Monday, September 30, 2013

Review: Board Approved

Title: Board Approved
Series: Taking Advantage
Author: Jessica Jayne
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Release Date: August 26, 2013
Pages: 52
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After his divorce, Greg Snow dedicated his life to his work as a corporate attorney in a large law firm and to his membership on the board of directors at Advantage Insurance Company. He liked it that way…at least that’s what he thought until Tessa Mills entered his life.

Growing up with an alcoholic mother and never knowing her father, Tessa Mills has not had an easy life. And her relationship decisions have been less than stellar. But she’s finally making a life for herself and running her own business—a yoga studio. It’s her saving grace and that’s all she needs…until Greg Snow turns her world upside down.

Tessa and Greg have a strong attraction, but is it enough to overcome all their differences?


So Steamy!!!

This book had sexual tension written all over it from the very first beginning. Absolutely sexy!

I love the kind of attraction that Greg and Tessa had for each other. I also love that the author was still able to show another side of the characters when Greg was interacting with his friend John.

John: "Where the hell are you?"
Greg: "In the parking lot."
John: "Did you just moan in my ear?"
Greg: "I think I did."

I greatly enjoyed that Greg and Tessa wanted to please each other equally and were given the chance to do it. Although, as sexy as it might be, seducing a man while he's driving is extremely dangerous - especially for someone extremely aroused like Greg ;)

Finally, I appreciated that Greg seemed to know just what Tessa was thinking, he genuinely cared for Tessa's well-being, and he wanted to make it work no matter what came their way. I wish this book was longer. I want to know more about their story and their sexy scenes together! I would have wanted to read about that shower scene ;)

Overall, I MOST DEFINITELY approve this book :)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Passion In The Sky

Title: Passion in the Sky
Series: Diary of a Free Woman
Author: Diane Thorne
Publisher: Total E-Bound Publishing
Release Date: September 5, 2013
Pages: 69
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Gwenever is a single woman with grown children and a wealth of vacation time from her job. Ready to embrace her new freedom and fulfill a life long dream, she travels across Europe. Along her grand adventure, she meets interesting people, some of whom are famous and others are simply wealthy. She finds herself in rare circumstances where she can explore her sexual cravings.

From an airplane to the Louvre, a yacht, an opera house, a bdsm club, and an old castle, Gwen will have to decide if she's willing to overlook her doubts and fears to experience sex in ways she's never imagined.


Very stimulating read!

I LOVE that this book started out with the characters talking (dirty) over email. Being stuck in a plane full of passengers doesn't really make for an easy task. However, Gwen and her mystery man found ways to satisfy each other. I absolutely love how vivid this story is. I also like the passion that the characters possessed individually. Although I can't imagine how big the actual bathroom is on the plane. I've only been on a plane once and I don't remember if I'd used the bathroom, but fitting two people there and still allow movement is interesting to say the least.

I wish I could have read more about their time together once they've landed. Since I didn't, I hope they'll see each other again in a sequel or something. That would definitely be a treat!

P.S. Anyone like the fact the pages of this book is "69"? ;)

Monday, September 23, 2013

Review: The Trouble With Cowboys

Title: The Trouble With Cowboys
Series: Catcher Creek, #1
Author: Melissa Cutler
Publisher: Zebra Books
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Pages: 320
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It was their parents' ranch, through the good days and the bad. But if they want to hang on to their land, their pride, and their family, the three Sorentino sisters will have to reinvent it from the ground up-and one of them just may reinvent herself in the process...

Cowboys have never been good for Amy Sorentino. First her hard-riding father bankrupted the family farm. Then her all-hat-no-cattle boyfriend sold her out on national television, ending her promising career as a chef. Now she and her squabbling sisters have partnered up in a final attempt to save their land by starting an inn and local restaurant. So it figures that with everything on the line, Amy's key supplier is just the kind of Stetson-tipping heartbreaking bad boy she's sworn to avoid. But Kellan Reed has a few secrets of his own-and cowboy or not, Amy can't resist this kind of wild ride...


Absolutely wonderful! It had a very realistic set of emotions!

Melissa Cutler is the kind of author with the books that I just have to devour. Save for one book, I've read each of her books within 2 days. I can't help myself; they're that good!

This book in particular was just magnificent. I knew I was going to devour it, but then I thought, maybe I should savor each moment. A few chapters in and that became impossible. I was taken in a roller coaster of lust, frustration, and determination to survive. Amy was tougher than she thought herself to be. She lived her life afraid of turning into her mother. She created rules for herself, but she kept breaking them - especially rule number one: Stay away from Cowboys. Amy was such a sweet woman and had a penchant for taking in strays ;) She was definitely a heroine after my own heart.

Kellan, on the other hand, was one honorable man, but he wasn't without flaws. I loved that the characters in this book were so well-developed, you could see their flaws just by reading their encounters with each other. It was very inspiring and got me thinking about my own situation in life. Kellan was the picture of what true love means. He was there when he was needed the most even though Amy probably hated his guts. Ms. Cutler bottled unconditional love perfectly.

Family was such a big theme in this book. I admired the bond between the Sorentino sisters and the way that Kellan was able to start repairing his relationship with his family.

Vaughn and Rachel had such an intriguing relationship, I can't wait to read Cowboy Justice!

Flaws I found in the book: editor missed some things, and I felt like some things were left "unresolved". I would list them, but it might spoil the story.

Overall, this book is a must-read despite the "flaws" I mentioned. It would be a shame to miss out on this one!

Check out this funny scene :)

Kellan: You can't look at me like that, Amy.
Amy: Like what?
Kellan: Like you're picturing me naked.
Amy: What's wrong with that? I know firsthand how good you look naked.
Kellan: What's wrong is that if you keep it up, I'm not going to have the strength to do the right thing.
Amy: What is the right thing?
Kellan: Keeping my hands off you.
Amy: How honorable... Watching you groom your horse is not helping.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Review: Romancing His English Rose

Title: Romancing His English Rose
Series: Lady Lancaster Garden Society, #2
Author: Catherine Hemmerling
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Pages: 174
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Rose Warren and Simon Trumbull may have been betrothed since birth, but that doesn't mean they have to like each other. Rose is sure the notorious playboy Simon will never willingly settle down, and Simon, well... he agrees. Never one to be forced into anything, he'd rather drink and gamble with his mates than spend time with the bookish, bespectacled Rose.

When the two are thrown together to investigate a potential poisoning mystery, neither expects the sparks that fly. Simon discovers that Rose is, in face, a brilliant sleuth and - even better - hides a delectable body beneath her flowing skirts. Suddenly, falling into bed may be the best idea either has heard, but can Simon convince Rose his romancing is forever?


I enjoyed this book, but I must admit, it took a while before I did.

It was when Rose summoned Simon to meet Dr. Orfila was when I started to get into the story. I still enjoy the ridiculous rules of society back in the day. Wearing breeches and tight clothing was out of the ordinary, and a very inappropriate scene to see in public.

My favorite part was when Rose started crying in the middle of the dance floor, and Simon had to carry her away. When they were finally in private, Lady Lancaster just had to come and interrupt. I just had to giggle throughout that entire scene. I LOVED IT!

Overall, this series so far had fulfilled my interest in historical romances. It's worth the read and Catherine Hemmerling is great!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cover Reveal: East of Ecstasy

Title: East of Ecstasy
Series: Hearts of the Anemoi, #4
Author: Laura Kaye
Publisher: Entagled: Select
Release Date: April 22, 2013
Pages: 368
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Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost. 

About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in paranormal and contemporary romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Review: The Fangirl's Dream

Title: The Fangirl's Dream
Series: 1-Night Stand
Author: Fierce Dolan
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Pages: 44
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He’s a fangirl’s dream…

Siler Dunham would do anything to have Farraj Reza, hero of the smash network TV drama, "Endangered." Every week she tunes in to watch him calculate the rescue of fellow bus crash survivors trapped deep in the jungle by a ruthless drug lord.

A federal public defender with a penchant for saving the unsavable, she can’t resist his sad story, or his badass charm. When she seeks a matchmaking service to meet him, their one night stand isn't what she expected.
Forced to choose between unbridled lust and compassion, Siler must forgo her fantasy... or mustn’t she?


This book didn't really leave an impression on me. I usually love 1 Night Stand stories, but this one just didn't quite make the cut for me.

The whole story was weird and unbelievable. I understand there are fantasy stories, but this one was more like a dream and very unrealistic. Siler somehow ends up meeting Farraj for her one night stand, and they had a great time. Somehow, their time together reflected on the show. I did like the ending; it was like a promise that more is to come. I'm not sure if this story has a sequel, but if it does, I hope it's better than this one.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Revealing Us

Title: Revealing Us
Series: Inside Out
Author: Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Pages: 321
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You've discovered Rebecca's secrets. You've discovered Sara's secrets. Now Sara will discover "his" deepest, darkest secrets...but will those secrets bind them together--or tear them apart?

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT TRILOGY which has sold to more than ten countries for translation with negotiations in process for more, and has now been optioned by STARZ Network for a cable television show, to be produced by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland).

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 30 books with publishers such as Simon and Schuster, Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, NAL, Berkley and Elloras Cave, as well as crafting a successful indie career. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her through her website and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Flirting With Danger

Title: Flirting With Danger
Series: Firefighters of Adelaide
Author: Claire Baxter
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Pages: 165
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To be together is dangerous. To stay apart is impossible.

Firefighter Jasmine Mackinnon has always just been one of the guys. So no one’s more shocked than she is to find herself kissing fellow firefighter and all-around sinfully handsome playboy Aaron Parkes after a friend’s wedding. Jasmine knows she can’t risk an emotional connection with a colleague—a potentially dangerous entanglement when fighting fires together—and nothing's more important to her than her job.

Aaron never noticed how beautiful Jasmine was until he saw her out of her firefighter duds, but there’s something about the fiery woman that tempts him. Though he knows pursuing a real relationship is out of the question for a serial dater like him, when their casual flirtation builds into something more serious, it's not just their jobs or their safety on the line. It's their hearts.


I love firefighter books!

I loved this book because of the twist and turns that two very strong individuals had to go through to find their way to each other.

Jasmine "Mac" Mackinnon was a kind of woman who didn't need anybody's help. She was also a tomboy because she didn't want to be compared to her late mother. She was closed off because of her past relationship.

Aaron, on the other hand, was the womanizer firefighter that women chase after. He had a reputation, but were they all true?

I loved that Jasmine was able to make Aaron weak in the knees, and she was able to give him something he hadn't experienced before - someone worth the risk. Their story was absolutely beautiful. I loved the ending and I hope to read more from this author!

About the author:

Claire Baxter writes contemporary romantic fiction of all lengths. Her short stories have been published in commercial women’s magazines around the world, while her novels have been translated into 20 languages, and have finalled in the Romance Writers of Australia's Romantic Book of the Year Award, the Booksellers’ Best Awards, the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and the Cataromance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

Before following her passion to write full-time, Claire was an award-winning corporate communications manager. Earlier, she worked as a translator and a PA.

Claire grew up in Warwickshire, England, but for more than 20 years has called Australia home. She considers herself lucky to live near one of Adelaide’s beautiful metropolitan beaches where she loves to walk and think up stories.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Review: Eat Play Lust

Title: Eat Play Lust
Author: Tawna Fenske
Publisher: Entangled: Flirt
Release Date: August 26, 2013
Pages: 49
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Cami Pressman is a yoga instructor with a lifelong secret love of junk food. Not even an irresistible man can replace the mouthwatering wickedness of her favorite foods.

Until, that is, Paul Hammond signs up for her class. He’s a gourmet chef looking to score some fitness tips, and a date with Cami. Suddenly Cami’s lust for junk food isn’t the only thing making her tingle.
When this sinful chef and hot yoga teacher eat, play, and lust together, they just might bring their obsession to a new level.


This is a delectable read!

I love chefs! They make food so sexy and makes me hungry all the time! Cami is a yoga instructor who's forced to eat gross healthy foods by her mother. Paul is the chef that has a bad habit of putting his foot in his mouth. Together, they're adorable! I love that Paul was able to give Cami the confidence she lacked, and make her believe in enjoying food again. One thing I didn't like was how often Paul kept blabbering on and on.. He reminded me of myself, and that's not something I quite like ;)

Anyway, I think this book is definitely worth a read. Yummy and steamy!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Brazen Surprise: Wicked Heat

Who doesn't love surprises?  The people behind Brazen Books sure do - and they just couldn't wait a whole month before putting out another book for their readers. Surprise!

Their newest book combines steamy island romance and high personal stakes. What a combination!

Title: Wicked Heat
Series: Feel the Heat
Author: Nicola Marsh
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Release Date: September 2, 2013
Pages: 250
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Competitors by day, lovers by night…

Allegra Wilks has had the worst month of her personal and professional life. To save her company, she must go on her would-be honeymoon and land the luxury eco-island resort’s lucrative advertising account. But when a lingerie mishap leads her into the arms of a wickedly distracting Australian, Allegra’s tempted to skip the trip and explore the most sensual kiss she’s ever experienced. Too bad their chance encounter at the airport is just that.

Having recently lost his company to his former best friend’s shady business tactics, Jett Halcott is headed to a South Pacific resort to secure an advertising account that will resurrect his reputation and career. Realizing the tantalizing Allegra Wilks is on his flight, Jett envisions a week filled with business and pleasure. But Jett doesn’t know Allegra’s fighting for the same account, or that there’s more at stake than his heart.


“You should do that more often,” he said, reaching out to trace her bottom lip with his fingertip. “You’re beautiful, but when you smile? Wow.”

Uncomfortable with his overt compliments, Allegra sat there and let a guy she’d just met touch her lips with a slow, sensual caress. His fingertip traced her bottom lip in a butterfly-soft sweep that left her breathless.

Their eyes locked as he lowered his hand, and what she saw made her wish she could ditch Palm Bay and travel to Australia. 

Blatant lust. Strong. Sexy. Seductive. His eyes deepened to an incredible green that matched a favorite jade pendant she wore often. He wanted her, and in this crazy moment, the feeling was entirely mutual.

He raised his beer to his lips and took a long swig, his heat-filled stare never leaving hers. 

Damn, she had no idea what to do in this situation. Make a joke to diffuse the tension? Acknowledge it? Flirt?

She hated feeling out of control, had instigated steps her entire life to avoid it. Yet in a loaded thirty seconds, Jett had made her damp with just one look and made her flounder.

“Is the blatant charm an Aussie thing or is it just you?”

Thankfully, he blinked, and broke the scorching stare that made her want to grab a napkin off the bar and fan herself. “It’s me.” He leaned in close. “Time you fessed up.”

Yikes. Was her reaction to him that easy to read?

“To what?”

His lips almost brushed her ear. “You’re battling an incredible urge to drag me into the nearest janitor’s closet and ravish me.”

She laughed at his outrageousness. “Sorry. I don’t do sex in cleaning closets. Too many hazardous chemicals.”

“Yeah, those pheromones can be killer.”

She loved his quick wit and for the second time in as many minutes, wished she’d met him at a different place, different time.

“Pity.” He reverted to a smoldering stare that had her wishing she’d ordered a vodka shot chaser. “Sex in confined spaces can be fun.”

“I’ll take your word for it.” Heat crept into her cheeks and she signaled the waiter for a glass of water. To douse herself with.

“Not the answer I was hoping for,” he said, shifting his barstool closer so their thighs brushed. “Would’ve been better if you’d said, ‘Sounds good, Jett, let’s go try.’”

She cleared her throat and gratefully accepted the water from the waiter, drinking it all and wishing she could run the cool beaded exterior across her forehead. “How did we get onto this crazy topic?”

“Started with you wanting to ravish me.” He clinked his beer bottle to her empty glass. “Seriously. There’s no need to hold back. I can take whatever you want to dish out.”