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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Just Thinking: The Goodreads Challenge

I guess this would be the last post of the year. I can't believe that it has finally come to this. Are you one of those readers who participates in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I didn't start participating until 2013, and I actually like participating in it. Here's why I get to see all the books that I have read. So, lets take a walk down memory lane. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Midnight Clear by Hope Ramsay (Review)

In Hope Ramsay's A Midnight Clear is a sweet little Christmas read that brings two people together in Last Chance. We meet Dr. Tom Crawford who has arrived at Last Chance to become the new doctor. Once thing that the town holds against him is he's a yankee from the north. Poor guy. We also get a chance to get to know Teri Summers who is a local florist with a son who is on the spectrum. Aiden who has a thing about angels, doesn't like the color read, and the song that calms him down is It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.

I enjoyed A Midnight Clear, because we get to see the good people of Last Chance celebrate Christmas. You feel for Teri, because her family didn't want her son to ruin Christmas so basically asked her not to come. Now what kind of family does that. Seriously, they totally missed the point of Christmas and shame on them. Okay that's enough about my soapbox. Anyway, we see that she's hurt and so she makes the best of the situation. Now Tom is sweet on Teri, but Teri uses her son as a shield to ward off anyone who wants to get close her. However, he's willing to use her shield against her.

Actually, A Midnight Clear is a sweet story that gives hope during this holiday season. If are still in the mood for a holiday read you might give A Midnight Clear a try. A sweet little story that will bring a smile to your face.

Copy provided by Forever Romance via NetGalley

Rating:
4 Star

Forever Romance Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: My Kind of Wonderful by Jill Shalvis


MY KIND OF WONDERFUL
Cedar Ridge #2
Jill Shalvis 
Grand Central Publishing Mass Market
December 22, 2015 


UNEXPECTED AND UNDENIABLE . . .
Bailey Moore has an agenda: skiing in the Rockies, exploring castles in Europe, ballroom dancing in Argentina. Now that she has a second lease on life, she's determined not to miss a thing. What she doesn't realize is that item #1 comes with a six-foot-one ski god hot enough to melt a polar ice cap. She doesn't want to miss out on him either, but Hudson Kincaid isn't the type of guy to love and let go. And as gorgeous as Cedar Ridge is, she's not planning to stick around.

As head of ski patrol at his family's resort, Hud thinks he's seen it all. But never has he run into someone like Bailey. She might look delicate, but her attitude is all firecracker. And her infectious joy touches something deep within him that he's been missing far too long. Now he'll just have to convince Bailey to take a chance on her biggest adventure yet . . . something rare and all kinds of wonderful.

My Thoughts:

Monday, December 28, 2015

2015 Top Picks & Honorable Mention Reads


Last year was a little hard to make the favorite reads, since I was working mainly from my iPad for the holidays. So, I forgo the list. Since this year I was home I had decided to make my list. I decided to go month by month for my list, so here we go:

January:

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lusting for Covers (103): The Fairest of Them All by Cathy Maxwell


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 Fairest of Them All by Cathy Maxwell
Publisher: Avon (May 2016)
Series: Marrying the Duke, 2
Genre: Historical

Blurb:

In New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s glittering new series, wedding bells are ringing…but which Whitridge twin is the right groom?

The penniless orphan of a disreputable earl, Lady Charlene Blanchard thrives on the adventure of picking the pockets of unsavory gentlemen to survive. But due to her extraordinary beauty and prized bloodlines, she is hand-chosen as a potential bride for the Duke of Baynton, who is on the hunt for a suitable wife to provide heirs. All Char has to do is act the part she was born to play and charm a duke she’s never laid eyes on into proposing. Except the duke turns out to be the tall, dark and sexy stranger who just caught her red-handed as a thief! 

Or is he? Jack Whitridge is the duke’s twin who had “gone missing” over ten years ago. Now back in England, he knows that the supposed Lady who has his brother’s love is hardly duchess material—except he needs her to save his adopted country from war. He is willing to bargain with her heart, until he finds himself falling for Char . . . 


Preorder Links:


Why?

A pretty cover. I like the background and how she looks like she's kind of contemplating on what she should do. What are your thoughts of my pick?

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas to All!


It has finally arrived, Christmas! I love this holiday, because we find good cheer and happiness. Yeah, not always, but most of the time. There might be a chill in the air or not, but a lot of people are celebrating the holidays. I do feel that this season is magical. Anyway, I hope that all your Christmas wishes and dreams came true this holiday season. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Forever Romance Launch Day Blitz + Giveaway: The Marriage Contract by Katee Robert


THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT
The O’Malleys: Book 1
Katee Robert 
Forever Mass Market
December 22, 2015



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert begins a smoking hot new series about the O'Malley family-wealthy, powerful, dangerous and seething with scandal.

Teague O'Malley hates pretty much everything associated with his family's name. And when his father orders him to marry Callista Sheridan to create a "business" alliance, Teague's ready to tell his dad exactly where he can stuff his millions. But then Teague actually meets his new fiancée, sees the bruises on her neck and the fight still left in her big blue eyes, and vows he will do everything in his power to protect her.

Everyone knows the O'Malleys have a dangerous reputation. But Callie wasn't aware just what that meant until she saw Teague, the embodiment of lethal grace and coiled power. His slightest touch sizzles through her. But the closer they get, the more trouble they're in. Because Callie's keeping a dark secret-and what Teague doesn't know could get him killed.

The Marriage Contract Bonus Scene: 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Tasty Book Tours Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: All I Want for Christmas is a Duke (Anthology)


All I Want for Christmas is a Duke
By: Valerie Bowman, Tiffany Clare, Vivienne Lorret, & Ashlyn Macnamara
Released December 1, 2015
Avon Impulse




Blurb
Four popular romance novelists come together to bring readers delightful tales of Christmas Magic and the dukes that make us swoon… The holidays are a time for dining, dancing, and of course—dukes! Celebrate the Christmas season with this enchanting collection of historical romances featuring the most eligible bachelors of the ton…

The Duke and Duchess Trap by Valerie Bowman
A childish prank may have reunited the Duke of Hollingsworth with his estranged wife, but only the magic of Christmas will show this couple ‘tis the season of second chances…

Sophie and the Duke by Tiffany Clare
Sophie Kinsley planned to remain a wallflower at the Duke of Helmsworth’s ball. Yet when a dance with him leads to a stolen kiss, will the duke be willing to let her go? Or will Sophie’s Christmas wish be granted at last?

The Duke’s Christmas Wish by Vivienne Lorret 
To the Duke of Vale, science solves everything—even marriage. When the impulsive Ivy Sutherland makes him question all of his data, he realizes that he’s overlooked a vital component in his search for the perfect match: love.

One Magic Season by Ashlyn Macnamara
Patience Markham never forgot the fateful dance she had with the future Duke of Kingsbury. But when a twist of fate brings them together for Christmas Eve, will the stars finally align in their favor?

My Thoughts:

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Audiobook: Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Review)

Where to begin with Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I have to say that I loved this story. Heaven, Texas had me bustin' a gut, because of Bobby Tom Denton and Gracie Snow relationship. Dear lord have mercy on us for having men like Bobby Tom Denton. Bobby Tom is the epitome of a male chauvinist pig. At the start of the story we meet him surrounded by beautiful, busty, blond hair women in itty-bitty bikinis. He has no shame. Even though he's a male chauvinist pig everybody loves him, it's that damn charm of his. However, Gracie is a little smarter than that, kind of.

Now Gracie gets mistaken for a stripper when she first meets Bobby Tom, but she was hired to escort him to his hometown. Plus, she knows she's not Bobby Tom's type, after all she's not busty or blond. Gracie's more like a plain jane. However, she's a fun little character, because she has decided to breakout of her comfort shell. Bobby Tom definitely shows her the wild side.

Basically, Heaven, Texas is a wild ride. We have Bobby Tom and Gracie pretending to be engage during his time in Telarosa. Now Bobby Tom is use to getting his way in everything, but Gracie seem to put him in his place. Probably because she just doesn't see herself as Bobby Tom material. He has the hardest time trying to understand Gracie. However, they are just so darn cute together once she starts developing confidence.

I actually, loved the secondary love story going on between Wade Sawyer and Bobby Tom's mother, Susie Denton. At the beginning of the story Wade is painted as this bad guy of the town. He just lives it up and he's been in love with Susie forever he wanted a chance. However, he went about it the wrong way and it's a bit rocky. Susie is still dealing with the grief of lost of her husband, so she feels guilty about moving on. Wade is my favorite character, even though he seems evil and vindictive he's actually a decent guy who had a rough time growing up.

Seriously, I loved Heaven, Texas it was laugh out loud over the top good time. Yes, some of the story is unbelievable, but it takes place in the south. Somethings just seems over the top unbelievable, but it sometimes happens. Yes, Bobby Tom isn't a good guy, but he does have a moral code that might be a bit eschewed. I did like how Gracie was able to bring him down to earth and manage to tame his ego that seems to be the size of Texas. If you are looking for a good time, you give Heaven, Texas a try.

I did enjoy Annie Fields as a narrator. She did great job on all those southern accents. I did like how she did Gracie's voice. I think one favor voices were the bimbos voices, they were just funny. Good times all around.


Lusting for Covers (102): Miss Featherton's Christmas Prince by Ella Quinn


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:

Miss Featherton's Christmas Prince by Ella Quinn
Publisher: Lyrical Press (Nov 2015)
Series: The Marriage Game, 8
Genre: Historical


Blurb:


Ella Quinn’s wealthy, titled bachelors think they're immune to romantic notions. Yet no matter how they try to evade it, love somehow finds a way...

In the two seasons since her triumphant debut, Meg Featherton's heart has been tested to its limits. Her first suitor: a criminal. The second, a cad. For her third act, Meg vows to leave love completely out of the marriage equation. She has set her sights on a newly made viscount whom she could take or leave. However, now she must avoid his handsome, roguish, irresistible best friend like the plague. It’s no easy feat, as they are all attending the same house party...

Damon, Marquis of Hawksworth, cannot imagine why Miss Featherton seems so damn disinterested—or why he cares so terribly much. Certainly Meg is a fine wifely prospect for a man in his position, but more than that, he finds he longs for her as he has never done for another woman. She may be determined to protect her heart, but Damon is equally set on winning her over, one delicious kiss at a time...


Purchase Links:


Why?

I decided to go with a Christmas theme cover, because it's around the corner. Plus, I have admired this cover because of the christmassy colors. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! Anyway, the dress is gorgeous and guy is handsome looking. Overall, I just love the cover. What do you guys think of my cover? 



Saturday, December 19, 2015

Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: A Whisper of Desire by Bronwen Evans


A Whisper of Desire 
A Disgraced Lords, 4
Bronwen Evans
Loveswept 
December 1, 2015



BLURB:
Sensual heat melts the ice in the new Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, as a marriage of convenience leads to delightful pleasure—and mortal danger.

Lady Marisa Hawkestone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets.


Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.

My Thoughts:

Friday, December 18, 2015

InkSlinger PR Cover Reveal: Dare to Stay by Jen McLaughlin

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Today we are revealing the cover for DARE TO STAY by Jen McLaughlin. This book is being released by Penguin on August 2, 2016 and it is the 2nd book in the Sons of Steel Row series. Check out the fantastic blurb below, along with pre-order links for this book and the 1st book in the series, Dare to Run.

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BOOK BLURB:

To Catch His Mate by Savannah Stuart (Review)

I received a chance to read To Catch His Mate by Savannah Stuart. First off, it's a novella and a pretty quick one with little drama. Basically, we have Reese O'Shea who is an alpha pack leader. You would hope pack leader is an alpha, anyway. He finds Alyssa Clare and she's pack princess of the Clare pack, and he wants to make her his mate. However, Alyssa gets the impression that it's a business arrangement than anything else. There you go the drama in the nutshell.

Basically, Reese needs to prove to Alyssa that it's more than a business agreement in order to get their happy ever after. Seriously, a quick read and it's kind of sweet. So, if you are looking for something that isn't too dramatic and quick, To Catch His Mate is your read.

Copy provided by author

Rating:
3 Stars


Audiobook: An Invitation to Seduction by Lorraine Heath (Review)

I struggled with An Invitation to Seduction by Lorraine Heath. Don't get me wrong, I love her writing and she's able to make impossible situations work. However, this one didn't work for me. You know it's not working for you when it takes you two weeks to listen to the story.

Lets start with the positives. Her writing is still amazing and the narrator they had selected to read the part did an excellent job at reading. She did a marvelous job between switching between an English and Texan accent. There were a couple of times that she didn't switch properly, but other than that a decent job.

Now my struggles. I struggled between Kitty, Richard, and Nicky, and their relationship. All them were pretty selfish in their own ways. We have Kitty who wanted to marry to feel safe, and she felt safe with Nicky. Truth be told, Nicky kind of regarded Kitty like sister, but she was a convenient person to marry. I had a problem with Kitty protesting she was in love with Nicky and try to force herself to believe it. At the same time she felt passion for Richard, but she was afraid of her passion which stems from her mother being a saloon girl. She has strong feelings for Richard, but willing to marry Nicky because he was safe. Think of England. Richard was selfish cause he wanted Kitty, because he thought she would make the perfect duchess. Basically, he pursued her when she was Nicky's girl. Richard had information that no one else had.

It wasn't bad, but it definitely wasn't my favorite. Kitty grated on my nerves and I just wanted to shake her and tell her it's okay to feel passion and safe choices aren't always the best choice. I did like how Richard was understanding during her time of need. He wasn't without flaws, but I did like him the most in the story. He was always trying to think of ways to keep Kitty comfortable. Like I said it wasn't my favorite, but it's not going to make me stop reading other Lorraine Heath books. I do love her books, just not this one. I know the next one will be more to my liken. Yes, this story has worked for others, just not me.

Rating:
2 1/2 Stars

Thursday, December 17, 2015

InkSlinger PR Cover Reveal: Love in the Light by Laura Kaye

Hearts in Darkness Duet Banner
 
We are beyond thrilled to bring you the amazing Cover Reveal for Laura Kaye’s LOVE IN THE LIGHT! Releasing January 12, 2016, LOVE IN THE LIGHT is a novel told in dual POV and Part Two of her bestselling Hearts in Darkness Duet. Grab your copy of HEARTS IN DARKNESS now and be sure to preorder LOVE IN THE LIGHT! 

Love in the Light - cover
  
Cover designed by Trish Schmitt of Pickyme Artist.


About LOVE IN THE LIGHT (Hearts in Darkness Duet #2):

Tasty Book Tours Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: The Lady Who Lived Again by Thomasine Rappold


The Lady Who Lived Again
The Sole Survivor Series #1
By: Thomasine Rappold
Releasing December 8, 2015
Lyrical Press





Blurb

Madeleine Sutter was once the belle of the ball at the popular resort town of Misty Lake, New York. But as the sole survivor of the community’s worst tragedy, she’s come under suspicion. Longing for the life she once enjoyed, she accepts a rare social invitation to the event of the season. Now she will be able to show everyone she’s the same woman they’d always admired—with just one hidden exception: she awoke from the accident with the ability to heal.

Doctor Jace Merrick has fled the failures and futility of city life to start anew in rural Misty Lake. A man of science, he rejects the superstitious chatter surrounding Maddie and finds himself drawn to her confidence and beauty. And when she seduces him into a sham engagement, he agrees to be her ticket back into society, if she supports his new practice—and reveals the details of her remarkable recovery. But when his patients begin to heal miraculously, Jace may have to abandon logic, accept the inexplicable—and surrender to a love beyond reason…

My Thoughts:

Wickedly Innocent Promotion Spotlight: Devil Under the Mistletoe by Sam Cheever

Damian is supposed to escort sexy Amanda to Hell. But he’d much rather keep her.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Entangled Presents Diane Alberts Special Feature (Giveaway)



Whether you like your romances professional, paranormal, or panty-melting we’ve got a Diane Alberts book that’s just right for you. Take the following quiz to find out which one you should read first!

The perfect date night wouldn’t be complete without:

a) wine and candlelight
b) dancing and lots of eye contact
c) foreplay, lots and lots of foreplay

Your usual bookmark is:
a) a bookstore receipt
b) did you mean quitter strip..?
c) swag from an author

If you were going out on a girl’s night your ideal outfit would have:
a) a skirt, heels, and your signature perfume
b) your favorite pair of jeans and a leather jacket
c) lots of cleavage and knee-high boots

When it comes to book boyfriends give you:
a) billionaire playboys who can show you a good time
b) protective alphas who know how to treat you right
c) bikers, soldiers, rock stars, you want them all!

Some of your favorite authors are:
a) Bella Andre, Sylvia Day, J.S. Scott, Robin Covington, Maya Blake, Kendall Ryan
b) Kresley Cole, Felicity Heaton, Dannika Dark, Nina Croft, Gena Showalter, Larissa Ione
c) Tracy Wolff, Elle Kennedy, Katy Evans, Jay Crownover, Tessa Bailey, Melissa Foster

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast + Excerpt + Giveaway: Hot @nd Nerdy Anthology by Shannyn Schroder


Hot @nd Nerdy Anthology
Her Best Shot, Her Perfect Game and Her Winning Formula
By: Shannyn Schroeder
Releasing In Print Dec 15th
Exclusively with Books-a-Million





Blurbs

Her Best Shot
With college graduation looming, three childhood friends vow to make spring break their last blast of pure fun. But at least one of them didn’t count on such incredible heat… 

Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe, and her future has been calculated with razor precision. Convinced to let loose over spring break, Layla is finally ready to party—until her car breaks down halfway to her destination, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. She knows more than enough about angles to learn the game, but this week she wants him to appreciate her curves…  

Phin Marks has never met a girl like Layla. She’s more Star Wars geek than seductress, and when he offers her a place to stay while her car is in the shop, he’s counting on the attraction between them to set the nights ablaze, no strings attached. But every moment he spends with Layla makes it harder to let her go. Can he persuade her to gamble in the most dangerous way possible…on forever?  

Barclay Publicity Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Reid's Deliverance by Nina Crespo


Cover Reveal for REID’S DELIVERANCE by Nina Crespo! 

Can their bond withstand the test of time?



About REID’S DELIVERANCE

Lauren isn't looking for love when she spends a scintillating night with Reid, the sexy keyboardist of Thane's Redemption. While their passion may be off the charts, her trust issues--and Reid's secret life as a time-traveling covert agent--makes any chance for a relationship impossible.

When operatives involved in a mysterious project begin dying, Reid defies orders and travels alone into the future to find the cause. But when things go dangerously awry, it takes all of his strength to get himself back to safety--and directly onto Lauren's doorstep. While neither of them remembers their night of passion, their intense connection leads Lauren to help him. But as Reid's memories reignite, will he be forced to sacrifice everything to finish his mission--including the woman he loves?

Here is an exclusive excerpt from REID’S DELIVERANCE:

Pump Up Your Books Cover Reveal: A Most Inconvenient Wish by Eileen Richards




A Most Inconvenient Wish
A Lady's Wish, 3
Eileen Richards
Lyrical Press
July 19, 2016

The Best Laid Plans Come From The Heart…

 Sophia Townsend has watched both of her sisters find love and settle into idyllic married lives. But raised to believe that her greatest purpose is to advance the family’s fortunes, Sophia has grander ambitions when it comes to choosing a husband. She’s never lacked for suitors, but now she finds herself running out of time. Her last and best hope is Lord Bateman—and she has only a few days to secure his proposal.

Ian McDonald has long been a friend of the Townsend family and has watched Sophia with amusement over the years. A Scot and sheep farmer, Ian has done well for himself, but holds little social standing. Yet just as he’s realized his love for Sophia, she has set her sights on another man. Nevertheless, Ian is determined to win her. He a bold plan in mind, but when he and Sophia encounter one another at the legendary Fairy Steps, a most inconvenient wish is accidentally made—and neither could possibly guess the happy outcome…

Avon Impulse Spotlight: Sweet Talkin' Cowboy by Darlene Panzera

 SWEET TALKIN’ COWBOY
Montana Hearts, 2By Darlene Panzera
Avon Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Fiction; Western Romance
December 15, 2015
E-book ISBN: 9780062394705; $.99



About the Book:

Monday, December 14, 2015

Sizzling PR Spotlight: Cedar Grove Medical Series by Marissa Dobson

Christmas sale FB 



Merry Christmas from Marissa Dobson. Now until Christmas Hope's Toy Chest is a free, Leena's Dream is only $0.99, and Leena's Dream is $2.99. Be sure to grab your copies before December 26th.

Hope's Toy Chest


HopeAt thirty-one, Kingsley Mathews has been named the head of the pediatric oncology department at one of the best children’s hospitals in the country—Cedar Grove Children’s Hospital. His life is dedicated to his patients—until one Christmas when he learns there’s more than his work. 

Chelsea Waters lost her daughter two years ago on Christmas Day to a rare form of childhood cancer. Her career was over, then her marriage. Now all she has left is Hope’s Toy Chest. The toy drive she started in the memory of her daughter has become her everything. 

When she ends up flat on her back in a pile of snow, she begins to wonder if there’s room in her heart for anything more. Could the doctor who worked so feverishly to save her daughter bring the meaning of Christmas back into her heart?

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lusting for Covers (101): The Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter


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 Wicked Duke by Madeline Hunter
Publisher: Jove (May 2016)
Series: Wicked Trilogy, 3
Genre: Historical 


Blurb: 

Third in the roguishly intriguing series by the New York Timesbestselling author of Tall, Dark, and Wicked and His Wicked Reputation…

She appeals to his wicked inclinations, but he never expects she might snare his heart…


Suspected of his brother’s murder, Lancelot Hemingford, Duke of Aylesbury, was forced to give up his hell-raising habits in London for the anonymity of quiet country living. So, when an opportunity arises to clear his name in exchange for proposing to the niece of a neighbor, he sees no choice but to accept. Plus, seducing the reluctant maiden will be a most intriguing challenge…


As Marianne Radley is dependent on her uncle, she must accept the Duke’s marriage proposal at her family’s request, despite her belief he is irredeemably wicked. But along with marrying him, she intends to sniff out the duke’s unsavory secrets and expose them to the world: a plan that would be flawless were it not for one minor detail—even she, with all her determination, is not immune to the charms of a rakish duke…


Preorder Links: 


Why?
Do I need a reason other HOT! Seriously, look at those abs and the way he's behind that trellis. He makes this cover look good. ;) What do you guys think of the cover pick? 




The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean (Review)

In Sarah MacLean's The Rogue Not Taken I found myself captivated from the first page. I mean we meet Sophie Talbot. but society dubs her as one of the "Spoiled S" or the "Dangerous Daughter". She has no desired to be called that. Actually, she rather be in the background and not be noticed, but she became noticeable when she shoved the Duke of Haven in the fishes. Which has made her the most scandalous sister of them all. I mean it's not everyday you call your brother in law a philandering ass. She didn't use those words I did. Anyway, the family being on the fringe of society and she might have outcasted them. We don't quite for sure since she made her big mistake from the Liverpool party. You think that was a splash to the beginning wait till you encounter the rest of the story.

I absolutely adore Sophie, because she wants nothing to do with society. Yet King doesn't believe her intentions. At times he seems cruel and mean. Those would be apt descriptions, but it's not until his backstory is fully reveal. Even that doesn't show the degree he's been manipulated when it came to "love". It's quite devastating to think about it, so he has no desire to be trapped by some upstart. Throughout the journey Sophie is try to tell him he's being ridiculous and has no desire to trap him. I feel for Sophia and her shabbily treatment, but she makes the best of the situation.

Along the journey, you watch these two get underneath each others skins, and you wonder how are they every going to fit together. It's a long journey for them, but an entertaining one. I mean we have Sophie dressing up like a livery in order to make her grand escape that she didn't exactly planned on. Whoops. I found The Rogue Not Taken enjoyable journey across to the great north. I was entertained by the fact that no one notice that Sophie was a girl. The bickering match between her and King were always something to watch. Those who have enjoyed Sarah's previous books will certainly find this a delight. They will root for Sophie and might want to hit King upside the head at times, but they will be hooked with this story. I can't wait to see what scandals Sarah will cook up next.

Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Saturday, December 12, 2015

InkSlinger PR Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Fix Up by Tawna Fenske



The Fix Up 
First Impressions, 1
Tawna Fenske
Entangled LoveStruck
December 14, 2015




Uncovering this sexy geek’s charm is easy. Keeping her hands off of him is impossible.

While he may look like the love child of a movie starlet and an NFL linebacker, Ben Langley has the people skills of a half-drowned porcupine. Why socialize when there are chemistry labs and bad sci-fi flicks? If he has any hope of taking the helm as CEO of the family business, Ben needs an image makeover. Pronto.

Enter Holly Colvin, owner of First Impressions public relations and branding firm, and the woman who just saved Ben from the clutches of an over-attentive sales clerk. Holly’s rebranded hundreds of companies in her career, but she’s never rebranded a person. The guy clearly needs help, though, and she’s just the woman for the job.


With the clock ticking for them both, Holly and Ben face off over wardrobe malfunctions and business jargon that sounds a lot sexier than it should. But can Holly make Ben into the man he thinks he should be without losing the man she’s starting to love?

My Thoughts:

Friday, December 11, 2015

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast + Excerpt + Giveaway: Merry Blissmas by Jamie Begley


Merry Blissmas
Biker Bitches #3
By: Jamie Begley
Releasing December 11th, 2015
Young Ink Press




Blurb
Naughty
What can I say? I’m not a nice person. When I walk by, people call me a slut, and I’m okay with that. I believe in calling a spade a spade. I am a slut.

With the holidays approaching, I miss belonging to The Last Riders. Drake’s keeping me warm, but he wants more than I can give. He wants me to trust him, to believe he can protect me. Doesn’t he know Santa put me on the Naughty List long ago?

Nice

What can I say? I’m a nice guy and have always done the responsible thing.

Bliss is everything I shouldn’t want, but it’s hard to resist a woman who stopped believing in miracles. She wants to be back with The Last Riders, whom she considers her true family. Doesn’t she know it’s Christmas, and miracles do happen?

Excerpt from Merry Blissmass:

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tasty Book Tours Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Match of the Century by Cathy Maxwell


The Match of the Century
Marrying the Duke #1
By: Cathy Maxwell
Releasing  November 24, 2015
Avon Books





Blurb
In New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s glittering new series, wedding bells are ringing… until the return of a rake throws a bride’s plans— and heart—into a tailspin.

Every debutante aspires to snag a duke. Elin Morris just happens to have had one reserved since birth. But postponements of her marriage to London’s most powerful peer give Elin time to wonder how she will marry Gavin Baynton when she cannot forget his brother, Benedict.

Already exasperated at being yanked from the military to meet “family obligations,” now Ben must suffer watching his arrogant sibling squire the only woman he has ever loved. Joining the army saved Ben from sinking into bitterness, but seeing Elin again takes him back to the day they surrendered to their intoxicating desire.

As the wedding draws near, Elin tries to push Ben far from her thoughts. When danger brings them together, there is no denying their feelings. But can Elin choose love over duty…?

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

InkSlinger PR Spotlight + Excerpt + Giveaway: Say You're Mine by Diane Alberts


SAY YOU'RE MINE 
Shillings Agency, 5
Diane Alberts
December 7, 2015
Entangled Publishing: Brazen




She’s a challenge he can’t afford to lose…

Navy SEAL Steven Thomas has only ever been able to count on three things: waking up in the morning, going to sleep sometime during the night, and Lauren Brixton. She’s been his best friend since grade school, and what they have is the only relationship he’s managed not to ruin.

Until one drunken night puts that all in jeopardy.

Lauren’s watched Steven flit from one-night stand to one-night stand, seemingly not interested in something more. So when the long-ignored attraction between the two of them blows up in their faces, she does the only thing she can—she pretends she doesn’t want him. But all’s fair in love and war, and Steven’s not about to lose the only person in his life who matters…


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