Monday, October 31, 2016

4 Wine Glass #Review of Freed by Amanda Carlson + #Giveaway

30331470Title: FREED
Series: Phoebe Meadows #2
Author: Amanda Carlson
Format: Kindle,
Published: September 18, 2016 (Amazon Digital Services, LLC)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Phoebe Meadows has one thing on her mind: Free her mother.

For the last month, Phoebe has been training in the Valkyrie stronghold readying for battle. But when she stumbles into a secluded valley after a day of grueling practice, she’s given a dire prediction. Phoebe must leave the stronghold immediately with the aid of the giant, Junnal, to rescue her mother from the dark elves. If Phoebe fails, Leela will be transported to a place that can no longer be reached.

Leaving Fen behind threatens to undo her, but Phoebe stays true to the mission. Along the way, she allies with the god Baldur and an old white elf mage. Together, they storm the realm, and with the help of an angry wolf and her Valkyrie sisters, they just might stand a chance to free the valiant shieldmaiden.

But Phoebe soon learns that in order to save her mother, she might lose something too precious to sacrifice…

Linda's Thoughts:
“You’re just doing what you gotta do,” Sam assured me. “You can’t leave here, and you can’t have them worried. It’s not like you can say, “Hey, Mom and Dad, I was struck by lightning and now I’m a Valkyrie! Oh, and Odin’s my real dad, and the Norns are out to get me, but have no fear because my boyfriend is a wolf!”

#Spotlight on Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley + #Giveaway

28755316Left at the Altar
(A Match Made in Texas #1)
by Margaret Brownley
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: November 1st 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492608130
"A great story by a wonderful author."-#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

Welcome to Two-Time Texas: 
Where tempers burn hot
Love runs deep
And a single marriage can unite a feuding town
...or tear it apart for good
In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler...but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood's marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace. But when she's left at the altar by her no-good fiance, Meg's dreams of dragging her quarrelsome neighbors into a ceasefire are dashed.
No wedding bells? No one-time town.
Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there's something about Meg's sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in...even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart.
Who knew being Left at the Altar could be such sweet, clean, madcap fun?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

4 Wine Glass #Audio #Review for Come Lie with Me by Linda Howard

Title: Come Lie With Me
Author: Linda Howard
Narrator: Lesa Lockford
Format: Unabridged Audiobook, 7 hrs and 52 mins
Published: 19 April 2016 (Dreamscape Media, LLC)
ISBN-10: 1520003994
ISBN-13: 978-1520003993
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Audible
Source: AudioBook JukeBox
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Blake Remington lives life to the fullest. So when a terrible accident robs him of his ability to walk, it also takes away all of his desire to live.

Dione Kelly, a physical therapist, takes on his case and begins to heal this broken man and help him realize there is so much more to gain from living. While forcing Blake to face his inner demons, Dione begins to face her own fears.

Together, the two of them gain a new respect for life—and a love that could last a lifetime!

Linda's Thoughts:
He was different from every other man she knew. He was capable of loving; he was at once a laughing daredevil and a hard-hitting businessman. But most of all, he needed her. Other patients had needed her, but only as a therapist. Blake needed her, the woman she was, because only her personal strengths had enabled her to help him with her trained skills and knowledge. She couldn’t remember anyone ever needing her before.

Whiskey-Barrel Wines with Sandra Renee Appet of Fire and Midnight

Whiskey-Barrel Wines

Thank for having me on Reading Between the Wines! I can’t think of a better combo than books and wine. Thanks to a couple winery tours and tastings, I love discovering great wines to try.  My new obsessions are red blends that complete the aging process in Bourbon Whiskey barrels.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

5 Wine Glass #Review of Honor Bound by B.J. Daniels

28590928Title: HONOR BOUND
Series: The Montana Hamiltons #6
Author: B.J. Daniels
Format: Kindle / Mass Market Paperback, 384 Pages
Published: HQN Books (October 18, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0373789327
ISBN-13: 978-0373789320
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author / NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Protecting her life will mean betraying her trust

Ainsley Hamilton has always been the responsible one of the family. As the oldest daughter of presidential candidate Buckmaster Hamilton, she's also a potential target. For months she's sensed someone following her. When an expedition to scout locations for a commercial takes a terrifying turn, she's rescued by a natural-born cowboy who tempts the good girl to finally let loose.

Sawyer Nash knows just how reckless it is to fall for someone he's gone undercover to protect. Yet masquerading as an extra on set, he starts to see beneath Ainsley's controlled facade. And with the election—and a killer—drawing closer, Sawyer stands to lose not just his job and his life but the woman for whom he'd gladly risk both. 

Linda's Thoughts:
“A toast,” Buck said, raising his glass. “To the Montana Hamiltons!” 
Cheers rose…

Read an #Excerpt from Submission is Not Enough by Lexi Blake

30629784Submission is Not Enough 
(Masters and Mercenaries #12)
by Lexi Blake 
Published October 25th 2016 by DLZ Entertainment LLC
A fallen hero reborn

Theo Taggart lost everything the night he died. His family, his beautiful Erin, and worst of all, he lost himself. A twisted doctor brought him back from the brink of death, but reprogrammed his identity to serve her will. Rescued by his brothers, he must fight to reclaim the man he was and the life, and love, that were stolen from him.

A love worth fighting for

Erin Argent thought she’d lost Theo forever. When he walked back into her life, it was nothing short of a miracle. Months of torture and conditioning at the hands of Dr. Hope McDonald have done damage to Theo that may never be mended. He has no memory of her or the life they shared. Breaking through to him, and helping him rediscover all he lost, will be the toughest mission she’s ever faced. Luckily for Theo, Erin loves a good fight.

Their reunion under siege

Unfortunately, Hope is far from done with Theo Taggart. Obsession with her prize experiment, she will do anything to get him back. If the only way to finally break him of his past life is to kill Erin and his son, then she’s only too happy to oblige…

Read an #Excerpt from Beneath These Shadows by Meghan March

30249091Beneath These Shadows 
(Beneath #6)
by Meghan March 
Published October 25th 2016 by Red Dress Press
Beneath These Shadows is a STANDALONE romance set in the world of the Beneath series. You DO NOT have to read any other books in the series to enjoy it. 
From USA Today bestselling author Meghan March comes a new dangerously sexy alpha hero... 
The only permanent thing in my life is the ink I put on my clients.
I drift from city to city, in and out of beds, from one tattoo shop to the next.
Every time I start to put down roots, I rip them up.
Until New Orleans.
Until her.
She’s everything I’m not.
Full of fire and life. An innocent where I’m a sinner.
I want to consume her. Protect her. Keep her.
But first, I have to escape from beneath these shadows.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Read an #Excerpt from Bishop's Queen by Cristin Harber + #Giveaway

Bishop's Queen 
(Titan #8)
by Cristin Harber
Published October 25th 2016 by Mill Creek Press
ISBN 1942236697
“I can't shake the feeling that somebody's watching me.”

One second Ella Leighton’s life was normal—the next, not so much. A social media maven who made her living saving sea turtles, the decision to join a reality TV show was a good one for the cause. But for her… the adjustment wasn’t easy.

Her publicist used phrases like online personality. An overnight celebrity. Everyone explained that was why she couldn’t shake the feeling. But none of their excuses could explain the letters. The pictures. And then her stalker crossed the line, triggering the demand for security.

Bishop O'Kane didn't expect to come face-to-face with his ex-girlfriend when Titan sent him on bodyguard duty. The woman he once loved, the same one he walked away from years ago, was now his responsibility. Opposites in every way, they couldn’t be more different, but maybe they had never needed each other more.

With the FBI falling short in their investigation, the Titan team must rally around the woman with millions of followers, protecting her from her own as Bishop and Ella forge a path of second chances and forgiveness, unburying the past in order to survive. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

4.5 Wine Glass #Audio #Review for Smittened by Jamie Farrell + #Giveaway

26183408Title: SMITTENED
Series: Misfit Brides #2.5
Author: Jamie Farrell
Narrator: Karen White
Format: Unabridged Audiobook, 2 hrs and 54 mins
Published: 12 Sept 2016 (Jamie Farrell)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Audible
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

A Bad Boy, a Good Girl, and Ice Cream Collide in the Best Little Wedding Town in America!

Dahlia Mallard has finally found her destiny—running an ice cream shop in Bliss, the happiest bridal town in the Midwest. Problem is, her heart is bigger than her bank account, and she needs a serious influx of cash to get through the winter. Her last-ditch effort? Convincing country music superstar Billy Brenton to commit to attending her risqué flavor-tasting event to boost ticket sales. But the closest she can get to Billy is his drummer, the womanizing Mikey Diamond.

Mikey loves the ladies, and he makes no secret of it. But he’s not such a fan of this town devoted to weddings, love, and marriage. And he’s even less of a fan of people using him to get to Billy. When circumstances land Mikey in Dahlia’s house, though, all his caution—and all his interest in any other single ladies—flies out the window. Dahlia’s quirky and funny and, unlike his usual women, she doesn’t tolerate any of his baloney. But when Mikey discovers that Dahlia, too, is using him to get close to Billy, will he take the chance to be her hero instead, or will he revert to his manwhore ways?

Linda's Thoughts:
Those gray eyes slid back to her. “Your shower big enough for two?”
“Yes, but the cats don’t like to get wet. Neither does the
guinea pig. But you might have some success with the lizard.”
Bad, bad move. Because both corners of his mouth were
getting in on the smile action. He moved them one at a time, first the right corner, then a slow follow from the left corner.
And then he showed his dimple.

Read an #Excerpt from Tricked (#DarkProtectors #1001DarkNights) by Rebecca Zanetti

(Dark Protectors #7.75)
by Rebecca Zanetti
Kindle Edition, 120 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
He Might Save Her

Former police psychologist Ronni Alexander had it all before a poison attacked her heart and gave her a death sentence. Now, on her last leg, she has an opportunity to live if she mates a vampire. A real vampire. One night of sex and a good bite, and she’d live forever with no more weaknesses. Well, except for the vampire whose dominance is over the top, and who has no clue how to deal with a modern woman who can take care of herself.

She Might Kill Him

Jared Reese, who has no intention of ever mating for anything other than convenience, agrees to help out his new sister in law by saving her friend’s life with a quick tussle in bed. The plan seems so simple. They’d mate, and he move on with his life and take risks as a modern pirate should. Except after one night with Ronni, one moment of her sighing his name, and he wants more than a mating of convenience. Now all he has to do is convince Ronni she wants the same thing. Good thing he’s up for a good battle.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

3.5 Wine Glass #Review for Heated Pursuit by April Hunt

29246613Title:  Heated Pursuit
Series:  Alpha Security   #1
Author:  April Hunt
Format:  Paperback & eBook, 304pgs
Published:  Oct. 25, 2016 by Forever
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer:  Kimberly
Rating:  3.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

The first in an all-new romantic suspense series from debut author April Hunt, perfect for fans of Julie Ann Walker, Lora Leigh, and Rebecca Zanetti!


Penny Kline didn't come to Honduras on a pleasure trip. She's here to rescue her kidnapped niece, the only family she's got left. What she didn't plan on was walking into a covert ops mission---or being wrapped up in the hard-muscled arms of Rafe Ortega. The cool-as-ice operative's touch may get her all hot and bothered, but no man can have a hold on her heart until her niece is home where she belongs.

Even in the tropics, Alpha Security operative Rafe can take down the bad guys without breaking a sweat. Hostage extractions. Clandestine missions. Those are the things he's been trained to handle. Relationships? Not so much. But one look at this strong, sexy redhead and he's seized by a fierce urge to protect her at all costs. Now Penny and Rafe will have to up their game because they're about to go into a master criminal's lair without backup, and the danger---and passion---is about to explode . . . 

Kimberly’s Thoughts:
Penny hasn't had a lot of close people in her life, so when her niece is kidnapped, she's booking passage on the first flight to Honduras.
Former Delta operative and now with the private Alpha Security group, Rafe has spent the majority of his life as a soldier. While on mission to shut down a drug lord, his path crosses with Penny and their worlds collide.
Its tropics, heat, attraction, and danger as Rafe and Penny battle for survival and their chemistry.

A day in the Life of Author, Jeffe Kennedy of The Tides of Bára + #Giveaway

I get asked a fair amount about what a day in my life looks like, and I usually pick other questions to answer. Not because I’m a super private person (in fact, I’m not) or because I don’t want to share.
Mainly it’s because my life is so boring.

It’s kind of like back when Take Your Daughter to Work Day started and a bunch of us were like “Okay, but won’t she get bored watching me type on the computer all day?” This is my day.

But this time I decided to give it a go. Let’s just see.

4 Wine Glass #Audio #Review for Matched by Jamie Farrell + #Giveaway

23752197Title: MATCHED
Series: Misfit Brides #2
Author: Jamie Farrell
Narrator: Karen White
Format: Unabridged Audiobook, 10 hours and 37 mins
Published: August 10, 2016 (Jamie Farrell)
Links:  Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Audible
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Welcome Back to Bliss, The Land of Happily Ever Afters!

Lindsey Castellano couldn’t ask for more. She’s the most successful divorce lawyer ever raised in Bliss. (Never mind that she’s the only one.) She’s her nephew’s favorite aunt. (For the moment, anyway.) And thanks to a little gift (or curse) from the universe, she’s an expert at avoiding love, commitment, and inevitable heartbreak. Or so she thought until the night of her sister’s wedding.

Will Truitt might’ve grown up living a country song—his momma died, his daddy went to prison, and his dog ran away—but as an adult, he’s been blessed by the country rock gods. Being Billy Brenton on stage isn’t an honor he takes lightly. He likes to give back what fame has given him, which is how he finds himself happily crashing a wedding in this quirky little bridal-obsessed town. The one thing he isn’t counting on, though, is colliding with the only girl he ever let himself love.

It’s been fifteen years since she shattered his heart. Then, she’d been a sorority girl on her way to the top, and he’d been a lowly janitor with a little bit of a dream. Now he’s on top of the world, and she’s the last person he should need or want.

But she’s the only person who has ever inspired his music. And he’s the only man she’s never been able to forget. Have the years made them wiser, stronger, and better able to love, or this time, will they simply crash and burn harder? 

Linda's Thoughts:
“Though everyone who mattered to him told him to walk away, though Lindsey herself told him to walk away, he was still here. And she was still glad.”