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Sunday, June 25, 2017

InkSlinger PR Review + Giveaway: The Red Lily by Juliette Cross


The Red Lily 
Vampire Blood, 2
Juliette Cross
Entangled Select Otherworld 
6/19/17



About the book:

When Red falls for the Big Bad Wolf…

The Black Lily resistance needs a larger army if they are to defeat the vampire monarchy. In order to do so, former lieutenant and traitor to the vampire Crown, Nikolai must seek help from the red-hooded temptress he needs to avoid at all costs. The secret he carries could prove dangerous for her if she gets too close…even though keeping her close—very close—is the only thing on his mind.

Sienna will do anything for the Black Lily, and when Nikolai asks for her assistance to gain the trust of the commonwealth, it’s the last thing she wants to do. The thought of leaving her woods and her wolves behind is terrifying…not to mention the danger being with Nikolai poses.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Social Butterfly PR Review + Excerpt: Scored by Marquita Valentine


Scored
Marquita Valentine
June 20, 2017




Scored, a sexy all-new STANDALONE from Marquita Valentine is available now!!!

Dallas Drake has a big salary and an even bigger…ego…and he’s not afraid to use either of them to his advantage. As infamous as he is attractive, Dallas has all the equipment necessary to bring home the win.

The first time I met him, I was in handcuffs.

The second, he saved me when I fell off a ladder.

Now? Now we’re working together to plan a charity event.

I may not be interested in what Dallas has to offer, but as the game goes on, I’m becoming more open to his passes.

Is he looking for the win, or just determined to score?

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Harper Collins Spotlight + Excerpt: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network
Kate Quinn
Harper Collins
June 6, 2017

ABOUT THE ALICE NETWORK
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.

Excerpt:
Night had fallen by the time I staggered, weary and starving, off the train in London. The city rolled out in front of me in one huge dark smoky mass—I had no idea where 10 Hampson Street might be. I had a few coins left in my pocketbook, and as I hailed a cab I prayed it would be enough. I really didn’t relish having to yank a pearl off my grandmother’s necklace just to pay for a taxi ride. Maybe I shouldn’t have left that waitress a whole pound . . . But I wasn’t sorry.
The driver took me to what he said was Pimlico and dumped me at a line of tall row houses. It had started to rain in earnest. I looked around for my hallucination, but there was no flash of blond hair. Just a dark street, the spitting rain, the worn steps of number 10 climbing to a dingy peeling door. I hoisted my case, clambered up, and banged the knocker before my courage deserted me.
No answer. I banged again. The rain was falling harder, and despair rose in me like a wave. I pounded and pounded until my fist ached, until I saw the minute twitch of the curtain beside the door.
“I know someone’s in there!” I wrenched the door handle, blinded by rain. “Let me in!”
To my surprise the handle turned, and I flew inside, falling at last off my impractical shoes. I hit the floor of the dark hallway on my knees, tearing my stockings, and then the door banged shut and I heard the click of a pistol being cocked.
Her voice was low, graveled, slurred, ferocious. “Who are you, and what the bloody fuck are you doing in my house?”
The streetlamps sent a blurry light through the curtains, half-illuminating the dark hallway. I could see a tall gaunt figure, a straggle of hair, the fiery end of a lit cigarette. The gleam of light off a pistol barrel, pointing straight at me.
I should have been terrified, recoiling from the shock and the gun and the language. But fury had swept aside the last piece of my feel-nothing fog, and I gathered my legs under me to stand, torn stocking snagging. “I’m looking for Evelyn Gardiner.”
“I don’t care who you’re looking for. If you don’t tell me why I’ve got a damned Yank breaking into my house, I’ll shoot you. I’m old and I’m drunk, but this is a Luger nine-millimeter P08 in excellent condition. Drunk or sober I can take the back of your skull out at this range.”
“I’m Charlie St. Clair.” Pushing the wet hair out of my eyes. “My cousin Rose Fournier went missing in France during the war, and you might know how to find her.”
Abruptly the electric wall lamp switched on. I blinked in the rush of harsh light. Standing over me was a tall gaunt woman in a faded print dress, her graying hair straggling around a time-ravaged face. She could have been fifty, or she could have been seventy. She had the Luger in one hand and a lit cigarette in the other; she kept the pistol steadily trained on my forehead as she raised the cigarette to her lips and took a long drag. Bile rose in my throat as I saw her hands. Good God, what had happened to her hands?
“I’m Eve Gardiner,” she said at last. “And I don’t know anything about this cousin of yours.”
“You might,” I said desperately. “You might—if you’ll just talk to me.”
“That’s your plan, little Yank?” Her hooded storm-gray eyes surveyed me like a contemptuous bird of prey. “Burst into my house at nightfall, no plan, and I’m betting no money, on the chance I’d know something about your m-missing friend?”
“Yes.” Faced with her gun and her scorn I couldn’t explain why, why the chance to find Rose had turned suddenly all-consuming in my wrecked life. I couldn’t explain this strange savage desperation, or why I had let it drive me here. I could only state the truth: “I had to come.”
“Well.” Eve Gardiner lowered her pistol. “I suppose you’ll want t-tea.”
“Yes, tea would be—”
“I don’t have any.” She turned and made her way back down the dark hall, walking long-strided and careless. Her bare feet looked like an eagle’s claws. She weaved a little as she walked, the Luger swinging freely at her side, and I saw she still had a finger through the trigger. Crazy, I thought. The old cow is crazy.
And her hands—they were monstrous knobbed lumps, every knuckle misshapen and grotesque. They looked more like lobster claws than hands.
“Keep up,” she said without turning, and I scurried after her. She struck a door open and flicked on a light, and I saw a cold sitting room—a mess of a place, grate unlit, drapes drawn so no chink of light could come in off the street, old newspapers and dirty tea mugs lying everywhere.
“Mrs. Gardiner—”
“Miss.” She flung herself down in a shabby armchair overlooking the whole messy room, tossing her pistol down on the table beside it. I winced, but the thing didn’t go off. “And you can call me Eve. You’ve f-forced your way into my house, so that’s a level of intimacy I’m already disliking you for. What’s a name?”
“I didn’t mean to force my way—”
“Yes, you did. You want something, and you want it badly. What is it?”
I pulled up a hassock and sat down, suddenly uncertain where to start. I’d been so focused on getting here, I hadn’t thought how exactly I should begin. Two girls times eleven summers, divided by one ocean and one war . . .

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ABOUT KATE QUINN

Kate Quinn is a native of Southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in classical voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books set in the Italian Renaissance detailing the early years of the infamous Borgia clan. All have been translated into multiple languages. She and her husband now live in Maryland with two black dogs named Caesar and Calpurnia.



Thursday, June 15, 2017

InkSlinger PR Spotlight + Review: Blackmailing the Bad Girl by Nina Croft


Today we have the blog tour stop for Blackmailing the Bad Girl by Nina Croft! Check it out and grab your copy today!


About Blackmailing the Bad Girl:

Cynical CEO, Nik Masterton, believes he’s finally met a woman who isn’t interested in his money…until she vanishes with a hefty amount of it. He’s been searching for her ever since and has finally found her doing a stint in Holloway prison for stealing...from someone else. Clearly, he’s just one of many. Now she’s coming out, and it’s time for a little payback.

After two years in prison, Summer Delaney is determined she’s never going back. While she had good reasons for doing what she did, it’s time to move on to a new life and earn an honest living. Unfortunately, there’s a glitch in her plan, and he’s waiting at the gate as she comes out.

Nik isn’t above using blackmail to make Summer work for him until he decides just how he’ll get his revenge. But this time they’re both determined to keep their distance. Right until the inconvenient attraction explodes between them...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Cajun Doctor by Sandra Hill (Review)

Yes, I wanted to read The Cajun Doctor, because the hot guy on the cover. I also did want to read it, because I like Sandra's Vangel books. I actually didn't realize this was part of a previous series, now I know. However, those who have been following Cajun books will remember some of the characters, while it's all new to me.

We meet Daniel and Aaron LeDeux, twin brothers, after their mother's death find out they have more family. Their father's family, so they travel down to Louisiana to meet them. At this time, they aren't sure what they are going to do with their lives. Then the story starts to focuses on Daniel, and Samantha Starr. When Samantha was trying to fix her life after a blip of a marriage, she had decided that all doctors were scum. Gotta love scum sucking ex-husbands. So, you might say that Daniel and Samantha don't see eye-to-eye. Actually, they tend to egg one another on. They seem to rub each other the wrong way, so the banter between them is pretty fun. However, her brother finds himself in some serious trouble decides to turn to Daniel for help.

The Cajun Doctor was an all right read. I liked the story, but the cajun dialect got a little too much for me granted it was in the bayou area. I guess I'm use to redneck Louisiana, which there is. However, I did like the relationship between Daniel and Samantha. It was pretty much all sexual tension they were going to ignore until they were forced to be together. Now I'm curious where Aaron was while he was missing in action. He was always gone, but he would come back here and there. I wouldn't mind knowing what's going on in his life. Anyway, an all right read.

Copy provided by Avon.

Rating:
3 1/2 Stars

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Forever Romance Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Story of Us by Tara


THE STORY OF US 
Tara Sivec 
Forever Yours eBook
June 11, 2017



How much can a man take before he breaks?

1,843 days. That's how long I survived in that hellhole. They tried to break me, but I resisted. And I owe it all to the memory of warm summer nights, the scent of peaches, and the one woman who loved me more than I ever deserved to be loved. Now, I'll do anything to get back to her.

Only Shelby Eubanks isn't the girl I left behind all those years ago. She's someone else, a stranger. My Shelby-my little green-eyed firecracker-would never give up her dreams, would never disappear into her mother's ambitions. But I won't give up on her. On us. I may be broken, and scarred, and not the man I used to be, but I will do whatever it takes to remind her of the story of us.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Forever Romance Playlist + Excerpt + Giveaway: Forbidden Promises by Katee Roberts


FORBIDDEN PROMISES
The O’Malleys, #4
Katee Robert
Forever
May 30, 2017



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert delivers the next book in her sizzling O'Malleys family series, hailed as "The Godfather meets Romeo & Juliet."

“A tension-filled plot full of deceit, betrayal, and sizzling love scenes will make it impossible for readers to set the book down.” –Publishers Weekly

“A great read from the talented Robert!” –RT Book Reviews

“This is an extraordinary series by any standards, and FORBIDDEN PROMISES slays the competition.” –Fresh Fiction

Some lines should never be crossed . . . not even for love.

Sloan O'Malley just left her entire world behind—her family, her wealth, and even her real name. For the first time in her life, she's free. She can live the "normal" life she's always wanted. A life without fear. But there's nothing safe about her intensely sexy next-door neighbor.

Jude MacNamara has no room for innocence in his life. Only revenge. Still, he's never been able to walk away from the forbidden, and Sloan—who is every inch of pure, mouthwatering temptation—has forbidden written all over her. Only after it's way too late does he discover the real danger: claiming Sloan as his puts a target on her back. To protect her, Jude is willing risk everything . . . and to hell with the consequences.

FORBIDDEN PROMISES Playlist

Thursday, June 8, 2017

TLC Spotlight + Review: The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander

The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels & Other Gentlemen 
Lady Travelers Guide, 1
Victoria Alexander
HQN
May 30, 2017

Blurb

Embark on the breathtaking romantic adventures of The Lady Travelers Society in the brand-new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander

Really, it’s too much to expect any normal man to behave like a staid accountant in order to inherit the fortune he deserves to support the lifestyle of an earl. So when Derek Saunders’s favorite elderly aunt and her ill-conceived—and possibly fraudulent—Lady Travelers Society loses one of their members, what’s a man to do but step up to the challenge? Now he’s escorting the world’s most maddening woman to the world’s most romantic city to find her missing relative.

While India Prendergast only suspects his organization defrauds gullible travelers, she’s certain a man with as scandalous a reputation as Derek Saunders cannot be trusted any farther than the distance around his very broad shoulders. As she struggles not to be distracted by his wicked smile and the allure of Paris, instead of finding a lost lady traveler, India just may lose her head, her luggage and her heart.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Tasty Book Tours Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: The Girl with the Make Believe Husband by Julia Quinn


The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband
Rokesbys #2
By: Julia Quinn
Releasing May 30, 2017
Avon




While you were sleeping...

With her brother Thomas injured on the battlefront in the Colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead, she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby. He's unconscious and in desperate need of her care, and Cecilia vows that she will save this soldier's life, even if staying by his side means telling one little lie...

I told everyone I was your wife

When Edward comes to, he's more than a little confused. The blow to his head knocked out six months of his memory, but surely he would recall getting married. He knows who Cecilia Harcourt is—even if he does not recall her face—and with everyone calling her his wife, he decides it must be true, even though he'd always assumed he'd marry his neighbor back in England.

If only it were true...

Cecilia risks her entire future by giving herself—completely—to the man she loves. But when the truth comes out, Edward may have a few surprises of his own for the new Mrs. Rokesby.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

My Sweet Home Alabama by Erin Knightley (Review)

Okay, I read My Sweet Home Alabama by Erin Knightley. Let me say that this story is super quick and sweet. We have Delaney Hart who is leaving behind the life she knew, because of a no good ex-fiancee. Basically, the no good ex-fiancee was causing problems between her and best friend Beauregard Rodney (by the way love the name Beauregard), which Delaney had no clue what had happen. So, they have to come to an understanding before they can move on in their lives. That's the gist of the story.

Like I said super quick and sweet. This a pretty good story if you are not looking for something super deep and complex, but something short and sweet with a satisfying happy ending. That's all I got for My Sweet Home Alabama.

Copy provided by author

Rating:
4 Stars

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Forever Romance Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Maybe This Love by Jennifer Snow


Maybe This Love
Colorado Ice #2
Jennifer Snow
Forever
May 30, 2017




THE GAME OF HIS LIFE

Hockey player Ben Westmore has some serious skills---on and off the ice---and he's not above indulging in the many perks of NHL stardom. When a night in Vegas ends in disaster, he realizes two things: 1) it's time to lie low for a while, and 2) he needs a lawyer---fast. But the smoking-hot woman who walks into his office immediately tests all his good intentions.

Olivia Davis doesn't need anyone derailing her career---or her dreams of starting a family---least of all a skirt-chasing player like Ben. But soon he's unleashing a full-court press to convince her that he's the real deal. She's slowly falling for his sweet, rugged charm, but with so much on the line, Olivia has to decide whether Ben can truly change---or if he's just playing the game.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Taming the CEO by Hayson Manning (Review)

Oh my the yumminess of the cover of Taming the CEO by Hayson Manning. I could totally picture Alexander Gillard (Zan). Anyway, this was interesting story, because we have these two families who despise one another thanks to an age old feud. Think Hatfields and the McCoys. So, we Zan and Daisy Carter who are competing to win a resort in San Maarten. Nothing wrong with that, but they have to compete as a couple to see all the benefits the resorts has to offer before they can present their proposals.

Oh the animosity between these two at the beginning is fantastic. It's a glorious he said/she said between these two. Each of them believes their siblings would never lie or steal. However, as they go about the competitions lines are cross and it brings the game to a whole new level. That's not even the best part, because Zan is planning the game on a whole other level. Business first is his model while Daisy is family. Is he willing to sacrifice everything he has worked on for Daisy.

Seriously, Hayson does an amazing job at telling story with a feud and deceit. Honestly, I want to know if his brothers will get with Daisy's sisters. Seriously, that would be AMAZING. Anyway, pretty awesome read all that goes on in the story. If you are looking for a pretty good enemies to lovers story, Taming the CEO is a pretty good pick.

Copy provided by Entangled via NetGalley

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tasty Book Tours Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Romancing the Bachelor by Diane Alberts


Romancing the Bachelor
Hamilton Family #1
By: Diane Alberts
Releasing May 15, 2017
Entangled Indulgence




Blurb

Eric Hamilton isn’t looking for love. Hell, he isn’t even looking for a girl. He has a five-year plan, and he’s one hundred percent focused on that. But then Shelby walks into his life, and suddenly, he can’t think about anything else. Unfortunately for him, she hates his guts, and wants nothing to do with him. But he’s a man who loves a challenge.

Shelby Jefferson can’t wait to get out of the city, and back to her country roots. She moved to Atlanta for a guy who promptly left her, and the last thing she wants is to fall for another man who might make her want to stay. But Eric is nothing if not persistent, and before long she’s inside his arms, in his bed, and she’s falling for him. Hard. But when history repeats itself, and she has to choose between a man and herself––again.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Author's Pal Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: Unmasking the Earl by Elizabeth Keysian


Unmasking the Earl 
Wayward in Wessex
Elizabeth Keysian
Entangled Scandalous 
May 19, 2017




Devastated by the disappearance of his sister, the Earl of Stranraer has gone to extraordinary lengths to find the notorious rake responsible, and enters his household incognito to wreak his vengeance. But his enemy has an unexpected protector—the innocent but headstrong Miss Cassandra Blythe.

Cassie is determined to learn the art of seduction. But she is blindsided by her body's thrilling response to the wrong man—a mysterious servant who shows up at the most inauspicious moments to spoil her lessons in love with warnings of her imminent ruin. When she learns the handsome servant's identity and the reason for his deception, she resolves to help Stranraer, but only if he abandons his vow to destroy his enemy.

The earl is sorely tempted to give the meddlesome beauty a lesson in seduction she’ll never forget. But she turns the tables, and he gets his own lesson in forgiveness…and love.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

It's Me Again, Baby by Katie Reus (Review)

Okay, It's Me Again, Baby is a sweet rekindling romance. Basically we have Samantha Murphy and Maguire O'Connor who use to date, but Sam left town without any reason why. She left Maguire heart broken. Okay, what she did was pretty messed up, and I'm surprise Maguire forgave her, because I would have held the grudge forever. He's a better person than I would be.

Anyway, It's Me Again, Baby is a super quick second chance romance. Which personally I don't think there should have been a second chance romance had she gone up to Maguire and asked the question "Is it true?" Then again there wouldn't be a story. Yes, there is a little suspense. Nothing like her other stories, but a little drama. Overall, cute read.

Copy provided by author.

Rating:
3 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny by Cindi Madsen (Review)

Can I say that Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny was pretty funny. I haven't read a Cindi Madsen book that wasn't fun. Anyway, we are taking a journey along the rocky relationship of Lindsay Rivera and Ryder "Ox" Maddox. Now Lindsay use to be a puck bunny. However, after getting burn she decided to reform her ways. Her focus is on school and work, aka no fun in life. Is this going to stop Ryder, oh no he wants a chance with Lindsay and he'll do it anyway he can even tutor her in math.

I have to give Ryder props for sticking with Lindsay even when she's being challenging. Lindsay faces some challenges,  one being her mother and the fear becoming like her. Then we have Ryder who doesn't care where Lindsay comes from, but wants to be with the person who she is now.

Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny is a pretty straightforward story. You have the hockey player who wants the girl. The girl who doesn't want to go back to where she use to be. Now how are they going to make this work. However, there are a couple of surprises along the way which do popup, and I have to say I didn't see them coming. Yet, they make total sense. Overall, Confessions of a Former Puck Bunny is a pretty fun read, but at the same time got me. If you are in the mood for a little fun and chase, you might give this a try.

Copy provided by Entangled via NetGalley

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Monday, May 15, 2017

RockStar PR Spotlight + Review: Going in Deep by Carly Phillips

Going in Deep
Billionaire Bad Boys #4

Carly Phillips
May 9, 2017

Blurb:

He isn't Mr. Nice Guy…

Julian Dane thought he'd hit rock bottom — until he met a woman (isn't that what they all say?). He used her and broke her heart. Now he wants to turn things around but the damage he dealt stands in his way.

Kendall Parker's unique issues have made it hard to live a normal life. Very few people understand her and she trusts even less … but she believed in Julian once, and he only betrayed her.

Now Julian is back — a new man — and determined to win Kendall's heart. But this reformed bad boy just might find that Going in Deep is harder than it looks.

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

All Billionaire Bad Boys Novels stand alone!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor (Review)

All right I was super excited to get a chance to read The Bad Luck Bride, I mean it sounded like it be fun. Here's the blurb:

All were shocked at the announcement of the “cursed” Lady Claire Cavensham to Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, especially since she is already engaged to another unfortunate Lord. Perhaps she will make it to the altar this time with one of these fine gentlemen! —Midnight Cryer

No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn’t in a position to refuse...

Alexander requires the hand of his enemy’s fiancée in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It’s his good fortune that the “cursed” woman is desperate. However, what begins as a sham turns into something scandalously deeper...

By all means the story sounds pretty good, I mean we have a curse and revenge. However, The Bad Luck Bride wasn't what I was expecting. I honestly thought it would play up more of the revenge plot, but the more I read the revenge thing kind of disappear. By the way, it had to because of the circumstances of the story. What boils down about this story is a lack of communication and being honest, which is a horrible way to start a marriage. I had a hard time with Lady Claire for most of the book. A lot of that has to deal with the fact she couldn't open up with what causes her panic attacks. This is one the things she should have told her husband from the get go. Oh well. Pembrooke should have told Claire after they were marry why he did what he did. However, he never did. We find both of them afraid to communicate. There's a lot of miscommunication. Other than that issue, the writing was pretty good, and actually Claire's cousins sounds quite interesting. So, I'm curious about them.

Overall, I struggled with The Bad Luck Bride. I liked the beginning, and I thought the ending was sweet. The middle was a little rough. Am I willing try the next book, sure. You never know I might be surprised with the next one. Anyway, the story didn't work for me, but there are others who absolutely loved it.

Copy provided by St. Martin via NetGalley

Rating:
2 1/2 Stars

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Author's Pal Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: By The Hour by Roni Loren


By The Hour 
Pleasure Principle, 2
Roni Loren
April 25, 2017


From the New York Times bestselling author of Off the Clock comes a story of love, hate, and the fire that ignites when the two collide...

Dr. Elle McCray has a plan. Work hard. Be the best. And do it alone. After her ex-husband’s betrayal, she’s learned being feared is a hell of a lot easier than being humiliated. So when trouble personified, Lane Cannon, dares to flirt with her, she shuts him down cold. Too gorgeous. Too cocky. And his job as The Grove’s sexual surrogate is to sleep with patients. No, thank you.

Former escort Lane Cannon has spent enough years with people looking down on him. Stupid. Trailer trash. Rent boy. He’s heard it all. He’s worked too hard to shed his past to let some haughty doctor cut him down. But something about Elle’s ice queen act has his dominant instincts perking up and his body taking notice. He can’t walk away.

After an evening of verbal sparring turns into a night of steamy hate sex, Lane’s ready for round two. But Elle proposes a business deal. How better to keep things strictly physical than to pay him for his services?

Lane wants her, not her money. But he’ll play along in exchange for one thing—all the control. It’s only supposed to be a dirty little fling between colleagues, but these two are about to learn a lesson in love…by the hour.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

St. Martin Spotlight + Excerpt: The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor


The Bad Luck Bride 
The Canvensham Heiress, 1
Janna MacGregor
May 2, 2017



All were shocked at the announcement of the “cursed” Lady Claire Cavensham to Lord Alexander Hallworth, the Marquess of Pembrooke, especially since she is already engaged to another unfortunate Lord. Perhaps she will make it to the altar this time with one of these fine gentlemen! —Midnight Cryer

No one is left breathless at the imperious pronouncement of her engagement to Lord Pembrooke more than Claire. She hardly knows the dangerously outrageous man! But after three engagements gone awry and a fourth going up in glorious flames, she isn’t in a position to refuse...

Alexander requires the hand of his enemy’s fiancée in marriage in order to complete his plans for revenge. It’s his good fortune that the “cursed” woman is desperate. However, what begins as a sham turns into something scandalously deeper...

Excerpt:

Friday, May 5, 2017

TLC Book Tours Spotlight + Review + Giveaway: Slow Burn Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Slow Burn Cowboy
Copper Ridge, 7
Maisey Yates 
HQN
April 18, 2017

In Copper Ridge, Oregon, a cowboy's best friend might turn out to be the woman of his dreams…

If Finn Donnelly makes a plan, he sticks to it. After his brothers left Copper Ridge, Finn stayed behind, determined to keep their ranch going by himself. And when he realized his feelings for Lane Jensen were more than platonic, he shoved that inconvenient desire away. It was easy…until it wasn't. Suddenly his brothers are coming home to claim their share of the property. And Lane is no longer just in his fantasies. She's in his arms, and their friendship is on the line…

He's been her buddy, her handyman, her rock. But until that one breathtaking kiss, Lane somehow overlooked the most important thing about Finn Donnelly—he's all man. They're right together, no matter how much his volatile past has bruised him. Finn wants to hold Lane's body, but he doesn't want to hold her heart. But Lane is falling fast and now she's got a plan of her own…to show Finn there's nothing hotter than friendship turned to slow-burning love.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman (Review)

Valerie's books are always a delight to read. They tend to be witty and fun. She tends to have heroes and heroines who can match each with words. Yes, you do find that in Never Trust a Pirate. For the longest time Rafe thought his brother was dead, eventually, he found out that he was Oakleaf. Anyway, Cade always consider himself the black sheep of the family and that totally suited him, and his assignments. However, he gets a little side tracked when an enticing ladies maid stumbles into his lap, Danielle LaCrosse. Yet, there is more that meets the eyes with this ladies maid.

Never Trust a Pirate definitely keeps you on your toes. Between all the spying you have fantastic banter going on between Cade and Danielle. I like these two characters individually. Cade is a wonderful scoundrel. Who doesn't love a scoundrel? I adore Danielle, because she's strong, independent, and she doesn't know the power she yield's on Cade. Yes, Valerie produced another wonderful story in her series. We get to see Delilah again, and that girl; I truly hope she gets a book one day, because dude she needs one. Anyway, if you are in search of adventure, spying, and banter, look no further Never Trust a Pirate has you cover.

Copy provided by author & publisher.

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

Monday, May 1, 2017

InkSlinger PR Spotlight + Review: Sex In the Sticks by Sawyer Bennett


Sex In the Sticks
Love Hurts, 1
Sawyer Bennett
LoveSwept
May 2, 2017




Wake up and feel the wood! In the first of a series of irresistible standalone romances from New York Times bestselling author Sawyer Bennett, a city girl rediscovers love and lust in the Alaskan wilderness.

Valentine French may be the sassiest dating columnist in New York City, but the abundance of metrosexuals in her adopted metropolis is seriously cramping her style. Where are the beefy all-American boys? Hoping to find some inspiration, Val heads to Alaska, where the men outnumber the women fifteen to one and wrestle grizzly bears for sport. Or so she can only imagine. Suddenly the most eligible bachelorette in a town full of horny lumberjacks, Val is writing her best columns ever. But if she doesn’t get her nose out of her laptop, she just might miss out on Mr. Right.

Logan Burke is the sheriff of the little podunk town that Val finds so charmingly backward. He’s not that different from the guys she’s using for her little experiment; it’s just that one date would never be enough for Logan. As he listens to Val complain about love over beers in the local tavern, he realizes that she can’t see the forest for the trees. Because if she would ever give up her Prada bags and fourteen-dollar martinis, Logan would give her the only luxury that matters: his heart.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Negotiator by Avery Flynn (Review)

I think The Negotiator should come with a spew warning. Like don't drink any liquids while reading this. Such a fun romantic comedy. We have Sawyer Carlyle who is trying to run his family company while dodging his mother's candidates to be the next Mrs. Sawyer Carlyle. He really doesn't have anytime for his mother's antics. So, his brother decides to make an ad for a personal buffer, which brings Clover Lee. Clover is an interesting character, I mean she's gone on many wild adventures she can handle being a personal buffer. Oh dear lord, she's an entertaining character. The story does get progressively more fun.

Adore Clover, she brings fun into Sawyer's life. Sawyer does start to lighten up as the story goes on. In some aspect the story kind of reminded me of Pretty Woman except Clover's not a prostitute. Overall, the story was pretty entertaining, and I hope that Avery will right a story for Sawyer's brother. He seems like a fun kind of guy, but that is wishful thinking. Like I said The Negotiator is a fun romantic comedy that does have a little steam hear and there. If you are in the mood to laugh, The Negotiator is up your alley.

Copy provided by Entangled via NetGalley

Thursday, April 27, 2017

No Getting Over A Cowboy by Delores Fossen (Review)

What made me want to read No Getting Over a Cowboy: 1) The author. I haven't read all her books, but the ones I have they have been GOOOOOD. 2) The Cover. I was tempted to lick the cover. He's a mighty fine guy. 3) Liked the first book and thought hey I might need to read the next book. By the way, I have to read the third book. Seriously, I need the Roman's story. NEED!

Anyway, we are getting a closer look at Garrett Granger. He's the nice Granger, but life has dealt him some crappy blows. Let's recap what happen in Those Texas Nights, because he's in there. His father dies, his wife and him are not on good terms, wife cheats on him and is caught on film, now he's trying to pick up the pieces of his life. Then Nicky Marlow nee Henderson comes into his life. Now these two have a history, not only that she has some major baggage. You thought that Garrett had problems, they don't come pair to Nicky.

Basically, Nicky has formed a widows group and trying to make a retreat so they can grow and heal. What she has planned doesn't go according as plan, and brings a slew of issues.This was a fantastic story. We have Nicky and Garrett rekindling a romance, Nicky trying to fix herself while trying to keep secrets hidden. There are some pretty good secrets that aren't revealed until the end. Seriously, No Getting Over a Cowboy was a mighty fine read. I'm honestly glad Garrett's ex-wife didn't cause too much of trouble, she tried; however, she was squash like a bug. Towards the end it does get a little crazy, but in a good way. I definitely enjoyed the story. I did chuckle at parts, and got a little choked up, so worth the time. If you are in the mood to tangle with a cowboy, you might want to give No Getting Over a Cowboy a try. I can't wait for Roman's story.

Copy provided by Harlequin

Rating:
4 1/2 Stars

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Forever Romance Spotlight + Review + Excerpt + Giveaway: Feels Like the First Time by Marina Adair


FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME
Destiny Bay, #2
Author: Marina Adair
Forever
On Sale: April 25, 2017



In the tradition of New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Gibson, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis, comes the second book in a funny and charming new small-town contemporary romance series by Marina Adair.

What's wrong with a little white lie?

There are a lot of things Ali Marshal doesn't do: pink anything, a day without chocolate, and Hawk, her sister's ex-husband. Sure, he's a sexy former NHL star who can make her pulse pound with just a wink. But he belonged to Bridget first. And no matter how long she's had a crush on him, how great he's always been to her dad, or that her sister is engaged to someone else now and Ali needs a date to their engagement party, she can't give in to temptation. Can she?


It's been years since his disastrous marriage crashed and burned, and Bradley Hawk has finally moved on. So when Bridget blows back into town with her new fiancé, throwing the engagement party of the year, he could care less . . . until Ali tells one little lie that lands him smack dab in a fake relationship. After one promise to be Ali's date and two of the hottest kisses he's ever had, Hawk can't deny how much he wants her. But what happens when this fauxmance starts to feel very, very real?

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