Month: September 2014

Promo Tour: The Firsts by R.K. Lilley @Authorrklilley

Author: R.K. Lilley
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This is a limited time boxed set of the first books in all of R.K. Lilley’s series. This set will only be available for one week, and is a savings of almost $12 from the current books’ totaled prices.  
A portion of the proceeds for this boxed set will benefit the Keith Milano Memorial fund 

Set includes: 
In Flight 
Bad Things 
The Wild Side 
Breathing Fire 

In Flight (Up in the Air #1) 
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When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can’t seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it. 
Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes. 

Check out our interview with R.K. Lilley and Mr. Beautiful himself, James Cavendish

Bad Things (Tristan & Danika #1) 

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Danika hasn’t had an easy life. Being insanely attracted to bad boys has never helped make it easier. 
One look at Tristan, and every brain cell she possessed went up in smoke. This man was trouble with a capital T. It was a given. 
She knew better. Bad boys were bad. Especially for her. Considering her history, it was crazy to think otherwise. So why did crazy have to feel so damn fine? 
For as long as she could remember, Danika had been focused on the future with single-minded purpose. Tristan came along and taught her everything there was to know about letting go, and living in the present. She fell, hard and deep. Of course, that only made her impact with the ground that much more devastating. 
Bad Things is about Tristan and Danika, and their train wreck of a love story. This series can be read as a standalone, or with the Up in the Air series.


 Pam’s Review of Bad Things
The Wild Side (The Wild Side #1) 
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Are you ready to take a walk? Alasdair Masters is in a rut. He just hit forty, has been nearly celibate for the past year, and his life has turned into a daily sequence of lonely patterns that revolve around avoiding human contact. 
His tidy life is turned on its head when a hot young blonde at the gym that’s been pseudo-stalking him decides to rock his world. A very young blonde. Way, way too young for him. The problem is, he can’t seem to tell her no, and she just keeps coming back for more. 
It doesn’t help that he’s ninety percent sure she’s a criminal, and still, he can’t seem to turn her down. What is a dull introvert to do when a chaotic cyclone that oozes sexuality comes twisting into his life? 
At first, he thinks she’ll give him a heart attack, but after his twenty-year marriage ended a year ago, he’s been a little lost, and when she comes crashing into his life, he realizes that he’s never felt more alive. 

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Breathing Fire (Heretic Daughters #1 
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Every head start has a price… 
Seven years ago, Jillian burned just about every bridge she ever had. Being a lifelong fugitive, she’d seen it as her only chance to get away clean, but it had taken its toll. 
In a world where those with supernatural powers must stay hidden from normal society, being a creature that even most of the supernatural community considered a myth did not make for an easy life. And when the ex she ran away from finds her again, it’s about to get much harder. It doesn’t help that she’s still hopelessly in love with him…

R.K. Lilley lives in Colorado with her husband and their two beautiful sons. She’s had a lot of interesting jobs, from being a first class flight attendant, to being a stablehand, but swears she never knew what hard work was until she had children. She’s been addicted to both reading and writing fiction since she can remember. She loves to travel, read, hike, paint, game, watch anime, and make the most of every single day. She is the author of the erotic romance novels In Flight, Mile High, Grounded, and the novella, Lana.

Blog Tour Excerpt and Giveaway: Tell Me You Love Me by Julie Prestsater

Title: Tell Me You Love Me 
Author:  Julie Prestsater 
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Stay. Stay with me. Stay here. Stay close. Stay like this forever. Stay as happy as I am right here in your arms, always. 
* * *
All I’ve ever wanted was to be loved, but if this is what true love is…I’m not so sure I want it anymore. It also makes me wonder if any of my memories of our once happy marriage are even real. Maybe I just conjured up the fairy tale in my head because I wanted…no…needed it so much. Who the hell knows?
“Molly just called to remind you about your book club meeting this afternoon.” He turns away. “I told her you’ve never missed a meeting and I doubt today would be any different.”
The door shuts behind him before I let a smile creep across my lips. Instantly, the hurt from this morning flees my mind and I feel nothing but giddiness. I have a book club meeting today, and let’s just say it’s not your everyday book club. 
Sure, my husband may never truly love me again…but who needs love when you’re about to get an eyeful of hot firemen? 
* * *
Tell Me You Love Me is the first in a four-book series called Fire Me Up—a sweet romantic comedy series about a group of sassy neighborhood women who have a serious love for steamy romance novels and sexy firemen. Lucky for them the local firehouse is just a few steps away and is in no shortage of hot firefighters to fill their wild imaginations.

“Nice to meet you, Lizzy.” I know the other guys called her Liz, but with her sweet face, smile, and that sassy mouth Liz doesn’t do her justice. Yeah, that mouth has me thinking all sorts of other things about her. I take her soft hand in mine and hold onto it a little bit longer than I should.
“Hey, Ryan. Welcome to the club.” Her eyes linger on mine for a few seconds. She’s the first to look away and I’m happy for it because I don’t know that I could have. I sure didn’t want to let go of her hand. I haven’t felt the stare of a woman in a long time, but I know when one is checking me out, and she definitely was. Not only that, but she likes that I’m looking at her too. I can tell. I can sense it with her uneven breaths and the flush of her cheeks. That sort of thing does a lot for a man’s ego and I welcome it.
She’s had me on edge since we first reached the midway point to the top of the hill. I observed each of the women as soon as we walked up and she’s the one who completely held my attention. Her long deep auburn hair, pulled high in a loose ponytail. Her green eyes bright and playful. The other women looked too made up and appeared to have spent time at the salon before coming out today. But not Lizzy, she’s so relaxed like she’s ready to head out for a day at the ball field.
I like that about her.
And I also liked her talking about my cock, if we’re being honest. Fuck if that doesn’t have me thinking about her mouth again.
Most women would prefer to use a different word, but cock slides off her tongue like a pro. I glance at her pink lips and instantly my pants tighten, wondering if she can handle more than just the word.
I grasp the cold water in my hand hoping it will act like a iced cold shower for my overactive hormones. It’s been longer than I can remember since a woman has had this effect on me.
“Okay, enough dick talk.” Austin tosses a few strawberries into his mouth. “Drink up, fellas. We gotta hump it.”
“I thought we were done with the dick talk,” the older one says. I think her name is Molly. “Men, I tell you. It always comes back to your peckers.”
I shake my head at that one as the rest of the group chuckles. Ain’t that the truth. For most men, it’s been about our junk since the first time we jacked off. Shit, maybe longer. My mom says she’d always catch me sleeping with my hand in my pants from the moment I graduated to big boy pajamas. Her choice of words, not mine. She still loves to tease me about it.
We toss our bottles into the recycling bin and pull our Air Packs onto our backs before heading out.
“Bye bye, boys,” Lizzy says. I turn back to steal a look at her again. The other women are chatting with each other, but not her. She’s looking at me too.
Julie is a high school teacher by day, and a writer by night. She writes both young adult and adult romances. When she’s not writing, she can be found out and about with her family, reading, and watching football. As a reading intervention teacher, she prides herself on matching her students with great books to encourage them to become life-long readers.
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Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: PULLED by A.L. Jackson @aljacksonbooks @InkSlingerPR

Title: Pulled

Author: A.L. Jackson
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Melanie Winters and Daniel Montgomery shared a love most only dream of, a love they believed bonded them together for life. 
When their world is shattered by the tragic loss of their daughter, overwhelming grief and misguided guilt distorts the truth, and their relationship ends in uncertainty and unanswered questions. 
For nine years, they drift through life, each unable to forget the one who holds the strings to their heart. In an attempt to escape the pain of her past, Melanie finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, while Daniel loses himself in a career that means nothing without Melanie by his side. 
Now, when their lives again intersect, neither can deny the connection they felt so long ago. But will the power that drew them together be enough to heal the wounds from their past, and will they have the courage to overcome the insecurities and fears that threaten to keep them apart? 
Pulled is a story of attraction and separation, of destiny and duty, of a love so strong it refuses to give up even when all others have. 
“Okay, this one did it for me in a big way. I’m an angst-lover. And by that I mean, I’m a Thoughtless, Beautiful Disaster, Love Unscripted, Slammed, Fifty Shades of Everything, kind of reader. But there’s gotta be an HEA. And not a half-done HEA but a real yeah-this-story-has-been-agonizing-but-look-it-was-all-worth-it HEA. So, that said, I earnestly recommend this book. If you’re like me, you’ll like this. Enjoy!” LitJunkie

Rating: ★★★★ 1/2
Oh man, the layers of grief in this book! I have read Pulled last year but didn’t have the Push to write a review on it. So when I learned that Amy is running a blog tour for it, I took the chance to re-read and relive the painful moments of Melanie and Daniel. 
My heart feels exactly what it felt the first time. Your heart feels like it was hammered, twisted and punted across a field. Grief is a really, really hard thing to explain, as someone who has grieved a devastating loss myself, but somehow A.L. Jackson just nails it. Just brilliantly and right through the heart.
Pulled focuses on Melanie and Daniel and their little family who have endured a painful tragedy. A tragedy that has ripped the family apart. Forced to confront the brokenness and emptiness, they both moved on with their lives. But fate has its own tricky ways of throwing something in front of you you’ve never expected. After nine dreadful years of trying to escape the past, their paths crossed again in unexpected circumstance that brought a sudden rise of emotion and a state of euphoria followed by a deep melancholic feeling of something “long gone missing”.

“Never had I wanted to comfort anyone more. I wanted to call his name, to touch his face, to taste his lips. I wanted to assure him that my love for him was unending. I wanted to promise we could heal together. I wanted to forgive him, to forget about the past, to  move one. There was one simple fact that held me back…He didn’t want me anymore.”

Overwhelmed by the intensity of their reconnection, Daniel and Melanie are taken by each other very soon after their first meeting…again. Feelings resurfacing like wildfire. A wow moment for me! Their chemistry is still so strong, and even though there was this ticking time bomb in the background, I felt like this moment, any moments they shared together, would prove to be so effective and memorable no matter the endgame.

Will Daniel and Melanie take the chance to reignite the passions of their youth when they’re both buried deep beneath all the ups & downs of their current lives and its demands? Will they allow themselves to be PULLED back into a world that no longer exists?

“Somewhere deep within me, something was beginning to fight that. I didn’t know how and I didn’t know why, but what I did know was a change was coming.”

There’s a lot of backstory for both characters and it did take quite some time for me to get swept into it but I’m so happy that I stuck with it because the writing is utterly beautiful and I could legitimately picture these settings in my head and hear the voices of Daniel and Melanie so clearly.
Amy changes the lives of both of her characters and not in ways I totally expected either. Pulled is a unique story of moving forward, embracing independence, making tough decisions, and discovery. Some of it is beautiful, and some of it is messy and Amy doesn’t feel she needs to tie everything up in a pretty package. I really appreciated that even if that meant my heart breaking at times. Despite the enchanting feel of the story, Pulled is rooted in some tough realism for all of the characters and I was ridiculously impressed by their strength, their honesty, and their blunders.

“I loved every broken piece of her and was determined to make her whole again”
“She was mine. Only mine.”

“I’ll never let you go again, Melanie .Never. Nothing will come between us…nothing.”

Pulled is yet another A.L. Jackson masterpiece. A beautiful and gut-wrenching story of loss, the enduring bonds of family and friendship amidst tragedy and the kind of healing that can only come with the help of the ones we love.

If you’re looking for a deeply touching love story, an emotional read about overcoming the odds, one click this now and let your heart explode to the goodness of its story, character and raw emotions.

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including If Forever Comes, Pulled and When We Collide, as well as the New Adult Romance Come To Me Quietly due out January 7, 2014. 
She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.
Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.


Title: Priceless
Author: Raine Miller
Released: Sept. 12, 2014
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Ivan Everley, 13th Baron Rothvale, would admit he’s the last person on earth who should have custody over a priceless collection of art. British law affords him the title of ‘Lord,’ but underneath all the trappings he’s just a regular guy, despite being a world champion in archery, and certain…proclivities of a private nature. But Ivan’s public celebrity is merely a sham–a carefully guarded secret borne out of the pain of betrayal. Even his cousin Ethan Blackstone doesn’t know the truth behind the man he considers a brother. 
Lord Rothvale has a plethora of problems piled up to his aristocratic eyeballs, but that doesn’t stop him from complicating his world further when a beautiful art conservationist shows up to appraise his inherited collection of paintings. Once Ivan gets a taste of Gabrielle Hargreave, mistaken identity or not, he can’t think of anything but how good the green-eyed beauty felt in his arms. 
The chase is on, and Ivan’s dominant side isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer–but yet, Gabrielle might just teach our discontented lord a thing or two about life, and about himself, and help them both discover the undeniable truth in what it means to find something genuinely… priceless.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
Like this lake at night with the moon and stars shining overhead.                                                            

You know how much I rave about Raine Miller’s books especially that of the Blackstone Affair Series, but after reading Priceless, I can officially declare that this is my new favorite book of hers. I don’t know. There’s just something about Gaby and Ivan’s story that was just straight-up excellent. Not overly dramatic and emotional but its exactly what I needed to read right now.
Obviously besides Raine’s storytelling abilities, what really drove this story for me are the characters. What phenomenal characters! Gosh I just loved them! I feel like I haven’t read a book in a while where I felt upon finishing the book, the characters were just clamoring to get out and linger in my heart a while longer. Raine Miller really knows how to write those kind of hearts-are-beating, blood-flowing-through-the-veins characters that are just so alive.
Gabrielle “Gaby” Hargreave. Oh I loved her so much! She is a great character that I felt like just leapt off the page. She felt really authentic and seemed like a normal girl that anyone could relate to on some level. She was hilarious and strong yet I could feel there’s more to her story. I really did wish though that I got to know MORE of her. I need more of her! But I suspect we will get a REAL sense of who she is in the next book. 

I was somehow different.
I couldn’t give in to those normal kinds of wants and desires that most girls have.
But we are creatures of habit, and are who we’re born to be. This was me- the real Gabrielle Hargreave. And as disgraceful and abhorrent it felt to accept the idea, it didn’t make the situation any less true. You reap what you sow, Gabrielle. Yeah, I’d learned my lesson the hard way.

I loved Gaby obviously but Lord Condemnation Ivan was to die for. OH MY GOD. I would have been a heaping pile of mess sitting next to him. He’s a very prominent part of the society and just exactly what most girls would love to have ~ he has the money, a gorgeous face and alluring body. He isn’t without flaws but it’s so hard not to like him. And when he wants something, he never stops until he gets it ~ just like Gabrielle Hargrieve. There’s something in her that made him feel something he had never felt for a long time. So he will do everything to get another taste of her, whatever it takes.

I know myself pretty well. When I want something, I won’t stop until I’ve conquered the challenge. Right now, my challenge was a green-eyed beauty that had, for whatever reason, bewitched this evening.

I cannot WAIT to see where the next book will take their relationship! Clearly they started out the wrong foot. But no matter how hard Gaby tries to avoid him, DESTINY brought them back together. Gaby unknowingly ticked the change in Ivan; his neediness, possessiveness and control. But is Gaby ready to fall too fast? Can she handle this strong feelings that Ivan has started to build for her?

His expression was one of adoration, respect, desire.
I wanted to stay with him. I wanted to be the object of his desire.
I told myself not to give into weakness, and not to allow the mistakes I’d made rule me.
Perhaps it was too late for me
Perhaps I was already falling.

Is Ivan ready to trust his heart with someone and do it all over again? 

Gabrielle Hargreave pushed all of my buttons and in just the right way.
I was pretty sure I pushed hers as well, even if she wasn’t ready to admit it just yet.
And for the first time in a very long while, I could say that I felt really goddamn…happy for once.

The unraveling of their story was just so absorbing and Ivan Everley got me BAD. Tthey have an innate sense of connection and were completely drawn to each other. And I am EXTREMELY HUNGRY to see more of that! 

A woman who knows what she wants and knows how to ask for it.

 I don’t want you gentle. I want to feel you over me -inside me. I want that, Ivan.

Told in alternating POVs, Priceless is a book that shot a line straight to my heart from the beginning and I was so thoroughly enchanted with Ivan and Gaby’s messy yet utterly romantic story. A story complete with moments that make your heart pitter patter and swoon in the midst of the obvious tension. There’s sex, yes, but it’s not overwhelming at all.

The most delightful surprise about this novel was how FUNNY it was. It’s so witty and peppered with humor and it just made it such a feel good read. One of the parts that made me snort laugh is when Ivan texted his admin assistant. And NO! Don’t expect me to tell you what happened. You have to read the book and experience the whole laughing part.

I mega loved this book and highly recommend it. It is a fantastic story that I’ve anticipated for a while and of course it didn’t disappoint. If you are looking for something to fall in love with, a story with such amazing characters that will have you immersed into their lives slowly but surely and emotions that will make a way into your heart, this book is definitely the perfect pick. Beautiful, finely written, just PRICELESS!

Trust me, Gabrielle. I want you here. Very Much.
I want you submissive when we fuck, Gabrielle. I want so badly to have that…with you.

Raine Miller has been reading romance novels since she picked up that first Barbara Cartland book at the tender age of thirteen. And it’s a safe bet she’ll never stop, because now she writes them too! Granted Raine’s stories are edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave, but to her way of thinking, a hot, sexy hero never goes out of fashion. A part-time teacher and writer of sexy romance stories every other chance she gets pretty much fills her days. She has a handsome prince of a husband, and two brilliant sons to pull her back into the real world if the writing takes her too far away. Her sons know she likes to write stories, but gratefully have never asked to read any, thank God! Raine loves to hear from readers and to chat about the characters in her books.


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Blackstone Affair spin-off, yet can be a standalone

Blog Tour Excerpt and Giveaway: Savaged by Nacole Stayton @NacoleStayton

Title: Savaged
Author: Nacole Stayton
Genre: Contemporary Romance 18+
Publication Date: September 12, 2014
Cover Design: Sommer Stein
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.

The twist of a knife shredded Niko Kincaid’s world all around him, leaving him with two choices—accept his fate and die, or fight to live.

He chose to fight, but the aftermath became a daily reminder, carved into his once flawless flesh.

Despite years of self-imposed solitude, Niko hungers for companionship and suffers from an aching loneliness that the darkness cannot satisfy. He temporarily soothes his pain with women, hired women, whose only purpose is to service him. Easy.

He didn’t expect a complication like Cambree Evans, but desperation corrupts even the most innocent.

When emotions blend with lust, will Cambree’s softness and ability to look past Niko’s flaws be the one thing that releases him from his own personal hell?

Will the monster in the dark prove that his savaged heart is worth saving?

“I’m not scared of you,” Cambree’s voice is fragile and shaky when she finally speaks. “I’m scared of the dark.”
The admission almost brings me to my knees. I’ve never known someone to be so honest, especially in my home, where I control everything right down to the temperature, the mood, the lighting. She is not frightened because she is about to screw a complete stranger. She is simply scared of the dark like a child. Yet the thought of her being so forthcoming doesn’t irk me, it makes me feel normal, if only for a few seconds.
“I cannot help you there, Miss Evans. You see…I am the darkness. With me you have to accept that and move on. If that isn’t something you can become accustomed to, then I am afraid our business deal has ended before we gave it a chance to really blossom.”
My movement makes a creaking sound as I step forward on the hardwood floor. I can hear her breathing growing more erratic as I near. The smell of jasmine fills my nostrils. The scent is heavenly. “If you want to leave, you know where the door is.” I hope she doesn’t want to flee my presence already.
Unlike my new guest, my eyes are used to the dark. Where she fights to see me, I can see her silhouette perfectly and I use it to my advantage to drink her up. Cambree stays mute, her body swaying back and forth, her feet firmly glued to the floor.
“I don’t understand why you have the lights off. That wasn’t explained to me,” Cambree probes.
“I assume that you read our agreement very carefully?” I ask, taking another step in her direction, wondering why she is wondering such imprudent things.
“Yes. Yes, I did. But never once did it mention anything about the lights.”
My voice now exasperated drifts like fog in the air. “I hired you under the pretense that you while you’re here, with me, under my roof, you play by my rules. Rule number one, I like the lights off. I understand now, that you are frightened of the dark, and I do not wish for you to be afraid. Next time, I give you my word to try and be more accommodating to your fears. Now, shall we?”

Nacole Stayton is the Amazon Bestselling author of The Upside of Letting Go, as well as other new adult and contemporary romance titles, including A Graceful Mess and In the Lyrics. She is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass State where she spends her days working at a local hospital in the billing department and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors, Nacole enjoys the finer things in life, like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle. She is passionate about her faith, family, and The Vampire Diaries.

Book Review: One Night: Promised by Jodi Ellen Malpas @JodiEllenMalpas

Title: One Night: Promised  
Author: Jodi Ellen Malpas
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Released: Aug 5th, 2014
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Livy notices him the moment he walks into the coffee shop. He’s heart-stoppingly stunning, with a blue-eyed gaze so piercing she’s almost too distracted to take his order. When he walks out the door, she thinks she’ll never see him again. Then she finds the note he left on his napkin . . . signed M.
All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He’s obnoxious but well-mannered. He’s a gentleman but aloof. He’s passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can’t deny him… or herself.
M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed — and that she fears only he can satisfy. But she senses that behind the fast cars, fancy suits, and posh apartment, he’s aching inside. To have him, body and soul, she’ll have to brave his dark secrets. Delving into his world and breaking down his defenses become her obsession – an obsession that could shatter her heart beyond repair.
Rating: ★★★★★ 

“Beautiful things should be savored, Livy, not rushed.”

Holy crap! So I thought I had it and I did BUT there was one twist I was not ready for and OMG was I excited about it. It was totally off the wall and not what I was thinking as it is not the norm for this type of book. Again, Jodi has created a sexy beast that will make any woman lose control. M is a whole new game, a twist on the Alpha male and oh my, is he more than one night. 

“I work hard. I’m emotionally and physically drained by it. I want to have you to worship and indulge in when I’m done”

Livy is plain and straight edged. A girl at home in a pair of converses and jeans, Livy is surviving. Demons of the past stunt her spiritual growth. Then one day it all changes. M walks into her life, plan and straight bends into a world of color and promise. 

“If I ever make you a promise, Livy, I’ll keep it… I’ll never do anything less than worship you.”

I never thought that the world of The Lord could be topped. I fell in love with the This Man Series. Jodi’s writing is intriguing and wraps you up, tight, in a word blanket. I snuggled up with One Night: Promised because I knew that it would be good but I had no clue just how good one night could be. After the jaw dropping end to Promised, I am longing for the warmth of a Jodi Ellen Malpas word blanket.

Jodi Ellen Malpas was born and raised in the Midlands town of Northampton, England, where she lives with her two boys. Working for her father’s construction business full time, she tried to ignore the lingering idea of writing until it became impossible. She wrote in secret for a long time before finally finding the courage to unleash her creative streak, and in October 2012 she released This Man. She took a chance on a story with some intense characters and sparked incredible reactions from women all over the world. Writing powerful love stories and creating addictive characters have become her passion – a passion she now shares with her devoted readers.

Book Review: On the Record by K.A. Linde @AuthorKALinde

Title: On the Record
Author: K.A. Linde
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For political reporter Liz Dougherty, election day—a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past—seems like a fitting time to start a new relationship. But feelings for her former flame still linger…

The sexy second book in bestselling author K.A. Linde’s Record series decides whether it’s better to pick up the pieces and move on…or to pick up right where you left off. 
The Record Series Inspiration 
My inspiration behind the Record series stems from my work on the presidential campaign in 2012. I worked on the UNC Chapel Hill campus as a campaign director at the time.
For the year before I started that job full time I’d interned for the campaign and been tossing around the idea about writing a political romance. I wasn’t sure how people would take the book since politics have always been such a hot button issue, but when I finally started to write about it, I realized that the politics are really just a backdrop for the relationship in the story. Nothing is expressly controversially political in that aspect, it just is the setting for the romance that blooms between Brady and Liz. 
I really loved the idea of writing a political scandal. I got my masters in political science right before writing this and I studied campaigns, congress, and the presidency so I already had a deep understanding of the process. So I thought it would be a bridge of all of my interests–campaigns, presidency, and writing!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Liz walks in and my heart drops! Off the Record had me wrecked but this is K.A. Linde we are talking about! So the pint sized power house has done it again with On the Record. 
Entering into a Brady-less existence just plain sucks! There is no way to spin that fact. The tall, dark, and dreamy power house takes a backseat as we learn a little more about Liz and her internal struggle with her choice to walk away. Dealing with the aftermath of her choice, Liz finds that when you are engrossed in a world of politics, moving on is a bit harder than she thought.

“She shut the door and locked it before sinking helplessly to the floor. Tears sprang to her eyes fast and hot. A sob racked her chest and she slapped her hand over her mouth. No. No. No. No. No. No.”

It is ingrained into our minds from an early age to do what’s right. What is best for our wellbeing. What is safe. Maxwell is not safe but why is it so hard to completely walk away. 

“Her throat was dry. Her fingers felt tingly. She wasn’t going to cry. No, this wasn’t that kind of moment. This moment wasn’t one to be mad or sad or pitch a fit. She couldn’t even muster those emotions. The only thing she felt was the one thing that she had never wanted to feel: regret.”

On the Record spins in way I never saw coming. Throw safe out the window because without a little danger, excitement, and challenge life is a bore. Just a small taste of Maxwell and I would follow him anywhere. As in Off the Record, K.A. Linde has continued to develop her characters into complex yet relatable situations. We may not date a congressman or a newspaper editor but the feelings are the same. You cannot help but fall for the political madness of Liz Dougherty’s world. K.A. Linde’s Record Series is a must read and I am waiting, not patiently, for book three. I need to know what happens with these two and in true K.A. Linde fashion I am sure it won’t be easy. She loves to taunt us but all fair in love and politics! 

“I want you to remember that you called me crying in the middle of the night. You were the one who used that line. You were the one who fell back into old methods. So don’t you f#%king pull this shit on me. Did you are did you not call as Sandy Carmichael?” He waited.

“Yes,” she grumbled through gritted teeth.
“Did you or did you not typically call that line for me to Famp;k you?” He waited again.

USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde has written the Avoiding series and the Record series as well as the new adult novels Following Me and Take Me for Granted. She grew up as a military brat traveling the United States and Australia. While studying political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia, she founded the Georgia Dance Team, which she still coaches. Post-graduation, she served as the campus campaign director for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. lives in Athens, Georgia, with her fiancé and two puppies, Riker and Lucy.

Off the Record
On the Record
For the Record (Pre-order)

Book Review: One More Chance by Abbi Glines @abbiglines @ AtriaBooks

by Abbi Glines

#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines continues the unforgettable story of Grant Carter, the irrestible playboy who first captured readers’ hearts in Fallen Too Far.

“Only Abbi Glines can pull off a heart-wrenching love story like this.”
– Tammara Webber, New York Times bestselling author

The second installment in a never before published New Adult duet by #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines, ONE MORECHANCE is the follow up to the smash hit TAKE A CHANCE, and concludes the story of Grant Carter, a fan favorite character, and Harlow.
She was it. His one. His only. Then he made the mistake of letting her go.
After fighting his way into Harlow Manning’s heart—and revealing a side of himself no one had ever seen before—Grant Carter destroyed his own heart by giving in to his greatest fears and doubts. Months later, he’s stuck in a miserable routine. Work relentlessly. Beg his best friend Rush for news about Harlow. Avoid all other friends. Leave nightly voicemails for Harlow, pleading with her to come back to Rosemary Beach. Fall asleep alone. Repeat.
Miles away, on her brother’s Texas ranch, Harlow can’t bring herself to listen to Grant’s voicemails. Though she wants to be with him, and knows he regrets letting her go, she doesn’t know if she can trust him. When he discovered the truth behind her sheltered upbringing, it shattered their relationship, but the secret she carries now has far greater consequences. Can she risk giving Grant one more chance, or will the gamble ultimately destroy her?
With her signature passionate characters and sizzling connections, Abbi Glines debuts another steamy, page-turning novel that will leave readers desperate for more.
Rating: ★★★★★

Wow! Just wow! I have to say that while I have enjoyed the Rosemary Beach Series I was becoming comfortable with the characters and stories. The end to Harlow and Grant’s story left me with a bucket of emotions and content was not one of them.
I was heartbroken when the car pulled away holding Harlow. Grant was devastated and even though I knew the thought process for both Grant and Harlow’s actions I did not want to accept them. Harlow ran and Grant was left lifeless. Working his mind, body, and soul to their limits, Grant finds his only hope in a three second voicemail greeting each night. Hoping that each call will be the last and that Harlow would shine light on his new found darkness. Harlow feels in her heart she is doing the right thing. She is blinded by her own reality. Apart in miles but not in heart, they slowly learn that life has its own plan. 
This is an ASAP read. Plan for tears…lots of tears! I devoured One More Chance in one sitting. You will be surprised at your emotions, the outcome, and you may look at certain characters in a different light. I have about a million and one thoughts on what will happen next. I am excited for the finial books in this series. Thank you Abbi for reigniting my Rosemary Beach fire.
ABBI GLINES is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found on Facebook and at 

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Book Review: Black Lies by Alessandra Torre @ReadAlessandra

Title:Black Lies

Author: Alessandra Torre
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Became a tech billionaire by his twentieth birthday. Has been in a relationship with me for 3 years.
Has proposed 4 times. Been rejected 4 times.
Cuts grass when he’s not banging housewives. Good with his hands, his mouth, and his cock. Has been pursued relentlessly by me for almost 2 years, whether he knows it or not.
Go ahead. Judge me. You have no idea what my love entails.
If you think you’ve heard this story before, trust me – you haven’t.

Rating: ★★★★★

I have been a fan of Alessandra form the start. Her spin on hot and kinky yet exceptionally well crafted stories will leave you on the edge of your seat. 

“Love isn’t about being happy. Be single and be happy. Love is about putting him, his sanity, his happiness, first. If you aren’t willing to do that then you aren’t really in love.” 

Layana is not your normal girl and that goes for her love life as well. Brant and Lee. Two men. Two different worlds within Layana’s and even though she loves them both it impossible for her to make a choice. 

“I love you. Every dark and light piece of you.”

I have to say that Black Lies is one of my top reads this year. What you need to know is that every ounce of the hype is true. This book has flipped the conventional love story on its ass. Alessandra has created a world of complex relationships all while keeping you engaged and questioning everything you thought you knew about love stories. 

“I loved this man. With my whole heart. I needed him. He completed me.”

The story’s angst pulls at you and the love stories will rock you to the core. What lines are you willing to cross for love? To keep it? To hold on to your own happiness? Alessandra’s character and story development are incredible. All leading too, in my opinion, her best book yet.

Alessandra Torre is a new author who focuses on contemporary erotica. Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was published in July 2012, and was an Erotica #1 Bestseller for two weeks. Alessandra is currently working on the sequel to Blindfolded, which will be released in 2014. Alessandra lives in the Southern United States and is married, with one young child. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and playing with her dogs. Her favorite authors include Lisa Gardner, Gillian Flynn, and Jennifer Crusie.

Nichole Chase’s RELUCTANTLY ROYAL Character Hop featuring MARTY @NicholeChase @InkSlingerPR

Title: RELUCTANTLY ROYAL (Suddenly #3)
Author: Nichole Chase
Released: Aug. 26th, 2014
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Maxwell Jameson Trevor, prince of Lilaria, hates his royal role. Despising the limelight, he takes solace in his art studio and steers clear of any drama. But when one of the newly discovered royals passes away, Maxwell’s brother Alex asks him to break the news to the old man’s granddaughter. Though he hates to be the bearer of doom and gloom, he doesn’t want the poor girl to find out from the tabloids. For Maxwell knows all too well how devastating that could be.
Coming from a broken home and modest background, newly ordained Lady Meredith Thysmer has seized her chance to make a better life for herself and her son. She’s not afraid to use her best assets to get what she wants. But when the unpretentious yet devastatingly handsome Max delivers his news, her plans for the future come crashing to a halt. In the challenging days ahead, Max’s compassion, humor, and steadfast loyalty to Meredith and her son win her over. She quickly finds herself doing something she swore would never happen again: falling in love. And yet Maxwell still refuses to completely drop his guard. Somehow Meredith’s got to find a way to seduce this reluctant royal.
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Nichole: Hi Marty. Thanks for coming out to chat with us.

Marty: No problem. Mom said it was fine as long as she was with me. *Waves at his mom by the door* 

Nichole: And we appreciate it. How has school been?
Marty: Good. 
Nichole: Do you have a favorite subject?
Marty: I like art class.
Nichole: I like art too. I also like to go hiking. What else do you like to do?
Marty: Video games, football. Oh! And fishing. 
Nichole: I like to fish, too. It’s nice to be outside.
Marty: Oh yeah! Way better than being in a class room. Yesterday Max took me fishing and I caught a huge one. *holds up his hands* 
Nichole: That’s a real big one! Did you let it go or did you decide to eat your conquest? 
Marty: Max said we should let it go so it could get even bigger for next time.
Nichole: Do you go fishing with Max often?
Marty: We try to go at least once a week, even if it’s only for a little while. It’s good for us guys to get some fresh air. 
Nichole: I suppose fresh air is good for everyone. So what do you think about Max dating your mom?

Marty: At first I thought it was pretty gross, but I’m used to it now.
Nichole: Do you like Max?
Marty: Oh yeah! The other day we were playing one of my video games and I creamed him, but I think he let me win. I didn’t need him to let me win. I was taking it easy on him. That’s what friends do.
Nichole: Friends are important. What do you think about all the people taking your picture now?
Marty: It’s weird. 
Nichole: Maybe they think you’re cute.
Marty: That’s just gross. 
Nichole: Nah. You know how moms are. They like to look at pictures of everyone’s kids. Thank you for coming and answering my questions.
Marty: Yeah. 
Meredith: Marty!
Marty: I mean, thank you for having me.
Nichole: The pleasure was mine.
Marty: Uh, mom? I don’t know what to say to that?
Nichole: I’m just messing with you. Get outta here and do something fun. 
Marty: Woot!
Gumption by Hans Zimmer
Fox by Ylvis
Meredith’s song for Marty: In My Arms by Plum
Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy. 
Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises. 
And don’t forget to read the first two books in the Suddenly Series…