Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss

Earlier this year when Meredith Wild announced she was launching a new series of short, super steamy stories, called the Misadventure Series, I was so excited and couldn’t wait for this new series to launch. Meredith always brings it: swoon-worthy heroes, sex scenes that make you squirm in your seat and of course, a HEA. Hearts, Heroes and Happily Ever After had the privilege to receive an ARC of the first book  Misadventures of a City Girl written by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss. Being a fan of both authors, I had high expectations for this book and it did not disappoint.
Let’s get the most important details out first–holy hot, steamy sex! I loved that the the authors jumped right into the story (and the sex) early in the book. Madison Atwood is looking for a place to relax and clear her mind after her divorce is finalized. This Hollywood girl hopes to find that solitude at an out of the way retreat in the woodsy part of Northern California. What she wasn’t planning on is running into sexy mountain man Luke Dawson.
Through a chance encounter during a walk in the woods, Madison and Luke run into one another and sparks immediately fly. Unable to deny the incredible sexual chemistry, the two have a scorching affair (seriously, the blazing hot sex scenes, OMG).
What I loved most about this story is that despite the shorter length, the authors didn’t rely on sex only to tell the tale. There’s emotional, internal, and external conflicts in the book and I liked seeing how Luke and Madison responded to each challenge. Both Madison and Luke are instantly drawn to one another, but each are reluctant to have a relationship (each for equally valid reasons). There are a few stumbling blocks they have to get over in order to be together, and I enjoyed watching them overcome those issues. I felt that both characters grew both individually and as a couple by story’s end.
I can not wait to see where this series goes and am counting the days until I can read the next Misadventure!
Read on for the book blurb and buy links. Also, be sure to enter the Rafllecopter giveaway at the bottom of the page, you might win a $20 Amazon gift card!
Check out the Misadventures Series here: http://www.misadventures.com/
Book:  Misadventures of a City Girl
Authors: Meredith Wild & Chelle Bliss
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again.

Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find.

When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feel anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?

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Meet the Authors


Meredith Wild is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of romance. Living on Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband and three children, she refers to herself as a techie, whiskey-appreciator, and hopeless romantic. She has been featured on CBS This Morning, The Today Show, the New York TimesThe Hollywood ReporterPublishers Weekly, and The Examiner. When she isn’t living in the fantasy world of her characters, she can usually be found at:

USA Today bestselling author Chelle Bliss currently lives in a small town near the Gulf of Mexico. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, and coffee fiend. She’s written over ten books and has two series available. She loves spending her free time with her boyfriend, 2 cats, and her hamster.  Before becoming a writer, Chelle taught high school history for over ten years. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Technology and a bachelor’s in History. Although history is her first love, writing has become her dream job and she can’t imagine doing anything else.


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Review: Loving Jade by Roya Carmen

Ah, this is a bittersweet review to write. Loving Jade, the third (and final) book in Roya Carmen‘s The Riverstone Series has released and, well, I have a book hangover after reading it.

Loving Jade was a bit different than the other two books in the Riverstone Trilogy. It was filled with Roya Carmen’s signature angsty characters and steamy sex scenes, but I also noticed the author’s growth as a writer in this book.  I think what struck me most about how different this book was from the other two books before it, is it’s more of a romantic suspense than the other two books and I feel this subgenre fits Roya’s writing style very, very well.

At the beginning of the story, Jade is married to a handsome, powerful man named Micheal. On the surface it appears they have a fairy tale life, but in reality Michael is controlling and abusive. Jade has had enough of his ways and flees her abusive marriage. She arrives at the Riverstone Estate and begins working through her issues with Flynn Riverstone’s use of equine therapy.

There are moments in the book that are rife with tension and emotional turmoil. Jade knows she deserves better than her abusive husband but still has moments where her heart tries to make her remember only the good times with Micheal. She also struggles with her attraction to her therapist Flynn.

The second thing that I felt was different from the other books, but again, something that made this book work well, was I loved seeing the Riverstones through the eyes of an outside character. In books one and two we get glimpses of what it’s like to be a part of the Riverstone family through the eyes of another when we’re in Aiden and August’s POV, but I felt like we got a deeper viewpoint from Jade.

I don’t want to say too much more, but I will say readers can expect hot love scenes, angsty prose and of course, a HEA. Get Loving Jade today!

I never thought I’d be able to leave Michael, but I finally worked up the courage. I’m not sure where I’m heading but I feel safe here with the Riverstones. This place is lovely and serene. There is so much beauty and love here.

Yet, I still don’t feel free – I know Michael will find me. It’s just a matter of time.

Love is the last thing I’m looking for, but Flynn is such a beautiful man, inside and out. He makes me believe that I can be stronger, that I can be fierce. He believes he can fix me with equine therapy but he has no clue how much damage has been done.

Yet, somehow, he manages to get through to me. With patience, love and understanding, he slowly peels off the hard layers of self-doubt and fear that have held me captive all these years.

Just as I finally start to get stronger, Michael tracks me down and sends us all into turmoil, and threatens not only me but the family I’ve come to love.

Author’s note:
Loving Jade contains sexual scenes and some coarse language, and is intended for a mature audience. Loving Jade also contains scenes of domestic abuse and violence which could be a trigger for some. The central theme of the story however, is female empowerment and self-love.

Loving Jade is the last book in The Riverstone Series, and can be enjoyed as a STANDALONE. However, if one intends to read all three books, it is best to read them in chronological order to avoid spoilers.

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Book Review: Loving Amber by Roya Carmen

Roya Carmen’s done it again. Her new release Loving Amber is an engaging, emotional read.

After reading The Ground Rules trilogy, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up Loving Amber, I only hoped I’d enjoy it as much. Let me just say, I was not disappointed! With her new release, Roya Carmen really shows off her writing chops, while taking readers on a emotion-filled journey.

A stand-alone first book in a new series, (The Riverstone Series) Loving Amber’s premise is about a woman who struggles with not only moving on two years after her husband’s unexpected death, but also her deep-seated feelings for the man she holds responsible for his demise. Those feelings she wrestles with? Blame, anger, regret, attraction and….you’ll have to find out the rest yourself!

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Speaking of emotions, this book had me grappling with oh-so-many feels. There were moments when I smiled, laughed, cried and because it’s a Roya Carmen book, I squirmed in my seat and turned several shades of scarlet reading one particular scene. Hello, in-the-heat-of-the-moment-couch-sex!
Add to all of the above, there were some really beautifully, well-written lines throughout the book. I think my favorite lines are:
“The heart wants danger, the unknown. It wants to be kept on its toes. It doesn’t want to know what’s coming. The heart is a thrill-seeker.”
Say whaaaaaa? Doesn’t that just sum up love, lust and desire so perfectly? Seriously, what are you waiting for, go buy Loving Amber!!!!

Rating:  5 stars

 

Here’s more about Loving Amber and Roya Carmen.

Blurb

Torn by tragedy. Reunited by love.

Two years ago, I lost my husband and my brother to the same tragedy. To this day, I hold only one person responsible—Aiden Rogers, the beautiful boy I’ve known forever, the misfit I’ve both loved and hated, the one who always got to me. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the only one to blame.

Now he wants to be part of my life again—when I can finally see a future for my son and myself. I’ve found the perfect man in David, someone I can start over with, a man who will be the perfect father figure for Trevor. I have a plan. At last, I see the light, and I know I can make this work.

I will not let Aiden Rogers drag me back into the darkness.

Author’s note: contains sexual scenes and some coarse language.

 

 

This is the first book of the Riverstone Estate Series and can be enjoyed as a standalone read.

 

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The Riverstone Series: A beautiful estate. Three unforgettable love stories.

Following the sudden passing of their father, Amber, Ruby, and Flynn Riverstone inherit the family estate and find themselves facing new challenges, growing closer, and discovering love along the way.

Loving Amber, NOW AVAILABLE!!

 

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roya-carmenAbout the Author:

Busy mom, naughty writer, comic-addict, artist & designer, book-aholic, nature lover, and hopeless romantic.

 

When I’m not writing, I can usually be found hanging with my family, reading, camping and travelling, painting, yoga-ing (very ungracefully), shooting pool, or at my favourite bookstore café with my book friends.

 

A Northern French-Canadian gal, I now live just near Toronto where it’s much, much warmer!

 

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