Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Kristen Ashley's Lady Luck (#Giveaway)

Its' release day for the third book in the awesome Kristen Ashley's Colorado Mountain series and I have to say that this is my favorite book from her so far! Be sure to check out our review of LADY LUCK HERE!



18773958Lady Luck 
(Colorado Mountain #3)
by Kristen Ashley
eBook/Paperback, 528 pages
Expected publication: July 29th 2014 by Forever 
(first published October 22nd 2011)
ISBN 1455599107
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Is love in the cards?

Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: to pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side . . .

For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Yet when the high-stakes poker player sees the leggy Lexie, he suddenly has other desires on his mind. Realizing that Ty is innocent, Lexie tries to stop his plan for vengeance and help him become a better man. But as Ty battles his inner demons, dirty cops and criminals plot to take him out. Can he and Lexie find a way to escape the past?

Monday, July 28, 2014

#BookReview: An Officer and a Rebel by Cindi Madsen - 4 Wine Glasses


22699672Title: An Officer and a Rebel 
Series: Accidentally in Love)
Author: Cindi Madsen
Expected publication: July 28th 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | ARe
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4/5

Doing the wrong thing has never felt so right...

The last person police officer Nate Walsh expected to discover stranded in a snowstorm is his brother's ex—and former town rebel—Kelsey Cooper. His complete opposite in every way, Kelsey’s the girl he never allowed himself to want. But when she agrees to stay with him until the storm passes, he definitely finds himself wanting the gorgeous, tattooed woman. Too bad Nate’s sure his brother is still in love with her…

Kelsey had only meant to drive through her tiny hometown, not end up spending time there. With a cop. But despite her issues with authority figures, even she can admit Mr. Serious looks pretty hot in his uniform. Unfortunately, she’s sworn off relationships—and she’ll never be the girl for a nice guy.

Thoughts:
Every second around this girl was asking for trouble and he'd never wanted to be in trouble so bad in his life. 

Book Blast: In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall (#Giveaway)

Calling all paranormal romance lovers! Do fangs make you tingle? Do you crave a new twist on an age-old myth? If you answered 'Yes!', then you'll want to check out this novella from Dianne Duvall's bestselling Immortal Guardians series, available July 29th - IN STILL DARKNESS! See our review of this title HERE!





Title: In Still Darkness
Series: Immortal Guardians #3.5
Author: Dianne Duvall
Format: ebook, 118 pages (novella)
Expected publication: July 29th 2014 by Zebra Books
ISBN: 1420137921
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Blurb:
In Dianne Duvall's world of Immortal Guardians, the stakes for mortals are high, but the cost-especially to the heart-might be higher...It's not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d'Alencon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can't seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist...

Jenna never imagined she'd end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity...

Includes a special sneak peek of NIGHT UNBOUND
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

#BookReview: In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall - 4 Wine Glasses



Title: In Still Darkness
Series: Immortal Guardians #3.5
Author: Dianne Duvall
Format: ebook, 118 pages (novella)
Expected publication: July 29th 2014 by Zebra Books
ISBN: 1420137921
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pre-Order: Kindle | Nook | iBooks | Kobo | BAM!
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4/5

In Dianne Duvall's world of Immortal Guardians, the stakes for mortals are high, but the cost-especially to the heart-might be higher...It's not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d'Alencon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can't seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist...

Jenna never imagined she'd end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity...

Includes a special sneak peek of NIGHT UNBOUND






Thoughts:

July Wine Club Review: Irresistible Force by D. D. Ayres ~ 3 Wines



Book: 

Irresistible Force by D. D. Ayres
 

Wine: 
 The Loyal Companion Pino Grigio 2012 

Lexi: Necessary Force is the 0.5 novella that introduces Ayres K-9 Rescue series to us, and happened to be last month’s wine club review. We all agreed we are suckers for a man in uniform who owns a dog and were looking forward to what Irresistible Force would bring. And we finally have it! With more interaction between the MCs, more plot and more hurdles to keep us waiting for the hook up moment. Were you happy to see Shay and James fight with one another for a while before clicking?

Crystal: There is no denying that Irresistible Force had more, more, more then the introductory novella. I enjoyed that there wasn't any insta-lust going on between Shay and James at the beginning of the story. There was definitely some attraction though once they calmed down after their initial intense meeting. It's difficult to gauge the hotness of a stranger barging into your home after all. LOL That attraction continued to grow between Shay and James' bickering and I enjoyed the build-up. 

Lexi: I think for me, yet again, the best part of Irresistible Force is Prince/Bogart. Ayres has a knack for writing the relationship between K9 and handler. You feel their connection and will laugh at the dog’s human like tendencies. That aspect alone elevates this series for me. Any one else have a soft spot for man’s best friend?

Crystal: The relationship between Bogart and James was my favorite part of the story, hands down. That aspect of the book was written with heart and that shined through on the pages. I loved the little descriptive's of Bogart, cocking his head to the side in question and whatnot. I could easily picture him and James sitting on the couch having a conversation about the mystery of women. LOL

Lexi: While Prince/Bogart got more page time along with Shay and James, I had a harder time connecting with Shay. Rescue dogs are highly trained and have such strong connections with their handlers, to want to keep one away from his purpose seemed selfish. Which, maybe Shay needed with her creepy ex, but I would have liked to see her react differently to James. That or to have a few less issues to make her story more tangible. Crystal did you have issues connecting with Shay?

Crystal: I totally agree, Lexi. Shay was a bit of a volatile character. Anger morphing into passion seemed to be a running theme with her and her emotions didn't always jive with the setting for me. She had some unexplained reactions, jumping from fear to lust, which I couldn't wrap my head around. I honestly had a hard time liking her at first and by the end, I couldn't say that I loved her character but she did eventually grow on me.

Lexi: Shay is only one half of the equation, James on the other hand was described very nicely by Ayres. A hunky hero in uniform that was made so much better by his conversations with Bogart. This K-9 Rescue series has some great alpha males and not all of them have four feet! Did James the protector steal your heart as well?

Crystal: There is nothing sexier then a hotty and his doggy. James was definitely more fleshed out then Shay, whose characterization was chaotic. I actually went to look to see if the author was male or female after reading Irresistible Forces because the male lead was written so much better then the female. His character was patient, protective, humorous, courageous and just downright sexy. Add Bogart to the mix and there was no stopping this duo from capturing a little piece of my heart.

Lexi: This reader wasn’t wowed by book one, but the K9 carmadere and the alpha males will keep me coming back to see how the series and Ayres’s writing evolve. An enjoyable read, nice for summertime. Did Irresistible Force fit the bill for you ladies?

Crystal: Irresistible Force left plenty to be desired in a romance and I would like to see the author soften up and flesh out her heroines a bit more while expanding on the romantic aspects of the story in the future. I also thought that the transitioning between chapters was rocky. But there is no denying that she has the alpha hero and lovable side-kick K-9 down pat. I'm interested to see how this series grows. 





Title: Irresistible Force
Series: K-9 Rescue #1
Author: D. D. Ayres
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published: August 26th, 2014 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
ISBN13: 9781250042170
Source: NetGalley
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | B&N
When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire…

For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.

Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?


ARC #Review: Saving the Sheriff by Roxanne Snopek - 5 Wine Glasses


22670812Title: Saving the Sheriff: A Three River Ranch Novella 
Series: Three River Ranch #3.5
Author: Roxanne Snopek
Format: ebook, 110 pages
Expected publication: July 28th 2014 by Entangled: Bliss
ISBN: 1633750264
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | ARe
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 5/5


Previously released as part of the Stranded with a Hero anthology. Now available individually! 

The power might be out…but the heat is on.

Every year, free-spirited Frankie Sylva banishes her holiday loneliness with good deeds. This time, she’s rescuing a truckload of neglected reindeer—until a blizzard sidetracks her scheme, and now she’s stuck…literally.

Local sheriff Red LeClair is shocked to find a very cute, half-frozen woman trespassing on Three River Ranch in a ditched rig, with a suspiciously empty trailer. Is she a horse thief? Is she on the run? Is she out of her mind? He has no choice but to take her back to the ranch and keep an eye on her.

But when the power goes out, Red and Frankie are forced to depend on each other in a way that both have avoided for years. The sheriff’s quiet holiday is suddenly festive: a crackling fire, candles, carols, and an irresistible stranger…who might be a felon.



Thoughts:
“Once in rur-al Flathead coun-ty
Stood a cru-wel Christmas scene
Dumped for slaugh-ter were the rein-deer
When an elf did intervene.”

Saturday, July 26, 2014

#BookReview: Kristen Ashley's Lady Luck - 4.5 Wine Glasses


18773958Title: Lady Luck 
Series: Colorado Mountain #3
Author: Kristen Ashley
Format: eBook/Paperback, 528 pages
Expected publication: July 29th 2014 by Forever 
(first published October 22nd 2011)
ISBN: 1455599107
Links: Goodreads Amazon | Kindle | Audible | B&N
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4.5/5



Is love in the cards?

Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: to pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side . . .

For five years, Ty was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. Now he wants revenge on the people who framed him. Yet when the high-stakes poker player sees the leggy Lexie, he suddenly has other desires on his mind. Realizing that Ty is innocent, Lexie tries to stop his plan for vengeance and help him become a better man. But as Ty battles his inner demons, dirty cops and criminals plot to take him out. Can he and Lexie find a way to escape the past?


Thoughts:
Finally, FINALLY, I see what all the fuss is about! 

Hard as Mason by Cindy B. Wells (Guest Post/Giveaway)



Sex, crimes and a writer’s mantra
by Cindy B. Wells

It’s a common lesson for writers; for some, it’s a mantra. As well, it’s a reliable point of reference to use as a tool while you chase after that elusive story—that glorious plot—that taunts and teases your mind until the walls break down and words flow. Say it with me…Write what you know.

I suppose it’s related to that old question about nature versus nurture. Does your imagination naturally run wild with stories inspired by few or no prompts from the outside world? Or do you base your writing on your experiences, relationships, destinations you have visited, people you know, and so on? And in the case of writing erotic romance, are the scenes real, or fantasy?

Back to You by Jessica Scott (Top 5 List/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to author, Jessica Scott! Be sure to see our review of this title HERE!


Top 5 Ingredients for Keeping a Series Fresh

1. Remember what your core is. Too many series branch off or get too big for new readers.

2. Write the story that is true to your characters. Some of my books are darker, some are lighter but the tone is largely driven by the characters.

TEACHING ROMAN by Gennifer Albin (Excerpt)





18157895Teaching Roman 
(Good Girls Don't #2)
by Gennifer Albin
Published June 26th 2014
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Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective. So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.

Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn't plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she's been crushing on for a year. When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.

Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallarta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.

But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.


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