Review: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

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32487648Title: 180 Seconds
Author: Jessica Park
Publisher: Skyscape
Genre: NA, Romance
Format: eBook
Goodreads Synopsis:

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

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Blog Tour/Guest Post From Jillian Quinn: Best New Adult Book Boyfriends

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For my last post for the Corrupt Me blog tour, I’ll be sharing with you guys a guest post from Jill about her favorite new adult book boyfriends. If you haven’t yet check out my review for Corrupt Me and if it piques your interest be sure to add Jill’s book to your TBR or purchase a copy. 💕


Ahh…book boyfriends. How much do we all love it when we find that perfect man in our favorite novel?

I had the ideal man in my head when I wrote Luca Marchese’s character in Corrupt Me. I’ve had a lot of readers tell me that Luca is their new book boyfriend, which makes me happy because that means I’ve done my job as a writer. Luca is a bad boy with a soft side and not your typical Mafia prince. But bad boys are not one size fits all and make for the best book boyfriends. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and flavors. It’s the bad boys that get the blood pumping and the juices flowing.

Today, I’d like to share some of my favorite book boyfriends.

The Off-Campus Series by Elle Kennedy

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Garrett, Logan, and Dean are college hockey players who are dead sexy with the mouths and the moves to match these smoking hot covers. I read The Deal, The Mistake, and The Score years ago and I’m still fangirling so hard over this series. The Score is all about Dean and he is my favorite of the three. The final book in the series came out in September, but I haven’t had a chance to read it, but knowing Elle, I’m sure it’s just as wonderful. If you like hockey romances with cocky athletes that will make you wish they were real, then check out this series.

Daemon Black – Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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I discovered the Lux series after reading a lot of blog reviews. The weekend I was editing Corrupt Me to send to my editor I finally decided to buy Obsidian, and I could not put the book down. Daemon Black is not your average bad boy. He’s an alien who reminded me of a young Superman without the cape. There’s a rough and ruggedness about Daemon that I found so incredibly sexy and intriguing. I read the first three books in one weekend because I couldn’t get enough of his character.

Blake Crawford – Smut by Karina Halle

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Blake Crawford from Smut is hands-down one of my favorite book boyfriends ever. He’s hot, British, has a dirty mouth, and he can write. Need I say more? In the book, Blake and Amanda are forced to write together for their writing class, and the enemies to lovers trope is by far one of my favorites in new adult books. Oh, and there is steamy hot library sex that you don’t want to miss. This book is a must read for all lovers of romantic comedies.

Vicious – Vicious by L.J. Shen

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My latest obsession is Vicious. His real name is Baron, so I was thankful his nickname is Vicious. And boy does that name fit this bad boy. Oh my God is he fine. But he is such an asshole, which is why the name of his group of friends from high school is called the Hotholes. Just that name alone had me curious about this book, and once I opened it, I could not stop reading. His jerk personality is so addicting. LJ Shen is a newish author to me. She writes book crack. I suggest you get them now while they’re still on Kindle Unlimited.

Well, that’s the end of my list. Thank you for having me on your blog. I hope everyone enjoyed this guest post.


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About the Author

authorpidJillian loves Mafia men, sports, bad boys, dirty talkers, strong female characters, and books with plenty of heat, all of which you will find in her books. As a lover of all things bookish, she has a serious book hoarding problem and runs a book blog in her free time. When she’s not reading, writing, or blogging, she’s obsessively fangirling over hockey players and can be found wherever she can catch the next hockey game.

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Blog Tour/Review: Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn

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Thanks so much to Jill for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.


corrupt-me-book-coverTitle: Corrupt Me
Author: Jillian Quinn
Publisher: Penn Publishing
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Format: eBook
Goodreads Synopsis:

Izzie Rinaldi has everything going for her. All she has to do is make it through her senior year of college, and then she’ll be off to law school, one step closer to assuming her position at the head of her family’s empire. After a chance encounter with the campus bad boy, Izzie can’t get him out of her head.

Luca Marchese, the smooth-talking son of the most notorious man in Philadelphia, is used to getting what he wants. He hasn’t forgotten the girl he knew as a child, and now that he has Izzie’s attention, Luca will stop at nothing to have her.

Luca’s defiance of the law turns Izzie on more than she cares to admit. She wants Luca to corrupt her in every way possible, despite his reputation as the king of one-night stands. Their attraction is undeniable, but their desire for one another isn’t enough for Izzie to overlook visits from federal agents and the potential ruin of her family.

Linked to Luca and a criminal underworld, Izzie discovers she’s more like him than she thought. But a future with Luca could mean swapping her diamond bracelets for a pair of handcuffs.

*Corrupt Me is a standalone novel that is the first book in the Philly Corruption series.

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Blog Tour: Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn | Spotlight + Excerpt

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As some of you may know, the lovely Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books is releasing her debut novel, Corrupt Me, soon. I’m so excited to bring you a spotlight and excerpt post for the blog tour today! I’ll also have a review up next week and a guest post from Jill toward the end of the month so keep on the lookout for both of those. 


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Corrupt Me Book Cover.jpgIzzie Rinaldi has everything going for her. All she has to do is make it through her senior year of college, and then she’ll be off to law school, one step closer to assuming her position at the head of her family’s empire. After a chance encounter with the campus bad boy, Izzie can’t get him out of her head.

Luca Marchese, the smooth-talking son of the most notorious man in Philadelphia, is used to getting what he wants. He hasn’t forgotten the girl he knew as a child, and now that he has Izzie’s attention, Luca will stop at nothing to have her.

Luca’s defiance of the law turns Izzie on more than she cares to admit. She wants Luca to corrupt her in every way possible, despite his reputation as the king of one-night stands. Their attraction is undeniable, but their desire for one another isn’t enough for Izzie to overlook visits from federal agents and the potential ruin of her family.

Linked to Luca and a criminal underworld, Izzie discovers she’s more like him than she thought. But a future with Luca could mean swapping her diamond bracelets for a pair of handcuffs.

*Corrupt Me is a standalone novel that is the first book in the Philly Corruption series.

– Where To Buy –

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excerpt

Face up on the coffee table, a copy of Philadelphia Magazine haunted me. Grandfather’s cold dark features stared back, giving me an eerie feeling, as though he were in the room with us. Even at a distance, he frightened me. He sat in a gold throne, dressed in a black Gucci suit, his elbow on the arm and his fist resting under his chin. Angelo Rinaldi III had the power to kill you with one look.

The headline read, Everything Rinaldi Touches Turns to Gold.

That part was true, given his string of successful mergers and acquisitions. He had taken his father’s profitable holding company and turned it into a multibillion-dollar conglomerate. One day, that would be my legacy—sitting atop my seat of power while glaring beneath me as my cold heart devoured everyone around me. I didn’t want to turn into Grandfather, but I had a feeling that the Rinaldi aura would settle so far beneath my skin, it would creep into my bones.

I came from a long line of assholes. There was no nice way to say it. Philadelphia Magazine had done a four-page spread on how our family made our money. Of course, they’d left out the real story—the one that would have blown the lid off our secrets, the story only a handful of people knew. Investors wouldn’t take too kindly to racketeers investing their hard-earned money.

I chugged half the mug, the warm liquid running down my throat, and threw the magazine on the floor with a sigh. “Luca’s such a Preston. I can’t believe I offered to let him meet up with us. Can we go somewhere else instead?”

“Five years later, and you still call all guys Preston. It’s time to come up with a new name. And there’s no way in hell you’re canceling. I’ve been wanting to hook up with Hunter since sophomore year. Don’t ruin this for me.”

“They’re all Prestons. The more money they have, the worse they are. It’s just a fact.”

Silvia had dated dozens of men like Luca and Hunter. For illustration’s sake, I would call them Preston, after the first snobby rich kid who had broken her heart. Even his name, Preston Greyson, screamed pretentious. I mean, c’mon.

I used boys when I wanted and on my terms.

Luca was wrong on so many levels and not because of his familial connections. If anything, knowing they operated outside the law turned me on. His defiance of authority, the way he’d gripped me in the quad, his erection pressed against my thigh had made me wet with anticipation.

Why did the wrong thing always feel so right? Was there something inherently evil inside me, trying to break free?

I glanced at Silvia as I flipped through the channels. “What do you think? Should I hook up with Luca?”

Everyone on campus, for the most part, knew the Marchese family ran the Philadelphia crime family. I’d caught him staring at me during classes, and I’d dodged him any chance I could for the past three years.

But, today, I’d straddled him, and I’d liked it. He could have taken me on the lawn, and I would have let him.

And, now, I had Luca on the brain. Everything about him screamed danger, and I wanted him to corrupt me in every way possible. A red flag waved above my head, but I ignored it. I remembered him from when we were younger—though I’d never admit it. Doing so would mean my family was just as crooked, and in the eyes of investors, we had to appear squeaky clean. We had a public image to uphold.

“Hmm…” Silvia slid her hand behind her head, staring up at the ceiling, as if it held the answer to my question. “I don’t know. He’ll just use you for sex and go on his way, like he does with every other girl.”

I filled my cup with more liqueur than coffee and set the hot carafe on the pot holder on the table.

Sex wasn’t about love; it was about power. And that came to mind as I responded, “Not if I use him first.”

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about-the-author

authorpidJillian Quinn was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently lives in sunny Cape Coral, Florida where she still pretends it’s okay to drink hot chocolate and curl up on the couch with a good book, even when it’s ninety degrees outside. From an early age, writing and storytelling have been her passion. In her spare time, she loves creating fictional worlds and living inside the minds of her characters as well as reading, art, and watching basketball and hockey.

Jillian is also a successful book blogger, dubbed by her followers as The Queen of Rants after making her blog, Rant and Rave About Books, a popular destination in the bookish community because of her honesty and passion for books.

Corrupt Me is her first novel with other young adult and new adult titles to follow.

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Standalone Sunday | The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @ bookslayerReads that features a standalone novel that you loved or would recommend. Be sure to check out her blog and original post by clicking on the above link! 😊


10798416.jpgWho would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

– Goodreads Synopsis (x)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is literally a book that questions if fate is real, how likely you are to meet someone again, and above all else if love at first sight exists. It’s also set over a twenty-four hour period. Sound a bit instalovey? It never felt that way once to me. I’m not big on the trope but the way in which this book was done never broached the cliches of the trope because the character’s never professed their undying love for each other. It was more the development of an attraction in a very cute and unique way.

Hadley and Oliver both meet by coincidence (or is it fate) when Hadley misses her flight to London. He offers to watch her luggage but instead they end up walking together and talking a lot. Somewhere along the way they end up separated again only to find themselves seated together on the plane. They spend the majority of the flight, again, talking. It’s been a while since I read it but I remember their interactions throughout this being so cute. I couldn’t get over it! At the airport in London, Hadley loses track of Oliver and feels sad about it because in a way between the flight and before that they had become friends. She realizes she doesn’t even know his last name, however, and that there’s a big chance she’ll never see him again. Given the fact that she’s rushing to her father’s wedding she kind of puts it to the back of her mind after a while. Does she see Oliver again though? In a city so big is there possibility for them to stumble upon each other again? You’ll have to read to find out.

I love how the author played on fate and the question of love at first sight. And although the book was set in such a short span of time it felt like it was longer, which I attribute to fantastic characters and the author’s writing. There’s great character development in this book. Not as fine tuned as a longer one would be but perfect for what it was. It’s just an all around cute, fluffy, quick read for anyone who needs a pick me up. I highly recommend it! 

Also, it’s being made into a movie and I heard that Robert Sheehan is playing Oliver. You have no idea how excited I am for that because I love this book and Robert is one of my favorite actors. 😍

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Have you read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight? Did you like it? If you participate in Standalone Sunday be sure to link me to your post so I can see it. 😊

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Standalone Sunday | Smut

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Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan @ bookslayerReads that features a standalone novel that you loved or would recommend. Be sure to check out her blog and original post by clicking on the above link! 😊


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All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad’s ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finally finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career.

What Blake and Amanda don’t want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that’s exactly what they both get when they’re forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is a pushy asshole (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her ass (though it’s a brilliant ass), they fight tooth and nail until they discover they write well together. They also may find each other really attractive, but that’s neither here nor there.

When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it’s not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality. Sure, they still fight a lot, but at least there’s make-up sex now.

But even as they start to fall hard for each other, will their burgeoning relationship survive if their scandalous secret is exposed? Or are happily-ever-afters just a work of fiction?

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Smut by Karina Halle is the perfect book to read if you’re in a slump. How do I know this? Because it got me out of one of my worst slumps, which was caused by It Ends With Us. This book is hilarious, cute, sexy, and everything you could hope for in a romance novel. Plus, if you’re on the search for your next book boyfriend then look no further because Blake Crawford is your next book boyfriend. Trust me. I loved Amanda and Blake. I loved Blake’s younger step-brother. I loved Amanda’s roommate. I just really loved this book. Also, if you enjoy reading books where the characters are writers or aspiring writers then this book is perfect for you. It’s pretty much your all around light hearted NA romance with plenty of steamy scenes. If you’re into that then read it. I promise you won’t regret it!


Have you read Smut? Did you like it? If you participate in Standalone Sunday be sure to link me to your post so I can see it. 😊

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Corrupt Me by Jillian Quinn | Help a fellow blogger get her book published!

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As some of you may know, Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books recently posted about the fact that she’s trying to get her book published. If you didn’t know, well, Jill is trying to get her book published and I’m really excited about it! *throws book party*

The thing is she needs everyone’s help to make it possible. Her novel Corrupt Me has been approved for a marketing campaign through Amazon that is fueled by reader votes. The book that gets the most votes is considered for publication. So, if you could take five seconds and click the link below and vote it would mean a lot!

VOTE FOR CORRUPT ME HERE

To vote, you only need to have an Amazon account. There are no restrictions. Your vote is completely anonymous, and your information is not shared. The link will take you directly to Jill’s Amazon campaign where you can read a shorter version of the synopsis, a quick bio about Jill, and the first two chapters of the novel, as well as a few questions about her inspiration for the novel and cover.

Below I’ve included the full synopsis for Corrupt Me and some information about Jill.


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Izzie Rinaldi has everything going for her. All she has to do is make it through her senior year of college, and then she’ll be off to law school, one step closer to assuming her position at the head of her family’s empire. After a chance encounter with the campus bad boy, Izzie can’t get him out of her head.

Luca Marchese, the smooth-talking son of the most notorious man in Philadelphia, is used to getting what he wants. He hasn’t forgotten the girl he knew as a child, and now that he has Izzie’s attention, Luca will stop at nothing to have her.

Luca’s defiance of the law turns Izzie on more than she cares to admit. She wants Luca to corrupt her in every way possible, despite his reputation as the king of one-night stands. Their attraction is undeniable, but their desire for one another isn’t enough for Izzie to overlook visits from federal agents and the potential ruin of her family.

Linked to Luca and a criminal underworld, Izzie discovers she’s more like him than she thought. But a future with Luca could mean swapping her diamond bracelets for a pair of handcuffs.

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Jillian Quinn was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently lives in sunny Cape Coral, Florida where she still pretends it’s okay to drink hot chocolate and curl up on the couch with a good book, even when it’s ninety degrees outside. From an early age, writing and storytelling have been her passion. In her spare time, she loves creating fictional worlds and living inside the minds of her characters as well as reading, art, and watching basketball and hockey.

Jillian is also a successful book blogger, dubbed by her followers as The Queen of Rants after making her blog, Rant and Rave About Books, a popular destination in the bookish community because of her honesty and passion for books.

Corrupt Me is her first novel with other young adult and new adult titles to follow.

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*Author’s website is currently under construction.

Be sure to check out Jill’s original post for more information as well as information on how you could win an ARC of her novel.  


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Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

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I was provided a finished copy of this book via SocialBookCo in exchange for an honest review. SocialBookCo is a new website that not only has a review program for bloggers but also provides price comparisons for books to help readers find the cheapest option. Clicking the above link will take you to their website and also a page that lists where you can buy P.S. I Like You and prices.


25486998Title: P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Point
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads Synopsis:

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

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