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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lusting for Covers (134): A Date at the Altar 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:

A Date at the Altar by Cathy Maxwell
Publisher: Avon (Oct 2016)
Series: Marrying the Duke, 3
Genre: Historical

Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s glittering Marrying the Duke series continues—Twice he has been close to the altar and still no duchess.

Will the third time be the charm? A duke can’t marry just anyone. His wife must be of good family, be fertile, be young. Struggling playwright Sarah Pettijohn is absolutely the last woman Gavin Whitridge, Duke of Baynton, would ever fall in love with.

She is an actress, born on the wrong side of the blanket, and always challenges his ducal authority. She never hesitates to tell him what she thinks.

However, there is something about her that stirs his blood . . . which makes her perfect for a bargain he has in mind: In exchange for backing her play, he wants Sarah to teach him about love.

And he, in turn, has a few things to teach her about men . . .


Preorder Links:

Why?

I love the look on her face. I mean it looks like, "Hey what are you waiting for are you going to join me?" It's absolutely perfect with the bed. Reading the blurb, the cover totally works the with the blurb. What do you guys think of this weeks pick?


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Worked Up by Tessa Bailey (Review)

Okay, Tessa Bailey is like the go to girl for dirty talking heroes, but she has a secret she has a punny heroine. Oh yes, Samantha Waverly is punny. She can crack some cheesetastic jokes, and they are cheesetastic. You can find them all over Worked Up. If you have been keeping up with the series you would remember Duke Crawford has a house full of women, and to find a moments of piece is a little hard. However, he's willing to add another woman to the mix.

These two are completely adorable. You have Duke who is a mans-man. He's not the typical guy you would find in a romance novel, but normal. The cover guy should have a little more hair on him, oh well. Anyway, what he lacks in the beauty department he makes up in the caring. He definitely has a heart, and he has a soft spot for all those around him. However, I think that is a secret. Samantha is too cute with her bad jokes and wanting to please her step-brother. Deep down she wants someone to care for her.

Yes, Worked Up has some steamy scenes, but these two are cute. I never thought I would use cute in a review for a Tessa book, but there you go. I think it has to do with Samantha tries to be funny, and Duke is smitten by her. Overall, had a good time reading Worked Up, and yes I did get a choked up in the book. Those who are a fan of Tessa's work will find enjoyment in Worked Up.

Copy provided by Entangled via NetGalley
Rating:
4 Stars

Blog Tour + Spotlight + Excerpt + Giveaway: Forbidden Fling by Skye Jordan


FORBIDDEN FLING 
Wildwood, 1
Skye Jordan
Montlake Romance
July 26, 2016



Blurb:

Delaney Hart has come a long way from her wild youth, dating tattooed bikers at her father’s bar, The Bad Seed. But when his death pulls her back to Wildwood, California, she must stay to renovate the dive he left her. And also face the lies and secrets that sent her running ten years before.

When Wildwood’s chief building inspector, Ethan Hayes, shows up on the property, Delaney doesn’t recognize him. The last thing he wants to do is save the bar where his cousin died in a brawl. But the good boy from her past is all too willing to remind her of the bad girl she used to be. And one night of passion leaves them both in a compromising position.

The last place Ethan should be is in Delaney’s bed. Guilt, family pressure, and plans for a brewpub of his own make shutting down The Bad Seed his top priority…until his feelings for Delaney interfere. Because her future depends on the success of the bar’s renovation and his dreams are rooted in its failure, their forbidden romance may be destined for heartbreak.

Excerpt:

Friday, July 29, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast + Excerpt + Giveaway: Pure Torture by Tania


Pure Torture
Oblivion on Tour #3
By: Tania Sparks
Releasing July 29, 2016
Self-Published




Blurb

Cody’s the sexy drummer extraordinaire of the hard rock band Oblivion.

Kitty’s the little sister of one of Cody’s band mates and she’s had a secret crush on him for years.

When the band are back home for a few days, the chemistry between them is both unexpected and undeniably off-the-charts.

She quickly realizes that the prospect of having what she’s always fantasized about is a very real possibility.

He quickly realizes that although he feels this mind-blowing attraction towards her, she’s the little sister of one of his band mates - he would get his ass kicked from here to hell if he ever laid a finger on her!

But can Kitty convince him? After all, no one else needs to know, a one-time hook-up might suit both of them…or could it ruin everything?

Excerpt

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Once Upon a Moonlit Night by Elizabeth Hoyt (Review)

Now if you have read Duke of Sin you would remember Miss Hippolyta Royle had to make a harrowing escape from the Duke of Montgomery. Once she left in the dead of night, we didn't know what happen to her. Oh dear. Now we have her harrowing adventure in Once Upon a Moonlit Night.

Poor Hippolyta it's truly not her week, especially when she comes across Mr. Matthew Mortimer. He believes her to be a run away maid girl or worse. Technically, she's running away. We get to watch these two interact between one another. I feel bad for Hippolyta for her circumstances, but she's a strong person. When Matthew isn't acting like jerk, he's actually sweet and kind, and easy to fall in love. He redeems himself during the book.

Overall, Once Upon a Moonlit Night gives you closer on Hippotyla's part in Duke of Sin. It's great to see her get a happy ending, because she needed a happy ending. I mean she had someone trying to blackmail her, she deserved happiness. Elizabeth does a wonderful job with this story. Yes, the story is super quick read, but it's nice to know what happen to Hippotyla. If you have been wondering what happen to her, Once Upon a Moonlight Night will give you the closer you so need for her.

Copy provided by Forever Romance via NetGalley.

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast + Excerpt + Giveaway: Portrait of Rage by Cynthia H. Wise


Portrait of Rage
The Marcel Experience #1
By: Cynthia H. Wise
Released October 31, 2015
BookLogix




Blurb
“The air became frigid and the lights flickered as they both watched a shimmering veil of mist rise from the hardwood floor. As it floated toward Kelly, the dim shape of an adolescent came to life in its veiling center. The little girl’s body grew more defined in its advance, until every detail of the portrait at Kelly’s back focused and came alive before them.”

Soon after Thomas Shear buys a house for his art gallery, the spirits of a killer’s child victims haunt his dreams. Believing they were conjured by stress and a vivid imagination, Tom hopes to vanquish the nightmares that leave him shaking and sweat soaked by creating a series of life-sized portraits portraying the suffering of each little girl.

When news of his portrait series spreads, Tom is confronted by the lead investigator for the missing children, Detective Mark Winward. Realizing he has become involved in something more sinister than he could ever have imagined, and becoming the detective’s number one suspect, Tom races to find the real killer before he is framed and someone Tom loves becomes the killer’s next victim.

Portrait of Rage sets the stage for The Marcel Experience, giving readers a glimpse into what is to come. Both horror and romance, real and fantastic, Portrait of Rage introduces real-world horrors into the universe of the supernatural.

Excerpt

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast + Excerpt + Giveaway: Sweet Dream by Lindsay McKenna


Secret Dream
Delos #1B
By: Lindsay McKenna
Releasing July 25, 2016
Blue Turtle Publishing




Blurb

Ex-Navy SEAL Cav Jordan faces danger daily in his job as a security expert. He even faced down a gang of South American drug dealers to protect his fiancée, Lia Cassidy. So why is he terrified of meeting her parents? Having lived through his own horrible childhood Cav can’t understand the situation is he is walking into. Lia just wants him to meet her parents. Why does this feel like the fight of his life?

Novella: The continued story of Cav and Lia from Nowhere to Hide, book 1 of the Delos Series. 

Excerpt

Tasty Book Tours Sale Blast + Excerpt: Welcome Home, Cowboy by Annie Rains


Welcome Home, Cowboy
A Hero’s Welcome #2
By: Annie Rains
Released April 26, 2016
Loveswept





Blurb

With its thriving military base, Seaside, North Carolina, is teeming with heroes of all stripes. But, as the Hero’s Welcome series from Annie Rains continues, it takes a cowboy to rescue the town’s newest resident from heartache.

After a bad breakup leaves Julie Chandler completely devastated, she comes to Seaside seeking a fresh start. A talented, compassionate yoga teacher, she has developed a program to help alleviate the effects of PTSD, but getting a bunch of bullheaded Marines into downward facing dog might be impossible. So Julie’s shocked when one of her first students dives in headfirst—and almost tempts her to take down her walls with his easy smile and electrifying touch.

Ever since Texas cowboy turned Marine pilot Lawson Phillips lost a crew member in a helicopter accident, he hasn’t been able to fly. When a psychologist orders him to attend, of all things, a yoga class, Lawson’s outraged—until he finds out Julie is the instructor. She’s beautiful, graceful, and completely guarded when it comes to his advances, but he’s determined to find out what makes her tick. Because underneath Julie’s hard shell is a woman Lawson knows he could fall for—and he’s not ready for the ride to end.

Excerpt

Meat by Opal Carew (Review)

Okay, I read this because I saw the cover and said, "Yes, please." Didn't read the blurb, but I had to read it cause of the cover and the title intrigued me. Anyway, I liked Meat. It was a fairly quick read with hot scenes. However, there were a few things that didn't work for me. For instance, the BDSM part of the story. I don't mind that actually, I just couldn't do it. Cause Rex had Rebecca call him Master instead of sir. I know that it's minor and it probably shouldn't bother me, but I couldn't help giggling. Here's why: when I ever hear a character call another character master I think of a mad scientist and there lackey. Especially when the lackey goes "Yes, master, right away master." I would probably liked sir more. Oh well, that's me. The other thing was his size of his meat. I truly tried to imagine how big the thing was, because I know a woman vagina can get big enough to push out a baby. So, the idea that he was that big is kind of crazy. I was kind of disappoint with the ending, because I totally wanted them to confront the person, but hey it's a short story. Those were my issues with Meat.

Other than that I did like the story. It is a quick read that can be done in a day. Once I got pass my issues, I did like the Rebecca and Rex together. They are hot and a cold shower moments. I think Meat could have benefit from being a little longer, but it is what it is. At the end of the day, I still liked the story. Yes, there is a little drama, but by the end it all works out. Will I give Opal Carew another go, absolutely. She can definitely write some hot and bother scenes that get a girl going.

Copy provided by St. Martin via NetGalley.

Rating:
3 1/2 Stars

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Forever Romance Spotlight + Excerpt + Giveaway; A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen


A Duke to Remember
Series: A Season for Scandal, #2
Kelly Bowen
Forever
July 26, 2016




Love takes the stage . . .
Elise deVries is not what she seems. By night, the actress captivates London theatergoers with her chameleon-like ability to slip inside her characters. By day, she uses her mastery of disguise to work undercover for Chegarre & Associates, an elite agency known for its discreet handling of indelicate scandals. But when Elise is tasked with locating the missing Duke of Ashland, she finds herself center stage in a real-life drama.

Noah Ellery left the glamour of the London aristocracy to pursue a simpler life in the country. He's managed to avoid any complications or entanglements-that is, until he lays eyes on Elise and realizes there's more to this beautiful woman than meets the eye. But when Elise reveals her real identity-and her true feelings for him-the runaway duke must confront the past he left behind . . . to keep the woman he loves forever.

Excerpt:

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast + Excerpt + Giveaway: To Have and to Hold by Lauren Layne


To Have and to Hold
The Wedding Belles #1
By: Lauren Layne
Releasing July 26, 2016 
Pocket Books




Blurb

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true…but their own.

Discovering her fiancé is an international conman just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Burke’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet, if slightly spoiled, hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse springs.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancé is a liar. Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning…is theirs?

Excerpt:

Monday, July 25, 2016

RockStar PR Spotlight + Review: Going Down Easy by Carly Phillips

Going Down Easy
Billionaire Bad Boys, 1
Carly Phillips

July 19, 2016


Blurb:

Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.

Billionaire Kaden Barnes has a reputation for being difficult and always getting his way.

Enigmatic and exacting, he's unable to keep an assistant for long. Enter his newest hire, Lexie Parker. She's no-nonsense, efficient and all business… She's also hot as sin and soon starring in Kaden's dirtiest fantasies.

As their passion for each other reaches a boiling point, neither can control the explosive outcome when they finally give in to their desires. He may think he's calling the shots, but for this bad boy, going down easy has never felt so good.


My Thoughts:

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lusting for Covers (133): Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas


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:

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
Publisher: Avon (Feb 2017)
Series: Ravenels, 3
Genre: Historical

Blurb:

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas combines the worlds of the Wallflowers with Marrying Winterborne in this irresistible story of how Sebastian's son Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, meets his match in the eccentric and headstrong Lady Pandora.

I'm sure there is going to be a longer blurb. I can't wait for Pandora. 



Preorder Links:

Why?
The background and dress. I'm super excited about this book, because Pandora is so full of energy and curiosity which is a bad combination for society. She's definitely fits her name and can't wait. What do you guys think of my cover pick?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Review + Giveaway: Seaside Lovers by Melissa Foster


Seaside Lovers
Seaside Summers #7
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing July 20, 2016
World Literary Press





Blurb

After months of long-distance communication, actress Parker Collins and artist Grayson Lacroux finally plan to reconnect in the seaside town of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. But Parker never shows, and weeks pass without a word, leaving Grayson to believe he’s misinterpreted their budding relationship.
Parker has been running on autopilot ever since she lost her friend, mentor, and the only family she’s ever known, Bert Stein. Armed with junk food, tequila, and her big, lovable dog, she’s prepared to hole up and mourn—and determined to mend a fence Bert had never been able to with his estranged and bitter brother. But Parker didn’t count on the sinfully hot artist she’s been fantasizing about for nearly a year walking in on her grief-induced drunken night.

When Grayson stumbles across Parker, he has no idea what to make of the gorgeous blonde who blew him off despite the heat sizzling between them. But that doesn’t stop him from feeling protective of the woman who’s consumed his thoughts for months, and when he learns of Parker’s plans to confront an angry old man, he refuses to leave her side. As Parker’s past unfolds, they’re led on an unexpected journey of discovery. Their connection deepens, and late-night fantasies become passionate realities, until good intentions spark painful secrets, threatening the love they’ve found.

My Thoughts:

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Author's Pal Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Wanderlust by Roni Loren


Wanderlust
Roni Loren 
July 19, 2016
InterMix




Book Blurb:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Loving on the Edge series and Off the Clock, a story of sex, love, rock & roll, and a reporter who’s about to learn a new meaning for staying on top of her assignment...

Restaurant critic Aubrey Bordelon is never at a loss for words to describe her meals in the fancy restaurants of New Orleans. But after her magazine’s high-profile music reporter falls ill, she finds herself out of her element and in a sea of screaming fans awaiting Wanderlust’s lead singer, Lex Logan. The sound of his voice gives her goosebumps, and the stage presence of the hard-bodied rock star takes her breath away. So when he pulls her onstage for a sexy stunt, she knows she’s in real trouble.

Lex doesn’t want to pretend that the sparks on stage between him and Aubrey never happened, but it certainly makes the fact that she’s writing a story on his band all the more dangerous. The last thing he needs is some nosy reporter revealing their problems to the world. But the sexy Southern belle doesn’t give up easily, and soon, he’s wondering if the best way to chase her off the story is to coax her into his bed…

My Thoughts:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rock Star PR Spotlight + Review: Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery

Daughters of the Bride
Susan Mallery
July 12, 2016

Blurb:

With Joy, Love, and a Little Trepidation Courtney, Sienna and Rachel Invite You To the Most Emotional Wedding of the Year… Their Mother's

Courtney ~ The Misfit ~

As the awkward one, Courtney Watson may not be as together as her sisters, but she excels at one thing—keeping secrets, including her white-hot affair with a sexy music producer. Planning Mom's wedding exposes her startling hidden life, changing her family's view of her—and how she views herself—forever.

Sienna ~ The Free Spirit ~

When Sienna's boyfriend proposes—in front of her mom and sisters, for crying out loud—he takes her by surprise. She already has two broken engagements under her belt. Should she say "I do" even if she's not sure she does?

Rachel ~ The Cynic ~

Rachel thought love would last forever…right up until her divorce. As Mom's wedding day draws near and her ex begs for a second chance, she's forced to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about why her marriage failed, and decide if she'll let pride stand in the way of her own happily ever after.

A must-read for anyone who has survived the wedding of a sister, a mother, a daughter—as told by #1 New York Times bestselling author and master storyteller Susan Mallery!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast + Excerpt + Giveaway: For Your Protection by Amber Bardan


For Your Protection
By: Amber Bardan
Releasing July 19, 2016
Self-Published





Blurb

You shouldn't mix business with pleasure.

Yet pleasure seems to be the one and only thing on Charlize's mind the moment Connor steamrolls into her life. Desperate to save her family company, prove she's more than a pretty face and worthy of being CEO, pleasure is a distraction she can't afford.

She doesn't want a bodyguard, especially not one whose caveman heroics kick her libido into hyperdrive. Surrounded by enemies, she's not sure if Connor is a man she can trust.

Connor knows better than to get personal with clients. Yet there couldn't be anything more personal about his feelings for Charlize. He'll win her trust, preferably one orgasm at a time.

With Connor in her office, her home, driving her to sweet, merciless distraction, there's only so long Charlize can resist his sexy, dominant brand of protection.

WARNING: This is an Amber Bardan Alpha Romance, featuring one dirty-talking hero obsessed with his heroine, and a Happily Ever After. No cliffhangers.

Excerpt

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Lusting for Covers (132): The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes


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 Trouble With Dukes by Grace Burrowes
Publisher: Forever (Dec 2016)
Series: Windham Brides, 1
Genre: Historical

Blurb:

This first novel in a new Regency series from USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes is a spinoff of her highly popular Windham series.

Hamish MacHugh has a fearsome reputation—and rightfully so. No one was fiercer on the battlefield. But when he unexpectedly inherits the title Duke of Mudoch, the thought of a Season among Polite Society in London is more terrifying than anything he had to endure during the war. Yet he’ll do whatever it takes to ensure his sisters’ happiness, even if it means learning to waltz. Especially if said waltzing allows him to hold close Lady Megan Windham, the one respite amid all the dark rumors swirling around “the savage Scot.” Megan is not the least bit intimidated by him, and yet it’s clear something haunts her. For her, Hamish is willing to play the game. For her, he’ll face down any foe. And for her, he just might lose his heart.


Preorder Links:


Why?

Eye catching. I love that she has a flower and she's glancing back. Plus, the dress. What do you all think?

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dangerous Protector by Katie Reus (Review)

I finished Dangerous Protector by Katie Reus. I liked this story, and like the previous Red Stone books we are off with a little danger, suspense, and a dash of love. Unlike the stories I have read (since I have them all) we are introduce with a single father who was burned by his ex, and he isn't too keen on the idea of love again. However, Aaron has been lusting after Tegan for a while. When her life becomes in danger his protective instincts kick, while her instincts tell her to run.

Overall, Dangerous Protector is a quick read. Yes, it has the danger, suspense, and romance. You have these two characters that are interest in one another, but they have personal issues that prevent them want to pursue more than fun. Aaron's son is adorable and Tegan's dog is pretty awesome. One of my favorite endings I have read in Katie's book, super sweet I even leaked out a drop of liquid.

Copy provided by author.

Friday, July 15, 2016

TLC Book Tours Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: The Daredevil Snared by Stephanie Laurens

The Daredevil Snared 
Aventures Quartet Snare, 3
Stephanie Laurens
MIRA
June 28, 2016

Responsibility knocks, and a reckless, hedonistic man responds and opens the door to love—thus is a daredevil snared.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you the third installment in THE ADVENTURERS QUARTET, continuing the drama of Regency-era high seas adventure, laced with a mystery shrouded in the heat of tropical jungles, and spiced with the passionate romances of four couples and their unexpected journeys into love.

Captain Caleb Frobisher, hedonistic youngest son of a seafaring dynasty, wants to be taken seriously by his family, and understands he has to prove himself sufficiently reformed. When opportunity strikes, he seizes the next leg of the covert mission his brothers have been pursuing and sails to Freetown. His actions are decisive, and he completes the mission’s next stage—but responsibility, once exercised, has taken root, and he remains in the jungle to guard the captives whose rescue is the mission’s ultimate goal.

Katherine Fortescue has fled the life of poverty her wastrel father had bequeathed her and come to Freetown as a governess, only to be kidnapped and put to work overseeing a child workforce at a mine. She and the other captured adults understand that their lives are limited by the life of the mine. Guarded by well-armed and well-trained mercenaries, the captives have been searching for some means of escape, but in vain. Then Katherine meets a handsome man—a captain—in the jungle, and he and his crew bring the sweet promise of rescue.

The sadistic mercenary captain who runs the mine has other ideas, but Caleb’s true strength lies in extracting advantage from adversity, and through the clashes that follow, he matures into the leader of men he was always destined to be. The sort of man Katherine can trust—with her body, with her life. With her love.

The first voyage is one of exploration, the second one of discovery. The third journey brings maturity, while the fourth is a voyage of second chances. Continue the journey and follow the adventure, the mystery, and the romances to the dramatic end.

My Thoughts:

Tasty Book Tours Sale Alert (Freebie) + Excerpt: Let Me by Cecy Robson


Let Me
The O’Brien Family Book Two
By: Cecy Robson
Released April 19, 2016
Self-Published




Blurb
Once he was broken beyond repair. Now this MMA contender is fighting to be a better man—for her. RT Book Reviews proclaims that the O’Brien Family series from award-winning author Cecy Robson “has the hottest brothers ever!” And in Let Me, it is Finn’s turn to discover how love can heal the deepest wounds.

A mixed martial arts star on the rise, Finn O’Brien dismantles his opponents with brutal precision. And yet beneath his fierce persona, Finn is raw from a trauma he’s buried for years . . . until the day his deep-rooted rage erupts and lands him in court-mandated therapy. Finn’s not one to bare his soul, but if talking it out means meeting beautiful women like Sol Marieles, he’ll give it a shot.

Sol is working toward her master’s degree in psychology, and already she feels like she’s in over her head. With an important internship on the line and a scary family situation demanding her attention, the last thing Sol needs is Finn around to distract her. The man is ripped and seriously sexy yet it’s his troubled side that warns her to keep her distance. But their attraction is intense, and he clearly has the heat to see how far and fast their passion takes them.

Alone, Finn and Sol have been fighting to find happiness in their lives. Together, there’s no stopping them as they face their greatest challenges—not in the ring, but in their hearts. 

Excerpt:

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Just Thinking: Let's Talk Swag


Back in April Romance Times had there big convention where Readers, Bloggers, and Writers get together and meet. I hear it's big ol' hoopla of fun. One day I will get there. Now this week is another big ol' hoopla for writers for RWA (Romance Writers of America). For those who are maybe want to or are a writer, it's a good time. At least that's what I hear. There is another chance for readers and bloggers to meet writers. Super fun, and I wish I could be there. With all these conventions comes swag. Yes, the thing we want to scream "YES, I WANT THAT!" After these shindigs comes the giveaways, and everyone wants a chance to win something from these conventions. The excitement.

Now my question would what is your personal favorite swag: 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Learning to Ride by Erin Knightley (Review)

A couple of days ago, I read Learning to Ride by Erin Knightley, which is part of James Patterson's new line Book Shots. Basically, this is line is a quick read that could be done in less than a day. The book is fairly short. So, you are looking for a fast read that you might consider looking to Book Shots. I would compare the Book Shots Flame line more along the lines of Harlequin Romance line. If you tend to like those you might give this try.

Now Learning to Ride is a super quick read about this big city girl going out in west for a job. She hooks up with town cowboy stud. Big city girl meets small town star. Madeline was an all right character. I could see why she was in culture shock when she went to this small town Texas, stands out like a sore thumb. There were somethings I didn't like about her character, like how she insinuated that Tanner had never been to a big city. Granted he's from a small town, but he was on the rodeo circuit and made a name for himself. He would have been to a big city. Minor issues.

If you are looking for something to fly through, Learning to Ride would be your kind of read. Madeline and Tanner are polar opposites, but they seem to suit each other. You won't find anything too heavy or are overburden, but sweet. Intimate situation are definitely behind closes doors, you won't see something more than kissing in public. Clean read. Saddle up with Learning to Ride if this sounds like your read.

Copy provided by author

Rating:
4 Stars

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale (Review)

I have been hearing a lot of mix reviews on Chasing Lady Amelia, so I wasn't sure I wanted to read. However, I did like this book. It was a cute read. You have the impulsive Lady Amelia who has no desire to a delicate english lady, so she decides to have one day of freedom once she's free. You know how well that goes over with the English. That American hoyden can't she become English like a good respectable girl. HA! I actually like Amelia, she's so American.

She stumbles upon Alistair. Basically, Alistair is order to marry the American hoyden. I feel bad for Alistair, because he takes a lot responsibility for his actions. He's trying to win the affections of his uncle who hates him. He tries to be the heir that he's not. It takes him majority of the book to learn about himself.

Like I said I liked Chasing Lady Amelia. I had fun watching these get to know each in a course of the day, and once the day is over see if what they have is real. However, truths are reveal and might cause a stir among the family. Chasing Lady Amelia and Lady Bridget's Diary take place at the same time, so you might see same events in through different eyes. Those who have seen Roman Holiday might enjoy Chasing Lady Amelia. Now I better go, because I have a movie to see.

Copy provided by Avon

Tasty Book Tours Release Blast + Giveaway: Love Between the Covers by Laurie Kahn


Love Between the Covers
A Documentary Film
Written, Produced & Directed by: Laurie Kahn
Releasing July 12th, 2016
Distributed by: The Orchard



Blurb
Love stories are universal. Love stories are powerful. And so are the women who write them.

Love Between the Covers is the fascinating story of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories. Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year -- outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now.

For three years, we follow the lives of five very diverse published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance authors have built a fandom unlike all others, a global sisterhood where authors know their readers personally and help them become writers themselves. During the three years we’ve been shooting Love Between the Covers, we have witnessed the biggest power shift that has taken place in the publishing industry over the last 200 years. And it’s the romance authors who are on the front lines, pioneering new ways to survive and build communities in this rapidly changing environment.

 Project History – Love Between the Covers

Monday, July 11, 2016

Tasty Book Tours Book Blast + Excerpt + Giveaway: Carnal Whisper: Mind Stalker by Reily Garret


Carnal Whispers: Mind Stalker
Carnal Series #3
By: Reily Garret
Releasing July 11, 2016
Self-Published




Blurb

To delve into another’s mind is to revel in the depths of truth, cringe in the face of past and imagined horrors, and suffer their dreams, all while searching for balance and serenity.

Daniele is a mysterious, gentle, and loyal young woman harboring knowledge capable of destroying millions. Thumbing her nose at fate, she hides in plain sight while concealing her extraordinary talent, enduring isolation despite her fantasies of a normal life.

 Marc, owner of the BDSM club, Ambrosia, is determined to protect the elusive beauty stalked by a psychopathic killer. Hidden underneath her vulnerability, he senses a courage and determination forged from horrific circumstances. While adapting unique scenes to free her from fear and low self-esteem, he strives to stay one step ahead of a branch of the government answering to no one.

Each must rely on the other to survive a world where betrayal and deception, desire and trust, weave a fabric that threatens their sanity.

Excerpt:

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Lusting for Covers (131): Someone to Love by Mary Balogh


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:

Someone to Love by Mary Balogh
Publisher: Signet (Nov 2016)
Series: Wescott, 1
Genre: Historical

Blurb:

The New York Times bestselling author of Only a Kiss launches a new series with the death of an earl and the revelation of a scandalous secret...

Humphrey Wescott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune that will forever alter the lives of everyone in his family—including the daughter no one knew he had...

Anna Snow grew up in an orphanage in Bath knowing nothing of the family she came from. Now she discovers that the late Earl of Riverdale was her father and that she has inherited his fortune. She is also overjoyed to learn she has siblings. However, they want nothing to do with her or her attempts to share her new wealth. But the new earl’s guardian is interested in Anna…

Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby, keeps others at a distance. Yet something prompts him to aid Anna in her transition from orphan to lady. As London society and her newfound relatives threaten to overwhelm Anna, Avery steps in to rescue her and finds himself vulnerable to feelings and desires he has hidden so well and for so long.


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Why?

Love the dress and how soft it looks. Plus, the background is peaceful and pretty. What do you guys think of the cover?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Audiobook: Dreaming a Little Dream by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (Review)

Road trips are great way to listen to books, but I would recommend listening to Dream a Little Dream on a road trip. Not that it was bad. No, it was a great story, but boy did it bring on the ugly cry. I mean the one where you will use anything that is soft to stop the tears. Fortunately, I happen to have a box of tissue in my car and I manage to keep the tears at bay, not very well.

At the beginning of Dream a Little Dream we meet Rachel Stone aka Widow Snopes. Now her dead husband did shady things, and she has to live with the consequences of his actions. Everyone believes she's this awful person, so she has to prove to everyone she's not the person they saw on TV. However, that is hard when no one is willing to give her a chance.

Anyway, the good people of Salvation, North Carolina are horrible people. At times I would be like scream you are hypocrites, because they talk about being followers of Christ and then they treated her like dirt. Fortunately there were a couple people that saw she wasn't the devil incarnated, like Gabe and Kristy.

Gabe has some serious issues. He has the hots for Rachel, but there is the issue of her child. It stems that he can never has his family again, so he doesn't want another family. This is a struggle for Rachel, because she's falling for Gabe; however, her priority is her son. Through most of the book, Gabe is thought to be a block of ice that slowly melts. I mean what Rachel goes through, she doesn't give up on life.

I do like the secondary love story between Ethan and Kristy. Kristy is so in love with Ethan, but all he can see is the big busty women. Bad preacher. LOL. So, when Kristy changes her appearance he lose it his s***, and he can't handle it. He has to face facts that he needs Kristy in life and she's absolutely perfect for him.

Wouldn't recommend this book for a long car ride cause the tears were streaming down the face. However, Susan Elizabeth Phillips does an amazing job with making me have the feelies for this story. Adore Rachel and her inner strength to conquer the past. She's truly a good person, even when no one believes her to be one. I also love how she exacts revenge on Cal and Ethan in the end. That was awesome. I like how Gabe comes to realize that he can love again after tragedy. Overall, a pretty darn good story. If you are in a need of a good cry, Dream a Little Dream is a go to read.

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars