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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Audiobook Review: The Devil in Denim by Melanie Scott, Narrated by Julie Frances


“The Devil in Denim” was my first experience with anything by Melanie Scott. There were some things I liked about the story and some I think needed more work.

In this story Maggie Jameson is drunk at a bar because she just found out her father sold his team the New York Saints' a New York baseball team and according to Maggie, her inheritance. The team was bought out by Alex Winters. Alex himself was a baseball player but because of an injury he was forced to end his career. Life was not unfair to him though, and he is now a rich business man and also very handsome.

So I really like the idea of Alex buying the team from Maggie’s father and them working together. I also like Alex. Even though the title depicts him as a devil he was really a great guy. He was self-assured but not arrogant. He was very fair and a very smart businessman. The character that fell short for me was Maggie. It was so hard to 1) empathized with her and 2) like her. From the very beginning she is angry at Alex because he bought the team. This is unclear to me because her father obviously wanted to sell it. Although the team has been a part of Maggie’s family the team is in financial trouble and her father ends up selling it. This, in Maggie’s eyes makes Alex a “devil.” She was so rude and nasty to him all because he bought the team. Which was completely puzzling to me. Then she is angry at her father because after graduating from business school she was supposed to have a very comfortable job as CEO for the Saints. I mean cry me a river, Maggie. Alex understanding that the Saints are a family business wants to hire Maggie as an effort to help him win over the team and the fans. Maggie is angry and resistant to this idea. Why? I have no idea, I didn’t see a string of job offers even though she was apparently incredibly talented. So I get what the author was trying to do but Maggie just came off as a self-absorbed pampered –entitled princess. Besides Maggie’s unlikeability, I also found the dialogue between the adults to be very childish. The way Maggie spoke with some of her friends reminded me of a group of high school friends not grown and mature women.

Even though I didn’t care for Maggie I did really like Alex and I really liked his chemistry with Maggie. This would have been a four star for me if the heroine had more depth. Also, the narrator Julie Frances made most of the women sound very whiney especially Maggie. Once I got past my dislike of Maggie I enjoyed the sports world and the loyalty of the team. I also enjoyed watching the hero and heroine fall in love. I also plan to read more stories by Scott.

**Audiobook provided by Audible.com**

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Feature and Giveaway: The First Kiss by Grace Burrowes


Classical pianist Vera Waltham is recovering from a bad break up by taking a hiatus with her daughter in the Damson Valley countryside. She’s content with her music, and has no interest in complicating her life with further attempts at romance.

Attorney James Knightley is a numbers guy who reads contractual fine print for lunch, and wants nothing to do with damsels, in distress or otherwise. Nobody is more surprised than James when he falls for Vera Waltham, and the only contract on James’s mind when it comes to Vera is holy matrimony.

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ARC Review: Take Me With You by K.A. Linde


Let me start off by saying that in case you didn't know or haven't read anything by K.A. Linde before, that she is the absolute queen of angst! She always gets you there in the end, but the journey there just might kill you! I always love her characters and stories, and I think that she is a fantastic writer. She definitely brings out all the feels, and I love that she is able to write such real and believable books. They might not be pretty, but they always feel true to the characters. I absolutely couldn't wait for more of Grant after the first book, and he didn't disappoint. I love him and it was great to see such a different side to him in this book. If you haven't read Take Me for Granted (you definitely should!), you should start there before reading Take Me with You as it is not a standalone.

After everything that happened over Christmas break for Grant and Aribel, they are finally back together. Things appear to be going well, but they still have yet to deal with everything that has happened. They might be reconnecting physically, but they both know that they need to talk before they can get back to where they were. Just as it appears that the worst is over though, they find that they have even more obstacles to deal. Grant's past comes back and threatens everything that they have built and with the band's fame and success on the rise they will have all new problems to deal with. Not to mention Aribel's family has always had an idea of who she should be with, and Grant is nothing like they have envisioned for her. Can Grant and Aribel find a way to make things work, or will there be too many things trying to tear them apart?

I love Grant, but he definitely pissed me off a few times in this book. He is sweet and sexy, but he made some bad choices here. While I did have a few issues with him, I really loved seeing a different side to him this time around. We have been given even more of his backstory in this book, and he really had a vulnerability to him in this book. Aribel was there for him and did her best to support and encourage him, but it was clear that Grant was struggling. I thought that he really grew though, and it was nice to see him want to change some things in his life. Aribel also had her moments for me in this story, and I really felt like her biggest issue was communication. She wanted to talk and deal with certain things, and yet then she would shut Grant out and hide things from him. It was frustrating, and I felt bad for Grant. They were both new at a lot of things concerning relationships though, so it was interesting to see how they each learned to confront things separately and together. The chemistry and connection between these two was just as strong in this book though, and they could not have been more perfect for one another.

While these two were meant to be together, they had a lot of ups and downs. K.A. Linde did an amazing job making their story real and believable, and though it wasn't always easy, it was true to both Grant and Aribel. I did think that there was a bit with Grant that I could have done without though, and that was the fact that though he never cheated on her he was always thinking about other women. Every time he would see someone he was attracted to he would think about how hot she was and how he couldn't believe that he was turning her down or passing her onto one of the other guys. He would make it a point almost to remind himself that he could have them if it wasn't for Ari, and I just felt like because it happened repeatedly through this book that it cheapened things a bit when it came to his feelings and relationship. I realize attraction doesn't go away just because you love someone, but it shouldn't have been such a big deal in my opinion. He did more than make up for it with his actions and love for Ari, but I wish it would have happened a bit less. I still loved him though, and I would absolutely recommend this series. I honestly would love to get more of the other guys in ContraBand, as well as the guys from The Drift. I am really curious about them as well and hope that K.A. Linde will write their stories as well! If you aren't reading K.A. Linde, you are seriously missing out and I highly recommend giving her a shot as long as you remember to be prepared for angst and tons of feelings!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

ARC Review: In His Keeping by Maya Banks


As of this moment, I have now read two of Maya’s novels including In His Keeping, which is the second novel in the Slow Burn series. The first novel, Keep Me Safe, I read so I would be prepared for the soon to be released second novel. The first was easily five stars, and I enjoyed Caleb and Ramie; hell, I loved the Devereaux family in its entirety. However, In His Keeping easily surpassed the quality of the first, which I would not have thought possible. Therefore, stating how wonderful this read was could not possibly convey how imperative I feel that any avid romance lover should devour this book with passion and anticipation.

After being introduced to the Devereaux family which includes Caleb, Beau, and Quinn, you are aware of the pure alpha male in each as well as how protective they are. Now, I will admit that I think it better to start this series from the beginning (which luckily we’re only on the second novel), but it could be read as a standalone since each book is focused directly on a particular member from the Devereaux family. This one focuses on Beau, the middle brother, and his current case with the security company he and his family started following their sister Tori’s abduction during the first novel.

Beau is a hard-ass, brutally honest, tough guy with a soft spot for women who have been brutalized (understandable of course). Not one to lose his head in any situation, and ruthlessly focused on any task acquired, he was not expecting his defenses to vanish when Arial Rochester walked into his office. She is a beautiful, seemingly vulnerable young woman who grew up under complete protection; sheltered by her loving parents Gavin and Ginger Rochester. What one does not suspect about her, is that she is actually a strong, decisive, and loyal woman with the gift of telekinesis. Even better, she is unbelievably capable of adapting in any situation.

When we first meet Ari (Arial), she is delicate and feels as though she is incapable of hurting another human being, even in self-defense. Of course, this changes when she is forced to save her own life from disturbed privileged youths who seek vengeance. In the wake of her dormant powers going viral from a live video, she is forced to go into hiding as instructed by her father. Then, as if she wasn’t fearful enough of the potential aftermath of her slipped secrecy, her parents are kidnapped.

As if to intensify her growing unease, she is attacked by one of her fathers’ own men guarding her. Without knowing where to turn, Ari finds Beau and asks for his help (her father told her to find Caleb or Beau Devereaux if she found herself in a dire situation). Beau has seen the existence of psychic powers in Ramie (his brother, Caleb’s wife) so he is not surprised that Ari’s reluctant confession proves she may be more than gifted. However, finding a way to protect her and save her parents simultaneously may prove near impossible. This is especially true when both are attacked within moments of his acceptance of Ari’s case, and decision to help her.

Clearly, whoever is after Ari, must be funded by someone quite powerful who is aware of her special abilities. Unfortunately, Ari has no knowledge regarding her enemies’ goals, nor does she know about all of the lies surrounding her upbringing. Aside from the Rochester’s not being her biological parental figures, those who brought her into this world were part of a scientifically engineered study regarding the creation of infants with psychic abilities. To say that Ari is dealt shocking news throughout this story (and what I mentioned is nothing when all other information is revealed), would be an understatement. Despite all that, Ari becomes stronger throughout the course of the book. Truly, her development is constructed beautifully, and I loved watching her grow from a confused, sheltered young woman into an indestructible force of nature.

From kidnapping to murder, from floating stuffed animals to strategically snapping multiple necks at once, this book has plenty of awesomeness to accommodate every individual in need of suspense! After all, who doesn’t love mystery, suspense, action, murder, and sex mixed with supernatural elements? Plus, Ari is a kick-ass heroine with a reason to live, and a reason to thrive in a chaotic, murderous environment. Beau, on the other hand, is the perfect hero. If you loved Caleb, well, he has nothing on Beau (to each their own though). Beau is protective of Ari, but he had complete and utter faith in her, which was comforting. I love it when leading characters complement each other rather than the male lead being obsessive about treating his counterpart as a fragile wisp. So, seeing Beau be slightly over-protective concerning Ari, yet trusting her capabilities was refreshing.

I mustn’t forget Beau’s ability to be volatile in the best way when it comes to beating the hell out of someone either. I am not above admitting that watching a man go a little psycho to exact revenge upon another, or retaliate in order to save his woman doesn’t hype me up (Mel Gibson anyone?). Granted, we use our imagination whilst reading, but well, that is even better than the memory of an actor is it not? So, it is quite understandable to utilize the imagery, perhaps, in order to convey the wonder that is Beau while chasing down the bad guys! Of course, there are also the superb secondary characters (Dane and Eliza whom we met in the first installment), and Zack, oh my goodness. I am hoping beyond hope that maybe we’ll get a closer look at the men in the DSS working for Caleb, Beau, and Quinn. Seriously! Zack is hardcore. I find him sexy with ferocity in him like a hawk awaiting his perfect kill, as well as potential for an unadulterated raw passionate side (yum, right?).

Ramie is in the book quite a bit, and I have liked her since the first book; she is so compassionate and no-nonsense. Tori was in the book a little, but I gather we won’t get to delve deep into her character much more until later on (which I am okay with). She is still reeling from horrific abuse, and torture at the hands of a psychotic sociopathic freak of nature (understatement). With that said, I look forward to maybe seeing her character learn to cope with her past and move forward, possibly with a great man, and start a new life.

Understandably, it is obvious that I cannot wait to read more from Maya, and from the novels within this amazing series! I loved the race for saving Ari’s parents, and her discoveries about herself along the way. Plus, the connections between Franklin Devereaux (Beau’s father), and her own father Gavin were intriguing! Not to mention, all the action put into Ari defending herself from the men out to control her and her powers! There is just so much to love about this book. Additionally, Beau and Ari have my vote for best couple thus far of the New Year. I think they had explosive chemistry, and I felt so much emotion while reading this book. Thank you Maya for your hard work!

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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Review: Always Come Home by Maureen Driscoll


“Always Come Home” by Maureen Driscoll was a unique and refreshing read. I’ve read so many historical romances that it’s easy to see similarities between many of them. I can say “Always Come Home” stood out as unique and I have not read anything like it before.

This is my first time reading Maureen Driscoll so I was not sure what not sure what to expect. I’m happy to say it was a nice introduction and I will read more by her. Her characters were very unique and the story took off from the first page. The hero Colin Emerson, the Earl of Ridgeway, is impoverished. He is riding a mail coach with his friend Stemple Because of Stemple’s appearance they are kicked out of the coach and left to walk to Colin’s estate. Which, of course, is not nearby. Stemple “works” for Colin but Colin doesn’t have any means to pay him. I loved Stemple and my heart ached for him and all that he went through.

Colin stumbles on a school friend and there he meets Ava Conway. Ava is the governess for less than nice people. Ava was a great heroine. She was very endearing and fun. She was strong and confident and she made perfect sense with Colin. I loved their chemistry. I also loved that Colin is very humble although very popular and handsome. Colin is loyal to the people he loves and doesn’t hesitate to help those that need a hand.

The secondary characters were also great. I really loved Maude and Stemple. I instantly liked both of them as individuals and as a couple. Typically historical romance novels focus on the Lords and Ladies of the ton but this focused on an Early down on his luck. It also showed Colin as a self-made man. He inherited a title but worked for everything he later had.

Needless to say, Driscoll was not the least bit predictable and she had some surprises in store. I’m happy to see this as part of a series. I think Rose will be a great character to read about.

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ARC Review: Slam by Holly S. Roberts


I am new to the Completion Series by Holly S. Roberts as well as her books, so I had no idea what to expect with this book. I knew that I really wanted to read it from the blurb and sexy cover though, and I am so glad that I gave it a shot. I really enjoyed this book, and I look forward to going back and reading more from this series.

Olivia Stradmore is the daughter of Senator Stradmore, and has dedicated her life to being the best tennis player she can be. With her next championship title approaching, she has time for little else besides practice. But when her stalker starts stepping up his game and threatens those around her, her father hires a security team to watch over her. When she first meets her new bodyguard Brack Jacobs, she finds him to be uptight even if he is hot. But the longer they are forced to be together, the more she wants Brack. Brack has no intentions of sleeping with Olivia while she is his job though and continues to reject her advances. But as things get more dangerous with her stalker, Brack finds it harder to turn her away. Soon Brack and Olivia find themselves wondering not only what the future holds for their relationship, but if they will survive long enough to take a shot at a future together.

I really liked Brack. He was sexy and alpha, and super hot! He was playful and funny with Olivia, and yet he would do whatever it took to keep her safe. I loved his little endearments for her, and I thought it was really cute he was never that formal with her. Though he tried to keep things professional and fought what was between them, he could never just call her by her name and I loved that. Olivia was a wild child, and she made no apologies for that. I thought that she was fun and feisty, and I loved that while she was so dedicated to being the best player on the courts that she was so different off of them. It was kind of nice to see the girl be the one pushing for sex and not ashamed of her desires in a book rather than just the hero. I liked that Brack made Olivia work for it though, and that he wanted more than just sex. These two had a ton of chemistry, and it was great to see the tension build between them. But I also really liked getting to see more develop between them as well.

Overall, this was a really good story and Brack and Olivia were hot together. I loved that they were so compatible on every level, and their story was a lot of fun to read. I loved the banter between them and I loved their sexy scenes. But I think that what made this book so good was that there was more than just the physical between them and it was just a well rounded story. I liked Holly's writing style a lot, and found it easy to get lost in the story. While I really liked this one, I will say that at first Olivia came off as sort of an immature brat and I was worried that she would be too annoying to like. But she won me over, and I really liked seeing how she changed as she grew closer to Brack. I am looking forward to reading more from Holly S. Roberts in the future, and I can't wait to read more in this series.

**ARC Provided by Enticing Journey Book Promotions**

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Guest Post with Karen Ranney and Giveaway


Karen Ranney wanted to be a writer from the time she was five years old and filled her Big Chief tablet with stories. People in stories did amazing things and she was too shy to do anything amazing. Years spent in Japan, Paris, and Italy, however, not only fueled her imagination but proved that she wasn't that shy after all. Yet she prefers to keep her current adventures between the covers of her books. Karen lives in San Antonio, Texas, and loves to hear from her readers at karen@karenranney.com

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Feature and Giveaway: Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon


As an elite Alliance agent—the joint undercover operation of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, and the CIA—Ford Decker lives for the adrenaline. But when he befriends sexy property manager Shay Alexander in hopes of finding her cousin, a known national security threat, Ford crosses the line, getting to know her better . . . in bed.

After being burned by her last relationship, Shay wants to take things slow. Yet she can't keep her hands off the drop-dead gorgeous hottie who's moved into her apartment building. So when Ford's identity as an undercover agent is exposed, his betrayal cuts deep. Shay never wants to see him again, but Ford can't let her go, not when her life is still in danger. He will sacrifice everything to protect her, then be prepared to walk away from the only woman he's ever loved, even if it breaks him.

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ARC Review: Three Simple Rules by Nikki Sloane


I have to say that Three Simple Rules by Nikki Sloane really surprised me. Honestly I never expected to get as sucked into this story as I did, and I couldn't put it down. The characters were likable and easy to relate to, and while I knew that there would be plenty of sex with this book I didn't really expect to feel the connection I did between them as well. This book was super hot, but it was also so much more than that. I did have a few things that weren't my favorite, but for the most part this book was fantastic.

When Evie makes a costly mistake at work, she begs her boss to let her fix it on her own dime. The amount of money is more than she has though, so she finally agrees to sell herself for a night as her best friend Payton has been trying to get her to do. She will give a stranger one night of sex at an exclusive club in which he pays for her all the while she is kept in the dark of who he actually is due to a blindfold. But when her night arrives and the blindfold comes off, she is shocked to find none other than her boss Logan was the one who bought her. As they spend the night together, they agree on a set of rules that they must follow for their time together. But as their time together comes to an end, they both find themselves wanting more than one night together.

I really loved Logan. He was so sexy, and I loved how much of a dirty talker he was! He was commanding and pushed Evie's boundaries, yet he was also sweet and caring with her. He had been interested in Evie long before their night together, and I loved finding out just how much he had always thought about her. He was so much more than the jerk from work, and I loved getting to know him better. I thought that he made a few mistakes throughout the book, but I was glad when things finally came out and he was able to be completely honest with Evie. Evie was easy to like, and I thought that she was a really strong character. She was willing to put herself in an uncomfortable situation to keep her job, and she had no guilt or shame over it. I loved how secure she was, and the fact that she looked at it so positively was so refreshing. Even when things happened that she was upset about, she always seemed to look at the plus side and I really admired that about her. Evie and Logan were hot as hell together, and to say their chemistry was off the charts is an understatement. These two were fantastic together, but it made it even hotter because of the connection they had. These two just clicked on every level and it really showed.

Honestly, this book was really close to being a five star read for me. While it was really close, there were a few things that prevented that for me. This book did have a couple of times when there was some menage action, with one full on threesome. The first one didn't bother me at all, and the fact that it was a M/F/F surprised me. That just isn't my thing, and normally it does nothing for me. It was pretty hot in this one though, and I didn't mind at all. The actual threesome in this story was hot as well, don't get me wrong. What bothered me about it though was when it occurred. To me, I felt like it was bit too far into the relationship between Logan and Evie. I felt that it was a bit unrealistic that there were no feelings of hurt or jealousy, and I found myself more bothered by it than the characters. I just felt like at the point in the relationship they were in that it was too much. They were connected so emotionally at that point that I just felt it shouldn't have happened, no matter the fact that I saw it coming from the start. I also felt like most of the conflict in this book was resolved far too easily. At the end something pretty huge happens, and although the characters are upset about it the whole thing was pretty much just brushed under the rug. While that is nice in theory, I just didn't think things would be solved as easily as that. I know if it had been me I would have been much more upset, and I wanted to see them talk about things more. I did love Logan and Evie though, and this book was a great story as well as being steamy. The ending left us hanging and wanting more, and I am anxious to find out what happened! I definitely recommend this book, and I think that it is just one of those books that you can't help but devour. I already want to go back and read it again.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

ARC Review: Never Surrender to a Scoundrel by Lily Dalton


Lily Dalton is one of those authors that I keep hearing about and keep wanting to read. I jumped at the chance to read “Never Surrender to a Scoundrel.” I thought it was an interesting plot and I liked the idea of two people thrown together and trying to make it work.

Lady Carissa Bevington is in love. She is ready to make a big announcement about her upcoming engagement and has just the right ball to do it. She has it all planned out except for one big problem: her supposed fiancé married someone that very morning. The day that she was supposed to announce her big engagement he marries someone else. The worse part of it all is that she is now with a little problem. Although no one knows that she is a jilted bride the situation has left her pregnant. I have to confess that I am not a big fan of the pregnancy plot but I read another story with something similar and really enjoyed it.

Lord Donovan Blackmer is a friend of Carissa and realizes that something is going on when he sees her disappearing at different events. He tries to mind his own business until through a series of events he ends up engaged to Carissa. I really enjoyed Blackmer as a hero. I thought his back story was very interesting and I also liked who he was. I have no idea what he is alluded to as a scoundrel because he is really a great guy.

Although I pushed through the story, I didn’t really care for it. I didn’t really like the heroine and all the misunderstandings became very tedious and annoying. Also, I never really found myself feeling bad for Carissa or her situation. Also, I thought she didn’t really appreciate Blackmer and his selfless act of marrying her just to guard her honor. I plan to read more books by Lily Dalton, even if I didn’t love this one.

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ARC Review: Kick by Carmen Jenner


Let me start off by saying that Kick is not your average MC book. The warning should be take seriously, and if you have any issues with violence (especially those of a sexual nature) you should consider if this will be a trigger for you before reading. With that being said, Kick wasn't a bad book but it wasn't fantastic to me either. Kick by Carmen Jenner is dark, and it is a spin-off of her Sugartown series but can be read as a standalone. While there were things that I liked about this book, there were also some things that didn't work as well for me.

Daniel "Kick" Johnson has grown up around the MC lifestyle, and it is the only way he knows. His brothers share a bond tighter than family, and maintain the bond through blood. But when he betrayed them, he was forced out. Now years later he has a new brotherhood. When he comes across a woman being tortured, he finds himself wanting to keep her though his club expects him to get rid of her. But when Indie agrees to help Kick and his club hunt down the remaining two captors that wronged not only her but one of their own, they set out to get their revenge. Kick and Indie want each other, but Indie doesn't trust anyone after everything that she went through and Kick is still struggling with a past he can't let go of.

I liked Kick and Indie both well enough, but I never felt connected to them or truly invested in their story. Kick was actually not nearly as bad as he claimed to be, and he was rather protective of Indie. He kept trying with her after every single time that she lashed out at him, and he was pretty sensitive to her and her situation. Indie was a fighter, though she was also extremely damaged and broken. With Kick's help though she really was able to find her strength, and I enjoyed seeing how Kick was able to get her to let him in slowly. These two were really good for each other, and I thought that Indie helped Kick just as much as he helped her. He had been struggling with his past, and with Indie around he was finally able to start moving forward with his life. While I felt the attraction between them, I did feel as though the physical relationship was a bit rushed. This girl had just been through hell, and it felt far too soon for her wanting to be with Kick in that way even though she had been building up her trust in him as she got to know him better.

While dark reads aren't always my favorite, I was able to get through this book and thought it was a good story. It was dark, gritty and raw, and it should be said that there are frequent scenes that could possibly trigger those sensitive to rape and sexual violence. I wasn't expecting them to be such a large part of the story, and honestly I felt like it was overdone at times. But the thing that really brought the rating down on this one for me was the fact that it seemed to get too hung up on details at times. There were parts of this story that were more about the club and each member than about Kick and Indie. While I appreciate the set-up for the series, I found myself not really caring about each and every member that only played a minor role in the story. I wanted to focus more on Kick and Indie, and who they were. I wanted more depth of character for each of them, and to really see these two as they started to form a relationship. I found myself getting lost in the details sometimes and losing interest in the book when that happened. While I did have some complaints with this book, I did think that it was a good story. If you are looking for a different MC read and aren't afraid of a dark story filled with violence, then you might give this one a chance. But I do think that if you are sensitive to sexual violence that this one is probably not for you.

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Guest Post with Author Cecy Robson and Giveaway

Meet Cecy Robson, author of Once Loved.

Cecy Robson is the New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories.

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Feature and Giveaway: For Keeps by Rachel Lacey


A SUMMER FLING . . . OR SOMETHING MORE?

Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue - even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It's hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children's camp where she's just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Merry's style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay.

TJ Jameson isn't looking for anything complicated-just a peaceful life on his family's ranch with a wife and kids. "No-strings" Merry Atwater doesn't fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ's a goner. If he doesn't give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Upcoming Event: Sealed With a Kiss


Get ready for the annual Sealed With a Kiss: A Celebration of Love Event! Beginning February 1st, stop by to read love letters written by your favorite historical romance authors from the POV of their characters. Each day a different author will stop by to share love letters written from both their hero and heroine from one of their books. Along with the love letters, each author will host a special daily giveaway. But that's not all! There will also be special prizes up for grabs in the GRAND PRIZE giveaway. So make sure you come back on the 1st and check out the fun!

With appearances by:
Alyssa Alexander
Anna Campbell
Manda Collins
Lily Dalton
Vicky Dreiling
Amanda Forester
Shana Galen
Lorraine Heath
Sabrina Jeffries
Vanessa Kelly
Julie Ann Long
Jess Michaels
Sally Orr
Theresa Romain


The event will run from February 1st - 14th.


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ARC Review: Three, Two, One (321) by J.A. Huss

 

After reading her Social Media Series, I couldn't wait to read more from JA Huss. I absolutely loved Vaughn and thought that his story was so original. I also loved that while the story and ending were very satisfying, it also was nothing like I expected. So I knew that I had to read Three, Two, One as soon as I heard about it. This book is truly hard to classify as any one genre, but I would say that it is an erotic suspense that has dark elements and a non-traditional ending. While it isn't your typical HEA and it is a menage, I was happy with the ending. This book is one that I really can't explain much about without giving away everything, so I will just tell you that it is absolutely worth the read and to give it a shot.

JD and Ark are best friends. They work and live together, and are rich from selling sex. One morning they come across a girl huddled under the awning of a bookstore. She is barefoot and is crying, and appears cold and lost. JD and Ark are both immediately drawn to her. All three of them have secrets, and yet they all fit together. But as they get to know each other, they find themselves bonding in a way that feels right. But can the three of them truly be together with secrets between them, or will their trinity be destined for heartbreak?

Each of these characters was completely original. They were flawed and imperfect, and yet that is what made them so real and appealing. They each had something to offer, and it is what made them incomplete without the other two. JD was charismatic and charming, and you couldn't help but like him. He had a painful past that he was never able to get over, and yet he is also the one that was always smiling and taking care of Blue. He was just so fun, and yet you knew there was so much more to him that he didn't show many people. Ark was darker. He preferred to remain behind the scenes and more often then not he sort of sat back and observed rather than participated. Yet he also felt so deeply. He was always thinking and brooding, and it was clear that he was smart. He wanted more, and yet he held himself back so much and kept so much from everyone. Blue was lost and yet at the same time she was exactly where she was meant to be. She had been through so much that no one knew, and yet she was able to open herself up to JD and Ark and give them her trust. She needed both of them, just as they both needed her. These characters were so complex and different from one another, yet they fit together perfectly. The chemistry between them was off the charts, and these three were beyond hot together!

To say this book is sexy is an understatement. JA Huss knows how to write steam, but she also knows how to develop so much emotion and feeling between the characters that it goes beyond simple heat and chemistry. I honestly cannot say how amazing this book is and go into detail without giving anything away, but this book was more than I could have ever expected. It is unlike anything I have ever read before, and is so much more than a menage. For those worried about the non-traditional ending, I would really recommend still giving this book a chance. JA Huss manages to deliver on every single emotion. While there were parts of this story that broke my heart and were hard to get through, I also found myself very satisfied with how things ended. They weren't neatly wrapped up and tied with a bow, but they felt very real and true to the story. JA Huss is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors, and I honestly cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. This book blew me away, and I know that it will stick with me.

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