Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter introduces the Original Heartbreakers, where three not-quite-reformed bad boys are about to meet the women who will bring them to their knees.

Just released from prison, Jase Hollister has only one goal: stay out of trouble. Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, sounds like the perfect place for him and his two brothers-by-circumstance to settle down and live a nice, simple life. Model citizen isn’t exactly this rugged bachelor’s default setting—especially when it comes to a certain hot-blooded Southern beauty—but he's determined to play by the rules.

Brook Lynn Dillon has always been the responsible type. Not that it’s done her much good. The down-on-her-luck waitress is broke, single and wouldn’t know fun if it bit her. Or so she thinks. Jase makes bad look oh, so good. Dangerous, sexy and tempting as sin, he is everything she never knew she wanted. Passion sizzles between them, but is it enough to melt his resistance? After all, the right kind of trouble might be just what he needs…



My first Gena Showalter experience was thru her paranormal romance series Lords of the Underworld (which I HIGHLY recommend).  In the first installment to her new contemporary romance series, The Original Heartbreakers (which I HIGHLY recommend also), we are introduced to the enigmatic newcomer Jase Hollister and hometown no bullshitter Brook Lynn Dillon. Their connection wasn't immediate due to how they met (under a circumstance that was awkward) but as the days go by and opportunities come up where they are constantly together, it's inevitable that feelings arise and they succumb to their attraction. But it isn't easy. Secrets are yet to be told and while they're both afraid of what the outcome will be once they're revealed, Jase and Brook Lynn will give the their friends, family and the town of Strawberry Valley something to talk about.

The writing is spot on. The wit and bantering throughout the story is hilarious. The relationships (family and friends) are relatable and realistic. While the story focuses on the relationship of Jase and Brook Lynn, other characters (there are two more heartbreakers, Beck and Lincoln) are introduced and you get the feel of what they'll bring to the rest of the series.

All in all, read the book.

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Are you as talented as Brook Lynn in the kitchen?  What’s your favorite thing to make?

GS: I have my moments, good and bad, and I’ve certainly gotten better over the years.  Years ago, when my daughter was younger, she was watching a Minnie Mouse cartoon, and Minnie Mouse burned her cookies, black smoke filling her kitchen.  My daughter pointed and said, “Look!  It’s just like Momma does it.”  I’ve come a long way since and I’ve grown to cherish my time in the kitchen.  I plug in my ear buds, listen to my favorite music, and have a grand ole time creating dishes for my family to try (and clean.) 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Warlord's Wife by Sandra Lake


A stunning historical romance from debut author Sandra Lake transports readers to 12th century Sweden, where a powerful Viking lord will discover a fierce heart cannot be taken by mere force.

Lida was married to the love of her life for just two months when she became a widow. Pregnant and disowned by her late husband’s family for suspected infidelity, she was forced to return to her family in shame. Eight years later, uninterested in the prospect of finding another husband, she finds herself the unwilling object of a marriage contract with a powerful warlord. In a day, she is wed, bed, and put on a ship headed for Tronscar; an unknown icy stone and steel fortress.

Jarl Magnus is pleased to have taken a strong wife who, however stubborn she may be, will surely produce sons. However, he is less pleased with his wife’s additional baggage—a young daughter. But despite himself, Magnus falls for the daughter just as hard as the mother, and Lida’s heart is warmed to see the cold, serious Jarl move surprisingly fast into the role of stepfather.

When enemies attack Tronscar, Jarl Magnus’s nerves of steel waver, as the warrior fears his love for Lida will weaken him. But when his family is threatened, he’ll go to war to protect them, discovering along the way that they have the strength to protect themselves.

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About the Author:

Sandra Lake was raised in rural Canada and married her childhood sweetheart (who, like the heroes of her novels, is blond and on occasion shirtless). They are currently living happily-ever-after along with their musical sons and unruly husky.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Revved by Samantha Towle


Revved has everything that I love to read about in a story. The heroine Andressa(pronounced Undress Her) came out strong. She was level headed, she has rules and she has issues(which are valid).  Andressa hired as a new mechanic to racing star Carrick Ryan's team. When they do meet, the attraction is instant but Andressa knows Carrick's reputation as a man whore(which I adore!) and she sets her rule in place. As they are in constant contact due to the racing tour, little by little Andressa's rule is slowly being broken. What starts as friendship turns to sexual chemistry that can't be denied any longer. Carrick knows how to charm and woo and seeing this with Andressa was sweet and sexy. But, as the rules break, so do hearts. At times, Andressa was too much back and forth with her feelings with Carrick and Carrick definitely proved that he could be a cocky arsehole. At one point, I even shouted "AW HELL NO YOU JUST DIDN'T SAY THAT!" As communication is key to their relationship, it proves how much they do belong together. When the smoke is cleared, you'll be cheering for Carrick and Andressa to race to the finish line.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review of Bound by Honor by Cora Reilly

Oh how I reaaaaaalllllly liked this story. I almost loved it except for two things but two things are MY two things and don't want to spoil my two things if you do plan on reading the book. Capiche?

I will say that this is the most realistic story I read when a chica loses her virginity. Just had to put that out there.

In the world of the mafia, two enemy families will form an alliance of their first born children in marriage to protect their territory against other worldly mafias. Aria has fears of her betrothed Luca. She's heard stories on him and his reputation. Aria has lived a very sheltered life so when she finally connects with Luca, her fears are still there. They haven't had a chance to get to know each other and when their wedding night comes up, it becomes too much for Aria. Luca is a virile sexual man so when he can't get it from his wife... 

Luca and Aria's relationship takes time to develop. Words are spoken and while they open up little by little, it's thru touch that connects them. Bad stuff happens, good things happen, sexual stuff happens and I loved how they got thru it together. While the story is focused on Aria and Luca, other characters are also in the forefront and I'm looking forward to their stories


Monday, March 16, 2015

~Cover Reveal~ My Time in the Affair by Stylo Fantome

Stylo Fantome author of the Kane Trilogy has a new book releasing on May 2nd and we are so excited to share it with you! 

my time in the affair Synopsis
~Mischa~ I made a conscious decision to cheat on my husband. Now, before you judge me, hear my story. Hear how much I'm like you, how similar my thoughts are to your own. Yes, I'm a horrible person. Yes, I've done horrible things. Yes, I don't deserve forgiveness. Yes, bad things happened because of my actions. But I'm willing to bet I've done things that maybe, just maybe, you have thought of doing. Maybe, just maybe, you're not as innocent as you like to think. Or maybe I'm not so guilty ... WARNING: This book involves CHEATING. The word AFFAIR is in the title. The main character has an AFFAIR. In the synopsis (directly above), she states that she intentionally has an AFFAIR. If you don't like CHEATING, then you have been VERY WELL warned. Also, this book is primarily written in the third-person narrative. 

  my time in the affair cover reveal teaserExcerpt 
 “I can't do this,” she stated bluntly. He smiled. That annoying, smirky, sly smile. “And why not, Mischa?” he asked, his voice low as he folded his arms across his chest. “Because, I'm married. I don't want to hurt him. I like you, I really do, but I just … can't. I don't … I don't want this,” her voice fell into a whisper. “You don't want me?” Tal clarified. Misch looked away. “It's not that,” she sighed. “You do want me.” “That doesn't matter. I'm married.” “That didn't matter, two minutes ago.” “Well, it matters now.” “When was the last time he touched you like that?” She looked back at Tal. “A long time,” she replied. “How long?” “Months. I'm not sure. Maybe six, maybe more.” Tal stared at her for a long moment. His eyes wandered over her face, then down her body. Clear to her feet. Back up again, lingering at her hips and breasts before locking onto her eyes. “I would touch you like that everyday,” he said softly.
Stylo Fantome 
Crazy woman living in an undisclosed location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since ..., forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball - I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.
I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair - both a curse and a blessing - and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.
Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Soaring by Kristen Ashley

Excerpt for Blog Tour


By Kristen Ashley

Release date March 16, 2015: ebook and print

 “Hello, Boston Stone,” I greeted because I had no idea what else to say.

“You are?” he asked as I put the bags to the ground and touched the button on the trunk that would open it keyless.

As it glided open, I opened my mouth, doing it uncertain if I’d share my name or continue to try to brush him off, but I didn’t have the chance to decide.

I heard the word, “Babe,” growled from behind me.

I turned and saw Mickey stalking our way.

Not sauntering.

Not simply walking.


And he didn’t look happy.

“Mickey,” I called tentatively as a greeting, uncertain at his demeanor.

I hadn’t seen him since he hadn’t seen me (I hoped) at the movies.

He was in his firefighter-not-fighting-a-fire uniform of blue khakis and tee. His eyes were moving up and down my body. He still was unbelievably beautiful (that uniform…seriously).

He didn’t greet me back.

When he stopped, his gaze cut to Boston Stone and it went flinty.

“You need somethin’?” he asked incomprehensibly inhospitably.

“I was just helping this lovely lady with her groceries,” Stone responded.

“I got it,” Mickey stated flatly and then he got it. As in, he carefully pulled me back, grabbed the bags I was perfectly capable of picking up myself and placed them in my trunk.

He then went for the bag Stone was carrying, caught hold, but Stone didn’t let go.

“I can put it in the trunk myself, Donovan,” Stone clipped.

So they knew each other.

“As I said, I got it, Stone,” Mickey clipped back.

Yes, they knew each other.

The handles flattened as they both kept hold and pulled.

“Please!” I exclaimed. “We already had a wine incident. The sidewalk of Magdalene has been anointed with one red, let’s not anoint Cross Street with four.”

Mickey instantly let go and stepped back, running into me but he didn’t apologize or move away.

He stayed close, the back of his left side touching the front of my right.

It was at that point I noticed Mickey gave off a lot of heat.

Stone put the bag in my trunk, shut it and turned slowly to Mickey and me.

But he had eyes on Mickey.

“Are you two seeing each other?”

“That’s your business how?” Mickey asked as reply.

“It’s my business because, if you’re not, I’d like to request you leave so I can ask her to dinner,” Stone returned.

My head jerked as my body locked in shock.

“That’s not gonna happen,” Mickey growled.

My body stayed locked in shock but that didn’t mean my eyes didn’t fly to Mickey’s stony-faced profile in more shock.

“So you are seeing each other,” Stone remarked.

“Again, not your business,” Mickey bit out.

Stone’s expression turned shrewd. “And that’s something that would lead me to believe that the beautiful woman standing behind you is free to go to dinner with me.”

“You forget English?” Mickey asked. “I already answered that too.”

I butted in, “I think I can speak for myself, Mickey.”

He moved nothing but his head (though his torso shifted an inch) so he could look down at me.

His eyes were communicating again.

This time they were communicating the fact that he really didn’t like Boston Stone.

Considering what I knew of Mickey, this would be something that, along with my own natural aversion to Mr. Stone, would have made me decline the man’s invitation.

Unfortunately, Mickey added words to his look so this didn’t happen.

“You’re not goin’ out with this guy.”

Was he being serious?

He couldn’t tell me what to do. He wasn’t my father, my brother or my lover.

Heck, he barely knew me!

All he knew about me was that he didn’t want me. I was his…“attractive” neighbor who he now did not even walk over to beg recipes from (okay, so Aisling didn’t know of any other recipes I had, but whatever).

He didn’t even return my email!

And he was off with beautiful, statuesque redheads, smiling at them, taking them to movies.

He couldn’t tell me who I could and could not see.

“I’m not?” I snapped.

“No,” he turned fully to me, an ominous fully. “You are not,” he enunciated each word clearly.

“Sorry?” I asked sarcastically. “When did you become my big brother?”

He was still enunciating clearly, and dangerously, when he stated, “I absolutely am not your big brother.”

“No, you’re not,” I retorted, tossing my hair, which I hoped was shining in the sun. And with my hair toss, I further hoped my fabulous highlights caught the rays and gleamed. “You’re my neighbor. And if I want to go out with someone, you can’t say boo to the contrary.”

“This guy is an asshole,” he bit off, jerking his thumb at Boston Stone.

I felt my eyes get big and I got up on my toes, leaning into him, hissing, “That’s insufferably rude, Mickey Donovan.”

“It isn’t rude if it’s the truth.”

“You may think so but you don’t say it in front of the man in question.”

“You do if he’s as big of an asshole as this asshole is,” Mickey shot back.

My eyes got wider and I leaned closer. “Stop being nasty!” I demanded.

“You been in town, what?” he asked then answered with another question he didn’t expect a reply to. “A coupla months? I lived here my whole life and trust me, I’m savin’ you from a load of misery, this guy gets interested in you,” he returned.

I rocked down to my stilettos. “I am a big girl, Mickey. All grown up and everything. I do think I can make such decisions for myself.”

“You do, and they’re not what I’m tellin’ you to do, you’d be wrong.”

I glared at him.

Then I pushed right past him, hand lifted and got in the space of Boston Stone.

“Boston,” I said as he took my hand, grinning arrogantly and more than a little obnoxiously at me. “A belated nice to meet you. I’m Amelia Hathaway.”

His hand tightened in mine as he murmured, “Amelia.”

I pulled my hand from his, asking, “Do you know Cliff Blue?”

“Of course,” he replied, inclining his head in a pompous way that actually was kind of creepy.

“I live there,” I announced, doing another hair toss and powering beyond the creepy. “And I have plans this evening but I’m free tomorrow. Are you?”

“I wasn’t,” he replied. “But I’ll be making a phone call and I will be.”

“Excellent,” I decreed. “Seven?” I went on to ask.

“I’d be delighted,” he said softly, his eyes dancing with humor and I could see that too was relatively malicious.

I didn’t care.

I’d go out with him once, just to stick it to Mickey.

Then I’d be done with Boston Stone.

And anyway, I had about seven new outfits that would be perfect for a date and I knew this even though I hadn’t been on a date in two decades.

“I’ll see you then,” I said.

“You will, Amelia.” He dipped his chin to me. “Looking forward to it.”

“And me,” I replied.

He gave me another arrogant grin then transferred it to Mickey.

“Donovan,” he murmured.

Mickey didn’t reply.

Stone looked back to me. “Until tomorrow, Amelia.”

“Yes, Boston. And please, feel free to call me Amy.”

Mickey grunted.

Boston smiled before he turned and sauntered away.

I whirled on Mickey and tipped my head to the side. “See? All grown up and able to make decisions for myself.”

“What I see is a pattern here,” he retorted unpleasantly.

“Oh?” I asked with mock interest. “Do tell.”

Then Mickey told.

“First time I laid eyes on you, your ex was up in your face, cursing at you, threatening you, shouting right at you and acting like a total fucking dick. It’s obvious he’s rich and up his own ass and didn’t give a shit you were alone, and because of that, you probably felt unsafe. It was just as obvious you were lettin’ him use you as his punching bag. Even if no woman deserves the way he was speakin’ to you, he just kept right on punching. Now, you know that guy you just made a date with is a total asshole and you made that date anyway. So that’s your pattern. You open yourself up for assholes to shit all over you. And if that’s the way you like it, baby, then no way in fuck I’m gonna get in there to show you there’s another way.”

Before I could retort, he turned on his boot and prowled away.

It's refreshing when a new Kristen Ashley book that comes out. She still knows how to deliver a story that will connect any reader to certain characters and their actions. Ms. Ashley makes you FEEL and I'm all about the feels.

In Soaring, we meet Amelia. A divorced mother of two who is starting life anew to be closer to her children and to make amends from her behavior before, during and after her divorce. Her struggle is real. Her children saw her at her worst and that's what they took to heart and Amelia is trying to get her children to see past this. As with typical teenagers, harsh words and actions can cut and when they do cut, Amelia bleeds. As the story progresses, Amelia comes into her own again but it's not without some help from her brother, best friend, new friends, children and her front door neighbor Mickey.

We briefly met Mickey in The Will. We knew he was an attractive firefighter but he is also many other things. He's a father, communicator, chivalrous and a lover. At first, he fights his attraction to Amelia cause of her station but that doesn't last long cause he finally sees more to her and with her parting words she gives him at one particular scene, he mans up. As a family man, Mickey knows how divorce can hurt a family. The attention and worth Mickey gives Amelia is very endearing, pulls at your heart strings and makes you believe that there are good men out there. Their relationship takes work and I love how they just connect. Both of their children play a huge part into Soaring. Again, you get the feels.

Soaring will hit home to many who have gone thru what Amelia has. I've never been married nor have any children and this story still got me. I mean, I was a teenager. I said hurtful things and it made me realize that I was a little shit back then. The heart of Soaring is about how a woman can be broken down by life but when she finally finds her footing, her wings can take flight and soar thru life's adversities. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

Nalini is hands down one of my go to authors. I absolutely love the sensuality that she puts into her stories and with Rock Hard, it's one of the best. Not only is the sensuality one of my faves but I love the way she connects the characters with a slight touch, the looks they give each other, butterflies taking flight and the words they speak. It makes you feel and isn't that what we want in our stories?

We met the characters of Charlotte(Mouse) and Gabriel(T-Rex) in Rock Addiction and from what I was introduced, this was the couple that I absolutely wanted to know more about. 

Charlotte has issues that stem from a past relationship. Her trust has been broken and also her spirit. She is incredibly timid until it takes a certain T-Rex to bring her out of her shell. Gabriel is everything and then some. His patience with his "Mouse" is what endeared me more to him. As Charlotte's boss, Gabriel knows what buttons to push to see that spark shine since they're basically 24/7 together. 

Their relationship isn't easy but barriers are broken, trust is rebuilt and the love they give sustains them to an everlasting love.

We are also introduced to Gabriel's family which includes his brothers and I have a feeling that we won't be seeing the last of them. I haven't a clue as to who the next book will be about since this was primarily about Charlotte and Gabriel but whoever it is, I be one-clicking that ASAP.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

~Cover Reveal~ Hold On to Me by Lucia Franco

Release date: April 28th, 2015
Designer: Romantic Book Affairs
Genre: New Adult/Coming of Age
Series Standalone

John Jackson.
He’s a sweet talking Georgia boy, rough around the edges with an irresistible smile. John sets his sights on the new girl, determined to show her what his small town is about. But she isn’t as accepting as he thought and she rejects him at every turn.

The beauty and boldness of Alyssa Winters stirs John’s blood. She quickly works her way under his skin and becomes a constant in his life – his best friend, his other half. As the attraction between the two friends grows, John wants more.

She pushes, he pulls.

When one reckless night of fun wrecks havoc on John, Alyssa risks it all to ease his pain, giving him the one thing he desires most...her. But John’s sadness runs too deep, the damage, irreparable.

He runs, she falls.
John must work to prove himself. Despite everything, Alyssa is the one person he doesn’t want to live without. The stakes are high, and he’s willing to bet it all. Even if it means he’s left to suffer alone.


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