Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Release Blitz & Review - If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow

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If You Were Mine, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone from USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Harlow is available now!

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If You Were Mine

by Melanie Harlow

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.
Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.
He wasn’t supposed to kiss me.
My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.
We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life.
One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.
We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.
But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.
I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could.
All he has to do is stay.
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SHANDA'S 4.5 star Review


Claire is facing the dreaded single’s table at a wedding. This leads her to the website Hotties4Hire. What is the harm? She just needs a companion for the wedding to avoid looks of pity. She agrees to meet her hottie for coffee to make sure she wants to proceed. Theo is not who she pictured when she signed up. He is a bit brash and he riles Claire up when he reads her minutes into meeting her. She doesn’t like him pointing out why she is single. But desperate times call for desperate measures and she agrees to the date. They hit it off and they have one hot night together. Theo is clear with Claire that he can’t give her anything but a one night stand. The girl who is afraid to take risks decides to throw caution to the wind anyway.

Claire was a great heroine. She is lacking self-confidence but she is sweet and kind. She is also stubborn and set in her ways. The problem is she is too nice and not willing to takes risks to get what she wants. Theo has secrets and lots of baggage. He doesn’t see himself as good enough for Claire. He has major abandonment issues. But the more time he spends with Claire the more conflicted he is about where his life is headed. He is afraid of Claire judging him for his past mistakes. But Claire doesn’t judge people. She is gentle, loving, kind, loyal, and she is just what Theo needs in his life.

This has to be one of my favorite Melanie Harlow books. I really liked both Theo and Claire. They have to put in some work to get their HEA but they were perfect together. Well Done!


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About the Author:

Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she's not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak. Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit.
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Release Blitz & Review - Don't Speak by Kate Regnery















Title: Don’t Speak
Series: Modern Fairytale #5 (Standalone)
Author: Katy Regnery
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017



Blurb

From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.

In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman's daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of the North Carolina governor at a fancy party she helps to cater.

Laire, who wants more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.

Years later, when fate finds them together once again, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.

All novels Katy Regnery’s ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated.








Purchase Links


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Free in Kindle Unlimited




ANGIE'S 4.5 STAR REVIEW

I liked this book a lot. When I finished I let out a sigh and smiled. It was the perfect balance of sweet and angsty.

Laire (an anagram of Ariel) grew up in a small fishing town in North Carolina. An old-fashioned town, conservative in thinking, where everyone's life path is planned from birth. For men, fishing. For women, getting married and having babies. Only Laire wants no part of it. She wants to move to a big city and go to school for fashion design. A husband and children are in the distant future.

While making a crab delivery across the water, Laire meets Erik. Erik also has his life path planned. He's the governor's son, he's set to go to law school, and eventually into politics. He doesn't want that for himself but he also doesn't care enough to object. But when he meets Laire it's life-altering. They spend the summer together falling in love.

Circumstances (*cough*Ursula*cough*) rip the couple apart and it's six long years before they're reunited. Erik lives a half life. He's sworn off love and women and he's become cold. Laire, however, left Erik with something to live for. I usually don't like this particular trope. I always think there better be a good reason for it. And I wasn't completely on board. But I get it. Laire had to be metaphorically silenced instead of physically as with Ariel. But that's the only thing I didn't care for.

I liked the way Regnery included all the major and minor characters - Laire (Ariel), Erik, Ursula, Vanessa, Sebastian, Flounder, Triton, Poisson, etc. I thought it was clever that they weren't all literal or expected. It wasn't cheesy and I appreciated that.

Even though this plot has been done many, many times before (I'm not talking about The Little Mermaid, I'm talking about the rich guy, poor girl, secret love, misunderstandings, separation, reunion, hea) it still felt fresh and I was hooked from beginning to end. It was very romantic and I highly recommend to any reader that likes sweet Heroes. Well done!








Also Available


A MODERN FAIRYTALE COLLECTION

Don't Speak is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) - available now (FREE!)
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) - available now
Ginger's Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) - available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) - available now (99c!)
Don't Speak (The Little Mermaid) – new release
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) - available late-2017



Series Links

 AMAZON US / UK

Free in Kindle Unlimited








Author Bio


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.



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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Review & Purchase Links Preston's Honor by Mia Sheridan


SYNOPSIS

There were two brothers—identical twins—and though I loved them both, my soul belonged to only one.

Annalia Del Valle has loved Preston Sawyer all her life. The daughter of an impoverished migrant farmworker, she grew up as an outcast in what was no more than a tiny, cooped up shack in California’s Central Valley. But her heart found freedom in the land, in the wide-open spaces of Sawyer Farm, and in the boys who were her only friends.

Preston has yearned for Annalia since he was a boy. But a sense of honor kept him from pursuing her until he’s unable to hold back any longer and their worlds—and bodies—collide one hot summer night. A night that sets off a chain of events that will alter their lives forever.

Now Annalia is back in town after disappearing without a trace for six long months. Determined to reclaim her heart, her life, and the baby she left behind—the son who was created in a moment of lust and love and pent-up yearning.

Preston has survived grief, a ravaging drought, and the despair of heartache, but he’s not sure he can survive Annalia again. And he might be unwilling to try. Will pride and bitterness keep him from the one thing he’s always longed for?

How do you heal what is irreparably broken? How do you forgive that which is unforgivable? How do you discover that real honor comes not from circumstance, but from the place deep in our hearts where truth resides? And how do you move beyond the wounds of the past to discover that some loves are as solid as the ground beneath your feet, and as enduring as the earth itself?

THIS IS A STAND-ALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY GEMINI. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18. 
 


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Angie's Review

*4.5 stars*

That was pretty fantastic. Annalia (Lia) is the daughter of a migrant farm worker turned motel housekeeper. While working on the Sawyer farm, Lia met twin brothers, Preston and Cole Sawyer. Even though Lia's mom moved on to another job, the three remained best friends.

As they grew older, Lia knew Preston was the one for her. However, both Sawyer boys wanted her. Preston stepped aside so Cole could pursue her. Four long years of misunderstandings and not speaking up (by Preston or Lia) kept them apart. But one night Preston and Lia can no longer deny their attraction.

From the blurb you know a baby was born from that night and Lia left them both for six months. You may be thinking what on Earth would possess a mother to do that and Sheridan takes us there.

I just loved Lia in this book. She stole my heart. I felt her struggle and I was so happy when she found her voice. I thought Sheridan was spot on when describing the effects of(view spoiler). It's real.

And Preston. My poor dear boy. He always tried to do the right thing. But he had to learn being all in for one thing doesn't mean he can neglect everything or everyone else.

My only minor complaints would be that the miscommunication started to get a little frustrating and the sexual tension was stab-worthy. But still I thought this story was a success and highly emotional. Well done.





Little About Mia
Mia Sheridan is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Her passion is weaving true love stories about people destined to be together. Mia lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband. They have four children here on earth and one in heaven.







Monday, February 20, 2017

New Cover Reveal - Beneath the Burn by Pam Godwin



BENEATH THE BURN - New Cover

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They meet by chance. The timing is wrong.
Three years later, she finds him again, but their separation was poisoned with narcotics and bloodied by enslavement.
Her freedom gambled away, Charlee Grosky escapes the international businessman who held her captive. But his power reaches beyond her protective barriers and threatens everyone she has come to love.
Jay Mayard wears his tortured secrets under his rock god facade. Drugs are his release, even as he seeks to be the man forged of the steel only she can see.
In a celebrity world filled with paparazzi, groupies, and drugs, Jay and Charlee must face their worst fears. When the battle is over, what will be left...Beneath The Burn.







Meet the author

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Pam Godwin, lives in the Midwest with her husband, their two children, and a foulmouthed parrot. When she ran away, she traveled fourteen countries across five continents, attended three universities, and married the vocalist of her favorite rock band.
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Java, tobacco, and dark romance novels are her favorite indulgences, and might be considered more unhealthy than her aversion to sleeping, eating meat, and dolls with blinking eyes.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Release Blitz & Review - Rise by Dylan Allen

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Cover Design: Indie Solutions by Murphy Rae
Release Date: February 15, 2017
Synopsis
As a little girl, I saw my father destroy the family he claimed to love. I watched my mother waste her life dreaming of a man who left her without a second glance. As a woman, I don’t dream, I work. I don’t fall in love, I focus. I would never let anything as frivolous as love distract me. Until I meet Simon. A gorgeous, brilliant young architect with dark eyes, a sweet smile, and a dirty, dirty mouth. He sets me on fire, and suddenly all I can do is dream…of his hands, his lips, his body. Of a heart good enough and a love strong enough to make me believe in happily ever after. But Simon has secrets that are even deeper than mine. Will our pasts destroy everything we’ve worked for? Or will we find the courage to rise to the challenge and fight for the love we share?
   
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    Shanda's Review

3.5 stars
Rise is the story of Adelaide Hassan. At a young age her father is implicated in accounting fraud at Enron. This leaves her father on the run and mother and siblings hiding with new identities so they can try and move on with life. The experience has left Adelaide bitter and angry at her mother who has continued to love her father. She has worked hard to become a lawyer and his now living in London. Adelaide keeps her walls up and is afraid of becoming her mother. In London she meets Simon and they are instantly attracted. Simon is a hard working architect with secrets of his own. There is a constant push and pull between these two. Simon is currently caring for his baby nephew because his sister is in jail. Due to the damage of his childhood he feels he has to be on his game at all times for his family. He wants Adelaide but doesn’t feel like he can make time for her.

I really liked how this story started out. I liked both Simon and Adelaide and their chemistry. Simon’s secrets about his situation were frustrating. He kept leaving Adelaide hanging when he should have just told her what was going on in life instead of being so secretive. I felt it a bit forced. For the most part the writing was pretty strong until midway and then it started feeling a bit stilted. I think that was partly due to the sexy times. While these two were very hot together the dirty talk felt off. I am not sure why.

I would have also liked a deeper exploration into the FBI story and investigation into her father. I felt like this was a missed opportunity and could have added some excitement to the story. The end of the book was confusing to me. While I loved that Simon and Adelaide worked things out and got their HEA the story with the father was hanging. No I don’t think Rise is a cliffy but where do the mother and father end up as far as the case goes?

All in all I didn’t love this book but I didn’t hate it either. I enjoyed it. I really appreciated the uniqueness of the characters and storyline. I also loved the setting and the author did a great job with the detail here. It was a good debut and I would definitely pick up another book by Dylan Allen.
About the Author
Dylan Allen is a Texas girl with a serious case of wanderlust. A self-proclaimed happily ever junkie, she loves creating stories where her characters chase their own happy endings. When she isn’t writing or reading, eating or cooking, she and her family are planning their next adventure.    
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Cover Reveal - You're the only One by E.M. Abel


You're the Only One 
by E.M. Abel
RELEASE DATE: April 11th, 2017


BLURB: 
Sky and Dillon became best friends bonded through struggle, heartbreak, and a promise to get away from it all.
 
Together they move to New York to pursue their passions. Dillon is a singer/songwriter looking for his big break while Sky wants nothing more than to become a top fashion designer.
 
Years later, they're still chasing their dreams. Their friendship has endured jealousy, insecurity, disappointments, and even open relationships.
 
But can they survive falling in love?

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Release Tour & Review - The Failing Hours by Sara Ney



Title: How To Date A Douchebag: The Failing Hours
Author: Sara Ney
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance, College Romance
Release Date: January 31, 2017






Zeke Daniels isn't just a douchebag; he's an asshole. 
A total and complete jerk, Zeke keeps people at a distance. He has no interest in relationships—most assholes don’t. 
Dating? Being part of a couple? Nope. Not for him.
He's never given any thought to what he wants in a girlfriend, because he's never had any intention of having one. 
Shit, he barely has a relationship with his family, and they're related; his own friends don’t even like him. 
So why does he keep thinking about Violet DeLuca? 
Sweet, quiet Violet—his opposite in every sense of the word.
The light to his dark, even her damn name sounds like rays of sunshine and happiness and shit.
And that pisses him off, too.




















4.5 stars

Oh boy, I was worried I was going to hate Zeke. He is a jerk. He is so angry at the world and lashes out. He won’t even confide in his best friend as to why he is so cold and mean.

This all changes when he meets Violet DeLuca. Violet has been assigned as Zeke’s tutor and at their first meet she runs away because he intimidates her. They soon cross paths again and Zeke is drawn to Violet. She is sweet,polite, generous, and shy. Basically she is exactly his opposite but the kind of person Zeke needs in his life. This could be toxic for Violet because Zeke can hurt her but she starts to see through him.

"He swears too much. He isn’t nice. He isn’t sweet. He isn’t kind. Or generous with words. Or affection. But he’s reliable. Dependable. And he was there for me tonight."

Zeke’s coach has also set him up in the local big brother program. He is trying to get Zeke to open up and care about people. This relationship helps Zeke grow and you begin to see that he does have a big heart. He is just scared of it being crushed so he lashes out.

I really enjoyed this story. Zeke and Violet are a great couple. He is dark to her light but they both found what they needed in each other. Well done!






"Best Read of 2017! A one click must for any lover of hot, sexy romance done RIGHT ! [This] story is the quintessential slow burn effect...Zeke will come to own your body and soul--I am OBSESSED with this series and The Failing Hours has just shot to my 'Best of All Time' list. Be prepared to fall in love with a douche bag and the woman who sets him straight. " - Books and Boys Book Blog
“That was EVERYTHING I expected, wanted, dreamed of. . . this is a MUST FREAKING READ. UNFORGETTABLE goodness. NA romance at it's best.”  - Angie’s Dreamy Reads
"Sara Ney has delivered a sexy, jerkwad douchebag with soul-deep feelings and the sweet, kind, unassuming girl to reach his hidden heart in one of the best NA romantic comedies I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Ney's impeccable writing, fresh characters, and feel-good story will stick with you forever." - Bestselling Author Staci Hart
"I took so much pleasure in Zeke’s looming destruction (insert evil laugh)...." - The Reading Belles



The clock on the wall counts the seconds, steady as the rhythm of my beating heart, which thumps wildly within my chest until the glass door to the library opens, propelled by a gust of wind.

Some new fallen leaves flutter in, the heavy doors slamming from the draft.

Along with them? Zeke Daniels.

He shuffles in, dark gray sweatpants hanging low on his hips, black Iowa Wrestling hoodie pulled up over his head, the university’s bright yellow mascot screen-printed across the chest. Backpack slung over one shoulder, black athletic flip-flops, and a pair of black sunglasses perched on the bridge of his strong nose complete the overall ensemble.
He is utterly…ridiculous. 

Unapproachable. 

Daunting.

His arrogance knows no bounds; I can see it in his loose gait, the exaggerated swagger, and the too-casual way he’s dragging his flip-flops across the cold, marble tile floor. It’s noisy, irritating, and completely uncalled for. 

In the moment, my mind drifts to his personal life, and I theorize that he listens to heavy metal music to sooth his foul temperament, drinks his coffee black—as black as his soul—and his liquor straight up. I imagine once he’s had sex with someone, they’re never invited back. I go one step further and theorize that they’re never invited to spend the night at his place, either.

Zeke Daniels makes his way to a table at the far end of the room, near the periodicals, one out of the way with plenty of privacy.

Sets his bag down in one of the four wooden chairs. Flicks on the small study lamp. Plugs his laptop cord into the base and stands. 

Turns.

Our eyes would have met then were it not for those ludicrous sunglasses. I choose the exact moment he lifts his gaze to look down at the ground. Busy myself with shuffling papers on the counter. Count to ten instead of chanting, Please don’t come over, please don’t come over, please don’t come over…

But luck isn’t on my side because he most decidedly does. 

Makes his way over like a predator at a pace so deliberate, I’m convinced he’s doing it on purpose. As if he suspects I’m watching from under my long lashes, dreading his imminent arrival.

He basks in my discomfort.

The distance between us closes, his strides purposeful.

Twenty feet.

Fifteen.

Ten.

Eight.

Three.

His large hand reaches up, pushing down the hood of his sweatshirt, his fingertips pinching the earpiece of his sunglasses and pulling them off his face. My eyes follow the movements as he folds them closed, hanging them on the neckline of his hoodie. 

His gaze lingers—those clear gray eyes famous around campus—and finds the shiny silver bellhop bell perched on the counter with the sign next to it that reads, Ring for help.

Ding. 

The tip of his forefinger presses down on the small bell.

Ding.

He hits it again, despite me standing not three feet in front of him.

What an ass.








 


Purveyor of all things witty & romantic, I love: iced latte's, traveling, and bright, bold colors. On any given day, you can find me in my office, lovingly gazing at my bookshelf or shuffling my Bic felt-tip pen collection. I love hand writing letters, and sarcasm. 

I live in the midwest, but "Will Write for Travel," and believe everyone should follow their dreams, no matter how big or small. My favorite authors include Cindy Miles, S Walden, Suzanne Enoch, Tessa Dare (to name a few). I am a glutton for Historical, RomCom, Sports and MC romance.

One husband. Two daughters. Plenty of chaos.






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              Never again would I allow my heart to become the plaything of someone else. Never again would I let a man (or men) ...