❀ ARC REVIEW ❀ LONG ROAD HOME (LOVE IN HEARTLAND #3) BY STACEY LYNN

TITLE: Long Road Home
SERIES: Love in Heartland
AUTHOR: Stacey Lynn
GENRE: Second Chance Romance | Romance
PUBLICATION: November 5th, 2018
I left home ten years ago, promising myself I’d never return to the place where I had never been accepted. I was despised and ridiculed for circumstances completely beyond my control.

But when my grandmother passes away, I’m forced to return to Kansas. I will have to face everyone who hated me. But they’re not who I’m most afraid of.

My biggest fear? Facing him. 
Jordan Marx. 
The boy I once loved more than life itself. The boy who defended me from them. The boy I’d disappeared on, leaving him nothing more than a horrible nasty lie and hastily scribbled note.

When Jordan finds out the secret I have carried for so long, I’m in for the battle of my life. 
Or so I thought.

I might have wandered for years on a path riddled with thorns but with Jordan by my side, taking the long road home means more than reuniting with the only man I’ve ever loved. It might just mean finding myself, and the family I never thought I could ever have along the way.
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ROAD HOME:
 by Stacey Lynn is book#3 in her Love in the Heartland Series. Every book is about individual couples and can be read as a complete standalone. This is Destiny & Jordan's story. Spoken in 'Dual perspectives.'

Destiny had turned her back on so many things ten years ago, but her main regret was Jordan, the boy who always had her back, the boy where she could dream about the white picket fence and marriage, but sometimes dreams are just that 'dreams'. But she did the unthinkable, just as they were going to embark on their dream life she broke it off with him over a note, no explanation just the words on the paper stating that it was over.

Ten years later she’s back to close up her grandmother's house after her funeral and packing it up and readying it for sale. Being back in this town she's fully prepared herself to face the criticism and judgment she knows will come her way, but the one person she wasn't prepared to face was Jordan who was standing in the back of the service, clashing eyes on hers.

Once he uncovers her secret it's a long road of recovery for him to trust her again, and initially their interactions are antagonistic and intense, but they know they have to let go of the past for them to be able to carry on into the future united. Even aside from all that their feelings never died for each other even though it had been ten years, in some ways they were stronger and better for it.

Being that I'm a sucker for a good second chance romance I couldn't help myself when I saw this one doing it's rounds on facebook, I couldn't not read it. This threw out all the feels one would expect with this genre, I connected with the characters, I felt so much empathy towards Jordan when he uncovers Destiny's secret, which made for a hard pill to swallow, but in the end I understood her reasons.

The reason why this is a 4 star read for me is that the secret was too predictable, it's been done before, over and over, so I was kind of hoping for something new, sadly that wasn't the case, in saying that though it still made for an enjoyable read and all lovers of second chance romances will also enjoy this story.

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Stacey Lynn is the author of more than two dozen romance and erotic romance novels. Most of which have been best sellers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks! 

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❀ ARC REVIEW ❀ REWRITE THE STARS BY CHARLEIGH ROSE

TITLE: Rewrite The Stars
AUTHOR: Charleigh Rose
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: October 25th, 2018
Evangeline Thorne is privileged. 
Beautiful and popular, if not a little jaded. 
A chance encounter with a green-eyed stuntman sets off a chain of events that turns her perfect, little world upside down.
Short on options and desperate for adventure, she joins the traveling carnival for the summer.
Thrust into a world full of drama, deception, and secrecy, Evangeline tries to find herself and protect her heart in the process. 

Sebastian McAllister is cursed.
He knows better than to think otherwise. 
He’s content to live out the rest of his life traveling the country as one of the four Sons of Eastlake, seeking thrills the only way he knows how. 
The one thing he doesn’t see coming is the spoiled blond with stars in her eyes. 
The only problem is, the more time he spends with her, the more hope starts to stir in his dormant heart.
Too bad hope is a dangerous thing when you’re a McAllister.

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REWRITE THE STARS: 
Is a full length, stand alone coming-of-age romance novel by Charleigh Rose. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives.’

In this we meet the four speed demons 'The Sons of Eastlake' (Eros, Lathan, Tres, and Sebastian) four daredevil boys on bikes that take risks to a whole new level performing stunts in a globe of death each night at a travelling carnival. These boys live by one rule.

We don't date
We don't marry

We don't have children 
We don't get attached.


Pissed off at her parents and their overbearing ways Evan aka Evangeline walks away from their hotel needing to clear her head, not knowing how long she'd been walking, or even where she was for that matter, she stumbles upon a carnival, sneaking into a tent where four boys are performing on bikes perfectly in sync with each other, she's instantly drawn to one boy in particular, the ringleader of the group Sebastian.

His clothes are dingy and faded, his skin streaked with sweat and dirt...But his face. He's like one of those 1950's heartthrobs from the movies my dad loves. Like a young Marlon Brando.

After the show they all embark on an adventure that sees them all getting into trouble of some sorts, the boys more so, Evan is a minor and with powerful parents she's let off with a warning, but that night changed everything, from that point onwards Evan's life drastically spirals out of control, the poor little rich girls life literally changes from riches to rags in a matter of moments which is the catalyst that sets her life on it's axis, nothing will ever be the same, and it changes the life of not only her but also her parents lives forever.


Sebastian McCallister and Evangeline Thorne are as different as chalk and cheese, she's as privileged as one can be, and he's the boy with a curse on his back.

Our family is jinxed
Wherever we go

Death and destruction seem to follow.

After stepping onto the carnival grounds that night so many moons ago each year when the carnival comes to town she's still as ever drawn to Sebastian even with his arrogant demeanor she can't hide from the feelings he evokes in her and it doesn't take her long to convince herself that she wants to be beside Sebastian going from town to town. Suitcase in hand with very few belongings to her name she embarks on her first adventure.

The chemistry and sexual tension between Evan and Sebastian was off the charts, it sizzled off the pages, and left me panting in their wake, a unique, utterly captivating, magical kind of read.This book was full of insane chemistry, love and angst. There is nothing I would change about this book.
You connect with the characters and storyline straight away, starting that first chapter I was hooked, and even back at that first chapter I knew that this was going to be a favourite of mine by this author, I wanted to run away and join my very own carnival, I didn’t want this to end, I couldn't put it down. Because I loved this as much as I did I just hope she gives us the other boys stories!!

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❀ ARC REVIEW ❀ THE BOY I GREW UP WITH BY TIJAN

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I have loved Channing Monroe all my life. 

In first grade, he asked for my Trapper Keeper. 
I hit him in the head with it. 
Third grade, we were best friends. We kissed in seventh grade. 
Eighth grade, he turned into a bad boy and the rest was a tumultuous storm. 

Growing up, the problem was never love for us. 
Bad times. Good times. There were times when I felt our love in every inch of my body, vibrating, making me feel like it could bring me back to life. 

The problem was us. 

The problem is that we’re living in two different worlds now. 
Fallen Crest and its millionaires for me. Roussou and their criminals for him. I was thriving in mine and he was running his. 

But…

But there were nights I felt we couldn’t be further apart than we were, and there were nights I felt we shared the same heartbeat. 

When was it time? 
When was it time to either sacrifice, make a change, or walk away from the boy I grew up with?
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This is Channing and Heather's story. 

When Heather says she has loved Channing all her life, she literally means just that, these two go way back to a time when they didn’t know how important of a role the other would play in their life.

He'd worked his way under my skin in the first grade. He'd declared us best friends in third. we'd held hands in fifth. We shared our first kiss in seventh, and he'd been a headache ever since. 

Though they do have a toxic, whiplash relationship always beating away in the background the one constant is their love for the other, where one ends the other begins, they were destined to be together, undeniable soul mates which started over a Trapper Keeper which we see in the 'Flash backs' the author has added. 

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Their road is not clean sailing, it's full of many ups and downs that break them many times with undivided loyalties, he has his own crew which he's leader of and is tangled up in some underhanded dealings, then with stepping up and taking care of his sister these two things seem to be his main priority which leaves Heather last, she knows how it is but it does drive a wedge between them which is the main cause for their on and off again status. 

One would walk, the other would them them, they would go their separate ways, but then missing the other would sink in and they would find themselves back together again, not resolving their issues, and this was their pattern. 

I protect my town. I protect my crew. I try to protect my sister, and I am putting them all above you, and I am a complete asshole because of that. 

This was one of my most highly anticipated books of October so to say I was super excited to start it was an understatement, and Tijan did not disappoint, this was like a double loaded shotgun, everything came in double the dose to 'Crew' more drama, more angst, more heartbreak, more feels, more of everything, the author did not hold back!! Just a shame the cover was so hideous to look at!! ðŸĪŠ

❀ ARC REVIEW ❀ ROYALLY YOURS (ROYALLY #4) BY EMMA CHASE

TITLE: Royally Yours 
SERIES: Royally #4
AUTHOR: Emma Chase
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: October 30th, 2018
New York Times bestselling author Emma Chase returns with a sweet and sexy standalone in the Royally Series. 

Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.

It’s a big deal.

When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.

What she isn’t… is married.

It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.

Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.

Even Queens. Especially them.

**

Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.

And a sacred promise keeps him there.

To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.

**

Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.

Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.

This is theirs.
 
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❀ ARC REVIEW ❀ THE LEGACY BY DYLAN ALLEN

TITLE: The Legacy
AUTHOR: Dylan Allen
GENRE: Romance
PUBLICATION: October 25th, 2018
He's the king of all he surveys.
Except her. 

Exiled for 15 years, Hayes Rivers has finally assumed his place as head of Houston’s oldest and most powerful family.
Now, they call him King.
A legacy of wealth and prestige are his to claim. 

As age-old rivalries, long-buried secrets, and generations of betrayal threaten his birthright, he finds himself in a battle for control of his family’s future. 
When he meets Confidence, she’s a sweet distraction. 
Everything he shouldn’t want. 
But after a weekend of passion and surprising intimacy, 
he realizes she's everything he needs.

He holds the keys to a kingdom, 
But he covets the key to her heart.

And he'll stop at nothing to claim his queen.
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