Monday, February 20, 2017

Sneak Peak & Giveaway: Stealing Mr. Right by Tamara Morgan




 Title: Stealing Mr. Right ( Penelope Blue Bk. 1)
Author: Tamara Morgan
Publication: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: March 7th, 2017




I'm a wanted jewel thief.
He's FBI.
What's that saying? Keep your friends close...and your husband closer.


Being married to a federal agent certainly has its perks.

1. I just love the way that man looks in a suit.
2. This way I always know what the enemy is up to.

Spending my days lifting jewels and my nights tracking the Bureau should have been a genius plan. But the closer I get to Grant Emerson, the more dangerous this feels. With two million dollars' worth of diamonds on the line, I can't afford to fall for my own husband.

It turns out that the only thing worse than having a mortal enemy is being married to one. Because in our game of theft and seduction, only one of us will come out on top.

Good thing a cat burglar always lands on her feet.


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Excerpt
His voice was softer than I expected: low but controlled, the sound of an authority figure who knows he doesn’t have to shout to be heard. I’ve since realized that’s the most dangerous kind of man to go up against in a fight. He didn’t bluster and yell the way Riker did, and he didn’t speak in terse rebukes, the way I remember my dad doing when I made an error in the middle of a job. Grant was all control and manners.

I hadn’t expected manners.

“I’ve never seen a man so intrigued by concrete before,” I said, less polite but still within the bounds of friendliness. “I’ve run past you a total of four times now, and you never once glanced up to check me out.”

The surprise faded to amusement. “Is that a fact?”

“Yes. And I thought for sure three times would do it.”

Since it appeared he wasn’t about to book me for fifty counts of conspiracy, I took a moment to appreciate him up close. From a distance, packed into a dark suit, always on the scent of something we didn’t want him to be, he really was more like a ferocious guard dog than anything else. But up close? Unf. There was nothing canine about him, and fear wasn’t my primary reaction. He was a behemoth, taller than me by at least a foot, his build not powerful so much as overpowering. He wasn’t handsome—at least, not in a clean-cut, underwear ad sort of way—but he was incredibly attractive. It’s possible for a man to be a perfectly assembled collection of model parts and invoke nothing more than a mild appreciation, like looking at a sculpture or a really nice diamond tiara. It’s equally possible for a man to boast coarse features, oversized limbs, and a rugged smile—and make a girl want to take off her clothes on the spot.

Happily, I refrained.

“How do you know I didn’t watch your ass as you ran past?” he asked, picking up my flirtation with ease. I should have been disappointed that he was sharp enough to follow along—a  slow, stupid nemesis is always preferable to a fast-witted one—but all I felt was a warm feeling of pleasure. “Maybe I was being discreet.”

“You didn’t,” I said smugly and switched to stretching the other leg. “If you had, you would’ve stopped me ten minutes ago and asked for my number.”

“Maybe I’m in a relationship.”

“You’re not. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be watching my ass now.”

He laughed but didn’t relax. I only noted this because men have a universal way of dropping their shoulders and opening their stance once they realize they’re being hit on. Women probably do it, too—you can almost see the walls coming down around their hearts—but Grant’s wide shoulders remained firmly in place.

I stuck out my hand, hoping physical contact would do the trick.

“I’m Penelope,” I said, not bothering with an alias. That was one lie I’d never had any use for. I was born a thief, raised a thief, and would probably die one. A fake name wouldn’t benefit me any more than changing spots would a leopard. “Penelope Blue.”

That look of surprise moved across Grant’s face again, but he managed to quell it long enough to take my hand and shake.

It would have been pushing things to say there was a tingle of electricity, or that my life flashed before my eyes as the rough texture of his palm grazed mine, but there was no mistaking how strong his grip was. With just the flick of his wrist, he could have broken the bones in my hand, conquered me right then and there. Instead of being alarmed by his physical mastery, I felt no sense of danger. Only wonder.

This man could crush me, I thought. But he won’t.



Monday, February 13, 2017

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Believe in Me by Angela Coffey


About the Book



Title: Believe in Me – Real Love Series Book 2

Author: Angela Coffey

Genre: Erotic Romance

With his rugged good looks and quiet demeanor, actor Dylan Cross was the epitome of mysterious sex appeal. Playing the role of the President of an outlaw MC Club put him in the spotlight and meant he never heard the word `no’, especially from California girls. That changed the day he met Tara Black; a small town tattoo artist trying to find her place in the world of modeling for the Alternative Girl agency.

With a past full of horrible memories and emotional demons, Tara hides her insecurities with a beautiful smile. Content being alone, she closets herself from any type of intimacy.

It was a simple twist of fate that sparked their unlikely friendship that quickly blossomed into a heated attraction and unbreakable bond. Since a person can only fight love for so long, they were left with a decision: all or nothing.

When a single phone call opens the flood gates of Dylan’s past, that decision is put on hold as he returns to his home town of Woodstock, NY.

Can Tara handle the life changing issues headed Dylan’s way?

Can Dylan convince Tara that, regardless of the past, he wants her to be his present and future?

Will they find a way to walk through each other’s trials hand in hand, leaving them with a love that is perfectly imperfect?




Author Bio

Angela Coffey is an indie author from the beautiful town of Woodstock, NY. After the release of her debut novel, Alive With You- Real Love Series book 1, she decided to spread her wings and fly. Her new novel, Believe In Me- Real Love Series book 2, is the second book in a four-part series. The Real Love Series can be read in order or as a stand-alone series, either way you’ll fall in love with the reoccurring characters.

Angela is an epilepsy warrior, avid reader, coffee addict, tattoo enthusiast, and lover of B-rate Shark movies. You can find and follow her on Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter.

Facebook: @ARCoffeyauthor
Twitter: @AngieSOA_girl


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Friday, February 10, 2017

Fan Girl Friday: Marrying Emily by Susan Stoker

     I admit I am new to author Susan Stoker, in fact....I really haven't read anything by her.  But I'm a big fan of her covers.  That counts for something right?  Anyway, I've just gotten into the whole military vibe in my books as well as movies and such...I don't know what took me so long.

But.  I will read her someday.  Someday soon.  So until then I'll just admire her choice in book art.





 Title: Marrying Emily (Delta Force Heroes #4)
Author: Susan Stoker
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Release Date: Feb. 7th, 2017
Few people know better than Delta Force soldiers that life is unbearably short and achingly precious. So Cormac Fletcher isn’t waiting one more day to marry the love of his life, Emily. Fletch has already adopted her daughter, Annie. Now it’s time to officially make Emily his too.

Emily understands just about every woman experiences a few wedding snafus—but they’re usually not of the harrowing, life-or-death variety. Fortunately for her, a guest list full of Delta soldiers and SEALs will make this an event to remember—for both Emily and the uninvited guests trying to ruin her special day.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

TBT: Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

This week for my TBT I raided my cache of early book reviews and this is one of the earliest I could find.  Forgive the redundancy of words.  Even reading this review again made me laugh out loud and had me wanting to reread this book.  I hope you pick it up sometime and give it a chance and even though it's in the middle of a series, you can read it as a stand alone.



Title Natural Born Charmer
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: Feb. 6th, 2007





Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard is the luckiest man in the world: a bona-fide sports superstar and the pride of the NFL with a profitable side career as a buff billboard model for End Zone underwear. But life in the glory lane has started to pale, and Dean has set off on a cross-country trip to figure out what's gone wrong. When he hits a lonely stretch of Colorado highway, he spies something that will shake up his gilded life in ways he can't imagine. A young woman . . . dressed in a beaver suit.

Blue Bailey is on a mission to murder her ex. Or at least inflict serious damage. As for the beaver suit she's wearing . . . Is it her fault that life keeps throwing her curveballs? Witness the expensive black sports car pulling up next to her on the highway and the Greek god stepping out of it.

Blue's career as a portrait painter is the perfect job for someone who refuses to stay in one place for very long. She needs a ride, and America's most famous football player has an imposing set of wheels. Now, all she has to do is keep him entertained, off guard, and fully clothed before he figures out exactly how desperate she is.

But Dean isn't the brainless jock she imagines, and Blue—despite her petite stature—is just about the toughest woman Dean has ever met. They're soon heading for his summer home where their already complicated lives and inconvenient attraction to each other will become entangled with a charismatic but aging rock star; a beautiful fifty-two-year-old woman trying to make peace with her rock and roll past; an eleven-year-old who desperately needs a family; and a bitter old woman who hates them all.

As the summer progresses, the wandering portrait artist and the charming football star play a high-stakes game, fighting themselves and each other for a chance to have it all.

Natural Born Charmer is for everyone who's ever thought about leaving their old life in the dust and never looking back. Susan Elizabeth Phillips takes us home again . . . and shows us where love truly lives.
 


REVIEW


From the moment I picked up the book and turned it over to read the blurb on the back I was hooked by the first sentence, ‘It wasn’t everyday a guy saw a headless beaver walking down the side of the road.’  After that I was hooked and I knew this book would be a winner.
           
            Dean Robillard is a quarterback for the Chicago Stars, he is taking a break thanks to his injured shoulder and is taking a road trip when he happens along said beaver walking down the road.  Too interesting to pass by, Dean decides to stop and offer a lift to the mascot of which just happens to be the mascot of my college, Oregon State.

            Blue Bailey has had to live life the only way she knew how.  Shipped from one home to the next when a child, she has found that life as a child is not that much better than life as an adult as she sits in the passenger seat of Dean’s Aston Martin with her hair flying in the breeze.

            Interweaved in this funny and touching book is the story of Dean’s younger step sister Riley and her own search for her sense of place and a family’s struggle to come together again after a lifetime apart.
            You will cry, you will laugh, you will sigh but you will definitely agree that the cast of characters will definitely charm and captivate you.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips could not have done it better than this heartwarming, laugh out loud read.  This is definitely one for the keeper shelf.  Five stars.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cover Love Mondays: Shelter for Adeline by Susan Stocker



The dog. The badge. The sunset color. The half tucked in shirt. 

I chose this book for the cover, but it sounds super interesting.  I have yet to read a romance with a service dog included, I can't wait to read it.  And it sounds like there could be some suspense in here as well.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: The Poison in the Pudding by Shea Macleod

Title The Poison in the Pudding
Author: Shea Macleod
Series: Cozy Mysteries #3
Publisher: Sunwalker Press
Release date:Oct 16, 2016
Pgs: 64
Acquired: InstaFreebie

With a book deadline and Christmas fast approaching, the last thing Viola Roberts has time for is a party. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what she gets roped into by the Mayor of Astoria. Party planning it is. Complete with Christmas puddings.

Everything is humming along just fine when suddenly the guests begin to drop like flies! With both her reputation and her favorite Christmas cookies threatened, Viola has no time to waste. She’s got to find the poisoner before somebody ends up dead.

Review
I have yet to read a short story in recent years that has drawn me in and kept me wanting to read more. Maybe it was the fact that I started in the middle of the series or maybe it was the author's use of hyphenated words.

The story was short, the poison was easily found along with the culprit.  It was like an episode of Colombo. A kid version.  Meaning it was a no brainer for adults but kids might..just might not figure it out.  You knew who did it, it was just a matter of proving it.

It was an entertaining read for the whole 20 minutes it took to read it. I probably would pack the whole series in one book though.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

TBT : Rulers of Darkness Series by Amanda J. Greene


 Caressed By Moonlight (Rulers of Darkness #1)

Dorian Vlakhos is no ordinary aristocrat. He is a vampire king, who will do anything to save his clan from complete annihilation, before an ancient curse can claim his immortal life.

Penniless and orphaned, Victoria Kingston has nothing to bring to a marriage, yet she must shackle an unsuspecting gentleman into marriage by the end of the month or forfeit her rights as guardian of her younger sister. With the help of her dearest friend, Victoria begins her hunt, and vows to stay far away from the dark, mysterious, Dorian Vlakhos.

After meeting the beautifully innocent Miss Kingston, Dorian had to have her. He would do absolutely anything to make Victoria his. One sweet stolen kiss would bring them together while a force, more powerful than any vampire would bind them for all eternity. But treachery, war, and death rule Dorian’s dark world and Victoria would be fortunate to survive.


Review


 Victoria Kingston and her little sister Margaret are penniless and alone after their father dies of a broken heart.  Selling the house they grew up in, Victoria and Margaret have no choice but to move into town with a reluctant aunt who hated their mother for taking her beloved brother away from his first family.
    Their Aunt takes in Margaret but grudgingly gives Victoria a condition for staying under the same roof as her-her aunt cannot stand the sight of Victoria because she looks so much like her mother-one month in her house.  One month to find a husband, or else she leaves Margaret behind when she is forced to leave the household.  With nowhere else to turn, Victoria takes solace with her best friend Lana and together they devise a list of eligible suitors.   That very night they both attend a ball; it is there that Victoria meets Prince Dorian Vlakhos.  But Dorian is no prince; he is actually a vampire king.

    Dorian is in London only to lead his enemy, the witches away from his clan.  And his plan is working until he sets sights on Victoria Kingston.  He has no intention of falling in love.  But one look at Victoria, and he is captivated by her beauty.  But Vampire King’s have been cursed with love for centuries, so it is with surprise that he finds himself wedded to a human within a fortnight of them meeting.
    It is inevitable that Victoria learns who her husband really is; can she learn to live with her new husband knowing that he will live forever?  And will Dorian’s enemies tear them apart after they have just found each other?

    Caressed by Moonlight was a hit and miss for me.  I loved the paranormal aspect mixed in with the historical setting, but I thought Victoria accepted Dorian’s true nature too readily.  I try to picture myself back in the 1800’s.  When confronted by a man with fangs, would I not freak out and run the other direction?  Victoria seems to take it in stride after only freaking out a little; of course she is love with him at that point but wouldn’t you still faint at least?
    Victoria, to me seemed to just go with the flow in a way. I believed she really loved Dorian but I didn’t really get an overwhelming passion coming off the page from Victoria towards Dorian.  This is really okay.  Not all romance books in the world are going to have grand sweeping passion; they’re just not.
     I really enjoyed reading Caressed by Moonlight and I cannot wait to read the second in this series Caressed by Night even though the historical/paranormal is a new twist for me.


Caressed By Night (Rulers of Darkness #2)
 
Dimitri Arsov, the last remaining pure vampire, was thought to be dead for the past four hundred years. Now, he is back and has a score to settle with the traitor that had tried to kill him centuries ago. But as he waits for his prey to blindly step into his carefully laid trap, his overwhelming hunger for blood is triggered when he saves a beautiful art historian.

Kerstyn Ingmar’s life was normal and straight up boring until the night she is rescued by the dangerously sexy, powerfully mesmerizing, Dimitri. Unable to resist his diamond blue eyes and intense kisses, she is drawn into his world of darkness and closer to her impending doom.

While their desire consumes them, Dimitri is haunted by images of a bloody and deadly future. As his enemies draw near, he must find a way to save his mate from her destiny before fate destroys them both.


Review

  I knew Caressed by Night was not going to be like the first book in this series Caressed by Moonlight. First of all, Moonlight was a paranormal/historical and Night is paranormal/contemporary. If no one has heard of Amanda J. Greene before now, you better get on board!
I was wondering why Dorian didn’t kill Ven from Moonlight when he had the chance at the end, now I know why. Ven was saved for the conflict in Night; and what a conflict! The characters were beautifully written to where I was lost in the emotions between Kerstyn and Dimitri, even Falcon and Sonya got me at the end.

Caressed by Night is full of passion, romance, and excitement. But the thing that got me with this book was strange, to me anyway. I get hooked on a book’s sexual heat level, the more sexual tension the better I say, and even though Caressed by Night had more than enough sex and sexual tension I was drawn in by the intimacy between Kerstyn and Dimitri. They just seemed so right for each other. But that being said, I was a little annoyed by Kerstyn’s best friend Denise but I guess some people are like that. I can’t really give too much away though. I was also annoyed by Kerstyn’s fate, I can’t really say too much about that either if you’re going to read the book. Sorry!

But really, Caressed by Night was sensual and magnetic. I absolutely loved every page and I cannot wait for #3 in this series, Caressed by a Crimson Moon.


 Caressed By a Crimson Moon (Rulers of Darkness #3)
 
Consumed by madness and tormented by dark memories of blood and death, Hadrian Lucretius, King of the Validus Clan, has returned after living in self-imposed exile for nearly three hundred and fifty years.

To maintain peace with the vampires, Eva Maldonado is offered as a sacrifice to the crazed vampire king by her father, the alpha of the Silveria Shifter Pack. Hadrian’s reputation is both legendary and lethal; he is ruthless, bloodthirsty, lusty, and soulless. When Eva arrives at the ancient fortress high in the Carpathian Mountains, she is shocked to find a ravaged man with dark burning eyes filled with loneliness and dangerous desire.

Would she be his lover…or his prey? His savior…or his victim? Would Hadrian lure her into madness or would their perilous passion be their redemption?


 Review

I love Amanda J. Greene and her Rulers of Darkness series. When I read the first book, Caressed by Moonlight which was Dorian and Victoria’s story I was a little skeptical because of the historical setting with paranormal elements. I didn’t know whether I was going to keep reading on. But when I started Caressed by Night, which was Dimitri and Kerstyn’s story I was put back on track so to speak with the timeline. Now, I’m kind of thrown off again with Caressed by a Crimson Moon which is Hadrian and Eva’s story.
Don’t get me wrong, I really did enjoy reading through their sexual chemistry and Hadrian’s angst to commit to Eva, but that’s all there was. Ok, yes there was also issues with Eva and Hadrian relating to both of their families but we really did not delve into that as much as I would have liked. And maybe that was a big part of why I couldn’t finish the book in the time allotted me, I really kept having to take breaks partly to separate myself from all the sexual tension that was going on page after page (there’s only so much you can take in the span of an hour).
Eva is made Hadrian’s ward through a centuries old pact between a jungle shifter clan and his vampire clan, through this pact he is to receive as a ward a purebred shifter but he is tricked and gets Eva instead who is only a half breed and therefore disposable. The instant Hadrian and Eva meet though they both know they were meant to be bound together even though Hadrian attempts through half the book to not have sex with Eva.
When they finally do have sex, Hadrian still tries to push Eva away. The night of Eva’s change changes nothing in Hadrian’s eyes. Now, I really hate to admit this; but I’m not even finished with the book. Granted, I had more than enough time to read the entire thing but I just could not get into it like I did the previous Caressed by Night. I can’t wait to read the rest of the story (I only have a couple pages left), and I can’t wait for the next book in this spellbinding series.





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