Monday, October 27, 2014

**Review** BATTLE by KJ Bell




SYNOPSIS:

A battle is fought by soldiers on the ground in a time of war. 

Or at least that’s what I used to think.

I’ve never had to fight for anything in my perfectly planned life, and I certainly never thought I’d have to fight for love.

I was wrong.

One wild, carefree night, and one stupid dare made me realize you can’t appreciate love until you’re forced to fight for it. I want the complex, sexy bull rider who stole my heart in the middle of a deserted wheat field. But Battle McCoy doesn’t believe in love.

What do you do when you aren’t prepared for battle? When someone you care for becomes your greatest enemy? And your surrender is imminent?

I’m going to fight.

There’s a chance he’ll destroy me, but my heart will go to war to make him mine.




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★★ REVIEW ★★

I call DIBS on Battle McCoy!  Okay, since I have officially claimed Battle, now let me talk about the story.  This book was amazing!  Days after I finished, I was still thinking about it – still processing it.  At 22% I had to message the author and tell her how I felt about Battle.  I told her I didn't just love him, I ‘LOVE LOVE’ him. ◄ big difference.  I was consumed by him, intrigued by him, obsessed with him.  This sexy character had me sneak-reading at work, and I told Ms. Bell that if I got into trouble, it was her fault and she would have to explain it to my boss.

This is another well-written story by KJ Bell that hooked me from the first chapter.  I am always more than satisfied with this author’s writing;  smooth, flawless,  eloquent.  In just one small paragraph, she can create a scene that is easily visualized and makes you feel like you are there inside the story.  Example:

“He stares at me through the metal cage in front of his helmet, his eyes so pure and so blue they should shine with the warmth of a summertime sky, but they chill my blood and send goose bumps up my arms.  It’s the focused scrutiny behind his gaze that makes me shiver and melt at the same time.”

After reading that, I swear it was me that Battle was staring at.  The FEELS that this story brings will have you turning page after page after page.  I didn’t want to put it down.  There are also plenty of panty-melting scenes that will have you fanning yourself – and then re-reading those parts because they were so good. (or am I the only one that does that?)  Like the scene on the Mustang.  Seriously…trust me…read it…you’ll know what I’m talking about.  That part is so hot, you’ll either need your significant other asap, or a cold shower.  I would love to play the drinking game with Battle. ♥

All of the characters in the story are amazing:  
Faye Callahan – A feisty, strong heroine who you can’t help but wish was your best friend.  She’s sexy & sassy, too!  Battle McCoy (mine) – A super sexy, charming cowboy…he’s misunderstood, he’s SO GOOD, he will own your heart.   I want the middle with Battle McCoy!  Even the secondary characters are fabulous!  Ms. Bell’s characters are always written with the perfect amount of sexiness & sassiness.

When I finished this book, I felt like I just got off an amusement park ride – happily delirious with a book hangover.  I am a huge fan of Ms. Bell – like, super HUGE.   Battle gets 5 well-deserved hearts from me.  I highly recommend this!



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K J Bell currently lives in California with her husband and three children. As a mother of three, when she’s not writing, she’s usually carting one of her children to their various activities.

She enjoys reading, and music, and is equally addicted to both.

Writing is a passion she simply can’t live without.

She loves hearing from her readers and can be found on various social media sites.



Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review - 8 WEEKS by Bethany Lopez



8 Weeks (Time for Love, #1) 
by Bethany Lopez


Is eight weeks enough time to earn back the love of someone you've betrayed...the only one you've ever loved? 

Shelly has been in love with Cal since they started dating in eleventh grade. Despite everyone saying that the odds were against them, they got married after graduation and built a life together. Now, six years later, she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. Devastated, her first instinct is to call it quits…

After a drunken binge at his best friends’ bachelor party, Cal betrays the one person who has always been there for him, his wife, Shelly. Terrified and realizing she might divorce him, Cal must come up with a way to prove to her that his love is true… 

Cal asks Shelly for eight weeks. Eight weeks to convince her that their marriage is worth the fight. Will Shelly be able to trust him again, or will their marriage end the way many others do when faced with opposition… In divorce?


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★★ Review ★★

I loved this book! I fell in love instantly with the characters – all of them. It is a story about forgiveness and second chances. Cal made a huge mistake and he needs to prove to Shelly just how much she means to him. He needs her to realize just how strong their love is.

I devoured this book, loving every minute of Cal proving to Shelly how much he loves her and is willing to do anything to win her back. The writing style is absolutely perfect, making you feel every emotion that the characters are feeling. You get everything: sadness, anger, humor, passion. I found myself turning page after page wanting more and more.

Even though this is Cal & Shelly’s story, you get to know all of the secondary characters too. The author does a fabulous job of making these characters seem real, like they are your friends. You can totally picture the scenes like they were happening right there in front of you. You can’t help but fall in love with all of them – and that I did.

I could not wait to dive into book #2 – 21 Days!

I give 8 Weeks five sweet & loving hearts!

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Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. Since then she has published various YA and NA books. She is a lover of romance, family, and friends, and enjoys incorporating those things in what she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible.






**Cover Reveal & $25 GC Giveaway!!** CHASING JENNA by Micki Fredricks



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Title: Chasing Jenna
Author: Micki Fredricks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: November 27, 2014

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 Synopsis 

Twenty year old Jenna Clausen has one chance to change her life… and she's going to take it.

Leaving the darkness of her life two hundred miles behind her, Jenna arrives at the one place that could save her…college. 

Pushing her fears aside while gathering all of her courage, she steps out into her new life, and right into the sights of Cale Davis.

Cale is part of the most elite house on campus simply called, The Brotherhood. It’s an exclusive house with one rule for membership, either you are born into The Brotherhood or you’re not. Cale makes it a priority to get what he wants…and he wants Jenna. He sets a plan into motion to make Jenna his.

There is however, one flaw to Cale’s plan, Ryan Kitson. Also a fellow Brother in the House, he is a Cale-approved study partner for Jenna. But when her feelings for Ryan start to grow, Jenna has another decision to make….one she couldn't possibly have understood the dangers of.

She suddenly finds herself engulfed by a lifestyle so dark and twisted she can’t find a way out. On the run and unsure who to trust, she spirals deeper and deeper into her nightmare. Jenna struggles to put all the pieces together until it finally becomes clear… The decision she made to save her life, might actually be the one that ends it.

**This book is a Romantic Suspense for mature audiences, 18+ due to dark topics with references to both sexual and violent situations.*






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The empty notebook page stared back at me, making my restlessness worse. I chewed on my pen, another nervous habit of mine, as the instructor blabbed on about study guides and scheduled quizzes. This morning had gone so far off track, I wasn’t sure how to recover.

I shifted casually in my seat, acting like I couldn’t get comfortable. Honestly, it was to sneak looks at Ryan. Leaned back into his seat, one arm draped over the back of his chair and the other resting on his leg, his bad boy demeanor on full display. He was so confident in himself, so comfortable in his own skin.

I sighed quietly and shifted in my seat again, glancing over at him. He looked like the perfect student, until I noticed a smirk forming. He ran his tongue over his bottom lip and nipped at the side of it with his teeth. Without looking at me, he reached into his bag and held out a piece of paper. It was his schedule.

Keeping his eyes down, he leaned into me and whispered, “Why don’t you look to see if we have any other classes together? You’re making me self-conscious with all that staring.”

A small gasp slipped from my lips and it felt like the floor dropped out of the room. Not only had I been caught, but he called me out. Somehow this morning just got worse.

I reached for the paper but he grabbed my hand. Amusement flared in his blue eyes as he pulled me toward him. He was enjoying my embarrassment a little too much.

“And please, a favor? Stop twirling that pen around in your mouth like that. Unless you have an evil plan to make me, and every other guy in here, fail this class miserably.”

My shoulders slumped as I tried to fight back the humiliation that rolled through me. I looked away immediately and hid my face behind his schedule. He chuckled as he leaned back into his chair, the sound of it warmed my heart.
  
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Micki

If they’d known about ADHD when I was little, my Ritalin dosage would’ve been OFF THE CHARTS!!

It goes without saying; I spent A LOT of time by myself after the teacher moved my desk out into the hallway. ** Silver lining** With all that alone time on my hands, I used my imagination to make the world interesting.

When I was little, people said I had an "active imagination". In elementary school, teachers called me a "daydreamer". My high school counselor said I needed to “learn how to focus" and my college professors warned me to "buckle down". Before I knew it, it was time to “grow up”.

So that’s what I did. I grew up, got married and had five kids. I work as a full time nurse, active in my church, part of the most amazing book club, blog about books with my best friend and cart small humans to school, football, theater, dance ect. Oh yeah...and write a bit when I can and now people say I’m "talented".

Moral of my story: Hug your kids, embrace their differences… love them for who they are. Someday, the traits you think are struggles now…Might be what makes them the happiest!

Micki lives in small town Iowa with her husband, kids and a fat Cocker Spaniel named Joey. She is the author of Winds of Darkness, released in February of 2013 and Chasing Jenna, to be released Thanksgiving Day, 2014.



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Friday, October 24, 2014

*Blog Tour & Giveaway!* BLUE DAHLIA by Vivian Winslow







Blue Dahlia

Vivian Winslow

Genre: Erotic Romance

Release Date: October 16, 2014

Purchase: Amazon US 


Blue Dahlia is the first book in the second trilogy of Vivian Winslow's Gilded Flower series, featuring Lily Baron's free-spirited twin sister, Dahlia.

New York socialite Dahlia Baron is falling for her Latin lover, Rodrigo Cruz, the scion of the Mama Linda Latin foods empire, and hopes to take the relationship to the next level. But there's is a dark secret that she must deal with first in order to truly give her heart to him. When Dahlia visits the man from her past, will the undercurrents of her emotions let her go to Rodrigo or will they pull her back to the one person who stands between them?

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Dahlia leads Rodrigo up a wide flight of stairs and through a small photography exhibition with a sleepy guard standing by the entryway. They cross the empty room to an unmarked door. She produces a key card and swipes it.

“How?” Rodrigo begins to ask.

She replies with a wink and closes the door behind them. “This is where they keep the pieces waiting to be sent to the storage facility,” Dahlia whispers as they walk past rows of cloth covered paintings and wooden crates. As they reach the end of the corridor, Dahlia pulls Rodrigo into the last row.

Without hesitating, he draws her mouth to his, their kiss all-consuming. His hot tongue finds hers and takes the kiss so deep it sends electricity through her body. He always knows what she needs in the moment. Today, she wants all of him. She needs his reassurance.

He cups her face with his hands and gently tugs on her lower lip with his teeth. The desire in his eyes leaves her core throbbing for him. She moans as she feels his generous erection press up against her.

Rodrigo’s hand moves under her skirt, grabbing and kneading her ass before hitching her leg around his waist. Without missing a beat, she leans back against the wall to allow him better access to her snatch.

He smiles seductively, licking his bottom lip as his hand goes exploring, palming her clit. He presses his lips hard against hers, and she relishes in the heady feeling his kisses give her. Her hips begin to move to the rhythm of his fingers, as he glides them in and out of her wet, hot love tunnel.

Dahlia gasps as he begins to move faster. “I want you inside me,” she whispers, her breathing strained by the excitement of the moment. She can’t get enough of him. “Love me now.”

Dahlia playfully bites and licks his neck as she runs her hands through his thick dark hair. “I can’t imagine being anywhere else, baby.”

Rodrigo brusquely lifts her by her ass, and she wraps her legs around him. He moans as he sinks his hard cock into her.

He moves slowly at first, enjoying the tightness of her cunt. Dahlia closes her eyes as he plunges deeper into her core. She likes that he takes it slow with her, his fullness becoming all that she can feel, overwhelming her senses.








Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years. New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of shopping, the arts and especially food.

If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her indulging in pizza on the Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

**Release Day Blitz** RACHEL & CONNOR'S LITTLE BLACK BOOK by K.T. Mara



Rachel & Connor's Little Black Book
by K.T. Mara



Connor
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I think my dick is broken.

I haven’t fucked in three months.

That’s how pathetic the situation has become. I haven’t had a dry spell like this since...well—never.

People like me don’t have dry spells.In New York, if you’re twenty-six, richer than God, and still can’t get laid…that’s just fucked up.

Except this isn’t even my fault—I can’t help that hours of nothing but old geezers in suits talking about negotiations and acquisitions bores my dick to dormancy.

I fucking wish I was bi-polar. Then one of my alter egos could have a better libido.

Instead, I’m given the personal assistant from hell.

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The only thing worse than being a personal assistant is being one for your high school nemesis.

But if this is the only way I can escape the family business, so be it.

I can bite my tongue and shit on my pride for a few months…I hope.

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Connor’s POV

When we were finally in my office again – surprise, surprise – Trevvy was already inside. Sitting in my chair.

​“Miss Trevelynn,” Franco smiled.

​“You don’t have to be so polite to her.” I rolled my eyes. “She eats the goodwill of others for lunch.”

​“I already had my lunch, thank you.” She stared down at my desk.

​My eyes almost bugged out of their sockets. Empty candy wrappers and chocolate boxes lay massacred like a battle zone on my desk.

​“Y-you,” I stammered. “How did you find my secret stash?”

​She smirked. The closest I had ever seen to a smile. “Like your panic button, it wasn’t so secret.”

​“Those were specially ordered from Belgium. You can’t just buy them whenever you want.”

​The little She-Devil licked her lips. “Belgium, huh? No wonder they tasted so good. Too bad there’s none left.”

I was going to kill her. I lunged forward, but Franco tripped me with his leg before I could even take a step. I fell flat on my face; my forehead having the pleasure of hitting the floor first.

​Fan-fucking-tastic.

​I stood up quickly and dusted the white specks off my pants.

​“In Ancient Rome, traitors get capital punishment.” I narrowed my eyes at Franco, who was too busy whistling to pay attention to my glare.

​Trevvy leaned back in my chair. “I want to declare a truce.

 We got off to a rough start, and I want to clear the air.”

​“Why? Did you just fart?”

​“Connor!” Franco yelped. He turned to Trevvy. “I am so sorry, Miss Trevelynn. He’s just being a smart—“
​Trevvy raised her hand, and Franco quickly shut up. If I’d known that was all it took for him to close his yap, I would’ve tried that years ago.

​“I am well aware of Shaw’s many, many faults.”

​“At least I don’t repeat words like a five year old,” I mumbled.

​“At least I don’t mumble under my breath like an eighty year old,” she spat.

​Franco’s head was bouncing back and forth between the two of us, like a tennis ball getting lobbed back and forth.

 For fuck’s sake, Franco, pick a side already.

​“As I was saying, before Shaw so rudely interrupted me,” her eyes snapped back to mine. “I am going to continue my position as your PA, so I want us to get along to ensure the success of our partnership.”

​“A personal assistant is barely one step up from a desk jockey. I’d hardly call it a partnership.”

​She kept her eyes on me, while her hand reached into my desk drawer. She pulled out a slick gold wrapped bar. Most likely my last chocolate bar.

​Her fingers slowly traveled around the wrapper. It would’ve been an incredibly seductive act, if it weren’t being done to one of my most prized possessions. The lengths I went through to smuggle these chocolates past Meredith—I would’ve had an easier time escaping out of Alcatraz.

​“Stop molesting my chocolate!” I yelled. “They’re worth more than you!”

​“Our chocolate,” she countered. “We can either share the bar, and each get half, or,” she peeled back the gold wrapping and held it precariously close to her annoyingly sexy lips, “you get none.”

​“You’re a sick twisted woman.”

​Trevvy broke the bar in half. “Truce?”

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review - TEMPER FOR YOU by Genna Rulon




Temper For You (For You, #3)
By Genna Rulon



Synopsis:

"Life is messy. Love is messier." -Catch and Release

Meg Adeio has led a life of isolation—not by choice, by necessity—until one act of heroism forces her out of seclusion. Despite a past shrouded in mystery, Meg is “adopted” by an eclectic group of friends that become the family she never had. Life was good for the first time in…ever.

Or it was until Westly Black reappeared on her doorstep. She knew he was the last man any woman should give her time to—only good for one thing—yet a temptation no woman could deny. Wes might make her life messy, but Meg’s eyes were wide open and she had it under control. At least she thought she did.

When past and present collide, loyalties are tested, forcing Meg to sacrifice her future to protect those she loves.

Temper For You is a gripping story of regret, deception, and redemption – filled with raw emotion, sarcastic wit, intrigue, and love’s propensity to forgive.


• Though Temper For You is a part of the For You Series, it can be read as a stand alone

• This story is appropriate for readers 18+

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I loved this book!  If you’ve seen my reviews of her first two books, this one shouldn’t surprise you.  I am convinced that Genna could write down a grocery list and make it interesting and entertaining – and I would gladly read it – and love it!  

If you haven’t read a book written by Genna, I urge you to do so – you are really missing out.  This author is an amazing story teller.  She is one of those authors where you’ll be reading her book in bed as it’s getting later and later – you realize you really should go to bed.  You tell yourself, I’ll just finish this one chapter, and then I’ll go to sleep.  Psh.  Yeah right – doesn’t happen.  Her excellent writing makes you feel every emotion possible throughout her books and forces you to keep turning those pages.

She has the ability to create these amazing characters that you are immediately connected to.  They feel so real – like you could easily see yourself as their friend.  You WANT to be their friend.  And that is exactly the case in Temper For You.  Wes & Meg are fabulous!

Wes is an attorney.  Is he cocky?  Yep.  Is he arrogant?  Most definitely.  Does he have every right to be?  Hell yes!   


“There are two areas I excel, the law and sex – and when I say I excel, I mean I’m a fucking god.  You will forget your own name because all you’ll be able to do is scream mine…over and over again.  You want no-strings, mind-blowing sex? There is no one better qualified.”  ~Wes
 
Meg… very secretive about her past, which frustrates Wes to no end.  The chemistry between these two is so intense and the love scenes between them are just...delicious.


"I could almost pretend it would go on forever, this deep sense of happiness & belonging.  However, like so many hard-learned lessons, the past intruded to remind me this joy wasn't my destiny."  ~Meg

I love that Hunter & Ev, and Sam & Griffin are never too far.  Floved them in books 1 and 2, so to have them be a big part of this book made a happy reader out of me.  

I would recommend this to those who love a well-written book with a great story and one that keeps you interested (I constantly had this book and its characters on my mind when I wasn’t reading).  It will make you keep turning the pages until the very end.  This book is filled with romance, humor, suspense, and love scenes that will melt your popsicle.

You don’t have to read the first two books, but if you do, it will make this book that much better – giving you background on the other characters in the book.


Another fabulous novel by one of my rock star authors.  An easy 5 hearts from me.



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About Genna Rulon:



Genna Rulon is a contemporary romance author with a passion for blending comedy, tragedy, suspense, and hope to create her “book babies.”  

During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna—inspired by her love of reading—fantasized about penning her own stories.  Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursue her aspirations of writing her own novels.

Genna was born in California and raised on Long Island in New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends.  She’s married to a wonderful man who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on—even feigning interest relatively convincingly!  Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy's writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

★★Cover Reveal★★ THOUGHTFUL by S.C. Stephens




THOUGHTFUL by S.C. Stephens (February 24, 2015; Forever Trade Paperback and E-book)

The only place Kellan Kyle has ever felt at home is onstage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around three things: music, his bandmates, and hot hookups. Until one woman changes everything…

Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting-smart, sweet, and dating his best friend. Certain he could never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attraction…until Kiera's own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of one thing-he won't let Kiera go without a fight.

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S.C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.  In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family.  She and her 2 children reside in the Pacific Northwest. 

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**Release Blitz!** BLUE DAHLIA by Vivian Winslow





Title: Blue Dahlia
Author: Vivian Winslow
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 16, 2014




New York socialite Dahlia Baron is falling for her Latin lover, Rodrigo Cruz, the scion of the Mama Linda Latin foods empire, and hopes to take the relationship to the next level. But there’s a dark secret that she must deal with first in order to truly give her heart to him. When Dahlia visits the man from her past, will the undercurrents of her emotions let her go to Rodrigo or will they pull her back to the one person who stands between them?

Blue Dahlia is the first book in the second trilogy of Vivian Winslow's Gilded Flower series, featuring Lily Baron's free-spirited twin sister, Dahlia.




  
About the author



Vivian Winslow was born and raised in Southern California. Before becoming a writer, she made a career out of moving around the world every couple of years thanks to her husband’s job. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two elementary school age children, and is grateful to finally have a place to call home for more than two years. New York is the perfect city to indulge her love of shopping, the arts and especially food.

If she’s not at home writing or running around the city with her kids, you’ll most likely find her indulging in pizza on the Lower East Side or having a cocktail at her favorite bar in Alphabet City. That said, she’s still a California girl at heart and would gladly trade in her heels for a pair of flip-flops to catch a sunset on the beach. .

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