Tuesday, February 28, 2017

4 1/2 Star Review: Roommate Romance by Maggie Riley

Falling in love is not on Allison Lawson's to do list. As a professional stage manager, she's got a plan for everything - and she doesn't like surprises. So when she shows up at the apartment she's subletting, the last thing she's expecting is a roommate. Especially a tall, hunky one. 

Shane Garrett is back in Brooklyn. After his parents died five years ago, he moved upstate to take care of his younger sister. But now she's off at college, and he's ready to return to the bachelor life he used to have: living on his own, a fridge full of beer, and a new girl every night. But that didn't include a surprise appearance of a sexy brunette in his shower. He hadn't even taken her out to dinner yet.

Now Allie and Shane are sharing a one bedroom apartment - and bedroom eyes. Neither can deny the sparks that are flying between the two of them, but a relationship is not on Allie's agenda. Can Shane convince Allie that you can't plan for love?







My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review. 

I live in NYC and I love theater. Especially musical theater. When my friends want to know what show to see, they ask me. So when I started reading this book and the author dropped some quality theater references in the first chapter, I knew I would like it. 

Allie has been assistant stage managing touring productions for a while now, but now it's time for her to go back to NYC and try to make it on Broadway. Her friend Liz has offered up her apartment to sublet, but when Allie shows up, it turns out that someone is already using it. Shane, the landlord, uses one of the first floor apartments as his workshop and has been crashing Liz's apartment. A bit taken back at first, Allie and Shane decide that cohabiting is something they can handle until Allie finds her own apartment to rent. 

The two of them become friends and Allie even helps out Shane's sister Megan with her stage fright. But as they get to know each other, it becomes very clear that they have feelings that go way beyond friendship. 
“Shane,” she said, her voice low and sultry.
Nope. Not my imagination.
As if drawn by a magnet, I put down my tools and walked towards her. As I did so, she shrugged her jacket off her shoulders and it slid to the floor, her gorgeous curves within arm’s reach. And reach for them I did.
Without another word, I took her in my arms and kissed her. And she kissed me back. Hard. With one hand, I reached out and slammed the door of the workshop closed, and then pressed her up against it. Her mouth was like heaven against mine and I lost myself in the pure pleasure of kissing her. I dragged my tongue along her bottom lip and with a sigh, she deepened the kiss, her tongue now tangling with mine.
Her lips were still chilled from the outside air, making her mouth even hotter, more inviting. She tasted like fall and champagne. Even though the workshop had heat, Allie shivered in my arms, and I pulled her tighter. I was going to warm her up from the inside.
“Hold on.” I pulled back slightly.
Her eyes were dark with lust, but narrowed in confusion. I took her bag from her and reached in, finding her phone, turning it to vibrate.
“The last thing I want is to get interrupted again,” I told her, and I tugged her back into my arms, kissing her deeply.
She didn’t miss a beat. Smiling against my mouth, her eager fingers began unbuttoning my shirt, sliding inside to touch the bare skin beneath. I leaned into her touch, needing to feel her naked body against mine. Before I could even start freeing her of her clothes, my shirt was off, and she was already focused on my jeans. But her hands stilled at my waist.
“A tool belt,” she breathed, before looking up at me with a wicked glint in her eyes. “I always liked men in tool belts.”
Fuck. I didn’t think I could have gotten harder, but apparently I was wrong. I had never understood why women found tool belts so sexy, but at that moment I didn’t give a rat’s ass about the psychology behind it. I just wanted Allie to keep looking at me that way. Like she wanted me to lap her up. Something I was more than eager to do.
“I could keep it on if you want,” I teased, but she shook her head.
“There’s only one tool I’m interested in tonight,” she said, running her palm over that particular tool.
I loved the dynamic between these two. Their chemistry was off the charts and once they crossed that line between roommates and lovers, there was no turning back. Shane was the sweetest and I just loved them!

And there are some great secondary characters that grabbed my attention. The first being Allie's brother Josh. He is in a bit of a transition period in his life and it looks like New York City will be the setting of the next chapter in his life. And then there is Allie's coworkers, Joanna & Reagan. They each have their own stories to tell and I can't wait to read them!

Discovering new authors is one of the reasons why I love doing this. The romance part of the book was great and then throw in the theater aspect and I loved it. I look forward to reading whatever Maggie gives us next.   


RELEASE BLITZ: Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken

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Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken is NOW LIVE!
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Blurb
Lucas Thorn wasn’t born a cheater. All it took was a single moment—say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his wedding—and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundays—God’s day and all), and his rules are simple: No commitments. No exceptions.

But a certain smart-mouthed, strawberry blonde vixen is about to blow that all to hell.

Avery Black has never forgiven Lucas for cheating on her sister. And suddenly being forced to work with him is pretty much a nightmare on steroids. Of course, it does afford her the opportunity to make his life as difficult as possible. But no good revenge scheme comes without payback. Because he didn’t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.

Now Avery’s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, it’s definitely not because he’s falling in love…

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EXCERPT

One night.

It was all I needed anyway, right? It’s not as if he was going to really commit to me, marry me, offer to impregnate me and father all our children.

“Are you sure about this, Avery?” He cupped my face with his rough hands. “You still have a choice. You can turn that cute ass around and march out that door—hell, you can even slam it on the way out. I’ll even let you keep the steak.”

“Are you offering me an out?”

He nodded.

“Do you offer that to every girl?”

Another nod.

“Do they ever take it?”

“Sometimes.”

“What do you want me to do?”

He paused. “You know, nobody has ever asked me that before.”

Probably because nobody cared about what else he had to offer besides what was dangling between his legs.

“I’m asking. Right now.” I wrapped my arms around his neck. “What does Thorn want?”

“You didn’t full-name me.”

“It seems to make you even more arrogant, God forbid.”

His grin made me weak, so weak that I had to hold on to him for strength. Funny how things come full circle. How he’d always been my rock.

Dependable.

Loving.

And now?

He held all the power. Lucas Thorn . . . could destroy me.

“Stay.” He brushed a soft kiss across my lower lip. “I want you to stay.”

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About the Author:
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

RELEASE BLITZ: If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow

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If You Were Mine, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone from USA Today Bestselling author Melanie Harlow is available now!


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If You Were Mine
by Melanie Harlow
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.

Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.

He wasn’t supposed to kiss me.

My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.

We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life.

One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.

We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.

But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.

I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could.

All he has to do is stay.


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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her heels high, and her history with the naughty bits left in. When she's not writing or reading, she gets her kicks from TV series like VEEP, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Homeland. She occasionally runs three miles, but only so she can have more gin and steak. Melanie is the author of the HAPPY CRAZY LOVE series, the FRENCHED series, and the sexy historical SPEAK EASY duet, set in the 1920s. She lifts her glass to romance readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI, where she lives with her husband, two daughters, and pet rabbit. 

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TEASER BLAST: Co-Wrecker by Meghan Quinn

Check out this delicious teaser for CO-WRECKER by Meghan Quinn, which will release on March 23rd!




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What do ice cream and Sadie Montgomery have in common? They're both ice cold, but one taste is never enough. 

I wanted to be friends — I would have even settled for her seeing me as anything but a nerd — but there was no getting through. So just like any hard-headed, red-blooded man out there, I made up my mind. 

I’d make my coworker fall for me. 

I’d like to say it was simple, but like every other epic love story, all it took was one drunken night and a lot of naked courage to get the girl. For a moment, at least.

Love with a coworker is never simple, especially since Sadie’s trying to keep us on the low. Not to mention her persistent ex-boyfriend who won’t leave her alone. But I’ve never been good at giving up, and I don’t plan to start now.

The whole thing is a recipe for a rocky road, but I plan to eat the whole gallon, no matter how bad the brain freeze.



Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if "It's Raining Men" starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing... enter her first novel, Caught Looking.

Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

BLOG TOUR: Going Down Hard (Billionaire Bad Boys #3) by Carly Phillips



Going Down Hard, a sexy new standalone from Carly Phillips is available now!!!



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Genre: Contemporary Romance



Billionaire Bad Boys: Rich, Powerful and sexy as hell.

Derek West rose from poverty to take the tech world by storm. He's sexy, confident and gets any woman he wants. And who he wants is Cassie Storm, the rich girl he's never been good enough for.

She's desperate to save her family's company and there's only one man who can help. But Derek isn't interested in helping. He wants to possess both the company and the woman he's never been able to forget.

His plan? To seduce her out of his head. Except once he's had a taste of Cassie, he doesn't want to let her go. Her family remembers where he came from, and they won't allow it. When the truth about their pasts comes to light, though, it may be Cassie who's going down hard.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

5 Star Review: Sexy Six by Ahren Sanders

They call me Sexy Six 

Cocky? Absof*ckinglutely
Sexy? That’s what they say
Unstoppable? You bet your ass

NFL Golden boy, Super Bowl MVP, and the league’s hottest player—on and off the field. To most, I’m a celebrity, with the records to prove it.

Fame, fortune, family… I’ve got it all.

Except Grace Monroe. 

Two years ago, Grace turned my world upside down with just one look. I didn’t stand a chance against the shy, southern beauty with the radiant violet eyes. Our intense connection was unlike any force I’ve ever faced. Then she disappeared, without a word, leaving me with nothing but questions, a handful of memories, and a lifetime of what-ifs.

Now she’s back, and so much more than the girl I once knew. Stunning, successful, and sexy as sin, she’s my fantasy come true.

One taste, one touch, one moan, and I’m addicted.

Grace is the game changer I never saw coming. Everything I’ve ever wanted is finally within reach.

Suddenly, I’m playing the most important game of my life… a game where losing isn’t an option.

Because this time… winning means forever.

What happens when you come face to face with the 'one who got away'? 



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My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book with the promise of an honest review.

Gah!! I freaking love Grace & Nick. I mean, I thought Bizzy and Shaw were great, but these two are absolutely AMAZING. They went on one date. ONE. And they both fell for each other. But then a death in the family resulted in Grace leaving school and moving back home and the two never saw each other again. 


Now it's two years, six months and seventeen days later. Nick is a Super Bowl winning quarterback and Grace is a successful gallery owner. And they are once again, unbeknownst to Nick, living in the same city. To say that Nick is shocked when he sees Grace is an understatement. She gets away before he can approach her, but he doesn't let that stop him. From the moment they reconnect, Nick makes it very clear that he will not let Grace slip through his fingers again. Whether it's meeting her family or calming her nerves, Nick is determined to prove to her that they belong together. 
The instant my eyes land on the two pictures side-by-side, possession and jealousy burn in my blood. Grace is a goddess. There’s no other way to describe her. She’s pressed close to my front, one hand threaded through her hair, as I kissed her. Her legs, her hair, the dress…she’s a walking Sex Siren.
“We look like we’re making out in public!” she screeches.
“That’s the least of my worries. You have attracted half of the male population in Miami with these shots. Hell, probably more than that considering these are everywhere.”
She pounds on the screen, pointing at our kiss. “Do you see this?”
Apparently, she’s not worried about my statement. “Yeah, I see it. Did you hear me? I’m going to have to fight off—”
“NICK, get serious! I’ve never been associated with A-listers before. I didn’t know anyone caught us kissing.” Her voice goes to a high pitch, and I fight back the laughter. She leers at me and narrows her eyes. “This is not funny!”
I take the iPad from her and toss it to the end of the bed, then I tug her close, trapping her under me. “It wasn’t funny at first glimpse when I realized you are now going to be dubbed a sex symbol with those fucking legs in that dress, but watching you freak out about a kiss makes it comical. I’m glad they have a shot of you in my arms. Maybe it will keep some of the vultures away.”
Nick!” Her screech becomes muffled when I bury my head in her neck, kissing a trail to her collarbone.
“Hmm?” I mumble.
“Are you taking me seriously?”
“Not especially. I have other things on my mind.”
“Should we talk about this?” 
“Nope, we should stop talking and go back to how I should have started the morning. Kiss me.” I balance on an elbow and cup her chin. “Forget about everything but this.” I skim my lips over hers. “Forget the phones calls, the press, the pictures…I want you to remember nothing but waking up in my arms.”
Our eyes meet, and I watch whatever she was thinking start to melt away. “How do you do that?”
“What?”
“I don’t know how to explain it, but somehow, you calm me. My mind was racing, thinking about those pictures and being the object of hordes of gossip, but when you looked at me like that, it disappeared.”
There’s so much I want to say, but my head screams that it’s too much too soon. So instead, I grin and kiss the tip of her nose. “It’s part of my charm?”
“Don’t get cocky.”
“I’m not cocky. I’m needy, and right now, I need a kiss from my hot as shit girlfriend who is far too sexy for her own good. We have about three minutes before both our phones start blowing up with this, and I’d like to spend that three minutes kissing you.”
Her face relaxes, and a small smile forms. “Well, when you put it that way—”
I don’t let her finish before I lower my mouth and slide my tongue between her lips. She doesn’t put up a fight, welcoming me and following my lead.
Less than two minutes later, our phones start ringing, but neither of us moves to answer them.
*sigh*

I just love them so much. Grace and Nick's path to happily every after is such a fun one. She becomes a part of his family almost immediately and Nick hits it off with hers. (sidenote: Grace's brother Logan was basically a Bennett brother and I loved him. Even when I wanted to smack him upside the head.) And when Nick has to make the grand gesture to prove to Grace that he is all in...OH. MY. GOD. When Nick does something, he goes ALL OUT. I was swooning all over the place. 

I just adore every single member of the Bennett family. Ahren write the best banter between Mathis, Nick and Shaw and I found myself laughing out loud more than once. These brothers really know how to get on each other's nerves and they had a great time watching Nick lose him mind over Grace. The same thing happened with Shaw and now it's Nick's turn (and even a little Mathis in there). Intrigued? And Bizzy...he is as spunky and wonderful as ever. And she becomes a great friend to Grace. Love. Her. 


Ahren has given us another amazing book. It made me both laugh and cry and the epilogue made me so freaking happy!! It is Nick and Grace's story, but she manages to give us more of everyone we know and love as well as spiking our curiosity about others. *cough* Mathis & Claire *cough* 






About the Author

Ahren spent her formative years living in an active volcano. There her family made collectible lava art. She studied rock collecting at the Sorbonne in France. There she met the love of her life-her pet pig Sybil. She returned to the states and started writing. She is happily married to a guy who used to live under a bridge and she met while pole-dancing. They have one amazing daughter.

Now, meet the real me. I grew up in the south and consider myself a true “Southerner”. Most of the special locations mentioned in my books are reflections of my favorite places. Living on the Florida coast, my family spends a lot time at the beach which is where I usually can be found with a book in my hand. I started writing my Surrender Series, in the spring of 2013 and have received incredible support from the Indie community. Throughout this year, I have been privileged to meet some amazing people that I am thankful to have in my life. 


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Friday, February 24, 2017

RELEASE TOUR & GIVEAWAY: Pucked Off (Pucked #5) by Helena Hunting



Pucked Off, an all-new emotional and sexy STANDALONE from Helena Hunting is LIVE!!


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Genre: Contemporary Romance



***A Standalone novel in The Pucked Series***

I’m NHL defenseman Lance Romero, AKA Lance “Romance."

I’m notorious for parties and excess. I have the most penalty minutes in the league. I get into the most fights. I take the most hits. I’m a player on and off the ice. I’m the one women with no inhibitions want.

Not because I like the notoriety, but because I don’t know how to be any other way.

I have secrets. Ones I shared with the wrong person, and she used them against me. Sometimes she still does. I should cut ties. But she makes it difficult, because she’s the kind of bad I deserve.

At least that’s what I believed until someone from my past gets caught up in my present. She’s all the good things in this world. She lights up my dark.

I shouldn’t want her.

But I do.

I should leave her alone.

But I won’t.




EXCERPT

Armed with my clipboard, I walk down the hall to the waiting room. Lance is impossible to miss. Despite the fact that he’s wearing a sweatshirt and the hood is covering half of his face, he’s more than six feet of broad, hockey-playing man.

He’s so wide his shoulders encroach on the chairs on either side, which would explain why no one is sitting next to him. He’s slouched down so his head rests on the back of the chair, and his hands are clasped in his lap, a baseball cap hanging off one knee. His lips, plush and soft—I know since I’ve had them on mine; it might have been a decade ago, but I remember it clearly—are parted. He looks like he’s asleep.

I clear my throat. “Lance Romero?”

He doesn’t move.

Bernadette, the receptionist, gives me a meaningful look.

I clear my throat again and call his name a second time. He jolts awake and the hood falls back, exposing his face. It’s not in good shape. He has a black eye and bruises on his left cheek. There’s a fly bandage across one eyebrow.

Sadly, he’s still hot.

He blinks a few times, yawns, and smacks his lips, his tongue touching the split in the bottom one. His gaze sweeps the room and finally lands on me. Heat explodes in my cheeks and courses through my limbs, warming me from the inside out as he starts at my sneaker-clad feet and roams up over my yoga pants to my company-issued T-shirt before stopping at my face. I can’t look directly at him for more than a couple of seconds. I sincerely hope he doesn’t remember me. I cannot go there and also be professional.

I’m sure the smile he gives me has melted many a panty off a slutty bunny. Mine stay right where they’re supposed to, wedged up my ass.

I force a polite, professional veneer. “I’m ready for you now.”




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NYT and USA Today bestselling author of PUCKED, Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She's writes contemporary romance ranging from new adult angst to romantic sports comedy.

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COVER REVEAL: Endurance by Amy Daws

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Endurance by Amy Daws releases on March 16th!

He rejected her. She loathes him. Now they have to fool everyone and pretend they actually like each other.

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Full Blurb

He rejected her. She loathes him. Now they have to fool everyone and pretend they actually like each other.

Tanner Harris has been busy shagging his way through the ladies of east London, but getting caught by the paparazzi buck-naked with his trouser snake in his hands means he’s sowed his last wild oat.
Dr. Belle Ryan once thought Tanner Harris was the perfect kind of bearded bad boy she needed to relieve a bit of stress after her intense job as a surgical fellow, but an icy cold rejection from London’s sluttiest footballer puts the two at each other’s throats.
Fate and a favour conspire to put Tanner and Belle back in each other’s paths and they’re forced to do a lot more than get along to save face and their careers.
Rage turns to passion and tempers run sizzling hot when they realise they aren’t just falling for each other—they’re jumping head first. And neither have the endurance to keep their hands to themselves.

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Amy Daws is a lover of all things British and her London-based love stories bring the incredible city to life on every page. Read all about hot British men, hilarious heroines, and unforgettable and original ensemble casts that pull out all the feels.