Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Always by Lynsay Sands

New York Times Best Selling Author Lynsay Sands returns with the unforgettable story of a reluctant bride and groom who will soon find common ground in the bedroom....

Bastard daughter of the king, Rosamunde was raised in a convent and his wholly prepared to take the veil.. until King Henry declared she would wed Aric, one of his most valiant knights. Suddenly she found herself promising to love, honor and obey.

Rosamunde's education had not covered a wedding night, but the handsome warrior she was now bound to seemed intent on giving her a lesson in the art of pleasure. In no time, Aric was certain she would surrender to the irresistible passion he promised.

And while Rosamunde's spirited nature often put her at odds with her new husband, his mastery in seduction was quickly melting her resolve- and capturing her heart.

I have been in a funk lately and just couldn't find any historical romance reads that would keep my attention for very long. I picked a copy of Always by Lynsay Sands and it was just what the doctor ordered. I love that whenever I see Lynsay Sands name on the cover of a book I know it is going to make me laugh and fall in love and Always did just that.

The relationship between Rosamunde and Aric is a little tension filled at first. Aric was betrayed by his last love, so he has trouble trusting women and keeping her wedding vow promise to obey her husband becomes more and more difficult for Rosamunde. What she was told to expect in the marital bed by one of the nuns from the convent.. had me laughing so hard tears were streaming down my face. The connection these two shared was always there, but as they spend more time together it becomes a beautiful bond. This story has lots of humor (ie: a war horse with a cold wearing Aric's cape..-you need to read this for the full story) which is always a plus for me. I found myself quickly invested in this story and I turned the last page with a smile on my face. I am a sucker for a good happily ever after and it the ending was perfect!

I gave Always 5 STARS! If you are looking for a heartwarming story with humor, love and some heat pick up Always by Lynsay Sands, she never disappoints!

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I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I honestly loved this book!

Friday, October 23, 2015


USA Today bestselling author Catherine Gayle presents the second novel in the Tulsa Thunderbirds hockey romance series.

Desperation changes a person. Leads them to do things they would have never dreamed.

Thanks for his mother, Ray "Razor" Chambers knows what desperation can lead a person to do. But as a defenseman for the Tulsa Thunderbirds, those days are long in the past for both of them. His best buddy is about to get hitched in Vegas when a woman whose eyes are filled with an all-too-familiar haunted look approaches Razor. She makes him a proposition, an he knows he's witnessing yet another act born of desperation.

Viktoriya Dubroskaya knows all about desperation, too. She came to America to study ballet and escape a fate no one should have to bear. She can never go home again. She's broke and broken, not to mention in survival mode. Viktoriya turned to the only help offered, but in the end it stripped her of everything she was and all she wanted. Now she's out of time, money and options... until she sees Razor.

There's no chance he'll take her up on what she's offering, but he suggests a counter-proposal- one involving a ring, a green card, and a chance to reclaim her body. It's an opportunity she can't pass up, but for Viktoriya and Razor, learning to live together as husband and wife is as foreign as interpreting Smoke Signals. And where there's smoke, there's usually fire.

Smoke Signals by Catherine Gayle should come with a warning: DO NOT START READING THIS BOOK UNTIL YOU HAVE TIME TO READ IT ENTIRELY. Trust me, once you start you won't want to put it down.

Razor Chambers may have most of the world believing he is not a good guy, he's the wild one with no filter... and this bad boy is in Vegas for the wedding of his best friend and former teammate. After meeting and being propositioned by a beautiful Russian this bad boy surprised this reader by becoming one of my favorite romantic heroes ever!

Viktoriya is in a desperate place. She's lost her student Visa when the school sent her packing after finding out she was working in the porn industry on the side to be able to afford to stay in the United States. She has no where to turn and the prospect of going back to Russia is scarier than any of her less than favorable options. Offering herself to the handsome man on the casino floor in exchange for money is just the next step in her downward spiral. She never expected him to proposition her right back, but with an offer of marriage and safety.

Razor sees his mother's past struggles in the beautiful eyes of Viktoriya. He is determined to give her something his mother never had.. a chance. These two find themselves married and on their way back to Tulsa. Now for this plan to work, they must convince everyone around them that they are madly in love.. which given their mutual attraction and fast forming friendship becomes less hard.. and very real.

A heroine with a disturbing past, a bad boy who is oh so good. These two steam up the pages! Catherine Gayle did a fabulous job of investing me in this story. I felt a gamut of emotions from sadness to happiness, to the butterflies caused by the love that grows between Tori & Razor. I loved the friendship that blooms between Tori & Tally (from Bury the Hatchet).

Smoke Signals is books #2 in author Catherine Gayle's Tulsa Thunderbirds series. It can be read completely as a stand alone. In fact, I read it BEFORE I read book #1 in the series, Bury the Hatchet, and loved them both equally. Catherine Gayle is an author who firmly earned her spot on my auto buy list several books ago when she hooked me on the Portland Storm series (PS> If you are a fan of her Portland Storm series, the wedding in Smoke Signals is Katie & Babs... I can't get enough of these two.) I gave this book 5 Stars and would probably give it more if it were allowed.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

5 Stars for About A Vampire by Lynsay Sands!

In New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands' new Argeneau novel, a vampire accustomed to seducing every woman he meets finds the one determined to resist him...

With immortal good looks and scorching charisma, Justin Bricker has yet to meet a woman he can't win over. His potential life mate should be no different. But instead of falling into his bed, Holly Bosley runs away and ends up mortally wounded. To save her, he has to turn her. And then Bricker learns the shocking truth: Holly's already married. 

Holly wakes up with a bump on her head, a craving for blood, and a sexy stranger who insists they belong together. She needs Bricker's help to control her new abilities, even as she tries to resist his relentless seduction.
Choosing between the world she knows and the eternity he offers is impossible. But Justin is fighting for his life mate- maybe even his life- and he'll break every rule to do it.

Justin Bricker is an immortal enforcer and one night his life mate literally and figuratively stumbles and falls right at his feet, onto a pair of scissors. He is forced to turn her into an immortal to save her. Quickly he discovers his life mate is already married to a human. The immortal laws prohibit him from telling her too much or using any persuasion to try to gain her affection. Any feelings she may have for him must be her own without his influence. Since Justin is responsible for her change, he is also responsible for teaching her how to live amongst humans as an immortal. He has a short amount of time to teach her and for her to realize that he is her destiny, her life mate. 

Holly wakes from her fall to discover the change. She isn't quite sure what to make of the handsome lunatic. She quickly realizes that what he is telling her is true and that she is an immortal. Holly just wants to learn how to live with her new reality and then get back to her normal life with her husband. Although the more time she spends with Justin, the harder it is to fight this new attraction. Justin & Holly have a lot of things going against them, the biggest is the fact that she is married to human. Justin's fellow enforcers also think this is the perfect time to pull the ultimate prank on Justin and hilarity ensues. Just when I thought I had the story all figured out Lynsay Sands  throws a curve ball and Justin & Holly's happily ever after is even more perfect than I expected. Justin & Holly's Story gets 5 STARS from this reader! 

About a Vampire is Book #22 in author Lynsay Sands, Argeneau Series. These books can be read in order, but can also stand alone. As a fan of the series, I recommend you read them all in order. The relationships that develop are even more special, as characters from previous books reappear to play small parts in each new story. This series is one of my favorites of all time, The Argeneau Series is a must read for any paranormal romance fan! 

**I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved this book and have just ordered a paperback copy for my home library**

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Friday, September 25, 2015


You’ll Love to Listen!
A New Podcast for Romance Readers Hosted by Avon Books

New York, NY (September 24, 2015) – With increased demand for podcast content in niche markets, leading American romance publisher Avon Books (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) is taking to the airwaves with “Avon on the Air,” part of the HarperCollins global podcast network.  The first author featured is none other than New York Times bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips, a queen of the romantic realm.  (Direct Link to launch episode on iTunes:

This new podcast will showcase fan-favorite romance authors being interviewed by Lucia Macro, VP/executive editor of William Morrow/Avon Books.  New “Avon on the Air” podcasts will post on iTunes and Soundcloud every Thursday.  All episodes will be archived online at  Listeners can follow the “Avon on the Air” Soundcloud page for alerts via newsfeed of new content; and via iTunes, listeners can subscribe to the podcast for email updates, and automatic downloads.

Programs feature enticing interactions with reader-favorite romance authors. The “Avon on the Air” podcast is always lively, sometimes provocative, and never afraid to ask the question, “What really happens between the covers…of your novel?” 

Ana Maria Allessi, HarperCollins VP of Digital Innovation and Publisher of Harper Audio, identified a special opportunity in the digital broadcast arena…for more romance! She began working with the Avon team to create interviews and episodes featuring some of the biggest and most beloved voices in the genre – content that readers would love to listen to! “It’s well known that romance readers consume content voraciously, and they share a special connection with their favorite authors,” says Allessi. 

Liate Stehlik, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Avon Books, says, “Weekly podcasts, available anytime and anywhere, that take readers beyond the book – and make them feel more personally in tune with beloved novelists: this is a new platform that all of us at Avon feel passionate about.”

“Readers will have as much fun listening to Avon on the Air as I did being interviewed,” says New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn.  “I love that Avon is always coming up with inventive new ways to support and promote their writers.”

“Avon on the Air” already has an impressive array of interviews scheduled, with Macro and the Avon team recording new content weekly:

·         9/24/2015: Susan Elizabeth PhillipsHeroes Are My Weakness
·         10/1/2015: Sophie JordanAll The Ways to Ruin a Rogue
·         10/8/2015: Tessa DareWhen a Scot Ties the Knot
·         10/15/2015: Jennifer RyanHer Lucky Cowboy
·         10/22/2015: Tessa BaileyMake Me
·         10/29/2015: Lisa KleypasCold-Hearted Rake
·         11/5/2015: Lori WildeBack in the Game
·         11/12/2015: Wendy Corsi StaubBlood Red      
·         11/19/2015: Helen Kay DimonFacing Fire
·         11/26/2015: Julia QuinnRomancing Mr. Bridgerton
·         12/3/2015: Tonya KappesA Ghostly Murder
·         12/10/2015: Megan EricksonDirty Talk
·         12/17/2015: Lizbeth SelvigThe Bride Wore Red Boots
·         12/24/2015: Beverly JenkinsForbidden  
(Schedule subject to adjustment)

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Guest Post, Review & Giveaway: Rescued by the Ranger by Dixie Lee Brown

Protecting those in trouble is what Army Ranger Garrett Harding does best. But after helping a feisty redhead toss a couple of losers from her Idaho bar, the woman is anything but grateful for his assistance—in fact, she seems to know him. Worse, she almost certainly hates him.

The only thing Rachel Maguire wants is to send this smart-mouthed, muscled military man packing. She knows Garrett has his own reasons for staying, so when he offers Rachel a deal—two days to prove his worth or he leaves—she reluctantly agrees. Despite wanting to loathe him, Rachel finds herself drawn to his quiet confidence…and the way he fills out a t-shirt.

But when Rachel receives a phone call from the past, everything changes. The stalker who destroyed her life ten years ago is closing in once more. Refusing to put anyone else in harm's way, Rachel hits the road hoping to lure danger away from those she loves. But Garrett won't leave this sexy spitfire to face her stalker alone. He'll do anything to protect her. Even if it means risking his life—and his heart.

Guest Spotlight: Author Dixie Lee Brown!

Please join me in welcoming Dixie Lee Brown today!  She is sharing her Hero Profile from Rescued by the Ranger

I'm excited to join you today and have an opportunity to share a few facts about one of my characters from my new release. So, without further ado...

Rescued by the Ranger
Hero Profile

Name: Garrett Harding
Age: 34
Height: 6'1"
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Steel gray
Dress: Jeans, T-shirts and dog tags
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current Residence: Cougar Ridge hunting Lodge and Resort outside Grizzly Gulch, ID

Family: Large and dysfunctional. Mother deserted the family when he was five. Father is a career politician, remarried. Garrett has one brother, two half brothers, and one half sister.

Occupation: Army Ranger, Captain

Weakness: Has abandonment issues and carries guilt because he was one of only two survivors in the Iraqi firefight that took the lives of everyone else in his unit and left him wounded.

Strength: He's a deadly, well-trained opponent, yet kind and compassionate, sexy and romantic to his heroine, and loyal to a fault.

Trusted Friend: Cowboy, German shepherd, ex-military dog wounded in the same battle as Garrett. The bond between them runs deep.

Transportation: 1996 hunter green Jeep Wrangler with removable canvas top and side curtains, a winch mounted on a bumper guard in front, and a Cowboy's head stuck out the passenger side. 

Best Quality: Cares about others

Quote: "Without you I'm just a guy with a dog."

Thank you Dixie Lee for sharing this with my readers today! I read and loved Rescued by the Ranger and can't wait for the rest of the reading world to fall in love with Garrett Harding! 

I am totally dating myself with this acknowledgement, but I think that the 80's song I Need a Hero by Bonnie Tyler would make the perfect theme song for Rescued by the Ranger. Rachel Maguire doesn't want to admit she needs a hero, but like it or not she has found hers in Garrett Harding. This sexy Army Ranger will not let her out of his sight once he realizes that she is in danger. 

Rachel feels that she has exposed enough people to her problems in the past with dire consequences. She refuses to allow Garrett to risk his life for her (this is the part in the story where I wanted to thump her in the forehead and say he is a Ranger for goodness sakes- he's got this..). As the situation gets more intense will she allow him to rescue her?

I was quickly swept away by this story. The plot builds very quickly with the prefect amount of drama and suspense. If you like a romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat this one certainly did that for me. The budding romance between Garrett and Rachel is paced well. Once Rachel finally realizes and accepts that he is going to protect and love her, I wanted to give her a high-five and say it's about time sister! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED Cowboy, Garrett's dog. He was our secondary hero in this story and stole my heart right alongside his master. 

I gave this book 4.5 Stars! Rescued by the Ranger is a heartwarming read with just the right amount of suspense to satisfy the appetite of the contemporary romance fan. 

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DIXIE LEE BROWN lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by what she believes is the most gorgeous scenery anywhere. She resides with two dogs and a cat, who make sure she never takes herself too seriously. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, movies, and trips to the beach.

I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I honestly loved this book! 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

NEW RELEASE & GIVEAWAY: My Kind of Forever
The Beaumont Series #5 by Heidi McLaughlin

Liam Page knows music and a life of solitude, but that all changed when he returned to Beaumont. The once notorious bad boy lead singer of 4225 West is now living the domesticated life with his wife and high school sweetheart, Josie, and their son Noah. Life is good for the Westbury family.

Josie Westbury loves everything about her life. She's happily married. She has a successful business and a son who keeps her active. The only thing she longs for is another child.

Torn between his love for music and his love for his family, Liam finds he's needed back in Los Angeles and the place where it all began. Josie is apprehensive, but knows this is what's best for Liam and the bands career; however, it doesn't take long for her biggest fears to start coming true.

Liam and Josie's story continues in this last installment of The Beaumont Series.


The way the mirror on my dressing table is angled gives me the perfect opportunity to watch Liam undress. This is my favorite ritual, morning and night. I'll take the chance anytime I can to watch him methodically peel off his clothes. He's a man who unties his shoes first, placing them on the back of the shoe rack. His socks are next, followed by his shirt. My peeping tom ways are often rewarded when he's wearing a dress shirt. Not only do I get to watch the muscles in his back flex as he pushes each button through the ridiculously small hole, but his undressing is prolonged. He takes his t-shirt off the same way every time and when he pulls the collar from behind and the shirt slowly lifts inch by inch, my mouth waters. My lips become dry and my knuckles ache from my hand clutching my hairbrush. The clank of his belt buckle and the almost too silent pop of the fabric from his button down jeans have me staring intently into the mirror. My make-up is only half off, my mouth wide open and I'm the picture of someone who needs serious help. And let's not get started on the way he gets dressed...

He knows I watch him. This is a game to him. He could sleep in or stay up late, but he doesn't. Liam gets up with me in the morning and goes to bed when I do at night and I'm starting to think his intention is to have me committed. I may or may not have a drooling issue when it comes to staring at my husband. You'd think after watching him grow up I'd be used to his body, but the truth of the matter is, he didn't fully grow until he left Beaumont. I missed the transformation from teenage boy to man. Sometimes I think I'm happy that I did, but other times, I think about all the other women out there that have experienced his transformation. I hate them all. I'm jealous of them and I don't know why. I have him now. He chose me.

His jeans drop to the ground and he kicks them aside, depriving me of the chance to watch him bend over to pick them up. I find myself leaning into my vanity to get a better look as his thumbs dip into the waistband of his boxer briefs. Men find women's lingerie sexy and appealing. It turns them on. The look and feel teases them and they love it. I never thought about men and their underwear until I saw Liam in his. Over the years he's maintained his muscles, yet has a more defined physique. his boxers aren't sagging in places they shouldn't'. My husband could be an underwear model with his form fitting briefs, although I don't know if I 'd want the world to see what he only shares with me. The cotton fabric pools at his feet. He steps out of them and turns around, showing me his naked body... a body only for my eyes, my hands, my lips and any part of me.

"How long are you going to stare at me?"

I swallow hard as my eyes flash to his and a wicked grin plays across my lips.

"Until my eyes no longer work," I tell him. "Or until you tell me to stop."

"Hmm, that'll be never," he says as he walks near me.





Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, and their newest addition of a Highland Westin/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court side at either daughter's basketball games.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: Delayed Penalty: A Pilots Hockey Novel by Sophia Henry

She closed her heart long ago. He just wants to open her mind. For fans of Toni Aleo and Sawyer Bennett, the debut of Sophia Henry's red-hot Detroit Pilots series introduces a hockey team full of complicated men who fight for love.

Auden Berezin is used to losing people: her father, her mother, her first love. Now, just when she believes those childhood wounds are finally healing, she loses something else: the soccer scholarship that was her ticket to college. Scrambling to earn tuition money, she is relieved to find a gig translating for a Russian minor-league hockey player- until she realizes that he's the same dangerously sexy jerk who propositioned her at the bar the night before. 

Equal parts muscle and scar tissue, Aleksandr Varenkov knows about trauma. Maybe that's what draws him to Auden. He also lost his family too young, and he channeled the pain into his passions: first hockey, then vodka and women. But all that seems to just melt away the instant he kisses Auden and feels a jolt of desire as sudden and surprising as a hard check on the ice.

After everything she's been through, Auden can't bring herself to trust any man, let alone a hot-headed puck jockey with a bad reputation. Aleksandr just hopes she'll give him a chance- long enough to prove he's finally met the one that makes him want to change.

Fans of hockey romance, or just good romance in general will fall in love with Delayed Penalty the debut novel by Sophia Henry. I quickly found myself swept into the world of Pilots hockey and   Aleksandr and Auden. The relationship between these two starts as a mutual attraction, but quickly grows into much, much more. Our hero and heroine have many things in their past that haunt them, and those things have kept them each from moving forward in one way or the other. As the pair come together they begin to heal each other and the story quickly builds into a steamy romance.

The author does a great job of developing her characters and also developing the supporting characters. I loved the Russian banter and cultural aspects that are introduced. It gave the story a special flare that was unique and felt fresh. Our hero and heroine have so much in common, they were a perfect pairing. Auden deals so well with Aleksandr's antics! I smiled a lot, laughed some and even shed a few tears.

I love discovering new authors and Sophia Henry has earned her spot on my list of authors to watch. If Delayed Penalty is any indication the Pilot's Hockey series will be AMAZING. I gave Delayed Penalty 5 STARS and have added it to my favorites and sports romance shelves on Goodreads

Note: I was given an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I honestly loved this book! 

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review & Giveaway: Her Lucky Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan

Everything's bigger in Big Sky country, including the hearts of the Montana Men. 

Champion rodeo rider Dane Bowden is eight seconds from winning under the Vegas lights, one last hurrah before reluctantly returning to his family's Montana ranch. But his bull has other plans. When Dane wakes up, he's sure he's died and gone to heaven... because the doctor who comes to his aid is the same girl who saved his life and disappeared years ago.

Bell would do anything for Dane. He's the fantasy that always kept her going. A child genius hidden away by her family, Bell was the secret no one talked about, the girl no one wanted. Despite finding success as a young surgeon, she's still the awkward girl who's never had a boyfriend. So why does Dane, a notorious playboy and sizzling-hot cowboy, insist on taking her on a real date?

Bell is the only woman in Dane's heart. When a rodeo rivalry turns deadly, it's his turn to save Bell's life- because he sure as hell won't lose his guardian angel again.

I fell in love with Dane Bowden in this latest installment of Jennifer Ryan's Montana Men series. This story is full of romance, suspense and family. Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down. Dane is such a great lovable hero, and Bell is a truly likable heroine and their chemistry is undeniable. 

Jennifer Ryan's Montana Men series is not to be missed if you are a fan of a great cowboy romance. All of the Montana Men novels can stand alone, but if you love a great fictional family, I recommend reading this series in order. Each new chapter feels like a family reunion and trust me I wouldn't mind sitting down at the dinner table with these handsome cowboys! I gave Her Lucky Cowboy 5 STARS and will be adding it to my favorite books shelf on Goodreads.

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Author- Jennifer Ryan
Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The

Hunted Series and The McBrides Series. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances featuring strong men and equally resilient women. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn't writing a book, she's reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and in how late dinner is on the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you'll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who lives only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Best Worst Mistake by Lia Riley

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Brightwater #3
Lia Riley
Releasing Oct 20th, 2015
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The third sexy and emotional novel in debut Avon author Lia Riley’s Brightwater series set in the mountains of Northern California

Sometimes the worst mistakes turn out to be the best…

Smoke jumper Wilder Kane once reveled in the rush from putting out dangerous wildfires. But after a tragic accident, he’s cut himself off from the world, refusing to leave his isolated cabin. When a headstrong beauty bursts in, Wilder finds himself craving the fire she ignites in him, but letting anyone near his darkness would be a mistake.

After her Hollywood life went up in smoke, Quinn Higsby decided to leave Tinseltown behind and returned to Brightwater to care for her ailing father. Spending her days in a small bookstore, her peaceful existence is up-ended by a fascinating but damaged man. Quinn is determined to not to be scared off by Wilder, not once she’s experienced the heat of his passions.

But when an arsonist targets the community and Wilder is accused, he must confront the ghosts of his past. Will his desire for Quinn flameout or will he be able to tame the wildness inside and rekindle a hope for their future?


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Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn't mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hockey Is My Boyfriend: Parts 1-3 by Melanie Ting

Hockey is My Boyfriend is trilogy by author Melanie Ting. The series follows Kelly Tanaka from high school in book #1 to college in book #2, to entering the real world in book #3.

Hockey  Is My Boyfriend: Part One
Kelly Tanaka dreams of playing hockey for a top university team and even winning a scholarship. To achieve that, she'll need to focus hard on her sport. She doesn't need any distractions- but then a handsome blonde hockey player skates into her life. 

Phil Davidson is talk, dark and irritated. He's been Kelly's best friend since they laced up skates together as kids. Now he wants to force a substitution and become her boyfriend. 

So, it's up to Kelly to sort through all her new emotions and decide what's right.

Hockey Is My Boyfriend: Part Two
Can a summer fling turn into real love?

From leaping a raging river to driving collegiate opponents into the boards, there is no physical challenge Kelly Tanaka won't take. but when it comes to love, she's running scared. Luckily for her, a summer job at a summer hockey camp is the last place she would expect to meet Mr. Right. Sure enough, from an overconfident ladies man to a tongue-tied nerd, all the guys here are Mr. Wrong. And there's no way she could be interested in a tall, muscular centreman that looks and acts even younger. 

James Frechette has just been selected near the top of the NHL draft. He's completely confident about his hockey abilities, but when it comes to women, he's wiping out. The summer is his chance to hone his social skills. The problem is there's only one girl at his hockey camp, and he really likes her, but so does ever other instructor there. Can he overcome his awkwardness and convince Kelly to take a chance on him?

Hockey Is My Boyfriend: Part Three
What if you had only loved two guys in your life- and then you got to choose?

It's crunch time for Kelly Tanaka. Now that she's graduated, her life in competitive hockey is over and all she wants is a career that's related to hockey. She's going to have to start at the bottom, but before she can climb the first rung of the corporate ladder, her love life explodes.

James Frechette is playing in the NHL now. He has money, great teammates, and his choice of willing women. But what he really wants is the one person who got away. 

Phil Davidson has also graduated and wants to get his life in order. Travel and a good job are already checked off, so now he can focus on reuniting with the woman he has loved forever. 

Will Kelly decide that her first job is her priority? Will Phil get a chance to prove that first love is the best love? Or will James make good on his vow to win her back?

As a sports romance fan I will try anything within the genre. So, when one of my favorite authors Catherine Gayle recommended Hockey Is My Boyfriend I one-clicked. I am so glad I did! This series was a breath of fresh air! The trilogy follows our heroine from high school to adulthood. We experience her first love, first time, first heartbreak, college life, career struggles and top it off with a love triangle. Melanie Ting did a great job of developing Kelly as a lovable heroine and investing me in her story. I felt like I was back in high school and remembering my first kiss right along side hers. The way each book changes to a new sub genre kept the story moving perfectly. As Kelly grows up her love life heats up and by the end of Book #2- the story has firmly declared itself to be a steamy new adult read. 

As a kid I was a huge fan of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books! I loved that I could read a book twice and change the ending. Hockey Is My Boyfriend: Part 3, takes the "Choose Your Own Adventure" theme to an adult level by allowing the reader to choose who she wants Kelly to end up with at the end of the story. I will admit it, I read both endings, and thought I knew who I wanted her to end up with, but then I was torn. Both happily ever afters were perfect! I still don't know if I am Team Jimmy or Team Phil! 

Lately I feel like a lot of books I read start feeling the same. That was not the case with Hockey Is My Boyfriend. If you are looking for a fresh fun read I recommend investing your time in Kelly Tanaka's story! I gave this series 5 Stars and can't wait for more from author, Melanie Ting! 

Buy Links: 
Click here to buy Hockey Is My Boyfriend: Part 1 on Amazon
Click here to buy Hockey Is My Boyfriend: Part 2 on Amazon
Click here to buy Hockey Is My Boyfriend: Part 3 on Amazon
*At the time this post was published this series was available for Free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers- this is subject to change at anytime*

Author Links:
Melanie Ting's Amazon Author Page
Melanie Ting's Blog

Thanks for stopping by and until next time... HAPPY READING! 

Friday, July 31, 2015

5 STARS for Asa by Jay Crownover!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy Links:
Amazon  *  B&N  *  HARPERCOLLINS  *  iTunes

Author Info:
Amazon Author Page for Jay Crownover
Twitter @jaycrownover