Pre-Release Review and Giveaway! RIDE WILD by Laura Kaye (Raven Riders #3)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laura Kaye brings you the third novel in her Raven Riders Series, RIDE WILD. A sexy contemporary romance series, and a spin-off from Laura’s Hard Ink world, about a different kind of motorcycle club with a protective mission. The Raven Riders Series takes you on an adventure and kicks it into overdrive! RIDE WILD is the hot and emotional story of a sexy single father wild with grief over the death of his wife several years before and the strong survivor he hires to be his nanny. Order your copy of RIDE WILD today!

 

About Ride Wild (Raven Riders #3, 10/31/17)

Brotherhood. Club. Family.
They live and ride by their own rules.
These are the Raven Riders…


Wild with grief over the death of his wife, Sam “Slider” Evans merely lives for his two sons. Nothing holds his interest anymore—not even riding his bike or his membership in the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club. But that all changes when he hires a new babysitter.

Recently freed from a bad situation by the Ravens, Cora Campbell is determined to bury the past. When Slider offers her a nanny position, she accepts, needing the security and time to figure out what she wants from life. Cora adores his sweet boys, but never expected the red-hot attraction to their brooding, sexy father. If only he would notice her…

Slider does see the beautiful, fun-loving woman he invited into his home. She makes him feel too much, and he both hates it and yearns for it. But when Cora witnesses something she shouldn’t have, the new lives they’ve only just discovered are threatened. Now Slider must claim—and protect—what’s his before it’s too late.

 

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RIDE WILD coming October 31st, 2017

 

Excerpt:

Cora had such an easy way with Ben. With both of his kids, really. God, Slider admired that about her. Especially when nothing about him was easy, and hadn’t been in years.

Ben yawned and peered up at Slider. “You’re gonna stay with me, aren’t you? “

“You better believe it, Benji. And remember what we talked about. Nurses are going to come in a couple of times throughout the night. Just to check on you. I’ll be here the whole time,” Slider said, leaning over the boy so he could look him in the eyes. There was nothing like the unconditional love and admiration of a kid. But that didn’t mean Slider shouldn’t have to earn it. And he hadn’t done nearly enough these past few years, had he? He pressed a kiss to his son’s cheek. “Now shut those peepers.”

Ben giggled. “Your whiskers tickle, Dad.” Slider ran his hand over the facial hair on his jaw. One more piece of evidence of the mess he’d become. But at least it made Ben laugh. The boy looked up at Cora next, his hand snaking into hers and tugging her closer. “You’re staying too, right?”

“Wild horses couldn’t tear me away,” she said, squeezing his hand.

Ben made a face. “There are wild horses here?”

Cora chuckled and Slider shook his head. “Peepers. Closed. Now,” he said.

The boy was asleep in an instant.

After not sleeping much today himself, Slider probably wasn’t far behind him. Still, he nodded at the small sleeper sofa and quietly said to Cora, “You can take that. Nurse said there are pillows and blankets in the closet.”

She shook her head. “No way. You haven’t slept. And I’m kinda attached here,” she said, glancing at where Ben still clutched her hand. “Seriously, Slider. Get some sleep while you can.”

Frowning, he pulled out the sleeper, which was only a little wider than a twin-sided bed, found the bedding, and lowered the lights. “How ‘bout this. We’ll take shifts.”

She smiled. “Sure.”

On a bone-deep sigh, Slider sat on the bed’s edge and kicked off his boots, and then he went horizontal still wearing his jeans and T-shirt. Cora laid her cheek against her arm, her face turned away from Slider toward Ben, her blond waves a soft cascade against the white hospital blankets.

And damnit all to hell, but it played with uncomfortable things inside his chest to see her like that. Things he didn’t want played with. Not ever again.

So he closed his eyes. And woke up two and a half hours later when the nurse came into the room to check Ben’s vitals. The kid hardly stirred, but Cora was still awake and making small talk with the woman about how her night was going.

“Your turn to get some sleep,” Slider said when they were alone again.

“Don’t worry about it. Go back to sleep.”

“We had a deal,” he said, his voice like gravel. Years of exhaustion did that to a man.

“Later,” she said, her expression soft with sleepiness. He forced himself into a sitting position, his stiff movements making him feel ancient. “You need it more than I do.”

He shook his head and pushed to his feet. “I’m not hogging the bed all night while you sit up in that hard chair.”

“Don’t be stubborn,” she said. “Sleep.”

He arched a brow. As much as he wanted to lie back down, he wasn’t doing it at her expense. “It’s your turn.”

“Slider—”

“Cora—”

She sighed. “I’m trying to take care of you, too.”

 

Review:

Oh, Cora and Slider…and Sam and Ben…and OMG that Basset Hound…

almost forgive Laura Kaye for using my widow/widower pet peeve here (

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) because it did work pretty well here with Slider’s character. Still, though. It always feels like a cop-out and lets me down, just a little…and makes the first bit of the blurb slightly inaccurate. (Not to mention that model’s hair is a bit too long and definitely not blonde and wavy….)

But I digress.

Other than that issue (which is definitely an it’s-not-you-it’s-me thing), I loved Ride Wild. Slider and Cora are absolutely deserving of an HEA, and I loved watching them work their way toward one together. They’ve both been secondary characters in the other series books, and it was nice to get to know them better here. There are some minor spoilers if you haven’t read the other series books–nothing major–and a few things that come into play here are holdovers from events that occurred earlier. You might want to start the series from the beginning to get a clearer picture–plus the series is awesome–but if you don’t, it shouldn’t cause you major problems. A Hard Ink character even plays a minor role here, adding to the fun.

Ride Wild continues the romantic suspense I-must-keep-turning-the-pages feel we’ve come to expect from this series, making me glad that there are many more single “brothers” left in this motorcycle club!

(Can I just say, though? Cora and Slider better hope those children and sound sleepers, or they’re going to be scarred for life before they reach high school… ;))

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

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About Laura Kaye:

Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and upcoming Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

 

 

 

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New Release Review! BLOOD GUARD by Megan Erickson (Mission #1)


Blood Guard
by Megan Erickson

Synopsis:

Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.

Tendra: 
One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: 
How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change my destiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

 

Review:

With Blood Guard, there was a lot of I like this, but... going on in my head–really, that about sums it up. Still here’s some specifics:

The worldbuilding is interesting, and I’ll definitely keep my eye out for the next book in the series, which will feature Idris, Anthan’s brother, and the half-vampire, half-human daughter of a higher-up in a rival vampire clan. Tons of potential there, and we saw just enough of the brother here (not a lot, but what I saw I liked) to stoke my interest. There are still some questions about this world, though, and a big ol’ oh really??? still ringing in my head at how quickly Tendra’s human BFF accepted the existence of vampires in the world. I just think that most people wouldn’t quite be so quick to believe it, at least not without prior clues and/or proof.

A definite plus: shapeshifters exist here, and we didn’t see any…yet. Probably. Maybe? There is a question about one of the characters being something more than they seem which isn’t answered definitively by the book’s end. Fingers crossed that shifters come up later in the series…

I liked Ten and Anthan, and thought they were good together. The reason why they could get to an HEA even though for most of the book they think they can’t I thought was pretty obvious. There was a bit of a twist with exactly who was behind everything that was going on, but really, even that wasn’t a huge shock…we pretty much knew that that particular individual wasn’t going to be winning any awards for their benevolence, well, ever.

Though I chuckled every time Ten made a modern pop reference (especially a Disney one, which most of them were–as they should be) and Anthan gave her a blank look, there really wasn’t a whole heck of a lot of evidence of him and the other vampires being 40+ years older than they appeared to be…it felt like opportunities were missed to make more of a case of their otherness like we usually see in books with characters who are supernaturally older than they seem. Instead, they came off as just slightly different guys who drink stuff that frequently tints their teeth red.

One of the best parts of the book is the relationships between characters–Ten and Anthan, Anthan and Idris, Idris and Ten, Brex the cat and pretty much everybody–and I look forward to seeing more of this in future books.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B

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New Release Review! PRIVATE LESSONS by Tragen Moss (A Nerd in the Hand #3)

Private Lessons: M/M Gay Romance
by Tragen Moss

Synopsis:

If I didn’t have horrible luck with men, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.

I have a full life—great friends, a job I love, a really nice place to live—but something is missing. I want a family. Someone to love and who loves me back. A house full of kids. But when it comes to dating, I can’t get a passing grade.

I haven’t even lost my virginity.

I’ll never get a husband if I can’t get a second date. So I ask my roommate, my older brother’s best friend before he died, to teach me Real Man Seduction 101. I was always good at school and my rugged, alpha roommate seems like the perfect tutor.

The problem is, the more time he spends guiding me, the less I feel like taking my new skills outside of our house. I know he’s not the guy for me, even if he were gay, he tells me all the time he’s not the marrying kind.

I should get out now, before it’s too late to save my heart.

If it’s not already.

Dear Reader, 

This book is my everything. How can you not love the oil rigger and the kindergarten teacher? It’s also an older brother’s best friend book. And a first time book. And a May-December book. And…roommates…and well, it’s just as many tropes as I could mash into it. Go get some!

 

Review:

Private Lessons is short and sweet–except when it’s short and very, very dirty. 😉 Beckett is an incredibly sweet hero (a kindergarten teacher! Though sadly we don’t see him in the classroom at all), and Matthew is the older guy, older brother’s best friend who’s sure he doesn’t deserve him. At. All. Watching Beckett change Matthew’s mind (after he figured out that Matthew was actually gay, that is–LOL) was so much fun.

It looks like this one might be last in the series, which is sad, but since I haven’t read the first two yet (they’re in my TBR, though!) I can draw out the experience a little bit longer. 🙂 Private Lessons worked just fine as a standalone.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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New Release Review and Giveaway! IN TOO DEEP by Kimberly Kincaid (Station Seventeen)

Title: In Too Deep
Author: Kimberly Kincaid
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Publisher: Kimberly Kincaid Romance
Series: Station Seventeen
Format: Print & Digital

 

Synopsis:

As Station Seventeen’s rookie, Luke Slater knows his fire and EMS training will be both rigorous and risky, but he never imagined having to partner up with the one woman he wants to keep at arm’s length most of all. Quinn Copeland is as wide-open as Luke is reserved. He has no interest in letting the sweet and sexy paramedic rock his hard-earned control. But the need for composure becomes the need to survive when they find themselves in the crosshairs of a brutal gang leader on their first shift together.

Paramedic Quinn Copeland’s station mates aren’t just her friends. They’re her family. She’d do anything to keep them safe—including reluctantly trusting her impossible-to-read, impossibly gorgeous new partner with the one thing she holds close. As the passion between Luke and Quinn goes from a slow burn to a sizzle, their steps grow more and more dangerous, both in the fire house and out. Can they outwit a cold-blooded killer and face the fears that could cost them everything? Or are they in too deep?

 

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Review:

A perfect blend of romance and suspense!

I wasn’t actually expecting the amount of suspense that was here–several scenes literally had me on the edge of my seat throughout; obviously I was too distracted by that fantastic cover (and Luke) to have read all the way down on the synopsis. Or maybe I did read all the way down, but just forgot–again, I’m blaming that cover. The muscles! The blue eyes!

Either way, I’m not complaining.

I loved Luke and Quinn, both of whom live to take care of people while shying away from being taken care of themselves. Quinn is without family of her own so she’s made her own among the friends she’s found at work; Luke has two remaining family members and they’re the only two people he lets himself be close to. In seven months at Station Seventeen, he’s built up an armor around himself; he’s put in extra shifts and extra work in order to get his paramedic license on top of being a firefighter but has kept himself carefully separate from his coworkers. But of course he’s noticed them, especially Quinn…

Ms Kincaid did a great job balancing the romance and the suspense here. Just when I was fully pulled in to the romantic aspects of Quinn and Luke’s relationship, she’d do something to bring the danger they were in back to the forefront and have the hairs on the back of my neck standing straight up. The drama at the climax–ack!–was intense. Fortunately the ending made it all more than worth it…

In Too Deep is the third book in the series, but would work fine as a standalone. Prior to this I’d only read one of the series novellas– Deep Check , the one with the hockey player in it, of course!–and wasn’t at all lost. The men and women of Station Seventeen (and Precinct Thirty-Three) make up a fantastic family, and I can’t wait to read more from the series soon!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

 

About Kimberly Kincaid:

Kimberly Kincaid writes contemporary romance that splits the difference between sexy and sweet and hot and edgy romantic suspense. When she’s not sitting cross-legged in an ancient desk chair known as “The Pleather Bomber”, she can be found practicing obscene amounts of yoga, whipping up anything from enchiladas to éclairs in her kitchen, or curled up with her nose in a book. Kimberly is a USA Today best-selling author and a 2016 and 2015 RWA RITA® finalist and 2014 Bookseller’s Best nominee who lives (and writes!) by the mantra that food is love. Kimberly resides in Virginia with her wildly patient husband and their three daughters.

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New Release Review! THIS BABY BUSINESS by Heatherly Bell (Heroes of Fortune Valley #3)

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This Baby Business
by Heatherly Bell

 

Synopsis:

Strictly business…or is it?

Air force pilot Levi Lambert has seen plenty of danger—but his infant daughter might be the death of him. Fortunately, Levi’s found the answer to his sleep-deprived prayers: his next-door neighbor! Carly Gilmore is willing to be his nanny…until a small white lie turns their arrangement from business to very personal.

The fake engagement was intended to keep Levi from losing custody of his baby girl, but is causing all sorts of new problems. Not only does Carly attract trouble like bees to honey, but there’s the little matter of Levi’s smokin’-hot attraction to her. The last thing he needs is to fall in love…

 

Review:

Such a sweet story!

I haven’t read the first two stories in this series (Breaking Emily’s Rules and Airman to the Rescue)–yet!–but that didn’t keep me from enjoying the heck out of This Baby Business. I liked Levi and Carly quite a bit, and found it easy to root for them, both for what they individually wanted and needed and for them together as a couple–which was a bit tricky when it seemed that those wants and needs were going to keep them apart. They have some fantastic secondary character-BFFs and co-workers who help get them through things (please tell me Carly’s friends are getting stories? Please?) and (finally!) manage to figure out their own issues and make just the right kind of compromises in the end, giving us an ending that made me all warm and gooey inside.

(And good news–just when it seemed baby Grace and rescue dog Digger were little more than super cute plot moppets, they did something that made them seem more real and saved the day. Watch for Digger’s ideas of where he belongs in Levi’s house–because it’s just so gosh darn cute!)

Books 1 and 2 are now sitting in my TBR pile, and I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for future books from this author!

Rating: 4 stars / B+

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New Release Review! APPROXIMATELY YOURS by Julie Hammerle (North Pole, Minnesota #3)


Approximately Yours

by Julie Hammerle

Synopsis:

Danny Garland is so out of Holly’s league. And her family is only back in North Pole, Minnesota, long enough to sell Grandma’s house and say “Merry Christmas.” So telling her basketball-star, too-hot-to-be-real long-time crush that she’d like to kiss him under the mistletoe just isn’t going to happen.

And now he’s asked out her cousin, Elda. Elda is a mess at flirting, so when she begs Holly to intervene, she does. Holly helps her flirt with him over text. And then again. And again. Now she’s stuck texting him as her cousin, and Elda is the one going on the date. Holly thought she could settle for just conversation with Danny, but talking with him is some kind of magic. He’s got the perfect comebacks, she makes him laugh, they text until everyone is asleep.

She just can’t ever tell him it’s her he’s really texting.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book has hot texts, gingerbread wars, and a slow-burn romance that could melt a Minnesota winter.

 

Review:

Adorable!

Holly and Danny are such likable characters that even when they’re being totally blind and frustratingly dense, it’s hard to get too mad at them, because if you’ve ever been an awkward teen you totally get where their insecurities come from, at least a little. Through it all you can see just how absolutely right they’ll be together, which will keep you turning the pages like no one’s business (except for the brief breaks you may need to take in order to Google one–or fifty–of the gifs they end up texting to one another. Thanks, Julie Hammerle, for making this book take me twice as long to read… ;))

All in all this was a fun read that kind of makes me want to take up competitive gingerbread housing. (Who knew this was a thing?) Though Holly’s cousin Elda’s ending here gave me a bit of a pause (maybe I’d feel better if she had her own book? I’m not questioning her choice, just how quickly things happened there) overall this was a cute read and a fun way to spend a few weekend hours while I wait for sweater weather to (finally) arrive.

P.S.–read the author’s “Airing of Grievances” at the end. Even if you’ve never seen a single episode of Seinfeld (do such people really exist?) they’re good for a laugh.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

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New Release Review! MIDNIGHT UNLEASHED by Lara Adrian (A 1001 Dark Nights and Midnight Breed novella)

We are so thrilled to be bringing you the Release Day Launch for Lara Adrian’s MIDNIGHT UNLEASHED, the latest novella in the Midnight Breed series, brought to you by 1001 Dark Nights. Be sure to grab your copy of this sexy paranormal novella today!

About MIDNIGHT UNLEASHED:

Return to New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Lara Adrian’s “addictively readable” (Chicago Tribune) Midnight Breed vampire romance series with a pulse-pounding novella of paranormal seduction and dangerous thrills, where an icy immortal beauty and a lethal Gen One Hunter must confront a powerful enemy while struggling to deny the irresistible calling of their blood.

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Excerpt:

While he’d sure as hell rather be surrounded by his tech equipment at the command center, Trygg couldn’t find much to object to as he followed Sia up an exterior staircase to a private third-floor entrance of the house. As irritated as he was after her power play in the car just now—not to mention her earlier act of defiance that had rattled him more than he cared to admit, even to himself—it was hard to think about much else except the rhythmic sway of her hips as she mounted the old iron steps.

Very hard.

Her long, elegant spine and firm backside were a temptation that stoked a growing heat inside him as he stalked up the climb behind her. Everything male in him burned with desire. Everything Breed in him hungered for her too. If she chanced a look over her shoulder, it would be damn close to impossible to hide the amber lighting his irises or the press of his sharp fangs as they filled his mouth.

Letting her win just now was a mistake he already regretted, but that’s where her control was going to end. He’d go inside as she insisted and they’d do a cursory look through the rest of the items they’d brought with them. He would point out something or other so she’d have a bone to chew on, then he’d take everything back to the command center and dig into the meat of the scant evidence alone.

The way he preferred to operate.

He scowled at her when they reached the top of the stairs. “Is this the way you sneak in all the men you bring home with you?”

“Only the surly ones.” Her blonde brow arched over her long-lashed eyes. “And to answer the question you really want to ask, I’ve never brought anyone up here before.”

He didn’t want to ask that, so why did her answer give him such a healthy stab of satisfaction?

Review:

I love that the 1001 Dark Nights series novellas offer relatively risk-free ways to both enjoy favorite authors and series and find new ones. How is it I’ve never read any of Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed books before? I honestly have no idea, but now that I have, I must read more of them!

I loved both Sia and Trygg (just don’t ask me to say his name out loud, please!) and being immersed in their world was a fun, heady ride. We weren’t bogged down with the nitty-gritty details of how everything worked there, but learned just enough to understand the challenges they were dealing with and the things that made them what they are. Once the external threats were dealt with, their relationship problems were resolved a bit quickly, but since it was really up to one of them to just not be a jerk about what had happened and give in gracefully, it made sense that that was what they decided to do. Obviously, they belonged together, so why fight it? 😉

I’ll definitely be coming back for more from this world–soon!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

 

About LARA ADRIAN:

LARA ADRIAN is a New York Times and #1 international bestselling author with nearly 4 million books in print and digital worldwide and translations licensed in more than 20 countries. Her upcoming release is FOR 100 REASONS, the third book in a contemporary romance series that reviewers are calling “phenomenal” and “one of the hottest series of the year.” Learn more about the author and her books at LaraAdrian.com.

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Lara Adrian’s MIDNIGHT UNTAMED – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

October 11

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Under the Covers – Review & Excerpt

Knotty Girl Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog – Excerpt Only

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October 12

BTH Reviews – Review & Excerpt

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Rantings of a Reading Addict – Review & Excerpt

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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty – Review & Excerpt

KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt

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Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt Only

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Panty Dropping Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

I Smell Sheep – Review & Excerpt

Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt

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The Reading Café – Review & Excerpt

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October 16

Feeling Fictional – Review & Excerpt

That’s What I’m Talking About – Review & Excerpt

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October 17

Mom’s Secret Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

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Feel the Book – Excerpt Only

October 18

A Hopeless Romantic’s Booklandia – Review & Excerpt

Diane’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

I’m A Sweet and Sassy Book Whore – Review & Excerpt

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I Can’t Help Where My Mind Goes – Excerpt Only

October 19

Ms. Me28 – Review & Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

The Romance Review – Review & Excerpt

October 20

Amo’s Book Corner – Review & Excerpt

Dirty Girl Romance – Review & Excerpt

Pardon My Blurb – Review & Excerpt

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New Release Review! JUST ONE OF THE BOYS by Leah and Kate Roper


Just One of the Boys

by Leah Rooper

Synopsis:

Alice Bell has one goal: to play for the elite junior hockey team the Chicago Falcons. But when she’s passed over at tryouts for being a girl, she’ll do anything to make her dream a reality…even disguising herself as her twin brother. With her amazing skills on the ice, Alice is sure she’ll fit in easily. That is, until she starts falling for one of her teammates…

Hayden Tremblay, star of the Falcons, can’t keep himself out of the penalty box. Constantly living in the shadow of his older brother, Hayden’s losing his passion for hockey. But when he gets shown up on the ice by the Falcons’ new rookie, Hayden’s determined to teach the kid a thing or two. Little does he guess that “Al’s” surprises on the ice are just the beginning…

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush title proves that wonderful things can happen when you’re brave enough to go after your dream. Dream hockey player, that is! Warning–a few locker room scenes are included…

 

Review:

Such an adorable story!

Just One of the Boys was a super-cute, super-quick read that if you liked She’s the Man, you’ll absolutely love. (It’s not quite as obviously a retelling of  Twelfth Night as the movie is, but it’s the same general idea. With hockey. So really, a win-win.) Like StM’s Viola, Alice is told she can’t play the sport she loves because of her gender; also like Viola, she takes her twin’s place on the team, though for different reasons. All kinds of girl-pretending-to-be-a-boy hijinks ensue, and she develops a crush on the team’s (formerly? maybe…) star player–but also becomes his best friend, which complicates things all over the place.

Meanwhile, her twin is hiding a secret, her mom is making extra demands on her time, and did I mention she’s got a crush on her new BFF? Not quite everything that isn’t right get fully resolved by the end (what is her coach’s response to her news???) but the book still leaves you with a happy glow anyway.

Here’s hoping the Ms. Ropers have plenty more books in them!

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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New Release Review! STORM GATHERING by Rebecca Zanetti (Scorpius Syndrome #4)

Storm Gathering
by Rebecca Zanetti

Synopsis:

Even before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Greyson Storm was a lone wolf navigating minefields. As a kid, he learned to take a hit and find safety. As an adult, he joined the military and quickly learned how to protect and defend. When the world ended, he created a mercenary camp with military precision, no entanglements, and a promise to avenge a fallen friend. As part of that vow, he kidnapped Maureen Shadow, but now that he has let her go, her blue eyes and intriguing mind keep haunting him…

As possibly the only Biotechnology Engineer still living, Maureen Shadow might be humanity’s one hope to survive the aftermath of Scorpius, making her frighteningly valuable to both allies and enemies. Even after sexual tension explodes with Greyson, she’s not sure which camp he belongs to—friend or foe? Worse yet, survival may mean thwarting his prime mission, putting her in even more peril. When danger and seduction collide, there is no safety in this new world.

 

Review:

OMG, I love Maureen Shadow–it’s like we’re sisters from another mister. Proof positive:

The only way civilization will survive is if the women just take over. Duh.

You go, girl! And then

At this point, she never wanted to leave the Bunker. Forget Vanuard and Merc territory. There was hot water and mealoaf here.

Spoiler alert: there’s Twinkies too. That Superbowl commercial was totally right! (I knew it!)

But seriously, I really am enjoying the world that Ms. Zanetti has created here. Though perhaps enjoying isn’t exactly the right word–overall, it’s pretty darn terrifying–but the people she’s put there? They’re something else. Strong, smart women and the alpha guys who love them–even when they disable their garage doors to keep them from doing something stupid. (I direct you back to the first quote above. It’s a recurring theme.)

Gathering Storm is the 4th book in the series, and yeah, reading them in order is probably your best bet to completely follow the plot threads that continue from book to book. You do get a bit of background here to remind you/bring you up to date with what’s going on in this world and why, but it will all have more of an impact if you’ve kept up with things all along. Plus, then you’ll better understand why I’m so anxious for Damon’s book–and no, it’s not just because he’s the one with the Twinkies… 😉

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.


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New Release Review! SHINING THROUGH by Elizabeth Harmon (Red Hot Russians #4)

 

Synopsis:

The Biggest Season of her Career…

America’s sweetheart Tabitha Turner is on track to win figure-skating gold in the Winter Games. Her family has sacrificed everything for her career, but the pressure is taking its toll. Burned out and living a lie, can Tabitha let off a little steam without melting the ice?

The Last Chance of His…

Russia’s bad boy of skating Daniil Andreev is determined to prove the toughest thing about him is his competitive fight. When Tabitha tempts him to help her take a secret walk on the wild side, he gives her a taste of the freedom she craves, never expecting that one unforgettable night could turn into something more.

Two Hearts on Thin Ice…

Chicago, Vancouver, Paris… the international figure skating season unfolds. Tabitha and Daniil compete and fall in love, but as the pressure mounts in a make-or-break season, can they set aside their painful pasts and spiral into a shining future together… or will their dreams shatter like thin ice?

 

Review:

As someone who can’t stop on ice skates without using the boards (that’s why they’re there, surely?) I’ve always loved watching other people skating, whether it’s competitive figure skating or hockey. (Those are the only two sports that compete at the winter Olympics, right?) So reading about figure skaters and hockey players? Totally right up my alley. So when I heard that there was a new Red Hot Russians book, my response was, “Yes, please!”

Shining Through was a solid addition to the series. Tabitha and Daniil are the couple who shouldn’t work at all but somehow totally do. She’s “America’s Sweetheart” who’s trying to finally bring home Olympic gold in her last competitive season, the girl whose family has made sacrifices for her to be able to skate her whole life. He’s the son of a Russian oligarch who’s rebelled against…well, pretty much everything…by being the bad boy of ice skating, so much so that his own country’s program won’t sponsor his career. They shouldn’t work together, yet somehow they do. Until they almost don’t…

I liked both Tabitha and Daniil–it was easy to root for them, both in their skating and in their relationship. Things were a tad bit rushed toward the end of the book, but as I was anxious for them to get to their HEA, I didn’t mind too much. (Still–no actual page time for their Olympic routines was a bit of a bummer…)

Shining Through is the fifth book in the series, but could absolutely be read as a standalone–some of the other series characters make appearances, but it’s not necessary to have read their stories (yet!) to enjoy this one.

Rating: 4 stars / B+

I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.