Saturday, February 28, 2015

SPOTLIGHT PROMO: The Trouble with Love by Lauren Layne

As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.

As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.

After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancĂ©e . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.

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Lauren Layne is a snarky cynic with a serious weakness for happily ever afters.
Marrying her high school sweetheart was a good start. *cue Disney soundtrack.* But Lauren wanted all romance, all the time.
Now she writes fictional happy endings, and considers her job done well if you swoon while reading her books. Don't worry. You will.
Once upon a time she lived in a Manhattan high-rise, but now she's on the laid-back train in the Seattle area. If you ever find yourself in Issaquah, she'll probably buy you a drink. Maybe.

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Friday, February 27, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Need Me by Tessa Bailey

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tessa Bailey, comes the next fun and sexy novel in her Broke and Beautiful trilogy!

"How did this tweed-wearing English professor turn out to be my dirtiest hero ever? Cause he really is. "- Tessa Bailey
When Honey Perribow traded her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey's sole focus is a medical degree... until she sees newly-minted Professor, Ben Dawson and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous, young English professor and vows to find a crack in his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior.

While at an off campus party an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding southern belle...and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers the girl in his arm is the same beautiful student he can't stop thinking about, he is stunned. Student-teacher relationships are strictly forbidden... yet no matter how hard he tries he can't stay away from Honey.

And when his attempts to fight their attraction nearly ruin the best thing that's ever happened to him, Ben will do anything to prove how much he needs her.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review & Giveaway: Rebound by Noelle August

—a Boomerang novel—
By Noelle August

At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-three, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

Excerpt- Alison's POV:
I give myself to the music and the movement of my body, but over and over again, I’m drawn back to him. And every time, his eyes are on me. Every time, he greets me with that same devastating grin that cuts right to my core.
Finally, I can’t take it anymore. I give in and dance his way, running my mink tail through my fingers. I smile at him, feeling light and relaxed and like no one in the world would dare deny me a thing.
“Dance with me,” I say.
“Is that a question?” he asks, folding his arms across his chest. His biceps bulge beneath the flowing black fabric of his shirt, and his eyes, which seem to be a deep, penetrating gray, regard me in amusement.
“No,” I reply, still swaying as the music flows through me to wrap around us both. “Come on.”
He hesitates, and the moment stretches between us. What is he waiting for? Doesn’t he understand how much I need to dance with him right now?
Coming up close to him, I feel the pull of his body, like gravity. I press in closer, then closer still. Smoothing a hand against the silken material of his shirt and the hard contours of his torso, I ask, “Pretty please?”
I step back, and his smile broadens. Finally, he reaches out a hand to me, and I take it.
“Okay, Catwoman,” he says. “Let’s dance."

Alison is being sent in to work as a "spy" of sorts by her father. Her father is in negotiations to invest in Adam Blackwood's new venture and wants inside info to gain leverage. She decides to get a feel for the company by attending a costume party the night before her first day in the offices undercover. Catwoman soon realizes that the Zorro she had a romantic encounter with is none other than Adam Blackwood. Family first has been drilled into her head, so her growing feelings for Adam may need to take backseat. To make this matter even more complicated- her ex, the ex she cheated on works for Adam's company, alongside his new girlfriend. 

Adam is one smart cookie, he built this company himself, and while he may be seeking outside investors to grow the business, he has no intentions of giving away anything. What will he do when he realizes the woman he is developing feelings for, could be the woman to cause him to lose what he has worked so very hard for?

I wanted to read Rebound from the moment I saw the cover, it is adorable. My only hesitation coming into this story, was I didn't expect to like Alison. Alison is the cheating-ex of Ethan from Boomerang, the first book in this series. I am not a fan of cheaters, but as I got to know Alison, her motivation became clear, and felt empathy toward her and grew to like her pretty quickly. I loved the way her relationship develops with Adam from their first lust at first sight to their growing relationship. This author marries the perfect amount of lust, love, loyalty and  the angst to make this a captivating romance.  I got caught up in this story and loved the plot twists and turns and the heat between Adam and Alison is palpable. I gave Rebound 5 Stars and can't wait for the final installment of the BOOMERANG series BOUNCE, coming in August of 2015!

REBOUND will be available wherever books and e-books are sold on February 10th, 2015 (ISBN: 9780062331083 | $13.99 | e-ISBN: 9780062331090 | $11.99).

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Save Your Money for Books was provided with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. As always any opinions expressed here are my own.