Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Book Boyfriend #Giveaway #Hop

Woot! Guess what time it is lovelies?!? Time for the My Book Boyfriend Giveaway Hop, hosted by myself *takes a bow* and the fabulous Ing at As the Pages Turn! *whistles* The hop will run from 12:01 AM February 1st through to 11:59 PM February 5th, 2012. I would also like to give a big shout out to everyone who signed up for the hop, THANK YOU for participating! 

What better way to celebrate the month of LOVE then with your favorite book boyfriend? Whether you have a valentine or not, the swoon worthy heroes we find in romances can’t be matched anyway! So why not put on those naughty underwear and curl up with one of these steamy reads this year instead? Make you Valentine’s Day perfect by hoping along the My Book Boyfriend Giveaway Hop where fellow bloggers offer you the chance to win some of their favorite book boyfriends!  

I freely admit that I have a harem full of book boyfriends, more than enough for any mood you might be in. Feeling a little naughty, or a little nice? How about craving something furry or fanged? Or maybe you’re feeling a little dangerous or have a hankering to dust off that old cheerleading costume? I guarantee you that I have a book boyfriend for all of that and more, but if you’ve been following long then it will be no surprise which book boyfriends I will feature today…

Guest Review: No Turning Back by Tiffany Snow

No Turning BackNo Turning Back
by Tiffany Snow
Published January 2012 by Self (first published June 10th 2011)
ISBN 0615483305
Courtesy of Author
After the death of her parents, Kathleen Turner leaves small town life for Indianapolis to pursue her dreams the best she can. Young and alone in the world, she works as a lowly Runner at the prestigious law firm of Gage, Kirk and Trent and bartends at night to make ends meet. Her ignominious introduction to Blane Kirk, partner in the firm and local playboy, has her diving under desks to avoid him. Unfortunately, when her friend is murdered and attempts are made on her own life she doesn't know where to turn – except to Blane. 
Kathleen’s journey begins in the halls of justice where she finds not everyone is as they seem and what you don’t know can get you killed. Though a far cry from her Midwestern upbringing, she poses as a prostitute in the intriguing circles of high-priced escort services in a reckless bid to uncover the murderer. Little does she know that the murder of her friend was only a small part in a high-tech plan to rig an online election. She must race against the clock in a desperate ploy to sabotage the scheme in a dangerous game of political espionage. In No Turning Back, Kathleen struggles to bring a killer to justice, even if it may be the man with whom she's falling in love.

Purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Jolene’s Thoughts:
Kathleen Turner has moved from a small town to the bigger city of Indianapolis.  On her own, with ambitions to become a lawyer, she works two jobs to make ends meet.  Bartender at night and runner at a prestigious law firm during the day.

No Turning Back by Tiffany A. Snow (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I'd like to welcome an awesome lady, Tiffany A. Snow, author of No Turning Back! She has a, imo, fab post to share with you today and a great giveaway. Enjoy! 

Front and Center ~ by Tiffany A. Snow

Warning:  Some language may not be suitable for younger readers.

Writing...intimate...scenes is hard (no pun intended).  It's difficult to strike just the right mood and one wrong word can break the reader right out of the flow.  Describing anatomy and the nuts and bolts of who-put-what-where is daunting for every sexual scene that I write, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way.  Is it gentle and sweet?  Then "cunt" probably won't be the best word choice.  Hard and fast?  Then "dewy petals" may not work either.

Review: Heart of the Incubus by Rosalie Lario

Heart of the Incubus (Demons of Infernum, #4)Heart of the Incubus 
(Demons of Infernum, #3.5)
by Rosalie Lario
ebook, First, 134 pages
Published January 2012 by Entangled Publishing, LLC
Courtesy of Publisher
Biochemist Cresso Taylor lives the sort of lifestyle most men would envy—he has wealth, natural incubus charm, and more women than he can handle. But it’s not enough anymore. Not after meeting Genevieve Russell, the sexy scientist who works with him at Elcorp Laboratory. And she wants absolutely nothing to do with him.After her fiancé broke her heart, Genevieve has had enough of womanizers. She’s determined to steer clear of sexy-as-sin Dr. Taylor, despite the fact that his incubus allure makes her want to rip his clothes off. But when a secret admirer’s affection turns to the macabre with threatening notes and grisly gifts, Cresso appoints himself her protector. As she and Cresso hunt her stalker, she discovers there’s a lot more to the sensual incubus than she ever imagined.

Purchase at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Crystal's Thoughts:
Rosalie Lario’s Demons of Infernum series is a constant for me, I know I am going to love everything she releases for the series and this novella is no exception! Hot blooded passion and heart pounding suspense; Heart of the Incubus kept me on the edge of my seat at every page.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Sexy Snippets: Immortal Hope: The Curse of the Templars by Claire Ashgrove


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!

Immortal Hope: The Curse of the Templars

He twined his free hand into her hair, becoming lost in the kiss. It intensified, took on more demand, and Merrick's body responded with frightening ferocity. His cock swelled. His heart thudded against his ribs. The hollow ache in his gut become intolerable. On a low groan, he dragged Anne into his lap, desperate for the feel of her softness. 

This was such a great read and in my top five of best reads for 2012 so far! 
Now it's your turn!

Cover Reveal: Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost *squee*

Jeaniene Frost released the cover today for her second Night Huntress spin-off series and the first book in the long awaited Night Prince series featuring Vlad. Woot! You all ready for this?!?!?

She’s a mortal with dark powers... 
After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person’s darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world’s most infamous vampire... 
He’s the Prince of Night... 
Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all — but whatever you do, don’t call him Dracula. Vlad’s ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him – a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames.
June 26th, 2012

And here is the step-back......

And yes, that is the one and only Paul Marron on the cover. I abso. LOVE it!!!!
Who cannot wait for Once Burned's release? I know I can't!

Review: Melt by Natalie Anderson

MeltMelt by Natalie Anderson
ebook, 97 pages
Published December 19th 2011 by Entangled Ever Afters
Courtesy of Publisher
When two frozen hearts collide…
Emma Reed closed her heart to love years ago after a lifetime spent getting kicked around foster homes and bad relationships. Now she’s on a mission to prove she deserves her recent award to paint a mural for a research base in Antarctica. Nothing and no one is going to get in her way.
After months working in recovery zones around the world, Hunter Wilson planned to escape everything this holiday season by rebuilding a lab at the Kiwi Research Base. Alone. No to family, no to fun. It’s isolation not intimacy he’s aching for. But when he sees the determined artist, that ache becomes an urge – after all, shouldn’t someone show her what two people can do with twenty-four hours of brilliant sunlight?
In the coldest place on earth, even the most frozen hearts can melt.
Good Reads
Purchase at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Lexy’s Thoughts:

A world of frozen white in the middle of nowhere seems like a safe place for a girl with a guarded heart to do her dream job. Safe until she runs into a man that has the potential to break through her guards and melt her heart.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tour: Heart of the Incubus by Rosalie Lario (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I am so happy to welcome back one of my favorite paranormal romance authors to Reading Between the Wines, Rosalie Lario! When you're done, make sure to check out my reviews for her fabulous Demons of Infernum series and pick up your own copies today! 

Handling the Unruly Character

A huge thanks to Crystal for inviting me here.  I’m so glad to be back!
Today I’m going to talk about an issue I recently encountered in my writing. A character refused to behave. See, in my mind he was a fun, carefree guy who lived for good times, but when I started writing in his POV, it came across far darker than I’d anticipated. So what did I do?
What most people would have done in my situation: I tried to whip him into shape, LOL.
Guess what? It didn’t work. J
It took me a lot of stopping and starting before I figured out the one thing that had been staring at me all along.  My character wasn’t as shallow as I’d initially thought he was. He had some trauma in his past that he had never coped with, and it manifested in his personality as lightheartedness.
Once I stopped fighting my character’s true darker personality, the story sped up (and intensified).
If you’re not a writer, it might surprise you to hear me speak of my character as if he’s a living person. But see, that’s the thing. In my head, he is. Sure, I give him some character traits to start with, but once I begin writing that character, he takes on a life of his own. My job is to portray him as honestly as I can, and to follow along wherever he deems to leads me.
One of my absolute favorite characters is Cresso, the hero in Heart of the Incubus (a novella based in my Demons of Infernum world). He’s an incubus and a biochemist who is used to having more than his share of women and good times. That is, until he happens to fall for his coworker, Genevieve Russell, a sexy scientist who wants absolutely nothing to do with him.
After her fiancé broke her heart, Genevieve has had enough of womanizers. She’s determined to steer clear of sexy-as-sin Dr. Taylor, despite the fact that his incubus allure makes her want to rip his clothes off. But when a secret admirer’s affection turns to the macabre with threatening notes and grisly gifts, Cresso appoints himself her protector. As she and Cresso hunt her stalker, she discovers there’s a lot more to the sensual incubus than she ever imagined.
Find out more about Heart of the Incubus at http://www.entangledpublishing.com/heart-of-the-incubus/ or at my website www.rosalielario.com.
I’ll be happy to give an ecopy of Heart of the Incubus to one commenter who answers the question: What would you do with an unruly character: (a) whip him; (b) follow along where he takes you; or (c) both? LOL, thanks for playing along.

Guest Review: A Demon Does It Better by Linda Wisdom

A Demon Does It Better (Demons #2)A Demon Does It Better 
(Demons #2)
by Linda Wisdom 
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ARC Courtesy of Publisher
Bestselling author Linda Wisdom, with 13 million category romances sold, is working to build her single title audience with the hottest new area of the romance category– sexy demon heroes.Lovely witch Lili Carter takes a job at a paranormal hospital where patients have been disappearing. There she encounters Jared, a dangerously sexy demon on a mission that gets Lili into a world of trouble. Lili can't avoid Jared for long and soon they find themselves creating a whole new kind of magick...
Purchase at:  Amazon, Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository 

Jolene’s Thoughts:

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tour: Desperate Betrayal By Hildie McQueen (Promo)

Good afternoon, I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Today I'd like to share with you a paranormal romance from author Hildie McQueen. :)

Desperate Betrayal
Desperate Betrayal
By Hildie McQueen
Cynden Frasier (Cyn) is a member of a group of immortal warriors, the Protectors, assigned to protect humans in Atlanta, Georgia, the epicenter of a major uprising in demon activity. When Cyn is approached by a beautiful woman in a dirty alley, he is intrigued by the fact that she can see him for what he is, a terrifying demon slayer, and still dares to approach him.Emma Blake, a half-demon, has to convince Cyn to help rescue her sister from powerful demons. Terrified that the Protector will kill her if he realizes what she is, she still goes against every instinct and approaches Cyn for help. Despite knowing that she is leading them both into territory so wrought with treachery, neither of them may survive.Can Cyn and Emma overcome betrayal, the ancient rules that prevent Protectors from taking a wife, unless she is his one true mate? And if they do, will it even matter?
Available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Tour: Assumed Identity by Lila Munro (Guest Post)

Today I would like to welcome author Lila Munro back to Reading Between the Wines with her new book, Assumed Identity

Thanks so much for having me by today! I’m most appreciative of the opportunity. I’ll just get right to it. One of the most frequently asked questions of me in interviews is what is this “realmantica” you speak of? Well, to be quite honest, I made the word up and it’s my own unique blend of romance and realism with an erotica twist in most cases. Seem complicated? Not really…

I wrote a piece early this morning about how I have the complete support of my husband, family, and friends in this little writing venture of mine and I can remember quite clearly when I decided to start writing again that I wanted to do it differently. You see, I loathe having to fit inside some pre-conceived slot and adhere to a “formula.” And to be honest, I grew tired of reading things that fit those pigeon holes long ago. It sent me on a journey of not only figuring out my style but looking for something that would stir me when I read it as well.

Guest Review: The "What If" Guy by Brooke Moss

The "What If" Guy The "What If" Guy
by Brooke Moss 
Published August 5th 2011 by Entangled Publishing, LLC 
Courtesy of Publisher
After losing her job at a swanky Seattle art gallery and finding out her father has been hospitalized, single mother Autumn Cole reluctantly returns to her tiny hometown of Fairfield, Washington to put the pieces of her life back together. 
Her disgruntled twelve-year old son isn’t thrilled about going from hip to hick, but Autumn’s got it worse. She resumes her role as the daughter of the town drunk, promptly facing a crisis with her father that’s been decades in the making. 
Running into Henry Tobler, and nearly breaking his nose, is almost more than she can handle, but can rediscovering love–and herself–with her “what if” guy teach Autumn to forgive before it’s too late?
Purchase at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Khelsey’s Thoughts:

Friday, January 27, 2012

Quickie Review: Defying Destiny by Olivia Downing

Defying DestinyDefying Destiny
by Olivia Downing 
Paperback, 390 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by CreateSpace
On an Earth-like fantasy world, Maralee is a slayer of man-eating, immortal Wolves. For over 500 years, the Wolves' weakness to silver has been her family's guarded secret. When the beasts massacred her family fifteen years ago, they thought their secret had died with the last of the Wolf Hunters. Maralee survived the attack, and she knows how to slay these pestilent Wolves. With her departed father's silver sword, she kills for vengeance and duty, chasing her destiny as The Wolf Huntress. Nash is a Wolf Guardian, the only of his shape-shifting kind who can break their 500 year-old curse. Protected by his crescent-shaped birthmark and a troubling secret, Nash is impervious to the full moon's effects. When a frenzied, blood lust consumes his brethren every moon cycle, he uses his power of persuasion to soothe the Wolves and protect their human prey. One night, beneath the full moon, Maralee meets Nash, and her perceptions start to change. She only killed a single Wolf on this hunt. This mysterious man who stopped her from slaying the rest of the pack intrigues her. A Guardian? Nash has failed to protect his own brother from the Huntress, but in Maralee, he sees possibility, not malice. Certain he can prevent her from slaying his people by showing her their humanity, Nash invites the Huntress into his life -- and falls for her. He hides his Wolf form, knowing he is everything she hates. A monster. How can she ever love a monster? How can she not? Destiny decreed she kill him... Her heart had other ideas...
Purchase at Barnes & Noble and Amazon

My Quick Thoughts:

Demon Does it Better by Linda Wisdom (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I am excited to welcome author Linda Wisdom of Demon Does it Better who is joining us with a fun except and a giveaway from Sourcebooks! 

Why Cleo Makes Me Laugh

Thank you so much for having me here talking about my favorite excerpt in the book, A Demon Does It Better.

There are several scenes that I enjoy, but I’d have to say I had the most fun writing about Cleo and her overindulgence with catnip wine. She may have started out life as the queen of the Nile and known for her lovers, Cleo is now a plump Persian cat with mega attitude and believing Lili can’t have a decent love life if she doesn’t listen to Cleo.

I hope you enjoy this scene with Cleo. If you have any questions for her, feel free to ask.

Review: Crash Into You by Roni Loren

Crash Into You (Loving On The Edge, #1)Crash Into You 
(Loving On The Edge #1)
by Roni Loren 
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Berkley Trade
Courtesy of Publisher
Brynn LeBreck has dedicated herself to helping women in crisis, but she never imagined how personal her work would get, or where it would take her. Her younger sister is missing, suspected to be hiding from cops and criminals alike at a highly secretive BDSM retreat-a place where the elite escape to play out their most extreme sexual fantasies. To find her, Brynn must go undercover as a sexual submissive. Unfortunately, The Ranch is invitation only. And the one master who can get her in is from the darkest corner of Brynn's past.Brynn knows what attorney Reid Jamison is like once stripped of his conservative suit and tie. Years ago she left herself vulnerable only to have him crush her heart. Now she needs him again. Back on top. And he's all too willing to engage. But as their primal desires and old wounds are exposed, the sexual games escalate-and so does the danger. Their hearts aren't the only things at risk. Someone else is watching, playing by his own rules. And his game could be murder.
Purchase at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository 

My Thoughts:
Crash Into You is sexy, thrilling and totally satisfying.
For Brynn LeBreck, a summer fling before college turned into love and heartbreak. Now, ten years later, the only man she’s ever let take control returns... 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow #13

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!

House on Plunkett Street by Lorena Bathey (Guest Post)

Please give a warm welcome to author Lorena Bathey today! Afterwards, don't forget to check out Missie's review of House on Plunkett street found just below this post, enjoy! 

What is an Indie Author, anyway?

There is a lot of use of the word "Indie" these days. But what exactly does being an Indie Author mean? Of course, the word, Indie, brings up small bookstores and Sundance Film Festival, but is that the same thing?

With the arrival of the Kindle, Nook, and super-duper smart phones came the introduction of the self-published author. Well, not really the introduction since self-publishing had been around for a while. So let's say the explosion of self-publishing. 

Guest Review: House on Plunkett Street by Lorena Bathey

House on Plunkett StreetHouse on Plunkett Street
by Lorena Bathey 
ebook, 178 pages
Published December 18th 2011 by Lorena B Books
Courtesy of Author/Publicist 
Phoebe Bertram is boring, bland, and unexciting. She works a job that is inadequate of her abilities. She has a boyfriend that is a dud. She is on the treadmill of her life and doesn’t know how to get off. 
With changes in her job and her apartment going condo, she must find a new place to live. Her friend Meghan brings her to the perfect apartment and the moment Phoebe steps in the door she knows there is something atypical about this perspective residence. 
What she never expects are the three ghosts that arrive on her couch to teach her how life is really meant to be lived. 
Author of Beatrice Munson, Lorena Bathey, has brought us another great example of character study combined with a moral at the end of the story. This book will make you laugh, cry, and look at your world with new eyes.
Purchase at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble

Missie’s Description :

     This Story is about the Life of a young girl named  Phoebe Bertram, who grew up in a small town outside of Chicago. She was just a plain young lady, nothing special,  who was the only girl in a family of five brothers. She had a very lack luster life who never drew attention to herself, and always faded into a room. Phoebe worked at an office with her only best friend Meghan and  had a boyfriend named Brad, that was as plain as she was.
     One day everything in her life started to change. First the apartment she lived in decided to go condo and she was going to have to come up with the money to buy it or move. Then her company was going to be restructuring, and that left her wondering if her job was going to be in danger, and she didn't know what she was going to do next.
     Meghan had a friend that was moving from  her apartment and they gave Phoebe the chance to look at it. She instantly feel in love with it and took it immediately.  As soon as Phoebe moved in, she started seeing and hearing odd noises and shadows in and around her apartment. Then one night she has a dream about 3 women. All are different ages, from different time periods, trying to tell her something. Then she gets visited by these ghosts one by one. They each offer to teach her something that she needs to help change her life for the better.
     Are they really just trying to help her? Will she take their advise? Can they help her become something more than plain old Phoebe?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cover Reveal: Playing to Win by Jaci Burton

*drool* Jaci Burton released the cover for the 4th book in her Play by Play series on FaceBook today, take a gander at this one...

Playing to Win
By Jaci Burton
Play by Play series #4
Sept. 4th, 2012
Cole Riley’s a hot headed football player who has put his career on the line with his off field behavior. Consultant Savannah Brooks comes on board to save his image—and to get his game on the right track. When two opposing forces collide, there’s bound to be sparks

Seriously, Jaci Burton must have given a HUGE sacrifice to the Cover Gods for the covers she gets in the Play by Play series, OMGawd this one is so hot! And if you are new to the series and missed the first three eyegasms check these out....

The Perfect Play (Play by Play, #1) Changing the Game (Play by Play, #2) Taking a Shot (Play by Play, #3)

Guest Review: Witchful Thinking by H.P. Mallory

Witchful Thinking: A Jolie Wilkins NovelWitchful Thinking
(Book 3, Jolie Wilkins series)
by H.P. Mallory
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 28th 2012 by Bantam
ARC won in a contest on author’s facebook page.
Jolie thinks she's seen it all, but life continues to spring surprises.  The latest shocker?  She's just been crowned Queen of the Underworld, charged with governing many factions of supernatural creatures.  But she can barely keep her own chaotic personal life from heading into a romantic tailspin.  First there's sexy warlock Rand, the love of her life, from whom Jolie is hiding a devastating secret.   Then there's Sinjin, a seductive vampire and Jolie's sworn protector—though others, suspect he harbors ulterior motives.  As the two men vie for her affection, jolie decides it's time to take charge—and show everyone that this queen won't take jack.

Missie’s Description:

     The Story starts up where book 2 left off.  Jolie is being told that she is now the Queen of the Underworld, and will have to be trained as such.  This information totally throws a wrench into her love life with Rand, because he hates anything to do with a monarchy. He believes in the democratic way and believes everyone in the Underworld should have a say & choice in all things political.  Jolie actually feels the same way, and sees this as their chance to change things, but Rand won’t even speak to her.
     Soon it seems her life has been completely taken over by Mercedes and her prediction.  Between the Queenly lessons and her new bodyguard's, in which one of them happens to be Sinjin, her life is now not her own. The one that makes it most difficult is Sinjin, with his steamy come on's and dark, sexy, mysterious ways.  She can't seem to get a moment’s piece with her Rand. To make matters worse, she is expected to take a King and every supernatural male being worth a grain of salt is now proposing on bended knee.  What’s a Queen to do? 
     Dark things start happening, secret meetings are taking place, and Jolie starts to question everything and everybody around her.  What's going on?  Who can she trust?  And the worst of all, she is on her own.   Will they choose a King for her?  Is someone trying to kill her?  Will anyone come to her rescue?  How much more trouble can a witch get into?  You'll have to read it to find out :D

Review: An Alpha's Path by Carrie Ann Ryan

An Alpha's Path (Redwood Pack, #1)An Alpha's Path 
(Redwood Pack, #1)
by Carrie Ann Ryan 
ebook, 59 pages
Published December 1st 2011
Courtesy of Author
Melanie is a twenty-five year old chemist who has spent all of her adult life slaving at school. With her PhD in hand, she's to start her dream job, but before she does, her friend persuades her to relax and try to live again. A blind date set up through her friends seems like the perfect solution. Melanie can take one night away from the lab and let her inner vixen out on a fixed blind date - a chance to get crazy with a perfect stranger. The gorgeous hunk she's to meet exceeds her wildest dreams – but he is more than what he appears and Melanie's analytical mind goes into overdrive. 
Kade, a slightly older werewolf (at over one hundred years), needs a night way from the Pack. Too many responsibilities and one near miss with a potential mate made Kade hide in his work, the only peace he can find. His brother convinces him to meet the sexy woman for a one night of fun. What could it hurt? But when he finds this woman could be his mate, can he convince her to leave her orderly, sane world and be with him and his wolf-half, for life?
Purchase at Barnes & Noble and Amazon for just $0.99!

My Thoughts:
An Alpha’s Path was a short and sexy escape into the world of werewolves. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hottest Couple of the Week #3: Travis & Lilly

/Cocktails and Books
The Hottest Couple of the Week is a weekly feature hosted by Shannon at Cocktails and Books.  We love to read our romance books and some of those books have a couple that burn up every page you read.  It's in their honor that we have this feature.  Each week, we'll feature a couple who's set a book we read on fire.   You can play along too.  Join our linky, grab the button and share who your hot couple is for the week.  Then post a comment below so the rest of us can add this scorching couple to our TBR pile.

My couple this week comes from my first Lora Leigh read, Travis and Lilly from the Elite Ops novel Black Jack! Here is a little example why...

Black Jack (Elite Ops, #4)
"I'm Lord Xavier Travis Dermont," he whispered. "I've danced with you and once watched your eyes fill with dreams, and in that second knew I had taken the wrong woman to wife. I knew, Lilly, because that was the moment I first fell in love with you."
How freakin' swoon worthy is that? And here's a hot little snippet from the all-alpha, Travis, during a sizzling moment...
"This relationship is completely monogamous," he growled as his hand smoothed down her shoulder, her arm, gripped her hip. "And I'm a possessive bastard, Lilly. Did I ever mention that?" 
Do you have a hot couple that you'd like to share? Head over to Cocktails and Books then and join in! 

Crash Into You by Roni Loren (Interview)

Today I am happy to welcome a talented new author over to Reading Between the Wines, Roni Loren of Crash Into You!

Welcome, Roni, thanks so much for joining us at Reading Between the Wines! Can you start off by sharing with readers a little something about yourself?

I always have so much trouble with this question--even when it used to be asked on job interviews, lol. I’m a wife and a mom, a perfectionist, and a dork. I’m the girl who no one would’ve guessed would end up writing smexy love stories for a living. : )

Crash Into You is your debut release, congratulations and let me say; wow, what a great start! How does it feel being a published author and how did you celebrate your release?

Guest Review: Between Seasons by Aida Brassington

Between SeasonsBetween Seasons
by Aida Brassington 
Published October 2011
Courtesy of Author
Patrick Boyle dies in the fall of 1970, just days before he's due to report for the Vietnam War draft, which seems like a good thing until he realizes he's stuck in the house with no indication of when he'll be escorted to heaven. And after his parents leave the house, he's trapped without company -- until a mysterious woman who can channel his memories buys the house forty years later. The spring brings with it new life, but falling in love with the new owner may only bring heartbreak to them both
This story starts off in 1970 in Media Pennsylvania.  Patrick Boyle is a young man of 19 years, chosen in the draft lottery he's scheduled to report to the draft board the next day.  As we see in some of Patrick's flashbacks, he's scared and unsure about the Vietnam war and has voiced ideas to his friends about running off to Canada.  Patrick's life takes an unexpected turn that morning as he wakes up the smell of pancakes and heads downstairs for breakfast.  Patrick never makes it to breakfast, he trips on the stairs and falls to his death.  Patrick's life ends, but his spirit stays.
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Jolene’s Thoughts:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sexy Snippets: Deeper than Midnight by Lara Adrian


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!

I'm in between reads right now so since the newest Midnight Breed novel releases today, Darker After Midnight, I thought that I would go back into Hunter's book and snag a sexy snippet from there. Enjoy!

Deeper Than Midnight (Midnight Breed, #9)

Hunter buried his mouth in the crook of her neck, driving her mad with his tongue as she took her time exploring the breadth and the feel of him through the thin barrier of his clothing. She felt his hand drift tentatively down between her legs, felt him cup her with his palm, kneading her gently. Pleasure unfurled deep inside her spreading a delicious heat all the way to the tips of her fingers and toes. All to soon, he moved on, and then his hand was guiding hers over him, helping her to unfasten his fatigues, pushing the rest of his clothing away. 

Who's picking up Sterling Chase's book today? Me, me, me! 
Now it's your turn! 

Review: Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh

Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows, #4)Lord of the Abyss 
(Royal House of Shadows #4)
by Nalini Singh 
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by Harlequin
ARC Courtesy of Netgalley
Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.… 
As the dark Lord who condemns souls to damnation in the Abyss, Micah is nothing but a feared monster wrapped in impenetrable black armor. He has no idea he is the last heir of Elden, its last hope. Only one woman knows—the daughter of his enemy. 
Liliana is nothing like her father, the Blood Sorcerer who’d cursed Micah. She sees past Micah’s armor to the prince inside. A prince whose sinful touch she craves. But first she has to brave his dark, dangerous lair and help him remember. Because they only have till midnight to save Elden.
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My Thoughts:
Lord of the Abyss is the fourth and last novel in the Royal House of Shadows series. The series follows four siblings, prince’s and princess of the magical realm of Elden, who were magically cast out by their parents to save them from the evil Blood Sorcerer who murdered the King and Queen and captured the kingdom, tainting it with his evil and nearly destroying the land. This last installment follows the youngest brother, Micah, who was just a boy when this tragedy occurred. Sent to the Abyss, he wakes knowing himself only as the Lord of the Dark Castle and of the Abyss, protector of the gateway where malevolent souls are taken.  Until a strange creature, announcing herself as Liliana, drops from the air onto his floor…

Tour: We Shall Rise by J.E. Hopkins (Guest Post)

Today I would like to welcome author J.E. Hopkins who is joining us today on her blog tour for We Shall Rise

Nobody’s Perfect
Thanks so much for allowing me to guest post on your site. This is my first stop along my first blog tour!

Character growth and development is something I enjoy creating. The aspect that appeals the most is crafting the imperfect hero that is relatable, frustrating, but ultimately irresistible. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

After Midnight by Sarah Grimm (Guest Post)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to author Sarah Grimm of After Midnight

Crystal, thank you so much for inviting me to guest post here at Reading Between the Wines.

A lot of writers begin a story without a title in mind. They flesh out the characters, envelop themselves deep within the story, and never think about the title until a) one comes to them naturally while writing the book, or b) they are forced to think of one because they can’t submit without the title.

Not so with me. You see, I can’t lose myself in a story if it’s untitled. I can connect with the characters and flesh out their lives, but I can’t spend hours, weeks, and months bleeding on the page without giving that page a name. Talking with friends about my work in progress only works for me if that WIP has a title.

Imagine it: I’m raving about my newborn son or daughter, showing pictures to friends. They ooh and ahh over how handsome he is, and then someone asks, “What’s his name?”

Review: Dreaming of the Wolf by Terry Spear

Dreaming of the Wolf (Heart of the Wolf, #8)Dreaming of the Wolf
(Heart of the Wolf #8)
by Terry Spear
Mass Market Paperback, 363 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published December 1st 2001)
ISBN 1402245556
ARC courtesy of Publisher
Terry Spear's debut Heart of the Wolf was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Known for her research into how wolves live in nature, Spear writes her werewolves as they would behave realistically, including pack dynamics, mating behavior, and hierarchies.                                                       Werewolf pack leader Jake Silver is an acclaimed photographer. He sees a beautiful woman at the art gallery where his photos are on display, and his intrigue turns into wolfish protectiveness. Alicia Greiston has never met anyone like Jake-he's sexy, alpha, and totally irresistible, and he calls to something primal in her soul.
Purchase at: AmazonBarnes & Noble and The Book Depository

My Thoughts:

Friday, January 20, 2012

Hold Me If You Can by Stephanie Rowe (Character Interview/Giveaway)

 Good morning everyone and happy Friday! I am so excited to welcome author Stephanie Rowe of the Soul Fire series over who brought along a special guest today! 

 Without her passions, she has no magic…   It's unfortunate for Natalie that Nigel Aquarian is so   compelling. With his inner demons, his unbridled heat, and his "I will conquer you" looks, he calls to her in exactly the way that nearly killed her.             But losing control means losing her life…  That he's an immortal warrior and that her powers rise from intense passions would seem to make them a match made in heaven, but unless they embrace their greatest fears, they'll play out their final match in hell.

Today we are graced with a very delectable treat as the hero from my latest book, HOLD ME IF YOU CAN, has graciously volunteered to take time away from his art and saving the world to chat with us:

Stephanie: Nigel, can you tell us a little about your art?

Nigel: You know, Steph... Can I call you Steph?

SR: You bet. We're buds. It's okay for the world to know.

Review: Hold Me If You Can by Stephanie Rowe

Hold Me If You Can (Soulfire #3)Hold Me If You Can 
(Soulfire #3)
by Stephanie Rowe
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1402241976
ARC Courtesy of Publisher & NetGalley
Stephanie Rowe is an acclaimed author whose high-octane romances are attracting a growing readership. The third in a paranormal romance series packed with danger, sensuality and clever twists features Nigel Aquarian, a warrior with an artistic bent, and Natalie Fleming, a chocolatier who has a new lease on life. But her freedom comes with a dangerous gift she doesn't want.Nigel and his fellow warriors have only just escaped imprisonment when an even worse threat emerges. Natalie is the only woman who can help Nigel—but she's also the one most likely to bring him down.
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Lexy’s Thoughts:
Pick up a piece of high quality chocolate and let it melt on your tongue. The smell of it, the feel of it as it melts, and the pure joy you feel all add up to the seduction that is chocolate. Imagine that all packaged inside you, understandable that there would be creatures salivating at the very sight of you.