Wednesday, April 02, 2014

March Hotpicks and Giveaway

March Hotpicks  
Every month the SSBR team will be bringing you our Hotpicks of the month. Check out our favourites for March and don’t forget… five lucky readers get the chance to win a Kindle eBook from our list of February Hotpicks. Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.  

Good Luck x

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Mark’s Hotpick

Relief Valve by JL Merrow


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Rating ~ 5 Stars
Add to ~ Goodreads
Buy Link ~ Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK)

Synopsis

It hasn't been all smooth sailing since plumber Tom Paretski and P.I. Phil Morrison became connected at the heart, if not always at Tom's dodgy hip. Neither of their families has been shy about voicing their disapproval, which hasn't helped Tom's uneasy relationship with his prickly older sister, Cherry.
But when Cherry is poisoned at her own engagement party, the horror of her near death has Tom's head spinning with possible culprits. Is it her fiance Gregory, a cathedral canon with an unfortunate manner and an alarming taste for taxidermy? Someone from her old writers' circle, which she left after a row? Or could the attack be connected to her work as a barrister?
Phil is just as desperate to solve the case before someone ends up dead-and he fears it could be Tom. At least one of their suspects has a dark secret to hide, which makes Tom's sixth sense for finding things like a target painted on his back...
Warning: Contains a strong, silent, macho PI; a cheeky, chirpy, cat-owning plumber; and a gag gift from beyond the grave that'll put the cat firmly among the pigeons.
This book has just rocked my socks! WOW - LOVED IT!!!! Tom Paretski has just become one of my all time favourite characters. Once again he gets involved in solving an attempted murder on his sister and lands himself in situations that had me on the edge of my seat, but also had me laughing out loud just reading about the characters and their antics. You need to read Pressure head which is equally as good, so this is why it is my March Hotpick

Link to ~ MARK'S REVIEW

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Macky’s Hotpick

Spirit by John Inman

 
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Rating ~ 5 Stars
Add to ~ Goodreads
Buy Link ~ Amazon (US)Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK)Amazon (UK)

Synopsis

Jason Day, brilliant designer of video games, is not only a confirmed bachelor, but he’s as gay as a maypole. One wouldn’t think being saddled with his precocious four-year-old nephew for four weeks would be enough to throw him off-kilter.
Wrong. Timmy, Jason’s nephew, is a true handful.
But just when Timmy and Uncle Jason begin to bond, and Jason feels he’s getting a grip on this babysitting business once and for all, he’s thrown for a loop by a couple of visitors—one from Tucson, the other from beyond the grave.
I’m sorry. Say what?
Toss a murder, a hot young stud, an unexpected love affair, and a spooky-ass ghost with a weird sense of humor into Jason’s summer plans, and you’ve got the makings for one hell of a ride.
This month's hotpick was really hard for me because I've read and reviewed some awesome books in March and I really warred with myself when I was picking, but in the end I had to make a decision and the result is John Inmans 'spirit,' with the adoreable, bratastic little Timmy. I love that little imp! I fell in love with him and the rest of the cast in this hugely enjoyable story, which is a fantastic mix of humour, spooky, suspense, poignancy and swoony romance! Mr Inman wins by a hairs breadth this month but I've got to say, all the others where close on his tail!

Link to ~ MACKY'S REVIEW

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Lisa’s Hotpick

Play by Kylie Scott


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Rating ~ 5 Stars
Add to ~ Goodreads
Buy Link ~ Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK)

Synopsis

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.
Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?
Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller LICK.
What a fantastically funny, sexy and sweet ride Mal and Anne’s story turned out to be. I loved every word and this book definitely solidified the fact that I am now whole-heartedly a fan-girl of this author. This series is turning out to be one of the best rock-star series yet!

Link to ~ LISA'S REVIEW

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Tina’s Hotpick

Guys on Top by Darien Cox


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Rating ~ 5 Stars
Add to ~ Goodreads
Buy Link ~ Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK)

Synopsis

Doug Crandall’s perfect suburban life imploded after his boyfriend’s betrayal and a subsequent lawsuit left him personally and financially devastated. A year later, with a new place in the city and a fresh outlook, he’s back on his feet and ready to start over. Eager to lose his cynicism and heal his battered heart, he immerses himself in the local social scene, which includes a pair of charismatic men engaged in an open relationship. As Doug finds himself becoming emotionally and sexually entangled in their lives, he’s forced to reevaluate his views on fidelity, betrayal, love, and the often calamitous price of happiness.
I fell in love with Darien Cox’s exciting storytelling with Criminal Pleasures, a truly brilliant book! Guys on Top is definitely another winner, I loved it… and the clever title, by the way. If you are wondering (I did), there’s no m√©nage in this story.
The romance is good and the sex scenes are hot without being over the top. I felt the heated emotions and the sexual tension that ignited a passion that hooked me to both the story and the characters. Guys on Top is one of those books you read in a day or you end up pulling an all-nighter because you have to get it finished. I really enjoyed it, didn’t put it down once - who needs sleep anyways? I’m intrigued with Darien’s writing style and he will definitely be on my watch list.

Link to ~ TINA'S REVIEW

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Becs’ Hotpick

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover


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Rating ~ 5 Stars
Add to ~ Goodreads
Buy Link ~ Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK)

Synopsis

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together. From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favourite.
This month I chose Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover.  It's my first book by Colleen who is, arguably, the biggest author in the new adult genre and it was such a treat.  It's such an incredibly emotional story of forbidden love that completely consumed me and I absolutely lost myself in Ridge and Sydney's story.  
I stayed away from spoilers and reviews before reading and every new revelation came as a genuine surprise to me and I think I got the reading experience that the author intended.  I may have been my first book by Colleen but it definitely won't be my last.

Link to ~ BECS' REVIEW

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Monique’s Hotpick

Spencer (Survivors Story #3) by JP Barnaby


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Rating ~ 5 Stars
Add to ~ Goodreads
Buy Link ~ Amazon (US) / Amazon (UK)

Synopsis

It’s been nearly five years since Aaron woke up in the hospital so broken, he couldn’t stand the sight of his own face. The flashbacks no longer dominate his life, but he’s still unable to find intimacy with his lover, Spencer Thomas. With time, patience, and the support of his family, his therapist, and his loving partner, Aaron has figured out how to live again. The problem is, Spencer hasn’t. His life has been on hold as he waits for the day he and Aaron can have a normal relationship. Hoping to move things forward for them both, he takes a job as a programmer in downtown Chicago, leaving Aaron alone.
Reeling in the wake of Spencer’s absence, Aaron receives another shock when his attackers are caught.
Now, he must testify and verbalize his worst nightmare. Publicly reliving his trauma without Spencer at his side destroys his precarious control. But he finds someone who can understand and empathize in Jordan, who watched his brother cut down in a school shooting. With Spencer gone and the DA knocking at his door, Aaron seeks solace in Jordan, and Spencer will have to risk everything to hold on to Aaron’s love.
My March Hotpick was a no brainer… having waited two years for the continuation of Aaron and Spencer’s story… I couldn’t have been more ecstatic that JP more than delivered with Spencer.
It is a rare talent when an author consumes your very soul with their writing, when they make you feel as though nothing in your world exists outside the pages of their book. Where the lives of the characters are all encompassing and you empathise with each and every emotion as though they were your own, incapable of seeing any further than the next page. For me JP Barnaby is such an author… and although Spencer doesn’t have the same power and overwhelming emotional intensity of it’s predecessor, Aaron… it’s impact never the less is just as outstanding!

Link to ~ MONIQUE’S REVIEW

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100 comments:

  1. Haven't read any yet, but Play is first on my list!

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  2. I haven't read any of these books although they all sound really good. I'd choose either Spencer (Survivors Story #3) by JP Barnaby or Spirit by John Inman. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  3. I haven't read any of these books yet, but most of them are on my TBR list. I would chose Guys on Top

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  4. I haven't read any of these yet, but I would choose either Relief Valve or Spirit. Thanks for the chance to win one!

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  5. I haven't read any yet either. I'd pick Maybe Someday.

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  6. I've not read any of these books, but my choice would be Spencer.

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  7. I haven't read any of these books yet. I would love to read Play. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  8. Lots of great choices. Hard to choose.

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  9. I also have not read any of these but my first choice would be Spencer.

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  10. I have read Maybe Someday and it's totally amazing Colleen has done yet another amazing job on grabbing my imagination. would love to win Spencer.

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  11. I haven't read any of these and would love a chance to win Maybe Someday! Then I'll probably read Play and Spirit ;-)

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  12. Would love Guys On Top or Relief Valve!

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  13. Love these Hot Picks! I'd love to read Guys on Top and Relief Valve.

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  14. I have read Maybe Someday and it was amazing. I have read 5 books since, but still cannot stop thinking about Sydney and Ridge, and having the music aspect added too was a stroke of genius! Would love to win Play by Kylie Scott. Thanks for the chance :)

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  15. I would pick Guys on Top. I have Relief Valve and Spencer already waiting on my kindle.

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  16. JL Merrow is a favourite author and I have Relief Valve to read. Not read the others yet - split between Spirit and Spencer - but I think having just finished JP Barnaby's Aaron, I'll go with Spencer this month

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  17. havent read any of these yet but Guys on Top by Darien Cox sounds great

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  18. I have not yet read any of these. Thanks so much for the chance!

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  19. I have Maybe Someday on my wish list, so that is the book I would choose. Thanks for the chance.

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  20. I have just started Play by Kylie Scott and I love it, and Mal, so far. I would really like to win Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover please. Thanks!

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  21. I want to read Spirit sooo bad.

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  22. I have not read any of them but would love to read Play or Maybe Someday! Thanks for the chance!

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  23. I have not read any of these yet!!

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  24. I haven't read any of these yet but my pick would be Play by Kylie Scott. Thanks for the chance !! :)

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  25. I have not read any on the list, yet. I would choose Spencer.

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  26. Jennifer Thompson2 April 2014 at 18:25

    I have read Guys on Top and liked it. I would love to read a few of these but if I had to pick it would be Spencer. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  27. I'd choose Guys on Top by Darien Cox.
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  28. i havent read any of these yet but PLAY and MAYBE SOMEDAY are at the top of my list to read very soon!

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  29. I've read Maybe Someday twice already and loved it. If I had to choose I'd pick Play by Kylie Scott.

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  30. Have not yet, but Play and Maybe Someday both sound interesting

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  31. I would really like to read Spencer. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. Haven't read any but guys on top sounds really good

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  33. Play was WONDERFUL. I love this series. I would love to read Maybe Someday. Thank u for the giveaway.

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  34. I haven't read any of these but would like to have Spencer or Guys on Top. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. I haven't read any! I would choose Maybe Someday! Xoxo

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  36. Have not read any of these yet...dying for Play! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  37. I haven't read any, but I would choose Play or Guys on Top.

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  38. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

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  39. I have read Maybe Someday and it was incredible. I would choose Play. Thanks

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  40. I absolutely LOVED Play!! Wonderful Book!! I would love to read Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover! Appreciate the giveaway!

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  41. I have just finished Spencer and thought it was good. My heart still went put to arron & Spencer but not as much as it did in book one.
    I think I would choose gGuys on Top out of this collection

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  42. I haven't read any of these books but I NEED to read Maybe Someday and Play!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!! :D

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  43. Sheila Shepherd2 April 2014 at 20:22

    oooo- fun picks. I LOVE M/M romance but I think I'd pick Play. Although that Guys On Top
    cover is amazing!!! But then Colleen Hoover is always great. Uuugg choices!

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  44. Haven't read any yet, but Play is at the top of my list!

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  45. I haven't had a chance to read any of these books yet but have heard great things about them. I think I would choose Play but really I would be happy with any of them. :)

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  46. RELIEF VALVE, GUYS ON TOP, and SPIRIT all sound tempting!

    --Trix

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  47. Haven't read any, but I would like to read Maybe someday! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  48. I want to read Guys on Top and Play!

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  49. I've not read any of these books but would LOVE to get my hands on Play by Kylie Scott!

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  50. I have not read any of these books. But I would be interested in 'Maybe Someday' Colleen Hoover

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  51. I have not read any of these books yet but I can't wait to read Play (I loved Lick) and Maybe Someday (I loved everything by Colleen Hoover.

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  52. haven't read Colleen Hoover and keep hearing about her

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  53. Have not read any of the books listed. I have read some of Colleen Hoover's books and would love to read "Maybe Someday".

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  54. I read Maybe Someday and LOVED it. I want to read Play. Guys on Top sounds good too.

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  55. I have not read anything by Colleen but I will have to correct that immediately! Thank you.

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  56. I've read Play and Guys On Top and really loved them. I've been eager to read Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, so I'd pick that.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  57. I have not read any of these before but I would choose lick

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  58. Haven't read any of these but I would pick Play.

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  59. I haven't read any of these but I would pick Play :) Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  60. haven't read any, I would choose Guys on Top by Darien Cox

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  61. I just finished Maybe Someday. It was absolutely amazing!!

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  62. Guys on Top! I haven't read any of these.

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  63. I haven't read any of them but I'd LOVE either Guys on Top or Maybe Someday

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  64. I haven't read any of them, but definitely want to read PLAY.

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  65. I haven't read any of these books, but I just added Play to my to read asap list. I can't wait to read this one!

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  66. I have not read any of them but would love to read Play, I loved Lick.. Happy Reading.

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  67. Guys on Top was pretty good. Getting ready to start Play next. Maybe Someday is on my wish list :)

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  68. I haven't read any of these yet... I would love to read Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover!

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  69. I read Maybe Someday and LOVED it!! Definitely one of my top picks as well! I would lov to read Guys on Top! Thanks!!

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  70. Have not read any yet but would love to read Maybe Someday.

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  71. I read Maybe Someday and loved it

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  72. No but I hope to read them soon!

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  73. Would love love love to read Play!!!

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  74. I loved Maybe Someday!! The book and soundtrack are amazing!

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  75. I haven't read any of these titles yet. They are on my tbr list waiting for payday. I want to read Guys On Top and Maybe Someday first.

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  76. I'd LOVE Maybe Someday! Thanks!

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  77. I'd love to win either Play or Maybe Someday! They both look great! Thank you for the chance!

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  78. I haven't read any of these books yet but both Play and Maybe Someday are on my TBR list... if I had to pick one I'd go with Play. :D

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  79. I have not read any of the books listed. I am looking forward to reading Play and Guy on Top.
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

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  80. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. I've always liked books with musical aspects in them.

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  81. I haven't read any of them. I would probably take Relief Valve, but I haven't read Pressure Head yet.

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  82. I sadly, haven't read any of these books, but I am so looking forward to reading Spencer most of all. LOL...
    oh~ but the book I'd love the chance to win is Guys on Top by Darien Cox ~
    Thanks so much!

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  83. I have not read any of these books. I would love to win Maybe Someday. Thanks for the GA!

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  84. I haven't read any of them yet... I guess my choice would be Relief Valve, because I really loved Pressure Head.

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  85. I have NOT read any of these, but two of them are on my TBR list!!! Thanks for the chance!

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  86. I have not but would love to read Maybe Someday

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  87. Have not read any of these books. Would like to read Maybe Someday

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  88. I have not read any yet, but I would either pick Play or Maybe Someday :)

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  89. We love reading your comments... thank you so much <3 ... and we are also... SooOoo appreciative of all the love and support you give us... again HUGE thanks and a smooshy hug x

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  90. Looking forward to reading Spencer-- live this series!!

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  91. I haven't read any yet, but I'd pick Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover!

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  92. I have not read any of these yet. Maybe Someday is on my list to read very soon! So it would be the one I would choose! I love everything Colleen Hoover writes!

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  93. I read Guys on Top. It was pretty good. I would choose Spencer. Jennie LovesBooks

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  94. I like the sound of MAYBE SOMEDAY.

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  95. I haven't read any of these books however, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover is at the top of my TBR list! I've read all of her books!!
    Play by Kylie Scott also sounds so good!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  96. I haven't read any but I would pick Play by Kylie Scott.

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  97. I haven't read any of these books yet.

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