Thursday, January 19, 2017

Five New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance Mini-Reviews

Up until now, most of the mini-reviews I've done in one post have been e-books.  About the only time I've done more than one physical book mini-reviews in the same blog post is when they were part of a series.  Well, as you've been hearing me say, I'm soooo far behind on reviews, that I've decided to do some grouping together of books and get some reviews done. So you'll get my thoughts on the book, and instead of my normal personal synopsis, I'll just share the one from Goodreads. 

Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover:
My rating:  5 stars
I got this book by asking a fellow bookstore employee to pick up the bargain copy at the Barnes and Noble store close to where she lived, since the one that we work at didn't have any in stock.  At first I didn't enjoy this as much as the first one, but then something happened that I totally didn't see coming and it really grabbed me.  I don't know if I'll go on and read the next book, since I think it is just the original book, Slammed, told from Will's point of view instead of Layken's.  But who knows.  If you want to read my review of Slammed, you can go HERE.

Layken and Will have managed to overcome the obstacles that threatened to destroy their love, proving that they are destined for one another. What they are about to learn, however, is that the things that have brought them together may be the very things that ruin their connection forever...

Layken is left second-guessing the relationship whilst Will is jumping over hurdles to prove his love for her. What the young lovers discover about themselves along this journey may change their entire world, and the lives of those who depend upon them the most...

The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1) by Jessica Sorenson:
My Rating:  4 stars
This book is one that I found at either the Dollar Tree store. It made me want to read more books by the author.  It wasn't exactly what I'd expected, but I did read it very quickly and am glad that I have the 2nd book ready to go as soon as I get a chance.

If you loved Beautiful Disaster then you're ready to discover . .


A rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she's worked so hard to bury might resurface-especially with Micha living right next door.

Smart, sexy, and confident, Micha can get under Ella's skin like no one else. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. If he tries to tempt the old Ella to return, he will be impossible to resist. But what Ella doesn't realize is that when she left, she took a piece of Micha's heart with her. Now he's determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.

Deceiving Lies (Forgiving Lies #2) by Molly McAdams:
My rating:  4.5 stars
The first book in this series is the one that won me back over to this author after I'd been disappointed in the first book I'd read by her.  You can read my review of Forgiving Lies HERE.   This second book wasn't as good as the first one, probably because a lot of it was spent with the two main characters apart.  But, it was still so good that when I picked it up to read while taking a bubble bath, I didn't stop reading for an hour, yeah, the water was definitely not hot anymore by the time I finished.  But I didn't notice because of how into the story I was.  I did get this book and the first one both in the bargain section at the Barnes and Noble where I work part-time.

Rachel is supposed to be planning her wedding to Kash, the love of her life. After the crazy year they've had, she's ready to settle down and live a completely normal life. Well, as normal as it can be. But there's something else waiting—something threatening to tear them apart.

Kash is ready for it all with Rach. Especially if all includes having a football team of babies with his future wife. With his line of work, he knows how short life can be, and doesn't want to waste another minute of theirs. But now his past as an undercover narcotics agent has come back to haunt him ... and it's the girl he loves who's caught in the middle.

Trent Cruz's orders are clear: take the girl. But there's something about this girl that has him changing the rules and playing a dangerous game to keep her safe. When his time as Rachel's protector runs out, he will turn his back on the only life he's known, and risk everything, if it means getting her out alive.

Easy Love (Boudreaux #1) by Kristen Proby:
My rating:  4 stars
I got this book when I got to meet the author back at NOLA StoryCon in October.  I was definitely grabbed by the story in this book pretty quickly.  As I read, I realized the place that the main character was staying was very close to where I stayed when I was in New Orleans for the convention, and when she gets mugged, well, let's just say it made me think maybe I shouldn't have been walking around at night so much by myself.  Oh well.  Nothing to do about it now!  But I'm definitely going to read more in this series for sure.

Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hard working, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who.

Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat.

Eli’s southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she’s coming to know intimately. He’s generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate’s cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can’t resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has.

But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli’s empire comes to light, and it’s time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he’s fallen in love with by his side?

Sins and Needles (The Artist's Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle:
My rating:  5 stars
I first learned of this author when I downloaded and read the book Smut, which I loved and you can read my review of HERE.  Shortly after I read and fell in love with Smut, I found out that the author is going to be at ApollyCon in Marcy, and I can't wait to meet her now!  I will have to buy a copy of Smut too before I go.  Anyway, I ordered this book into my bookstore to buy, and this book was really good too. Although I knew that Camden was going to catch Ellie robbing him, it's in the synopsis, when it happened, it was still really sad.  But I really enjoyed the book, could barely put it down when I needed to in order to get to bed.  Now I just have to get ahold of the 2nd one to read on!

There's a Fine Line Between Sin and Salvation . . . Ellie Watt is a woman on the run. Raised by a pair of thieves who taught her the art of the grift-and pursued by a mobster who fell for her con-she hopes to find refuge at her uncle's farm in quiet Palm Valley, California. Ellie swears she's through with her life of crime. But before she knows it, she's right back in the game when she meets an easy mark who's too good-and too hot-to be true. His name is Camden McQueen. A master tattoo artist and a total inked stud, Camden is nothing like the awkward kid who crushed on Ellie back in high school. Now, as owner of the wildly successful Sins & Needles, he's got tats to kill for, muscles to die for, and money to burn. Ellie can't believe the transformation-and can't resist pulling off one last con. But when Camden catches Ellie red-handed, the tables are turned. The mark becomes the master. And when the ultimate player gets played, you never know who's going to end up on top . . . 

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Taking Turns by J.A. Huss

Title:  Taking Turns
Author:  J.A. Huss
Series:  Turning #1
Publication date: January 18th, 2017
Genres: Erotica, Romance, Suspense
Chella plays the game of Taking Turns with three men as she comes to terms with her sexuality.
I’ve never been afraid of the dark…but that doesn’t mean I wanted to live in it. And maybe everyone wants what they can’t have, but I should’ve thought it over before I accepted the key and unlocked the door to their forbidden world.
Number One is mostly silent. He watches me with them very carefully. His gaze never wanders. His interest never wanes.
Number Two is mostly gentle. But it’s the other side of him I like best. The wild side.
Number Three is mostly reserved. He refuses to cross the line. Even when I beg.
It was carnal, it was sensual, and it was erotic. That’s it. That’s all it was supposed to be. A trip into the dark. A peek into the forbidden.
I just didn’t expect to like them.


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JA Huss is the USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Spotlight Tour and Giveaway: Celerating iRead Book Tours Three Year Anniversary! #booktours #giveaway #laurafabiani @iReadBookTours

I've participated in iRead Book Tours since last year.  There is a great variety of books, and they make sure to get you all the information you need for your posts with enough time to prepare your post in advance of when it is due.  They also have an incentive program where you are entered into a giveaway every time you do a post for them.  If you're interested in joining in, please go HERE and sign up.  You can also check out the rest of this celebration tour that is going on until the end of January HERE

About iRead Book Tours:

At iRead, we give special attention to every book that tours with us. We are passionate about books and we customize all our tours because no two authors are alike.

We don't just market books. We help our authors get the best exposure with traditional tours consisting mainly of reviews. We work closely with our authors and pride ourselves on our highly individualized customer service.

All our staff are book bloggers and authors, so we understand the process and the hard work involved. We've built a solid relationship with our database of reliable book bloggers who are eager to read your books.

Welcome to the iRead experience!

About Laura Fabiani:
In 2008, Laura began blogging about books shortly after she published her first book. She started Library of Clean Reads, a book review blog, and discovered the joy of reviewing a variety of genres. Her children have joined her in this venture and they spend many happy hours reading books together. A Special Care Counselor by profession, Laura has co-led and developed programs for seniors with dementia, including Alzheimer's Disease. She has a passion for the topic of neuroscience and wellness.

Throughout the years she has met and worked with wonderful publishers, both traditional and indie, as well as publicists and authors. Best of all, she discovered the world of book bloggers--a community of special people who spend their precious time sharing their love of books and all things related to books.

Taking part in book tours has always made Laura feel more connected to authors and the publishing field. She organized her own virtual tour when her book was published and she learned several things. As an author, it exposed her to actual reader views and social media. As a book blogger and book tour organizer, it taught her the amount of work it entailed. And she loves it!

You can find Laura blogging at Library of Clean Reads and Essentially Italian. She is the owner of iRead Book ToursItaly Book Tours, and Je Lis Blog Tours.


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Cover Reveal: Wolves and Roses by Christina Bauer

Book info:
Title:  Wolves and Roses
Author:  Christina Bauer
Series:  Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: March 28th, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.
“Should” being the key word.
Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?
All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that–if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.
But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.

Author Bio:
Christina graduated from Syracuse University's Newhouse School with BA's in English as well as Television, Radio, and Film Production. Her day job is in marketing for companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and Zerto. Back in the go-go 90′s, she founded her own software start-up, Mindful Technologies. Christina believes that, upon close examination of Tolkien's text, it's entirely possible that the Balrog was wearing fuzzy bunny slippers.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cover Reveal: Rooke by Callie Hart

Book info:
Author:  Callie Hart
Genre:  Romance
Release Date:  February 21st, 2017

Watchmaker. Car thief. Heartbreaker extraordinaire.

Rooke Blackheath has spent enough time in juvie to know that he really doesn’t want to go to jail. The food sucks, the clothes itch, and there are absolutely no women in sight. Well…none he wants to fuck, anyway.

He should probably stop boosting cars, but the money is stellar and the high is out of this world. And why should he turn his back on something that sets his soul on fire anyway?

The answer to that question comes in an unexpected form: a petite five-foot-three firecracker named Sorcha, who refuses to give him the time of day no matter how thick he lays on the charm.

Rooke’s not easily deterred, though. Just like the watches he builds from scratch, Rooke knows all too well how women tick. Women are a game to him. A game he always wins.

Sorcha doesn’t stand a chance.


Sorcha Connor’s life has been permanently derailed since her son died five years ago. You wouldn’t know it to look at her, of course. She has a great job, a beautiful house, and caring friends. Every week, she hosts a book club featuring the sexiest, most romantic stories on the planet, and every week she falls for a new fictional knight in shining armor.

Fictional men are perfect, though. They don’t hurt you. They don’t break your heart. They don’t cheat on you after your child dies, and they rarely ever leave the toilet seat up.

When Rooke Blackheath shows up at Sorcha’s workplace, it’s clear he’s nothing like the men who grace the pages of Sorcha's favorite books. Dangerous, arrogant, sharp-tongued and sarcastic, Rooke’s not the kind of guy she needs in her life. Not to mention the fact that he’s eleven years her junior.

They don’t live in different worlds. As far as Sorcha is concerned, Rooke lives in a different galaxy altogether. She’d like to keep it that way, but fate appears to have other plans.

When Cinderella lost her shoe, Prince Charming showed up at her door.

When Sorcha Connor loses her book, an entirely different kind of rogue comes a-knocking

Doesn't this sound so good?  And not just does the story sound good, how hot is that cover?  I've recently discovered the model on Facebook, his name is Jonny James, and you should definitely check him out.  

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Jonny will be doing a Facebook live session in Callie Hart's street team, the Deviant Divas, in a few days:

Promo Post: Change of Heart by Daniel Side @daniel_side

Book info:
Title:  Change of Heart
Author:  Daniel Side
Genre:  Suspense   
Published:  February 6th, 2017

Patrick Corman, loner, ex muscle for a call girl service, struggles to stay alive and care for his institutionalized daughter. But now the danger isn’t coming from the streets. He needs a heart transplant. Shocked when, with only months to live, a mysterious benefactor offers him ‘the deal of a lifetime’, he sees it as a solution, even after reading the fine print.

When his former crime boss suspects that he is revealing information about her, and a young newspaper reporter sees him as her chance to get her own by-line, Patrick’s life and death struggle escalates. For her part, reporter Katherine Alderson keeps secret what she knows about his transplant, unaware that Patrick has his own secret, hidden in the fine print of the deal he agreed to.

Patrick’s new heart draws them together and into a conflict neither could have imagined when they discover someone has delved into their lives, using them as pawns in his own political game.  Fighting to stay alive, one shocking revelation follows another, exposing the best and worst in both of them.

Excerpt 1 – A Change of Heart – by Daniel Side

“Katherine, come here.”
            When she approached, he looked up at her, his eyes haggard, all energy and purpose gone. He was shivering again.
            “I gotta sleep. Been a long day.” His laugh was weak. He held the gun out to her. She took it. “You gotta help me get back to the bedroom. Help me get out of these wet clothes.” His eyes were closed and he shivered uncontrollably.
            Katherine stepped to him and he slowly put an arm on her shoulders. She jumped, the cold from his arm shocking her. He leaned heavily upon her and, with great effort she helped him to the bedroom.  There, she turned him and lowered him to the edge of the bed. His arms hung loosely by his sides. She was suddenly startled by the thought that he might die. Climbing onto the bed, kneeling behind him, she tugged and pulled at the soggy jacket. Finally it came off, the weight of it shocking her. She looked at the loose green hospital shirt plastered to his body. It has to come off over his head. No way.
            She climbed off the bed and saw that it was v-necked. Grabbing it, she pulled at the ribbing seam where it joined in a V in front of his neck. It didn’t tear, but she saw that she had loosened the threads. She tried again and was rewarded with a small tear. A third effort and it tore down the center. Katherine paused, startled by the scar down the middle of his chest, now dark blue from the cold. It matched the color of the tattoo on his chest and upper arm. He started to fall over and she grabbed him, again scared by the coldness of his skin. “Stay there, Patrick. Stay up.” She worked the clinging jersey off, guiding his backwards fall towards the head of the bed. Several red marks that were starting to form bruises covered his upper arms and stomach. The pants were loose and easier and she had them off quickly. Her eyes fell on the wet, almost see-through white underwear that clung to his genitals. Really, Alderson?
            Katherine rolled him on his side and pulled the duvet cover from his side of the bed up onto him.  She knew that it wouldn’t be enough. Somehow she needed to apply some warmth to him. He needed to be in a hot shower, but there was no way she could get him there. “Shit!” Katherine unbuttoned her blouse and dropped it on the floor. Slipping out of her jeans, she climbed in behind him, pulling her side of the duvet up and onto her. She gasped, the cold of his body taking her breath away when she pressed herself to him. She curled up behind him, spooning as best she could.
            She was dazed: from the violence, from the dead men in her apartment, from the naked man that she was curled up with in bed. What the hell do I really know about him? That he cared for his daughter. Is that enough that I should believe what he says? What about those men? Jesus! What the hell is happening?

Excerpt 2 – Change of Heart – by Daniel Side
Behind the mammoth desk, Denetta sat sipping coffee. She rose as Patrick approached. Her body, displayed in a tight but flattering emerald green dress, could have belonged to a thirty year old. She crossed the distance gracefully, her arms held wide for a hug. Patrick smiled at the still attractive woman who had taken him from the streets and raised him. He returned the gesture and stepped into her embrace. The hug was firm as she pressed her breasts into him and touched her face against his in an air kiss. She stepped back to study him.
            “It’s good to see you, Patrick. It has been so many years.”
            “Yes it has. You look good, Miranda, for an old madam.” Patrick took in the sun creased eyes and full mouth that could always smile with easy charm, but reminded himself that under the quick soft smile was a ruthless businesswoman.
            “You always were a cocky smart ass,” said Denetta, grinning back. She looked at Medina. “Johnny, I want you to meet Patrick Corman. You might say Patrick was your prototype.”
            Medina, standing to the side, shifted his stare from Denetta to Patrick and smiled coldly.
            “Come, sit down, Patrick,” she said motioning him towards the two chairs in front of the fireplace. She led the way and sat, the short dress sliding up her shapely legs. “Johnny.”
            Medina walked to the fireplace, flipped the switch and the fire came alive with a small puff.
            “Bring us some fresh coffee, will you dear,” Denetta said it without looking at him, watching Patrick instead as he settled in the chair beside her.
            After a moment’s pause, Medina turned and left.
            “I have to be honest, Patrick, you’re not looking so good these days.”
            “Always good to be honest. Been under the weather a little bit lately.”
            “So I hear. This heart stuff is serious shit. You should do something about that.”
            “I’m working on it, but you can’t buy everything. Not even you, Miranda.”
            “So we found out, didn’t we? But enough of the past. What’s done is done. I’m more concerned about your little action yesterday. One of my employees was injured. Quite badly.”
            “Didn’t know he was on your payroll.”
            “Come on, Patrick. You still make your living on the street. I know you still have your ear to the ground. You hurt one of my employees, not to mention the loss of product.”
            “Right. Anything to make a buck.”
            “Don’t play choirboy with me. You’ve done your fair share of questionable things. I know, because you did them for me.”
            “Yeah, well working with the ladies was one thing.”
            “It was where I started, Patrick. The high end girls were lucrative, but the hassles drove me crazy. They all turn into prima donnas. There’s a lot more money in the drug trade.”
            “Yeah, but I don’t do that. You know that. I moved on.”
            Denetta laughed. “Sure you moved on. Driving taxi and selling hot stuff out of your trunk.” She shook her head. “Patrick, Patrick, how far we’ve fallen.”
            Patrick rose abruptly. “Are we done here?”
            “Patrick.” Her tone suggested she had been offended. “What about your coffee? Johnny makes the best coffee. Even better than you did. Sure you don’t want to try a cup?”
            “I’ll pass.”
            Denetta stood up and stepped close to Patrick as Medina entered the room with coffee on a tray.
            He could smell her perfume. Still feel the sexuality emanate from her, as it had so many years ago.
            “We go back a long way, Patrick, but you can’t be interfering.” Her eyes held his, the warmth gone from her voice.
            Patrick wondered what he had seen in her those many years ago, but knew he had needed someone to take care of him at that young age. “I owe you lots, probably more than I know, but that doesn’t change what happened or the way things are now. If I bump into that guy, or anyone else pushing that shit, the next time I’ll break both his legs.”
            “It’s my business, and I won’t allow anyone to interfere. Not even you. No matter what the reason.” She turned to Johnny. “Thank you, Johnny. Mr. Corman can’t stay. The two of us will have coffee instead.” She looked at Patrick. “Brian will drive you to wherever you want. Good-bye, Patrick.”

About Author:
Daniel is a retired school teacher who has written and produced many school plays, built his log home, restored a classic car, and spent many summers canoeing with his family in northern Ontario. Daniel’s other novels are A Lesson in Revenge and The Reedsmith of Zendar.  All three novels are available on Amazon.  

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For February, heart month, the money raised through the sale of CHANGE OF HEART will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

  “We are delighted that Daniel has chosen the Heart and Stroke Foundation as the charity ofchoice,” says Avril Goffredo, VP, Community Engagement, Heart and Stroke Foundation. The funds raised from this event will help us invest in research and continue our programs in prevention and survivor support, allowing us to save lives and create more survivors.”

Visit Daniel’s personal fundraising page.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Cover Reveal: True North by L.E. Sterling

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Let us know what you think of the cover for True North by L.E. Sterling which releases April 4, 2017!

This cover reveal is brought to you by Entangled TEEN and YA Interrobang!

About True North (True Born, #2):

Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there's been whispered rumors of Plague Cure. While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters' blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.?? As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.

Want to read more? Pre-order your copy of True North (True Born, #2) by L.E. Sterling today!

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About the Author:

L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature – where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.

I enjoyed the first book, and am definitely intrigued to read on and see where the story goes.  You can check out my review of the first book, True Born, HERE.

Release Day Blitz and Giveaway: Not In Her Wildest Dreams by Dani Collins

From USA Today Bestselling Author
Dani Collins
Small town secrets. Big time heartache.
Dani Collins
Series: Secret Dreams, Book One
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 1, 2017
Paige Fogarty never believed Liebe Falls’ golden boy, Sterling Roy, could want a No Good Fogarty, but one magical night, they kissed—ruining her already murky reputation. Fifteen years later, she’s still shunned, now as a professional accountant auditing Roy Furnishings. It’s a daunting task even before she’s forced to work with him.
Sterling made a fool of himself over Paige once. Never again. He only returns to the factory his mother calls his ‘legacy’ to ensure Paige doesn’t pull a fast one. When their chemistry blazes hotter than ever, he wonders if he misjudged her, but secrets come to light, including an embezzler she tries to protect, proving she’s still the wrong girl. So why does holding onto her feel so right?

Other Books by the Author

Also, don't miss Book 2 in the Secret Dreams series by Dani Collins.
Only In His Sweetest Dreams Secret Dreams, Book 2
When Mercedes takes in her confused niece and nephew, jeopardizing the job she loves at a retirement community, she turns to the new handyman for advice. L.C. can fix anything and he’d love to be part of this misfit family, but he has a secret back home that Mercedes will never forgive.
Available on February 1,2017.
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Review and Giveaway: I Love You* Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions (Contract Killers #1) by Erin Lyon

Book info:
TitleI Love You* Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions
Author:  Erin Lyon
SeriesContract Killers #1
Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Published:  January 10th, 2017
Source:  Advanced Readers Copy from Publisher
My rating:  5 stars

It was the description of this story that caught my attention.  And I can tell you that the actual story did not let me down, well, other than the fact that it kind of left off on a slight cliffhanger.  I knew this was a series, but kind of thought maybe each book would be about a different romance?  Seems like it will be about the same couple.  Which is okay, just now I have to wait for the next book, I'm guessing a whole year?  Noooooooo!!!  So, let's figure out how I get to be a beta reader so that I can read it even earlier than the next advanced copy?  I guess you can figure out from that last sentence and my 5 star rating that I really liked this book!

The story takes place in a world a little different from out own.  People don't get married, they have contracts.  Usually they are seven years long.  At the end of the contract you can decide if you want to stay with that person, or if you want to end it and move on.  Sometimes people do cheat on each other or do other things that break their contract, and then they have to deal with lawyers and the court to determine what should happen with their contract.  The main character is Kate.  Kate just finished law school and is having trouble finding a lawyer job that she wants.  She could go work for her uncle, who works in contract law, but that is her last choice.  She thinks that has to be the most depressing type of law, because you spend your time with people who breach their contracts, and basically it would be like being a divorce lawyer in our world I think.  Kate has been in a contract with a guy named Jonathan, and she is in love with him, and he says he loves her.  But then, right before their contract is set to expire, Jonathan tells her he doesn't want to renew.  He says he still loves her, but just wants to try some time apart.  

Right before all this happened with Jonathan, Kate had been at the bar with her best friend Logek, pronounced "logic".  An extremely attractive guy named Adam Lucas comes up to Kate and starts flirting with her, even though she has on a tag that shows she is signed (in a contract with someone).  Turns out Adam is what is known as a contract killer, he only dates women who are in contracts.  And he is famous for it.  He only dates them because he doesn't want anything that would be serious and could lead to complications like contracts.  It seems he wants Kate.  But she is in love with Jonathan.

And then Jonathan doesn't renew their contract. Now Adam isn't interested in her as anything other than a friend, it's like he flipped a switch and all of a sudden was no longer attracted to her.  But he also has a friend who is another contract killer named Dave.  And Dave seems to still be interested in Kate even though she's now not in a contract.  But Kate can't quite figure out if he's still playing her, or maybe wants her for more.  Plus, Jonathan is able to get her to have sex with him when she goes to get her stuff, and sex with Jonathan has always been great, he knows exactly what to do for her and he always does it.  Not to mention that Kate is totally attracted to Adam, even though he has no interest in her now.  Or so he says, while a kiss or two between them says differently.

Being separated from Jonathan forces Kate to move home with her parents and she has to find a job that she can afford to move out on her own now.  So she gives in and takes the contract law job with her uncle.  She seems to be the only female attorney, and man is this place definitely testosterone filled.  One of the partners is kind of creepy, always staring.  The other guys are just kind of jerks.  And her uncle is totally a sexist pig.  Her times in the new law firm start off with a bang, a bang that leads to a black eye.

The job has so many hilarious episodes, and there is so much going on with all three of the guys that I could barely put the book down to work or sleep.  And when I got close to the end and realized there was no way the whole story could possibly be wrapped up in that book, I was definitely going crazy! 

I highly recommend this for a fun read, and a different read, the whole contract vs. marriage different world makes for a neat story.  

 About the Author:
ERIN LYON is a practicing attorney who spends her free time writing novels about lawyers. I Love You* Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions is her debut novel. Visit her online at:

TWITTER: @WritingLyon


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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Dangerous Crush (Dangerous Noise #2) by Crystal Kaswell

Book info:
Title:  Dangerous Crush
Author:  Crystal Kaswell
Series:  Dangerous Noise #2
Publication date: January 10th, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
With my money, my looks, and my rock star fame, I can have any woman I want… any woman except her.
My band mate’s baby sister.
The one woman I can’t have.
The one woman who won’t get out of my head.
Those big blue eyes, those sweet pink lips, the cheeks that flush at the slightest provocation…
I want her under me, groaning my name, shaking with desire.
I want her more than I’ve ever wanted anything
She’s too good for me. Too sweet. Too innocent.
She’s never even seen a naked man before.
I shouldn’t be the one to take Piper’s virginity.
But there’s no way in hell I’m letting another guy fill her with pleasure.
The bassist in my brother’s band.
The guy I’ve been crushing on forever.
The tall, dark, handsome musician who keeps everything to himself.
He looks at me like I’m an innocent flower.
We’re only friends. We’re only ever going to be friends.
I need to stop thinking about running my fingers over the lines of his tattoos.
I need to stop wondering what his tongue piercing would feel like against my–
I need to get over him.
But the more I get to know him, the more I want to get under him.
“I was just kidding about you kissing me.” She sets her empty mug on the coffee table and presses her palms to her thighs. “I wouldn’t even want to kiss you if you’d been kissing that trashy groupie. Not that I’m judging but—”
“You’re judging.”


“I didn’t kiss her.”

“Oh, so you just told her to get on her knees and that was that?”

“Pretty much.”

“Oh.” Her cheeks and chest turn red. “Well, it’s just… if you want. It is a tradition, to kiss someone at the stroke of midnight. It’s good luck.” Her eyes go to the TV. “We only have a minute left.”

I’m tempted to spend the entire minute seeing how nervous I can get her.
But I’m not that evil. “It’s good luck.”

She nods.

“It’s just a peck between friends.”

“Yeah. Right. We’re friends.” She forces a smile. “You swear you didn’t kiss her?”

I chuckle. “You don’t want some groupie’s sloppy seconds?”

She nods.

“I swear on my left hand.”

“Which do you need more for the bass?”

“They’re both integral.”

“Okay. I guess that works then.” She looks from the TV—down to fifteen seconds—to me.

I grab the remote to turn the volume up. I can’t remember the last time I actually counted down to the New Year. Want to do it right.

The TV booms. “Ten, nine, eight.”

Her cheeks flush as she scoots closer. “You don’t have to.”

“You telling me you don’t want to?”

“Seven, six, five.” The crowd at Times Square goes crazy.

Piper shakes her head. “I want to.” She moves closer.

“Four, three.”

I move closer.

“Two, one.”

I move close enough to kiss her. My eyes close, my lips connect with hers. She tastes like cinnamon, salt, and sriracha.

She’s soft.

She’s eager and hesitant at once.

I want to keep kissing her. Want my tongue dancing with hers, want her body under mine, want her groaning as I make her come.

My hand plants on her knee. It’s desperate to slide between her legs and stroke her to orgasm.
That is out of the question.

I pull back and shift to my side of the couch. Something about the kiss lingers. Not just the taste of her, but this feeling in my chest. I can’t remember the last time I kissed someone sober.

It’s different.

Good different.

She’s bright red.

Fuck, she really is cute enough to eat.

Author Bio:
Crystal Kaswell writes scorching hot new adult romance. When she isn't writing, she is chain drinking tea, binge watching Law and Order, practicing yoga, or debating which fictional character would be the best in bed. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband.
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Four New Adult/Adult Romance Free/Cheap E-book Mini-Reviews

Once again I'm trying really hard to get caught up on reviews from last year!  I decided to save these four reviews for one post instead of putting them with the last ebook reviews a week or so ago, because they were all sequels to books I'd gotten for free and really enjoyed, and I either paid for these, or got them as gifts.  So I'm going to share one more book in The Walshes series by Kate Canterbary, and three in the Gentry Boys series by Cora Brent. 

The Space Between (The Walshes #2) by Kate Canterbary:
My rating:  4 stars
I don't know that I liked this one quite as much as the first, probably because it was more of an older guy with younger girl story, and sometimes I'm not the hugest fan of those, especially since I'm more of an older woman with younger guy story when I can get it.  But it definitely was still a good part of the story, and made me very excited to read on, I have the 3rd e-book sitting in my Amazon app waiting to be read.  If you want to read my review of the first book you can click on the title:  Underneath It All.  Here is the blurb from Goodreads for this one.

Some lines are meant to be crossed.

That hair. That fucking hair. It was everywhere, always, and I wanted to tangle my fingers in those dark curls and pull. And that would be fine if she wasn't my apprentice.

Andy Asani was nothing like I expected. She was exotic and scary-brilliant, and the slightest murmur from those lips sent hot, hungry lust swirling through my veins. Outside my siblings, she was the only person I could name who shared my obsession with preserving Boston's crumbling buildings.

My wants were few: good eats, tall boots, hot yoga, interesting work. One incredibly hot architect with the most expressive hazel eyes I ever encountered and entirely too much talent in and out of the bedroom wasn't part of the original plan. Apparently he was part of the package.

Wine was my rabbi and vodka was my therapist, and I needed plenty of both to survive my apprenticeship. Especially with Patrick Walsh leaving love notes in the form of bite marks all over my body.

Gentry Boys series by Cora Brent:
I started this series clear back in September.  Books 2 and 3 are the other two boys of the triplets that we met in book one, Draw.  And then book 4 goes on to one of their cousins.  I was also very happy to see that there are more in the series even after that.  I think some go back to the triplets' stories, and there may be a couple other family members?  Not sure, but here are my mini-reviews of #2-4.

Risk (Gentry Boys #2):
My rating:  4 stars
I was reading this at the same time as when I was participating in a writers' conference, and when I read my story excerpt along with the other people in the romance group I went to, I learned that maybe older people don't get the whole casual sex thing, and that women sometimes are just as okay with it as guys are.  But still enjoyed this!  Here is the blurb from Goodreads:

“I’d seen enough of Creed Gentry to know he might be the worst thing I could do. Yet one lustful glance from him scrambled every piece of sanity I owned.”

My life hasn’t been uneventful and a few things should have sunk in by now. I’m a tired age twenty one with a laundry list of heartbreaks. Most of all I know what carnage comes from carelessly risking the heart. So what drives me to jump into bed with a brooding player who can barely carry a conversation?
It was supposed to be just one night.
One night of weakness, of passion, of every impulse I’d struggled to contain.
Yet I can’t stop myself from going back for more.

Violence had always found us Gentrys but this time I’d put the price on my own head. It was my cross to bear. No flinching allowed.
There was only room for me, my brothers, and the resolve to survive. That’s all there ever had been.
There was certainly no reason for more than than a quick and dirty time with any girl, no matter how much she turned my head around.
I shouldn’t hold on to her for more than a few hours. I shouldn’t even think about it. This thing could finish us both.
It doesn’t matter. She’s all I want.

Game (Gentry Boys #3):
My rating:  5 stars
Okay, this one I really, really liked.  Chase might be my favorite of the brothers.  But this one definitely made me want to read more!  Here's the blurb from Goodreads:

Those dirty-talking, hard-loving, sexy alpha triplets are back!

This time it's Chase Gentry who has met his match in the latest story filled with gritty realism, steamy bedroom antics and the unbreakable bonds of love and brotherhood. May be read as a stand alone. 348 print pages.

As a bookie, I know more about money lines, pay sheets and point spreads than any six men. I always thought I was in control until a terrible betrayal taught me otherwise. The price was my dignity and I can't bear to make any more mistakes.
Chase Gentry figured it would be easy to get to me. He thought I was like every other girl, just dying to spread wide for him. I knew it was a rotten gamble to get mixed up with a guy too smart and too hot for his own good. Chase is destined to be as much trouble to those around him as he is to himself. But it's too late. He's already won my heart.
Everyone around us insists that we're wrong for each other; too intense, too explosive. Everyone might be right.

Gentry men aren't supposed to be very bright. We're big. We're brutal. Women can't wait to invite us inside. I know I can have any one of them I want any time I want.
It seems unlikely that some bad-tempered chick and her snotty attitude would keep my interest but here it is. Stephanie has no idea what she does to me. I want that girl in more ways than I can even talk about.
It should have been enough to have her and be done with it. But no matter how volatile we are together, it's never enough. To hell with anyone who objects. I'm not letting her go.

Fall (Gentry Boys #4):
My rating:  5 stars
As you can see from my rating, I really loved this one as well! This time we're getting to know one of the triplets' cousins, and he is a good guy.  Guess it is a crossover from another series too, although it can be read as a standalone.  I will probably have to add that series too, although while I like a guy who rides a motorcycle, I'm  not the hugest Motorcycle club story fan.  No, I never watched the Sons of Anarchy show.  Here's the Goodreads blurb for this one.

I was a lost girl, a child bride.
Now, to most people I appear to be just an average college student. They would never guess my strange history. But secretly I'm still held down by my past. I cannot bring myself to trust men.
So why do I find myself drawn to the most dangerous one of all?
Oversexed, foul-mouthed and ten years my senior, he should have been my nightmare.
Instead, he's my fantasy....

How many women have I ruined?
Hell if there's any point in counting. Only once did I ever do something unforgivable and the consequence crushed my soul. Maybe that's why I remain here, in the barren desert wasteland occupied by the worst of my degenerate family.
This is a prison I've inflicted on myself.
Into my purgatory walks Jenny; feisty, beautiful, but little more than a girl.
No one decent should want a thing to do with me.
I told her that.
She didn't listen.

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