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Announcement from Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

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Title:  Good Boy

Series:  WAGs, #1

Author:  Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Expected Release Date:  January 31, 2017

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Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs. 

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score. 

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?

Warning: Do not read while sipping hot liquids. Or cold ones. Or while sitting anywhere laughter would be inappropriate. Contains hot but hilarious hockey players, puppies and a snarky pair of underwear.

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Hottie Hump Day 130

This beauty needs to be shared!!!

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d3272f6dfdb35090fa1351524eaa69a2 How about  hotties with pretty eyes this week?

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163016.88737058_500 I’m not sure his eyes are the theme here but he’s HOT! Hope everyone has a fantastic Wednesday. 

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The Book Barista Reviews: Profited by Lacey Black

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Title:  Profited

Series:  Bound Together, #2

Author:  Lacey Black

Release Date:  June 28, 2016

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One night. Let go. Be free.

Even at an early age, Reid Hunter’s future was already planned out. Though he was groomed to become successor of the family business, he quickly discovered his destiny wasn’t through his family’s legacy, but to build his own empire. His plan: takeover Vegas, one building at a time. Known as a hard, no-nonsense man, inside the boardroom and out, Reid isn’t prepared when he comes face to face with a woman from his past. The only one with the ability to make him question everything he stands for.

Raising a child is hard. Raising a child as a young, single mother is downright difficult. Yet Dani Whitley has managed to put herself through college, purchase her own home, and raise the unexpected, but greatly adored son she created while in college, after one night with a gorgeous stranger. Knowing nothing but his first name, Dani has managed to push all thought of Reid out of her mind until one day, nine years later, she is forced to face the man himself. Ruthless and callous, Reid Hunter is nothing like the young man she met at that music festival all those years ago. Yet Dani is still drawn to him, more than she was before.

Sin. Money. Success. Profits. That’s the foundation of Las Vegas. But what happens when one day you realize that it’s not enough? When the greatest thing you could profit is bigger and better than money: love.



I will start by admitting that I didn’t even read the synopsis of this book when I requested the ARC.  I just knew that I’ve enjoyed other Lacey Black books so that was enough for me.

As I began reading, I thought “Oh no! We’re doing the one night stand resulting in pregnancy thing again!”   [NOTE: Had I read the synopsis I would’ve known this.]  But as I kept reading I found that I couldn’t put it down.  The story was so good, with characters that I quickly fell in love with.

Neither one of them was ever able to forget that one night they shared.  When Dani finds out who Reid is she’s compelled to tell him about their child.  Things don’t quite go as planned but eventually they get on the same page.  Dani wants to protect her son and Reid wants more than anything to know his son and make up for lost time.  Reid did make me angry a couple of times and had me holding my breath for a bit there.

Once again, Lacey Black has written a fantastic story that kept me riveted and hoping that there wasn’t going to be too much angst (because I’m such a sap and cry all the time).  Profited got five of the most delicious coffees that warmed my belly and my heart.

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The Book Barista Reviews: Sour Grapes by Rachel Goodman

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Title:  Sour Grapes

Series:  Blue Plate, #2

Author:  Rachel Goodman

Release Date:  May 23, 2016

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Uncork this delectable Texas Hill Country romance from the critically acclaimed author of From Scratch, the “smart, sexy, and funny” debut that “piles on the Southern charm” (Publishers Weekly).

Margaret Stokes is bitter. And not in the robust fine wine or tangy dark chocolate kind of way. She just got dumped, is fed up with her job as a glorified party-planner for the rich, and can’t possibly listen to one more veiled insult from her impossible-to-please mother. So she retreats to the comfort of her grandmother’s ramshackle bed and breakfast, where the wide open vineyards are filled with surprises, from the shockingly delicious wine to the aggravating yet oh-so-tempting man who makes it.Ryan Camden’s easy approach to life encourages Margaret to loosen up and have a little fun, despite her better judgment. She resists the urge to micromanage every detail, embracing the welcome distractions of her surroundings and letting their relationship unfold at a natural rhythm. But when a health scare forces Grammy J to give up the B&B, Margaret begins to wonder if Ryan really is the man he promises—and whether the problems she tried so hard to escape ever really went away.


When I started reading this book I was not a fan of Margaret’s.  She just wasn’t a likeable character to me.  But as the story progressed I changed my mind about her. I felt so bad for her.  Yup.  She had my pity.  I’m sure she would’ve hated that but DAMN!!! Her mother was a first class biatch.  She loved her dad and got along with him but mostly, her dad did whatever kept her bitch of a mother happy or pleased.  Her friends were douchebags.  And as if all of the above wasn’t bad enough, she was hurt by the man she loved.

So naturally, when she meets Ryan, the sexy, flirty wine maker she’s pretty bitchy to him. Lucky for her, he’s a super patient guy.  He was a really likeable character.  It was as if he could see through all her BS.  He never gave up.

I enjoyed Margaret’s journey to understanding herself and to understanding that she didn’t need all those….shall we say “negative” people in her life.

I will mention that this is the second book in the Blue Plate series.  It went against all my OCDs to read this without reading the first book but it worked as a stand alone within a series.  I think I might just have to read the first one.

I enjoyed Sour Grapes.  The story and characters were well developed and definitely well written.  I usually rate in coffee but it just seemed appropriate to give this four red wine glasses.

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Cover Reveal: Good Girl by Mira Stanley

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Title:  Good Girl

Series:  Dirty Minds, #1

Author:  Mira Stanley

Release Date:  June 27, 2016

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A kinky bastard seduces a good girl…and gets in over his head

Joe has always liked his sex dirty, but the messier his life gets, the more he craves someone sweet to balance out his darkness. He sets his sights on wholesome Kelly. Unlike any other woman he’s dated, she says crazy things like “please” and “sorry,” and she asks about his day like she cares.

Just when he starts to believe he could tone down his bedroom habits enough to have a relationship with her, she pulls the “friends with benefits” card. He’s good enough to sleep with but not good enough to be her boyfriend. No stranger to casual sex, he should be comfortable with the arrangement, but he can’t help wanting more with his sunshine girl.

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 ISHO Author BioMira dreams of a life where hairy-chested, foul-mouthed pool men serve cocktails while she reads in the embrace of a shady hammock. Her reality looks more like errands, carpooling, sneaking in writing time when she can, and snuggling with her husband and kids after a regular-old day in the Pacific Northwest.

Sex is sacred. It’s also fun. That’s why Mira writes smut with feeling. In her perfect world, every woman who wants it would have access to entertaining, titillating, thought-provoking stories in an environment free of shame.

Some gals like new shoes as a reward for a job well done. Mira prefers reviews and comments from readers. As long as they have arch support.

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Cover Reveal: Deep Redemption by Tillie Cole


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Tillie Cole hails from a small town in the North-East of England. She grew up on a farm with her English mother, Scottish father and older sister and a multitude of rescue animals. As soon as she could, Tillie left her rural roots for the bright lights of the big
After graduating from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in Religious Studies, Tillie followed her Professional Rugby player husband around the world for a decade, becoming a
teacher in between and thoroughly enjoyed teaching High School students Social Studies before putting pen to paper, and finishing her first novel.
Tillie has now settled in Austin, Texas, where she is finally able to sit down and write, throwing herself into fantasy worlds and the fabulous minds of her characters.
Tillie is both an independent and traditionally published author, and writes many genres including: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Young Adult and New Adult novels.
When she is not writing, Tillie enjoys nothing more than curling up on her couch watching movies, drinking far too much coffee, while convincing herself that she really doesn’t need that extra square of chocolate.


The Book Barista Reviews: The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole

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Title:  The Purest Hook

Series:  Second Circle Tattoos, #3

Author:  Scarlett Cole

Release Date:  May 3, 2016

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Can a love built on secrets survive?

Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs…and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn’t need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.

But Dred has other ideas. Pixie’s sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.


I’ve always wished that I was more eloquent in my reviews. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before so I apologize for being repetitive.  I loved this book so much that I can’t even say enough to convey how much.

Why did I love this book, you ask.  Well… without going on and on, here are a few reasons:

Reason #1:  In the previous two books we were teased with hints of attraction between Dred and Pixie (at least that’s how I remember it).  So obviously, it’s nice to have that story play itself out.

Reason #2:  Some of this book takes place in Toronto.  That’s right! The Tdot. The 6ix.  I love that the author mentions places and locations that I actually know.

Reason #3:  Maybe I loved Dred and Pixie so much because they were both so damaged from childhoods that were less than stellar. Way way less!  Yet they were still willing to try.  Even when things seemed so awful, they trudged through to get what they wanted and needed from each other.

Reason #4:  Trent and Cujo are the best brothers/friends a girl could ask for.  It was nice seeing them again in this book. I loved Trent and Cujo’s relationship with Pixie.  I also really loved the relationship that Dred has with his band members/roommates.

Reason #5:  In the book, Dred writes a song for Pixie and if you click here you can actually listen to it while watching the book trailer.

Reason #6:  Dred is a super sexy rock star.  That is all!!!

All in all, I just loved this story.  I loved their journey.  I definitely look forward to more from Scarlett Cole and this series.  I gave The Purest Hook five cups of my favourite Tim Horton’s coffee served with some of Dred’s favourite honey cruller doughnuts.



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The Book Barista Reviews: Rival Forces by D.D. Ayres

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Title:  Rival Forces

Series:  K-9 Rescue, #4

Author:  D.D. Ayres

Release Date:  May 3, 2016

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When it comes to training K-9 patrol dogs, Yardley Summers always trusts her instincts. But when it comes to dating men, she keeps her heart on a very short leash. Mostly, she’s too busy with her four-legged trainees at Harmonie Kennels to commit to a relationship. Only two men have managed to distract her: a handsome Doctors Without Borders physician who’s suddenly gone missing—and the red-hot dog trainer from her past who’s suddenly back in her life…

Now a K-9 rescue team leader, Kye McGarren has never forgotten the days he trained at Yardley’s camp—or the nights he spent in her arms. When he hears that Yardley is on a mission to find the missing doctor, Kye is determined to keep her out of danger. With his K-9 partner by his side, he joins Yardley on a death-defying mission—one that reignites their mutual passion. Will Kye be able to rescue his romantic rival…without losing the woman he loves?


I’ve been reading about Yardley Summers from the beginning of this series and I knew her story was going to be a good one.

From the synopsis you know that there were two men who meant something to her.  One is missing and the other one is back from the past. Kye, the man from her past, is going to help her find out about her missing “boyfriend”.

I need to say right now that I love Kye.  Big, sexy, Hawaiian and a K-9 search and rescue team leader.  I thought he had a great sense of humour and did I mention sexy?  I was anxious to find out why Kye had left Yardley all those years ago.

I already liked Yardley from the bits and pieces we got of her in the other books.  She is one tough lady.  Even when she was in trouble she was no damsel in distress.

Just like the other books in this series, D.D. Ayres puts the story together with enough mystery and intrigue to keep you riveted.

I cannot complete this post without mentioning the dogs in this book.  Lily, a Nova Scotia Toller, is probably the sweetest dog ever.  Picture her draped over the shoulders of the big sexy Hawaiian man. Yeah…that’s exactly what I thought:  Amazing!!!  Then of course, there’s Yardley’s dog Oleg.  Oleg is a Czech Wofldog.  He’s a little bit scary and a whole lot amazing.  I’m sure you’ll want to do what I did and head on over to Google to get visuals on these amazing dogs.

I totally enjoyed Rival Forces and gave it four exceptionally delicious cups of coffee.  I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

NEW four coffee

OH!!!! One more thing.  Do yourself a favour and check out this male hula performance. (just click on the pic)

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