Review: Summer of Seventeen by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Title: Summer of Seventeen

Author: Jane Harvey-Berrick

Publication Date: September 22, 2014



It was supposed to be the endless summer of sand, sea, and surf.

Supposed to be.

But Nick Andrews life is crashing out of control. His girlfriend and his best friend have declared war, his sister’s constant interference in his life is driving him insane, and there are money problems that won’t go away.

Being seventeen isn’t supposed to be this hard.

When cool surfer Marcus arrives in town, Nick sees that there are easier ways to live. But with his life falling to pieces around him, it’s hard to know who to trust.

As the scorching heat of summer grows, events begin to unravel, reaching a shattering conclusion—and a summer he’ll never forget.


Buy the Book

Meagan’s 5 Star Review

This book is totally different from anything Jane Harvy-Berrick has ever written. It’s not a romance. There’s a romance in the story, but the story isn’t a romance. It’s a stunning coming-of-age story that will rip you apart.

Nick’s life is one long series of miserable moments. His mother has recently died, his sister can’t stand him, his best friend is changing for the worse, and his girlfriend’s parents hate him. 

Sometimes I really thought God hated me. It was mutual.

At seventeen Nick’s world is changing in unimaginable ways. But even though he should be torn apart, he’s standing, struggling to survive. This isn’t a sob story. Nick is strong in ways I couldn’t fathom. He isn’t overly opportunistic, but he isn’t lamenting over what his life could have been either. He’s just a seventeen-year-old kid who’s been dealt a shitty hand and is dealing with it the best he can.

Nick’s no longer a child, but he’s not an adult either. The amount of emotions he has to deal with in one summer would be overwhelming to anyone, let alone a seventeen-year-old. Guilt, wonder, heartbreak, anger, frustration, despair, first love; each emotion shapes him, changes him until at the end of the summer he’s something different.

Jane Harvey-Berrick overwhelmed me with emotions. She manipulates words in a way that completely captures the characters feelings. The prose and emotion connect in a way that is astounding. It’s like she gave me words to express what I was feeling even before I understood what I was trying to say.

Give me a lifetime of feeling this. Give me now and then and soon and when, and give me a future, give me life, give me hope.

Every scene of this story had purpose. Death, life, anguish, and redemption, it all collided into one summer that shaped Nick at his core. Good or bad, each event made him into something stronger, even if he had to fight and crawl to get there. I can’t say enough about this book. There were times it hurt so much to continue reading I though I would break, but then there were moments where the story was so beautiful you wanted to grab hold and never let it go. If you want to hope and cry and feel and fall on your knees because you’re so happy to be alive, then read this book. It’s beautiful in ways you can’t imagine.

So I stare down and the memories rush back. Good, good times. Bad times. Worse times. And I remember.




“You have a great ass,” she whispered.


“Oh, yeah!”

“It’s all yours,” I challenged her. “You only gotta ask.”

“Maybe I won’t ask; maybe I’ll just grab a hold,” she laughed.

“Fine by me.”

As the trees thinned out, I could see people already laying out beach towels, and a couple of guys throwing a football. Some of them I knew, but there were several I didn’t. I thought maybe they went to Viera or Rockledge schools.

Yansi laid out two towels for us while Megan took charge of the food and Esther was eye-fucking one of the guys playing football.

I tugged off my t-shirt and plopped down next to Yansi. She was wearing some real short cut-off jeans that showed her butt cheeks, and a tank top that was cropped above her belly button. She looked incredible.

“How come you were allowed to leave the house like that?” I teased.

She smirked at me and pointed to her sweater.

“I tied this around my waist. Papi couldn’t tell the difference.”

“And your mom?”

Yansi laughed. “She just shook her head and said to tell you hi.”


About the Author

I started writing contemporary romance two years ago. Before that, I didn’t think I could write a sex scene. Turns out I can!My lucky number is 13 because I was born on the 13th and live near a haunted castle by the ocean. My number one past-time is watching hot surfers get changed into (and out of) their wetsuits.My husband doesn’t read my books. My mother does.Writing is my love, my hobby, my total addiction. All my characters are important to me and whisper their stories, even when I’ve finished writing their books. That’s why you’ll often find bonus chapters/out-takes from various books, because those voices just won’t be quiet.   


a Rafflecopter giveaway


EJ Button

Excerpt Reveal: Stars in Their Eyes by Lauren Blakely


Love Between the Sheets is thrilled to share an excerpt from the first part of the Wrapped Up in Love Series, A STARSTRUCK KISS.  This is the final excerpt in the reveal. Make sure to visit Schmexy Girl Book Blog and True Story Book Blog for Part 1 and 2 of the Excerpt Reveal!

A Starstruck Kiss

A Starstruck Kiss (Wrapped Up in Love #1)

Publication Date: September 29, 2014


★ FREE on Amazon ★

A sexy and swoony new adult romance…

There are no two ways about it — William Harrigan is a certified babe. He’s sexy, smart, and British, and he wants nothing more than to charm the pants off fellow college senior Jess Leighton. Well, he does want other things; he just can’t tell her about the job he’s working on since it maybe, possibly involves her. Jess, who moonlights as a celebrity photographer, is laser-focused on earning enough money snapping pics to pay her way through grad school, but when the criminally handsome William starts moving in on her turf, she’s got to fend off the competition from him as well as resist her desire to smother him in kisses because William makes her heart race and her skin sizzle.

Too bad this man is not to be trusted.

Right? Except if Jess wants to snag the million-dollar picture she desperately needs, she’ll have no choice but to trust Will, and he’ll have to come clean about everything he wants from Jess. Including her.

*A STARSTRUCK KISS is book 1 in WRAPPED UP IN LOVE, a spin-off series of the NYT Bestselling CAUGHT UP IN LOVE series.*


Excerpt Reveal

After I fired off the note to my brother Matthew in New York–he’d caught American fever too–the Riley Belle search results appeared, so I clicked back to the browser and scrolled through them on a mad dash for the best image. I had to kick unholy ass on this job for a million reasons, not the least of which was to end Matthew’s ribbing. I needed a quick visual of the subject. I tapped a close-up of Riley Belle, then studied her features until I had damn near memorized her face. Right; she was the brunette with the sunshine smile and chocolate eyes. Or so this story said on some entertainment site. Probably a suck-up one. After all, who uses words like sunshine and chocolate to describe a hot girl?

As I tucked the phone into my back pocket and revved the engine, I ran through better words for hot girls. Blond, sarcastic, a fan of huckleberry pie.

I pulled into the westbound traffic, weaving among cars, with my focus on the beach.

Oh, there was one more word. Competition.

She was the competition.



The memory of William’s pinchable butt and lickable lips was front and center as I sank down on the worn and cracked vinyl couch kitty corner from J.P.’s desk.

“Jess,” he said in his gruff voice. “You might want to pick up your jaw from the floor.”

“If my jaw is anywhere near the carpet it’s from your handiwork as a baker,” I said quickly, pointing to the tray of the chocolate-covered biscuits on his desk. Sure, they looked delicious, but I’d been caught red-handed and I wanted an alibi as I denied that William had me all agog.

He rolled his eyes. “Right. You were salivating over my kitchen skills. Not that hot man in the well-worn jeans.”

“You are correct, sir,” I said with a straight face because there was some truth to his comment. I stood up, picked up the tray, and carried it to a table in the corner, placing the biscuits far away. There. Now I wouldn’t be tempted to gobble them and then throw them up, like I’d done every now and then for many years with other delectable treats. But no longer. I’d been on the wagon for two full years now, one hundred percent in control, and I had to stay that way.

No. Matter. What.

I returned to J.P. “Just thought they’d look better over there,” I said with a shrug.

“Right. Sure. You were just rearranging. I also didn’t notice you giving sexy, scrumptious Will the old once-over.”

Perfect adjectives.

“If my eyes were on him, it was only to size up the potential competition. So which is he? My competition or your next boyfriend?”

“He’s either a shooter or a suitor,” J.P. said, kicking his feet up on his desk and crossing his ankles. “Which way do you think he swings?”

“You never can tell in this town. Everyone’s acting.”

“He acts straight then,” J.P. said, shaking his head as if he were sad that William liked girls. I was happy. But I couldn’t be happy. I reminded myself I didn’t care about his preferences.

“Shame for you. He’s criminally handsome,” I said, admitting begrudgingly what J.P. and I both already knew. William was a certified babe.

J.P. gave me a knowing look. “Shame for you if he can shoot as well as he looks.”

“Doubtful. The pretty ones belong in front of the camera. But who has time for boys anyway?”

“You should make more time for boys, Jess. Maybe you wouldn’t be so tightly wound.”

I scoffed, because boys were on the back burner. “If I wasn’t this tightly wound, you wouldn’t have any good pictures from me. I’d be a blathering mess of hormones and lust rather than your top shooter. I don’t give in to boys because boys scramble brains and I do not function well with a scrambled brain,” I said. In fact, I worked hard to avoid the temptation to fling myself bodily at beautiful guys.

Fine. I was guy-crazy. I knew that about myself. I fucking loved them. I loved their chests, and their arms, and their hair, and their eyes, and their guy smell, and their jeans and their abs…and well, you get the point. I loved everything that made a guy a guy, and I was often caught staring at the pretty ones. That’s why I stayed away as best as I could. Beautiful guys were trouble, and so I regularly warred with all such impulses to align myself with one horizontally.

Especially considering what happened to my brain the last time I was involved with a guy. His name was Thadd, with two Ds, he was a business major, a movie fan, and one of the best times I’d ever had. In fact, hanging out with him was so much fun that my grades nearly suffered, and when I got my mid-term progress report sophomore year, it might as well have come with a warning—falling for a guy is known to cause plummeting grades. Fortunately, Thadd found himself distracted by an art major the same day that I planned to cool it with him, so that alleviated any and all guilt on my part for ending things with him for a little reason like nearly failing, when he was nearly putting his dick in another girl.

I unzipped my backpack, and handed J.P. the contents of the digital card from my camera.


Stars in their eyes

Stars in Their Eyes (Wrapped Up in Love #1)

Publication Date: October 9, 2014


★ Pre-Order on Amazon ★

A sexy and swoony new adult romance…

Celebrity photographer and college senior Jess Leighton desperately needs to crash the wedding of the year. Snapping just one pic of the A-list Hollywood couple tying the knot will pay her way through grad school. But with security tighter than the bride-to-be’s corset, she’ll need more than her camera and smarts, she’ll need help from her biggest rival–hot, British, motorcycle-riding William Harrigan, whose sexy accent can melt the panties off any woman. He’s the last person Jess should trust, but he’s her only ticket in.

William Harrigan wants one thing – to stay in L.A. past college graduation. With a student visa set to expire, the clock is ticking. When he lands a gig that pairs him with the beautiful blond spitfire Jess, he’s scored his best shot at living out the American dream. Winning her trust would be a whole lot easier, however, if he didn’t have ulterior motives…

But there’s no faking the intense attraction between them. Try as they might to resist each other, soon sparks are flying, as they devise a plan to sneak into the ceremony. But when Jess’ new celebrity client raises the stakes, she starts to smell blackmail, and soon she and Will are chasing down cheating directors, staking out clandestine trysts, and making fake IDs, all while sneaking scene-stealing kisses and hot nights together.

The audience loves a happy ending, but in a town where everyone’s acting and no one’s playing by the rules, can Jess and William find their own ever after in time?

**STARS IN THEIR EYES is a spin-off of the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling CAUGHT UP IN LOVE series. It is the start of the new adult series WRAPPED UP IN LOVE.**


About Lauren Blakely

Author Photo

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

Website ** Blog ** Facebook ** Twitter ** Lauren Blakely Goodreads

Review: Sinner by Katheryn Kiden

Title: Sinner

Author: Katheryn Kiden

Publication Date: September 21, 2014




There are preconceived notions about everything in life. A woman who lives on the streets and wears short skirts in public must be a sinner. A woman who attends church every week must be a saint. However, everything is not always as it seems. In fact, it rarely is.

Police chief’s daughter, Danielle Beckett, grew up knowing two things. One: anything worth having was worth hiding from her father, and two: she wanted to be the best at what she did. Her business, Sinners & Saints Modeling Agency, does well for itself but what happens behind the scenes does better. As an exclusive high priced call girl she has everything she wants while keeping everyone in the dark.

Life is great until her employees start being picked off one by one. Danielle starts missing days and everything falls apart. As her life unravels around her, she is forced to not only choose between her safety and her business, but between her business and the one thing she never saw herself wanting.

How can she keep her business and herself alive, when she knows one story, but the police know another?

**Warning: If you’re looking for something to leave you feeling warm and fuzzy, this is not the book for you. The worst thing you can do going into this book, is go in thinking you know how it’s going to end. This book is intended ONLY for those over the age of eighteen.


Buy the Book



Christina’s 4.5 Star Review

Danielle, or Dani, is the owner of the Sinners and Saints modeling agency. By day, her employees work as fashion models; by night, they double as high class call girls. Her business is successful, raking in money and keeping herself and her girls happy in their upscale lifestyles, a feat considering Dani’s father is the chief of police. When her girls start showing up murdered, the agency comes under scrutiny, and Dani’s life will change forever. But is her life really what she thought it was? Or is her family keeping secrets from her that shed light on her past and influence her future?

Brendon Ledger is a senator and a regular client of Dani’s. Unlike a lot of her clients, Brendon is unmarried, unattached, and really has no reason to employee the services of a call girl, however after years of seeing Dani on a business transaction basis, he looks to take their relationship further, actually becoming a legitimate couple. While Dani thinks a relationship is something she can never have. She is concerned about what the fallout might be for Brendon’s career if caught in the scandal once the police start investigating the murders. Brendon however, is willing to give up his career just to be with Dani. But once those secrets start to come out, is he going to be there for her when she most needs him?

There is a plot twist that you won’t see coming and it will hit you like a truck. Seriously. I won’t give any spoilers because you need to experience the WTF moment yourself, but let me say, you’re going to shake your head saying, “what did I just read?” Ms. Kiden definitely has taken the genre of romantic suspense to a different level and the result is a page-turner you won’t want to put down.

The relationships between the characters are complicated, especially given that Dani and her father are on complete opposite sides of the law. She has a rapport with the police, which seems to keep her under their radar. But when a new detective, Cooper Hayes, comes on board, suspicious of Dani’s business dealings, she finds her relationship with the department in jeopardy.

The story is complex, steamy, and well written and the characters are well developed. I found myself pulling for Dani and Brendon, hoping that they can find their happily ever after despite the circumstances, especially given the hand that Dani was dealt. This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Kiden and certainly not the last!




My feet swing back and forth in time with his calculated steps. “You don’t have to slide in like that, Mr. Senator.” I cock my head to the side and smile.

He chuckles as his fingers work to loosen his tie. “Yes, I do. Because the last time I just swung the door open, you were naked and on your knees waiting for me.”

“Yes,” I giggle, “I was. And if I recall correctly, you liked it.” 

“Oh, don’t get me wrong,” he smirks, “I loved it, but I like it even more when I get to unwrap you myself.” His fingers pull at the belt and slowly begin undoing the buttons on my jacket once he reaches me.

Somehow I lucked out when it comes to this guy. Most politicians are older, potbellied and are more interested in how to fill their pockets than how to fill what’s between my thighs. Brendon, on the other hand, is in his early thirties, built like a wrecking ball and hung like a horse. He pays our fees with no problem, and we’re both happy when I leave.

Watch the Trailer


Author Q & A

1.    Where did you get the idea for the story for Sinner?

I have absolutely no clue. I was writing Hate Me Today when I suddenly had to put it down because the boss lady of Sinners and Saints popped into my head demanding attention. What it started out as, and what it is now, are so different that I’m not sure how I got from point A to point B with it.

2.    What interests you in writing this genre of books? 

I’m able to let every part of me out. The romantic, the sex-fueled, the sick and twisted. I’m used to coming up with a little mystery with the other series, but nothing that really made the reader’s mind twist the way Sinner does.

3.    What is your favorite book not written by you? 

That’s impossible! I can’t pick just one author, and I also can’t pick just one book, so I’ll do series. I will narrow it down the best I can though! The Falling Away series by Penelope Douglas, Harper Sloan’s Corps Security books, Nicole Edwards Alluring Indulgence Series, and the Chocolate Lovers Series by Tara Sivec. That’s as narrowed down as I can get for you. Phew, that was hard.

4.    Are there any messages in the story that you want the readers to grasp by the time they finish the book? 

Not everything is how it seems in life. Just because something looks like it’s one thing, doesn’t mean it is. Everyone has demons hiding within them, some more than others, and how your life turns out just depends on how well you tame those demons.

5.    Do you have any pre-writing rituals to help you prepare for writing different scenes and getting into a character’s mind? 

Not really. I can write anywhere with almost anything going on around me. I think the only difference with this book was writing Tara. I had to be super mad to get her out, and for some reason, she wanted Spice Girls to be the first thing she heard when we started. After that, it didn’t matter. But, no lie, she wouldn’t talk without a little Wannabe first thing.

6.    Who was your favorite character to write in Sinner? 

Tara. Hands down. It was nice to finally be able to let that sick, twisted, mouthy chick out of my head. Shewas simmering throughout the first three books I wrote, but I could never work her into that series. She wasn’t part of this book at first, but she put her foot down, demanding that she be set free. Although, I never expected THAT from her.

7.    What can we expect next from you? 

Saint is next in this series. If you think that Sinner was twisted, you’re in for it with Saint. Other than that, I have the final three books in the Save Me Series. I have a lot in the works for next year, so watch out!

8.    What type of scenes do you enjoy writing the most? 

It really depends. With this book, it was the more grotesque scenes because I was able to get my aggression out without having to worry about bail money. With the others it was different, and really depended on the book.

9.    Tell us a random fact about yourself. 

Thanks to some amazing friends… I have a seven pound rubber ass that hangs out on my desk. Her name is Alice the Anus, and I’m pretty sure she will travel with me to signings. She’s there, just hanging out when I need something to squeeze, punch, slap, hold my pen…

10.  How do you come up with the character names? 

Sometimes the names pop into my head right off the bat. Other times I have friends help me, or I use a baby name website. I’ve written a few books where I had to use () in place of a name because I couldn’t come up with a name for that particular person until later on.

11.   Do you read a lot and if so, how do you make sure other stories do not influence your books? 

I used to read a lot. Like, ten to twelve books a week, but since I started publishing it’s been cut back. There are a few select authors that I HAVE to stop writing so I can read them, but not many. As for not influencing my books, it’s hard, but I try to make sure that it’s my voice being heard and not anyone else’s. I have a few people that read as I write, or before I publish, and will tell me if something sounds familiar. If it resembles something, I change it.

Katheryn on FB | Katheryn on GR | Katheryn on Twitter | Website



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Review: Dylan by S.L. Scott


Title: Dylan (From the Inside Out #3)

Author: S.L. Scott

Publication Date: September 29, 2014




Four years ago, I was tempted with money, prestige, and power by a woman who offered to give me the world. That lifestyle came with a price. I had to leave the love of my life—the one person who had already given me everything I would ever need.

Today I watch Jules Weston in another man’s arms. Wanting… needing her back in my life again. But there are obstacles that keep us apart. Her boyfriend. Her best friend. Her anger that has raged inside her over the years.

Despite those, I’ve returned to take back what’s mine. The one thing I regret leaving behind—her heart.


Buy the Book



Christina’s 5 Star Review

In an incredibly clever marketing scheme, Ms. Scott has provided two endings for the From the Inside Out series. On one hand you have Dylan, Jules’s ex who jilted her for another after investing years of their lives in each other. Then on the other, you have Austin, the hunky millionaire that pursued Jules for months before she finally relented and gave in to a date with him. I chose Dylan as the guy I wanted Jules to end up with. I’m a sucker for second chances and loved the idea that Dylan had a chance to finally prove to Jules once and for all that he is the one for her.

I won’t give away the ending of this volume, but I will say that Dylan has to work for it. He might not even be guaranteed a happy ending, at least not without having to seriously work for it. I’ll be honest, I also purchased Austin because I love both of these characters so much that it was really hard to decide whom I liked more and who was really deserving of Jules’ attention.

I really liked the idea of the alternate endings. I’m a huge fan of Ms. Scott and this series did not disappoint!


Also Available

Title: Scorned (From the Inside Out #1)

Author: S.L. Scott

Publication Date: August 18, 2014


Buy the Book

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks


elegant sensual young woman in red dress on recamier indoor shot

Title: Jealousy (From the Inside Out #2)

Author: S.L. Scott

Publication Date: September 8, 2014


Buy the Book

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks



Title: Austin (From the Inside Out #4)

Author: S.L. Scott

Publication Date: September 29, 2014


Buy the Book

Amazon | iBooks


About the Author

S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures. 

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys. 

Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.

She welcomes your notes at

Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

Synopsis Reveal: The 27 Club By Kim Karr






You don’t know when… You don’t get to choose if… When it’s time to join…you’ll know. You might think you want to be a member—but trust me this is one club you don’t want to join. It’s not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds. The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. My brother was recently bestowed membership and joined many of our ancestors before him. I know I’m next. This is my destiny, and I was ready to yield. But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate’s presence controls me. I’m overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason. Nate doesn’t believe in destiny. But I do. And if there’s a way to cheat it—I must.


10711720_10203240948885302_638725392_n (1)


About The Author


Kim Karr is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romance, including her sexy New Adult romance series, Connections.  She describes herself as wearing a lot of hats–writer, book-lover, wife, soccer-mom, taxi driver, and the all-around go-to person of the family.  However, she always finds the time to read.  She believes in soul mates, kindred spirits, true friends and Happily-Ever-Afters, and loves to drink champagne, listen to music, and hopes to always stay young at heart.  Kim lives in Florida with her husband and four kids.

Website | Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Pinterest



Kim’s Other Books

Connected(Connections. #1)

Amazon | Amazon UK Amazon CA Barnes & Noble I Tunes Paperback

Torn(Connections, #2)

Amazon | Amazon UK Amazon CA |  Barnes & Noble | I Tunes Paperback

Dazed(Connections, #2.5)

Amazon Amazon UK |  Amazon CA Barnes & Noble | I Tunes

Mended(Connections, #3)

Amazon Amazon UK Amazon CA |Barnes & Noble | I Tunes Paperback

Blurred(Connections, #3.5)

Amazon Amazon UK Amazon CA|Barnes & Noble | I Tunes

Frayed(Connections, #4)

Amazon  | Amazon UKAmazon CA|Barnes & Noble  | I Tunes