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My One Regret by Claudia Burgoa–Blog Tour

 

My One Regret by Claudia Burgoa

Contemporary Romance
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Synopsis:

When he left her, he made the biggest mistake of his life. But now she might be gone for good.

Kaden Hades couldn’t handle touring with his rock band and a relationship— until he discovered Sadie, the love of his life. But when tragedy struck with his teenage daughter, Kaden broke off the engagement, swearing to put his kids first.

Then he gets the phone call. Sadie’s been in a car accident.

By the time he reaches her side, she is critical.

With Sadie in a coma, memories flood Kaden’s mind. Her kisses. And all the wonderful experiences they shared. The day it all went wrong…and Kaden made the biggest mistake of his life. Now, as her last line of defense against those who’ve given up hope, he’ll move heaven and earth to protect her.

Because she’s always had his heart—but if he loses her, his world will come apart.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:


Claudia is an award-winning, international bestselling author. She lives in Colorado working for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he’s the boss of the house. And a wonderful husband who shares her love for all things geek. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.

 

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I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills–Blog Tour

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Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills brings you a brand-new heartfelt, sexy contemporary romance with I DARE YOU coming April 30th!

Bad Ass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but “Bad Ass Athlete” sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.
Curious.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is.

She knows she shouldn’t, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine’s Day?

One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret’s out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney’s sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders.

After the semester ends, will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

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Blog Review:

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My One Regret by Claudia Burgoa–Review

My Own Regret is a book that will stay with you for a very long time. I am still reeling over it and don’t know if I can do it justice with my review!

Here is a sample of some feelings/thoughts I felt while reading My One Regret: Hate, Love, Shock, Anger, Surprise, Hope, Soul crushing sadness, vengeance, deception and true, deep and soulful angst. Claudia was able to take me on an emotional roller coaster that had me feeling everything and pulled me in as if I was a background actor in the lives of Kaden and Sadie. My One Regret is told from dual POV’s, as well as past and present scenes. Be prepared to have tissues handy, because she holds back no punches. She rocks the foundation of your world from the prologue and doesn’t seem to put you back on sturdy footing until the last word.

‘What can I say? I believe that souls come in pairs.’…’I’d give anything to find mine.’

Kaden Hades is a Rockstar for Killing Hades, who along with his buddy/bandmate is playing at a local coffee shop. Kaden’s friend immediately notices the blonde and calls ‘dibs’, while Kaden is completely enamored with the auburn-haired girl with purple and pink streaks in her hair. He notices through the whole concert that she is singing along, while maintaining strong eye contact with Kaden. After the show, Kaden tries to keep an eye on her, but loses her in the crowd. Have no fear, Sadie, marches right up to him and strikes up a conversation. The rest is history, however, bumpy and time consuming it may be.

‘You’re made of sunshine, rainbows, and happiness.’…’Your bright light is a magnet to my darkness.’

Sadie is a local florist with her own shop, which is about one year old. She has worked hard to have what she does and she loves creating memories for people. Her store is more than flowers, it also includes party favors, jewelry, toys, etc. She is truly trying to cater to everyone that may walk in. Sadie is a very sweet, kind and caring individual. She didn’t have the best childhood, despite her dad having a lot of money. Her mother is on a continual rotation with rehab for alcoholism and pill popping. Somehow, Sadie is the one that usually ends up taking care of her.

I absolutely adored the storytelling of Kaden and Sadie. Unlike some books, where the H and h jump into a relationship right away, these two truly started off as friends. They got to know each other; their hopes, dreams and thoughts for a future.

Unfortunately, something happens in Kaden’s life, that causes him to lose his focus and he forced to make an ‘on the spot’ decision regarding his relationship with Sadie. Kaden has two daughters that he absolutely adores and would do anything for. The negative side to those two daughters is a very manipulative and self-centered ex-wife. Kaden tries to stay amicable with her for the sake of his daughters, but there is absolutely no relationship and if he didn’t have to talk to her about the girls, he wouldn’t talk to her.

The story of Sadie and Kaden is an emotional one. It will rip out your heart and gut you, but you will eventually get put back together and feel contented of these two scarred souls! PS…I, ABSOLUTELY, loved the interaction between Kaden and Sadie when it came to nicknames for each other. Truly the best comedic spot highlight in an emotionally heavy book!

‘Nothing is guaranteed or permanent. Life is ever changing, nothing set in stone or promised to us. The world doesn’t owe you anything, nor you to the world. To receive, you have to give, but yet never expect. You have to find your own path and change it as many times as needed. Adapting, accepting, and learning that you aren’t guaranteed happiness or love. But the more love and happiness you give, the more will come back to you. Trust the journey. Always trust your heart.’

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I Dare You by Isla Madden-Mills–Review

Holy sheet, Casper’s Ghost. Have you SEEN the cover? Total and complete cover porn here, Day-um!

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Oh, sorry, I was just wiping up the drool after thinking of Maverick and the cover! 😍😍 In all seriousness, Ilsa has flipping hit it out of the park on this one. Incredibly touching and emotional, scenarios that are real to life and well researched material concerning some of her storyline. My favorite is Maverick, although I absolutely adored Delaney.

Delaney is the slightly off-kilter, nerdy girl, who doesn’t give a rat’s patootie, what people think of her. She loves Star Wars, making her own clothes, baking and cats. The way she was written, it makes you think, ‘hey, it’s ok if I’m not one of the popular kids with the latest fashion, accessories, cars or perfect hair’. Delaney allows you to be you. Well written heroine.

Maverick. Well, what to say about Maverick. Maverick is a conundrum. A total paradox to all those ‘jocks’ out there that fall into an ‘athlete’ stereotype. Maverick is a non-conformist, who is absolutely in love with his sister and is willing to do anything to take care of her and watch over her. He is completely independent and hardworking, but most importantly, he has a heart of gold. If you happen to be blessed to be in his circle, you will be well loved and taken care of. He will drop anything that he is doing if you called and said you needed help. He is THAT guy. The guy that you can always count on. I loved reading about him and watching his layers peel away like an onion. Let’s just say, I was a goner when it came to him.

Ilsa wrote such a fantastic college romance, that you truly felt like you were part of the storyline. He-Man and Buttercup (gotta read to find out what this is about), had me laughing in stitches. Absolutely Phenomenal!! This book and characters will stick with me for a very long time. Due to writing, plot and storyline, easily one of my ‘best of 2018’ reads! From the cover porn to the ‘Unicorn Girls FB Group’, I was all in. It was everything I wanted and then some!!

PS…some excellent recipes included at the end of the book for you bakers/wanna be bakers!

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan–Review

There is absolutely no way I can describe how incredibly powerful and meaningful this book is. Is it a sports romance? Yes. Is it a forbidden love setting? Yes, but those are just categories to place this book. In honesty, it needs to be said that this is one book to NOT miss. If you don’t read any other book, this year at least pick this one. The underlying theme, content and meaning is the true star here. Kennedy Ryan took her time researching what she was about to write about and it showed.

‘If you were mine, Iris, there would be no doubt what position you’d hold in my life. You’d be center. I’d play you at the five.’

Long Shot is just plain and simple perfection. It is soul crushing, heartbreaking, and downright ugly. It has the ability to put you into an emotional upheaval, wondering if things are ever going to be ok again. There were many times where I had to take a step back and re-center myself. To get out of that fantasy world and realize I wasn’t in the book and that things were ok despite the tears that fell. PS…Don’t wear mascara while reading this, unless it’s waterproof.

August meets Iris the night before his Championship game. August is very contemplative at this point, going through standout memories in his head, as well as thinking about his future. He is on his way back to his hotel room when he hears a loud and boisterous female yelling at a Lakers game. Of course, he’s intrigued and goes to sit next to her. August and Iris end up spending all night talking until last call, but reluctantly part ways, knowing that neither will be the same and that night is a pivotal spot in their lives. Through the years, at times of emotional/physical lowness and their darkest nights, each remember this night fondly and think about that proverbial fork in the road. What would have happened had they kissed and not walked away.

‘In my dreams I choose him, my prince, instead of the fraud. In this parallel universe, at this second-chance juncture, I turn right instead of choosing wrong…and there only there, we are together.’

Over the years, August and Iris do run into each other, but Iris has extenuating circumstances that prevent them from getting together, much less being real friends.  The few run-ins don’t seem to stop August. He knows that there is something between them, but Iris is reluctant (for good reason).

‘Even when you think you’re defeated, dig deeper. Go harder. Press, because there is something worth it on the other side.’

To get through life, you need a good support system, whether that be friends or family. Iris is extremely close to her cousin, Lotus or Lo. In times of crises, sometimes all it takes is texting ‘hopscotch’ to call in reinforcements, despite the rift that had developed between the two cousins. When all else fails, they know they can count on each other.

In order to reinvent herself, heal and in need of a safe place, she heads home to the NOLA swamps. Her great-grandmother is here and takes her in. Mimi is a high priestess and has taken in Lo when she needed a place and is there for Iris now. Slowly, she helps Iris heal and restore her soul and self-esteem.

‘Strength. Dignity. Courage. All these things belong to you. Take them back. Your soul is yours. Your heart is yours. Your body is yours. Yours to keep and yours to share.’

‘” Struggle does not make you weak.” She whispers back. “Struggling against those who hold us is what makes us, over time, stronger than they are. Strong enough to fight back. Strong enough to win.”’

Kennedy Ryan has written Long Shot to be a wonderful amalgamation of two stories with strong and powerful underlying themes. Long Shot will easily be on my best of 2018 reads.

‘Please tell me you feel this, too. Tell me I’m not fooling myself that we’ll be good together.’

‘Every time he touches me, he restores my faith and reminds me what pure love feels like.’

Regretfully Yours by Sunniva Dee–Review

I am so in awe of this author and the outstanding work of art she created, I am honestly having a hard time getting started with this. I have a million thoughts zooming through my brain, I can’t grasp just one, so I’m just going to start.

Sunniva Dee is the ‘Queen’ of the unconventional! She has mastered the taboo and has made it ok, while you might be thinking ‘oh no’ or ‘no way’. She writes with such fluidity and makes every single word of hers count for something. Her books are more than ‘just reading’, they are thought provoking through her purposely placed analogies. With Regretfully Yours, Sunniva SLAYED it, just absolutely SLAYED it! Her official name should be, Sunniva ‘Slayed it’ Dee.

Regretfully Yours is about Gioele and Salvina. Gioele is the younger brother to Isaias from, ‘Indirections of a God’. Their father is Il Lince, the mafia boss of the Nascimbeni family. After his older brother abdicated from the mafia, this makes Gioele the next heir to his crime family. Oh yeah, did I mention that Isaias runs a very prominent adult entertainment company? Well, he does and one day while the brothers are fighting, Gioele exclaimed in anger that he was going to audition for the rival company, Harmony Femme. After all, he is currently studying law, but is bored with it and wants to make his own way. No matter what, though, there is one person that always brings him comfort, Salvina.

Salvina is a 21-year-old biology major, trying to make a name for herself, away from her family. Sounds like any other typical college student correct? Well, let me tell you something. Salvina’s father is Cosmio. Cosmio has a brother named Evodio. (still nothing??) Ok, how about this. Evodio is otherwise known as, Il Lince. Did you make the connection yet? Yep, Gioele and Salvina are cousins. (gasp, right) They are very close in age and have grown up together, playing innocently among other things. Currently, Salvina had moved away from her home to San Francisco to avoid temptation (otherwise known as, Gioele). Gioele couldn’t handle being apart from his heart, so he moved right along with her. The family had preached to them, the virtues of not being able to love each other more than a familial sense. So, Gioele has been resolved to stolen hugs and being OVERLY protective of her.

‘She’s been saying the same thing for weeks now: “Gioele, per favore. Since we can’t be together, let’s live our lives. We need to find our person in other places. We just have to look a bit wider–there are awesome people out there for us.”‘

‘I love her. There’s no one in the entire damn world like her.’

There is SO MUCH content to this story, that it is hard to reduce it to a few paragraphs. Let me just say that, Regretfully Yours, is beautiful, innocent perfection written in its finest form.  It is salaciously and wickedly good! The twists and turns will make you gasp, laugh and cry. There is an ending that you will not see coming, but will finally allow you to breathe again. You will be hit hard, torn up, chewed up, spit out and finally stitched back together, only to want more. Seriously, do yourself a favor and check this and any of Sunniva’s books. You won’t be sorry!

‘”You’re mine, now. You know?” Celestially blue, his gaze floats to my face and rests there. “Say it.” “I’m yours.” Regretfully yours.’

Rating: 5 ‘Regretfully Yours’ stars

Outcast by Jamie Schlosser–Review

Oh my God. Wow. Day-um. As usual, when it comes to Jamie, I am in awe of what I’ve read/what she wrote. Outcast is just EVERYTHING!

This is Ezra’s book, who happens to be Jimmy’s little brother from Dropout. Outcast starts out with Ezra in high school. He is a freshman who is picked on by other kids in the school for a disability that makes him walk with a limp, therefore making him slow in the hallways, ‘being a little soft around his middle’ for his lack of physical activities and a big case of low self-esteem. On one of his bad days, he has a brief moment of sunshine in the form of a new girl in school, Kayla. That moment is squashed when one of the football players indicates that she can sit next to him. So, Ezra is back to drawing and longing from afar. Fast forward to senior year (almost graduation) when Ezra and Kayla take off.

Ezra is off to an intense Physical Therapy boot camp while Kayla is stuck at home. They are relegated to snail mail and the occasional call. They are both attending the same college and this is what gets them through. Before sending Ezra off to college, his parents present him with a German Shephard service dog, Pierre. (Side note: Pierre is everything, he is so cute and lovable. Yes, I’m writing about a fictional dog, but Ms. Schlosser has written him so well, it’s like he was there with me). Back to college, Ezra has changed physically (more fit and able to walk without a limp most times) and he has gone through a mini makeover to update how he feels inside. His self-esteem is higher and generally feels better about himself.

Ezra and Kayla are the epitome of sweet, saccharine sweet young love. They are ‘it’ together and it was refreshing to read a book that explores young, college, virginal love that is true and built to last. Do they have their ups and downs? Of course, what couple doesn’t, but they mature and grow together as a couple while exploring themselves individually. I love them as a couple, but I LOVE EZRA! He was your ‘non’-hero hero and it was fantastic.

Something else that was executed flawlessly and at an incredibly poignant time in the real world were some of the topics that these two go through. Two main themes are bullying and hazing. Even though these are fictional characters, it is very hard to read these topics and not think of our youth (no matter what age they are) experiencing this on a daily basis. Whether this is through school, activates or just anywhere in the outside world. It was touching and sad at the same time. SO PERFECTLY WELL WRITTEN!!

Outcast is a very sweet, emotional read without ‘external’ drama. It is about a boy, a girl and of course, my sweet Pierre. Through the course of their ride from high school to college to the real world, they meet some great secondary characters. For those of you that have read, ‘Dropout’, Jimmy and Mackenna do make an appearance, so it was great to get a little follow up from them.

This book is everything! It encompasses so many great topics, emotions, sweet love to a HEA! I HIGHLY, HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend it! It was beautiful and exquisitely written. There is one area I must address. There appears to be a little war on my boyfriend through social media (Book Snob Sue😉), but I will concede on the terms that I get Pierre and get dibs on Jamie Schlosser’s next hero!! In all seriousness, don’t even sample this book and just one-click! If I could, I’d give it more than 5 stars, but I can’t, so I will say here and now that I give it 5+ stars!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“—But I can promise you one thing. You are, and will always be, my favorite thing about life.”