Saturday, January 28, 2017

ARC Review: Mr. Dangerously Sexy By Stefanie London

Addison and Logan run Addison's Father's security business after he passes away. Things have been going well for the two in terms of business but when this story begins Addison is feeling like she needs to move on a start her own business. Right from the beginning I got the impression that part of the reason Addison is wanting to spread her wings is because she has lost hope in a romantic relationship with Logan. The two actually spent a hot night together when Addison's father died but Logan has issues. You know the "issues." The super hot alpha male who can't commit- Logan.  

I'm not exactly sure how or why the suspense portion of this book arises. I kind of thought it was thrown in there just to create a backdrop for the romance to make sense. I'm not knocking it at all. The suspense was interesting and twisty. It just seemed like it came out of the blue. So anyway, Addison is threatened and Logan comes to the rescue. He is acting out of loyalty to Addison's father who he promised he would protect Addison. Logan feels like he's already felled at that because he banged and bounced....ugh, I just made that up and it was terrible. Whatever, he feels bad because he slept with her and did not pursue a relationship. I'm sort of confused about why Logan was afraid he would fail at protecting Addison while at the same time not admitting his attraction towards her. It seemed like things would be easier if Logan just admitted his feelings but you know we have to keep things interesting.

Logan is able to ward off Addison's stalker while we struggle to guess what is going on. Meanwhile the romance between Addison and Logan grows and develops until neither one of them can resist their feelings. I don't know, it was just ok for me. The romance was nice I guess and Addison and Logan seemed like they belonged together. There were just things about this book that kind of confused me and I think I got hung up on them. For example, why was Addison starting another company to compete with her Dad's former company and poaching clients from the Dad's company? That made no sense to me and it also made me kind of not like Addison. Even more than that though, I just wanted Addison to assert herself more. Like don't get mad and run away from the company. Just stand up for yourself. I was also irritated that Logan took so long to figure out his feelings and that part of what he did was dating someone else to prove to Addison that he did not want a relationship with her (boooooo). Last the steamy scenes were just ok. Nothing to really get your engine going or that was memorable. Not bad, just average.

All in all, this is pretty decent read that provides some entertainment, romance and suspense.

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ARC Review: Royal Scandal by Marquita Valentine

Royal Scandal is the first book in the new Royals in Exile series from Marquita Valentine. This wasn't my favorite book that I have read from her, but it wasn't my least favorite either. I did enjoy this one and I like the premise behind this series. There were a few things that kept me from really loving this book though, and it ended up just being okay instead of great like I think it could have been. This wasn't exactly what I had gone in expecting, but I do think a lot of readers will enjoy this book. 

After the assassination of his parents, Crown Prince Colin Sinclair is forced to take his siblings and flee to the United States. There they spend years hiding and living their lives as they try to move forward. Colin meets Della Hughs, and she helps him with his siblings. They become best friends and neither can imagine their lives without each other. But when the truth comes out and Parliament tries to force Colin's hand, he proposes that Della should become his fake wife so that he doesn't have to marry someone they choose. But soon fake starts to become real and both begin to think about the forever that they have each wanted but never dared to mention. 

I liked Della and Colin for each other. I thought that they were perfect for one another and great together. I did have a bit of an issue with Colin, but I can somewhat see it from his side as well. For as much as he said that he loved and trusted Della, he didn't tell her who he was and that bothered me. I felt like if he truly loved and trusted her that he would have said something. I did love that he hadn't been with other women though, and he knew that Della was the one for him. It was refreshing to see a guy so committed to the girl he wanted that he wouldn't be out taking advantage of how single he was despite his feelings. I will say though that while these two had smoking hot chemistry, things progressed way too fast for my taste. It was as if a switch had been flipped and suddenly they went from friends to sex with no in between. I wanted to see more of a natural progression and felt like we really missed that here. 

So while I did like the characters and the premise, it was hard to get past some of this. I also felt like while the premise was good, it was unrealistic to believe that the entire family could remain hidden as they did for as long as they did. It just wasn't believable, though if that had been my only criticism I would have been able to easily forget it. I do think that this series is one that could be really good, but I had higher hopes for this first book and unfortunately it just didn't quite live up to them. If it sounds like something you would enjoy though, I recommend giving it a shot. There were things that I liked here, and it was enjoyable.

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Feature and Giveaway: Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

There’s no such thing as a little in love . . .

Elle Wheaton’s priorities: friends, career, and kick-ass shoes. Then there’s the muscular wall of stubbornness that’s security expert Archer Hunt—who comes before everything else. No point in telling Mr. “Feels-Free Zone” that, though. Elle will just see other men until she gets over Archer . . . which should only take a lifetime . . .

There’s no such thing as a little in lust . . .

Archer’s wanted the best for Elle ever since he sacrificed his law-enforcement career to save her. Their chemistry could start the next San Francisco earthquake and he craves her 24/7, but Archer doesn’t want to be responsible for the damage. The alternative? Watch her go out with guys who aren’t him . . .

There is such a thing as . . .

As far as Archer’s concerned, nobody is good enough for Elle. But when he sets out to prove it by sabotaging her dates, she gets mad—and things get hot as hell. Now Archer has a new mission: prove to Elle that her perfect man has been here all along . . .

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Friday, January 27, 2017

ARC Review: The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan

I've got to admit that I am a huge fan of Kendall Ryan's, but I don't typically enjoy books where the hero is younger than the heroine. Usually I struggle with them for whatever reason, but there are a few exceptions to that. Luckily, that wasn't the case here and I ended up enjoying this one a lot. It was fun and sexy, and one that I didn't want to put down.

The last time that Paige saw her best friend's younger brother Cannon was when he was young and a dork. But he has grown up, and finds himself in need of a place to stay. With a spare room, Paige quickly becomes the solution to Cannon's problem. Cannon is fresh off a messy breakup, and with his skills in bed women seem to fall at his feet. But Paige knows there is no way that she can or should fall for him. Except when she sets out to prove him wrong and have a little fun all at one time, she quickly realizes that she never should have bet against Cannon.

I really liked these characters. Paige and Cannon were sexy and flirty, and I loved the heat between them. The chemistry was strong, but it was based on so much more than just attraction. These two had a great connection and I really liked that there was some history there too. This book was a ton of fun to read, and so much of that was because I felt invested in these characters and like I could relate to them. They fit together really well, and I liked that while Cannon might have been younger in age he was definitely more demanding that you might have expected. He was not the nerdy little brother anymore, and I couldn't get enough of him. 

The one thing that bothered me here though and what kept me from rating this one higher was Paige's best friend/Cannon's sister Allie. I felt like she was ridiculous when it came to Cannon, beyond over protective and not a very good friend. The way she reacted to these two being together just kind of blew my mind, and honestly made it really tough to like her. I couldn't believe that she really cared about these two when she acted the way she did and it kind of soured things for me on the whole. I still really liked Cannon and Paige, but Allie sort of tainted their story and I wish that she wouldn't have been the way she was. Besides Allie though, this book is good and one that I would recommend. I look forward to reading more from Kendall Ryan in the future, and I think fans of hers will really enjoy The Room Mate.

**ARC Provided by Inkslinger PR**

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Guest Post with Author Kat Martin and Giveaway

Meet Kat Martin author of Into the Firestorm.

New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.

Kat has written more than sixty-five novels. Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.

Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.

Her last 12 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. INTO THE FURY and INTO THE WHIRLWIND her most recent releases, both took top ten spots.  

Thursday, January 26, 2017

ARC Review: Screwmates by Kayti McGee

Screwmates is my first book by Kayti McGee, but this one sounded really good so I took a chance on it. While I did enjoy it at times, this one was just okay for me. There were a few things that didn't work so well for me and that kept me from really liking this one. 

Marc and Madison are roommates that rarely interact. With him always studying or in class and her always working nights, they don't really know each other. But then an unexpected night off and some alcohol changes everything. Neither of them fit into the plans that they have each made, but soon they come up with the idea that they should become screwmates. But what happens when their plans start to change as both of them realize that their arrangement is nothing like they thought it would be?

I have to admit while I liked the characters, they were a part of my problem with this one. I never really felt like I could connect with Marc. Despite there being more to him than you first see, I just wasn't able to really get behind his character even though I wanted to. Madison annoyed me at times, as she was a bit more quirky that I could relate to. While these two were opposites in a lot of ways, I did think that they worked well together. They definitely had chemistry and were forming something more, I just had some problems feeling fully invested in their relationship. 

I also felt like sometimes the humor here felt a bit forced and on the immature side. There were things that I found funny, but sometimes it just seemed a bit too over the top. I do think that this one had a lot of promise and that Kayti McGee has talent. While this one didn't fully work for me, a lot of reviews I have read loved it. It could simply be that this one just didn't click for me personally, and I recommend giving it a shot if it sounds like something you might like. I would read more from Kayti McGee in the future, and I think with her being a relatively new writer that she will continue to grow as a writer and she will get better with each book she writes. She definitely shows promise and I think that this one was more about the characters for me than anything.

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Feature: The Billionaire's Bet by Victoria Davies

Hailey Mitchel wants one thing. Her boss. The only problem is he’s never looked at her as more than a loyal employee. At least, not until his charming business rival, Caleb, drops into her life with an offer she can’t refuse. He’s willing to bet he can make her fall in love with him in a month, and if he’s wrong, he’ll help her find the keys to her boss’s heart.

Caleb Langston wants one thing. Revenge. Hailey is his ticket to finally evening the score with his old adversary. There’s just one problem. The more time he spends with her, the less he cares about his grand plans for payback. But love is always a gamble, and soon he’ll have to choose between his past and his future. And pray Hailey never discovers the secret he’s been hiding from her.

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Event Coming Soon: Sealed With a Kiss: A Celebration of Love Event

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 the 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:
Lenora Bell
Kelly Bowen
Anna Campbell
Christy Carlyle
Christy English
Anna Harrington
Lorraine Heath
Cheryl Holt
Callie Hutton
Julie Johnstone
Vanessa Kelly
Maggie Robinson
Diana Quincy
Stacy Reid
Joanna Shupe

The event will run February 1st-15th.

Make sure to mark your calendars and so you don't miss all of fun!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ARC Review: Friction by Emily Snow

I had really high hopes for this book based on both the description and the beginning of the story. I haven't read any other books by this author but I'm a big fan of enemy romance. I love the tension and build up of two people who hate each other finding out that they can't keep their hands off one another. I thought this book was going to be that and it kind of was...

When this book kicks off Lucy is the artist formerly known as the brightest and best up and coming marketing talent who is currently damn near rock bottom. Lucy went into business with her soon to be ex husband and came out with him threatening to sue her, a broken heart and a pending divorce. Lucy is looking for a new job back in her hometown when she comes across an open marketing position at Extreme. Lucy applies and finds out that things are not what she thought they would be. One, the company is owned by her former high school rival, bad boy Jace. Two, Jace is sexy as hell. And last, Extreme is not your run of the mill marketing job. Nope, Lucy thinks she is going to be marketing clocks. Spoiler alert: That is not the case.

Jace remembers Lucy as the know it all who declared that he would never amount to anything in life. Jace is also wildly attracted to Lucy which is why he decides not to hire her.  It is probably also why he changes his mind and hires her. Jace is a dynamic character with all kinds of sex appeal. 

Things between Jace and Lucy start heating up almost right away. Jace even tells Lucy that he wants her but that he can't cross the line. In between wanting her, Jace also seems to want to put Lucy in her place and prove to her that she was wrong all along about him being a loser. I don't know what happened for me in this book but there are two possibilities. One, something between Jace and Lucy was missing for me. I'm not sure what it is but I didn't quite buy the connection between the couple. The other thing is that there was just too much background and then description of the everyday tasks of running the company. There were things happening in the book but I didn't feel like the events were pushing the romance forward and so sometimes I was bored. Also, despite the sexy topic of the book, there is no actual sex until well after the 50% point. When it comes to my romance, sex is like my morning coffee. If I don't get it often and early, I'm cranky...or maybe, sex is like sex....ok, nevermind. The point is, I needed more the book. You know what I mean.

All in all, this is a pretty decent book that just never quite came alive the way I hoped.

**ARC provided by Social Butterfly PR**

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Interview with Author Tawny Weber and Giveaway

Meet author Tawny Weber author of Call to Honor.

The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 40 books, Tawny Weber writes sassy, emotional romances with a dash of humor, featuring hot alpha heroes. The recipient of numerous awards, she has also hit number one on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists. Readers can visit Tawny’s website for free reads, first chapters, insider story info and much more. Tawny lives in Northern California with her family.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review: Chasing the High by Beth Michele

After seeing so many raving reviews for Chasing the High by Beth Michele, I had to get it. It sounded like one that I would really love, and with so many people loving it I knew that I would enjoy it. While I did enjoy it, I didn't love it like everyone else seems to have. It had good moments, but I found it a bit cheesy at times and it just wasn't everything that I had been hoping for. 

After being dumped at the altar by his fiance, Sam Stone finds his neat and orderly life turned upside down. He heads to paradise for a few weeks to nurse his broken heart and focus on his writing. But then he met Drew Mariano and everything changed. Not only did Drew live on the adventurous side, but he made Sam want to take some chances as well. But the bigger the high, the bigger the fall and both Drew and Sam must decide if the possibility of a future together is worth taking the risk. 

This story was pretty low angst, and I liked both Drew and Sam. But for most of this story I felt like there was something missing for me. I just wasn't able to fully connect with the characters or feel invested in their story. Things were overly sweet, and everything felt surface deep. I just didn't really see much depth, even when the story started to progress for them. I just wanted more and was disappointed that it didn't really seem to get there for me. 

Overall, this story is light and sweet and if you are a fan of M/M romance and don't like a ton of angst this one is definitely the book for you. It wasn't that I disliked this story, but it was just okay for me when I had heard so many great things about it. I think that there was so much more potential for this book to have been more, but in the end it all just felt a bit superficial to me and I would have loved to have felt more of an emotional connection between the characters and to the characters along with the chemistry they shared.

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Guest Post with Author Katee Robert and Giveaway

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it 'a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension."  When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 

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Monday, January 23, 2017

ARC Review: Stay by A.L. Jackson

I am fairly late to the game when it comes to the Bleeding Stars series by A.L. Jackson. I recently became a fan of hers and since then I had only read Wait from this series. I really enjoyed it though, so I jumped at the chance to read Stay. I have to say though that after reading Stay, I am absolutely loving this series and I cannot wait to go back and read the previous books! A.L. Jackson has such a way with words, and I cannot recommend her books enough! 

Ash has always embraced the rockstar lifestyle, especially now that his bandmates have started settling down. But when that lifestyle finally caught up to him, he never expected to have someone like Willow come to his rescue. He knows he needs to show her his gratitude, but he finds himself drawn to her and soon things become so much more. But with Willow being as broken as he is deep down, will these two heal each other or destroy everything that they have started to build together?

I couldn't wait to get to know Ash better after Wait, and I loved him even more than I thought I would! I loved getting to see his layers as his facade was stripped away! There was so much more beneath the surface than he showed. Willow was so good for him. Each of these two had so much depth to them, and I felt so emotionally invested in their story. Willow had been through so much in her life, that I really loved seeing her with Ash. Their chemistry was so strong and they were sexy together, yet it was so much more than that. I knew that these two absolutely belonged together, and I knew that their journey wouldn't be easy but that in the end it would be worth it. 

A.L. Jackson definitely delivered here, and I couldn't put Stay down. I loved it and it was such an emotional read. If you are new to Jackson's books, they are beautifully written and will draw you in right away. Stay was everything I have come to love and expect from her stories, and I recommend it if you are looking for something sexy, emotional, and truly heartfelt. This book is one of my favorites from Jackson so far, and I can't wait to read more from her.

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