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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

🍷🍷.5 #Review of More Than a Rogue by Sophie Barnes

44779359. sy475 Title:  More Than a Rogue
Series:  The Crawfords #2
Author: Sophie Barnes
Format: Paperback/eBook, 259 pages
Publication: June 25 2019 by Sophie Barnes
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: LibraryThing
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

All she wanted was a kiss…
What she got, was fiery passion…

Emily Howard knows she is destined to be a spinster. She has accepted this fate, but that doesn't stop her from wanting to experience kissing. What she doesn't expect, is for Griffin Crawford, the handsomest man in the world, to do the honors. Or for all her female relations to discover her in his embrace. Naturally, marriage is instantly mentioned, but since Emily knows this is not what Griffin wants, she tries to escape him, her family and the ensuing scandal.

When Emily flees the Camberly ball in the wake of their kiss, Griffin goes in pursuit. He will not allow his sister-in-law's determined friend to risk her safety for any reason. And risk it she will if she means to return to her countryside home by herself. But the longer he remains in her company, the more he is tempted to kiss her again. If only he could risk falling in love and remain in England forever.

Kimberly's Thoughts:
Emily Howard might be considered a spinster but she even though she's never been kissed, it doesn't mean she doesn't want to be.
Griffin Crawford has never been one to think about marriage but when he gets caught kissing Emily by the women of her family, he's prepared to do the right thing.
Except Emily wants nothing to do with a forced marriage and runs to try and escape back to her cottage out of London.
Griffin gives chase fearing for her safety and circumstances have them spending more time together, making it hard to keep certain feelings hidden.

#Spotlight on Love at First Bark by Debbie Burns + #Giveaway

42366201Love at First Bark
(Rescue Me #4)
by Debbie Burns 
Mass Market Paperback, 1st edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 30th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 149267284X
Animal portrait painter Mia Chambers and architect Ben Thomas have volunteered at the High Grove Animal Shelter for years, and they share a complicated history. Ben has secretly loved Mia all this time, but she was married to his best friend. Now she's newly widowed, with a young son, and Ben doesn't know how to tell her what's in his heart. All he can do is stay close, help her as much as she'll let him, and watch for the right moment to bare his soul.

When a dozen adorable border collies get dumped in St. Louis' biggest park, everyone at the shelter mobilizes for a large-scale rescue. Rushing to the park to round up the frisky collies, Ben and Mia unexpectedly plunge into a new phase of their entangled lives. Who knew that opening their hearts and homes—to animals in need and to each other—would lead to so many upheavals...and new beginnings...?

Monday, July 22, 2019

🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 #Review of Sweet Home Louisiana by Erin Nicholas

44579517. sy475 Title: Sweet Home Louisiana
Series: Boys of the Bayou #2
Author: Erin Nicholas
Format: Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published: May 7th 2019 by EN Fiction, Inc.
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Amazon
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

A sexy, small town, second chance rom com!

Thanks to a drawn-up-while-drinking-moonshine partnership agreement, Madison Allain has to spend thirty days back on the bayou before she can sell her part of the family business.

And if the heat and humidity and freaking alligators of Louisiana aren’t enough to agitate the cool and in-control California girl, then Owen Landry, the equally hot guy who stole her heart twelve years ago, will sure do the trick.

Owen just has to remember three simple-ish rules: Do not fight with her. Do not fight *over* her. Do *not* kiss her. He can do this. He’s charming and friendly for a living after all. But this is Maddie. The only woman to ever shake up this laid-back bayou boy.

Besides, she’s not staying. No way. These people and this town make her crazy. She doesn’t want to be crazy. She definitely does *not* want to own a swamp boat tour company. She just wants to paint. In her quiet, beautiful, alligators-not-allowed, *air-conditioned* art studio.

As for that hot bayou boy? Well, he’s… amazing. But he belongs here in the South. And she definitely doesn’t. Even if her heart stays behind when she leaves.

Linda's Thoughts:
There was something about Madison Allain that had always made him want to fight dragons for her.

Story Ideas with Kat Martin of The Conspiracy

Story Ideas

I’ve always been a plot-oriented writer.  People ask me how I come up with ideas for my novels and the truth is, I don’t really know.

Prior to the release of my first hardcover novel, THE CONSPIRACY, I wrote a very short digital story--AFTER THE SUNRISE, just published on Amazon--mostly because I woke up on a Saturday morning with the story fully developed in my head.  Kurt Layton seemed like a great hero and I thought it would be a good way to introduce my first hardcover novel. Now six months later THE CONSPIRACY will be released in paperback on July 30th.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

#Interview with Lenora Bell of One Fine Duke + #Giveaway

Lexi: It’s lovely in the countryside this time of year, but our guest today is going to take us into the city for London’s Season, and we can’t wait to meet Mina’s Duke! Welcome, Lenora Bell!

Hi Lexi! It’s so lovely to be here. Thanks so much for hosting me!

Lexi: ONE FINE DUKE sounds simple on the surface, but there’s so much more to Mina and Drew. She’s heading back to London for the Season, but her ulterior motives are to weasel her way into the family spy business. Though her plans take a surprising turn. Can you tell us about the situation with the Duke and his lips?

Well Lexi, Mina is a young lady with a plan. She knows exactly what she wants—to join the family spy business by marrying Lord Rafe Bentley, one of her uncle’s spies. There’s only one very large, very distracting problem: Rafe’s brother Drew, the Duke of Thorndon. He’s determined to stop Mina from making the biggest mistake of her life and marrying Rafe. He’ll use any means necessary to stop her…even if it includes kissing the girl himself ;-)

Lexi: It’s a good thing Mina’s stubborn, because Drew needs help tracking down the source of the kidnapping note, and he needs her more than he knows. Besides being strong-willed, what would you say your favorite trait of Mina’s is?

Friday, July 19, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from Rules of a Rebound by Nina Crespo + #Giveaway

47143581. sy475 Rules of a Rebound
(Breakup Bash Book 2)
by Nina Crespo
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: August 12th 2019 by Entangled: Brazen
Natalie Winters thought she’d married the man of her dreams…but her marriage ended way too soon in a nightmarish divorce. She even has to share custody of the dog! The stress is killing her, so she decides to take a night off and attend the Breakup Bash—a private party for women celebrating their breakups—with her friends.

Former executive security specialist turned bartender Rome Collier is drawn to the woman easily trading sexy banter with him. And if she wants the “Do Me” condoms she accidentally throws across the counter at him, she’ll have to claim them…personally. Their flirtation turns into so much more, and every scintillating night they spend together is better than the last.

Strong, protective...and hot, Rome is everything Natalie ever wanted in a man. All she has to do is convince him he’s more than a rebound.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

🍷 #Review of Home at Chestnut Creek by Laura Drake


42785828Title:  Home at Chestnut Creek
Series: Chestnut Creek #2
Author: Laura Drake
Format: Paperback/eBook, 624pages
Expected publication: July 2, 2019 by Forever
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 1 out of 5 Wine Glasses

From an award-winning author who "writes real cowboys with heart and soul" (Carolyn Brown, New York Times bestselling author) comes an unforgettable western romance about two strangers who learn that home is where the heart is. . .

First rule of life on the run: never get attached. Nevada Sweet knows that better than anyone-it's just too dangerous to stay put. And until now, she's never wanted to. But she gets more than she bargained for when she walks into the Chestnut Creek CafΓ© looking for a job. Despite the protective wall she's built, her coworker Joseph has her imagining a life she isn't yet convinced she deserves...

While Unforgiven, New Mexico has always been home, Joseph "Fishing Eagle" King still feels like an outsider-no matter how much he tries to give back to his Navajo community. Beneath Nevada's biting wit, he glimpses a similar vulnerability. Against all odds, Joseph finds himself falling for her, and it's clear she's not as unaffected as she pretends. When her past finally catches up with her, she'll have to decide whether to keep running, or fight for what's hers.

Kimberly's Thoughts:
Nevada Sweet is on the run and with a lack of funds, she decides to hit up an old work colleague to see if she has a job for her. Unforgiven is a small town but the restaurant where Nevada buses tables has a cook that makes it hard for her to want to move on.
Joseph “Fishing Eagle” King is Dine through and through and would do anything for his Navajo community. He offers the diner's new employee a place to stay but never sees himself getting involved with a white woman.
Nevada is busy trying to hide from her present and Joseph refuses to let the past go, these two can try and hide from themselves but they can't hide from each other.

🍷🍷 #Review of Hometown Cowboy by Sara Richardson

30364177Title:  Hometown Cowboy
Series:  Rocky Mountain Riders  #1
Author: Sara Richardson
Format: Paperback/eBook, 369 pages
Expected publication: Feb. 28th 2017 by Forever
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Jessa Mae Love is done with relationships. No matter how tempting he might be, she cannot--will not--fall for a man like Lance Cortez. The outrageously handsome cowboy is practically a living legend in Colorado, as famous for riding bulls as he is for breaking hearts. What would a big-time rodeo star like him see in a small-town veterinarian who wears glasses, rescues animals, and cries when watching rom-coms? Turns out, plenty.

Raising bulls, riding the circuit, and looking after his ailing father--Lance never stands still for long. Yet Jessa catches his attention, and the more she tries to resist him, the more he wants her. When she agrees to move to the ranch to keep an eye on Lance's dad, Jessa tells him they have to keep it professional: no flirting, no sweet talk, and definitely no kissing. But with Jessa now living under his roof, that's easier said than done . . .

Kimberly's Thoughts:
Jessa was just dumped by text and for someone who has such an open heart, she sure has trouble finding someone to love her back.
Ever since Lance's mother left without looking back, he's been a love them for one night and leave them.
When Lance needs help watching his father, Jessa is there and he's starting to enjoy her at his home more than he should.
Jessa loves love, Lance wants to be a loner, and long held family secrets are bubbling under the surface as these two heat up under the Colorado sky.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

#Spotlight on Making Up by Helena Hunting

45289506. sx318 Making Up
(Shacking Up #4)
by Helena Hunting
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by St. Martin's Press
A new standalone, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy by New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting.

Cosy Felton is great at her job—she knows just how to handle the awkwardness that comes with working at an adult toy store. So when the hottest guy she’s ever seen walks into the shop looking completely overwhelmed, she’s more than happy to turn on the charm and help him purchase all of the items on his list.

Griffin Mills is using his business trip in Las Vegas as a chance to escape the broken pieces of his life in New York City. The last thing he wants is to be put in charge of buying gag gifts for his friend’s bachelor party. Despite being totally out of his element, and mortified by the whole experience, Griffin is pleasantly surprised when he finds himself attracted to the sales girl that helped him.

As skeptical as Cosy may be of Griffin’s motivations, there’s something about him that intrigues her. But sometimes what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas and when real life gets in the way, all bets are off. Filled with hilariously awkward situations and enough sexual chemistry to power Sin City, Making Up is the next standalone in the Shacking Up world.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa: Based On the Hallmark Channel Original Movie by Nancy Naigle + #Giveaway

Christmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa: Based On the Hallmark Channel Original MovieChristmas In Evergreen: Letters to Santa
by Nancy Naigle
Kindle Edition
Published July 16th 2019 by Hallmark Publishing
Return to Evergreen,
the town where Christmas wishes come true…

When Lisa takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life.

Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevin into working with her, and the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory. When the staff at the Kringle Kitchen temporarily accept the store’s beloved ‘Mailbox to Santa’ for safekeeping, the townspeople find and rally around a mysterious 25-year-old letter that never made it to the North Pole.

As old traditions are made new again, Lisa finds herself falling for Kevin, the traditions, and the town of Evergreen. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

#Spotlight on One Fine Duke by Lenora Bell

We were hoping that we'd have an interview with the author for you guys today, but unfortunately didn't work out. So we hope that you'll enjoy this excerpt from One Fine Duke instead! 

39097886One Fine Duke
(School for Dukes #3)
by Lenora Bell 
ebook, 384 pages
Expected publication: July 23rd 2019 by Avon
ISBN 0062692453

Raised in the countryside by her overprotective uncle, Miss Mina Penny's dream of a triumphant London season is finally here. She determined her perfect match long ago: Rafe Bentley, the wickedest rake of them all. There's only one very large, very unyielding obstacle: Rafe's brother Andrew, the reclusive Duke of Thorndon.


This was supposed to be simple. Duke goes to London. Duke selects suitable bride. Love match? Not a chance. But when Drew meets Mina, she complicates everything. How can a lady armed with such beauty and brains fall for his irresponsible degenerate of a brother? Drew vows to save her from heartbreak and ruin, no matter the cost.


But Mina is no damsel in distress. She's daring, intuitive, passionate...and halfway to melting Drew's cold heart. And although Mina thought she knew exactly what she wanted, one breathtakingly seductive kiss from Drew changes everything. Now Mina must decide between long-held dreams and dangerous new desires. Could her true destiny lie in the arms of a duke?

Sunday, July 14, 2019

3.5 Wine Glass #Review of The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

42282946Title:  The Golden Hour
Author: Beatriz Williams
Format: Paperback/eBook, 480 pages
Publication: July 9th 2019 by William Morrow
ASIN:   B07F15LJ69 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon| B&N
Source: LibraryThing
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Wives and A Certain Age creates a dazzling epic of World War II-era Nassau—a hotbed of spies, traitors, and the most infamous couple of the age, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

The Bahamas, 1941. Newly-widowed Leonora “Lulu” Randolph arrives in Nassau to investigate the Governor and his wife for a New York society magazine. After all, American readers have an insatiable appetite for news of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, that glamorous couple whose love affair nearly brought the British monarchy to its knees five years earlier. What more intriguing backdrop for their romance than a wartime Caribbean paradise, a colonial playground for kingpins of ill-gotten empires?

Or so Lulu imagines. But as she infiltrates the Duke and Duchess’s social circle, and the powerful cabal that controls the islands’ political and financial affairs, she uncovers evidence that beneath the glister of Wallis and Edward’s marriage lies an ugly—and even treasonous—reality. In fact, Windsor-era Nassau seethes with spies, financial swindles, and racial tension, and in the middle of it all stands Benedict Thorpe: a scientist of tremendous charm and murky national loyalties. Inevitably, the willful and wounded Lulu falls in love.

Then Nassau’s wealthiest man is murdered in one of the most notorious cases of the century, and the resulting coverup reeks of royal privilege. Benedict Thorpe disappears without a trace, and Lulu embarks on a journey to London and beyond to unpick Thorpe’s complicated family history: a fateful love affair, a wartime tragedy, and a mother from whom all joy is stolen.

The stories of two unforgettable women thread together in this extraordinary epic of espionage, sacrifice, human love, and human courage, set against a shocking true crime . . . and the rise and fall of a legendary royal couple.

Kimberly's Thought:
“Was yours ever hit?”
“No. Not a scratch. I suppose even bombs have a sense of irony.”
“Not really,” I say. “That's just human illusion. We imagine there's an order to things, because it's too awful to consider the randomness of fate.”

Saturday, July 13, 2019

5 Wine Glass #Review of Cowboy in Wolf's Clothing by Kait Ballenger

42366199Title:  Cowboy in Wolf’s Clothing
Series: Seven Range Shifters #2
Author: Kait Ballenger
Format: Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published: June 25th 2019 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Born a cowboy and bred a warrior...

High Commander Colt Cavanaugh has spent his life defending his pack and its sprawling ranchlands. But the hardened Grey Wolf soldier has a dark secret that could destroy his life forever.

Belle Beaumont is a wanted woman, on the run from the wolf pack that kidnapped her. When fate brings her face-to-face with the Grey Wolf High Commander himself, rivalry becomes passion, and suddenly more than just her freedom is at stake.

Colt will fight to the death for the healing Belle brings to his battle—worn heart—and for this cowboy wolf, all's fair in love and war...

Linda's Thoughts:
Cowboy in Wolf’s Clothing is the riveting second installment in Kait Ballenger’s Seven Range Shifters’ series. This series revolves around the seven shifter clans that call the Montana Mountains their home. Both of the books in this series have featured an eye-catching set of awesome male abs on the cover. I can’t wait to see how Kait’s going to top these with book 3!

Friday, July 12, 2019

#Spotlight on Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series - 10th anniversary + #Giveaway

From the moment Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series debuted with Skinwalker in July 2009, fans were captivated by the story of shapeshifting skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, who fights vampires, demons, and everything between in the city of New Orleans. For a decade, this unforgettable heroine has enthralled readers and critics alike—the New York Times bestselling series is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer!

(Jane Yellowrock #1)
by Faith Hunter
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Ace Books (first published May 22nd 2009)
ISBN 0451462807
Jane Yellowrock is a supernatural skinwalker--one sharing her body with the soul of a mountain lion. When the rogue-vampire hunter is hired to hunt down a particularly nasty vamp, Jane is drawn into the steamy New Orleans vampire society where she learns the ins-and-outs of the "sane" vampire culture, more about her own Cherokee heritage, and we are drawn into a rousing, fast-paced thriller.