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Monday, March 31, 2014

Review: Rising Assets by Rebecca Zanetti - 5 Wine Glasses

18211781Title: Rising Assets
Series: Maverick Montana #3
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Format: ebook, 250 pages
Publication: March 31st 2014 by Entangled: Brazen
ISBN: 1622665392
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Shannon
Rating: 5/5

Friends with benefits was never the plan…

Melanie Jacobs is in trouble. With three jobs—including running her ranch—and dwindling funds, she’s exhausted. Not to mention desperately trying to hide a secret. Unfortunately, her best friend Colton Freeze knows all too well that’s something is going on, and he won’t give up until he knows exactly what he needs to fix.
Then Colton learns the truth—that Melanie’s future happiness rests in the fickle hands of fate, and her chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is Colton, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are erased, leaving only a scorching-hot hunger for more.
Every kiss—every touch—is a stolen pleasure. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement bring them closer together, or destroy everything they once shared?

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Sexy Snippets: Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott

ReadingBetweentheWinesBookClub

Tuesdays have never been so sexy!
Sexy Snippets is a weekly feature hosted by Reading Between the Wines for the 18+ crowd. Want 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, and then leave a comment with a link to your post. And don't forget to have a sexy good time!


Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom by Vanessa Kelly (Excerpt/Giveaway)

Vanessa Kelly's second book in her historical romance series, The Renegade Royals, release tomorrow - 4/1! I loved the first book in this series and am looking forward to CONFESSIONS OF A ROYAL BRIDEGROOM. In the meantime though, we have an excerpt to share with you. Enjoy! 



Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom
by Vanessa Kelly
Genre: Regency-set historical romance
Tone: witty, sexy, emotional
Heat Level: hot
Elements/Tags: historical romance, royalty, Regency era
Publisher: Kensington Zebra
Publishing Date: April 1, 2014
Series: The Renegade Royals, #2
Format: digital and print
Words: 115, 000
Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | B&N | iTunes | Book Depository | IndieBound | BAM 
ONLY ONE WOMAN IS WORTHY OF HIS SECRETS...

Some men are born into scandal. Others pursue it with a passion. Griffin Steele, secret son of the Duke of Cumberland, is guilty on both counts. Yet somehow London’s most notorious scoundrel has been saddled with an abandoned baby boy—and with the unflappable, intriguing spinster summoned to nurse him…

Justine Brightmore may be a viscount’s niece, but she’s also a spy’s daughter, determined to safeguard the infant when his suspected royal parentage makes him a target. Yet how to protect herself from the rakish Griffin? Marriage might shield her reputation, but it can only imperil her heart, especially with a groom intent on delicious seduction…

March's Brazen Book Release Day Blast!

If you like your heroes hot, the sex hotter, and a swoon-worthy romance to swoop in and save your happily ever after, Brazen has the story for you. Sinfully sexy soldiers. Alpha cops who demand control. Sweet guys with a naughty side in the bedroom. At Brazen, they've got the hero destined to melt your... heart. Visit the Entangled website, the Brazen Blog, follow them on Twitter, Like their Facebook page, and follow them on Pinterest.


Introducing Brazen's March 31st releases:


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Friends with benefits was never the plan...

Melanie Jacobs’s chances for having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her only comfort is her best friend, sexy cowboy Colton Freeze, but when a heated argument between them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their friendship are blurred. But will their new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement destroy everything they once shared?

Find out more! 

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sweet Ruin by Nazarea Andrews (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Give a warm welcome to Nazarea Andrews, joining us with her New Adult romance and the third book in The University of Branton Series, SWEET RUIN!



The Hardest Part

So I like Asher. A lot. He’s broody and sexy and he has an accent, and what’s NOT to like??

But Ash? He was super easy to write. He was pretty straightforward, you know—a  kid who got everything he thought he wanted, only to realize ‘oh shit, this isn’t what I thought.’

But. Luca. Luca was not easy. He was not straightforward. He was complicated and unplanned and demanding and I totally love him. He was the hold up on this book—why I almost missed my deadline, and why I cheered when I finally figured out his story.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sangria Saturday: Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apples (#Wine #Recipe)


ReadingBetweentheWinesBookClub

Spring is here, summer is on it's way, what better time to share some of our favorite sangria recipes with our readers? Welcome to Sangria Saturday, where ever Saturday you will find a delicious sangria recipe to go with your weekend reading! Have a recipe of your own? Join the fun and leave us a comment or a link to your own post!  

I LOVE rose wine. It is so light and a little bubbly, and perfect for any occasion and meal. My favorite brand is Rosé Regale, I blame this on my many trips toting children through Disney's Epcot and Italy having a cute little bar and shop right there for me to wonder into. LOL So here is a delicious sangria recipe perfect for that wine! Plus, CRANBERRIES, yum!


Rosé Sangria with Cranberries and Apple
ACTIVE: 20 MIN
TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 30 MIN PLUS OVERNIGHT MACERATING
SERVINGS: 12

Desecration: The Wizard Queen at Sixteen by Hadley Holt (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please welcome, Hadley Holt, joining us with her YA Fantasy - DESECRATION!


Hadley Holt – Fun facts…
  • I love Sizzling Cinnamon and Black Licorice Jelly Bellies
  • I have an irrational fear of the time 11:11 (AM or PM)
  • I tend to buy Christmas cards but don’t get around to sending them
  • I also buy scarves and hats but almost never wear them
  • I have a Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Collection
  • I make jewelry and sometimes cards
  • In my writing office I have a bunch of stuffed animals and toys
  • I’m an extraverted introvert – whatever that means?
  • I used to collect porcelain dolls but now they make me nervous
  • I bought a 100 year old Derby/Bowler hat to wear at book signings but it looks bad on me
  • I often fall asleep listening to audio books and then have to rewind the next day to figure out at what point I fell asleep
  • I have an old Barbie doll collection that I thought was worth a lot of money – it isn’t, but I’m still holding out!

Charlotte Stein's TELLING TALES (Spotlight/Giveaway)

Allie and her friends have the chance to get away from the world and reconnect when their professor bequeaths his mansion to them. Where would you go? Post your fantasy getaway location and the person/persons you would like share it with for a chance to win a copy of TELLING TALES.


17683823Telling Tales
by Charlotte Stein
Paperback, 232 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 9781402289590
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Allie has held a brightly burning torch for Wade since college. They were part of a writing group together, and everything about those days with him and their friends Kitty and Cameron fills her with longing. When their former Professor leaves them his rambling mansion in his will, it's a chance for them to reunite. But there's more than friendship bubbling beneath the surface.

As secrets are revealed and relationships rekindled, the stories get dirtier and the stakes get higher. And now Allie's realized that she isn't quite sure who she wants…fun-loving Wade, or quiet, restrained Cameron. Neither have been honest about their feelings, and now they have the chance to act on all of the tales that ignite their most primal desires.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Crashed by Dawn Robertson (Interview)



We don’t have whiskey around here, but hopefully the vintage wine will entice our guest to spill a few secrets anyway. Welcome Dawn Robertson!



Lexi: What is it with Floridians? Too much sun going to the brain I think because you all seem to act like super-moms. Crystal, this lovely blogs originator, makes running this place look easy. And you Dawn, you write erotic romance, play mom,  and chase your Pitbull around. Or did I read that wrong and you chase Pitbull around? *singing-Give me everything tonight...*

Dawn: Ha!  I am not sure what happened when someone moves to Florida. I thought my life would be way more laid back, instead it is a million times more insane now. I have three children ranging from ages 3 to 6, and we have a dog, and a cat. Life is crazy. Thank God for school? Damn it! The summer is coming!

#CoverReveal Redesign: Honor Reclaimed by Tonya Burrows (#Giveaway)

Tonya Burrows, HONOR RECLAIMED, has a brand new cover and we want to share it with you! We loved this first book in the Hornet's series, you can see our review >HERE<, and we cannot wait for this release!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Review: Beautiful Addictions by Season Vining - 2.5 Wine Glasses

18489502Title: Beautiful Addictions
Author: Season Vining 
Format: ebook, 288 pages
Published: January 28th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1466849851
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Netgalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 2.5/5

Josie Banks is a girl without a past.  After being found unconscious with no memory, she was shuffled in and out of foster homes where she suffered years of abuse. An experience that left her broken, damaged, and clinging to drugs and meaningless hook-ups to numb her pain.
When Josie disappeared years ago, she took a piece of Tristan with her.  She’s the girl he thought he lost forever—the one he’s never been able to forget.  Now a twist of fate has brought them back together, and he never wants to let her out of his inked arms again.  But Tristan is haunted by a dark past of his own.  On the run from ruthless criminals that shattered Josie’s world years ago, reentering her life puts them both in danger.
As Josie and Tristan’s lives become tangled once again, they find themselves unwilling and unable to escape the relentless pull that draws them together.  But will the past leave their love in ruins—or bind them together for a lifetime?

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Desperately Seeking Suzanna by Elizabeth Michels (Interview/Giveaway)

Must Love Dukes (Tricks of the Ton, #1) Desperately Seeking Suzanna (Tricks of the Ton, #2) How to Lose a Lord in 10 Days or Less (Tricks of the Ton, #3)

What better person to write historical romances, than an author with a great romance of her own. Welcome our guest today - Elizabeth Michels!

Elizabeth: Thank you so much for hosting me, Lexi! I’m happy to be here. *waves to everyone*

Lexi: For those of you who may not know, Elizabeth is a fairly new face to the historical romance genre. So new in fact, that your debut was released in February (Must Love Dukes), and your second release (Desperately Seeking Suzanna) in March! When do you have time to do anything?!

Blitz: FIRE INSIDE by Kristen Ashley (#Giveaway)

Today is the print release of Kristen Ashley's FIRE INSIDE! Be sure to grab it at your favorite book retailer today! 


FIRE INSIDE by Kristen Ashley 
March 25, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00
Amazon | Kindle | B&N | iTunes
Lanie Heron isn't looking for love-no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club . . .
For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She's too polished and too classy for his taste. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can't say no. And he doesn't regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that's ever happened to him-in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

#CoverReveal: Molly McAdams’ SHARING YOU

We're happy to share with you the cover for a new series from Molly McAdams, releasing this summer - SHARING YOU. Enjoy!


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SHARING YOU by Molly McAdams
On-sale 7/1/14 | ISBN: 9780062299406

Review: London Falling by T.A. Foster - 3.5 Wine Glasses

18808081Title: London Falling
Author: T.A. Foster
Format: ebook/Paperback, 344 pages
Published: January 14th 2014
ISBN: 1494340763
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kobo
Source: Publicist
Reviewer: Fiona
Rating: 3.5/5

It’s London’s senior year and she only needs one class to graduate. She just didn’t expect her final assignment: fall in love.
Communication 224 has a reputation for giving out the most unique projects of the semester. When London James and Beau Anderson signed up for the class they had no idea they would be paired up together, much less spend an entire semester working on their final grade.
Professor Garcia tasks them to produce a study on the hit reality show, Love Match, a show about strangers falling in love on over the top dates. London and Beau decide to debunk the popular show’s fantasy portrayal of romance. Determined they can date the entire semester and not fall for each other, the classmates share blogs about their dates and start a website where everyone can follow their dating experiment. 
Is staying out of love as easy as it seems? Headstrong and success-driven London discovers there might be more important things in life than an A.


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Felicity Heaton's Claimed by a Demon King (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Felicity Heaton is joining us with a guest post on writing her newest release, CLAIMED BY A DEMON KING! 


Writing Claimed by a Demon King in the Eternal Mates series

It’s great to be here at Reading Between the Wines Book Club today as part of the Claimed by a Demon King Book Tour celebrating the release of the second book in my new Eternal Mates series of paranormal romance novels.

Today, I’m going to talk a little more about writing Claimed by a Demon King.

But before we get to the main event, I want to introduce myself. I’m a British paranormal romance author and a USA Today best-seller. I have been writing since 2005, and went indie in 2006. I love to write big worlds, populated by vampires, shifters, demons, fae and angels, and I have several series. This tour is about the Eternal Mates series, which is actually a spin-off from my Vampire Erotic Theatre series. That series focused on a family of vampires at one theatre in London but it had glimpses into the wider world outside the theatre. It’s that world of fae, dark elves, demons, witches, shifters, and other incredible species that the Eternal Mates focuses on.

Now, on with the show…

Release Blitz: Stuck In Between by Blakely Bennett (#Giveaway)

Click on the banner to follow the blitz and read the first THREE chapters of Stuck In Between by Blakely Bennett!

Title: Stuck In Between
Author: Blakely Bennett
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: March 24, 2014
Cover Designer: Yocla Designs
Editing: Read Owl

Please come celebrate the release of Stuck In Between, the first novel in the Bound by Your Love Series! There will be games and giveaways. Join us for a chance to win free copies of Blakely's books and many more prizes.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: Out of Time by Jen McLaughlin - 5 Wine Glasses

18486314Title: Out of Time 
Series: Out of Line #2
Author: Jen McLaughlin
Format: ebook/Paperback, 216 pages
Published: December 1st 2013 by Jen McLaughlin
ISBN: 098966841X 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | B&N
Source: Publicist
Reviewer: Shannon
Rating: 5/5

Desperate to keep him...

I've finally gotten everything I ever wanted: love, freedom, happiness, and, most importantly, Finn. Our love is everything I expected it to be and more. We've finally found each other, but the world seems determined to tear us apart. We thought my father was the only obstacle between us, but now it's the military. With Finn’s departure looming, we’re squeezing in every moment together before we run out of time.

Trying to make every moment count…

Being Carrie’s bodyguard was one thing. Being her boyfriend is another. Every day she’s mine is a day the sun shines in my life. Yet our time together is running out. Her father will never think a tattooed Marine will be good enough, so I’ll do whatever it takes to be worthy of her love. But the road will take me away from the girl who makes me feel alive--the girl I can't live without.

Time only gets us so far...

Thoughts:
Without reading the first book, it was a bit confusing, but I did catch on.  I just started reading the first book, so it will be interesting to see if the second book makes complete sense.

Release Day Blitz: The Burning Star by Jessie Lane (#Giveaway)

Love fantasy? The paranormal? Romance? How about a twisty-turny story featuring two young women in the fight of their lives? Yes?! Then we have the book for you! Pick up Jessie Lane's THE BURNING STAR, available today! Learn more about the book below and be sure to enter the author's amazing giveaway while you're at it! 





Title: The Burning Star
Series: Star #1
Author: Jessie Lane 
Re-Release Date: March 25, 2014
Original Publication: May 23, 2012
Links: WebsiteGoodreads | Amazon Author Page
Hosted by: Author's Taproom
Blurb:
*This book is a re-release and revision from the original book. Please be aware that some things have been added, deleted or changed.*

Kay’s journey of a lifetime started in the woods outside of Asheville, North Carolina. It was there that the 17 year old met a beautiful man along with a monster. The chance encounter led her to an unbelievable world that shouldn’t exist; a place where myths and fairy tales were real, and in some cases, deadly. Kay knew she would have to brave this new world if she hoped to find a cure for her terminal cancer.
With a strange yet beautiful cast of characters that she would meet along the way, Kay uncovered truths that would change her life forever. However, before it was all over, it would become clear that Kay wasn’t the only one with problems.
Yet another 17 year old young woman was fighting for her freedom and her life.
Kira had lived in a magical world that Kay had only dreamt of. Despite this, her life had not been filled with many good things. As a matter of fact, she considered her empty, emotional solitude the only positive aspect of her life. She fought daily battles to escape abuse and torture.Trained to be an expert assassin, she was charged with kidnapping Kay and delivering her to Kira’s master, Lord Donovan.
As the two young women set forth in their journeys, their paths would cross in unimaginable ways. The only question that would remain was who would come out alive and whole in the end?

WARNING: This is a upper ya/young adult/new adult fictional story that includes some explicit language, graphic violence, and mild sexual situations. Recommended for ages sixteen and up.

Release Day Blitz: Nichole Chase's RECKLESSLY ROYAL (#Giveaway)

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We are extremely excited to say that Nichole Chase's RECKLESSLY ROYAL is now available!! RECKLESSLY ROYAL is a New Adult contemporary romance novel being published by HarperCollins Avon imprint and is a part of Nichole Chase’s Suddenly Series.



Recklesly Royal
Recklessly Royal
(Suddenly #2)
by Nichole Chase
Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly—men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along. She has a plan, and it all hinges on seducing the one man who seems utterly unimpressed by all things royal. The one man she is tempted by more than any other . . . When David arrives at the royal wedding of his friend, the newly ordained Duchess Samantha Rousseau, he expected to feel uncomfortable and out of his element, but he wasn’t prepared to be targeted by Prince Alex’s gorgeous younger sister. With Cathy’s giant blue eyes, killer figure, and sense of humor, it won’t take long before he gives in. But when he finds out just how innocent the crown princess really is, will he play the part of knight in shining armor or the dashing rogue?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Come Home To Me by Brenda Novak (Excerpt/Giveaway)

We have an excerpt from Brenda Novak's upcoming contemporary romance (Available tomorrow!) to share with you. Enjoy!


Come Home to Me
by Brenda Novak
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Tone:   Hometown
Heat Level:   3 on a scale from 1 - 5
Elements/Tags: Whiskey Creek, small town, contemporary, romance
Publisher: Harlequin/MIRA
Publishing Date: March 25, 2014
Series, #: 7
Format:  MM/E
Words:   100K
ISBN-10: 0778315916     ISBN-13: 978-0778315919
Goodreads | Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle | B&N | Kobo
When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She's made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she's back in the small town that was the closest thing to "home" she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who's her only family.
There's just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers' auto body shop. And no matter how hard she's tried, Presley hasn't been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can't fall back into his arms…or his bed. She's come too far to backslide now. And there's a secret she's been guarding—a secret she'll do anything to protect.


Katie Lane's A MATCH MADE IN TEXAS (Spotlight/Giveaway)

The sixth book in Katie Lane's Deep In The Heart of Texas series is out tomorrow, read an excerpt below and then be sure to pre-order your copy today! 




A Match Made in Texas
(Deep in the Heart of Texas #6)
by Katie Lane
Amazon | Goodreads | B&N | iTunes
Living with four over-protective brothers is enough to make a good girl go bad. But the day Brianne Cates hits the road for a taste of freedom, she gets more trouble than she bargained for when she's arrested by a sexy sheriff in mirrored shades. Now doing a stint of community service, she's not going to let a cowboy cop like Dusty Hicks mess with her newfound independence-even if he awakens every wicked fantasy she's ever had. 
In Bramble, Texas, Dusty is the law. That means no leniency for the gorgeous rebel whose highway antics almost got them both killed. The divorced lawman doesn't need another rich, pampered princess, even if Brianne has the lushest body and sweetest smile in the whole darn state. But even as Brianne proves that she lives to walk on the wild side, Dusty begins to wonder if maybe he has what it takes to tame her.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review: Shivers Box Set by Barbara J. Hancock, Jane Godman, Dawn Brown, Jenna Ryan - 4 Wine Glasses

19354462Title: Shivers Box Set
Author: Barbara J. Hancock, Jane Godman, Dawn Brown, Jenna Ryan
Format: ebook
Published: January 6th 2014 by Harlequin E
ISBN: 1460330625
Links: Goodreads | B&N | Kobo | Amazon
Source: Author
Reviewer: Shannon
Rating: 4/5
 
Lose yourself in four eerie, atmospheric tales of romance...and revenge

In a decaying mansion, a ghostly presence refuses to relinquish the artist she's long haunted to a new lover and muse. In an ancient Cornish castle, an innocent woman may be sacrificed to a family's legacy of madness. On the fringes of a Welsh estate, a vengeful figure targets the long-lost daughter of a cursed clan. In the Louisiana bayou, a serial killer hunts the one woman who can bring his demonic crimes to light. If you love Gothics by Victoria Holt, Daphne du Maurier and Barbara Michaels, and enjoy dark romance, then delve into the new Shivers Collection. Four beguiling stories, one great price.

DARKENING AROUND ME by Barbara J. HancockLEGACY OF DARKNESS by Jane GodmanDEVIL'S EYE by Dawn BrownBLACK ROSE by Jenna Ryan

Mood, mystery...romance that makes you shiver. Look for more titles coming in April 2014.


Thoughts:
I have never read this type of books before and I have to say it had me intrigued.