Saturday, November 18, 2017

Book Tour for Unmasked by Magan Vernon (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Set in the world of winter sports readers will find themselves captivated by this tale of opposites attracting.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Unmasked by Magan Vernon, along with my impressions of this New Adult sports romance, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this exhilarating romance make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a 20 oz Tumblr and Bailey’s-filled chocolates too!

Can a hotshot snowboarder de-ice the ice queen?
At twenty-six, Blake Tremblay is one of the oldest snowboarders in the game. His sights are set on the gold medal, and he knows it’s now or never.
Kelly Johnson has spent her entire life skating and winning. She’s had no time for friends or an active social life, earning her the nickname “Ice Queen” – in and out of the rink.
Blake makes a bet without knowing all the terms. His ego won’t let him back out, even though his target is none other than the American Ice Queen herself.
What are the odds the dreadlocked playboy can warm the frosty figure skater when the real games are unmasked?
Let The Games Begin.



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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

After a week of unrelenting stress it was with great joy that I picked up Ms. Vernon’s sports-fueled romance.  From the moment these two opposites meet under the shadow of a bet, their crackling connection captivated me and had me rooting for them with every turn of the page.  By the time I reached the end the grin on my face was unrelenting and I felt energized by the delightful couple whose hard-fought HEA reminded me of why I read romance books!

Blake Tremblay’s a wild man on the slopes.  From his untamed dreadlocks to his brash attitude he’s an athlete you can’t ignore.  Though he comes from winter sports royalty, he has yet to reach the pinnacle of snowboarding.  As the elder statesman in his sport, time is running out which has him determined to stay focused and make a memory.  What he gets though is an unexpected connection with a young woman who seems to be his opposite but who’s in fact perfect for him.  What starts out as a bet soon becomes all too real as he finds a family and a woman who support him unconditionally.  When the truth comes out though he’ll have to make a bold choice in order to undo all the hurt he caused in a charming and heartwarming Grand Gesture.  Blake’s a delicious hero who’s always tried to live up to his parent’s legend.  Falling short has caused conflict between them and feelings of frustration and disappointment. He lives life on the edge, the carefree snowboarder, and past relationships were momentary diversions.  With Kelly though he finds something meaningful, a woman and her family who show more acceptance and care for him than his own family.  Behind his brash nature is a truly sweet and sexy hero who sees exactly what the heroine needs and gives it to her.  Being with Kelly changes him, just as much as he changes her, and together they make a formidable couple.

Kelly Johnson’s always been focused on her sport.  Since she was very young she wanted to be a star ice skater and every decision she’s made has taken her one step closer to success.  Success comes with sacrifice though and for her it’s led to a lonely existence with virtually no friends and far away from her family. Life’s passed her by and with her career coming to a close she decides to do one unexpected thing...meet Blake Tremblay for drinks.  It’s a decision that changes her life irrevocably, giving her a few days to actually live and break free of her cool and collected facade.  When the truth comes out about Blake’s first meeting with her, she once again puts on her mask in an attempt to take the gold medal even though she feels as if she’s lost in an ending that kept me on the edge of my seat waiting in breathless anticipation.  Kelly’s a likable heroine who wants to succeed in order to help her family who’ve sacrificed so much for her through the years.  She’s close with her family in scenes that were heartwarming as they were unconditionally supportive of her.  While they were proud of her accomplishments, they just wanted her to be happy and through subtle words and deeds tried to matchmake between her and Blake.  Kelly may not have much experience when it comes to romance, with her one attempt resulting in betrayal and heartbreak, but her and Blake are crackling together.  There’s joy as well as tons of sexual tension between them and it was a delight watching them grow closer together to ultimately reach their HEA.

From the first page to the last I found this to be a story of decadent delights with a wonderful couple who made this story unforgettable.  Blake’s a wild child with a hidden heart of gold.  He’s sweet, sexy, and charming and was the highlight of this story for me.  Kelly was a good match for him.  A bit guarded at first but their time together gave her a reason to embrace life instead of hiding from it behind her sport’s-fueled Ice Queen facade.  Surrounding this compelling main couple were a cast of entertaining secondary characters who helped bring their individual sports to life in vivid detail.  My favorites were Kelly’s skating partner Logan and her younger sister Becca.  Logan was like a brother, protective and supportive, who tried at every turn to help her live a fuller life away from the ice.  Becca’s a star hockey player with her own fame.  She’s different from Kelly though as she lives life on her own terms.  She’s bold and tells it like it is and I’d love to see her and Logan take center stage in their own romance as their connection here was immensely entertaining.  This was my first time reading this author but won’t be my last as she crafted a book that literally made my week!

My rating for this is an A.

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


AUTHOR INFO:

Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really justwatches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Book Tour for Defiant Queen by Meghan March (REVIEW)


With its mysterious and commanding lead and his complicated connection to a strong-willed woman readers will find themselves captivated by this intense romance that takes you even further into their decadent world.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Defiant Queen by Meghan March, along with my impressions of this erotically-charged novella, then add this second installment in the Mount Trilogy to your bookshelf!



I’m his entertainment. His toy. Payment on a debt.
I tell myself I hate him, but every time he walks into the room, my body betrays me. How can I want him and fear him in the same moment?
They told me he’d mess with my head. Make it go to war with my body.
But I didn’t realize it would be complete anarchy.
I should’ve known better. When Mount’s involved, there are no rules.
I will not surrender. I will not show weakness. I’ll stand my ground and make it out of this bargain with my heart and soul intact.
But he has other plans...




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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Picking up immediately after the jaw-dropping conclusion of Ruthless King, readers find themselves breathless as we go from one dramatic event after another to start off this second installment in the Mount trilogy with a bang. With this novella readers get deeper insight into the man behind the image as Lachlan Mount’s stony facade starts to crack the closer he gets to Keira Kilgore. Keira’s still the strong-willed heroine we first met but her time with Mount is affecting her too as her hate and anger over his controlling personality starts becoming more romantic, especially after a surprise trip abroad. Together they’re an unforgettable couple whose battle of wills is full of decadent delights with banter that amounted to foreplay that scorched the pages and left me longing for more.

The previous installment kept the reputation of Mount intact as his quiet and commanding nature was on full display.  This time around we get an even more bloody display of his power, but readers also get a glimpse of the lonely boy hiding behind the mask.  Though he longs to claim Keira’s heart he’s afraid she’ll make him weak, afraid his feelings for her will have his enemies hurting her to get to him.  An opportunity to take a break from being Mount though gives him the chance to be more carefree, to show Keira the man he wants to be for her and it was a charming and drool-worthy sight to see.  His attempts to woo her (courtesy of the words of wisdom of a character from another of Ms. March’s series) won me over completely and I thoroughly enjoyed the dichotomy and was sad to see them return home where he had to live up to his persona once again.

Keira grows closer to Mount in this story as she becomes addicted to the feelings he inspires in her.  His controlling nature gives her permission to embrace all her naughty thoughts and empowers her both in and out of the bedroom.  On a trip abroad it’s Mount’s unwavering support in her that makes her finally feel like the businesswoman she purports to be as he stood aside while she took the lead.  It was a turning point in their relationship that confused her but she enjoyed the change all the same as it gave her a glimpse into his heart and gave readers hope for their HEA.

From the first page to the last this was a story that kept me glued to the pages. We saw a dark and deadly side to Mount but also a kind and caring one that drew me to him even more.  He and Keira have a combustible connection that led to lots of erotic play along with banter that felt more like a battle being waged that left me unsure of who to root for.  Their time abroad brought out a very different side to their relationship, which I enjoyed, though it went on a bit too long.  Returning home though put them right back into the middle of danger with another ending that left me screeching in disbelief and cursing out the wait until the next installment!

My rating for this is an A-

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


OTHER INSTALLMENTS IN THE MOUNT TRILOGY...

RUTHLESS KING (Book 1)
Get ready for the darker and dirtier side of New Orleans with a brand new alpha romance from USA Today bestselling author Meghan March.
New Orleans belongs to me.
You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see—and all the things you don’t.
My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met.
I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt.
To have her in my debt.
She doesn’t know she caught my attention.
She should’ve been more careful.
I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her.
It’s time to collect what I’m owed.
Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.

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SINFUL EMPIRE (Book #3)
The Mount Trilogy concludes with Sinful Empire!
What’s mine, I keep, and that includes Keira Kilgore.
It’s no longer enough to have her in my debt. No longer enough to own her body.
I want something more.
She can try to resist, but I’ll never give her up.
Nothing will keep us apart.
Not her. Not my enemies. No one.
Her debt will only be paid one way—with her heart.
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AUTHOR INFO:

Meghan March has been known to wear camo face paint and tromp around in woods wearing mud-covered boots, all while sporting a perfect manicure. She's also impulsive, easily entertained, and absolutely unapologetic about the fact that she loves to read and write smut. Her past lives include slinging auto parts, selling lingerie, making custom jewelry, and practicing corporate law. Writing books about dirty talking alpha males and the strong, sassy women who bring them to their knees is by far the most fabulous job she's ever had.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Cover Reveal for Hunt Me Down by A.L. Jackson (GIVEAWAY)

As a fan of A.L. Jackson I’m thrilled to give you a glimpse of her upcoming novella set in the world of her Fight for Me series.  Hunt Me Down is a small town romance where opposites attract and today I’m giving you a glimpse of this drool-worthy cover with its super sexy hero Broderick Wolfe.  So be sure to add this to your TBR list, then count down the days until this introduction into the world of Gingham Lakes, Alabama releases on December 1st.  In honor of this upcoming novella you can fill out the form below to win signed print copies of this book along with the first installment in this series too!

Never underestimate a man who knows what he wants...
Broderick Wolfe is a man accustomed to getting what he wants. He will hunt it, fight for it, and make it his own.
Lillith Redd is a straight-laced attorney who’s dedicated her life to serving the people of her hometown of Gingham Lakes.
When Wolfe Industries sets its sights on leveling the old part of town and building a high-rise hotel in its place, Lillith steps up to go toe-to-toe to with its owner.
Little do either of them know, they’ve just met their match.
Hunt Me Down is a modern-day reboot of Little Red Riding Hood set in the world of A.L. Jackson’s bestselling FIGHT FOR ME series, originally a part of the Glamour Anthology and previously titled Red Hot Pursuit. This novella is a fun, flirty, uber sexy contemporary romance. The only fantasy happening here is in the bedroom. So hold on—you’re getting ready to sink your teeth into something hot and sweet.
***This book was originally titled Red Hot Pursuit in the Glamour anthology. It has not been changed or added to in any way. This novella does not need to be read before Show Me the Way and does not give away any spoilers for other Fight for Me novels.


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AUTHOR INFO:

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, and BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for A.L. Jackson’s upcoming novel, FOLLOW ME BACK, the second stand-alone novel in her brand-new FIGHT FOR ME SERIES.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Book Blast for The Unseducible Earl by Sheri Humphreys (GIVEAWAY)


Fans of historical romances will find themselves drawn to this tale of a man who’s always done the expected until the day he finally finds himself embroiled in a romance that will cause a societal uproar.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of The Unseducible Earl by Sheri Humphreys, then discover even more about this sensual story by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this first installment in The Nightingales series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win $15 in Boroughs Bucks and a copy of A Hero to Hold too!

When an earl who’s given up on love and has settled on an engagement to a darling of society falls for a Crimean War nurse, he must either forsake his love or embroil them all in scandal.

EXCERPT:

For a moment, she froze in the doorway. The earl stood at the sideboard dishing up his breakfast. He couldn’t have had any more than a few hours sleep, but he looked as though he felt much more rested than she did.
The country gentleman’s garb he wore this morning suited him. With his mahogany hair combed and his jaw clean-shaven, he seemed younger. Was it possible his posture grew even straighter when she entered?
He greeted her and offered a plate. “You’ve plenty of time before you’ll need to leave for the train. I believe your trunk is being packed now?”
The way he spoke, he might have been assuring a guest he regarded fondly. She almost gave a rueful laugh, but accepted the china and turned to the sideboard, very aware of his tall frame beside her.
She forced her attention to the perfectly prepared selections of food. She wasn’t particularly hungry and took a small portion of egg. After adding a slice of fried bread and asking the footman for coffee, she settled at the table. “I saw Captain Merrick before coming down. There was no one packing when I left my room.”
His plate loaded with what appeared to be a bit of everything, Cheriton sat at the end of the table, in juxtaposition to her. He frowned. “You’ve seen Jamie this morning?”
“Yes, I have.” In unison they picked up their coffee and took long sips. Victoria held the warm bowl of the cup with her fingertips, enjoying the spreading warmth.
She’d probably never see Cheriton again, and she preferred to think of him as a devoted, if injudicious, brother. Failing that, remembering him as an attractive aristocrat would be acceptable. Unfortunately, his ardent defense of his brother had caused her to regard him as a man of determination and steadfastness.
She’d acceded to his demand that she leave, digested her outrage and sorrow, and then been left with an estimation of him that she didn’t understand or want. For some unexplained reason, and despite their discord yesterday, he affected her in ways other men did not.
He made all her senses heighten. Her heart and lungs worked harder, her skin heated, and her body yearned to draw close. He radiated confidence and strength and something intangible that unsettled her and made her aware of his masculine and her feminine differences. His face might be too intense for some, but she found it compelling.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Sheri Humphreys used to be an Emergency Room nurse, but today applies bandages, splints, and slings to the characters of her Victorian romance novels. She loves to ignore yardwork and housework and read—usually a book every one to three days. Having conjured stories in her mind her entire life, she wondered if she were normal. Then she began putting stories to paper and became a two-time Golden Heart® finalist. She lives with a Jack Russell mix rescue, Lucy, in a small town on the central California coast.
A Hero to Hold received a prized Kirkus Star and was named to Kirkus Reviews' Best Books of 2016.

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Book Tour for The Bed Mate by Kendall Ryan (REVIEW)


Readers will be charmed by this friends-to-lovers romance set amidst the holidays that will ultimately put a smile on your face as two friends work their way towards HEA.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of The Bed Mate by Kendall Ryan, along with my impressions of this novella, then add this third installment in the Roommates series to your bookshelf!

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kendall Ryan comes a new story in her Room Mate series...
I might be a typical guy, but these last few years, my love life’s been anything but. From crazy ex-girlfriends to one night stands who are stage-five clingers, my relationships go bad faster than the milk in your fridge. The only constant has been my best friend Maggie.
Fresh off a bad breakup of her own, I invite Maggie to my guy’s skiing weekend knowing she needs an escape from reality. But then something funny starts to happen. I start noticing things about her that I never noticed before.
She’s beautiful and doesn’t know it, she’s funny without even trying, and now she’s suddenly single for the first time in forever.
Sharing a hotel room with her proves to be the tipping point in our very platonic friendship. Suddenly I want to put my hands, my mouth, and my ... other parts ... all over her gorgeous body. I want to claim her, make sure no man touches her ever again. But then her groveling ex shows up, and Maggie’s torn.
Am I ready to screw up the best relationship I’ve ever had for a shot at something more?
**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

EXCERPT:

Every now and then, Sam would shoot me a sympathetic look, knowing that I had no idea what they were talking about, but in truth, their company was a welcome break. Between what the woman in the shop had said and the lady on the plane’s insinuation, my mind was going a mile a minute and I was beginning to look at Sam in a way I definitely shouldn’t be.
Okay, so, yeah, he was sexy. That was a no-brainer.
I shot him a furtive glance, taking in the corded muscles of his forearms and the lock of dark hair that constantly flopped onto his forehead. And sure, he was sweet and attentive. He looked after me and made sure I always had a fresh drink and that I wasn’t cold or hot. He held the door for me and pulled out my chair when we went to restaurants. Hell, he’d been looking forward to this trip for months and he’d sacrificed an entire day just to make sure I got here safe and didn’t spend my time sulking.
Still, that didn’t mean he had feelings for me. He hadn’t argued when I’d mentioned us being like brother and sister or anything.
No, this whole line of thinking was ludicrous. Sam was a good friend. That was all…wasn’t it?
After all, Trevor had loved me once and he never did any of that.
Admittedly, that wasn’t the best example, but it proved my point all the same. In Sam’s shoes, Trevor never would have missed the chance to hit the slopes with his friends. He hadn’t even skipped the business trip that fell on my twenty-fifth birthday years back.
But Sam was there, my brain supplied helpfully.
Again, not an indication that he had feelings for me. People were just different. Sam was one of the good ones. And if he liked me surely I’d have known by now. He’d have told me or…something.
“Is that your phone?” Sam turned to me and I blinked, only realizing that I’d been so encompassed in my own thoughts that I’d totally zoned out.
“What?” I asked, confused.
“Don’t you hear that vibrating noise? I think it’s your phone.”
I listened hard and then heard the low, gentle hum he was talking about.
“Yep, probably you-know-who again.” I sighed, but fished the phone from my tiny handbag all the same on the off chance it was a family member with an emergency.
It wasn’t Trevor, though. He had called—I had seven new missed messages from him since I’d left for the airport, but I also had three missed calls from my friend Deanna. I hadn’t spoken to her in more than two weeks because she’d been away on a long-awaited safari, but now more than ever I really needed to hear her voice.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Readers looking for a little afternoon delight will get just that with this charming friends-to-lovers romance.  Set amidst the holiday season makes this an even more romantic read full of heartwarming interactions and an immensely satisfying HEA.

Sam and Maggie have been friends for years, supporting each other through every up and down.  They know what makes each other tick and would never do anything to harm their friendship.  They’ve had romantic relationships with others over the years but it’s their friendship that’s endured.  Lately though their feelings have turned more romantic and the attraction that once was a passing thought is now an incessant longing.  With both of them experiencing recent break-ups though they now have the chance to act on all those longings in this sensual and satisfying novella.  While the storyline is familiar it’s the characters that made it shine.  Sam and Maggie are cute together, sharing thoughts with a mere glance, and enjoying simple nights in front of the tv. They comfort each other when in need, never leaving the other wallowing in pain alone, in sweet scenes where their longing was palpable.  While there’s a bit of angst surrounding their romance it’s thankfully dealt with quickly to get readers to HEA even faster. Surrounding this likable main couple were a group of friends who were equally likable and who I could see myself hanging out with. They were a good support to Sam and Maggie and played their roles as matchmaker beautifully when sharing their years of observations and words of wisdom.

On a whole this was a quick and delightful read that wrapped me in a warm hug as I watched two friends become oh so much more.  With truly likable characters, a main couple who have a crackling connection, and a scorching kiss that I waited for with bated breath this went from a little appetizer to a scrumptious buffet that I heartily recommend!

My rating for this is an B+.

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

AUTHOR INFO:

A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of more than two dozen titles, Kendall Ryan has sold over 1.5 million books and her books have been translated into several languages in countries around the world. She's a traditionally published author with Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins UK, as well as an independently published author. Since she first began self-publishing in 2012, she's appeared at #1 on Barnes & Noble and iBooks charts around the world. Her books have also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists more than three dozen times. Ryan has been featured in such publications as USA Today, Newsweek, and InTouch Magazine.