Monday, February 27, 2017

Release Day Promo & Excerpt: Falling for the Bad Girl by Nina Croft

Title: Falling for the Bad Girl (Cutting Loose Bk 1)
Author: Nina Croft
Publication: Entangled: Brazen line
Pub. Date: Feb. 27, 2017

As a second generation detective, Nathan Carter is a cop, through and through, one who definitely sees things in black and white. But his work ethic—and libido—are thrown off balance when he heads up the case against jewel thief, Regan Malloy. Because with one sizzling look, she’s got him hot and hard. And he’s been that way, ever since.
Growing up, Regan’s favorite hobby was learning to crack safes, and she was very, very good at it. Still, she’d always tried to keep to the straight and narrow, and only strayed when she believed a friend was in desperate straits. Now she’s out of prison and starting over. If only she could forget that she’d spent the last three years fantasizing about the stunningly gorgeous detective who locked her away.
It’s inevitable that they meet up again—in bars, hotels…and hotel beds. Despite their differences, they can’t keep their hands off each other. Still, it’s just desire. If they give it enough time, it’ll burn itself out. Because a good boy and a bad girl can’t possibly make it work. Can they?

“You back with us?” Nate murmured.

“Yeah.” She exhaled, pushing herself up a little so she could peer into his face. His lips curled in a lazy smile that sent tingles through her body to her very core. “That was…intense.”

“That’s one word for it. I may never move again. Just stay here until they find our bodies.”

“Can you stay?” she asked.

“I can. I visited with Dad before I came here. But it’s Friday. Isn’t there somewhere you’re supposed to be?”

For a moment, her mind went blank.

Oh my God, it’s Friday.

She glanced at the clock. It was after eight. She was supposed to be at her mom and dad’s by seven. She was so fucked. Where the hell was her phone? She jumped from the bed, naked, and headed for the door. She opened it, slammed it closed again, and turned, pressing her back against the wood. Her mind refused to acknowledge what she had just seen. Sadly, that state of numbness did not last long.


Nate still lay in bed, a sheet over his hips, one arm behind his head. “Something wrong?”

She cleared her throat. “The room—in there—it’s full of people.”

“How full?” He sounded amused. Hah. That wouldn’t last long.

She closed her eyes and pictured the sitting room. “Darcy, Summer, my brother Tom, and I presume his new girlfriend.” What the holy hell was Tom doing here? He’d probably been sent by her mother when she hadn’t turned up. And she’d opened the door. And she’d been naked.

Oh. My. God. No.

If she’d ever had a beam-me-up-Scotty moment, this was it.

This was so, so wrong.

She glared at Nate. How the hell had the two of them not noticed that many people arriving? He was a goddamn detective. Wasn’t he supposed to notice things? Could it be that they’d been a little distracted? God, had she made any noises? Had Nate? Honestly, her mind was a blank, but she did have a habit of screaming.

Well, the damage was done. Now she just had to find the best way out.

Her choices came down to: hiding under the bed or escaping out of the window.

Before she could make up her mind, someone rapped hard on the door. “Regan, come out, come out, we know you’re in there.”

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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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.


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.


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.

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.