Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cover Reveal for Sinful Pleasures: An Anthology of Erotic Tales by Sinful Press


Readers looking to add more heat to an already scorching summer will find themselves drawn to this collection of erotically-charged tales from 11 of today's most eclectic and diverse authors.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of the upcoming collection, Sinful Pleasures: An Anthology of Erotic Tales by Sinful Press, then get ready to add it to your bookshelf when it releases on August 20th!




Sinful Press welcomes you to lose yourself in Sinful Pleasures.
Join us as we weave our way from mainstream erotic romance to surreal sex-filled dreamscapes and everything in between, created by some of the best new and established voices in the erotica genre. Authors in the collection:  Janine Ashbless  |  Ella Scandal  |  Sonni de Soto  |  Jo Henny Wolf  |  Lily Harlem  |  Lady Divine  |  Gail Williams  |  Samantha MacLeod  |  Tony Fyler  |  Ellie Barker  |  Lisa McCarthy





EXCERPT:

From The Pier By Night by Janine Ashbless...
“What do you want to do now?” James asked, as they came level with another set of concrete stairs leading back up to the promenade. The question was lightly posed, but it seemed to carry an unconscionable weight. Maz looked sideways at him, rearranging the tickling strands of her hair back from her face one more time. Her body knew exactly what it wanted to do. Her body seemed to belong to some other personsomeone with no memory, no ties, no guilt. Somebody who had lived all her life here, in the sun, on the beach, far away from any home or husband.
How easy it would be to do something irrevocable. Something that would tear down their carefully ordered world.
“Do you think they’ve got an aquarium?” she heard herself ask. “I like them."
“It’s a seaside town. Of course they’ve got an aquarium."
They did.
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Indoors, it was surprisingly quiet and empty. The sun must be keeping everyone else outside. After the blaring pop music of the pier and the excited children on the beach, the dimly-lit faux-rock tunnels, with their windows onto pellucid underwater landscapes, seemed like another planet.
Maz and James took their time. She hadn’t been kidding about how much she enjoyed displays like these. The glowing pools drew her, and the fact that James was beside her only heightened the sense of dreamlike intensity. He would touch her occasionallya hand on the small of her back, a finger brushing her wrist, the gentlest of clasps upon her upper arm as he pointed out a delicate seahorse among the reed grass. There was a quiet intimacy to it that made her shiver and blush and lose focus.
She could feel her whole body thrumming, as if she were lambent with arousal.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Spotlight on Sin by Emma Hart (REVIEW)


What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but with this book all the steaminess of the city can be yours.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Sin by Emma Hart with its sensual romance of enemies to lovers where family issues weigh on HEA.  You'll also get my impressions of this first installment in the Vegas Nights series, then make sure you add it to your bookshelf!

Damien Fox lived up to his name. Cunning, sly, and dangerous, fifty percent of Vegas’ strip clubs were his.
Whatever he wanted, money, attention, women, he got.
And now he wanted to buy my bar, no matter the cost.
I wanted him to go to hell on a first-class ticket.
He played a dirty game, and I followed his rules. I let him think he would win.
Despite our differences, it was clear to see that we were no more than two broken hearts colliding in the darkness.
Closed off, sexy, and holding a pain that would crush a lesser man, he was the ultimate sin. One I couldn’t deny myself, even though I knew better than to trust a fox...


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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

The pain of loss and guilt is one of the driving forces in this story as a man with a past full of familial conflict finds himself in an emotional tug of war with a woman dealing with her own grief.  Add in a combustible and erotically-charged connection between these two strong-willed people and readers will find themselves quickly consumed with their slightly bumpy and sexy journey to HEA.

Damien Fox once had a happy family until his mother's depression and frustration led to his family falling apart.  His father's anger, judgments, and expectations resulted in hurt feelings, death, and years of guilt that had Damien closing his heart off from the world.  The moment he meets Dahlia Lloyd though his life will never be the same as she works her way into his heart and soul one witty challenging word after another.  Damien's childhood was one of being made to feel like a disappointment, being pushed by a domineering and toxic father into doing things that he knows aren't right.  It's made him a bit cold and calculating when readers first meet him.  Below that unappealing facade though is a man of great passions, a man who wants to unburden himself and take control of his life without his father's heartlessness hanging over him.  Damien's hard to like at the start but, like the layers of an onion, readers get to see a completely different man unfold as the story progresses.  Being with Dahlia softens the rough edges his father honed and I found myself falling for him.  His heart reawakens and each word and deed becomes more romantic and charming.  He's a mercenary at the start but definitely more of a lover than a fighter by the end.  Damien's a man who oozes sensuality and it made his connection to Dahlia crackle with encounters and banter teeming with unrelenting sexual tension.  Theirs was an erotic battle for supremacy from the very start and it made for entertaining exchanges in and out of the bedroom.

Dahlia Lloyd's childhood was full of love until the death of both of her parents had her running from her obligations.  Returning home and still healing from her loss she's thrust into a battle against an arrogant businessman bent on buying her family's bar.  From the moment they meet it's clear that both are more than a match for the other as both give as good as they get.  Dahlia's a strong-willed woman not easily swayed by Damien's sexiness, but she's definitely tempted. The more time he spends on trying to get her to sell the more they get to know each other.  The closer her body gets to him the more she sees of his heart and soul that's been starved for far too long.  Through her kind heart and support he becomes the man he's always wanted to be, the hero she's always found in the romance books she reads.  Dahlia's a delightful heroine who doesn't back down from a fight.  She's confident and willing to fight for what's right while putting her heart on the line for a man who everyone had once written off as cold and calculating.  She's supportive of her friends, no matter how annoying they sometimes are, and is a fixer and eternal optimist you can't help but like.  She's the kind of heroine you can see yourself hanging around with in real life as her snark put a smile on my face and it's just one more reason to root for her to get her HEA.

Theirs is a relationship teeming with sexual tension from the very start with banter that feels like a tennis match as one sexually-charged comment leads to another.  Their banter is full of challenge early on, but as their hearts become entwined their banter feels more like foreplay.  Their intimacies become more erotic as the story progresses but they're nicely balanced with sweet and tender moments as well.  Damien may have started out a bit villainous but he soon showed his heroic and immensely appealing damaged hero side that had me drooling over him by the end.  Dahlia was an entertaining foe in their battle and from the start you can't help but cheer for her.  Surrounding this engaging couple was a cast of colorful and larger than life secondary characters.  Each left their indelible mark, making me laugh a time or two, and affecting the future of Dahlia and Damien in subtle and overt ways.  I'm especially intrigued by Damien's sister Perrie whose life has been tough and full of choices that will leave readers conflicted but greatly anticipating her story being told next. Though this story went on a bit too long I liked that there were no big misunderstandings, no roadblocks of stupidity keeping readers from a richly rewarding HEA.  Ms. Hart shows herself here to be a master at witty and erotically-charged banter.  She's crafted two likable protagonists who don't need over the top melodrama or silly machinations to keep readers invested in their HEA and I look forward to the next emotionally engaging installment in this sexy series.

My rating for this is an A-

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

AUTHOR INFO:

By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Book Review for Jameson by Jillian Quinn


As the man-of-honor in the most anticipated sports wedding of the year, Jameson O’Connor has a problem. He needs a date. But his best friend, who is also the bride-to-be, keeps scaring them away. On accident.
Through the course of planning the bridal shower, shopping for wedding gowns, and hosting bachelorette parties, Jameson finally meets a girl who can hang. Or so he thinks. When he meets Regan Turner at a basketball game, Jameson has no idea she’s hockey royalty.
Because of her upbringing, Regan is through with hockey players and wants no part of them. She assumes Jameson is an athlete because of the company he keeps. But she likes him. And Jameson is persistent. He won’t take no for an answer.
Jameson likes the sporty blonde, wears her down with his charms, and Regan will be his date to the wedding. No matter how much convincing it takes to get her there.

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It's a whirlwind romance readers get to be a part of as a hard working videogame creator finds himself drawn to the daughter of hockey royalty.   From start to finish emotional ups and downs, obligations and desires, weigh on this appealing couple to keep their HEA in doubt while I rooted for them every step of the way.

Introduced in the first installment of the Face-Off series, Jameson's been Charlie's best friend since their days in foster care.  It was them against the world and they vowed that they'd make something of themselves one day.  Years later and they're still tight-knit, even with Charlie's engagement to a hockey star, and Jameson's ready to do his duty as Man of Honor at her upcoming wedding.  Seeing her happiness is infectious, and amongst all the chaos of wedding planning, he finds himself drawn to a tiny bundle of energy who challenges him.  Meeting Regan catches him off guard as he's never thought of having a relationship before but being with her has him thinking of the future.  His dedication to work though puts their future in doubt and has him making big changes that brought this romance to a cheer-worthy conclusion.  Jameson's a delicious hero who would clearly do anything for his friend.  He's willing to embarrass himself and take a ribbing from the hockey players who inhabit their world, which endeared him to me. When it comes to love though he's torn between striving for success and his happiness. It's a common conflict in real life and I'm happy to see it addressed here as it gave this story a relatable dose of realism.

Regan's the kind of heroine you can see yourself hanging out with.  She's not overly girly, enjoys sports, and is more comfortable in casual attire than glamorous garb.  She's well-liked, outgoing, with a personality that's similar to Charlie.  That's probably part of the reason why Jameson's first attracted to her, while her interest in gaming and ability to forgive his numerous cancellations for work further intrigues him.  Regan loves hockey and is proud of her father's accomplishments but it's clear she longs for more when it comes to her career. She wants something just for herself instead of it being because of her pedigree and her rocky relationship with Jameson furthers her desire for change. Through all of the ups and downs in her steamy relationship with Jameson, Regan remains an immensely likable heroine who stands up for herself even when tempted by his unrelenting sensuality.  Though Jameson was the star of this story, Regan was an enjoyable highlight who was more than a match for him.

Readers looking for a fast-paced romance with bits of humor and lots of sexiness will get just that with this fourth installment in the Face-Off series. Time together for this couple amounted to play in and out of the bedroom as well as interactions with characters from the previous books in this series. Those interactions were charming, brought a smile to my face, and made Jameson even more likable.  Heartfelt talks balanced with scorching and clandestine encounters kept me invested in the relationship between these two appealing personalities while rooting for them to work past their issues to get their HEA. Fans of sports romances will find this a pleasant addition to the genre and will have them seeking out the previous installments in this series and greatly anticipating what Ms. Quinn crafts next.

My rating for this is an A-

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Spotlight on Escaping Indigo by Eli Lang (Review & GIVEAWAY)


Two bruised souls, trying to hide their mutual pain behind their music, find unexpected comfort in each other's arms in this introspective m/m romance.  Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Escaping Indigo by Eli Lang, with its sensual romance set in the rockstar world, along with my impressions of it.  Learn even more about this book by visiting the other sites hosting this tour, then add this engaging romance to your bookshelf.  In honor of this first installment in the Escaping Indigo series leave a comment below telling me what you like about rockstar romances for the chance to win a $10 Riptide GC too!

Micah thought he’d always be in a band. All he ever wanted was to play drums and make great music, but when his best friend and bandmate passes away, Micah is left adrift. The thing that’s always lifted him up is now a reminder of everything he’s lost.
In an attempt to put his life back together, Micah takes a job as roadie for his favorite band, Escaping Indigo. He’s always admired the lead singer, Bellamy. On stage, Bellamy is confident, glittery, and radiant. But as the two grow closer, Micah realizes that in person, Bellamy is quiet, introspective, and a little uncertain. And that’s the person Micah is falling for.
Micah is determined to know all of Bellamy, both the rock star side and the side hidden from the audience, the side that creates music that touches Micah’s heart. Bellamy has secrets of his own, though, things he doesn’t want to share with anyone. And trying to uncover Bellamy’s truths might be the thing that ends up pushing him away.


MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:

From the very first page readers will find themselves quickly caught up in the lyrical feeling of this story as two bruised souls find comfort in each other's arms.  It's a narrative told from the perspective of former drummer Micah who's lost his way after the death of his friend/bandmate.  Now a roadie for his favorite band Micah finds himself drawn to Bellamy, the quiet yet commanding lead singer of Escaping Indigo, and together they take readers on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Micah once had dreams of making it big in the music world alongside his best friend, but with his bandmate's death he lost the fire to stay on the stage.  He can't leave music completely behind though and soon becomes a roadie for the band that's always brought joy to his soul.  It's a routine job until the night he enjoys a bit of solitude with lead singer Bellamy and as quiet talks led to heartfelt introspection a romance teeming with sensuality along with moments of heartache evolved.  Micah's clearly lost and lonely at the start of the story, full of what-ifs and what might have been.  The moment he sees Bellamy he senses a kindred spirit as one lost soul calls to another.  He's always been enthralled by his larger than life stage presence but it's his little boy lost personality that truly captures his heart and has him opening himself once again to the possibilities...possibilities of love as well as making music.  Micah's a caring soul who understands Bellamy's moods and is a strong support when he needs it most.  He asks tough questions of him, questions not easily or always answered.  When it comes to their relationship, it's one teeming with sensuality as well as doubts regarding their different statuses that puts readers through the wringer and culminates in a HFN.

Bellamy's the quintessential rockstar on stage, sexy and full of energy.  Off stage though he's a contradiction as his moods go from one extreme to another. He's clearly a tortured artist, talented but always needing to be better.  Fears and doubts constantly weigh on him and have resulted in issues with crippling anxiety that led to feelings of isolation.  Finding Micah gave him unexpected support when he needed it most.  It also led to hard questions regarding his mental health, and ways to help his moods, that often left me frustrated. Despite that, I still found myself just as enamored with Bellamy as Micah was. Bellamy's love of music is clear and it's a love that he desperately wants to reignite in Micah with scenes that depicted joy and helped Micah find forgiveness.

Through all Bellamy's highs and lows this was a couple meant to be together. Their encounters were teeming with sensuality and oftentimes more was expressed through a single touch and glance than with words.  Both had kind hearts and worried that their personal baggage would harm the other which led to lots of talks and introspection.  These talks were nicely balanced with a few steamy interludes as well as lots of sweet cuddling that made for a more realistic relationship.  The music world was vividly depicted too as moments on the stage were full of energy and eroticism while behind the scenes were endless miles of travel and boredom.  Escaping Indigo isn't a stereotypical band as there's no vices on display, just a deep-seated familial bond between the bandmates and their crew.  Issues of mental health were at the core of this story and while I appreciated Ms. Lang's addressing it, I was equally frustrated by the secretiveness and feeling of dirtiness surrounding Bellamy's anxiety. Despite that small criticism I found myself caught in this story's sensual haze through its lyrical storytelling.  Micah's inner dialogues were beautiful and gave deep insight into his heart and soul as well as helping readers better understand Bellamy.  This was a captivating series starter and I look forward to revisiting this couple and getting to know more about the other members of Escaping Indigo in the future.

My rating for this a B.

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

AUTHOR INFO:

Eli Lang is a writer and drummer. She has played in rock bands, worked on horse farms, and has had jobs in libraries, where she spent most of her time reading every book she could get her hands on. She can fold a nearly perfect paper crane and knows how to tune a snare drum. She still buys stuffed animals because she feels bad if they’re left alone in the store, believes cinnamon buns should always be eaten warm, can tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the tardigrade, and has a book collection that’s reaching frightening proportions. She lives in Arizona with far too many pets.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Blast for The Bull Riding Witch by Jamie Marchant (GIVEAWAY)


Readers looking for a unique read will get just that with this urban fantasy-fueled tale of body swapping and politics.  Keep reading to get a tempting glimpse of The Bull Riding Witch by Jamie Marchant, and discover even more about this unforgettable read by visiting the other sites hosting this tour, then add it to your bookshelf.  In honor of this cleverly crafted and action-packed tale make sure to fill out the form below for the chance to win a $20 bookstore GC too!

Daulphina’s father, the king of Asteria, has always wanted a male heir. Unfortunately for him, Daulphina’s magic means that will never happen unless her bastard half-brother displaces her on the throne. But she’ll take on all the gods herself before she lets that happen. He isn’t nice enough to be a good king.
But apparently, the gods don’t like being challenged because she’s flung across the void and into the dumpy old trailer and chiselled body of Joshua Killenyen, a rodeo bull rider from Alabama. With nothing to eat but Frosted Flakes and no knowledge how she got there, she better find a way home before she gets her head stomped in by the bulls she must ride. Or her brother will take the throne and reduce her people to slavery. Remember, he isn’t nice.

EXCERPT:

I woke with my head pounding and my tongue coated with the fur balls of ten thousand cats. I nearly gagged at the stench that filled the air, a scent that combined the reek of the inside of a knight’s armor after jousting with the odor of rotting flesh.
Confused, I examined my surroundings. Hanging on the wall facing me was a portrait of a huge bull with its head down and its heels kicked high into the air. Incredibly, a man, holding onto a rope with only one hand, sat on the bull’s back. Why would anyone ride a bull? Bulls were dangerous and impossible to control.
Piled high on the bedside table were plates covered with the remains of several meals, bowls with a few dregs of sour milk, and empty bottles. The sheet I laid on was stained with various substances I didn’t want to identify. Where was I? This was certainly no place worthy of me, the crown princess. Maybe I had somehow ended in the servants’ quarters, although I couldn’t imagine how.
I tried to sit up, and my head felt as if it were going to split in two. I groaned, and the sound was deep and masculine. What the . . .? I looked down at my arms. They were muscular and covered with hair. I grabbed my naked chest. My breasts were entirely flat, and my chest was covered with thick, coarse hair. When I rubbed my hand across my face, I felt thick stubble. I looked down at the short clothes, which were the only thing I was wearing; there was a bulge that just shouldn’t have been there. I lifted the waistband and peeked. Dear gods, how had I gotten one of those? I poked it with my finger, and it twitched. I snapped the waistband closed and jumped away, but I couldn’t get away from the body I was wearing.

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AUTHOR INFO:

Jamie began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer. Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized she’d put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. The literary article went into the trash, and she began the book that was to become her first novel. She writes about the fantastic . . . and the tortured soul. Her poor characters have hard lives. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son.


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