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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Saturday Sangria: RED, WHITE, AND BLUE SANGRIA SPARKLERS (#Wine #Sangria #Recipe)

Welcome to Saturday Sangria, 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!  



You are going to love these quick & easy Red, White, and Blue Sangria Sparklers this Memorial Day weekend! πŸ·πŸπŸŽ†

RED, WHITE, AND BLUE SANGRIA SPARKLERS 

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes | Servings: 8

Friday, May 24, 2019

2 Wine Glass #Review of Sniper's Pride by Megan Crane




41136578Title:  Sniper's Pride
Series:  Alaska Force #2
Author: Megan Crane
Format: Paperback/eBook, 351 pages
Publication: May 7th 2019 by Berkley
ASIN:  B07GD32DGR
Links: Goodreads | Amazon |B&N
Source: Read First
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

Return to Alaska's Grizzly Harbor where danger strikes with arctic precision and love thaws the coldest hearts in the newest romantic suspense from the USA Today bestselling author of SEAL's Honor.

After Mariah McKenna lands in the hospital with a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction she knows she didn’t cause, she realizes her cheating, vindictive husband would rather have a dead wife than a divorce. Afraid that he will succeed in killing her next time, Mariah goes to Grizzly Harbor to hire one of the Alaska Force special operatives to help her survive long enough to finally live a little.
Griffin Cisneros traded in a comfortable future for boot camp, where he learned the virtue of patience and focus—skills that served him well as a Marine sniper. Few things get to him these days, but something about Mariah’s mix of toughness and vulnerability gets right under his skin. Until it’s clear she’s the one thing in the world that might melt the ice in stoic, reserved Griffin, whether he likes it or not.

If he can just keep her alive...



Kimberly's Thoughts:
After being sent to the hospital twice over her shellfish allergy, Mariah is starting to think there is something nefarious going on. She's in the middle of getting  a divorce from her emotionally abusive husband who doesn't want the embarrassment of a divorce as he is gearing up to run for office. Her late night YouTube surfing has led her to contact a group of men who call themselves Alaska Force.
Griffin isn't a fan of prissy blonde women after he found his wife and bestfriend were cheating on him. He's days as a Marine sniper have given a particular set of skills but have also made him think he shouldn't be around civilians. When Mariah shows up looking for help, his guard is instantly up.
While Alaska Force tries to determine is Mariah is really in danger, Griffin fights his own battle against falling for the client.

Book News: Instant Gratification by Lauren Blakely

Spurred by listener interest and fan response to her first multicast in Birthday Suit, Lauren Blakely is planning another full-cast narration for a standalone romance. Her September release, Instant Gratification, will be performed by 15 narrators!




Instant Gratification
by Lauren Blakely
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Little Dog Press
ASINB07RRR65DQ
Snagging a date? Not a problem. But one that meets my special requirements?

As the premier best-man-for hire in all of Manhattan, I promise discretion, so when I need a plus one for a couple of "I dos," she needs to be A-Plus in reliability. Fortunately, I have a brilliant solution in asking my best friend's sister to go on my arm. Truly is my good friend, too, and I trust her completely.

Just look how discreet she's been about the time we spent the night together. But, it was only once, and it was months ago. We've been the souls of restraint ever since. I'm sure we can make it through these weddings without banging each other in the limo. Probably.

Plus, she needs my help with a business proposal. A little I'll-scratch-your-back-you-scratch-mine doesn't have to lead to the bedroom, right?

Good thing we know our way around the friend zone. The treacherous, torturous all-too-easy to slide out of friend zone...
AMAZON | B&N 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

#CoverReveal of Instant Gratification by Lauren Blakely




Instant Gratification

by Lauren Blakely
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: September 3rd 2019 by Little Dog Press
ASINB07RRR65DQ

Hunting For Betrayal with Loreth Anne White of The Dark Bones + #Giveaway



Hunting For Betrayal with Author Loreth Anne White


My newest novel, THE DARK BONES, is about a cop, Rebecca North, who learns that her father—a retired police officer—has killed himself. She can’t believe it. But in order to prove it was murder she must return to her small, rural home town and face a lot of dark things she’s been running from including the man she left behind long ago, and a cold case thought long buried.

At the core, THE DARK BONES examines the lies people tell each other and themselves—the false narratives they construct in order to hide mistakes, or bad deeds, or hurtful truths, or realities that shame and burden them. And as Rebecca North, my detective, digs deep to find the truth of what really happened to her dad, she begins to crack open a carapace of old lies that wraps around a cold case—a  heinous deed that occurred in her small community twenty years in the past, a crime from which people are still hiding.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dual #Review of Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

 



36118682Title: Wicked Saints
Series: Something Dark and Holy #1
Author: Emily A. Duncan
Format: eBook/Hardcover, 385 pages
Published: April 2nd 2019 by Wednesday Books
ISBN: 1250195667
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source: NetGalley
Reviewers: Crystal & Lexi
An instant New York Times bestseller!

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.. 



Crystal's Thoughts:

Wicked Saints is a dark and seductive debut from Emily A. Duncan, brimming with magic and mayhem. Dark and light. Saints and sinners. You won't want to miss this spellbinding fantasy!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Tuesday's New Book Releases - May 21, 2019!

Tuesday May 21, 2019

Quite a few new-to-me author/series releases this week! Will you be picking any of these books up today?  πŸ“šπŸ’ΈπŸŽ‰




CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE/ROMANTIC SUSPENSE 


44800415The Assistant
by Marni Mann 
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: May 21st 2019
ASINB07QHJNBSB
From USA Today bestselling author, Marni Mann, comes a haunting new contemporary romance. 

At 42, I’m married to my best friend and we have two beautiful children.
I’ve built one of the largest, most successful companies in Vermont.
My life couldn’t be more perfect.
So, how did it all fall apart so quickly?
One meeting.
That was all it took.
And now … none of us will ever be the same.


42975547Falling For You 
(All For You, #2)
by Jennifer Van Wyk
Expected publication: May 21st 2019
Fake it ‘til you make it has been the motto I live by since my mother died.
I’m also doing a really bad job at the making it part.
The night we met, I was at my lowest.
But you gave me a reason to feel happy again.
For the first time in over a year, I was optimistic.
You and I? We’re the same. Don’t form attachments. Follow the rules. Don’t dream of a future.
Too bad our hearts wouldn’t listen.
And this storm we’re going through? The one that threatens to rip us apart?
It doesn’t care that I’m falling for you.

Falling For You is a different kind of brother’s best friend romance. It’s as emotional as it is sizzling. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

2 Wine Glass #Review of The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan




41150534Title:  The Scent of Murder
Series:  Jazz Ramsey #1
Author: Kylie Logan
Format: Hardcover/eBook, 315 pages
Publication: May 7th 2019 by Minotaur Books
ASIN:  B07J4W96GX
Links: Goodreads | Amazon |B&N
Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

First in a new series from national bestselling author Kylie Logan, The Scent of Murder is a riveting mystery following Jazz Ramsey as she trains cadaver dogs.

The way Jazz Ramsey figures it, life is pretty good. She’s thirty-five years old and owns her own home in one of Cleveland’s most diverse, artsy, and interesting neighborhoods. She has a job she likes as an administrative assistant at an all-girls school, and a volunteer interest she’s passionate about—Jazz is a cadaver dog handler.

Jazz is working with Luther, a cadaver dog in training. Luther is still learning cadaver work, so Jazz is putting him through his paces at an abandoned building that will soon be turned into pricey condos. When Luther signals a find, Jazz is stunned to see the body of a young woman who is dressed in black and wearing the kind of make-up and jewelry that Jazz used to see on the Goth kids back in high school.

She’s even more shocked when she realizes that beneath the tattoos and the piercings and all that pale make up is a familiar face.

The lead detective on the case is an old lover, and the murdered woman is an old student. Jazz finds herself sucked into the case, obsessed with learning the truth.



Kimberly's Thoughts:
People stumbled over their words. They blundered when it came to their feelings. Dogs always knew what to do. She could always count on a dog.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from Eli's Triumph by Joanna Wylde




43208916Eli's Triumph
(Reapers MC #6.7)
by Joanna Wylde
Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
ASINB07L9GZ8WP
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joanna Wylde comes a new story in her Reapers MC series… 

Peaches Taylor spent the last seven years slinging drinks and dodging drunks at the Starkwood Saloon. Some might call it a dead end job, but to her it was an investment—another six months, and she’d have enough money to buy the place.

Life would've been perfect if Eli hadn’t come home.

Eli King is ready to settle down. He stood by his brothers when they needed him, paying the price for their freedom with his own. Now it’s time to claim his reward—the Starkwood Saloon. He’s got the cash to buy the bar, the skills to run it, and just one person standing between him and his dream: Peaches Taylor.

She’s been driving him crazy since they were kids, and not in the good way. When she was six, she shoved a spider down his pants. When he was ten, he locked her in a closet overnight. Then she hot-wired his car at seventeen, and things got ugly…

They’re adults now, and the Starkwood isn’t a toy to fight over—it’s the hill they’ll die on. No prisoners. No compromises. No mercy.

Peaches Taylor and Eli King are going to war.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small




42288387Bright Burning Stars
by A.K. Small
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 21st 2019 by Algonquin Young Readers
ASINB07GNYC75C
Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School since childhood, where they’ve formed an inseparable bond forged by respective family tragedies and a fierce love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves what they would do to win the ultimate prize: to be the one girl selected to join the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. Would they die? Cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic would make them shine, too? Neither girl is sure.

But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

4.3 Wine Glass #Review of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

 



41154302Title:  Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
Series:  The Rajes #1
Author: Sonali Dev
Format: Paperback/eBook, 496pages
Publication: May 7th 2019 by William Morrow
ASIN:   B078R4J67W
Links: Goodreads | Amazon |B&N
Source: Edelweiss
Reviewer: Kimberly
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 Wine Glasses

It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.

Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:

·Never trust an outsider
·Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations
· And never, ever, defy your family

Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.

Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.

As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with...
A family trying to build home in a new land.
A man who has never felt at home anywhere.
And a choice to be made between the two.



Kimberly's Thoughts:
The truth was, he was right about many things—things she could change, like how she treated people. He was also wrong about a few—things she could not change, like who she was.

#CoverReveal of In Case You Didn't Know by Samantha Chase




In Case You Didn't Know

(Magnolia Sound #3)
by Samantha Chase
Expected publication: July 23rd 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

4.5 Wine Glass #Review of Better Than Me by Kimberly Kincaid

 



43443948Title: Better than Me
Series: Remington Medical #2
Author: Kimberly Kincaid
Format: Kindle Edition, 331 pages
Published:  May 7th 2019 by Kimberly Kincaid Romance
ISBN: ASIN B07NKGYZV2
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses


Remington's most notoriously single,
notoriously sexy surgeon
is about to fall for the one woman
he can't have...

Did I mention that she's
A) his best friend
B) immune to his panty-melting charm, and
C) sleeping on his couch for the next six weeks?

But Jonah's not made for commitment,
and a good man is the one thing Natalie deserves.
Not someone who can only offer up
a couple of sizzling hot, no-strings-attached nights
of pure pleasure.

Unless that's what she wants.

Because Jonah wants her. And with each
moment they spend working together--
living together--
the harder it is to resist temptation.

And even harder to resist the fall
that might break them both...

A steamy medical contemporary romance from USA Today best-selling author Kimberly Kincaid. Watch this cocky hero fall head over scalpel for his sweet and sexy BFF. Full-length standalone story with action in the emergency room and the bedroom, and a sweet-and-sexy happily ever after.



Linda's Thoughts:
“I’m here with you.”
“I have you.”
“I promise.” 

Happy #BookBirthday to Unbroken by Jay Crownover

From New York Times bestselling author Jay Crownover comes UNBROKEN, the prequel novella in her brand new Loveless, Texas series! Check out the amazing excerpt below, and grab your copy today!




41712534Unbroken
(Loveless, Texas 0.5)
by Jay Crownover
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Forever Yours
ASINB07H29KFKS
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men series comes a captivating novella about a rugged rodeo star who will do anything to protect the people he loves.

When rodeo star Crew Lawton loses everything in a bad bet, he has no choice but to take a new job to pay off his debts – even if it means becoming the face of an expensive male skincare line. Crew is used to getting sweaty and rustling in the dirt, not posing for photo shoots. And he’s certainly not used to being bossed around by a woman who doesn’t even know the difference between bulls and broncs. But Crew owes money to dangerous criminals, and he’ll do anything Della says in order to pay them back and keep them far away from his family in Loveless, Texas…

The launch of her new men’s line for her family’s company means everything to Della Deveaux, and she’s not willing to let some rugged, arrogant cowboy ruin her campaign. Crew Lawton is the last man she would have chosen to represent her chic, sophisticated brand. Unfortunately, her father already invested millions in Crew’s stupidly handsome face. Yet the more time they spend together, Della and Crew realize that opposites do attract. But when the time comes for Crew to face his past mistakes, will he be able to protect his family…and the woman he’s come to love?


Tuesday's New Book Releases - May 14, 2019!

Tuesday May 14, 2019

Christina Lauren's The Unhoneymooners is such a fun read, be sure to grab a copy today! πŸ“šπŸ’ΈπŸŽ‰




CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE/ROMANTIC SUSPENSE 

42201431The Unhoneymooners
by Christina Lauren 
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 14th 2019 by Gallery Books
ISBN 1501128035
Olive is always unlucky: in her career, in love, in…well, everything. Her identical twin sister Amy, on the other hand, is probably the luckiest person in the world. Her meet-cute with her fiancΓ© is something out of a romantic comedy (gag) and she’s managed to finance her entire wedding by winning a series of Internet contests (double gag). Worst of all, she’s forcing Olive to spend the day with her sworn enemy, Ethan, who just happens to be the best man.

Olive braces herself to get through 24 hours of wedding hell before she can return to her comfortable, unlucky life. But when the entire wedding party gets food poisoning from eating bad shellfish, the only people who aren’t affected are Olive and Ethan. And now there’s an all-expenses-paid honeymoon in Hawaii up for grabs.

Putting their mutual hatred aside for the sake of a free vacation, Olive and Ethan head for paradise, determined to avoid each other at all costs. But when Olive runs into her future boss, the little white lie she tells him is suddenly at risk to become a whole lot bigger. She and Ethan now have to pretend to be loving newlyweds, and her luck seems worse than ever. But the weird thing is that she doesn’t mind playing pretend. In fact, she feels kind of... lucky.

Monday, May 13, 2019

#CoverReveal of Covert Vengeance by Kaylea Cross

 



Covert Vengeance

(Valkyrie Vengeance #2)
by Kaylea Cross 
ebook
Expected publication: July 30th 2019 by Kaylea Cross, Inc.
ISBN139781928044345

#Interview with author Julia London of The Charmer in Chaps

 She’s brought us kilts and bridesmaids, Marines and debutantes. And today our guest brings us book one in a new series! Welcome, Julia London!




Lexi: Welcome back, Julia! We’re so excited to have you again, especially since it means you have a new series! THE CHARMER IN CHAPS is the first installment of the Princes of Texas and will follow the Prince family. What is your favorite thing about the Princes or your favorite part about writing this new family?

Thank you so much for inviting me!

My favorite thing about the Princes is that they are not a perfect family and have their dysfunction, great and small, like all families do. They may appear perfect on the outside, but on the inside, they all put their pants on wrong and then call each other out for it.

I had the idea to write a wealthy ranch family like the Ewings in Dallas as a backdrop to some great romances. I wanted the family to fall on hard times and be confronted with making changes in their lavish lifestyle. Something that forced them to truly think about things like only a good tragedy can do. Also, it’s just fun as an author to make characters suffer in different ways. But these books are good old fashioned romance, so they will find different meaning in their lives and it’s all good in the end.