Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Release Day Blast: I'll Be There (Montgomery Brothers #6) by Samantha Chase

Montgomery Brother's #6
Samantha Chase
Releasing Dec 1st, 2015
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Book #6 in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Samantha Chase's popular Montgomery series

This Montgomery Has a Head for Business

Working for Zach Montgomery is challenging on many levels-coming from a wealthy and powerful family, he lives by his own rules and doesn't answer to anyone. But Gabriella Martine has no intention of backing down. She's used to handling stubborn men, and it doesn't hurt that Zach is smart, charismatic...and gorgeous.

And a Heart for Adventure

Zach's perfect world is turned upside down when a climbing accident leaves him broken, angry, and maddeningly dependent. In his slow quest for recovery, Gabriella is always there to help...but as Zach comes to see his beautiful assistant in a new light, he is forced to re-evaluate what it really means to be a man worthy of Gabriella's love.

“Zach Montgomery,” Gabriella began seriously. “I was wondering if you were still looking for a roommate.” 
A slow smile played across his lips. “A roommate? No.” 
He shook his head. “What I had in mind was a lot more…intimate.” 
“Ooo…I like the sound of that,” she purred as she stepped closer. “I like the sound of that a lot. If you’re still looking for someone to fill that…position, I’d really like to be considered.” 
“You would, huh? It would mean moving all of your things here.” 
“Well then it’s your lucky night because I happen to have a ton of my stuff over there in the car just waiting to be moved in here.” 
Zach’s eyes went wide. “Are you serious? You really have your stuff in Summer’s car?” 
“I do. And if we don’t get them out soon, her car may just explode.”  
Gabriella didn’t have a chance to say more because Zach lifted her up into his arms and swung her around.  
“I take it this means you’re happy?” she asked. 
“You have no idea,” he said. “So happy that I want to take you inside ride now and have my way…” 
“Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! La la la la la!!” Summer sang out as she stepped from the bushes. “I don’t want to hear any more of that. Sheesh!” 
Zach looked at his sister and chuckled. “What, may I ask, were you doing in the bushes?” 
“I was going to snap a picture of you to prove to the world you really do smile. But then you went and got gross with your sexy talk and now I may have to stab pointy things in my ears. Blech.” She shuddered and walked over to her car. “C’mon. Give us a hand with all this luggage so I can go home and make Ethan give me a massage.” 
“Oh, so you can talk about you and Ethan but I’m not allowed to mention sexy stuff with me and…” 
“You’re doing it again!” 
“I haven’t said anything yet!” 
“But you were going to!” Summer said, pointing a finger at him. “Just…no talking. Just get the luggage and go in the house and don’t tell me about what happens after that!”

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New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.
When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Review: Jackson (Wild Boys After Dark #3) by Melissa Foster

"I'll stick you all right, but it won't be with my fishing pole." - Jackson Wild

Series: Wild Boys After Dark #3
Author: Melissa Foster
Publisher: World Literary Press
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Source: author for review

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Receiving a marriage proposal is supposed to make a women happy, but when Erica Lane receives a beautiful marriage proposal from her perfect boyfriend on the eve of her annual camping trip with her best friend, Jackson Wild, the first thing she does is jump into bed with Jackson.

Jackson’s all too happy to screw the annoyance out of Erica. After all, they’ve always screwed the hell out of each other when they were bored or angry, lonely, or too damn drunk to see straight.

But the marriage proposal changes everything, and their annual camping trip takes unexpected turns. Will a few nights in the wilderness set these friends with benefits free, or lead them on a path of destruction?

Welcome to Melissa Foster week, where I review two Melissa Foster books in one week! Sorry, I couldn't resist. Seriously, though, this Wild series is one sizzling hot book after another, and Jackson was the hottest thus far. Holy Hannah! Friends to lovers is my jam, and I'll devour just about anything that has two friends falling in love, but friends with benefits to lovers is even hotter. I think that is the perfect word to how I would describe Jackson - HOT! Melissa embracing the naughtier side of her characters rocks my Kindle. Her much loved Bradens and other characters have had a bit of a naughtiness, but it was always just under the surface. A secret between the couple, if you will. These Wild brothers are all about the sizzling hot sex. Seeing characters like Jackson and Laney express how free they are with sex between them was fantastic. Watching Jackson struggle with the idea of losing his best friend (and occasional lover) was so sad. It breaks his heart having to push her away, thinking that it is for her own good. Laney is torn between a man she loves and the man that wants to marry her. Not an easy decision. Laney is brokenhearted more than ever as she hopes Jackson could one day settle down with her like his brothers have been with their girlfriends.

I have loved every book in this series so far and Jackson comes in first... So far... I haven't met Cooper yet. He could very well steal the show. I can't wait to find out. 

Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary CafĂ© and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine.

Melissa hosts an Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

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Cover Reveal: Merry Blissmas (Biker Bitches #3) by Jamie Begley

We Wish You A 
Merry Blissmas...

Biker Bitches #3
Jamie Begley
Releasing Dec 11th, 2015
Young Ink Press


What can I say? I’m not a nice person. When I walk by, people call me a slut, and I’m okay with that. I believe in calling a spade a spade. I am a slut.
With the holidays approaching, I miss belonging to The Last Riders. Drake’s keeping me warm, but he wants more than I can give. He wants me to trust him, to believe he can protect me. Doesn’t he know Santa put me on the Naughty List long ago?


What can I say? I’m a nice guy and have always done the responsible thing.
Bliss is everything I shouldn’t want, but it’s hard to resist a woman who stopped believing in miracles. She wants to be back with The Last Riders, whom she considers her true family. Doesn’t she know it’s Christmas, and miracles do happen?

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"I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.
Taking after my mother, I've always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.
For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.
Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.
All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Review: Evergreen & Poinsettias by Kassandra Lea

"All I want under my tree is someone to love." - Brylee Mariotte

Evergreen & Poinsettias
Author: Kassandra Lea
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: December 22, 2015*
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Brylee Mariotte is hoping to get a boyfriend for Christmas, and when she meets Liam Casey, it looks like she might just get her wish.

It’s the magical holiday season again and, like everyone else, flower shop owner Brylee Mariotte can’t help but get swept up in it. Of course, the phrase ‘happiest time of the year’ only makes her loneliness worse. As she watches the happy couples, she starts wishing and hoping for Santa to bring her a man to call her own, and not just for the holidays. She wants the real deal—someone for the long haul.

When the dashingly handsome Liam Casey offers her a helping hand, Brylee begins to think that miracles might just exist. The bookstore owner’s touch lights a fire deep inside her, one she thought would never get burning. But what if Liam isn’t as into her? Or, even worse, what if he’s already married?

With a little touch of evergreen and a whole lot of Christmas magic, Brylee may just get her man.

Confession time... There is one moment that always makes me swoon when I'm watching or reading a holiday romance. The magical moment when you least expect it... The moment where you meet the one person that'll turn your world upside down. During the hustle and bustle that is the holiday season, the moment where time stops is ethereal. Toss in some holiday cheer with a bit of snow and you've got the makings for a sweet, romantic holiday romance. Evergreen & Poinsettias is a sweet short story about the magic of that moment. The only thing of Brylee's Christmas list is love. Watching happy couples enjoying everything special about the holidays breaks her heart. When Liam suddenly appears, fate (and Santa) seems to have stepped in. I loved this sweet little novella.  Everything about Evergreen & Poinsettias warmed my heart. Kassandra's writing is stellar. Although it is a short story, the length was perfect. Short and sweet, it is the perfect romance to get your holiday started in the right way. 

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Less than two weeks before the biggest holiday of the year, Brylee Mariotte strolled along the fringes of the park, clutching at a long rectangular box wrapped with a red Christmas bow. Snow crunched under the heels of her boots, the chill of the December wind nipping at her cheeks and making the tip of her nose go numb. Everything about the day seemed perfect, from the children throwing snowballs to the couples ice skating on the pond at the park’s heart. The town was basically ready to grace the front of a postcard, the quintessential picture of a small town during the holidays. 
The black antique-style lampposts were wrapped with red and green ribbons. At night the evergreens in the park twinkled in their suits of golden-white Christmas lights. Up and down Main Street the businesses boasted splashes of evergreen and cut-out snowmen and the pharmacy had even set a cotton-stuffed Santa on the bench out front. With a blanket of white covering the town, Brylee sometimes thought she had strolled onto the set of one of those holiday romance movies they were always showing on television this time of year. 
The only problem with that scenario being the severe lack of love in her life. Aside from a little black furball eagerly awaiting her return home, she would be spending the holidays alone. Again. 
She paused, watching the skaters flow effortlessly over the ice, the couples stirring up a deeply rooted ache within. Christmas was the time for magic and miracles, and spending time with loved ones, creating a slew of new memories to reflect back upon. With her parents divorced and living on opposite coasts, and her older sister overseas, thanks to her husband’s job, Brylee was left to choose between crashing her friend’s feast or staying holed up in the house. Normally she opted for the feast, her friend being an amazing cook and generous enough to invite her over, but this year as the fateful day grew closer she found herself with a definitive lack of cheer and wanted to avoid bringing others down. Tomorrow she’d run by the market, pick up a few things, and return to the solitude of her house and the never-ending love of her cat. 
A peal of laughter tore her gaze from the frozen pond and its spectators to a young woman with a man at her back, his arms wrapped lovingly around her waist. They reveled in a moment of private joy, clearly increased by the presence of a little black box he withdrew from a coat pocket. Brylee turned away, unwilling to watch the scene play out. Unshed tears stinging her eyes, she clutched her box tighter to her chest and resumed her journey. All around her, people seemed to be caught up in the frenzy that came with every Christmas, most of them rushing around, probably trying to find the perfect gift. She would go no further than exchanging cards with her family and she already had a little something stashed away for her friend. Inside all the shops, she knew, there would be deals and steals, the ever-present jingle of carols pumped from hidden speakers. 
Back home, things were a little less cheery. 

Born to a military family, just outside the nation’s capital, Kassandra Lea has been reading since she could hold a book. Growing up she wanted to be a horse or Batman, then she discovered writing and realized she could be whatever she wanted if she lived vicariously through her characters. When not writing, she can be found hanging out with her dog, driving flashy cars, pursuing her love of horses, and cheering on the Packers. She lives in southern Wisconsin in an old house with her mother, a gang of furry monsters, and a ghost lovingly dubbed Bob.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Review: Mayhem 'n' Mistletoe by Alexis Fleming

"Not so fast, my little elf. First I want to taste." - Zane Mason

Mayhem ‘n’ Mistletoe
Author: Alexis Fleming
Publisher: Totally Bound
Release Date: December 22, 2015*
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WANTED FOR TOO MUCH CHEER: Misty Toll. Dealer of mistletoe, aka Happy Juice. Be extremely careful. Too hot to handle.

When Christmas is declared illegal, Misty Toll finds herself dealing mistletoe juice to fund Santa’s revolution to bring back Christmas. But Santa’s addicted to his own product, Rudolph’s red nose is from too much vodka, and there’s a bunch of rabid revolutionary elves on the run.

Then there’s the delicious Scrooge, Zane Mason, the new man hired to work on the deer farm. The same farm where she’s hiding Santa’s reindeers and her secret stash of mistletoe.

What’s a girl to do but go with the holiday cheer?

Holy holly berries! A fantastic combination of sass and sex, Mayhem 'N' Mistletoe is sure to put anyone in a festive mood, even the naughtiest Scrooge. From a slightly inebriated Rudolph to black market happy juice, it kept me in stitches all night. Misty and Zane were fabulous. Even on opposite sides of the law, their sexual tension scorches from the moment they met. The sexy time between them... Holy holly berries is right! A whole lot of punch packed into this sexy and fun holiday romance.

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“Holy shit, holly berries and bullcrap. Hey, mister, look out.” 
Zane Mason, special undercover agent for the federal government, heard the feminine shout, but before he could check out where it had come from, something hit him smack on the ass. He teetered, arms flung out in an effort to steady himself. The white pebbles he’d collected sprayed in an arc around him. 
“Ah, hell.” Balance shot to pieces, over he went, head first into the cold water. 
Within seconds, he surfaced. He spat out a mouthful of water and let loose with a colorful string of inventive swear words. Floundering and flapping like a bloated schizophrenic seal, he made his way to the side of the pool and hauled himself out, staring at the woman who had skidded to a stop at the edge of the paving surrounding the swimming pool. 
“W-what the fuck?” His teeth chattered and goosebumps covered the exposed skin on his arms where he’d rolled his sleeves up. “Sorry for the language, ma’am, but why did you push me in the pool? What the hell’s wrong with you? That water is freakin’ freezing.” 
Zane couldn’t believe his luck. The boss had told him to get close to Misty Toll, but he hadn’t expected it to happen quite like this. Hell of a way to start an investigation. He’d expected another boring job, but if it continued like this… Wow, baby, sex on legs. 
He dragged his mind off his rapidly rising libido and tried to think of the case. Australia had been one of the last countries to declare Christmas illegal, but with the election of the Personal Instigation of Somber Souls political party—PISS if you were of a mind to be irreverent—a couple of years ago, that had all changed. 
The new leaders had taken a firm stand, having decided that the escalating rate of violence in the country would be curbed if people stopped acting on their emotions. Along with all of the other celebratory holidays on the calendar, part of the new regime was to ban Christmas. It was a proven fact that more crime happened during that particular vacation time—increased burglaries, more violence against persons, home invasions. The list went on and on, and that was before the authorities took into account the suicides committed by the heartsick and lonely. 
The American Government had loaned him out for an extended period to the Australian police force. He’d been a deep undercover agent for a long time and had an outstanding record for squashing emotional crimes in the United States. Which was how he’d ended up in Australia, working undercover again. Hell, he was so deep in, no one but his immediate superiors even knew his real name. He’d figured he’d only be here for a couple of months, but he’d already racked up three years and counting. Not about to let him go once they had him, they’d used his expertise to train the new agents for PEED. 
Christ, he hated using that acronym, but it was too big a mouthful to rattle off Provisional Elimination of Emotions Department when he tried to tell people where he worked. To be quite honest, once upon a time he hadn’t seen anything wrong with Christmas. He had some great memories of this particular seasonal holiday. 
Hell, his father had been a shopping mall Santa Claus for years. Until some drunk, high on crack as well as alcohol, had taken a knife to him in the middle of a robbery. When the case had come to court, the guy had tried to argue that he’d needed the pittance Zane’s father had collected to feed his kids. What a load of crap. It had been greed, plain and simple, and had left a bitter taste in Zane’s mouth and a big hole in his heart. Which was how he’d ended up working for PEED. 
Although he did feel sorry for the parents who just wanted to bring a little Christmas cheer into their kids’ lives. They were the ones hurt by the new laws. Maybe it was time to change jobs, because sometimes he hated what he did for a living.

Alexis Fleming is one of those strange people who live inside their mind. No, she doesn't hear little voices… Well, she does, just not the type you're thinking of.

Alexis' world is peopled with interesting characters and exciting possibilities that come to life in each and every book she writes. Her first love has always been romance, whether on this world or the next. Hot, sizzling relationships with a dash of comedy and a few trials and tribulations thrown in to test her characters.

When she's not tied to her computer creating sizzling stories to tempt her readers, she helps run a busy motel set on the edge of a National Marine Park in Australia. What better place to get inspiration for the tales she turns out? A glorious sunset over the ocean, dolphins playing almost in her front yard, suntanned bodies lazing on the sand… How could she not get caught up in the eroticism of that?

Friday, November 27, 2015

Review: Steal Me (New York Finest #2) by Lauren Layne

"Damn, you go from sexy to bossy so fast I get whiplash." - Maggie Walker

Steal Me
Series: New York’s Finest #2
Author: Lauren Layne
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Source: Netgalley

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Being a cop might be in Anthony Moretti's blood, but protecting and serving the city of New York has always been more than just the family business. If that means his love life stays locked up, well then that's just another sacrifice made in the line of duty. That is, until he sets eyes on the gorgeous new waitress at The Darby Diner and suddenly Anthony's morning coffee is leaving him a whole lot more hot and bothered than usual.

Though waitressing at The Darby isn't exactly Maggie Walker's dream job, it pays the bills and gives her time to work on her novel. Now if only she could stop fantasizing about gorgeous Anthony Moretti every time he sits down at her table, she'd really be in great shape. But when he needs her help identifying a criminal threatening The Darby—and Maggie recognizes her ex-husband—she fears her fresh start might be a pipe dream. Faster than a New York minute, Maggie and Anthony find themselves in one perilous pursuit that only gets hotter with each and every rule-breaking kiss.

I am a bit torn with my thoughts about Steal Me. On one hand, it is Lauren Layne, one of my new favorite authors that I will pretty much devour on sight. On the other hand, Steal Me just didn't have the same fierceness that I have come to love with her books. I adored the first book in the New York Finest series and I was so excited for Maggie and Anthony's story. I loved Mags and Anth. Both are strong characters that have been burned in previous relationships. It is those previous relationships that mold their frustrations and fears that come along with their new budding romance. While I can appreciate the idea that their relationship is more subdue because that is who they are as characters, I still wanted a bit more sexual tension. In the end, I loved Steal Me. It had Lauren's fabulous writing and characters, especially Nonna. I want more of her. I love stories with large families that are quick to welcome new people. The Moretti's quickly enveloped Maggie into their family and treated her as their own. I loved that we see more interaction between Vincent and Jill leading into their book. I'm hoping that we get to meet the 4th Moretti brother in the next book. Can't wait!

Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.

Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.

Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Braille Club Unbound (The Braille Club #2) by JA Kerr

The Braille Club #2
Limitless Publishing
December 1, 2015

Welcome back to the Braille Club, home of blindfolded sensory delights designed to unleash your passions. New wonders await to heighten every sensation, for those adventurous enough to try…

Benedict Harrison and Siena Waters struggle to rebuild their lives…
Siena and Benedict—owner of the secret, exclusive Braille Club—face the trial of the man who brutally attacked her. Already fragile, crucial DNA results send Siena reeling, leaving her future with Benedict uncertain. Will their shared devotion to the Braille Club be enough to keep them together?

Guy Walker has spent two years trying to forget Anna Dunbar and their volatile affair…
Managing the Braille Club in Benedict’s absence, Guy is shocked when Anna applies for membership. Their dark desires are reawakened, but Anna resists, determined to remain faithful to her husband. When a desperate call from Anna sends Guy rushing to her door, he’s completely unprepared for what he finds.

Ford Munroe will help bring the Braille Club to a whole new level…
Tasked with developing new technologies to enhance the club’s erotic pleasures, Ford enlists engineer Esme MacDonald to assist him. As they test the devices, the attraction between them intensifies, delighting Ford but leaving Esme perplexed about her sexuality. Her revelation rocks Ford—is Esme really interested in him, or only the Braille Club?
Model Niven Fraser joins the Braille Club to exorcise her demons…
Left emotionally scarred by her step-brother Toby, Niven hopes to find healing through the club and her emerging friendship with Siena. But her past is about to catch up with her, bringing new dangers and old vendettas, putting her life and those around her in grave danger.

A blindfold can enrich an experience, but deadly threats are best faced with your eyes wide open. You decide—is it worth the risk to indulge in the Braille Club?

JA (Julie Ann) Kerr was born in the spring of 1967 at Paisley's Ross Hospital in Scotland and grew up in, Glasgow. She was an office administrator and latterly a recruitment consultant before marrying and relocating to The Netherlands with her husband. After two years, she relocated to Cheshire where her first child was born and returned to work part-time. Her final move took her back to her home town of Glasgow where she welcomed the arrival of her second child. She raised her family whilst harbouring dreams of becoming a writer. In September 2013, she started her first book and has just finished the second book in the series, The Braille Club Unbound.