Thursday, April 26, 2018

Book Tour for Dark Desires by Aja James (Review & GIVEAWAY)


It’s an exhilarating thrill ride for readers with this paranormal romance set in a unique world where good and bad blur.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Dark Desires by Aja James, along with my impressions of it, then learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this third installment in the Pure/Dark Ones series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $10 bookstore GC too!

Ryu Takamura is the Dark Ones’ Assassin. He has never missed his target…until now. Until her.
Ava Monroe is a talented geneticist who holds the key to the vampire race’s future…and perhaps her own as well.
Their attraction is explosive from the first. She would do anything to have him. He would sacrifice all to protect her.
But will their love triumph over seemingly impossible odds as they battle enemies new and old? Especially the demons from Ryu’s past? And deep within his heart?

EXCERPT:

She was not what he expected.
Not that he knew what Professors or Doctors (or whatever one called someone with both PhD and MD as a suffix to their name) in molecular genetics looked like on average, if there was such a stereotype to begin with.
But he thought they might be…older.
Gray-haired with glasses and a wizened, wrinkled visage reflecting self-sacrifice (for how else would they have had the time to concentrate on their studies?) and solemnity (for what humor was there in such an analytical, methodological subject?).
For Ryu Takamura, who had been raised for the first ten years of his life in a whorehouse and abandoned thereafter at a Shinto shrine, formal education—hell—any education seemed foreign and antithetical to his own upbringing.
Perhaps this was why he always dressed and spoke with meticulous care.
To any observer, he appeared to be the immensely wealthy heir to a Japanese or Korean conglomerate, living a life of privilege and idleness with armies of servants to tend to his every need. His clothes were of the finest quality and tailored to fit his long, lean body to perfection. His wavy black hair was tousled just so, fuller on top and in the back and shaved closely on the sides to emphasize his aristocratic bone structure, all angles and points liked a laser-cut diamond.
He was so blindingly elegant, in fact, he could never have been mistaken for a real Asian heir. He represented what their alter egos might aspire to if they could ever look as resplendent as he. Rather like how K-dramas represented the ridiculously good-looking and wealthy on TV with actors who had undergone countless surgeries to mimic perfection.
If only they knew the truth. Ryu’s lips tipped at one corner in dark amusement.

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

With this third book in the Pure/Dark Ones series Ms. James continues to entertain with this exotic and sensual thrill ride as two people from very different worlds find a connection.  From familiar locations to a country far away readers get wrapped up in this enjoyable read, get introduced to new characters, and get a few smiles along the way.

Ava Monroe is one smart cookie, devoted to work and dedicated to helping her father.  Despite her smarts though, she’s not your typical nerd.  She’s strong-willed, snarky, outspoken, and is quick to stand up for herself and those she cares about.  There’s also a bit of naïveté about her that, all together, made for an interesting dichotomy.  On a trip to Japan where she’s been hired to work on important genetic testing she finds herself unexpectedly attracted to a serious-minded and mysterious man teeming with sensuality.  There’s an instant connection between them that ultimately leads to complications when he’s hired to stop her research...as well as her.  Ava’s a likable heroine who was a good match for Ryu despite their differences.  I enjoyed her humor and found her easy to relate to when it came to her actions.  When it came time for her to talk medical though, I sometimes felt overloaded and pulled out of the story, which was frustrating as it was an entertaining read for the most part.

Ryu Takamura is someone we’ve seen glimpses of before and his taking center stage here shows us a sexy and mysterious hero carrying heavy emotional baggage from his past.  He’s a master assassin who’s never missed a target, but his attraction to a woman on a plane has him making an unexpected choice that will cause repercussions for his people.  Ryu’s past is dark and his return to Japan shows readers why.  In flashbacks, and in current time, readers get various pieces into the puzzle of what’s made Ryu who he is and it’s a tale that brought tears to my eyes.  His connection to Ava was freeing, bringing joy and acceptance to a life riddled with shame and theirs was a cheer-worthy romance balanced with suspense and danger.

On a whole this was a good book, but not my favorite of the series.  It felt more isolated and less-reliant on the world-building I’ve come to enjoy from Ms. James.  It was more heavy on the action and suspense and a bit less on the paranormal/fantasy side.  The romance between Ryu and Ava though was scorching.  They were a crackling couple despite their differences with sensual interludes nicely spaced to leave readers wanting more.  The culture of Japan was on vivid display in this book with dialogue that reflected the Asian ethnicity, the use of which added to the story’s feel, but which made the story flow a bit less smoothly.  A few characters from previous books also make appearances, which I enjoyed, but their inclusion was more nostalgic than important to the overall storyline.  Readers new to this series though will find this a book that stands strongly on its own.  Not having read the previous installments won’t make this any less enjoyable as it’s exhilarating and sensual with a main couple you’ll be rooting for from the moment they meet.  With the few threads left hanging by the turn of the final page, Ms. James has me agonizingly counting down the days until the next installment.

My rating for this is a B+

*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

AUTHOR INFO:

Aja has been writing stories since the age of six, and novels since the age of thirteen. While she'd be the first to admit that those early efforts weren't particularly good, she sure loved putting them down on paper!
The best part of writing, according to Aja, is that it’s completely organic, the way the stories develop. When the inspiration hits, she writes just so she herself can learn where the characters are headed because oftentimes, they take her by surprise! It is her ultimate dream to share her stories with as many readers as she possibly can.
Her other loves include art, cooking, and old movies (anything with Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford, Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, and all the song and dance numbers because she can’t watch them and not be happy!).
She adores taking long walks with her husband and running after her two rambunctious kids. She has traveled extensively (all seven continents except Antarctica) and has a multi-cultural upbringing. She speaks two and a half languages and binge watch TV shows when the mood strikes.
Aja has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Comparative Literature and Economics and two Master’s degrees, one of which is in East Asian Studies.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Book Tour for Restoring His Howl by Megan Slayer (GIVEAWAY)


A man running from his painful past finds unexpected safety and love in this emotionally intense m/m romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Restoring His Howl by Megan Slayer, then discover even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this tenth installment in the Sanctuary series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a handmade bracelet and signed author swag too!

Opposites can attract, but can they make the love last?
Dillon came to the Sanctuary to hide, but also to heal. He’d been abused and needed a safe place to come into his own. He never expected to find a partner, but love came looking for him. Can he accept what he deserves or will he push away a chance at forever because he feels unlovable?
Cinders knows from the moment he sees Dillon that he wants the wolf shifter for his own. But can a jaguar shifter and a wolf shifter really pair up? He doesn’t know, but he’s banking on the attraction to pay off. What he doesn’t expect is how deep Dillon’s scars run. Is he strong enough to see beyond what’s happened to Dillon and help create a future for them together?
Anything’s possible when the jaguar shifter, a former stripper, and the wolf shifter figure out how to restore his howl.

EXCERPT:

He spotted a black form moving in the grass. He hunched down and studied the animal. A jaguar. He should know the big cat by sight but didn’t know which shifter it was. The more the jaguar moved, the more Dillon watched. He couldn’t help himself. The black feline moved with grace and seemed to be showing off. The jaguar mesmerized Dillon. He’d seen plenty of big cats and knew there were at least two other jaguars on the property. Fifteen lions, four tigers, three jaguars, a bobcat shifter and six humans were currently at the Sanctuary—but he only knew a couple of them.
Something stirred within Dillon. Longing? Desire? A little bit of both? He didn’t think he could be loved because of the damage to his body and soul, but he wanted someone to care for him. To care about him. To see beyond his past and accept him. Was that even possible? Once others learned what he’d done and how often, they’d run the hell away from him and for good reason. He hadn’t been in control of himself, but did that matter? Maybe not, but he wanted a mate, and he had to hope they’d be able to give him a chance.
Mate… He snorted. Another wolf would be the best option, so why was he watching the jaguar? The wolf should be in charge and finding another wolf. Did the wolf crave the jaguar? Maybe. His human side definitely wanted the big cat. Well, no… The human side wanted to meet the human within the jaguar.
Christ. No, he couldn’t meet the shifter. What was he thinking? Not only would he wreck the fantasy, but he’d have to let in the person. Closeness meant the possibility of being hurt or abandoned. Hell, no.
“Aren’t you a pretty boy?”
He froze. He’d forgotten about watching the jaguar the moment he’d gotten wrapped up in his mind. The big cat was nowhere in sight. Shit, shit, shit. He knew the voice, though. Cinders. Of course, the jaguar was the stripper. How had he not figured that out? Because he hadn’t been paying attention. He was now.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Megan Slayer, aka Wendi Zwaduk, is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to LGBTQ and BDSM themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best author, best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com.
When she’s not writing, Megan spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice.

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Book Spotlight on A Match Made in Bed by Cathy Maxwell (GIVEAWAY)


Enemies become lovers in this Regency romance between a combustible couple who couldn’t be more opposite.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of A Match Made in Bed by Cathy Maxwell, then add this crackling historical tale to your bookshelf.  In honor of this second installment in the Spinster Heiresses series make sure to visit the link below for US readers to have the chance to win two print copies of the first book in this series too!

Once upon a time there were three young ladies who, despite their fortunes, had been on the marriage mart a bit too long. They were known as “the Spinster Heiresses”...
Miss Cassandra Holwell is too tall, too bookish, and too smart—but she does have money and a father who wants a grand title for her. Cassandra hasn’t felt a desire to marry until she meets the sinfully handsome Duke of Camberly, who captures her imagination . . . until Soren York, Earl of Dewsberry and her family’s sworn enemy, steps in the way.
The Holwells ruined Soren’s family, and he’s lived on the knife’s edge trying to resurrect their fortunes . . . until he considers marrying the Holwell Heiress. Not only would her dowry give him the funds he needs, he has secretly had an eye on the independent-minded bluestocking since they both first realized the differences between men and women.
She likes to read; he has no patience for books. She knows little of sex; he is a man of the world and willing to school her. Her family destroyed his; his offer of marriage may be her only salvation.
Now Cassandra and Soren must learn to love each other for who they are, not what they are—and the lessons are becoming an exercise in absolute pleasure.
EXCERPT:


He’s here. I know he is,” Cassandra whispered in the ear of her friend Willa, lest she be overheard by either Lady Bainhurst sitting on the settee with them or the very handsome, highly desirable Duke of Camberly. He stood by Lady Bainhurst but Cassandra felt he gave her and Willa most of his attention.
“Who? Dewsberry?” Willa managed around the smile spread across her face for the duke’s benefit. She was far more interested in him than Cassandra’s sudden premonition that Soren York was close at hand.
Willa was as petite as Cassandra was tall and perfectly formed in every way. Her hair was raven black, and the two were dear friends—well, except when it came to their competition to earn the attention of the Duke of Camberly.
They’d even made a flirting game of it, attaching points for different actions of courtship—a point for an introduction, three points for each dance, five points if he called upon them. When a woman had been on the Marriage Mart as long as they had, she needed a bit of competition to sharpen her skills...not that either of them required the edge of a game when it came to Camberly.
He was young and amazingly handsome. He had broad shoulders, a lean jaw, and dark hair that emphasized the jewel blue of his eyes. What woman wouldn’t want to become his duchess?
Cassandra was actually ahead in the game by one point. She’d been wondering how many points being invited to this weekend would earn her when Willa had made her appearance in the reception room. They had not known the other was coming.
And now here was Camberly, ignoring his other guests and spending his time focusing on both of them.
Everyone knew he needed to marry money. She and Willa were the only two marriageable women invited to the dowager’s house party as far as Cassandra could see. Did this mean the duke intended to decide between the two of them? Perhaps even this very week?
The thought made her giddy. She wanted Camberly. He was “the one.” The very embodiment of all her romantic dreams. No other could match him. And she was not going to let Soren York ruin this country party and her one chance for marital happiness with his presence.
Willa proved what a good friend she was by momentarily turning her attention from hanging on to the duke’s every word to murmur, “I don’t see Dewsberry.”
“He’s here,” Cassandra insisted. She sat up straighter so that she could unobtrusively gain a better look around the room.
There had been someone lurking in the hall leading to the dining room. That was when she’d first experienced the suspicion that things weren’t completely right. However, she’d been so distracted with Willa’s presence and what it meant to her chances with the duke, she’d not been interested in concentrating on her inner sense.
Then again, the duke had come from that direction, making an appearance that had surprised everyone in the room by his lack of  fanfare. Still . . . Soren was here.
The tingling of the hairs at the nape of her neck had never failed her, especially since she’d been exercising it more than she wished for the past month. Soren seemed to be everywhere she went in spite of her best efforts to avoid him because she knew what he wanted—marriage.
Dewsberry might be an old and respected title but the earldom was done up. Ruined by generations of poor decisions and unwise gambling. Soren was hunting her because of the money she would inherit upon marriage and because her father’s lands abutted his. He was that obvious. However, she thought herself safe here. Why would Camberly, who also needed a rich wife, invite a competitor?
Unless the duke thought to hand off whichever heiress he didn’t want to Dewsberry?
The walls in the room seemed to close in around her.
She would not marry Dewsberry. She couldn’t. Her father would never  allow  it.  The Yorks were his enemies. They looked down on the Holwells, and neither she nor her father would subject themselves to their high-handed treatment.
But also, Soren had betrayed her. She could recall perfectly the pain of what he’d done to her. It had been close to eleven years ago, and the hurt, the disappointment was still surprisingly raw.
From the other side of the room, her father caught her eye. He was of average height, with bushy eyebrows and hair that had gone gray at a young age. Helen stood at his side as she always did. She had a short nose and a determined chin. Her hair had once been red but had faded to a dull brown. Her father had noticed Cassandra.


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AUTHOR INFO:

CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness.





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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Book Cover Reveal for Viva Las Vegas by Ember-Raine Winters (GIVEAWAY)


What happens in Vegas changes everything for a woman running from her Mafia past and the sexy rockstar who makes her his own.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Viva Las Vegas by Ember-Raine Winters, then count down the days until this book releases on May 3rd,  In honor of this third installment in the Las Vegas Nights series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win e-copies of the books in this series along with a $5 Amazon GC too!


Jessica
Who would have thought that hiding from the mafia would explode over night., but having a sexy rockstar jumping off the stage to save me from a speaker changes everything. Paparazzi, poker games, goons, and being shot. I’m ready to run, except this sexy rockstar wants to marry me. What’s this Mafia Princess to do?
Jake
Who thought jumping off the stage to save a beautiful woman, I would end up losing my head, and it’s not from the concussion. She is sexy as hell playing professional poker, but things take a turn when her father finds her. So, I do what any man would do, I ask a Mafia Princess to marry me.



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AUTHOR INFO:

Ember-Raine Winters lives in sunny California with her two beautiful kids and a wolf. Also known as Apache her pure white Siberian Husky. She loves writing romance and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. And, football! She loves watching football and going to games. It’s one of her favorite ways to unwind. She dislikes the super-hot temperatures in her city and exercise. She hates to exercise but somehow her sister still gets her to do it every day. She also thinks it’s completely awkward talking about herself in third person. Ember loves connecting with readers so don’t be afraid to stalk her and drop her a line on social media.


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Monday, April 23, 2018

Book Blast for Come Back To Me by Trilina Pucci (GIVEAWAY)


It’s an erotically-charged journey to be found amongst the pages as a woman struggles with her past to find a future.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Come Back To Me by Trilina Pucci, get captivated by the unexpected twists and turns, then discover even more by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this first installment in the Forever duet series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a prize pack from the author containing all sorts of goodies too!

Mia West is drawn to Cole Parker and she doesn't know why but each time he is around, she can't stop the pull, drawing her into dark secrets and closer to her past. Will she put the pieces of her life back together or just end up in his bed?
When she meets Jack, it's clear he wants Mia as his own but knows that to keep her means he has to keep her away from Cole. She wants to feel the spark with Jack but something keeps holding her back. Is it Cole or is there more to Jack than meets the eye?
When her past and present intersect, both men will give her reasons to run, the question is...whose arms will she run into.
Come Back to Me is the first book in the Forever series duet. The finale, Forever with Me, releases in June.

EXCERPT:

“You have a little bit… right, here.” He uses his thumb to brush a spot of chocolate sauce from my lips. The heat from his thumb on my mouth spreads through my body and right to my center. Before I can help myself, the tip of my tongue licks the pad of his thumb. It happens so fast, but it’s as if we are suspended in time. I watch his eyes, suddenly nervous and yet not at all, and a low growl emerges from the back of his throat. He pulls away quickly, not wanting to call attention to us. All I can think of is that I want to suck on that thumb, just as a preview of what else I can do to him!


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AUTHOR INFO:

Trilina is an author, wife, and mama to three rowdy kiddos. When she isn't making grilled cheese sandwiches, she can be found writing saucy novels that titillate and excite her readers.



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