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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

InkSlinger PR Release Blast + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Beauty of Us by Kristen Proby

  
  From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes a sexy, new standalone contemporary romance in her Fusion Series, THE BEAUTY OF US, out now! Grab your copy today and get to know Trevor and Riley!


   

About THE BEAUTY OF US:

New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby delivers another sizzling novel in her delectable and sexy Fusion series.

Riley Gibson is over the moon at the prospect of having her restaurant, Seduction, on the Best Bites TV network. This could be the big break she’s been waiting for. But the idea of having an in-house show on a regular basis is a whole other matter. Their lives would be turned upside down, and convincing Mia, her best friend and head chef of Seduction, that having cameras in her kitchen every day is a good idea is daunting. Still, Riley knows it’s an opportunity she can’t afford to pass on. And when she meets Trevor Cooper, the show’s executive producer, she’s stunned by their intense chemistry.

Trevor’s sole intention is to persuade Riley to allow Best Bites TV to do a show on her restaurant. But when he walks into Riley’s office, he stops dead in his tracks. The professional, aloof woman on the phone is incredibly beautiful and funny. But can he convince her that he’s interested in Riley for himself? Or is he using the undeniable pull between them to persuade her to agree to his offer?

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

TLC Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: Call To Engage by Tawny Weber

Call to Engage
Team Poseidon, 2
Tawny Weber
June 27, 2017

The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive Navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team's finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…

Lieutenant Elijah Prescott should be spending his precious leave somewhere with sun, surf and scantily clad women. Instead, he's heading home with two goals in mind. Figure out exactly how his last assignment went to hell and almost killed him—and reconnect with the woman who might offer salvation.

Ava Monroe has streamlined her life, eliminating every source of pain—including a marriage touched by tragedy. One glimpse of her ex and those good intentions turn to bad-girl desires. Her strategy: get over Elijah by getting under him again, sating herself until she can finally let go. But as betrayal within the rank of the SEALs turns deadly, there's no denying that her heart and her life are on the line. Elijah is the only man who can protect both…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Protected By Love by Jennifer Ryan (Review)

Protected By Love is Jennifer Ryan's introduction to her new series Montana Heat. So far we are introduced to Caden Cooke and his brother Beck Cooke, and I'm sure we will get more guys along the way. Anyway, they work for the DEA. In Jennifer previous serious, we saw some drug problems arise, and the Cooke brothers have been slowly introduce to the Montana area. Now they are get their own stories. First up to get his own story is Caden.

Basically his aunt is trying to fix him up with this girl, Mia Martin. However, work gets in the way. His aunt is like dude get your act together or your going to lose the girl that you never had. Sparks fly, and it goes all down hill from there.

Protected By Love is an insta-love. They are thrown together in a very high stress situation, where they are unsure if they are going to get out. I think the story is more of a jumping point to the series. Caden and Mia get a romance, but we are going to bring in that there is more trouble afoot. We see that something is brewing in Montana and it isn't good. Hey Caden and Mia get a happy ever after. It's a pretty good lead in to the series, and I think that's the best way to look at it. The series does seem promising. I'm curious about Beck's story, because in Protected By Love he's not in a good place. Hopefully he gets his head in the game. Overall, a good intro to the Montana Heat series.

Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss.

Rating:
3 1/2 Stars

Monday, August 14, 2017

Don't Call Me Sweetheart by Codi Gary (Review)

Where to beginning with Don't Call Me Sweetheart? Basically, we have a cast of characters that pretty important to the story:

Marley Stevenson- She works for Something Borrow, which is if you have a bridesmaid or maid of honor back out at the last minute, then she would be your go to girl to make the wedding party work. The ultimate bridesmaid.

Luke Jessup- He's the best man. Has the hots for Marley, but isn't sure about her since she's Sonora Star maid of honor. However, there is this attraction to her, but Marley runs hot and cold around him.

Brent Harwood- The groom. In a bind, and marrying Sonora would solve a lot of problems. Is it worth being wrapped up with a gold digger.

Sonora Star- A washed up pop singer who needs to get married. She's bagged a rich one with Brent. She's psychotic to say the least. She makes other bridezillas look like little lizards. She's a bitch to say the least. Extremely vindictive. If she was a real person, you would want to put a hit on her. She's that bad.

Kendall- Sonora's sister. Super sweet girl and is hated by her sister. Not sure why, because Sonora gets everything she wants.

So, those are the key players in the story. Sonora is a real beast throughout the story. We basically see Marley and Luke trying to keep things on the down low. Actually, Marley is trying to keep things professional, while Luke is trying to go out with her. Seriously, the dude is pretty awesome with all the crap Marley puts him through. I have to give Marley credit for handle all the crap Sonora puts her through.

I did like reading Don't Call Me Sweetheart. I'm glad Brent ended up getting what he really wanted in the long run, but it was a long couple of months to get there. I love Luke, because was a super decent guy. I liked Marley, but when she broke Luke's heart I wasn't a huge fan, but I'm glad she came to her senses. I can't wait to see what else happens in this serious. It definitely holds promise. I can't wait to see what the next book holds.

Copy provided by Lyrical Press via NetGalley

Rating:
4 Stars

Friday, August 11, 2017

Just Another Viscount in Love by Vivienne Lorret (Review)

In the series, Sam has been having a hard time finding a bride. Every time he seems to find the perfect candidate her heart lies with another. Poor Sam, so he's home recuperating and decides to hold a house party.

Now Gemma Desmond has been blacklisted from pretty much everything, because of the crimes of her father. I guess the ton sees her as the apple that hasn't fall far from the tree. Truly heartbreaking, because she's a sweet girl. She doesn't hold much hope, and she's always prepared for the worst case scenario. I adore Gemma, then again I sometimes feel that it's best to prepare for the worst kind of attitude.

Anyway, Just Another Viscount in Love is a sweet story, between Gemma and Sam. Both have an outlook hoping for the best, but expecting the worst. Sam is able to look past of the sins of her father, because he truly believes that Gemma wouldn't be like her father. However, it would have been a pretty boring, short read if they lived happily ever after. Instead we have a few bumps along the way. I mean we have vindictive harpies, father's sin hanging over the shoulders, and that's pretty much it. Overall, it was a pretty good read, and it was nice to see Sam finally find a girl that sticks. If you are in the mood for a guy who has a little bad luck when it comes to ladies, and hoping for a miracle, you might find it in Just Another Viscount in Love.

Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss

Rating:
4 Stars

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Playboy Prince and the Nanny by Donna Alward (Review)

Yes, I totally wanted to read this story for the title. I mean who doesn't want to read about playboy prince who falls for a nanny. I mean it's a fairytale in the making. So, we have Diego Navarro who is the a prince to an island I believe. Anyway, he's the spare, which he gets to live his life the way he wants. However, he needed home after tragedy hits, and he decides take responsibility. Basically, he hires a young lady to become the new nanny after his sister-in-law and the children's nanny tragically die. Rosalie Walters (Rose) is hired and she falls in love with the children and also Diego. But she needs to remember her place, she's the hire help. However, Diego makes her forget that from time to time.

Okay, The Playboy Prince and the Nanny is a very sweet story about you guess it a nanny and a prince. It's a fairly easy story to get into. We have both Diego and Rose trying to do their duties when lines get a little muddy. Yes, Diego is trying to reform his playboy image, because he wants to prove to his brother he's more than a spare. Rose is trying to upstanding nanny that she is. Of course their is something fishy going on in the background, but you don't notice until Diego does something to save the families reputation. Overall, a very sweet read with close door romance scenes. So, if you are looking for a sweet romance that will warm your heart, The Playboy Prince and the Nanny is call your name.

Copy provided by St. Martin via NetGalley

Rating:
4 Stars

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

InkSlinger PR CoverReveal + Giveaway: My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie


From the New York Times bestselling authors of America’s First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton—a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

We’re celebrating Eliza Schuyler Hamilton’s Birthday today and you get the gift! Don’t miss the beautiful cover below and a special giveaway, and don’t forget to pre-order your copy today!




About My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton 
(Coming 4.3.2018)

Forever Romance Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas


The Forbidden
Jodi Ellen Malpas
Forever
August 8, 2017




A new story of dangerous temptations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man trilogy.

Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy - the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who's had such a powerful impact on her and who could bend her to his will so easily, must be dangerous. But she's already in too deep. And Jack isn't only dangerous. He is forbidden.

“Every kiss, every sexy scene, every word between this pair owned a piece of my soul. I could read this book a hundred times and still react as if it was the first time. The Protector is a top 2016 fave for me.” –Audrey Carlan, #1 bestselling author of The Calendar Girl series

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

A Dance with Seduction by Alyssa Alexander (Review)

When I saw the cover, it was love at first sight. I love the coloring of the dress, and title sounded intriguing. So, it was a must read. However, when I started to read the start to read, I was a little disappointed. It didn't grab my attention as the cover did. Then I was frustrated with the heroine, because Vivienne was a spy who couldn't read. It never made any sense to me. Plus, her character pissed me off a lot through the book. Even after I arrived at the end I wasn't truly a fan of hers. I actually didn't like how she treated Maximilian. I felt that she used him, and didn't appreciate him. Yet I adore Max. I thought he was fabulous. He truly was a great guy who truly cared for her. Yes, I did like the ending. Yes, it does get a happy ever after.

Had I written my review for A Dance With Seduction when I finished reading it would have focused on what I didn't like a lot more than what I have written so far. After thinking about Vivienne character, I came to realize I felt sorry for her. You probably wondering how I came to this realization. Trust me it wasn't an easy one. Vivienne was trapped, and never really understood until towards the end when her handler's boss says something along the lines, that being a spy is a choice. She basically told him it wasn't a choice, it was either die at the gallows or become a spy, and basically a whore. I didn't think about this until about week later. Vivienne was trapped. She was truly stuck in a life she didn't want to be, but she had to keep her family safe, yet she couldn't. She couldn't trust anyone, even though Max was trying to show that she could trust him. She never felt safe, because of how her handler handle her (yeah, a mouthful there). Honestly, her handler's abuse show up until the end, and that's when it should have clicked that he made her into someone couldn't trust anyone. Kind of heart breaking, yet Max was willing to love her for who she was. Max couldn't truly accept Vivienne until he realized he loved her.

Did I like A Dance With Seduction? I'm still on the fence. Do I appreciate Vivienne's character? Yeah, again it wasn't easy to appreciate her character. Yes, I absolutely adore Max and I couldn't quite understand why he would be with Vivienne. Was A Dance With Seduction a good story? It was written well, and I didn't understand all the things that was happening when I read through, I was focusing on myself. A Dance with Seduction is not going to be for everyone, but it's an interesting read once you get pass all the things that are in this particular story.

Copy provided by Entangled via NetGalley

Rating:
3 1/2 Stars

Saturday, August 5, 2017

An Earl By Any Other Name by Lauren Smith (Review)

A few days ago I read, An Earl By Any Other Name by Lauren Smith. I absolutely loved the story. I'm only gripe will be the cover. The cover reminds me of most regency stories, so when I came to find out it was set in 1911 I was a little shock. That's pretty much my only issue with the story. However, it's a wonderful story set in a time where there a lot of change going on. We have women who want the right to vote, would like a voice in the world. They want to be more than object that should be place on a mantle.

Ivy Leighton would love to see change. She loved to be loved for herself and not her money. We still see at this time some of the Lord's trying to keep to the old ways, but the world is changing. Ivy definitely would like to be an equal in the world.

We have Leo, who is one of those lords who is trying to on to the old ways. Of course he has his road all mapped out, but when he gets to know Ivy he's not sure if the road he's on is the right course.

I love how Lauren brings to life these characters in An Earl By Any Other Name. You want to cheer on Ivy for being a progressive young woman, and at times you want to smack Leo for being an idiot. Yes, it's a quick read, but capturing. Yes, it could have been a little longer, but it was enough as a novella. Sometimes you get novellas and go that's it, but this isn't one of them. I love the dynamics these two bring to the story. I can't wait for more to come in this series.

Copy provided by Forever Romance via NetGalley

Rating:
5 Stars

InkSlinger PR Cover Reveal: Theirs To Take by Laura Kaye

   

Decadent… Sensual… Forbidden…


12 Masters. 12 Desires. 12 Fantasies Come to Life. Meet the Masters of Blasphemy…

 

Cover design by Kim Killion from The Killion Group

About THEIRS TO TAKE (Blasphemy #4, 9/26/17):

12 Masters. Infinite fantasies. Welcome to Blasphemy…

She’s the fantasy they’ve always wanted to share…

Thursday, August 3, 2017

InkSlinger PR Cover Reveal + Excerpt: Mine for the Week by Erika Kelly


 From the award-winning author of MINE FOR NOW comes the next sizzling standalone story in her Wild Love Series, about a chance meeting that changes the course of two people’s lives! MINE FOR THE WEEK is releasing October 3, 2017! Don’t miss the beautiful cover below, and pre-order your copy today!


   
About MINE FOR THE WEEK (Wild Love Series #2):

As the top collegiate shortstop in the country, Ryan O’Donnell’s life is about discipline and training. But a growing restlessness causes him to bail on his baseball team over spring break to join his buddies at an exclusive singles resort. He just needs a few days to escape his life, and then he’ll get right back on track. But not twenty minutes after he arrives he meets HER, and the world as he knows it changes irrevocably. It should only be a hookup—that’s what spring break’s all about—but one taste of this sexy, vibrant woman isn’t enough. He has to have her. Even if it’s only for a week.

Sophie Valentine—yes, that Valentine—just found out her siblings want to sell off Crazy Hearts—the Peeps of the Valentine’s Day world. Being the youngest by eight years, she’s used to feeling left out, but selling off her family’s legacy without talking to her first? Not gonna happen. Upset, she takes off with her friends on their spring break vacation. She only wanted an escape—she never imagined meeting HIM. He’s smoking hot and intensely protective of her—and she loves it. But he’s about to start a major league baseball career, and she’s launching a battle to keep the family company. They have no future. It’s just…she’s never felt this way for anyone before.

Are they really going to walk away from this kind of connection…this passion? Or can a week turn into a lifetime?
   
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Author's Pal Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Casual Affair by Melanie Muntons


Casual Affair 
Slow Seduction, 1
Melanie Muntons
Entangled Brazen
July 24, 2017


Bea Paxton is a free spirit. She loves her fledgling interior design business, having fun, and she loves men. But only temporarily. Rule #1 is no relationships, no love, no commitment. She likes being in charge. It’s the only way to protect herself from getting hurt again.

Zane Price is the perfect candidate for a steamy time—beautiful, built, and British. Plus, he’ll soon be moving back to England. Really perfect.

Well...except for the fact that he’s her biggest client. And he doesn’t play by her rules. Hell, no. He wants more. Much more. Which is definitely not on the agenda.

Unfortunately, his kisses are nothing short of toe-curlingly awesome. And he is distracting her—a lot—from doing her job.

She needs to stay away from him. Her livelihood depends on it.


But Zane always gets what he wants. And he wants Bea. But for right now? Or forever...?

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Forever Romance Spotlight + Excerpt + Giveaway: An Earl By Any Other Name by Lauren Smith


An Earl By Any Other Name
Sins and Scandals, 1
Lauren Smith
Forever Romance
August 1, 2017



An earl in the streets, a rogue in the sheets . . .

Leopold Graham, Lord Hampton, was never a man to let propriety stand in the way of his pursuit of pleasure. Hedonism is his only desire in life---until his father's death saddles him with debts that threaten to bankrupt the entire family. Now the only thing that stands between him and utter ruin is marriage to a proper, and preferably wealthy, young lady.

Ivy Leighton is no sweet English rose. Perhaps it's her gypsy roots, but she would rather make a spectacle of her independent spirit than sit quietly on the sidelines. If that means that the only place she'll ever have in society is firmly on the shelf, then so be it. But when Ivy runs into the handsome, rakish Leo who's looking for a respectable, well-bred wife, she can't stop thinking about the troubles they can get into. Now she just has to convince him that a life with her is really what he needs.

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Author's Pal Spotlight + Excerpt + Giveaway: A Dance of Seduction by Alyssa Alexander


A Dance of Seduction 
A Spy in the Ton, 3
Alyssa Alexander
Entangled Scandalous
July 24, 2017



She was the only code he couldn't break...

Vivienne Le Fleur is one of London’s most sought after opera dancer and one of England’s best weapons: the spy known as the Flower. When a French agent pressures her to change allegiance by abducting her sister, Vivienne is forced to seek the help of the only man in London who doesn’t want her.


Maximilian Westwood, retired code breaker, doesn't like surprises or mysteries and The Flower is both. When she sneaks into his study in the middle of the night with a coded message, he’s ready to push her out whatever window she arrived through. Except Maximilian is unable to turn away a woman in trouble. Determined to rescue Vivienne’s sister, they engage in a game of cat and mouse with French spies that requires all of Vivienne’s training and Maximilian’s abilities. Bound together by secrecy, they discover there is more between them than politics and hidden codes, but love has no place among the secrets of espionage...

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Monday, July 31, 2017

RockStar PR Spotlight + Review: Well Built by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde


Well Built
A Book Boyfriend Novel, Book 3

Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde
July 25, 2017



Blurb:

When it comes to women, sexy, well-built Kyle Coleman has always been a lover, not a fighter.  His one exception?  The sassy, tempting, smart-mouthed Ella Fisher.  Her family and his are sworn enemies, which make the two of them off-limits—despite the fact that she's inspired some of his dirtiest, most erotic fantasies for years. But when the lines between animosity and lust become irrevocably blurred one fateful evening, their one night stand leads to a very unexpected consequence—that changes everything between them forever.    

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Falling for His Mate by Savannah Stuart (Review)

Technically, Falling for His Mate is a second chance romance, but honestly I don't really consider it. However, some may see this story as a second chance romance. Really, they have been apart for six weeks, Andrew realize he was a being a moron. Now he's going to fight for Charlie. He decides to be the exchange shifter with to the her pack and try to gain forgiveness. Pretty straightforward. Charlie's is pissed and hurt, but part of her has never really let go of him. Shifters.

All right, Falling for His Mate is super quick read with a little action towards the end. The story is pretty cut and dry, with Andrew trying to prove to Charlie he's the wolf for her. So, if you are in need a quick romance to give you a little pickup and a side of suspence. Seriously, it's a side, the romance is the main course. You have found yourself a winner in Falling for His Mate. There's more to the story, but it's quick.

Copy provided by author.

Rating:
4 Stars

Friday, July 28, 2017

Forever Romance Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Too Scot to Handle by Grace Burrowes


TOO SCOT TO HANDLE
Windham Brides, #2
Grace Burrowes
Forever
July 25, 2017



As a captain in the army, Colin MacHugh led men, fixed what was broken, and fought hard. Now that he's a titled gentleman, he's still fighting—this time to keep his bachelorhood safe from all the marriage-minded debutantes. Then he meets the intriguing Miss Anwen Windham, whose demure nature masks a bonfire waiting to roar to life. When she asks for his help to raise money for the local orphanage, he's happy to oblige.

Anwen is amazed at how quickly Lord Colin takes in hand a pack of rambunctious orphan boys. Amazed at how he actually listens to her ideas. Amazed at the thrill she gets from the rumble of his Scottish burr and the heat of his touch. But not everyone enjoys the success of an upstart. And Colin has enemies who will stop at nothing to ruin him and anybody he holds dear.

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Romance Writers of America announces the 2017 RITA Award Winners




ORLANDO, FL Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for published and aspiring romance fiction authors, announced the winners of the 2017 RITA® Awards on Thursday, July 27, at a black-tie awards ceremony at its 37th Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The RITA® Award is the highest award of distinction in romance fiction and recognizes outstanding published romance novels and novellas. 

Up to 2,000 romance novels and novellas from 13 different categories are judged each year in the RITA® competition. After the first round of judging by fellow published romance authors, the competition narrows to approximately 100 finalists. Then, final round judges, also published romance authors, select one winner in each category from among the finalists. 

The 2017 RITA® Award winners are:

Monday, July 24, 2017

Character Interview: Marcus Gray from A Scandalous Vow by Ava Stone

I would like you all to meet the elusive Marquess of Haversham, Marcus Gray, who is able to dance around any question without giving any real answer. Welcome my Lord! Please have a seat. It’s a pleasure to invite my second favorite scoundrel.

If you’re referring to Kelfield, he has not been a scoundrel in quite a while.

Technically, he was a scoundrel when I first met him, and he was quite dastardly, but I’m sorry to say that you would have to be second to him. Seriously, Alex is such a delight.

He’s a loyal and devoted friend, to be sure, one of the best I have. Though, I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone call him a “delight” before. And now, I’m quite certain he’ll never live that down.

Hey, leave Alex alone. I see what you’re doing, and I can guarantee it won’t work on me, my lord. You can ask Captain Avery, but I don’t think you even talk with him. So, you better not try to evade my question, sir.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Murphy's Law by Lori Foster (Review)

For those who have been reading Lori's books forever, you might remember this title with a different cover. Yes, Murphy's Law is a reprint with a brand spanking new cover, that's a little more drool-worthy. The over cover is adorable, but this one is drool-worthy. I'm still fairly new to Lori books I didn't know it was a reprint. I basically wanted to read this book because of the cover. By the way this is a book two in a series, and I would strongly recommend getting Jude's Law before starting Murphy's Law. I wasn't completely lost, but it would be a good recommendation to read the first book to get the gist of what happen to the bad guy and why he's seeking out revenge on Ashley Miles.

We have Ashley who grew up in a not so pleasant way. Her family life wasn't the best, but she had an awesome friend. Anyway, in social situation she's a bit confrontational, but it's her self protection mechanism. Now Quinton Murphy is intrigued by her. Hey he's willing to work past her prickly side. Her prickly side isn't the easiest thing to break through, but Quinton is willing to work on.

Anyway, once we get past May and Jude's wedding the focus is on Ashley and Quinton and their relationship. However, their relationship comes with a bumps and a mad man. Overall, Murphy's Law was a pretty good read. It's an older contemporary, because some of the items in the story. However, still pretty good read. So, if you are in the mood for a prickly heroine and a little overprotective alpha, Murphy's Law is your book.

Copy provided by Zebra via NetGalley

Rating:
4 Stars

The Pirate and I by Katharine Ashe (Review)

At the beginning of the month I read The Pirate and I, which happens to be a quick read. We have Esme Astell who heads off to Scotland in hopes of becoming an apprentice to a perfume maker. Now she encounters someone from her past who she thought was dead, Charles Brittle. Basically, Charlie needs Esme nose to find a dog for a person. Along the way they both realize they like one another, and find out they both had a crush on each other. I guess Charlie disappear sometime in The Scoundrel and I, so Esme assumed Charlie was in love with Gabby.

Anyway, quick read for The Pirate and I, and Esme and Charlie find another. So, if you are in need of a quick read you might consider The Pirate and I.

Copy provided by Avon via Edelweiss.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Scandalous Vow by Ava Stone

When I started A Scandalous Vow, I was a bit conflicted the story premise. Granted the story has been in the making for sometime, but how it would happen always boggled my mind. I mean Lady Staveley was a happy married woman, but an unfortunate event occurred, her husband was killed. My blood thirsty side would have liked to be a little more gruesome, but it wasn't. I wasn't overly attached to David. He wasn't a character that really stood out in the stories, he was steady, stoic, constant. Yes, I struggle with the idea of Caroline without David, and I know I shouldn't have worry about her getting with Marcus. However, there was that worry. I even had a campaign to keep David alive, but as you can see it didn't workout she has a second happy ending of her choosing. Actually, Caroline and Marcus ended up with a happy ending of their choosing. This was my thought process before even starting A Scandalous Vow, now you get to see where it went after reading the books. Here we go:

Caroline has gone through the morning process, so in A Scandalous Vow we jumped into what she's going to do after David. Now she's given more freedom now that she's a widow, so she decides to take a chance with her feelings with Marcus. Of course, Marcus isn't going to say no to her, after all he's had feelings for her for sometime. So, we see a relationship starting between these two, but there's something nefarious going on at the same time. Who knew that the scoundrel had a decent bone in his body, but Marcus would do anything for Caroline and her family.

I'm happy to say that I liked A Scandalous Vow. I honestly was scared to read this book. When I actually got an early copy, I looked at the book, and trying to decided when I should really dive into the story. Granted I know that David wasn't coming back, because I read the death, and still in shock. In a way reconcile that Caroline was still young enough to have another love; yes, it was hard. To actually see to characters that you love, but not sure if you are going to love together. Ava did a pretty good job with bringing these two together who are loved for their own ways, and creates story to unite them as power couple. Each of them has their own power and would be an asset to navigate the ton. I think they should probably be afraid of these two. Anyway. Definitely pleased on how well A Scandalous Vow turned out, and yes, I was scared for nothing. So, if you have been a fan of Ava's book and have been following her stories for sometime, I don't think you will be disappointed with Caroline and Marcus story.

Copy provided by author.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Social Butterfly PR Spotlight + Review: The Scottish Bride by Marquita Valentine


The Scottish Bride
By Marquita Valentine
Publication Date: July 20th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance





The Scottish Bride, a sexy all-new STANDALONE from Marquita Valentine is is now LIVE!!!

Tired of waiting for her older brother's best friend to come to his senses, Cadence Romanov travels to New York City in order to bring Maddox home. But seeing him again opens up raw wounds of abandonment. Refusing to be easily led by him again, she runs away to Holland Springs, but not before leaving him a note as to where she's going. This time, it's all up to him to win her back.

After one reckless night ends in tragedy, Scottish rugby player Maddox Stewart turned his back on his former life, leaving everything behind, including Cadence... until she tracks him down and demands answers. As soon as Maddox sees her, he knows that nothing has changed between them and there's nothing he won't do to have her again. Forced to confront his demons, Maddox must find a way to forgive himself and win back his wife.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Resurrection by Katie Reus (Review)

When I started Resurrection a few days ago I was a little worry. Yes, worry. I didn't want to dive into the story. Basically, we have Colt Stuart who fell hard for Skye Avévalo, but there time was cut short cause of Skye's death. Or so he thought had died. However, he comes to find out that she was alive trying to protect him. Now he's trying to rescue Skye from her problems.

In Resurrection we have a second chance love story. I do find the title fitting for the story, because Skye was presumed dead. Now Colt has to rescue her before she vanishes again from his life. Skye and Colt's story is pretty cut and dry. We see Katie bring to life a new suspense romance. This isn't a spinoff of any of her previous books, but friends who come together for a greater cause. I think that this is a pretty good start to a new series. We are introduce to cast of characters that will are going to play a big part into the series. So, I like how Katie used Resurrection as a jumping point to a new series. I can't wait to see how these guys help the world to become a better place.

I did like Colt and Skye. They seem like a perfect match for one another. They are a great time to take down the bad guy. Anyway, if you are looking for a new series this might be up your alley. I'm kind of excited to see what happens next.

Copy provided by author.

Rating:
4 Stars

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Forever Romance Teaser Excerpt + Giveaway: The Forbidden by Jodi Ellen Malpas


Coming Soon The Forbidden
by Jodi Ellen Malpas
Forever Romance
August 8, 2017




A new story of dangerous temptations from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the This Man trilogy.

Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy-that instant chemistry that renders you weak in the knees. That is, until a night out brings her face to face with the dangerously sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their one night together, Annie slips out of their hotel room. She is certain that a man who's had such a powerful impact on her must be dangerous. She has no idea that he belongs to another. That he's forbidden.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

InkSlinger PR Spotlight + Review: Jilted by Sawyer Bennett


Jilted 
Love Hurts, 2
Sawyer Bennett
LoveSwept
July 11, 2017




Hollywood hath no fury like a woman scorned. In this fun, flirty second-chance romance from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, an aspiring starlet reconnects with her first love. 

“Sawyer Bennett never fails to deliver heroes I fall hard for and heroines I adore.”—Violet Duke 

Eden Goodnight went to Los Angeles to make it big, not to be publicly humiliated by her cheating fiancé at a red-carpet premiere. But when Eden returns to her hometown to put the scandal behind her, she can barely find a sympathetic shoulder to cry on. Turns out the locals are worse than the paparazzi, and they all think she’s turned into a spoiled brat. But in a strange twist of fate, the one person who seems to understand what Eden’s going through is Cooper Mayfield . . . the boy she left behind. 

Small-town charm is no match for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. At least that’s what Coop’s been telling himself all these years. As Eden’s old flame—and the landscaper for her family’s historic home—Coop feels some responsibility for getting her out of her funk. But as soon as he sees that million-dollar smile, he’s a goner. Soon they’re making out like teenagers again. But when a life-changing role falls into Eden’s lap, Coop just hopes she doesn’t give up on a love that’s meant to be. 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Lost and Found Sister by Jill Shalvis (Review)

The past couple of days I have been reading Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis. I have to say that it was pretty good. Jill is known for her light fun small town romance. Now Lost and Found Sisters is a little different from her normal stuff, but still pretty good. We meet Quinn Weller who comes to find out that her life isn't what it seems. Throughout most of the story she has been living in a fog since her sister died. Now she has found out she's adopted and her birth mother left stuff behind. Now she needs to decided how to proceed. Basically she's at a crossroads, does she decided to live life in a fog or decided to take a chance a see what could happen with this new life.

The new life come with a new challenge, like baby sister. So, she needs to tread on this landmine carefully, because teenagers can be volatile and unstable at times. She also meets a new guy that kind of rev her juices. Not an easy choice.

Overall, Lost and Found Sisters is a pretty good story. The title is absolutely perfect, because Quinn does lose a sister and comes to find a new one. Like I said she's waking up from a fog through the story, and it isn't easy for her. Quinn struggles with deciding to stick with the status quo or stretch herself. I like that she struggles with the story, but she does have a little help who cares. Some people may think she's crazy, but hey whatever helps. Lost and Found Sisters is a pretty good read for a book club selection. You have a variety of themes that can be discuss. I would definitely recommend for a book club selection kind of read.

Copy provided by Harper Collins

Friday, July 7, 2017

Tasty Book Tours Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Three Weeks with a Princess by Vanessa Kelly


Three Weeks with a Princess
The Improper Princesses #2
By: Vanessa Kelly
Releasing June 27, 2017
Zebra





Blurb
In Vanessa Kelly s captivating series, three young women are descended from royalty in the most improper way. But that doesn’t stop them from pursuing lives rich in adventure. . .

Lia Kincaid, illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York, comes from a long line of notorious women. Raised by her grandmother, formerly mistress to the late Marquess of Lendale, she has little hope of a respectable marriage. But the new Marquess, her childhood friend, Jack Easton, would make a very desirable protector . . . if he weren t too honorable to take her to bed.

It s bad enough being saddled with a title he never desired. Now Jack must resist the beautiful woman he desires far too much. Duty calls, and he is duty-bound to choose a wealthy bride. But then Lia makes another outrageous suggestion: asking Jack to devise some tests to find her the perfect paramour. Tests that involve flirting, kissing, and other pleasurable pursuits. Tests that, in a matter of weeks, could transform friendship into the ton's greatest scandal, igniting a passion even duty can t deny. . . 


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Monday, July 3, 2017

Tasty Book Tours Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean


The Day of the Duchess
Scandal & Scoundrel #3
By: Sarah MacLean
Releasing June 27, 2017
Avon Books





Blurb
The one woman he will never forget…


Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…

After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny…

The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day...

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne (Review)

When you are in the mood for something light and fun, you can't go wrong with Lauren Layne. She definitely knows how to write a light and fun book. You will not be disappointed when you read Walk of Shame.

In the story we meet the socialite, Georgiana Watkins (Georgie), and she's friends with everybody. She doesn't exclude anyone, and genuinely cares. However, she seems to rub Andrew the wrong way, because he finds Georgiana's antics ridiculous. He's a bully to her at times. He just doesn't know how to bask in her light. Georgie is a lot to take in, but she definitely has a heart of gold. Best way to describe these to be night and day, doom and gloom and sunshine and roses. They are pretty much opposites. Yet, they're drawn one to another.

Walk of Shame is a fun read. It's mainly told from Georgie's perspective with a dash of Andrew now and again. As silly as Georgie's perspective can be, it's probably better to be told through her. I love that Georgie knows what she wants, and is willing to put her heart on the line for it, while Andrew hides behind his cynicism. It takes losing her for him to realize that he needs a little sunshine in his life. If you are in need of fun, Walk of Shame is your book.

Copy provided by LoveSwept via NetGalley

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tasty Book Tours Q&A + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Love with a Scottish Outlaw By Gale Callen



Tasty Q&A with Gayle Callen

If you had to title your own life what would it be and why?
“Lucky in Love.” I met my husband a year before we started dating, but once we dated, we married within six months. And I knew that first month that I was in love with him. So any time someone uses love at first sight in a romance novel, I think it could be true, because it happened to me. And we’ve been married 35 years, so it can work!

What is your favorite place to visit?
It may sound cliché for a historical romance author, but I love England. I’ve visited three times now, and every time I see a different part of the country, I fall in love all over again. Last time, I visited my daughter who was studying for her semester abroad in London. The two of us rented a car and drove north—on the left side of the road!—all the way to Yorkshire. The countryside changes so much, from thatched roofs and abundant gardens, to bleak moors that roll to the horizon. Incredible!

Favorite writing place.

Even though I’ve written most of my books from a small office on the lower level of my house, my favorite place to write is on my patio. I spent all last summer working outside 4-6 hours every day. My yard is mostly trees, but I have an umbrella to sit beneath when the sun is overhead. I planted begonias and impatiens, which do well in the shade. I put up my feet up, my laptop on a lap desk, and I write, listening to the sound of the bees, the birds, and distant lawn mowers. My neighbor has several bird feeders that spill seeds onto the ground, so sometimes birds, squirrels, bunnies, and chipmunks are all cavorting in the grass together, like my own private show. It’s so peaceful!

What are 5 things you must have with you when you write?
Ooh, interesting question. I don’t think I’m superstitious about anything in particular, but there are some constants when I’m writing a book. A laptop is number one—a desktop computer can’t easily be moved, so I’ve used a laptop for years so I can set it aside to research, spread out my index cards, etc. And I want to be able to take it with me, too! Next, I always have ice water in a big insulated mug. I have index cards, because that’s how I keep track of all my scenes. I use a purple pen to write on them. And lastly, markers, because I highlight a corner of each index card to keep track of all my plotlines when I lay the cards out: purple for the heroine’s emotional growth, blue for the hero, pink for the romance plot, then green/orange/red for the various plotlines in the book. Yes, I love to organize and plot things out.

Can you tell us a little about your book?
I was so excited to write LOVE WITH A SCOTTISH OUTLAW, mainly because I finally found a story to fit a plot I’d always wanted to write: amnesia. I opened the book with the heroine, Catriona, waking up in the Scottish Highlands, her head bleeding, not knowing who she is. It was such fun to write! The hero Duncan is the chief of an outlawed clan—and he knows exactly who she is, the daughter of his enemy. While Catriona thinks he is being kind enough to house her while she discovers who she is, Duncan is really holding her captive. And of course, the sparks fly!


Love with a Scottish Outlaw
Highland Weddings #3
By: Gayle Callen
Releasing June 27, 2017
Avon







Blurb

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Forever Romance Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Highland Commander by Amy Jarecki


THE HIGHLAND COMMANDER
Lords of the Highlands, #2
Author: Amy Jarecki
Forever
June 27, 2017



She cannot resist the man behind the mask...

As the illegitimate daughter of a Scottish earl, Lady Magdalen Keith is not one to partake in lavish balls or other frivolities. Yet at her father's urging, she agrees to dance with the battle-weary officers at this year's holiday masquerade. It's practically her civic duty! But when one such officer—whose dashing good looks cannot be disguised by a mere mask—sweeps her off her feet and into his arms, the innocent lass can't help herself. Her lips are his for the taking.

But will he betray his country for a kiss?

Navy lieutenant Aiden Murray has spent too many months at sea to be immune to the charms of this lovely beauty. Even after he returns to his ship, she lives in his dreams. But when he discovers Maddie's true identity—and learns that her father is accused of treason—will the brawny Scot risk his life to follow his heart?

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