Tuesday, January 21, 2020

BLOG TOUR with REVIEW - INAPPROPRIATE by Vi Keeland is NOW AVAILABLE!


INAPPROPRIATE IS LIVE!
A Standalone Contemporary Romance
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Vi Keeland

"... great characters with fun, quick-witted, sexy banter. The romance was sweet ..." - Craves the Angst

TITLE: Inappropriate
SERIES: Standalone
AUTHOR: Vi Keeland
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: January 20, 2020
PAGES: Approx. 267

COPY PROVIDED BY: Author
MY GOODREADS REVIEW LINK
RATING: 3 Stars
CLIFFHANGER: No

BOOK BLURB:
Terminated for inappropriate behavior.
I couldn’t believe the letter in my hands.
Nine years.  Nine damn years I’d worked my butt off for one of the largest companies in America, and I was fired with a form letter when I returned home from a week in Aruba.  
All because of a video taken when I was on vacation with my friends—a private video made on my private time. Or so I thought…

Pissed off, I cracked open a bottle of wine and wrote my own letter to the gazillionaire CEO telling him what I thought of his company and its practices.
I didn’t think he’d actually respond.

I certainly never thought I’d suddenly become pen pals with the rich jerk. 
Eventually, he realized I’d been wronged and made sure I got my job back.
Only…it wasn’t the only thing Grant Lexington wanted to do for me.  

But there was no way I was getting involved with my boss’s boss’s boss. Even if he was ridiculously gorgeous, confident, and charming.

It would be completely wrong, inappropriate even.

Sort of like the video that got me into trouble to begin with.

Two wrongs don’t make a right.


But sometimes it’s twice as fun.



REVIEWER'S NOTE: I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.


3 Stars!

The Review:
I enjoyed this book. Inappropriate had great characters with fun, quick-witted, sexy banter. The romance was sweet and Grant had a lot of self-reflection he needed to do in order to move forward. But I felt like there was something missing, too.

Ireland has been wrongly fired from her job. On a drunken tirade, she emails the CEO and lets him know just what she thinks. Instead of getting angry about the email, Grant Lexington decides to investigate, which leads to a very interesting and fun meet-greet. But, he’s not looking for more than a fling. She’s got white picket fences and children in her future.

It wasn’t supposed to ever work between them...

Grant’s backstory was eyeopening and heartbreaking. He had a childhood romance that went very wrong. Honestly, I was more interested in the history between Grant and Lily than I was in the current romance between Grant and Ireland. Though they had decent chemistry with amazing banter, they just didn’t have a whole lot going on in their story. I felt the author spent a lot of time explaining Grant’s past relationship. I was invested in what happened with Lily. The author did a great job with the emotions and telling of her downward spiral with mental illness.

The romance between Grant and Ireland was interesting, but as I stated, there wasn’t a whole lot going on. They had a few get-to-know-you moments and a couple of hot sexy times, but I felt like there could have been more. I also wanted to know more about Ireland’s past. She had a tragic tale that would have definitely left scars, but we got a couple of bylines about it and that was it. We got a conclusion to Grant’s past, but nothing to Ireland’s past. Where is her family? We don’t see them once.

Without giving too much away, this one also had some cliched tropes in it that I think would have been better left out. I think the author was going for a full-circle moment, but we could have gotten an epilogue with those things in it and been just fine.

I’m a fan of this author, and overall, I liked this one well enough. But it wasn’t Vi Keeland’s best book in my opinion. As always, she has a great way of writing, but the romance story itself in this one just didn’t give me the feels I wanted or am used to from this author... but it was definitely worth a read.

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

SNEAK PEAK - INAPPROPRIATE by Vi Keeland Excerpt Reveal:


Excited about Vi Keeland’s upcoming release,
Inappropriate?

Check out this SNEAK PEEK...

Excerpt Reveal - INAPPROPRIATE by Vi Keeland

I wondered if he’d be here.

I was mid-conversation with some former colleagues I hadn’t seen in a few years when I got my answer. The sight of him made me lose my train of thought. 

On the other side of the room, Grant Lexington stood wearing a classic black tuxedo. He was talking to an older gentleman, which gave me the opportunity to really take him in—tall, broad shoulders, yet not overly bulky, a narrow waist with one hand resting casually in his pants pocket. Even from a distance, his confidence registered. There was something about the way certain men held themselves that showed they were in charge, and that really worked for me. It could take a man who was a seven and make him an eleven in my book. On the other hand, a handsome ten with a meek personality could be reduced to a five. 

Mr. Confident held a drink in his left hand and raised it to his mouth, but he stopped before drinking. He seemed to sense something and looked around the room. When his eyes caught mine, a slow, wicked smile spread across his face. He excused himself from the conversation and strode toward me. 
My body tingled as I watched him approach with long strides, and I turned from the group I’d been standing with. 

“What a pleasant surprise,” he said.

I tried to appear casual as I sipped my champagne. “I’m filling in for Bickman.”

He nodded. “Of course.”

Grant eyed the group next to me. “Are you here with a date?”

“No. You?”

He smiled and shook his head. “Would a compliment be unwelcome? I wouldn’t want to sexually harass you.”

“Compliments are always welcome, Mr. Lexington.”

His eyes sparkled. Taking hold of my elbow, he led me a few feet away from the group I’d been standing with. “That’s a dangerous thing to say to a man like me.”

“What was the compliment anyway?”

Grant’s eyes swept over me. “You look beautiful tonight.”

I blushed. “Thank you.”

Grant stopped a waiter as he passed. He gulped back the rest of the amber liquid in his glass and slipped the flute of champagne from my hand, setting them both down on the waiter’s tray.

“I was drinking that.”

He motioned for the waiter to move along and returned his attention to me. “I’ll get you more when we’re done.”

“Done with what?”

He held out his hand. “Dance with me.”

I shook my head. “I’m not sure that’s such a good idea.”

He smirked. “I’m fucking positive it’s not.” 

★★★


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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author. With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

WELCOME 2020!



Things I discovered/re-learned in 2019:
You don't have to be perfect. No one is.
Flaws are okay and make you more interesting.
You don't have to say yes all the time. It's okay to tell someone no.
Take your time because life is too busy and goes by to fast as it is.
Taking time for yourself is not a sin.
Reading is still my biggest pleasure, but kdrama's give me all kinds of happiness.
One or two friends who get you are better than a dozen who don't.
Ice cream is still my favorite food.

What did you learn in 2019?

Here's to a beautiful and healthy 2020,
with lots of opportunities to grow and be happy.

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY BLESSED
AND SAFE NEW YEAR!

Oh, and don't forget...
ENDS IN A FEW HOURS...
ENTER the "Midwinters Eve Giveaway Hop"
for a chance to win signed books and a Kindle Fire!

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Monday, December 23, 2019

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



Wishing you a very safe, very wonderful and healthy holiday season.
I hope wherever you are, you're happy and warm.

Don't forget about the giveaway going on over at my blog for a chance to win signed books and a Kindle Fire!

ENTER the "Midwinters Eve Giveaway Hop" HERE:

Saturday, December 14, 2019

MIDWINTER'S EVE GIVEAWAY HOP!

**** CLOSED ****

The winner is...
Sarah S.

Congrats, Sarah! You've been emailed.

A huge thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway.
And thank you for being a part of Craves the Angst in 2019.
I'm looking forward to being with you in the new year.

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Welcome to the
MIDWINTER'S EVE
Giveaway Hop!
Hosted by Bookhounds.

I love this time of year. The sparkling lights, the holiday music, the cold winter days with even colder winter nights. Warm blankets, hot cocoa in front of the fireplace. Cinnamon everything! But for the last three days, it's rained - which I usually love - but add some rather cold air on top of that and it's a bit much. No snow yet, however weather reports say it's coming. I'm excited about this giveaway to help pass the dreary days. I hope you are too. And I'm hoping the holiday season is being kind to you, and that your weather is better than mine. ;)

For this giveaway, I'm offering up to one lucky winner, the prize pack pictured below.

Giveaway Includes:
* Kindle Fire HD 8 - 16 GB
* Ztotop Folio Case for Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet in Almond Blossom
* SIGNED copy of Letters to Molly (Maysen Jar #2) by Devney Perry
   (from the Bookworm Box, with a BWB personalized letter from the author)
* SIGNED copy of Beautiful Beast by A.L. Wood
* Two Yankee Candle votive winter-themed candles
* Bookworm Box water bottle
* Various items of random card stock swag

<3 Giveaway is US only, this time. <3

Make sure to click on the Linky below and visit the other blogs on the list for more chances at some great prizes.

GOOD LUCK!
Thank you for being a part of
Craves the Angst!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



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Thursday, November 14, 2019

GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY HOP!

**** CLOSED ****

The winner is...
Shelly H.
CONGRATS Shelly! You've been emailed.

A huge thanks to everyone who's been with this blog over the years
and for participating in this giveaway.

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WELCOME TO THE
GRATITUDE GIVEAWAY HOP
hosted by Bookhounds.

Welcome to the Gratitude Giveaway hop, where it's all about you. I wanted to thank you for being a part of Craves the Angst Book Blog. I've enjoyed doing this all eight years I've been blogging about books, authors and doing giveaways. And that's all thanks to you.

For this giveaway, I'm offering up to one lucky reader, everything pictured below.

Giveaway includes:
* SIGNED copy of BENNETT MAFIA by Tijan
* SIGNED copy of THE SHORE by S.E. Brown
* $10 Amazon Gift Card
* A handful of random book swag

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter below.

For more chances to win other great prizes, be sure to visit the LINKY below.

THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH ME ALL THESE YEARS!
And wishing you all a very happy holiday season.

GOOD LUCK!
ღ Happy hopping. ღ


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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

RELEASE BLITZ - DIRTY LETTERS by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward is now available!

DIRTY LETTERS IS LIVE!

A Contemporary Romance Novel
New York Times Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward



BLURB

I’d never forgotten him—a man I’d yet to meet.

Griffin Quinn was my childhood pen pal, the British boy who couldn’t have been more different from me. Over the years, through hundreds of letters, we became best friends, sharing our deepest, darkest secrets and forming a connection I never thought could break.

Until one day it did.

Then, out of the blue, a new letter arrived. A scathing one—one with eight years of pent-up anger. I had no choice but to finally come clean as to why I stopped writing.

Griffin forgave me, and somehow we were able to rekindle our childhood connection. Only now we were adults, and that connection had grown to a spark. Our letters quickly went from fun to flirty to downright dirty, revealing our wildest fantasies. So it only made sense that we would take our relationship to the next level and see each other in person.

Only Griff didn’t want to meet. He asked that I trust him and said it was for the best. But I wanted more—more Griff, in the flesh—so I took a big chance and went looking for him. People have done crazier things for love.

 But what I found could change everything.




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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

VI KEELAND
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.   With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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PENELOPE WARD:
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP!


Welcome to the
SPOOKTACULAR GIVEAWAY HOP
Hosted by Bookhounds.

I love everything about this time of year. The landscape color changing, the cooler air, the smell and taste of pumpkin everything, and the feel of Halloween on the horizon. Haunting music, spooky decorations, and carving pumpkins are just a few of the joys in October. Another joy is reading! Horror, paranormal, urban fantasy... it doesn't matter. As long as it has that "otherworldy" vibe, I'm down for reading it.

Have you read "The Hollows" series by Kim Harrison? It's one of my all-time favorite paranormal series, ever! Witches, vampires, elves, demons, fairies, and more, more, more! I LOVE all things "The Hollows". Phenomenal writing, superb world-building and the characters ... WOW! Rachel, Trent, Al, Ivy, Jinks and a whole host of other characters introduced in this series will stick with you for a long time. And, there's more than just the main novels in this series. The author has a couple of novellas, a graphic novel, and a dedicated book that takes an intriguing look inside the Hollows world that will delight any fan.

We the readers thought the series had ended - and what an epic last book it was! The Witch With No Name, book 13 in the series, was the series conclusion ... or so we thought. It was announced not too long ago, that the author has picked the series back up and we'll be getting another release June of next year!! SOOOO happy about this. I wasn't ready to say goodbye.

Here's a link to Goodreads for the entire list of books in the series:

Also, Kim Harrison is having a read-along on Goodreads, starting with book one and going all the way to the end - up until the release of the next book, American Demon, that will be published next year. Check it out and join the discussion here:

If you haven't read the books, and you love paranormal/urban fantasy, you should. They are wonderful. Which leads us to this giveaway...

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In this giveaway, I'm offering up:
* One SIGNED HARDBACK - The Witch With No Name (The Hollows #13) by Kim Harrison
* A few bookmarks and swag items from my Bookworm Box

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To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Make sure to visit the other blogs in the LINKY at the bottom for more chances to win other great prizes.

Thank you for being a part of my blog.

GOOD LUCK!
And happy hopping!




Friday, September 27, 2019

BLOG TOUR with BOOK REVIEW - PARK AVENUE PLAYER by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward is NOW AVAILABLE!


PARK AVENUE PLAYER IS LIVE!

A Standalone Contemporary Romance
New York Times Bestselling Authors Penelope Ward & Vi Keeland

"... drama, romance, a push-pull that will give you all the feels, sexy and hot chemistry, intrigue and ... a bit of a twist." - Craves the Angst

TITLE: Park Avenue Player
SERIES: Standalone
AUTHOR: Vi Keeland/Penelope Ward
AGE GROUP: Adult
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: September 22, 2019
PAGES: Approx. 300

COPY PROVIDED BY: Authors
MY GOODREADS REVIEW LINK
RATING: 4 Stars!
CLIFFHANGER: No.

BOOK BLURB:
It started out like any normal day.  

Then the fender bender happened.  

The guy I collided with drove an expensive car and was drop-dead gorgeous.  Too bad he was also a total jerk.  We argued over whose fault it was and any other thing that came out of his condescending mouth.
 
Eventually, the police came and we went our separate ways.  The insurance companies would have to figure things out.  I had a job interview to get to anyway—one I was excited about.  

Though that excitement changed to disappointment the moment the person interviewing me walked in.  The guy from the accident. 

Whoops!

Yeah, so I didn’t get the position.

The problem was, I really wanted it. No, I needed it. Anything to get me out of my current career and back into working with kids.

So, even though Hollis LaCroix was as intimidating as he was devastatingly handsome, I went back to see him and begged for a chance. 

To my surprise, he gave me a shot taking care of his troubled niece.

At least my attraction to him wouldn’t be able to go anywhere. I wasn’t about to jeopardize my job or the strong bond Hailey and I formed.  

But resisting the magnetic pull between us wasn’t that simple. (Then there was our little underwear game—don’t ask.)

We continued to flirt without crossing the line—until it finally happened.  

This is the part of the story where we fall in love and live happily ever after, right?

Well, life has a way of throwing some major curveballs.

Ours was one I didn’t see coming.


REVIEWER'S NOTE: I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. 


4 Stars!

The Review:
This book.... was just full of surprises. In a good way. Without giving to much away, I will say that as much as I enjoyed it and couldn’t get enough of it, there were some parts that were hard to get on board with. It made me think. It made me question things and made me wonder how I would have reacted if I were in the character's situations.

I loved it! But I questioned it.

Here’s why...

Hollis LaCroix and Elodie Atlier meet in a fun meet/greet when they have a fender bender and both try to blame the other one for the accident. As it turns out, Elodie is one of the applicants Hollis was supposed to interview to care for his niece. I loved this introduction. Right off, you can tell the interest is there, but Hollis is the scorned player who has no interest in romantic entanglements and Elodie is the spunky, charismatic heroine who challenges everything he thought he knew or wanted.

The story was great. The characters easy to fall for. And as these authors always do, they give us drama, romance, a push-pull that will give you all the feels, sexy and hot chemistry, intrigue and ... a bit of a twist. Park Avenue Player had all that and more. I really enjoyed this read.

Now here’s the “but”... But I also found parts of it hard to understand. I’m the kind of reader who likes my romances to have hardships and drama and stubborn heroes and heroines who delve into the lust but try really hard to resist the pull to love.. BUT, at the end of it all, I want that distinct and clear path to the falling in love parts and the happily ever after parts. I don’t want past relationships to hinder what the future holds. Or to linger and fill holes that might be left from broken hearts or misunderstandings. I know. That’s not reality and real life is messy and complicated. This book sits firmly in the messy and complicated section. Which is good, but it left a weird feeling behind when I was done. I enjoyed the twist, but the twist and the feelings surrounding it by the main characters were hard for me to let go of.

As for the story itself, there’s an ex, childhood flashbacks, unexpected entanglements, a cranky bird, a charming and amusing niece and great, supporting sub-characters.

This book is totally worth reading, especially if you are a fan of these authors. They always give us creative, fun and exciting stories with a wonderful romance. This one is definitely one of those kinds of reads. As I said, it left me questioning a lot of things, but isn’t that what a good book does? Leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve finished it?


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ABOUT THE AUTHORS...

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.   With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism. 

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

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