Thursday, September 1, 2016

Book Tour for Eternal Temptations by Janine Infante Bosco (Review & GIVEAWAY)


The love, tears, joy, and sexiness that has taken place amidst the world of the Satan's Knights MC and the Pastore crime family over the last few years is coming to an end in this emotionally intense read that will arose heartwarming feelings while putting a smile on your face.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Eternal Temptations by Janine Infante Bosco, as well as the rest of the Tempted series, then discover even more about this book through my impressions and by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this sixth and final installment in the Tempted series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC, a signed print copy of this book, and an e-copy of the entire series too!

You’ve seen them through their most illicit temptations.
Guided them through their forbidden temptations.
Stuck with them through their uncontrollable temptations.
Owned their reckless temptations.
And survived their lethal temptations.
Five couples.
One threat.
Who will survive the eternal temptation?
Just when the men of the Pastore crime family and the brothers of the Satan’s Knights MC, think they can rest easy—a danger no one saw coming threatens to destroy everyone’s perfect life.
The men of the mob are resurrected and the boys in leather are back.
It’s time for one final ride.
And for you to ask yourself one last time...
Are you tempted?

EXCERPT:

Join an MC they said.
Take the detour.
Find your heart and own that shit.
I pause, pushing the carriage passed the park gates and pull off my sunglasses to check out our surroundings. There are a couple of kids playing in the sandbox but the little kid with the fisherman’s hat looks like he has that shit on lock down, claiming the three babies with dresses all for himself.
His parents need to teach him how to share and spread the wealth.
I turn my attention to the sprinklers, ready to introduce my son to the love of bikinis but the bigger kids run that part of the playground.
“All right, Eric, time for you to learn how to woo the women,” I say, eyeing the empty swings before looking down at my son who’s rockin’ a pair of sunglasses just like mine. “Don’t look at me like that, I know they’re empty but give it a few minutes and they’ll be lining up to swing with us,” I promise. “Just follow my lead and I’ll have you ten play dates by the time your mom’s finished getting her nails done."
He leans forward grabbing a fistful of Gerber Puffs and throws them at me.
All right, he’s not a believer—but he will be.
I push the carriage to where the swings are and unlatch Fort Knox. I swear you need to be a brain surgeon to take a kid out of a carriage. Forget about opening this fucking thing—I had to watch a YouTube video just to unfold it. Thank God, Kitten is meeting us here, otherwise I would strap this fucking thing to the roof of my truck.
I place Eric in the swing, tighten the seat belt, see now, this one isn’t so bad, one click and my boy is set. Watching as he curiously looks around the playground I push him. After a few pushes a smile makes its way across his face.
That shit never gets old.
Watching your child’s eyes widen in wonder, smile in joy as he decides he likes the new experience—it’s fucking incredible. Something I almost didn’t get the chance to experience.
“You like that, don’t you?” I grin as he giggles. That sound is contagious, causing me to laugh as I watch him cheer with every high the swing takes and clap his hands with the lows.
A mother walks up next to us and places her daughter in the swing next to ours.
“Showtime,” I whisper into Eric’s ear. “Now, the trick isn’t getting the girl…it’s keeping her once you’ve got her. You need to keep it fresh, excite her when she least expects it and always make her know how much she means to you. I’m not saying you have to marry the first girl you nab, but if she’s the one you love, always make sure you tell her. Never let her wonder—that reminds me,” I say, pulling back the swing for a second to whip out my cell phone. I swipe my thumb across the screen and compose a new text message.
Me: Roar.
I grin watching as the little gray cloud appears and two seconds later my phone chimes.
Kitten: Meow. XOXO
It chimes again when I’m about to put my phone away.
Kitten: I just finished drying my nails. Where are you guys?
Me: By the swings.
Kitten: Did Eric get any dates?
Me: Still working on it.
Kitten: LOL. See you in a few.
I pocket my phone and lean close to Eric.
“Mommy’s on her way,” I say, giving him another push and watch him eye the girl on the swing next to him. “That’s my boy! Get her Tiger!"
The girl squeals and Eric doesn’t take his eyes off her. Her mom pushes her higher, and she turns to Eric and sticks her tongue out at him. “Oh, the little vixen is playing hard to get,” I hiss, pushing Eric a drop higher.
“How old is he?” The mother asked.
“He’ll be one next month,” I reply, biting back the cringe as I ask her how old her daughter is, preparing myself for the math equation.
“How old is she?"
“Seventeen months and three days,” she replies proudly.
See, math equation. Why couldn’t she say the kid was one?
“Nice,” I reply, leaning into Eric’s ear. “She’s a cougar."
“There are my boys!"
I turn around at the sound of Lauren’s voice and smirk as she completely brushes passed me and goes straight for our son.
“There’s my little guy,” she coos, reaching for him.
Knowing the drill, I pull my baseball hat off my head and run my fingers through my hair. It’ll take Kitten a good ten seconds of lovin’ on our boy before she even realizes I’m here. She takes him out of the swing and brings him against her chest, showering him with kisses—totally ruining his game.



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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

It's been a long journey for the compelling characters created by Ms. Bosco in her Tempted series and just when you think they've found their HEA readers are once again put through the emotional wringer with the unforgettable conclusion found here.  From the moment this series started readers were introduced to characters that were larger than life, loyal to those they loved and called friend, and with each new release you became more fully immersed in this world.  Each character became like family, their struggles becoming ours, and it's sad that it's all coming to an end with Eternal Temptations.  It's sad yet ultimately uplifting as tragedy only makes bonds stronger, uniting these unlikely friends in a war based on revenge that ultimately demonstrates the power of love.

With a backdrop depicting the rise of Vincent Pastore and his final plans for revenge, readers get glimpses of all the previous couples and get to be a part of their continued happiness.  Even if you've never read one of the books in this series before you'll find yourself quickly consumed by these characters.  From the upcoming wedding between Jack and Reina to the baby-making plan for Riggs and Lauren to the continuing mental struggles for Blackie and Lacey to the other Pastores dealing with Victor's endgame, readers are taken to the top of a rollercoaster waiting for the drop.  Ms. Bosco pulls us into their happiness with steamy encounters and flirty banter between the couples, making us smile, before allowing fate to intrude in a heartbreaking way that will leave readers on edge and waiting for these bruised yet strong-willed people to rise again in all their glory.  It's a moment forever seared in my mind and reflects the bond between these men who have each been through painful pasts.

Ms. Bosco has crafted a powerful series full of men and women scarred both mentally and physically who find happiness in a family of their own making.  The world of the Satan's Knights MC is vividly depicted, bathed in blood, and quickly captivated me.  They're a loyal bunch and their connection to the Pastore crime family is seamless and just as deadly and emotionally draining.  The men of the Pastore family have given everything in the name of family and it's further reiterated by their aiding of their MC allies which leads all of them towards a fiery final confrontation that had my heart racing.  From the first installment to this last one I've been taken on an unforgettable journey, an emotionally draining one, that I'll never forget.  It's one I definitely recommend to those readers who love steamy romances balanced with powerful and emotionally engaging events.  Though there's still stories to tell in this world I'm thankful to Ms. Bosco for crafting this tale and the warm feelings in engendered in me.  I'm thankful too for the memorable characters and powerful ending that's all wrapped up with a big bow and I'm looking forward to where she'll take us next. Where Ms. Bosco takes us next will continue to keep us on the edge of our seats immersing us in the new loves and losses of more powerful men hoping to beat their demons.

My rating for this is an A.

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


THE PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE TEMPTED SERIES...


ILLICIT TEMPTATIONS (Book #1)

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FORBIDDEN TEMPTATIONS (Book #2)

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UNCONTROLLABLE TEMPTATIONS (Book #3)

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RECKLESS TEMPTATIONS (Book #4)

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LETHAL TEMPTATIONS (Book #5)

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AUTHOR INFO:

Janine Infante Bosco lives in New York City, she has always loved reading and writing. When she was thirteen, she began to write her own stories and her passion for writing took off as the years went on. At eighteen, she even wrote a full screenplay with dreams of one day becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild.
Janine writes emotionally charged novels with an emphasis on family bonds, strong willed female characters, and alpha male men who will do anything for the women they love. She loves to interact with fans and fellow avid romance readers like herself.
She is proud of her success as an author and the friendships she’s made in the book community but her greatest accomplishment to date would be her two sons Joseph and Paul.


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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Book Spotlight on A Cowboy Christmas Miracle by Carolyn Brown (GIVEAWAY)

Christmas has come early with this entertaining read set in a small town that brings together two warring families with combustible results!  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of A Cowboy Christmas Miracle by Carolyn Brown, with its tale of opposites attracting, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this fourth installment in the Burnt Boot, Texas series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a copy of the third book in this series too!

It will take a miracle bigger than the state of Texas for these two feuding families to survive the holidays!
Opposites might attract...
The Brennans and the Gallaghers put aside their one-hundred-year feud every Tuesday for their weekly poker game. This week, the stakes are sky-high. Goaded to recklessness, Declan Brennan bets one thousand dollars that he can woo the next woman to walk into the saloon. A minute later, fiery-haired Betsy Gallagher pushes through the doors. If Declan can tame this wild Gallagher, he’ll have earned every penny.
If they don’t kill each other first...
Betsy can outshoot anybody in Burnt Boot and loves ranching more than anything—until she falls for Declan. He’s fallen for her too. But when she discovers what sparked their courtship, Declan will need a Christmas miracle to save his hide—and his heart.

EXCERPT:

Dammit!
Betsy’s green eyes flashed both anger and excitement, and if she’d been any other woman in the whole state of Texas, Declan would have started his mission right then and there to get her into bed. But not a Gallagher! No way was he getting tangled up with Betsy. Declan liked his house, his job, and his place on the ranch too well to screw it up.
Betsy unwound her shapely legs, which were encased in tight denim, and slid down closer to him. With green eyes flashing, she shoved out a hand. “It’s a bet. Do we judge by the number or the value of the items?"
“It would be hard to judge by the value, since we’d argue until the devil turned blue from cold about that, so we’ll go by the number of items.” He wrapped his big hand around her small one and shook it firmly. The shock of her touch was unlike anything he’d ever experienced. Chalking it up to the risks they were both taking, he dropped her hand. The tingling sensation was still there when Kyle returned and gave her the key.
Declan was glad that he’d made the offer for her to be in charge of the thing because right then, his hand was so hot that it would have turned the thing into liquid metal.
“Okay, you two. Let’s see if you can bring in what we need for a proper program. When I take stock of it all on the Sunday before Christmas, I’ll decide if we have enough. If not, it will be a start for next year,” he said.
“I’ll see to it that we have enough,” Betsy said.
“I understand there is a tree lighting at the store and the bar this next weekend,” Kyle said. “So those will be celebrations."
“It’s usually a war,” Declan said. “The Gallaghers do something to destroy or mess up our party, so then we’re bound to have to retaliate."
“How are you ever going to work together to make this program happen?” Kyle asked.
“Don’t worry, Preacher. We’ll get it done in spite of each other,” Declan said. “I’m leaving now. Betsy, we’ll meet here next Thursday night to discuss the rules?"
She nodded curtly.
“Okay then. No gathering of items until we talk about it, or the bet is off,” Declan said.
“What bet?” Kyle asked.
“That I can bring in more than he can.” Betsy shoved her arms into her denim duster.
“So this is a competition?"
“Everything between the Gallaghers and Brennans is a competition,” Declan said. “Have a happy Thanksgiving, Preacher. If you don’t have a place for dinner that day, you are welcome at River Bend."
“Or at Wild Horse,” Betsy said.
“Thank you both, but I’m going home to WaurikaOklahoma. My fiancée and I are having dinner at my folks’ place."
“Then enjoy it,” Betsy said.
Declan crawled into his club cab truck and laughed out loud. He’d win this crazy Christmas war, collect his thousand dollars from Betsy, and give it to Tanner. That would make her even madder at her cousin when she found out what had happened at the poker game. He started the engine and had put the truck in reverse when someone tapped on the window.
Betsy made the motion for him to roll down the window.
He hit the button, and it slid down slowly. “What? Do you want to cancel the bet right now?"
“I just want to know what time we’re going to meet on Thanksgiving night since the can for notes might not be in place until after that."
“How about ten o’clock? Park your truck at the bar. I’ll pick you up there, and we’ll park under the shade trees out back of the church and go inside to set up the rules."
She gave a brief nod and walked away, her cute little butt swaying from side to side and making his mouth go dry.

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AUTHOR INFO:

NY Times and USA Today Bestselling author and RITA Finalist, Carolyn Brown, has published more than seventy books.  These days she is concentrating on her two loves:  women’s fiction and contemporary cowboy romance. She and her husband, a retired English teacher, make their home in southern Oklahoma.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Blurb Blitz for Lyrical Press Contemporary Romances (GIVEAWAY)


Fans of contemporary romances full of conflict, angst, and heartache will find themselves drawn to these two new releases from Lyrical Press.  Keep reading to get a compelling glimpse of Breaking Hearts by Melissa Shirley and its tale of past secrets and second chance romances, along with the sports-themed interracial romance Head Over Heels by Crystal B. Bright, and discover even more about them by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of these two engaging reads make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a digital copy of each book too!

BREAKING HEARTS BY MELISSA SHIRLEY
Can tragedies have a happy ending in Storybook Lake?
Every town has one—a mean girl, hell-bent on taking down everything in her path—and Danielle Ranier played the role to a tee. She broke up Storybook Lake’s most beloved couple and to save herself from a lifetime of lectures on morality, she hopped on the first plane out of town. Six years, one child, and a big secret later, she’s back, fleeing from her abusive husband, who isn’t quite willing to set her free. Now on trial for a murder she didn’t commit, Simon Hunter, the only man she’s ever loved is offering her a lifetime of love and security. If she could only reveal the secrets long-held inside her, a family that never was might finally come together . . .

EXCERPT:

How it all started.
Since the moment I first noticed boys in fifth grade, Simon Hunter was the boy I saw myself growing old with. He had the best smile, the most expressive honey-colored eyes, and a way with people that made an entire town love him. Even when he didn’t know it, he was everything to me. Any minute I could sneak into his presence was a minute I savored and cherished.
When we got around to the business of being adults, our schedules seldom coordinated, but we spent most Fridays together. I’d skipped out on the last three, wanting him to see what it would be like without me. I wanted him to miss me with a desperate passion.
The missing only happened on my end, and I had the phone log to prove it. As it went to voice mail, I glared at my phone and left my tenth message…a pitiful, I-miss-you-please-call-me-and-let-me-know-you’re-okay kind of message. Since high school, he’d been my reason for waking up in the morning, the hero in the dreams I had every night, and the focus of all the moments in between. And damn it. Friday was our day.
After a quick makeup check, I left my apartment, the one we’d planned to share up until a few months ago when he started making all those trips to LA with Gatlin. I kicked the jealousy away with the toe of my shoe against a rock on the sidewalk.
For three full blocks, I took my frustration out on chunks of concrete until I strolled past the bakery. It took every ounce of my will not to press my nose against the window to see if he’d decided to loiter inside while his sister worked, or if he’d just run in to get some free pastries. His car was parked out front, so I leaned against it for a few minutes, waiting…remembering the first time he kissed me…the way his hand cupped the side of my face, the brush of his lips so softly over mine. Had we been sixteen? Seventeen? It was a lifetime ago.

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AUTHOR INFO:

As an author, Melissa Shirley believes in fairytales, happily ever after, and destiny. Born and raised in Illinois, and a mother of eight, she lives with her husband and three youngest children in a quiet town in the southern part of the state where she spends her time writing and watching her children grow into the people she has always dreamed.

HEAD OVER HEELS BY CRYSTAL B. BRIGHT
Sometimes it takes hurt to open your heart...
At twenty-two, Thane Wells is the highest-paid pitcher in Major League Baseball—and he owes it all to his adoptive Mama, “Queen” Elizabeth Sommerville, a wise, beautiful, entrepreneurial African-American woman who always encouraged him and his two white brothers to reach for the stars…the woman Thane still talks to daily. He never dreamed their most recent conversation would be their last. With his beloved supporter suddenly gone, Thane is grief-stricken, shaken, and vulnerable—especially to a woman like Kari Meyers.
Kari’s had her eye on Thane for a while, but strictly for business. As a junior sports agent, she’s hungry to sign him, especially when she hears his current agent will be retiring soon. When she finally locates Thane, she’s shocked to discover he’s attending his mother’s funeral—and he’s shocked to find Kari in his hotel room. Assuming she’s an escort is just the beginning of their misunderstandings. But one thing that’s clear is their mutual attraction. As a single mom with an NBA ex, Kari has a rule against dating athletes. Yet as circumstances bring the two closer together, they just might find they’re on the same team, heart and soul…

EXCERPT:

"Hey!"
She turned, hoping to see Thane calling for her. Instead, she saw the other businessman who had been sitting with Alec Fogel. Out of curiosity, she waited as he walked up to her.
“Do I know you?” Kari asked as she held on to the strap of her purse.
“No. And I don’t know you, but I’d like to.” The statuesque older man ran his hand over his silver hair. “My name is Frank Milliner. I’m the owner of the Winning Edge Agency. I heard what you said in there to Thane Wells. What agency do you work at now?"
Kari regarded him for a moment before speaking. “I don’t. I was hoping to sign him up as my client."
“Wait. You don’t work at an agency? How did you even know about him?"
Great. Another man who probably underestimated her passion for sports and her drive for a career. She would have to correct that perception right now.
“I could use someone like you in my company. I’m assuming you’ve finished school.” Frank crossed his arms over his chest as he studied her.
“Just graduated."
He laughed and shook his head. “Yes, you are exactly what I need for my business. We should talk.” He tried to guide her back into the hotel.
Kari stayed cemented to the cracked walkway. “I’m not exactly welcome back in there. Can we meet somewhere else?"
Frank smiled. “Of course."
Although she’d missed one opportunity, she hoped this one would turn out to be a winner. That didn’t mean she would be giving up on Thane Wells. He wouldn’t be the one who got away.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Crystal Bright graduated with a B.A. from Old Dominion University with a major in Creative Writing, a minor in Communications, and an emphasis on Public Relations. She earned her M.A. from Seton Hill University in Writing Popular Fiction. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Chesapeake Romance Writers.


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Monday, August 29, 2016

Book Release Blast for Watch Me by Ada Frost (Review & GIVEAWAY)


We're bringing a bit of steam to your Monday with the release of this erotically-charged romance with its sensual tug of war between two very intriguing characters.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Watch Me by Ada Frost, along with my impressions of it, then learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this book make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!

This is my world, my kingdom. I sit on the throne and control the empire I created.
My skill? Providing illicit pleasure to thousands. If there is a fantasy to fulfil, my company will provide it.
I am the Porn Prince.
The cold hearted producer at Stone Industries who creates the hottest porn in the business.
But every ruler has an Achilles heel, and mine is chaos.
Abigail Warner is chaos.
From the moment she entered my office my world was turned upside down. She is my passion, my fantasy and everything I never wanted in life. The chaotic infuriating mess of a woman is everything I hate and avoid.
So why can’t I stop watching her.
Why do I crave her?
One taste and I know she will destroy me.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

With a storyline set in the world of porn readers are taken on an erotic journey as two strong-willed individuals with very different outlooks on life become engaged in an entertaining tug of war.  As they grow closer together emotions become entangled and the decadent delights increase in a combustible connection that held me captive from the very first page.

Abby's one of those unforgettable heroines who says the kind of things you wish you could.  She's strong-willed and outspoken and her snarkiness had me chuckling with each turn of the page.  Though she's had a few hardships growing up each one has only made her stronger.  In a desperate attempt to hold on to her deceased mother's home she finds herself working for the King of Porn, a cold-hearted control freak, which changes her life irrevocably.  She soon finds herself immersed in a highly sexualized world, caught between two men who see her very differently.  While Sam sees their time together as a game, the controlling Lawson sees her as a reward in his lifetime of loneliness. Throughout Lawson's hot and cold interactions with her Abby remains forgiving while standing up for herself.  Once Lawson decides that he can no longer share her, Abby still makes him work at deserving her.  She's a fiery heroine who enjoys poking at the quiet and controlled Lawson as she enjoys getting a rise out of him...and oh what a rise it is!  Theirs is a scorching connection with numerous erotic encounters arising out of their witty and snarky banter.  Abby may be a bit naive when it comes to sex play at the start of the story, but with Sam and Lawson as her guides she soon becomes a willing participant in their erotic games...with Lawson the eventual winner of her heart.

Lawson's childhood was steeped in sexuality, drugs, and parents who cared nothing about parenting.  It was a lonely childhood as no child was allowed to be the friend of a child of porn.  The only bright spots were his nanny who showered him with love and acceptance, and who he still sees as a mother figure, and gaining a friend and protector in Sam.  He and Sam are like brothers but also share similar kinks as they enjoy sharing their partners with each other. Until now Lawson was quite comfortable with sharing, but Abby brings out his jealous side which has him thinking things he's never thought before when he has her in his arms.  Theirs is a scorching connection made more difficult because of his issues regarding love.  While he's always tried to keep order in his life Abby brings chaos that he can't help but embrace and it makes for an entertaining journey to HEA.  Lawson's a compelling hero, cold and calculating when readers first meet him, but being with Abby brings out a more fun-loving side to his personality.  He and Sam have a complex connection too, one that's sensual yet brotherly in their unwavering support of one another and I enjoyed every scene they shared.  Ultimately, Lawson's a bruised and emotionally hurt man at the start of the story but Abby shows him the true power of love which brings out a charming side to this larger than life leading man.

Along with a commanding main couple whose interactions crackle with sexual intensity comes a memorable cast of secondary characters that I long to see more of.  Abby's friend Lacey has always been her support when she's needed help but until getting a job at Stone Industries she never knew Lacey's deep dark secret.  Lacey's a delightful character and just as playful and outspoken as Abby with a romance seeped in doubt and fears of judgment that added a sweet and sexy subtext to the overall story.  The other highlight of this story is Sam and his sexy and playful outlook on life.  He and Lawson are a bit more than just friends, indulging in their mutual kinks, and it added a bit of sizzle to their interactions.  He too enjoys goading Lawson but deep down wants nothing more than his happiness, a happiness he sees only Abby capable of giving him.  From the moment he enters the picture Sam's entertaining and supportive and I immediately added him to my list of book boyfriends.  I'm now counting down the days dreaming of him and his own steamy journey to HEA.  Fans of erotic reads will find much to like in this scorching tale set in the porn world.  It's a highly sexualized story with lots of style and substance as it brought together two very different people.  It's a story that I definitely recommend as it held me captive in a sensual haze from the first page to the last!

My rating for this is an A.

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AUTHOR INFO:

So a little bit about myself. I love to read, and create stories for others to enjoy. I've always been told I have a vivid imagination, I just lacked the confidence to pursue putting it onto the written page. But finally I embarked on making a single dream come true.
I love to read, and write. I only read romance, any in that genre really. But it has to have a beautiful happy ending, I know reality isn't like that, but I read to excape real life not re-live it. Reality is too broken and jaded without having to live through the trauma and angst in a book for it to end unhappily.
I live in Yorkshire, England with my family, and many pets. When I'm not writing I am a very busy mummy and wife. My family is my world, my purpose and I am proud to be a part of their lives.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Book Tour for Bad Judgment by Meghan March (REVIEW)


Readers who love sexy and snarky playboys will be drawn to Ryker Grant and his combustible connection to the strong-willed Justine Porter as their battle of the sexes heats up.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of Bad Judgment by Meghan March, along with my impressions of it, then add it to your bookshelf!

He’s so arrogant.
She’s so self-righteous.
I can’t stand him.
I want her.
He’s a distraction I don’t need.
She’ll say yes eventually because I’m not giving up.
Justine Porter is stuck between a rock and a stripper pole. She lost her law school scholarship, which means she has two choices to keep her life on track: strip for her tuition or tutor the most distractingly sexy guy in her class—the one she’s been turning down for two years straight. It should be an easy choice, but tutoring Ryker Grant could derail her plans to graduate with honors faster than two-for-one night at the Déjà Vu. Then again, topless has never really been her color.
She could take the easy road, just this once . . . but the deal has enough loopholes to trip anyone up.
Who knew they taught bad judgment in law school?

EXCERPT:

"Ive got some things I need to say to you, and youre going to let me."
Her brown eyes snap up to mine, surprise clear in them. Why should I?"
Because youre nothing if not curious, and you want to know what I have to say."
She steps backward, and I let my fingertips trail across her skin before they drop away. Justine adjusts the straps of her backpack on her shoulders and tucks Chewbacca into a side pocket.
You know you want to hear the rare sound of me apologizing, dont you?"
Justine purses her lips, and all I can think about is the dreams I had all weekend of her staring down at me from a stage while she danced and stripped. My own private show. Im not going to admit how many times I jacked off to the mental picture. I need the real thing, and I wont have another shot if she wont even give me a chance to talk to her.
I dont know what changes her mind, but she relaxes her posture and relents. Fine. Youve got five minutes. This better be good."
Its not much, but Ill take it. I lead the way out of the classroom, slipping out the side door I used to make my unobtrusive entrance. Or at least, it was unobtrusive until I decided to share my strike-out history with the entire class at Professor Turners invitation.
Glancing behind me, Im marginally surprised to see Justine actually following. I head for the third-floor doors to the library, where the private rooms are. This conversation isnt for public consumption.
The first private room on the right is empty, so I push the door open. Justine trails me inside, and I shrug off my backpack and drop it on one of the four chairs.
She closes the door behind her and leans against it, her arms crossed over her chest. Im guessing she wouldnt stand that way if she realized how it draws attention to her chest. I force my eyes back to her face. Im not about to fuck this up.
Wow, you must really plan on groveling if you need privacy, she says, an eyebrow raised in challenge.
Maybe I just wanted to get you alone."
She rolls her eyes. And Im already getting bored."
You love to bust my balls, dont you?"
I dont really like to think about your balls, if you want to know the truth."
I try on my charming smile, the one that has dropped panties for years. Im calling bullshit on that. Youve thought about me at least once."
She pushes off the door and turns halfway to reach for the handle. And if thats all you wanted to say, then I think were done here."
Wait."
Im shocked when she listens.
Justine rubs her hands over her face, her every move revealing her frustration. You ask me out for two years, practically blackmail me into a kiss, then you blow me off completely, and now youre all up in my business again. What the hell do you want from me?"
Her confusion punches me in the gut, making me wish I could tell her why I wasnt there the morning I promised to help her move. It wasnt for any reason she thinks.
I stride toward her, pressing one palm against the door beside her head. Im not blowing you off, and I havent stopped thinking about that night."
Then why--"
I cant give her the explanation she wants, so I try something different.
Lowering my head, I catch the next words out of her mouth on my lips. Theyre just as soft as I remember, and I drop my other hand to her hip, drawing her against me. Her fingers curl into the fabric of my T-shirt, almost reluctantly, but shes not pushing me away.
I take her mouth, my tongue diving between her lips to taste her again—finally, but the pulsing of my dick against the zipper of my jeans forces me to back off. If I dont, Ill be laying her out on the table behind us, and thats not what this is about. At least, not all of what this is about.
With her face flushed and her hair messy from my fingers, Justine shutters her expression. Shes rebuilding her walls brick by brick.
Thats not going to work for me.
Whats it going to take, Justine? I remember asking her the same question at the bar.
Her dark eyes fill with confusion. “Whats what going to take? The words come out defensively.
With you. To get a second chance. I fucked up once, but doesnt everyone deserve another shot?


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

When it comes to romances it's all about the banter between the main characters that fuels my enjoyment of the story and this one has banter that kept a smile on my face from beginning to end.  Set amidst the cutthroat world of law school it's a battle of the sexes between the sexy and snarky Ryker who's feeling a bit lost about his academic future and the strong-willed Justine who's path is quite clear.  Theirs is a combustible connection that goes from enemies to lovers after fate throws them together but as their burgeoning relationship evolves a vindictive ex forces certain truths into the open that might end their HEA before it's barely begun.

Ryker's a carefree guy who's going to law school as his father desires but he's feeling frustrated with events in his life starting to spiral out of control.  The only certainty he feels is his connection to Justine, who he's been lusting after for two years with no luck.  When fate gives him the chance to spend countless hours with her he realizes he wants so much more than a casual fling but a melodramatic series of events pulls them apart and it will take a lot of talking to set things right.  Ryker's a sexy and charming guy who comes from a prominent family that hides a serious issue with his mom behind a facade.  He's lost but being with Justine gives him a sense of stability.  With her tutoring him he gets to see past her studious side to a caring and loving side that has him thinking of the future.  Others might see him as uncaring but he does many sweet things to show he cares with each word and deed endearing him to me.  Ryker's also a master of dirty talk and I enjoyed the heat this added to his encounters with her that helped her let loose.  On a whole Ryker was the highlight of this story and I've now added him to my list of book boyfriends.

Justine had a rough childhood as the daughter of con artists, feeling used and unloved.  From that moment on she became focused on a career in the law, devoting herself to studying and hiding from life and the pain of opening her heart to possible rejection.  She's a smart girl but feels unworthy of love which is part of her reasoning in pushing Ryker away.  When her scholarship is terminated though she makes a deal with his dad that saves her education but dooms her heart and soul as she soon falls head over heels for Ryker.  Hiding her agreement with his dad soon puts a wedge between them that leads to a series of overly dramatic events that dimmed my enjoyment a bit with all the over-the-top melodrama.  Justine doesn't like accepting help from others and despite getting knocked down repeatedly she always rises above it as she's more than capable of taking care of herself which adds a fiery element to her and Ryker's banter.  With everything that befalls her towards the end of the story though Justine finally has to deal with her past as it's keeping her from making a future with Ryker.  It's a heartbreaking time for her, one that has her and Ryker both revealing unsavory truths, but it's a time which will ultimately bring them closer than ever.

This was an entertaining story with rapid-fire dialogue between Ryker and Justine teeming with sexual tension.  Their relationship evolves slowly which allows them to get to know each other beyond their obvious physical attraction and eventually leads to scorching erotic encounters that has Justine finally living life.  There's a bit of angst early on but it's the end of the story when events become a bit far-fetched and melodramatic, but by then this couple had already completely charmed me which had me looking past a few of these unnecessary plot twists.  Along with this compelling main couple comes an engaging cast of secondary characters that I'd love to see more of in the future.  From the cocky but loyal Ian and Brandon to the sassy and supportive Merica these are friends to die for who deserve their own HEAs as they were there for Ryker and Justine every step of the way.  On a whole this was another winner from Ms. March, despite things becoming a bit chaotic at the end, as the core of this story is the sweet and sexy relationship between Ryker and Justine that held me captive from the first page to the last!

My rating for this is a B.

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She's also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she's ever had. She loves hearing from her readers at.

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