Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Spotlight on Sin by Emma Hart (REVIEW)


What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but with this book all the steaminess of the city can be yours.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Sin by Emma Hart with its sensual romance of enemies to lovers where family issues weigh on HEA.  You'll also get my impressions of this first installment in the Vegas Nights series, then make sure you add it to your bookshelf!

Damien Fox lived up to his name. Cunning, sly, and dangerous, fifty percent of Vegas’ strip clubs were his.
Whatever he wanted, money, attention, women, he got.
And now he wanted to buy my bar, no matter the cost.
I wanted him to go to hell on a first-class ticket.
He played a dirty game, and I followed his rules. I let him think he would win.
Despite our differences, it was clear to see that we were no more than two broken hearts colliding in the darkness.
Closed off, sexy, and holding a pain that would crush a lesser man, he was the ultimate sin. One I couldn’t deny myself, even though I knew better than to trust a fox...


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

The pain of loss and guilt is one of the driving forces in this story as a man with a past full of familial conflict finds himself in an emotional tug of war with a woman dealing with her own grief.  Add in a combustible and erotically-charged connection between these two strong-willed people and readers will find themselves quickly consumed with their slightly bumpy and sexy journey to HEA.

Damien Fox once had a happy family until his mother's depression and frustration led to his family falling apart.  His father's anger, judgments, and expectations resulted in hurt feelings, death, and years of guilt that had Damien closing his heart off from the world.  The moment he meets Dahlia Lloyd though his life will never be the same as she works her way into his heart and soul one witty challenging word after another.  Damien's childhood was one of being made to feel like a disappointment, being pushed by a domineering and toxic father into doing things that he knows aren't right.  It's made him a bit cold and calculating when readers first meet him.  Below that unappealing facade though is a man of great passions, a man who wants to unburden himself and take control of his life without his father's heartlessness hanging over him.  Damien's hard to like at the start but, like the layers of an onion, readers get to see a completely different man unfold as the story progresses.  Being with Dahlia softens the rough edges his father honed and I found myself falling for him.  His heart reawakens and each word and deed becomes more romantic and charming.  He's a mercenary at the start but definitely more of a lover than a fighter by the end.  Damien's a man who oozes sensuality and it made his connection to Dahlia crackle with encounters and banter teeming with unrelenting sexual tension.  Theirs was an erotic battle for supremacy from the very start and it made for entertaining exchanges in and out of the bedroom.

Dahlia Lloyd's childhood was full of love until the death of both of her parents had her running from her obligations.  Returning home and still healing from her loss she's thrust into a battle against an arrogant businessman bent on buying her family's bar.  From the moment they meet it's clear that both are more than a match for the other as both give as good as they get.  Dahlia's a strong-willed woman not easily swayed by Damien's sexiness, but she's definitely tempted. The more time he spends on trying to get her to sell the more they get to know each other.  The closer her body gets to him the more she sees of his heart and soul that's been starved for far too long.  Through her kind heart and support he becomes the man he's always wanted to be, the hero she's always found in the romance books she reads.  Dahlia's a delightful heroine who doesn't back down from a fight.  She's confident and willing to fight for what's right while putting her heart on the line for a man who everyone had once written off as cold and calculating.  She's supportive of her friends, no matter how annoying they sometimes are, and is a fixer and eternal optimist you can't help but like.  She's the kind of heroine you can see yourself hanging around with in real life as her snark put a smile on my face and it's just one more reason to root for her to get her HEA.

Theirs is a relationship teeming with sexual tension from the very start with banter that feels like a tennis match as one sexually-charged comment leads to another.  Their banter is full of challenge early on, but as their hearts become entwined their banter feels more like foreplay.  Their intimacies become more erotic as the story progresses but they're nicely balanced with sweet and tender moments as well.  Damien may have started out a bit villainous but he soon showed his heroic and immensely appealing damaged hero side that had me drooling over him by the end.  Dahlia was an entertaining foe in their battle and from the start you can't help but cheer for her.  Surrounding this engaging couple was a cast of colorful and larger than life secondary characters.  Each left their indelible mark, making me laugh a time or two, and affecting the future of Dahlia and Damien in subtle and overt ways.  I'm especially intrigued by Damien's sister Perrie whose life has been tough and full of choices that will leave readers conflicted but greatly anticipating her story being told next. Though this story went on a bit too long I liked that there were no big misunderstandings, no roadblocks of stupidity keeping readers from a richly rewarding HEA.  Ms. Hart shows herself here to be a master at witty and erotically-charged banter.  She's crafted two likable protagonists who don't need over the top melodrama or silly machinations to keep readers invested in their HEA and I look forward to the next emotionally engaging installment in this sexy 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:

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Review for Jameson by Jillian Quinn


As the man-of-honor in the most anticipated sports wedding of the year, Jameson O’Connor has a problem. He needs a date. But his best friend, who is also the bride-to-be, keeps scaring them away. On accident.
Through the course of planning the bridal shower, shopping for wedding gowns, and hosting bachelorette parties, Jameson finally meets a girl who can hang. Or so he thinks. When he meets Regan Turner at a basketball game, Jameson has no idea she’s hockey royalty.
Because of her upbringing, Regan is through with hockey players and wants no part of them. She assumes Jameson is an athlete because of the company he keeps. But she likes him. And Jameson is persistent. He won’t take no for an answer.
Jameson likes the sporty blonde, wears her down with his charms, and Regan will be his date to the wedding. No matter how much convincing it takes to get her there.

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It's a whirlwind romance readers get to be a part of as a hard working videogame creator finds himself drawn to the daughter of hockey royalty.   From start to finish emotional ups and downs, obligations and desires, weigh on this appealing couple to keep their HEA in doubt while I rooted for them every step of the way.

Introduced in the first installment of the Face-Off series, Jameson's been Charlie's best friend since their days in foster care.  It was them against the world and they vowed that they'd make something of themselves one day.  Years later and they're still tight-knit, even with Charlie's engagement to a hockey star, and Jameson's ready to do his duty as Man of Honor at her upcoming wedding.  Seeing her happiness is infectious, and amongst all the chaos of wedding planning, he finds himself drawn to a tiny bundle of energy who challenges him.  Meeting Regan catches him off guard as he's never thought of having a relationship before but being with her has him thinking of the future.  His dedication to work though puts their future in doubt and has him making big changes that brought this romance to a cheer-worthy conclusion.  Jameson's a delicious hero who would clearly do anything for his friend.  He's willing to embarrass himself and take a ribbing from the hockey players who inhabit their world, which endeared him to me. When it comes to love though he's torn between striving for success and his happiness. It's a common conflict in real life and I'm happy to see it addressed here as it gave this story a relatable dose of realism.

Regan's the kind of heroine you can see yourself hanging out with.  She's not overly girly, enjoys sports, and is more comfortable in casual attire than glamorous garb.  She's well-liked, outgoing, with a personality that's similar to Charlie.  That's probably part of the reason why Jameson's first attracted to her, while her interest in gaming and ability to forgive his numerous cancellations for work further intrigues him.  Regan loves hockey and is proud of her father's accomplishments but it's clear she longs for more when it comes to her career. She wants something just for herself instead of it being because of her pedigree and her rocky relationship with Jameson furthers her desire for change. Through all of the ups and downs in her steamy relationship with Jameson, Regan remains an immensely likable heroine who stands up for herself even when tempted by his unrelenting sensuality.  Though Jameson was the star of this story, Regan was an enjoyable highlight who was more than a match for him.

Readers looking for a fast-paced romance with bits of humor and lots of sexiness will get just that with this fourth installment in the Face-Off series. Time together for this couple amounted to play in and out of the bedroom as well as interactions with characters from the previous books in this series. Those interactions were charming, brought a smile to my face, and made Jameson even more likable.  Heartfelt talks balanced with scorching and clandestine encounters kept me invested in the relationship between these two appealing personalities while rooting for them to work past their issues to get their HEA. Fans of sports romances will find this a pleasant addition to the genre and will have them seeking out the previous installments in this series and greatly anticipating what Ms. Quinn crafts next.

My rating for this is an A-

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Spotlight on Escaping Indigo by Eli Lang (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Two bruised souls, trying to hide their mutual pain behind their music, find unexpected comfort in each other's arms in this introspective m/m romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Escaping Indigo by Eli Lang, with its sensual romance set in the rockstar world, along with my impressions of it.  Learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour, then add this engaging romance to your bookshelf.  In honor of this first installment in the Escaping Indigo series leave a comment below telling me what you like about rockstar romances for the chance to win a $10 Riptide GC too!

Micah thought he’d always be in a band. All he ever wanted was to play drums and make great music, but when his best friend and bandmate passes away, Micah is left adrift. The thing that’s always lifted him up is now a reminder of everything he’s lost.
In an attempt to put his life back together, Micah takes a job as roadie for his favorite band, Escaping Indigo. He’s always admired the lead singer, Bellamy. On stage, Bellamy is confident, glittery, and radiant. But as the two grow closer, Micah realizes that in person, Bellamy is quiet, introspective, and a little uncertain. And that’s the person Micah is falling for.
Micah is determined to know all of Bellamy, both the rock star side and the side hidden from the audience, the side that creates music that touches Micah’s heart. Bellamy has secrets of his own, though, things he doesn’t want to share with anyone. And trying to uncover Bellamy’s truths might be the thing that ends up pushing him away.


MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

From the very first page readers will find themselves quickly caught up in the lyrical feeling of this story as two bruised souls find comfort in each other's arms.  It's a narrative told from the perspective of former drummer Micah who's lost his way after the death of his friend/bandmate.  Now a roadie for his favorite band Micah finds himself drawn to Bellamy, the quiet yet commanding lead singer of Escaping Indigo, and together they take readers on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Micah once had dreams of making it big in the music world alongside his best friend, but with his bandmate's death he lost the fire to stay on the stage.  He can't leave music completely behind though and soon becomes a roadie for the band that's always brought joy to his soul.  It's a routine job until the night he enjoys a bit of solitude with lead singer Bellamy and as quiet talks led to heartfelt introspection a romance teeming with sensuality along with moments of heartache evolved.  Micah's clearly lost and lonely at the start of the story, full of what-ifs and what might have been.  The moment he sees Bellamy he senses a kindred spirit as one lost soul calls to another.  He's always been enthralled by his larger than life stage presence but it's his little boy lost personality that truly captures his heart and has him opening himself once again to the possibilities...possibilities of love as well as making music.  Micah's a caring soul who understands Bellamy's moods and is a strong support when he needs it most.  He asks tough questions of him, questions not easily or always answered.  When it comes to their relationship, it's one teeming with sensuality as well as doubts regarding their different statuses that puts readers through the wringer and culminates in a HFN.

Bellamy's the quintessential rockstar on stage, sexy and full of energy.  Off stage though he's a contradiction as his moods go from one extreme to another. He's clearly a tortured artist, talented but always needing to be better.  Fears and doubts constantly weigh on him and have resulted in issues with crippling anxiety that led to feelings of isolation.  Finding Micah gave him unexpected support when he needed it most.  It also led to hard questions regarding his mental health, and ways to help his moods, that often left me frustrated. Despite that, I still found myself just as enamored with Bellamy as Micah was. Bellamy's love of music is clear and it's a love that he desperately wants to reignite in Micah with scenes that depicted joy and helped Micah find forgiveness.

Through all Bellamy's highs and lows this was a couple meant to be together. Their encounters were teeming with sensuality and oftentimes more was expressed through a single touch and glance than with words.  Both had kind hearts and worried that their personal baggage would harm the other which led to lots of talks and introspection.  These talks were nicely balanced with a few steamy interludes as well as lots of sweet cuddling that made for a more realistic relationship.  The music world was vividly depicted too as moments on the stage were full of energy and eroticism while behind the scenes were endless miles of travel and boredom.  Escaping Indigo isn't a stereotypical band as there's no vices on display, just a deep-seated familial bond between the bandmates and their crew.  Issues of mental health were at the core of this story and while I appreciated Ms. Lang's addressing it, I was equally frustrated by the secretiveness and feeling of dirtiness surrounding Bellamy's anxiety. Despite that small criticism I found myself caught in this story's sensual haze through its lyrical storytelling.  Micah's inner dialogues were beautiful and gave deep insight into his heart and soul as well as helping readers better understand Bellamy.  This was a captivating series starter and I look forward to revisiting this couple and getting to know more about the other members of Escaping Indigo in the future.

My rating for this a B.

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Eli Lang is a writer and drummer. She has played in rock bands, worked on horse farms, and has had jobs in libraries, where she spent most of her time reading every book she could get her hands on. She can fold a nearly perfect paper crane and knows how to tune a snare drum. She still buys stuffed animals because she feels bad if they’re left alone in the store, believes cinnamon buns should always be eaten warm, can tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the tardigrade, and has a book collection that’s reaching frightening proportions. She lives in Arizona with far too many pets.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Blast for The Bull Riding Witch by Jamie Marchant (GIVEAWAY)


Readers looking for a unique read will get just that with this urban fantasy-fueled tale of body swapping and politics.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of The Bull Riding Witch by Jamie Marchant, and discover even more about this unforgettable read by visiting the other sites hosting this tour, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this cleverly crafted and action-packed tale make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $20 bookstore GC too!

Daulphina’s father, the king of Asteria, has always wanted a male heir. Unfortunately for him, Daulphina’s magic means that will never happen unless her bastard half-brother displaces her on the throne. But she’ll take on all the gods herself before she lets that happen. He isn’t nice enough to be a good king.
But apparently, the gods don’t like being challenged because she’s flung across the void and into the dumpy old trailer and chiselled body of Joshua Killenyen, a rodeo bull rider from Alabama. With nothing to eat but Frosted Flakes and no knowledge how she got there, she better find a way home before she gets her head stomped in by the bulls she must ride. Or her brother will take the throne and reduce her people to slavery. Remember, he isn’t nice.

EXCERPT:

I woke with my head pounding and my tongue coated with the fur balls of ten thousand cats. I nearly gagged at the stench that filled the air, a scent that combined the reek of the inside of a knight’s armor after jousting with the odor of rotting flesh.
Confused, I examined my surroundings. Hanging on the wall facing me was a portrait of a huge bull with its head down and its heels kicked high into the air. Incredibly, a man, holding onto a rope with only one hand, sat on the bull’s back. Why would anyone ride a bull? Bulls were dangerous and impossible to control.
Piled high on the bedside table were plates covered with the remains of several meals, bowls with a few dregs of sour milk, and empty bottles. The sheet I laid on was stained with various substances I didn’t want to identify. Where was I? This was certainly no place worthy of me, the crown princess. Maybe I had somehow ended in the servants’ quarters, although I couldn’t imagine how.
I tried to sit up, and my head felt as if it were going to split in two. I groaned, and the sound was deep and masculine. What the . . .? I looked down at my arms. They were muscular and covered with hair. I grabbed my naked chest. My breasts were entirely flat, and my chest was covered with thick, coarse hair. When I rubbed my hand across my face, I felt thick stubble. I looked down at the short clothes, which were the only thing I was wearing; there was a bulge that just shouldn’t have been there. I lifted the waistband and peeked. Dear gods, how had I gotten one of those? I poked it with my finger, and it twitched. I snapped the waistband closed and jumped away, but I couldn’t get away from the body I was wearing.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Jamie began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer. Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized she’d put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. The literary article went into the trash, and she began the book that was to become her first novel. She writes about the fantastic . . . and the tortured soul. Her poor characters have hard lives. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son.


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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Book Spotlight on Last Chance Cowboys: The Outlaw by Anna Schmidt (GIVEAWAY)

Fans of historical romances will find themselves drawn to this tale of a young woman longing for adventure and the undercover detective who becomes her hero once she gets caught up in danger.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Last Chance Cowboys: The Outlaw by Anna Schmidt, with its crackling romance and action-packed scenes, then add this western romance to your bookshelf.  You'll also hear from Ms. Schmidt with her reasons for why readers still enjoy this genre and why she keeps writing for these readers.  In honor of this third installment in the Where the Trail Ends series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance for US readers to win a print copy of the second book in this series too!

Why are romance readers still drawn to westerns, and why do you love writing these stories for them?
My best guess as to why readers love western settings and cowboys and such is that those stories are set on the frontier—a place where anything might (and probably did) happen. In general,rules don’t apply and characters have a great deal of freedom when it comes to making choices.  Also, I think since characters in these stories are fiercely independent and have a can-do attitude, they are stories that  give the reader a real sense of pride in what it means to be an American—yesterday and today.

“‘Someone like me?’ Is that how you see me, Amanda? As someone people should fear?"
“I don’t know what to think,” she said. “One minute you seem so dangerous, and the next you’re sweet and caring and..."
He took a step closer, his eyes sweeping her face. “And which do you want me to be?” His voice was low; it sent shivers down her spine.
“Both,” she whispered, and lifted her face for a kiss.
Amanda Porterfield longs to experience real adventure. So when she’s offered a position in bustling Tucson, she leaps at the chance despite unknown dangers—dangers like the mysterious Seth Grover.
As an undercover detective working to stop a gang of outlaws, Seth can’t afford the distractions a woman like Amanda inspires. Yet when the fiercely intelligent beauty is thrust into the middle of a heist gone wrong, Seth will fight for a future that may never be theirs…even if it means risking everything he holds dear.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Award-winning author ANNA SCHMIDT delights in creating stories where her characters must wrestle with the challenges of their times. Critics have consistently praised Schmidt for her ability to seamlessly integrate actual events with her fictional characters to produce strong tales of hope and love in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. She resides in Wisconsin.


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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Book Spotlight on Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain (GIVEAWAY)

Readers who enjoy sensually-charged couplings will find themselves drawn to this tale of a widowed woman and the old friend who finally gets the chance to claim her.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of Scandalous Ever After by Theresa Romain, along with Ms. Romain talking about her favorite summer activities, then add this suspenseful friends to lovers Regency-fueled romance to your bookshelf.  In honor of this second installment in the historically-set Romance of the Turf series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win two bundles of the first two books in this series too!

Two of Theresa’s favorite summer activities:
If I were creating the sort of profile I admire, I’d tell you that my favorite summer activities include splashing in the ocean, or camping in the backyard after having a barbecue. But the truth is that I’m hundreds of miles from the nearest beach, and my favorite thing to do there was always to make a giant dolphin out of sand. And I can’t bear to be outside in 100+ heat, especially when the mosquitos are biting.
However, there are so many lovely little things about summer that I do enjoy. Specifically...
1. Having more time to read. I might not be on a beach relaxing to the sound of waves, but that doesn’t mean I won’t have a book in my hand. The pace is a little slower in summer, and I love taking time to sprawl out on the couch and whittle down my TBR pile. (Just kidding. The TBR pile never gets smaller, because I never stop buying books.)
2. More flexibility in the schedule. Yes, my husband and I are still working, and sure, Little Miss R is still in school activities. But we can be more lax about her schedule, and there’s never any homework. That’s good news for the mom who wrangles all of the papers, as well as the kid who does the work.
In SCANDALOUS EVER AFTER, there are no frozen treats or backyard campfires—but there *is* a sea, and Lady Kate Whelan and Evan Rhys find themselves on a road trip of a lifetime. Between ferries and floods, treats and horses and races, sickness and health and more than one scandalous interlude, these two old friends will find a love they never expected—and unearth secrets they never dreamed of. I hope you’ll enjoy this romantic summer read!

Does love really heal all wounds?
After being widowed by a steeplechase accident in Ireland, Lady Kate Whelan abandons the turf. But once her mourning is complete, her late husband’s debts drive her to seek help in Newmarket amidst the whirl of a race meet. There she encounters antiquities expert Evan Rhys, her late husband’s roguish friend—whom she hasn’t seen since the day of his lordship’s mysterious death.
Now that fate has reunited them, Evan seizes the chance to win over the woman he’s always loved. But once back within the old stone walls of Whelan House, long-held secrets come to light that shake up everything Kate thought she knew about her marriage. Now she wonders who she can trust with her heart—and Evan must decide between love and a truth that will separate him from all his heart desires.

EXCERPT:

“Kate, is all this for my benefit?"
“Why, what do you mean?” Seating herself on the red velvet settee, she hitched one leg up and spread the dressing robe about it. Then she lowered her leg again, crossing it over the other. Each time, pale flesh shone new and enticing through the shifting fabric.
The more she fidgeted, the more he wanted to gather her up in his arms and hold her. Settle her. Kiss her into calm and pleasure.
Lord. He was going to die in this room.
Already it had been a long day; agonizingly, sweetly long. They had stayed at the Rowley Mile’s rail for the day’s remaining races, though Evan couldn’t have sworn whether horses or dogs or monkeys ran the course.
No one else fell. He knew that much. One fall was bad enough.
Or had it been a blessing in disguise? Kate had been shaken, badly, at the sight of a prone body on a racecourse. But Evan could recall nothing so determined as the way she lifted her chin and decided to stick out the rest of the schedule.
Perhaps she saw nothing when she looked at the track. Perhaps she was in the Ireland of two years ago, remembering Con’s fall. But she had stood beside Evan and let him hold her, and he helped her not to be alone. Whether or not she knew it, she did the same for him.
“I was thinking”—she spoke again, still wildly rearranging herself on the settee—“that this could be the perfect arrangement. Two friends who care for each other very much, giving each other pleasure."
The breezy explanation was perfunctory, so much so that it took him aback. From the end of the settee, he peered down at her. “Is that what this invitation meant to you?"
“What else should it have meant?"
“I don’t know that it should mean anything at all.” He sighed, tucking himself beside her at the end of the settee. “Kate. If you want comfort, I’ll comfort you, as innocently as you like. I’m good at brushing hair."
ThunkHer just-hoisted foot slid to the floor. “I don’t need my hair brushed."
“I could let you hold my hand, then. It can be comforting, holding a hand."
Her shoulders hunched. “I don’t need my hand held either."
“Good, good. As delightful as that can be, it loses its savor after a while.” He trembled on the edge of honesty, then tipped. “You seem—is this—are you trying to recapture some old closeness? Because I don’t think we--"
“God, no.” She laughed, a shaky, startled burst. “I don’t want to recapture anything, Evan. If I did, you’d be eating porridge, and I’d be sipping whisky, and... well. The whole day would have gone differently.” Her whole body seemed to flush. She was pink and cream, warm colors all over.
Not unaffected, then. He could draw her out. “The day of races?"
“The day of...everything. Today, I decided I was ready for a change."
“You were thinking of this sort of change,” he said. “Us. Alone. Tonight."
“I was.” She tied her dressing robe about her more tightly. “I could not stop, once the idea seized me. Damn propriety and all that sort of thing."
“Then why not untie the robe instead?"
“Well...about that. Now that you are here, I have started to...to think about what we might do."
“That sounds delightful.” He grappled with the weighty bolster at his side, tugging it free and flinging it over the arm of the settee. “Though from the mil- lion pauses in your speech, I wonder if it strikes you the same way."
“It...does. But I am so aware that you have seen me only in clothes--"
“As opposed to what? Mermaid skins?"
She sputtered. “Is that even a real—never mind... No. You know what I mean. This will be different."
“It will only be as different as you want it to be."
“Maybe. That’s what I was hoping. I want different.” She swung her feet, bare toes tapping the floor before the hearth. “Evan, I thought it would be easy. Being different with you. But now...I’m nervous. Are you?"
“No."
For the sake of graciousness, he probably should not have replied so swiftly. But nervous? Not in the least.
Nervous was waiting not once, but twice, to hear whether she would be safely delivered of a baby, or whether she would lose her life in childbed. Nervous was waiting, five years ago, for her ship to return her across the Irish Sea from her last trip to England.
Nervous was how he felt when her life was at stake. Now? He felt newly born, in all the frailty and triumph that the phrase implied.
“I’m not nervous at all,” he said.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Historical romance author THERESA ROMAIN pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in Wichita, Kansas.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Tour for Take Your Time by Julie Johnson (GIVEAWAY)


Readers who enjoy combustible couplings and strong-willed characters will find themselves drawn to this romantic comedy.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Take Your Time by Julie Johnson, with its romance between a sassy and outspoken heroine and the fighter who unexpectedly becomes her hero, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this fourth installment in A Boston Love Story series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!

Delilah Sinclair has a certain reputation.
Maybe it's the way she walks (in skyscraper designer heels) or the way she talks (in total absence of a filter) or simply the shade of her hair (strawberry blonde). Maybe it's the string of broken hearts she's left across the city of Boston. (Sorry, boys.)
For Lila, catching a man's attention is never a struggle. It's the part that comes later – the happily-ever-after part – that always seems to trip her up.
All her friends may be settling down, but this fiery redhead has no intentions of ever being tamed...
Until she meets a man just as wild.
Luca "Blaze" Buchanan is the best fighter to come out of Boston in years. Men want to be him, women want to be with him, and no one smart ever bets against him. He's more savage than knight-in-shining-armor, but that suits him just fine: he has no plans to ever allow a woman to domesticate him.
That is, until a certain sultry redhead finds herself in need of salvation. In the midst of sudden danger, their slow-burning attraction sparks into something far hotter… an inferno neither of them knows how to put out.
One thing is indisputable: no one is walking away without getting singed...

EXCERPT:

My fingers still shake as I punch in the digits, one after another, trying to think of something cute or clever to say as the call connects.

Heeeeey, what’s up? You’ll never guess where I am...
I listen to the rings — one, two, three jarring peals — and begin to think he’s not going to answer. It’s late, well after midnight… he’s probably sleeping… or his phone is on silent… or he’ll think it’s a mis-dial…


"Talk."
His voice is deeper than usual, as if I’ve woken him, but I’d recognize that trademark growl anywhere. It’s him.
I open my mouth to say something… and find I cannot formulate one single, non-idiotic word. My tongue quite literally refuses to cooperate.
“Hello?” He waits a beat, listening to me breathe. “Who is this?"
I hear a rustling sound — skin against sheets —and an entirely NSFW image shoots into my brain.
Does he sleep naked?
“Last chance,” he grumbles, impatient as ever.
Crap con queso.
He’s going to disconnect.
“Wait!” I squeak in a small voice that makes me sound like I’ve swallowed a balloon animal.
“Please, just… don’t hang up."
Utter silence blasts across the line. I hold my breath, afraid to squeak out another word, completely at a loss as to what I’m going to say next. To my everlasting regret, before I can think of a dignified way to explain my current situation, he speaks again. And when he does, that sleepy edge is gone from his voice. It’s been replaced with something that sounds a lot like amusement and… gloating.
“That you, Delilah?"
My jaw clenches. “Don’t call me that!"
“So, she finally uses my number. If I’d known all it would take to get your attention was a sharpie, I might’ve done this months ago.” A low chuckle hits my ear, and I squirm a little. “To what do I owe the pleasure?"
I grip the receiver a little tighter, wishing I could reach through the line and punch him.
“If you’re hoping for a bootycall…”  He pauses pointedly. “I can be at your place in twenty."
“Oh, dream on,” I snap, indignant at the suggestion. (As if I hadn’t been picturing him naked approximately twenty-seven seconds ago.)
“I was dreaming,” he reminds me. “You just woke me. And it was a good dream. Amy Adams was in it. So, unless you’re about to make a point, I suggest you let me get back to her."
I roll my eyes.
“Well?” he prompts. “What’s it gonna be?"
“I…” My teeth chew my bottom lip. “I… sort of… need your help."
He goes silent for a beat, contemplating that. “Gonna need a few more details, babe."
I hedge. “Well, see, I’m in a bit of a jam. I’m sort of… stranded.” My voice drops. “And… I didn’t have anyone else to call."
I can’t see him, obviously, but there’s a tangible change in his demeanor, evident even across a phone line.
“Are you safe?” His voice is abruptly serious. In less than two seconds, he’s shifted gears from teasing to intense. It’s disarming.
“Yes,” I murmur. “I’m safe."
I hear crinkling sounds — him, pulling on clothes. “Will you be able to stay safe until I get there?"
“Yes,” I assure him, feeling like the grandest of fools. “I’m fine. Phone-less, but fine. Honestly…” I swallow hard. “Listen, you don’t have to come. I just need you to get in touch with Phoebe for me, she won’t mind..."
“Not a chance. I’m coming."
My eyes widen. “You’re not going to ask me any questions?"
He barely hesitates. “Babe. You called me, a man you usually refuse to give the time of day, in middle of the damn night, sounding scared instead of like your usual sassy, full-of-shit self--"
I roll my eyes, at that.
“—and you tell me you’re in trouble. I know you said you’re safe, but I also know you’re in more than a bit of a jam if you had to resort to calling me.” He pauses. “Furthermore, I know I’m gonna be the one who helps you."
My mouth parches. “But Phoebe really won’t mind. In fact, she kind of owes me--"
He cuts me off, sounding even more growly than usual. “Address."
I blink in surprise. “Phoebe’s address?"
“No.” I hear a door slam closed through the receiver. “I’m already on my way. Tell me where I’m headed."
Bossy, arrogant, stubborn man.
My hold tightens on the receiver. “I could be in Tibet, for all you know."
There’s a beat of stony silence. “Are you in Tibet?"
I sigh. “No."
“Delilah.” An engine rumbles to life. “Address. Now."
“Mattapan,” I mumble, wincing. “At… the county jail."
He pauses, digesting that tidbit, and when he speaks again, his voice is almost… soft. For some reason, that unnerves me far more than his growls or grumbles or gloating comments.
“Hold tight. I’ll be there in thirty."
The line goes dead as he clicks off.
Crap with a side of extra fries.
If you’d told me twenty-four hours ago that Luca Buchanan, Boston’s most badass MMA fighter, would be on his way to bail me out of jail… I’d have laughed in your face. Now, all I can do is set the handset in its cradle with a dull click, lean back against the gunmetal gray precinct wall, and wonder what the ever-flipping heck I’m going to do when he gets here.
Especially given the last time I saw him…

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THE MUSIC THAT INSPIRED THIS BOOK:

Hey There Delilah by The Plain White T's
Dollhouse by Melanie Martinez
Take Your Time by Sam Hunt
Style by Taylor Swift
Fire and the Flood by Vance Joy
Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur
Heart Hope by Oh Wonder
Breathe Again by Sara Bareilles
Litost by X Ambassadors
Between the Night, Between the Day by Rosi Golan
Oceans by Seafret
We Are Man and Wife by Michelle Featherstone
One and Only by Adele
White Blood by Oh Wonder
Hold On by Chord Overstreet


THE PREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS IN A BOSTON LOVE STORY SERIES...







NOT YOU IT'S ME (Book #1)
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CROSS THE LINE (Book #2)
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ONE GOOD REASON (Book #3)
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AUTHOR INFO:

JULIE JOHNSON is a twenty-something Boston native suffering from an extreme case of Peter Pan Syndrome. When she's not writing, Julie can most often be found adding stamps to her passport, drinking too much coffee, striving to conquer her Netflix queue, and Instagramming pictures of her dog.
She published her debut novel LIKE GRAVITY in August 2013, just before her senior year of college, and she's never looked back. Since, she has published five more novels, including the bestselling BOSTON LOVE STORY series. Her books have appeared on Kindle and iTunes Bestseller lists around the world, as well as in AdWeek, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today.


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