Thursday, June 30, 2016

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Title: Bet Me Something
Series: The Something Series #3
Author: Aubrey Bondurant
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 30, 2016


Blurb

Being able to stand on your own two feet, sometimes requires getting knocked off them completely... 

McKenzie “Kenzie” Lane is newly graduated from college and looking forward to a dream internship she has lined up for the summer in LA. Unfortunately, her controlling mother has other plans. 

Colby Singer, with his hot-as-sin looks and wicked charm, is never without attention from the ladies. Despite suspecting how Kenzie feels about him, he’s always kept her comfortably off-limits since she’s the baby sister of one of his best friends. But when he’s determined to distract her temporarily from the stress of her mother’s ultimatum, deciding to show her some fun, he quickly finds that keeping her in the friend zone is not as easy as he’d hoped. 

Once Kenzie realizes this may be her last opportunity to gauge her long-time crush’s true feelings, she puts it all out there in the form of a bet. It's the perfect idea for her perfect man. 

Until he isn’t. 

Will a dose of reality lead to true love? Or will it crash and burn before it can even get started? 

Full Length Standalone book with no cliffhanger. Third book of the “Something Series”

Recommended for mature readers due to situations of language, and sexual content. 




★ Rachel's Review 

Getting asked to read and review by a "new to me author" is sometimes intimidating.  When I'm not used to their writing style or don't know what to expect, I just hope it's decent enough for me to review.  Because really, anymore, it's a crap-shoot.

But this book BLEW ME AWAY!!!  The witty banter, the connection between the two characters, the story, the humor... all of it was just amazing.

I loved it so much that I went directly to Amazon and bought book one and book two in the series.  I devoured both books in just a few short days because they are just as good.

Seriously, if you're in a book slump or just looking for something new to read, Bet Me Something, is SO the book for you.  This author just became an immediate one-click for me and I'll read whatever she puts out from here on.

5 Hearts!!!




★ Lori's Review 

You guys! This book was SO GOOD!! Aubrey Bondurant’s fabulous storytelling sucked me in from the very beginning and had me turning page after page, thoroughly enjoying every minute. Her writing style is one I highly enjoy and I couldn’t help but greedily devour this story.

This RomCom has the perfect blend of sass & heart and is loaded with plenty of humor that made me laugh out loud. Bet Me Something is book #3 in the Something series, but can be read as a stand-alone. But, trust me, if you read this one first, you will want to dive into books 1 & 2 – just like I did.

The author did a great job at creating interesting & lovable characters that captured my heart and made me fall in love. The witty banter between Kenz & Colby was absolutely charming and had me smiling from ear to ear for most of the book. These two are perfect together. Their chemistry is so natural, so intoxicating, and so very HOT. The steamy scenes were filled with passion, increased my heart rate, and I’m pretty sure I had to fan myself a time or two. 

Ms. Bondurant is a new-to-me author and I am absolutely in love with her and her writing. I’m going to keep her. She is on my radar and I cannot wait to read her next story in the series! I messaged her to let her know just that…and kindly asked her to write faster. I said please…I hope that helps. ;) 

This story is super fun & sexy and I’ll be telling everyone I know to read this! 

5 Hearts!



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Author Bio


Aubrey Bondurant loves to read, write and travel. When she isn't working full time or spending time with her family, she puts her fingers to keyboard and crafts a story.

As a former member of the military, she's passionate about veteran charities and giving back to the community.

Her writing style is a combination of chick lit and erotic romance or "smutty chick lit" as she calls it. The "Something Series" will consist of 5 books. The first one, Tell Me Something came out in June 2015. The second book, Ask Me Something will be out in November 2015.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

~Blog Tour & Giveaway!~ UNCOVERING CAMILA by Vivian Winslow



Uncovering Camila
by Vivian Winslow
Genre: Contemporary Romance




Synopsis

Camila Cohen is a highly ambitious and driven third-year NYU law student who works as a part-time bartender to help pay her way through school. She prefers no-strings attached relationships, afraid that anything serious could get in the way of her goals. But when chef Eliseo Perez ditches her for a job in Miami, she realizes even a casual arrangement can leave you feeling burned. Just as Camila’s close to accepting a position at the high-powered law firm of Sullivan & Moore (more appropriately known by its initials, S & M), her uncle Arthur, the head of the Cohen Real Estate dynasty, makes a proposal that compels Camila to question the career path she’d always assumed would be right for her. As she attempts to balance her busy final year of law school with her bartending job, what should have been a random Tinder date for a hot hook-up leads to something unexpected. Meeting the incredibly brilliant and handsome Marshall James forces Camila to face her greatest fears and realize that creating a life for herself means making decisions that could potentially hurt the ones she loves.

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Elizabeth Ann Hayes writes Romance under the pen name Vivian Winslow. Elizabeth was born in San Diego, California but has spent most of her adult life as the consummate wanderer. Her nomadic life took her abroad to Paris, Madrid, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and São Paulo. After eleven moves across four continents over a span of seventeen years, her journey brought her back to New York City in 2011 where, despite the chaotic pace, she’s managed to make it home for herself and her family.

Since 2014, Elizabeth has published nine novellas in her Gilded Flower Trilogies as well as two installments of Wildflowers, a New Adult series of standalone novels. These contemporary romance books are female-driven with strong, beautiful and intelligent women as well as diverse characters, reflecting her own multi-cultural heritage.


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EXCERPT

“Soooo, the host,” he says. “Obviously single, no kids . . . .”

Camila shrugs. “Someone new to the school. I’m not in any of his classes, so I don’t know much about him.” 

“You’re being weird. You’re always about extraneous details, and now you can’t say the man’s name or look at me.”

“What? I’m making you a cocktail.” Camila forces herself to look at Jared. 

He regards her suspiciously. “You’re a terrible liar, my friend. I’ll figure out what you’re hiding.”

It takes all of one second when he sees Marshall walk into the apartment.

“Oh my God, it’s Mr. Gucci,” he whispers into Camila’s ear. 

“Shut up. This isn’t the time.” 

“Oh, it totally is,” he replies and heads into the adjacent kitchen to introduce himself to Marshall.

“Good evening. I’m Jared. I work with Camila over at L,” he says, hinting he recognizes Marshall from the bar that night.

“It’s great of you to come.” Marshall casually extends a hand. 

“Remind me of your drink of choice, and I’ll be sure to keep your glass full tonight.”

“Yeah, that’d be great. You know how to mix a Metropolitan?” 

The bartender suppresses a smile. “Funny. Camila really enjoys those too. I’ll be right back.”

“You fucked him didn’t you?” Jared wags a finger at his friend. 

“How can you tell? You spoke to him all of two minutes.”

“While you hid in here like a scaredy cat. What happened? Buyer’s remorse? Hard to imagine though.” He turns in the direction of the kitchen and shakes his head. “No way. With that mouth, the way he stands, and his posture. He’s definitely good in the sack.”

Camila makes a face. “I didn’t realize he was my Professor.”

“I thought you said you weren’t in any of his classes.”

“I dropped it on the first day when I saw him. But what’s worse. He’s my faculty advisor for Law Review.”

“That’s classic,” Jared laughs out loud. So loud it gets Marshall’s attention. He spots Camila standing by the bar. “Oh, hey C.,” he begins to say then clears his throat. “Camila, I didn’t realize you were here.”

“I came early to help Jared set up,” she says, finishing her drink in one gulp. 

“This is worse than my cousin’s bar mitzvah down in Palm Springs,” Jared groans to Camila when she approaches him for another drink.

“It may kill you to hear this, but this is one of the better networking parties I’ve been to,” she replies.

“That guy in the corner talking to your boyfriend looks like my Uncle Mordy.”

Camila slaps his arm. “Shut up already. And that man happens to be the foremost expert in Trusts and Estates in the country. I think Oprah is his client.”

“Seriously, honey. You do not belong with this crowd. You are so downtown cool, and they’re uptown uptight.”

“For your information, I just spoke with a woman who runs a legal aid office in the Bronx. She said her work was ‘rewarding’. How many people ever say that about their jobs?”

“Most teachers, except middle school ones, and saints.” Jared leans on his elbow. “So fine, not all lawyers are like my Uncle Mordy. But most of them are.” He checks his watch. “Cover for me a minute. I’m going to the bathroom.”

“I thought I was paying Jared to work, not you.” Marshall says. 

“He’s taking his Union fifteen,” Camila answers wryly.

“I guess I can’t interfere with that. I would hate to get a letter from a union lawyer.” He holds up his glass. “Would you mind? I think I prefer your Metropolitans to his anyway.”

“I told you it’s because I don’t sweeten it. Besides, I could use something to do.”

“You’re not giving up so quickly, I hope. There are plenty of attorneys I can introduce you to.”

“So this was a plan to get me to consider a different line of work.”

“Not a plan as much as a hope. But I know better than to interfere in your life. You know what you want.”

Camila looks up when she hears that last word. “Up until recently I would’ve agreed with you. But I realized that I’ve been confusing need with want. I need a job. I don’t know if I want the one I thought I did.”

Marshall furrows his brow. “That’s a tough one. You want to talk about it?” He looks around at the party. More people have arrived. Students are always game for free alcohol, as he knew they would be. However, if he could, he’d snap his fingers and make them all disappear so he could be alone with Camila. 

“Maybe later,” she says vaguely, pouring his drink into a clean glass. 

Marshall drops five dollars into a tip jar. “Later then.”

“I’m glad you came tonight,” Camila says as she stacks the shakers and places them into a small box. “It was nice to have a friend around.”

“Students are terrible tippers, but you know I’d do anything for you,” Jared replies. He hooks a cord around the box of alcohol and stands. “At least I got to check out your secret boyfriend.”

Camila slaps his thigh. “Shh. He is not.”

“Oh please. You and Felicity should start a club. You guys can make a SLAM book and write Felicity + Todd and Camila + Marshall on the cover. This is so junior high with your sad, longing faces.” He presses his cheeks down. “A crush on your professor, and a crush on your boss, I swear I am living in the middle of a young adult drama.”

“Oh come on. You said they’re probably sleeping together. That’s not happening here.”

Jared puts a hand on his hip. “You’re lying to me, and you’re lying to yourself. I can see what’s going on. My vision is 20/10.”

“Enough. You’re being weird.”

“Pot, kettle, honey. I’ve known you for seven years, and I’ve never seen you act this strange.”

“But he’s my professor,” she whispers as the catering staff bustle around her, clearing out the dishes. Most of the party has emptied out with the exception of a few lawyers who seem to be friends of Marshall’s.

“No he isn’t. He teaches at the law school where you happen to be a student. I’m not an idiot. That’s gray area at best, but still within acceptable boundaries. And I should know a thing or two about boundaries because I’m always breaking them.” Jared hands her the container with the shakers. “Walk down with me and wait while I get a cab.”



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Monday, June 27, 2016

★Blog Tour ~ Review ~ Giveaway★


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Man Candy by Melanie Harlow
Release Date: June 20, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance


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SYNOPSIS

He’s back.

Not just back in town, but living in the flat right beneath mine. And he looks good enough to eat, which is just one more reason to stay away from him.

But I can’t resist.

The sex is incredible (pretty sure we’ve shaken the house right off its foundation), but he can’t fool me—not this time. A degree in marketing and five years in advertising have taught me that “true love” is a fairy tale used to sell lipstick, diamonds, and perfume. It doesn’t exist.

He thinks I’m wrong, and he wants to prove it.

I think he’s crazy, so I dare him to try.

It might be the biggest mistake of my life.


★ LORI'S REVIEW ★

Loved this book! After reading Man Candy, I was thoroughly satisfied, happy, and grinning from ear to ear. It was the perfect blend of sass, heart & steam. 

Jaime is beautiful, sassy, and quite guarded. Since she was seriously heartbroken in the past, she put up some walls, refused having anything to do with love, and got what she needed from men. Then she kicked them to the curb before anything got too serious. This was perfect for her, and it worked. Enter Quinn Rusek. Will her rules apply with him?

Quinn is super hot, definitely confident, and so very lovable! He is ready to break down those walls, show Jaime just what she means to him, and he’ll try like hell to make her believe that love is real. But he wants her to figure it out on her own.

"Quinn Rusek was one fine piece of man candy, and I had a sweet tooth for him that wouldn't quit."

"All I wanted was a little man candy, and he was offering me an entire meal."

These two are impossible not to fall in love with. It doesn’t take you long to realize that you are head-over-heels in love with them. Their games of chicken are absolutely delightful, their bedroom romps are deliciously passionate, and their moments of sweetness will have you ‘awww-ing’ and smiling the entire time. So many feel-good moments, along with many that will have you laughing out loud. 

This is a perfectly written RomCom that will have you turning page after page and will leave you with the warm fuzzy feeling you love after reading a fabulous story. The writing is flawless, the story is so much fun, and the characters are super sexy & very charming! 

5 hearts!!


EXCERPT

“It’s so good to see you, Jaime,” he said. “You look great.”

“You too,” I said before I could stop myself. I didn’t want him to think I still cared—in fact, I wanted him to know I wasn’t fooled by his charm. I wasn’t that silly little girl anymore, the one who’d doodled his name in her notebooks and blushed when he said hi at school and cried herself to sleep when he asked another girl to his prom. That silly little girl was gone, and in her place was a confident, smart, professional woman who knew her worth and, even better, the truth about love. No more stars in her eyes.

But why did he have to be so hot?

OK, pull yourself together. No drooling.

“I’m so glad this worked out.” Quinn let me go but stood too close, his feet planted wide and his arms crossed over his chest. He wore jeans, a gray knit pullover that hugged his muscular chest and arms, and his feet were bare. His hair was damp and messy on top, just like it had been the last time I’d seen him in person. His full lower lip made me want to bite it. Maybe even draw blood.

“Sorry, I just got out of the shower,” he said sheepishly, ruffling his hair. “Want to come in and catch up? Or maybe go out for a drink? I just need to throw some shoes on.”

“No.” Trying desperately to shove the image of him in the shower from my mind, I elbowed past him and trudged up the stairs. My cheeks were hot, which meant they were probably turning scarlet. They ruined my poker face every time.

“Come on, it’s Friday!”

“I have work to do.” He was naked a few minutes ago. And wet.

“Did you have a bad day?”

“No.” Rivulets of water streaming over those muscles.

“You already have plans tonight?”

“No.” Steam rising as he stroked himself beneath the spray.

“You don’t love me anymore?”

I froze as the shower fantasy exploded into bits, replaced by a humiliation that paralyzed me, one foot on the top step, one hand on the banister. Slowly, I turned my head and glared at him over one shoulder.

Now the grin cocked up on one side. “Because you used to, you know. You told me.”

“You need to forget about that.”

“Have you?”

“Yes,” I snapped. “That was a long time ago. Back when I was young and impressionable and believed in love.”

His brows went up. “You don’t believe in love anymore?”

“Not the romantic kind. That’s a fantasy used to sell things like lipstick and roses and diamonds.”

“Pretty jaded for twenty-seven, aren’t you?”

I resumed heading up the stairs. “I’m not jaded, Quinn. I’m just a realist.” And I’ve been burned before, trusting guys way less attractive than you.

He said nothing more, and I let myself into my flat. As soon as the door was shut behind me, I leaned back against it, exhaling and fanning my face.

He still got to me. That was so aggravating.

I mean, how was I supposed to sleep at night? Quinn Rusek was one fine piece of man candy, and I had a sweet tooth for him that wouldn’t quit.

But he’d made fun of me! Again! A nice guy would have at least pretended not to remember what I’d said. Or maybe apologized for humiliating me. Or not have brought it up at all!

What an asshole.

A hot asshole—the worst kind.

Curse you, Alex, and your generous heart.

And curse you, Quinn, for getting under my skin again. You stay away from me.

But a traitorous little part of me hoped he wouldn’t.

(Bet you can guess which part.)

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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she's not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak.
Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.



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