Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FACEBOOK TAKEOVER: Randi Cooley Wilson - 8:00-9:00pm EST

At 8:00pm EST (US) we have the honor of New Adult Romance author, Randi Cooley Wilson, taking over our Facebook page for an hour! She'll have lots of fun stuff for readers including giveaways so be sure to stop by!


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

Happy Book Birthday to Kristen Ashley and the 5th book in her dangerously sexy Colorado Mountain series, JAGGED!

(Colorado Mountain #5)
by Kristen Ashley
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: September 30th 2014 by Forever
ISBN 1455599131
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The next novel in Kristen Ashley's sizzling Colorado Mountain series introduces a new electrifying relationship that turns Carnal, Colorado into a hotbed of action, romance, and suspense.

An old flame rekindled . . .

Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn't interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara's lost her business, her marriage, and she's barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara's plight, he's on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

Ham was always a traveling man, never one to settle down in one town, with one woman, for more time than absolutely necessary. But Ham's faced his own demons, and he's learned a lot. About himself, and about the life he knows he's meant to live. So when he hears that Zara's having a rough time, he wants to be the one to help. In fact, he wants to do more than that for Zara. A lot more. But first, he must prove to Zara that he's a changed man.

Release Day Blitz: HE'S SO FINE by Jill Shalvis (#Giveaway)

Happy  Book Birthday to HE'S SO FINE, the 11th Luck Harbor novel from Jill Shalvis!

19291271He's So Fine 
(Lucky Harbor #11)
by Jill Shalvis
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: September 30th 2014 by Grand Central Publishing
ISBN 1455529494
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For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Carla Neggers's HARBOR ISLAND (Excerpt)

Bestselling author Carla Neggers returns this September with a brand new romantic thriller in her critically-acclaimed Sharpe & Donovan series—HARBOR ISLAND

19486751Harbor Island 
(Sharpe & Donovan #4)
by Carla Neggers 
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Harlequin MIRA (first published January 1st 2014)
ISBN 077831653X
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In this vivid and suspenseful addition to her widely acclaimed Sharpe & Donovan series, New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers takes readers on a heart-stopping journey from Boston to Ireland to the rocky coast of Maine...

Emma Sharpe, former nun and granddaughter of world-renowned art detective Wendell Sharpe, is a handpicked member of a small Boston-based FBI team. For the past decade Emma and her grandfather have been trailing an elusive serial art thief. The first heist was in Ireland, where an ancient Celtic cross was stolen. Now the Sharpes receive a replica of the cross after every new theft—reminding them of their continued failure to capture their prey.

When Emma receives a message that leads her to the body of a woman on a frozen island in Boston Harbor, she finds the victim holding a small, cross-inscribed stone—one she recognizes all too well. Emma's fiancé, FBI deep-cover agent Colin Donovan, is troubled that she's gone off to the island alone, especially given the deadly turn the thief has taken. But as they dig deeper they are certain there is more to this murder than meets the eye. 

As the danger escalates, Emma and Colin must also face do-or-die questions about their relationship. While there's no doubt they are in love, can they give their hearts and souls to their work and have anything left for each other? There's one thing Emma and Colin definitely agree on: before they can focus on their future, they must outwit one of the smartest, most ruthless killers they've ever encountered.

Release Day Blitz: My Fair Duchess by Julie Johnstone (#Giveaway)

Happy book birthday to the historical romance, MY FAIL DUCHESS!

23196729My Fair Duchess
by Julie Johnstone 
Published September 28th 2014 by Smashwords Edition
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After years of playing the rake to hide a dark family secret, the Duke of Aversley feels tainted beyond redemption and cynical beyond repair. Never does he imagine hope will come in the form of a quirky, quick-witted lady determined to win the heart of another gentleman.

Thanks to a painfully awkward past, Lady Amelia De Vere long ago relinquished the notion she was a flower that had yet to blossom. But when her family faces financial ruin and the man she has always loved is on the verge of marrying another, she’ll try anything to transform herself to capture her childhood love and save her family―including agreeing to participate in a bet between her brother and the notorious, dangerously handsome Duke Of Aversley.

Bound by the bet, Amelia and Aversley discover unexpected understanding and passion beyond their wildest dreams, if only they can let go of their pride, put trust in each other and chance losing their hearts.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

September Wine Club pick: Giveaway for 4 Year Blogiversary!

This month we have been celebrating our 
4th Blogiversary

For 4 years, the amazing Crystal has been at this! And through that time she has gathered together a team of amazing women. Some have stayed, some have gone, and some are new. But each and every one of us share our passion for books...and wine. 

So to say thank you to Crystal, the other Reading Between the Wines book club reviewers, and you dear readers I am doing a GIVEAWAY

Saturday, September 27, 2014

#BookReview: Return of the Highland Laird by Amy Jarecki - 5 Wine Glasses

22914123Title: Return of the Highland Laird
Series: Highland Force #4
Author: Amy Jarecki 
Format: Paperback, 130 pages
Published: Published August 13th 2014 by Rapture Book
ISBN: 0692248064
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | B&N
Source: Author
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 5/5

An untimely tempest transports two miserable and lost souls to England’s Abbey Wood where they stumble across each other’s paths. Lady Jane, a battered woman and accused murderess—Laird Alexander, fleeing his keep after blaming himself for the accidental death of his wife.

Both souls must heal their wounds. Both souls have reason to keep their identities hidden. This misshapen pair discovers each needs the other—though neither is willing to admit dependence.

Alexander must return to his kin and resume his laird’s mantle. Lady Jane must clear her name and find forgiveness. But before healing can begin, it is essential they learn to trust…and love.

“Before I go, please tell me one thing."
The candlelight flickered amber in her eyes. "Yes?"
He licked his lips and glanced toward the coveted, yet sacrosanct bedchamber. "I would like to know the given name of the woman who can kiss me so passionately she makes me want to climb to the rooftops and roar."
Her cheeks turned the color of her mantle and she grasped the latch. "Jane," she whispered.
"Well then." He stepped in and touched his lips to her forehead, "Goodnight, Lady Jane.” 

Sangria Saturday: Prickly Pear Sangria (#Sangria #Wine #Recipe)


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!  

I will admit that I picked this recipe solely on this song. 

"...Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw, When you pick a pear, Try to use the claw..." *ahem* And on to that recipe...

Friday, September 26, 2014

#BookReview: A Highlander's Obsession by Vonnie Davis - 4.5 Wine Glasses

21544875Title: A Highlander's Obsession 
Series: Highlander's Beloved #1
Author: Vonnie Davis 
Format: ebook, 302 pages
Published: Published August 19th 2014 by Loveswept 
ISBN: 0804179301 
Links: Goodreads |KindleB&N | ARe
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
Two wandering souls discover that true love needs no words in this explosive, fantastical novel from Vonnie Davis.

Somehow able to telepathically communicate with animals, Paisley Munro has found meaning in her so-called gifts by working as a veterinary assistant. But while traveling to Scotland for a relative’s funeral, Paisley fears that she really has lost her mind. Out in the highlands, she hears distinctly human thoughts coming from a wild bear. Terrified and desperate, she returns to the lodge and collapses in the powerful arms of its owner, a mysterious man with whom she shares a simmering attraction.

Creighton Matheson and his fellow shape-shifters have been roaming this land freely for centuries. Now Paisley may inherit his home, putting his kind in grave danger. His mistrust only deepens when he realizes she can read his mind. Yet he cannot deny that this tantalizing woman makes him burn with desire—and hunger for the prospect of a tender love. Now Creighton must decide which would hurt more: revealing the truth or losing Paisley forever.

"Being a bear brings us more freedom." He tilted his glass and swallowed its contents.  "Sometimes I'd sooner stay a bear."

#CoverReveal: Jessie Lane's THE DEMON WHO LOVED ME (#ParanormalRomance)

We are so excited to share with you this sexy new cover for Jessie Lane’s upcoming book in her paranormal romance, Big Bad Bite series, THE DEMON WHO LOVED ME! Isn’t it gorgeous? Model, Colby Lefebvre, isn’t too bad himself! *wink* Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

#BookReview: The Winter King by C.L. Wilson - 5 Wine Glasses

10485751Title: The Winter King 
Series: Weathermages of Mystral #1
Author: C.L. Wilson
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 608 pages
Published: July 29th 2014 by Avon
ISBN: 0062018973
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | Audible | B&N | ARe
Source: Library
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 5/5

Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.

After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.

The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.

The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of whom he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.

"Displease the Winter King and we'll none of us see another spring."

#CoverReveal: Ember & Enforce by Rachel Van Dyken

  Enforce Smashwords Cover
Release date 12/15

#BookReview: How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries - 4.5 Wine Glasses

18744733Title: How the Scoundrel Seduces 
Series: The Duke's Men #3
Author: Sabrina Jeffries 
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published: August 19th 2014 by Pocket Books
ISBN: 1451693494 
Links: Goodreads | ARe | B&N | Kindle | Amazon
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4.5/5

The third deliciously sexy novel in the New York Times bestselling Duke's Men historical romance series, featuring an investigator who sets out to find gypsies— and unexpectedly finds love.

Investigator Tristan Bonnaud has one aim in life— to make sure that his half-brother George can't ever ruin his life again. So when the pesky Lady Zoe Keane, the daughter of the Earl of Olivier, shows up demanding that the Duke's Men find a mysterious gypsy woman, he seizes the opportunity to also hunt for a gypsy friend who knows secrets about George. Tristan doesn't expect to uncover Lady Zoe's family secrets, as well... or end up falling for the woman who will risk all to discover the truth.

“You are a woman born of secrets and sadness. It will either destroy your future or lead you to greatness. A handsome gentleman with eyes like the sky and hair like a raven's wing will come into your life. If you let him, he will become the hand of your vengeance. If you let him, he will shatter your heart.” -- A Gypsy Prophecy

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Love On The Boardwalk by Christi Barth (Author #Interview)


Lexi: Welcome back Christi! We love having you here because that means another fun contemporary romance has been released! Yay!! And this time we get to see more of the wonderful characters you introduced to us in Love at High Tide. Now we get to see Coop and Darcy's friends find love in Love on the Boardwalk. Is this technically part of a series, or considered a standalone that happens to follow some known characters? 

Well, it doesn't have a snazzy series name - and I think you need more than two to be a series, anyway. So I've been calling it a sequel. The most important thing to know is that it 100%, absolutely can be read as a stand alone - you'll still get all the laughs and all the sexy/tender moments, I promise!

Promotional Post: The Mermaid's Pearl by Brooke Kennedy (#Giveaway)

23247415The Mermaid's Pearl 
(Tears of the Deep Book 1)
by Brooke Kennedy 
Kindle Edition, 217 pages
Published August 26th 2014
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Raewyn is tougher than your average mermaid princess. She lives in a fortress far beneath the surface of the ocean, where she constantly breaks the rules. Fear of extinction has caused the merfolk to arrange marriages and take away romantic freedoms, causing Raewyn’s hopes and dreams of true love to crumple. After a quest gone wrong, she finds herself held captive aboard the Devil’s Pearl, among the worst humans of all—pirates. 

Captain Aiden Flynn is handsome and charming, spending his time sailing the seas and hording treasure. His villainous reputation has even reached the depths of the ocean. When he finds a dark-haired beauty ensnared in his net, he puts on his best charms in hopes of finding out just who she is. 

Will his dangerous, yet charming, demeanor win her over? Or will he fall, as many other men have, to the wiles of a mermaid princess? 

(This is a New Adult/Romantic Fantasy novel & contains language & adult situations. Not recommended for readers younger than 17) 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

#BookReview: Red Blooded by Amanda Carlson - 4.5 Wine Glasses

18633587Title: Red Blooded 
Series: Jessica McClain #4
Author: Amanda Carlson 
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published: September 9th 2014 by Orbit
ISBN: 0316404330 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | B&N | ARe
Source: Netgalley
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4.5/5

After Jessica's brother is kidnapped and taken to the Underworld, she will stop at nothing to get him back. But before her grueling training is finished, Jessica's power mixes unexpectedly with the circle and she's dropped into the Underworld without protection or her escorts.

"What did you think was going to happen?  That Hell would be all unicorns and rainbows?"

In Bed with a Rogue by Samantha Grace (#Interview & #Giveaway)

One Rogue Too Many (Rival Rogues, #1)In Bed with a Rogue (Rival Rogues, #2)
I don’t know about you dear reader, but I could use a historical romance fix! Yes? You too? Lucky for us our guest today has the remedy. Welcome back Samantha Grace!

Samantha: Hi, Lexi! It’s great to be back. I always have a lot of fun at Reading Between the Wines. 

Lexi: We are so excited to have you back Samantha! Even if we haven’t been able to help you pick out your book’s cover models. No matter, because we still have wine *lifts two bottles* and thanks to you, another great HR! In Bed with a Rogue, Rival Rogues book 2! You did promise us a happy ending for Sebastian after being jilted, and you delivered. Did it feel like a weight off your shoulders giving Sebastian his HEA?

Release Day Launch: Jennifer L. Armentrout's STAY WITH ME (#Giveaway)

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We are so pleased to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STAY WITH ME! STAY WITH ME is a New Adult contemporary romance being published by Avon (William Morrow), an imprint of HarperCollins, and is a part of Jennifer’s With You Saga!

19501672Stay with Me 
(Wait for You #3)
by J. Lynn/Jennifer L. Armentrout
Paperback, 448 pages
Expected publication: September 23rd 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN 0062294806
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At 21, Calla hasn’t done a lot of things. She’s never been kissed, never seen the ocean, never gone to an amusement park. But growing up, she witnessed some things no child ever should. She still carries the physical and emotional scars of living with a strung-out mother, Mona—secrets she keeps from everyone, including her close circle of college friends.

But the safe cocoon Calla has carefully built is shattered when she discovers her mom has stolen her college money and run up a huge credit card debt in her name. Now, Calla has to go back to the small town she thought she'd left behind and clean up her mom’s mess again. Of course, when she arrives at her mother’s bar, Mona is nowhere to be found. Instead, six feet of hotness named Jackson James is pouring drinks and keeping the place humming.

Sexy and intense, Jax is in Calla’s business from the moment they meet, giving her a job and helping her search for Mona. And the way he looks at her makes it clear he wants to get horizontal . . . and maybe something more. Before Calla can let him get close, though, she’s got to deal with the pain of the past—and some very bad guys out to mess her up if she doesn’t give them her mom.

Monday, September 22, 2014

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

22927713Title: One Night of Scandal 
Series: After Hours #2
Author: Elle Kennedy 
Format: ebook, 230 pages
Published: September 8th 2014 by Entangled: Brazen
ISBN: 1633750795
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | ARe
Source: Publisher
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4/5

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint... 

The wrong man never felt so right...

Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize a friendship over a woman—especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her…all bets are off.

Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s no denying Reed is just the man to give it to her. Although she has no interest in dating a bad boy, and certainly not her ex’s best friend, it’s impossible not to melt beneath Reed’s skillful touch. Now it’s just a matter of setting a few ground rules—and hoping her rule-breaking, sweet-talking bad boy agrees to follow them. But if she lets Reed into her bed, does she stand a chance of keeping him out of her heart?


One Night of Scandal is a sinfully sexy frienemies to lovers story that you won't want to miss!

My Highland Spy by Victoria Roberts (#Interview & #Giveaway)

Sean Connery, kilt wearing Scotsman, James Bond. Like that? Then you will love what our guest today has recently released. Welcome Victoria Roberts!

VR: Thank you so much for having me today, Lexi. I love chatting with readers.

Lexi: It seems not that long ago you came out with your debut novel, a sweeping romance with an irresistible Scottish Highlander. And you kept going! Thankfully, because you just released My Highland Spy, book one in the Highland Spy series and it has everything we have come to expect from your writing. Strong alpha highlanders, equally strong heroines, and the fun predicaments they find themselves in. So tell us, what was your inspiration for My Highland Spy? *crossing fingers hoping for Sean Connery*

VR: *laughs* I can tell you men in kilts are always an inspiration. I’m so glad you loved the Bad Boys of the Highlands series. I’ll let you in on a little secret. There may be a few more Bad Boys in your future.