Saturday, January 25, 2020

Book Spotlight on Whiteout by Adriana Anders (GIVEAWAY)

Readers will be on edge from the very first page with this tale of romance and suspense as two people try to outrun the danger chasing after them with only the wilderness surrounding them.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Whiteout by Adriana Anders, then start counting down the days until this book hits shelves on January 28th. In honor of this first installment in the Survival Instincts series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win 1 of 3 sets of Ms. Anders’ emotionally powerful Blank Canvas series too!

With a storm coming and a killer on the loose, every step could be their last...
Angel Smith is finally ready to leave Antarctica for a second chance at life. But on what was meant to be her last day, the remote research station she's been calling home is attacked. Hunted and scared, she and irritatingly gorgeous glaciologist Ford Cooper barely make it out with their lives...only to realize that in a place this remote, there's nowhere left to run.
Isolated with no power, no way to contact the outside world, and a madman on their heels, Angel and Ford must fight to survive in the most inhospitable—and beautiful—place on earth. But what starts as a partnership born of necessity quickly turns into an urgent connection that burns bright and hot. They both know there's little chance of making it out alive, and yet they are determined to weather the coming storm—no matter the cost.

EXCERPT:

They finished dinner, cleaned up, and went about getting ready for bed. “Better take care of those feet,” he said.
A low sound of protest emerged from inside the sleeping bag, where Angel had already taken up residence. “Can it wait till the morning?”
“Frostbite’s not something to mess with. Let’s see them.” He didn’t intend to sound quite so bossy.
“I’ll do it.” Her words were slurred.
“You can barely move.” He held on to the kit, obstinate—and something else. Responsible, maybe. “I saw you limping out there. Your knee’s bugging you. Don’t deny it.”
She threw him a glare, but surprised him by complying.
He took hold of one slender foot and stripped it gently but quickly, since even in shelter, the risk of frostbite was real. It was light in his palm and mostly warm enough to alleviate his worry, though her toes were chilly. He touched each one. “Any numbness?”
She shook her head.
With great care, he peeled the bandages off, cleaned her skin, and reapplied fresh ones where needed, slipping the sock back on before starting the whole process with the other foot.
He couldn’t say exactly when it occurred to him that he held her naked foot in his hand, but once the realization popped into his head, it wouldn’t go away. Hung around like an itch he couldn’t get to.
A foot, for God’s sake. Ridiculous.
But the foot didn’t feel ridiculous right now. He gently squeezed it and expelled a harsh breath.
It felt...improper. Especially in comparison with the rest of her fully clothed body. And secret, somehow. He knew things about her now. He knew her second toe was longer than the big one, that her arches were high and elegant, her skin already roughened from two days of marching in the freezing desert air. He knew she’d put on a bright red nail polish at some point. It’d worn mostly off, but it made her toes look like candy. And he’d never craved sugar so badly.
The best course of action, now that she was all bandaged up, was to give her back her foot. But he couldn’t.
Instead, he ran his thumb along the central curve, pressed forward beneath her toes, then down to her heel. The sounds she made were—he swallowed—obscene. A shocked gasp that urged him to look her way. He didn’t, though, because if their eyes met, he might have to stop.
And that was the last thing he wanted to do.
Another rub, deeper this time, bearing down on aching muscles. But it didn’t sound like pain when she moaned, low and guttural, and though he knew better, he let his eyes slide up her body to her face.
He froze. He’d never seen anything hotter—not on-screen or in the throes of sex or in his darkest fantasy.
Mouth open, eyes closed, cheeks flushed, everything about her screamed pleasure. Just to be sure, he stroked back and pressed again, wanting—no, needing—to know which notes this spot would play on her ever-changing face.
And she didn’t disappoint. Every feature cringed, slowly, sensually, in a magnified expression of pleasure-pain.
Sweeping up to caress her toes now was sheer torture, because he was hard—shocking in this cold—and her reactions, though subtle, were more intimately real than any peepshow.
He could’ve gone on forever, rubbing, rapt, eyes glued to her face as she showed him just how good he made her feel, picturing how amazing she’d look if he were kissing her, or—
Her eyes popped open, ensnaring his in their velvet trap.
Everything went quiet, stilling as if the storm had taken a breath. Or maybe it was him going a little deaf, like when his ears needed popping in a plane. Except he could hear the things happening in this tent. Could feel and smell with overwhelming precision every fine detail blown up under a microscope.
They shared a couple hard inhale-exhales, the tension between them as palpable as the frigid temperature.
The press of his fingers lessened, his caresses slowed, until he did nothing but grasp her foot while she just as steadily held his gaze.
“That feels amazing,” she said in a bedroom whisper that he could feel deep in his bones, though it couldn’t possibly be loud enough to hear.
Her mouth closed and his attention flicked down, watching her swallow with something awfully close to hunger before sliding back up to find her eyes boring into him.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Adriana Anders is the award-winning author of the Blank Canvas series. Under Her Skin, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017 and winner of two 2018 Holt Medallions, has been featured in Bustle, USA Today Happy Ever After, and Book Riot. Today, she resides with her tall French husband and two small children in France, where she writes the gritty, emotional love stories of her heart.  Learn more about this author and her books HERE.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Book Cover Reveal for Teacher I Want to Date by Mia Kayla

It’s a flirty and sensual romance amongst the pages of this upcoming read between a man trying to care for his niece and the strong-willed teacher who temps him mercilessly.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Teacher I Want to Date by Mia Kayla, along with getting a glimpse of this charming book cover, then start counting down the days until this book hits shelves on February 13th!

Dear V̵e̵r̵y̵ ̵H̵o̵t̵ Crazy Woman.
You didn’t have to call the cops on me.
I was just looking after my niece.
Okay... maybe I shouldn't have been spying on her date. But I know how teenage boys think and what they want.
Did it make you feel good scolding me in front of everyone for just being a good uncle? B̵e̵c̵a̵u̵s̵e̵ ̵d̵a̵m̵n̵,̵ ̵y̵o̵u̵ ̵s̵u̵r̵e̵ ̵l̵o̵o̵k̵e̵d̵ ̵g̵o̵o̵d̵ ̵d̵o̵i̵n̵g̵ ̵i̵t̵.
I’m almost positive you were cussing me out and if I understood a lick of Spanish, I’d have ̵s̵h̵u̵t̵ ̵y̵o̵u̵ ̵u̵p̵ ̵w̵i̵t̵h̵ ̵a̵ ̵k̵i̵s̵s̵ told you exactly what I thought about your meddling, even if you are her teacher.
In fact, I’d like to schedule a d̵a̵t̵e̵ ̵o̵v̵e̵r̵ ̵d̵i̵n̵n̵e̵r̵ ̵a̵n̵d̵ ̵w̵i̵n̵e̵ parent teacher conference to discuss our differing views on raising the youth of today s̵o̵ ̵w̵e̵ ̵a̵r̵e̵ ̵o̵n̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵s̵a̵m̵e̵ ̵p̵a̵g̵e̵ ̵w̵h̵e̵n̵ ̵w̵e̵ ̵h̵a̵v̵e̵ ̵c̵h̵i̵l̵d̵r̵e̵n̵—̵p̵r̵e̵f̵e̵r̵a̵b̵l̵y̵ ̵t̵o̵g̵e̵t̵h̵e̵r̵.
Y̵o̵u̵r̵ ̵F̵u̵t̵u̵r̵e̵ ̵H̵u̵s̵b̵a̵n̵d̵ Mason Brisken

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AUTHOR INFO:

Mia Kayla is a USA Today Bestselling Romance writer who lives in Illinois. She is the wife to the husband of the year, and mommy to three unbelievably cute little girls who have multiplied her grey hairs.
In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.
Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.
She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Book Tour for Rock Me Harder by Jenna Jacob (REVIEW)

A rock star tired of superficial groupies finds himself longing to find the one woman to steal his heart in this tale of unexpected truths and one-night stands as opposites attract.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Rock Me Harder by Jenna Jacob, along with my impressions of this contemporary romance, then add this second installment in the Licks of Leather series to your bookshelf too!

I dazzle the world when I play the guitar,
But I never let anyone dazzle my heart...
Until I spent one night with her.
Darren Ash is living the dream. As lead guitarist for iconic rock band Licks of Leather, he seemingly has it all. But secretly he’s struggling to forget the woman he shared a scorching encounter with over two years ago. Every time he closes his eyes, he sees her shattering in ecstasy, feels her soft body beneath him, and hears her screaming his name. Unable to purge his ache, he resolves to find and claim her. There’s just one problem… He doesn’t know her name.
Tori Combs can never forget foolishly tumbling into bed with bad-boy rocker Darren Ash. Every day, she sees his face. Every night, she’s haunted by memories of his addictive kiss and masterful touch. Thankfully, he’ll never find her; she made sure of that. If he did, he would destroy the new life she’s created…with the son he knows nothing about.
But Darren refuses to let her go. Soon, he’s at her door, demanding answers—and her heart. Though Tori tries to resist him, their undeniable passion explodes. But when he learns the shocking truth, can they recapture the chemistry they once shared. Or will her betrayal keep them apart forever?

EXCERPT:

Tori still tasted as sweet as honey, and the feel of her lush, warm curves pressed against me again...pure heaven. The serenity and peace I’d lost so long ago were now shining light in every crevice of the dark and empty spaces inside me. Drinking down her kitten-soft mewls as she restlessly writhed against me, I felt as if I was finally home.
When she tossed all inhibitions aside, clutched my neck, and wrapped her legs around my waist, a grunt of approval tore from my chest.
Ambling in the direction of her bed, I nearly tossed Tori onto the mattress when my legs met the frame. Instead, I slowly lowered her to the fluffy comforter and followed her down, laving, nipping, and kissing the milky column of her neck. Her fingernails scored the flesh beneath my shirt as she arched, bucked, and moaned beneath me.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

As a fan of rock star romances I found myself quickly captivated by Darren and Tori in a story that stands strongly on its own.  Ms. Jacob crafted a hero with a big heart living in a world full of superficiality and introduced him to a strong-willed woman who sees the man behind the fame.  Theirs is a journey full of heart and soul and with each turn of the page I cheered even harder for them to reach their HEA.

Darren Ash had a life-altering one-night stand two years ago, an encounter that he still can’t stop thinking about.  To the outside world he embraces the benefits of fame, but behind the rock star facade no other woman can match the one who left him without a way to contact her.  Finding her now gives him the chance to claim her once and for all, gives him the chance to make his heart whole, but it also makes him discover some secrets that he might not be able to forgive in a romance full of emotional highs and lows.  Darren’s a delicious hero who’s not your typical rock god.  He’s not interested in groupies as he wants something meaningful in his life and it’s his two year hunt for the one who got away that endeared him to me.  Darren often wore his heart on his sleeve too and I liked getting the early insight into his heart as it made him all the more likable.  Though Tori’s secret hurt him he didn’t hold a grudge for long and I liked how quickly he was able to embrace the truth and take on a protective role in proof of his devotion. 


Tori Combs has never forgotten her one-night with a rock star either. She found herself forging a deep connection to him that night, a profound joining of the hearts with their mutual grief, that made for a sizzling night that changed both of them irrevocably.  No other man has ever matched Darren, so for the last two years she’s been celibate and dealing with a big secret she’s been keeping from him.  Work and caring for family is what her priorities are and she continually uses it as an excuse to stay single.  From the moment she met him she felt their crackling connection, a connection no other man has been able to engender in her since.  The glitzy and glamorous world he lives in intimidates her though and makes her feel like she doesn’t fit in.  To find their HEA she’ll have to brave that world with him being her support every step of the way.  Tori’s a strong-willed heroine, one who cares deeply for family, and her devotion to them made me like her all the more.  Though the secret she kept from Darren was big, she didn’t keep it to be hurtful.  She made the best decision she could at the time considering the hardships thrown her way and I applaud her picking herself up and dusting herself off in living with this big secret.


From the first page to the last I found myself captivated by this immensely likable main couple and their romance of love and forgiveness.  Darren and Tori both had big hearts, hearts they weren’t afraid to show to the other which ultimately cemented their bond.  Their romance was both sweet and sexy and I enjoyed seeing their feelings evolve  as I became further invested in their HEA.  Surrounding this likable main couple was an equally entertaining cast of secondary characters.  Tori’s dad was a loving man, protective of her and wanting her to finally start living her life, and he was a strong support throughout the story.  Darren’s bandmates were memorable as well, playful with a bit of crassness that reminds you that boys will be boys as they gave as good as they got in their banter with one another.  Ms. Jacob did a wonderful job in depicting the rock star world with all its sweat and sensuality.  She also showed the chaos of the fandom, the invasions of privacy, that Tori had to deal with and that brought out Darren’s protective side.  On a whole this was an enjoyable romance with characters I cheered for.  I also shed a tear or two along the way while Darren’s forgiveness warmed my heart and helped tie the ending up in a beautiful bow.  Fans of rock star romances shouldn’t waste another minute in adding the Licks of Leather series to their bookshelf as its charming and sexy bandmates will quickly captivate you!

My rating for this is an A-

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

AUTHOR INFO:

USA Today Bestselling author Jenna Jacob paints a canvas of passion, romance, and humor as her alpha men and the feisty women who love them unravel their souls, heal their scars, and find a happy-ever-after kind of love. Heart-tugging, captivating, and steamy, her words will leave you breathless and craving more.
A mom of four grown children, Jenna, her husband Sean and their furry babies reside in Kansas. Though she spent over thirty years in accounting, Jenna isn’t your typical bean counter. She’s brassy, sassy, and loves to laugh, but is humbly thrilled to be living her dream as a full-time author. When she’s not slamming coffee while pounding out emotional stories, you can find her reading, listening to music, cooking, camping, or enjoying the open road on the back of a Harley.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Book Release Blitz for Burning Hot Rumors by Debra Kayn (GIVEAWAY)

A woman just barely keeping her head above water finds herself looked down upon by the denizens of her small town with life taking an unexpected turn when a biker shows up and decides to become her protector.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Burning Hot Rumors by Debra Kayn, then add this sexy and suspenseful tale to your bookshelf.  In honor of this second installment in the Choices: Tarkio MC series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $100 Amazon GC too!

For Callie Moore, it’s a day-to-day struggle to live in a town where everyone thinks she’s the worst person on earth— thanks to rumors. Divorced, living with her ailing dad, and the scars of finding her ex-husband in bed with not one, but two, of her friends, have her on a downward spiral.
Her immediate problems outweigh her concern over the rough and gruff biker her dad hires to help out at the gas station. No matter how attractive she finds Kent, he’s only another person she needs to defend herself against.
A drifter his whole life, Kent Calder can live anywhere as long as he has his motorcycle and a road in front of him.
Stopping at Moore’s Gas Station was only a pit stop on a road trip with no destination. A way to put a few dollars in his pocket. He has no plans to stay in Missoula, where drama and rudeness from the locals is a way of life.
Until the talk centers around Callie, and he sees what the lies are doing to her.
If she can’t stand up for herself, he’ll fight for her. But as soon as he stomps out one fire, another one pops up.
Through attraction, heartache, devastation, and time, the flames between Kent and Callie only grow hotter.
EXCERPT:

He turned and looked out on the floor. It took him longer to find her because she was hidden behind the biker talking to her. He craned his neck, caught her smiling at the other man, and tensed.
Stalking across the floor, he shoved people out of his way and stepped between her and the Tarkio member.
"Man, you better step away," said the biker.
"Get lost." He grabbed Callie's upper arm and pulled her away.
"Wh…?" Callie stumbled beside him. "Who?”
He ignored her mumblings and pushed out the front door. Turning her to face him, he gazed up and down her body to make sure she was okay. Callie's mouth opened and shut numerous times, and she blinked rapidly. "Kent?”
"Nice of you to recognize me," he said.
"I thought I'd never see you again." She planted her hands on his chest, but her body weaved side to side, trying to gain her balance.
He caught her other arm and held her steady in front of him. That's when he noticed the way her eyes remained unfocused on him.
"What the hell have you been doing?" He stroked her hair out of her eyes.
Gut punched, he remembered the excitement, the passion, the energy swirling around her the night she'd finally let loose and egged her ex-husband's truck. He'd walked away from her that night as if he'd gotten his first taste of the real Callie, and his addiction to her had started.
How many other men inside the clubhouse were standing in the same position he was, half in love, fantasizing about being with a woman who had no understanding that fire ran through her veins? How many other men wanted to be the one who helped her set herself on fire?
Callie crumbling, diving for his chest. He wrapped his arms around her, keeping her on her feet. A fire brought him back to her.
"I lost everything," she mumbled against the front of his jacket.
"I know." He rubbed her back, happy to hold her. "Fuck, I missed you, honey.”
She raised her head and frowned. "You left.”
"I needed to go." He kissed her forehead. "But I'm back.”
She pushed against him. "Why?”
"I want to help—“
"No." She stepped away from him, almost stumbling. "You can't just invade my life and then leave again. You're just listening to the rumors. Everyone listens to Josh.”
"I'm not—“
"You listened." She tapped her head, slurring her words. "That's why you left. Now you're listening to him again. Just go. Leave me alone.”
She grabbed for the handle. He planted his hand on the door, stopping her.
"I'm not listening to anyone but you, Callie."


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AUTHOR INFO:

Debra Kayn is published by Grand Central Publishing, Simon & Schuster Publishing, Carina Press – Harlequin Enterprises Limited, and repped by agent, Stephany Evans of FinePrint Literary Management.
Believing everyone deserves to love and be loved, she takes the most unlikely characters and turns them into heroes and heroines.
She lives with her family in the Bitterroot Mountains of beautiful North Idaho where she enjoys the outdoors, the four seasons, and the wild animals that gather in her yard.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Book Release Blitz for Crossing the Line by Kendall Ryan (REVIEW)



It’s a sweet and sexy romance of friends becoming lovers in this tale full of witty banter and sexual tension found amidst the pages of this delightful read.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Crossing the Line by Kendall Ryan, along with my impressions of it, then add this fourth installment in the Hot Jocks series to your bookshelf!

Hello, rock? Meet hard place.
Recovering from a pulled groin muscle isn’t exactly how I planned to spend my much-needed summer vacation.
But I’ll admit, being nursed back to health by my gorgeous friend Bailey, who’s just graduated from medical school, doesn’t exactly sound like a hardship.
We spend a week together at my family’s beach house, a week of swimming and barbecues, a week of entertaining my little cousins and sleeping right across the hall from each other. A week of watching Bailey grow closer with my mom and sisters, and my wacky but lovable grandma. A week of enjoying Bailey tending to me—which is saying something, because it involves a lot of shoving ice packs into my underwear and taping up sore muscles.
She’s funny and kind, and after just being myself for the first time in a long time, my walls come tumbling down. But when Bailey says she’s not looking for a relationship, I’m bound and determined to be more than just the fun hookup who sprained his groin a second time—this time with her.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Win it comes to the theme of friends-to-lovers Ms. Ryan has become one of my go-to authors as she has crafted many unforgettable couples, especially those in the Hot Jocks series.  This latest installment in the series has sexy hockey player Asher still off the ice while recovering from a groin injury.  He’s feeling frustrated by his injury but the chance to go to a family event for one week will get his mind on something other than his groin.  There’s a small issue though as the team’s doctors demand that he take a medical worker with him.  Enter his friend Bailey, busy with her upcoming medical school graduation to think of anything else and who Asher’s long felt an attraction to.  She’s a caring and supportive friend though and agrees to go with him which gives her greater insight into the kind of man Asher really is.  Their time away puts them in close quarters, gives them a glimpse of the other that they’ve never seen, and has them taking a more steamy journey to HEA than they ever thought possible.

Asher’s a delicious hero, a strong-willed hockey player who just wants to get back on the ice.  Still recovering he’s feeling bored and frustrated, so the chance to spend time with family appeals to him.  The time he spends with them brings out a softer side, a caring and sweet side that made my uterus hurt whenever he interacted with his nieces. I especially enjoyed his scenes with his Grandma Lolli as she was a sassy woman who he showed great love for while she subtly played matchmaker throughout his time with her.  He has a commanding presence, an alpha male who encourages Bailey while letting her stand strongly on her own.  Bailey was an equally wonderful heroine who doesn’t think she has time for anything but work.  She doesn’t have time for anything serious when it comes to matters of the heart, but seeing Asher in a whole new light has her thinking of forever...a forever with him possibly.  Her views of him slowly change the more he interacts with his family.  His obvious love for them, his playfulness with his nieces, had him endearing himself to Bailey and it warmed my heart.  Along with falling even deeper in love with Asher, Bailey found herself drawn to his family and wholeheartedly accepted into their circle which put a smile on my face.


This was a quick and immensely satisfying read with witty banter, funny encounters, and a sizzling romance of friends-to-lovers.  Asher and Bailey are likable characters and I enjoyed seeing their romance get steamier with each turn of the page.  Alongside this appealing main couple was a cast of characters that we’ve seen in past installments and I loved the familial vibe amongst the teammates and friends that immersed us further into the story.  Asher’s family was a definite highlight too as they brought out a different side to his personality, a side that made me fall for him even more, and made Bailey feel even more loved.  With each new installment in the Hot Jocks series Ms. Ryan continues to gift readers with romances full of heart and soul...as well as many smiles....and readers definitely need to add these decadently delightful tales to their bookshelves!

My rating for this is an A- 

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


AUTHOR INFO:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than three dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 3 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world.
Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than 70 times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.
She lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.