New Release Review: SEDUCED by Molly O’Keefe (Into the Wild #1)

This brand new historical romance blew me away–
please tell me book #2 will be out soon, because OMG!

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SEDUCED by Molly O’Keefe
Released May 26th, 2014
Historical Romance

 

BOOK SUMMARY: 

A gritty and emotional historical western romance by RITA-award winning and Bestselling author Molly O’Keefe.

Melody Hurst’s days as a Southern belle are over. Now she’s widowed and alone in the foothills of the Rockies, struggling to make a life in a dangerous world. She’s determined to secure a future by marrying – but love is out of the question.

Cole Baywood has turned bounty hunter after serving in the horrors of the Civil War, but the ghosts of the men and women he’s killed still haunt him. He’s drawn to the beautiful widow trying to seduce him, only the darkness in his soul forces him to reject her. Is it possible that Melody’s touch can heal the demons of his past? And how can he convince a woman who has lost so much to risk her heart?

 

REVIEW:

Wow. Up until this point, I’ve only read Molly O’Keefe’s contemporary romances–which I loved. I was definitely open to reading a historical from her, though I wasn’t sure what to expect. It’s Molly O’Keefe, though, so it’s got to be good, right?

Good doesn’t begin to describe it.

It did take me a little bit to really get into the story (for one thing, she’s not actually a widow for a good chunk of the novel, which threw me for a loop–that will teach me to read the blurb just before picking up a book), but once it grabbed me, it just didn’t let go. Thank goodness I didn’t have anything pressing to do that afternoon…

This book is gripping. This isn’t at all a “pretty” historical like most historical romances out there today, where the past seems sugar-coated and idealized–this one feels real. The blurb calls it “gritty”, and it definitely is. These characters are damaged. They’ve got pasts that could conceivably influence the rest of their lives in a highly negative way. There were times that I wasn’t at all sure that they could get to a HEA–especially since Cole was convinced that both he and Melody deserved more than a marriage of convenience and he was determined not to go that route.

(And at the time my response to this was GAH! Why, Cole, why? Most standard historical romance heroes are just fine with that–why not you?)

He was totally right, though. Giving into Melody’s desperation would have been shortchanging them both–thank goodness he held out for more.

Plus, it made for such an amazing story. I loved these two characters and their journey to find a new normal for themselves after Melody’s abusive marriage and Cole’s horrifying experiences in the war. 

Their siblings–Melody’s sister Annie and Cole’s brother Steven–are the hero and heroine of book two. Though you could definitely see the beginnings of a relationship between the two here, I’m glad Ms. O’Keefe kept the focus on Melody and Cole in this one.

Plus–a second book in the series; so much to look forward to!

Rating: 5 stars / A rating

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New Release Review and Giveaway: PAST MY DEFENSES by Wendy Sparrow

It’s official–I. Love. This. Author!

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Book Title: Past My Defenses
Author: Wendy Sparrow
Release Date: 6/23/14
Genre: Suspense with a Paranormal slant

 

Book Synopsis:

Vanessa is the fastest Lycan around. In wolf form, the only threat she can’t outrun is her allergies. After a feline dander-bomb takes her down, she wakes up naked in a cage staring at a hot park ranger who had no idea what he’d trapped. But ooooh, he smells so good. Mine.

Dane hoped to tame the silver wolf in his kennel, but all bets are off with the deliciously sweet Vanessa on two legs. Her temper makes his pulse race, and he can’t escape the feeling they belong together.

They’re hot as a forest fire even before they scent-match, but Glacier Peak’s Alpha considers Dane a danger to the pack. Meanwhile, Lycans are being poached, and Vanessa has been targeted. Dane will have to keep her close to protect her, but with Vanessa in heat and mad to mate, who will protect him?

 

Review:

Wow, I loved this story. My family didn’t so much love me reading it in the car today (not while I was doing the driving, obviously. But I wanted to be reading it then, believe me) because I kept giggling like a fool, but whatever…

Wendy Sparrow has definitely written a werewolf (they go by “lycan” in this universe) story with a twist here. Our heroine does have super speed and fantastic hearing, but she also suffers from near-dibilitating alergies and has a relationship with her four(!) air purifiers that borders on unnatural.

Seriously. She’s taken down by a housecat in the first scene. (I was going to say “common housecat”, but I’m not entirely convinced he is.) She’s allergic to marshmallows. (According to the author’s note, so is Ms. Sparrow. My condolences…) Though I do love the fact that Dane puts her list of allergens on the fridge. And memorizes it. And they put the list to good use…more than once.

“What are you doing?” he asked, smiling against her skin.

“Listing out my allergies so I can keep my hormones from taking over.”

He shouldn’t keep going. They were meant to be paying attention to their environment. Plus, now “ragweed” had joined the list of words that couldn’t be said in mixed company. They should stop. He pulled back enough to drag his shirt off.

“You stopped on sesame seeds,” he said.

“Carrots, celery, cumin.” Cumin was said on a long moan. She made spices she couldn’t have sound even more forbidden.

“You forgot coriander.” He groaned as she bit his collarbone.

“I didn’t forget coriander. I just hadn’t gotten there yet.” It earned him another bite.

Oh, hell, they should really stop. “You were listing the Cs in alphabetical order.”

“I was just listing them.” She pressed herself closer to him. “Fennel, kiwi.” She tipped her head back and those nails scraped down his back again. “Coriander.”

Coriander was on the list of inappropriate words now.



Ms. Sparrow’s sense of humor really shines in this novel. Even though I will readily admit that a simple conversation or two could have resolved most if not all of Vanessa and Dane’s relationship woes in–oh, the second chapter maybe–I so thoroughly enjoyed reading the rest of the novel I didn’t even care. Plus, the “whodunnit” at the end isn’t completely obvious, which made it fun (though that individual was on my short list of suspects, I wasn’t at all sure until the big reveal).

Please tell me this is going to be a series! I need more from this universe. And I really, really want Jordan to get a HEA too.

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

I recieved a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

Excerpt:

“Why do you sleep with earplugs in?”

He tossed them on the small table beside the bed. “I don’t normally. You snore like you’re trying to swallow sandpaper.”

Her mouth dropped open. Oh, no, he didn’t just say that. “I do not!”

Leaning back, he grabbed his phone off the same table and punched it on. “You do. It was so earsplitting, I recorded it because I’ve never heard anything like it.”

The horrible guttural noise made her hands jump to her own ears. The allergy pills had done the job and now her better-than-average hearing was assaulted, offended, and even stung from that…that…that horror. It was like a tree falling—a tree felled by Satan. That sound was evil. In some way, it was evil.

Dane grinned as he stopped it.

Pointing at his phone, she couldn’t believe she had to say it, but… “That was not me.”

He laughed.

He. Laughed.

She was so out of here. She spun away and bolted. It was an unfair advantage for a Lycan to be on school track teams, but she’d ignored that and taken Oregon by storm ten years ago. She hadn’t lost a second on her four-and-a-half-minute mile. And she’d only perfected running away from what life threw at her since then.

Yes. Hell yes.

Finally, her inner wolf was siding with her. Even a wolf wouldn’t stay in the room with someone claiming they snored loud enough to cause sterility. Bastard.

“Vanessa!” he yelled after her.

She made it to the trees at the edge of his property, fifty feet from the house, dressed in only a flannel shirt, which was going to hit the ground as soon as she was out of sight and could push the change.

“Vanessa!” he called from the front door.

Nothing he said would make her turn back. She was going to scrub his scent from her skin, from her nose, even if she had to use bleach. There was nothing…

“I know what you are!”

She stopped. Except that. Damn him and that infernal ace up his sleeve. Turning back, she yelled, “I don’t know what you’re talking about, Dane, but you are a rat bastard.”

He grinned at that and shook his head. “And you are beautiful when you’re pissed.” He took a few lazy steps forward and leaned against the beams of his front porch. He hadn’t bothered with a shirt. If he had, she’d already be home. The noon sun filtered through the branches and brushed his skin with even more gold. He wasn’t half bad himself—and curse her frantic hormones for noticing that when she was so furious with him.

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Author Bio:

Writing is in Wendy’s blood…which is also about thirty percent Mountain Dew and twenty percent chocolate brownies. Wendy has been telling tales since she was a child with varying amounts of success. Her parents clearly anticipated her forays into the paranormal because she heard “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” so many times she could have written the screenplay at age five. She lives with a wonderful husband and two quirky kids and is active in Autism and OCD support networks. She can usually be found on Twitter where she’ll talk to anyone who talks to her and occasionally just to herself.

 

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June 23

Book reviewed at Literary Addicts

Guest blogging at Joyfully Reviewed

Guest blogging at My Book Addiction and More

Book reviewed at All Things Romance

Book featured at Happy Tails and Tales

June 24

Guest blogging at I Smell Sheep

Book featured at Escape by Fiction

June 25

Book reviewed at Miriam Smith

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June 26

Book reviewed at Romance for Every World

Book reviewed at What I’m Reading

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June 27

Book reviewed at In My Humble Opinion

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Guest blogging at In the Pages of a Good Book

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Interviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

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Book reviewed at What’s on the Bookshelf

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July 3

Book reviewed at Book Lunatic Ramblings

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Release Day Blitz! TEACHING ROMAN by Gennifer Albin (A Good Girls Don’t novel)

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TEACHING ROMAN
by Gennifer Albin

June 2014

 

BOOK SUMMARY:

Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective. So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.

Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn’t plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she’s been crushing on for a year. When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.

Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallarta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.

But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.

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Brazen Release Day and Giveaways! TWO WEEK SEDUCTION by Kathy Lyons and TAKE ME IF YOU DARE by Nina Crespo

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Review: PROM IMPOSSIBLE by Laura Pauling

Three headless guys. One prom. Endless possibilities. 😉

Prom Impossible
by Laura Pauling

Blurb:

1 girl + 1 prom + 3 guys = Prom Impossible!

Cassidy decides her senior year, including prom, will be about Michael Greenwood, the boy destined to be her soul mate. One problem. He hasn’t figured that out yet. 

But certain events meant as innocent pranks—that weren’t completely her fault—introduce her to Zeke, the reformed bad boy. And cutting deals in the boys’ bathroom with Jasper, the hottest guy in school, lands her in a complicated web of half-truths that spirals out of control. 

At the end of the year, she’s dateless the day before the big night but risks a lot more than her pride if she can’t find a way to fix her mistakes. 

PROM IMPOSSIBLE is a modern-day Shakespearean romantic comedy in the world of teens, true love, and life.

Review:

Prom Impossible is a quick, entertaining read–as long as you go into it in the right frame of mind. If you’re expecting realistic drama and a mature, thoughtful heroine, look elsewhere. If fluffy book with a fairly delusional and well-meaning but totally clueless heroine are what you’re looking for, then this could be the story for you.

Yeah. Cassidy’s picture could be right next to the definition of “unreliable narrator” in the dictionary. Pretty much if there was anything she could do to mess up her senior year, ruin her chances with a totally nice guy who was into her and make herself miserable, she did it–all while thinking she was working toward the best. year. ever.

I couldn’t put it down–it was like a train wreck in book form. At times it looked as if she’d totally ruined everything; no guy could possibly go through all of that and still want to end up with her in the end, right?

Fortunately, it’s fiction, so all’s well that ends well. Prom Impossible ended with a very cute scene that almost made all the craziness before all worth it. Almost. I still can’t help but feel that Cass pretty much ruined her whole year for no real reason–she could have been with her friends, her brother, and her guy for that whole time.

Still, it was entertaining. And as Cass’s mother points out to her:

“High school is one of the hardest times of your life as you struggle with who you are and who you want to be. Never mind the added pressure of popularity, grades, and college to think about.” Then she looked and incorporated Carter and Jules. “Your whole life is in front of you, and what kind of date you get for prom doesn’t dictate how the rest of your life will go. Got it?”

Amen, sister. Now if only someone would get the message to my kids’ principal, so he stops giving the “best four years of your life” speech to incoming freshmen….

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Five Little Facts About ONE, TWO, THREE by Elodie Nowodazkij…and Giveaways

 Out now!

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Five Little facts about One, Two, Three & Elodie Nowodazkij

  1. Little fact: I wrote this book (mostly in the train) in 6 months back in 2012. And it has gone through several revisions since.
  2. Little fact: Like Natalya, I love pelmeni – but my favorite Russian dish is stuffed blinchiki (mostly with mushroom and mashed potatoes) yum!
  3. Little fact: I got the inspiration of my main character’s name – Natalya – from my mother-in-law
  4. Little fact: Like Natalya’s father, my favorite composer is Chopin.
  5. Little fact: My book is officially coming out on June 26th 2014 because it’s my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary
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Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn’t seem to realize he’s not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She’s also a serial smiley user.Author links:

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One, Two, Three… by Elodie Nowodazkij
Publication date: June 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.

Last year, Natalya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.

But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present, and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.

But when upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?

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Excerpt:

Unknown number. “Hello?”

“Hi Princesa. Have you thought about which book we should write our report about?”

I fight off a small smile. “Did you really have to call me to discuss this right now?”

“Totally did. By the way, you’ll type the report.”

“No I won’t.”

“Let’s talk about it later tonight. You and me.” There’s shuffle behind him and some laughs. “I’ll call you later.”

He hangs up and I stare at the phone for a second. Shaking my head, I search my bag for the list of books Miss Taylor gave us. I scan it, trying to find one we could work on. My mind wanders to the last time I worked on a project. It was with Emilia and it was for History. She’s a total buff and she promised that if I taught her how to land her grand jeté with even more grace, she’d tutor me. It was a week before the accident, and I never managed to teach her. I never took that History test.

I check the time again and my eyebrows draw together. Mama’s not only a bit late. She’s super late.

Where the hell is she?

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Review: YOU MAKE ME by Erin McCarthy (Blurred Lines #1)

A modern retelling of Wuthering Heights? BRING. IT. ON.

You Make Me
by Erin McCarthy

Blurb:

The guy she wants…

Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy. But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done.

Isn’t the guy she needs…

Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend. Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm. He also gives her the social acceptance she craves. 

But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Caitlyn remembers all the reasons why she loves him, even if they don’t make sense to anyone but her. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…

And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?

Review:

The first time the blurb for this one crossed my path–a sign-up opportunity for a book blitz–I saw that the hero and heroine were named Heath and Cat and thought cool, a Wuthering Heights remake. Then I came across it a second time–a review opportunity–and knew it was meant to be. I had to read this book.

I’m so glad I did.

If ever there were a story from classic literature that was just screaming for a modern-day New Adult retelling, surely Wuthering Heights is it. It’s always been one of those stories I’ve loved to hate. Catherine and Heathcliff’s love–so overwhelming, so intense, so ultimately destructive to not only themselves but to everyone around them–was always the one redeeming thing about two such selfish and self-absobed characters. WH was always one of those (very few, fortunately–they’re emotionally exhausting to read) books that I loved while really not liking the main characters at all. (Gone with the Winds Scarlett O’Hara is the other biggie in this category.) The drama of the original, the angst, the all-encompassing be-all end-all nature of their relationship–really, this storyline is tailor-made for today’s New Adult genre.

Then to find out Ms. McCarthy moved the setting from the moors of Yorkshire to the coast of Maine, my favorite vacation destination? Icing on the cake. I began to be afriad that it was too perfect, that the novel would end up falling flat. Fortunately my fears were unfounded.

Ms. McCarthy did a fantastic job of adapting the original to a modern time and genre, keeping the essence of the story but making it ultimately more palatable to today’s reader. It was a constant pleasure to keep discovering all the ways she took Emily Brontë‘s characters and plot and made them more current. In the original, we never do find out where Heathcliff went for three years. Here, Heath joined the army and spent his time in Afghanistan. If anything these days could change a person quickly, making him or her seem older, more serious, and even haunted, it would be active duty in a war zone–excellent choice.

In WH Heathcliff left in the first place because he knew that Catherine was going to marry Linton and overheard (the first half of) a conversation where she said that it would degrade her to marry him though she admitted “he’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” In You Make Me, Heath leaves much earlier, before Cat gets a taste of “the good life” in college (ie stays at the Linton’s more “normal” home) because his relationship with the younger Cat has been discovered (or perhaps just suspected) and a restraining order has been filed against him with Cat’s “signature” on it but without her actual knowledge. The truth doesn’t come to light until quite some time after he returns–for much of the novel Cat had no idea why Heath left so suddenly and disappeaed so completely. The reasons McCarthy gives here make perfect sense for our modern times, and the fact that she’s finally moving on after four years of pining after a guy who took her virginity and then left mysteriously and disappeared completely makes the modern Cat a lot more relateable than Catherine Earnshaw, who knew Heathcliff was her other half but saw no problem with marrying someone else.

In a nutshell–the essence of Brontë‘s characters and story are here, but all the parts that made my teenage heart cringe (and let’s not do the math to figure out how long ago that was, okay? Thanks so much) were made much more palatable here. Ultimately, these were characters that I could actually like because they (thankfully) don’t exactly take the same path as their predecessors. My English major heart could rejoice over seeing how McCarthy took the orginal and tweaked it, while at the same time being ever so grateful that she ultimately made it a new story.

So…would I have liked this book as much on its own merit, without my love of the original? Probably not, I’ll admit. It is more than a little over the top at times, even for a New Adult book. As a remake of a classic tale, though, it is outstanding–I loved seeing what she did with the story and how she was able to hold on to the passion and drama of the original while giving the angst a more modern–and believeable–feel. Heath is brooding and even stalkerish, but he’s not the out-and-out borderline psychopath that Heathcliff returns as. Cat goes to college to remake herself–as so many do–leaving the impovrished wild child from the island behind her. She doesn’t, however, decide she has to marry a rich guy to become a “great lady” despite her intense, all-consuming feelings for someone else. Most of the more cringe-worthy plot elements of the original are either altered or softened here–but you can still make the connection.

A definite win-win.

Next up in the series is McCarthy’s version of Emily’s sister Charlotte’s novel Jane EyreLive For Me. I cannot wait to see what she does with it 🙂

Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A-

I recieved a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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**Reviewer’s note:

As I wrote this, You Make Me was still free on iTunes and Amazon. If you’ve read the original story, I definitely recommend picking it up at that price. (Is it still a “price” if it’s free? I don’t know–I didn’t teach math. 😉 ) If you haven’t, I’d say it’s still worth it. (FREE!) I will warn you, though–Goodreads reviews go up and down for this one–people either seem to love it or they hate it. Interestingly enough, though, no one else on the first page seemed to notice (or at least they didn’t mention it) that it was a WH remake. I’ll admit, this made the English major in me cry–just a little.**

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UNAFRAID by USA Today Bestselling Author Melody Grace — Brittany Ray’s learned the hard way that some dreams aren’t meant for girls like her. Handsome, charming Hunter Covington is one of those dreams. Years ago, they shared one life-changing night together, but Brit walked away before he could break her heart. Now Hunter’s back in Beachwood Bay, their reckless passion can’t be ignored. But will dark secrets tear apart their new beginning?

LOVE LOVE by Amazon Bestselling Author Beth Michele — Gabrielle Willis is smart. She’s funny. And oh yes, she’s a bit klutzy.  But she’s also running.  When she meets Brad Dixon, the sweet guy with the crooked smile, can he make her see that the very thing she is trying to run from is the very thing that just may push her to see the light?

GETTING OUT OF HAND, the brand new novel by Samhain Bestselling Author Erin Nicholas — Genius scientist Mason Riley can cure world hunger, impress the media and piss off the Vice President of the United States all before breakfast. But he’s not sure he can get through his high school class reunion.  Then he meets the new girl in town.  Adrianne Scott loves the sleepy little town of Sapphire Falls–the perfect place to open her candy shop and live a quiet, drama-free life. Until Mason Riley bids four hundred dollars just to dance with her.
 
TEMPTING LOVE by Amazon Bestselling Author Melanie Shawn — Haley Sloan knows exactly what she wants out of life. With her designer lingerie business booming, her career is moving forward, but her heart is still in the same place it had been for four long years…hopelessly in love with the former wild boy turned responsible adoring father, Eddie Thomas. Will this self-sacrificing single father finally realize that accepting his love for Haley may be just what his little girl needs to get the family they both deserve?

NOT OVER YOU by NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Marquita Valentine — Summer Holland is set on one thing–convincing her childhood sweetheart *and* local preacher’s son, Gabriel Edwards, to marry her so she can get back the daughter she gave up for adoption. She’s always been able to count on him rescuing her when she needed it most, but this time is different… there’s a new woman in Gabriel’s life. Only, Summer’s not going to let that get in her way.

 

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FINDING THE RIGHT GIRL by Violet Duke

“You have no filter whatsoever,” growled Brian softly. “Not with what you do or say, and especially not with how you react.”

“That’s not my fault. You can just point that finger at yourself, buddy,” Tessa grumbled back before snapping her mouth shut.

Alright, so maybe he was right about the filter thing.

What?”

Man, if looks could strip. She’d never felt this naked before, this out of control. Inwardly, she sighed. The guy just brought out the uncivilized in her.

Oh well. She came this far—may as well see where this ride ends. “You heard me.” Her chin came up defiantly. “I can’t think when you talk in that ridiculously sexy voice. Or when your biceps suddenly double in size in the middle of even the simplest of tasks, like lifting a coffee mug. And don’t get me started on your eyes. My god, I almost walked into a wall the last time you smiled and your eyes went from that soft ocean blue to deep turquoise. I mean who does that?!”

It was like she just couldn’t stop talking.

When he came to a standstill and stared at her like she’d lost her mind, she huffed, “It’s simply not reasonable to expect a girl to have a filter with all that steamy-eyed, bicep-bulging, talking-like-a-wet-dream-voice-over madness going on!”

Huh, so where might one buy one of these filters, she wondered.

 

UNAFRAID by Melody Grace

“Say it,” he demands. “If you want me to go, just tell me, and I swear I’ll never bother you again.”

I open my mouth. The words are there, so simple on my tongue, but nothing comes out. One simple lie, that’s all it would take, and I’d be free from him forever.

But it’s still a lie. I can’t do it, not to him. Not when Hunter is the only truth I’ve ever known.

I exhale a slow sigh and press my lips shut in defeat.

There’s a beat, and then victory blazes, fierce in Hunter’s eyes.

“Brit,” he whispers. I wait for him to make his move, breath catching in my throat, but instead of a rough hold, he reaches for me gently, lifting one hand to touch my face in a slow, sweet caress.

I tremble. His fingertips softly stroke the outline of my jaw, like he’s memorizing every contour, watching me so closely that I feel more naked than when I was half-dressed.

It’s too much. I try to turn my head away, but he gently takes hold of my chin and keeps my face steady in place, so I have no choice but to meet his eyes again and lose myself in that piercing blue stare.

He sees right through me.

I can’t fight it with a quip or a barbed comment. I can’t break away. His eyes demand everything from me, and I have no choice but to surrender. I feel naked, stripped bare, like all my fears and dreams and insecurities are right there for him to see. The worst of me, my darkest secrets.

Still, he doesn’t look away.

 

TEMPTING LOVE by Melanie Shawn

“Haley, it’s me,” he said as she jumped about a foot off the ground and spun around, sucking in a terrified breath.

On instinct, his arms wrapped around her and he pulled her close to him. For a moment she was tense and poised to fight, but then her eyes softened with recognition as her body molded against his. She was clutching her hands to her chest, but he could still feel her full breasts pressed against his chest as he held her.

His hands spread out on the small of her back and his fingers rested against the delicate dip of her spine. For just a moment, Eddie closed his eyes and let himself feel.

Never before had they been this close. Body to body. Pressed up against each other. He’d made it a point never to touch her. Whenever she would hug him, he’d made sure that full-body contact had not occurred and he’d always done the one-arm pat move.

Now he knew for a fact that had been the right thing to do because the feel of her in his arms was…amazing. Right. Perfect.

“You scared me.” Her quiet voice drifted into his consciousness.

“I’m sorry,” he rasped as he opened his heavy-lidded eyes. Looking down, he was temporarily speechless at what he saw. Her huge baby blues were staring up at him through long, inky lashes. Her full, pink lips parted as she took in short pants of breath. The seductive line of her cleavage was heaving against him through labored breathing.

Need. Arousal. Desire. All of those things coursed through his veins like raging water in the rapids. His fingers tightened at the strength of it, pulling her body even closer to his. A groan ripped from his chest as a needy sigh escaped Haley’s perfect mouth.

Dammit. This had to stop.

 

GETTING OUT OF HAND by Erin Nicholas

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“Violet Duke made me laugh and cry in this incredible romance.  One of the best I’ve read this year.  Emotionally charged with wonderful characters, I just couldn’t stop reading until the very last page!”
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“A refreshing, whimsical voice in romance!”
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“You’ll want to read it for the humor and great characters and a plot that’s sure to leave you smiling.”
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“I cannot recommend this book enough. The character interactions are intense, uplifting, and sizzling. Eddie and Haley’s chemistry is absolutely through the roof and written to perfection. A truly magnificent read.”
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Third Date by Kylie Keene
Publication date: June 20th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

At 23, Morgan is a little behind other women her age when it comes to dating and relationships. More specifically, she’s a virgin. Dating wasn’t a priority in high school and college, but now that Morgan has a job and her own apartment, she’s ready to jump back into the dating scene.

When Morgan’s friends at work inform her that most men expect sex on the third date, she panics. She’s convinced her lack of experience will be a total turn-off for guys and make for a really awkward third date. Her friends tell her to just do it with a random guy to get it over with, but Morgan isn’t sure that’s what she wants.

When she meets a guy she’s certain is her dream man, she’s ready to lose it on their third date. But doing so isn’t as easy as she thought. And then there’s the fact that she can’t get another guy out of her head.

Through a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, Morgan eventually finds herself at a place she wasn’t expecting, but the place she wanted to be all along.

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“Serena?” A deep voice wakes me from my thoughts.

I look up and see a man standing next to my table, holding his hand out. He has jet black hair and deep brown eyes and he’s smiling at me. But since my name isn’t Serena, I’m guessing he’s meeting a blind date here and thinks I’m her.

I take a moment to consider my options. What if I just pretended to be this Serena girl? Doing so would certainly qualify as being adventurous. But then Serena wouldn’t have a date. But I’m sure she could find another one. With a name like Serena, I bet she gets tons of dates. Serena sounds exotic. The name alone would draw a man in. Morgan, on the other hand, sounds like a last name. Or the name of a company. It’s dull, practical, and not the least bit exotic.

“Excuse me. Are you Serena?” He asks it again.

“Um, yes. Have a seat.” The words come out of my mouth before I can stop them.

“I’m Luke.” He smiles and sits in the chair next to me. “It’s nice to meet you.”

“Nice to meet you, too.”

“Can I get you a drink?” He’s still smiling, his teeth sparkling white.

“No, thank you. Water’s fine.”

“So Jackie said you work at the agency?”

Agency? What agency? I stare at him, not sure how to answer. And then I come to my senses.

What the hell I am doing? This is crazy! I can’t pretend to be someone else. Steal someone’s date. I really need to get a life. And a date. A real date, not someone else’s.

“I’m sorry. I’m not Serena.”

“What did you say?”

“I said I’m not Serena. I’m not your date.”

“I don’t understand.” He sits back in his chair, trying to get some distance from me now that he knows I’m insane.

“I was just pretending to be. Sorry. You just surprised me when you came up to my table and—”

“Yeah, okay.” He stands up and shoves his chair back in place. He almost seems mad or maybe he’s afraid of me. “Good luck with everything.”

He takes off to the hostess stand.

Good luck with everything? What does that mean? Good luck ever finding a date? A man? A life?

I watch as a tall brunette approaches him. She’s wearing a red dress and three-inch heels. She’s gorgeous. And exotic-looking, just as I thought.

The waiter comes back to my table. “Are you ready to order?”

“Yes, I’ll have a vodka tonic.”

“Um, okay.” He seems surprised, given that I turned down the wine earlier. Now I’ve skipped straight to the hard liquor. “Would you like anything to eat?”

My eyes are still on Luke and Serena. They even sound like a couple. Like one of those couples on a soap opera who are rich and always look perfect and have sex all the time.

Luke escorts her to the bar, his hand on her lower back as he whispers something in her ear.

“Ma’am?” The waiter’s still standing there. “Are you going to order?”

I sigh and look back at my menu. “Do you have burgers here?”

“We have a prime rib burger with a portobello mushroom sauce.”

“I’ll have that.” As he turns to leave, I say, “And bring TWO vodka tonics.”

“So someone IS joining you?”

I scowl at him.

“Oh. Sorry.” He scurries off to the kitchen.

This is the last time I eat alone at a restaurant. Okay, maybe it’s not the last time, but I’m never going to a date restaurant again.

I should’ve stayed home and eaten one of the meals in my freezer in front of the TV.

Maybe I’m not ready to be adventurous.

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Rapid-Fire Q&A with Kye Sheldon and Mia Cresswell of Nicola Marsh’s CROSSING THE LINE–plus a giveaway!

 An Aussie tennis bad boy? Bring him on!

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Kye Sheldon, sexy Aussie bad boy & tennis extraordinaire, please answer these rapid-fire questions with the first thing that pops into your head…

Salty or sweet?         Sweet (because that’s Mia all over.)

Night owl or morning person?        Morning (tennis practice is a bitch.)

Last song you put on repeat?        You Shook Me All Night Long (classic Aussie rock)

Favorite TV show?    Grand Slams (would you expect anything less?)

Rule breaker or inside the lines?    Rule breaker (I’ve done it enough times & paid the price.)

Favorite movie?        The Shawshank Redemption (so I’m a typical guy, sue me.)

The last totally insane thing you did?        If I tell you, I’d have to kill you!

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Mia Cresswell, geeky good girl, please answer these rapid fire questions with the first thing that pops into your head…

Salty or sweet?        salty, because that’s how Kye tastes after a sweaty tennis hit out.

Mountains or ocean?           ocean, because Santa Monica holds great childhood memories. Plus, I keep hoping Kye will take me to his Bondi Beach in Sydney one day…

Favorite tv show?      The Good Wife (though I’ll never forgive them for killing off Will Gardner.)

Best childhood memory?     Watching Dad win a record number of Grand Slams

Rule breaker or inside the lines?    Inside the lines. An embarrassment, I know.

Favorite movie?        Crazy, Stupid, Love (Ryan Gosling, need I say more?)

The last totally insane thing you did?        Seducing a hot, Aussie, bad boy tennis player.

 

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Crossing the Line by Nicola Marsh
(World Apart #1)
Publication date: May 8th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:
Laying it all on the line for love…
Mia Cresswell is tired of being good.
Achieving geek status at college doesn’t equate with fun. So when she heads home to her dad’s tennis academy in Santa Monica on spring break, she’s determined to be bad. And hot Aussie tennis star Kye Sheldon is just the guy to help her do it.However, Kye’s troubled past continues to dog him and attending the Cresswell Tennis Academy is his last chance at the big time. He can’t afford to screw up…by screwing the boss’s daughter.But Mia and Kye’s relationship is much more than a vacation fling.Will it be game, set, match, when the truth is revealed?

Or will Mia and Kye have a real shot at love all?

 
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USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and spooky, supernatural fiction for young adults.She has published 45 books with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD (Entangled Publishing) released to rave reviews, including a nomination for RWA’s RBY, Romantic Book of the Year 2012.
Her first indie-pubbed contemporary romance CRAZY LOVE released September 2012, is a Barnes & Noble bestseller, and was nominated for a 2012 ARRA award.

Her young adult debut, BANISH, a supernatural thriller featuring Wicca, spirits and murder, released August 2013 with Harlequin Teen.
Her young adult fantasy series with Month9Books launched November 2013 with SCION OF THE SUN.

Her debut new adult novel BEFORE releases December 2013.

She’s also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY and National Readers’ Choice Award winner, is a multiple finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

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