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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Questions with author Toni Aleo #2 {Giveaway & Teaser}

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Check out this weeks video where Toni Aleo answers readers questions, and announces winners of the INSTAGRAM party!

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And now over to Toni...







Opposites do more than just attract in Toni Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist.

The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him—wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lies behind that superstar hockey jock demeanor, too. So when he sidles up to her at a bar and slinks his arm around her waist, she’s lost. What follows is the wildest night of her life . . . followed by inevitable heartbreak the next morning. And then, a few weeks later, a very big surprise: two blue lines on a pregnancy test.

Only a check to the head could make Erik fall for a nice girl like Piper. But since their crazy-sexy night together, he’s been trying to forget about her alluring body by falling into bed with every woman in Nashville, and it’s not working. So when Piper shows up at his house with a baby-bomb to drop, it doesn’t take much for Erik to suggest the nuclear option: marriage. While it’s supposed to be all for show, the second they say “I do,” the ice between them starts to melt into sizzling steam.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, and Empty Net.












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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.


When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.



She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.

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Friday, November 29, 2013

A Late Thaw by Ana Blaze

I was reading a book earlier and I just wasn't feeling like reading the particular book and I really didn't want to dive into another novel just yet. So, I figure I should read A Late Thaw by Ana Blaze, after all it was in my TBR. Let just say that I loved this novella. I thought it was a fantastic quick read.

Well, you have Kiley St. Claire and Cole Thomas. They have been friends forever, and each of them has carried a torch for the other for sometime. However, neither one of believes the other would be interested in the other. Funny how that works.

Yes, A Late Thaw is a friends to lovers romance. I loved the story, because each of them was trying to move on yet couldn't quite master. Overall, this is a great novella, because you have a complete story with a happy ending. So, if you are looking for a quick good read, you might try A Late Thaw.

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How to Bring Your Love Life Back From the Dead by Wendy Sparrow

So, I started reading How to Bring Your Love Life from the Dead by Wendy Sparrow. Let just stress that these stories are more a heart-warming read than scary, so here are my thoughts on each of the stories:

How to Bring Your Love Life Back from the Dead in Ten Easy Steps

First you need to know the 10 Steps:
1) Know What You Want in a Significant Other
2) Be Social. Get Out of Your House
3) Go to Events That Will Appeal to Those With Similar Interests.
4) Be Bold. Go After What an Who You Want.
5) Don't be Afraid of Rejection. Live in the Moment.
6) Don't Let Small Obstructions Trick you into Giving up.
7) Don't Rush. A Lon-Term Commitment is an investment.
8) Little Misunderstandings Can Cause Huge Rifts. BE a Good Communicator.
9) Learn Balance. Make Time for Others and Yourself.
10) Love is Worth it.

I love that Lauren is willing to try these steps in the story. I had a good little chuckle on how Daniel played a part in these steps.

I don't have ten reasons why I love this story, but I have a few. For one thing, I love how each chapter is a pinpoint on how to bring your love life back. I think these can apply to real life situation, but this is a story. Second, the story had me laughing and evening cause a tear or two. This story is short, sweet and leaves satisfy in the end.

Anna and the Apparition

All right, when I started Anna and Shane's story, I thought it moved a little slow in the beginning. I found myself trying to get through the story. However, it did start to pick of the pace when we start to dive more in to Shane's "death". Once things started to unravel I found myself wanting to finish the story to see what happen. So, I was surprise by my reaction to the story and I loved the ending.

All Bets Are Off

All right this story was ultra cute. What can I say,  I love the story. Yes, it centers around a "haunted house" and bet. Granted Clay was an idiot when it comes to Cory. However, he believe he was being transparent with his feelings. I guess he was wrong, because he scared off the girl. Now he aims to win the girl with the house that cause it all. Seriously, an adorable read.

All the stories in How to Bring Your Love Life Back from the Dead were really cute and sweet. None of the stories were scary, but left you more with a heart warming feeling. So, you looking for some feel good stories with some spooky elements, you might want to read How to Bring Your Love Life Back From the Dead.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Full Throttle by Erin McCarthy

For the past few days I have been reading Full Throttle by Erin McCarthy. I have been procrastinating on reading this story. Not because I didn't want to, but my TBR list is kind of out of control. Yet, I couldn't put this off any longer. Anyway, I really liked this book, which kind of surprised me, because the type of heroine in the story usually drives me nuts. However, it worked for the story. I haven't read any other of Erin McCarthy's Fast Track books, so I don't know if Shawn Hamby is different in the other books. Back to my thoughts.

Basically Full Throttle is a marriage of convenience story and reading the description you wouldn't see that. No, what you get is that Rhett Ford likes a little kink and is the brother-in-law to Shawn's best friend. However, Shawn needs a guy to marry to keep Hamby Speedway and Rhett is willing to go along with the plans.

I'm glad I got a chance to read Full Throttle and really enjoyed the book. I have to say it was pretty awesome. It kept me pretty captivated. I actually love the relationship between Shawn and Rhett even if it started out as a marriage of convenience. Though Shawn planned on getting out after the year, I love how Rhett decided he was willing to try to convince Shawn for the long haul. Overall, it's a fast pace book with some hot steamy scenes that I couldn't put down and look forward to reading other stories by Erin McCarthy. So, if you are looking for some steam, you might try Full Throttle.

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1/2

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lost in a Royal Kiss by Vanessa Kelly

All right, I mange to squeak in a read today. Today's selection happens to be Vanessa Kelly's new novella, Lost in a Royal Kiss. In this novella we are getting introduce to Vanessa's new series The Renegade Royals.

In this story we meet Linnet St. Claire who needs help from Sir Anthony Tait. Basically, Linnet brings Anthony a boy who finds himself in a pickle, because of a girl. Anyway, Linnet asks Anthony to take him under his care. Of course Anthony would do anything for Linnet, because he's has had feelings for her.

I enjoyed Lost in a Royal Kiss, because you have Anthony who wants to make Linnet his wife. While Linnet believes that she is far below Anthony's status. I really like how Anthony is bullheaded, after all he would do anything get Linnet to his. However, it takes some serious calculation on his part, a couple of times I thought Linnet would be too stubborn to accept. Overall, a quick story that has these to uniting. Yet, I wonder how they will play a part in the future stories. This shall be interesting to see. So, if you looking for a new series to start, you might want to checkout Lost in a Royal Kiss.

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New Release: Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye (Review)


Book Blurb:

Tall, dark, and lethal...

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome--pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge


My Thoughts: 

I got a chance to read Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye. I have to say the plot was pretty good. I love the idea of these ex-military guys with a  chip on their shoulders, because they were a scapegoat for a cover up. Then they end up working with their ex-commander's daughter to help her find her brother. 

Poor Becca, she really doesn't have a clue what she just walked into, but all she knows her brother is in danger. The only clue she has to go with is visit this guy by the name of Nick Rixey. When they first meet, he basically shuts her down, because of the bad blood between her father and himself. Good thing Nick listened to his gut instead, and basically decides to help her. As the story progress, Nick realizes that he needs help and basically calls in his buddies. So, we see the start of the story. 

Yes, it's a little slow at the beginning, but sometimes a story needs to build especially when it's a new series. In Hard As It Gets we are laying the ground work for future books. There is that suspense on what's going on. All we know that these guys got treated like dirt cause of their commanding officers decisions. However, his son had stumble upon some weird stuff, which gets him into trouble. Yet, the information is just the tip of iceberg and could possibly get this guys redeem. 

Yes, there is a romance that builds between Nick and Becca. Yet, some secrets might break apart this budding relationship. What it boils down to we have a budding relationship and a mystery that needs to be solve. I can't wait to see what new things will popup in the next book and how it will draw us closer to rectify a wrong. So, if you are looking to start a new series and have a thing with ex-military guys and tats, you might have found your book in Hard As It Gets

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Here is a link to Laura’s page announcing the publication and her events:  http://laurakayeauthor.blogspot.com/2013/11/announcing-hardasitgets-new-release.html

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We are beyond excited to be able to share with you all the release of Nichole Chase's SUDDENLY ROYAL in paperback! This book is gorgeous and will definitely be one you'll want to add to your shelf!

  
Suddenly Royal SUDDENLY ROYAL Synopsis:

Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working on a master's degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it's to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed . . . As crown prince of Lilaria, Alex D'Lynsal has had his share of scandalous headlines, but the latest pictures in the press have sent him packing to America and forced him to swear off women. That is, until he meets Samantha Rousseau. She's stubborn, feisty, and incredibly sexy. Not to mention heiress to an estate in his country, which makes her everyone's front-page news. While Sam tries to navigate her new world of politics and wealth, she will also have to dodge her growing feelings for Alex. Giving in to them means more than just falling in love; it would mean accepting the weight of an entire country on her shoulders.

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Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule. For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs. Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically writing their stories. Ms. Chase is the author of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy, Flukes, and Suddenly Royal (including several short stories). Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, dog, tortoise, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

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SUDDENLY ROYAL by Nichole Chase is on sale from Avon Books on November 26, and we’re celebrating this positively regal release by giving you a chance to pamper yourself like a princess! Pick up your copy of 
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Cover Reveal: All for You by Jessica Scott

Yesterday Jessica Scott reveal Reza's book cover. For those who don't know who Reza is, let me tell you. He's Sergeant First Class and last time I saw him in a story he was pretty self-destructive. Now he's getting his own story in All For You.

So here is the cover:

Pretty. I for one am excited, because Jessica Scott is a fantastic writer when it comes to military romance. Then again it might help that she's active duty. If you haven't read any of the previous books by her, I would say go get them. Seriously, awesome. 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Flaunt New Releases (#Giveaway)


Conned 
Chloe Cole

Synopsis:

Human sexuality professor Cricket Malloy typically likes bad boys, but when buttoned-up science teacher Tucker Lamb needs help with an experiment on aphrodisiacs, she goes the extra mile to help him out. After all, what could go wrong? He’s totally harmless…

Tucker Lamb was born into a life of a grifter. He used to pride himself on his fast fingers and quicksilver tongue, but ever since being placed in the witness protection program, he’s been on the up and up. Still, something about Cricket Malloy makes him ache to see if his tongue is as fast as it used to be.

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Cowboy's Way
Cathryn Fox

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Sports medicine doctor and weekend cowboy, Chase Cooper, is ready to settle down, and he’s beginning to wonder if his best friend from high school, Mari Blair, could be the one that got away.  Coop and his buddies have come up with a plan, but he never imagined it would be Mari’s sister, Julia—the girl who was always off-limits—, who would take him up on his invitation.

When lawyer, Julia Blair, finds herself on a dude ranch half way across the country, only to discover the invitation was meant for her vivacious twin sister, she knows she has two choices—go home alone or walk a day in her sister’s shoes. When she sets eyes on sexy cowboy Chase Cooper, the choice becomes easy. She's determined to stay and have some carefree fun while at the ranch.

Coop can’t believe the mix up, but when he discovers Julia wants to play, then play they will. When things get steamy and playtime becomes so much more, he’s determined to prove she’s the girl for him. And he’s not above using a few tricks of the trade to get his point across…

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Falling for the CEO
Audra North

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Finance genius Meredith Klaus prefers numbers to people, especially around the holidays. At least the large sum of money that’s mysteriously vanished from the company accounts will distract her from the ghosts of Christmases past. Until her sexy boss asks her to be his last-minute date to a fundraiser gala, that is, and the promise of a special evening calls to something long-buried in her.

Andrew Stanton, Manhattan’s best-known philanthropist, has worked hard building his reputation in the industry. He offers to work closely with Meredith to fix his company’s financial crisis, but the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to look at her as just a colleague.

A beautiful dress. A handsome man on her arm. A challenge she can’t refuse. Can they find the missing money and fulfill their holiday wishes, or will Meredith be unable to overcome the demons of her past and lose her chance at happiness?
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If You Dare
Jessica Lemmon

Synopsis:

SHE'LL MAKE HIM A BET…
Lily McIntire is tired of losing every office wager to her overly cocky—and yeah, devilishly handsome—coworker, Marcus Black. After a few too many tequila shots, and a taunt from Marcus that she's a wuss, Lily lays down a bet he can't refuse: One night in the abandoned and spooky Willow Mansion alone for his recent office win, a trip to Hawaii.

HE CAN'T REFUSE…
There's only one thing Marcus wants more than his upcoming vacation to Hawaii, it's to take his sexy coworker on a real date. Every time he's tried to get close to her, she's shut him down cold. Too bad the sexual tension just keeps climbing the charts. Now, he'll have to scare her out of the mansion if he has any chance of going out on a real date with her any time soon.

UNTIL ALL BETS ARE OFF…
But in between trying to scare Lily out of her pants and get his hands into them, Marcus realizes there’s more to Willow Mansion than either of them counted on. Suddenly, it’s not just he and Lily that are going "bump in the night".  If they manage to survive the night and escape the mansion unscathed, can they survive each other in the light of day? Or will what happens at Willow Mansion stay at Willow Mansion?

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Playing Doctor
Jan Meredith

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When a fellow RN jokingly predicts that Beth Roberts will meet a tall, ripped and totally lick-o-licious stranger who will fulfill her deepest desires, it’s supposed to be from across a crowded room, not giving CPR to a wedding guest. Given her tragic love life, Beth has no desire to become involved again, but who could have predicted the ponytailed doctor with the mischievous smile would break through her defenses?

Dr. Gabriel North blamed himself for his wife’s death. Now, after two years of battling guilt and meaningless hookups, he’s ready to move on. When he sees the sexy brunette at his friend’s wedding, his attraction is swift and strong, and he wastes no time in pressing his advantage. One night with the woman who makes him feel alive again isn’t enough, but gaining her trust as a man was going to take more than medical school had prepared him for.

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Take a Chance  (Series Bundle)
Diane Alberts

Synopsis:

TRY ME
What happens in Vegas...can lead to romance.It took one wild night for Sergeant Jeremy Addison to realize that Vegas? Was a bad idea.Bloody. Bruised. Dehydrated. Abandoned in the desert, and left to stagger down the road. The only way this leave could get worse was if his savior was his ex-best friend's sister...and the girl he'd loved since childhood.

The last person Erica expected to find on the roadside was her high school crush. She hadn't seen Jeremy in seven years—ever since the night he said he loved her, and she ran away. Losing him then had been a mistake, but wanting him now could be catastrophic if he discovered the secret that chased every other man from her life. But with a tall, tattooed Marine determined to prove he's always been faithful, can Erica resist his advances...or will she surrender ground and give love a try?

LOVE ME
Thomas Jones has come to Vegas to win yet another account for his marketing company. But when he sits across from beautiful and sensual Brianna Falk to deliver his pitch, his desire to leave Vegas as quickly as possible is replaced by the need to get closer to her. Yet she resists his charm.Brianna knows a date with Thomas could jeopardize her job, but he’s so maddening and insistent, she has a hard time denying him just one date. But that’s all it can be: one date. Because she has to protect her job and her secrets, even if it means giving up a chance at a life she never thought she’d have again.

PLAY ME
Even the best-laid plans can go awry. Single-mom Kiersten Worth knows a bottle of champagne and night of hot, no-strings-attached sex is the perfect solution to her jilted bride blues…and Garrett Kelly, long-time friend and her teenaged son’s sexy basketball coach, is just the stud for the job. Garrett wants more from the elusive temptress than a casual affair, but he never expects it to come in the form of an unexpected pregnancy. When he proposes an unorthodox solution—move in and raise their baby together—Kiersten has to decide whether to let down her guard and open her heart to the man who secretly loved her for years, or risk losing his tender embrace for good.

TAKE ME
Married in the morning…Professional heartbreaker Mike Worth thrived on the chase—and dancer Morgan Collins represented the ultimate prize. But there was no way he was going to throw away his single-man status…not even for an elusive redhead with sparkling eyes and mile-long legs. So how did he let one drunken Vegas night end with I do instead of hell no?
Morgan’s life revolved around her career and she had no intention of letting a man interfere—even if Mike made her question all her rules about love. At his urging, she reluctantly agreed to give their spur-of–moment marriage a chance. But once their trial-honeymoon ended, would she choose to follow the dance and leave her unforgettable husband behind?

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