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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tasty Book Tours Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: Not Quite A Wife by Mary Jo Putney


Not Quite a Wife
The Lost Lords # 6
By: Mary Jo Putney
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Kensington


Blurb

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent…except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.

Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.

Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love….

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman

Last night I finished, Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman. I have to say that it was a cute read with a little more heat than normal Bliss books. However, not as steamy as a Brazen book. Anyway, I guess I should tell you why I liked this book.

First, I adore Sophie Birch. She's cute, adorable, and a bit of a nerd. Yes! Let's rock the nerdy girl heroines. So, she wouldn't be deem as hot. Now, Zane Hollander is a play-boy surfer who wants to clean up his act. Now his buddies think Sophie is the perfect solution to his image problems cause isn't his typical type. Plus, it helps that she will be around cause working on the film festival.

I love the fact that at the beginning of the book Sophie is understated. I mean she was a good-looking, but never saw herself that way. Plus, when you been teased your whole life for your looks you have self doubt that anyone is looking at you. So, he wore her nerd-girl self as a security blanket, but wanted to let go and create a new image. She was lucky to meet Honor to help her find a new image. Plus, it helped that Zane started to see how special she was. Bad-boy Zane who "wore his charm like a second skin", and knew his limitations that were ingrain by his lovely father (not really).  After all his father would say things like:
"You've got shit for brains, son. The only thing you're good at is surfing. Quit school. Take endorsement deal and go where they want you. The only thing that suits you is the water." 
Zane is actually more than that, but when you get stuff like that ingrain you start to believe.  I liked that both of them had insecurities, and they were able to help one another.

Overall, Keeping Mr. Right Now was a cute story. I liked that it had two people from different worlds come together. I also liked how you can kind of see who might be the next story. So, if you are looking for a light fun read with a little California sun, you might want to checkout Keeping Mr. Right Now.

Copy provided by author (I also purchased the book).

Book Trailer: Dare to Submit by Carly Phillips


Decklan Dare knows about the unexpected loss of loved ones and for this reason, he values control in all areas of his life. Amanda Collins enjoys the freedom she finds in casual encounters without the emotional connection a relationship brings. They meet and their physical attraction is mutual but both experience feelings that could run deeper – if they drop their guard and let each other in. Decklan is first to trust, but when he discovers the secret Amanda’s been hiding, will he forgive? Or will he rebuild every wall before she has a chance to explain?

Keeping Mr. Right Now by Robin Bielman (Blog Tour + Spotlight + Giveaway)


Book Blurb:

A temporary agreement neither could keep…

Brainy, organized Sophie Birch is no beach bunny. In fact, she’s totally out of her element among the sun-bronzed crowd at a film festival in beautiful White Strand Cove. When a surf lesson introduces her to Zane Hollander, suddenly she's up close and personal with the world's sexiest surf star. But what can a great-looking, experienced athlete possibly see in a klutzy out-of-towner who’s never set foot in the ocean?

Zane Hollander's playboy reputation has never been a problem…until recently. Now his management team wants him on his best behavior to entice a meaningful new sponsor. Sophie Birch is the perfect girl to help reform his image. She's genuine and respected—and their relationship is purely fictional. But the more Sophie blooms under the beachy sun, the more Zane knows he'll just break her heart. Because nothing's more important to Zane than following the tide.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The de Valery Code by Darcy Burke (Blog Tour + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)



About The de Valery Code:

Title: The de Valery Code by Darcy Burke
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Series: Regency Treasure Hunters, Book 1
ISBN: 9781939713247
Publisher: Darcy Burke
Publish Date: August 18, 2014

Miss Margery Derrington and her dear aunts are in dire straits. Their discovery of a rare medieval 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 exceed her expectations. Amidst danger, secrets, and an insatiable attraction, is Margery gambling just her financial future . . . or her heart?


Academic 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 antiquarians, 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.

Character Interview with Samantha Grace's Leading Men + Giveaway



I would like you all to welcome Samantha Grace’s leading men, Drew, Jake, Daniel, Luke, Anthony, and Sebastian, to What I’m Reading.

All six men are gathered in the library. Lord Andrew Forest; Lucas Forest, Duke of Foxhaven; Jake Hillary; Daniel Hillary; and Anthony Keaton, Earl of Ellis sit to one side of the room while Sebastian, Baron Thorne is alone. The gentlemen appear none too friendly with the baron.

Hello fellows, would you guys care for a drink?

The men mumble their thanks, but politely decline. Drew and Luke watch the baron through narrowed, distrustful eyes, and Anthony avoids eye contact all together. Jake and Daniel remain silent, which is a feat in itself for the boisterous Captain Daniel Hillary.

Sam pulls Melody aside to speak quietly with her. “Oh, dear. I was afraid something like this might happen if we got them all together in the same room. Drew and Luke are still unhappy with Sebastian for fighting with their good friend Anthony when he eloped with their sister Gabby. I think they understand why Sebastian would be furious—after all, Gabby was the baron’s fiancĂ©e when Anthony took her—but they haven’t forgiven Sebastian for placing Gabby in harm’s way.”

Sam glances back over her shoulder toward the Hillary brothers. “I’m afraid their association with Sebastian isn’t much better ever since their older brother Ben jilted Sebastian’s sister. Jake and Daniel don’t agree with what their brother did, but family loyalty is very strong among the Hillarys. Are you sure that you want to do this? Maybe I should have a little talk with them first.” 

InkSlinger PR Release Day Blitz + Excerpt + Giveaway: Reluctantly Royal by Nicole Chase

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We are beyond excited about the Release Day Launch of Nichole Chase's RELUCTANTLY ROYAL!! RELUCTANTLY ROYAL is a New Adult contemporary romance novel being published by HarperCollins Avon imprint and is the third book in Nichole Chase’s Suddenly Series. We love the swoony romance in these books and this one delivers in spades!
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Forever Romance New Release Alert: It's In His Kiss by Jill Shalvis


Book Summary:
ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVER

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart? 

A clip from the audio edition of IT'S IN HIS KISS can be downloaded here: https://soundcloud.com/hachetteaudio/its-in-his-kiss-jill-shalvis


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Jill's Bio:
New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

You can learn more about Jill at:
JillShalvis.com
Twitter @jillshalvis


Teaser Tuesday: Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo (Coming Sept 8)

Teaser Tuesday
“If we keep on, dinner will not happen.”
“I’m reconsidering my earlier proposition.”
I smile fully as I run my nose along his. “You want me?”
He groans softly against my lips as he nods his head, his nose moving along mine. We’re basically one; we’re so close, and I don’t think I ever want him to go anywhere else. The air around us is sizzling, and I find myself fighting for my next breath.
“I want you so bad I can’t see straight.”



Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo
Coming September 8th, 2014!

Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey’s in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but I’m good at it…really good. The draft is within my reach—it’s mine to take—but that’s not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women. They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from repeat performances. In other words, I don’t do relationships beyond my family and friends. I’m happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tasty Book Tours Spotlight + Giveaway: What a Lady Most Desires By Lecia Cornwall


What a Lady Most Desires
The Temberlay Series # 3
By: Lecia Cornwall
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon Romance


Blurb
On the night before the final battle against Napoleon, Lady Delphine St. James finds herself dancing with the one man she has always wanted, Major Lord Stephen Ives. He makes it clear he has no time for a lady he sees as flirtatious and silly, but as the call to arms sounds, she bids him farewell with a kiss that stirs them both. When he returns gravely injured, she is intent on caring for him, even if his surly behavior tests her patience.

After the battle, Stephen is not only wounded and blind, but falsely accused of cowardice and theft. The only light in his dark world is Delphine, the one woman he never imagined he could desire. But she deserves more than he can give her.

As their feelings deepen and hidden enemies conspire to force them to part forever, can their love survive the cruelest test of all? 

InkSlinger PR New Release + Giveaway: Stealing His Heart by Diane Alberts

STEALING HIS HEART 
by Diane Alberts
 August 2014


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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lusting for Covers (34): The Highlander's Bride Trouble by Mary Wine


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 Highlander's Bride Trouble by Mary Wine
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (Aug 2014)
Series: The Sutherlands, 4
Genre: Historical 

Blurb:

Has this savage Highlander finally found a woman to tame him? 

Nareen Grant is confident, well-educated, and quick with a dagger. So when her brother, Kael, unknowingly sends her to live at a cousin’s secret brothel, she escapes to court where she meets the arrogant Highlander, Saer MacLeod…

Saer is considered savage even by most Highlanders. It will take an extraordinary woman to handle him, and Nareen enchants him like no one he’s met before. When a furious Kael threatens revenge against the cousin who wronged his sister, Saer knows its his one chance to win over Nareen and reclaim the respect his family deserves…and he’s going to take it.

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Why?

All right it's a pretty cover. I love the dress. I also love how she looks like she's the boss. Plus, the guy is pretty hot too. So, what are you lusting for, dress, power, hot guy, or something else?



Tasty Book Tours Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips


Heroes Are My Weakness
By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon Romance

Blurb

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is back with a delightful novel filled with her sassy wit and dazzling charm

The dead of winter.

An isolated island off the coast of Maine.

A man.

A woman.

A sinister house looming over the sea ...

He's a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.

But she's not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they're trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It's going to be a long, hot winter.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Tasty Book Tour Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: Kiss Me, Captain by Gwen Jones


Kiss Me, Captain: French Kiss # 2
By: Gwen Jones
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon: Impulse




Blurb
French billionaire Marcel Mercier loves women. And there's a string of broken hearts across two continents to prove it. But as CEO of Mercier Shipping, he's got more important things to worry about . . . like why the charter company he just purchased in the United States is suddenly the center of an international media firestorm.

Now that big, bad Mercier Shipping owns Captain Dani Lloyd's ship, she's sure her job is at stake. But she won't go down without a fight—even if it means chaining herself to the mast of the Esther Reed and refusing to set foot on shore.

The delectable captain and her newsworthy dramatics are a PR nightmare, but Marcel is happy to let Dani prove her skills on a weeklong sail to Boston. He knows no woman can resist him for that long . . . in fact, he's counting on it.

But Marcel's plan to seduce Dani backfires as sparks fly between the billionaire playboy and the passionate captain. Which leaves Marcel realizing that winning her heart is a challenge he can't afford to lose.

Blog Tour + Giveaway + Excerpt: Operation Paris by Misty Evans




Operation Paris by Misty Evans 
Series: Super Agents (#2)
Release Date: August 4, 2014 (original release date of March 2009 as I’d Rather Be In Paris)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
                      
Book Summary:

CIA operative Zara Morgan—codename Tango—has a reputation in Conrad Flynn’s secret army as a renegade. Once held at gunpoint by terrorist Alexandrov Dmitri, she was seconds from saving herself and arresting Dmitri when Lt. Commander Lawson Vaughn, the sexy leader of a covert ops team, intervened. She’s never lived down the fact that everyone—including her boss—believes Lawson is her knight in shining armor.

Former Navy man Lawson Vaughn doesn’t consider himself anyone’s savior. He lives and breathes protocol and hates the fact that his latest assignment is to babysit Zara while she hunts down Dmitri and stops the terrorist from releasing a biological weapon on the world.

But from the time they touch down in Paris, Lawson can’t resist Zara’s sassy attitude and dauntless bravery in the face of danger. When Dmitri kidnaps Zara and injects her with the contagious and deadly virus, Lawson is once again forced to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not.

With unflinching determination and steadfast courage, Lawson must break all the rules to save Zara, even if it means becoming the one thing he can’t stand…a renegade.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

InkSlinger PR Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Hard To Hold On To by Laura Kaye


About Hard To Hold On To:

Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves—which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight.  He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago. 

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel--and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to. 


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Forever Romance Blog Tour + Guest Post (Top 5) + Giveaway: What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell


Top 5 Rogues by Anna Campbell

Hi Melody! Thank you so much for having me as your guest today.
Oh, the rogue! Don’t we love him? At least between the pages of a book where we know he’ll end up devoting all that roguishness to one lucky woman by the end – even if he fights his fate tooth and nail, poor thing. Actually Camden Rothermere, the hero of WHAT A DUKE DARES (out 26th August), isn’t exactly a rogue, but he doesn’t welcome the vulnerability that comes with falling in love!

In honor of roguish heroes, I’m going to list my top 5 Regency rogues:

1. George Gordon, Lord Byron. Famously “mad, bad and dangerous to know,” Byron was the prototype for the Regency rake character so beloved of readers. His scandalous ways got so bad that he had to flee England for the Continent after a disastrous marriage and an affair with his sister. And he certainly didn’t change his behavior once he crossed the Channel. A man who burned bright but briefly, he died at the age of 36, fighting the Turks for the cause of Greek independence. Byron had brains as well as reckless physical courage and is still a compelling figure – I’m not surprised that the adjective Byronic is part of the language! You wonder where he found time to write all that poetry!

2. The Prince Regent (later George IV). I’ve never much liked Prinny. He had so much going for him and he squandered it all in self-indulgence. But he gave his name to the wonderful Regency period and he ruled over an England packed with interesting people and events. George was definitely a rogue – he racked up enormous debts, locked his wife out of his coronation, entertained extravagantly (in 1811, he held a dinner for 3,000 people which included live gold fish swimming down a stream in the middle of the table), and he contracted an unofficial marriage with his Catholic mistress.

3. Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France. Napoleon is one of those titanic historical characters it’s actually hard for us to get our head around. He was definitely a rogue, not just because he plunged Europe into years of war. He had plenty of energy left for the bedchamber too. He married Josephine, a woman six years older than him, and then divorced her when she couldn’t give him a child. He had mistresses all over Europe, including actresses, opera singers and aristocrats. Sadly, two of the famous stories about him, the one where he said, “Not tonight, Josephine,” and the one where he wrote to Josephine from the battlefield, telling her not to wash until he got home, are both later inventions. The legend is always more interesting!

4. Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington. Actually Wellington, who brought the rampages of Rogue 3 to an end at the Battle of Waterloo, was a straight shooter who called a spade a spade and loathed humbug. But he had his share of mistresses, partly, I think, as a result of a very unhappy marriage. When in 1825, famous courtesan Harriette Wilson threatened to reveal secrets of their affair in her memoirs unless he paid her to keep quiet, he told her, “Publish and be damned.” And she did!

5. Giacomo Casanova.  Casanova (1725-1798) is actually a bit early to count as a Regency personality, but his antics wouldn’t be out of place in a historical romance. His fame rests on his memoirs, published after his death. From what I gather, there’s doubt as to their accuracy, but they certainly cover plenty of roguishness. He claims to have slept with 122 women, dabbled in the occult, escaped from prison several times, gambled like a fiend, and amassed huge debts. This is scandalous enough, but it’s even more so when you know that Casanova was ordained as a priest! Like Byron, his name has entered the language as a word for womanizer.


So that’s my Rogues’ Gallery. Are you a fan of rogues in historical romance? Why do you think the rogue is such a reader favorite?



About WHAT A DUKE DARES
What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were children-and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name.

Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother's dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over.

The only way they'll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they're married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .


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About Anna Campbell
Always a voracious reader, ANNA CAMPBELL decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Once she discovered the wonderful world of romance novels, she knew exactly what she wanted to write. Anna has won numerous awards for her Avon historical romances including Romantic TimesReviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill, the Heart of Excellence, the Aspen Gold and the Australian Romance Readers Association's most popular historical romance (twice). Her books have twice been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award and twice for Australia's Romantic Book of the Year.

When she's not writing passionate, intense stories featuring gorgeous Regency heroes and the women who are their destiny, Anna loves to travel, especially in the United Kingdom, and listen to all kinds of music. She lives near the sea on the east coast of Australia, where she's losing her battle with an overgrown subtropical garden.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tasty Book Tour Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Earl's Mistress by Liz Carlyle


The Earl’s Mistress
MacLachlan Family and Friends # 10
By: Liz Carlyle
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon Romance



Blurb
Women rarely refuse the wicked Earl of Hepplewood, whose sensual skills are the stuff of legend. But when his new governess answers his proposition with a slap to his face, then stalks out with references in hand, Hepplewood finds more than his face is left burning . . .

Isabella Aldridge has brains, bravado, and beauty-but the latter is no use to a servant. With orphaned sisters to feed, eviction nearing, and Hepplewood’s words ringing in her ears, Isabella realizes she must barter her most marketable asset . . .

But when fate unknowingly sends Isabella back into Hepplewood’s arms, the earl must make an impossible choice-draw Isabella down into his sensual darkness, or behave with honor for the first time in his life.


Tasty Book Tours Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell


Nightingale
By: Cathy Maxwell
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon: Impulse



Blurb
Fate has brought them together -again.

At one time, Jemma had meant the world to Dane Pendleton, but then she betrayed their young love by marrying another for his title and fortune.

Now Time has turned the tables. Dane is wealthy, respected, knighted and the widowed Jemma has nothing but her pride.

His honor for hers . . .

Dane’s name is on the lips of every beauty in London. They whisper he learned “tricks” while he was in the Orient. But has he forgotten Jemma, now Lady Mosby, and what they had once meant to each other? And will he accept her devil’s bargain?

In every woman’s life, there is that one love who slipped away. The man who makes her wonder “what if?”

But is this a momentary madness or a chance to rekindle a love that could last a lifetime?
Originally appeared in the print anthology THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

InkSlinger PR New Release Launch + Giveaway: Hard To Hold On To by Laura Kaye


About Hard To Hold On To:

Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves—which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight.  He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago. 

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel--and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.