Review & #giveaway – Finding Paradise by V P Ortiz @vportiz_books @xpressotours


Book & Author Details:

Finding Paradise by V.P. Ortiz
Publication date: September 24th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance


Mila Quinn is ready to finally move out of the college dorms into an apartment with her longtime boyfriend, Ethan Lowe. But when Ethan reveals a big secret, her world is suddenly turned upside down, stirring up old memories of love and loss. Completely torn apart, she boards a plane to Hawaii to escape for the summer.

Even though Mila wants to spend her time in paradise in isolation, fate has other plans when it drops sexy local Gage Madden in her lap. Hesitant at first, she agrees to let him take the reins on her island exploration. As Mila discovers the wonders of Oahu with Gage, it becomes harder for her to fight the budding attraction between them.

But behind the curtain of island adventures and undeniable chemistry, trouble is brewing where Mila least expects it. Secrets begin to bubble to the surface that could destroy her all over again. Will Mila find her paradise? Or will she leave Hawaii with another broken heart?


I really liked that this story started straight in the middle of the action.  No tedious back story to get through.

The foreshadowing was a little obvious at times, but the slow build of the narrative worked.  The harshness of the initial break-up did a good job of setting the tone for Mila’s outlook on relationships, and although at times, I did want to give her a shake, her steps to getting over the end of what she had with Ethan was dealt with in a very realistic, yet sensitive manner.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book.



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About the author

V.P. Ortiz lives, works, and breathes in sunny/snowy/beautiful Colorado with her loving husband, their two beautiful children, and their three fat cats. While her home may be in the Rocky Mountains, she left her heart somewhere on the island of Oahu, where she plans to retire someday in a tiny house with an avocado tree and free-range chickens. Besides reading any book in sight, her hobbies also include eating, dancing, lip syncing, and occasionally running until her husband has to pick her up eight miles away because she got lost and has a leg cramp.

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Review – Loving Eva by Camellia Hart @hartcamellia

Book & Author Details:

Loving Eva by Camellia Hart
(In Light of Shadows #2)
Publication date: February 14th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

loving eva.jpgSynopsis:

THE SENSUAL SAGA OF EVA AND CLIVE CONTINUES in the hotly anticipated follow-up to CHASING EVA…

He’s addicted to her. He’s obsessed by her. He cannot stay away from her. He doesn’t want to. He couldn’t bear to. But when demons from his past threaten his future with Eva, he must make a devastating choice. A choice that may lead him to losing her…forever.

Her days are darkening. She’s losing all control. Her only anchor is Clive. But her troubles are mounting, and she’s pulling him with her into deep danger. Will their limitless passion overcome it all? Or will she lose him too…forever.



This (as the cover tells you) is the second in the series.  And I really loved the first book, which was the author’s debut.  So I had high hopes for this installment.  And, although this is the tricky second book, I think that, on the whole, it delivers.

This book was, I felt, more about filling in the gaps.  There were flashbacks and explanations and more suspense than in the first volume, and I seemed to be assessing the potential of everyone to be the bad guy (or girl) as I was reading.  And I am sure that this was the intention.

Solidly written,  the characters are now more fleshed out in my mind, and I have a deeper connection to the overall storyline.

This, inevitably, has heightened my desire to get my hands on Killing Eva.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.




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About the author

Camellia.jpgCamellia Hart, a techie turned author of romance, lives in San Francisco with her husband, the love of her life.

Other than writing her next romance novel, her hobbies include traveling, lazing on a beach with a good read, watching movies with happy endings while gorging on endless buckets of popcorn, red wine, and champagne truffles.

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Cover Reveal – Rough by Sybil Bartel @sybilbartel @xpressotours @xpressoreads



Rough by Sybil Bartel
(Thrust, #2)
Publication date: March 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance




I’m not your boyfriend. I’m not the guy next door. I don’t even play nice.

My hands twisting in your hair, my whispered demand in your ear—I’m the fantasy you’ll wish you never had.

When I’m through with you, every inch of your body will know where I’ve been. You won’t crave more, you’ll beg for it. Because I’m not just the cocky smile with military hardened muscles you paid five grand for—I’m the experience you’ll never forget.

One night with me and you’ll know exactly why women pay me to be rough.


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About the author

SybilSybil Bartel grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew her into the world of storytelling. She loves the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes her swoon.
Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she isn’t writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…

But Seriously?

Here are ten things you probably really want to know about Sybil.

She grew up a faculty brat. She can swear like a sailor. She loves men in uniform. She hates being told what to do. She can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks her out. Her favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—she can’t decide. She has a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on her for driving directions, ever. And she has a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell her husband.

To find out more about Sybil Bartel, be sure to follow her on Twitter (she loves to hear about your favorite book boyfriend!), visit her website, like her on Facebook or join her Facebook group Book Boyfriend Heroes for exclusive excerpts and giveaways.

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