Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review of HAPPY PANTS CAFE (Happy Pants Cafe #1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

"This is my story, bride molester, so time for you to go crawl back into your cretin-cave." - Harper Branton

Happy Pants Cafe
Happy Pants Cafe #1
Author: Mini Jean Pamfiloff
Publisher: P&S, Inc.
Published: June 17, 2014
Source: author for review

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Do YOU Believe in the Pants?

Each summer, thousands secretly flock to a tiny yet charming hole-in-the-wall known as The Happy Pants Café.  And what are they searching for?  It’s not coffee.  And it’s not pants. It’s true love, and they find it!

So what’s with the quirky name and what, exactly, is the café’s big secret? Harper Branton, a columnist for the San Francisco Tribune, who’d sooner believe in unicorns than in true love, is about to find out.  And it’s the perfect story to save her train wreck of a career.

Too bad she’s got competition. He’s sexy, he’s arrogant, and he thinks she’s crazy.(Perhaps a little dangerous, too.) What kind of person doesn’t believe in love? And this coming from a dude!

When these two rivals go head to head, it's more like a WWF smackdown. A shared history binds them in wonderful, terrible ways quickly making their duel about more than just a news story. Will they tear each other apart for the win or end up as two new satisfied Happy Pants customers?

The last time Harper Branton saw Austin Royce, she caught him kissing another girl and broke her heart. Now, nineteen years later, they find themselves thrown back together thanks to a newspaper article and a matchmaking cafe. Harper and Austin are squaring off head-to-head to crack the story of the special cafe. In the meantime, Austin hopes to also crack the walls that Harper has built around her heart. Happy Pants Cafe is an adorable story of young love and how two characters come back to reclaim their love from fate and everyone else that tries to intervene.

I'm always a sucker for a second chance romance. It makes for great chemistry. The mixture of long lost love and anger towards the other person is palpable. Its only a matter of time until the chemistry boils over and they finally act on it. And it is usually explosive. In this story, circumstances kept Harper and Austin apart, but when love (even young love) is strong enough, it makes my heart flutter when they find each other again years later. What I thought set Happy Pants Cafe apart from other second chance romance was that Austin and Harper where childhood best friends on the verge of becoming sweethearts. Their young hearts were broken and it had a big influence on how they viewed romance later down the road. I loved Harper and Austin. Harper doesn't believe in love and Austin makes it his mission to teach her how love is supposed to be. Once they come together, both of them know what it felt like to lose that love and this time, they'll fight tooth and nail to never lose each other again. To me, that is the best part of second chance romances and that is what I loved about Happy Pants Cafe.

This was my first book from Mimi Jean Pamfiloff. I enjoyed every page of Happy Pants Cafe and I'm eagerly awaiting the second book in this series. 

When San Francisco native, Mimi Jean, went on an adventure as an exchange student to Mexico City, she never imagined the journey would lead to writing Romance. But one Mexican MBA, one sexy Mexican husband, and two rowdy kids later, Mimi would trade in corporate life for vampires, deities, and snarky humor. She continues to hope that her books will inspire a leather pants comeback (for men) and that she might make you laugh when you need it most. She also enjoys interacting with her fans (especially if they’re batshit crazy). You can always find her chatting away on Facebook, Twitter, or saying many naughty words on her show MAN CANDY on

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A visit with Sophie Barnes, author of The Danger in Tempting An Earl

Hello there! I hope you all join me in welcoming the fabulous Sophie Barnes, whose newest book, The Danger in Tempting An Earl, releases today! Sophie is here to discuss dissecting the novel.

Take it away, Sophie!

Before any of my books were published I used to walk into a book store, pick up a book, and pay for it without once considering how it arrived on the bookshelf, other than that the author put a lot of time into writing it. Even after my manuscript for How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back was accepted, it took a while for me to figure out all that was involved in getting a book to the stores. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

First of all, there’s the manuscript of roughly 95,000 words to consider. That’s quite a chunk to write when you have to keep a deadline in mind. Especially when you consider that many authors out there have day jobs as well. But once the manuscript has been completed, a moment of elation follows, along with a fair amount of relief and perhaps a little apprehension about sending the story and the characters you’ve grown to love out into the world. I always do about three rounds of edits during which I also have beta readers offer their opinion so I can correct the most glaring mistakes before my editor sees them =) Once my editor receives the manuscript I sit back and wait for her notes. This doesn’t mean I’m off to the spa for a massage. On the contrary, I’ll probably start on character development and research for the next manuscript, update my website, put together a book trailer or brainstorm other ways to spread awareness and boost sales. There’s always work to be done.

A month or so after submitting my manuscript to my editor, I’ll receive her notes, both in letter format and as comments in the margins. I’ll then have about two weeks in which to revise and make the necessary plot changes. After that it goes to a copy editor who checks facts, dates, names etc, then back to me again for further revisions. Meanwhile, decisions are made on the cover and the title. An artist is presented with a paragraph about the plot along with a general description of the characters. I always include celebrity photos that I feel match my vision of the hero and heroine as closely as possible. A couple of months then go by before I receive the final page proofs of my book – a complete print out of what the final book will look like. This is my last chance to catch any mistakes before it’s out of my hands forever (no pressure-LOL). If there are errors, I mark them in the margin using a red pen and mail those pages back to my editor who sends the manuscript off to print where all corrections are checked and approved and the final touches added before the book is finally ready. Stores place their orders, the book is added to websites (I update my own), and my publicist and I start planning the marketing campaign.

On release day I always try to visit a couple of bookstores because after all the hard work, seeing my book on the shelf is the ultimate reward. But next time you walk into a book store and pick up a book, please consider that it’s not just one person’s hard work and dedication that brought it there, but a whole team of people who are all equally invested in making it a success.

The Danger In Tempting An Earl
At the Kingsborough Ball #3
By Sophie Barnes
Avon Books
July 29, 2014

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Lucien Marvaine never thought he was good enough for Katherine. As the younger son of an earl, he didn’t have a title or prospects. Then fate steps in and gives him a second chance, and this new Earl of Roxbury is determined to make the beautiful Kate his own . . . one touch . . . one kiss at a time.

Katherine never thought of herself as a temptress, certainly not with Lucien. Why, she’s known him almost all her life! Yet as she waltzes in Lucien’s arms at the Kingsborough Ball, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Has he always been this hard and masculine? And where did those dimples come from? Kate is not looking for a husband . . . but how can she not surrender to Lucien’s charms when love is at stake?

Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She's lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she's been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she's not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

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Spotlight and Excerpt from THE HEIST by Adriana Kraft

The Heist 
Adriana Kraft 
Publisher: B&B Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 260
Heat rating: Three Flames 
(Warnings: explicit sex, m/f; light bdsm; sex toys)

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A heist? A murder? It’s villain’s choice.

A special-order art theft? Tedious, but seamless – until small town museum director Kara Daniels calls in the experts. Furious her favorite trio of priceless impressionist paintings has been stolen from its traveling exhibit on her watch, Kara is determined to save not only the paintings, but her future in the art world. She’ll stop at nothing to entrap the thief.

Ted Springs knows the underbelly of the criminal world a little closer than he might like—but he’s turned it to good advantage, first as a police officer, and now as detective for the Upper Midwest Arts Council. His job? To guarantee the security of the valuable paintings in the Council’s traveling exhibits.

Heat sizzles when Ted and Kara collide—can they work together, before it’s too late?

The Heist
© Adriana Kraft

Ted matched Kara stride for stride. “I seem to remember you bumping into me once. Pleasantly so.” 

“I’m sure you do. The drive should give me an opportunity to answer any general questions you may have about the museum. I trust you had an opportunity to read all the material we faxed and e-mailed to you yesterday.” 

“That and much more.” He gasped as the parking garage heat hit them. “It must’ve been quite a shock discovering the museum’s security was breached.” 

Kara scowled at him as she popped the trunk of her sporty car open and watched him plop his stuff in. “I guess that’s technical jargon for breaking and entering.” 

He slid into the passenger seat and admired how Kara’s dress worked halfway up her thigh. She must’ve seen him staring, because she yanked it down without commenting. He waited until she’d paid the parking fee and they were away from the airport before adding, “Didn’t sound like the police were treating what happened yesterday as breaking and entering.” 

Shaking her head, Kara didn’t take her eyes off the road. She gripped the steering wheel as if it was in danger of falling off.  

He smiled. Was it only the break-in that had her uptight? “We can call it a break-in, if you like. But you were breached—that’s what led to someone strolling uninvited through your entrance.” 

Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing sizzling romantic suspense and erotic romance. The award-winning pair has published over thirty romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Review of THE SWEET SPOT by Stephanie Evanovich

"What's so difficult to believe? You're a natural beauty who's smart and witty, even when trying to keep your defenses up. You would never be so impolite to me if you weren't attracted. I watch you with other people. You have perfect decorum even with total asshats." - Chase Walker

The Sweet Spot
Author: Stephanie Evanovich
Publisher: William Morrow
Published: July 8, 2014
Source: Publisher for Review

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Last summer readers were captivated by Stephanie Evanovich’s highly-anticipated New York Times bestselling debut novel, Big Girl Panties. This summer, Evanovich is back with THE SWEET SPOT, the sizzling story of two of readers’ favorite characters from Big Girl Panties: Chase Walker, the hunky professional baseball player, and his beautiful, curvy, and exceptionally sassy wife Amanda.  

Amanda is a successful, levelheaded woman who built her restaurant from scratch. She’s certainly not looking for a prince charming to sweep her off her feet.  So when Chase, baseball’s golden boy, begins to pursue her, she barely gives him the time of day. Her heart-shaped face and big blue eyes stop him dead in his tracks and her lush, plus-size curves don’t hurt either. And while Amanda’s used to celebrities and politicians dining at the Cold Creek Grille, she just can’t stop staring at Chase—he’s hotness personified. 

At heart, Chase is a monogamist who likes strong women, despite his playboy image. Amanda is exactly the type he’s been looking to settle down with, but she won’t say yes easily. From daily visits to the restaurant to extravagant flower arrangements, Chase will stop at nothing to persuade her to go out with him—and he finally succeeds!

For Amanda their romance is all too good to be true, and something has got to give. Can Chase really be this perfect? And then she discovers that squeaky-clean Chase Walker has a spicy little kink. While readers of Big Girl Panties will remember it quite well, Chase’s fans have no idea that off the field, he likes to indulge in a little passionate spanking from time to time.

To her surprise, Amanda discovers a naughty side she never knew she had. But then, thanks to a tabloid, their secret comes to light and becomes the nation’s favorite water-cooler gossip. Will Amanda give up a little bit of her single-girl freedom for true love with a twist? Or will the pressure of Chase’s stardom spell doom for this sexy couple?

THE SWEET SPOT is an incredibly sexy and charming story filled with wit, fun, and extra-spicy romance. This is the perfect follow-up to Big Girl Panties and undoubtedly a great choice for summer reading.

To be completely honest, I was a little hesitant to read The Sweet Spot after hearing mixed reviews on Stephanie Evanovich's debut novel, Big Girl Panties. Some loved it. Some liked the book, but didn't like Logan. So I decided to go into The Sweet Spot a little blind and pushed those thoughts out of my head.

Amanda Cole was not having a good day. It starts off as a "top down" type of day. The sky's blue and the sun is shining. Yeah, someone forgot to send the memo to the birds... The moment Amanda steps inside her upscale restaurant with bird poop in her hair, she gets a call from an irate (and jerk) sports agent. He demands a table to his high paying player. Little does she know that her life is about to change drastically. Chase Walker is an oxymoron. Ha! He's the hottest baseball player in town with a dark secret. It doesn't take long for him to set his sights on the beautiful Amanda and he stops at nothing to win her over. It also doesn't take long for his secret desire to come out and their life together is forever changed. 

I really enjoyed The Sweet Spot. It is the story of how Amanda and Chase, two lovable secondary characters from Evanovich's first novel, Big Girl Panties, met and fell in love. Amanda is an incredibly strong character. From a child, she's been taught that she's "good enough" and because of this, she always waits for the other shoe to drop. Chase seems perfect, but she's always waiting for his flaw. It takes awhile to Amanda to warm up to him, but before long, she discovers that she loves to  provoke Chase to get a reaction out of him. I found Chase to be extremely lovable and charming. He has a kinky side and loves to assert dominance over Amanda, but he'll never refer to her as his sub. As much as he wants her to be his sweet little princess, he also wants her to be okay with his desires and to eventually want them too. He's honest about his feelings, but he's also scared to reveal his secret desire because he fears it'll scare Amanda. They fall in love very quickly and Chase knows from the moment he met her that she was meant to be his. Much like every relationship, their love is tested multiple times, but it how Chase and Amanda work through the tough times that makes them stronger.

Stephanie's writing is fun and quirky. Time passes fairly quickly in The Sweet Spot, but it does so flawlessly. I love how adventurous and trusting her characters are. I really enjoyed The Sweet Spot and I think I'll give Big Girl Panties a chance sometime in the future.

Stephanie Evanovich is a full-fledged Jersey girl from Asbury Park who began writing fiction while waiting for her cues during countless community theater projects. She attended New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts and acted in several improvisational troupes and a few small-budget movies, all in preparation for the greatest job she ever had, raising her two sons. Now a full-time writer, she’s an avid sports fan who holds a black belt in tae kwon do. 

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Book and Giveaway Blast for HERO OF A HIGHLAND WOLF by Terry Spear + Excerpt

Welcome to a book and giveaway blast for Terry Spear's Hero of a Highland Wolf, available August 5th. In the meantime, scroll down to the end of this post to enter Terry's AMAZING giveaway! Good luck!!

Author: Terry Spear
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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The MacQuarrie werewolf clan has overseen the Playfair family’s Ardmore Castle for three centuries. So when a Playfair granddaughter from abroad inherits the estate, clan chief Grant MacQuarrie has to train her to manage it—and he’s not happy about having her in his way. Until the prim old lady he’s expecting turns out to be a sexy young wolf…

Colleen Playfair is excited and apprehensive about her new role at the castle, and she has big plans to change the way its run. But the stubborn Grant won’t make things easy, and she’s forced to turn to seduction to get her way…

Hero of a Highland Wolf
© 2014 Terry Spear

Grant always joked and played with his clansmen when they were through with their work for the day. Well, even while they worked. But being with Colleen here like this felt different. For a moment, he didn’t feel like he served as the manager of her estates while she was the owner and taskmaster. He felt like a man with a woman on a Sunday jaunt in the glen. Except she wasn’t just any woman. She was a she-wolf, her cute little arse jiggling ahead of him as he climbed the hill to join her.

When he reached the top, she was trying to catch her breath and swayed a little. He grabbed her arm, and he didn’t know what came over him. But suddenly he was looking down into her smiling face, as if she was smiling at him, and he wanted in the worst way to kiss her.

She didn’t pull away from him, either.

He shouldn’t kiss her, but damn, he wanted to.

Still breathing hard, her heart beating fast, she placed her hand on his chest. He expected her to push him away, but she didn’t. She just stood there looking up at him, waiting for him to do something. He breathed in her scent, all woman and…interested.

They stood high on top of the hill overlooking the glen, the water rushing by, the sheep grazing on the green grass across the burn, and white clouds passing overhead against the blue sky.

He still had hold of her arm, but then he released her, cupped her face with both hands, and kissed her.

When his lips met hers, he knew he shouldn’t do this. He intended to make it sweet and unassuming, to quench some damnable need that he had to satisfy. He didn’t presume it would go anywhere, and he almost imagined it would be lame and unappealing—-after having built up the expectation that kissing that sweet mouth of hers would make his world spin and topple over. He hadn’t thought she’d crave the intimacy as much as he did. Yet when she wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him back, she exhibited an eagerness that turned his world on end.

She was more than willing.

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over two dozen paranormal romance novels and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 HEART OF THE WOLF was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world. She lives in Crawford, Texas.
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Friday, July 25, 2014

Promos for POLLIANNAH GOT MARRIED! & VINCENT MALLORY EDGERTON (Sémya Slotin Mystery Books 3 & 4) by Danielle-Claude Ngontang MBA

Polliannah Got Married! 
Sémya Slotin Mystery Book Three
By: Danielle-Claude Ngontang MBA
Releasing June 16th, 2014

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The truth this time, and nothing but the truth…

Polliannah Koch Guryev is in trouble and her boyfriend is dead. It's not the first time amateur sleuth Sémya Slotin finds herself on the first plane to rescue her best friend, but nothing's prepared her for what she finds in Toronto. Polliannah is a widow and her late husband John Allen was a hit man for the powerful Dovos family. What did they want from her? Why is this happening? One thing they do know: their carefree life back in London is officially over.

Sémya’s long-time boyfriend Josh Heinz knows more than he lets on, but as usual he’s not telling her anything. In fact, everyone knows more but nobody’s talking. But that never stops Sémya Slotin, Detective Extraordinaire, from finding out the truth beneath the lies…

But at what cost? Old conspiracies and secrets resurface that put them all in peril. Sémya’s worst fears about her relationship with Josh and his past are confirmed, and the rift between them may never heal.

Sémya and Polliannah’s world is falling apart. Will they be able to come out of this stronger?

Oh, and did I mention that Polliannah got married?

Note: This book is part of the series and is not a complete standalone. However, it can be enjoyed without reading Bird of Prey and The Plot Thickens first.

Vincent Mallory Edgerton
Sémya Slotin Mystery Book Four
By: Danielle-Claude Ngontang MBA
Releasing July 16th, 2014

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Every love story has a beginning.

Sémya Slotin had been coasting through life solving one mystery after another. While in Hawaii, her young protégée disappeared. When Sémya met Josh Heinz, her mind kept telling her to stay away from the handsome stranger with the hypnotic light brown eyes but she found herself inexplicably drawn to him. He awakened something in her and she was unable to resist him. It never happened to her before. Who was that man?

In Hawaii, Vincent had to work covertly with the sexy bold sleuth. Sémya’s beauty and intellect completely enthralled him, but his passion and growing love for her also changed him. There was nothing he wouldn’t do to finally win her trust and keep her safe, causing him to unleash events that would shape the rest of their lives. From the moment their gazes locked, Sémya and Vincent sealed their fate.

This is the final chapter of the Bird of Prey Saga.

Note: This book is part of the series and is not a standalone. You might be able to enjoy without reading Bird of Prey and The Plot Thickens first BUT I really advise to read Polliannah Got Married! first.

I’m over 30.
I was born in Quebec City, Canada.
I grew up in France and in Gabon.
I speak English & French fluently.
Pizza is my favorite dish.
Black Forest Cake is my favorite dessert.
I met Michael Jackson when I was eleven.
I loathe vodka but love gin, wine and tequila.
I'm obsessed with Robbie Williams and Michael Fassbender.
I call Toronto my home.
I love reading.
I love dancing.
I love watching exciting TV shows.
I love my life... most days.
I'm a major goof.
I can't stand intolerance.
I'm curious, cheeky and oh so opinionated!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review of A WICKED GAME (An Elite Classified Novel #2) by Evie Knight

" look prettier when you're quiet." - Jack

A Wicked Game
An Elite Classified Novel #2
Author: Evie Knight
Publisher: In Love with Romance Publishing
Published: April 12, 2014
Source: author/publisher for review

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Tori is a career woman at the top of her game. She has everything she ever wanted except a happily ever after. She is ready and determined to find it. When her friend Ariana offers her an invitation to an exclusive online dating service, she decides—against her better judgment—to use it.

A blast from her past is not what she expects.

When Jack realizes he’s been set up with the one woman he’s failed to forget, he has two choices: leave or stay. Life doesn’t give second chances this easy, and it isn’t above him to let go of an opportunity such as this. After all, there cannot be a sweeter revenge.

Confession time - I'm a greedy reader. My inner greed-monster is more prominent with novellas. If I love the novella, I'll never want it to end and I'll usually sulk around for a little while because it did end. Why is this relevant with A Wicked Game? Well, it is a novella and my greed-monster came out full force. I loved this little beauty and I did not want it to end. More! I wanted more of Jack and Tori!

"Revenge is a dish best served cold..." Yeah, that is something neither Jack nor Tori believe. Nope, for them it is best served naked. It all started one night in college when Tori left Jack hanging... Naked... Tied to a bed... For all to see... Jack wanted revenge and finally found his opportunity when fate (and an exclusive dating service) intervened. What follows is a sizzling romance with revenge, temptation, and a lot of sex toys... 

I loved A Wicked Game. As a big fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope, this novella was right up my alley. The chemistry between Jack and Tori was off the charts amazing. I loved both of them as characters. I loved their snarky conversations that served as prolonged foreplay. Tori's sex toy revenge was hysterical. I loved the way Jack pursued Tori until she gave up her notion of their relationship being a one-time event. A Wicked Game is wickedly perfect as a novella. I loved the idea behind the book - an exclusive online dating service that just happens to match up people with someone they have a super charged sexual chemistry with... Someone from their past... Just how do they do this? And why does Ariana keep giving away her invitations? I hope we learn the answers to both these questions before the series is over. 

As my first Evie Knight book, it served as a fabulous introduction to her writing and I can't wait to pick up another one of her books. I must read the first novella in this series.

Evie Knight writes wickedly sexy contemporary romances with irresistible bad boys, sassy heroines, a bit of conflict, humor and a dash of spice. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time blogging, reading, listening to music, or looking for a muse.

She lives in sunny Southern California.

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