Friday, July 31, 2015

{Review} Thrill Me (Fool's Gold, #18) by Susan Mallery

About The Book

Thrill Me by Susan Mallery

Series: Fool's Gold, #18
Publisher: HQN Books
Publication Date: July 28, 2015
Genres: Contemporary



Description


Meet the Mitchell brothers of Fool's Gold, California—five gorgeous men who've left a trail of broken hearts in their wake… 


Maya Farlow learned the hard way to depend only on herself, so when she fell too deeply for the bad-boy charms of Del Mitchell, she did the only thing she could—she ran. Stunned, Del left Fool's Gold to make his name and fortune in extreme sports. 

Now ten years later, Maya's been hired to promote her hometown's new slogan, The Destination for Romance. The celebrity spokesman is none other than Del, the man she dumped but never forgot. Awkward! 

Although Del's not the type to hold a grudge, he's determined to avoid falling a second time for the woman who broke his heart. He's a daredevil, not an idiot. Trouble is, in all his adventures, he never found a rush as exhilarating as Maya's kiss. Maybe risking his heart will prove to be the biggest thrill of all…

Review

Several things go into my decision about which books I'll read; it is sometimes based solely on my current mood. As a high-volume reader, I usually select a weeks worth of reads making sure I have a good mix of genres and tropes; then generate a precise schedule. Now at this point, you are probably wondering why I am mentioning this. I am stating this so you can understand that this book, Thrill Me, ruined all of my careful planning...I read it the day I received it. 

Thank You, Susan Mallery, for disrupting my carefully thought-out schedule...no seriously Thank You

Maya and Del feature in one of my favorite tropes, the second chance romance. The author gave their shared past proper acknowledgment without giving it an inordinate amount of influence over their adult lives. The years have made them different people, and it is those people that the story truly reflects.

Review Copy Provided By: Author

This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

{Review} Beware of Me (Dark Obsession #4) by Cynthia Eden

About The Book

Beware of Me by Cynthia Eden 

Series:  Dark Obsession, #4

Publisher: Hocus Pocus Publishing

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Genres: Contemporary


Description

Walk on the wild side with New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden's dark new romantic suspense, BEWARE OF ME.

Criminal. Killer. Monster. Ethan Barclay has been called many things in life, and he usually doesn't care what people say about him. He's tough, hard, and brutal when he needs to be. But even the most dangerous of men can have a weakness. Ethan's weakness has--and always will be--Carly Shay.

Their pasts are tied together--twisted and melded by blood and death. Walking away from Carly was the hardest thing that Ethan ever did, but it was also his one good deed. He knew Carly deserved far better than him, and he wanted her to have a perfect life, a life that didn't involve paying for Ethan's sins.

Only now the secrets from their past have been revealed, and Carly's life is on the line. Ethan's enemies, Carly's enemies--the predators are closing in on them. But Ethan isn't going to let Carly be threatened. He will move heaven and hell to protect her. He won't lose Carly, not again, and for those foolish enough to try and take her from him...they are about to see just how deadly Ethan truly can be.

Review

The latest release in Cynthia Eden’s Dark Obsession series features Ethan Barclay, an anti-hero of sorts. His past is shrouded; questionable business dealings often put him at odds with the law. However, it is his willingness to sacrifice everything to protect Carly that makes his character worthy of redemption. Carly Shay is a woman that knows suffering, that compound with self-inflicted guilt drove her away from the only man she ever loved.

Carly and Ethan share a tragic/brutal past, which means they have a lot to overcome. Considering the short length, this reader was amazed that the author was able to toss around a few suspects and still realistically provide this couple with the HEA they deserved.

Another well-written tale - looking forward to the next release.
 

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This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

{Blog Tour} {Excerpt} {Spotlight} Blind Love by Kishan Paul

About The Book

Blind Love by Kishan Paul

Publisher: Samhain
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Cover Artist: Kanaxa
Genres: Contemporary

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Description

She doesn’t need a hero. But a sexy Marine…that’ll work.

Though Lauren Baxter’s world is a blurry mess of colors, she has no tolerance for pity. With the help of her guide dog, Jack Sparrow, she’s built a good life for herself. She has everything she wants: her PhD, a thriving counseling practice and her independence.

When she meets her new neighbor, the man’s warm Texas accent and clean male scent weaken her knees. Her attraction to the former Marine is mutual and, unfortunately, a complication she doesn’t need.

Gabriel Briggs carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. He has his reasons for indulging only in short-term flings, but the feisty, green-eyed Lauren makes him want to forget every one.

In a rare moment of fragility, Lauren winds up in Gabe’s arms. One night together can’t break their self-imposed rules, right? But when a woman from Gabe’s past is murdered, the reasons he should have stayed away become painfully clear, threatening innocent lives he may not be able to save—especially Lauren’s.

Product Warnings
Contains a blind therapist who doesn’t consider herself impaired; a meddling, erotic-novel-writing best friend; a hot ex-Marine with a shady past; and a loyal guide dog that howls “I love you” and is probably the sanest one of the bunch. 

Trailor


Excerpt

     Gabe locked the front door and headed to his pickup. The decision was made. He needed to move his pitiful ass into the cabin immediately. A woman he barely knew had him confessing things he’d never told anyone else, and the scariest part: he caught himself reconsidering nonnegotiable promises. Those were fantasies he couldn’t afford. Not when other lives counted on him. He glanced over at her place and stopped dead in his tracks.
     Speak of the devil.
     Hands on her hips, Lauren stood talking to the cabbie parked in her driveway. Her hair was twisted in a knot. The dark blue, strapless summer dress she wore had his gaze lingering over her long neck and tanned shoulders. His mouth watered at the memory of how sweet her covered parts tasted last night.
     There was something about her that hooked him. Yes, she was beautiful, but there was more. It was how her eyes crinkled when she laughed. All the smart-ass things she’d say. The soothing way her voice melted his guard. And when she touched him, it was as if she was sticking her hands inside him, picking up every one of his painful pieces, and for just a little while gluing them back together.
     What the fuck am I saying?
     He looked away and continued to his truck. She’d find the right person one day, and whoever the man was would be one lucky bastard.
     “I’m sorry, ma’am. I can’t help you,” the cabbie said.
     Gabe put the last of the supplies into the large metal toolbox and padlocked the lid.
     “He’s a guide dog. Isn’t it against the law for you to refuse services because of him?” Lauren asked.
     He bit back his urge to help.
     For him, the girl spelled trouble.
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     “The sign right there says no animals.” The driver pointed to the backseat window.
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     She grinned. “And if I wasn’t blind, I’m sure I would have seen it.”
     Gabe chuckled. He loved her fake smile. Leaning against the truck, he watched the performance.
     “I’m sorry, I didn’t—I mean, you don’t look blind.”
     Still grinning, she cleared her throat and pulled on the dog’s harness. “I am. Which is why I need my guide dog. He goes everywhere with me.”
     The beast raised its ears and looked at Gabe. He averted his eyes, pulled off his baseball cap and tucked it into his jean pocket. Her monster of a pet was making him feel guilty as hell.
     “I’m sorry, but I’m allergic to animals. He can’t come in my taxi.”
     “I can pay you extra for your troubles. The place is a few blocks after the highway. It would only be ten minutes of your time.”     
     “Look, ma’am. It’s not going to happen. If you want, I’ll call another car to pick you up.”
     After a long pause, she shook her head and bit her lip. “No, it’s fine. I understand. Thank you.”
     A few seconds later, the cab pulled away. Lauren stood cross-armed, staring out.
     Gabe gripped the truck to make sure his legs didn’t get any crazy ideas.
     This is not my problem. Maybe if he said it enough times, he’d believe it.
     “Come on, Jack. It’s time for Plan B,” she said and grabbed the dog’s holster.
     Plan what?
     Stunned, he watched the two stroll down the road. She said the place was a few blocks after the highway. Which meant they’d be walking alongside one of the busiest boulevards in Denver for a few yards before she’d ever reach the interstate. He looked at his watch. Four fifty, on a Friday afternoon. The two would be smack dab in front of the I25 overpass during rush hour traffic—a dangerous situation for anyone, much less a blind woman.
     She wouldn’t, would she?
     When Lauren got to the end of the street and turned left, he cursed under his breath.
     Yeah, she would.


About The Author

From daring escapes by tough women to chivalrous men swooping in to save the day, the creativity switch to Kishan Paul's brain is always in the 'on' position. If daydreaming stories were a college course, Kish would graduate with honors.

Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend for over 16 years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity.

To keep in touch with Kish: Website | Facebook | Twitter | TSU | Pinterest



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

{Blog Tour} {Giveaway} {Review} Caged Magic (Wing Slayer Hunters, #5) by Jennifer Lyon

About The Book

Caged Magic by Jennifer Lyon

Series:  Wing Slayer Hunters, #5
Publication Date: July 20, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance

Caged Magic Buy Links
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Description

Risa Faden is a witch whose ultra-powerful shield magic is slowly breaking her mind. But when her beloved goddaughter is snatched by a demon, she’ll risk anything to rescue the baby—including lying to the handsome, intriguing stranger who has the power to help her keep her sanity, save the child…and steal her heart.

Linc Dillinger is a Wing Slayer Hunter whose sexy, rich, bad-boy charm hides a treacherous betrayal that left him emotionally scarred. As a result he risks his life to protect innocents, but is incapable of love—until he meets a beautiful witch who can save his cursed soul. Risa’s fierce courage and loyalty reaches past his barriers and he begins to believe she has the magic to free his caged heart.

But Risa’s lie explodes into dark danger that forces Linc into a hellish high-stakes gamble: He must either win the witch he loves and her godchild…or endure a loss that will destroy them all.

Review

Author Jennifer Lyon used her own brand of magic to weave hope and desperation into a beautiful love story.

The author gained an instantaneous fan for her Wing Slayer Hunter series with the release of the 1st installment, Blood Magic. I enjoy the inimitable mythos this world offers readers, but it is the tenuous relationship between the witches and hunters that entices me most. I devoured every single release until the series halted; leaving this reader impatiently wanting more.

I remember when Caged Magic was just a whisper of a rumor…and now that it is a reality – I still want more. I’ll try to be patient, but I cannot make any promises. Here is to hoping that Primal Magic and Fallen Magic are released soon…

Review Copy Provided By: Author

This ebook was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

About The Author

Jennifer Lyon, who also writes as Jennifer Apodaca, lives in Southern California where she continually plots ways to convince her husband that they should get a dog. After all, they met at the dog pound, fell in love, married and had three wonderful sons. So far, however, she has failed in her doggy endeavor. She consoles herself by pouring her passion into writing books. To date, Jen has published more than fifteen books and novellas, including a fun and sexy mystery series and a variety of contemporary romances under the name Jennifer Apodaca. As Jennifer Lyon she created a dark, sizzling paranormal series, and The Plus Once Chronicles, an emotionally sensual adult contemporary series. Jen’s won numerous awards and had her books translated into multiple languages, but she still hasn’t come up with a way to persuade her husband that they need a dog.



Tour Wide Giveaway


There are 3 tour wide giveaways!

Open to US, CAN, UK 

(1) grand prize $50.00 electronic gift card (Amazon or B&N)

(2) runner up winners of one $25.00 electronic gift card each (Amazon or B&N)


Monday, July 27, 2015

{Review} The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings #1) by J.R. Ward


About The Book

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward 

Series:  The Bourbon Kings, #1

Publisher: NAL 

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Genres: Contemporary


Description

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal.... 

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

Review

This review was a struggle to write; even fretted, for days, over the star rating. This story is unlike anything she has previously released, even her early contemporary reads.

Referring to this as a family drama would be an understatement. A more realistic description might be to call it a shocking, dramatic and slightly unsettling look into the unorthodox family dynamics of a wealthy Kentucky Bourbon dynasty.

This tale quickly reminded of listening to the mother-in-law recap her morning stories, an entire year of them. There is a considerable amount of crazed stuff occurring at the Easterly estate, compounded with rigid class distinctions.

Forward-looking opinion, a series filled with this many schemes should enable it to carry on for many releases.

Review Copy Provided By: Publisher

This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

{Blog Tour} {Giveaway} {Review} {Trailer} Breaking Her Rules (Beyond the Cage, #1) by Jennifer Snow

About The Book

Breaking Her Rules by Jennifer Snow

Series: Beyond the Cage, #1
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Genres: Contemporary


Description

A year after the tragic death of his close friend and fellow assassin, Ethan Halstead is ready to take up his sniper rifle once more. But his first assignment is nothing he ever expected. Ethan must hunt and retrieve a beautiful, spirited, alluring werewolf.

Knowing no other way to escape an arranged marriage, Fraya flees from her pack. As she contemplates slipping across the border and heading to South America, she is captured by a dangerously seductive vampire who plans on escorting her back to her family. Even as Fraya vows to make Ethan's mission as difficult as possible, she can't resist the riotous desire he sparks within her.

But Ethan isn't the only predator that peruses Fraya. A powerful rival pack's alpha wants to make her his mate. Will Ethan be able to keep Fraya safe and return her to her pack? Or will he surrender to temptation and claim Fraya as his own?

Trailer


Review


This introduction to Jennifer Snow’s writing was delightful and as a bonus it is one of my favorite troupes, the unreciprocated childhood crush. I have not read a sport romance in a while, but I never stay away from those sexy athletes for long. However, this novel is more than just a reminder of all the reasons I love a first-class sport romance; it is also a beautiful love story. Breaking Her Rules reminded me of why I adore passionate athletic heroes…when they fall in love – it is a forever love. 

Not only was the romance incredible to witness; it was supplemented with the best foreplay - Grace and Walker struggling against their attraction. 
 

Review Copy Provided By: Tour Host

This book was provided to me free of charge for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

About The Author

Jennifer Snow lives in Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and four year old son. She is a member of the Writers Guild of Alberta, the Romance Writers of America, the Canadian Author Association, and SheWrites.org. She is also a regular blogger on the Heartwarming Authors site and is a contributing author to Mslexia Magazine, WestWord Magazine and RWR. She has also taught RWA Chapters courses online. Her 2013 Holiday Romance-The Trouble With Mistletoe was a finalist in the 2014 Golden Quill Contest and the Heart of Denver Aspen Gold Contest.

Her publishing credits include two holiday novellas, previously published by The Wild Rose Press, now re-released or being re-released as self-published editions through Amazon. The Mistletoe Fever was an Amazon bestseller for two weeks in the category of Kindle Short Reads. Her six book small town, Brookhollow series is published through Harlequin Heartwarming and she has a new MMA sports romance series releasing through Berkley/NAL Intermix in 2015. RT Reviews has given each of her Brookhollow series books 4 stars.

She also hosts an annual SnowGlobe Award contest in recognition of holiday themed romance stories, with over forty entries each year, with participants ranging from new authors to NYT Bestselling authors, such as Brenda Novak and Sarah Morgan. 

More information about the contest can be found at

She is active on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and various blog sites and has a monthly author newsletter. More information can be found at www.jennifersnowauthor.com


Tour Wide Giveaway

5 e-book copies of BREAKING HER RULES 

$20.00 Amazon gift-card and a swag pack 


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

{Blog Tour} Reckless Weekend (Book 2.5 Reckless Beat Series) by Eden Summers



Reckless Weekend 
(Book 2.5 Reckless Beat Series)
by Eden Summers
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Synopsis


In Vegas, a lot can happen in twenty-four hours.

What do you get when you mix a rock band as hot as Reckless Beat, women strong enough to capture several of the bad boys’ hearts, and a bet that sparks a competitive streak?

Boundaries will be pushed, alcohol will be abused, and loads of sarcasm will be shared.

Once the games are over, it’s time to make a commitment. But love in the limelight is never easy. The past is trying to catch up with the present, and the pressure may be too hard to handle.

Seduction, torment, laughter, and heartbreak—one reckless weekend will test each member of the band and the women who’ve claimed their love.

***Can be read as a stand alone


Buy Links

Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N | Kobo | ARe

What is being said about Reckless Weekend

"I laughed and cried and then laughed while I was crying." 5 stars - Group Review from the ladies of Riverina Romantics. 

"The story was perfect, the lists of dares were hilarious, the drama was fun to watch unfold, the sexy time was off the charts, and every single scene made me feel as if I was in the room with these characters". 5 stars - Love, Words & Books.



Reckless Beat Interview


Today we’re lucky enough to be interviewing Mitchell Davies, lead guitarist from Reckless Beat. Not only is he here to share a little about himself, but he’s kindly brought along some friends. Bass guitarist, Blake Kennedy, and drummer, Sean Taiden. ~ Eden Summers Interviewing
 

Mitch: Hi’ya, guys. Bringing the tagalongs was totally not my idea, but unfortunately I couldn’t get rid of ‘em.

Blake: *winks at Eden* Hey, sugar.

Sean: *rolls eyes* Yeah, some of us are starved for just a glimpse of your spotlight.

 

Ok, let’s get this interview started.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Mitch: *smiles* Ms. Alana Shelton.

Blake: She’s a top chick.

Sean: Fortunately for Mitch, she was blind for the start of their relationship. It’s probably the reason why he’s been able to keep her for so long.

*Mitch flips Sean the bird*


What is your most marked characteristic? 

Mitch: *shrugs* I’m awesome.

Blake: *snorts* I think that would be his modesty.

Sean: Really? You really just said that?

Mitch: *leans back into the couch* I totally did. I owned it, too.


What is it that you most dislike? 

Mitch: Nosey-ass bass guitarists.

Blake: Seriously? I told you, if you leave the door open, it’s an invitation for me to join in. I don’t care what you and Alana are doing. Either close the door, or I’m comin’ in to play.

 
Which living person do you most despise? 

Mitch: Right now, I think it would be a close tie between Blake and Sean.

Sean: *chuckles* Yeah, cause we all didn’t see that comin’.


What is the quality you most like in a woman? 

Mitch: Eyes

Blake: Smile

Sean: Ass

*Mitch and Blake turn to Sean.*

Mitch: We were trying to play it cool and you have to go and be a jerk. Of course we all love a bit of T & A but you aren’t meant to say it in a fuc…damn interview.

Sean: *shrugs* I love ass.

Blake: *bursts into laughter* Did you hear what you just said?


Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 

Mitch: Any and all expletives.

Blake: You do say ‘fuck’ a lot. Ohh, shit, sorry. Was I not meant to swear in this interview?


If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 

Mitch: My friends

Blake: *Grabs Mitch around the head, bends him over and gives him a noogie.* I know you love me, bro. You don’t gotta hide it.

*Mitch pushes Blake away, and fights to wipe the grin from his face.*


How would you like to die? 

*Mitch starts singing* Shot downnnn in a blaze of gloryyy.

Sean: Dude, you really can’t sing.

*Mitch gives Sean the bird*

Sean: You need to come up with a better come back.

*Mitch gives Sean the double bird*

Sean: Oh, yeah, that’s much better.

 

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

Mitch: A guitar

Blake: A vibrator 

Sean: Damn, bro, you took my answer!




Author Bio
Eden Summers is a true blue Aussie, living in regional New South Wales with her two energetic young boys and a quick witted husband.


In late 2010, Eden’s romance obsession could no longer be sated by reading alone, so she decided to give voice to the sexy men and sassy women in her mind. 


Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face. 

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