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Did you drop by to request a review or tour stop? Due to high demand and a very busy schedule, I am currently CLOSED for unsolicited review requests. Thank you for thinking of me though!

I do have promotional openings for October 2017 through February 2018 open so please reach out. Just please drop me an email with a polite request and if I'm interested I will reply.

-- Rhi


Review: The Originals: The Loss by Julie Plec

The Originals: The Loss by Julie Plec
Fantasy, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches
Ebook, Print, Audio (336 pages, HQN)
Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.
After a hurricane destroyed their city, Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson have rebuilt New Orleans to even greater glory. The year is 1766. The witches live on the fringes in the bayou. The werewolves have fled. But still, Klaus isn't satisfied. He wants more. He wants power. But when Klaus finally finds a witch who will perform a spell to give him what he desires most, she secretly uses Klaus to unleash a curse—one that brings back hundreds of her ancestors—and begins a war to reclaim New Orleans. As the siblings fight off the attack, only one thing's for certain—the result will be a bloodbath.

Family is power... welcome to the bloody chapter. (4 stars)

After the richly characterized and well plotted THE ORIGINALS: THE RISE I was very eager to see where the Mikaelson siblings' story would pick back up. Forty-plus years later they've tamed New Orleans. With the witches and werewolves banished to the swamps they've built a vampire army with Elijah running the city. But Klaus has never recovered from losing Vivianne and he's willing to pay any cost to get her back.

I was quite surprised at how different The Loss was from The Rise. The first book really established a great foundation for the series and I felt like the character development was well done but the same felt very flat in The Loss. The story focused so much on fighting—and I do mean actual physical battles and combat—that I felt quite disconnected from it. It's always enjoyable to see these characters in a good fight but there was just so much of it happening chapter after chapter that I felt it a bit overkill. Some of that may have been caused by the fact that it alternates POVs between the three siblings so the same scene might be rehashed from another angle with new information that overlaps.

Of the three Mikaelsons I felt like Elijah got the most character development here but even his wasn't much. A new love interest is introduced for him that I'm curious to see played out in The Resurrection. Klaus is much more somber and less broody than is typically his flavor which suits his role as mourning lover but also makes him less fun to read. Rebekah shows more maturity and depth than she usually is attributed and I liked her attempts at being the reasonable sibling.

Overall, this was another enjoyable, if a little less rich on character, read that I would recommend to fans. It definitely will not stand alone so make sure you read The Rise first!

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Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine.

Other books in this trilogy:


Entangled March Madness FINAL ROUND #TeamJackson


RhiReaders you are the best fans a blogger could ask for. You prove that reading and the love of fiction is and ever shall be a passion worthy of praise. I love our community to bits and as I get ready to go on a month long journey of giving my mind a rest I know you'll still be here keeping the flames going. We made it to the final round and I could not be more stunned and pleased. When I filled out the form to champion Jackson I had no idea he was as well loved as he is. I figured I was one of a small handful of fans. Thanks for proving that paranormal romance isn't dead by carrying us this far and if you can cast your votes once more please help us take the title of Ultimate Hero! ♥ -- Rhi


Jackson vs Drake Final Round

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Hello everyone and welcome to the final round! They've battled hard, and here's our last two survivors. Plus, we've got a pretty fabulous giveaway as incentive. May the best man win!
Rhi's fancasting!

In recap: why you should vote for Jackson:

  Jackson Swoony Except            

Find out more about Jackson Granger in Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran


1st Quarter Update: 2015 Audiobook Challenge || RhiReading Goals

1st Quarter Update

Please drop by the The Book Nympho or Hot Listens, for the full challenge details!

In 2014 I hit my goal with 12 audio reads so for 2015 I decided to step it up hardcore going with the 30-50 level, MY PRECIOUS. To help me keep track and make it pretty I made a Pinterest board where I can pin my reads as I finish them.

Follow Rhianna's board 2015 Audiobook Challenge on Pinterest.

And look at how abysmally I've done. Only 3 books!?! Bad reader, no cookie!

In all fairness to myself those are just the ones I have finished. I have 5 on my Currently Reading list on Goodreads that I have bitten into to varying points. And I've actually started a few others but had either my check-out with the library expire or wasn't in the mood once I started and only went a few minutes with them. 

My slow progress probably has a lot to do with what's been going on in my personal life so I'm hoping next month I will tear up the list I made of audiobooks I want to read this year. Check back again in June, maybe I'll be well into my goal by then. ☺

Update Schedule:
March 27th: 1st Quarter Update
June 19th: 2nd Quarter Update
September 25th: 3rd Quarter Update
December 18th: 4th Quarter Update and Wrap


Weekend Reading [03/37-03/29] :: On being quiet and needing quiet... #giveaway

Feeling really quiet today guys. A meh week has been had, followed by the worst sleep I've had in weeks. All I can think about right now is how I might murder for a fast-food breakfast sandwich right now. I wish I could blame it on my current read, AWAKENING by Shannon Duffy, which has some major pendulous threads in the world building and yet is really good... but I wasn't up late reading.

But it got me wondering about my readers and their preferred reading times and factors that are essential to them being able to focus. Back in the days when I had a job I loved my lunch break. We had a full hour so it was easy to have a quick eat and then at least 40 minutes of no-one-bugging-me reading time. With a preschooler and being at home I prefer reading late at night once everyone has gone to bed. For me I need quiet, quiet, quiet!

In case you missed it, this will be the last Weekend Reading post for a while. I wrote a post last week explaining what's up. I adore my readers so I hope you'll stick around while I get my shit together. ☺

Since—for a while anyway—I won't be begging you every week to tell me what you're reading... how about you comment and tell me what great stuff you'll be doing next month? A fun family vacation? Attending a convention? Working on edits for an upcoming release? Participating in a special event (ie. running a marathon, hosting a blog hop, etc.)?

Thanks for being the wonderful, supportive fans you are and for making me feel like I'm a valuable part of our community! ♥ -- Rhi

P.S. -- I have a giveaway going through Monday or whenever the 631st person enters! I'm giving away one of my FAVORITE things and one of my favorite authors loves it too. Intrigued? Go enter!


Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Young Adult, Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling
Ebook/Print/Audio (352 pages, HARPERTEEN)
Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of what happens after happily ever after. Vividly imagined scenes of action, romance, and political intrigue are seamlessly woven together to reveal a richly created world… and Sleeping Beauty as she's never been seen before.
One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.
Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.
As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Author Site: website

You can take the Disney out of the story but... (2 stars)

Fairytale retellings have never been hotter in YA than they seem to be right now and as a fan I thought I could never get enough of them. A WICKED THING sounded like a brilliant take on Sleeping Beauty, a delightful break from the source material and Disney-fied versions. But I was left feeling a bit sleepy about it all myself.

When Princess Aurora is awakened from 100+ years of sleeping in her tower and finds out that she's a pseudo-celebrity with pretty much no rights she's more than a tiny bit dazed by it all. According to the current ruling family only her true love can have woken her and therefore she must marry their son, the prince. With zero preamble she's swept up into her new prison under the eye of a merciless king, a vindictive queen, and the gentle, but spineless prince. In a few weeks they will be married and the kingdom saved... but from what?

As much as I liked the idea of Sleeping Beauty being awoken to find she's not in love with her savior, that she would have to fight to save herself, and the great twist involving the witch... I was really disappointed with A WICKED THING. Aurora was weak and pathetic. I kept waiting for her to suck it up and start fighting for herself. Prince Rodric is even worse. As much as I wanted this to have a feminist bent I felt like making the prince lack any strength of character did that a disservice. There were two other young men who play roles in her story and I did like that none of them ever really becomes a love interest.

The story drags and drags, held down by boring chapters of political hullabaloo and the queen being a snot. I wanted to like it and I was pleased with the ending but I don't think I will bother with reading the next book. I just cannot abide a heroine this cowardly and weak.

You might like this book if you've never read a good fairytale retelling before. Alas, I would recommend reading PRINCESS OF THORNS by Stacey Jay instead, now that is a feminist take on Sleeping Beauty I can get behind.

If you found this review helpful would you please rate it on Amazon?

Notes: Review copy received via Amazon Vine.


Review: Ares Temptation by Aubrie Dionne

Ares' Temptation by Aubrie Dionne
Paranormal Romance, Mythology
Ebook (147 pages, COVET)
The God of War is about to discover love...
At the wedding of two Greek gods, Kaye Underhill is the only mortal in a sea of scantily clad nymphs and fickle satyrs. And worse - she's dateless. The only bright side is the hot, muscled hunkiness of the God of War, who's seated next to her. But there's no way Kaye could ever grab a god's attention... Is there?
Ares is in big trouble. A vengeful witch curses him, and the first person he touches will steal his strengths, while he receives their weaknesses. When Kaye trips, Ares catches her and poof! His powers disappear, and Kaye suddenly has the strength and coordination of a Greek god. To break the curse and regain his powers, Ares must get Kaye to fall in love with him.
But for the god who makes war, making love presents a whole new set of problems...
Author Site: website

Who knew the God of War had a sweet side? (4 stars)

When the God of War has his powers swapped for the weaknesses of human, Kaye Underhill, things couldn't get much worse. Ares can't tell the formerly clumsy Kaye that the reason she's suddenly strong and agile is because she got his powers thanks to a curse. But if he can get her to fall in love with him the curse is broken and he can get back to protecting Olympus. Coaxing Kaye's heart, however, proves to be just as dangerous for Ares' own.

I was pretty wary of ARES' TEMPTATION because it's the companion novel to PAN'S CONQUEST which I didn't enjoy. So I am really, really happy to say that the issues I had with the latter were not present in the former. In fact, the chemistry I felt between Kaye and Ares was the best part!

While it's not a particularly long story and the courtship is rushed along by the plot, I was surprisingly swept up in the romance. Kaye was a likable character before but she's even better as Ares' foil. His growth from brooding warrior to caring protector is well done and I had a moment there where I just 'awwwww'-ed over how great he had become.

A short and sweet paranormal romance that's heart-felt I would recommend this one as a great rainy day read when you need cheering up. Those who want steamy love scenes won't get anything more than kisses but sometimes that's just the kind of read I want and it really suited the story here.

If you found this review helpful would you please rate it on Amazon?

Notes: ARC received via publisher.


Entangled March Madness Round 3 #TeamJackson


Alright RhiReaders, you are on fire! We made it into another round! Lorenzo is a cute YA hero but Jackson is all man. Let's take him to the final matchup, head down to the rafflecopter and vote JACKSON. ☺ ♥ -- Rhi


Jackson vs Lorenzo Round 3 Match 1

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Jackson Granger Swoony Excerpt

Hello! I'm so excited that Jackson made it to Round 3! How awesome. Jackson says thank you! (Actually, his exact words were "Bloody, hell," but deep down, he's ecstatic). Jackson is the team leader for a crew of paranormal investigators named Phantoms. They've been called in to investigate Ava's haunted mansion. This excerpt is from Chapter Eight, where Jackson and Ava are alone in her kitchen asking each other questions to get to know one another better. Even Jackson surprised me with his swoon and charm while I wrote this scene. I hope you enjoy! xo
“Okay, Miss Cynicism. Ideal first date?”

She came back and sat down, sipping her wine. “Don’t tell me there’s a serious romantic under all that charm.”

“Guilty. Answer the question.”

She set her glass down. “I plead the fifth. You’ll laugh or use it against me to try to get into my pants.”

Guilty again. “I promise not to laugh.”

Her head tilted as she laughed at him, and the sound was warm, inviting. “See? Not answering.”

He sighed with dramatic flair. “Okay, fine. And I won’t use it to get into your pants. But may I point out, you’re wearing a skirt?” A knee-length red skirt with black tights under it, making him want to peel away the layers. She had great legs.

She studied him for a few seconds. “Watching a DVD in my living room with a bowl of popcorn. That’s my ideal first date.”

Huh. Not what he expected at all. “Really?”


She picked up her glass and fiddled with the stem. A blush rose over her cheeks and he wondered why that admission embarrassed her.

“Everyone’s afraid of my house. Whenever I’m seeing someone, we always go out or stay at his place. It would be nice to stay in once and awhile, you know? They don’t even walk me to the door.”

She was lonely. The thought never occurred to him. Ava was an independent woman comfortable in her own skin. Simple things like watching TV or waking in the morning were always alone. And that bothered her, at least to a small degree.

Well, hell. That was it. “Come here a sec.” He stood, walked to the kitchen door, and held it open.

“Where are we going?”

“The yard. Come on then.”

She pursed her lips and paused. Finally, she rose and checked the pot before meeting him at the door. “Dinner’s almost ready. We can’t stay out long—”

He closed the door behind her and leaned her against it. His admirable intention of offering her a sweet good-night adieu to make up for her previous dates blew to hell when her body pressed against his. Her glorious curves and tall frame meeting his muscle inch for inch had his desire raging.

“What are you doing?” Her whisper ended with a hitch, telling him she felt the pull too.

His belly heated. Other parts awakened with vigor. “Walking you to the door and kissing you good night.” Framing her face in his hands, he leaned in. “I had a really good time tonight.”

And then he did what he'd been wanting to since first setting eyes on her. He closed his mouth over hers.

There you have it. I could hear you swooning from here. *grin* Thanks for coming by and Go Team Jackson!

Find out more about Jackson Granger in Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran

Review: The Thorn and the Sinking Stone

The Thorn and the Sinking Stone by C.J. Dushinski
Young Adult, Classic Retelling, Fantasy
Ebook (247 pages, ENTANGED TEEN)
Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can't escape…
Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth's Last War, four "families" vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed--tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future…
To avenge his father's death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword. Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud…and they have more secrets in common than they know.
But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love…
Author Site: website

I just cannot recommend it... (2 stars)

Retellings of classics and fairy tales seem to be really hot right now and I am 110% on the bandwagon. I love them and have loved them as long as I can remember. But, if I'm honest, I getting really sick of seeing Romeo and Juliet retold. Its' theme is one I enjoy seeing but outright retellings have begun to lose any freshness. Sadly, THE THORN AND THE SINKING STONE had the elements in place to be really good. Your Juliet and Romeo are from rival Japanese and Irish influenced gangs and some people are Cursed with special abilities (I was reminded of the X-Men a lot with the way it was presented). But the actual plot, world, and writing left a lot to be desired.

I found myself struggling to sit down and read this book. It was very much a case of a lot of words were being read and nothing was happening in them. I felt like I was watching 'snow' on an old television set. After three weeks of trying to read it every single day I finally hit about 2/3 and decided to skim. Even skimming the latter third of the book left me uninterested.

But why? I gave it a lot of thought and for me I think that the hugest factor was the lack of world building. The reader is thrust into Rain City and given very little understanding of what the world beyond the Hara house and the Daggers' place to work with. Is Rain City the only city? Why is it always raining/cloudy? Who actually runs the city? So much about this strange fantasy/futuristic/dystopian-ish world is unexplained. I need those details so I can have a clearer understanding of why the characters are feuding after several generations, why they live how they do, and why Cursed people are feared.

It also didn't help that Valencia is about as likable as a turnip and Sebastian is so dull and vaguely cookie-cutter... ugh, just could not bring myself to care what happened to either of them. They had zero chemistry which made their flirtation or whatever it was feel contrived. Considering the source material it's fair but I didn't enjoy it.

If you enjoy retellings I'm going to recommend a pass on this one. I just cannot recommend it. If it appeals to you for any other reason maybe you can pull something enjoyable out of it but I'm going to just overall suggest a pass.

If you found this review helpful would you please rate it on Amazon?

Notes: ARC received via publisher.

Review: Blushing by Katie Delahanty

Blushing (The Brightside #2) by Katie Delahanty
Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Rockstar
Ebook, Print (398 pages, EMBRACE)
My name is Olivia bloom and I. Am. Engaged.
When Berkeley proposed, I thought we'd live happily ever after--we'd plan our wedding and he'd tour with the Brightside while I continued designing lingerie. Instead he dropped a bombshell: he's starring in a movie with his gorgeous ex, Christina Carlton. And what's more? I've been erased from the public eye. All anyone can talk about these days is #Berkstina.
To be together, Berkeley asked me to work on set as a costume designer--a dream come true--but there's a catch: we have to keep our relationship secret. I'm okay with not being photographed, but the sneaking around, the lies, his love scenes; it's not how I imagined our engagement. Berkeley is passionate and driven; it's one of the reasons I love him. But he has so much going on--am I ready to drop everything to become Olivia Dalton?Author Site: website

Totally sudsy and you'll enjoy the ride... (4 stars)

I bought Delahanty's first Brightside book when it came out and because I am a book hoarder who will never read everything she buys I hadn't read it yet when BLUSHING came across my reviewer pile. But I was told it could stand alone so I figured why not, it sounded kinda fun and I'm pleased to say that I was correct on both accounts!

While there's an obvious lot of information that would be helpful to know to read BLUSHING Delahanty does a great job of filling in most of the blanks without info dumping. This book is so far out of my genre preferences it isn't even funny but sometimes you just need a good soapy, guilty pleasure stroking kind of read. I liked the idea that these characters were working on a movie being made from a book and their ridiculously over-the-top lifestyle. It's ridiculous and a tiny bit campy and that's what makes it so much fun.

Liv is not a character I would normally gravitate to but it's hard not to like her. She's so in love but so out of her element. I wanted to like Berkley and at times I did, he's handsome and hard working, but I also felt like all of the turmoil and drama could have been avoided if he'd just sucked it up and eaten his losses. The idea of someone jeopardizing their relationship over money and then expecting their new fiance to be okay just really made me angry. Alas, it is this angst that keeps the plot moving and ultimately makes it a hefty but fun read. There was rarely a dull moment and I loved Delahanty's voice.

If you haven't yet read IN BLOOM I would certainly recommend reading it first but if you really can't wait you should give BLUSHING a read. Hollywood A-lister hijnks, New Adult wangst, and a will-they-survive-this-together storyline make it a great way to fill a rainy day.

If you found this review helpful would you please rate it on Amazon?

Notes: Review copy received via publisher.

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Weekend Reading [03/20-03/22] :: Your Perspective & Adaptation Ponderings

Guess what!?! It's Friday! *dances* But you totally knew that already, right?

Who has some great plans for the weekend? I really have none beyond Nerd Night and laundry. Seriously, whoever invented laundry should burn in hell. As soon as I get it all caught up my teenager suddenly has a bunch of dirty clothes that were hiding in a negative space somewhere. The only consolation is that folding laundry is a good time for catching up on TV shows or listening to audiobooks. It works for me but I've seen a lot of folks say they can't listen to audiobooks while doing anything else. I can't do anything too involved, but cooking and cleaning type tasks work well.

This weekend I'll continue listening to Insurgent, I don't feel up to going to the theater to see it and since I hadn't read it yet I figured I better get it 'read' before someone spoiled it for me by talking about the movie. Speaking of movie adaptations of books... I often like both versions and don't mind certain types of changes but then there are some that are just really awful, Beastly and Vampire Academy for example, because they change very key factors or treat the source material like it's a joke. Do you ever find that if you see the film before you read the book you're better at forgiving the differences? I do.

In other reading, I just started AFTER THE RED RAIN by Barry Lyga, Peter Facinelli, and Robert DeFranco, while stuck waiting to see my therapist today. (If you dunno what that's about I posted about it yesterday). Anyway, not far in but really digging the atmosphere so far. It doesn't actually come out until August but I happened to get an ARC through Amazon Vine and we have a time limit for finishing reviews so I gotta get it read ASAP.

I'm also hoping to skim my way through the last quarter of THE SWORD AND THE SINKING STONE. I think I mentioned it last week and it is still kicking my butt. I just cannot get interested. :/ I thought it was just me but the more I've read the more I wonder if some of it isn't the world building, or rather, elements of it that aren't well fleshed out. Did any of you read it and enjoy it? Can you point out what you liked about it in the comments pretty please? Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective for me. lol

And now I'm off to get stuff put together for Nerd Night and to sneak in a few pages of reading. May your weekend be filled with hot romances or chilling thrillers or seat-gripping space adventures or angsty teen reads! ♥ -- Rhi


Why I'm taking April off: a long post about mental illness and getting help

Raise your hand if you've ever had a really good reason to do something but hesitated because you were afraid of being judged.

Today, that's very much me my dearest readers. My book blogging journey began more than 6 years ago. A lot can happen in 6+ years right? For me, my lifestyle is extremely different now than it was when I first got started. I've been through huge changes in my personal life. I've also had my relationship with reading, reviewing, and how I interact with the internet change significantly too.

It's all part of what makes me who I am, but for the past year I've been experiencing changes in my emotional and mental well-being that aren't okay.


Blog Tour: PROTECTING FATE by Katee Robert [Guest Vlog + #giveaway!]

Happy Hump Day RhiReaders! Could it be any more fitting that I'm featuring Katee Robert's newly released erotic romance, PROTECTING FATE, today? If you saw my review you know I thought it was smokin' hot. When I read the previous entries in Katee's part of the series I totally loved that her heroines' safe words had a common thread so I asked her to do a guest post about them and she did me one better... she vlogged it! So please watch and enjoy this behind-the-scenes look at something I thought was really cool that she used to tie all three books together. -- Rhi

He’ll keep her safe…but who will protect her from him?

Fixer Sara Reaver is in serious trouble. She’s stepped on the wrong toes, and now her uncle is sending her out of the city in an effort to keep her safe—and he’s assigning her a glorified babysitter. The last person she expects to show up is the gorgeous Z, or for him to tempt her and then reject her in the space of a single night. Twice. Now she’s out to prove to him just how good they’d fit up together in every way imaginable.

Mercenary Z Loreto hates protection jobs, but he’s willing to make an exception for his best friend’s little sister. The only problem is she calls up things he’s been doing his damnedest to keep under wraps for the last seven years. But when she pushes him too far, it all comes rushing to the fore, and the fact she’s willing to submit to his every desire only makes the loss of control sweeter.

Sara and Z have a boatload of issues between them, but they’re sure they can make things work if they take it one day at a time… Right up until things spiral beyond their control. Now Z’s playing for keeps in a big way, and Sara’s got to decide if a chance at true happiness is worth the risk of repeating history.

See where it all began with Tessa Bailey's Owned by Fate and Katee’s most recent installment, Betting on Fate.

About Katee Robert

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

Connect with Katee at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google + | GoodReads | Instagram | Tumblr | Youtube


Release Day: CHAPS AND CHANCE by Jessie Evans

Chaps and Chance
Lonesome Point, TX Series, Book 5
Jessie Evans
Release Date : March 17, 2015


A steamy, suspenseful, stand alone romance from New York Times Bestselling author Jessie Evans

How far will they go for a second chance...

Years ago, Layla Parker's romantic dreams came true. She married her high school sweetheart and settled into a house on his family's ranch to live happily ever after. But sometimes dreams turn into nightmares and when Layla's husband became abusive, she felt there was no way out. Her big brother was serving overseas, her friends were away at college, and her single father insisted she'd made her bed and now she had to lie in it. It isn't until her father's death over a decade later that Layla gains the courage to leave her marriage. She hopes to find peace living alone, but her dreams of happily ever after died a long time ago.

Cole Lawson has spent years secretly pining for his former best friend. Layla Parker captured his heart sophomore year of high school, but she was already taken. When she married her boyfriend two years later, she and Cole grew apart and have rarely seen each other since. Cole's been a lady killer since the day he realized that his dimpled smile made all the cowgirls swoon, but when he discovers Layla is newly single he's ready to put an end to his womanizing ways and make a serious play for the one who got away.

When tragedy strikes the Lawson family, Cole and Layla's rekindled friendship grows into something more, but soon a dark secret from Layla's past threatens to destroy their shot at forever. Now Cole will have to decide--listen to his heart or to the people warning him that Layla might not be as innocent as she seems.

Googleplay: http://bit.ly/1FM1ssN 


“Good morning, sweetness,” he said, blinking sleepily as he returned her grin. “How long have you been awake?”

“About an hour,” she said, going into his arms as he reached for her.

“I’m sorry.” He pulled her onto his chest, wrapping a warm arm around her waist. “You should have woken me up. I would have made you coffee.”

“I liked watching you.” She pressed a kiss to his bare skin, her body beginning to hum the way it always did when she touched this man. “You’re pretty when you sleep.”

He humphed. “Not pretty enough or you would have woken me up with a kiss.”

She laughed. “I don’t do morning breath, Lawson. Not even for a man as pretty as you.”

“You’re not using your imagination, Parker,” Cole countered, rolling over until she was pinned beneath him. “You didn’t have to kiss me on the mouth.”

“Oh?” Layla’s pulse picked up as Cole’s hand trailed up her thigh. “Is that so? Where should I have kissed you then?” she asked, playing innocent.

“I’ll show you.” He tossed off the blanket and sheet before scooting down to the end of the bed until his mouth was level with her curled legs. “There’s the ankle, for example. The ankle is very sensitive first thing in the morning.” He pressed a kiss to the skin just beneath the inside of her left ankle, his soft lips and scruffy face combining to make the kiss even more delicious than she’d been expecting.

She shivered. “That is nice. I didn’t know that about ankles.”

“Backs of knees, too,” he said, urging her legs farther apart, settling between them before bringing his mouth to hover behind her bent knee.

“See?” he said, breath heating her skin, sending another prickle of awareness dancing on kitten feet up the inside of her thighs. “This back of knee doesn’t care what my breath smells like. It has no awareness of morning breath. Not even a little bit. Isn’t that right back of knee?”

“Yes,” he answered himself in a high-pitched voice. “That’s right, Cole.”

Layla giggled. “Is that supposed to be my knee talking back to you?”

“Well, of course it’s me,” he continued in the same squeaky tone. “Who else would it be, Missy? Seems like you’d recognize my voice after thirty years together.”

“I’m so sorry, knee,” Layla said, rolling her eyes as she laughed. “I can’t believe you’re making my body parts talk. You’re so weird.”

“Weird?” He affected a wounded expression.

“So weird,” she said, still laughing.

“Fine, Parker,” he said, eyes darkening as his palms came to rest on the insides of her thighs. “If making your body parts talk is so weird, I guess I’ll have to settle for making you scream instead.”

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jessie Evans, gave up a career as an international woman of mystery to write the sexy, contemporary Southern romances she loves to read. She's married to the man of her dreams, and together they're raising a few adorable, mischievous children in a cottage in the jungle. She grew up in rural Arkansas, spending summers running wild, being chewed by chiggers, and now appreciates her home in a chigger-free part of the world even more. When she's not writing, Jessie enjoys playing her dulcimer (badly), sewing the worlds ugliest quilts to give to her friends, going for bike rides with her house full of boys, and drifting in and out on the waves, feeling thankful for sun, surf, and lovely people to share them with.


Entangled March Madness ROUND 2! #TeamJackson


Thanks so much for helping me champion Jackson in Round 1 RhiReaders! I truly have the most kick-ass fans ever. But it's time for Round 2 and we're up against Reid from Anomaly by the amazing Tonya Kuper. AUGH! Another round where I'm championing a hero against an author I adore. But this is war guys so please see why Kelly Moran agrees with me that her hero is the ULTIMATE HERO and vote JACKSON!


Reid vs Jackson Round 2 Match 1

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Top 5 Reasons Why Jackson is the Ultimate Hero!

Hello, everyone! How exciting that Jackson made it to the next round. He just offered up a lopsided grin and rubbed the back of his neck. Jackson is a man unaccustomed to staying in one spot for long, but Ava knocked that wanderlust right outta him. I had so much fun writing him. Phantoms is a supernatural series, which kicked off in January with Jackson's book, Ghost of a Promise. Book two comes out in May and book three in September. I also write heartfelt contemporary romance and I have another series launching this year called Covington Cove. I'm a Readers Choice Finalist and a Catherine Award-Winner, plus earned one of the 10 Top Reads on USA Today's HEA blog. So nice to meet you!

1. Charm: Oh yes. Jackson has charm in spades. As the lead investigator for the hit paranormal TV show, Phantoms, he's used to being in the spotlight and wowing viewers. And women. It's his superpower.

2. Sex Appeal: Eh hem. Need I say more? Yes? Okay! Wavy black hair, square jaw, a dimple, perpetual five o'clock shadow and oh-my-gosh blue eyes. At six feet, he has lean, corded muscle, wide shoulders and narrow hips. His scent is a light mix of lemon and mint. His voice, though...Oh ladies. Watch yourself! You'll melt. You=Puddle.
3. Heritage: Did I mention Jackson is British? Hello, luv! His mum lives in the States but his father resides in England. He bounced around across the pond and can wield that accent like a weapon of mass desire. *shivers in glee*

4. Alpha: (insert sigh here). Jackson is a take charge kind of man whose presence fills a room and leaves other males in shadow. The thing about Jackson, though? He knows when to concede control and has utmost respect for women. Yum.

5. Open-Minded: One cannot stress just how sexy this character trait is. Two of his crew members are gay, his co-lead is a strong-willed woman, and he demonstrates great respect for their team psychic, when most think the profession is a fraud. He listens to others' opinions, asks for their advice, and takes into account their beliefs and feelings. Now that, my friends, is a keeper!

So there you have it. Are you swooning? Oh, how I loved writing Jackson's character. I kinda want to shove Ava out and insert me instead. Alas, Jackson wouldn't tolerate it. He fell hard and they're meant to be. But do vote #TeamJackson as he's the perfect book boyfriend. Thanks for coming by! xo

Find out more about Jackson Granger in Ghost of a Promise by Kelly Moran

Review: Protecting Fate by Katee Robert

Protecting Fate (Serve) by Katee Robert
Erotic Romance, BDSM
Ebook (148 pages, BRAZEN)
Her body was his to protect. And to own...
Fixer Sara Reaver is furious when she discovers that she's not only been exiled to the country for her own safety, but she's been assigned a bodyguard. Zebadiah "Z" Loreto may be her brother's best friend, but he's also one big, bad, and very sexy wolf of a man...and Sara's determined to make him come out and play.
And oh, Z wants to play. But Sara Reaver is definitely off-limits and Z promised himself never to unleash his dark desires ever again. Still, he can see that she craves the harsh and sensual hand of control.
It will mean crossing professional and personal boundaries. Breaking their own rules. And they'll both discover just what happens-for good or bad-when they relinquish complete control...
Author Site: website

My new favorite erotic romance! (5 stars)

Oh Katee Robert, why are you so dastardly? For a few years now she's been dragging me into genres that just really don't tend to appeal to me. I came for the scifi roms and got stuck in the erotic contemporary romances with an auto-buy policy that's devilish. I know very few authors who are as prolific while bringing the quality with the quantity. PROTECTING FATE is no exception.

I knew I was going to like Sara from her two brothers' stories giving hints of her personality. I wasn't too sure about Z but once their chemistry took off running I was done for. You'd need a chainsaw to get through the sexual tension between those two and a flack jacket to avoid the sparks flying. They combust the pages even worse than Penelope and Will did in BETTING ON FATE and I didn't think that was possible. They both have good reasons to be wary of any intimacy cropping up between them—both physical and emotional—and seeing them cave to their attraction is delicious.

I do have to note that while I loved PF and found the following forgiveable because of the book's genre, not all readers will. I found it notable that I never felt there was a true catalyst to Sara's capitulation to Z in regards to attempting a relationship beyond her 3 play sessions policy. Not that it was insta-love but I didn't feel like she had an a-hah moment about her issues and finally letting someone in emotionally. The other thing I think BDSM readers might find about PF is that while there are elements of it in play, I found that when it ended I thought it was more just an erotic romance. I think it was more BDSM light than the previous entries in the Serve series.

Those two little things aside I absolutely loved it and was so freaking stoked that Z was a POC character! There's just not enough diversity in the genre if you ask me and big thumbs up to Robert for making it happen with this sexy, heartfelt read. And if you've ever thought wax play could be interesting that right there is reason to buy this and read it in one sitting like I did.

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Notes: ARC received via publisher.

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Spotlight: TAKEN BY A DRAGON by Felicity Heaton [Excerpt + #giveaway!]

Taken by a Dragon Blog Barrage - Felicity Heaton
Taken by a Dragon, the seventh book in New York Times best-seller Felicity Heaton’s hot paranormal romance series, Eternal Mates, is now available in ebook and paperback. To celebrate the release, she’s holding a FANTASTIC GIVEAWAY at her website and sharing sneak peeks of the book.


Weekend Reading [03/13-03/15] :: I get too attached to fictional characters... how about you?

Holy sweaty balls RhiReaders! It's 64°F here today, supposed to be 71° tomorrow. Seriously warm for Montana this time of year. I actually went outside and sat in the grass and blew bubbles with the Punk this afternoon. Granted that grass was dead and brown but it was still nice. On Monday when it snows I'll be glad we had it. lol

So what's new with you guys? I've been trying to put a post together to explain the time off I'm taking next month but it's been kinda hard because it means opening up about a big personal struggle I've been dealing with for a while. It feels like I'm getting naked in front of the world and that's scary.

I've actually not read as much this past week as I needed to. My issues have made my brain just not want to read. Instead I've been playing hours and freaking hours of Dragon Age: Inquisition. I warned my husband not to make me try it. When I get into a game I don't want to do anything else. It's the worst. Are any of you guys gamers? I'm getting kinda sad because I've almost finished DAI and might have to replay it but I've totally gotten attached to the character I romanced. :S Awkward. Please tell me this isn't totally abnormal.

Last night I took a break from gaming to read Katee Robert's PROTECTING FATE which was so fucking haaaawt. I've mentioned it a time or ten that I honestly don't dig BDSM but there was a candle wax scene that had me looking for DIY massage candle recipes. lol Be sure and drop by on Wednesday because I've got Katee visiting with a cool guest vlog about her Serve series safe words.

For the rest of the weekend I'm planning on tackling THE THORN AND THE SINKING STONE by C.J. Dushinski which I wanted to have reviewed on release day but have struggled to get into for several weeks now. I love Romeo and Juliet retellings but for some reason I just cannot get into it. I'm also working on a non-fiction readBetter Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives—that I hope will help me tackle some of the aforementioned real life issues. I know y'all are fiction readers but what kind of non-fic do you enjoy? I probably average about 1 non-fic read a month but tend to not write about them over here.

Since we're kinda going off topic a lot in this post today what kind of blogs (aside from book blogs obvi) do you like? Beauty? Gaming? Fitness? Cooking? What are some of your fave blogs that feature books and more?

And this is the part where I run off to attempt to have a weekend. I'm heading to Nerd Night for some dinner and tabletop gaming! Hope you have a bad ass weekend and read some great books. Let me know what you are reading in the comments! -- Rhi

P.S. -- don't forget to drop in and enter the giveaway and vote for Jackson Granger again! We're going into Round 2 against another tough competitor.

Cover Reveal: FALLING STARS by Krys Janae

My dearest RhiReaders,

I am soooo freaking excited to share this cover with you guys! As it happens Krys is a personal friend of mine. We met years ago writing in play-by-post roleplaying forums so I know first hand that her writing is fantastic, she's also a very talented musician and pretty much one of the coolest people I know. Check out her newly launched website for more details. FALLING STARS should be released on March 31st so expect a review from me as soon as I can fit it into my schedule and in the meantime you can read SEEING STARS by Ellie Potts.

-- Rhi

You met them in Seeing Stars, and now they’re back. After celebrating the success of their movie Gateway and a leap into wedded bliss, Alisa and Logan Rider separate for a few months as they each venture into their own new thing: Logan is cast in a high-budget action film which is the stepping stone into the next chapter of his stardom, while Alisa has become a writer on the TV show Family Insurance, showing great interest in not only producing the show but casting as well. Since Logan will be busy with his movie, the studio hires Evan Gable, an up and coming director in the independent market, to help on the Gateway sequel. 
 Alisa’s first impression of Evan leaves a sour taste in her mouth, but when she is sent on a scouting trip to New York City with him, she sees a different side of him. Feelings begin to develop, but Alisa is determined to keep him at a safe distance. She’s in love with her husband, Logan. 
 When she gets back to Los Angeles, Alisa discovers a terrible secret her husband has been hiding, leaving her an emotional mess. She thought she had it all. She thought she was finally content.  After finding her Prince Charming, and expecting a happy ending, Alisa becomes torn between loving him and leaving him. Can she forgive him a second time? 
 Falling Stars is the sequel to Seeing Stars by Ellie Potts.


Cover Reveal: DRAGONS ARE PEOPLE, TOO by Sarah Nicolas [+ giveaway!]

Today, I'm revealing the cover for Dragons are People, Too, a young adult contemporary fantasy by Sarah Nicolas releasing April 28th from Entangled Teen. Read all the way through and scroll to the bottom for a giveaway.

Never judge a dragon
by her human cover...

Sixteen-year-old Kitty Lung has everyone convinced she’s a normal teen—not a secret government operative, not the one charged with protecting the president’s son, and certainly not a were-dragon. The only one she trusts with the truth is her best friend—and secret crush—the ├╝ber-hot Bulisani Mathe.

Then a junior operative breaks Rule Number One by changing into his dragon form in public—on Kitty’s watch—and suddenly, the world knows. About dragons. About the Draconic Intelligence Command (DIC) Kitty works for. About Kitty herself.

Now the government is hunting down and incarcerating dragons to stop a public panic, and a new shape-shifting enemy has kidnapped the president’s son. Kitty and Bulisani are the last free dragons, wanted by both their allies and their enemies. If they can’t rescue the president’s son and liberate their fellow dragons before getting caught themselves, dragons might never live free again.

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About the Author

Sarah is a 30-something YA author who currently lives in Orlando with a 60-lb mutt who thinks he’s a chihuahua. She believes that some boys are worth trusting, all girls have power, and dragons are people too.

She’s a proud member of the Gator Nation and has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, but has switched careers entirely. She now works as an Event Coordinator for a County Library and as a freelance book publicist and author’s assistant.

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Since Sarah couldn't have written any of this book without coffee, she's giving away a $10 Starbucks Gift Card! (Open anywhere Starbucks Gift Cards can be used)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dragons Are People, Too by Sarah Nicolas

Dragons Are People, Too

by Sarah Nicolas

Giveaway ends April 27, 2015.
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