Review: Always by Lynsay Sands

Always was a fun, romantic read that left my heart full.

Rosamunde was raised in a convent and prepared to take the veil to become a nun. But her father, King Henry, had a different path in mind for his illegitimate daughter. She was his favorite after all, and he would see that she was well cared for and loved.
Aric, just ending his engagement to a cheating harlot and left with major trust issues, had absolutely no desire to ever marry. King Henry, however, gave him no say in the matter. Aric was always the king’s first choice when thinking of a husband for his daughter. And thanks to Aric’s recent single status, the king gets what he wants.
Of course it isn’t exactly marital bliss for the newly wedded couple. There are plenty of bumps to smooth out. Which is to be expected from two strangers unexpectedly thrown together.
Rosamunde may be the king’s daughter, but she is in no way spoiled. Raised to be fully self-efficient and reliable, she is used to caring and tending to her own matters. Her main responsibility and passion at the convent was working in the stables with the animals. Aric, however, still feeling the effects of his ex-betrothed, lets his jealousy and fears consume him in regards to Rosamunde. He stifles and tries to control her actions, thinking that by limiting her he can prevent her from being unfaithful. Sadly, he misses the point that Rosamunde is nothing like his vile ex or other women from his past. But, he will learn.
There were quite a few times throughout the story that had me shaking with laughter. Obviously, Rosamunde is naïve when it comes to matters of the bedroom, and one really shouldn’t get sex advice from a nun and a bishop. Just…no. I felt for Aric during those times. He actually feared bedding his wife at one point. Then there was her affinity for caring for animals. There’s a scene where she’s nursing a horse back to health that you really need to read for yourself. It was hilarious.
Best of all about this book though was seeing these two people slowly come to trust in each other and love one another–to the point where they’d risk their own lives for the other. Watching Aric come to learn what is was to be truly loved and cared for and feel those things in return is pretty heartwarming. And seeing Rosamunde bloom from a young woman out of her element into a strong, fierce protector and lover is pretty amazing.
This was a 4 star read for me.
 

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Cover Reveal: Sinful Longing (Sinful Nights #3) by Lauren Blakely


Lauren Blakely is well known for writing sexy, heartfelt and humorous contemporary romance as well as deeply emotional new adult stories — one commonality in all her books is the scorching hot sexy times. You can expect nothing different from her Sinful Nights series! First, there was SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS. Then there was SINFUL DESIRE, and now Lauren brings you the passionate and suspenseful SINFUL LONGING filled with sexy and passionate moments that will keep you begging for more!
He’s the inked brother. The one you’re wondering about. The bad boy of the family.
Colin Sloan has a past. He’s done things he’s not proud of, but he’s living differently now. Making changes in his life. Working hard, working out harder, and trying to win over one woman. He’s utterly crazy about Elle Mariano, and though the sex is epic, their friends-with-benefits arrangement just isn’t cutting it anymore. He wants all of her, and is determined to prove he’s what she needs in her life.
Elle is fiery, loyal, and in major lust with Colin Sloan. He’s everything she craves in a man — smart, sexy, kind — and a rock star between the sheets. But his past hits too close to home for her, and the people she has to protect. There isn’t room in her life for a relationship with Colin. Especially when she’s forced to keep a secret that could tear his family apart…
SINFUL LONGING is the third book in the steamy, sexy, suspenseful New York Times Bestselling Sinful Nights series from Lauren Blakely, author of the wildly popular Seductive Nights series…This high-heat, high-stakes romance series follows the Sloan family as each sibling falls madly in love against the backdrop of sin, money, greed, passion, mystery and suspense…
Pre-Order Links for SINFUL LONGING coming November 17th
Add it to Goodreads here!
But Wait! That’s not all! SINFUL DESIRE has gotten a new cover too!
Because the Sinful Nights series is all about the Sloan family and their journeys, Lauren and her team thought it was important for the covers to help tell those stories and focus on the Sloan men as well. In order to do that, SINFUL DESIRE, and the series as a whole, was updated. We are so excited to share these covers with you today! We can’t wait for you to fall deeper in love with the Sloan brothers!  
And don’t miss the first two books in the Sinful Nights Series…
 
SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS
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Amazon UKhttp://amzn.to/1bMN0aK
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Google Play https://goo.gl/fvJvvz
Paperback http://amzn.to/1HqMMSi

SINFUL DESIRE
Amazon UShttp://amzn.to/1FMD8ff
Amazon UKhttp://amzn.to/1UHGKDK
iBooks UK  http://apple.co/1J7tI9Q
Google Playhttps://goo.gl/mQGiEy
Paperbackhttp://amzn.to/1LZlQNy

And be sure to watch for the next title in the Sinful Nights series!

SINFUL LOVE – March 2016
About Lauren Blakely:
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had eight books on the New York Times Bestseller list and fourteen on the USA Today Bestseller list. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire. She recently released SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS, the first novel in her new sexy romance series Sinful Nights that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her new adult forbidden romance, 21 Stolen Kisses, hit e-readers in May and landed on the USA Today Bestseller list. In September, she’ll release SINFUL DESIRE, her next title in the bestselling SINFUL NIGHTS series. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign).
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Review Tour: Snow Boy (X-Treme Boys Series #5) by Kay Manis

Title: Snow Boy
Series: X-Treme Boys #5
Author: Kay Manis
Genre: Sports Romance

Geneva Barton was a bitch—until the threat of criminal charges forced her to confront the demons from her past. Two years later she’s worked hard to overcome her vindictive ways. Everyone has given her a second chance. But does she deserve it?
Maybe a gorgeous stranger on a tropical island, 4,000 miles from home will help her find out.
After suffering heart-breaking loss, Berk Rigby has left his career as a professional snowboarder and returned to his native island home in Kauai, Hawaii. The last thing he deserves is absolution. But when a beautiful guest at his family’s resort forces him to confront his past, he’s suddenly thinking about a future again. A future with her. But does he deserve it?
A chance encounter.
A leap of faith.
A vacation that will last a lifetime.

 
Hawaii. Warm sand beneath your feet. Waves crashing on the shore. Paradise to many. For Berk, Hawaii is his temporary home, his solace in a time of pain. A place to hide from his past.
 
For Geneva, Hawaii is just a vacation spot to celebrate a friend’s nuptials. Seven days of sun, sand, family and friends. A family that has grown to mean so much to her.

Both Berk and Geneva have painfully dark pasts they’d like to forget. They both hide their demons from each other. With Geneva’s days on the island numbered, they figure their union will be nothing more than a quick romp. But among the heat and the lust, real feelings develop, on both their parts. And as Geneva’s departure date looms nearer, the urgency to spend time together grips them stronger. Then Berk’s past catches up with his present. An unexpected, and somewhat unwelcome, visitor arrives on the island disrupting the connection between Berk and Geneva. And quite possibly severing it completely. 
 
Snow Boy was a lot of fun! Kay Manis has a creative use of words that had me laughing at some points, then the next moment things got so steamy my glasses could have fogged up. I have to point out we do meet Geneva prior to this book. And well, I never thought that I would ever root for her, but I did! For me, Geneva has been completely redeemed. She tries so hard to separate herself from who she was and the damage she did. Her family has forgiven her past wrongs and loves her tremendously. Now it’s up to her to forgive herself.

Berk, sweet, hot, damaged Berk, made my heart hurt for him. Three years have passed since his world changed. We still don’t know his full story, but we know enough. He’s secluded himself from the world. Once a pro snow boarder, he now works at his family’s resort. He doesn’t speak about the circumstances that brought him there to anyone. His family knows and they’ve all allowed him the time to heal. But it took an unknowing, sassy blonde to reach the parts of him that he thought were sealed for good.
 
My gosh! When Berk and Geneva come together it’s nothing short of smoking hotness. Those two in bed…or in a shower…or on a surfboard…or…or…or…yeah…s-i-z-z-l-e! Crank the AC up when you dive into this one. Sadly though, all good things must come to an end. And seriously the ending Kay Manis left us with opened a pit in my stomach and had my heart in my throat. I cannot wait for Geneva and Berk’s conclusion in My Snow Boy.

 

Kay Manis lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter and five pound Chihuahua affectionately named “Tiny.” When not writing or researching you’ll find Kay reading a good book, eating out with friends or napping. 

Kay’s biggest goal in writing is to amuse, inspire and entertain. If she’s done that for you then she says she’ll always consider herself a success.
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