Sunday, October 19, 2014

Book Spotlight for Finished by Claire Kent (GIVEAWAY)

Who doesn't dream of being spoiled by two attentive mates?  In Finished by Claire Kent you'll find out how wonderful and conflicted it can be.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this story as well as a brief interview with Ms. Kent before adding this book to your bookshelf.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 GC and a signed copy of this book too!

LET'S GET TO KNOW MS. KENT........

Who is your favorite character that you have written, the one who pulls the most at your heartstrings?
I can never really answer that question because it feels like choosing between my children. I always feel guilty about all the characters I didn’t choose because I love them all in different ways. But, in terms of heroes, the one who makes my heart ache the most is Gideon from Salvation (one of my Noelle Adams books). And, for heroines, I think it would be Leslie from No Regrets. She just feels so real to me, and my heart always breaks for her in the first chapters of that book.
What was the inspiration for this book?
I was thinking about menage books and wondering how I might write one, if I ever decided to do so. And this was the story that came to me. It’s not a menage romance, but it starts that way.
What is your next project?
I’ve got a Noelle Adams book called A Family for Christmas that will be coming out soon. It’s the third book in the Willow Park series. The next Claire Kent will be a huge, sprawling, sexy revenge book called Untouched, which will probably come out some time in the middle of next year.

For the last year, Julia has lived with two men.
Drayton is hot and mysterious, and Mike takes care of her. Together, they have great sex and a mostly stable relationship—one Julia thought satisfied her. After all, how can she complain about having two sexy men at the same time?
Then everything starts to change. Drayton is keeping a dark secret that threatens more than their arrangement. It might actually threaten their lives. And Mike keeps becoming more alpha than she’s ever known him to be.
What once was fun and casual is now a tangle of conflicting desires. Drayton wants to keep his freedom. Julia wants a real commitment.
And Mike…well, Mike just wants her.

EXCERPT:

When she closed the front door behind her and put down her leather bag in the entryway chair, she smelled something deliciously familiar—pungent and garlicky. The television wasn’t on, and classical music was playing on the stereo. And someone was rattling around in the kitchen.
“Hello?” she called out. “Are we having company?”
“I’m in the kitchen,” Drayton said.
She wandered in and found him incongruously dressed in black trousers, gray dress shirt, and her frilly pink apron. “What’s going on?”
“Nothing.” Drayton was pushing something around in the frying pan, but he pulled her over to him with his free hand and gave her a peck on the lips. “I’m glad you’re back.”
“Stuffed mushrooms! Yum!” She tried to sneak a taste of the filling but he swatted her away. “To what do I owe my favorite food? Do you have bad news for me or something?”
Beginning to scoop out spoonfuls of stuffing and place them in the large mushroom caps he had lined up neatly on a cookie tray, Drayton smiled at her over his shoulder. “Why do you assume there’s an underlying agenda?”
Julia let her skeptical expression answer the question for her.
Chuckling, Drayton admitted, “All right. To tell you the truth, Mike said you’d been having a rough time lately and we should pamper you for an evening.”
Her jaw dropped, even as her heart bounced up into her throat. “Pamper?”
“That was my response to such an embarrassingly trite word. But, linguistic choices aside, I thought perhaps he was right.”
It took a minute for his dry words to sink into her consciousness. “Why do I need to be pampered?”
The look Drayton slanted her was half-knowing and half-sheepish. “You’ve been stressed lately—regarding us. Don’t try to deny it. And then this weekend…” He shrugged gracefully. “I’m sorry about Saturday night.”
For one horrifying moment, Julia thought she was going to cry. This was why she always forgave Drayton, no matter how arrogant and infuriating he could be at times. He always made sure she remembered his more frustrating characteristics weren’t the things that mattered most.
And that he and Mike would make efforts to make sure she was feeling appreciated—to give her a special evening—was just about the sweetest thing she could imagine.
“If you’re considering crying, please try to squelch the urge. My mushrooms don’t need any more humidity.”
Julia burst out laughing, and she leaned over to give Drayton a warm hug.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Claire has been writing romance novels since she was twelve years old. She has a PhD in British literature and, when she's not writing, she teaches English at the university level.  She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Noelle Adams.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Book Tour for An Indecent Affair Part V by Stephanie Julian

Ms. Julian's steamy series of conflicted lovers continues with the just-released An Indecent Affair Part V by Stephanie Julian.  Keep reading to see how this series has progressed and then get a tantalizing taste of this book before adding it to your bookshelf.

An Indecent Affair Part V
Kat had seen it coming. She should’ve known better. A relationship with two men would never work. But she’d let herself hope. And now the pain of failure is crushing.
Tristan and Adam are trying their damnedest to make things right and win Kat back but family, work and the fraying of their once-solid friendship are taking their toll.
When the dust clears, will Kat, Tristan and Adam be able to rebuild? Or will everything they’ve worked so hard for come crashing down around them?

EXCERPT:

“I really love this hotel. It’s so beautiful.”
“The owners are friends. I’ll introduce you sometime. But tonight I want you all to myself.”
Kat stared at Tristan over the top of the leather-bound menu. “You don’t think he’s going to show, do you?”
Tristan sighed, shaking his head. “Honestly, I have no idea. But don’t worry, I have plans for you tonight and nothing is going to get in my way.”
The sound of his voice made her panties damp. How did he manage that? “And I’m so looking forward to your plans. But behave for now. I need to eat before we…retire for the night.”
Tristan’s eyes had a sharp gleam in them now. “We could always have dinner sent to our room. I booked us a suite for tonight.”
“Really? You only live a couple of minutes from here.”
“Because you’ve never seen anything like this room. You’re gonna love it. Trust me.”
“I do. Trust you. Completely.”
But she wished…
No, no more of that. She was going to be grateful for what she had tonight. Which was Tristan, all to herself.
“Glad to hear it.”
“So tell me about this room?”
She didn’t want to think about Adam not being here, about the hole she definitely felt at his absence.
Tristan’s grin definitely made her want to squirm in her seat. “Nope, not spoiling the surprise. So, what are you having?”
For the next hour, Tristan made it his mission to tease, flatter and flirt. And make her long for dinner to be over so they could get to the best part of the evening. The part where they were naked.
She kept her concentration focused on Tristan but occasionally her mind wandered and she looked for Adam.

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THE PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THIS SERIES.......

An Indecent Affair Part I
One night. One woman. Two men. Twice the desire.
Katrina refuses to give in to her mother’s demand to marry a man she can’t stand. After years of trusting no one with her heart or her body, she wants to be swept off her feet, to experience complete surrender, if only for one night.
Tristan has lusted after Katrina for years and tonight he’s making his move. He’ll steal her away from his brother, who doesn’t deserve her. Then he and his best friend, Adam, will give her exactly what she wants…

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An Indecent Affair Part II
Katrina is finally taking control of her life. She's quit her job in Boston and is opening her own law practice in Philadelphia, home to Tristan and Adam. She spent one sensually mind-blowing night in their arms. And then she snuck out before morning.
Tristan is looking forward to breaking down Kat's walls and starting a relationship. Adam isn't sure Kat is the woman he and Tristan need in their lives. And he'll do whatever it takes to make sure they don't make a huge mistake...

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An Indecent Affiar Part III
Letting her insecurities get the better of her, Katrina pushed Adam away after another amazing night in bed between him and Tristan. In the light of day, she realizes she needs to apologize. She only hopes Adam will listen.
After walking out on Katrina, Adam believes the only way Tristan can have a shot at a relationship with her is for Adam to step aside. He’s not the kind of man she needs in her life and Tristan has wanted her for too long to give up now.
Or course, passion has a way of derailing the best of intentions…

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An Indecent Affair Part IV
Kat has uprooted her life and moved to Philadelphia. She's starting her own business and opening her heart. But caring for two men brings both rewards and pitfalls.
Tristan and Adam are determined to keep Kat close and win her heart. But work dangers and family obligations conspire to tear them apart before their fragile relationship has a chance to grow into something stronger.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Stephanie Julian writes sophisticated, sultry romance for adventurous readers.
She is the author of the best-selling Salon Games series. BY PRIVATE INVITATION (Salon Games 1) was an RT Magazine Top Pick. OVER EXPOSED (Salon Games 3) released July 2014. Her serial erotic romance, An Indecent Proposition, is a reader favorite.

She also writes several paranormal erotic series, including Forgotten Goddesses, Darkly Enchanted and Lucani Lovers.
Stephanie is happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and the mother of two sons who introduced her to the joys of Slipknot, Warped Tour and never-ending headaches.
Find out why Romantic Times magazine, Simply Romance Reviews, Night Owl Romance and Joyfully Reviewed have called Stephanie's stories "fascinating," "truly fantastic," "intoxicating," "highly imaginative" and "hot enough to peel paint.”

WEBSITE:  http://www.stephaniejulian.com/

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Book Spotlight for Escorted by Claire Kent

I love bringing my followers books that have unique premises and are emotionally engaging.  Today I'm bringing you just such a book with its modern twist on the Pretty Woman theme.....and it's on sale.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing glimpse of Escorted by Claire Kent and then add it to your bookshelf for just $.99!

She hired him to take her virginity...but now she wants even more.
Lori might be a popular romance writer, but she's never been anything but a flop with sex and love in her personal life. Still a virgin at twenty-six and increasingly frustrated by her inexperience, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She hires a talented, sexy male escort to take care of her inconvenient virginity.
She assumes one time with Ander will be enough, but she never dreams how much pleasure he can make her feel. Once isn't nearly enough. Twice isn't enough either. Soon, she becomes one of his regular clients.
Lori knows that nothing would be as foolish as falling in love with her paid escort, but she's never been wise with her heart. And, despite his professionalism, he doesn't seem entirely immune either.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Claire has been writing romance novels since she was twelve years old. She has a PhD in British literature and, when she's not writing, she teaches English at the university level.  She also writes romance novels under the pen name Noelle Adams.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Tour for Three and Out by Meghan Quinn (Review)

Fans of sports-themed romances will find the Love and Sports series an utter delight!  Keep reading to get a taste of the final installment in the series, Three and Out by Meghan Quinn, along with a glimpse of the other books in the series.  You'll also get my impression of this latest installment as well as learning a few secrets about Ms. Quinn.

LET'S GET TO KNOW MS. QUINN BETTER.......

-Why are readers drawn to sports-themed romances? 
Hmm…I don’t know. Maybe it’s the mystery of what goes on in a professional athlete’s life or the fact that you get to read about these athletic and mostly dominant men having mind blowing sex or seeing such big a strong men fall for a girl and show that weaknesses do exist in their lives. Whatever it is, they are hot and they are steamy with a touch of sports!
-When it comes to steamy stories, are there certain elements you won't depict? 
Yes, I stay away from mentioning pubic hairs because that shit isn’t sexy. I try to avoid using the word “sex” to describe a ladies vagina. It’s not a bad thing, I think I’ve used it once, I just prefer other words when writing. Things that are part of sex that are kind of taboo, like a queef, I steer clear from unless my intention is to straight up be funny but you won’t catch me writing something like…”His hips pounded into her so hard that little puffs of air escaped her vagina…” Yea, so not sexy.
-Who is your favorite character that you have written, the one who pulls the most at your heartstrings? 
The one who pulls at my heartstrings the most? Hmmm…two people. Rook from Toxic and Mason from the Love and Sports Series. They are both broken men, trying to find their way in life and you can’t help but root for them even though they can be moody bastards. Oh, and Kace from Becoming a Jett Girl, his story is heart breaking, plus, all I picture is Stephen Amell when I write his character so I kind of have this thing for him. You know…when you drool uncontrollably…
-What was the inspiration for this series? 
The first book, Fair Catch, takes play in college and the two main characters are student-athletes which hits homes with me. I received a full-ride scholarship for softball and it was such an interesting time in my life that I wanted to write it all out. From there, the characters took charge and directed the series as to where they ended up. When I first sat down to write the series, I never thought I would be writing about a love pentagon…good lord! Makes me sweat just thinking about it.
-What do you have planned for us in the future? 
So much! Kace from Becoming a Jett Girl will be getting a story. The Addiction Series continues with Rook and Maisy. The Hot-Lanta Series is nowhere near being done. I have some very interesting books coming out next year that will rock your world. So many things and I can’t wait to share them with you. And who knows…there might be a spinoff from the Love and Sports Series…
-Knowing what you do now, would you have done anything different with your career path? 
Well, I currently am still working a “real” job so I would have majored in English probably so I could have spent my time reading in college, rather than watching hippy birth videos. Human Development is so not my thing.

Piper was dead to him.
The minute she walked out the door on Mason, he was done.
D.O.N.E.
Now, three months later, he’s still trying to act like he doesn’t care. Like his heart hasn’t been torn into shreds and obliterated beyond recognition.
But it’s not working.
He’s broken and beyond repair.
Then Piper goes missing.
Mason tries to show the world he doesn’t care, but his world is flipped upside down.
A vulnerable Mason finds help in an unexpected place and it’s an offer he can’t refuse.
The knot that has been gripping Mason’s heart slowly starts to unravel and he’s starting to look into his future…
Three and Out runs through the lives of Mason and his friends while they struggle to find love and keep it in their hectic, crazy, drama twisted lives.
Not everyone is meant to be and not everyone who you think should be together, will end up together in the final installment of the Love and Sports series.

EXCERPT:

"Woah, careful there."
"Damn, wet floor. Like mopping is going to make it any better looking."
Jax's ears perked up at hearing a familiar voice. He lifted them both up so they were standing. The woman was brushing off her navy blue, hip-hugging skirt, so he couldn't tell who it was, but when she looked up, Jax instantly knew why he recognized the woman's voice.
"Brooke?"
Her eyes widened, and then recognition fell over her features.
"Jax. Wow, never thought I would ever cross paths with you again. How's it going?"
"Alright, and yourself?"
As Brooke talked about her new clothing line and her little apartment in downtown Denver, Jax took her all in. Her hair was short now, just below chin length, and styled to frame her face. Her body was the same rocking figure he remembered from when he met her at the bar, that awkward night his boys and Jake Taylor all hung out before a pre-season game, and for some reason, her eyes were brighter than he remembered, as if she was breathing a new life.

MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

As a fan of sports-themed romances I've been in love with this series since the first installment with each book as entertaining as the next.  Ms. Quinn has crafted a series full of larger than life men who take bromance to a whole new level with interactions that are immensely humorous and made my eyes water with laughter!  In this book she's taken on an even bigger challenge as she juggles four couple's journeys to HEA.  Here we get to see the pairings of Mason and Piper, Ryker and Hannah, and Jesse and Ashlin as their unrequited love finally comes to fruition.  Throw in the unexpected pairing of Jax and Brooke and you have a story overflowing with love and sex!

Each couple is unique and given ample time to develop their relationship as they've interacted before and are finally acting on feelings long held in check.  The story is told in multiple POVs to give us insight into what each character is thinking and adds to the emotional twists and turns.  Jesse may be the leader and center of attention on the field as quarterback but he longs for home and hearth.  He'd love a family of his own but the woman who embodies all he desires, Ashlin, he believes belongs to another.  Once he discovers the truth it's a shy, yet sweet and sensual, path to romancing her.  She's assertive in counterpoint to his shyness and I enjoyed seeing their bond grow.  Ryker's a humorous guy who's enamored with the woman who's been hurt by her ex and taken the brunt of her anger out on him because of it.  Hannah's ex has left her hesitant to put her heart on the line again but she still wants to be friends with Ryker.  As Ryker too wants more out of life than one-night stands he undertakes a journey to earn her trust which is both sweet, sexy, with bits of humor along the way.  Mason and Piper have the most difficult journey to HEA and the most combustible as she hurt him in the past and then ran away.  Mason's left a broken man showing his grief through numerous and meaningless one-night stands that are graphic in nature and show him at his worst.  Everything having to do with Mason is intense though as he's arrogant in his athletic prowess and in his looks.  You can't help but love him though as he's full of humor and unrepentant in his actions and attitude.  Piper's back and finally sure of what and who she wants which leads to a romance that crackles with sexual tension and gritty sexual encounters.  In Ms. Quinn's talented hands these pairings kept me fully immersed in the story and rooting for each and everyone of them to get what they clearly desired.

Each character is unique and brings something to every reader.  The romances range from sweet and sensual to scorching and blush-inducing.  The characters are all immensely appealing with the interactions between the boys making me laugh out loud in its realism and no-holds-barred attitude.  This has been a delightful series both heartwarming and heartbreaking at times with memorable characters amidst the vividly depicted world of football and fame.  Those looking for steamy scenes and characters easy to fall for will get exactly that with the Love and Sports series and I can't recommend it enough!

My rating for this is an A+

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


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PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

Fair Catch (Love and Sports, #1)
Training, playing ball and studying is Lexi’s life and it never seems to bother her until her friend, Parker Hill, points out to her that sweat pants on a Friday night while watching sappy romance movies isn’t really living up her last year in college. Lexi didn’t see the need to party since she didn’t know what the hell she was doing with her life after college but her friends wouldn’t take no for an answer. Little did she know going to the first party of the season was going to flip her world upside down.
Jake Taylor, starting quarterback for Cal U and campus heart throb spent his entire college career, partying, getting drunk and winning football games but it is all finally catching up to him. He is ready to throw in the towel of his partying days when he decides to have one more last fling. That is when he runs into the one person that could turn his life inside out.
Lexi wants nothing to do with Jake and his partying ways but after one bet gone wrong , she finds herself on a date with the annoyingly obnoxious, egotistical heart throb. Even though she wants nothing to do with him, she finds herself gravitating toward him and giving into his charm. They fall hard and fast for each other as they find love, comfort and a home. They live in their own littler world where nothing matters besides the love they share for each other.
But love isn’t enough for Lexi when she is trying to find her way after college. She slowly sinks into Jake’s shadow and finds herself clawing out of the Jake sized hole she buried herself in so she can find who she is, who she wants to be and what her future holds for her.
Fair Catch is a true love story that goes through the trials and tribulations of Jake and Lexi’s insecurities, jealousies, short comings and strong personalities. Love is one hell of a strong bond but sometimes, it’s not strong enough. Follow Jake and Lexi as they try to hold on to the love they share while they try to find themselves and find out what life is after graduation.

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Double Coverage (Love and Sports, #2)
Unfortunate inconvenience, that is the way Piper describes her encounter with Mason Dashel. From the minute the alpha male interrupts her morning after hangover on the airplane, she can’t stand to be near the egotistical maniac with a booming voice and annoying sex appeal. But to her misfortune she finds herself not only having to spend time with him at their best friends’ wedding but she also can’t seem to shake the infuriating man in her everyday life.
Psychotic Una-bomber with the constant mensies is the way Mason describes his flying companion, Piper Shores. After a horrific break up with his now ex, Brooke, he finds himself being engulfed by the temperamental red head that just so happens to be the maid of honor to one of his best friends, Lexi. Even though she grates on his every nerve, he can’t help but want a piece of her.
The two are like oil and water, a science experiment ready to explode any second but they can’t help but be drawn to each other. The only problem is… there are other people they are involved with who not only prevent Mason and Piper from being together, but interrupt any chance they have at making a relationship work.

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AUTHOR INFO:

When I was in high school I occasionally read books but was consumed by other teenage things so I didn’t take the time to appreciate a good book on a cloudy day, wrapped up in a blanket on the couch, besides “The Notebook” I made time to read the heartbreaking novel.
It wasn’t until I received a Kindle for Christmas one year that my world completely flipped upside down. When looking for books, I came across the Contemporary Romance genre and was sold and I haven’t turned back since.
You can either find my head buried in my Kindle, listening to inspiring heart ripping music or typing away on the computer twisting and turning the lives of my characters while driving my readers crazy with anticipation.
I am currently residing in beautiful Colorado Springs where the sun is always shining and there is a trail waiting to be hiked on every corner. I share a lovely and warm home with the love of my life and my five, four-legged children.

Book Blast for Violca’s Dragon by Leilani Love (GIVEAWAY)


Fans of the paranormal will welcome this shifter story as it's got a drool-worthy hero and an admirable heroine.  Keep reading to get a taste of Violca's Dragon by Leilani Love and learn even more about this book by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $15 BN GC and a few swag packs too.

Violca knows life can change instantly. Her parents died suddenly, leaving her to raise four younger sisters and keep them safe ~ even from the golden-eyed stranger.
Chase knows the Grey sisters possibly hold the key to his fate. He is determined to to get close, protect them and bring them to his Dragon King. What Violca doesn't know is that once a dragon decides he wants something, there is no stopping him from getting it.

EXCERPT:

Chase stays behind her as she walks on a path that leads away from the cabin, heading near the direction of the river. He knows Violca is aware of him and smiles to himself, knowing she is not turning around because she is trying to ignore him.
When she stumbles, he reacts quickly and is at her side, his arms around her before she can fall. She squirms, pushing away from him, almost falling with the effort.
Once he is sure she’s okay he carefully releases her. Standing in front of her, he looks her over and when she finally looks up at him, he notices that her violet eyes are darker as she looks at him angrily. “I didn’t ask you for your help,” she snaps.
Chase knows that smiling at her right now will not help him, nor will telling her she looks beautiful when she’s angry. Watching her breasts rising up and down as she breathes, her violet eyes sparkling with anger and the straight line of her lips, he fights the urge to kiss her. “You didn’t, but that doesn’t mean I want to see you hurt."
She glares at him. “Why are you here? What do you want with me?”

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AUTHOR INFO:

Leilani Love is a proud mother of two very active boys. A military wife she loves getting to meet new people wherever they move. She loves to read books crossing many genres. Her love affair with dragons started when she was young and one day dreams of having her own dragon and black panther.


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Book Cover Reveal by Dirty Deeds by Lorelei James (GIVEAWAY)

As a fan of Lorelei James every time is a time to celebrate when she has a new book coming out.  So please join me in drooling over her upcoming release, Dirty Deeds, courtesy of this great book cover.  Get a tantalizing taste of this book before adding it to your bookshelf and then fill out the form for the chance to win a Native American bracelet!

When good, clean fun just isn’t an option.
Just once, good girl Tate Cross wants to experience a red-hot, no-strings-attached affair. She’s temporarily left her graphic artist position in Denver to settle her aunt’s estate in Spearfish, South Dakota, but the city won’t let her sell the property until the landscaping is up to snuff. The Native American landscape contractor her friend highly recommends looks like he can meet all her needs, in the flowerbed and out.
Nathan LeBeau believes few women look at the Native American man beneath the filthy work clothes and hard hat. When Tate offers to trade art lessons for dirt work, the tempting subtext is as plain as the lettering on the side of Nathan’s truck. But in truth, he’s tired of relationships based solely on sex. His goal of proving he’s not completely hopeless in matters of the heart is second only to his dream of expanding his business.
It figures. Tate wants no-holds-barred sex right about the time the one-time Casanova wants a good old-fashioned romance. Bring on the battle of wills!
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AUTHOR INFO:

Lorelei James is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary erotic western romances set in the modern day Wild West and also contemporary erotic romances. Lorelei's books have been nominated for and won the Romantic Times Reviewer's choice Award, as well as the CAPA Award. Lorelei lives in western South Dakota with her family...and a whole closet full of cow girl boots.
Why do I have a particular fondness for all things western? Well, I'm a fourth generation South Dakotan, living in the Black Hills, which is chock-full of interesting characters, including cowboys, Indians, ranchers, and bikers. The geographical diversity of the surrounding area showcases mountains, plains, and badlands. Living in and writing about rural settings gives me a unique perspective, especially since I'm not writing historical westerns. Through my fictional world, I can show the ideals and the cowboy way of life are still very much alive.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Tour for Life Reignited by Sabrina Garie (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a fan of themes involving reunited lovers and the fantasy genre I'm thrilled to bring you Life Reignited by Sabrina Garie, the second installment in the Divine Temptation series.  Keep reading to get my impressions of this book along with an interview with the leading main couple.  Make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win eBook copies of both books in the Divine Temptation series and a deck of Ellora's Cave playing cards too!

And now, let's meets Phoebe and Sander.......

After spending a life time apart, Sander and Phoebe are reunited in Life Reignited. They are both well into their 50s, which is still unusual in romance novels but fun to write.   Now that this pair is back together, they have a lot to catch up on.  For this interview, I've asked Phoebe to interview Sander so it’s written from Sander's point of view. Take it away, Phoebe......
“Thanks, Sabrina.  Sander, you know I adore your blog, Found Worlds. I know you’ve been doing it since blogging first started.  Yet, I associate you with quill pens and ancient libraries.  Why did you start blogging?"
“I’m so glad you enjoy it. When I launched it, I told myself I was doing it to rebuild a popular interest in classics and better connect with my students, who complained when I assigned too many academic papers for them to read.”
“Told yourself?” Phoebe leaned toward him. Curiosity a shiny new coin, brightening her eyes.
Sander tilted his head to break eye contact. This was easier to say if he disconnected. “Now that I’ve found you again, I realize the real reason I started and continued blogging was to reach out to you. It was mindless fantasy that you’d be somewhere out there, reading my words.”
The tears that crawled down Phoebe’s cheeks said all he needed to know.  
“Now, I know you were. It all seems worth it.”  Pride and warmth puffed up his chest. 
Phoebe brushed her arm across her face, shifted her weight on the chair and continued. “Yes, it was worth it,” Phoebe swallowed before continuing.  “So, in addition to writing blogs, you circumnavigated the globe going from adventure to adventure.  Which one was your most memorable?”
“That’s easy. The one with you.”
“Why that one?” Phoebe whispered.
“It’s an historian's dream to be transported to the ancient worlds that I've only known from artifacts and texts. With you, Phoebe, I met pantheon gods, battled mythic warriors, touched Homer and Plato’s original scrolls. And best of all..." He swallowed hard, before continuing. "I got to come home to you.  None of my fantasies of how it might have been between us could have lived up to the reality of it. I'm looking forward to a lifetime of it.” There he got it out. This type of talk had never been easy for him.
"As am I." The smile she gave him had heat tearing up his system. He was now the one wriggling in his seat. 
"I must be frank," Phoebe continued.  "As much as I love how open you are being, I remember you as more reserved, unwilling to talk about emotions and desires. What's changed?"
Busted.  "True, but age has a way of cutting through all that crap. I'm still not comfortable with it, but I know I need to do it."
"I love you Sander. Have you forgiven me?"  The sadness glinting in her eyes almost broke his heart. 
"Since you walked through my office door at Cambridge, looking sheepish and so very alone.Even if my work looks at the past, I live my life looking forward. And I like what I see."
Now, I think Sander and Phoebe need some alone time. How lovely that the combination of love and chemistry is combustible at any age.

Phoebe lives trapped between two worlds. Born an Amazon warrior, she’s sworn to serve the Greek pantheon. It’s her work as a scholar in the human world that gives her life passion and purpose and eases her heart—which shattered when the pantheon forced her to abandon her human lover.
Alexander Xenos is world renowned classics expert, who has dedicated his life to the study of ancient cultures and promoting peace. His fame and global adventures hide a hole in his heart, ripped out by a beautiful, gentle scholar, who shut him out cold after the most intense love affair he'd ever had.
Thirty years later, Sander meets his long lost love, only to learn she's an Amazon, the mythical gods are real, and they are about to go to war. And Phoebe, who still sets his blood to boil, is in the thick of it.  He'll have to prevent a conflict between the Greek and Norse pantheons or lose her again—this time permanently.

EXCERPT:

Sander wished Phoebe didn’t feel so enticing. Her unique orchid scent wove its way through his bloodstream, mucking up his focus. He couldn’t square the gentle, quick-witted, brilliant scholar he loved as Cassie with the sad-eyed, battle-scarred Amazon warrior called Phoebe fitted against him. His body remembered her. No other woman ever came close to her creativity, capabilities and stamina in bed. She taught him what it was like to fully lose himself in a woman, and he’d never been able to replicate it. He finally understood why—it was never a fair fight. A human woman could not match a physically enhanced being. He’d always thought she was the love of his life, but did he even know her? Nothing made sense, except the hard-on straining against his zipper. Her physical impact hadn’t dimmed. At all.
When Phoebe stabilized, she led them back to her room at Neutral Ground. She appeared perfectly fine after a fight that would have killed most humans. At her door, she pressed her thumbprint on a small indent above the handle, then pushed it open.
“How did you open the door?” He peered inside. “And what did you do to merit this suite?” Molded ceiling, velvet coverings, red and gold Persian carpets and antique furniture that reminded him of a bedroom he’d find in Buckingham Palace. He was sure the paintings—Botticelli’s Birth of Aphrodite, Rubens’ Judgment of Paris among others—were the artists’ originals. Phoebe was right. This would be an intellectual candy land if his emotions weren’t tied up into knots.
A distraught laugh whispered out of her. “I ticked off the Elders and a portion of the Greek pantheon resistant to change. Neutral Ground is one of six safe havens worldwide sanctioned by the Council of Pantheons. Anyone who threatens me here is subject to death. Outside, well you saw for yourself. The DNA lock is an added protection, just in case. Thank you for coming to my rescue, by the way. My fighting skills are not what they used to be.” Her cheeks burned red. Was she embarrassed?
“You’re welcome.” In the corner an inlaid mahogany desk piled high with ancient scrolls drew his attention. “Are those what I think they are?” Her eyes followed his gaze and her eyebrows rose in what looked like an aha moment, then an indulgent and very real smile lit up her face. It was the first time tonight he’d seen the vivacity that lived in his memories, and he’d sneaked glimpses of her all evening.
“Yes, they are. Ancient scrolls documenting the history, culture and science of the Greek pantheon. I even have an original of The Republic by Plato, and Sappho’s poetry. You’re welcome to take a look.”
As a classics scholar, he read ancient Greek, Latin, Scandinavian, Teutonic and Celtic languages. This was a treasure trove he couldn’t resist. “Aren’t you afraid of ruining them?”
“They’re protected by pantheon magic. They can’t be destroyed.” She hooked her arm through his and guided him to the corner. After scrutinizing the pile, she picked up a scroll and handed it to him. Her fingers lingered on his hand longer than necessary. Sparks ignited under the touch. This was the woman he remembered—glowing eyes, an impish grin, with ancient knowledge flowing around her as if it were part of her aura. If there were more lines radiating from her eyes and lips, they softened her, made her more the Cassie he had adored, less the unknown Phoebe.
He took the scroll in one hand and pulled his reading glasses out of his jacket pocket with the other. He got the spectacles a year ago and wasn’t used to wearing them but his eagerness for the scrolls overcame any hesitation.
“They suit you,” Phoebe said.
He nodded, too absorbed by the parchment now open on the table. “You remembered The Odyssey was my favorite. This is truly Homer’s original copy?” A shiver ran down his spine. It wasn’t every day a man meets his personal deity.
“Yes, it is.” She moved closer, her hair brushing his ear as she leaned over to look at the text with him. Phoebe’s floral scent, the heat of her body skated along his skin, threw his concentration off, something that never happened. If his mind questioned the emotions he thought he once felt for this woman, his body didn’t. Given his age, he thought he could move past physical needs.
Apparently not.
His cock stiffened like that of a hormone-driven teenager in heat. By the way Phoebe squirmed, he’d guess she felt it too. Like in London, when they couldn’t keep their hands off each other.
“Take a look at this passage in its original. You can see why it’s commonly misinterpreted.” Phoebe’s arm brushed his, sending electric charges exploding beneath his skin.
“The article you published on this created controversy. I was impressed with the argumentation. Now more so. This passage makes interpretation harder, not easier.”
“You’ve followed my work?” Her face beamed with happiness and a soft pride. “I’m glad. I’ve read everything you’ve published, and follow your blog, Found Worlds. You’re making history and culture popular.”
Her praise shot jolts of warmth into his chest. That smile and her soft breasts brushing his arm unlocked the door to his memories. Unbidden, images of naked, sweat-drenched bodies tumbled out. Yes, he’d followed her work, justifying the way he gobbled up her writing as respect of one professional for another. With her next to him, touching him, he had to admit now it wasn’t true. Through her words, he stayed connected to her. And she, him.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Fans of fantasy-fueled stories will find this an intriguing tale full of Greek myths and a battle for their survival.  For far too long the Gods and the Amazonians have seen themselves as superior but that arrogance has almost caused them to become extinct.  It's only the work of a brave few of them who seek out the answers to save them, which puts them in danger from their brethren, that will see to their survival.

One of those whose life has been targeted is Amazonian scholar and warrior, Phoebe.  Phoebe would rather be known for her smarts than her strengths and once she entered the Earthly realm she found a kindred spirit in British scholar Sander.  Their time together was sensual with their forming a bond neither felt before and never would again.  It ended in pain as the Gods issued a death threat on Sander forcing Phoebe to walk away.  Years passed, a son was born, and they're back together at his wedding where their feelings are just as combustible.  They're older and wiser and want to be together but with the same threats weighing on them it will take an act of war for them to be together.  Once the dust clears will they be able to be together or will Phoebe have to walk away again to keep him safe?  Phoebe is a strong-willed woman unlike other Amazons as she'd rather be reading than killing.  Being older has her knowing her limitations and respecting them when it comes to protecting herself from those still angry at her for questioning their traditions.  She's still drawn to Sander and their connection is just as deep with sexual interludes that are super steamy.  They're just as connected while trying to keep her people from becoming extinct in action-packed sequences that keep you on the edge of your seat.

Sander has no interest in seeing blood shed and has trouble reconciling the warrior Phoebe with his sexy and smart lover.  It's an exotic world he's introduced to at the wedding, and a highly sexualized one, as he gets to know his son and daughter-in-law who's an Amazonian herself.  He might not like to fight but to keep Phoebe he may have no choice as he's the only one who has the knowledge to save her people as battle begins amongst the pantheons.  It's a dangerous time for them both and I was on the edge of my seat as they dove head-first into the war.  Sander's a reliable man, strong and sturdy, whose love of Pheobe matches his love of relics and seeing the rightness of their being together had me rooting for them.  Sander sees Phoebe as she wants to be seen and values her for more than her muscle which made their connection richer and more meaningful.

It's refreshing seeing a more mature couple in an erotic tale.  They acknowledge the difficulties related to their age which endeared them to me and, despite her origins, made her more human.  As a part of a series I always felt a bit lost while reading.  The storyline is very heavy with names and the overall mythos and reading the previous books would've enhanced my enjoyment of this story.  The action and romance are nicely balanced though which made me relish the relationship between Sander and Phoebe.  Their relationship was teeming with sexual tension with sexual interludes that were super hot with a light bit of kink.  Overall this was a good story with a unique premise and a compelling main couple that's memorable and will appeal to many readers.

My rating for this is a B-

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Sabrina Garie is on a journey to create the most kick-ass heroine romance fiction has ever known and the hero who can take her. A believer that big, audacious goals spice up life, she relies on coffee, red wine and laughter to make those goals (and her characters) come alive.
When not at the computer, she wrangles vegetables and extra helpings of homework into her star-spangled, fashion-loving progeny, kowtows to a fat cat and reads, a lot. As a child, she wanted to be an astronaut, just to see what’s out there. Now, she just makes it up.
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