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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Review: Flirting With Love by Melissa Foster

Flirting with Love (Love in Bloom, #18; The Bradens, #10)Publisher: World Literary Press
ISBN: 1941480055
Pages: 300 pages
Genre:  Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

FLIRTING WITH LOVE is the newest addition to the BRADEN series by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. This contemporary romance series features alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They’re flawed, funny, passionate, and very relatable to readers who enjoy new adult romance, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction.

IN FLIRTING WITH LOVE…

Elisabeth Nash has spent years dreaming of returning to the small town of Trusty, Colorado, where she spent summers with her favorite aunt. When she inherits her aunt’s farmette, she closes her Los Angeles pet bakery and pampering business, sure that life in Trusty will be as peaceful and as welcoming as she remembers. But being an outsider in the close-knit town proves to be very different from the happy summers she remembers from her childhood—and falling for Trusty’s hot, wealthy, and sinfully irresistible veterinarian, Ross Braden, sends the rumor mill into a frenzy.

Ross Braden learned long ago that gossip spreads faster than weeds in his small hometown, and Ross loves nothing more than his privacy. For that reason, he doesn’t date women who live in Trusty. But that was before blond, beautiful, and refreshingly honest Elisabeth Nash flew into his vet clinic seeking help for her panicked piglet and turned his comfortable life—and his heart—inside out.

Despite rumors about Elisabeth’s motives toward her aunt’s property, passion brews between Elisabeth and Ross. Every steamy kiss and every sensual touch brings the pair closer together, and when Ross helps Elisabeth try to fit into the town he adores, it makes their bond even stronger. But even Elisabeth’s efforts toward reaching the community, and the love she and Ross so desperately believe in, might not be enough for the protective small town to offer them a future.

My Review:

Intro: Happy Thanksgiving! I am getting this posted before going off to Thanksgiving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Melissa Foster is officially one of my favorites. I still have to play catch-up with the rest of this series but the books I have read have been excellent. And this one is no exception.

Characters:

Heroine: Elisabeth-I loved Elisabeth. She was such a sweet heroine. She’s the kind of heroine I could see myself being friends with in real life. I also want to steal some of her pie recipes. It’s the one pastry I fail pretty hard at.

Hero: Ross-I loved him. It was pretty difficult for me not to like him. I find it very hard to dislike people who are kind and loving to animals. And he was such a kind and gentle hero. It’s very rare that I find the “nice guy” hero to be very compelling but I loved Ross.

Chemistry: With these two, I could have very easily found them boring. But I didn’t. Not at all. They were sweet together. Compelling but not at all dramatic or angsty. I love the angst but I didn’t find myself missing it at all.

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Conclusion: Melissa Foster is amazing. I loved this book. It was light-hearted and fun. Something I don’t get very much of in my reading. I will definitely be following the rest of this series. 

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Author Info
"Melissa Foster is a wonderful connector of readers and books, a friend of authors, and a tireless advocate for women. She is the real deal"-- Bestselling Author Jennie Shortridge
"What sets Melissa Foster apart are her compelling characters who you care about... desperately. This  is psychological suspense at its most chilling. I dare you to read the first chapter and not be hooked."  International bestseller, M.J. Rose 
Melissa Foster is an award-winning, International bestselling author. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary CafĂ©. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa is also a community builder for the Alliance for Independent Authors. She has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Review: The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding by Victoria Alexander

The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding (Millworth Manor, #4)Publisher: Kensington
ISBN: 1420132261
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical/Regency
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Summary:

The bride and groom cordially request your presence for a wedding at Millworth Manor…

Guests will include Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, New York City banker, and Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow, wedding planner to the finest families in England.

Introductions shall be followed by light conversation, dancing, flirtation, arguing, reconciliation, and an impulsive kiss that both parties are quite certain they will never repeat.

Until they do.

A mutually beneficial fake engagement will be accompanied by all manner of very real complications, scandalous revelations, nefarious schemes, and one inescapable conclusion: That true love—unlike the perfect wedding—is impossible to plan…



My Review:

Intro: This is going to sound random but I have spent the day in low grade mourning. My grocery store eliminated the book section. I love book stores but there is no place I shop more than my local grocery store and they had an awesome book section. And now it’s gone replaced by a random DVD selection. I am considering shopping somewhere else—you hear me, Pathmark!!

But that aside, I am a big Victoria Alexander fan. I love her books. Her heroes are always favorites of mine and that can be said for Jackson in The Shocking Secret Guest at the Wedding. He’s on the Favorite Heroes List.

Characters:

Heroine: Theodosia-She had some moxy. She was strong, vivacious and witty. I loved her. I loved that she stepped in to help her family avoid financial ruin with her party planning “hobby.” If Jackson goes on my Favorite Heroes List, Teddy definitely goes on my even shorter Favorite Heroines List.

Hero: Jackson-I read that his name was Jackson and immediately began to imagine Jax from Sons of Anarchy in Regency garb. I couldn’t help myself and it’s not a bad image at all. I love that he was an American hero. That’s not something I read too often and it was a nice change of pace. I did love that he did not debate whether or not to help Theodosia avoid a marriage proposal via a fake engagement. He just did it.

Chemistry: I love books involving a fake engagement. Especially ones where the main characters have strong personalities like Teddy and Jackson do. They bickered and bantered and had such amazing chemistry that it was difficult to avoid loving them together.

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Conclusion: I really enjoyed this one. I loved both Jackson and Teddy and thought they had amazing chemistry and I loved the banter between them. And I do so love a good fake engagement plot. Almost as much as an arranged marriage plot. 

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Author Info
New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and has never looked back. Victoria grew up traveling the country as an Air Force brat and is now settled in a very old house in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two allegedly grown children and two bearded collies. She firmly believes housework is a four-letter word, there are no calories in anything eaten standing up, procrastination is an art form, and it's never too soon to panic.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: Tall, Dark and Royal by Vanessa Kelly

Tall, Dark and Royal (The Renedage Royals, #2.5)Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 101 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

He's the man behind the mission to track down the illegitimate children of England's Royal Princes and help them get their due. But his deepest desire is far more personal… Magnificent and stubborn.

Fourteen years apart had not changed Chloe Steele, or Dominic Hunter's love for her. He'd been a street urchin, a boy raised at court, and finally a magistrate, yet he'd never belonged anywhere--except by her side. Now Chloe devoted herself to girls threatened by scandal--like she had been. But she was in danger, and Dominic was determined to help--and hopefully make up for lost time…

Even in childhood, Dominic had made Chloe feel safe. Now she also felt thrillingly flustered by the powerful man he'd become, and by the longing he inspired. Because Dominic meant not only to protect her, but to untangle the lies that had separated them. Yet for Chloe, surrendering to temptation may be easier than risking a future that could ruin them both…


My Review:

Intro: There are some books that you pick up and they make you squee like a rabid fangirl. This was one of them for me. I loved Tall, Dark and Royal. So much.

Characters:

Heroine: Chloe-I loved Chloe. She just had this compelling strength about her. She didn’t have it easy but she never let it get her down and she survived. It was impossible not to like her.

Hero: Dominic-It was impossible for me not to fall in love with Dominic. He was such a great hero. Strong and protective of Chloe with a very interesting story of his own. I love how attached he was to Chloe.

Chemistry: This was a different kind of chemistry—more layered and complex. Chloe and Dominic had a connection before the novella started—that I missed because I haven’t read the previous books—and they have been separated. I also love that they were a bit older. It gave the story a depth and maturity that I really enjoyed.

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Conclusion: I really liked this novella quite a bit. Chloe and Dominic had some amazing chemistry and their connection was truly fantastic. I normally worry with novellas if I will be able to get into the romance but that was not a problem here at all. I definitely have to catch up with this series in a big way. 
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Author Info
Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance.”  Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance.  Her current series, The Renegade Royals is a national bestseller.  Vanessa also writes USA Today bestselling contemporary romance with her husband, under the pen name of VK Sykes.

Author Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Review and Giveaway: What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara

22084227Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 0553393766
Pages: 276 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Readers of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries will love Ashlyn Macnamara’s novel about a smoldering new love that is threatened by past betrayals.

Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and sharp tongue—a tempting distraction, it is true, but not a welcome one.

Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.

My Review:

Intro: I actually had to rewrite this review because I lost the scrap of paper it was written on. And that is a good thing because I loved this book so much more the second time around.

Characters:

Heroine: Cecilia-I liked her. She was a smart, strong and very capable heroine. I liked that she didn’t let her past get to her too much. Her past plays a role but doesn’t define her or hinder her progress. I also loved how she bonded with Lind’s son, Jeremy.

Hero: Lind-He was ill-tempered and crotchety but he had a vulnerability about him that I really loved. His past had a very big impact on his life and his behavior. I found myself both frustrated with him and protective of him.

Chemistry: I absolutely loved Cecilia and Lind together. It sounds corny but they helped each other heal from their pasts and it was quite sweet. It definitely was a bit of a slow burn which I really appreciated.

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Conclusion: I loved this book so much. I haven’t read a book by Ashlyn Macnamara before but I think I need to pick up more of her books. This was the perfect balance of angst and romance. And I absolutely loved both Cecilia and Lind. They were such well-drawn and interesting characters. I will definitely be following the rest of this series.
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Author Info
Ashlyn Macnamara is the author of What a Lady Craves, A Most Devilish Rogue, and A Most Scandalous Proposal. She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading, and wasting time on the Internet in the guise of doing research.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review and Giveaway: What a Wallflower Wants by Maya Rodale

What a Wallflower Wants (Bad Boys & Wallflowers, #3)Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 0062231286
Pages: 384 pages
Genre: Romance/Historical
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Summary:

In the third novel in Maya Rodale’s charming Wallflower series, London’s Least Likely to Be Caught in a Compromising Position finds temptation in a devilishly handsome stranger . . .

Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton has a secret.

Everyone knows that she’s the only graduate from her finishing school to remain unwed on her fourth season-but no one knows why. With her romantic illusions shattered after being compromised against her will, Prudence accepts a proposal even though her betrothed is not exactly a knight in shining armor. When he cowardly pushes her out of their stagecoach to divert a highwayman, she vows never to trust another man again.

John Roark, Viscount Castleton, is nobody’s hero.

He’s a blue-eyed charmer with a mysterious past and ambitious plans for his future-that do not include a wife. When he finds himself stranded at a country inn with a captivating young woman, a delicate dance of seduction ensues. He knows he should keep his distance. And he definitely shouldn’t start falling in love with her.

When Prudence’s dark past comes back to haunt her, John must protect her-even though he risks revealing his own secrets that could destroy his future.

My Review:

Intro: This is one of the reviews I wrote during my review during the epic review binge this weekend. I am also typing out this review with one hand due to my dog requesting head pats so pardon any spelling errors.

I loved this book. If I was to create a top 10 list of favorite authors—which I won’t because it would cause an existential crisis—Maya Rodale would most definitely be on it and she is one of those authors that I buy more than one copy of each of her books. 

Characters:

Heroine: Prudence-I loved her. She had such a compelling strength about her. There was nothing weak to her characters and I loved that. She was smart and strong and she was one of the few heroines that I have read recently that didn’t annoy me.

Hero: John-I kind of fell in love with him instantly. He was just a compelling hero—a nice guy with a witty sense of humor and a bit of a scamp. I loved him. I didn’t expect to love him as much as I did.

Chemistry: I loved the slow burn of these two. The romance took time to develop and it wasn’t instantaneous. But I don’t think I have ever fangirled over a couple in a romance novel the way I fangirled over Prudence and John. They were amazing together. I also have to say that they kick you a bit in the emotional places.

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Conclusion: Maya Rodale can do no wrong. This one was amazing. I love the development of the romance and how it took time for the connection to build. I fangirled over this one. I really did. Maya Rodale is one of those authors who can write a gardening book and I will buy it and read it even though I kill plants just by looking at them too hard.


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Author Info
Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own. Maya is now the author of multiple Regency historical romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Alanna by Kathleen Bittner Roth

Alanna (When Hearts Dare, #2)Publisher: Zebra
ISBN: 1420135309
Pages: 368 pages
Genre:  Romance/Historical
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Summary:

Wolf caught the faint scent of cinnabar and roses.

The girl turned her head and stared boldly at him, her cool demeanor at odds with the fire in her look. And then her lips parted, as if she needed more air. A punch of lust hit Wolf’s groin.

There was pure sin in his startling blue eyes.

The moment hung suspended between them, and then expanded as his feral gaze held hers. Stranger? Not to Alanna. He went by the name of Wolf, and he was a legend in these parts, known from San Francisco to Boston as a relentless tracker of lost persons. His quest to find his mother's killer would lead him to Alanna...and his destiny.

In his arms, she would never be lost again…

My Review:

Intro: I have been waiting for Wolf’s book since Celine. I loved him in the first book in the series and could not wait for this one. I always prefer the bad boys. Always.

Characters:

Heroine: Alanna-I really loved Alanna. In the previous book, I had some trouble with Celine and I spent some time completely frustrated with her but I had none of those troubles with Alanna. She was smart and strong and had a really compelling strength to her.

Hero: Wolf-As I said before, I was so looking forward to Wolf’s book. And he lived up to every one of my expectations. He was a bad boy. He did some things that I not only didn’t agree with but that they made me angry. I wanted to jump into the book and give him a good scold. But I still loved him.

Chemistry: Alanna and Wolf were just a big old bunch of angsty goodness. They had such an amazing connection and I loved them together. There were some parts that were completely gut-wrenching in the best way possible.

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Conclusion: I just loved this book so much. Alanna and Wolf were perfect together and the writing was wonderfully detailed. I fangirl this series. I can’t wait for the next book.

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Author Info
Born in Minnesota, Kathleen Bittner Roth has lived all over the U.S.: Idaho, Washington, California, Texas and New York.  Currently, she resides in Budapest, Hungary, often called the Paris of the East. Kathleen has won countless awards for her writing, including finaling in RWA's prestigious Golden Heart contest. She is an active member of Romance Writers of America, including the Hearts Through History chapter and has been a contributing editor for an online romance magazine as well as writing and producing successful seminars and meditation CDs.

You can learn more about Kathleen and her books at
www.kathleenbittnerroth.com

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Made for You by Lauren Layne

Made for You (The Best Mistake, #2)Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 1455546097
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

When the Wrong Guy is Oh-So-Right 

Will Thatcher is exactly the type of sexy playboy good girls like Brynn have always avoided. And yet there was still something about him she just couldn't resist. When Will moved across the country three years ago, Brynn vowed it was time to put him behind her. She never thought Will might have other plans . . . 

Back in town, Will intends to get what he's always wanted-gorgeous, unforgettable Brynn. For years, he tormented the untouchable ice princess in a desperate bid for her attention. Now he has a new plan, and he'll do anything to rewrite their stormy past.
This time, he's out to show Brynn that the imperfect man might be the best mistake of her life . .



My Review:

Intro: I have been on a review writing spree for the past couple of days and oh boy does it feel nice. I have been a bit slow to get books reviewed lately but now I think I should be a bit ahead of my reading and reviewing. So expect a bunch of reviews this week and in the coming weeks.  Made For You isn’t one of the reviews I wrote during the spree but I did love this book. So much.

Characters:

Heroine: Brynn-I loved that she was a bit of a pill. That sounds bad but she had an edge to her. She wasn’t always sweetness and pie and I liked that about her. Although she did have her vulnerable side.

Hero: Will-I loved him as well. He came across as a bit of a modern day rake. Which is something I love. I like that we get to know the real Will as Brynn gets to know the real Will.

Chemistry: They are Archie and Edith. They bicker and they fight and they are often not very nice to each other. But I think that was their charm. Their shared history wasn’t the easiest and their journey was interesting to say the least.

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Conclusion: I really loved this book. It was angsty without being overbearing or melodramatic. It also had a nice humor about it. I will definitely be going back and reading the first book in the series because I really loved this one.
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Author Info
Lauren Layne used to work in e-commerce. She wore cute shoes and big-girl clothes like an adult.
Then she was like, nope, changed into her pajamas and started writing romance novels.
She believes in sarcasm, weekday happy hours, and happily ever after.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Beauty & the Biker by Beth Ciotta

Beauty & the Biker (Impossible Dream, #1)Publisher: BC Ink
Pages: 276 pages
Genre: Romance/Contemporary
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Summary:

A new contemporary series—Impossible Dream—celebrating hope, love, and the magic of the human spirit!

Five long-time girlfriends—known as The Inseparables—find themselves in their thirties and battling disillusion. Tangled up in real-life troubles and stifled aspirations, they’re ready to ditch their deepest desires .. until they stumble upon the peculiar matchmaking company, “Impossible Dream,” where they each find the rare opportunity to make seemingly impossible dreams come true.
A series of modern-day fairytales beginning with . . . Beauty & the Biker
PRINCE CHARMING IS OUT THERE. SOMEWHERE.
Miracles happen every day. Even in Nowhere, Nebraska. That’s Bella Mooney’s philosophy and she’s sticking to it! A children’s librarian who writes fairy tales on the side, Bella has earned the reputation of fanciful Pollyanna. No surprise that she applied for her “ideal man” via ImpossibleDream.com, an Internet company designed to make dreams come true. However, even whimsical Bella has real-life issues, forcing her to take drastic actions in order to spin her dad’s life (and in turn her own) for the better. As fate draws her into the troubling world of her new neighbor—a cynical biker with a scarred soul and checkered past—Bella finds herself falling for the most unlikely man, twisting her perceptions of true love and testing her faith in dreams. 

FATE LANDED HIM IN NOWHERE.
Expect nothing. Anticipate the worst. As a detective with the Chicago Police Department, Joe Savage witnessed heinous crimes and acts of cruelty on a daily basis, obliterating his faith in humanity. When a personal vendetta cost him his job and a quirky inheritance offered escape, Joe packed it in and steered his Harley toward a small town bordering Tornado Alley and the Twilight Zone. Where better to lose himself than Nowhere? Resigned to a dark and lonely existence, Joe’s life is suddenly shoved into the sunshine when his eccentric neighbor offers him a chance he can't refuse, especially after her kiss of hope rekindles his dead heart. Inspired and challenged by Bella’s infectious optimism, Joe dares to make the impossible come true.

My Review:

Intro: I think this book had me at the word “biker.” I have a weakness for them. It wasn’t the motorcycle club style biker though which had me a little disappointed but I did end up liking the book anyway.

Characters:

Heroine: Bella-She was a librarian which means I liked her more initially than I normally would have. She was a very lively, happy heroine who just happened to be going through some tough times. I liked that she never quite lost the happy tinge to her character.

Hero: Joe-He wasn’t the bad boy I was expecting but a bit of a curmudgeon. He came off as surly and a bit rude. But he had his reasons and underneath it all was a very sweet and kind guy.

Chemistry: I absolutely loved Bella and Joe together. The contrast in their personalities is what really made them work for me. Opposites attract and all that. Bella really brought Joe out of his shell and Joe helped Bella heal.  

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Conclusion: I really did like this one quite a bit. I didn’t even get a bit disappointed that there were no motorcycle clubs in the book. It was lighter than I was expecting but still a great read. I can’t wait to read more by Beth Ciotta. 
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Author Info
Storytelling comes naturally to award-winning author Beth Ciotta. Dubbed "fun and sexy" by Publisher's Weekly, Beth specializes in writing Romantic Comedy with a Twist of Suspense and is published in contemporary, historical, steampunk, and paranormal romantic fiction. 
Beth lives in NJ with her husband, two zany dogs, and a crazy cat. A veteran professional performer, Beth now pours her artistic passion into her writing. To learn more about her colorful life, visit her website at www.bethciotta.com

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review and Giveaway: Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola

Just a Little Crush (Crush, #1)Publisher: Loveswept
Pages: 252 pages
Genre: New Adult
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Summary:

Good girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they try to. In Renita Pizzitola’s emotional novel of heartache and seduction, one college freshman just can’t get enough. 
Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?

Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.

Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?


My Review:

Intro: I’ve had a bit of blogger block lately. Actually, just plain old writer’s block. I can barely write a text. Or an email. Or a to-do list. It’s sad. But luckily that means I have been reading lots to quell the boredom and maybe get some inspiration to review. Be prepared of an overload of reviews…if I manage to write a complete sentence that is.

Characters

Heroine: Brinley: I had moments where I really liked her and moments where I couldn’t stand her. There were just some aspects of her personality that did not work for me even though I generally did like her. She just came off as shrill to me in some instances and if there is one thing that I cannot stand, it is a shrill heroine. I am just thankful that it was not a constant shrillness. And I did end up loving her. 

Hero: Ryder-I loved him. He is a reason to read this book. He was a sweetie pie. With a bit of an edge. But a sweetie pie nonetheless. He was a great hero and he was the reason I got so into the book. Serious hero crush happening here.

Chemistry: I loved Brinley and Ryder together. They had a certain sweetness about them that I really liked. But even more so, I liked that they had some misunderstandings and angst. I’ve been reading so many books lately where it’s just smooth sailing all the time and that just bores me.

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Conclusion: I love this book. So much. It’s a bit predictable but not in a bad way at all. It’s probably why I like it so much. I enjoyed both Brinley and Ryder and the writing was excellent. I can’t wait for the next book. Hopefully about Mason.

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Author Info
Renita Pizzitola is the author of New Adult contemporary romance and Young Adult fantasy. When not writing, she can be found feeding her caramel macchiato addiction and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children.

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Riot by Jamie Begley


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Ice


As president of the Predators’ MC, my men and I are used to preying on the weak and those stupid enough to cross our paths. So why does a straitlaced teacher make me sit up and take notice when I see her for the first time?

The brothers all think she makes me weak, and believe me, weak in their eyes isn’t where I want to be. She wants me to prove she means more to me than the club, and when I fail, she thinks she can just walk away. She’s wrong. I’m a Predator, and nothing escapes me.


Grace


As a teacher, I’m supposed to want to educate those who want to learn, right? That’s what I believed until I was told I’d have to teach a class at the prison. I didn’t move to a town labeled as one of the safest places in America only to be faced with a bunch of Predators.

He expects me to trust him despite being the reason I’m trapped in the middle of a prison riot. His club means more to him than I ever will, and if I give him a chance, he will break the fragile peace I have managed to find. It’s not the first time I’ve had to escape a predator.






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I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.

Taking after my mother, I've always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.

For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.

Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.

All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.



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