Wolf’s Fall by J.D. Tyler

wolf's fallTitle: Wolf’s Fall

Series: Alpha Pack bk 6

Author: J.D. Tyler

Genre: Paranormal

A top secret team of wolf shifters, the Alpha Pack are former Navy SEALS that use their Psy powers to take on the world’s greatest predators. But while each member is loyal to the pack, it can be hard to deny the call of desire…

Still tormented by his recent captivity, Alpha Pack commander Nick Westfall isn’t sure he’s fit to lead—especially when he meets the one woman he can’t claim without reliving the torture he endured at the hands of a rogue vampire.

Vampire princess Calla Shaw has seen her own share of heartbreak, but she can tell that the wild attraction she and Nick feel for each other could turn into something significant—if only he’d let it. But Calla isn’t about to give up on her mate without a fight.

Time is running out, not only for Nick to claim his mate, but for Calla and her coven. A vampire war is on the horizon, one the Alpha Pack can’t hope to win if their leader can’t pull himself back from the abyss.

Thoughts: This series a real hit and miss for me. Some books I’ve loved and other’s I’ve been very meh about. This was one I loved.

Nick and Calla are mates, they both know it and where one is ready to start a relationship the other wants nothing to do with it. Except they can’t stay away from each other.

I really enjoyed the struggles this couple went through. Both of them have lost their mates, but where Calla is ready to move on, Nick wants nothing to do with it. Not because he isn’t attracted to Calla, but because of what she is.

He can’t get past the fact that she’s a vampire. He doesn’t have anything against vampires, he counts a lot of them as allies. But he’s recently been held captive and tortured by one. The very idea of letting her bond with him the way she will need to is abhorrent to him. Calla isn’t willing to push him, she’s determined to wait for him to come to terms with it, without telling him something really, vitally important.

Calla on the other hand, never expected to find a mate again. She loved her mate and was devastated when she lost him. So the fact she’s found one again throws her, but also gives her hope. It doesn’t hurt that her brother respects Nick, and counts him as an ally. She understands that Nick might have an issue with her being a vampire, and is willing to give him time, especially as he knows he’s her mate. When he rejects the very thing that is essential in all mated vampire pairs, she determines that she won’t give up on him, them. She never plans on their enemies using their mating as a way to destroy not just them, but everyone they love.

One of the things I enjoy so much about paranormal romances is that you know the struggle between the hero and heroine is going to be more than the typical relationship struggles you find in contemporary and historical romances. In this case you have a wolf shifter whose mate is a vampire and while he wants her, and has very deep feelings for her, he can’t get past what she is.

I’m really liking the world that Tyler has created, and can’t wait to see what she does next. There are so many characters in this world I want to see more of.

Grade B+

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Once Perfect by Cecy Robson

cover50198-mediumTitle:  Once Perfect

Series:  Shattered Love Book #1

Author:  Cecy Robson

Genre:  Romance/Contemorary

Blurb:  His life was never easy. Hers wasn’t supposed to be this hard. They come from different worlds, but fate lures them together in a way neither expected in Cecy Robson’s raw, steamy series debut—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn.
Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.
As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.

Thoughts:  I can’t rave enough over how amazing this book was – I was hooked from page one, and I must admit I even broke into a laugh a time or two (which is quite unusual for me!)  These characters immediately came to life within the pages of this novel and I was captivated – and yes, spellbound! – by their story and their attraction to one another.  But this romance was not all hearts and flowers – oh, no!- not this book! – If you’re looking for the typical happily ever after this is not it.  It deals with the hard issues.  At times, it will wrench at your emotions.  But I connected with these characters.  They were real and they had real problems.  They had a real relationship.  They struggle.  They fight for what they love and want in this world.  And they fight not to let the troubles in this world – or the bad people in it – bring them down.  This is one of those reads that will stick out in my mind as the best of 2014 – no doubt.  Loved it, and love this author.  Can’t wait to read more from her!

Rate:  A+

 

‘Tis the Season…

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope all of you are enjoying this week with your family and loved ones!  This week we have another great line up of holiday books in honor of the holiday season….here’s hoping you all have a great holiday week and travel safe if you are out travelling to visit family or out shopping for those Black Friday deals!

First up, we have a title that seems a little different for the holiday season…but nevertheless an interesting one!

91j72Hb6P4L._SL1500_Title:  A Case For Calamity

Author:  Mackenzie Crowne

Blurb:  For Jane Whitmore, agreeing to switch identities with her best friend seems like innocent fun, but spending a romantic night in Paris with a man who doesn’t know her real name turns out to be a lark gone bad. When their one night of passion proves to have lasting results, tracking down Gabe Sutton and telling him he’s about to be the father of her child is just another calamity Jane would rather avoid.
After years of avoiding long-term romantic entanglements, Gabe has found a woman he might just be able to build a life with, only to have her disappear. When he finally finds her, his belief in happily-ever-after staggers under the weight of deception, and looming fatherhood leaves him with two choices: fight her for custody of his future child or cling to the promise of true love.

Link:  Goodreads  Amazon   B&N   KOBO

91LO6wYaQgL._SL1500_And who can resist the former boy-next-door who let the girl of his dreams slip through his fingers?  Always one of my favorite themes, this one is a definite must-read….at least for me!….LOL

Title:  A Light In The Window

Author:  Jolyse Barnett

Blurb:  Adirondack girl-in-transition Jade Engel comes home to recharge after ending a career she never truly wanted, but soon realizes she’s in danger of also being swept off her feet by the boy-next-door, her former best friend, Ben Stephens. If only he’d stop kissing her every time she falls into his arms.
Everything local celebrity Ben Stephens ever wanted is in Starling. Then Jade comes home after an eternity away and sends his simple world into a tailspin. He’s determined to pursue her—the one girl who got away. But when their friends-with-benefits arrangement blows up in their faces, will they have the courage to put their pasts to rest in order to forge a future together?

Link:  Goodreads   Amazon   

91kOL0X7s+L._SL1500_Maggie Shayne is one of my favorite authors, and when I was scrolling for books for the holiday books series of posts, I took this as a sign to re-visit her Oklahoma All-Girl Brands series and the Texas Brands.  It’s been awhile since I read it, and I re-visit her books often….time to visit that Brand family!….:)  I’m sure all of you will love them!!

Title:  The Brands Who Came For Christmas

Author:  Maggie Shayne

Blurb:  Caleb didn’t know that one night of bliss last spring with small town beauty Maya Brand had resulted in a pregnancy, until the blackmail attempt arrived on his desk in an unmarked envelope, complete with photos of Maya with a belly out to there.  When he learns the truth, Caleb rushes back to Big Falls, determined to make it right despite what the scandal will do to his high profile career–the family legacy he had never truly wanted.
All he wants is Maya, and their child.
But can a girl whose father abandoned and betrayed her, ever truly believe in the goodness of a man who left town the morning after their one night stand? How can he convince her that he hasn’t stopped thinking about her since then, much less, do so with the whole world watching? He has to prove himself to a woman he’s not even sure he’s worthy of. But he has no idea how.
The Oklahoma All-Girl Brands is a six-book, small town, contemporary romance series with shades of HOPE FLOATS and YOU’VE GOT MAIL. Spin off of the bestselling Texas Brand Series.

Links:  Goodreads   Amazon   KOBO

cover51680-mediumLast on the list was a delicious little holiday tale that I received an advanced copy to review for the blog.  While it may begin at Halloween, Chaz spends most of the holiday season hunting for his reluctant witch!  You can check out that review here:  Sarah’s Review

Title:  Oh, Naughty Night!

Author:  Leslie Kelly

Blurb:  Hot for the holidays! Every Halloween party has its share of eye candy, and journalist Chaz Browning has just spotted a treat he can’t resist—a deliciously wicked witch with sparkly red hair and deep, dark eyes that promise all kinds of sexy tricks. She wants no names. No strings. Just a night of lust-filled magic.

The witch’s mask may hide her face, but Lulu Vandenberg knows exactly who Chaz is. They spent most of their childhoods tormenting each other. So the moment Chaz touches her and everything turns to lust, Lulu knows she can never reveal her identity. But desire has a memory of its own, and Chaz has vowed to find his fantasy woman before the holidays end…

Links:  Goodreads   Amazon   B&N   KOBO

   

Sunday Snippet: No Matter What by Erin Nicholas

I’m super excited to share this weeks snippet, No Matter What by Erin Nicholas. This was one of the very first books by her that I read and I’m super excited that she’s extending the book and making it a series. 

He was grinning and that infuriated her. The first time she had heard him laugh and seen him actually grin, and it was at her expense.

“Then what just happened?”

“I scared you.” He said it matter-of-factly.

“Scared me? What are you talking about?”

“I almost kissed you, you panicked and ducked, I lost my balance and we fell in.”

She opened her mouth to reply, then quickly snapped it shut again. Was she more shocked that he thought he made her nervous…or that he was right? She began shaking her head.

He nodded his head in response. “Yes. You panicked when you realized I was going to kiss you. You’re scared of me.”

“I knew that you were pretty full of yourself the first time we met, but this is way over the top,” she declared, but her voice lacked conviction.

She moved to pull herself out of the water and he quickly grasped her upper arm. “I don’t think so.”

She sucked in a quick breath, but she held still, even as she realized that was probably a bad idea.

“Look me in the eye and tell me that you didn’t know I was going to kiss you.”

She struggled to swallow as she looked into his eyes. But no words came out. Her gaze dropped to his collarbone and she said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

He smiled and moved an inch closer. She stiffened but didn’t move away. “Jaden, so you know, I had every intention of kissing you a few minutes ago. I don’t want there to be any confusion about that.”

Hot and cold, numb and tingling all at once. She was amazed what a few simple words could do. Though she also realized that it was the tone of voice, not the actual words, that affected her so profoundly. Several seconds passed before she found her voice and said quietly, “I’m not scared of you.”

One corner of his mouth tipped up. “No?”

She shook her head and pressed her lips firmly together, telling herself she did not want to know what kissing him would be like.

“You’re not nervous at all about my attraction to you and your equal attraction to me? You’re not even a little anxious about me kissing you and where that might lead?”

She shook her head again and managed to pry her lips apart. “Even if you did kiss me—and I’m not saying that I think that’s a good idea—it wouldn’t lead anywhere. I think you should know that up front.”

”You’re certainly entitled to your opinion, Jaden,” he said soothingly, rubbing his palm up and down her arm where he still held her. “But I think that you should know up front that I’m very certain, eventually, I will kiss you and it will lead to something.”

He moved in a little closer, making her press her back against the rough side of the pool. “But because you’re skittish about this, today I’ll settle for this.”

He slid his hand down her arm slowly, creating goose bumps in the wake of his touch. Then he took her hand and lifted it to his lips, pressing a firm but gentle kiss to the center of her palm. A shiver went through her and she knew that it did not escape his attention.

He pulled himself out of the pool and shook water from his hair. He stood on the side and shrugged out of his jacket, tossed it onto the chair, pulled his shirt from the waist of his pants and began unbuttoning it. He peeled it off, wadded it into a ball and squeezed water from it. Jaden watched every move, unable to tear her eyes away even when he turned and saw her studying him. He kicked his shoes off, watching her the whole time. She didn’t move. But when his hands went to his belt, she shook herself from her daze.

“You’re not undressing right here!”

He looked around. “I can’t go dripping water through the whole house.”

She pulled herself from the pool and stomped to the chair where there was another dry towel. She tossed it toward him. “And I’m not skittish.”

He began toweling off. “That will make seducing you much easier.”

She spun toward him in the midst of pulling on a long T-shirt, only one arm poking through the sleeve. “Seducing me?” Her voice was almost a shriek.

Shrugging, he asked, “What did you think all the kissing would lead to?”

“We’re not kissing.”

“Not right now,” he agreed. “But that will change soon.”

“This is nuts. Is this the real reason Kathy and Cindy quit?” she asked, naming two of the three therapists who had come and gone from the Steele estate. “Because you were trying to get them into bed?”

Adam frowned at that. “The thought of taking either of them to bed didn’t even occur to me.” The resoluteness in his statement left no room for doubt.

Jaden stuck her left arm forcibly through the T-shirt and finally pulled it over her head and down to cover her body. She crossed her arms and regarded him with narrowed eyes. “But it’s occurred to you with me, after only one day?”

Adam stopped drying off and walked toward her, stopping only when he was close enough that she could see the gold flecks in his eyes. He put one finger under her chin and tipped her head up to look into her eyes.

“Taking you to bed occurred to me the first moment I saw you.”

He had to stop doing that. If she lost her ability to breathe and think every time he said something like that, she was afraid she would quickly lose her professional credibility with him. If she hadn’t already. Finally, she spoke. “Maybe that should have come up when we were discussing the job with Emily.”

He dropped his gaze to her lips. “I have every confidence that you can do both very, very well, but if you’re concerned, maybe you would be more comfortable not being Emily’s therapist.”

Anger welled up in her so quickly she wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. “You want me to concentrate on you rather than Emily?” Then she took a deep breath and forced herself to calm down. She shrugged. “Sure, that’s a great idea. You can bring in another therapist to work on her rehab while I have sex with you all day long. In fact, thank you for thinking of it. I was wondering how I was going to accomplish all of that by myself.”

He lifted an eyebrow. “You would have an affair with me and let another therapist work with Emily?”

She took a step forward, her eyes narrowed. “You are unbelievable.”

She put both hands on his chest and before he could react, she shoved him as hard as she could.

Jaden stood at the edge of the pool, hands on her hips, glaring down at him when he came up for air. “Of course I will not have an affair with you and turn Emily’s therapy over to someone else. My first and only priority is Emily. You’re going to have to find another…outlet…for your sexual energy.”

“So you’re staying?”

“That’s what I said.”

“No matter what?”

“No matter what.” Then she marched to the heavy glass door and jerked it open, turning for only a moment to tell him, “And, for the record, I’m also not kissing you…no matter what.”

no matter whatThe best doesn’t come cheap…and this time it could cost him his heart.

Handsome billionaire Adam Steele is good. Good at getting his way. If nothing else, money always works—until he realizes he can’t buy his daughter’s way out of her new wheelchair. Three private physical therapists later, he’s almost given up on Emily walking again. Then he meets Dr. Jaden Monroe. And his match.

Feisty physical therapist Jaden Monroe has never met a man quite like Adam. She’s not sure if it’s his I’m-in-charge attitude or the heat in his eyes when he looks at her, but she finds herself wanting to say yes to anything he asks. Like when he asks her to help his daughter walk again. Of course, the million dollars he offers—just enough to finish the pediatric rehab wing Jaden has been working for and dreaming of—is hard to say no to as well.

But Jaden didn’t anticipate a teen whose injuries are more than physical. Or a man so passionate and devoted—and as tenacious as she is. As she and Adam fight their attraction, the only thing harder than keeping her promise will be keeping a hold on her heart.

This book has been previously published and has been expanded from its original release.

Warning: Contains heated arguments that erupt only slightly more often than hot kissing, a new perspective on kitchen appliances, and sizzling sex occurring everywhere BUT the bedroom (though they eventually make it there).

Series Saturday: The Marriage Diaries by Erika Wilde

Erika Wilde turns up the heat in THE MARRIAGE DIARIES, a brand new sexy series about a married couple who take intimacy and passion to the extreme….

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After nearly twenty years of marriage, Jillian Noble is ready to put some spice back into her sex life with her gorgeous husband, Dean. After seducing him at his office, Jillian reveals what she wants, and her husband is more than happy to oblige. Erotic fantasies are fulfilled, and forbidden passions surface as they open themselves up to a provocative world where boundaries are pushed to the limit and pleasure is the ultimate goal.  But Dean has a dark past, and even darker desires that he’s kept a tight rein on all these years. When he gives his wife a taste of his more illicit appetite, will she embrace his carnal needs, or beg for mercy?

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THE INVITATION . . .
After months of indulging in some of the hottest sex of his married life, Dean Noble intends to give Jillian a very special gift for their twentieth anniversary . . . an invitation that will take them beyond their wildest, most erotic fantasies.

THE PLAYERS CLUB . . .
Jillian is more than willing to accept her husband’s invitation, and together they enter a provocative world where boundaries are pushed to the limit, pleasure is the ultimate goal, and Dean is able to embrace those darker desires he’s kept a tight rein on all these years. But when Dean’s alpha tendencies extend outside of the bedroom, a battle of wills ensues, and it’s up to Jillian to show her husband that she’s all for submission games in the playroom, but when it comes to her needs outside the bedroom he’ll have to learn to compromise.

 

 

Wolfsgate by Cat Porter

WolfsgateTitle: Wolfsgate

Series: N/A

Author: Cat Porter

Genre: Young Adult

Blurb:

My resurrection, they call it.

They have no bloody idea.

Shipwrecked and lost, left for dead,
Abandoned by my own family.
Drugged and addicted.

My wife saved me, brought me home.
I didn’t even know I had a wife—can I trust her?
I know I want her.
Desperately.
We are two of a kind—the manipulated, the tossed off, the rejected.

Bitter disappointments, painful secrets, age-old jealousies are my new shipwreck,
and my wife my new opium.

Is satisfaction to be found in revenge or revenge in satisfaction?
One thing I do know, without each other we’re both doomed.

Wolfsgate

A sensual 18th century tale of deception and revenge, and the healing of two souls hungering for love and absolution.

Thoughts: I’m still a new reader to the YA genre and this was the first book I’ve read by Cat Porter but not my last. Wolfsgate had me from page one and held me until I turned the last page. The book was all consuming. It dragged you in and left you wanting more.

We all struggle with being lost at one point in our lives and this story brings to home those who feel forever lost and broken but find themselves being healed by the love of another.

Cat Porter wrote with such a style that it left me realizing that life is like a puzzle and once all the pieces are put together life will be complete but without it’s trials and tribulations we wouldn’t appreciate the happiness that we eventually find with that one “perfect” piece that completes us.

This was a well written book and one that I’ll remember. I will be reading the rest of Cat Porter’s books most definitely.

Grade: A+

Hard to Come By by Laura Kaye

hard to come byTitle: Hard to Come By

Series: Hard Ink bk 3

Author: Laura Kaye

Genre: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he’s become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away.

Thoughts: With each book in this series I fall more in love with these guys than I was in the last book. Honestly after reading Hard to Hold On To I wasn’t sure how Kaye could top what she did there, but she managed to.

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An Angel All His Own (The Gifted Realm Book 5) by Jillian Neal

An Angel Of His OwnTitle: An Angel All His Own (The Gifted Realm Book 5)

Series: The Gifted Realm

Author: Jillian Neal

Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary, New Adult

Blurb: She’s everything Dan Vindico has ever wanted. Fionna Styler embodies every single thing he told himself could never exist inside of one woman. She’s beautiful, smart, funny, powerful, and she’s his… almost.

No one can know they’re together. The Interfeci would never let her live. It was an inevitability, but Dan simply cannot resist her.

After a vow to somehow keep her safe, Dan learns what that really entails. Betrayal, scandal, millions of dollars, and watching her in the arms of other men are only the beginning, when danger intrudes into every sanctuary he secures.

Dan can’t determine if the demons in his soul or the monsters outside are more vicious, but Fionna’s life depends solely on him. That blasted tomb is ever-present in his mind. Can he save the Angel who managed to pull him from the depths of hell, the one he longs to make his own?

Thoughts: This is the first book I’ve read by Jillian Neal and it won’t be my last. The one difficulty that I had with the book was it not really being a stand alone read. If you haven’t read book 1-4 you may be a little lost in the beginning as I was. Secondly, if you believe you will be entertained with a holiday story by the title you’ll be disappointed but you won’t be disappointed if you love a man who isn’t only handsome but kick ass as well then this book is for you.

The story is told in not only our hero Dan Vindico’s strong point of view but several others. I believe by doing this the author was able to pull us in to each character individually and allow us to see what they see.

Dan Vindico appears to have been through a lot and is still struggling with all of it in his personal life as well as his work life. Can things get anymore complicated? Enter our heroine Fiona Styler. He has vowed to keep her safe but can his heart survive seeing Fiona with other men? The betrayal? Can he save the Angel who brought him back from the depths of hell and make her his own?

The way Jillian Neal writes this story with a twist of paranormal aspects with the gifts that Fiona has and the non-gifted is very entertaining. Reading about this world is fascinating and has you wondering how much of it is really fantasy.

I definitely will be reading Books 1 – 4 and then re-reading this one.

Grade: A-/B+

 

No Promises Required by Cari Quinn

23453961Title: No Promises Required

Series: Love Required book 4

Author: Cari Quinn

 

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint… 

No strings. And no restraints… 

Professional football player Bryan Townsend is sidelined for the next two weeks while he recovers from a knee injury. The upside? He’ll get to attend his sister’s wedding. The downside? He’s not sure he’ll have a spot on his team when he returns. So when he’s confronted by a sexy blast from his past the night of the bachelor party, he sees an opportunity to seduce the very stunning maid of honor. 

But Bryan had no clue Jill St. John was still a virgin. Or that she was merely looking to expand her sexual repertoire without having to trust anyone with her heart. But with every encounter, Jill can’t help but fall for the man Bryan’s become. The clock is running down. If he’s to win it all, Bryan must make the biggest play of his career—choosing between his team…or the woman he’s always wanted.
 

Thoughts:

I thoroughly enjoyed this HOT and quick read that put a spin on the traditional romance story! Cari Quinn made our hero hottie, Bryan, the insecure one, not about his mojo in the sack but about his ability to offer forever – even though he really wants forever with Jill. Our leading lady is a coming-into-her-own-badass who goes after what she wants! Well until the very end when she reverts to the coward for just a bit… but she finds the badass again – I promise!!

This story is the 4th in a series and you get a quick glimpse of the stars from the first couple of books… just enough of a peek for me to think I will have to look up Ms Quinn and the rest of her Love Required series!

Grade B

‘Tis The Season…For Holiday Books!

This week I have definitely been feeling the winter chill…and not in a good way!  While wintertime is the time for Merry Christmas carols, tidings of good cheer, hot cocoa, snowmen (which my youngest daughter seems particularly enamored with this year!), and and holiday candy and cookies, etc….it also brings along with it those colds you just can’t seem to get rid of…:(  I know I am probably not the only one out there with a cough and a bad case of the sniffles, so let’s hope that those of us suffering from the misery of a winter cold will at least have it pass us by  fairly quickly….maybe some of these steamy reads will help?  ;)

cover46183-mediumTitle:  Ring In The Holidays

Author:  Katie Lane

Blurb:  THE BEST NEW YEAR’S EVE . . . EVER
Psychologist Ellie Simpson is about to get a healthy dose of sex therapy. Leaving her cheating boyfriend behind, she has everything she needs for a quick rebound: Vegas, plenty of champagne, and a proposition from the sexiest man she’s ever seen. As her handsome stranger helps her ring in the New Year-over and over again-Ellie finds herself blissfully losing all of her inhibitions.
Attorney Matthew McPherson is good at making women lose things, like their minds and underwear. With his athletic build and soulful eyes, he doesn’t need to use his powers of persuasion or famous last name to get a woman into bed. But when morning comes, Matthew finds Ellie is the only woman he can’t bear to leave-ever. It’s enough to make him wonder if what happens in Vegas really has to stay there.

Link:  Goodreads    Amazon   B&N

91PkRqXx5qL._SL1500_And who can get enough of recapturing that love that was thought to be lost forever?  Especially when it found again during the magic of the holiday season?  On of the best themes this time of year!

Title:  A Little Bit Of Christmas

Author:  Christy Newton

Blurb:  After a tragic accident that brought the small town of Wynter Haven to their knees, Claire Belmont and Nick Lewis went in opposite directions coping in very different ways. Three years later, Claire gets a call urging her to come back to help her friend move past his grief.
It will take more than a little hot cider, gingerbread and mistletoe to bring back Nick’s holiday spirit. He hasn’t celebrated Christmas since his twin sister died. In fact, he’s mastered locking up his feelings so he will never be hurt again.
Claire has a secret and hopes that somehow she and Nick can both get a Christmas miracle this year. After all, Nichole would want them to be happy and cherish the holiday that had been their favorite. Maybe a little bit of Christmas is just what they both need.

Link:  Goodreads    Amazon   

810viOlmOxL._SL1500_Looking for something a little different?  This one is sure to fit the bill perfectly!

Title: Snow Angels, Secrets, and Christmas Cake

Author:  Sue Watson

Blurb:  Snow Angels, Secrets and Christmas Cake is a truly heart-warming and hilarious read about sisters, love and finding the courage to be yourself – one snowflake at a time.
For Tamsin Angel, Christmas is always the biggest and best… chic parties and a little showbiz sparkle are a must. This year though, things aren’t going quite as planned…
With bailiffs suddenly at the door and her husband nowhere to be found, it looks like Christmas just got downsized. Moving into her sister’s one-bedroom flat, she wonders whether things will ever be the same again.
After losing her husband on Christmas Eve, Sam Angel has rebuilt her life around her son Jacob and her new business – The White Angel Bakery. She’s also found herself a very handsome, loving boyfriend, but is struggling to let go of the past.
Thrown together with a sprinkle of Christmas magic, Sam and Tamsin might just learn a little more about each other – and themselves. But when disaster strikes at the bakery, will they be able to save the day in time for Christmas?

Link:  Goodreads    Amazon    

91ArjQaRBgL._SL1500_And the next in line an anthology that I received an early review copy of for the blog, and you can check out my thoughts on here:  My Review

Title:  Hot Christmas Nights

Author:  Anthology

Blurb:  Baby it’s cold outside, so stay warm with three sexy and sizzling-hot holiday stories… 

Tuscan Nights by Farrah Rochon 

It’s not the breathtaking scenery that brings Aiden Williams to Italy for Christmas—it’s gorgeous pastry chef Nyla Thompson. Five years ago Aiden’s older brother was fool enough to let Nyla go. Now a mature and sexy Aiden is determined to turn their Italian fling into everlasting amore…. 

Vegas Affair by Terra Little 

Professional dancer Wendy Kincaid thinks she knows her best friend, Frazier Abernathy, inside out. But he’s got a season of surprises in store for the woman he’s always desired, leading to a Las Vegas rendezvous, where he’ll raise the stakes in an all-out merry seduction…. 

Tied Up In Tinsel by Velvet Carter 

Entertainment agent Landis Keates is stunned to learn that his old college classmate is now an international singing sensation! Back then, he was too clueless to notice Brooke Lynn Samuels. Now a friend’s winter wedding in picturesque Bridgehampton is the perfect backdrop to a very intimate Yuletide reunion….

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Hollywood On Tap by Avery Flynn

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Series:  Sweet Salvation Brewery Book #2

Author:  Avery Flynn

Genre:  Romance

Blurb:  For years, Sean O’Dell has hidden his past as a Hollywood heartthrob from everyone at the Sweet Salvation Brewery. However, the arrival of nosey efficiency expert Natalie Sweet threatens the status quo. It doesn’t help that with her glasses, buttoned-up sweaters and always pulled-back hair that she’s uncovered one secret already: His attraction for hot librarian types.
Natalie has had enough of the strong-and-silent Sean submarining her efforts to change the brewery for the better. She’s ready to do whatever it takes to make her vision a reality, even if that means taking down the pig-headed and too-hot-for-his-own-good brewmaster.
Sizzling attraction battles stubborn determination as Natalie and Sean go head to head in a battle that’s anything but business as usual.

Thoughts:  I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this book, but needless to say all it took was a few pages to capture my interest.  This was my first time reading a book by this author, and even though it was part of a series it was easy a stand alone title.  While it is easy to see it as part of a series, amazingly enough it managed to not leave you with that annoying feeling that you are missing out on something either.  The background of a brewery definitely made for an interesting storyline.  I really enjoyed the characters, and the tension between these two definitely made for interesting reading – particularly Sean’s new fascination for button-up sweaters – or rather unfastening them….:)

The biggest problem?  When it came to maintaining a good interest level within the storyline there were just a lot ebbs and flows to it.  The ending definitely made up for it though!  Will definitely be on the look out for more from this author!

Rate:  A-

Night Shift Anthology

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  • Secrets at Midnight by Nalini Singh
  • Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews
  • The Beast of Blackmoor by Milla Vane
  • Lucky Charms by Lisa Shearin

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Fantasy

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight , as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella,Magic Steals , when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn’t a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier’s first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms .

Thoughts: I have no clue where to start on this book. I was excited for this only because of the Nalini Singh story as she’s one of my go to authors. I’d heard of Ilona Andrews but never read her. The others were completely new to me. I blew through the Singh book in an hour, and then proceeded to read the other books in this anthology. All three of them left me wanting to read the other books in their series.

Years ago I discovered that anthologies were a great way to discover new authors and I’m excited to say that it worked on me. After reading the books by Andrews and Shearin I want to go and get there complete backlists for these series (they both have large ones in the series in this anthologies). As for Vane well after an exhaustive internet search I discovered that this is the first book by Vane under this name. She has a huge backlist under her other pen name Meljean Brook and I already have all of them.

Here’s the thing about the Vane book, if you love Lord of the Rings and any story that has Gods in it you will love this story. I finished it and immediately wanted more. The word she created is so rich in characters I want to know what happens next.

Fans of Singh’s Psy/Changeling series, especially the cats will enjoy Basiten’s story. No we don’t find out about Mercy and Riley’s pupcubs as this story takes place right after Heart of Obsidian, but we do get to see a side of Bastien and the cats we’ve never seen and is super cute.

This is one of those anthologies that has four excellent stories.

Grade A

The King by Tiffany Reisz

the kingTitle: The King

Series: The Original Sinners bk 6

Author: Tiffany Reisz

Genre: Erotic Romance

Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this unholy threesome can raise him to his rightful place as a rule of Manhattan’s king kingdom.

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side, Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act of chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive heartache—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin.

Kingsley’s plan to open the ultimate BDSM club—a dungeon playground for New York’s A-list—becomes his obsession. His expertise in domination can’t subdue the one man who wants to stop him. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won’t rest until King’s dream is destroyed, and so the battle lines are set; it’s one man’s sacred mission against another’s.

Thoughts: I’m so completely in love with this series I can’t even express it. I can’t believe I resisted reading it for as long as I did. Søren is one of the absolute best heroes being written today. I honestly didn’t think I could love Kingsley as much as I did Søren, but I was wrong.

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Body by Audrey Carlan + GIVEAWAY

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Title:   Body (Trinity Trilogy, Book 1)
Author:   Audrey Carlan
Genre:   Erotic Romance
Release Date:   November 17, 2014
Hosted By:   DRC Promotions
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SYNOPSIS
Men ruin women.
Especially men like Chase Davis. Good looking, intelligent, rich and powerful. I never stood a chance.
I didn’t want to want him.
I didn’t want to need him.
I didn’t want to fall for him.
He wouldn’t take no for an answer, and I let him consume me. Arrogant, confident, controlling, demanding … intense.
When he entered my life, I was finally healing after having barely survived the men of my past. My soul sisters told me to take a chance. To let someone in. I let him in, and he surrounded me with a light so bright I was blinded by the truth…
Men don’t ruin women.
They devour them in every way that counts.
Warning: This book is designed for audiences 18+ due to language, graphic sexual content, and themes that some may find disturbing. BODY is book 1 of a three-part trilogy. Book 1 has a “Happy for Now” type ending.

 



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REVIEW

It was an honor to once again beta this book for Ms Carlan! As the ARC became available I did another read through and I caught myself getting lost in the story again! Being drawn into a world that an author creates and being able to feel the characters emotions and passions and anxieties… it’s a sign of a great story to me! This is the genre that I love – contemporary, romance, erotic, and a first for Audrey Carlan, a touch of suspense! The perfect combo in my opinion!

 

I love love love Gillian (Gigi) and her strength and her self-made family!! She had a hard road getting where she is today but I think suffering abuse from the hands of someone that she thought she loved and surviving it has made her into the person she is. I relate to her choosing the ones that she made her family even though they may not be blood.  Surround yourself with the ones that will take care of you and let you take care of them!  Her past made her want to resist Chase and their mutual instant attraction but lucky for her (and for us, the readers) Chase was relentless in his pursuit!

 

The words that Ms Carlan uses to create Chase have made him so vivid in my mind. The descriptives used for how he smells, sandalwood and citrus, to her nickname of Superman because of his control and take-charge ways, he lives in my Kindle and I have many bookmarked scenes that I can go back and visit anytime I need to. There is also a sweetness, almost a reverence, in the way he loves and protects Gillian that make my heart melt! But lets not forget that this is an erotic read, the heat is off the charts and when I read the erotic scenes between the 2… YOWZA!! Had me clenching and squirming in my seat!! There is no doubt that this is one HOT erotic novel but the story is stellar too with a touch of suspense that you can see will ramp up as book 2 and 3 of the Trinity Trilogy become available. And we will not have long to wait! Book 2, Mind, will be available in December.

 

Grade A+

 

Ten Fun Facts About Body(Trinity Trilogy – Book 1)
 by Audrey Carlan
1. Gillian (Gigi) is the name that my husband and I would have named a child had we ever had a little girl. Alas, I am surrounded by men but loving it!
2. The three soul sisters are loosely based on my very own three best friends. They enjoy seeing what I put their character through. For example, Maria’s character is very different from my best friend Dyani, but they do have core similarities. My girl is fiercely protective, was an incredible contemporary dancer, is Italian and does speak Spanish, even though it’s not her heritage. She however, does not have a potty mouth and was not a victim of domestic violence like her character.
3. The three men aside from main character Chase Davis are loosely based on my soul sisters husbands.
4. My mother was a victim of domestic violence and writing this novel was something very cathartic for me, and I hope it gave the issue a bit more light. Young women, just out of high school can easily fall victim to domestic violence and being so young and impressionable are, in my opinion, often easier to manipulate into believing it’s there fault or they deserved the treatment they received.
5. San Francisco is very near and dear to me as it is less than a two hour drive from my home. Plus, I’ve personally not read a trilogy set in San Francisco.
6. The trinity symbol is extremely prevalent in my life and always has been. My soul sisters and I plan to get a tattoo with it, however, one sister is dragging her feet. The compromise is, if this trilogy makes it onto the New York Times bestselling list one day, she’ll get the tattoo. <crossing fingers> Not sure what I want more, the tattoo or the list! Both would be incredible.
7. Fun fact about this novel is it’s actually the first book I ever wrote but the fourth being published. This novel in particular holds more of my life and heart than anything I’ve written to date. During the developmental edit process I just had a really hard time separating myself from the book and couldn’t be objective. I took the advice of my mentor author Jess Dee and set it aside…for a YEAR! Then after I wrote the Falling Series (3 full length novels) I then was capable of going back to it. I think it’s a better book because of it.
8. I’m a pantser. The extent of my plotting is a one liner for each chapter but not usually until I’m halfway through writing it. Body was entirely written with very little plotting. I just let the muse go crazy and this is what happened!
9. The main character Chase has family members that names all start with a “C.” Chase, Carson, Cooper, Craig, Colleen, Chloe, Charles.
10. Heat level in this book runs at about an 8 out of 10. I like to write erotic sex scenes that make you feel something. I think you’ll find them so hot you’ll need your mate at the ready. <wink>

 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
clip_image008Audrey Carlan is a professional fundraiser for an international healthcare related charity by day, and a sensual and erotic contemporary romance writer by night. She lives in the sunny California Valley two hours away from the city, the beach, the mountains and the precious…the vineyards. She has been married to the love of her life for 10 years and has two young children that live up to their title of “Monster Madness” on daily basis. When she’s not raising money, sipping wine with her “soul sisters”, three incredibly different and unique voices in her life, she can be found with her nose stuck in book or her Kindle. A hot, smutty, romantic book to be exact!
In life she believes that all things have their purpose even if we are unable to determine the purpose immediately.

 

 
CONNECT WITH AUDREY
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.com/e/B00JAVVG8U
Email address: carlan.audrey@gmail.com

 

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Sunday Snippet: The Day it Rained Books by Katharine Ashe

If you’ve never had the opportunity to read one of Katharine Ashe’s books you need to fix that today. She’s one of the absolute best historical romance authors. I simply adore her books. So I’m super excited to share a snippet from her new book with everyone. 

“The Day It Rained Books” by Katharine Ashe

In the contemporary romance anthology AT THE BILLIONAIRE’S WEDDING

Piers didn’t approach her. But he didn’t stop watching her. Cali chatted with other guests and tried to relax. She failed. Eventually she ended up in a group of Duke’s friends who were talking about the huge success of his new start-up. Nearby, Roxanna caught her eye, then looked meaningfully to Cali’s side.

Cali turned her head. Piers stood beside her.

“Hey.” His voice was warm and low. Then he lifted his drink to his mouth and said something to the others about the TSE versus NASDAQ. He wore a gold signet ring and his hands had the prominent veins of a man in excellent physical condition. She knew this already. She’d seen him in a swimsuit. In the library, she’d had her face pressed against his chest. Still, seeing his hand at such close range after it’d been on the back of her neck to hold her mouth to his, she got shaky inside.

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