Saturday, June 9, 2012

Weekly Winners

Below is a list of all of the winners from the past week.

Mel B
Satisfying The Curse by Kelly Gendron

April A
Raven's Quest by Toni LoTempio

Yadira A
Virgin Territory by Cari Quinn

Yadira A
Darkness Becomes Her by Jaime Rush

Deck of Tarot Cards by Cate Dean

Yadira A
Sins of the Mind by L.J. Garland and Debbie Gould

Maria S
Fascinated by Marissa Day

Mel B
Maria S
Winner's choice of Renegade Passion or Wicked Werewolf Night by Lisa Renee Jones

**Replacement Winner**
Jeanne M
Lady Alexandra's Excellent Adventure by Sophie Barnes

All winners have been notified via email. Thank you to everyone that stopped by and entered. =)

ARC Review: Tempting the Best Man by J. Lynn

Oh how I loved this story. I admit I'm a sucker for friends to lover themes and this one was great. Both characters had such great chemistry and I loved watching them together. I also liked that this book was able to make me laugh. It was cute and the relationship between Chase and Maddie was sweet.

Maddie grew up idolizing her older brothers best friend Chase and for as long as she can remember she has been in love with him. One night three years ago Maddie finally found the courage to make her move and after a heated kiss was quickly rebuffed. Ever since that night things have never been the same between Chase and Maddie. Their relationship is now tension filled and awkward. With Maddie's brother getting married and Chase being the best man, she is definitely not looking forward to the wedding and having to spend a weekend with Chase.

Chase has always regretted how things turned out with him and Maddie after they kissed three years ago. For the life of him he never wanted to hurt her but he knows no matter how much he may desire her he can never pursue his feelings. One, she is his best friend's little sister and therefore off limits. And two, he knows he will eventually hurt her like his father used to hurt his mother. He cares way too much about Maddie to ever do that to her. So he stays away even though its one of the hardest things he has ever had to do.

Now at Maddie's brothers wedding, Chase and Maddie are continuously thrown together and every time they are near one another the sparks fly. After a few heated arguments, one  thing leads to another and the two are suddenly back in each others arms picking up where they left off three years ago. But this time will it last longer than just one kiss?

I loved the chemistry between Chase and Maddie. It was raw and tension filled. I loved watching them both come alive in each others arms. My only complaint is that I wish the story was longer. I definitely wasn't ready to say goodbye to Chase and Maddie. I would have liked to see a bit more from them but overall it was still very enjoyable. I hope we get to see more of the Gamble brothers in the future because I fell in love with them all. They are hilarious and I can't wait to see them get their own HEA.

**ARC copy provided by publisher**

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Feature and Giveaway: Dancing Naked in Dixie by Lauren Clark

Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired.

With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she's offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage.

Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia's story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Feature and Giveaway: Still Into You by Roni Loren

Check out my review here

Seth and Leila used to have trouble keeping their hands off each other. Passion, desire, love—it was all there. Yet, eight years after their whirlwind marriage and kids, they’ve settled into a life where choosing Letterman over Leno is considered a wild night.

Seth knows things need to change. But when he hears his wife call into a relationship radio show and admit she’s been tempted to cheat, he realizes how far off course they’ve gotten. He comes up with a dramatic plan. Three days. No rings. He’ll take Leila to The Ranch, a resort where any sexual fantasy can be had, and give her the freedom to have whatever or whomever she wants.

However, Seth doesn’t intend to simply stand by and watch other men fulfill Leila’s dark desires. He has a lot more bad boy in him than his wife suspects and he knows there’s only one man who can give her what she needs. Now he has to show her why that man is him.

Guest Post with Author D.N Simmons and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the blog author D.N. Simmons. D.N. is currently on tour promoting the release of Desires Unleashed and has stopped by today to chat. Before I give the floor over to D.N. lets learn a bit about her her.

D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that's too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls "Itty-bitty". Her hobbies include rollerblading, billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies. She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won "Author of the Month" at Warrior of Words. She was voted "New Voice of Today" at Romance Reviews and "Rising Star" at Love Romance and More.

Places to find D.N:

Guest Post with Author Robin Bielman and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the blog debut author Robin Bielman. Robin is celebrating the release of her debut Worth the Risk and has stopped by today to chat. Before I give the floor over to Robin, lets learn a bit about her.

Robin Bielman lives in Southern California, a bike ride away from the ocean if she’s feeling really adventurous. She loves books and baking and running on the treadmill while watching her favorite TV shows. When she’s not reading or writing her next story, she’s spending time with her high school sweetheart husband and two sons, most likely watching, playing, or discussing baseball. She drives too fast, drinks too much caffeine, and if every day were Cupcake Day, she’d be a happy camper! She loves to connect with readers.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

ARC Review: Still Into You by Roni Loren

Seth knew his marriage was in a rut. The sexual spark that he and his wife used to feel just isn't there so he decides to make a trip to her brothers sex store to try and spice up their love life. While there he hears his wife on

Seth and Leila used to be hot together. So hot that they couldn't keep their hands off one another. Now eight years into their marriage the spark just isn't there between them. Seth knows they are in a rut, but when he hears his wife call into a radio show and admit that she's been tempted to cheat he knows he must act fast. He loves his wife and he doesn't want to lose her. So he decides to take Leila on a retreat to The Ranch, a resort where any and all sexual fantasies can be had.

Leila loves her husband, but lately she has felt unwanted and not attracted. She knows she doesn't want to lose Seth but something has to change. She's tired of him working long hours at his job and never spending time with her or their kids. When Seth proposes that she take three days off and do whatever she wants with whomever she wants, she can't help but feel a little bit intrigued and hesitant at the same time. While sleeping with another man is kind of exciting, she really just wants to be with Seth. And for the first time in a long time her husband is finally paying attention to her, and not only is he paying attention but the passion they used to have for one another is back. But is it back for good?

I really enjoyed this novella by Roni Loren. She was able to pack so much into her story. I really felt the struggle and pain both Leila and Seth were feeling with trying to find and maintain the spark in their relationship. Roni was able to convey not only the pain they felt but the passion. Oh my goodness, but do these two have some serious passion together. Seth and Leila are way hot together, and I enjoyed watching them reconnect with one another. After finishing this novella, I definitely can't wait to get my hands on more from Roni Loren.

**ARC copy provided by Goddess Fish blog tours**

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Feature: Shadow Visions by Gabriella Hewitt

When the last shadow warrior falls, so will all humanity.

A shadow warrior on a mission, Manuel must track down a demon who is sacrificing women marked with hummingbird tattoos. He is in danger of losing his humanity to his eagle spirit until he comes across Ixa Reyes, a beautiful San Diego detective working on the same case, who also bears the mark of the Aztec sun god. She is his salvation and redemption from a past filled with failure. Only she wants nothing to do with him or her heritage.

When a demon kidnaps her grandfather, the wind god, they must work together to save him and all mankind. Manuel has twenty-four hours to help Ixa control her elemental power over wind—that is if he can control his own desires to claim her body and soul. Because if he should fail this time, the god of war will usher in a new era filled with blood and destruction such as the world has never known.

Product Warnings: This story contains an ancient Aztec warrior struggling to control the beast within, a heroine more than able to match his strength, demons out for their very souls, and a battle that may very well determine the fate of all humanity

Guest Post with Diane Alberts and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome back to the blog author Diane Alberts. Diane has stopped by today to chat about her new book Divinely Ruined, but before we chat let's get to know Diane a bit more.

Diane Alberts has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn’t until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another.

She is a multi-published, bestselling author with Entangled Publishing and Decadent Publishing. She is repped by her fabulous agent, Lauren Hammond of ADA Management. She has, as of this date, three books with Entangled Publishing, and five books with Decadent Publishing. Her February release with Entangled Publishing, ON ONE CONDITION, hit #18 on the Barnes and Noble Bestseller List.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

ARC Review: Rogues by Ava March

Linus and Robert have been the best of friends for most of their lives and they share everything, including each others beds. Though no one knows and it isn't an everyday occurrence. Normally Robert prefers to bed woman and Linus prefers other men and they never share partners. Lately Robert has been feeling restless and the more he watches Linus disappear at a ball with another man for an assassination, he finds himself growing more and more jealous. He is starting to realize that Linus stirs feelings in him that no other person can and he's tired of feeling jealous. So Robert comes up with a plan and after a heated night spent together he propositions Linus with the details-that they should see only each other no one else.

Linus can hardly believe his ears. At one time all he wanted was to be with Robert exclusively, but not now. Linus does not want things to change because he can't lose Robert. And that is what will happen if he accepts he proposition. Eventually Robert would tire of him and then leave him to be with a woman. No Linus would rather keep things they way they are.

I rather enjoyed this novella but I feel it was a bit lacking. There really wasn't anything major going on besides the relationship between Linus and Robert. I wished there could have been a bit more umph involved. More angst maybe. Though I did enjoy the relationship between them both I just wish we could have seen a bit more. I will say that the sexytimes were written very well. I definitely felt the passion between Robert and Linus.

**ARC copy provided by NetGalley**

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Guest Post with Author Bronwen Evans and Giveaway

Today I am happy to welcome to the blog author Bronwen Evans. Bronwen is currently on a massive blog tour celebrating the release of her book Invitation to Scandal and has stopped by today to share why she loves Regency Romances. Before I give the floor over to Bronwen, let's get to know her a bit.

New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Being able to write her characters stories is never work, it’s a dream come true. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer.

She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. She's finaled in several romance writing competitions and is a member of several writing organizations, including RWA, RWNZ, and The Beau Monde. Her 2011 debut novel, INVITATION TO RUIN, received a 4.5 star rating from RT Book Reviews and was nominated in the RT Reviewers’ Choice awards – Best First Historical.

When not ensconced in her study writing her characters thrilling journeys to their happy ever after, Bron can be found on the golf course.

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Guest Post with Author Avril Ashton

Today I would like to welcome back to the blog author Avril Ashton. Avril is currently on tour for her book Love The Sinner and has stopped by today to chat. Before I give the floor to Avril, let us get to know her a bit.

l always wanted to have a sexy bio, one to reflect who I am, but after drawing a blank, l could only come up with: I eat cake and I read books…ooh, and I write ‘em too. No one liked it and after massive peer-pressure and pouting, I managed something more…suitable?

A Caribbean transplant, Avril now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y with a tolerant Spousal Equivalent. Together they raise an eccentric daughter who loves reading and school (not so much school anymore). Avril’s earliest memories of reading revolve around discussing plot points of The Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys with an equally book-minded mother

Always in love with the written word, Avril finally decided to do the writing in August of ’09 and never looked back. Spicy love scenes, delicious heroes, and wicked women burn up the pages of Avril’s stories, but there’ll always be a happy ending; Av remains a believer of love in all its forms.

Places to find Avril:
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Guest Post with Author Karyn Good and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the blog author Karyn Good. Karyn is currently on tour for her book Backlash and has stopped by today to chat about reunion stories. Before I give the floor over to Karyn, let's get to know her a bit.

I grew up on a farm in the middle of Canada's breadbasket. Under the canopy of crisp blue prairie skies I read books. Lots and lots of books. Occasionally, I picked up a pen and paper or tapped out a few meagre pages of a story on a keyboard and dreamed of becoming a writer when I grew up. One day the inevitable happened and I knew without question the time was right. What to write was never the issue - romance and the gut wrenching journey towards forever.
Places to find Karyn:

Monday, June 4, 2012

Guest Post with Author Erin Nicholas and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to the blog author Erin Nicholas. Erin is currently on tour promoting her book Anything You Want and has stopped by today to chat. Before I give the floor to Erin, lets get to know her a bit.

I've been reading romance since my mom first let me into her book cupboard when I was about fourteen.  LaVyrle Spencer, Julie Garwood, Debbie Macomber... they took my 'happily ever after' ideas from animated princesses to real people in the real world.

I've been writing romance almost as long. Many a family car trip was spent with my head bent over a spiral notebook in the back seat. I'll confess that my very first attempts at fiction were fantasy and paranormals, influenced by my father's love of the Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the original Alice in Wonderland. If Harry Potter had been around, I'm sure he would have been on the bedtime story shelf as well.

But it wasn't long until I started writing about true love and that's where I've been ever since.

I'm so thrilled to be able to share these stories with you! I hope that they make you smile, sigh, maybe even choke up a little. Most of all, I hope that they help you believe in magical things like first kisses, the spark of passion, and the power of true love.
Places to find Erin:
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Sunday, June 3, 2012

ARC Review: Seduced By Blood by Laurie London

Wow. I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book going in. I've always felt a little disconnected from Santiago and I wasn't sure if I would be able to connect enough with him in his story to care enough about him getting his HEA. I was so wrong. I LOVED him and I thought that he was a great hero. I loved the dynamic between him and Roxy. There were so many sparks between them and the chemistry was instant. I rather enjoyed watching them both fall of each other. I like that neither really wanted anything serious with anyone and what started out as a ruse soon turned into so much more.

I loved that we were finally able to learn more about Santiago. He's always been a big mystery to me and I liked that we were finally able to get to know him and see what makes him the overpowering hothead I remembered from the previous books. He really isn't as hard as he comes across. He truly cares about the welfare and well being of the guardians he's in charge of. When some of his guardians are hurt in a raid, he is racked with guilt and blames himself for the accident. This is a completely different side of him and not at all what I had expected. I respected him and felt the pain he was experiencing. It was just so deep and heart wrenching at times.

As for Roxy, I loved her and I thought she was the perfect match for Santiago. She is able to get through to him like no one else can but she also doesn't take his shit. She continuously stands up for herself and what she believes in. She's strong, caring and a truly generous person. She cares about others feelings and is willing to help no matter what.

As always I really enjoyed this book. It seems like Laurie London can do no wrong with this series and I love the way it is progressing. A lot of interesting twists and turns occurred in this book and as always it left me yearning for the next installment in the Sweetblood series. I definitely can't wait to see what's in store.

**ARC copy provided by NetGalley**

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