Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy Endings Book Club by Kylie Gilmore

Happy Endings Book Club Boxed Set Books 1-3 
Author: Kylie Gilmore
Publication date: January 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Book 1: Hidden Hollywood
She’s on top…  
When superstar actress Claire Jordan researched her role for the Fierce Trilogy movies, she never expected the bond she feels with the author and her romance book club aka The Happy Endings Book Club. Soon Claire finds herself confessing her secret longing for a regular guy—no more egocentric wealthy players—and the book club is all too ready to help. In disguise as a regular girl, she’s all set for a date with book-club-approved Josh Campbell.   
He’s on top…  
Billionaire tech CEO Jake Campbell is weary of gold-digging women, especially the glamorous superficial types. So when his identical twin, Josh, calls in a favor, asking Jake to step in as him on a date, Jake figures one of Josh’s cute girl-next-door types might be just what he needs. One night of passion with the sweet girl next door leaves Jake wanting more, except she seems to have vanished.  
Sometimes a Happy Ending is just the beginning. 
Book 2: Inviting Trouble
Madison Campbell has worshipped her older brother’s best friend, Parker Shaw, for as long as she can remember. So the night before he leaves for the Air Force, she decides he’s leaving town with her virginity. All she has to do is transform her tomboy self into a sexy woman with a bit of borrowed makeup and some creative fashion choices. The results? One drunken kiss that Park doesn’t even remember.  

Ten years later, no man has ever gotten close to her heart the way Park did. And now that he’s back, the very unfeminine Madison refuses to blow her second chance. But when her bold attempts to snag his attention (“Oops! Dropped my towel.”) fail miserably, she does something completely insane—she caves to a makeover from the meddling matchmaker in charge of The Happy Endings Book Club. Hey, Park, you want some of this? Madison is about to find out. 
Book 3: So Revealing
The last thing Charlotte Vega needs is a cocky HOT stuntman like Ty Campbell in her life. But when he pulls the ultimate stunt—a sexy romantic gesture that ends with a charming invitation to a sunset dinner cruise—she finds him impossible to resist. Cue disaster.  

Their rocky first date goes from bad to worse when his yacht (okay, it’s actually borrowed) gets stranded in deep mud. Turns out there’s nothing Ty can do but wait hours and hours for high tide with no power, no way to cook dinner, and a hangry sexy-as-hell woman.  

But Ty is determined to salvage the date so he starts a game to pass the time. Only what Ty learns makes him realize he may have just botched a date with the perfect woman. How will he ever win her now? 

The Happy Endings Book Club series continues with Book 4, Formal Arrangement, plus more! 
Happy Endings Book Club Series 
Book 1: Hidden Hollywood
Book 2: Inviting Trouble
Book 3: So Revealing
Book 4: Formal Arrangement
Book 5: Bad Boy Done Wrong
Book 6: Mess With Me
Book 7: Resisting Fate
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Hidden Hollywood Excerpt
© 2016 Kylie Gilmore 
Claire bit her lower lip. “Dammit. This is why I can’t have real relationships. I can’t trust anyone.” 
“You can trust me.” 
She sighed. “I don’t even know you.” 
“Get to know me.” 
“Jake…” She looked away. 
“One date, the real deal. Jake and Claire.” 
She was tempted. He could tell. She didn’t give him a no right away and now she was searching his face, looking for the truth. He leaned forward, brushing his lips against hers, coaxing. He pulled back and met her eyes, fully prepared to do this all night if he had to. Coaxing, charming, easing his way in. He’d thought coaxing would be too difficult with the way he wanted her, but having her pull away was much harder.
She spoke quietly. “You don’t want that kind of spotlight on you. It’s not pretty.”
It wasn’t a no. 
“I want you, and whatever comes with it, I don’t care.” He cradled her face with both hands. “I want Claire.” 
She closed her eyes, and he dropped his hands to her shoulders, sliding them down the satiny smooth skin of her arms to her hands. He took her hands from behind her and pulled them forward, just holding them. She didn’t pull away. He sensed she was leaning toward letting him in. 
Finally, she spoke, the words filling him with elation. “We’d have to keep it quiet.” 
Not that he wanted to keep it quiet. He just wanted to be with her so much he was willing to play the game her way. For now. He kissed her softly and spoke against her lips. “Is that a yes?” 
“Yes.” She shoved him away. “Now stop kissing me. One date. Jake and Claire.”
“Why do I have to stop kissing you?” 
“Because you want to get to know me, remember?” 
“I can get to know your body first. Get reacquainted.” 
She laughed. “Yeah. I’ve heard that one before.” 
He figured she probably did. Everyone wanted the sexiest woman alive. He’d seen the magazine giving her that honor and her bikini body splashed everywhere. He knew that kind of attention didn’t always bring out the best in people, and he realized he had to stand out from the pack. 
He stepped back and helped her off the table. 
“Such a gentleman,” she teased. 
“It’s all an illusion,” he replied, not bothering to hide the edge of unsatisfied lust in his voice. 
“Story of my life,” she said breezily. “I’ll text Hailey to let you know when I’m free.” 
“At least give me your number now that we’ve established how much you lust for me.” 
She laughed, and he grinned. “I’d like to stop going through other people.” He pulled his cell from his pocket, punched in the code, and handed it over. 
She typed her number in while saying, “I never give this number to anyone. Only a handful of people have it on a need-to-know basis. Can you handle that kind of responsibility?” 
“What do you think?” It was an honor and, hell, he’d earned it with all his restraint.
She met his eyes, fire back in hers. “I hope so. I swear I will hunt you down—” 
He cut her off with a kiss. Not a gentle one. The kind that said he’d be taking what he wanted and she’d damn well like it. She sagged against him. 
When he was good and ready, he broke the kiss and snagged his cell from her limp hand. “Later, Claire Jordan.” 
She fought back a smile and then beamed a big one at him, stunningly beautiful in her well-kissed, hot-for-him state. “Later, Jake Campbell.” 
He grinned and headed out the door. Now that was more like it.

Author Bio:
Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Clover Park series, the Clover Park STUDS series, and the brand new Happy Endings Book Club series. She writes humorous romance that makes you laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water.
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she's not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.


Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Recap

In 2017 I read over 150 books, went to a signing, and even got added to few street teams. I put together my version of a highlights reel below:

Best Author Discovery
- Brittney Sahin
- Daryl Banner

Best Gift to Fans
- Sons of Beasts series by TS Joyce

Most Anticipated Book Release
- Ruin of the God's by Erin Hayes

Most Noteworthy Series
- Royal Romeos by Jenny Gardiner
- The Celebration Series by Stacy Eaton

Top 3 Emotional Impact Reads
- Bromosexual by Daryl Banner
- Son of Kong by TS Joyce
- Velvet & Vows by Stacy Eaton

New Genres & the Books That Made Me Love Them
- Football Sundaze by Daryl Banner (M/M)
-  Touching Infinity by Erin Hayes (Sci-fi)

Most Followed Authors of the Year
- TS Joyce
- Erin Hayes
- Jenny Gardiner
- Kylie Gilmore
- Liz Kelly
- Daryl Banner
- Stacy Eaton

Top 5 Fictional Escapes of 2017
- Damon's Mountains, Created by TS Joyce
- Neptune's World, Created by Erin Hayes
- Clover Park, Created by Kylie Gilmore
- Henderson, Created by Liz Kelly
- Celebration Township, Created by Stacy Eaton

Most Amazing Communities (Street Teams)
- TS Joyce's Trailer Park Book Club
- Erin Hayes' Nerd Crew
- Chance Carter's Diamonds

Most Amazing (Finally) Met in Person Moments
- Daryl Banner (Author)
- Jonny James (Cover Model)

Top 5 Most Mention 2017 Moments
- The Memories made with my favorite author TS Joyce at the author signing in Tulsa
- The Development and Production of HavoK apparel by Jonny James and TS Joyce
- Christmas card exchange in Erin Hayes' Nerd Crew
- Meeting the multi-talented photographer and cover model Nathan Hainline
- Being added to the street team of TWO of my all time favorite authors - Kylie Gilmore & Liz Kelly

2017 was a great year for my love of books and I look forward to what awaits in 2018.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Mess With Me by Kylie Gilmore

Mess With Me
Series Happy Endings Book Club book 6
Author Kylie Gilmore
Genre contemporary romance
Release Date  November 7th, 2017

Ally Bloom attends her college reunion on a mission—a second chance with her first love. Turns out he’s single and…not interested. Their love is doomed! But when Ethan Case, the sexy cop friend of a friend, finds her crying in her spiked punch, he invites her for coffee with his date. Knowing he’s taken and she doesn’t need to impress him, Ally blurts the entire sucky men saga that is her love life. 
But wait! There he is at her Happy Endings Book Club meeting.
And pulling her over for speeding.
And in her classroom to talk to the kids about safety.
Is the man just messing with her, or is this the beginning of something real?
My Review
Kylie Gilmore broached a very important topic in this installment of the Happy Endings Book Club series as she brought us along on Ally's journey. Whether you are female or male true happiness starts first when you accept yourself.  
If you want to build something that lasts you do it on a solid foundation and Ally and Ethan's story is a heartwarming tale of just that.
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mr.Wright by Liz Kelly

Mr. Wright (Heroes of Henderson Book 6) by [Kelly , Liz ]
Mr. Wright
Series: Heroes of Henderson, Book 6
Author: Liz Kelly
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 24th 2017

After Dallas, Laidey Bartholomew finds Henderson to be a breath of fresh air. Out from under the expectations of her socialite family, she can be as invisible as she chooses. She’s perfectly happy flying under the radar, until a hot-tempered, masculine work of art roars into town on his Road King and zeroes in on her. 
All of a sudden, Laidey’s not invisible anymore. 
Xavier Wright hasn’t lived in Henderson for fourteen years. You’d think by now everyone would have forgotten about his juvenile antics. Knowing his sick ma doesn’t need any additional stress in her life, he’s determined to make amends for his bad-boy ways. Unfortunately, a certain little newcomer continually brings out the worst in him.
She’s way too prissy for him. He’s way too domineering for her. 
Harry believes it’s a match made in heaven. 
All the books in the Heroes of Henderson Series are complete romances. They do not need to be read in order, but it might be more fun that way as characters continue to show up in Henderson in big ways and small.
My Review
I was so excited to head back to Henderson much like Xavier Wright on his hard candy hot-rod-red Road King. We got to catch up with old friends and make some new ones on this road trip back to the town everyone wishes they could visit. 
Xavier with his gruff yet swoon-worthy demeanor and Laidey... well she was just adorable. I loved the sentiment that it took her leaving home to find her home. Xavier and Laidey's story kept me glued to my Kindle. It was so enthralling to watch these two discover they were the yin to the others yang. 
On a side note: Getting to know a new (existing) Henderson family - the Wrights was beyond delightful. If Xavier is any indication of what's to expect if more Wrights do in fact come back to Henderson... I CANT WAIT!!

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