Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis: Release Day Launch with Excerpt, Review, and $25 Giftcard Giveaway

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From New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis comes a captivating story of love, second chances and new beginnings...

THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE, the second standalone novel in Jill Shalvis's Heartbreaker Bay Series, is out today! Check out the excerpt below and grab your copy of this fantastic new novel today!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review: Hard to Hold by Katie Rose from Loveswept

Hard to Hold
by Katie Rose
Published:  September 13. 2006
Publisher:  Loveswept

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“Katie Rose writes sexy, skilled sports heroes who know how to treat a woman right!” raves Wendy S. Marcus. Now the award-winning author of the Bad Boys of Baseball series introduces a team of soccer stars who score on and off the pitch.

New Jersey Hurricanes striker Logan Hart lives for the grind of training, the adrenaline of competition, and all the perks of the road—until his ex hands him a baby and tells Logan to raise her on his own. He’s eager to pass this bundle of joy into more capable hands and get back to his hard-playing, hard-partying ways. But when a beautiful, blond drill sergeant of a nanny turns Logan’s life upside down, he sets a new goal: winning her heart.

Isabella Bennett takes pride in teaching the rich and famous how to become loving families. Her no-nonsense style is just what Logan and his crying, copper-haired cutie need. So why can’t she get the image of Logan’s tanned, muscular body out of her head? Isabella’s here to whip a new father into shape, not fall for a sexy ladies’ man. But their chemistry is too tantalizing to ignore, much like the temptation to trust someone with her deepest secrets—and embrace a loving family all her own.

My Thoughts:  I really enjoy Katie Rose's books.  She writes the kind of contemporary romance that you can just sit back and lose yourself in....enjoyable, fun, and romantic, and Hard to Hold is just that kind of book.  Logan is the on so swoon-worthy soccer player whose status is changed to that of new dad in the blink of an eye.  Isabella is the new Nanny, who is the best at what she does, but also beautiful, which does not go unnoticed by Logan.  They try to keep things professional, but that proves to be quite difficult, despite both their best efforts.  The one wonderful thing to come out of his one-night-stand is Cinnamon, the beautiful little red-headed bundle of joy that Logan and everyone else who meets her can't help falling in love with.  

Logan and Isabella do, of course, have their share of obstacles to overcome as their relationship progresses and issues with the permanency of Cinnamon's custody status comes into play, and I love the way Logan's character develops into a stand-up and standout dad in this process.

Hard to Hold is a wonderful beginning to Katie Rose's new Hard to Play series.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next installment.  

Review: Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti

Shadow Falling
Scorpius Syndrome #2
by Rebecca Zanetti
Published:  August 30, 2016
Publisher:  Zebra
Sold by:  Penguin Random House

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Before the Scorpius Syndrome tore through North America and nearly wiped out the population, Vivienne Wellington was the FBI’s best profiler. The bacteria got her anyway. But she survived. She recovered. And when she woke up from a drug-nightmare of captivity, her skills as a hunter of men had gone from merely brilliant to full-on uncanny. Her mysterious rescuer wants her to put them to the test. But no matter how tempting he is, with his angel’s eyes and devil’s tongue, Vinnie knows she shouldn’t trust him.

If the FBI were still around they would rate Raze Shadow as one of the bad guys. His military training can’t wipe out his association with the Mercenaries, the most feared gang in a thousand miles. His loyalties are compromised. He won’t even tell Vinnie his real name. But there’s no FBI in the new America of fear and firepower, only instinct and risk. 

And the way his arms wrap around Vinnie tells its own story. Whatever else Raze is concealing, he can’t hide his desire . . .

My Thoughts:  Shadow Falling is the second book in Rebecca Zanetti's Scorpius Syndrome Series, and though I haven't read the first book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to go back and read Mercury Rising.   Set in a post-apocolyptic world where the majority of the human race has been infected by a mysterious virus that has killed many, left many completely crazy and out of their mind, others partially insane, and some sane, but dependent on vitamin B to survive.  The few that haven't been infected are few and far between.  Raze is a mercenary and the hero of this book.  Vinnie is the female lead who he has rescued and is falling for, despite his attempts not to.  He has a secret agenda, however, one he doesn't want to carry out, yet one he has to, despite his growing feelings for this woman.

They live on a compound which is comprised of those not infected, and those sane, but dependent on the serum in order to continue to be that way.  Danger lurks at every corner and requires constant vigilance, determination, and battle in order to survive.  Raze finds himself in one of the fiercest battles of all, along with his new companions, as they work together to both save and keep safe those they love.  They find themselves in an alliance with those they aren't sure they can trust, in the middle of a battle they aren't sure they can win.

Shadow falling has danger, excitement, suspense, and romance all wrapped up into one.  If you enjoy post-apocolyptic novels, then the Scorpius Syndrome Series by Rebecca Zanetti is one you most definitely will want to check out.
4 Hearts

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Blog Tour: The One Real Thing by Samantha Young with Excerpt, Review, and Giveaway

THE ONE REAL THING 
by Samantha Young
Published:  September 6, 2016
Publisher:  Berkley

About the book:
Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…
While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life.  Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.
Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations.  But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her.
Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for…
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THE ONE REAL THING by Samantha Young
Blog Tour Excerpt 
Why did it feel like having sex had complicated things so much? Usually sex was complication-free for me.
But before that night I’d been completely sure that Cooper was interested in exploring something more with me, and now I was freaking out that his interest would wane now that he’d had me.
I shook my head slowly. “No. It was good.”
He scowled, his arms tightening around me so much there wasn’t an inch of space between us. “It was better than fucking good, Jessica.”
I scowled back and pushed at his chest for some breathing space. “Well, I’m sure you’d know all about that.”
“What the fuck does that mean?”
“You use the word ‘fuck’ a lot.”
“It’s a good fucking word.”
I was tempted to laugh at how disgruntled he sounded and he seemed to catch my amusement because his hold on me eased.
“What’s going on in your head, Jess?”
I thought about evading this conversation. I’d never had to have an adult, open conversation with a man about sex. However, I realized, somewhat reluctantly, if I wanted something more with Cooper Lawson I was going to have to give him more than I was used to giving.
I couldn’t change his past, but I could figure out what it was he wanted in the future by just being honest and asking the question.
“You still want something with me, right? This”—I gestured behind me to the table—“it wasn’t just about sex.”
“No,” he said. “It’s not just about sex.”
As I heaved a sigh of relief, he let go of my waist to cup my face in his hands, dipping his head down to mine so our noses almost touched. He stared deep into my eyes and I shivered. I felt like he was trying to see right into my soul.
“I’m in this for the long haul, Doc. I was before you walked into my bar tonight, but now, after the best fucking sex of my life, after how wild that was, there’s no way I’m letting you walk out of here without me.”
And there he went doing it again.
His words resonated deep within me along with giving me that deep, sexual belly flip of arousal.
My fingers curled into the top of his biceps. “Best sex of my life, too,” I murmured. “It stunned me a little. Confused me . . . I thought maybe . . . you . . . this was old hat for you . . .”
He gave me a crooked grin. “You think I make a habit of fucking women in my bar.”
“You could,” I said. “You are definitely a man who could pull that off.”
Cooper threw his head back in laughter and I pressed my body deeper into his to feel his joy.
And then he wrapped his arms around me and hugged me.
Just as I’d suspected, he was a really good hugger.
When he pulled back he was smiling gently at me. “You’re the only woman I’ve had in my bar.” He let me go only to take my hand in his. “No one sits at that table anymore.” He gestured to the scene of the best sex we’d both ever had. “It’s now a shrine.”
“You can’t do that!” I was mortified at the possibility of people finding out why there was a table in Cooper Lawson’s bar that no one was allowed to sit at.
“I can. It’s my bar. I think I’ll even carve ‘Coop and Doc were here’ on it.”
Finally getting that he was joking, I made a face. “Funny.”
“You’re slow on the uptake tonight,” he teased.
“My brain was just frazzled by the orgasm to beat all orgasms.”
He squeezed my hand. “You up for more brain frazzling?”
I shivered at the thought. “Definitely.”
His eyes darkened. “Let’s go back to my place.”
Exhilarated by the prospect, I followed him, and it wasn’t until we’d stepped outside the bar into the cool night air that I said, “I don’t suppose you know where my panties are?”
“I do, actually.” He led me to the back of his bar to the parking lot. A dark-colored GMC was the only truck there.
“Um . . . could I have them, please?”
He stopped me at the passenger side of the truck, pressing me up against the car. “Why?” he whispered against my lips before he kissed me deeply. He came up for air a few seconds later. “You’re not going to need them where we’re going.”
The nagging pressure between my legs increased. “You are so very, very good at stringing the exact right words together.”
He kissed me again.
“You’re just good with your mouth in general,” I murmured.
Cooper grinned and brushed his lips over mine. “In the truck, Doc.”


My Review:  The One Real Thing by Samantha Young is a great beginning to what looks to be a fantastic series.  The story takes place in the beautiful town of Hartwell.  Dr. Jessica Huntington finds herself after making a discovery while working as a prison doctor, with the intention of possibly bringing hope, help, closure, and peace to someone else on behalf of another someone who never had the chance to do it themselves.  Driven by her dark past, Jessica feels guilty and unworthy much of the time, with the events of said past having shaped her perception and actions in the present.

Circumstances soon cause Jessica to find herself in the oh-so-very-hot presence of bar owner Cooper Lawson, a man she can't seem to resist, while at the same time trying to convince herself that resisting his magnetic pull is exactly what she needs to do.  Cooper Lawson is hot, sexy, protective, and definitely alpha, but he has also has been wounded by his past, leaving him gun-shy when it comes to relationships that involve more than sex....that is until he meets Dr. Jessica Huntington, who he can't seem to stop thinking about.  He knows he wants her, and she wants him more than anything as well,  but past secrets that have been buried deep threaten to take that away from both of them.

I loved both Cooper and Jessica's characters and their romance, with all its ups and downs, and especially all the really hot times as well.  The story line was great, and despite the heartache, the joy that ensued makes everything worth it.  The secondary characters were also phenomenal, and I can't wait until the next installment is ready in order to start reading about them as well.  Fans of Samantha Young will definitely want to check this series out, as well as contemporary romance fans in general. 
The One Real Thing is a great read and definitely something I would recommend checking out. 
 Hearts 4.5

About the author: Samantha Young is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series, including Moonlight on Nightingale WayEchoes of Scotland Street, and Fall from India Place, as well as the standalone novel Hero. She resides in Scotland.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Review: Wild Embrace by Nalini s

Wild Embrace
(Psy-Changeling #15.5)
by Nalini Singh
Publisher:  Berkley
Published: August 23, 2016

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The “alpha author of paranormal romance”* presents a stunningly sensual collection of four all-new Psy-Changeling novellas, in which taboos are broken, boundaries are crossed, and instincts prove irresistible...

Echo of Silence 
In a deep-sea station, Tazia Nerif has found her life’s work as an engineer, keeping things running smoothly. But she wants nothing more than to break down the barrier of silence between her and her telekinetic Psy station commander...

Monday, August 22, 2016

Cupcake Overload by Bethany Lopez: Release Day Blitz


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Today we are sharing the release of CUPCAKE OVERLOAD by Bethany Lopez. This book is a romantic comedy/suspense title that is the 2nd book in the Cupcakes series. Check out the book information below and grab it during the release week sale!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Midnight Soul by Kristen Ashley: Release Day Blitz with Excerpt and Giveaway

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MIDNIGHT SOUL is here! This amazing fantasy takes place in our world and a parallel universe where fantasies are true…but perhaps not all you would expect. MIDNIGHT SOUL is the highly anticipated finale to Kristen Ashley’s bestselling Fantasyland Series. Be sure you check out the excerpt and giveaway below and order the final novel in this amazing series today!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

Review: Dirty for Me (Motor City Royals #1) by Jackie Ashenden

Dirty for Me
Motor City Royals #1
by Jackie Ashenden
Published: July 26, 2016
Publisher:  Kensington
Sold by:  Penguin Random House

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Ezekiel "Zee" Chase has a complicated past. Born into a family whose wealth grew from the seedy world of big-time crime, he ran away as a teenager and made a home for himself on the streets of Detroit. By day, the mechanic works at a local garage. But by night, he throws down with the best of them in Detroit's gritty underground fighting scene. With all those muscles, he's never had trouble with women--until he meets one who challenges him to the greatest fight of his life. . .

Tamara Eliot is a hardworking corporate high-flyer who appreciates the finer things in life, from her expensive perfume to her designer handbags. More than anything, though, she likes to be in control--and when Zee explodes into her life, she feels anything but. He's the definition of a bad boy: brash, fiery, and of course, irresistibly hot. And there's a darkness about him that keeps her coming back for more. As Zee takes Tamara deeper into a world she never knew existed, she just might prove to be the one opponent he won't be able to dominate--at least not without some pleasurable convincing . . .
 

Cover Reveal: Every Little Thing by Samantha Young

EVERY LITTLE THING by Samantha Young
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Always YA at Heart is so excited to be part of the cover reveal for EVERY LITTLE THING by New York Times bestselling author, Samantha Young! The second book in the new Hart’s Boardwalk series returns to the picturesque Delaware beachside town for another heartfelt and sexy story…
Hartwell, Delaware—the perfect place to get away from it all, and find what you never knew you needed…
 
Bailey Hartwell has many reasons to feel content—her successful business, a close circle of friends, and her steady boyfriend…even if their romance feels staid after ten years without a serious commitment. The only challenge in her life comes in the form of sexy businessman Vaughn Tremaine. She thinks the ex-New Yorker acts superior and that he considers her a small-town nobody. But when Bailey’s blindsided by a betrayal, she’s shocked to discover Vaughn is actually a decent guy. 
 
Vaughn admires Bailey’s free spirit, independence, and loyalty. As his passion for her has grown, his antagonism toward her has only worsened. Every little thing Bailey does seduces him. But when Vaughn’s painful emotional past makes him walk away in fear he will hurt her, it opens an old wound in Bailey, and she uncharacteristically retreats.

Once Vaughn begins to realize he’s made the biggest mistake of his life, he has no choice but to fight like he’s never fought before to convince Bailey that the love they’ve found together only comes around once in a lifetime.

We can’t wait for Bailey and Vaughn’s story! But in the meantime, we’re looking forward to the first book, The One Real Thing, that goes on sale September 6th! Pre-order the first book in the Hart’s Boardwalk series today!
Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts…

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life.  Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.
Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations.  But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her.
Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for…
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About the author: Samantha Young is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series, including Moonlight on Nightingale WayEchoes of Scotland Street, and Fall from India Place, as well as the standalone novel Hero. She resides in Scotland.

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