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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from From Breath and Ruin by Carrie Ann Ryan




43800567From Breath and Ruin
(Elements of Five #1)
by Carrie Ann Ryan 
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Carrie Ann Ryan
ASINB07JH1QDCF
In her YA debut, New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan dives into a world with magic and sacrifice with the Elements of Five.

Five hundred years ago, the Maison Realm was shattered, divided into warring kingdoms of elemental Wielders with fate and truth shadowed and uncertain. Now, factions of both the light and dark venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to Wield the Elements of Five to bring the two fractured kingdoms together.

Lyric has no idea that there's a realm outside the human one she lives in. When fate and circumstances are pulled from her hands after an accident, she finds out that nothing is as it seems.

War is raging around her, and when Lyric realizes that they are searching for her, she must rely on those she once trusted as she trains: a boy who isn't who she thought, and a new realm of warriors who have come to protect her.

For the darkness is coming, and the Queen of Obscurité wants to ensure that the King of Lumière can't get his hands on Lyric. And the only way to ensure that is if Lyric herself is no more...no matter the cost to prophecy.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

5 Wine Glass #Review of Back to You by Kimberly Kincaid

 



42920681Title: Back To You
Series: Remington Medical #1
Author: Kimberly Kincaid
Format: Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published: February 12th 2019 by Kimberly Kincaid Romance, LLC
ISBN: ASIN B07KRHTSBJ
LinksGoodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

His second chance is his only chance

Parker Drake wants exactly one thing—to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. Between his reputation as a rule-breaker and the six years that have passed since his first internship ended in disaster, he knows he’s only getting one shot at a second chance. He’ll do anything to put the past behind him and reach his goal…including work with the gorgeous ex-wife he’s never gotten over losing.

All work and no play make surgeon Charleston Becker a very happy woman. But when she’s tasked with mentoring her ex-husband through his second chance as an intern, her signature calm is put to the test. She’s not interested in re-hashing the heartbreaking circumstances that ended their marriage, and the six years that have passed haven’t made Parker less reckless. The last thing she’s willing to do is trust him—even if she does find him sexier than ever.

But familiarity breeds forgiveness, which then becomes a passion that threatens the careers Parker and Charlie have worked for. Can they turn their second chance into a happy ending? Or is history bound to repeat itself? 



Linda's Thoughts:
“No matter what, I’ll always come back to you.”

Happy #BookBirthday to The Hookup Handbook by Kendall Ryan




40058919The Hookup Handbook
(Escorts, Inc. #2)
by Kendall Ryan
Expected publication: March 19th 2019 by Kendall Ryan
My love wand is on a strike.

As bad as that blows, pun unintended, it’s ten times worse for me. I’m a male escort, but not just any escort, I’m the escort. The one with a mile-long waiting list and a pristine reputation that’s very well-deserved.

Only now, I’m on hiatus. Because after years of pleasing women all over the city, my man missile decides to get finicky. And the only woman he wants? Someone I can never have—my best friend’s younger sister, the nerdy and awkwardly adorable Sienna.

She’s working at the agency this summer, keeping me organized, handling paperwork, and most importantly, keeping me on track to finish writing my book about sex and intimacy, which is due to my publisher in thirty days.

She thinks I hate her, that I don’t want her here. The truth is much more twisted. I get hard every time she walks into my office. Her wide blue eyes and pouty mouth drive me wild with desire, and if she stays, I’m not sure how much longer I can stay away from her.

Little Miss Overachiever says she’s here to help? Fine. I’m going to put her nerdy, curvy tush to work. 


Monday, March 18, 2019

3.5 Wine Glass #Review of Stroke of Luck by B.J. Daniels

 



40142479Title: Stroke of Luck
Series: Sterling’s Montana #1
Author: B.J. Daniels
Format: Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published: February 19th 2019 by HQN Books
ISBN: ASIN B07K1CSLB1
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 Wine Glasses

He's hoping to bury the past. She's ready to settle the score.

The Sterling Ranch's season opening isn't going so smoothly. With the ranch's lodge full of guests and a Montana blizzard threatening, Will Sterling needs help--and he needs it fast. So when his childhood friend Poppy Carmichael agrees to lend a hand, he's grateful for a second chance...and more enticed by the woman she's become than he cares to admit.

For Poppy, it was supposed to be a retreat full of horse rides and hoedowns--with a side of showing Will what he's been missing all these years. But as the snow deepens outside, the guests' suspicion and mistrust turn sinister inside, catching Will and Poppy in the crosshairs.

Weathering the storm in each other's arms is all too easy for Will and Poppy, but will a confrontation with a killer mean their reunion is short-lived?New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author B.J. Daniels starts her Sterling's Ranch series off with a bang in this suspenseful story of romance and revenge.



Your Thoughts:
If he’d forgotten that shy twelve-year-old whose heart he’d broken, well, she’d be happy to remind him.

Why Sports Heroes Make the Best Book Boyfriends by Rachel Van Dyken of Risky Play + #Giveaway




Why Sports Heroes Make the Best Book Boyfriends by Rachel Van Dyken



Hey everyone! I’m Rachel Van Dyken, author of over eighty (holy crap) books in multiple genres, one of my favorites being, sports romance! My latest book, Risky Play, is about two broken main characters who find themselves on a last minute holiday to Puerto Vallarta.

Pro Soccer player Slade Rodriguez is trying to lay low after finding out his girlfriend and his ex teammate hooked up behind his back, for over a year. Licking his wounds he changes teams and moves to Seattle, but isn’t ready to settle down yet. Needing time to himself, he gets on the first jet out. He sits next to Mackenzie Dupont on a plane and is immediately intrigued, especially since a few hours into the plane ride, they have single engine failure. She asks him what one thing he would do different. And they kiss. Once the plane safely lands, to protect his own identity, he gives her a fake name, Hugo. What he doesn’t realize is she’s famous in her own right, so she does the same thing. After all, she’s running away from a broken engagement. What follows is a whole lot of steaminess and taking chances with a complete stranger assuming that it’s just that, a one night stand, a two night stand. Whatever it is, Mackenzie's obsessed with "Hugo's" intense golden gaze, the eight pack helps, and the fact that he seems genuinely interested in everything she says. He promises the universe he’s going to keep her, but sometimes the universe is against us. Tragedy strikes and they go their separate ways only to meet again in Seattle, this time, sparks fly and not the good kind The "I want to kiss you, then strangle you, then kiss you again" kind.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

4 Wine Glass #Review of My Kind of Forever by Tracy Brogan




40626429Title: My Kind of Forever
Series: Trillium Bay #2
Author: Tracy Brogan
Format: Kindle Edition, 269 pages
Published: January 22nd 2019 by Montlake Romance
ISBN: ASIN B07DQVBQ7D
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

As the youngest mayor Trillium Bay has ever elected, Brooke Callaghan wants to prove she’s up to the challenge. She’s stepping out of her practical teacher flats and into her sister’s treacherously high heels…with disastrous results. But if she’s going to (literally) stumble her first day on the job, why not fall into the arms of a handsome stranger?

Leo Walker is a rarity on Wenniway Island. Not only handsome, he’s also single, funny, and—most importantly—interested in Brooke. Unfortunately, his reasons for being on the island are temporary, so in spite of the undeniable chemistry between them, he’s not a forever kind of guy.

When a private investigator arrives with news of a jewel thief hiding on the island, Brooke finds herself dealing with one kerfuffle after another, and Leo proves to be a delicious distraction. What does she really know about him, though? And the biggest question of all? Does this short-term romance hold the possibility of long-term love?



Linda's Thoughts:
The delightful second installment in the author’s Trillium Bay saga…

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday Sangria: Green Apple Sangria (#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!  



Spring is just around the corner and Saturday Sangria is off hiatus. Just in time too, because tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day and you're in luck! We have the perfect recipe for your day.
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green apple sangria

Friday, March 15, 2019

#CoverReveal of The Domina by K.A. Linde




The Domina 

(Ascension Book 5)
by K.A. Linde 
Kindle Edition
Expected publication: October 22nd 2019 by K.A. Linde Inc.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

4 Wine Glass #Review of Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon




22043162Title: Playing Dirty
Series: Bad Boys Undercover #1
Author: HelenKay Dimon
Format: Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published: January 27th 2015 by Avon
ISBN: ASINB00F8P3A72
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Kimberly
Source: edelweiss
Rating: 4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

As an elite Alliance agent—the joint undercover operation of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, and the CIA—Ford Decker lives for the adrenaline. But when he befriends sexy property manager Shay Alexander in hopes of finding her cousin, a known national security threat, Ford crosses the line, getting to know her better . . . in bed.

After being burned by her last relationship, Shay wants to take things slow. Yet she can't keep her hands off the drop-dead gorgeous hottie who's moved into her apartment building. So when Ford's identity as an undercover agent is exposed, his betrayal cuts deep. Shay never wants to see him again, but Ford can't let her go, not when her life is still in danger. He will sacrifice everything to protect her, then be prepared to walk away from the only woman he's ever loved, even if it breaks him.



Kimberly's Thoughts:
Commanding men, sinister terrorist plot, sexy bedroom scenes, and double dealing all lead to a romantic suspense story that is hot in more ways than one. Ford is former CIA now working for a very off the books government group called Alliance. Alliance also includes former MI6 and other tips of the spear military members. Coming off of a botched mission, Ford the leader of Bravo team is doing a little undercover work to get close to Shay, the cousin to a suspected terrorist. They have instant chemistry and Ford finds himself getting a lot closer to Shay than he originally anticipated. As missing deadly toxin vials and cat and mouse games with deadly consequences swirl around them, Ford is forced to decide what he'll compromise to keep Shay safe and Shay is left questioning if the man she loves is the true Ford.

3.5 Wine Glass #Review of The DNA of You and Me by Andrea Rothman




43307210 Title:  The DNA of You and Me
  Author:  Andrea Rothman
  Format: eBook/Hardcover, 256 pages
  Expected publication: March 12th 2019 by William  Morrow
  ASIN:  B0796THJX6
  Links: Goodreads | Amazon |B&N
  Source: Edelweiss
  Reviewer: Kimberly
  Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Wine Glasses

How does smell work? Specifically, how do olfactory sensory neurons project to their targets in the olfactory bulb, where smell is processed? Justin McKinnon has hired fresh-faced graduate student Emily to study that question. What Justin hasn’t told Emily is that two other scientists in the lab, Aeden and Allegra, are working on a very similar topic, and their findings may compete with her research.

Emily was born focused and driven. She’s always been more comfortable staring down the barrel of a microscope than making small talk with strangers. Competition doesn’t scare her. Her special place is the lab, where she analyzes DNA sequences, looking for new genes that might be involved in guiding olfactory neurons to their targets.

To Emily’s great surprise, her rational mind is unsettled by Aeden. As they shift from competitors to colleagues, and then to something more, Emily allows herself to see a future in which she doesn’t end up alone. But when Aeden decides to leave the lab, it becomes clear to Emily that she must make a choice: follow her research or follow her heart.

A sharp, relevant novel that speaks to the ambitions and desires of modern women, The DNA of You and Me explores the evergreen question of career versus family, the irrational sensibility of love, and whether one can be a loner without a diagnostic label.



Kimberly's Thoughts:
“I don’t think it’s just you, Emily. I think we all feel like mutants in our own way.”

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

#Interview with Donna Grant of My Favorite Cowboy




Lexi: We’re very excited today! The author who’d turned her dining room into a wine room is back! Welcome, Donna Grant!

Lol. Thank you, Lexi! I’m happy to be back!


Lexi: We’ve been hanging in anticipation for your next book, and now MY FAVORITE COWBOY is here and you filled it with mystery…and suspense! Our heroine is a vet and she has to figure out who is poisoning some horses. Would you say it’s their love of horses that bring the hero and heroine together?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from Bayside Escape by Melissa Foster + #Giveaway




40777257Bayside Escape
(Bayside Summers #4)
by Melissa Foster 
ebook
Published March 6th 2019 by Melissa Foster
ISBN139780463219676
Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod. Bayside Summers is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.
Hold on to your hat for Violet's wildly hot love story! Lizza is up to her old tricks again, and Violet is in for the surprise of a lifetime!

Two years ago Violet Vancroft was a nomadic artist who never wanted to put down roots and Andre Shaw was a prominent Boston physician whose roots ran too deep to unearth. Their love didn't stand a chance-or at least that's what Violet believed when she received a plea for help from the sister she'd never really known-so she snuck away like a thief in the night.

Now Andre travels the world setting up new medical clinics, and Violet has finally found the family she'd always craved and the roots she'd never known she wanted. When their paths cross unexpectedly, it's not the reunion either one imagined. But they've never stopped loving each other, and after the dust of anger and hurt settles, passion ignites even hotter than before. As the end to Andre's time at the Cape nears, reality sets in, leaving them no closer to a future than they were before. Violet and Andre are forced to dig deep to discover if they're destined to live apart forever or if true love really can conquer all.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from Faking Forever by Catherine Bybee + #Giveaway




41444335Faking Forever
(First Wives #4)
by Catherine Bybee
Kindle Edition, 329 pages
Expected publication: March 12th 2019 by Montlake Romance
ASINB07G8N4CL5
From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee comes a new First Wives novel about wanting a family…and finding love.

Shannon Wentworth’s biological clock is ticking, and she isn’t going to let her single status keep her from having a baby. When her wedding-photography business takes her to Mexico, she has every intention of finding a willing baby daddy to help her out. Until the bride goes AWOL, leaving Shannon to coddle the arrogant fiancé who has accused her of sabotaging his wedding.

Victor Brooks never could have imagined that he’d be on a honeymoon for one. Only here he is, taking a hard look at his life after the younger women he thought he loved walked out. The woman who volunteers to help him reflect is the last person he expects to be attracted to. Between the tequila, the sun, and one earth-shattering kiss, Victor finds Shannon a distraction too sexy to ignore.

They strike a deal: wait three months, cool off, and see if their tropical beach attraction is worth taking up when they go back home. Unfortunately, that’s just enough time for the past to come calling. All their best-laid plans are at risk. So is the last thing Shannon expected to matter the most: her heart.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Happy #BookBirthday to Entice Me by Kelly Elliott




43193999Entice Me
(Austin Singles #2)
by Kelly Elliott 
Publication: March 8th 2019
Since the moment Kaelynn Dotson walked into my world, I haven’t been able to think, eat, or sleep. After having my heart broken by the only woman I’ve ever loved, Kaelynn has ignited something deep down inside me—a flame so hot that I cannot ignore, no matter how hard I try.

I vowed to never open myself up to a woman again, but there’s
something about Kaelynn that is drawing me to her.

There’s just one problem.

She’s hiding something from me. Trust is something I need, but
when it comes to Kaelynn, all the lines seem to be blurred. I know I
should take this as a warning and walk away, but for some reason, it’s
only enticing me more.

***

I’m living a lie.

I’m not the girl from a middle-class family in Utah like Nash thinks. I’m
the heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, and that’s not what he’s looking for. He’s
had that before, and it left him scarred.

If the truth comes out, I’ll lose the only man I’ve ever fallen in love
with . . . I’m not sure I’m willing to give him up.


Entice Me is book two in the Austin Singles series and is a stand alone novel