybe with a fan or some ice water nearby in case you need to cool down. And you will need to cool down. Like I said. These stories are freaking hot!

Below is a complete list of the authors and the stories they have contributed to the anthology, Taming The Alpha

Viola Rivard–The Dragon’s Appraiser
What can she offer the dragon who has everything?

S. E. Smith–Taking on Tory: Magic, New Mexico Book 2
Discover what happens when a reclusive Werewolf finds out he isn’t the only one who likes to bite!

Mandy M. Roth–Broken Communications
Immortal Outcasts, Book 1–Part of the Immortal Ops World

Michelle M. Pillow–Determined Prince–Captured by a Dragon-Shifter
With no one left to marry on the planet, the dragon shifters are starting to get desperate.

Sidney Bristol–Bound and Tamed, Bayou Bound #4
She’s a woman on a mission to retake her body. He’s a man with the talents to push her to new levels.

V. M. Black–No Gentleman
A reckless debutante. A jaded, deadly vampire.

Shelli Stevens–Falling for the Firefighter
When her cousin sets the kitchen on fire, Kim comes face to face with a man from her past. Despite the sparks that fly, she’s afraid to fall for the firefighter who might leave her burned.

Jessie Donovan–Cougar’s First Christmas
Despite coming from two worlds, can their love survive the greatest of tests?

N.J. Walters–Coming Home
A burned-out DEA agent discovers home is where the heart is.

Ella Drake–River Arrow
Don’t get involved. That grim policy has saved Jared’s skin in his post-apoc world. But when Mari faces a drifter gang, he risks losing his boat, his trade route and his life.

Eve Vaughn–Theirs
They’ll do whatever it takes to reclaim what’s Theirs

Jaycee Clark–Reconnected
Lee tried to forget the woman who stole his heart years ago, but now that there’s a killer after her, he’ll do whatever he must to keep her safe.

Lauren Hawkeye–Mistaken Identity
In her job as a decoy sent out to catch cheating men, Hannah thinks she’s seen it all. Yet nothing can explain her attraction to Adam… or what she does as a result.

Scarlett Dawn–Valan Playboys
Never human, never bored, Lana Claire meets her magical match in Valan royalty.

Natasha Logan–Under His Spell
Destiny comes with a price.

Jaide Fox–Renegade
Altered by science, the Renegades are the ultimate warriors—indestructible and deadly.

Tracey H. Kitts–Once Upon a Full Moon
Freya’s life is changed forever one full moon.

Reagan Hawk–Performance Criteria
What do you get when you mix a high IQ and a lot of spare parts? The man of your dreams, of course.

Candice Gilmer–His Velvet Touch
He was going to use her, but he didn’t expect to need her.

J.S. Hope–Foxheart
Can an unexpected visitor vanquish the demons that lurk in the darkness of a lonely man’s soul?
Inez Kelley–Hail Mary Honeymoon -Josie and Wade will either win it all or lose everything when they play a risky game to save their marriage.

Eryn Blackwell–One Night of Passion
Death cannot keep them apart, but he only has one night to prove to her they are meant to be together.

Sherri L. King–Legendary Choice
She chose to live a life less ordinary, never knowing it would involve a sexy demigod who would show her just how legendary that life could be.

Kennedy Kovit–The Bet
When his best friend bets him that he can’t romance the pants off their boss’s daughter, he can’t resist.

Madelyn Porter–Rite of Passion
To escape he plans on seducing his beautiful captor.

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Unraveling You – Jessica Sorensen *Review*

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**This is just the review, if you scroll down to my previous post, you’ll see the release day post which goes more in depth – with a synopsis & excerpt**

Unraveling You, by Jessica Sorensen is the story of Lyric Scott ( daughter of Ella & Micha) and Ayden Gregory (adopted son of Lila & Ethan). Let me tell you, just when you think there is no way Jessica Sorensen can top herself… she does. Each story gets better and better so that you can literally not drag yourself away from the book.

Lyric Scott is sweet and happy-go-lucky. In short, she’s many things her mom never was – benefits of being raised in a wealthy neighborhood by stable, loving parents I suppose. Yet it’s perfect, because in so many ways, she is like her mother. There’s the same protective streak, the need to stand up to the bully. But whereas Ella was very careful with her heart, Lyric simply isn’t. She’s the girl who is friends with practically everyone, because she is impossible not to like.

If Lyric is all things bright and happy, Ayden is all things dark. He’s quiet. He’s shy. He’s untrusting. But Lyric see something in him that she’s drawn to and it’s pretty obvious that once she has her mind set, it’s going to happen. So she and Ayden become unlikely friends. Best friends. Ayden actually reminds me a lot of his adoptive father, Ethan – something that is actually pointed out in the book. Just in his quiet manner and few words.

It’s easy to see from the start that these two have a connection and I love watching it grow from hesitant curiosity to tentative friendship to something… more. Unraveling You, is 199% worth the read. Yes, you get to see a little of their parents, Ella & Micha, Lila & Ethan, but the kids completely capture the attention. They draw you so fiercely into their unique story that you don’t spend any time wanting to catch up with the older folks.

Unraveling You is beautiful. Read it. Now. Seriously. Go.

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