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Release Reviews: SEEK: Mia Sheridan

SEEK
Mia Sheridan
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Release Day January 22, 2018


Wealthy socialite Olivia Barton never imagined her fiancĂ© would disappear on what was supposed to be a routine business trip. She's even more heartbroken and confused when a hired private investigator tracks him half a world away, to a seaside town in Colombia. But the country has recently been ravaged by a massive earthquake and deadly tsunami, shutting down outside communication and making travel all but impossible. Still, Olivia is determined to make it to Colombia to find the answers she so desperately seeks. What she needs is a guide—a mercenary.

The man named Thomas arrives in shadows, an unmistakable air of danger about him, promising to help lead her through the ruined, crime-infested country. But when Thomas and Olivia find themselves fighting an undeniable attraction, danger takes on a whole new meaning. Then again, in the lush jungles of South America, all the rules are different and Thomas and Olivia are about to discover that sometimes the thing you seek, isn't necessarily the thing you find.

Seek is a STANDALONE novel with a small, fun connection to the Sign of Love Collection 

So Mia Sheridan snuck this new release out there without much warning. It is a bit shorter than her usual ones(although it did not feel like it), and a bit different style. But she managed to write a romantic suspense book that still has all of the layers and emotional impact so that it pulled me in, kept me captivated, and put me through all the feels.

Olivia Barton is a woman who needs answers. Her fiance' has disappeared and was located in an unexpected place...a place that will require her to seek a guide to get her safely there. She's used to being left behind, not having love and support, but she cannot rest until she sees if he needs help or she at least gets closure.

Thomas is her new hired guide. He is stoic, mysterious, closed-off, intense, and capable. His own past has shaped the man he has become, and he has his own insecurities he keeps locked down. He is a mercenary, a hunter, a protector, and not afraid of danger. But he does not do feelings or attachments. 

She has no real idea what to expect and no choice but to trust him. Their journey through Colombia will test both of them physically, mentally, and emotionally. They will face challenges, and threats, as well as a building of attraction, chemistry, and trust that could be the most real danger for them both. They keep getting closer as their mission progresses unraveling their hidden layers and motivations. Both have never felt like they belonged or had real love or family. And due to circumstances it does not seem like that is likely to change.

Thomas will do anything to keep her safe, but does that include keeping her safe from him or what she is seeking?

Their connection is raw, powerful, hard to ignore, and in complete opposition to both of their agendas. But there is even more at stake than either of them could know. This is the story of two lonely people who are finding more than they bargained for and not really sure what to do about it.

It is fast-paced, action-packed, mysterious, suspenseful, heartbreaking, passionate, and full of surprises. I could not put it down and became completely attached to the damaged, but strong  characters. Not only was I full of tension from the action, thrills, and suspense, but my heart took a beating from the emotional turmoil, angst, and drama. This book packed a lot in, and really did take me on an unforgettable journey. It should not have surprised me that Mia Sheridan can even make my eyes tear up during what I thought would be just an action, adventure story. 

I was gifted a copy.
Mia Sheridan has a new (surprise!) standalone, and once again she has rocked it. This is a little bit of a departure from what I expect from Mia, as this has a great thread of suspense running through the plot. Though I guess by now, I should expect the unexpected with Mia, because she surprises me with something every time!

Olivia Barton knows something isn’t right with the way her fiance disappeared during a business trip to Miami. The PI she hired was able to track him to a tiny town in Colombia, which has also been wracked by a major earthquake and tsunami. Communication and travel in and out of the town is dangerous, but Olivia needs answers, so she also needs a guide.

Thomas is mysterious and dangerous, but he promises to get her where she wants to go. Their trip is filled with surprise and unknown as they move further away from everything Olivia knows and into uncharted territory.

The danger that ran in the wings of every scene kept me turning pages quickly, desperate to learn what Livvy and Thomas would face and how they could work through the various situations they faced. On top of that was wondering exactly what had brought Alex to Columbia instead of Miami in the first place, and what Livvy would find when she found him.

Watching things develop between Thomas and Livvy was both surprising and delicious. These two could not be further from similar. Though Thomas shares very little about himself, it is clear that his background is night and day compared to Livvy. They are both harboring broken pieces of themselves that drive their choices.

But there is that old saying that intense situations breed intense emotions and these two feel the tension building between them as they get closer to their destination. Things are raw and intense between them, especially as Thomas lets a few of his walls down in the jungle.

I loved that even though I thought I had some major plot points figured out, I was still surprised by the twists I couldn’t imagine. This is a great combination of suspense and romance, with heat and action at every turn. This was both a quick read and one that felt full and rich -- it didn’t feel like a short book.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Mia Sheridan 

Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven

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Blog Tour: THRIVE: Aly Martinez

Aly Martinez
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Release Date January 18, 2018


When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.

Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.

I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.

Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell. 

That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.

It’s the call I’m terrified to make. 

I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.


 
Seventeen years ago, Mira York made a choice between two men...two best friends. She chose with her head and not her heart and has paid the price ever since. She has been trying to start a new life the past few years as est as she can, but her situation is not easy. And all of a sudden it goes from hard to desperate and she needs help. And she can only think of one man with the skills and resources to assist her. 

Jeremy Lark has come a long way from his Army days where he was poor, young, reckless, and totally besotted and destroyed by his best friend's girl. He forced himself to move on. He works in security, got the big house, the kids, and a now ex-wife. But he's broody, serious, bitter, and closed off. Hearing Mira's voice all these years later shocks him. But even his anger and hurt can't overcome his protective nature. 

And soon he and his team find themselves mixed up in her collapsing world where she and those she cares about are not safe and there are money and lives on the line. But how did a hard working, intelligent woman get mixed up in such a treacherous mess? And how will his team be able to extricate her safely?

While spending time together will they be able to rekindle their friendship or will they be pulled back in with their strong chemistry and unresolved feelings? They fuss, fight, spark, and can bring out the worst and best in each other. Due to their history, everything is magnified and intense. Her snit fits and his Dr. Hyde personality and bossy tendencies were fun to watch.

I liked Lark especially when we got to see his more vulnerable and insecure sides and how loved his kids so sweetly and honestly. He was protective, possessive, demanding, but also caring and loving. Mira was tenacious and had been through so much. She just wanted stability and love in her life. They both just wanted to be enough for someone, and to be accepted and truly loved. They spent a long time in their lives just existing instead of truly thriving. 

This is a second chance romance that is full of twists, suspense, tension, and action. It's got humor, emotion, steam, and drama. There are a lot of layers, possible antagonists, and challenges to face.  It is told in dual points of view past and present, but flows well. I was totally rooting for them to get together and for the guys to save the day. 

It brings back all of the Guardian Protection crew and people in their network including couples we know like Leo and Sarah and Jude and Rhion. This group's interpersonal dynamics can be funny, adversarial, taunting, and supportive.  There are so many men to choose from, but  I am particularly attached to Aidan Johnson and am hoping he gets a book soon. 

I was gifted a copy by the author
Jeremy Lark and Mira York lost touch 17 years ago when Mira chose his best friend and Jeremy joined the Army. But they didn’t go their separate ways without leaving marks on the other in the form of emotional scars. Now, Mira needs help finding her way out of a mess created by her ex, and the only person she knows who might be able to help is Jeremy.

These two were a beautiful disaster. Their chemistry was off the charts when they were young, and they find that not much has changed in that respect in the present. But neither is the same person they once were, and the changes could mean everything.

It says a lot about the characters that Aly writes that even though they frustrated me to no end, I grew to love these two in the present. Mia still made silly decisions that didn’t always take into account the threats over her, but by the time I reached the end of the book I was rooting for them to figure things out.

I loved Lark with his girls. His devotion to them and keeping things civil with his ex for their sakes was the first thing I fell in love with him in the present. Especially since he was so shaken by Mira’s arrival, it took a while for him to open up when his girls weren’t present.

This book returns to the Guardian Security World. I enjoyed seeing Rhion and Jude, as well as Leo and Sarah, but it did take me a little bit to settle back into the world. Once I had sorted who was who and how they were all connected I was reminded how much I loved this group of people when I met them in Singe. 

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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She was my nightmare. Every time I closed my eyes, I watched her fall into that inferno. Over and over, I failed to save her.

I hadn’t been able to reach her, and the guilt only burned hotter over time. Four years later, I was the unreachable one.

Heroes aren’t always saints. Sometimes, we’re nothing more than jaded sinners driven by sleepless nights and hearts full of darkness.

And then I met her. She was a dreamer who managed to soothe my scars and heal my wounds.

But, as the flames closed in around us, I feared I wasn’t the right man to save her. That is until I realized she was the one woman I’d burn the world down to protect.




Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. 

Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person.  

She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.    
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Cover Reveal: Recovered: Jay Crownover

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From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes RECOVERED, a standalone contemporary romance that will keep you turning the pages long into the night! 

Check out the amazing cover below, and order your copy today!


About RECOVERED (Coming 3/27/18):

It was hate at first sight...

Affton

I hated Cable James McCaffrey.

He was entitled, spoiled, a user…and an addict.

He was out of control and didn’t bother trying to hide it.

He had everything anyone could want but still seemed miserable and lost.

Every move he made, every mistake he stumbled his way through, rubbed me the wrong way. However, I couldn’t stop myself from trying to save him from himself when no one else would. In the sweltering heat of the summer, Cable taught me that having it all means nothing if you can’t have the one thing you want more than anything else.

Cable

I was obsessed with Affton Reed.

She was rigid, uptight, and no fun. There was something about her innate goodness that called to me.

She acted like she was above all the normal faults and failures that clung to the rest of us like the scent of smoke after a fire.

I was infatuated with her, but that didn’t stop me from acting like she didn’t exist.

In the scorching heat of summer, Affton taught me that there is always a way back from the brink of despair. She showed me that the trick to having it all was realizing that it was already there, in my hands. All I had to do was hold onto it.

The road to recovery is full of twists and turns no matter who is in the driver’s seat.


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Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.
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Cover Reveal: Fighting For Everything: Laura Kaye


We are thrilled to help Laura Kaye share the amazing cover for her upcoming Fighting for Everything, the first in her Warrior Fight Club series, a new contemporary military romance series about the members of an MMA training club that helps veterans deal with PTSD and transition to civilian life. It's coming May 22!

Check it out, preorder your copy, and let me know what you think! Here's everything you need to know:



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Loving her is the biggest fight of his life…

Home from the Marines, Noah Cortez has a secret he doesn’t want his oldest friend, Kristina Moore, to know. It kills him to push her away, especially when he’s noticing just how sexy and confident she’s become in his absence. But, angry and full of fight, he’s not the same man anymore either. Which is why Warrior Fight Club sounds so good.

Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah—the boy she’s crushed on and waited for. Except Noah is all man now—in ways both oh so good and troubling, too. Still, she wants who he’s become—every war-hardened inch. And when they finally stop fighting their attraction, it’s everything Kristina never dared hope for.

But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found. The brotherhood of the fight club helps him confront his demons, but only Noah can convince the woman he loves that he’s finally ready to fight for everything.



Laura Kaye
Laura Kaye is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. A former college history professor, Laura also writes bestselling historical women's fiction as Laura Kamoie. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.




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