Friday, August 30, 2013

Review: One Night in the Spa



Title: One Night in the Spa
Author: Kathy Lyons
Publisher: Entangled: Ever After
Release Date: August 26, 2013
Pages: 77
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Blurb:

What starts out as a simple massage treatment for spa manager David’s best friend Kim, turns into a night of seduction and sexual discovery.

Always relegated to the friend zone, David is determined to show Kim what she’s been missing…one erogenous zone at a time. Sure, their friendship is on the line. And sure, David’s hiding a motive larger than either him or Kim. But the second his hands touch her smooth skin, he just doesn’t care anymore.

Kim’s been so focused on the loss of her sports career that she’s had no time for romance or sex. But her response to David can’t be denied. Is it just that her body’s been missing out, or could her heart be involved too?


Review

Great, steamy read! I just love unconventional locations besides the bedroom!

This was an enjoyable read for me. Kim was an ex-athlete who devoted her life to racquetball. When her career ended because of an injury, she was left dealing with things she ignored before - like her sexuality for example.

From the beginning of the book, she was a woman in heat! This is also the time she started noticing how hot her best friend David was.

David was a great friend. He wanted what was best for Kim and was always there for her. He was the perfect man - sometimes almost too good to be true. He had a hidden secret, though.

When everything came out in the open, I was impressed how David handled it. He was gallant and a total gentleman. The ending was refreshing and I truly enjoyed it. I think if this book has a lot of potential to be a full novel if given the chance.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Promo: Take Me


Title: Take Me
Series: Take a Chance, #4
Author: Diane Alberts
Publisher: Entangled: Ever After
Release Date: August 26, 2013
Pages: 112
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Blurb:

Married in the morning…

Professional heartbreaker Mike Worth thrived on the chase—and dancer Morgan Collins represented the ultimate prize. But there was no way he was going to throw away his single-man status…not even for an elusive redhead with sparkling eyes and mile-long legs. So how did he let one drunken Vegas night end with I do instead of hell no?

Morgan’s life revolved around her career and she had no intention of letting a man interfere—even if Mike made her question all her rules about love. At his urging, she reluctantly agreed to give their spur-of–moment marriage a chance. But once their trial-honeymoon ended, would she choose to follow the dance and leave her unforgettable husband behind? 


About the Author:

Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author.  Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.

She is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing, Swoon Romance, and Decadent Publishing. She has, as of this date, four books with Entangled Publishing, one book with Swoon Romance, and five older books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble Bestseller List, and TRY ME, hit #76 on Amazon. Her Swoon Romance novella, CAPTIVATED BY YOU, hit #31 on the Barnes and Noble bestseller list. Diane is represented by Louise Fury from the L. Perkins Agency.





Monday, August 26, 2013

Review: Against the Ropes



Title: Against the Ropes
Author: Sarah Castille
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Pages: 368
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Blurb:

He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more...

Makayla never thought she'd set foot in an elite mixed martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it's these guys. Then again, at her first sight of the club's owner, she's the one feeling breathless.

The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it's in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full-on assault. He always knows just how far he can push. And he's about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined...


Review

AN ABSOLUTE MUST-READ!

This book is one of the best I've ever read; I just had to read it in TWO days! This book had so much sexual tension, you would be hot and bothered from beginning to end! No joke. I laughed and cried throughout this book. I was heartbroken when Makayla's heart broke. Absolute brilliance!

From the very beginning, Torment was portrayed as a man very strong and dangerous, but with Makayla, he was very gentle and soft. He was also very controlling in a protective way. I love the surge of power that emanated from his body when he was very angry or very aroused. He protected Makayla emotionally and physically as much as he could. Of course, sometimes it was a little too much, but he meant well.

Makayla was a proud woman who did not ask for help, just like her mother did. She preferred to work for her money, even when she needed help most. She lived eating noodles because she needed the money for something else. She was very strong, even when she didn't realize it. She was the opposite of a society woman - classy and sophisticated - but she had heart. I absolutely love it when she's with Torment. Sometimes I just laugh too much reading their scenes.

Like I already said, this book is a must-read! Check out the list of reasons why Torment is sexy:
  • Leather jacket
  • Motorcyle
  • Sexy ripped muscles
  • Air of danger and power
  • Thoughtful and protective
  • Three level house for entertainment
  • Has a chauffeur and butler
  • Patient teacher
  • Likes bondage and dominance
Finally, my favorite quote in the entire book! This is what true love is all about!
"I am paying that debt, Makayla whether you want it or not. I will not let you suffer the way my family suffered. I won't have him chasing after you or threaten your life. I'll save you even if it means losing you."

Friday, August 16, 2013

Review: Bad Nights



Title: Bad Nights
Series: Rockfort Security, #1
Author: Rebecca York
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Pages: 352
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Blurb:

You Only Get a Second Chance...

Private operative and former Navy SEAL Jack Brandt barely escaped a disastrous undercover assignment, thanks to the most intriguing woman he's ever met. When his enemies track him to her doorstep, he'll do anything to protect Morgan from the danger closing in on them both...

If You Stay Alive...

Since her husband's death, Morgan Rains has only been going through the motions. She didn't think anything could shock her—until she finds a gorgeous man stumbling naked and injured through the woods behind her house. He's mysterious, intimidating—and undeniably compelling.

Thrown together into a pressure cooker of danger and intrigue, Jack and Morgan are finding in each other a reason to live—if they can survive.


Review

This book is one of those where you stay up late at night and sacrifice sleep to find out what happened next! I literally had TWO hours of sleep when I went to work the next day!

From beginning to end, this book was full of suspense and action! I absolutely cannot put this book down. It reminded me once again why I love reading. It brought me into a fictional world and helped me forget the stress of the real world.

Morgan was one brave woman. She took a chance when she saved Jack. She was even braver when something bad happened to her. She didn't lose hope and didn't surrender to fear. She also knew how to go after what she wanted. Now that's one awesome heroine!

Jack, on the other hand, was one tough cookie. I love that he used to be a Navy SEAL, but he changed when he met Morgan. I love it when a woman is able to make a man heed ;) A strong man in love is definitely sexy.

I can't wait to read Shane and Max's story! I love reading about great friendship between strong men. This book and author is absolutely amazing! MUST-READ!!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Promo: Unscrupulous


Title: Unscrupulous
Series: The Manhattanites
Author: Avery Aster
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Release Date: August 14, 2013
Pages: 300
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Blurb:

At thirty-three, Warner Truman is one of the richest men on the planet, a spa mogul who buys and sells resorts at will. He holds powerful executives’ careers in his well-groomed hands. Nothing is beyond Warner’s reach…until he meets her.

Stunning, tantalizing and perverse, Taddy captivates Warner’s carnal desire like no woman he’s ever met. A self-made millionaire, Taddy is tougher than steel, more brilliant than diamonds and, at twenty-seven, she’s never depended on a man for anything…until she meets him.

The more Taddy plays with Warner’s affections, driving him to erotic heights, the more she is confronted by a dark past. Before she can love him, Taddy must meet her worst fears head-on or risk losing it all, including herself.



Celebrity Dream Cast for Unscrupulous: 

Joe Manganiello is…Warner Truman: (33) a billionaire widower who owns Truman Enterprises. He’s tired of gold-digging hanger-on types.

Olivia Wilde is…Tabitha “Taddy Brill” Adelaide Brillford: (27) an obsessive masturbator who is Lex, Vive and Blake’s lifelong friend. She’s a self-made millionaire and owns Brill, Inc.

Scarlett Johansson …Alexandra “Lex” Easton: (27) fashion designer to the stars and founder of Easton Essentials. She’s the late rock-n-roll legend Eddie Easton’s daughter.

Chris Hemswort is…Blake Morgan III: (27) a gay, gorgeous top who is estranged from his husband. He co-founded Brill, Inc. and is the brains behind many of Taddy’s accounts.

Lindsay Lohan is…Viveca “Vive” Farnworth: (28) a party girl who met Lex, Taddy and Blake in boarding school. Vive is the editor-in-chief of Debauchery Magazine and liquor heiress.

Taylor Swift is…Kelly “Kiki” Ivy Kailyn Izatt: (21) a virgin Mormon assistant to Taddy Brill. She moved to New York from Provo, Utah, with dreams of making it in the big city.

Cam Gigandet is…Sheldon Truman: (32) Warner’s younger brother. A retired male fashion model, he travels the world jumping from one circuit party to the next.


About the Author:

Avery Aster pens erotic romance for Ellora's Cave. As a resident of New York's Upper East Side and a graduate from New York University, Avery gives readers an inside look at the city's glitzy nightlife, socialite sexcapades and tall tales of the ├╝ber-rich and ultra-famous. "I write about what I see in my metropolis that never sleeps--Manhattanites on the quest for a passionate thrill," Avery says. "By and large, my characters are drop-dead gorgeous, ripped straight from the headlines and on the hunt for their next conquest.”

UNDRESSED #1 (Lex & Massimo) launched The Manhattanites series, exploring people's forbidden desires of lust and longing. UNSCRUPULOUS #2 (Taddy & Warner) is the highly anticipated prequel releasing August 14, 2013. Also, stay tuned for the sequel with UNSAID #3 (Blake & Miguel) coming winter 2013.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Cover Reveal: Hard As You Can

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Avon is proud to announce the publication of Laura Kaye’s second book in her hot Hard Ink series, HARD AS YOU CAN (On Sale: February 25, 2014).

Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he’s shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister’s sake, Crystal can’t get too close. Until her job and Shane’s mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed.

Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation. Nor can he walk away from Crystal. The gorgeous waitress is hiding secrets she doesn't want him to uncover. Too bad. He’s exactly the man she needs to protect her sister, her life, and her heart. All he has to do is convince her that when something feels this good, you hold on as hard as you can-and never let go.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Review: Kiss the Bride




Title: Kiss the Bride
Author: Jody Wallace
Publisher: Entangled: Ever After
Release Date: July 29, 2013
Pages: 140
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Blurb:

Herman Edward Heckley knows all about drywall, concrete, and nail guns. So what's he doing fighting off taffeta in a bridal salon? He’s maid of honor for his best friend, Caroline Oakenfeld, in her wedding to a pencil-necked geek. But the closer he gets to the ceremony, the more he wonders if he's been missing out all this time.

Caroline has been missing out, and she knows it. She’s been in love with Heck forever, but frittering her life away until Heck wises up isn’t part of her life plan. She’s agreed to marry her boyfriend so she can move on with her life. But the closer she gets to the ceremony, the more she realizes she has to resolve her feelings for Heck.

For better or for worse.


Review

Cute story.

I like the way Heck absolutely objected to Caroline marrying Mr. Pencil Neck. Agreeing to marry her fiance just because she felt she was running out of time was not the best idea. In real life, that would be tragic. Thankfully, this story gave the two a chance to spend time with each other. Once Heck started noticing Caroline as a real woman, everything started falling into place. The normal routine of sharing an ice cream cone became erotic.

I also enjoyed the character Jhi. She was basically a witch and a thorn in Heck's life. However, they had to put up with each other for Caroline's sake. At times, she was very cunning and manipulative, but it was all for the good of her friends.

Finally, I absolutely enjoyed the fact that Heck was the maid of honor. I mean, it's just adorable! The stripper? Oh my. That was awkward. Very realistic, indeed!



About the Author:

Jody Wallace grew up in the South in a very rural area. She went to school a long time because there was always something new to learn and ended up with a Master's Degree in Creative Writing. Her resume includes college English instructor, technical documents editor, market analyst, web designer, and general all around pain in the butt. She currently lives in Tennessee with her family: 1 husband, 2 kids, 2 cats. One of her many alter egos is "The Grammar Wench", which should give you an indication of her character. She is a terrible packrat and likes to amass vintage clothing, books, Asian-inspired kitchenware, gnomes, and other items that threaten to force her family out of the house. She also likes cats. A lot.


Ms. Wallace's approach to writing is to tell as many outlandish lies as she can get her readers to swallow. Her dream is to be moderately well-paid for this service. She is active in RWA and occasionally conducts writing workshops. Among topics she's been known to cover are training sessions for contest judges (she coordinated her local RWA chapter contest for many years), point of view, dialogue punctuation and creativity enhancement.

Her headshots were taken by Cindy Sarlo Photography of Dixon, TN.






Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Review: Colton by Blood



Title: Colton by Blood
Series: The Coltons of Wyoming
Author: Melissa Cutler
Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Pages: 288
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Blurb:

An unsolved murder haunts those who live and work at Dead River Ranch. When called to care for the ailing Colton patriarch, Dr. Levi Colton must face the father who never claimed him. He's not looking for distraction, but he finds it in Kate McCord, the irresistible pastry chef. Beneath her sweet smile are scars from her own tragedy—and a determination for justice.

As a wildfire forces them together with an unknown killer, Levi and Kate must confront an attraction that flares hotter than flames. They edge closer to the truth, discovering that the secret that links their pasts could lead them straight into the killer's trap.


Review

Melissa Cutler has the gift of the writing gods!

At first, this book was a bit slow, probably the first 50-75 pages. Take into consideration that I was also very stressed out when I was trying to read the book. However, once I finally got into the reading mindset and reminding myself how much I love the author herself, I was able to start enjoying the book more. I think there was little interaction in the beginning, that's why I didn't get into it right away.

Once Levi and Kate started talking and getting along with each other, the romance started, as well as the mystery. This book was absolutely unpredictable until the very end! I kept trying to guess how it will end, and an author that can keep me guessing is definitely someone that deserves the bestselling honor. Levi and Kate's past were marvelously developed, it was as if I knew them individually by reading their stories of the past. 

I also enjoyed Levi and his relationship with his father. Behind the sarcasm and supposed anger, Mr. Jethro Colton cared about his bastard son. It was amazing how their banter just grew on me, and I looked forward to it on every page. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I would have been happy if the book revolved around dialogues between Levi, Kate, and Jethro ;)

Overall, this book was fantastic! Please check it out, you will not regret it....especially if you like pastries and anything dessert!! The coincidence and the stroke of destiny was so crazy, it was amazing! Melissa Cutler has a gift for writing suspenseful scenes!

Check out my favorite scene!

Levi: "If talking about my capable hands makes you blush, then you'd better pick out the peaches on your own. I can be in charge of getting the other ingredients."
Kate: "What's wrong with the peaches?"
Levi: "Peaches give me dirty thoughts."
Kate: "Really, peaches?"
Levi: "Oh, yes. Peaches are downright wicked. Don't ever let me see you eat a peach or I'll lose all composure, guaranteed."
Kate: "I always thought bananas were the most wicked produce."
Levi: "Well, you'd better never let me see you eating one of those, either."
Kate: "To be on the safe side, I'll take care of the produce. You get the butter. If I'm going to teach you how to make croissants, we're going to need a lot of it."

Monday, August 5, 2013

Review+Giveaway: Board Stiff



Title: Board Stiff
Series: Taking Advantage
Author: Jessica Jayne
Publisher: Evernight
Release Date: July 10, 2013
Pages: 32
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Blurb:

John Dorsey’s life is good.  He is the owner of Dorsey Construction.  He’s the youngest person on the board of directors for Advantage Insurance Company.  He lives on the beach.  And he knows he can have any woman he wants.  John’s got the world at his fingertips… except he’s yet to find a woman that stimulates both his body and mind.

Elizabeth Wright worked hard in a large Tampa law firm making a name for herself, but it came at the expense of her personal life. When Advantage Insurance Company offers her a job as corporate counsel, Elizabeth cannot turn it down.  The thought that she can have a successful legal career and a life excites and intimidates her.

But when their worlds collide one day in the Advantage board room, neither Elizabeth nor John knows what’s hit them.  All they know is they can’t stay away from each other.

Review

The attraction between John and Elizabeth was obvious. Elizabeth tried to be logical, but one kiss from John turned her brain into goo. I was hoping they'd get it on in a conference room or Elizabeth's office. I was a little bit disappointed that they didn't, but John's home more than made up for it. A house with an elevator? Oh yeah, it's definitely more than enough.

John was very blunt. He said whatever was on his mind, and he was very clear about sleeping with Elizabeth. That came off a little creepy at times. It didn't sound romantic or sexy the way he would deliver his words. There's such a thing as too blunt, in my opinion.

Overall, the book was good, but quite short. I was also hoping I'd get to read about John and Elizabeth in the back of his town car as he promised. Well, I hope there's a continuation to their story!

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