Friday, May 30, 2014

COVER REVEAL: The Whiskey Prince by Toni Aleo!

Take a risk.
Do something drastic.
Fall in love.

When Amberlyn Reilly loses her mother, her whole world comes crashing down. Having been caretaker to her for most of her teenage years, Amberlyn is inexperienced in many aspects of life. She hasn’t had time to live, have fun, or enjoy even the little things. It’s only when a letter from her mother, asking her to fulfill three things, sends her off to Ireland to live a life she never thought possible that she begins to heal.

Declan O’Callaghan was born and raised in Ireland and has his family’s legendary whiskey in his veins. He’s shy and not a fan of the pressure and spotlight that comes with his family name, or the title he was given at birth—the Whiskey Prince. Declan knows just what he wants and that is to take over the family dynasty, but when his father gives him an ultimatum, everything he’s worked for could come undone in the blink of an eye.

With six months to get married, the reclusive Declan spots Amberlyn across a lake and instantly feels the need to know her. Soon, the two find themselves traveling down a path neither expected. However, like any road, there are bumps and side streets to derail them. Can Declan help find the pieces that will make Amberlyn whole again? And will Amberlyn stay or run when she learns of Declan’s deadline of marriage?

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.

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Review: Catching Cameron: A Love & Football Novel
by Julie Brannagh

Julie Brannagh's sexy, charming Love and Football series continues....

Star sports reporter Cameron Odine has one firm rule: she does not date football players. Ever. She tangled with one years ago, and it did not end well. Been there done that.

But when Cameron comes face-to-face with the very man who shattered her heart-on camera, no less- her world is upended for a second time by recklessly handsome Seattle Shark, Zach Anderson.

Zach has never been able to forget the gorgeous blond who stole his breath away when he was just a rookie. They've managed to give each other a wide berth for years, but when their jobs suddenly bring them together again and again, he knows he has to face his past once and for all.

Because as they spend more time together, he becomes less focused on the action on the field and more concerned with catching Cameron.

Julie Brannagh throws another touchdown with this latest addition to her Love and Football series.

Cameron Odine has earned her place in the spotlight through her own hard work and determination. Coming from a rich family, her career choice is not what her father had in mind and he will do anything and everything to lead her toward a life he find acceptable. Zach Anderson never fully forgot about the wife he had for three-days in Las Vegas, until she snuck away and never looked back. Their whirlwind romance ended as quickly as it had begun, leaving both of them angry and hurt.

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Cameron would have preferred to avoid their reunion for the rest of her life, but when Zach Anderson is sitting before her on camera, she snaps. The fall out from this interview sends her on assignment,  to Seattle Sharks training camp and right into the middle of the boys club, and some people don't exactly roll out the red carpet.

Catching Cameron was a fun, emotional sports romance read that will be LOVED by sports romance fans and contemporary fans as well. Julie Brannagh does a wonderful job building this story. The elements from the past blend nicely and the sub-plots that develop keep the story moving at a great pace. The chemistry between Cameron and Zach is palpable, even when one or both of them fights it with every ounce of determination they possess.  I loved the football banter This book will have your rooting for their happy ending and smiling long after you turn the final page.

All of the books in the Love and Football series are stand alone books. You can read any or all of them in any order. This series just keeps getting better and better! Brannagh, I am three books in and I am starting to feel the connection I felt to SEP's characters the first time I read It Had To Be You (Chicago Stars #1). Her sports romance writing style reminds me a lot of these two sports romance icons!
I've said this before when reviewing other books in this series, but it is worth saying again. Fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Chicago Stars series will love this series by Julie

I gave Catching Cameron 5 STARS and this entire series has earned a spot on my favorite sports romance book shelf, alongside my SEP, Chicago Stars books and my Rachel Gibson, Chinook's series.

Love and Football Series Books in Order to date:

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Author Info:
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.

Julie hasn't quite achieved the goal of owing a pro football team, so she created a fictional one: The Seattle Sharks. When she's not writing, she reading. or armchair-quarterbacking her favorite NFL team from the comfort of the family room couch. Julie a golden heart finalist and the author of four contemporary sports romances. 

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Until next time... Happy Reading! 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Tease (The Ivy Chronicles Book #2) by Sophie Jordan
Review & Giveaway!

A young college woman gets schooled in life, sex and love in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's sizzling New Adult romance series- where there Ivy League suite-mates testing their boundaries as they seek higher knowledge of just how far they can go.

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She's always chosen her hook-ups carefully, and she's never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.

Never fall in love.

Always leave them begging for more.

Then comes Shaw. A hotty from the wrong side of the tracks, he's immune to her flirtatious smile and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn't even try to take her to bed- he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy dark-eyed bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, she finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she's throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she;s the one panting for a guy she can't control. A guy who won't settle for anything less than the real Emerson, who forces her to do things she's never imagined, including facing a past she thought she'd buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more...

Review: I can honestly say that this book has been on my TBR list since the second I flipped the last page of Foreplay, book #1 in Sophie Jordan's amazing series the Ivy Chronicles. I never expected to have an author I primarily viewed as a historical writer,  blow my socks off with her talent for writing new adult. I couldn't wait for more from this series.. and what a "Tease" she is... check out this trailer that was released before the book was available:

Once I got my hands on this book, I immediately stopped what I was doing and started reading, I never got up, I inhaled all 320 pages in one sitting.

We met Emerson in Foreplay as the lively roommate and friend. The lead into this story was perfect. Emerson and Shaw have chemistry from the start, and the initial impression of disinterest he shows toward Emerson after rescuing her from a brawl in a biker bar,  drew me in.. hook, line and sinker. This book is full of all the elements that make for the perfect new adult read, the chemistry, the tension, anticipation and eventually the fireworks. The characters from the previous book are integrated nicely and like the first of this series left me eagerly anticipating Wild, Book #3- set for release in November of this year.

Tease is part of the Ivy Chronicles series, but the story can stand alone. I liked reading it after Foreplay, because in the books I really love, I find it nice to revisit and get more story from characters you already like and that was certainly the case here. I gave Tease- 5 Stars and a standing ovation. This book is on my favorites shelf and once again Sophie Jordan proves she is a triple-threat- an author that can write, historical, new adult and young adult... wait she also writes paranormal- she is unstoppable!

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Tease- Part #1- (Chapters 1-6)

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Author- Sophie Jordan
Author Info: 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 best selling 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.

Author Links: WebsiteTwitter @SoVerySophieFacebook

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Grooming the Player
by Allie L. Adams

Don't hate the player...
Bainbridge University sophomore, Emma Rae, embraces her title of perpetually single. All the guys at BU are total players, and if there's one thing Emma hates more than anything, it's a player. 

Learn to play the game...
Ryan is tired of being the embarrassment of his frat house. Being a Delta means he should be playing the field, a different girl every night, just like the rest of his frat brothers. But he's the king of nerds, as they constantly remind him, and has never even had a real girlfriend. Hell, he isn't even allowed to live in the Delta house, instead living in a mod behind it. 

He begs Emma to turn him into a player. In return he'll bring her to the Delta DASH--the party of the year. As an underclassman, Emma isn't allowed to the DASH without a Delta escort. She quickly agrees, knowing she can turn him into anything, as she's done with so many of the ghosts of boyfriends past. 

She updates his image, teaches him how to flirt, how to kiss, and even how to drive a girl wild with his heated touch. She's groomed Ryan into the ultimate player, which is exactly what he wants.
The problem is she turns him into exactly what she wants too and must now decide whether this Project Em's Way is her greatest creation... Or her ultimate downfall.

Grooming the Player brings a humorous twist to the normally angsty new adult genre. This was a super fun, upbeat read that kept me turning the pages 

I loved the way the relationship develops between Emma and Ryan, if this  book was a made for TV movie, I would be watching.. I can't resist a make over story!  At the time of this review Grooming the Player is on-sale for the rock bottom price of .99!  You can't go wrong with this 4.5 STAR read. 

This was my first book by author, Allie K. Adams and it certainly won't be my last. She has a talent for drawing you in quickly, her characters are endearing and I love finishing a new adult read with a smile on my face.  I plan on reading the next book in the Campus Players series, Hiring the Player (review forthcoming). 

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Author Info:
Allie K. Adams is the bestselling author of several award-winning stories. An active member of the search and rescue, as well as previously served as a reserve deputy, Allie has firsthand experience in most of the dangers she writes about. Known for her highly erotic, deeply intense suspense romances, she can be found most days in front of her computer, saving the world one sizzling story at a time. She grew up in Seattle and now currently lives in southwest Montana with her husband, two kids, and two fluff ball dogs.  
She loves to hear from readers and encourages them to reach out to her through her website at

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Until next time... HAPPY READING ~Melissa

Monday, May 12, 2014

Release Day Post: Dare to Resist by Laura Kaye

DARE TO RESIST is the prequel novella to the sexy wedding event of the year! The Wedding Dare Series brings together five New York Times bestselling authors, one sizzling story of how the bride and groom fell in love, and four super sexy tales of bridesmaids who hope to get lucky in lust—or maybe even love—at their friend’s wedding. Here’s the story that starts it all!

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Dare to Resist
By New York Times Bestselling Author Laura Kaye
May 12, 2014
Trapped and tempted, this battle of wills rages all night long…
KadyDresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they're bidding on the same military security services contract.
When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’s submission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint.
Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.

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About the Wedding Dare Series:
When four bridesmaids dare one another to find lust—or maybe even love—at the destination wedding event of the year, the groomsmen don’t stand a chance. But little do the women know, the men are onto their game, and sparks will fly alongside the bouquet.
Four bridesmaids. Four groomsmen.
Four New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authors. Long-carried torches, sizzling new attractions, and forbidden conquests will ensure a wedding never to be forgotten.
Tessa Bailey, Baiting the Maid of Honor
Diane Alberts, Falling for the Groomsmen
Katee Robert, Seducing the Bridesmaid
Samanthe Beck, Best Man with Benefits
Coming June 9!

Laura Kaye Bio:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Friday, May 2, 2014

By Laura Kaye

WOW!!! This cover is AWESOME!
YAY!!! Marz's book is coming soon! Check out this cover reveal! I love this series SO much! If you aren't reading The Hard Ink series, stop what you are doing right now and start!! PS> This might be my favorite cover for this series to date.. WOWZER! Enjoy, <3 Melissa

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team- sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he has become. Derek's easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn't trust.

As the team's investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Bc love is too hard to come by to let slip away...

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And don't miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:
Hard to Hold On To (8/19/14)

Praise for the Hard Ink Series:
For Hard As You Can:
"TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!:" -RT Book Reviews Magazine

"Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!" -San Francisco Book Review

For Hard As It Gets:
"Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!" #! NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward

"Sizzling romance...The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna" - Publishers Weekly Review

"Kaye's description of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks' KGI and Julia Ann Walker's Black Knight Series." _ Booklist

About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura's large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghost, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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