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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween Character Costume Party: Costume Contest! (Vote/Giveaway)



I would like to give a big Thank You to all of our wonderful guests that visited us for our Character Costume Party, it was a blast and I hope everyone enjoyed it! I would especially like to thank our fabulous authors who participated: Jacquelyn Frank, Juliana Stone, Eliza Knight, Laura Kaye, Julie Ann Walker, Lissa Kessler and Emma Cornwall. And give a special shout out to Juliana Stone, Laura Kaye and Lisa Kessler for writing fantastic new scenes with their characters just for our party! You ladies rock! XOXO

Halloween Character Costume Party with Lisa Kessler of Night Thief! (Character Post/Giveaway)

Well lovelies, all good things must come to an end and our Character Costume Party is winding down. Thank you ever so much for joining us! But before we go, every good Halloween party needs a masquerade and Lisa Kessler has provided just that with this special scene with Rita and Kane from her new release, Night Thief! So grab your sparkly, feathered or bejeweled mask and enjoy!



“Welcome to the Masquerade, Crystal.” Marguerite brushed a light kiss to each cheek of the book blogging goddess and smiled. “Kane is opening more wine at the bar… Enjoy!”

She watched Crystal walk away, her gaze connecting with her husband’s. Her pulse raced.

When they planned this Halloween Masquerade party, it had been her idea that they recreate the clothes they wore the first night they met in 1840. Seeing him now in the coat and vest, his formal shirt and tie hanging hopelessly open, and his blond mane tied back in a leather thong, she wanted nothing more than to go to him, to dance, and keep him to herself.

Halloween Character Costume Party with Emma Cornwall of Incarnation! (Character Post/Giveaway)


It's here, it's here! It's finally that day folks! Time for the witches and goblins, princesses and fairies, and all of those fantastical creatures to roam the streets free. It's Halloween! And what better day to have a vampire join our party. Hmm...or perhaps something a little more celestial? 


Lucy Weston from Emma Cornwall’s “Incarnation”

What does a reluctant halfling vampire still trying to come to terms with her new nature don to celebrate Halloween?  After coming forward to reveal the circumstances of my transformation into a child of the dark, I am definitely in need of a respite.  There are Halloween parties galore all over vampiric London but what to wear?  Obviously, fangs would be a terrible cliché.   I don’t look terribly good in black so that’s out, too. I have a wardrobe stuffed with lovely ball gowns but they are mostly from my pre-transformation days and something tells me that showing up at a vampire party disguised as a human might not be the best idea.  That leaves… 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Guest Review: Lucas by D.B. Reynolds - 4 Wine Glasses!


Lucas (Vampires In America #6)Lucas
(Vampires in America #6)
by D.B. Reynolds
Published October 30th 2012
Copy Courtesy of Author
Book SIX of the award-winning Vampires in America.
THE BADLANDS of SOUTH DAKOTA … haunting landscapes, legendary outlaws, and … vampires?
LUCAS DONLON is a Vampire Lord, one of the most powerful vampires in North America and beyond. Charming and irreverent to his friends and lovers, he enjoys everything about his life as a vampire. But when a neighboring vampire lord declares war, he soon discovers that Lucas is as every bit as lethal as he is charming.
KATHRYN HUNTER doesn’t care about powerful vampires or their wars. Her baby brother is missing and she will do anything to find him, even if it means going against both her FBI bosses and the local vampire lord. But Lucas Donlon has other plans for the lovely FBI agent who’s landed on his doorstep.
Waging war against their enemies and each other, Lucas and Kathryn will risk everything to keep the most deadly vampire war in hundreds of years from engulfing every vampire, and human, in North America.
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Crystal L's Thoughts:

Halloween Character Costume Party with Julie Ann Walker of Rev It Up! (Character Interview/Giveaway)

And the party keeps on rolling! I hope everyone is having a good time so far, as your hostess please let me know if you need anything. Cocktail? Feathered mask? Tall, sexy, tattooed rabbit? Ah, I see we have a winner! Well then, please give a loud hot and holler for author Julie Ann Walker and her +2 from her release, Rev It Up


Hi, all you romance fans out there!  I'm Julie Ann Walker, author of the bestselling Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series, and I'm happy to be on Reading Between the Wines, talking to Jake "the Snake" Sommers and Michelle "Shell" Carter about love and life.  So, without further ado...

*Jake and Shell knock and enter office*

Me:  Come in, come in!  I'm so happy to be talking to you two today. *eyes costumes with raised eyebrow as couple settles into chairs* 

Jake:  Yo, we gotta make this fast.  Shell and I are already late for a Halloween party at Red Delilah's Biker Bar.

Me:  So, I see. *snickers*  And, let me guess.  Roger and Jessica Rabbit?

Halloween Character Costume Party with Laura Kaye of One Night with a Hero! (Character Post/Giveaway)


Welcome back to our Character Costume Party guys and ghouls! Would you like your glass of witches brew topped off? How about one of these mini spider cupcakes? Be sure to leave some room though because now we have an extra 'magical' treat for you from the stunning and sensational, Laura Kaye, who has brought along some guests from her new release, One Night with a Hero!


I’m thrilled to be back at Reading Between the Wines Book Club to celebrate Halloween and the release of my brand new contemporary romance, One Night with a Hero. There’s actually a quite prominent (and hilarious!) Halloween scene in this new book, but I thought I’d create an exclusive *brand new scene* that might just have happened during Brady and Joss’s second Halloween together! Enjoy:

~*~*~*~*~*~*~

“Good run?” Joss asked as Brady came in the front door from his nightly exercise routine. Butterflies tore through her stomach. She had a plan for the evening, and she really hoped it worked.

He smiled at her. He did that a lot more freely now, and it melted Joss’s heart every time. “Yeah. Cold out though. Nicky still asleep?”

Joss loved how much he doted over their almost six-month-old son. “Yep. He’s conked out.”

Monday, October 29, 2012

Review: Night Thief by Lisa Kessler - 4 Wine Glasses!


Night Thief (A Night Series Novella)Night Thief 
(The Night Series #1.5)
by Lisa Kessler
ebook
Published September 28th 2012 by Entangled Publishing (Ever After)
ISBN B009J7PC4O
Copy courtesy of author & publicist
After the fall of the Mayan civilization, Kane, an immortal Night Walker, has taken refuge in France for over 800 years. The modern world holds little interest for him until the night he meets the Golden Thief and is robbed of much more than his pocket watch.Marguerite Rousseau is living a double life. By day she is the assistant to an eccentric French artist, Antoine Berjon, and by night she dons elegant evening gowns to woo French dignitaries before lifting their wallets.Sparks ignite when Kane captures the thief, but Marguerite harbors a dark secret that could ruin them both.
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Crystal's Thoughts: 
A quick and enticing bite from The Night Series world; Night Thief, was a fantastic little read to whet my appetite for the next full-length release in the spring, Night Demon. 

Sexy Snippets: Down for the Count by Christine Bell

ReadingBetweentheWinesBookClub
   
Tuesdays have never been so sexy!
Sexy Snippets is a weekly feature hosted by Reading Between the Wines for the 18+ crowd. To join in just grab the button, post a sexy paragraph or two from your current read and share the author & title so other participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like. Then add your post to the linky below so everyone can follow along. Have a sexy good time!

Halloween Character Costume Party with Juliana Stone of To Hell and Back! (Character Post/Giveaway)

Welcome back! Joining us for the party is one of my favorite people, paranormal and contemporary romance author Juliana Stone! She has brought along two of her fabulous (and much-loved by moi') characters for some dress-up fun from her League of Guardian series, Kira and Logan!


Deleted scene from TO HELL AND BACK

“Okay,” Kira said, encouragingly.  “It looks good on you.”
“Good on me,” Logan replied, irritated and pissed off.  “This looks good on me.”
“Well, yes, I mean, for what it is…for what we are.”
Logan stared at the woman he loved.  A woman, who in the space of only a few days had somehow managed to get him to do something so incredibly stupid, that he’d throw himself back into the pit, if anyone found out about it.
She grinned.  She bit her lip and cocked her head to the side in that way that drove him crazy.  “The good thing is that with your dark coloring, pink looks good on you.”
“You’ve got me dressed in a fucking corset,” he growled.  “What part of this looks good?”
She smiled devilishly and licked her lips. “The pink part?”
With a growl, Logan strode toward Kira and yanked her up into his arms.  She couldn’t go anywhere, not that she wanted to. But since she was less than half his size and human, she didn’t stand a chance.
He was a hellhound after all.
A hellhound in a fucking pink corset.
“Tell me why we need to do this again?” he asked darkly.
His eyes took her in, greedily roving over her tiny frame.  Clad in a plain dress, and a sweater, with big round glasses clutched in her hand and a copper colored wig on the chair near the door, she looked like a sexy little school teacher.
“Because the Halloween party has a theme and you promised to take me.”
“And what was the theme exactly?  Male prostitutes  R us?”
“Rocky Horror, silly. The girl in the costume shop said yours was the most popular.”
“I highly doubt it.”
His mouth reached for her and he kissed her thoroughly.  “Why don’t we stay in and I’ll show you exactly what Rocky Horror does to the poor little human.”
Kira slid out of his arms and whispered.  “If you’re a good hellhound and do this for me, I’ll make sure tonight is a night you’ll never forget.”
She laughed, her eyes glistening and that piece of steel inside Logan melted.  He was gone.  Whipped.  He would do anything for her. 
She led the way to the door and bent over to grab her wig, her bare bottom teasing him as growled in reaction.  Kira grinned over her shoulder and whispered, “I promise.”

Sunday, October 28, 2012

ARC Review: To Hell and Back by Juliana Stone - 4 Wine Glasses!


To Hell and Back (League of Guardians, #1.5)To Hell and Back 
(League of Guardians #1.5)
by Juliana Stone 
ebook, 100 pages
Expected publication: October 30th 2012 by Avon Impulse
ISBN 0062108123 
ARC Copy Courtesy of Author
Logan and Kira’s epic love story, first seen in Wrong Side of Hell, continues…
All Logan Winters wants is to be left alone with the woman he loves. But fate isn’t on his side and the demon Lilith isn’t to be trifled with. She wants to know the secrets he will never give up and he’ll do anything to make sure they stay hidden. On the run, with a secret of her own to keep and protect, Kira Dove must do whatever it takes to survive. But Kira and Logan soon discover that the path to salvation is littered with treachery, and they’ll each have to journey to hell and back to make sure their love survives the oncoming storm…
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Crystal's Thoughts:
I fell in love with Logan and Kira in Wrong Side of Hell. They have one of those love stories that just instantly captures your heart and sticks with you long after the book ends. Thankfully though, that wasn't the end of their story...


Halloween Character Costume Party with Eliza Knight of The Highlander's Conquest! (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Welcome, lovelies, to Day 2 of our Character Costume Party! Today we have the wonder, Eliza Knight, joining us with her sexy kilted hero, Blane, and his book The Highlander's Conquest! Why would you want to de-kilt a Highlander though, unless you're 'researching' what they really have under that kilt? You'll have to read to find out! 


Halloween is coming! Let the disguising, candy stealing and trickery begin!

I went to a Renn Faire this past weekend and bought a beautiful bodice and skirt to wear as a medieval “lady” and my husband will be dressing up in the kilt I made him. We’ll be the characters from my books! It can be fun to dress up as somebody or something else, what will you dress up as?

In the 13th century Scottish Highlands, my beloved characters would be celebrating Samhain, the Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the coming of winter—also known as the darker half of the year. Spooky sounding, huh? The people would light magnificent bonfires, dance, drink, feast, throw the bones of livestock into the flames and they’d invite the souls of the dead to dine with them—to honor their memories.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Guest Review: (ARC) Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione - 5 Wine Glasses!


Rogue Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #4)Rogue Rider 
(Lords of Deliverance #4)
by Larissa Ione 
Paperback
Expected publication: December 6th 2012 by Piatkus (first published November 20th 2012)
ISBN 0749955570
ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
The prophecies were there but no one listened. Until now. They are the Lords of Deliverance and they have the power to ward off Doomsday . . . or let it ride. 
Jillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues - and falls for - a gorgeous stranger who has no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man that Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he's also the kind of man that can be very dangerous . . . 
Reseph may not know his background, or why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian's life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian's neighbours are killed and demon hunters arrive on the scene, Reseph fears that he's putting Jillian in danger. And once it's revealed that Reseph is also Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world with death and destruction, he and Jillian must face the greatest challenge of all: can they forget the horrors of a chilling past to save the future they both desire?
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Crystal L's Thoughts: 
Woo-wee! Talk about one of the best books that I've ever read, where you didn't know whether you wanted to slap the hero for the atrocious things he'd done his past, or give him a hug cause he was suffering so badly now. As Pestilence, the demonic Horsemen in the first three books of this series, I can say with absolute surety that every reader wanted to beat him to a bloody pulp. Book four, Rogue Rider, however, brings us back to Reseph. Even better, we start the book with a naked Reseph lying unconscious in the snow, where he is saved by Jillian.

Halloween Character Costume Party with Jacquelyn Frank of Forbidden! (Interview/Giveaway)

Welcome, one and all, to the Character Costume Party! We have some truly wicked authors joining us now through Halloween, and they're dressing up your favorite book characters, or undressing them as the case may be, and we're ready to get down and party! So put your kitty ears on and join us as Lexi interviews the fabulous Jacquelyn Frank about her upcoming release, Forbidden, set in the must-read Nightwalker world, and her super sexy hero, Ram!
LEXI: With Halloween around the corner, and the kick off of our Character Costume Party what better author to invite to stop by than the author of things going bump in the night shadows: Jacquelyn Frank! 

I am loving the sound of Ram, the hero in Forbidden. He sounds like the perfect addition to any Halloween party. Though he would need a costume...so if Ram walked in on you right now naked (no, that would be Ram being naked not you) what could you throw together for a costume for him? 

Katie Porter's Amazing Race for a Kindle!

From Katie Porter...

Have you read a book by the debut co-writing team of Katie Porter? Have you told others what you think? Now's your chance! With Kindles!

We'd love to get the word out by giving others access to the most important opinions of all: those of readers! It's so simple. Just post a review of DOUBLE DOWN on Amazon.

Love it, hate it, think it's worth a solid three stars...? Want to write a few lines or a treatise? We can't wait to hear what you think. Here are the prizes.

  • When DOUBLE DOWN reaches 25 reviews, we'll give away a $50 Amazon gift certificate to a randomly selected reviewer.
  • When DOUBLE DOWN reaches 100 reviews, and for every 100 reviews after that, we'll give away a $199 Kindle Fire HD.


You only need to enter once. One person. One voice. But your chances are never exhausted--unless you win, of course. For example, if you're reviewer number 12, you'll be eligible for the 25, 50, and 100+ review prizes. By encouraging other Katie Porter fans to participate, you up the prize stakes.

Fine print: No purchase necessary--coz hey, libraries and friends loan copies all the time. We'll ship anywhere these American version Kindle devices are functional, or replace the prize with an Amazon gift card equivalent. Those who already own Kindles may choose a Amazon gift card equivalent. Your opinion will not affect your odds, as all drawings will be conducted via Random.org. Contest ends December 27, 2012. Void where prohibited.


Thank you for your enthusiasm, and best of luck in your amazing race to a Kindle!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Guest Review: Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione - 5 Wine Glasses!


Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #3)Lethal Rider 
(Lords of Deliverance #3)
by Larissa Ione 
Paperback,464 pages
May 22nd 2012 by Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 074995552X
They're here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Born of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell's minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday...or let it ride...
LETHAL RIDER
Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, Regan Cooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he's about to become a father.
Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he's ever wanted-a family.
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Crystal L's Thoughts:
Favorite Quote (because I may feel like it applies to my life sometimes): “Crazy? try ceiling-licking, rabies-frothing, dish-ran-away-with-the-spoon-in-fucking-sane." --Thanatos”

From Notting Hill with Love... Actually by Ali McNamara (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to author, Ali McNamara, who is joining us with her new book and a fun tour through the town of Notting Hill!


A tour through Notting Hill, some things you'll learn (or see) in Notting Hill, London.


Alighting from Notting Hill Gate Tube station for the first time,just as Scarlett does in From Notting Hill With Love…Actually, take a right turn onto PenbridgeRoad. Cross the street and follow the signs for Portobello Road.
On your way, the eagle-eyed amongst you will spot to your right a plaque on the wall which marks the house where George Orwell once lived.
The day on which your visit takes will definitely affect how much of Portobello Road you can actually see! If you have chosen to come on a Saturday when the famous antique market is in full flow, you will quickly be enveloped and swept along through the brightly coloured stalls by the huge crowds which flood this area every weekend, out to hunt down a bargain, or their own Beavis & Butthead stained glass window as featured at the beginning of the Notting Hill movie.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow #52: Witches, Ghosts and Goblins...Oh My!

ReadingBetweentheWinesBookClub
   
18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!


How to join in:
-You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
-Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
-Copy the html for the button above and place it at the top of your post.
-List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’
-Place your name and blog title in the linky below and the url for a direct link to your post
-Visit the other blogs on the list and say 'Hi!' Following each blog is not mandatory but I know it is always appreciated, and if someone comments saying they’re a new follower it’s polite to follow back. J It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blogging love!
-Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) with any questions!


Question of the Week:

What book or series would you recommend for a good Halloween read?

Guest Review: For Desire Alone by Jess Michaels - 3 Wine Glasses!


For Desire Alone (Mistress Matchmaker, #2)For Desire Alone 
(Mistress Matchmaker #2)
by Jess Michaels
ebook
Expected publication: November 6th 2012 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN13 9781619211193
Copy Courtesy of Author
Behind their passion lurks a dark truth that could destroy their love.
Mistress Matchmaker, Book 2
A mistress should never be foolish enough to fall in love with her protector, nor trust him with her financial future. Mariah Desmond did both, and now her dearly departed protector has left her with nothing.
Forced to seek another protector, she’s determined that this time, she’ll lead with her survival instinct—not her heart. But when she attends one of Vivien Manning’s infamous parties, the familiar face of her late lover’s best friend throws her for a loop.
A painful past taught John Rycroft that he’s not fit to be anyone’s knight in shining armor. His soft spot—make that a hard spot—for Mariah is precisely why he’s kept his distance. Yet the sight of her flirting with a bevy of men vying to become her next lover makes something inside him snap.
As John hauls her bodily away from her suitors, Mariah’s indignation melts away in the heat of the sizzling sexual chemistry. She quickly finds it isn’t easy to navigate John’s stormy emotional waters. Especially when his abusive father’s quest to get his son back under his thumb puts her life in danger. 
Product WarningsContains intensely sexy scenes of two people falling into bed (a lot) and in love.
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Crystal L.'s Thoughts:
Whew! Jess Michaels can write a book with some smokin' hot sex scenes. For a time period known for its propriety, Michaels' has a wicked imagination on what those naughty men and women were doing behind closed doors (or not so closed doors when it's on the dining room table meant to seat 20 where even the servants can see). This book is filled with sweet lovin' sex, fast and passionate sex, super naughty voyeur sex, and at least eight other ways that my historically hawt sex fried brain can't remember.

An Engagement Challenge by Kiru Taye (Feature/Excerpt/Giveaway)

Good morning lovelies! Today we have romance author, Kira Taye, who would like to share with you her book, An Engagement Challenge, with an excerpt and giveaway. Enjoy!


An Engagement Challenge (Challenge Series, #2)
by Kiru Taye
Publisher: KT Press
Length: 75,000 words
Genres: Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense (Interracial/African-American, Light Bondage)
Book 2 of the contemporary romance Challenge series, set in Nigeria. Three friends. Three challenges. Are they willing to risk everything for love?
When savvy PR consultant Ijay Amadi meets successful Industrialist Paul Arinze, the only things on her mind are to forget the pain of her failed relationship and enjoy the delights his branding touch and soul-searing kiss promise. It’s a one-time only event. Perfect.
However, Paul is annoyed to wake up and find her gone the next morning. He isn’t ready to forget the dark-haired beauty or their scorching night together just yet. So he plans to have Ijay right where he wants her—in Abuja, working on his latest business project by day and enjoying the pleasure of his bed by night.
Except when Ijay arrives, she’s wearing another man’s engagement ring. With the explosive desire between them threatening their priorities and loyalties, the stakes get higher by the minute. Who’ll be left standing at the altar when Ijay walks down the aisle?
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Guest Review: Torn by Amber Lehman - 5 Wine Glasses



TORNTorn
by Amber Lehman 
Paperback, 404 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Closet Case Press (first published July 15th 2009)
ISBN 0979593360
It was different this time; we weren't acting on a dare. I knew our motive; we were practicing the act, hoping to impress the right boy when it came time. But then something happened in the mix of the moment, in the mix of the alcohol. It wasn't planned, but somehow our kissing experiment turned into something else. Things went further . . . and once they had, once I returned to earth from the euphoria . . . I wrestled with my feelings at that frank realization, questioning whether our said objective was entirely true. When fourteen-year old Krista McKinley transfers from Catholic school in Ohio to California's public Crestmount High, she discovers she has a lot to learn. Luckily, she is befriended by Carrie and Brandon and things start to look up. But when a simple dare tests Krista s values, it sends her entire world spiraling into a confusing series of events that leaves her questioning her identity as well as the people around her.
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Renee's Thoughts:
Going out there and saying that this was one of my all time fave books. I was completely blown away! For the first time I actually wrote notes besides my kindle clippings. It was filled with so much emotion and angst. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Guest Review: (ARC) The Warrior by Margaret Mallory - 4.5 Wine Glasses!


The Warrior (Return of the Highlanders, #3)The Warrior
(Return of the Highlanders #3)
by Margaret Mallory
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: October 30th 2012 by Forever
ISBN 044658309X
ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
Four fearless warriors return to the Highlands to claim their lands and legacies. But all their trials on the battlefield can't prepare them for their greatest challenge yet: winning the hearts of four willful Scottish beauties.
Star-Crossed
From the Isle of Skye to the battlefields of France, Duncan MacDonald has never escaped the memory of the true love he left behind. Deemed unworthy of a chieftain's daughter, Duncan abandoned the lovely Moira to prove his worth in battle. Now, when called upon to rescue her from a rival clan, one thing is certain: Moira's pull on his heart is stronger than ever.
Bartered away in marriage to a violent man, Moira will do anything to ensure she and her son survive. When a rugged warrior arrives to save her, the desperate beauty thinks her prayers have been answered—until she realizes it's Duncan. The man who once broke her heart is now her only hope. Moira vows never again to give herself—or reveal her secrets—to the fierce warrior, but as they race across the sea, danger and desire draw them ever closer.
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Crystal L.'s Thoughts:
Favorite Quote: "A lass should know how to protect herself," he said. "Your training in this regard has been sorely lacking, so I'm going to teach ye how to kill a man with a dirk." "That's the sweetest thing a man has ever said to me," Moira said in a dead-serious voice.

Savage Hunger by Terry Spear (Interview/Giveaway)


Wizards of WildewoodLexi: In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, Halloween, Balthazar the Sorcerer is stopping by to talk about shifters! Welcome....oh wait...oops. Welcome the creator of Balthazar the Sorcerer and writer of shifter romance, Terry Spear!

You make cuddly teddy bears, like Balthazar the Sorcerer, and have written about some sexy werewolf shifters. Now you have a new series in which Savage Hunger is the first book, and it stars Connor a jaguar shifter. Makes me wonder, what you will be dressing up as for Halloween?

TS: LOL, your opening is so cute!!! Balthazar is waving hi to everyone!! Now, your question. This gets really difficult. I used to love to be a Medieval fairy princess. Now I probably need to be queen. Or empress has a nice ring to it. I’ve been a gypsy and the Mad Hatter before. I am going to Authors after Dark next year and to their vampire and masked balls, so I’m working on something for those! So maybe I’ll don a black velvet cape, lengthen my canines, and go on the prowl. It would be a first time for me!

Lexi: Halloween or not it is always a good time to read about sexy shifters. I am a sucker for werewolves, since I have a soft spot for wolves/Siberian huskies. That sense of pack gives them a noble feel; you know they will have your back. What’s next for your werewolf books in 2013?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Guest Review: (ARC) The Devil's Thief by Samantha Kane - 4 Wine Glasses!


The Devil's Thief: A Loveswept Historical RomanceThe Devil's Thief 
(The Saint’s Devils #1)
by Samantha Kane
ebook, 297 pages
Expected publication: November 12th 2012 by Loveswept
ISBN 0345537912 
ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
In Samantha Kane’s sensual tale of wicked passion, a desperate woman must resort to burglary—but the beautiful thief ends up stealing the heart of a rogue.
The daughter of a reformed jewel thief, Julianna Harte knows a thing or two about stealth. When the foundling home she provides for finds itself in dire financial straits, Julianna is forced to do the unthinkable. In a bit of misguided Robin Hood derring-do, she slips through the window of a wealthy rake to search for a treasure she knows is there: an invaluable pearl. But when the towering and very naked occupant of the moonlit bedroom ambushes her with a bargain—a night in his bed in exchange for the pearl—Julianna doesn’t know if it’s masculine heat or sheer desperation that makes his terms so tempting.
Alasdair Sharpe had no intention of keeping his end of the bargain. Planning to offer his little cat burglar carte blanche instead, he promptly loses himself in the delights of unexpected pleasure. But when he awakes the next morning to find his family heirloom gone, fury quickly replaces sensual languor. Of course, Alasdair is more than willing to use seduction to reclaim his stolen pearl—and find the key to Julianna’s heart.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: About Last Night, Blaze of Winter, and Lana’s Lawman.
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Crystal L.'s Thoughts:
Julianna Harte is the daughter of a successful thief of a father who finally married a wealthy woman and gave up his ways. But living that life growing up with her Dad she's learned a thing or two, and she's not afraid to put those skills to use to get what she needs. Which is to steal the priceless pearl of Alasdair Sharpe. If she can get her hands on it to sell, then she'll have enough money to pay the back rent on the home for abandoned children that she's helped start. What she doesn't count on is getting caught in the process of stealing that pearl by Alasdair himself.

Passion Creek by Avery Flynn (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to erotica author, Avery Flynn!


Josie and Her Tattoos
Avery Flynn

I am a fan of tattoos and have a few of my own to show for it. However, mine are hidden away where you only see them in the summer. That’s just the way I roll. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sexy Snippets: Lean on Me by Cherise Sinclair

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Tuesdays have never been so sexy!
Sexy Snippets is a weekly feature hosted by Reading Between the Wines for the 18+ crowd. To join in just grab the button, post a sexy paragraph or two from your current read and share the author & title so other participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like. Then add your post to the linky below so everyone can follow along. Have a sexy good time!

This month has just not been kind to my reading schedule, I am going at a snail's pace here and I just want to scream "Leave me alone so that I can read!" LoL Ever have one of those days, weeks, heck...months? Oh well, here is my sizzling sexy snippet for this week. Almost through this series and wow, do I recommend it to erotica and BDSM fans! ;)

Guest Review: Bittersweet Revenge by Monroe Scott - 5 Wine Glasses!


Bittersweet RevengeBittersweet Revenge
by Monroe Scott 
Kindle Edition
Published October 1st 2012 by NF LLC
ASIN B009KT2SU2
Alison is a hard working young senior paralegal that ends up falling head over heels in love with attorney Richard Westman. 
Their love story quickly takes a horrible turn, and the young paralegal is left heartbroken. Until she decides, she wants revenge.
Bittersweet Revenge is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is suitable for ages 18 and up. Contains violence and sexual situations.
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Renee's Thoughts:
WOW, is all I can say! This book could have been a lot longer, I wanted it to be a lot longer! 

Sultry with a Twist by Macy Beckett (Interview/Giveaway)


Lexi: If you are in the mood for a little bit of summer, help me welcome Macy Beckett, author of Sultry with a Twist!

Macy, your new adult series kicked off with Sultry with a Twist. The perfect small town, second chance, friends to lover’s kind of book. Sweet romance. Is this your favorite genre to read, or maybe it just came naturally for you to write about?

MB: Thanks for the warm welcome! As much as I love fall, I’m already missing summer, so I’m thrilled to be here today to talk about Texas in July. :-) I’m glad you enjoyed Sultry with a Twist. Yes, it’s absolutely my favorite genre to read, which is exactly why I wrote it. I tend to write the books I want to read.

Lexi: Sultry Springs seems like the ideal place to spend a summer, especially if there are guys like Luke and Trey there. Did you grow up in a small town?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Guest Review: Sultry with a Twist by Macy Beckett


Sultry with a Twist 
(Sultry Springs #1)
by Macy Beckett 
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1402270364 
When Mae-June July Augustine hightailed it out of Sultry Springs, Texas, with her heart in pieces, she swore she'd never return. But nine years later, one thing stands between June and her dream of opening an upscale martini bar: a month of community service under the supervision of the devilishly sexy Luke Gallagher, her first love and ex-best friend. As lust turns to love, June must decide where she belongs: in the glorious anonymity of Austin or back in Sultry Springs with the man who intoxicates her like no other.
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Crystal L's Thoughts:

Favorite Quote: "... he was the only man in the tent, and apparently, possession of a penis qualified him for grill duty. Even worse, old Ms. Bicknocker had made him tuck his hair under a shower cap while basting and braising, so the fire's heat had soaked into his body and traveled right to his head, where the plastic trapped it inside. He'd felt like a giant condom."

Tour: Taming the Tycoon by Amy Andrews (Guest Post)

Please give a warm welcome to romance author, Amy Andrews!


Hi and thanks for having me here, today. 
As a special treat I interviewed Nate and Addie about how they met and fell in love and their plans for the future.


Nathaniel, what did you think when you first met Addie?

I thought she was this boho hippy chick. She was wearing huge,
purple-tinted sunglasses and intricately plaited hair ending in
colorful beads. I'd never seen such a completely impractical hair
style. Okay for a beach in Bali, maybe, but not so much London,
despite the glorious Indian Summer we were having. And then when she
performed that citizen's arrest and snapped those damn fluffy pink
handcuffs on me...I was so busy trying to close a deal I just didn't
have time for theatrics. I wanted to strangle her. But then part of me
wanted to do a hundred kinds of wicked to her too.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Guest Review: Last Call by Alannah Lynne - 4 Wine Glasses!


Last Call (Heat Wave, #2)Last Call 
(Heat Wave #2)
by Alannah Lynne
ebook
Published October 1st 2012 by Alannah Lynne
ASIN B009KEXBC6
Copy courtesy of author
Gavin McLeod is a man who has it all. His corporate climb has positioned him as the next CEO at Holden Enterprises. He’s financially stable, allowing him to provide for the grandfather who raised him, and his successful seduction of the sexy bartender last night proves his private life is also on fire. Until the alluring woman in his arms turns out to be a serious road-block to his future. One that could bring everything he's worked for crashing down around him.
Sunny Black has spent her entire life tending to the needs of others, caring for her younger brother since she was ten, and serving bar patrons night after night. For the first time in years, she thinks of herself and gives in to her body’s demands, taking a trip to the wild side with a customer whose raw sexuality is too strong to deny. The next morning, however, she learns that in addition to rocking her world, the stranger might cause it to crumble.
A game of sexual seduction and corporate chess ensues, with neither Gavin nor Sunny realizing the ending could come in the form of a permanent check-mate.
Crystal L.’s Thoughts:

Until There Was You by Jessica Scott (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to a fabulous new military romance author, Jessica Scott! Make sure to check out my 4-Wine-Glass reviews of her books, Because of You & Until There Was You (coming soon). 



Thanks so much for having me here at Reading Between The Wines!

Crystal asked me to talk a little bit about the rank structure of the army because so many folks don’t really understand it. Honestly, when you first join up as a private, it’s a little confusing. I remember standing at parade rest (for those of you that don’t know, it’s a position where your feet are spread shoulder width apart, hands are folded at the small of your back, right over left and head and eyes are straight to the front) when I was still at Basic Training and I called a Sergeant First Class well, Sergeant First Class. He corrected me and said that the only sergeants that are not called Sergeant were First Sergeants and Sergeant Majors. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Guest Review: Savin' Me by Alannah Lynne - 5 Wine Glasses!


Savin' Me (Heat Wave, #1)Savin' Me
(Heat Wave #1)
by Alannah Lynne
Kindle Edition
Published August 6th 2012 by Alannah Lynne (first published March 29th 2010)
ASIN B008UCCXXM
Copy courtesy of author
One step away from the coveted Vice Presidency of her firm, the last thing Kat Owens needs is the distraction of a man. Her client, Erik Monteague, disagrees. He’s charming, sexy, seductive, and impossible to ignore or refuse. After succumbing to his advances, Kat’s forced to choose between her career and the man she’s fallen for... while knowing even her love might not be enough to save him from self-destructing.
While Erik’s perfectly executed seduction gets Kat into his bed, the end result is more than he bargained for. Having spent the past ten years wallowing in guilt and self-loathing over his fiancée’s tragic death, falling in love is unacceptable. However, Kat’s passionate, loving nature dissolves the carefully constructed walls guarding his heart, forcing him to face his tragic past and make a decision... spend the rest of his life running, or risk being devastated by love again?
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Crystal L.’s Thoughts:
Let me just say that giving a five wine glass toast is not something I do often. So, not only am I thrilled to give this book the proverbial five star because it was an extremely well written book that pulled at the heart strings, but also because it's an indie author with a self pubbed book! Thank you Alannah Lynne for such a great story!

My Brave Highlander by Vonda Sinclair (Interview/Giveaway)


Lexi: It’s fall, there is a new chill in the air. What better way to keep warm than to wrap up in a plaid! Our guest today, Vonda Sinclair, has written some hot highlanders that would be perfect to curl up with on a crisp fall day! Welcome Vonda!

Vonda: Thanks for allowing me to visit with you today, Lexi and Crystal! I agree with you. A plaid-wrapped Highlander would be the best to snuggle up with on a cool fall day or night! LOL Highlanders are used to the cold, unlike me (a thin-skinned American.) Their hot, muscular bodies are probably like heaters.

Lexi: My Brave Highlander is book three in your Highland Adventure series. First, I have to ask. Does Dirk, the hero in My Brave Highlander, really have red hair? 

Yes, he does indeed have red hair. Scotland has the highest percent of red-haired people of any other country, so it is reasonable to imagine that some of those hot highlanders must have red hair. Dirk has a fiery, passionate temperament to match, both on the battlefield and in the bedroom. He is one fearsome, battle-hardened warrior. To go with his hair, he has piercing pale blue eyes… a glare from which has made many a man tremble in fear. J