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Exes – A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel by Aria Hawthorne


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Exes – A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel by Aria Hawthorne

Kindle Edition, 350 pages

Published December 30th 2016 by French Kiss Press LLC

~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

When Chicago real estate tycoon Harvey Zale pings a “friend of a friend” with a flirtatious text, he never expects to start an addictive sexting affair with a complete stranger. He’s a billionaire who can get any woman he wants, but he can’t have her—his mysterious, sultry Contessa, who inspires his nightly confessions and soothes more than just his conscience from the consequences of his own shallow ambitions.

He’s determined to build the tallest towers in the world and he needs to sell his Chicago riverfront property to finance it. But when Alma Castillo, the Lara Croft of antique hunters, shows up on his land, claiming the existence of a priceless Tiffany stained-glass window and doing everything in her power to muck up his deal, he knows he’s got more than a stray cat to collar and tame. She’s not only on a mission to save long-lost antiques; she’s also on a personal crusade to hate his guts.

He would know. She served him divorce papers a year ago, just to prove it.

And he’d care a helluva lot more if his ex-wife’s sassy tongue and wicked intelligence didn’t turn him on every time she called him “a**hole” and if she didn’t look so damn cute in those baggy overalls, disguising her affinity for being naughty as much as being nice.

Perhaps even as naughty as his Contessa, who unlike Alma, doesn’t know anything about his real identity or flawed, billionaire reputation, which flames his desires to escalate their fantasy relationship into the reality of one scorching night of mindblowing…

If he could just get his mind off his ex-wife—the only woman he’s ever truly loved. God, woman…if she would just let him pleasure her scornful frown and turn it oh, oh, oooohhhh so upside down, maybe he could convince her to marry him again.

But no one ever said it was easy being a greedy opportunistic billionaire bastard, especially one who happens to know there’s nothing better than make-up sex with an ex…

Please note that all of Ms. Hawthorne’s billionaire romances are stand-alone novels set in Chicago with minor subplots and secondary characters that intersect, but each book can be read and enjoyed in any order.

~Review~

*a copy was provided via Netgalley*

First off, I looove the cover. ^-^

I wasn’t sure what to expect at first.. but from the title (Ex’s – A Second Chance Billionaire Romance) I could kind of guess.  It is funny, emotional and sexy. This is the first time I am reading a book by Aria Hawthorne and I am glad I did.

Alma & Harvey are the main characters, they were previously married for almost five years before they divorced. I thought Harvey and Alma had great chemistry and enjoyed this story thoroughly.  The writing just came alive with their chemistry. I don’t know who I loved more – Aria with her stubborn intelligence or Harvey with his cockiness and humor.

Alma is a preservationist who loves and specializes in stained glass windows. She is hired to make a determination on whether a building is historical and needs preserved or allowed to be torn down by none other than her ex-husband, Harvey, ahhhh sooo awkward! haha!  They end up on a treasure hunt but, what they discover throughout their journey is so much more than what they expected. A year after her divorce, she’s stooped to sexting a mysterious man…which actually may be the best thing going in her life. This guy has to be better than her ex, even though he’s a rich powerful ass.

Harvey’s flirty, funny, sexy and sweet. Harvey isn’t like the typical alpha billionaires usually seen in romance books, which is what I loved the most.He is human with his flaws, but not without his cockiness 😉 He has a great sense of humor and I loved his witty conversations with Alma! When he loved he gave it his all, without giving up.He’s a billionaire architect in the process of demolishing an old train depot. has lost his flair for finding treasures in the rough and fixing them up with Alma’s help. It became more about the money to him, which Alma couldn’t get behind.

To be honest, there were a few parts that I felt were unrealistic; when Alma first talked on the phone with the “mysterious guy” (who’s actually Harvey, her ex husband…) she’s been texting. They did in fact see each other the same day.. In real life people’s voices don’t necessarily sound different on the phone.. sooo just really unrealistic…like how the heck did they not recognize each other’s voices!? :c  Also,wondering why Alma couldn’t tell it wasn’t him in the first place?.. I mean, Harvey is a billionaire, and he told her and made her know that when they were texting. How many billionaires are in their city, jeeeez. And visa versa, Harvey not noticing this “mystery girl” (Alma), acting exactly as Alma would.  🤔🤔🤔🤔

Overall, kinda annoying at times, but It’s an enjoyable story. This is the first book by this author but I will defiantly her give her books another try! I recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Bestselling author Aria Hawthorne loves writing about billionaire men who lavish their women with expensive jewelry and ravish them like queens in bed. EXES – A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel is her newest release coming January 3, 2017. Her previous billionaire romance novel, CLOSER, was awarded a KDP Select “All-Star” award from Amazon US and UK for being one of the Top 100 “Most-Read” Kindle novels following its launch. Once upon a time, she lived in the grand lakefront city of Chicago; now, like a forlorn lover, she simply yearns for the day when she can return to it. She is a sucker for heart-wrenching love stories and she cries during the same scenes in the same movies–every single time.

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Teaser Tuesday (#32) ~ Exes – A Second Chance Billionaire Romance Novel by Aria Hawthorne

 

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Teaser Tuesday (#34)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it. All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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“When you find someone, someone who gets you, who understand you, it’s worth fighting for. The last thing you want to do is be five years down the road and look back and wonder what could have happened. Trust me, that kind of regret that kind of what-if, can gnaw on your soul until there is nothing left.”

#2:

“I couldn’t see a place in my life or in my bed for anyone but her now, and that she made me feel that every love song I had ever written or sung made no sense until she came into the picture.
… I was going to hold on to her for as long as I could, until the fire got too hot and burned me alive from the inside out, and she would have no choice but to watch it smolder.”

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The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker


The Delphi Effect

The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker

Kindle Edition, 379 pages

Published October 11th 2016 by Skyscape

~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.

When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.

~Review~

*a copy was provided via Netgalley*

A lot better than I expected. It kinda reminded me of The Host by Stephanie Meyer, but 100 times better, with way more detail and uniqueness.  I absolutely loved this book and thought it was great. The idea of having people in your head makes for an interesting story and I loved the way the author presented in the book.

The Delphi Effect is an extremely action packed adventure from start to finish with many paranormal elements along with some science fiction mixed into an intense thrill ride. This series is classified young adult but I would say with this one the characters and action seemed more on the mature side than a typical young adult read.

The story starts off with Anna’s ability to harbor and speak with ghosts. At the age of three, she was left in a food court with a note taped to her, that simply read her name, date of birth and ‘this child is possessed’. Since then, she has grown up in various foster homes, friendless besides a younger adoptive brother named Deo.

As the book goes on many other things added into the mix like, clairvoyance, psychic abilities, telekinesis and so on. Along with moving from revenge for murder into a much bigger conspiracy involved. So much to keep one’s attention this one certainly broke the typical young adult mold.

The writing is fantastic and Anna’s character is really relatable. Her voice is spot on for a teenager, and I loved how she can be immediately abrasive to her ‘hitchers’. This was such a good start to a series, especially with the cliffhanger ending!

Ahhhhh….I wish that the next books in the trilogy were out already! I neeeeeed to know what happens next. I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Rysa WalkerRysa Walker is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards.

Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she read every chance she got. On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stop light.

She currently lives in North Carolina, where she is working on her next series, The Delphi Project. If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back into the writing cave.

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In My Mailbox (#29)


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Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske


Now That It's You

Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske

Kindle Edition, 313 pages

Published September 6th 2016 by Montlake Romance

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

Talented chef Meg Delaney hasn’t spoken to her cheating ex-fiancé, Matt Midland, for two years. Ditching him at the altar after blurting out “I can’t” instead of “I do” would sour any relationship. But now, just as Meg is finally ready to bury the hatchet, she learns closure is permanently off the menu. And the kicker? Matt’s brother, Kyle, is back in her life, stirring up feelings that are equal parts guilt and lust.

Meg was the best thing that never happened to Kyle. He couldn’t make a move on his brother’s girlfriend—even if Matt didn’t value her nearly enough. The situation is even more complicated now that Meg’s bestselling aphrodisiac cookbook has spawned a legal battle with the Midlands. Maybe he should stay away. But love, like family, plays by its own rules. And the one woman he shouldn’t want might be the only one who’s perfect for him.

~Review~

*A copy was provided via NetGalley*

Beautiful, funny, relatable~

I was kind of unsure of how I would like this novel, but I’m happy I read it. I really enjoyed reading this; it was interesting, different and fresh.

Now That It’s You easily hooked me into this story right from the start. You have the whole range of emotions played throughout the book as the characters deal with a loss, come together for a romance, have a bit of controversy over the estate and a whole other range of things. Meg and Kyle seem to keep crossing paths now that Matt is gone and the two start to develop a bit of a relationship. And it’s obvious that they’ve liked/loved each other from when the first met. Matt’s death really brought them together. One of my favorite parts was when Meg and Kyle joined the LARPers (Live Action Roleplaying); it was fun and a really creative bit :3

The way the author describes the way Kyle feels about Meg and vice versa, you can tell they really want to be together.  Kyle really remembers everything about her and it’s cute and sweet; little details of when Matt, him and Meg did things together and such. But they have this problem where everything seems to be revolved around Matt (Meg’s ex-fiancé, also Kyle’s brother). Matt just keeps coming up, in every scenario. I don’t know why but I kind of found that frustrating; Matt’s name popping up everywhere. Just wish they had gotten together sooner rather than later, with them moving forward from Matt’s death, and always basically contemplating whether it’s right to be with each other. Ahahah I don’t know why but I reallllllyyyyy dislike the fact that Matt has had such an impact on Meg’s life… She’s stuck and it’s like she cannot move on… Yes, she and Matt were together for a decade, but he’s dead, and I know she didn’t get to say good bye or whatever but she deserves too, especially since he cheated on her…

But enough about that…

ahhhh <33 I love Meg and Kyle <3333

Overall, it was amazing, even though I do wish that some of the outcomes were different, that doesn’t change the fact that, despite my melancholy, I found this book to be fun and beautiful and not what I expected. The overall ending was fitting for this couple. I recommend it, if you want a fun, light read~

Lol but I don’t think I will ever get over Matt’s name/His death being mentioned so much, I felt like it was overly dramatic in a way  xD

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~Author Bio~

Tawna FenskeTawna Fenske is a USA Today bestselling romantic comedy author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. She traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city’s tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Bend, Oregon, where she’ll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, standup paddle, or sip wine on her back deck.

Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves, which was nominated for contemporary romance of the year by RT Book Reviews. She also writes interactive fiction capers for Coliloquy; steamy, heartwarming series books for Entangled Publishing; and tender, funny romances for Montlake Publishing. Tawna’s quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from Kirkus Reviews, which noted, “Up-and-coming romance author Fenske sets up impeccable internal and external conflict and sizzling sexual tension for a poignant love story between two engaging characters, then infuses it with witty dialogue and lively humor. An appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness.”

~Author Links~

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Happy Reading!

-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

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The Silver Chain (The Unbreakable Trilogy #1) by Primula Bond


The Silver Chain

(The Unbreakable Trilogy #1)

by Primula Bond

Paperback, 400 pages

Expected publication: August 15th 2013 by AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (first published July 4th 2013)

~Rating: 5/5 stars~


~Description~

Bound by passion, she was powerless to resist.

One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…

Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.

To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.

As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?

An erotic romance novel perfect for fans of 50 Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. The Silver Chain is the first in the sexy, passionate and addictive Unbreakable Trilogy by Primula Bond.

~Review~

**An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I found it similar to FSOG in only the most general sense (older millionaire male, younger struggling female)…

We first meet Serena as she is running from something: it isn’t until further in we realize that she is running from a life that to this point has been abusive and dream crushing, and only running away will let her follow her dream of being a photographer. She has a fairly lonely existence, with horrible parental figures and not much support or belief in her: so the interest in Gustav is understandable.

When Serena meets Gustav Levi. A dark and handsome stranger with a vampirical vibe. Gustav is far older than Serena, well placed in his gallery and quite successful his last relationship sounded the death knell on his ability to trust in a relationship.

From the moment they Gustav and Serena meet, they are instantly attracted to one another.

I loved this book! This was captivating and well written with characters that leapt off the page and is definitely just as good if not better than 50 shades.

I CAN’T WAIT for book 2!! The cliff-hanger really left me hanging! I want to know what happens with Serena and Gustav!!

Happy Reading!

~Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime~

 

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