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Sunday, August 28, 2016

ARC Review! Dare You to Run by Dawn Ryder

Dawn Ryder returns with the second rapid-fire romance in her Unbroken Heroes series—featuring the tough, sexy men who serve in a top-secret Special Ops unit.

Serve and protect

For Vitus Hale, only one mission has ever gone wrong. All he had to do was rescue a beautiful woman from her kidnappers. But falling hard into bed—and into love—with the stunning innocent was not part of the game plan, and when she leaves him in the dust, Vitus has nothing but a blemished record and a hardened heart. Now, after three long years, his beauty has finally come back into his life—and this time, failure is not an option…

Seduce and destroy

Damascus Ryland knew from their first steamy embrace that stoic warrior Vitus Hale is the only man for her, but when her power-hungry Congressman father offered her an ultimatum—sever ties with Vitus, or he dies—Damascus knew she had to walk away to save the man she loved. But now, three years later, a new threat is closing in on her—and tossing Vitus right back into her life. Damascus needs to keep her love for him locked in her heart if she is to keep him safe, but the old flame that burned between them is still as vibrant and hot as ever. Now, Damascus and Vitus must risk it all to find their freedom…and embrace their love…
This is a review that has taken me a while to write, as I needed some time to process exactly why this didn't really work for me. 

The writing was good, it was strong. The pacing was actually fairly good, although I thought some of the time seemed a bit uneven...2 days passed in the same space as 2 hours, IMO.

Now that it has been a couple of days, I think the issue I had with this book is that I was told rather than shown. Their first kiss, it was mentioned, but you were not there for it. Most of their relationship was presented in this manner, and as a result, I felt detached from Vitus and Damascus. 

All of the elements were here for me to enjoy it, but the lack of connection with the characters kept this from being a great read for me. 



Saturday, August 27, 2016

ARC Review! Meant to Be Mine by Lisa Marie Perry

Loving him was hard. Wanting him was so damn easy . . .

Sofia Mercer may have been sick as a teen, but she’s no delicate flower. And she’s proven it by making it on her own and starting a new life away from the town that turned against her, away from the boy who broke her already fragile heart. But when her aunt Luz dies unexpectedly, leaving Sofia with a mountain of regrets and the keys to a quirky boutique, Sofia has no choice but to return to Cape Cod. Only, this new life in her old town comes with complications.

Burke Wolf was Sofia’s first love—a relationship that burned bright and went up in flames. Seeing him again, Sofia can’t help but get caught up in that all-too-familiar tornado of passion and pain. He’s battled his own demons—that much is clear. But Sofia can’t afford to be careless with her heart . . . and loving Burke again might just break it completely.
I liked this overall. It is a small town romance, and par for the course in these, the town has it's quirky characters. Most of them add depth to the story, but I thought a couple of them detracted from it, and added a melancholy edge to it that I would have preferred was not present, as I think it took away from the central romance of Sofia and Burke.

I also had a couple of issues with the pacing of the story, as I thought it moved well in some places but suffered a little bit in the past in others. I thought, at least for me, if you are not going to meet a character until her funeral, then there needed to be a little less time spent on how others felt about her, aside from the central character.

Sofia and Burke were interesting, and their relationship was compelling...although more of a slow burn than I was expecting. While this is not a bad thing, I felt that the time to get them together possibly didn't give them enough time to deal with the realities of Sofia's health. If that makes sense...they needed, for me, more foundation before I was totally willing to believe in them as a HEA.

That said, the writing is strong and the characters are mostly believeable. I am interested to see where the next one in the series leads.


ARC Review! Stealing Taffy by Susan Donovan

Ten weeks in a swanky Arizona rehab center has done wonders for Tanyalee Newberry. She’s turning over a new leaf – no more manipulating men, shoplifting, or forgery for her! But when her flight home gets rerouted in bad weather, she ends up sharing a hotel room (and seven hours of mind-numbing sex) with her airplane seatmate, a complicated Northerner who is clearly not who he says he is. Tanyalee sneaks off while he sleeps, leaving a bracelet as a memento of their encounter.

DEA Special Agent Dante Cabrera wakes up alone in a Washington, DC hotel room, bested at his own “love-‘em-and-leave-‘em” game by a sexy Southern belle. A pink and silver charm bracelet engraved with the word “Taffy” is all that’s left of the wildest night he’s had in years. And because his transfer request was denied, it’s back to the hills of Western North Carolina Dante must go. Weeks pass, but Dante can’t forget the taste of sweet Taffy.

When an ongoing investigation leads Dante to a little girl Tanyalee mentors in a community service program, their anonymous hotel hookup gets dragged into the bright light of real life. Is there more to Tanyalee and Dante than a one-night stand? Has Tanyalee unwittingly put herself and the child in danger? Can Dante save them both?
This book was like sitting down with a nice hot chocolate on a cold night (or a glass of wine on any night). It was a pleasure to read, it was enjoyable, and it just had a smooth feel to it...I don't know how else to describe it. It felt real. It had conflict, but the kind of conflict you would have in real life. Taffy was likeable, if a little crazy (but hey, she admits it). Dante was funny...the DEA agent learning how to handle the kind of crazy she brings. And, well, he likes her so he handles it well.

There is nothing about the book that is particularly angsty...but that is not to say it lacks emotion. It doesn't.

I enjoyed it. The characters were amusing and believable, the writing was strong, the pacing was even.

I recommend this book.


Friday, August 26, 2016

ARC Review! Called Up by Jen Doyle

There's one thing Max "Deke" Deacon can always count on besides his old high school teammates: Angelica "Fitz" Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with his best friend's sister is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz giving in to the feelings they've both been fighting for far too long.

Fitz knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she'd rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.

But with Deke, Fitz feels dangerously close to falling in love. She can't risk another broken heart—especially if it means losing one of her best friends for good. Now it's up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.

First, and most importantly, this is listed as a standalone...but there are enough details that you need to know from the exposition of the first book that you are just a little lost in this book.

I found the pacing of this to be a little odd and that the book was oddly focused on events that happened to the characters 16 years ago in high school...but at one point, they would discuss how they didn't matter...but then they would become the focus of the whole story. This, combined with not feeling like I had enough to really understand what was happening.

The baseball cover and title also don't seem to fit. One of the secondary characters is a professional baseball player, but aside from coaching Little League, Max "Deke" Deacon owns a bar. So, I am not really clear on the reference there.
Fitz and Deke, when they were together, which took a while, were great. Honestly, those parts of the book were 4-5 stars...it was the rest of it, and the fact that I never really understood what I was reading (I think the 1st book is necessary here) that brought my rating down. That and the fact that this is billed as them having a hot night and then them fighting it...but the hot night is oversold in the description, and the book is about them ignoring their attraction and the kissing and romance don't happen until much later. Much later. Which was disappointing, as the opening scene with the bar in and the song sets up a much hotter story than I actually got from this.

I think you need to read the first one...if you have, this may be more appealing, as I found myself frustrated by how stuck it was in the past, frustrated by the time it took to tell the story AND frustrated by feeling like I didn't even have all of the info to understand the story I was already annoyed with.

All in all, I don't recommend this book....or maybe I recommend it with caution and the "read the 1st in the series" caveat.


Cover Reveal! Night Shift 2

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Today we are sharing the cover for NIGHT SHIFT 2. This book contains incredible bonus materials, deleted scenes, and sneak peeks from 10 authors! All proceeds go to charity and the book will be released September 6th. You can pre-order it now!

 

NightShift2The anthology that raised more than $16,000 for three charities in 2015 is back and sexier than ever. Ten authors are bringing you more of your favorite stories and sneak peeks at future books in Night Shift 2.

  Pucks, Sticks, and Diapers by Toni Aleo - First came love, then came the NHL, then came Baylor and Jayden with a baby carriage. Secret prequel bonus scene by Kindle Alexander -- A man must reveal his deepest secret to keep the ones he loves. Max excerpt by Sawyer Bennett -- The Carolina Cold Fury’s hot new star shows his bad-boy teammates that even nice guys can score big in this steamy hockey romance. Nights With Him Bonus Epilogue by Lauren Blakey -- Life for Michelle and Jack in Paris is about to get busier... Forbidden Nights Bonus Epilogue by Lauren Blakely -- The night before Casey and Nate's wedding... Enshrine Prequel by Chelle Bliss - When the clock strikes Midnight on New Year’s Eve, two strangers share more than a toast. Wicked Impulse Excerpt by Chelle Bliss - Bear, the bad boy silver fox, never thought he’d fall in love again. But when Fran DeLuca, a woman who’s known more for her track-suits, transforms into a vixen clad in skin-tight pants and a killer push up bra, he’s tempted to cross a line he swore he never would. There’s only one thing worse than dating his friend’s sister – sleeping with his mother. Sweet Cheeks Excerpt by K. Bromberg - An all new second chance romance: When invited to her ex-fiance's new wedding, Saylor gets more than she bargains for when an old flame offers to be her date. Read the final moments in Eden Butler’s Thin Love series in this deleted scene story, My Always -- Every marriage has a moment—it defines the future, it settles doubt. That moment comes for Keira Riley-Hale when her marriage is threatened and she forgets how to find her way back to her husband. Will a brief getaway to the Tennessee mountains bring Keira and Kona to the moment that changes everything in their marriage? Or will that moment never come? Royally Deep excerpt by Virna DePaul -- A sexy quarterback and an adventurous princess turn some serious sexual tension into the romance of a lifetime. Dirty Work bonus epilogue by Chelle Bliss and Brenda Rothert - Former political rivals Jude and Reagan seal the biggest deal of their lives with a kiss. His bonus epilogue by Brenda Rothert – Andrew and Quinn are settled in to their happily ever after when a friend turned foe returns.  Rescuing Emily bonus chapter by Susan Stoker - See what happens when a Delta Force Operative, Fletch, takes single mom, Emily, and her daughter, Annie on an all-day date.

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Blog Tour! Blind Spot By Katana Collins

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Blind Spot CoverI’m used to going for the easy things in life. The easy A in school. The easy lay in bed. The easy life my trust fund affords me. Until I met Shelby. Never in my life have I found retro T-shirts and ChapStick so damn sexy. She’s exactly what I never knew I wanted. And she’s *anything* but easy. But suddenly, easy is overrated.

Only one damn problem… For Shelby, *hating me* is easy.

For the first time in my life, I have to work for something. And though she may not be easy…she’ll be worth it.


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Katana Collins
Katana Collins bounced between a lot of different careers, including actor, photographer, television producer and finally after ten years of various jobs, she finally found her niche writing romance novels. With over ten books in a variety of romance genres, (paranormal, new adult, contemporary, and suspense to name a few), she's been keeping very busy these last few years.
She lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and brood of rescue animals. Most days, she can be found hunched over her laptop in a cafe, guzzling gallons of coffee, and wearing fabulous (albeit sometimes impractical) shoes. www.katanacollins.com
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cover Reveal! Womanizer By Katy Evans

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Womanizer by Katy Evans

Series: Manwhore #5 Release Date: December 5th, 2016 Genre: Contemporary Romance

   
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You've seen the headlines: Womanizing billionaire player! Watch out! Stay away!

We were just two strangers. Facing a forbidden attraction, a chemical connection. Neither of us expected or wanted it to amount to more. But I had never been drawn to a guy the way I was drawn to this one: my brother's best friend, and CEO of the company where I interned.
Even knowing I should stay away, I proved to be too human, after all. The chemistry was amazing. The laughs were incredible. I opened up to him in more ways than I'd opened up to anyone before. But sex was as far as I'd go. Just sex because he was too irresistible. Just sex because I wouldn't be falling for him. Just sex because I'd leave in three months, and I'd like for my brother not to kill me, and for nobody to find out he was my wicked little secret. He wasn't the One. He was just a womanizer. But for a time, he would be mine.

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Katy Evans grew up with books and book-boyfriends until she found a real sexy boyfriend to love. They married and are now hard at work on their own happily ever after. Katy loves her family and friends, and she also loves reading, walking, baking, and being consumed by her characters until she reaches “The End.” Which is, hopefully, only the beginning…

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