Spotlight Review and Giveaway: Down on Her Knees by Christine Bell (Dare Me #3)

 Christine Bell’s Dare Me series reaches a HOT conclusion with Down on Her Knees, Courtney and Rafe’s story. Read on to find out all about it!

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Title: Down on Her Knees
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Christine Bell
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Pages: 159
Language: English
Format: Ebook

 

Four lessons, no strings…

Detective Rafe Davenport has always made Courtney DeLollis uneasy. While her instincts whisper, Touch him, her mind says, Run. But since she learned that he’s dominant in the bedroom, she hasn’t been able to forget about it. She should be appalled—she knows all too well what happens when a man has too much control—but a deeper, darker part of her is fascinated…

And so is Rafe. The sexual tension between them is thick enough to touch, and damn, does he want to touch. So he suggests something that will benefit them both. Four scenes—because anything more is a relationship, and Rafe won’t go there ever again. Each scenario is designed to tease and torment. To show Courtney that with every submission comes the reward of scintillating pleasure. But once he has Courtney down on her knees, Rafe realizes that she might be the one woman capable of bringing him to his…

Review:

Steamy and fun! Down on Her Knees definitely delivered on the promise that Down the Aisle (2.5) hinted at between Rafe and Courtney in a can’t-put-it-down read.

This should work out just fine as a standalone, but you’d definitely get more out of it on the whole if you know the characters already–seeing them here will add another layer to their relationships. It begins at Galen and Lacey’s wedding, and by the end of it the future event that was revealed at the end of Aisle has happened (though we really don’t see much of it, sadly–it’s really just hearsay). Cat’s in the story quite a bit, acting as Courtney’s confidante and wing(wo)man. If you don’t already know these characters, though, don’t worry–you won’t be lost.

There was a lot of laugh-out-loud moments here, both from funny situations and humorous banter. I really do enjoy Christine Bell’s writing style–it’s a lot of fun to read. There’s definitely a serious side to her characters as well, though, and she allows them to work through their problems on their own in a believable way.

I loved Courtney’s internal dialogue. Here’s one scene–where she and Rafe show up for what is supposed to be a group outing only to find out that it’s suddenly just the two of them. It nicely showcases the humor in the novel with a nice bit of the smolder:

She plucked at her shirt and took a deep breath. If she kept touching her clothes, maybe it would help her remember that even though he was looking at her like she was naked, she wasn’t actually nude.

Maybe.

It’d be fine. The others would be here in five minutes tops and then it would all go back to normal.

“Hey, Courtney.”

Why did he insist on saying her name like that? Like he was even giving the syllables oral or something.

“Nice shirt,” he said, his gaze skimming over her figure and leaving a trail of fire in its path.

“Hey. Where is everybody?” She ignored his last comment and focused instead on hitching her purse up on her shoulder. With a deep breath, she willed herself to meet his stare. Mistake. If she didn’t feel naked before, she sure as hell did now. The worst part of it all was that she wasn’t sure whether she wanted to cross her arms over her chest or stretch them above her head so he could get the full view.

“Cat just texted me. Didn’t she tell you? They’re not coming. Some kind of work thing came up.”

Nerves made her throat go instantly dry, and she swallowed hard. Some kind of work thing, huh? Sounded really important. She made an internal note to murder Cat.

“Interesting. Galen and Lacey can’t make it either.”

They stared at each other in silence. What now? Surely this broke all the rules they’d set from the start. Her stomach twisted as she thought over her options. She could go in with him and eat enough funnel cake to get herself seriously ill so she could leave. Or, she could create a superhero alter ego and say that she was needed back at the lair ASAP to meet up with her sidekick, or the city was doomed.

“Are you coming or what?” He was a yard away from her, his body twisted in a way that highlighted his incredible jawline and the way his jeans clung to his powerful thighs.

God help her. Even in the horrendous carnival lighting, he looked like something out of a fitness magazine.

Decisions, decisions. “I, uh—”

He crossed the space between them in an instant, grasping her wrist before she had time to acknowledge the contact. “Look, it’s not like either of us planned this. What would we have done a month ago in this situation?”

“Nothing, I guess. Hung out at the carnival, maybe.”

He raised his dark brows and eyed her, and she pulled at her T-shirt with her free hand. The sheer electricity of his presence had her heart thumping in overtime. How was she supposed to handle an entire evening like this? Four scenes was one thing. Pure fantasy, never to cross over into reality.

A date, intentional or not, was something else entirely.

“Look, we had a deal. I don’t want to mess it up. Or something.” She mentally gave herself a high five for eloquence. She was nothing if not articulate.

His lips quirked in a crooked smile, and he led her toward the entrance. “Let’s not put more on this than there has to be. It’s a night at the carnival between friends, not a proposal, okay?”

Maybe it was his freakish height. Or the mind-melding power of his gaze. She couldn’t pinpoint why. All she knew was that she nodded her agreement before the rest of her body had time to weigh in on a decision. Within minutes, they were strolling through the grounds, marveling over the assortment of weird food carts.

“Tempura-fried Twix bars with bacon bits?” He pointed to a stand where a small rotund man was passing out carton after carton of greasy goodness or grossness, depending upon a person’s preference. “We have to try that.”

“I think I’ll pass, thanks.” She scrunched up her nose and he laughed, flashing his brilliantly white smile. God, there had to be one thing about him for her to focus on to get through the rest of the night. Couldn’t his nose have been crooked at least, or his shoulders not broad enough?

Something, anything, to distract her from the fact that he looked like he’d fallen out of the sky in search of his hammer.

You really can’t go wrong with a Thor reference; am I right? At least it’ll take the image of that Twix abomination out of your head for a bit. 😉

There has to be a limit to what you can add bacon to, right?

While the smexy scenes are definitely hot, they don’t seem to be quite enough to actually be BDSM–I’d say this is a steamy contemporary over erotica. Rafe’s dominant in the bedroom (or anywhere and everywhere else, really), but I don’t think he’s actually a Dom (not that I’m an expert–at all. And it really didn’t bother me one bit–the so-called “scenes” worked just fine for me, thankyouverymuch 🙂 ).

Down on Her Knees offers a satisfying wrap-up to the series, or just a quick, fun, steamy read for newbies.

Rating: B+/ 4 stars

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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ABOUT CHRISTINE BELL

Christine Bell is a USA Bestselling Author of contemporary romance novels and one half of the happiest couple in the world. She and her handsome hubby currently reside in Pennsylvania with a four-pack of teenage boys and their two dogs, Gimli and Pug. If she gets time off from her duties as maid, chef, chauffeur, or therapist, she can be found reading just about anything she can get her hands on, from Young Adult novels to books on poker theory. She doesn’t like root beer, clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but lurrves chocolate, going to the movies, the New York Giants and playing Texas Hold ‘Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she would be a pirate…or, like, a ninja maybe. She loves writing fun, sexy romances, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with rusty spoons. Christine loves to hear from readers, so please feel free to get in touch with her via the Contact Page, or find her on Twitter @_ChristineBell.

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New Release Spotlight and Giveaway: Finding You by Kelly Harper (By You #3)

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How far would you go?

When Sarah moved away from her hometown to go to college she thought she was doing it to be with her boyfriend Huck. But when she discovers he’s a cheater out to get whatever he wants, she finds herself alone in a new city. Armed with only a few people she can trust, Sarah sets out to carve her place in the world.

Jeremy’s life came to a stand still two years ago, but now he’s trying to make something of himself. He heads off to college to put his past behind him and start something new. When he meets Sarah he knows he’s in for a roller coaster ride. He hasn’t felt this way about someone in a long time–he never felt like he’d feel this way, again.

As Sarah and Jeremy get to know each other, she realizes there’s something special about him. Something she has never felt before. But there’s something he’s holding back from her, something he’s keeping hidden. Can Sarah find a way to trust someone again, or will Jeremy’s past reveal itself? And will she be able to handle it if it does?

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Sarah’s stomach exploded into a jittery mess when she saw Jeremy standing there, giving her that sexy smile. Before she could say anything, he took a step closer and threw his arms around her, pulling her into a tight hug. All at once she felt the hardness of his chest against her cheek, and the sweet smell of his cologne–it smelled expensive, whatever it was.

As their bodies pressed into one another, Sarah’s breath slipped away from her. One moment she had been watching Billie, and the next she had found herself in the arms of the guy she’d been thinking about all day. Heat rushed to her face, and she was thankful he couldn’t see her.

Get a hold of yourself, you barely even know this guy.

When they pulled away, he still had that beaming smile on his face. And those crystal blue eyes took all of her in–they might have been the most gorgeous eyes she’d ever seen. He was wearing a fitted, black button-up shirt with his hair spiked like it normally was. His jeans were tight, and they were rolled up at the bottom with black shoes to round off the image. The top two buttons of the shirt were undone.

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Most of her free time is spent working in front of the computer at various coffee shops around Houston. But when she’s not working on her next book, she’s probably sitting in front of the TV with her eyes glued to whatever Netflix show she happens to be obsessed with at the time. Do we really have to wait this long for the next season of Orange Is The New Black?!

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London Bound by Nana Malone
(Chase Brothers #1)
Publication date: April 1st 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:
It wasn’t exactly like spunky, photography student, Abbie Nartey ran away from her life…except, that she left under the cover of darkness and put three thousand miles between her and her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal. She went to London searching for her dream. She never expected to find love, or herself.

Heir to his family’s tech fortune, sexy, Alexi Chase, is looking for freedom—from his family and from his past. What he’s not looking for is love. With secrets like his, he can’t afford to let anyone get too close. But a chance rescue has him wondering if the price of keeping secrets is too high.
Will Alexi risk losing love to keep his past hidden? Will Abbie trust herself enough to love again? Or will their pasts keep then from accepting true love?

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New Release Review with Giveaway: Compromising Willa by Diana Quincy (Accidental Peers series)

Author Diana Quimby has a new historical romance out–read all about it below!

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Title: Compromising Willa 
Author: Diana Quincy
Genre: historical romance
Pages: 267
Publisher: Entangled Scandalous
Release Date: December 9, 2013
ISBN: 978-1622664146

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Lady Wilhelmina Stanhope is ruined and everyone knows it. Back in Town for the first season since her downfall, Willa plans to remain firmly on the shelf, assuming only fortune hunters will want her now. Instead she focuses on her unique tea blends, secretly supporting a coffee house which employs poor women and children. If her clandestine involvement in trade is discovered, she’ll be ruined. Again.

 

No one is more shocked by Willa’s lack of quality suitors than the newly minted Duke of Hartwell. Having just returned from India, the dark duke is instantly attracted to the mysterious wallflower. His pursuit is hampered by the ruthless Earl of Bellingham, who once jilted Willa and is now determined to reclaim her.

 

Caught between the clash of two powerful men, a furious Willa refuses to concede her independence to save her reputation. But will she compromise her heart?

 

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Review:

Compromising Willa is refreshingly different from most of the historicals I’ve read lately. The characters, the plot, the storyline–it all felt fresh and new. After a somewhat slow beginning, I was hooked–and pretty much good for nothing until I finished it!

Poor Willa! She was “ruined” several years ago–at the same time her romantic hopes were dashed  (naturally, not a coincidence)–and as a result is nearing her mid-twenties and unmarried. She assumes that the main reason for her spinster state is that she is unattractive and undesirable (it takes a while for us to understand exactly what her degree of “ruin” is, and how her perception of that event and society’s aren’t exactly the same–and why), and she’s come to terms with it.

Hart never expected to be a duke–that was his brother. He’s been out of the country–he’s been in India, in fact, managing his sugar interests–and knows nothing of the story behind Lady Willa’s life on the shelf. He’s intrigued by how different she seems from other society misses, though, and taken with her beauty. The man who was involved in her “ruin”, though? He’s been Hart’s enemy since their days at school, and Hart’s interest in Willa fans the flames of their rivalry once again, much to her dismay…

Now Willa’s got two powerful men vying for her attention and her hand–which somehow isn’t nearly as fun as you might think it would be. One of the two kisses her in a why she’d never dreamed possible–but does he only do so because he’s assumed she’s tainted goods and therefore not worthy of respect? Come to think of it, she’s not entirely sure that either man can be trusted, not his assertions believed.

She’s nearly compromised–again. Duels (yep, plural!) are nearly fought over her honor. She’s betrothed to one of the men. No, wait–she’s going to be blackmailed into marrying the other. Well, actually…botheration! What’s a girl supposed to do when old grudges and assumptions appear to be driving the motives of everyone around her, and she feels torn in multiple directions at once? All she wants is to be left alone, allowed to finish reading Vindications of the Rights of Woman in peace and create her specially blended teas…

It did bother me a bit that Hart let his jealousy of Willa’s past and his issues with her former paramour rule so much of his behavior in the present era of the novel. Much of the conflict could have been resolved with a simple conversation or two–though at the same time, the fact that those conversations didn’t take place also felt true to the time period, so I could understand why it happened that way, though it frustrated me. Throughout it all I was still hoping against hope that they’d make it work, because I really liked both of their characters despite the fact that their behavior also drove me crazy at times, making me mutter at both of them under my breath.

Animals and children were giving me a wide berth these past two days, for obvious reasons. 😉

This was my first read in the Accidental Peers series, and though it’s actually the third book in the series it takes place before the other two so it’s actually a fine place to start. It definitely whetted my appetite for the other two–Willa’s cousin Camryn, the hero of book one, plays a fairly big role in this one, making me anxious to read his story; we don’t see a lot of the hero of book two, Stanhope, but it’s also enough of a glimpse to interest.

In a nutshell: An refreshingly different read from an author I’m going to be reading again in the future. B rating/ 4 stars.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Diana Quincy is an award-winning former television journalist who decided she’d rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed.
Fans of Madeline Hunter, Lisa Kleypas and Sabrina Jeffries will love her Regency world of dashing dukes, irresistible rogues and the headstrong, determined women who capture their hearts. New York Times bestselling author Grace Burrowes says SEDUCING CHARLOTTE is “Sweet, steamy, and thoroughly enjoyable…Equal parts action, passion and fun.” Growing up as a foreign service brat, Diana lived in many countries and is now settled in Virginia with her husband and two sons. When not bent over her laptop or trying to keep up with laundry, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and dreams of traveling much more than her current schedule (and budget) allows. Diana loves to hear from readers. You can follow her on Twitter @Diana_Quincy or visit her website at www.dianaquincy.com To learn more about Diana’s upcoming books and for sneak previews and other special exclusive giveaways, please consider signing up for her quarterly newsletters at www.dianaquincy.com. Diana understands your information is private and promises NEVER to share it with anyone.

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New Release Spotlight and Giveaway! Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison (YA fantasy)

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Of Sea and Stone by Kate Avery Ellison
Publication date: February 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

All her life, clever Aemi has been a slave in the Village of the Rocks, a place where the sea and sky meet. She’s heard the stories about the fabled People of the Sea, a people who possess unimaginable technology who live below the waves in the dark, secret places of the ocean. But she never dreamed those stories were true.

When a ship emerges from the ocean and men burn her village, Aemi is captured, and enslaved below the waves in Itlantis, a world filled with ancient cities of glass and metal, floating gardens, and wondrous devices that seem to work magic. To make matters worse, her village nemesis, the stuck-up mayor’s son Nol, was captured with her, and they are made servants in the same household beneath the sea.

Desperate to be free, Aemi plots her escape, even going so far as to work with Nol. But the sea holds more secrets than she realizes, and escape might not be as simple as leaving…

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The sea sang to itself in the music of blue water and salt and gulls’ cries as I sat above it, crouched atop the column-like Looking Rock with a spear clenched in my hand and words of frustration crawling on my tongue. The water below lapped at the edges of the rock, foaming over the pebbled shore that ringed the rock, and the foam hid the fish I was trying to catch.

I bent over the water and stabbed the spear into the foaming waves. When I withdrew it from the pool, a fish wriggled on the end, and I smiled with a quick jerk of my lips. I had always been good with a spear, somewhat inexplicably according to Nealla.

I tossed the fish into my sack and moved to the other side of the Looking Rock, where the tide pools were often filled with exotic things washed in from the sea. It was a secret place, and few knew to look here. I came often whenever I had a moment of freedom from my duties, for if I could catch enough things of value, I could sell them in the marketplace and add coin to the stash I kept hidden away, the stash that would one day buy my freedom.

The first tide pools were disappointingly empty except for a few anemone and starfish clinging to the sides of the rocks, and a yellow fish darting away from my face as I peered down.

I moved on. Three more pools, empty. But luck had not abandoned me. At the final pool I stopped, transfixed by the creature I saw beneath the surface.

It was eerie and beautiful, with fluttering fins along its throat and back and tail, speckled blue scales, and a mouth full of teeth. It wasn’t a fish or a dolphin or a snake, but something that looked like bits of all three. I had never seen such a creature. It was some monster from the depths, but a small one.

I bent over the rock, sliding my belly forward by inches, peering into the deep glassy green of the pool beneath where the creature swam in small circles, imprisoned until high tide. I didn’t want to use a spear on such a magnificent creature. For this, I needed a net.

I stabbed my spear into the edge of the pool, marking the fish-creature as mine. Then I scrambled to the edge of the Looking Rock. The wind swirled around me, wetting me with a mist of sea spray as I brought my arms forward and dove into the sea below.

Bubbles exploded around me as I swam through the green-blue water. Below, fish wove between a jewel-colored spread of coral. A dark line at the edge of my vision signaled where the shallow waters ended and the deep water began.

No one ever went out into deep water.

I reached the larger rocks that rose from the water like the spearheads of giants and hauled myself onto a sea-carved shelf of white stone. My master’s house was before me, a collection of caves and hollows in the rock. It was a nice house, with a strip of pebbled beach facing west. Beyond the beach, a shallow place for bathing and washing was surrounded by thin white stones that protruded from the water like fingers and broke the force of the waves.

A hole in the rock wall led to the interior. Strings of shells formed a curtain barrier, and they tinkled and clicked in the wind. I shoved them aside and stepped into the cool stone passage leading to the house.

I needed one of my master’s nets. Just to borrow, to catch that fish.

The master’s father sat on a mat beside the fire, muttering to himself. Beside him were nets, the small ones used for hand fishing. He was mending them, his wrinkled hands moving swiftly as he worked over a hole.

“Hello, Old One,” I said, speaking carefully and respectfully. “I need to borrow a net.”

He lifted his head and scrutinized me. I was dripping from the sea. My hair stuck to my neck and forehead. Droplets fell from my fingers.

He reached for one of the nets and lifted it toward me, but pulled it back before I could take it.

“Don’t go in the deep places,” he said, and his voice creaked. “The Sea People are in the deep places.”

“Yes, Old One,” I said, leaning forward to reach the net.

The master’s father was crazy, but gentle. Sometimes he liked to ramble about fables from his youth, and sometimes I listened, because none of the others did, and I felt sorry for him.

I didn’t have time for it today.

“I saw one of their ships the other night,” he continued, pulling the net farther away and out of reach again. “Came up from the depths, black as a wet stone, bright with lights. They’re watching us.”

“Don’t worry, Old One,” I said. “We’ll keep you safe.”

He harrumphed as if doubtful and handed me the net. “Stay out of the deep places,” he said again.

I snatched the net and hurried outside once more. The wind fanned my face. I stopped at the edge of the water and shaded my eyes against the glaring sun.

Someone else was on the Looking Rock. I saw a figure moving around the pool. Confound that Old One and his stories! I splashed into the water, my heart pounding as I swam hard, kicking my legs. I reached the rock and hauled myself up, hair dripping, leaving wet footprints as I ran to the tide pools. A young man stood at the edge of the pool, his feet hanging in the water, his arms braced behind him and his face tipped toward the sun. He was lounging, waiting for me, stretched out as if to show off his physical perfections and the gold bracelets on his arms and ankles. That handsome, arrogant face, smirking mouth, and long, dark lashes that contrasted with his pale, wavy hair—I’d know him anywhere.

Nol.

I looked past him into the water and stopped in horror.

The creature was gone.

My bag of sad little fish lay at the edge of the rock, looking deflated in the sunlight. My spear lay beside it.

Fury built up at the back of my neck and swept through my throat to take hold of my tongue. Anger licked at my bones.

“You stole my catch.”

Nol opened one eye and looked at me. “What are you talking about? Your bag of fish is right there. I didn’t touch it.”

“No. The creature in the pool—it was my catch. I found it first, as was clearly demonstrated by my spear marking the pool. You took it! Where did you put it?” I was furious, devastated.

Nol straightened and blinked at me. His smile was slow and smooth, like butter being spread across bread.

“It wasn’t your fish,” he said. “It wasn’t in your net, so you had no claim.”

“I marked it with my spear—”

“You aren’t a fisherman, thrall-girl. The rules of the village don’t apply to the likes of you. You have no identifying marker that deserves to be honored, and that thing you call a spear is simply a piece of garbage with a point at one end. It could have washed into the pool on its own, for all I know.”

I wanted to strangle him. My anger was hot and fierce, and it made my legs tremble. But he was the mayor’s second son, and he could do as he liked. Instead, I bit my tongue and turned away.

I’d lost this round, but I would not lose to Nol again.

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I live in Georgia with my wonderful husband and two spoiled cats. When I’m not writing, I’m usually catching up on my extensive Netflix queue, reading a book, giggling at something funny online, or trying to convince my husband to give me just ONE bite of whatever he’s eating.

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Jag Jensen and Ellen Love had been best friends their whole lives until he turned thirteen and started noticing girls his own age, but that didn’t mean he stopped watching out for eleven-year-old Ellen. By his senior year in high school, baseball had taken the front seat in his life, with a scholarship to college and a pro career looming on the horizon, when sophomore Ellen caught his attention and they struck up their friendship again. Although Ellen wanted more, Jag didn’t want to drag her into what he knew would be a crazy life, but love has a way of deciding one’s future, and eventually they became a couple. Ellen followed him to California as he began his pro career, but his wild and hectic lifestyle screwed everything up.

Now Jag is lost, realizing he’s never been without his best friend in his life. Learning to live without Ellen doesn’t settle well with him, so while trying to remain at the top of his career, he also wants to get his girl back, which proves to be more difficult than he thought it’d be. Will Ellen give him another chance or does that sort of thing only happen in the sappy romance novels she always used to read? Jag hopes she’s willing to try again as he puts his heart on the line for the woman he knows will always be his forever and a day.

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Harper Bentley has taught high school English for 21 years. Although she’s managed to maintain her sanity regardless of her career choice, jumping into the world of publishing her own books goes to show that she might be closer to the ledge than was previously thought.

After traveling the nation in her younger years as a military brat, having lived in Alaska, Washington State and California, she now resides in Oklahoma with her teenage daughter, two dogs and one cat, happily writing stories that she hopes her readers will enjoy.

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Cover Reveal: Lexi Ryan’s Accidental Sex Goddess Has a New Look!

Lexi Ryan’s novel Accidental Sex Goddess has a sexy new cover–check it out!

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Accidental Sex Goddess by Lexi Ryan
Publication date: January 14th 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

From the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Unbreak Me 

FAKING IT NEVER FELT SO GOOD…

Promotions director Reese Regan isn’t a sex goddess and doesn’t want to be. But when she’s offered a job with Sex Goddess, Inc., she must complete the company’s wildly popular Sex Goddess 101 program. Trying only to avoid the unemployment line, not to become Chicago’s next seductress, she never expected the infamous “steps” might work.

Reese’s sexy, off-limits best friend Ben Hawk helps her “fake” her way through lingerie shopping, phone sex, and seduction lessons. The passion that flares between them might be hotter than their friendship can withstand. And the idea that he only wants the “new” her? That’s definitely more than her heart can stand.

Will faking something so important cost her a chance at something real?

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“Good morning!” a sing-songy voice called from Ben’s front door.

Ben stood in the middle of his kitchen, sipping coffee and attempting to unglue his eyelids.

Reese strode into the room, her presence kicking his brain into gear better than a whole pot of coffee.

She wore a white tank, yoga pants that clung to the curve of her ass, and a smile way too sunny for a Monday morning.

Not for the first time, Ben imagined she wasn’t joining him fresh from her car but that she was joining him from his bed. She wouldn’t be wearing workout clothes but maybe one of his old t-shirts. She’d pad toward him in bare feet, cotton brushing the tops of her thighs, and she’d wrap her arms around his neck with the smile of a recently satisfied woman. He would slide his hands under her shirt and cup an ass cheek in each hand as he put his mouth on hers. Then they’d get a whole different kind of workout.

A dangerous fantasy. In the real world, Reese smacked a kiss to his cheek like she was greeting her little brother. To add insult to injury, she stole his mug out of his hands and took a gulp of his coffee. The soft moan of pleasure that escaped her lips played all too well into the images flashing through his mind. So did the way she closed her eyes and tilted her head back, pleasure running across her face.

Jesus. Ben tried to get a handle on himself, but, hell, he was only human, and Reese enjoyed a sip of coffee in a way that made a man think of slow, sweaty, thorough sex.

How was he supposed to avoid imagining the expression on her face as he teased her breasts? What sounds would she make when he ran his tongue across a hardened nipple? And when he ran his mouth down her stomach and tasted her between her legs, what sounds would she make then? Would she quietly open her legs for him? Or would she cry out in pleasure, tug on his hair?

She cocked her head, studying him but not seeing him. Reese saw a friend when she looked at him, not a man. And maybe for a while he’d only seen a friend when he’d looked at her. That was all he’d let himself see. But at some point he’d let his guard down, and now when he looked at Reese he didn’t just see. He wanted.

“Have a lot on your mind this morning?” she asked.

He nodded slowly, let his fingers brush over hers as he took his mug back. “You could say that.” He slugged back the rest of his coffee and headed toward the basement without preamble. Reese followed, humming softly under her breath, a sound low enough to slingshot his mind straight back to his fantasy, to the idea of her body under his hands. His mouth.

“Hey, grumpy,” she said when they reached the bottom of the stairs. She tugged on his shoulder until he turned to face her. “Anything I can do to improve your mood this morning?”

“I can think of a few things.” He couldn’t help himself. He let his gaze travel slowly down her body, lingering at her curves. His gaze traveled so slowly back to her face, he had enough time to picture every inch of her bare, exposed, ready for him. It was an image that was half fantasy and half memory.

When he returned his eyes to her face, a deep red blush stained her cheeks. “Ben!” She landed a soft punch to his solar plexus.

Ben lifted a shoulder in a half shrug. “You asked.”

“When was the last time you got laid?”

He knew down to the day, but he wasn’t about to share the truth with Reese—not when the date was just as significant in her life. “A few months.”

“Well, you need to do something about that.”

“You volunteering?”

Bio:Lexi-Ryan

New York Times and USA Today bestselling romance author Lexi Ryan’s novels have been described as intense, emotional, and wickedly sexy. A former college professor, she now writes full-time from her home in Indiana, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a neurotic dog. Find her on Facebook or Twitter to chat about books, TV, and her children’s latest antics.

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Spotlight New Release: Wanton Heat by Nicola Marsh

 This one sounds like so much fun! It’s right at the top of my TBR, as soon as I finish the book I’m currently reading!

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Title: Wanton Heat
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Nicola Marsh
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Pages: 150
Language: English
Format: Ebook

 

At his majesty’s service…or so he thinks.

With her job and her self-respect on the line, advertising executive and reformed bad-girl Zoe Keaton heads to Italy to score a vital business deal. Unfortunately, the guy she needs to convince is the wickedly hot—and totally closed-off—Prince Dominic Ricci, who has no intention of listening to her pitch. So with the queen’s help, Zoe does the only thing that will get the job done. She kidnaps him.

But the joke’s on her when the queen’s matchmaking strands Zoe and the prince on the royal family’s secluded island. Zoe vows not to mix business with pleasure—and prove that she’s more than a spoiled rich girl who bought her way to success—but when the prince turns up the heat, the chemistry between them ignites. Is it just sizzling sex, or could an Italian prince with a tragic past fall for a take-no-prisoners American?

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ABOUT NICOLA MARSH

USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and riveting, eerie stories for young adults.

Based in Melbourne, she has published 45 books and sold over 5 million copies worldwide. She writes contemporary romances for Harlequin Mills & Boon, Entangled Publishing and is self-published. Her first indie release, Crazy Love, was a 2012 ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Award) finalist. BANISH, a thriller with Harlequin Teen Australia, is her young adult debut (August 2013), closely followed by the release of a paranormal YA series starting with Scion of the Sun (Month9Books, November 2013)

She’s also a Waldenbooks and Bookscan bestseller, a 2013 National Readers’ Choice Award and RBY (Romantic Book of the Year) winner, a multi-finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, RBY, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best Award, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

A physiotherapist for thirteen years, she now adores writing full time, chasing after her two little heroes, barracking loudly for her North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team and her favourite, curling up with a good book!

She also loves interacting with readers. She blogstweets incessantly, chatters on Facebook and answers emails.

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New Release Review: Claiming Ana by Brynna Curry (Triple Star Ranch #1)

A brand-new series by author Brynna Curry is off to an action-packed start!

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Claiming Ana
by Brynna Curry

“I’ll take you, turn you, until I’m the sun that warms you, the moon that calls to you at night.” – Howl Raven

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire…and passion that won’t be denied.

Triple Star Ranch, #1

The child of a gypsy and fey, small-town veterinarian Dr. Anastasia Brannon has always hidden her magic for fear of ridicule. A red-hot encounter with the new PI in town makes their attraction impossible to deny. Throwing caution to the wind, she indulges her desires but keeps her secrets close.

A man with a shady past and secrets of his own, Howl Raven uses his feral talents and tracking skills to make a living, doing his best to lay low and hide the curse that haunts him every month. So far, so good…until an uncontrollable shift outside the full moon leaves him the victim of a werewolf hunter.

When she finds the enigmatic investigator wounded in the woods near her cabin during a storm, Ana provides medical care on instinct. She may be the only one who can banish the wolf from Howl’s blood, but at what cost?

CONTENT WARNING: Contains a brief, mostly off-page, violent scene which may disturb some readers. Violence, strong language and graphic love scenes.

 

Review:

Claiming Ana was a quick, entertaining read with likable characters and an intriguing setting. Ana and Howl’s relationship developed really quickly, but with the paranormal “mate” bonding aspect of it it’s almost to be expected, and it didn’t bother me as it might have otherwise.

Since Ana is a veterinarian, animals play a big part in the novella. I especially enjoyed Circe the mama cat and Taffy the golden retriever, and watching them interact with each other and especially with Howl was fun. When he tells the dog she’s not his “kind of girl”, it really made me smile.

The story is very fast-paced; not only do our characters progress quickly in their relationship, but the drama that enfolds them moves along at a fast clip. We no sooner met Howl but his life’s in danger; a few short chapters later Ana’s life is threatened as well. Not a dull moment here!

The book as a whole, though, often felt rushed. It is the first in a series of three, so hopefully some of the plot elements that didn’t get a full treatment here will be more fully developed later. (Perfect example–the case that brings Howl to town, investigating the murder of the father of Ana’s high school boyfriend and the mystery of why he took so much money out of his ranch before his death, is left hanging. It seems to get lost in the more immediate drama–understandably–of Howl being chased by an angry man with silver bullets in his gun. Still, though, I’d like to see what is going on there.)

A larger word count could have given this story more body and made it ultimately more satisfying. As it is, we’re left with some vague information about curses and the bonds between several characters that I’d like to have seen explored more fully. I’d also love to know more about Ana’s magical powers and abilities–what, exactly is she capable of?

What is here is definitely enough to arouse interest in the next two books, though–and it can be read in an afternoon.

Rating: C+, or 3 1/2 stars

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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The tinkling of a bell announced the arrival of another customer. Ana looked toward the door. The newcomer was tall, with black hair. His leather jacket and jeans accentuated a muscled but lean form. Sunglasses hid his eyes from view. He didn’t stop at the counter, instead making his way over to their table. “Sorry to interrupt, chief. Got a minute?”

“Sure. Have a seat.”

The stranger shook Cade’s hand before moving on to Jace. The scent of pine and crisp soap tempted her into curiosity. Slipping off his glasses, he hooked them in the V of his jacket. He turned, his golden eyes meeting hers. A wave of pure heat swept over her, washing away her common sense with the tide.

“Howl, this is Dr. Anastasia Brannon, our local vet and a close friend of the family. Ana, this is Howl Raven.”

Noting Cade deliberately left Howl’s occupation out of the introduction, she smiled and held out her hand to shake his. “Nice to meet you.”

“The pleasure is all mine, Anastasia.”

God, his voice was like the finest whiskey. Rich, dark and damning as it rolled over her name. The air changed at his touch. He didn’t shake her hand, instead held it warm in his just a second longer than was polite. She didn’t miss the frown on Jace’s face. Even old lovers were territorial.

“Ah, yes. Likewise. Well, I hate to run, but I have to get going. Got a full day of appointments scheduled.” Flustered, she tugged her hand out of Howl’s. “Hey, Cade, tell Taylor to call me when she gets in. We need to catch up. Spa day.”

“Yep. Thanks.”

“Any time.” She retreated to the safety of her Jeep, but couldn’t resist a second look toward the door before driving away. He was watching her through the glass. She still felt his touch and ached for more. Howl Raven was a flash fire. And she was a moth to that flame, begging him to consume her.

Author’s Bio:

Brynna Curry was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line. After living all over the southern states, she finally landed in North Alabama where she lives with her husband and their three children. Growing up, books fueled her dreams and imagination, ultimately becoming her salvation during the hardest times in her life.
Writing is her passion, but she enjoys the fun of sharing those stories with others by reviewing books and working in publicity. When she isn’t writing or promoting, she’s often found haunting the library for new books to read, at the park with her children (when she can wrangle them into it) or just spending an quiet evening at home with Jackie watching old westerns on TV. Although her wizards, shifters and vampires are as real to her as anyone, she insists love is the truest magic and with it every day is another wonderful adventure.

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New Release Spotlight: Caught by Cassandra Carr

Good morning! Here’s a little something to wake you up, from a fellow Sabres fan!

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Blurb:  When Callie returns to her hometown for the holidays she comes face to face with her old lover and Dominant, Jack. She left him three years ago believing he could never be the happily-ever-after man she needed. Yet Jack still wants her and she finds herself wanting to submit to him again. As Jack and Callie explore their Dominant/submissive relationship, Callie gets drawn deep into Jack’s world all over again. For his part, Jack can’t seem to forget how she nearly ruined him when she took off without even saying good-bye all those years ago, but he’s afraid his baser needs will destroy Callie. If Callie give Jack another chance to prove he can be what she needs, can Jack overcome his own fears and claim Callie forever?

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Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra’s books have won numerous “Best Book Of” awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She thinks the best part of being a writer is how she writes about love and sex while most others struggle with daily commutes, micro-managing bosses and cranky co-workers. Her inspiration comes from everywhere, but she’d particularly like to thank the Buffalo Sabres, the hockey team near and dear to her heart. For more information about Cassandra, check out her website, “like” her Facebook fan page or follow her on Twitter.

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