Thursday, November 15, 2018

Book Spotlight on Falling For the Playboy by Kennedy Fox (REVIEW)


It’s a combustible connection between apparent opposites on a road trip where an immensely appealing couple get to know each other on a more personal and emotional level.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Falling For the Playboy by Kennedy Fox, along with my impressions of this book set amidst the backdrop of the world of romance novels, then add this second installment in the Bedtime Reads series to your bookshelf!

Never trust a man who gets paid to take off his clothes for a living and then uses it as a pick-up line to get girls in bed with him.
That should’ve been enough for me to call in sick that day.
I’ve worked with male cover models like him before and they’re all the same—smooth-talking, sexy as sin, egotistical know-it-alls who think they’re God’s gift to women—all traits I know to steer clear of.
Assisting authors comes with many perks—reading on the job, using my organizing skills on a daily basis, drinking coffee by the gallons—but Maverick Kingston barges into my life and demands more than I can handle.
When we’re forced to road trip across the country together, he pushes every boundary I have and rearranges my thoughts on playing it safe. And when he “accidentally” drops his towel, he makes it very clear what he’s offering and proves he’s packing more than abs of steel under his clothes.
Working with him was brutal, but falling for him was unexpected.
And playing by the rules will be impossible.

EXCERPT:

“Can I turn off this church music?” Maverick asks thirty minutes into our trip. He leans forward and starts messing with the knob.
“It’s nice driving music,” I argue, swatting his hand away.
“You can’t be serious. This shit is gonna put you to sleep and then we’re going to crash and die. You really want that on your conscious?”
The corner of his lips tilt up just the slightest.
“Guess it wouldn’t matter. I’d be dead.” I flash a smug smile right back at him.
“Oh I see how it is. You look all innocent and smart but deep down you have this morbidness to you.”
I shoot him a look. “You’re the morbid one with all your crashing and dying talk.” I turn my music back on. “Now no more talking about it because if I don’t get you to these events on time, Rachel will actually kill me.”
“Why you so scared of her anyway? I could fit her in my pocket. She looks harmless enough.”
Glancing at him, I try to focus on the road and shake my head. “You know she’s anything but harmless.”
He chuckles, shaking his head. “Yeah, you’re right. She’s not a firecracker like you though.”
“I’m not even sure what that means, but you can’t label me when you just met me.”
“Oh, like you haven’t labeled me already?”
“I know your kind. I’ve heard plenty about you to form an opinion,” I tell him with purpose.
“God, you’re so hypocritical. You think you’re the first prissy, stick-up-her-ass assistant I’ve met? Doesn’t mean I know you just like it doesn’t mean you know me.”
He kinda has a point, but I don’t tell him that. His ego is already taking up all the space in the car.
Ignoring his comment, I focus on driving. We’re in heavy traffic and I’m not used to eight lane highways.
“You better get over,” he says.
“I’m trying.” I look over my shoulder, searching for a spot to move into.
“Might wanna try the blinker. I heard it’s a signal for turning or moving over.”
I sigh and put it on. He’s distracting me.
“Stay quiet so I can focus.”
His chuckles are the last thing I hear from him as I attempt to merge across the lanes. Finally, I make it and we coast down the highway in silence until we’re leaving the city.
“When are we stopping for food?” He speaks up for the first time in hours. I look over at him and see he’s sticking his lower lip, making a pouty face. “I’m shriveling to nothing over here.” He slightly lifts his shirt up and pats his ridiculously cut stomach.
His eyes meet mine, and I quickly look away although he saw me staring. Swallowing, I look at the GPS to see how much further until our first stop.
“We have about an hour left,” I tell him. “Think you’ll manage to stay alive for that long?”
He groans, loudly and it makes me laugh. I quickly catch myself and stop.
“You have a nice laugh. It’s a pleasant change from your short fuse and snarl.”
“I don’t snarl!” I argue. “I just like having a plan and sticking to it.”
He noticeably rolls his eyes. “Okay, Miss Priss. Letting your hair down won’t kill ya.”
“No, but your arrogant, self-absorbed attitude just might,” I throw at him, holding back a smirk.
“Well, I think that’s debatable. Most of the women I date think it’s charming.”
A loud snort bursts out of me, and I’m unable to keep in the laughter this time. “I think that says more about who you’re dating than anything. They must be desperate.”
“Damn, what a burn.” He chuckles. “Adding hostile to your personality resume.”
I inhale a deep breath, realizing that was a really mean thing to say. “Okay, sorry. That wasn’t nice. But I’m not taking back what I said about you. You’re arrogant and there’s no denying that.”
“Oh well then thanks, I guess.” He smirks. “You say it like being arrogant is a bad thing though. In my profession, I kinda have to be. I’m constantly selling myself to photographers and showing them I’m worthy of being in their magazines and advertisements. If I don’t act confident and prove I’m the best guy for the gig, I’ll lose it to the thousands of other people pursuing the job.”
I think about his words for a minute. “Okay, well I can certainly understand that. But I think you’re just naturally that way.” I shrug, biting down on my lower lip so he doesn’t see right through me. He has every right to be confident, there’s no doubt about that. He’s got it all—the body, the face, the perfect white teeth and smile. His abs are plastered all over Rachel’s covers and book promo graphics. He even has that annoying muscular V that trails from his hips to down below his waistline. Annoyingly sexy. “However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be humble in other aspects of your life.”
“That’s a pretty big accustation for someone you just met. How do you know I’m not? You haven’t been around me long enough to know anything about me. Don’t you think?”
Damn. He’s right. “Fine. Prove me wrong then.”


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Readers looking for a bit of afternoon delight will get all that and more in this fun and flirty tale of opposites attracting.  On a road trip full of sexual tension, preconceived notions fall by the wayside as heartfelt talks form a bond between this combustible couple that captivated me from the first page to the last.

Maverick Kingston has been gaining fame in the cover model world for his sexy body and playboy reputation.  Working exclusively with a chart-topping author has him one step closer to reaching the top, which is why it’s so important that her upcoming book tour is such a success.  Being a part of the tour means being on his best behavior, not giving into his libido, and trying not to strangle the extremely uptight assistant being paid to keep him in line.  As the miles pass the closer they get to each other, sharing the truth about their pasts, and charming me with their crackling connection.  Just when he offers his heart to Olivia though, fear has her stepping back to erect her emotional walls all over again in a tug of war that pulled at my heartstrings.  Maverick’s a delicious hero full of charm and oozing sex appeal.  He gave Olivia an excuse to start living, a reason to take a chance on someone else, through his sweet and supportive words and deeds he gave her something other than work to think about. Despite his good looks, Maverick is so much more than a pretty face.  There’s a lot of substance behind the pretty boy facade and with each turn of the page I fell for him even more.  He may start out as someone just looking for fun, but once he meets Olivia he’s all in and wants nothing more than to claim her before everyone.

Olivia Carpenter grew up the child of a drug addict, always made to feel second best, while waiting for her love to be rejected.  It’s part of the reason why she allows herself to be at the beck and call of the author who treats her as a lackey.  She needs to feel needed, needs to know where life is going, and is an incessant planner desperate to feel secure in all the planning.  She’s extremely regimented when readers first meet her but being around the carefree Maverick has her taking more time to breath...and has her embracing all the attention Maverick offers her.  Though her fears had her making a frustrating choice late in the story, it’s Maverick’s charm that ultimately had them finding HEA.  Olivia’s a likable heroine with a kind heart whose planner personality I found easy to relate to.  Her fear over her past is understandable and I cheered her finally moving past all the pain for such a worthy hero and an immensely satisfying conclusion.

This was a fun and flirty read with a charming storyline that put a smile on my face while making me blush a time or two.  The main couple’s banter was combustible, witty in its snark, and took on a vibe of foreplay as the story progressed.  Their erotically-charged encounters were nicely spaced throughout the story too, giving them plenty of time to get to know each other on a more personal level that endeared both of them to me.  Though there were one or two secondary characters, this was definitely a story devoted to one couple.  In a story of opposites attracting, these two couldn’t have proven themselves to be more perfect together in a tale that will charm readers wholeheartedly.

My rating for this is an A-

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Brooke Cumberland & Lyra Parish are a duo of romance authors who teamed up to write under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox. They share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Book Cover Reveal for We Shouldn’t by Vi Keeland...

Readers will find themselves captivated by this crackling romance of co-workers waging a war that eventually turns sensual.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of We Shouldn’t by Vi Keeland, with its drool-worthy book cover and combustible main couple, then start counting down the days until this book releases on January 21st!

Bennett Fox walked into my life on one hell of a crappy Monday morning.
I was late for the first day at my new joba job Id now have to compete for even though Id already worked eight years to earn it, because of an unexpected merger.
While I lugged my belongings up to my new office, a meter maid wrote me a parking summons.
Shed ticketed a long line of carsexcept for the Audi parked in front of me, which happened to be the same make and model as mine.
Annoyed, I decided to regift my ticket to the car that had evaded a fine.  Chances were, the owner would pay it and be none the wiser.
Except, I accidentally broke the windshield wiper while slipping the ticket onto the cars window.
Seriously, my day couldnt get any worse.
Things started to perk up when I ran into a gorgeous man in the elevator.  We had one of those brief moments that only happened in movies.
You know the dealyour body lights up, fireworks go off, and the air around you crackles with electricity.
His heated stare left me flush when I stepped off the elevator.
Maybe things here wouldnt be so bad after all.
Or so I thought.
Until I walked into my new bosss office and met my competition.
The gorgeous man from the elevator was now my nemesis. His heated stare wasnt because of any mutual attraction.  It was because hed saw me vandalize his car. And now he couldnt wait to annihilate his rival.
Theres a fine line between love and hateand we shouldnt cross it.
We shouldntbut straddling that line could be so much fun.


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AUTHOR INFO:

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.   With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over ninety Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

Book Spotlight on The Christmas Layover by Robert Tate Miller (GIVEAWAY)


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The weather forecasters said the snowstorm would miss the eastern seaboard. They were wrong. When Ally Henderson’s flight from Southern California to finally marry her fiancĂ© in New York City on Christmas gets diverted to the tiny Midwestern town of Bethlehem, she’s desperate to get back in the air and to the Big Apple. But with all the airports closed, she’s forced to rely on Midwestern hospitality to wait out the storm.
Living with a welcoming stranger is one way to spend a snowed-in Christmas, but when she meets the local diner owner, the kindhearted and surprisingly sexy Jake, sparks fly. Only, Ally’s a big-city girl with big-city dreams, and Jake will always be a Bethlehem boy.

EXCERPT:

Just do it, she thought. Kiss meWhy do you have to be such a gentleman when I really just want your lips on mine?
“Hey guys.” Ally looked over to see Tina standing on the edge of the porch, hugging her bathrobe tightly about her. Jake quickly stood up. A little too quickly, Ally decided.
“Oh hi,” Jake said. Terrible actor, Ally thought. He didn’t even try to play it off coolly. Ally wondered what would have happened if Tina hadn’t interrupted them. Curse my timing. Ally stood up on her own. Jake seemed too busy distancing himself from her to offer his hand.
“Hi sis,” Jake said. Ally noticed the curious smile on Tina’s face. It was clear that Jake’s sister knew full well she’d caught them in a compromising position.
“Hope I’m not interrupting anything,” Tina said.
“Oh, no!” Jake said much too quickly. “We were just finishing up Snowman Bob.” Ally was amused as Jake gestured to the snowman as if that might distract his sister from what she’d seen.
“Well, welcome back, Snowman Bob,” Tina said. “He looks especially robust this year. I’m sure that was Ally’s doing.”
“Yes,” Jake said. “She was a big help. Right, Ally?”
“I guess so,” Ally said. “I just packed on snow. Not a lot of skill involved.” She exchanged a furtive glance with Tina, and it was as if they could read each other’s minds. Jake’s acting funny, huh?
“Maddie’s going to be so excited,” Tina said. “She’s been jabbering about it for days. Kinda sad, though. Once she morphs into a poopy teenager, she’ll be too cool for Snowman Bob.”
“I’m sure I’ll be ready to retire him by then,” Jake said.
“So, Jake. I hear you’re going to have competition at the Great Christmas Cookie Bake-off tomorrow night,” Tina said. “Mom says Ally and Noel have an unbeatably delicious cookie entry.”
Jake shot a look at Ally. “I’m not really expecting competition.”
Ally gave him a playful punch on the arm. “You know what they say. An arrogant bug is a cocky roach.”
“Oh wow,” Jake said. “Now I’m an insect. Very nice, yoga lady.”
Ally looked at Tina. “Tina, is your brother always this impossible to deal with?”
“Pretty much,” Tina said.
“Well,” Ally said, “just so you know, Noel and I are in this to win.”
“Be warned, Ally,” Tina said. “Jake’s a pretty fair cookie-baker.”
“Not afraid at all,” Ally said. “We welcome the competition. With Peggy in our corner, we’re unbeatable.”
“Wow,” Jake said. “Can’t believe my own mother’s helping the enemy.” He shook his head in mock dismay. “All right then. I guess it’s on.”
“Yep,” Ally said. “On like Donkey Kong.”
“So, okay,” Tina said, “I’m freezing my bunions off, so I’m gonna go back inside.”
“Night,” Ally and Jake said in unison.
Tina turned back just before disappearing inside. “You can go back to your kiss now.”
After the door closed behind her, Ally and Jake exchanged a look. Ally relished the sheepish smile on his handsome face.
“Not sure what she’s talking about,” he said.
“No idea,” Ally said. The clock in the town hall tower started to peal.
“Well, I should get you back,” Jake said.
“Right,” Ally replied. “Don’t want to turn into a pumpkin. Night, Snowman Bob.”


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AUTHOR INFO:

Robert Tate Miller was raised in the North Carolina mountain town of Hendersonville and began writing at an early age. He began his writing career with homespun essays of small town life that were published in such publications as Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor and the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1980s and wrote hugely successful family-oriented telefilms for NBC, ABC Family and the Hallmark Channel. Robert lives in Northridge, CA..


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It’s a heartwarming tale of starting over and finding out what’s truly important in this small town romance set amidst the warmth of the holidays.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of A Christmas Miracle for the Doctor by Victoria James, then add this sweet and sensual tale to your bookshelf.  In honor of this sixth installment in the Shadow Creek, Montana series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $15 Amazon GC too!

Fall in love this holiday season with this heartwarming story about finding romance, the magic of Christmas, and the importance of family...
Children's bookstore owner Addie Mayberry believes in the magic of Christmas. Or at least, she used to. So when a young customer needs some seasonal optimism, Addie sets out to give the vulnerable, heartbroken little girl the best Christmas ever. Which means helping the hottest man in Shadow Creek, Bella's surgeon father, find his holiday spirit. Addie's up to the challenge, but between tree decorating and late night talks, she realizes she's starting to fall hard for the one man she definitely shouldn't.
Drew Barrett drastically changed his fast-paced life when he moved back to Shadow Creek, but it was all worth it to give his daughter a better life. He wasn't exactly winning dad-of-the-year awards before, so he's determined to make it up to Bella. And with Addie's help, he's slowly repairing his relationship with his daughter. The last thing he wants is to fall in love, since that road only leads to pain, but he can't stop thinking about Addie. Not only is she gorgeous, sweet, and great with Bella, she fills something in him he never knew was missing. But Addie wants forever, which is more than Drew can offer…

EXCERPT:

“Thank you for staying with Bella,” Drew said. His eyes were filled with tenderness and his mouth had curled up into a hint of a smile that was just enough that she could justify her curling her toes.
“We had a fun time. She’s a really great kid,” she said, trying not to cringe at how breathy her voice sounded. She sat up a little straighter, tucking the blanket around her. She needed to leave. Like, go home. Because right now her thoughts weren’t on babysitting, they were on him and the fact that the vibe had changed and she really wanted to say…I don’t know what to do with when you give me all your attention and look at me like…like you want me.
“Thank you. She really loves her time with you. You…you came through for her at a time she really needed a woman in her life to show her affection. I won’t be able to make that up to you,” he said, his gaze dipping to her mouth.
“She makes it easy. I should probably get going,” she said, standing abruptly.
He stood beside her. “Sure. Of course. Are you okay?”
She looked up into his eyes. “I am, but I have to work tomorrow and it’s crazy early so I’m thinking I might as well use that time to prep some of the activities and sales I have coming up in the next few weeks.”
He took a step back. “Of course. I really didn’t mean to take up your time.”
She waved a hand and walked backwards, almost falling over the end table. He reached out to steady the lamp. “I’m fine. Did it stop snowing?” she asked, even though she could see perfectly well that it had.
“Yeah, the side roads haven’t been plowed so be careful,” he said, taking her coat off the rack and helping her into it. Oh boy, the gesture, coming from him was chivalrous and made her feel cared for. “I cleaned the snow off your car, so you should be good.”
“Thank you.”
“Addie…I...”
She turned around and looked up at him, knowing he was going to say he couldn’t have a woman in his life, but not wanting to hear him say it. “Sometimes I think…I think you’re a really nice man who needs to concentrate on rebuilding his life with his daughter,” her voice came out sounding breathy and for some ridiculous reason she kept looking from his eyes to his mouth.
He took a step closer to her and her heart pattered faster than what should be a healthy tempo. “What do you think the other times?”
She swallowed hard and looked him directly in his forest green eyes. “I think you should tell me what you think first.”
“All right. I think I came back home to get away from women and the kind of life I’d been living for the last ten years. I came back to try and fix my relationship with Bella and to give her a childhood closer to the one I’d had. I came back, determined to stay single. But then Bella ran into your store and the minute I saw you, I knew I was in trouble.”
He was maybe an inch or two from her now, surely close enough to see that she was on the very of hyperventilating. His voice had dipped low and seemed to scrape against all her nerve endings and stir that part of her that had been dormant forever. “But I can’t go back, Addie. I can’t trust someone with my daughter again. I can’t have another woman walk out on her.” He backed up a step, his strong jaw clenching and unclenched, regret stamped across his handsome face.
Addie forced a bright smile, one she’d perfected over the years for moments just like this. This one just stung the most.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Victoria James is a romance writer living near Toronto. She is a mother to two young children, one very disorderly feline, and wife to her very own hero. Victoria attended Queen’s University and graduated with a degree in English Literature. She then earned a degree in Interior Design. After the birth of her first child she began pursuing her life-long passion of writing. Her dream of being a published romance author was realized by Entangled in 2012. Victoria is living her dream— staying home with her children and conjuring up happy endings for her characters. Victoria would love to hear from her readers!


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Book Release Blitz for Hockey Holidays Anthology (REVIEW)


The holidays come early for readers with this sexy collection of 18 novellas featuring some of our favorite themes.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of the Hockey Holidays Anthology, a collection of stories set in the hockey world, along with getting my impressions of these stories which will have you wanting to add it to your bookshelf!

This holiday season unwrap a brand-new collection of hockey romances that includes humor, drama, love, and - of course - hockey! Each book is EXCLUSIVE to the anthology and NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED by USA Today, New York Times, and all your favorite bestselling hockey romance author.
How We Fell in Love (Ice Cats) by Toni Aleo
He knew she was the one, she wasn't so sure, which is why Grace and James' love story is one for the ages.
A Second Shot by Shannon Stacey
She was the one who got away—the woman Erik Burke walked away from to focus on the game—but when their paths cross once again, all he wants for Christmas is the chance to take another shot at love.
A Wolfe Brothers Christmas (Game On in Seattle) by Jami Davenport
Spending their first Christmas together in years, the Wolfe brothers fumbling attempts to create good memories go awry.
Christmas Crosscheck (The Dallas Comets) by Jaymee Jacobs
Bryan's planning to propose to Georgiana on Christmas Eve, but will the chaos of their families’ first holiday together ruin their special moment?
The Final Slapshot by Jean C. Joachim
Harry "Deke" Edmonds hides his secret, hoping for a Christmas miracle. When confronted with the truth, will his heart-breaking decision cost him both Kitty and the Huskies?
Lucky Holiday (The Las Vegas Kingsnakes) by Jennifer Lazaris
Vegas forward Tyler Quinn made the biggest mistake of his life when he broke Ella’s heart, and he’ll need more than an ace up his sleeve to win her back in time for Christmas.
Dmitri's Christmas Angel (Las Vegas Sidewinders) by Kat Mizera
Two women. Two surprise pregnancies. Dmitri Papadakis is screwed.
His Christmas Cinderella (San Francisco Dragons) by Kate Willoughby
On his way to the team holiday party, Gideon Aguilar mistakes Bailey Peng for his Uber driver. After inviting her to join him, they make more than merry, but at the end of the evening, the sexiest, most captivating woman he’s ever met is nowhere to be found.
Red-Hot Trouble (Hot Ice) by Lily Harlem
Sophie Delaney never intended to walk into ‘that’ locker room, at ‘that’ moment, but she did, it happened, and now she’ll never be the same again.
Christmas Interference (The Baltimore Banners) by Lisa B. Kamps
Shane Masters no longer believes in second chances, happy-ever-afters…or love. Can the woman who knew him best thaw his heart with a little holiday magic before it's too late?
The Devoted Father and the Introvert (The New Hampshire Bears) by Mary Smith
Elexis Dunaway loves Twitter and work. Dag Limon loves his twin boys and playing professional hockey. Soon their worlds will collide with one simple tweet.
Her Best Worst Boyfriend (Vancouver Vice Hockey) by Melanie Ting
This Christmas, Em Davis is bringing Mr. Wrong home to prove a point to her parents. He’s arrogant, conceited, and uneducated, and they’re going to hate him. But what if Ian Reid turns out to be Mr. Right?
Icing isn't Only for Cookies (The Renegades Series) by Melody Heck Gatto
Avery James wasn’t looking for love when tall, dark, and deliciously handsome hockey player Kyler Wilson walked into her bakery.
Dallas Christmas by RJ Scott
Logan knows lusting after his captain's brother can only lead to trouble. But when fate throws him and the temptation that is Archie together, it’s hard not to fall in love.
All I Want (San Francisco Strikers) by Stephanie Kay
When fate finally brings first loves Maggie and Alex back to the same city, will Maggie be brave enough to give the relationship she never forgot a second chance? Or will she put their love on ice?
Holding On Tight (Buffalo Bedlam) by Susan Scott Shelley
For Buffalo Bedlam defenseman Vince Forsberg and his boyfriend Joseph Parelli, the pressure to make their first Christmas together perfect leads to a lot of chaos, holiday mishaps, and some unexpected results.
A Star-Crossed Christmas (Cayuga Cougars) by V.L. Locey
Two years ago, Mitch shared an explosive kiss with his childhood friend, Olympic snowboarder, Shaun. Will Christmas be the time for the two men to untangle lust from love, and find a future together that works?
The Playboy (Redtails Hockey) by Stephanie Julian
Kyle is back in the minors to rehab his career but that's not all he's hoping to fix. He wants to get back the girl he left behind, but convincing Leah to take another chance on this former playboy will be harder than making it back to the NHL.
**100% of the proceeds from sales of this anthology will be donated to charity.**


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

There’s a bit of something for everyone in this contemporary anthology set amidst the background of the hockey world in novellas featuring second chances and opposites attracting.  It’s an anthology of romances that feel familiar, but that are satisfying in their familiarity.  Courtesy of 18 of today’s best authors readers will find themselves gobbling up this collection that will put a smile on your face while readers drool over the sexy hockey players taking center stage.

With some novellas part of a series, readers will find themselves learning even more about characters they know and love.  There’s also new characters to love in tales that warm the heart while making you blush.  While each novella thoroughly entertained me there were a few that I especially enjoyed for their strong characters and sentimental storytelling.  Those stories come from Lily Harlem, Stephanie Julian, and Susan Scott Shelley and focused on m/f couples as well as m/m ones.  These stories represented the warmth of the holidays and taking time to appreciate what’s most important and I was caught in their warm embrace from the first page to the last.  With the proceeds of this collection going to charity there’s even more reason to grab this anthology, even though these tales full of heart and soul are reason enough!

My rating for this is a B+

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

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Readers of romance and lovers of music collide in this deliciously decadent anthology featuring twelve of today’s best authors!  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of MIXTAPE: A Love Song Anthology, then start counting down the days until this collection hits bookshelves on January 29th!


What’s more romantic than a love song? A mixtape full of them! 12 bestselling and award-winning authors have crafted an anthology of brand-new, standalone stories inspired by love songs. Press PLAY on this limited-edition collection that’s guaranteed to make you swoon.... 

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Book Spotlight on Whiskey Undone by Carrie Ann Ryan (REVIEW)

Friends fight becoming lovers in this tale of the past coming back to haunt a man sworn to always protect others in a romance that will keep readers glued to the pages.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Whiskey Undone by Carrie Ann Ryan, along with my impressions of this suspenseful and sensual book, then add this third installment in the Whiskey & Lies series to your bookshelf!

Two best friends follow a dangerous and seductive path in the final standalone novel of the bestselling Whiskey and Lies series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.
Ainsley Harris has always kept a secret from her best friend. She’s stood by his side, helped him raise his daughter, and tried to keep her distance even though she’s been in love with him for years. She knows he has secrets of his own and she’s not willing to chance what they have on a possibility.
Loch Collins has hidden himself and his past from the world for good reason. Darkness always comes back to haunt those who fight against it, and he knows better than most. One night of temper, however, forces him to realize his true feelings for Ainsley—for better or worse.
But Loch’s former allies aren’t on his side anymore, and now not only is his life and the life of his daughter on the line, but Ainsley is in the crosshairs, as well. Together, two best friends must fight for each other and their small town, because Whiskey has never burned brighter. And danger, it seems, is ever lurking.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

With this final installment in the Whiskey & Lies series, readers have saved the best for last as a friends-to-lovers romance is put to the test by danger from the hero’s past.  Through two previous books readers have come to feel like a part of the Collins family and become fully invested in this couple’s unforgettable journey to HEA with everything coming to a head here.

Loch Collins was once a member of a powerful security organization, an organization that stayed within the bounds of the law.  With his suddenly becoming a father though he decided to leave that way of life behind. Unfortunately, other nefarious members of the group have come knocking on his door to take what they think is theirs in a powerful battle over doing what’s right.  Loch’s always felt ashamed by his past, despite making sure he never crossed any lines, and has always kept silent about his work.  With him coming face to face with his past he can no longer stay silent and by telling the truth he can only hope to keep his loved ones safe and still be loved by them unconditionally.  Loch is a drool-worthy hero, strong and silent, but no less clear on his devotion to Ainsley once he finally claims her.  For too long he worried about his ability to be loved, considering his past, and kept her at arm’s length as he’d rather have her as a friend than not at all.  With her life on the line though he realizes how much time he’s wasted in an emotionally intense journey to HEA.

Ainsley Harris grew up always loving Loch.  He was older but she was wiser in knowing they belonged together as more than friends.  He might’ve kept her close, but he kept her from becoming more out of fear.  She’s ingrained in his life though, a part of his family and a psuedo-mother to his child.  One night of frustration eventually changes things between them irrevocably and shows him just how much she means to him as they take their first rocky step to HEA. Ainsley’s an immensely likable heroine with her own past of heartbreak.  The death of her sister fractured her family, left her alone, with the Collins family becoming her new family from a young age.  Her interactions with the Collins clan showed their tight bond as they were heartwarming, supportive, and just what she needed when she felt frustrated by Loch’s behavior.  When danger came to his doorstep Ainsley stood strong beside him, put her life and heart on the line for him in a pulse-pounding conclusion.

From the first page to the last this was an exhilarating read.  The romance of friends-to-lovers was a powerful one that evolved in a slow and steady pace. Ainsley and Loch’s interactions were supportive and teeming with sexual tension that finally paid off for readers who have been patiently waiting for them through two previous books.  The suspense putting their HEA in jeopardy was full of twists and turns, kept me on the edge of my seat with a few surprises along the way.  Through it all Ainsley was a kick butt heroine.  She fought for her HEA, both physically and emotionally, every step of the way in scenes that had me cheering.  Loch too fought for their HEA, put his fears aside while watching in pride while Ainsley rescued herself.  Alongside this memorable main couple was an equally appealing cast of secondary characters.  I’m not normally a fan of kids in romance stories but Loch’s daughter Misty is a wise child throughout this story.  She saw the connection between Ainsley and Loch long before the two of them admitted it and saved herself when need be too.  I also enjoyed seeing the other members of the Collins family, getting updated on their HEAs, which added another emotional layer to the story.  The girl’s night between Ainsley and the other Collins heroines was a fun addition to the story too and solidified the sense of family permeating this entire series.  On a whole this was a familiar story with an exciting blend of sensuality and suspense, crafted with loving care by an author who beautifully defines family.  Despite its familiarity it was a story that was immensely satisfying, cheer-inducing, and ended in a bow-worthy conclusion that will have readers ready to read this series from the very beginning all over again.

My rating for this is an A-

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


AUTHOR INFO:

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.

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