Friday, August 28, 2015

Book Tour for Fire Me Up by Rachael Johns (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a fan of MC-themed romances I'm excited to bring you this second installment in the Deacons of Bourbon Street series, Fire Me Up by Rachael Johns, and the men coming home to deal with their pasts head-on.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of this gritty and sensual read, along with my impressions of it, and learn even more about it by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this release make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a bundle of eBooks too!

Can a scorching affair with a bohemian beauty tame a motorcycle man with a dark side? Rachael Johns takes the wheel in the sexy series co-written with Megan Crane, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.
Travis “Cash” Sinclair values only two things from his days with the Deacons of Bourbon Street: his prized Harley Davidson and the man who gave it to him. But now Priest Lombard is gone, and Cash has inherited the Deacons’ clubhouse—not to mentions its unexpected tenant. She’s exactly the type of woman he tries to avoid: all incense and art, with a sharp tongue that promises trouble. So why does Cash want to push aside those flowing skirts and lose himself between her legs?
Billie Taylor fled a bad marriage to start a new life among the grit and glamour of the French Quarter. She refuses to let another man distract her from her dreams, especially an outlaw biker with nothing to offer except hot sex and an eviction notice. Cash is dangerous, with an untamed streak he tries desperately to conceal. He drives Billie wild, sending her too close to the edge for her own good. And she won’t fall under his spell—or into his bed—without a fight.

EXCERPT:

Fucking Ajax wanted to keep the joint, revive the damn club, embrace the old brotherhood, and Leon was all for it. They’d spent all night after the funeral downing bourbon, reliving “fond” memories and making plans, and had gotten progressively more obsessed. Only Travis and Micah could see that the best thing for all of them would be to sell off the buildings Priest had left them and get the fuck back out of town. Tallahassee might seem boring in comparison to New Orleans, but it was safe. This place still set him on edge; it made him feel things he didn’t want to feel. Travis knew the longer he stayed, the more likely he was to lose his shit with someone and end up in jail. Again.
Realizing she was still staring at him, he straightened and then gestured beyond them to the door that led inside. Despite her coolness, her paltry attempts at hostility did nothing to calm the fire rising within him. “Then you can show me to my room,” he told her, indecent suggestion dripping from his tone.
“Excuse me?”
Her outraged expression only wound the coil of heat inside him tighter. He turned and headed over to where he’d dumped his bag on the floor. Billie wasn’t wearing any shoes so he didn’t hear her stalking after him, but he felt her. She was following him and if he played his cards right, he could turn what had been a shitty day into one that would blow both their minds. Leaning over, he hitched his pack over his shoulder and then turned, expecting to come face-to-face with her alluring anger, but almost tripping over a little gray dog instead.
“What the fuck is that?” And where the hell had it come from? He steadied himself against the wall, his fingers closing around the edge of some grotesque fairy painting, and peered down at the thing that had almost resulted in giving him a broken leg. It looked up at him, teeth bared, a low growl emanating from somewhere beneath rolls and rolls of wrinkles. Travis had never been big on small dogs, but he had to give it to this one—it had balls.
Billie smiled that saccharine smile again. “This is Baxter, and I think what he’s trying to say is you don’t have a room here.”
“Well, Baxter.” Travis glared down at the pathetic excuse for a dog. “That’s where you’re wrong. In case you misunderstood before, Billie,” he said, looking back to her, “I’m the new owner of this building. And, as it happens, I need a place to stay for a few weeks. Maybe longer.”
“That may be,” Billie said, standing her ground, although he noted a quiver in her voice, “but I already live here, so you’ll have to find somewhere else.”
“I don’t think so.” He shook his head and made to move past Billie and Baxter.
She sidestepped so that she was in his way and Baxter bared his teeth even more, his growl growing deeper. “If you are my new landlord,” Billie said, her tone filled with disgust, “then you’d know I have rights as the tenant. You need to give me notice for an inspection and you definitely can’t just move in.”
“Sweetheart.” He leaned forward so he was invading her personal space. She smelled sweet, of some kind of strawberry shampoo or something that made his muscles tighten, but he ignored it. “No one tells me what the fuck to do. And if you can afford a lawyer, then you’re not paying us enough rent.”
“I . . . I . . .” Billie blinked, and her tits heaved up and down as she searched for more words.
He made no apology for looking, waited a beat, and when it seemed she didn’t have anything to add he tossed her one final question. “Can you afford a lawyer?”
Her shoulders slumped and she shook her head.
He smirked his victory. “In that case, you, me and Baxter are roommates.

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FIND THE DEACONS OF BOURBON STREET SERIES ON GOODREADS here.

BUY LINKS:  AMAZON  |  BN  |  iBOOKS  |  KOBO

MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

As the second installment in the Deacons of Bourbon Street series the mystery, angst, and sensuality continues as readers are introduced to the gruff yet sexy playboy Travis and upbeat hippie girl Billie.  Theirs is a relationship that's full of fireworks from the very start as the past continues to rain down on the boys the once powerful Priest betrayed.  It all makes for a fast-paced read that can stand on its own but will be enhanced when the series is read in order.  Though there are very few answers here it's an exciting introduction to a once bad boy reconciling with his past and his unlikely match who's moved on from hers.

Travis felt he'd found a father figure in Priest after a childhood of loneliness courtesy of a mother who cared more for herself than her son.  He'd found a feeling of pride and self-worth amongst the Deacons, a family of sorts, until the day he was sent away.  That betrayal lingered for ten years, with him vowing never to come back, until the death of Priest forces him to come home.  The returning man is a bitter, cold-hearted one who wants to sell the legacy left to him and go back to his life before his former Brothers betray him again.  Being with his Brothers though causes his heart to unthaw as does meeting Billie. Before he knows it he's using his tech skills to dig into Priest's death, and the truths surrounding his past, as a visitor from his past further complicates things for his heart.  Billie's his biggest complication though as he's drawn to her despite their being complete opposites.  She brings out his softer side, a sweet and charming side, along with his protective instincts.  Travis is alpha to the core, though he gives her the independence she craves, with sensuality oozing from him which makes their connection crackle and teem with sexual tension.

Billie's bruised by her past too.  She's newly-divorced from a man who dominated her and who took away her essence and she's vowed to never let another man take over her life again.  Travis is a temptation though, despite his coldness and arrogance, which leads to a scorching and humorous sensual tug of war where the winner's never clear.  Billie's a strong-willed Australian woman who's started her life completely over and refuses to let Travis take the security of her new gallery from her.  As their attraction gets hotter, and as Travis digs deeper into the past, their relationship becomes the only sure thing in their lives if only they're willing to put their hearts on the line.  Billie was an entertaining heroine who judged the Deacons by what she learned on TV which made for some humorous exchanges.  Her banter with Travis was fiery which fueled their already combustible connection that had me wanting them to give in much sooner than they did.  Being around Travis brought out a stronger piece to her personality that had her giving as good as she got when in his presence.

This was an entertaining and quick read with a main couple whose connection was crackling and that added to the energy of the French Quarter.  Travis was a sexy bad boy finally coming full circle whose charm and talent for dirty talk called to me with Billie a formidable match for him with their relationship a nice compliment to the overall mystery of Priest's death.  Though we don't really make much headway with Priest's death, the search is serving to bring his boys home.  From the ashes they're once again making an unlikely family that brings out softer sides to four bruised and unfulfilled men and I look forward to Blue and Prince finding closure for themselves and for Priest to finally rest in peace.

My rating for this is a B.

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a supermarket owner, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer the rest of the time. She rarely sleeps and never irons. She writes contemporary romance for HQN and Carina Press and lives in rural Western Australia with her hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training. Rachael loves to hear from readers and can be contacted through.....


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Book Blast for Summer of the Eagle by Susan Edwards (GIVEAWAY)


Throughout her extensive career Susan Edwards has crafted an impressive collection of romances that have entertained millions of readers.  I'm honored to be hosting her today with her newest historical release with a paranormal twist, Summer of the Eagle, the first installment in the Seasons of Love series.  Keep reading to get a compelling glimpse of this tale and learn even more about it by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this book release make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win a $15 bookstore GC too!

The most powerful woman in her tribe, Blaze can heal with a touch, control the elements, merge her mind with any living creature and more. Yet, she is an outcast. Her people fear her and she herself is afraid of the things she can do. There is darkness in her visions, along with a tall, buckskin-clad stranger with golden-brown hair and eyes as green as the leaves on trees. Somehow, he is her destiny.
Luc Cordell is done with trapping.  He yearns for civilization and a normal life.  His only regret is leaving behind his family. But his father’s second wife is a SpiritWalker, and now, so is his father.  How can Luc live with people who run with the wolves or soar across the heavens with the owls? Yet when a haunted healer with stars in her colorful eyes enters his life, he is drawn into the mystical world whether he likes it or not.
The winds of change are sweeping across the land, taking Luc and Blaze into a world of lies, deceit, and murder. Together, they search for truth and must turn to the eagles for answers.

EXCERPT:

Luc lifted his head and stared into her dark, glittering eyes. “Damn, who is going to protect you from me?” He needed her and wanted her. All of her, no matter the sacrifice to his own heart and soul.
She cupped his face between her palms, her fingers combing through the thick beard. Her voice trembled. “I am sorry.” She brushed leaves from his hair. Her troubled gaze latched onto a tree that lay directly above them, its trunk caught in the fork of another tree.
“What happened?” Blaze asked the question, but she knew. She’d felt the rage inside her but had been helpless to stop it or to wake from the gripping night dream. But it was no dream and she knew it. Knew the truth now.
He wiped the tears from her face. “Had yourself one hell of a nightmare, Ange.” He glanced around, then grimaced as he spotted the fallen tree. “That was pretty damn close, sweetheart.”
She closed her eyes. “Not a dream. It was real.” Tears slid down her cheeks. She tried not to think about what the man she’d believed to be her father had done to her. All his lies. His secrets. His deceit.
He pulled her close, curving her into his arms. He rubbed her hands with his to warm her. “Tell me about it.”
Blaze could not stop the tears. She clung to Luc, afraid to let go, afraid he’d put her aside. She needed his touch, the gently rhythmic stroking of his palm circling her back and the sound of his soft, soothing voice. She’d tried to put the grief away, but the truth and the betrayal were too strong. Grief held her in its greedy grip. She didn’t remember her parents, but her heart still needed to grieve.
“I watched them die.” The words came out stark and painful. It would be so easy for her to turn her anger, pain, and the sheer rage of her past onto the man who’d stolen her not just from her people but stolen her very life. No one knew better that anger was a wasted emotion. And for her, a dangerous one, as evidenced by the destruction around her. “My father killed them.”

AUTHOR INFO:

Susan resides in California with her husband of thirty + years. She love animals. Cats currently number six as she just rescued a kitten named Luna last fall. She now considers herself to be a crazy cat lady! She also has three dogs. Two adorable Chiweenies named JJ and Abbey and  temporary (ha!) custody of Shasta, her daughter’s six year old, Great Pyrenees mix.
Susan also enjoys crafts of all sorts including quilting, sewing, cross-stitch and knitting. Knitting and crochet are her current passions although with the arrival of her first granddaughter, her sewing machine as seen the light of day. She is also an avid gardener. Through her love of all things Native American, she designed a 26-foot Medicine Wheel Garden. It’s a big project but one that she loves, except when the weeds threaten. Right now, with her crazy, busy schedule, the weeds are winning the war!
Camping, fishing, biking and hiking (when not hot) are other outdoor pursuits she and her husband enjoy. She is of course, an avid reader and hates cooking and housework. While writing, she listens to a wide variety of music, including Neil Diamond, Celtic, Native American, New Age, Classical, and mood music (bagpipes and howling wolves drive my family nuts). Her current favorites are Blackmore’s Night and David Lanz.
Native American/Western romance writer Susan Edwards is the author of the popular “White” Series. She was nominated for the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Western Historical and Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award. She is very pleased to be able to offer to her readers her White series in Digital Format, along with her SpiritWalker series.


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Winner of Body Checked by Katherine Stark

Before I announce the winner of an e-copy of the compelling and sensual sports-themed romance with a mafia-fueled twist, Body Checked by Katherine Stark, I want to thank all those who signed up.  Thanks too Ms. Stark for giving away a copy of this enjoyable read.  And now, without further ado, the winner is...


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Tour for Hard for My Best Friend’s Sister by Ava Jackson (Review)


As a reader who enjoys steamy romances I found myself drawn to this from the moment I read the premise.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Hard for My Best Friend's Sister by Ava Jackson, along with my impressions, and then add it to your bookshelf!

The last time I saw her, she was asleep—and I'd just taken her virginity.
She was my best friend's little sister. I'd broken the guy code, and the guilt had me running before she woke.
Ten years later, she's a corporate bad ass negotiating across the table from me—and hotter than ever. I want my second chance, but she's all grown up and isn't about to hand it to me.
This time, I've got a whole different game plan in mind.
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The last time I saw him, he was balls deep inside me—and I'd just lost my virginity. When I woke up he was gone.
Ten years hasn't erased the sting of rejection. And now he wants his second chance?
I swore I'd say no ... but then he made me an offer I couldn't refuse: when we're working, we're strangers, but at night? He'll make my every dirty fantasy come true.
This time, I'm not going to be the one left wanting more. Standalone steamy, erotic romance.

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BUY LINKS:  AMAZON (US)  |  AMAZON (UK)

MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS:

As someone who's read numerous romances between a girl and her brother's best friend I was immediately drawn to the premise of this book.  I expected the usual issues to arise within the pages but Ms. Jackson set her romance apart with likable characters and a charming and straight-forward storyline.  It's ultimately a story about forgiveness and second chances too with enough flashbacks to give depth to the characters and believability to their connection.

Cameron knew he did wrong the moment he slept with his best friend's sister. Instead of dealing with it head-on though, he ran.  Ten years and he can run no longer and it's an awkward reunion he has with the girl he's never forgotten as this time around he vows to make her his permanently.  Cameron was immensely appealing despite his earlier vanishing act.  He's grown older and wiser and knows what he wants this time around.  He won't waste time waiting for Dylan anymore and it's a sweet yet sexy onslaught he unleashes on her.

Dylan was once in love with Cameron which is why she was heartbroken when he left.  Ten years later has her older and wiser too, along with fiery and strong-willed when focused on her career.  Seeing Cameron again reawakens the feelings for him that she's kept buried but she won't be won over as easily this time around.  Dylan was smart and confident and gave as good as she got when it came to their sensual tug of war.

Theirs is a connection that's crackling with sensual yet playful encounters.  Their dialogue was fun and flirty and teeming with sexual tension.  Neither of them obsessed over the past as they're clearly more focused on their future.  There's no silly disagreements impeding their HEA either which was a refreshing change from these usual romantic entanglements.  Ultimately this was a pleasant diversion over way too soon.  From start to finish this was a charming yet decadently delightful read between two likable people and I commend Ms. Jackson on her entertaining storytelling!

My rating for this is a B+

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Ava enjoys naughty things. She’s drawn to the forbidden and taboo, and writes kink that makes you think. Raised in Idaho, Ava now lives on the East Coast with her husband, and two dogs.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book Tour for 3 Seconds by Bethany Lopez (Review & GIVEAWAY)

As a reader who adores the older woman/younger man theme I was immediately drawn to this sweet and sexy read.  I'm excited to introduce it to you so keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of 3 Seconds by Bethany Lopez, the sixth book in the Time for Love series, along with my impressions of it.  In honor of this book release make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win a print copy of the first book in this series and an e-copy of another previous Ms. Lopez title too!

A lot can happen in 3 Seconds. It's the space of time between walking onstage and stepping up to the mic. It’s that moment when your eyes meet across a crowded room and the chemistry between you is undeniable.
Bronagh has accomplished a lot in her thirty-five years. A successful pub owner and happy divorcée, she's learned to enjoy life, but have realistic expectations. Her past has taught her that it's best not to depend on others, but that doesn't mean she won't sample a tasty morsel when it's right in front of her.
After taking a break from culinary school to travel abroad, Brendan is back and eager to finish what he started. Although he relishes the nights he gets to play with his brothers in their band, and enjoys their healthy supply of groupies, he's ready to start acting like the twenty-something that he is…a fact he craves to prove with Bronagh.
What starts as a one-night-stand becomes more when Bronagh and Brendan realize that they can't walk away. But can a younger man who's prone to late nights and scantily-clad women convince a woman who's been hurt that age doesn't matter, and he's the man she needs?

EXCERPT:

“Okay, Bronagh, what’s the big emergency?” my friend Ming asked when we were all settled in the corner booth of mine and my da’s pub. “Not that I’m not always up for drinks, but you made it sound like you’d just found out that Henry Cavill is gay, and all hope for your future together was lost.”
I smiled half-heartedly at her joke, but my mind was too boggled to fully appreciate her quick wit.
I figured it was best to just rip the Band-Aide off quickly and get straight to the part where they agreed that I was right, and needed to forget that I’d ever seen Brendan naked.
As if that could ever happen…
“I went home with that lead singer the other night, had fan-freaking-tastic sex, and it turns out he’s one of my students at the culinary school.” That said, I let out a long breath, then picked up my dirty martini and took a swift drink.
“Yay!” Cass, the third member of our trio, shrieked, startling me with her exuberance.
I gave her the stink eye over my glass.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

As a reader, and an older woman myself, I was drawn to this older woman/younger man theme and charmed from the first page to the last thanks to a sweet and sexy hero and strong-willed heroine.  Though there's a bit of familiarity to the overall storyline it was a feeling of comfort that surrounded me and made this an immensely enjoyable read.  It may be the sixth installment in the Time for Love series but stands strongly on its own due to the compelling and likable secondary characters, engaging dialogue, and its sweet and sensual romance.  After reading this I definitely plan on starting the series from the beginning as the glimpses of past characters has me dying to know their stories and excited for what the future brings to the new characters as well.

Bronagh's a confident woman moving on from a recent divorce, talented and doing what she loves in teaching culinary school.  What better way to move on than the sexy younger man rockin' it out on stage.  After a scorching night together they both know they want more but real life invades with issues that could tear them apart before they've barely begun.  Bronagh's a strong-willed woman who knows that her biological clock is ticking and doubts Brendan's ready to commit.  She also worries about the perceived improprieties of being his teacher.  These issues are understandable and addressed in a believable way that's the first hint at the maturity of Brendan beyond his years that gives you hope that they can have a HEA.  I liked Bronagh wholeheartedly as she's smart, funny, with a zest for living.  Her interactions with her girlfriends were an added bonus that brought forth more humor and had me identifying even more with her.  Their interactions were supportive and brought a smile to my face as they're the kind of friends you want for yourself.

Brendan's another new addition to my list of book boyfriends as he's sweet, sexy, and oozes charm.  Once he sees Bronagh he knows he has to have her and is single-minded in his pursuit of her.  He's talented too with his culinary and musical skills which made him a favorite amongst the ladies.  He only had eyes for Bronagh though and I enjoyed their sensual tango.  On a whole he's a hard man to resist and Bronagh thankfully doesn't put up much of a fight as their connection is crackling and teems with sexual tension.  Brendan may be young in years but he knows what and who he wants out of life which had me cheering him on from the moment I saw him. His interactions with his brothers was equally entertaining as that of Bronagh and her friends with their playful and chiding banter which further charmed me and left me wanting to see more of his brothers.

From start to finish this story held me captivated with its sweet and sexy romance, immensely appealing main and secondary characters, and realistic yet familiar storyline.  The romance too was sensual as Brendan showed even more talents in the bedroom.  Theirs is a romance that was scorching yet sweet that didn't gloss over the age difference but dealt with it head-on with their families having a vested interest as well.  It all made for a fun and flirty read with promises of more to come.  This was my first time reading Ms. Lopez but won't be the last as I enjoyed the family and friend dynamics she lovingly crafted which is just one of many reasons to recommend this book and series!

My rating for this is an A.

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. She's a lover of all things romance: books, movies, music, and life, and she incorporates that into the books she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible. Some of her favorite things are: Kristen Ashley Books, coffee in the morning, and In N Out burgers.

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Book Blast for Three Divisions: Leo by Celeste Prater (GIVEAWAY)


Readers who like their romances steamy and intense will want to welcome back Celeste Prater and her newest series starter, Three Divisions: Leo.  Keep reading to get a decadent taste of this tale of the subtly sultry neophyte and the jaded Dom who sees the possibilities in initiating her and learn even more about it by visiting the other blogs hosting this tour.  In honor of this book release make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $20 bookstore GC too!

A reverent touch to a set of suede-covered cuffs, and Jillian Dosh unwittingly takes the first step into a world that she never knew existed. Busted while she’s making a stealthy visit to Three Divisions Lifestyle Emporium, Jillian can’t believe she’s face-to-face with her fantasy lover. Much more potent up front and personal, Leo Straton’s commanding presence intrigues and scares her at the same time. Can fantasy become reality?
Recognizing the voluptuous Jillian as the perfect submissive for him, Leo begins a journey to pull her into his world of D/s. She’s innocent, imaginative, strong-willed, and dangerous to his heart. She’s his butterfly—stuck in the chrysalis of the vanilla world and ready to spread her wings. Overcoming her initial hesitancy, Jillian begins to blossom under his tutelage. But an innocent deception may bring this new love to a crashing halt.
Three Divisions, Book 1 ignites the senses, fires up your libido, and makes you crave to be owned by this Dom.

EXCERPT:

Finally acquiring the strength to look away, Jillian realized that Leo wasn’t moving. He wasn’t posing, either. It was just a silent, motionless wait as he allowed her to absorb his presence, and she took full advantage. His head was slightly lowered, yet he was staring directly at her. The soft, recessed lighting circling the room cast highlights against the shoulder-length dark hair now slightly obscuring his handsome face. He was peeking out from behind a few sexy, mussed strands, making him even that more mysterious and alluring.
The faint light caused every muscle in his body to stand out in stark relief. Thick muscles capped the top of his broad shoulders while sculpted, strong arms hung calmly at his sides. His massive chest, sprinkled lightly with hair, rose and fell in a steady rhythm. Each breath showcased his perfectly delineated abdominals and the yummy muscles running along each hip and pointing invitingly to his groin. Large, defined thighs and calf muscles held up the delicious frame. Even his feet were beautiful. She sighed and glanced up when his rich, husky voice drifted to her ears.
“Your turn, Jillian. I need to see you.”
Despite the warnings screaming inside her head to call a halt to everything that was happening, her mother’s familiar words berating her existence, and the fear of the unknown punching madly on her ‘run’ button, Jillian kicked her sandals to the side. Life was too damn short. To miss an opportunity of being anywhere near this dynamic man would be criminal. She hated breaking the law.
Jillian reached down and gripped the sides of her dress. Slowly she lifted it over her head and let it pool on the floor next to her feet. She hadn’t planned to be in this situation tonight and suddenly wished she’d worn sexier undergarments. Despite the plain white bra and panties, she found his eyes riveted on her body, as if she was clad in something straight out a Victoria’s Secret catalog. The sight strengthened her resolve to remain and let him look his fill.
Leo’s command was quick, rumbling, and precise. “Off.”
She shivered as that strong, unwavering sound found only in her dreams finally hit her ears. This was it. The moment of truth. Everything would be bared to him. There was no more hiding. Keeping her eyes locked to his, Jillian unclipped the front clasp of the bra, drew the cups away from her heavy breasts, and let the material fall from her arms. Pushing the panties down, she tried to be as graceful as possible while her foot nudged them next to her dress. Glancing up, she saw that he was assessing everything.
Instantly, her nipples tightened and drew a soft gasp from her lips. Instinct kicked in and she reached up to cover her breasts, but caught herself before she succeeded. She lowered her arms and tried to keep from shaking out of her skin. His low, sultry voice sent additional tingles racing her spine.
“I see how hard you fight to keep from covering yourself, Jillian. That you’ve refrained without me having to tell you has pleased me immensely. I know that was difficult for you.”
Knees trembling, Jillian was unable to hold back her question. Swallowing hard, she gestured toward his groin. “You’re…you’re not hard. That makes me think that you don’t like what you see.”
Leo slowly shook his head. “No, baby. I like everything about you. Very much so. You’re stunning. More than I could have ever imagined.” He reached down, palmed his cock, and made two slow, steady strokes from the base to the tip. Opening his hand, it rolled out and rested against his thigh again. No different from before.
For a brief instant, she panicked and thought that he might be impotent. He quickly dispelled that theory.
“I have control, Jillian. That’s something you’ll expect me to maintain throughout our encounters. I’ll come to demand it of you as well.”
Chills traveled across her skin from imagining what this man was capable of doing. He was so masculine and assured. Jillian knew in no uncertain terms that she’d never have to experience embarrassing fumbles in the dark as he allowed the one-eyed blind snake to search for her opening unassisted, fighting for breath as he squashed her to the mattress while selfishly trying to get his nut, or falling asleep before he could completely roll off of her. No, that wasn’t going to be Leo Straton’s style, whatsoever. This was a fully-grown, virile, knee-wobbling, sex god standing within arm’s reach. Fuck. He’s going to consume me.

BUY LINKS:  Releasing 08/26/2015 exclusively at www.bookstrand.com/celeste-prater and 6-8 weeks later at these major retailers....  AMAZON  |  BN  |  KOBO  |  iBOOKS

AUTHOR INFO:

Celeste was born and raised in a small town between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. Wanting to see more than her small Texas town, she joined the Marines, which satisfied her craving to see more of the U.S. and her drive to see if she could be one of the few and the proud. A firm believer in educating the mind, Celeste has achieved several advanced degrees, the latest being a master’s of science.
Her true love is writing erotic romance about men who know how to treat their women right. Celeste is also the author of the award winning FUELED BY LUST series. All currently released books in the series have made it into the Top 5 Bestseller Lists at Bookstrand.com within days of release as well as making it into the Top 10 Hottest New Releases in Erotic Science Fiction on Amazon.
Celeste would also like to give a shout out to the scrumptiously delicious Dustin Sherer, the cover model for Book 1 of this new series. You can find him on Facebook at Dustin Sherer: Fitness Model and Athlete.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Book Tour for Broken Play by Samantha Kane (Review & GIVEAWAY)


As a fan of sports-themed romances I'm thrilled to introduce you to the first installment in the Birmingham Rebels series and the gritty men who inhabit this world.  Keep reading to get a tantalizing taste of the sensual read Broken Play by Samantha Kane, along with my impressions of it, and learn even more about it by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  You'll also find out what sets these bad boys apart from other sports heroes before celebrating this release by filling out the form below for the chance to win a selection of eBooks!

I’m trying, with the Rebels, to address some very real issues in the NFL that we’ve all read about. For instance, in Broken Play my heroine is an assistant offensive coach. I refer several times to the lack of women in coaching positions in the NFL and how hard it has been for her to get there. Just last week, the Arizona Cardinals hired the first female assistant coach in NFL history. There are Rebel players who are drug addicts, former gang members, have gambling problems, anger management problems, arrest records—all issues that plague the NFL and make headlines. I like to think that with the Birmingham Rebels series, I’m tackling some issues that you don’t find addressed, or fully addressed, in most mainstream romances. That’s not to say the books aren’t romantic and funny, because if we can’t laugh at our weaknesses we’d all go insane, and that’s true of romance characters as well. And while love doesn’t cure all, it is a great support systemto help us overcome those weaknesses.
The second major aspect of the Birmingham Rebels series that sets it apart would be the polyamorous relationships among the players. When Michael Sam was drafted as the first openly gay player in NFL history he began a discussion in society about gay professional athletes and about inclusion in major professional sports. I continue that discussion in Broken Play, Calling the Play and future Rebels books. It’s an m/m/f ménage series, meaning some of the professional football players on the Rebels roster are bisexual. And I will be introducing an openly gay player, as well. At least one younger player, a recently drafted college graduate, is exploring his sexuality and trying to find out who he is. They don’t keep their relationships secret. They treat them like normal, healthy relationships, discuss them in the press, and deal with the fallout from the NFL, other players, and fans.
Not surprisingly the heroines in the books are incredibly strong female characters, with high-profile jobs and personalities that can handle relationships with alpha football players and the sometimes-negative reactions to those relationships. In Broken Play, Marion Treadwell is an assistant NFL coach. In Calling the Play, Randi McInish is a cop. So there are power dynamics at play in the romantic relationships that help everyone sort out who they are and what they want.
What current issues do you see in the NFL that you’d like addressed in a romance?

Perfect for fans of Shayla Black and Lexi Blake, the deeply sensual new Birmingham Rebels series introduces an unforgettable team of chiseled football gods—and the daring, provocative games they play behind closed doors.
Birmingham Rebels offensive linemen Beau Perez and Cass Zielinski are inseparable, on and off the field. Cass, the captain with the cowboy swagger, is a loose cannon. Beau, the veteran tight end, is cool under pressure. And ever since they were caught on tape in a steamy threesome, their exploits have fueled more than a few tabloid headlines—and naughty fantasies.
Marian Treadwell knows all about the video. And now that she’s the Rebels’ new assistant offensive coach, she can’t look at Beau and Cass without picturing their hard, naked bodies—with her pressed in between. Marian would like nothing more than to indulge those impulses, but she knows better than to get too close to her players, a bunch of adrenaline-fueled alpha males who don’t always follow the rules.
Just the thought of sharing the gorgeous yet guarded Marian drives Cass wild. At first, Beau isn’t sure she’s right for them . . . and lately, all he desires is a little alone time with Cass to explore their new intimacy. But it’s only a matter of time before Cass breaks through both of their defenses. Because when seduction is the game plan, he always plays to win.

EXCERPT:

“Get. In. Here.” Marian spoke in that one-word-sentence staccato that had become so popular on television and that she’d sworn she’d never imitate. Now she knew it wasn’t a choice. She was simply so mad she couldn’t get more than one word out at a time. Beau didn’t argue. He simply slid sideways in through her office door, past where she stood holding it. She started to close it, but a hand grabbed it from the hallway and pushed it open again. Cass. Of course. “Can’t I even yell at him without your presence?” she asked coldly.
“Nope. Team captain. Got to be here.” Cass turned and closed the door behind him, then leaned against it, his arms crossed, that damn cowboy hat in one hand.
“Fine,” Marian said. “Since you piss me off, too, you can share the punishment.”
“I don’t take punishment,” Cass said, his usual charming smile gone as he gave her a heated stare that made sweat pop out along her spine. “I give it.”
It took Marian a moment to get past the images that flashed through her head at that outrageous claim. “On the field, not in my office,” she said a little unsteadily.
“Anywhere I choose,” Cass told her calmly.
“Maybe I should go,” Beau said from behind her.
Marian jumped and spun around to face him. She hadn’t been paying attention. She couldn’t believe she’d let him flank her like that.
“Settle,” Cass said quietly but firmly. “There’s no threat here.”
“You just made threats,” she countered, backing up until her back hit the wall a few feet off to Cass’s left.
“No,” he said, the charm back in his voice, a sexy little drawl making it sound like Naw. “Those were promises.”
She actually felt a bead of sweat slip down her cleavage, and she shivered.
“Stop it,” Beau said. “You’re scaring her.” She glanced at him and he looked a little sad, his eyes big and golden brown, and soft with some emotion she couldn’t name. Instinctively she knew he wasn’t the threat here, which threw her into confusion. Wasn’t he the one in charge?
“I’m not scared,” she said. It was a knee-jerk reaction, something she’d said so often in the past few years—to others and to herself—that it was second nature.
Cass sort of rolled himself along the wall toward her until he was leaning over her, not quite pressed against her, his hands on either side of her head, one still holding his hat. “Good,” he said, his voice rough and heavy with wanting. “I don’t want you scared.”
She was breathing too fast. “Move your arms,” she said, and she winced at the panic in her voice.
“Cass,” Beau said. She saw his hand on Cass’s shoulder and her heart nearly beat out of her chest. She had to put her hand up to her chest and press against it to make sure it didn’t.
“You know I’d never hurt you,” Cass said softly. He turned and tossed his hat onto the couch, against the opposite wall. Then he dropped both arms to his sides. He didn’t move back, though. He stayed close enough that she could feel his heat and smell his cologne and a hint of his sweat and deodorant and laundry detergent and shampoo, all the things that combined to be Cass’s scent. She hadn’t realized she knew his smell so well. It was an odd thought and made her frown at him. He frowned back. “Don’t you?” he asked.
It took a moment to remember what he’d said. “Yes.” She did know it. But that didn’t make her heart slow down, because she wasn’t afraid of him. She was afraid of herself, and what she’d let him do if she let go.
“Yell at me.” Beau’s soft words were lost in Cass’s gaze for a second and then they sank in.
“I should,” she said, standing straighter and tugging on the hem of her shirt nervously. “What in the hell do you think you were doing out there?” She pushed on Cass’s chest, but he wouldn’t budge, so she stood on tiptoe and glared at Beau over his shoulder.
“Speaking my mind,” Beau said. He walked over and dropped down on the couch, easily within her sight, making sure not to crush Cass’s hat. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that."
“So you decide to do it on my watch?” Marian said in a strangled voice. “Gee, thanks.”
“On your watch?” Beau asked, obviously getting angry. “Now you’re my babysitter, too? Jesus, how many do I need?”
“What’s that supposed to mean?” Cass said, turning to glare at Beau, hands on his hips.
“Don’t try to distract me with a lovers’ quarrel,” Marian warned them. “I’m still pissed about Beau’s big mouth.”
Cass slowly swung his head back around and pinned her to the wall with his stare. He had the bluest eyes, and they could go cold and hard as fast as they could turn hot and heavy-lidded. “Lovers’ quarrel?” he asked quietly. Too quietly. Marian tried to slide sideways along the wall, out of his reach.
“That’s right,” she said, full of false bravado. She thought for a second that this must be what the canary felt like before the cat pounced.
Suddenly Beau laughed loudly, a harsh bark that sounded more incredulous than amused. It broke Cass’s stare and Marian quickly moved over to lean against her desk, facing them on more solid ground. “What’s so funny?”
“We”—he gestured between him and Cass—“are not lovers. We’re friends and we fuck women together. That’s it.” He didn’t sound happy about it. Or was he unhappy that people thought they were?
“Beau.” This time it was Cass trying to yank on the leash with a warning in his voice.
“Forget it,” Beau said flatly. “I’ve come out of my shell today. I’m not crawling back in.”

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

On the surface, the premise of this book offers me all I could want in a romance...sexy athletes, steamy encounters, appealing secondary characters, all inhabiting the gritty world of football.  What I ultimately got though was a steamy story full of erotic encounters that never went too deep into the character's psyches but was more of an entertaining journey of eroticism between three people fully embracing their kinky sides.

Marian has always been surrounded by football through her father and it's in her blood too.  After a traumatizing incident left her emotionally bruised she's now starting over as an assistant coach to one of the worst teams in the league. Though she's drawn to popular country boy Cass and his permanent sidekick Beau, their sexual infamy leaves her leery as she's trying to keep that side of her sexuality at bay.  It's a losing battle though as Cass' commanding presence and Beau's caring side call to her in a sexual game that brings all of them closer together.  Marian's a likable heroine that I wish we'd learned a bit more about as I never felt completely connected to her.  She was self-assured and more than an equal when it came to her sexual interludes with Beau and Cass though.

Cass is in the latter stages of his football career with a popular and commanding presence that helps him in and out of the bedroom.  He knows the Rebels are his last chance at the playoffs and will do anything to steer his teammates to victory, but meeting Marian throws him off his game as she doesn't immediately give in to his desires.  Theirs is a sexual tug of war made even hotter by the addition of Beau.  Beau's still making a comeback from a career derailed by drug addiction but through it all Cass has been by his side, grounding him with his unwavering support.  It's a friendship that's morphed into more, but that more isn't something Cass can admit out loud.  Before Marian, Beau was content to be in the background but he's now taking the lead as his sweet nature brings Marian closer to him and Cass.  As a trio they find the strength to admit their true feelings, accept their hidden desires, and support each other wholeheartedly despite their differences. Through it all, though I liked Cass, it was Beau who called to me most and who I wish we'd gotten to know more about.  I wish we could've gotten greater insight into his addictive past to see how far he's come.  Cass was stoic and strong, but not good with emotions, while Beau was full of emotions but often kept them hidden as most people judged him by his looks.  Their different personalities ultimately kept the sexual interludes exciting with interactions that were crackling and reignited Marian's sensual side in numerous and varied scorching menage scenes.

This was an entertaining series starter that grabbed my attention with its scorching sexual encounters and secondary characters full of intrigue.  Though this read didn't get as emotionally intense as I'd hoped, or depicted the world of football as graphically as I wanted, it still laid satisfying groundwork for future installments.  The players of the Birmingham Rebels are far from perfect but they do have me longing to learn their stories in a series that shows great promise.

My rating for this is a B-

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children, two boys and one girl. With a master’s degree in American history, she spent seven years as a high school history teacher before becoming a full-time writer and mom.


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