Tuesday, January 12, 2016

{Review} {Giveaway} Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness, #2) by Laura Kaye

About The Book

Love in the Light by Laura Kaye

Series: Hearts in Darkness, #2
Publication Date: January 12, 2016
Genres: Contemporary

Description

Two hearts in the darkness…

Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers.

Must fight for love in the light…

Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…

Review

As an avid reader, it is often difficult to point to the book that got me hooked on a particular author. That is not the case with Laura Kaye; it was Hearts in Darkness the first book I read by her. I instantly fell in love with Makenna & Caden, then with Laura's writing style.

Now Laura has granted my wish with an incredible second glance at their love story. Her brutal, realistic depiction of Caden's struggles made this reader love him even more - didn't think it was possible. But what brought the story to the top of my must read (and recommend - to everyone) list is Makenna's heart. Nothing could make me put this book down - including the pineapple upside down cake that almost burnt.

Now hoping Laura fulfills my need to witness the James' boys find love. Hint! Hint!

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Monday, November 30, 2015

{Review} All He Wants for Christmas by Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Cynthia Eden, Katie Reus, Laura Wright, Joan Swan

About The Book

All He Wants for Christmas

by Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Cynthia Eden, 

Katie Reus, Laura Wright, & Joan Swan

Publisher:  The Indie Six, LLC
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Genres: Anthology

Description

From six of your favorite New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors… Six ALL NEW Christmas stories guaranteed to warm up your holidays… 

Here’s to finding spies, cops, rockers, SEALs, professional hockey players and billionaires under the Christmas tree this year! In Holly, a town where it’s Christmas every day of the year, 6 shop owners on Main Street are about to find love in unexpected places.


Melt for Me (Against All Odds #2.5) by Elisabeth Naughton

Yuletide Spirits pub owner Ella Maclean doesn’t do holidays. In fact, Ella would be perfectly happy if the calendar jumped from November to January, bypassing December all together. Known as Holly, North Carolina’s infamous Scrooge, Ella’s singular focus is to capitalize on the silly tourists who flock to the winter-wonderland-themed community so she can forget everything she lost on a cold, snowy night not long ago. Until, that is, rock’s latest “it” guy, Tate Kendrick, rolls back into town.

Ella hasn’t seen Tate in years, but Tate’s suddenly determined to break through her icy barriers. She tries to resist the rocker’s wicked charm, but one touch is all it takes for the heat they shared as teens to burst right back into flame. As first love rekindles, Ella’s frozen heart slowly begins to thaw. But when trouble linked to the rock star strikes at the pub and threatens to shatter everything she’s built, Ella can’t help but wonder who this new Tate Kendrick really is. Because as much as she wants to believe he’s the holiday miracle she’s been too afraid to hope for, something inside her warns he could be nothing more than her nightmare before Christmas.

Sweet Rapture by Alexandra Ivy

Meg Anderson has returned to her home in Holly, North Carolina after she discovered her relationship with Dylan Cain was nothing more than a lie.  The last thing she expects is for Dylan to be her new tenant.  Or the realization that he might be the only thing standing between her and a killer…

THE SPY WHO CAME FOR CHRISTMAS by Cynthia Eden

Everyone in town thinks that Jemma White is as sweet as the delicious treats she makes at her chocolate shop—but they’re wrong. Jemma is ready to let her wild side out, and she’s just found the perfect man to make all of her fantasies come true. Grayson Cole is a too-sexy-to-be-true stranger who has escaped to Holly for the holidays. He is her perfect temptation, and Jemma can’t wait to steam up the cold winter nights with him. But when danger from Grayson’s past follows him to town, she realizes that the man she is falling for has been keeping some very dark secrets…secrets that may just get them both killed.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY by Katie Reus

After unexpectedly inheriting a bookstore, Nora and her younger sister settled in Holly, NC, a place where it’s Christmas year-round. As the legal guardian for her sister the past few years, romance has been the last thing on Nora’s mind. But she broke her rules for the town’s golden boy—former SEAL Jackson O’Connor. When Jackson does something stupid and almost loses Nora for good, he realizes just how far he’s willing to go for the woman who’s stolen his heart. But it might take a Christmas miracle to get Nora to give him a second chance.

SINFUL IN SNOW by Laura Wright

Billionaire Back In Town: Gabriel Fox is a ruthless, heartless, soulless grinch. His only goal in coming to Holly, North Carolina is to ruin Carol Cardini’s Christmas. Like she ruined his—and his life—ten years ago. Now that her business is in trouble, he’s finally found the way. But the beautiful owner of Christmas Carol’s Shop and Crafts won’t allow her dream to be destroyed. Not by revenge, and certainly not by the sexiest man she’s ever known. She can, however offer an apology, and a chair at her holiday table. But can a grinch’s cold heart be warmed and healed by the love of a good woman—and the magic of Christmas spirit?

HOME ADVANTAGE by Skye Jordan

NHL super star, Meier Grant, finds himself sidelined for a bum shoulder and sentenced to three weeks recovery—in his hometown of Holly, North Carolina. But an extended family stay isn’t on his holiday wish list, especially when his parents are more interested in capitalizing on his fame than much needed family bonding. So when he learns the high school beauty and so out-of-his-league Faith Nicholas is suddenly single, and even sexier ten years later, home doesn’t seem so bad. Not when it includes spending some quality bonding time with Faith. Meier may have some of the best moves in the league, but will they be enough to win a woman deserving of forever?

Review

These six bestselling authors have put together an all around NAUGHTY good holiday read! The stories can be read in any order. The primary connection between stories is the beautiful setting of Holly, North Carolina. Each author presents a delightfully written holiday tale; putting this reader in the mood for the upcoming holiday season. 

Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I love absolutely everything about it - except the shopping part. However, even I do not think I could take up residence in a town that celebrates Christmas 365 days a year. However, it is the perfect place to find love this season. I recommend visiting Holly, so you can witness the locals find romance for yourself. 

This is my list in order of preference
The Spy Who Came For Christmas by Cynthia Eden 5~Stars
Sinful In Snow by Laura Wright 4~Stars
Home Advantage by Skye Jordan 4~Stars
Melt For Me by Elisabeth Naughton 3~Stars
Merry Christmas, Baby by Katie Reus 3~Stars
Sweet Rapture by Alexandra Ivy 2~Stars

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

{Review} Reckless In Love (The Maverick Billionaires, #2) by Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully

About The Book

Recklesss In Love by Bella Andre & Jennifer Skully

Series: The Maverick Billionaires, #2
Publisher:  Oak Press
Publication Date: November 11, 2015
Genres: Contemporary


Description

Sebastian Montgomery rose from nothing to become one of the most powerful media moguls in the world. Yet beneath the seemingly perfect fa├žade of his life, the past still haunts him. Because when he lost his parents in his teens, he also lost his faith in love. When he discovers Charlie Ballard and her incredible metal sculptures, he is awed, inspired-and he can't help feeling things he swore never to let himself feel again. Soon, Sebastian wants not only Charlie's art, he wants her as a woman, too. More than he's ever wanted anything in his life. And what a Maverick wants, he always gets...

For Charlie, Sebastian offers the commission of a lifetime. Creating a magnificent sculpture for his new headquarters is a dream come true, but falling for the spellbinding billionaire isn't part of the plan... until his luscious kisses entice her into total recklessness. He fascinates and captivates her, and as Charlie learns more about the dark depths of Sebastian's past, all she wants is to heal him with her love. But can a man who has grown up thinking love is toxic ever believe that true love is real?


Review

Co-authors Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully mix insecurities with inspiration to create an astounding romance. 

I blasted through this second installment of the Maverick Billionaires, featuring Sebastian Montgomery. I should have known better than to start this so late at night - no sleep for this reader. 

The writing is so expressive I could easily picture each scene; the sculptures descriptions were exceptionally detailed -
"The lobby has an enormous fountain, and I'm going to create a chariot with stallions, a horrendous race, foam flying, dust billowing."

Witnessing Sebastian and Charlie become entwined in each others lives was entertaining; emotions develop naturally over a short period. This reader was delighted by Charlie's mother, Francine, uplifting character.

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Meet the Maverick Billionaires–sexy, self-made men from the wrong side of town who survived hell together and now have everything they ever wanted. But when each Maverick falls head-over-heels for an incredible woman he never saw coming, he will soon find that true love is the only thing he ever really needed…

An exciting and emotional new contemporary romance series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Review ~ All the Beautiful Brides (Graveyard Falls #1) by Rita Herron

About The Book

All the Beautiful Brides

Series: Graveyard Falls, #1 

Publication Date: September 15th 2015
Publisher:  Montlake Romance

Genres: Suspense


Description

A young woman lies dead at the bottom of a waterfall, dressed in a wedding gown with a rose stem jammed down her throat. And in the small town of Graveyard Falls, the horrifying vision stirs a long-ago nightmare back to life…

FBI Special Agent Cal Coulter gets called in to investigate the murder, which bears a terrifying resemblance to a series of killings committed thirty years ago: three teenage girls were found dead at the waterfall’s base, all bearing rose stems in their throats. But the high school football star was convicted and imprisoned for those murders, leading Cal to suspect that the killer is still out there.

Now, the body count is rising again. The monster’s sights are set on counselor Mona Monroe, Cal’s best friend’s widow…and the woman he’s always loved. Can Cal stop the killer before Mona becomes the next victim?

Review

The author provokes panic and fear among the residents of Graveyard Falls. Wading through the MANY suspects was thrilling. The glimpses into the killer's mind gave this suspenseful read an extra boost of eerie.

"The white gown fanned out around her like angel wings in the snow. If only she had been the one..."

This story would have gotten all five stars if it had included just a tad more romance.

This reader was intrigued by the secondary character, Sheriff Ian Kimball - hoping his story is released soon. I love a man in uniform. 

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Review ~ His Fantasy Girl (Things To Do Before You Die… #1) by Nina Croft

About The Book

His Fantasy Girl by Nina Croft 

Series: Things To Do Before You Die…, #1) 

Publication Date: October 19, 2015
Publisher:  Entangled: Brazen

Genres: Contemporary


Description

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

When fantasy and reality collide...

There's nothing like a near death experience to make a guy reassess his life. And that's exactly what nightclub owner Logan McCabe decides to do, starting with looking up the girl he spent one wild night with eleven years ago, right before his life turned to crap. He spent a year fantasizing about her. Now he's ready to see how reality matches up.

Abigail Parker is a perfectionist. She's only strayed from the straight and narrow once in her life, on her eighteenth birthday. It was supposed to be one wild night with a totally unsuitable man before she settled into her sensible future. Instead it changed her life forever.

Logan might still be the sexiest man Imogen has ever seen, but a dirty-talking, tattooed, ex-con is the last thing she needs in her perfect life. He claims she's his fantasy girl, but what he doesn't know is she's also the mother of his ten-year old daughter...

Review

This, my inaugural, Nina Croft romance delivered on everything this reader desires. A sexy, dirty-talking, hero and an uptight, perfectionist, heroine that shared a single incredible night together. The dialogue is spectacular, and the author uses it to set up the desire. The author had this reader's FULL attention for the entire read. 

A life and death situation makes Logan McCabe reassess his decision not to look up a one-night stand, His Fantasy Girl, from eleven years ago. His year of incarceration was made tolerable solely by the incredibly sexy memories from that night. His fantasies are not the only lasting thing from that night...
"...she still visited his dreams. He closed his eyes and her image flashed up in his mind. Heart-shaped face, blue eyes, long, mahogany hair. His fantasy girl."
Abigail Parker had a single wild evening when she was eighteen. That night, altered her entire life - in the best way.
"A smile like that could mean nothing but trouble. And she did not do trouble. She never did trouble. She was practical, sensible, and the few dates she did have were with nice men, not tattooed bad boys who only had to smile to melt the panties right off a good girl."
Luckily for us readers there is more to come...
(2) Her Fantasy Husband; Coming April 2016 
(3) His Fantasy Bride; Coming July 2016

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

{Blog Tour} {Review} {Giveaway} Facing Fire (Bad Boys Undercover #3) by HelenKay Dimon

About The Book

Facing Fire by HelenKay Dimon

Series:  Bad Boys Undercover, #3
Publication Date: Sept 29th 2015
Genres: Romance Suspense

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Description

HelenKay Dimon returns with another hot installment of her romantic suspense series featuring the fierce men of Alliance—a top-secret military security agency—and the only women who can tame them.

When his uncle is brutally murdered, Josiah King knows that business just got personal. His uncle’s ties to the Alliance can mean only one thing: Josiah and his black ops team are targets, along with everyone they love. Primed for vengeance, Josiah is determined to unravel the plot—until long-legged redhead Sutton Dahl becomes a dangerous distraction.

Sutton is very good at uncovering other people’s secrets—and protecting her own. When Josiah bursts into her life she’s torn between pushing him away and asking for his help. Mysterious, strong, and much too sexy, he’s a puzzle she longs to solve, and a temptation she can’t ignore.

Thrown together in the face of Alliance’s most lethal threat, Josiah and Sutton become unlikely partners, fighting for their lives even as the attraction between them flares into real passion. Torn between his team and the woman who means everything to him, Josiah will risk it all to save Sutton, even if that decision is his last.


Review

The author, HelenKay Dimon, puts a couple of well-developed protagonists against a deceitful villain, mixes in some sexy tidbits - and delivers an addictive romantic suspense. My favorite thing about this particular story was how the author naturally revealed Josiah's vulnerabilities, using internal dialogue.
But her fight, that spirit, enticed him. Made him think of sunshine and light when he spent most of his life in shadows.
As the danger amped, so did the sexual tension - perfect balance.

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About The Author

Helenkay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a . . . divorce attorney. Not the usual transition, she knows. Good news is she now writes full time and is much happier. She has sold over thirty novels, novellas and shorts to numerous publishers. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. But if you ask her, she’ll tell you the best part of the job is never having to wear pantyhose again.

Praise for HELENKAY DIMON
“The Bad Boys Undercover are back, and this third installment gives readers everything they love: high stakes, intense action and unexpectedly searing chemistry.”—RT Book Reviews on FACING FIRE

“Nail-biting suspense and steamy romance are the mainstays of this novel, as the protagonists must discover whether their attractions stems from deeper emotions.”—Publishers Weekly on FACING FIRE

“The latest high-adrenaline installment in Dimon’s (Playing Dirty, 2015) Bad Boys Undercover series delivers plenty of testosterone-fueled action and smoking-hot sexual chemistry between a rough, tough, alpha hero and a strong-willed heroine, who is more than his match. Give this one to fans of Suzanne Brockmann or Cherry Adair.”—Booklist

        


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