Friday, December 11, 2015

Review & Teaser: I'll Be Home For Christmas by Lori Wilde

I'll Be Home For Christmas
A Twilight, Texas Novel
Lori Wilde
October 27,2015
416 pages
Publisher: Avon Romance
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Nothing says Christmas like New York Times bestselling author Lori Wilde and Twilight, TX, and now Lori returns to Twilight for a brand new heartwarming holiday tale. The matchmaking members of the Cookie Club are up to their old tricks again!


Christmas in Twilight, Texas, is all merriment and mistletoe. The Cookie Club is whipping up their most festive sweets, the townspeople are scrambling to get their holiday shopping done, and Joe-a hometown guy with a restless heart-is dreaming about the woman he wants to kiss most…


…And who happens to be staying at his sister’s place over the holidays, while Joe’s sister is away. But Joe isn’t quite sure he wants to be a living Christmas present to runaway law student Gabi Preston.


Joe thinks the sassy sweetheart he nicknames “Trouble” won’t inconvenience anything but his healthy sex drive. But when he discovers the reasons Gabi escaped from her life, he aches to give her everything she’s never had. As the magic of the season draws them together, the gift of love is the only one worth giving…


If Twilight Texas is real, I'm immediately packing my bags and going there now! Lori Wilde's small town holiday romance is perfect to snuggle up with next to your fireplace with a warm glass of hot chocolate. Or wine. Or dog, cat...whatever. It's the perfect snuggle up book for the holiday season! Inspired by the movie The Vacation, Gabi decides to take a break from her life. Still grieving the loss of her brother, she's inspired by a snow globe to find that perfect town that's all about Christmas. She definitely finds it and more in Twilight! In a coincidental twist of fate the woman whom Gabi swapped homes with happens to have a brother. Who's hot. And looks good in a pair of wranglers. And who also happens to be her neighbor.


What I liked about this book is the predictability. I knew going in that Gabi was going to find a love interest, and I knew it was going to be Joe. What I enjoyed most about the book was the...unfolding of circumstances that allowed Gabi and Joe to become real for me. So often in romance novels the main love interests have situations that seem far-fetched so I appreciated the realistic qualities of the characters. Having that realistic quality also gave the characters depth. And who likes reading about flat, two dimensional characters anyways right? It's undeniable that Gabi and Joe are attracted to each other and it was entertaining to watch these two do the push-n-pull dance.



I'll be Home for Christmas was fun to read. It got me out of my reading slump and in turn I discovered a new genre I enjoy. I'm classifying this new genre as my guilty pleasure reading. If you enjoy reading small town romances I highly recommend Lori Wilde's Twilight Texas series. I'll definitely be picking up the rest of the books in this series!



EXCERPT

Gabi got out of the car and her designer heels sank into the damp earth. Not the proper footwear for navigating a pasture’s bumpy terrain. Maybe she should buy a pair of cowboy boots. Better yet, maybe she should get a motel room. What had she been thinking? In truth? She hadn’t fully thought this through. That’s what she got for not asking for details. An adventure was what she’d wanted and that’s what she’d gotten. Purposefully, she readjusted her chin, her spine, and her attitude. Okay. Bring it. She was on board with whatever circumstances threw her way. This was part of her journey. Had to embrace the new in order to strip away the old, right? The domed tent sat atop a plain wooden deck. Off to one side was a large chicken coop, and a black and white cow grazed contentedly in the field. Animals? Was she supposed to be taking care of animals? Katie hadn’t said a word about animals. Her heart, which had been nesting in her stomach, glided right on down to her shoes. Gabi had never had a house pet, much less been around farm animals. She hiccupped. Her lungs tightened and her head buzzed dizzily. Calm down. It was okay. She could handle this. Momentarily, she closed her eyes, let the fear wash over her and away, then brusquely dusted her palms. Move forward. The sun was sinking toward the horizon, bumping through gray clouds, sending cool fingers of winter to silver the long grass ruffling in the breeze. The scent of the lake and Christmas tree pine tinged the air, smelling both earthy and sur-real. She paused on the deck of the tent house, in-haled deeply, and listened to the silence. The chirp of a bird. The whisper of the wind. The gentle sound of her own breathing. Ah, peace. Nice. Very nice. She could get used to this. The ping of a metal axe against wood cut the quiet. Gabi lifted her head and glanced around. Less than fifty yards separated her from the Christmas tree farm, and through the branches of the trees she spied a man chopping at a fir that he felled in three easy whacks. He wore a blue flannel shirt that rippled in the back every time he swung the axe. The sleeves of his shirt were rolled up to the elbows, exposing forearms corded with muscles and giving her a show of strength, agility, and timing as he picked up the downed tree and tossed it effortlessly onto a flatbed trailer parked down the row of trees. Her gaze dropped to his masculine backside hugged by a pair of faded Levi’s. Uh- oh, she knew that butt. It was the same scrumptious ass she’d seen less than half an hour earlier at the coffee shop. It was He- Man.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Surviving Ice by K.A. Tucker Excerpt + Giveaway

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for K.A. Tucker's SURVIVING ICE! SURVIVING ICE is a standalone romantic suspense novel and is the fourth book in K.A. Tucker's Burying Water Series, published by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Grab your copy today!

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The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths series and Burying Water—which Kirkus Reviews called “a sexy, romantic, gangster-tinged page-turner”—returns with a new novel packed with romance, plot twists, and psychological suspense. 

Ivy Lee, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her twenties on the move, is looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have finally found it working in her uncle’s tattoo shop in San Francisco. But all that changes when a robbery turns deadly, compelling her to pack up her things yet again.

When they need the best, they call him. That’s why Sebastian Riker is back in California, cleaning up the mess made after a tattoo shop owner with a penchant for blackmail got himself shot. But it’s impossible to get the answers he needs from a dead body, leaving him to look elsewhere. Namely, to the twenty-something-year-old niece who believes this was a random attack. Who needs to keep believing that until Sebastian finds what he’s searching for. Ivy has one foot out of San Francisco when a chance encounter with a stranger stalls her departure. She’s always been drawn to intense men, so it’s no wonder that she now finds a reason to stay after all, quickly intoxicated by his dark smile, his intimidating strength, and his quiet control. That is, until Ivy discovers that their encounter was no accident—and that their attraction could be her undoing.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Review: Once Kissed by Cecy Robson

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Once Kissed is the first installment in the O'Brien series, this installment is Contessa and Curran's story.
It's a quick read but I won't be putting it in my re-read pile. The writing was okay, the story had promise but it was lacking depth and dimension. There was nothing for me to "sink" into it.

1.) Tess: how can you work in the DA's office and be so damn fragile! The character development coupled with the career path didn't work for me. To be a prosecutor you have to be headstrong and feel confident wielding one's personal power and Tess was more like the mail room clerk with her fragility. In a fictional world I like to see my leading ladies make sense. And Tess did not make sense to me. Perhaps if I'd had better history I would speak differently but the very few and small glimpses we get to her past/childhood aren't much to hold onto to in terms of justifying her weak character.

2.) The blip of action/excitement at the end was just...what? Oddly placed and moreover wrongly timed. I will not speak on it further for fear of revealing spoilers. I will say that I sniffed a bit of a Fifty "inspiration" on this scene which, I'm glad this happened towards the end of the book because....fifty and all that.

3.) Curran's character was nothing special. He's quite crass and rude and while I believe the author was going for a studly, jock-like demeanor the development of his character didn't quite bring that to fruition. Although I didn't dislike him, he's unforgettable at best. Nothing swoon worthy or remember worthy about him.

Once Kissed being my first foray with this author, I'm not completely writing her off. I've heard positive things about her pnr series so I will check those out before I make my final decision. I'm not sure if she's written contemporary romance previously and while the writing was okay, the story was flat. It could have been good with better development. It didn't cause me to have any of the "feels" I so crave with my romances. All in all just meh.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Forever With You by Jennifer Armentrout Giveaway + Excerpt


We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout's FOREVER WITH YOU! FOREVER WITH YOU is a standalone New Adult contemporary romance being released on September 29th, and is the fifth book in the Wait For You Series, published by Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. Grab your copy of this incredible addition to Jennifer's Wait For You Series and see what everyone is talking about!

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Synopsis: 
In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand… Some things you just believe in, even if you've never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It's out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she's got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph's eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away. Nick's self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he's knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she's building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can't walk away. Not when she's the only one who's ever made him wish for forever . . .   

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Praise for FOREVER WITH YOU:

 “Armentrout packs a powerful emotional punch in her fifth Wait for Younew adult contemporary (after Fall with Me)... Armentrout tugs at the heartstrings while delivering an intense, gripping tale.” –Publishers Weekly

“Armentrout presents an emotional installment in her Wait for You series…[she] does it again, presenting a fast-paced tearjerker that fans will devour.”–Booklist



EXCERPT

I spotted Roxy and her blue glasses toward the back of the busy restaurant. The walkways between the booths were crowded with racing kids covered in sticky jelly and older people trying to rein them in as I made my way toward them.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Review:Losing Control by Jen Frederick

Losing Control (Kerr Chronicles #1)
Jen Frederick
Montlake Romance
8/2/2015
258 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
**** 4 Stars
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 Welcome to a world few people know. A world where the hottest bedroom desires become a reality and where good girls like Victoria “Tiny” Corielli shed their sweetness for carnal, bad-girl pleasures.

Victoria nurses her mother through cancer treatments and works long hours as a New York City bike courier to pay for the roof over their heads. When a suspiciously high-paying delivery job thrusts her into the arms of impossibly attractive businessman Ian Kerr, Victoria is sorely tempted to enjoy his attentions and his chiseled body, if only to forget her responsibilities for a while…no matter the cost.

Kerr seems to have it all: money, power, and charisma to spare. What he doesn’t have: revenge on an old nemesis, but he intends to get it. Kerr is prepared to cast innocent Victoria as the lure in his vengeful plot. Yet the more they explore midtown Manhattan—and each other—the more she means to Ian. Will it be too late for him to stop the dangerous plan he’s already put into motion?


My Review 

At first glance, reading the blurb, it seems like your typical poor girl/rich guy romance.  A knockoff of Fifty.  Because I mean, who didn't ride on that coat tail right? I usually pass up any books that have hints of fifty anywhere in the story but the cover drew me in.  And if I'm going to be honest, I requested this book solely on it's cover before even reading the synopsis.   I took a gamble on this book and I was well rewarded.  Like I said the cover drew me in but the characters made me stay.

Victoria, or Tiny as she's called in the book was a strong, believable and *gasp* like-able character.   Ian as well.  He wasn't arrogant as billionaires typically are.  He had the alpha-male qualities with none of the typical drawbacks.  He was thoughtful, sweet and caring.  Likable.  Believable.  

Tiny's a bike messenger (which earned her major points in my book) and while she lives a mediocre life  she's happy with her life.  Until her mom gets bad news that her cancer has come back.  While it effects Tiny tremendously, she puts on a brave face for her mom.  Having gone through this battle once before, they both try their hardest to keep moving.  But her salary as a messenger won't cut it. Seeing as they live on the fifth floor of their apartment and her mom's illness there's just no way that's gonna work.  Taking up a second job to make ends meet, she runs into Ian-literally-and so their cat & mouse chase begins.   And I loved it! He was relentless in his pursuit and while it was hard for Tiny to keep her wits about her she did a stellar job of maintaining her sense of modicum and pride.  

Watching their attraction build amidst the backdrop of danger and sadness allowed their relationship a depth that would have otherwise floated in shallow waters.  Even with the plot twist with Ian's past history and his intention to make right what was wrong, the fact that he was able to allow his love for Tiny to change him in a positive way was just so damn convincing!

I really enjoyed this book.  The pacing was great, the story even better! A must read for those of you who enjoy sexy alpha heroes and sizzling romance. 

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Blog Tour: 1001 Dark Nights by Lorelei James excerpt

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We are so excited to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for Lorelei James' STRIPPED DOWN! STRIPPED DOWN is a Blacktop Cowboys Series Novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. It is due to be released on September 1, 2015! Grab your copy today!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Summer's Sweet Embrace blog tour + Giveaway


Summertime love is always the sweetest. These eight sweet tales of summer romance are the perfect companion for a day at the lake or the beach. 


Summer’s Sweet Embrace, a sweet romance anthology

Author: Various
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: August 19, 2015

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Blog Tour: The Scene by Roxy Sloane Review & Teaser

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Miami. The city of sex, sin — and secrets.
I came here with one mission: solve the mystery behind my brother’s death. Somebody’s got answers. Somewhere, I’ll find what I’m looking for.
I didn’t bet on Xavier. He’s my way into the scene — and my biggest threat. I should keep my distance, but I can’t stay away.
I'm playing with fire, and I just pray I don't get burned.
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My Review

Sun, Sand and Sex.  Those three words perfectly describe The Scene by Roxy Sloane.  Set in the high society scene of Miami we meet Nikki & Xavier.  It's a chance meeting between two and they soon discover they have more in common than their physical attraction. 

Nikki has relocated to Miami to find out what's happened to her brother.  He unfortunately had a tragic accident and she doesn't believe what the police and other people are claiming happened to him.  So she sets out to play detective to find out the real story.  Enter Xavier, your quintessential billionaire bachelor.  He's hot, loaded, with a never ending sex drive all wrapped in this chivalrous, sexy man.  Seriously, he's THE package.  Where can I get one of these??! 

As I read each Novella, I was convinced that Xavier was more than meets the eye.  This is the genius of Ms. Sloane! She kept me guessing throughout each book and just when I thought I had it figured out she throws in this plot twist that seriously had me whipping my head so fast I thought I may have given myself whiplash.  It was awesome! And a great way to end this serial series.  

The character development was evident despite the pace and shortness of each book.  The plot is well developed which provided a steady & solid pace for the crescendo.  And let me tell you, once you've come down from the high of the story, you will be left feeling satisfied.  I was. 

The Scene gave me everything I enjoy reading in a book.  Romance, Depth, Character development and clear, solid writing. 


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fallen Crest University by Tijan Teaser + Giveaway

 Sam & Mason return in Fallen Crest University!
Now Available!

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Upcoming Novel by an Erotica Mastermind!

Ella Frank is coming out with a new erotic paranormal series! If you haven't read any of Ella Frank's works you are seriously missing out! Now is your chance to get acquainted with an erotica mastermind.  Trust me, you won't be disappointed.





A dangerous allure…

Alasdair Kyriakous is one of the most feared and ruthless vampires in existence. Bestowed eternal life by the Ancient Vasilios, his name carries much weight across the continents.

But he is a mystery to his kind, an anomaly among the self-indulgent. While he enjoys the pleasures of the flesh, he is exceptionally particular in who he takes them from, priding himself on his ironclad self-control. 

Yet with one look, and one man, his control will become a thing of the past, and Alasdair will discover—eternal life doesn’t always last forever…



A deadly attraction…

Thrust into a world he never knew existed, Leo Chapel has awoken in his worst nightmare. One that is being orchestrated by the dangerously, mesmerizing vampire, Alasdair.

He’s taken him hostage, convinced that Leo is hiding something after he managed to incapacitate him, and has vowed to do whatever is necessary to discover what that is—even if Leo himself has no clue.



A forbidden desire that could destroy a race…

Brought together by a force neither are aware of, both Alasdair and Leo are ignorant that they are pawns to a higher power. All they know, is the more time they spend trying to uncover the others secrets, the stronger the attraction becomes.

But enemies are watching, from afar and from within, and when decisions that will alter lives and destinies have to be made—can a dead grey heart learn to beat again?

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The minute she began her love affair with reading, she became an avid supporter of the romance genre and has never looked back.



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