Getting Out of Hand by Erin Nicholas

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Series:  Sapphire Falls Book #1

Author:  Erin Nicholas

Genre:  Romance

BlurbGenius scientist Mason Riley can cure world hunger, impress the media and piss off the Vice President of the United States all before breakfast. But he’s not sure he can get through his high school class reunion. Then he meets the new girl in town. Adrianne Scott loves Sapphire Falls. The sleepy little town has been the perfect place to escape her fast-paced, high stress lifestyle. Her only plans now include opening her candy shop and living a quiet, drama-free life.
Until Mason Riley bids four hundred dollars just to dance with her.  Mason sure doesn’t look—or kiss—like a genius scientist geek. In fact, he makes Adrianne’s heart pound like nothing she’s ever experienced. Passion like this with a guy who travels the world and parties at the White House should probably be a red flag for a girl who wants a simple boring life.
Good thing no one falls in love in a weekend. 

Thoughts:  As soon as I pick up something from Erin Nicholas, I know I am guaranteed a good read.  I have not read a single book by her that I didn’t love, and this one is no different.  I was especially excited for this one, since I was a little down after reading the last book in her Counting on Love series (which I was particularly connected with).  I loved that series and hated to see the end of it.  So, to be introduced to an all new series, with all new characters?  Simply heaven….:)

I loved the characters of Mason (the former high school nerd turned rich sexy hunk) and Adrianne (the former workaholic turned small town country girl).  I mean who thought a bunch of math gibberish could be so sexy?  Mason can write notes on me anytime!…LOL  I think this book is the perfect start to a new series, and I can’t wait to see some of the other characters get their own story!  The downside?  I think this one lacks a little bit of that special something that we know and love from her Bradford/Counting on Love tales.  It’s still great….c’mon, it’s Erin!….but it just has a small spark that seems absent in this one.  I can’t even really pinpoint what it was…but I look forward to rediscovering it in the next book!

Rate:  A

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Return to Homecoming Ranch by Julia London

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Series: Pine River #2

Author: Julia London

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: Curly-haired Libby Tyler never stops smiling…until her beloved boyfriend suddenly forces her out of their home and away from his adoring kids. When she learns he dumped her for his flighty ex-wife, Libby’s sadness turns to fury—and she very publicly smashes his truck with a golf club, earning herself a trip to a mental health center for some “rest.”

Handsome, hazel-eyed deputy Sam Winters has been sober for two years. Afraid of backsliding, he lives in the mountains and keeps his distance from people. Yet he never forgot Libby, his former colleague at the sheriff’s office whose charm and cheerfulness always warmed his days. Read more

Taking It All by Maya Banks

taking it allTitle: Taking It All

Series: Surrender bk 3

Author: Maya Banks

Genre: Erotic Romance

Chessy and Tate have been married for several years. In the beginning, their relationship was everything she wanted. Passionate. All consuming. She offered her submission freely and Tate cherished her gift with a tenderness that made her feel safe. Content. Wanted. And loved beyond all measure. But as the years have gone by, Tate has become more immersed in making his business the success it has become, and Chessy has taken a back seat to his business obligations. Growing unhappier with the status of their once blissful marriage, Chessy knows that something has to give. Or they stand to lose it all

Tate loves his wife. Has always loved her. Providing for her has always been his number one priority. But lately she’s seemed unhappy, and he’s worried. Worried enough that he arranges for a night together that he hopes will reignite the fire that once burned like an inferno between them.

But a business call at the wrong time threatens everything. Chessy’s safety, his concentration, his wife’s faith in him as her husband, a man sworn to love and protect her above all else. Gutted with the realization that he’s going to lose her—has already lost her—he readies for the fight of his life. Whatever it takes, he’ll get her back. And prove to her that nothing is more important than her love. And that if she’ll allow him to prove himself one more time, he’ll take it all. Everything. But he’ll give far more back. Himself. His undying love. Read more

The Unidentified Redhead by Alice Clayton

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Series: Readhead book 1

Author: Alice Clayton

 The first in USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Redhead series is a playful and erotic romance between an aspiring actress and Hollywood’s hottest new leading man.

When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it’s a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality—or at thirty-three, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry’s newest “it” boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career…and his? Read more

Series Saturday – Science of Temptation Series by Delphine Dryden

Sometimes, love really can be like rocket science…Houston’s hot, but the geeky nerds and nerdy geeks who live near the Medical Center are even hotter. Whip-crackin’ hot, to be precise. Although it may take some of them a little longer to realize it than others.  Whips, chains, cuffs and crops are all on one side of the equation. On the other side, hopefully: Love.  If your looking for a naughty little read, this series is for you!

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Camilla can set her watch by her hunky rocket-scientist neighbor who jogs past her window each day. She relishes each glimpse of his shirtless abs, and is dying to see more. But it’s hard to connect with a man who doesn’t seem to know she exists…Ivan feels at home in the lab, not in social situations. When he finally approaches his attractive neighbor, it’s not for a date—he wants tutoring in how to behave at an important fundraiser. Ivan doesn’t expect the chemistry between them to be quite so explosive, and is surprised when Cami actually accepts his proposal to embark on a series of “lessons.”  Cami soon discovers Ivan’s schedule isn’t the only thing he likes to be strict about—he needs to be charge in the bedroom as well. She’s shocked at how much she comes to enjoy her submissive side, but wonders if a real relationship is in the equation…

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Hideaway Cove by Anna Sullivan

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Series: Windfall Island #2

Author: Anna Sullivan

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: SOME PASSIONS CAN’T BE DENIED . . .

Jessi Randal walked away from her last relationship with a baby and a broken heart. Now, years later, the last thing this single mom wants is to give Windfall Island—and all its nosy residents—anything more to gossip about. But the moment she lays eyes on the tall, sexy stranger with the slow Southern drawl, she knows she’s in delicious trouble . . .

Holden Abbot is on the island to find the missing heir to the Stanhope family fortune. It’s his job to charm as many secrets out of the town as possible. And if he can charm Jessi into his bed, even better. When all evidence points to her as the heir, a dangerous enemy sets his sights on Jessi and her son. Now Holden will have to risk everything to protect the family he’s come to love.

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Only with You by Lauren Layne

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Series: The Best Mistake #1

Author: Lauren Layne

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: Love is the Biggest Gamble of All . . .

Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn’t exactly have a life plan. She’s perfectly happy being everyone’s favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute . . . well, Sophie wonders if it’s time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover.

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Series Saturday – Shifters Series by Rachel Vincent

If your looking for a great Urban Fantasy/Paranormal series then look no further!  The Shifter series by Rachel Vincent is one of my favorites – and one I couldn’t get enough of.  Unfortunately the series is complete….so no more additions to this series.  The good news?  You can devour this entire series without having to wait for the next one to release!  :)

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I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.  Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.  I’d been warned about Strays–werecats without a Pride–constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.  This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back…for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever–and whoever–I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays–’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them….

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Outback Hearts by Susan Stoker

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Series: Beyond Reality

Author: Susan Stoker

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: Sam never thought she’d actually be chosen for a reality show–but next thing she knew, she was whisked away to Australia. Dealing with a producer willing to do whatever he had to do make the show a hit, other women ready to cheat and lie to gain the attention of the bachelor, and a camera operator ready to catch her at her worst every time she turned around, absolutely nothing was as simple as it seemed on TV. Not to mention the pigs, killer rattlesnakes and shoveling manure. Sam wasn’t sure she was going to make it through filming most days–never mind find true love. Alex never thought he’d be on a reality show, but how hard could being surrounded by beautiful women be? A lot harder than he’d thought. The producer changed the rules of the show behind his back, the women were nearly clawing at each other for this attention–and that one contestant he couldn’t get off his mind… Read more

Picture This by Jayne Denker

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Series: A Marsden Novel #2

Author: Jayne Denker

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb: It’s where everyone knows your business—and remembers everything you’d rather forget. But somehow the little Catskills town of Marsden draws the most unlikely people back home, turns their lives every which way, and helps them finally figure out what—and who—they want most…
As a celebrity photographer’s assistant, Celia Marshall is used to seeing all kinds of weird antics. But subbing as the model in irrepressible movie star Niall Crenshaw’s latest endorsement ad—while wearing his silk boxers, no less—is definitely not in her job description. Neither is falling for him, especially since he’s dating his latest co-star. To complicate things further, Celia is returning to Marsden to keep an eye on her eccentric grandmother—and Niall is driving her there, then staying to judge a talent contest…
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Harder by Robin York

harderTitle: Harder

Series: Caroline and West bk 2

Author: Robin York

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary

Caroline still dreams about West. His warm skin, his taut muscles, his hand sliding down her stomach. Then she wakes up and she’s back to reality: West is gone. And before he left, he broke her heart.
 
Then, out of the blue, West calls in crisis. A tragedy has hit his family—a family that’s already a fractured mess. Caroline knows what she has to do. Without discussion, without stopping to think, she’s on a plane, flying to his side to support him in any way he needs.
 
They’re together again, but things are totally different. West looks edgy, angry at the world. Caroline doesn’t fit in. She should be back in Iowa, finalizing her civil suit against the ex-boyfriend who posted their explicit pictures on a revenge porn website. But here she is. Deeply into West, wrapped up in him, in love with him. Still
 
They fought the odds once. Losing each other was hard. But finding their way back to each other couldn’t be harder.

Thoughts: This was the first book by York I’ve read and I really liked it.

The book picks up months after the end of Deeper when West leaves Caroline and their school to go back to the small town in Oregon he’s from. Not having read the first book where Caroline and West met and fell in love I was able to pick up their love story and follow along with where they were now.

Six years ago West had to make a decision. It was the hardest thing he’s ever done, but he did it. That decision had ramifications on his entire life, because he had to walk away from the most important person in his life, his little sister. Now he’s back in Silt, and doing everything he can to protect her from their father. In choosing his sister, he had to say goodbye to the person who owned his soul, Caroline. Now his father is dead and he does what he knows he shouldn’t, he calls Caroline.

When Caroline arrives in Silt, all she can think about is being their for West in whatever way she can. She knows he’s going to push her away. That he doesn’t want her there. But if he really didn’t, he wouldn’t have called her. When West does the one thing guaranteed to push her away for good she calls him on his shit and walks away.

There is a lot happening in this book, both West and Caroline are dealing with things that happened before they were together the first time. West can’t forgive himself for the dick move he pulled on Caroline to get her to leave the piece of crap town he was from. When he finally listens to the advice of those around him, who isn’t related to, about what is best for him and his sister, he packs them up and goes back to college.

Watching Caroline and West traverse their new reality, was a pleasure. West knew he’d messed up. Caroline didn’t forgive him right away. But at the end of the day ever action they’d done had been because they loved each other.

While I doubt I’ll go back and read the first book in this series, I really liked West and Caroline where they are when this book starts. I don’t need to read the other one to know what happened in it and how it impacted their lives. I liked watching them forge a new future for them. I really liked how Caroline never gave up on West.

Overall this was a great read, one I couldn’t put down.

Grade B+

BLOG TOUR: Sinful Rewards by Cynthia Sax + Giveaway

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Book:  Sinful Rewards

Publication date: July 15th 2014

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SRCoverBlurb:  Belinda “Bee” Carter is a good girl; at least, that’s what she tells herself. And a good girl deserves a nice guy—just like the gorgeous and moody billionaire Nicolas Rainer. He is everything she wants in a man.  Or so she thinks, until she takes a look through her telescope and sees a naked, tattooed man on the balcony across the courtyard. Hawke is mysterious, the bad boy she knows will bring only heartbreak. He has been watching her, and that makes him all the more enticing.  But when a mysterious and anonymous text message dares her to do something bad, she must decide if she is really the good girl she has always claimed to be, or if she’s willing to risk everything for her secret fantasy of being watched.

Is her mystery man the reclusive billionaire with a wild side or the darkly dangerous bad boy?

Excerpt:  I allow my gaze to travel up the stranger’s body, over his thighs, groin, stomach, chest. A thick scar slashes through his right nipple and four letters are tattooed over his left pec – USMC – United States Marine Corps. He’s a military man, trained to protect, to kill. This should dampen my unseemly fascination with him.

I want him even more.

A larger tattoo stretches over his collarbone, the design depicting a sun framed by a pair of wings, the ink black and gray and achingly beautiful. The feathers are finely detailed, the softness appearing out of place on such a hard body.

The stranger’s spine is straight, his shoulders squared and his arms raised. A third tattoo encircles one huge bicep, the barbed wire in black ink serving as a warning. Danger. Do not enter. A wise woman would heed this sign.

I should heed this sign. I should look away. I can’t, my gaze drawn to him. The man’s chin is square, brown stubble shadowing his golden skin. His nose is flattened, his nostrils are flared, his—

I step backward, my heart pounding. No, my luck can’t be that bad. I look into the telescope once more. It is that bad. Military-style binoculars cover the man’s eyes. These lenses are pointed directly at me.

He’s watching me. I move away from the window, retreating into the shadows. He saw me looking at him. He knows. Heat rushes over me, making the world spin. This stranger knows I’m a pervert. He knows I’m not the good girl I’ve allowed others to believe. If he tells Cyndi, Mr. Wynters, anyone…

I hold my breath, count to five, and release it, repeating the action until the fog surrounding me dissipates and my rational thought returns. He won’t tell anyone and if he does, who will believe him? He’s standing on his balcony naked. This fact alone disqualifies him as a credible source.

Not that gossip ever originates from credible sources. I twist my lips, disgusted with myself for making this error. This is why I shouldn’t take risks. I take one look through the telescope and I get caught. My mom has one wild night with a bad boy and she conceives me.

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Prodigal Son (The Truthseers) By Debra Mullins

prodigal sonTitle: Prodigal Son (The Truthseers)
Series: The Truthseers bk 1
Author: Debra Mullins
Genre: Paranormal

Book Blurb:

Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and very cute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.

Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way. Read more

COVER REVEAL: Sizzle by Sarah O’Rourke

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Sizzle by Sarah O’Rourke

Release Date:  August 1, 2014

Sizzle by Sarah O'Rourke - COVERBlurb:  Molly Ramsey lives a nice, normal life. Her cat, her dog, and her two best friends are more than enough for her, thank you very much. Working for her brother’s best friend helps pay the bills, even though she often wants to strangle the sizzling-hot egomaniac with his own outrageously expensive tie!

William “Devil” Delancy built his vast empire through sheer determination and corporate takeover. The millionaire always gets what he wants…from women to companies and all points in between. And when he is done with them, he discards them without another thought. So when his sainted, dying grandmother voices her concern about his lack of a wife, he does what he knows best: he takes what he wants! And it just so happens that the woman nearest and dearest to him is his own assistant – the beautiful Molly.

What happens when the Devil asks you to pay your dues? Molly Ramsey is just about to find out! Join this racy, rollicking romantic comedy and see just how far the Devil can push the unsinkable Molly before she sets both their worlds on fire? 

Excerpt:  Fifteen minutes later, the whole sordid mess had been spilled between them and both her friends stared at Molly with a mixture of horror, amusement and curiosity. “Well, say something!” Molly yelled when neither of them said a word. “You’re supposed to be my sounding board, ladies!”

“You’re engaged,” Sami managed to choke.

“To the Devil,” Viv sputtered.

“It could be worse, right?” Molly questioned, looking from one woman to the other and back again. “I mean, he’s not so awful, is he?”

“He’s the Devil,” Vivian breathed, her brown eyes huge on her pixie face.

“That’s not helpful, Viv,” Molly huffed, holding her bottle tucked tightly between her breasts as she sat cross-legged on the middle of her couch. “His nickname is Devil. He’s not really Satan incarnate.”

Fifteen minutes later, the whole sordid mess had been spilled between them and both her friends stared at Molly with a mixture of horror, amusement and curiosity. “Well, say something!” Molly yelled when neither of them said a word. “You’re supposed to be my sounding board, ladies!”

“You’re engaged,” Sami managed to choke.

“To the Devil,” Viv sputtered.

“It could be worse, right?” Molly questioned, looking from one woman to the other and back again. “I mean, he’s not so awful, is he?”

“He’s the Devil,” Vivian breathed, her brown eyes huge on her pixie face.

“That’s not helpful, Viv,” Molly huffed, holding her bottle tucked tightly between her breasts as she sat cross-legged on the middle of her couch. “His nickname is Devil. He’s not really Satan incarnate.”

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