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Friday, May 31, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from Shadow Warrior by Christine Feehan




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Shadow Warrior
(Shadow #4)
by Christine Feehan
Kindle Edition, 432 pages
Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Berkley
ASINB07HWS8P6X
Danger inspires fierce passion when a serial killer threatens Chicago’s Ferraro crime family in this novel in Christine Feehan’s New York Times bestselling series.

Vittorio Ferraro is a man whose family loyalty knows no bounds. He would die for his siblings and the people they love, but what he really wants is to start a family of his own. Deep down, Vittorio has always known finding a woman who could ride shadows would be nearly impossible—let alone one who could accept his particular needs—and he never expected to find her in the middle of a kidnapping.…

Grace Murphy has always been drawn to Vittorio Ferraro—or at least to the billionaire’s public bad-boy persona. Now that she’s under his protection and the sole focus of his intense caring, she can’t help wanting to get as close to him as possible. But Grace knows her presence is putting the entire Ferraro family in danger. Her monster of a brother will never let her go, but Vittorio has no intention of losing the woman whose shadow matches his own. 


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Read an #Excerpt from Stealing Vengeance by Kaylea Cross




44167507Stealing Vengeance
(Vengeance #1)
by Kaylea Cross 
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Kaylea Cross Inc. (first published April 30th 2019)
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She’s an expert at getting into places she doesn’t belong.

The government created Megan, transforming her into a Valkyrie—a deadly operative only whispered about in certain circles. They took everything from her and made her into a weapon. Now someone is leaking secret information about her sisters-in-arms, betraying them for money. Loyal Unto Death is the Valkyrie motto. So when Megan is recruited to find who leaked the files, she takes the high-risk assignment. Even if it means working with the man who betrayed her trust long ago. Even if it means giving her life. Because she’ll do whatever it takes to find justice.

But this is one situation she can’t escape from on her own.

Tyler Bergstrom never forgot the resourceful woman who escaped during the toughest phase of SERE school. So when he learns the stunning truth about her and his unwitting part in her past, he volunteers to work alongside Megan for a chance at redemption. Except she doesn’t want a partner. Doesn’t want to let anyone into her life, including him—hell, especially him. Yet whether she likes it or not, for this mission they’re partners. Now it’s a race against the clock to bring down the shadowy figure targeting Valkyries. But the threat goes deeper than they ever imagined. No one is safe. And if they can’t overcome the past and learn to trust each other, they’re both dead. 


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

#Giveaway of The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey




41150501The Earl Next Door
(First Comes Love #1)
by Amelia Grey 
Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN 1250214300
What does a Wickedly Wonderful Widow really want? One noble suitor is about to find out. . .

Adeline, Dowager Countess of Wake, is all on her own after her husband’s sudden death. The good news? Losing him allowed her to find herself. Finally, Adeline is free to do, go, and be as she pleases. She cherishes her newfound independence and is not looking for another man to wed. But seeking out a new lover? Well, that is a whole ’nother story. . .

Lord Lyon, son of the two-timing Earl of Marksworth, wishes to have a respectable, loving wife someday. When he meets the beautiful and self-reliant Adeline, Lyon is instantly smitten. But Adeline would rather have the handsome suitor in her bed than to take his hand in marriage. It’s a scandalous proposal—and one that’s hard for Lyon to refuse. Unless the fire of his passion can melt Adeline’s resolve. . .and he can find a way to be the Wickedly Wonderful Widow’s lover for all time? 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

#Interview with Jo Goodman of A Touch of Forever

Our guest today is going to take us back in time to 1900’s Colorado, but this is no history lesson, this is a marriage of convenience-mystery-historical romance and it’s amazing! Please join me in welcoming, Jo Goodman!




Lexi: We’re so excited to have you here to talk about your third installment of your Cowboys of Colorado series. Even though A TOUCH OF FOREVER’s hero isn’t exactly a cowboy, he’s the perfect hero. Roen Shepard is a railroad engineer from New York, a job that takes him places. And Roen needs to go places, right? 

He does, indeed.  Roen is a bit of an outsider in his own family.  They’re part of the Bohemian crowd of artists, novelist, poets, performers – all of them creative and free-spirited.  It’s little wonder that Roen accepts that he is the odd one out.  When they call him the black sheep, it’s not because he’s a bad boy, it’s simply that they are unable to appreciate his happy talent for calculation makes him a master civil engineer and bridge builder.  Roen takes his latest assignment to put Manhattan and a rather vengeful ex-lover far behind him.  At least that’s the plan. If plans went smoothly, there wouldn’t be much of a story, would there?  Roen’s would-be fiancรฉe has a surprise for him and this time it’s not a gun aimed at his groin.


Tuesday's New Book Releases - May 28, 2019!

Tuesday May 28 2019

So many great books releasing today! Just look at all of these gorgeous historical romances! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ธ๐ŸŽ‰



42113962Million Dollar Devil
(Million Dollar #1)
by Katy Evans
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 291 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Montlake Romance
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Big-city sophistication meets carnal hunger in this devilish contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Evans.

Heir apparent to her father’s company, Lizzy Banks needs a man. The perfect man. But when the rich “fundbabies” she usually rubs shoulders with prove impossible to hire, she takes a chance on a raw beast of a man salvaged from the wreckage of a bar brawl.

James Rowan earns a modest income as a YouTube daredevil, but he can’t refuse Lizzy’s million dollar deal. As she polishes his rough edges, creating a sophisticated gentleman fit for the highest circles of society, not only does she bring out the perfect man—it’s like she’s making the man of her dreams. How can she resist?

Though Lizzy loves seeing James in his clothes—and out of them—he isn’t the kind of man you bring home to Daddy. Her father’s disapproval and the pressure of the campaign have her eyeing the straight and narrow, but Lizzy’s finding it awfully hard to resist the devil on her shoulder…

Monday, May 27, 2019

4 Wine Glass #Review of The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren




42201431Title: The Unhoneymooners
Author: Christina Lauren
Format: eBook/Paperback, 432 pages
Published: May 14th 2019 by Gallery Books
ISBN: 1501128035
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Source:  NetGalley
Reviewer: Crystal
Rating:  4 out of 5 Wine Glasses

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 fiancรฉ 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.


Crystal's Thoughts:
A novel from author duo, Christina Lauren, always guarantees a rollicking good time!

#Giveaway of Mine by Courtney Cole




42201101Mine
by Courtney Cole 
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 28th 2019 by Gallery Books
ISBN 1501184547
Tessa was prepared for the hurricane. Lindsey was the storm she didn’t see coming.

When Tessa Taylor unlocked her husband Ethan’s iPad to discover nude photos from a twenty-six-year-old bombshell named Lindsey, her seemingly perfect life came to a screeching halt.

With a hurricane barreling toward Florida and Ethan stuck on a business trip, Tessa finds herself imprisoned in her own home with a choice to make: Does she ride out the storm until she can confront Ethan in person, or does she take matters into her own hands?

Increasingly restless and desperate for revenge, Tessa resolves to act. And when she lures Lindsey over a few hours later, there’s no turning back.

What ensues is a battle of wills between two well-matched opponents, blinded by love for the same man but driven by demons of their own. Like storm-ravaged Florida, neither woman will be the same when the skies clear.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sexy Snippets: The Charmer in Chaps by Julia London


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!

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! ๐Ÿท๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ†

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
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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
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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?  ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ’ธ๐ŸŽ‰




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.