January 23, 2018

Thrive by Aly Martinez • BLOG TOUR & REVIEW


THRIVE by Aly Martinez

When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.
Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.

I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.

Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell. 

That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.

It’s the call I’m terrified to make. 
I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.


This is how you start out a new year! I've heard many great things about this author. I even have most of her books already. This is just another instance where I was skeptical about the hype surrounding a story and author. Obviously, when everyone continues to rave about her, you just need to take the leap and give it a try. I wish I'd done that sooner.
Mira and Lark. Angst. That's the best way to describe their story. Two friends. It's hard to say when they became more. But they both know when they became nothing. Their story was a bit heartbreaking. You want them to have their chance, but fate keeps intervening and preventing that. One thing after another until finally Mira NEEDS him more than she needs air.
I absorbed every word. This book became a part of me. Attached to my hand, taunting me every free second that I had. If someone had told me that there was so much angst to these stories then I probably would have loved Aly Martinez by now. I've learned my lesson. I now see myself going on a binge ASAP.



"For loving me. For taking care of me. For understanding me... And most of all, for giving me a beautiful life." SWOON! Jeremy & Mira are all kinds of sass rolled into hot steamy sexy. They are as hard headed as two people can be but genuine and loving to everyone around them. I am the biggest sucker for second chance love and this book didn't disappoint. It offered me just the right amount of angsty snit to keep me reading with a fire under my tail. While soothing the burn with unlimited swoony goodness.

I realize now that his is book 2 in a series but I swear it didn't change anything for me haven't not read the first. This was every much a solid stand alone and was perfectly written. Aly is one of my favorite authors because the way she delivers a story is genuine and pure. She can pull at your heartstrings while slapping your a$$ with lusty talk all in one sentence. This book was wonderfully written and awesome to read. I completely recommend this book and Aly Martinez as an author.



so... What can I say. I devoured the first book in this series (via audible, lol) and couldn't wait for the next one. And I absolutely loved Lark. From the minute the story started I loved him. Mira, well let's just say it took a while. 
Mira and Lark knew each other when they were younger. But Mira was with his best friend, so he knew she wasn't his, but time and time again her boyfriend cheated on her and that's when they got together. But when push comes to shove, Mira choose the douchebag boyfriend, and Lark left broken hearted. 

But the weirdest thing is that both of them wanted each other but they both thought the other was just with them for a good time.
17 year later, Lark is divorced with adorable twin girls and Mira's life is exploding again. And the only one who can save her is Lark.
This story is told in the past and present. And it is a bit heartbreaking reading their story and what they both went through. Now they are different people. Even though Lark wants nothing to do with her, he can't help but be drawn to her again. But deep down he's also afraid of getting involved again, because this time if she walks away how will he recover
A book filled with heartache, pain, love, sadness, laughter, suspense, action everything you expect from this series. So why not 5 stars, I took off half a star, because it took me almost till the end of the book to like Mira, and yes I know people make mistakes, but I guess I wanted her to pick him from the start! 
Man I can't wait for the next one... Johnson... I'm waiting for you!!!! 




Originally from Savannah, Georgia, USA Today bestselling author Aly Martinez now lives in South Carolina with her four young children. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys cheap wine, mystery leggings, and baked feta. It should be known, however, that she hates pizza and ice cream, almost as much as writing her bio in the third person. She passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a super-sized tumbler of wine by her side.    
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xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan • REVIEW BLITZ


The first time we met was at a party.

Your ex arrived to show off the person he'd left you for last month, and you asked me to pretend to be your date.

I was more than happy to help. You were attractive, smart and witty--and that kiss we shared? It left me wanting you for days.

The second time we met was in my office on campus where we were both surprised to discover you were the new master’s degree student in poetry that I would be working with. You promised to be professional. I did no such thing.

The late nights and intense study sessions spent alongside you majorly throw me off my game. I want you, and I fight with myself daily over this fact.

I know I'm crass, that my sexual innuendos and dirty mouth annoy you, but I live for those two bright spots of color in your cheeks. If that's the only reaction I can get out of you, I'll gladly take it.

You hate Mondays so every Monday I slip an anonymous poem into your bag and your smile gets me through the week.

I think I'm falling for you, and I know it's wrong. I know that I'm only supposed to be your adviser and nothing more, but here's the thing. I think you're falling for me too.

xo, Zach


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I have to say this again, I love this author. I loved this book.
Have you ever read a book and from the minute you start reading the guy in the book just melts your heart. Well here you go... #sigh... Zach
Poppy has too much responsibility to go out and party, but her friend convinces her to go to a small house party. And low and behold who walks in, her ex... with his new girlfriend. What is she going to do. I mean really what every other women would do. The first guy to catch her eye she convinces him to play her new boyfriend. But what she didn't expect was the chemistry she immediately felt with Zach or the attraction. And it helps that he's drop dead gorgeous.
Zach is everything that a women would want, he is smart, funny, freaking sexy and he is a seriously good kisser, so why won't she give him her number. So fate really does step in. Because guess who shows up at Zach's office... Oh Yeah.
But there are just two little problems, first she has sworn off men and second she is his new student advisee. But Zach wont give up, he has finally found someone worth fighting for. He will get his women and he will break down her walls and the adviser thing, well isn't it worth it.
From the moment these two met you could feel their attraction and chemistry and the story was Hot and for me so freaking romantic and sweet. Awesome Read


Review by: Erin 

This story was incredible! Zach and Poppy are wonderful characters, so well developed and "alive". I felt like I was present with these characters for every step of their journey. The storyline was amazing and flowed effortlessly. I loved the interaction between Poppy and Zach, but I completely fell in love with Connor. This story will hit you with the feels and leave you feeling like you conquered the world at the end.

5 Stars 


A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine. 

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Undefeated by Stuart Reardon & Jane Harvey-Berrick • RELEASE BLITZ


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A powerful contemporary romance set in the fast-moving world of international rugby.

When your world crashes down
When they all say you’re out
When your body is broken
I will rise.
I will return.
And I will be undefeated.

Nick Renshaw is the golden boy of British rugby. When a serious injury threatens his career, he starts to spiral downwards, a broken man.
Feeling abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him, he fights to restart his life. Maybe there’s someone out there who can help him. Maybe he can find his way back toward the light. Maybe … not.
Dr. Anna Scott might be the one person who can help Nick, but she has her own secrets. And when Nick’s past comes back to haunt them both, the enigmatic doctor is more vulnerable than she seems.
Broken and betrayed, the struggle to survive seems intolerable. Who will give in, and who will rise, undefeated?

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Stuart Reardon

Stuart is a retired England International Rugby League player who’s career spanned 16 years as a professional playing for several top League clubs. He has had several major injuries that nearly ended his career just as in Undefeated, the amazing collaboration with Jane.
Currently he is a Personal trainer living in Cheshire, and has an online fitness program: Fear Nothing Fitness.

Jane Harvey-Berrick

enjoy watching surfers at my local beach, and weaving stories of romance in the modern world, with all its trials and tribulations.
It’s been the best fun working with Stu on this story. And yes, he did think about joining the Marines once.

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Ryan's Bed by Tijan • FMR REVIEW

Ryan's Bed by Tijan 

I crawled into Ryan Jensen’s bed that first night by accident.

I barely knew him. I thought it was his sister’s bed—her room. It took seconds to realize my error, and I should've left...

I didn’t.
I didn’t jump out.
I didn’t get embarrassed.
I relaxed.
And that night, in that moment, it was the only thing I craved.

I asked to stay. He let me, and I slept.

The truth? I never wanted to leave his bed. If I could've stayed forever, I would have.
He became my sanctuary.

Because—four hours earlier—my twin sister killed herself.


Review by: Erin

This story was phenomenal! The storyline was incredible, flowing seamlessly with plenty of addictive drama. I could not put it down. Mackenzie and Ryan are very well developed characters. They were impossible not to fall in love with. This story is full of all the feels. You will laugh, and you will definitely ugly cry. This was a very emotional journey, full of self discovery. Definitely one I will read again and again. My first top read of 2018. 

6 Stars 

Review by: Tatia 

THIS! This is what I love about reading. The emotion, the suspense, the unraveling of all of the pieces in the puzzle. I couldn't get enough. These pages have you hooked, waiting, trying to figure out just what happens and why. Ryan's Bed was full of angst, the kind that I can't get enough of.
    The rug has basically been pulled out from under Mackenzie. Having just met this family that she's being forced to stay with, you can imagine her surprise when she ends up in the wrong bed. OOPS! But maybe it was for the best. Of course, the guy in it may not think the same thing. He was just as surprised as she was. Thankfully, he takes some pitty on her and doesn't kick her out.
    Tijan made this story so much more that just words on pages. You felt all of it. You didn't expect half of the revelations that were uncovered. Until the very end, you're left guessing, waiting for the last shoe to drop. And when it does....it'll leave you with goosebumps. At least it did me. I got chills after reading the very last sentence. DON'T READ THE END FIRST! Start at the beginning or else you'll ruin it for yourself. Discover the story the way it was written. It was created that way for a reason after all.

5 Stars 

Review by: Stacey 

This book had me all in by chapter one! I love any and everything Tijan but to be honest this book was EVERYTHING! I loved the characters and m heart was so vested in all of them!

Mackenzie a senior gets moved to a new city and deals with tragedy as soon as the book starts but she finds herself in Ryan’s bed! 

Ryan is Mr Popular....all star basketball guy and he has it all and can have any girl in the school! When he finds Mac in his bed he embraces her and finds himself wanting to be around her and he despite his shadows is driven to be thee for Mackenzie.

This book pulls you in and hold you there till the very end! I absolutely LOVED it! I loved it all and was so sad when it ended!

A must read! Grab it and get into Ryan’s Bed!!!!

5 Stars 

Review by: Flavia 

Oh my word. Exactly what I expect from this author. Raw, angst, heartache, crying, emotional, i can go on.
I actually don't want to say too much about this book. I read a lot of reviews on this book and some was good others was not so good. I think each person should read it and find out for yourself. This book deals with a topic that a lot of people (I think) can't talk about or can't cope with. 
But if you are a fan of this author then you will not be disappointed. A story about a girl who lost the closest person to her. She found someone else she could lean on. Someone that helped her but also became her crutch. I felt that MacKenzie didn't want to cope with what happened and that's why Ryan became her safe place the person she could go to and the person that understood her.

I think this book deals with the stages of grief and how to cope with your grief after a tragic event. It will have you crying your eyes out at some points and then also have you cheering that in the end happiness will come out again.

4 Stars 

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