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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Feature and Giveaway: The Doctor's Redemption by Victoria James

Gwen Bailey has been busy taking care of everyone but herself. After a tragedy tore her family apart, she put her dreams aside to be with family. Now that her life is getting back on track, and her new Chocolaterie is open, she can concentrate on snagging the handsome, mysterious customer who has her dreaming about her own happily-ever-after...

Doctor Luke Thomson has spent the last five years filled with guilt. He hopes to make amends in Shadow Creek, however he doesn't count on falling for the adorable and gorgeous Gwen Bailey. He vows to not get involved with her, but she's too sweet to resist. It's only a matter of time, though, before the truth comes out. Luke knows there's no way Gwen will look at him the same way once she discovers his secret...

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“I notice you. I notice everything about you. I know that this entire town loves you. I know you sneak a chocolate muffin in the morning and eat it bit by bit while you’re serving customers. I know you only charge that old guy with the beard half the actual price of his breakfast order. I know you hate tea even though you pretend to know what you’re talking about when customers ask you your favorite. I know you hate wearing mascara. I know that for some reason you used to wear baggy boring clothes and all of a sudden this week you’ve started dressing in color, in clothes that show off an incredible body. And I know that I’ve wanted to kiss you since the first day I met you. I think you’re incredibly hot and sexy and I didn’t want you to go home with some random guy tonight. I wanted you to go home with me.”

He lowered his head and finally took her mouth against his, kissing her, wrapping her up close. She molded herself to him, full curves pressed against his body, setting him on re. He knew that kissing Gwen would be pretty awesome, but he hadn’t expected just how good. She t against him like no other woman had ever. She kissed him back, making little sounds that were driving him insane, and he knew that this wasn’t going to be enough.

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 herVi 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! You can visit her at or Twitter @vicjames101 or send her an email at

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    Monday, May 22, 2017

    ARC Review: Red Wolf by Jennifer Ashley

    I truly love this series. Red Wolf is book 10 of the Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashley. In White Tiger (book 8) we met Dimitri and Jaycee. In that book Jaycee was a bit annoying but she grew up in the time between the books. Dimitri made his intent to want to mate Jaycee clear in White Tiger, but it is Jaycee’s choice whether to accept or not. In Red Wolf Jaycee and Dimitri are working with the Austin Shifters to find out more about the disappearing shifters and the Fae that are using them, turning them feral and turning them against their own kind. They use Jaycee’s wild side and rule breaking attitude as the perfect cover to get the wrong kind of attention, which it does and it leads them to New Orleans and a cult-like pack worshiping the Goddess where mating rituals mean nothing to them. Jaycee and Dimitri are faced with compromising their own potential mating in order to further their investigation. 

    Jaycee is slowly coming to turns with Dimitri wanting to be her mate, she likes him…she loves him once she admits it to herself but she is scared that he is just doing it to control her to keep her from going on the dangerous missions they, as trackers, often go on. It takes a serious heart to heart and the notion that she might lose him before she admits the truth to herself. But once she does have him something happens that just might ruin their HEA. Dimitri has known from the moment he met Jaycee that he would mate her he just had to wait for her to realize she felt the same. 

    Jennifer Ashley turns out another page turner. Jaycee and Dimitri are a fun and great couple that have you rooting for them from the beginning. Jaycee’s quick to action and Dimitri’s slow and calculated methods balance each other out. The comradery, trust, and love between can be perceived between them since White Tiger even through Jaycee’s jealousy of Addy you could tell her and Dimitri were meant to be; she just had to come to terms with what having Dimitri as a mate would be like.

    Overall, Jaycee and Dimitri are a great couple. The story I don’t want to give away too much but it is so exciting going from Austin to New Orleans to the Fae’s land on the other side of the veil. Along with intense action and great sex it’s a great story and continues on with the series arc of the Fae vs Shifters. Oh! And the haunted house is back (Jasmine’s house from Wild Things) it has to be one of my favorite characters.   

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    ARC Review: From the Start by Cheryl Etchison

    I have become a huge fan of Cheryl Etchison's over the course of her American Valor series. With each book of hers I have read, she continues to impress me with her writing talent and is quickly becoming an author that I can't get enough of. From the Start is the third book in the American Valor series, but each book is a standalone story so don't worry about starting with this one if you haven't read the previous two books. 

    When Kacie finds herself at her sister's bachelorette party in need of saving, Michael MacGregor rushes in to save her. But while there is a chemistry and attraction to each other, Kacie is the one woman who wants nothing to do with Michael. As if him being in the military and being a surgeon weren't enough to make her run after her past, the fact that she is leaving at the end of the summer would. So when Kacie finds herself in a situation wanting to through caution to the wind, she knows Michael is just the man to help her out. What starts out as a summer fling turns into more, but Michael will have his work cut out for him convincing her to give a future a real shot. 

    I really liked these two. I felt their chemistry and the attraction between them right away. But there was so much more that was developing between them and I really enjoyed seeing that. Kacie had a past that made it hard to let someone in, especially with Michael having some things working against him right from the start. But I felt like he was so good for her and I was glad that she decided to shake things up a bit and do something out of character for her. Michael was a really great guy, and I felt like he needed Kacie just as much as she needed him. These two were just so good together. 

    Overall, another great book from Cheryl Etchison and I am loving this series! If you like contemporary romance and military heroes, this is definitely a series you need to check out! Cheryl Etchison seems to get better with each book she writes, and I can't wait to read more from her in the future.

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    Guest Post with Author Heidi McLaughlin and Giveaway

    Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

    Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup and a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL and her brother, Racicot.

    When she isn’t writing one of the many stories planned for release, you’ll find her sitting courtside during either daughter’s basketball games.

    Heidi’s first novel, Forever My Girl, is currently in production for a major motion picture.

    Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Review: Expectation by Holly Mortimer

    Expectation by Holly Mortimer is another new to me author and book that I discovered through Quirky Blind Date with a Book. While there were a few things that I had some issues with, I am definitely interested in reading more from Holly Mortimer, especially in this series. Expectation is the second book in the Murphy's Law series and it can be read as a standalone story. 

    After moving to Ireland and letting loose one night while out with a friend, Gray's life is forever changed. Suddenly finding herself pregnant and in need of a doctor, Gray finds herself face to face with the man she had a one night stand with. Aiden has never been interested in more, but when Gray shows up pregnant with his child, he starts to see a new future he never planned on.

    While I liked both Aiden and Gray, I had a tough time relating to them. They frustrated me at times, and they acted rashly. Gray jumped to conclusions and her actions were hard to get behind. Aiden came off as a jerk at times, saying and doing things that made it hard to support him. When these two were good together though, I really felt like they had something between them. Unfortunately though there were other times that it made it hard to fully believe their relationship. Things seemed to change between them with a flip of a switch, going from just lust and attraction to them suddenly loving each other. It was a bit too unrealistic for me to find believable. 

    I did think that these two had chemistry, and there was a lot of promise here. I liked the side characters and would be interested in reading their stories as well. I think that Holly Mortimer is definitely an author worth keeping an eye on. Her writing style and this story had a ton of potential, and I can see her being one that I really like with a little bit of work.

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