It May Be Cold Outside, but Inside is a Whole ‘Nother Story! ‘Tis the Season to be Tempted by Aimee Carson

 

Title: ‘Tis the Season to be Tempted
Author: Aimee Carson
Series: Baby, It’s Cold Outside
Genre: Contemporary holiday romance
Published: 2013
Pages:  70
Format read: ebook
Rating: B

Blurb:

After the worst year ever, free-spirited Evie Lee rings in the New Year alone, swearing off men forever. So when her brother’s childhood friend, the perfect man with the perfect life, winds up on the same plane home, she’s determined to ignore him. Wes is determined not to take her seriously. Unfortunately a snowstorm traps them at the airport with no way to finish their commute, and his perfect body is tempting her to break her vow—if only for one hot night!

CEO Wes Campbell is famous for always doing the right thing, and running into Evie again is torture. He’s determined to continue his hands-off attitude. But he wasn’t counting on the little hellion’s infectious smile, her killer body, or the vulnerability in her eyes. For the first time in his life, Wes is tempted to do the wrong thing…

Review:

Though this novella had a slower start, once the characters had me hooked (right about the point where Evie wakes up on a bench at the airport–great scene!), I didn’t want to put it down!  Soon I was looking forward to her getting Wes to loosen up almost as much as Evie was. 🙂

Wes and Evie have known each other for years, though it’s been about ten since they’ve seen each other. Back then, both felt an attraction, but neither felt comfortable doing anything about it. Spending just a few minutes in Evie’s presence, though, soon has Wes doing things he wouldn’t dream of doing before, and wanting to do still more.

One of my favorite parts early on is when Wes teases Evie, from whom much of the plane trip was a blur due to her…ahem…self-medication. She wasn’t expecting it, and it was definitely laugh out loud:

He shot her a mock serious look. “And in answer to your question: the pool.”

She lowered her brow, staring at the gorgeous eyes, the beautifully masculine face. “What question?” The most unusual place he’d ever made love to a woman? How she could best put an end to her current humiliation by drowning herself?

“You asked me how I maintained my droolalicious physique.” His brow crinkled in suppressed humor. “Your word, not mine.”

“I’m sure a Harvard grad would never use such a phrase.”

He looked as if he were fighting to maintain a serious expression.

Gaze steady, he went on. “You offered me a night I would never forget.”

Heat speared her gut and moved lower. Maybe she was better off not knowing what she’d said. But now that she’d asked Wes to share, he appeared to be really warming up to the task.

“And then there was the mention of kitchen utensils,” he said.

She coughed hard and sat up straighter, her mind racing. “Kitchen utensils?” Her voice sounded embarrassingly husky.

“What kind of kitchen utensils?”

“Pastry brushes,” he said. “For the chocolate sauce.”

She’d never been that creative.

His mouth twitched, as if biting back a smile. “Cheesecloth in lieu of handcuffs.”

Her heart slid into third gear.

“And my personal favorite,” he said, the amused flicker in his eyes growing stronger. “The spatula.”

The words sent her pulse into overdrive. When the rest of his expression didn’t budge, she tipped her head at him, a glimmer of suspicion taking root. The pause was awkward for Evie, but apparently not for him. And who would have guessed Wes Campbell had a devilish side?

Bastard.

And then the use they make for ice tongs in their hotel room? Not to be missed.

My only complaint here is the length–it’s so hard to write a novella that feels totally complete and doesn’t leave you wanting more; but at least here you’re mostly just wanting more to continue their story, not to fill in missing gaps in plot or characterization.

This was my first read from this author, but it definitely won’t be my last.

And I may never look at certain kitchen implements the same again.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Blitz! Spirits Among Us by Morgan Hannah MacDonald

 

SAU - MHM - Banner

SPIRITS AMONG US

Morgan Hannah MacDonald

 

SOME SECRETS ARE TOO HORRIFYING TO SHARE

 

A serial killer loose in Paris, a woman threatened by a mad man and an ex-FBI agent with a haunting secret.

 

After she’s blacklisted by the fashion industry in New York, Angela Henderson moves to Paris, France. Designing clothes is in her blood and she’ll stop at nothing to realize her dream.

 

HE WILL FIND YOU

Cajun bad boy Jon-Luc Boudreaux is an ex-FBI profiler with a secret. He sees the souls of the recently departed. They can’t communicate with him in words. Instead, they point to clues he must decipher on his own. That’s how he’s achieved the highest rate of solved cases in FBI history. A fact that did not win favor among his superiors or fellow colleagues. After years of enduring questions, rumors, and innuendo, Jon-Luc has left the FBI.

 

WHEN YOU LEAST

 

In an effort to determine his next course of action, Jon-Luc heads to Paris to visit an old friend. The moment he arrives, he’s asked to assist with a case. It’s Fashion Week and the bodies of mutilated models are being discovered all over the city.

EXPECT IT

Now Jon-Luc is on the hunt for the most diabolical killer he’s ever encountered and Angie’s next on his list.

 Spirits.Among.Us.kindle.nook

Excerpt from the next Spine Tingling Thriller by Morgan Hannah MacDonald-SPIRITS AMONG US-Book 2 of THE SPIRITS TRILOGY

Jon-Luc Boudreaux stared at the woman standing before him. Some might call her beautiful, if you liked your women emaciated, which he did not. The naked woman’s clavicles, ribs, and hip bones protruded. He preferred his women with curves. Her sleek, jet-black hair cascaded over her shoulder, hiding one breast.

          He had to admit, her deep green eyes and high cheekbones were a lethal combination. This exotic looking creature had long gashes running down each arm. Blood oozed from the wounds dripping down her hands, landing on the floor.

          The puddles spread wider as each drop splashed as if in slow motion. By Jon-Luc’s calculations, half her body’s blood had pooled at her feet. She stared at him, her expression grim. His eyes locked on hers as tears of blood began dripping down her cheeks.

 Ruby lips parted as if to speak.

“Monsieur. Monsieur.”

          Her lips hadn’t moved with the words.

“Monsieur.”

Jon-Luc blinked and the vision disappeared.

“Please, monsieur!”

When his eyes focused, he found himself being manhandled by a distressed looking airline stewardess.

“Huh? What?” He blinked again, then remembered where he was.

“We are here, in Paris. The plane is disembarking. You go now, oui?” The moment his eyes met hers, the pretty blonde’s face relaxed and she smiled.

Jon-Luc searched the cabin and noticed he was the only one left in first class. A few passengers still filed out the door of the plane.

“Oui, merci.” Jon-Luc stood, opened the overhead compartment, then grabbed his laptop and carry-on. The pretty blonde walked him to the door, still smiling. She had the greatest dimples.

“You will ring me for supper, oui?” Her cute little eyebrows raised.

“Oui.” Jon-Luc patted the pocket where he’d stashed her phone number, then glanced at her name tag. “Oui, Jeanette. I will definitely ring you.” With that he was out the door.

 

AUTHOR BIO:  Morgan Hannah MacDonald writes Romantic Thrillers that are NOT for the faint of heart. She has done many jobs leading up to her dream job of writing;  Photographer at Sears Portrait Studio,  Sales for Lancome cosmetics, Lead Singer in a few rock bands, Hair Stylist,  Tarot Reader,  Bank Teller (where her bank was taken over by two armed women!) just to name a few.  She was always  interested in writing,   but it wasn’t until she learned she’d dated a serial killer  that a true writer was born. She belongs to Romance Writers of America, the San Diego Chapter, as well as the Kiss of Death Chapter. She resides in San Diego, California where she is busy working on her next novel.  She can be found at www.morganhannahmacdonald.com. She loves to hear from readers. Write her at morganwrites@yahoo.com. LIKE her on Facebook for all upcoming announcements-http://www.facebook.com/#!/MorganHannahMacDonald.Author.

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Ready for Some More Roman Holiday? The Story Continues with Hitched, Episode 2!

 

Title: Hitched
Author: Ruthie Knox
Series: Roman Holiday
Genre: Contemporary romance
Published: 2013
Pages:  50
Format read: ebook
Rating: A-

Ruthie Knox’s Roman Holiday continues with Hitched, the second “episode” in the serialization. Although it wasn’t quite as laugh out loud as the first (for which my daughter thanks you, Ruthie), it was still a darn good read.

Hitched begins shortly after Chained left off–okay, a while after, since we have to wait for our heroine to regain consciousness…which she does, in a different location from where she lost it. Interesting, yes? She got there somehow, and two guesses as to how… 😉

Oh, and she’s having an erotic dream about Roman just before she comes to. Delicious.

In this episode, Roman meets the infamous Airstream trailer that Ashley has tricked him into attaching to his precious Escalade. (Guys are so weird with their cars, aren’t they? I just loved watching Roman cringe throughout this one, as Ashley–and her decrepit trailer–gave him a hard time about it.) They begin the road trip that the series has promised, and Ashley manages to keep their destination a secret from him for far longer than I would have thought possible.

The banter between the two is the best part of this segment, with their internal dialogue (mostly about each other) a close second. There’s not a whole lot of meat to this part–it’s only fifty pages long, after all. The purpose of this installment is pretty much to get the two from here to there–and hint at awesomeness to come.

Given the way it ends (poor Roman! He’s in so much trouble here) I absolutely cannot wait to get to part three!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Books on Sale: Black Friday Edition

This is me, today and tomorrow…at least the “Can’t–I’m writing” parts 😉

Though I’ve got a busy day ahead of me (Internet shopping only this year–and a limited amount at that) with crazy word count deficits to make up and the interring of my grandmother’s ashes this morning (she passed away two years ago, but donated her body to a local medical school–we recently got her ashes back and are finally doing that last step), I still wanted to let you all know about some of the ebook deals out there right now.

Give them as gifts or keep a few (or a lot) for yourself!

FREE Black Friday reads!

Author Patricia McLinn’s newsletter has a special edition out today, with six free books!

Almost a Bride by Patricia McLinn is free at multiple sellers (click on link to the left or the cover below):

Wyoming Wildflowers: Indian Paintbrush

Dave Currick was everything Matty Brennan wanted for as along as she could remember. Right up until he broke her heart six years ago. Now that she’s returned to Wyoming for good, what she wants more than anything is to save her family’s ranch. Even if that means swallowing her pride and asking Dave to marry her.

Matty’s up to something – Dave knows that much. Just as he knows that Matty needs help, so of course he’ll provide it, just as he has all her life. Doing what’s best for Matty is second nature. Even when it comes to marrying her in name only. Although he can’t resist one hot-blooded kiss after the I-dos. Maybe – just maybe – his Matty will become more to him than Almost a Bride.

 

In Too Deep by Kathryn Shay:

IN TOO DEEP is the first novella in Shay’s powerful, new anthology, AMERICA’S BRAVEST. (All six novellas are available in a boxed set.)For months, Captain Gabe Malvaso and Firefighter Rachel Wellington have kept their knife-sharp attraction to themselves and out of their firehouse. But when a building explodes around them and they’re trapped in the basement, will they still avoid temptation?

 

 

 

 

Her Heart for the Asking by Lisa Mondello

Promises made…secrets kept…

Mandy Morgan swore she’d never step foot in Texas again after Beau Gentry left her for life on the rodeo circuit eight years before. He once promised he’d love her forever. But he’d abandoned their love for the rodeo and she hadn’t seen him since. Now she’s back in Texas. Her uncle’s heart is failing and Mandy has to convince him that surgery will save his life. She never dreamed the first thing she’d see when she stepped off the plane would be her biggest nightmare…the one man she’d never stopped loving.

Beau Gentry had the fever for two things: the rodeo and Mandy Morgan. But for Beau, loving Mandy was complicated by his father’s vendetta against her uncle and a promise he’d made to an old friend. Hank Promise, Mandy’s uncle, was more like a father to Beau than his old man had been. The hardest thing Beau had ever done was leave Mandy behind for the rodeo. He can still see the bitterness and hurt on her face. It has killed him all these years to think Mandy had forgotten him…maybe even in the arms of another man. But now they’re both back in Texas, and Beau’s going to do all he can to win back her love.

 

Once Upon a Ghost by Day Leclaire

Zach Kingston, physics professor and famous ghost debunker, despises con-artists who profit from ghostly scams. And he isn’t about to change his mind just because this scammer’s drop-dead gorgeous and offers the most seductive kisses. Ever.

Rachel Avery is just trying to save her family home. And no nasty, rotten – surprisingly handsome – cynic can change that. If only he weren’t so damn sexy. And if only he didn’t offer the most seductive kisses. Ever.

But they have a deal, witnessed by the media: If Zach can’t scientifically disprove her ghost by Halloween, Rachel wins.

Then Zach meets Rachel’s grandmother and discovers the real reason the Averys are so desperate to sell their story.

To bad his reputation is on the line…

 

Father Found by Judith Arnold:

Book One of Judith Arnold’s popular Daddy School series.

Jamie McCoy is the ultimate guy: thirty years old, carefree and professionally successful as the writer of a nationally syndicated humor column called “Guy Stuff.” Nine and a half months ago, he spent a week basking on the beach in Eluthera and indulging in a fling with a woman at the resort. Never did he expect to find the unplanned result of that fling—a healthy, wailing baby named Samantha—strapped into a car seat on his back porch, along with a suitcase full of diapers and infant apparel and a note informing Jamie that he’s her father.

Maybe he is and maybe he isn’t. But first things first. He’s never fed a baby or changed a diaper in his life. He doesn’t own a crib or a stroller. In a panic, he phones the nearest hospital, where neonatal nurse Allison Winslow takes his call and tells him about a class she teaches called the Daddy School.

Classes on how to be a dad are exactly what Jamie needs. But when he attends his first class and sees the tall, earnest, amazingly beautiful and even more amazingly competent Allison, he realizes that he might just need more from her than her lectures on how to hold a baby.

Jamie’s efforts to be a father to this precious baby touch Allison. His sense of humor amuses her. His striking good looks turn her on. But how can she trust the sort of guy who’d sleep with a stranger on vacation, without giving a thought to the consequences? How can she give her heart to such a reckless man?

Texas Secrets by Jean Brashear

Up-and-coming chef Maddie Collins finds out that her father’s life was a lie when she is bequeathed a family homeplace she never knew existed—by the husband of the only woman her father ever loved. A former SEAL, sexy cowboy Boone Gallagher arrives back in Texas to discover that the father who drove him away has struck one last blow. The only place he’s ever thought of as home now belongs to a woman who doesn’t want it, and he must keep her there for thirty days–or it will be lost to them both.

* Updated, revised version of previously published A Family Secret(Silhouette Special Edition).

 

Cyber Weekend Sale at Google Play!

Google Play has 100 bestselling ebooks in a variety of genres on sale this weekend, and Amazon at least should be price matching (They did for all the titles below, at least). Some of the romance/YA/NA sale titles include:

Barnes and Noble also has 101 books on sale for $2.99 or less, as well as a listing of kids and teens titles for the same price point. I’m guessing Amazon will match those as well, if they haven’t already.

Phew! That will at least get you started. Happy shopping–and reading! I’m off to write….

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

New Release and Review: Kristan Higgins’s The Perfect Match (Books two in the Blue Heron series)

 

Title: The Perfect Match
Author: Kristan Higgins
Series: Blue Heron
Genre: Contemporary romance
Published: 2013
Pages: 441
Format read: audio
Rating: A-

What if the perfect match is a perfect surprise? 

Honor Holland has just been unceremoniously rejected by her lifelong crush. And now—a mere three weeks later—Mr. Perfect is engaged to her best friend. But resilient, reliable Honor is going to pick herself up, dust herself off and get back out there… or she would if dating in Manningsport, New York, population 715, wasn’t easier said than done.

Charming, handsome British professor Tom Barlow just wants to do right by his unofficial stepson, Charlie, but his visa is about to expire. Now Tom must either get a green card or leave the States—and leave Charlie behind.

In a moment of impulsiveness, Honor agrees to help Tom with a marriage of convenience—and make her ex jealous in the process. But juggling a fiancé, hiding out from her former best friend and managing her job at the family vineyard isn’t easy. And as sparks start to fly between Honor and Tom, they might discover that their pretend relationship is far too perfect to be anything but true love….

Review:

The Perfect Match is without question a Kristan Higgins novel. Her quirky sense of humor shines throughout, and it’s rife with the fun characters her novels are known for. Individually, I loved both Honor and Tom, and Charlie just broke my heart throughout the whole novel.

The only problem? It felt like Honor and Tom weren’t together nearly enough for much of the book. For the first two-thirds or so, I felt a bit “meh” about them as a couple. Oh, they each thought about how attractive they found the other and they did share a few moments, but it wasn’t until the last third of the book that I really started to believe in their love story.

Part of this might have been the narrator as well–her version of Tom’s accent just didn’t quite do it for me. Now if Tom Hardy, Kristan’s inspiration for his character, had been available…well, that would have been a whole different story then, surely 😉

Once Kristan Higgins decides to “bring it”, though, she goes all out!

The last third of the novel really put me through the emotional wringer. I lost track of the number of times I felt myself getting teary, and I became totally unwilling to stop listening, especially for insignificant reasons like sleeping, showering, and conversing with the kids. (Just kidding, Mini Moes. Kind of.) The last third reminded me why Ms. Higgins is on my auto-buy list. Stick with this one, and you won’t be disappointed!

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I still went out an bought the audio, though–because I’m weird like that.

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Spotlight New Release and Giveaway: Some Like It Sinful by Robbie Terman

 I’ve got a review copy of this, and it’s right up near the top of my TBR pile–look for a review soon!

Some Like It Sinful - Robbie Terman - Banner

SOME LIKE IT SINFUL

Robbie Terman

 

Synopsis:

Their attraction is sinfully delicious…

 

A struggling business and one act of vandalism may have brought them together, but bakery owner Chloe Nelson and professional hockey player Griffin Lange get along like chocolate and pickles. Chloe needs the famous (and famously unattached) Griffin to attract people to her pastries, and Griffin needs the curvaceous and fiery Chloe to keep him out of trouble. A fake relationship to keep the media interested seems like the perfect plan.

 

But when temptation throws them into bed together, a new plan arises. Why not make the fake real? Griffin’s winning every home game, and Chloe’s business has never been better. Both know it’s only physical—and only temporary. But can they drop their defenses for love, even if it means getting a little bit sinful?

SomeLikeItSinful-500

Buy Links

Goodreads  Amazon  Barnes & Noble

 

 

Author BioRobbie Terman

Robbie Terman began her journey as a writer in third grade, when she completed her first (24-page) “novel.”  Many years later, she is published in contemporary romance.  Her heroines are feisty, her heroes Hot (yup, that’s with a capital H!).  And, when you read her books, if you cry a little and laugh a lot, that’s just the reaction she was hoping for.

 

When she’s not writing, Robbie can usually be found doing one of three things: shopping for shoes and handbags at Nordstrom; trying a new restaurant (or attempting a new recipe); or relaxing on the couch and catching up on her favorite television programs (if you’re wondering which ones, open up a TV Guide and take your pick.  You’ve probably guessed right!).

 

Website Twitter  Facebook  Goodreads

 

 

Giveaway Info:

Sinfully Sweet Gift Basket

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Cover Reveal: Charity’s Secrets by Maya James

 

 

CharitysSecrets_Amazon

Synopsis

The unbridled heat continues between the beautiful Charity Powers and her gorgeous and passionate assassin for hire, Justin Collins. He exists only to love her and keep her safe, but that’s not so easy when she is such a force of life. Charity makes it her mission to heal Justin’s wounded path, but to do it, she must hide terrible, dangerous secrets from him that risk their entire relationship.

The holidays arrive filled with wonderful sentiments that leave each of these lovers closer than ever, but just as the celebrations come to a close, one of their dearest friends is brutally attacked. There needs to be retribution, and both Justin and Charity deliver it. In the process, evidence of a traitor is discovered on the Panther team, jeopardizing not just everything they’ve worked for—but their very lives.

Discovering Charity’s secrets devastates Justin, but his broken heart is no rival to the fury of learning that his beautiful obsession is being hunted. Rescuing her leads him to the truths of this past.

Nothing can contain Justin’s devotion and intensity. Charity has to be kept safe. The traitor and their enemies, personal and political, must be eliminated if they are going to survive.

 

Meet Maya

Facebook / Goodreads / Amazon / Twitter

Indie Author with my first Romance novel, Charity’s Warrior, and now the second in the series, Charity’s Secrets, publishing on Amazon Kindle, Creatspace, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

I’m very passionate about writing stories full of love, lust, eroticism, and strong characters entwined around each other in an interesting, suspenseful journey.

East coast born and raised, I’m married, extremely happily, with 4 kids, 3 of which are now young adults (not sure when that happened).

I’m a COO in my technology-based “day job,” which requires a mix of technical and creative writing for both internal and client-facing materials, but it was not satisfying my artistic spirit. Writing the “Charity” series has been absolutely fulfilling and exciting.

My favorite writing takes place on my phone while lying on the Southernmost Beach in Key West, where I try to go at least twice a year.

Excerpt

Behind me, the door swung shut quietly in its hinges, locking itself after it clicked into the jamb.

“Justin?”

There’s no answer. Maybe he’s not home yet.

I’m putting my bag down when I hear the voice behind me. “Get up against the wall—NOW! Put your hands out,” he demands.

There’s no point in resisting. I step up to the foyer wall and nervously place my hands against it, waiting to see what the next move will be. My pulse is a loud whomp in my ears.

The sound of his footfalls fill the small space, approaching on me slowly, deliberately, until I see his feet on the floor between mine, his bare feet and bare legs. Strong hands lift the heavy coat off me and toss it to the floor beside us and then return to my shoulders where they begin to coil up my hair. A familiar hardness presses into the small of my back.

“I’ve been thinking about you all day,” Justin whispers into my ear, making my knees weak.

“And what, exactly, were you thinking about?” I breathe, praying for his magical hands.

His left hand pulls my hair, turning my face toward his. “I thought about making you cry with pleasure. It’s the only way I can tolerate your devastating absence.” He quickly bites my lower lip, tempting me. “I love you, Warrior. And I need you.”

Justin’s right hand slithers around to the front of me under the bottom of my shirt, rising up between my breasts to grab my bra like a handle. Then both of his hands pull me tightly against him, molding me into his warm body.

My lips ache for him, my hunger for the taste of his tongue spills over. “Kiss me, please!” I beg. “Touch me like a man should touch a woman.”

“I’m going to do everything to you that a man should,” he growls.

His mouth finds mine, the pleasure of it searing all of my senses. He tugs my hair a little more and completes the seal between our lips, circling his tongue around mine. Underneath my shirt, his powerful hand lets go of my bra and gently grabs my breast, pressing the fleshiness between his fingers. He lets me hear a low moan deep in his chest. It’s more felt against my body than it’s heard by my ears.

It doesn’t matter that want more, that my clit is throbbing for his touch, Justin makes me wait for it. He releases my hair and my breast, both hands moving to the bottom of my shirt where he pulls at it uncaringly, ripping it over my head and tossing it on top of my coat. My bra comes off me with the same ease, and he spins me around to face him, pushing my back against the wall.

“My fucking God! I will never get tired of looking at you,” his deep voice confesses while his eyes widen with lust.

There’s no misunderstanding him. My own eyes were taking in his fully unclothed body with the same excitement and enthusiasm. The thick muscles of his chest rise and fall with his heavy breathing, and his well-defined shoulders beg me to claw my nails into them.

Christ! How does he stay in that shape?

Fuck it—I don’t care!

 

Buy Charity’s Warrior Now

Charity's Warrior

Amazon / Amazon CA / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble

CharitysSecretJacket

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

It’s Perfect Weather for a Cozy Mystery! Read It and Weep by Jenn McKinlay (a Library Lover mystery)

 

Title: Read It and Weep
Author: Jenn McKinlay
Series: Library Lover Mysteries
Genre: Cozy mystery (just a touch of romance)
Pages: 276
Format read: print (I know! Shocking.)
Rating: B+

This was a cute and cozy mystery, and quite a bit different from my usual read. I ended up really enjoying it, though, and probably will check out others in the series in the near future.

Things I liked:

-The main character is a librarian–awesomeness.

-She and her friends get together and talk books during “crafternoons” where they make crafts and eat snacks (loosely) based on the book they’ve read.

-Best. Titles. Ever. Seriously adorable.

-Really funny writing. For example–Lindsey has a brush with death (as she is rather a younger version of Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote, this is understandable–did I just totally date myself there?) and just at the crucial “will she die or won’t she?” moment, she overhears, “Oh, my god she’s going to die!” Her reaction?

Lindsey wasn’t positive but she thought that last voice was Ms. Cole and she didn’t sound nearly as upset as Lindsey thought she should.

Giggles. Mrs. Cole is the coworker the rest of them refer to as “the Lemon”.

-I didn’t know “whodunnit” until close to the end…and then it was from the same clue Lindsey used. Though I figured it out first, thankyouverymuch. Red herrings along the way were fairly clever.

-HUGE surprise toward the end, which I did not see coming AT ALL. Well done, Ms. McKinlay!

-Fantastic literary references–Shakespeare AND Austen. What more could one want?

Things I wasn’t so crazy about (though they weren’t deal breakers):

-Probable love triangle/love interest left hanging for entire book and into next one in the series. Definitely not my favorite plot device, either one of them.

-Lindsey came across as a bit wishy-washy in regards to her love life; I would have like to see her more firm and definite.

-Yep, that’s about it.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and the fun/quirky bits far outweighed the parts I was less crazy about. As long as Lindsey can make a choice in the near future, I plan to keep reading. If she decides to go all Stephanie Plum on us though, no promises….

B+ rating for a fun mystery with a touch of literary fun.

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

View all my reviews on Goodreads

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Spotlight New Release and Review with a Giveaway: Bittersweet Magic by Nina Croft

Bittersweet Magic - Nina Croft - Banner

Tagline:  Only he can save her…

Bittersweet_Magic_900pxSynopsis: Roz has been indebted to the demon Asmodai for five hundred years, and her freedom is just around the corner. All she has to do is complete one last task for him—obtain a key that had been hidden in a church centuries ago.   Piers, the Head of the Order and an ancient vampire, is intrigued by the woman who comes to him for help. She’s beautiful and seemingly kind, but she’s hiding something. And he’ll find out who she is and what she really wants once he uses his power to get inside her head. But Piers has no idea that Roz is immune to his mind-control…or that he is simply a pawn in her dangerous mission for freedom.

Goodreads  Amazon  Barnes & Noble

 

 

 

 

 

Review: I haven’t had a chance to read book one in this series yet–but after finishing this one, I’m definitely going to. You don’t have to have read the first one (Bittersweet Blood) in order for this one to make sense, but it definitely would help–and heads up, you’ll definitely want to read it once you get a taste. Roz, our heroine, is new to the universe contained in the books as well–technically, she’s been a part of it for roughly five hundred years, yet was mostly kept isolated for reasons that are later explained–so readers unfamiliar with The Order and the rules of this particular universe can learn them right along with her.

Still, though, you–like Roz–will definitely feel like the odd man out at times, with most of the other characters sharing inside information that you lack. However–this can all be quickly remedied, by reading book one first! 😉

Even going into this novel blind, it drew me in immediately. I wanted to figure out what was going on right along with Roz, and Piers intrigued me just as much as he did her. Those two had some fantastic chemistry, and every time they shared a scene you could feel the heat. I loved that Roz was a very capable heroine, and absolutely adored the scenes where she gave just as good as she got with Piers. The ones where she resisted his ability to mesmerize, yet let him think that he had succeeded? Priceless. And he so needed that come down!

There’s an excellent cast of characters in this book, which means a wealth of opportunities for future books. Besides our hero and heroine–a thousands-year-old vampire and a possible witch–we have warlocks, werewolves, demons, shapeshifters, and fey. Even the two mortal characters here–Ryan and Maria, a police detective and nun–are well fleshed-out and interesting; I’m hoping we’ll see them in future books as well as the supernaturals.

The one and only complaint I have about this novel is that the end was a tad bit on the rushed side–I did like how everything was resolved; all the pieces came together nicely–but it all happened very, very quickly. Admittedly, though, this could also be attributed to my not wanting to see the story end…

If you like paranormal reads with drama and sexy romance, this is definitely one series you’ll want to try. So do yourself a favor and enter the giveaway below–when you win, you can use the gift card to buy both books in the series and have plenty left over for holiday shopping! 🙂

Rating: A-

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Author Bio:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.   Nina’s writing mixes romance with elements of paranormal and science fiction.

 

Website  Twitter  Facebook  Goodreads  Newsletter

Giveaway Info:

$25 Amazon Gift Card

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Spotlight New Release! Asking for Trouble by Tessa Bailey (And Protecting What’s His is just 99 cents!)

A new release and a sale! Read on…

The Queen of Dirty Talking is back! Whether this is your first experience with Tessa Bailey’s dirty talking heroes or you’ve been following her all along, you don’t want to miss out on meeting Brent and Hayden. Their banter is witty, filled with sexual tension, and the sex itself is “fan-your-face” hot, according to an early review from USA Today Happily Ever After.

Here’s a dirty talking snippet just for you guys:

He leaned forward and spoke right against her ear. “Come for me right now and I’ll let you ride me as hard as you want later. I know what gets you off. I saw it in your eyes last night. You want to throw me down and fuck me, duchess? Good. I’m in the mood to let you.”

Now you see why she’s been dubbed the Queen of Dirty Talking!

About Asking for Trouble

 

AfT_500

 

Brent Mason and Hayden Winstead can’t stand each other. She plans exclusive parties for her rich family’s charities. He’s a rough and tumble cop who rigs explosives for a living. Could two people be any less suited for conversation? They think not and prefer to keep it that way.

 

Unfortunately, their two best friends are deeply, disgustingly in love. Forced together, the mutual attraction simmering beneath the surface of Brent and Hayden’s non-relationship grows with every argument until it explodes into a scintillating night of mind-blowing sex. And it won’t be the last, as far as Brent’s concerned.

 

Hayden has a secret, though. Her father’s company is relying on a merger to save them from financial ruin, and only Hayden’s marriage to the CEO’s wealthy son can secure the deal. If she’s to protect her family, she’ll have to forget Brent. And he has no intention of being forgotten.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes | Kobo

In celebration of her new release, Tessa Bailey’s first book Protecting What’s His is on sale for only ¢99 for two full weeks! (11/24 – 12/7) Just in time to gift it to everyone who appreciates a dirty talker.

 

About Protecting What’s His

 

PWH500px

She’s running from the law, and the law wants her bad.

The opportunity was just too damn delicious for Ginger Peet to pass up. The purse full of money she finds—$50,000 to be exact—could give her and her teen sister the new start they need. So she grabs the cash, her gothy sibling, and their life-sized statue of Dolly Parton, and blows outta Nashville in a cloud of dust. Chicago, here we come…

 

Turns out, Chicago has some pretty hot cops. Hot, intense, naughty-lookin’ cops like Derek Tyler, who looks like he could eat a girl up and leave her begging for more. And more. Tempting as he is, getting involved with the sexy homicide lieutenant next door poses a teensy problem for a gal who’s on the lam. But one thing is certain—Derek’s onto her, and he wants more than just a taste.

 

And as far as he’s concerned, possession is nine-tenths of the law.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes | Kobo

 

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]