Stripped (Blue HEAT #1) by Tara Wyatt

Detective Sawyer Matthews isn’t just having a bad day—he’s having the worst day. His hunt for the criminal who killed his team member has stalled and now… he’s got to play nice with his new, totally unwanted partner. It’s not that she isn’t qualified, or that he doesn’t like her—it’s because he knows what she looks like naked. So very, very naked.

Brooke Simmons finally landed her dream job working for H.E.A.T, an elite undercover detective squad, and she’s not giving up simply because she had a one-night-stand with her sullen—but undeniably sexy—new partner. They’ll just have to keep it professional. Easier said than done, considering their first case requires Sawyer to infiltrate a drug cartel operating out of a male strip show. Watching him do his best Magic Mike impression every night isn’t just hot—it’s torture.

Sawyer doesn’t need any distractions, yet his attraction to Brooke is explosive and he can’t resist going for round two. Or three. Or four. But as their investigation progresses and danger mounts, they’ll have to put their jobs, hearts, and lives on the line to fight… for each other, for survival, and for justice.

A minimalist review.

This was fantastic!
Fun, captivating, and witty.
The meeting between this couple was sexy and sharp.
The ongoing tension incredibly satisfying.
The case is attention-grabbing and the uncover work... well... tantalizing. (Smirky-smirk)

One of the most fun and sexy books I’ve read this year.




“My new obsession. I'm eating every word of this series and begging for more." 
— Alessandra Torre, New York Times bestselling author

Julie Kenner's BAR BITES with recipes by Suzanne M. Johnson

Julie Kenner's BAR BITES. 
It's a book with recipes by Suzanne M. Johnson, a USA Today bestselling cookbook author.

I had a BLAST recreating one of the recipes from Bar Bites!
Check out the recipe for Farmhouse Sliders below :)

The Recipe

2-3 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 onion, thinly sliced

12 small eggs

2 teaspoons soy sauce

Salt and pepper to taste

1 pound ground beef

2 teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning

1/2 cup mayonnaise

12 slider potato buns

12 slices extra sharp cheddar cheese

12 slices bacon, cooked and drained

Gathering all my ingredients

 Frying up these delicious meaty treats...

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter and add onion and soy sauce. Sauté until translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. In a large bowl, combine ground beef and Montreal steak seasoning. Form into 2-inch patties. Preheat grill to medium and cook burgers for 5-7 minutes, turning halfway through, or until 160 degrees for medium (170 degrees for well done).

Making my garlic mayo with the sliders cook...

In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and garlic. Using the same skillet as before, over low heat, melt 1/2 tablespoon butter and crack 4 eggs into skillet, making sure to keep separated. Salt and pepper eggs and flip after 1 minute. Continue to cook for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute and immediately remove from heat for an over easy egg.

All done! Time to put these bad boys together!

To build each slider: spread 1 tablespoon of garlic mayonnaise on slider bun, top with beef patty, 1 slice cheddar cheese, 1 tablespoon sautéed onion, 1 bacon slice and 1 egg. Repeat for the remaining 11 sliders.


The BookEnd ~ May 18, 2018

Happy Friday friends!
I hope you guys had a wonderful week and have an even better week to come.
May you kindle be full and your reading spot be comfy :)

More Than Words by Mia Sheridan ~ Review
More Than Words by Mia Sheridan ~ Review

Frozen by Christine Amsden ~ Review

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Frozen by Christine Amsden ~ Review

Apparently, life doesn’t end when you get married.

Cassie Scot is called away from her daughter’s first birthday party when a young couple is found frozen to death in their living room. The couple ran a daycare out of their home, making preschoolers the key witnesses and even the prime suspects.

The investigation takes a dangerous turn when a deputy is attacked by a hell hound, a creature nobody has seen in hundreds of years. Then the mist rolls in, bringing with it the cold. Cassie has to think fast to survive, and her actions cause a rift between her and her husband.

No, life doesn’t end after marriage. All hell can break loose at any time.

Ebook Release: April 25, 2018
Print Release: June 15, 2018 (tentative)
Audiobook Release: TBA

Dear Christine,
Write more for you. THIS. IS. FANTASTIC. Dare I say your best? Yes, I think it is. 

It's what Christine Amsden wrote at the end of Frozen. She wrote it for herself and published it for the fans. I feel like that is what she needs to continue to do. The flow, content, and love that poured out of the pages of Frozen prove that.

The story was tight, yet incredibly engaging. People like me, who've read her from the beginning, will be absolutely thrilled with the way Cassie is now adulting. Its an honest look at parenthood and a relatively fresh marriage.  The way these two are learning to communicate and still function is what many young couples with a baby go through. Throw in the fantasy and paranormal elements, along with the immensely engaging mystery, and you have a perfect way to catch up on the family and all those that surround them.

I feel there is more to come in the Cassie Scott world. This story ain't over, in all honesty, it's just beginning (hint-hint Christine)

One of the best in the series thus far!


COCKTALES - A Cocky Collective

Cocktales, a limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is coming May 26th!

Cocktales Anthology

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Publishing Date: May 26th

Cover Designer: CD Reiss

Each story was specifically written for this anthology.
The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).
Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th.

Pre-order your copy today

Amazon: Coming Soon
iBooks: Coming Soon
Nook: Coming Soon
Kobo: Coming Soon

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Contributing Authors Include

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword
Dylan Allen – 'Cocked and Loaded'
Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Double Cocked'
Whitney Barbetti – 'Cocksure Grin'
Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'A Wicked, Cocky Plan'
K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Magical Cock and Bull'
Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – 'Don’t Get Cocky'
L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal'
Mariah Dietz – 'Landmines'
Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – 'Cock and Balls'
BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.'
Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – 'The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall'
Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Tricky Bond'
Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – 'Cockamamie'
Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Couture'
Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Culinary Cock-Up'
Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Crimson Cocktail'
Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Swag'
Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Love & Hate at the Stallion Station'
Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Going Down'
Katyi McGee - USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocksure Co-Star'
Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cockblocked'
Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Getting It Up'
Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Her Cocky Russian'
Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman'
Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’
Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – 'Fight or Flight'
CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Capo'
Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – 'Beard and Hen'
Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – 'The Color of Love'
Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Aligned'
Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – 'All'
Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series'
Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Until the Cock Crows'
Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Chocolate and Cockup'
Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – 'The Golden Sombrero'
Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Alpha'
Karla Sorensen – 'Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story'
Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – 'Cocky Mafia'
April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – 'Code of Conduct'


*ALL* net profits will be donated to:
Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.
*Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.
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More Than Words by Mia Sheridan ~ Review

It’s not your everyday second-chance romance. It’s more like destiny personified. I lost myself in the pages filled by Mia Sheridan. A romantical fantasy with good and evil, light and dark, tragedy and triumph. Utter book loving perfection.

We also get a bonus romance-within-a-romance that made my book loving heart soar. I want to talk and discuss it, but in all honesty, I am so frightened of giving something away that I dare not even begin to talk plotlines and synopsis. Just know this: It is book candy at its most decadent. A sweet and thoughtful read sure to make fans of Sheridan move this to the top of their favorites list.

What more can I say? Get it. Read it. Love it.


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No one lays open the heart and soul quite like New York Timesbestselling author Mia Sheridan.

The moment she met Callen Hayes, eleven-year-old Jessica Creswell knew he was a broken prince. Her prince. They became each other's refuge, a safe and magical place far from their troubled lives. Until the day Callen kissed her--Jessica's first real, dreamy kiss—and then disappeared from her life without a word.

Years later, everyone knows who Callen Hayes is. Famous composer. Infamous bad boy. What no one knows is that Callen's music is now locked deep inside, trapped behind his own inner demons. It's only when he withdraws to France to drink his way through the darkness that Callen stumbles into the one person who makes the music return. Jessica. His Jessie. And she still tastes of fresh, sweet innocence . . . even as she sets his blood on fire.

But they don't belong in each other's worlds anymore. There are too many mistakes. Too many secrets. Too many lies. All they have is that instinctive longing, that need—and something that looks dangerously like love.

The BookEnd ~ May 11, 2018

How was your week? Mine was a long one! 
I think I need a good stiff drink and an engaging read.
Happy Friday, Book Friends :)


Falling Out of Love with an Author - Video Discussion

Freyja's Daughter by Rachel Pudelek

Freyja's Daughter by Rachel Pudelek

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FREYJA’S DAUGHTER by Rachel Pudelek

Faline Frey is a bounty-hunter, more comfortable relying on perp files and handcuffs than using her huldra powers to take down a suspect. No sense in catching the unwanted attention of her local Hunter authority, a group of holy soldiers born to police the supernatural and keep Wild Women—huldras, mermaids, succubae, rusalki and harpies—in check.

All that changes the night she heads out for a date, hoping to get lucky. Instead, she gets screwed.

Now her sister is missing, along with Wild Women from all over the country. The Hunters are on her tail and the one person offering to help is her ex-lover, Officer David Garcia, who has just enough ties to the supernatural world. To unite her enemies against their common foe, Faline will need to convince the Wild Women to do the one thing she fears most—exhume their power buried deep beneath centuries of oppression. That is, if she can keep them from killing each other.
It’s a very rare thing these days for me to immediately start a book via author invite. Especially a new author I have never heard of before via email. Well folks, I call these “hidden treasure” reads. I sent the book file of Freyja’s Daughter to my Kindle app with the intentions of doing a quick skim read and moving on. Well, three hours later I was still reading.  

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A female bounty hunter with hidden powers and a low lying buzz of chemistry with the cop she interacts with had me pulled in. WIth an unexpectedly good storyline and a premise that reminds me of authors like Ilone Andrews and Nalini Singh, I was wildly entertained with fantasy creatures walking among us, living for the night, and saving the day.

Freyja’s Daughter has strong female characters, captivating content, and Rachel Pudelek shows a talent for writing and content that I can totally see a fan base growing from.

I am looking forward to more from this author.


As a former doula and childbirth educator, my passion has always been in women’s history and women’s advocacy. As a reader, I found myself wishing for more female characters whose complexities mirrored those of women throughout history as well as women today. And as a lover of all things paranormal, I desperately wanted to see female characters who were not a part of a supernatural species ultimately ruled by males. I wanted to see matriarchal groups of supernatural females known throughout folklore to be powerful in their own rite. I wanted to empower those who feel powerless. And so I got to work creating an empowering feminist urban fantasy novel about folkloric women who come out of hiding to smash the patriarchy. I’d like to introduce to you, FREYJA’S DAUGHTER

Hooked on You by Kate Meader ~ Giveaway!

Hooked on You
by Kate Meader Chicago Rebels, #4 
Publication Date: May 7, 2018 
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Sports Romance, Standalone