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SweetTemptationTitle: Sweet Temptation

Series: Men of Honor, #2

Author: K.C. Lynn

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Expected Release Date: June 2014

 

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Synopsis:

 

“If you could go back and change one moment in your life what would it be?” I expect him to say the week the three of them were held prisoner, but what he says next is something that I will remember for the rest of my life.

 

“It would be to find you sooner, because I would have never let anyone hurt you.”

 

And that was the moment I gave Sawyer Evans my whole heart.

 

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At 17 years old Grace Morgan had managed to live through what would be the worst day of her life. One would think this is where her torment ended, but then she was sent to live with him- the devil himself.

 

Three years later she finds herself in the beautiful, small town of Sunset Bay, South Carolina – a perfect place to start her life over. This is where she meets the best friends she will ever have, and one cocky, sexy, arrogant ex-Navy Seal whose heart turns out to be bigger than his ego. Right when things start looking up the worst day of her life comes back with a vengeance; ruining the peace she had just found.

 

Sawyer Evans is a strong, sexy, confident ex-Navy Seal who loves women just as much as they love him. His philosophy is: the more the merrier, with no strings attached. But all that changes the day he rolls into Sunset Bay, where he meets a sweet, sexy blonde with sad amber eyes, who smells like cupcakes and bakes the most delicious pies. The only girl who isn’t affected by his good looks and charm…or so he thinks.

 

But Sawyer is a fighter who is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Grace. Along the way of making that happen, he finds out she holds secrets, and a pain much deeper than he thought possible- and he has known pain like no other man has.

 

A year ago he made a life-altering decision that not only bought him a week in hell with men he considers his brothers, but also ended his career. It was a decision he will never regret, no matter the scars he bares, physically or emotionally. He refused to let that moment in his life break him or define him.

 

So when Grace’s life is threatened, he will make another decision, one to not only protect her, but also mend her broken heart.

 

This is a New Adult Romance and is told from both character’s pov. Due to strong sexual content, coarse language and mature subject matter this book is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

 

This is Book Two in the Men Of Honor series. If you like hot, tattooed, possessive alpha males than this is the book for you.

 

Excerpt:

 

I smile now, thinking about him and Cade at a younger age, “How long have you been friends with Cade?”

 

His easy smile returns, “Since the first day of second grade. We were the most unlikely duo. I was a kid from a good family who had money, and well… let’s just say Cade was the opposite. One day, after school, three older kids were picking on him at the playground, so I walked up and beat the shit out of all three of them. I saved his life. After that he followed me around everywhere I went. No matter what I did I couldn’t get rid of him, so I thought: ah what the hell, I’ll be his friend.”

 

I stare at him a second before I burst out laughing, “You’re lying!”

 

He looks at me, affronted, “I am not! You should have seen me baby, I kicked major ass.”

 

I shake my head and continue to laugh, knowing he’s lying. “Ok, ok, it was actually the other way around, but don’t judge Cupcake I was small for my age, believe it or not. I didn’t get all this until closer to junior high.”

 

I have a hard time picturing Sawyer small for his age, considerin’ what a giant he is now. “So you followed Cade around till he became your friend?”

 

“Wouldn’t you?” he asks looking at me like I’m crazy, “the guy kicked the shit out of all three of those fuckers for trying to steal my new Pumas. I decided right there that this guy was going to be my friend, and I was gonna bring him everywhere I went, which I did. At first he tried acting like he didn’t want to be my friend, but of course it didn’t take long before he realized I wasn’t going anywhere. In the end he decided to give in, and we have been best friends ever since.”

 

With a big smile I wrap my arms around his neck, “That’s a great friendship story. I’m glad y’all met, and he was able to save your Pumas for you.”

 

Sawyer grins, “Me too baby. My mom had just bought those for me, she would have been pissed.”

 

I giggle again, but it fades as I tread into darker territory, “Can I ask you somethin’?”

 

“Anything Cupcake.”

 

“How did Cade’s sister die?” His expression turns to stone, his eyes cold and hard. I immediately regret asking. “Sorry, I shouldn’t have asked.”

 

He shakes his head, as if pulling himself out of some sort of turmoil, “No it’s fine. It’s just… I have never told another soul this story, but I will tell you. You can’t ever bring it up to Cade though, ok? Because it’s something that will send him right over the fucking edge; it’s why he never talks about it.”

 

My stomach turns to lead and I swallow nervously, knowing what Sawyer is about to tell me is probably going to be the most awful thing I will ever hear in my life.

 

 

Author Bio:

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K.C. Lynn lives in a small town in Western Canada. She’s married and is a stay at home mom of four: two girls and a set of twin boys. She coaches the local high school cheerleading team and also has her own rhinestone clothing business. Her love of romance books brought her to writing her first debut novel and she looks forward to writing many more. When she’s not writing, or spending time with her family, she’s reading and loves going to the movies.

 

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Title: Fighting Temptation

Series: Men of Honor, #1

Author: K.C. Lynn

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 18, 2014

 

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Synopsis:

 

Jaxson is arrogant, angry and aggressive. Yet he’s also beautiful, strong and honorable. I unconditionally and irrevocably love every damaged part of him. And for the boy, who didn’t believe in love, he would always and forever have mine.

-Julia Sinclair

Julia was different from anyone I’d ever met. I never thought someone so good and genuine existed until her. The more I saw of her the more I became addicted to her. Every time I was around her she would destroy some of the darkness that lurked inside of me. She made the bad shit in my life seem not so terrible. Then, before I knew it, I had fallen for a girl from another world. -Jaxson Reid

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Julia Sinclair is your typical innocent good girl with a heart of gold. At sixteen she moved to Sunset Bay, South Carolina, to live with her Grams after losing her mother to cancer. This is where she met some of the best friends she will ever have and one in particular who will forever hold her heart.

Jaxson Reid is your typical tattooed bad boy. His past and soul is as dark as the tattoos he bares. He flies through life and girls with no attachments and no emotions… until he met her.

One fateful night brought Julia and Jaxson together. They formed a friendship and a bond so strong it was unbreakable. Jaxson fought the temptation of anything more with Julia because he knew he would never be good enough for her. When he found his control slipping he left the one girl, who meant everything to him, to join the Navy.

But one passion-filled night has Jaxson letting go of fighting temptation which will forever alter their relationship.

A few years later Jaxson comes home to make things right with the one girl who’s ever meant anything to him. Except someone isn’t happy that Jaxson has returned. Someone who thinks Julia is theirs and they will stop at nothing to make sure it stays that way… forever.

Now Jaxson will not only fight to protect Julia but will also battle the new and existing demons that haunt his soul.

This is a New Adult Romance and is told from both character’s pov. Due to strong sexual content, coarse language and mature subject matter this book is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

 

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Death Bed: A Detective Geraldine Steel Mystery (5 STARS) By Leigh Russell Blog Tour

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Title:   Death Bed: A Detective Geraldine Steel Mystery (DI Geraldine Steel #4) (5 STARS)

Author:  Leigh Russell

Genre:  Mystery/Detective

Publication Date: February 25, 2014

Publisher:  Witness Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollins 

Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

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Synopsis

Two brutal murders. No witnesses.

The battered bodies of two young girls are discovered in North London, one shortly after the other. Desperate to avoid hysteria in the community, the police struggle to make a quick arrest before the deranged killer can strike again. Not having any luck, Detective Geraldine Steel, recently transferred to London, is called in to make sense of the grisly murders and the killer’s unusual signature: he extracts two teeth from each of his victims. With the death toll mounting, Geraldine is running out of time as she hunts for the elusive killer the papers have dubbed “The Dentist.”

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 Review

Death Bed, the fourth book in the Geraldine Steel Mystery Series, is probably my favorite in the series.  I loved how it started with a thrilling beginning, and kept the reader captivated until the end.  You were constantly on edge to see what was going to happen.  And when you thought you had a clue figured out, there were twists to turn the story around.

Geraldine Steel has moved recently to London.  She is the new Detective at The Met, and to be honest, people are treating her differently.  Partly because she could be a woman, but also because she came from a small town before London.  I loved her quirky replay to her co-workers that a murder is a murder no matter where you are.

I really had a hard time with her superior Reg.  He seemed a little bit arrogant towards Geraldine.  Geraldine just wanted to find a killer, and that made her a little bit intense.

This killer is finding a type of victim, and keeping trophies of them.  He keeps a body part as well as their molars.  Leigh Russell allows the reader to in a way see a glimpse into the mind of the killer.  That is what makes her writing stand out.  While the thoughts of the killer maybe twisted and distorted, the reader still get to see how they act and possibly why.

Leigh Russell plot line flows evenly, and my favorite part is how she develops the characters definition.  Each character in the story has their own personality, and you see into their own private thoughts.

In addition, when you read Death Bed, you will enjoy Geraldine’s work partner, Sam.  Sam is vivacious and kind.  But you do not want to mess with her in an alley.

Death Bed is definitely a thriller of a mystery, and one that be added to your TBR list.  Check out Leigh Russell’s other novels.  I know you won’t be disappointed in what you read.

About the Author

LEIGH RUSSELL is described as “a brilliant talent” by Jeffery Deaver. CUT SHORT (2009) was shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award for Best First Novel. Road Closed (2010) was listed as a Top Read on Eurocrime. With Dead End (2011) Leigh’s detective Geraldine Steel was Number 1 on amazon kindle’s bestseller chart for female sleuths.  Leigh Russell is the award-winning author of the Geraldine Steel and Ian Peterson mysteries.   She is an English teacher who lives in the UK with her family.

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All of Me (5 + STARS) by Gina Sorelle Blog Tour

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Title: All of Me (5 + STARS)

Author: Gina Sorelle

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Synopsis:

One year after undergoing a unilateral mastectomy, twenty-eight year old ER nurse Stella Ciaramitaro is working on healing all wounds, visible and invisible. And it’s going pretty well. Sure, she has four pain-in-the-butt sisters, an occasionally suicidal dad, and some serious trust issues. And, yes, all dreams of soul mates, mind-blowing sex, and everlasting love have gone the way of her left breast. But overall, she’s hanging in there. Doing just fine, actually.

 

Or at least she was until HE showed up.

 

Nathan Drazek is a hot mess and he knows it. The laundry list of things contributing to his dysfunction includes, but is not limited to: a childhood full of mental and physical abuse, four tours in Afghanistan, and ten years policing one of the toughest beats in East Cleveland. Adding insult to injury, he’s ridiculously straight-laced, beyond aloof, and nearly incapable of interpersonal relationships. But that’s okay, because Nathan isn’t interested in anything more than just getting by.

 

Or at least he wasn’t until SHE showed up.

 

From the moment Nathan nearly arrests Stella on, sparks fly, limits are tested, and boundaries are shattered. A tenuous, tender friendship quickly evolves into something powerful and passionate they cannot wish away or control. But as they grow closer, new issues arise and old hurts resurface, threatening to destroy their fragile new beginning.

 

With everything at stake, Nathan and Stella must ultimately decide which runs deeper: their scars or their love.

Review

All of Me, by Gina Sorelle, is a compelling story of two people joined together by broken pasts.

Stella and Nathan meet while Stella is defending her sister from a boyfriend that put his hands on her.  Nathan is a police officer, and he is called to the scene to try to restore peace.  They keep meeting again, when they realize the are attracted to each other.  Nathan doesn’t want to be attracted to her because of his past, and what he fears he could do to her.  Stella fears that a man like Nathan could never want someone that has the scars she carries.  But what Stella doesn’t understand is that Nathan carries his own scars.

I loved Stella loyalty and fierceness.  She is an hot tempered Italian, that sometimes gets in the way with her protectiveness.  She has sisters that were enjoyable to read about.  When they get together is like watching a t.v. drama.  Stella’s whole family loves deeply, and they get to care about Nathan just as he was part of the family.

Nathan, on the other hand, has a tendency to be an ass.  He tries to push people way to keep them safe from what he believes he is.  But really he doesn’t see himself in the light that others see him.

All of Me, is a true love story.  What I enjoyed about Gina’s writing is that she really had the readers feel a sense of empathy for the characters.  The book starts out with a bang, and the readers attention is held the entire way through.  All of Me, gives a message of giving life a chance to move past scars, no matter what they are.

And the best thing.  There is no cliffhanger.  All of Me is definitely a must read.

Meet the Author:

I like nice guys…I always have and I always will. I married one and now I write about them. 🙂

 

When I’m not torturing my stoic, stalwart heroes with strong, witty heroines, I enjoy reading, drinking way too much coffee, trying to be the best wife and mom I can be, and procrastinating (especially when it comes to cleaning the house). I am also a part-time student, a lover of history, and hopelessly addicted to Lifetime movies. Do not judge me. 🙂

 

I also like smiley faces. A lot. 🙂

 

 

Playlist:

“All of Me” by John Legend

“Demons” by Imagine Dragons

“Everything” by Alanis Morissette

“Colorblind” by Counting Crows

“Fix You” by Low Strung (originally by Coldplay)

“Beautiful Disaster” by Kelly Clarkson

“The Fighter” by Gym Class Heroes

“Better Side of Me” Blessid Union of Souls

“Something I Can Never Have” by Nine Inch Nails

“We Are Family” by Sister Sledge

“To Make You Feel My Love” by Garth Brooks

“I Will Love You” by Fisher

“Hurt” by Johnny Cash

“Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers

“A Beautiful Mess” by Jason Mraz

“1,2,3,4” by Plain White T’s

“Ready When You Are” by Trapt

“She is Love” by Parachute

Excerpt

Nathan pulled Stella back into his arms.

She pushed at his chest, trying to put space between their bodies. “I have to show you…so you know…so you understand…” Stella was pushing, Nathan was pulling, and somehow, in the tangle of limbs and intentions, she grabbed his right hand and pressed it to the left side of her chest.

Stella went limp…her only movement the involuntary trembles racking her body.

Stella leaned into Nathan’s hand, pressing herself into his palm. “See, Nathan?” Her voice was low and strained.

All Nathan saw was her beautiful face and all he felt was concern.

He searched her eyes. “No, Little One. What are you trying to show me?”

Her laugh was hollow. Humorless. “Something missing, Nathan? Go ahead. Feel around. But you’re bound to be disappointed.”

Understanding dawned.

Holy…shit…

His palm was flat against her chest wall. There was no bump…no mound of flesh where there should be one.

She didn’t have a breast there.

But…what the…

Honing in on his moment of realization, Stella nodded slowly. And then gave him a tight smile he hoped he never saw again. “Bummer, huh?”

Stella standing there, clutching the top of her dress to her chest, her dark-brown eyes so full of fear…it would have killed her to know it, but she looked as vulnerable as a person could.

And it damn near broke his fucking heart.

“What…where…” Nathan shook his head. “I don’t understand.”

“I had breast cancer. Stage III invasive ductal carcinoma. Six months ago. I had a unilateral mastectomy. I have no left breast. As you just felt.”

Three thoughts popped up back to back: first, this woman was even more incredible than he’d imagined. Second, he thanked a God he wasn’t sure he believed in that Stella was alive. And third, he made a tenuous connection between what she’d just revealed to him and where this conversation had started.

“Your ex…the Shaker cop…” Stella’s fingers went white clutching her dress even tigher. “What does your cancer have to do with him?”

“Come on, Nathan. No guy is looking for a one-breasted woman, right? Not when there are so many girls with two. Of course, that’s not what Ryan said.” Stella exhaled a hard laugh. “Well, not to my face anyway.”

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Masked Innocence by Alessandra Torre Blog Tour

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Title: Masked Innocence (5 STARS)

Author: Alessandra Torre

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Synopsis:

The man was sinful. It wasn’t just the looks that made him dangerous, it was the cocky confidence that dominated every move, every touch. And the frustrating yet ecstatic fact about the whole package was that he could back it all up…

 

Julia Campbell never knows what to expect with win-at-all-costs Brad De Luca. And she’s starting to like it that way. She gave up safe, conventional relationships when she let the elite divorce attorney seduce her into his world. Now that he’s determined to strip her naked of every inhibition, she’s in danger of falling too deep and too fast.

 

But their affair begins to feel even more dangerous when a murder leaves a trail of suspicion that points straight to the mob…and Brad. Trusting a man with a bad reputation and a past full of secrets seems like a mistake. But when she’s forced to make a choice, the consequences will take her further than she could ever have imagined.

Review:

Oh wow.!!!  I am literally speechless after reading Masked Innocence.  Alessandra writes a riveting story full of sensual steam, thrilling mystery, and desire.

Julia is in a tug of war with herself.  She desires Brad, but he comes with complication.  He is not a simple man, and has a past that is like a hurricane.  Should she continue with him and risk the consequences, or should put an end to their tumultuous relationship?  At times, I questioned that myself.

What makes this novel go from great to fantastic is the ability of Alessandra to place the character in what feels like a real life scenario.  Never once did I leave the story thinking there was no way that could ever happen.  The story plot line made me pause and contemplate on exactly what was happening, and what the next scene could possibly be.  I kept wanting to continue reading to see what would happen.

Brad is the mysterious man that women desire.  That made me, the reader, more intrigued with him.  Julia, is the good girl with some streak of bad in her, that makes you like her even more.  She reminds me in a way of the seductress school girl.  She has spirit in her that also makes the reader root even more for her.

When a pivotal point happens in the story, I wondered if the two could actually coexist with each other.  Brad is jaded, and possible a little corrupt.  But there are things that we don’t know until we read more of the story that comes out later.  Watch and see, you will enjoy it as everything reveals itself.

Meet the Author:

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Alessandra Torre is a new author who focuses on contemporary erotica. Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was published in July 2012, and was an Erotica #1 Bestseller for two weeks. The sequel to Blindfolded, Masked Innocence, will be released in February 2014.

 

Alessandra lives in the Southern United States and is married, with one young child. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her dogs. Her favorite authors include Lisa Gardner, Gillian Flynn, and Jennifer Crusie.

 

Learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or her Facebook fanpage.

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Indulging in Irelyn by D.L. Raver Blog Tour

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Title: Indulging in Irelyn (4.5 STARS)

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Synopsis: 

NFL quarterback, Zolt Hamil was America’s heartthrob until a career ending injury changed his life. Years later, he’s picked up the pieces and carved out a new path for himself. But the mental and physical scars of that day have left him moody and reclusive, and his only relief is indulging in pleasure and pain with his many one night stands. Though many of women have tried, Zolt refuses to care about any of them. Only one woman has his heart; a hallucination of a young, sable-eyed, blonde beauty whom he conjured that painful day on the football field.

On the first day at his new job at a law firm in Scottsdale, Arizona, Zolt comes face to face with his hallucination, Irelyn Wilkes. Their fateful connection, and explosive passion for each other pulls them together, and this time, Zolt refuses to let her slip from his life.

But Irelyn has her own demons to fight, and her controlling boyfriend is one of them. He doesn’t take kindly to other people playing with his toys, and he’ll stop at nothing to keep her by his side.

Can Irelyn and Zolt defy the odds and find a way to be together? Or, will the events set in motion years ago keep them apart forever?

New Adult. Recommended for eighteen and above due to adult content, language, and sexual situations.

 

Review:

D.L. Raver hit it out of the park when she wrote Indulging in Irelyn.  It is quite an explosive novel that the twists and turns will knock you off your feet.

Zolt had been injured on the field where he first meets his angel.  He can’t believe that this beautiful blonde is really, and possibly maybe imagining her.

When Zolt joins a new law firm, he realizes that his angel (Irelyn) is a true person, and Zolt is extremely attracted to her.  Irelyn and Zolt remember that day like it just happened.

I don’t want to give you a lot of the story away, because I will tell you that when you finished reading Indulging in Irelyn, you will be craved for the next book in the series.  I am sure the wait will be worth it, but I can tell you I am having a book hanger due to one Indulging in Irelyn.

I will keep you to one hint.  Be on the lookout for the actions of one soon to be ex Marcus.  He is such not a good guy, and he can send Irelyn reeling in panic.

What is remarkable about D.L. Raver’s writing is how well she allows the readers to converse with the characters.  The writing flows eloquently, and what you read never feels forced.  You can feel the chemistry, the passion, the frustration, and the hurt in each character scene.  And when you finish the book, you have a craving for more of Irelyn and Zolt.

And let me tell you ladies and gents, the ending is nothing like you would expect.  I really am looking forward to more from D.L. Raver in the Irelyn and Zolt series.

Be on the lookout.  I will keep you as updated as possible on what is new for the next story.

Author Bio: 

Dawna Raver didn’t always want to be a writer, but the voices in her head keep sending her stories, ranging from new adult, romantic fantasy and contemporary romance.
When she’s not spending time in her fantasy world, Dawna loves football, reading, and pretending she’s a top chef in the kitchen. Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.

 

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Guarded by J.D. Rivera Book Blitz

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Book Title: Guarded (4.5 STARS)

Author: JD Rivera

Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella

Release Date: September 17, 2013

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Synopsis:

Vanessa Smith has her heart guarded. She’s been married to a man that sleeps around and has made her think she’s ugly and undeserving. Everything changes when she is knocked down by the famous basketball player, Jackson Berrios. A friendship ensues and everything she thought she knew about men turns out to be wrong.

 

Jackson Berrios was out for a run in a new city when he made contact with the beautiful Vanessa Smith. He instantly knew she was different from most girls but can he make her see that he’s different from her cheating husband?

Review:

I really loved J.D. Rivera’s novella, Guarded.  The story truly defines how it is titled.  There is a continuation to Vanessa and Jackson’s story in a new title, Defensive.  I believe that will be coming out in March.

Vanessa truly defines the name of the story.  She guards her heart from being broken.  Her soon to be ex has cheated on her to many times to count, and she feels broken.  He also wasn’t very nice to her at all, and said some really cruel things to her.

When Vanessa meets basketball player, Jackson, she doesn’t really understand why a man like Jackson would want anything to do with her.  He is attractive, famous, and she feels like probably a cheater like other famous basketball players.  Jackson must prove to Vanessa that he is a true gentleman.

J.D. Rivera has a talent in her writing in allowing the reader to really see what is happening in each character’s mind.  You really can place yourself in the characters’ steps as they think about what is happening to them.

Guarded is definitely a must read.  And again, be on the lookout for more of Jackson and Vanessa in the novel Guarded.  There will be a blog tour for Defensive coming up, so that is going to be exciting.

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J.D. Rivera lives in Oklahoma with her husband and two boys. Her life consists of school projects, homework, cartoon shows, and little league sports. She loves Diet Mountain Dew, the OKC Thunder, costume jewelry, the beach, and reading.

 

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A Tragic Wreck(Beautiful Mess #2) by T.K. Leigh Blog Tour

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Title: A Tragic Wreck (Beautiful Mess #2) (5 STARS)

Author: TK Leigh 

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Synopsis:

How can you continue living when you’re living a lie? How can you convince your body to stop feeling, your soul to stop caring, and your heart to stop beating?

Haunted by her past, Olivia Adler flees Boston for a beach in Florida, leaving everyone behind, trying to shut the world out. Remaining a relative recluse in her self-imposed prison, she tries to turn everything off, wanting to feel nothing. But a new acquaintance won’t let that happen. After being away from Alexander for a month, his voice constantly ringing in her head, reminding her that her inability to confront her demons will not only destroy her, but also him, can she really be expected to want to feel again when it brings nothing but pain?

Back in Boston, everywhere he turns, Alexander Burnham is reminded of Olivia… His Olivia… He tries to dull the ache left in his heart the only way he knows how… in the bed of a beautiful woman. But Alexander isn’t about to lose his Olivia. After a clue comes to light regarding Olivia’s whereabouts, can he convince her to return to Boston with him? When a force that has laid dormant for months resurfaces, can Alexander still protect her from the unknown danger? And when Alexander comes face to face with a shadow of both his and Olivia’s past, will he be able to tell her the secret that is threatening to tear them apart?

A Tragic Wreck is the continuation of T.K. Leigh’s heart-breakingBeautiful Mess series.

 Review:

A Tragic Wreck literally made me a tragic wreck while reading it.  I mean that it the greatest of ways.  It was an emotional roller coaster of a ride.  At times I wanted to lay down and just melt.

A Tragic Wreck is the second story in the Beautiful Mess series.  You need to have read A Beautiful Mess in order to understand what is happening with A Tragic Wreck.

There is so much to tell with this story, but I don’t want to give you the major details away.  Lets just say you will never believe what will happen in the story.  There is another book that will continue the series, and lets just say I really hope it comes out soon.  

A Tragic Wreck is so explosive at times.  One minute I was rooting for Alexander and Olivia, the next minute I was cussing Alexander out for not fighting more.  And I even was extremely frustrated with Olivia for her lies to protect herself.

And I will give you a tiny little hint about something.  The bad guys just keeping going and going.  They are relentless.  To be honest, I really wanted to bitch slap someone by the end of the story.  I have always heard the motto: patience is a virtue.  Lets just say that is one virtue I do not have.  After reading A Tragic Wreck, you will be as eager as I was to see how Alexander’s and Olivia’s story pans out.

I have to give a hats off to T.K. Leigh for creating such an emotional story.  It is one that will bring you to your knees.

Definitely a must read for you ladies and gents. 

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T. K. Leigh, otherwise known as Tracy Leigh Kellam, is a producer / attorney by trade. Originally from New England, she now resides in sunny Southern California with her husband, dog and three cats, all of which she has rescued (including the husband). She always had a knack for writing, but mostly in the legal field. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to try her hand at creative writing and is now addicted to creating different characters and new and unique story lines in the Contemporary Romantic Suspense genre.

When she’s not planted in front of her computer, writing away, she can be found running and training for her next marathon (of which she has run over fifteen fulls and far too many halfs to recall). Unlike Olivia, the main character in her Beautiful Mess series, she has yet to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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Incinerate (Explosive #2) by Tessa Teevan Blog Tour + Special Shower Scene Excerpt

Incinerate Tour BannerTitle: Incinerate (Explosive #2) (5 STARS)

Author: Tessa Teevan

Release Date: February 18, 2014

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When Knox Wellington opens the door to Charlie Davenport, he’s not expecting the fiery brunette with whiskey colored eyes and a feisty personality. Sparks fly immediately, even though their initial meeting is nothing but hostile. Their chemistry is undeniable, but the chip on Knox’s shoulder threatens to destroy any hope of him wooing the sweet, southern volunteer sent to help with his rehabilitation.

Little does he know she’s no Southern Belle, as she gives as good as she can take. As unexpected circumstances push them closer together, heads butt, patience is tested, and flames ignite as they dance around their mutual attraction, both of them jaded from broken pasts.

They’ve both been burned before, so when their feelings of lust, desire, and wanting are inflamed in the heat of the moment, will they finally be able to get over the pain of the past or will their relationship be reduced to ashes before it can ever really begin?


*While this book is a standalone, characters from Ignite, book 1, will appear in Knox’s story.

 

 Review

Incinerate, by Tessa Teevan, is literally explosive.  It is amazing!!!  You don’t have to read the first book in order to read Incinerate, but the characters from the first story appear in Incinerate.  I can promise you, you won’t be confused from not reading the first story.  I would suggest that at some time you do read book 1 in the Explosive Series.  More about the series is below.

Knox, is the sexy soldier that has been injured in the line of duty.  He is sent state side to recover.  In the story, I would highly suggest you pay attention to Megan.  That was his real first love, and man did she screw him over.  Knox’s and Megan’s relationship has altered his views on woman.  Knox is a rock-em and roll-em out kind of guy.

Than Knox’s world comes to a still when he meets Charlie.  I loved their first encounter.  Knox is a real ass to Charlie, and she really stands up for herself.

Knox needs help with daily care, and his brother is on his way back to school.  All Knox knows is a guy named Charlie is going to help him.  Hum.  I wonder if somehow Knox could be mistaken on the gender of his volunteer help?

My favorite part of Tessa’s writing is how she really gets you into the head of each of the main characters.  As readers, you really get an understanding about what they are thinking, and feeling.

My favorite scene.  The shower scene in the beginning of the story when Charlie has to get soap for Knox.  Lets just say we can get a visual on how well endowed Knox is.

I can tell you that the Explosive series should be one that you add to your favorite series list.  And Incinerate is a must read.  Especially if you love a sexy soldier, and sweet yummie romance.

 

 

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Ignite (Explosive #1)

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I’m a twenty six year old book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats.

 

If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.

 

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Right before I exit the room, Knox sticks his head out of the glass door in his shower. “Not sticking around for the show?” he asks as he rubs shampoo into his hair one-handed.

I try to look as indifferent as possible, but the sight of his wet skin has me fighting the urge to lick my lips. “There’s nothing special in here that I haven’t seen before. I’ll be in the kitchen heating up dinner for you. Just shout when you need me,” I tell him.

I start to walk down the hallway when I hear him yell my name. I head back towards the bathroom, wondering what he could possibly want now.

“You yelled?” I ask. He mumbles something from behind the glass door, and I ask him to repeat himself, but I still can’t hear him. Moving closer, I knock on the glass, expecting him to peek his head out. Instead, the door swings open, and there stands Knox, naked, wet, and mouth-wateringly gorgeous. And when I say there stands Knox, I mean it. All of him. My eyes can’t help but be drawn to the huge erection he’s sporting, and oh my god, I’m happy to learn that I was right. He’s definitely more than a mouthful.

“Uhh, Charlie, eyes up here,” he teases, interrupting the stare down I’m having with his cock. My eyes slowly wander up his drenched skin, taking in every naked inch. It’s only been three months since I last was intimate with Drew, but the way my panties get soaked as I take in the sight of him makes me feel like I haven’t gotten laid in a decade. Although I got pissed at his initial assessment of my wanting to go home with him that night at the bar, if I had known this body was hiding under those clothes, I might have actually been willing. Reaching his eyes, I notice that the playful look in them from earlier has darkened, and he’s watching me intently.

“Like I said, nothing I’ve never seen before,” I tell him, shrugging with indifference when really I want to strip down and join him.

“Mmmhmm. I saw you checking me out, sweetheart. You don’t have to deny it.”

I’m not admitting shit to him, so I cross my arms and lean against the wall, my eyes not leaving his. As much as I’d like another peek, I’m not letting him win this round.

“What the hell do you want, Knox?” As much fun as it might be to flirt with him, I know better than to go there. For all I know, next time I stop by he’ll be a grump again, and after Drew, I have no desire to be with someone with mood swings.

“I’m out of soap. Can you grab me a bottle from under the sink, please?” he asks, looking innocent. I look around the shower to see if he’s just pulling a fast one on me, but I only see an empty bottle.

“Oh, wow. He does have manners,” I say to myself as I go to get him a new bottle. When I hand it to him, our hands touch and his fingers linger on my skin.

“Thank you, Charlie,” he tells me. “For everything. I know this probably sucks as much for you as it does for me. Well, let’s not go that far. It really sucks more for me, but still, I appreciate you doing this.”

I wave him off. “Don’t worry about it. It’s what I signed up for.” I pause, looking around the bathroom. “Well, maybe not exactly what I signed up for, but I’m here to help and that’s what I’ll do. In a few weeks, your brother will be back and I’ll be out of your hair.”

With that, he takes the bottle out of my hand and gives me one last look, a strange shadow crossing over his face. “Yeah, right. Just doing your job. Got it.” And with that, he shuts the glass door in my face, leaving me, once again, baffled at how hot and cold he’s turning out to be.

 

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Dirty Little Lies by Clare James Blog Tour

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00005]Title: Dirty Little Lies (4 STARS)

Author: Clare James

Release Date: January 25, 2014

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Twenty-nine-year-old Stevie Sinclair has just lost everything: her boyfriend, her apartment, even her ugly bird named Free. (Yeah, she knows it’s stupid name, so don’t start.) But most importantly, Stevie’s lost herself.

As she shuffles through her days in worn-out Hello Kitty PJs—eating ice cream, sipping wine, and contemplating her next move—a magazine article catches her attention. Blaring black letters read: “How to Get Your Sexy Back in Six Easy Steps.”

Stevie studies the article in the trashy magazine like the good student she is and immediately knows what she has to do. With the magazine article in hand, and a bottle of red in her bag, Stevie embarks on a journey to reclaim her life and win back her ex.

Until she meets Gabe Shannon. Gorgeous, single, and on a quest of his own, Gabe introduces Stevie to a lifestyle that is sure to help get her sexy back and then some. If she doesn’t chicken out … (Oh, you know where this is going.)

What follows is a story of self-discovery, romantic gestures, erotic encounters, and following one’s heart–even if it leads in unexpected directions.

Portions originally published online as The Club e-series, Dirty Little Lies now has 70% more content, chapters from Gabe’s point of view, and a sizzling conclusion to this steamy tale.
 

 Review:

Dirty Little Lies, by Clare James, is a sexy story based upon a woman’s desire to get her sexy back.

After Stevie finds out her boyfriend has cheated on her, she finds a list that has ways to regain your sexy back.  She wants to show her boyfriend, Max, what he is missing out on when he sees other women.

But surprise, surprise, when Stevie meets Gabe at a hotel bar.  He has promised her to help her with her list.  Might this be a little sexual adventure for them?  Or will Stevie gain more than what she bargained for?

Gabe is the sexy hotel entrepreneur.  He holds keys to much mystery (and maybe a little Venus action).  There is a lot to him that you will find as the book progresses.  And in the end, I believe Gabe learns an important lesson along with Stevie.

Stevie is the bubbly graphic designer.  She is hurt when she finds out about Max’s betrayal.  But Stevie wants to get her O back, and who knows, maybe Gabe is the one to give it to her.

There is quite a bit of steam in the story.  So be on the alert for some sexy action.

And FYI, Dirty Little Lies is a stand alone book, with a HEA.

 

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Clare James is the author of steamy contemporary romance and new adult novels: BEFORE YOU GO and MORE. A former dancer, Clare still loves to get her groove on—mostly to work off her beloved cupcakes and red wine.

A fan of spunky women, gorgeous guys, and super-hot romance, Clare spends most of her time lost in books. She lives in Minneapolis with her two leading men—her husband and young son—and loves to hear from her fans.

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You’ve Been Touched (5 STARS) by T.H. Snyder Blog Tour

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Char and Riley have encountered pain and heartache in the past. They were sure that they would never meet someone that would heal their hearts and allow them to love again. Then, on an ordinary Sunday, a newspaper in a minimart changes their lives forever.

Although they share a strong physical connection, they ultimately hunger for one another’s emotional touch.

No matter how hard they’ve tried to stay away from each other, the magnetic force between them has always remained strong.

Char and Riley have been through it all; love and loss, trust and deceit. They are the glue that holds their Boston family together and the ones that would be lost without the love and support of their family and friends.

Today is the day we’ve all waited for—the magical moment when two lives become one.

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You’ve Been Touched is a compelling conclusion to Char and Riley’s story.  We also get to see the rest of the gang as well.

Char gets a perfect proposal to be married to Riley.  The planning has been completed. now the day is finally here.

Nerves have come upon both of them.  But both Riley and Char remember the tumultuous times that they both have had.  The long, at times hard journey has finally brought them here.

It is finally wonderful to see two people most fit for each other able to have their HEA.  I think that is my favorite part about the book.  I loved the adventure that those two have had.  They haven’t had it easy, but for Riley and Char it has been worth it.

Take a journey into Riley’s and Char’s final leg.  Visit a wedding.  And leave with a smile on your face.

The whole series has been well worth the wait of each novel.

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When I first met the love of my life, things may have started off a bit rocky, but he’s shown me what true love is. I now know what it feels like to be cherished and what my life will look like having my happily ever after. Together we’ve had some struggles—what couple doesn’t go through highs and lows—but I wouldn’t want to have experienced any of it without him by my side.

 

He is the most amazing man. My best friend, my one true love, and my soul mate. I can’t wait to see him later today and wrap my arms around him. Last night was one of the few nights we’ve spent apart since the accident. At times he still treats me like I’m broken, but I know he does it because he wants to keep me safe. Riley is everything to me, and today we get to make it official in front of our friends and family.

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t. h. snyder (1979) was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. For six years she worked in the field of higher education while earning her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Management from University of Phoenix. She’s a single mother to two children. She became an avid reader in spring of 2012 and since has read over 250 books. Her genre of interest ranges from Romance to thrilling Paranormal. This is more than just a hobby for her, it’s a passion to read the words of great authors and bring life to their stories with her reviews and character castings. She started writing her first novel in June of 2013 and is anxious to see where this journey takes her!!

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