Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Game Changer by Collette West!

Blurb:
Young, rich, and unaware of how seriously hot he is, Brooks Davidson is tearing it up as the latest shortstop for the New York Kings, despite his tendency to blush whenever girls scream his name.

When a healths care forces his best friend, Kyle Roberts, off the team, no one can stomach the thought of replacing him, especially so close to the playoffs.

Until Kyle's sister, Sasha steps in, convincing management to let her take his place. The idea of signing the first female player in Major League history proves too tempting for the Kings to resist.

Nevertheless, brooks doesn't want any part of it. Sasha is Kyle's sister, not some sideshow. Yet when Kyle takes a turn for the worse, Brooks promises to do everything in his power to help Sasha win a championship for him. Because there's no way he's letting either of them down. Not now, not ever.

Review:
Game Changer is a refreshing new take on the genre of sports romance. Baseball is the all American game, the boys club. Well this boys club just got a new member in the form of a pretty little lady named Sasha. Sasha grew up playing softball, she has skills, but enough to skills to make it with the big boys? Her goal, make the team and survive the season through the playoffs, hopefully holding her brother's spot available for when/if he is able to return to the game.

Brooks is her brothers best friend, she's had a crush on him her entire life, but to Brooks she's always been the little sister... or has she? Brooks started having feelings for Sasha after spending time with her at her brother's wedding, but when his BFF gives him strict orders to stay away from his little sister, this good ole' boy does as he is told.. well he tries to anyway.

When Kyle gets sick and Sasha comes up with this crazy plan to play for the Kings, Brooks unconditionally supports her, but the more time he spends with her, the harder it is to fight his feelings and keep his promise to his friend and to complicate matters, now that Sasha is his teammate the prospect of a relationship is even slimmer.

I loved Brooks and Sasha. Brooks is not your typical womanizing professional baseball player, he comes across as sweet and caring. Sasha is such a likable heroine, she puts her life on hold to do something unconditionally for her brother. The building chemistry between these two is palpable and I for one couldn't wait to see where their story would lead. I love a good sports romance and Game Changer was even better than I expected. I am giving Game Changer 4.5 STARS and I can't wait to see where this author goes next.

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Author Info:
Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation of the written word were installed in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports+romance= a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fan girl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at: collette_west@yahoo.com.

She's the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME Changer

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Friday, September 5, 2014

BOOK PROMO & GIVEAWAY:
Kiss Me Captain by Gwen Jones


Kiss Me, Captain: French Kiss # 2
By: Gwen Jones
Releasing August 26th, 2014
Avon: Impulse


Blurb
French billionaire Marcel Mercier loves women. And there's a string of broken hearts across two continents to prove it. But as CEO of Mercier Shipping, he's got more important things to worry about . . . like why the charter company he just purchased in the United States is suddenly the center of an international media firestorm.

Now that big, bad Mercier Shipping owns Captain Dani Lloyd's ship, she's sure her job is at stake. But she won't go down without a fight—even if it means chaining herself to the mast of the Esther Reed and refusing to set foot on shore.

The delectable captain and her newsworthy dramatics are a PR nightmare, but Marcel is happy to let Dani prove her skills on a weeklong sail to Boston. He knows no woman can resist him for that long . . . in fact, he's counting on it.

But Marcel's plan to seduce Dani backfires as sparks fly between the billionaire playboy and the passionate captain. Which leaves Marcel realizing that winning her heart is a challenge he can't afford to lose.

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Gwen Jones has an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Connecticut State University and is an adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Mercer County Community College. Gwen is a fabulously talented and creative writer who mirrors the style of Nora Roberts with depth of character, intelligence and humor. She is currently working on another brilliant romance, with an expected completion in the Summer of 2013. She is a member of Liberty States Fiction Writers, The Romance Writers of America, and blogs at http://gwenjoneswrites.com.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Crazy for Her by Sandra Owens


Blurb:
When his best friend and fellow Navy SEAL, Evan Prescott, died in his arms on the battlefield,

Logan Kincaid gave his word to watch over Evan's widow. But for two years he kept his distance... torn between honoring his solemn vow and succumbing to his secret love for his fallen comrades wife. But when Dani Prescott desperately reaches out to Logan for the help only he can give, he rushes to her side- determined to fight for her safety as fiercely as he fights against his own buried desire.

Someone claiming to be her husband is stalking Dani and her infant daughter, making them virtually prisoners in their remote country home. Logan's elite military training and high-risk security expertise have outmatched more dangerous enemies. But the real challenge will be the burning temptation that threatens to overcome Logan whenever Dani is near..especially when Dani reveals the feelings aren't one-sided.

I gave Crazy For Her- 4 Stars. It did follow the typ

Review:
Fans of romantic suspense will fall in love with Crazy for Her by Sandra Owens. Logan Kincaid is the epitome of the romance hero, sexy Navy SEAL, he is a man of honor and he must keep his deathbed promise to his friend to protect his widow, and to him this promise includes fighting his feelings for Dani. Dani lost her husband and now as if fate is playing a cruel joke, she is being stalked by someone claiming to be her husband, someone that both Dani and Logan know to be dead.. This story builds in suspense and passion. I found myself on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next. The sexual tension between Logan and Dani was palpable and when they both give in sparks fly, and the stalker plot thickens. I found myself on the edge of my seat at times and in the end, was a bit surprised, but felt like I got the HEA I expected.  I am giving this book 4 stars and am adding it to my Books I really liked shelf on Goodreads.

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Author Sandra Owens
A native of Florida, Sandra managed a Harley-Davidson dealership, before switching from a bike to an RV for roaming the open road (though she's only chased thrills from sky-diving to upside down stunt-plane flying). In addition to Crazy For Her- a 2013 Golden Heart Finalist for Romantic Suspense- her works include the Regency Romance novels The Letter, winner of the Golden Quill Award, and the Training of a Marquess, winner of the Golden Claddagh Award. A member of Romance Writers of America, and potential cat owner, she lives with her husband in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Philips is back with a delightful novel filled with her sassy wit and dazzling charm.

Deepest winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A man. A woman.
Puppets. (Yes, puppets..)
And... A mysterious house looming over the sea...

He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet show. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with her bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

Annie Hewitt has arrived on Peregrine Island in the middle of a snowstorm and at the end of her resources. She's broke, dispirited, but not quite ready to give up. Her red suitcases hold the puppets she uses to make her living: sensible Dilly, spunky Scamp, and Leo, the baddest of bad guys, Her puppets, the romantic novels she loves, and a little bit of courage are all she has left.

Annie couldn't be more ill prepared for what she finds when she reaches Moonraker Cottage or for the man who dwells in Harp House, the mysterious mansion that hovers above the cottage. When she was a teenager, he betrayed her in a way she can never forget or forgive. Now they are trapped together on a frozen island along with a lonely widow, a mute little girl, and townspeople who don't know how to mind their own business.

Is he the villain she remembers, or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It's going to be a long, hot winter.

Review:
Heroes Are My Weakness has a slightly Gothic feel with a suspenseful plot perfectly married with the romance and the trademark SEP humor that I've grown to love. This book is different from any other romance book I've read before and it was 5 STAR amazing. I love when I think I've figured out a book by the half way mark and then by the last page I find I was TOTALLY wrong. Heroes Are My Weakness was like that for me.

There is enough mystery and suspense in this book to put a suspense writer to shame, but the romantic elements are also front and center. Theo has the sexy, dark brooding hero role down to a science.  Annie compares him to Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre.. and I definitely see the resemblance.  Annie is another lovable quirky heroine... I mean seriously, would you expect anything less? She is a ventriloquist for goodness sakes. The secondary characters including Annie's puppets are well written and add so much to this plot. I specifically love how Annie uses one of her puppets to help her friends mute daughter to open up. The puppets add to the story and give it a quirky, witty fun feel.

The more time Theo and Annie spend together the hotter the tension grows between them and when these two give in they burn up the pages. As things start happening around Annie with signs pointing to Theo as the culprit, the story really takes a turn I never saw coming. I loved this book in its entirety and refuse to spoil it by giving too may details here. If you love an unpredictable, well written romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page, pick up this book, trust me, you won't be sorry.

Books by Susan Elizabeth Philips are my weakness. I can't resist them, and own most of them in more than one format. I was destined to love Heroes Are My Weakness long before the title appeared on my Kindle and well before the UPS driver delivered the hard copy that I also had to have for my collection. Again, SEP has earned her spot as my favorite author of all time.

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Author Info:
Susan Elizabeth Phillips soared onto the New York Times bestseller list with Dream A Little Dream. She's the only four-time recipient of the the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a hiker, gardener, reader, wife and mother of two grown sons.

If you are a SEP fan, make sure you are a fan on Facebook! She is very active over there and always sharing everything from glimpses inside her mind while writing, backstories of how her plots came together and great recipes!

Here is a link to her website- start there and there are links there to all of her social media pages, join the message boards. It is so fabulous when an author actually keeps a regularly updated website!

http://susanelizabethphillips.com/

I was provided with an ARC of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest and unscripted review. All thoughts expressed here are my own. In fact, I loved this book so much that I purchased an e-copy and a hardcover after reading the ARC file, so I would own this for my collection.