Saturday, December 16, 2017

Book Blitz for One and Done by Melynda Price (GIVEAWAY)


There’s a bit of fun in the sun in this book of second chances and finding meaning in a life full of superficiality that will charm readers from the first page to the last.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of One and Done by Melynda Price, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this sexy story of starting over make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win 5 e-copies of Beneath the Surface and a $10 Amazon GC too!

“If you kiss enough frogs, eventually you’re going to get a fungus...”
~Autumn Harris
When Autumn’s best friend Summer surprises her with a girls’ getaway in Cyprus for her 30th birthday, she makes up her mind that now is her time to shine. This is exactly the fresh start she needs to put the past and a messy divorce behind her. She might have bought into the ideology of Mr. Right once, but that myth was long busted—been there, done that—and she has the broken heart to prove it.
When a family emergency causes her bestie to bail on her minutes before their flight takes off, Autumn finds herself alone and bound for the “Island of Love.” Summer had an itinerary chock-full of girlfriend goodies planned—massages, salsa lessons, parasailing… Okay, maybe not parasailing, but this was going to be a week of fun, and now suddenly it’s a week for one. Armed with her Best Friends Guide Book for Having Fun—and no best friend—Autumn plans to check into her beachside villa with her new BFF, Captain Morgan.
Being ranked one of the top surfers in the world does have its perks, but discovering your sex-tape was released on social media?—definitely not one of them. On the heels of a scandal that has sponsors threatening to cancel his contracts, Balen Kroft has strict instructions from his publicist to lie low for the next week while this whole fiasco blows over. Seven days of incognito before hitting the surf again at the Titan’s of Maverick Invitational might not be such a bad thing—rest, relaxation, and fun in the sun… Until he comes face-to-face with his own personal riptide. If he’s not careful, Autumn Harris may just pull him under.
The fiery ginger has no idea who Balen really is and he’s determined to keep it that way. After the last eight months and a series of self-destructive behaviors, he’s content to let her believe he’s a homeless, beach-bumming surfer, living a carefree life one day at a time.
Autumn’s sexy vagabond is just charming enough to convince her to let him crash in the spare room of her villa. In exchange, he offers to be her new bestie for the week, taking her on all the excursions her friend had planned. It’s a tempting offer…her own personal tour guide and the possibility of some hot, no-strings, surfer-guy sex? What woman in her right mind would turn that down? She’s a big girl who knows the score. What can possibly go wrong?

EXCERPT:


Balen, are you homeless?”
His brow arched. Autumn wasn’t sure why he looked so surprised she asked. It wasn’t a very far leap. The writing was on the wall—his friend making that crack about him being a jobless beach bum, him volunteering to spend the week with her…and now here he was, needing a place to say. She wasn’t an idiot. One plus one usually equaled two.
Balen studied her until the tension in the room grew stifling. “Is my socioeconomic status an issue for you? You’ve got the spare room and I happen to be in need of one for the next week. I thought… Look, if staying with you is going to be a problem, I can leave.”
“I didn’t say I wanted you to go. It’s just...” The furrow of skin between his brows grew tighter and Autumn’s explanation died on her lips. But Balen wasn’t going to let it go. Great…she’d offended him.
“It’s just what, Autumn?”
Damn, this was getting awkward. “It’s just, now it makes sense. That’s all.”
“What makes sense?”
“Why you’d want to give up a week to spend it with someone you don’t even know. It makes more sense if you were down on your luck or something.”
The corner of his mouth twitched, not quite making it into a smile. “So, the lure of spending the week with a beautiful woman isn’t reason enough for you? Would it make you feel better if I told you I wanted to fuck you? Is that honest enough for you? Does it somehow make this scenario more believable?”
If he was trying to shock her with frankness, it worked. She was waiting for him to crack a smile and tell her he was joking, but he just stood there…staring at her. Holy shit, he was serious.
Maybe he was retaliating because she’d offended him? Autumn’s heart hammered inside her chest, heat bloomed in her cheeks, flushing down her neck and traveling lower. Refusing to let him rattle her with all his sexy, she notched her chin, met him dead in the eye and said, “I don’t think that’s it. You haven’t even tried to kiss me since we—“
He laughed, cutting her off. “So then I must be homeless? That’s your only other supposition here?”
His amber-flecked gaze dropped to her mouth, and Autumn instinctively moistened her lips. The air charged between them, becoming electric and lighting up her nerve endings. Undeniably, she had never been more attracted to a man than the one standing before her. She wasn’t sure why she’d made that snarky remark about him kissing her. It’d just sorta slipped out. Maybe she was subconsciously goading him.
When he spoke, his voice was lower—a husky rumble she felt all the way to her core. “Do you want me to kiss you, Autumn? Is it driving you crazy that I know what you taste like, what your mouth feels like against mine, and you can’t remember a single second of it?”
Yes...” The confession was out of her mouth before she could call it back. She wasn’t sure if she was saying yes to the kiss, or yes that her alcohol-induced amnesia that was annoying the hell out of her—probably both.
Balen stepped closer and she caught a hint of his spicy scent mixed with the briny freshness of sea air. The heat deep inside her bloomed to a full-blown ache. He was so close his breath kissed her lips as she parted them in anticipation, waiting for him to close the scant distance separating them. Her breath stalled in her lungs, her lids fluttered closed. But his lips didn’t touch hers. Instead, they brushed the outer shell of her ear as he whispered, “Good...”
Her eyes flew open and she took a surprised step back.
Learn from your mistakes, lest you repeat them.”
Really? This jerk is going to stand here and lecture me on propriety? Now Autumn was pissed. She didn’t need him judging her. She wasn’t judging Balen because he didn’t have a job or a place to live. Who the hell did he think he was?
“Fuck you, Dr. Phil.” She turned to walk away, but before she could put any distance between her and this morally arrogant, beach bumming surfer, Balen grabbed her arm and yanked her against him. His arm wrapped around her waist and a hand cradled the back of her head as his mouth came down on hers.
His lips were soft, yet frim as they crushed hers… Autumn’s startled gasp was all the invitation he needed to take the kiss deeper. Balen’s tongue delved inside, tangling with hers. Wow… Just wow...
The consuming way his mouth claimed hers, stole the air from her lungs. She felt his kiss all the way to her toes, lighting up every erogenous zone on the way down. Autumn melted against him, a soft, throaty moan of long-denied need escaping her on exhale.
How could she not remember this? It was amazing. Thankfully, Balen seemed more than willing to give her a reminder. His hand slipped into her hair, the tugging pull angled her head a little to the left. The kiss was hot, intense, and over as fast as it started.
Balen broke away and Autumn’s squeak of protest was drowned out by his own self-damning curse. Her heart was racing so fast she felt dizzy.
Reaching out, she grasped the island to steady herselfpanting to catch her breathHoly shit… She’d never been kissed like that in her entire life. The passion he sparked inside her was like an all-consuming fire. If just a kiss could do this to her, what would it be like to surrender herself to him? What had it been like?
“All right,” she said, still a little breathless. “You can stay...”


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AUTHOR INFO:

Melynda Price is a bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her Against the Cage series has finaled in many awards such as the RONE, USA Today BBA, Golden Quill, National Readers’ Choice, and New England Readers’ Choice.
What Price enjoys most about writing is the chance to make her readers fall in love, over and over again. She cites the greatest challenge of writing is making the unbelievable believable, while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion and unique twists and turns. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to her well-crafted books. She currently lives in Northern Minnesota with her husband and two children where she has plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with her Chihuahua and a hot cup of coffee to write.


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Friday, December 15, 2017

Book Tour for Marked for Death by J.C. Valentine (Review & GIVEAWAY)


It’s a sexy and rip-roaring thrill ride when a tough biker meets a woman running from her own painful past in this MC-fueled romance that kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to the last.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Marked for Death by J.C. Valentine, along with my impressions of it, then discover even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour.  In honor of this first installment in the Blind Jacks MC series make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $25 Amazon GC too!

Tiffany
Leading a nomadic life, I’ve been on the run from my rich ex-husband for years. I’ve learned every trick in the book, staying one step ahead of him and his trackers. He’s taken everything from me, and despite everything, I’ve managed to carve out a life. But he’s getting close again. It’s time to hit the road, to start over…but it looks like the universe has other plans.
Ryder
As Sargent at Arms, stalking the crazy man trying to kill my MC brothers is part of my job description. Protecting the club is what I live for. Unfortunately, today I’m the loser in our never ending game of cat and mouse. The last thing I remember before waking up in the emergency room is staring up at the sky while bleeding out onto the cold, hard pavement. Then the pretty nurse walks in and turns my world sideways, and those soft hands know just how to handle a big, angry biker like me. With a psycho on my tail, the stakes couldn’t be higher. I know I should walk away, but self-preservation has never been much of a strong suit. As my enemy closes in, I’ve got no gun, three bullet holes, and absolutely zero patience left. The question is, who will be the one to sign my death warrant—the crazy-ass biker who’s gunning for me…or the sexy-as-sin nurse I’ve got a hard-on for?

EXCERPT:

Hooking his arm around her waist, he pulled her flush with his body and murmured, “You’re the only thing right in my world at the moment. Ever thought of stealing a moment in time, just for yourself?”
His eyes were filled with heat and his voice was laced with desire. Frowning, she tried to make sense of his words.
“I live a dangerous and unpredictable life,” he explained with a fierce edge. “Sometimes, when I see something I want, I just grab it. Even if I only have it for a moment, it can live in my memory instead of my imagination.”
Absently rubbing her hand up and down his muscular chest, she responded with a whisper, “That makes more sense than a lot of things I’ve heard.”
“I like the way your hands feel on me. I know I ain’t nothin’, but sometimes a man needs a taste of heaven.”
Looking up at his gorgeous, scarred face, she could see him moving closer. Her eyes drifted down to his lips, and before she could think of what to say, he was kissing her.
If she thought he was going to be rough and demanding, she couldn’t have been more wrong. His lips ghosted over hers, teasing and pulling her into his thrall.
Suddenly, her hands slid through his hair. His mouth became more demanding, his tongue swiping across the seam of her mouth. He was begging for entrance, and she wanted more than anything to give it.


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

Fans of MC-themed romances will find many of the expected elements in this romance of a very rough around the edges biker begrudgingly accepting the help of a kind-hearted nurse while he’s on a road to revenge.  It’s a fast paced story with a bit of suspense and a lot of time spent on dirty talk and verbal foreplay.  By the end it’s clear that this couple’s story is just beginning as trouble is never far behind.

Ryder’s your typical bad boy biker with his antagonistic attitude, crude talk, and lone wolf mentality.  While on a mission to bring in the man who hurt his club he ends up shot and in need of help as he recovers.  His unexpected savior ends up being a sassy and strong-willed nurse with her own kind of danger following her. What follows is a lot of banter full of sexual tension that has him even more intrigued by her and wanting to claim her as his own.  She’s different from the usual club groupies, she’s someone of worth and strength, and he sees her as the final piece in his picture perfect idea of home and does all he can to woo her.  When danger finally catches up to him though, he’ll have to choose between doing his job or choosing her.  Ryder’s full of attitude, quick to anger, and doesn’t like to rely on others.  He’s very rough around the edges with his crude speech and constant sexual innuendos, but he also has a surprising soft side.  He wants a wife, he enjoys the tender ministrations, and sees heaven as a quaint and comfy house with kids and a wife.  At moments like that I adored Ryder and could understand why Tiffany was falling for him.  His overall thoughts regarding women though frustrated me as he was respectful one moment and derogatory the next.  He called Tiffany a bitch on numerous occasions and thought it an endearment, but I found it very jarring and it marred their romance for me.

Tiffany’s a woman used to starting over.  With a dangerous man following her she never settles in one place for long.  On her last night at the hospital though she ends up doing all sorts of things she never thought she’d do in order to save yet another dangerous man.  It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire as Tiffany cares for Ryder at his weakest moment, using her strong will and no-nonsense attitude.  With Ryder, Tiffany steps outside her comfort zone, throws caution to the wind and the regimented way she’s been living.  She finally goes after what she wants instead of hiding and I enjoyed seeing her feisty side. She’s a good match for Ryder as she gives as good as she gets in banter that was rapid-fire and erotically-charged.  She has a kind heart too and is the voice of reason when things really get tough and it’s her tender touch that tames the beast.  From start to finish Tiffany was the highlight as she was a formidable heroine who went toe-to-toe with danger and with her past coming ever closer I’m counting on her to win once again.

This was a quick read with a middle section that dragged slightly before racing to a pulse-pounding confrontation.  Throughout the story there was lots of sexual tension and dirty talk.  Some of that dirty talk was enjoyable, playful and sexy, but Ryder took it to a crude level occasionally which disappointed me.  I liked Ryder, but when he talked that way it angered me and I wish Tiffany had called him out on it.  Despite that, I still found this a sexy read.  It’s a tale of insta-love that worked for me as this is a formidable couple whose connection is crackling.  By the end I was rooting for them and look forward to where they go from here.  I also see a compelling story ahead for Ace, an emotionally broken biker who has a lot to atone for.  He’s lost a lot, it’s clear he longs for a HEA of his own and it’s a story that I’m breathlessly waiting for.  On a whole, this was a satisfying series starter that introduced readers to a few intriguing characters. There was a good balance of sexiness and action that kept me invested every step of the way.  The language became crude at times and it’s something that I hope is toned down in future installments.  I like my bikers a bit rough but Ryder was too rough at times and it marred the mystique of bikers with a heart of gold who are why I read these kinds of romances and which will have me counting down the days until the next installment.

My rating for this is a B-/C+

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

AUTHOR INFO:

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.
Living in the Northwest, she has three amazing children and far too many pets. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.


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Thursday, December 14, 2017

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His inspiration. His torment. And his temptation...
Jasmine Taveras is the reason Sarge Purcell grabbed his six-string and bailed the hell out of New Jersey four years ago. She’s the fuel for every song he’s ever written—each one laced with bitter, hard-edged, hungry lust. Now, with his hugely successful band on temporary hiatus, Sarge is determined to prove to Jasmine that this “kid” turned into every inch the man she’s always needed...
Men are slim pickings for a single factory girl in Hook, New Jersey…until tall, broad-shouldered hotness walks—or rather storms—into Jasmine’s life. Sarge’s return shouldn’t affect her this way. He’s her best friend’s much younger kid brother, and the kind of rough, gritty, sexiness Jasmine has no right to taste for herself. Even if he lets her.
But lust is a blinding, insatiable force. And when it crashes, it will take both Sarge and Jasmine down with it…

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