Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Release Day Launch and Giveaway: Jay Crownover's ASA

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 We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Jay Crownover's ASA! 

ASA is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel being published by HarperCollins, and it is the 6th book in The Marked Men Series

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About ASA:

Jay Crownover’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series 
continues with the much anticipated story of southern charmer and certified criminal Asa Cross.

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Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best. Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak. A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.  

  EXCERPT: I pulled the Nova to a stop in front of a duplex that had clearly seen better days. It wasn’t a rusted-out trailer in Kentucky, but it might as well have been. I turned off the ignition and sat back in the seat so I could turn to look at Ayden. She was watching me carefully and I could see how frustrated she was with the entire conversation in the way her shoulders were tensed up and the way her hands had curled into tight balls on her lap. It was the way she used to look whenever I got into trouble and she had to do something desperate and drastic to get me out of it. I reached out a hand and put it on top of her fists. “I died in that hospital, Ayd. There were no angels playing harps. There was no redemption and repentance. I died and it was very clear that I was going to get exactly the kind of fate I had been courting with all the messed-up shit I had been doing to other people. All I could see was every wrong I had ever committed and every bad decision I had ever made exploding all around me. For once I could see how all of that affected you. I was dying, and I knew what was waiting for me on the other side, yet I couldn’t go knowing that was all you were going to have to remember me by. I had to come back and give you something else to hold on to, some kind of good memory to go with the endless miles of bad I laid at your feet. I wanted to have the chance to show you I could be the kind of brother you deserved all along, so no, I didn’t save myself—you saved me. Just like you’ve always done for my entire life.” I saw her bottom lip tremble until she snapped her teeth around it to keep it still. Her fists unclenched below my palm and she curled her shaking fingers around my hand and her already husky voice rasped with even more emotion when she told me what I think I had needed to hear from her all along. “I have always been proud that you’re my brother, Asa. Yes, there have been times in the past I would have gladly fed you to the wolves, and it’s no secret that I had to leave home because I didn’t know what to do to help you anymore, but we both made it out alive and are better people for it. I know you’re sorry for the way things went down when we were younger, but I need you to open your eyes and take some credit for the way you have turned it around to make things the way they are now. I’ve long since come to terms with the Asa from my childhood. What I want to do is love the Asa that’s here with me now. You need to let go of those boulders weighted with all the bad things from past that are dragging you down before you get crushed under them.” It was eerily similar to what Royal had been telling me the deeper and deeper I sank in with her. I don’t think I was ready to let any part of those stones go just yet, but a sexy redhead was slowly and surely eroding bits and pieces of the rock the more and more time I spent with her. By the time she was done, maybe she would be able to carve out something that was worthwhile, something that didn’t eviscerate me to look at. I leaned over enough that I could kiss Ayden right on the center of her forehead between her midnight eyebrows and I felt her let out a shuddering sigh. “I’m never going to let you down again, Ayd. That is the one and only thing in the entire world that I can promise and know it’s a promise I will keep.” We stared at each other for a long and silent moment. The seriousness of the words I had said to her and the fact that I could see that she understood that I really, truly meant them finally worked to absolve me of some of the guilt that seemed to suffocate me whenever I thought about the things she had done to keep me safe.

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And don’t miss the previous books in The Marked Men Series!

 
Rule

RULE

 
Jet

JET

 
Rome

ROME

 
Nash

NASH

 
Rowdy

ROWDY

  Jay CrownoverAbout Jay Crownover: Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she'll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.      

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Tanya's review:                                                                                                                              
I am a very big fan of Jay Crownover and The Marked Men Series. I remember buying Rule  for $1.99 on my Kindle that I had just gotten for Christmas. The story sounded good and the whole reason for me wanting a Kindle was so I could discover new authors. This was a totally new author to me and apparently her first book so I got it, read it in a little more than a day and thought, this needs better editing but what a great story and promptly told anyone I knew that had a kindle to get this book. Now here we are 2 years 3 months and 5 books later and its the last book in this wonderful series about damaged people, Marked Men, that have come together to make the most amazing family and she ended it with one of the most damaged of them all, Asa. 
     We first met Asa in Jet's book (book 2 of series) and gotta say I so did not like him, thought he was a horrible person and an even more horrible of brothers. We got to see a little bit more of him the the following books and he started growing on me, especially when he got into the bar fight and was arrested in Rowdy's book. I was beginning to feel sorry for him so needless to say I really could not wait to get my hands on this book.
Asa's story did not disappoint, you learned all about his past and I totally fell in love with this southern charmer. He is filled with such shame and regret about his past he just can not seem to move forward. He feels with all the horrible things he has done he does not deserve anything good especially someone as good as Royal. 
Royal is another wonderfully strong female character that Jay has written. She is a cop that is currently spinning out of control after her partner got injured on the job. Watching her and Asa together, both currently lost but together they help each other heal while both fighting intense feelings, as the reader you can not help but root for them. Their chemistry is hawt , they seem like complete opposites, her a cop him an ex-criminal but they truly compliment each other in every way. And watching Asa grow, from a selfish boy in Jet to such a wonderful,loving man, willing to walk away from his happiness just to save Royal from any hurt,  you can not help but fall for him and root for him and Royal to get a happily ever after. 

I think this book was a perfect ending to an wonderfully written series. I am truly sad to see it end but I have high hopes for the "spinoff" series Saints of Denver. If you haven't read this series yet, go out and remedy that as soon as you can. 


"We were marked and had been marked in unforgettable and forever ways. We were all better men for it. Marked men. None of us would have it any other way."

Asa:     5/5   stars                                                                                                                            

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Review: Manwhore by Katy Evans

                                                                     Manwhore (Manwhore #1)
                                                                                                  Katy Evans
                                                                                                 Gallery Books
                                                                                               March 24, 2015

Synopsis:
   Is it possible to expose Chicago’s hottest player—without getting played?

This is the story I've been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don’t be fooled by that last name though. There’s nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he’s a man’s man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he’s been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that’s where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I’m determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I'm the one discovering him...or if he's uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?


Tanya's Review: 
     I enjoy Katy Evans books, Remington Tate is one of my favorite book boyfriends. When I saw she was starting another series I was very excited. When I started the book my enthusiasm dwindled a little right in the beginning as the scene where Malcolm Saint and Rachel Livingston meet had me totally flashing back to Fifty Shades of Gray and the first meeting of Ana and Christian.
    Here is what I enjoyed in this book. (1)Malcolm Saint, I think he is a great character, I especially enjoyed the scenes where he interacts with his close friends. Dibs..think that may be one of my most favorite scenes in the entire book. (2) The writing, I think the story flows and reads effortlessly, stayed up way past my bedtime as I got lost in the story. Just when I was totally immersed in it and could not wait to see what happens next ,the book ended! (3) Chemistry, I really felt the scenes between Rachel and Malcolm. I could see/feel them falling for each other or trying not to fall for each other. 
    So the one thing I did not particularly love about the story was that I didn't find it original. It kind of overshadowed the whole story for me. At first I thought oh Fifty Shades but that was only the first scene, as I kept reading it reminded me of the Kate Hudson,Matthew McConaughey movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. In that movie Kate plays a reporter who is doing a story and Matthew McConaughey winds up being the subject and she falls for him. I do realize that the mysterious billionaire trope  is very common now so I don't know if I am just exhausted reading about them but the story just didn't scream original to me. 
   Now having said all that I really did like this book and the way it ended has be biting my nails awaiting book 2 in this series. I think if you enjoyed The Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day or This Man series by Malpas or The Stark trilogy by J Kenner than this book would definitely appeal to you. Oh and I definitely would call dibs on Malcolm Saint. 

Manwhore:   3.5/5   Stars  
   
  Laura's Review: 
I echo nearly everything Tanya said in her review - it grabbed my attention from the beginning and I just kept reading. Sure, it was reminiscent of A LOT of other stuff out there, but a truly original romance is almost impossible to find, and I don't mind that at all as long as the details are different and the writing is well done, which is certainly is here.

It became obvious that this would be series with the friends hopefully getting their own stories to come, but even knowing that, the ending felt like a sucker punch. I feel like there is a BIG difference between cliffhangers and just leaving out a piece of the book, and unfortunately this felt like the latter. And I love Katy Evans' work, so that leaves me very disappointed because now I'll be wary of reading her stuff in the future in fear that I'll be left feeling bereft. Of course, since I got pulled into this one, I will be first in line to pick up the second book to see what happens next! 


The first 90% of the book would get 4/5 stars with the ending pulling in a 2, so overall I'd give it 3.5/5

    
Note: a copy of this book was provided in exchange of an honest review.
      

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Lauren Blakely's Forbidden Nights

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  FORBIDDEN NIGHTS is the next novel in the Seductive Nights Series and can be read as a standalone.
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ABOUT FORBIDDEN NIGHTS: She has been the star of his dirty dreams for years. Sexy hotel CEO Nate Harper has lusted after his good friend Casey Sullivan for a long time, and she’s cried out his name in pleasure countless times in his fabulously filthy fantasies. But even though he’s quite skilled at pleasing a woman, he won’t act on his intense desire because he knows he’s no good for her. After the kind of hurt his ex inflicted on him, he’s a committed playboy for life, and Casey only wants true love. All that changes one hot night when she comes to him with a proposition he can’t resist — she wants him to teach her to be submissive in the bedroom. Casey soon learns how very much she likes letting go of control to him. She’s never been more turned on in her life than she is in Nate’s arms. And he’s never been more taken by a woman. The only trouble is as she experiences what it means to let go, he starts to experience what it means to feel again…And the lessons in seduction threaten to turn into so much more than either one bargained for… What happens when years of desire and lust ignite a passion that can’t be denied?

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As soon as Bryan and Kat left, Nate shut the door, then locked it. She glanced quickly behind her at the window that provided a view of the sea of rabid fans. The stadium shook with excitement. Cheers from the crowd vibrated throughout the house of Ruth. Nate stalked down the three steps separating them. When he reached her, a vein twitched in his neck. His mouth was a ruler-straight line. His jaw was set hard. His stare undressed her.
“I was wrong,” he said. Each word possessed a hard edge.
“Wrong about what?” Was he talking about the dress? Or about wanting to be her teacher? God, she prayed he wasn’t backing out.
“I was wrong about tonight’s lesson. It’s not spanking.”
“What is it?”
“It’s role-playing.” His voice was hot and rough. His dark eyes prowled over her body.
“What kind of role playing?” She didn’t even bother to hide her nerves, but the  nerves also excited her. Or maybe he was simply the one who excited her. It seemed whatever he did turned her on. The fact that he was standing here, a solid mass of muscle and strength, of extreme and utter sexiness, sent shivers across her skin. She drank him in: the wavy mess of his golden brown hair, the stubble lining his jaw, the exposed patch of skin on his chest where the top two buttons of his white shirt were undone. All of it, all of him, made her tremble with want.
He took one step closer, and reflexively she backed up so her spine hit the wall behind her. She was caged in, and against her better judgment, she liked it. She liked the fact that it was starkly quiet inside the suite, and that it was intensely noisy outside, a white noise that masked all that she was feeling.
“I’m going to be playing the role of the jealous lover,” he said, his voice still laced with the same frustration she’d picked up on earlier. Was he annoyed with her?
“What do you mean?”
“I’m the jealous lover who can’t stand the thought of his woman wearing a gorgeous, stunning, absolutely fucking breathtaking dress on a date with another man.”
A wild thrill rushed through her veins from his words and what they meant. “But I thought you didn’t like the dress?” she asked, coyly, playing along.
He lifted his hand and brushed the tips of his fingers against her wrist. She shuddered from that one subtle touch. Her body begged for more, and she was almost ashamed at how much desire flowed through her bloodstream right now. She hadn’t been completely aware of how very much she had wanted to see him tonight, of how truly disappointed she had been for the first eight innings that he wasn’t here by her side. Now that he was here, she wasn’t sure how she’d survived the game without him.
He brushed his fingers along her arm, across the crook of her elbow, and up to her shoulder. Goosebumps rose in his wake.
“I don’t like the dress if you wear it for another man,” he said, keeping his eyes locked on hers the whole time. “And sometimes that means I’m going to act like a dick and tell you I don’t like the dress at all.” He brought his hands to her hair and she wanted to cry out because it felt so fucking good to be touched by him like this, with hands that were both tender and completely possessive. He speared his fingers into her hair. “But what I really don’t like is the idea that another man might look at you in it, and want to touch you the way I touch you.”
He leaned into her neck, and pressed his lips against her skin. There was nothing gentle in the kiss. His lips were hot and angry, and she felt his teeth nip her skin. A sting of pain raced through her, but it was a good pain, a pain that made her long for more.

Laura's Review: 

I loved, loved, loved this book! 
It had the perfect leading pair - hot, sexy, confident, with sexual chemistry off the charts - but it also felt good to read. Lauren Blakely has a talent of making characters that shouldn't be real seem like people you could hang out with. And therefore actually like reading about. Casey and Nate are perfect examples. Sure, it was predictable as every "friends-to-lovers" trope usually is, but it kept me hooked from the beginning and I stayed up half the night to see just how it would turn out in the end. Oh, and the excerpt posted above? Definitely one of my favorite scenes in the book - I had to go back and reread that one a couple of times! 

I was a fan of Ms. Blakely's before reading this book, but this one is my favorite, making her my new "must read" author! 

Forbidden Nights: 4.5/5 stars

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Author PhotoAbout Lauren Blakely: Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, and Fighting Fire. She recently released Nights With Him, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her next book in that series is Forbidden Nights, releasing in early 2015. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign)

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Release Day Launch and Giveaway: The Way We Fall by Cassia Leo

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 Today we're hosting the release day launch for The Way We Fall by Cassia Leo!! I am so excited about this sexy new adult romance! Cassia is sharing a bunch of goodies with us today, so be sure to check them out, and enter her fantastic giveaway!!

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  Exclusive Excerpt: August 13th Houston Cavanaugh. The first boy I ever loved. And boy, did I love him a long time. I loved him until he was a man. I loved him until he loved me back. At least, I thought he loved me. His eyes narrow and he appears confused for a moment. “Jamie?” My heart drops to my feet. He doesn’t even remember me. “No,” I say with far too much emotion. “Oh, my God. I’m sorry. I... I know you.” I clutch my chest, unable to breathe. Then his eyes widen with what can only be described as pure terror. “Rory? Aurora?” I let out a sharp puff of air. “Yeah.” His lips are still moving. I want to hear what he’s saying, but my thoughts are pounding in time with my heart. Images flash in my mind: our bodies tangled in his sheets; the breakfast bar littered with sticky shot glasses and empty beer bottles; my empty dorm. “Rory?” I blink a few times to focus on his face and he looks at the floor, as if the weight of our history is pulling his head down. “I’m sorry. Maybe I should come back later.” “What? No!” He looks up, startled by my outburst. “I mean, you came to talk about the contract, so... let’s talk. I’m...” I nod toward the chair for him to sit down, then I close the office door behind him. “I’m sorry for spacing out. I was just a little surprised to see you.” I take a seat in Jamie’s chair and yelp as it begins to tip backward. “Shit!” Houston laughs as I scoot forward and lean my elbows on the desk, hoping he doesn’t notice how the sound of his laughter makes the hairs on my arms stand up. “Sorry. Obviously, I don’t sit on this side of the desk very often, but Jamie didn’t want to reschedule this appointment. She should be here shortly.” “You don’t need to apologize.” The left corner of his mouth pulls up in his signature half smile and I grit my teeth against the surge of emotions welling up inside me. “I’m actually kind of glad we ran into each other.” “Really? You hardly remembered me a minute ago.” He chuckles again. “Yeah, sorry about that. I was just surprised.” I can’t argue with this when I just used the same excuse. But it’s no more true coming from his lips than it is from mine. We’re not surprised to see each other. We’re terrified.  

  The Way We Fall Synopsis: TWWF Amazon_1From New York Times bestselling author Cassia Leo comes a twisted and passionate love story that pushes the boundaries of loyalty. Maybe we shouldn’t have fallen so fast and so willingly. Maybe we shouldn’t have moved in together before we went on our first date. Maybe we should have given our wounds time to heal before we tore each other to shreds. Maybe we should have never been together. Houston has kept a devastating secret from Rory since the day he took her into his home. But the tragic circumstances that brought them together left wounds too deep to heal. Five years after the breakup, Houston and Rory are thrust together by forces beyond their control. And all the resentments and passion return with more intensity than ever. Once again, Houston is left with a choice between the truth and the only girl he’s ever loved.

  The Way We Fall is the first book in The Story of Us series, which follows the tumultuous love story of Rory and Houston. The sequel, The Way We Break, will be released Spring 2015.

 
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading – sometimes both.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Release Blitz and Giveaway: Lauren Blakely's Forbidden Nights

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It's here! Lauren Blakely's FORBIDDEN NIGHTS, the fifth full-length novel from her New York Times Bestselling Erotic Romance Series, Seductive Nights, is releasing today! Lauren Blakely is well known for writing sexy, heartfelt and humorous contemporary romance as well as deeply emotional new adult stories --one commonality in all her books is the scorching hot sexy times. And FORBIDDEN NIGHTS is absolutely no different! Nate Harper and Casey Sullivan's story is sexy and will keep you asking for more! We can't wait for you to snuggle up with Nate Harper and Casey Sullivan in this fabulous, sexy novel. We have all the information on this book for you, but first, Lauren has an amazing giveaway for her readers!

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Lauren Blakely does it again and brings readers more smoldering, sexy nights in her Seductive Nights Series with her newest novel, FORBIDDEN NIGHTS. In Lauren Blakely’s newest Seductive Nights novel, Nate Harper knows exactly how to please a woman. And Casey Sullivan is convinced Nate is the one to give her some hands-on guidance. Lauren wants to deliver with some pleasure for her readers too -- so she’s offering an extra special Forbidden Getaway GIVEAWAY at a value of $500 with this novel! Back by popular demand, Lauren Blakely has put together an extra special Forbidden Giveaway for her readers-The chance to win your very own Forbidden Night, Seductive Nights Style! This is your chance to create your own Forbidden Getaway! You'll have the opportunity to win a night at your favorite hotel and dinner at your favorite restaurant, and all you have to do to enter is take the Be Seduced Trivia Quiz about the Seductive Nights Series in the back of the novel! This is your chance to discover a Forbidden Night of your own!* Readers can access the quiz in the eBook version of FORBIDDEN NIGHTS, and will have until February 21st to enter the quiz. To be clear, the back of the FORBIDDEN NIGHTS eBook is the ONLY location with the link to the quiz.**
  FORBIDDEN NIGHTS is the next novel in the Seductive Nights Series and can be read as a standalone.

* Forbidden Getaway giveaway is for a value of up to $500 only. **Paperback only readers can contact Lauren Blakely directly about how to enter the contest. FORBIDDEN NIGHTS is a full-length, standalone erotic romance novel that follows the love affair of a new couple, Nate and Casey, and does not have a cliffhanger. It’s priced at $3.99 across all retailers.

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FN iBooksI'm so thrilled that the Seductive Nights erotic romance series is continuing with a new installment starring a new couple! This series has been such a joy to write since it started as a fan-driven series, with Julia and Clay, and then Jack and Michelle, and now this this new novel is about Nate and Casey. Readers requested that I write their story next, so I did! FORBIDDEN NIGHTS can be read without having read the earlier books. (Though, why wouldn't you want to meet the other couples?!) I can't wait to introduce readers to Nate Harper and Casey Sullivan. They’re a dynamic duo and many early readers are saying this is their favorite story yet! Nate knows exactly who, and what he wants, and is thrilled when the opportunity he’s dreamed about for years presents herself to him. Expect many steamy encounters between these two!

ABOUT FORBIDDEN NIGHTS: She has been the star of his dirty dreams for years. Sexy hotel CEO Nate Harper has lusted after his good friend Casey Sullivan for a long time, and she’s cried out his name in pleasure countless times in his fabulously filthy fantasies. But even though he’s quite skilled at pleasing a woman, he won’t act on his intense desire because he knows he’s no good for her. After the kind of hurt his ex inflicted on him, he’s a committed playboy for life, and Casey only wants true love. All that changes one hot night when she comes to him with a proposition he can’t resist — she wants him to teach her to be submissive in the bedroom. Casey soon learns how very much she likes letting go of control to him. She’s never been more turned on in her life than she is in Nate’s arms. And he’s never been more taken by a woman. The only trouble is as she experiences what it means to let go, he starts to experience what it means to feel again…And the lessons in seduction threaten to turn into so much more than either one bargained for… What happens when years of desire and lust ignite a passion that can’t be denied?

Excerpt: 

As soon as Bryan and Kat left, Nate shut the door, then locked it. She glanced quickly behind her at the window that provided a view of the sea of rabid fans. The stadium shook with excitement. Cheers from the crowd vibrated throughout the house of Ruth. Nate stalked down the three steps separating them. When he reached her, a vein twitched in his neck. His mouth was a ruler-straight line. His jaw was set hard. His stare undressed her.
“I was wrong,” he said. Each word possessed a hard edge.
“Wrong about what?” Was he talking about the dress? Or about wanting to be her teacher? God, she prayed he wasn’t backing out.
“I was wrong about tonight’s lesson. It’s not spanking.”
“What is it?”
“It’s role-playing.” His voice was hot and rough. His dark eyes prowled over her body.
“What kind of role playing?” She didn’t even bother to hide her nerves, but the  nerves also excited her. Or maybe he was simply the one who excited her. It seemed whatever he did turned her on. The fact that he was standing here, a solid mass of muscle and strength, of extreme and utter sexiness, sent shivers across her skin. She drank him in: the wavy mess of his golden brown hair, the stubble lining his jaw, the exposed patch of skin on his chest where the top two buttons of his white shirt were undone. All of it, all of him, made her tremble with want.
He took one step closer, and reflexively she backed up so her spine hit the wall behind her. She was caged in, and against her better judgment, she liked it. She liked the fact that it was starkly quiet inside the suite, and that it was intensely noisy outside, a white noise that masked all that she was feeling.
“I’m going to be playing the role of the jealous lover,” he said, his voice still laced with the same frustration she’d picked up on earlier. Was he annoyed with her?
“What do you mean?”
“I’m the jealous lover who can’t stand the thought of his woman wearing a gorgeous, stunning, absolutely fucking breathtaking dress on a date with another man.”
A wild thrill rushed through her veins from his words and what they meant. “But I thought you didn’t like the dress?” she asked, coyly, playing along.
He lifted his hand and brushed the tips of his fingers against her wrist. She shuddered from that one subtle touch. Her body begged for more, and she was almost ashamed at how much desire flowed through her bloodstream right now. She hadn’t been completely aware of how very much she had wanted to see him tonight, of how truly disappointed she had been for the first eight innings that he wasn’t here by her side. Now that he was here, she wasn’t sure how she’d survived the game without him.
He brushed his fingers along her arm, across the crook of her elbow, and up to her shoulder. Goosebumps rose in his wake.
“I don’t like the dress if you wear it for another man,” he said, keeping his eyes locked on hers the whole time. “And sometimes that means I’m going to act like a dick and tell you I don’t like the dress at all.” He brought his hands to her hair and she wanted to cry out because it felt so fucking good to be touched by him like this, with hands that were both tender and completely possessive. He speared his fingers into her hair. “But what I really don’t like is the idea that another man might look at you in it, and want to touch you the way I touch you.”
He leaned into her neck, and pressed his lips against her skin. There was nothing gentle in the kiss. His lips were hot and angry, and she felt his teeth nip her skin. A sting of pain raced through her, but it was a good pain, a pain that made her long for more.

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Author PhotoAbout Lauren Blakely: Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared multiple times on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, and Fighting Fire. She recently released Nights With Him, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her next book in that series is Forbidden Nights, releasing in early 2015. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, text BLAKELY + your email address to 678-249-3375 (please use the actual + sign)

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review: Flirting With Disaster by Victoria Dahl

Flirting With Disaster (Jackson: Girls Night Out, #2)
Victoria Dahl
January 27, 2015
Harlequin
384 pages
There's no hiding from sizzling chemistry… 

Artist Isabelle West has good reasons for preferring a solitary life. Tucked away in a cabin in the woods, she has everything she needs . . . except a red-hot love life. That is, until a hard-bodied U.S. marshal threatens to unearth secrets she's spent years protecting. But giving in to the sparks flying between them can only lead to one thing…disaster.

Tom Duncan lives by the letter of the law. But no one has tempted him—or confused him—more than free-spirited Isabelle, who arouses his suspicion and his desire. As their connection grows, and their nights get hotter, they find their wild attraction might shake everything he stands for—and expose everything she has to hide.


Laura's Review:

I think the author wrote this book hoping we'd be so caught up in the "sizzling chemistry" (and yes, there was a whole lot of that), that we'd gloss over the huge plot holes in the story - there was great deal of telling us that something occurred without explaining exactly how that was possible. Because there was a lot that just didn't seem plausible. But, whether it was her intent or not, I was able to move past those things and take it for what it is at heart - a romance novel. And a good one at that. Not a great crime/suspense novel, but it's obviously not meant to be such. I loved Tom Duncan - he made this story and was the perfect lawman hero - protective and honest with a huge heart.
I had not read the first in this "series," but I don't feel like you need to. This definitely can be read as a standalone, but as it is after reading any great book in a series, I want to go catch up on what I missed.

Flirting With Disaster: 3.5/5 stars

Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Review: Owning Violet by Monica Murphy

Owning Violet (Fowler Sisters, #1)
Monica Murphy
December 2, 2014
400 pages

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy begins a sexy new contemporary romance series—perfect for fans of Christina Lauren and Emma Chase—that introduces three sisters born to wealth, raised to succeed, ready to love, destined to make waves.

I’ve moved through life doing what’s expected of me. I’m the middle daughter, the dutiful daughter. The one who braved a vicious attack and survived. The one who devoted herself to her family’s business empire. The one who met an ambitious man and fell in love. We were going to run Fleur Cosmetics together, Zachary and I.

Until he got a promotion and left me in the dust. Maybe it’s for the best, between his disloyalty and his wandering eye. But another man was waiting for me. Wanting me. He too has an overwhelming thirst for success, just like Zachary—perhaps even more so. He’s also ruthless. And mysterious. I know nothing about Ryder McKay beyond that he makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

One stolen moment, a kiss, a touch . . . and I’m hooked. Ryder’s like a powerful drug, and I’m an addict who doesn’t want to be cured. He tells me his intentions aren’t pure, and I believe him. For once, I don’t care. I’m willing to risk everything just to be with him. Including my heart. My soul.

My everything.


Tanya's Review:
      When I first started this book, gotta say I did not think I would finish it. I did not like any of the people in the book, they all seemed rotten. As the story unfolded it reminded me of the movie Cruel Intentions (a favorite of mine) and the story started to suck me in. Violet always the good daughter just seemed to be going through the motions in life and did what was proper and expected of her but seemed to not really be living. I felt she was weak but as the story went on she grew stronger and I grew to really like her. . Her boyfriend Zachary is a tool, cheating on her and using her to get ahead, I have no like for him, I hated him more by the end of the book than at the beginning.Then there is Ryder Mckay....wrong in all the right ways. At first Ryder seemed like a douche but as the story unfolds and you get a glimpse into his past you kinda feel for him. Then the chemistry between Ryder and Violet, oh my hotness. Ryder is quite the bossy Alpha male and I liked it.
     I had read shorter books in the past by this author and enjoyed them so I was glad to see her write a longer more substantial story.  I felt this was a decent start to this series and I am quite interested to read the next book in the series. This one is full of deception, secrets and one sexy alpha male so if any of those things sound tempting to you, then you really should indulge in this one.

Owning Violet:  3.5/5  stars

Laura's Review:

I completely agree with Tanya on this one. The characters are almost unbearable at first - you aren't sure you really want to like any of them. Even Violet I had a little bit of trouble warming up to... she was a little too passive and weak in the beginning. But, as the story unfolded and we got deeper into it, the complexities of the relationships and the people involved became more apparent. And it definitely got way more interesting. Ryder turned from annoyingly arrogant pretty boy to a hot and sexy protector. I loved how much we got to see Violet evolve and in turn allow her relationships with both Zachary and Ryder evolve as well. Ms. Murphy should stick to full-length novels, because here is where she really shines. Looking forward to the next one!

Owning Violet: 3.5/5 stars