Friday, July 31, 2015

5 STARS for Asa by Jay Crownover!

You never know which moment might lead to forever...

Asa Cross struggles with being the man everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn't change its spots, and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn't want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it;s easy to hit bottom when it's the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but also her partners life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends, she's trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation alone. Except she can't stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs, but his allure is too strong to resist. And she knows chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a copy just seem so wrong together... but for Asa and Royal being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

Say it ain't so.. the Marked Men series is ending. I have loved this series from the first chapter of Rule and it is one that will stay with me for a long time. I have to be honest here. I bought Asa the week it was released. I purposely put off reading it until this week, I just wasn't ready for this series to end!

Royal's head is a little out of the game. Her partner and best friend was injured in the line of duty and it has left her feeling a little out of sorts. Her behavior is a little out of sorts to say the least. She can't stay away from Asa, even though she knows she probably should. You would think that the fact that she had arrested him herself in the past would have extinguished any attraction, but that is so not the case. 

Asa hasn't had an easy life, he learned early on that manipulating people got him places, he used his looks and charm to achieve the things he wanted, even though sometimes, well most of the time what he was doing was illegal. He is trying really hard, for his sake and his sister to truly be the reformed man she believes him to be. He fights the attraction to the beautiful cop, but when something is meant to be, it will be. Once these two give into the inevitable  this story gets pretty steamy very quickly. 

In typical Jay Crownover fashion she pulls you in and makes you fall in love with another one of her Marked Men. Royal may be my favorite heroine of the series, I love that she is a tough cookie, but her weakness for a certain "bad boy" is not a flaw, it made her stronger in my eyes. He was what she needed to heal, she just didn't fully understand it right away.  

I gave this book and the entire series 5 Stars! Asa can be read as a stand alone book, but I recommend reading this entire series in order. Each book has a fresh feeling to it, but revisiting with old characters as their lives are integrated into the lives of the new characters makes the series even more special. I can't wait for more from Jay Crownover. She has firmly earned her spot as an auto-buy author for me! Her writing style is unique and her Marked Men are the stuff dreams are made of... well steamy hot, curl your toes dreams anyway! 

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

5 STARS for Chasing Jillian by Julie Brannagh!

Chasing Jillian
Love and Football # 5
By: Julie Brannagh
Releasing July 7, 2015
Avon Impulse

Jillian Miller likes her job working in the front office for the Seattle Sharks, but lately being surrounded by a constant parade of perfection only seems to make her own imperfections all the more obvious. She needs a change, which takes her into foreign territory: the Sharks’ workout facility after hours. The last thing she expects is a hot, grumbly god among men to be there as witness.

Star linebacker Seth Taylor had a bad day-well, a series of them recently. When he hits the Sharks’ gym to work out his frustration, he’s startled to find someone there-and even more surprised that it’s Jillian, the team owner’s administrative assistant. When he learns of Jillian’s mission to revamp her lifestyle, he finds himself volunteering to help. Something about Jillian’s beautiful smile and quick wit makes him want to stick around. She may not be like the swimsuit models he usually has on his arm, but the more time Seth spends with Jillian the harder he falls.

And as Jillian discovers that the new her is about so much more than she sees in the mirror, can she discover that happiness and love are oh-so-much better than perfect?

She hurried over to the laptop on the little desk in the kitchen, pulled up Google, and searched on Seth’s name. She sank into a chair while she read. He was six foot four, and she practically weighed as much as he did. Well, not quite, but still. She let out a long sigh. He was two years younger than she was. It also seemed Seth had been busy: He was single. “Very single,” according to one of the most recent fan websites she looked at. In Google Images, she found a series of photos of him with multiple tall, dark-haired women, each more gorgeous than the last.
Jillian shut the laptop lid with an irritated “click”, got up from her chair, and hurried into the bathroom. She’d stood in front of a full-length mirror so many times, but it always showed her the same thing. She wasn’t unattractive, but she could use a little more self-confidence and a lot more toning.  She wasn’t asking for physical perfection, but she’d like to make some changes. If she made a plan, started slowly and kept at it, she’d see a difference.  The biggest changes needed to start on the inside, though. Maybe if she got out a little more, she might meet a guy that was interested in her. Seth was gorgeous, but he wasn’t really in her universe. Jillian went into the kitchen, grabbed a frozen low-calorie dinner out of the freezer, ripped the cardboard lid off, and shoved it into the microwave. Dinner would taste a whole lot better if it was accompanied by half a bag of chips and some Ranch dip. But that wasn’t an option right now. She opened the refrigerator door to look for a fresh vegetable of some type.

She pushed the fridge door shut after a fruitless search and rummaged around in her apartment’s tiny pantry. She located a can of peas. Peas were good. Plus, there weren’t many calories in peas. Maybe she could fill up on them if the diet dinner didn’t cut it.
Jillian’s love-hate relationship with her body and food had started when she was little.  Most of the time, there wasn’t enough to eat. She ended up in a foster home at three years old after her mother died in a car wreck, and she was moved a few times before she entered elementary school. Things got a little better for Jillian when she was placed in a more permanent foster home, but she was still so hungry. No matter how much she ate, she wanted more.  When she was old enough to make her own money, she made sure there was more than enough, and that’s when the problems began. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, she needed to focus on the great things in her life. She’d build a healthier lifestyle as a result. Even more than a diet or a new workout regime, change from the inside would last a lot longer. She wanted to build on the goals she’d already achieved and reach out for more of the things she wanted in life: A husband. A family. To belong.

If you are a fan of sports romance and/or contemporary romance and aren't reading the Love and Football series by Julie Brannagh, stop what you are doing now and start. Her football players are oh, so dreamy and her heroine's are BFF material. I am a fan of the ugly duckling/swan plot line, so I knew from the back cover of this book I was going to love it. The nice twist is that from the get go Seth isn't trying to change Jillian to make her more attractive, he supports her initiative to better herself. Helping her gives Seth a new focus and a new friend. I love the development of their relationship and how he seems to be come infatuated with her without any marked interest (that he can see) on her side. When these two finally come together it is scorching hot. If your inner cheerleader needs a new couple to root for, pick up Chasing Jillian! I gave this book 5 Stars and officially declare another TOUCHDOWN for Julie Brannagh!

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USA Today Best Selling Author, Julie Brannagh has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. She lives in a small town near Seattle, where she once served as a city council member and owned a yarn shop. She shares her home with a wonderful husband, two uncivilized Maine Coons and a rambunctious chocolate Lab.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading, or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie is a Golden Heart finalist and the author of contemporary sports romances.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Zack by Sawyer Bennet- A Cold Fury Hockey Novel

Rising star Zack Grantham has been stuck in a downward spiral of grief that  has put his career on hold. Back on the road with the Carolina Cold Fury, still crippled by emotional baggage, and now a single dad, he;s in need of some serious help with his son. But while the nerdy new nanny win's his son's heart, Zack isn't sure he's ready for a woman's touch- even after getting a glimpse of the killer curves she's hiding under those baggy clothes.

Kate Francis usually keeps men like Zack at a distance. Though his athletes body is honed to perfection, he refuses to move on with his life- and besides, he's her boss. Still, the sparks between them are undeniable, tempting Kate to turn their professional relationships into a personal one. But before she makes a power play for Zack's  wounded heart, Kate will have to open him up again and show him that love is worth the fight.

I am going to give you a second before I start this review to catch your breath.. you did see the cover above right? If you are hyperventilating from the hotness, locate your closest paper bag and breathe in and out.. slowly.

If you aren't already reading Sawyer Bennett's Cold Fury hockey series, stop what you are doing and catch yourself up (Book #1- Alex is ONLY .99 and Book #2- Garret is $2.99). Each book in this series can be read as a stand alone, but reading them in order, just makes the next book even more awesome!

The tragic accident that took the life of Zack's girlfriend and the mother of this son toward the end of Garrett left me on the edge of my seat. I wanted to hug Zack and to know how he was going to move on after such a tragic loss. Sawyer Bennett takes an incredibly sad story and turns it into a story of living and loving after loss. She does a wonderful job of emotionally investing you into Zack and Kate's relationship. The development of their friendship based on the mutual goal of raising Zack's son perfectly builds the plot.

Kate is just adorable! Under her dorky glasses and baggy clothes she has a heart of gold and heart has decided to help thaw the ice from around Zack's heart. This scene was one of my favorites from the book, she is trying to get Zack to lighten up a little...

"While Kate's main duties are to take care of Ben and her secondary duties are to help me take care of the house, she's also apparently put it on her chore list to try to make me laugh. She is a complete and utter dork sometimes, always dancing around and making up stupid songs to sing to Ben. She makes up different nicknames for me and Ben each day, refusing to call us by our real names unless we acknowledge her use of the nickname at least once. Ben always gives in because he thinks they're hilarious. Just yesterday he was Mr. Tadpole Climbing a Beanpole and I was Miss Sparkly Skates.

Yesterday, she asked, "Hey Miss Sparkly Skates," which caused Ben to double over in laughter, "I'm doing a grocery store run today; anything special you want?"

I refused to answer her, instead continuing to surf on my laptop while I sat at the kitchen table. 

"Hey.. Miss Sparkly Skates... I'm talking to you," she called out in a singsong voice.

I took a sip of coffee and ignored Ben's conspiratorial giggle.

"Hey... Miss Sparkly Skates... what's wrong? Did you lose some rhinestones or something?" 

I looked up at her and she just stared at me from behind those think eyeglass frames, her head tilted to the side in anticipation.

"More bottled water," I muttered, and bent my head back down, trying hard not to smile and thus encourage her. I didn't miss the high fives she and Ben exchanged over my defeat. "

While there are lots of cute interactions in this book, once things start heating up between Zack and Kate, the rating in this book goes from G to R... fast!

Her eyes are closed, so I wait for her to open them. When she does her look is glazed as she tries to focus on me. 

"Do you want me to stop Kate?" I ask her urgently, squeezing her breast gently. then rubbing my thumb over her nipple that's puckered. hard against her bra. 

She moans again and pushes her hips against me in a move that's wanton and demanding.. Christ.. my dick is aching so bad and her grinding against me is torture. I need this to end one way or the other.

"Kate," I say harshly so I can get her attention. Her eyes focus a little on me. "Do you want me to stop?"

Her brow furrows inward for a second, then she blows out a soft breath form her lips. "I'll die if you do," she says quietly and I know I'm an absolute goner.

This book sucked me in and I read the entire thing cover to cover in one sitting. I am in love with this entire series to date, but  Zack is by far my favorite of the three. I laughed, cried, and fanned myself from the heat!  Zack gets 5 STARS from Save Your Money for Books and as soon as I turned the last page, I immediately went to Amazon to pre-order Ryker the next book in this series. Sawyer Bennet yet again has earned her spot on my Top 5 favorite author's list!

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USA Today and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Sawyer Bennett is a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. Her husband works for a Fortune 100 company which lets him fly all over the world while she stays home with their daughter  and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report that she doesn't have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate. 

Sawyer is the author of several contemporary romances including the popular Off Series, the Legal Affairs series and the Last Call Series. She released her third book in the Cold Fury Hockey Series with Random House Loveswept, June 2015. 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

COVER REVEAL: The Reeducation of Savannah McGuire by Heidi McLaughlin

We are so excited to share the cover for The Reeducation of Savannah McGuire by Heidi McLaughlin releasing on July 21st. Isn't it beautiful?!
Make sure to add it to your TBR!

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Tyler King never forgot the blue-eyed, pig-tailed girl that lived on the ranch next door. So when he hears that she’s coming back for the summer, he can’t wait to reminisce about the good ole days. He soon finds out life in the Big City means a life with big ambitions and Tyler soon learns that Savannah has left the memories of small town living long behind her.
Savannah McGuire never thought she’d return to the ranch she once called home. Now she’s back and trying not to become attached to everything she’s missed by growing up in New York City. Determined to hate her surroundings, Tyler works to remind her of everything’s she’s missed. With her future planned out and a trip to Paris imminent, falling in love with Tyler King was the last thing she expected.
Release Date: 7/21/15
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Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, two Parakeets, Gonzo & Hedwig, and their newest addition of a Highland West/Mini Schnauzer, Jill.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games.

Books by Heidi McLaughlin
Forever My Girl - The Beaumont Series #1
My Unexpected Forever - The Beaumont Series #2
Finding My Forever - The Beaumont Series #3
Finding My Way - The Beaumont Series #4
My Everything - A Beaumont Series Novella
12 Days of Forever - A Beaumont Series Novella
Lost in Us - A Lost in You Novella
The Archer Brothers
Here with Me
Choose Me