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Saturday, October 25, 2014

ARC Review: Gage by Tess Oliver

Gage is the first book that I have ever read by Tess Oliver, so I had no idea what to expect with this story. While Gage is a part of the Barringer Brothers series, it can easily be read as a standalone. I was really intrigued with this book because I have never read a story about a logger before. I thought that this one had some good moments and was pretty enjoyable.

Gage is looking for a change after nearly losing a friend in a horrible logging accident. When the owner of the Raven's Nest dies, Gage views it as the perfect time to buy the restaurant and change his life. But when the owner's granddaughter Summer decides to keep it and run it herself, Gage hopes that the Montana weather will be too much for the California girl to handle. But Summer is determined to start living her life for herself after constantly listening to what others want. Summer and Gage find themselves getting to know one another after a rough start, and soon they are unable to fight the attraction between them 

 liked Gage and Summer. They were easy to relate to and were real. I liked that there wasn't a ton of drama between them, despite getting off on the wrong foot originally. Summer was able to apologize and forgive others when needed and she just seemed to be pretty laid back. Gage was protective and sexy without being a jerk. These two had a lot of chemistry and I enjoyed seeing the attraction between them.

Overall, I thought that Gage and Summer were really great together and their story was sweet. This book started out pretty slow though, and it didn't always hold my interest. There were parts of the book that I felt like had a tendency to drag, and I found myself wanting to skim. I also felt like although there wasn't much drama between Summer and Gage, there seemed to be a ton of drama and accidents surrounding them. But I did enjoy this book and I liked the characters. I am interested in reading more from Tess Oliver and also going back and reading the other books in this series.

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ARC Review: Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross

Fantastic! I was glued to my kindle all day. I loved everything about this story and if all of Julie Cross's books are this good I've definitely been missing out. I'm not even a baseball fan but this made me want to turn on a game and watch, especially if there are hottie pitchers like Jason Brody playing.

I really enjoyed Whatever Life Throws at You and found it hard to put down. It took me a few pages to get into the story but once I was in I was hooked. Seriously, I couldn't stop reading. I loved Jason Brody and Annie. I thought they were so damn adorable but not only that, they had great chemistry together. I was rooting for these two pretty much from the beginning and when they finally came had their "moment" I couldn't help but have a huge smile on my face. Brody and Annie were cute and charming but I just loved they way they were with each other. They were each other's support system and I loved that they just seemed to click and that they brought out the best in one another.

What I really loved about this book is that is was just an all-around great book. It had dept and emotion but at the same time it was witty and sexy. I fell in love with this world that Julie Cross created and the characters that graced the pages. I can't wait to get my hands on more from Julie Cross and I hope that we get to see more of this world that she has created. I highly recommend this one especially if you are a baseball fan. But even if you're not, don't miss this one. It's really good!

**ARC provided by NetGalley**

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Fall into Romance Event with Sally Clements

Sally Clements writes fun, sexy and real contemporary romance, partnering hot heroes with heroines who know what they want, and go for it! She is a full-time author, who lives in the Irish countryside, and when she isn’t writing can usually be found in traffic, driving ‘Mum’s taxi’. She’s a hybrid author, who writes for Entangled Publishing and also self-publishes—to get an email when she has a new book out, just sign up for her newsletter -

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Fall into Romance Event with Tracy March

Award-winning author Tracy March Award-winning author Tracy March writes romantic thrillers influenced by her interest in science and politics, and lighthearted romances inspired by her real-life happily ever after.

Always up for travel and adventure, Tracy has flown in a stunt plane, snowmobiled on the Continental Divide, ziplined in the Swiss Alps, and been chased by a bull in the mountains of St. Lucia. She loves Nationals baseball, Saturday date nights, and Dairy Queen Blizzards—and rarely goes a day without Diet Coke and Cheez-Its.

Tracy lives in Yorktown, Virginia, with her superhero husband who works for NASA.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: The Silk Tie by Lily Harlem

The Silk Tie is the first book that I have read by Lily Harlem, but it definitely won't be my last. I am a huge fan of Erotica, but lately the books I have read in the genre have lacked any real heat to me. That was absolutely not the case here, and I have to say that The Silk Tie was definitely one of the hottest books I have ever read. I loved the characters and absolutely devoured this book.

Gabe and Hayley are a happily married couple with fulfilling lives. They are both have successful careers and are open and honest with each other, often times trying new things in bed together. But Gabe finds himself drawn to his new client Brent, and starts to wonder what it would be like to be with the sexy man. Gabe struggles with his new fantasies and the guilt he feels over his feelings. But when Hayley finds out, she can't help but be excited about the thought of two men together and agrees to see her husband and Brent together. As Brent and Gabe explore the attraction between them with Hayley close by, they begin to feel more and soon the three of them start to wonder what their future looks like. Can Hayley and Gabe make it through this new side of their relationship, and will they allow Brent into their lives permanently?

I really liked these characters. They were all fantastic, and I loved how respectful and honest they were with one another. Gabe was so scared to explore things at first because of Hayley and what it would mean for him as a guy but also for his marriage. But his attraction and feelings for Brent continued to grow and it wasn't hard to see why. I was glad that he talked to Hayley and Brent about it all and that they were able to be open about everything. Hayley was so understanding and encouraging. She really embraced the change her relationship was taking and I was glad to see her right there every step of the way. Not only did she enjoy what Gabe and Brent were doing, but she genuinely didn't feel any jealousy and just wanted to be a part of it. Brent was probably my favorite though. He was so sweet and kind. He was patient and thoughtful, and I loved that he talked to Hayley about things and that he insisted on her being there for everything. It really showed that he not only respected Gabe and Hayley as individuals, but that he also respected their marriage. These three had a ton of chemistry between them as a group, but they also had it as pairs as well. They were so hot, and I loved all the sexy action in this book. It was well written and showed the growing connection between all the characters as well as just the physical side of what they were experiencing.

Overall, this was a great book and I loved the heat in this one. If you are looking for some seriously sexy times that explore many different situations, this book is definitely one you should try out. It has it all. I really loved seeing Gabe and Brent explore things between them and really develop such a strong bond, but I also really loved seeing Brent and Hayley grow in their feelings for one another as well. I thought that Lily Harlem did a great job of showing that the connection and love between Gabe and Hayley never changed or diminished. It was always present and as strong as ever. But with the addition of Brent, there was even more love there. It was just with another person added in, and it felt so real. I didn't ever question the connection between them, and I felt like Brent was a natural addition to their relationship. I saw no jealousy and didn't feel as though anyone was left out or not as wanted as anyone else. Sometimes with menage stories that can be the case, but it wasn't with The Silk Tie and it made me love this story even more. I will say that I thought that the sex between these three was the majority of the book. While it was hot and I enjoyed it, I wish that we would have seen a bit more of them out in the real world and adjusting to their new lives outside the bedroom as well. That was the only reason for the four star rating instead of a five. I will absolutely look for more from Lily Harlem though, and I can't wait to go back and read some of her previous stories as well as see what she does next.

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ARC Review: Light Her Fire by Samanthe Beck

Wow! Just when I thought Samanthe Beck couldn't get any hotter...I definitely don't recommend reading Light Her Fire in a public place because this one was hot, hot, HOT!

I loved the chemistry between Josh and Melody. Seriously, they had some pretty smoking chemistry together and it just seemed to jump off the pages. From their first encounter to the last their relationship felt fresh and I just found myself not only rooting for them but unable to put the book down.

Coming off a ten year engagement, Melody is looking for some fun and excitement with no strings attached. When she catches Josh looking at her with want in his eyes at the market she figures it's finally time to make her move before she looses her nerve. What occurs after between these two will leave you panting for more.

I really liked these two. Josh is a sexy alpha fire chief (seriously can't get any hotter) and Melody is the sweet girl next door with a naughty side. Together these two were explosive and I really enjoyed watching them fall for one another.

I hope that Samanthe Beck decides to write more stories set in Bluelick because I'm loving this small town. Plus there was mention of a sexy Wolverine that I'm super intrigued by and definitely want more of. Light Her Fire was a super sexy story and I highly recommend you rush out and get a copy now. You won't be disappointed at all.

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Fall into Romance Event with Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Audiobook Review: Torn by Kim Karr, Narrated by Veronica Meunch and Christian Fox

The Connections series by Kim Karr is one of my favorite contemporary series that I have ever read. I really love all the characters and I find them all really interesting. Each character is unique and deep, and I love that Kim Karr has made them so real by giving them to us flaws and all. After reading and loving Torn, I really wanted more of my favorite characters so I couldn't wait to be able to hear their story.Torn has the same narrators from the Connected Audiobook, and I thought that Veronica Meunch and Christian Fox did a great job again with Torn.

Torn picks up after the shocking events in Connected, and the reader quickly finds out more about where the cliffhanger left off. Now that we know Ben is not really dead and has returned home, River and Dahlia are both left to wonder what the future holds for all of them. Dahlia thought that Ben was the one for her, but after his death she reconnected with River and they discovered a connection unlike anything they had ever felt before. Even though Dahlia needs to know about what really happened with Ben, she is committed to River and determined to show him that Ben being back changes nothing between them. But even though River knows how Dahlia feels about him, he is also scared that now that Ben is back things will change. With Ben determined to get back everything he had before, including Dahlia, will River and Dahlia be able to get through everything and have a future together? Or will the obstacles in their way tear them apart?

River and Dahlia are some of my all time favorite book characters. I really love both of them, and I love how perfect they are for each other. They are so different from any other characters I have ever read before, and I really loved seeing the narrators continue to bring their story to life. This book is so much more emotional than the first, and both River and Dahlia are struggling with what their new circumstances mean for their relationship. I felt like Veronica Meunch and Christian Fox did such a great job of really showing the emotion and turmoil that these characters are feeling. Their narration made everything so realistic, and listening to the audiobook almost felt like you were really a part of what these characters were going through.

I really thought that Veronica Meunch and Christian Fox were great narrators for this story. They were clear and easy to understand. They were also able to do multiple characters well so that they listener always knew who was talking. I thought that Christian did a great River, but he also does a really great job at Ben as well. Veronica Meunch continued to show that she is great at Dahlia as well, and I really thought that she was one of the better female narrators that I have listened to so far. I am really enjoying these two in this series, and I really hope that they will continue to narrate the audiobooks for the Connections series. They do such a great job of bringing Kim Karr's fabulous books to life, and I really think that they are the perfect pair of narrators for these books.

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Review: Reasonable Doubt Full Series by Whitney Garcia Williams

Fan-freaking-tastic! I freaking LOVED this book. Real life fell to the wayside as I could not put this book down! From the very first page I found myself immersed in the world and the characters that the author created. I have been hearing things for awhile now about Reasonable Doubt and how good that it was and how hot and oh my goodness everything I heard was all of that and so much more. This book is hot but not only that it's oh so good. I thoroughly enjoyed Andrew and his sexy cockiness.

Let me tell you that this book is HOT and some of the things that come out of Andrew's mouth had me blushing and fanning my face because oh my sexy! He's raunchy and cocky and kind of an ass but despite that I still really liked him. I knew there just had to be more to him than this nonchalant front he puts off. I found myself turning the pages to see what made him tick and to see more of him.

As for Aubrey I really liked her and I liked the fact that she stands up for herself. Yes she still seems to always give in to Andrew but she's not compliant and a pushover. She gives as good as she takes.

I really liked these two together. They are hot, sexy and the chemistry between them is explosive. I loved watching these two come together and realize their true feelings for one another.

I seriously loved this book and hope to read more from this author in the future.

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Fall into Romance Event with Roxanne Snopek

Roxanne Snopek is a former veterinary nurse, aerobics instructor, dog trainer, H&R Block tax preparer, florist assistant, ice-cream shop server and cosmetics salesperson. With such wildly uncommitted career interests, writing novels was a natural choice for this book-lover, and she’s grateful every day that she gets to do it! Her work has travelled much farther than she has, with articles and books translated into more than ten languages, and audio rights currently under negotiation.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Tied by Emma Chase

*sigh* What a perfect ending to an all around fantastic series. From the first page to the last I was hooked and I couldn't seem to put this book down. I loved it. I can't tell you how much I've come to like these characters, especially Drew. He makes me laugh and that is no easy feat when it comes to books. But with this series I just can't help but have a smile on my face and with Tied there was no exception. I laughed quite a bit and I'll even admit that I teared up a few times. I'm sad that the series is over but I am completely satisfied with how things ended.

I will say throughout most of the book my anxiety level was high. I was worried something crazy would happen and with the way I've come to care about these characters I wasn't sure if I could handle anything crazy. I can safely say that you do not need to worry. Yes, crazyness does ensue but nothing that you won't be able to recover from. Honestly, I laughed my way through this one.

Fans of the series won't want to miss this one. It's the perfect ending not only for Drew and Kate but everyone else we've all come to love. I think Emma Chase did a fantastic job of wrapping everything up. Not only that, but we get to see Drew and Kate finally get married and it was everything I could have wanted and more. Seriously, don't let this book pass you by. Not only is this a must read book but a must read series. One of my favorites and I definitely plan on revisiting these books over and over again. I just can't say how much I loved this series.

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Review: The Jordan Collection by Jess Michaels

The Jordans Collection is comprised of Jess Michaels, writing as Jenna Petersen, three books; The Secrets of a Lady, The Temptation of a Gentleman, and The Desires of a Countess. As a series box set this is a really good collection of exciting Regency Romance. It follows the three siblings Aubrey, Noah, and Ginny Jordan. All three are easy reads and thoroughly enjoyable. I have to say I liked The Secrets of a Lady.

The Secrets of a Lady is Aubrey’s story. After embarrassing herself at the wedding of her brother’s best friend, Griffin Berenger, and the love of her life who views her as nothing but Noah’s little sister. Aubrey imbibes a little too much champagne and ends up spilling her guts to Griffin and kisses him only to be caught by his new wife. Aubrey’s reputation was ruined, courtesy of the new Mrs. Berenger, and her mother insists she marry and tries to arrange one with a boring squire. Aubrey talks her brother into letting her join him in his spy games for The Home Office. Five years or so later Aubrey is back in Griffin’s life and this time she and Noah are asking for a favor. They need to trap a vile man as he plans to kill the King but they need proof first, Aubrey is helping the best way she knows how and letting the vile man play court to her. Griffin doesn’t like it one bit, after that fateful kiss all he could think about was Aubrey. His wife was horrid and didn’t bother to hide her affairs. Aubrey still loves Griffin but tries to keep her distance because he is still in mourning. Through a series of entertaining events Aubrey and Griffin risk everything to be together.

The Temptation of a Gentleman, Noah’s story, is just like the first one. Noah is getting ready to retire from the spy business but he has one last favor to fulfill. He was asked if he could look in to the death of a friend’s goddaughter who lives not too far from his estate. Once there he discovers the widowed husband is already looking for a new young bride. Marion Hawthorne is basically being sold to the widower to pay off her father’s debts. Already suspicious of the man Marion is all for helping Noah to find out all the secrets. Noah has never met a girl like Marion and although he feels guilty for using her he needs her to help him discover the truth. But when plans go bad and Marion runs to Noah’s for help and ruins her reputation doing in the process Marion and Noah must marry, unless her father succeeds in kidnapping her first.

The Desires of a Countess, is Ginny’s first appearance. Just being mentioned in the past books as being the youngest daughter who did her family duty and married well, she distanced herself from the family as part of it. The other part of it was that the man she married turned out to be an utter bastard, verbally and physically abused Ginny and their son. Now months after his death her husband’s cousin is coming to check accounts and see what needs to be done as he is now in control of the money until Ginny’s son becomes of age. Simon Webber has no idea why he was picked to do this but he does it out of family obligation. The gorgeous jaded widow wasn’t what he expected and immediately wanted to protect her and her son and do right by her. When Ginny’s secret is threatened to be revealed Simon steps up and shows Ginny not every man is bad.

Ginny put me off at first being so jaded and closed-minded being purposely obtuse about Simon just for the sake to keep him at a distance, but Simon doesn’t give up easily and you end up seeing the likeable side of her toward the end of the book. Noah and Aubrey were more likable characters, Noah the lovable rake wanting to reform and Marion is just the sweet girl to do it. Aubrey knows her heart and sticks by her feelings even if she ends up broken hearted and Griffin after suffering with a heinous bitch deserves Aubrey’s unconditional love. This book set is a definite must own.

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Fall into Romance Event with Susan Meier

A one-time legal secretary and director of a charitable foundation, Susan Meier found her own personal ‘bliss’ when she became a full-time novelist. She’s visited ski lodges and candy factories for “research” and works in her pajamas.

But the real joy of her job is creating stories about women for women. In her sixty published novels, she’s tackled issues like infertility, losing a child and becoming widowed. Her favorite stories are those that inspire laughter through tears.

Susan lives in western Pennsylvania with her own hero, their son and two fabulous felines, Sophia Maria Lolita Conchita Chiquita Banana and Fluffy.

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