Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Audiobook Review: The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich
Performed by Katie Schorr

From New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Evanovich comes
another rollicking, sexy story of just how far a couple will go to find true love-- and keep it sizzling!

When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets restaurateur Amanda Cole, it's love at first sight. But while Amanda can't help noticing superstar with the Greek-god build, he doesn't have a chance of getting to first- of any other- base with her. A successful entrepreneur who's built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn't need a Prince Charming to sweet her off her feet. But Chase as charm and  heart, as well as hunky good looks, and he isn't about to strike out in this courtship. His hopes rally when Amanda discovers that squeaky-clean Chase has a few sexy and very secret pregame rituals that turn the smart, headstrong woman into his number one fan.

Then a tabloid and a hidden camera threaten to turn the love of a lifetime into just another late-night punch line. Is Amanda ready to let loose and swing for the fences? Or will the pressure of Chase's stardom force them to call it quits.

Review:
I picked up the audio version of The Sweet Spot by Stephanie Evanovich last week and fell in love. I was a fan of Big Girl Panties in both the print and audio edition, and I was intrigued to read/hear the back story of how Chase- Logan's best friend from Big Girl Panties and his wife Amanda became the amazing couple that we were introduced to in Big Girl Panties.

First off let me say that the narrator this publisher picked was PERFECT for this book. Katie Schorr, gives  such a strong voice to Chase, a very alpha male, superstar with a very big personality. She also makes Amanda Cole the perfect feminine counterpart. Sometimes when listening to audio books when a narrator tries to be both the male and female lead it just doesn't work. It works so well with this story that at times I felt like I was listening to two separate people.

Chase is ever the gentleman and Amanda is a good girl that discovers her naughty side with his help. Amanda isn't used to living her life under the public microscope so when the going gets tough will Chase... chase Amanda, or will the media succeed in destroying their love.

I really enjoyed this story. If you are a fan of audio books in general I recommend grabbing this audio book. I also think if you've already read this book you could enjoy the audio version as well. For me sometimes an audio books can be like reading a book all over again for the first time, and that can be a truly memorable experience.  Also, I have to say  I was surprised with some other  reviews I had read, I found that people either loved it or hated it. But, then again I remember reading the same types of reviews for Big Girl Panties and that was quite possibly one of my favorite reads last year.  After reading & listening to two books by Stephanie Evanovich I have to say that I am a fan of her writing style and the stories she tells. I for one will be on the lookout for anything this author publishes!

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: A Very Merry Hockey Holiday by Toni Aleo


Release: December 10th 2014
An Assassins Novella (#6.5)

About the book...
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas – with eight stories featuring your most beloved characters and their families – it’s time to get comfy with a cup of hot cocoa and take a sneak peek at the holidays, Assassins’ style.

Join Lucas and Fallon along Tate and Audrey as they await life-changing gifts; Erik and Piper, and Phillip and Reece who have decisions to make that could lead to exciting developments ahead in their lives; and Claire as she makes a Christmas wish and choices for her future. Spend Christmas morning with the Adler family and see what the New Year has in store for Karson and Lacey, as well as Kacey King. The King family faces significant changes and resolutions that will leave readers alternately cheering and maybe a little heavy-hearted…all wrapped up in a big bow.

Join in on the holiday cheer and see who’s been naughty or nice in New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Toni Aleo’s novella – A Very Merry Hockey Holiday.
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Friday, November 14, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Made for You by Lauren Layne

When the Wrong Guy is Oh-So-Right

Will Thatcher is exactly the type of sexy playboy good girls like Brynn have always avoided. And yet there was still something about him she just couldn't resist. When Will moved across the country three years ago, Brynn vowed it was time to put him behind her. She never thought Will might have other plans . . .

Back in town, Will intends to get what he's always wanted-gorgeous, unforgettable Brynn. For years, he tormented the untouchable ice princess in a desperate bid for her attention. Now he has a new plan, and he'll do anything to rewrite their stormy past.

This time, he's out to show Brynn that the imperfect man might be the best mistake of her life . .

Review:
Do you remember a time in school when a boy was a little too shy to let a girl know they were interested, so instead they teased or tormented them trying to get their attention? Will has always had feelings for Brynn, even if he may show his interest in the wrong way.

After a night together, Brynn makes it clear that she regrets what she considers a dirty little secret.. so Will leaves the situation and town. Three years later Will returns and this time he is determined to make sure Brynn notices him this time, because he knows she is worth a shot at forever.... even if yet again his approach may be a little off.

Brynn likes order and organization. Her life is planned and she uses journals she has created to guide her along the way. Then her perfect (perfectly boring) boyfriend dumps her and she begins to rethink her approach to life. Will is her sisters best friend and has been her adversary for most of her life. This wild boy is the opposite of what she thinks she needs in her life, even if part of her is drawn to him by a chemistry so strong it is hard to resist. So, when this good girl decides to go a little bad, who better to take a temporary walk on the wild side with? But, will this fling lead to more? At least one of them (Will) is counting on it!

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I was intrigued by Brynn and Will after reading Only With You. I knew there was much more to this story and boy was there ever. Made For You is a fun read full of sexy witty banter. Will and Brynn have amazing chemistry and I was rooting for them to be together from the start. There were times however, I wanted to smack one of them in the head and say, open your eyes to what is right in front of you. I love Lauren Layne's writing style, her heroines feel real and she does a great job of bringing you into the story, making you feel alongside her characters. I gave Made for You -4 STARS,  I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more by this author.
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Lauren Layne used to work in e-commerce. She wore cute shoes and big-girl clothes like an adult. Then she was like, nope, changed into her pajamas and started writing romance novels. She believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily ever after.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: Laces & Lace by Toni Aleo

New York Times & USA Today best selling author, Toni Aleo presents the next installment in the Assassins Series.

Tangled in Laces- (Prequel novella to Laces & Lace- Included with this book)
In Tangled in Laces, Karson King is on the fast track to the NHL. Lacey Martin is coming back from a hard fight against cancer and is terrified of him, but the attraction is too much to ignore. Soon their love is so intense, neither of them see the rest of their lives without the other. Will Karson prove that he will protect his heart at all costs, or will he leave Lacey to pick up the pieces of her life once again?

Laces & Lace- Assassins Series Book #6
Nine years ago, things were perfect. Lacey and Karson had found their happily ever after... or so they thought. How do two people who were meant to be move on from that once-in-a-lifetime love?

Lacey has strength inside her that comes alive with the things she's most passionate about. She's a fighter, a survivor, and has everything she;s ever wanted but the one thing that matters most- love.

Karson is doing the one thing he loves most- playing hockey for the Assassins, yet he knows regret. He knows his life has been missing the one thing he walked away from so many years ago- Lacey.

Nine years later, and neither has been able to succeed in moving on from what was, what could have been, and who each of their hearts still beats for. When a chance encounter during a fateful night has their paths crossing again, will the tether still attaching their souls allow them to face the past, present and a possible future?

Can two people with fate on their side find a way back to each other? Overcome all the obstacles in their way and finally
live life together to the fullest?

Or will they let those around them and the circumstances they face, along with questions and doubt, ruin a second chance at the life they both deserve.

Review:
Laces and Lace was everything I had hoped for, and then some! I have been dying to read this story since Tangled in Laces was published in Seduced by the Game, the fundraising anthology -Hockey Fights Cancer. I am pleased to see that the prequel is included with this release and that the Author is donating $1 for every book sold to this wonderful cause.


When Karson was forced to walk away from Lacey years ago it broke him. He's never fully been able to move on and when a chance to make amends presents itself he commits fully to reclaim Lacey and his heart.

Lacey won her battle with breast cancer, but still has an aching hole in her chest, put there by Karson. When fate brings him back to her door, she finds it impossible not to give him the second chance he so desperately wants.

However, Lacey's family and best friend aren't excited about this reunion and are a determined to separate these two for good. Will true love overcome all odds, or will the meddling of the people that claim to love Lacey the most push these two soul mates apart... Again?

I am such a fan of the Assassins series. Toni Aleo writes emotional, but heartwarming romances starring hot hockey players and the women who love them. I've yet to give any book in this series less than 5 stars. This series is one that I've reread several times and am likely to read it again. Laces in Lace maybe in my top two favorites of this series. Toni Aleo uses her voice as a platform to not only entertain, but to also bringing something as ugly as cancer and making it beautiful with this story of second chances.

I recommend reading all books in this series, however Laces and Lace can absolutely stand alone. If you are looking for a great read this one is sure to fit the bill.

PS> I was provided with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED this book and will be purchasing a copy for my keeper shelf!

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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, Falling for the Backup, Blue Lines & Breaking Away. When not rooting for her beloved Nashville Predators, she's probably going to her husband's and son's hockey games and her daughters dance competitions, taking pictures, scrap booking, or reading the latest romance novel. She lives in the Nashville area with her husband, two children and a bulldog. 

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

5 Stars for WILD by Sophie Jordan!
Review & Giveaway!

A good girl goes fabulously bad in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's sexy New Adult romance series, in which three Ivy League suite-mates seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

Months after her boyfriend dumped her, Georgia can still hear the insults he hurled at her. Boring. Predictable. Tame. Tired of felling bad, she's ready to change her image, and go little wild.  What better way to prove her ex wrong than a hot night of sexual adventure at the secret campus kink club?

In the shadowy den of the kink club, she unexpectedly runs into Logan Mulvaney, her friend's little brother. A player extraordinaire too hot for his own good, he may be younger, but the guy is light years ahead when it comes to sexual experience. Now he's telling her to go home- "good girls" don't belong here!

Georgia is tired of having others define her. She's going to teach Logan a lesson he won't forget- one white hot, mind-wrecking kiss... that leads to another... and another... and... Realizing she's in way over her head, Georgia runs.

Only Logan won't let her go. Everywhere she goes he's there, making her want every inch of him. Making her forget who he is. And just how wrong they are for each other.

Review: 
Georgia has been the supporting friend in the previous two installments of this series, Foreplay- Ivy Chronicles Book #1Tease- Ivy Chronicles Book #2, she was the "good girl" friend, with the reliable boyfriend her family approved of, who always followed the rules. We also met the notorious Logan, this younger brother is no kid, he is very wise for his age. The boyfriend is gone and the "good girl" is tire of being bored. so what better match than a bad boy that makes walking on the wild side... oh so much.

I gave WILD- 5 STARS, in fact this entire series gets 5 STARS from me! I have admitted before on a previous review on the first book of this series that I was hesitant to give this series a shot from the beginning. I saw Sophie Jordan has primarily a historical writer and there is a big difference between these two genres. My fears were so off base- this writer has proven to me that she can write any genre, and not just write it... but write it well. I recommend you add this book (and series) to your TBR list.

Sophie Jordan's Ivy Chronicles is quite possibly my favorite New Adult series of 2014. Wild, the final installment in this wonderful series was the perfect ending to what this blogger found to be a super sexy New Adult series with characters that stay with you long after the last page is turned.
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Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family, When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet Cherry Coke preferred), talking plot lines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Sinful Rewards 4 by Cynthia Sax

Four years ago, Bee Carter left her tiny hometown, escaping her tormentor. She concealed her tarnished reputation under a good-girl persona, hiding her history from Nicolas, her strong and silent billionaire; Hawke, her tattooed bad-boy biker; and Cyndi, her man-crazy best friend. 

Today, she's returning home... and she's not alone. Some of her deepest, darkest secrets will be revealed. Trust will be tested. Clothing and inhibitions will be discarded. Bee and her hometown will never be the same. 

When her past and present collide, will any of Bee's relationships survive?

Review:
I am absolutely loving the Sinful Rewards series by Cynthia Sax. I was anxiously awaiting this installment and it was well worth the wait.  This series is like my dirty little secret. It is so racy hot that as I sat in the airport waiting for my flight, I kept scanning from side to side to be sure my fellow passengers weren't reading over my shoulder, the lady beside me would've needed her pace maker reset.

After finishing Sinful Rewards, 1-3, I was firmly Team Nicolas. I have a thing for billionaires.. but, this installment sent me in the opposite direction and as I read the last page I was firmly Team Hawke. I can't wait to see what will happen next. Normally, I am not a fan of books that are released in small parts. I am not known to be a patient person. I am finding the Sinful Rewards series to be the exception, Cynthia Sax uses this format to build anticipation and she's caught this blogger, hook, line and sinker!

NOTE: This book is part of a series and you must read all other installments- this is NOT a stand alone work.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn

In case you missed this last week,  I am super excited that one of my favorite authors has a new series with William Morrow  Check out this blurb and cover!  This series is going to rock! 

Dixie Lark hasn't had an easy life. After her parents were killed in a car accident, her cushy childhood in the suburbs died right along with them. Sent to live in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother, she and her her brother learned a love of music from their grandfather. The greats, Johnny & June, Waylon & Hank. Picking up her grandfather's fiddle changed Dixie's life forever, giving her an outlet for her emotions and allowing her broken heart to dream of a future she never knew existed.

Ten years later, Dixie and her brother Dallas are chasing the same dream. Their bank, Leaving Amarillo, is quickly becoming the hottest act in Texas. Unfortunately, Dixie's feeling for their drummer, Gavin, the tattooed, tortured soul who's been haunting her dreams since they were kids, are becoming hard to keep to herself. Watching groupies hang on him and make themselves available for one night stands is just too much for her. She knows he feels the connection between them and she wants Gavin to see her as more than just his best friend's little sister. The problem is, her brother has forbidden Gavin from ever making a move on her and Gavin is holding steadfast to his promise not to. Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie sets a plan in place that changes everything- for her and the band's future.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Alex: Cold Fury Hockey #1 by Sawyer Bennett

Hockey star Alexander Crossman has a reputation as a cold-hearted player on and off the rink. Pushed into the sport by an alcoholic father, Alex isn’t afraid to give fans the proverbial middle finger, relishing his role as the MVP they love to hate. Management, however, isn’t so amused. Now Alex has a choice: fix his public image through community service or ride the bench. But Alex refuses to be molded into the Carolina Cold Fury poster boy . . . not even by a tempting
redhead with killer curves.

As a social worker, Sutton Price is accustomed to difficult people—like Alex, who’s been assigned to help her create a drug-abuse awareness program for at-risk youth as part of the team’s effort to clean up his image. What she doesn’t expect is the arrogant smirk from his perfect lips to stir her most heated fantasies. But Sutton isn’t one to cross professional boundaries—and besides, Alex doesn’t do relationships . . . or does he? The more she sees behind Alex’s bad-boy fa├žade, the more Sutton craves the man she uncovers.


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I didn't get this book in my hands to get my review up in time for today's post I could have powered through & read it to try to crank out a review, but one look at this cover and you will know why I am taking my sweet time reading this one.

I love Sawyer Bennett, her Off series is one of my favorite book series ever (hence ,why I started a twitter campaign #GETusOFF, begging for another book in that series) and her Last Call and Legal Affairs books are  just as amazing (Click here for info on other books by Sawyer Bennett). I am so excited that she is writing a hockey series and I can't wait to tell you all about how fabulous this book is, so stay tuned! Full review coming next week.

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USA Today bestselling 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 at home with their daughter and three big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

REVIEW: Skating on Thin Ice by Jami Davenport!

Jami Davenport presents Game on in Seattle, a new series featuring Seattle sports teams, hot men, and strong women. 

He trusts his gut, she trusts her numbers, and neither trusts the other, as a billionaire's mission to bring hockey to Seattle clashes with his passion for the woman who holds his heart.

Ethan Parker, a billionaire determined to bring a professional hockey to Seattle, will stop at nothing to realize his dream. After signing an agreement to purchase another city's team, Ethan is anxious to make the move to Seattle, but a gag order by the League forces him to keep the sale a secret until the season ends, leaving him no choice but to go undercover as a consultant to study his team during the playoffs.

Lauren Schneider, Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Giants hockey team, gets no respect from the team's testosterone-loaded staff. When Ethan bursts onto the scene, full of charm and genuinely interested in her opinions, she shares the team's weaknesses and discovers a weakness of her own--for Ethan. But when his true identity is revealed, and he starts cleaning house based on her unwitting input, his betrayal cuts deeply on both a professional and personal level. Bound by an employment contract, Lauren reluctantly moves to Seattle to work for the newly christened Seattle Sockeyes and her sexy, infuriating boss.

Lauren and Ethan must come to terms with their passions--for the team, for hockey, and for each other. Will their situation build a frozen wall between them, or will their love burn hot enough to melt the ice shielding their hearts?


Excerpt:
(This scene is from Ethan and Lauren's first kiss- enjoy this little teaser!)
Oh God, he wanted to kiss her in the worst way.  He dropped her hand and framed her face in his big hands, stroking her high cheekbones with his index fingers. She shivered but made no move to get away. 

"Ethan," she whispered in a sexy, throaty whisper that sent a rush of lust to his groin. 

"Lauren," he responded, his own voice raspy.

She stared into his eyes, her hazel eyes troubled and full of earnest questions, most likely fueled by her suspicious, which were well founded. Ethan held his breath, sensing another tough question coming his way.

"Is your primary residence Seattle?"

He couldn't lie again to her, just couldn't. so he did the only thing he could think of to change the subject and give her something else to fixate on.

He kissed her.

Oh yeah, he kissed her. He intended for it to be a brush of the lips, enough to distract her. But her eyes glazed over, and she closed them just as his lips touched hers. Warning bells clanged in his head and he silenced them mentally without effort, a testament to how committed he was to doing the wrong thing because it felt so fucking right. 

Her kiss tasted like warm, soft rain on a Seattle summer day and lapped at the corners of his soul like gentle waves lapping across the sandy beach below his home. He felt as lightheaded as a teenager experiencing those first heady emotions of a new love. But this was not love and Ethan was no teenager and neither was Lauren. She was an adult woman, and he was a man, and this man wasn't strong enough to resist. 

Review: 
Ethan meets Lauren when he is pretending to be an agent sent by an interested investor to check out the team working from the inside out. Lauren is a woman in a mans world. She works hard to prove herself and gives herself heart and soul to the team. She made a mistake in her past by getting too close to a player and she almost lost her career. Her assignment to help Ethan understand the team is one thing, but the feelings and chemistry he stirs up when they are together is another thing entirely.

I quickly found myself loving Ethan, his passion for the game, and also his growing feelings for Lauren and knowing that when she found out who he truly was things were likely to go South quick- especially once she finds out he is taking her team as far West as it can possibly go. This story was a fresh take on hockey romance and I loved every single page!  I gave Skating on Thin Ice 5 STARS! 

For those of you that follow this blog regularly you know there is nothing I love more than hockey romance. Sports romance is my thing, especially hockey romance, so my inner goddess donned her cheer leading uniform and jumped for joy as soon as she read the intro to Skating on Thin Ice. This is book #1 in her new Seattle Sockeyes series and Jami Davenport has plans, BIG plans, that include expanding more fictional sport teams in Seattle. She does a wonderful job building a team in this first installment of the Sockeyes Hockey, I can't wait for more from this team, as well as any other sports teams Ms. Davenport dreams up for me to read about! 




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An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn't have it any other way.



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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Wicked Nights by Anne Marsh


Winner takes it all...off

Former diving champion Piper Clark never loses. Unfortunately, if she doesn't land this lucrative contract, her diving business will fail. Worse still, it will be at the hands of her childhood nemesis, Cal Brennan—six feet of hard, rugged former Navy SEAL. So Piper proposes a wager: whoever loses the diving contract must take orders from the winner...in bed.

Cal needs this contract for his own reasons. A former rescue swimmer, he may be having a few issues with diving since his last mission ended, but Piper doesn't need to know that. Something about her impulsive nature makes Cal rise to the bait, and there's nothing he'd like more than to show Piper exactly what rules are good for.

All bets are on. And someones about to start playing dirty....

Review:
Wicked  Nights by Anne Marsh is a steamy hot romance that encapsulates everything I love about a Harlequin Blaze, an intriguing story, a sexy hero (a SEAL none-the-less) and a heroine that will risk it all for what she really wants.

Piper needs to win the contract with the cruise line to save her business. Cal also needs this contract, but for a more personal reason.  Once a sexy wager is added to the mix, these two find it more and more difficult to pretend they really don't like each other. Sparks fly and as the contract negotiations get more competitive their growing intimate relationship could cost  them the thing they want most.... someone will win this contract, but will they lose their heart in the process?

I love a good alpha male, but this heroine also likes a little control. The building relationship and back and forth between these two was thoroughly entertaining. The contract competition gave this story a fun plot twist and it kept me interested. I gave this book a solid 4 Stars! This was my first Anne Marsh read and I can say without a doubt it will not be my last.

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I live in Northern California with my husband, two kids and six cats. After ten years of graduate school and too many degrees, I escaped to become a technical writer. When not planted firmly in front of the laptop translating Engineer into English, I enjoy gardening, running (even if it’s just to the 7-11 for Slurpee's), and reading books curled up with my kids. The best part of writing romance, however, is finally being able to answer the question: “So... what do you do with a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures?” You can visit me online at www.anne-marsh.com.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SPOTLIGHT: To Catch A Star by Romy Sommer

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Teresa Adler is the ultimate Ice Princess, with a heart as frozen as the winter landscape of her beloved home, Westerwald. All her life, she’s belonged to the ‘inner circle’ of wealth, privilege and position.

Christian Taylor: Heartthrob. Movie Star. Bad Boy. The mischievous actor sets temperatures soaring in the picturesque baroque principality – and with a wicked glint in his eye and a chip on his shoulder he sets his sights on the one thing he’s told he can’t have. Teresa.

While Tessa holds the ultimate clue to the secret of Christian’s parentage, it is the heat  of his touch that will make this Ice Princess feel more alive than she ever has before...

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Excerpt:
One woman tearing your clothes off was fun. Five at once? Not so much.

“Please, ladies...” Christian was only half laughing now. Rip. There went an Armani sleeve. He shrugged away from the grasp, but there were still other hands pulling at him, tugging at him.

He’d known adoring fans before but they seldom pawed him. And this had gone way beyond pawing.

“I’ll sign autographs, but you really don’t need to take souvenirs.” 

He had to raise his voice over their squeals. This was definitely not fun. In fact, it was getting downright scary. The crowd surrounding him pressed in tighter. There seemed to be more of them now too.

Another rip. This time his shirt. The excited squeals increased in volume.

“He’s mine!” shouted one over-eager fan.

“Mine!” the others echoed.

“Well, actually, ladies...” He belonged to no one. But in the grip of mob mentality, they neither heard nor cared. 

He had to get out of here.

With another rip, this time the rear seam of his evening jacket, he pulled away from the knot of admirers. One young woman tumbled to her knees with the impetus. Fighting every instinct to be a gentleman, he didn’t pause. He ran. The sound of their pursuit spurred him on. He ran blindly. Now he knew how it felt to be the fox in a fox hunt.

A block or two further and the number of feet behind him seemed to diminish, but he still didn’t look back. He only hoped no-one had been trampled in the ruckus. Though if one or two of the fanatics broke a heel in the process, justice would be served. He reached an intersection and looked both ways. This foreign city had turned into a maze and he had absolutely no idea where he was. Back where he’d been accosted, the streets teemed with life. He paused. He stood now in a deserted residential street, a terrace of imposing townhouses lined with trees stark against the night sky.

And no way out.

Cul-de-sac either side and a dead-end straight ahead. 

Damn.

He looked back over his shoulder. There were only three women left in the race, but they were gaining. 

A car pulled out of a driveway within the cul-de-sac to his left, picking up speed as it approached his street corner. An open-topped sports car with only one occupant. Blonde was all he had time to register. Drawing on a lifetime’s worth of instinct, he took a running leap and landed face-first in the rear seat, just as the roof began to unfold and close over them.

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I've always written stories for myself but didn't even think of being an author until I realized that being over thirty and living in a fantasy world was a little odd. Writing those same stories for other people makes it a lot more acceptable! By day I dress in cargo pants and boots for my not-so-glamorous job of making movies but at night I come home to my two little Princesses, and I get to write Happy Ever Afters. Since I believe every girl is a princess, and every princess deserves a happy ending, what could be more perfect?Though my heart lies in Europe, I'm not too good with the cold, so I live in sunny SouthAfrica.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Skating On Thin Ice by Jami Davenport
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Jami Davenport presents Game on in Seattle, a new series featuring Seattle sports teams, hot men, and strong women.

He trusts his gut, she trusts her numbers, and neither trusts the other, as a billionaire's mission to bring hockey to Seattle clashes with his passion for the woman who holds his heart.

Ethan Parker, a billionaire determined to bring a professional hockey to Seattle, will stop at nothing to realize his dream. After signing an agreement to purchase another city's team, Ethan is anxious to make the move to Seattle, but a gag order by the League forces him to keep the sale a secret until the season ends, leaving him no choice but to go undercover as a consultant to study his team during the playoffs.

Lauren Schneider, Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the Giants hockey team, gets no respect from the team's testosterone-loaded staff. When Ethan bursts onto the scene, full of charm and genuinely interested in her opinions, she shares the team's weaknesses and discovers a weakness of her own--for Ethan. But when his true identity is revealed, and he starts cleaning house based on her unwitting input, his betrayal cuts deeply on both a professional and personal level. Bound by an employment contract, Lauren reluctantly moves to Seattle to work for the newly christened Seattle Sockeyes and her sexy, infuriating boss.

Lauren and Ethan must come to terms with their passions--for the team, for hockey, and for each other. Will their situation build a frozen wall between them, or will their love burn hot enough to melt the ice shielding their hearts?


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An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy contemporary and sports romances, including her two new indie endeavors: the Game On in Seattle Series and the Madrona Island Series. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn't have it any other way.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Review: Night Belongs to Fireman by Jennifer Bernard

Daring... Sexy... Irresistible...
They're the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabirel

When fireman Fred Breen rescues a bachelorette party after a construction crane collapses onto their limo, the media labels him the "Bachelor Hero." But all Fred can think about is the petite brunette with the sexy mane of dark curls who bolted away from him faster that a wildfire after he carried her to safety. And when he discovers she's none other than Rachel Kessler, the daughter of a tech billionaire, the girl whose kidnapping riveted the nation, he intends to learn every intimate detail about this intriguing woman who sets his pulse on fire.

Rachel can't deny the lean-muscled firefighter is smokin' hot. But after having one too many drinks at the bar where she first meets him, Rachel knows she's made a fool of herself. Yet when he rescues her from the limo, she feels safe for the first time since she was held for ransom as a child. Then her overprotective father insists Fred be her bodyguard- and his close presence kindles a burning desire that only he can extinguish.

Review: 
If your going to get trapped in a limo leaving a bachelorette party the person you want to come to your rescue is definitely Fireman Fred Breen. Rachel sees Fred in a bar and the sparks fly at first sight, this this handsome hero then rescues her from a wrecked limo, but leaves in a flash after in hopes of avoiding the media. After her childhood kidnapping, she avoids the media at all costs to protect herself. When a threat from Rachel's past threatens her future who better to be her bodyguard/hero then Fireman Fred. The more time these two spend together the more their story heats up..
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It's no secret to anyone that follows this blog regularly that I am a huge fan of Jennifer Bernard's Bachelor Firemen series. This series has earned any book by Jennifer Bernard a spot on my keeper shelf.  I aways think the latest release is my favorite... Night Belongs to Fireman is no exception.
 I can say without a shadow of a doubt that this book IS my favorite of the series. Jennifer weaves a fun contemporary romance full of her trademark 5 ALARM FIRE heat, humor and a twisting plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. I gave this book 5 STARS! If you aren't reading this series I strongly recommend you get on the bandwagon!

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Author- Jennifer Bernard
Jennifer Bernard is a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to... well, any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She's no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings.

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Disclaimer: I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, as always any opinions expressed here are my own. Side Note: I loved this book so much I pre-ordered a paperback for my bookshelf immediately after I finished reading the ARC copy... it's that good!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Excerpt: What A Wallflower Wants by Maya Rodale

What A Wallflower Wants
by Maya Rodale
Release Date: 9/30/2014
Avon Romance

In the third novel in Maya Rodale's charming Wallflower series, London's Least Likely to be Caught in a Compromising Position finds temptation in a devilishly handsome stranger...

Miss Prudence  Merryweather Payton has a secret. 

Everyone knows that she's the only graduate from her finishing school to remain unwed on her fourth season- but no one knows why. With her romantic illusions shattered after being compromised against her will, Prudence accepts a proposal even though her betrothed is not exactly a knight in shining armor. When he cowardly pushes her out of their stagecoach to divert a highwayman, she vows never to trust another man again. 

John Roark, Viscount Castleton, is nobodys hero.

He's a blue-eyed charmer with a mysterious past and ambitious plans for the future- that do not include a wife. When he finds himself stranded at a country inn with a captivating young woman, a delicate dance of seduction ensues. He knows he should keep his distance. And he definitely shouldn't start falling in love with her. 

When Prudence's dark past comes back to haunt her, John must protect her- even though he risks revealing his own secrets that could destroy his future. 

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Miss Prudence Merryweather and Viscount Castleton find themselves stranded at a country in...with secrets. There is only one thing to do: he asks her to dance. 

“Just one dance...that is all,” Castleton said. “I promise I won’t get any ideas.”

Prudence gazed up at him. Too bad she couldn’t explain why she was so hesitant. She was wasting her life, letting this fear hold her back. There was a handsome man before her, who had shown her nothing but kindness, and all he wanted was a dance. The truth was: she yearned in her heart of hearts to dance with him.

“All right,” she said softly.

The last time she placed her hand in another man’s it was the beginning of the end.

They began to dance.

She did not, as she feared, forget the steps. Hours and hours of her life spent practicing them so when this moment came—waltzing in the arms of a handsome man—she could move in time to the music without counting to three and so she could look into smoldering gaze instead of at her feet.

Prue forced her breath to be even. In. Out. In. Out. She willed her heart to beat in a steady rhythm as she tried to reclaim power over her emotions and fears.

Castleton’s gaze settled on her face. She peered up at him. This time she really looked at him focusing on his mouth, which was firm, sensual and smiling encouragingly.
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“Are you having fun yet?” Castleton asked her affectionately.

Her gaze flew up to his. Ah, those eyes. Knowing. Dark.

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Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother's insistence. She is now the author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. A champion of the romance genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained and co-founder of Lady Jane's Salon, a national reading series devoted to romantic fiction. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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