Saturday, August 31, 2013

August's Wine Club Review of Viper by Patricia A. Rasey

Wine Selection: Vampire Cabernet Sauvignon California 2011 (Because I couldn't help myself with the cliche')
*Full-bodied with Blackberry and Dark Cherry aromas, with just the right amount of Oak flavors leading to a lingering finish. Classic, small-lot fermentations, followed by aging with oak, gives full expression to the rich varietal flavors in this wine. 
~A Perfect Complement to Any Fine Meal Shared by Two Mortals at Summer's Twilight~
Paired with: Viper (Sons of Sangue #1) by Patricia A. Rasey

Turn on a Dime by Tiffany A. Snow (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please welcome Tiffany Snow, joining us with her new novel in The Kathleen Turner Series, No Turning Back!


He’d have dressed as Superman and you as Batman…

Tmonique Stephen's EVERLASTING (Spotlight/Giveaway)

We're happy to share with you Tmonique Stephen's fantasy romance, EVERLASTING! 

Descendants  of Ra, #2
Kill the beast. Save your brother.Win your freedom.No problem.Falling in love with the cop trying arrest you?Problem.
To save his twin from death, Reign Nicolis will have to bargain with Goddess of the Dead, and once more become what he despises, El Mortem, The Scourge, a killer trained to show mercy to none. But he is haunted by those who have fallen beneath his blade. Their ghostly shapes dog his footsteps, relentless in their torture to make him suffer for what he was put on this earth to do two thousand years ago. Saving his twin ensures Reign’s enslavement to the Goddess. She may own his body, but never his heart.  
Detective Alexis Lever’s career is in shambles. Her only chance at redemption is to discover what happened to the body of Daniel Nicolis. To do that she’ll have to thwart two men: Reign Nicolis and Roman Nicolis. Both belong in jail. But one has stolen her heart. 

Friday, August 30, 2013

No Romance Required by Cari Quinn (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to a fabulous author, Cari Quinn, joining us with her recent release of No Romance Required!

Thanks so much for having me here today at Reading Between The Wines! I’m so excited to talk about No Romance Required, the third book in my Love Required series from Entangled Publishing, which just released this month.

No Romance Required features two characters, Cory and Vicky, which have known each other since childhood. Sounds like it’s a primo setup for a friends to lovers tale, right? No way, not exactly. These two snipe at each other more often than they share confidences. They fight as foreplay (which helps the underlying thread of sexual tension I’ve been told sizzles through the page every time they speak to each other!) Until one night verbal sparring turns into something way hotter—and that illicit, impulsive moment is caught on camera. And from there, a fake relationship made in heaven—or maybe hell—is born. Hey, at least they have the hot part right!

Guarding Hope by Ann Mayburn (Promo)

Today we would like to share with you a new release from Ann Mayburn, Guarding Hope!

Guarding Hope
Contego Agency #1
Contemporary Interracial Romance
Steamy M/F
Coming August 6th, 2013
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War hero Daniel Escobar has left behind his career as a Marine and now works for the Contego Agency, Detroit’s premier personal protection firm. Unfortunately his heroic actions on the battlefield cost him not only part of his sight, but also his peace of mind. Haunted by regrets of the past, Daniel finds a new purpose in life when he is given the job of protecting Hope, the only woman he’s ever truly loved, from the mob.
Hope Walker can’t believe it when she finds Daniel, her first love, working at the Contego Agency. She’s searched for him for years, wanting to know why he left her after that terrible night their senior year in high school when a fight with his mother’s drug dealer boyfriend left Hope in the hospital and Daniel shipped off to parts unknown by Child Protective Services. For both Daniel and Hope the old memories and emotions come rushing back, and together they will have to fight to stay alive long enough to give their love a second chance.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tall, Dark, and Vampire by Sara Humphreys (Interview/Giveaway)

Crystal: The end of the week has finally rolled back around and we have a wonderful lady joining us today to kick it off, please raise your glasses for paranormal romance author, Sara Humphreys! 

Sara: Hello! Thank you so very much for hosting me here today :)

Crystal: You recently released the first book in a new series - Tall, Dark, and Vampire. Congratulations, by the way!  Is it at all scary or intimidating starting a new series after being immersed in the world of the Amoveo Legend for the last few years? 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This Love by Nazarea Andrews (Interview)

Lexi: Our guest today released her debut YA dystopian romance in March, now she has released a NA romance...This Love. Know who she is? Welcome to the blog Nazarea Andrews!

You are in good company here, you love chocolate and books (if you love wine extra point), and you have an overgrown dog. I have to ask, what kind?

Nazarea: A Rhodesian Ridgeback!! I absolutely love her. My mom breeds them and she brought me Nala a few years ago on a visit. She’s a big baby. :)

#CoverReveal: Tainted by Christine Phillips (#Giveaway)

Today we would like to share with you the cover for Christine Phillips, Tainted! 

Tainted by Christine Phillips
ISBN: 9781419940734
Release date: 28th August 2013
Ellora's Cave
Read Chapter One of Tainted
A dangerous love that Rome will never allow…
Driven by the knowledge he failed to protect his king and embittered at losing the woman he loves, Celtic warrior Gawain despises the lust he feels for the beautiful Roman patrician, Antonia. She is everything he’s never wanted in a woman, yet she ignites his passion like no other. Despite the danger of discovery he embarks on an illicit liaison with her, determined to uncover the reason for the infinite sorrow that haunts her eyes.
Newly arrived in Britannia from Rome, Antonia is inexplicably drawn to the cold, tough Celt whose touch stirs a desire she long thought died at the hands of her brutal former husband. With Gawain she learns the pleasure of sex and his unexpected tenderness thaws her frozen heart. But she hides a deadly secret that could be her undoing, and knows her growing feelings for him can lead nowhere. Yet when a shadow from her past threatens her future Antonia is torn between the Empire of her birth and betraying Gawain, the man she’s grown to love.
Inside Scoop: This medieval romance dabbles a wee bit in the paranormal.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Unbroken by Rachel Caine - 4.5 Wine Glasses

(Outcast Season #4)
by Rachel Caine 
ebook, 320 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Roc
ISBN 1101575611 
Purchased by Reviewer
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For millennia, Cassiel was a powerful Djinn--until she was exiled to live among mortals. Now the threat of an apocalypse looms, and Cassiel is in danger of losing everything she has come to hold dear... As the world begins to fall apart around her, Cassiel finds herself fighting those she once called her own: the Djinn. With Weather Warden Luis Rocha and the rescued child Ibby by her side, Cassiel struggles to find a way to protect those who are in her charge and come to terms with the leadership role she never asked for. Cassiel is opposed by Pearl--a powerful Djinn bent on raising an army of kidnapped Warden children to bring about nothing less than the end of the world. It will take everything Cassiel has to stop the Djinn from starting a war that will wipe all of humanity from the face of the earth. She knows that this might not be a battle she can survive, but protecting those she loves is worth any cost...

Crystal's Thoughts: 
Unbroken is an explosive conclusion to a must-read urban fantasy series!

THE KNIGHT'S TEMPTRESS by Amanda Scott & A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS by Anna Campbell (Excerpt/Giveaway)

Today we have two special treats for you historical romance fans! Excerpts from two new books (out today) from Amanda Scott and Anna Campbell, plus you can enter for your chance to win your own copies!

The Knight's Temptress (Lairds of the Loch, #2)The Knight's Temptress 
(Lairds of the Loch #2)
by Amanda Scott
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: August 27th 2013 by Forever
ISBN 1455514349
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When Lady Lachina "Lina" MacFarlan of Tùr Meiloach and her new sister-in-law, Elizabeth, are captured by seditious villains who have seized the royal burgh, harbor, and castle of Dumbarton, the two young women unknowingly throw a hitch into the plans of Sir Ian Colquhoun, the daredevil knight of the realm who is on his own secret mission to recapture Dumbarton for the King of Scots.
Instead of securing Dumbaton, Ian must first rescue the women and return them to Tur Meiloach. Their journey will be perilous—especially because Ian has long admired the lovely Lady Lachina, and for the first time she seems to show signs of returning his attentions. But for Ian duty must come before desire. The fate of the King of Scots and Lina's own father rests in his hands. He cannot afford to be tempted by anything—even the promise of Lina's love.

#CoverReveal: BEAUTIFUL BROKEN by Nazarea Andrews (#Giveaway)

Woot, check out the cover for Nazarea Andrews new adult - Beautifully Broken!

Beautiful Broken by Nazarea Andrews
University of Branton, #2
October 2013
She's been broken by her past. He's been breaking for as long as he can remember.Together, they can make each other whole--or destroy each other.
When his best friend asks for something, Dane rarely says no. But babysitting a newly sober Scout Grimes for three weeks isn't exactly a normal request. And with their history, it's a recipe for disaster. Not to mention, she's drop dead gorgeous and he can't touch her.
There are few people Scout trusts as much as Dane Guillot. He's always been her safe place, where nothing can hurt her. He's also been the only man she's never let herself want--screwing up their friendship isn't worth one amazing night together.
They have too much history, and too much personal baggage to ever work. But if they are willing to take a chance on love--it might be worth the risk.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Sexy Snippets: Unseen (Outcast Season #3) by Rachel Caine


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!

Mary Hughes' Beauty Bites (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Beauty-Bites (2)
Please give a warm welcome to author, Mary Hughes!

Thank you to Crystal and Reading Between the Wines for having me here today!

Quirky pairings are fun. Example: five-zero punk musician Nixie and six-plus lawyer Julian = Nitro? Meet glycerin.... In honor of Beauty Bites’ alpha male Ric Holiday and Dr. Synnove Byornsson’s affection for chocolate, I ask: How are alpha males like chocolate?

Five reasons alpha males are like chocolate.
5. Both give delight when enjoyed with morning coffee or evening liqueurs.
4. Some can be bitter and overpowering. But add in a touch of sweetness and you have a powerbar of energy that keeps you going and going. (And going... :).
3. They’re both awesome between thin sheets...hey, I mean graham crackers and marshmallows ;)
2. Photos of either in the unwrapped state may cause drool.
1. You can lick or nibble.

#CoverReveal: Her Wicked Angel by Felicity Heaton

Check out the cover for Felicity Heaton's upcoming release in the Her Angel Romance series, HER WICKED ANGEL!

Her Wicked Angel 
(Her Angel Romance Series Book 6)
Felicity Heaton
Her Wicked Angel is due for release on September 21st 2013
The King of Demons and the Devil’s right hand man, Asmodeus is a dark angel born of evil and created for destruction. When his master orders him to venture into the mortal world and retrieve a female for him, he seizes the chance to leave Hell for the first time, uncaring of what the Devil has planned for her… until he sets eyes on the most beautiful woman he has ever seen—a female who awakens new feelings within his black heart, unleashing passion so intense that it controls him and desire he cannot resist.
He will not let his wretched master have her. She will belong to him.
Liora is a witch with a bad reputation and an obsession with fighting demons. A mission gone wrong sees her sent to Paris to cool off, but when a dark and deadly warrior with a gaze of golden fire lands in her life, she ends up burning hotter than Hell for the wicked angel. Nothing will stand between her and the immense, forbidding male. Not her cousin. Not Asmodeus’s sworn enemy and twin, Apollyon. And certainly not the Devil.
Caught up in a tempest of danger and soul-searing passion, can they survive against the odds and seize their forever after?
Her Wicked Angel (Her Angel #6)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: Connected by Kim Karr - 4 Wine Glasses

(Connections #1)
by Kim Karr 
Published May 7th 2013 by Penguin Publishing (first published March 20th 2013)
original titleConnected
Copy courtesy of publisher
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What if a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ could happen twice? 
Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London's soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But, when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable.
When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia’s life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soulmate. 
Struggling with confusion as old connections fade and new ones begin, Dahlia's grief begins to lift--but guilt remains. River wants to be the one to mend all that is torn within her. 
But with a past that is never really gone, can their future survive?
*****TORN will complete the duet. Due out October 1st, 2013!*****

Crystal's Thoughts:

Tigris Eden's BURNED IN SHADOWS (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to Tigris Eden!

A big thank you to Reading Between The Wines for having me on the blog today.  Here is an excerpt from Burned In Shadows.

#CoverReveal: Amanda J. Greene, Caressed by Shadows

We would like to share with you the cover for Amanda J. Greene's 4th book in  her Rulers of Darkness series, Caressed by Shadows!

Caressed by Shadows (Rulers of Darkness #4)
by Amanda J. Greene
Tentative Release: 19 April 2014
Book Description:
Black Knight, Falcon Kenwrec is powerful, relentless, and fiercely loyal, his only allegiance – to his king. But he is torn between duty and desire when the war between the vampire clans and the Red Order hunters escalates and the enemy captures the one woman he longs to claim as his own, Sonya Rebane, Queen of Voidukas Clan. Falcon will risk everything to save her, even if it means forsaking his king.
 After weeks of imprisonment, Sonya is stunned when the chivalrous knight that she has secretly loved from afar appears outside her cell. As they fight and struggle to elude their enemies, they must battle their overwhelming attraction for each other and their love that is forbidden.
As every perilous moment draws them closer together, every smoldering kiss drives them to the brink of a passionate destruction. Will they be able to resist temptation? Or will their love be their ruin?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Review: Shooting Scars by Karina Halle - 5 Wine Glass Toast!

Shooting Scars
by Karina Halle
#2 The Artist Trilogy
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Expected publication: August 20th 2013 by Grand Cen­tral Publishing
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Sometimes the right choice can be the deadliest.
When Ellie Watt made the ultimate sacrifice for Camden McQueen, she never thought it would be easy. But walking away with her ex-lover, Javier Bernal, in order to ensure Camden’s safety has brought a whole new set of dangers. With Javier’s plans for Ellie growing more secretive by the moment, Ellie must find a way to stay ahead of the game before her past swallows her whole.
Meanwhile, Camden’s new life is short-lived. Fueled by revenge and pursued by authorities, he teams up with an unlikely partner in order to save Ellie. But as Camden toes the line between love and retribution, he realizes that in order to get back the woman he loves, he may have to lose himself in the process. He might just turn into the very man he’s hunting.
Told in dual POV from Camden and Ellie.

Shooting Scars Blog Tour with author Karina Halle!

Pallet of bottled water, check. 10 crates of noodles, check. 50 gallons of red pasta sauce, check...err. Make that 50 gallons of fake blood. You never know when you may need to make yourself look like a zombie to avoid being overtaken by the horde. If you need some tips on that, ask our guest author Karina Halle. Welcome Karina!

Karina: Hello there! Thank you for having me. This place looks like the Olive Garden.

Lexi: Here, let me pour you a chilled glass of white wine and you can tell us a bit about your baby: Sins and Needles. Sounds like this book will deliver delicious shivers as you take us down some dark alleys. Did you work to keep the dark gritty feel consistent throughout the Artists Trilogy?
Karina: Nah, it comes pretty natural to me. Sins & Needles is set in the desert, near a place I go to a lot, Palm Springs. Coming from the tree-laden and rainwashed Pacific Northwest, I love the desert and think it has this beautiful yet tough quality to it. It’s so harsh and unforgiving, so barren and yet life goes on. I could feel the grit in the air, the sand in the teeth, on each page I wrote and it was easy to adapt my morally-questionable and edgy characters to that terrain.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Sins & Needles by Karina Halle - 5 Wine Glass Toast!

Sins & Needles
by Karina Halle
#1 The Artist Trilogy
Kindle, 446 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Forever (first published January 1st 2013)
Bought By Reviewer
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Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents' latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen.
Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.

Love on a Midsummer Night by Christy English (Interview/Giveaway)

How to Tame a Willful Wife (Shakespeare in Love, #1)Love on a Midsummer Night (Shakespeare in Love, #2)Much Ado About Jack (Shakespeare in Love, #3)

Lexi: Shakespeare lovers, this ones for you. Love on a Midsummer Night...sound like A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Read on to find out, we have Christy English in the house!

Christy: Lexi, thank you so much for hosting me! I am thrilled to be here, talking about some of my favorite things: Shakespeare, acting, and romance. ☺

Lexi: Oh how I love renditions of Shakespeare plays, especially when they are moulded into historical romances! When you were acting, what Shakespeare play was your favorite to perform?

Wicked Firsts Anthology (Excerpt/Giveaway)

Some of my favorite authors have come together for one wicked anthology! Check it out below and be sure to enter the huge giveaway at the end!

Authors:  Elisabeth Naughton, Alexandra Ivy, Cynthia Eden, Laura Wright, Katie Reus, Joan Swan
Publication Date:  August 19, 2013
99 cent SALE for FIRST week only!
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Six New York Times and USA Today Bestselling authors bring you six all-new contemporary and super sexy suspense stories of first loves, first attractions, first temptations, first times and first obsessions.
FIRST EXPOSURE by Elisabeth NaughtonA film that could make her career. A weekend that will change her life…
When actress Avery Scott’s assistant goes missing researching a role for Avery at an exclusive adults-only resort, Avery finds herself with only one choice: travel to the resort herself and look for clues. She hires an elite operative from Aegis Security to accompany her. She just doesn’t expect to get former undercover FBI agent Cade Blackwell—the man who ripped out her teenage heart twelve years before. One weekend at the sexiest resort in the world with the only man she’s ever loved will expose her to more than just a kinky new lifestyle. It’ll expose her to numerous wicked firsts that will test every ounce of her self-control. And if she’s not careful, she could lose her heart—and her life—in the process.Visit Elisabeth's website to find more of her incredible books.

FIRST RAPTURE by Alexandra IvyMadison Philips has only one reason to return to Las Vegas: Luc Angeli. The tall, dark bad boy took her virginity on her eighteenth birthday and then walked away, now she’s back, and ready for revenge. Luc Angeli spent his youth trying to earn the approval of his philandering father. Now he’s his own man, but there’s still something missing from his life. He doesn’t know what it is until he catches sight of Madison across a balcony. Suddenly he knows this woman is what he’s been searching for, and this time he’s not walking away.Visit Alexandra's website to find more of her incredible books.

FIRST TASTE OF DARKNESS by Cynthia EdenHot sex. No regrets. Jess Delaney has spent her life playing the role of the good-girl. On a trip to Vegas, she decides to walk on the wild side when she meets mysterious Blake Landon. Rich, powerful, and carrying plenty of secrets, Blake is unlike any man she has ever met before. But as the passion burns between them, danger waits in the darkness…a danger that may just claim Jess’s life…Visit Cynthia's website to find more of her incredible books.

FIRST INK by Laura WrightRushWomen in his bed, celebs and rockers in his chair, life is pretty freaking swell. Then she walks back into it again. Not for pleasure, but for pain. For Ink. A bleeding heart to match the one she left him with five years ago.AddisonShe can’t forget him or the pain she caused him. All she has is a hope for redemption. But it’ll only work if he lets her inside his exclusive world, under his famous artist’s needle and into his bed—once again.Visit Laura's website to find more of her incredible books

FIRST SURRENDER by Katie ReusHe’s dangerous, sexy, and everything she wants. And he’s about to make his claim…
Hayden, the dangerously sexy, tattooed ex-SEAL is one of the best friends Sierra has ever had—and the main star in her wildest fantasies. But he doesn’t see her that way. And she’d die of embarrassment if he found out she was still a virgin.
Hayden’s struggled to keep his attraction to the beautiful, dark haired casino chef a secret. But when an attacker targets Sierra, Hayden’s protective instincts go into overdrive. With the attraction between them burning out of control, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her and make her his.Visit Katie's website to find more of her incredible books

FIRST TEMPTATION by Joan SwanCounterterrorist agent Taft Walker is up for the challenge of posing as an adult store owner with a new female undercover partner who is also a sex-toy virgin. At least until he sees the real woman beneath her tough façade.
Border Patrol Agent Zoe Brooks is ready to get off the front lines. She’s willing to tolerate a swaggering partner like Taft for a new opportunity. But she’s not prepared for the way he understands her deepest, sexiest desires.Visit Joan's website to find more of her incredible books

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Review: On Every Street by Karina Halle - 5 Wine Glass Toast!

On Every Street
by Karina Halle
#0.5 The Artist Trilogy
ebook, 138 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Forever Yours (first published March 9th 2013)
Bought By Reviewer
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When young con artist Ellie Watt decides to call herself Eden White and go after the drug lord who ruined her as a child, she never expects to fall for one of his henchmen. But Javier Bernal is no ordinary man. Subtly dangerous and overwhelmingly seductive, Eden finds herself passionately in love with Javier, the very person she's set-up to betray. With her body and heart in a heated battle against her deep need for revenge, no one will walk away from this con a winner.

PLAYING THE FIELD by Jennifer Seasons (Guest Post)

Please give a warm welcome to Jennifer Seasons, joining us with her new sports romance just in time for baseball season, Playing the Field! 

I played a lot of baseball growing up.  Some of my earliest memories are of T-ball and getting so scared of running to first base that I started crying.  It just seemed so far away, you know?  

Then there was the time one of my older brothers chipped my front tooth when we were practicing and I missed his fast pitch.  To my credit a small garter snake had just crawled out of the grass in front of me and I was just a tiny bit preoccupied with being freaked out.  I’d forgotten there was even a ball headed in my direction.  

CLAIMED by Stacey Kennedy (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Author Stacey Kennedy is joining us with her new release of CLAIMED. Please give her a warm welcome!

Today on Reading Between the Wines, we have Stacey Kennedy. She’s an urban fantasy lover at heart, but she also enjoys losing herself in dark and sensual worlds. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who gave her a happily-ever-after. Together, they have two small children who can always make her smile, and who will never be allowed to read Mommy’s books. If she's not plugging away at a new story, you'll find her camping, curling up with the latest flick, or obsessing over Sons of Anarchy, Supernatural, True Blood and Lost Girl. 
In her newest release, CLAIMED, we are introduced to the owner of the exclusive BDSM dungeon, CLUB SIN, Dmitri and his new submissive, Presley. Today Stacey is going to share her favorite “Dmitri” and “Presley” scene in CLAIMED. 
It’s always difficult to pick a favorite scene from a book, because there are always so many that stick out for all different reasons. I admit, though, the scene below is one of my favorites from Dmitri, because it was a turning point for him during the story. Dmitri realized something deeper was developing with Presley, and as a Dom, he was determined to find out why she made him feel things he wasn’t expecting to feel. 

Fighting Destiny by Amelia Huthins (Promo, Excerpt & Playlist)

I loved this book and am anxiously waiting for it's sequel! You can read my 4 wine glass toast review HERE! - Crystal L.

Fighting Destiny
by Amelia Hutchins
The Fae Chronicles
Kindle Edition, 437 pages
Published June 2nd 2013 by Amelia Hutchins
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Have you ever heard of the old Celtic legends of the Fae - beautiful, magical, and deadly creatures that have a love of messing with humans just for kicks and giggles?
Welcome to my world.
What started out as a strange assignment, lead to one of the most gruesome murder mysteries of our times. My friends and I are set and determined to find out who is killing off Fae and Witches alike.
Couple of problems in the way – I hate the Fae and the Prince of the Dark Fae is bound and determined that I work for him. He’s a rude, overbearing egotistical ass with a compulsive need to possess, dominate and control me. Oh – did I mention that he is absolutely sex-on-a-stick gorgeous and he makes me feel things that I never ever wanted to feel for a Fae...every time he touches me or looks at me with those dangerous golden eyes he seems to pull me further in under his spell, despite my better judgment.
My friends and I can’t trust anyone and nothing is as it seems on the surface – not even me.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Guest Review: Star of Wonder by Angel Payne - 4 Wine Glasses

17257681Star of Wonder 
(The Kinky Truth)
by Angel Payne
Kindle Edition, 162 pages
Published December 12th 2012 by Loose Id LLC
Copy Courtesy of Author's Assistant
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Genre: BDSM & Fetish, Holidays
Series: The Kinky Truth; Previous Book: Permanent Marker
Dante Tieri always looks forward to the Veterans Day bash he funds for the military personnel of the Chicago area. This year is no different, especially when he meets Lieutenant Celina Kouris, a Naval JAG officer who oddly can’t care less about his clothes, his looks or his billion-dollar bank account.
It isn’t easy for Celina to play nice with Dante, as she’s watched wealthy playboys ruin the lives of two people she loves. Yet after the man proves himself as more than a stunning face, a luscious body, and a fat wallet, she lets him crack her composure for one night of hardcore passion—including the spanking and domination that turn her into a puddle of sexual goo.
Celina isn’t the only one who thinks “mind-blowing sex” just got redefined. Dante is shaken by the needs Celina unleashes in him, and he consults with his best friend, Mark Moore, who opens up his world to the magic of Dominance and submission. But when Dante wants to explore more with Celina, her walls are back up, twice as high as before. As the holidays come, can Dante convince her that she really is his guiding star of wonder?

Deathwatch by Dana Marton (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to welcome back romantic suspense author, Dana Marton!

Coming Home to Broslin Creek

My last three novels (Deathscape - $0.99!, Deathtrap and Deathwatch) have been set in the small town of Broslin Creek, Pennsylvania and returning to this little town is a lot like coming home.   I love returning to a familiar setting when I read a book series.  It’s like a window into another world.  The hero and heroine interact with characters from previous books, creating a sense of history and connections, and bringing the reader up to date on relationships, events and town gossip.  It’s a sense of community in an increasingly more detached electronic world.   Becoming immersed in the lives of familiar characters allows the reader to look around and enjoy the ride more, too.  Coffee at the local diner is almost like a family gathering, and that new waitress in town may be the main character in the next book, and the man she’s serving eggs and bacon to may be hiding a dangerous secret (or a body in his basement).

Unlocked by Maya Cross (Spotlight/Giveaway)

Maya Cross released the third book in her Alpha Group series, Unlocked, earlier this week. Check it out and read an excerpt from the book below!

Title: Unlocked (The Alpha Group Book Three)
Release Date: August 18th
Genre: Erotic Romance
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The breathtaking conclusion to the USA Today best selling Alpha Group Series.
Who is Sebastian Lock?
The heart can lead you to dangerous places. Abandoned by the man she loves, with nothing more than sweet words and riddles for an explanation, Sophia Pearce felt like her life was crumbling before her eyes. And then they came for her. Now, things will never be the same.
Confronted with the truth about Sebastian’s identity, she’s thrust into a high stakes world beyond anything she could have imagined. A world that threatens much more than just her feelings. Sebastian’s enemies will stop at nothing to get what they want, and they want her.
Their passion for one another consumes them, but as the danger mounts, and loyalties are tested, Sophia must answer one simple question. What is she willing to risk for love?
This book is approximately 54,000 words long, or about 200 printed pages. It contains erotic content and a dominant man who always gets what he wants in the bedroom. It is intended for readers aged 18 and over.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Guest Review: The Elusive Wife By Callie Hutton - 3.5 Wine Glasses

The Elusive WifeThe Elusive Wife
by Callie Hutton 
ebook, 200 pages
Published May 20th 2013 by Entangled: Scandalous
ISBN 1622661028
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Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, is trying to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment. However, he doesn’t remember what she looks like because he was blind drunk at his arranged wedding and hasn’t seen her since. The fascinating Lady Olivia has captured the Earl’s attention. Newly arrived from the country to stay with her school friend for the Season, she is appalled to discover that her husband, Lord Coventry, doesn't even recognize her. She's not about to tell the arrogant arse that she is his wife. Instead, she flirts with him by night and has her modiste send her mounting bills to him by day. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned… Too bad this woman finds her husband nearly irresistible. 

Jaguar Fever by Terry Spear (Interview/Giveaway)

Lexi: Steamy, fun, a little romance. No, I am not describing your summer (though if I did, good for you!). I am describing Jaguar Fever, the newest release for our guest today. Welcome Terry Spear!

Terry: LOL, I love it. Did I ever tell you about how I was at a book signing once and my daughter was pushing me to get creative and talk to people? Introvert here. So she was gone and I took a deep breath and tried it. Worked out great! Every time I saw a woman who looked my way, I asked, "Are you interested in romance?" I had lots of smiles and shakes of head. But hey, I tried! So then an older gentleman smiled broadly at me and before I could think of something else to say, I said my standard, "Are you interested in romance?"

Release Day Blitz: Glitter and Gunfire by Cynthia Eden

The fabulous Cynthia Eden has a new romantic suspense book out TODAY! Check it out below and then be sure to grab your own copy!

Glitter and Gunfire
by Cynthia Eden
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He was assigned to protect her not make her his own in this installment of USA TODAY bestselling author Cynthia Eden's Shadow Agents series.
Cale Lane had his orders: keep Cassidy Sherridan alive at all costs. But who sent six armed men storming the Rio ballroom to take her out? The gorgeous party girl wasn't giving it up. Now he had a more urgent mission: uncover Cassidy's secrets one by one.
Cassidy didn't need the former Texas ranger to play hero and blow her cover. Using herself as bait was the first step in bringing a killer to justice. How could she do that with Cale shadowing her every move and awakening feelings that tempted her to put her life and heart on the line?

Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: Falling for the Backup by Toni Aleo - 4 Wine Glasses

Falling for the Backup (Assassins, #3.5)Falling for the Backup 
(Assassins #3.5)
by Toni Aleo
ebook, 105 pages
Published June 24th 2013 by Loveswept (first published January 1st 2013)
ISBN 0345549716
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Toni Aleo’s sexy new eBook original novella featuring the Nashville Assassins will have you believing in the power of love at first sight . . . and second sight . . . and third. After serving as a dutiful bridesmaid in the wedding from hell, Aynslee Shaw just wants to slink home to Nashville and forget the whole trip. That is until the hottest guy she’s ever seen is seated next to her on the flight and charms her with his easy laugh and killer smile. But just when she thinks things are getting good, he vanishes, leaving Aynslee wondering, was that guy the one? And did she just let him slip through her fingers? Former superstar goalie Jordan Ryan is back on the ice—finally. After a crippling knee injury that had him wondering if he’d ever play pro hockey again, he’s got his full attention on rebuilding his career. So a pretty—okay, beautiful—girl on a plane shouldn’t be a distraction. But Jordan is very, very distracted. And when Aynslee crosses his path again, he’s not sure any job in the world is worth missing his second chance with a woman like her.

Crystal's Thoughts:
If you are a fan of sexy sports romances then Toni Aleo's Assassins series is a must read for you. The series just gets better and better with each new release!

Sexy Snippets: Bring Me Home (Shattered Hearts #3) by Cassia Leo


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!

Unscrupulous by Avery Aster (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Today I would like to give a warm welcome to Avery Aster joining us with her second Manhattanites book, Unscrupulous. 

Twenty Five New Yorker Insights 
Learned from Unscrupulous

  • Always vajazzle your vajayjay in garnet red Swarovski crystals, then go to a champagne bar without wearing any underpants.
  • When a one night stand asks you to keep the lights off as he undresses check his scrotum for candied sprinkles.
  • If at first you don’t succeed in taking his entire anaconda, try and try again.
  • If you let a hunk finger you while in public, it’s best to orgasm under a cocktail table when no one is looking.
  • Prostitution isn’t illegal in France, but ejaculating in public on a balcony out over a crowd of tourists will indeed get you arrested.

#CoverReveal: To Catch a Princess by Caridad Pineiro

We are excited to share with you the cover for Caridad Pineiro's new romantic suspense, To Catch a Princess. Check it out below and follow the link to read an excerpt or get your own copy today!

To Catch a Princess
by Caridad Pineiro
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Gambling at Love:  To win her heart he has to risk his secrets. . .
Untold wealth, a loving family, a solid career in America: the only thing Princess Tatiana lacks is the one thing she really doesn’t want—a husband. Unfortunately, her parents have just arranged her marriage to a royal from the old country. Are they kidding? It’s the twenty-first century!
Police Detective Peter Roman is a royal living incognito … and escaping a secret that has haunted his family for years. He’s been quietly in love with his best friend Prince Alexander’s sister for as long as he can remember. Little does she know that he is secretly the Grand Duke to whom she is unwillingly betrothed…
When a series of high-end jewelry heists threatens Tatiana’s exclusive charity exhibition in glamorous Monaco, the two must trap the clever jewel thief before he strikes again. In a fight for their lives, Peter’s secret identity is revealed. With danger and passion increasing to the breaking point, she must decide: catch a thief...or trust the heart of her true love.
Romantic Times: 4 Stars – “From the first page, the pacing is strong, the action plentiful and the characters interesting enough to hook you in.”

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Quickie Review: Getting Real by Ainslie Paton - 2.5 Wine Glasses

Getting RealGetting Real
by Ainslie Paton
Kindle Edition
Published April 1st 2013 by Escape Publishing 
Courtesy of NetGalley
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 A romance about confronting fears, making music, and learning to be true.
Rielle Mainline is a rock star with a hardcore image, a troubled heart and a twenty-five city tour to front with her band, Ice Queen. She should be ecstatic. But the tour includes Sydney and Rielle has spent years trying to deal with the tragedy that happened there. 
Roadie, Jake Reed knows Rielle’s reputation as a prize bitch will make being Ice Queen’s tour manager a challenge. Jake’s comfortable he can handle her, until he meets her, and then he’s thrown off-balance, unsure if he wants kiss her or throttle her.
Sparks fly, tempers flare and boundaries are crossed. It’s rock star verses roadie, alpha girl verses the boy-next-door and neither of them will survive unchanged.

Crystal's Quick Thoughts: