Thursday, June 30, 2016

Excerpt Blitz: A Fine Mess by Kelly Siskind


Synopsis:

Some guys should come with a warning label…

Sawyer West is Mr. One-Night Stand. He doesn't do relationships or promises or feelings. He's never cared enough to get involved. Until Lily Roberts. She's sweet and shy and sexy as sin, and resisting her is testing his self-control. She believes Sawyer can be a better man, and for the first time in his life, he wants to be. But change isn't easy, and Sawyer would do anything to protect Lily from his past self. Even break his own heart…




About the Author:

A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to open a cheese shop with her husband in Northern Ontario. When she's not neck deep in cheese or out hiking, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. 

She laughs at her own jokes and has been known to eat her feelings-Gummy Bears heal all. She's also an incurable romantic, devouring romance novels into the wee hours of the morning.

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EXCERPT

Sawyer steps close and waits for me to make eye contact. Slowly, I lift my gaze to his gold-flecked brown eyes, but I can’t find my voice. It’s like I don’t know how to talk to him anymore.

He grins. “Hi.”

From my angle it’s easy to see the scar running down his neck, the remnant of a fall he took through a coffee table while wrestling with his brother. I’ve always wanted to touch it, feel the puckered skin under my fingers. I drop my gaze, but it doesn’t help. The cuffs of his gray button-down are rolled to his elbows, roped muscle exposed below. Something else I’d like to touch. 

I blink hard. “Hi,” I say to my feet.

“Look at me, Lil.” I rock on my heels, then do as asked. He raises an eyebrow. “How fucking weird is this?”

My giggle surprises me, and I loosen my grip on my wineglass. “Totally weird.”

Thank God for Sawyer’s candid nature.

He sips his drink, probably Scotch, and a sheen of liquid clings to his bottom lip.

Touch that arm. Kiss that scar. Taste those lips. None of these urges are new, but they’re heightened. Magnified. He watches me watching him, his gaze as probing as mine. What is he thinking? 
Then the music changes.

A remix of Madonna’s “Holiday” plays, and Sawyer does Sawyer. He tips his head to the right, his shoulders following, then he pushes out his hip and rolls his torso through. The guy does body waves, alternating from side to side, like he’s in an eighties music video. 

People stop. People look. People laugh.

I snort, an unattractive sound I make when my laughter takes over. Sawyer says it sounds like a hyena with sleep apnea. When I snort a second time, he dances harder, and I crack up. My belly aches as he gets into it, the entire room watching now. 

I suck in a breath, place my empty glass on the table behind me, then clasp his shoulders. “What are you doing?”

He stops dancing. “Making things less weird.”

“Less? What about you channeling Paula Abdul is less weird?”

“Did you laugh?”

I grin.

Then he says, “I’m sorry.”

The music vibrates in my chest, or maybe it’s his proximity. “Sorry about what?”

“Last week, when you called, I was a dick. You caught me by surprise, and I didn’t handle it well. So, I’m sorry.”

His admission pumps through my core like helium, my body nearly weightless. The confession shouldn’t be surprising, not with how he speaks his mind, but it’s been a week of silence. I was losing hope things could return to the way they were, or progress past it. I step closer, so he can hear me over the noise. “Apology accepted, but do I get an explanation?”

He drags his gaze down my body. It’s a thorough perusal—intimate, penetrating—flames sparking along my skin. His eyes linger on me, but he doesn’t speak. He rolls the pinky ring on his left hand the way he does when he’s puzzling something out. An ache travels up my thighs, heat expanding below my ribs. The longer he stays quiet, the more my skin tingles. 

Finally, he releases his ring and slides his hand over my lower back. He leans forward and whispers, “I’ve wanted to do very dirty things to you and with you since Aspen, but I care about you too much to act on it. Hence my dickishness and the weirdness.”

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Semi-Scripted by Amanda Heger

This week my pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" is Semi-Scripted by Amanda Heger!

Synopsis:

Marisol Gutierrez has come to Los Angeles with a single goal: win the prestigious grant that will save her family’s struggling medical clinic back in Nicaragua. But, when a cute guy invites her to sit in the audience of a hip-but-failing comedy program, Marisol figures she’ll get a little entertainment out of her otherwise stress-filled trip.

Evan Abramson thought an internship at The So Late It’s Early Show would be the start of a long television-writing career, but their ratings are sinking. With every show, his plans seem one step closer to collapse. When a backstage crisis throws him into an onstage encounter with the gorgeous and charming Marisol, the two become overnight sensations. And soon their made-for-television romance is the only thing keeping So Late from cancellation.

As things heat up onscreen and off, Marisol and Evan are caught between their careers and their growing feelings for one another. Being together in front of the cameras puts Marisol’s grant at risk, but keeping their romance off-screen means Evan’s show is sure to fail. Together they have to decide whether to stick with the script and save their careers or improvise their way toward a happily ever after.

Semi-Scripted releases November 8, 2016!

Why I'm waiting:

One of my favorite characters in Without Borders was Marisol, so I'm so happy that Amanda Heger is giving her her own book. While the blurb sounds awesome and I'm 100% sure I'm going to end up loving this book even more than Without Borders, I must admit I actually don't care what this book is about. I would gladly buy and read it just because Amanda wrote it. I love her writing that much! So, yeah, I'm super crazy excited for this book to be released later this year!

So what are you all waiting on this Wednesday?

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Release Blast: Forevermore by Kristen Callihan


Happy release day to Forevermore by Kristen Callihan!!!

Synopsis:

Isolate and alone, Sin Evernight is one of the most powerful supernatural creatures in heaven and on earth. As an angel of vengeance, he hunts down the darkest evil, but when his long-lost friend, Layla Starling, needs him, he vows to become her protector. Even though she will be horrified by the man he has become.

Now a famous singer and the toast of London, Layla believes that Sin is only here to guard her from rabid fans and ardent suitors. However, the truth is far more sinister. Desperate to avoid losing Layla a second time, Sin will face a test of all his powers to defeat an unstoppable foe—and win an eternity with the woman he loves.






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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she'd rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer's Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine's Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.

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Release Blast: A Summer to Remember by Marilyn Pappano (Giveaway)


Happy release day to A Summer to Remember by Marilyn Pappano!!

Synopsis:

FIRST LOVE NEVER FADES . . . 




It's been a long time since widow Fia Thomas felt the spark of physical attraction. But from the moment she meets Elliot Ross one stormy night, she yearns for a fresh start, for him to make her feel whole and well again. With his broad shoulders and a warm smile crinkling his dark eyes, he could finally offer her the solace she's been seeking. And she's willing to give him anything in return . . . except a promise that could break his heart.




Now that Elliot is out of the Army, he's looking for a place to call home. Tallgrass was just a stop to stretch his legs, yet one look at Fia halts him in his tracks. In her sweet, sassy company, he finds the soul mate he never thought he'd have. But Fia is holding something back-something that keeps her from making any plans. Elliot's new mission: gain Fia's trust...and convince her that summer's end can mean a new beginning.

Excerpt:

“Go on. Sing more.”

He did, and she listened with her eyes half closed. The tones were sweet, the emotion fierce, the quality hands-down better than the singer on the radio. Everything she learned about Elliot was adding up to an extraordinary man.

While she remained plain, average Fia. With “issues.”

“Beautiful,” she responded when the song ended. At about the same time, he turned into her driveway.

He came around and held hands with her to the stoop and up the steps, where he propped open the storm door with his boot while she unlocked the door. She set her purse on the floor inside the door, then faced him. “I’m not going to invite you inside because you’ve got to get up early.”

“Darn.” He moved a step closer, fitted his hands to her waist, and leaned toward her. She met him in the kiss, her mouth parting, her hands sliding around to the back of his neck, combing through his silky hair. Dear Lord, she’d forgotten how good a kiss could be. She nibbled at his lip, pausing only when his tongue thrust between her teeth, invading, exploring, rousing a long-unsatisfied need deep inside. Moving intuitively, her hands glided over soft cotton that covered the lean muscles along his spine. When they reached the rougher texture of jeans and leather belt, the tips tingled, like the briefest touch of a live wire, singeing and searing and sparking pleasure through her body.

When she stroked a few inches lower to slide her palm over his erection, his breath caught, and so did hers. It had been so very long . . .would be so very easy . . . back up one step, don’t let go, take him to the bedroom or, better, the couch, strip off their clothes . . .So easy. So perfect. So wrong.

Even the thought of that last word was wrong. It jangled in the midst of nerves humming with need. It pulled her out of the haze of what she could do, of the incredible satisfaction she could have, and brought back all the ugly uncertainty of her life. Elliot might be Prince Charming, but she was no princess, and her life was no simple, sweet fairy tale with a happily ever after.

Tears seeped into her eyes—disappointment, weariness—and she opened her eyes to blink them away. Apparently sensing the change in her, Elliot ended the kiss with another tiny, sweeter kiss, then clasped her hands in his. For a long time, he studied her face with an intensity that rippled along her skin, then he took a step back, putting breathing room between them.

When he spoke, he sounded as if he’d done a long hump with a heavy ruck on a hot day. “You never did tell me.”

“What?”

“Is Fia short for something?”

“You never did ask.” She didn’t sound much better. “Sofia.”

He laid his palm gently against her cheek, repeated her name, then backed away even farther. “Thank you, Sofia.”

“For what?”

“Being in that parking lot Friday night. For liking me and my dog. For kissing like—” Breaking off, he grinned and shook his head. “Damn.”

“It takes two.”

His grin strengthened, then slowly faded. “Good night.”

Leaning against the door jamb, she watched him go to his truck, get in, and drive away with a final wave. Sighing deeply, she stepped inside the house, closed and locked the door, and stumbled, hitting the floor with a solid thud.

About the Author:

Known for her intensely emotional stories, Marilyn Pappano is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly eighty books. She has made regular appearances on bestseller lists and has received recognition for her work in the form of numerous awards. Though her husband's Navy career took them across the United States, he and Ms. Pappano now live in Oklahoma high on a hill that overlooks her hometown. They have one son and daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and a pack of mischievous dogs.



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Side Note: I was supposed to post my review of this book today, but I as I draft this post I have not yet finished it. What I have read so far I have loved though and I should be finished with by this evening, so be on the look-out for my review of this book on Thursday!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Virtual Tour: The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)


The Billionaire Bachelor, the first book in Jessica Lemmon's Billionaire Bad Boys series is finally out tomorrow!!!

Synopsis:

Indecent Proposal
Manwhore. That's what the board of directors-and the tabloids-thinks of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn't care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing-and no one-will keep him from his life's legacy. 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 get her parents' funky boutique hotel back-even marry cold-as-ice-but-sexy-as-hell Reese Crane. It's a simple business contract-six months of marriage, absolute secrecy, and the Van Heusen is all hers again. But when sparks fly between them, their passion quickly moves from the boardroom to the bedroom. And soon Merina is living her worst nightmare: falling in love with her husband . . .


Excerpt:

Even with her nostrils flared, Merina forced a smile. There was only one way past this gatekeeper. She called up an ounce of poise—an ounce being the most she could access at the moment. “Merina Van Heusen to see Reese Crane.”

“Ms. Van Heusen,” the woman said, her tone flat, her eyes going to the doorknob in Merina’s hand. “You’re here regarding the changes to the hotel, I presume.”

“You got it,” Merina said, barely harnessing her anger. How come everyone was so damn calm about dismantling a town landmark?

“Have a seat.” Crane’s bulldog gestured one manicured hand at a group of cushy white chairs, her mouth frowning in disgust as she took in Merina’s dishevelment. “Perhaps I could fetch you a towel first.”

“I won’t be sitting.” She wasn’t about to be put in her place by Reese’s underling. Then her prayers were answered as the set of gleaming wooden doors behind the secretary’s desk parted like the Red Sea.

Jackpot.

Merina barreled forward as the woman at the desk barked, “Excuse me!”

Merina ignored her. She wouldn’t be delayed another second…or so she thought. She stopped short when a woman in a very tight red dress, the neckline plunging into plentiful cleavage, her heels even higher and potentially more expensive than Merina’s Louboutins, swept out of the office and gave her a slow, mascaraed blink back. Then she sashayed around Merina, past the bulldog, and left behind a plume of perfume.

Interesting.

Reese’s latest date? An escort? If Merina believed the local tabloids, one and the same. Paying for dates certainly wasn’t above his pay grade.

Before the doors closed, she slipped into Reese’s office.

“Ms. Van Heusen!” came a bark behind her, but Reese, who stood facing the windows and looking out upon downtown, said three words that instantly shut his secretary up.

“She’s fine, Bobbie.”

Merina smirked back at the sour-faced, coal-eyed secretary as Reese’s office doors whooshed shut.
“Merina, I presume.” Reese still hadn’t turned. His posture was straight, jacket and slacks impeccably tailored to his muscular, perfectly proportioned body. Shark or not, the man could wear a suit. She’d seen the photos of him in the Trib as well as Luxury Stays, the hotel industry’s leading trade magazine, and like every other woman in Chicago, she hadn’t missed the gossip about him online. Like his more professional photos, his hands were sunk into his pant pockets, and his wavy, dark hair was styled and perfect.

Clearly the woman who had just left was here on other business…or past business. If something more clandestine was going on, Reese would appear more mussed. Then again, he probably didn’t muss his hair during sex. From what she gleaned about him via the media, Reese probably didn’t allow his hair to muss.

The snarky thought paired with a vision of him out of that suit, stalking naked and primed, golden muscles shifting with each long-legged step. Sharp, navy eyes focused only on her…

He turned to face her and she snapped out of her imaginings and blinked at the stubble covering a perfectly angled jaw. What was it about that hint of dishevelment on his otherwise perfect visage that made her breath catch?

Thick dark brows jumped slightly as his eyes zoomed in on her chest.

She sneered before venturing a glance down at her sodden silk shirt. Where she saw the perfect outline of both nipples. A tinge of heat lit her cheeks, and she crossed her arms haughtily, glaring at him as best she could while battling embarrassment.

“Seems this April morning is colder than you anticipated,” he drawled.


About the Author:

A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.




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***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars


The Billionaire Bachelor is by far my favorite of the books by this author I have read so far. This book had so many things I love in my romance novels from the billionaire hero to Merina and Reese going from enemies to lovers to the marriage of convenience storyline. And Jessica didn't do any of these tropes half-heartedly. She nailed every single one of them making me love this story to pieces.

But at the same time this story was so much more than just another enemies to lovers or marriage of convenience romance. Merina and Reese took me on an emotional roller coaster ride as they navigated their relationship and developing feelings for each other and also juggled their business interests when it came to both of their hotels. It was a long and bumpy road to their HEA, but in the end it was all worth it because their story was absolutely wonderful. Just thinking about it puts a gigantic smile on my face.

Overall, I loved this book. It was a fun, sexy contemporary romance and a great start to what I'm 100% positive is going to end up being my all time favorite series by this author!



Sunday, June 26, 2016

ARC Review: Jordan's Return by Samantha Chase

Title: Jordan's Return

Author: Samantha Chase

Synopsis:

For the first time in print, New York Times and USA Today bestseller Samantha Chase’s debut novel is a heartwarming story of second chances

WILL ONE SUMMER TOGETHER
All Jordan Manning wants is a quiet summer on the Virginia coast with her sons to recover from a near-fatal accident and an abusive relationship. Her plans to find a new direction for her future are turned upside down when she runs into the first man who ever broke her heart…and he’s determined to win it back.

BE ENOUGH TO HEAL OLD WOUNDS?
Rob Tyler thought he’d moved on, but when fate drops a second chance with his first love right in his path, his feelings rush back stronger than ever. Rob is determined to give Jordan the future they should have had years ago, but making up for past mistakes isn’t easy…

***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

I haven't read many books by this author, so I didn't really know what to expect when I started reading this book, but overall I really enjoyed Jordan's Return. From the very beginning the authors draws you into Jordan's story and keeps you captivated on the edge of your seat to see how Jordan was going to move on from her abusive marriage and fall in love again this time with a man who was worth it.

The main thing in this book that I thought I was going to have a problem with that I actually ended up loving was Jordan being a mother to older children. I'm always a little wary when I read romances where one or both of the main characters are parents to a child over the age of five or six because children can be so angry when they are in romance books like this and while I understand that is normal, my heart just can't take those scenarios. Thankfully, Jordan's sons were actually wonderful to read about and many of the scenes in this book that were my favorite where ones that the two boys were interacting with Rob, Jordan's love interest.

Anywho, moving on from the children, as always the thing I loved the most about this book is the love story that unfolds between Jordan and Rob. Their romance was all about healing and second chances and it was just so heartwarming that by the end I was left teary eyed with how wonderful it was.

Overall, I really, really liked this book! I highly recommend it and am looking forward to tackling more of Samantha Chase's backlist in the near future.

ARC Review: Change of Heart by T.J. Kline

Title: Change of Heart

Author: T.J. Kline

Synopsis:

Bad luck has plagued Leah McCarran most of her life, until the tide turns and she lands her new dream job as a therapist at Heart Fire Ranch. But when her car breaks down and she finds herself stranded, the playboy who shows up to her rescue makes Leah wonder if her luck just went from bad to worse.

Gage Granger has risen above the circumstances of his youth, enough that people now believe he has the Midas touch, especially in business. But when one mistake suddenly threatens everything he’s built, he takes some time to visit family near Heart Fire and figure a way out of the mess. The last thing he expects to find is a feisty therapist who needs his help, even if she won’t admit it.

Leah learned a long time ago that other people will always let her down. She doesn’t want that kind of hurt again, but Gage isn’t giving up. And finding out he’s staying next door isn’t going to make it any easier to avoid the kind man who is set on changing her heart.

***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

Change of Heart, the fifth book in T.J. Kline's Healing Harts series was another really good, emotionally satisfying contemporary romance. The story which follows two new-to-me characters, since I hadn't read any of the other books in this series beside the first one so I wasn't familiar with Gage, was awesome! Leah was what we would call an "unlikable heroine" at times, but honestly as difficult as she could be sometimes that's why I liked her. She was real. She had issues and as she tried to deal with them she made mistakes. It was all very understandable and normal. And then we have Gage who on the surface looks pretty much perfect but there is more to him than that. I loved his character to pieces, although there were a few instances where I felt like he was trying to hard and I understand completely why Leah didn't want anything to do with him at first.

The romance in this book was fantastic. I really loved the pace at which everything progressed. It all felt very realistic and allowed me to become really invested in their relationship. Aside from their relationship, I also really loved everything else that was going on in this book. It was interesting to see both Leah and Gage navigate their problems and deal with them so that they could both be in a place to get their HEA.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

ARC Review: The Rule Book by Jennifer Blackwood

Title: The Rule Book

Author: Jennifer Blackwood

Synopsis:

Some rules are meant to be broken.

Starr Media Second-Assistant Survival Guide

Don’t call your hot boss the antichrist to his face.
Don’t stare at hot boss’s, um, package or his full sleeve of tattoos. (No. Really. Stop!)
Don’t get on the malicious first assistant’s bad side.
Don’t forget to memorize the 300-page employee manual.
If you value your cashmere, steer clear of boss’s dog.
Boss’s dimples are lust-inducing. Do. Not. Give. In.
“The elevator ate your clothes” is not a valid excuse for showing up to important meetings half dressed.
Don’t break seven of the rules within the first week of employment if you, ya know, are in dire need of money to support your sick mom.
Whatever you do, don’t fall for the boss. See rule eight about sick mom.
Never forget the rules.

***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

The Rule Book, the first book in Jennifer Blackwood's Rule Breakers series was another really good book by this author. The story, the characters, the set-up of everything was just so wonderful and I really, really liked it. But as much as I liked this book, I did find it a little slow at the beginning and I also kind of wish that the cooperate sabotage subplot would have had a little more on the page time given that it did have a big impact on Lainey and Brogan's relationship. But other than those two things this book was all types of great. The romance between Lainey and Brogan was fun and steamy and the book as a whole was absolutely hilarious. All-in-all this book was a win for me and I can't wait to see what Jennifer follows it up with. 

ARC Review: The Bad Boy's Baby by Cindi Madsen

Title: The Bad Boy's Baby

Author: Cindi Madsen

Synopsis:

There are certain words that have always described Cam Brantley: Town bad boy. Soldier. Protector. But never, ever dad. Until he returns home from his latest military tour to discover the girl he had one smoking-hot night with is now mom to the adorable two-year-old Zoey. Who has his eyes.

Plenty of words could describe Emma Walker these days. Mom, dutiful granddaughter, budding designer, the town’s golden child. But when her longtime crush Cam Brantley comes back to town, she knows the perfect word to describe herself: screwed.

Cam and Emma are both shocked to discover he truly wants Zoey in his life. But Cam’s not sure he’s ready to be a dad, and Emma can’t gamble her daughter on maybes. As the long-simmering heat between Cam and Emma reaches a boiling point, he’ll have to work past his demons in order to be the man both girls need.

Daddy duty might be his toughest mission yet…

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

The Bad Boy's Baby was the first book I've read by this author and I loved it! Whenever I start reading a book where the hero learns he has a child he wasn't told about previously I'm always a little wary because I honestly hate when the mothers try to keep them away because I find that really immature, but in this book Emma was actually really reasonable for the most part when it came to giving Cam a chance to become a part of his daughters life. That aspect alone really sold me on this book and made me like it, but what made me love it was of course the romance between Emma and Cam. One of the reasons I love romances published by Entangled's Bliss imprint is that they are always so sweet and The Bad Boy's Baby was sweet and then some. It's one of those feel-good books that leaves you grinning from ear to ear days after finishing it just by thinking of it's cuteness. But just because the story was cute and sweet doesn't mean that the relationship between Cam and Emma wasn't real and deep. Their relationship was just as meaningful as any intense, dramatic romance and I loved it so much! Overall, The Bad Boy's Baby was a great romantic read and it's a must read for all fans of light romance in my very honest opinion.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle

This week my pick for "Waiting on Wednesday" is In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle!!

Synopsis:

In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder...

It's all come down to this...

Daisy Little has lived in agoraphobic terror for over eight years. Trapped within a prison of her own making, she watches time pass through her bedroom window. Daisy knows she’ll never be a part of the world…until the day she becomes the sole witness of a terrible crime that may finally tear the Search and Rescue brotherhood apart for good.

In Safe Hands releases October 4, 2016!



Why I'm waiting:

If any of you follow me on Twitter, you would know that Gone Too Deep, the previous book in this series completely wrecked me. Seriously, the cliffhanger at the end left me a complete and utter mess because I really did not see that reveal coming. And because I haven't suffered enough at the hands of this author I'm dying to read this book, the fourth and final in this series.

So what are you 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, June 21, 2016

ARC Review: Beauty and the Bear by Rebecca Thomas

Title: Beauty and the Bear

Author: Rebecca Thomas

Synopsis:

A proposal worth considering...

For werebear Silas Vane, finding his True Mate has proven more difficult than he imagined and he’s getting grouchier by the minute waiting for her to come along. When a nosy, new hire starts asking questions about why he wants to marry so badly—he tells her—so he can have sex every day!

Fresh out of graduate school, Lexi Durham takes her first counseling job at Denali Crossings, a wilderness therapy camp in rural Alaska. When she spies on the super fine camp cook looking at an internet dating site, she offers to help.

Silas gets the surprise of his life when she offers to be his sex once-a-day girl. It’s a deal he can’t refuse, only she’s a human, and things could get complicated.

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

Beauty and the Bear, the first book in Rebecca Thomas's contributions to the Alaskan Den Men series was so good! I have always liked Rebecca's writing, but this is the first time that I have absolutely loved it. Seriously, she should write paranormal romance books more often because in my opinion she absolutely nailed it. I couldn't get enough of Lexi and Silas's love story. It was one of those romances that had my heart racing from the minute the two characters meet for the first time and had me on the edge of my seat with anticipation until the very end to see how everything was going to play out. The only complaint that I had about the book is that I wanted a little bit more world-building when it came to the werebear community, but honestly the vagueness about this world was expected since the book is only a novella and it's not a bad thing that the author chose to focus more on the romance than anything else. Anywho, as I said already, I absolutely loved this book so much and highly recommend it to anyone who loves paranormal romance involving shifters!

Virtual Tour: Hanging by a Thread by Jenna Sutton (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)


Synopsis:

Thirty-year-old Bebe Banerjee is desperate to get rid of two things: her fiancĂ© and her virginity. Escaping her arranged marriage might be impossible, but she refuses to give her firsts to an entitled jerk who lives on another continent. Instead, she devises a plan that guarantees another man will get her momentous firsts. But she never imagined that man would be Cal O’Brien, the gorgeous heir to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire…

Although Cal has always been fascinated by Bebe’s brilliant mind and beautiful eyes, he’s never pursued her. She can’t stand the sight of him, and every time they’re in the same room, they end up trading insults. Yet when he finds out about Bebe’s bold plan, he makes his move, unaware of her upcoming nuptials. He promises to make her firsts unforgettable, but he doesn’t know how hard it will be to forget her when their arrangement ends.


Excerpt:

Chaste. Untouched. Maiden. Pure. Innocent. The words that described a virgin might sound pretty, but the truth was downright ugly, at least in Bebe Banerjee’s opinion. She was convinced her virginity was the reason her heart raced, her breath seized, and her palms sweated whenever she was near Cal O’Brien.

Bebe surreptitiously studied Cal, trying to ignore the wave of lust that surged over her. If she’d had some experience between the sheets, she was sure she’d be able to handle the way he made her feel.
If she had gotten naked with a few guys, maybe she wouldn’t obsess about his glacier-blue eyes and his thick, dark hair. Maybe she wouldn’t notice the way his jeans clung to his tight behind and long legs. Maybe she wouldn’t fantasize about his lips, his smile, his big hands . . .

Bebe desperately wished she could just avoid him, but his little sister, Teagan, was her best friend. If she wanted to spend time with Teagan, she had to put up with Cal. She said no to a lot of Teagan’s invitations to hang out because of him, and she had to be very careful not to offend her best friend.
That was why the object of her X-rated fantasies stood next to her in a club-level suite at PacBell Park. The San Francisco Giants were in the playoffs, battling against the Atlanta Braves to win the National League pennant, and Teagan had invited her to attend the game in the Riley O’Brien & Co. suite.

Founded by Teagan’s great-great-grandfather, Riley O’Brien & Co. was the nation’s oldest designer and manufacturer of blue jeans. Americans had worn Rileys for nearly two centuries. In fact, Bebe was wearing a pair right now.

Teagan and her brothers were involved in the day-to-day operations of Riley O’Brien & Co. She managed the company’s law department, while her oldest brother, Quinn, served as president and CEO, and Cal handled global marketing and communications. Even Quinn’s wife, Amelia, was involved in the company, heading up the women’s division.

Beside her, Cal shifted slightly and took a pull on his Shiner Bock. He was close enough to touch, and she clenched her hands into fists just in case her fingers suddenly decided to act out her secret fantasies. He didn’t even look her way, and he probably wouldn’t unless he felt the need to toss an insult at her.

“How was Antigua?” Cal asked, directing the question to his sister and her new husband, Nick Priest.

“It was the most amazing place I’ve ever been,” Teagan said, her blue eyes shining and her glossy lips turned up in a smile.

Teagan and Nick had just returned from their three-week honeymoon to the Caribbean island. Both of them were glowing from their tans and their newlywed status.

“We were lucky we had our own private beach because Nick is apparently an exhibitionist,” Teagan added with a lustful gleam in her eyes.

Nick was a former professional football player, and he had been voted as one of the “Sexiest Men Alive” by People magazine. With his blond hair and bright green eyes, he was gorgeous, no doubt about it. But in Bebe’s opinion, he wasn’t nearly as gorgeous as Cal.

No one is as gorgeous as Cal.

Nick leaned down and whispered something into Teagan’s ear, something that was obviously naughty because her face turned the color of cherries. When he straightened to his full six-five and saw her red cheeks, he chuckled.

“You’re so bad,” Teagan muttered, lightly slapping Nick’s chest. In response, he grabbed her hand, hauled her up against him, and kissed her . . . with tongue.

Cal made a gagging noise. “Jesus Christ,” he groaned, “do you have to do that in front of me?”

Teagan pulled away from Nick. “Please,” she shot back, her voice full of disgust. “Do know how many times I had to listen to my high school friends talk about you and your big—”

Much to Bebe’s disappointment, Cal covered his sister’s mouth with his hand and cut off the rest of Teagan’s sentence. She tried to pull his fingers away, and finally she got free by elbowing him in the stomach.

Laughing, Cal stumbled sideways into Bebe, almost knocking her over. He grabbed her forearm to steady her, his hand hot against her skin, and she gasped. Even the slightest touch from him made her pulse pound, and she tugged her arm to get away from him.

Instead of releasing her, his fingers tightened. She looked up . . . way up. He was almost as tall as Nick, and he loomed over her by more than a foot. He was a little leaner than Teagan’s husband but still solid muscle. His faded Giants T-shirt showed off his broad shoulders, impressive biceps, and ropy forearms. He’d paired the shirt with ancient Rileys that fit him like a glove and well-worn boots.
“Sorry about that, Cookie,” Cal apologized offhandedly.

“I told you not to call me that,” she snapped, trying to jerk her arm free.

She hated it when he called her Cookie, and he knew it. Of course, that was why he did it.

He had come up with the nickname right after he’d found out she had a medical degree in addition to her MBA and law degree. He’d claimed it was a better moniker than Bebe since she was such a smart cookie, but she knew it wasn’t a compliment.

“I thought you liked nicknames.” He smiled angelically and widened his eyes to look innocent. “You call Teagan kanya all the time.”

Kanya was Bebe’s nickname for her best friend. It meant “girl” in Hindi, the native language of her Indian ancestors. She had been born and raised in the United States, but using Hindi words was one way she stayed connected to her heritage.

“Teagan and I are friends,” she pointed out.

He got her message loud and clear because his eyes got all squinty. “I can be friendly.”

Yes, he could be friendly. In fact, he was friendly to everyone but her. He never had anything nice to say to her, and she returned the sentiment.

She wasn’t sure who had struck first, probably her, but now they launched verbal missiles at each other with frequency and precision. He went out of his way to be rude and antagonistic, and she did the same.

Bebe knew the real reason she acted like such a bitch around Cal. She liked him, and she didn’t want him to suspect how she really felt. She didn’t want to be the pathetic geeky girl with a crush on the hot guy.

Before Cal, she had never been attracted to any man. She’d never even experienced a high school crush because she had entered the ninth grade when she was twelve and had graduated when she was fifteen. She had immediately headed off to college, and she’d obtained two bachelor’s degrees in three years.

By the time she had been able to vote, she had been in her first year of medical school. She’d become accustomed to being viewed as a study partner rather than a sex partner.

She wasn’t oblivious, though, and over the years, she had noticed good-looking men. But she had never felt that zing of sexual attraction until she had met Cal four years ago. She hated the way he made her feel: gauche, nervous, and overstimulated. When he was near, sounds were louder, colors were brighter, and smells were stronger.

Right now, she could smell him, a panty-soaking aroma of warm male and expensive cologne. It was so delicious, she could barely concentrate on the conversation swirling around her.

“Even though Antigua was amazing, I’m glad to be home,” Teagan said, ignoring Cal and Bebe’s sniping. “I missed everyone. Mom and Dad. Quinn and Amelia. Bebe. Letty.”

“You didn’t miss me?” Cal asked, feigning hurt feelings.

Bebe knew Teagan had intentionally excluded Cal, trying to annoy him. The O’Brien siblings teased one another mercilessly. Their relationship was so different from the one Bebe had with her older brothers.

She rarely talked with Pritam and Ranjit, and when she did, they definitely didn’t tease her. They didn’t even call her Bebe. They insisted on referring to her by her full name, Bindu, which she hated.

“No. I missed Kim more than I missed you,” Teagan replied, referring to the woman who did her nails at the swanky spa she frequented.

Teagan’s snarky response made laughter well in Bebe’s throat. Before she could choke them back, giggles escaped her. Cal stiffened next to her, and she mentally prepared for their next verbal battle.
Ready. Aim. Fire.

About the Author:

Jenna Sutton is a former award-winning journalist who traded fact for fiction when she began writing novels. Surprisingly, the research she conducted for her articles provided a lot of inspiration for her books.

Jenna is the author of the Riley O’Brien & Co. romances including All the Right Places and Coming Apart at the Seams. She 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 affectionately known as “The Money Pit”. You can find out more about her and her books by visiting www.jennasutton.com

Author Links:
Website:  http://www.jennasutton.com/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/jennasuttonauthor

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/jsuttonauthor

GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9761992.Jenna_Sutton

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015DLUR44
B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hanging-by-a-thread-jenna-sutton/1122676522?ean=9780425279977
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Jenna_Sutton
_Hanging_by_a_Thread?id=1_GMCgAAQBAJ


iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/hanging-by-a-thread/id1040020942?mt=11
Kobo:  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/hanging-by-a-thread-12

***Giveaway***

***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

I've been dying to read a Jenna Sutton book for a while and now that I have read this book I've got to say I was right to want to read this author's books. Hanging by a Thread was such a great contemporary romance. I loved everything about Bebe and Cal's story. Yes, there were some aspects of the story that were a little stereotypical when it came to Bebe's background, but honestly it didn't bother me as much as I thought it would because it all worked within the scope of the story. And really all that really mattered to me was the romance and Bebe and Cal's romance was as swoon-worthy as they come. This book had me looking like a crazy person on the subway on my rides to and from work because the story made me so giddy that I couldn't stop smiling. It was just so wonderful. And on top of all the Bebe and Cal adorableness this book also had a good dose of steaminess and all of it led to one of the most satisfying HEAs I've ever read. Although, I wish we could have seen the scene in which Bebe talks to Akash's parents because I feel like it would have been both hilarious and badass. Lol. Anywho, overall, I loved, loved, loved this book. And I can't wait until I have the free time to go back and finally read the first two books in this series because I'm positive they will be just as amazing as this book was.

Virtual Tour: Happy Ever After in Christmas by Debbie Mason (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)


Synopsis:

It's beginning to look a lot like love . . .

As her thirtieth birthday approaches, Deputy Jill Flaherty decides it's time to live a little. When she walks into Sawyer Anderson's bar in her sexiest dress, she's not thinking that he's her brother's best friend or about the many women he dated during his years as a pro hockey player. All she's thinking is that it's finally time to confess to her longtime crush how she truly feels.

Sawyer is done being a player on and off the ice. Yet no one in the small town of Christmas seems to believe he's ready to settle down, not Jill, and certainly not Jack, who is determined to keep Sawyer from breaking his little sister's heart. But as Sawyer and Jill's relationship heats up, can he prove that he's her happy ever after?



Excerpt:

"Sorry, no more whiskey for you. You're cut off," Jill said to one of Sawyer's regulars.

"Boyo, she's cut four of us off. And she won't serve Jimmy," added Mr. Murray, another of his regulars and a Flaherty family friend.

"Because he doesn't have any ID, and he looks like he's twelve," she defended herself.

"He's twenty-three," Sawyer said, "Now why don't you sit down and sample the drink before you put me out of business."

"Hey, I was protecting your license." She stepped closer and went up on her toes to whisper in his ear, "Mr. Murray's gout's acting up, and Jerry and whiskey aren't a good combination. I got called to his place twice this week. That's why I cut them off."

With the feel of her chest pressed to his and the smell of her light floral scent, Sawyer was having a hard time staying focused. He cleared his throat. "And the other two?"

"The girls you put in the penalty box. They were dancing on a table."

"Okay, good call."

"Yeah, I thought so too," she said, her brow furrowing as she looked toward the end of the bar where Ty sat. The hairstylist mouthed something to her, and her shoulders rose on a sigh. She wound her hair around her finger and gave Sawyer a wide smile.

Jill. This is Jill, he reminded himself. "Here." He shoved the sports drink into her hand. "You, uh, should probably go sit down."

"Oh, okay, I'll do that. " She glanced once more at Ty and nodded, having a little trouble unwinding her hair from her finger. Once she did, she pushed out her chest and walked away, swinging her hips. She tripped on the rubber runner behind the bar. "Dammit," she muttered. Placing her drink on the bar, she bent over and took off the stilettos.

Sawyer stared at her heart-shaped ass. Jill had been hiding more than her long legs and what appeared to be a nice pair of breasts. Someone cleared their throat. He looked over his shoulder to see Mr. Murray grinning at him. "I'll take that drink now," the older man said.

"You're cut off, remember?"

"Jackson's awfully protective of his baby sister, isn't he? You two still best friends? I wonder how he'd feel--"

Sawyer narrowed his eyes at the old man and got him his drink, his watered-down drink. He set the glass on the bar. "If your gout starts acting up, you've got only yourself to blame." He lowered his voice. "And I'm not interested in Jill. Not like that."

"How come? Something wrong with your eyesight?"

About the Author:

Debbie Mason is USA Today bestselling author of the Christmas, Colorado series. Her books have been praised for their "likable characters, clever dialogue and juicy plots" (RT Book Reviews). She also writes historical paranormals as Debbie Mazzuca. Her MacLeod series has received several nominations for best paranormal as well as a Holt Medallion Award of Merit. When she isn't writing or reading, Debbie enjoys spending time with her very own real-life hero, their four wonderful children, an adorable grandbaby, and a yappy Yorkie named Bella.

Author Links:
Website:  http://authordebbiemason.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbie-Mason/492150187499546
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AuthorDebMason
GoodReads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6202108.Debbie_Mason

Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Ever-After-Christmas-Colorado/dp/1455537160/
B&N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/happy-ever-after-in-christmas-debbie-mason/1122758428?ean=9781455537167
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Debbie_Mason_Happy_
Ever_After_in_Christmas?id=Q2LkCgAAQBAJ


iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/ca/book/happy-ever-after-in-christmas/id1057296776?mt=11
Kobo:  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/happy-ever-after-in-christmas

Giveaway:

***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

Happy Ever After in Christmas was a super adorable contemporary romance. I've been super stressed with work and life and everything and Jill and Sawyer's love story completely relieved all my stress and made me super happy. All my friends know how much I love a good in love with the brother's best friend romance and this was a particularly good one. The way that everything unraveled between Jill and Sawyer in this book was just so wonderful. I mean there were instances when I wanted to bang my head against the wall with some of the things these two did but overall their romance made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and I loved it.

The one thing I would warn potential readers about this book is to please read the previous books in this series before starting this one. I didn't and I'm kicking myself for that. The book stand alone well enough, but I feel like there was so much I was missing about who certain people were and how they were all related since I didn't start from the beginning of the series.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a pretty great, feel-good contemporary romance and I can't wait until I have the time to go back and read the first six books in this series because I already miss Christmas, Colorado.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Virtual Tour: Driven to Temptation by Melia Alexander (Review + Excerpt + Giveaway)


Synopsis:

Aidan Ross might be an engineering genius, but people skills? Not this soldier’s forte. Thankfully, a trusted friend is accompanying him to a make-or-break tradeshow…but then a bubbly redhead hops into his truck, claiming to be his new road trip buddy. She’s a gorgeous distraction he can’t afford. Or ignore.

Delaney Harper comes from a family of engineers—male engineers. With several impressive projects under her belt, she’s on a mission to prove she can hang with the big boys, too. But cracking the sexy, closed-off CEO is tougher than she expects…and hotter than she could have imagined.

With the tempting woman disrupting his carefully planned schedule, Aidan can’t focus on the road, much less their upcoming presentation. The future of his company is riding on this trip, and if they’re to land a huge account, he has to keep his head—and his heart—in the game

Excerpt:

Her stomach rumbled a reminder she hadn’t eaten today. Much. Fortunately, she’d packed a supply of snacks.

He loaded up the last of the easels and display charts in the bed of his truck. By the time he slammed the custom cover closed and locked it, she’d pulled a bag of corn chips from her handbag and torn it open. She shoved a couple of chips into her mouth and tossed her handbag onto the front seat as she crunched down.

Aidan’s voice cut through her thoughts. “What are you doing?”

“What? Oh. Sorry. How rude of me.” She held the opened bag toward where he sat in the driver’s seat. “I didn’t get a chance to eat anything this morning. Want some?”

“No, thanks.” His voice sounded tight as he fastened his seat belt. “I don’t eat in my truck.”

“Okay.” She took out a chip and crunched on it, corn yumminess exploding in her mouth. It might not be breakfast material, but if Harold could eat sushi, she could definitely justify corn chips.

“I don’t think you get it. No one eats in my truck.”

Great. They were still at the office and she’d already managed to piss him off. While she had to stay on his good side, it wouldn’t make sense if she keeled over from hunger before they even crossed the state line into Washington.

“I’m hungry,” she said firmly, exactly the way her favorite college professor had taught her. “And since I wasn’t able to eat because I was getting ready for this trip, I think I should be allowed to have something. Want to wait a few minutes?

Or maybe we can stop for a quick bite. There’s a Bobby Jo’s a couple of blocks away. They make great chili dogs.”

No mistaking the cringe across Aidan’s face.

“What? Do you not like chili dogs or something? I’ll buy.”

“No.”

“No, you don’t like chili dogs, or no, you don’t want me to buy?” she asked before quickly shoving more chips in her mouth.

“Both.” His tone was clipped as he continued to stare at her.

“Does this mean you aren’t going to stop?” she asked a moment later.

“Yes.”

Okay. Let’s try this again, shall we? She kept her voice calm. “Yes, you’re going to stop, or yes, you’re not going to stop? Because if you’re not going to stop, I’m telling you right now, there’s no way I’m gonna last six more hours without food.”

And a hungry Delaney wasn’t someone he’d want to deal with. She stared at him intently, tried to telegraph that fact into his ever-so-hot and ever-so-stubborn profile.

“I’m not stopping.”

“Look.” She blew out an exasperated breath. “I’ll eat over the bag so there won’t be any crumbs.”

“There are always crumbs, no matter how careful you are.”

“Okay.” Yeesh. Was he always so anal? Maybe it was a good thing he didn’t hang around the office at all. “What if I vacuum the cab out when we get back to Milestone?”

He blew out a breath even as he nodded. “I suppose that’d work.”

Thank God for small favors.

“Is it okay to drink, too?” She pulled out a bottle of Gatorade and shot him her most charming smile.

“Fine. Just get in the truck,” the man practically growled at her. “We’re behind schedule.”

And he was grumpy, too. Wasn’t this going to be a blast?

About the Author:

Melia Alexander is the author of sassy, sexy, fun contemporary romances, but is also fortunate to spend her week days at The Male Observation Lab (a.k.a. her job at a construction company) where she gets to observe guys in their natural habitat. Though they often behave like typical alpha males, in many instances she's seen through their personas to the heart of who they really are - the heroes of their own stories. A native of Guam, Melia traded in warm, tropical breezes for the rainy Pacific Northwest. She's an avid reader who also loves romantic comedies - preferably with a glass of CabSauv and a box of chocolates nearby. In her free time, she's busy conquering her CrossFit fears: ring dips, muscle snatches, and the dreaded 800 meter run. Her family appreciates her attempts at cooking and cleaning, although she spends it mostly daydreaming about her characters, which sometimes results in a burnt meal and a half-cleaned house.

Author Links:

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Giveaway:
***MY REVIEW***

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

4 out of 5 stars

Driven to Temptation was the first book by Melia Alexander that I have read and for the most part I really enjoyed. It was a sweet, light-hearted romance that served me will during my train rides to and from work. I really liked Aidan and Delaney a lot and I absolutely loved the romance that blossomed between the two of them during their business trip. My only complaint with this book was that I kind of wish that the road trip aspect of the book was stretched out more since I really loved their interactions when they were stuck in the car together the most. Other than that this book was exactly what I've come to expect from Entangled's Lovestruck imprint with it's swoon-worthy, hilarious, and slightly steamy storyline and all-in-all it was a win from me. I look forward to reading more books by this author in the future.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Blog Tour: One Lucky Hero by Codi Gary (Review + Excerpt)


One Lucky Hero finally goes live tomorrow and this is definitely one you're not going to want to miss!!!

Synopsis:

Codi Gary launches her new Men in Uniform series with a hero...and a heartbreaker.

Violet Douglas just wants one night where she can be normal. Where she can do something for herself and not be just her siblings guardian. But when she ends up spending her one night of freedom with a complete jerk, what does she do? She goes home with him. 



Dean Sparks is used to keeping women at a distance but for some reason, he can’t resist Violet’s snapping wit or smile. So when he suggests a friends with benefits arrangement, it seems like the perfect solution to their undeniable attraction. No details about their lives, their childhoods. Just mind-blowing sex.



When their worlds collide outside the bedroom, Violet finds herself leaning on Dean in a way she never has, but what’s the point in falling for a guy who isn’t sticking around?

Excerpt:

Dean’s eyes narrowed and glittered. “You don’t know me well enough to screw with me. I might be dangerous.”

For a half a second, his words kick-started Violet’s heart rate. He was right about that, and he definitely had the guns to twist her head off with one jerk.

“Are you?” she asked.

He leaned over her slowly, and she stiffened, her body screaming to step back.

“No, I’m not.”

His soft words sank in, and she let out a huge breathless laugh. “That’s not something you should joke about.”

“Hey, you were messing with me first.”

And now the heat radiating off his body was screwing with her senses, drawing her closer to him. The light scent of cologne drifted up, and she had the craziest urge to press her nose against his chest and get a better sniff. Violet caught herself in the nick of time, knowing that there was no coming back from that.

“I wasn’t threatening and trying to intimidate you with my very presence. I don’t know who told you that you were a funny guy, but you aren’t. At all.”

“You’re right, it was a bad joke,” he said. “I’m not really used to being around civilized company. Most days, I just hang with this guy”—Dean pointed at Tyler—“and a bunch of other dudes who think I’m hysterical.”

“Are you the boss?” she asked.

“Yeah, why?”

“Then they really don’t think you’re funny, they are just lying because they don’t want to get fired.”

She said it all with a straight face and was secretly delighted when he chuckled. He was close enough still that the rise of his chest was only a few inches from her, and her gaze was drawn to the definition of his muscles through his T-shirt.

Geez, was she really so desperate that she was willing to hook up with a jerk with a weird sense of humor? She waited for her subconscious to give her a definite hell no, but apparently, the jury in her head was still deliberating.

“We don’t really get fired from the military, unless we are suddenly unable to do the job.”

“Well, regardless, if that’s a sample of your humor, you need to watch some comedy. And not dark comedy like The Cable Guy or The Ladykillers.” Violet glanced over at Tracy and Tyler, who were still nursing their beers. She was running out of witty things to say to Dean and wouldn’t mind another drink in her system, but waiting on Tyler to buy another round was slow going.

Besides, it wasn’t like she couldn’t buy her own alcohol. Especially if it was something other than hops.

“I’m going to grab another drink. You want one?”

“I’ll come with you and get one myself.” He drained the remainder of his plastic cup, and she sighed in exasperation.

“It’s a beer, not a proposal. You can grab the next round.” Violet tapped Tracy and Tyler on the shoulders. “Another?”

“Sure, thanks,” Tyler said.

Tracy nodded and mouthed, Isn’t he hot?

Violet answered with a large smile, although he wasn’t in her opinion. No, she preferred her men with dark eyes and no manners, apparently.

Except maybe the rudeness was an act. For a second there, she’d thought Dean might have a sense of humor. Granted, a dark and twisty sense of humor, but she liked that.

Liked him.

Maybe he wasn’t a total loss. He might be suffering the effects of a bad breakup, and saw all women as the enemy.

Or you’ve been watching too many Hallmark Channel movies.

She could take the pressure off, give him notice that she wasn’t looking for a boyfriend. Boyfriends were just one more thing to add to her ever-growing list of responsibilities; they were time consuming, needy, and the last thing she wanted was to put one more person’s needs before her own.
As she grabbed their empty cups, saving Dean’s for last, she looked up at him from beneath her lashes and went for broke.

“By the way . . . I wasn’t looking for a date.”

About the Author:
An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

Where to buy ONE LUCKY HERO:
Avon: http://avonromance.com/book/9780062441430/one-lucky-hero-2/    
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/One-Lucky-Hero-Men-Uniform-ebook/dp/B012OCDIYG    
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-lucky-hero-codi-gary/1123274347    
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/one-lucky-hero/id1023537164    
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Codi_Gary_One_Lucky_Hero?id=LyJBCgAAQBAJ&hl=en


***MY REVIEW***

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

5 out of 5 stars

One Lucky Hero, the first book in Codi Gary's Men in Uniform series is the first book by this author I've read, but based on how much I loved this book it will definitely not be the last I pick up by her. One Lucky Hero was such a sexy, sweet, and emotional read and I was hooked on this story and these characters from the very first word.

I really loved Dean and Violet so much! I became super invested in not only their relationship, but also the things that they had to deal with on a daily basis, especially Violet with the fact that she was taking care of her teenage siblings. It was all very compelling and just so well-written that I couldn't get enough and I NEEDED to know that not only Violet and Dean were going to be okay, but also their loved ones. But as always my favorite part of the book was the romance. It was fun to see Violet and Dean to go from sort of hating each other to being in a friends with benefits relationship to finally falling in love. These two went through quite the roller coaster ride on their journey to attaining their happily-ever-after and that just made their story all the more wonderful and perfect!

Overall, I loved this book so much! And now I can't wait to read more from this author and am particularly excited for what's to come next in this awesome series!