Thursday, 15 March 2018

✪ Switch Hitter ✪ Sara Ney ✪

By Sara Ney
Release Day – March 15
Novella – Standalone

I knew something was wrong the second she walked in the door tonight; I just couldnt put my finger on what it was.

Same hair color.
Same legs.
Same face.

ExceptI look harder.
At the small dimple beneath her lip that wasnt there the last time we went out. And her laughthat laugh isnt as loud.

This isnt the girl Ive gone out with the past few weeks.
Its her twin sister, and theyve switched places on me.

Only Im not quite ready to let them switch back.

ARC received for an honest review

This was originally in the Team Player anthology

This was my first Sara Ney read, so I am not sure if these characters have turned up anywhere in the past?

I like a story with sports people in them. And baseball has so many bat and ball jokes I can make (but I won't - this time!!)

I liked Dash/Dante right from the start.  I liked that he wasn't the usual man whore player that we often get in our sports books.

Then there is twins, Amelia and Lucy.  

Ugh.  Lucy is a self centred brat that I didn't like at all.  I just wanted to kick her from one side of the room to the other, just to get her away (yeah, she kinda brought out the violent tendancies in me!)

And Amelia is such a door mat to Lucy.  I wanted to yell at her to stand up to her sister, stand up for herself, get things out in the open right away.

I did like, however, that Lucy's selfishness did bring Dante and Amelia together in a way.

I spent most of the book completely frustrated at Amelia too. I wanted her to grow a pair! I shouldn't spend most of my time reading in such a mood lol

It was a short and sweet quick read.


Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte's, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.


πŸ‘ PRETTY AS A PEACH πŸ‘ Juliette Poe πŸ‘ #SexAndSweetTea4 πŸ‘ + Excerpt! πŸ‘

© Bianca Janeane

• Book #4 in the Sex & Sweet Tea series
• 15 March 2018

• #5 will be out 18 September 

4.5 Stars

Mainer Farms is steeped in family history, but it’s also deep in debt from the effects of the ever-changing farming industry. Not about to let his family’s legacy go under, Colt Mancinkus is willing to do anything he can to save the farm.

Darby McCulhane is the new farmer in Whynot, North Carolina, and she’s proving to be quite the forbidden temptation for Colt. Darby isn’t looking for anything but a fresh start, and she’s got it all figured out. Get settled in? Check. Apply for the rural county grant? Check. Confrontation with the steaming mad, smoking hot local farmer? Well, that wasn’t on the agenda.

As pretty as she is sweet, Colt can’t help but be drawn to Darby’speaches. No really, shes a peach farmer. Get that mind out of the gutter, and get on down to the farm to see what happens when circumstances force Colt and Darby to team up. They may just find that the peach trees aren’t the only things in bloom. 

Colt is the next Mancinkus sibling to tell us his story.
He took over his parents' huge farm and he's struggling to make it work.
He needs the county grant to start his new grape-growing and wine-making idea. The only way to hopefully save the eight-generation-family farm.
BUT, new-to-town peach farmer Darby wants that grant too.
Darby kind of fled Illinois with her seven-year-old daughter Linnie. Her ex husband was a controlling and manipulative idiot.
She's excited about the new start in Whynot. Linnie not so much.
And Colt is set on hating the horrible new person who will steal his grant.
But once he meets her he's completely charmed ....


Another super-adorable romance in this great series!!!
Such a sweet and cute and farm-ish love story!

Everything is sweet in that town! (Especially Colt's sister Larkin's bakery! ☺ Oooh btw., we already meet the Jax Teller look alike who will steal Larkin's heart!!!)

I loved our farmer hottie Colt and Darby and her daughter - even though it takes Linnie a good while to warm up to everything Whynot! Lots of adorable Colt & hopefully-soon-to-be-step-daughter moments.

The whole Mancinkus family is awesome. And we still have Larkin's story to look forward too!

I really loved this book. It was funny, adorable, sweet, a bit exciting. Perfectly peachy!

Tiny little problems ... even though I knew going in that it would be a sweet little romance ... I missed the sexiness. It's done like that on purpose of course, but I don't like it. It took them almost the whole book to even kiss. There's nothing even remotely sexy in that book. It was still sweet and some sparks were flying, but it was way too sweet - no idea why this series is called SEX and sweet tea. There was definitely more sweet tea in this book than sex. Only 3 kisses, nothing more. And due to that un-sexiness, Colt comes across as a bit of a softie. No, not as a bit of a sofite. A huge softie! He's great and nice and sweet and hot and good. But just not alpha-sexy-manly. BUT, I still loved the book!☺

The other problem I always have with Sawyer's writing - with every one of her books.... It's Sawyer's and my thing ☺ It's only me who has those problems with her writing. So please don't be worried or just scroll down and don't read the following...
  I have a HUGE AS problem! Sawyer always uses way too much of those ☺ You know the AS's I'm talking about? The AS that could and should be exchanged for a SINCE or BECAUSE or maybe even a COMMA ☺ It's a British and maybe a legal thing (if it's a thing at all!) and it doesn't have anything to do in an american book by an american author!

I really don't want to insult Sawyer. I love all her books, and maybe nobody ever told her she does that.... Sawyer....please stop doing it. But pfff who am I to tell her what to do, so just forget I said anything! It doesn't stop her books from being great! I have NO idea why this is bothering me so much, but as soon as I see those millions of ASes in Sawyer's books, I get sooo annoyed! Grrr. And this time - like so often - the first 8% of the book, there was not an AS to be found and then suddenly bam! 2 in one sentence, and like she suddenly remembered she forgot to write those horrible two letters, she does it constantly. I have so many highlighted after the 8% mark. Ugh.

PRETTY AS A PEACH was another adorable & sweet love story in this amazing series! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Colt - this one is MINE!

ARC received for an honest review
movin' to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches,
i'm movin' to the country I'm gonna eat me a lot of peaches

I have had that tune running through my head since I started reading Pretty As A Peach.  It was great t head back to Whynot, NC and the Mancinkus family.

This whole town, this whole series is seriously sweet, and will probably give you a toothache!  Now we have Colt Mancinkus and his nemesis/woman he never knew he wanted Darby. 

I loved the I hate you / I want you push pull between then.  Theirs is a cute friends to more story. Though I am not going to lie, I did miss the sexiness between them.  I know, I know, this is Sawyer/Juliette's cute series, but I just wanted a little bit more -but that's probably just my smutty mind 

There is a great set up for the next book, which will be Colt's sister Larkin's story - you know, the one who owns the bakery that I want to live in!

Great secondary characters, a sweet story that will leave you with a big grin on your face.

Can't wait for the next installment.

πŸ‘ EXCERPT πŸ‘ 
I’ve never been to a state fair before. We have them in Illinois and I’d venture to say they’re just as big, if not bigger, given how important agriculture is to that state. But the spectacle all around us as we walk over the massive fairgrounds tells me that the state of North Carolina takes this fair business very seriously.
I’ve mostly enjoyed watching Linnie look around with wide eyes filled with excitement and enthusiasm I just haven’t seen from her in a long time.
Even though I wore my best running shoes complete with personalized arch supports, my feet are absolutely killing me from all the walking we did. Not only did we traverse the midway at least ten times so Linnie could ride the same rides over and over again, but we had to try all the various foods being sold.
Crazy food.
Not only do they have the standard fair fare, like funnel cakes and candied apples, but they have foods that are particular to the state. I had a little bit of Eastern North Carolina barbecue—the kind with the vinegar-based sauce—as well as calabash-style fried seafood.
Then came the really crazy food—much of it deep-fried. There were fried Twinkies, fried Oreos, and even deep-fried butter balls. That’s right… Frozen balls of butter that were then coated in batter and deep-fried.
There were pickle popsicles, chocolate-covered bacon, Krispy Kreme hamburgers, and even one vendor truck that boasted chocolate-covered bugs. We avoided that one.
It’s late afternoon, and we’re all dragging. Colt is gallantly carrying our loot. This includes a bag of gummy bears for Linnie, cotton candy he promised his mama, a goldfish Linnie won tossing Ping-Pong balls into fishbowls, and a huge pink stuffed bear Colt won popping balloons with darts.
“Look… the line for the Ferris wheel isn’t long at all,” Linnie says with excitement as she points that way.
It’s been the one ride she hasn’t been on yet but was on her list to try. I silently groan at the thought of waiting for her to ride it. I’m not into the rides at all. No offense to the carnies, but they don’t look like the most reliable workers in the world. My luck, I would end up on the ride where an important bolt was misplaced, and I’d be facing imminent death.
I wanted to hold to this philosophy with my daughter and forbid her from going on any of the rides, but I couldn’t face her disappointment. So I relented and prayed the entire time she and Colt rode one.
“Okay,” I say tiredly. I hold my arms out for Colt to transfer all the stuff to me. “I’ll just wait over here.”
“You should come on this one with us,” Colt says.
I’m shaking my head before the words come out. “No way. Terrified of heights.”
And you know, this thing is probably not built very solidly.
“Come on, Mom,” Linnie pleads. “Just go on one ride with us. This one is really slow, and I’m sure it’s super safe.”
There’s no way that thing is safe.
But I also see something in Linnie’s eyes I used to see a lot but has been a rarity of late. She truly wants to spend quality time with me.
“I have an even better idea,” Colt says as he nods to the Ferris wheel. “You two ladies go ride that, and I’m going to sit here and hold on to everything.”
“Awesome,” Linnie exclaims without even waiting for my agreement that I’d be a willing participant. She grabs my hand and starts pulling me toward the end of the Ferris wheel line. I look over my shoulder helplessly at Colt, who grins at me. He doesn’t even look the slightest bit worried I might be marching off to my death.
My stomach rolls the entire time we are waiting, and Linnie just chatters on excitedly about the farm animals we had seen in one of the buildings. She’s trying to talk me into some cows and chickens and has promised she will take care of them.
It’s not that I doubt her sincerity, but she is only seven and isn’t the best on follow through. Still, it might not hurt to get a few chickens. Carlos can easily build us a coop. It would be nice to have fresh eggs each day.
It happens all too quick, but we are now at the front of the line and being ushered into one of the carts. A thin-looking bar is placed over our laps, and Linnie starts rocking the cart back and forth.
“Stop doing that,” I say, clutching onto the bar for dear life. We’re currently suspended two feet off the ground, yet my pulse has gone through the roof.
Linnie laughs, but she stops the rocking motion. “Sorry, Mom.”
She doesn’t sound sorry at all.
“I can get off right now, and Colt can get on,” I suggest. “He’d be glad to let you rock this back and forth.”
“No way,” she says. She peels one of my hands off the bar and holds it tightly with hers. “I won’t do that anymore. I want to ride this one with you.”
That was all I needed to hear from my sweet little girl. A burst of confidence and bravery wells up within me, and I give her hand a squeeze back. Besides, if I’m going to fall to my death, at least it will be doing something that makes my daughter extremely happy.
I gasp when the Ferris wheel goes into motion and we shoot forward and upward a few feet before coming to a stop again, so the next people can be loaded into the cart behind us. I refuse to look down and resolve to look straight out at the horizon.
In order to take my mind off my residual fears, I ask Linnie, “Did you have a good time today, honey?”

Linnie nods. Lifting my arm, she scoots under it, prompting me to cuddle her into my side. “I really did.”


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#5 –  Gimme Some Sugar
18 September 2018

Larkin Mancinkus prides herself on making the town of Whynot, NC just a little sweeter. As owner of Sweet Cakes Bakery, Larkin gets all the town gossip – the sugar, the spice, and the everything not so nice. So when she finds herself on the tip of everyone’s tongue thanks to an encounter with someone tall, dark, and handsome, she learns the true meaning of ‘if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.’ See what’s cookin’ in Gimme Some Sugar!

In case you haven't read any of Sawyer's books before - try this one:

Juliette Poe is the sweet and swoony alter ego of New York Times Best Selling author, Sawyer Bennett.

A fun-loving southern girl, Juliette knows the allure of sweet tea, small towns, and long summer nights, that some of the best dates end sitting on the front porch swing, and that family is top priority. She brings love in the south to life in her debut series, Sex & Sweet Tea.

When Juliette isn’t delivering the sweetest kind of romance, she’s teaching her southern belle daughter the fine art of fishing, the importance of wearing Chucks, and the endless possibilities of a vivid imagination.

 USA Today Best-Selling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.