Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Rodeo Queen by T.J. Kline

Sydney Thomas may be the newest Rodeo Queen on the circuit, but she's more than just a pretty face and fabulous horseback rider. If only her new boss could see it! But the frustrating, bossy, drop-dead gorgeous man seems bent on pushing her away every chance he gets.

Scott Chandler learned at an early age that he needed to "cowboy up" and take care of his family. The one time he let his guard down, his heart got trampled, and he's not about to let that happen again. He knows Sydney's type: rodeo queens who hide their manipulative ways behind good looks, tight jeans and glittery tiaras.

But just as Scott and Sydney are finally realizing there might be more to their fiery relationship than scorching kisses and passionate nights secrets from their pasts come back to haunt them. Will the cowboy and the Rodeo Queen ever be able to ride off into the sunset together?

I can't resist a cowboy romance. Rodeo Queen takes the cowboy romance and brings it to the contemporary romance lover with a unique twist on the norm by taking us inside the world of the rodeo.

Sydney is the Rodeo Queen, but she is also so much more than a pretty face, she is an amazing horse trainer and when the opportunity presents itself for her to prove herself in the rodeo community she takes it, even if it comes with a sexy boss who seems to always think the worst of her.  Scott was once burned by his ex- and former Rodeo Queen, he thinks he knows Sydney's type, until she seems to be proving him wrong at every turn. Scott and Sydney are attracted to each other from the beginning, but both fight it, once they give in the fireworks are spectacular.

I  gave Rodeo Queen - 4 STARS!  I found this to be a good relaxing read that could appeal to fans of cowboy romance and/or contemporary romance. The characters are well developed and there is just enough drama and to keep you enthralled and turning the pages. I enjoyed getting the sneak peak into the world of rodeo. Other characters within this story have the potential for great stories of their own. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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T.J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has written several articles for periodicals, as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter, and has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. She is also and avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah. In her spare time, she can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children and their menagerie of pets in Norther California.

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I was provided with ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, as always any opinions expressed here are my own! Until next time! Happy Reading!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye
Release Day Review!

This cover is HOT, this book is HOTTER!
Tall, Dark and lethal...

Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome---pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty, won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into an all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge...

I wish I had the funds to purchase Hard As It Gets and share it with every romance lover I know! I LOVED this book, it is my new favorite book of 2013. I read this book the day I received the ARC and since that day I have already read it twice... I needed it to be fresh in my mind for this review (who am I kidding, I just wanted to spend a little more time with Nick Rixey!) I am a big fan of Lori Foster's Men that Walk the Edge of Honor series, I own all of those book, both digitally and in print and I have a feeling Laura Kaye's entire Hard Ink series just earned a spot on my bookshelf right beside my Lori Foster collection!

Nick and his team left military life on the verge of a scandal, a scandal that he believed was caused entirely by Becca's father, so his first inclination when she comes to him for help is to tell her no.  But, there is something about her that he can't get out of his head. One thing leads to another and Nick finds  himself jumping in head first to protect her and  help her find brother,  even calling on his former colleagues to help.

Nick and Becca have AMAZING chemistry, their interactions will have you blushing, they are so hot together.. scorching hot! Laura Kaye knows how to write a sex scene that is for sure!  The plot is full of action and and will have you quickly flipping the pages to see what comes next.  The characters in this book are awesome and they lead me to believe the rest of this series will be just as amazing as this book, I can't wait for more Jeremy, Jess, Shane and the rest of Nick's crew!

I gave this book 5 STARS! I liked it so much I purchased  a copy to my sister for her birthday! I pre-ordered and it should be delivered to her doorstep today (Sissy- if you read this review before UPS truck stops at your house today, SURPRISE and Happy Birthday!)

This book can be read as a stand alone book, there are no super crazy cliffhangers, however it does leave a little bit of mystery surrounding the overall plot that will have you jonesing for the next book (Hard Ink Book #2-Hard As You Can is set for release on 2/25/14).

What are you waiting for? Follow my links below and grab this book, it will be one for your KEEP shelf!

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New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller Laura Kaye is the author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Laura grew up amidst family lore involving angels, ghosts and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Laura is a member of the Romance Writers of American and the Maryland Romance Writers.

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I hope you all enjoy this book as much as I did... Until next time, Happy Reading!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

A Little Too Hot by Lisa Desrochers

Excited to be a part of the cover reveal for the third book in Desrochers series! I can't wait to read this one, this cover is HOT and the book sounds even HOTTER!

From USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers, comes the third book in her sizzling New Adult series.

If you play with fire...

Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing in a gentlemen's club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny's: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get any closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.

Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he's got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.

Because Harrison Yates isn't who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed!
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Torn by Monica Murphy
Release Day Review & Giveaway!

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy mixes business with pleasure in the second book of her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series...

Marina Knight came to this party for one thing only: to slap Gage Emerson in the face. Poised to snatch up her family's real estate empire, the sexy tycoon is on the verge of making an enemy for life- even if he can melt her with a single kiss...

When Gage discovers that the alluring woman before him is the key to his latest acquisition, claiming her as his suddenly doesn't seem quite so cut-and-dried. To get what he wants, he must get to know the fierce woman willing to face him down- as she steadily steals his heart. 

Gage's persistence and intense passion war with Marina's determination to protect her family. As they delve deeper into an affair they didn't see coming, Marina's torn: Will she lose her heart to Gage- or everything she holds dear?

I love a billionaire story.. can't resist them. I LOVED Crave the first book in this series and couldn't wait to dive into Torn. 

Monica Murphy knows how to name sexy billionaires! Holy crap in book #1 we had Archer Bancroft and now Gage Emerson.. my heart does little flip flops each time I read those names! I loved this little promo picture it is so true >>>>>
These names have some serious filthy rich sex appeal! 

Gage and Marina have chemistry from the start. Marina sees Gage as a vulture- a sexy vulture, but a vulture none the less. She wants protect her families businesses and branch out with her passion...baking, it is important they not sell out to him. One thing leads to another and she finds herself torn between her heart and her career/ family.. 

Gage wants Marina and he wants her family to sell properties to him.. will he be able to resist an emotional entanglement with Marina or risk losing the big bet.. 1 million dollars or a shot at something as priceless as love? 

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This book is hot! The author does a great job at building tension and even their fights are incredibly sexy. I enjoyed the fast paced story and after I flipped the last page I marked the next book in the series as Want To Read on Goodreads. 

The books in this series are connected, but can be read as s stand alone. Each has a complete ending with the Bachelor Bet linking them all. We do get to visit with Archer and Ivy and I am anxiously anticipating the final bachelor's story in Savor the final book in the series. (expected release date- January 2014)

I gave Torn- 4 STARS and recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about sexy billionaires!

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend. 
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Author Info:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend. 

SYMFB was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, as always, all opinions expressed here are my own!

Until next time- Happy Reading! 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Blue Lines by Toni Aleo

Author Toni Aleo is hosting an Instagram #BlueLines Party event! 

For those who are new to the series, you can learn all about the books and her hot hockey men HERE. Each book can be read as a standalone. 

Before we jump into details on this event, author Toni Aleo has a little message for her readers. :0)

There you have it! We hope you will join us and help spread the word about #BlueLines!

Opposites do more than just attract in Toni Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist.

The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him—wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lies behind that superstar hockey jock demeanor, too. So when he sidles up to her at a bar and slinks his arm around her waist, she’s lost. What follows is the wildest night of her life . . . followed by inevitable heartbreak the next morning. And then, a few weeks later, a very big surprise: two blue lines on a pregnancy test.

Only a check to the head could make Erik fall for a nice girl like Piper. But since their crazy-sexy night together, he’s been trying to forget about her alluring body by falling into bed with every woman in Nashville, and it’s not working. So when Piper shows up at his house with a baby-bomb to drop, it doesn’t take much for Erik to suggest the nuclear option: marriage. While it’s supposed to be all for show, the second they say “I do,” the ice between them starts to melt into sizzling steam.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, and Empty Net.

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It's easy! You create an instagram video telling readers why you need #BlueLines? If you are new to the series, no worries! You can still enter. Just get creative! :) 

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Make sure to tag @ToniAleo1 in your video on Instagram and use hashtag #BlueLines so that Toni Aleo can keep up with all your videos. 

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As a huge THANK YOU, Toni Aleo will be giving away THREE gift cards to the most creative WHY I NEED #BLUELINES? video. Third place will win a $5 gift card, Second place will win a $10 gift card, and first place will win a $20 gift card. 

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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nasvhille Assassins series: Taking ShotsTrying to ScoreEmpty Net, Falling for the Backup, and Blue Lines.

When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she’s probably going to her husband’s and son’s hockey games and her daughter’s dance competitions, taking pictures, scrapbooking, or reading the latest romance novel.

She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children, and a bulldog. Read more about Toni here.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Goodbye Girl by Scarlett Metal

Rachel met Clint in a diner one night while she was on the road trying to escape her past. From the moment they lay their eyes on each other, sparks fly. He offers her a job on his ranch and even though she's a city girl, she accepts.

It's not long before they give into their attraction and settle into life together on the ranch. They find happiness in each other's arms and Clint quickly wonders if Rachel is the girl that can give him his happily ever after.

Rachel's past eventually comes back to haunt her, and threatens her happiness with Clint. Can they work through their demons of the past and find their happily ever after? Or will Rachel leave Clint just like she fled her life before?

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Scarlett lives in the Midwest with her sexy husband, two girls, and three fur babies. She dabbled in writing right after college but it wasn't until she took up blogging about eight years ago that she started writing seriously. After writing a few boring service pieces for some online publications, she went back to her true passion, fiction. When she's not busy writing steamy stories, she can be found with her nose in a book, camping, or geocaching with her family. She loves Diet Coke, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and 80's hair bands.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

5- STARS for Working It
by Kendall Ryan

Love this cover- it is as hot as the book!
Working It
(Love by Design #1)
Note: This book in intended for mature audiences. It contains sexual encounters and graphic language.

Move over Gideon Cross and Christian Grey, I am adding a new book boyfriend to my repertoire and his name is Ben Shaw!

There is no better feeling than that magical moment when you fire up your Kindle and the book you have been waiting for magically appears. Dang, I love my Amazon pre-orders! I feel like I have been waiting for this release forever, I read a blurb months ago and was hooked!

I am a Kendall Ryan fan- I knew this  would be phenomenal from the early teasers I read and this book more than exceeded my expectations, it was

Emmy Clark is out of her depth in New York City's fashion world, but when she lands a job as an assistant at a modeling agency it seems like the perfect mix of business and pleasure. Working under the   notorious Fiona Stone is a nightmare, but there's one distinct perk: ogling the ridiculously hot male models who parade through the office- particularly rising star Ben Shaw.

Ben is everything Emmy's not: exquisitely gorgeous, highly paid, and well-traveled. He's also got more issues than Vogue. Emmy looks after Ben on photo shoots, but she refuses to become another one of his lusting groupies. Ben finds Emmy's refreshingly real attitude to be surprisingly attractive. 

Against a backdrop of the most fashionable cities in the world, casual flirting, turns into an illicit affair, but when Ben's twisted past is revealed, and the bitter Fiona catches wind of their relationship, their careers and hearts are threatened. 

I love when I start reading a book and have to force myself to put it down. The prologue to this story, let's you know there is trouble in paradise, but then Chapter 1 starts the story from the beginning- it was a beautiful bait and I took it hook, line and sinker!

The author let's us know that initially she had planned to write this book from Emmy's POV, but Ben wouldn't stop talking to her, so it ended as an alternating POV book, and it totally works that way!

I don't want to give too much away about this story. I think in the case of this book you get the basic details of the story from the blurb. This book will pull you in emotionally and you will want to know what is coming (or who- yes my mind is in the gutter) next. The sexy email/text flirting banter is amazing and really builds the story. Kendall Ryan writes some of the hottest, sexiest love scenes I've ever read.

Recently I've participated in a few debates in the blogosphere about whether or not to reveal if a book has a cliffhanger or a HEA. I know as a reader, I want to know this in advance- if you don't want to know- STOP READING THIS REVIEW RIGHT NOW :). This book definitely gave me the ending I was hoping for, the HEA is there, but there is also still a lot in the air and the ending definitely leaves room for what comes next.

I can't wait to read more Ben and Emmy- and Book #2 in this series CRAVING HIM, is set for release on 3/24/14.  I also look forward to discovering more about the delicious Braydon another model, whom we get to know rather intimately during this book and Emmy's roommate and friend, Ellie in Book #3- All or Nothing set for release on 7/22/14.

I am giving Working It- 5 STARS. It will be listed on my FAVORITES shelf on Goodreads and is sure to be a book that will be re-read many times.

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Until next time! Happy Reading (and dreams of Ben Shaw)....

Saturday, November 9, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Beck by Harper Sloan

I am so excited for this book release! I love the Corps Security Series! - Melissa- SYMFB


I’ve always been good at wearing masks. Not letting anyone see the real me. I’m content being the happy-go-lucky best friend. The strong willed boss. The independent woman who doesn’t need a man.

But the truth is I’m just as broken as the rest of you. I’m terrified that all it will take is one person to make all my carefully constructed walls crumble into fine dust. So I guard my heart with everything I have. Determined to never let anyone get close enough to hurt me again.

All is perfect until HE walks into my life. No… he doesn’t just walk. He struts his good-looking, sex-oozing self right into my space and demands that I see HIM. Making me want what I know I can’t have.

So I did the only thing I know how to do.

I run.

But he just won’t let me go.

The second I see her, I know she will be mine. I see past the gorgeous smiles and heart-stopping laughter. I see  HER. She doesn’t want me to know her secrets or the past that haunts her, but I make it my mission to find out.

To make her mine.

She can run all she wants, but it will never be far enough to stop me from coming after her.

She's it for me and she knows it.

She’s just too scared to admit it.


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Friday, November 8, 2013

Daring to Wish by Tracey Rogers
Review & Giveaway!

What happens when you dare to wish?

In an effort to regain her independence and break out of her shell, shy Eve Ward writes a darling wish list of all the things she wants to do before her thirtieth birthday. It's a good thing the list is for her eyes only, because some of the items are pretty risqué.

Adrenaline junkie Lucas Riley becomes Eve's"victim" in a kiss-a-stranger dare, and she thinks he's perfect for her one-night-with-a-stranger wish.

With Eve, Lucas thinks he's found the distraction he needs before he has to say goodbye to his bad boy image. When he finds Eve's sexy wish list, he can't keep himself from giving into temptation and sneaking a peek, and wish number eight is impossible for him to resist. Being good can wait.

Eve is thrilled, when out of the blue, Lucas offers to take her skydiving. Her sexy stranger has helped her tick so many wishes off her secret wish list. Her confidence has grown and now she's having fun both in and out of the bedroom. It seems too good to be true... is it? She can't shake the niggling suspicion that something's not quite right.

Content warning: contains dizzying heights and sensual sex.

Daring to Wish is an adrenaline filled sexy story about two people who are both looking for change.

Lucas is one HOT soon to be reformed bad boy and Eve is fresh out of an emotionally abusive relationship. She needs to cut loose and find herself. He needs to buckle down, to prepare to take over the role of CEO for his father's company. This bad boy decides to go out with a bang after getting a sneak peek at Eve's secret list. This is one temptation an adrenaline junkie could not resist. They each want something from each other and both may just get something neither expected along the way.. Love.

I was rooting for these two characters to find each other (and each others beds) from their first encounter: Check out this excerpt from just after their first meeting/kiss:


Eve froze mid-turn, halted by his husky command and the tingle radiating from his hand lightly grasping her wrist. She met his gaze and realized how wrong she’d been. He was a million miles away from being uncomplicated. The startling blue of his eyes revealed depths Eve could only imagine drowning in.

“Did you say…nice?” He leaned closer. “I would say that was a lot better than nice. I’m sure if we tried again we could manage spectacular. Don’t you agree?” he drawled.
Maybe nice had been the wrong word to choose Eve relented as she noted his husky tone. It was infinitely better than nice. Try amazing! Her breath hitched as she thought of his kiss again. Knowing he enjoyed it too sent a surge of pleasure through her that settled deep within her belly. Obviously she could do some things right.
If she intended to fulfill her wishes she was going to have to find some confidence from somewhere—and fast! At the moment her confidence seemed to be firmly in the area of her knickers.
Running and hiding now seemed out of the question. Maybe confidence practice would be the lesser of two evils? She paused before turning to face Mr. Hotness for confidence lesson one.
“Hmm...” She pretended to consider. “Maybe you’re right. However, as this was a dare I’m afraid it was a one time opportunity,” she added with mock apology. “So I guess we’ll never know.”
“You kissed me for a dare?” His brow arched.
Eve nodded. “Uh-huh. My dare was to kiss a stranger.”
“A dare, huh? I feel so…so violated.” He clutched his free hand to his chest in feigned hurt, although his eyes brimmed with humor and a smile tugged at the corner of his delicious mouth.
“Don’t be offended. I did actually choose you,” she blurted before forgetting her cool, calm, and confident aim.
“So you really thought you could violate me then run?”
“That was my plan, yes,” she said with a confidence she didn’t quite feel, especially as she was distracted by the thumb lightly stroking her wrist.
“And I didn’t even try to play hard to get. Guess you got lucky.”
“Or maybe you did,” she countered without thought, mortified as a blush warmed her cheeks at his responding grin.
He grinned, releasing her hand. “Tell me. Do you like to be dared?”
Her eyes widened at the loaded question. “I…I find a challenge hard to resist.”
“Damn good thing I’m a challenge.”

I was hooked on this story after the first interaction between Eve and Lucas. Loved finding the connection between their lives and lived vicariously through their adrenaline filled exploits. I will never have the nerve to skydive myself, but this author writes such a vivid depiction you will feel like you've been there before as well. I read this entire book in one sitting and after I turned the last page I made a little dreamy sigh and smiled.

Looking for a feel good read that will leave you with a smile and a warm happy feeling in your heart? Give Daring to Wish a try. This book gets 4 SMILEY FACES from SYMFB and will file this under Books I Liked on Goodreads.
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A devourer of books from an early age, I spent most of my childhood stepping into wardrobes, searching for that magical snowy world where conversing with animals would be expected. When I wasn't searching for those worlds, I wrote about them instead. My first step into the world of romances was when I stole sneak peeks into my nana's books. I'm still in that world and refuse to leave.

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I live in Staffordshire, UK, with my husband and three wonderful children. An avid reader and writer of romance, I strongly believe that words make the world go around.

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Change my Mind by Elley Arden
Review & Giveaway

Nothing is going to stop Nel Parker from raising her fledgling real estate agency to the top of the heap. When she returns two dogs to a million-dollar mansion with a dumpster in the driveway, she thinks the house is her lucky break. But the owner turns out to be a moody professional baseball player with a complicated agenda of his own, leaving Nel to fear her plans for real estate domination are doomed.

Centerfielder Grey Kemmons is spending the off-season renovating the house he inherited from his father. It's a miserable job, but he's doing it anyway- because somebody has to pay back the money his father stole. When a spitfire of a woman in a surprisingly attractive package shows up wanting to list the house, he agrees to pacify her with a tour, never expecting the mutually beneficial business relationship that ensures.

As weeks go by, business turns to pleasure with Nel and Grey believing the temporary nature of their time together will protect their hearts. Too bad nothing can protect them or prepare them for love.

This review tour info came across my computer and I had to sign up- this book has a hot baseball player, cute dogs and looked to promise a happily ever after- sounded like the formula for a great read, and I was not disappointed.

Grey starts out as a hot, but brooding grump. Nel is motivated, caring and nice and once these two realize they need to work together to achieve their mutual goals, the sky's the limit. I love the building attraction, the protective brothers (on both sides) and couldn't wait for these two to come together in a totally unprofessional manner. The sexual tension is palpable and once these two give in it's a wonder the fire department wasn't called to put out the fire!

I enjoyed the backstory, the characters, relationships and the glimpse of the hero/heroine from Book #1- Jordon and Maggie- that solidified my decision to read that book as well. Again I LOVED the protective big brothers!!! In the introduction the author also gives a little backstory on how the idea of this book came to her, it's always fun to get  sneak peek inside the mind of the author.
My Nel & Grey

In my opinion this books cover does not do these characters justice, that is just not how I picture my Grey or Nel. I see them more as a Mike Fisher/Carrie Underwood types- like in this photo

Change my Mind is the 2nd book in author Elley Arden's Klemmons Brothers Baseball series. The books in this series are stand alone books - (I haven't read the first one yet- but after reading this I have added Save My Soul- Book #1 to my TBR list- click on the title for a link to Goodreads).

This was an great read that left me with the happily ever after I love! I give this book 4.5 Stars and can't wait to read more from this author.
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Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it's water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.

Elley has eben reading romance novels since she was a sixteen-year old babysitter, sneaking Judith McNaught and Danielle Steele novels off the bookshelves of the women who employed her. She started her first manuscript when she was twenty-five, writing during babies' nap. A total of three children and ten years later, the manuscript was complete. Little did she know, her journey to publication was only the beginning..

Elley writes provocative contemporary romances for Crimson Romance.

SYMFB was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest an unscripted review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Until next time... Happy Reading! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Shadow of SIn by Parker Kincade
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Shadow of Sin by Parker Kincade
Book #2 in The Martin Family companion series
Release date: November 6th, 2013

A man determined to protect her…

Caleb Martin is no stranger to hazardous situations. He's seen enough bloodshed to last two lifetimes. When an innocent evening takes a dangerous turn, Caleb takes matters into his own hands. If she wants his help, it’s his rules, his way. Period.

A woman who won’t be controlled…

When it comes to relationships, Samantha keeps things casual, unassuming. Safe. Caleb Martin is far from safe. His ‘my way or the highway’ attitude pushes all the wrong buttons, and she’d sworn no man would have that kind of power over her again.

A hunger that won’t be denied…

Protecting Samantha from the man that stalks her shouldn't test his patience—or his control—but her smart mouth and hot Irish temper stoke the fuel of his desire. She is pure sin—a distraction he doesn’t need, a temptation he can’t resist.

Despite their animosity, Caleb has starred in her fantasies for years. His ruthless sensuality proves to be more potent than she ever imagined. As Caleb masters her body, Samantha must keep a tight grip her heart.

   He turned to her. Heat pooled in her stomach as his gaze traveled slowly, deliberately, from her face. He seemed to take in every inch of her before stopping to linger over her bare legs. “I don’t sleep much. I’m sorry if I disturbed you.”
   “You didn’t.” The devil in her insisted she cross her legs, exposing more of her thigh to his view. She enjoyed his eyes on her, as if he saw the woman she was instead of the pain in his ass he’d claimed her to be. She was tempting fate, knowing that any second he’d remember who she was and that look in his eye would change. 
   For now, she’d use any means to distract him from his pain. Her pain would come later, when she was alone again. 
   “Do you want to talk about it?”
   “Talk about what?”
   “Why you’re still up.”
   He chucked a thumb at the windows. “Daytime.”
   She clamped her mouth shut before she said something she’d regret. And he thought she was stubborn. She pulled in a slow, steady breath. “True, but barely. On a normal day, I wouldn’t be up yet.”
   “Exactly. Go. Rest.” He closed his eyes as if to shut her out. 
   She could feel his irritation, but, this time, it wasn’t directed at her. It gave her hope as she pressed on.
   “Are you hungry? I could make us some breakfast. If you don’t mind me searching through your fridge, I’m sure I could find something edible.” In fact, she’d been surprised at the amount of food she’d seen. She’d half expected him to only have beer and water and maybe a stray bottle of ketchup. Like Alec’s fridge.
   “For the love of christ, what do you want? I don’t want to eat. I don’t want to talk.” He sighed, apparently resigned to her company a few minutes more. “What do you want, Samantha?”
   Right now? To slap the shit out of you.
   Hurt invaded her chest as she stared back at him. Gone was the pain she’d seen earlier, as well as the male interest. What remained was the Caleb she knew. Cold, hard, angry. 
   She shoved the hurt away and bit back the sharp retort he deserved. She softened her features, allowing herself to appear vulnerable. It wasn’t much of a stretch. “Can I stay with you?”

* * *

   Caleb jerked, surprised by her request. “That’s not a good idea.” 
   Even as he said the words, his cock came to life. It seemed the lower half of his body thought it was a very good idea. And seeing her in nothing but his T-shirt wasn’t helping. Jesus, he hoped she had panties on under there. A bigger, harder, part of him hoped that she didn’t. 
   Samantha shifted, exposing more of her delectable thighs. “It’s not like I’m asking you to get a root canal. You can wipe that horrified look off your face.” 
   Caleb checked his expression, doing his best to appear calm, bored even. She’d surprised the hell out of him, coming in his room like she had. 
   He was angry. Angry with himself and the past that wouldn’t free him. Angry at her for being here, for looking as if she belonged here. This was his space, damn it. How was he supposed to relax with her prancing around half naked, knowing she’d pleasured herself and called his name?
   He wasn’t stupid. He suspected it was his fault she was awake, and now she was here—checking on him as if he was a child who needed coddling. He didn’t need coddling. His body demanded the satisfaction that would only come from pounding his aching flesh deep into her soft, wet pussy.
   As tempting as that idea may be, he was still trying to wrap his head around how he felt about her. 
   “You’re tired. You don’t know what you’re asking.” And he couldn’t think straight. He was low on sleep and even lower on patience. He shoved his hands into his hair and blew out a breath. “You can’t be in here. Go back to bed.” Before he forgot all the reasons he shouldn’t fuck her silly. 
   “Why did I think… God, I’m such an —” She closed her mouth, her lips drawn into a thin, tight line. Her cheeks flushed as she advanced on him. “I’m sick of you judging me. Telling me what I should and shouldn’t do. If you hadn’t noticed, my night sucked. Hell, the last year has sucked. So, you can shove your overinflated male ego up your own ass. I’m not asking you to have sex with me for chrissake.” She stumbled back and planted her butt on the edge of the bed. “Just for once, Caleb, can’t you set aside your feelings? Forget your stupid sense of responsibility where I’m concerned and just be here for me like a normal person?”
   What the fuck? 
   “My stupid sense of what?” 
   The laugh that escaped her lips made him uneasy. 
   “You heard me, horseman.” She eased back to her feet and sauntered toward him. “You think I don’t know how you feel about me? Let me see … troublemaker, instigator, bad influence.” She ticked off the words on her fingers. “Oh, and my personal favorite … menace. Really, Caleb. Menace? That’s a little strong don’t you think?” She fisted her hands on her hips, her eyes glittering with unshed tears. “I know you don’t like me. If it weren’t for Amanda and Alec, I wouldn’t be here and we both know it.” Her chest rose and fell in rapid succession as she glared at him. “And I’m sick of being your charity case.”
   Caleb fought the urge to look away. She hadn’t lied about the words he’d uttered to describe her over the years, but to have them slung back at him just pissed him off. 
   “You want to know what I’m sick of, Samantha? I’m sick of you pushing my buttons. I’m sick of your stubborn-assed attitude when it comes to your own safety and I’m fucking sick and tired of you calling me horseman!” His shout rattled the windows, but he didn’t care. He was on a roll now, like a fucking train wreck, unable to stop.
   Crossing his arms over his chest, he glared down at her. “If you and Amanda hadn’t decided the woods were the best place to partake in a little underage drinking, the boys and I wouldn’t have had to saddle up to go find your drunk asses before some wild animal made you a snack. Did you ever think of that, Samantha? During your little adventure with my baby sister, did you stop to consider the consequences? Do you ever?”
Samantha made a noise of disgust and stormed from the room. “This is what I get for trying to be nice,” she yelled. 
   Caleb went after her, following her into the spare room. “Nice? Nice?” The floodgates were open, his anger and frustration leaving any sense of self-preservation in the dust. “You think calling us the horsemen of the apocalypse is nice? Is that fun for you? Because all it does is remind me of being scared out of my ever-loving mind that something was going to … that Amanda …” No, he wasn’t going back there. 
   Not. Going. There. 
   “And as for my stupid sense of responsibility, I protect what’s mine, damn it!” 
Samantha’s sharp intake of breath drifted through his angry haze and punched him in the gut. She sank back to the bed and wiped the tear that escaped the corner of her eye. 
   It was like ice water to his soul. 
   This woman tested his restraint. No other woman, save his sister, had ever pushed him so hard. It was infuriating and intoxicating at the same time. She left him off balance, out of control—two things that spelled disaster where he was concerned.
   Caleb ran his hands through his hair, settling his palms on the back of his neck. 
   His heart skipped a beat as emotion played out on her face. Sadness, regret, and finally … resolve. 
   “Get out.” Her voice was soft. “God, what was I thinking? Just get out.”
   He stood there, unable to move as he struggled to comprehend the vulnerability pouring out of her. His gaze traveled over the delicate features of her face, the line of her shoulders. The rise of her breasts, her slim waist, and long legs. Her feet were bare. Her toenails were painted a rich red that spoke of fire. Passion. 
   She shifted on the bed and winced, making him feel like a total ass. Again. Her night had sucked. With her tough-as-nails attitude, Caleb hadn’t considered she might actually need comforting. 
    He took a deep breath. “I’ll stay.”
   Her eyes, blue and blazing, snapped up. “Of course you will. Because why in the hell would you listen to me?”
   “You asked me to stay.”
   “I asked you to leave.”
   “As you so diligently pointed out earlier, I don’t listen.” And he still had things to say.
   She rubbed her temples, as if their argument had given her a headache. “Fine. Whatever.” 
   “Samantha. Look at me.” When she didn’t move, he crouched in front of her. He tilted her chin until she looked at him. “I don’t dislike you. I need you to know that.” 
   She offered him a sad smile. “The gesture is appreciated, Caleb. Thank you.” She pulled her face away.
Refusing to let her retreat, he tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear and cupped her face. Soft, warm skin greeted his palm. He brushed his thumb across her cheek, amazed by its smoothness. “It’s the truth. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean —”
   She put a finger to his lips and he barely resisted the urge to open his mouth and taste her.
   “Yes, you did. And it’s okay. We may not get along, but at least you’ve never lied to me. Please don’t start now. I’m a big girl, Caleb. I can take it. And I owe you an apology. I’m sorry for not considering your feelings where Amanda is concerned.”
    Her touch rocked him. Revamped his desire to have her wet and screaming his name. “I’m sorry for all that.” He offered her what he hoped was a reassuring smile. “I’m so used to you calling me horseman now, I’m afraid I’d never answer to anything else from your lips.” Those sweet, succulent lips. “What is it about you that makes me so crazy?” he murmured.
   She chuckled. “I’m too tired to fight anymore, Caleb. The best course of action would be to find the evidence I need to bury Matteo. Then we can move on.”
   The mention of her stalker snapped his brain back to attention. He had a job to do. Eliminate the threat and protect Samantha. 
   Best he remember that. 
   Distractions led to mistakes. He couldn’t afford any more mistakes. 
   He forced his voice level, undemanding. “It’d be a lot easier if you’d let us help. Let me help. Trust me to take care of this for you.” 
   Asking for her trust was a long shot. In truth, he probably didn’t deserve it. But, he had to try. Needed to try. He would protect her.
   “Trust you?” She seemed to consider his words. After a moment, she surprised him by nodding. “I can’t promise miracles, but I’ll do my best to follow your lead … until this is over.”
Caleb resisted the insane urge to pump his fist in the air. “So, we have a deal then?”
She caressed her fingers over his jaw. He leaned into her gentle touch, feeling it all the way to his bones. 
   “Oh, now you’re willing to make deals?” She looked him dead in the eye. “All right then, but once Matteo is caught and the threat against me is gone? You’ll go on with your life and I’ll go on with mine, and hopefully, we can stay out of each other’s way. That’s the deal.”
   She dropped her hand to her lap. 
   “After this, Caleb, we’re done.”

Parker Kincade is an award-winning erotic romance author of The Martin Family Series. Her first novel, One Night Stand, won the category of Best Erotic Romance in the Celtic Hearts Romance Writers Golden Claddagh contest and was named finalist in the Romance Writers of America/Passionate Ink Stroke of Midnight contest.

Parker lives in the southern United States with her husband, children and beloved boxer sidekick. She loves reading, playing golf, spending time with her family and friends, ice cream from the ice cream truck, taking her dog to the park and watching old musicals.  

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