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


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.

4 Stars

Friday, July 28, 2017

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

Windham Brides, #2
Grace Burrowes
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

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.

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

Love Hurts, 2
Sawyer Bennett
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 fiancĂ© 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

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

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