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Book Review| Knocked Up On Valentine’s Day

Knocked Up on Valentine's Day: A Single Dad Billionaire Romance by [Brent, Amy]The V-Day event brought me more than just roses and chocolates. 
I went to an Anti-Valentine’s party, 
And came back with a baby!

Another secret? 
One look and he steals the breath out of me.
Everything in my mind screams ‘no.’
But my body says ‘yes,’ ‘yes,’ ‘yes,’ and ‘more.’

Well, it was just supposed to be a one night stand.
Until, the morning sickness kicks in!

I can’t tell him about this.
I’ll have to do it on my own.
But then,
He shows up at my office.

Both of us have secrets,
Hell, we don’t even know each other.

And now he tells me he won’t let me go.
That he’s been looking for me,
And wants us to be a family.

A family with a total stranger? 
Can that even be a thing?

Damn, I think he already has a family,
What if those rumors are true?
What if that is his secret?

80,000+ words in this full length steamy Valentine’s Day Romance. Bonus content included after the main story, including two brand new never before published full-length romances. Grab your copy today.

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Amy Brent has done it again, blown me away with this amazing book.  This was a hot and steamy romance.  Full of fear, deception, hot sex and most important of all love. ♥

After a bad breakup Emma’s best friends take her on a get away to New York, to attend an anti Valentine’s Day party.  Her goal is to be free and let loose.

Brandt is going to a party with his best pal Trevor.  Trevor claims he is not social enough and is encouraged to relax and talk to some women at the party.  As he is trying to be social, he stops mid sentence when the most beautiful women he has ever seen walks into the party.

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Emma decides to be forward and speak to the handsome man at the bar.  He is drop dead gorgeous.  Emma and Brandt have a wonderful time talking and enjoying each others company they decide to take the party to his place.

After a hot night of sex Emma notices that has pictures on his fridge of a child and  woman.  After being cheated on by her ex she feels like she is the other woman and she takes off.

Brandt wakes to find Emma gone.  He can’t understand what he did wrong.   She left like with no note or word.  Women are all the same.  No more for him.  But he can’t get her out of his mind.  He has to find her.  But how?

Emma still thinks about Brandt all the time and now she finds she is pregnant.  What is she going to do?  She really needs to find Brandt and tell him about the baby, but she doesn’t know how.  She left with no phone # or contact info.  What will she do?

stop motion love GIF by MochimochilandThis was a wonderful story.  It was a page turner full of emotion and deceit.  The characters were wonderful and the plot was interesting and captivating.  Not only was the story entertaining, it was hot off the press.  That Brandt is one sexy ass man and he has some bedroom moves.  oh la la!  Emma and Brandt are like two magnets.  The pull between them is so strong.  I was rooting for them from the start.  It was an amazing journey.

I highly suggest this book for anyone looking for a good read about falling in love against all odds.  Even vindictive motives of an ex.   Let us not forget the hot ass alpha male who is the star in the show.  His story is one for the books.  So romantic.

*ARC provided by Amy Brent

5 star

Amy BrentAmy writes hot, spicy romances that feature gorgeous alpha men who love to protect their women. Amy’s heroes are rough, hot, bad boys and billionaires who possess that soft heart a woman definitely yearns for.

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Book Review| The Baby Plan

38369544The Baby Plan: A Second Chance Romance

by Tia Siren (Goodreads Author)
 4.75  ·  Rating details ·  Ratings  ·  Reviews
I’m on a mission to have a baby – but I never imagined my fertility doctor would become my baby daddy.
He’s my brother’s best friend.
The man who broke my heart so many years ago.
Now, he wants to give me the one thing I want most in the world. 

My jaw dropped when Lara came into my clinic for treatment.
She wasn’t expecting to see me either.
My best friend’s little sister looked as stunning as the day I went away.
Except for the resentment in her eyes.
She doesn’t know I never wanted to leave her.
Maybe I should tell her what really happened.
She wants a baby?
I’ll give her one.
Skin on skin.
Me inside her.
Her calling my name.
F*ck the IVF program. I’m going to get her pregnant the old-fashioned way…The Baby Plan is a stand-alone novel of 80000 words with a hot-as-hell alpha and a HEA. I’ve also included some bonus novels for your enjoyment.

Tia Siren. Spoil the bad girl in you.

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This was such a hot and steamy read.

Lara is newly divorced and wants to have a baby.  She decides to go to a fertility clinic to get pregnant only to discover her first love is her doctor.  Embarrassed doesn’t even begin to cover this, but she is determined.

When Lara walks into Mason’s office he is shocked.  His first and only love is in his office looking to have a baby the medical way.  She is as beautiful as she was then and he is determined to make up for breaking her heart and becoming her baby daddy.   Can Mason heal her wounds and get the girl of his dreams?

I absolutely loved the characters in this book.  Mason is such a stud and man can that man can rock your world.  Lara is a stubborn ass woman and sometimes I wanted to scream at her, because she let her fears of her ex husband get in the way of true happiness.

This was a great read.  I really got into the story.  There were even some times where I got so into the story that I would read out loud as if it were me saying something.  The book flowed smoothly and not too quickly.  There was one character I would have liked to see be more vindictive.  Mason’s ex fling.  She was a piece of work and I could see more coming from her.

If you are looking for an exciting story full of hot as sin sex.  Whooo!! Then this is the book for you.  One hot doctor coming right up.  I think I need that doctor to give me a baby.  😉

*ARC provided by Tia Siren

5 star




Interview & Book Review| Deadly Spirits by: E. Michael Helms

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by E.Michael Helms (Goodreads Author)
 4.46  ·   Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
When PI Mac McClellan’s girlfriend convinces him to join the Palmetto Paranormal Society, he becomes embroiled in a case of whooodunnit. The society president, while investigating an old hotel, is found dead at the foot of the stairwell, his neck broken. The man’s secretary and current squeeze stands horrified beside his body. Authorities rule the death an accident. Mac has doubts—no one heard the man tumbling down the stairs. Then the secretary dies in an apparent suicide. Two deaths in two paranormal investigations, and not a peep out of either victim. Mac suspects there’s more going on than a vengeful spirit.
Book 4 in the Mac McClellan Mystery series, which began with Deadly Catch.

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My Review

PI Mac is pulled into an investigation of the unknown.  What happens when ghosts tell secrets?  Well Mac is sceptical about the thought of ghosts being real.  But hey when his girlfriend is into it he figures he can give it a try to, right?  But what happens when people start dying during these ghost haunts?  Mac has a mystery on his hands and it is full of lies, adultery and danger.  Can Mac figure out the who and why before it is too late?

This is my first book by Michael that I have read and I must say it was a good one.  Full of twists and danger.  I had a very hard time figuring out who done it and even when I thought I had it all figured out, bam!  I was wrong.  A page turner full of mystery and deceit.  I had a hard time figuring out the motive and was definitely surprised towards the end.  There was way more involved than I originally thought.

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The characters in this book are very interesting and entertaining.  That Mac is a stud.  All the ladies want a piece of Mac, but he is true to his feelings for his girlfriend Kate.  I love his character.  He is loyal, brave and a complete smart ass.  Let us not forget Henry.  Man I love that dog!  He is amazing.

Even though I have not read any of the other books, I was able to enjoy this book and not feel at a total loss.  It refers to other mishaps and danger Mac and Kate have encountered in the other books, but it was not one of those that had a lot of missing information so I was able to read it as a standalone.  I enjoyed Michael’s writing style.  It is slow and steady build up without rushing to the finish line.  His characters are well-developed and he is good at keeping you guessing and turning the pages.  I love a good ghost story and am a big fan of Victoria Laurie books.  This book reminded me a bit of those.  A good cozy mystery of who done it with a little dose of paranormal mixed in.  Great combinations.

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If you a looking for a cozy mystery with some danger and ghosts, then this book is right up your alley.

*ARC provided by Michael Helms

5 star


The Series



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E. Michael Helms is a USMC combat veteran. His memoir of the Vietnam War, The Proud Bastards, has been called “As powerful and compelling a battlefield memoir as any ever written . . . a modern military classic,” and has been in print for over 20 years.

Book One of his two-part saga of the Civil War, Of Blood and Brothers, was released in September 2013, with Book Two following in March 2014.
The first of his Mac McClellan Mysteries, Deadly Catch, was published in November 2013. Deadly Ruse, the second in the series, was released November 2014. Deadly Ruse won the 2015 RONE Award for Best Mystery.
Deadly Dunes launched in March 2016, followed by Deadly Spirits in January 2017.
The Private War of Corporal Henson, a semi-autobiographical fictional sequel to his memoir, The Proud Bastards, premiered in June 2014.

Helms lives with his wife in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Upstate region of South Carolina, where they enjoy canoeing, hiking and bird watching.

More information about his writing/books, and how he can be contacted, is available at his website:
*Author bio & picture from Amazon

My Interview with Michael

1. After reading your book I have one question.  Is Mac your alter ego?  😉  He just seems so you.
A. Good catch! Yep, there’s a lot of me in Mac. He’s an inch or two taller (I pass for six-feet with shoes on). And of course, he’s still close to prime while I’m sliding down the backside of the hill of life. But we think alike, act a lot alike, have much the same values system, etc. Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) is our creed, as we both served in the USMC as combat Marines. That ingrained-from-boot camp stuff tends to follow you throughout life.
2. What inspired your book series?
A. I had written mostly about war or war-related themes in previous books, non-fiction and novels. I was tired of dredging up all that painful stuff (emotions, memories, regrets, sins of commission and omission, etc.). I needed a break. Having loved the Hardy Boys mysteries as a kid (I bought and read the first 40-plus books of the series), and also having read a few mysteries in recent years, I thought, “Hey, why not try my hand at a mystery?” So I did.
My protagonist finally convinced me he was a retired Marine who settled in a small town on the Florida panhandle coast. It just so happens I grew up and lived most of my life in that area, so I knew the country and the people well. Mac and I are able to communicate effectively because of our military backgrounds and experiences. Same stuff, different wars.
Luckily my agent was able to land a fairly quick two-book deal with based on my first mystery. I then signed with a different publisher to carry on the series. Four books this time. I still owe them two more. Then, who knows?
3. What made you want to be a writer?
A. I was a voracious reader while growing up. I always thought it would be “neat” to write a book, but how in the world could someone sit still long enough to write a whole book? It seemed so far-fetched.
During high school the Vietnam War was vying with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dave Clark Five, and the Kinks (among others) for my attention. My two best friends and I formed a band and played in and around our local area. But the draft was looming. Our idea was, let’s get our military obligations out of the way, re-form our band, and become famous rock stars. So, I joined the Marine Corps after graduation and received an all-expensives paid vacation to the tropical paradise known as Vietnam.
Things didn’t quite work out the way we had planned. I was badly wounded and spent months in the hospital. After leaving the Marine Corps, I began writing and selling freelance articles, mostly about the Vietnam War. Several years later, PTSD kicked in. I sought treatment in VA group therapy. One of our assignments was to keep a “journal” about our wartime experiences. My journal began to take book form, a memoir. I sent a few chapters to an editor in New York who had published several of my articles, hoping he might use some in his magazine. Long story short: He liked when he read and told me to send him the entire manuscript when it was finished. I did, not knowing he also worked as a literary agent for a few writers. He made a quick sale to a New York house. The book is still in-print after twenty-eight years, currently with Simon & Schuster Pocket.
4. What do you enjoy most about being an author?
A. Writing can be tough, and not always enjoyable. Sometimes it’s a grind, but when things are going smoothly, it can actually be fun. Or, fulfilling might be a better word. Knowing that people actually spend a few hours reading and hopefully finding pleasure in what you’ve slaved a year or more creating is satisfying. In the long term, the idea that someone a hundred years from now might find a dusty old copy of one of my books, read it, and say, “Damn, this guy was a pretty good writer!” Now that is a legacy worth striving for: Leaving behind a part of yourself that might touch someone years from now.
5. You are a big blogger as well.  What do you enjoy most in the blogging world?  Do you have any comments or suggestions to other bloggers?
A. Well, thanks for the compliment, but I’m pretty low on the blogging totem pole. Being primarily a writer, I manage to blog now and then. Both on my personal blog site: , and at a site two other mystery/crime writers and I worked hard at for a year or so: .
My main goal as a blogger is to help others, be they readers, just-starting-out writers, authors, or bloggers. Offering a hand up to others is my main purpose. I sometimes post something about my books or reviews, etc., but I feel uncomfortable “blowing my own horn.” It can’t be all about and for me.
I do more re-blogging on my personal site. At Motive Means Opportunity we wrote articles, conducted interviews, book reviews, writing tips, short stories, and a slew of other neat stuff. Alas, our busy writing schedules overtook us and we’ve basically had to close MMO down for the most part. I continue to post there now and then, and I hope to revive it into a full-time blog again. We had a good thing going, and I feel it deserves to be up and running again.
I read and support as many bloggers as I can. I always try to “like” the posts, tweet about them, and leave a comment as often as I can. I can see where blogging can become a full-time affair. I simply don’t have the hours to do it all. Finally, I admire and have the utmost respect for most bloggers. YOU guys are today’s writers/authors lifeline. You do so much for so many, and ask nothing in return. And that’s something to be proud of.
I want to thank Michael for letting me ask him some questions.  I have enjoyed conversing with Michael for almost a year now.  He is so much fun.  He makes me laugh quite often.  😀  It has been a true joy getting to know him through my blogging.
I have enjoyed reading and reviewing his book.  Looking forward to hearing more from him in the future.
“I knew Mac was him.  😉 “
Thanks again Michael.

Blog Tour +review | What The Valley Knows

What The Valley Knows
Heather Christie
Publication date: January 25th 2018
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

Millington Valley is a quintessential small Pennsylvania town: families go back generations. Football rules. Kids drink while adults look the other way. High school is a whirlwind of aspiration and rivalry, friendship and jealousy.

When smart and pretty Molly Hanover moves to town and attracts the attention of the football team’s hero, Wade Thornton—a nice guy with a bad drinking habit—longtime friendships are threatened and a popular cheerleader tries to turn the school against Molly.

The young couple’s future is shattered when Wade, drunk, wrecks his truck and Molly is thrown through the windshield. She wakes from a coma to find her beauty marred and her memory full of holes. As she struggles to heal, she becomes sure that something terrible happened before the accident. And there is somebody in the valley who doesn’t want her to remember.

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This is the first book by Heather Christie that I have read and I have to say oh my!  This book was so good.  A roller coaster of emotions.  The author took her time building up the story and the characters.  I was drawn in from the very beginning of the book.

Molly just moved to Millington  Valley.  She is very shy and quiet.  But when she catches the attention of the star football player Wade, she quickly becomes hated and bullied by the cheerleaders.

The something terrible happens and Molly doesn’t know who to turn to.  The night she asks Wade to help turns into a horrible nightmare.  Wade wrecks the truck before she can confide in him and she is hurt badly.  When she wakes, her life is wrecked and there are so many  holes in her memory.  She is so unhappy that she pushes Wade away.  Will she be able to fill in the gaps and become whole again?

This book was definitely an emotional one.  Molly is one strong girl.  To endear all that she went through and still find the courage to move forward, is an amazing feat.  Wade has a tough road as well and he pushes forward.  Both strong characters making an amazing story.  A journey together healing and the bond of love that brings them together.

This book is not your cozy romance.  It is deep and dark.  It really relates to the problems of teenagers with popularity and beauty.  Not to mention the aspects of substance abuse and loss.  I was not expecting this book to be so in-depth.  But with the way the author wrote the book building everything up slowly draws you in and holds your interest tightly.  A small town drama rolled up with the romance of young love and the obstacles they have to overcome.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good drama with deep emotion.  I am a new fan for sure.

*ARC provided by Xpresso Book Tours and Heather Christie.

5 star


Heather Christie grew up in rural Pennsylvania and, at age seventeen, took off for New York City in hopes of becoming a movie star. Flash forward several decades, a couple degrees, a bunch of cats, two kids and one husband later, she’s back in Pennsylvania writing her heart out and chasing dreams again. She loves to read, run, drink tea, and make Sunday dinner. Follow her blog at and say “hello” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Blog Tour w/review| Spring at Lavender Bay

Banner (1)Spring at Lavender Bay (Lavender Bay, Book 1) by [Bennett, Sarah]

Blurb: A season for change…?

Beth Reynolds loved growing up close to Eleanor’s Emporium – a bric-a-brac shop full of wonders on Lavender Bay. Devastated to learn that Eleanor has died, she returns home from London immediately and is shocked to discover that the elderly lady has left the shop to her!

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My Review

This is my second book by Sarah that I have read and I must say I like this one better than the last book I read.  Don’t get me wrong, the last book Christmas at Butterfly Cove was a wonderful book.  I just loved this story more.

In this story Beth Reynolds has not had the most easy life.  Beth was raised in Lavender Bay by her mom’s neighbor Eleanor.  Eleanor took it upon herself to raise her so her mother can move away with her new hubby, so that Beth could finish her schooling.  Even from afar her mother wanted Beth to have the perfect city life and city boyfriend.  Beth is unhappy trying to live up to her standards

When Eleanor suddenly passes away and leaves Beth everything, Beth sees an opportunity to try to do something different.  Can she have another life other than the one her mother wants her to have?

This is a wonderful and emotional story of a women who has a very low self-esteem and confidence.  It tells of how she blossoms into another person and struggles with relationships and not running away when things become difficult.  Her adventure into her new life is full of  friends, family and love.

I truly enjoyed the characters and world of Lavender Bay.  It introduces us to the world of Lavender Bay and all the adventures to come.  It is a truly romantic tale of discovering ones self and overcoming the fears that hold us back.

So come and join the Lavender Bay residents and fall in love.  I know I did.

*ARC provided by Neverland Book Tours & Sarah Bennett

5 star

Butterfly Cove Series By Sarah


Author BioSarah Bennett

Sarah Bennett has been reading for as long as she can remember. Raised in a family of bookworms, her love affair with books of all genres has culminated in the ultimate Happy Ever After – getting to write her own stories to share with others.

Born and raised in a military family, she is happily married to her own Officer (who is sometimes even A Gentleman). Home is wherever he lays his hat, and life has taught them both that the best family is the one you create from friends as well as relatives.

When not reading or writing, Sarah is a devotee of afternoon naps and sailing the high seas, but only on vessels large enough to accommodate a casino and a choice of restaurants.

Sarah is the author of the Butterfly Cove trilogy, published by HQ Digital UK.

Her new series is set in the beautiful seaside town of Lavender Bay, and will follow the lives of three best friends – Beth, Eliza and Libby.



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