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Thursday, January 31, 2013

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow #63: January's Favorites

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 are your top five favorite reads for the month of January? If you've reviewed them, make sure to link it up so others can check them out! 


Review: Forever My Girl by Heidi McLaughlin - 4 Wine Glasses


Forever My GirlForever My Girl
(Beaumont #1)
by Heidi McLaughlin
Paperback, 220 pages
Published December 27th 2012 by Bandit Publishing Company (first published December 26th 2012)
ISBN 0988695103
I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had my life all planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after.
I broke both our hearts that day when I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I’ve poured my soul into my music, but I’ve never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile.
And now I’m going back.
After ten years.
I hope I can explain that after all this time.
I still want her to be my forever girl.
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Purchase at; Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Kindle

Crystal's Thoughts:
Forever My Girl is a sweet and romantic story about high school sweethearts, second chances and a sexy rock star.

Diane Thorne's Sexy & Damned Series (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome back to author, Diane Thorne, who is joining us with her series, Sexy & Damned!


The difficulties of a stripper

Stripping is difficult. Did you know that? I don't speak from experience. I have not done any pole dancing, but I determined the extra curricular activity was difficult from the research I conducted when I had to write a stripping scene.

My research involved reading articles and watching videos. I discovered routines are short and the dancers are constantly in motion. There may be breaks, then the stripper returns for another routine. Imagine a woman dressed in next to nothing and dancing with five-inch heels. Leg and arm strength is essential, among flexibility and other things. A pole dancer must have these abilities. Role playing or acting is also important. It's a show, a hot and steamy show to lure men to spend their money. No touching is permitted. This basic information helped me develop my stripping scene in book #2. Using my imagination, I added a few details and extended the dance show. It is fiction after all.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: Down for the Count by Christine Bell - 4 Wine Glasses!


Down for the Count (Dare Me, #1)Down for the Count
(Dare Me #1)
by Christine Bell
ebook, 238 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Entangled
ISBN13 2940015539646
Courtesy of Publisher
Truth or dare…
When Lacey Garrity finds her groom in flagrante delicto in the reception hall closet with her bridesmaid, she's saved by her best friend’s older brother—childhood tormentor, crush, and boxing bad boy Galen Thomas. Galen’s solution is both exciting and dangerous. What better way to forget the mess of her life than go on her honeymoon with a hot guy who can’t promise anything beyond today?
…or TKO?
Galen had been counting on Lacey's wedding to put her out of reach—and out of his mind—once and for all, but their steamy Puerto Rican escape is testing all his boundaries. Now that Lacey’s embracing her inner bad girl, Galen is tempted to throw in the towel and claim her for himself. But with the biggest fight of his career on the line and an important business merger threatening to derail Lacey’s resolve, their romance might be down for the count before it even begins.
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Purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Crystal's Thoughts:
Down for the Count was a fun, sexy, and satisfying read from author Christine Bell!

Highland Heart by Heather McCollum (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to a new-to-me author that I have come to love who writes about some sexy Highlanders, Heather McCollum!

Thank you so much for having me today on Reading Between the Wines! I’m very excited to be here to talk a little about HIGHLAND HEART (HH), my novella that was just released by Entangled Publishing. HH is set in 16th century Scotland, fifteen years before my full-length novel CAPTURED HEART (CH), even though it was written after it. My wonderful agent found an opportunity for me to be part of an anthology, but I had to write a story that was under 13,000 words. This was a huge challenge for me since I usually run around 100,000 words. I loved the world of CH, the rugged warriors in low-slung kilts and the sharp, powerful women who captured their hearts, so I dug into that world for my novella. When CH was released, Entangled Publishing was interested in publishing HH as a stand-alone since it was the prequel. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Melting the Millionaire's Heart by Linda Morris (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to contemporary and historical romance author, Linda Morris, who is joining us with her new title from Entangled Publishing, Melting the Millionaire's Heart!


Hi, Crystal. Thanks so much for having me on Reading Between the Wines, a blog that combines two of my personal loves. So for this guest post, you asked me to contribute a funny and sexy snowstorm survival kit, which is timely, considering that my new book from Entangled, Melting the Millionaire's Heart, revolves around two strangers who are snowed into together unexpectedly. Knowing my luck, if I was ever snowed in with a stranger, he would probably have four teeth, have a personal grooming deficiency, and be out on bail. But the great thing about fiction is that you can make things work out exactly the way you want them to, so I was much nicer to my heroine, Kayla. She's on her way to a fundraiser at a millionaire's estate when she wrecks her car and winds up stranded in the snow. She's rescued by a good-looking stranger, but little does she realize that he's actually Ryan Langford, the mysterious philanthropist she was on her way to visit. Tired of being chased for his money, Ryan decides not to tell her his true identity, and hijinks ensue. They take shelter at the nearby home of Ryan's parents, deserted for the holidays. There, they have several of the absolute necessities for transforming a deadly snowstorm into a romantic retreat:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sexy Snippets: Unbreakable by Alison Kent


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!


Today I want to share a sexy contemporary erotic romance with one hawt cowboy in it!

Guest Review: Badlands Bride by Adrianne Wood - 3.5 Wine Glasses


Badlands BrideBadlands Bride
by Adrianne Wood
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 27th 2012 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2012)
ISBN 1451698240
ARC Courtesy of Publisher
Lily Highfill has spent long years in Denver, exiled from her wealthy, high-society family in Boston. With a betrothal to a titled Englishman nearly in her pocket and an invitation to return home to Boston in hand, Lily thinks her future is set and decides to spend her final month out West at her grandfather’s fossil dig in the Colorado badlands. Then a famous frontier journalist enters the bone hunters’ camp and stirs up trouble—and her heart.
Mason Donnelly used to be one of the most popular writers west of the Mississippi, but after several dry months, his career has hit rock bottom. One big story could put him back on top, and he senses that there’s more to this fossil dig than dinosaur bones. But a feisty heiress with a knack for finding trouble is about to derail all his plans in ways he could never imagine….
Filled to the brim with high-tension romance and appealing characters you will fall in love with, this page-turning novel is romance at its best.
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Viviana's Thoughts:

There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories by Ludmila Petrushevskaya (Excerpt/Giveaway)



There Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love StoriesThere Once Lived a Girl Who Seduced Her Sister's Husband, and He Hanged Himself: Love Stories
by Ludmila Petrushevskaya, Anna Summers (Translation)
Paperback, 192 pages
Expected publication: January 29th 2013 by Penguin Books
ISBN 0143121529 
Love stories, with a twist: the eagerly awaited follow-up to the great Russian writer's New York Times bestselling scary fairy tales.
By turns sly and sweet, burlesque and heartbreaking, these realist fables of women looking for love are the stories that Ludmilla Petrushevskaya—who has been compared to Chekhov, Tolstoy, Beckett, Poe, Angela Carter, and even Stephen King—is best known for in Russia. Here are attempts at human connection, both depraved and sublime, by people in all stages of life: one-night stands in communal apartments, poignantly awkward couplings, office trysts, schoolgirl crushes, elopements, tentative courtships, and rampant infidelity, shot through with lurid violence, romantic illusion, and surprising tenderness.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Review: Wicked Circle by Linda Robertson - 4.5 Wine Glasses!

Wicked Circle
Persephone Alcmedi #5
by Linda Robertson
Paperback, 432 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Pocket Books
ISBN: 9781451646955
copy courtesy of publisher
The fifth in the exciting urban fantasy series featuring Persephone Alcmedi, a modern-day witch with a sexy werewolf boyfriend. 
Persephone Alcmedi has helped her waerewolf lover Johnny unlock his powers. Now she must come to the aid of Menessos, the vampire overlord she has secretly marked. Beset by a trio of truth-seeking vampire sisters so dangerous their own kind keep them confined in stone, he now needs her more than ever...and she realizes her need for him. Seph has magical promises to fulfill for the waeres, multiple mundane family challenges to meet, vampire politics to confront, both the supernatural males in her life to balance, a dragon to deal with...and then a government investigator shows up to complicate matters.
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Available for Purchase at: Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and The Book Depository

Lexi's Thoughts:

Magic is everywhere, affecting everything in Seph’s life. But what it all boils down to is how she feels, forgiveness, love, and trust. Wicked Circle brings deeper emotional strain and stronger magic, what an excellent addition to the Persephone Alcmedi series.

Tour: Big Bad Bite by Jessie Lane (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I am super excited to welcome a couple of my favorite ladies and one whom you might recognize from our very own RBtWBC family, the writing duo of Jessie Lane, who is joining us with their upcoming paranormal romance release - Big Bad Bite!



Top 5 Things You Should Know About Dating A Wolf Shifter
Advice from Jenna O’Conner

I’ve recently found myself in a pickle of a situation. You see, I’m not human, but neither am I considered ‘normal’ for the supernatural Other community my family comes from. Because of that, they’ve hidden me in a small town away from all Others my entire life. Then I decided to leave that small town before my loving family inadvertently smothered me with their good intentions, and landed the opportunity of my dream job on a big city SWAT team. Problem is,my first day on the job I met this guy, Adam. Maybe calling Adam ‘a guy’ is a joke. He’s more than just some guy. He’s an Alpha wolf shifter of a powerful Pack, who gives a new definition to the words determined and growly. So I’ve decided to put together warning list for all other women who find themselves suddenly the object of obsession by one of these possessive wolves. 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Review: Arcane Circle by Linda Robertson - 4 Wine Glasses!

Arcane Circle
Persephone Alcmedi #4
by Linda Robertson
Paperback, 401 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Pocket Books
ISBN: 9781439190258
copy courtesy of publisher
Even magic can’t solve everything. . . . After facing down the forces of Fairy in mortal combat, Persephone Alcmedi still must deal with the aftermath. Not only does Seph now possess deadly secrets she must hide from the arcane and mundane world alike, but the dozens of magical creatures who’ve taken up residence behind her cornfield need food and shelter, and there’s still her foster daughter Beverly’s tenth birthday party to plan.
And that’s not all. . . . Seph’s boyfriend Johnny has revealed himself as the wærewolf Domn Lup, and the ruler of the wære world is en route from Romania to make sure Johnny really is the “king” he claims to be. But Johnny’s hiding a dangerous secret: his magic is locked in his mysterious tattoos. He and Seph must find a way for him to reclaim it—fast—despite those who have no intention of letting Johnny gain his full powers. Seph knows that, in the arcane world, strength is always a necessity and power must be constantly proven, but how far is she willing to go to succeed . . . and at what cost?
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Lexi's Thoughts:

Warning: Seph, Johnny, and Menessos will continue to cement themselves into your subconscious. You will put the book down but you will not stop thinking about it, Arcane Circle keeps you enthralled.

Tour: Skin Deep by Sarah Makela (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to paranormal romance author, Sarah Makela! 


My Favorite Quality in a Hero

Skin Deep’s Connor O’Reilly is one of those heroes that truly melt my heart. There’s a lot to like about him. At first, I wasn’t even sure why he had such an impact on me, just that he’s sweet, sexy, and werewolf. Those are all fantastic aspects of who he is, but what really got me going about him? I’m not going to lie. The fact he’s a werewolf added bonus points, but I absolutely love his rock-solid commitment to getting Angelique back in his life. Not only does he want her, but he wants her bad enough to put himself at risk.

*fans self* Woo, that’s hot! For someone to be that dedicated is awe-inspiring and romantic. He’s really putting himself out there for her in the attempt to win her back.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Review: Fatal Circle by Linda Robertson - 4 Wine Glasses!

Fatal Circle
Persephone Alcmedi #3
by Linda Robertson
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Pocket Books
ISBN: 9781439156803
copy courtesy of publisher
Destiny sucks. . . . 
There was a time when Persephone Alcmedi thought her life was hard to manage, what with wondering how to make sure she took adequate care of both her grandmother and her foster daughter, Beverley, whether she'd end up in the unwanted position of high priestess of a coven, and whether her werewolf lover, Johnny, would resist the groupies who hang around his band Lycanthropia. 
But that was before the fairies started demanding that Seph's frightening, unpredictable ally - the ancient vampire Menessos - be destroyed . . . or the world will suffer. Seph and Menessos are magically bonded, but that's a secret she dares not reveal to her fellow witches lest they be forced to reject her and forbid her use of magic. And, despite the strain this casts on her relationship with Johnny, as a showdown with the fairies nears, she and Menessos badly need the werewolves as allies. 
Life, death, and love are all on the line, but when destiny is calling, it doesn't help to turn away. With the individual threads of their fates twisted inextricably together, can Seph, Johnny, and Menessos keep the world safe from fairy vengeance?
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Available for purchase at Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and The Book Depository

Lexi's Thoughts:

As if the witches, vampires, and weres were not enough to try balance, the fairies have to declare war. What a great combination for this urban fantasy series, Fatal Circle is a great continuation for the Persephone Alcmedi series.

Tour: Excuse My Fairy by Kinley Baker (Guest Post)

Please give a warm welcome to romance author, Kinley Baker! 


Thank you for hosting me at Reading Between the Wines Book Club! I’m so excited to be here because I can sense the love of romance, and I’m right there with you.

I’ll read anything with a romance element and a happy ending. Any genre works for me. I laughed when I was checking out the site because I can relate to your bios about the whole getting an eReader because someone got annoyed by the late night reading light.

That’s how things worked out in my family, too. Although my husband still doesn’t appreciate waking up at 3 a.m. only to see I’m still reading. I can’t help it. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with contemporary romance! Roni Loren kept me up really late with two of her books recently.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow #62

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!

Tour: Summer of the Moon Flower by Annie Seaton (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to author, Annie Seaton, who is joining us with her new steampunk title, The Summer of the Moon Flower!



How did Sofia become involved in the research into the Moonflower?
Sofia de Vargas took over the research into the elixir of immortality when she read the research notes her father had bequeathed to her when Indigo had passed them on after her marriage to Captain Zane Thoreau ten years ago.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Review: Hallowed Circle by Linda Robertson - 4.5 Wine Glasses!

Hallowed Circle
Persephone Alcmedi #2
by Linda Robertson
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Pocket Books
ISBN: 9781439156780
copy courtesy of publisher
And you think beauty pageants are scary?Persephone Alcmedi has been persuaded to compete for the position of High Priestess of the Cleveland, Ohio, coven — now that the former priestess, Vivian Diamond, has strangely gone missing. Unfortunately, there are a few small problems with the idea. Not only does Seph know rather more about Vivian's disappearance than the other witches realize, but the epic struggle she's just survived has left her with some highly unusual powers — ones that could be dangerous to reveal. Despite her reluctance, she agrees to participate, if only to prevent snooty Hunter Hopewell, an obnoxious but talented witch, from ending up in the winner's circle. Can Seph hide her secrets — including her connection to the master vampire-wizard Menessos — from the terrifyingly wise judges? Plus, there's her rock 'n' roll werewolf boyfriend, Johnny, and some angry fairies to deal with....Once the competition begins, a finalist turns up dead. It looks as if one of the contestants is willing to do anything — including murder — to win. Suddenly Seph has even more on her plate than she thought: from solving a murder to working out what her new powers really are...and exactly why they're creating so much havoc in her love life.
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Lexi's Thoughts:

Hallowed Circle kicks up the notch on the Persephone Alcmedi series. If you thought Vicious Circle was well written and gripping (which it was), you will love what Robertson has done with book two.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review: Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson - 4.5 Wine Glasses!

Vicious Circle
Persephone Alcmedi #1
by Linda Robertson
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Pocket
ISBN: 9781439154281
copy courtesy of publisher
A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do....Being a witch doesn't pay the bills, but Persephone Alcmedi gets by between reading Tarot cards, writing her syndicated newspaper column, and kenneling werewolves in the basement when the moon is full -- even if witches aren't supposed to mingle with wolves. She really reaches the end of her leash, though, when her grandmother gets kicked out of the nursing home and Seph finds herself in the doghouse about some things she's written. Then her werewolf friend Lorrie is murdered...and the high priestess of an important coven offers Seph big money to destroy the killer, a powerful vampire named Goliath Kline. Seph is a tough girl, but this time she bites off more than she can chew. She needs a little help from her friends -- werewolf friends. One of those friends, Johnny, the motorcycle-riding lead singer for the techno-metal-Goth band Lycanthropia, has a crush on her. And while Seph has always been on edge around this 6'2" leather-clad hunk, she's starting to realize that although their attraction may be dangerous, nothing could be as lethal as the showdown that awaits them.
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Available for purchase through: Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, and The Book Depository

Lexi's Thoughts:
Linda Robertson has it ladies and gentlemen. She has written an urban fantasy with a strong heroine who is not annoying, or constantly fainting, or who knows it all and has it come easy. Persephone, aka Seph, is a witch like no other...only she is just beginning to find that out.

Tour: Ann Gimpel's A Time for Everything and Gabrielle's Cauldron (Guest Post)

Please give a warm welcome to romance and fantasy author, Ann Gimpel!



The Magic of Storytelling

Storytelling began around fires when we were still hunter gatherers. It continued in inns and country houses through ancient and medieval times. The day a Bard came to town was a major event. Everyone gathered to hear him sing and tell stories. (Well, sometimes it was a “her” disguised as a “him”, but that’s because women’s roles were pretty strictly defined until rather recently.)

Families gathered around the radio until about the nineteen fifties when television came into common use. Of course there were radio news shows, but there were also lots of “story” shows. One of my favorites was Mystery Theater. I loved the sound effects: creaking doors, whooshing wings, and heartrending screams. I’m actually a little too young to remember sitting around a radio, but I bought tapes of Mystery Theater shows and listened to them while I was in college.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sexy Snippets: Recipe for Satisfaction by Gina Gordon

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!

Tour: Little Bit Wicked by Robyn Dehart (Guest Post/Giveaway)


Please give a warm welcome to historical romance author, Robyn Dehart, who is joining us with her newest release in Entangled's Scandalous line, A Little Bit Wicked!


For this blog I was asked to discuss the difference between “wickedness” then and now. ‘Then’ certainly covers a huge chunk of time so I’m just going to focus on the time period that I’m most familiar with, Victorian England. Of course now days there doesn’t seem to be a line for being wicked (and for the purposes of this blog I’m using wicked as in naughty) promiscuity is quite high, teenagers are having sex younger and younger – I’m clearly not here to give a lecture about that but when you’re talking about how things are now vs Victorian England – things are quite different. 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Review: Leave Me Breathless by Cherrie Lynn - 5 Wine Glasses!

Leave Me Breathless
Ross Siblings Series #3
by Cherrie Lynn
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Samhain Publishing
Bought by Reviewer

Leather and lace don't strike sparks. Or do they?
It's Valentine's Day, but Macy Rodgers isn't feeling the love. Aside from a torrid, one-night fling in a backseat a few months back, her love life has been sorely lacking, but fortunately she has devious friends who feel like playing Cupid. Wouldn't they be shocked to learn that the match they've made for her is the same one that steamed up the back of that '69 GTO...
Seth "Ghost" Warren has just returned to town after an extended absence. Between his grandmother's failing health, his job as a tattoo artist, his band's gigs, and a crazy ex that won't leave him alone, he's stretched thin. Cautious cowgirl Macy is the last thing he needs thrown into the mix.
She's all country, he's all heavy metal—and Macy knows that if anyone can propel her out of her rut, it's Seth. But when their worlds collide, it's anyone guess if they'll survive with their hearts intact.
Warning: Contains explicit sex, graphic language, road trips, troublemaking exes, emotional baggage, and an unconventional but exceptionally hot hero tatted and pierced for your pleasure...
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Crystal L's Thoughts:

Tour: Forever Hers by EB Walters (Guest Post)

Please give a warm welcome to the wonderful E.B. Walters!



Paranormal or Contemporary.
DOES MARITAL STATUS INFLUENCE WHAT WE READ?

Good morning and thank you for inviting me to make a stop by your site on the blog tour for FOREVER HERS, book 5 of the FITZGERALD FAMILY series. 
The other day I was at a friend’s house for a girls’ night out when the subject of what readers prefer to read came up.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Review: Rush by Maya Banks - 4 Wine Glasses!

Rush
Breathless Series #1
by Maya Banks
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Expected Publication February 5th 2013 by Berkley
ARC Courtesy of Author

Gabe, Jace, and Ash: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Gabe, it’s making one particular fantasy come true with a woman who was forbidden fruit. Now she’s ripe for the picking...
When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires.
Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best friend. So what if Gabe’s fourteen years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.
As Gabe pulls her into his provocative world, she realizes there’s a lot she doesn’t know about him or how exacting his demands can be. Their relationship is intense and obsessive, but as they cross the line from secret sexual odyssey to something deeper, their affair runs the risk of being exposed—and vulnerable to a betrayal far more intimate than either expected.
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Crystal L's Thoughts:

Tour: Stranded Temptation by April Angel (Promo/Giveaway)

Today we would like to share with you a contemporary erotic romance from author, April Angel - Stranded Temptation



Stranded Temptation
April Angel
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Publisher: Etopia Press
ISBN: 978-1-937976-79-8
ASIN: B00AK0L9QY
Number of pages: 119
Word Count: 25000
Cover Artist: Annie Melton
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Stranded together, their passions will run wild.
Kara has a deep dislike for her boss, Max. She also wants him so badly it’s making her nuts. He’s a workaholic, a robot man. And he’s never shown the least bit of interest in her or anything else that wasn’t recorded in the corporate minutes. But when their plane crashes on the way to a meeting, leaving them stranded on a deserted island…just the two of them, all alone with all that ocean around them…Kara decides it’s time to start living. And by living, she means using Max for all the hot sex she’s been denied.
Max wants Kara—has wanted her for a long time. Unable to come out and cross the line between professional and personal, he makes her accompany him on business trips just to have her around. When they crash land and Kara shows him how much she wants him, he decides to quit being so professional and take the woman of his dreams. After all, what happens in the middle of nowhere, stays in the middle of nowhere. Until they’re rescued.
Back in the real world, things aren’t as easy. Kara is afraid to start a relationship with a man who completely ignored her until she took off her clothes, and Max is afraid she’ll never be able to trust him.
But when someone makes it clear that Kara’s in danger, Max has more to protect than Kara’s feelings. And now that he has her, he’s not about to let her go.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Review: Highland Heart by Heather McCollum - 3 Wine Glasses


Highland HeartHighland Heart
by Heather McCollum
Kindle Edition, 55 pages
Published December 17th 2012 by Entangled Publishing
ISBN13 9781622669950
Englishman who swindled his father. Set on retribution, he’s caught off-guard by the thief’s beautiful daughter, a lass whose beauty and spirit leave him questioning the value of revenge.Rachel Brindle has a secret: she can heal people with her magic. While journeying with her father and sister into the Highlands, she becomes a prize sought between two warring clans. She must use her cunning and her healing magic to prevent the same slaughter that started the blood feud a century ago. But when her secret is exposed, will it condemn her in the eyes of the barbarian who has capture not only her family, but also her heart?
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Crystal's Thoughts:

Review: Fall Into You by Roni Loren - 4 Wine Glasses!

Fall Into You
Loving On The Edge Series #3
by Roni Loren
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published December 31 2012 by Berkley Heat
Courtesy of NetGalley

He’ll do anything for you. But you’d better say please.
When tomboy sports reporter Charli Beaumonde loses a dream TV job because she’s not girly enough for primetime, she’s determined to land a big scoop and prove her boss made a mistake. But when she gets too close to a football scandal and finds her life threatened, Charli accepts an offer from family friend Grant Waters to hide out at his place—even if Grant predicts nothing but trouble from his buddy’s hard-headed, uncompromising, irrepressible, younger sister. There’s one more problem…
Grant’s “place” is The Ranch, a BDSM resort in Texas, and he’s used to being in charge —even if that means trying to keep Charli in line. But much to Grant’s surprise, she’s intrigued—even envious—of his trainees. They’re the epitome of what she’s never been: sexy, beguiling, and totally irresistible to a man. Still, Grant doesn’t believe for a minute that the sharp-tongued Charli has it in her to be anyone’s submissive. But Charli’s already on her knees vying for the chance to prove that even the Master can be wrong sometimes.
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Tour: Killing Time by Cindy Gerard (Interview/Giveaway)



Done with holiday stuff? In the mood for a gripping, real life, suspenseful romance? Then stop by and check out our guest for the day, Cindy Gerard, author of Killing Time (One Eyed Jacks #1)!

Lexi: So Cindy, when did you have the picture of you walking in your knee high boots, toting around your gun, taken? It sure makes a nice header on your web site visit here(will link), goes nicely with all the bullet holes.

Cindy: Hey.  Thanks.  Glad you like it and FINALLY somebody recognized that was ME in that photo.  LOL  Seriously, if I had legs like that I’d be strutting some runway instead of flattening out the seat of my desk chair :o)

Thursday, January 17, 2013

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow #61: Hitting the streets!

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: Are you on any author street teams? If so, which ones? If not, would you ever consider joining one to help promote an author? And who's would you like to join?

(ARC) #Review: Hot Ticket by Olivia Cunning - 4.5 Wine Glasses!




Hot Ticket (Sinners on Tour, #3)Title: Hot Ticket 
Series: Sinners on Tour #3
Author: Olivia Cunning 
Format: Paperback, 400 pages
Published: 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402245831
Links: Goodreads | Amazon |  Barnes & Noble | Kindle | The Book Depository 
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4.5 Wine Glasses
There are things in bassist Jace Seymour’s past that he is unwilling to share with anyone. To cover his guilt and anguish, he seeks dominatrix Mistress V (Aggie) to temporarily placate his inner turmoil. Aggie doesn’t have much use for men–besides the power rush she gets when they’re begging for mercy at her feet–but Jace isn’t like her usual clients. His cool defiance and unexpected dominance in the bedroom drives her to distraction and quickly steals her heart. When circumstances threaten Jace’s position in Sinners, Aggie must help him regain his rightful place in the band while showing him that time and love can heal all wounds.


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Diane Thorne, Destined for Love (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to erotic romance author, Diane Thorne!


From bad boys to genies

I typically write about demons, vampires, and other supernatural creatures in a dark setting. The men in my stories are naughty and devilish most of the time. What can I say, I like wicked men.

But when I began writing Destined for Love, I decided to get away from the dark side. There is a bright one filled with hope and gorgeous men who want to give pleasure and happiness. This might seem strange, but at the time I wrote Destined for Love I was going through a divorce. I think my mood had a small impact on my writing. I didn't want to write about the bad boys I love. I wanted a strong character who finds herself in a pickle and meets a wonderful man who cares about her. So, where did I begin?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review: Yours at Midnight by Robin Bielman - 2.5 Wine Glasses!


Yours at MidnightYours at Midnight
by Robin Bielman
ebook, 161 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Entangled Publishing
ISBN13 9781622668625
Lyric Whetsone only had eyes for Quinn Sobel's brother Oliver, until a car crash took Oliver's life on New Year's Eve. Then, a moment of shared grief between Quinn and Lyric became something more impassioned, something that frightened Quinn so much he ran from Lyric's bed and her life, disappearing for four long years.
Now Quinn's back for another New Year's Eve, struggling for closure, desperate to leave his grief in the past and make amends with the girl of his dreams.
But Lyric has a secret--one that could drive Quinn from her life forever. Will Quinn run away from the love and acceptance he's always wanted...or will he claim his New Year's kiss and make her his at midnight?
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Review: Until There Was You by Jessica Scott - 3.5 Wine Glasses!

Until There Was You
Coming Home Series #2
by Jessica Scott
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published October 8th 2012 by A Loveswept Contemporary Military Romance
Courtesy of Author
A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. Since that brief lapse in judgment, Evan has been at odds with her. But when he is asked to train a combat team alongside Claire, battle-hardened Evan is in for the fight of his life. Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to achieve her high military rank. In Evan Loehr, Claire sees a spoiled commander who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. Army orders force them together and Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He too has dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.
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Crystal L's Thoughts:

Favorite Line: "I like coming home to you. I like knowing you're there, even if you're better at blowing shit up than you are at cooking chicken." "That's not fair. I followed the instructions," she said, her voice breaking.