Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Tour for Once More, My Darling Rogue by Lorraine Heath (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a fan of Lorraine Heath I breathlessly await each new release as I know I can count on her delightful heroes to take me away from it all.  Once More, My Darling Rogue continues her trend of satisfying reads but has to work a bit harder at it because of a spoiled heroine.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this book, along with my impressions of it, and learn even more 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 too!

From New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath, comes the second book in a brand new series, The Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James, featuring three eligible bachelors...and the scoundrels that reside within each.
Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can't escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he's not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning, he realizes she doesn't remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she's his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.
While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can't be denied, regardless of consequences. So when Ophelia's memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more.

EXCERPT:

Just that morning she had been the envy of every female in London because Darling had escorted her down the aisle of St. George’s following the ceremony that had united Grace and Lovingdon. She had served as Grace’s maid of honor while Darling had stood asLovingdon’s best man. But on the long stroll from the altar to the vestry, she’d spoken not a word to him, and he’d barely acknowledged her. He hadn’t bestowed upon her his remarkable smile. His eyes hadn’t twinkled. She knew he wished to be with anyone other than her just as she wished to be with anyone other than him.
The ladies were dancing with the devil as he led them merrily into temptation. It was time someone put an end to the charade, that someone reminded them—and him—of his place within their ranks.
At that precise moment Drake Darling wished to be anywhere other than where he was, but he was well aware that in life one did not always get what he wished for. On occasion, he didn’t even get what he deserved.
So he relied upon what he’d learned during his formative years about deception and he pretended that he was positively delighted, beside himself with joy, to be the center of attention. He much preferred the shadows to glittering ballrooms. He was most comfortable when not noticed, but he was at best a chameleon. He knew how to blend in even when the blending in took place within a room with mirrored walls, gaslit chandeliers, and the finest personages the aristocracy had to offer.
The one thing he was not feigning was his happiness for Grace and Lovingdon. He considered Grace a sister, even though their blood could not have been more opposite. For many years now he had been close to Lovingdon, a confidante on occasion, but more often a hell-raiser of late. Until Grace had captured the duke’s heart.
Therefore, Drake couldn’t very well not attend the celebration of their marriage. Only minutes earlier he’d caught sight of the happy couple escaping the ballroom. Normally the bride and groom didn’t attend the ball held in their honor, but Grace was far from conventional. She’d wanted to dance with her father one last time. The Duke of Greystone’s eyesight was deteriorating, although only the family was aware of his affliction. Another reason Drake was here: to acknowledge his debt to the man and woman who had given him a home. His presence was expected, and so he gave no outward sign to the six young ladies surrounding him that he wished to be elsewhere. He always did whatever was required to ensure the duke and duchess had no regrets about taking him in.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

It takes a very talented author to take an immensely unlikable and spoiled heroine and transform her into someone caring, likable, and deserving of her HEA.  Lorraine Heath has always been a favorite of mine and with this second installment in her Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series she shows just such a talent by transforming the extremely nasty and spoiled Ophelia into Phee who's good to both people and animals and works hard when tasked with living a life foreign to her.

Ophelia has been taught not to associate with those of the lower class by a cold and commanding father.  She carries an air of superiority and doesn't hesitate to lord her status over others, particularly made man Drake Darling.  Her comments are cutting and hurtful and make her immensely unlikable as the story starts until a dramatic event changes her life, her attitude and continues to put her in jeopardy from demons from her past.  Ophelia is a strong-willed woman who knows what she wants and what she wants is freedom and her promised inheritance to acheive that.  With the family coffers dwindling though desperate times call for desperate measures and a near-drowning in the river with a bout of amnesia courtesy of a mysterious figure along with brief, painful glimpses from the past don't bode well for her future.  Being rescued by Drake leads to an eye-opening experience as he convinces her that she's his maid.  She learns that the lower class aren't what she was taught and neither is Drake.  She becomes a more caring and appreciative person, learns to love and find freedom in acceptance of herself and ultimately Drake.  Throughout this journey Drake's there keeping her safe from her past and those seeking to harm her future which allows for a friendship to morph into a love that will be put in jeopardy once she discovers that he's been lying to her ever since he rescued her.

Drake started out a boy on the streets who witnessed his father killing his mother and believes his father's darkness taints his soul.  He was rescued by a man of wealth and is grateful for all he's been given in life though he doesn't feel worthy.  He longs for a deep connection with someone but the darkness in him has him keeping his distance.  Though their relationship started out bitterly he finds himself drawn to Ophelia.  At first he just wants to bring her down a notch through his lie but discovering her deeper layers while she's in his home has him finding a soul similar to his.  Theirs is an unlikely connection but a deep one of complete acceptance.  I liked Drake immensely as he was charming and loyal to his friends and family.  He worked hard to rise above his circumstances.  He knew his lie to Phee was wrong but keeping her safe was worth the ramifications.  He knows he's not a good man but he is a man worthy of a HEA and he finds it with the most unlikely of women.

Ms. Heath surprised me by making me like the new Ophelia.  She made her into a real person who was easy to relate to.  Discovering what made her the shrew she was at the start of the story, through foreboding references at first and then the discovery of how she was trained as a child by her father, lead to great sympathy for her.  Though I couldn't completely forgive her as she was a bit hypocritical in her thoughts regarding Drake early on.  I adored Drake in the previous book and his protectiveness of his adopted sister Grace, Ophelia's friend.  He might be rough around the edges but I found him charming and could forgive his lie as I too wanted Ophelia to learn a lesson.  These two bruised souls formed a surprisingly satisfying connection and their romance was both sweet and sensual and progressed at a believable pace.  The secondary characters were again delightful and showed support towards one another that only people who've been through hardships could understand.  I look forward to more stories from this band of brothers.  The mystery surrounding Ophelia was another intriguing part of the story and Ms. Heath juggled its issues both past and present perfectly to add surprising layers to her character.  I was doubtful at the start of the story but Ms. Heath's talent shown through and took me on a delightful and satisfying journey to HEA between two very different people joined in their inner pain.  This was another entertaing installment in the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James series that can be read on its own but with such a strong cast of characters you won't want to miss any of their stories.

My rating for this is an A-

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

AUTHOR INFO:

LORRAINE HEATH always dreamed of being a writer. After graduating from the University of Texas, she wrote training manuals and computer code, but something was always missing. After reading a romance novel, she not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards, including RWA’s RITA® and a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Her novels have appeared on the USA Today and New York Times best-seller lists.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Book Tour for In From the Cold by Cat Grant (Review & GIVEAWAY)

I'm honored to be hosting Cat Grant again today with her newly-released m/m novella, In From the Cold, introducing us to the next generation of Courtlands.  Keep reading to get a glimpse of this book through an interview with Seth Courtland himself as well as my impressions of the book.  Make sure to leave a comment below for the chance to win an exclusive t-shirt too......

Hi! Thanks for joining me on my week long blog tour celebrating the first chapter in my brand new series – The Courtlands: The Next Generation. Leave a comment below and you could win an exclusive T-shirt! Follow me on the rest of this tour for a chance at some other special prizes  - backlist ebooks, exclusive swag (for the original Courtland series, and several other books), maybe even get to name a character in an upcoming Courtland book. Yes, there will be more – at least one novel, possibly two!

For all the Courtland fans clamoring for the next generation…
Cold and sick, Seth Thompson must fight through a snowstorm to get home. Seth’s unconventional upbringing taught him to always reach out to strangers in need, and Iranian engineering student Bilal al-Mansoori is no exception. Being trapped together leads to an unexpected mutual attraction—and a feverishly hot night under the covers.
But Bilal needs more than simply a rescue from the weather—he’s trapped under lifetime of cultural pressures. His strict Muslim father and fellow Iranian students have no clue about his inner torment.  His attraction to Seth isn’t a welcome discovery—instead he’s trapped between the existence he’s always known and the prospect of living and loving openly for the first time in his life.

And now, let’s have a few words with our young hero, Seth Thompson, who some of you may recall as a nerdy, precocious ten-year-old when last we saw him…
Seth:  (covers face) God, I knew you were gonna say that…
CG:  Aw, it’s not that awful, is it?
Seth:  Can we move on, please?
CG:  Sure. So tell us, what’s your life been like since we saw you last? Obviously you’ve grown up, you’re in college. What’re you studying?
Seth:  Art.
CG:  You paint?
Seth:  And draw. And sculpt sometimes. I make things out of found objects. Don’t worry, I’m minoring in business too, so I might actually be able to find a job once I graduate. (laughs)
CG:  Your stepfather’s Eric Courtland. He could get you a job with one phone call.
Seth:  If I wanted him to, which I don’t.
CG:  Why not?
Seth:  Because I want to make my own way, just like everyone else.
CG:  But you’re not like everyone else. You’ve had opportunities and advantages most of us can only dream of.
Seth:  That’s true. So?
CG:  So… why don’t you take advantage of your privilege in this case?
Seth:  My privilege?
CG:  You know what I mean. Your family’s incredibly wealthy. Your stepfather Eric Courtland’s still very influential in both business and political circles—
Seth:  (shifts in his chair) Look, I can see where you’re going with this.
CG:  Really? Where am I going with it?
Seth:  I’m not talking about my family. I made that pretty clear to your assistant when she called.
CG:  Aw, c’mon, we’re already here. Just one or two little things?
Seth:  (sighs) Like what?
CG:  Did your parents—all three of them—sleep in the same bed together every night? Could you hear them—
Seth:  (angrily jerks to his feet) Who do you think you are, asking me this stuff? But I will tell you one thing—my family’s a hell of a lot happier than most of my friends’ families, with their three-times-divorced moms and dads they haven’t heard from in years. My folks are still together, thirty years later… And I’m the one who comes from the “weird” family? (rips off his mic, walks out)
CG:  (fake smile) We’ll be right back.
(goes to commercial)

MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

After witnessing the tumultuous and oftentimes epic journey to HEA between Eric, Nick, and Ally in previous Courtland Chronicles books it's now time for the next generation to take center stage.  Nick's son Seth is making his way on his own as he doesn't want others to know he comes from money or of his unconventional upbringing.  He's not ashamed of it he just doesn't want others to view him differently.  He's also very comfortable with his sexuality that has him enjoying both sexes but recently dating has made him disillusioned and tired of one-night stands.  They say you always find love when you least expect it and with his memorable introduction to Iranian student Balil the way he views life and love will never be the same.  It's an eye-opening experience both in and out of the bedroom in a sentimental and thought-provoking start to a new generation of lovers.  Seth is a confident and kindhearted young man with a rosy colored view of the world that sometimes frustrated me.  Being in college I expected him to be more aware of the world with all it's good and bad beliefs.  Being with Balil is a shocking entry into certain truths and promises a future just as tumultuous as what his parents went through.

Balil had a very strict upbringing, especially after the death of his mother.  His father taught him to be leery of Americans while his culture taught him that being gay was a death sentence.  Since coming to America he's devoted himself to his studies, making virtually no friends, and hiding the forbidden thoughts going through his head even more often after meeting Seth.  He's suspicious of everyone and everything which is why he's so shocked by Seth's helping him when he was sick.  Their relationship evolves slowly but surely over a few days with sexual tension weighing heavily on them both.  There's not much actual sex to be seen though as Balil is still very uncertain in choosing to live his life freely with a lot of foreboding feelings courtesy of the few Iranian students he associates with.  The only time the burden of expectations leaves him is in Seth's arms.

This is a quick read with two likable but very different people.  It's a sweet and sentimental read as well as thought-provoking as Ms. Grant seamlessly incorporated political issues into the narrative to emphasize the freeing relationship burgeoning between Balil and Seth.  With an ending that's satisfying but clearly leaves room for more readers will be happy to see the return of the Courtlands and counting down the days to see where life and love takes Seth and Balil next.

My rating for this is a B+

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Cat Grant lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California, with one persnickety feline and way too many books and DVDs. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her watching movies or TV (Supernatural and The Vampire Diaries are among her favorite shows), singing along to her favorite band (30 Seconds to Mars), or fantasizing about kinky sex with Michael Fassbender and/or Jared Leto.
Here’s Cat’s various hideouts on the Internet:

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Tour for What I Love About You by Rachel Gibson (Review & GIVEAWAY)


I've been a fan of Ms. Gibson's for many years and can count on her for a fun and flirty read with entertaining dialogue.  Her latest release, What I Love About You, the third installment in her Truly, Idaho series continues to satisfy.  Keep reading to get my impressions of this book, 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 print copy of this book too!

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Gibson returns to Truly, Idaho, and to the fate of sexy SEAL Blake Junger
GIMMEE A B-R-E-A-K!
Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity—her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.
GIMMEE A S-H-O-T!
Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he's determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

When I think of lighthearted reads with witty dialogue and likable characters I automatically think of Rachel Gibson.  With her latest release she accomplishes all that as well as digging deep into one man's demons and showing us the results of being a dutiful soldier who's good at his job.  There's also laughter, tears, and heartwarming moments courtesy of a sweet child who charms her way into a gruff man's heart and a HEA for a woman willing to stand by the man whose actions often speak louder than words.

Blake Junger is at a crossroads trying to stay sober and cope with his PTSD.  With his twin brother recently finding love he feels adrift and just wants to be left alone to figure out what he wants to do with his life.  The day a little girl named Charlotte shows up in his yard is the day his life changes dramatically and once he meets her strong-willed mother he's no longer able to run from his demons.  Blake starts off very gruff, a man of few words who likes to be alone.  He resents the intrusion but slowly warms up to the little girl as he finds himself attracted to Natalie and thus begins a subtle battle of wills full of sexual tension and laugh out loud interactions.  Blake is charming, sexy, and the kind of man you know will keep you safe.  His interactions with Charlotte are sweet and endearing, especially when he refers to her as his best friend.  Blake's addiction and emotional turmoil is vividly depicted and show a strong man truly struggling and I found myself sympathetic towards him and rooting for him to overcome his pain and lonely existance.  He's drawn to Natalie but doesn't think himself capable of love which leads to a rocky road to HEA as he has to undergo some serious soul searching and admitting that he can't handle everything before becoming the man Natalie deserves.

Natalie is a strong-willed woman uninterested in love as her ex-husband humiliated her and left her in a whirlwind of deceit and media intrusion through his embezzling.  She's devoted to her daughter and her photo shop and doesn't think she needs anything else until she meets her infuriatingly gruff yet super sexy neighbor.  She's not the kind of woman into one-night stands and fights her attraction as Blake has heartbreaker written all over him.  Though their relationship starts off with playful verbal battles, spending time with him shows a caring man in need of love.  Giving into their attraction results in lots of steamy interludes seamlessly incorporated into the story and let Natalie have moments of fun she desperately deserved.  Natalie is a stand by your man kind of woman who gave Blake the time he needed to heal and I admired her for it.  Her interactions with her ex were realistic as feelings of distrust still burned bright and her letting him be a part of Charlotte's life again showed a woman of great strength and a big heart.

I normally don't care for children in my romance books but I found Charlotte delightful.  She's sweet yet knows how to subtly manipulate to get what she wants which brings her and Blake closer as she aids him in getting closer to Natalie.  Her language and emotions are realistic and her presence loomed large in the story as she was a ball of energy with a kind heart.  Natalie's friend Lilah was also a nice addition pushing her friend into living once again.  She was outspoken, told it like it was, and had the ability to make even Blake blush and I'd love to see more of her.  Seeing brother Beau was another wonderful part of the story, making for an awkward yet hilarious first meeting between him and Natalie.  He and Stella prove that happiness can befall the Junger boys despite their troubling childhood.  From start to finish this story captured my heart, especially the interactions between Blake and Charlotte.  There was a perfect blending of steaminess, sentimentality, and witty banter that Ms. Gibson is known for and that keeps me coming back and I highly recommend it.

My rating for this is an A-

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Rachel Gibson lives in Idaho with her husband, three kids, two cats and a dog of mysterious origin. She began her fiction career at age 16, when she ran her car into the side of a hill, retrieved the bumper, and drove to a parking lot, where she strategically scattered the car’s broken glass all about. She told her parents she’d been the victim of a hit and run and they believed her. She’s been making up stories ever since, although she gets paid better for them nowadays.

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Book Tour for Pleasure Point by Eden Bradley (GIVEAWAY)


As a fan of steamy reads I'm intrigued by what this series of books promises and excited to introduce you to the latest installment, Pleasure Point by Eden Bradley.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Ms. Bradley's new book that just released today and then fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC, swag, and books too!

This is your Invitation to Eden, an exciting series coming out throughout 2014 featuring 27 of the biggest names in sizzling hot romance. Join us as we take you on an exciting adventure to Eden, where anything…and everything goes!
The island always knows what you need…
 Miranda lives in paradise— the exclusive Eden resort, the ultimate in fantasy retreats.
Roan, the resort’s dungeon consultant, lives part-time on the island and full-time in the past.
When the sexy Dominant and the sultry pastry chef both receive one of the island’s mysterious invitations they spend a sizzling week together in the dungeon suite. They’re left breathless, wanting more… and hopelessly falling.
Both have been scarred by loss, both have created a nearly impenetrable shell. The intensity and intimacy of kink might be the perfect recipe to open Miranda’s heart again. But can the man who fulfills her every secret desire ever give her what she needs the most?

EXCERPT:

Miranda checked her reflection in the small compact mirror she pulled from her black clutch and peered at her reflection. Her familiar blue eyes stared back at her. Yep, she still looked like the same woman she’d been before the mysterious piece of pale, papery linen and vellum had slid beneath her apartment door two days ago.
This is your invitation to Eden…
Crazy, how a simple piece of embossed paper could come across as so utterly commanding. What she still couldn’t figure out was why she of all people had received an invitation from her employer at the exclusive Island of Eden Resort.
She tucked the mirror back into her small clutch purse and took in a breath as she stared at the imposing brushed steel double doors before her.
Had an employee ever been issued an invitation before? She hadn’t heard any rumors about it in the resort’s pastry kitchen, which she managed, or around the staff apartments or at the staff pool.
Why me?
And why, of all places, had she been instructed to go to Club Sin? How could anyone have possibly known? But there she was, her heart fluttering, her pulse hot in her veins as she pulled open one heavy door and stepped through into the red, black and chrome interior of the elegant dungeon, which was apparently an ante-chamber. Just inside the door sat a large, sleek black lacquer desk with chrome-framed black-and-white photographs of deliciously wicked images on the walls: a naked woman lay over the lap of a man in a business suit, his hand coming down to smack her round bottom; in another a woman wearing nothing but kitten ears and a rhinestone-studded collar knelt on a bare wood floor; in another a man and woman were chained back-to-back on either side of an enormous X-shaped St. Andrew’s Cross. Miranda’s lips parted and her breath caught in her throat as desire rippled over her skin, her gaze moving from one image to the next. Oh, she loved the kitten image—something she’d never considered before, but…
She shook her head.
This is crazy.
She hadn’t done any of those things since Daryn. Hadn’t even thought about it. Okay, maybe she’d thought about it. And it was said the island always knew what you needed. The island, or her employer the enigmatic Theodosius Vardalos—‘the Master’ as he was known to his employees. But was kink what she needed?
It had been five years. Five years of grieving. Not a time to play. But…she’d missed it. Missed the thrill of kink. The sensations. The giving over control—something she never did in her day-to-day life. It was still her number one fantasy—being bound and touched, teased, tortured with pain and pleasure.
Her nipples went hard just thinking about it. She almost wanted to stroke the tips, allowing her body a shiver of desire before flexing her hands on her small bag and trying to remember that the damn invitation had made her wary. Rightfully so.
Right?
So why did she feel as if something important was about to happen? Something important and possibly thrilling.
When she walked into the main room of the dungeon she had to stifle a gasp.
Oh, I am in big, bad trouble.
He was tall, which she always loved, being five-foot-eight herself. And he was elegant—there was something in the way he held himself that told her so. It was a relaxed confidence, but something more…and so damn handsome she could barely believe he was real. Dark hair. Chiseled features that would have belonged on a model if he weren’t so thoroughly masculine, with that little bit of scruff shadowing his angular jaw making him seem all the more male. And even from several yards away the man radiated pure power.
Her knees shook, weakened by his presence. Stunningly male. Stunningly dominant. He wore authority like a second skin.
He held a hand out. “Hallo.”
He had an English accent. Sexy as hell.
Oh, yes.

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AUTHOR INFO:

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Eden Bradley writes dark, edgy erotica and erotic romance for Bantam/Delta, Harlequin Spice and HQN, Berkley Heat (as both Eden Bradley and Eve Berlin), and Samhain Publishing. Two of her books have been Romantic Times Top Picks, and her novel FORBIDDEN FRUIT was profiled in Cosmopolitan Magazine's Red Hot Reads column in 2008. More recently her BDSM book THE DARK GARDEN hit the top paperback fiction charts in the UK. Her books have been translated into German, French, Romanian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Czech and Japanese.
As someone who has been involved in BDSM practice for much of her adult life, she relates in particular to her BDSM and kink stories, infusing them with her own truth about kink practice from her life experiences.
Eden has appeared regularly on Playboy Radio's 'Night Calls' and the Hollywood In the Flesh readings. She loves art, shoes, tattoos, reading smutty books, chocolate and sex, of course, not necessarily in that order.


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Release Day Blast for Sasha’s Demons by T.L. Smith (GIVEAWAY)


Those looking for an intensely emotional read with sensual encounters from compelling characters will get that with the just-released, Sasha’s Demons by T.L. Smith.  Keep reading to get a taste of this second installment in the Dilemma Series and then fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC, books, and swag too!

Sasha
I believed my life was happy and content and that I would never love or need love. That was true until Josh walked into my life. Then he ripped my heart out and tore it to shreds.
My heart is a broken mess and I’m not sure how to fix it. I think Brax wants to be the one to help fix me, but I don’t know whether to give myself to someone again. I can’t risk it - I just can't. It will end up destroying me, of that I am sure.
Brax
She is broken and keeps on pushing me away, soon she will realize I am the one who will mend her heart, and no one will love her like I will, I am it for her. Together, she will fix us both.
I let her walk away once, that’s not going to happen again.

EXCERPT:

It hurts too much, way too much. I don’t know how to rid myself of this stabbing pain in my heart. He left, he just left me. It may not have been his choice, but that doesn’t mean anything. It still hurts all the same. I lay in his bed, not moving, not eating. Hell, trying not to even think. I just sleep. People come and visit, trying to help me move, but I don’t see the point.

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AUTHOR INFO:

T.L. lives in Brisbane, Australia with her 2 children. She started writing because of her love of reading. She used to doodle with ideas when she was younger, but never wrote too much. Her life dream is to be a full time author. If you ask her if she is like her characters, she says, “I am like both of the characters from my two book series. I think I have put a bit of myself in both….Krinos tends to say things without thinking, I do the same. She also rules the roost, and I do the same in my household.” Her celebrity crush is Chris Hemsworth, she loves chocolate ice cream, her biggest pet peeve is nails on a chalkboard., and she is not a fan of having her photo taken. She loves being part of the Indie Book world, and has made some amazing friends along the way. But, she acknowledges she could never do what she does if it wasn’t for the bloggers that pimp her and the fans that support her and read her books.

Book Spotlight for All Messed Up by Kelly Jamieson

I enjoy steamy reads full of fun and flirty scenes and you'll find just that with All Messed Up by Kelly Jamieson, the second installment in her Windy City Kink series.  Keep reading to get a delectable taste of this book that's releasing on October 7 and then add it to your pre-order list.....

If he’s a mistake, she’s ready to make him her favorite mistake.
Mallory Hurst has tried to live a life that makes up for past mistakes. But now she faces a huge ethical dilemma. Her pharmaceutical company’s unapproved, off-label use of a medication puts lives at risk, and her protests have fallen on deaf ears.
Hoping a trip home will clear her head, she boards a plane for California. And strikes up a conversation with a handsome stranger.
Joe Mason recently learned that the man he’s called father all his life… isn’t. At least that explains why he never measured up to his older brothers. Flying to meet his biological father for the first time, he meets a sleek, sexy woman who makes him want to mess up her perfect hair.
Shared conversation leads to a shared drink between flights, then when their flight is canceled, a shared bed overnight—where their rush of attraction explodes into a night of much-needed kinky fun.
Yet a night of hot, messy sex won’t fix anything—in fact, blowing off steam could have blown their lives all to hell…

PRE-ORDER BUY LINKS:  Samhain // Amazon // Barnes and Noble // Kobo

PREVIOUS INSTALLMENT IN THE SERIES......
SWEET OBSESSION:  GR // Amazon // Kobo // Barnes and Noble

AUTHOR INFO:

Kelly Jamieson writes romances with heat that's sweet. Her writing has been described as “emotionally complex”, “sweet and satisfying” and “blisteringly sexy”. If she can stop herself from reading or writing, she loves to cook. She has shelves of cookbooks that she reads at length. She also enjoys gardening in the summer, and in the winter she likes to read gardening magazines and seed catalogues (there might be a theme here...) She also loves shopping, especially for clothes and shoes. But her family takes precedence over everything else (yes, even writing). She has two teenage children who are the best kids in the world, not that she’s biased, and a wonderful husband who does loads of laundry while she plays on the computer writing stories.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Tour for Control by Laura Marie Altom (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Those looking for an intense read will get just that with Control by Laura Marie Altom with its damaged heroine and the hero who wants to turn her life around.  Keep reading to get a glimpse into this engaging first book in the Shamed series, along with my impressions of it, and learn even more 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 and a digital copy of this book too.

Billionaire on a Budget?!
Confession time! One of the toughest—and most fun—parts of writing Control, was getting myself in the billionaire mindset. My parents were both teachers, so I grew up happy, but with sturdy stainless steel spoons instead of silver. Hubby and I are blessed to live a comfortable life, but with two kids in college and a money-pit of an old house, boatloads of cash would certainly be welcome!
To get myself in the proper billionaire mindset, I had to throw out my every monetary belief. For Liam, the phrase—I can’t afford that—doesn’t exist. Think about that for a second—there’s literally no material object or service he can’t afford. This fact proved tricky in quite a few situations—even theopening premise that his private jet was forced to make an emergency landing. What would make him choose to stay in a small town rather than just chartering a flight home to California? Why did he stay in a shabby motel when he could buy the biggest house in Rose Springs, Arkansas?  
The answers to those questions could only be found within Liam, himself. I won’t give any spoilers, but like me, he also wasn’t born with a set of silver spoons.
Once I learned to think like a billionaire, the real fun began! I spent LOTS of Liam’s money. He already had a G-6 jet, but he needed a helicopter for times when traveling by car is just too monotonous. When he does need a car, he drives in style—Bentley, Jag, and Rolls Royce. I next gave him his beloved beach house at Big Sur.


Liam also needed a place to crash when he’s working out of his Palo Alto, California company headquarters. This home is stark, white and modern. Ella hates it, and finds it too cold and impersonal. Liam feels the minimalist d├ęcor allows him to think better. If his mind isn’t cluttered by bric-a-brac, then that leaves plenty of space for him to be creative. Here’s a pic:

Liam’s childhood left him with commitment issues, which is why he needs a place for his female companions to stay. But this couldn’t be just any old place—he needed something spectacular. When he first earned serious money, he spent a lot of time traveling. One of his favorite places is Marrakesh, and he worked with a designer to recreate that exotic vibe in the penthouse of his San Francisco apartment building. This pic is of one of the interior courtyards:

One of my favorite spending scenes was Ella’s makeover. Not only did Liam’s assistant find a hairdresser and stylist way after-hours, but racks of pricey clothes and dozens of boots and shoes and designer purses in brands reserved for A-List actresses and billionaire brides—only Ella’s not a bride. Just a highly paid companion. The notion makes her sad, but she enjoys once again feeling pretty.

The largest sum I spent outside of the biggees like the homes and jet, was on jewelry! I won’t say when, but at some point in the story, Liam drapes Ella in sapphires, because they remind him of her blueberry-blue eyes—oh, and he pairs those gorgeous blue stones with plenty of BIG diamonds! I can’t imagine how much of Liam’s money I spent on this scene, but why should I worry? I’m a billionaire, right? At least, when I’m in Liam’s head!
Happy Reading!
Laura Marie

Laura Marie Altom’s heart-stirring new romance will have you believing in the power of love—and passion—to heal even the most wounded souls.
Never again. Fleeing her hometown to escape an abusive marriage, Ella Patton swears she has surrendered to a man for the last time. But while living under a new name, she meets a kind, handsome stranger who seems different—and will be moving on soon, making Ella reckless enough to break her rules. With a kiss, the stranger opens the door to desires Ella believed she would never know. Then he makes an unexpected proposal.
A dot-com billionaire from humble beginnings, Liam Stone is a man whose past has made him compassionate yet guarded—much like the beautiful, secretive woman he stumbles upon in a remote Southern town. Though he intends only a dalliance, when the time comes to return home to San Francisco, Liam cannot bear the thought of leaving her behind. But when he tries to entice her to join him, he finds the tables turning dizzingly fast. Suddenly a little seduction becomes a huge battle for one thing: control.

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BUY LINKS:  AMAZON  |  BN  |  iTUNES

MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

From the moment this book started I was excited for the promising combination of Sleeping With the Enemy/Pretty Woman that was depicted.  The writing had a nice flow but unfortunately the story got lost along the way with over-the-top scenarios and characters and a main couple that was difficult to connect with.  

Both of the characters in this story have issues with giving up control, but for very different reasons.  For Liam, he's a rich man who's more often loved for his checkbook than anything else and who grew up feeling unloved and an afterthought.  He'd rather be the one leaving instead of getting left and seeks to control every aspect of his life, especially his relationships, through contracts and coldness.  When he becomes obsessed with the lost and battered Ella he gets her to sign a contract to be his whenever he wants but from there handles their relationship with cold detachment and hot sex.  Theirs is a rocky relationship full of half-truths and hidden emotions until the cliffhanger ending where everything is thrown in doubt with an announcement that really didn't surprise me.  Liam was too arrogant and too tightly wound for me to ever warm up to.  His past was painful but not near the magnitude of what Ella suffered though he certainly gave the impression that it was which further disappointed me.

Ella never wants to give up control ever again for fear of being hurt.  She was brutalized by her husband who relied on his charm and money to keep the truth hidden.  With no one to turn to for help, including a family who didn't believe her, she went on the run using a fake identity.  Though she's in the middle of nowhere a rich man once again enters her life and she immediately jumps at what he's offering which didn't ring true for me considering her past.  It's a rollercoaster romance full of secrets and mistrust that keeps readers on the edge of their seats as the author guides us, and the still emotionally bruised Ella, towards the cliff leaving us screaming.  As a heroine Ella isn't too bad.  Though she threw herself right back into the fire with the troubled Liam I still admire her leaving her husband.  The author's depiction of the abuse was doled out slowly until hitting us vividly in the face with it towards the end to make us even more fearful of what's to come for her with the melodramatic cliffhanger ending.

From its promising beginning to an ending that will leave readers frustrated, it's a tumultuous journey between two lost souls that runs hot and cold.  The emotions, both good and bad, are intense and kick you in the gut leaving you bruised along with Ella.  Ms. Altom might not have written a perfect starter story to the Shamed series, but it's a compelling one that's hard to put down.

My rating for this is a C.

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Laura Marie Altom is the author of more than forty books in three different genres. Now that her kids are in college, Laura spends her days writing and chasing after a menagerie of pets: a mini long-haired dachshund named Cocoa, a Yorkie named Daisy, a mutt named Sweet Pea, and Domino—a black-and-white stealth cat she rarely sees. She’s happily married to her college sweetheart (go Hogs!), and when night falls, Laura steals a few romantic moments for herself with her own hunky cover stud.

WEBSITE:  http://www.lauramariealtom.com/

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