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Review: How to Date a Douchebag: The Failing Hours by Sara Ney

Title: How To Date A Douchebag: The Failing Hours
Author: Sara Ney
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance, College Romance

Release Date: January 31, 2017


Zeke Daniels isn’t just a douchebag; he’s an asshole. 

A total and complete jerk, Zeke keeps people at a distance. He has no interest in relationships—most assholes don’t. 

Dating? Being part of a couple? Nope. Not for him.
He’s never given any thought to what he wants in a girlfriend, because he’s never had any intention of having one. 

Shit, he barely has a relationship with his family, and they’re related; his own friends don’t even like him. 
So why does he keep thinking about Violet DeLuca? 
Sweet, quiet Violet—his opposite in every sense of the word.

The light to his dark, even her damn name sounds like rays of sunshine and happiness and shit.

And that pisses him off, too.

Best Read of 2017! A one click must for any lover of hot, sexy romance done RIGHT ! [This] story is the quintessential slow burn effect…Zeke will come to own your body and soul–I am OBSESSED with this series and The Failing Hours has just shot to my ‘Best of All Time’ list. Be prepared to fall in love with a douche bag and the woman who sets him straight. ” – Books and Boys Book Blog
“That was EVERYTHING I expected, wanted, dreamed of. . . this is a MUST FREAKING READ. UNFORGETTABLE goodness. NA romance at it’s best.”  – Angie’s Dreamy Reads
“Sara Ney has delivered a sexy, jerkwad douchebag with soul-deep feelings and the sweet, kind, unassuming girl to reach his hidden heart in one of the best NA romantic comedies I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. Ney’s impeccable writing, fresh characters, and feel-good story will stick with you forever.” – Bestselling Author Staci Hart
“I took so much pleasure in Zeke’s looming destruction (insert evil laugh)….” – The Reading Belles

The clock on the wall counts the seconds, steady as the rhythm of my beating heart, which thumps wildly within my chest until the glass door to the library opens, propelled by a gust of wind.


Some new fallen leaves flutter in, the heavy doors slamming from the draft.


Along with them? Zeke Daniels.


He shuffles in, dark gray sweatpants hanging low on his hips, black Iowa Wrestling hoodie pulled up over his head, the university’s bright yellow mascot screen-printed across the chest. Backpack slung over one shoulder, black athletic flip-flops, and a pair of black sunglasses perched on the bridge of his strong nose complete the overall ensemble.

He is utterly…ridiculous. 


Unapproachable. 


Daunting.


His arrogance knows no bounds; I can see it in his loose gait, the exaggerated swagger, and the too-casual way he’s dragging his flip-flops across the cold, marble tile floor. It’s noisy, irritating, and completely uncalled for. 


In the moment, my mind drifts to his personal life, and I theorize that he listens to heavy metal music to sooth his foul temperament, drinks his coffee black—as black as his soul—and his liquor straight up. I imagine once he’s had sex with someone, they’re never invited back. I go one step further and theorize that they’re never invited to spend the night at his place, either.


Zeke Daniels makes his way to a table at the far end of the room, near the periodicals, one out of the way with plenty of privacy.


Sets his bag down in one of the four wooden chairs. Flicks on the small study lamp. Plugs his laptop cord into the base and stands. 


Turns.


Our eyes would have met then were it not for those ludicrous sunglasses. I choose the exact moment he lifts his gaze to look down at the ground. Busy myself with shuffling papers on the counter. Count to ten instead of chanting, Please don’t come over, please don’t come over, please don’t come over…


But luck isn’t on my side because he most decidedly does. 


Makes his way over like a predator at a pace so deliberate, I’m convinced he’s doing it on purpose. As if he suspects I’m watching from under my long lashes, dreading his imminent arrival.


He basks in my discomfort.


The distance between us closes, his strides purposeful.


Twenty feet.


Fifteen.


Ten.


Eight.


Three.


His large hand reaches up, pushing down the hood of his sweatshirt, his fingertips pinching the earpiece of his sunglasses and pulling them off his face. My eyes follow the movements as he folds them closed, hanging them on the neckline of his hoodie. 


His gaze lingers—those clear gray eyes famous around campus—and finds the shiny silver bellhop bell perched on the counter with the sign next to it that reads, Ring for help.


Ding. 


The tip of his forefinger presses down on the small bell.


Ding.


He hits it again, despite me standing not three feet in front of him.


What an ass.

Review:

I looooved this book! I cracked up from the first page, especially since the quotes heading each chapter were real. Zeke, the hero, if you call an always angry douchebag a hero, was fantastic. Too handsome, too shallow, and he hated people-all people. Zeke loved to bet but always lost. Absolutely nothing redeemable about him. The girls on campus loved to hate him. Hit it and quit it could be Zeke’s motto. His coach had enough. He forced Zeke to be a big brother. Coach wanted that chip on his shoulder gone. He figured on showing Zeke he didn’t have it so bad.

Violet was shy, quiet and stuttered when she talked.  She had to tutor Zeke. She lied to get out of tutoring him but he returned. Zeke scared the shit out of her! But if she wanted to keep her job, she had to do it. Violet just knew Zeke would embarrass her. Violet was right, he did. So how did he manage to captivate her?

Violet had no boobs and she looked ready to blow away. She always a damned do gooder. She loved kids, kept her nose clean, Zeke could go on and on. So why did she fascinate him?

Seeing Zeke with his little, seeing the gambling for what it was, seeing the pain in his eyes, Violet took a chance on opening her heart. But really, once an asshole, ALWAYS an asshole!

Hilarious and tender, watching Zeke attempt to grow had me howling with laughter. I even managed to get a little teary eyed. (I couldn’t help it, he was such an ass to Violet!) Definitely worth the time to read.

Then I find out it is the second in a series. Sniff. Now I HAVE to get the first one. So don’t miss this!

Purveyor of all things witty & romantic, I love: iced latte’s, traveling, and bright, bold colors. On any given day, you can find me in my office, lovingly gazing at my bookshelf or shuffling my Bic felt-tip pen collection. I love hand writing letters, and sarcasm. 


I live in the midwest, but “Will Write for Travel,” and believe everyone should follow their dreams, no matter how big or small. My favorite authors include Cindy Miles, S Walden, Suzanne Enoch, Tessa Dare (to name a few). I am a glutton for Historical, RomCom, Sports and MC romance.


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Review ~ Knight Protector by Rue Allyn

 

Knight ProtectorBOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Knight Protector
SERIES (& Book #) – The Knight Chronicles
AUTHOR – Rue Allyn
GENRE – Scottish Medieval Romance, historical romance
PUBLICATION DATE – Feb. 15, 2016
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 146 pages
PUBLISHER – Crimson Romance

NOTE – The books do not need to be read in order.


Knight Protector - Cover1BOOK SYNOPSIS

Blackmailed into marriage with her family’s enemy then swiftly widowed, Lady Sorcha is left in charge of a clan she hates as much as they hate her. She considers fleeing to her childhood home. Before she can decide, fate intervenes in the form of her husband’s twin—the one man she truly loved—the one man alive who betrayed her.

Sir Colin Marr left his highland home believing he would never again see the woman he loved. Returning in search of traitors to Scotland, he discovers Sorcha MacKai is now his brother’s widow. Colin convinces her to help him find the traitors, but can he convince her to trust him with her heart.

 

 


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EXCERPT

Colin wanted her to believe that he was truly happy for her. And he was. It was just … Better nae put too much into precise thought, lest he speak his mind.
“Regardless of my hopes, I may nae be able to return for some time,” he hedged, unable to admit even to himself how much he regretted leaving. If only she wasna to wed Brice. “Please, I beg you, grant me a kiss of peace to bless my travels?”
“Of course. When Brice and I are married, I’ll have the Strathnaver priest say masses for you every week, as well.”
“Thank you.” He stood, pulling her up with him.
She tilted her face, and he lowered his mouth to hers.
He intended only the lightest brush of lips, but she lifted herself onto her toes in the same moment, and her soft flesh yielded beneath the added pressure. She opened, and impulsively, he took the chance to taste her, to lick and savor her sweetness.
Her arms went around his neck, and she answered his advance with an artless passion that he wanted to believe came from her heart. She trembled against him. He embraced her, crushing her breasts to his chest. Her tongue’s small forays tantalized him. Desire raced in his heart, and his head swam. Could she love me? How could that be? He dinna know, but he would share this joy with her for as long as heaven allowed.
“Brother, release my betrothed.” Audible but slurred, the menacing whisper pricked his ears the way Brice’s blade stung Colin’s neck.


Beverly's Review

It all started when he couldn’t keep his mouth to himself. Asking for a kiss of peace led Colin to one of the biggest regrets of his life.

For Lady Sorcha is led to the destruction of her family and hatred for all things Marr. Her betrothed, drunken and jealous raised his hand to her. Her father, despising a man that would raise a hand to a woman he’d vowed to love and protect broke off the betrothal.

Colin ran, unknowing of the events he set into motion. Clans at war, and betrayal of all he held dear and just some of the elements that are woven through the fabric of Knight Protector.

I love a good historical romance and I thought this one was great! Delicious knights, secrets and intrigue kept me on the edge of my seat and reading. Rue weaves a tale of Medieval Highland Romance that will melt your heart.

AUTHOR BIO

Author of historical, contemporary and erotic romances, I fell in love with happily ever after the Author Logo - Rue Allynday I heard my first story. (Yes, I was a precocious little brat who read at the age of two, but I could hear much earlier than that.) I studied literature for far too many years before discovering that writing stories was much more fun than analyzing them. Heck, as an author, I get to read the story before anyone else. I am happily married to my sweetheart of many, many years. My husband and I share our home with our cat Junior, who condescends to allow me to feed him and clean his litter box. (Junior only tolerates my husband’s assistance when I am not available.) He occasionally permits me to pet him but demands my love and attention as his right (Junior, that is, not my husband. Although now that I think about it . . . . Let’s just leave that an ambiguouse conundrum for readers to ask me about when you meet me.) To continue, I am in awe of Junior’s feline ability to dominate with half a glance or a mere twitch of tail. Insatiably curious, an avid reader and traveler (me–not Junior).

I love to hear from readers about your favorite books and real life adventures. Crazy Cat stories are always welcome. You can send me your words of wisdom . . . Don’t shake your head at me; all words are wise in one context or another. You can trust me on this; I’m an author. As I was saying, you can send your words of wisdom, humor, and friendship to me at contact@RueAllyn.com. Can’t wait to hear from you.


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Review ~ Press Paws by Celia Kyle

Press Paws

There’s no pause button in life? Ha! She’s just the fabulously fluffy werefeline to create one.

Hannah Buchanan is the oldest daughter to the Buchanan werelion clan leader, twin to Katie Buchanan, and… and blah, blah, blah. Hannah is a lot of things, but she refuses to be defined by her family and their connections. She’s more than an honorable, fertile womb destined for a political mating.

So she’s pressing the paws button and retreating to Deals Gap, North Carolina. Her adopted werebunny sister calls the small town home and it’s the perfect place for Hannah to hide. Then she meets the gaze of one green-eyed, black-haired, sexy as all get out werelion-wolf hybrid. He calls to her lioness like no one before. And, well, he should since… he’s her true mate!

Too bad for Hannah, her contracted mate followed her to Deals Gap and is determined to have her—even if it means murdering her true mate first. Will her mixed-breed mate be able to take down a pureblood werelion? Or will Hannah end up in a political mating after all?

Available:

http://www.amazon.com/Southern-Shifters-Kindle-Novella-Buchanan-ebook/dp/B01BG0KNRM/

Beverly's ReviewI’m loving Deals Gap and the Buchanans! Sassy and sexy! This werelioness has no doubt she’s met her match when she lays eyes on her mate a lion-wolf hybrid. Hannah will do what it takes to catch her man. Lions are a bit lazy though so she knows she has to entice him. Hannah didn’t count on the wolf in her mate! Nothing they like better than the chase, well, maybe catching what they are after!

Nothing is ever simple though. Add in a smart mouth, a pissed off jilted fiance and a promise to the Buchanan Alpha and this crazy romance, might, just might end up in a satisfactory mating.

Sparks fly and your ereader will steam as Hannah and Ryland come together in another entertaining and laugh out loud tale by Celia Kyle.

Stuff Your Kindle Blog Hop

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So your stockings were stuffed, your tummies are stuffed,

hopefully your hearts are also stuffed with joy!

What should your Kindle (or Nook) be stuffed with?

I could be a greedy Grinch and list all my books and just ell you to please, please buy my books! (insert pitiful face here)

But, truly that’s not my style. Instead I’m going to share with you

my top 20 books of 2014- in no particular order.

1- Code Name:Luminous- Natasza Waters – Amazon Code Name:Luminous is an edge of your seat thriller that starts at page one and doesn’t stop the ride until the last page is turned. Danger and intrigue abound, but beyond that, CNL is a highly emotional journey in the lives of the SEAL’s we have grown to love in the the Warrior’s Challenge series. The books can be read as stand alone books, but the emotional impact is stronger if you have grown to love the characters throughout the series.

2-Raleigh Point Rescue- Sue Kellett- Amazon This is VIctoria Sue’s debut novel and she knocked it out of the park!
I love a damaged hero or heroine and Lisa couldn’t be more damaged.The suspense was great and I was shocked at the twists and turns this author wove into the plot. I usually always know who the bad-guy is, and I didn’t have a clue!
Great job, Victoria Sue! I look forward to the next Raleigh Point book!

3- O Captain, My Captain- V.L. Locey- Amazon This is the first book I’ve read by V.L. Locey but it definitely won’t be the last! I absolutely loved this book. I got to the end and kept hitting the side of the kindle to turn the page… no! It can’t be over!

4-Outfoxed by Love -Eve Langlais – Amazon Another hit! I loved Jan and Boris in the first book, but they really came alive in Outfoxed and Jan’s parents were an absolute hoot! Living in the south I know a few people just like them! lol
Great story, lots of suspense, laughter and of course, if you know Eve, hot, hot , hot!

5- Her Forever Cowboy -Donna Michaels – Amazon I loved seeing these two guarded souls open their hearts to each other.
A wonderful combination of hot and sweet, this romance tugged my heart strings in all the right places!

6- Exquisite Trouble – Ann Mayburn- Amazon Wow, wow, wow! What a hot start to a new series for Ann Mayburn. I love Ann and Exquisite Trouble rocked my world. A look deeply into the MC lifestyle, rife with danger, excitement and mystery. Hot motorcycle riding heroes and their odd group of “old ladies.”

7- The Beta Gets his Man – Amanda Clark – Amazon

8- The Astral Mage – Hurri Cosmo- Amazon Action, suspense, mystery, exotic locations and hot M/M loving.
A really enjoyable read.

9- Freakin’ Cougar- Eve Langlais – Amazon In my opinion Lydia Michaels is virtuoso of prose, addressing sensitive subjects with intelligence, emotion and empathy. Kudos Lydia, on another shining gem in your tiara!

10- Forsaking Truth – Lydia Michaels – Amazon In my opinion Lydia Michaels is virtuoso of prose, addressing sensitive subjects with intelligence, emotion and empathy. Kudos Lydia, on another shining gem in your tiara!

11- Lest Old Marine’s Be Forgot – Heather Long – Amazon Lest Old Marine’s Be Forgot will not only tug at your heartstrings it will pull them until they unravel!

12- Bite Me- Shelly Laurenston – Amazon Bite Me has a great combination of action, adventure, humor, and hot hot hybrid loving!

13- Faking It – Lydia Michaels – Amazon If you like stories with heart, hope, love, family and hot hot loving the McCollough Mountain series is a don’t miss read.

14- Big Furry Deal – Celia Kyle – Amazon Two damaged people who find healing in each other. I loved how sweet and protective Wyatt was, but how he knew when he needed to be strong for his Bethy.

15- Feral Heat- Jennifer Ashley – Amazon

16- Bear Naked – Dana Marie Belle – Amazon Wonderful as usual, whens the next one?

17- Alpha’s Strength – Rebbeca Royce – Amazon Alpha’s Strength had more twists and turns than a bad piece of country road. Action, suspense, mystery, and lots of hot, hot loving!

18 – Hard as You Can- Laura Kaye – Amazon Hard as You Can is an emotional roller coaster and brought me to tears more then once. I won’t give spoilers, but stock up on the tissues.

19 – Bait – Tiffanie Helmer – Amazon Bait was a great read. Emotional, heartwarming and very fast paced

20 – A Saint’s Salvation – Beverly Ovalle – Amazon  Nick and Angel’s journey was amazing to watch. Their courage and faith is inspiring, the sassy banter is entertaining, and the love scenes are HOT!

Now, you have some ideas of WHAT to stuff in your Kindle, Here’s a tip on HOW to stuff your Kindle!

kindle fire  For every ten comments I get on this blog post I will give away one of the books on this list! The more comments the more books I’ll give away! Give me YOUR recommendations from 2014. What book did you read and love? Don’t forget to leave your e-mail so I can contact you!

Now, you don’t think I could let you get away without any promotion at all do you?

I have a new book coming out in January, The start of a new series and I am so excited! I hope you will all buy it when it releases! (see here is the shameless begging!) Check it out!

Hers to Bear
Jenna Raynes has been overlooked by men all her life. A big, beautiful, woman, she was always the friend, never the lover. At twenty-five she has never even been kissed. All that changes in a heartbeat with one word from an alpha bear… “Mine.”
Sippe Leiter, Bern Helms got more than he bargained for when he stepped into Andy’s market for a jar of honey. He found his mate! Now if he can only keep her.
HUNTS, Humans United Negation Team for Shifters is targeting children from all the shifter groups. When Bern’s mate gets caught in the backlash and kidnapped along with his niece, all bets are off. Nothing will keep a bear from his mate. The hunters are about to become the hunted…
An erotic paranormal romance, with laughter, suspense and a seven foot grizzly bear who will steal your heart (and your honey, better watch out!)
Mating the Honey Corner’s alpha should mean hot sex and cleaning the den. Instead, Rogue wolves, kidnapping scientists, and raging sows with PMS are Hers to Bear!

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Review- The Black Door by Charlotte Howard

theblackdoorImogen Pearce is a single mum of four children and fast approaching 40, she works at Ryedale Incorporated where she has to battle a younger and smarter generation to get to where she wants to go. If that means taking on the account of Cherry and Sean Rubin’s adult shop, then she will. But what happens when Imogen discovers the private club that they run at the back? And what happens when she realizes she knows quite a few members?

 

Diana’s Review

When Imogen get the boss’s attention with her ad campaign photo for Wicked Ways. . . She does not realize how much her life is going to change.   I don’t know if it was the author’s intention but there was so much parody of real life in Imogen’s life.  Married but separated and nearing a major mid-life crisis of her own, with 4 kids, a soon to be x and a job of less than 1 year that she really, really needs.  All that stress gets to you, you blow up at the boss and end up in an escalating comedy Shakespeare would have been proud of. . .

I am sure other reviewers will reveal spoilers but I will not.   It is too good a story to spoil.  Well, maybe you need to have been there but it was humorous with a heavy dose of hot.   I liked this one a lot.

hearts 51Flames 4

 

 

SSLY recommended read

Review- Her Forever Cowboy- Donna Michaels

herforevercowboyHER FOREVER COWBOY
Harland County Series/Book 4: Kevin
83,000 words
Heat index: Hot

Single mother Shayla Ryan is tired of running, and longs to put down roots to create a stable environment for her baby girl and her younger sister. Having grown up with the opposite, she’s determined to raise her daughter right, and Harland County holds a lot of appeal. Too much appeal, in the form of a Casanova cowboy with eye-catching good looks and easy charm. It was time to settle down, create a forever home, and despite the fact the sexy cowboy interferes with her pulse, he’s made it perfectly clear he’s allergic to forever.

If there’s one thing software company vice president, Kevin Dalton loves more than puzzles, it’s women. Size, shape, race doesn’t matter as long as they don’t want a relationship. Been there, done that. He’s not looking to repeat the past, and happy to remain single. Until two beautiful redheads drop him to his knees—one with her cutie-pie smile, the other with her elbow. Too bad the elbow-toting beauty was both hot and puzzling. A killer combination too strong to resist. So he doesn’t, and without realizing it, the redheads slowly rewrite the code around his heart.

But when a danger from the woman’s past shows up and threatens the girls’ future, will he rise to the challenge and fight to keep them in his life? And if he does, can he really be what they need? A forever cowboy?

 

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Tamara’s Review
I fell in love with Kevin Dalton when he was first introduced to the Harlan county scene. I loved his devil may care attitude and his incredible mind (I dig a smart man) I have to say I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Shayla when she first arrive in Harlan county. She was kind of an enigma. A lot of secrets clouded her past and I wasn’t sure I liked her, but it turns out her secrets weren’t bad on her part, just sad. Everything she did was to protect her family. That girl sacrificed a lot in life for others and she really deserves a happily eery after.
Her Forever Cowboy takes two people that one would think are terribly mismatched: a brilliant, billionaire, playboy, cowboy Casanova, and a down on her luck, single mother and throws them together. Neither one is looking for a relationship.
Keven “doesn’t do” relationships. He’s been burned in the past and always keeps things superficial. Shayla has been on the run since she was sixteen. Her father is a nightmare. With the money from her former fiance’s death benefits she has changed her name and tried to start a new life, but she still fears she’ll have to run again, and Kevin reminds her too much of Amelia’s father. Rich and uncaring.
But fate and the pushy hands of the Masters and the McCalls keep throwing the couple together and Shayla soon sees that Kevin isn’t uncaring at all. He is actually a really sweet man and very sweet on her.
I loved seeing these two guarded souls open their hearts to each other.
A wonderful combination of hot and sweet, this romance tugged my heart strings in all the right places!
hearts 51Flames 4

 

 

SSLY recommended read

Review- Hyde and Seek – Viola Grace

hyde and seek

 

Working in the Resistance, Amly Hyde has specialised in hiding other talents from notice. Now, she has been spotted, and she is hiding in plain sight until she just can’t hide anymore.

Rescued from a capture event, Amly is swept off her feet and through the floor, leaving Resicor in a way she had never really considered. Alive with her feet on the deck plates had never seemed like an option. She is destined for the Citadel and her companion is going to make sure she arrives safe and sound.

Walking Shadow has known his match was on Resicor, and the moment he saw her, he was sure that she was the one. The blue hair was a giveaway, but her strong-minded fixation on survival was a bit of a turn-on. He has time to convince her they are meant to be together but patience has never been one of his virtues.

 

Cara’s Review

I greatly enjoy all of Viola Grace’s books, but every once in a while, she throws me a curve ball and creates one I absolutely love.  Hyde and Seek, Tales of the Citadel book 33, is one of these.    Amly Hyde has shown up in several books, as part of the rescue effort on Resicor. When it is time for her to make haste off planet, Keezik, comes to her rescue.

Now, all of Grace’s characters are very distinct, each with their own personalities and drives.  Amly stands out, however, even from this crowd of unique individuals.  She is an absolute powerhouse in terms of ability, and I know she will play a large role in the final smack-down of Resicor government.  Which I absolutely can’t wait for.

I would strongly recommend this book both to Ms. Grace’s fans, and to those looking for something new in the Sci-fi romance genre!

hearts 51Flames 2

 

 

SSLY recommended read