Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Blog Tour & Review: THE REDEMPTION by Nikki Sloane


“I excelled at many things, but the one thing I hadn’t mastered was losing with grace.” Macalister Hale

THE REDEMPTION, book four in the FILTHY RICH AMERICANS Saga, by USA Today bestselling author, Nikki Sloane, is LIVE!

Once, the name Macalister Hale was uttered in the boardroom with respect. Now, it’s whispered in disgrace at cocktail parties hosted by Boston’s elite.
Scandal nearly destroyed me, but the one thing larger than my infamy is my bank account, and I’ve learned money can solve anything.
Well—almost anything.
Sophia Alby’s preferred currency is secrets and the way she trades information puts Wall Street to shame.
This girl charges into my life and claims a partnership can restore my reputation. My downfall was swift, but with her, my climb to redemption will be greater.
Our arrangement is professional. Appropriate. It has to be, because she’s half my age. But it doesn’t stop me from wanting . . .
To move on. To control and indulge in her. To hear the name Macalister Hale echo in her breathy moans.
But I can’t. Giving in to temptation led to my undoing before, and I won’t survive it a second time.
To the rest of the world I’m the villain, but to her? I’ll be the hero.
THE REDEMPTION is book four in the FILTHY RICH AMERICANS Saga and is Macalister Hale's story.
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This was one of my most highly anticipated novels of 2020! Macalister Hale is the type of man that I desperately wanted to see redeemed, so when Nikki announced that he was getting a book, that was indeed called THE REDEMPTION, I knew I was getting my chance to see that come to fruition. He played such a powerful role in the first three books in this series, that he NEEDED his own book. I'm sure he wouldn't settle for less, so Nikki just HAD to write his story.

Everyone loves a bad boy who’s secretly a good man. I enjoyed reading Macalister's road from villain to hero. We only got to see a small amount of his softer, more vulnerable side in the first three books, and that wasn't really until the end of the third book. He was the villain through and through in books 1, 2, and 3. Now, in THE REDEMPTION, his reputation is tarnished and possibly irreparable and he's basically lost everything, in means of family and respect (at his own company) and standing in his rich community of Cape Hill. He's now found himself reevaluating his life and what he wants out of it. What he wants people to think of him. He's never been one to care what others thought, but in order to be redeemed, he must now. And Sophia is going to help him achieve his redemption.

This book very much had a different feel than the first three books in this series. Whereas in those books, Macalister was a legend among the wealthy residents of Cape Hill. He lived above reproach and took what he wanted. Win at all cost was the motto he lived by. In THE REDEMPTION, he was still very much the legend he always was, but now for a very different reason (if you've read the first three books, you know the reason). In this book, he still lives by his motto of win at all cost, but he goes about it with more than just himself in mind. He begins to consider the thoughts and feelings of the ones he loves. His road to redemption was all possible by the help of Sophia Alby. A woman over HALF his age. A woman he has no right perusing. A woman that challenges him both inside and outside the bedroom. A woman who is willing to "play the game". She has the same mentality as he...win at all cost and he was the one she wanted to win. Macalister had finally found his match.

It was dangerous the way she made me feel. All-powerful and mighty, as if I didn't need to control every inch of my world because she gave me hers. -Macalister
Uncovered secrets. Lies. Power. Love. Elements of Dom/sub and "Daddy" play. All these things played a role in this story. I want to start by saying, I am NOT a huge fan of age gap story lines, but Macalister Hale's story was my one exception. I NEEDED to read it and I am so happy I did. I really enjoyed the development of Sophia and Macalister's relationship. I loved reading how Macalister navigated his growing feelings for Sophia and how he tried to resist. Watching him drop his guard and be vulnerable and honest with her was beautiful. I liked how Nikki broke down his character and then built him back up page by page. She really did redeem him by the end of this book! And Sophia was the perfect type of woman for him and his temperament. I feel with redemption stories, especially ones where the main character of the story that is being redeemed, is from a previous book and has certain characteristics established, authors run the risk of not staying true to character. They run the chance of taming the untamable to an unrealistic level. They, in a way, risk changing the character TOO much. And that is the main reason I typically struggle with reading redemption stories, especially when I have already established a "relationship" with the character that is being redeemed. BUT thankfully I can say that Nikki stayed true to Macalister's character and just gave us a deeper layer within him that he had laying dormant. Not even HE knew he still had the ability to be that type of man again. To LOVE that way again.

One thing that I would've liked to have seen played up a LITTLE more was the forbidden age gap element. I felt that that wasn't as much of an issue as I would've anticipated (she's 26 and he's 55), but then again this is the world of the elite and powerful, so maybe it's normal to be with someone so much younger and/or older than you? All in all, if you're a returning fan of this series, you will want to read this book. Macalister is still very much the arrogant, conniving man you met and know from the beginning of this series, he's just a little more open, vulnerable, and caring.

4.5 stars

Vivian ๐Ÿ’‹

***Note: I would not consider this a standalone. I would highly recommend reading this series IN ORDER.

About Nikki:
USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there.

Now she lives in Kentucky, is married and has two sons. She is a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA© Finalist, a Passionate Plume winner, a HOLT Medallion finalist, and couldn't be any happier that people enjoy reading her sexy words.

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Blog Tour & Review: THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE (BULLY ME Anthology)

BULLY ME: Class of 2020 (A Bully Romance Anthology) 
is now L I V E!!!

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๐™‡๐™ค๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฃ’๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™–๐™จ๐™ฎ, especially when they collect broken hearts and parade them around like trophies. They’re the bad boys, the alpha a**holes, and the thorns in our sides. They push us past our limits, turn us on, and break us.
๐™๐™๐™š๐™ฎ’๐™ง๐™š ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™—๐™ช๐™ก๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™จ.
๐™๐™๐™š๐™ฎ’๐™ง๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™˜๐™ก๐™–๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› 2020.

Eight bestselling authors are teaming up to bring you eight unique, brand-new stories about the guys we love to hate.
This anthology benefits one of the largest anti-bullying organizations in the world, and all proceeds will go toward helping to support victims of bullying.
๐˜ผ๐™‡๐™‡ ๐™‹๐™๐™Š๐˜พ๐™€๐™€๐˜ฟ๐™Ž ๐™’๐™„๐™‡๐™‡ ๐˜ฝ๐™€ ๐˜ฟ๐™Š๐™‰๐˜ผ๐™๐™€๐˜ฟ ๐™๐™Š ๐˜ฟ๐™„๐™๐˜พ๐™ƒ ๐™๐™ƒ๐™€ ๐™‡๐˜ผ๐˜ฝ๐™€๐™‡

My heart is already in the palm of his hand. His fingers positioned around it so perfectly the faintest squeeze is unbearable. I can only imagine the damage he could do if he wanted to break it. -Riley, THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE by Sam Mariano
Well that was not how I wanted to be left! Cliffhangers kill me! In this anthology, we only get a tiny taste of what is to come from this story, but what I read, I am BLOWN AWAY by and extremely intrigued by. Sam was building the foundation of Hunter and Riley's relationship and history in this prologue. She was setting the stage of what's to come and boy, it's gonna be painful. I. Can. Just. Feel. It! One thing that Sam excels at writing, is bully romance, and I know that Hunter and Riley's story is just gearing up to being a new top bully story for me. I'm hooked after just 11 chapters and I'm craving more! Now, the wait until the rest of their story comes out.

5 stars

Blog Tour & Excerpt: FILTHY LITTLE PRETTIES by Trilina Pucci


"Trilina delivers an addictive romance high on angst and drama and a book that is total sexy perfection. Prepare to be twisted into delicious knots! I loved it!" Siobhan Davis, USA Today bestselling author

Filthy Little Pretties, an all-new edgy and angst-filled standalone from Trilina Pucci is available now!

Donovan Kennedy is the girl dreams are made of.           
Five years ago, she was our best friend. 
Our moral compass. 
The girl that held our hands everywhere we went.
The three of us were young. Innocent. 
Nothing could touch us — not even heartache.
That was then.
Now she’s back. All grown up. 
With red lips and long legs — a challenge waiting to be accepted. A prize that’ll turn our world upside down. 
Brothers turned to enemies. 
Friendships decimated. 
Lies told.
Hearts torn apart. 

We never expected to fall for the girl. 
In the end, she’ll only choose one —Me.

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The boys laugh, pouring only two shots. They both stand staring at me, Grey to my right and Liam to my left, as my head shifts slowly between them. It’s my turn to toast. Liam licks the side of his glass, cleaning some liquid that’s spilled, and my eyes dart to his tongue, watching it drag over the smooth surface, lapping up the Jack.
Before I can stop myself, the words are already out.
“To bad ideas and the boys who get me into trouble.”
The shot glasses hit the counter the minute they drink, and I tip my head back laughing. I rub my lips together and smile at them. “We need music.”
Liam grabs the bottle of Jack and walks over to his phone that’s on the counter, picking it up and looking down with a serious expression. He stays that way for only a moment before his beautiful face pops back up smiling, as the music filters out through speakers in the ceiling.
I wander over toward the couch, Grey right behind me, as the music amps up, hitting a crescendo. Liam turns it up loud, and Grey grabs me, spinning me around. We start to jump and thrash our arms around, Liam joining in, losing ourselves to the music and yelling to the ceiling. It’s perfect. They’re perfect.
The oversized shirt I’m wearing bounces up, exposing glimpses of G-string, but I don’t care because it doesn’t matter. Nothing matters except this night.
Liam takes a swig from the Jack and passes it over to Grey as I shake my hips and turn in a circle. I lick my lips, my teeth sinking into the bottom one, as Liam comes up behind me, matching my rhythm and swaying back and forth. His hand splays over my stomach, and the warmth I was feeling from the liquor feels like ice in comparison to his large palm. He turns us to face Grey, who is standing stock-still, bottle in hand and a cigarette lifting to his lips. He takes in a long drag as he watches us dance. It’s the way he watches that makes my entire body feel on fire.
He’s arrogant. Entitled. Like a goddamn king. My very favorite version.
My eyes drift to his torso, taking in the tattoo again and smiling. It’s fitting for him— “I am not led, I lead.” He does lead, everyone but me. In fact, I’ll never tell that I already knew what it meant. Sometimes, it’s more fun to let him believe his saying.
He juts his chin, calling me to him, but I don’t move. Try again. Liam nudges my waist, speaking into my ear. “Go on, Van. He won’t bite. Unless you ask him to.”
Holy, hellfire and brimstone. I’m going to burn for this. Closing the three feet between us feels like the longest walk of my life, each step erasing the line before it. My throat is dry, but I’m already wet everywhere else. My thoughts are barreling around in my mind like they’re all in a freefall. But all I know is that I want whatever Grey has to offer.
Grey looks down at me as I come to a stop in front of him, peeking up through my lashes.
“You wanna hit?” He brings the cigarette back between his lips, sucking in the smoke, and I nod, but he doesn’t hand it to me, just blows up into the air. Grey’s eyes lock to mine as his head tips back down.
“Ask me nicely.”
My hair is swept over my shoulder as the heat from Liam’s body engulfs me from behind. His lips graze my neck as he inhales up my jawline, making my head tilt and breath suck in between my teeth. Lines aren’t just being blurred. They don’t fucking exist anymore.
“Come on, Van. Ask us nicely,” Liam whispers, and my eyes shut.
When I open them, Grey flicks his cigarette into the fire. He licks his lips, letting his eyes drift down my body to where Liam’s finger is tracing the hem of the T-shirt at the top of my thigh. Liam’s finger runs back and forth indecently slow, barely ducking under the fabric, but I’m already panting, wet, and hungry. So fucking hungry. They’re really good at this.
“Were you actually talking about smoking?” I ask, already suspecting the answer.
“Not even a little, Cherry.”

About Trilina
Trilina is an author, wife, and mama to three rowdy kiddos. When she isn't making grilled cheese sandwiches, she can be found writing saucy novels that titillate and excite her readers.
Pucci’s journey started impulsively. She wanted to check off a box on her bucket list. But what began as fulfillment has become incredibly fulfilling. And now she can’t see her life without her characters, her readers and this community.
She currently resides in Northern California with her Italian stallion and her feral children, where the days are slow and easy and wine pours are heavy. (just kidding…maybe)
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