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Book Review | Beautiful Bad

I received an Advance Reader's Edition from the publisher to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links.  I may receive a commission if you make a purchase using some of the links below.

Author: Annie Ward
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback ARE
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
Publisher: Park Row Books (Harlequin)
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository

There are two sides to every story... And every person.

Maddie and Ian's love story began with a chance encounter at a party overseas, while she was a travel writer visiting her best friend, Jo.  Now almost two decades later, married with a beautiful son, Charlie, they are living the perfect suburban life in Middle America.  But when a camping accident leaves Maddie badly scarred, she begins attending wiring therapy, where she gradually reveals her fears about Ian; her concerns for the safety of their young son; and the couple's tangled and tumultuous past with Jo.

From the Balkans to England, Iraq to Manhattan, and finally to an ordinary family home in Kansas, sixteen years of love and fear, adventure and suspicion culminate in The Day of the Killing, when a frantic 911 call summons the police to the scene of a shocking crime.

10 Facts You Probably Don't Know About Me

Hello? Is this thing on?  I know it's been a while but I've finally decided that I'm ready to blow the virtual dust off this blog and my YouTube channel.  I thought the best way to do that would be to share a little bit more about myself so that we can get reacquainted.  So here we go. 

TBB Asks | Giving Thanks Edition

It's that time again!  I really do enjoy doing these TBB Asks questionnaires.  They're a lot of fun and I love scrolling through the link up and seeing some of the other bloggers' responses. 

This month's questionnaire is all about gratitude and Thanksgiving.  But before we get the Q&A, I just wanted to give you all a heads up that there are some affiliate links below and I may make a commission off of any purchases made through those links.  Now on with the q&a session.

Blog Tour | Love Rekindled & Ready For Love by Nyora René

Love Rekindled

Series: All or Nothing (Standalone)
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Sports Romance
Available On: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo
NBA superstar Malcolm James has everything- fame, money, and two beautiful kids- but no woman to call his own.  When his ex, Charmaine Mouton, arrives in Houston to sing the national anthem at the All-Star Game, he can't help but remember all the good times shared,  and he's determined not to let her get away again.

Five years ago, Charmaine Mouton made the difficult choice to pursue a singing career and lost the love of her life in the process. Now a successful recording artist, when she sees Malcolm again, she decides to reach for the life she left behind.

But relationships take work, and Malcolm and Charmaine will have to put in the work if they want their love to last the second time around.

Ready For Love

Series: All or Nothing (Standalone)
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Sports Romance
Available On: Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo
As manager to some of the country's hottest stars, Denise Mitchell has it all and then some. Fabulous career? Check. Brownstone in SoHo, NYC? Check. Enviable lifestyle? Check. She works hard, plays even harder, and lives life to the fullest.

Enter NBA superstar Drew Smith. Fine as hell, down to earth, and the best sex she's ever had. But Drew is ready to settle down and change his ways, and he's set his sights on Denise Mitchell. She's his every fantasy rolled into one luscious package. The problem? She's determined to keep their relationship casual.

Well. . . we'll see about that.

Excerpt From Love Rekindled

Charmaine shifted in her seat and uncrossed her legs.  "Excuse me, I need to go to the restroom," she said to the group.

"I need to use the restroom myself.  I'll show you where it's located."  Malcolm rose from his chair and pulled hers out.  He knew from past experience that the restrooms were in a secluded corner of the restaurant and were easy to miss if you weren't paying attention.

As they walked toward the restrooms, Malcolm's hand grazed her lower back, close to the curve of her bottom.  Charmaine's back stiffened for a moment before her body melted into his touch.  Once out of sight of the other diners, Malcolm let his hand drift to her bottom and squeezed.  Still as juicy and firm as he remembered.

Charmaine's low moan reached his ears and she stopped in the middle of the secluded hallways.  Standing behind her, wrapping his arms around her waist, he ground his erection against her derriere, both of them gasping at the friction.

Malcolm guided Charmaine by the hips, steering them toward the alcove tucked past the restrooms.  On his first visit to this restaurant, he had come by the alcove by accident while looking for the men's room.  He leaned down and nuzzled the curve of her neck, inhaling her scent, before placing a soft kiss there.  When she moaned, he grinned and licked a path from beneath her ear to the curve of her neck.  Once they got to the alcove he spun her around, plastered his front on hers, and braced her back against the wall.

Looking down into her dark brown almond-shaped eyes, all of those feelings hit him.  Not just the lust-- although that was still his predominant thought-- but all the small things that he used to love about her.  Like her inability to hide her emotions from him and how she reacted to his touch.

"Mal. . .mmm. . . Malcolm, what are we. . . what are we doing?" Charmaine gasped.

He moved closer, pressing light butterfly kisses against he neck.  She felt so good against him, and he loved the way she arched into his touch and wrapped her arms around his neck, pressing her body closer to his.

He almost didn't respond to her question, but when she gasped his name and repeated her words, he pulled back, breathing harshly.  Her skin was just as smooth as ever and he was dangerously close to being lost in her.  His eyes met her dilated ones, and it took every bit of self-control he had not to devour her on the spot.  Instead, he let the back of his hand caress the side of her face as he stared into her eyes.

"This is a proper greeting, not the sanitized one you gave me earlier," he murmured.

"Proper greeting?  Sanitized?" Charmaine choked out, her body slightly arching away from his embrace and arms loosening from around his neck.

"Yes, did you really think a simple 'hi' would be enough for me?" he asked.

"I thought saying hi after not seeing each other for years was an acceptable greeting.  What did you expect?" she asked, head tilted to the side, body still leaning slightly away in his embrace.

"A hug to start off," Malcolm murmured, drawing her back to his body as he focused his attention on nuzzling her neck.

"Well, you're taking a lot more than a hug now," she said, shivering.

He smiled against her neck and closed both eyes, squeezing her body a bit more tightly to his.

About Nyora René

NYORA RENÉ has always been an avid reader.  She discovered a whole new world full of possibilities when she developed a love of reading.  Nyora's favorite books involve handsome, alpha male heroes, and beautiful strong heroines.  When Nyora decided to follow her passion and write books, romance was the natural choice.  Her goal is to create wonderfully strong characters who are lovable and real, the kind of characters she would want to read about.  Her debut novel, Love Rekindled, hit the scenes in 2016 and was an Amazon bestseller.  In addition to writing and reading, Nyora loves to spend time with her family and friends; she also loves shopping and traveling.  She hopes to one day visit all 50 states, and has already checked off half of them.  If you still want more, check out her website or email her at nyorarene@gmail.com.

You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her Amazon author page.

Are you a fan of second chance and/or sports romances?  Let's chat in the comments. 

Sunday Post #5

This weekend has hands down been one of the worst of my life.  Hurricane Florence has done a number on the Carolinas y'all.  My hometown is currently under water.  A lot of people including my mom, baby sister, niece, and the rest of my extended family are still trapped there.

So many of my family and friends have lost their homes, cars, and their pets.  This is like a nightmare that I keep hoping to wake from.  I feel so hopeless that I can't get to them because the roads between where I live and where they are have been washed out and blocked by trees.  I'm hoping to find a safe alternative route to take once the water starts to recede, but that could be a while away.

They don't even live on the coast and are seeing this much damage.  I think we were so concerned about wind damage since that what we usually get that we didn't even think about flooding because it hasn't flooded this bad there since Hurricane Hugo.  I'm blessed because we don't have any flooding in our yard as of yet.  We have a neighbor's tree fall, but thankfully it fell in their yard and avoided hitting any houses, cars, and power lines.

Some of my other neighbors have mini ponds in their yards and one of our parks is completely flooded.  Our emergency crews have been great at quickly getting the power restored to those without and moving all of the fallen trees as they are notified about them.

Y'all this hurricane has taught me to never get comfortable or try to downplay storms.  Always expect the unexpected when it comes to Mother Nature and these natural disasters.   We've also agreed that the next major storm that comes through, we will be evacuating as one big family and going outside of the Carolinas.  This way we aren't separated and everyone is safe.

Please pray for the Carolinas.  If you would like to help here is a wish list of supplies that will be needed for cleanup.  Please consider purchasing something off this list.

Also, this post contains affiliate links, which means I may receive a commission for some sales made through some of the links below.

Friday Five Currently | Week 11

This has been a week y'all.  Forget a redo, can I just fast forward to happier times in the future?  Please and thank you.  I hope that everyone in Florence's path stays safe this weekend!

TBB Asks | Cozy Edition

September is here and you know what that means.  Fall is here and it's time to celebrate all things cozy!!  I'm so stoked that one of my favorite seasons is about to start.  I've been counting down to this since Spring started.

And because I love all things cozy related, I'm participating in the TBB Asks Cozy Q&A.  So let's get started.  But first, I just wanted to give you all a heads up that there are some affiliate links below and I may make a commission off of any purchases made through those links.  Now on with the q&a session.