Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Book Tour for A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a fan of historical romances, and the previous books in this series, I'm excited to introduce you to A Touch of Passion by Bronwen Evans, the third installment in The Disgraced Lords series.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this exciting story, along with my impressions of it, and learn even more about it by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 bookstore GC, a Loveswept mug, and nail polish too!

In the latest Disgraced Lords novel from USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans, a vivacious thrill seeker clashes with her dutiful defender—causing irresistible sparks to fly.
Independent and high-spirited, Lady Portia Flagstaff has never been afraid to take a risk, especially if it involves excitement and danger. But this time, being kidnapped and sold into an Arab harem is the outcome of one risk too many. Now, in order to regain her freedom, she has to rely on the deliciously packaged Grayson Devlin, Viscount Blackwood, a man who despises her reckless ways—and stirs in her a thirst for passion.
After losing his mother and two siblings in a carriage accident years ago, Grayson Devlin promised Portia’s dying brother that he’d always watch over his wayward sister. But having to travel to Egypt to rescue the foolhardy girl has made his blood boil. Grayson already has his hands full trying to clear his best friend and fellow Libertine Scholar of a crime he didn’t commit. Worse still, his dashing rescue has unleashed an unforeseen and undesired consequence: marriage. Now it’s more than Portia he has to protect . . . it’s his battered heart.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

In this third installment in The Disgraced Lords series the mystery continues to pick up as yet another of the Libertine Scholars is brought to his knees by outside forces.  While the identity of the person behind the attempted ruination of the Scholars remains a secret for now, there's more than enough twists and turns to keep readers invested and breathlessly awaiting the future reveal.For those new to the series this book can definitely be read on its own as Ms. Evans quickly immerses readers into this suspenseful world of vengeance. 

Taking one step closer to discovering the villain's identity readers are introduced to the strong-willed Portia and honorable Grayson who lead each other on a merry chase to HEA.  After surviving near death experiences as a child Portia swore she'd start living life to the fullest.  To do that she's acted in unconventional bluestocking ways to own her own business, eschew arranged marriages and those not based on love, and be an all-around strong-willed woman capable of taking care of herself.  She's a wild child who grabbed on to life with both hands and I found her an immensely likable heroine.  Her only weakness is in loving Grayson who came to live with her family when he was young.  She longs for him to see her as a woman as opposed to a little sister, and after being kidnapped and taken into a harem, his riding to her rescue might give her the chance she needs to prove to him she's now a woman.

Grayson's experienced a lot of loss in life, from his parents and sister when he was young to his friends during wartime, which has left his heart closed off.  He's always sensed Portia's feelings for him but as he's been brought up to define the perfect wife as biddable he's kept her at arm's length.  When the villain taunting him and his fellow Scholars puts Portia in danger Grayson rushes to her rescue while fighting his attraction every step of the way.  It's a difficult battle though between what he thought he wanted and what he discovers he wants with Portia tempting him at every turn in numerous scenes full of sexual tension.  Grayson is a man letting the past dictate his future.  He's loyal to his friends and those he considers family but stubborn too which leads to frustration on my part as he was constantly pushing Portia away.  I felt sympathetic to his pain but wished he would've rose above it sooner.

This was a nicely paced story full of sexual tension and a compelling couple waging a sensual battle of wills.  Though I wish Grayson had come to his senses sooner I enjoyed Portia standing up for herself in their sexual tug of war.  Along with this compelling main couple was the return of past Libertines and the support they continue to give each other was a nice addition to the story.  The mysterious figure taunting the Libertine Scholars continues to rear their ugly head, putting Portia in harm's way to get to Grayson.  Though their identity isn't yet revealed you can feel things coming to a head which has me excited for the next installment.  On a whole this book, and series, will entice readers of mystery and romance to pick up a copy.

My rating for this is a B.

*I bought this book with my own money for my personal bookshelf and all impressions are my own.

AUTHOR INFO:

USA Today bestselling author Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She has always indulged her love of storytelling and is constantly gobbling up movies, books, and theater. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer? Evans is a two-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Book Release Week Celebration for Fall With Me by Jennifer L Armentrout (GIVEAWAY)


As a fan of the New Adult genre, and of Ms. Armentrout's Wait For You series, I'm excited to give you a glimpse of this just-released installment to the series....Fall With Me.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of this book and then add it to your bookshelf.  As part of the celebration make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a signed set of the first three books in the Wait For You series and a $25 GC too!

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.
Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.
But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

EXCERPT:

Someone—was it Melvin?—catcalled as Reece led me down the hall, and my cheeks flushed. “Okay, heman, I can walk all by my little self.”
He cast a look over his shoulder at me as he opened the office door. “I’m sure you can.”
Then he pulled me inside.
My gaze flipped to the roses—the roses!—but before I could say a word, he closed the door and my back was pressed against it, his hands planted on either side of my head and his face right in mine. Like right there, within kissing distance.
Wow.
“So, I was at my father’s place in New Jersey most of the day, and you know, he lives out near the Pine Barrens, so service is shit.”
I nodded even though I really wasn’t processing what he was saying as I was too busy staring at his mouth. Those lips, fuller on the bottom, drove me to distraction.
“I pull out of his driveway and I have all these messages from Dennis,” he continued, and I finally caught on to what he was talking about. “I honestly thought he was messing with me at first.”
I cringed. “He . . . um, he wasn’t.”
He shot me a bland look. “That much I figured out.” His hands slid on the door, stopping just shy of touching my shoulders. “What did he do to you?”
“What?” I blinked.
“What did that bastard do to make you throw a book through his windshield?”
Oh. Oh. My heart was now wiggling along with my stomach. “He really didn’t do anything. I just lost my cool. He wanted to talk to me, and I didn’t want to talk to him.”
“You don’t have to talk to him.”
“That’s what Dennis said, but I shouldn’t have damaged his car.”
A muscle flexed along his right jaw. “That’s true.” He shook his head. “Damn, Roxy, can’t say I’m surprised.”
My brows flew up. “You’re not?”
He laughed under his breath. “Babe, you’ve always had a hell of a temper on you.”
Ah, that was kind of true. “Is that a good thing or a bad thing?”
Reece cocked his head to the side. “A sexy thing, but vandalism and destruction of property doesn’t look good on you, sweets.”
“No. It doesn’t match my manicure.” I raised my hands, flashing him the blue nails.
He laughed again and then he sobered up, just like that. Cop Face was on, and yeah . . . the low coiling in my stomach told me I found Cop Face arousing. “You’re lucky. He could’ve pressed charges, and this conversation would be going in a whole different direction.”
My own half smile slipped off my face. “I know. It’s . . . I was just with Charlie, and he’s . . .” Unable to continue, I forced a casual shrug I didn’t feel. “What are you going to do with me?”
His lips parted as his chest rose with a deep breath, then his gaze dropped to my mouth, and his expression tightened. He looked . . . he looked hungry. “I have lots of ideas.”


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AUTHOR INFO:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. 

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Book Tour for The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy (GIVEAWAY)


As a reader who's become obsessed with the New Adult genre I'm thrilled to introduce you to the fun, flirty, and sentimental The Hazards of Sleeping with a Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of this book and then add it to your bookshelf.  To celebrate its release make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a print copy of your choice of one of the other Hazard books too!

Sleeping with Kyle was never in the plans. Pretending to be his girlfriend was one thing, but letting our relationship become anything but platonic was another. The problem with mixing friendship with sex is that inevitably feelings get involved, and when that happens there's no turning back.
When Kyle's life fell apart around him, I needed to help, but doing that meant opening myself up to the most terrifying thing in the world—falling in love.

EXCERPT:

I glanced out the window and saw her. Jade? She’d driven all the way up to find me? I stared at her for a moment. Her dark hair was soaked, and she had one arm wrapped around her chest as she anxiously watched the door. 
She began shivering, and I snapped. I couldn’t leave her standing out there in the rain. I opened the door and took in her sopping wet form. “Jade.” Her name came out in barely a whisper.
“Kyle.” She stood there staring at me.
“What are you doing here?” I tried to keep my voice level, but I was hit by such all-encompassing emotion that I could barely see straight.
“I’m here because I need to be. I need to be with you.” Her eyes remained fixed on mine.
Her words almost broke me. I fought the urge to reach out to touch her. One touch and I’d never be able to let go. Instead I broke the intense gaze between us and gestured for her to get out of the rain. “Come in.”
“If you’re sure.” Her eyes searched mine, probably looking for evidence that I was really inviting her in.
“I am.” I took her hand and pulled her inside, closing the door behind her.
“You’re here.” My body trembled with the effort to keep away from her. Did I think I could really stay away? That I could hold any anger or resentment toward the girl who lit up my life? “How’d you know I’d be here?”
“I didn’t know for sure. I got the address from Dana and took a chance.” She dropped her now sopping wet bag on the floor. “I’m worried about you. Everyone is. I know you are hurt, but that isn’t a reason to run away from everyone. You need to let someone in.”

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AUTHOR INFO:

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Release Week Celebration for Holding Strong by Lori Foster


Lori Foster and her sexy MMA fighters return tomorrow with the release of Holding Strong, the next installment in the Ultimate series!  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of this book, read my review of it, and then get ready to add it to your bookshelf.....

An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in Lori’s irresistible new novel.
Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn’t share. That’s why he’s been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry’s about to need more than she knows…
Denver’s combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she’s been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can’t hide behind a carefree fa├žade. Because the man by her side is one who’ll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she’ll trust him enough to let him…

EXCERPT:

Gaze softening, her attention went all over his body. “Seriously, Denver. Did you really want to argue right now?”
He searched her face. “No.” Hell no. Especially not with her looking at him like that. He moved in again, one hand on the wall by her shoulder. “Thing is, I’m not sure you want what I want.”
For the longest time, their gazes held while her breathing quickened and her cheeks warmed. Finally, in a whisper, she asked, “Do you want me?”
With one short nod, he pressed her to the wall, feeling her all along his length. “Have for a long time.”
“You hid it well.”
“Then I’m one hell of an actor.” He brushed his mouth over her forehead. “We have a lot of talking to do, but I’d as soon do it after.”
“After?”
“After I’ve had you. Maybe several times.”
She dipped her head down so that he stared at the crooked part in her fair hair. He brushed his nose against her, down to her temple, her ear.
Her hands clutched at him. “I got the feeling you didn’t like me.”
“I like you.” It was how her flirting made him feel that he didn’t like so much.
Pushing him back so she could see his face, she asked anxiously, “You won’t change your mind?”
The laugh tried to escape, but he wanted her too much to take a chance on pissing her off. “Where’s your room?”
“Close.” On a sharply inhaled breath, she stepped him back a few paces and darted around him in a rush. “Come on.”
At first he just watched her, her obvious urgency, the way her hair teased over her shoulders. She stopped halfway down the hall and fumbled in her purse before pulling out a key card. She opened the door, jammed the key card back into her purse, and glanced at him.
Ah, hell. Definitely close. In a few long strides Denver reached her.
Seconds later they were in her room.
A second after that he was kissing her.

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Holding Strong is part of the Ultimate series which features these books....
-Hard Knocks
-No Limits
-Holding Strong
-Tough Love
-Fighting Dirty

AUTHOR INFO:

Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette, Samhain, and Berkley/Jove. She is currently published with HQN.
Lori hosts a very special annual “Reader & Author” event in West Chester, Ohio. Proceeds from the event have benefited many worthy causes, including the Hamilton County YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter, the Animal Adoption Foundation, The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy, and The One Way Farm, Children’s Home.
Each year Lori donates all proceeds from one book to charity. You can see the benefit romance books HERE.

Winner of Erica Ridley Giveaway!


Before I announce the winner of this giveaway I want to thank Ms. Ridley for being here and giving us a glimpse of her latest release, The Captain's Bluestocking Mistress.  Thanks too everyone who stopped by and talked about historical romances.  .....And now, without further ado, the winner of a digital copy of The Earl's Defiant Wallflower is Beautiful Disaster aka Lori!  I'll be contacting you soon regarding your win.....

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Review for The Other Brother Part 2: Taboo by Lauren Hawkeye & Tawny Stokes


From two New York Times bestselling authors comes part two of the scandalous story started in The Other Brother Part 1: Forbidden...
Nothing has changed… and everything has.
I’ve tried to forget him. I know I never will. But that doesn’t mean I should welcome him back with open arms, right?
But the heat that once sparked between us has become an inferno. He’s changed… but so have I.
I don’t know if I can resist what was once so taboo. But first?
We have some seriously unfinished business to take care of.
The Other Brother is a novel told in three parts. This is part two of three.

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Years have passed since the dramatic showdown between stepbrothers Seth and Theo over Allegra.  Lots of emotional upheaval with a family torn asunder.  In the aftermath Allegra became lost, falling into an abyss of drinking and meaningless sex which she's finally recovering from after intense therapy.  Some of that therapy is unconventional and has her connecting with her former stepbrother Seth in an unexpected way after he returns to town to deal with Theo once and for all.  Things between Seth and Allegra are just as scorching and with Theo's return from jail everyone's heading towards a fiery conclusion that kept me on the edge of my seat creeping ever closer to the end.

Seth may have left for jail down on his luck but he returns a very rich and powerful man still obsessed with Allegra and bent on keeping her safe no matter what.  An unexpected encounter with her at a BDSM club reinforces his belief that they're meant to be together and leads to scorching encounters that are laden with sexual tension and banter crackling with sensuality.  Seth's a sexy and powerful man exuding confidence and desperate to keep Allegra safe which brings out his Alpha nature.  He forces her to admit her feelings, and arouses her doubts, as the truth about what sent him to jail is finally revealed.  He's not alone in his battle to keep her safe though as friends from his past help him watch over her.  It might not be enough though as Theo's obsession grows stronger with a final act that leaves readers screaming from the final installment.

Allegra was crushed when Seth went to jail and her family fell apart.  She was left in pieces that led to a deep depression that she's slowly recovered from.  With the return of Theo and Seth though she's once again on edge as Theo's a changed man...and not for the better.  He unsettles her and Seth's confession about what happened all those years ago unsettles her even more.  The hard-won strength she acheived is quickly crumbling in the face of so much emotional turmoil and I felt very sympathetic towards her.  The feelings Seth arouses in her scare her but satisfy her like nothing else has before.  It's only with him that she feels whole and unashamed and I'm rooting for them to make a future together despite Theo's subtle yet increasingly dangerous threats.

This was a quick read that kept me on edge from start to finish with its intense sense of foreboding.  There's a great balance between the scorching sexual encounters between Seth and Allegra and the complex emotions radiating from this intense trio to keep me fully immersed in the action and fast pace.  Theo continues to show even more subtle depravity and takes even more dangerous steps to stake his claim on Allegra that takes him another step closer to villainy.  Seth is a formidable opponent though and it's clear that with the gauntlet thrown down here their eventual meeting will be combustible and my heart's pounding in anticipation.  Readers looking for a compelling blend of eroticism with a bit of danger will be drawn to this series that keeps me coming back for more.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Book Tour for Looking for Love by Ashelyn Drake (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a fan of the NA genre I'm excited to introduce you to this fun and flirty read with emotional depth, Looking for Love by Ashelyn Drake, the final installment in the Campus Crush series.  Keep reading to get a taste of this book, along with my impressions of it.  Make sure to fill out the form too for the chance to win a signed copy of the first book in this series.


Mike Hannigan is looking for love in all the wrong places. Maybe that’s because having his heart torn to shreds by who he thought was the perfect girl left some emotional scarring. But that’s about to change.
Summer Patterson isn’t like anyone Mike’s dated before, and he can’t help but be intrigued by her. Now if only he could keep his foot out of his mouth long enough to win her over. But when a secret involving Summer brings Mike’s past crashing back to the present, he’ll need some backup from his best friend and wingwoman, Mindy, to sort out the mess.
Will Mike find love before he leaves Timberland College for good?

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

As the last book in the Campus Crush series, there's a sense of finality for an eclectic group of college students in this fun and flirty story teeming with sexual tension.  Mike's a rare college boy in that his best friend is a girl, but unfortunately a cheating ex has left him a player flitting from one girl to the next.  He doesn't want to get hurt again and keeps his heart hidden to keep from falling into that abyss of pain that this time he might not crawl out of.  Meeting the unique and outspoken Summer has him rethinking his plans as she tests him at every turn in a relationship that has both of their emotional barriers coming down while amping up the sexual tension of waiting for sex.

This is a fast-paced story with delightfully witty banter between Mike and his friend Mindy who hold nothing back between them.  Mindy forces Mike to be honest with himself and to put his fears behind him.  Through this Mike can appreciate the uniqueness of Summer and take the time to truly know her before taking it to the next level.  The two of them are like a brother and sister, supporting and watching each other's backs, and I adored their bond.  Mike's a truly stand-up guy who may look like a player but isn't on a deeper level.  He's sweet with the tendency to talk dirty which brought a smile to my face and had him endearing himself to me completely.  As the story progresses he shows Summer through words and deeds his growing commitment.

While Mike delighted me, I found Summer frustrating.  I felt that she led Mike on early in the story, testing him after she'd been previously hurt.  She seemed a bit naive too and oblivious to the secrets in her own family that affected Mike as well.  I felt that she was a sheltered soul and it wasn't until meeting Mike that she really started living as his friends became hers where none were seen before.  She was a kindhearted soul but tended to jump to conclusions with issues of fidelity as she placed a high value on the act of sex.  Their interactions were sweet and full of him trying to shock her with his dirty talking which kept me on the edge of my seat waiting for what would happen between them next.

Overall this was a fun story full of sexual tension as sexual interludes were off the table for Summer and Mike.  Their banter was flirty and full of sexual innuendos which added up to lots of playfulness.  Though this book is part of a series it can definitely be read on its own.  Characters from previous books do show up but it's more for nostalgia purposes.  For me though, the highlight was Mike and his sweet and saucy nature that had me gobbling up every scene he was in.  Ultimately this was a delightful addition to the series with a slightly bumpy journey to HFN and a heartwarming conclusion.

My rating for this is B.

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Ashelyn Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult contemporary romance author. While it’s rare for her not to have either a book in hand or her fingers flying across a laptop, she also enjoys spending time with her family. She believes you are never too old to enjoy a good swing set and there’s never a bad time for some dark chocolate. She also writes speculative fiction under the name Kelly Hashway. She is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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