Friday, November 30, 2012

Dual #Review: Double Time by Olivia Cunning

Double Time (Sinners on Tour, #3)Title: Double Time 
Series: Sinners on Tour #5
Author: Olivia Cunning 
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Published: November 6th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN: 1402271514
Source: ARC Courtesy of Publisher
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository 
Reviewer: Crystal and Crystal L
Rating: 4-4.5/5

Olivia Cunning delivers the perfect blend of steamy sex, heartwarming romance, and a wicked sense of humor in this menage story featuring the hottest guy in the Sinners band.
Trey Mills, the notoriously sexy Sinners rhythm guitarist, gives up his bisexual lifestyle and is swept into a hot, heady romance with Reagan Elliot, a female rock star sensation. But when Trey encounters Reagan's sexy bisexual roommate, Ethan Conner, he can no longer deny who he is or what he wants. Reagan heartily agrees to a solution that opens up a hot new world of sexual experience--and love--with the two men she wants the most.

Crystal Thoughts:
***NOTE: Double Time was released out of order. Trey's story is actually book #5 in the series and reads as such, so there are some spoilers for Jace (Hot Ticket) and Eric's (Wicked Beat) books. 

Tour: Enforcer's Redemption by Carrie Ann Ryan (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome back to author Carrie Ann Ryan who is joining us this time around with her book, Enforcer's Redemption!

Villain vs. Hero: What Demon?

Sometimes it’s easy to find the villain in the story. He’s the bad guy with the gun right? What if you have a demon, but then you have another. But the second one is an inner demon who seems to take the story to a whole new direction.
That’s what happened to me with Enforcer’s Redemption.
Caym, the demon in the series, has always been the bad guy. Corbin, the rival werewolf, the other sadistic bad guy.
I had thought my hero would be Adam, the wolf who had lost everything and was in need of a happy ending.
But no.
It turned out that Adam’s inner demon—his pain, was my other bad guy.
Talk about changing a story.
Instead of a story where things blow up, people are killed, and love conquers all, it became a story of healing, and finding a way to work through the pain as it becomes all consuming. Oh yeah, and things blow up and people are killed…so that love conquers all.
Adam surprised me. He was the villain to me at some parts. He wasn’t the nice guy.
He was a butt.
Then he healed.
Or rather, Bay, his mate, healed him.
Thank God.
So yes, the villain is Caym. The villain is Corbin. But inner demons are just as prominent. I love reading about that. Who knew I’d write it too?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Guest (ARC) Reviewer: Trouble in Texas by Katie Lane - 5 Wine Glasses!

Trouble in Texas (Deep in the Heart of Texas, #4)Trouble in Texas 
(Deep in the Heart of Texas #4)
by Katie Lane
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: December 18th 2012 by Forever
ISBN 145551571X 
ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
Inheriting the most notorious house of ill repute in Texas can spell trouble for a girl's reputation . . . especially when she's Elizabeth Murphy, Bramble's prim and proper librarian. Yet when she discovers a buck-naked cowboy handcuffed to a four-poster bed, she forgets all about the town gossips. Elizabeth has sworn off men, but the stranger's kisses melt her resolve faster than ice cream on a hot summer day.
Waking up in Miss Hattie's Henhouse isn't how Brant Cates reckoned on getting to the bottom of his great-granddaddy's murder. The plan was to solve the centuries-old crime, then get the heck out of Dodge. But after meeting Elizabeth and discovering that the buttoned-up beauty is a sexy siren in disguise, he just can't pull himself away. 
Now Brant needs Elizabeth to finally put his past to rest, but is she willing to risk her future on Bramble's newest bad boy?
Pre-Order:  Amazon - Barnes & Noble

Crystal L.'s Thoughts:
Favorite Quote: "Henhouse Rule #49: If you're gonna sling chicken shit, prepare to get hit."

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow #56: Is it 2013 yet?


18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!

How to join in:
-You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
-Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
-Copy the html for the button above and place it at the top of your post.
-List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’
-Place your name and blog title in the linky below and the url for a direct link to your post
-Visit the other blogs on the list and say 'Hi!' Following each blog is not mandatory but I know it is always appreciated, and if someone comments saying they’re a new follower it’s polite to follow back. J It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blogging love!
-Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) with any questions!

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What are the Top 5 Books that you are looking forward to in 2013?

Tour: Broken Promise by Tara Fox Hall (Guest Post)

Please give a warm welcome to author, Tara Fox Hall, who is joining us on tour for her book, Broken Promise!

A huge thank you to Reading Between the Wines for having me here today!

 I’m here today to promote Broken Promise, the second book in my paranormal romance Promise Me series. Here is the blurb:
Shocked at Danial’s betrayal, Sarelle returns to her old home to consider her options. Yet even as Sar plans a reconciliation with Danial, Terian arrives, confessing his desire. When Theo witnesses Terian and Sar kiss, he angrily confronts Sar, leading to startling consequences. Will Sar’s heart choose Danial, Terian,…or Theo?

Wine plays an interesting role in my series. My heroine Sar’s tastes run to red wine, as she demonstrates in several passages. Her choice is usually dry, full bodied, and spicy. Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz are her favorites, boxed or bottled. Readers will often see her indulging in a glass or two, especially after trying times, such as when her good friend (and half-demon) Terian confesses his desire for her.

Waltz with a Stranger by Pamela Sherwood (Feature/Giveaway)

Today Sourcebooks and us here at RBtW would like to share with you an upcoming historical romance release from debut author, Pamela Sherwood. Check it out below and then make sure to enter the giveaway at the end!

Waltz with a Stranger
by Pamela Sherwood
Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Expected publication: December 4th 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1402273223
Crippled after a riding accident, shy heiress Aurelia Newbold shuns Society--until a dashing stranger draws her into a secret waltz and awakens desires she has long thought dead. After a year abroad to regain her health, she comes home to find the one man she’s been dreaming of--now an earl--engaged to the one woman she would never betray: her beloved twin sister.
One night James Trelawney took pity on a girl he saw as a wounded bird. Now the Earl of Trevanan, he is not prepared for the vibrant woman who returns to London, intent on reclaiming her life. Nor is he prepared for his growing desire for that woman--especially after he has proposed marriage to her dazzling twin.
As the scene shifts from London's glittering ballroom to Cornwall's windswept coast, forbidden desires resurface, and inhibitions begin to melt beneath the summer sun. But even as James struggles to resolve his feelings for both sisters, the secret that killed his predecessor reaches out from the grave to threaten his life--and that of the woman he loves.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Guest Review: With Everything I Am by Kristen Ashley - 4 Wine Glasses!

With Everything I Am (The Three, #2)With Everything I Am 
(The Three #2)
by Kristen Ashley
Published November 21st 2012
One night, Callum is driven into the woods by instinct, an instinct to protect… what, he does not know. Until he, in the form of wolf, meets a young, human child who he is instantly drawn to in a fierce way he doesn’t quite understand.
But in the end, she protects him. Then he finds this human child is his destined mate.
Sonia Arlington has lived a lonely life. She has certain abilities that make her strange and she has a rare disease that, if untreated, could kill her. Her mother and father are assassinated but before, her father makes her vow that she will never let others discover her abilities. This forces Sonia to stay distant from others, no family, no close friends and always guarding against exposure.
Then the intelligence leaks that Sonia is Callum’s human mate. He is now King of the Werewolves and therefore she becomes targeted by the wolves who have aligned with other immortals to enslave the human race. Callum has war on his hands and is forced to claim his mate and quickly integrate Sonia into a world that is strange and frightening to her.
As Sonia attempts to adjust, not entirely successfully, Callum attempts to cope with the knowledge that his mate is mortal. He will have her beauty and gentleness only the length of a mortal life and as werewolves only have one mate their entire lives, their union for him is unbearably bitter as well as unbelievably sweet.
Then he finds that due to her illness, her human life will be even shorter and he is forced to endure the increased bitter while doing everything he can to make Sonia’s short life incredibly sweet.
Purchase at Kindle and Barnes & Noble

Crystal L's Thoughts:

Heat Wave series by Alannah Lynne (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to contemporary and erotic romance author, Alannah Lynne!

I’ve always found the holidays to be a lot like the “It” person in Hide and Seek: Ready or not, here they come! Unfortunately, I usually fall into the “Not” category. 

I’m a terrible procrastinator and have always put things off until I can see the last individual grains of sand draining from the hour glass. Whether it be studying for tests, which meant staying up all night, cramming; or writing a book and working non-stop for the last four weeks in order to meet the deadline; or writing a blog post *looks around not-so-innocently*… I’ve always waited until the last minute.

When it comes to holiday shopping, though, it makes sense to me to wait until a few weeks before the big day for several reasons. The first being, I don’t have a clue what anyone wants until December. Secondly, Even after I’ve gotten them what they asked for, if I see something I think they need or would like, I’ll get that for them too. If I started shopping months in advance, I’d always be in shopping mode – which means I’d always be buying and would be completely broke!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Guest (ARC) Review: Release Me by J. Kenner - 4 Wine Glasses!

Release MeRelease Me
by J. Kenner 
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2013 by Bantam (first published December 26th 2012)
ISBN 0345544110
ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms. 
He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. 
Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.
Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.
But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.
Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
Purchase at Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository 

Crystal L's Thoughts:

Crimes Against Magic by Steve McHugh (Spotlight/Giveaway)

Today we would like to share with you an urban fantasy from author, Steve McHugh, Crimes Against Magic!

Crimes Against Magic
by Steve McHugh
It’s been almost ten years since Nathan Garrett woke on a cold warehouse floor with nothing but a gun, a sword, and no idea of who he was or how he got there. His only clue … a piece of paper with his name on it. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his abilities to work as a thief for hire. But he’s never stopped hunting for his true identity, and those who erased his memory have never stopped hunting for him. When the barrier holding his past captive begins to crumble, Nathan swears to protect a young girl who is key to his enemy’s plans. But with his enemies closing in, and everyone he cares about becoming a target for their wrath, Nathan is forced to choose between the life he’s built for himself and the one buried deep inside him.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Guest (ARC) Review: Sealed with a Curse by Cecy Robson - 4 Wine Glasses!

Sealed with a Curse (Weird Girls, #1)Sealed with a Curse 
(Weird Girls #1)
by Cecy Robson 
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: December 31st 2012 by Signet Eclipse
ISBN 0451416732 
ARC Courtesy of NetGalleu
Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something girls—with one tiny exception: they're products of a backfired curse that has given each of them unique powers that make them, well, weird… 
The Wird sisters are content to avoid the local vampires, werebeasts, and witches of the Lake Tahoe region—until one of them blows up a vampire in self-defense. Everyone knows vampires aren't aggressive, and killing one is punishable by death. But soon more bloodlust-fueled attacks occur, and the community wonders: are the vampires of Tahoe cursed with a plague? 
Celia reluctantly agrees to help Misha, the handsome leader of an infected vampire family. But Aric, the head of the werewolf pack determined to destroy Misha's family to keep the region safe, warns Celia to stay out of the fight. Caught between two hot alphas, Celia must find a way to please everyone, save everyone, and oh yeah, not lose her heart to the wrong guy—or die a miserable death. Because now that the evil behind the plague knows who Celia is, it’s coming for her and her sisters. This Wird girl has never had it so tough.
Purchase at Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository 

Crystal L's Thoughts:
Let me tell you, I LOVE when I get to read new paranormal concepts. It's like handing my a literary chocolate cake and saying, 'It's all yours honey'! Woo-hoo! This book was a delightful mix of your standard werewolves, sprinkled with some interesting no often seen wereraccons and wereweasels, topped off with a bloodlustvampire disease that I assure you is being spread in the most interesting way, all of it to combine and make you want to reado THIS BOOK. It features four sisters who range from tooth cavity sweet, to kickass, to feistylike our main girl Celia, to the snarky sister who is my favorite.

Sexy Snippets: Red Zone by Sherri Hayes

Tuesdays have never been so sexy!
Sexy Snippets is a weekly feature hosted by Reading Between the Wines for the 18+ crowd. To join in just grab the button, post a sexy paragraph or two from your current read and share the author & title so other participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like. Then add your post to the linky below so everyone can follow along. Have a sexy good time!

Tour: J.D. Tyler's Black Moon (Spotlight/Giveaway)

To celebrate the upcoming release of J.D. Tyler's Black Moon in her Alpha Pack series we have a spotlight and giveaway for our readers! 

About the series...

The "End of the Apocalypse" is Here with Larissa Ione! (Feature/Giveaway)

To celebrate the release of Larissa Ione's Rogue Rider, the final and much anticipated installment in the Lords of Deliverance series, Forever Romance and Grand Central Publishing is giving away the complete set  (all four books) to one lucky reader! Us here at RBtW's adore Larissa and her works, you can find reviews on the entire LOD series and her first Demonica series on our Review page. :) This is a must-read paranormal romance series!

By Larissa Ione
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0-466-57448-8
$7.99; November 20, 2012
The final installment in the New York Times bestselling Lords of Deliverance series!
Born of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell's minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday… or let it ride…
Jillian Cardiff came to this remote mountain town to forget the demon attack that almost killed her. Instead, she rescues—and falls for—a gorgeous stranger who has no memory of anything other than his name. Handsome, charming, and protective, Reseph seems like the kind of man whom Jillian can trust. But with hints of a troubling history of his own, he's also the kind of man who can be very dangerous… 
Reseph may not know why he mysteriously appeared in Jillian's life, but he knows he wants to stay. Yet when Jillian's neighbors are killed, and demon hunters arrive on the scene, Reseph fears that he's putting Jillian in danger. And once it's revealed that Reseph is also Pestilence, the Horseman responsible for ravaging the world, he and Jillian must face the greatest challenge of all: Can they forget the horrors of a chilling past to save the future they both desire?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Guest Review: Lord's Fall by Thea Harrison - 4.5 Wine Glasses!

Lord's Fall (Elder Races, #5)Lord's Fall
(Elder Races #5)
by Thea Harrison
Mass Market Paperback, 281 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Berkley
ISBN 0425251063
In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two mates find themselves on different paths, torn between their duty to the Wyr and the passion that binds them…Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she’s mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs’ frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom.
In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be. But as the Games heat up, Pia’s negotiations with the Elves take a turn for the dangerous, straining her bond with Dragos and threatening everything they hold dear…
Purchase at Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository 

Crystal L's Thoughts:

Tour: The Haunting of a Duke by Chasity Bowlin (Guest Post)

Please give a warm welcome to romance author, Chasity Bowlin, who is joining us on her tour for The Haunting of a Duke

If I could go back in time....  

That is a really hard question for me to answer.  Obviously, I love the Regency era.  It speaks to me on a number of levels.  And being that I have no waist, the fashion of that period is perfect for me.  But I also love the Victorian era, where it didn’t matter if you had a waist or not, because you could fake it with a corset.  Still, the Regency era was more free I think.  There were rules governing behavior, but they were more easily broken and more easily forgiven.  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Guest Review: Iced by Karen Marie Moning - 5 Wine Glasses!

Iced (Dani O'Malley, #1)Iced 
(Fever #6)
by Karen Marie Moning
Hardcover, First Edition, 495 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Delacorte Press
ISBN 0385344406 
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning comes the first book in her hotly anticipated new urban paranormal trilogy, set in the world of her blockbuster Fever series.
The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be. 
Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.
Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux. 
When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.
Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.
Purchase at Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository 

Crystal L's Thoughts:
Holy jumping jehoshaphat Batman! Karen Marie Moning has done it again! We're back in Fever world, except this time we have Dani's perspective instead of Mac's. I was skeptical about how much I was going to like a fourteen year old girls point of view, but I ended up enjoying immensely. We find Dani still avoiding Mac like the plague because she killed Mac's sister Alina. She also has an immense amount of guilt about it, but is sure Rowena did something to compel her to kill the woman, she just can't prove it. We finally get to meet Dancer, who is a seventeen year old genius.

Hope Tarr's, Operation Cinderella (Guest Post)

Please give a warm welcome to romance author, Hope Tarr, who is joining us with her book, Operation Cinderella!

Yes, Ma’am
Southern Gentlemen Do It Better
By Hope Tarr

When I sat down to write the draft of OPERATION CINDERELLA, the launch to my “Suddenly Cinderella” contemporary fairytale themed romance series for Entangled Publishing, my hero, Ross Mannon started talking to me—immediately. Ordinarily that’s a good thing, a really good thing. Hell, if my characters will narrate the story, my ego and I will happily take a backseat—and dictation.

Only in this case Ross was speaking in what was unmistakably, unequivocally a Southern accent – a Texas accent, specifically. The book, however, is set in primarily in Washington, DC. What was my big, strong, rough-and-tumble Texan doing in the land of lobbyists and Beltway Bandits?

Four New Historical Novels From FOREVER (Feature/Giveaway)

Today we would like to feature FOUR new historical romances coming to you from Forever Romance this November and December. Check them out below and then make sure to enter to win all four titles at the end!

By Amanda Scott
Publisher: Forever Mass Market
ISBN-13: 978-1-455-51435-9
$7.99; December 18, 2012
THE LAIRD’S CHOICE is the first book in a new medieval Scottish Highlander series from USA TODAY bestselling author, Amanda Scott.
Lady Andrena MacFarlan has been different since the day she was born. Possessing the power to sense others’ most intimate desires, she knows her duty is to marry the man who will take the MacFarlan name as his own and help her father regain the chiefdom of their clan.But her unique gifts don’t prepare her for the day when a mighty warrior suddenly enters her life. The attraction between them is undeniable—and insatiable.
Hunted by brutal enemies, the wounded Magnus Galbraith washes up on MacFarlan land where he is rescued by a laird’s lovely daughter. Andrena is like no one Magnus has ever known. She has the uncanny ability to both calm and enflame him in ways he never dreamed possible. But she has the other unknown—and dangerous—powers. Now, as Magnus seeks to avenge a brother and protect a king, the young beauty could prove his greatest ally—or his ultimate undoing.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Guest Review: 50 Ways to Play: BDSM for Nice People by Don Mcleod, Debra Mcleod - 3 Wine Glasses!

50 Ways to Play: BDSM for Nice People50 Ways to Play: BDSM for Nice People
by Don Mcleod, Debra Mcleod
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Tarcher
ISBN 0399163468
For the millions of readers who have been, shall we say, "inspired" by the publishing phenomenon 50 SHADES OF GRAY, this simple, accessible “beginners guide” to BDSM features 50 BDSM activities couples can sample. Warning: you should try this at home!
Purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble 

Viviana’s Review: 

 Judging a book by its cover (yeah, don’t give me that look, we all do it!) it didn’t look like much and to be honest, the “for Nice People” didn’t make me want to take this book serious and it actually bothered me.  Are people who practice BDSM not nice? Of course not!! Jeez! A better title would have been “Intro to BDSM” or “BDSM for Newbies” (okay, so that’s not really a good title, but it brings truth to the book!) or even “Curious about BDSM”. Well, you get the idea. 

Blind to Men by Chris Lange (Feature/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to author, Chris Lange, who is joining us with her new fantasy romance, Blind To Men!

My name is Chris Lange. I'm a dreamer and a story teller. I write about love, love, love, and sometimes I leave my characters' bedroom door open.
BLIND TO MEN begins with a young farm girl overhearing a conversation between her mother and a very strange Amazon. Cursed at birth, Anya can't see men or hear them. They can't see her either, except one. In Anya's world, only women exist.

Tour: Blood and Moonlight by Moira Keith (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to romance author, Moira Keith, who is joining us on her tour for Blood and Moonlight!

Character Interview:

Kiara walked into the Grand Lux Café at the Venetian Hotel and Casino, a ‘not-a-care-in-the-world’ air about her. Two guards accompanied her, but kept enough distance so she could move freely through the restaurant. After exchanging a few words with the hostess, she points me out and when her gaze meets mine, shesmiles in acknowledgement. There were a few stops to exchange pleasantries with patrons. Kiara indulged everyone’s request for photos with a smile. The only hint of discomfort I saw in the woman was when someone got a little too close for comfort, which I found amusing considering the rumors about the fae and the wolves and their preference for touch. 

“MissEmerson?” Kiara's voice was soft. Not at all what I expected from a woman who was known for being a bit rough around the edges.

I stood and held out my hand to her. “Hi Miss O'Conaill, thanks for agreeing to this interview.” 

Black Friday Book Bonanza #Giveaway #Hop (US/INT)

Instead of fighting off all the crazies tonight (I know, I've been there!) out for $10 DVD's and half off televisions, hop along for your chance to win books, gift cards & more from the comfort of your own home in the Black Friday Book Bonanza! Thank you to the fabulous Heather @ Book Savvy Babe for putting this hop together along with Jenn @ The Bawdy Book Blog and Lisa @ Alive on the Shelves !

What we're giving away:

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Guest Review: (ARC) Kept by Shawntelle Madison - 4 Wine Glasses!

Kept (Coveted, #2)Kept 
(Coveted #2)
by Shawntelle Madison
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: November 27th 2012 by Ballantine Books
ISBN 0345529170 
ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
Fresh from defending her pack in battle, Natalya Stravinsky, a whip-smart werewolf with a lovable neurotic streak, wants a little rest and relaxation. Once an outcast, she’s now eager to rejoin the ranks of her New Jersey pack, and has even gotten a handle on her obsessive urge to hoard holiday ornaments. Yet Nat barely has time to revel in her progress before the next crisis comes howling at her door.
Nat’s father has suddenly gone missing, captured by the Russian werewolf mafia. And as Nat steps up to save her dad from a mob boss’s deadly game, two men step in to play another round for her heart: her gorgeous alpha ex-boyfriend, Thorn, and her new flame, the sweetly sensitive wizard Nick. With her life growing more harried by the minute, Nat must stay cool, calm, and collected . . . or else risk losing everything.
Purchase at Amazon, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and The Book Depository

Crystal L's Thoughts: 

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow #55: Recommend Me!

18 & Over Book Blogger Follow is a weekly feature that begins on Fridays and runs through the weekend, hosted by Crystal from Reading Between the Wines. This is a Friday blog hop with the objective to find and visit other book blogs that share the same interest as you, namely books geared towards the 18 & over crowd, and make some new friends!

How to join in:
-You should run a book blog that features and reviews mostly adult reads, some Y.A.’s are okay but 18 & over adult reads should be your majority.
-Make a separate post for the 18 & Over Book Blogger Follow on your blog.
-Copy the html for the button above and place it at the top of your post.
-List & answer the ‘Question of the Week.’
-Place your name and blog title in the linky below and the url for a direct link to your post
-Visit the other blogs on the list and say 'Hi!' Following each blog is not mandatory but I know it is always appreciated, and if someone comments saying they’re a new follower it’s polite to follow back. J It’s always nice to spread the 18 & Over Book Blogging love!
-Contact me (readingbetweenthewines10 at gmail dot com) with any questions!

Question of the Week: Out of all the books that you have read during the month of November, what one book would you recommend to other readers?

I've read so many great books this month and it is hard to recommend just one but I will go with....

The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw by Suzy Turner (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends today! I hope your day is full of lots of love, plenty of things to be thankful for, and of course... turkey! ;) Today I would like to welcome author Suzy Turner who has brought along a special guest with her...

Interview with London heart throb, Declan Alexander from the Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw

I'm delighted to have Declan Alexander here today. He's just popping in for a drink on his way to Andilyse Island to collect his friend's daughters, the Morgan Sisters, who will be spending the next two weeks with him and his girlfriend on his house boat.

Hey Declan! Here's a banana smoothie. How are you?
Ooh lovely, thanks (he holds it up in thanks before taking a long gulp, leaving a frothy moustache temporarily behind). I'm good thanks. Got a long day ahead of me though. I'm off to Andilyse Island... it's gonna take four hours there and four hours back. But it'll be worth it.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Guest Review: Coveted by Shawntelle Madison - 4 Wine Glasses!

Coveted (Coveted, #1)Coveted 
(Coveted #1)
by Shawntelle Madison
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Ballantine Books
ISBN 0345529189 
Courtesy of NetGalley
For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home—and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.
Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a more immediate and dangerous problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is their first target in a turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all of her strength to save her pack and, ultimately, herself.
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Under Her Spell by Eliza Daly (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to romance author, Eliza Daly!

My Cameo Appearances in Under Her Spell

I recently discovered Reading Between the Wines when I was following an author’s blog tour. The name of the blog hooked me--wine and reading, two of my favorite things. Wine makes an appearance in almost all my books, including my debut romance novel Under Her Spell. My characters tend to be red wine drinkers and lately they are really into Malbecs. This made me realize that mypersonality and quirks sometimes sneak into a book without me even realizing it. The following are several appearances I made inUnder Her Spell.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Guest Review: Wolfishly Yours by Lydia Dare - 5 Wine Glasses!

Wolfishly Yours (Westfield Wolves, #6)Wolfishly Yours 
(Westfield Wolves #6)
by Lydia Dare 
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 140226349X
Courtesy of NetGalley
Accustomed to running wild with her Lycan brothers in the swamps of Louisiana, Miss Liviana Mayeux is shipped off to London where Lady Hadley offers to sponsor and assist her. Before she knows it, Vivi finds herself in the middle of a pack of English wolves who are all vying for her attention. But Lady Hadley's handsome son Grayson is determined to keep her out of trouble. If only he knew how...

Crystal L's Thoughts:

Enslaved by Elisabeth Naughton (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I am super excited to welcome back Elisabeth Naughton, author of the Eternal Guardian series! Elisabeth is joining us with her new release, Enslaved, and she has brought along a few guests to help her out. Please give them a warm welcome...

The Dreaded Underworld…or Not…

Thank so much to Reading Between the wines for inviting me to stop by today and talk about one of my very favorite places…the Underworld!

For those of you who don’t know me…I write the bestselling Eternal Guardians series about a group of gifted warriors all descended from the heroes of Greek mythology. They protect their realm and the human world from threats born of the Underworld, specifically one evil goddess with a bad attitude.

Book five, ENSLAVED, which released on November 6, 2012, is Gryphon’s book. Gryphon spent a little time being tortured in the Underworld so I’ve asked him to stop by today and give us a tour this very dark and special place. (FYI…He is not thrilled with this request. In fact, he’s downright defiant…so I’ve asked his heroine, Maelea, to help out.)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Guest Review: Nobody's Angel by Kallypso Masters - 4 Wine Glasses!

Nobody's Angel (Rescue Me, #2)Nobody's Angel
(Rescue Me #2)
by Kallypso Masters
ebook, 314 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by Kallypso Masters
ISBN13 2940013350151
Marc d'Alessio might own a BDSM club with his fellow military veterans, Adam and Damian, but he keeps all women at a distance. However, when Marc rescues beautiful Angelina Giardano from a disastrous first BDSM experience at the club, an uncharacteristic attraction leaves him torn between his safe, but lonely world, and a possible future with his angel.
Angelina leaves BDSM behind, only to have her dreams plagued by the Italian angel who rescued her at the club. When she meets Marc at a bar in her hometown, she can't shake the feeling she knows him, but has no idea why he reminds her of her angel.
When Marc's search-and-rescue partner, widower Luke Denton, confides he believes Angelina is the angel his wife promised to send him, Marc is convinced she is meant for Luke. A painful incident from his past keeps Marc from letting any woman drive a wedge between him and a friend.
While Luke can provide Angelina with love and stability, Marc knows his friend can't satisfy her submissive needs. Marc offers one night to show her that BDSM is not about pain, but a power exchange with mutual trust and consent. But he knows he can't commit emotionally to anything more.
When the abusive Dom from Angelina's past threatens, Marc's protective instincts kick in; he must keep her safe. Again at the Masters at Arms Club, she turns the tables on him and turns his safe, controlled world upside down. (Book Two in the RESCUE ME series; follows introduction to series, MASTERS AT ARMS.)
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Sexy Snippets: Alpha One by Cynthia Eden

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!

Double Time by Olivia Cunning (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a screaming loud welcome to my favorite erotic romance author who writes about the sexiest musicians imaginable. Excuse me while I have a mini fan-girl moment. *squee* Please welcome, Olivia Cunning, who is joining us with her new release of Double Time

It’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. Yes, between the preparation and the leftovers, Thanksgiving pretty much takes up an entire week.

This time of year we are reminded to be thankful for what we have. So I’ll go first and then I’ll let the characters of my newest release, Double Time, tell you what they’re thankful for this year.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Guest Review: (ARC) The Trouble With Fate by Leigh Evans - 5 Wine Glasses!

The Trouble With Fate (Mystwalker, #1)The Trouble With Fate
(Mystwalker #1)
by Leigh Evans
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: December 24th 2012 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN 1250006406
ARC Courtesy of NetGalley
My name is Hedi Peacock and I have a secret. I’m not human, and I have the pointy Fae ears and Were inner-bitch to prove it. As fairy tales go, my childhood was damn near perfect, all fur and magic until a werewolf killed my father and the Fae executed my mother. I’ve never forgiven either side. Especially Robson Trowbridge. He was a part-time werewolf, a full-time bastard, and the first and only boy I ever loved. That is, until he became the prime suspect in my father’s death…
Today I’m a half-breed barista working at a fancy coffee house, living with my loopy Aunt Lou and a temperamental amulet named Merry, and wondering where in the world I’m going in life. A pretty normal existence, considering. But when a pack of Weres decides to kidnap my aunt and force me to steal another amulet, the only one who can help me is the last person I ever thought I’d turn to: Robson Trowbridge. And he’s as annoyingly beautiful as I remember. That’s the trouble with fate: Sometimes it barks. Other times it bites. And the rest of the time it just breaks your heart. Again…
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Crystal L's Thoughts:
I have a new awesome series to follow! *Doing the book happy cabbage patch* The Trouble With Fate has an excellent jaded and snarky heroine named Heidi. She's half Fae and half Werewolf. Her father was murdered by a fellow werewolf, her mother murdered and twin brother kidnapped by the Fae. So it's needless to say that she doesn't have an overwhelming desire to be in touch with her familial roots. The only people she has left in her life now is her batshit crazy Aunt, who was her Mother's sister, and her amulet necklace, which is actually a very temperamental living object named Merry who likes to burn the crap out of her when it has temper tantrums.

An Infamous Marriage by Susanna Fraser (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to author, Susanna Fraser, who is joining us on tour with her book, An Infamous Marriage!

For me, a big part of the Regency Era’s appeal is its overlap with the Napoleonic Era. Of the books I’ve sold so far (three published to date, another coming in 2013), all but one has had a military hero, and even in that book, A Marriage of Inconvenience, the war is never far away from the protagonists’ minds.

My new release, An Infamous Marriage, begins with my hero, Jack Armstrong, entering a marriage of convenience partly to secure a caretaker for his ailing mother in England while he serves with his regiment in Canada. It ends at Waterloo. While most of the action takes place in the brief peace before Napoleon’s return from exile, Jack always thinks of himself as a soldier, a warrior. 

So what is it about the Napoleonic Era and soldier heroes for me? Here are my Top Five reasons:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

ARC Review: King of the Damned by Juliana Stone - 5 Wine Glasses!

King of the Damned (League of Guardians, #2)King of the Damned
(League of Guardians #2)
by Juliana Stone
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: November 27th 2012 by Avon
ISBN 0062102311
ARC Courtesy of Edelweiss
For millennia the struggle between light and dark, between the upper and lower realms, has been policed by a secret group of warriors culled from every fabric of existence. They are both otherworld and human, male and female. They are light and dark themselves and known to each other as the League of Guardians. Their pledge, to protect the line between dominions and make sure neither side grows too powerful. If they fall, so shall the earth, the heavens and hell. And there will be no more.
With darkness all around him, The League of Guardians is his only means of redemption…
Azaiel, the fallen, has been given a second chance to atone for the sins of his past. With demons gathering and threatening the league, he must find out if their circle has been breached. What he doesn’t foresee is a woman—a fierce warrior—who will turn his world upside down and awaken his tortured soul.
Rowan James is a powerful witch out to avenge the death of her beloved grandmother, but she needs an ally. Will she be able to trust a man with secrets as dark as the sorrow in his eyes? Loving Rowan means risking salvation and yet Azaiel cannot ignore the hunger burning hot between them—his one last chance at happiness. With danger all around them, will these two desperate souls finally find love in each other? Or be forever damned…
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Crystal's Thoughts:
If you're looking for a sexy paranormal romance with an edge of danger and suspense then look no further, Juliana Stone is your woman!