Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sangria Saturday: Hot Cranberry Sangria (#Recipe #Wine #Sangria)


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!  

If you have been following Sangria Saturdays then you know that I love cranberries. ☺ Today we have a lovely hot sangria recipe to share with you that is both yummy and will keep you warm & toasty.

Hot Cranberry Sangria

6 cups cranberry juice
2 cups orange juice
2 cups dry red wine
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks (about 3 inches long)
1/2-1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 pinch nutmeg
2 oranges, cut in wedges
1 lemon, cut in wedges
1 cup cranberries

Promotional Post: Grace Burrowes' THE FIRST KISS (#Giveaway)

21527240The First Kiss 
(Sweetest Kisses #2)
by Grace Burrowes
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 140227887X
James Knightley's brothers worry he spends too much time at the office. But personal failures have caused James to find solace in his work as a law expert… and in the unfailing comfort of his little black book.

Vera is a twice-divorced mom, fiercely protective of her young daughter, and a world-class piano soloist. When threatening messages cause her to fear for her daughter's safety, she turns to James for guidance. Business becomes pleasure until Vera learns of his past. As danger looms, can James convince her that he's not the man he used to be?

Friday, January 30, 2015

#Review: Risking it All by Tessa Bailey - 5 Wine Glasses

22313677Title: Risking it All 
Series: Crossing the Line #1
Author: Tessa Bailey
Format: eBook/Paperback, 400 pages
Published: January 27th 2015 by Entangled: Select
ISBN: 1622665643 
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Publisher
Reviwer: Crystal
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses!

NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed.

Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life. 

Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can’t know he’s on her side. And there's the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that's incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen's past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they're to get out alive, he'll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn't blow the whole operation in the process. 

Crystal's Thoughts:
Risking it All is hand's down, Tessa Bailey's best work yet! 

Behind the Author: Lisa Kessler (#Giveaway)

Thank you for joining us this month during out Behind the Author series! We hope you've had fun getting a peek at what your favorite authors do when they're not writing the books we love to read. To wrap things up we have the fabulous Lisa Kessler joining us. Enjoy!  

Hi everyone! *waving from San Diego*

Big thanks to Crystal for inviting me back to Reading Between the Wines!

I often get asked what I do when I’m not writing or reading, and today I’m going to lift that curtain and let you take a peek behind the scenes… Ready? 

Before I started writing seriously, I used to perform in musicals and even sang for a season with San Diego Opera. I was also in a few comic operas with San Diego Lyric Opera. Music has always been a passion for me, and I still have one professional gig as a church soloist because I just can’t stop singing. I’m pretty sure part of my soul would die! LOL

If you’re curious, you can hear samples of my songs on Amazon and I have a couple of CDs out…. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Lily Dalton's of Never Surrender to a Scoundrel Top 5 Books On Her TBR List! (#Giveaway)


My To Be Read pile for 2015 is already looking spectacular! Which books tempted me enough to click the pre-order button? We don’t have long to wait for the first book on my list.

Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Covent Garden Cubs Book 1) Release: February 3
Shana Galen whetted my interest in this new series with the recent novella, Viscount of Vice. If you’ve read her books you know her heroes are devastatingly charming and her heroines smart and adventurous. In this novel, the heroine is a member of a gang of thieves! RT Book Reviews gives this book 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick designation, so you won’t want to miss it!  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

#Review: The Marriage Match by Tracy March - 4 Wine Glasses

23614774Title: The Marriage Match 
Series: Suddenly Smitten #3
Author: Tracy March
Format: ebook
Published: January 19th 2015 by Entangled: Bliss
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Netgalley
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Hot bachelor seeks bride…

Resort tycoon Trent Hawthorne is looking for a wife. His all-business, no-nonsense grandmother (and the matriarch of the small town of Maple Creek) has selected three potential brides―all beautiful and approved. Each “fantasy date” will take place in a lush Caribbean setting, filmed like a reality show to promote the Hawthorne family’s chain of resorts. All of Trent's hopes for love combined with a clever marketing gimmick…what could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, all it takes is a kiss. A sizzling, sweet-as-sin kiss. But Cynthia Sawyer isn't one of the bachelorettes, and she's definitely not supposed to be making out with her boss's sexy grandson. Not to mention it's strictly against company policy. But Cynthia has her own reasons for hooking Trent up with a bride who isn’t her as soon as possible. And losing her heart is a price that she's willing to pay…

Linda's Thoughts:
The Queen said, "I want you to be in charge of all the details - greeting our guests, introducing them to Trent, planning dates and travel when it comes time for that. You'll need to get with Trent to make sure he has a say in how things go." ...
"With all due respect, that seems way beyond the boundaries of my job description."...
"Here's my proposal," the Queen said, looking pleased with her play on words. "I'll give you a twenty-five-thousand dollar bonus if Trent gets engaged before summer."

#Spotlight & #Giveaway: Just in Time for a Highlander by Gwyn Cready

A new time travel romance set in the Scottish Highlands is coming your way! 

21897474Just in Time for a Highlander 
(Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands #1)
by Gwyn Cready
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: February 3rd 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492601934
It's tough being a woman in a man's profession, especially for Abby Kerr, the unexpected chieftess of Clan Kerr. Loathe to marry but in need of a strong arm, Abby wishes for a Scots warrior and gets . . . Duncan, the historical reenactment hobbyist.

Wall Street Impresario Duncan MacHarg isn't bad with a fencing foil, but he's no Highlander. When a misdirected spell plucks him from the 21st century, he lands in 1705 Scotland at the feet of the fiercest woman he's ever laid eyes on...

Promotional Post: Fire Me Up by Kimberly Kincaid

Newly Released! 

22043083Fire Me Up 
(Pine Mountain #4)
by Kimberly Kincaid
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Expected publication: January 27th 2015 by Zebra
ISBN 1420136550
If You Can’t Stand The Heat…

Teagan O’Malley can handle a crisis. She’s a paramedic, it’s her job. But she never expected to land in the kitchen of her father’s pub, with no notice, no cash, and no room for error. The kitchen is not her favorite place. Lucky for her, she just scraped a bad-boy chef off the pavement after a motorcycle accident—and something about him says he can turn up the heat in more ways than one.

Adrian Holt has had a rough few years, and he’s not eager to get tangled up in anything more complicated than a good risotto. But with a broken arm and a head full of bad memories, he needs a challenge to keep him sane. Teagan’s dare-me attitude and smoldering mess of a bar are just what the doctor ordered. And the two of them together might cook up some even better medicine…

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch - 4.5 Wine Glasses

17399160Title: Snow Like Ashes 
Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Author: Sara Raasch 
Format: Hardcover, 422 pages
Published: October 14th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 0062286927
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Library
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses
A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own. 

Linda's Thoughts:
“Even the strongest blizzards start with a single snowflake.”

Top 5 Book Boyfriends with Rebecca Zanetti of BLIND FAITH (#Giveaway)

It's release day for the print version of Rebecca Zanetti's BLIND FAITH! I absolutely love the Sin Brothers series, it is a must-read for romantic suspense fans! The fabulous Rebecca is joining us today with her top BBF's, enjoy!

A big hello to Reading Between the Wines, and thanks for having me over today to celebrate the release of Blind Faith in print!  I was asked about my top 5 book boyfriends (not from my books-LOL), and I had so much fun thinking of them!  Here are five really good ones, in no particular order:

1. Tack Allen from Kristen Ashley’s Motorcycle Man.  Sure, Tack is a little rough around the edges, but I think that makes him appealing, especially when he tries to tame himself a little in order to make the heroine feel safe.  He’s in charge of his world, and he’s willing to bend a little for her peace of mind. Sexy and sweet!

Release Day Launch: Kristen Proby's FALLING FOR JILLIAN (#Giveaway)

The third book in Kristen Proby's contemporary romance series, Love Under the Big Sky, is now available. Grab Falling for Jillian today!

18123424Falling for Jillian 
(Love Under the Big Sky #3)
by Kristen Proby 
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Pocket Books
ISBN 1476759383
From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes the third romance in the Love Under the Big Sky series, featuring a veteran struggling with PTSD and the one woman who can help him recover—and learn to love again.

Jillian thought she was a city girl through and through; the fast cars, high fashion, and glamour—she loves it all. But when her ex tells her he’s having a baby with his new wife (after Jillian struggled for years to get pregnant), she hightails it back to Montana to cry on the shoulder of her best friend, Cara.

But in truth, Jillian would rather be comforted by someone else…specifically Zach, Cara’s brother-in-law. Zach is a veteran of the Iraq War who came back to the family ranch to raise his preteen son after the boy’s mother took off. He’s struggling to re-establish a relationship with his son, and warding off the demons of PTSD, which still haunt him. The last thing he needs is bold, brassy Jillian…but why can’t he keep his hands off her?

Promotional Post: Kick by Carmen Jenner (#Giveaway)

(Savage Saints MC #1)
by Carmen Jenner 
Digital, Paperback
Published January 26th 2015
When I was ten, my father indoctrinated me into the family.

A brotherhood who would fight, protect, and give their lives for one another. A club whose ties ran thicker than blood, murkier than the dirt and grime that tainted my soul. Stronger than the bonds that connected me to my own family.

A band of brothers, where loyalty was kept and paid in a currency of blood.

When I was twenty-seven, I betrayed that brotherhood.

I’ve spent every day since running, avoiding paying back that debt.

My name is Daniel Johnson. I have betrayed everyone I ever loved.

And I’ll betray her too.

This is my story—if you’re screwed up enough to want to read it.

Warning: Kick contains graphic violence, profanity, drug use, and explicit sexual situations of a taboo nature. Intended for an 18+ audience only. Not intended for pussies.

Monday, January 26, 2015

#Review: The Consequences of Sin by K.A. Robinson - 3 Wine Glasses

23657390Title: The Consequences of Sin
Author: K.A. Robinson
Format: eBook, 225 pages
Published: January 21st 2015 by K.A. Robinson Publishing LLC
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Author
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 3 out of 5 Wine Glasses

When the sun disappeared, the world was cast in shadows, hiding the evil that lay in wait. When it was dark, I hunted. The shadows caressed my body as I did things I could never do in the light of day.

Eighteen-year-old Bree Bowen has spent her entire life training and working as one of her father’s assassins. Fear has kept her and her best friend, Wes, under her father’s thumb—until now. 

When Wes takes matters into his own hands, securing Bree a new identity and a plane ticket to America, he gives her the one chance she’s been desperately seeking. 

Learning to live a new life isn’t easy. Add in her new roommate, Reid, who just happens to be a stripper, and things start to get a little crazy. Falling for a man has never been part of her plan, but she can’t seem to stay away from Reid. When Bree’s past comes crashing back into her life, secrets that she’s fought to keep hidden are revealed, and she’s forced to choose between Reid and the life she could have with him, or Wes, the one man who has always loved her unconditionally. 

Regardless of her choice, she must learn the consequences of sin. 

This book will be a standalone.

Crystal's Thoughts:
Murder, love, vengeance and second chances collide in K.A. Robinson's newest dark romance - The Consequences of Sin!

Behind the Author: Debra Holland (#Giveaway)

Thank you for joining us for another edition of BEHIND THE AUTHOR! Today, Debra Holland is joining us. She is not only a fabulous romance author but also a psychotherapist  and grief counselor!

In my other life, I’m a psychotherapist and corporate crisis and grief counselor. From the time I was a young teen, my grandmother inadvertently influenced both my decision to be a counselor and to be a writer.

My grandmother and I were very close, and I spent a lot of time with her. I was fascinated by her stories of growing up on a big estate in Germany, running wild, and having lots of adventures. I knew I wanted to write her stories when I grew up.

She subscribed to The Ladies Home Journal magazine, and I loved to read it. I was particularly interested in a long running article called, “Can this marriage be saved?” I was intrigued by the counselor’s role in bringing a husband and wife back together and knew I wanted to do the same thing someday.

In college and graduate school, although I took some writing classes, I focused on earning my master’s degree in marriage and family counseling and a Ph.D in counseling psychology. It wasn’t until I’d finished my Ph.D. and state licensing exams, and then recovered for about a year, that I turned to writing. Of course, I started with my grandmother’s stories. But by that time in her life, she’d forgotten a lot of the details I needed to write a book. So I took about six of her adventures and wrote them down.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Interview with author Candis Terry of Sweet Surprise (#Recipe & #Giveaway)

The last time this guest was at the blog she shared the recipe for Seven Devils Saloon Apple Pie Shooters! (yum) Let’s see what she has in store for us today, welcome Candis Terry!

Candis: Hey! How are you? Thanks for having me back!

Lexi: I am like you, or at least the Candy side of you that comes out in your Sweet Texas series, and I adore sweets. Good old American apple pie is hard to beat. But when you throw home made goodies into a book, pure perfection. In the writing of this series did you have to do any hard core taste testing? Hit up a string of pie shops all in one day?

Candis: I am really all about the research and writing the Sweet, Texas series has been detrimental to my waistline. When I put cowboy boots on the ground in Texas I sampled everything from deep fried pickles, sweet potato fries, deep fried cheesecake, Texas style barbecue, and a line up of sugary treats that still make my mouth water! And of course I had to imbibe in the Wilder brothers favorite, Shiner Bock Ale. I do like to be authentic and when it comes to good food I’m more than willing to take one for the team.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Behind the Author: Tracy March (#Giveaway)

Contemporary romance author, Tracy March, is joining us today for our BEHIND THE AUTHOR special! Please give her a warm welcome and enjoy this peek behind the author of THE MARRIAGE MATCH

I love writing stories—bringing characters and settings to life. And when I’m not writing, I’m busy building new ideas and discovering just the right places to set my novels. Whether it’s hiking or biking or challenging a ropes course, I love being outdoors and active. It’s twice the fun if I’m visiting a place that’s new to me, or even a familiar one, that I can poke around and explore.  

Always up for travel and adventure, I’ve flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia—and  I’m always asking, “What’s next?” 

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Last year, my husband and I planned a vacation to the Colorado Rockies with the goal of hiking from the Victorian mining town of Crested Butte over the mountains to Aspen. We knew it would take some training, for sure. In late February, with my husband as our “coach,” we started hiking distances to build endurance, and found that we enjoyed the together-time even more than the exercise. After a while we brought along backpacks with extra gear to get used to the weight we’d be carrying on our big hikes. We worked up to frequent 12-mile hikes, and included as many challenging hills as we could find in mostly flat Yorktown, Virginia. By August, we were ready to go! 

#CoverReveal: Cassia Leo's THE WAY WE FALL (#Giveaway)

Today we have the cove reveal for Cassia Leo’s The Way We Fall! I love this cover, AND Cassia is sharing an excerpt, as well as the playlist for the book. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for all the fantastic extras!!

The Way We Fall 
(The Story of Us #1)
by Cassia Leo
Expected publication: February 16th 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Audio #Review: Deathwatch by Dana Marton - 5 Wine Glasses

18482611Title: Deathwatch 
Series: Broslin Creek #1
Written by: Dana Marton
Narrated by: Talmadge Ragan
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins 
Format: Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:09-11-14
Publisher: Dana Marton
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Audible
Source: Author
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 5/5

As the only person who can identify the most notorious hit man in the country, Kat Bridges is running for her life.

Murphy Dolan is in the Army Reserves, returning from his 2nd tour of duty, only to find a stranger hiding in his house. She's scared spitless. He's completely burned-out on violence. Neither of them has any trust left to give.

If the best of the FBI couldn't protect her from the country’s most notorious assassin, does a burned-out small town cop have a prayer? 

Linda's Thoughts:
Kate Bridges thought attending her own funeral would be the hardest part....

Behind the Author: Amanda Usen (#Giveaway)

Welcome back to another BEHIND THE AUTHOR spotlight! Joining us today is Amanda Usen of the newly released Entangled Indulgence book, IMPULSE CONTROL! Looks sweet and a whole lot of sexy! 

Pay no attention to the woman behind the curtain! A peek behind the author? Are you sure you really want to see what I've got going on back here? 

Well...let's start with the three kids. My oldest just turned thirteen, and by the time this posts I will have survived her bat mitzvah. Do you know what it's like to be a non-Jewish mother who hates to plan parties but is also a perfectionist? A perfectionist with a book release two days after the grand event? Who also started a new bakery job not too long ago?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#Review: Broslin Bride: Gone and Done it by Dana Marton - 5 Wine Glasses

22451824Title: Broslin Bride: Gone and Done it 
Series: Broslin Creek #5
Author: Dana Marton 
Format: ebook
Published: June 16th 2014
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 
Source: Library (A Huge Thank You to the author, Dana Marton, for donating her Broslin Creek series to my local library. :-))
Reviewer: Linda
Rating: 5/5

The worst time to be charged with murder is:
A. When you have no alibi for the night in question.
B. When you have no memory of the night in question.
C. When you told people you hated the victim.
D. When the detective is the 1st guy you ever slept with--which didn't end well.

Check all of the above for Luanne Mayfair. If it wasn't for bad luck, she wouldn't have any luck at all. Okay, maybe a little luck. As it turns out, Detective Chase Merritt doesn't hold grudges.

He still looks at Luanne just as he did in high school, except he's grown some serious 'hot cop' muscles--very distracting when Luanne is trying to avoid the very law Chase represents.

Is she the killer? Is she being framed? Is she the next victim? As Chase and Luanne race to find some answers, danger and heat ratchet up in this fast-paced romantic mystery that will stop your heart one second, then steal it in the next. 

Linda's Thoughts:
"Okay, more disclosure. I'm not a fugitive at the moment, but I might become one. I don't know if I'm going back for a trial. I can't go to prison and leave the twins alone. We'll leave before it comes to that. I don't want to get you in trouble."
Hilda waved off the words. "I'm an old woman. They ain't gonna take me out of here in shackles. I've seen most of the local officers run around in diapers."
Luanne was pretty sure that didn't mean immunity. She'd seen Chase naked, and that hadn't stopped him from arresting her. She didn't tell that to Aunt Hilda.

Promotional Post: Devil in Duke's Clothing by Nina Mason (#Giveaway)

Devil in Duke’s Clothing, an erotic historical romance by Nina Mason, tells the story of an innocent bride's struggles to adapt to her new husband’s eccentric erotic tastes amidst the instability and hedonism of the reign of Charles II. The book is the latest by Nina Mason, the author of The Queen of Swords and The Tin Man. Book One in the Royal Pains Trilogy, Devil in Duke's Clothing is highly erotic and features scenes of voyeurism, bondage, flagellation, and a voyeuristic menage.

23687907Devil in Duke's Clothing 
(Royal Pains #1)
by Nina Mason 
Paperback, 171 pages
Published January 17th 2015 by Nina Mason (first published January 11th 2015)
Maggie York, a convent-raised foundling, knows the Duke of Dunwoody’s sexual tastes are a shade or two darker than normal, but marries him anyway—partly because she has no other prospects and partly because, try as she might, she can’t seem to stop fantasizing about her dashing guardian. 

Two years ago, a voyeuristic experience involving him lured her from the garden of innocence into the orchard of forbidden fruit and she's been hungry for more ever since.

Robert Armstrong, the duke, is a Roman Catholic whose extreme devotions as a child colored his desires as a man. He’s also a slave to the times in which he lives--and to his king. Everything he is, everything he holds dear, depends on staying in Charles II’s good graces.

Unfortunately, Maggie isn't the king's choice of brides for the young Duke of Dunwoody. Now, to make amends, Robert must choose between the lesser of two evils: whore his wife or be reduced to a penniless commoner.

Whose interests will Robert choose to serve, his own, the king’s, or the woman he loves? 

#CoverReveal: ALL PLAYED OUT by Cora Carmack

ALL PLAYED OUT is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is the 3rd book in the Rusk University Series, and we are excited to help share the cover with you! It is due to be released on May 12th, 2015.

All Played Out 
(Rusk University #3)
by Cora Carmack 
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 12th 2015 by William Morrow & Company
ISBN 0062326244

Character Interview with Jax De Luca of The Vigilante’s Lover by Annie Winters and Tony West (#Giveaway)

Character Interview: Jax De Luca
From The Vigilante’s Lover by Annie Winters and Tony West

Q: So what do you do for a living, Jax?
A: If I told you, I have to kill you. (Laughs.) No, really.

Q: Is there anything you can tell me about your job?
A: That it comes with unlimited access to information about you. (Leans forward.) So tell me about this boy you’re seeing on the side.

Q: (Coughs nervously.) Forget the job. How did you meet Mia?
A: I tied her up and commenced interrogating her about her involvement in the disappearance of my comrade.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Early #Review: Rock Solid by Samantha Hunter - 3 Wine Glasses

22892021Title: Rock Solid
Author: Samantha Hunter
Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Published: February 1st 2015 by Harlequin
ISBN: 0373798377
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Netgalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 3/5

Opposites ignite… 

Champion stock car driver Brody Palmer's bad-boy reputation has forced him into early retirement. What no one knows is that his "retirement" is actually a publicity stunt. All Brody has to do is clean up his act and settle down. Unfortunately, every single woman with a pulse is now gunning to become the new Mrs. Palmer. 

Hannah Morgan needs to shake things up, and Brody is the best way to do just that. So they strike a deal—a fake relationship…with all of the sexy strings included! Brody gets his improved image, and Hannah gets a whole lot more of Brody's unpredictable wildness. Hot days, hotter nights—it's the perfect plan! Provided, of course, they don't do something to wreck it, like fall for each other… 

Crystal's Thoughts:
Rock Solid is a charming story about taking chances and finding love at the least expected time.

#Spotlight & #Giveaway: Robin Kaye's A LITTLE ON THE WILD SIDE

Contemporary romance author, Robin Kaye, is back with the third installment in her Wild Thing series!

15942604A Little on the Wild Side 
(Wild Thing #3)
by Robin Kaye
Mass Market Paperback, 387 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492608564
A woman who gets what she wants...

Bianca Ferrari—ex-supermodel turned successful business woman—seems to have it all: beauty, brains and a career she loves. And she did it all by herself . . . through sheer force of will and ruthless determination. So when her life is suddenly turned upside down, it's hard for her to admit that going it alone may not be an option...

A man who knows what she needs...

Sexy, rugged and down-to-earth, Trapper Kincaid has a knack for attracting all kinds of women—mostly the wrong kind. When he finds out that the exhaustingly independent and drop-dead gorgeous Bianca is in serious need of help, he knows he's the man for the job. But Bianca isn't going to make it easy...

Promotional Post: The Young & The Submissive by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob, and Isabella LaPearl (#Giveaway)

17156743The Young and the Submissive 
(The Doms of Her Life #2)
by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob, Isabella LaPearl
eBook, 300 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Dream Words 
Raine Kendall has everything a woman could want…almost. Sexy, tender Dom Liam O’Neill is her knight in shining armor, but Raine is constantly pinching herself. Is he too good to be true or is this growing connection one that could last a lifetime? She’s constantly torn by her abiding feelings for her commanding boss, Macen “Hammer” Hammerman, especially in the wake the mind-blowing night he cast aside the barriers between them and ravaged every inch of her body.

Hammer, Liam’s former best friend, can’t stop coveting Raine. But Liam is determined to hold and guide the woman he loves and see if she can be the submissive of his dreams. However, he’s finding that her trust is hard won and he needs a bloody crowbar to pry open her scarred soul. So he risks everything to win her once and for all. But once he’s put his daring plan in motion, will it cost Liam his heart if he loses Raine to Hammer for good?

Monday, January 19, 2015

#Review: Mayhem by Jamie Shaw - 4.5 Wine Glasses

22552579Title: Mayhem 
Series: Mayhem #1
Author: Jamie Shaw
Format: ebook
Publication: January 20th 2015 by Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062379615
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Edelweiss
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4.5/5

When college freshman Rowan Michaels meets gorgeous, up-and-coming rock star Adam Everest, she knows a player like him is the last thing she needs after her ex-boyfriend shattered her heart. But she can't stop thinking about the kiss they shared on his tour bus.

On the first day of school, Rowan is stunned when Adam saunters into her French class. He's soon failing miserably, and, on a whim, she offers to tutor him. But Adam doesn't recognize her as a makeup-free, glasses-clad college student—a far cry from the beautiful, mysterious "Peach" he met at his concert.

During a wild weekend on tour with the band, Rowan can't help falling for the sweet guy buried beneath Adam's rocker persona. Yet she knows she could never compete with the girls constantly throwing themselves at his feet. She'd just end up hurt … again.

Peach is all Adam thinks about, though, and when Rowan realizes this, she has a decision to make: stay just friends to protect her fragile heart … or reveal the truth about the night they met and admit she's fallen completely, hopelessly in love with him.

Crystal's Thoughts:

If you read only one rock star romance this year, make it Mayhem!

A day in the Life of Logan Winthrop of An Affair Downstairs (#Giveaway)

A day in the Life of Logan Winthrop 

Mr. Logan Winthrop, Thornbrook Park’s estate agent, rises at dawn and begins his day with a quiet breakfast in his own cottage. He prefers not to dine with the family, though he is often invited to do so, being one of the more important members of the Earl of Averford’s household. 

Logan’s first duty for the day is to meet with Lord Averford to go over the household budget. An estate the size of Thornbrook Park spreads over hundreds of acres of land and employs many servants to keep it all running smoothly. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

#Review: Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher - 4 Wine Glasses

23769005Title: Never Never 
Series: Never Never #1
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher 
Fomat: ebook
Published: January 8th 2015
ISBN :1310382727
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source:  Purchased by Reviewer
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating: 4/5

Best friends since they could walk.
In love since they were fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

Crystal's Thoughts:
With an undertone of romance, Never Never is a full-embodied mystery and suspense novella that will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering along with the characters, just what in the heck is going on?! 

Sexy Snippets: Rock Solid by Samantha Hunter


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