Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Teaser: The Director and the Don Juan by Katy Regnery

The Director and the Don Juan
By: Katy Regnery
Series: The Story Sisters #2
Release Date: June 30, 2017


From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a brand new series set on Blueberry Lane!

The Director and Don Juan is the second of four books about the Philadelphia-based Story sisters who are all on the look-out for love.

Heiress Alice Story left her father's company three years ago in a blaze of glory, inviting all of his employees to jump ship and join her, but only one accepted her offer: mail room clerk, Carlos Vega.

While Alice spent the next three years getting her own company off the ground, Carlos became her indispensable right-hand man -- executive assistant and office manager, loyal counsel and trusted co-worker.

And all the while, they were quietly falling in love with each other.

When Alice is offered a lucrative business deal in Puerto Rico, island-born Carlos is the perfect person to accompany her on her trip as translator, but as they travel together from Philadelphia to Santo Domingo to Ponce, two unlikely co-workers will discover that during their three years working together, their feelings for each other have grown far deeper than they ever could have guessed.

And though business-minded, proper Alice will try her very best to ignore the longings of her heart, scorching hot, insanely sexy Boricua, Carlos, has no intention of letting her go.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Teasers & Giveaway: Hearts on Air by LH Cosway

Hearts On Air by L.H. Cosway is live!!! Check out my review and the giveaway below!

Title: Hearts On Air
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: June 8, 2017

Book Description:
3 weeks. 5 cities. 15 impossible stunts. One reality show.

Trevor Cross came into Reya Cabrera’s world with a bang and faded out with a whimper. They vowed to make it work, but life had other plans. After chasing his TV dreams for years, Trev finally became the UK’s next big reality star, but he alienated his family and friends in the process. Now he finally has everything he ever wanted. Women. Money. Fame. But none of it means anything when he doesn’t have the one thing that matters most: love.

Money leaves a gaping hole. Fame surrounds him with loneliness. And no woman makes him feel like Reya used to before the whirlwind of success pulled them apart.

He has a plan to get her back. However, with a hectic filming schedule looming, the only way to do that is to convince her to come on the road with him. Reya has been stuck in a rut for a while, and the opportunity to travel across Europe and play her music for new audiences seems like heaven. The only catch? She has to do it with the one boy who ever got close enough to break her heart. But he’s not a boy anymore, and as she gets to know him again she can’t deny her respect for the man he’s become.

Every time she’s around him her heart feels full of air, like a balloon about to pop. Little does she know, Trev’s feelings are just as tumultuous as hers. One thing’s for sure, these three weeks on the road together will either make them whole again or break them irrevocably.

**Hearts on Air is a contemporary romance and book #6 in the Hearts series, however it can also be read as a complete standalone.**

(1) A signed paperback copy of the book
(1) Swag and a $50 Amazon giftcard
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 About the author:

L.H. Cosway lives in Dublin, Ireland. Her inspiration to write comes from music. Her favourite things in life include writing stories, vintage clothing, dark cabaret music, food, musical comedy, and of course, books. She thinks that imperfect people are the most interesting kind. They tell the best stories. L.H. is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Review, Excerpt, Giveaway: Salvaged by Jay Crownover

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jay Crownover continues her delightfully sexy Saints of Denver series with the next thrilling standalone, SALVAGED! Order your copy today!

Salvaged by Jay Crownover
(Saints of Denver #4)
June 20, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Contains: sex, language, previous triggers

Hudson Wheeler is a nice guy. Everyone knows it, including his fiancĂ©e who left him with a canceled wedding and a baby on the way. He’s tired of finishing last and is ready to start living in the moment with nights soaked in whiskey, fast cars, and even faster girls. He’s set to start living on the edge, but when he meets Poppy Cruz, her sad eyes in the most gorgeous face he’s ever seen hook him in right away. Wheeler can see Poppy’s pain and all he wants to do is take care of her and make her smile, whatever it takes.

Poppy can’t remember a time when she didn’t see strangers as the enemy. After a lifetime of being hurt from the men who swore to protect her, Poppy’s determined to keep herself safe by keeping everyone else at arm’s length. Wheeler’s sexy grin and rough hands from hours restoring classic cars shouldn’t captivate her, but every time she’s with him, she can’t help being pulled closer to him. Though she’s terrified to trust again, Poppy soon realizes it might hurt even more to shut Wheeler out—and the intense feelings pulsing through her are making it near impossible to resist him.

The only thing Poppy is sure of is that her heart is in need of some serious repair, and the more time she spends with Wheeler, the more she’s convinced he’s the only man with the tools to fix it.

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'Salvaged' is a beautiful ending to this series. Wheeler and Poppy's story was just the tender romance I was hoping it would be. We have these two individuals who have been through the ringer. Wheeler had his heart stomped on and betrayed by the girl he thought was his forever family and is now embarking on the unexpected journey of single fatherhood. Poppy was abused and terrorized by her family and ex-husband, leaving her damaged and slowly healing her life, her heart, and her trust.

But put these two sensitive, gentle, kindhearted souls together, and you get the magic of healing, of hope, of heart, and of the kind of happiness that these two beautiful souls deserved. I loved the sensitive way that this story was handled. There was a lot going on, not just emotionally, but with both Wheeler and Poppy's families. It was a lot to handle, and it was handled with just enough drama to keep things interesting, but just enough reality to bring out the best in Wheeler and Poppy.

I'm so happy we got Wheeler and Poppy's story. I'm sad this series is over, and selfishly I want more, but this was a beautiful way to wrap it all up.

“I don’t know that I have the time to take on a puppy right now, Poppy.” He lifted a hand and rubbed it across the back of his neck. His mahogany-colored eyebrows pulled into a vee over the top of his nose and the corners of his mouth pulled down in a frown that was too harsh for his pretty face. I liked it much better when he smiled and his twin dimples cut deeply into his cheeks. 

I bit my bottom lip to keep the distressed noise that I could feel climbing up the back of my throat at bay. I knew he might say no but I couldn’t hide the fact that I was disappointed by his decision. I honestly felt like he and the puppy would be good for one another, that they could bring a little joy into each other’s life. It broke my heart a little that Wheeler wasn’t ready to open his heart up again, even when it was to something that was so obviously eager to love him unconditionally and irrevocably, unlike his ex. 

“It’s okay, Wheeler. Like I said, I’ll take him home until I can find a place for him. I’m sure Dolly could use a friend.” I crouched down and wiggled my fingers to get the dog’s attention, and grinned when he bounded over, tripping over his front legs as he scrambled in my direction. “I can take him to work with me and hold on to him until I figure something out. One of the boys at the shop will step up if Dixie doesn’t want another dog.”

I heard him sigh and looked up to see him watching me intently. He opened his mouth like he was going to say something, then let it snap shut with his teeth audibly clicking together. I didn’t know much about Wheeler, but what I did know I liked. He was nice. He was polite. He was thoughtful and he was kind. But more than any of those things, he went out of his way to hold himself in a way that wasn’t threatening or intimidating because he was aware without me saying a word how jumpy I was around people, men in particular. I hated that they were bigger than me. I hated that I knew firsthand how badly they could hurt me if they had a mind to. I hated that I wilted and cowered under their attention, even if it was innocent and friendly. The fact that he took care not to spook me spoke volumes and made me feel awful for putting him in such an awkward position. 

“Poppy…” He sounded regretful and I had no interest in dragging the torture out any longer for either of us. I scooped up the dog and buried my nose in the top of his head. 

“Seriously it’s no big deal. I love him and I’m happy to wait until I can find him a proper home. It was stupid of me not to consider how busy you are with everything you have going on in your life right now. A puppy is a big commitment and that’s not something you can put on someone else without discussing it with them first.” The dog swiped his tongue across my face, no doubt feeling my distress and rising panic. I wanted to tuck his warm little body to my chest and run away like I was trying to score a touchdown in the other team’s end zone. “I should have known better.” 

Jay Crownover continues her Saints of Denver series with SALVAGED, available June 20, 2017

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About Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her dogs.        

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review: Blood & Bone by CC Wood

Blood & Bone by CC Wood
(Blood & Bone #1)
May 30, 2017
Genre: paranormal, romance
Contains: sex, language 18+

Chloe MacArthur has finally found her mate but he's the one wolf she can't have.

To save her heart from further pain, she leaves the pack that she's come to consider her family. Unfortunately, unfinished business leads her back to her childhood home and straight into a deadly game with shifters that will do anything to prevent her from learning the truth.

Ian Lachlan is in mourning. Nearly two years ago, he lost his mate but, thanks to Chloe, he's finally living again. When he wanted to give up and die, she saved him.

Now, Chloe is the one who needs help and Lachlan plans to return the favor. Intent on protecting her from her enemies, he follows Chloe and soon discovers that he wants far more from her than friendship. He wants everything she has to give.

But can either of them let go of the past long enough to reach for their future?

*Though this book features characters from the Bitten series, it can be read as a standalone. If you enjoy Chloe and Lach's story, you can read more starting with Bite Me (Bitten, #1) which is currently free!

Loved! I was completely hooked on this story. Having read the Bitten series, of which this is a spin-off of, I remembered the heartache Lachlan suffered at losing his previous mate. So finding him in this new series was awesome.

I loved Chloe. She had a heart of gold. And so much love and patience for Lachlan. But I also loved how Lach came alive in this story, and with Chloe's patience. Their love story was beautiful and touching. My heart really ached for them at times. And the drama and despicableness of Chloe's former pack and how those issues had to be resolved was gripping. I absolutely loved this story. The ending was perfect. I cannot wait for the next book.

If you love a strong shifter romance with a great plot and that special something, check this one out.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Review: Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti

Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti
(Blood Brothers #2)
May 16, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense 18+
Contains: language, explicit sex, serial killer

Lethal Lies is the second book in New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Zanetti's breathtaking romantic suspense series, Blood Brothers.

A deadly secret can't stay buried forever . . .

Revenge. It's the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars-even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can't do this alone.

Private investigator Heath Jones's job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it's personal. He knew the Copper Killer's latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he's all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath's identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath's every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they'll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.

'Lethal Lies' was an exciting follow-up to 'Deadly Silence.' The brothers are still on the hunt for the Copper Killer, but with the murder of Anya's FBI agent sister, things have heated up even more. After a media stunt, Anya has attached herself to Heath, and now both are being watched closely, not only by the police, but by the serial killer and Heath's past. But what starts as bait and strategy to catch the killer, turns into so much more for Heath and Anya.

What an exciting, thrill-ride! I mean, this isn't just one mystery to solve. This is catching a serial killer, avoiding the sadistic past who are trying to catch or kill you, and facing the risk of falling in love. And I loved being a part of the investigation. I didn't know who to trust. I felt stressed right alongside the characters. I didn't want to put this book down. Zanetti did a wonderful job keeping the suspense going until the very end.

I also loved Heath and Anya. Heath was this fascinating combination of sensitive and brutal. I mean, the guy rescues wounded animals. Gotta love that! But with his enemies, or threats to the ones he loves, he is an immovable wall. Anya was the right match for Heath. She captured his sensitive side, yet challenged his control and trust. She was gentle, yet strong and persistent, and I was so thankful she didn't fall into the stupid damsel-in-distress role. Putting these two together what the right combo.

These "brothers" are just what you'd want in a family - pure love and dedication. I cannot wait for Denver's story!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

New Release, Review & Giveaway: Dating-ish by Penny Reid

Dating-ish by Penny Reid
May 16, 2017
304 pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Contains: sex, language

There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris:
1) She’s fed up with online dating,
2) She’s so fed up, she’s willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and
3) She knows how to knit.

After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of human kind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:

Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he’s not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different—and crazier—solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?

I must be honest. I was so nervous about this book. I love that Penny Reid takes risks and writes about current things, intelligent characters, weird notions. That's what drew me to her stories. They are smart, funny, heartfelt, and genuine. But I also never know what to expect. So when I read that Marie would be exploring the notion of not needing a significant other and getting all her needs met by professionals, robots, etc, I had no idea what the outcome would be. Truly, this story could have gone in any direction. I could have loved it. I could have hated it.

Fortunately, I loved it!!

Now the journey was not easy. My heart hurt for Marie in the beginning. My heart just poured out its heartache and sympathy for Marie and her dating struggles. Those first few chapters, and Matt's idiocy, made me ache. Made me sad. I was like, "Penny Reid, make it better!" But truly, she nailed Marie's feelings. No superficiality here. And then the journey to finding an alternative to men, or significant others, took me on a ride that I truly appreciated. This could have easily been a one-dimensional joke, but instead it explored so many depths, even aspects I hadn't considered, and I really respected the journey.

But the journey was also fun and sweet and sexy and brought the zings. You see, Marie isn't actually alone in this explorative journey. There's this hot scientist named Matt who was along for the ride. They were really a fascinating couple, who wasn't actually a couple. I mean, we can all see how perfect they are for each other, but that would make this journey way too simple. So instead we get this beautiful slow-burn, partnership to friendship to more. We get heart-breaking misunderstandings and heartfelt, tender gestures. We have two people mending their hearts and exploring vulnerablity and want and love.

By the end, I was completely in love with Marie and Matt, and had mad respect for the depth of exploration Penny Reid brought to this story, even when it made me sad and uncomfortable, because the beautiful, sexy, sweet, yummy parts made up for everything else. Plus, we get the amazing 'Knitting' gang and their just as amazing male counterparts. I loved the tie-ins to the friendships, making this story all the better. This was a beautiful reluctant romance with a side of unconditional friendships. Marie and Matt stole my heart.

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Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Post: Weekly Wrap-Up (05.14)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news, recap the past week on your blog, showcase books, share upcoming news, etc. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme 

What I Read the Last 2 Weeks:
Ride Rough by Laura Kaye
Until It Fades by KA Tucker
Blood & Bone by CC Wood
While You Were Sleeping by Kathryn Croft

My Reviews Last Week:
No reviews - Life was just too busy this week. But I'll make up for it next week.

What I'm Reading Now:
Making It Right by Catherine Bybee