Sunday, August 31, 2014

#BookReview: K.A. Tucker's IN HER WAKE - 4 Wine Glasses

21942843Title: In Her Wake 
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths 0.5
Author: K.A. Tucker 
Format: ebook, 256 pages
Expected publication: September 1st 2014 by Atria Books
ISBN: 1476784299
Links: Goodreads | B&N | Amazon | ARe
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4/5

Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there’s only one person who can give that to him…

In Her Wake is an incredibly soulful story, leading us on a touching and tragic journey through the events that started it all. Don't mistake it for a retelling of Trent and Casey's book, Ten Tiny Breaths, because it is a story all it's own. It was wonderfully written, well paced, and I empathized with the characters throughout. 

Sexy Snippets: Breathe (Colorado Mountain) by Kristen Ashley



Sundays have never been so sexy!
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Ann Aguirre's I WANT IT THAT WAY (Guest Post/Giveaway)

I WANT IT THAT WAY is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is the first novel in the 2B Trilogy. Please welcome author Ann Aguirre joining us with 10 things you might not know about her heroine, Nadia. Enjoy!

10. She can dislocate her right shoulder at will. 

9. Once, she sat at the kitchen table for six hours for refusing to eat her Lima beans. She never did eat those beans.

8. At age 14, she said some really mean things to her brother Rob and their relationship has never been the same, her biggest regret.

Kristen Callihan's THE HOOK UP (Spotlight/Giveaway)

22611920The Hook Up 
(Game On #1)
by Kristen Callihan 
ebook, 415 pages
Expected publication: September 8th 2014 by Kristen Callihan
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The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she's shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.

New Adult/Contemporary Romance with a HEA - Recommended for readers 17 and older. 

Saturday, August 30, 2014

#BookReview: No Limits by Lori Foster - 3.5 Wine Glasses

20821550Title: No Limits 
Series: Ultimate #1
Author: Lori Foster 
Format: Paperback, 432 pages
Published: August 26th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
ISBN: 0373779046
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | B&N Are
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer:  Crystal
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he's never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster…

Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body—the works. He's also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams. These days, she's older, smarter, determined to face whatever life throws her way. Even the prospect of sharing a house and business with Cannon.

Cannon knew Yvette wanted him three years ago. But she was young—and some things are worth waiting for. Thrown together by her grandfather's legacy, he realizes how deep Yvette's scars really go, and how much danger lurks in their quiet town. As pent-up desire explodes between them, protecting her becomes the only fight that matters. And he'll break all the rules to do it…

I'm a fan of MMA so anytime I can get my hands on a well-written fighter story I am happy. No Limits is the first full-length novel in Lori Foster's Ultimate series and made a decent start. Though the prequel, Hard Knocks, sets up the series wonderfully, you don't have to read it to understand No Limits

Sangria Saturday: Apple Pie Sangria (#Wine #Sangria #Recipe)


Sometimes wine just doesn't cut it, especially when you want to jazz it up a little bit for a book club meeting or just a relaxing day! Welcome to Sangria Saturday, where ever Saturday you will find a delicious sangria recipe to go with your weekend reading! Have a recipe of your own? Join the fun and leave us a comment or a link to your own post!  

Fall is just around the corner, pumpkin spice lattes are already here, so here is a great recipe to get the season started! 

Slow Satisfaction Blog Tour with Cecilia Tan (#Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to romance author, Cecilia Tan!

Top 5 Kinky Snippets

1. “Straddle me.” His voice was rough with desire. “Then I’ll spank you.”

2. It was as if electricity crackled on the word correct. Or maybe that was because I bowed my head without even realizing it. 
His voice was low and smooth. “And how shall I correct you?”
“Any way you see fit,” I whispered.

Blood Chimera by Jenn Lyons (Deleted Scene)

Today we have an exclusive deleted scene to share with you from Jenn Lyons fantasy thriller, BLOOD CHIMERA. Enjoy!

18656290Blood Chimera 
(Blood Chimera)
by Jenn Lyons
Paperback, 368 pages
Published 2014 by World Weaver Press
ISBN 0692249184
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Some ransoms aren’t meant to be paid. – Kidnap and Ransom negotiation used to be straightforward. 
The bad guys kidnap someone, and K&R expert Jackson Pastor negotiates their release, skillfully traversing a maze of bloodthirsty monsters: criminals, terrorists, police, and especially the FBI.

But that was before he met real bloodthirsty monsters.

When Jackson Pastor arrives in Los Angeles to help a new client recover his kidnapped wife, he finds himself dropped in the middle of a 500-year-old war between rival European and Mexican vampire clans, a conflict that threatens to escalate into a full-on public gang war. Worse, Jackson hasn’t been brought to Los Angeles to be a negotiator.

His new boss wants to turn him into an assassin.

With Jackson about to be caught in the middle of a clan war, his only hope of escape may lie with a secret FBI monster-hunting task-force led by a very dangerous, eccentric wizard.

Which could be a problem, since Jack’s a monster himself.

Blood Chimera is gritty, noir-style mystery of paranormal proportions where nothing is as it seems, not even the term “vampire.”

Friday, August 29, 2014

#BookReview: Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead - 5 Wine Glasses

8709524Title: Silver Shadows
Series: Bloodlines #5
Author: Richelle Mead
Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Published: July 29th 2014 by Razorbill
Links: Goodreads | Kindle | Amazon | B&N
Source: Library
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 5/5

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

“But with Sydney... with Sydney, I'd had it all- And lost it all. Love, understanding, respect. The sense that we'd both become better people because of each other and could take on anything so long as we were together. Only we weren't together anymore. They'd ripped us apart, and I didn't know what was going to happen now.” -- Adrian Ivashkov

Lori Foster's NO LIMITS (Q&A)

Hard Knocks (Ultimate, #0.5)20821550
Please give a warm welcome to an all-time favorite, can't-miss author, Lori Foster! 

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release, NO LIMITS?

This is Cannon’s story, a character that readers met in my last series, Love Undercover. From the second Cannon showed up on the page, I knew he’d get his own story. He’s that kind of guy, the guy who steps up and takes notice and gets a lot of notice in return.

In NO LIMITS, Cannon reunites with Yvette, another character from the previous series. They parted under strained circumstances, with Cannon just heading into professional MMA and Yvette young and traumatized from a horrific threat. Cannon saved her then, but he was noble because of her age and what she’d been through. Now she’s older, more independent, and he’s ready to make up for lost time.

A Beautiful Thought by Alicia Rae (Promo/Giveaway)

Beautiful Thought    
Introducing the fifth book in Alicia Rae's Beautiful series, A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT!

3035312_origTitle: A Beautiful Thought 
Author: Alicia Rae 
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance 
Publish Date: July 14th 2014 
Cover Design: Okay Creation Sarah Hansen
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As a physical sports therapist, Gail Bennett is accustomed to working with gorgeous athletes every day, but after falling for a few of these attractive men, she has been left heartbroken one too many times. When Gail’s hours at work are unexpectedly cut, she must find a way to continue helping her parents pay for her sister’s education. Reluctantly following her best friend’s advice, Gail takes on a roommate with the one man she has been avoiding since the first time she laid eyes on him. Damon Johnson loves a challenge, and he is not the type of man to back down when he wants something. From the first moment he meets Gail for dinner, he feels an inexplicable pull between the two of them. In his determination to have her, he finds himself helping her in any way he can. Can Damon break through all the barriers Gail has so carefully placed around her heart and prove that he’s different? Or will Gail’s reservations keep her from falling in love? One thought could change everything.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

#Audiobook #Review: The Wicked Passage: A Blake Wyatt Adventure by N M Singel - 3.5 Wine Glasses

13270455Title: The Wicked Passage 
Series: A Blake Wyatt Adventure
Author: N.M. Singel 
Format: Audio (Mass Market Paperback, 200 pages)
Published: November 1st 2013 by N.M. Singel 
Narrated by: Michael Rahhal
Length: 7 hrs and 1 min 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | Audible | B&N
Source: Audiobook Jukebox 
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 3.5/5
A bizarre assignment from a substitute teacher quickly turns deadly in the epic thrill-ride through time. 

Thirteen-year-old Blake Wyatt dug his bloodied fingers into the splintered railing of the ancient ship, struggling for footing in the violent storm. 

Minutes ago he was texting his friends in his boring history class. Now, Blake finds himself aboard the sinking Santa Maria—with the great Christopher Columbus begging for his help. 

The Admiral is about to be murdered—Dagonblud’s latest victim in his quest to erase the world’s history so he can replace it with his evil empire. Blake is the last surviving Sapphire Traveler who can save him. He must master his incredible new powers so he can sneak through time and destroy the Tolucan leader. But Dagonblud is planning a big surprise.

Will Blake succeed where all others have failed? The only thing that is certain is that Blake’s life, and the world around him, will never be the same.

“The past needs the present and grows the future.” 

Maggie Shayne's WINGS IN THE NIGHT REBORN (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Please give a warm welcome to a shining star in the paranormal romance world and one of my first and favorite authors in the genre, Maggie Shane! 

My Favorite FANGIRL Moment

My very favorite Fangirl moment happened to me at a Romance Writers of America Convention a couple of years ago. I take my RWA conventions very seriously. I go to workshops, and not just the Published Authors Network (PAN) sessions either. 

I saw in the program that my writing idol, Karen Robards, was giving a session on Romantic Suspense, and I was so excited that I might finally get to meet her after all my years of reading everything she wrote and basically worshipping at her feet, that I arrived for the session early so I could get a front row seat. And I think I probably gawked at her like a Ninja Turtle gawks at a pizza for the entire hour. I hope I didn’t drool. But I might have.

Elemental Magic Series by Brynna Curry (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Research and its random path.

To me, research is perhaps the easiest part of the writing process. I never know where my story ideas will come from, but the research for them is a solid, tangible thing I can do even when the actual writing isn't progressively as quickly as I want it to. The idea for Elemental Magic was born out of a dream, one filled with magic, Celts, and foreign lands. That meant a lot research and knowing where I could take literary license.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#BookReview: One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy - 4 Wine Glasses

22709899Title: One Night of Sin 
Series: After Hours #1
Author: Elle Kennedy
Format: ebook, 162 pages
Published: August 4th 2014 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Brazen)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | ARe
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4/5

A sexy category romance novella from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

Sometimes it’s good to be bad…

When it comes to sex, good girl Skyler Thompson always plays it safe, choosing stable and sedate over wild and thrilling. She doesn’t do one-night-stands, but one look at sinfully sexy Gage Holt and she’s willing to reconsider. He makes her want to be bad for once in her life, and she’s prepared to take what she wants.

Danger follows former MMA fighter Gage Holt like a shadow. Despite his successes as part owner of Sin, an exclusive nightclub in Boston, Gage can’t risk getting involved with a woman, especially one as sweet as Skyler. Still, he can’t resist a taste—and it’s so damn good he has to see her again. 

As addicted as he is to her, Gage knows there’s no future for him and Skyler—not with his past lurking in the dark corners of an MMA cage. But Skylar’s tougher than she looks, and she’s ready to fight for her man.

One Night of Sin is a wickedly sexy story from Entangled's Brazen line that features an ex-MMA fighter with a rough past that he can't seem to shake and a woman who after taking a ride on the wild side, never wants to get off! 

#BookReview: Seducing the Bridesmaid by Katee Robert - 3.5 Wine Glasses

18744937Title: Seducing the Bridesmaid 
Series: Wedding Dare #3
Author: Katee Robert 
Format: ebook, 192 pages
Published: June 9th 2014 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Brazen)
ISBN: 162266728X
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | ARe
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Linda
Rating:  3.5/5
A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

She has a plan. He’s about to change it.

Regan Wakefield is a headhunter in both name and personality: driven, motivated, and unafraid to pursue what—and who—she wants. Naturally, she’s thrilled when her friend's wedding offers her an opportunity to score Logan McCade, the practically perfect best man. Unfortunately, groomsman Brock McNeil keeps getting in her way, riling her up in the most delicious of ways. But Brock’s smooth southern charm isn't part of the how exactly did they end up having searing-hot sex?

Regan may pretend the erotic electricity sparking between them is merely a distraction, but Brock knows better. She refuses to see beyond the devil-may-care façade he presents to the world, while he sees straight through hers. Changing her mind—and getting under her skin—is a challenge he can’t resist. And when he wins, Brock will do whatever it takes to convince Regan that the best man for her is him.

”Woman you’re as mean as a copperhead. Come here let’s find out if you’re as cold-blooded.”

#BookReview: Mercy by B.J. Daniels - 5 Wine Glasses

19486774Title: Mercy 
Series: Beartooth, Montana #5
Author: B.J. Daniels
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published: August 26th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
ISBN: 0373778953 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | B&N | ARe
Source: Author
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 5/5
The hunt for a killer leads to a battle between justice and desire… 

For U.S. marshal Rourke Kincaid, there's the law…and then there's his law. When the two don't agree, he always trusts his instincts. A killing spree has gripped the Northwest, showing a strange connection that only he sees, and now the old rules of justice no longer apply. Forced to turn rogue, he goes deep undercover to track his mysterious female suspect to a quiet, unassuming café in the wild, isolated mountains of Beartooth, Montana. 

But encountering Callie Westfield complicates his mission in ways he never expected. As suspicious as she seems, her fragile beauty and sexy charm get to Rourke. Then the gory crimes begin anew. With his heart suddenly at war with his instincts, he has only two options. Either turn Callie over to the law, or put everything—including his badge and his life—on the line to protect her.

"Beg for Mercy."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Jeaniene Frost's THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES (#Giveaway)

It's here, it's here! Jeaniene Frost's THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES has arrived! I have this beauty sitting on my shelf and I CANNOT wait to get started on it! Grab your copy today!

The Beautiful Ashes 
(Broken Destiny #1)
by Jeaniene Frost 
Expected Publication: August 26th, 2014
In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. 

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. 

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

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

(Colorado Mountain #4)
by Kristen Ashley 
ebook, 554 pages
First published July 23rd 2012
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When the local police department's secrets are revealed and the wife he's forced to marry is murdered, Chace finds himself the town of Carnal's hero. Knowing how deep in the mud he was forced to sink, Chace feels he'll never get clean. The quiet, content future he envisioned of the love a good woman with whom he could build a family was now beyond his reach. The only thing he can do is find his wife's murderer.

But he isn't the only one looking.

While searching for new leads, he runs into Faye Goodknight, the town's quiet, shy, pretty librarian. Chace has long since had his eye on what could possibly be the town's last remaining virgin but he has also long since given up hope he could make her his. Faye is pure and clean and Chace refuses to dirty her with his sordid past.

Pure and clean Faye may be, but when the shy librarian is forced to go head to head with the man who she's had a crush on since he hit her hometown, Chace finds Faye is full of surprises. And he doesn't know what to do with her.

Release Day Blitz: Ann Aguirre's I WANT IT THAT WAY (#Giveaway)

We are absolutely thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Ann Aguirre's I WANT IT THAT WAY! I WANT IT THAT WAY is a New Adult contemporary romance and is the first book in the 2B Trilogy Series published by Harlequin HQN. We are already in love with this series and Ann's characters! Read the excerpt, then go grab your copy today!!

20945757I Want It That Way 
(2B Trilogy #1)
by Ann Aguirre 
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
ISBN 0373779836
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Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

Release Day Blitz: Sins and Needles by Karina Halle - Finally in Print! (#Giveaway)

The print edition of Karina Halle's much loved Sins & Needle novel is here!

Sins & Needles
(The Artists Trilogy #1)
by Karina Halle
Paperback, 438 pages
Published January 25th 2013 by Metal Blonde Books
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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.

***The Artists Trilogy is a dark and sexy contemporary ride about three flawed individuals caught in a world where it's so easy to justify the bad things we do. This is a pure adult read (Not YA or NA).

Monday, August 25, 2014

#BookReview: Baiting the Maid of Honor by Tessa Bailey - 5 Wine Glasses

18744922Title: Baiting the Maid of Honor 
Series: Wedding Dare #2
Author: Tessa Bailey 
Format: ebook, 127 pages
Published: June 9th 2014 by Entangled Publishing (Brazen)
ISBN: 1622667263 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | ARe
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 5/5

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint…

He’ll own her from the very first touch.

Julie Piper and Reed Lawson have nothing in common. She’s a people-pleasing sorority girl hiding behind her perfect mask. He’s a take-no-prisoners SWAT commander who isolates himself from the world. But when they’re forced together at their friends’ posh destination wedding, one thing is clear—Reed wants Julie more than he wants his next breath. Which is why he’s not about to stand by when she’s dared to seduce another man. 

Julie wants neat, tidy sex, so she could get back to what she does best—making everybody else happy. She never expected to slip into a dark bedroom and have her mind blown by rough, demanding hands, and a sinfully filthy mouth—neither of which belong to the best man.

One night should have been all Reed needed to get the blond temptress out of his system, but when one taste is nowhere near enough, he’ll be forced confront the effects of his hellish past. One that may push Julie away forever... just when he realizes he can't live without her.

"Girls, come on over and meet the groomsmen. Hands off the groom himself, but otherwise it's open season."