Monday, November 30, 2015

Virtual Tour: Coming Apart at the Seams by Jenna Sutton (Excerpt + Giveaway)


Tomorrow the second book in Jenna Sutton's Riley O'Brien & Co series, Coming Apart at the Seams, will be released. While I haven't personally read this series I do own the first book and will be buying the second book tomorrow and these books are at the top of TBR list for next year!

Synopsis:

Love can take some time to break in...

Teagan O’Brien, heiress to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire, is anything but a spoiled rich girl. She’s worked hard to secure her place in the family business and can hold her own, in and out of the office. Only one man has ever been able to get under her skin—sexy football star Nick Priest. Years ago they crossed the line from friends to lovers, but he left her heartbroken. Since then, she’s been determined to keep him at arm’s length—no matter how tempting he looks in his jeans...

Nick has fortune, fame, and looks that make most women hot and bothered. But he doesn't have the woman he really wants. He knows he screwed up when he walked away from Teagan, and now that he has a second chance, he’ll do whatever it takes to win her over—no matter how tongue-tied he gets...



Excerpt:

Teagan rubbed her forehead with the tips of her fingers but stilled when someone came up behind her. She knew without looking that it was Nick. She instinctively recognized his scent and the heat of his body.

Stiffening slightly, she tried to move away from him. But he moved closer, placing his hand on her waist to stop her. He leaned down close to her ear, and his breath made her shiver.

“Stay,” he ordered quietly.

“I’m not a dog,” she snapped.

He chuckled softly. “Stay,” he repeated, dropping his hand to her hip and squeezing lightly to emphasize his command.

A flash of energy traveled from his fingers to all the nerve-rich places on her body—her nipples, her clit, her lips. Desperate to get away from him, she jerked sharply and stumbled into Amelia.

“Whoa!” Quinn exclaimed as he caught his fiancée against him.

Teagan blinked in surprise. She hadn’t even noticed her older brother was nearby. He glared at her, his protective instincts on high alert.

“Be careful, T. You almost knocked over Amelia.”

She managed to squeeze out an apology, and Nick, damn him, resumed his place behind her. He loomed over her by several inches even though she wore five-inch heels. His height made him one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.

Amelia stared over Teagan’s head, her brown eyes speculative. “Nick, I thought I’d see you here,” she said, a faint Texas twang in her voice. “How have you been?”

“Fine,” he said, drawing out the word, his baritone rumbling through Teagan’s body.

“I was sorry to see you guys didn’t make the playoffs,” Amelia said. “But there’s always next year.”

Teagan felt Nick shrug. “Not for me.”

At his announcement, Teagan, Amelia, and Quinn all chorused “What?” in varying volumes. Teagan’s definitely had been the loudest.

She jerked away from Nick, and this time, he let her go. She spun to face him, and even though she struggled to digest the bomb he’d dropped on them, she noticed how his expensive black suit outlined his broad shoulders. The dark color made his blond hair look even lighter, and his French blue dress shirt showed off his tan.


About the Author:

Jenna Sutton spent most of her career as an award-winning journalist covering business-related topics including healthcare, commercial real estate, retail, and technology. Nowadays she writes about hot, lovable guys and the smart, sexy women who make them crazy. It’s the culmination of a lifelong dream, and she feels so lucky to be able to do it.

Jenna has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University.

Jenna and her husband live in a 103-year-old house in Texas.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Rambling Down the Book Hole Blogger Book Club - Intro


Right before Thanksgiving, Ashley over at Falling Down the Book Hole came up with the awesome idea to have a blogger book club.

Basically the gist of this book club is that every month we pick a theme and a book and as well as reading and reviewing the book, every week we will host fun feature posts about the chosen book such as recommendations, playlists, discussions, etc all centered on the book chosen on our individual blogs.

For our first month, December, our theme is RETELLINGS and the book we have chosen to read is A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas!

This book is one that has been on my TBR for a while and I'm really excited to be reading it along with Ashley for the the month of December and sharing some fun posts centered on it over the next few weeks!!


About the Book:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin--one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. 

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin--and his world--forever.

***If you're a blogger and haven't read this book and want to participate or if you just want to participate in this fun monthly book club in the future, don't hesitate to contact me or Ashley over on Twitter or comment below.***

ARC Review: Forgotten Promises by Jessica Lemmon

Title: Forgotten Promises

Author: Jessica Lemmon

Synopsis:

In this edgy, seductive novel, Jessica Lemmon (“An author to keep your eye on!”—Katee Robert) introduces the ultimate bad boy . . . and a love that crosses all boundaries.

Morgan Young had a perfect upbringing, and now she’s got a perfect boyfriend and a perfect future—until her twenty-first birthday changes everything. First Morgan finds out, in the most painful way possible, that her relationship is a sham. But that’s nothing compared to the nightmare about to unfold.

It’s too late for Tucker Noscalo. A brutal childhood left him with a bad reputation and a criminal record. Fresh out of jail, Tucker has a score to settle with Baybrook’s crooked chief of police—his own father. Nobody will believe Tucker’s explosive accusations without proof and a good lawyer, neither of which he has on his side. Until he sees someone he used to know, someone who just so happens to be the daughter of the best lawyer in the county.

He needs Morgan to convince her father of the ugly truth. But first he has to convince her, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get her to listen. Confronted by the story of Tucker’s dark past, Morgan feels utterly compelled to help him. And as their connection grows into a fierce bond fueled by raw passion, Morgan finds herself falling for the wrong guy—but never has the promise of love felt so right.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

Written in alternating point of views, Forgotten Promises is a hot and emotional contemporary romance read. While I did really enjoy this book, the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that I felt that this book didn't have any true climax after all the build up centered on Tucker's horrible past. Given the way everything played out throughout the novel, I was really expecting a big moment in which everything would come to light and Tucker would finally get justice but instead that moment was pretty glossed over and honestly I felt I was cheated of a satisfying takedown of the source of Tucker's pain. But, overall, I really did love this book. Despite some of the sensitive topics touched on in this book it really was a sweet romance and at the end Tucker and Morgan's HEA left me really happy and grinning like an idiot.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

ARC Review: Unbuttoning the CEO by Mia Sosa

Title: Unbuttoning the CEO

Author: Mia Sosa

Synopsis:

WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T MIX BUSINESS WITH PLEASURE?

As the CEO of a large tech company and a semi-reformed bad boy, Ethan Hill is used to calling the shots. But when he's sentenced to work two hundred hours of community service-for reckless driving, of all things-this chief executive needs to keep his real identity under wraps. Which gets increasingly difficult when he can't stop thinking about his sexy new (temporary) boss.

The moment Graciela Ramirez meets Ethan, she's tempted to throw all professionalism out the window. She can't afford to get emotionally involved, but after a steamy session behind office doors, a no-strings-attached fling might be exactly what they need. He'll protect his secret. She'll protect her heart. What could possibly go wrong?

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Unbuttoning the CEO, the first book in Mia Sosa's Suits Undone series, was a nice, light, and steamy contemporary romance.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gracie and Ethan's story. I spent an entire Friday night devouring their story. Both were great characters in their own right and together they were even better. Ethan was one of those contemporary romance heroes that you can't help but love. He has somewhat of a dark past but he has pretty much put it behind him for the most part. He does still have some hang-ups which caused him to keep things from the heroine but his reasons are understandable. With that said, the fact that he's lying is still wrong and I really liked the way that the author had Gracie deal with the situation once the truth of who Ethan was was revealed.

Ethan's lying aside, the romance in this book was really on point. I could really believe that these two were falling in love as I read their story and as a result it made this romance all the more worthwhile. Also, I really liked that while the sex scenes in this book were steamy that they weren't too over the top. They were like the the Goldilocks of sex scenes.

Overall, as I already stated, this was a really worthwhile romance. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend this book!

Friday, November 27, 2015

ARC Review: Heir to the Duke by Jane Ashford

Title: Heir to the Duke

Author: Jane Ashford

Synopsis:

Life is predictable for a Duke's first son

As eldest son of the Duke of Langford, Nathaniel Gresham sees his arranged marriage to Lady Violet Devere as just another obligation to fulfill-highly suitable, if unexciting. But as Violet sets out to transform herself from dowdy wallflower to dazzling young duchess-to-be, proper Nathaniel sets out to prove he's a match for his new bride's vivacity and daring.

Or so he once thought...

Oppressed by her family all her life, Lady Violet can't wait to enjoy the freedom of being a married woman. But then Violet learns her family's sordid secret, and she's faced with an impossible choice-does she tell Nathaniel and risk losing him, or does she hide it and live a lie?

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3 out of 5 stars

Heir to the Duke, the first book in Jane Ashford's new series The Duke's Sons, was an okay romance read. The book was well written and the plot was pretty interesting but the main couple, Nathaniel and Violet just fell short for me. Nathaniel was just too boring and responsible for me. I get that he's the eldest son and it was honorable that he was always there for his family, but I prefer my historical romance heroes to lead more scandalous and exciting lives and Nathaniel was just too good. And as for Violet, she was just too much for me. I mean I get that her grandmother kept her on a tight leash but she was trying too hard in opinion and felt very childish to me at times. I also wasn't able to really become invested in Nathaniel and Violet as a couple and I was never 100% convinced that they really were in love, although it was sweet how they were together by the end of the novel.

But even though, I had my issues with Nathaniel and Violet, as I already mentioned I really did like the overall plot. I totally did not see the big reveal involving Violet's family coming. The reason I thought that Violet's grandmother was so cold towards her was so far off from the truth and I applaud the author for being able to surprise me because I'm usually able to work out the truth on my own but this one threw me for a loop.

Overall, this book was a pretty decent read and while it wasn't an absolute win for me, I still recommend it and can see others really loving it.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

ARC Review: Rebel Cowboy by Nicole Helm

Title: Rebel Cowboy

Author: Nicole Helm

Synopsis:

UNDER A BIG SKY

For hotshot NHL star Dan Sharpe, hockey isn’t just his job—it’s his everything. But when claims of cheating get him bounced from the ice, he finds himself feeling lost. Everyone thinks he’s crazy for taking on his grandfather’s ramshackle Montana ranch, but hey, he’s Dan Sharpe: how hard can it be?

As it turns out? Plenty hard.

Mel Shaw has been fighting tooth and nail to keep her family from falling apart. The last thing she needs is a distraction, but taking a job as some city slicker’s consultant may be her only chance to save the land she loves. But she never expected someone like Dan to come roaring into her life, and it doesn’t take long for Mel to realize this hockey-star-turned-cowboy has the power to upend her carefully ordered world—and heart—for good.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

Rebel Cowboy, the first book in Nicole Helm's Big Sky Cowboys series was a great contemporary romance read. I really enjoyed reading about Mel and Dan. While this story isn't exactly a enemies to lovers story, it felt that way at times with the way Mel treated Dan in the beginning and while it made me dislike Mel a little bit, it made the story more fulfilling and actually made me love her in the end more because her character goes through quite the transformation not only in terms of her relationship with Dan, but with how she dealt with her home life. While Mel was a strong and independent character from the beginning, it wasn't until the end that she started to really stick up for herself when it came to her pretty much useless brother and father and makes decisions that benefit her and make her happy. The hero, Dan, also changes quite a bit over the course of the story as he tries to figure what he wants to do if he leaves the NHL.

Aside from the individual problems that both Mel and Dan had to deal with throughout the book, at the core of this novel was a sweet romance. I really loved the way that the romance progressed in this one from the initial dislike to the sexually charged beginning to love. It all really worked and made the HEA all the more satisfying.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable contemporary romance that I highly recommend. Plus, there are llamas! Lol.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon

This week my pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" is The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon!

Synopsis:

Reese Crane has a problem. His father has been grooming Reese to take over as the CEO of the infamous Crane Hotel brand when he’s ready to retire and that day has finally come. Too bad the Board of Directors isn’t on-board. Reese’s past as a manwhore has been splashed all over the tabloids and gossip columns and the last thing the Board wants is a pleasure-seeking playboy to sully the company name. But Reese isn’t giving up so easily. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that’s exactly what he’ll give them.

Merina Van Heusen will do anything to keep her parents’ funky and historic boutique hotel in business—even marry cold-as-ice but sexy-as-hell billionaire bachelor Reese Crane to do it. It’s a simple business contract—six months of “marriage”, absolute secrecy, and the Van Heusen is all hers again. But nothing is ever that simple.

Now married and appearing together publicly, Merina has no problem putting on a show for the cameras, but what she doesn't expect is to be as wildly attracted to Reese behind closed doors as he is for her. With sparks flying and tempers flaring, they give into the volatile attraction more than once and Merina finds herself faced with her worst nightmare: falling in love with her husband.

The Billionaire Bachelor releases June 28, 2016!

Why I'm waiting:

While I have yet to actually read a book by Jessica Lemmon most of her books are on my immediate TBR list and I actually plan on buying the books out so far in her Second Chance series by the end of this year. But with that said I'm particularly excited for The Billionaire Bachelor, the first in a new series, because I've always get a kick out of marriage of convenience romances and based on the blurb alone this one sounds like it is going to be an especially good one.

What are y'all waiting on this Wednesday?

***"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.***

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Launch Day Blitz: Dukes are Forever by Anna Harrington (Excerpt + Interview + Giveaway)


Dukes are Forever, Anna Harrington's debut historical romance and the first book in The Secret Life of Scoundrels series is finally out in the world today! While I have not read this book yet, it is my most anticipated historical romance release for this year and the copy I pre-ordered from B&N should be in my hands by the end of the week!

Synopsis:

ALL'S FAIR IN LOVE
Battlefields and barrooms hold much more interest for Edward Westover, Duke of Strathmore, than a little girl's fondness for dolls and lace. When he takes possession of his enemy's estate, everything that villain held dear-including his daughter-belongs to Edward. Hire a governess, arrange a dowry, give a few reassurances, and be off on his way-that's Edward's plan. But he's in for the shock of his life. For his new ward is a beautiful, impetuous, and utterly irresistible woman . . .

. . . AND WAR
Kate Benton is stunned. Who is this arrogant, infuriating man who's invited himself into her home and taken over her life? Her vow: to do everything in her power to convince him to leave her-and Brambly House-alone. Yet as chilly days melt into sultry nights, Kate sees glimpses of kindness underneath Edward's cool façade . . . and a passionate nature that takes her breath away. There's so much she doesn't know about this man. But does she dare trust this devilish duke with her heart?

Excerpt:

“If she isn’t downstairs in five minutes,” Edward warned Mrs. Elston through gritted teeth, “I will go up to her room and drag her down myself!”

The old governess bristled. “As I told you, Miss Kate is feeling unwell—”

A sharp curse exploded from him, telling her exactly what he thought of Miss Kate’s sudden illness.

“Your Grace,” her brows shot up, offended, “with all due respect—”

He rolled his eyes, knowing that whatever she was about to say would lack all respect.

“—you have swept into our home without warning, upset both my little Katie and the entire household, and are now making demands as if you own the place.”

“I do own it,” he drawled.

“Brambly House is entailed,” she informed him pointedly. “It is owned solely by Miss Kate to be relinquished only to the gentleman she marries.” Her emphasis clearly implied that despite his title, she found him to be no gentleman. “If she wishes to forgo your company, you should have the decency to give her peace!”

She stood squarely in front of him and blocked the stairs like a bulldog guarding its dinner. While ordinarily he would have found that loyalty admirable, tonight he was ready to throttle her for it.

“Mrs. Elston,” he growled, tired from a long day of traveling and now hungry since dinner was an hour late, “if Miss Benton doesn’t come downstairs, I swear I’ll—”

“You will do what, your Grace?” a soft voice challenged from the landing.

He glanced up, and when he saw her, the rest of the threat vanished from his lips. Sweet Lucifer, she was a vision. Although a decade out of fashion, the ice-blue silk gown she wore was cut just carefully enough to tantalize without being improper, with its fitted bodice accentuating her slender waist and its neckline revealing a hint of firm breasts beneath. As she descended toward him, her upswept red hair shining like fire, the dress shimmered enticingly over her curves with each move.

She stopped two steps from the bottom, her eyes level with his and just the hint of a self-assured smile at her lips. The sweet scent of honeysuckle wafted down to him like a cloud, and his gut clenched with unbidden arousal.

The disheveled woman who greeted him earlier had transformed into a beautiful woman, like a caterpillar into a butterfly. She left him speechless.

“You’ll do what?” she pressed.

His lips twisted impishly at his now-empty threat. “Throw you over my knee and spank you.”

“Your Grace!” Mrs. Elston swung her gaze at him, appalled that he would even suggest such a thing.

Kate raised her head defiantly, her green eyes blazing. “I’d like to see you try.”

Good God. His cock twitched at the temptation.

“Miss Kate!” Mrs. Elston blurted out, aghast at her charge’s scandalous behavior.

Ignoring the old governess and fighting back an amused chuckle, Edward held out his hand. “Truce?”

She hesitated.

“Until dessert at least?”

She placed her gloved hand into his and allowed him to help her down the last two steps and toward the dining room as she conceded, “Until dessert, your Grace.”

“Edward, please,” he corrected.

“Then you must call me Kate,” she insisted, a mischievous glint in her eyes. “All my guardians do.”

“You have a lot of guardians, do you?” he asked dryly.

“Oh, yes.” She gave a flippant wave of her hand, the mocking gesture indicating how ludicrous she found their situation and her desire to be free of it. “Lately, it seems there’s a new one dropping by every day.”

He paused in mid-step, then slid her an irritated sideways glance as she continued walking, slipping her hand away from his arm to proceed him into the room. As his gaze roamed down her backside, the curves beneath the gown and the soft sashay of her hips once again reminded him that this was no child in need of a guardian. This was a woman.

Worse, he thought grimly as the man now responsible for guarding her reputation, she was beautiful. The moment she debuted, every man would set his sights on her. And it wouldn’t be with the intention of marrying her.

Heaven help him, he was in serious trouble.

Interview:

1. What would readers be surprised to find out about you?

I have a pilot’s license. I took flying lessons at Chicago Midway and eventually earned both my private license and instrument rating in Chicago Center and my complex/high-performance sign-off at Gary Regional Airport. (And I deeply apologize to Southwest Airlines and to the tower controllers for any problems I might have caused.)

2. Tell us about your writing process. Do you start with an idea or a character? Do you know what’s going to happen from the beginning or do you figure it out as you write?

I usually start with a problem and work out from there, creating the characters, places, and conflicts that radiate from that central problem. For DUKES ARE FOREVER, the problem was simple: what if a new duke was forced to take a ward who wasn’t a child but a full-grown woman? Then, the ideas just ripple out from that like circles in a pond. The first thing I do is sketch out the external and internal conflicts, then I write out the basic plot and backgrounds for the two main characters, which is usually about 2 – 3 pages long. I then start filling in details. When I’m finished, I’ll have what I consider the “outline draft”—about 20 single-spaced pages. Then, I start writing. And 95K words later, I’m finished and dive into a big bowl of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream!

3. Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?

Dr. John Stratton, my college writing instructor, who told us repeatedly, “Writing isn’t about you. You’re just the author. What matters is the reader. If you’re not giving the reader what he or she wants, then you’re not writing.”

4. Is there one thing you have to have when writing?

COFFEE!!! And during the season, I keep a vase of cut flowers from my garden on the table where I write. It’s in my sunroom, so I have wonderful views of the yard, the wooded hill behind the house, and the creek.

5. How did you choose the names of your characters?

For DUKES ARE FOREVER, I picked Katherine because I’ve always loved that name. It’s feminine and classic but also strong, and the nicknames for it are perfect for reflecting different parts of her personality: the nickname Kate sounds so fiery and no-nonsense, but when the servants call her Katie, there’s affection and love in it. As for Edward…well, when I pictured him in my mind, he just LOOKED like an Edward. Aunt Augusta because she could ONLY be an Augusta. Edward’s brother Stephen was named after King Stephen.

6. How has music played a role in your life and in your writing?

I love all kinds of jazz and symphonic music, and I always have music playing in the background while I’m writing. What I listen when I write, however, depends on the type of writing task I’m working on that day…music to set the mood.

7. When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?

I was in third grade, and we were supposed to write a paragraph about an everyday. I don’t know why, but I wrote about a hammer owned by President Jimmy Carter and the story of that hammer’s life…from the hammer’s first-person POV! My teacher read it to the entire class and gave it a place of honor on the board for the upcoming parent-teacher conferences. At that point, I was hooked. I had a talent for writing, and the praise was addictive. I started writing then, filling spiral Mead notebooks by the dozen, and in my early teens I had my first publications, contest wins, and two one-act plays staged by a local drama club. I was hooked. I haven’t stopped writing since, although the genres have certainly changed over the years.

8. Do you have any favorite book boyfriends of your own?

Well, of course Mr. Knightly from Emma! But other favorites include Sullivan Waring from Suzanne Enoch’s After the Kiss and Sebastian Carlisle from the book I’m currently writing (and brother of Josie Carlisle in HOW I MARRIED A MARQUESS). And although he’s a based-on-a-book-TV boyfriend, I’m desperately in love with Ross Poldark from Masterpiece’s Poldark series.

9. What are five books on your night stand/bookshelf?

Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester, The Groucho Letters by Groucho Marx, Cottage Living, Catch-22, and a book by whatever Regency romance writer I’m currently reading.

10. What’s your favorite quote or scene from your book?

My favorite bit occurs when Kate tries to explain to Edward why he’s the type of man not used to being told No, only to dig herself deeper into embarrassment. The attraction between them sizzles, so do the back-and-forth barbs and Edward’s cool as he rakishly lets out just enough rope for to hang herself. (But I also like the running joke about the boy’s breeches she wears.)

11. If your couple’s relationship had a theme song, what would it be?

“Good Things” by the Bodeans

12. Tell us about the cover process. Is this what you had in mind?

I love that she’s holding a rose in her hand! I have a rose bush in my garden that exact same shade. It’s a David Austin rose called Grace, and it’s the pride of my garden.

13. If your book was being made into a movie, who would you include in your dream cast?

For Kate, I’d pick Amy Adams—she has the red hair and the feistiness but can still portray a feminine vulnerability that Kate has. For Edward, Aidan Turner. For Aunt Augusta I always picture the stepmother from Walt Disney’s Cinderella—Augusta isn’t evil, of course, but she had that same regal, imperial bearing as the stepmother…but I’d settle for Dame Judi Dench.

14. Where do you find inspiration for you writing? Do you use real people/places as a foundation?

Creating atmosphere is important, so I try to I use real places where I’ve been for the settings. Because my novels are set in Regency England, and I lived in London during college, I’m fortunate to have first-hand experience with the atmosphere of the city, the look of the countryside, and the wonderful people who live there. I’ll often find a house or building which strikes me, and then the story might take off from there. I don’t use real people as models for the characters, but the characters seen to evolve organically from the places.

15. Do you have any hobbies or activities that you enjoy outside of writing?

During the past two years, since I’ve moved into my new house, I’ve taken up gardening, and I love working outside in the beds, especially with the roses. I’ve planted all kinds of trees, azaleas, hydrangeas, roses, and even blueberries and strawberries. I also love to travel and visit every museum and tourist trap I can, and I like dreaming that someday I might also take a photography class or two so I can take better pictures. I also love to hike and go trekking by all kinds of means—I’ve been pony trekking in Wales and elephant trekking in Thailand, and I’ve love to go camel trekking in Morocco. I love history and archeology, and I love visiting ancient ruins and new cultures all over the world.

16. Would the 10 year-old version of yourself kick your butt or praise you for what you've accomplished in life?

The 10 year-old version of me would say, “Well, this life is exactly what we planned, teaching and writing and experiencing adventures all over the world…minus the pony.”

About the Author:

Anna is an English professor in Chattanooga Tennessee and a lover of all things chocolate and coffee. She's a member of RWA and when she's not hard at work writing her next book or planning her next series, she's watching BBC and piloting her own aircrafts. 

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ARC Review: Call Me, Maybe by Ellie Cahill

Title: Call Me, Maybe

Author: Ellie Cahill

Synopsis:

Clementine Daly knows she’s the black sheep. Her wealthy, powerful family has watched her very closely since she almost got caught in an embarrassing scandal a few years ago. So when Clementine’s sent on a mission to live up to the Daly name, politely declining isn’t an option. Of course, the last thing she does before boarding the plane is to grab a stranger’s phone by mistake—leaving the hunky journalist with her phone. Soon his sexy voice is on the line, but he doesn’t know her real name, or her famous pedigree—which is just the way Clementine likes it.

Despite all the hassles, Justin Mueller is intrigued to realize that the beautiful brown-eyed girl he met at the airport is suddenly at his fingertips. They agree to exchange phones when they’re both back in town, but after a week of flirty texts and wonderfully intimate conversations, Justin doesn’t want to let her go. The only problem? It turns out that Clemetine has been lying to him about, well, everything. Except for the one thing two people can’t fake, the only thing that matters: The heat between them is for real.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely adored When Joss Met Matt earlier this year and since then have been craving another book by this author, so obviously I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of this book when it was made available for request. And I gotta say this book was everything I wanted it to be.

Clementine and Justin's story was really fun romance. Also, this book did a thing that few romances succeed at doing, which was make me love the heroine more than the hero. Clementine is one of those characters that I feel many readers will be able to relate to with her not knowing what exactly she wants to do with her life now that she is out college and with how frustrated she was by her situation and all the expectations put on her by her family. But while I did love Clementine a ton that doesn't mean that there weren't things she did that made me really mad at her. The fact that she lied to Justin about who she really was as long as she did was a really big no-no. If she would have just told him when they started to see each other, she would have saved herself a lot of heartache towards the end of the book.

And while I didn't love Justin as much as Clementine, he was still a pretty great, swoon-worthy romance hero. Although, his hang-ups about serious relationships did annoy me. A parent's infidelity leading to the character being against series relationships is one of my least favorite tropes in romances, but luckily Justin didn't let this hinder his relationship with Clementine too much and the author delivered a pretty satisfying and realistic HEA in the end.

Overall, I really loved this book. I highly recommend it. It's the perfect read for anyone who loves super sweet contemporary romances.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Virtual Tour: The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior by Jennifer McQuiston


The Spinster's Guide to Scandalous Behavior, the second book in Jennifer McQuiston's Seduction Diaries, releases tomorrow!

Synopsis:

When her eccentric aunt suddenly dies and bequeaths her the key to a falling-down cottage in Cornwall, Lucy Westmore is surprised. After all, she scarcely knows her aunt, and her memories of Heathmore are murky, at best. But even more surprising is the part of Lucy’s inheritance that doesn’t come with a key: an old leather journal that provides the details of her mysterious aunt’s life and-for better or worse-gives Lucy all the instructions she needs to live the life of a scandalous spinster.

Lord Thomas Branston has spent the last five years in Cornwall, hiding from his painful past. Nothing has been tempting enough to lure him back to London…until now. He alone knows the real value of the property, and he’s determined to buy Heathmore before Miss Westmore ruins everything and sells it off to the highest bidder.

Emboldened by the guidance in her aunt’s diary, Lucy refuses to sell the property, not even when Lord Branston’s offers escalate, or when the house turns out to be truly uninhabitable. Lucy has no intention of giving up her one chance for independence. And Thomas has no intention of abandoning his suit.

But is it the property or the spitfire of a spinster that’s got his heart all tied up? And what is he willing to offer for both?

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“This isn’t about a cottage, Lydia. It’s about my future, and what I want from it.” She hesitated, thinking with a small cramp of regret of how long her mother had been planning this Season, and how hurt she would be if she did something to ruin it. “I know this is hard for you to understand, but I can’t imagine myself happy with a husband.” In fact, she couldn’t imagine a more miserable existence than being shackled to a man she didn’t know, forced to conform to a stranger’s expectations of what a suitable wife did and said.

A knock came at the door, making them both jump.

“Miss Lucy?” came Wilson’s booming voice from the hallway.

Oh, bugger it all.

Lucy brought her finger to her lips, begging her sister’s silence.

“I know you are here,” Wilson warned from outside the door.

Lucy groaned. Slowly, she stood up. Slowly, slowly, she opened the door to face Wilson’s predictable scowl. But as the butler’s frown dissolved into a look of abject horror, her lips flirted with a smile. She did enjoy vexing the man. “Do you like it?” she asked, touching the new rough edges of her hair. “I think it complements my trousers.”

Wilson made a wheezing sound deep in his chest. Lucy stepped forward and clapped him on the back, suddenly worried. She enjoyed annoying the man, but she didn’t want to kill him.

“You’ve a caller, Miss Lucy,” he rasped, punctuated by a series of halting, gasping coughs. He straightened, regaining a bit of his usual starch. “A gentleman caller.”

Lucy’s skin began to itch along the collar of her borrowed shirt. “I … I do?”

“The gentleman specifically asked me not to involve Lord Cardwell.” He handed her a card with a disapproving frown. “I don’t mind saying I am uncomfortable with the request.”

Lucy looked down at the card.

The Marquess of Branston.

“Oh my God,” she whispered. Her knees buckled and she had to lean against the door frame for support. Oh, bloody, bloody hell.

“Shall I inform Lord Cardwell?” Wilson frowned. “Or perhaps you would prefer Lady Cardwell provide attendance? Calling hours have ended, but perhaps an exception could be made.”

“No!” Lucy cried, beginning to panic now. When Wilson’s frown lengthened, she tried to temper her voice. “The gentleman is here about something to do with one of the charities I work with.” The lie tasted sour on her lips, but she plowed ahead. “I shall be fine with Lydia as chaperone. You may show him in now.”

Wilson looked down at her trousers.

“He is no one of consequence,” Lucy insisted, squirming now. And she didn’t dare leave Lord Branston alone in the drawing room for the half hour or so it would take to dress and curl her hair. It was better to see him quickly and be done with the matter, before her father caught wind of his visit. “Please show him in,” she insisted.

With one last frown, Wilson did as she asked, saving her from a spate of further lies.

Because Lord Branston was someone of consequence. And while she’d felt empowered dashing off a scathing letter, she felt ill-prepared for a face-to-face meeting.


About the Author:

A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal. Jennifer can be reached via her website at www.jenmcquiston.com or followed on Twitter @jenmcqwrites.



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Thursday, November 19, 2015

ARC Review: The Art of Taming a Rake by Nicole Jordan

Title: The Art of Taming a Rake

Author: Nicole Jordan

Synopsis:

Sparks abound in this sizzling new Legendary Lovers tale from New York Times bestselling author Nicole Jordan, in which a seductive rakehell must woo his spirited but love-shy bride while unmasking a mysterious assailant.

Despite his notorious reputation, Quinn Wilde, Earl of Traherne, has mostly honorable intentions. So when beautiful Venetia Stratham boldly enters a gentlemen’s club, demanding that Quinn stop courting her sister, he does what any bachelor would do: He kisses her. With her sharp wit, intoxicating passion, and surprising vulnerability, Venetia is irresistible—except for all this nonsense about threatening to shoot Quinn. But when clandestine enemies make an actual attempt on the earl’s life, Venetia is implicated. To save her good name, Quinn does what any true gentleman must do: He proposes.

Thus Venetia finds herself wed to arrogant, wickedly sensual Quinn, whose devilish ways are as legendary as his rumored skills as a lover. Yet vexingly, her body rebels against her vow to remain immune to his many charms. If only she could reform the infuriating nobleman—without diminishing his undeniable allure. As Venetia discovers that a true rake is hard to take, Quinn faces an even greater challenge: winning his wife's fragile trust... while defending both their lives.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

I got to admit I only requested this book on NetGalley because I thought the cover was pretty. I had never read any of Nicole Jordan's books or heard of her at all, but I took a chance on it and I've never been happier that I judged a book by its cover because this book was a really enjoyable historical romance novel. I really enjoyed Quinn and Venetia's story! It had all the things that I love about a historical romance from the marriage of convenience to salvage the heroine's reputation to the mystery behind who is out to kill Quinn.

But with that said, the real highlight for me in this book was the heroine. While Quinn was your typical historical romance hero, a rich, good-looking earl with a scandalous reputation, but who has a good heart that you can't help but fall in love with, Venetia really stood out for me. She wasn't just some weak damsel in distress, she was strong and independent and got things done. When she pulled out a gun on Quinn, I might have developed a slight girl crush on her. She was badass!

While I loved this book, the reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because there were parts of the story that kind of dragged for me and while the sex scenes in this book were really hot, I still would've liked to see more sweet, innocent moments between Quinn and Venetia that weren't sexual to really solidify their romance for me.

Overall, I really did like this book. It was a fun, sexy historical romance book and I'm really looking forward to going back and reading the first three books in this series!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Virtual Tour: Compromising Her Position by Samanthe Beck (+ Giveaway)


Compromising Her Position, the first in an all-new series by Samanthe Beck released this week!

Synopsis:

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

He's not who she expected, but he's exactly the man she needs…

When Chelsea Wayne drags Santa into a supply closet for a little office party nookie, she assumes the man in the suit is her on-again/off-again coworker boyfriend. Instead, it's Rafe St. Sebastian, a man known for his hard-driving ways in business as well as the bedroom--and, kill her now, the brand spanking new owner of Las Ventanas--who grants her naughtiest Christmas wishes.

So much for her reputation, not to mention her career.

Rafe needs to close three acquisitions to prove to his father he's ready to take the helm of St. Sebastian Enterprises. A hot interlude in a supply closet after deal number two seems like the perfect illicit Christmas bonus. Unfortunately, when that "bonus" becomes the key to the final deal, he finds himself back in bed--so to speak--with Chelsea, and after their steamy tryst, he's not interested in keeping things professional

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“There is nothing personal between us.”

“I beg to differ. In fact, I’m fairly certain I know your deepest, darkest secret.”

“I sincerely doubt that.”

He brought his mouth to her ear. “You knew I wasn’t Paul.”

“No.” The denial, though immediate, sounded slightly breathless, slightly desperate.

She had to have at least suspected, at some point. He refused to believe otherwise. “Not at first. But when I had you clinging to the tables, trembling so hard you could barely stand? You knew.”

“You-you’re delusional. If I’d realized you weren’t Paul, don’t you think I would have stopped you?”

“No. By the time you realized, you didn’t care.” The crowd around them erupted into a countdown.

Ten... He cupped her jaw in one hand...
 Nine... and slid the other down her back. Then lower. Eight... “You didn’t care about anything except my tongue tracing the path of your thong”—he let his fingers do the honor now—“all the way down until I could taste your sweet, throbbing little—”

“I thought you were Paul!” Her wide eyes darted to his, pupils huge.

Five... “Remember how you used your body to beg for more? There’s no f-ing way you’ve ever begged like that for Paul Barrington. No f-ing way. I could have you begging again.”

Her breathing came in quick, shallow pants. The hands she’d rested lightly on his shoulders tightened, bunching his jacket in a white-knuckled grip. She shook her head. “Not going to happen.”

Three... He was risking getting his face slapped in the middle of a dance floor on New Year’s Eve, but he didn’t care. For some inexcusable reason, he needed to know she wanted him, not Barrington.

Two... He spread his palm over the perfect curve of her ass and hauled her against him, so she’d feel just how well he remembered every damn detail of their last meeting.

One...

“It’s not?” he challenged, and then crushed her lips under his.

Cheers of “Happy New Year” echoed around them over the strains of “Auld Lang Syne.” A flotilla of black and silver balloons sailed down from the ceiling. Guests laughed, and sang, and jostled them while he kissed her. Sparkly, star- shaped confetti rained over everyone and everything, and he kept right on kissing her. Her arms twined around his neck. Her lips parted. She flattened one hand against the back of his head and held on. When he bent her over his arm and swept his tongue into her soft, yielding mouth, she wrapped her leg around his hip. The heat of her body practically seared his thigh through his tuxedo pants.

He trapped her lower lip between his teeth and nibbled. There went his no biting promise, but her shuddery moan told him she didn’t mind.

The song ended. The house lights came up a few notches. He slowly drew her upright, and even more slowly relinquished her mouth. She stared up at him, dazed, her lips plumped from their kiss.

“You’re a terrible liar, Miss Wayne.”

Giving her a grin he hoped didn’t reveal how much the move cost him, he walked away.

About the Author:

Wine lover, sleep fanatic, and USA Today Bestselling Author of sexy contemporary romance novels, Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California, with her long-suffering but extremely adorable husband and their turbo-son, Hud. Throw in a furry ninja named Kitty and Bebe the trash talking Chihuahua and you get the whole, chaotic picture.
When not clinging to sanity by her fingernails or dreaming up fun, fan-your-cheeks sexy ways to get her characters to happily-ever-afters, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.


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Waiting on Wednesday: Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

This week my "Waiting on Wednesday" pick is Ride Hard by Laura Kaye!

Synopsis:

Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders…

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before…

Ride Hard releases April 26, 2016!

Why I'm waiting:

While I haven't read as many Laura Kaye books as I would like, the ones that I have read have all been amazing romances and as a result I'm crazy excited for this book to be released especially since it's about a motorcycle club. I haven't read many MC romances, in fact, the only one I've read was Rebel Love by Jodi Linton a couple of weeks ago, but I really liked that other romance and now I'm really craving some more and I'm more than 100% sure that Laura Kaye is going to satisfy my MC craving and then some.

What are y'all waiting on this week?

***"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.***

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ARC Review: To Win Her Trust by Mackenzie Crowne

Title: To Win Her Trust

Author: Mackenzie Crowne

Synopsis:

Can she trust this player with her heart?

Ever since experiencing a childhood trauma, reclusive artist CC Calhoun has suffered from panic attacks. But when a fateful kiss from handsome wide receiver, Kevin “Tuck” Tucker, is enough to stop one of those episodes cold, she wonders if guarding her heart has been the right choice. Will going on a test date with Tuck open her to trusting someone for the first time in years? Or will she wind up being just another notch in the football player’s bedpost?

Tuck has a reputation for charming women into bed, but after his kiss with CC, he’s left aching for more. When he proposes a second date, his attraction to the sexy blonde looks like the makings of true love—something he’s never quite believed in—until now. But when Tuck discovers CC’s childhood secrets, will the pro athlete be tough enough to stay by her side—or will he betray her hard-earned trust?

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 stars

To Win Her Trust, the second book in the Players series, was another solid romance by Mackenzie Crowne. After reading To Win Her Trust, I was excited to read Tuck's story and meet the girl who would get the playboy football player to settle down and Mac didn't disappoint with their story. I really enjoyed reading about Tuck and CC. The way their story played out from their initial meeting in the coffee shop to her proposition to their HEA was sweet and funny and kept me interested and invested in Tuck and CC as a couple.

Aside from the romance at the center of the story, I really liked the overall story and the situations that the characters were dealing with. Everything that was going on with CC's past and the strained relationship she was having with her parents, specifically her father was all very interesting and added a good amount of drama and seriousness to the story to balance out the adorable romance between Tuck and CC while still keeping it a sweet contemporary romance.

Overall, I really enjoyed this romance and am looking forward to reading the third installment in this series.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cover Reveal: Inspire AND Inflict by Cora Carmack

I'm crazy excited today to help reveal the redesigned cover of Cora Carmack's new adult paranormal romance novel, Inspire, as well as the cover for its upcoming sequel, Inflict, releasing January 2016!


Synopsis:

Kalliope lives with one purpose.

To inspire.

As an immortal muse, she doesn’t have any other choice. It’s part of how she was made. Musicians, artists, actors—they use her to advance their art, and she uses them to survive. She moves from one artist to the next, never staying long enough to get attached. But all she wants is a different life— a normal one. She’s spent thousands of years living lie after lie, and now she’s ready for something real.

Sweet, sexy, and steady, Wilder Bell feels more real than anything else in her long existence. And most importantly… he’s not an artist. He doesn’t want her for her ability. But she can’t turn off the way she influences people, not even to save a man she might love. Because in small doses, she can help make something beautiful, but her ability has just as much capacity to destroy as it does to create. The longer she stays, the more obsessed Wilder will become. It’s happened before, and it never turns out well for the mortal.

Her presence may inspire genius.

But it breeds madness, too.


Synopsis:

Wilder Bell made a dangerous bargain...

For a chance at love, he gave up his life. 

History knew Kalliope as an ancient Greek muse, but to Wilder, she was simply the woman he wanted to fall asleep with every night and wake up next to every morning. He made a deal with Hades, but the only thing the Lord of the Underworld deals in is death. Now Wilder is wasting away in a cold and wretched afterlife, waiting for Kalli to come for him. She will come. He has to believe that. Because the alternative is worse than death.

Kalliope lived her entire existence knowing that she was both a blessing and a curse to anyone she encountered. Wilder was no different. She loved him, and she got him killed. Now to get him back, she’ll have to face a scheming god, a perilous task, and death itself. But before it’s done, the Underworld will take more from her than she ever thought possible.

To be made whole, all must first be lost. 

About the Author:

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working retail), fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). Raised in a small Texas town, she now lives in New York City and spends her time writing, traveling, and marathoning various television shows on Netflix. In her books, you can expect to find humor, heart, and a whole lot of awkward. Because let’s face it . . . awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

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INSPIRE

INFLICT
Coming Soon

ARC Review: I Do by A.J. Pine (+ Giveaway)


Synopsis:

Sometimes you have to trust your heart to find out what home really means.

Duncan McAllister is marrying Elaina Tripoli tomorrow. Except--he's missing. Jordan, Noah, Griffin, Maggie, and Miles arrive in Greece for the festivities to find frantic messages from both the bride and groom. Noah and Griffin set off to find Duncan while Jordan, Maggie, and Miles try to salvage what should be a day of celebration before the wedding.

But the Americans have their own baggage. Noah's got a surprise planned for Jordan that has to go perfectly. Griffin's keeping life-changing news from Maggie. And Miles--well, he wasn't looking for love on this trip until a Greek sous chef named Alex rocks his world.

The race is on for Duncan to make it back to Elaina before she decides not to take him back at all. For Noah to make sure his monumental plan goes off without a hitch. For Griffin to tell Maggie the truth without losing her. For Miles to admit that letting himself fall in love is worth the risk.

Happily Ever After waits at the finish line…if the four couples can make it on time.

About the Author:

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers' hearts, but don't worry--she'll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality--romance. Naturally, the books she writes have the same. When she's not writing, she's of course reading. Then there's online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes). And a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. You'll also find her hanging with her family in the Chicago 'burbs.

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***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

This is by far the best book by A.J. Pine I have read. I Do, the third installment in her If Only series, was absolutely perfect in every way. This wonderful book managed to make me invested in not one, not two, but four couples. Granted we have already gotten up close and personal with two of the couples in her the previous books, If Only and What If, but that's beside the point that this author managed to bring them all together in this book and give them all very satisfying storylines that kept me interested from the very first word until the very last. I stayed up way past my best time because I just couldn't put the book down or get enough of these characters and the situations they got themselves in over the course of just a few days. But, with that said, the real highlight for me was how the author managed to tie up all four couples's stories in the end and give them all satisfying and swoon-worthy HEAs. Overall, I loved this book more than life! Seriously, it was PERFECT!

Release Day Blitz: I Do by A.J. Pine


I Do, the third book in A.J. Pine's If Only series, releases today! I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of this lovely book and it really was one of my top reads of 2015. If you haven't already, I highly recommend one-clicking this one!

Synopsis:

Duncan McAllister is marrying Elaina Tripoli tomorrow. Except—he’s missing. Jordan, Noah, Griffin, Maggie, and Miles arrive in Greece for the festivities to find frantic messages from both the bride and groom. Noah and Griffin set off to find Duncan while Jordan, Maggie, and Miles try to salvage what should be a day of celebration before the wedding.

But the Americans have their own baggage. Noah’s got a surprise planned for Jordan that has to go perfectly. Griffin’s keeping life-changing news from Maggie. And Miles—well, he wasn’t looking for love on this trip until a Greek sous chef named Alex rocks his world.

The race is on for Duncan to make it back to Elaina before she decides not to take him back at all. For Noah to make sure his monumental plan goes off without a hitch. For Griffin to tell Maggie the truth without losing her. For Miles to admit that letting himself fall in love is worth the risk.

Happily Ever After waits at the finish line…if the four couples can make it on time.

About the Author:

AJ Pine writes stories to break readers' hearts, but don't worry - she'll mend them with a happily ever after. As an English teacher and a librarian, AJ has always surrounded herself with books. All her favorites have one big commonality-romance. Naturally, her books have the same. When she's not writing, she's of course reading. Then there's online shopping (everything from groceries to shoes) and a tiny bit of TV where she nourishes her undying love of vampires and superheroes. 


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Friday, November 13, 2015

ARC Review: Rebel Love by Jodi Linton

Title: Rebel Love

Author: Jodi Linton

Synopsis:

She wants revenge...

The Dirty Sinners Motorcycle Club is Em Connors's only family, but she's ready to risk everything--both her club and her life--for vengeance. Ten months ago, she was brutally attacked and her lover gunned down by a rival gang member. Now, she's using her position as the Dirty Sinners president to track down the truth and exact her revenge.

He'll risk it all... 

With his partner murdered by a local motorcycle gang, Houston police officer Cade Jackson jumps at the chance to go back undercover and bring down the woman the department calls the Motorcycle Princess. But the sexy-as-hell leader awakens a hunger in Cade. Dark desires run deep--and he intends on teaching Em exactly how dirty he can be. But when his cover is blown, Cade must choose to uphold the law or protect the woman he's grown to love...by going rogue.

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

5 out of 5 stars

Jodi Linton is one of those authors who I've been meaning to check out for months, but Rebel Love, the first in her Dirty Sinners Motorcycle Club series, is the first of her books that I've actually read. And I've got to tell y'all, I absolutely loved this book to pieces. This book was such a remarkable romantic suspense novel.

Em and Cade were two amazing characters. They were one of those couples that shouldn't have worked for many reasons, the biggest being that Em was a feisty and tough motorcycle club president while Cade was an undercover police officer, but they were actually really perfect for each other. The chemistry between the two of them was steaming hot and the romance that ignited between them never felt forced or unrealistic and as a reader I was really able to become invested in their love story.

Aside from the romance, the suspenseful storyline was also really good. The investigation into who killed Cade's ex-partner and Em's lover was really thrilling. The author did a really great job of setting it all up and giving the reader hints without being too obvious although I did guess who the mastermind was before they were officially revealed.

Needless to say again, but I'm going to do it anyway, I LOVED this book! It's really in the running for being the best book I've read in all of 2015 which is really saying something because the book doesn't officially release until Jan. 2016.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

ARC Review: Sweet Home Alaska by Rebecca Thomas

Title: Sweet Home Alaska

Author: Rebecca Thomas

Synopsis:

Struggling Hollywood actress Lauren Kinkade discovers her true passion isn’t acting, but her day job--catering. When her grandmother dies and leaves the family bakery to her, Lauren sees an opportunity to start fresh in her small hometown in Alaska and expand the bakery’s cuisine. But the town isn’t exactly welcoming to the girl who went to chase dreams and left her grandmother to run the family business alone.

Lauren decides the best way to get her new business rolling is to get hired by golden boy Trey Briggs for his hotel’s grand re-opening. She’s shocked when he refuses to even grant her an interview.

Trey can’t fathom working up close on a daily basis with the gorgeous girl who gave him huge anxiety issues in high school. Heck, her mere presence caused him to crash into things and earned him best-forgotten nick names, so he’d rather not see her again. Ever.
However, Lauren puts her charms on high simmer and convinces him to hire her, but pretty soon the menu sampling gets spicier than either of them is prepared for…

***MY REVIEW***

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3 out of 5 stars

After reading book one of Right Kind of Mistake, I was really looking forward to read something else by Rebecca Thomas, which is why I'm extremely happy that I was able to get my hands on an ARC of this novella. Sweet Home Alaska was a really quick and cute contemporary romance read.

This book was just an all around nice read. The only issue that I had with this book was that I really wish that we could have seen a lot more of Trey and Lauren as a couple. A lot of their relationship was kind of glossed over not allowing me to become truly invested in their love story which was a big problem for me because what makes a great romance for me is being able to really immerse myself in the love story and I just wasn't able to that in this story. Despite that this story was still a pretty enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to reading more by Rebecca Thomas.