Release Blitz & Review: The Missing Ingredient by Marika Ray

The Missing Ingredient 
by Marika Ray is LIVE!!

Series: Reality of Love #1
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Who knew a cooking show could get so messy?

Elle Fierro

All I have to do is appear as a judge on this cooking show in Hollywood and my restaurant will open to rave reviews. Pretty much my lifelong dream. What I absolutely shouldn’t do is sleep with one of the contestants and ruin everything I’ve worked so hard for. But he gives good hugs, makes me laugh, fills out a simple T-shirt like nobody’s business, and is sweeter than the maple syrup he dripped all over my naked body last night…

Austin Cox

I may have been drunk when I applied to be on that reality cooking show, which is why it’s hard to believe I’m here. What’s even harder to believe is that Elle, with her painted red lips and fiery disposition, is in my bed and making me forget I need to win this damn show to get my little sister out of the foster care system.

When Elle throws me under the bus to realize her dream, will our love burn out or will we find the missing ingredient to happiness?



4 stars

What a fresh and wonderful treat The Missing Ingredient was!  I always enjoy the age gap twist when it’s an older woman and younger man, and throw in a little bit of forbidden romance into the mix and it was truly enjoyable. 
Elle is quite the Spanish firecracker, extremely professional and driven, and very uptight.  She has a singular focus of opening up her own restaurant in NYC, and won’t let anything get in her way.  So when small-town California boy Austin entered her life, she never saw him coming.  He was down-to-earth and had a sense of humor, which was different from any other man she had ever been attracted to.  He helped her to open up, made her laugh and enjoy life.  Austin was such a pure and genuine soul, who put his heart on the line.  For being quite young, he had a good head on his shoulders and his priorities in line. 
The Missing Ingredient was my first read from this author and I’m looking forward to reading more!


Marika Ray spends her time behind a computer crafting stories, walking the beaches of southern California, and making healthy food for her kids and husband whether they like it or not. Prior to writing novels, Marika held various jobs in the finance industry, with private start-up companies, and then in health & fitness. Cats may have nine lives, but Marika believes everyone should have nine careers to keep things spicy.

Marika enjoys writing all types of fiction novels, based on what inspires her. Right now she's working on a new steamy RomCom series along with sweet romances to make your heart explode. All her books come with a money-back guarantee that you’ll smile at least once with every book.

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Release Blitz & Review: A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone

 A Lesson In Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone is Available Now!

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Once upon a time, six children stumbled upon a wild place hidden deep in the moors, shrouded by secrets and fog. There we played a game among the roses and the thorns that would change us forever, that would follow us the rest of our lives. A game that ended with a hard kiss in the rain and tattered flower petals fluttering from above…

And twelve years later, we’re back.  

The heir.
The dreamer.
The priest.
The genius.
The socialite.
The saint.

I’m not going to dream of a forgotten place covered in thorns every night.
I won’t be enchanted by Thornchapel and its glossy, glamorous people. I’m not going to fall in love or have my heart torn in two.

I’m not telling the truth.

Because as this place slowly tightens its coil of secrets and thorns around us, as we uncover the knotted mysteries that grow here, the six of us begin to unravel into filthy, holy pleasure and pain.  Fulfilling the promise we once made as children in those whispering ruins, and awakening a fate that will either anoint us or leave us in ashes… 4 stars
Poe, Auden, Saint, Becket, Rebecca, and Delphine. 
Six adults who once spent a summer together as children at Thornchapel that would irrevocably change their lives forever.  All of them seem to feel this same pull towards the place that that seems so hauntingly beautiful.  The story was mysterious, intriguing, captivating - and each page pulled me deeper and deeper into this world that is truly different than any of her previous books.  Poe seems to be the centerpiece to this six-some, as all roads and paths with everyone seem to come back to her in some way.  Will be interested to see what role she plays in everyone's life as we move forward in the series.   
And that ending, or really the last 20% of the book......I still haven't fully processed all that happened.  I knew going into the book that with Sierra Simone I was going to get some kink, but even I didn't see some of that coming.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story....but some of it what just not what I was expecting to happen at that particular moment in time.  I'm sure it will all make sense as to why at some point, but until then.....I'll still be trying to figure it all out. 
I had so many questions while reading the book and even more now that it's over.  But, it makes me more excited to see where things go from next and to see how that ending will change the dynamic between the group.
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Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

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Cover Reveal: Method by Kate Stewart

We are so excited for the release METHOD by Kate Stewart! Check out this stunning cover and don't forget to add it to your TBR!

Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
Cover Designer: QDesign

Hollywood is a temptress, a trickster, a soul-stealing devil. I married an A-list player, knowing I come second place to his craft. But Lucas and I are a golden couple, a modern-day fairy tale.

I’ve never doubted what we built...until the sudden death of Lucas’s best friend has scandal rocking the Hills and shaking the foundation of our relationship.

I chose Lucas as my safe haven...he chose the role of a lifetime.
For the next three months, I’ll share my nights with a stranger, watching as he buries his pain, immersed in his role and living as someone else.

We’ve done this before. I tell myself it’s just another movie, and he’ll return to me.

I should’ve known this time would be different.

To get my husband back, I’ll need the strength of ten men.

As it turns out, I’ll have to go through two.

About the Author:

A Texas native, Kate Stewart lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense because it's what she loves as a reader. Kate is a lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.

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Cover Reveal: Lethal by Cassandra Robbins

Lethal from Cassandra Robbins is COMING 
The Disciples Series Book 1

Release Date: April 3rd 2019
Cover Designer: Michele Catalano Creative
Cover Photo: Wander Aguiar Photography
Cover Model: Roddy

Blade McCormick is not a nice guy.

He’s pure adrenaline and smells like smoke and leather—the kind of guy you look at and know he’s going to be a combination of nasty and irresistible. The moment I allowed myself to touch his hot skin and kiss his full lips, I. Was. Done.

Like currency, I’ve become part of a transaction. Blade took me to pay off a debt. I try to tell myself, Eve, you should hate him. He’s a bad guy. But then again, I’m not a good girl. Blade’s the president of the Disciples, the notorious motorcycle club. I should be frightened, yet somehow, he doesn’t scare me. If anything, I think I scare him.

It takes a lot of work to become the club’s Queen, but I’ll stop at nothing to have the King!  

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