Thursday, June 27, 2013

Book review: What a Wicked Earl Wants (The Sinful Scoundrels #1) by Vicky Dreiling

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Available May 28th 2013
WILL A RAKE'S WICKED WAYSAndrew Carrington, Earl of Bellingham, believes in being a gentleman, whether it's fishing a soggy stranger out of the Thames or assisting a fetching lady into his bed. If the stranger becomes a friend and the lady a mistress, all the better. He certainly welcomes the opportunity to help Laura Davenport, a dazzling young widow with a rebellious stepson. Her gratitude, he hopes, will take an amorous form. But from the moment he sets foot in her drawing room, he gets far more than he bargained for ... 


It was a moment of desperation. On the brink of losing her stepson, Laura turned to the notorious Lord Bellingham for help. Suddenly she, a vicar's daughter, is in the precarious position of resisting his tantalizing advances. How Bell earned his wicked reputation is clear; the surprise is how much more there is to him than the gossip sheets could possibly reveal. Now every moment with this dangerously desirable man puts Laura's good name at risk-and promises pleasure unlike any she has ever known ..

I am a hard sell when it comes to historical romance. My first taste of this genre was Julie Garwood " The Bride". I ate up the rest of her books after that and then needed to find another author who  could give me that same lovely feeling when i finished reading.  It proved to be a hard to do. I need that perfect mix of historical setting with humor and love and heart. I started What a Wicked Earl Wants thinking i would like it i read the novella " A Season for Sin" that's like a prequel to this series. I loved that so i was hopeful but i did not expect to love the book as much as i did.  Bell and his two pals Harry and Colin are just hilarious together. They are definitely typical men with their dirty mind and crude behavior when they are together but perfect gentlemen when the occasion calls for it. I thoroughly enjoyed their conversations together. Bell experience the loss of his entire family when he was away at college. Never got to say goodbye and he had a wonderful family and has been carrying around guilt over their deaths ever since.  He feels like he doesn't deserve love or a life of good things. Along come the pretty widow Laura and her stepson Justin. Justin is 17 and trying to show his independence but falls into the wrong crowd. Bellingham or Bell as he is called by his friends steps in to help Laura straighten him out and soon he finds himself in deeper with her than he wanted. He can't help it though he's drawn to her.  Of course there is a bad guy that's going to cause problems and in this case Justin's uncle is his guardian and threatens to take him away from Laura. You don't see a lot of him but he has spies around London watching Laura and Justin. When he makes the threat though Bell happens to be there and Laura announces they are engaged. Which Bell goes along with to help her. What starts out as a friendship turn into so much more and Bell finds himself in deeper and deeper with Laura. Question is can she break though the shield around his heart?  Dreiling writes lush characters that you can easily envision in your mind as you read. Even the secondary characters will win a place in your heart. The dialogue is fun and witty and sexy when it needs to be. You find yourself rooting for Bellingham to get with the program and figure out that Laura is everything he needs. Totally enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I think i have found another historical romance author to follow with Vicky Dreiling.  5 out of 5 stars for What a Wicked Earl Wants.

Find out more about Vicky Dreiling and read a excerpt for this book on her website here

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Book review: Big Sky Summer (Parable, Montana #4) by Linda Lael Miller

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Available now!
With his father's rodeo legacy to continue and a prosperous spread to run, Walker Parrish has no time to dwell on wrecked relationships. But country-western sweetheart Casey Elder is out of the spotlight and back in Parable, Montana. And Walker can't ignore that his "act now, think later" passion for Casey has had consequences. Two teenage consequences! 

Keeping her children's paternity under wraps has always been part of Casey's plan to give them normal, uncomplicated lives. Now the best way to hold her family together seems to be to let Walker be a part of it-as her husband of convenience. Or will some secrets-like Casey's desire to be the rancher's wife in every way-unravel, with unforeseen results?

This is book 4 in the continuing Parable, Montana series. If you have been following the series you are probably like me and have been waiting for Walker and Casey's story. Thank goodness Walker has a lot of patience where Casey is concerned because it's been a long long time to a happy ending for these two and upon reading their story you might not be sure there will be one. Both seem to half one foot in and one foot out on their relationship. Casey's kept her two kids paternity under wraps for almost 15 years. Walker knew but when along with it thinking it was for the best but was kept around as a family friend. I didn't agree with this idea for the book but it is what it so i decided to sit back and see how it panned out. I was actually pretty happy with how it's handled. Each of the two kids had different reactions to the news when told and then the fall out. They marry which was odd for the convenience of showing the public they are a family unit. Behind it all though Walker and Casey both made mistakes with each other and had issues from their pasts mixing in with those decisions. Finally though they figure out what's important and how they feel and it all comes together of course. I like the way it ended up and i adored Walker. The man is just about a saint with patience and understanding.  4 out of 5 stars for Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller.

Find out more about this series on the Linda Lael Miller website here

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Book review: Just One Kiss (Fool's Gold # 11) by Susan Mallery

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Available now!
He won't hesitate to put his life on the line...but will he ever risk his heart? 
Falling for Justice Garrett was a high point in Patience McGraw's otherwise awkward adolescence. Even after he disappeared, Patience never forgot the boy who captured her heart. Now, he's back in Fool's Gold, California, and her passion for him is as strong as ever. But how can she trust that he won't abandon her again-and her daughter, too? 

When bodyguard Justice Garrett was a young man, witness protection brought him to this idyllic town and he never forgot its warmth, or the sweet beauty of his childhood friend. He's returned to open a defense academy, and the Patience he once knew is all grown up. He can't resist her smile, or her curves. But Justice's past doesn't make him husband, or father, material. 

Patience and Justice think they'll succumb to just one kiss... Then one more... Okay, just one night together. But they might learn that falling in love is beyond anyone's control

This is book 11 already in Susan Mallery's Fools Gold series. It's never to late to start this series. I think you can jump in pretty much anywhere and figure your way around.  I kind just want to jump up and down a bit because we are getting so close to knowing more about Ford and Gideon!! They have either made appearances or been mentioned in previous book and the build up is getting to me.  For this book though we get to meet a brand new guy Justice Garrett. Although his real name isn't Justice he picks that name when he needs to have it changed and once you read the book it's really quite fitting for him. Patience McGraw has been seen a bit in previous books but it brought out to the for front for this one. She's a single mom to an adorable little girl but when she was 14 she became good friends with a new boy she thought was 16. Yup Justice Garrret.  After a while she realized she loved him as much as a 14 year old girl can love a boy. Before she can tell him though he disappears without anything sign he was ever there. Justice is in witness protection to save him from his criminal father who is out to kill him. He's also 18 years old not 16 so although he has feeling for Patience he knows he can't act  on them and then he's forced to leave when his father is spotted in the area. Fast forward years later and suddenly Justice is back in town. Justice is the one thing that Justice pulled out in all the years he'd been gone from Fools Gold and in the military. Now he's back to start a new business and to see Patience. They start a romance that's full of doubts. For Patience. Will Justice stick around this time. For Justice is he worthy of love and is it safe. There are a lot of fears to be worked through and then the worst thing happens and the delicate balance is blown apart. I could see the big event that happens toward the end of this book coming.  I knew it was going to happen early on but that's ok because it's not the focus of the story anyway. What i wondered of course was how the characters would handle it and how would the happy ending come about. lol Again Susan Mallery delivers another winner in my eyes. While this romance was really more laid back i enjoyed it. The characters are believable and we get some interesting glimpses into what's coming in the future  with new character introductions and a look at past stories as well as those relationships progress and secondaries.  4 out of 5 stars for Just One Kill by Susan Mallery.

Find out more about Susan Mallery and the Fools Gold series here.

ps if you read the Fools Gold Christmas story there is a lot of Gideon whose story is coming soon and Patience as well.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Hot Cover Monday! Deathwatch (Broslin Creek Trilogy #3) by Dana Marton

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ComingAugust 2013!!
The only person who can identify the most notorious hit man in the country, Kat Bridges is running for her life. Murphy Dolan is in the Army Reserves, returning from his 2nd tour of duty, only to find a stranger hiding in his house. She's scared spitless. He's completely burned-out on violence. Neither of them has any trust left to give.
 If the best of the FBI couldn't protect her from the country’s most notorious assassin, does a burned-out small town cop have a prayer?

More info about Dana Marton and the Broslin Creek series check her website here

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Big Cover Reveal "Hold On To Me" by Elisabeth Naughton

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Available late fall 2013
Book Blurb:
He thinks he’s finally found the one.
Mitch Mathews never believed in love—at least not the happily ever after kind. Then he met Simone Conners. Just one night with the sexy lawyer made him reevaluate his priorities and look toward a future he never planned. The only hang up is making her see it too.

She’s almost ready for a second chance.
What started out as a casual hookup with a rugged geologist has turned into something a whole lot more. Simone’s on the verge of handing over her heart, but fear over what Mitch will say and do when he learns who she used to be holds her back.

The past could destroy their future...
Just when Simone is about to take a chance on forever with Mitch, the mistakes of her past catch up with her. Suddenly it’s not just her safety on the line anymore, it’s his too. Forced into hiding, Mitch demands answers, and Simone realizes the only way to protect everything she holds dear is to delve into a past she’s spent fourteen years trying to forget. As they search for the truth, they discover secrets, lies and a rekindled passion that burns hotter than before. But they also uncover a conspiracy that threatens the very fabric of society. One that could cost them more than just their future…it could cost them their lives.
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Author bio
I was never one of those people who knew they wanted to be an author at the age of six. I didn’t have imaginary friends. I didn’t write stories in my journal or entertain my relatives by firelight after Thanksgiving dinner. For the most part, I was just a normal, everyday kid. I liked to read, but I wasn’t exceptional at it. And when my teachers complimented me on my writing abilities, I brushed them off. I did, however, always have a penchant for the unique and absurd. And as my mother told me all throughout my childhood, I should have been an actress—I was a drama queen before my time.
Years ago, my husband bought me Scarlett: The Sequel to Gone With The Wind. If you ever saw the book, you know it’s a long one. I sat and read that thing from cover to cover, and dreamed of one day being a writer. But I didn’t actually try my hand at writing until years later when I quit my teaching job to stay home with my kids. And my husband? After that week of reading where I neglected him and everything else until I finished Scarlett, he vowed never to buy me another book again. Little did he know I’d one day end up sitting at a keyboard all day drafting my own stories.

My writing journey has not been easy. I didn’t just sit down one day, decide I was going to write a book and voila! sell my very first attempt. As most authors will probably agree, the path to publication is filled with hours of work, pulling all-nighters I thought I’d given up in college, sacrifices, rejections, but a love I discovered along the way I just can’t live without. Instead of a big, thick book to read by lamplight (I do read much smaller ones when I get the chance), I’ve traded in my reading obsession for a laptop. And I’ve never been happier.

I’m one of the lucky ones. I have a wonderful family and fabulous husband who put up with my writing—and obsessive personality—even when life is chaotic. More than once my kids have been late to swimming or baseball because I needed just five more minutes to finish a scene. Their support and encouragement mean the world to me. I also have amazing friends and a support network I couldn’t survive without. So to all of you out there who have encouraged me along the way, sent me emails and fan letters, phone calls and congratulations, I just want to say, thank you. You make this whole writing gig that much more enjoyable. I truly wouldn’t be here without you.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Book Review: Seductively (Playing for Hearts, #2) by Debra Kayn

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Available July 15th 2013

Review by Sarah
Book Blurb:
Independent and goal orientated, Diana Spenner has set her sights on buying the old Ferriday House and running her own Bed and Breakfast by the end of the year. Nothing will sway her from her plans, especially the famous hockey player Dominic Chekovsky, who can't take no for an answer. But, when Dominic strolls into Cottage Grove and begs her in his thick Russian accent to keep his adoring female fans away from him, she's not going to turn him down—because the job pays half a million dollars.

Dominic Chekovsky life is out of control. American women go crazy around him. They invade his personal space, leave their husbands for him, and make his life hell. Except, Diana. She's the one woman who always turns him down, no matter how many times he asks her out on a date. Now he's desperate. He needs Diana's help to figure out why she's the only female immune to his charm, so he can continue to play hockey in the United States. Maybe when Diana finally allows herself to say yes to having sex with him, he'll be over his wild fascination with the one woman who always tells him no.

Warning: Sexy Russian accent, big ego, and thick, hard thighs on ice. Go Sharks!

This was a really fun and sweet romance.  Dominic is one hot hero (Hockey player. Russian. Big blonde athlete.  Enough said.) and my only complaint is I really wanted this book read to me by a deep-voiced man with a Russian accent, preferably one sitting next to me on the couch, rubbing my feet and ........OK, I digress, but this sexy little (112 pages) story really ignites the fantasy part of my brain.
Diana is a very disciplined, hard-working woman with the crystal clear goal of owning a bed and breakfast.  She's been working in the hotel business for several years and is ready to start her own business.   And as much as she dislikes Dominic and the lifestyle he apparently lives, she is not going to turn down half a million dollars for posing as his girlfriend for two weeks.
Naturally there is more to Dominic than meets the eye, and Diana is in deep trouble.  Ignoring her physical attraction to Dom was hard enough, but discovering the fact that he's a really nice guy makes it impossible to keep her feelings neutral. 
Dominic's sweet wooing of Diana is romantic and touching, even as her resistance to his advances feels realistic and smart.  I loved the fact that as the reader, I felt romanced by Dominic even as Diana does.  Little by little I switched my loyalties from Diana to Dominic as his true nature is revealed, rooting for both of them and their happy-ever-after.

Find out more on Debra Kayn's website here

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Book review: Just What He Wanted (Holloway #4) by HelenKay Dimon

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Available now!
Book four of the Holloway series

Travis Yardley thought he had everything he needed, but one look at Andrea Patterson shows him he was wrong. Andie is a gorgeous, curvy blonde who moves to town to manage a nearby campground. Seizing the chance to get close to her, Travis volunteers himself as tour guide and "bodyguard.'

After a bad breakup, Andie is looking to start over and determined to put her heart on hiatus. She's working on her self-esteem, and she is not ready for the likes of Travis. He comes on strong, with all the energy of a guy almost ten years her junior, which is exactly what he is.

Even as Travis's troubled past catches up with him, he pulls out all the stops to convince Andie he deserves a chance. And with the spring thaw hitting the Mountain View Resort, Andie discovers her own temperature rising whenever Travis looks her way…

This is book 4 of the Halloway series the final one i believe. If you followed this series we already got the stories of the 3 main guys in the series and Travis was always kind of a secondary character until now. Most people who followed these books have wondered about Travis and wanted to find out more about him. Finally we get it in Just What He Wanted. Travis had a hell of a upbringing. We finally find out what happened to him as a kid and how he got to be part of the family. He meets Andrea Patterson or Andie and falls head of heals in love with her at first site. Kind of funny for a guy like him. He doesn't know how to deal with it. Added the fast that she is several years older  than him and some other hang up Andie has and the drams is bound to come. Both Travis and Andie have some hang ups to deal with. It's kind of fun to watch them make their way through all the mess that is their emotional baggage to find each other. Awesome way to wrap up the series.  4 out of 5 stars for Just What He Wanted by HelenKay Dimon.

Find out more about HelenKay Dimon and this series on her website here.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Hot Cover Monday! Wild Child by Molly O'Keefe

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Available October 29th 2013
Monica Appleby is a woman with a reputation. Once she was America’s teenage “Wild Child,” with her own reality TV show. Now she’s a successful author coming home to Bishop, Arkansas, to pen the juicy follow-up to her tell-all autobiography. Problem is, the hottest man in town wants her gone. Mayor Jackson Davies is trying to convince a cookie giant to move its headquarters to his crumbling community, and Monica’s presence is just too . . . unwholesome for business. But the desire in his eyes sends a very different message: Stay, at least for a while.
Jackson needs this cookie deal to go through. His town is dying and this may be its last shot. Monica is a distraction proving too sweet, too inviting—and completely beyond his control. With every kiss he can taste her loneliness, her regrets, and her longing. Soon their uncontrollable attraction is causing all kinds of drama. But when two lost hearts take a surprise detour onto the bumpy road of unexpected love, it can only lead someplace wonderful.

Find out more about Molly O'Keefe and her books here

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Book review: It Had to Be You (Lucky Harbor #7) by Jill Shalvis

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Available now!

Ali Winters is not having a good day. Her boyfriend left her, everyone in town thinks she's a thief, and now she's about to be kicked out of her home. Her only shot at keeping a roof over her head and clearing her name is to beg for help from a police detective who's as sexy as he is stern.... 

After a high-profile case goes wrong, Luke Hanover returns to his hometown for some peace and quiet. Instead he finds a bombshell brunette in a heap of trouble. As he helps Ali put her world back together, the pieces of Luke's own life finally seem to fall into place. Is this the start of a sizzling fling? Or are Luke and Ali on the brink of something big in a little town called Lucky Harbor?

The Lucky Harbor series continues with the first of 3 more book in the series. Ali Winters has the worst luck all at one time. Seems like everything is falling apart in her life. Boyfriend dumps her then she finds out he was cheating on her with more than one woman and then $50,000 in cash goes missing and she's the one accused by the ex for taking it. She's homeless and she loses her job when the owner closes it down to move away.  Luke Hanover finds her in her undies in his home that he rents out but is supposed to be vacant.  This is how they meet. Luke just looking to hide out for a while from his disappointment in himself. A cop he had a case go horribly bad and is blaming himself. He doesn't want to help Ali at first but one look in her eyes and he's sunk. Even though Ali is in dire straights herself she helps him as he helps her. The whole while falling for her and in denial about it. Ali tells herself she can do this but after a while it's apparent she can't and not fall for him. In the mean time Luke and Ali try to find out who really took the $50,000 before Luke has to go back to his real life and back to his job. I enjoyed this installment of the Lucky Harbor series. We get a pinch of time with our old friend Sawyer  and the sheriff investigating the stolen money. Luke thinks he has issues but it's nothing compared to everything that Ali has been through in her life and he learns from her how to persevere and stay strong. He is so gentle with her and so taken by her she will  to not let things get her down. Of course there is a nice healthy dose of Jill Shalvis humor is this book as well. Below are a few of my favorite lines.

"Not all men will disappoint you," he said. "I don't mean me. Because i will absolutely disappoint you. But we're not all assholes, Ali.

"I'm not nice. I'm never nice. And Jesus, remind me to never try and separate you from your ice cream again."

He stared at her. "I don't think i am authorized to have this conversation." ( this after Ali told him she might be falling for him) lol

Once Luke got it together i really liked him a lot. We get introduced to more people who will be in the next two books as well. Another hit for Jill Shalvis. 4 out of 5 stars for It Had to Be you.

Find out more about Jill Shalvis and Lucky Harbor series here

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Book review: Secrets From Her Past (Scandalous #2) by Jules Bennett

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Available now!
Wishful thinking never fixed anything…but it’s better than facing the truth.

Scandalous, Book 2

Cori’s automatic response to trouble has always been to run in the opposite direction. The last time she left her hometown of Pebble Cove, it was to escape the kind of heartbreak no sixteen-year-old should have to endure.

Now she’s back, mostly to help out with a family crisis. But partly to escape a scandal that the unrelenting eye of the media has blown out of all proportion, and wait for the dust to settle.

People have disappointed Dylan nearly his whole life, but he’s a big boy; he’s learned to move on. Except when it comes to the love of his life, the now-famous, one-name supermodel Corinne. Despite what she put him through—abandoning him when he needed her most—to him she’ll always be just Cori.

When a series of events throws them together, they fall back into old patterns—and into each other’s arms. But even as love rekindles, Cori fights the rising urge to run…before the truth of the night she ran away shatters both their hearts beyond repair.

Product Warnings
Contains a flight-risk heroine who must learn to stand her ground, and the man whose love still burns bright enough to guide her home

This is a quick and intense read.  Cori and Dylan have a past. First loves when they were teens. First everythings. It all fell apart over night. His parents killed in a hit and run car accident and Cori just gone. He was devastated. Ten years later she's back to care for her ailing mother. The feelings are still there no matter how hard each tries to deny it. It's one step forward and one step back for the pair. Cori has a few secrets locked up inside and in telling them she thinks will kill any hope of a life with Dylan. Their love is strong though and Dylan keeps at her and just when you think they will make it again it all falls apart. Wow! Like i said this was intense. Lots of emotions. Your heart goes out to both Dylan and Cori. Both were hurt very bad by secrets and events in their lives but both show how strong they are in character by fighting to keep going. Some of the conclusions were a bit rushed but that is to be expected in a book this length. If you like a fast read with a quick pace and exciting story this book fits the bill perfectly. 4 out of 5 stars for Secrets From her Past by Jules Bennet.

Find out more about Jules Bennett here on her website.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Book review:Hollywood House Call by Jules Bennett

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Available now!! 
Calling L.A.'s most eligible M.D.!

Brilliant Hollywood cosmetic surgeon Noah Foster has perfection at his fingertips. Even so, he knows better than any man that losing someone you love comes at a cost. Which is why he can't walk away from Callie Matthews. When an accident shatters her dreams of stardom, he vows to heal her, inside and out.

Yet living in close quarters makes their red-hot attraction impossible to ignore. Being at Callie's bedside is one thing-and being in her bed is something Noah can't resist. He doesn't do commitment...but letting Callie go is impossible....

This is a quick little read packed with a whole lot of drama and romance. Noah Foster is a plastic surgeon who is a sweet caring guy with a  whole lot of hurt on the inside. He holds himself responsible for what happened to his fiance.  She wanted to be a actress but fell into drugs and overdosed one day and passed away. His guilt eats at him and he can't get past that because he couldn't help her. Callie Matthews works for him in his office as a receptionist and has the same goal to be an actress. She reminds Noah of his fiance because of that dream and because she looks similar and is bubbly and full of life. He's also attracted to her. Trying to protect her he offers her a modeling job for his practice. He figures if he can keep her away from acting gigs he can keep her from following his fiance path to destruction. On the way to the photo shoot Callie gets into a terrible car accident that leaves her with a terrible cut on her face damaging her perfect skin and her chances at a acting career and the money she needs to help support her parents.  Noah is torn up again with guilt and confused by his feeling for Callie. He can't risk his heart again if it will only be shattered again but he feels a pull towards her that only strengthens as care for her as she heals . Callie has self esteem issues from her past that rear up and she fights depression and heartache over what she's going to do with her life now if Noah can't fix her. Jules Bennett writes about two broken hearts that need each other to mend and be whole.  You can feel the confusion and pull between Noah and Callie.  The chemistry between the two is sizzling hot!! 4 out of 5 stars for Hollywood House Call by Jules Bennett.

Find out more about this book and author Jules Bennett on her website here

Monday, June 10, 2013

Hot Cover Monday! Sizzling HOT! Archer ( A Hard Body Novel) by Debra Kayn

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 Available July 2nd. 
She’s on the run . . . 
Jane Beaumont currently has in her possession: a cat, a hundred grand in cash, and a pistol. She’s on her way home to Bay City, Oregon—and away from the nightmare of her violent ex-boyfriend. She’ll lay low at Beaumont Body Shop, a car detailer that runs a private investigation agency in the back. The only wrench in her plan is Kage Archer: sexy, strong, and intent on protecting Jane at all costs. She’s wanted Kage forever, but putting him in harm’s way is a risk she’s not willing to take.

He’s not going anywhere...
Kage is no stranger to the dark side of life; his family runs the underground drug scene. Yet Kage has always walked on the right side of the law. Jane expressed her interest in him years ago, but he pushed her away for her own good. Now, after learning all she’s endured, Kage can’t leave her side—or hide his need for her. When a frightening situation turns dire, can Kage convince Jane that the safest place to be is in his arms?

Find out more on Debra Kayn's website here

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Book review: Deathtrap (Broslin Creek Trilogy #2) by Dana Marton

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Available June 3rd.

She'd been "the sick girl" for most of her life. She refused to go straight to "the weird girl". Heart-transplant recipient Sophie Curtis has been in her own antiseptic bubble for so long, she just might not be able to venture out into the real world again. Her spooky body memories are scary enough, but then she finds herself in the cross hairs of a killer.

"Love was blind, people said. But lust was blind, deaf and reckless." Ethan Bing hadn't been a great romantic before he became a cop. Whatever shred of optimism he had left after becoming Broslin Chief of Police had been seared out of him by the unsolved murder of his wife two years before. A new case brings the killer within reach just as Sophie pops into his life. She gets through his defenses like no other before, but soon it becomes clear that she's been selected as the killer's next victim.

This is book 2 in the Broslin Creek series but  is essentially a stand alone book. The characters from book one are only mentioned in this book. I have not read any book that i can recall with a heart transplant person in them. Sophie Curtis is one such person. Her whole life she's been the sick girl. Unable to do the things she's dreamed of. Now though with a new heart she's starting to work on a long list of things she wants to do. She broke up with her boyfriend who only wanted her if he could run her life. She moved away from where she grey up and bought a place of her own and is running a successful company from home.  While out for a walk she comes across a stray dog. A rottweiler with a sweet disposition really but it takes her a while to get used to him when she can't find the owner and is stuck with him. The dog is what causes her to meet Ethan Bing. Ethan or "Bing" as everyone calls him is the towns police chief. He's got his own demons. Hi wife was murdered two years ago and he still has no clue as to who killed her and why. Then another murder takes place with a connection to his wife's murder. Between investigating the murders and  Sophie he is twisted up inside about where his loyalties should be. Guilt is a heady thing sometimes. Then comes a HUGE twist in the investigation when he realizes that Sophie is tied up into things. This is a another example of Dana Marton's ability to write romantic suspense.  She keeps you guessing right up to the end. The emotional factor in this story is huge when you see everything that is going on with both main characters and you can get a little hung up on that and you ask yourself what would you do if it was you.  5 out of 5 stars for Deathtrap by Dana Marton.

Find out more about this author and this series on her website here.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Book review: Bitter Disenchantment (Coveted 0.4) by Shawntelle Madison

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Werewolf Natalya Stravinsky's outspoken sidekick, Aggie McClure, is featured in this prequel novella. Before Agatha set foot in South Toms River, New Jersey, she had the fight of her life to face. Destined to be the alpha female over her Manhattan pack, Aggie was fully prepared to take on her role until her father arranges a marriage without her consent. She wants out–but the only way is with money–something her new controlling husband won't give her to escape. But such odds never kept a wolf like Aggie down. To sever the twisted tie, she finds herself pitted against raging wood nymphs and backstabbing brownies in an underground supernatural fighting ring. With every victory, the sweet taste of freedom is closer, but her husband isn't willing to let her go that easily. Until the very end, Aggie must fight for the one thing she's never had: a choice

This is a prequel novella to Shawntelle Madison's Coveted series. As it says in the blurb this is Natalya Stravinky's friend Aggie. Aggie is a bad ass and in this novella she's got to be tough because her controlling father is set to marry her off. She resists at first then gives in when she thinks there might be a chance it's a love match. For a while everything feels good. She might actually have found the right man but then it all comes crashing down when he reveals his actual plans. Aggie is pretty much locked out of everything in life she cares about and set to be a trophy wife. Not going to happen. Aggie has to find a way to get out of this mess and she finds a friend or two to lead her in the right direction. It took me a while to get into this but by the end i was hooked and we at the end are left hanging a little as we have to wonder what's up for Aggie next. 3 out of 5 stars for Bitter Disenchantment by Shawntelle Madison.

Find out more on Shawntelle Madison's website here

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Book review: Long Simmering Spring (Star Harbor #3) by Elisabeth Barrett

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Cole Grayson finally returns to Star Harbor, and now that he’s the town’s new sheriff, he’s upholding the law instead of breaking it. He and Julie Kensington, the local physician, have known each other since grade school, and she’s less-than-impressed with the bad boy he used to be. But after stints in the military and on Boston’s police force, the question isn’t whether he’s changed, it’s how much. It isn’t long before Cole realizes that his sweet, sexy doctor will force him to confront his past and help him to face the future

This is the 3rd book in the Star Harbor series. We finally get to the troubled military veteran brother Cole. As a combat vet myself it always gets to me when authors write about military people. There are so many things combat veterans can have issues with and PTSD is one of the most widely talked about. Cole suffers from it and is making headway when he finally get Julie his old classmate and the town's Dr to talk to him. She seems to calm him as they slowly start a relationship. Julie has always had an attraction for Cole but his player image didn't work for her. She smacks him a good one when he kisses her back in high school.  There are several things going on in this book but the main story is Cole and Julie. Both have issues they are working out and they try slowly to find their way through a relationship. I have enjoyed each book in this series. Elisabeth Barrett does a great job with each of the Grayson brothers. She continues  in this book as Cole strives to find his normal again after all he's been through. She also opens the eyes to PTSD and how it is to deal with it. Kind of a tough subject but Ms. Barrett takes it on with a lot of success.  5 out of 5 stars for Long Simmering Spring by Elisabeth Barrett.

Find out more about this series by Elisabeth Barrett here on her website

Monday, June 3, 2013

Hot cover Monday and a Hot deal! Deathtrap by Dana Marton for 99 cents!

DEATHTRAP, Dana Marton's new full-length romantic thriller, is available starting today, June 3rd. It's priced at $0.99 for the first week of release, so bargain hunters, read now, don't wait!                     photo 17972963_zpsabdc32c0.jpg
The special $0.99 price is for a limited time, so grab this deal while you can!

She'd been "the sick girl" for most of her life.  She refused to go straight to "the weird girl".  Heart-transplant recipient Sophie Curtis has been in her own antiseptic bubble for so long, she just might not be able to venture out into the real world again.  Her spooky body memories are scary enough, but then she finds herself in the cross hairs of a killer.

"Love was blind, people said.  But lust was blind, deaf and reckless."  Ethan Bing hadn't been a great romantic before he became a cop.  Whatever shred of optimism he had left after becoming Broslin Chief of Police had been seared out of him by the unsolved murder of his wife two years before.  A new case brings the killer within reach just as Sophie pops into his life.  She gets through his defenses like no other before, but soon it becomes clear that she's been selected as the killer's next victim


And while you’re having fun with spine-tingling suspense and breathtaking romance, don’t miss Dana Marton’s DEATHSCAPE, a #1 Amazon romantic suspense bestseller!
This will be free on Amazon June 5th as part of their Bookbub deal. Here's the link.That's the first 2 books for 99 cents total. 
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National bestselling author Dana Marton has penned over thirty novels that are published in a dozen languages around the world. She is the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, and a Rita Award finalist.

Find out more about Dana and the Broslin Creek trilogy check out her website here