Monday, December 18, 2017

Review- Can't Get Enough by Gena Showalter

Summary-

New York Times best selling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers tale, featuring a rough, tough bad boy brought to his knees by... a kindergarten teacher? 

The king of one-night stands...
To inherit--and destroy--his father’s business at long last, Brock Hudson needs a temporary wife. The ruthless ex-military heartthrob has always avoided romantic entanglements. Women are sweet, but vengeance will be sweeter. Or so he thinks. Only one woman will do, but the vulnerable beauty is more than he bargained for—sexier, wittier, and utterly irresistible.

The queen of the deep freeze…
After an abusive first marriage, Lyndie Scott has sworn off relationships. But still she longs for a child of her own. Turns out, the brawler who used to frighten her with only a glance is the answer to her problems. She agrees to his proposal, with a caveat: spend every night in bed with her, then walk away for good when it’s time to divorce. Even if she’s pregnant. 

A marriage of breathtaking inconvenience... 
As the days pass too quickly and the nights heat up, Brock battles a sense of possession and obsession. Will the former commitment-phobe convince his wife they’re better off together, or will she pack her bags and go?


Release date: December 5th, 2017
Published by: Strawberry Valley Press
Page numbers: 234

Review-

Can't Get Enough by Gena Showalter is the sixth book in her Original Heart breaker series which takes place in a small town called Strawberry Valley. Though this is the sixth book each book can be read as a stand alone and it follows the story of a different couple. I don't think it is necessary to read the previous books but the signs of Brock and Lyndie's story starts of a couple of books back.

Let's start with Lyndie. Lyndie has spent her entire life under an abusive father then an abusive husband. Now after finally getting over it she's coming to terms with herself. She is a strong independent woman and doesn't want to be tied down by anything or anyone. I liked Lyndie. Yes she was hesitant at first but she did trust Brock. Lyndie wanted to be a mother very bad and she could fulfil that dream of hers with Brock's proposal.

Brock was a nice hero to. Due to an emotionally abusive mother he didn't believe that anyone could genuinely love him. Things change when his father passes away and he is left to take care of the company. The only clause is that he has to marry to take ownership. So Brock asks Lyndie the only girl friend he trusts and desires above anyone else.

Can't Get Enough follows the marriage of convenience tropes and I've realised that I do enjoy it at times. Lyndie and Brock were good together and they both helped the other over come their fears and insecurities. I also enjoyed seeing Ryanne and Jude and Dorothea and Daniel. They were great friends who always supported Brock and Lyndie and were always there to pull their heads out of their asses. 

Can't Get Enough was comparatively shorter than the rest of Gena Showalter's books. But this was a good thing because there was no unnecessary angst and the conflict was resolved pretty swiftly. If you enjoy small town romances I'd suggest picking up one of the Original Heart breaker books.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.



Friday, December 15, 2017

Blog Tour- Lantern by Chess Desalls


Lantern: The Complete Collection

Genre: YA Fantasy/Sci-fi
Pages: 230
Release Date: September 26th 2017


Summary:

The story of every lantern is unique, just like yours and mine.

This collection includes all three novellas, LanternBeacon, and Torch.

Tori discovers a lantern that shines for her and nobody else. Is it a ghost or a living being that must be set free?

Serah unseals a globe made of Celestial Glass. Does success bring her happiness or create more trouble than it's worth?

Evelyn meets Graham after attending a party where a lantern burns out. Who lights the way to pull the other through?

Experience three different stories, all with a connection to a mysterious lamp maker.


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Chess Desalls is the author of award-winning young adult fiction. Her nonfiction writing has been included in academic and industry publications, with a focus on law and technology. She's also a contributing editor for WritersTalk, South Bay Writers' monthly newsletter. When she's not reading or writing, she enjoys traveling and trying to stay in tune on her flute.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Blog Tour- The Teeanger with a Chameleon Soul by Cindy McElroy


The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: September 28th 2017


Summary:


Meet Sadie MacPhearson. She’s seventeen and lives in a ritzy, artsy beach town called Mariposa Beach, California. Blond, bootylicious and beautiful—she’s a main chick of the Pop Crowd: the most flawless looking, smartest, trendiest, richest, fabulous group of party animals at Mariposa Beach High School. She wants one thing, to keep her secret but it’s always lingering above her head. When the administrators want to assess her for a learning disability, she coats inhibitions and fears with alcohol, which, in turn, causes serious damage in her life, mostly her chameleon soul.

After struggling to blend in, senior year, Sadie finds herself without her dear grandmother, with disgusted parents, three hundred and sixty mandatory volunteer hours and AA meetings, no driver’s license or Jeep, zero friends, and cognitively low classes. Feeling like success is not an option with her learning disability, she sits behind building C next to an overweight, military loving, book nerd Jay Felix on the first day of senior year. He pushes her to be her best self. But even at her best, can Sadie overcome her learning disability, her struggles with alcohol and graduate from high school at the cutthroat Mariposa Beach High School or will the lure of the Pop Crowd take her down?


About the Author:

Cindy McElroy is a young adult novel writer. The Teenager with a Chameleon Soul is her first book. She’s the wife of a firefighter, and the mother of three children and a Rhodesian Ridgeback, but she’s also been a special education teacher, a camp counselor and police decoy. She does her best writing when she’s beach camping, or her kids are asleep or at school. If she’s not writing or with her family, she’s reading, doing yoga, water skiing, snowboarding or SUP boarding near her home in Ventura County, California. Cindy loves to write humorous yet emotional novels about young adults experiencing young adult things. 

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt- Can't Get Enough by Gena Showalter

From New York Times Bestselling author Gena Showalter, comes the next standalone romance in the Original Heartbreakers Series—CAN’T GET ENOUGH!

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CAN’T GET ENOUGH Synopsis:

New York Times best selling author Gena Showalter returns with a sizzling Original Heartbreakers tale, featuring a rough, tough bad boy brought to his knees by... a kindergarten teacher?

 The king of one-night stands... To inherit--and destroy--his father’s business at long last, Brock Hudson needs a temporary wife. The ruthless ex-military heartthrob has always avoided romantic entanglements. Women are sweet, but vengeance will be sweeter. Or so he thinks. Only one woman will do, but the vulnerable beauty is more than he bargained for—sexier, wittier, and utterly irresistible.

The queen of the deep freeze… After an abusive first marriage, Lyndie Scott has sworn off relationships. But still she longs for a child of her own. Turns out, the brawler who used to frighten her with only a glance is the answer to her problems. She agrees to his proposal, with a caveat: spend every night in bed with her, then walk away for good when it’s time to divorce. Even if she’s pregnant.

A marriage of breathtaking inconvenience... As the days pass too quickly and the nights heat up, Brock battles a sense of possession and obsession. Will the former commitment-phobe convince his wife they’re better off together, or will she pack her bags and go?

Review-

Can't Get Enough by Gena Showalter is the sixth book in her Original Heart breaker series which takes place in a small town called Strawberry Valley. Though this is the sixth book each book can be read as a stand alone and it follows the story of a different couple. I don't think it is necessary to read the previous books but the signs of Brock and Lyndie's story starts of a couple of books back.

Let's start with Lyndie. Lyndie has spent her entire life under an abusive father then an abusive husband. Now after finally getting over it she's coming to terms with herself. She is a strong independent woman and doesn't want to be tied down by anything or anyone. I liked Lyndie. Yes she was hesitant at first but she did trust Brock. Lyndie wanted to be a mother very bad and she could fulfil that dream of hers with Brock's proposal.

Brock was a nice hero to. Due to an emotionally abusive mother he didn't believe that anyone could genuinely love him. Things change when his father passes away and he is left to take care of the company. The only clause is that he has to marry to take ownership. So Brock asks Lyndie the only girl friend he trusts and desires above anyone else.

Can't Get Enough follows the marriage of convenience tropes and I've realised that I do enjoy it at times. Lyndie and Brock were good together and they both helped the other over come their fears and insecurities. I also enjoyed seeing Ryanne and Jude and Dorothea and Daniel. They were great friends who always supported Brock and Lyndie and were always there to pull their heads out of their asses. 

Can't Get Enough was comparatively shorter than the rest of Gena Showalter's books. But this was a good thing because there was no unnecessary angst and the conflict was resolved pretty swiftly. If you enjoy small town romances I'd suggest picking up one of the Original Heart breaker books.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.

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EXCERPT-

The next morning, Lyndie tried to convince herself that she’d agreed to marry Brock only because of the wine.
Cabernet said I’d have no regrets, but cabernet could be a no-good liar, so…
A dozen times she picked up her phone, intending to call or text him, only to stop.
On one hand, marriage.On the other, baby.If she had a third hand, sex.
More wine could balance things out. Breakfast wine—good idea.She walked to her wine closet—AKA her pantry.Only four bottles remained.Time to restock.For now she’d go with merlot, a more honest wine.Honesty mattered!
Despite the early-morning hours, a single glass helped mellow her mood.Merlot + marriage = possible win.Merlot + marriage + possible pregnancy = total landslide.
I can do this.
Even better, shewoulddo this.
A little bit later, a text from Brock came in.
How’s my soon to be wifey-poo doing this morning?
Her heart started to race, and not just with nervousness. She replied,She’s almost calm.Are we really going to do this???
A few seconds, and his response came in.In my fantasies, we already have.But we’ll get to that later.How do you feel about a Sunday wedding… one week from today??? I warned you we’d do this quick.
Okay, from wanting more to wanting to vomit.A cold sweat beaded her forehead.She had next Monday off, so technically, timing worked.She typed,I feel like time is gonna pass quicker than a hot knife through butter. If we get hitched on a Sunday, it’ll have to be after church services.So why not go to the courthouse and get this whole thing over with?
One minute passed.Then another.She waited with bated breath until her phone buzzed.
Brock:I’ll talk to the pastor at Strawberry Community Church.I’m certain he’ll let us do the deed between services.And we’re doing it this way because we’re Hudsons, and Hudsons do things right.Sometimes.Fine—because I want to see you in a gown, walking down the aisle.Yes, that’s right.You’ve given me a gown fetish.I hope you’re happy.
Lyndie smiled.
Brock: You’re still a go?Because if I need to give you a sample of my bedroom prowess to convince you, I will man up and do my duty.

       

About Gena Showalter: 
 
     
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series--Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles--and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she's appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black--if you ask her about it, she'll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages. She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans    

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Release Day Blitz- Sweet Life by Nina Lane



Summary-

He knows if she's been bad or good.

Amidst the sugarplums and mistletoe, fashion stylist Julia Bennett is every inch a scrooge. Known for her ice-queen ways, she's having a meltdown over a botched business deal and an upcoming milestone birthday. Add the pressure of forced holiday cheer, and she's ready to dive into the spiked eggnog and not come out until summer.

Warren Stone, president and owner of the Sugar Rush Candy Company, is determined to make Julia slow down and enjoy the holidays. As her friend and confidante for thirteen years, he knows her better than anyone. But when decking the halls leads them to an explosive, sexy night, everything suddenly changes. 


And when Warren decides Julia is all he wants for Christmas, will she risk their longtime friendship for the gift of love?

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EXCERPT

            “Now step into my office.”
            Julia blinked at his hard tone, her gaze shifting to his closed office door. “I beg your pardon?”
            Warren opened the door. “In. Now.”
            Her features tightened with resistance just as the elevator doors opened and several employees emerged, their voices rising in chatter. Julia crossed the hallway in front of them, her shoulders rigid. He caught a whiff of Chanel No. 5 as she passed him.
            He entered the office behind her and closed the door, flicking the lock shut.
            “You are not to take out personal crap on my employees,” he said. “That’s not how I run this company.”
            Julia’s lips compressed. “Odd that you’ve never before questioned my treatment of your employees. And it wasn’t personal. She needed to know she’d screwed up.”
            “Announcing the holiday party early is not screwing up,” Warren replied evenly. “You’re pissed off because you’ve had a shitty week, you have too much on your plate, an old bucket list has thrown you off your game, and you don’t know what to do with the fact that we fucked the other night.”
            Two spots of color appeared on her cheeks. “I seem to recall that what I did with that fact was tell you it wasn’t going to happen again. After which you informed me in excellent caveman style that I was wrong. You seem to forget I’m never wrong.”
            About this, you are.
            He bit back the words. He hadn’t become the president of Sugar Rush by throwing his weight around. He knew how to bide his time, work his way into getting what he wanted. And damned if he didn’t want her more with every passing second.
            “Well?” Julia put her hands on her hips and glared at him. “Are we done here?”
            Under her make-up, purplish smudges shadowed her eyes. Brackets of tension lined her mouth. His jaw tightened.
            “You had a migraine yesterday,” he said.
            “What the fuck do you care?” Julia snapped.
            Warren’s hands flexed. He was used to her quick-fire cursing, all the more effective when delivered by a woman who looked like royalty, but he didn’t like being the recipient of her wrath.
            “I’m putting Mia Donovan in charge of the Sugar Rush holiday party,” he said.
            “You’re firing me?” Julia stared at him, her eyes widening. “Are you serious?”
            “Yes.” He steeled himself against her shock and the knowledge that he was hurting her. “You’ve planned it for the past ten years, and it’s time to hand it over to someone else.”
            “You don’t get to decide that.”
            “Yes, I do. Sugar Rush is my company. This is also the event where I’ll be announcing my retirement. You’re not going to plan it.”
            “Because I have too much on my plate?” Julia stopped in front of the windows, her arms crossed and her fiery gaze fixed on him. “Thanks for your concern, Daddy, but I assure you I can handle everything I take on.”
            “That’s why you’re such a success. It’s also why your headaches are getting worse.”
            “You are not my fucking doctor.”
            “Stop swearing.”
            She barked out a laugh. “You need to rethink this retirement thing, Warren. It’s making you soft.”
            Given the state of his dick, he was anything but soft.
            “If you won’t delegate your projects, I will,” he said.
            “Because you can’t stop being the boss, even if you think otherwise.” Julia paced angrily to the desk, her eyes flaring with blue ice. “Why are you retiring, Warren? Everyone knows you’re the power behind the throne, much as you’ve let the boys take all the glory. Three months—hell, one month from now when you have nothing to do and no one to order around, you’re going to wonder why you made such a bad decision.”
            Warren’s jaw clenched. He was sick of getting pushback from all sides. “I’ve been in business my entire life. I know what I’m doing.”
            “So do I, dammit,” Julia retorted. “I don’t need you looking out for me.”
            “I will always look out for you.”
            She came to a halt, her whole body stilling. By contrast, Warren’s heartbeat kicked up, sudden heat flooding his veins. Their gazes met across the room, a crackling electric current firing through the air.
            Julia took a breath, her breasts heaving beneath her jacket.
            “Goddamn you, Warren Stone,” she whispered.
            “I told you to stop swearing.” He advanced, his own breath increasing, his hands fisting and unfisting at his sides.
            Rebellion tightened her features. “And if I don’t?”
            “You sure you want to find out?”
            He closed the distance between them, his lust flaring like a match to dry leaves.
            What the fuck was going on with them?
            The question flared like a comet through his mind and died just as fast—because he didn’t care about the answer. His mind was consumed with the thought of tasting her red lips again, sweet like cherries, spicy like peppers. Her mouth could deliver an insult as sharp and searing as a blade, but he knew—had always known, even if he’d smothered the knowledge—that the sounds issuing from Julia Bennett’s mouth could also be smooth, hot murmurs of lust that rushed straight to his blood. Weakening him of all thought, all control, inciting him with the urge to—
            He grabbed her shoulders, hauling her soft, slender body against him. He’d always loved the contrast of Julia, the sharp-tongued, acidic queen and the relentlessly devoted aunt. The rigorous boss who shot orders like arrows, and the loyal friend who bought Hailey’s favorite peanut butter, sent care packages to Gavin Knight when he was deployed in Iraq, spent hours on end with Evan at the hospital.
            He stared down at her fine features, pale skin, and wide blue eyes that he’d seen almost every day of his life for the past thirteen years—and suddenly now it felt as if he were looking at her for the first time. Had he never noticed that tiny birthmark right beneath her left eye? Or the silver flecks in her irises, like falling snow? Or the perfect curve in her upper lip, tempting him to put his tongue there and—
            Oh, he’d noticed all right. He’d just tried to pretend he hadn’t.
            “What the hell am I going to do with you, Julia?” he muttered.
            “Fire me, apparently.” Her tone was bitter, her eyes blue fire.
            Her gaze flickered involuntarily to his mouth, her lips parting. He slipped his hand beneath her chin, lifting her face to his. His heart jackhammered. Her breath brushed against his mouth, the familiar scent of her—Chanel No. 5, lavender soap, pure Julia—suddenly exotic and tantalizing.
            “I’m going to let you go,” he said slowly, “and take two steps back. I want you to reach under your skirt and take your underwear off… if you’re wearing any.”


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 


New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Nina Lane writes hot, sexy romances about professors, bad boys, candy makers, and protective alpha males who find themselves consumed with love for one woman alone. Originally from California, Nina holds a PhD in Art History and an MA in Library and Information Studies, which means she loves both research and organization. She also enjoys traveling and thinks St. Petersburg, Russia is a city everyone should visit at least once. Although Nina would go back to college for another degree because she's that much of a bookworm and a perpetual student, she now lives the happy life of a full-time writer.



Monday, December 11, 2017

Review- Villain by Samantha Young

Summary-

The sexy and emotional companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance Hero

Nadia Ray is not just a broadcast meteorologist. She’s Boston’s morning television It Girl. Successful and independent, she’s put a past she’s ashamed of behind her and is forging a future she can be proud of. However, when her new boss discovers her secret he blackmails her, intent on using Nadia’s popularity to make them the number one morning show in Massachusetts. He wants her to be part of uncovering the city’s biggest scandal - a secret billionaire Caine Carraway is hiding.

Soon Nadia is thrown into the path of Caine’s best friend: sexy, wealthy bachelor Henry Lexington. But she doesn’t encounter the dashing high society gentleman Henry is purported to be. Instead she’s faced with an insulting and defensive villain who misjudges her at every turn.

When Henry finally realizes the truth, and decides to make amends, Nadia wants nothing to do with him. But she underestimates his determination and charm and soon they find themselves embroiled in an intense, passionate affair.

An affair Nadia knows must come to an end before their feelings grow any deeper and he discovers her secrets.

After all, Henry Lexington isn’t the only one who played the part of a villain once…


Release date: December 5th, 2017

Review-

I love Samantha Young's books. Her stories have heart and emotions and basically I thoroughly enjoy the way she writes chemistry between her characters. Villain is a novella set in the same universe as Hero. I had read Hero a long time back and the details were very fuzzy in my head. But I don't think it is necessary to read Hero before getting to Villain. You obviously do get to see Alexa and Caine, the leads of Hero in Villain because Henry is Caine's best friend but Villain can definitely stand alone on its own.

So let's start with Nadia. Nadia is a broadcast meteorologist. She has worked hard to get where she is but she still faces obstacles in her path. When her boss blackmails her into getting a story she inadvertently stumbles into Henry. I really liked Nadia. She owned who she was and was not afraid to speak her mind. All in all she was strong heroine who I really enjoyed.

Then we have Henry. Henry is a wealthy bachelor who always gets what he wants. He is flirtatious and charming and sometimes comes off as a spoiled brat. But underneath that exterior is a man who protects his friends and family. I enjoyed getting to know Henry. Henry and Nadia's relationship starts off on the wrong foot and I liked how willing Henry was to make amends. 

Nadia and Henry's chemistry was mind blowing. They were opposites in some way but their attraction was real. I liked how Henry was willing to work on Nadia's insecurities. Even though this was a novella Samantha Young excels at weaving in a nice plot which adds depth to the relationship and the story. Now I feel like rereading Hero. I'd definitely recommend Villain.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.



Friday, December 08, 2017

Blog Tour- Review- Villain by Samantha Young


Summary-

The sexy and emotional companion novella to the New York Times bestselling romance Hero

Nadia Ray is not just a broadcast meteorologist. She’s Boston’s morning television It Girl. Successful and independent, she’s put a past she’s ashamed of behind her and is forging a future she can be proud of. However, when her new boss discovers her secret he blackmails her, intent on using Nadia’s popularity to make them the number one morning show in Massachusetts. He wants her to be part of uncovering the city’s biggest scandal - a secret billionaire Caine Carraway is hiding.

Soon Nadia is thrown into the path of Caine’s best friend: sexy, wealthy bachelor Henry Lexington. But she doesn’t encounter the dashing high society gentleman Henry is purported to be. Instead she’s faced with an insulting and defensive villain who misjudges her at every turn.

When Henry finally realizes the truth, and decides to make amends, Nadia wants nothing to do with him. But she underestimates his determination and charm and soon they find themselves embroiled in an intense, passionate affair.

An affair Nadia knows must come to an end before their feelings grow any deeper and he discovers her secrets.

After all, Henry Lexington isn’t the only one who played the part of a villain once…


Release date: December 5th, 2017

Review-

I love Samantha Young's books. Her stories have heart and emotions and basically I thoroughly enjoy the way she writes chemistry between her characters. Villain is a novella set in the same universe as Hero. I had read Hero a long time back and the details were very fuzzy in my head. But I don't think it is necessary to read Hero before getting to Villain. You obviously do get to see Alexa and Caine, the leads of Hero in Villain because Henry is Caine's best friend but Villain can definitely stand alone on its own.

So let's start with Nadia. Nadia is a broadcast meteorologist. She has worked hard to get where she is but she still faces obstacles in her path. When her boss blackmails her into getting a story she inadvertently stumbles into Henry. I really liked Nadia. She owned who she was and was not afraid to speak her mind. All in all she was strong heroine who I really enjoyed.

Then we have Henry. Henry is a wealthy bachelor who always gets what he wants. He is flirtatious and charming and sometimes comes off as a spoiled brat. But underneath that exterior is a man who protects his friends and family. I enjoyed getting to know Henry. Henry and Nadia's relationship starts off on the wrong foot and I liked how willing Henry was to make amends. 

Nadia and Henry's chemistry was mind blowing. They were opposites in some way but their attraction was real. I liked how Henry was willing to work on Nadia's insecurities. Even though this was a novella Samantha Young excels at weaving in a nice plot which adds depth to the relationship and the story. Now I feel like rereading Hero. I'd definitely recommend Villain.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.


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