ARC Review – But First Coffee by Sarah Darlington

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Published September 9th, 2018
Print Length: 323 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Inspirational

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Lana is a 30 years old woman, CEO of Java Beans, a successful coffee shop company with 10 locations and about to open a new one. Java Beans is her baby, she built it from the ground up and she’s very proud of it. She’s also overwhelmed and stressed because she makes all the major decision. So when she can’t stop hearing the praises for one barista named Joe Coffee, she has to meet him.

Joe is a 24 years old man, with a past that he would rather forget and a future that’s uncertain at best. He’s a good guy, open, honest, funny, charming and endearing. He’s also hiding something and his reasoning for being employed at Java Beans is sketchy at best.

The attraction when this two meet at Lana’s office is undeniable but also mature. None of them acts on impulses, Joe can’t for reasons that you have to read the book to understand and she can’t either because she’s the Boss-lady.

They try to fight the attraction but we know that won’t last. When they finally get together, later in the book, it’s sexy, sweet and impossible to stop. All at the same time.

One of the things I loved the most, besides the fact that the older character was a female, was the switch in power dynamics and the why behind the decisions they make.

The endearing quality of Joe Coffee’s character and Lana’s strong personality of the woman in charge makes this story even better. This book is full of little details that made me think, analyze and realize things that occur on a day to day basis.

I have seen some people saying this book ends on a cliffhanger. Let me clear this up for you: Lana and Joe’s romance ends with a beautiful HEA in this book.

The cliffhanger people are talking about is for a secondary character, Kitty. She’s Joe’s sister and for that fantastic ending, I’ll say: her book is next.

Personally, I believe the ending on this books was the perfect hook. It finalizes one couple’s story and leads you to want to read the next. For a début author, this is golden.

I could sit here and write a longer thorough review, telling you about each detail of this book but I feel that would defeat the purpose of reviewing it. I really recommend you to read “But first, coffee”.

Disclaimer: I’ve voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book.
Thanks, Sarah Darlington!

About the Author

Sarah Darlington grew up in a military family traveling the United States –although, she’s called Virginia home for most of her adult life.

She’s the proud mom of two very special kids. She believes in true love, soul mates, unicorns, rainbows, and that Hogwarts really does exist. Before having kids she worked as a flight attendant. And when she’s not writing, she’s busy plotting her next grand adventure.

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Cover Reveal – Earning Her Trust by Adore Ian

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Title: Earning Her Trust
Series: Braxton Arcade #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance (New Adult)
Release Date: October 9th, 2018

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She ran from her past… right into his arms.

Marrin Braxton is scarred—physically and emotionally. As a result, she separates her college life from her personal life and makes a point not to trust anyone. Especially guys.

So when she secretly starts sleeping with her hot neighbor, Damian Wane, she makes it clear it’s just sex. Good, kinky sex.

And boy, is it kinky. In the bedroom, Damian is everything Marrin needs. He’s dominant, bossy, and says the filthiest things. Damian makes her submit in ways she never thought possible, and when he’s in charge, she’s able to let go of her need for control and just be.

But it’s how Damian makes her feel outside the bedroom that threatens to tear down the walls Marrin has built around her life and her heart. It’s a loss of control she’s not sure she can handle, and when a man from her past shows up to terrorize her, it’s a loss of control she’s not sure she’ll survive.

Damian Wane is used to getting what he wants. He’s rich, handsome, and gifted with the kind of soulful eyes every person, pet, and vegetable dreams of getting lost in.

After his first night with Marrin, he’s hooked. She’s everything he needs in the bedroom. She’s eager, submissive, and wants him in ways no one ever has before. But it’s the ways he finds himself wanting her, the scars he wants to show her, that have him unable to keep things between them casual. He doesn’t want to let her go, and he’s not willing to share.

But Marrin’s keeping secrets and Damian doesn’t want to be one of them.

If he can earn her trust, he just might make Marrin his. But if he pushes too far, pries too deep, he might lose everything.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Adore Ian grew up in a mixed-race family in Hawaii and has loved steamy romance novels ever since finding a Harper paperback discarded on the sidewalk when she was a kid. She’s a proud dyslexic, a loud intersectional feminist, and a lover of standard poodles. She lives with her manfriend on the east coast where she spends too much time bunny watching and not enough time writing. She believes the ingredients to good romance are too much smut, quality fluff and angst, and a dash of guerrilla sex ed. Her novels are best enjoyed with a slice of pizza and an ice cold beer.

Join her in the trash can. #iAdoreSmut

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#BRMondays – Legal by Kara Owen

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Published June 16th, 2017 by Amazon Digital Services LLC
Amazon Kindle: 99 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica

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SYNOPSIS FROM GOODREADS

Natalie should be off limits, but anything that walks through the door of my office is mine. I don’t care what her old man says. She’s ours!

Natalie

Dumped. Jobless. Fresh out of college and all my plans shot to hell. I hate going to my dad to ask for a job at his law office, but what can I do?

Then I realized who I was interviewing with. Gavin Ross. The man who’s filled my dreams for as long as I can remember.

Cocky. Arrogant. Muscled. Sexy. I’ve measured every man I know against him, and it doesn’t hurt that he has a sexy junior partner helping him run interviews. Talk about the most distracting interview of my life!

And there’s something about the way they look at me. Something that turns my legs to rubber and sets my body on fire. Something that says there’s a hell of a lot more to this job than taking dictation…

Gavin

She was off limits. She was supposed to be off at college. Only now here’s sexy Natalie freshly graduated darkening my doorstep looking for a job.

I’ve got a problem though. Because there’s a little tradition at the firm. We celebrate associates making partner by having a little fun with one of the sexy new assistants, and this one was supposed to be a treat for me and Craig to share.

Only now that I see Natalie standing there, now that I know she’s legal and looking at me with those bedroom eyes, I need her. I’m still going to share her, make her scream our names, but Natalie will be mine!

Legal is a delightfully dirty romantic novella about two sexy, cocky, demanding lawyers who risk the forbidden fruit for a chance with the boss’s daughter! Fresh out of college, Natalie’s going to learn just how much fun it is to be the center of attention for two of the hottest men she’s ever known! Total mfm with no m/m!

Steamy, sweet, short, and dirty with a happily ever after and no cheating just like you like it!

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#BRMondays – Rock Hard Mountain Man by Rye Hart

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Published December 19th, 2016
Amazon Kindle: 192 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

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There I was – stormed in with the sexiest bastard in all of Colorado.

MAGGIE DEAN:
Landing a personal chef job was my ONE big break.
Though, I never expected to come face-to-face with the kinky star of my virgin fantasies.
Tyler Jenner is a sexy billionaire and mountain man – with a RAVENOUS appetite.
And he’s packing more wood than all of Colorado.
He tells me to serve him meat and potatoes.
Meanwhile he wants to serve me some of his own meat.
Can you believe this guy?
I’m not biting.
I’ve got too much on the line.

This mountain billionaire will have to find another cherry to pop.

TYLER JENNER:
When I saw Maggie walk into my lodge, I wanted her right there.
I give her a flash of the mountain monster and she told me to screw off.
She acted like I was some kind of animal. It pissed me off. Not because she was wrong – I am an animal.
But this animal has women lining up for miles to get a glimpse of the log I’m packing in my jeans.
Before long I’ll own this chef. In my bed. In my bathroom. In my kitchen – and she’ll be begging me for more.
But if she thinks she can fix this crooked mountain beast’s heart – she’s got another thing coming.
I’ve got my baggage and she’s got hers. I’m not letting this woman interfere with my life.

No matter how much I CRAVE her.

This is a standalone novella with a HEA and NO cheating! The Kindle version also comes with bonus content, including an exclusive bad boy romance.

Rye Hart. Own Your Naughty.

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#BRMondays – Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan

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(Stand Alone)

Kindle Edition: 200 pages

Published: September 17th, 2016 by Inkitt

Genres: Dating & Intimacy, Social & Family Issues, Gay Romance, LBGT, Romance, Young Adult, YA, Social Issues, Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis (From Goodreads)

The coming out story that will completely change the way you look at love.

Juliet represents the road less traveled. Will Lena take it?

Lena Newman is 17, her best friend’s a cheerleader, her boyfriend’s a football player, and as far as everyone is concerned, her life is sorted. But that’s before she befriends the new girl. Juliet is confident, slightly damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and a lesbian.

Lena realizes that her interest goes beyond just friendship. She sets off on a path of self-discovery where the loyalty of those closest to her will be tested. Continue reading #BRMondays – Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan

[Book Review] First by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Firsts by Laure Elizabeth Flynn

(Debut Novel – Stand Alone)

Kindle Edition: 320 pages

First Published: January 5th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult, YA Romance, Coming of Age, High School Romance, Realistic Fiction

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Synopsis (From Goodreads)

Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward, fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time- the kind Mercedes never had herself.

Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy- so far. Her absentee mother isn’t home nearly enough to know about Mercedes’ extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won’t even say the word “sex” until she gets married. But Mercedes doesn’t bank on Angela’s boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn- or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed.

When Mercedes’ perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her reputation and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process. Funny, smart, and true-to-life, FIRSTS is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up. Continue reading [Book Review] First by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn