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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Blast: Destined by C.J Fallowfield


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Gabe Austin is tormented by demons from his past.
Blaming himself for his part in a tragic accident and abandoned by his father
when he needed him most, he uses his charm, good looks and ripped physique to
find temporary solace in an abundance of one night stands. Dominating, distant,
unwilling to commit, sex becomes his outlet for his pain. Until he sees her.
One glance was all it took to turn his world upside down, to make him want to
possess her completely. Gabe just knew that she was the girl to heal his
shattered heart, she was his destiny.




Destined is a short novella written from Gabe’s point of view. It details key
moments in his life, leading to the events that unfold in ‘New Leaves, No
Strings’, book one of The Austin Series, which combines erotica, romance and
humor.






The Austin Series is six books in total, written from the perspective of Mia
Page, and is designed to be read in the following sequence.


New Leaves, No Strings
Baggage & Buttons
Forever & an Engine
The Honeymoon Period
Love & Loss 
Infinite Love


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I am a very young hearted 44 year old female from the United Kingdom. I enjoyed writing fictional stories as a child but, like many, long working hours in my
career meant that I had little time for anything else. Finding myself in the
fortunate position of now being able to work from home part time, I have been
able to rekindle this long lost passion for storytelling. Writing aids include
chocolate, Ben & Jerry's and copious amounts of coffee. 

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell

Nightingale: (Originally appeared in the print anthology THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY)Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN:  0062367676
Pages: 96 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Fate has brought them together -again.

At one time, Jemma had meant the world to Dane Pendleton, but then she betrayed their young love by marrying another for his title and fortune.

Now Time has turned the tables. Dane is wealthy, respected, knighted and the widowed Jemma has nothing but her pride.

His honor for hers . . .

Dane’s name is on the lips of every beauty in London. They whisper he learned “tricks” while he was in the Orient. But has he forgotten Jemma, now Lady Mosby, and what they had once meant to each other? And will he accept her devil’s bargain?

In every woman’s life, there is that one love who slipped away. The man who makes her wonder “what if?”

But is this a momentary madness or a chance to rekindle a love that could last a lifetime?

Originally appeared in the print anthology THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

My Review:

Intro: I had intended to have this post up by 6am but I set the post to go up at 6pm. Ugh! And to make it worse, I had to take my dog to the vet in the morning so I didn’t get to check (I am one of those people without a smartphone).

This book was awesome. It’s one of those novellas that you wish wasn’t a novella so you could have more. The criticism is scant with this one, I should warn.

Characters:

Heroine: Jemma-I spent much of the novella seriously annoyed with Jemma. At the start she came off as cold, impetuous and sort of cruel. But she grew on me. I also like how she turned the abandonment trope around. It’s usually the heroes jilting the heroine. To see it the other way around was interesting.

Hero: Dane-First of all, can we talk about the name. I love the name Dane for a hero. It comes second only to Sebastian. This hero named Dane was angry. So very angry. But he had reason. He was also a really good man and I couldn’t help but root for him throughout the book.

Chemistry: The journey Dane and Jemma go through in this book is truly something special. They start out with so much anger and hurt feelings but their recovery from that is something special. I love how it wasn’t rushed even though the page count is less than a regular novel.

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Conclusion: I don’t trust many authors to write a novella that can truly satisfy me but Cathy Maxwell is one of the few who can. This is one of my favorite reads of the summer. It was quite a bit angsty but so very good. 
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Author Info
CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Sinful Rewards 2 by Cynthia Sax

Sinful Rewards 2: A Billionaires and Bikers NovellaPublisher: Avon Red Impulse
 ISBN:0062354124
 Pages: 100 pages
 Genre: Romance/Contemporary
 Series:  Billionaires and Bikers -1
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Summary:

Belinda “Bee” Carter isn’t quite sure what she’s gotten herself into. She’s been receiving mysterious messages from a secret admirer who is sending her more and more erotic dares. Each time she fulfills his desires, she gets rewarded. She’s convinced that her mystery texter is one of two super-hot men—Nicolas, the handsome billionaire, or Hawke, the sexy biker—but she can’t tell which one it is. And she’s coming to realize that beneath her peaches-and-cream exterior beats a heart that longs to play out all of her most secret fantasies. 
As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?


My Review:

Intro: I very rarely get into novella series. I tend to like my story all in one shot. But this series seems to be an exception. And oddly enough I am still unsure about who I want Bee to end up with.

Characters:

Heroine: Bee-There was a lovely progression and excellent character development in this one. In the previous installment, I really did not feel as if I got to know Bee very well but in this one I really began to understand and like her.

Heroes:

Option 1: Hawke-He’s still perfect. Such a strong personality and I always prefer the dude on the bike over the dude in the suit. Always without fail. He has an edge of danger to him but he’s also protective which I love.

Option 2: Nicholas-If it’s even possible, Nicholas crawled even further into his Darcy-like persona. He’s aloof and keeps you curious about him. I still prefer Hawke but yeah dude with motorcycle always wins with me.

Chemistry: I am surprised by how well Sax is able to develop Bee’s relationships with both men. I can honestly accept Bee ending up with either of them because both heroes are so well matched to our heroine.

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Conclusion-I need to read the next installment right now. I’m not demanding…but I am begging. Hardcore, child in toy shop, begging. Really so much fangirl. I am not even kidding. 
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Author Info
Cynthia Sax lives in a world filled with magic and romance. Although her heroes may not always say, “I love you”, they will do anything for the women they adore. They live passionately. They play hard. They love the same women forever.

Cynthia has loved the same wonderful man forever. Her supportive hubby offers himself up to the joys and pains of research, while they travel the world together, meeting fascinating people and finding inspiration in exotic places such as Istanbul, Bali, and Chicago.Please visit her on the web at www.CynthiaSax.com

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Twitter: @CynthiaSax

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Excerpt and Giveaway: The de Valery Code by Darcy Burke

The de Valery Code (Regency Treasure Hunters, #1)

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Excerpt:

This is from a fun series of events in which Margery and Rhys keep meeting in the hallway between their rooms. It’s inspired by the scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where Indy and Willie keep meeting in the hall as they fight their attraction to one another. In this part of the scene, Rhys and Margery have independently decided to look for a book in their absent host’s office, but end up joining forces.

Margery opened the door and nearly stumbled, as Mr. Bowen was doing the same.
His lips curled into a disarming smile. “Again?”
Her pulse quickened and the heat she’d felt after his kiss raced through her. “So it seems. Where are you going this time?”
“To get a book.”
“From the library?” She nodded. “That’s where I was going.”
They moved toward the staircase in unison. Though several inches separated them, she felt his proximity. He’d removed his coat, but still wore his waistcoat. He was still “dressed,” but some women would be horrified. Margery was not. In fact, she was disappointed he was wearing so much. It was that which horrified her.
When they reached the base of the stairs, she hesitated. He did the same.
“Do you think his office might be this way?” She gestured to the right, opposite where they would go to return to the library.
He stroked his jaw, which had darkened at this late hour with the onset of his beard. “It might be.”
“Do you think it would be open?”
“There’s only one way to know for sure.” He turned and led the way.
She stifled a smile as she followed him down a short corridor. They tried two rooms, but they weren’t his study. The last door, however, proved successful.
“Aha!” His tone implied he might’ve found the treasure they sought. His half-smile was charming and did completely inappropriate things to her belly.
The office was very masculine, with a pair of bookshelves and a large mahogany desk. Mr. Bowen went immediately to the desk and sat behind it.
“What are you doing?” she asked.
“Looking for the book.” He peered up at her. “Or are we still trying to disguise that’s what we’re doing?”
She suddenly felt ashamed. They had no right invading this man’s privacy.
Mr. Bowen’s brow gathered and he abruptly stood. “I’m afraid I’ve changed my mind. I’m as desperate as you to study his book, but I can’t bring myself to be rude.”
She retreated to the door. “Nor can I.”
He joined her and they exchanged what had to be mutually appreciative looks before trudging back up the stairs. Outside their rooms, Margery faced him, lacing her fingers together in front of her waist. “Good night then. Again.”
“Yes, good night.” He inclined his head, then went to his room.

About Darcy:
Darcy Burke wrote her first book at age 11, a happily ever after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations. Darcy writes hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her devoted husband, their two great kids, and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. She’s also a fair-weather runner, and her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge. Visit Darcy online at http://www.darcyburke.com.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Bring on the Heat by Katie Rose

Bring on the Heat (The Boys of Summer, #1)Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN:0553390473
Pages: 236 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary/Sports
Series:  The Boys of Summer
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Summary:

In Katie Rose’s irresistible battle of wits, a case of mistaken identity lands a female fan in bed with a sexy superstar—and in major-league trouble.

House-sitting for a rich and famous friend has its perks, and Darcy Hamel isn’t shy about enjoying them. Especially when it means scoring a ticket to an exclusive fashion show hosted by the New Jersey Sonics. An avid baseball fan, Darcy has always dreamed of meeting the team—especially the starting pitcher whose body is as hot as his fastball. But there’s a catch. The gala is by invitation only. To get behind the velvet rope, mild-mannered Darcy will have to pose as party girl Lydia Logan.

Schmoozing is one of the downsides of fame, but Chase Westbrook knows how to liven up even the dullest event. And nothing spices a night up more than a beautiful socialite with a naughty reputation. What Chase doesn’t expect is a hint of sweetness beneath her sultry fa├žade. Flirtation turns to seduction and leaves him aching for more. Chase just doesn’t know who the real Lydia is: the spoiled tease crying foul over some missing diamonds or the alluring woman making a play for his heart.

My Review:

Intro:  I really was excited about this one. Baseball is one of my things. I don't love it as much as hockey or auto racing but it's a great past time when hockey's over and racing is just starting. And I did like this one but there were some things about it that just…confused me. Also, the cover was mighty pretty.

Characters:

Heroine: Darcy-Mistaken identity plotlines very rarely work for me. They just come across as too unbelievable. But with Darcy it wasn’t quite as unbelievable as usual because she kind of tripped and fell into it. I really did end up liking her as well. She was a lively heroine and I could completely identify with her.

Hero: Chase-It was one of those situations where I liked him but I had some serious issues with him and I ended up wanting to strangle him with a shoelace. He was the typical playboy athlete hero. He was sometimes way too far up his own butt and he did some things that even this girl --who likes heroes who do bad things—found unforgivable.

Chemistry-I really liked Chase and Darcy together even through the whole Darcy is Lydia thing. But what Chase did when he found out about the whole Darcy/Lydia thing was just wrong and I couldn’t believe Darcy forgave him just like that. I would have made him grovel. For a good long time.

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Ending Babble: Sports series are rare reads for me. Odd considering how much I love them. But this one will be added to my list because I loved this one. I got so emotionally invested and I love the angst. 

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Author Info
Award-winning historical author Katie Rose makes her contemporary debut with the Boys of Summer novels, Bring on the Heat and Too Hot to Handle, which combine Katie’s true loves: baseball and romance! When not watching baseball, Katie is at her lake house in New Jersey, hard at work on her next book.
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Finding Miss McFarland by Vivienne Lorret

Finding Miss McFarland (Wallflower Weddings, #3)Publisher: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062315781
Pages: 300 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
Series:  Wallflower Weddings1,2
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Summary:

Fans of historical romance authors Lorraine Heath and Sophie Jordan will adore Vivienne Lorret's latest Wallflower Wedding novel.

Delaney McFarland is on the hunt for a husband—preferably one who needs her embarrassingly large dowry more than a dutiful wife. After the unspeakable incident at her debut, Delaney knows marrying for love is off the table, but a marriage of convenience—one that leaves her free to live the life she chooses—is the next best thing, never mind what that arrogant, devilishly handsome Mr. Croft thinks. Delaney plans to marry for money … or not at all.

Ever since the fiery redhead burst into his life—in a most memorable way—Griffin Croft hasn't been able to get Miss McFarland out of his mind. Now, with the maddening woman determined to hand over her fortune to a rake, Griffin knows he must step in. He must help her. He must not kiss her. But when Griffin's noble intentions flee in a moment of unexpected passion, his true course becomes clear: tame Delaney's wild heart and save her from a fate worse than death … a life without love.

My Review:

Intro: I have been finding life a bit difficult lately. Trying to figure out how to live life without the use of one of my fingers has been an adjustment. But I have finally figured out that I can use my Dragon Assistant to type.

I absolutely loved the previous books in this series. I loved Daring Miss Danvers and Winning Miss Wakefield was a reading highlight of the year so far. I have been looking forward to this one in a big way.

Characters:

Heroine: Delaney-I am surprised by how much I liked her even though I spent a good portion of the book borderline annoyed with her. That’s a rare achievement. Usually if the heroine annoys me, it’s to the point of putting the book down. But I ended up really liking her. She was smart as a whip and a truly enjoyable character to follow.  

Hero: Griffin-I have loved heroes with the name Griffin since my Party of Five fangirl days. I liked how upfront he was and how he dealt with Delaney’s unwillingness to marry. He was the one doing the chasing and I really liked that.

Chemistry: I love when two strong personalities combine in romance novels to create a completely believable couple. It doesn’t happen often but it did happen here. Griffin and Delaney were lovely together. I think they run a close second to Merribeth and Bane for me in this series.

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Conclusion: Vivienne Lorret is now officially one of my favorites. She is on my auto-buy list. I love her writing style and the way she draws her characters. Her heroes are also not to be missed—and I don’t say this often---but her heroines are awesome too. 

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Author Info
I fell in love with fairy tales and the romance behind happily ever after at a very young age. Like a lot of you, I tweaked the fables bit by bit in my imagination until they suited me perfectly. By the time I was eleven, a teacher encouraged me to start writing.
Throughout the years that followed, my teachers remained my most fervent supporters, giving me the tools I needed to continue my journey as a writer.
My husband and I have two teenage boys, who are heroes in their own right. For now, we live in a small Midwestern town near Lake Michigan…until a time in the future when a new adventure calls us to other shores.
I am currently working on my next novel, but I always enjoy hearing from my readers. Feel free to email me at vivienne@vivlorret.net

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Upside Down by Lia Riley

Upside Down (Off the Map, #1)Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 1455585718
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: New Adult
Series: Off the Map
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Summary:

If You Never Get Lost, You'll Never Be Found

Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to Australia. Everything is going to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . of if they were meant to live a world apart.

My Review:

Intro: So the finger I thought was merely sprained was kinda sorta broken. I thought it would hurt more but maybe my pain tolerance is better than I thought it was. Hence the lateness of this review. It takes me forever to type. You never realize how much your ring finger means until you try to type without it.

Characters:

Heroine: Talia- Talia was quite the interesting heroine. She had a tragic past—as you grow to expect with NA—but she had a strength to her that I really liked. It was also really easy to identify with her. She did, however, read a bit young to me. Not in a bad way but if the author didn't tell us her age, I would have thought she was much younger.

Hero: Bran-I really loved him. He was a bit more complex than Talia and a bit harder to figure out and, I think, that is why I loved him so much. He’s the type of broody hero that actually reads pretty authentically to me. And I definitely love my broody heroes.

Chemistry: This is one of those rare times where I completely bought into the chemistry of these characters immediately. Especially since the way they met was so completely awesome. Talia and Bran had so much they had to work through together and individually so their progression together was quite interesting.

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Conclusion: I really enjoyed this book. The writing was excellent and both Talia and Bran were written excellently. I also love the setting. Australia is one of my favorite places but I've never read a book set there before. 
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About the author: 
After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, LIA RILEY scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Danger in Tempting an Earl by Sophie Barnes

The Danger in Tempting an Earl (At the Kingsborough Ball, #3)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 006224518X
 Pages: 384 pages
 Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Lucien Marvaine never thought he was good enough for Katherine. As the younger son of an earl, he didn’t have a title or prospects. Then fate steps in and gives him a second chance, and this new Earl of Roxbury is determined to make the beautiful Kate his own . . . one touch . . . one kiss at a time.

Katherine never thought of herself as a temptress, certainly not with Lucien. Why, she’s known him almost all her life! Yet as she waltzes in Lucien’s arms at the Kingsborough Ball, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Has he always been this hard and masculine? And where did those dimples come from? Kate is not looking for a husband . . . but how can she not surrender to Lucien’s charms when love is at stake?

My Review:

Intro: The early part of the summer was plagued by an epic reading slump and now the end of the summer is being plagued by a review slump. More like writer’s block but only with reviews. I can’t even manage to get a thought down. It’s taken me all day to write this review….All day. It usually takes an hour at the most. But I persevered and I also really loved this book.

Characters:
Heroine: Katherine-I liked Katherine. I did have a slight bit of trouble with her because she tends to dig her heels in but I thought she was likable. I don’t know if she is a favorite heroine of mine but I definitely did like her.

Hero: Lucien-He was the highlight of the book for me. It’s so very rare that you find a hero pining after the heroine. Or at least I don’t find it very often and when it is attempted, it isn’t done very well. But Lucien was perfect sweet and completely besotted.

Chemistry: I waver a bit on the unrequited love storyline. When it’s done well, I absolutely love it but when it’s badly done, it’s just a mish-mash of melodrama. But here it was done perfectly. You can sense Katherine and Lucien’s history together and there was a nice tinge of humor throughout the book.

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Conclusion: I really do love Sophie Barnes’ books. They are light reads with a nice bit of humor. That’s always a nice break from the angst I usually read. 

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Author Info
Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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