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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Lusting For Covers (78): Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley


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:

Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley 
Publisher: Forever Romance (June 2015)
Series: Chaos, 3
Genre: MC, Contemporary

Blurb:

The ride of her life . . . 

Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy---until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . . 


In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa---or ride away forever . . .





Why?

I love the colors. The blue and yellow tones are so beautiful together. You have a bad boy biker who looks pretty yummy on the cover. What do you guys think of my pick of the week?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tasty Book Tours Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: To Tempt A Seal by Sara Jane Stone


To Tempt a SEAL
Sin City SEAL’s #1
By: Sara Jane Stone
Releasing June 30, 2015 
Entangled: Brazen 


Blurb

For the first time in her life, social worker Lucia Lewis is ready to live. And the masquerade ball in Las Vegas is just the place to find a ridiculously hot guy to complete her wicked to-do list. The only rule? Her elegant Venetian mask—which conceals the scars that have always held her back from the life she deserves—stays on.

Navy SEAL Cade Daniels heads to Vegas on a mission to keep his best friend's little sister out of trouble. Except the woman he’s sent to find is all heat and flame…and perfectly capable of handling herself. And him. But the moment Lucia's mask slips, the need to heal her, body and soul, is complete and absolute temptation.

But revealing himself could cost him the one thing he isn't willing to risk...his heart.

My Thoughts:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tasty Book Tours Spotlight + Giveaway: How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly


How to Marry a Royal Highlander
The Renegade Royals # 4  
By: Vanessa Kelly  
Releasing June 30, 2015
Zebra



Blurb

Illegitimate yet thoroughly irresistible, the Renegade Royals are leaving behind their careers as daring spies for the greatest adventure of all…

At sixteen, Alasdair Gilbride, heir to a Scottish earldom, fled the Highlands and an arranged betrothal. Ten years later, Alasdair must travel home to face his responsibilities. It’s a task that would be much easier without the distracting presence of the most enticing woman he’s ever met…

After one escapade too many, Eden Whitney has been snubbed by the ton. The solution: rusticating in the Scottish wilderness, miles from all temptation. Except, of course, for brawny, charming Alasdair. The man is so exasperating she’d likely kill him before they reach the border—if someone else weren’t trying to do just that. Now Eden and Alasdair are plunging into a scandalous affair with his life and her reputation at stake—and their hearts already irreparably lost…

My Thoughts: 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

InkSlinger PR Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Hard To Let Go by Laura Kaye



We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Laura Kaye's HARD TO LET GO! HARD TO LET GO is the 4th novel in Laura's Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Romance! It is being released on June 30, 2015!! 


Hard to Let Go - cover

About HARD TO LET GO:


Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.

Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.

My Thoughts:

Forever Romance Top 5 Beaches + Giveaway: Summer at the Shore by V.K. Sykes



For today's post Vanessa and her husband shared their Top 5 beaches they would like to visit (no particular order). 

 1.     Santorini, Greece: a beautiful island with an amazing variety of beaches with white sand, black sand, and even red sand.

 2.     Capri, Italy: Sunshine, beautiful blue water, and Italian food!

 3.     Maui, Hawaii: Gorgeous, white sand beaches and a lush and gorgeous countryside.

 4.     La Jolla, California:  A classic California beach with surfers and even seals! And it’s a really cool town, too.

 5.     Avalon, NJ: That’s where Vanessa spent her summers as a child, and it’s still her favorite beach. Soft white sand, water ices, and evenings at the Wildwood boardwalk!

Now you know there picks, what would be you guys pick for a beach? 

InkSlinger PR Release Day Blitz + Excerpt + Giveaway: Hard To Let Go by Laura Kaye



We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Laura Kaye's HARD TO LET GO! HARD TO LET GO is the 4th novel in Laura's Hard Ink Series, published by Avon Romance. Grab your copy of this sexy, suspenseful book today!!

Hard to Let Go - cover

About HARD TO LET GO:

Beckett Murda hates to dwell on the past. But his investigation into the ambush that killed half his Special Forces team and ended his Army career gives him little choice. Just when his team learns how powerful their enemies are, hard-ass Beckett encounters his biggest complication yet—a seductive, feisty Katherine Rixey.

 A tough, stubborn prosecutor, Kat visits her brothers’ Hard Ink Tattoo shop following a bad break-up—and finds herself staring down the barrel of a stranger’s gun. Beckett is hard-bodied and sexy as hell, but he’s also the most infuriating man ever. Worse, Kat’s brothers are at war with the criminals her office is investigating. When Kat joins the fight, she lands straight in Beckett’s sights . . . and in his arms. Not to mention their enemies’ crosshairs.

Now Beckett and Kat must set aside their differences to work together, because the only thing sweeter than justice is finding love and never letting go.

Excerpt from Hard to Let Go:

Monday, June 29, 2015

Forever Romance Spotlight + Excerpt + Giveaway: Last Chance Hero by Hope Ramsay


Last Chance Hero
Last Chance, 9
Hope Ramsay
Forever Romance
June 30, 2015



Blurb:


Ross Gardiner has had his fill of difficult relationships. Returning to Last Chance after a rough divorce, the town's handsome new fire chief just wants safety and stability-a tall order given his dangerous job and the way he has the attention of all the single women in town. All except Sabina Grey, the girl who stole his heart when they were teenagers. 

Sabina knows a lot about playing it safe. Always the good girl, she's now responsible for her antiques store and caring for her sister. But having Ross in town brings back the memory of one carefree summer night when she threw caution to the wind-and almost destroyed her family. Now that they are both older and wiser, will the spark still be there, even though they've both been burned?

Excerpt from Last Chance Hero:

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Lusting for Covers (77): Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt


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:

Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher: Forever Romance (Nov 2015)
Series: Maiden Lane, 9
Genre: Historical

Blurb:

SHE'S TAKING CHARGE

Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.

HE'S RUNNING THE SHOW

Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.

BUT LOVE CONQUERS ALL

In spite of her lack of theatrical experience—and her fiery clashes with Asa—Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them—and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all.
 



Preorder Links:

Why?
Bright cheery dress. It's all about the dress and the title. We all need a sweet scoundrel. ;) What do you guys think of my pick this week? 

Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon (Review)

I love Jessica Lemmon's Rescuing the Bad Boy. This story just grabbed me from the first page. However, I had to put it done, because of other circumstances. This is one of the stories I wish I had a clone at times, but I finished it. Boy did it get me. Oh my gosh what an amazing story.

Okay, we have Donovan Pate who grew up in Evergreen Cove, but he had no desire to ever return once he left. However, he has to return for the home that was left to him. All he wants to do is sell it and get the hell out of there. Too bad things can't go according to plan. Basically, he finds out he can't sell the house until after a certain charity event, and he tries to talk Sofie Martin out of it. Well, she's not having any of that and she plans to stand up to Donovan.

When Donovan shows back up, he tries to renege the contract his grandmother signed. That whole situation doesn't look good, but he's unable to find a loophole so he's stuck with Sofie around the house getting ready for the charity event.

All right, there is a lot of tension between Donovan and Sofie. A lot has to do with the night seven years prior and boy he was a jackass. So, Sofie is trying to protect herself from getting hurt again, but Donovan can't seem to stay away from her. Finally, they cave! Of course, they have to issues to work through. Like Donovan overcoming his past and seeing that he's worth saving. There isn't much wrong with Sofie, but she just needs to be understanding to Donovan and willing to go through a little pain.

Man this story is an emotional wrecking ball of a read, but oh so good. I love Rescuing the Bad Boy, because it's definitely a story about overcoming the past and finding happiness. I can't wait for Connor's story, because he just seems like so much fun. Most of the parts that had me cracking up were with Connor in them. So, grab yourself a plate of shrimp scampi and s'mores and enjoy Rescuing the Bad Boy. Definitely a worth while read.

Rating:
5 Stars


Friday, June 26, 2015

Rock Star PR Cover Reveal: Gypsy Love by Jillian Neal

Gypsy Love
Gypsy Beach, #2
COMING JULY 14, 2015


Arley Copeland vows never to trust anyone, much less a man, ever again. After her fledging career as a romance writer grinds to a halt and her ex blabs to the press about her preferences in bed, she heads to Gypsy Beach desperate to regain some anonymity and maybe figure out what to do next.

Divorce attorney John Rowan has been in on the explosive end of more marriages than he can count. Love never lasts. Of that he’s certain. Sick of barely existing inside the concrete jungle of Atlanta with the endless traffic and endless noise he heads towards a two-week reprieve in Gypsy Beach, North Carolina.

From the moment he lays eyes on Arley Copeland, John is determined to prove that not every guy on the planet is out to hurt her, and maybe teach her a thing or two about herself in his bed and out. With every sinfully sweet caress, they’re falling more and more in love. Their pasts may be fading away, but will John ever be prepared to risk it all on a lifetime love when he doesn’t believe such a thing could ever exist?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Duke But No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins (Review)

Alexandra Hawkin's A Duke But No Gentleman is definitely not for everyone. Some aren't going to like the hero and say he isn't a real hero. That might be a tad bit true. However, Alexandra's heroes aren't really hero material, they tend to be down right scoundrels. So, if this isn't your type of guy you might want to move on, but if you are willing look past bastard of a hero you might find this enjoyable. Enough of the preamble and lets get on with my thoughts.

I for one do enjoy Alexandra Hawkin's writing, and I did enjoyed her A Duke But No Gentleman. At the beginning of the story we meet Tristan Bailey Rooke, Duke of Blackbern and Cason Brant, Marquess of Norgrave. Now these two guys have been best friends for ever, and practically did everything together even shared women. Yes, they sound like upstanding gentleman <insert the eye roll>. So, when Blackbern encounters Lady Imogene he kind wants to keep her a secret, but his friend is all too keen. Basically, the wager is established. It can't be any simple wager, oh no it has to be the claiming of her maidenhead. We see them trying to charm and seduce the young lady. Neither one of them actually plays fair, but Norgrave is a bit more ruthless in his pursuit.

Now Imogene is taking in her first season and enjoying the attention that she is receiving from these two scoundrels. Yes, they are scoundrel. However, I actually thought Blackbern wasn't as bad as Norgrave. Norgrave gave off this icky, slimy feeling. However, that's how you are suppose to feel and you are suppose to like Blackbern more. Imogene actually is drawn more to Blackbern. Even though Blackbern is a scoundrel you are given the impression that he is better between the two.

I stand with those who liked A Duke But No Gentleman. I had no problem with Blackbern lacking a moral fiber. I did like the guy. *Spoiler* I could have fine without the rape scene, but it was Norgrave's way at attacking Blackbern. Norgrave definitely had no morals, he was ruthless. I did like the interaction between Imogene and Blackbern, they were kind of fun to watch there banter.

Like I said at the beginning this story is not for everyone. I think those who had enjoyed Alexander's previous work will enjoyed this story. It is a little rough at times, but it was still enjoyable. If you don't mind a not quite a hero guy, you might enjoy A Duke But No Gentleman.

Copy provided by St. Martin via NetGalley.

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Cover Reveal: A Covert Affair by Katie Reus


A Covert Affair 
Deadly Ops #5
Katie Reus
(March 1, 2016)




She’s the only woman he ever loved…

Returning to duty after being wounded in action, NSA Agent Nathan Ortiz has returned home to Miami, eager to get back in the game. But he doesn't expect his newest mission to lead him straight to the one woman he loved, lost, and has never gotten over.

A beautiful, successful restauranteur, Amelia Rios enjoys giving back to her community, especially struggling women. A woman she recently hired stops showing up for work, and unfortunately, she isn't the first to go missing.

Soon Amelia finds herself thrust into a shadowy, dark world working side by side with Nathan, the only man she's ever loved. They must confront old feelings as they battle a ruthless enemy who is out to destroy them. The heat simmering between Nathan and Amelia could mean a second chance for them—but first they have to make it out alive.

Praise for the Deadly Ops Novels

“Romantic and suspenseful, a fast-paced sexy book full of high-stakes action.” —Heroes and Heartbreakers

“Reus strikes just the right balance of steamy sexual tension and nail-biting action.” —Publishers Weekly


A Covert Affair pre-order links



About the author:

Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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What are your thoughts on this cover? Have you read any of the Deadly Ops books? 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

PUYB & Lyrical Press Spotlight: Wicked Ride, Waking the Dragon, and Brand of the Pack


Wicked Ride
Rebecca Zanetti
Lyrical Press
Paranormal Romance
 


“Non-stop action and a hero to die for!” —Alexandra Ivy

If you love the Dark Protectors, these wicked hot Realm Enforcers are for you!
Alexandra Monzelle is a hard-fighting, heat-packing Seattle vice cop, and she’s not much interested in being protected. Her short skirt and sex-kitten heels are tools to lure her suspects into talking about the deadly new drug hitting the streets. She can take care of herself and then some. Unfortunately, she can’t seem to get that through to Kellach Dunne.

Kellach is a fresh import from Dublin, and he’s landed at the heart of a vicious motorcycle club that deals in guns, narcotics, and mayhem. He’s all male, all rough power—and all interference in her damn investigation. Maybe he’s one of the good guys. Maybe not. Lex knows an affair with an immortal like him would risk everything. No matter how delicious he looks…