Temptation (Parts 1 - 3) The Hunted Series by Ivy Smoak


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Indulge in the temptation in the breakout series The Hunted by Ivy Smoak.

When Penny Taylor runs into a handsome stranger in a coffee shop, she believes her luck has finally changed. After having her confidence unwound by her ex, she falls hard for a true gentleman. But once she realizes that her crush is her communications professor, her world is turned upside down.

Haunted by dreams of the alluring Professor Hunter, Penny can't seem to dismiss her fantasies and the temptation to have him grows deeper. Will the excitement, danger, and mystery surrounding Professor Hunter bring her to her knees?

This book is intended for mature audiences.

NOTE: This includes Part 1, 2, and 3.

rating & review:


3 Stars

I like this story but I don't really feel super connected to the characters.  The writing is really well done.  The development is good and the story flows really well. 
So I'm just ok on this one, didn't hate it didn't love it and that all comes from not connecting with the characters.  Normally I'm absorbed and obsessed with the characters I'm reading regardless of the genre - I'm just usually pretty emotional about them, but with these characters I just never really got wrapped up and felt like I had to know.  There wasn't anything super annoying or any kind of barrier to me loving or hating them, but I never did.  I always route for one or the other in books like this, but I wasn't invested in this one. 
check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!

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about the author:

Ivy Smoak is an entrepreneur with very fickle tendencies. After much encouragement from her fiancé, she finally decided to dive into her true passion and began writing erotic romance novels. She lives with her fiancé in Philly.

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until next time, xo


Disclosure: Review copy Kindle version was received from Author Ivy Smoak in exchange for an honest review via random jendsmit blog post.

#Spotlight | Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

I love the tag on this cover!  "A children's story. For adults." It makes me giggle each time I see it.  Have you read this one, I haven't, let me know what you think in the comments!

Summary ~

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. The story includes elements of fantasy, everyday horror, paranormal, romance, mystery, and adventure. The content addresses social issues – poverty, child maltreatment, and the medicinal use of marijuana. This novel is not for the prudish, fainthearted or easily offended. 
This is a children’s story for adults. While the protagonist, Lacy Dawn, occupies the body of an eleven year old, and sounds like one, she has evolved under the supervision of Universal Management for hundreds of thousand of years. She is not a typical little girl, and if you think of her as such, you may be shocked. 
Lacy Dawn is the true daughter of Appalachia, and then some. She lives in a hollow with her worn-out mom, her Iraq War disabled dad, and her mutt Brownie, a dog who’s very skilled at laying fiber optic cable. Lacy Dawn’s android boyfriend has come to the hollow with a mission. His equipment includes infomercial videos of Earth’s earliest proto-humans from millennia ago. He was sent by the Manager of the Mall on planet Shptiludrp (Shop ’till You Drop): he must recruit Lacy Dawn to save the Universe in exchange for the designation of Earth as a planet which is eligible for continued existence within a universal economic structure that exploits underdeveloped planets for their mineral content. Lacy Dawn’s magic enables her to save the universe, Earth, and, most importantly, her own family.

you can pick up your copy at Amazon, Amazon UK, & Dog Horn Publishing

About the Author ~

Robert Eggleton has served as a children's advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997, and which also included publication of models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions, research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next -- never finding a permanent loving family, and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency. Today, he is a recently retired children's psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment. 

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until next time, xo


#CoverReveal ~ Wrapped in Lace by Prescott Lane

Y'all, I love Prescott Lane and I personally can't wait to get my hands on this one!  It just sounds amazing <3  Check it out!

Basic Info ~

      Genre: Contemporary Romance (Holiday)
      Release Day: November 2nd
      Stand Alone Book (not part of a series)

Summary ~

When I was a little boy, the best thing about the holiday season was unwrapping presents on Christmas morning — tearing off the paper and tossing it on the floor. Now that I’m a man, I like to unwrap slowly, deliberately, taking my time to savor what lies before me. I still like to throw the wrapping on the floor, but now I know the best gifts come wrapped in lace.

And unlike when I was a kid, I won’t get sick of this present by New Year’s. I’ll definitely be playing with this girl day after day after day.

After six years avoiding my hometown, the last thing I expected when I returned was a wannabe bad girl to unwrap my heart and rip open my soul. But that’s exactly what happened. Now if I can just get the hell out of my own way, maybe I’ll finally get the best gift of all — her!

Come get unwrapped by Drew this holiday.

Excerpt ~

I sat back and studied the canvas.  I’d finally gotten it right — the way his lips turn up in that smile that makes both my heart and panties melt.  It had taken me over a dozen tries to get it just perfect, but I finally had.  Unfortunately, I didn’t feel any better.  I thought if I could capture Drew’s smile on my canvas, my pain would somehow lessen.  Because I’d always have his image, that his leaving me wouldn’t hurt so bad.  It hadn’t worked.  The pain in my heart was just as sharp, just as overwhelming as it was yesterday and the day before.  I knew I’d never get over him.  I knew it like I knew the deep blue color of his eyes, the rough spots on his hands.  I knew it like I knew the way his lips tasted, the feel of his thick brown hair.

About the Author ~

Prescott Lane is the author of First Position, Perfectly Broken, and her new release, Quiet Angel. She is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Centenary College with a degree in sociology. She went on to receive her MSW from Tulane University, after which she worked with developmentally delayed and disabled children. She married her college sweetheart, and they currently live in New Orleans with their two children and two crazy dogs. Prescott started writing at the age of five, and sold her first story about a talking turtle to her father for a quarter. She later turned to writing romance novels because there aren't enough happily ever afters in real life.

Happily Ever Afters Guaranteed.

Other Works by Prescott Lane ~

until next time, xo


#CoverReveal ~ Cruel and beautiful by AM Hargrove & Terri E Laine

Y'all I can't I just can't.  Look at this!  I am literally bouncing in my chair for this one!!  



Cruel and beautiful


This an Adult Contemporary
Romance standalone book that includes mature content, not suitable for
younger readers. (Rated R)

Cate Forbes, a dedicated college student with a carefully plotted future,
doesn’t know the first thing about love. When she accepts a blind date with a
tasty piece of eye candy, she thinks she can get by with a night of fun. Cate’s
plans quickly unravel when she gets one look at the sexy…

Drew McKnight.

The relentless hockey-playing
medical resident knows what he wants— a career in Oncology and Cate. Although
he’s heard the gorgeous brunette is a little relationship skittish, a single
night out isn’t what he has in mind. Determined to have her— in every way
possible— he shows her just what a future with him would hold.

Only life has other plans. The unthinkable happens and everything begins
to shatter. Both in too deep, they will have to fight the cruel and hang
on to the beautiful.


Meet the authors…


One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M.
Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something
soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been
dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her
fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the
pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick
reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty
about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street
before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what laptop out the
window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called
her boss, and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and
told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly

So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a Naughty and Nice Romance Author.
Her books include the following: Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge and Kissing
Fire (The Edge Series); The Guardians of Vesturon Series (Survival,
Resurrection, Determinant, reEmergent, and Beginnings); Dark Waltz, Death
Waltz, Tragically Flawed (Tragic 1), Tragic Desires (Tragic 2), Exquisite
Betrayal, Dirty Nights; and lastly Freeing Her, Freeing Him, and Kestrel—all
part of the Hart Brothers Series.

Other than being in love with writing about love,
she loves chocolate, ice cream, and coffee and is positive they should be added
as part of the USDA food groups.


Terri E. Laine is an avid reader and the co-author
of Cruel & Beautiful. When she isn’t writing romance with heart and heat,
She is crazily managing a household with her husband and three kids.


until next time, xo

What's Been Happening?! #lifeupdate

Hi Lovelies!  

I'm back... how was your summer?
I know, I know.  I bailed on you all summer long.  I needed a break and it was amazing!
So here's a little update on what is happening in my neck of the woods!

The Farmhouse has walls!!  We are hoping to be moved in by Christmas this year... keep your fingers crossed for me.

I'm working through my little house (renovation still in progress, UGH) and organizing everything and packing and trashing/donating stuff we don't need.  It amazes me how much stuff we've accumulated over the years.

I have so many craft projects and signs and ideas to make and no time to do them.  What have you been crafting and working on?

I'm working my way back into blogging and posting reviews.  It's amazing to me how many emails I had missed over the summer :| holy hell!  But I got through them... all of them... and I'm scheduling my posts and what-nots for the next several months.  

There are soooooooo many books to talk about!  All the summer books, all the new releases coming up and **breath** JUST ALL THE AMAZING BOOKS.  They are EVERYWHERE!!!  What have you been reading and loving?!

OH OH OH and I have red hair now!  I love it so hard, oh my gosh, love it.  This isn't a great picture but it's what I look like today, so HA there you go. ;) 

Ok that's what I've got going on (plus of course my regular office job).  Tell me what you want to see - do you want to see in the first week of posts?  The Farmhouse progress, the crafts, the signs, ALL THE BOOKS?  You will see all of it... eventually ;) but I'll let you help me set up the presentation order!  Let me know below!

until next time, xo!