New Release: The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole

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The Strongest Steel

Second Circle Tattoos series book #1

Debut novel for Scarlett Cole

Releasing July 7, 2015

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Harper Connelly never expected to find herself outside of a tattoo parlor at one in the morning, summoning the nerve to take back her past. She’s determined to forget her old life and is looking for an artist who can tattoo over the scars on her back.

Trent Andrews, local legend and owner of the Second Circle tattoo studio, has his own reasons for specializing in inking over scars. And in spite of her mysterious past and the difficult road ahead, he quickly realizes that Harper is funny, smart, and–under her ridiculously oversized clothing and SPF 100 sunscreen–totally hot. He’s happy to take on the challenge of designing a meaningful and deadly full-back tattoo for her.

But when cryptic messages start appearing on Harper’s phone, strange deliveries arrive at her door, and Second Circle is vandalized, Harper is convinced that her ex-boyfriend has tracked her down, and worse, that he knows about Trent. Running was the only thing that saved her last time, but now that she’s started to put down roots in Miami, she’ll have to decide if she can finally fight back instead.

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About the author:

scarlett coleScarlett Cole is a contemporary romantic suspense / contemporary romance author (represented by Beth Phelan at The Bent Agency). Her debut novel, THE STRONGEST STEEL, book one in the Second Circle Tattoos series, will be published by St. Martin’s Press on 07/07/15.

When Scarlett isn’t writing, she spends her time reading, hoarding mason jars, and working out to off-set an epic sour candy habit.

Having travelled the world for work and fun, Scarlett is a citizen of both Britain and Canada. A true city-dweller, she considers Toronto and Manchester home and likes to set her books in vibrant locations such as Miami and Los Angeles.

If you want to know more about Scarlett’s books, visit her at:
http://www.scarlettcole.com/

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Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

shards of hopeTitle:  Shards of Hope

Series:  Psy-Changling Book #14

Author:  Nalini Singh

Genre:  Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Paranormal

Blurb:   Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.

Thoughts:  As with most book series, when you start numbering the books into the double digits it is almost inevitable that the series will slowly start to lose its edge. I absolutely love Nalini Singh and have ever since the very first book I picked up – however, with the last few books in the this particular series, I started feeling my interest wan a little bit. I was teetering on the edge of the precipice – almost ready to drop this series. As it is, I kept dragging my heels reading this one, because I was afraid it would mark the end of a favored series of mine.

Shards of Hope actually wound up breathing new life into this series for me. From the opening pages I just knew that this one was the one to bring back the love I had for this series. Nalini throws us into the action from the get-go – giving me a little moment of going ‘uh…what? Did I miss a book somewhere?’ – while frantically looking up the series reading order…LOL But no, nothing missing…events slowly unfold, while keeping you captivated until the very end. I almost feel like jumping up and shouting, “Yes! A-N-D we’re back in the game!” I was that excited that one of my most beloved series kicked it right back into high gear. This one is definitely a score for Nalini, and I look forward to the new, upcoming story arc for this series!

Rate:  A+

Blog Tour: Commanded by Stacey Kennedy + Excerpt + GIVEAWAY

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Commanded Club Sin # 6

By: Stacey Kennedy

Releasing July 7, 2015

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Blurb

Club Sin comes alive once again in this decadent new romance from USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy, perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey.

A dedicated cop, Sawyer Quinn blows off steam by immersing himself in his role as a Master at the hottest club in Las Vegas. But when Sawyer goes after the perp who brutally beat his sister, he teams up with Chloe Nash, a sexy private investigator who awakens a sweet new need: to keep her to himself, away from the dungeon of Club Sin. Chloe is beautiful, smart, and too innocent for the BDSM lifestyle. Sawyer’s never wanted a woman like this before. Is her love worth swearing off the one thing that keeps him sane?

There’s something different about Sawyer: a commanding strength that pulls Chloe into a vortex of heady desire. But when she learns about his double life as a Dom, she’s shocked—and afraid she could never complete him. Then he saves her life, and just like that, Chloe knows she will be able to give him anything he desires. She is his—wherever and however he wants to take her.

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/04/commanded-club-sin-6-by-stacey-kennedy.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23568226-commanded?ac=1

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/99666-club-sin

 

Excerpt

“Mom, Dad, this is Chloe Nash.” Sawyer turned to Chloe, who was standing behind him in the hospital room. “Chloe, these are my parents, Beth and Roger Quinn.”

Chloe offered her hand to his father. “I’m sorry to meet under these circumstances, Mr. Quinn.”

His father shook her hand, arching a curious brow at Sawyer.

Sawyer smiled in return, as his parents were well aware that he hadn’t had a girlfriend for more years than he wanted to count. He explained, “Chloe is a private investigator who works for a good friend of mine, Porter Marshall. She’s offered to help us locate Travis.”

“Oh, wonderful. Please call me Roger.” His father shook Chloe’s hand more firmly now, enclosing her hand in both of his. “We appreciate any help we can get.” His concerned eyes swept toward Sawyer’s mother, who sat in the chair next to her sleeping daughter. “I’m worried for Ashlyn, with Travis still out there.” The dark circles beneath his eyes confirmed his concern. It was clear that neither of Sawyer’s parents had slept much since Ashlyn’s attack, and Sawyer figured it’d stay that way until they caught Travis.

“Ash wakes up every couple of hours,” said his mother. “But she’s pretty out of it when she does.” She ran her fingers through her curly hair. “Do the police have any leads?”

“I’m afraid not,” Sawyer answered, noticing how his mom’s body sagged against the bed with disappointment. “Have either of you eaten anything today?”

His father shook his head. “We haven’t wanted to leave her.”

“Why don’t you go to the cafeteria?” Chloe interjected, her voice soft. “We can stay with Ashlyn while you get something to eat. The coffee is terrible, but it’s better than nothing.”

Sawyer’s heart warmed as he saw the sincere compassion in Chloe’s eyes. Christ, she was a beautiful woman. Her long chocolate-brown hair flowed over her shoulders, and her striking blue eyes reminded him of the ocean in Mexico. So clear. So pure. So honest. Her body, lush and full of curves, was perfect for his hands.

What he found more beautiful was her sweet concern for his parents and sister. When he first met her, his attraction had been a sexual one. For a month now she’d haunted him. How sweet would she taste? How pink would her cheeks become with pleasure? How would she sound when she moaned in ecstasy? But he hadn’t counted on the way his heart tripped around her.

Smart. Strong. Caring. Beautiful. She had that something the others didn’t. Which interested him, and soon became something he couldn’t ignore.

Chloe was, in fact, unlike any other woman he’d met. Too pure. Too innocent. Not in the BDSM lifestyle. Somehow knowing that made her all the more special. Deep down in his gut, he knew he hadn’t asked her to help him find Travis only because it would comfort Ashlyn. He had asked her also because of Sawyer’s curiosity over her. He wanted to discover why this little woman had captivated his mind for a damn month.

Snapping back into the moment, he turned his attention to his father. “Chloe’s right—you could use some food.” He placed a hand on his father’s shoulder. “We’ll stay here until you come back.”

His father nodded at Sawyer before taking his wife’s hand and helping her up from the chair. “Come on, Beth. A little break will give us strength. We have to take care of ourselves so we can take care of Ashlyn.”

“You’re right,” she agreed, if a bit reluctantly. It came as no surprise to Sawyer that his mom went straight to Chloe and wrapped her in a tight hug. “I don’t know you, dear. But if you’re helping us, that makes you a friend. I cannot thank you enough.”

A slight smile curved Chloe’s lips as she returned the hug. “No thanks required. Anyone who hurts a woman needs to be put behind bars.”

“I couldn’t agree with you more,” said his mother. She released Chloe, took her husband’s hand again, and added to Sawyer, “We won’t be long.”

Sawyer waited until his parents left the room before arching a brow at Chloe. “You see why finding Travis is so important?”

Chloe nodded. “They look beside themselves.” She approached the bed where his baby sister lay. A flurry of emotions passed over her face. “How old is Ashlyn?”

“Twenty-two.”

A soft curse issued from her mouth. “She’s so young to have to deal with something like this. You will get her counseling once she’s healed, right?”

“I hadn’t thought about it.” Sawyer went around to the other side of the bed, taking the seat where his mother had been. “But it’s a good idea. I’ll look into it once Travis is behind bars.”

“Good.” Chloe’s chin lifted. “She’ll need it.”

Sawyer hesitated, listening to his instincts. “Do you have experience with abuse?”

“Not personally.” Her strong glance swept to Sawyer. “But in high school one of my friends got beaten up pretty bad by her boyfriend. Her parents tried to hush up the whole thing—they were embarrassed, I guess.”

Another thing he liked about Chloe was the strength and confidence she emanated when she spoke. “What happened to the girl?”

“She killed herself.”

Sawyer looked at Ashlyn, resolving that such a thing would not happen to his sister. He’d make sure no one would ever blame the victim. “I would never allow Ash to go down such a dark path.”

“That’s good.” Chloe smiled softly at him. “She’s lucky to have you.”

Something in her smile stole his damn breath. He couldn’t pinpoint why Chloe had gotten to him on such an intense sexual level. Her mere presence—even her scent—was a trigger for him. On a very deep level, he seemed attuned to her.

 

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Stacey KennedyAuthor Info

Stacey Kennedy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled, and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion—always staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on Mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter, and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, and Sons of Anarchy.

 

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Release Day Blitz: Flawed Love by Bella Jewel + GIVEAWAY

 

 

Title: Flawed Love
Series: House of Obsidian #2
Author: Bella Jewel
 Release Date: July 7, 2015
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Rainer Torrence is everything I could have wanted in my life and more.

He became my best friend when I was Thirteen years old.

From then on, we were inseparable. He was my first love and my first heartbreak.

But I always thought it was forever.

Until his Father died and things went bad.

Then suddenly, he disappeared.

 

Ten years and I didn’t see or hear from him.

 

Then came the call I’d be praying for– he was back in town.

Only the man I remembered is not him.

This man is quiet, deadly, and so incredibly beautiful.

He also doesn’t remember me.

He looks into my eyes, and he sees nothing.

 

Nothing.

 

So, I let him believe I’m just a girl that walked into his bar.

I let him believe I’m just a friend.

I let him use me on the cold, dark nights.

I let him believe that I am as emotionless about our relationship as he is.

I just let the secret go on and on.

 

But all secrets have an end, don’t they?

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Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013.

Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms.

She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean.

She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

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Series: Chaos bk 3
Author: Kristen Ashley
Genre: Contemporary

The ride of her life . . .
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy—until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa’s pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . .
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he’s the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa’s acting, it’s clear she’s falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker’s secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa—or ride away forever.

Thoughts: While I don’t like all of Ashley’s series this is one that I do enjoy.  Read more

Shattered Duty by Katie Reus

cover62428-mediumTitle:  Shattered Duty

Series:  Deadly Ops Book #3

Author:  Katie Reus

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Blurb:   When his wife was murdered two years ago, Special Agent Levi Lazaro turned his back on everything he cared about. Ever since, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. Now he’s finally uncovered the identities of those who killed his wife—and he’s ready to destroy them at any cost. He won’t let anything stand in his way—not even a beautiful NSA agent on a mission of her own.

Special Agent Selene Wolfe prides herself on being the best. Her fearlessness and quick-thinking make her the perfect person to take down a deadly terrorist cell. But she needs Levi’s help, and the moment he shows up, Selene knows her objectivity—and her heart—are in trouble.

As the two strike an uneasy alliance, Levi finds himself tormented by his desire for Selene—a feeling he thought long dead. But when their mission takes an unexpected turn, he finds himself at a crossroads. Can he put aside his need for revenge to save the woman who’s reawakened his soul?

Thoughts:  What can I say? Between Katie Reus and Elle Kennedy I have discovered a new admiration and love for romantic suspense. I had read some from the genre before, of course, but I wouldn’t say that it was my ‘go-to’ genre of choice, and I didn’t actively look for them on the bookshelves (be they virtual or otherwise!). However, with the discovery of these authors I find myself actually looking around and browsing in this genre way more than ever before. I love when an author is so good – so amazing – that it just makes you re-evaluate yourself as a reader. Katie Reus is one of those authors. No matter what she writes, I will pick it up – because she is just that good. Can we say ‘automatic pre-order’? 😉

Shattered Duty is a great book with great characters. Poor Levi! On one hand you love how much he loved his wife – after her horrific death, you are rooting for him to get revenge for her death – and admiring his dedication to her. On the other, you have Selene, and part of you just wants to shake him and say, “Live in the here and now, not in the past! Let yourself love Selene!” It’s always difficult reading a character like Levi, watching him work through his emotions and begin to open himself up to love again. As usual, however, Reus does it beautifully!

Rate:  A

Chasing Danger by Katie Reus

cover61750-mediumTitle:  Chasing Danger (novella)

Series:  Deadly Ops Book 2.5

Author:  Katie Reus

Genre:  Romantic Suspense

Blurb:   Chief Nursing Officer Hannah Young is accustomed to working under pressure, but even she’s still reeling in the aftermath of a horrific terrorist attack on Miami. And things only get worse after a knife wielding maniac tries to kill her. Desperate for help, Hannah must turn to the one man she never thought she’d see again.

After spending an intensely passionate night with Hannah, NSA Agent and former Delta Force operative Dax Costas fell off the face of the earth. He got called away for a two week mission with no way to contact her. Now he can’t get the smart, sexy woman out of his head. She might be angry at him, but when it appears she has a stalker, Dax moves her under his roof and into his protection.

Unfortunately, whoever wants Hannah dead will stop at nothing. And if Dax can’t identify the perpetrator in time, it could be too late to discover if there is more between him and Hannah than just heated passion…

Thoughts:  You just can’t go wrong with Katie Reus, whether it’s her paranormal books or her romantic suspense they are just all amazing. Chasing Danger is a short but sweet romantic suspense and a great one and that. It’s a strong read – great characters, great writing flow, great chemistry – but you definitely feel the shortness in length. Be aware that it is only 90-some pages, so everything is condensed down into a short amount of time, so it is a quickie read for sure.

On the bright side, however, you can’t go wrong with Katie Reus.

Plus – there is nothing wrong with a quickie every now and then….

Rate:  A

Release Day Blitz: Cale by Victoria Ashley + Excerpt + Review + GIVEAWAY

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Release Date: July 6th

tag17My name is Cale Kinley and I’m a fucking Virgin

Well, with the exception of my tongue. The countless things I can do with my tongue are bound to leave you breathless and begging for more, but more… is something that I can’t give. It’s a choice. My choice.

There’s a reason for that. A very good reason, and that reason is her.

Riley.

She’s the only woman that I want to bury myself deep in. The one woman I have wanted since I was old enough to fuck.

I never got my chance though, because she left. She had no choice and it stung like hell. But I couldn’t let her leave without telling her how I felt. I wanted her to be my first and I didn’t give a shit how long I’d have to wait.

It’s been six years and now she’s back and sexier than all hell. Just the sight of her stops my damn heart from beating. I want her and for more than just having her as my first.

I’m determined to have her in every way possible. She thinks this is still a game; that I’ve already given myself to countless women. What she doesn’t know is that I have a lot of willpower.

When I want something as badly as I want her, I don’t let shit stand in my way. I’m going to prove that to her. There’s just one little problem I need to take care of…

Him.

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tag19After securing my apron filled with my lotions and oils, I turn to the table and my heart starts pounding like crazy in my chest as I see a body, barely covered by a small towel, just waiting to be touched by me. I swallow hard while letting my eyes roam over the stiff muscles of the tanned back on display. The top of the client’s ass peeks out of the towel, displaying the roundest, firmest ass I have ever seen before… and the dimples in his back are making it hard for me to gain some much-needed confidence.

Doing a silly little shake in an attempt to shake my nerves off, I squirt some oil in my hands and slowly run my hands up the bottom of his back, being sure to make it feel as insanely good as I possibly can.

The feel of his muscled back beneath my fingers and the deep, undeniably sexy moan that escapes his throat almost has me turned on as I start to go lower, until I’m right above his ass.

“Go lower,” the deep voice whispers. “Take the towel off.”

I almost deny his request, when I remember that Sensual Touches is clothing optional. That’s the one thing that almost kept me from applying, but comparing the pay that you get here versus the other options, I knew what my choice had to be.

“This is new to me,” I whisper, before speaking up. “Let me know if you get uncomfortable and I’ll replace it before you flip over on your back.”

“That won’t be an issue,” he says huskily.

Keeping my moan to myself, I lower my hands down to his ass, removing the towel little by little as I continue to get lower. As soon as my hands reach the bottom of his ass, I remove the towel completely and hold back the gasp that fights to escape me.

Holy hotness…

Remembering that this was per his request, and that it’s fully professional to be doing this here at Sensual Touches, I grip the back of his upper thighs and massage it while rubbing my thumbs over the bottom of his tight ass, enjoying every single moment of it.

In fact, I’m enjoying it so much that I almost feel guilty. Tyler and I have been broken up for less than a week, and here I am enjoying myself as I rub on another man’s ass, listening closely for each moan that he will grace my ears with.

After spending a good, long, fifteen minutes on his ass itself, I focus my attention on the rest of his muscular body, mentally preparing myself for the rest of his gloriousness that I’ll be seeing in the flesh as soon as I finish up on his backside.

Now I understand why that Hailey chick is going to be pissed off. Massaging this stud has to be the best part of her job here. How can you not enjoy this?

Pulling my hands away, I turn away to give him some privacy. “I’m ready for you to flip over, sir. Please let me know when you’re ready.”

“I’m always ready for you, Rile.”

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Oh Man!! Can VA write a hot hot hot sex scene! Have some extra panties around on this one ladies! For as smoking as the story was this is also a genuinely sweet and touching love story about 2 people who have waited a long time to reveal their feelings to one another and to finally be together.

It was a compact and fantastic afternoon read that was not drawn out, nor was it too angsty… it was just right in regards to the drama and the jealousy that anyone would feel if your man took his clothes off for money!

From the wrap-up at the end it seems like this is the end for the Walk of Shame guys. Oh what a wild ride they gave us!! I would suggest this series to anyone who likes their romance erotic and at times funny and light but also with a core group of friends/family that look out for each other and have made a family of their own!

Cale: “My Walk of Shame family became a real family, and I love these f*ckers to death.”

Grade A

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tag15Victoria Ashley grew up in Rockford, IL and has had a passion for reading for as long as she can remember. After finding a reading app where it allowed readers to upload their own stories, she gave it a shot and writing became her passion.

She lives for a good romance book with tattooed bad boys that are just highly misunderstood and is not afraid to be caught crying during a good read. When she’s not reading or writing about bad boys, you can find her watching her favorites shows such as Sons Of Anarchy, Dexter and True Blood.

She is the author of Wake Up Call, This Regret, Slade, Hemy, and Get Off on the Pain. Victoria is currently working on more releases for 2015.

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Night Moves and Night Edge by Jessica Hawkins

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Title:  Night Moves and Night Edge

Series:  Night Fever Book #3 and 4

Author:  Jessica Hawkins

Genre:  Romance

Blurb:   Lola should’ve known better than to fall for the devil.

Beau thought getting his power back from Lola meant he’d won the game, but all he did was teach her how to play. Now, she’s ready to take on the master himself, and only she knows the rules.

In order for Lola to get close enough to hurt him, she has to love him. It won’t be easy to love the devil, but it will be worth it—if it means sending him to hell where he belongs

When you play with the devil, you’d better not turn your back.

Beau never intended to fall in love, but what was once his conquest has become his prize. Until he ends up in the same position he was ten years earlier—between Lola’s legs and begging to have her. So when she purposely disappears into thin air, leaving him empty-handed and alone, Beau is consumed with the need to find her.

As Lola gets farther from his reach, Beau is driven to the brink of insanity trying to get to her. When he finds himself at the ledge, he has to decide if he can let Lola go for good—or if he’s going to bring her down with him.

Thoughts:  I received these books at the same time, and read them one after the other – so I felt it was better to write my review with both of them together. I had been on edge waiting for the continuation of this series for awhile, and book three jumps right in where the others left off. Keep in mind that this is a serial, so they all flow right into the next one rather seamlessly so you definitely want to read them in order. I love Jessica’s writing style and is one of the few authors who can surprise in where the book is actually going to go! This one didn’t fail to surprise me with the direction it went in, and it was definitely a great read. I was desperate to see where things went with these characters!

All I can really say at this point is – the books certainly live up to the anticipation!

And if you haven’t read Jessica’s books before – I definitely recommend her!

Rate:  A

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Sunday Snippet: A Duke but No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins

It will come as no shock to any of you that I (Heather) am a huge Alexandra Hawkins fan. Her Lords of Vice series is one of my absolute favorite historical romance series. So when Alexandra emailed me to let me know ARC’s would be going out for her new series I was ecstatic. Life however got in the way of me being able to read it before now, but I just started it and let me tell you so far I’m loving it. Hawkins is the queen of creating bad boys of the Ton who should have zero redeeming qualities and yet, she makes us love them.

a duke but no gentlemanThe Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess Norgrave have always had the wildest of friendships. Best friends growing up, they bask in the pleasures the rich, opulent world that London has to offer, consuming drink and women at their leisure.

But Norgrave has always been a step behind. Blackbern can best him at anything—playing cards, riding horses, and bedding women. So when the stunningly beautiful but innocent Lady Imogen Sunter strays across their path, both men agree a friendly competition for the lady’s affections cannot hurt.

But when Blackbern’s feelings turn into something deeper and Lady Imogen’s desire become clear, Norgrave will do anything to win the wager. Only one man can lay claim to Lady Imogen’s heart… and one shocking act will change them all irrevocably.  Read more

Series Saturday: Alaskan Royal Family by MaryJanice Davidson

I discovered this series years ago at my local library and quickly fell in love with this family. To date they remain one of my favorites, and  one of those series I really want the author to go back and finish telling the stories of the other members of the family. I will warn you, this isn’t a series you can read at night in bed as it will result in your bed partner kicking you out of bed because you are laughing so hard.  For those of you who have KU this series is on it.

the royal treatmentIn this delightful and dazzling erotic novel, MaryJanice Davidson creates an alternate contemporary world nearly identical to ours in which Russia never sold the Alaskan territory to the United States. Instead, Alaska has won its independence and established itself as a constitutional monarchy…and now, the King of Alaska badly needs a bride for his son and heir…

The country of Alaska is as forbidding as it is beautiful. And the royal family is as rough-around-the-edges as they are coolly civilized. Other royal families may find them shocking, but after all, in this wilderness kingdom, being a crack shot and expert trapper is just as important as knowing your salad fork from your dessert fork. Unfortunately, when the rest of the royals find you mildly savage, marrying off your royal brood can be a royal pain. King Alexander II is desperate. Why, he’d settle for any girl. A commoner. An American, even!

Stranded tourist Christina Krabbe is American, and a commoner, but she has zero interest in enduring a royal wedding, producing royal heirs, and becoming Queen of Alaska…until she gets a good look at Prince David. He may be a bit unruly–actually, the words untamed and slightly dangerous come to mind–but Christina’s no delicate flower herself. And when His Highness discovers Christina can give as good as she gets, he’s Prince Charmed, if not quite charming. But can a wild man Prince and a modern American girl make a life together? And will the palace still be standing when the dust clears?  Read more

About Last Night… by Belle Aurora

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Author: Belle Aurora

 

***A MALE ESCORT/BROTHER’S BEST FRIEND ROMANCE***

Matt Quinn has been an escort for most of his adult life. He’s so good at his job that he’s booked months in advance.
An enquiring email from a potential client finds him intrigued about the shy, awkward woman. A back and forth is started and before Quinn knows it, a friendship is formed.

Time passes and Quinn is smitten.

There’s only one problem…

The client is his best friends little sister.

She’s off limits.
He knows better.

Staying away from one another is easier said than done.

 

My Thoughts:

Belle Aurora does a great job making the “brother’s best friend storyline” completely unique by throwing in the male escort twist!

Mia went into the situation fully accepting that Matt’s an escort. She does not want to change him or make him her boyfriend… because of a chance encounter at a Christmas party years before where Mia was able to be herself for the first time with a guy, she wants the guy who told her she would “bloom into a beautiful butterfly” to take her virginity. So she sets her sights on that man. Matt has no idea that Maya/Mia is his best friend’s sister.

Thanks to the anonymity of the DFT escort site, emails are exchanged and then texts messages and then phone calls… a friendship develops between 2 people that are in need of friends in their lives. The sex and chemistry are off the charts once this couple meets in real life! But when a chance meet up reveals Maya/Mia’s true identity the misunderstandings and apologies and continued chemistry take us to the ending that I was rooting for and that made me smile!

This is a quick and HOT and often funny read that was a great way to spend a few hours and discover a new-to-me author that I look forward to reading more from.

Grade B

The Collar by Tara Sue Me

the collarTitle: The Collar
Series: The Submissive bk 5, Partners in Play bk 3
Author: Tara Sue Me
Genre: Erotic

Nathaniel and Abby are struggling to navigate the challenging waters of their own relationship, when they get a surprising phone call from their partners in play, Dena and Jeff, who are in need of a helping hand…

Seven years ago, blonde, beautiful lawyer Dena Jenkins was tired of her carefully controlled life. Desperate for something exhilarating to help her escape the pressures of her demanding job and her senator father, she joined a steamy, local BDSM club as a submissive. There she met brooding Dominant, Jeff. The attraction between them was undeniable, and, despite Dena’s doubts, they couldn’t stay away from each other.

Except, as the years have passed, their blazing connection has proven difficult to maintain. Dena and Jeff have a history they’d rather forget, but Dena can’t let go of the past, and Jeff is ready to move across the country to give her space. Now, to save their passion, they’ll have to rediscover what it means to trust each other—and give themselves to each other completely…

Thoughts: I’ve been waiting for this book for what feels like forever. So when it landed in my inbox I dropped everything to read it.

Jeff and Dena have a complicated relationship one that we saw a glimpse of in Seduced by Fire when they did a play session for Julie. Read more

Flawed Heart by Bella Jewel

flawed heartTitle: Flawed Heart

Series: House of Obsidian book 1

Author: Bella Jewel

 

**This is a full length, second chance romance**

Max & Belle’s story

This isn’t the man I married.
The man I married was strong, beautiful and pure.
The man I married cherished our lives together.
The man I married loved me.

This…This isn’t that man.

One night. One accident. It changes everything.

I wish I could tell you the exact moment he fell out of love with me. I wish I could tell you there was hope. That I hung on. That I fought. I wish I could tell you that we fixed it. That happily every after was just out of our grips.

It wasn’t. I ran, in the dead of the night, I packed my things and I left him.

Now I’m back. He’s still the same man. A deadly underground fighter for the House of Obsidian. He’s still dangerous. He’s still broken. I still love him.

This is the part where I’m supposed to turn around and run… But I don’t.

 

My Thoughts:

Two things scared me going into this read… The back and forth of “Now” and “Then” in a story telling and I’m normally not a fan of the woman that keeps a child a secret from the dad. But Bella Jewel managed to blow both of my preconceived notions out of the water! And I LOVED IT!

I loved to see the history portion in the “Then” parts of the book and see how much Max truly loved Belle and how his love brought her out of her shell and made her glow from his attention and devotion. The “Now” parts were so heart wrenching at times that I was in tears and breathless – it seemed I was able to ‘feel’ the pain that they were both going through! The pain brought on by circumstances and life and Max’s need to protect his Blue Belle from anything harsh and ugly and her inability to pull him out of his own self-destruction.

This story is an epic tale of 2 people who belong together. They take a detour along the way but with love and understanding and finally some communication I got myself the best HEA that a romance reader could ask for!!!

This was my first read from Bella Jewel and it will not be my last! Bring on Flawed Love!

 

Two of my fave “in tears and breathless” parts:

– “Did you ever think telling me about the baby might have been what saved me?” My heart breaks open. “No, you didn’t, because you had already given up on me.”

– “And Max?” I say… “You never had to be scared of snuffing out the light in my eyes, because in case you didn’t know… you were the reason the light was there.”

Grade A+

Blog Tour: Miss Match by Laurelin McGee + Excerpt

miss match FINAL

Title: Miss Match

Author: Laurelin McGee

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks

On Sale: June 30, 2015

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Blackballed from her corporate career, Andréa Grayson’s luck at finding suitable employment has run out. Until her sister secretly arranges an interview for Andy with business mogul, Blake Donovan. The job? Find him a wife. It’s a despicable position, but she can’t turn down the opportunity. It’s the only one she has.

 

Blake Donovan is rich, successful, and too damn busy to find a suitable wife. He knows Andréa Grayson possesses the skills necessary for the task of matchmaker, even though her sass, confidence, and ambition represent everything he doesn’t want in a woman. Yet, as they work together the smoldering attraction he feels for her can’t be denied.

 

EXCERPT 

They caught the elevator just as it was about to go up. It was crowded, and in order to get everyone in, Andy had to press closer to her boss than she would have liked. Or maybe it was exactly as close as she liked. The shudder that ran through her at the touch of his body pressed against her back seemed to suggest as much.

He leaned into her ear. “Are you okay?”

His breath skated across her neck, sending yet another chill down her spine. Unwilling memories of the night at the bar invaded her mind—the taste of his lips, his body melding into hers, the unmistakable bulge pressed against her hip. A third shiver rolled through her limbs.

Dammit.

“I’m fine,” she snapped before he could ask again. “Cold. It’s cold. I’m cold.” Yeah, he’d buy that. It was only seventy- five degrees outside and the air-conditioning hadn’t been turned on, at least not in the elevator. She gestured to the skirt that now seemed obscenely short under his gaze.

“Maybe I should warm you up.”

Did he really just say that? And if he did, did he mean it the way it sounded? She pivoted toward him. “What was that?”

He cleared his throat, something he seemed to do frequently. “I said that maybe some tea would warm you up. Or coffee, if you’re not a tea drinker. We have both in the employee lounge. My secretary could get some for you, if you like.”

She raised her near-empty coffee. “I have some already. Thanks.” Then she turned away from him, hoping he hadn’t noticed her flush. Of course he hadn’t said what she’d thought. She was ridiculous for thinking that he had.

Andy spent the rest of the ride admonishing herself. She really had to get a grip if this job was going to work out. First of all, she didn’t even like the man. Her body simply kept reacting to an unfortunate encounter they’d had nearly thirty-six hours ago. It was physiological, that was all. It meant nothing.

Second, she was supposed to be finding a match for

Blake Donovan, not daydreaming about being his match.

Third, why did he smell so damn good anyway? It just wasn’t natural.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laurelin McGee is the pseudonym of Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee.

Laurelin Paige is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Fixed Trilogy. She’s a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters.

Kayti McGee is a Kansas City native who now calls Colorado home. When she isn’t writing, she’s making up recipes to go with her favorite books.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

Website: http://laurelinpaige.com/mcgee/index.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurelin.mcgee

 

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