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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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. 


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.


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.

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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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. 

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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Review: Boarded by Love by Toni Aleo

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Toni Aleo, comes a spin off series from the Assassins: The Bellevue Bullies!

Jude Sinclair here, hockey player for the Bellevue Bullies and lover of all ladies. Hockey's in my blood, and not to sound full of myself, but I'm good at it...really good. The draft is within my reach- it's mine to take- but that's not the only reason people know my name. They know me because of my way with women, They know the score, and I aim to please. I just tend to stay away from all repeat performances. In other words, I don't do relationships beyond my family and friends. I'm happy with life. However, I should warn you that my story and how I see it playing out is about to change due to a certain redhead on campus.

She's beautiful. Stunning. Breathtaking.

She's my game changer.
He's trouble from the moment I see him. I don't know what I'm thinking, but from the moment I meet his gaze, I'm his. It's a scary feeling.

I've never trusted anyone outside my aunt and uncle- and even that took months. I didn't have it easy growing up. My mom was usually strung out, and she didn't give me a second thought. Drugs and the men who paid her were more important to her. It was horrible, but I'm stronger today. Because of my past, security is what I need most. Money assures me that I can take care of myself today, tomorrow and next month. I don't want to ever be hungry or go without again, so I work hard for every penny.

Oh, by the way, I'm Claire Anderson. I;m a hard studying sophomore at the University of Bellevue, dancer for the school dance team, and a burlesque dancer at a club, but that's my secret.

You may think you know how our story ends, but you have no clue. It's not easy falling in love. At first it may seem so, but when is anything worth having ever won without a fight?

Especially when you're boarded by love.

Boarded by Love, the first novel in Toni Aleo's Assassin's spin off series, the Bellevue Bullies, stars our heroine, Claire Anderson. Claire Anderson is the niece of Phillip Anderson, Nashville Assassins superstar.

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Claire understandably has issues trusting people. Her past has made her believe that the only person she can really count on is herself and she refuses to ever put herself at risk again... until she meets Jude. Jude is everything she should be running from, but from their first eye contact to kiss -fate has a different plan. Jude sets his sights on Claire and come hell or high water she will be his..

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"You know, everyone always talks about sparks and fireworks when they kiss a guy- I hadn't ever felt that way before, but I do now. But sparks and fireworks really don't do the way he kisses justice. It's more like a bomb, a nuclear one, because when I pull back, I'm actually dizzy." 

I am a self-admitted Toni Aleo super fan, if she writes it I read it, and 99.9% of the time I LOVE it! Boarded by Love was no exception. I gave this book 5 Stars, it is a great start to a new series and proves to me that Toni not only writes one hell of a sports romance, she also gives a new feel to the world of new adult books as well.  I can't wait for the next Bellevue Bullies book! 

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Toni Aleo is the author of the Nashville Assassins series: Taking Shots, Trying to Score, Empty Net, and Blue Lines (releases this summer). 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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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Review & Giveaway: A Seductive Melody by Crista McHugh

Ethan Kelly lost his best friend and bandmate to an overdose, but staying clean is proving harder than he thought it would be. His only safety net during his first weeks of sobriety is fellow recovering addict, Becca. As she guides him through the darkness, he begins to trust her not only with his secrets, but also his heart.

After years of trying to be the daughter her socialite parents wanted her to be (and failing miserably), Rebecca Shore finally has her life on track. Sure, she's just an assistant at Moderne magazine when she'd rather be pursuing serious journalism, but it's a foot in the door. She's just waiting for the scoop of a lifetime that will take her to the next level. But when she's asked to help the reclusive and enigmatic rock star, her heart is torn between the career she's always wanted and the man who bares his soul to her.

If you haven't started reading the Kelly Brothers series by Crista McHugh stop whatever you are doing and start now. This is one family you don't want want to miss spending time with. A Seductive Melody brings a little rock star romance to this series. Ethan is recovering from losing his friend and fighting to overcome his own addiction and to try to stay out of the public eye as much as possible. Becca has never felt good enough, always trying to be the daughter her parents wanted drove her to drugs as well. She has overcome her addiction and now she vows to help Ethan as well. Neither of them in this stage of their recovery really needs to be looking for a relationship, but sometimes love doesn't follow the rules and it happens on its own time. Will Becca sell out Ethan and risk sabotaging his recovery in order to get the story she needs to launch her new career? You MUST read this book to find out.

I gave A Seductive Melody 5 Stars! I love this book and this series and can't wait for more from Crista McHugh!

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Crista McHugh us a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Game Changer by Collette West!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She's the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME Changer

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Kiss Me Captain by Gwen Jones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Review: Crazy for Her by Sandra Owens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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