Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Promo/Giveaway: Hunter's Moon

Title: Hunter's Moon
Series: Moon Series, #2
Author: Lisa Kessler
Publisher: Entangled: Edge
Release Date: October 21, 2013
Pages: 340
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Sasha's future was stolen from her the moment she was bitten. Now she's on the run from the Nero Organization that transformed her from a human detective into a shape shifting jaguar assassin.

When a rogue bounty hunter threatens her younger sister, she'll be forced to fight, and with nowhere else to turn, Sasha will need to trust the one man who has every reason to want her dead.

Aren is a werewolf with a secret. While protecting his twin brother and Alpha of the Pack, he found his one mate for life. Sadly she's also the jaguar assassin who tried to kill them both. Now Aren is struggling between his animal nature to love and protect her, and his loyalty to the Pack.

Author Bio:

Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.

Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.

When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at

Monday, October 28, 2013

Review: Born Wild

Title: Born Wild
Series: Black Knights, Inc., #5
Author: Julie Ann Walker
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Pages: 384
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"Wild" Bill Reichert knows a thing or two about explosives. The ex-Navy SEAL can practically rig a bomb blindfolded. But there's no way to diffuse the inevitable fireworks the day Eve Edens walks back into his life, asking for help...

Eve doesn't know what to do when the Chicago police won't believe someone is out to hurt her. The only place to turn is Black Knights Inc-after all, no one is better at protection than the covert special-ops team. Yet there's also no one better at getting her all turned on than Billy Reichert. She has a feeling this is one blast from the past that could backfire big time...


This book had such an interesting premise and idea behind it. I definitely enjoyed the way Eve would be extremely and painfully shy one minute, and then badass, gun shooting female the next. This might have happened in a previous book, but she was captured by pirates and after that experience, she decided she needed to take self-defense lessons and shooting lessons. Reading about her fighting skills was definitely a treat.

On the other hand, Bill was the man that'd been in love with Eve since over a decade ago. Even after he thought she'd betrayed him, he couldn't stop thinking about her. He was also a former Navy Seal which added to his sex appeal. Any guy who can take care of himself and others is definitely sexy. Not to mention the tattoos of stars on both his arms. I've never seen/read about a guy who had them, and I agree with Eve, they were pretty, even if the story behind them wasn't.

"In case you haven't noticed, you life is on the line here, Eve. Which means I'm not just willing to bend the rules; I'm willing to break every last one."

"Okay Dale, I'm going to ask you a series of questions. If you don't answer them honestly, I'll end you. If you try anything funny, I'll end you. And lest you think I'm bluffing, let me first inform you that I did two tours in Iraq and three in Afghanistan. I killed and maimed my enemies and I did it with a song in my heart. So rest assured, I have no problem pulling this trigger and turning your greasy head into nothing more than spatter patterns."

I also liked Ace - the self-proclaimed gay of the group. He made Bill's blood boil by being himself and being nice to Eve. Perhaps being a cave man didn't discriminate in Bill's book ;) I mean, who wouldn't be jealous if an "intimidating glitter unicorn Muay Thai expert" is hugging and comforting the woman you've dreamed of every night?

....and that was about all the good things I can say about this book... Negative things? Click the button below. If you don't want to read it, then this is the end of my review :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Interview: Desire Unmatched

Title: Desire Unmatched
Series: Coded for Love, #4
Author: Lynne Silver
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Release Date: October 9, 2013


Genetically enhanced soldier Xander Bristack has spent his life under the imposing rule of his dictatorial, controlling father. Under his father’s watch, he is The Program’s deadliest and coldest killer. But when Xander is kidnapped by enemies of The Program only one thing motivates Xander to escape. His true match, the sexy Emma Harrison.

He’s been obsessed with Emma from afar, yearning to have her in his life and in his bed, but knowing he should never involve the beautiful blonde in his messed-up life. However, when Xander breaks out of his prison and returns home, Emma refuses to let him keep his distance, enticing him to surrender to the heat between them. She teaches him that passion trumps duty and that love doesn’t mean blind obedience. His desire for her cracks the shell he’s hidden in his whole life.


He didn’t answer, but she hadn’t really expected one. Xander was a man of few words and even fewer explanations. “Why are you here, Xander? Did you want another kiss?” Maybe she was actually getting to him. She hadn’t imagined his flinch at the word kiss.

“I wanted to see you, that’s all.”

“Because we’re a match, and it’s getting harder for you to deny it. Isn’t it?”

“Something’s getting harder,” he muttered.

She tried to hide her smile. He obviously hadn’t wanted her to hear his words, but now they were out there. And speaking of, she sneaked a peek at his crotch. Yep, no place to hide that puppy. His erection punched out behind the zipper of his trousers.

Loren had told her how difficult it was for the Program soldiers to deny their instinct to be with their DNA match. So far, Xander had her questioning their connection. She felt the pull, but he’d been so distant, she thought maybe she was imagining the whole thing. Now she wondered. Perhaps Xander had been feeling the sexual pull toward her as much as she’d been toward him, but was better at denying his urge. She had no such qualms.

If he accepted her as his match, she’d belong here. It had taken her own father nine weeks to notice she’d been missing after Paulson kidnapped her. Xander wouldn’t misplace his match for more than nine minutes.

“Let’s blow off some steam,” she said, rising to her feet.

“What?” He looked startled.

She gestured to his crotch. “I want you, and you obviously want me. We don’t have to make a lifetime commitment. We can simply release some steam.” Lies, all lies. She wanted him sexually. She wanted him forever. Before he could refuse, she unbuttoned the sheer blouse she wore over a tiny pink camisole. She had his full attention now. The black fatigue pants he wore stretched tighter over the hard ridge of flesh.

Her friends at home would laugh to see her up to her usual tricks. She didn’t consider herself a slut, but she’d hooked up with her fair share of men. There was nothing wrong with liking sex, in her opinion, and she knew sex with this man, her possible match, would rock her world.

Author Interview

1. Where did you get the idea for this series?

I got the idea from an article in the paper about designer babies, and how parents were going to geneticists to choose gender or hair color etc… It freaked me out.  The next week I read an article about pheromones and the science behind falling in love- that some people are more genetically compatible with others. And the soldiers of the Program were born.

2. Do you have any interesting stories while doing research for this book/series?

I wish. I’m sure my internet searches have me on government watch lists, but now we’ve learned we’re ALL on government spy lists.

3. What's the hardest scene to write?

Any middle scene. I know how the book begins and ends. The middle is what is tricky.

4. How do you decide on the names of your characters?

I wish I were better at naming characters. JK Rowling is the master. Names in my books change frequently until the final draft. Loren from Heated Match used to be called Annalise.

5. Is Lynne Silver your real name? :)

Sort of. My real first name is Linda and my family and friends call me Linnie.  Lynne is simply Lynne-E. (Get it? ) And Silver is not my last name. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Seven Day Fiance

Title: Seven Day Fiance
Series: Love and Games, #2
Author: Rachel Harris
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Release Date: October 14, 2013
Pages: 153
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Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé—a fiancé who doesn’t exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look—and leave her heart a mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning Cane at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiancé problem.

Cane Robicheaux is no one’s prince. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn’t expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.


This book was so romantic! I was practically giddy the entire time I was reading it!

The first reason I loved this book was because of the terms used to describe people and things in Bon Terre (such as "the lovely grump that is Daddy"). The country way of expressing things were thick in this book, and I absolutely enjoyed it!

The next reason I enjoyed this book was none other than CANE. Even Angelle agrees with me: Everything about Cane is swoon-worthy. You can't just choose one of his assets and focus on it. It's the entire package! He was such a wholesome character! He was badass on the outside, and super sensitive and adorable on the inside! I liked the bad boy/closet nerd combo!

Angelle was fascinating to say the least. Her nervous habits and practically the way she stutters herself to death around Cane was amusing. It was one of the things that drew Cane to her charm. She was always biting/nibbling her lip because she was nervous or incredibly embarrassed about something. She blushed more than any female character I've ever read about!

"So, last night--"
"You bid an obscene amount of money just to go out with me," Cane interrupted, his deep voice laced with humor. Her eyes shot to his and he winked. "You know, darlin', all you had to do was say the word. You could've had me for free anytime." Sweet baby Jesus.

Yet another endearing thing about Angelle was her inexperience, or maybe it was that she was flustered by the smallest of things!

"Two deep dimples appeared in his cheeks, that coupled with the low notes of his voice and the sexy wisp of ink peeking under his sleeve, turned Angelle's legs into cooked noodles. The man could make anything sound erotic...although it wasn't as if she had a ton of experience with that sort of thing. The one time she'd actually attempted to watch a porno, she'd been alone and way too embarrassed to finish it. And too concerned about what the camera crew was doing. Or if the men and women filming ever farted during a scene. But from her very limited knowledge, Cane would make a killing in the industry."

One thing I didn't like about the book was the many names Angelle had. If it wasn't Angelle, it was Angie, or Ang. I would have preferred that the author stuck with one name. Not only that, she also had countless of childhood nicknames! I mean, seriously? That was a bit much.

Other than that, this book was absolutely amazing. The protective factor was present among Cane and Angelle's brothers. The cute factor was present among the little ones especially Sadie when she would run to Cane instead of Angelle (Cane attracted the female specie of all ages).

"They weren't perfect. Cane still stumbled and got confused. One time, he even stepped on her toes (dancing). But it was in those mistakes that Angelle lost a bit more of her heart. He was trying, trying for her, and he was there, for her. The sexy, intelligent, witty playboy before her was willing to make an ass out of himself for the sake of the cause...and because it made her happy."



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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cover Reveal: Beautiful Surrender

Title: Beautiful Surrender
Series: Surrender, #3
Author: Priscilla West
Publisher: Blackbird Publishing
Expected release: November 4, 2013


No one is who they seem to be.

Kristen let Vincent into her heart because he seemed so different from everyone in her conservative world of wealth management. She thought they shared something special, but when she realizes that Vincent has been playing her the entire time, her heart is crushed.

As Kristen’s relationship with Vincent reaches a crisis point, a man from Kristen’s past returns looking for a second chance. Is her ex-boyfriend really looking for redemption or is his goal something more sinister? Kristen struggles to hold herself together, until she discovers a revelation that will change everything. 

About the Author:

Priscilla West is the author of the popular erotic romance series The Sandstone Affair and is currently writing the Surrender series. She likes to write stories with sassy heroines and strong but flawed heroes. She enjoys: cuddles, men in suits, eskimo kisses, life-sized teddy bears, and eggs over medium.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Review: Forbidden Surrender

Title: Forbidden Surrender
Series: Secret Surrender, #1
Author: Priscilla West
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: August 23, 2013
Pages: 82
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“What gives you a thrill Kristen?”

The minute I saw Vincent Sorenson, I knew he was trouble. Billionaire. Bad boy. And dangerously sexy. He was everything I craved, and nothing I needed. Unfortunately, I couldn’t just avoid him. The higher ups at my company decided they needed his business, and I was on the team to bring him in.

Vincent Sorenson didn’t seem as interested in business as he was in me, but I knew that was a door better left unopened. If I got involved with him, it would only unearth the pain I spent years trying to bury. I thought I had it under control, but I seriously underestimated Vincent’s seductive charm and silver-tongue. I would soon find out how delicious it would feel to let myself fall into this forbidden surrender.


This book was full of sexual tension!!

I like a book that drags on the sex. I think the buildup is totally worth it. Vincent was so hot, it's a wonder women don't strip down in front of him every single day. Kristen tried to resist him, but he was very persistent.

I liked that Vincent was not the stereotypical billionaire that people thought him to be. He was sensitive, caring, a good listener, a great cook, and very down to earth. He drove an old Toyota Camry. It was his first car when he was just starting out. He also had other expensive cars, but he wasn't the showy kind of guy. I really enjoyed that because it made him seem human. He was domestic and just absolutely charming.

"I can behave."

I liked when he acted authoritative with Kristen on their second date. I like a man who can take charge without being too much. He was the guy that every woman dreams of.

I also enjoyed Kristen's relationship with Riley. They were the complete opposite when it came to personality, but they genuinely cared for each other and got along well. If there was going to be a spinoff, I hope Riley finds someone that suits her needs ;)

"If bad boys got caught easily, they wouldn't still be bad boys."

I know I read this book out of order, but it was great. I can't wait for the third book! I think it would be the best yet!

A few other authors and I are offering a huge boxed set of 7 novels in the billionaire theme as a way of thanking our readers. It is now on sale for a limited time to $0.99 starting TODAY, October 21, 2013.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Review: Tempted in the Tropics

Title: Tempted in the Tropics
Series: Suddenly Smitten, #2
Author: Tracy March
Publisher: Entangled: Bliss
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Pages: 180
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The only thing they agree on is the sultry heat between them.

Paige Ellerbee's life is far from perfect after moving back to small-town Maple Creek--there's her struggling bakery, Sweet Bee's; her aging father; and the fact she's practically the only single girl in town. But when Lane Anderson, the town's hot--and young!--new doctor, moves in next door, she wouldn't mind receiving some intensive care...until their first conversation starts a feud.

Lane came to Maple Creek to lay low after inadvertently being associated with a pill-prescribing scandal. When the gorgeous blonde next door asks for his help with a program that could raise eyebrows, he has to refuse. He's been burned in the past when blinded by love, yet Paige's feisty personality has his blood running hot.

When a little matchmaking lands Lane at Paige's best friend's wedding in St. Lucia, suddenly the romantic island vibe tempts them to kiss and make up. A temporary truce might be just what they both want--but forever love might be more than they can agree on.


Hot and humorous read!

I really enjoyed this book! Of course, I loved the desserts that were mentioned. I liked the relationship between Paige and Lane. It was the classic "I can't stand you" scheme.

"Were you a geology major?"
"Nope. Culinary arts. But I am smarter than a box of rocks."

I loved the banter between Paige and Lane. As much as they try to remember why they didn't like each other in the first place, the chemistry between them was simply undeniable. I also enjoyed the volcano scenes. I liked reading about that along with the sanctuaries! The author really did a great job describing the sceneries - I felt like I was there with them!

"Are you trying to look at my butt?"
He nodded, the curve of a smile on his lips. "Absolutely. Could you do me a favor and make it a little easier?"
She faces him and walked backward slowly. "Not a chance." She turned around, walking in step with him. "Nothing easy to get is worth having." She unfolded her brightly striped towel and wrapped it around her waist, knotting the ends at her hip.
"That's just wrong." Lane teased. "At least I was honest."

My favorite character was Paige's thong!!! It just had so much personality in it! It even made a guest appearance at dinner. I mean, it was a total celebrity!

"...what happens in our sanctuary stays in our sanctuary."
"Can't say the same for yours, huh, Lane?" Liza grinned.
Heat rose in Paige's face and she avoided looking at Lane.
"You did not just go there."
"The thong story's a classic." Cole grinned.
"You told him?" Paige gaped at Liza.
"That reminds me," Lane said. "I've got your thong in my pocket."

Finally, I enjoyed the fact that their friends conspired among each other throughout the book when it came to Paige and Lane. It was absolutely adorable what they all did. I'm completely in love with the people of Maple Creek!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Crash Into Me

Title: Crash into Me
Series: Shaken Dirty, #1
Author: Tracy Wolff
Publisher: Entangled: Brazen
Release Date: October 14, 2013
Pages: 183
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Jamison Matthews has lusted after Ryder Montgomery since she was a preteen. But now that Ryder and her brother's band, Shaken Dirty, has made it huge, she's just one of many pining for the brooding lead singer. Too bad Ryder still sees her as a little sister. Not that it matters. Her brother would never allow it, and the last thing Jamison wants is to be another notch on a rock star's bed post. Even if it's Ryder's.

Ryder doesn't deserve happiness. After his fame destroyed his last girlfriend, he swore he'd never fall in love again. So when Jamison, the girl he's been in danger of loving for years, joins the band on the road, he'll do anything to deny the sparks between them--even after one hot night together. But Jamison is determined to show Ryder that he's worthy of love--her love--and that she's all grown up and ready to play.


I am so overcome with emotion, I don't even know where to start!

This book was one of the VERY BEST I'VE EVER READ! Absolute masterpiece from the first page to the last! The structure and everything was just absolute genius; it's a wonder authors don't write with the exact same structure. It would definitely guarantee a bestseller!

"...watching Ryder was like watching sex in motion."

Jamison had been into Ryder for about a decade. One thing about Jamison was that she wanted Ryder, but she was so insecure, she didn't think she was worthy of him. She didn't think she was beautiful, and she kept putting herself down when Ryder was torn between going after her or answering to her protective brother.

"The proper early-morning-after-a-bender breakfast is waffles. Heavy on the syrup with extra bacon."

Ryder, on the other hand, was one hot rock and roll god. Somehow, he reminded me of someone I knew who was less than impressive, yet interesting nonetheless. The author did such a wonderful job painting a picture of Ryder in my mind. He looked like a perfect alpha who had a tortured soul. Something about those characteristics draws women to such men, I suppose.

Ryder was just as insecure as Jamison, if not more. He kept thinking that he wasn't good enough for Jamison because she was innocent and such a good person. He didn't want to hurt her by having his "failures" spill over onto her life. For crying out loud, sometimes I just want to hit Ryder. I'm glad when Jared did. That was a funny scene:

J: "You think I don't recognize the stupid look on your face? It's the same one I get when I talk about Vicki."
R: "How would you know?"
J: "Wyatt took a picture once. He takes great delight in tormenting me with it. Telling me how whipped I am."
R: "You are whipped."
J: "I am, and it's a good feeling my friend. You and Jamison--"
R: "....if you want to take a shot at me, I'll give you one free one. But after that I'm fighting back."
J: "Dude, I'm not going to hit you."
R: "Thanks, I--"
J: "Then again..." (Jared's fist plowed into Ryder's jaw, and Ryder flew back into the wall)
R: "Shit! What the fuck? I have to sing in a couple hours."
J: "Yeah. I figure that should make it nice and painful."
R: "I thought you said you weren't going to hit me."

Despite all of the demons that each character faced, Ryder and Jamison really did have something special. Their time together was full of passion, unrealized love, and genuine care for each other that was founded a decade ago. It was the most amazing story I've ever seen unfold. I can't even say enough to accurately express how I feel about this book.

Finally, I enjoyed very much the humor in this book. There were times when I would just laugh out loud, once again, the neighbors probably thinking I'd lost my mind. I mean, who wouldn't LOL while reading the scene with Ryder and Wyatt?

R: "I'll be back in the morning and we'll talk..."
W: "Bullshit. You'll be back tonight...or I'm going to get out of this bed and kick your ass."
R: "That's big talk for a guy in a hospital gown."
W: "Don't make me prove it. Nobody needs to see my ass hanging out the back of this thing."

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  1. Why you want to read this book
  2. What's the ABSOLUTE VERY BEST book you've read and WHY?
  3. Email address so I can contact you if you win :)
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Monday, October 14, 2013

Review: A Very Scandalous Holiday

Title: A Very Scandalous Holiday
Authors: Nancy Fraser, Sophia Garrett, Amber Lin, Crista McHugh
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Release Date: October 14, 2013
Pages: 248
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Letters at Christmas by Amber Lin
England, late Regency

After three years at sea, Captain Hale Prescott has the means to marry the love of his life and his best friend's sister. Sidony Harbeck, however, might never speak to him again. Despite their whispered adolescent promises, he never wrote her a single letter... at least none he ever sent.

Eight Tiny Flames by Crista McHugh
1944 Ardennes, WWII

Lt. Ruth Mencher has always secretly admired Capt. Joseph Klein, but it takes the lighting of a Hanukkah candle to uncover the spark of mutual attraction. Each night awakens a new facet of their relationship, but as the Battle of the Bulge begins, the approaching Nazi forces threaten to tear them apart.

Erin's Gift by Nancy Fraser
Chicago 1920

Widower, Seth Harrison, has no intention of falling in love again but will he be able to resist the sweetness of his son's nanny, Erin O'Mara - his sister's best friend?

An Eternity of You by Sophia Garrett
England 1833

The Duke of Sharrington left Rebecca with more than a broken heart six years ago - he left her with a son. He's rekindled their passion with his return, but it will take a Christmas miracle to earn her heart.


Letters at Christmas
This story didn't really leave an impression on me. For some reason, the story felt so much like young love, even though the characters were all grown up. There wasn't much intensity in the story that led to a good climax. I feel bad that this is the only story I didn't fully enjoy. I did appreciate the fact that Hale sacrificed his life so that he could become worthy of Sidony. That's always an admirable quality for a man. I also liked the risks that they took together ;)

Eight Tiny Flames
Yet another reminder why I love Crista McHugh! This was a story about Hanukkah. Joe was the captain who didn't want anyone to know about his religion because he was afraid it would affect the way people saw him. Ruth, on the other hand, was very into her religion, despite the fact that the Nazis were very close to their location. While I was reading this book, I was tweeting the author about something intense that it made me feel. The word "clutching" somehow touched me when it was referring to a plate of latke that Ruth made for him.

This book had a really good climax! Wow, I was almost crying along with Joe! That's right, Joe was crying, not Ruth ;) I also liked the banter between them. It was admirable how they were able to make light of things despite being in the middle of a war.

R: "You sure this isn't a weight dreidel?" She pretended to inspect it, a playful grin on her face. Satisfied it was a normal wooden toy, she spun it again and asked, "So, what are we playing for?"
J: "You mean besides the vast treasure of pennies?"

J: "How old are you Ruth?"
R: "You know my real name?"
J: "Of course I do."
R: "I don't know--until just now, I was under the impression you thought it was Lieutenant, sir."

Ruth's dedication to her patients was absolutely inspiring. Even when she was injured, she put her patients first before herself. Poor Joe; she's quite a handful when she's determined to help people!

Erin's Gift
I really enjoyed this story! Erin was such an independent woman. She didn't want any handouts; she wanted to work for everything that was given to her. She was also an innocent woman. The first time she got arrested, it was like a domino effect to her job and her living situation. Thankfully, she had a great friend. That same friend happened to have a sexy widowed brother. Oh my!

Seth was a successful lawyer who had a cute son. He was such a responsible and loving father. The attraction was instantaneous between him and Erin. I really enjoyed the inner turmoil they both had when they were around each other.

"He took to fatherhood immediately. There wasn't a day went by that he didn't spend time with Ben. He learned how to change diapers, how to prepare his bottle, and would often read him bedtime stories even when he was too young to understand."

When Erin met Seth's son, Ben, I just fell in love. It was meant to be. They bonded automatically. I also enjoyed the fact that Ben was such a smart and mature kid. I really admire the parents who raise their children by treating them like an adult. There's no excuse for temper tantrums or anything. Anyway, that's another topic for another day ;)

E: "You're spoiling him you know."
S: "Me? Who was the one who insisted he needed even more art supplies when he has an entire box of paper and crayons upstairs?"
E: "They've introduced new colors. The box with the cowboy and horse has thirty-two crayons, eight more than his last set."
S: "Heaven forbid I should stunt my son's artistic growth by denying him an additional eight colors!"

One thing I didn't like about Erin, despite her independence, was the fact that her knees seemed to always go weak around Seth. It made her sound such a sissy. It was quite the oxymoron when you look at the big picture.

An Eternity of You
This story was the start of a new way of looking at status vs. love. First thing I enjoyed was how brave Andrew's daughter, Alice, was. She fell from a tree and she refused to cry. She had so much courage and she was such a fighter. She survived cholera, and I expect she would survive most anything else as well.

Andrew was the new Duke of Sharrington. I loved that he was so devoted to his daughter, but he also had quite a temper when pushed to his limits. I really enjoyed the way he asserted his authority over people, but he did it in a reasonable way, instead of an overbearing, power-hungry way.

Rebecca was the woman who Andrew left when he went to Sussex to tend to his earldom duties. Before then, he had typhus, and Rebecca was the one who nursed him to health. Rebecca had a son, Thomas. Interestingly enough, Thomas knew who his real father was. When he and Alice met, he shared the secret with her. I loved how they just bonded instantly; their young hearts recognizing the kinship that they had.

Alice was not only courageous, but was also wise beyond her years. She was the one who presented a simple solution to her father about the "situation" with Rebecca. It was Christmastime and family should be together. Absolute genius!

Al: "It's Christmas Eve, Daddy. Families belong together."
An: "Miss Rebecca is not family, angel. That is the problem."
Al: "Then make it so."

Overall, I'd say I enjoyed this book. It's worth the read. Make sure to check the authors individually! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Review: Tempting Bella

Title: Tempting Bella
Series: The Accidental Peers, #2
Author: Diana Quincy
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Pages: 197
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Mirabella can hardly remember the man she married as a girl to settle a gaming debt between their fathers. And it's just as well. She feels nothing but contempt for the man who wed her for her fortune and promptly forgot she existed. The ton may call him "The Saint" but Bella knows better.

Forced to marry as a teen to rescue his family from certain ruin, Sebastian has been apart from his child bride since their wedding day. When he encounters an enchanting impish beauty at the opera, he's is thrilled to find she is none other than his long-ago bride and he is more than ready to make her his wife in truth.

Too bad the beguiling beauty has no intention of coming meekly to the marriage bed.


I loved this book!!!

The prologue of this book threw me off a little bit. I thought this book was going to be a dull read. However, the first chapter started off well, and from there, I couldn't put the book down!

Sebastian's honor and nobility was most admirable in this book. I absolutely enjoyed that he was honest and there was nothing wrong with him, except perhaps for his need for control. Even then, he was never mean or violent or arrogant. That one moment when he seemed to have lost it when Bella provoked him too far was an exception. I never saw it again in the book.


Uttering an uncharacteristically terse thank you to the butler, Sebastian took Bella’s arm to escort her above stairs. His rigid posture, the intransigent set of his expansive shoulders, the very deliberate click of each boot step, all belied that otherwise calm exterior.

He was angry. Furious even.

The hair on the back of her neck tingled. She’d never seen him truly out of sorts. His demeanor brought to mind that ominous lull before a natural disaster strikes.

He hastened his steps, practically dragging her up the stairs. When they reached her chamber, he did not leave her as he usually did. Instead he stepped in behind her.

“Thank you, Louisa, that will be all,” he said to the sleepy girl, who’d waited up for her mistress. “Go and seek your bed.”

As soon as he closed the door behind the maid, Bella spun around to face him, her heart clamoring. “I did not give you leave to enter my bedchamber. Please show me the courtesy of departing at once.”

He pulled off his cravat and folded it in a slow deliberate manner, as though he hadn’t heard her. Removing his tailcoat, he placed it neatly over the back of a chair.

Alarm trilled down her spine. “Why are you disrobing?”

Unbuttoning his waistcoat, he said, “Take off that dress.”

“I beg your pardon?”

He advanced toward her, the muscles in his thighs flexing powerfully as he did so. “You heard me.”

Hugging herself, she stepped back from him. “I will do no such thing. Leave or I will scream.”

Cold anger glittered in his eyes. “Take if off or I will take it off for you.”

I just loved him! The way he lived his life and the way he took care of people in need. He was a good man in all sense of the word!

Bella: "Mineral water?"
Sebastian: "Yes, my friend Charles Plinth has developed a fountain that retains the sparkling quality of water."
Bella: "Is it portable?"
Sebastian: "The drink is delivered every few days and then returned to him for refilling. It is my only real indulgence."
Bella: "You don't take port or wine with dinner?"
Sebastian: "I can't abide spirits of any kind."
Bella: "You don't drink any spirits? Rum, wine, gin, ale, beer?"
Sebastian: "None at all. I like to keep a clear head."
Bella: Is it difficult to abstain?"
Sebastian: "Not at all. I can't stand the taste."

Bella, on the other hand, was a strong, fiery woman who did not do well when people told her what to do or who to be. I loved me an independent woman who was also intelligent! Her one flaw was that she was very distrustful. That was understandable, though, because of her past. She felt as if she was abandoned by the people in her life and she only had herself to rely on. Poor thing. I'm glad Sebastian was there for her.

Bella: "I've been yours all along. Why did you not assert your husbandly rights long before now?"
Sebastian: "You belong only to yourself. I would never presume to own you."
Bella: "Most men believe their wives are chattel."
Sebastian: "I know better. That leaves seduction as my only recourse for winning you over."
Bella: "That sounds very wicked."
Sebastian: "Doesn't it?"

The importance of titles back in the day still fascinates me. The "scandal" and the "propriety" seems so lost nowadays. Anyway, this book is a must-read. Diana Quincy just made it to my list of favorite authors!


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About the Author:

Although I’ve always loved reading and writing, I’m not one of those people who has always known I want to be an author.

I discovered my love of romantic fiction about four years ago, while picking up summer library books for my two boys. I noticed a historical romance by Shirlee Busbee on the end cap and picked it up to browse through while waiting in line to check out our books.

That’s all it took to hook me.

I spent that summer reading every historical romance I could get my hands on.
A few months later, I was motivated to try writing my own story, which resulted in my first manuscript, Compromising Willa.

Now I cannot imagine not writing.

I guess you could say I’m a late bloomer. 

I’m now working on my fifth manuscript, which is my first foray into contemporary fiction.

When not bent over my laptop or trying to keep up with the laundry, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and dream of traveling much more than my current schedule (and budget) allows.

Online, you can find me on Twitter @Diana_Quincy and over at The Dashing Duchesses, where I blog about history and romance with a talented group of authors.

I am a proud member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA), Washington Romance Writers (WRWDC) and the New Jersey Romance Writers (NJRWA).
I am fortunate to be represented by Kevan Lyon at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Promo: Deep in Crimson

Title: Deep in Crimson
Series: Return to Sanctuary, #2
Author: Sarah Gilman
Publisher: Entangled
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Pages: 400
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Kidnapped by humans and raised in a research facility, Jett was taught to believe his own race of demons insidious and violent. But a friendship with the archangel Raphael shatters Jett’s reality. Caught between two worlds, his first months of freedom find him lingering on the fringes of his home colony, Sanctuary.

When the human who stole Jett captures another demon youth from Sanctuary, Jett learns of the real plan—to steal Raphael’s archangel grandchildren. Jett wants to bring his captor to justice, but he must overcome the lies from his past and join forces with the demon Guardians, and the demon child’s older sister, Lexine.

Irresistible attraction grows between Jett and Lexine, but Lexine’s prophetic dreams of being mated to a poacher make her wary. And if Jett goes through the all-consuming process of becoming a Guardian, he may forfeit any chance they have of being together.


“What are you doing?”

At the raw shock in his voice, she paused, the cooling cloth pressed against the wound. “Has no one taken care of you before?”

He pulled away, but she gripped his arm.

“Hold still."

“It’ll heal soon,” he said, his tone full of typical macho dismissal. “You don’t need to—”

“I want to. It’ll leave less of a scar this way.” She rinsed the cloth. So many scars covered him already, his back marred from what had to have been whippings. Many whippings. One more tiny mark would make no difference, but maybe a little tenderness would.

She applied cream and an adhesive bandage to the cut, then began to unravel the strips of cotton from his shoulder.


“Jett.” Leaving no room for argument in her tone, she held his gaze in the mirror.

He shook his head, but she ignored him and kept going, cleaning and medicating the gash across the front of his shoulder. She applied a real bandage. Instead of setting the tense male free, she soaked the washcloth again.

She pressed the cloth between his shoulders. He shuddered. Tending to the older wounds, she treated them with gentle care, as if the whip had sliced his skin only yesterday. His hands trembled a second before he curled his fingers around the edge of the sink.

Biting her lower lip, she moved to his sides and stomach, where the marks were thinner and strategically located. Surgical scars. An inner fire filled her. She would have ripped out Lawrence’s throat herself had the miserable excuse for a man been in the room.

Clusters of faint scars marked the back of his hand and inside of his wrists. She ran a fingertip over them. “What caused this?”

He answered in an even, controlled tone. “Needles and IVs.”

She swallowed against a rush of nausea.

Pulling his hand away, he sighed. He lifted his fingers to his face. She noticed for the first time a line of tiny needle scars on his cheeks, right over the venom glands. A whimper escaped her lips—heavens, considering the nerves associated with the venom system, needles must have caused him so much pain, comparable even to the whippings.

His eyes widened and he dropped his hand, as if just realizing he was touching his face. He cleared his throat and spoke, his voice thick and haunted. “There was a lab assistant who tried to be more humane about it, once. Against Lawrence’s instructions, she tried to take venom directly from my fangs, using a film-covered cup, like they do with snakes. But, I bit her. I was young and I didn’t understand it would kill her.”

Lexine ignited flames and pressed herself against his chest. “Biting when threatened is instinctive. The reaction is especially strong in children. Even in the best of circumstances, humans should never handle demon young.”

He tensed under her hold and took a step back, but she tightened her arms. She refused to let him distance himself, not at this moment. Perhaps no one had held him since his kidnapping, but he was so close to letting his guard down, she could sense it—she felt it in the slight tremor of his arms. If she let him run now, would they ever get to this place again, or would he build his walls even stronger and higher?

He sighed.

He wrapped his arms round her.

About the Author:

Sarah Gilman writes wicked paranormal romance and fantasy in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where she was born and raised.

Twitter: @Gilman_Sarah

Monday, October 7, 2013

ARC Review: Cowboy Justice

Title: Cowboy Justice
Series: Catcher Creek, #2
Author: Melissa Cutler
Publisher: Zebra
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Pages: 368
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Transforming their parents' rundown ranch in the small town of Catcher Creek, New Mexico, into a tourist destination is the toughest challenge the three Sorentino sisters ever faced. But now one of them has another fight on her hands - to keep from falling for the sexy town sheriff - again...

Rachel Sorentino has spent her whole life protecting her siblings from trouble - only to run headlong into it herself. Her first regret about shooting at the vandals targeting her family ranch is that her aim wasn't better. Her second is that when bullets started flying, it was Sheriff Vaughn Cooper's number she dialed. Vaughn is the mistake she keeps on making, a cowboy lawman who cuts through Rachel's surface bravado to the vulnerability no one else sees. And no matter how inconvenient their attraction - for his career, her tangled case, and his already battered heart - there's no denying what feels so irresistibly right...


Yet another masterpiece from Melissa Cutler!!!

This book had so much emotion in it, but it wasn't depressing. I love how strong Rachel Sorentino was. She grew up learning that she didn't need anyone to lean on. She looked out for her sisters like the parents they should have had. She put their happiness before her own. The same went for Vaughn. He had a misconception that in order to show Rachel how he felt for her, he needed to obey her every wishes. Well, that definitely worked out, didn't it? They were a mess!

The conflict between integrity and desire was big on Vaughn in this book. Poor guy felt like a failure in every way possible, all because he let his guard down to be with the person he wanted most. I enjoyed the moments with his family (the good ones), especially the time spent with his dad. I loved that they have some kind of code for when Vaughn needed to talk to him and get some advice.

Dad: "Who is she?"
Vaughn"Who's who?"
Dad"The homeowner [that was] shot. I'm right about it being a woman, aren't I?"
Vaughn"How'd you know?"
Dad"Because you're reorganizing the nail drawer. You only do that when you've got a person of the female persuasion on your mind."

Another thing I loved about Vaughn was his honor. As crazy as Rachel made him feel, he never did forget to use a condom. I love that the author writes about steamy scenes, but the characters are still responsible. Vaughn would do anything to be there for Rachel, even if it's only his badge she needed.

This book also had quite the humor! I loved the moment when Vaughn and Rachel were talking about foods they hated. They were both absolutely hilarious! My favorite part of this book was the cake testing scene. Vaughn did a complete 180 and showed his love to Rachel through his actions. Kellan's stutter was quite the icing on the cake. I don't want to spoil the book so you're just going to have to read it to find out what I'm talking about!

Overall, this book is full of action, love, determination, and family. You wouldn't want to miss this series!

Check out some of my favorite scenes:

Rachel was feisty!!!

"Then I feel obliged to inform you, Kate -- woman to woman -- that when I get through with him, if I ever get through with him, he ain't gonna be good for much. Not after being ridden than hard for that long. A cowgirl like you should know that. But if you've got a thing for sloppy seconds, go ahead and get in line."

Vaughn sharing his insight about women.

Vaughn: "You and Chris don't have any sisters, so you're not altogether familiar with this sort of sisterly battle?"
Nathan: "Nope. Just us three boys. Our oldest brother, Tom, has two girls."
Vaughn: "I have two younger sisters. My only word of advice is never get caught in the middle of two sisters fighting. It ain't pretty. Especially when they live close together and their monthly cycles match up."
Nathan: "Aw, now, don't talk about woman stuff. Ugh."
Vaughn: "Spoken like a man who doesn't have sisters. There's no escaping the topic when you live with three women. You become numb to all the tampons and crying and ice packs and late-night chocolate ice cream runs. You'll have to take my word on that."

Finally, check out this exclusive character interview with the Sorentino sisters!!!

Hi ladies! Thanks for stopping by!

Jenna: Thank you. Everybody’s always going on and on about Kellan and Vaughn, but it’s nice to have a little attention on us sister for a change.
Rachel: Speak for yourself.
Amy: Oh, don’t be such a stick in the mud. This is going to be fun.

I want to start by saying Congratulations on your engagement, Amy! In Cowboy Justice, there was a cake testing. Were you able to choose the cake you want for your wedding?

Amy: why, thank you. I always knew that someday I’d meet the cowboy of my dreams, I just had no idea he’d be my next door neighbor. As far as the cake we chose, we ended up with a layer of chocolate crème and a layer of lemon.
Rachel: I tried to get her to serve triple berry cream pie, but I was outvoted.
Amy: You can serve that at your own wedding.
Rachel: I do believe we will.

Rachel, are you excited to be Amy's maid of honor?

Rachel: I don’t think excited is quite the word I’d use, because Amy knows I’d be just as happy watching her get hitched from the audience, but at least she’s letting us wear cowboy boots with our dresses.
Jenna: [nudging Rachel in the ribs] I can’t wait to see you in a dress for the first time in my life.
Amy: And with make-up on, too.
Rachel: Whoa, now, I didn’t agree to that.
Jenna: Tell Arianne about the bridesmaid dresses, Amy. They’re gorgeous!
Amy: Oh, all right. They’re light blue and strapless.
Rachel: Hold on a sec...strapless? Nobody said anything about a strapless dress. How’s it supposed to stay up?
Jenna: Your boobs, silly.
Rachel: [rolling her eyes] Oh, brother.

Finally, Jenna, do you have a date for the wedding yet? *wink wink*

Jenna: I wish. I’m going to be so busy on Amy’s wedding day since I’m the one planning it that I won’t have time for much romance. My only date is my little guy, Tommy. But there is a certain groomsman I’m hoping will ask me to dance at the reception. I’ll keep you posted on that development.

Let's talk about Vaughn. Rachel, when did you realize you were attracted to the sheriff?

Rachel: [looking uncomfortable] Aw, now, you know I don’t like to talk about myself.
Amy: Go on and tell her. [To Arianne] I love this story. It’s so romantic.
Rachel: You think everything’s romantic because you’re about to be a bride.
Jenna: I don’t think it’s that romantic. It took you two twelve years to figure out you were in love. You were both totally dense!
Rachel: Hey, now. We were busy living our lives. But the question was when did I realize I was attracted to Vaughn, and I would say it was the first time I saw him, which was not the first time he brought Jenna home in the back of his patrol car. It was at the Quay County fair. He was twenty-three and working patrol.
Jenna: You fell for that uniform and his cowboy lawman vibe, didn’t you?
Rachel [with a sly smile]: He does cut a fine figure when he’s on the job.

Rumor says that you've been with Vaughn in many interesting places including the kitchen counter. What's your favorite location? ;)

Amy: [clamping her hands over her ears] Ack. T.M.I.!
Rachel: Don’t worry, Amy. I’m not going to answer that.
Jenna: I’ll answer that.
Rachel and Amy together: You will?
Jenna: Mm-hmm. There was this one time on a Sunday after church I was getting Tommy’s hair cut at Erskine’s Barber shop and I caught them walking out of Vaughn’s office looking a little too happy and relaxed, if you know what I mean. I’d been wondering if you two ever make use of those handcuffs he carries around.
Amy: That’s disgusting. Vaughn’s office? That’s so public. And on a Sunday?
Rachel: [her face turning red] You can’t believe Jenna. She’s just inventing gossip, as she likes to do.
Jenna: If you say so, but I know what I saw.
Rachel: [blushing] Can we move on to the next question please? Now.

Did you set a wedding date yet?

Rachel: Not yet. We’re just happy being happy, if that makes any sense. And I wouldn’t want to steal any bit of spotlight away from Amy and that circus of a wedding she’s planning.
Amy: Hey now. It’s going to be beautiful. Jenna’s on the job as our wedding planner.
Rachel: Oh please. Like anything you touch doesn’t turn into something crazy. You and Kellan invited the entire town and every person you each know. How is that not going to turn into a circus? This town is like one big dysfunctional family.
Jenna: I’ve got everything under control, so don’t you worry, Mama Two.
Amy: She’s not acting very motherly right now. More like a wicked step-mother.
Rachel: [poking Amy hard in the shoulder] Well, you are acting like an uppity princess right now.
Jenna: [to Arianne] I think it’s time to wrap it up, if you catch my drift. I think we used up all Amy and Rachel’s good manners.

I think that's about all the time we have for today. Thanks Rachel, Amy, and Jenna for joining us. Any last words to our readers?

Rachel: I hope readers give me and Vaughn’s story, COWBOY JUSTICE, a chance. I’d like to set the story straight about what happened on our farm with the shoot-out and the trouble I got into, and how Vaughn helped me get through it in his own way.
Jenna: It was a tough time. You almost died more than once and our house almost burned to the ground, but looking back, it was worth all that struggle because you and Vaughn finally figured out you were perfect for each other.
Rachel: That we did, little sis. That we did.