Saturday, September 23, 2017

Book Blitz with Giveaway: Christmas at the Lake (Great Escapes #2) by Charlotte Blake

Book Info:
Title:  Christmas at the Lake
Author:  Charlotte Blake
Series:  Great Escapes #2
Publication date: September 12th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Sometimes love gets forgotten …
Hugely successful Lexi Stuart is used to guys pursuing her, but for all the wrong reasons. Sure, she’s beautiful and rich, but the men in her life never seem to want anything more serious than just sex. It’s a stark reality she’s become used to.
As a code writer in Silicon Vally, Adam Hunt doesn’t have to worry about money. And as a heartthrob in general, he doesn’t need to worry about attracting women, either. But when he meets Lexi during a Christmas holiday in Lake Tahoe, he’s floored that she won’t give him the time of day after one wild night together.
Now, this sports bum is about to take Lexi on the ride of her life. All she needs to do is hang on!
NOTE: This STAND-ALONE romance contains very steamy love scenes. All of the books in the Great Escapes series can be read in any order.


She knew she should have waited to drive over the pass to Lake Tahoe, but she just didn’t have that sort of patience. The snow was practically a blizzard now, and she pulled off to the side of the road where men waited to put on chains for motorists. She rolled down the window of her Tesla SUV, the crack just wide enough to slip the man a couple of bills.
“Chains are in the back.”
She rolled the window up again, wiping the snowflakes off her leather seats.
She was so ready for a break that she’d ignored the weather warnings and driven up on her own, purposely leaving her laptop at home. Now, if she didn’t get over the pass soon, she’d be sleeping in the car.
The hatch opened, and two men took out the boxes of chains she had stashed there. It was illegal to travel up this road without them; her brother, Jack, had reminded her of this, and she’d sent her assistant out to purchase a pair for the trip.
A frigid breeze blew through the car as the men closed the hatch, making her shiver a little. She pulled out a scarf from her bag and, wrapping it around herself, cranked up the heat.
The men finished quickly with the chains, but the rest of the drive was not quick at all. She had been listening to Christmas music, trying to get into the mood of the holiday. But as the storm increased in intensity, she switched over to the channel broadcasting road conditions.
“Highway 50 is open for the time being, but is expected to close within the hour. Blizzard conditions are expected to worsen for the next twenty-four hours. Motorists are advised to exit off the pass as soon as safely possible to allow snow clearing crews to plow the roads.”
Her wheels had more traction with the chains, but the going was slow, and the whole car vibrated from the rough mountain road.
She tapped her fingernails against the steering wheel, a nervous habit she had when she was stressed. Now she could only see a few feet in front of her. She knew that just off to her right was a deadly drop-off. She squinted at the windshield, trying desperately to keep her eyes on the tire tracks and red lights of the cars ahead.
She drove like this for over an hour. Shoulders hunched. Neck tight. The radio silent now.
Finally, the road started to descend from the mountain, and, just visible below, the lights of South Lake Tahoe came into view.
She drove through the town, signs for ski and snowmobile rentals winking down at her. Finally, the sign she’d been looking for popped out.
Black Bear Lodge
She held her breath as she turned down the uncleared lane, hoping that the SUV would be able to make it to the other side of the narrow drive.
The chains were what saved her. The car plowed through the snow, which accumulated along the front bumper and blew across the windshield. But the chains held traction all the way to the lodge. She pulled the car into the small parking lot, where just four others were parked, each made nearly unrecognizable by the snow piled on the roofs.
She parked, but left the car, and the heat, running. She pulled off her knee-high boots and replaced them with the snow boots she had bought at the last minute. Then came a puffy, silver jacket, which she zipped all the way to the top.
She looked around. No bellhop.
Sighing, she shut off the car and opened the door. The snow was so deep that it went above her protective boots. She trudged along to the back and retrieved her two large suitcases. Trying to roll the bags through the snow was nearly impossible, so she resorted to simply dragging them along. She was lucky; they were both light, one with clothing, one with gifts for her family. Gift cards and candles could only weigh so much.
As she passed through the lot, she saw that none of the cars were those of her family. They must have not made it over the mountain yet. They wouldn’t have unless they’d been right behind her on the drive. The news had told her that the pass was closed now.
She struggled with the suitcases up the steps to the main entrance of the building, spitting out the snowflakes that landed on her lips. By the time she got up the small flight of stairs, she was covered head to foot in heavy white flakes.
Even though she hurried to get inside, it was impossible not to notice that the lodge was spectacular. Long wood beams jutted upward, supporting the great vaulted ceiling. It was a large home, really, run by an older couple as a bed and breakfast. There were only a few rooms, and it was this privacy her dad had wanted when he’d had her book the vacation for everyone. In a day or two, when the storm ebbed, she would be joined by him, her two brothers, their wives, and one niece.
Secretly, she was happy to have a little time on her own before family descended upon her. They always had more questions than she felt like answering.
When was she going to settle down?
Has she been dating?
Work wasn’t everything, you know …
She sighed, her breath blowing out of her mouth like smoke from a cigarette.
Every light in the place was lit, casting a warm glow over the snowy landscape. She didn’t knock, and instead walked right in. Immediately, a gust of warm air washed over her.
“Hello?” she called.
She hadn’t seen them, but two men sat in front of a huge fireplace at the far end of the room. They turned at her voice.
“Hi,” one of them said, getting up and walking toward her.
“Hi,” she said. “Am I in the right place? Black Bear, right?”
“This is it.” He opened his arms.
The front room was huge, even bigger than it looked from outside. A staircase descended from the second floor, curving down toward a ten-foot-tall Christmas tree, its star soaring high above. It was decorated with what looked like family heirloom ornaments. Her own mother had built a collection over the years, and it looked like the owners here had done the same. The tree was a sparkling wonder that seemed to never end. Its scent filled the room, and she took a deep breath in.
“It’s wonderful, isn’t it?” the man said.
“Mmm. How do I check in?” she asked, stomping the snow off her boots onto the mat.
“That’ll be Mary and Edward. They’re the ones who run this place. But I think they might’ve gone to bed already. It’s pretty late.”
She hadn’t noticed the time. It was already past ten.
“Mary left a note for you on the table. Can I help you with your bags?”
“Sure,” she said, leaving them where they stood.
She walked over to the entry table and picked up the note.
Ms. Stewart-
Sorry we haven’t been able to stay up to meet you. Your family’s rooms are in the east wing of the house. Please feel free to choose from the four of them. If you’d like wine or hot cocoa, there is a table close to the fire. Breakfast starts at seven and runs until ten. If you’re an early riser, you’ll also find coffee available at six.
Your father called to let us know that they have been unable to make it over the pass into Lake Tahoe. The roads have been closed, and it may be a couple of days before they reopen.
We look forward to meeting you in the morning.
Mary and Edward Holden
She sighed. “Can you help me upstairs, too?”
“Sure.” He outstretched one hand. “My name’s Adam. Over there is my brother Jake.”
Jake sent a wave in her direction.
She took Adam’s hand. “Lexi. Thanks for your help.”
For the first time, she got a good look at him. He was tall and broad, his brown hair cut short. Green eyes, too; her favorite. To her, he looked like he might be good for a fun night. Or maybe a few fun nights.

Author Bio:
I am happy to call the San Francisco Bay Area home, where I lives with my husband, two kids, one dog and three cats. I started writing at an early age, but have only been writing novels for the past five years. I love the idea of love conquering all, and that is what drove me to begin the Great Escapes series, where the reader follows couples meeting up in exotic locations around the world. In this series, each book is a stand-alone, and each can be read in any order.
But readers, be forewarned, there is a healthy amount of steam in these books!
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy Great Escapes!



Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Blitz with Giveaway: Five (Mister Series #0.5) by J.A. Huss

Book info:
Title:  Five
Author:  J.A. Huss
Series:  Mister #0.5
Publication date: September 19th, 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Five Aston has known Rory Shrike for as long as he can remember. He played with her in the sandbox. He went to every damn horse show just to be supportive. He helped her with her French, walked her home from school, and faked his test scores just to stay with her a little longer and not be sent off to college early.
But eventually he had to move on.
And so did she.
Never has a second chance meant so much to a boy who loves a girl.
A standalone book that is also a spin-off of the Rook and Ronin Series and prequel to the Mister Series. You can read it first, you can read it last. It doesn’t really matter because it’s f*cking Five.

“You want a kiss?”
“Mmmhmm,” I say, closing my eyes as I picture it. God, I’ve dreamed of this moment for ages. “I really need one, Five.”
His mouth touches my earlobe. Lips caress the soft skin of my neck. “Like this?” he asks.
“Yes,” I practically moan. “Just… like… that.”
“Do you want more, Princess?” he asks, his voice low now. Growly. Filled with so much promise.
“More, please,” I say, in my sweetest princess voice.
“Then promise me, baby. Just say those two words. ‘I promise.’ And as soon as you do that, I’ll give you everything you want. OK?”
“Five,” I moan. “Just—”
His hands come up suddenly. He cups my face, stares into my eyes with the most sincere expression I’ve ever seen on him. And underneath that sincerity, I see… fear. “Promise me.”
“Five,” I say, unable to stop staring back. This is everything. Everything I’ve always dreamed of. Five pressing me up against a wall. Me, the only thing on his mind. Except I’m not the only thing on his mind, am I? No. Those creeps from the past are back. That’s why he’s here. And even though I’d normally not give in so easy, I know this is not a game. So I say, “I promise. Now stop talking, you stupid genius, and kiss me already.”
He smiles. Leans in. I close my eyes, ready for it. Finally gonna get what I want.
But then he moves his mouth to my ear and nibbles on my lobe. “Good girl,” he coos. “But I’m not sure I believe you, Princess. I can feel those wheels turning inside your head. They’re grinding hard.” He presses his hard cock against my hip when he says that last part. “So I’m gonna hold off on that kiss until I get back tonight. And if you’ve been good, and if you’ve held up your end of the—”
“What?” I say, pushing him back. “You will do no such thing, Five Aston! I want a fucking kiss and I want one right now! I’ve waited six years for this, and denying me is practically emotional abuse. Now stop fucking around and kiss me, goddammit!”
“Who’s the boss of you, Rory?”
I huff out some air. “Me.”
He smiles. It’s a big, genuine, I’m-gonna-teach-you-who’s-boss smile. “Wrong answer.”

Author Bio:
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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Six Adult Romance E-book Mini-Reviews

I've got six to share. Three of them are actually very short novellas that an author sent me to read and review, and they were so short I got through them all very quickly. 

Imperfect Love:  Unsupervised (Imperfect Love Universe) by Cora Kenborn:
Published:  June 4th, 2017
Source:  Ebook from author for honest review
My rating:  4 stars

This is my first book by the author that wasn't a rock star romance, and it was not a disappointment.  It was a cute story, sweet, and a very quick read.  I had trouble putting it down when I wasn't reading it, and so I zoomed right through it.

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

I have twenty-eight days to find the perfect wife… 

On paper, it seems like I need a life coach, but I’ve managed to get a decent grip on the single-dad thing. As a sought-after photographer with a sexy Irish accent, I have no problem attracting women. Especially crazy ones who can’t take no for an answer. But now, I’m backed in a corner, and both mine and my daughter’s futures are being threatened. 
The plan is simple: find a fake fiancĂ©e, introduce her at my company’s gala, and save my job. A chance meeting with a tall, leggy blonde who looks like she could use a night out is the perfect solution. Beautiful, sane, and she has a kid? We have a winner. 
The relationship is a ruse, but I didn’t count on her being unforgettable. A lie brought us together, but now I have no intention of letting her go. 


I can’t buy my way onto Madison Avenue… 

I didn’t bust my ass in college to be a nanny. Unfortunately, a 4.0 GPA and sucking up did nothing to secure me a coveted Tate & Cane internship. I’m not proud of being a nanny-for-hire to get my foot in the door, but my wealthy employer has connections, so I do what I need to—until one outrageous proposal changes everything. 
In one afternoon, I find myself fake engaged with a fake new family. I’m not a liar, but he assumes the kid is mine. I should set the record straight. There’s only one problem. My new “fiancĂ©” is a photographer for Tate & Cane. He’s my “in.” 
If I can hold on to this charade long enough, I can get the job and the man of my dreams. I’m winging this completely unsupervised. Game on.

Wine Tasting Series by London Michelle:
Source:  Received from author for honest review

Sweet Summer Wine:
Published:  May 8th, 2017  
My rating:  2 stars

This first one is very short, as I was told it would be. The story itself is not bad. But I had a few issues with it. First, I feel like the way the girl talks about having sex seems a little mature for that age. And I can't tell for sure if she is supposed to be a virgin before, if not, then maybe we need more detail about that. If so, it makes this first time not seem exactly like you'd think. I do have the next two, and am interested enough to read on and see if it develops any better the further it goes. My thought is that maybe all three together would make up one book probably.

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
Giselle is forced to end her summer visiting her father and his new wife for two weeks. She's at odds with him over the one guy that makes her feel alive, Ryker, her step-mother's nephew. She must choose whether she's willing to go against her father's wishes to experience what could possibly be the love of her life, or will she obey her father and give Ryker up forever. 

Giselle and Ryker must decide if they're feelings are worth pursuing in this sexy, summer series.

Simply Bittersweet:
Published:  May 20th, 2017
My rating:  2 stars

Maybe 2 and a half stars. It was a little better than the first one, we got some more background. But it is still kind of stilted in the way the story goes. It is only the 2nd day that she knows him and she remarks that it was the first time he'd used a pet name with her. Some of the romance is extremely instal-love, too fast. Also some of the words used for the sexual bits are a little cringe/giggle-worthy. Again, pretty short, although a little longer than the first one.

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
Giselle and Ryker can't seem to get enough of each other and risk so much to keep their intimacy a secret. When her step-mother starts trouble at the family picking party, Giselle wishes she was anywhere but there. 

Ryker tries to be there for her, but is Giselle willing to take the chance of losing what relationship she has left with her father for the man that could be her only salvation? 

Early Harvest:
Published:  June 29th, 2017
My rating:  2 stars

Again, the story isn't bad. But, there are little bits where it says, "lately he'd been" or something like that. And it's only been like 3 or 4 days. Plus, it is hard to feel like Giselle should really want to keep her relationship with her father, because honestly she doesn't seem to have much of one with him. There have been a few of the editing errors I tend to see in self-published books, but not anymore than what would be expected, or anything that terrible. I will say I'm not a big fan of using the word cave over and over for the female body part. Just a preference probably. Thanks to the author for letting me quickly read these three stories. This isn't the end, there is still going to be at least one more because it is left at a cliffhanger, and then there is a short excerpt from the next book at the end.  I don't think I'll be going on with the series however.

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Giselle and Ryker's relationship continues in this fast paced erotica. 

Giselle must decide if she's ready to cut ties with her father over a man that could possibly be her soul mate. But first, she should find out if her feelings are even reciprocated. Is she merely the early harvest before the prime picking or is she the one thing that Ryker desires more than anything else in this world.

Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers #1) by Tara Sivec:
Published:  June 11th, 2012
Source:  Purchased Kindle copy
My rating:  5 stars

I bought this because it was one of the pages in my Love Between the Lines coloring book, and I like to read the books before I color the pages, in case it gives me ideas on what colors to use and what certain things in the picture are.  I'll show you my finished page at the end of the review for this book.

But anyway, let me tell you that while I have trouble paying for ebooks more than 99 cents or so, the price of this was $3.99 and it was worth every penny!  In fact it was so good I immediately ordered a physical copy of the book as well.  I LOVED this!  I laughed at so many parts and I can't wait to read on in the rest of this series, as well as to read other books by this author.  I pretty much feel like I hadn't laughed at a book in a long time as hard as I laughed at this book.  It was so funny.  Her little boy almost stole the story so many times. But then just the sex scenes and the funny self-deprecating thoughts and comments both of the main characters had were perfect.  This book is a must read!

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
Claire is a twenty-something, single mom that grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. 

When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. 

With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim to none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

Room for You (Cranberry Inn #1) by Beth Ehemann:
Published:  October 22nd, 2013
Source:  Purchased Kindle copy
My rating:  4.5 stars

This is another one I had to buy as I was getting ready to color another page in the coloring book.  I'm not quite done with that page, but I'll show you what I have so far at the end of this one.  It was a pretty cute read, although I did get a little irritated with the main character for how cautious she was.  But fortunately her family and friends knew better than she needed to take the chance.  And I really liked Brody.  About halfway through she finally got accused of something that I was sure would have happened earlier by his friends or family, but it didn't happen and all of them were pretty cool with her as well.  At least his real friends and family were.  I also got irritated a bit with some of her self doubt, especially the 2nd time she let the same person cause it.  It ends with a bit of a twist, and I'll need to go on to see where that will go next.

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:

Four years ago, my dreams were shattered in an instant.

I tried to pick up the pieces and glue them back together the best I knew how, but something was always missing.

A father for my two girls.

But then, Brody Murphy landed on my doorstep, literally. He was a carefree, playful hockey player who barged into my life and messed with my head. He left me more confused than I had ever been.

What if the one thing I thought I needed was the only thing holding me back?

Roadie (Rock-Hard Beautiful #2) by C.M. Stunich:
PublishedMay 8th, 2017
Source:  Purchased Kindle copy
My rating:  4 stars

I didn't actually like this one quite as much as the first one, but it still was pretty good.  I liked how the relationships between all of the worked.  For the most part the sex scenes were all pretty good, although a few were a bit more than are what I enjoy reading, but not enough to keep me from reading.  And it definitely left it so that I'm going to need to get the next book. The first one was so good I did go ahead and buy this one for a higher price than I normally do for ebooks, $3.99, and I'll probably end up getting the third one for a similar price if necessary.  You can read my review of book one, Groupie, HERE.

Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
Lilith and her five rockstars are back. 
Paxton is the leader, covered in tattoos, and cocky as hell. 
Michael is the bad boy determined to change his ways. 
Ransom is the scarred one, dark and beautiful. 
Muse is the practical one, the enigma with a silver mohawk. 
Copeland is the boy next door with a penchant for reading romance novels. 

Together, these six twisted souls make up one beautiful whole.

Roadie is a new adult rockstar romance and a reverse harem novel (one girl who falls in love with--and gets with--five guys).