Monday, August 31, 2015

#Review: Scotsman of My Dreams by Karen Ranney - 3 Wine Glasses


23657164Title: Scotsman of My Dreams
Series: MacIain #2
Author: Karen Ranney
Format: Paperback & eBook, 384 pages
Published: August 25, 2015 by Avon
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Edelweiss
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 3 out of 5 Wine Glasses

In New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's second novel in her breathtaking series, an unconventional woman and a former scoundrel embark on a daring mission of desire

Once the ton's most notorious rake, Dalton MacIain has returned from his expedition to America during the Civil War— wounded and a changed man. Instead of returning to his old haunts, he now spends his time at home. But Dalton's peace is disturbed when Minerva Todd barges into his London townhouse, insisting he help search for her missing brother Neville. Though Dalton would love to spend more time with the bewitching beauty, he has no interest in finding Neville, whom he blames for his injury.

Minerva has never met a more infuriating man than the Earl of Rathsmere, yet she is intrigued by the torrid rumors she has heard about him . . . and the fierce attraction pulling her toward him.

Dalton does not count on Minerva's persistence, or the desire she awakens in him, compelling him to discover her brother's fate. But when danger surrounds them, Dalton fears he will lose the tantalizing, thoroughly unpredictable woman he has come to love.

Kimberly’s Thoughts:

Read an #Excerpt from Dragon King by Donna Grant

Enjoy this excerpt from  DRAGON KING, a Dark Kings Series Novella brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights!

23449155Dragon King 
(Dark Kings #6.25)
by Donna Grant 
Kindle Edition, 100 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
A Woman on a Mission

Grace Clark has always done things safe. She's never colored outside of the law, but she has a book due and has found the perfect spot to break through her writer's block. Or so she thinks. Right up until Arian suddenly appears and tries to force her away from the mountain. Unaware of the war she just stumbled into, Grace doesn't just discover the perfect place to write, she finds Arian—the most gorgeous, enticing, mysterious man she's ever met.

A King with a Purpose

Arian is a Dragon King who has slept away centuries in his cave. Recently woken, he's about to leave his mountain to join his brethren in a war when he's alerted that someone has crossed onto Dreagan. He's ready to fight . . . until he sees the woman. She's innocent and mortal—and she sets his blood aflame. He recognizes the danger approaching her just as the dragon within him demands he claim her for his own...

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sexy Snippets: All of Me by Kelly Moran


Sundays have never been so sexy!
Sexy Snippets is a weekly feature hosted by Reading Between the Wines for the 18+ crowd. Want 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, and then leave a comment with a link to your post. And don't forget to have a sexy-good time!

Wine Club #Review of Strong Enough by M. Leighton

~August Wine Club Review~

Strong Enough 
(Tall, Dark, and Dangerous #1)
by M. Leighton

Dark Horse Merlot

Lexi: Anyone else in the hot doldrums of summer? Want to check out a book with us? This month we read Strong Enough by M. Leighton so pull up a chair, pour some wine and let’s get to it.

Crystal: *Pours us each a glass of merlot* 
Mmmm... *sips* Cheers and cheers to a new release from Michelle! 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Sangria Saturday: Raspberry & Lime Sangria Popsicle's (#Wine #Sangria #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!  

The kiddos may be back in school now but it still summer and here in Florida we are definitely still feeling the heat! This sangria recipe is just the thing though for those hot weekends until fall sets in, just don't forget to grab your children their own 'child friendly' Popsicle!

Raspberry & Lime Sangria Popsicle's

#Review: Sustained by Emma Chase - 5 Wine Glasses

22926485Title: Sustained
Series: The Legal Briefs #2
Author: Emma Chase
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Published: August 25th 2015 by Gallery Books
ISBN: 1501102079
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Becky
Source: Author Giveaway
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

A knight in tarnished armor is still a knight.

When you’re a defense attorney in Washington, DC, you see firsthand how hard life can be, and that sometimes the only way to survive is to be harder. I, Jake Becker, have a reputation for being cold, callous, and intimidating—and that suits me just fine. In fact, it’s necessary when I’m breaking down a witness on the stand.

Complications don’t work for me—I’m a “need-to-know” type of man. If you’re my client, tell me the basic facts. If you’re my date, stick to what will turn you on. I’m not a therapist or Prince Charming—and I don’t pretend to be.

Then Chelsea McQuaid and her six orphaned nieces and nephews came along and complicated the ever-loving hell out of my life. Now I'm going to Mommy & Me classes, One Direction concerts, the emergency room, and arguing cases in the principal's office.

Chelsea’s too sweet, too innocent, and too gorgeous for her own good. She tries to be tough, but she’s not. She needs someone to help her, defend her…and the kids.

And that — that, I know how to do.

Becky's Thoughts:

Friday, August 28, 2015

#Spotlight & #Giveaway: Finding Gabriel by Rachel L. Demeter

25659511Finding Gabriel
by Rachel L. Demeter 
Kindle Edition, 415 pages
Published August 27th 2015 by Momentum (Pan Macmillan)
Colonel Gabriel de Laurent departed for the war intending to die.

After a decade of bloodstained battlegrounds while fighting in Napoleon's army, Gabriel returns to the streets of Paris a shattered and haunted soul. Plagued by inner demons, he swallows the barrel of his flintlock pistol and pulls the trigger.

But fate has a different plan.

Ariah Larochelle is a survivor. Orphaned at twelve and victim to a devastating crime, she has learned to keep her back to walls and to trust no one. But when she finds a gravely injured soldier washed up on the River Seine, she's moved by compassion. In spite of her reservations, she rescues him from the icy water and brings him into her home.

Now scarred inside and out, Gabriel discovers a kindred spirit in Ariah—and feelings he imagined lost forever reawaken as he observes her strength in the face of adversity. But when Ariah's own lethal secrets unfold, their new love is threatened by ancient ghosts. Can Gabriel and Ariah find hope in the wreckage of their pasts—or will the cycle of history repeat again?

Perfect for fans of Gaelen Foley's Lord of Ice and Judith James's Broken Wing, Finding Gabriel features all the dark romance, searing passion, and historical intrigue of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. 

#Review: Lady of Light and Shadows by C.L. Wilson - 5 Wine Glasses

1651313Title: Lady of Light and Shadows
Series: Tairen Soul #2
Author: C.L. Wilson
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 386 pages
Published : October 30th 2007 by Dorchester Pub Co Inc
ISBN :0843959789
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Library
Rating:  5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

She feared the dark visions and the magic within her. And she dreamed of the miraculous love that could save her.

Like an enchanted fairy tale prince he stepped from the sky to claim her—the Fey King, her destiny, her one and true love.

But behind the mesmerizing beauty of Rain’s violet eyes Ellysetta saw the passionate hunger of the beast . . . and a sorrow, deep and ancient, that she alone could heal. Only for him would sheembrace the frightening power that dwells within her. Only with him at her side could she confront the shadows that haunt her soul. For an epic battle looms on the horizon—and only united can they hope to turn back the armies of the darkness. 

Linda's Thoughts:
“She would defy laws and kings and Eld mages and demons and even the Church of Light to be with him. She would tear down the barriers that still lived in her mind, confront whatever darkness lurked behind them, and defeat the Mage who thought to claim her soul. That soul--and every part of her--belongs to Ranier vel'En Daris. There would never be happiness for her that did not include him.”

Thursday, August 27, 2015

#CoverReveal: Rip by Rachel Van Dyken

A brand new mafia series from Rachel Van Dyken is coming and I. Cannot. Wait!!!! 
Here is the cover, and if you're a fan then you'll recognize the model! ;-)

by Rachel Van Dyken
Expected publication: October 20th 2015

Read an #Excerpt from Capture by Rachel Van Dyken

by Rachel Van Dyken 
Expected publication: August 20th 2015 by Smashwords Edition
Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.
But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window.

Dani lives anything but a normal life.
Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2.
And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime.
But that doesn't change the fact their parents are dead.
Or that it's her fault.

It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.
That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer.
He's gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable.
But that doesn't stop her from wondering...if things were different...would he want her?
If she was whole, would he be the other half?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

#Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare - 4.5 Wine Glasses

23587120Title: When a Scot Ties the Knot
Series: Castles Ever After #3
Author: Tessa Dare
Format: ebook, 384 pages
Published : August 25th 2015 by Avon
ISBN :0062349031
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Edelweiss
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shyly pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart.

A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely.

Until years later, when this kilted Highland lover of her imaginings shows up in the flesh. The real Captain Logan MacKenzie arrives on her doorstep—handsome as anything, but not entirely honorable. He’s wounded, jaded, in possession of her letters… and ready to make good on every promise Maddie never expected to keep.

Linda's Thoughts:
"What I'm saying isna romantic. It's raw, primal, and entirely crude." He lowered his voice to a growl. "You, Madeline Elise Gracechurch have been driving me slowly mad with lust. For years."

#Review: Tough Love by Lori Foster - 2 Wine Glasses

24000784Title: Tough Love
Series: Ultimate #3
Author: Lori Foster
Format: Paperback & eBook, 544 pages
Published: August 25, 2015 by HQN
Links: Goodreads AMAZON | B&N
Source: Netgalley
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

She's playing hard to get… to win the MMA fighter of her ultimate fantasies in a sultry new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster…

Vanity Baker loves a good, clean match, but she's not above playing a little dirty. She's wanted Stack "The Wolf" Hannigan from day one. Seems as though the best way to corral the famously commitment-phobic fighter is to insist on keeping it casual. And her plan works—deliciously well—until Stack's past steps out of the shadows.

Stack learned early to stay free of attachments. But with sexy, forthright Vanity, he's the one always left wanting more. Then his troublemaking family comes back into the picture, threatening everything Stack cares about—Vanity included. Suddenly he realizes they're much more than friends with benefits. He's ready to go to the mat for her…but will it be in time to protect the woman who's tamed him for good?

Kimberly’s Thoughts:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

#Review: Acts of Creation by Elisabeth Staab - 3 Wine Glasses

25913434Title: Acts of Creation
Series: Evergreen Grove #2
Author: Elisabeth Staab
Format:  eBook, 240 pages
Published: August 18, 2015 by Elisabeth Staab
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: Author
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 3 out of 5 Wine Glasses

He’s living a lie.

Dante Ramos: Champion. Ladies’ man. Party animal. Women want him, and men either want to be him or put his lights out for sleeping with their girlfriends. It’s all an act. Inside, he’s so full of self-loathing he’s on a fast-track to self-destruction.

She’s living in the shadows.

Meeting Michelle at a support group for assault survivors shows Dante a new world of possibilities. Finally, someone in his life might understand him, and she creates in him a fierce need to protect. Trouble is, Dante lives his life in the spotlight, and the only thing Michelle wants is a place to hide.

Kimberly’s Thoughts:

#Review: Pin-up Fireman by Vonnie Davis - 4 Wine Glasses

23261713Title: Pin-up Fireman
Series: Wild Heat #3
Author: Vonnie Davis
Format: Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published: July 2nd 2015 by HarperImpulse
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Graci-ella Santana is hired to photograph and produce a calendar of the hunky firemen of Station Thirty-two. Gossip flourishes about the sexy lady behind the camera… and her hands on approach to bring out every man’s best assets! Why, the firemen are practically falling over each other to be the next one posed to her satisfaction.

Boyd Calloway’s having none of it. He’s in the midst of a bitter custody battle with his ex-wife. The last thing he needs is to provide the drug-dealing ex’s unsavory lawyer with a calendar filled with suggestive photographs that might prove Boyd an unfit example to his son.

When the Captain at the station insists Boyd participate in the shoot, passion explodes between him and Graci-ella to a degree neither is ready or equipped to handle. She can’t commit. He can’t trust. Yet, neither can walk away from the other.

Only, Boyd soon finds out that to get the evidence he needs to convict his ex and safeguard his child, he has to ask the last person he wants to for help. And Graci-ella has no choice but to come to the rescue of her one hot hero.

Linda's Thoughts:
"Man, I don't know who's breathing faster right now. Her running or you watching."