Launch Day Blitz “KALEIDOSCOPE” by Kristen Ashley #giveaway

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by Kristen Ashley (December 16, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $7.00)

A copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

SYNOPSIS:

When old friends become new lovers…anything can happen.

Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at “hello.” His relationship with Emme’s best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that’s ever happened to her?

It isn’t easy to catch Deck off guard, but Emme does just that when she walks back into his life after nine long years. The curvy brunette had her charms back in the day, but now she’s a bona fide knockout . . . and she wants to rekindle their friendship. Deck, however, wants more. Emme’s always been the one; she excites Deck’s body and mind like no other woman can. But a dark chapter from Emme’s past overshadows their future together. Now only Deck can help her turn the page-if she’ll let him . . .

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WHAT DID I THINK: 4.5 Stars
I really liked this one.

The story did not drag. I may not like all of the character’s choices, but I really loved the story. I was mad at the hero for a few chapters, but we will get to that later. I loved the suspense and drama. I think it was paced well. I felt that since this couple had not seen each other for 9 years that they had to get past certain things so it may seem like things were not moving, bu actually they were rekindling their relationship.

I was nervous when I started reading this book that it would be about a guy still longing for his ex-girlfriend and just using the ex’s BFF to get over it. However, that is not what happened. It was a story about realizing that maybe what you have been looking for your entire life was always in front of you. You just needed to have it run back into your life.
Deck runs into his ex-girlfriend’s best friend, Emme, after not seeing her for 9 years. Emme has always loved Deck from afar. With Deck in Emme’s town investigating a crime that is close to Emme, they rekindle their friendship and possibly more.

My RANT: I was so mad at Deck at one point in the story. I swear I was yelling at him when he was giving that STUPID explanation to Emme about that ex-girlfriend, Elsbeth.  I did not believe one word what Elsbeth was saying and I am glad that Emme knew that things did not feel right when she was talking to her. Ugh that whole situation made me so angry. However, that is the type of drama I love so I am not complaining just wanted to rant. *smiley face*

I loved the back story of what happened to Emme when she was 12 years old.

I do not usually like the main characters to have a lot of friends that get into their “business”. Even though at some points I felt like the friends were saying things that made situations worse, but no one and I mean no one else can write about a group of nosy friends then Kristen Ashley.

Bottom line: I loved the characters, the drama, the story, the steam. I really enjoyed it. The reader gets a good perspective with both POVs.

 

Excerpt

I dropped my leg so I was sitting cross-legged in the couch and leaned into him. “Honey, you remember everything so I don’t have to remind you I haven’t seen you in nine years. I dig it that we reconnected and I love having you back.” I again threw an arm out, this time toward him and back to me. “This is great. You and me spending time together, shooting the breeze. I missed that. And I get it that friends make gestures, but this is too much.”
His eyes warmed during this speech and he took his arms from the couch, bent his legs, leaned into them, and me, and put his elbows to his knees, never releasing my eyes.
“Baby, I want you warm and liquid. The first bein’ physically, the second bein’ financially. You stop payin’ so much for heat, you’ll have more money for the rest of the shit you gotta do.”
This made sense.
But he’d again called me “baby.”
And I needed to address that.
So I asked, “What is that?”
His head cocked and his eyebrows drew together. “What’s what?”
I drew in breath and on the exhale, stated, “You calling me baby.” Then I went on quickly, “Not that I don’t like it. It’s sweet. It’s just not…” I hesitated, “us.”
Something happened to his eyes, his face, his whole big body and that something made me brace at the same time it made my heartbeat escalate.
“You know what it is,” he said softly.
I didn’t.
“I don’t,” I shared.
His eyes stayed locked to mine and I knew him relatively well, or I used to. But even if we hadn’t been separated for years, I still would not have been forewarned to the fact he was about to blow my mind.
“Before, we had Elsbeth between us. My head was fucked about that, about her, and it took almost a decade to get it unfucked. Lookin’ back, havin’ you back, I now know and I reckon you know, that’s the way it was. She was between us. She knew it too. And she didn’t like it. But it didn’t matter. My head was fucked so I couldn’t see clear of her and not doin’ that, I didn’t see you.”
I knew my lips had parted. I also knew my eyes got big. And last, I had no clue what to say.
So I said nothing.
“Now she isn’t between us,” he finished.
It was then I knew what the “baby” business was.
I just had no idea how to react to it because I never considered it. He was beautiful. He was kind. He was smart. He was funny and interesting and affectionate.
But he was my best friend’s boyfriend.
That didn’t mean my mind didn’t go there in vague ways, not stupid enough to wish for something I could never have, just silently covetous of what Elsbeth had. And, because of all that he was and that Elsbeth had it, in the end, infuriated she threw it away. Angry enough to end an important friendship because of it.
Sitting there, all that was Jacob, and all that being spectacular sitting across from me, holding my eyes, I finally understood that the reason I was angry at my friend was because, in throwing Jacob away, she took him away from me.
And now I had him back, but also, he was saying I’d always had him a different way, we just didn’t go there and he was going to take us there.
Yes. I had no clue what to say but my body had a clue how to feel. Warm and there were a lot more tingles.
“Jacob—” I started on a whisper.
But he interrupted again.
“You saw me, asked me out to dinner that same night, no fuckin’ around. Since then, you’ve called twice for no reason except to connect, and, baby, before you freak that I noticed that and what it said, I’ll tell you, I’m fuckin’ glad you did and I’m also fuckin’ glad about what it said. The boyfriend you were on the fence about, you got off the fence in less than twenty-four hours after seein’ me again and decided to get shot of his ass. And you didn’t waste any time gettin’ me right where I am tonight. That is not friends reconnecting. You know it. So do I.”
“I—”
“Don’t deny it.”
I shut my mouth.

About the author:

Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.  And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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Review “MINE TO TAKE” (Nine Circles #1) by Jackie Ashendon

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By: Jackie Ashenden

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SYNOPSIS:    First in a brand new series featuring the members of the Nine Circles Club—friends bound together by power, secrets, need…and the love they will find and stop at nothing to keep.

Passion always comes at a price.

Gabriel Woolf is unstoppable. A ruthless businessman, he has perfected the art of revenge. Ever since his mother’s death, Gabriel has harbored only one wish: To take down the man who ruined their lives. But all bets are off when he meets his father’s step-daughter, Honor St. James. Beautiful and innocent, she is everything Gabriel never knew he wanted—and now there’s no turning back…

Is her desire worth the risk?

Honor wasn’t born yesterday. She knows that Gabriel is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, willing to cross any line to get what he wants…herself included. But Gabriel’s passion for Honor—in spite of her connection to the man he hates the most—cannot be denied…and the feeling is utterly mutual. Can Gabriel be trusted? The only thing she knows for sure is how he makes her feel. And she can’t keep herself from coming back to him, over and over again.

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

It took a while for the story to get going.  I hate to say this but there was nothing really in the story that I found memorable.  I got tired of the ‘I want you/I don’t you/I want you’.  I usually love that drama and I love books about characters seeking revenge, but I also found myself skimming. The story was there, the characters were there, but I think the execution and trying to put everything together did not work for me.   The characters were just there, the story was just there.  A lot of information was thrown in here and there as an afterthought to make it interesting, but again it did not work for me.  This is one story that I think would have worked it there was an outline of how things were supposed to be introduced would have been laid out.

 

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Release Day Blitz “WHERE DARKNESS LIES” by Bella Jewel #giveaway @givemebooksblog @BellaJewel73

 

 

Title: Where Darkness Lies
Series: Criminals of the Ocean #2
Author: Bella Jewel
Publisher: Montlake Romance
 
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
 
 Release Date: December 16, 2014

 

Synopsis

Anger and pain brought them together, but their passion might just set them free.

Dimitri
wants only one thing: revenge. His stepfather, Hendrix, has caused him
nothing but pain and heartache. At last Dimitri can take
something—someone—important to Hendrix and make him pay: Jess.

Jess
is feisty and strong headed. Her past haunts her and connects her to
the dangerously dark Dimitri in an unexpected way. Dimitri keeps his
secrets locked deep inside, and Jess is drawn to this broken man like no
one before.

With little to cling to besides their haunting
pasts, both could have been doomed to lives spent raging against the
darkness that holds them prisoner. Instead, it seems that as their pain
draws them closer together, it is their desire that will set them free.

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 4 out of 5 Stars

Bella Jewel does not disappoint.  I thought this story was going to be weak, but it was not.  I really liked it.  I thought it would drag, but it did not.  I thought that it would be a letdown after reading Enslaved by the Ocean.

Dimitri wants revenge for when Hendrix left him when he was younger so he kidnaps Jess to hurt him.  During this kidnapping, Dimitri and Jess form a friendship and then more.   I don’t want to saw too much but I love how their relationship was not insta.  I loved how they opened up to each other.  They allowed the other to see and I mean see the hurt and pain that they both had experienced many years ago.

The touching and kissing between Dimitri and Jess was more intimate than most sex scenes.  I really liked this story.  I did not think I would like Jess as much as a did.  Dimitri was fine for the most part but towards the end, his mistrust of every situation really bothered me.  I liked Jess too much for her to always be put to the test over and over.  However, Dimitri did end up winning my affection.

The writing and pace of the story was very good.  I love Bella Jewel, she does not disappoint. I always know what I am going to get…a great story with good romance and not overdone sex scenes.

 

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Author Bio

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA
Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release
was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon
release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a
bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is
currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella
has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013
she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling
modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her
writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

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Blog Tour “FEEL” by Karen-Anne Stewart #Giveaway

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Title: Feel

Author: Karen-Anne Stewart

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Release Date: December 15, 2014

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A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

The one whose emotions I can’t feel is the one who makes me feel the most.

I was a sensitive, at least that’s what I was told by the boy who saved me from the overwhelming emotions that consumed my soul, the boy who saved me from myself when my gift became stronger. Through the years, he was my redemption, my reason to take my next breath…then, he was gone.

Jensen always told me I was strong, but I didn’t believe him until I was forced to be strong on my own, and I kept breathing without him. I’ve taken 42 million breaths since the moment he sent me away. Now, four years later, he’s standing in front of me, and I can barely breathe.

This isn’t just a story about the abilities I possess; it’s a story about something much stronger…the love of the man who possesses every part of me.

***Disclaimer – Feel is intended for readers 18+ due to strong language, mature scenes, and some violence.

 

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WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

I have read other books by the author which I have loved.  I am not sure what it was about this story but unfortunately did not grab me.  The premise was there, the characters were there, I just feel that certain parts of the book frustrated me.  I think the way it began was not the way I like book characters to act.  Maybe I took it the wrong way, but I was frustrated the way the heroine, Saige, thought about her ex-boyfriend that it was hard for me to connect.  I do not care for pining and I felt that was the direction it was going.   

I love stories about second chances, but there was something missing.  It is not that I disliked any of the characters, I just did not feel the absence of Jensen like Saige did by the time he was introduced.  I did not feel that excitement about the characters reuniting.  There are a lot of characters introduced in the beginning, with their stories that it felt too much, too soon.   I did not care about any of the secondary characters so I found myself detaching.  As I mentioned I did not want to hear so much detail about the heroine’s ex-boyfriend.  Saige said she was over it, but I felt that is all she talked about was this ex for the first 15% of the book.  I do not want to hear about the ex-boyfriend unless he is the one that wants to get back and the heroine wants nothing to do with him. Honestly, this is just a personal preference in the stories I read. The writing was good.  It really had to do with how the story was introduced that left me frustrated with the characters.

 

Excerpt

I place my hand over his, leaning my cheek against the warmth of his touch before backing away so I can see him. I’m insane for falling for him again, but it seems my heart isn’t giving me a choice at the moment, ignoring how the rest of me is scared as hell it will never survive if he breaks it this time.

“I don’t want you to hurt,” I whisper. I don’t.

“Then, please stop fighting what we are together and get your stubborn ass over here so I can kiss you like I haven’t seen your pretty face in four long fucking years.”

I take one step towards him and that’s all he needs to wrap me in his arms, pulling me against his chest to close the rest of the distance between us as his hungry mouth collides against mine. His teeth nip the fullness of my bottom lip then his tongue caresses and strokes the sensitive, tingling skin. All strength in my body is stolen by the liberating dominance in his kiss, bruising and healing wrapped in one breathtaking seduction. My knees no longer work, but the rest of my body becomes alive, responding to his touch, awakening me from the emptiness I’ve lived in for so long. This is what I’ve craved. What I’ve missed. His taste, scent, and touch have haunted me, and I breathe them all in deeply now, terrified they will be gone again.

His fingers slide against my neck before softly tangling my hair in his fist. My head spins at his gentle touch mixed with his rough, passionate kiss. My lips part, granting his tongue all the access it wants, and he takes it greedily, sliding his tongue against mine, taming and setting me free. His kiss is scorching, searing me as liquid heat pulses low in my stomach. I feel the damp cotton pressing against where I need him to be so badly right now. Soft whimpers rumble up my throat, the needy pants muffled against his hot mouth. Jensen’s hand pulls me flush to his body and I feel him, hardened and throbbing, against my stomach. My gasp fills the air. I twist my waist, straddling myself against the muscles on his thigh.

 

About The Author

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Author of New Adult Romance who doesn’t shy away from writing about sensitive issues and hot heroes.

Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain, and the newly released stand alone novel, Ash to Steele. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards, and Saving Rain and After the Rain were nominees for the 2014 RONE Awards.

When Karen-Anne isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, and visiting new places. She fuels her addiction of creating new stories by her only other addiction, caffeine, and listening to a myriad of musical genres. Tucked away near the Blue Ridge Mountains, Karen-Anne lives with her husband, daughter, three dogs, and their cat. She plans on writing new adult romance as long as her fingers maintain dexterity.

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Review “In His Shadow” (The Tangled Ivy Trilogy #1) by Tiffany Snow

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By: Tiffany Snow

Release: December 16, 2014

Genre: Romantic Suspense

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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SYNOPSIS: Ivy Mason is hiding—from her past, from herself, and from anyone who could love her. The only kind of love she’s ever known hurts, leaving scars on her body and soul. Now, her world may be boring and predictable, but that’s exactly what she wants. Until Devon Clay walks into her life.

A lonely man in a deadly profession, Devon works as an agent for an underground British agency known only as the Shadow. Nothing about him is safe or ordinary. The danger that consumes his life turns into an addiction Ivy can’t resist…even if it proves fatal.

As Ivy’s past begins to catch up with her, she wonders if love really is the twisted thing she’s always thought it was. Maybe it could be more with this man, who’s shown her that she doesn’t need to protect herself from everyone. Is what she feels for Devon worth the risk? He may save her heart or break it, if she manages to stay alive.

WHAT DID I THINK: 4 out of 5 Stars

Tiffany Snow had me guessing about these characters until the end.  I am not sure what to think of Devon, Luke, or Agent Scott Lane.  This is not a love triangle. I don’t think… I don’t know!  Like I said Tiffany Snow had me guessing and I am still trying to figure them out.

Devon is the main man in Ivy’s life.  He is a secret agent whose job is to find information about one of Ivy’s customers at the bank she works at. One day Ivy dropped off some documents at a customer’s house only to find out days later that this customer was murdered after she left his residence.   Devon has also been a customer at the bank, but Ivy knew since the first time she met him that Devon was danger.  She tried staying away from him, but circumstances kept pulling them together.  I loved those initial scenes between Devon and Ivy.

I enjoyed the suspense of finding this formula that very evil people are trying to obtain.   Then there is Ivy’s past.  Ivy truly had a tragic childhood only to have evil be released and her having to watch her back.  Devon is protective, an alpha male but he has a lot of rules.  Devon does not fall in love and he does not do relationships no matter what.  You see how Devon treats and starts to fall for Ivy, but you are always guessing.   Then there is Luke, Ivy’s best friend since she was twelve years old.  Luke knows what happened to Ivy when she was young.  I was questioning all the characters in this book and anticipate reading the next book in the series to see how everything unfolds.

The characters were likable. The story was interesting.

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Book Blitz “ALL I WANT” @givemebooksblog @JMDarhower, @LPDover, @jennyfoor, @HJ_Harley, @bjharveyauthor, @HeidiJoVT, @KARobinsonautho, @slscottauthor, @TijansBooks

 

 

ALL I WANT 
9 Bestselling Authors
 9 NEW stories to make you HOT this winter
Authors include:
J.M. Darhower, L.P. Dover, Jennifer Foor,H.J. Harley, B.J. Harvey, Heidi McLaughlin,

K.A. Robinson, S.L. Scott and Tijan

 

Release Date: December 13, 2014
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Snowflakes & Fire Escapes
by J.M. Darhower

 

Cody Moran
and Gracie Callaghan wanted nothing more than to escape the life they’d been
born into, but it’s the kind of life that doesn’t like to let go. A story of
love and heartache spanning the streets of Hell’s Kitchen to far, far away,
where it doesn’t snow.

 

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Winter Kiss: Ryley and Ash
by L.P. Dover
Now that his
time for revenge is over, Ryley wants to make the season special for the woman
he loves. Not only will you hear the sound of Christmas bells during the
holiday, but maybe another type of bell followed by the pitter patter of little
feet.
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A Merry Mitchell Affair by Jennifer Foor

Come join
the entire Mitchell clan for a very merry Christmas and a surprise wedding.
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Hit or Mistletoe by H.J. Harley
London and
her twin brother Trent are headed home for the holidays. This year Trent has
brought home his hockey teammate and friend Pratt Montgomery. Who if wasn’t for
Trent, would have spent them alone. London is convinced Pratt is just another
beer drinking jock, until she sees a completely different side of him when he
opens up to her.
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Stranded by B.J. Harvey
Stranded in
Chicago just two days before the holidays, Porter Daniels and Harlow Wilson
have to clear the air. Can they finally stop circling each other and get what
they really want for Christmas?

 

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12 Days of Forever:
A Beaumont Novella
by Heidi McLaughlin
The
Christmas trees are trimmed and the bells are ringing. For one lucky couple in
Beaumont, Christmas has a whole new meaning.

 


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Adam: A Torn Series Novella
by K.A. Robinson
In Tamed,
you heard Amber’s side of the story. Now, it’s Adam’s turn. What happened after
Tamed? What was going through Adam’s mind in key scenes of Tamed? It’s time
Adam had his say.
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Lost in Translation by S.L. Scott

When two
opposites attract in Paris, can the language of love bring them together or
will they be Lost in Translation?

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Fighter by Tijan

 

Jax
Cutler is one bail jumper Dale doesn’t want to help her family catch, but he
soon becomes the one she can’t let go.

 

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“SURVIVING SHANE” by Raurie Saxon

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By: Raurie Saxon

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SYNOPSIS: Shane is a dangerous man, and he gets what he wants. Now that he has Mia, he wants everything from her. She agrees in exchange for his protection, but surrendering to Shane is even harder than surviving Shane.

(This is the second installment of a dark erotic romance serial.)

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3.5/4 out of 5 Stars

In the first volume, Mia is kidnapped by Shane and Mia is not sure what to think of Shane.  Shane is a bit cold.  In the second volume, we begin to see a different side to Shane.  We get a little of both POVs so the reader is able to see how each character views the other.  Shane has never really cared for a woman. His feelings for Mia are completely foreign to him.  He needs to learn how to show some care. As Mia and Shane get closer, there are still many doubts.  The steam level is high.  The more you felt the couple getting closer, the more intense the scene became. I loved it. This is another short installment. The third volume comes out in January. I am invested in this couple and cannot wait to see how everything turns out for them.

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

 Excerpt:

“I’m still determined to get full value.”

“We had an agreement, Mia.” Shane’s voice was hard, and his eyes dared her to renege.

She swallowed the thick lump in her throat. “I know, and I’m trying. I’m not pushing you away.”

He scowled. “You aren’t engaging either. I’d rather have the wildcat who fights my every touch than the piece of driftwood you’ve become.”

“I don’t know what you want from me, Shane.”

He cupped her face, stroking her cheek with his thumb. “I want you to let go and get swept away. I want you to be open and uninhibited, to enjoy fucking me without the self-loathing afterward.” The tenderness faded slightly from his voice. “I damned well want to make sure you’re worth going to war with the Peretti family and risking the wrath of my own boss, because that is the cost of keeping you—and I’m still determined to get full value.”

 

Author Bio:

Raurie Saxon is the pen name for an established author who normally writes in a different subgenre of romance. Dark erotic romance is new to her, so she wanted to start fresh along with her readers.

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Volume Three, available January 23, 2015: Preorder now

Volume Four, available February 20, 2015: Preorder now

If you missed Volume One, it is currently available to buy or borrow with Kindle Unlimited.

(Author’s Note: It is likely the release dates will be sooner, but I don’t want to disappoint anyone by having to push them farther out.)

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Review “MAI TAI’D UP (Cocktail #4) by Alice Clayton

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By: Alice Clayton

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SYNOPSIS: Looking for the perfect mix of smart, sexy, and sassy? Mai Tai’d Up continues New York Times bestselling author Alice Clayton’s Cocktail series, which began with Wallbanger and continued with Rusty Nailed and Screwdrivered.

The gossip mill in the seaside community of Monterey is churning about Chloe Patterson, the newcomer who is starting a sanctuary for rescued pit bulls. It’s rumored that she’s a former beauty queen (true) who ditched her fiancé the morning of their wedding (also true). And that while she’s not looking for a new man, the good-looking local veterinarian has his eye on her. Absolutely, positively true.

When Lucas Campbell isn’t at the family veterinary clinic, he’s paddle boarding in Monterey Bay. Recently single, he’s definitely not in the market for a new relationship, but he still can’t resist taking a second, third, and fourth look at the recent arrival of Miss Golden State.

Neither Lucas nor Chloe has any interest in being tied down. Being tied up, however—now there’s a thought. But are a few Mai Tais, a moonlit night, and the music of Frank Sinatra enough to allow them both to forget their past? Let’s hope Ol’ Blue Eyes knows what he’s doing.

Mix one part tiki, one part kinky, and a splash of old black magic matchmaking, and it’s time to be . . . Mai Tai’d Up.

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 stars

It took a while for the story to get started.   We definitely learn about what caused Chloe to break the engagement to her fiancé and move away.  You cannot help but like Chloe Patterson.

Lucas just got over an engagement as well.  His fiancé too left him at the alter and was a beauty pageant like Chloe. Chloe had similar backgrounds with their history in pageants and then in appearance as well.  Lucas had some feelings about his ex-fiancé.  Even though I could not exactly call it pining, it was something that at times irritated me.

I liked that Chloe and Lucas had a friendship first because both have just recently been in a relationship. This was not an insta-love story. Slow development which made for a sweet romance.

I like when the guy works to get the girl. Lucas was nice and sweet, but there was one scene that I left me confused about Lucas’ true feelings for Chloe.  I would be mad, but Chloe handled it by just accepting it and I wish she was so understanding. I  liked her a lot so I wanted the best for her and the best was a man that wanted her completely with no reservations.  I felt like Lucas never took the incititive.  He was not an alpha.  I felt Lucas was very passive at times about the relationship when it was beginning to progress. Nonetheless, it was nice.

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Blog Tour “ICE” by Chelsea Camaron and Jessie Lane #giveaway @readlovelust @BTSPromoPr

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Title: ICE (Regulators MC, #1)

Authors: Chelsea Camaron and Jessie Lane

Release Date: December 8, 2014

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Blurb

She’s an investment banker.

He’s an outlaw biker.

A little bit of heaven is about to meet a whole lot of hell.

Morgan Powell was raised to be perfect, to set an example for her sisters to follow. Her life has been dedicated to making something of her career, so she wouldn’t know what to do with a man even if you gave her an instruction manual.

Brett ‘Ice’ Grady spends his days trying to keep up with his teenage daughter, his nights consumed in Regulators’ MC business. He has no time for anything more than a casual hookup.

Two worlds collide when the dangers of his life crash into the calm of hers.

Can she go beyond her own boundaries and chip her way through to the man known to be as cold as ice?

Loosely attached to Chelsea Camaron’s Hellions Series and Jessie Lane’s Ex Ops Series.

 

 

WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

We met Ice in Stripping Her Defenses and I really liked his in that story and was excited to read his story.  This was a nice story.  The president has a 16 year old daughter.  He is a single dad.  The heroine Morgan, is watching her little sister.  Her sister is best friends with Ice’s daughter.  Ice is very protective of his daughter and checks everyone that is involved in her life.  Ice has a lot of misconception about Morgan even though Morgan is straight-laced and follows the rules.  My problem, when Ice realized that Morgan was just a good person and he started to become attracted to her, it was a little too late for me to feel the connection.  I really liked Ice in STRIPPING HER DEFENSES, not sure how I felt about him in this book.  I think it took me a long time to warm up to these characters. I felt like something was missing and days after finishing this story I still cannot put my finger on what it was.  For a MC book this was not bad read, but I wish it was more memorable.

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Ice Playlist

Ice Playlist

Ice’s playlist is filled with hard rockin’ songs that we feel represent the rugged men of the Regulators Motorcycle Club. These guys may be rough and tumble, but deep down they’re the type of men that would fight to the death for their woman.

Chelsea Camaron’s Songs:

Evanescence – Lost In Paradise

Thirty Seconds to Mars – Hurricane – This is the lifestyle of The Regulators MC (would you kill to save a life, would you kill to prove you are right are some of the lyrics).

Don Omar, Tego Calderon – Bandoleros – Tied up in a world with the Cuban Mafia.

Three Days Grace – Give Me A Reason

Halestorm – Better Sorry than Safe

Staind – Something to Remind You

Three Days Grace – Home

Three Days Grace – I Hate Everything About You – When Morgan first meets Ice he’s an ass. The first few times they are around each other there isn’t love shared between them.

 

Jessie Lane’s Playlist:

Otherwise – Darker Side of the Moon

Hellyeah – Moth – How I see Ice’s slow burning infatuation with the innocent Morgan.

Starset – My Demons

Nonpoint – Breaking Skin

Devour the Day – Respect – Ice isn’t the sort of man who would trust easily. You’d have to earn that sort of respect by showing him just what sort of person you are. A pushover would never be able to hold the position he holds in the Regulators MC.

Demon Hunter – The Last One Alive – Ice has personal demons that follow him in the form of his dead wife. He’s a haunted man.

 

 

About the Authors

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Jessie Lane is the best selling author of The Star Series, Big Bad Bite Series and the Ex Ops Series.

She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in the making and her over protective alpha husband. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.

Jessie writes Adult Paranormal and Contemporary Romance & Upper YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance.

 

Chelsea Camaron

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Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.

Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.

Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works.

When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in.

She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.

 

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Blog Tour “CHASING JENNA” by Micki Fredricks @readlovelust @btspromopr

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Title: Chasing Jenna

Author: Micki Fredricks

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: November 27, 2014

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Synopsis

Twenty year old Jenna Clausen has one chance to change her life… and she’s going to take it.

Leaving the darkness of her life two hundred miles behind her, Jenna arrives at the one place that could save her…college. Pushing her fears aside while gathering all of her courage, she steps out into her new life, and right into the sights of Cale Davis.

Cale is part of the most elite house on campus simply called, The Brotherhood. It’s an exclusive house with one rule for membership, either you are born into The Brotherhood or you’re not. Cale makes it a priority to get what he wants…and he wants Jenna. He sets a plan into motion to make Jenna his.
There is however, one flaw to Cale’s plan, Ryan Kitson. Also a fellow Brother in the House, he is a Cale-approved study partner for Jenna. But when her feelings for Ryan start to grow, Jenna has another decision to make….one she couldn’t possibly have understood the dangers of.

She suddenly finds herself engulfed by a lifestyle so dark and twisted she can’t find a way out. On the run and unsure who to trust, she spirals deeper and deeper into her nightmare. Jenna struggles to put all the pieces together until it finally becomes clear… The decision she made to save her life, might actually be the one that ends it.

**This book is a Romantic Suspense for mature audiences, 18+ due to dark topics with references to both sexual and violent situations.*

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WHAT DID I THINK: 3 out of 5 Stars

My rating has to do mostly with the writing.  The premise and the story itself was original.  I was so surprised by the turn of events.  However, there was a lot in the writing that did not work for me.

Jenna goes away to college.  She grew up poor with a single mother who went through boyfriends.  Jenna has always been leery since she experienced enough violence when her mother would have a boyfriend who drank too much, etc.  At college, on the first day, Jenna meets Cale.  Cale is perfect.  He is handsome and perfect looking in his khakis and polo.  Cale belongs to a private Brotherhood.  It is not a fraternity, but a private group that has been part of university for decades and passed on through generations. It is a privilege and an honor to be part of the Brotherhood.  Cale and Jenna start a relationship, but then Cale introduces Jenna to a friend though this private Brotherhood club, Ryan.  Ryan is the opposite of Cale.  He is rugged with the whole bad boy attitude.  Jenna and Ryan develop a friendship and Jenna can not help but to develop feelings for Ryan.  But since Jenna is offered a sponsorship by Cale through the Brotherhood, a sponsorship where her tuition is paid in full and other items are offered, it complicates her relationship with Cale and Ryan.

Jenna frustrated me to no end.  There were so many times that her behavior was very mature and then she would do something that I could not help but roll my eyes.  A lot of her statements about school and her roommate felt repetitive. There were many times through the book where I felt she was stringing both guys along.  One minute she wanted to be with Cale then she would want to be with Ryan.  I was getting whiplash with her indecision.  But then and that is a big BUT something happens a turn of events that was a complete mind (blank). I had to go back and reread pages because I thought I was reading it wrong.  I do not want to give anything away.

Like I mentioned my biggest problem was the writing.  A lot of inner dialogue.  The story was there but the delivery fell short in a few places.   Also, I felt the ending was a little abrupt.  There was not epilogue.  It just ended.

A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Excerpt

“Yes?” I asked, trying to encourage him to speak. He stopped and turned toward me, running his hand over his face while a frustrated growl escaped his mouth.

“Awkwardness doesn’t suite you.” I teased as I pushed on his hard chest just enough to make him sway. “What do you want to say?”

He smiled and looked away, obviously trying to choose his words. When his eyes returned to mine, his expression turned serious.

“I’m really sorry about Saturday night.”

Oh shit. I almost choked on my own tongue; or maybe I had unknowingly swallowed a tennis ball because that’s what it felt like. Was he really going to talk about this? Right here? Now? I might die if this conversation continued. I looked anywhere but directly at him, hoping to develop a quick escape plan – maybe fake a heart attack.

He continued, even though I internally begged him to be quiet. “I really didn’t have any intentions of trying anything … out of line.” He sighed nervously, it was adorable. My insides instantly softened. This magnificent man was standing in front of me, offering something I’m sure, he rarely offered to anyone, an apology.

I tilted my head and smiled, recognizing in this moment, a small-town girl that stood a good eight inches shorter than him, might have a little power over Cale Davis, once again.

“Really?” I linked my arm around his and started walking. “You mean you didn’t intend to sweep into my life like Prince Charming with the intention of stealing my purity?”

He bumped me with his elbow, leaned in and whispered into my ear, “I said that wasn’t my intention, but once I got there and saw you in those sexy sweatpants, well, every guy has his limits.”

He was teasing, his voice low and sensual making my whole body tingle. I glanced up at his lips–remembering how soft they were and quickly looked back down. Power shifted back to the rightful owner.

 

 

About The Author

Micki

If they’d known about ADHD when I was little, my Ritalin dosage would’ve been OFF THE CHARTS!!

It goes without saying; I spent A LOT of time by myself after the teacher moved my desk out into the hallway. ** Silver lining** With all that alone time on my hands, I used my imagination to make the world interesting.

When I was little, people said I had an “active imagination”. In elementary school, teachers called me a “daydreamer”. My high school counselor said I needed to “learn how to focus” and my college professors warned me to “buckle down”. Before I knew it, it was time to “grow up”.

So that’s what I did. I grew up, got married and had five kids. I work as a full time nurse, active in my church, part of the most amazing book club, blog about books with my best friend and cart small humans to school, football, theater, dance ect. Oh yeah…and write a bit when I can and now people say I’m “talented”.

Moral of my story: Hug your kids, embrace their differences… love them for who they are. Someday, the traits you think are struggles now…Might be what makes them the happiest!

Micki lives in small town Iowa with her husband, kids and a fat Cocker Spaniel named Joey. She is the author of Winds of Darkness, released in February of 2013 and Chasing Jenna, to be released Thanksgiving Day, 2014.

 

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