All Fired Up – Vivian Arend/Elle Kennedy – 4 stars

April 23, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 0

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Blurb:

He’s ready to lead the way

Parker Wilson never thought he’d go from battle-hardened soldier to romance expert, but after his stint in the Rangers, that’s exactly what happened. As the owner of DreamMakers Inc., he helps other men win in the love department, using every resource available to plan the perfect date. When a routine recon turns into an unexpected night of passion, Parker’s mission becomes more personal—and he won’t give up until Lynn Davidson is all his.

She’s more than willing to follow

Lynn is a goner from the moment she lays eyes on the delectable Parker. She’s just ditched her boring almost-boyfriend and is tired of sticking to the straight and narrow. It’s time to walk on the wild side, and what better way than in the arms of the most irresistible man she’s ever met? But when their red-hot affair is threatened, it’ll take a team effort to make their dreams come true.

Available:

April 22nd, 2014

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My thoughts:

Yum yum yum yummy yum yum yum….  Ok that sums up my thoughts of Parker but I know you want to know more.

Parker is a man who is used to playing the field and getting what he wants from women with no strings attached.  His buddies Dean and Jack feel the same way so it is no surprise that occasionally they have played with the same woman in a most enjoyable way for all parties involved.  He’s surprised by his new career as a master date planner but finds that the skills that served him well in the military prove to be invaluable in creating the perfect experience for those who are willing to pay.  When the company is asked by a man none of them feel particularly fond of to plan the perfect date for he figures poor woman but hey I’ll do the job.  Once he meets the target all bets are off as the woman makes him not only extremely horny but draws him in to want to know more about her.  His first evening with her was immmmmm just a bit steamy (I’m sooooooo understating this as he and Dean make it one for her to remember) but after this one amazingly hot encounter he puts the MINE signs up in order to go after her.  He’s got a secret though and even as much as he does to show her what she means to him the secret is a DOOZY!!!  I mean we know it as the reader but to her…. massive betrayal.

Lynn was fun to read.  Sure she’s usually a everything has its proper place, time and let’s just stay on the normal safe path but when she meets Parker…  All bets are off!!  Her friend will make you laugh with her antics but Lynn really does spread her wings in this story and emerges as someone who I think would be someone I’d love to know in real life.  While she does play the wimp card in some respects when it comes to her initial boyfriend I think the way she handles herself when push comes to shove showed the strong woman who until then always put herself second/third/….  I liked her byplay with Parker and the heat they generated while together was definitely fan-worthy.  She’s a great friend to her unconventional bestie who really will make you crack up especially with Dean.

Overall this was a nice start to the series and I look forward to seeing the other men find their matches.  I think we have a hint of a pairing but we shall see if that plays out.  The vignettes with the other men really helped move the story along and provided a nice breaking point at times in the overall storyline.  The men are both hot and willing to please so you know their stories are going to be AMAZING!!

Special thanks to Vivian Arend for granting me access to this with no expectation of a positive review.  *MUAH*  I loved this story and definitely look forward to more!!

 

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Girls Night Out Volume 2 – 4 Stars

April 21, 2014 Read in 2014, Sent 0

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I’m going to review each of the stories below their individual blurbs below.  Overall this was a nice, sexy read with some fun characters and authors I would be more than happy to seek out again.

Girls Night Out, Volume Two
One touch, one kiss, one night…can change everything. Join New York Times Bestseller C.J. Ellisson, Calinda B, Patricia A. Wolf and Lila Dubois for four stories of red-hot erotic romance and sexy paranormal magic. From encounters with a vampire, a birthday party gone wild, a super-hot male stripper who’s more than human, and a sexy new game at a BDSM club, this collection of stories has everything you need to spice up your spring.

Kissed by a Vampire
By Patricia A. Wolf
Lost in passions Sarah never dreamed possible, she wonders if a seductive encounter could lead to something more. But when Michael stands her up, she realizes it was all a fantasy.
Can a second chance meeting bring back the passions they once felt? Or will his vampire secret destroy everything?

I enjoyed this one a lot as the main pair really did have something unique during their brief encounter at the resort but due to issues beyond Michael’s control couldn’t meet again the next evening.  You’ve got a heroine who is amazingly terrified of flying to the point where I was laughing my head off at her antics and a hero that I want to know more about.  As they navigate their real introduction to one another back in the real world we get a couple who really match up well with a side of very spicy chemistry.  I’d love to see more from both of them as they both were intriguing characters.

The Beckoning of Beguiling Things
By Calinda B.
Can 24 hours really change your life? Marissa Engles is about to find out. When she heads to Las Vegas with her sisters and her best friend, she meets sexy, Thunder from Down Under dancer Chris King and hits the jackpot, in more ways than one.
A secret magical society, an evil sorcerer, and a powerful male watching her from the sidelines add to the intrigue. And King himself has a dark secret that may prove Marissa’s undoing. Everything hinges on whether Marissa’s willing to leap without looking and face the consequences.

I’m intrigued enough to want to look at more from this series.  While I found it a bit confusing at times to know who was the good guy and who was the bad I think the premise has me interested enough to try more.  Marissa’s interactions with Chris and the controlling nature of her aunt made me interested in seeing where this story will go.  I want to learn more about the society and exactly where Marissa fits in this world.  This is dominated in many respects by trying to explain a bit of the world but the heat level wasn’t bad at all.

Loving Ms. Wrong
By C.J. Ellisson
Katrina attends a birthday party for her friend Carla. Little does the health food storeowner know that the fateful girls night out will change her life forever.
Marcus, the polished metrosexual who hates to get his hands dirty, stumbles upon the ladies at a local bar. Sparks fly when the two meet, courtesy of a 12-sided sex dice and a night neither one will ever forget.

A classic opposites attract story with some smoking hot times.  I enjoyed seeing both of them break out of their normal comfort zones in order to find something that might just be a good bet in the long run.  While Katrina has a lot of issues and worries she is realistic about her part in them and what she wants to do in order to resolve them.  She’s a bit of a hippie but not in a bad way as she really does have a grounded aspect to her personality that isn’t obvious from the outside.  Marcus isn’t as buttoned up as he thinks and as he uncovers more about Katrina he realizes that maybe they have more in common than outward appearances suggest.  Fun story and I will continue to follow more from this author.

A is for…
By Lila Dubois
When the overseers of LA’s most exclusive BDSM club declare the start of a sexy new game that all members must play, Anna has no choice but to participate. Master Jensen knows who, and what, he wants—Anna—but before he can have her he’ll have to prove to the lovely submissive that he can master every letter of the alphabet.

Very spicy BDSM story with a wonderful twist.  I have to say I was in some respects jealous of Anna in regard to the attention that her Master pays to her.  I wouldn’t personally be comfortable with everything they did but I liked the main message to this story was expanding your horizons by being willing to push your boundaries.  I think everyone hits a point in their relationship where you wonder “Is this really what I am going to do for the rest of my life?” and then by this enforced game by the club they belong to the boundaries get tested in ways that surprise both of them. I liked how attentive they were to one another and think that the twist was very well done.  I had hoped that we’d get something great at the end and it made me very happy to read the conclusion.

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Hard Time – Cara McKenna – 4.5 Stars

April 21, 2014 Uncategorized 0 ★★★★½

I received this book for free from NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Hard Time – Cara McKenna – 4.5 StarsHard Time by Cara McKenna
Published by Penguin on 2014-04-15
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 191
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley.com
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In this all-new novel from the author of After Hours and Unbound, a woman with a rocky past finds romance in the last place she’d ever expect... Annie Goodhouse doesn’t need to be warned about bad boys; good sense and an abusive ex have given her plenty of reasons to play it safe. But when she steps into her new role as outreach librarian for Cousins Correctional Facility, no amount of good sense can keep her mind—or eyes—off inmate Eric Collier. Eric doesn’t claim to be innocent of the crime that landed him in prison. In fact, he’d do it again if that’s what it took to keep his family safe. Loyalty and force are what he knows. But meeting Annie makes him want to know more. When Eric begins courting Annie through letters, they embark on a reckless, secret romance—a forbidden fantasy that neither imagines could ever be real...until early parole for Eric changes everything, and forces them both to face a past they can’t forget, and a desire they can’t deny. Praise for Cara McKenna and her novels “Cara McKenna is my go-to author for gritty, hot love stories full of honest emotion.”—Victoria Dahl, USA Today bestselling author “McKenna writes dark, lush, erotic romance.”—Heroes and Heartbreakers “Sweet, smoking hot, standout erotic romance.”—Beth Kery, New York Times bestselling author Before becoming a purveyor of smart erotic romance, Cara McKenna worked as a lousy barista, a decent designer, and an over-enthusiastic penguin handler. She loves writing sexy, character-driven stories about strong-willed men and women who keep each other on their toes...and bring one another to their knees. Cara now writes full-time and lives north of Boston with her bearded husband. When she’s not trapped in her own head, she can usually be found in the kitchen, the coffee shop, or jogging around the nearest duck-filled pond.

This book was not 100% comfortable and it isn’t meant to be.  It was raw, thought provoking and sensual as hell.  I found myself torn about how to rate this but I found that while I wasn’t completely comfortable with everything in the story I found it to be honest and made me think about my own prejudices about felons even as I know I personally would gladly commit a felony should I ever meet up with someone from my past that still has an impact on my life more than 20 years later.  I’m going to make this review fairly short and try to keep things as general as possible because I think if one spills to much about the story it ruins some of what made me think hard not only as I read this story but after I read it.

Annie is in many ways a truly naive, innocent woman.  Sure she’s had a relationship or two but even with the abusive last boyfriend she’s still incredibly sheltered.  As she starts to work around inmates once a week the blinders begin to come off but she still falls in to a secretive relationship with an inmate that pushes her boundaries and makes her want something that she isn’t completely prepared for.  I liked her strength but also found her to be a bit too wet behind the ears for me.  I understood her motivation but at the same time there is a part of me that was screaming “WAKE UP GIRLIE!!!!  Grow up and live outside your head!”  Luckily for her she ends up with someone that has good intentions and really does feel something for her.  I think her strongest point in this story is her belief in him and need to see him safe.

Eric was an intriguing character that weaves a masterful spell with his words as raw as they are.  I found myself incredibly drawn to him as we find out more about him but finding out why he was in prison and the details surrounding his crime definitely cemented my understanding of this strong yet sensitive soul.  He’s raw, dirty and at the same time has such a strong sense of duty to people that he really sacrifices everything for.  I appreciated his ownership of what he did but I also wanted to scream at him for putting himself in jeopardy out of a sense of duty to someone who really didn’t comprehend the cost he would endure.  He’s very compelling and you will find yourself drawn to learn more about this complicated man from not only his writings but his choices after he gets out for parole.

Again this isn’t an easy read but I’m glad I took the chance on it.  I was pushed a bit with some of the themes in the story but ultimately it made me think and perhaps look at some things a bit differently.

Special thanks to NetGalley.com and Intermix for giving me the chance to read this one in exchange for my honest review.  I now have a new author to glom so….  ;-)

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Cover Reveal – Hard to Hold On To by Laure Kaye!!!

April 18, 2014 Avon, Cover Reveal 0

Laura Kaye is thrilled to share with you the cover to her next Hard Ink book, Hard to Hold On To which releases on August 19, 2014! Check it out:

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Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves–which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna’s the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

Pre-Order at Amazon | Amazon.ca | Amazon UK | B&N | iTunes

Hard to Hold On To on Goodreads

And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

Hard As It Gets

Hard As You Can

A Note from Laura:

Hey guys! I am so excited about Easy’s book that I can hardly wait for August to get here! Easy’s character was a total surprise to me. When I initially plotted out the series, there were four surviving members of the Army Special Forces team and therefore I planned for and sold four book in the series. But then, when I sat down to write Hard As It Gets, all of a sudden the story demanded there were actually five guys, and Edward “Easy” Cantrell was born. And I’m so glad! Because Easy’s character is a totally tortured hero, which I adore writing! So I’m super happy that we added his story and this novella into the series, and I can’t wait for you to learn about Easy in Hard to Hold On To!

Is it August yet???

xo, Laura

Praise for the Hard Ink Series:

For Hard As You Can:

“TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!” ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine

“Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!” ~San Francisco Book Review

For Hard As It Gets:

“Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!” ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward

“Sizzling romance… The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna.” ~Publishers Weekly Review

“Kaye’s depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks’ KGI and Julia Ann Walker’s Black Knight’s series.” ~Booklist

Laura-Kaye-croppedAbout Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

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Bodyguard – Jennifer Ashley – 4 Stars – Dark & Deadly Box Set Reviews #1

April 15, 2014 Read in 2014, Tours 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Bodyguard – Jennifer Ashley – 4 Stars – Dark & Deadly Box Set Reviews #1Body Guard by Jennifer Ashley
on 2014
Pages: 223
Format: eARC
Source: the Author
Goodreads
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Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed robber by a giant Kodiak bear who shifts into a large, well-muscled, and fully bare human. But when it's revealed that the robber is the brother of a dangerous criminal, Elizabeth finds herself the target of a vendetta.

Ronan, the Bear Shifter, takes her to Shiftertown, where she finds that mateless Ronan takes care of Shifters who have no families or clans of their own. Having grown up in foster care herself, Elizabeth can only admire how protective Ronan is, even while she chafes at the confinement.

But Ronan will only let her leave the safety of Shiftertown if he becomes her 24/7 bodyguard. Elizabeth finally agrees. The trouble is, the sassy human Elizabeth is triggering Ronan's long-buried need to find himself a mate.

Yesterday I posted a look at the full box set and promised to follow up with individual reviews of each story – Today is Bodyguard by Jennifer Ashley.

I really enjoyed this installment of the Shifters Unbound series and can’t believe I didn’t read it when it was first published.  The pair are of course well matched but I really appreciated that they both were able to get a real home as a part of this story.

Elizabeth is used to taking care of everything around her and trying to take care of herself.  She’s got a past that I wouldn’t wish on anyone but she has emerged from it as a very strong willed woman.  She’s taking care of her younger sister and the pressure of making sure their lives are safe and happy have made her tired but aching for someone to share it with.  She’s lonely…  I know hard to think but she’s been burned by so many things that when she’s confronted with an armed robber she isn’t 100% willing to back down but is trying to figure out how to get out of the situation alive when out of nowhere a bear comes to save her.  As she gets drawn in to a mess caused by her being willing to do the right thing to defend him she’s going to end up with a man who will do everything he can to make her happy even if it means letting her go.

Ronan just wanted to protect Elizabeth since she’s been nothing but kind to the shifters who frequent her store.  When he saves her from the robber he ends up having to take her into his protection in Shiftertown.  Unfortunately she isn’t willing to back down even when it is uncovered that she’s managed to catch the attention of one of the drug lords in Austin.  As he fights to protect this strong woman he discovers that she has a lot of secrets and is also at her core lonely like him.  He’s such a great character and seeing him interact with his wards will make you smile.  This is a man who has such a deep heart and sense of what should be done even at sacrifice to himself that you will smile as he finds the perfect mate.  I loved how willing he was to fight for what was right and to be willing to do anything that Elizabeth needed without pressuring her even though it would cost him dearly if she left.

This was such a sweet story and I’m glad that I was able to get my hands on this box set so I could enjoy it.

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Dark and Deadly Blog Barrage Tour – 8 Great Stories!!!

April 14, 2014 Tours 1

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Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance Boxed Set is now available worldwide for a special introductory price of only $0.99!

 

This ebook boxed set of eight hot paranormal romances by eight New York Times and USA Today best-selling romance authors features powerful alpha male bad boys who will satisfy your darkest, most deadliest desires.

 

Here’s more about this fantastic eight book boxed set, including an excerpt from one of the stories.

 

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/dark-and-deadly/  

 

 

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance

By Jennifer Ashley, Alyssa Day, Felicity Heaton, Erin Kellison, Laurie London, Erin Quinn, Bonnie Vanak and Caris Roane
Eight hot paranormal romances by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Alpha-male bad boys will fulfill your darkest, most deadliest desires in these stories about shifters, werewolves, vampires, magic, special powers and other realms. But only if you dare…

 

BODYGUARD by Jennifer Ashley

Elizabeth Chapman is saved from an armed attacker by a Kodiak bear who shifts into a tight-bodied, naked human male. Ronan takes Elizabeth to Shiftertown, becoming her 24/7 bodyguard. The mateless Ronan has adopted a houseful of orphaned Shifters–having grown up in foster care, Elizabeth is touched by his protectiveness. Ronan only wants to keep Elizabeth safe, but the sassy woman is triggering his long-buried need to mate.

 

ALEJANDRO’S SORCERESS by Alyssa Day

He’s a warrior, hardened by years of protecting his town from vampire attack. She’s a garden witch who sees the world in shades of sunshine and delight. Opposites don’t only attract, they go supernova in this sizzling tale of magic and mayhem.

 

BEWITCH by Felicity Heaton

A vampire with a bloodstained past and a soul tainted with darkness, Payne is perfect in his self-control, never surrendering to his darkest desires. Now a beautiful witch in the shadowy fae underworld reawakens long denied hungers and tempts him with pleasure. When one incredible night of fulfilling their fantasies leads to more than just keeping a promise and saving a friend, will they be able to overcome the barriers that stand between them and forever?

 

DARKNESS FALLS by Erin Kellison

Agent Malcolm Rook is hunting for people with the rarest of talents—the ability to master dreams. He finds the undeniably gifted Jordan Lane, but she’s wary of mysterious Rook and resists his pursuit as long as she can. Yet the dreamwaters they enter are too exhilarating to resist, and attraction soon ignites electric passions. Delving too deep stirs a nightmare, one they must defeat, or be forever lost to darkness.

 

ROGUE’S PASSION by Laurie London

Blaming himself for the death of a friend, Iron Guild warrior Asher Kane vows to bring those responsible to justice. After he’s hurt on a mission and nursed back to health by a beautiful yet mysterious woman, this dangerously sexy bad-boy finds himself falling for Olivia…even as he struggles to stay away. But stalking them on the streets of New Seattle is a cruel and vengeful evil—one that threatens to destroy them both…

 

THE FORBIDDEN LIFE OF ALEX MOORE by Erin Quinn

Alex’s mission: Kill the hellhounds that have invaded earth and return to his home in the Beyond. But from the start, things go horribly wrong. The hounds are cunning and a human female witnesses their attack—she intervenes and saves Alex’s life. Now he must keep the alluring Lilly alive while fighting his desire for her. When passion flares, Alex risks all to protect her and defend the forbidden life he craves.

 

THE MATING HEAT by Bonnie Vanak

Werewolf Kara Mitchell fled with her brother Aiden to Montana after their alpha father punished her for kissing sexy omega werewolf Ryder Carrington. Left scarred by her father’s cruelty, Kara believes no one can love her. After killing his alpha to save the pack, Ryder now rules, but needs a mate. His blood runs hot for Kara. Ryder will do anything to claim her, even risk an all-out pack war that could cost them everything…

 

TRAPPED by Caris Roane

Mastyr Vampire Zephyr, a one-man fighting force, struggles to save the life of a woman who despises his warrior ways. She’s been a thorn in his side, but he has one goal: to keep her safe. For Alesia, however, she just wishes he’d leave her alone since she can never approve of his profession. She broke up with him months ago and wants to start a new life. The trouble is, he’s still the one man who can curl her toes.

 

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/dark-and-deadly/  

 

 

EXCERPT FROM TRAPPED BY CARIS ROANE

Just before dawn, Alesia turned the diner lights out and stared at a shadow beneath the lone pine tree at the far edge of the gravel parking lot. She held her breath, waiting to see if the dark shape turned into a friend or someone out to kill her.

 

The last of the cars had left over an hour ago. Most of her customers had headed home for the day to avoid the damaging, or in the case of vampires and fae, deadly sunlight rays. She owned a small diner in the south of Merhaine Realm, an area known to have a lot of enemy traffic.

 

The shadow finally moved, heading in her direction, and her heart set up a loud thumping in her ears. Sweet Goddess, she went through this every night, wondering if this time one of the dreaded wraith-pairs had finally shown up to finish her off.

 

However, when Zephyr came into view instead, the air rushed from her lungs, both in relief and with the excitement she always felt when she saw him. He was a powerful vampire who made war against the wraith-pairs and who saw her home every night just to make sure she was safe.

 

Even though she’d already dated him, slept with him and broken up with him several months ago, she still had such a thing for the man. Which begged the question, would she ever really get over him or would she feel this hunger forever?

 

As he made his way toward the diner, she left the lights off but warmed up her fae vision so that the closer he drew the better she’d be able to see him. Her vision was one of the most useful abilities she’d gained from her fae mother. Her human side, however, wreaked havoc with her sensibilities, having decided that this warrior vampire was exactly what she wanted to take home with her tonight. He walked up the steps of her diner, carrying his two-hundred-and-forty pounds like a god.

 

He opened the door with an easy shove of his hand. He stood six-five and because he worked out, he had massive shoulders and arms, which were well-defined by a snug t-shirt. He had clear blue eyes and his thick, wavy black hair hit the space just above his shoulders. A freaking sexy look for him.

 

She’d always loved his hair, the coarse feel beneath her fingers and especially the way it had moved when he’d made love to her, swaying in rhythm. His hair even smelled good, the same way he smelled, like a woodland of oaks: strong, slightly bitter, woodsy.

 

As he stepped inside, his scent wrapped her up and made her feel about a hundred things she shouldn’t be feeling. As attracted to him as she was, she’d ended things for a reason and had no intention of resuming their relationship. But for her, perhaps forever, he was nothing short of temptation on two legs.

 

 

Grab the boxed set for just $0.99 to read this story and seven others…

 

Dark and Deadly: Eight Bad Boys of Paranormal Romance is available from Amazon Kindle, Kobo Books, Barnes and Noble Nook, Apple iBooks stores and other retailers. Find the links to your preferred retailer at: http://www.felicityheaton.co.uk/dark-and-deadly/  

Keep an eye out over the next few days as I review each of the stories in this bundle!!

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Cover Reveal – Carrier by Anne Tibbets

April 10, 2014 Carina Press, Cover Reveal 0

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BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:
Carrier by Anne Tibbets 
Publication date: June 16th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult
Synopsis:

 

Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.

A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’s larger plan.

As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.

 

 
AUTHOR BIO
Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.

Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.

Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnneTibbetsAuthor or on Twitter @WriteforCoffee. To contact Anne, visit www.annetibbets.com and click the ‘CONTACT’ tab.

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Play – Kylie Scott – 5 Stars

April 8, 2014 Purchased 0 ★★★★★

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Published by St. Martin's Griffin on 2014-03-25
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick.Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

Be prepared to laugh when you read this story as Mal has some of the funniest lines and most outrageous thoughts that just spill forth from his lips at the most inappropriate moments.  All is not rosy on his path to love but he lucks out and finds the perfect woman for his insanity which in turn leads to the most stable relationship his unexpected lover has ever had.

We meet Anne in a really bad place with a roommate that has taken off with not only furniture but without bothering to pay back past due rent or providing any sort of notice.  As Anne lives paycheck to paycheck it hits her rather hard and this is a woman who is used to everything being difficult but she always soldiers on to make the best of a bad situation.  Her only constant is her love for her sister and her male friend who she wouldn’t mind having as something more if he wasn’t such a man whore.  She’s basically allowed herself to become a doormat because of her innate need to please and help people but a chance encounter at a party she’s persuaded to go to puts her in the path of Mal.  He pushes her buttons and she ends up not only finding her inner strength she also finds her sense of self again. As she gets pulled in to his orbit she discovers the man behind the image and finds out that they are a lot alike in their tendency to push people away to handle things on their own.  I loved how she didn’t put up with his crap and while she didn’t have a backbone before they met she found one rather quickly where he was concerned.  She is a great counter to his manic personality but he pushes her to expand her horizons and not take being second best.  He pushes her to finally believe in herself and her own worth which was painful but needed.

Mal… sweet adorably inappropriate Mal… I loved him in the last book but seeing him on his own made me laugh but also made me cry for him.  He meets Anne and decides without telling her that he’s moving in.  He’s overheard her troubles and he needs help from her to show that he’s in a relationship.  The reasons he needs this aren’t explained until later in the book and he’s pretty adamant that this is to be a surface thing only but as he spends more time with Anne things don’t work out the way he thought.  He’s pushed to be more open with her but even as he fights her we see that he really does want her but his secret is eating him alive.  I won’t reveal the secret but as you see more of his interactions with Anne and the band you get to see a man that really is hurting but covers everything with jokes and antics.  His moments with Anne in both the bedroom and outside of it were not only humorous but heartwarming as his inner sweetness is exposed.  He’s vulnerable with her as neither expected to find love or home in this faux relationship but when push comes to shove the heart speaks volumes.  My heart broke with him as things began to unravel and come out but where he ends up was worth the journey.

I can’t wait to see more of this series and hope that Ben’s HEA is who I think it is… (not saying but would be awesome in a lot of respects).  Jimmy is next and dude he and Lena should definitely spark!!

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Live by Mary Ann Rivers – Contest!!

April 7, 2014 Contest 0

A few months ago I wrote a review for a lovely title by Mary Ann Rivers that I gave 5 stars to.  A bit of it is used below but to see the entire review go here.

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My main reason for loving the story was due to her “amazing way with words and I am glad that I was able to read my first full-length novel from her.  She took my breath away with how masterfully she pulled off The Story Guy and I had high hopes for her in a longer format.  She pulled it off and I think readers will be amazed at how much emotion and heart that this book conveys.”

I hope you will give this lovely story a try as it is only 99 cents for a short time right now and in honor of this Mary Ann is sponsoring a contest that ends tomorrow evening so go enter it…

Buy links are in my original review and to enter the fun contest see the Rafflecopter below.  Please take advantage of this sale to fall in love with the wonderful images and thoughts that her writing evokes…  plus more is coming soon from this series so go read…

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Nobody – Sarah M. Anderson – 5 Stars

April 6, 2014 Read in 2014, Samhain, Sent 0 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Nobody Bodine came from a nobody and will always be a nobody. He can disappear into the shadows—no one can see him if he doesn’t want them to. He exists on the edge, in neither the white man’s world nor the tribe’s, dispensing vigilante justice when he sees fit. There’s no other place for a man like him in this world.

 

Until Melinda Mitchell shows up on the rez. From the first moment he lays eyes on her, he can tell there’s something different about her. For starters, she’s not afraid of him. She asks where his scars came from, and why he has so many. But more than that, she sees him. For the first time in his life, Nobody feels like a somebody in her eyes.

 

Melinda has come west to run the new day care on the White Sandy Reservation. She’s intrigued by this strange man and his tattered skin, and when she discovers that he’s a self-appointed guardian angel for the boy in her care, she realizes that there’s more to Nobody than meets the eyes. But how far will he go to keep the boy safe? And will she be able to draw him into the light?

NOBODYYYYYYYY!!!!!! Ok I’ve been wanting this story since he first appeared on the page in Mystic Cowboy and while Sarah made us all wait I’m actually glad in a way.  We get so much from this story and having her wait until the time was right was difficult but ohhhhhhh soooooo worth it!

Melinda has always been the odd person out in her family.  She’s always just lived life and while it hasn’t taken her down the same “respectable” path that her sister has gone down she has been semi-content with it.  She comes to the reservation after yet another disastrous relationship but this time she’s convinced that she’ll get her head on straight and do some good.  She’s unsettled by what she discovers as she spends time on the reservation but decides to roll up her sleeves and work on the new center but also finds herself wanting what she sees her sister has with Rebel.  The only man she’s met that stirs her blood is the man no one sees or if they see him they see him as a threat and not a human being.  While she is scared of this man at first she decides to confront those fears and recognizes that in this man there is something special that she should hang on to.  I have to admit that there are times when I wanted to yell at her for the way she was behaving but a bigger part of me saw what the big picture was and how much hurting him hurt her as deeply.  She’s a bit flighty but when she decides something is worth fighting for she does it even as it scares her to death.

Now…  I have to talk about the man who stole my heart in Mystic Cowboy…. continued to perk my interest in Masked Cowboy… I just don’t know why I wanted his story so badly but there is something about this man that just called to me and now knowing his story I just…  *melts*

Nobody is the hero that we as romance readers all want to read about.  Well, we want to have him for our very own even as he rips our hearts to shreds.  He’s such a damaged man who has convinced himself (actually been told by those who should’ve shielded him) that he is nothing.  Actually he’s convinced himself that he is beneath nothing and there is nothing that he deserves more than being scorned or mistreated.  He’s always lived outside the tribe and the law but yearns for something he just can’t put a name to.  This is a man who does nothing but protect the land and people he loves in his own way but others don’t see him as anything other than trouble until he meets a woman who actually sees him.  I just wanted to take him in my arms and try to take away all the pain he has ever felt…  well and do all sorts of naughty things with him as damn the man is sexy!!!  Yes in real life a man like him would scare me to death because of all of his scars but in a book I can get my fill of finding out what makes this scarred, damaged hero tick.

Get ready to have your heart broken over and over watching him struggle with the idea that someone really does see him, wants him and trusts him to be the man that he’s never seen himself as… a lover, partner and ,best of all, human.  The struggle he goes through to understand that he is worth loving and trusting is heartbreaking but so worth the journey that I’m honored to have had the chance to read it and gush over it to anyone who will listen.  You want this story!!!  You really do…  It is worth every tissue you will use as you read it!

I can’t thank Sarah enough for letting me get my eyes on his book early and while I am sad in some respects that his story has been told I am happy that it lived up to every single expectation I had for it.  He’s a hero that you want to cuddle and make everything perfect for then do all sorts of naughty things with.

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