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Friday, May 6, 2016

St. Martin's Press Spotlight + Review: The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman


The Untamed Earl
The Playful Brides, 5
Valerie Bowman
St. Martin's Press
May 3, 2016



Blurb

Lady Alexandra Hobbs, the daughter of the Duke of Huntley, has intended to marry Lord Owen Monroe since she first glimpsed him from the window of her bedchamber, back when she was just a girl. But the duke has already chosen Alex’s infamously spoiled elder sister, Lavinia, for Owen. And now there’s no turning back.

Owen has spent most of his bachelor years drinking, gambling, and skirt-chasing. He won’t see another pound from his parents, however, until he’s engaged to Lavinia. Desperate, he accepts an offer from her innocent and spirited—and absolutely beautiful—sister Alex: She will
turn him into a perfectly tamed suitor, and show him how to woo the shrew. But when Alex’s true motives come to light, will their bargain lead to recriminations—or to a romance that defies everyone’s expectations?

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Review + Giveaway: The Wicked Wallflower by Eva Leigh


Temptations of a Wallflower
The Wicked Quills of London #3
By: Eva Leigh
Releasing April 26, 2015
Avon





Blurb
Eva Leigh’s deliciously sexy Wicked Quills of London series continues as a Lady’s secret career writing erotic fiction is jeopardized by real-life romance . . .

In society circles she’s known as the Watching Wallflower—shy, quiet, and certainly never scandalous. Yet beneath Lady Sarah Frampton’s demure fa├žade hides the mind of The Lady of Dubious Quality, author of the most titillating erotic fiction the ton has ever seen. Sarah knows discovery would lead to her ruin, but marriage—to a vicar, no less—could help protect her from slander. An especially tempting option when the clergyman in question is the handsome, intriguing Jeremy Cleland.

Tasked with unmasking London’s most scandalous author by his powerful family, Jeremy has no idea that his beautiful, innocent bride is the very woman he seeks to destroy. His mission must remain a secret, even from the new wife who stirs his deepest longings. Yet when the truth comes to light, Sarah and Jeremy’s newfound love will be tested. Will Sarah’s secret identity tear them apart or will the temptations of his wallflower wife prove too wicked to resist?

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

InkSlinger PR Cover Reveal: WEDNESDAY by Kendall Ryan



WEDNESDAY
By: Kendall Ryan
Release Day: May 23
Standalone






Hard core fucking.

It’s not what I really want, but it's all he has to offer. He's filled with turmoil and heartache and regrets, but for two hours every Wednesday all he feels is me. How much I desire him, how desperate he makes me, how much I'd like things to be different between us. Real.

He used to be my best friend back before he got married. And now? Now, he’s a young widower. It'd be wrong on so many levels to expect something more from him. So I give him what he needs. Dark delicious fucking. But I know I can’t keep this up. I've already given him my body, my soul. I want him to have my heart. It might drive him away forever, but that’s a risk I’m forced to take.


Wednesday is an angsty romp told from dual points of view. If you’re in the mood for something quick and dirty, you’ve found it. Proceed at your own risk.

Just Thinking: IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! #Givaway

For some people they think of May the Fourth as Star Wars day. I have no clue where this came from, and I'm not going to research it. However, to me IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! YAY! That's right it's all about me. I'm not that self center. 

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast + Giveaway: Chloe by Sarah Brianne


Chloe
Made Men #3
By: Sarah Brianne
Released April 29, 2016
Young Ink Press




Blurb

Chloe’s scarred face makes her the school’s freak.
Her reflection is a constant reminder of how she got them.
The man who scarred her haunts not only her dreams, but also her reality.
Some nightmares don’t go away in the daylight.

Two men stand up to save her from the nightmares.
Both are men of the mafia, waiting behind a door she doesn’t want to open.
Amo the soldier and Lucca the underboss.
The Beast and the Boogieman.

Who will she choose?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

InkSlinger PR New Release Spotlight: Our Favorite Days by Chelsea M. Cameron

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SURPRISE! Today we are revealing the surprise release of OUR FAVORITE DAYS by Chelsea M. Cameron. This is the 3rd book in the My Favorite Mistake series, and it is the continuation of Hunter and Taylor's story.



OUR FAVORITE DAYS
(My Favorite Mistake, #3) 
by Chelsea M. Cameron

BOOK BLURB:


Hunter and Taylor's story continues...


Taylor Caldwell and Hunter Zaccadelli have weathered the early storms of their relationship and things are going great. They're almost done with college, living in a house with their best friends and engaged to be married after they graduate.


But life has other plans for Hunter and Taylor, and just when they've got a handle on things, a surprise rocks both of their worlds. Will their relationship be able to weather the storm, or will they be torn apart by the chaos?

**This is the third book in the My Favorite Mistake series and takes place after the events in My Sweetest Escape. It is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and not suitable for those under 17 years
of age*


RockStar PR Spotlight + Review + Excerpt: Dare to Take by Carly Phillips

Dare to Take
Dare to Love, 9
Carly Phillips
May 2, 2016



Blurb

A one-night stand.
A secret.
A mistake they tried to forget.

On leave from the army, Tyler Dare is just looking for a little fun, but his best friend's sister is off limits. Yet unable to deny how sexy and alluring she is, he finds it all too easy to succumb to a night of passion and heat that ends the next morning in the worst way possible.

There are just some guys you don't touch--even someone as innocent and inexperienced as Ella Shaw knows that. But when her brother's best friend is up for grabs and willing, she can't resist. After all, she's wanted him for years…

Now, Ella is stranded on a tropical island with a hurricane bearing down, and only Tyler can save her. It's his chance to make amends for the past and show the woman he's never forgotten that he's coming after her . . . in more ways than one.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast + Excerpt + Giveaway: Behind the Marquess's Mask by Kristen McLean


Behind the Marquess's Mask
The Lords of Whitehall #1
By: Kristen McLean
Releasing April 30, 2016
Young Ink Press




Blurb

Even the mask of an expert spy is no defense against his own heart.

With a reputation as dark as his appearance, Greydon Sharpe, the Marquess of Ainsley, ought to have been the last agent assigned to the daughter of a well-respected Member of Parliament. However, when she is brutally attacked and left for dead, it becomes clear he is the only one with the skills to keep her alive. All it will take are a few lies to keep her breathing long enough to capture the villain. Then he can send her on her way. If she would only behave herself, he might be able to complete his mission before she turns his contentedly miserable life into a chaotic mess.

Marriage is not an option … until it is.

Lady Kathryn Bryant, the adventure-seeking socialite, has no plans to behave. Kathryn would much rather spend her time in subterfuge, nabbing villains and finding clues. However, when her memory is lost in an attack, she has little choice but to trust the handsome Marquess. Though she is almost certain he is hiding something, she is helpless against his disarming smile and warm touch. Eventually, his lies will come to the surface, leaving only one question: Is England’s deadliest spy equipped to save a broken heart?

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Lusting for Covers ( 121): The Virgin and The Viscount by Charis Michaels


Lusting for Covers is a weekly meme, held on Sunday, that allows bloggers to share their current cover obsession with fellow book lovers.

This meme is hosted by TBQ @ TBQ's Book Palace.



This Weeks Selection:

The Virgin and the Viscount by Charis Michaels 
Publisher: Avon (July 2016)
Series: Bachelor Lords of London, 2
Genre: Historical

Blurb:

The Virgin

Lady Elisabeth Hamilton-Baythes has a painful secret. At fifteen, she was abducted by highwaymen and sold to a brothel. But two days later, she was rescued by a young lord, a man she’s never forgotten. Now, she’s devoted herself to save other innocents from a similar fate.

The Viscount

Bryson Courtland, Viscount Rainsleigh, never breaks the rules. Well, once, but that was a long time ago. He’s finally escaped his unhappy past to become one of the wealthiest noblemen in Britain. The last thing he needs to complete his ideal life? A perfectly proper wife.

The Unraveling 

When Bryson and Elisabeth meet, he sees only a flawless candidate for his future wife. But a distant memory calls to him every time he’s with her. Elisabeth knows she’s not the wife Bryson needs, and he is the only person who has the power to reveal her secret. But neither can resist the devastating pull of attraction, and as the truth comes to light, they must discover that an improper love is the truest of all.


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Why?

First off the softness of the cover draws my attention, but the second thing that calls my attention is pose. It's like he's telling her wicked things and she doesn't know if she can take it. I mean the idea he could propose such salacious ideas. *snort* LOVE IT! What do you guys think of my pick of the week?

Secret Obsession by Katie Reus (Review)

Okay, I thought that Katie had gone off the deep end with her villain in Secret Obsession, because we saw him in the inner walls of Red Stone. So, we have the villain roaming the halls, and he has an obsession of Raegan Taylor. Who doesn't love Raegan, I mean she's sweet, wholesome, farm girl living in the city. She brings out the protective side of people, especially Ford Burke.

Along with the budding romance of Raegan and Ford, we also have a secondary relationship going on Ruby and Montez. Ruby is Julieta friend and co-worker at the lingerie shop, and Ruby has a crush on Julieta's brother. Since they're not Red Stone employees they wouldn't get their own story and Katie manage to fit them into the story. She did a pretty good job.

Like always Katie had me wondering who this mystery stalker was, and had me a little creeped out, because he had access to the building. I wonder how she's going to top the creepiness with the next Red Stone book. Other than being creeped out by the stalker, I did like the romance between Raegan and Ford. It seem like it was moving fast, then again Ford has been secretly trying to find the courage to ask her out. He's a little guy shy after his last girlfriend, and his issue almost ruin his chances with Raegan. Good thing she has overprotective relatives to knock sense into Ford. Overall, a pretty good read. I have to say, Katie made me thinking about the villain and how we don't what know who's who when we interact with people.

Copy provided by author.

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Friday, April 29, 2016

Author's Pal Spotlight + Excerpts + Giveaway: League of Rogues Series by Darcy Burke


Are you all looking for something new to read? Or have you read Darcy Burke, but haven't tried her historical? Or maybe you are just discovering this series? Today I'm spotlighting Darcy's League of Rogues series. Check it out. Today there's blurbs, mini excerpts, and giveaway. Have fun. 

Blurb Lady of Desire:

Miss Margery Derrington and her dear aunts are in dire straits. Their discovery of a rare manuscript will hopefully stave off their creditors—if it’s worth what they hope. Margery reluctantly allies with a reclusive scholar to use the book to pursue a treasure that could solve their woes. Only, the irresistible desire she feels toward her partner is neither expected nor wanted.

Rhys Bowen can’t believe he has his hands on the elusive de Valery text. Solving its hidden code and unearthing its legendary treasure would establish him as one of Britain’s leading antiquaries, finally casting him out of his brilliant late father’s shadow. But when a centuries-old organization convinces Rhys of the perils of disturbing the past, he must choose between his conscience…and the captivating woman he’s sworn to help.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Avon Books' Digital-First Imprint, Avon Impulse, Celebrates Five Years


AVON CELEBRATES LANDMARK ANNIVERSARIES:
AS ICONIC ROMANCE PUBLISHER AVON BOOKS TURNS 75,
ITS DIGITAL-FIRST IMPRINT, AVON IMPULSE,
MARKS FIVE YEARS OF UNPRECEDENTED ACHIEVEMENT IN CULTIVATING FUTURE STARS

New York, NY; April 28, 2016 – This is a momentous year for Avon, the iconic romance imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. The year marks not only the 75th anniversary of Avon Books, widely acclaimed for popularizing the historical romance category, but also celebrates the fifth year for the Avon Impulse digital-first imprint. Today, Avon is an acclaimed (or illustrious?) publishing powerhouse, renowned for nurturing the careers of the best and brightest authors in the romance industry, in large part due to the success of the Impulse program. Avon Impulse is a thriving brand with a proven aptitude for cultivating future stars of the genre.

How The Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell (Review)

I have to say that How The Duke Was Won by Lenora Bell isn't like anything I have read. At the beginning, it reminded of me Eloisa James A Kiss At Midnight, because the heroine of the story had to pretend be her half-sister at a house party. Charlene Beckett had to pretend to be her half-sister Lady Dorothea Beaumont. After all Dorothea's mother would love her to catch a Duke. Charlene is willing to play along, after all this will secure her families freedom. Right there makes the story unique. We watch Charlene pretend to be something she's not, and fall in love with someone she can't have.

Now James, he finds himself as the Duke after a tragic accident that takes his father and brother away. Now he's stuck being the Duke, but he has other plans. Basically, he needs a wife to create an heir to secure the title, and make sure everything stays hunky-dory while he's away. This is where it kind becomes like the bachelor. He invites four young ladies with outstanding pedigree, and they need to prove who could be his duchess. Seriously, it's like regency bachelor, except you down to the last few. All Charlene has to do is prove that she's the most Duchess-like out of the bunch.

A creative way to tell the story of How The Duke Was Won. I found myself laughing and rooting for Charlene. Even though she was pretending to be someone else, we still got to see the real Charlene. She's definitely character to see, because did for her family. Yes, I did get a little choked up at the end. Overall, How The Duke Was Won was masterfully done for debut story. I can't wait see what happens in the next book.

Copy provided.

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast + Excerpt: Welcome to Forever by Annie Rains


Welcome to Forever
Hero's Welcome #1
By: Annie Rains
Released December 1, 2015
Loveswept



Blurb

If you love Kristan Higgins, Susan Mallery, or Jill Shalvis, you won’t want to miss the Hero’s Welcome military romance series! Welcome to Forever introduces a small coastal town where America’s best and brightest risk everything for love.

In Seaside, North Carolina, there are two kinds of people: Marines, and kids of Marines. Then there’s Kat Chandler. Recently hired as the principal of Seaside Elementary, Kat makes it her mission to turn the school into a place of peace and calm. That’s not going to be easy with hard-liner parents like Micah Peterson storming in, telling her how to do her job—and then kissing her with those gorgeous lips of his and turning her brain into mush.

As a Marine Sergeant and a single dad, Micah Peterson has just two priorities: doing his job better than anyone else, and getting the absolute best for his son, Ben. But when he meets Ben’s beautiful new principal, a different yearning shifts into focus. He wants her, sure, but he’s also moved by the connection Kat forges with her students. So after learning that she refuses to date Marines, Micah sets two more objectives: convincing Kat to give him a chance . . . and then holding on to her forever.

Excerpt

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast + Excerpt + Giveaway: Forever With You by Heatherly Bell


Forever with You
Starlight Hill #6
By: Heatherly Bell
Releasing April 26, 2016
Tydandon Publishing and Heatherly Bell Books




Blurb

She forgot something on the way to the courthouse …
Sophia Abella has a good life, even if she is a little stuck.  Not quite single, not quite married, she keeps men at a safe distance. But when her ex-Marine husband returns to town and takes the job of chief of police, it might finally be time to get that paper work done once and for all. After all, most of her family already thinks she’s divorced.

They’re not actually, in the fullest sense of the word … divorced.

Years ago, Riley Jacobs chose the Marine Corp over his wife and has regretted his decision every day since. But once a Marine always a Marine, and he’ll use every tactical advantage he has to get Sophia to realize that she’s the only one for him.

Love and marriage … take two

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Pre-Release Blast + Excerpt + Giveaway: His Scandalous Kiss by Sophie Barnes


His Scandalous Kiss
Secrets at Thorncliff Manor #3
By: Sophie Barnes
Releasing July 26, 2016.
Avon




Blurb

Thorncliff Manor is the perfect setting for a masquerade ball . . . where the heart’s secret desires are about to be uncovered in this scintillating Regency romance from Sophie Barnes

Richard Heartly has exiled himself from society since the war, plotting his revenge for a terrible betrayal. A masked ball at Thorncliff Manor is intended to be a brief diversion. Instead, he encounters a fascinating young woman as entranced by the music as he is. He can’t reveal his identity to Lady Mary. But her siren song keeps drawing him back, and their clandestine meetings could be hazardous to his plan—and to her virtue . . .

Avoiding an unwanted marriage was easy when Lady Mary was ignored by the ton. Thanks to her dazzling appearance at the masquerade, she’s a wallflower no longer. Eligible suitors abound, yet the only man she wants is the brooding, seductive companion who keeps his face hidden. A man who tempts her to disclose her own shocking secret, one that could divide them forever . . .

Excerpt:

Forever Romance Q&A + Excerpt + Giveaway: Matt by RC Ryan



Q&A with RC Ryan 

What would readers be surprised to find out about you?
I met my husband in first grade. And on the first day of school, he came home and announced that he was going to marry Ruthie Ryan. (And did, sixteen years later.)

Tell us about your writing process. Do you start with an idea or a character? 
I start with both. A bare-bones idea about an interesting plot, and the kind of character who would make it work.

Do you know what’s going to happen from the beginning or do you figure it out as you write? 

I figure it out as I write, or rather, as the characters write their story.

What’s one book you read in the last 6 months that has left a lasting impression and why? 
When I’m not writing, I love reading biographies. I love seeing how and where famous world figures started out, and where they ended up. My latest bio was MORNINGS ON HORSEBACK by David McCullough. A biography of Theodore Roosevelt. He went from feeble boy with crippling asthma to a rugged Rough Rider living a strenuous life. He was so far-seeing that he set aside thousands of acres of wilderness as our National Parks, and bullied himself all the way to the White House. Just a fascinating, larger-than-life character. I highly recommend it.

If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why? 
Hemmingway. He’d be a great story-teller and a shameless flirt. J. D. Salinger. He’s such a solitary, secretive writer. Shakespeare – because he’s Shakespeare.

What’s one characteristic that you like to give all your heroes? 
A kind heart.  

What’s a “must” have that every heroine you write has? 
Basic goodness.

Lightning Round w/ Heroine: Vanessa Kettering
a. I’d never be caught dead in…a lie. And yet I’m forced to live one for a little while.
b. On a Friday night you can find me…in a high-end restaurant in Chicago, but here in Montana, at Clay’s Pig Sty.
c. One thing my family and friends would be surprised to know about me is…I’ve gone country.

 
MATT
A MALLOYS OF MONTANA, 1
RC Ryan
Forever Romance 
April 26, 2016



Blurb: 

RockStar PR Spotlight + Review + Excerpt: Return of the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon



Return of the Bad Boy 
Second Chance, 4
Jessica Lemmon
Forever Romance 
April 26, 2016




Blurb:

He's a mess...

Asher Knight has three constants in his life: music, beautiful women, and a bottle of Jack. He lives for the next gig, the next city, and dreams only of a life spent in front of an arena full of screaming fans. But Asher's nomad ways come to a sudden stop when he learns he's the father of a three-year-old from a past relationship and suddenly this rock star bad boy is forced to put down roots.

Only she can clean up

Gloria Shields is no one's fool. Sure, the sexual chemistry between her and Asher has always been intense, but she'd never risk giving her heart to a man who has a perfect record for breaking them. Except the man desperate to make things right with his newfound son is nothing like the rock god she's guarded her heart against for years. And it isn't long before she starts to wonder if life with this bad boy might be the best thing that's ever happened to her.

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Forever Romance Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: How I Married A Marquess by Anna Harrington


HOW I MARRIED A MARQUESS
The Secret Life of Scoundrels, 3
Anna Harrington 
Forever Romance
April 26, 2016



A SHOCKING DECEPTION . . .

Josephine Carlisle, adopted daughter of a baron, is officially on the shelf. But the silly, marriage-minded misses in the ton can have their frilly dresses and their seasons in London, for all she cares. Josie has her freedom and her family . . . until an encounter with a dark, devilishly handsome stranger leaves her utterly breathless at a house party. His wicked charm intrigues her, but that's where it ends. For Josie has a little secret . . .


. . . LEADS TO AN EXQUISITE SEDUCTION

Espionage was Thomas Matteson, Marquess of Chesney's game-until a tragic accident cost him his career. Now to salvage his reputation and return to the life he loves, the marquess must find the criminal who's been robbing London's rich and powerful. He's no fool-he knows Josie, with her wild chestnut hair and rapier-sharp wit, is hiding something and he won't rest until he unravels her mysteries, one by one. But he never expected to be the one under arrest-body and soul . . . 

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